Seventh graders from Clay, Platte and Ray counties showed their knowledge of substance abuse in the Know It 2 Win It competition.
Fourteen teams gathered at the Regional Police Academy in Kansas City, North, on Nov. 1 and competed for prize money.
The annual event is sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health Services Inc. and the Missouri National Guard Drug Demand Reduction Program with assistance from the Northland Coalition and the Clay, Platte and Ray counties Community 2000 teams.
Barry Middle School received $300 in prize money, Congress Middle School received $60, Excelsior Springs Middle School $180, Hardin-Central $180, Kearney Middle School $180, Lawson Middle School $120, North Platte Junior High $300, Northgate Middle School $180, Orrick $90, Platte City Middle School $450, Smithville Middle School $180, St. Gabriel $600, St. Therese $120 and West Platte Junior High $90.
The students were encouraged to prepare for the competition by studying internet resources with their parents.
“We hope that especially through the studying process it’s opening conversations, opening doors about these topics with their parents. That’s a huge objective of the program,” said Kara Siefker, community prevention specialist for Tri-County.Gladstone Future Leaders program
Gladstone residents interested in learning more about their city government are invited to attend the Future Leaders Academy Jan. 9 through May 15.
The program is designed to teach citizens about city government and how they can get involved.
Some previous class members have served as members of city boards and commissions and four became City Council members.
Classes meet every other Thursday beginning Jan. 9 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Gladstone City Hall.
Applications to attend are at www.gladstone.mo.us and should be returned to Richard King at City Hall by Jan. 3.
Email questions to email@example.com or call King at 816-436-2200Gladstone Christmas tree
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Gladstone will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday on Linden Square, just west of Gladstone CityHall at 70th and North Cherry.
Choirs from Antioch Middle School and Linden West Elementary will perform and a visit from Santa is planned. Christa Dubill from KSHB-41 Action News will be master of ceremonies. Hot drinks and cookies will be served following the public ceremony.
Donations to the Christmas Tree program will be given to the Northland Christmas Store, the Get Kids Connected Scholarship program and the Gladstone Animal Shelter.
For information call 816-423-4090.Summer theater announced
Gladstone’s Theatre in the Park is looking for directors for the two musicals planned for 2014.
“Hairspray” is scheduled July 3-6 and “Oliver” is Aug. 1-3, 2014. This will be the 27th season for Theatre in the Park.
Prospective directors can send a resume to GTIP - Director Search, 7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone, MO 64118 by Jan. 17.
Casting auditions will be held March 23 and March 29.
For information call 816-423-4090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Rainbow trout stocked
The Missouri Department of Conservation recently stocked rainbow trout at two Northland ponds.
Two ponds at Liberty’s Fountain Bluff Sports Complex at at 2200 E Old Missouri 210 Highway each received 500 trout. Chaumiere Lake at North Cleveland Avenue and Northeast 43 Terrace in Kansas City, North, received 875 trout.
Trout were also stocked at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit. The Reed area will be closed to fishing during the managed deer hunt Nov. 18-22.
Residents over age 15 and under 65 must have valid fishing permits. All non-residents over 15 must have a fishing permit. The daily limit is four trout.
Some lakes may be restocked in January.
Call the MDC winter trout fishing hotline for metro area updates at 816-525-0300, ext. 4001. Information is available at mdc.mo.gov.Chamber art auction
The second annual Parkville In Art Auction is Thursday at the Kansas City Art Institute, North, 1801 N.W. Platte Road #275 in Riverside.
The auction runs 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature 20 pieces that were selected from 75 original pictures painted in and around Parkville this fall.
Proceeds will be shared equally between the artists and the Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the event.
Attendance is free and food and drink will be served.
“It’s going to be an awesome event. We are very excited about it,” said Chamber executive director Marsha VanDever.
For information call 816-587-2700 or go to www.parkvillechamber.com.Liberty Chorus performs
The Liberty Community Chorus will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at William Jewell College’s Gano Chapel.
The concert, “Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise,” will feature the 80-member chorus performing works by major composers and premiering Eugene Butler’s “Dawn Song.”
The chorus director is Bryan Taylor, who is a member of the Grammy-winning Kansas City Chorale. Accompanying on piano and organ is Danny Baker.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students are free. They are available at www.libertycommunitychorus.org.Liberty Thanksgiving service
Liberty’s annual Thanksgiving service is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Liberty North High School Performing Arts Theatre, 1000 N.E. 104th Street, Liberty.
The event is sponsored by the Liberty Ministerial Alliance.
An interdenominational choir from Liberty-area churches will sing. A choir rehearsal for interested singers is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Liberty United Methodist, 1001 Sunset Ave., Liberty.
The Thanksgiving message will be given by Pastor Kevin Jerls of Abundant Life Fellowship in Liberty.
For information contact Bryan Taylor of LUMC at 816-781-4554 or Allan Aunspaugh of Liberty Second Baptist at 816-781-2824.