Larsen receives history award
Historian and author Carolyn Bless Larsen has been honored with the 2014 Betty Soper Historical Award.
Larsen received the award at the annual fall meeting of the Platte County Historical and Genealogical Society.
She is a past director of the Society and is actively involved with the Weston Museum and its fundraising efforts. She has also written several short books on Weston’s history including, “We, Too, Lived,” about the history of the African-American community there; and “Meet Me in Laurel Hill,” about the families buried in the oldest cemetery in Platte County.
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“We can learn a lot from our past,” said Larsen who frequently provides genealogical information and does research for families with heritage in the Weston area.
Larsen recently completed the “Weston Business Histories,” a compilation of every commercial building in Weston, dating from the 1830s to the present.
Russian music concert
Park University’s International Center for Music (ICM) will present an evening of music dedicated to Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel.
Composer Desyatnikov will attend and hold a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.
Pianist Alexey Goribol and ICM faculty and guests will perform. Musicians include pianists Stanislav Ioudenitch and Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich and violinist Ben Sayevich. Guest performers include violinist Maria Ioudenitch, violist Peter Chun, cellist Mark Gibbs, contrabassist Jeffrey Kail, flutist Sarah Frisof and clarinetist Stanislav Golovin.
Desyatnikov has been called one of the most successful living Russian composers. He has written for ballet, film and the concert stage, and his music has been performed worldwide in venues such as La Scala in Milan and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
Pianist Goribol has won numerous awards and has performed throughout Russia and Europe. He also produced 30 episodes of the TV program “Night. Sound. Goribol” aired in Russia.
Tickets are $15 in advance online or $20 at the door; senior citizen tickets are $10; tickets for students with a valid student ID are $5. Park University students, faculty and staff with Park ID and their children age 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.park.edu/icm.
Gladstone Theatre in the Park
Gladstone’s Theatre in the Park will present “Mary Poppins” and “Seussical” during its 2015 season.
This will be the 28th year for the theater group.
Interested director candidates should contact Gladstone Parks & Recreation at 816-423-4090 or go to www.gladstonetip.com.
Auditions will be held March 22 and 28 at Antioch Middle School. Performances are: “Mary Poppins,” July 10-12; “Seussical,” Aug. 7-9.
Music of Living concert
The Liberty Community Chorus will present “The Music of Living” in its fall concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Gano Chapel at William Jewell College.
The music highlights the joy of life and optimism that lifts people above challenging life experiences, said Bryan Taylor, artistic director. “The concert theme evolved from music by the same name composed by contemporary artist Dan Forrest.”
Included in the program will be two other Forrest compositions “Himenami” composed in memory of the 2011 Japanese tsunami; and “The Nightingale.” The choir also will perform “Psalm of Life,” by Craig Hella Johnson.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. Students are free. Purchase tickets at the door or online at www.libertycommunitychorus.org.
For information on becoming a member of the Community Chorus call Taylor at 816-510-5933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embrace the Manor Ball
Four Northland couples will be honored at the third Embrace the Manor Ball and Couples Celebration Feb. 21.
Embracing Hearts Awards will go to Bob and Jodi Capps, Liberty; Dan and Wanda O’Dell, Liberty; Scott and Robin Page, Liberty; and Walter and Jeri White of Kansas City
The ball is sponsored by Immacolata Manor, a non-profit based in Liberty which works with the developmentally disabled.
The event, which is black-tie optional, will be hosted by Dick Wilson of KCMO at The View at Briarcliff. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes dinner, dancing, a cash bar, a silent auction and recognition of the honored couples.
Tickets are $80 for an individual or $600 for a table of eight. They are available at imanor.org or by calling Stacie Bratcher at 816-781-4332 ext. 226.
The Manor Ball has generated more than $20,000 for Immacolata Manor and its efforts to serve the developmentally disabled through a sustained endowment.
Medicare D event
Medicare specialists and volunteers from CLAIM, the state’s health insurance assistance program, will be at the Clay County Public Health Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.
Seniors interested in having their Medicare D prescription drug plan reviewed or who need a new or renewed enrollment should bring Medicare cards and a list of medications, along with dosage and frequency.
No appointment is needed.
The health center is at 800 Haines Drive in Liberty. For information call 816-595-4200.
Museum looks at Lincoln
Clay County Museum & Historical Society’s 3rd Thursday program is “The Lincoln Family,” presented by Chris Harris.
The event is at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Clay County Museum, 14 N. Main St.
Attendance is free.
| Norma King, Special to The Star