‘Luau with Love’ to benefit kids in crisis

St. Patrick Parents Class of 2009 is once again collaborating with PACES to hold “A Luau with Love” – this year to help fund operating expenses for Robert’s Place, the new emergency shelter for kids in crisis in Wyandotte County.

“Remembering Robert: A Luau with Love” is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at St. Patrick Parish Center, 94th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. For a $25 per person donation, guests will enjoy a buffet meal, entertainment, games, and a silent auction and other fundraising events.

The Luau commemorates Robert Zevenbergen, former St. Patrick parishioner, who died at age 20 in a tragic car accident on March 20, 2014. Robert’s Place is named in his memory and serves kids removed from their homes due to suspected abuse or who are at-risk of out-of-home placement.

Robert’s Place is a program of PACES, the Wyandotte County nonprofit agency that provides services to address emotional and behavioral needs of children and adolescents, and their families. Last year’s Luau with Love benefited the capital campaign to build the new Robert’s Place that will open this summer. This year’s proceeds will go toward ongoing operations of the emergency shelter.

To purchase Luau tickets, donate an auction item or be a sponsor, or for more information, contact Allison McLain, 913-328-4667 or mclain_a@wmhci.org, or visit paceskidsshelter.org.

– From Therese Horvat

Time still remains to register for KCKCC’s TedxWyandotte event

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College will once again play host to an event that encourages community members to come together to discuss ideas and solutions to issues within their own community.

The 2015 TedxWyandotte event is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at KCKCC, 7250 State Ave. It will feature approximately six presenters speaking on the theme of “Breaking Through: Confronting the barriers that divide us and challenging ourselves to move beyond them.” General admission is $20. KCKCC students can attend for free with student identification.

TED, a nonprofit organization, started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago and has grown to support “world-changing ideas” with multiple initiatives. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.

Speakers at this year’s event include:

• Janice Burdine, “Negative Space Painting” – artist, educator, illustrator, print maker, author, community activist. She has been a lifelong educator, illustrator, print maker, author and community activist for positive change through education. She is a retired art teacher and school counselor. For the past six years, Janice has been under the mentorships of artists Frank Frazier and Ernani Silva. http://www.burdineartbox.net/

• Vi Nhan Tran – “The Empathetic Power of Storytelling” – musician and playwright will talk about his family’s life story coming to the U.S. from Vietnam and growing up in Garden City, Kan.

• Annette LeZotte – “Sorting Out Race” – Kauffman Museum Director at Bethel College in Newton, Kan., will speak about the college’s exhibit “Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations.”

• Hong Hong Hui – a professional Pipa musician (traditional Chinese plucked-string instrument). She first learned to play when she was in Hong Kong 22 years ago. The video is of Hong Hong premiering one of her own compositions that she wrote last year as a master’s student at Northern Illinois University, https://youtu.be/wP3lqkVzUns.

• Dre Tayler – Project Manager of Males to Men, which sets out to provide a platform for youth to step on and shine like stars. Males to Men will address low self-esteem, lack of self-awareness, juvenile delinquency, adolescent fatherhood, violence, health deterioration, drugs, HIV/AIDS, economics and more. www.malestomen.com/.

• Shannon Oleen – “The Millennial Divide.” She will be discussing how to build a personal brand and differentiate yourself and how to excel in a world with four to five generations in the workplace. shannonoleen.com/speaking/.

To register, visit www.tedxwyandotte.org and select the “Register” tab.

Information is also available by visiting TedXWyandotte’s Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/TEDxWyandotte, by visiting www.tedxwyandotte.org or by contacting Marisa Gray, TEDxWyandotte Organizing Committee and KCKCC staff member at mcgray@kckcc.edu or 913-288-7284.

Community calendar

The Wyandotte Daily News is interested in news of your community event in Wyandotte County. Send information to news@wyandottepublishing.com and include your name and phone number. Please send in planned events by about a week before the event if possible. In the event of inclement weather, call the sponsoring organization to see if the event will be held.

Strawberry Hill Museum open on weekends

The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., is open on the weekends. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The admission charge is $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. Special tours are available during the week for groups of 20 or more by calling 913-721-0081. The museum’s tea room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday and Sunday of each month. For more information, visit www.strawberryhillmuseum.org/.

Wyandotte County Museum open

The Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and holidays. The exhibit, “75 Years of Flight: The B-25 Bomber,” is scheduled to run from June 12 to Aug. 29. For more information visit the website www.facebook.com/wycomuseum or call 913-573-5002.

