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Summer concert to be Aug. 23 at Legends
Dave and Buster’s Summer Concert Series will continue at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, on the rooftop patio at The Legends Outlets. Allied Saints will perform from 9 p.m. to close Aug. 23. Different bands will play on Saturdays through September.

Tiblow Trot to take place Aug. 23
The 36th annual Tiblow Trot will take place at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Kelly Murphy Park, Elm and West 2nd, Bonner Springs, Kan. It is a 5-mile run or 2-mile walk. There is an entry fee. For more information, see

Lecture offered Aug. 23 on Celtic folklore
A Celtic folklore lecture will be given from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Alcott Center, 180 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan. Jane Nichols, who has taught a class on the topic since 1992 with the Communiversity program at University of Missouri at Kansas City, will give the lecture. She also portrays an Irish business woman with the Society for Creative Anachronism. Topics that are expected to be covered include the four great holidays of the Celts, their major deities, and hero tales of Ireland, Wales and the Continent. Nichols’ knitted fiber art will be on display, including a Viking rune sweater. Finger food typical of the Middle Ages will be available. The Alcott art gallery will be open during the event. Admission to the lecture is $5 for ages 12 and older. The Alcott center is not ADA accessible. For more information, visit or

KCK school board scheduled to meet
The Kansas City, Kan., Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Central Office, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Business After Hours event planned
The Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at Unity One Credit Union, 4150 Kansas Ave.

Young Republicans to meet
The Wyandotte County Young Republicans will meet the fourth Thursday of
each month. This month the group will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. The group is open to Republicans between 18 and 40 years old.

UG Commission to meet Aug. 28
The Unified Government Commission plans to meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at City Hall, Commission Chambers, lobby area, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. An agenda may be posted at Several planning and zoning items are on the agenda.

NAACP to meet Sept. 2
The Kansas City, Kan., Branch NAACP will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Bethany Medical Office Building, 21 N. 12th St., Kansas City, Kan., in the second floor meeting room. The executive committee will meet at 6 p.m., followed by the general membership meeting at 7 p.m. At 7 p.m. there will be an election of the nominating committee, for the purpose of election of officers and at-large members of the executive committee. All members whose memberships are current as of 30 days prior to the meeting date may be elected to the nominating committee. All committee chairs are asked to bring committee report of activities for the month of August 2014. For further information, call 913-281-7900.

Workshop offered to optimize health
A free workshop, Kansans Optimizing Health Program, will be held Sept. 3 and continue on Wednesdays for a total of six meetings. 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.

Blood drive planned Sept. 3-4

A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 3 and Sept. 4 at the University of Kansas Medical Center Francisco Lounge, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 816-753-4040.

Program offered on credit protection
“Give Yourself Good Credit” is the title of a program to be offered from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Learn about credit protection identity protection, fraud prevention and restoring your good name if you are a victim of fraud. Men and women may attend. The program is offered in partnership with Heartland Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo Bank.

First Friday meeting to be Sept. 5
The Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Frist Friday Focus on Sept. 5 at the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, near I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kan. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m., with the program at noon. The guest speaker will be Pat Warren, president of Kansas Speedway. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. For preregistration information, see

Ume to perform with Arctic Monkeys Sept. 5
Austin rock trio Ume will open for Arctic Monkeys Sept. 5 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Ume’s new album, “Monuments,” was released March 4.

Garage sale to benefit food pantry
A garage sale Sept. 6 at CrossRoads Family Church, 8822 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., will be a benefit for a food pantry located there. The event is sponsored by the Civitan Sochi Club. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6. Those attending will be able to pay $10 for a 13-gallon bag of garage sale items. So far, clothing and books have been donated to the garage sale, with other items expected.

Heroes for Healing event to benefit kids’ emergency shelter
Frontier Steakhouse, 94th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., will serve as host for the fifth episode of Heroes for Healing on Sunday, Sept. 7, to benefit the new PACES children’s emergency shelter. Bikers can enjoy a scenic motorcycle ride from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., preceded by registration and breakfast starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $25 per rider; $15 per passenger; includes breakfast at Frontier Steakhouse. The main event will feature live music by four bands, an auction and food from 2 to 8:30 p.m. at the steakhouse. Children’s activities are scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m.; the live auction begins at 4:30 p.m. Bands performing will include Dennis Laffoon’s All Star Band; Big Time; State Line Drive; and Issues. Food and prize tickets will be available for purchase at the event. PACES is conducting a capital campaign to build a new emergency shelter for kids removed from their homes because of suspected abuse. The new shelter will increase PACES capacity to help care for 10 children every day and reduce the number of kids being turned away or sent outside the county for temporary foster care. The shelter is planned for mid-Wyandotte County. For more information, visit or; or contact or 913-328-4667.

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.

Business Expo planned Sept. 19
The Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Business Expo Sept. 19 at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. The event is open to the public. Those attending may explore the business world, with more than 75 exhibitors expected to showcase products or services. For more information, visit

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.

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A Buick that was westbound on I-670 just east of the I-70 split in Kansas City, Kan., spun out this morning after an accident with a semi.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report, the accident happened about 9:11 a.m. Aug. 21.

As the semi attempted to change lanes, it struck the Buick on the driver’s side, causing the Buick to spin out, the trooper’s report stated.

The driver of the Buick, a 47-year-old woman from Kansas City, Mo., had a possible injury and was taken to a hospital.

The driver of the semi, a 37-year-old man from Hutchinson, Kan., was not injured.

by Cathi Hahner

Even though the temperatures are hot, the start of school is here. There are programs in our area that help young people with learning. These programs need the commitment of volunteers who will serve as role models, tutors and mentors. Most programs that have volunteers work with youth will require a face-to-face interview and background checks of perspective volunteers.

Lead to Read is seeking volunteer readers. Volunteers can choose a participating elementary school in which they want to read to a child once a week around the lunch hour for approximately 30 minutes. And if you need to miss a session, substitute readers will be available. For more information, or contact Sarah at or 816-651-0470.

Learning Clubs needs tutors for after-school programs at several different sites in Kansas City, Kan. Tutors are matched with one or two students and work together on homework and other educational activities. Volunteers are needed one hour each week. Locations include St. Margaret’s Public Housing, Chalet Manor and Juniper Gardens. If interested contact Brad Grabs, 913-244-5838 or or learn more on the website at

Urban Scholastic Center is looking for mentors to tutor elementary school students at Mark Twain Elementary School and Hazel Grove Elementary School for one hour per week. If interested, contact Alex Mathews at 913-281-9828 or

YouthBuild KCK is a 10-month comprehensive program providing education enrichment, construction skills and job training to at-risk young adults between the ages 16-24. All trainees split their time between the classroom, construction sites and doing community service. Tutors and mentors are needed to help these teens and young adults as they earn their GED and work on marketable job skills. If you are interested in helping, contact Jennifer Baker at 913-371-3770 or jbaker@YOUTHBUILDKCK.ORG.

These opportunities are only four of many that engage volunteers in helping students succeed. For more information on how can you make a difference in the life of an area student, contact or 913-371-3674, Ext. 1308.

Cathi Hahner is director of volunteer services, United Way of Wyandotte County.