AYS plans annual fundraiser May 2

Associated Youth Services will hold a Stack the Decks Casino Night 2014 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Overland Park Marriott.

The annual casino-night fundraiser supports the nonprofit’s five programs aimed at filling in the missing pieces for struggling youth.

Stack the Decks Casino Night will provide an evening of activities reminiscent of a night on the Las Vegas Strip: “blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette casino games are sure to keep guests trying their hand at lady luck,” event organizers said.

For those who want to bid on great prizes, silent and live auctions will give guests the chance to take home everything from a KU basketball signed by the team to a week’s getaway to Destin, Fla. Stack the Decks includes a DJ, specialty drinks, and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are $80 and can be obtained at AYS’ secure website – www.aysusa.org/stackthedecks, or by contacting AYS resource development specialist, Maggie McKinley at 913-831-2820, Ext 224.

“All proceeds from Stack the Decks Casino Night 2014 go to support the five AYS programs that continuously strive to stack the decks in favor of nearly 4,500 Kansas youth every year,” said Dennis Vanderpool, AYS chief executive officer.

Established in 1972, Associated Youth Services has worked diligently provide hope and a brighter future for at-risk youth in Kansas City, Kan., and throughout the state of Kansas. With its resume stemming back to 1912, as it was once part of the Mennonite Children’s Home in Kansas City, Kan., AYS has not only broadened its client base but has also increased its services:
• Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Program
• AYS Academy GED Preparation
• Statewide Foster Care
• Home Ties Youth Residential Center
• Community Health Program

Community calendar

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Human Resources Roundtable meeting planned
The Wyandotte County Human Resources Roundtable will hold a meeting from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Earp Distribution, 2730 S. 98th St., Edwardsville, Kan.  For more information, contact Jay Matlack, business retention and expansion director, 913-748-2273.

Downtown Shareholders to meet Thursday
The Downtown Shareholders will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Children’s Campus, 444 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. New board members will be introduced, updates about the Downtown Shareholders will be given, and there will be a tour of the Children’s Campus facility. Light refreshments are planned. For more information, contact Ed Linnebur, Downtown Shareholders director, at ed@downtownkck.org.

Democrats to meet April 19
The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will meet Saturday, April 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Speakers will include A.J. Kotich, candidate for Kansas attorney general, and Reggie Marselus, candidate for Congress, Third District. Democratic state legislators will also be available to discuss this year’s legislative session. The buffet is available at 8:15 a.m. and the forum begins at 9:15. The cost for the breakfast buffet, which includes tax, service and tip, is $10, or $7 for students and those on limited income. All Democrats are invited to attend. Reservations are requested, but not required, to scottmackey08@yahoo.com. Reservations are requested by Friday, April 18.

Blood drive scheduled April 21
A Red Cross blood drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 at the Sacred Heart Home Health Care, 7735 Washington Ave., Kansas City, Kan.  To schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Workshop on cleaning planned April 21
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will present a workshop, “Cleaning and De-Cluttering,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 21.  Presented by Chiquita Miller of K-State Extension. Space is limited. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Earth Day celebration planned April 22
An Earth Day event is planned from 11 a.m. o 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Quindaro Ruins-Underground Railroad. The community is invited to commemorate Earth Day and to discuss the new EPA air rules, as well as other topics relevant to Quindaro heritage and current environmental issues. The event is at North 27th and the Missouri River Brown, and the John Brown Memorial Plaza. It is free and open to the public. The Quindaro Ruins currently is seeking national landmark designation.

Scripture study scheduled Wednesdays
“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

How to reduce sugar in your diet
“Break Free: Spring for Less Sugar in Your Diet,” a nutrition class presented by Master Food Volunteer, Pat Callaghan, in partnership with K-State Extension Services, will be offered from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Space is limited. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to register for the free class.

Women’s Chamber to present social media program April 24
The Kansas City, Kan., Women’s Chamber of Commerce will present a seminar on social media April 24. The seminar will be held Thursday, April 24, at Dave and Buster’s, 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. The event starts with registration at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the program at 11:45 a.m. Geared toward small businesses and entrepreneurs who are new to social media, the seminar will include information at social media platforms, how to professionally present a business online, what to do and not to do, and how to stay current on social media trends. The featured speakers will be Mary A. Redmond, a professional speaker, negotiations coach and consultant who has been blogging since 2009; Pat Brune, retired from the federal courts and now part of MelKat Creative Consult, which provides social media training to nonprofits; and Joy Richardson, senior director of resource development and community impact for United Way of Wyandotte County, who volunteers as a Facebook administrator for several organizations. Cost of the event is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit www.womenschamberkck.org.

Community orchestra to perform concert and hold fundraiser
The KCK Community Orchestra will hold a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. A silent auction also is planned with gift certificates and other items.

UG Commission to meet April 24
The Unified Government Commission will meet at 7 p.m. April 24 at the Commission Chambers, City Hall, 701 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan. An agenda should be posted online at www.wycokck.org.

