Aug. 1 deadline for KCKCC Jazz Band trip to Havana Jazzfest

by Alan Hoskins
Time is running out on community members wishing to join the Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Band at the 2014 Havana Jazzfest in Havana, Cuba.
A final organizational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, at the Conference Center adjacent to the Campus Lake on the KCKCC campus at 7250 State Ave.
The final day to be a part of the entourage accompanying the Jazz Band is Friday, Aug. 1. Any persons signing up after Aug. 1 will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
Because of restrictions flying to and from Cuba, the KCKCC band will be flying through Dallas to Cancun, Mexico, on Tuesday, Dec. 16, where it will connect with a Cancun to Havana flight arriving in Havana at 5:25 p.m.
The return trip will depart Havana Monday, Dec. 22, and include a night’s stopover in Cancun before returning to Kansas City Tuesday, Dec. 23.
Air space is limited so any persons wishing to make the trip should plan on attending the final organizational meeting July 29 or contact Tour Coordinator Bill Yeazel at or 816-665-0296.
A complete itinerary is available online at and selecting the Havana Jazzfest link. Offered through Authentic Cuba Travel, a $300 deposit (non-refundable) is required to confirm space.
The price for the land tour in Cuba is $1,769 and includes hotel (double occupancy), some meals, daily activities with tour guides, buses, tours and an all-access pass to the Havana International Jazz Festival. However, it does not cover air fares, licensing fees and a $20 Cuba Tourist Visa. Also, all participants must have U.S. passports.
Persons wishing to make reservations may call Authentic Cuba Travel at toll free 1-877-280-2054, or send a $300 deposit check (per person) to Authentic Cuba Travel, 108 Earl Place, Toronto, Canada, M4Y 3B9 Canada.

Descendant of Harriet Tubman dies

by Kelly Rogge

A long-time member of the Kansas City, Kan., community with ties to Kansas City Kansas Community College has died.

Isabel Elizabeth Gibson, mother-in-law of KCKCC professor Ewa Unoke, died July 2 in Kansas City, Kan. A beloved mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, Gibson was a descendant of the legendary humanitarian and Union spy during the Civil War, Harriet Tubman.

“It was all about serving others, always trying to help others,” said Melody Unoke, one of Gibson’s daughters. “She was also a disciplinarian, especially in bringing up her children.”

As a school teacher, Gibson served in several capacities such as a Sunday school teacher, church organist, leader of the Girls Guides Association and member of the Cape Palmas Prayer Bands. She was passionate in training young boys and girls as a music teacher.

Gibson is an African descendant of Harriet Tubman of U.S. Underground Railroad fame. Harriet was married to John Tubman, who visited Cape Palmas, Liberia, to meet with his relatives Shedrach and Sylvia Tubman. The couple had three children – Alex Tubman, John Hillary and another child who was killed in the tribal war between the Americo-Liberians and the natives. Gen. John Hilary Tubman led the army that eventually defeated the native forces. The 18th president of Liberia, W.V.S. Tubman, Alfred Tubman (Bob Willie) and Gibson are direct descendants of Gen. Alex Tubman who stopped the French invasion of the young Republic of Liberia.

“We are therefore related to Harriet Tubman through marriage. Bob Willie’s daughter, Harriet Tubman who lives in Virginia is named after the legendary freedom fighter,” Melody Unoke said. “Our county in Liberia is called Maryland county named after Maryland state in the U.S where Harriet Tubman hailed from.”

A viewing and prayer service will be from 5 to 9 p.m. July 18 at Porter Funeral Home, 1835 Minnesota Ave. in Kansas City, Kan. There will be a Celebration of Life from 9 to 10 a.m. July 19 at St. Monica Catholic Church, 1616 Paseo Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo. Interment will be at the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 12601 Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kan. Repast at Savior Pastoral Center, 12601 Parallel Parkway.

Registration open for fall classes at KCKCC-TEC

by Kelly Rogge

Summer is in full swing, but that does not mean the fall semester at Kansas City Kansas Community College is not around the corner.

The KCKCC Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center has several exciting fall classes to consider for the fall semester. The slate of classes also includes more in the cooking category, which should excite many in the community, said Elizabeth Folsom, technical assistant at KCKCC-TEC.

“Evening cooking classes have always been a very strong draw to the community to attend KCKCC-TEC,” Folsom said. “With this in mind, Chef Bob Shields and Chef Kelly Jenkins have increased the number of special culinary arts classes that will be available including everything from Scary Salads to Tailgate Extravaganza.”

Here is just a sampling of what KCKCC-TEC has to offer this fall:

• Automotive/Repair
• Basic Automotive Care
• Cosmetic Auto Body
• Small Engine Repair

• Forklift Certification
• Forklift Certification
• Earn certification in 5 days

• Home Improvement
• Basic Furniture Upholstery
• Basic Home Repair and Remodeling
• Beginning Cabinetmaking
• Residential Plumbing
• Elements of Landscaping Design

• Motorcycle Basic Repair
• Motorcycle Basic Repair

• Personal Enrichment
• Mastercam X7, Level 1
• AutoCad/3D Model

• Small Business
• Major Home Appliance Repair
• Residential Inspection
• Residential Plumbing
• Residential Wiring
• Residential Estimating
• How to Start Your Own Home-Based Business

• Culinary Arts/Professional Cooking
• Everything Cheesecake
• Salads, Salads, Salads
• Homemade Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
• Come and Get It (Soup That Is)
• All About Pies
• Ice, Ice, Baby
• Everything Pumpkin
• Parent/Child Class
• Tailgate Extravaganza
• Introduction to Cake Decorating
• Scary Salads
• Get Rolling
• Party Time
• Mother Sauces and Beyond
• Not a Turkey
• Are You Chicken?
• Holiday Candy Making Class

All of the courses are in the evenings and are offered for noncredit with varying fees. For more information, visit the KCKCC website at Click the “Continuing Education” tab on the home page, and select “Continuing Education Schedule.” Then select “Personal Enrichment.” Information is also available by calling 913-288-7800.

– Story from KCKCC