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Community notes for May 22

Updated: 2013-05-21T18:07:21Z

Employer gets National Guard recognition

Chris Skinner of Tnemec Industrial Coating has been recognized by the United States National Guard with a Patriot Award.

Skinner was nominated by Staff Sgt. Anthony Hainey for “his exceptional leadership as well as commitment to serving those who serve in the armed forces,” said Hainey.

Skinner is a night shift supervisor at Tnemec where Hainey worked as a temporary employee.

“While working as a temp, Guard members are not protected by federal law to have their job upheld. Chris ensured me there was no chance of me losing my job over military matters. Time and time again throughout my temporary employment status I had to leave for several military schools but Chris never had someone take my place, never had any issue with me leaving and was considerate of my obligations,” said Hainey who is now a fulltime employee for Tnemec.

Skinner was presented with the award in a presentation by ESGR representatives at Tnemec in North Kansas City.

ESGR, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, is a committee of the Department of Defense which promotes a positive culture of employer support for service members.

Gymnastics programs

The Creative Acts Academy and Gladstone Parks & Recreation are again offering classes in gymnastics and dance for children and youth this summer. Registration runs through June 29. Classes begin July 8.

Programs include:

Tumble Jungle, for ages 21/2-5, basic gymnastics and tumbling skills.

Pre-School Dance, ages 3-6, tap, ballet, tumbling, gymnastics.

Tap And Ballet for Beginners, ages 6-9, tap and classical ballet instruction.

Coed Gymnastics, age 5 and older, aerobic activities, strength and flexibility development, basic gymnastic skills.

Coed Trampoline and Tumbling, age 5 and older, tumbling, trampolines.

Beginner Hip Hop, coed, ages 7-11, tumbling and floor work, appropriate music and choreography.

Summer Fun Day Camps, kindergarten to 6th grade, a variety of activities, art, dance and gymnastics.

Classes will be held at the Creative Arts Academy, 1904 N.E. Englewood Road, Gladstone. Class fees are $47 per session. Day Camp fees are $125/week for Gladstone residents.

Call The Creative Arts Academy at 816-452-3200 or Gladstone Parks & Recreation at 816-423-4085 for information. Registration at ActivityReg.com or download forms at www.gladstone.mo.us/Recreation.

Platte County 4-H Camp

Children ages 7-10 are invited to participate in the Platte County 4-H Day camp June 7 at the Platte County Fairgrounds in Tracy.

Activities for “A day of Old-Fashion Fun and Learning,” will include old time games and crafts, chores and challenges. Supplies will be provided.

The camp is open to all children. There is a $10 fee for those not enrolled in Platte County 4-H.

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. Children should bring a lunch and drink. Parents are welcome to attend.

To register call 816-270-2141 or go to extension.missouri.edu/platte.

Liberty Arts Squared festival

The 4th Annual Liberty Arts Squared is May 31 and June 1 on the Historic Liberty Square.

The festival features a variety of fine art and craft displays, live music, a chalk art contest, Farmer’s Market and poetry and book readings. Events kick off at May 31 with the art show and live music by Jeff Porter at 4:30 p.m. and The Crayons at 6:15 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

On Saturday the Farmer’s Market begins at 7 a.m. Other events run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday musicians include the Liberty Jazz Ensemble, Edgetown and Rick Bacus Trio.

The chalk art contest offers $250 in prizes. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Liberty Tribune office at 104 N. Main St. Chalk will be provided for children. Adult chalk artists need to bring their own supplies.

The Corbin Theatre will host book and poetry readings, and singer/songwriters will perform throughout the day. Food and beverages will be sold. Parking and festival admission are free.

For information go to www.LibertyArtsSquared.org. The festival is presented by the Liberty Arts Commission and Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc.

Jewell receives grant

The Kauffman Foundation has awarded William Jewell College a $500,000 grant to develop an entrepreneurial model for the Liberty college.

The three-year incremental grant will allow Jewell to add a faculty position; develop curriculum; create an Innovation Center; fund grants for faculty and students; and offer professional development opportunities for faculty.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation based in Kansas City.

| Norma King, Special to The Star

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