Zoo area namedfor late civic leader
The Kansas City Zoo has honored late Kansas City Councilman Robert “Bob” Lewellen for his longtime support of the zoo.
Lewellen Landing, near the zoo’s front entrance, was named in his honor. The area was dedicated earlier this month.
As chairman of the Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners, the zoo said in a news release, Lewellen took the lead in privatizing the zoo.
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That change, which transferred management of the zoo from the city to its support group Friends of the Zoo, hastened the pace of improvements at theSwope Park institution.
Lewellen served two terms on the Kansas City Council, starting in 1983. He was a member of the parks commission from 1999 to 2007. When he died last year, Lewellen was a board member for Friends of the Zoo.
The zoo said Lewellen was instrumental in the acquisition of new attractions, and especially cherished the wooden Endangered Species Carousel, an idea initiated by and named for his late wife Ruth Lewellen.
Lewellen Landing is on a path close to the Endangered Species Carousel.
Oyster dinner in Lone Jack
Like oysters? The 92nd Lone Jack Oyster Supper will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lone Jack Civic Club in Hensley Hall, 509 Bynum Road.
In addition to fried oysters, the club will also serve brisket dinners, hot dogs and homemade pie.
It will cost $15 for a full order of oysters, two side dishes and a beverage. Pricees go down from there.
Proceeds are used to sponsor college scholarships, Project Linus quilts for traumatized kids, the Helping Hands Food Pantry and other community needs. The Helping Hands Food Pantry will be selling jellies and handcrafted items.
The location is a half-mile south of U.S. 50 at the Lone Jack exit.
Veterans invited to third-grade event
Raymore-Peculiar area veterans are invited to a tribute presented by the third graders at Stonegate Elementary on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
The students will sing patriotic music and share interviews with local veterans during a multimedia presentation.
School officials are seeking veterans who would be willing to share their stories. If you know of someone, contact Melanie Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org,
The school is at 900 S. Foxridge Drive in Raymore.
Bell ringers needed
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring bells during the holiday season at its 250 locations in the metro area. Bell ringers are needed Nov. 7 through Dec. 24.
To volunteer go to www.ringkc.com.
To be a paid bell ringer call your local Salvation Army office.
The money collected during the Red Kettle Campaign supports programs year round in the Kansas City area, including emergency rent and utility assistance, homeless services, youth and senior programs, disaster response and substance abuse.
“Bell ringing is a great way to get into the spirit of the Christmas season and give back to the community,” said Major Evie Diaz, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in Kansas City.
The Red Kettles are one portion of the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign.
“For last year our goal was $1.5 million in kettles only and we raised $1.4 million,” said Amanda Waters, divisional director of community relations for the Salvation Army in Kansas and Western Missouri.
The total amount raised in the metro area through the kettles, major gifts and direct mail donations was $10.5 million.
Donations to the Salvation Army can also be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salarmymokan.org. Mail checks to P.O. Box 412577, Kansas City, Mo. 64141.
Jazz concert on Sunday
Jazz performer Diane “Mama” Ray will be in concert from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gillham Road in midtown.
The performance is sponsored Pilgrim Center for the Arts, the performing arm of Pilgrim Center. Tickets may be purchased for $10 at the door or by calling 816-753-6719.
A CD of the performance will be available for purchase later this year.