Country Fair at Farm
The Big Shoal Country Fair comes to the Atkins-Johnson Farm from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10.
The free fair will include live old-fashioned music, Stable T. Farms Petting Zoo, vendors, children’s games, cookie walks, Missouri Town Dancers, a bee-keeping display, garden tours and free museum admission. The Kansas City Zoomobile will be on site from noon to 2 p.m.
“In addition to being an old-fashioned fair, it’s a great opportunity to bring the family out,” said Erica White, museum manager. “It’s a great way to spend the day out at the farm with the family in a lovely environment with a historic setting.”
Individuals can also bring craft or foods for judging, similar to an old-time country fair. A $2 entry fee will be charged for each item and winners in each category will receive gift cards. Entries should be submitted when the fair opens.
Vendors of old-fashioned, vintage crafts and goods are welcome to apply for a booth.
The farm is at 6600 N. Antioch Road in Gladstone. For information go to www.atkinsjohnsonfarm.com or call White at 816-423-4107.
AARP Safe Driving Class
An AARP Safe Driving Class will be held at the Liberty Hospital from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.
The one-day class is a refresher for motorists over 50.
The class fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others. Participants may be eligible for insurance discounts. Class size is limited.
The Liberty Hospital Education Center is at 2525 Glenn Hendren Drive, Liberty.
Register by calling Beverly Hunter at 816-792-7248.
Senior citizens are invited to attend Adventures in Learning this month in Kansas City, North, or in Liberty.
On Friday the program will be held at North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North.
Registration and a continental breakfast are at 10 a.m.
At a 10:30 a.m. program, attendees will learn about what’s happening at the Shepherd Center; then at 11 a.m. the Cow Town Cloggers will entertain.
Lunch is at noon; the cost is $5. To make a lunch reservation call 816-452-4536.
On Sept. 16, Adventures in Learning will be held in Liberty at Liberty United Methodist Church, 1001 Sunset Ave.
Blood pressure checks begin at 9:15 a.m. Coffee and fellowship are at 9:30 a.m.
Two presentations are planned: “Who Started the Civil War in Missouri,” at 10 a.m.; and “Music from a Famous Artist,” at 11 a.m. during which Gary Meyers of Atchison, Kan., will sing the music of Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley.
Lunch is at noon. Cost is $5. Call 816-781-1825 for reservations.
Wellness Wednesdays at Silver Center
The Liberty Silver Center will host its next Wellness Wednesday on Sept. 21 at the Liberty Community Center. Wellness Wednesdays are held the third Wednesday of every month.
The event runs 9 a.m. to noon and includes an on-site flu shot clinic, free blood pressure screenings and a Medicare 101 presentation.
The shot clinic will be held 9 to 11:30 a.m. Influenza and pneumonia shots are free for Medicare patients. Advance registration is suggested to assure an adequate supply is available. Registration forms are available at the Liberty Silver Center. Those under 60 may also register for immunizations, although there may be a fee depending on insurance coverage. Walk-ins are welcome based on availability.
Free blood pressure screenings are from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The Medicare 101 presentation is 10 to 11 a.m. and will be given by CLAIM — Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri — a nonprofit that provides free Medicare information to Missourians.
Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 for those over 60, and $7 for others. Make lunch reservations by calling 816-439-4368 by noon Saturday.
Park University history discussed
The history of Park University will be the topic of a panel discussion Tuesday at the National Archives in Kansas City.
The panel will examine the Park’s history as told in “Fides et Labor — 140 Years of Pioneering Education: The Story of Park University.”
The book was commissioned by Park as part of a year-long celebration of its 140th anniversary.
Park University had its beginnings as a Presbyterian school with 17 students. The university now boasts more than 17,700 students on 40 campuses across the country as well as online.
Panelists for the discussion are: Erik Bergrud, associate vice president for external relations at Park; Carolyn Elwess, Park archivist; and Timothy Westcott, associate professor of history and associate university archivist at Park. Christopher Leitch, community relations coordinator at the Johnson County Kansas Library, will moderate.
A reception begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday followed by the panel discussion at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is free, although reservations are requested by contacting the National Archives at Kansas City at email@example.com or 816-268-8010.
Nehemiah Fest at Smithville Lake
The 10th annual Nehemiah Fest is Sept. 16 to 18 at Smith’s Fork Park at Smithville Lake.
The free festival, billed as a family-oriented event, will showcase music by more than 50 Christian bands on four stages, including national acts John Schlitt, Bread of Stone, Manic Drive, Adelaide and Skylar Kaylyn.
Featured local bands include Lester Estelle Sr., 9th Hour, Break the Fall, Salvation X, AZ-U-R, Cole DeRuse, Terrell Watson, Bearing Armor and Whosoever Will.
The festival is named after the biblical character Nehemiah who led the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem.
“They had been in danger for so long; they had become numb to their surroundings,” said David Lin, event organizer and lead singer for 9th Hour. “Nehemiah rallied the community to rebuild the city. That is our goal with this event – to rebuild our communities, restore our families and join together to bring our collective time, talents and treasure to bear on the task at hand.”
The festival will feature local solo artists and offer vendor booths, family activities, a child’s play area and a Christian biker rally. A disc golf tournament, Nehemiah Fling, is planned for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 17. Pre-registration is required at www.nehemiahfest.com.
Camping is available for a fee at Smith’s Fork Park campground. Both modern and primitive camping sites are available and can be reserved.
The festival begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 16 and closes after the community worship service hosted by Grace Community Church at 10 a.m. Sept. 18.
Billy Rivers, chaplain of the Louisiana Chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association, will share his testimony during the service. Rivers is a former member of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang who became a Christian while in prison.
The festival uses “faith-based budgeting,” said Lin, meaning that volunteers and donors make the event possible. Most of the performers donate their performances and many in-kind donations are given.
Lin said the festival has had two rules since its beginnings: “Don’t think big, think obedient; and we don’t spend money we don’t have. They’ve worked, so we’re sticking with them.”
Nehemiah Fest X will be held at Smith’s Fork Park, 1601 DD Highway, Smithville.
For more information and a schedule of events go to nehemiahfest.com. Contact Lin at 816-645-1982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wood Window Repair
A hands-on workshop on repairing wood windows is planned at 9 a.m. Sept. 17 at 419 Wilson St., Liberty.
Old house expert John Carr will demonstrate how to remove the sashes to repair ropes and weights, replace broken glass, re-glazing, and how to properly install weather-stripping.
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited to 12 participants.
RSVP by Sept. 15 to 816-439-4533.
Constitution Day Lecture
The annual Constitution Day observance Sept. 14 at Park University will feature two former members of the United States House of Representatives discussing contemporary politics.
Sue Kelly (R-NY) and David Minge (D-Minn.) will participate in “Discourse in Contemporary Politics: The Decline of Civility?”
Kelly served New York’s 19th District from 1995 to 2007. Minge represented Minnesota’s 2nd District from 1993 to 2001, and also served as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2002 to 12
The event is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Park University campus in Parkville.
Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day, celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and its citizens.
The event is sponsored by Park’s Department of History and Political Science.