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Live at Legends free concert to be Aug. 2
The Legends Outlets, I-70 and I-435, will sponsor free family friendly concerts on some Saturday evenings during July and August in front of the center courtyard fountain. Big Time Grain Company will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. The Live at the Legends summer concert series will feature local and regional talent performing popular pop, classic rock and country hits from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and today. The concert series will take place at the center of the Civic Courtyard Fountain in front of Phoenix Theaters Legends 14.

Summer concert to be Aug. 2 at Legends
Dave and Buster’s Summer Concert Series will continue at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, on the rooftop patio at The Legends Outlets. Counter Culture will perform from 9 p.m. to close Aug. 2. Different bands will play on Saturdays through September.

Free summer movies offered
The Legends 14 Theatres will present “Rio,” rated G, and “The Smurfs 2,” rated PG, at 10 a.m. Aug. 5, 6 and 7. Admission is free. All ages and groups are welcome. Doors open at 9 a.m. Seating is limited to availability. Currently showing feature films are not included in the free admission, and the schedule is subject to change.

Night trail run to be Aug. 1
The 2014 Psych Night Trail Run will take place at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Wyandotte County Lake, 91st and Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. This trail running event will include a 5K fun run-walk, and a 10K fun run-walk along a hilly, wooded route. There is an entry fee. For more information, visit

Bonner Springs to hold Operation School Supplies
Operation School Supplies will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2, at Bonner Springs High School for students in the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville School District. The event is intended to help low-income families with providing school supplies for their children in kindergarten through 12th grade. To qualify, students must be in the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville district, currently enrolled or a returning student in the district. Sponsors of the event include the school district, Vaughn-Trent Community Services, Fellowship West, Bonner Springs City Library, Walmart, Lagasse Sweet, and churches, businesses and individuals.

Night Out Against Crime to be Aug. 5
Night Out Against Crime will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Kansas National Guard Armory, 18th and Ridge, Kansas City, Kan. The guest speakers include Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller, former Kansas City, Kan., police chief; and Thomas Beall of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas. Local elected officials also are expected to speak. Children and adults may attend. A yo-yo demonstration and competition is planned. Community groups also are attending the event. The first 100 who belong to a registered neighborhood group will receive a free T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded. Those attending will also have the opportunity to meet with members of the local Police and Sheriff departments.

Ringling clown to visit Main KCK Library Aug. 6
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey clown, Billy, will visit the Main Kansas City, Kan., Library’s Lego Club on Wednesday, Aug. 6, as part of the circus’ first “Clown Crawl.” Billy will visit multiple metro locations during Aug. 6 – 9 to celebrate Book Lovers Day, which is on Aug. 9, and will officially announce tickets on sale for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presents “Built To Amaze,” an eight-performance run at Sprint Center, Sept. 10 – 14. Also included on Billy’s tour is an appearance at Sprint Family Fun Days in downtown Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, Aug. 9. The event at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, 625 Minnesota, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6. The theme will be the circus, and children will be encouraged to build Lego creations that have the circus as a theme. Billy also will provide entertainment such as juggling and magic tricks. Those children attending will receive clown noses, and discount tickets will be available for the circus. The library event is free and open to the public.

Keeler Film Series to be held Aug. 6
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will hold the Keeler Film Series at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Roxanne Hutton is the facilitator. Films will be presented about women and films with subjects important to women. Discussions will follow. On Aug. 6, the movie and discussion will be about “Girl Rising.” Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Marriage enrichment class starts Aug. 6
A marriage enrichment class will begin Wednesday, Aug. 6, at St. Patrick Catholic Church social hall, 94th and State Avenue. Classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27. Dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m. The classes are in a relaxed small-group atmosphere where topics such as problem solving, decision making, communication, hidden issues and commitment may be discussed. Trained facilitators will lead the class. The class is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Pre-registration is necessary to or 913-906-8925.

