Saturday events

Strawberry Hill Museum offers Breakfast with St. Nicholas on Dec. 5

Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th, Kansas City, Kan., will offer Breakfast with St. Nicholas from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

The breakfast event is new this year. In the past the museum offered a visit with St. Nicholas.

During the event, children may come and visit with St. Nicholas and get a small free gift.

The visit with St. Nicholas is free and open to the public; there is a charge for getting a picture taken and for the breakfast. The charge for a picture with St. Nicholas is $5.

The charge for the breakfast is $5 for children, and $6 for adults. The breakfast will include pancakes and sausage, biscuits and gravy.

Another special event at Strawberry Hill Museum is a nighttime tour.

The nighttime tours are offered at 6 p.m. each Friday before Christmas. During the tour, the regular lights in the historic home are turned off, and the house is lit with Christmas lights and old-fashioned oil lamps. The visitors walk through the house and see it decorated.

After the tour, refreshments such as wine and cheese are offered.

Reservations are required for the tours and the cost is $20 per person.

For more information about Breakfast with St. Nicholas, the nighttime tours or visiting the historic home, which is open on Saturdays and Sundays, call 913-371-3264 or visit http://www.strawberryhillmuseum.org/.

Santa Express to be Dec. 5 at Ag Hall

The Santa Express and 5K run is planned at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 126th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs.

The 5K run will kick off the holiday at the Ag Hall’s train depot. There also will be a 1K walk.

For more information, see www.aghalloffame.com/santas-express-5k-run/.

Santa’s Express 5K supports the living history education at the Agricultural Hall of Fame and the restoration of the historic structures.

December events at the Ag Hall include kids getting their pictures taken with Santa in the train depot and riding the trail at the Ag Hall.

There will be reindeer games, cookies and hot chocolate in the barn.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13.

Piper to hold craft show, breakfast with Santa on Dec. 5

Piper High School, 4400 N. 107th St., Kansas City, Kan., will hold a Winter Craft Show and Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The event is sponsored by the Piper Optimists.

For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/487426288092486/.

Grinter Place to hold two holiday events, including Santa Claus visit on Dec. 5

Grinter Place, 1400 S. 78th, Kansas City, Kan., is preparing to welcome Santa Claus, along with crafts and storytelling, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

The holidays at Grinter Place this year include two events, one on Dec. 5 for families, and one on Dec. 12 focusing on holidays with the arts, according to Joe Brentano, museum curator.

The cost of the Dec. 5 family event is $4 per person, or if there is a family of five or more, the total cost will be $16.

Children may get their photos taken with Santa Claus, receive a bag of goodies, listen to storytelling and go on a treasure hunt, as well as tour the historic house, the home of early-day settlers of Wyandotte County.

Face painting will be at the Grinter Barn, where there will be some craft projects.

A holiday gift shop will include a place to browse and purchase gifts and baked items. There also will be a concession stand available at the Grinter Barn.

Next week, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 12, Grinter Place will offer Holidays with the Arts.

Local artists and authors will display their pictures , paintings and books available for purchase.

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Orchestra is scheduled to perform while visitors tour the house and participate in a treasure hunt. The holiday gift shop will be open to browse and purchase gifts and baked goods.

The Wine Barn will be the host for a wine tasting during the Holidays with the Arts, and mulled cider, cheese and crackers also will be served.

The cost of attending the Dec. 12 program will be $6 per person or two for $10.

The two programs are sponsored by Grinter Place and the Grinter Place Friends. Funds raised will go toward support and operation of programs for Grinter House.

For more information, visit kshs.org/grinter_place, https://www.facebook.com/Grinter-Place-Friends-Inc-560554977327335/, or call 913-299-0373.

School choirs to perform at Legends Outlets

Fourth and fifth grade students from Bonner Springs Elementary School, Delaware Ridge Elementary School and Edwardsville Elementary School will perform holiday music from noon to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Legends Outlets, Civic Courtyard Fountain.

There will be a variety of styles and genres. Songs performed at Legends Outlets will include different holiday traditions such as Christmas and Hanukkah.

Sew a Christmas stocking

Teens and adults attending a craft workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Turner Community Library, 831 S. 55th, Kansas City, Kan., will learn how to sew a Christmas stocking. Those who attend will use sewing machines. Because of available supplies and machines, the program is limited to 10 persons, ages 15 and older. More experienced sewers may choose to embroider the stocking cuffs if they like. Advance registration is necessary for the class by visiting the Turner library or calling 913-596-1404.

Wyandotte County Museum open

The Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and holidays. The current exhibit is about the 75th anniversary of the B-25 and the bomber builders in Kansas City, Kan. For more information visit the website www.facebook.com/wycomuseum or call 913-573-5002.

Appeals court sends back Wyandotte County case; defendant wants to plead guilty to another charge

The Kansas Court of Appeals today vacated a Wyandotte County District Court decision in a meth case and sent it back for further consideration.

Coshawn D. Hamilton appealed his 2014 sentence for meth possession, arguing the district court erred by denying his motion to withdraw his plea prior to sentencing.

Hamilton was charged with possession of meth and possession of a controlled substance without a tax stamp, and eventually pleaded guilty to possession of meth in a plea agreement in which the state agreed to dismiss the second charge, according to court documents.

As part of his plea agreement, Hamilton agreed not to seek a downward departure on the sentence. The maximum penalty for his offense was 42 months imprisonment and a fine of $100,000.

The appeals court stated that Hamilton apparently wants to withdraw his plea to one charge so he can plead guilty to both counts, because he wanted to file an appeal for a downward departure. The court documents stated his criminal history is higher than he anticipated when he entered his plea. Apparently his lawyer at the time of trial was not aware of his juvenile history.

While the appeals court did not take a position on the merits of his motion to withdraw, the court decided to remand the cause because it could not find any mention of a “good cause” analysis in the record, according to court documents. It also did not find mention of any discussion of Edgar factors.

The appeals court stated it reversed and remanded the case so that the district court could consider whether Hamilton established good cause, and because of that, it did not need to address Hamilton’s Apprendi challenge.

Hamilton was represented by Corrine E. Gunning of the Kansas appellate defender office in this case.

Shelter dogs teach kids about character

Students at Edwardsville Elementary School are learning about respect, character and compassion from area shelter dogs.

Representatives from Wayside Waifs, which has an animal shelter and campus in south Kansas City, Mo., and offers services in various locations in the Kansas City area, spent two weeks with Edwardsville Elementary students.

The third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms met with Wayside representatives five times.

During the course of the lessons, students learned about respect for others. Instructors focused on bullying, sharing stories of abused pets and the effects of abuse.

Kerry Copple, a third grade teacher at Edwardsville, organized the visits. She said it was important for her students to learn more about these sensitive topics.

“It was great for them to see a real world example, and hear about the real effects of bullying,” Copple said. “I think some students could even relate on a deeper level to what some of these animals went through before going to the shelter.”

Each lesson was accompanied by a visit from one of the shelter’s dogs. Copple said the visits also helped some students address fears they developed over time.

“Some of my students had bad experiences with dogs before, and by the end of the week they felt comfortable enough to feed the dogs a treat,” Copple said.

The lessons and materials used during the presentations were provided at no cost by Wayside Waifs.