A Look Ahead: Songflower – Students and Teachers

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Image may contain: 2 people, textSongflower Chorale Spring Concert

Songflower Chorale, a local choral ensemble standing on the long and illustrious tradition of the Kansas City Fine Arts Chorale, presents “Students and Teachers” 3 p.m. Sunday April 29th at Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1307 Holes, Kansas City, MO

The concert’s repertoire consists of unique works focused on the passing of musical language and tradition from each generation to the next. Included are works of Padre G. B. Martini, a Viennese composer and priest under whom young Mozart studied counterpoint, Gottfried August Homilius, a Swedish organist and composer who studied under J. S. Bach, and several modern composers including renowned teachers such as Paul Chihara and Cecil Effinger. They will also present brand new works by Leslee Wood, Nick Shaheed, and Shelby Scott, all studying composition at the University of Kansas, along with works by composer and director Geoffrey Wilcken. The Chorale will also be assisted by the John Schafer at the organ.

Admittance is free and open to the public; donations at the door are most welcome. The Songflower Chorale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and relies entirely on donations to fund its outreach to the Kansas City metropolitan area. For more information or to make a secure donation online, visit http://www.songflower.org

Clay and Jackson County Zoo Days

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Residents of the Clay and Jackson counties still have a few more weekdays to take advantage of their free visits to the zoo in April that is their right for paying the special zoo tax. Anyone in the two counties can take the ticket they got in the mail and get in for free for the remaining weekdays of this Month.

Worlds of Fun

Last weekend was opening weekend, but the season has just begun for Worlds of Fun. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

Enjoy the return of your favorite rides, live shows, PEANUTS characters, and be one of the first to ride on the all new Nordic Chaser! Whatever your thrill level, there is plenty of fun to be had for the whole family.

This is also the perfect day to activate your child’s 2018 Pre-K Pass, offering FREE admission for children ages 3-5 for the entire 2018 season. Simply register online, activate at the park and come play!

Get access to all four seasons of fun in 2018 with a Gold Season Pass. Score unlimited visits to ride all spring on Nordic Chaser, splash all summer at Oceans of Fun, scream in the fall at The Great Pumpkin Fest and Halloween Haunt and have a holly jolly good time at Kansas City’s most immersive holiday event, WinterFest, in winter.

 

Please note: If anyone has events they think should be featured on this events list, please send me the information for my consideration and inclusion.

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Worlds of Fun Opens Today: Sneak Peak from Friday

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Worlds of Fun opens for the season at 10 a.m. today, Saturday, April 21. Those of us who are season pass holders were given a sneak peak preview during the evening Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.

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My family arrived around 7:10 p.m. to find the entrance to the parking lot to be a joy to behold. The entry from Worlds of Fun Avenue to the car ticket booths had been completely repaved, or at least resealed, and fresh yellow lines indicating the lanes painted. Those yellow lines ran all the way through the ticket booths and up the entrance lanes to Lots C and D — probably all the way around to the hithermost parking lot.

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All the lines in the parking lots — indicating where the spots are — were also repainted.  It looked like they did some filling of potholes and the like, but unlike the front drivein lanes, the parking lots I saw had no new repaving, only freshly painted lines and patches. But after several years of not knowing which of 2 or 3 faded lines on the pavement were the correct ones to be using to park, it was a real luxury to know where to park.

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When we came down from D lot (parking security had just closed the side entrance to C lot, though there were a moderate number of open spaces distributed throughout lot C). and walked to the security tables, we noted how clean and efficient the permanent security structures were, and the huge line we could see once you got past them.  But those lines turned out to be people headed back towards us, to get to the season pass processing . So  we didn’t have to wait for them.

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Getting through the pass/ticket stations as easy, and then we had our pictures taken by the camera people. We usually avoid this but decided to do it for the sneak peak. The photog told us about the FunPix photo pass. We had seen similar FunPix programs at othere Cedar Fair parks last summer during our parks tour, and now the program is apparently being brought to Worlds of Fun. We got our photo slip from the photog but forgot to check for the pictures at the end of the evening.h What I see on the  website says that they have a $19.99 all day plan andd a $34.99 all season plan.

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We also noted, on the piece of land  between the stair next to the locker rentals and the accesibility ramy, that they had put up a park map.  It was in a  new style, and as it got dark, we realized it, like almost every other park map (I think we found one that wasn’t updated) was backlit. And they labeled where you were so  much  more clearly, as well as what was close by in each direction.

We didn’t ride any rides, but had a nice excursion walking around and observing the many things that had changed.  Betsy noted that theh Nordic Chaser looked like a kiddy ride on the Facebook page.  But  when you saw it in person, and how fast it went around, you know it is an adult ride.

The eyes and mouth of the Sea Dragon now have lights that add extra personality to the ride.