Learn about budget basics
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will present “Basics of Budgeting,” in partnership with Heartland Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo Bank from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. Men and women may attend. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

UG Commission to meet Aug. 7
The Unified Government Commission plans to meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at City Hall, Commission Chambers, lobby area, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. An agenda may be posted at

Balloon festival set for Aug. 8-10

The Great Midwest Balloon Festival will be Aug. 8 to 10 at the grounds of the Kansas Speedway, at I-70 and I-435, Kansas City, Kan. More than 50 hot-air balloons are expected to fly over the area. There will be food vendors, balloon rides, children’s events, a carnival and balloon glows. For ticket information, see

Back-to-School Fair to be Aug. 9
The annual Wyandotte County Back-to-School Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at two locations, Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave., and Boys and Girls Club Wyandotte County, 1240 Troup Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Students who live in Wyandotte County may participate. Parents should bring proof of residence. Children are required to attend. Immunizations are available to those who bring their immunization cards. Sports physicals will be available; a pre-participation examination form is requested. Bookbags with school supplies will be given out. Books will be distributed to children. Haircuts will be available. Lunch will be served. The United Way of Wyandotte County is accepting donations toward this event. People interested in volunteering may contact the United Way, 913-371-3674.

African-American Art Festival planned Aug. 9
The MoKan African-American Art Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Quindaro Park, 35th and Sewell, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending the free event may bring a blanket, enjoy artwork, stilt walkers Gullah basket weathers, African drummers and dancers, food and vendors. For more information about having an art exhibit there or being a vendor, contact 913-788-7330.

End of Summer Carnival Aug. 9 at library
The Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road, will hold an End of Summer Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Saturday, Aug. 9. The family event will include games, food, a silent auction and “Doo-Dad Mike,” a musician performing at 11 a.m. The event is free. There is a donation for games. The Leavenworth Road Association will provide lunch and snacks for purchase. Silent auction donors include T-Bones, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Great Wolf Lodge, Kansas City Zoo, Paradise Park, Sunflower Golf Course and Science City.

Mobile food pantry to distribute food Aug. 9
Civitan Clubs of KC are sponsoring a mobile food pantry at noon on Saturday, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16, at 8822 Parallel Parkway. This is in the parking lot of the Crossroads Family Church. The mobile food pantry will be open until the food is gone. The Civitan Family Life Development Center is at that location. For more information, visit

Educational meeting on agricultural market information to be Aug. 10
An educational meeting and field demonstration, “Quenching Agriculture’s Thirst for Market Information,” will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 620 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs. The meeting will explain how crop estimates are determined. The meeting is free to the public; reservations are appreciated to 785-587-6111 or to The event is sponsored by Kansas Farm Bureau, Wyandotte County Farm Bureau and the Ag Hall. Speakers will include Mark Nelson, Kansas Farm Bureau; and Jason Lamprecht, USDA. There will be a tour of the Ag Hall, and a crop estimating field demonstration.

Blood drive planned Aug. 11
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Chiropractic Healing Center parking lot at 8437 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 816-753-4040.

Vendor Fair planned
A Vendor Fair will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Unified Government City Hall lobby, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. This is an opportunity for local vendors to learn how to do business with the Unified Government and BPU. An educational forum will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Some of the topics covered will be vendor numbers, business licenses, equal employment opportunity compliance license, and tax clearance letter. Reservations are required to or 913-573-5446.

Personal finance class, ‘Finding Cash,’ offered
“Finding Cash,” a four-session class for general financial education, will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on four Tuesdays, Aug. 12-Sept. 2, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Topics will include budgeting, savings, credit, needs vs. wants, plugging spending leaks and avoiding spending traps. This class is a prerequisite for individuals and families who are income eligible (below 200 percent of the federal level and have a net worth, market value of all assets owned minus debt of less than $10,000. The home you live in and one vehicle are excluded from asset determination) to participate in Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas 2:1 matched savings account program to assist with first time homeownership, homeowner occupied housing repair, post-secondary education, specialized skills training, or small business. Visit or call Kimberly Simmons, Catholic Charities, 913-384-6608, Ext. 2577 for questions. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Author to attend book club meeting Aug. 12
Keeler Women’s Center monthly book club will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Author Judith Valente will be present to lead discussion and read from her award-winning book, “Atchison Blue, a Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith.” In addition to regular participants, there is a limited number of spaces for additional women who wish to take part. Books are available for $11. A limited number of copies will be available for those who are unable to purchase one. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

