Early bird registration for the 18th annual Scarecrow 5K Run/Walk has begun.
The benefit run is Oct. 6 and begins at 7:30 a.m. at Gladstone’s Linden Square. Proceeds go to the Northland Christmas Store.
Registration fees through Sept. 15 is $18. Registration fees Sept. 16 to 27 is $22; and registration Sept. 28 through race day is $25. Family rates are available.
Packet pick-up and walk-up registration is 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Oct. 6. Walk-up registrants should bring exact change if paying with cash.
A complimentary post-race breakfast will be served to all runners/walkers compliments of Gladstone HyVee.
The event is sponsored by Gladstone Parks and Recreation, Gladstone HyVee and Gladstone Rotary Club.
Register at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes or at the Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes, during business hours. For a registration form go to www.gladstone.mo.us. Call 816-423-4087 for information.
The second annual Parktoberfest 5K in English Landing Park is Sept. 21 and will include a run, walk and a Pooch Parade.
The event will benefit Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter.
The 5K begins at 8 a.m. A 2K Pooch Parade for pets and owners begins at 8:15 a.m. Advance registration is $25 for runners and walkers or $30 for day-of registration. The Pooch Parade fees are $15 for owners and pets.
Following the Pooch Parade there will be a cooling station and pets will receive Frisbees and treats.
Advance registration is at www.enter2run.com.
Sponsorships are available. For information contact Kelly Fricker, race coordinator, at 816-729-2946 or email@example.com. The event is sponsored by the Parkville Chamber of Commerce
Liberty Fitness Challenge
Families and individuals are invited to participate in the Commit to Get Fit Challenge sponsored by the city of Liberty Sept. 9-Dec. 22. The challenge provides activities, instruction and accountability. Planned events are:
Sept. 8, 1-6 p.m., Challenge Kick-Off at the Liberty Community Center. Try out fitness programs, healthy snacks, fitness demonstrations and health assessments. Registration can be done at the event.
Sept. 22, 2-5 p.m., Tuckered out with Tucker at William Jewell College’s Tucker Leadership Lab. The outdoor lab is a ropes challenge course. For Commit to Get Fit registrants only. There is no fee but donations will be accepted.
Oct. 5, 11 a.m., Healthy Snacks Presentation with Matt Popilek of TeamHeart at the Liberty Community Center
Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Holidays Food Taste Testing at Liberty Community Center. Dietician Rachelle Hochgraber from HyVee will share ideas and samples.
Participants are encouraged to register and log their daily activity at www.ci.liberty.mo.us/CommitToGetFit. The program goal is 10,000 hours collectively by all participants.
Call 816-439-4360 for information.
Will and estate planning
Attorneys and financial advisors will speak at a will and estate planning seminar at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at Belvoir Winery in Liberty.
Admission is free but seating is limited. Call 816-781-4332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations or get information.
Presenters will be attorneys M. Andrew Roffmann and Stephen K. Lehnardt, and financial advisors Dan Jurgensen and Dean K. “Rocky” Buford.
The seminar is sponsored by Immacolata Manor, a home for developmentally disabled adults in Liberty.
Belvoir Winery is at 1325 Odd Fellows Road, Liberty.
Professional counselor Heather Bradley will speak at the September Northland Grandfamilies program on the topic of understanding children’s behavior and setting limits.
The Grandfamilies meetings are for grandparents, aunts, uncles or other family members raising children. The meeting is at 10 a.m., Sept. 11 at North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North.
Bradley is lead therapist for the Child and Family Team at Synergy Services.
Northland Grandfamilies is a cooperative program of Clay County Senior Services, the Platte County Senior Fund and the University of Missouri Extension Council in Clay County.
To attend the Sept. 11 meeting or to learn more about the Northland Grandfamilies Program, call Diane Milne at 816-407-3490.
Dippin’ Dogs at Aquatic Center
The annual Dippin’ Dogs Swim Party at The Springs Aquatic Center is 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
The event is co-sponsored by Kansas City Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Northland Animal Welfare Society. Last year 230 dogs enjoyed an afternoon at the pool.
Cost is $10 per dog. All dogs must be supervised by an adult. There is a limit of two dogs per person.
The event will include vendor booths, raffles, and a silent auction. Micro-chipping will be available for $25.
Proceeds will benefit the Northland Animal Welfare Society.
Register online at kcparks.org.
The Springs Aquatic Center is at 9400 N. Congress Ave., Kansas City, North.
Observatory Open House
If the sky is clear Friday night the public is invited to attend a free open house at the Pillsbury Observatory at William Jewell College.
The telescope will be focused on Albireo, a double star in the constellation Cygnus, often known as the Northern Cross. One of stars is blue-white and the other yellow-orange.
The open house is 9 to 10:30 p.m. Visitors can come anytime. There is no formal program.
To reach the observatory, take the White Science Center elevator to the fourth floor and climb the 50 steps to the dome.
The viewing is contingent upon clear skies Friday night.
For information call 816-415-5267.
| Norma King, Special to The Star