Student art exhibit
The artwork of 46 students from the North Kansas City School District will be spotlighted in the Gladstone Public Art Space through May 12.
The artwork was chosen by art teachers from throughout the district to represent the theme “Bright and Colorful.”
“It’s kind of an exploration of all the different ways that color can be used to communicate. It can communicate emotionally, or communicate psychologically. It can create a sense of well being, or even a sense of unease. It’s a communication tool. It’s very much a language just as much as letters on a piece of paper may be,” said Mark Anderson, North Kansas City School District’s Visual Arts Coordinator.
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The work of 46 students ranging from kindergarten to high school will be shown.
The annual art show is a partnership between the district and the city of Gladstone.
“We’re really quite fortunate that the city of Gladstone has an actual gallery environment for professional artist exhibits,” said Anderson.
The Gladstone Public Art Space is in the Gladstone Community Center at 6901 N. Holmes, Gladstone. Art can be viewed during normal operating hours.
Liberty Easter Egg Hunt is March 28
The Easter Bunny will come early to Liberty children March 28 at Stocksdale Park, 901 S. LaFrenz Road, Liberty.
Children eight and under are invited to join the free Easter Egg Hunt, which begins at 11 a.m. in the 112-acre park on Liberty’s east side. Organizers expect 500 to 700 children will participate and hunt for 15,000 candy-filled eggs.
Children will be divided into age groups. Eggs will be hidden along paved and unpaved trails in the park.
Participants are invited to bring non-perishable items which will be donated to In As Much Ministries food pantry.
For information call 816-439-4360.
Platte sports website
The Platte County Sports Commission has launched a website, www.plattesports.com, to provide up-to-date information on recreational and sports programs in the county.
The commission was formed in 2013 “to support youth and adult sports program in Platte County and to help communicate what is available to the public,” said Brian Nowotny, director of Platte County Parks and Recreation.
While there are many good sports programs in the community it can be very confusing for the average parents to know what is offered and when, he said.
“The Sports Commission wants to communicate this information to the public, the contact information, when to register, who to call, how to find out if this program is right for my child. That is info out there so when people are looking to find programs for their families or themselves the website will be a good one-stop location,” said Nowotny.
Organizations and teams are invited to submit their information to the website.
The Platte County Sports Commission is a joint effort of the Platte County Parks and Recreation and Kansas City Parks and Recreation departments, created following a recommendation by a steering committee of citizens.
The Commission’s board of directors are: Nowotny, Mark McHenry, Ken Brown, Kristen Davis, Tim Kristl, Chris Siebenmorgen and Tammie Tritico.
For information go to www.plattesports.com, or call the Platte County Parks and Recreation office at 816-858-3419.
The Northland Coalition inducted Bob Kottman into its Northland Prevention Volunteer Hall of Fame during its annual Prevention Conference in February.
Kottman was a founding member of the West Platte/Weston community coalition 20 years ago and has continued to be a dedicated volunteer for community prevention efforts.
Other awards given at the annual prevention conference were:
▪ The Northland Sonic Drive-Ins received the 2015 Exceptional Community Contributor Award for their 20 years of support and contributions to the Coalition. The award was accepted by Liz Simon, co-owner of Northland Sonic Drive-Ins.
▪ The Kansas City Police Department received the outstanding Partner in Prevention Award. Both the Shoal Creek Patrol and North Patrol were recognized for their participation in prevention programs and events. Deputy Chief Randy Hopkins accepted the award.
▪ Fox 4 News anchor Phil Witt was honored as the 2015 Friend of Prevention. Witt has served as the emcee at various coalition events and has provided media coverage about prevention programs for over 10 years.
The Northland Coalition is dedicated to creating a healthy, safe and drug-free communities. For information go to www.northlandcoaltion.com or call 816-877-0401.
Shoal Creek plans spring muster
A Confederate Spring Muster will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Shoal Creek Living History Museum.
“It’s kind of like a school for the re-enactors. It’s an opportunity for people to watch them in action. And there is no charge. It’s just a free event,” said Pam Paine, who serves as a board member for the museum.
Visitors to the living history museum are welcome to bring a picnic and spend the day. The soldiers will be running drills and firing muskets and cannons, she said.
On March 28 a Kids Spring Jamboree is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shoal Creek. The event is for elementary age children and younger.
It will include an Easter Egg hunt, crafts, field games and visits from the Easter Bunny and Mother Nature. Children should bring their own baskets.
The event is free, although donations will be accepted for museum improvements.
For information go to www.shoalcreeklivinghistorymuseum.com.
Pay attentionin work zones
National Work Zone Awareness Week is March 23-27 and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) wants drivers to slow down and pay attention while driving on Missouri’s roads and highways.
Driving too closely was the number one factor in crashes, and driver inattention was the second factor in accidents in 2014.
In 2014 seven people were killed in work zone crashes on state system routes and another two on local systems. Sixty-two percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
Between 2010 and 2014, 46 people were killed on state systems; seven on local systems; and a total of 3,347 were injured.
Since 2000, 16 MoDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty.
Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway. MoDOT’s slow moving maintenance operations may move as slow as 10 mph.
According to MoDOT, the average text takes five seconds to read. Someone traveling at 55 mph will travel more than the length of a football field — blindfolded — in that time and can come up on a closed lane or slow-moving vehicle very quickly.
The state’s Slow Down and Move Over law also applies to MoDOT vehicles parked with amber/white lights flashing. Motorists are required to slow down and change lanes for these vehicles as well as law enforcement and emergency vehicles with flashing lights.
“The law is simple: If you see flashing lights on the side of the road, move over to give workers and emergency personnel plenty of room to stay safe,” said MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer Beth Wright. “If you can’t move over on a crowded highway, you should slow down as you pass them. We want you and our workers to make it home safe every day.”
To find out where work zones are, go to www.traveler.modot.org/map. To share comments about the quality of MoDOT work zones, go to www.modot.org/workzones/comments.htm.
| Norma King,
Special to The Star