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Kansas City will have a block party Saturday

Mayor Sly James is host of a Kansas City block party this weekend, and the whole city is invited.

Dubbed “Sly’s Rock the Block,” the party will celebrate the end of summer from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday on the Troost Avenue Bridge between 47th Terrace and Volker Boulevard.

The event, free to the public, is being paid for with about $20,000 in city funds, plus donations from Highwoods Properties, UMB Bank and COMBAT.

It will feature attractions in the afternoon for children and families, including face painting and inflatables. City staff will serve hot dogs, hamburgers and chips from 5 to 7:30 p.m. or while supplies last. The event will also feature musical entertainment and a guest appearance by “America’s Got Talent” finalists Maurice and Shanice Hayes.

Later in the evening, middle school and high school students can dance on the bridge to music provided by a live DJ.

Security will be provided, and parking is available at the Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., or at the Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road.

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