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Preparing food for the Oktoberfest event recently was David Bandelier. (Photo by William Crum)
Preparing food for the Oktoberfest event recently was David Bandelier. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Grunauer, located at 101 W. 22nd St. in Kansas City, Mo., held its fifth annual Oktoberfest on Friday and Saturday. Well over 1,000 people attended this two-day event.

Peter Grunauer married Lynne Bielski, who was from Wyandotte County, more than 35 years ago. They had two children, Elisabeth and Nick. Nick went to St. Peter’s in Wyandotte County and graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo.

There are two Grunauer restaurants — one in Vienna, Austria, and the other is in Kansas City, Mo.

“We are looking in the future about expanding. We are looking at Wyandotte County mainly because of what is happening. We have been open for five years in Kansas City,” Peter Grunauer said.

At the Oktoberfest celebration, a band, the Alpen Spielers, played under the direction of Betty Jo Simon. Simon is a nationally known recording artist. Another person who was there was John Knechtenhofer, who played the Alpine horn.

Knechtenhofer started playing the horn more than 10 years ago. His family is from Switzerland and he can trace his lineage back to the 1600s. The Alpine horns cost more than $5,000 and there are only four manufacturers in Switzerland that make these horns. They were used to call cows in Switzerland, Knechtenhofer said.

The event included bratwurst and a favorite bread pudding prepared by chef David Bandelier and his staff.

People from all over the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area came to the fifth annual event. At the event there was singing and dancing making this event truly remarkable. Even a Meetup group invited people to attend this gala event.
If you want to try Austrian food, this is the place to go. For more information you can call 816-283-3234 or go to the website www.grunauer.com. If you want to learn more about the band, go to the website www.alpenspielers.com.

Trevor Ashby, general manager of Grunauer's, welcomed people to the Oktoberfest celebration. (Photo by William Crum)
Trevor Ashby, general manager of Grunauer’s, welcomed people to the Oktoberfest celebration. (Photo by William Crum)

The Alpen Spielers performed for the Oktoberfest event. (Photo by William Crum)
The Alpen Spielers performed for the Oktoberfest event. (Photo by William Crum)

The bar at Grunauer's. (Photo by William Crum)
The bar at Grunauer’s. (Photo by William Crum)

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About 50 fast-food workers were arrested today in a protest near McDonald’s at 14th and Prospect in Kansas City, Mo.

The protest was a peaceful demonstration by fast-food workers from several restaurants who walked off the job, along with support from union members and clergy.

The workers are asking for their wages to be increased to $15 an hour.

Today’s protest, part of a national movement, was nonviolent.

A rally has been scheduled at 5 p.m. today at Oppenstein Brothers Park, 12th and Walnut, Kansas City, Mo.

More than 1.5 million Americans suffer with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes such symptoms as painful swelling of the joints and inflammation of the major organs including the heart, lungs, kidney and brain. There has been little advancement in treatment for lupus until recently with a breakthrough in medications.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, a free lupus seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo. Sponsored by the Alliance for Lupus Research and its Greater Kansas City Walk with Us to Cure Lupus walk, the seminar will provide the very latest information about Lupus treatment and research into a cure. Lunch will be provided and parking is free.

The seminar is part of the ALR’s educational efforts and outreach in the Greater Kansas City area. It is a “warm up” event for Kansas City’s Walk to Cure Lupus that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the T-Bones Stadium at CommunityAmerica Ballpark located at the Legends in Kansas City, Kan. Former Kansas City Chiefs Eddie Kennison is the walk chair; Kennison’s wife Shimika has lupus.
The seminar will include presentations by several local physicians. Topics include:
• Management of common lupus symptoms
• Current medicals for lupus
• Current and new potential treatments for lupus
• What is known about the cause of lupus

• Cardiovascular risk with lupus and what can be done about it

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Leslie Crouch with ALR at lcrouch@alr.org or call 800-867-1743 ext. 6105. Provide first and last name and a phone number where you can be reached.

Eddie Kennison, who retired from the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010 after 13 years in the NFL, was one of the Chiefs’ most philanthropic players. Kennison started his own foundation, Kennison’s QuickStart Foundation, in 2003 after Shimika was diagnosed with Lupus and entered into a formal partnership with the ALR and continues to chair the ALR’s Greater Kansas City area annual walk, Walk with Us to Cure Lupus.

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised by the ALR Walk go to support lupus research because the ALR board of directors funds all administrative and fundraising costs. To register for the Kansas City Lupus Walk or make a donation, please visit www.lupuswalkkc.org.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or lupus) is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect the joints and almost every major organ in the body, including the heart, kidneys, skin, lungs, and brain. As many as 1.5 million people in the United States have lupus which affects mostly women during childbearing years, though men and children can have the disease. Lupus is three times more common in African-American women than in Caucasian women and is also more prevalent in women of Latino, Asian, and Native American descent.