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Updated: 2013-07-24T03:11:36Z

Art Show in Gladstone

The work of painter/sculptor Corey Antis will be featured at the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space July 26-Sept. 24.

The opening reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 26. Antis will speak at 6 p.m. Light refreshments are planned.

Antis’ work has been shown at the Rebekah Templeton Gallery, Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, Booster and Seven Gallery and the Rhode Island School of Design. He received a B.F.A. degree in painting from Cornell University and a M.F.A. degree from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He lives and works in Kansas City.

Drought creates need for trees

The city of Gladstone is asking for donations to plant new trees in the city parks this fall.

Due to drought conditions last year, several trees in each city park are dead or dying, according to city gardener Beth Houlihan.

Residents are asked to donate at TreesForMyCity.com. For a limited amount of time the Dunn Family Foundation will match every donated dollar. About $400 has been donated so far. When the fund reaches $1,000 the Heartland Tree Alliance will coordinate a planning event in Gladstone.

For information call 816-423-4089.

Ruff Ride

The 7th annual NAWS Ruff Ride Dice Run to the PAWBash at the Wabash BBQ is Aug. 17.

Motorcycles and cars with their drivers, passengers and pets are invited to participate in the 75-mile ride and fundraiser for the Northland Animal Welfare Society (NAWS).

The ride begins at the NAWS Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic, 3400 N.W. Vivion Road, Riverside. Registration is 11a.m.-1 p.m. Kickstands go up and the ride begins at 1 p.m. Five dice stops are planned along the route.

The ride ends at Wabash BBQ, 646 S. Kansas City Ave., Excelsior Springs. The PawBash kicks off at 5 p.m. with BBQ and a blues concert starring the Nashville-based Sarah Potenza and the Tall Boys. Non-riders can attend the concert for $5. Kids and dogs are free.

A raffle and silent auction will be held.

Registration for drivers is $25 before Aug. 15; or $30 the day of the event. There is a $15 passenger fee. VIP sponsorships are $300.

All proceeds benefit the Northland Animal Welfare Society’s Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic, which serves pet owners in financial need and rescue groups. “The clinic is all volunteer run, except for the vet. This is one of the major fundraisers and is the first and only motorcycle ride that supports animals in the Northland,” said Goldie Arnold, NAWS president.

Register at www.ruffride.info. Call 816-830-7759 for information.

Book domino chain

William Jewell College students are asking the community to help them set the record for the world’s longest book domino chain on Aug. 19.

Hardback books are needed to create a 2,200 book chain in the new Pryor Learning Commons. The event will highlight the opening of the new building with its fully-digital learning environment.

Only hardbacks are requested. All books will be donated to Better World Books to raise funds for worldwide literacy initiatives.

Book donations should be taken to Jewell’s Curry Library, 500 College Hill, Liberty. Hours are Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; or Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arrangements can be made to pick up the books from Liberty area residents by calling 816-415-5929.

Breastfeeding Week event

New and expectant mothers and families are invited to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week at the Clay County Public Health Center from 1-3 p.m. on Aug. 1.

The event is to let people be aware of resources, give support and share breastfeeding experiences, said Jodee Fredrick, director, division of administration at the Health Center.

“The breastfeeding decision begins long before you actually give birth. This is a family decision, it does impact the whole family and it can be a great family experience,” she said.

The event is hosted by Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program. Information will be shared by La Leche League and other Northland breastfeeding support groups. Car seat safety information will be available. Raffles and snacks are planned.

“Right now we’re trying to make people more aware. Even if they have already delivered, we’d like them out here, too. They can talk about their problems and find solutions and get an awareness. The whole premise is you’re not alone; breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience. It’s the best thing for your baby,” said Fredrick.

Clay County Public Health Center has two Breastfeeding Peer Counselors to help women before and after birth with breastfeeding concerns. For more information on the event or breastfeeding help call 816-595-4358.

Smithville High reunion

The Over the Hill reunion for the Smithville High School classes of 1940-59 is Sept. 7 at the American Legion Hall in Smithville.

Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. that day. A welcome and lunch are at noon.

Afternoon events include speakers, class roll calls and live music.

For information call 816-872-2485.

Quality of life meeting

What contributed to the quality of life in communities will be discussed at the next Clay County Economic Development Strategic Initiative meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.

Speakers will address, “Quality of Life — Why companies want to be in your community,” and include Janet Snook, Liberty parks and recreation director; and Mark McHenry, director of Kansas City parks and recreation.

The Strategic Planning Initiative is co-chaired by former Liberty Mayor Greg Canuteson and Jerry Nolte, a former state legislator. This meeting is the fourth in a series designed to develop a plan for Clay County development.

The meeting is open to the public. To RSVP or for information call 816-468-4989 or e-mail info@clayedc.com.

| Norma King, Special to The Star

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