Artful aging play
An interactive play “Seven Stages, Seven Stories,” about caregiving and living with Alzheimer’s, will be performed at a meeting of The Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City, North.
Deb Campbell and her team from Arts and AGEing KC, Inc. will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 23.
The play was first performed last summer and has brought local and national attention for its unique approach to raising awareness about dementia.
The group has been invited to present at the Annual National Center for Creative Aging Conference in Washington, D.C., in September.
The performance will be at the Northland Human Services Building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.
The event is free. RSVP by contacting Tonya Rother at 816-877-0481.
The program is sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health Services.
Service to Seniors lauded
Alicia Scott and Toni Clemens have received the Claude Pepper Award from the Northland Professionals in Aging.
Clemens is the Platte County public administrator, and Scott works with NorthCare Hospice.
The late Pepper, for whom the award is named, was a U.S. senator and representative from Florida. He was an advocate for senior citizens and served as chairman of the House Select Committee on Aging for many years.
Gospel Music Heritage
Gospel singer Matt Carroll will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
Carroll, of Excello, Mo., has been singing since he was 4 years old, first with his family and later with other gospel music groups.
In 2011 he and his wife, Debbie, started their music ministry, Matt Carroll Music. He has performed across Missouri, in Iowa and Oklahoma.
A free-will offering will be taken. Call 816-808-1172 for information.
Jewell honors Mary Sallee
Mary Marks Sallee, wife of retiring William Jewell College President David Sallee, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities for exemplary service during the annual commencement ceremony at Jewell in May.
Mary Sallee was recognized for 16 years of exemplary service and tireless work at Jewell. She was praised for creating a welcoming environment for students and guests, advising student organizations, and serving on many scholarship and campus committees. She has been involved in many community service organizations, including the Liberty Christmas Tree Commission, Harvest Ball Society and Friends of the Zoo.
She is a 1969 graduate of Lawrence High School and earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Oklahoma Baptist University. The Sallees moved to Liberty in 2000 when David Sallee was named president of the Jewell.
Corbin schedules Cabaret and Sleeping Beauty
Corbin Theatre is offering shows for adults and children during June.
On Friday “A Night of Cabaret” will be presented by recording artists Matthew Wilson and Richard Held at 7 p.m. at the Corbin Theatre, 15 N. Water St., Liberty.
On June 24 and June 25, the Corbin Kids Company will present “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS” at the Peters Theatre at William Jewell College, 500 College Hill, Liberty.
Wilson and Held’s “A Night of Cabaret” will include love songs from the ’40s to the present day, as well as their own original songs.
Wilson has performed with the Kansas City Chorale and was a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony. Held has worked with Maya Angelou, Marianne Williamson and Mark Victor Hansen.
A reception for the performers is planned at 6 p.m. The show follows at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the Cabaret performance are $15 for adults and $5 for students and are available at Liberty City Hall, Liberty Community Center, or at www.corbintheatre.org.
The family show, “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS,” will be performed by children attending the sixth annual music theater camp sponsored by Corbin.
Performances are scheduled June 24 at 7:30 p.m., and June 25 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Peter’s Theatre.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and are available online at Corbintheatre.org or at the door.
A second music theater camp production, “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” will be presented by the Corbin Kids Company July 29 and 30.
Liberty breaks ground on streetscape project
The city of Liberty broke ground on a $5 million downtown streetscape reconstruction project June 9 at the Liberty City Hall.
The project will include reconstruction of streets, sidewalks and utilities around the Liberty Square. Sidewalks will be widened to 14 feet, new landscaping and improved crosswalks will be added, and parking will be upgraded.
“The downtown area has been the heart and soul of our community.” said Liberty Mayor Lyndell Brenton in a press release.
“It is a key part of what makes Liberty Liberty. Like a cherished heirloom, it provides us a proud sense of where we come from and who we are.”
The city has contracted with VF Anderson Builders LLC for the streetscape project. The initial plan and design was done by Confluence. The volunteer Downtown Task Force spearheaded the project.
Construction will be done in phases throughout the year.
Downtown businesses will remain open throughout the project.
A Facebook page has been set up to help residents and businesses keep apprised of the project progress at www.facebook.com/frankandlennyliberty.
By Norma King, Special to The Star