Historic Walking Tour
Liberty begins a series of historic walking tours at 10 a.m. May 7 at the Presbyterian Church at North Main and Mississippi.
This is the 12th year for the tours, which are led by local history experts.
Tours will take place the first Saturday of each month through the October. All tours are free and open to the public. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes.
Other tour topics and dates are June 4 at Mount Memorial Cemetery, William Jewell Campus; July 9 at Dougherty Historic District, meet at corner of Franklin and Gallatin streets; Aug. 6, 1860s tour of Liberty, meet at Liberty City Hall fountain, 101 E. Kansas St.; Sept. 10, William Jewell College, meet at Pryor Learning Commons; Oct. 1, Jewell and Lightburne Historic Districts, meet at Franklin and Lightburne streets.
For more information call 816-439-4537.
Rotary plans Butt Buster
The Liberty Rotary Club’s fourth annual Butt Buster — an outdoor barbecue — is May 11 at the Rotary Plaza near the downtown square in Liberty.
Proceeds from the event go to fund scholarships for high school seniors in Liberty.
“Our motto for Rotary is service above self,” said Frank Dixon, president. “This is just a way to have fun and give back to the community at large and make it better.”
Seventy-nine students have received scholarships totaling more than $200,000 from Liberty Rotary over the last 25 years.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rotary Plaza at the corner of Franklin and Gallatin streets in Liberty.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased that day or requests sent to email@example.com. Meal delivery is available in the Liberty area.
Twenty-five Liberty businesses and rotary supporters have donated all the food, including more than 700 pounds of Boston pork butt, for the Butt Buster.
The lead sponsor of the event is Sam’s Club. Blue Ribbon sponsors are Clay County Savings Bank, Hallmark Cards and Seaport Family Dentistry.
Kid’s Triathlon clinics
Gladstone will host its ninth annual Community Center Kids Triathlon June 11.
Training clinics are offered again this year to help kids ages 6 to 14 prepare for the triathlon. The clinics are May 15, swimming; May 22, biking and running; and June 5, transition.
Each week will focus on a specific skill: swimming, biking, running and transition. Each age group will have a different clinic time.
All clinics will be taught by USAT Level 1 coaches.
Fees are $20 for members and $25 for others for all three sessions. Space is limited. Call 816-423-4200 for information or to register for the clinics.
All participants must be able to swim 25 yards without assistance.
Register for the triathlon at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes St., or online at activityreg.com.
For information call 816-423-4200.
Youth substance abuse prevention award
Teens from Northland Youth With Vision were honored April 13 at the state capitol for their efforts to reduce substance abuse in their communities.
ACT Missouri (Association of Community Task Forces) presented 14 students statewide — five of them from the Northland — with Outstanding Youth Prevention Awards.
The awards were presented during a Speak Hard Youth Rally.
Youth With Vision is the youth advisory council of the Northland Coalition. The group, with the support of Tri-County Mental Health Services, advocates for programs and policies designed to keep their teens away from the misuse of alcohol and other drugs. For information go to www.youthwithvisionkc.org.
Liberty celebrates Older Americans
Liberty Silver Center has scheduled several programs as part of Older Americans Month in May, including a Cinco de Mayo dance party and a day trip to Kauffman Stadium.
In addition, Liberty Mayor Lyndell Brenton will present an Older Americans Month proclamation to Patrick and Jody Crawford, Barbara Moffett and Mabel Bruce during a May 5 Cinco de Mayo dance party.
Other events at the Liberty Silver Center are:
▪ May 3, a hands-only CPR video and training at 11 a.m.
▪ May 4, a program about Liberty’s parks and trails at 10:30 a.m.
▪ May 5, Cinco de Mayo dance party and taco bar potluck. Entertainer Gino Bueno will provide music beginning at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $2 per person plus a side dish or $5 without a side dish.
Registration is needed by noon May 4; call 816-439-4368.
▪ May 20, May Birthday celebration with entertainment by The Country Music Makers at 10:15 a.m.
For a complete schedule go to: www.LibertyMissouri.gov/SeniorServices.
McCormick gives $20,000
Royals Charities has received a $10,000 donation from 360 Vodka, a vodka brand of McCormick Distilling Company in Weston.
The money was presented in early April during a Kansas City Royal’s home game with the Minnesota Twins.
The donation was made possible as the result of a swing-top caps drive from commemorative 2014 League Champions bottles. For each swing-top cap that was returned to the distillery for reuse, $1 was donated to a charity.
“We are excited to make this donation to Royals Charities,” said Mick Harris, president of McCormick Distilling in a press release. “We’re proud of our partnership and most importantly, what Royals Charities has done to help those in need in the Kansas City area.”
360 Vodka will also donate $5,000 to Platte County Soil & Water Conservation District and an additional $5,000 to the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.
Royals Charities foundation gives grants to support children, education, youth baseball/softball, and military in and around the Kansas City area. The foundation awarded $1.5 million to 122 organizations and government agencies in 2015.
Heart and Sole run/walk
Tri-County Mental Health Services will hold its fifth Heart and Sole 5K Run/Walk April 30 at Happy Rock Park, 7600 N.E. Antioch Road, Gladstone.
Funds raised from Heart and Sole will go to Tri-County’s holiday assistance program and other programs for families dealing with mental illness.
The community is invited to participate. Sponsorships are available. The first place male and female racers will receive $150 in gift cards for Zona Rosa.
“This is an opportunity for the community to help us raise awareness and reduce stigma for children and families challenged with mental illness,” said Laura Ellison, child and youth services manager for Tri-County. “Proceeds will help our efforts for young people and their families living in the Northland.”
Fees are $25 for adults and $15 for youth. Register online at www.tri-countyheartandsole5k.org.
Food Safety Excellence Award
Eighty-one food establishments in Clay County have been given Food Safety Excellence Awards for their high food safety standards.
More than 600 food establishments, including restaurants, cafeterias, schools, grocery stores, and community centers, were inspected during 2015 by the Clay County Public Health Center. The Health Center shares jurisdictional authority for inspections with Kansas City Health Department, according to Aaron Smullin, communications specialist with the Health Center.
“These 81 food establishments that have met exceptional standards to receive the Food Safety Excellence Award demonstrate their commitment to food safety in Clay County,” Smullin said. “This commitment is critical to ensuring patrons don’t become sick from a food-borne illness.”
The award recognizes each of the establishments for maintaining substantial compliance with the Clay County Food Code, exhibiting outstanding food safety and sanitation practices and for achieving exceptional inspection results during the calendar year.
For a complete list of those food establishments receiving the Food Safety Excellence Award go to: http://www.clayhealth.com/DocumentCenter/View/311.
Clay County Environmental Health Protection conducted more than 1,200 food establishment inspections and investigated 107 food-related complaints in 2015.
Norma King, Special to The Star