Adult softball leagues
Registration opened this week for adult softball leagues sponsored by the city of Gladstone.
Men’s, women’s and coed leagues begin play July 21.
Fees are $415 per team for single games or $700 for doubleheaders. All teams pay a $20 ASA fee. The entry deadline is July 5 or until leagues are full.
Butterfly and Ladybug Release
The third annual Remembrance Butterfly and Ladybug Release is June 2 at Immacolata Manor, 2135 Manor Way, Liberty.
The event is open to the public. Those attending are invited to bring a photo of their deceased loved one to display at no cost on the Memory Table.
Sponsorship of monarch butterflies or clusters of ladybugs are available for $15 donations.
Immacolata Manor is a home for developmentally disabled adults.
Calling all artists
The Gladstone Arts Commission invites artists to apply to be a featured in the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space.
Each art show features one artist and runs about six weeks. Only art that can be hung is accepted.
A Kids Triathlon for children ages 6-14 is June 1 at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.
The race begins at 9 a.m. Children will be divided into age groups with their own distance requirements.
This is the sixth year for the swimming, biking and running event. About 200 children and youth are expected to participate.
Registration is $40 for one child and $35 for each additional sibling. After May 17 the registration goes to $55 and $50. Registration closes May 31.
Packet pick-up and course orientation is 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 31 at the Gladstone Community Center.
For information or a registration form go to www.gladstonecommunitycenter.com. Forms can also be dropped off at the community center.
Volunteers are also needed to assist with the event. Call 816-423-4200 for information.
Kid’s fishing derby
A fishing derby for children 3-14 years old is June 1 at Hamilton Heights Park Fishing Pond, 67th and North Main, Gladstone.
The derby is free. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. that day. Fishing is 9 a.m. to noon. Children must bring their own fishing poles. Worms will be provided.
The Gladstone Walmart will award prizes for contests including largest fish and most fish caught.
Hamilton Heights Park has a handicapped accessible fishing dock.
The Derby is a joint venture of The Northland Optimist Club and Gladstone Parks & Recreation.
For information call 816-423-4091.
William Jewell College’s commencement is 1 p.m., Saturday in the college’s Mabee Center, 500 College Hill, Liberty.
The traditional commencement celebration includes the graduates’ ceremonial walk around the Quad led by bagpipers and a color guard about 12:30 p.m.
Susan Chambers, executive vice president of Walmart’s Global People Division, will deliver the commencement address. Chambers is a 1990 Jewel alumni and a member of Jewell’s Board of Trustees.
Baccalaureate is at 9 a.m. Saturday in the John Gano Memorial Chapel. Speakers are Chuck Hoffman and Peg Carlson-Hoffman, founders of Genesis + Art Studio in Kansas City. The couple teach, lecture and exhibit internationally.
Gospel Music Heritage
Gospel singer Jeremy Pope of Excelsior Springs will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
Pope began singing at age four and performs solo as well as with The Gospelaires.
A free will offering will be taken at the concert. Call 816-858-5512 for information.
Walks planned at Zona Rosa
Northlanders can participate in two benefit walks this weekend at Zona Rosa.
• The Hillcrest Walk for the Homeless begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Zona Rosa Town Square. Registration is at 7 a.m.
Walks will be held in three locations in the metro to help raise funds and awareness for Hillcrest Transitional Housing. The walk is free although walkers are encouraged to gather pledges for the non-profit, which helps clients move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
This is the 27th year for a Hillcrest Walk in the metro and the eighth year for a walk at Zona Rosa.
“Anyone can come and participate and learn about Hillcrest and their programs,” said Rosemary Salerno, general manager at Zona Rosa.
Register in advance at www.hillcresttransitionalhousing.org.
• Woofstock — a 1-mile walk and 5K run — is Sunday at Zona Rosa. Both animals and their people are invited to participate.
The event is a benefit for the Northland Animal Welfare Society, which opened a spay/neuter clinic in Riverside a year ago to serve people with limited incomes. The organization’s long-term goal is to establish a no-kill pet campus in the Northland.
Woofstock starts at 8:15 a.m. in The Grove with a blessing of pets. The 5K Mutt Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. a 1-mile Woof Walk with optional pet obstacle course begins.
Entertainment is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ending with a Yappy Happy Hour at the Hereford House at 2:30 p.m.
Adoption groups, vendors, agility dogs, stunt dogs, demonstrations will be on site.
Registration for Woofstock is $25 before May 16 and $30 after. Children 5-12 years old pay $5.
To register go to www.pcnaws.org.
Liberty Downtown Board
Scott Brant has been named to the Executive Board of Historic Downtown Liberty for 2013-14.
Continuing board members are: Betty Lou Anderson, Gordon Hadden, Amy Howard and Allison Tanner. Officers are Rob Jones, president; Heather Chaney, vice-president; Patty Evans, secretary; and Cathie Meyer, treasurer. Jonna Wensel is the liaison from the City of Liberty. Vicki Vance is executive director.
“It’s a great board to work with and I am so looking forward to whatever their visionary path is next year for HDLI. I hope I can run fast enough to keep up with them,” said Vance.
Gardening 101, a basic gardening class, is 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Liberty Community Center.
Master Gardener Susan Canupp will teach. Canupp has 20 years of experience as a MU Extension Master Gardener.
The class fee is $6 per person or $8 per couple.
The Liberty Community Center is at 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty. Call 816-430-4360 to register.
| By Norma King, special to The Star