Liberty tree drop-off, and other community notes

07/06/2014 5:34 PM

07/06/2014 5:35 PM

Tree limb drop-off opens

The city of Liberty will open the tree limb yard Thursday through Saturday so residents can dispose of limbs and tree debris from the June 30 storm.

The tree limb yard on Missouri 210 half a mile east of Missouri 291will be open for residents with proof of residency 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill, an EF1 tornado touched down southeast of the city limits near Raines Road and Missouri 210 on June 30. Strong winds broke limbs and downed trees throughout the city.

For information on severe weather safety go to www.ci.liberty.mo.us/SevereWeatherSafety.

Zona Rosa hosts concert series

Zona Rosa will host a summer concert series on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through Aug. 28.

Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Some benches are available, but audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Coolers are not permitted.

Thursday nights are Jazz on the Square. July bands are: Anna Lee & the Lucky So-n-Sos on July 10, Lori Tucker Trio on July 17, Millie Edwards Trio on July 24 and A La Mode on July 31.

Friday and Saturday night concerts will include classic rock, blues and funk, oldies, Celtic and country.

Weekend entertainers are: School of Rock on July 11, Salted Blue on July 12, Knock Kneed Sally on July 18, Switch on July 19, Bobwire on July 25 and Valentine & the Knights on July 26.

For information go to www.zonarosa.com or call 816-587-8180.

Tri-country names development director

Jon Wilson is Tri-County Mental Health Services’ new director of development.

Wilson worked for 10 years with the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America as field director in Columbia, Mo. He is a graduate of William Jewell College, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and band manager of the Symphonic Band.

He earned the Certified Nonprofit Professional designation from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance while attending Jewell and is now a member of the Alliance’s board of directors.

Grandfamilies meet in Platte Woods

Northland Grandfamilies will meet at 10 a.m. July 9 at North Cross United Methodist to learn about the Elder Protection initiative in Clay County and crimes targeting senior citizens.

James Roberts, criminal services coordinator with the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office, will speak.

Northland Grandfamilies meetings are free and open to any grandparent, aunt, or uncle who is raising children who are 18 years old or younger. In addition to the monthly support group meetings, the program provides education, advocacy and referrals to various social service agencies.

The church is at 1321 N.E. Vivion Road in Kansas City, North.

For information call 816-407-3490.

Water bills change in Gladstone

Gladstone residents will see a change in their water bills beginning this month.

City work crews have installed new meters with radio transmitters meant to save meter readers time and increase accuracy.

Administrative fees will rise because bills will be processed monthly rather than bimonthly. Senior discounts will be $2 per bill.

For information call the Gladstone Water Department at 816-436-2200 or go to www.gladstone.mo.us, and click on the Resident Services tab.

Local musicians in film

A new Christian Movie, “Uphill Battle,” features songs by the Smithville-based Christian band 9th Hour.

The public is invited to a free showing of “Uphill Battle” at 6 p.m. Saturday at Grace Community Church, 1520 DD Highway in Smithville.

“Uphill Battle” tells the story of a single mother raising her two teenagers after a divorce from her unfaithful and pornography-addicted husband.

“It’s a really good story of encouragement. It’s a good family movie,” said David Lin, of Smithville who wrote one of the songs used for the movie soundtrack.

“It’s appropriate for all ages. I think it’s really good for men to see, because it deals with that issue and that struggle that men often have and the damage it can cause to a family. And it’s good for moms when they have a damaged family and there’s hope when they need to come out of it.”

“Uphill Battle” was written and directed by Amy Kenney and produced by her husband Shawn Kenney through Illumin8ed Productions in California.

Lin and songwriter Dan Allen were members of the band 9th Hour. Allen wrote “Perfect Timing” and Lin wrote “Prodigal Son,” which were chosen for the soundtrack. Both men serve on the worship team at Grace Community Church in Smithville.

For more information contact Lin at 816-645-1982 or 9thhour@kc.rr.com.

Vaccine fee increases

The Clay County Public Health Center has raised office visit fee for vaccines from $15 to $21, the second fee increase in 10 years. The Health Center board also adjusted of the cost of self-pay vaccines based on current market value.

There is no change in the Vaccines for Children program, which federally funds vaccines for Medicaid clients.

People who are uninsured or underinsured will pay only a $21 administration fee. Medicare is accepted for flu, Tdap, shingles and pneumonia shots.

Insured people who request a vaccine at the Health Center must pay the cost of the vaccine plus the $21 administration fee, and then bill their own insurance company. Those who are insured should call first to check on the availability of a vaccine.

Call 816-595-4355 for an appointment. More information on vaccine prices are on the agency’s website at www.clayhealth.com.

VBS begins at Avondale

Avondale Vacation Bible School begins Sunday night and runs through July 17.

“Workshop of Wonders” runs each evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and begins with a light supper for children and adults.

Vacation Bible School classes and activities are planned for ages 3 through sixth graders. Classes are also planned for teenagers and adults.

Avondale United Methodist Church is at 3101 N.E. Winn Road in Kansas City, North.

Call 816-452-3518 for information.

| Norma King, Special to The Star

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