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04/22/2014 5:48 PM

04/22/2014 5:49 PM

Chalk Walk this weekend at KC Museum

The annual Chalk Walk has a new location in northeast Kansas City.

This year’s event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, will be on the grounds of the Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd.

The free event hearkens back to the tradition of European 16th century street painting. Kids and parents can join local artists to create temporary chalk images on the sidewalks, or go for something simpler like Tic-Tac-Toe. Artists will start their work on Saturday and complete it on Sunday.

Other activities inclulde a children’s chalk area, the Stone Lion puppets, Kansas City Library area, food trucks and a health tent.

Proceeds benefit Northeast Arts KC.

Raytown police to discuss scams

Raytown Police Cpl. Mike Boessen will give a free presentation on April 30 about financial scams and fraud, and how residents can better identify them. Boessen is a former financial crimes investigator.

The talk will be from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Raytown Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road.

All adults are welcome, but registration is required. Register online at, by phone at 816-353-2052

, or in person at the Raytown library.

KC resident inducted into Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame

A longtime Kansas newspaperman who now lives in the Brookside area was inducted this month into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame.

He is John Lee, former chief executive officer of Harris Enterprises, a newspaper group based in Hutchinson. He also was editor and later publisher of the Hays Daily News.

Lee holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Kansas. He began his career as a reporter for The Hutchinson News in 1972.

Movie chain helping special-needs families

Dickinson Theatres is dedicating May to raise money for Kansas City area families with special needs children.

The chain operates the Eastglen 16, at 1451 N.E. Douglas St. in Lee’s Summit. It is offering two movie deals, which are available at all of its locations: a $1 popcorn bag, and a $3 limited edition gold Darth Vader pin by Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City. Sales on the items will be donated to Variety.

Other area Dickinson Theatres are the Northglen 14 at 4900 N.E. 80 St. in Kansas City, the Palazzo 16 at 8601 W. 135th St. in Overland Park, the Westglen 18 at 16301 Midland Drive in Shawnee and the Great Mall Theatre at 20060 W. 151st St. in Olathe.

Show off your historic photos

Lee’s Summit wants you to share your bits of local history at the first Art Artifacts Fair.

Tell family stories by showing off old photographs, phone directories or hand tools as part of May Preservation Month, sponsored by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and the Lee’s Summit Historical Society.

The free event is 1 to 4 p.m. May 17, but the deadline to submit entries is May 2.

Since 2003, the Historic Preservation Commission has held special events to commemorate Preservation Month, including a number of walking tours downtown and cemetery tours.

This year the commission wanted to try something different, said Kathy Smith, chairperson of the commission and Lee’s Summit Historical Society president.

“We know there are a lot of cool artifacts out there,” Smith said.

The society hopes some people will decide to contribute items to the museum planned for the WPA Post Office on Main Street. At the least, the museum would like to document the artifacts and take photographs, or copy photographs for its archives.

The commission also will have on display large prints of photographs from its collection, to be interpreted by students from Lee’s Summit North’s drama and International Baccalaureate history classes.

Contest winners will be judged on historic significance and accompanying local history and will be awarded certificates.

Roads constricted in Cass County

The Missouri Department of Transportation is constructing wider shoulders on Route YY and Route D in Cass County, and parts of the roadways will be restricted to one lane through June 21.

Segments of Route YY are being narrowed to one lane from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. between Route Y south of Belton and Route C in Peculiar.

Route D, also known as Holmes Road, is subject to restrictions from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Missouri 58 west of Belton to Route Y in Cleveland.

Flaggers will control traffic, and a pilot car will be employed on Route YY. The work will be localized as the construction crews move from one spot to another, MoDOT said.

Historic activity May 4 in Lee’s Summit

The public is invited to the 2014 annual Strawberry Lawn Fete from 2 to 4 p.m. May 4 at 305 N.E. Green St. in downtown Lee’s Summit.

The Lee’s Summit Historic Preservation Commission will present this year’s Graves/Hale Historic Preservation Award to the family of Carl R. Sechler in recognition of his contribution to the history of Lee’s Summit.

Sechler, born in 1882, was a builder whose family helped create landmarks such as the downtown depot, Longview Farm and homes in the Howard Neighborhood Historic District.

The event is part of May Preservation Month.

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