LRA to meet Aug. 12
The Leavenworth Road Association will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 for a potluck dinner and social hour at the lower level, Fellowship Hall, Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. The LRA will provide chicken and baked potato casserole. Members and visitors may bring side dishes. Presenting the August program will be presented by representatives of the community policing unit who will discuss tips on what to do in a shooting situation.

College president to speak at Women’s Chamber meeting Aug. 13
The guest speaker at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Kansas City, Kan., Women’s Chamber of Commerce will be Doris Givens, president of Kansas City Kansas Community College. The meeting will begin with networking at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 13, followed by a lunch and program from noon to 1 p.m. at Dave and Busters, Village West, Legends Outlets, Kansas City, Kan. The cost of the lunch will be $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. At the program, four scholarships will be awarded. Recipients include Tiffani Henley, Melissa Cooper, Deborah Sparks and Teresa Hall. Melissa, Tiffani and Teresa will attend KCKCC while Deborah will attend Park University. Reservations are required by emailing Barbara Newby at, telephone 913-485-1208 or Ardith Deason at, telephone, 913-233-3305.

Film to be discussed Aug. 13
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will sponsor the Keeler Film Series at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Roxanne Hutton will be the facilitator. Films about women and subjects important to women will be presented. There will be discussions about the films. On Aug. 13, the film and discussion will be about “Shirley Valentine.” Call 913-906-8990 to register for the film series.

Yoder to speak at Fairfax luncheon
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., will speak at the Aug. 14 luncheon of the Fairfax Industrial Association. The event is at 11:15 a.m. Aug. 14. The sponsor is General Motors, 3201 Fairfax Trafficway, Kansas City, Kan. Reservations may be made to Melissa Clark by 5 p.m. Aug. 12 at

Program offered about divorce, separation
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will present “When a Family Changes: Dealing with Separation and Divorce,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18. It will be presented by Chiquita Miller of K-State Extension. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Spanish-speaking program offered for women
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers this program for Spanish-speaking women: Grupo de mujeres, dirigido por Mary Ellen Rodriguez y Ana Maria Sauer: 10-11 a.m., los martes, 19 y 26 de agosto.

Children’s self-esteem program offered
“Building Children’s Self Esteem,” a two-part free program, will be presented from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on two Wednesdays, Aug. 20 and 27, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. To register, call 913-906-8990. Those who need child care should mention it since there are only a limited number of spaces available.

Landscaping program offered
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will present “Landscaping and Simple Home Improvements” in partnership with Heartland Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday, Aug. 20. A cook out will be provided at 5:30 p.m. and the program is from 6 to 8 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required. Men and women are welcome. No children. The program is free. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Workshop offered to optimize health
A free workshop, Kansans Optimizing Health Program, will be held Sept. 3. The workshop is for adults with an ongoing health condition, and will provide practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, and will provide information on nutrition and exercise, understand new treatment choices, find better ways to talk with the doctor and family about health. Those with conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, and anxiety may be interested in this workshop. It meets one-and-a-half hours each week for six weeks. The workshop is held in connection with the Wyandotte County Extension office, 1216 N. 79th St., telephone 913-299-9300.

United Way campaign opening luncheon to be Sept. 11
United Way of Wyandotte County will kick off its Live Heroic annual campaign with its annual kick-off luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the KCKCC Technology Center. United Way encourages the community to support the Wyandotte community by attending this luncheon or by donating to the Live Heroic campaign. Further information can be found at the United Way of Wyandotte County website, or by calling 913-371-3674.

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

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.

‘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

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.

