Liberty Hospital’s Half Marathon/Jewell 5K is set for March 3. The race will begin at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road, and follow a route across the Flintlock Flyover to Interstate 435 and back.
Organizers expect this year’s race to include more runners than last year’s, which drew 1,249 runners.
“If people are interested in the half marathon, they need to register before we sell out for the half,” race director Nathan Spencer said. “We encourage 5K runners and walkers to sign up in advance, too, to avoid a rush on race day.”
The half marathon course now is USATF certified. Organizers also have added more course entertainment, photographers, gear check and two shuttle parking locations, said Spencer, an avid runner and the lead groundskeeper for Liberty Hospital.
The half-marathon begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m.
Fees (through Feb. 28) are $70 for the half marathon; and $35 for the 5K through. The SumnerOne Pint Size Patriot Run — a kids’ dash — is free. A family area with inflatables and activities is planned.
Last year’s race raised $100,000, which is returned to the community through the hospital’s LiveWell grant program.
For information or to register, go to www.LibertyHospitalHalf.org.
Excelsior group to talk about youth suicide prevention
Preventing youth suicide will be the topic of Excelsior Spring’s Substance Abuse Free Environments, or SAFE, luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 1.
Kelsey Prather, a youth suicide prevention specialist at Tri-County Mental Health Services, will discuss ways to reduce the risk factors that contribute to depression, anxiety and suicide through educational programs, as well as developing social media marketing campaigns to help with suicide prevention.
The SAFE luncheon will take place at the Early Childhood Education Center, 113 Line St. in Excelsior Springs.
For information, visit SAFE online at www.excelsiorspringssafe.com. To make reservations, contact Julia Mees at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-589-6697.
Older adult support group to meet
Stronger Together, a new peer group for senior citizens, will meet at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1 at the Good Samaritan Center in Excelsior Springs.
The group gives older adults the opportunity to share ideas and advice. Seniors and caregivers are invited to attend.
For more information, contact Becky Franklin with Tri-County Mental Health at 816-678-3036 or email@example.com.
Spring volleyball in Gladstone
Registration for youth volleyball leagues — sponsored by Gladstone’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts department and the North Kansas City School District — is now open. Practice starts March 5 and games begin March 31.
The Instructional League is for third- and fourth-graders. Teams will meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Registration is $70.
The Developmental League has two divisions, one for fourth- and fifth-graders and another for sixth- through eighth-graders. Players may register with a friend. Games are Saturdays. Registration also is $70.
The Competitive League will also have two divisions, one for fifth and sixth graders and another for seventh- and eighth-graders. Skill level is above average. Registration is $85.
Games and practices are at middle schools.
Register at www.activityreg.com or in person at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.
For more information, contact Russ Collins at 816-423-4085 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A registration form also is available at www.gladstone.mo.us.
Liberty enhances neighborhoods through grants
This is the eighth year for Liberty’s Neighborhood Enhancement Grants, which allows interested neighborhood organizations to apply for a grant — from $500 to $10,000 — to fund a local project.
“The Neighborhood Enhancement Grant is a great way to help residents reinvest in their own neighborhoods and our community,” Liberty’s Community Development Manager Jeanine Thill said. “The program provides matching dollars to fund enhancement projects that are priorities to our residents for their particular neighborhood.”
During 2017, Neighborhood Enhancement Grants funded improvements to the medians at the entrance to South Valley Estates and, in partnership with Liberty Parks & Recreation, helped fund installation of a new sand volleyball court in Clay Meadows Linear Park along with the addition of new soccer goals at Arthur’s Hill Park.
To apply, neighborhood associations must have an elected board, adopted bylaws and have been registered with the city. Neighborhoods without an association can seek the assistance of city staff to organize one then apply for a grant.
Neighborhoods are also required to provide a 25-percent match to the cost of the project through donated services, materials or labor.
The project must be something that benefits the entire neighborhood and must be located in the city’s right-of-way. Examples of eligible projects include landscaping, planting street trees, or installing signage for a subdivision or neighborhood watch.
Grant awards are competitive and selected by the city’s Preservation and Development Commission.
The application deadline is March 15. Applications are available at www.libertymissouri.gov/Neighborhoods.
For more information, contact Thill at 816-439-4537.
Park instructor’s artwork on display
Lynn Richardson, an adjunct instructor of fine art at Park University, will show her art at the school’s Campanella Gallery through Feb. 23.
Richardson’s exhibit entitled “Different Views” includes ink, paint, photography and graphite.
“My work is about finding the smallest detail in what I am creating,” Richardson said in a press release. “I like to explore interesting objects and then render the curious nuances that are contained on the surface. I accomplish this by blowing up the image of the object to more than five times its normal size and then complete in various mediums.”
Richardson is a resident of Kansas City, Mo. She earned a master of liberal arts from Baker University and a bachelor of science in art from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Campanella Gallery is in the Norrington Center on campus. Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday.
The building will be closed on Feb. 19 for President’s Day.
Parkville receives planning award
Downtown Parkville has been designated one of four Great Places in Missouri for 2018 by the American Planning Association (APA).
Parkville’s downtown was recognized as a Great Neighborhood. Other Missouri locations, which were honored by the Missouri Chapter of APA, were The Grove in St. Louis as a Great Street, Commercial Street in Springfield as a Great Street, and the Grand-Bates Neighborhood in St. Louis as a Great Neighborhood.
The Great Places in Missouri program was started in 2014 to recognize neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces throughout Missouri that demonstrate exceptional character, quality and planning — attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire residents and visitors alike, according to the APA Missouri website.
The award will be presented Jan. 31 during the APA Missouri Planners’ Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City.
“Downtown Parkville is a wonderful neighborhood, filled with magnificent homes and an eclectic array of shops and historic buildings, each offering a unique shopping experience,” Mayor Nan Johnston said in a press release. “The partnership between the City of Parkville, MSPA and residents is strong and the neighborhood is truly deserving for being named one of Missouri’s ‘Best Places.’”
By Norma King, Special to The Star