KCKCC vocal music prepares for GEMS concert

by Kelly Rogge

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Vocal Music Department is inviting the community out to support the college’s choirs during the upcoming GEMS concert.

The concert is at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at St. Patrick’s Church, 1086 N. 94th St. in Kansas City, Kan. It is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the Community Choir and the Chamber Chair as they perform works by Handel, Rutter, Mealor, Whitacre, Hogan and more. GEMS is a showcase of choral music (both well-known and unknown) from different countries and cultures. These countries include England, Russia, Germany and the United States. John Stafford, choral director and professor at KCKCC, said the music performed at the concert are or will eventually become staples of the choral repertoire.

For more information on the choral program at KCKCC, contact John Stafford at jstafford@kckcc.edu or call 913-288-7137.

Parade of Heroes to be Oct. 2

The eighth annual Parade of Heroes will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Village West Parkway to Stadium Drive, Kansas City, Kan.

Presented by the Village West Rotary Club, the parade will honor men and women in uniform.

The parade marshal will be Clausie Smith, former mayor of Bonner Springs.

The parade will include vintage cars, military vehicles, marching bands and police and fire entries.

Proceeds from the parade will benefit PACES Robert’s Place for children in crisis.

BPU to meet Oct. 1

The Board of Public Utilities will meet for a work session at 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

On the agenda is a general manager update and board update, and a report on fuel and purchase power.

The regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m. On the agenda is a visitors’ time, the August financial report, board comments, general manager comments and a closed session.