Summer Festival, June 7, to benefit Sisters, Servants of Mary

Enjoy good food and fun at the Summer Festival to benefit the charitable works of the Sisters, Servants of Mary from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7, on the grounds of the Sisters’ Convent, 800 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan. Homemade tacos and tamales, Italian sausage and barbecued beef sandwiches, hot dogs, ice cream and Spanish desserts will be served. There will be games for children and booths including dolls from Mexico; various fundraisers; a variety booth; and tote bags and cookbooks for sale. The Sisters, Servants of Mary are a community of women religious who provide nursing care to persons in their homes. The Sisters offer their services at no charge to individuals or families. They are nurses and serve people throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The Kansas City, Kan., location is their “mother house” or headquarters for their convents in the United States and Mexico. For more information about the festival, call 913-371-3423.

Car show offered June 7

On Sunday, June 7, the Dotte Spot Bar and Grill, 8123 Parallel Parkway, is sponsoring a car show will be held in the parking lot starting at 11 a.m., with the public invited to bring their cars and bikes for the free show. There is no registration fee. The bar and grill will be open during the show.

UG Committee to meet June 8

The Unified Government Committee of the Whole is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Monday, June 8, at City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Time change for UG’s CDBG meeting

The Unified Government will hold a special session for the CDBG subcommittee at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 515, of City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Free summer movies offered June 9 to June 11
Free family-friendly movies will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Legends 14 Theatres in Kansas City, Kan. The free movies on June 9 to June 11 will be “Ramona and Beezus,” rated G, and “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” rated PG. Doors open at 9 a.m., all ages may attend. Seating is limited to availability on a first-come-first-serve basis. The schedule is subject to change. Current feature films are not included in the free admission.

Women’s Chamber to meet June 10

The Kansas City, Kan., Women’s Chamber of Commerce will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The speaker will be Janie Gaunce, business owner, president and CEO of Grapevine Designs, a national creative promotional marketing company. Networking will be from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by the lunch and program from noon to 1 p.m. The cost for lunch is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Guests are welcome. Reservations are required by emailing Ardith Deason at deason_a@wmhci.org, telephone 913-233-3305. There will be a fundraiser for donations to the scholarship fund.

Fairfax group to meet June 11
The Fairfax Industrial Association will meet for luncheon at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 11, at McCray Millwork, 3200 McCormick Road, Kansas City, Kan. The guest speaker will be Alex Burden, director of the Truman Library, who will give a presentation on the major issues and events of Harry Truman’s presidency. The cost of the luncheon is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by 5 p.m. June 9 to Melissa Clark at execdir@fiakck.org.

UG Ethics Commission to meet June 11
The Unified Government Ethics Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the second floor, Wyandotte County Courthouse, Division 18, old county commissioners’ chambers.

Leavenworth Road Association, Parks and Rec plan fishing derby June 13
The Leavenworth Road Association and the Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department are planning a free kids’ fishing derby June 13 at the Wyandotte County Lake kids fishing pond, 91st and Leavenworth Road. Registration is at 7 a.m. The event is from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Trophy presentation is at 11:30 a.m. There will be free goodies bags, free hot dogs and free bait. The event is for ages 3 to 15. For more information, see www.lrakck.org.

KCK library to hold comic book convention
The Kansas City, Kan., Main Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., will hold the first Library-Con, a convention for local comic book fans, on June 13. Library-Con will feature four comic artists: Ande Parks, DC Comics; Jason Aaron, Marvel Comics; Dennis Hopeless, Marvel Comics; and Kyle Strahm, Image Comics. Fans may meet and talk with the artists and see examples of their work. They will also be giving lessons on creating comics. Library-Con will start at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 13. The Main Library is located at 625 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, Kan. For more information, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/kck-library-to-hold-comic-book-convention/.

Alcott to be site for ‘Robin Hood Files’ children’s play
Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th, Kansas City, Kan., will be the site for “The Robin Hood Files,” a children’s production by Phil Tuffin directed by Katie Lee. This will be performed at 7 p.m. June 13 and 20, and at 3 p.m. June 14 and 21. Tickets to the production are $8 for general admission, and $6 for children ages 12 and younger and senior citizens. The cast for “The Robin Hood Files” includes Dani Saunders, Eva Kading, Anthony Cusumano, Dean Foreman, Jenna Bickelhapt, Jesse Cruz, Dakota Garrison, Zoe Green-Lockwood, Isabel Abio, Alyssa Cusumano, Alexander Gerardy, Ivy Gerardy, Josephine Gerardy, Victoria Gerardy and Harley Carolus. For more information, call the Alcott Arts Center at 913-233-2787 or visit www.alcottartscenter.org. The center is not yet ADA-accessible.

