Saturday events

Racing continues at Kansas Speedway
Race weekend continues on Saturday, Oct. 4, with the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway, I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kan. The race at 2:30 p.m. will be on ESPN cable television. There also will be qualifying for the Nationwide Series earlier in the day, as well as practices for the Sprint Cup Series. Local favorite race driver Jennifer Jo Cobb, a native of Kansas City, Kan., plans to compete in the Nationwide event. For more information, visit www.kansasspeedway.com.

Choir Festival planned Saturday
The Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools will hold its annual Choral Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4. The event will begin at noon in the Washington High School Auditorium, 7340 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. The event will feature choirs from many of the district’s middle and high schools. Also performing will be the Voices of Change (young men’s choir from KCK), the Kansas City Kansas Community College choir and the All-City Children’s Chorus. Staff, students and community members are invited to come and hear these groups perform. Admission is $1.

Church plans German Fest on Saturday

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.

Renaissance Festival continues on weekends

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival continues on Saturday and Sunday at the festival grounds at 628 N. 126th St. (126th and State), Bonner Springs. The festival is the re-creation of a 16th century English village. Music, food, crafts, shows and other entertainment are featured at the festival, which runs on weekends through Oct. 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.kcrenfest.com.

Cross-Lines to hold annual Gala for Hope dinner and auction
Cross-Lines Community Outreach, 736 Shawnee, Kansas City, Kan., will hold its 11th annual dinner gala and auction Oct. 4 at the Ritz Charles, Overland Park, Kan. The fundraising event begins with a reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 7:15 p.m., a live auction at 8:15 p.m. and dancing to live music at 9 p.m. Registration is $150 per person. For more information, visit www.cross-lines.org/.

Harvick takes pole position for Sprint Cup race

An exciting day of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying, NASCAR Nationwide Series practice and ARCA Racing presented by Menards kicked off Hollywood Casino 400 weekend today at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

Three-time Kansas Speedway winner Jeff Gordon started where he left off in May setting the fastest time in the first Sprint Cup Series practice topping Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon.

For Harvick, there seems to be something about Kansas that suits him. After finishing second in practice, he earned his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas Speedway pole this afternoon.

“Yeah, for whatever reason this fits everything that I have going on with my driving style. Last year we had a fast car and this year we have a fast car as well.”

Brian Vickers will start beside Harvick on the front row and Aric Almirola and Joey Logano will make up the second row.

Carl Edwards qualified 12th, Jamie McMurray qualified 14th and Clint Bowyer will start 19th on Sunday, respectively.

The ARCA Racing Series wrapped up the 2014 season in an action packed 99 laps under the lights at Kansas Speedway.

Spencer Gallagher earned his first career ARCA Racing Series victory, Josh Williams finished second followed by Ross Kenseth, son of two-time Kansas Speedway winner Matt Kenseth, Mason Mitchell and Cody Coughlin.

Points leader Mason Mitchell only had to take the green flag in tonight’s ARCA 98.9 at Kansas Speedway to claim the 2014 ARCA Racing Series Championship.

Tickets for Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 and Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 are still available and can be purchased by calling 866-460-7223 or at the gate each day.

Parking is free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.
– Story from Kansas Speedway

Argentine students, residents evacuated because of gas leak

A gas line was struck near 2300 Metropolitan Ave. today in Kansas City, Kan.

According to a Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department spokesman, residents were evacuated from a nearby apartment complex, and about 600 students at Argentine Middle School were evacuated to Harmon High School.

Most residents of the apartments left in their personal vehicles, while a Kansas City, Kan., transit bus helped residents without transportation leave the area, the spokesman said.

The gas leak was fixed by Kansas Gas Service and residents were allowed to return home at 2:15 p.m., according to the Fire Department spokesman. Students from Argentine Middle were returned to their school by the end of the school day.

No injuries were reported, the spokesman said.