We spotted the lights on the Sea Dragon from where we ate supper at the Chicken Shack.  I was a real culinary find. The chicken shack now serves actual chicken dinners: dark or white meat or chicken strips, with a choice of traditional sides.  No more boneless wings there. Just prior to that we had stopped at the Coca Cola Refresh station to pick up our alll season bottle, and to try my all season paper cup program.  Both were on the season passes where they were supposed to  be.

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When we crossed the stream in Africa we noticed that the topiaries that were there during WinterFest — giraffe and elephant for example, were still there (so they aren’t live topiaries, but fake, but still  look very good). Right beyond the topiary was the G’rilla Grill with its updated fare of wings, hot dogs and chicken fingers.
We are seeing a progression of food upgrades.

On the  hillside next to Auntie Anne’s they had a grass clock. It reminded  me of things we saw at Kings Island     and Kings Dominion, only smaller. Paisanos, which was almost never open, was open, serving pizza baskets, pasta and salads, and had a cosmetic upgrade)  The one trend, besides an increase in overall food diversity, was a simplification of the meal plan. Pizza baskets could choose side salads in the past. We have yet to confirm if they still an.
Vittle Griddle had same fare, simpler basket structure, with more items not on the dining plan. The street tacos now is doing quesadillas as pico something
So a lot of menu updates, signage updates, and a new fountain in the Americana Plaza with the lowered landscape removed.


So it looks to be an exciting season. Not sure how much more I will be blogging about it, and in what fashion. Me, Betsy and Carly do orientation at WOF today to become s seasonal.employees. So I have to clarify that my blog is my opinion. And while I should say positive things about WOT must be more careful about constructive criticism. I will follow up with HR for guidance and inform you of the result as appropriate.

 

A Look Ahead … to WOF

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Passholder Sneak Peek

April 20, 2018 | 6 PM – 10 PM

It’s that time of the year again! The park is getting ready to open for another spectacular season of fun and Worlds of Fun is inviting all Gold and Platinum Passholders to attend an exclusive preview night on Friday, April 20th! Be among the first to experience the park’s lineup of world-class rides and attractions before the gates open to the public for the 2018 season.

It’s the perfect opportunity to activate your Season Pass and Pre-K Pass (be sure to bring your child and valid proof of age!) so there’s more time to ride this season on your favorite rides.

Want to take advantage of this season pass benefit but don’t yet have a Season Pass? There’s still time! Save on a 2018 Gold Pass today so you can come and go like you own the place all season – including unlimited rides on Nordic Chaser, our new family ride coming this spring! Plus, unlimited visits to Halloween Haunt and Kansas City’s newest most immersive holiday event – WinterFest, are included. And don’t forget other Gold Season Pass perks like free parking, discount tickets for friends and more.

*Must have an active 2018 Gold, Platinum, or Pre-K Pass to attend.

**Attraction availability subject to change without notice. Timber Wolf is scheduled to reopen late spring 2018.

Opening Day

April 21, 2018

Join Worlds of Fun April 21st as they kick off their 2018 season in style! Enjoy the return of your favorite rides, live shows, PEANUTS characters, and be one of the first to ride on the all new Nordic Chaser! Whatever your thrill level, there is plenty of fun to be had for the whole family.

This is also the perfect day to activate your child’s 2018 Pre-K Pass, offering FREE admission for children ages 3-5 for the entire 2018 season. Simply register online, activate at the park and come play!

Get access to all four seasons of fun in 2018 with a Gold Season Pass. Score unlimited visits to ride all spring on Nordic Chaser, splash all summer at Oceans of Fun, scream in the fall at The Great Pumpkin Fest and Halloween Haunt and have a holly jolly good time at Kansas City’s most immersive holiday event, WinterFest, in winter.

Clay and Jackson County Zoo Days

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Well, today was a very busy day for my family.  We spent it at the Kansas City Zoo. As a resiident of Clay (or Jackson) County, we pay a special property tax to the Kansas City Zoo, and get the right to attend the zoo for free on certain days of the year as our benefit.  Currently we had a ticket good for any weekday in the month of April. So our family went today, and anyone in the two counties can take the ticket they got in the mail and get in for free for the remaining weekdays of this Month.

 

Songflower Chorale Spring Concert

April 29 the Songflower Chorale will be performing its next concert: Students and Teachers. With choral music by the masters as well as new music and contemporary pieces, there will be many moments to delight and inspire the listening audience.

 

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Please note: If anyone has events they think should be featured on this events list, please send me the information for my consideration and inclusion.

A Look Ahead…

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Clay and Jackson County Zoo Days

Saved Pictures

Well, today was a very busy day for my family.  We spent it at the Kansas City Zoo. As a resiident of Clay (or Jackson) County, we pay a special property tax to the Kansas City Zoo, and get the right to attend the zoo for free on certain days of the year as our benefit.  Currently we had a ticket good for any weekday in the month of April. So our family went today, and anyone in the two counties can take the ticket they got in the mail and get in for free for the remaining weekdays of this Month.

