Liberty gets health report card
A report card on the Liberty area’s health will be shared in a community meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Liberty Community Center.
After months of research and evaluation, consultants from Green Play Research Education and Development will report on the community’s policies, programs, practices, and facilities that affect health, fitness and wellness.
GP Red began making an assessment of community health conditions earlier this year as part of a three-year project supported by a partnership between the city of Liberty, Liberty School District, Liberty Hospital, and Clay County Public Health.
The report will be followed with a discussion of ways the community as a whole can work to improve the community’s health, with a focus on youth ages 10 to 14.
For information contact Taylor at 816-439-4364.
Library plans Veterans Salute
The annual Veterans Salute at Mid-Continent Public Library in Smithville is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
This year’s event commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice and honors veterans from all branches of the military.
Colonel Hersch Chapman from Ft. Leavenworth will speak at the 9:30 a.m. opening ceremonies. The event will also feature a Korean veterans’ roundtable at 10:45 a.m., a live World War II reenactment at 1 p.m. and vintage military vehicles including a Vietnam-era helicopter on a trailer.
The Smithville Branch Library is at 120 Richardson Road, Smithville.
Gladstone set for Friday Fright Night
Gladstone’s annual Friday Fright Night for children is 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 at Oak Grove Park.
Admission for the event, offered for children 12 and under, is $1 or one canned food item. Donations will go to the Northland Christmas Store. The event includes trick-or-treating, Halloween stories, kid’s tattoos and free hotdogs.
Fright Night is hosted at the park at 76th and North Troost by Gladstone Parks & Recreation and Gladstone Chamber of Commerce.
For information call 816-423-4091.
Haunted Orchestra sets Halloween mood
The Liberty Symphony Orchestra will begin its 43rd Season Oct. 26 with “The Haunted Orchestra,” a concert of creepy classics.
Music includes “Dance Macabre” and “Star Wars Imperial March.” Audience members are invited to come in costume. Halloween treats will be shared following the concert.
The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre, 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for seniors and $5 for students. They are available at 1-888-71-TICKETS or online at www.libertysymphony.org.
Gladstone seeks new board members
Gladstone is looking for citizens to fill vacancies on the city’s boards and commissions.
Applicants should send a letter of interest to Pam Smitka, City of Gladstone, 7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone, MO 64118-2646 by Oct. 31. For more information, call Smitka at 816-423-4100.
Gladstone’s boards are:
• Planning Commission, which makes recommendations on city planning, zoning, streets and land use.
• Capital Improvements Program Committee, which reviews infrastructure needs and recommends capital improvements.
• Code Board of Appeals, which determines suitability of alternate construction materials and methods, and requirements of city codes.
• Industrial Development Authority, which promotes commercial, industrial, agricultural and manufacturing facilities.
• Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, which makes recommendations on parks and recreation programs.
• Environmental Management Advisory Committee, which promotes recycling programs and makes recommendations about solid waste issues.
• Tax Increment Financing Commission, which designates redevelopment project areas and approves redevelopment plans.
• Board of Zoning Adjustment, which hears appeals for zoning variance and renders decisions.
• Arts Commission, which recommends projects.
• Neighborhood Commission, which promotes neighborhood activities.
By Norma King, special to The Star