Liberty Arts Squared festival
Over 50 artists will show their work at the 6th annual Liberty’s Arts Squared festival, June 5and 6.
The annual arts-centered festival is held on the historic downtown square in Liberty and includes artists and their art, activities for children, food and entertainment.
The festival opens at 4 p.m. June 5. At 5 p.m. live music starts with Three Drink Minimum, followed by Broken Wagon at 7 p.m. Festival goers should bring blankets or lawn chairs for the outdoor show.
On June 6 events start at 7 a.m. with the Saturday Farmer’s Market which runs through noon.
The day’s schedule includes a variety of activities for children beginning at 9 a.m.
A chalk art contest starts at 9:30 a.m. Chalk artists can register online or in person at Main and Franklin Streets that morning prior to 9:30 a.m.
Entertainment will run throughout the day on two stages and include school groups, dance groups, storytellers and the 5 Star Jazz Band and Stars of Tomorrow.
For a complete schedule go to: libertyartssquared.org.
Caregiver support group
A new caregiver support group, sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health Services, begins Thursday at 1 p.m.
Older Adult Educator Becky Franklin, will lead the informal group. Meetings will focus on coping skills, communication techniques and other topics.
The support group will meet at 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month in the Northland Human Services building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.
For more information, contact Tonya Rother at 816-877-0481 or email@example.com; or visit www.tri-countymhs.org.
Corbin Theatre shows
Liberty’s Corbin Theatre is offering bluegrass music and two well-loved plays during June.
The Bluegrass Brigade will play at 7:30 p.m. June 9 at the Corbin Theatre, 15 N. Water St., Liberty. The group plays contemporary and traditional bluegrass, country, gospel and old-time fiddle and banjo music. Tickets are $12.
“Fiddler on the Roof Jr.,” an adaptation of the classic Broadway musical, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. June 12 and 13 in the Peters Theatre at William Jewell College, 500 College Hill, Liberty. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
“101 Dalmatians KIDS!” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. June 26 and 27, at the Peters Theatre at William Jewell College, 500 College Hill, Liberty. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
For information or to purchase tickets go to corbintheatre.org.
Tenors sing for Feed Northland Kids
Two and a Half Tenors, a popular Northland trio, will perform at a benefit concert for Feed Northland Kids on June 9 at the Kansas City Improv Comedy Club in Zona Rosa.
Feed Northland Kids has partnered with Harvesters for the past five years to provide food through BackSnack, a program which supplies food on weekends for children who might go hungry.
“Our mission is to feed kids in Clay and Platte County and we’ve partnered with Harvesters to expand the BackSnack program,” said Chris Evans, executive director of Feed Northland Kids. “We’ve done pretty well. We’ve gone from 1,000 in 2010 to 2,930 in the 2014-15 school year. So we’ve nearly tripled the kids that get that weekend food.”
Feed Northland Kids was formed after a 2009 study highlighted childhood hunger as an issue, said Evans.
Members of Feed Northland Kids were thrilled when Two and a Half Tenors volunteered to perform at a fundraiser for the organization, she said. “They have a following in the Northland and they wanted to invite those patrons to understand who we are and what we are doing.”
Two and a Half Tenors is comprised of Northland singers: Larry Harman, Bryan Taylor and Steve Waters, who entertain in the style of Il Divo or the Three Tenors.
The event begins at 6 p.m. June 9 with hors d'oeuvres and drinks. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $50 at improvkc.com available or at www.feednorthlandkids.org. For information call 816-301-4483.
Kansas City Improv Comedy Club is at 7260 N.W. 87th St., Kansas City, North.
Mud Mania volleyball
The annual Mud Mania volleyball fundraiser for Youth With Vision (YWV) is June 27 at Smithville Lake.
This is the 21st Mud Mania for Youth With Vision which advocates substance abuse prevention among teenagers and their families in Clay, Platte and Ray counties.
One in five Northland youth will be drinking by age 12 and drug abuse in the area is at epidemic levels, according to Missouri Student Survey data collected by school district state-wide.
The volleyball tournament begins at 9 a.m. in the Kelsey Short Area No. 4 at Smithville Lake.
“It is a blast. It’s a really family fun event. A lot of people will come even if they are not playing and will set up grills and watch the other people who are playing,” said Rashana Peterson, the YWV coordinator at Tri-County Mental health Services.
Advance registration is $10. Same day registration is $15 per person. Teams of six to nine male, female or coed players will compete. All ages are welcome, youth or adult.
YWV also welcomes court sponsorships for $100 to $1,000.
Online registration is recommended by going to www.youthwithvisionkc.org or contacting Peterson at 816-877-0496 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The game is on rain or shine, although players will sit out thunderstorms, said Peterson.
Golf Croquet Tournament
Families are invited to participate in the Golf Croquet Tournament sponsored by the Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce 6 to 9 p.m. June 11.
The tournament, at Kactus Creek Croquet Club, 13312 N.W. 76th St., Parkville, is a benefit for Hillcrest Platte County .
Hillcrest Platte County, a transitional housing program, is the chamber’s 2015 Charity of Choice. Hillcrest’s offers “a hand up not a handout” said Marsha VanDever, executive director of the Chamber.
Entry fees are $30 per person and include dinner, drinks, trophies and prizes. Children are welcome with those under 7 free.
“It is croquet, the game is played differently. It’s an elimination tournament type of setting,” said VanDever. “It’s a really cool course in Parkville. It’s a fun event.”
Players should register ahead of time on parkvillechamber.com. Sponsorships are available.
For information call 816-587-2700 or email email@example.com.
Grandfamilies discuss estate planning
The Northland Grandfamilies’ meeting will be a time to share resources and advice between members.
The meeting is planned for 6 p.m. today at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 N.W. Prairie View Road, Kansas City, North. Free child care is available by calling the Missouri Extension Council office in advance at 816-407-3490.
Northland Grandfamilies meetings are free and open to any grandparent, aunt, or uncle who is raising children. Northland Grandfamilies is a cooperative program between Clay County Senior Services, the Platte County Senior Fund and the University of Missouri Extension Council in Clay County.
Hospice volunteers needed
Crossroads Hospice invites students and others wanting to do community service to volunteer their time to assist terminally ill patients and their families.
Volunteers are needed to provide comfort, companionship and a helping hand to the terminally ill in their homes, in assisted living facilities and nursing facilities; as well as help staff in the office.
“It is an ultimate gift to the patient,” said Karen Goodson, volunteer manager for Crossroads which is in 16 counties in the metro area. “For me it’s transformational. People stepping into service will be amazed that they transform as much if not more than the patients they visit. That is my total belief. I believe being in service changes lives.”
Volunteers must be 16 years old or older and can donate as little as 45 minutes per week reading, playing games, doing arts and crafts, bringing pets to visit patients, sharing music, running errands or providing respite for family members.
All hospice organizations need volunteers, Goodson saod. “From the beginning of hospice days when Medicare got involved back in the ’80s, volunteers have been written into the program. Every single hospice needs volunteers, always.”
For information call Goodson at 816-333-9200 or go to www.crossroadshospice.com for information or to apply online.
Applicants are required to complete an application, take a free TB test, have a background check and attend a training session.
| Norma King, Special to The Star