Salvation Army to accept applications for Christmas assistance starting Oct. 13

The Salvation Army in the Kansas City metropolitan area will soon be accepting applications for Christmas assistance.

Eligible families and seniors aged 65 and older are welcome to apply in person at the Salvation Army community center closest to where they live. Families and seniors who qualify for Christmas assistance may receive food for holiday meals and toys for children in the family.

In Kansas City, Kan., the Salvation Army at 6723 State Ave. will be accepting applications Oct. 13-16, Oct. 20-23 and Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 28 to Dec. 4. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Call the Salvation Army in Kansas City, Kan., at 913-232-5400 for specific information including what to bring with you to provide proof of eligibility. This may include items such as a photo ID, proof of income and proof of residency, such as a current utility bill and verification of children 14 years or younger in the household.

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A Community Blood Center blood drive will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Christ the King Catholic Church basement, 3024 N. 53rd. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 816-753-4040.

Holy Family Catholic Church will celebrate Slovenefest from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Monsignor Mejak Hall, gym and school grounds, 513 Ohio, Kansas City, Kan. The event is dedicated to the late Don Lipovac, accordionist, in recognition of his contributions to the community. Slovenefest begins with a Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 274 Orchard St., Kansas City, Kan. The festival, after the Mass, includes games, souvenirs, a silent auction, and a Slovenian dinner.

The Five Loaves Food Ministry is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Judson Baptist Church, 8300 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The food pantry will provide one box of healthy food for families in need.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 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.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, is preparing for its 50th year celebration on Sunday, Sept. 28. A potluck-fellowship is planned after the 10:30 a.m. service. A variety show also is planned as part of the celebration.

St. Martin Lutheran Church will sponsor its eighth annual German Fest from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the church, 13849 Hollingsworth Road (the corner of Highway 7 and Hollingsworth Road), Kansas City, Kan. The program features live music from the Grisnik Orchestra and the German Dance Group, “Blautaler Schuhplattler Dancers.” There will be face painting, inflatables, and children’s activities. The event includes a beer garden, silent auction for charities, tethered hot air balloon rides and hayrides, weather permitting. A dinner of roasted pork, brats, homemade sauerkraut, warm German potato salad, dessert and more is planned. There are hot dog meals available for children. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

St. Mary – St. Anthony Church will hold a Fall Afternoon of bingo starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Bishop Forst Hall, 615 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. A $5 ticket admission will receive a bingo card, free desserts, popcorn and coffee. Beer and soda will be available for purchase. For more information or volunteer to help contact Carol Shomin at 913-897-4833 or the Rectory Office at 371-1408. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., and the HistoricWestheight Neighborhood Association are planning to celebrate Oct. 5 with a St. Francis Festival. St. Francis Day starts with a service on the lawn in English and Spanish at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. The festival will include the blessing of the animals, food and games. The event will be a fund-raising activity for outreach programs.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., is planning a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Cole Activities Center. A movie, “Acts of God,” will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

Slovenefest slated Saturday at Holy Family; dedicated to memory of Don Lipovac

The annual Slovenefest celebration Saturday at Holy Family Church is dedicated to the memory of local musician Don Lipovac.
The annual Slovenefest celebration Saturday at Holy Family Church is dedicated to the memory of local musician Don Lipovac.

by Kathy Hanis

Holy Family Catholic Church is celebrating Slovenefest 2014 on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The 6th Annual Slovenefest celebration will be held at Monsignor Mejak Hall, Gym, and Holy Family School Grounds located at 513 Ohio, Kansas City, Kan. The festival will run from 5 to 10 p.m. The Rev. Peter M. Jaramillo is the full-time pastor of Holy Family Church.

The 6th Annual Slovenefest is dedicated to Don Lipovac in memory of his outstanding contribution to classical and folkloric Slovenian accordion music to the local community and his many years of entertainment, both locally and worldwide.

When Lipovac was 7, he played his button box accordion at family events. When he was 16, he won a competition at Municipal Auditorium to appear on “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour,” a kind of “American Idol” of the early 1950s.

He performed on the Lawrence Welk Show and countless weddings and church and ethnic festivals. Brian McCarty, who played with Don, will provide the musical entertainment and the Hrvatski Običaj Tamburaši group will also perform.

Other Slovenians that have made their mark here include Monsignor Heliodore N. Mejak, who was the longest living priest to serve at Holy Family Church from June 1944 until Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2007, for a total of 64 years.

Other notable persons of Slovene heritage throughout the world include: Bishop Anton Martin Slomsek, who was also a scholar, was responsible for saving the Slovenian Heritage, was beatified by Pope John Paul II on Sept. 19, 1999. Bishop Frederic Baraga was honored by beatification by Pope Benedict XV. France Prešen was a 19th-century Romantic Slovene poet, best known as the poet who inspired virtually all later Slovene literature and has been generally acknowledged as the greatest Slovene classical author. The art nouveau style of Slovene architect, Jože Plečnik, designed the iconic “3 Bridges” and many notable buildings and contributed to many civic improvements in the city market place, and along the banks of the Ljubljanica River and through Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Locally, Dr. Paul L. O’Boynick II is a neurosurgeon with Neurosurgery Associates of Kansas. Dr. Michael Bartkoski spent his career in the animal health sciences field, primarily in vaccine manufacturing. Robert Serra is a Kansas District judge. Joseph Lastelic is a retired Washington correspondent for The Kansas City Star. He also played the organ here at the church many years ago. Alfred Matthew Yankovic, better known by his stage name, “Weird Al,” Yankovic’s father, Nick Louis Yankovic, was of Slovenian descent, was born in Kansas City, Kan., and was baptized at Holy Family Church, as well as many other outstanding Slovenian parishioners.

The Slovenian celebration will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, with Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church, 274 Orchard St., Kansas City, Kan.

Festivities will follow the Mass and include children and adult games, a cultural booth, souvenirs, and a silent auction, and an authentic Slovenian dinner, serving a choice of Sarma (stuffed cabbage roll), Poljene Paprika (stuffed pepper), Krvavica (a specialty sausage), Slovenian potato salad and green beans.

For information, contact Holy Family Church office at 913-371-1561 or

Holy Family Church is celebrating Slovenefest on Saturday in Kansas City, Kan.
Holy Family Church is celebrating Slovenefest on Saturday in Kansas City, Kan.