North Star Band concert
The North Star Community Band will play at 7:30 p.m. March 4 at Oak Park High School auditorium.
The concert theme is “Cold Weather, Warm Hearts” and includes music ranging from Duke Ellington, Punchinello, El Camino Real and Bugler’s Holiday.
“Bugler’s Holiday has always been a favorite,” said Richard Johnson, a band member. “I think it’s going to be awesome. It’s always got a big variety of music in it,” said Richard Johnson, a band member.
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The 55-piece band ranges from high school students to music teachers to engineers and a psychologist said Johnson, who at 72 is the oldest member of the band.
North Star plays four major concerts a year as well as playing for Gladstone Fourth of July celebration. Many members are part of the pit orchestra for Gladstone Theatre in the Park.
Band director is Faye Rader, and assistant directors are Teresa Farley and Steve Lindsay
“We encourage people to bring their kids,” Johnson said. “We try to mix the music up because we have such a variety of people.”
Oak Park High School is at 825 N.E. 79th Terrace, Kansas City, North.
For information call Rader at 816-674-5120.
Platte CERT volunteers needed
Platte County will host a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training March 11-12 and 19 at the Platte County Resource Center.
Volunteers are trained in basic disaster response skills, which will allow them to assist their family, their neighbors and the community when professional responders are not immediately available.
The class is free and will be held 6-9 p.m. March 11; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12 and March 19.
For information or to register go to http://northlandcert.readytohelp.org.
“For those individuals that do not wish to participate in the training program, I encourage them to have a family disaster kit and plan prepared for home, work and automobile,” said Sheriff Mark Owen in a press release. “Disaster can strike without warning. Being prepared should be a priority for every family.”
The Platte County Resource Center is at 11724 N.W. Plaza Circle, Kansas City, North.
Free kids karate camp
A free karate camp for kids new to karate will be hosted by AKKA Karate USA March 21-24.
Children ages 5-10 will participate in exercises, drills and games, learn about personal safety and earn their first belt.
Sam Middleton, a 6th degree black belt, who owns AKKA Karate USA with his wife, Katie, says the camp is a good introduction to martial arts.
“It builds character and gets them used to being in their bodies,” he said.
The camp will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.
Advance registration is required and space is limited. Call 816-682-2428 to register.
AKKA Karate USA is at 7504 N. Oak Trafficway, Gladstone.
Parkville receives tree grant
The city of Parkville has completed the removal of damaged trees in its Sullivan Nature Sanctuary thanks to a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance Grant (TRIM) from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The trees are thought to have been damaged in the 2011 flood when river water flooded the small nature sanctuary near Platte Landing Park.
Twenty-two trees were removed on the North Twin Trail in Sullivan Nature Sanctuary, and 50 were removed on the South Twin Trail, said Tim Blakeslee, assistant to the city administrator.
“It’s a great thing; it will clear up a lot of the forest floor and allow new growth to begin in that area and encourage more wildlife and make the area safer and more walkable.”
Although the trees were probably damaged in the 2011 flood, it takes a few years for the trees to show damage and die, he said. All the damaged trees were burned.
Parkville has been a Tree City USA for 25 years.
Coalition seeks input
A free Zona Rosa coupon book is available to anyone who takes an online substance abuse survey at www.northlandcoalition.com.
The survey, sponsored by The Northland Coalition, is an effort to learn about community attitudes toward substance abuse and violence.
The Northland Coalition is a volunteer group dedicated to combating violence and substance abuse in the Northland. The Coalition is supported by Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS).
Anyone 18 years of age or older who lives or works in Clay, Platte or Ray county can participate. After completing the survey, participants can download a voucher for a Zona Rosa coupon book.
“It’s an opportunity for us to evaluate the effectiveness and exposure of our campaigns and our programs, but also gives us some good local data about what adults think about these issues, and helps us identify priority issues and target areas for our programs, said Kara White, prevention specialist with TCMHS.
The survey can be accessed directly through www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016communitysurvey.
For information about the Northland Coalition contact White at 816-877-0401 or email@example.com.
Jewell choir lauded
The William Jewell College Concert Choir was named as runner-up for the American Prize in Choral Performance for 2015 in the college/university chorus division. Top honors went to the University of Southern California’s Thornton Chamber Singers.
The choir is conducted by Anthony Maglione, director of choral studies and assistant professor of music at Jewell.
The auditioned choir has performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, appeared with the Canadian Brass and in 2015 released an album of choral works, “The Trumpet Sounds,” on Centaur Records.
The American Prize, founded in 2009, is a series of non-profit, national competitions to recognize.
Parkville electronics recycling
Parkville City Hall will host an electronics recycling event 2:30-6:30 p.m. March 8.
The city has partnered with Parkville Commons and MRC Recycling, which will be accepting a wide variety of electronic items including computers and related equipment, cell phones, pagers, radios, speakers, VCRs, DVD players, fax machines, stereos, non-PCB ballast, furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, microwaves and power tools.
A fee is charged to recycle TVs: $20 for those smaller than 27 inches and $40 for 28 inches or more.
Kitchen appliances and other items using electricity or batteries will also be accepted. For information call 816-741-7676.
The Parkville City Hall is at 8880 Clark Ave., Parkville.
Gladstone’s Shamrock Shake-Up Indoor Triathlon is March 5 at the Gladstone Community Center.
The event is open to everyone 15 and up and includes a 10 minute swim, 30 minute spin bike ride, and 20 minute run in the gym. Participants will set their own pace for each event.
Fees are $30 for center members and $35 for others.
Register by March 1 at www.gladstonecommunitycenter.com or at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Homes. Call 816-423-4200 for information.
Norma King, Special to The Star