August 19, 2014

Jackson and Cass: Your calendar of community events

A roundup of happenings in and around Jackson and Cass counties.

Aug. 20

Heartsaver CPR/AED Class: For ages 15 and older. A credentialed course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of automated external defibrillators, designed for first responders in the workplace, safety security personnel, lifeguards, day-care providers and others. 7-9 p.m., Harris Park Community Center, 110 S.W. Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit. $24. 816-969-1500 or lsparks.net

Aug. 23

American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life of Kansas City: A noncompetitive walk for dogs and their owners, plus demonstrations and games. 9:30 a.m., Theis Park, Oak and 47th, Kansas City.

Greater Kansas City Ride Against Lupus: Begin the ride 9-11 a.m. at Gail’s Harley-Davidson, 5900 Missouri 150, Grandview. Finish 1-3 p.m. at Granfalloon Restaurant & Bar, 608 Ward Parkway, Kansas City. Entertainment, silent auctions and drawings. $15-$25. www.rideagainstlupus.org

Awesome Ambitions Hosts Recruitment Fair: A college readiness mentoring program for high school girls in Kansas City offers tutoring, career counseling, college readiness, leadership development and more. 9 a.m.-noon, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing, 2464 Charlotte. 816-808-7365

Tomato Tasting: Bring your home-grown tomatoes, fruits and vegetables to determine who grew the best produce in Harrisonville, 10 a.m.-noon, Cass County Public Library, 400 E Mechanic, Harrisonville. Entries will be accepted until 9:30 a.m. 816-884-3483.

Aug. 28

Earnest Shepherd Youth Center Bar-R-Que: Annual event serving up wonderful food all proceeds to benefit the great children’s program offered thought the year, 5 to 7 p.m., Earnest Shepherd Youth Center, 610 Shepherd Rd, Liberty, $8 adults, $5 children, 816-781-7733

Aug. 29-31

12th Annual Kansas City Irish Fest: Food, dancing, live music and much more, Fri. 5 to 11 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., $10, www.kcirishfest.com.

Aug. 29 - Sept. 1

Santa-Cali-Gon Days: Food, carnival rides, music and more. Noon-11 p.m. Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 30-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 1, Independence Square between Truman and Walnut streets. Free. www.santacaligon.com

Aug. 30

Fiesta Del Barrio: Music, games, a magic show and food. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Franklin Center Building, 1403 Metropolitan, Kansas City, Kan. Free. 913-689-8430.

Sept. 1

Celebrating Labor Day: Harry Truman, as portrayed by Neil Johnson, will visit and greet visitors. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. www.trumanlibrary.org

Sept. 5-7

Relics of the Buddha: Learn more about Buddhism. 5-7 p.m. Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7, Unity on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th, Kansas City. www.templebuddhistcenter.org

Lupus Education Seminar: Local physicians will discuss research on the chronic disease. 9 a.m.-noon, Kaufman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill, Kansas City. Free. www.lupusresearch.org

Sept. 6

Fiesta Pre Party: Join Las Estrellas, DJ Bobby C and El Grupo Atotonilco for a sneak peak of the Hispanic Festival, Sept. 12-14, at Barney Allis Plaza, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Zona Rosa, 8640 N Dixson Ave, Kansas City, 816-587-8180.

Sept. 7

11th Annual Remembrance Walk for Suicide Awareness Survivor Support: A community walk to remember people who suffered traumatic deaths, such as a suicide, homicide, fire or accident. 9 a.m., Loose Park, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City. $25 preregistration, $30 otherwise. 913-681-3050 or www.sass-mokan.com

Sept. 8

Women’s Football 101: Clinic for women, organized by former Kansas City Chiefs player Will Shields. Proceeds to benefit the Will to Succeed Foundation, which helps children and women in the Kansas City area. 7 p.m., 68’s Inside Sports, 9111 Flint, Overland Park. $10, 913-888-924 or www.68insidesports.com

Sept. 12-14

29th Annual Fiesta Hispana: Food, entertainment, folkloric dancers and a boxing tournament, along with local and national talent such as Grupo Control, Alacranes and Ruben Ramos. 5:30-11 p.m. Sept. 12, noon-11 p.m. Sept. 13, noon-9 p.m. Sept. 14, Barney Allis Plaza, Kansas City. Free.

Sept. 12-13

Longview Arts Festival: Music, food, fashion jewelry, home decor and more. 4-10 p.m. Sept. 12, 10-8 p.m. Sept. 13, near View High Drive and Third Street, Lees Summit. www.longviewfestival.com

Sept. 13

12th Annual Stroke Walk: Honor someone you know who has had a stroke. Proceeds benefit the American Stroke Foundation. 9:30 a.m., Theis Park, 4800 Rockhill, Kansas City. 913-541-9092 or Kathy@americanstroke.org

Early Childhood Educators Conference: Help for educators, child care providers and parent educators. Preregistration is required. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 N.E. Lakewood, Lee’s Summit. $50. 816-252-5051

Senior Celebration: For people age 55 and older who want to put on their Sunday best for dancing, dinner and fun. Buy tickets by Aug. 29. The Point, 5600 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Raytown. $10. 816-353-8500

Sept. 19

Brown Bag Concert Series: Begins with harpsichordists Rebecca Bell and Marian Thomas, 12:10 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City. Free.

| Lisa Lopez, llopez@kcstar.com


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