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The 29th annual Leavenworth Road parade will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

The parade route starts at 72nd and Leavenworth Road and continues to 51st and Leavenworth Road. Some of the walkers and marchers will join the parade near 64th Street.

“It’s going to be nice weather, decent temperatures, sunshine, and no rain. Perfect parade weather,” said Lou Braswell, executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association.

The parade will include Washington, Wyandotte and Schlagle high school bands, four horse units, antique cars and a total of 50 entries, Braswell said.

As in last year’s parade, the Kansas City Kansas Community College men’s basketball team is planning to dribble down Leavenworth Road, shooting basketballs at a goal in the back of a truck, she said.

The judges’ stand will be located in front of Welborn Elementary School.

This year, Unified Government employees will sponsor a fundraiser for United Way before the parade at Sunset Plaza, 6000 Leavenworth Road, she said. A children’s bounce house and craft booths are planned.

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Bikers for Babies will take place Sunday at the Kansas Speedway. (File photo)
Bikers for Babies will take place Sunday at the Kansas Speedway. (File photo)

Bikers for Babies hold its 20th annual fundraising ride Sept. 21, starting from the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., about 11 a.m. Sunday.

The 100-mile bike trip is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes. As many as 5,000 motorcycle riders are expected to participate Sunday.

“This is the biggest Bikers for Babies ride in the country,” said Jennifer Robinson, state director of communications for the March of Dimes.

The commitment from volunteers, the support from sponsors and from honorary chair, Johnny Dare, make it the most successful one in the nation, she said. It is Dare’s 19th year supporting Bikers for Babies.

It has been a passion with so many volunteers for so many years, she added.

Besides families who have a connection with March of Dimes, there are thousands who participate in this event who do not have a personal connection, she said.

Registration for the ride is at 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the day of the event. There is an entry fee of $40 for registration on the day of the ride.

The route for Bikers for Babies has changed within the last week, Robinson added. The new route is online at http://www.bikersforbabieskc.com/motorcycle-ride-details/motorcyle-event-maps/.

For more information visit the website bikersforbabieskc.com.

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Blessed Sacrament Church, 2203 Parallel, will have a parish fiesta from after the 4 p.m. Mass to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. After a bilingual Mass at 4 p.m. there will be games, booths and entertainment.

A Community Blood Center blood drive will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at Christ the King Catholic Church basement, 3024 N. 53rd. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.esavealifenow.org 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 Historic Westheight Neighborhood Association are planning to celebrate Oct. 5 with a St. Francis Festival with a blessing of animals, food, music, games, worship service outside and more.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland, will hold a fall garage sale, bake sale and barbecue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 20. Food available for lunch includes hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. Homemade baked goods will be available. There will be a variety of items for sale.