CABA, other groups launch Central Avenue beautification program

The Central Avenue Betterment Association is joining with The Hispanic Chamber of Greater Kansas City, the Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department and the U.S. Army to launch a beautification project May 1 for Central Avenue and the parks in the area.

May 1 is the beginning of many special summer events held by CABA. The community beautification project is just one of the many upcoming events to enhance the image of Central Avenue to make it a more family-friendly atmosphere, a spokesman said.

The Central Avenue beautification project goals: Beautify Central Avenue from 5th to 18th Street and enhance Bethany Park, Simpson, Lally, and Trolly Park, plant roses, and repair all hazardous openings in the parks.

The schedule on May 1:
• 8 a.m. Breakfast provided by the Waffle House for community leadership, beautification volunteers and special guests.
• 8:30 a.m. Welcome to Central Avenue, remarks by Mayor Mark Holland.
• 8:40 a.m. Opening program remarks by Carlos Gomez and Edgar Galicia.
• 9 a.m. Work begins in cooperation with the Unified Government’s Parks and Recreation Department and the U.S. Army Forces.
• Noon beautification work completion.
• 12:30 p.m. Flag ceremony by U.S. Army at Lally Park (10th Street and Central Avenue).
• 12:55 p.m. Closing statement by special guest.
• 1 p.m. Lunch provided by La Placita’s Vendor Coalition for community leadership, beautification volunteers and special guests.

For more information about this program, contact CABA at 913-707-4622.

With most storms out of the way, tomorrow’s forecast looks dry and windy

Storms moved through Wyandotte County this morning, leaving about a quarter-inch of rain behind.

There is a slight chance of rain this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

The rain will end by tonight, the weather service said.

Tonight, it will be mostly cloudy with a low around 47, the weather service said.

Sunday, expect partly sunny skies with a high near 61, the weather service said. An east wind will be from 11 to 16 mph, with gusts up to 24 mph on Sunday.

Sunday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low around 43, according to the weather service. An east northeast wind of 8 to 15 mph, will gust as high as 21 mph.

Saturday events

K-State scheduled to play its purple-white football game Saturday in KCK
There will be a lot of purple going on Saturday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., where Kansas State University will play its purple-white spring football game. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Sporting Park. Regular tickets already are gone, but there may be standing-room-only tickets for sale for $10, according to the K-State football website. The Wildcats were 9-4 in 2014, finishing in the top 20. Coming back from that team are 12 starters and 47 letter winners.

KU women’s rowing double dual meet to be Saturday at Wyandotte County Lake
The University of Kansas women’s rowing team will hold a Big 12-Big 10 dual meet at Wyandotte County Lake, 91st and Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. KU, along with Oklahoma, will represent the Big 12, facing Big 10 schools Iowa and Wisconsin. The two sessions of rowing may begin about 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Grinter Place quilt show continues April 25-26
Grinter Place State Historic Site will hold its 39th annual quilt show Friday – Sunday, April 24 – 26. Friday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday hours are noon – 4 p.m. Local quilts will be on display. Quilting materials and craft items will be available for purchase. Visitors can see and make a donation for a chance on this year’s opportunity quilt, hand-quilted by the Grinter Place Quilters. At 1 p.m. Saturday, Patti Winkler will present “Quilts in the Classroom: How Quilts Tie into History.” Admission to the quilt show is free. Admission to tour the house is $3 adults, $1 students. Kansas Historical Foundation members and children 5 and younger admitted free. Grinter Place is at 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan. For more information, call 913-299-0373 or visit

Spanish singing lessons planned
Learn to sing Spanish songs at a program from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the South Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The program is for all ages.

Performance will celebrate Dia de Los Ninos
Celebrate Dia de Los Ninos with an Anansi the Spider Performance from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, story time- craft room, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. It is for children and tweens. Performed by the Kansas City Young Audiences resident, the program will include a story, performance, dancing, music, crafts and snacks. For more information, call 913-279-2128.

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

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 or call 913-573-5002.

KCKCC baseball to face Fort Scott Saturday
Kansas City Kansas Community College will face Fort Scott in a baseball doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Devils home field. The Blue Devils will be competing for fifth place.