Lane closures start tonight for Gibbs Road bridge project on I-635

The Gibbs Road bridge project will result in lane and ramp closures tonight on I-635. (KDOT photo)

The Gibbs Road bridge project will result in lane and ramp closures tonight on I-635.

Southbound I-635 lane closures will take place between I-70 and Shawnee Drive on Friday night and between Speaker Road and Merriam Lane on Saturday night.

Northbound I-635 lane closures will take place between Speaker Road, on the north end, to Merriam Lane, on the south end, both nights.

Friday, Aug. 1, reopens at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2:
7 p.m. Northbound and southbound I-635 will be reduced to two open lanes
9 p.m. Northbound and southbound I-635 will be reduced to one open lane
10 p.m. Ramps from I-70 to southbound I-635 closed
Ramps from K-32 to southbound I-635 closed
Ramps from Metropolitan Avenue to southbound I-635 closed

Full closure overnight of southbound I-635 at K-32

Ramps from eastbound and westbound I-70 to I-635 and from K-32 to southbound I-635 will be closed. Traffic will follow a marked detour to 18th Street Expressway.

Saturday, Aug. 2 – reopens at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3:
7 p.m. Northbound and southbound I-635 will be reduced to two open lanes
9 p.m. Northbound and southbound I-635 will be reduced to one open lane
10 p.m. Ramps from northbound and southbound I-35 to northbound I-635 closed
Ramps from Shawnee Drive to northbound I-635 closed

There will be intermittent slowdown on northbound I-635 and on the Merriam Lane to northbound I-635 ramp to allow for bridge girder placement. There are five different girder sections, so there will be five times that these traffic slowdowns will occur.

Ramps from northbound and southbound I-35 to I-635 will be closed. Traffic will detour via I-35 to 18th Street Expressway to I-70. There will be rolling roadblocks for northbound I-635 traffic throughout the overnight hours to allow for the placement of the bridge girders.

The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and slow down when approaching and driving through the project work zone.

The scheduled completion date for the entire project is early September 2014, weather permitting.

One Senate candidate says he’d be happy if ‘somebody’ is hanged

One Senate Republican candidate made some shocking remarks at the July 30 candidate forum at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo)
by Mary Rupert
One of the most shocking statements at the candidate forum July 30 at the Kansas City Kansas Community College was made by Alvin Zahnter, a Republican for U.S. Senate from Russell, Kan.

In discussing the president’s executive orders, he alleged that money was going to America’s enemies and said, “It’s got to stop.” Zahnter said he would support impeachment.

“In fact I won’t be happy until what our country stands for, my constitution, has somebody hanged for this,” Zahnter said.

His remarks came on the same day that President Obama visited Kansas City, Mo., and called for federal lawmakers to “stop hating all the time.”

Zahnter, of Russell, Kan., was the only one of four candidates for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate who showed up at the forum. Earlier in the day, incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, of Dodge City, Kan., and one of the opponents, Milton Wolf, of Leawood, Kan., were seen on news reports after a sidewalk meeting in Emporia, Kan., with Sen. Roberts declining to debate Wolf. Also running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate is D.J. Smith of Osawatomie, Kan.

Zahnter said he opposed executive orders. “These executive orders are not from we the people,” he said. He said the president was giving arms and federal money away to enemies through executive orders.

“We don’t give our money to our enemies,” Zahnter, a Vietnam veteran, said.

He said he was for term limits, for guns, and for medical marijuana.

In discussing immigration reform, Zahnter said the border should be shut down.

“We cannot take no more,” he said. “We can hardly feed our own, let alone, at the rate that they are breeding.”

“We’re multiplying too fast,” he said, adding that he does not support abortion after a certain term.

Zahnter, wearing a red, white and blue outfit, said, “God put me in this race one morning.”

“This is our country, and I plan to keep it our country,” he said. “My God, my state, my Bible and my flag. I’m here to fight and if you’re here to fight, let’s get it on.”

For more of the candidate’s comments, view the candidate forum on the KCKCC cable channel or on YouTube; see