Fairy Tale Forest
Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary will host its 28th Annual Fairy Tale Forest Friday through Sunday.
The Fairy Tale Forest includes the Walk of 100 Jack O’Lanterns, a guided tour with woodland wildlife stories, treats, face painting and crafts. Indoor and outdoor events are planned.
“It is non-scary fun for all ages, although it is designed especially for little ones,” said Michael Sandy, director at the Sanctuary.
Tours will be given Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tickets are $7 in advance by calling 816-781-8598 or $8 at the event. Proceeds will benefit the Nature Sanctuary’s mission of providing habitat for wildlife and outdoor education for the public.
Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is at 407 N. La Frenz Road, Liberty.
Henson’s Heroes for Children’s Mercy
Two Northland children and their families are once again holding a holiday toy drive for children at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Henson’s Heroes, a charity created by Caleb Wolf, 13, and Raegan Weber, 10, and their families, will collect toys and money to stock the Snowflake Shoppe at Children’s Mercy. Both spent holidays as patients on 2 Henson, a surgery recovery floor for children.
Donations will be accepted at the following events:
• Henson’s Heroes Haunted Hike 5K and Fun Run, Oct. 26, at Lawson High School, 600 Bob Gill Drive, Lawson. The run begins at 8 a.m. Fees for the 5K are $30 for adults and $15 for children. The Monster Mash Fun Run for children is $10. Call Stephanie Weber at 816-204-5945 to register in advance or register that morning. Vendor booths are also available.
• Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s, 8 t 11 a.m., Nov. 16, 2301 Vintage Court, Excelsior Springs.
“We did it last year and it was a really good success,” said Stephanie Weber. For information or to make a contribution contact Weber at 816-204-5945.
Basketball camps in Gladstone
Registration for Holiday Hoops and Start Smart Basketball begins Monday.
Holiday Hoops is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Gladstone Community Center.
The one-day basketball camp is for boys and girls in grades 1 through 8. The camp will focus on fundamentals.
The cost is $35 per child. Registration closes Dec. 13.
Start Smart Basketball, a six-week program for boys and girls ages 3 through 6, begins Jan. 6. Three sessions will be offered.
The program focuses on developing basic motor skills for basketball.
Camp fee is $35. Enrollment is limited and closes Dec. 13.
The camp will be held weekly at Ravenwood Elementary School in the evenings.
Register at www.activityreg.com, Gladstone City Hall at 7010 N. Holmes or the Gladstone Community Center at 6901 N. Holmes. Download a registration form at www.gladstone.mo.us. For additional information, call the Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department at 816-423-4087.
Parkville blood drive
Main Street Parkville “vants your blood” Friday at a blood drive in Parkville.
The Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City will conduct the drive from 3 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 11 Main St.
Walk-ins are also welcome.
Parkville 5K to help Christmas on the River
Runners, walkers and families are invited to go Through the Woods for the annual 5K run sponsored by Main Street Parkville.
The event is 10 a.m. Nov. 2, on the trails of the Parkville Nature Sanctuary and the grounds of Park University. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m.
Fees are $25. The run will benefit Parkville’s Christmas on the River, Dec. 6.
“Each year our attendance has been increasing. Last year I was amazed by the families that are doing this trail run. It’s beautiful, of course, through the Parkville Nature Sanctuary,” said Danelle Nichols, executive director for the Main Street Parkville Association.
Grandfamilies discuss negative thoughts
Northland Grandfamlies will learn about ANTS — Automatic Negative Thoughts — at their Oct. 28 meeting at Platte Woods United Methodist Church.
The 6 p.m. meeting is for grandparents and other relatives raising children.
Emily Roper-Parsons, adult outreach coordinator with Tri-County Mental Health Services, will discuss the effects of negative thoughts, their impact and how to cope with them.
The church is at 7310 N.W. Prairie View Road, Platte Woods.
Northland Grandfamilies meetings are free and open to any grandparent, aunt or uncle who is raising children. The program is supported by Clay County Senior Services, the Platte County Senior Fund and the University of Missouri Extension Council in Clay County.
Call Diane Milne at the University of Missouri Extension at 816-407-3490 for information.
Excelsior Springs Tombstone Tour
Thirteen legendary figures of Excelsior Springs’ past will be remembered during a Tombstone Tour of the Masonic and Crown Hill Cemeteries this week.
Tours are planned between 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the cemeteries off Missouri 69 and Crown Hill Road.
“We will have re-enactors at each of those stations to tell about the people and their involvement in Excelsior Springs,” said Bob Gerdes, president of the Excelsior Springs Cultural Guild, which is sponsoring the event.
Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the gate. Proceeds go to college scholarships for high school students who want to study the arts. Last year the guild gave three $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors.
“Our sole purpose is to raise money for scholarships. We’re also known for putting on Gatsby Days in April,” said Gerdes.
People can purchase advance tickets at KKES Radio in downtown Excelsior Springs, at the Hall of Waters, or at the Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Call 816-630-6801 for information.
Brush drop-off site in KC North
Residents of Kansas City can recycle their leaf and brush for free on Saturdays at any of the city’s drop-off centers.
Two drop-off centers in the Northland are at 1815 N. Chouteau Trafficway, Kansas City, North; and 11660 N. Main St., Kansas City, North. Another drop-off center is at 10301 Raytown Road, Kansas City.
While Saturday drop-off is free; weekday drop-offs require a fee. Proof of Kansas City residency will be required.
The city’s leaf and brush disposal restrictions have been lifted due to the emerald ash borer quarantine. The city sites are set up to properly process ash wood according to federal and state guidelines to destroy beetles in infested wood, reduce their population and slow their spread.
Northland drop-off centers are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday from March through January. The Raytown Road location is open only 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Missouri and U.S. departments of agriculture placed a quarantine on leaf and brush waste from Clay and Platte counties last year due to an infestation of the emerald ash borer in the area.
The ash borer recently has been found throughout the state, expanding the quarantine and eliminating earlier restrictions on leaf and brush disposal. The insect has infested trees throughout the nation and poses a risk to the region’s 4.6 million ash trees. It is not a threat to animals or people.
Cerner earns Look North Award
The 34th Look North Award will be given to Cerner Corporation at the Look North Banquet Nov. 6 at Harrah’s North Kansas City. This is the first year in the award’s history that the award will be given to a corporation.
The annual banquet is sponsored by the Clay County Economic Development Council.
EDC chairman Tony Reinhart said Cerner’s impact on the area has been incalculable. “They’ve provided employment and community improvement for thousands of Northlanders. They’ve had an impact on quality of life throughout the region.”
Julie Wilson, senior vice president and chief people officer for Cerner Corp., will be the keynote speaker at the event. Wilson leads Cerner’s human resources and is Cerner’s senior executive responsible for the company’s India organization.
The banquet will include the unveiling of the Clay County Strategic Planning Initiative. The initiative comes in part from citizen feedback during six public meetings held throughout the county. About 500 county residents and others attended the meetings.
| By Norma King, special to The Star