Harvest Ball Society
Michel Ann Kaiser of Kansas City, North, is the new president of The Harvest Ball Society. Kaiser and other new officers were announced at the January meeting.
Kaiser chose “Seeds of Service … Harvest of Hope,” for this year’s theme.
The Harvest Ball Societyhas two major fundraisers each year. The Adorn Style Show and Brunch will be Sept. 20 and the Harvest Ball is Nov. 15.
The society has raised almost $7 million over the past 28 years, which has been donated to area charities.
Buckle Up event
A Clay County Buckle Up Kids event is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Gladstone Fire Station 2, 6569 N. Prospect, Gladstone.
Certified child-passenger seat installers will inspect and install car seats by appointment only. Free car seats will be provided to eligible WIC clients with Clay County Health Center.
“Anyone can come and have their car seat inspected and installed correctly,” said Kathleen Welton of the Clay County Health Center. The goal of the Buckle Up program is to provide 100 free car seats for WIC families. WIC families should bring their child and WIC folder to the event. Pregnant WIC clients can also receive free car seats.
To make an appointment call Welton at 816-595-4235 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The project is funded through a Blue Print grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Buckle Up Kids was developed through a partnership among Safety & Health Council of Western Missouri and Kansas, Gladstone Fire Department and the Clay County Public Health Center.
The Eleemosynary Society of Platte County is calling for nominations for the Betty Soper Award, which will be presented at the El Society’s ball in May.
The award is given to someone whose service has made the Platte County community a better place. Nominations are due by March 1. Call John Shackelford for an application at 816-584-0365.
The society also awards scholarships to high school seniors and has distributed information to Platte County high schools. Those applications are due by March 24.
The charities selected to be the El Society’s 2014 beneficiaries are the Assistance League of Kansas City; Platte County 4-H; the Platte County Historical Society; Platte Senior Services; the Southern Platte County Emergency Assistance Center; and United Services Community Action Agency in Platte County.
To make reservations for the El Society Ball on May 3, send email to email@example.com. Tickets are $140. For information call ball co-chairs Jerry and Gayle Felker at 816-587-8026.
Gospel Music Heritage
Praises to Him Ministries will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
The group hails from Paris, Mo., and shares southern, bluegrass and country gospel music.
A free will offering will be taken. Call 816-532-2485 or go to www.gospelmusicheritage.net for information.
Parkville chamber presents awards
Winners of the Best of Chamber Awards presented by the Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce at its recent gala were:
• Best New Business, The French Bee Bakery
• Business of the Year, Park University
• Outstanding Community Partner, Main Street Parkville Association;
• Gem Award, Ryan Reed and Jim McCall of Country Financial in Parkville
• Hopkins Distinguished Citizen Award, Linda Arnold
The chamber named as its Charity of Choice Feed Northland Kids, which partners with Harvesters to provide food for needy children through the BackSnack program.
“We look forward to working with them this year because it is an incredibly worthwhile organization,” said Marsha VanDever, executive director of the Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce.
The fourth Annual Let’s Wine About Winter is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in historic downtown Liberty.
Tickets for the wine sampling event are $15.
Purchase tickets in advance at Quotations, 17 N. Water St.; Main Street Goods & Goodies, 16 N. Main St.; Rock and Run Brewery, 110 E. Kansas St.; online at historicdowntownliberty.org or at the event. Only 500 tickets will be sold.
On the day of the event, participants will pick up their wine glasses at Huey’s on the Square, 18 N. Main, along with a map to the 16 downtown merchants giving out wine samples.
“This has been very successful. It’s a fundraiser for Historic Downtown Liberty Inc., but it’s a merchant-driven event. It’s always been a lot of fun,” said Cathie Meyer, chairman of Let’s Wine About Winter. Reach her at 816-781-9288.
Gladstone youth golf
Gladstone Parks and Recreation is taking reservations for Start Smart Golf for boys and girls ages 5 to 7.
The 6-week program takes a non-competitive approach to golf. Fees are $35. Classes meet weekly beginning April 7 at Happy Rock Park. Class size is limited to 16. Registration deadline is March 21 or until the class is full.
On-line registration is available at www.activityreg.com, or register in person at Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes or the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.
For information call 816-423-4087 or send email to JodyH@gladstone.mo.us. Registration forms are available at www.gladstone.mo.us.
Youth mental health first aid
Adults interested in learning about youth mental health first aid training are invited to attend an overview from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Clay County Health Center, 800 Haines Drive, Liberty.
Vicki Ward from Tri-County Mental Health will give a preview of the eight-hour course during the SAFE KIDS Metro KC and Metro KC Youth Collaborative quarterly meeting.
The course is designed for adults who interact with youth ages 12-18.
To reserve a spot, call Kathleen Welton from the community development team at 816-595-4235 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Norma King, Special to The Star