Rainy week begins with showers this morning

Motorists made their way to work through the rain today on I-635 near Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. (KC Scout photo)
Motorists made their way to work through the rain today on I-635 near Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. (KC Scout photo)

National Weather Service graphic
National Weather Service graphic
Rain showers moved into the region around 7 a.m. Monday, slowing the morning commute, but otherwise producing no hazardous weather, according to the National Weather Service.

Spottier rain showers and perhaps a rumble of thunder is possible this afternoon and evening, then several additional rain chances will spread from late tonight through Thursday, the weather service said.

No strong storms, severe weather or flooding is expected with any of these rounds, the weather service said.

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are expected to continue through 2 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m., according to the weather service. The high will be near 68, and a south southeast wind of 7 to 10 mph is expected.

Tonight, there will be a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1 a.m. The low will be around 53.

Tuesday, there will be a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., the weather service said. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 69, and a north wind of 3 to 6 mph.

Tuesday night, the low will be around 54, and there will be a 40 percent chance of showers, according to the weather service. A north northeast wind of 5 mph will become light and variable after midnight.

Wednesday, there will be a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The high will be near 71, with a west wind of 3 to 8 mph.

Wednesday night, there is a 30 percent chance of showers, with a low of 51.

Faith news

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A spaghetti sauce contest will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Davern Hall, 53rd and Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending, at a cost at the door of $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for ages 7 to 12, will receive endless spaghetti and sauce tasting, bread, salad, tea, lemonade, one dessert and one opportunity to vote on the contest winner. Entries must register by April 13. Funds raised will go toward expenses for the annual ice cream social. Christ the King Church will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the church basement. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

Judson Baptist Church, 8300 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will resume its regular Sunday morning schedule in April, including Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. on the first Sunday of the month; and for the remaining Sundays, 8:30 a.m., first morning service, 9:45 a.m., Sunday school, and 11 a.m., second Sunday service.

The Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will hold a Scripture Group and Bible study from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Bible sharing and reflection, lectio and journaling will be led by Heather Neds, pastoral minister.

Parkway Baptist Church, 12320 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., is holding a Community Blood Center blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, at the Parkway Baptist Church classrooms. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

Risen Lamb International Church of the Nazarene,
located in the Turner area of Kansas City, Kan., has announced the opening of the Risen Lamb Prayer Room and Retreat Center. On location at their church at 5301 Metropolitan Avenue, the prayer room and retreat center is open to the public for daytime retreats. All individuals or small groups seeking a quiet, sacred space to gather, pray, meditate, journal or read resources about prayer are welcome. The prayer room provides a peaceful space for solitude or can be scheduled in advance for groups of up to eight people. Guests seeking spiritual guidance may schedule a time of spiritual direction with one of the pastoral staff, and groups may inquire about scheduling a member of the pastoral team to lead or speak at a retreat. Donations accepted but not required. For more information, or to plan a visit, contact the Rev. Philip Friday at pobfriday@yahoo.com or call 913-287-9418.

Sanctuary of Hope, 2601 Ridge Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will hold a three-mile walk to pray for an end to violence from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17. The walk starts at Sanctuary of Hope and ends at the Shalom House, 13th and Parallel, and prayers will be held with the residents of Shalom House. There will be transportation back to Sanctuary of Hope.
Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., will hold a ladies luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the church’s coffee shop. After lunch, those attending will play games such as Scrabble or dominoes.

Women from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan., will attend the “2016 Women’s Summit” at St.Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Mission, Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., is planning an all-church breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, served by the church trustees. A free will donation will be accepted. A trustees meeting will be at 9 a.m.

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Community calendar

The Wyandotte Daily News is interested in news of your community event in Wyandotte County. Send information to news@wyandottedaily.com or maryr@wyandottedaily.com and include your name and phone number. Please send in planned events about a week before the event if possible. In the event of inclement weather, call the sponsoring organization to see if the event will be held.

Blood drive scheduled
The Chiropractic Healing Center, Harding and Associates, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the parking lot of the center at 8437 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

Program offered on raising safe kids
A program on raising safe kids will be presented from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 4 to May 9, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The program will emphasize the use of positive discipline, anger management and conflict resolution skills. It will be presented by certified trainers, Heather Neds and Elizabeth Madeo. Call 913-906-8990 or register online at www.keelerwomenscenter.org.

