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Downtown KCK prepares for Latino Arts Festival Saturday
Downtown Kansas City, Kansas, is preparing for the Latino Arts Festival on Saturday, June 3. A free festival and parade will be held Saturday. The parade begins at noon at 4th and Minnesota Avenue. For the festival, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, the 700 block of Minnesota will be blocked off to 8th Street. Two bands will perform, and there will be food from two vendors available for purchase. Low-rider vehicles will be on display at a car show, with a car hopping contest at 5:30 p.m. There also will be several Latino visual artists with displays in the KCK Chamber building. The festival is a joint effort of the Downtown Shareholders, Hallmark, the Kansas City, Kansas, Area Chamber of Commerce, El Centro, H.E.A.R.T., the Bank of Labor and others. Minnesota Avenue will be closed for the parade. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1401287576610495/.

Rockfest concert planned for Kansas Speedway on Saturday
Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, will be the site of the Rockfest concert on Saturday, June 3. The concert will run from noon to midnight on June 3, according to information on the concert website. The gates open at 11 a.m. There will be two stages for the entertainment. The concert is sponsored by The Rock 98.9 FM. The group Godsmack is set to perform at 10:40 p.m. Other groups scheduled to be at Rockfest include Sammy Hagar, Volbeat, Ratt, Halestorm, Collective Soul, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Blackberry Smoke, Zakk Sabbath, Candlebox, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Andrew Hagar, Sidewise, Watching the Fall, and One Less Reason. The national anthem will be performed by Zakk Wylde at noon. For more information on Rockfest, visit http://rockfestkc.com/.

‘Exotic Animals’ program planned at library
An exotic animals program is planned from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the MainKansas City, Kansas, Public Library Storytime – Craft Room, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program will be about animals with scales, feathers, tails and other features. The program is for children, tweens and teens. For more information, call 913-295-8250.

Summer reading kickoff program planned at West Wyandotte Library
A summer reading kickoff party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the West Wyandotte Library auditorium, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kansas. The program is for all ages. An inflatable obstacle course, a craft program and lawn games are planned, along with refreshments.

Sporting KC to play Saturday afternoon in KCK
After playing four of the previous five matches away from home, Sporting Kansas City will return to Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, on Saturday to play host to Minnesota United FC at 4 p.m. in a nationally televised showdown on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. The Western Conference clash will also air live on Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish), while the Sporting KC Uphoria mobile app will provide live updates. With heavier traffic anticipated in the Village West area due to Rockfest at the Kansas Speedway, ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early to Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday.

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Rockfest concert planned for Kansas Speedway on Saturday

Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, will be the site of the Rockfest concert on Saturday, June 3.

The concert will run from noon to midnight on June 3, according to information on the concert website. The gates open at 11 a.m. There will be two stages for the entertainment.

The concert, sponsored by The Rock 98.9 FM, also is planning a mass wedding this year.

The group Godsmack is set to perform at 10:40 p.m. Other groups scheduled to be at Rockfest include Sammy Hagar, Volbeat, Ratt, Halestorm, Collective Soul, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Blackberry Smoke, Zakk Sabbath, Candlebox, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Andrew Hagar, Sidewise, Watching the Fall, and One Less Reason. The national anthem will be performed by Zakk Wylde at noon.

The concert is moving from the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., where it has been held the last 13 years, to the speedway site. It was held in 1994 and from 1998 to 2003 at the Sandstone Amphitheater in Bonner Springs.

For more information on Rockfest, visit http://rockfestkc.com/.

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Almirola released from hospital after Kansas Speedway accident

After Joey Logano’s car (left top) hit Danica Patrick’s car (on the right in a cloud of smoke and fire), Aric Almirola (lower left) then ran into Logano’s car Saturday night at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Almirola was hospitalized overnight and has now been released from the University of Kansas Hospital. According to a statement, Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 vertebra. (Photo by Steve Rupert)


A three-vehicle accident on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway’s go Bowling 400 involved Joey Logano, top center, Danica Patrick, right, and Aric Almirola, top left. Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 vertebra and was released from the University of Kansas Hospital today, according to a statement. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

Aric Almirola, who was in a serious accident during the Go Bowling 400 Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, has been released from the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, according to a statement from Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.

Almirola was taken to the hospital after a fiery three-car crash on turn two on lap 199 during Saturday night’s Monster Energy Cup Series NASCAR race. He was flown by helicopter to KU Hospital Saturday night.

According to the statement, Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 vertebra from the accident.

He is heading home to North Carolina today, according to the statement. He is mobile and will follow up with his doctors in Charlotte, N.C., according to the statement today.

The accident Saturday night started when Joey Logano’s car experienced mechanical failure and ran into Danica Patrick’s car. Almirola then ran into Logano. Logano and Patrick were OK after the accident.

Another view of a three-vehicle accident Saturday night at Kansas Speedway involved Aric Almirola, lower left, Joey Logano, upper left, and Danica Patrick, center top. Almirola was released from the hospital today. (Photo by Steve Rupert)


A view after a three-vehicle accident Saturday night at Kansas Speedway involving, Aric Almirola, left, Joey Logano, center and Danica Patrick, right. (Photo by Steve Rupert)


Crews worked several minutes to remove Aric Almirola from his car after an accident Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. Almirola was released from the University of Kansas Hospital today. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

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