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Liberty Soroptimists prepare for homes tour, and other community notes

Updated: 2013-11-11T03:53:46Z

Liberty homes tour

Liberty Soroptimists will hold their annual homes tour Nov. 23.

Four homes will be open for viewing from 1 to 6 p.m. They are Andy and Leigh Ann Conaster’s home at 9023 N.E. 101st St. in Kansas City, North; Steve Hemphill’s home at 424 Wilson St. in Liberty; Bob and Jodi Capps’ home at 130 Morse Ave. in Liberty; and Mario and Cari Usera’s home at 1871 Bent Oaks Dr. in Liberty.

Proceeds will benefit Liberty-area charities and help fund awards for women. “Everything we do is supporting women, whether it’s in education or business,” said Cathie Meyer, co-chairwoman of the homes tour. “We’re just trying to make a difference for women through volunteer service.”

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at homes the day of the tour. They are available in advance at Hair Lines Day Spa of Liberty, Quotations—a Fashion Statement, Clay County Savings Bank and BankLiberty.

For information call Meyer 816-781-9288

Liberty Christmas Tree ceremony is Nov. 21

The annual Liberty Community Christmas Tree ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Civic Center Plaza near the Liberty City Hall.

The event will include holiday music provided by school children, a visit from Santa on a fire truck, free cookies and hot chocolate, and the turning on of thousands of Christmas lights on the Historic Liberty Square.

The event is a kick-off for the Community Christmas Tree program, which provides food and Christmas gifts for needy families in the Liberty area.

Last year the program served 276 families and more than $30,000 was raised to fund the program.

Volunteers are needed as shoppers and to sort and deliver food. Donations can be sent to Liberty Parks & Recreation Charitable Fund, 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty, MO 64068.

For information call 816-439-4424 or go to www.ci.liberty.mo.us/LCCTShopper.

Gospel Music Heritage

The Phil & Pam Morgan Family will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St. in Edgerton.

The performance is part of the Morgan’s “Take A Stand Tour.” The Morgans have been performing since 1996.

A free will offering will be taken.

For information call 816-532-2485.

Keystone Award nominations sought

The Clay County Economic Development Council is accepting nominations for the annual Keystone Recognition Awards.

The awards recognize businesses that have made a significant contribution to Clay County’s economy and quality of life in areas such as job creation, capital improvements, expansions, new equipment and technology.

The awards will be presented at the Development Council’s membership luncheon Dec. 10 at Harrah’s North Kansas City.

For criteria for nominations go to www.clayedc.com. Projects must be in Clay County and be substantially completed by Dec. 31.

“We try to look at the impact on the community. If you’re in a smaller community and someone’s done a nice job that makes a big impact on the community,” said Jim Hampton, executive director of the Development Council.

Deadline for nominations is Thursday. For information call 816-468-4989 or send email to info@clayedc.com.

Gladstone Future Leaders program

Gladstone residents interested in learning more about their city government are invited to attend the Future Leaders Academy Jan. 9 through May 15.

The program is designed to teach citizens about city government and how they can get involved.

Some previous class members have served as members of city boards and commissions and four became City Council members.

Classes meet every other Thursday beginning Jan. 9 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Gladstone City Hall.

Applications to attend are at www.gladstone.mo.us and should be returned to Richard King at City Hall by Jan. 3.

Email questions to richardk@gladstone.mo.us or call King at 816-436-2200

| Norma King, Special to The Star

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