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‘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. 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 www.kcrenfest.com.

Blood donors needed

Blood donors are needed in the Kansas City area, according to the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City. Among the Community Blood Center blood drives scheduled in Wyandotte County: Renaissance Festival vessel, 628 N. 126th St., (near 126th and State), Bonner Springs, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

Summer concert to be Sept. 13 at Legends

Dave and Buster’s Summer Concert Series will continue at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, on the rooftop patio at The Legends Outlets. The Kaopectones Band will perform from 9 p.m. to close Sept. 6. Different bands will play on Saturdays through September.

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.

‘It’s Up to Us’ event planned Saturday
A voter registration initiative, “It’s Up 2 Us,” is planned at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, in the Performing Arts Center, Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Those needing to register to vote may bring a valid U.S. passport or original or certified copy of birth certification. Guest artists are scheduled to perform.

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 execdir@fiakck.org.

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.

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 www.kckchamber.com.

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 sdavis@mhah.org 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 www.enter2run.com.

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.

Annual Bishop Ward auction planned Sept. 27
The 36th annual Bishop Ward auction is planned at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the school, 708 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan. For more information, call 913-371-6901.

‘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 www.lupuswalkkc.org.
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.

Cool, wet start to Friday’s weather

Temperatures were 56 degrees at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in Wyandotte County.

The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Today’s high will be near 58.

Winds will be 9 to 13 mph, according to the weather service.

Tonight’s low will be 39 degrees, the weather service said.

On Saturday, expect sunny skies and a high of 65. Sunday, the high will be 73 with mostly sunny skies.

Showers are back in the forecast for Sunday night, with a 40 percent chance of rain.

While minor flooding is being reported on Friday in Platte City, St. Joseph and Napoleon, Mo., and Leavenworth is near flood stage, the Missouri and Kansas rivers in Kansas City are well under the flood stage today, according to weather service charts.

The Missouri River at Kansas City was 23 feet this morning, and 32 feet is the flood stage.

The Kansas River at 23rd Street in Kansas City, Kan., was at 24 feet this morning, with flood stage at 33 feet.

UG Commission may change way casino grants are distributed

The Unified Government Commission tonight discussed changing its process for distributing $500,000 in community charitable grants from the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway.

There was a consensus at the 5 p.m. commission discussion to change from an independent committee that screened and made recommendations for the charitable grants, to grants given out by each individual commissioner. A straw poll was taken at the 5 p.m. meeting that showed six votes in favor of moving forward with developing a proposal that would outline the details of this idea.

Under that method, each commissioner and the mayor would have about $45,000 to distribute. There also seemed to be a consensus to continue spending the money on healthy lifestyle projects.

One of the reasons the new plan was advanced during a discussion last year was that some of the commission districts were not receiving an equal amount of funding from the casino grants. Many of the grants were located in a few districts.

Discussing the proposed changes, Commissioner Ann Murguia said it was a good idea to reach out to the small struggling groups in the community and make a difference. She said there are a number of small groups here that can make a difference with a small amount of money.

Mayor Mark Holland said he favored the older way of having an independent committee evaluate the grant applications, but added that he would accept whatever the commission decided.

Commissioner Hal Walker expressed his opinion that he would favor an independent committee to screen the grants and make the decisions.

Commissioner Murguia stated that if the older selection method continued, there would still be problems with it that need to be worked on.

Commissioner Jane Philbrook was concerned about who would do the vetting of the projects, and who would evaluate whether the organizations that received money had reached their goals. Would the administration have to do this, she wondered. Later in the meeting, it was stated that the commissioners would track the projects.

Commissioner Mike Kane was in favor of the change, as his district largely had been left out of the casino charitable grant money. He said if this change is made, he would like to see that some of the grant money goes to the school district.

The rules of the past charitable distributions did not allow any funds to go to school districts, since in past years it was stated that the public districts already received some funds from the casino. However, in Kane’s opinion, the schools need the money.

Commissioner Tarence Maddox brought up a discussion from a few years ago where commissioners thought small grants would not make much of a difference in the community. Some commissioners then had been interested in funding a larger project that would be very visible in the community.