Worlds of Fun opens

Worlds of Fun will be opening for the season on April 21.

Songflower Chorale Spring Concert

April 29 the Songflower Chorale will be performing its next concert: Students and Teachers. With choral music by the masters as well as new music and contemporary pieces, there will be many moments to delight and inspire the listening audience.

 

Image may contain: 2 people, text

 

Please note: If anyone has events they think should be featured on this events list, please send me the information for my consideration and inclusion.

Sabbatical Update: Ready, Fire! Aim,

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Most of you would laugh at a gun crew that used the above drill for honing its artillery skills.

How can you fire when you haven’t found you target?= It goes against the logical order of events.

And yet, in an odd sort of way; we always have to fire before we aim. So often what the target should be isn’t known, or what is known isn’t the best answer. So we take some shots in the dark and see what is revealed. Often initial tests show that a better goal than originally conceived arises.

So how much have people learned from their mistakes, as opposed to their successes. We need to be willing to have action, take steps, even when we aren’t sure of the course. It is good to take aim, but first it is important to have motion, then motion in the right direction.

A Look Ahead …

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Worlds of Fun opens

Worlds of Fun will be opening for the season on April 21.

Songflower Chorale Spring Concert

April 29 the Songflower Chorale will be performing its spring concert, featuring many classic choral works of the past several centuries, along with a recent work by its renowned director Geoff Wilcken, along with three world premiers of choral works composed by music composition students at Kansas University, Lawrence, KS.

 

Please note: If anyone has events they think should be featured on this events list, please send me the information for my consideration and inclusion.

A Look Ahead: Easter is Not A Memorial Day

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As I write this look ahead post we are in the heart of what Christians call Holy Week. As such I encourage everyone to attend the services available to them. Below I will list the ones relevant to myself and the fellowship I attend. But before I list those, and the other upcoming events, I wanted to reprint the below article from my Pastor, the Rev. Choong-ho Kwon, which he published March 26, 2018 in the Avondale United Methodist Church newsletter.

Easter Is Not A Memorial Day

There was a world-wide mourning for a great preacher in the week my grandmother passed. I read the newspaper article on Rev. Billy Graham’s funeral service when I was on the way to my grandmother’s funeral. He was a great evangelist. He preached all over the world. I heard 1.1 million Christians gathered when he held the Billy Graham
Crusade in Seoul (June, 1973). My father was one of them who heard his powerful message. I don’t mind calling Billy Graham the John Wesley in the 20th century even though their theological perspectives are different. Their passion for Christ impacted billions of people in the world. Both of them delivered the message of new hope and transformation of life in Christ. The main theme of their message didn’t miss the resurrection of Christ. They believed Easter has the power of transformation.

Jesus called ordinary people and made them as his disciples. Even though Jesus was their teacher and minister, their discipleship was not successful. They were stubborn. They were never changed when he was with them. The dramatic change happened after his resurrection. When the disciples experienced the power and hope of God through his
resurrection, they became true disciples. Their lives were transformed. They also changed the world.

Easter is not a memorial day. Church is not a memorial chapel where we remember just what Jesus and his disciples did for us. The church is called to become the body of Christ which continues his ministry of transformation. Easter proclaims that God’s love gives us new hope and changes us. Christians who hear that message can experience that his
love makes an impact on their lives and God is with them in the darkest
valley they walk.

I give thanks to God for another Easter. We’ll celebrate this season of hope together this Sunday. I pray Easter becomes a new beginning of transformation for our church as well as our life.

In Christ,

Choongho Kwon

Maundy Thursday

is today, March 29. Avondale United Methodist Church will have its services at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Good Friday

is March 30. Avondale United Methodist Church is one of the local Methodist churches joining together at North Cross United Methodist Church for a combined service at 7:30 p.m.

Avondale UMC’s annual Easter Egg Hunt

is Saturday, March 31, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Wesley Hall and the Education Wing.

Easter

Is Sunday, April 1. This year Ash Wednesday shared Valentines Day on Feb. 14, and Easter is sharing April Fool’s Day on April 1. A gathering of Northland churches is having a sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. at Bethel United Church of Christ, 4900 NE Parvin Road, KCMO. Avondale UMC will be participating. AUMC will then have worship services at 8:30 and 10:50 a.m., with the latter service including music from the Cathedral Choir and brass ensemble.

Worlds of Fun opens

Worlds of Fun will be opening for the season on April 21.

Songflower Chorale Spring Concert

April 29 the Songflower Chorale will be performing its spring concert, featuring many classic choral works of the past several centuries, along with a recent work by its renowned director Geoff Wilcken, along with three world premiers of choral works composed by music composition students at Kansas University, Lawrence, KS.

 

Please note: If anyone has events they think should be featured on this events list, please send me the information for my consideration and inclusion.