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Speedway to hold Swap Meet July 18-19
Looking for something automotive? Or maybe an antique? Look no further than Kansas Speedway on July 18-19 as the Speedway holds its first swap meet. The swap meet, which will have over 1,200 automotive related spaces, will take place in the Kansas Speedway infield from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 19. Kansas Speedway’s Garage C will have craft and collectible items. A car corral will be available with cars in the corral available for purchase on the day of the event. Tickets for each day are $5 per car and will be available on July 18-19. Richard Petty Driving Experience will be on track both days and concessions will be available in Sprint FanWalk. For more information, visit

Legendary 5K Run-Walk planned

The Legendary 5K Run-Walk is planned at 8 a.m. July 19 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, 100 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.

Central Avenue Market Art Fair planned
The La Placita Central Avenue Market Art Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19 at Bethany Park, 1100 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. There will be exhibits, booths, food vendors, music and dancing.

Democrats to meet July 19
The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will meet Saturday, July 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Eisenhower Room, 520 Minnesota Ave. Speakers will be Democratic primary candidates, including candidates for Congress and the open county judge position. The breakfast buffet begins at 8:15 a.m. and the forum begins at 9:15 a.m. The cost of the breakfast buffet is $10; or $7 for students and those on limited income. The meeting is open to Democrats. Reservations are requested, but not required, by Friday, July 18. To make reservations, email

Live at Legends free concert to be July 19
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. Funk Mama and Mr. Stinky Feet will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19. 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 July 19 at Legends
Dave and Buster’s Summer Concert Series will continue at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 19, on the rooftop patio at The Legends Outlets. The Mickey Finn Band will perform from 9 p.m. to close July 19. Different bands will play on Saturdays through September.

UG to hold budget workshops

The Unified Government will hold special budget workshops in July in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 515, at City Hall, 701N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan. The meetings will be at 6 p.m. Monday, July 21; 5 p.m. Thursday, July 24; and 5 p.m. Thursday, July 31. The schedule is subject to change. The final budget public hearing, followed by a budget workshop if necessary, will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, July 28. The meetings are open to the public. For more information see

Free summer movies offered
The Legends 14 Theatres will present “Doogal,” rated G, and “Epic,” rated PG, at 10 a.m. July 22, 23 and 24. Admission is free. All ages and groups are welcome. Doors open at 9 a.m. Seating is limited to availability. The current feature films are not included in the free admission, and the schedule is subject to change.

‘Zoo to You’ program to be July 19
Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library will hold a program featuring the Kansas City Zoo “Zoo to You” program from 1 to 2 p.m. July 19. Zoo educators, animals and touchable artifacts will be featured. All ages are welcomed to this free event. The library is located in Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road. Those with questions may call 913-299-2384 or email

Museum plans lock-in
An all-night lock-in is planned from 7 p.m. July 18 to 8 a.m. July 19 at the Wyandotte County Historical Museum, 126th and State. The event on July 18 is for girls ages 8 to 12. A safe night at the museum, tour, hands-on projects, evening snacks and a movie are planned. Boys will have a similar event on July 25. The cost is $25 per child. One adult must attend. Reservations are required. For information, call 913-573-5002.

Program offered on cropping systems
K-State Research and Extension is offering a workshop on “Low-till/No-till Cropping Systems” on July 21 in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit

Learn how to make a budget
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will present “Living Within Your Means: Spending Wisely,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, July 21. Those who attend will learn how to make and follow a budget. The program is presented by Chiquita Miller of K-State Extension. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Board of trustees to meet July 22
The Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the Upper Level Jewell Building, KCKCC, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

Job readiness skills discussed
“Professional Etiquette via Life Skills for Job Readiness” is a workshop designed to help women assess their skills, set goals, and prepare for the interview and the job. The program is recommended for women seeking entry level positions or women who have had a hard time keeping a job. Participants will leave better prepared for an interview and feeling much more confident in their ability to find a job that matches their interest and skills. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Lunch is included. Space is limited and reservations are required.

UG Commission to meet July 24
The Unified Government Commission plans to meet at 7 p.m. July 24 at City Hall, Commission Chambers, lobby area, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. An agenda may be posted at

Show N’ Shine Truck and Car Show to be July 26
The Show N’ Shine Truck and Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26 at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 126th and State, Bonner Springs. A $3 admission donation is requested. For more information call 913-721-1075 or visit

Christmas in July event planned
The Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department will have a Christmas in July event from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 26 at Wyandotte County Lake, 91st and Leavenworth Road. The event will include activities for children, a disc jockey, food, and a parade of pontoon boats at 8:15 p.m. The event is free to the public.

Kobach plans to speak at GOP meeting
Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, plans to speak at the Tuesday, July 29, GOP town hall meeting at the Frontier Steakhouse, 94th and State. For information about the time of the meeting or other details, email Mark Gilstrap at

Red Cross blood drive to be July 29
A Red Cross blood drive will be held from noon to 7 p.m. July 29 at Sporting Park, 1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, Kan. To schedule an appointment, call 800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

Program offered for Spanish-speaking women
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers a program for Spanish-speaking women: Grupo de mujeres, dirigido por Mary Ellen Rodriguez y Ana Maria Sauer: 10-11 a.m., los martes, 29 de Julio,19 y 26 de agosto.

Quarterly meeting planned
The Wyandotte Economic Development Council will hold its quarterly event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at the Community Clubhouse at Village West Luxury Apartments, 11024 Delaware Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.

Gardening program offered
“Planning Your Fall Garden,” a presentation by Sarah Heppler of K-State Extension, will be offered from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Call 913-906-8990 to register for the program.

Blood drive planned July 31
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 31 at the University of Kansas Francisco Lounge, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., (Rainbow and Olathe Blvd.), Kansas City, Kan. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 816-753-4040.

Concert scheduled July 31 at outdoor theater
As part of the Warped Tour, Of Mice and Men is coming to Bonner Springs, Kan., July 31 to play Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, 126th and State Avenue. Some of the albums of the heavy rocker group are “The Flood” and “Restoring Force.”

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.

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.

Learn about budget basics
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., KCK, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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