DAR chapter Medal of Honor Remembrance Service rescheduled
The Wyandot Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter’s Medal of Honor Remembrance Service originally planned at 10 a.m. June 13 at the Highland Park Cemetery, 4101 State Ave., will be rescheduled in September, according to an announcement. Three Civil War Medal of Honor recipients will be honored.

Free concert offered June 13 at Legends
The “Live at the Legends” concert series will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at The Legends Outlets, I-70 and I-435, Kansas City, Kan. Big Time Grain Company, a country and country rock band, will perform from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Legends, near the courtyard fountain area in front of the theaters. The concert is free and open to the public. Other concert dates include June 20: Dino O’Dell and The Doo-Dads, children’s music; June 27: The Zeros, new wave 1980s; July 11: Red Guitar, transcendent melodic rock music; and July 18: Perpetual Change, 1980s and 1990s rock (with some hits from the 2000s).

Blood drive scheduled June 16
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 16 at the Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

Blood drive scheduled June 17
An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 17 at the Wyandotte County-Unified Government Justice Complex, 710 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

KCKCC to hold scholarship scramble golf fundraiser
The 2015 KCKCC Endowment Asssociation Scholarship Scramble is June 18 at the Falcon Lakes Golf Course, 4605 Clubhouse Drive in Basehor, Kan. The scramble starts at 1 p.m., and the fee is $150 per player or $600 for a four-person team. Pricing includes 18 holes of golf and a putting contest, lunch and dinner, two drink tickets, a goodie bag, $10 pro shop gift card and entry into the Longest Drive Contest. Return registration forms to the KCKCC Endowment Association at 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. 66112; by email to dfangohr@kckcc.edu or by fax to 913-288-7641. For more information, call 913-288-7675. For more information, see http://wyandottedaily.com/kckcc-to-hold-scholarship-scramble-golf-fundraiser/.

Free dental clinic to be offered June 19-20 in Wyandotte County
A free dental clinic will be offered on Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, in Wyandotte County. Sponsored by the Reola Grant Center, Victory Dodge and Victory Ford, the clinic will be staffed by volunteer dentists and dental staff through the PDS Serve Foundation and volunteers from the Smile Generation Network. The free clinic is by advance appointment only. Those interested in the free dental clinic must call 816-942-0033, identify themselves as a Reola Grant Center client, and make an appointment. There will be no walk-in appointments. The Mobile Dental Clinic, a vehicle that travels from town to town, will be in the parking lot of Victory Dodge, 6650 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan., from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 19. It will be in the parking lot of the Victory Ford dealership at 715 S. 130th St., Bonner Springs, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. For more information, see http://wyandottedaily.com/free-dental-clinic-to-be-offered-june-19-20-in-wyandotte-county/.

Blood drive scheduled June 22
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 22 at the Parkway Baptist Church,12320 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

Program planned on dispelling myths of aging
“Dispelling the Myths of Aging” is planned from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, June 22, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The goal of the class is learning how to adapt to aging. To register for the class, call 913-906-8990.

Program to promote better self-image
A program is planned to help women develop a better self-image and more positive attitude. The class is held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 24-July 15, at the Keeler Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Those who attend are asked to attend all four sessions. The class is facilitated by Roxanne Hutton. To register for the class, call 913-906-8990.

UG Commission to meet June 25
The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. June 25 at the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. Planning and zoning items are expected to be on the agenda. An agenda should be posted online a few days before the meeting at www.wycokck.org.

June 26th golf classic to benefit Sisters, Servants of Mary
The 20th golf classic to benefit the Sisters, Servants of Mary is set for Friday, June 26, at Painted Hills Golf Course, 7101 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. Proceeds will go toward renovating the Sisters’ convent. Registration and lunch are from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Amino Brothers Co., Inc., is the lunch sponsor. At 12:20 p.m., the Sisters will participate in a putting contest. The four-person scramble will start at 1 p.m. The hole in one prize is a 2015 Jeep Renegade SUV with additional par three prizes sponsored by Overland Park Jeep Dodge Chrysler. The day will conclude at 5 p.m. with beverages, sandwiches and awards. For more information or a registration form for the golf scramble, visit www.sisterservantsgolfouting.com or contact George Gallup, 913-342-5018 or ggallup@kc.rr.com. Also see http://wyandottedaily.com/june-26th-golf-classic-to-benefit-sisters-servants-of-mary/.

Blood drive scheduled July 1
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. July 1 at the Bonner Springs Community Conference Room, Bonner Springs YMCA, 2251 S. 138th St., Bonner Springs, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

Blood drive scheduled July 8

An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. July 8 at Curves, 1224 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Counseling offered
Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers individual and couples counseling to women and men who might otherwise not be able to afford counseling. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to do an intake and schedule an appointment.