Parkville Days is Aug. 21-24 in English Landing Park. This year’s theme is Happy 175th Birthday Platte County.
The celebration begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, with the Midland Empire Carnival and concludes at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24.
On Friday, live music starts at 6 p.m. with the Scott Moyer Band. Other bands playing that night are Back Porch Blues Band, and Junebug and the Porchlights.
Saturday morning, the American Legion will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 11 Main St.
At 10 a.m. the 5K Run by the River and Parkville Days parade begin at 63rd Street and Missouri 9 Highway and travel to Historic Downtown Parkville.
Other Saturday and Sunday events are Mad Science show, dance performances, Wings Over Water show and the Blacksnake Hills Gang Wild West reenactments.
Parade entries are still being accepted. Monetary prizes will be given.
For a schedule of events go to www.parkvillemo.org.
Look North Award
The Clay County Economic Development Council is accepting nominations for the 2014 Look North Award. The annual award recognizes business achievement, civic leadership, cultural contribution and/or philanthropic commitment.
The award will be presented at the Look North Leadership Banquet at Harrah's North Kansas City, Oct. 16. Nominations close Sept. 25.
The award is merit based. No deceased person or in-office elected government official is eligible.
For information or nomination forms, call 816-468-4989 or go to www.clayedc.com.
Recent recipients include Cecilia Robinson, Dan Kahler, Ed Quick, Reuben Siverling, Jim Corwin, Mark Tankesley and Terry Ward. Last year’s honoree was Cerner Corporation, the first company to be honored.
Adult flag football
Flag football teams can register through Aug. 22 for league play through Gladstone Parks and Recreation.
Seven-player teams will follow the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association rules. Two divisions are planned: men’s competitive and men’s intermediate.
Fees are $450 per team which includes uniform T-shirts, officials and equipment.
Play begins Sept. 13. Games will be held at Happy Rock Park.
Register at www.activityreg.com; the Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes; or the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes. Forms are at www.gladstone.mo.us.
Call 816-423-4085 for information.
Vintage postcards of Clay County
The Clay County Museum and Historical Society’s August Study Group will discuss Vintage Postcards of Clay County at 7 p.m. Aug. 21.
The free public event will be held at the Clay County Museum, 14 N. Main St., Liberty.
For information call 816-792-1849.
Blue Star Museum Program
The Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum is offering free admission this summer to military personnel – active duty, retired and reserve, and their families.
The farm is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military families with proper identification. Up to five family members may be admitted free.
Free admission runs through Sept. 6 and includes the Big Shoal Country Fair that day at the farm.
Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum is at 6607 N.E. Antioch Road, Gladstone.
The farm features exhibits, activities, heritage garden, apple orchard, pumpkin patch, farmhouse and museum. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wed.-Sat.
For information call Erica White, museum manager, at 816-423-4107 or email email@example.com.
Sandy Hook motherto speak at banquet
Scarlett Lewis, whose son was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School killings, will speak at the annual Tri-County Mental Health Services Annual Banquet at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Courtyard Marriott in Briarcliff.
Lewis will speak about forgiveness, gratitude and compassion in the face of personal tragedy.
Her son Jesse was 6 in December of 2012 when he and 26 others lost their lives in a mass shooting.
“We at Tri-County are excited and can’t wait to have Scarlett Lewis join us as the keynote speaker at our annual banquet. Scarlett’s compelling message of healing and love is a universal one which will make for a stimulating and moving evening,” said Tom Petrizzo, CEO of Tri-County.
Shortly before Jesse died he had written the words: Nurturing Healing Love on the family’s kitchen chalkboard. Lewis found peace and understanding from his message after his death and began the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation to teach children and adults to make proactive changes in their thoughts and choose a life without fear and hate.
“The message is no matter what the circumstance when you choose compassion and love you get a positive outcome for all that are involved,” said Petrizzo.
For information or to RSVP for the banquet email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-468-0400.
Bowling for Prevention
The 34th annual Rock-n-Bowl for Prevention is Aug. 23 at Liberty Retro Bowl, 906 W. Liberty Drive, Liberty.
The bowl is a benefit for the Northland Coalition and its youth substance abuse prevention programs in Ray, Platte and Clay counties. Northland Coalition is supported by Tri-County Mental Health.
The family event includes bowling, raffles and prizes. Both open and team bowling will be offered. Prizes will be awarded for players dressed in 1980s fashions.
The Open Cosmic Bowl is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fees are $12 per bowler, lanes will be available on a first come, first served basis.
The Team Extreme Bowl is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Teams of four can register for $120 in advance at northlandcoalition.com or by calling 816-877-0401.
Sponsors for the event are Liberty Retro Bowl and Cable Dahmer Chevrolet. All proceeds will go to substance abuse prevention programs for youth.
Liberty concertfeatures Cherry Bomb
Dance band Cherry Bomb will close out the Liberty Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Saturday in historic downtown Liberty.
Before the performance, the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Craft Beer Crawl runs from 3 to 7 p.m. in downtown Liberty. To purchase tickets for the beer crawl, go to www.historicdowntownliberty.org.
Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
For information on the concert, call 816-439-4360.
Morgans at Gospel Music Heritage
Phil and Pam Morgan will sing at Gospel Music Heritage at 7 p.m. Saturday
The couple hails from Lee’s Summit and started their music ministry in 1996. A freewill offering will be taken.
Gospel Music Heritage is at 102 Lewis St., Edgerton. For information, call 816 532-2485.
Awesome Ambitionsfor high school girls
Awesome Ambitions is seeking young women in high school to participate in its college readiness and career development program during the upcoming school year.
An open house/recruitment fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 23 at the University of Missouri School of Nursing, on the fourth floor at 2464 Charlotte Ave.
Founded 18 years ago by television news reporter Cynthia Newsome and former Kansas City Star columnist Angela Curry, Awesome Ambitions offers tutoring, mentoring, financial literacy instruction, fitness, leadership development and community service projects
Most participants attend Kansas City Public Schools, but girls throughout the metropolitan area are welcome.
Ballet offers a free dayof dancing and lessons
The Kansas City Ballet will host a day of free dance performances, classes, demonstrations, giveaways and family fun on Aug. 23.
The fourth annual KC Dance Day will be from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity near Union Station. It includes a look into the upcoming of production of “Alice (in wonderland).”
For schedule and other details, go to www.kcballet.org.
| Norma King, Special to The Star,
and Elaine Adams, The Star