Kansas City Kansas

Lana Calhoun of the Turner area of Kansas City, Kan., right, showed her photo identification before casting an advance vote this morning at the Election Office, 850 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Lana Calhoun of the Turner area of Kansas City, Kan., right, showed her photo identification before casting an advance vote this morning at the Election Office, 850 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert
About 49 people had voted by noon Saturday at the downtown Election Office, casting advance ballots for the general election, according to Wyandotte County Election Commissioner Bruce Newby.

He said more than 200 people voted this morning at the satellite voting site at the Kansas Speedway near 110th and I-70 in Wyandotte County.

There were no lines at the downtown Election Office at 850 State Ave. at midday today, as advance voting expanded to include Saturday hours. Two persons were waiting outside when the doors opened, election workers said. The two voting sites will be open through 3 p.m. today.

The downtown Election Office has been open for advance voting since Tuesday. So far, there have been 691 advance votes cast at the downtown office, he added.

By mail, 4,702 advance ballots have been sent out so far, and 2,163 have already been returned, Newby said.

The two advance voting sites also will be open during weekdays before the election. For the schedule, see the link below.

Newby said he expected voter turnout for the Nov. 4 election to be characteristic of a midterm election. The last two midterm elections were 39.4 percent and 39.9 percent, he said, so his prediction for this election is 40 percent, plus or minus 2 percent.

He’d like to see a higher turnout. “Voters can prove me wrong, and they’re more than welcome to do that,” he said.

Newby said the numbers of people who use the two voting sites for advance voting will be counted, and because of the cost of staffing the office, usage will determine whether it will be offered in the future.

Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., who stopped by the Election Office today, said that there are plans to hold a “Get Out the Vote” rally in the downtown area near the Brotherhood Bank parking lot next Saturday. Sen. Haley added there were some things about current elections that he didn’t like, such as more screening of the voters through proving citizenship and showing identification, but he liked the Saturday advance voting hours.

For an earlier story on advance voting and the hours it is available, see http://wyandottedaily.com/saturday-advance-voting-opens-today-at-two-sites/.

State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., left, chatted with Election Commissioner Bruce Newby this morning at the Election Office, 850 State Ave. (Staff photo)
State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., left, chatted with Election Commissioner Bruce Newby this morning at the Election Office, 850 State Ave. (Staff photo)

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Catholic Cemeteries of Northeast Kansas will hold special All Souls and Memorial Masses in three of its cemeteries, Saturday, Nov. 8. The Masses commemorate persons who have died in recent months and are buried in the Catholic cemeteries. The observance also gives area Catholics the opportunity to remember their faithful departed family members and friends. Persons are invited to attend the Masses. In Wyandotte County, a Mass will be 9 a.m. Nov. 8 at Holy Redeemer Mausoleum Chapel at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 126th and Parallel, Kansas City, Kan., remembering persons buried between July 14 through Oct. 12.

On Friday, Oct. 31, Friends of Yates, Inc. will hold its 14th Annual Faith Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This event will be held at the Friends of Yates Center located at 1418 Garfield Ave, Kansas City, Kan., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Special guests will include representatives from the office of the U.S. attorney, district of Kansas, the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program along with many other notable officials and advocates who work daily to eradicate domestic violence. To make reservations for the event, contact the Administrative Office at 913-321-1566 by Monday, Oct, 27.

Grinter Chapel United Methodist Church, 7819 Swartz Road, will hold its annual chili dinner – vegetable soup dinner with dessert and drink from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 25. A silent auction, bazaar and bake sale will be included. There will be a donation for the dinner of $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Hot dogs will be available.

“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.

Living Water United Methodist Church, 3001 N. 115th St., will hold its annual Trunk or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Activities include trunk or treat, games, hot dogs, s’mores, hayrack rides and more. The community is invited. In case of rain, activities will be moved indoors.

The 40th annual Wyandotte County Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held Friday, Nov. 7. The cost is $20 per person. Seating begins at 6:45 a.m. and program begins at 7 a.m. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is Superintendent Cindy Lane, superintendent of the Kansas City, Kan., Public School District. All three Wyandotte County mayors are a part of the program along with the featured speaker U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, discussing the importance of faith in the community, and other faith leaders. Tickets are available for purchase at the chamber office, 727 Minnesota Ave. or at the Bonner Springs City Hall, 205 E. Second St. For information, email receptionist@kckchamber.com.

