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Scouts get speedy

Those who don’t have a child in Boy Scouts probably haven’t heard, but there’s a fun scouting event set this weekend at the Kansas Speedway.

The inaugural Scouting 500 is expected to bring a crowd of more than 12,000 to camp on the grounds surrounding the speedway Friday through Sunday. It’s not open to the public, but I thought I would share just in case you noticed the activity in the area (or planes for a flyover planned on Saturday) And of course, among the attendees will be Bonner Springs’s Cub Scout Pack 3149, Scout Troop 149 and Venture Crew 2149 (the co-ed unit for 14 to 21 year olds), all based at Bonner Springs United Methodist Church.

More than 100 different activities are planned for the infield, including zip lines, climbing towers, shooting sports and even SCUBA diving. They will have a stage show Saturday night featuring a private 45-lap mock NASCAR race, a live concert, the aforementioned flyover and a fireworks display.

The Heart of America Council of Boy Scouts of America says they plan this to be a recurring event, but it will only happen every four years.

A few other notes from around town:

• The Kansas State Board of Education is starting a search for a new Commissioner of Education and is looking for public input at meetings that will be held in each board district. It just so happens the location for the District 1 public meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, is Bonner Springs High School. The results of the public meetings will be compiled and used as priorities for the new Commissioner.

• Remembering Robert — A Luau with Love is being planned June 21 in memory of Robert Zevenbergen, who died in a car accident March 20. Zevenbergen was not a Bonner Springs resident but many may know him because he worked at Sunflower Golf Course in Bonner or through his father, Pete Zevenbergen, who is the president and CEO of Wyandot, Inc., the mental health agency that serves Wyandotte County. The event is planned from from 6 to 10 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish Center (Robert attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School) at 94th and State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner and drinks. Proceeds will benefit construction of the new PACES Children’s Emergency Shelter for Wyandotte County children in crisis. For more information, contact Allison McLain, or 913-328-4667.


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