Bone-Anza dog egg hunt
Dogs and their owners are invited to a Bone-Anza egg hunt at Waggin’ Trail Off-Leash Dog Park on Saturday. Tickets are $5 per dog for the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. event.
Dogs can take their photos with the Easter bunny and hunt for 250 bone-filled eggs. A contest for most creative rabbit ears and most natural rabbit ears is planned. Drawings are planned with the top prize of a free day at the spa for a pet.
Waggin’ Trail Dog Park is at N.E. 32nd and Swift, Kansas City, North. The 31/2-acre park is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (or sunset, whichever comes first).
Briarcliff Easter Festival
The Briarcliff Easter Festival and Egg Hunt will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at 4150 Mulberry Drive.
The event is sponsored by Briarcliff Chapel, Briarcliff Trails of our Community and Briarcliff Village.
Two egg hunt areas (one for younger children, one for older) will be the stage for 10,000 hidden eggs. Face painting, cookie decorating, an inflatable slide and bouncy house, and the Easter Bunny will be a part of the festivities.
Ballyhoo Event Benefit
Park University’s annual Ballyhoo fundraiser will be held April 14 at AMC’s Theatre Support Center in Leawood.
This year’s event will be a benefit for Park’s School of Business as well as the Presidential Honors Scholarship.
The School of Business is one of the largest nonprofit business schools in the United States. It offers programs at 42 campuses nationwide and online.
The Presidential Honors Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship awarded to freshmen each year.
For information or to make a reservation go to: advancing.park.edu/pages/ballyhoo or contact Nathan Marticke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-584-6200.
The AMC Theatre Support Center is at 11500 Ash St., Leawood.
Park art show
Park University art and design students will showcase their works at the University’s Campanella Gallery through April 15.
The work was juried by Larry Thomas, professor and chair of fine arts at Johnson County Community College. Awards were given to:
▪ Jocelyn Frazee, Liberty, for “Mandala,” a mixed media piece, which received a Juror’s Recognition Award;
▪ Curtis Collins, Leavenworth, for “Modular Architectural Home,” a 3-D project made only of cardboard and glue, which received a Juror’s Recognition Award.
▪ Shiloh Moreno, Liberty, for “Grow,” a mixed media piece, which received special mention and the Juror’s Recognition Award.
The exhibit includes drawings, illustrations, graphic design, interior design, paintings, photographs, fiber art and ceramics.
The Campanella Gallery is inside the University’s McAfee Memorial Library. Admission is free. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Jazz and open mic at Corbin
Corbin Theatre will host its monthly Jazz on The Square with the Corbin Jazz Band at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The event is free. Wine, beer and desserts are available for purchase.
An Open Mic Night of Literature is planned at 7 p.m. April 25 at the theater.
The event offers writers the opportunity to perform their works in front of a live audience and aspiring actors and actresses can share monologues of their choice.
Featured readers will be Shelton Ponder and Cook Glover.
For information on Corbin Theatre go to corbintheatre.org.
Cruise Night in Parkville
Cool tunes and hot wheels are planned at the year’s first Parkville Cruise Night on Saturday. The event is 4 to 8 p.m. in the city parking lot in Historic Downtown Parkville.
The cruise night is sponsored by Main Street Parkville Association.
Other cruise nights for the year are May 2, June 6, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5.
For information call 816-505-2227 or go to www.parkvillemo.org
Healthcare Decisions Day event
A presentation on advance healthcare directives will be held at 10 a.m. April 16 at the Liberty Community Center.
Kara Burgess of Northland Elder Law will speak. Following the presentation, Burgess will have forms available to aid in planning healthcare decisions.
The event was organized as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day by Liberty Parks and Recreation Department’s Community Services Division.
“We are excited to host this event so that we can ensure that fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so,” said LeAnn Lawlor, community service manager for the city, in a written statement.
Space is limited. Call 816-439-4396 for information or email email@example.com. For those who cannot attend, the city will have written information available at the Liberty Community Center at 1600 South Withers Road.
Information on National Health Care Decisions Day is at www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.
Health Center hosts forums
Clay County Public Health Center is seeking community input on how to keep Clay County a healthy place to live.
People of all ages are invited to attend and share thoughts on health and well-being in the community, said Gary E. Zaborac, Director of Public Health for Clay County in a written statement.
“We really encourage everyone to attend theses meetings and share their thoughts about the health issues impacting where they live.”
Upcoming meetings are at:
▪ Gladstone Community Center at 7 p.m. Thursday
▪ Liberty Community Center at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday.
Light refreshments will be shared. RSVP at 816-595-4234.
Parkville Chamber legislative trip
The Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce will take its annual legislative trip to Jefferson City on April 22.
The bus trip will include visits to state representatives and tours of the state capitol and state penitentiary.
Cost of the trip and two meals is $85 plus $13 for the prison tour. Community members are invited to participate.
Make reservations by contacting the chamber at 816-587-2700 or going to parkvillechamber.com.
NKC leaf pickup
The annual two-day spring leaf pickup in North Kansas City is next Monday and Tuesday.
Residents can rake leaves to the curb prior to those days and city crews will collect them.
After next Tuesday, yard waste should be placed in biodegradable bags and set out for collection on Wednesday of every week.
Another leaf pickup will be held in the fall.
Grandfamilies learn about Support Services
The theme for the April Northland Grandfamilies programs is “Missouri Family Support Division: Your Guide to Navigating the Programs, Benefits and Services.”
Two meetings are planned:
▪ April 8, 10 a.m. at North Cross United Methodist, 1321 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North.
▪ April 22, 6 p.m., Platte Woods United Methodist, 7310 N.W. Prairie View Road, Platte Woods.
Paula Thompson and Christina Morford from the Clay County Family Support Division will conduct the meetings.
Topics to be covered are: assistance programs available to grandparents and other relatives raising children, eligibility requirements, Medicaid, temporary assistance, child care assistance and food stamps.
Those interested in attending either meeting should call the University of Missouri Extension Office at 816-407-3490.
| Norma King, Special to The Star