Northland Coalition celebrates 20 years
The Northland Coalition invites the community to celebrate its 20th year at a luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21 at Tri-County Mental Health Services, 3100 N.E. 83rd St. in Kansas City, North.
The Northland Coalition is made of up 18 teams of volunteers in Clay, Platte and Ray counties who develop and implement substance abuse prevention programs.
The program will include a talk by Ed Moses, an expert in substance abuse, and a presentation on the myths of marijuana.
Gospel Music live
The Prowell Family Band will play at Gospel Music Heritage in Edgerton at 7 p.m. Saturday, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
The family of four plays contemporary gospel bluegrass and has been touring since 2010.
Golden Days of Radio celebration
The Liberty Silver Center has planned a dog days of summer celebration Aug. 30.
The event starts at 10:30 a.m. with a mock radio broadcast by The Golden Days of Radio, a comedy and drama group.
Attendees should bring a side dish to serve 15-20 or donate $5. Call 816-439-4360 to register by Aug. 16.
For more information contact the Liberty Silver Center at 439-4368 or visit www.ci.liberty.mo.us/SeniorServices.
Aging Coalition creative program
The Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City North invites the public to learn about creative-based healing during its Aug. 22 meeting.
Misty Kelso of Imagine That! will speak at 2:30 p.m. about the learning opportunities her studio offers for people with intellectual disabilities.
The meeting is sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health Services and is held in room 205 of the Northland Human Services building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.
Call 816-468-0481 for information.
NAMI support group
The Northland family support group for family members of those with severe mental illness meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Tri-County Mental Health, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.
The monthly meetings are informal and led by family members. They are held the third Wednesday of each month.
For information call 816-468-0400.
The 45th Annual Parkville Days will be held next week in English Landing Park.
This year’s Rockin’ on the River celebration begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 and concludes at 6 p.m. Aug. 25.
The celebration includes live music, the Empire Midland Carnival, Makers Expo, displays, Wings Over Water Missouri bird show on Sunday, Karate demonstrations and other events.
Saturday events begin at 10 a.m. with a 5K Run by the River and a parade beginning at 63rd Street and Missouri 9 Highway and traveling to Historic Downtown Parkville.
For a schedule go to www.parkville.mo.org.
Bowling for prevention
The 3rd annual Rock-n-Bowl for Prevention is Aug. 24 at Liberty Retro Bowl, 906 W. Liberty Drive, Liberty.
The bowl is a benefit for the Northland Coalition and its youth substance abuse prevention programs in Ray, Platte and Clay Counties.
The family event includes bowling, raffles and prizes. Both open and team bowling will be offered. Prizes will be awarded for players dressed in 1980s fashions.
The Open Cosmic Bowl is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fees are $12 per bowler. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
Sponsors are Liberty Retro Bowl and Cable Dahmer Chevrolet. All proceeds will go substance abuse prevention programs for youth.
Making Clay County better
The public is invited to attend the fifth Clay County Strategic Initiative meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Excelsior Springs High School Performing Arts Center.
The meeting will focus on how infrastructure affects business retention and expansion, and how to make Clay County a better place to live and work.
It will include a panel discussion with state legislators and senators, as well as representatives of U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and Congressman Sam Graves, and other officials.
“We’re trying to glean ideas from the public on how we can structure Clay County for growth in the future,” said Jim Hampton, executive director of the Clay County Economic Development Council, which is sponsoring the event.
The Strategic Planning Initiative is co-chaired by former Liberty Mayor Greg Canuteson and former state legislator Jerry Nolte. Two more meetings are planned.
“This has been really interesting for us. We’ve covered a lot of different subjects. I think it’s good for the community when we gather everyone’s ideas and then develop a plan,” said Hampton.
Attendees should park on the south side of the Excelsior Spring High School by the attached Performing Arts Center, 612 Tiger Drive, Excelsior Springs.
Corbin Theatre will host a piano concert by Calvin Permenter at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at First Presbyterian Church in Liberty.
The “Calvin in Concert!” show will feature popular, sacred and classical piano selections. The program includes St. Louis Blues, the theme from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” He also plans to play some boogie in honor of his father.
“I want to engage the audience a little more in things that they already know. This will be a mix of classical and things I want to play, too. It’s going to be a blend of pieces that have been requested,” said Permenter.
Permenter holds the Robert H. Mckee Endowed Chair of Music and is a professor of music and director of keyboard studies at William Jewell College.
He has studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Fontainebleau, France, with Nadia Boulanger and Gaby Casadesus; and was one of 16 people chosen to perform at the Ravel Academy of Music in St. Jean-de-Luz, France. In 1993 he was selected to study and perform at the Moscow Conservatory under the auspices of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Tickets are $12 at Liberty City Hall, 101 E. Kansas St., or the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road or online at www.corbintheatre.org. First Presbyterian Church is at 138 N. Main St.
“Calvin in Concert!” is sponsored by Jean Watts, Bob and Jodi Capps and Marcia Duke.
| By Norma King, special to The Star