Tennis tournament benefits Moore, Okla.
The 5th Annual Macken Open tennis tournament will raise money for Moore Public Schools in Moore, Okla.
Matches in the double-elimination format competition will be played at Macken Park in North Kansas City and will expand to nearby courts depending on the number of entries and brackets.
The first round begins at 6 p.m. Friday and play resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday. Matches could continue Sunday in case of inclement weather or a high number of tournament entries.
The registration deadline is Tuesday.
For more information or to register call 816-728-4763 or send email to Coach Daniel Berkland at email@example.com
Providence Bible school
SunWest Roundup Vacation Bible School runs 9 a.m. to noon, July 8-12 at Providence Baptist Church, 12206 N. Stark Ave., Kansas City, North.
Children from 4 years old through sixth grade are welcome. Registration is free.
Activities include crafts, music, games, snacks and story time.
Parkville July 4 Celebration
Parkville’s annual Independence Day celebration begins with a pancake breakfast and ends with fireworks. In between are an American Heroes Parade, carnival and a concert.
The schedule of events for July 4 is:
• Lions’ Club Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall.
• Parade, 10 a.m., beginning at 63rd Street and Missouri 9 and traveling to Historic Downtown Parkville.
• A carnival and vendors are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4. The carnival is also open 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
• The Parkville Symphonic Band plays at 7:30 p.m. at Park University Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel.
• Fireworks over the river at 9:45 p.m.
A free shuttle service will run 6 p.m. to midnight from South Platte Community Center, Park University and Park Hill South High School to the downtown.
For information go to www.parkvillemo.org.
Platte County fair discount
Discount tickets for the 150th Platte County Fair are on sale through July 17 for $20.
The fair is July 23-27 at the Platte County Fairground in Tracy, Mo.
Season tickets prices are $30 on the first two nights of the fair. Daily tickets are $10. Children 12 and younger are free.
The fair will include a carnival, demolition derby, mud marathon, truck and tractor pull, horse and mule shows, arts and crafts and 4-H exhibits, food and live entertainment and a queen contest.
For information on the fair or discount tickets go to www.plattecountyfair.com or call 816-431-FAIR.
Pertussis vaccination campaign
Clay County Public Health Center is stepping up efforts to increase free Tdap booster vaccinations in July.
The center is focusing on adult family members and caretakers of small children, as well as childcare workers. Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
“Older adults can have pertussis and may not know it, so they could unwittingly give that to children, especially infants who are not protected,” said Jodee Fredrick, Clay County Public Health Center director of the division of administration.
Walk-in immunizations will be given weekdays 8:30-11 a.m. at the Health Center, 800 Haines, Liberty. Afternoon and evening immunizations are available by appointment.
The Excelsior Springs WIC and outreach clinic will also have Tdap vaccinations by appointment.
Call 816-595-4355 to schedule an appointment at either location.
Liberty bond hearings
Three public meetings are scheduled to give Liberty residents information about the $95 million sewer bond issue that voters will decide on Aug. 6.
Meetings are scheduled at 7 p.m. July 1 and 16 at City Hall, 101 E. Kansas; or at 7 p.m. July 11 at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road.
If approved, the bonds could fund a proposed wastewater treatment facility and allow for capital improvements to the wastewater collection system.
For more information go to: www.ci.liberty.mo.us/WWTF.
Suicide prevention webcast
Tri-County Mental Health Services will hold a suicide prevention webcast 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the Northland Human Services Building at Maple Woods Community College, 3100 N.E. 83rd St. in Kansas City, North.
The live webcast, “Everyone Plays a Role in Suicide Prevention: Turning Strategy into Action,” is free and open to everyone, said Elise Bennett, youth prevention specialist at Tri-County.
“We have lost multiple teenagers since school started in August in our area, as well as received research that indicates that the rate of suicide for adults is increasing,” she said.
The broadcast will come from Northwestern University in Chicago and be coordinated in Missouri by the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
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 Liberty residents only to dispose of limb and tree debris from the recent storms.
The tree limb disposal yard is located off new 210 Highway and east of Missouri 291. Proof of residency will be required.
Commercial vehicles are not allowed.
Observatory open house
Astronomers and others are invited to view Saturn from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Friday during an open house at Pillsbury Observatory at William Jewell College in Liberty.
Viewers will be able to see the underside of Saturn’s rings and some of its moons, weather permitting.
There will be no formal program. Visitors may come and go as they would like.
To reach the observatory, take the White Science Center elevator to the fourh floor and climb the 50 steps to the dome.
For information call 816-415-7642.
William Jewell Campus is at 500 College Hill, Liberty.
Gladstone’s Independence Day Celebration
Gladstone’s 4th of July celebration will feature a 7 p.m. concert by jazz singer Toni Gates followed by patriotic music at 8:30 p.m. by the North Star Community Band and fireworks at dusk.
Concessions will be available. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome.
Oak Grove Park is at 76th and North Troost. Extra parking is available at Oak Park High School.
For information contact the Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department at 816-423-4091.
Liberty4thFest activities begin at 5 p.m. July 3 with the annual barbecue contest on the Historic Liberty Square, including a dessert competition that’s new this year.
Barbecue and beer will be available for purchase from Big Willy’s BBQ and the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce Beer Garden. All items are priced at $5.
The dessert competition is open to everyone. Desserts should be prepared at home and brought by 7 p.m. July 3, to the Corbin Theatre, 15 N. Water Street. Go to liberty4thfest.com for an application.
R&B band Neon Blue performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Corbin Theatre.
July 4 activities begin with the Liberty4thFest parade at 10 a.m. The parade begins at Liberty Junior High School and travels east on Kansas Street to the Square.
A Car Cruise is at 11 a.m. on the Square. Barbecue judging is at noon and an awards ceremony will be at 4 p.m.
William Jewell College will host the fireworks display at Greene Stadium. Gates open at 8 p.m. The Liberty Summer Band plays at 9 p.m., followed by the fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
| Norma King, Special to The Star