Archive for Friday, May 25, 2001

Area briefs

May 25, 2001


Topeka festival celebrates diversity

Topeka The "Celebration of Cultures" festival will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on Kansas and Jackson avenues between Eighth and 10th streets.

The festival will celebrate cultural diversity and ethnic heritage with a parade, ongoing live entertainment, a Taste of Cultures food court, arts and crafts, Diversity Villages, an area devoted to the sharing of cultural traditions through storytelling, and cultural displays of arts and artifacts. The festival will also include an expo session designed for youths at the state capitol.

Science fiction convention opens today

Kansas City, Mo. ConQuesT, Kansas City's oldest science fiction convention, will celebrate the visions of Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick with the theme "2001: A Space Oddity" this year. The convention opens today and runs through Sunday.

Guest author is James Morrow, who wrote "Towing Jehovah," "This is the Way the World Ends," "Only Begotten Daughter" and "Blameless in Abbadon." Other authors attending are Robin Wayne Bailey, Rob Chilson, James Gunn, Lee Killough, Bradley H. Sinor, K.D. Wentworth and William F. Wu.

ConQuesT activities will include autograph sessions, authors' readings, a benefit auction, panel discussions, an art show and auction, dealers' room, a masquerade contest and gaming. The event also will include the announcement of the 2001 inductees into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

The convention takes place at the Park Place Hotel, Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit www.

Losses total $919 on stolen ATM card

A 19-year-old Overland Park woman told police this week her stolen ATM card was hit for more than $900.

The woman had reported her purse stolen May 5. Records show the card was used for seven transactions on May 8 apparently before the woman had canceled the card.

The woman said $919 was withdrawn on the card $700 in cash and $219 in food and other purchases.

Lawrence Police have identified no suspects in the case.

KU Med to offer insurance seminar

Kansas University Medical Center will bring together a group of insurance experts next week to help older adults with questions on insurance and billing.

The free session will feature representatives from the Health Care Finance Administration, Coventry, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansans.

Individuals attending the seminar will be able to ask questions and talk to the representatives about Medicare, managed care, HMOs and other issues.

The seminar will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Battenfeld Auditorium in the Student Center. The session is free, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, call KU Med at (913) 588-1227.

Coalition takes stand against diamonds

A Topeka civil rights activist is trying to persuade rappers and other hip-hop artists to stop wearing diamonds.

Sonny Scroggins of the Midwest Coalition Against Blood Diamonds said the group was backing proposed federal legislation that would ban imports of diamonds from mines controlled by violent rebel groups in Africa at great cost to human rights on that continent.

A hip-hop convention is planned for Sept. 8 in Topeka to help spread the word. For more information contact Scroggins at (785) 357-8853.

Kansas Lions State Band plans reunion at convention

Musicians who have been members of the Kansas Lions State Band are being sought to attend a reunion next week.

The reunion will be in conjunction with the Kansas Lions state convention, June 1-2 in Salina. The reunion celebrates the 50th anniversary of the group, formed in 1951 as an extension of the Lions services to youth.

Planned activities include a reception Friday evening, the convention band concert Saturday morning and a Saturday breakfast featuring a retrospective by a former state band director.

For more information about the reunion, contact Tom McClernon at (316) 722-0928 or e-mail

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