Saturday events

Edwardsville Days continues today
Edwardsville Days, a two-day event, kicked off Friday night and will continue Saturday, April 30, at Edwardsville City Park, at 1200 Blake St. The events are free and open to the public. The family festival has free activities for youth, including bounce houses geared toward kids under 12, she said. There will also be food vendors and craft vendors at the event. The mayor’s prayer breakfast, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, is scheduled in conjunction with Edwardsville Days, and will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Edwardsville Elementary School. Tickets are $10 for the breakfast. On Saturday, there will be mouse races at 11:15 a.m. benefitting Edwardsville Elementary School, and a parade that starts at 10 a.m., she said. Also scheduled for Saturday afternoon is the Edwardsville Idol competition, modeled after the American Idol program, where anyone can sing karaoke-style, she said. A sanctioned barbecue contest will conclude the Saturday activities, Utter said. Teams will compete and awards will be given at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Spring Fling and 5k run planned today
Harmon High School plans a Spring Fling and Run for the Sun 5k at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at 2400 Steele Road, Kansas City, Kan. Funds are being raised for an outdoor classroom. The cost of the run is $20 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Also planned are fund-raising games and activities at Harmon, plus a soccer tournament at 1 p.m. A volleyball game also is planned. There is an admission charge for the various events.

Bonner library to hold Books, Blocks and Bubbles Young Child Fair Saturday
The Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave., will hold a children’s event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30. The 6th annual Books, Blocks and Bubbles Young Child Fair will have the theme, “Down on the Farm.” A petting zoo, a tractor, BLOCK Fest, art projects, story time, puppets and local agency information will be featured at the event. Some of the events are outdoors and some are indoors. In the event of rain, the petting zoo will be held at a later date, but other activities will continue indoors. The project comes out of a collaboration between the library, Parents as Teachers, the Bonner Springs Arts Alliance and the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame. Admission is free to the event.

Sunflower Showdown in rowing today at Wyandotte County Lake
The Sunflower Showdown is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at Wyandotte County Lake. The University of Kansas and Kansas State University women’s rowing teams are scheduled to compete at Wyandotte County Lake, 91st and Leavenworth Road. Events are at the beach shelter.

Learn how marbles are made
A marble-making demonstration is scheduled from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Moon Marble Co. store, 600 E. Front St., Bonner Springs. Demonstrations begin around 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. and end at about 3 p.m., provided a glass artist is available. For more information, see www.moonmarble.com/.

Grinter Quilt Show to be April 29-30
The 40th Grinter Quilt Show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at Grinter Place Historic site, 78th and K-32, in Kansas City, Kan. From 50 to 60 quilts are expected to be on display in the show, sponsored by the Grinter Place Quilters. A guest speaker, Vicky Beasley, will attend this year’s Quilt Show. Beasley is the author of the Scrappy Farmer blog. She will speak at 2 p.m. Friday, April 29, and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Grinter House. Her topic will be how to use scraps and how to organize them. Beasley plans to bring quilts to show to those who attend the program. While admission to the quilt show in the Grinter Barn is free, admission to the program in the Grinter House will be $3.

Learn sewing and quilting at the library
Sewing and quilting for beginners or for those who want to learn more will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at the West Wyandotte Library, Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, children’s craft room, 1737 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kan. The class is for adults, and for those ages 10 and older. There is a limit of 15. Advance registration is requested to the library, 913-596-5800. Those who register get priority.

Master Gardeners Plant Sale to be April 29-30
The Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners Plant Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Extension Office, Wildcat Room, 1200 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kan. There will be vegetable plants, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, herbs and more; berry plants; flowers including annuals, perennials and Kansas native wildflowers; and miscellaneous items about gardening, including books, small tools and decorations. Proceeds from the sale help the Master Gardeners continue their activities, including maintaining demonstration gardens at the Ag Hall, at Turner Community Gardens, at the Rainbow Freedom School Garden and at Splitlog Farms. The Master Gardeners also provide educational activities through youth education at the gardens and in cooperation with local schools, and adult horticulture education on a variety of horticulture subjects through monthly classes at the Extension Office and to organizations requesting a speaker.

Parents as Teachers graduation scheduled
Parents as Teachers graduation is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Celebrate Children’s Day and Book Day at South Library
The South Branch Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, 3104 Strong Ave. will celebrate Dia De Los Ninos / Children’s Day and Dia De Los Libros / Book Day from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Children can have their pictures drawn by a caricature artist, receive a balloon animal for a balloon artist, ride on a trackless train, play a book-themed game for free books and make a book at the event. Paletas will be served.