Program offered for family transitions
“Stepping Stones for Step Families,” a program providing information for family situations and transitions, will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 18, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The program is presented by Chiquita Miller of K-State Extension. Call 913-906-8990 or register online at www.keelerwomenscenter.org.

Programs offered for Spanish-speaking women
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers these programs for Spanish-speaking women: Grupo de mujeres: con lideres Mary Ellen Rodriguez y Ana Maria Sauer, los Martes, 26 de Abril de 10-11 a.m. Clase de Nutricion – cada tercer Juevez del Mes. Juevez, 21 de Abril, 19 de Mayo y 16 de Junio. For reservations or more information, call 913-906-8990.

Flower and vegetable gardening to be topic of meeting
Learn how to start your own flower and vegetable gardens at a program from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The program will be presented by Master Gardeners, Kim Wetzel-Williams and Linda Lockwood. Call 913-906-8990 or register online at www.keelerwomenscenter.org.

Support group offered for caregivers
A support group will be offered for caregivers from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The facilitator is Jackie Tigges. This group is for women and men. For reservations or more information, call 913-906-8990.

‘Living with Grief and Loss’ to be topic of program April 20

“Living with Grief and Loss” is the topic of a series of five programs to begin Wednesday, April 20, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The program is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A certified grief counselor will facilitate the series. Call 913-906-8990 or register online at www.keelerwomenscenter.org.

Bonner Springs job fair to be April 21
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21, Bonner Springs will hold a job fair in the Sunflower Room of the Bonner Springs Community Center, 200 E. 3rd St., Bonner Springs, Kan. Job seekers in the area are encouraged to attend this free event and to bring lots of copies of their resumés. The program is made possible through a partnership of Workforce Partnership, Bonner Springs City Library, Kaw Valley Virtual Learning Center, Vaughn-Trent Community Services, and Bonner Springs Parks and Recreation. Special features of this job fair include the Workforce Partnership mobile unit on site, a recreational vehicle with 13 computer workstations. Eighteen employers are confirmed for participation.

Presentation explores Civil War along Santa Fe Trail
The Bonner Springs City Library will be the host of “The Santa Fe Trail and the Civil War,” a presentation and discussion by Leo E. Oliva at 6 p.m. April 21 at the library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs. Members of the community and the surrounding area are invited to attend the free program. Contact the library at 913-441-2665 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council. During the Civil War, events at both ends of the Santa Fe Trail contributed to the war’s outcome while the Plains Indian Wars grew in intensity. This presentation will introduce key conflicts along the Santa Fe Trail, including significant but largely forgotten battles in New Mexico and the period of accelerated conflict that ended with the destruction of Plains tribes as they had existed for over a century. Leo Oliva is a historian with a research focus on 19th-century Kansas. He is the author of Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail, six books for the Kansas Fort Series, and a founding member of the Santa Fe Trail Association and Fort Larned Old Guard. “Few people know that important Civil War battles occurred west of the Kansas-Missouri border. Kansas was a major cause of the war,” observed Oliva, “and engagements on the Santa Fe Trail contributed to Union victory and destruction of the Plains Indians.” “The Santa Fe Trail and the Civil War” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Humanities Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine our shared human experience—our innovations, culture, heritage, and conflicts. The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785-357-0359 or visit online at www.kansashumanities.org. For more information about “The Santa Fe Trail and the Civil War” in Bonner Springs contact the Bonner Springs City Library at 913-441-2665 or visit www.bonnerlibrary.org.

KCKCC Jazz Cabaret to be Thursday, April 21
The KCKCC Jazz Cabaret will be 6 p.m. April 21 in Upper Jewell on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. Tickets are $20 for the public and $15 for students, children over 5 years old and seniors 60 and over. Music during the Jazz Cabaret will be provided by the KCKCC Jazz Combo, Vocal Jazz Ensembles and Student Jazz soloists. In addition, it will feature a catered dinner by Wyandotte BBQ, complimentary drinks and a silent auction. Boulevard Brewing Co. is providing the beer and wine will be served as well. The event is a fundraiser for Music Department student travel. The theme for this year’s Jazz Cabaret is Soul Train. Guests are encouraged to wear clothing from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Music will feature jazz arrangements of pop tunes from the last 40 years. “The music performed at this event will be a fusion of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook and popular music classics from artists such as Michael Jackson, The Beatles and more,” said John Stafford, director of choral activities at KCKCC. “There will also be a silent auction of artwork by Janet Mason and other items from corporations in the Kansas City metropolitan area.” For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Stafford at 913-288-7137 or by email at jstafford@kckcc.edu.

