August 6, 2022

By Michelle Mammen of John Knox Village

John Knox Village hosted a World Block Party that celebrated diversity on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pavilion. The event embraced and celebrated differences in cultures, countries, backgrounds and identities.

Residents and their families and friends enjoyed entertainment, fun activities and food from different cultures. Entertainment included the Kansas City Marching Cobras, a premiere high-energy drill team that moves to the beating of drums; Three Trails Taiko, a Kansas City-based group that performs a unique Japanese style of drumming; and O’Riada Manning Academy of Irish Dance, another local group that performs both traditional and modern Irish dance.

Culinary options was Huli Huli chicken skewers (Polynesian), bratwurst (German), fish tacos with mango salsa (Mexican and South Pacific), hummus and naan bread (Middle Eastern), fried cauliflower and aioli sauce (French), Greek salad, whipped cream krumkake (Norwegian), and shortbread (Scottish).

Activities included face painting, crafts, games and prizes.

The Family and Friends annual event is just one of many fun events and activities offered to residents at John Knox Village. The World Block Party will be held at the Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 N.W. Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

John Knox Village is a life plan community that has been enriching lives and building community for more than 50 years. Located on a 300-acre campus in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, the Village provides a variety of homes, services and amenities to its residents. It has an assisted living facility with memory care and a comprehensive skilled nursing facility. In addition, the Village provides a full array of health care services to older adults wherever they live through Village Home Health and Village Hospice. Each year, the Village serves about 2,000 seniors on campus, as well as 3,000 to 3,500 seniors who live in the surrounding community through the community-based programs.