Alcott plans benefit auction Saturday
The Alcott Arts Center plans a benefit auction from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30. The auction is by Blue Valley Northwest High School art honors students and will benefit the Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th, Kansas City, Kan. The National Art Honor Society will auction off vases and lamps they have designed and created, according to an Alcott spokesman. The public is invited to attend the auction to raise funds for Alcott Center. The Alcott Center helps the arts in Kansas City, Kan. The Alcott galleries also will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. April 30, showing art exhibits from Kansas City, Kan., Public School students. The Alcott is not yet ADA accessible. For more information, visit http://www.alcottartscenter.org/ or call 913-233-2787.

High school teams competing in tournament at CommunityAmerica Ballpark
The Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic is scheduled to continue Saturday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. Some games have been rescheduled for today because of the weather. The schedule is weather-permitting, and it may be changing. To check for schedule updates affected by the weather, visit http://www.kawvalleyleague.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5button=13.
Tickets are $7 per adult each day and $5 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. An all-tournament pass costs $14. Tickets are available at Gate A at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Mother-daughter tea planned
Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland, Kansas City, Kan., plans a Mother-Daughter celebration at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the church. There will be a salad supper, with meat, bread and dessert provided. Each family is asked to bring a vegetable, fruit or pasta salad.

Spring dance planned
A spring dance sponsored by the German-American Edelweiss Society is planned from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at St. Anthony’s Church basement, 615 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. The event includes a dinner, plus dancing to polka music by the Willie Kirst Band. Tickets are $20 for adults.

Edwardsville’s annual festival kicks off tonight, continues Saturday

Festival to feature musician Casi Joy

by Mary Rupert

Edwardsville Days, a two-day event, will kick off at 5 p.m. tonight, and will feature musician Casi Joy, a country pop artist from Nashville, in concert tonight around 9 p.m.

Regina Utter, executive director of the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce, said she believes this concert will be the highlight of Edwardsville Days, scheduled April 29 and 30. The events are free and open to the public.

Events will take place at Edwardsville City Park, at 1200 Blake St., she said. People can take K-32 to 9th Street in Edwardsville. There will be signs directing them to the city park, or they can just follow the smell of the barbecue, Utter added.

Joy, tonight’s featured performer, was named one of the top 20 up-and-coming artists from Nashville, Tenn., Utter said. Originally from Smithville on the Missouri side of the Kansas City region, Joy will perform in an outdoor concert, rain or shine, Utter said.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, she said. Festival organizers are hoping for good weather, but in the event of a storm there is a nearby shelter.

Local and regional musicians will play in the hours leading up to the 9 p.m. concert, she said. The Unholstered Outlaws and County Road Crossers are scheduled to start the performances around 7 p.m.

The family festival has free activities for youth, including bounce houses geared toward kids under 12, she said. There will also be food vendors and craft vendors at the event.

A beer garden is scheduled to be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday.

The mayor’s prayer breakfast, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, is scheduled in conjunction with Edwardsville Days, and will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Edwardsville Elementary School. Tickets are $10 for the breakfast.

On Saturday, there will be mouse races at 11:15 a.m. benefitting Edwardsville Elementary School, and a parade that starts at 10 a.m., she said.

Also scheduled for Saturday afternoon is the Edwardsville Idol competition, modeled after the American Idol program, where anyone can sing karaoke-style, she said.

A sanctioned barbecue contest will conclude the Saturday activities, Utter said. Teams will compete and awards will be given at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Utter said there were a lot of volunteers working on Edwardsville Days, an annual event. It was formerly called Autumnfest and held in the fall, but about four years ago was moved to the spring. It is the 28th annual Edwardsville festival.

Funding for the annual festival comes from Edwardsville city, and the event host is the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce.

Rain, storms in forecast

More rain is expected Friday night and Saturday. (National Weather Service graphic)
More rain is expected Friday night and Saturday. (National Weather Service graphic)

Isolated thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Thunderstorms are expected to overspread the region Friday night and Saturday morning, the weather service said. Rain showers are possible into Sunday morning.

Widespread rainfall averaging around a half-inch to an inch is expected through Sunday, according to the weather service.

Locally, higher amounts are possible in areas of thunderstorms, the weather service said. The severe threat remains low.

Today’s forecast is a high of 64, with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., according to the weather service. Winds will be 10 to 13 mph from the east northeast and could gust as high as 18 mph.

Tonight, the low will be around 56, and there is a 90 percent chance of showers and storms, according to the weather service.

Saturday, expect a high of 69 with a 50 percent chance of showers and storms, the weather service said. An east southeast wind of 9 to 11 mph will become west southwest in the afternoon.

For more information about the weather, visit www.weather.gov or listen to the weather radio.