Country classics music concert planned April 27
Local musician Fred Uzell, along with fellow musicians Jim Winters, Donna Hensley and Kevin Blom will perform a Country Classics concert from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the George Meyn Community Center, inside Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs. Tickets are available for $15 prior to the show and $20 on the day of the show. The concert will pay tribute to country music greats Hank Williams Sr., Merle Haggard and George Jones. Proceeds will benefit PACES, Wyandotte County’s mental health services for young people who face behavioral and emotional challenges. Doors to George Meyn Center, at 126th and State Avenue, will open at 1 p.m. Concessions will be available for sale at the event. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Melissa Bynum at 913-638-8589 or email, Bynum_m@wmhci.org.

Local author to speak April 29
Local author Ruth Campos will give a talk at 6 p.m. April 29 at the South Branch of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. She will speak on “My Journey in Faith,” her new book. Campos has roots in the Argentine community of Kansas City, Kan., and is a former teacher at Sumner Academy. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

GOP to meet April 29
The Wyandotte County GOP will hold a town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Frontier Steakhouse, 94th and State Avenue. The guest speakers will be Brandon Kenig, chairman of the Kansas Young Republicans, and Patricia Stoneking, president of the Kansas State Rifle Association. Those planning to order dinner should arrive early.

Mayor’s Food Summit planned May 1
The Wyandotte County Mayor’s Food Summit is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1 at the KCKCC-TEC, 6565 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The host will be Healthy Communities Wyandotte with participation from more than 20 organizations. Local leaders will learn about changes they can make to increase access to healthy food. For more information or to sign up, visit http://vimeo.com/foodsummit.

AYS plans annual fundraiser May 2
Associated Youth Services will hold a Stack the Decks Casino Night 2014 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Overland Park Marriott. The annual casino-night fundraiser supports the nonprofit’s five programs aimed at filling in the missing pieces for struggling youth. Tickets are $80 and can be obtained at AYS’ secure website – www.aysusa.org/stackthedecks, or by contacting AYS resource development specialist, Maggie McKinley at 913-831-2820, Ext 224.

Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners annual plant sale to be May 2-3
The annual plant sale of the Wyandotte County Master Gardeners will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 2, and 9 a.m. to noon (or as long as inventory is left) Saturday, May 3, at the Wildcat Room, Wyandotte County Extension office, 1200 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kan. The Wyandotte County Master Gardeners will offer tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, herbs, and other vegetable and fruit plants started by the members, and collections of perennials, annuals, Kansas native wildflowers and ornamental grasses. New to the sale this year will be succulent plants, gently used books and gardening supplies. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with selections and answer gardening questions. For information, call 913-299-9300.

Polski Day celebration planned May 3
The 30th annual Polski Day celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at All Saints Parish, 8th and Vermont Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., at the St. Joseph Church site. The festival features live music, dancing and ethnic food. A parade starts at 11 a.m. at 12th and Central, proceeding to 8th. Live music by Don Lipovac will be from noon to 7 p.m. indoors. Outside, the Ed Grisnik Band will play from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sheelytown Band will play from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A polka Mass will be held at 4 p.m.

Tourism celebration luncheon to be May 7
The Kansas City Kan., Convention and Visitors Bureau will sponsor a Tourism Celebration Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Reardon Convention Center,  500 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Tickets are $35 per person. For reservations, call 913-321-5800 or email judith@visitKansasCityKS.com.

Program covers post-harvest handling
A program for gardeners and those who raise food on “Post-Harvest Handling” will take place on May 12 in Kansas City, Kan. The program is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension. For more information, visit www.growinggrocers.org.

African-American Art Festival planned Aug. 9
The MoKan African-American Art Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Quindaro Park, 35th and Sewell, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending the free event may bring a blanket, enjoy artwork, stilt walkers Gullah basket weathers, African drummers and dancers, food and vendors. For more information about having an art exhibit there or being a vendor, contact 913-788-7330.

Bread-making class offered

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Technical Education Center is once again offering Preparing and Shaping Yeast Breads this spring. The class was in such high demand that KCKCC-TEC is bringing it back for another round.

Students who take the class will learn the proper techniques for rolls, braids and other bread items. All creations will be taken home by students.

The class is from 6 to 9 p.m. May 1 at KCKCC-TEC.  The fee is $38 and will be taught by Chef Kelly Jenkins.

All courses offered through Continuing Education are in the evenings and are offered for non-credit. Discounts may be available for those who qualify. To be designated as an employee and be eligible for discounts, email Elizabeth Folsom at efolsom@kckcc.edu before registration for a class.

All classes are in the new state-of-the-art Professional Cooking lab at the KCKCC-TEC, 6565 State Ave. For more information, visit the KCKCC website at www.kckcc.edu. Click the “Continuing Education” tab on the home page, and select “Continuing Education Schedule.” Then select “Personal Enrichment.” Information is also available by calling 913-288-7800.