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Olivia Hatchel, Kansas City, Kan., is appearing a production of “Alice in Wonderland” at the Xavier Theatre, University of Saint Mary campus, 4100 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan.

The classic is the annual Christmas season theater production and will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, in Xavier Theatre.

It also will be presented to schoolchildren in group and school matinees.

For ticket information, call 913-758-6152.

Some Veterans Day events are planned in the Greater Kansas City area.

Free admission to National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial today

Today, the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the hubs of activities saluting veterans. This year is the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Several activities are planned at the World War I Museum, and there is free admission for the public today.

A ceremony is planned at 10 a.m. to feature local dignitaries and officials as well as biographer A. Scott Berg. Berg will speak at 6:30 p.m. about Woodrow Wilson’s fight for peace after World War I.

There will be a donation drive for Red Racks Thrift Stores, operated by the Disabled American Veterans. Clothes, shoes, small household items and toys for children are sought.

Claudio Bisogniero, ambassador of Italy to the United States, is expected to visit the World War I Museum on Monday, Nov. 17, for a private event before the debut of “War & Art, Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage During World War I,” a special exhibit featuring photographs documenting the preservation of priceless works of art during the war.

Leavenworth plans Veterans Day parade

Leavenworth is planning a Leavenworth County Veterans Day parade starting at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at Fourth and Cherokee streets in Leavenworth, Kan.
David R. Thomas of Leavenworth, who volunteers with the American Legion and other organizations, is the parade grand marshal.

For more information about the parade, visit www.lvvetsparade.com.

Veterans Day observance scheduled at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa

Veterans, family members and friends are invited to attend a flag-raising ceremony and tribute at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial at Resurrection Cemetery, 83rd and Quivira Road, Lenexa, Kan.

The American Legion Band will provide a patriotic musical prelude at 1:30 p.m. The brief ceremony will include the flag-raising, patriotic music, a tribute to veterans, prayer, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps. American Legion Post 370 will be the color guard. Small flags will be available for gravesite decorations.

Chaplain, Lt. Col. James E. Ludwikoski will pay tribute to veterans during the program. Father Ludwikoski is pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, Shawnee, Kan.

The Veterans Memorial at Resurrection Cemetery features monuments and flags representing the five branches of the Armed Forces and the Merchant Marines. Family members and friends can remember and honor veterans by arranging to have their names engraved on the granite walls adjoining the monuments. Adjacent to the memorial is a section dedicated for burial of veterans and their spouses.

Gratitude ceremony for veterans planned Nov. 12

The University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, will honor the veterans, active-duty, and military families within its university community at a special gratitude and pinning ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Mead Hall Walnut Room on the Saint Mary campus in Leavenworth. Among the special guests who may be in attendance at the event is Col. Timothy Wulff, garrison commander at Fort Leavenworth.

The university will also participate in Leavenworth’s Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11.

Students from five high schools in Kansas City, Kan. and Leavenworth had the opportunity to speak with manufacturing professionals who talked about their jobs during the 2014 Manufacturing Day event at KCKCC-TEC. (Photo from KCKCC)
Students from five high schools in Kansas City, Kan., and Leavenworth had the opportunity to speak with manufacturing professionals who talked about their jobs during the 2014 Manufacturing Day event at KCKCC-TEC. (Photo from KCKCC)

by Kelly Rogge
High school students from Kansas City, Kan., and Leavenworth spent some time recently learning about what types of manufacturing careers are available to them through Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Manufacturing Day.

The 2014 Manufacturing Day event was a first for KCKCC-TEC, which hosted it Oct. 2. Started three years ago as a grassroots initiative to overcome the challenges of finding skilled labor for manufacturers, the day is designed to address the public perception that careers in manufacturing are undesirable. Both of these problems stem from a lack of understanding of present-day manufacturing environments, which are highly technical. This event allows manufacturers to open their doors to show prospective employees what opportunities they have. This is a nationwide plan to continue to draw awareness to the manufacturing industry and to showcase the benefits of choosing a career in the field.

“One of the biggest challenges for manufacturers across the country is finding that skilled labor,” said Tiffany Stovall, representative with the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center in Kansas City. “This is a grassroots movement of manufacturers who are dedicated to address this shared challenge.”

Close to 100 students from five high schools – Wyandotte, Washington, Harmon and Schlagle high schools in Kansas City, Kan., as well as Leavenworth High School, attended the day-long event, hosted by KCKCC-TEC. Students had the opportunity to tour the General Motors Plant and A&E Custom Manufacturing, representing manufacturers on a large and small scale. They then had lunch with manufacturing professionals who talked about what their jobs are like and what students need to do to gain such employment. These positions included an engineer, machinist, CAD/Designer, welder, electrician, industrial maintenance and an assembler/fabricator. The day ended with a tour of several KCKCC-TEC programs including machine technology, HVAC, major appliance and welding, among others.

“This was a whole brand new experience for many of these students,” said Donna Shawn, director-Perkins coordinator at KCKCC-TEC. “What we were doing was really opening their world. As the boomers start retiring, there is really going to be a shortage of skilled labor. We want them to see that there are plenty of opportunities for them out there with the right education and training.”

KCKCC’s event was just one of dozens throughout the state of Kansas in October. Nationwide, more than 1,500 companies will be participating. The event is co-produced by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International; the National Association of Manufacturers; the Manufacturing Institute, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Industrial Strength Marketing.

“What we want is for students to be exposed to the variety of careers in manufacturing and begin considering the industry as a career path. These may be paths that they otherwise may not have considered,” she said. “As more people begin talking about this effort and how the manufacturing industry is hurting for skilled labors, I think there is more interest in events like Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing is screaming that they need help, and we are beginning to shape students’ visions of what kinds of opportunities there are out there for them.”

For more information on Manufacturing Day or to see other events occurring, visit www.mfgday.com. For more information on programs available at KCKCC-TEC that relate to manufacturing, visit the college’s website at www.kckcc.edu or call 913-288-7800.

Students from five high schools in Kansas City, Kan. and Leavenworth had the opportunity to speak with manufacturing professionals who talked about their jobs during the 2014 Manufacturing Day event at KCKCC-TEC. (Photo from KCKCC)
Students from five high schools in Kansas City, Kan. and Leavenworth had the opportunity to speak with manufacturing professionals who talked about their jobs during the 2014 Manufacturing Day event at KCKCC-TEC. (Photo from KCKCC)

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