Gladstone Theatre in the Park opens
The musical “Hairspray” is the first production at Gladstone’s Theatre in the Park opening July 3 at Oak Grove Park.
The outdoor production features 82 performers with Cassandra Maggard, Karydan Elkins, Danny Baker and Curt Knupp in starring roles. Vanessa Campagna is the director.
Shows are at 8:30 p.m. July 3, 5 and 6.
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Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. The blanket run, when audience members can place blankets and chairs, is at 3 p.m. each day.
Concessions will be sold by Gladstone rotary.
The musical “Oliver,” directed by Danielle Trebus, is Aug. 1-3.
Kearney smoke-free campaign
Clean Air Kearney, a newly formed advocacy group, is campaigning to pass a smoke-free city ordinance in Kearney.
“Our first step is we’re doing a community assessment online,” said Kathleen Welton, committee chairwoman. “We’re asking people who live, work or shop or dine in Kearney what their preferences are for smoke-free establishments. Our ultimate purpose is to have all of Clay County clean air.”
Clean Air Kearney has spoken to the Kearney City Council and is seeking input from citizens on a community survey at www.northlandcoalition.com.
The next meeting of Clean Air Kearney is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Gino’s Italian Cuisine Restaurant., 123 E. Washington St., Kearney. Anyone interested can attend. Reserve a spot by calling 816-877-0498.
Fun Day Mondays for kids
Kids in grades 3-5 are invited to attend Fun Day Mondays at the Gladstone Community Center in July.
Weekly camps themes are A Day at the Beach, A Day with Dinosaurs, A Day Down Under and A Play in a Day.
Each day-long camp includes hands-on activities, science experiments, literature, research, art and music.
The cost is $38, or $144 for all four sessions. Register through Friday at www.activityreg.com or at the Community Center.
Platte County Fair discount
Discount tickets for the 151st Platte County Fair are on sale through July 16 for $30.
The fair is July 22-26 at the Platte County Fairground in Tracy.
Season tickets prices are $30 on the first two nights of the fair. Daily tickets are $10. Children 12 and younger are free. Season tickets are $50 at the gate.
The fair will include a carnival, demolition derby, mud marathon, truck and tractor pull, horse and mule shows, arts and crafts and 4-H exhibits, food and live entertainment and a queen contest. New this year on opening night, July 22, is Motocross at the Grandstand at 7 p.m.
Clay County Public Health is gearing up for the back-to-school vaccination rush and has begun booking vaccinations for children.
The center is focusing on the Vaccines for Children Program which provides vaccine for free or reduced cost to children whose families are uninsured or underinsured.
Families with insurance are encouraged to contact their physicians early in the summer to make arrangements for vaccinations, said Sue Miller, director of the Section for Family/Personal Health at Clay County Health Center.
To schedule an appointment at the Health Center immunization clinic call 816-595-4355. Appointments are required.
For information on required 2014 immunizations for schools go to http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations.
Bonne Sante chairwoman named
Rosemary Salerno, general manager of Zona Rosa, has been named honorary chairwoman of the 2014 Bonne Sante fundraiser for Northland Health Care Access.
The annual wine tasting and auction event is Oct. 16 at Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa. Advance tickets are $45.
Almost 50,000 people have received medical assistance from Northland Health Care Access since it was founded in 1991 to provide medical care for the uninsured.
Gladstone’s July 4 celebration
Gladstone’s Fourth of July celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. July 4 with a concert by Toni Gates Ensemble, followed by patriotic music at 8:30 p.m. by the North Star Community Band, and fireworks at dusk at Oak Grove Park, 76thand North Troost, Gladstone.
Concessions will be available. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome.
Extra parking is available at Oak Park High School.
For information contact the Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department at 816-423-4091.
Gladstone bans smoking in parks and setting off fireworks.
For information call 816-423-4091.
Liberty4thFest activities start July 3 and include a barbecue, musical revue, entertainment, a parade on July 4 and fireworks at William Jewell College.
Events on July 3 begin with the third annual BBQ contest at 5 p.m. on the Historic Liberty Square. A dessert competition is at 7 p.m. at Corbin Theatre 15 N. Water Street. An outdoor concert by The Stolen Winnebagos is 7 to 9:30 p.m. Food and beer will be available for purchase.
Also on July 3, The Corbin Theatre will present “Letters From Liberty” at 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre. The show takes the audience on a journey of Liberty’s history through acting, song, and dance. “Letters From Liberty” was written by local authors Stephanie Dahlberg and Linda R. Palmer, and adapted by Kimberly Glover. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Group rates are available. Purchase tickets at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre, 1600 S. Withers Road. Call 816-439-4362 for information or to order tickets.
On July 4 the celebration continues with the Liberty4thFest parade at 10 a.m. The parade begins at Heritage Middle School and travels east on Kansas Street to the Historic Liberty Square. Other events include a reading of the Declaration of Independence following the parade, The Touch of Glass Corvette Car Show from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Historic Liberty Square, and fireworks hosted by William Jewell College at Greene Stadium.
Gates at the stadium open at 8 p.m. The Liberty Summer Band plays at 9 p.m., followed by the fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
For information on events, as well as an application for the dessert competition and BBQ competition, go to www.liberty4thfest.com.
By Norma King, Special to The Star