Dia de los Muertos celebration coming to Porter Park. If you’re looking to broaden your cultural horizons this Halloween weekend, a group of NEJC parents are organizing just the event for you. The group is putting on a Dia de los Muertos celebration at Prairie Village’s Porter Park this Sunday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 6 p.m. Organizer Jennifer Bustos-Gomez said she got the idea after realizing few people in the area knew much about the holiday that she had gotten to know well while working in the Mexican community. “It is such a wonderful and beautiful holiday,” she said. “It truly is about the celebration of life, not just grieving and mourning part of death.” The event will feature games, treats, face painting and a contest for the best-decorated car trunk.
Roeland Park planning traffic blitz next week. Roeland Park’s police department is planning a traffic blitz for next Thursday, Nov. 5, looking for unlicensed drivers operating vehicles.
Halloween at Roeland Park Community Center. The Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a Healthy Halloween Spooktacular Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Roeland Park Community Center. A haunted classroom, healthy snacks, and fun on the dance floor is just part of the morning. Call 913-826-3160 to reserve your family’s spot.
Bigger porches allowed in Roeland Park. Roeland Park City Council has approved an ordinance change that will allow front porches to extend farther into the required front yard setback. Porches may now project eight feet into the setback and not more than the width of the structure’s living area. The front porches can’t be enclosed or screened and must have open decorative railings, plantings or other items built around it. More restrictive neighborhood covenants may trump the porch regulations.
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