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Benefit fine art and furniture sale planned
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is collaborating with Brown Button Estate Sales to hold a Fine Art, Antique and Furniture Sale in the Crossroads Art District after recently receiving an extremely generous donation from an anonymous donor. There are more than 500 high quality items in stock and all purchase proceeds will go towards Catholic Charities programming. The location is 117 W. 20th St., Piper Loft Building, Kansas City, Mo. Dates and times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 4; noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 5; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6; and noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 7. For more information and a gallery list of items visit Brown Button

Dream Run planned Sept. 6
A benefit Dream Run for the Delaware Ridge Elementary School PTO is planned from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 6, at Wyandotte County Park, 126th and State. The 5K and 1 Mile Run-Walk are open to the community. Registration fees are $30 and $15. The run raises funds for school activities and items. For more information, visit

Bonner fundraiser to be Sept. 6
Bonner Springs High School Project Graduation will benefit from a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 6 at Applebee’s, 11500 W. 63rd, Shawnee. Tickets are $8 each.

Garage sale to benefit food pantry
A garage sale Sept. 6 at CrossRoads Family Church, 8822 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., will be a benefit for a food pantry located there. The event is sponsored by the Civitan Sochi Club. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6. Those attending will be able to pay $10 for a 13-gallon bag of garage sale items. So far, clothing and books have been donated to the garage sale, with other items expected.

‘Shakespeare in Parking Lot’ returns to Alcott Center Saturday
Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th, Kansas City, Kan., will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of its Shakespeare in the Parking Lot series Sept. 6-7 and 13-14.The play will begin at 3 p.m. at the Alcott parking lot. Admission is $5 plus one nonperishable food item per person.

Renaissance Festival continues on weekends
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival continues on Saturday and Sunday at the festival grounds at 628 N. 126th St. (126th and State), Bonner Springs. The festival is the re-creation of a 16th century English village. Music, food, crafts, shows and other entertainment are featured at the festival, which runs on weekends through Oct. 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at

Summer concert to be Sept. 6 at Legends
Dave and Buster’s Summer Concert Series will continue at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, on the rooftop patio at The Legends Outlets. The Ernest James Zydeco Band will perform from 9 p.m. to close Sept. 6. Different bands will play on Saturdays through September.

Heroes for Healing event to benefit kids’ emergency shelter
Frontier Steakhouse, 94th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., will serve as host for the fifth episode of Heroes for Healing on Sunday, Sept. 7, to benefit the new PACES children’s emergency shelter. Bikers can enjoy a scenic motorcycle ride from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., preceded by registration and breakfast starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $25 per rider; $15 per passenger; includes breakfast at Frontier Steakhouse. The main event will feature live music by four bands, an auction and food from 2 to 8:30 p.m. at the steakhouse. Children’s activities are scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m.; the live auction begins at 4:30 p.m. Bands performing will include Dennis Laffoon’s All Star Band; Big Time; State Line Drive; and Issues. Food and prize tickets will be available for purchase at the event. PACES is conducting a capital campaign to build a new emergency shelter for kids removed from their homes because of suspected abuse. The new shelter will increase PACES capacity to help care for 10 children every day and reduce the number of kids being turned away or sent outside the county for temporary foster care. The shelter is planned for mid-Wyandotte County. For more information, visit or; or contact or 913-328-4667.

Golf tournament planned
The annual Tom Burroughs-Stan Frownfelter Golf Tournament is at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at Dub’s Dread.

KCK school board to meet
The Kansas City, Kan., Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the board room of the Central Office, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Leavenworth Road Association to meet Sept. 9
At the next Leavenworth Road Association meeting, County Engineer Bill Heatherman will be the guest speaker. He will talk about some of the improvement plans on Leavenworth Road in the future. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, lower level. It starts with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m., and the program follows at 7 p.m.

Program offered on grieving
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will offer a “Living with Grief and Loss,” a six-week series for men and women, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 10 and 17, and Oct. 1 and 22. The group will help men and women address recent losses or those in the past. The group will be facilitated by Sister Loretta McGuire, LMSW, certified grief counselor. To register, call 913-906-8990.

