Nearly New makes donations
Northland charities: The Nearly New Shop has awarded grants to 10 Northland charities this year.
The 29-year old thrift shop exists to raise money for charities in Platte and Clay counties, said Marvalee Mansell, manager of the shop.
Grants were given recently to Clay County Clothes Closet, Collaboration Works, In As Much Ministry, Liberty Meals on Wheels, Maple Valley PTO, Northland Assistance Center, Northland Meals on Wheels, Northland Symphony Orchestra, Platte Senior Services Inc. and Shepherd’s Center of the Northland.
Nearly New was originally part of the North Kansas City Hospital Auxiliary but later became a separate entity serving a variety of Northland charities.
Since 1988, Nearly New has donated over $1 million to Northland charities. It is at 4710 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North, and has 10 part-time employees and 55 volunteers.
“We are totally, totally nonprofit. Everything’s donated to us for resale. We do not charge a tax and all of our profits go back to the Northland,” said Mansell.
For information call 816-453-3063.
Liberty fireworks ordinance
City lays out rules: The Liberty Police Department wants residents to be aware of restrictions on selling and discharging fireworks in the city.
Fireworks can be sold only by those who have received a special-use permit by the city. Public fireworks displays also must be approved by the city.
Fireworks can be discharged only from 4 to 10 p.m. July 3 and 4 according to Capt. Andy Hedrick.
“We do enforce the ordinance and if anyone has a complaint about fireworks, they are asked to call the Liberty Police Department,” said Hedrick.
The discharge of aerial fireworks — those reaching over six feet in height when ignited — is legal only on single-family residence tracts of three acres or larger.
The police department will be enforcing the fireworks ordinances and violators will be cited and summoned to municipal court, and may be fined, he said.
Area residents are invited to attend the public fireworks display at the Liberty4thFest celebration at 9:45 p.m. Thursday at William Jewell College’s Greene Stadium.
Contact the Liberty Police Department at 816-439-4701.
Grandfamilies hold puppet show
“Healthily Ever After”: The Northland Grandfamilies program will host a puppet show, “Healthily Ever After,” at 10:30 a.m. July 10 at North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North.
Kraig Kensinger, nutrition educator with University of Missouri Extension, will present the show. “The program engages the children in a lively experience that teaches them about the importance of exercising, eating nutritious meals, getting enough sleep and practicing good hygiene such as hand washing,” he said
The Grandfamilies Program is a support group for grandparents and other relatives raising children. It is a cooperative effort of Clay County Senior Services, Platte County Senior Fund and the University of Missouri Extension Council.
For information call 816-407-3490.
‘Guys and Dolls’ at Gladstone
Theatre in the Park: Gladstone’s 26th year of Theatre in the Park opens this weekend with the production of “Guys and Dolls.”
Shows are at 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday in the Oak Grove Park Amphitheater at 76th Street and North Troost, Gladstone.
A cast of more than 50 will perform in the popular musical under the direction of Danielle Trebus and music director Becky Clark.
Those attending are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Concessions will be sold by Gladstone Rotary Club.
The blanket run — the time when audience members are allowed to place blankets and chairs on the grounds — is at 3 p.m. each day.
“Parking is free, the show is free but we do pass the hat,” said Gladstone recreation supervisor Tina Spallo.
The second show of the season is “Music Man,” which will run Aug. 2-4.
Who has the fairest talent?
Platte County Fair: Two talent shows and a Youth Talent Showcase will be staged at the 150th Platte County Fair July 23-27 in Tracy.
Any interested entertainers and musicians are invited to participate. Three contests are planned:
• The Adult Amateur Talent Contest for ages 16 and older is 8:30 p.m. July 25, at the Platte Pavilion. Check in by 8 p.m. The contest is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration is suggested. Cash awards and ribbons will be awarded.
• The Fiddle Contest is at 1:30 p.m. July 27, in the Platte Pavilion. Registration is at 1 p.m. A junior and senior division are planned. Cash awards and trophies will be given.
• The Youth Talent Showcase is at 1 p.m. July 27, in Platte Purchase Building for youth up to 15 years old. Participants must preregister by 10 a.m., July 20. The showcase is limited to 25 performers. Check in by 12:30 p.m. Medallions and ribbons will be awarded to everyone. Pre-register by 10 p.m. July 20.
There is no entry fee, but participants need to purchase admission tickets for the fair. Tickets are $10 each for everyone 13 and older. Younger children are free.
For information on entries and rules go to www.plattecountyfair.com. Event coordinators are: Fiddle and Adult Talent contests, Howard Prost 816-260-1618; Youth Talent Showcase, Janet Leachman, 816-858-5657.
Who has the fairest beard?
Platte County Fair opening day: Beards and mustaches will be judged along with canned goods and art at this year’s Platte County Fair on opening day, July 23.
The two categories are mustache only or beard, which includes a beard and mustache combination. Beards will be judged on length, fullness and style, with cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50.
Judging is at 7 p.m. July 23 in the Platte Purchase Building. Register prior to the event at 6 p.m. or preregister at the Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce, 620 3rd St., Platte City. There is no entry fee.
For information go to plattecountyfair.com. The Platte County Fairgrounds are in Tracy, Mo.
| Norma King, Special to The Star