Leavenworth Main Street's formal charity gala set for Sept. 27
The Leavenworth Main Street program is providing an opportunity for local residents to get dolled up and attend a glamorous affair with a Formal Charity Gala on Sept. 27.
"The evening will be a classy affair, with great food, music and dancing," according to a news release. "Appropriate attire for men includes tuxedos, dress uniforms and black suits. For women, formal dresses, evening gowns or cocktail dresses are acceptable."
The schedule for the evening:
• 5:30 p.m. — Cocktail hour.
• 6:30 p.m. — Dinner and program.
• 8:30 p.m. — Entertainment and dancing.
Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased from the Leavenworth Main Street office, 416 Cherokee, in downtown Leavenworth. Table and in-kind sponsorships are available. Donations in lieu of attendance can also be made. Deadline to RSVP is Sept. 19.
Proceeds from the event will be used by Main Street to continue its efforts to keep historic downtown Leavenworth a "vibrant and attractive area," the news release states.
Main Street works with new and existing businesses on:
• Historic preservation of downtown buildings.
• Economic growth and business expansion for small, locally-owned businesses.
• Education and resources for entrepreneurs.
• Downtown promotional activities that benefit both businesses and the community as a whole.
Local residents are invited to participate. For more information or to RSVP, call Main Street at (913) 682-3924.

Local funeral home selected as exclusive Veterans Choice Provider
Veterans & Family Memorial Care, the nation’s most widely used funeral home network for veteran’s cremation and burial arrangements, selects leaders in the funeral profession who are committed to providing dedicated, caring service while upholding the highest level of ethical business standards and integrity.
Belden Larkin Funeral Home in Leavenworth has been selected to join the nearly 1,000 VFMC Veterans Choice funeral home providers across America.
Veterans & Family Memorial Care funeral home providers are a catalyst for the community to show support and honor veterans and active duty military, according to a news release. They are sponsors of Operation Valentine, Stockings for Soldiers, Sweaters for Veterans and many other community outreach programs throughout the year that directly benefit our nation’s heroes.
In addition to its community service, Belden Larkin funeral home is an exclusive benefit provider for the Veterans Cremation Society and the Veterans Burial Society.

Red Cross encourages blood donations leading into Labor Day
The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July. Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.
Blood donations often decline during the summer months, particularly around summer holidays. With school starting back up and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this summer.
To encourage donations over the Labor Day holiday weekend, all donors who come out to donate blood Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, will receive a Red Cross mason jar tumbler, while supplies last.
To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
A local opportunity to donate blood is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 21 at The Guidance Center, 500 Limit St., in Leavenworth.

Lansing library upgrading collection catalog system
In preparation for joining NExpress, a regional shared catalog of 40-plus libraries in northeast Kansas, the Lansing Community Library will need to close several times in the next 30 days. Closures will allow library staff to re-barcode the collection, attend training and implement a new computer system.
Closure dates/times include:
• Aug. 13: Library opens at 1 p.m.
• Aug. 20: Library opens at 1 p.m.
• Sept. 5: Closed all day
• Sept. 6: Closed all day
Patrons wishing to return borrowed materials when the library is closed may use the outside drop-box located on the east side of 730 First Terrace. For more information, contact Library Director Michael McDonald at (913) 727-2929 or mmcdonald@lansing.ks.us.

Platte County to conduct safety checkpoints
The Platte County Sheriff's Office may conduct safety checkpoints throughout September, according to a news release.
Motorists should keep in mind that if they encounter a safety checkpoint that the stop will only be for a brief time.
"I appreciate the public's patience when they enter a safety checkpoint, knowing the goal of any checkpoint is to keep innocent motorists safe. Providing a safe and secure environment for the citizens of Platte County is one of the reasons we conduct safety checkpoints" Sheriff Mark Owen said in the release.