Community calendar

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Safe Halloween event planned Saturday, Oct. 31, at Eisenhower Recreation
A safe Halloween event for children will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Eisenhower Recreation Center, 2901 N. 72nd, Kansas City, Kan. There will be free hot dogs and candy for children, with games planned. The event is sponsored by the Leavenworth Road Association, Eisenhower Center, Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation and MultiplyKC.CC. The event is accepting donations and volunteers. For more information call 913-788-3988.

Alcott sponsoring safe trick or treat event
Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th, is planning a trick or treat event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. The event is in need of donations. There will be face painting, and a personalized poster. For more information, visit

Other recreation centers in KCK plan safe Halloween events
Other Halloween Safe Night parties are planned by the Unified Government Parks and Recreation Centers on Saturday, Oct. 31, at these recreation centers:
JFK Recreation Center, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1310 N. 10th St. There will be a costume contest, dance contest, candy and fun. There will also be a family pumpkin carving contest. For more information or to volunteer call 913- 231-4135.
Argentine Community Center, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at 2810 Metropolitan. There will be free candy and hotdogs. For more information call (913) 573-8327.
Armourdale Community Center, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, at 730 Osage. There will be free candy and hotdogs. For more information call 913-573-8327.
Bethany Community Center, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1120 Central Ave. There will be free candy and hotdogs. For more information call 913-573-8327.
Kensington Gym, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at 2900 State Ave. There will be free candy and hotdogs. For more information call 913-573-8327.
The Patricia Diane Kane Community Center, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at 3130 N. 122nd, for more information call 913-573-8327.

Day of the Dead celebration planned at library Nov. 2
The West Wyandotte Library will hold a Day of the Dead celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 2. Those attending may make their own piñata, decorate a sugar skull, take pictures with La Catrina, help decorate an altar for a loved one and witness the dancing and singing of Calpulli Iskally Mitotiyotl. There will also be Tamales, pan de muerto (bread of the dead), coffee and hot chocolate. West Wyandotte Library is a part of Kansas City, Kan., Public Library. It is located at 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kan. For more information, call 913-596-5800.
¡Únase a nosotros en la biblioteca de West Wyandotte 18:00-20:00 el 2 de noviembre para celebrar el Día de los muertos! Podrá hacer su propia piñata, decorar calaveras de azúcar, tomarse fotos con la Catrina, rituales y danzas a cargo del grupo Calpulli Iskally Mitotiyotl. También usted tendrá la oportunidad de ayudar con la preparación de nuestro altar para recordar a nuestros seres queridos. Durante este gran festejo usted podrá disfrutar de la gastronomía tradicional como tamales, pan de muerto, café y chocolate caliente. Biblioteca de West Wyandotte es una parte de Kansas City, Kansas Public Library. Se encuentra ubicado en 1737 N. 82nd Street, Kansas City, KS, 66112. Para obtener más información, llame al 913-596-5800.

NAACP to meet Nov. 3
The Kansas City, Kan., Branch NAACP will meet Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Bethany Medical Office Building, second floor meeting room, 21 N. 12th St., Kansas City, Kan. The Executive Committee meeting will start at 6 p.m., followed by the general membership meeting at 7 p.m. The WIN (Women In NAACP) committee is scheduled to meet in the same room at 5 p.m. For further information, call 913-281-7900, or fax 913-281-7847.

Blood drive scheduled Nov. 4
The University of Kansas, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Hixson Atrium. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit

Hate crimes symposium is Wednesday in KCK
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom will speak during an all-day hate crimes symposium Nov. 4 in Kansas City, Kan. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.“The public – and law enforcement – need to be more aware of the problem of hate crimes generally, and against the LGBTQ community in particular,” Grissom said. “We need more and stronger partnerships with local communities to prevent hate crimes and to enhance prosecutions against offenders when they occur.” Featured speakers will include Dennis and Judy Shepard, the parents of Matthew Shepard, founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Their son was beaten, tortured and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming, in October 1998. The case helped to raise public awareness of hate crimes and led Congress to pass the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act. Other speakers will include Dave O’Malley, who investigated Shepard’s death, Kristi L. Donahue of the FBI, Kristy Parker of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Amanda Spee, FBI special agent, and Crystal Middlestadt an OVC consultant – resource development director, Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training. The event is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 4, at the Reardon Civic Center at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota, Kansas City, Kan. Registration is required. A registration form is available online at or email for a form.

