Jazz and comedy will be featured January at Liberty’s Corbin Theatre, 15 N. Water St., Liberty.
The Corbin Jazz Band plays 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday. The band has played the first Monday of each month at Corbin Theatre for 14 years.
“It’s just amazing that it has lasted as long as it has both on the part of the performers and the people who attend,” said Juarenne Hester, vice president of the community theater. “There’s just a very loyal group of supporters who are there every month and the best bargain in the area. It’s a good venue for people who don’t want to spend a lot on entertainment and it’s regular every month.”
The event is free. Wine, beer and desserts are available for purchase.
The two-actor “Greater Tuna” will play Jan. 14-16 at Corbin.
“ ‘Greater Tuna’ is about the people of a tiny Texas town called Tuna, one of those towns where everyone knows everyone’s business,” said the show’s director, Landis Merrill. “There are some really hilarious bits with a bit of drama and some really poignant moments sprinkled in there, as well. It’s really shaping up to be a good show.”
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Liberty City Hall, Liberty Community Center or at www.corbintheatre.ticketleap.com.
January garage sale
A community garage sale for the Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Farm is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 15 and 16 in Gladstone.
The annual sale raises money for improvements at the Atkins-Johnson Farm, an 1800s farmstead listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Farm features a museum, the Big Shoal Cemetery and the restored farmhouse.
“We are trying to preserve the heritage of the farm-type of life and preserve for people what life was like back in 1800s and early 1900s,” said Rita Miller, sale co-chairwoman and a founding member of the Friends organization.
The non-profit group invites the community to not only attend the sale, but donate items to be sold. Donations can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at the former Fins and Foliage pet shop at 7022 N. Locust St., Gladstone, where the sale will be held.
In previous years, the group has raised $1,200 to $1,500 a year, which has paid for improvements such as replacing the wallpaper in the dining room of the home.
“This is a great opportunity to make some room at your house and help preserve the Atkins-Johnson Farm’s history,” said Miller. “Your purchases have a tangible result in paying for special projects at the farm.”
For information call Miller at 816-820-5373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triathlon swim training at Liberty
Liberty Community Center is offering triathlon conditioning programs for all ages of swimmers beginning in January.
A Kids’ Mini Triathlon Aquatic Prep Program is planned Saturday mornings for ages 7–18.
Youth will learn stroke techniques, developing “sighting” for open water, sprints for speed and recovery strokes such as breaststroke and backstroke when rest is required. The program is also good for swim team members who want to stay in shape.
“We’re really just trying to give kids that age another opportunity to get exercise and work out,” said Casey Gaines, program coordinator in aquatics. “Triathlons are popping up more and more. It gives them the opportunity to get them involved and makes them healthier and more active.”
Kids’ triathlon sessions are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 13; Feb. 27-April 2; April 16-May 21.
Cost is $31 for members, $36 for others.
An Adult Triathlon Conditioning Program is scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in January. The program is for adults 16 and up who are preparing to swim the 2.4 mile leg of a triathlon.
Classes include strength-training drills, endurance building, stroke refinement and streamlining. Complete workouts will be provided to the participants.
“It’s kind of our version of a master’s program…this allows people the opportunity to have an instructor who actually gives them a designated workout to help them train…as well as help with stroke refinement,” Gaines said.
Sessions are 5:45-6:45 a.m. Jan. 5-Feb. 11; Feb. 16-March 24; April 5-May 12.
Cost is $65 for members and $70 for others.
To register go to www.ci.liberty.mo.us/SwimPrograms or call the Liberty Community Center at 816-439-4360.
Park partners with teacher residency program
Park University has been selected by the Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR) as the college partner for its new urban teacher residency program.
KCTR is a response to teaching shortages in urban cities such as Kansas City and is supported in its first year by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
The program is for college graduates and professionals who are not in the teaching profession and are interested in teaching.
According to National Center for Teacher Residencies, district-serving teacher education programs pair a full-year classroom apprenticeship with master’s-level education content.
“Residents in the program engage in a full academic year experience with a mentor teacher in the school where they will eventually become the classroom teacher. This model borrows from a medical residency model providing in-depth, hands-on, real-time experiences for the residents,” said Michelle Myers, Park’s dean of the school of education.
The second year of the program is the teaching year for the student, who will continue to be mentored by a teacher.
Park University will provide graduate-level coursework for the candidates for a master of education degree in early childhood education, elementary education or middle school education.
Candidates need to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university with a minimum 2.8 overall grade point average and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
The application deadline for the first class of 25 residents is March 11. The program will begin June 2016.
To apply or for information go to www.kcteach.org.
Norma King, Special to The Star