Kids’ Halloween events starting early; activities begin tonight

Here are some Halloween events in Wyandotte County that we have heard about:

Trunk-and-treat event offered
The Eighth Street YMCA plans a Trunk-and-Treat event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at 900 N. 8th St., Kansas City, Kan. Activities will include a carnival, games, costume parade and a trunk-and-treat. It is free and open to the public.

YMCA Monster Mash planned
The Providence YMCA-Ball Family Center, 8601 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., is planning a Monster Mash-Halloween Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. All ages are welcome. Activities include a bounce house, crafts, games, face painting, and a haunted house. The cost is $5 per child.

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat to be Saturday, Oct. 25

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.

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.

Halloween event scheduled Oct. 25 in Turner
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.

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.

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.

Halloween party scheduled Oct. 29
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.

Church to hold Trunk-or-Treat event Oct. 29
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.

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.

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.

Alcott Center plans Halloween event
The Alcott Arts Center will hold a “Super Heroes and Villains” theme safe Halloween event for children from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the center, 180 S. 18th, Kansas City, Kan. Children may dress up in Halloween costumes, meet super heroes and villains characters on the decorated south lawn of the center, where they can trick-or-treat. Parents may bring a camera to take a picture of the child with the superheroes. There also will be children’s face painting by Sheryl Nance Durst, and posters by artist Darryl Woods will be drawn. There is no charge for the event. Donations of candy and items to give away are being accepted for this event. There are often 400 to 600 children attending this event, according to organizers. Call 913-233-2787 or email chris@alcottartscenter.org to arrange for drop-offs of donations.

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.

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.

Sporting KC ends Champions run, falls 2-0 in Costa Rica

Sporting Kansas City’s 2014-2015 CONCACAF Champions League run came to an end Thursday night with a 2-0 loss to Deportivo Saprissa at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Saprissa and Sporting KC each finished the group stage with seven points, but the Costa Rican side will advance to the quarterfinal round of the tournament due to their stronger goal differential.

Sporting KC went into Thursday’s match in the driver’s seat of the group. With a win, a tie or a one-goal loss, the defending MLS Cup champions would have advanced to the knockout stages of the tournament.

The home side made things difficult early, however. Sporting KC goalkeeper Eric Kronberg was called into action in the 15th minute when Juan Bustos picked up an errant clearance and volleyed a strike to the near post. The veteran goalkeeper dove to his left and punched the ball away from goal.

With more than 20,000 fans in attendance, Saprissa struck first in the 23rd minute off a set piece. Bustos whipped in a ball that was headed toward the goal. Kronberg dropped low to block the first attempt, but Heiner Mora cleaned up the rebound to put the home side ahead.

Sporting KC’s luck turned from bad to worse moments later when 2010 World Cup veteran Benny Feilhaber and 19-year-old defender Igor Juliao were forced out of the game with injuries. Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes replaced Feilhaber and Juliao with Soony Saad and Jacob Peterson.

Despite conceding a goal and suffering two injuries, Sporting KC took a 1-0 deficit into the half, a result good enough to advance through to the next round. That score was short-lived, however. Less than a minute into the second half, Mora squared a pass to an open Ariel Rodriguez at the six-yard box. The Costa Rican international made no mistake, poking the ball past Kronberg for his fifth goal of the tournament.

Kronberg was called into action often in the second and responded well. The California native made a one-handed save on a Rodriguez shot in the 63rd minute, stopped a David Ramirez breakaway in the 64th minute and tipped a Marvin Angulo free kick over the bar in the 80th minute.

Sporting KC’s best opportunity of the night came in the 66th minute through striker Soony Saad. The Lebanon international turned a defender and curled a shot toward the far post. Goalkeeper Donny Grant made the save and held on to the ball despite an onrushing Dom Dwyer.

Sporting KC will resume MLS play Sunday night when it plays the New York Red Bulls at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., in the last game of the 2014 MLS regular season.

The match will kick off at 7:30 p.mCT and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. Sporting KC currently sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and would lock up the No. 3 seed and a spot in the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a win on Sunday.

– Story from Sporting KC

Job fair planned Oct. 28 at KCKCC

The Center for Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship at Kansas City Kansas Community College is sponsoring a Mini Job Fair next week in conjunction with the college’s Work Readiness Week.

The Mini Job Fair is from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in Upper Jewell on the main KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave. Approximately 30 companies will be in attendance, and all have current job openings. The job fair is open to those on the KCKCC campus as well as community members.

Companies attending include:

· Primerica

· Long Motor Corp.

· Amazon

· Acrobat Outsourcing

· Hatch Staffing

· New York Life Insurance

· AT&T

· SPX Cooling Technologies

· Whelan Security

· Baker University

· Kevin Remy

· Burlington Coat Factory

· GDIT (General Dynamics Information Technology)

· Crossroads Hospice

· Rasmussen College

· Synchrony Financial

· G4S Secure Solutions

· Express Employment Professionals

· Operation Breakthrough

· Fed Ex

· Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp)

· Western & Southern Life

· Infinite HealthCare

· Farmers Insurance

· First Student

· Pegasus Cleaning Corporation

· Legal Shield

· Target

· American Academy of Family Physicians

For those planning on attending the Job Fair, come prepared to interview on site with a recruiter and bring several resumes for distribution.

More information about the Mini Job Fair is available by contacting the Center for Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship at 913-288-7644.
– Story from Kelly Rogge, KCKCC public information supervisor