At the Croatian Festival

Hrvatski Obicaj, a musical group dedicated to preserving Croatian music, performed tonight at the Croatian Festival at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The festival also featured authentic Croatian foods, and a dance to begin at 9 p.m. with music by Kolograd. Food, refreshments, booths, T-shirt sales are featured at the event. (Photo by William Crum)
Hrvatski Obicaj, a musical group dedicated to preserving Croatian music, performed tonight at the Croatian Festival at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The festival also featured authentic Croatian foods, and a dance to begin at 9 p.m. with music by Kolograd. Food, refreshments, booths, T-shirt sales are featured at the event. (Photo by William Crum)
Hrvatski Obicaj, a musical group dedicated to preserving Croatian music, performed tonight at the Croatian Festival at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The festival also featured authentic Croatian foods, and a dance to begin at 9 p.m. with music by Kolograd. Food, refreshments, booths, T-shirt sales are featured at the event. (Photo by William Crum)
Hrvatski Obicaj performed Croatian music Saturday evening at the Croatian Festival at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by William Crum)
Brian McClendon, the Democratic nominee for Kansas secretary of state, attended the Croatian Festival Saturday evening at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by William Crum)
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Saturday events

Rock, Roll and Run to be Aug. 18 at Providence amphitheater
Providence Medical Center and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City will present the third annual Rock, Roll and Run Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs, Kan. Proceeds benefit the Providence YMCA-Ball Family Center’s Cancer Survivorship program, as well as the YMCA scholarship program. The family-friendly activities begin Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater with a 5K walk-run though Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs, at 8 a.m., followed by a free Kids Run and Health Fair. Runners are encouraged to “dress” like their favorite Rock and Roll stars. Tribute stars such as Elvis 2 and others will be entertaining during the run. Each registered runner will receive free tickets to the Providence Amphitheater, a $120 value. Registration Aug. 13-18 is $25. Race registration is available online at: https://register.enter2run.com/Race/KS/BonnerSprings/RockRollRun5k. Health screenings and information will be available for blood pressure, breast cancer awareness information, body fat,-bmi, health and weight checks, Leg Vein Checks (Peripheral Artery Disease), stress measurement and relaxation information for expecting moms, smoking cessation and healthy nutrition information, hands-only CPR information, Children’s Health information and a special Teddy Bear clinic (children will receive a free stuff animal), and more. Other activities include a free kids run at 9:30 a.m.; inflated obstacle course for the kids, Zumba before the kids run, Mascots (Sizzle and Happy Heart) local fire and police activities, KCKFD Fire Safety House, face painting and other fun activities. Those who do not want to participate in the run-walk may still visit the health fair for free and participate in the kids run for free. For more information about Rock, Roll and Run, including registration, visit https://runsignup.com/rrr5k.

Democrats to meet for breakfast Saturday
Brian McClendon, who is running for secretary of state, and Marci Francisco, running for state treasurer, will be the guest speakers on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast at Las Islas Marias, 7516 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The buffet will be available at 8:15 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $10, or $6 for students and those on limited incomes. Reservations should be made to scottmackey08@yahoo.com by Friday, Aug. 17. While reservations are encouraged, they are not required. It isn’t necessary to purchase a breakfast to listen to the program. The meeting is open to all Democrats. Those who have special needs should include that information in their reservation.

Family story time planned
Family story time is planned from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the craft room at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The story time is geared for children ages 2 to 6. To see other library events, visit www.kckpl.org.

American GI Forum to meet
The American GI Forum will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in Conference Room B, South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The grop will discuss historical issues pertaining to the U.S. military, and watches movies with a focus on the Hispanic contribution to the armed services.


Church plans block party tonight

Our Lady and St. Rose Catholic Church, 8th and Quindaro, Kansas City, Kansas, will hold its annual block party from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

Croatian Festival planned tonight
The annual Croatian Festival will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas. Authentic Croatian foods including sarma (cabbage rolls), sausage sandwiches, cibanac (beef stew), povitica (nut bread) and apple strudel will be available. Music will be performed by Hrvatski Obicaj, a group dedicated to preserving Croatian music. A free dance will begin at 9 p.m., with music by Kolograd. The event includes cold beer, beverages, hamburgers and hot dogs for sale, and there will be booths and Strawberry Hill T-shirt sales. For more information, visit stjohnthebaptistcatholicchurch.com.

Portland visits Sporting KC tonight
Another pivotal Western Conference clash awaits as second-place Sporting Kansas City (11-6-6, 39 points) returns home to battle the fifth-place Portland Timbers (10-5-7, 37 points) on Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and a limited number of tickets remain available via SeatGeek.com.

T-Bones at home to face Cleburne tonight
The Kansas City T-Bones are at home vs Cleburne at 7:05 p.m. Aug. 18 at T-Bones Stadium, Kansas City, Kansas. For ticket information, visit tbonesbaseball.com.

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Documentary film shows how issues in democracy persist today

William Allen White

Kevin Willmott

by Murrel Bland

William Allen White was concerned about free speech, factual news coverage and the importance of putting principle ahead of party politics.

Those were among the issues that concerned White, the famous small-town editor from Emporia, Kansas, a century ago. Those same issues resonate today in American society as shown in the new documentary film, “William Allen White: What’s the Matter with Kansas.”

Kevin Willmott, a professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, directed the 90-minute film.

The Wyandotte County Historical Society will sponsor a showing of the film at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Performing Arts Center at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave. Admission will be free and the community college will be a co-sponsor of the event.

Willmott will conduct a workshop at 4 p.m. for aspiring independent filmmakers. This will be of particular interest for students.

Willmott has received high recognition for his films including awards from the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. He also directed the film “Jayhawkers,” a story of Wilt Chamberlain who played basketball at KU during the 1950s; Chamberlain, who was black, was a scoring ace despite often being the target of racial hatred. Willmott also was a screenwriter on the current feature film, “BlacKkKlansman.”

White’s 1896 editorial “What’s the Matter with Kansas” took an aim at the populist movement that had taken root in Kansas and across the nation. This populist movement has been compared to the tea party crowd of today. Several newspapers across the country reprinted the editorial.

White’s 1922 editorial “To an Anxious Friend” won a Pulitzer Prize. White wrote, “You tell me that law is above freedom of utterance. And I reply that you can have no wise laws nor free enforcement of wise laws unless there is expression of the wisdom of the people…” White was concerned about the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.

White’s most famous editorial was the one he wrote about his daughter Mary White, who died in horse-riding accident.

White’s wife was Sally Moss Lindsay White, who was a public school teacher in Kansas City, Kansas. The couple was married in 1893 at 330 Waverly Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas, the home of White’s in-laws.

The documentary is owned by the William Allen White Foundation. It was funded, in part, by the Kansas Newspaper Foundation and was produced by Scott Richardson. A 20-minute version of the film will be sent free of charge to Kansas high school journalism classes.

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