BPU to meet Nov. 4
The Board of Public Utilities will meet for a work session at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. On the agenda is a board update and general manager update; and a revenue forecast presentation. The regular BPU meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 4. On the agenda is a visitors time, presentation about the Rosedale Development Association, BPU communications awards, Western Fuels, board comments and general manager comments.

Open house Thursday on Leavenworth Road improvements

An open house will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, about Leavenworth Road improvements. The open house will be held at Christ the King Church, Davern Hall, 3024 N. 53rd St. The public may attend and may make comments to the designers of the Leavenworth Road improvements from 63rd Street to 38th Street. Improvements may include sidewalks and bike paths. It will be a drop-in style event. There will be refreshments.

Chili supper, silent auction planned at Grinter Place
A chili supper and silent auction is scheduled at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at Grinter Place historic site, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan. There will be live music, a silent auction, a chili supper and tours of the house. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children 5 and younger are free. For ticket information, call 913-299-0373.

Annual Wyandotte County Veterans Day commemoration to be Nov. 7
The annual Wyandotte County Veterans Day commemoration will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Village, 6723 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The event is presented by the Kansas City, Kan., Women’s Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event, from 10 a.m. to noon, will include a special recognition of Vietnam War veterans, on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Groups expected to participate in the event include the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department Drum and Pipe Corps, Piper High School Music in Motion and Salvation Army Music Ensemble. There will be special speakers, veteran resources, commemorative displays, free giveaways and a brunch. Partners and sponsors of the event include the Kansas City, Kan., Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, VFW Post 6401 and auxiliaries, Wyandotte County Museum, Providence Medical Center and Salvation Army Harbor Light Village.

UG Commission scheduled to meet Nov. 12
The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. An agenda may be posted before the meeting at

State Avenue meeting to be Nov. 17
The date for the annual meeting of the State Avenue Corridor Planning and Marketing Committee has been moved to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the KCKCC Technical Education Center, 6565 State Ave. The committee is part of Business West. Four developers will discuss their successful efforts along the corridor. Reservations are requested to telephone 913-766-4300 or 913-406-6266 (cell) or email

Mayor’s Listening Tour to be Nov. 17 in Bonner Springs
The Mayor’s Listening Tour will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Bonner Springs High School, 100 McDanield, Bonner Springs. UG Mayor-CEO Mark Holland will ask residents in small groups to talk about how they would want to spend a sales tax windfall of about $12 million a year expected to occur when the STAR bonds are paid off at The Legends Outlets.

Sebelius to speak at United Way of Wyandotte County annual luncheon Nov. 20
Former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will speak at the annual luncheon Nov. 20 of the United Way of Wyandotte County. Sebelius also is the former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services. “Looking Forward: Improving Health and Quality of Life in Wyandotte County,” is the topic. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Reardon Convention Center, 5th and Minnesota, Kansas City, Kan.

Home economists to meet Nov. 30
Home and Community Group Greater Kansas City Association of Family and Consumer Sciences will meet at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 30 at Grand Street Café, 4740 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo. The program will be by Mackenzie Mallon, researcher at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, on “Monument Men.”

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.

Strawberry Hill Museum closed until Nov. 21
The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., is closed until Nov. 21 to decorate for the holidays. For more information, visit

Wyandotte County Museum open
The Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and holidays. The current exhibit is about the 75th anniversary of the B-25 and the bomber builders in Kansas City, Kan. For more information visit the website or call 913-573-5002.