Rosedale group to meet Sept. 10
The Rosedale Development Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 1401 Southwest Blvd. The program will be a listening session about the State Line Road from radio station KCUR. For reservations for the event, email or call 913-677-5097.

United Way campaign opening luncheon to be Sept. 11
United Way of Wyandotte County will kick off its Live Heroic annual campaign with its annual kick-off luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the KCKCC Technology Center. United Way encourages the community to support the Wyandotte community by attending this luncheon or by donating to the Live Heroic campaign. Further information can be found at the United Way of Wyandotte County website, or by calling 913-371-3674.

UG Commission to meet Sept. 11
The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. An agenda may be posted online at

Downtown Shareholders to kick off Food Truck Fridays on Sept. 12

The Downtown Shareholders will kick off Food Truck Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12. Providing food along Ann Street near Huron Park will be Carbonsitos and Quick’s Bar-B-Q.

Shepherd’s Center plans breakfast Sept. 13
The Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kan., is planning a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Welborn Community United Church of Christ, 5217 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. The donation will be $8 for pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. There also will be an additional fundraiser with a handmade quilt, art works and other items at the breakfast. For more information, call 913-281-8908.

Central Avenue Parade to be Sept. 13

The Central Avenue Parade and Band Fiesta will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Bethany Park, 1120 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The event will include vendors, music, and family activities. The event is sponsored by the Central Avenue Betterment Association and Latino Health for All Coalition.

Smithsonian traveling exhibit planned at museum

A Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964,” is scheduled to be on display at the Wyandotte County Museum starting Sunday, Sept. 14. The exhibit will be on display until November. A free community program is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the museum, 631 N. 126th, Bonner Springs, near 126th and State.

Big band benefit to support KCKCC Jazz Band
Kansas City’s own Kicks Band will be headlining a big band benefit later this month to support the Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Band. The “Tea Dance” is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, in the ballroom of the Historic Lake of the Forest Club House, 100 Lake Forest in Bonner Springs. The club house is off of Highway 32, east of Bonner Springs and west of Interstate 435. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided, and set ups will be available for a minimal charge. Tickets are $15 per person; $25 per couple or $100 for a table of eight. Special pricing is available for groups of 16 or more. The event is sponsored by the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Department at KCKCC. In addition to the refreshments, there will be a silent auction as well as drawings. The Kicks Band will provide big band-era music reminiscent of Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Proceeds from the event will help with costs of the KCKCCC Jazz Band’s upcoming trip to the 30th-annual Havana Jazz Festival this December.

Problem gambling to be topic of workshop
The Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., will present a workshop, “Recognizing a Gambling Problem,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15. The program is presented by Chiquita Miller of K-State Extension. To register, call 913-906-8990.

Business West plans annual dinner meeting
Business West plans its 29th annual dinner meeting from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the DeWitts residence, 4200 N. 123rd Terrace, Kansas City, Kan. A highlight of the dinner meeting will be the presentation of awards. There is no charge for the dinner, but reservations are strongly encouraged to 913-766-4300 or 913-406-6266.

Fairfax group plans train trip
The Fairfax Industrial Association plans a ride on the Union Pacific railroad for its September luncheon meeting. The group will leave at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, to travel from 201 S. 5th St. (I-70 and Pacific Avenue) to the Wolcott area of Kansas City, Kan. Boxed lunches will be served on the train. The group will return about 1:30 p.m. Union Pacific Railroad is the sponsor of this meeting and is expected to provide a guest speaker. Everyone on the train is expected to wear closed-toed, low-heeled shoes. Space is limited and priority is given to those Fairfax Industrial Association members who make their reservations first. The cost of the luncheon is $15 for FIA members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations may be made to Melissa Clark at

Business Expo planned Sept. 19
The Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Business Expo Sept. 19 at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. The event is open to the public. Those attending may explore the business world, with more than 75 exhibitors expected to showcase products or services. For more information, visit

Workshop to address issue of mentally ill in jail
A workshop, “Revolving Door for Mentally Ill in Jail: Addressing Complex Issues,” will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kan. The workshop is sponsored by the Mental Health America of the Heartland. The workshop fee is $40 and continuing education units are available. For more information, contact Stacy Davis at or 913-281-2221, Ext. 112. Registration deadline is Sept. 15.

