Delaney Nash, a fifth-grader at Union Chapel Elementary, won the Park Hill School District Spelling Bee on Feb. 24 at Park Hill High School.
She now advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins May 27 in Washington, D.C.
Runner-up Peyton Shaw, a sixth-grader at Plaza Middle School, and Hannah Wenzel, a sixth-grader from Plaza, rounded out the top three finishers.
Students in fifth through eighth grades throughout the school district were invited to take a computerized spelling test. The top 60 from the exam advanced to the district spelling bee.
Theatre in the Park auditions next month
Auditions for Gladstone Theatre in the Park will be April 8 and 14 at Antioch Middle School.
This year’s performances are “Oklahoma,” July 6-8; and “Big River,” Aug. 3-5. Both are at Oak Grove Park in Gladstone.
For audition information visit www.gladstonetip.com or contact Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts information at 816-423-4088.
State of the Cities luncheon March 23
The 2018 State of the Cities luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. on March 23 at Harrah’s North Kansas City Hotel and Casino, 1 Riverboat Drive in North Kansas City.
The event is hosted by the Clay County Economic Development Council and gives city leaders a platform to share new economic development in their communities.
“It’s a great opportunity for all the cities to get together and kind of compare notes and work together on making the county even better than what it is,” Economic Development Council Executive Director Jim Hampton said. “We get an insight into some of the major projects that are going on in each of the cities.”
Tickets are $36 for council members and $46 for others. Reservations can be made at www.clayedc.com/cities and a lent menu is be available by calling Deneen Lewis at 816-468-4989.
Pachyderms to meet this week
The Clay County Pachyderms will meet at 6 p.m. on March 8 at the Kansas City Pizza Ranch, 4801 N. Oak Trafficway.
Kevin Jamison, a Gladstone criminal defense attorney and president of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, will speak at 6:30 p.m.
Lewis and Clark art exhibit coming to Parkville
Art and history meet in a Lewis and Clark Art Exhibition opening March 10 at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery in Parkville.
The exhibit includes art by 13 Missouri and Kansas artists, including Robert Gunn and Cally Krallman, as well as an author signing by Christopher B. Hodges.
Hodges’ work, “Colter’s West Wind,” is historic fiction about John Colter, a member of Lewis and Clark’s expedition.
The artist’s reception is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. on March 10.
“This author loves to bring people into their place in history,” Kline said. “Whether they’ve lived long ago or they are a current a resident, everybody finds their place in time and that’s what resonates with Chris. It’s just going to be an amazing afternoon hearing him talk about his book.”
Artwork in the show will depict the old west and the journey of Lewis and Clark.
“It has air of the frontier,” Kline said. “When you come into the gallery you will feel as if you’ve stepped back into another era. ... It has that rustic early American experience.”
The show will be on exhibit through March 31. Hours at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery, 8701 N.W. Riverpark Drive in Parkville, are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wedneseay and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
Arts commission awards grant to symphony
The Liberty Arts Commission has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Liberty Symphony Orchestra.
The matching grant is given annually to a program or event that supports arts and tourism in Liberty. Funding comes through the Transient Guest Tax.
With the funding, the Liberty Symphony Orchestra plans to present a series of outreach concerts in 2018 in nontraditional venues throughout Liberty.
The orchestra’s goal is to reach new audiences who might not otherwise be able to attend a concert at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre according to the grant application.
“It will help the Liberty Symphony Orchestra enhance their efforts to draw people to Liberty to enjoy their concerts resulting in bringing more visitors to our community,” Community Development Manager for Liberty Jeanine Thill said in a release.
Compiled by Norma King, Special to The Star