The annual Nehemiah Fest will be held this weekend at Smith’s Fork Park at Smithville Lake.
This is the seventh year for the Christian music and camping festival, which brings together several Christian denominations using the book of Nehemiah as its focus, said event organizer David Lin.
“The festival is about the body of Christ acting like the body of Christ and not a bunch of scattered body parts,” said Lin. “We want to have some fun and some fellowship. It’s about community coming together and accomplishing great things for God.”
The free festival will feature more than 45 Christian bands on five stages, including Bread of Stone, therest, Band of Freedom, Don’t Know Dorothy, Lester Estelle & Friends, and Run With It.
Satellites & Sirens, a Christian rock band from Nashville, will be the Friday night headliner.
The festival includes vendors, booths and family activities. An open-mike stage will be set up on the Coffee House Stage. The park features a kid’s area with a playground.
The festival begins at 3 p.m. Friday and concludes at noon SundayMusic starts at 4 p.m. Friday.
Campers can set up Thursday afternoon or Friday. To reserve a site go to nehemiahfest.com. Some modern campsites are still available for campers and unlimited primitive sites are available.
Hornets reunion for class of ’63
A 50th reunion for North Kansas City High School’s class of ’63 is Oct. 5.
Reunion activities will include golf, a high school history program and tour, and dinner and dancing at Finnegan’s.
Class members are also invited to attend the North Kansas City High High School Homecoming game Sept. 20. Seating has been reserved for alumni. An alumni cocktail party follows the game at Chappell’s Restaurant.
Jewell grad gets Fulbright Award
William Jewell College graduate Paige Bolduc was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to study literature in Japan. She graduated summa cum laude from William Jewell College in May.
Bolduc will study at Nagoya University in the graduate department of Languages and Cultures.
“Someday I hope to work as a professor, sharing an appreciation and culturally informed understanding of Japanese literature with students outside of Japan,” said Bolduc, of Rogersville, Mo.
As part of her Jewell studies, Bolduc participated in the program of the Oxbridge Honors Scholar in Literature and Theory in England.
She also received the William Jewell Faculty Award for academic achievement and exemplification of the highest ideals of a liberal arts education.
4-H Family Team
Families with elementary age children are invited to the new 4-H Family Team Series beginning Sept. 22.
Meetings will be held on the fourth Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Platte Resource Center, 11724 N.W. Plaza Circle in Kansas City, North.
Each session will feature a different topic and activity for the family, such as nutrition, international themes, art/creativity and science/engineering.
Fees are $5 per family. Additional funding is provided by the Platte County Eleemosynary Society.
Look North Award
The Clay County Economic Development Council is accepting nominations for the 2013 Look North Award. The annual award recognizes business achievement, civic leadership, cultural contribution and/or philanthropic commitment.
The award will be presented at the Look North Leadership Banquet at Harrah’s North Kansas City, Oct. 17. Nominations close Sept. 24.
The award is merit based. No deceased person or in-office elected government official is eligible.
Recent recipients include Cecilia Robinson, Dan Kahler, Ed Quick, Jim Corwin, Mark Tankesley and Terry Ward.
Furry Friends Kickball
The third annual For Our Furry Friends Kickball Tournament begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Lake Waukomis Ball Fields at Interstate 29 and Northwest 72nd Street.
The tournament is a benefit for the Northland Animal Welfare Society, which provides a spay/neuter/vaccination clinic for low-income pet owners.
Kickball teams are participating and the public is invited to attend the event and participate in the raffles.
Sobriety checkpoint in Liberty
The Liberty Police Department and Northland DWI Task Force will conduct a sobriety checkpoint sometime this month in Liberty.
At sobriety checkpoint in 2007 that checked 209 vehicles, five persons were arrested for driving while intoxicated, four were cited for driver’s license violations and one was arrested for an outstanding warrant. On the same night, officers on patrol arrested two more people for driving under the influence, said Sgt. Robert Kumpost.
“While motorists might be delayed for a short period of time, these checkpoints have been successful in getting impaired drivers off the roads.” Kumpost said. “Should you come upon the checkpoint, your cooperation and patience with the officers will be appreciated.”
The Northland DWI Task Force will be conducting checkpoints in other Northland Communities during the fall.
| Norma King, Special to The Star