Nutrition class offered
“Breakfast for a Brighter Day,” a nutrition class presented by Master Food Volunteer Pat Callaghan in partnership with K-State Extension Services, will be offered at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. Space is limited. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to register for the free class.

Dotte Trot to benefit SAFE fund
The Dotte Trot, a 5K and 10K run, will be run at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 9100 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. All proceeds from the run benefit the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund. SAFE supports the families of law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency service personnel in the Kansas City metropolitan area who have died while protecting the community and citizens. The event is limited to 500 participants. For early registration, visit

Fundraiser set Sept. 27
A Texas Hold-‘Em and Taco Dinner to raise funds for Missy Kline is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

‘Master of Memory’ class scheduled Oct. 2
A memory retention class, “Master of Memory,” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kan. The class may be suitable for people who have difficulty remembering names, or forgetting items at the store. The series of classes was designed to help people develop strategies to improve their memories. The class is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension of Wyandotte County and the West Wyandotte Library. For more information and to register for the class, call 913-299-9300.

Walk to Cure Lupus scheduled Oct. 11
The Kansas City Metro Walk to Cure Lupus is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 11, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at The Legends area in Kansas City, Kan. Former Kansas City Chiefs player Eddie Kennison, honorary co-chair, will lead the walk. For more information, see

Counseling offered
Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers individual and couples counseling to women and men who might otherwise not be able to afford counseling. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to do an intake and schedule an appointment.


Rain today, followed by sunny weekend weather

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National Weather Service graphic

As a cold front moves into the area, scattered thunderstorms will be present across the area through the day on Friday, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Severe weather is not anticipated.

Today’s forecast includes a chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly after 1 p.m. The high will be near 78. The chance of rain is 40 percent. A 50 percent chance of showers continues Friday night.

By Saturday the storms will be south of the area, with cooler temperatures prevailing through the weekend into early next week.

Saturday’s forecast is mostly cloudy, changing to sunny, with a high near 73. On Sunday, the forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 76.

Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms can be expected by midweek next week, bringing a potential for several inches of rain. Severe weather is not anticipated.

National Weather Service graphic
National Weather Service graphic

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National Weather Service graphic


Recipe: Make squash work for you

by Chrishonda Brown

Squash is one of the most versatile vegetables in the produce section. Not only is it full of antioxidants and vitamins A and C, but squash is also an excellent fibrous choice to help fill up your family for fewer calories.

When purchasing squash, choose one with a heavy, firm feel and no soft spots. Look for smooth, dull skin with even color and no visible nicks.

Store fresh squash in a cool, dark place for up to 30 days. Once cut, refrigerate in plastic for up to five days.

Squash can be prepared in many ways, as the entire vegetable is edible, including seeds and blossoms. Roast in the oven, then serve in pieces or mashed. Sauté on the stovetop with herbs. Grill on skewers or eat raw slices in salads or with dip. Add to casseroles for extra flavor and nutrition. With so many options, squash can easily become a new family favorite this summer.

Chrishonda Brown, who holds a Master of Science in kinesiology, is a guest columnist for Kansas State Research and Extension, Wyandotte County. For more recipes visit Like the Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter @WyCoSnapEd.

Spaghetti Squash Surprise
Makes: 6 servings
1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 14.5-oz can petite tomatoes, drained
¾ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 2.25-oz can sliced olives, drained
2 teaspoons dried basil

Place spaghetti squash with cut sides down on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until a sharp knife can be inserted easily. Remove squash from oven and set aside to cool.
Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic until tender. Stir in tomatoes until warmed through.
Scoop spaghetti squash into medium bowl with large spoon. Toss with vegetables, cheese, olives and basil. Serve warm.
Nutritional information for each serving: 129 calories, 9g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 17mg cholesterol, 8g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 3g sugars, 321mg sodium, 4g protein, 8% Vitamin A, 17% Vitamin C, 12% calcium, 4% iron.