Liberty plants Giving Grove
Liberty’s Ruth Moore Park now has an edible orchard thanks to the work of city staff, volunteers and representatives from The Giving Grove who planted 14 fruits trees as well as berry plants there.
The Giving Grove, an affiliate of the Kansas City Community Garden, works with communities to create edible orchards as a sustainable food production for the community.
Ruth Moore Park is already the site of a community garden in a partnership with the city and Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.
New fruit trees at Ruth Moore Park include apples, pears and cherries, and there are beds of blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. The berries should bear fruit this season, but the fruit trees may take several years to begin producing.
“The concept The Giving Grove organization had when they developed this idea of these neighborhood orchards was that the fruit would be available to the local neighborhood,” said Chris Wilson, Liberty’s parks and open space manager. Excess food will be donated to Meals on Wheels or a food bank.
“Next spring I anticipate we will do a couple of pocket orchards in one or two additional parks,” he said. Other possible plantings could include nut trees, perennial herbs and vegetables.
Volunteers and park staff will care for the trees. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer steward of the orchard can contact Wilson at email@example.com or call 816-439-4384. Training will be provided.
“It’s all going to be locally grown and organic,” said Wilson.
Mt. Gilead picnic
The Clay County Museum and Historical Society will hold its annual picnic at the Historic Mt. Gilead Church and School Sunday.
A nondenominational church service is planned at 11 a.m. followed by a picnic lunch at 12:15 p.m., which includes brisket, pork, coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans.
At 1:15 p.m. Ric Nyman will give a presentation on Harry Truman memorabilia and mementos. Nyman is a docent at the Truman Library and a member of the society’s board.
Live music will be provided by The Willow Creek Blue Grass Band.
Lunch is $15 and reservations are required by calling Joyce Pecora at 816-781-0156.
The Historic Mt. Gilead Church and School is at 15918 Plattsburg Road, Kearney.
Platte County Homes tour
The annual Platte County Heritage Homes Tour is June 7, 2014, and will include eight historic venues.
“The tour is an opportunity to see historic homes in Platte County. With the 175th anniversary of Platte County we want to highlight the architecture of the early historic homes,” said Phil Schroeder, president of the Platte County Historic Society.
The tour includes:
The 1882 Ben Ferrel Home and Museum, 220 Ferrel St., Platte City.
Gran’s House, a private residence that used to be the Harrel Ferrel home, 714 Forth St., Platte City.
Eighteen Ninety Venue, a home once owned by veterinarian James McCrea, 1560 Highway 92 Spur, Tracy.
James Kunce 1847 home, 1102 Spring St., Weston.
National Silk Art Museum in the former Weston Bank Building, circa 1855, 423 Main St., Weston.
Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Six Confederate Graves Memorial, southwest corner of Route EE and Pleasant Grove Road, Camden Point.
Christian Church Disciples of Christ, built 1918, 205 First St., Camden Point.
Worden home, circa 1910, 500 Main St., Parkville.
Tours are noon to 5 p.m. Tickets — $12 for adults and $6 for children — are available that day at the homes.
For information call Schroeder at 816-651-4345 or Betty Soper at 816-805-1112.
Italian Festival at Zona Rosa
A free festival celebrating Italian traditions and Italian-American culture runs Friday through Sunday at Zona Rosa.
Festa Italiana will include live entertainment, wine tasting, a pasta-eating contest, children’s activities, a Catholic Mass, Italian car show and entertainment headliners Micheal Castaldo and The Bronx Wanderers.
Events will center around the Zona Rosa Town Square stage and include:
Friday: Miller Marley Entertainers at 5:15 p.m.; Frank Cherrito and Frank Vigliaturo at 6 p.m.; Kate Cosentino, 6:30 p.m.; Joseph Vincelli, 7 p.m.; a meatball eating contest at 8 p.m., followed by entertainers Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses.
Saturday: a demonstration by Chef John Avelluto of Italian Delight Restaurant at 11 a.m. followed by the annual cannoli eating contest at 11:30 a.m.; and a variety of entertainment acts throughout the afternoon. Micheal Castaldo performs at 7 p.m. The Bronx Wanderers perform a tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons at 8:45 p.m.
Sunday: Catholic Mass is at 10 a.m.; the Italian car and motorbike show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A pasta eating contest is at 1 p.m. UNICO, an Italian-American Service Organization, will present awards and scholarships at 2 p.m. Afternoon entertainers include Linda Scola, Dolce Divas; Tony, Phil & Franks A lot, and the Abel Ramirez Trio.
For a schedule go to www.zonarosa.com or call 816-587-8180 for information.
Liberty Arts Festival
The fifth annual Liberty’s Arts Squared is June 6 and 7.
The annual arts-centered festival is held on the historic downtown square in Liberty and includes artists and their art, activities for children, food and entertainment.
Events begin June 6 at 4 p.m. with music provided by the Liberty Jazz Ensemble at 4:30 p.m. and headliner band One Night Stand playing from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Beer and wine stations will be provided by Rock & Run Brewery and The Bell. Festival goers should bring blankets or lawn chairs for the outdoor show.
Saturday’s events start at 7 a.m. with the Saturday Farmer’s Market. At 9 a.m. the Liberty Youth Chorus will sing the Star Spangled Banner.
A chalk art contest for children and adults with a $250 in prizes is scheduled again this year. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Liberty Tribune office at 104 N. Main St. Adults should bring their own supplies.
Live entertainment includes the 5 Star Jazz Band, Five O’clock Somewhere and Stars of Tomorrow.
The Corbin Theatre will host River & Prairie Storyweavers telling stories for all ages throughout the day.
Food can be purchased from vendors and downtown restaurants.
This free event is presented by The Liberty Arts Commission and Historic Downtown Liberty Inc.
More information is at www.LibertyArtsSquared.org.
Gladstone is offering a specialty volleyball camp for fourth through eighth grade boys and girls June 11 through July 16.
Mary Lile, a coach and collegiate volleyball player, will lead the camp.
Fees are $80. Camp will be held Wednesday evenings at New Mark Middle School.
Register at www.activityreg.com or in person at the Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes, the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.
For information 816-423-4085.
Click It or Ticket
Liberty Police are joining statewide law enforcement efforts to crack down on seat belt violations through June 1.
Six out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are not wearing their seat belts and Missouri’s 80 percent seat belt use rate is below the national average of 86 percent.
Teens and pickup truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up, at 67 and 63 percent. Seat belt use is the most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, according to the Missouri Coalition for Road Safety.
“Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren’t buckled up,” said Lt. Mark Balzer of the Liberty Police Department. “We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorists are buckling up.”
For more information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
Financial workshop for seniors
Savvy Saving Seniors, an educational workshop on improving and protecting finances for the elderly is Tuesday at Platte Woods United Methodist Church.
The workshop is sponsored by the National Council on Aging and Shepherd’s Center Northland.
Wilson will cover topics such as managing money, Medicare, avoiding scams, qualifying for benefits and budgeting.
The workshop 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and includes a light lunch.
To reserve a spot, call 816-452-4536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Platte Woods United Methodist Church is at 7310 N.W. Prairie View Road, Platte Woods.
| Norma King, Special to The Star