Weston celebrates 25th Applefest
Weston will celebrate its 25th Applefest Saturday and Sunday in historic downtown Weston.
The festival begins with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday on Main Street followed by a balloon release in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
KC Wolf will appear in the parade and later at the city park for the children’s activities. The event also includes 60 art and craft booths, Garden Harvest vendors, Lost Art and Craft demonstrations such as candle making and wood turning. Food for sale will include a variety of apple dishes.
Children’s activities include pony rides, games and pumpkin painting.
Live entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday with family entertainer Mr. Stinky Feet on the Main Street stage. Other concerts will be the Ernest James Zydeco band at 2 p.m., Dog Tree at 3:30 p.m. and Hillbilly Starship at 5 p.m.
Sunday entertainment starts at 1 p.m. with barbershop quartet Rural Route #4, Truck Stop Honeymoon at 2:30 p.m. and Hootin’ Anne at 4 p.m. The Applefest closes at 5 p.m.
A portion of children’s ticket sales as well as other donated funds will be given to fight Breast Cancer.
5k supports families touched by mental illness
Tri-County Mental Health Services will hold its second Heart and Sole 5K Saturday at Happy Rock Park, 7600 N.E. Antioch Road in Gladstone.
The run/walk is a benefit for families affected by mental illness. Proceeds will go to wellness programs, family holiday assistance and monthly art contests at Tri-County.
Business and organization sponsorships are available.
Registration is $30 and can be made in advance at www.tri-countyheartandsole5k.org or before the event at 8 a.m. Oct. 5. The run/walk starts at 9 a.m.
Programs for the over 50 crowd
Liberty’s “50 after 5:00” program for senior citizens has scheduled several events for October. They include:
• A writing class to help seniors with personal stories at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Three sessions are planned at the Liberty Community Center, at1600 S. Withers Road. Lolly Ockerstrom, associate professor of English at Park University, will lead the mini course. Registration is $15 per person or $24 per couple and can be done that night.
• Game Nights at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 23 at the Liberty Community Center. Participants can bring card and board games. Wii games will be available. Cost is $6 for the two nights.
• “Engage As You Age,” a class on maintaining physical, social and mental health, at 6 p.m. Oct. 15. The presenter is Emily Roper-Parsons, older adult outreach coordinator for Tri-County Mental Health Services. Registration is $4 each or $6 for couples. Register by Oct. 4 at 816-439-4360.
• Healthy Cooking Class for empty nesters by Hy-Vee nutritionist Rochelle Hochgraber at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Liberty Hy-Vee, 1332 W. Kansas St. Registration is $12. Register by Oct. 4 at 816-439-4360.
• The Liberty Silver Center’s Wonderful World of Words, a presentation on the history of words and phrases, at 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Liberty Silver Center in the Liberty Community Center. The cost is $5. Register at 816-439-4360 by Oct. 8.
Health Center offers Obamacare answers
Health Insurance counselors from the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center will answer questions about the Affordable Health Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace every Tuesday in October at the Clay County Public Health Center, 800 Haines Drive, Liberty.
“It’s about giving people a chance to have insurance and to have a medical home and to take care of things before it gets too bad,” said Jodee Fredrick, who directs the Division of Administration at the Clay County Public Health Center.
No appointment is necessary. A counselor will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday to explain insurance coverage options.
Brochures are available at the Health Center and more information is at clayhealth.com.
Tri-County names new CEO
Tom Petrizzo has been named the new CEO for Tri-County Mental Health Services.
Petrizzo is CEO of the Ozark Guidance Center in Springdale, Ark. He also has served as chief legal officer at Community Reach Center in Thorn, Colo., and Chief Operating Officer of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence.
“We are delighted that we have offered the CEO position to such an experienced and knowledgeable executive,” said Tri-County Board Chairman Jim Schmidt. “Tom is very familiar with community mental health services and will bring excellent leadership skills to the Northland.”
Petrizzo will take the post in January.
4-H Youth win at state
Three Clay County 4-Hers placed in a statewide public speaking contest held recently in Columbia.
Phoebe Alpern, Warren Barge and Karlin Peters competed against 130 other youth from across the state at the Missouri State 4-H Public Speaking Contest.
Phoebe, a member of Golden Clovers 4-H club, placed first in the state in extemporaneous speaking for age 14 and over.
Karlin, a member of 4 Corners 4-H club, placed first in technology-assisted speaking for ages 11-14.
Warren, a member of Project 4-H Fun, placed third in prepared speaking for the 8-10 age group.
“Future success depends on the ability to communicate,” said 4-H youth specialist Nancy Elkins Mense. “This contest takes those communication skills learned in our county 4-H program and develops them on a larger stage.”
Gladfest opens Friday
Gladstone’s annual fall festival opens Friday afternoon with a carnival, entertainment, vendor and craft displays.
The Little Mr. and Miss Contest starts at 6 p.m.
The Gladfest parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. The parade begins at 65th Street and North Oak, turns east on 70th Street, then north on North Holmes, ending at Antioch Baptist Church on 72nd Street.
A variety of entertainment is planned each day. Women of Rock plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Linden Square Stage. On Saturday the School of Rock House Band plays at 6 p.m. and Almost KISS at 7:30 p.m.
Gladfest will also feature a Kid’s Corner in Central Park, Kansas City Zoo Mobile, inflatables, train exhibit, camel rides, farmer’s market, apple pie contest and dog show.
Also on Saturday, a free shuttle bus will run to the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for free tours.
For a complete schedule go to www.gladstonechamber.com.
The Liberty Community Chorus Gala and Auction will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Belvoir Winery in Liberty.
The event will include a small preview concert by the choir under the direction of Bryan Taylor with Danny Baker as accompanist. Martin Augustine of KMBC-TV will be the master of ceremonies.
Tickets are $30 and include appetizers and a glass of wine.
More than 50 auction items will be offered, including dinners, plane tickets, a stay at a cabin in Canada and a small choir performance at an event.
Belvoir Winery is at 1325 Odd Fellows Road in Liberty.
For information call 816-792-1623.
| By Norma King, special to The Star