The Embrace the Manor Ball and Couples Celebration in February honored four Northland couples and raised more than $10,000 for Immacolata Manor, a service provider to developmentally disabled people in Liberty.
Couples who received the Embracing Hearts awards were: Mark and Mimi Comfort of Platte City, Servant Hearts Award; Bob and Millie Cox of Kansas City, North, United Hearts Award; John and Nancy Dillingham of Kansas City, North, Kindred Hearts Award; and Lou and Donna DeMarco of Kearney, Courageous Hearts Award.
The ball included a performance by the Merry My Day Chorus, made up of developmentally disabled adults who participate in Immacolata programs.
This was the second year for the Manor Ball, which raises money for an endowment for the non-profit Immacolata Manor. Last year’s ball raised $6,000.Oak Grove Park benefit
Gladstone’s Oak Grove Park has been chosen by Macy’s for its Heart Your Park fundraiser. Oak Grove is one of 550 parks nationwide chosen for Macy’s Secret Garden campaign.
Shoppers at Macy’s Metro North store are invited to donate to the fund and Macy’s will match donations up to $250,000 nationwide through March 31.
Macy’s is partnering with the National Recreation and Park Association for the program, which will pay for improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds and ball fields.Giving Circle donates $30,000
The Northland Giving Circle has awarded a $30,000 grant to Operation School Bell.
The award will provide new clothes for needy students in Platte and Clay counties. More than 20,650 students have been served by Operation School Bell’s thrift store.
The Northland Giving Circle is open to residents of Platte and Clay counties. Members pay $302.50 per year, $300 of which goes to fund the annual $30,000 grant. There are no monthly meetings and no fundraisers. For more information about NGC or to attend the reception send email firstname.lastname@example.org or go www.northlandgivingcircle.org
Classes for beginning golfers start April 12 at Paradise Park Golf Course at Smithville Lake.
Registration is open at Gladstone Parks and Recreation.
The program is for anyone 17 and up with no previous golf experience. Six one-hour classes are planned per Saturday or Sunday session. Classes are limited to 10 participants.
Fees are $65 per person plus range balls as needed. Clubs will be provided.
See the class schedule atwww.gladstone.mo.us. Register online at www.activityreg.com
or at Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes, or the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.
For information call816-423-4085
.Free kids karate camp
A free karate camp for kids will be held every Saturday in April at AKKA Karate USA, 7504 N. Oak Trafficway, Gladstone.
Kids 10 to 13 years old are invited to attend. The program runs 11 a.m. to noon on April 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Classes will be taught by Sam and Katie Middleton. Sam is a sixth-degree black belt and Katie is a fifth-degree black belt.
Registration is required by March 31. Call816-682-2428
to register. Class sizes are limited.Gladstone youth sports
Gladstone Parks and Recreation will accept registration for youth softball and T-ball starting Monday. Sessions include:
• Youth rotational modified pitch softball, for boys and girls in fifth through eighth grade. Practice begins May 27. Fee is $65. The first game is June 13. Volunteer coaches are needed.
• Youth rotational coach pitch softball for third- and fourth-graders, boys and girls. Practice begins May 27. Fee is $65. The first game is June 13.
• Development youth T-ball for boys and girls 5 years to second grade. May 21. Fee is $40. Teams will meet on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings.
Registration deadline is May 9 or when teams are full.
Register online atwww.activityreg.com or in person at Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes, or the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes. Download forms from www.gladstone.mo.us
.Musical benefit for theater
Clay County circuit court judge and jazz musician Larry Harman will sing and play “Ballads at the Belvoir” at 7 p.m. April 4 at Belvoir Winery, 1325 Odd Fellows Road, Liberty.
Last year’s performance was standing-room only and organizers expect this concert to be the same.
Harman plans to play romantic ballads, big band music and perhaps Carpenters or Beatles songs, he said.
“Tony Bennett is kind of a personal hero of mine. I will definitely do some of his songs. I try to do some research on the songs and usually offer some anecdotes about the composers and artists who have performed them,” said Harman.
All proceeds go to benefit the Corbin Theatre.
“Larry donates his time and performance and Belvoir is donating the space,” said Juarenne Hester, vice president of Corbin Theatre.
Harman performs regularly with the Corbin Jazz Band.
Tickets are $15 at Liberty City Hall, The Liberty Performing Arts Center, or online atwww.corbintheatre.org
.Youth promote driving safety
Platte County High School students shared their Arrive Alive-Distracted Driving program and its impact on high school students at the recent In the Driver’s Seat Prevention Conference hosted by the Northland Coalition.
The youth are members of the Interact Club, the local chapter of Rotary International’s service club for youth, which is chartered by Platte City Rotary.
The Impact Club plans another Arrive Alive event at Park Hill High School on April 22 and at Platte County High School on April 23.
For information about the club and its events go towww.interact-club.org.