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E.g., 12/09/2019
E.g., 12/09/2019

This film tells the intriguing story of African-American women’s social clubs in the Kansas City area during the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, focusing on the impact of these clubs in a time when segregation was the rule. These social clubs played an integral role in the life and well-being of Kansas City’s African-American community through their activities, volunteerism and social activism. Presented by Vine Street Films.

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City Center Live is held at Lenexa City Center Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 W. 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219.

The Wires are an alternative exploration in string sound. Hailing from Kansas City. They compose and perform original music for violin and cello with wide-ranging styles, from tango to gypsy, jazz to rock, and infused with the precision of classical form.

Enjoy a free, live performance. City Center Live is a partnership between Johnson County Library and the Lenexa Arts Council.

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This popular meet-up includes a potluck dinner and group discussion about cookbooks, cooking and, of course, food. Each month features a specific nationality or type of cuisine, with discussion led by special guest speakers who are food professionals. You can share new or favorite dishes, test others’ creations, learn about new expert techniques and discuss food with other foodies.

January: Roasted with Maps Coffee
February: Shopping in bulk with Bulk It
March: New York-style foods with The Antler Room
April: Animal themed food puns with Three Dog Bakery

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Register online or call 913.826.4600. Registration opens Dec. 9 at 9 am.

Elizabeth Acevedo’s debut novel in verse, The Poet X, about a young poet finding her voice, won the National Book Award, Printz Award, Carnegie Medal and Pura Belpré Award. Join us for a conversation with the author facilitated by Megan Bannen, local author of The Bird and The Blade. The Poet X has...

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Local writers Brian Daldorph, Martha Gershun and Lori Stratton will share their winning stories from our creative writing contest. There will be time for discussion of the stories, the influences behind their work, and each will touch on their own approach to the craft of writing.

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Johnson County Genealogical Society helps you discover many research resources. Society meetings cover business items and training sessions. Learn about the workings of the JCGS as well as specific genealogy research topics.

January: How to Date Old Photographs, Midwest Genealogy Center
February: “Broke but not out of luck” – Exploring Bankruptcy Records for Genealogy, Jennifer Audsley-Moore, National Archives Kansas City
April: Heraldry and Genealogy: The Truth Behind Your “Family” Coat of Arms, Angela Fields

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This popular meet-up includes a potluck dinner and group discussion about cookbooks, cooking and, of course, food. Each month features a specific nationality or type of cuisine, with discussion led by special guest speakers who are food professionals. You can share new or favorite dishes, test others’ creations, learn about new expert techniques and discuss food with other foodies.

January: Roasted with Maps Coffee
February: Shopping in bulk with Bulk It
March: New York-style foods with The Antler Room
April: Animal themed food puns with Three Dog Bakery

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City Center Live is held at Lenexa City Center Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 W. 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219.

Recalling ’90s classic lo-fi indie pop with songs that are full of hooks, harmonies and other sonic surprises, True Lions is a multi-instrumentalist femme band from the middle of North America.

Enjoy a free, live performance. City Center Live is a partnership between Johnson County Library and the Lenexa Arts Council.

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Virginia Brackett, Professor Emeritus of English, retired in 2016 from Park University where she directed the Honors Academy and received varied teaching and service awards. She’s also a prolific writer and editor: She has published 14 books, including In the Company of Patriots, a nonfiction exploration of her relationship with her father, Captain Edmund C. Roberts, Jr., who was killed in Korea after serving in World War II. Brackett will sit in conversation with Angela Elam, the producer/host of UMKC’s public radio program, “New Letters on the Air.” This program will be recorded and post...

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Join Tosca Lee in a small group discussion of her work. This relaxed setting permits in-depth conversation about her themes and style.

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Between, The House of Bathory Duology (The Progeny, Firstborn), Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with Ted Dekker. A notorious night-owl, Tosca loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing video...

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