Posted February 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

Northeast News

Wednesday, February 19

KCPS Meetings for New Middle Schools

The Kansas City Public Schools parents will meet from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Garfield Elementary, 436 Prospect Ave., to discuss attendance boundaries and student uniform options for the two new middle schools opening this fall, Central Middle School and Northeast Middle School. Another meeting will be held from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Melcher Elementary, 3958 Chelsea Ave.

Nelson Art Gallery at North-East Library

Join the North-East Public Library, 6000 Wilson Rd., Kansas City, Mo., at 4:30 p.m. as the Nelson Art Gallery offers a variety of special projects. Space is limited to participate and is geared toward ages 8 to 15. Call 816-701-3485 to reserve your spot.


Thursday, February 20

Adult Thursday

Join other adults at the North-East Public Library, 6000 Wilson Rd., Kansas City, Mo., to play a variety of games at 10 a.m.

Blue Valley Neighborhood Association Meeting

The Blue Valley Neighborhood Association invites you to its monthly neighborhood meeting. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at St. Mary’s Church Grace Tabernacle. For more information, contact the office at 816-241-4848 or

MoDOT Public Meeting

The Missouri Department of Transportation will host a series of public meetings to discuss the preferred alternative regarding the The Paseo interchange to the Blue Ridge Cutoff on I-70. In 2013, MoDOT gathered community feedback on the three improvement alternatives under consideration for I-70: No-Build, Geometric Improvements, and Interchange Consolidations. Based on public input and detailed analysis, MoDOT is recommending a Preferred Alternative for the roadway. A public meeting will be held at the North-East Public Library, 6000 Wilson Rd., on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information about the study, visit

Library Slice Bread Documentary

“Slice of Life” brings together an overlooked piece of regional history and the power of small town ingenuity and perseverance. In this 30-minute documentary, Executive Producer/Host Randy Mason takes US-36 to Chillicothe, Mo., where in the summer of 1928, sliced bread was made available for the first time anywhere. Otto Rohwedder invented that slicer, Frank Bench put it to work in his bakery, and from then on, the sandwich was never the same. At a time when rural communities were struggling to survive, finding a “hook” (even an offbeat one) can lure visitors (and their dollars) to town. And Chillicothe’s been working diligently at it for the last decade, with murals, merchandise, and bread baking contests-ever since a local reporter first stumbled across the long-forgotten fact. Light-hearted but still respectful, the recipe for “Slice of Life” blends innovation, creativity and a colorful set of characters, fueled by genuine pride in their hometown.The documentary airs on KCPT at 7 p.m. Thursday.


Friday, February 21

Tax Assistance at the Library

Visit the North-East Public Library at 9 a.m. for free help with tax preparation. No appointment necessary.


Saturday, February 22

Save Thacher Rally

Show your support for saving the former Thacher Elementary School, 5008 Independence Ave., Kansas City, Mo., by attending a rally in front of the school at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. The rally is being hosted by a Historic Northeast grassroots group called Save Thacher, Save Our Schools. The group is hoping to save the school from demolition.

Tax Assistance at the Library

Visit the North-East Public Library at 10 a.m. for free help with tax preparation. No appointment necessary.

Director’s Hard Hat Tour

Take an extended hard hat tour of Corinthian Hall, the more than 100- year-old home of lumber baron Robert A. Long and his family, with Kansas City Museum Interim Director Denise Morrison. Visitors will see Corinthian Hall in mid-renovation, the bare interior of the building exposed for the first time in decades. Cost is $5 and tour begins at
2 p.m. at the museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd.

Child Care Provider Training at Woodland

Educare will host a free workshop at Woodland Early Learning Community School, 711 Woodland Ave., Kansas City, Mo., on Feb. 22 for child care providers. Topics will include child abuse and neglect, child-adult relationship enhancement, promoting family literacy CPR and first aid. To register, call (816) 889-5055 ext. 1233. For more information, visit

Computer Class

Sign up for a free e-mail account and follow along with this tutorial that teaches the ins and outs of sending and receiving email, as well as how to organize your messages. Class begins at 10:30 a.m. at the North-East Public Library, 6000 Wilson Rd.



Sunday, February 23

Sunday Family Movie

An afternoon movie at the North-East Library, 6000 Wilson Road, beginding at 2 p.m.



Beads, Beans and Beer Fundraiser for NE Chamber

The Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Beads, Beans and Beer fundraiser on March 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Don Bosco Senior Center, 580 Campbell, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. In addition to food and drinks, there will be a live auction, Mardi Gras costume contest, live jazz music, a raffle, door prizes and more. To reserve tickets in advance, call (816) 231-3312.

Newhouse Shelter Showdown

Newhouse, a domestic violence shelter for women and their children, will host the Shelter Showdown Tip-Off at Boulevard Brewery, 2501 SW Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 5. Support your collegiate allegiance and a good cause over all-you-can-eat Minsky’s Pizza and Boulevard beer. Which school’s fans will raise the most money and be the 2014 Shelter Showdown Champions? Cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door; proceeds will benefit Newhouse. The event will also include a silent auction, college apparel for sale, basketball games on big screens and more. For more information, visit and click on the events tab.

St. Joseph Table

St. Anthony Church will host a viewing of St. Joseph’s table from 2 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the church, 318 Benton Blvd. Italian cookies, cannoli and sphingi will be for sale. An Italian music concert will begin at 7 p.m. inside the church.