Troost Fest is Saturday: With music and other entertainment, the Troost Village Community Association will host its ninth annual Troost Fest from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at 31st Street and Troost Avenue. It’s billed as family friendly and free.
This year’s theme is “Troost Rising.”
Performances include the If I Could Change the World Spoken Word Project, Mother Nature Puppets, Live Fire with Vibe Tribe KC, Show Stoppers Drill Team, The Zoids Punk Rock, Hrvatski Obicaj Slavic Orchestra, Street Styles Dance Academy, Operation Breakthrough kids, Miss Conception Hip Hop Spoken Word as well as jazz, rock, funk, blues and bluegrass groups.
Walk into the past: Red Bridge. It’s a neighborhood. It’s a road. And it was an iconic bridge over the Blue River. Now Kansas City has built a new bridge, and an event Saturday is designed to publicize the existence of both bridges and other historic locations in the area.
It’s a “volkswalk” that can start as early as 8:30 a.m. from the Trailside Center at 9901 Holmes Road. Participants can start walking or running at their own pace between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. They should finish by 2 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Pace Setters Volkssport Club of Belton, the Clay-Platte Trackers of Kansas City and the Trailside Center.
Waste disposal Saturday: Residents in some area communities will be able to dispose of their household hazardous waste for free from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pink Hill Park. Use the entrance on Park Road.
Materials accepted include automotive fluids, batteries, paint and paint-related products, lawn and garden chemicals, house cleaners, glues and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Electronic and business waste will not be accepted.
Eligible to particpate are residents of Blue Springs, Lake Tapawingo, Sugar Creek, Lone Jack, Sibley, Levasy, unincorporated areas of Jackson County and other communities in the Regional HHW Collection Program. To find out if you live in a participating community, go to www.recyclespot.org.
Family week begins: St. Mary’s Medical Center will kick off Jackson County Family Week by hosting a free Family Health Celebration from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the hospital in Blue Springs.
For adults, there will be free health screenings, gardening tips and a farmer’s market. And for the kids: a petting zoo and pony rides. The hospital is at 201 N.W. R.D. Mize Road.
Highway closures: A project to re-deck and repaint two Interstate 470 bridges over U.S. 50 will begin April 22, requiring nighttime lane closures for several months. The rundown, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation:
• Eastbound I-470 between View High Drive and Douglas Street will be reduced to two narrow through lanes from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. April 22-26 for barrier placement and shoulder reinforcement. Then each lane will be narrowed to 10.5 feet wide and shifted left. Two lanes will be maintained during the day throughout construction, with nightly lane closures from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. when needed.
• The ramp from eastbound I-470 to westbound U.S. 50/350 and the ramp from eastbound U.S. 50/350 to eastbound I-470 will be closed from April 22 to June 30.
• U.S. 50/350 will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, April 26, to 5 a.m. Monday, April 29, for eastbound I-470 bridge deck removal.
• Nightly lane closures from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on eastbound and westbound U.S. 50/350 will continue through June 30.
More help for ailing infants: Children’s Mercy Hospital is helping Truman Medical Center Lakewood provide better care to its youngest patients.
Truman Lakewood’s Family Birthplace is adding a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It will be capable of caring for babies born around 32 weeks’ gestation or full-term babies in need of extra monitoring.
Since the Lakewood Family Birthplace opened in 2011, Children’s Mercy neonatologists have been available to consult with patients and their doctors. TMC Lakewood Chief Operating Officer Charlie Shields said that with the change, Children’s Mercy neonatal staff will be there around the clock.
Children’s Mercy also operates a Level III NICU — capable of caring for the smallest and sickest newborns — at Truman Medical Centers’ Hospital Hill campus near downtown.
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Event to benefit dental clinic: Planning has begun for the Cass Community Health Foundation’s 19th annual Walk for Health.
The four-mile event, scheduled for June 1, will raise money for the foundation’s dental clinic in Belton.
To register, form a team, or support a walker, go to http://walkforhealth2013.kin
tera.org or call the foundation at 816-276-4218.
Kite Festival and its prelude: The Lee’s Summit Symphony and two other nonprofits will benefit from the inaugural Flights of Fancy Run/Walk on Saturday, held in conjunction with a popular kite festival.
The walk/run — with courses of 5 kilometers, 8 kilometers and 1.5 miles — is scheduled at 9 a.m. at the New Longview development. Athletes and their families are encouraged to stay for the Flights of Fancy Kite Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MCC-Longview, 500 S.W. Longview Road.
Other beneficiaries of the walk/run are the Kids with Courage Foundation and the New Longview Foundation.
Those who want to support the run/walk without exercising so early may sign up to become a “sleep walker” and receive an event T-shirt.
Greenhouse is coming: Guadalupe Center, in partnership with Mid-America Regional Council’s Area Agency on Aging, has received a $50,000 grant to build a greenhouse on a vacant lot near the center.
The greenhouse will supply fresh produce in a part of town with limited transportation and few grocery stores. Specifically, the vegetables and herbs grown there will be used in the Guadalupe Center’s senior meal program.
According to a news release from MARC, it will cost less to growing food nearby and provide better nutrition to older adults. In addition, the center will train older adult volunteers to help with the gardening and harvesting.
The Expanding the Vision grant comes through the Meals On Wheels Association of America and the Walmart Foundation.
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Founder to be remembered: This year’s Arbor Day ceremony at Union Cemetery will be dedicated to E.F. “Rusty” Corwin, found of the Union Cemetery Historical Society. Corwin died last summer.
The ceremony, sponsored by the historical society and the City Parks and Recreation Department, will begin at 12:30 p.m. April 27. Boy Scout Troop 288 will participate in honor of Corwin’s interest in Scouting.
Union Cemetery, which dates to 1857, is south of Crown Center and east of the Liberty Memorial. For more information, call 816-472-4990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.