Youth track and field
Hershey’s Track & Field Youth Program will be held June 8 at Oak Park High School.
The annual event is hosted by the Gladstone Parks and Recreation Department.
The meet is open to youth ages 9 to 14. Events will be the 50-meter dash, 100-meter, dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 400-meter relay, 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run, standing long jump and softball throw.
Each youth can participate in three events. The winners of each event have the opportunity to advance to the state meet in Jefferson City.
Experience in track and field is not necessary and there is no fee.
No track shoes or cleats are allowed. Birth certificates must be presented upon check-in.
Archery for youth
Registration is underway for a summer youth archery class in Gladstone.
The class,co-sponsored by Gladstone Parks & Recreation and the Missouri Department of Conservation, is taught by a certified instructor.
Youth ages 10 to 15 will learn archery safety, techniques and scoring. The class fee is $15.
Bows, arrows and targets will be provided.
The two-session program will be held July 2 and July 9 at Happy Rock Park and is limited to 16 participants.
Northland Community Choir
Vocalists are invited to participate in a celebration of the African-American spiritual at the next Northland Community Choir concert on May 12.
The non-audition choir rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays in the Meetin’ House at Park University in Parkville. All interested singers are welcome.
A registration fee of $5 is accessed for new members; high school and college students are free. A refundable $25 music deposit is collected with each registration.
“The Northland Community Choir is for anyone with a heart for beauty who yearns to make music that makes a difference,” said Paul Erickson, artistic director.
The Platte County Historical Society will hold its spring Trivia Fund Raiser April 14 at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 708 Third St. in Platte City.
Proceeds will go toward the maintenance of the Ben Ferrell Museum, owned by the Historical Society, which also has its headquarters there.
“The Ben Ferrel Museum was built in 1882 by Frederick Krause and is a mini-replica of the Missouri governor’s mansion.” said Betty Soper, executive secretary of the Historical Society.
The trivia competition is 3:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Prizes and refreshments are planned.
Players will sit at tables of eight. Full tables can be reserved for groups with advance registration.
Parkville Chamber hosts trip to capitol
The Parkville Chamber of Commerce will host a day trip to Jefferson City for Legislative Day, April 4.
The chartered bus trip is open to everyone. Breakfast will be provided on the bus. Cost is $85 per person.
The itinerary includes meeting with Missouri State Rep. Nick Marshall at the State Capitol for a tour, lunch at Madison’s Café and a tour of the governor’s mansion.
“We will be meeting with Lynn Shay from the Department of Economic Development and other legislators to discuss local issues. They will be talking about things that are pertinent to Platte County and to the Parkville area,” said Marsha VanDever, the chamber’s executive director.
For information call the chamber at 816-587-2700.
Teen collect jeans
Assisteens, a group of 43 teenagers from area schools, collected more than 200 pairs of jeans, for reStart in February.
ReStart is a non-profit that provides shelter and support services for the homeless.
The teens also donated 200 backpacks and toiletries to the organization.
Assisteens is an auxiliary group of Assistance League of Kansas City. Membership is all teenagers. The program teaches leadership skills and community service.
For information go to www.alkc.org.
Jewell named to honor roll
William Jewell College has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the seventh year Jewell has received the honor, which recognizes commitment to community service and civic engagement.
In the 2011-2012 academic year, faculty, staff and students at Jewell contributed more than 61,000 hours of community service.
Service projects included the Serve & Celebrate and Jewell Day of Service initiatives with community agencies; student-organized projects to support Harvesters Community Food Network, Synergy Services and TOMS One Day Without Shoes; trips to assist people in Honduras; the Pryor Leadership Fellows’ early childhood literacy program; and the Matthew 25 home repair project in Kansas City’s urban core.
Liberty resident receives outstanding alumni award
Mark Mathes of Liberty received William Jewell College’s Citation for Achievement award at the 69th annual Achievement Day celebration in February.
Mathes and two others received the distinguished alumni awards for making significant contributions in their fields.
Mathes is a 1979 Jewell alumnus and CEO of Vanguard Companies. Mathes has also been recognized for his leadership role in sustainability in the corrugated industry with membership in the Wal-Mart Sustainability Value Network.
Other 2013 Citation for Achievement recipients were Josephine Staton Tucker, a federal district judge for the Central District of California; and John Sinclair, chair of the Department of Music at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Sinclair is conductor of the Bach Festival Society and a conductor for EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional.
Suicide Prevention Training
The SOS Suicide Prevention training for school facilitators has been rescheduled to April 2 at Tri-County Mental Health Services, 3100 N.E. 83rd St. in Kansas City.
The in-depth training is noon to 5 p.m. Lunch and curriculum materials will be provided.
According to Tri-County, 11 percent of teens in Kansas City’s Northland have seriously considered suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 11- to 18-year-olds.
The SOS school-based program trains teachers and students to recognize signs of suicide and depression.
| By Norma King, special to The Star