The “real” Santa will appear at Gladstone’s annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Nov. 21 at Linden Square, 602 N.E. 70th St., according to organizers.
The event begins at 6 p.m. with music by children’s choirs from Antioch Middle School and Chapel Hill Elementary. Gladstone Mayor R.D. Mallams, city council members, and former city officials will be in attendance.
Following the program, the ice rink will be open for skating until 9 p.m. Skate rentals are $5.
The lighting ceremony will kick-off fundraising efforts to assist the needy during the holidays. Donations for Feed Northland Kids, Northland Christmas Store, and Gladstone Animal Shelter will be collected.
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Donations can also be made at the Gladstone Community Center or at www.myevent.com/gladstonemayorschristmastreefund.
For more information, call 816-423-4200.
Thanksgiving service in Liberty
A community Thanksgiving service is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Second Baptist Church, 300 E. Kansas Street in Liberty.
The service, under the direction of the Liberty Area Ministerial Alliance, will include prayers of Thanksgiving, scripture readings, a reflection, hymns, choral music, prayers for the community, and a freewill offering.
“It’s a cooperative of many of the congregations in Liberty, so a variety of leaders of many of the congregations lead the worship,” said Rev. Mike Kern, president of the ministerial alliance and pastor at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Liberty. “In a world that feels increasingly divided, gathering together with our neighbors across denominational boundaries is a wonderful thing.”
The program will include music by the Shoal Creek Elementary School choir and a community choir of volunteers that will come together that night.
Interested community choir members should attend the 6 p.m. rehearsal Nov. 16 prior to the service.
The Ministerial Alliance sponsors annual baccalaureate services in Liberty, and supports local non-profits financially and through volunteer service. It also provides gasoline and hotel-stay vouchers for people in need in the community.
A light reception will follow the service.
Upcoming activities at Liberty Silver Center
Liberty Silver Center activities in November include a Wellness Wednesday class on performing hands-only CPR at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 15;and Coffee with a Cop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 29.
Heather Borchardt, a health and wellness supervisor, will demonstrate hands-only CPR and Focus Health Group Solutions will be on hand to provide free blood pressure screenings.
Coffee with a Cop offers seniors and others the chance to visit with members of the Liberty Police Department. There is no set program, just a designated time to ask questions and get to know the officers.
The event is open to the public.
For more information, contact Brigitte Thomas at 816-439-4368 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Violist to perform at Park
The Kansas City Symphony’s Principal Violist, Christine Grossman, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University.
The concert, hosted by the International Center for Music at Park, is free.
Grossman has been the Symphony’s principal violist since 2008. She will be joined by violinist Noah Geller, who is concertmaster and the Miller Nichols Chair of the Kansas City Symphony; and pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, who is the International Center for Music collaborative pianist and instructor of music/piano.
National art show coming to Parkville
The Cathy Kline studio in Parkville will host the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) holiday small works show from Nov. 13 to Dec. 30.
A grand opening will be held at 5 p.m. on Nov. 18 with more than 20 of the 197 featured artists in attendance.
“I am excited to see the enthusiasm in the anticipation of this national show,” said Kline, who wrote a proposal which ultimately brought the national show to Missouri. “The work is stunning. These original small works represent fine art by master and signature status artists and members who have passed through the scrutiny of six judges before being sent from North America and Canada.”
Awards will be presented during the grand opening. Live music, refreshments, and demonstrations by artists Adam Clague, Andrea Clague, Ryan Delgado and Cheng Lian also are planned.
Park athletes arrange Puerto Rico benefit
Park University athletes are raising money and supplies through Nov. 16 for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
The Park University Department of Athletics will collect donations at all athletic events. No free passes will be accepted.
Donated money and items will be delivered to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and sent to Puerto Rico via Heart to Heart International.
The Puerto Rican Society of Greater Kansas City is coordinating the efforts with the Park athletes.
Suggested donations include hygiene items, baby items, water filters, tarps, over-the-counter medicine, mosquito repellant, batteries, battery-operated lights, canned food and non-perishable food, solar powered lanterns, radios, garbage bags, pet food, bottled water, canned baby food, and formula.
Donations also can be made by dropping off goods or funds at Park’s Breckon Sports Center. Donations also can be sent to Park University Athletics, 8700 N.W. River Park Drive PMB 123, Parkville, MO 64152.
For more information, contact Steve Wilson, associate athletic director for media relations and compliance, at email@example.com or by calling 816-584-6490.
Park celebrates International Festival on Nov. 17
Park University will host “The World Underground: An International Festival,” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, in the Parkville Commercial Underground.
The festival is part of Park’s Year of Diversity and coincides with International Education Week.
International students will share their culture in a variety of ways — including performances, fashion shows, information booths, and cultural activities.
