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Strawberry Hill

Kyle Palmer / KCUR

Every Wednesday night, 20 or so pinball enthusiasts gather at The 403 Club in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas, to play a weekly tournament. 

Nearly a dozen pinball machines line one wall with themes like Deadpool, Metallica and The Twilight Zone. The place buzzes and blinks with energy as players clatter away on the machines' buttons, frantically trying to keep their games alive.

Amid this jangling hubbub, Keri Wing stands out. She's the one the other players call "champ."

Segment 1: An iconic KCK neighborhood teeters on the brink of change.

Strawberry Hill overlooks the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, I-70, the West Bottoms and downtown. It's maintained its identity as a Croatian neighborhood, despite several waves of new arrivals and teetering on the edge of gentrification for more than a decade. Could that accelerate? And what would that mean?

Julie Denesha / KCUR 89.3FM

The Ukrainian art of decorating eggs began centuries ago in the heart of Eastern Europe. Once considered a protection against evil, these days, in Kansas City, Kansas, at least, the colorful eggs are a sign of springtime renewal.

“I usually start in January after Christmas when all the hustle and bustle is over with," says Irene Thompson, who spends the coldest days of winter hunched over eggs at the kitchen counter of her Roeland Park home.

Sophia Tulp / KCUR 89.3

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church has been a little rowdier than you might expect a church to be this summer.

Every time the Croatian national team has played a World Cup match, generations of Croatian families have crammed inside a small bar in the basement. Hundreds more take seats throughout the building, spilling over into the bowling alley one room over and filling the gym upstairs.