Harlem Book Fair coming to KCK today
Two community advocacy organizations are joining to bring the Harlem Book Fair to Kansas City, Kan., today to promote literacy and cross-cultural dialogue. The Kansas City, Kan., NAACP and El Centro, which are African-American and Hispanic community advocacy organizations, the Harlem Book Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Reardon Civic Center, 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. The day-long event will feature nationally acclaimed writers and community-based Kansas City authors and artists in author readings, music, children’s storytelling, and art presentations. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, see www.wyandottedaily.com/harlem-book-fair-coming-to-kck-on-saturday.
Westheight neighborhood to hold centennial celebration today
The Historic Westheight Neighborhood Association will hold a centennial celebration for the neighborhood from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in a park area near 22nd Street and Washington Boulevard, Kansas City, Kan. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., at the entrance of Westheight, will hold an open house from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. In case of inclement weather, the entire celebration will be held at St. Paul’s. For more information, see http://wyandottedaily.com/westheight-neighborhood-plans-celebration-saturday/.
Great Midwest Balloon Fest today at Bonner Springs
The Great Midwest Balloon Fest continues from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 126th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs. The family-friendly event also will include tethered rides scheduled from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Balloon Fest also has a children’s area and a beer garden with live music. A festival area includes a carnival during festival hours Friday and Saturday, as well as from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Hay rides, train rides, kite flying, arts and crafts, bounce houses, a Halloween costume contest, and a pie eating contest also are planned. For more information, see http://wyandottedaily.com/great-midwest-balloon-fest-to-be-held-oct-23-24/.
Ballpark to be site of Beerfest Saturday
CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., will be the site of the second annual Beerfest at the Ballpark from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. The benefit event will be presented by Baron Contracting. Adults 21 and older who attend may sample more than 150 craft beers. There will be a disc jockey and music at the event. For more information see http://www.beerfestattheballpark.com. Tickets will be $40 each. Anyone under 21 will not be allowed into the event.
Halloween bat box craft program planned
Make a Halloween bat box at a craft program from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library youth services storytime-craft room, 635 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The program is for children ages 4 to 12. The item will be a cookie holder. All materials are provided. Registration is required in advance to 913-279-2216.
Trunk or Treat to be today
A Trunk or Treat will be held today at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds, 1300 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. Admission is $5 per child 2 years old and older. Hay rides, games, a haunted petting zoo and hot dogs around a fire pit are planned.
Turner Community Library to be part of Halloween event today
The Turner Recreation Center will hold a Spooktacular event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. The library at 831 S. 55th will participate. There will be games, costumes and a haunted house. The library will have games. Most of the recreation center’s games will cost 50 cents each; events and games in the library will be free. For more information call the library at 913-596-1404 or the recreation center at 913-287-2111.
Strawberry Hill Museum open on weekends
The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., is open on the weekends. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The admission charge is $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. Special tours are available during the week for groups of 20 or more by calling 913-721-0081. The museum’s tea room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday and Sunday of each month. For more information, visit www.strawberryhillmuseum.org/.
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.