News briefs for Monday, April 28, 2014

Saint Mary a sponsor of new Nelson-Atkins exhibit
The Lawrence D. Starr Global Studies Institute at the University of Saint Mary is one of three educational partners helping sponsor “Roads of Arabia,” an exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art open through July 6.
The exhibition presents about 7,000 years of history and archeology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The exhibition features more than 200 recently excavated objects that hadn’t been on display outside of Saudi Arabia until 2010.

Tickets for the event are available at as well as at the museum.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum is hosting a free day for students at the exhibit Saturday. Students will need to present a student ID at the door to take advantage of the special offer.

“The Starr Global Studies Institute is dedicated to peace through understanding and education and we are proud to be an educational partner with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in bringing ‘Roads of Arabia: Archeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’ to Kansas City and the Midwest Region,” said Dr. Karenbeth Zacharias, director of the Starr Global Studies Institute at USM, in a news release. “This unique exhibit allows our students and community to open up to Arabia through its past and to appreciate and connect with its people while traveling along the ‘Roads’ of the exhibit together.”

Tongie, Basehor-Linwood boards to meet about special ed agreement
The Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood school boards will participate in a joint meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the west library at Tonganoxie High School for the purpose of planning for a new special education agreement and other discussions related to the new cooperative between the two districts.
The meeting is open to the public.

Funeral home hosting celebration for community contributor
Belden Larkin Funeral home will host a gathering from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday honoring Gary Mattingly's many years of service to the community. Mattingly is retiring.
Refreshments and lunch will be served.

Knowledge @ Noon presentation centered on healthy desserts
K-State Research and Extension-Leavenworth County will host the presentation, Knowledge @ Noon: Healthy Desserts & Sweet Treats, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St.
"Who says desserts can’t be healthy with no sacrifice in flavor? Learn the secrets of low fat and low calorie dessert recipes that are packed with flavor," the agency stated in a news release.
The event is free and open to the public.

Summer basketball meeting set for Tuesday
There will be a meeting for parents and players to discuss summer basketball at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Leavenworth High School main gym. Workouts and possible teams for shootouts and tournaments will be discussed.