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LOCAL EVENTS

ST. PETER’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST EASTER EGG ROLL – St. Peter’s United Church of Christ will hold its annual children’s Easter egg roll at approximately 11 a.m. following the morning service Easter Sunday, March 31, on the church grounds at 700 E. 110th St., Kansas City, Mo.  The public is invited to this free event. Children will receive small prizes for participating. For information, call the church at 816-942-1155 or visit www.kcspucc.org. Despite the sequester, the White House announced it will hold its Easter egg roll as usual on Easter Monday, April 1. President Rutherford B. Hayes started the tradition when he opened the White House South Lawn for the first official egg roll in 1878, in defiance of a law Congress passed forbidding children’s activities that would damage the landscaping.

GRANDVIEW HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S GREEN DINNER – The Grandview Historical Society will hold their annual "Green Dinner" on Sunday, March 17, at 1:00, in the Depot Museum.  Society board members will furnish the main course.  Everyone who attends should bring a salad, vegetable, or dessert dish.  Drinks and table service will be provided.  Mary Beth Craddock has provided us with a travelog of a trip to Ireland.  Wear some green and join us for some good food, good friends, and good fun!

WORLD WAR SERIES AT TRAILSIDE CENTER – The Trailside Center will continue its World War series on March 14 at 7 pm and March 15 at 1:30 pm with the topic “B29 Bombing Missions Over Japan.” Rich Grossman, B29 Flight Engineer, who flew 29 bombing missions, will be the guest speaker. There will be a B29 video and a nice surprise.

GRACE POINT BAPTIST CHURCH EGG HUNT – Grace Point Baptist Church invites all neighborhood children to a free egg hunt, Saturday, March 30, 2013, 9:30 a.m. 
    The hunt will be conducted, outside weather permitting or inside if necessary, at Grace Point Baptist Church campus, 10415 Chestnut Drive, Kansas City, MO 64137.
    Meet on the lower parking lot, and bring a basket or container to collect eggs. 
    The egg hunt is a fun event welcoming spring and is closely associated with the celebration of the resurrection of Christ.
 
INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ARTIST BOB BYERLY OPENS KC SHOW: A KINDER, GENTLER TIME IN AMERICA Missouri native, Bob Byerley, opens his show, A Kinder, Gentler Time in America, in Grandview, Missouri, this week, at The View, located at 13500 Byars Rd. The show runs through May 15 and officially kicks off Thursday, March 21, from 6-8 PM with a “meet the artist” event, which is open to the public.
Byerley’s trademark style of painting the souls of children in highly imaginative, meticulously detailed Americana images has earned him commissions by Disney and placed his work in 2,000 galleries throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The Grandview show features 25 of Byerley’s best nostalgic works, including Heroes and Villains, Final Heat, and Jackpot. Kansas Citians are encouraged to come see the show at their leisure Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 8 PM or Sundays from 10 AM to 8 PM through May 15.
Many of Byerley’s most famous works showcase what childhood was like nearly 60 years ago during much simpler times than today.
CORONATION OF OUR LADY CHURCH’S ANNUAL ST. JOSEPH’S TABLE – Coronation of Our Lady church, located at 13000 Bennington in Grandview, invites you to their annual St. Joseph’s Table on Sunday, March 17. The blessing of the table will be after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Viewing of the table is immediately after the blessing. Traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Dinner will be pasta Milanese, salad, bread, wine or soft drinks, and dessert. Cost is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children (12 and under). Booths will feature bread, cookies, and cannoli.
All proceeds will be donated to Holy Family Catholic Worker House and Coronation’s Food Pantry. There is an increase in families who need assistance from our Food Pantry. Please be generous with your time and donations to help support this necessary ministry of the parish.

KANSAS CITY PARKS SHELTER RESERVATIONS HAVE BEGUN – This year you can beat the rush and make your shelter reservations online! Now Kansas City residents are able to reserve a shelter from the comfort of their home on the KC Parks website. You can still reserve in-person at 6901 Elmwood Avenue in Swope Park beginning at 7am. Please call 816-513-8931 with any questions.

KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY GARDENS TAKING TOUR RESERVATIONS AND RUNNING WORKSHOPS NOW – The Beanstalk Children's Garden, 6917 Kensington in Swope Park, opens June 12.  Morning and afternoon tours are available from mid-June to mid-July and September through closing in October.  During the heat of the summer, mid-July through August, only morning tours will be available.  Tour times book quickly, so call Earlene at 816-931-3877 or email her at earlene@kccg.org to book your tour today!!  Cost is $2 per person.
 
The Beanstalk Children's Garden is part of Kansas City Community Gardens, a not-for-profit organization that has provided over 30 years of self help gardening in garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, schoolyards and at community sites throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.  As part of the on-going educational efforts, several free workshops are provided.  March workshops include:

March 15:  Early Spring Crops
March 18:  Vegetable Garden Basics
 For a complete list of events or for more information, visit www.kccg.org or call 816-931-3877.

