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.
Boot Camp 5K
The city of Liberty will host Boot Camp 5K Aug. 17 as a culmination of its 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, began this week. 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.
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 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.
Storybook Trail at Oak Grove Park
Story times and giant storybooks will find their way to Oak Grove Park this summer.
Children and their parents can walk the Storybook Trail at Oak Grove Park from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 16-22.
The free family activity will feature giant storybook pages along a trail. The June storybook is, “Oh No!” by Candace Fleming.
A second story, “Off We Go!” by Jane Yolen, will be posted on the trail July 14-20.
In addition, an outdoor story time with a children’s librarian from the Antioch Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library will be held at 10 a.m. June 19, June 22, July 17 and July 20, in the large shelter house at Oak Grove Park.
Sponsors of the event are the city of Gladstone, Mid-Continent Public Library, Clay County Health Department and North Kansas City School District.
Gladstone Amphitheatre events
This summer’s schedule for the Gladstone Amphitheatre includes two Theatre in the Park productions, movies and a July 4 celebration. Events include:
June 14, 9 p.m., Movie in the Park, “Dolphin Tale.”
June 18, 7:30 p.m., June tunes with The Shortleaf Band.
June 25, 7:30 p.m., June Tunes with Now and Then.
July 4, Independence Day Celebration, 8:30 p.m., North Star Community Band Concert followed by fireworks.
July 5-7, 8:30 p.m., Theatre in the Park, “Guys and Dolls.”
July 19, 9 p.m., Movie in the Park, “Despicable Me.”
Aug. 2-4, Theatre in the Park, 8:30 p.m., “The Music Man.”
Events are free. The public is invited to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets. Pets on leash are welcome. Concessions will be available. Oak Grove Park is at 76th and North Troost. In case of inclement weather, call 816-437-2489 and hit 4.
Parkville music and art
The 18th annual Parkville Jazz, Blues and Fine Arts River Jam is Friday and Saturday at English Landing Park.
The Parkville Symphonic Band will perform as well as Knock Kneed Sally, Scottyboy Daniel Blues Band, Lee McBee & The Confessors, Everette DeVan, Lonesome Hank and the Heartaches, and others. A full schedule is at www.parkvilleriverjam.com.
Twenty-nine artists will show a wide variety of art including jewelry, fused glass, photography, pen and ink, sculpture, pottery and fiber art.
The River Jam rune 5:30-11 p.m. June 14 and noon to 11 p.m. June 15.
The event is sponsored by the Parkville Community Development Corporation.
Aging professionals bestow honor
Laura Rainey has received the 2013 Claude Pepper Award from the Northland Professionals in Aging. This is the 23rd annual award given by the group to honor those who serve senior citizens.
Rainey, of Crossroads Hospice, was praised during the May presentation for exemplifying the ideals of the late Claude Pepper through her service to the community.
Pepper, for whom the award is named, was a U.S. senator and representative from Florida. He was an advocate for senior citizens and served as chairman of the House Select Committee on Aging for many years.
Presenting the award was 2012 honoree Jeanine Bahmani. Other nominees were Toni Clemens, Platte County Public Administrator; and Eileen Van Tassell, Barr Home Health.
Gospel Music Heritage
Gospel singer Elaine Peacock will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
Peacock, from Elk Point, S. D., has been inducted into the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame and the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame.
A free will offering will be taken. Call 816-858-5512 for information.
Senior Information Fair
Northland Senior Citizens are invited to an information fair with local Missouri State Representatives from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Maple Woods Community College.
State representatives T.J. Berry, Myron Neth, Noel Shull and Ken Wilson are hosting the event and will be on hand to talk about issues and legislation affecting senior citizens.
The meeting will be held in the Campus Center Building on Maple Woods Campus, 2601 N.E. Barry Road, room 110.
Coffee and donuts will be served and attendees are encouraged to bring in unneeded prescription drugs for safe disposal.
Platte County Fair
Young women interested in being a queen candidate for the Platte County Fair are invited to submit applications through July 10.
The queen competition will be held July 24 at 8:30 p.m. on the Platte County Fairgrounds in Tracy.
The queen will receive $2,000 in scholarships and will preside over the 150th Platte County Fair. She will also represent Platte County at the Missouri State Fair in August.
The competition is open to women from 17 to 22 years old who have lived in Platte County at least six months by July 10. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and may not have competed at the state fair level more than twice.
The contest will include a pre-event interview, a formal wear competition, and talent or speech presentation.
Each contestant must have a business or individual sponsor who pays $50.
A past queen reunion is planned for July 27 at the fairgrounds. Past queens should call Jones at 816-741-2235 for information.
The first Platte County Fair Queen was crowned in 1962.
Clay County African American Legacy Inc. will host a Juneteenth Celebration Saturday at Garrison School in Liberty.
The celebration begins at 12:30 p.m. with the unveiling of the 1,000-pound Bottle Tree sculpture created by Robert Evans of Liberty.
“It is a part of the African-American heritage,” said event organizer Cecelia Robinson. “You can find bottle trees all over the world.”
The program will also honor people who have made contributions to renovate the Garrison School, which was established in 1877 for black children.
The second annual Ken Robinson Jazz Fest follows the program and features area jazz and blues artists Wild Women of Kansas City, Tom and Bill Pender, Les Washington (the Jazz Man), Mary Moore, and Brothers United.
Tickets for the Jazz Fest are $10. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Funds will go to a scholarship program named in honor of Ken Robinson, a former member of the Liberty School Board and a founding member of Clay County African American Legacy Inc. who died in 2011.
Garrison School is at 502 N. Water, Liberty. For information go to: www.CCAAL-GarrisonSchool.org.
| By Norma King, special to The Star