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.
Harvest Ball Society names beneficiaries
Twenty-seven charities have been designated by the Harvest Ball Society as beneficiaries of this year’s fund-raising.
This is the 27th year for the Harvest Ball, as well as the Adorn Style Show and Brunch. Both events will be held in the Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall, the Style Show on Sept. 7 and the Ball on Nov. 23.
The society has distributed more than $6.5 million to charities that serve the Northland community during its 27 years, including over $530,000 to 28 Northland charities last year.
Charities who will benefit this year are Angel Flight Central, Assistance League of Kansas City, Autism Works, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics – Children’s Mercy Northland, Clay County Clothes Closet, Concerned Care, The Farmer’s House, Gilda’s Club Kansas City, Harvesters – The Community Food Network, Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, HOPE.wrx, Miles of Smiles, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, NorthCare Hospice & Palliative Care, Northland Assistance Center, Northland Early Education Center, Northland Health Care Access, Northland Meals on Wheels, Platte Senior Services, Salvation Army Northland & Excelsior Springs, Shepherd’s Center of the Northland, Southern Platte Emergency Assistance Center, St. Charles Food Pantry, Synergy Services, Tri-County Mental Health Services and Women’s Employment Network.
Liberty walking tours
A series of free walking tours in historic downtown Liberty begin Saturday with a tour of the Jewell-Lightburne Historic District.
Historian Christopher Harris will lead the 10 a.m. tour, which begins at the parking lot at the corner of Franklin and Lightburne Streets. The tour runs about an hour.
Other walking tours scheduled this year are:
June 1: New Hope/ Fairview Cemetery. Tour meets at the stone arch entry to the cemetery on Shrader Street, Liberty.
July 6: Clay County Museum and Historical Society. Indoor tour meets at the museum, 14 N. Main St., Liberty.
Aug. 3: Dougherty Historic District. Tour meets at Rotary Park, corner of Franklin and Gallatin Streets, Liberty.
Sept. 7: Historical Murals. Tour meets at the Lewis & Clark Mural, corner of Mill and South Water Streets in Liberty.
Oct. 5: Mt. Memorial Cemetery. Tour meets at the entrance to the cemetery on William Jewell Campus.
The tours are sponsored by the city of Liberty and Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc. For information call 816-439-4537.
Fund-raisers at Avondale
Books, bake sales and music are part of a fund-raising weekend at Avondale United Methodist Church, 3101 N.E. Winn Road, Kansas City, North.
The annual book sale and youth bake sale are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Wesley Hall.
The Methodist Men of Note of Lee’s Summit United Methodist will perform at 7 p.m. Friday in the church sanctuary. A free-will offering will be taken for the Mozambique Mission project.
The annual church yard sale is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
All events are open to the public. For information call 816-452-3518.
Oak Park senior honored
Megan Jeffries, a high school senior at Oak Park High School, has been recognized as the 2013 Northland Coalition Volunteer of the Year.
Her award was presented at the April “Make good Things Happen” Prevention Conference.
Jeffries is co-chair of Youth With Vision and has been active in prevention programs focusing on substance abuse, suicide, bullying and distracted driving.
She has spoken at conferences and leadership training sessions, and was the only youth selected to present a workshop at the Missouri State Champions of Prevention Conference in 2012. She has mentored first-time juvenile offenders in Platte County and helped coordinate Operation Storefront, a project to evaluate how alcohol advertising in convenience stores was targeting children and adolescents.
Youth With Vision is the youth advocacy partner of the Northland Coalition, a group of volunteers from Ray, Platte and Clay counties who promote safe, substance-abuse free communities.
Youth volleyball camp
A five-week volleyball camp for boys and girls in fourth through eighth grades is scheduled this summer at Gladstone Community Center.
Mary Lile, manager of Havoc, the Heart of America Professional Women’s Volleyball Team, will coach the camp.
Lille has coached on the collegiate level, guided Notre Dame de Sion to a 4A volleyball state championship and is a former player at the University of Missouri.
Sessions will focus on specific skills such as setting, passing, hitting, serving and strategy.
Classes begin June 12 and will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evenings through July 17.
The class costs $80. Registration will be accepted through June 5at www.activityreg.com, Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes, or the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.
Call 816-423-4085 for information.
The Liberty’s Farmer’s Market will open Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon on the Historic Liberty Square.
Over 30 vendors have registered to sell. Entertainment and activities for children are also planned.
“The first few weeks you’ll see mainly plants, meat, eggs, poultry, craft items, bakery goods and bedding plants,” said market manager Dave Mapel.
Persons using SNAP benefits at the market can double their buying power through Kansas City Beans&Greens. For details inquire at the market information booth.
| By Norma King, Special to The Star