Free Hepatitis C virus tests
The Clay County Health Department is offering free Hepatitis C tests thanks to funding provided by the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance.
Both Heptimax and Genotype tests are available at the Health Department, 800 Haines Drive, Liberty.
Call 816-595-4256 to make an appointment.
The Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance has offered free testing since 2007. Last year more than 50 health departments were enrolled in the program. Of the 3,229 people tested 379 clients tested positive. This is the first year for Clay County to offer free testing.
Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne disease. The Center for Disease Control recommends that anyone born between 1945 and 1965 should be tested at least once.
Persons who have already been diagnosed for Hepatitis C can receive the tests at a discounted rate of $90 each. Normally tests run $300 to $600.
Spring plant exchange
Gladstone City Gardener Beth Houlihan will host the annual Spring Plant Exchange from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 27 at Oak Grove Park at 76th and North Troost in Gladstone.
The plant exchange began in 2004 and gives gardeners the opportunity to bring extra bedding plants and perennials to share. There is no registration or fees.
Participants are encouraged to mark containers with plant names.
For information call 816-423-4091.
A baseball skills competition for youth, Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run, is May 4 in Gladstone.
Youth ages 7-14 are invited to participate in the event hosted by Gladstone Parks & Recreation at Happy Rock Park at 76th and North Antioch Road in Gladstone. Competition begins at 10 a.m.
“This will reach baseball-focused kids. It’s a good opportunity to show their skills and see how well they do skill-wise in baseball and see if they can go to the next qualifying stage, which will be a meet in Jefferson City,” said Jody Hydorn, recreation specialist for Gladstone.
Top performers have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships at major league ballparks and at the National Finals during the 2013 MLB All-Star game.
All participants must show a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition.
Register at Gladstone City Hall or online at activityreg.com. Advance registration is preferred.
Gospel music night
The Liberty Belles of Columbia, Mo., will perform at Gospel Music Heritage at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The gospel-music duo sing traditional Southern Gospel, country gospel and bluegrass.
A free-will offering will be taken. Children are welcome.
Gospel Music Heritage is at 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
For information call 816-873-2485.
Silver Center birthday party
Liberty’s Silver Center will hold its April Birthday Party on Friday.
The celebration includes live music by The Country Hoe Down Band at 10:30 p.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 p.m.
Lunch is $2. Those celebrating April birthdays eat free. Make lunch reservations by noon Thursday.
Liberty’s Silver Center is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday in the Liberty Community Center. Persons do not have to be members of the center to participate in the activities.
Adults 60 and older as well as physically challenged individuals 18 or older are welcome to participate.
The center is inside the Liberty Community Center at 1600 South Withers Road.
Bunco Night in Gladstone
The Gladstone Community Center will host Bunco Night at 6 p.m. April 25.
Participants must be 18 or older. Registration is required by April 22 by calling 816-423-4200 or in person at the community center, 7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone.
The cost is $5 for members and $7 for others.
Refreshments and door prizes are planned.
Brock receives Sertoma Award
Ray Brock of Liberty has been awarded Sertoma’s Service to Mankind Award by the Liberty Sertoma Club for his positive impact in the community.
The award honors outstanding volunteer service to the community and is the highest honor given by Sertoma to a nonmember.
The Liberty Sertoma Club was organized 40 years ago and has contributed more than $1.5 million to the community as well as thousands of volunteer hours.
For more information go to www.libertysertoma.org.
| Norma King, Special to The Star