Persons of all Christian traditions are invited to participate in Taizé prayer at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Annunciation Chapel on the campus of the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan. Taizé prayer is a meditative, candlelit service that includes simple chants sung repeatedly, silence, and prayers of praise and intercession. These prayer services emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. For more information, visit www.marillaccenter.org or call 913-680-2342.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., will hold a congregational meeting at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, following the first service.

A fall dance will be held from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at St. Mary-St. Anthony Church basement, 615 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. The dance features the Willie Kirst Band. The dance is sponsored by the German-American Edelweiss Society. Admission is $18 for adults; $10 fo ages 12-20; $5 for ages 6-11; and free for under 5. Food, drink and dancing are included.

Members from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., will attend the 155th annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25 at the Capitol Hilton Hotel, Maner Convention Center and Grace Cathedral, all in Topeka. St. Paul’s members who will attend will include the Rev. Dixie Roberts Junk, the priest-in-charge, and Rich Lavin, the parish treasurer.

A pancake breakfast is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in St. Peter’s Parish Center, 425 N. 15th St., Kansas City, Kan., to benefit the Sisters, Servants of Mary. The Sisters, Servants are a religious community that provides in-home nursing care for persons who are dying or terminally ill. They provide these services free of charge. Tickets to the breakfast are available at $6 for adults and $4 for children under 10 years old. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling, 913-371-3423. At the breakfast, Mary Health of the Sick Guild members will host a bake sale and a variety booth featuring Precious Moments figurines, seasonal and other items. All proceeds benefit the charitable work of the Sisters, Servants.

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Halloween Trunk or Treat to be Saturday
A Halloween Trunk or Treat event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. The event, sponsored by the Wyandotte County Fair Board, is a benefit for the Wyandotte County Fair Foundation 4-H Scholarships. The admission charge of $5 per child ages 2 and up will include hayride, trunk or treating, haunted petting zoo, games and a hot dog around the fire pits. The public is invited to the event. Family activities are geared to ages 3 to 15, and parents or adults should accompany the children. Volunteers including 4-H members and adults will be working at the trunk or treat. The fairgrounds location is east of K-7 on Polfer Road in northwest Wyandotte County.

Several local authors to appear at library event Oct. 25
Kansas City, Kan., Public Library will hold a Homegrown Reads local author fair on Oct. 25. This event, focusing on Kansas City area writers, will highlight both burgeoning, new talent and popular, established authors. Fans will be able to meet and talk with authors, listen to live readings, and purchase copies of books to have signed. Homegrown Reads feature dozens of local authors, including Fanny Alaadeen, Ruth Saucedo Campos, Angela Cervantes, Lisa Cindrich, Jay Sparks, Sarah Elizabeth, Terry W. Drake, Pete Dulin, Helen Walsh Folsom, James Heiman, Evelyn Hill, Ann Ingalls, Von Kopfman, Debra McArthur, Kira McConico, Jan Menn, Steve Penn, Anola Pickett, Linda Rodriguez, Thomas Shawver, Regina Sirois, Barbara Stuber, Joe Vaughan, and Berneice Williams. Books will be available for sale from Mysteryscape. Homegrown Reads will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. For more information call 913-722-7400 or visit www.kckpl.org.

Trick-or-treat at the library
Children may trick-or-treat from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kan. Children may wear costumes and may stay at the event to do a couple of Halloween crafts. Those under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of six or more must call ahead.

Rosedale Development Association plans Healthy Halloween event
The Rosedale Development Association plans its fifth annual Healthy Halloween event from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Whitmore Park, 1412 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. Attractions at the event include a bounce house, mask making, pumpkin painting, disc golf and more. Free flu shots will be offered. Call 913-677-5097 for more information.

Halloween event scheduled Oct. 25
Spooktacular, sponsored by the Turner Recreation Commission, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Turner Community Library, 831 S. 55th, Kansas City, Kan. The event features games, costumes and a haunted house. Recreation commission games will cost 50 cents each. For more information, call the library at 913-596-1404 or the recreation commission at 913-287-2111.

Big Pumpkin Run 5k and Scarecrow Scamper scheduled Oct. 25
The Big Pumpkin Run 5k and Scarecrow Scamper are scheduled at 5 p.m. Oct. 25 by the Bonner Springs YMCA. The starting line is north of the intersection of West Kump Avenue and South Bluegrass Drive in Bonner Springs. Besides the race, there will be a party, costumes and family fun. A family festival will follow an awards ceremony. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Bonner Springs Family YMCA campaign. Entry fee is $20 for the 5k, and $2 for children to attend the child watch party.

