Parkville July 4 celebration
Parkville’s annual Independence Day celebration includes food, fun and fireworks under the theme “American Dreams.”
The Main Street Parkville Association, which hosts the event, is partnering with Harvesters to collect non-perishable food during the event. The public is invited to place items in collection barrels at the celebration.
The schedule of events on Friday is:
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Lions’ Club Pancake Breakfast, 7 to 11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall.
Parade, 10 a.m. beginning at 63rd Street and Missouri 9 and traveling to historic downtown Parkville.
Falcon Skydiving team at 8 p.m. The skydivers can be viewed from downtown and will land near the river.
Fireworks over the river at 9:45 p.m.
A free shuttle service will run 6 to 10 p.m. from the South Platte Community Center, Park University and Park Hill South High School to downtown.
For information go to www.parkvillemo.org.
Youth running program
Youth cross-country runners of all skill levels are invited to participate in a seven-week cross-country program with Gladstone Parks & Recreation.
Boys and girls ages 8 to 13 can register beginning July 7. The first class is Aug. 18.
The program includes twice-weekly runs and instruction on running techniques, preparation and healthy choices. Participants will get a T-shirt and a discount on the annual Scarecrow 5K.
Registration is $40 and begins July 7. The first class is Aug. 18.
Register online at www.activityreg.com or at the Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes, or Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.
For information, call the Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department at 816-423-4087.
VICTORY Honorees announced
The Harvest Ball Society has named nine young adults as VICTORY Honorees for the 2014 Harvest Ball.
The nominees represent the next generation of philanthropic leaders and volunteers, according to Michel Ann Kaiser, president of the Society. VICTORY stands for Volunteerism In the Community Through Organized Recognition of Youth.
The nominees are Alexandria Altenhofen, Maggie Bruce, Taylor Burns, August Alissa Grasis IV, Julianna Harman, Chloe Holt, Jennifer Johnston, Michelle Royle and Maggie Wolfe.
Three pages were also named: Grace Hall, Reganne Reed and Emily Watson.
The Harvest Ball is Nov. 15 and the Adorn Style Show & Brunch is Sept. 20. Over the last 27 years the Harvest Ball Society has raised nearly $7 million for nonprofit organizations in the area.
For information go to www.harvestballsociety.org.
Parkville Symphonic Band
The Parkville Symphonic Band will present “The Lions of North Bridge” and other patriotic music during its 20th annual July 4 concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Park University’s Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel.
“The Lions of North Bridge” was written to convey the courage of American colonists at Concord, Mass., in 1775.
The band will also present selections from “Star Wars,” “Bugler’s Holiday” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
The concert is free. Following the concert the Parkville fireworks show begins at 9:45 p.m. and can be viewed from outside the chapel.
Liberty Walking Tours
Walking tours continue this summer in historic downtown Liberty. The 10 a.m. tours are free and open to everyone. Upcoming tours are:
July 12, Three Downtown Churches, led by Harold Phillips. Meet at the Presbyterian Church, corner of North Main and Mississippi Streets.
Aug. 2, Jewell and Lightburne Historic Districts, led by Christopher Harris. Meet at the parking lot at the corner of Franklin and Lightburne Streets.
Sept. 13, Dougherty Historic District, led by Daniel Wehmueller. Meet at Rotary Park, corner of Franklin and Gallatin Streets, Liberty.
Oct. 4, Mount Memorial Cemetery, led by Juarenne Hester. Meet at the entrance to the cemetery on the William Jewell Campus.
Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes
The tours are sponsored by the city of Liberty and Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc. For information call 816-439-4537.
| Norma King, Special to The Star