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Preschool dance party April 11

There will be a dance party for in kindergartner or younger at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 11, at the Indian Creek Branch of the  Olathe Public Library.

There is no registration, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Which Kansas is that?

Guest Editorial: From the Wichita Eagle

Gov. Sam Brownback drew the honor Saturday of delivering the Republican weekly address, which is meant to respond to the Democratic president’s weekly address. In the process, Brownback painted an unrecognizable picture of the state after two years of his leadership.

After saying “you change America by changing the states,” Brownback ran into trouble with some specifics of what he called Kansas’ “financial turnaround.”

When he said Kansas went from having $876.05 in the bank to a $500 million ending balance two years later “and did it without tax increases,” he left out the part where a 1 percent sales-tax increase passed in 2010 sustained state revenues and state services as the federal stimulus money dried up and the economy struggled. Nor did he mention that he campaigned against the temporary sales-tax hike in 2010, helped last year to oust moderate Republican legislators who had voted for it and now wants the 2013 Legislature to make it permanent.

Talk about a turnaround. Continue reading

LEGO design contest April 13

A LEGO design contest for students in sixth through 12th grade has been scheduled for Saturday, April 13, at the Indian Creek Community Church, 12480, South Black Bob Road, Olathe.

Creations are to be dropped off at the church from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a public viewing and voting session from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and an awards ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Rules and more information is available at the Olathe Public Library and at the Indian Creek Branch or on the library’s website: www.olathelibrary,org.

Participants can register online at the website or by calling 913-971-6888.

Grant helps Johnson County nutrition program to extend reach

New program aims to reduce hospital readmission by providing healthy meals

Submitted by Gerald Hay

A new initiative from the Johnson County Nutrition Program aims to reduce hospital readmissions by providing senior residents with healthy meals after they return home. Because proper nutrition is a key component to healing and recuperation, the Home Nutrition Program will make healthy meals available to recovering seniors within 72 hours of hospital release.

The program, the first of its kind in the State of Kansas,  is made possible through a $50,000 Expanding the Vision Grant from the Meals On Wheels Association of America and the Walmart Foundation. The short-term meal service will be provided through Meals on Wheels. Continue reading

Wine tasting at the Overland Park Arboretum

Friends of the Arboretum is sponsoring Wine Tasting on the Terrace from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.,  Thursday, April 18, at the Overland Park Arboretum.

Wines will be provided by The Wine Barn, a local winery located near The Legends in Kansas City, Kan.

Cost is $20 per person.

Wines that will be offered are:

Apple Pear: A fruity, sweet wine similar to a Pinot Grigio. Great for BBQ’s.
The Bee’s Knees: A semi-sweet blend of two white grapes. Pairs well with fish, chicken and spicy dishes.
3 Sisters: A deep garnet color blend of three sweet grapes. Pairs well with chicken and spicy dishes.
Double Play: A medium-bodied blend of Norton and St. Vincent grapes. Produced in American Oak barrels.
Norton: A full-bodied wine aged in French Oak. Compare to a Syrah or Merlot.

Appetizers of fruit, cheese and dessert trays will be provided during the tastings. The wines listed also will be available for purchase by the bottle to take home.

To register, click here.

Yoder news briefs

3rd District Job Fair in Olathe

Third District Congressman Kevin Yoder will once again hold a Third District Job Fair and Resource Expo to help Kansans looking for employment and business owners seeking employees to meet face-to-face. The Job Fair and Resource Expo will be on Wednesday, May 1st at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, and will include a special morning hour exclusive to veterans.
Last year’s job fair at the Great Mall was a tremendous success, and Yoder said he was looking to repeat that success this Spring.
“We all recognize the importance of helping our returning veterans get jobs after their courageous service for our country, so we will again focus on them for the first hour,” he said. “I encourage everyone looking for work to attend.” Continue reading
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