Art show in Gladstone
The photography of Deanna Dikeman will be on exhibit during a six-week show at the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space.
The art exhibit opening is 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The artist will be on hand and light refreshments will be served.
Dikeman’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Ariz. In the metro area it can be seen in The Gallery of Art at Johnson County Community College and other locations.
She received a Charlotte Street Award in 2006; and was awarded the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship in 1996.
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.
Boot Camp 5K
The city of Liberty will host Boot Camp 5K Aug. 17 as a culmination of their Commit to Get Fit challenges. Anyone can participate.
The 5K, held at Ruth Stocksdale Park, will feature five boot camp stations along the course to test fitness and endurance.
Liberty Parks and Recreation has sponsored two fitness challenges this year. The first, held this winter, saw nine teams lose a combined 254 lbs. and 165.75 inches. The second challenge, Fittest in Liberty, gets underway in June. For information go to www.ci.liberty.mo.us/CommitToGetFit.
Anyone can participate in the Boot Camp 5K. Entry fee is $25 for adults and $15 for youth. Those who have participated in the fitness challenges will automatically be registered for the 5K.
Register online at www.ci.liberty.mo.us/ParksOnline or the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road.
National Trails Day
To celebrate National Trails Days on Saturday, Gladstone invites hikers to take a self-guided tour through Maple Woods Nature Preserve at Northeast 76th Street and North Prospect.
The 38-acre preserve is a National Natural Landmark with old-growth forest, wildlife habitat and hiking trails.
In the early 1970s the nature preserve was threatened with the proposal of residential development and a shopping mall. But thanks to the efforts of local citizens and The Nature Conservancy, the land was protected and in 1978 it was purchased by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Today the property is managed by the city of Gladstone.
For information on Maple Woods Nature Preserve go to http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places-go/natural-areas/maple-woods or call 816-423-4088.
Liberty Summer Concerts
Liberty’s free Summer Concert Series will kick off with the KC Prime Band at 7 p.m. June 8 on the Historic Downtown Square during the Taste of Liberty. The band plays a variety of music such as rock, pop, jazz, blues, country and oldies.
KC Prime is sponsored by Liberty Meals on Wheels, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Other summer concerts are:
• July 3, 7:30 p.m., Neon Blue will play classic R&B, rock and soul as part of the Liberty4thFest activities.
• Aug. 17, 7 p.m., blues singer Samantha Fish performs during the second Annual Dog Days of Summer Craft Beer Crawl.
The bands will set up at the corner of Water and Kansas streets. Parking is available in the city’s parking lot east of City Hall.
Concertgoers should bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Italian Festival at Zona Rosa
A free festival celebrating Italian traditions and Italian-American culture opens this weekend at Zona Rosa.
Festa Italiana will include live entertainment, wine tasting, a pasta-eating contest, children’s activities, a Sunday Catholic Mass, Italian car show and entertainment headliners Felix Cavaliere and the Rascals.
The festival is sponsored by the Italian-American Service Organization UNICO. The Kansas City Chapter of UNICO will give out more than $50,000 in scholarships during the event.
Events will center around the Zona Rosa Town Square stage and include:
• Friday, 5-11 p.m. Entertainers include Marley Miller; Malena Marcase; and Joseph Vincelli. At 8:45 p.m. The Bronx Wanderers will perform their musical tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and teen idol Dion.
• Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Annual Cannoli Eating contest is at noon followed by a variety of entertainment acts. At 8:30 p.m. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Felix Cavaliere and the Rascals will perform.
• Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Catholic Mass is at 10 a.m. followed by Garozzo’s head chef Chris Canzoneri sharing a secret recipe. A pasta eating contest is at 1 p.m. UNICO will present awards and scholarships at 2 p.m. Entertainment follows with The Gumbas closing out the show at 4:30 p.m.
Fourth of July
A parade, barbecue and other events are planned for Liberty’s fourth annual Fourth of July celebration.
Entries are being accepted for floats, marching units and other parade participants.
The celebration also includes fireworks, entertainment by dance band Neon Blue, a classic car cruise, and the reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Historic Liberty Square.
Parade entry forms are available at www.liberty4thfest.com or at the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce, 1170 Kansas St., Liberty.
The annual Mud Mania volleyball fundraiser for Youth With Vision will be held June 22 at Smithville Lake.
This is the 13th year for the event, which raises community awareness and funds for substance abuse prevention among teenagers and their families.
YWV is a youth-led group with members from Clay, Platte and Ray counties.
This year YWV lobbied on behalf of bills to ban alcoholic energy drinks and a prescription drug monitoring system. Both bills were assigned to committees.
Mud Mania will be held June 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Kelsey Short Area #4 at Smithville Lake.
Advance registration is $10. Same day registration is $12. Teams of six to nine male, female or coed players will compete. All ages are welcome.
Court sponsorships are available for $100 and $200.
Liberty limb disposal
Liberty will open its tree limb disposal yard from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The yard will be open for residents only to dispose of limb and tree debris from the recent storms.
The tree limb disposal yard is located off of new 210 Highway and east of Missouri 291. Proof of residency will be required.
Commercial vehicles will not be allowed.
Gladstone Amphitheatre concerts
June Tunes, Gladstone’s summer concerts begin Tuesday at the amphitheater in Oak Grove Park at 76th and North Troost.
The performance schedule for June follows:
• June 4, 7:30 p.m., Toni Gates, jazz singer/songwriter and educator.
• June 11, 7:30 p.m. Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, a metro-area youth choir representing 60 schools in seven counties.
• June 14, 9 p.m. Movie in the Park: “Dolphin Tale.”
• June 18, 7:30 p.m. Shortleaf Band, an instrumental group playing original and traditional music.
• June 25, 7:30 p.m. Now and Then, a variety dance band.
Programs are free and open to everyone. Bring blankets and chairs.
In case of inclement weather call 816-437-2489, option #4.
By Norma King, Special to The Star