Parkville Cruise Nights begin April 5 in Historic Downtown Parkville.
The free event is held 4 to 8 p.m. in the city parking lot.
Cruise nights are the first Saturday of each month. Other Cruise Nights this year are May 3, June 7, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6. No Cruise Night will be held in July.
“It’s fun, it’s very family friendly,” said Danelle Nichols, executive director for the Main Street Parkville Association, which sponsors the events.
The Cruise Night area accommodates about 300 cars on a first-come, first-served basis, said Nichols. There will be a DJ and the American Legion will sell hamburgers and donate part of the proceeds to Cruise Night.
Cruise Night is free for car owners and spectators. Raffle tickets and T-shirts will be sold to offset expenses.
The Farmers’ Market will open April 26 from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Parkville. In June the Farmers’ Market will also open on Wednesdays.
For information call816-505-2227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
.Gladstone’s Arbor Day celebration
Gladstone officials will celebrate Arbor Day with children from Oakhill Day School and community members at 10 a.m. April 4 at Gladstone’s Central Park, 825 N.E. 70th Terrace.
Mayor Jean Moore, council members and the children will plant a tree in recognition of Gladstone’s 11th year as a Tree City USA.
Missouri’s official observance of Arbor Day began in 1887, when the legislature set aside a day in early April to encourage residents to appreciate and plant trees.Storm spotter class
A storm spotter class will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Platte City Civic Center, 900 Fourth St.
The class is free. No registration is required.
“We’re opening it up to anybody. It’s open to the public as far as law enforcement and as far as fire and EMS as well,” said Mike O’Neal, assistant emergency management coordinator for Platte County. “We believe it’s important for people to know what the weather looks like and get a good understanding from the National Weather Service. We want them to be a little more informed on what they are looking at, rather than just guessing.”
The training is sponsored by Platte County Emergency Management, Riverside Emergency Management, Platte City Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.
For more information call Platte County Emergency Services at816-858-1966
.Calling all artists
The Gladstone Arts Commission invites artists to apply to be featured in the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space.
Several artists will be chosen for the year. Each art show features one artist and is displayed for about eight weeks.
Artists need to include five digital images of their work with their applications. Only art that can be hung will be accepted.
Applications are due June 20. For information or an application go towww.gladstone.mo.us or call 816-423-4089
Children are invited to touch a truck, emergency vehicle, trash truck, ambulance and more during the annual Touch-A-Truck event May 3.
Touch-A-Truck is sponsored by Gladstone Parks and Recreation and runs from 10 a.m. to noon at Happy Rock Park in Gladstone.
Parents should register children in advance atwww.activityreg.com; at the Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes; or at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes. Registration forms are also available at www.gladstone.mo.us
Registration is $7 per child and includes a goodie bag. The registration deadline is April 25 or when the event has 125 participants.
For information call816-423-4091
.Liberty spring open house
Free flower pots and free seeds will be shared at the Sowing Seeds of Friendship Spring Open House at downtown Liberty businesses beginning at 10 a.m. April 5 on the Historic Liberty Square.
The first 60 shoppers who stop at Main Street Goods and Goodies, 16 N. Main, will get a free flower pot and a map of 24 downtown businesses that are giving away free flower seeds.
“We’re calling it a flower seed stroll. Merchants will have new spring merchandise. Some will have special deals and some will be having in-store drawings. We’re also hungry for spring. This is a good time to cure that cabin fever,” said Gail Dugdale of Main Street Goods and Goodies. “It will be lots of fun and hopefully the weather will cooperate.”Archery for youth
Youth 10 to 15 years old are invited to participate in an archery class sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Gladstone Parks and Recreation on July 1 and 8.
Archers will learn basics, archery safety, scoring and how to enjoy games and competition.
The class is open to beginners and experienced archers. Bows, arrows and targets will be provided. A certified instructor from the Missouri Department of Conservation will teach the class.
The class is limited to 16 participants. Registration is $15 and closes June 27 or when the class is full.
Register atwww.activityreg.com or at Gladstone City Hall or Gladstone Community Center. Download forms at www.gladstone.mo.us. Call 816-423-4085 for more information.