SPRING BREAK AT STARLIGHT THEATRE CAMP – Spring Break is the perfect time for kids in Kansas City to discover new skills, hidden talents and the thrill of performance! Starlight Theatre Academy is offering a  one-week Spring Break Camps for ages 6-14 from March 18-22 at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park. 
 Campers, working in age-appropriate groups, will spend a week alongside theatre professionals to explore acting, singing, and dance skills while rehearsing for a production that they will perform for family and friends on the Starlight stage at the end of the week. Campers will contribute to the creation of the set, props, and costuming for the performance.  They will also enjoy some classic camp games and craft activities.  No experience is necessary.
 Starlight's Spring Break Camps are scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; check-in begins at 8 a.m.
Participants must bring a sack lunch. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. The cost is $225 for a week. Before Care is available beginning at 7:30 a.m. for an additional $5 per day; After Care is available until 5:30 p.m. for an additional $15 per day.
 Registration forms may be downloaded at online. For more information, contact Andy Pierce at 816- 997-1134 or education@kcstarlight.com.

HEART OF AMERICA FEDERATION OF SQUARE DANCE - Enjoy square dancing with the Heart of America Federation. Their motto is “Fun and Friendship Set to Music”, and they meet every first Saturday of the month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Please contact Jim Maxwell at 816-966-8081 for more information. Check out Heart of America Federation of Dance Clubs on Facebook!

HEALTHY HARVEST MOBILE MARKET TO STOP AT HILLCREST - The TMC Healthy Harvest Mobile Market unit will help bring better food choices directly to the people of the community each week. The Mobile Market will stop by Hillcrest Community Center every Thursday from 12 pm to 2 pm.
The TMC Healthy Harvest Mobile Market is a mobile grocery store unit that will travel throughout the urban core on a weekly basis bringing residents opportunities to purchase healthy choices such as fresh fruits and vegetables in their community at an affordable cost. The full size, specially equipped bus will make stops every Tuesday and Thursday.
In addition to fresh produce and some non-perishable items, education will be a major focus of the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market with nutritionists and dieticians available to help teach customers how to eat healthier and new dishes that can be made from mobile market stock available for purchase.

MEETINGS

FREE COUNSELING FOR SOUTH KANSAS CITY/CASS COUNTY VETERANS –The Vietnam Veteran Counseling Service is offering free counseling to ANY VETERANS from WWII to present. Sessions will be held the 2nd Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be conducted by a trained psychologist, who is also a Veteran, who specializes in Veteran’s matters. The sessions will be conducted at VFW post 8220 at 144 W. Vivian Rd, Belton, MO 64012. For more information contact Charles Gordon (816) 686-9252 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

SECOND FRIDAYS AT TRAILSIDE CENTER – South Kansas City residents gather every month at the 7:30 a.m. for 2nd Friday meeting at the Trailside Center, located NEXT to the fire station at the SE corner of 99th & Holmes. The public is invited, and light refreshments will be served
GRANDVIEW BOARD OF ALDERMEN - Normally, meetings are at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the Municipal Services Building (City Hall). The public is welcome to attend. The board alternates regular sessions, at which votes are taken, and work sessions, at which issues are discussed.
KC CITY COUNCIL – 3 p.m. Thursdays at City Hall, 414 E. 12th St. The public is welcome to attend. Check the city’s web site to verify meeting agendas or watch archived meetings online. A link to the city’s web site is at www.jcadvocate.com.

HMC-1 DATES - The school board meets on “Third Thursdays,” at 7pm, but it occasionally changes, so please check the district’s web site to verify. You can find a link to the district’s web site at www.jcadvocate.com.

GVCSD-4 DATES - Normally Third Thursdays, but check district website to verify. You can find a link to the district’s web site at www.jcadvocate.com.


FUNDRAISERS

CAC NEEDS MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVERS – The Community Assistance Council has openings for two drivers to begin a new route. Time commitment is 1-2 hours, delivering the noonday meal. A valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance is required, and a background check is completed. With the start of a new route, CAC can assist over half of those individuals currently on our waiting list receive home delivered meals. This program helps senior, homebound residents stay in their homes, and offers a well-care check to those without family in the immediate vicinity. Please consider this as an opportunity to help senior citizens with a small amount of time commitment.

CAC - always needs food and personal hygiene items!  We are in immediate need of macaroni and cheese, cereal and canned soup (any kind). Any donations are appreciated! Thank you! Specifically, we are in need of canned tomato products, canned peas, boxed meals, toilet paper and Kleenex, but all donations are welcome! Financial contributions allow CAC to help families with rent, utility assistance, transportation, home maintenance, and unexpected needs. For more information on any of these programs, please call Pam, 816-763-3277, x108, or email pamm@cackc.org.


FILL THE GAP!
(Grandview Assistance Program)
Grandview Assistance Program, 1121 Main St, Grandview, for 20 years now has provided emergency food, utility, rent assistance and more to low-income families and individuals in Grandview and the Grandview C-4 school district. Those seeking assistance may call 816-761-1919 to set up an appointment. Those who can donate food, cash, school or hygiene supplies or other assistance, please contact Grandview Assistance Program at 816-761-1919 or visit the website at www.gapcares.org or stop by the office to drop off donations. Grandview Assistance Program operates Monday – Friday from 9 am – noon and 1 pm – 3 pm.

@ THE LIBRARY

From Piles to Productive: Organize Your Paper
March 18, 2013 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Grandview Branch
Age Groups: Adults
Room: Programming Room
Sign up required
Imagine finding your important papers when you need them, having your tables, countertops, and desk free of paper piles, and knowing what papers to keep and which to toss. It IS possible and Tracy Hoth will teach you how, using steps so simple anyone could follow them! Learn how to set up and maintain a system that will work for you! Leave with a plan to take home and implement. All of this while having FUN! Yes, you CAN do it!