KCK NAACP to hold Freedom Fund Banquet
The 71st annual Kansas City, Kan., NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Reardon Center, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The banquet theme is “All in for Justice and Equality.” The speaker will be Bishop Ervin Sims Jr. of Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ, and president of the Mount Carmel Redevelopment Corp. Tickets are $65; doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. For more information, contact banquet co-chairs Mary Ann Flunder, 913-563-9956; Clyde Townsend, 913-481-3824; and Loris Jones. The NAACP office number is 913-281-7900.

Blood drive scheduled
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Francisco Lounge, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. A blood drive is also scheduled there from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Halloween party scheduled
A Halloween event has been scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the T-Rex restaurant at The Legends at Village West, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending may wear a costume and trick-or-treat. They will meet Dexter and friends. There will be games, crafts and activities. Also, there will be a discounted price on kids’ meals. For more information see www.trexcafe.com.

Halloween event scheduled Oct. 29
“Halloweenpalooza,” an event for children, tweens and teens, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, youth storytime-craft room, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The event features costumes, games, trick-or-treating, music and food. For information, call 913-279-2128.

Halloween event to be Oct. 30
A Halloween Bash is planned from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the South Branch Library, Meeting Room A, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The event is for children and teens.

UG Commission to meet Oct. 30
The Unified Government Commission has scheduled a meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at City Hall, lobby level, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. Planning and zoning items may be on the agenda. An agenda should be posted at www.wycokck.org.

Safe trick-or-treating offered
Safe trick-or-treating events will be offered at all Unified Government recreation centers on Friday, Oct. 31. For more information on times of the events, call 913-573-8327. Center locations: JFK Recreation Center – 1310 N. 10th St.; Eisenhower Center- 2901 N. 72nd St.; Argentine Community Center, 2810 Metropolitan; Armourdale Community Center, 730 Osage; Bethany Community Center, 1120 Central Ave.; Kensington Gym, 2900 State Ave.; Piper Community Center, 3130 N. 122nd St.

Leavenworth Road Association to help at Eisenhower and FOP trick-or-treat events
The Leavenworth Road Association volunteers will assist from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eisenhower Recreation Center and the FOP safe trick-or-treat events. The Eisenhower Center, 2901 N. 72nd St., will have games and treats for children. FOP also will hold a trunk-and-treat event and haunted house at the FOP Hall, 7844 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan.

Grinter Place to hold chili supper, silent auction Nov. 1
Grinter Place State Historic Site, the oldest home in Wyandotte County, will hold a chili supper and silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Dinner guests can tour the house, enjoy live music, and bid in the silent auction. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door; children 5 and younger are free. Proceeds from supper and auction benefit programs at Grinter Place. To pre-purchase tickets, contact Grinter Place 913-299-0373; grinter@kshs.org; Don Jolley 913-481-3527; or Pat Spencer 913-788-7140. The event is presented in cooperation with Grinter Place Friends and Quilters. Grinter Place is at 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan. For more information, visit kshs.org/grinter_place.

Garage and bake sale planned Nov. 6-8
Young Women on the Move is planning its annual garage and bake sale Nov. 6-8 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 2907 N. 81st St., Kansas City, Kan. Funds raised will help to support program expenses such as transportation, Saturday workshops, the new peer health mentorship program and expansion of after-school programs into eight middle schools. Donations for the garage sale or baked items are being accepted. Donations may be gently used clothing, jewelry, kitchen cookware, dishes, toys, books, furniture, home décor and other items. Anyone interested in contributing items to the sale may call 913-744-9139 by Oct. 29. For more information, visit www.youngwomenonthemove.org.

Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance scheduled
The historical Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 27 at the Kansas National Guard Armory, 18th and Ridge, Kansas City, Kan. The dance will feature blues artists Latimore singing “Let’s Straighten It Out,” “Bad Risk” and “Sunshine Lady.” There also will be performances by Lady Vivian and Rockin’ Rick. The event continues through 2 p.m. Tickets are $38, and reserved tickets are $50. Tickets at the door are $45. For information or tickets, call 816-353-4373 or visit ticketkc.com.

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.