Choral music slated for Aug. 23 at LHS
The Cody Choraliers is scheduled to present its 44th Annual Show, "Remember When," at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Leavenworth High School's Performing Arts Center, 2012 10th Ave. The performance will feature special guests 3 Men & A Melody.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit, or call (913) 651-7464.

Kansas high school students eligible for free KCKCC tuition
Time is running short to enroll in tuition-free technical courses at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Gov. Sam Brownback proposed an initiative in 2012 to enhance career technical education in Kansas, helping to prepare high school students for careers at the same time. The result was Senate Bill 155, which provides state funding to offset the college tuition for students who earn college credit in tiered career technical courses. The free tuition applies to all technical courses in approved programs at public community colleges and technical schools in the state of Kansas. It does not cover the cost of textbooks or other supplies.
“High school students who take advantage of this opportunity will be on a fast track to a technical career,” said Karalin McKain, executive director at the KCKCC-Leavenworth Center, in a news release. “With tuition paid by the state, the family saves money.”
Numerous certificate and degree programs at KCKCC are part of this program.
Students can enroll in programs at any one of KCKCC’s campuses including the main campus, KCKCC-TEC or KCKCC-Leavenworth.
To be eligible, students must be a Kansas resident; currently attend a public or private high school where they are classified as either a junior or senior; complete the KCKCC online application for admission; have a high school concurrent and/or Dual Enrollment Recommendation form signed by the school’s principal; meet placement test score requirements (ACT, SAT or COMPASS) or are classified as a gifted student in his/her freshman year of high school.
A copy of the student’s Individual Education Program must accompany the recommendation form if they are considered a gifted student. A student who has dropped out and enrolled in a GED program does not qualify. Students who are enrolled in a Kansas online high school are eligible if the program is offered through a public school district. Students do not have to declare a major at KCKCC to qualify.
For more information, contact KCKCC at (913) 334-1100, KCKCC-TEC at (913) 288-7800 or KCKCC-Leavenworth at (913) 651-2111. Information is also available on the college’s website,

USM to offer Red Cross lifeguard, swimming classes
Lifeguarding classes are being offered by the American Red Cross and the University of Saint Mary starting Aug. 20, at Berchmans Hall indoor heated pool on the USM main campus at 4100 S. Fourth St., in Leavenworth. Classes run for 10 weeks from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays. The deadline for enrollment is Aug. 18.
Lifeguarding candidates must be at least 15 by Dec. 1, and must pass a prerequisite test that includes a 300-yard continuous swim.
The comprehensive training program will teach lifeguards the skills needed to prepare for and respond appropriately to drowning victims. It also teaches skills to prevent injuries, respond to injuries and breathing or cardiac emergencies, as well as first aid and professional rescuer CPR/AED training.
Lifeguarding is one of many courses in USM’s College for High School Program. For a fee, students can earn both high school and college credit for the same course. A non-credit course is also available at reduced cost.
USM also offers Red Cross swimming lessons for children 4 and up, with evening classes every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Aug. 26 for four weeks. The cost is $40 per session, and start times vary depending on skill level. Visit for more info.
The university also offers ongoing morning and evening aqua fitness classes for adults. Classes are designed to benefit all fitness levels, with exercises that can be modified to meet specific needs. A hydraulic chair lift is available for those who have difficulty with ladders. No swimming skills are required. 
The cost is $45 for a six-week session.
• Session 1 — 9:15-10 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday.
• Session 2 — 4:45-5:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday.
• Session 3 — 5:30-6:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.
Visit to view the schedule or to print registration forms. Call Aquatics Director Janet Loewenstein at (913) 682-5151, ext. 6622, for details.

Headlining act set for Heritage Center performance Friday
The Stranger Creek Band will be headlining Friday at the Heritage Center, 109 Delaware, during the annual Buffalo Bill Days celebration in Leavenworth.
Several “Dance Hall Ladies” will also be mingling with the crowd. The Dance Hall Ladies will be historically costumed in the Buffalo Bill era.
A food bar will be offered starting at 6:30 p.m., and music begins at 7 p.m. A charge of $10 per person includes the food bar. For more information, call (913) 682-2122.
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.

Toastmasters, a local education group, to begin Speechcraft seminar Sept. 23
Leavenworth Toastmasters No. 2301, a nonprofit, self-development, educational organization, will begin a Speechcraft seminar Sept. 23.
The organization is open to Leavenworth County residents and offers a "mutually supportive learning environment" and a chance to practice speech and leadership projects. After presentations, members receive feedback, and any money the group collects goes toward buying additional education materials for members.
Leavenworth Toastmasters is also slated to host an open house at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at Leavenworth Public Library. For more information, call Marion Wimberly at (913) 727-2964.