Classics turn out at annual KCI Cruise car show

KCI car show

The annual KCI Cruise with 900-plus cars including a 1969 Camaro once owned by drag racer Dick “Mr. Chevrolet” Harrell, is 3 to 8 p.m., Sept. 23 near KCI airport.

Hundreds of classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods, rat rods, exotics and imports will be shown.

“Any year, make and model are welcome. If you are proud of your ride and want to show it, bring it,” said Joe McBride, senior manager, marketing and communications with Kansas City Aviation Department.

There are no entry fees or registration and the show is free to the public. KCI Cruise is hosted by the Kansas City Aviation Department and is a fundraiser for Kansas City’s Combined Charities program.

“I’m proud the KCI Cruise has reached its 10th year,” McBride said. “It is rewarding to see so many awesome cars and so many people enjoying themselves, even if they are not car enthusiasts. More importantly, the event gives back directly to those in need in the community. That’s what counts.”

The show is for everyone and will include a bounce house, concessions, vendors, dog adoptions, prize drawings and a 50/50 draw.

Kansas City drag racer Harrell lost his life in a car crash in Toronto, Canada in 1971. His daughter Valerie and drag racer Dale Pulde will be on hand to talk about Harrell’s legacy.

Other featured cars include a 1964 AJ Foyt Watson Roadster tribute car and an award-winning 1933 Ford Sedan Delivery.

The car show is at 12200 N.W. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, North.

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For vendor inquiries, sponsorships and prize donations contact McBride at or call 816-243-3164.

Food for Fines

Patrons of Mid-Continent libraries can “pay” with food in lieu of fines Sept. 11 to 17 as part of the system’s semi-annual Food for Fines program.

For each can or box of non-perishable food, $ 1 will be applied toward a customer’s fines up to $ 10.

Last year MCPL’s 31 branches received 25,416 food items, which were donated to local food pantries and other charities. A total of 72,500 items have been collected since the program began in May 2014.

Patrons who attend the library’s annual Veterans Salute at Midwest Genealogy Center between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 16, are welcome to bring food items to donate or pay for fines and will be entered to win a door prize.

Foster children benefit

Platte County Children’s Trust Golf Tournament is Sept. 15 at Shiloh Spring Golf Club in Platte City.

The tournament is a benefit for foster children in Platte County. It provides funds for clothing, school supplies, band instruments, Boy Scout uniforms, prom dresses and baby gear. It also gives $ 100 to foster parents for each new child placed in their care, many of whom come to foster homes with only the clothing they are wearing.

The tournament begins at 1 p.m., Sept. 15. Entry fee is $ 85. A $ 20 contest package is available which includes a raffle ticket, two mulligans, 2-foot string, putting contest, long drive, long putt and closest to the pin.

This is the only fundraising event for the Trust.

Both sponsors and players are needed. For information call Ross Short at 636-443-5568 or email

Park University events

Park University is hosting a documentary screening, Constitution Day lecture and homecoming festivities this month, and all are open to the public.

The screening of “Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2” is at 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater in Alumni Hall.

The documentary is about “Lindy Lou” from rural Mississippi who sat on a jury that handed down a death sentence to a man convicted in a double homicide. It tells of her experiences meeting the man prior to his execution and later interviewing her fellow jurors.

A discussion with Linda Lou and members of the film production company will follow the screening.

Park’s annual Constitution Day lecture is at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel.

The lecture, “Ambassadors of Goodwill: Japanese-American Student Resettlement during World War II,” will be given by Allan W. Austin, professor of history at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa.

Austin is an immigration historian and author of “From Concentration Camp to Campus: Japanese-American Students and World War II.” He is the recipient of the Louis and Barbara Alesi Excellence in Scholarship Award and the Max and Tillie Rosenn Excellence in Teaching Award.

Homecoming Weekend at Park is Sept. 14-16.

The Alumni Association Awards luncheon, Sept. 15, will honor several Park alumni, including graduate Casi Joy McCall, a competitor on NBC’s “The Voice,” who will receive the Promising Young Professional Award.

Other events on Sept. 15 include the grand opening of the Park University World War I and Nisei exhibit; a women’s volleyball tournament; and Park University Athletics Wall of Honor Induction Banquet.

Sept. 16 events include several athletic games and matches, barbecue lunch, and department of nursing open house.

For a complete listing of events go to

Clothes Closet breakfast fundraiser

The Clay County Clothes Closet will host a Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction Fundraiser 8 to 11 a.m. Sept. 16, at Fairview Christian Church.

Money raised will go toward the Clothes Closet’s mission to clothe needy families in the Northland. Last year the non-profit clothed more than 2,000 people.

Former TV new personality Susan Hiland will MC the event; and Chris Cakes will do the cooking.

The silent auction includes a Branson vacation, concert and sports tickets, entertainment passes and gift cards.

Tickets for breakfast are $ 6 at the door, or they can be purchased by calling 816-255-0639 or emailing

By Norma King, Special to The Star

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