Mid-America Education Hall of Fame event to be April 21

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Foundation’s 20th-annual Mid America Education Hall of Fame induction will be April 21 at the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, 6565 State Ave. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. with the program and awards beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person and reservations must be made by April 16. In addition to the community recognitions, the event serves as a fundraiser for scholarships at KCKCC, helping students who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend college. For more information about tickets and reservations or sponsorship opportunities for the Mid America Education Hall of Fame, contact Dawanna Fangohr at 913-288-7675 or by email at dfangohr@kckcc.edu.

Strawberry Hill 5K Run-Walk to be April 23
The Strawberry Hill 5K Run-Walk will be held at 8 a.m. April 23 starting at the Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan. The course runs through the streets of Strawberry Hill. For more information, call 913-371-3264 or visit http://www.strawberryhillmuseum.org/the-first-annual-strawberry-hill-5k-runwalk/. For more information and hours of The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., visit www.strawberryhillmuseum.org/ or call 913-371-3264. The museum will be closed on Easter, March 27.

Barnyard Babies back at the Ag Hall April 23
Barnyard Babies return to the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 126th and State, Bonner Springs, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Youth may enjoy seeing calves, piglets, chicks, kids and more baby animals. There will be free train rides and fun hands-on activities for kids. There is an admission charge. For more information, visit http://www.aghalloffame.com/.

Housing inequality to be topic of meeting at library
“Housing Inequality: The Problem of Affordability” will be the topic of a program at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This is part of a lecture series sponsored by Radish, and for more information, visit facebook.com/radishkck.

‘Be Active Day’ planned April 23
Bishop Ward High School will sponsor a day of fun activities, including the annual Tour de Cyclone bike ride, the Battle of the Badges, a police vs. fire flag football game, and a Bishop Ward baseball game. The activities start at 8 a.m. April 23 at Dorney Field. For more information, see www.wardhigh.org.

Blood drive scheduled
Piper High School, 4400 N. 107th St., Kansas City, Kan., will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. April 29 in the school gym. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

Blood drive scheduled
Schlagle High School, 2214 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kan., will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 29 in the school gym. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

Class to give tips on landscaping to attract birds and butterflies
The goals of beauty and habitat can be achieved together, with a garden design easily including the specific plants that provide food and shelter for wildlife and pollinators while still remaining beautiful for the humans, according to gardening experts. A class, “Landscaping for Wildlife and Pollinators,” will be taught by Meg Mullett, a Johnson County Extension Master Gardener and Kansas Master Naturalist, who has been gardening for 40 years. She not only grows food for her family, but also maintains an attractive landscape for wildlife using only organic methods. The class, sponsored by the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Sunflower Room at the Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kan., 913-299-9300. The fee is $5, payable at the door. Registration is not required.

Blood drive scheduled
Turner High School, 2211 S. 55th St., Kansas City, Kan., will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the commons area. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

Blood drive scheduled
Epiq Systems, 501 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the atrium. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

Legislative coffee scheduled
A legislative coffee is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 21, at the Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs. It is sponsored by the library, League of Women Voters and NAACP.

Bishop Ward to hold 35th annual Golf Classic
Bishop Ward’s 35th annual Alumni and Friends Golf Classic will be held June 10 at Painted Hills Golf Course. Co-chairs are Tom Mayfield, class of ’81, and Kevin Connor, class of ’83. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, cart, goodie bag, complimentary beer and beverages, hole contests and team prizes, plus a catered dinner after the tournament. Register online at www.wardhigh.org/golfclassic.

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.

Keeler offers spiritual direction
Keeler Women’s Center, a mission of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., is offering spiritual direction by appointment. One hour, once a month, is scheduled at the convenience of the director and the person seeking direction. Call the center, 913-906-8990 to talk to one of the Sisters about scheduling an appointment.

Wyandotte County Museum
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 Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and holidays. For more information visit the website www.facebook.com/wycomuseum or call 913-573-5002.