Storm interrupts Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway

Racing was under a red flag on lap 98 of the 267-lap Sprint Cup series race tonight at the Kansas Speedway, as rain fell and lightning was seen.

Radar maps from the National Weather Service showed that Kansas City, Kan., was receiving the weak part of a line of storms that stretched from Nebraska to Springfield, Mo.

Drivers were waiting as the race needed 36 more laps to be official.

Scattered thunderstorms possible in today’s forecast

National Weather Service graphic
National Weather Service graphic

Scattered thunderstorms will pop-up across the region this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

A few storms could become strong with small hail, gusty winds, and dangerous lightning being the primary hazards, the weather service said. An isolated severe storm or two cannot be ruled out.

There is a 50 percent chance of rain and storms this afternoon, and the risk increases to 60 percent later tonight, according to the weather service. Some forecasters are saying that there is very little chance of severe weather today; however, lightning could be a threat. There also is a good chance of lightning missing Wyandotte County tonight.

Today’s high was predicted near 75, with an east wind around 11 mph, the weather service said. Tonight’s low was expected to be 65 degrees, with a southeast wind of 14 to 18 mph, gusting to 28 mph, according to the weather service.

Additional storms are expected Sunday, according to the weather service.

The threat on Sunday will be conditional on whether the airmass can recover from morning storms and become unstable. If it does, severe storms with large hail and damaging winds will be the primary threats, according to the weather service.

For current weather information, visit www.weather.gov.

Saturday thunderstorm risk (National Weather Service graphic)
Saturday thunderstorm risk (National Weather Service graphic)

Sunday severe thunderstorm forecast (National Weather Service graphic)
Sunday severe thunderstorm forecast (National Weather Service graphic)

Community calendar

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Exhibit on Prohibition to visit Wyandotte County Museum
“Spirited: Prohibition in America,” a National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibition, will visit the Wyandotte County Museum from April 6 to May 25. The exhibit covers the history of Prohibition, which started in 1919 and continued 13 years. The museum is at 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs. Hours of the exhibit are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The exhibit is free to the public. For more information visit the website www.facebook.com/wycomuseum or call 913-573-5002.

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/.

Cinco de Mayo parade and festival canceled May 9

A Cinco de Mayo parade and festival planned at 11 a.m. May 9 in downtown Kansas City, Kan., has been canceled because of the predicted rain in the forecast Saturday. The festival was supposed to run until 11 p.m. May 9, but now the event will be rescheduled, perhaps in June, according to event organizers.

Wyandotte Art Association celebrates with art exhibit at Alcott Saturday; musical concert also planned Saturday
The Wyandotte Art Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, May 9, with an art exhibit at the Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan. The building is not yet handicapped-accessible. Ten local artists from the Wyandotte Art Association will be on hand with their artwork, said Chris Green, executive director of the Alcott Center. This free art exhibit will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. It is open to the public. There will be a silent auction in conjunction with this event, with all proceeds going to Alcott Center. There will be some refreshments at the event. The same evening, a music fundraiser will be taking place starting at 7:30 p.m. at the theater at the Alcott Center, she said. Gary Barber, soloist, and Debbie Goddard, accompanist, will present “An Evening of Songs,” Green said. They will perform selections in Italian, German, from Broadway and 1930s pop. Admission to the musical concert in the theater will be $10 per person. All of the money raised will be donated to the Alcott, Green said. For more information, visit http://www.alcottartscenter.org/.

UG to have special meeting Monday
A strategic planning session is on the schedule for Monday afternoon for the Unified Government Commission. A special session of the Unified Government Commission has been called for 2 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 515, of City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Blood drive scheduled May 12
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12 at Epiq Systems Atrium, 501 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

KCK Women’s Chamber to meet May 13
The Kansas City, Kan., Women’s Chamber of Commerce will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the West Wyandotte Branch Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kan. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a lunch and program planned from noon to 1 p.m. The cost of lunch will be $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Rachel Merlo of Google will speak about Google Fiber and the Start-Up Village in the Kansas City area. Guests are welcome but reservations are required by emailing Ardith Deason at deason_a@wmhci.org -telephone 913-233-3305. There will be a fundraiser for the group’s scholarship fund.

Insurance commissioner to be guest speaker at Fairfax meeting May 14
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer is expected to be the guest speaker at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Fairfax Industrial Association meeting. The meeting will be at the UAW Local 31 hall, 500 Kindleberger Road, Kansas City, Kan. Those who want to attend are asked to make reservations by 5 p.m. May 12 to execdir@fiakck.org. The cost of the luncheon is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Ethics Commission to meet May 14
The Unified Government Ethics Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the second floor, Wyandotte County Courthouse, Division 18, in the old county commissioners’ chambers.

UG Commission to meet May 14
The Unified Government Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at City Hall, Commission Chambers, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. An agenda is expected to be posted a few days in advance of the meeting at www.wycokck.org.

Blood drive to be held May 15
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 at Turner High School commons area, 2211 S. 55th St.,Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

Home economists to meet May 15
Home and Community Group Greater Kansas City Association of Family and Consumer Sciences will meet at 11 a.m. May 15 at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo. The program is “The Local Food Movement in Kansas City.” For information contact 816-454-9695.

Bike rodeo returns May 16
The Kiwanis West Bike Rodeo returns to the Schlitterbahn parking lot Saturday, May 16. The ninth annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 16 at the Schlitterbahn waterpark, 9400 State Ave. Tips on cycling safety, free bike safety helmets, T-shirts and a look at Schlitterbahn attractions will be the highlights of the day.

Rosedale Retro Run canceled, rescheduled
The Rosedale Retro Run, a 5k-fun run, has been canceled Saturday, May 9. It is being rescheduled for May 30. There also will be a community trail work day and a mountain bike jam. There will be a finish line party at Fisher Park. Race registration will be $20 per person in advance and $25 on the day of the race. Kids may participate for free. For more information or to make reservations, email Ahnna at ahnna@rosedale.org.

Classic car show planned
A Classic Car Cruise is planned from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at 500 Kindleberger Road, Kansas City, Kan. The event will be sponsored by the UAW Local 31.

DAR chapter Medal of Honor Remembrance Service rescheduled
The Wyandot Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter’s Medal of Honor Remembrance Service originally planned at 10 a.m. June 13 at the Highland Park Cemetery, 4101 State Ave., will be rescheduled in September, according to an announcement. Three Civil War Medal of Honor recipients will be honored.

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.