Parkville Cruise Nights
Parkville Cruise Nights begin Saturday in Historic Downtown Parkville.
More than 100 classic cars are expected at the free event that runs from 4 to 8 p.m. in the city parking lot.
A DJ will provide music and nearby shops will be open.
Other cruise nights in Parkville are May 4, June 1, Aug. 3, and Sept. 7.
The event is sponsored by Main Street Parkville and Sons of the American Legion.
For information call 816-505-2227.
Jewell Trustee appointed
William Jewell College has named Barbara Atkinson to the board of trustees.
Atkinson is the former executive vice chancellor and executive dean of the University of Kansas Medical Center. In 2010 she was appointed to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
Atkinson has received numerous awards for her work in the medical community and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in 1997.
Jewell offer free lectures
The public is invited to attend two free upcoming lectures at William Jewell College in Liberty.
Rabbi Neal Schuster will speak on essential texts in Torah study at 5:30 p.m. Sunday . A reception begins at 5 p.m.
The lecture will be held in the Yates-Gill College Union on the Liberty campus.
Jewell’s annual Distinguished Executive Lecture will be given by Landon Rowland, chairman of Lead Bank and Ever Glades Financial at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Gano Chapel at Jewell.
Rowland is past chairman and CEO of Kansas City Southern Industries and the Janus Capital Group.
Liberty Spring Open House
Downtown Liberty businesses are holding their first ever Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the Downtown Liberty Square.
The first 60 shoppers who stop at Main Street Goods and Goodies, 16 N. Main, will get a free flower pot and a list of businesses giving away free flower seeds as part of the “Sowing Seeds of Friendship” theme.
“We’re calling it a flower seed stroll,” said Gail Dugdale of Main Street Goods and Goodies.
Gladstone will celebrate the grand opening of the Linden Square with “Fanfare on the Square,” a weekend of music, food, performing arts and family activities at the new park at 70th and Cherry Streets in Gladstone.
The official dedication is 6:30 p.m. Friday .
Beatles tribute band Liverpool will play a two-hour concert and fireworks will close out the night’s celebration.
On Saturday events begin at noon with a live street mural, live music and a performance by Luna Breeze.
Jazz singer Ida McBeth performs at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday is designated a family fun day with balloon artists, face painters, and the kid-friendly musical act Peanut Butter Hamster performing at 2 p.m.
Concessions and food trucks will be available during the events.
Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
For more information call 816- 423 -4091.
The McBeth concert will be the first of a series of free outdoor concerts scheduled through September. For a schedule go to www.gladstone.mo.us.
Arbor Day celebration
Gladstone first graders will join Mayor Carol Suter and council members at 10 a.m. Friday to commemorate Arbor Day at Meadowbrook Park, 60th Terrace and N. Michigan.
Students from Meadowbrook Elementary will participate in the event, which includes planting a tree and recognizing Gladstone as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Foundation.
Substance abuse conference
The Make Good Things Happen Prevention Conference and Suicide Prevention Training has been rescheduled to April 12 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.
The conference is designed to help the community make a positive impact on the lives of teens.
The free conference begins at 8 a.m. and includes a breakfast and workshops on creating a substance-abuse free community. It is sponsored by the Northland Coalition.
The keynote speaker is Bob Tryanski.
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church is at 1600 N. Missouri 291, Liberty.
Health Center celebrates anniversary
The Clay County Public Health Center is celebrating its 60th anniversary this week .
An open house is planned from 3 to 4 p.m. today . It will include a speech by director Gary Zaborac and displays of the impact of public health over the last 60 years.
“The Clay County Public Health Center was created by a vote of the people in 1953 to help eradicate polio and other contagious diseases,” said Jodee Fredrick, director of the Division of Administration at the Health Center.
Franklin Elementary School in Liberty was a beta test site for the polio vaccine before it was released to the public, according to Fredrick. She is hoping to have a child-size iron lung — used for child victims of polio in the 1950s — on display during the event.
“The open house will showcase how the center and its health care partners have improved the health of those who live, work and play in Clay County and what challenges to expect the next 60 years,” she said.
“Things are changing. I call it public health without walls. We have to get out in the communities. We can’t do it alone. When we started here in 1953 there were 50,000 people in Clay County and today there are 220,000. It’s going to take a village to make us healthy.”
Other anniversary events this week include child safety seat inspections from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday. Pre-registration is required. Call 816-595-4235 to register.
On Friday health displays can be viewed in the reception area.
For information call 816-595-4200.
| By Norma King, special to The Star