Santa’s calling, and other community notes

11/05/2013 12:00 AM

11/04/2013 3:09 PM

Calls from Santa

Children can receive a personal phone call from Santa this holiday season thanks to Santa Claus Calls, a free program sponsored by the city of Gladstone.

Male volunteers are needed to make the phone calls Dec. 9-11. For information call



Only children in kindergarten through second grade are eligible for calls. Registration is open Nov. 11-Dec. 6.

Forms will be distributed to grade schools in the North Kansas City School District. Registration can also be done at the Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes, the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes or by mail. Registration forms are available at


Youth group sponsors Bunco Mania

Youth With a Vision will once again bring Bunco Mania to the Gladstone Community Center Tuesday [Nov. 12].

Novice and experienced players are welcome.

Preregistration is recommended due to limited space. Register by calling Ashley Zugelter at Tri-County Mental Health Services at


. The cost is $20 which includes snacks and desserts. Prizes have been donated by local sponsors and businesses.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Games begin at 5:30 p.m. and go to 9 p.m.

Youth with Vision is made up of high school youth leaders from Clay, Platte and Ray Counties who are committed to fighting alcohol and drug abuse in schools and communities.

For information go to


The Gladstone Community Center is at 6901 N. Holmes, Gladstone.

Cassity receives Platte County award

Lynn Kyle Cassity of Dearborn received the 2013 Betty Soper Historical Award from the Platte County Historical and Genealogical Society Oct. 27 at the Society’s fall dinner.

The award is presented annually to honor dedication, service, and commitment to preserving the history of Platte County.

Cassity’s ancestors helped settle Dearborn and were among the first residents of Platte County in 1838.

She has served as director of the Platte County Historical Society and is presently second vice president. She has written for historical publications and served on the committee which produced the book, “History of Platte County: A Proud Legacy.”

Cassity was a school teacher for North Platte R-1 and has also taught genealogy and history classes for adults.

She is a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Dearborn. She and her husband, Bob, live in Dearborn.

Best Friends Award

An 11-year-old Gladstone resident and students from Antioch Middle School were presented with Best Friends Awards by the Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum at their annual meeting.

Luke Newport, a youth volunteer; and teacher Lois Domsch and her SAGE class (Students in Academically Gifted Education) were recognized.

“Luke always volunteers his time and can be counted on for every museum and Friends’ event. His energy and dedication to the museum is really remarkable and he is a big inspiration to other volunteers,” said Erica White, Museum Manager.

Domsch and her students were honored for raising funds and awareness for the Save the Barn campaign last year. The class made dolls and sold them at local craft fairs throughout the year.

The Save the Barn campaign is an ongoing effort to preserve the Atkins-Johnson Farm's three remaining barns.

Tinder work on display

The artwork of Margarita Tinder of Parkville will be on display in the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space, Nov. 12 to Jan 13.

Tinder’s paintings include Christmas subjects, as well as nature and animal scenes. She works in water colors and oils.

“She’s a great artist and there’s so much variety in her work. It’s very popular,” said Rise’ McGarvey, of Gladstone Parks Recreation. “People will be able to buy art and it’s affordable art. It will be a great show to drop by and look at.”

The art show is presented by the Gladstone Arts Commission.

Legislators visit Grandfamilies

Missouri state legislators from Clay and Platte counties will participate in a panel discussion at the Nov. 13 Northland Grandfamilies Program.

The meeting is at 10 a.m. at North Cross United Methodist, 1321 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North.

Legislators will speak on issues which face grandparents and other caregivers who are raising children.

The program is free and open to caregivers for children.

For information call



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.

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