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Edwardsville United Methodist Church, 302 N. 4th St., Edwardsville, will hold a Second Saturday Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, featuring tacos and other Mexican foods. Suggested donations are $8 for adults and $3 for children.

Grandview Christian Church, 8550 Parallel Parkway, is collecting canned goods for Help 3:17, a local food pantry.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

“Dreams and the Spiritual Journey,” with Jane Maxfield, a four- part series, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, June 5-26, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan.  Maxfield holds a certificate in projective dreamwork from the Marin Institute and has facilitated workshops for Elderhostel, retreat groups, arts, and women’s groups. Religious traditions around the globe and through the ages have recognized attention to dreams as a means of finding our path to wholeness and holiness. The techniques and tools explored in the four-session class include improving dream recall, recording dreams, discovering more of the multiple levels of meaning found in every dream, and experiencing the potential of working with dreams in a circle of support. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Catholic Cemeteries of Northeast Kansas will hold Memorial Day Masses on Monday, May 26, at the following locations and times:  Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 38th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., 9 a.m.; celebrated by the Rev. Michael Hermes; liturgical music by Ed Grisnik.  Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 126th and Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., 10 a.m.; celebrated by the Rev. John Riley. For more information, call 913-371-4040 (Kansas City area); email ; or visit

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, will hold a Vacation Bible School, Weird Animals theme, from 6 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. June 8 to June 13. Registration deadline is June 8. For information, visit

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, plans a Mother-Daughter Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Cole Activities Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger available in advance from the church office. A meal and a talent show are planned.

The Men’s Brotherhood will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Zion United Church of Christ, 2711 N. 72nd St.. The breakfast includes sausage, eggs, coffee, orange juice and pancakes. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children younger than 12.

Mayor secures $1 million from Wyandotte Health Foundation to support downtown community center construction

Mayor Mark Holland announced his Healthy Campus initiative will receive a  $1 million contribution from the Wyandotte Health Foundation. The announcement of the donation was made during Thursday’s Town Hall meeting where community members gathered to give input on the project.

The site being reviewed for development is near Big 11 Lake at the intersection of State Avenue and 10th Street, where planning has begun for a new grocery store and community center. Those two anchor projects not only offer $30 million of economic development in a location that has a strong need for investment and growth, but offer residents additional access to healthy food and fitness options.

“I can’t thank the Wyandotte Health Foundation enough for supporting the vision of a Healthy Campus in Downtown KCK.” Mayor Holland said. “My hope is that this development will serve as a national model for healthy living in an urban area. The Foundation’s partnership will be pivotal to helping us realize this exciting vision.”

William Epperheimer, president and CEO of the Wyandotte Health Foundation, presented Mayor Holland with the $1 million donation, along with Board Chairman Leon Logan, and Immediate Past Chairman Ray Daniels. The Board of the Foundation expressed its hope that the campus would include a primary care clinic and/or an urgent care clinic to serve the uninsured and medically underserved residents of the area.

“The foundation is pleased and honored to play a significant role in the development of a Healthy Campus that will improve the physical environment of our older downtown area,” Epperheimer said. “Our mission is to promote and improve the health of Wyandotte County citizens, particularly the indigent, through grants and collaborative efforts and we believe the Healthy Campus advances that mission.”

Summer Leadership Camp offered for sixth, seventh, eighth grade girls

Girls entering sixth, seventh or eighth-grades are invited to attend the 2014 Leadership Camp scheduled June 30-July 2 on the campus of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kan.  The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth co-sponsor this event. Registration deadline is May 23.

The Leadership Camp provides opportunities for participants to learn about their faith, how Catholic Christian values and leadership go together, and how to set goals and make decisions. Recreation, a scavenger hunt, music, arts and crafts, talks and prayer are built into the three days that conclude with Mass at 7 p.m.

Registration fee is $125.00 and covers room and board, meals and a t-shirt for each participant. Partial scholarships are available. Contact Sister Barbara Smith, OSB, at or 913-426-5275; or Sister Vicki Lichtenauer, SCL, at or 816-718-2660. Visit for a brochure with application.