Arts notes

'Know Your Antiques' to feature toy tractors

Farm tractor toys will be featured in this month's "Know Your Antiques" session at Watkins Community Museum of History.

The session will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the museum, 1047 Mass.

Richard and Linda Knabe will display their collection of toy tractors -- mostly John Deere -- and a few toy farm implements. The Knabes will discuss collection, the history of farm toys and anecdotes of specific toys.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own toy tractors and farm implements for show and tell. Reference books will be available for help with dating and evaluation.

The session is free and open to the public. A donation is encouraged.

Organization expert to share secrets

A nationally renowned home management expert will lead a two-hour seminar March 24 on how to get organized.

The seminar will be held twice: from 10 a.m. to noon and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Quality Inn, 801 Iowa.

Deniece Schofield, author of "Confessions of an Organized Homemaker," will teach seminar participants hundreds of no-nag ways to have a neat house, happy kids and calm parents all at the same time; how to eliminate scraps of floating paper; how to schedule time; and household hints for more efficient use of space and time.

Admission to the seminar is $20 at the door. No reservations are required. For more information, call (800) 835-8463.

Writer to discuss "Embalming Mom"

Kansas City, Mo. -- Novelist, essayist, playwright, children's book author and poet Janet Burroway will read from and talk about her new collection, "Embalming Mom: Essays in Life," during today's edition of the University of Missouri-Kansas City's "New Letters on the Air."

"New Letters on the Air," public radio's longest-running literary program, can be heard in the Kansas City area at 5 p.m. Sundays on KCUR-FM 89.3.

Burroway has written more than 10 books, including the classic text, "Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft." In the radio interview, she discusses her struggles trying to write about her mother and how professional writing has changed for women since she began working in the 1950s.

Burroway has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in literature and a National Book Award.

Domestic violence series to premiere on KCPT

Kansas City, Mo. -- A six-hour prime-time series called "Domestic Violence" will premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday on Kansas City Public Television.

To coincide with the broadcast, KCPT's Cynthia Smith will play host to a local program that takes a closer look at domestic violence in Kansas City.

Throughout the series, a phone bank of counselors will be on-hand to assist viewers.


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