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 awards for her work in the medical community and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in 1997.
Pillsbury Observatory will host a free viewing of the stars Friday evening at the observatory on William Jewell Campus.
If the night is clear viewers will be able to see the star cluster in the constellation Canes Venatici, which lies 34,000 light years away and contains 500,000 stars. The viewing will be from 9:45 to 11 p.m. contingent if the sky is clear.
Access to Pillsbury Observatory is through the White Science Center. Visitors should take the elevator to the fourth floor. There is a 50-step climb to the dome.
For information call 816-415-7642. The William Jewell Campus is at 500 College Hill, Liberty.
Gladstone Youth Sports
Gladstone Parks and Recreation is accepting registration for several youth summer sports including:
• Youth Rotational Modified Pitch Softball, for boys and girls in 5th-8th grade. Practice begins May 21. Fee is $65.
• Youth Rotational Coach Pitch Softball for 3rd and 4th graders, boys and girls. Practice begins May 21. Fee is $65.
• Development Youth T-Ball for youth 5 years to 2nd grade. Practice begins May 21. Fee is $50.
• Start Smart Baseball for boys and girls 3-5 years old. Practices begin June 3. Fee is $35.
Call 816-423-4087 for information.
Jazz group offers free concert
The Allen Myers Jazz Orchestra will present a free concert at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 18.
The jazz group was formed in 2006 and in 2007 earned a Very Honorable Mention at the New Musician Showcase at the theater. The 11-man group has played in several venues in the area, including a six-month stint at Cupini’s on the Historic Liberty Square and the Elms Resort Wine Festival.
The concert will feature the “Body and Soul Suite,” a tribute to Coleman Hawkins, the St. Joseph-born legendary tenor saxophonist. Myers composed the suite for concert in 2009, but this performance will be its world premiere.
Guest artists will be Al Pearson on the trumpet and Bud Haley on tenor sax. Caitlyn Myers will be a featured vocalist.
“The band’s going to cover a variety of music, some from the ’20s and music up through today. I think the audience is going to enjoy it,” said Myers.
The Liberty Performing Arts Theatre is in the Liberty Community Center at 1600 S. Withers Road. For information call 816-439-4373.
Liberty Spring Clean-up
Liberty’s city-wide Spring Clean Up begins Monday and runs through the week.
Residents may set out excess trash, furniture, carpet and other materials on their regular trash collection day. Items should be placed at curbside. While most discarded furniture will be picked up, heavy furniture, such as sofa sleepers, will not be. Other items must not exceed 45 pounds or be longer than four feet. All items should be securely tied, bagged or bundled.
Items that will not be picked up are: hazardous waste, tires, appliances, remodeling refuse, yard waste, concrete, rock and rubble.
Tree limb debris can be taken to Liberty’s limb disposal site from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22-26; and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. The site is a half-mile east of Missouri 291 on new Missouri 210 Highway.
Those dropping off debris must provide proof of Liberty residency. Only tree limbs will be accepted. No commercial vehicles will be allowed.
Call 816-439-4514 for information.
Liberty Council opening
The election of Lyndell Brenton this month has created a vacancy for a Ward 3 council member.
Residents of Ward 3 who are interested in serving the remaining two years of Brenton’s term are invited to submit an interest form by 3 p.m. Friday. Ward 3 is on the southwest side of Liberty.
Swing into Spring
The all-youth 5 Star Jazz Band will perform at Barnes & Noble in Zona Rosa Saturday for their semi-annual fundraiser.
The band will play three hour-long sets of “Swing into Spring,” at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Store shoppers interested in supporting the band should tell cashiers “I support 5 Star.” Online shoppers who want to support the band should use the code 11046992 on purchases made April 13-18.
The 35-member band is made up of youth from 27 secondary schools, primarily in the Northland. The non-profit band was founded in 2008 and performs throughout the area.
For more information on the band go to at www.5starjazzband.com.
| By Norma King, special to The Star