Countries that will be represented include Brazil, France, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Micronesia, Nigeria, Russia, and South Africa. Park has more than 260 international students from 58 countries enrolled this fall.
In addition to the festival, an international buffet will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. featuring food from 12 countries. Tickets are $7.
For more information, contact the Office of International Students at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-584-6820.
Liberty Belles to perform Nov. 18
The Liberty Belles, a gospel ensemble, will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis Street in Edgerton.
The Southern Gospel music ministry is based at Liberty Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo.
For more information, call 816-532-2485. A freewill offering will be taken.
Public input sought for veteran’s memorial
The city of Parkville and its Veterans’ Memorial Committee invite the public to submit design concepts for a future veterans’ memorial planned at English Landing Park in Parkville. The deadline is Nov. 22.
Designs should be submitted in .pdf format by email to Anna Mitchell, assistant to the city administrator, at email@example.com or dropped off at Parkville City Hall, 8880 Clark Ave.
The public will have a chance to vote on the top candidates at a booth Dec. 1 during Christmas on the River with the winner scheduled to be announced Dec. 4.
For more information, visit parkvillemo.gov/city-news/veterans-memorial.
Church Women United elect president
Carol Lightfoot was elected president of the Northland Church Women United at their World Community Day celebration and annual meeting Nov. 3 at Northminster Presbyterian Church.
Lightfoot takes the gavel from Anne Jones. Other officers are: Doris McGehee, treasurer; Sue Effie, ecumenical celebrations; Wendy Dyck, ecumenical development; Dian Lehman, finance; and Ina May Fakhoury, nominations.
Church Women United, a national organization, is a diverse Christian women’s movement, founded in 1941 to build unity and work for a world of peace and justice.
Grandfamilies Conference gives awards
More than 175 people attended Kansas City’s Grandfamilies Conference on Oct. 13 and many left with awards.
Those receiving the Missouri Champion of Grandfamilies awards were Courtney Cole, executive director of the Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation; Alfred Jordan, Jackson County legislator; and the North Kansas City, Park Hill, and Liberty school districts.
An award in memoriam also was given to the family of Betty Muhammad, who worked with the Kansas City Missouri Public School District Parents as Teachers program.
The award recognizes those who support, encourage, and inspire grandparents and other individuals raising grandchildren.
For more information on the Grandfamilies program, call the University of Missouri Extension office at 816-407-3490.
Gladstone announces winter-break programs
Gladstone Parks and Recreation has several holiday camps for youth.
The Holiday Hoops Basketball Camp, for first through eighth graders, is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 21. It costs $45 per child and registration must be complete by Dec. 8 to receive a T-shirt. Same-day registration is possible, if space permits.
The Jolly Volleyball Camp, for fourth through sixth graders, is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 27. Another volleyball camp, for seventh and eighth graders, is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 28. Registration is also $45 and must be completed by Dec. 21 to receive a T-shirt. Same-day registration is available, if space permits.
The camps will be held at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.
Registration forms are available at the Community Center or at www.gladstone.mo.us/recreation. Call 816-423-4200 for more information.
Recreation scholarships available
The city of Gladstone is offering recreation scholarships for children whose financial circumstances limit their ability to participate in community programs.
“Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts is committed to providing recreation and exercise opportunities to every child and adult in Gladstone,” Director Justin Merkey said in a press release.
Applications for Recreation Connection scholarships for sports, swimming, drama camps, and other programs are available at www.gladstonecommunitycenter.com or in person at the Gladstone Community Center.
Scholarship funds are limited. For more information, call 816-423-4200.
Northlanders win Health in Action awards
Six Community Health in Action (CHIA) awards have been given to Northland individuals and organizations for contributions to the health of Clay County citizens.
Recipients were chosen by the CHIA committee, which is made up of representatives of Clay County Public Health Center, Tri-County Mental Health, Saint Luke’s Smithville, Excelsior Springs Hospital, Liberty Hospital, and North Kansas City Hospital.
The awards and winners are:
▪ ▪ Robin Winner at Synergy Children’s Services Fund for her work on policies that provide access to medical care;
▪ ▪ Tri-County Mental Health Prevention Department for its commitment behavioral health;
▪ ▪ Excelsior Springs SAFE Coalition for its work to pass Tobacco 21 and prevent chronic disease;
▪ ▪ Evonna Bailey of Family Services Division for wellness initiatives related to patient access;
▪ ▪ Liberty Alliance for Youth (LAFY) for efforts to improve the community’s behavioral health by reducing alcohol and tobacco use, drug abuse, and violence;
▪ ▪ Girls on the Run for promoting positive youth development through exercise, helping prevent chronic disease in the community.
Compiled by Norma King, Special to The Star