Kansas City Missouri

Regional baseball contests have been scheduled, including two in Wyandotte County.

Bonner Springs will play host to the Class 4A Division 1 boys baseball regional May 18-19.

No. 5 ranked Bonner Springs, 3-16, will play No. 4 Tonganoxie, 5-14, at 2 p.m. May 18 at Bonner Springs.

The winner of this game will play the No. 1 seed, Piper, 12-6, at 6 p.m. May 18 at Bonner Springs.

Also in this regional is No. 3 ranked Sumner Academy, 6-11, which will play No. 2 Basehor-Linwood, 8-12, at 4 p.m. May 18 at Bonner Springs.

Class 4A, Division 2

In Class 4A, Division 2 playoff action, No. 4 Bishop Ward, 9-7, will play No. 1 Santa Fe Trail, 14-2, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. Bishop Ward is the host for the playoff.

Also in this playoff, No. 2 ranked Meriden-Jefferson West, 14-3, will play No. 3 Perry-Lecompton, 14-5, at 2 p.m. May 19 at CommunityAmerica.

Class 5A
In Class 5A playoff action, No. 5 Schlagle, 7-11, will play No. 4 Leavenworth, 9-11, at Bettis Sports Park at 2 p.m. May 19.

No. 2 Washington, 12-3, will play No. 7 Topeka West, 6-14, at 4 p.m. May 19 at Eisenhower Field.

In another Class 5A regional, No. 8 Harmon, 0-12, will play No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas, 18-2, at 2 p.m. May 18 at Johnson County Community College.

No. 5 Turner, 12-6, will take on No. 4 Blue Valley West High School, 14-6, at 4 p.m. May 18 at Johnson County Community College.

Class 6A
In Class 6A regional playoff action, No. 10 Wyandotte, 3-7, takes on No. 3 Blue Valley Northwest, 13-7, at 4 p.m. May 21 at SWDAC.

For more information about these events and their locations, see http://www.kshsaa.org/.

The Amazing Grace Blues Festival will be held from 2 to 11 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at BB’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St., in Kansas City, Mo.

A fundraiser for the KCK Public Schools Foundation for Excellence, the event’s admission will be $10. There will be other fundraisers at the benefit, including a silent auction.

The music benefit is named for Amazing Grace Harris, a Kansas City, Kan., resident who was the longtime cook at the Grand Emporium Saloon (1985-2004) in Kansas City, Mo., and former proprietor of H & M BBQ, which was located near 13th Street and Walker in Kansas City, Kan. H & M featured late night and after hours blues music performances and jams for several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

All bands are donating their performances to the event on May 17.The groups that will be performing include: Brody Buster Band, Millage Gilbert Band, Lonesome Hank and the Heartaches, John Paul’s Flying Circus, 51% Blues Band, The Waxed Tadpoles, and Rockn Rick Patterson.

People wishing to donate may contact scottmackey08@yahoo.com or call Kelli Mather of the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools at 913-279-2231.

Area organizations are sponsoring Mental Health Month activities this month.

“It’s OK to Talk Mental Health Matters in Kansas City” is the theme of a community event to be started at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo.

The events are designed to encourage people to talk about conditions such as depression anxiety, obsessive behaviors and eating disorders.

One of the speakers at this event will include Anthony Davis, former Kansas City Chiefs player, who will address the importance of reaching out to someone with a mental illness. Davis will speak at 1:30 p.m. May 6 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.

According to community organizations, untreated mental illness is a serious health problem that affects many lives in the region and carries a significant social and economic cost.

Other events in this effort include:

• “Respect for Mental Health Awareness,” 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 5 at Pierson Auditoruium, UMKC campus.

• “Text, Talk, Act,” May 7, Kansas City, Mo., Sly James and Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland are sponsoring a local effort to reach 15,000 young people. Text “START” to 89800.

• “How the Stigma of Mental Illness in the African-American Community Impacts Treatment,” 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 8, Faith Deliverance Family Worship Center, 3043 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Featuring Dara Gill, Fletcher, who holds a doctorate. Contact Stacy Davis at 913-281-2221 to register.

• “Mental Health First Aid,” adults, 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. May 9, Concord Fortress of Hope, 11050 W. Longview Parkway, Kansas City, Mo. Contact Mark Sunde at msunde@rediscovermh.org.

• “Unveiling and Celebration of Journey to Health Mural,” 3 p.m. May 13, Wyandot Center Health and Wellness Clinic, 1301 N. 47th St., Kansas City, Kan. Contact Mark Wiebe, 913-233-3348.

• “Children’s Mental Health Issues: Services, Symptoms and How to Get Help,” 6:30 to 8 p.m., May 14, Old Mission United Methodist Church, 5519 State Park Road, Fairway, Kan. Registration online at www.mhah.org or contact Stacy Davis, 913-281-2221 to register.

• “Why Did I Eat That? A Cognitive Therapy Approach for Helping Those Struggling with Weight Loss and Healthy Lifestyle Changes,” 9 a.m. to noon May 15, First Church of the Nazarene, 11811 State Line Road, Kansas City, Mo. Contact Stacy Davis, 913-281-2221 to register.

• “Ben’s Ride,” May 16, Bicycle ride to fund depression and anxiety research or a 1-mile walk or 5K walk-run for those who don’t ride. Packet pickup, 8 a.m., Mission, Kan. Register at www.bens-ride.org.

• “Mental Health First Aid,” Spanish adult version, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21, Mattie Rhodes, Northeast Office, 148 N. Topping Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Contact Monica Sierra-Mayberry, 816-581-5607 to register.

• “Mental Health First Aid,” adult version, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27, Wyandot Center, 1301 N. 47th St., Kansas City, Kan. Contact Beth Yoder Stein, 913-328-4633 to register.

– Information from Mark Wiebe, Wyandot Inc.