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Gladstone city garage sale held in conjunction with Bluesfest

Parkville police officers, from left, Luke Parker, Robert Heckadon and Mark Hill won their flight at the 17th Annual Kansas City Police Department CARE Team golf tournament earlier this month. The CARE Team raises money for department members and retirees with unexpected emergencies. Parkville’s team was one of 70 teams that participated.
Parkville police officers, from left, Luke Parker, Robert Heckadon and Mark Hill won their flight at the 17th Annual Kansas City Police Department CARE Team golf tournament earlier this month. The CARE Team raises money for department members and retirees with unexpected emergencies. Parkville’s team was one of 70 teams that participated. Photo provided

Gladstone city garage sale

The annual Gladstone citywide Garage Sale is June 2 and 3.

The event is held in conjunction with the annual Bluesfest at Oak Grove Park.

Residents are invited to take advantage of the garage sale weekend and recycle, reuse and sell things they no longer want.

Gladstone allows residents to hold two garages sales a year outside of the city-wide sale.

Permits are not required to participate in the city garage sale; however, sales can be registered for the city-wide sale at www.gladstone.mo.us; click on residents.

Mud volleyball

Youth With Vision invites the community to participate in its annual Mud Mania Volleyball tournament June 24 at Smithville Lake.

This is the 24th annual Mud Mania and will be held at the Kelsey Short Area at Smithville Lake.

The event is a fundraiser for Youth With Vision, which advocates substance-abuse prevention among teenagers and their families in Clay, Platte and Ray counties.

Teams of six to nine male and/or female players will compete for prizes in the double-elimination tournament.

Preregistration online is encouraged. Fees are $10 per person through June 16. Same day registration is $15. Preregister at youthwithvisionkc.org.

Sponsorships are available.

For information contact Tri-County Mental Health Youth Prevention Specialist Kelsey Prather at kelseyp@tri-countymhs.org or 816-877-0496.

Library summer program

Mid-Continent Public Library’s summer program for children and youth has begun.

This year’s program, “Build a Better World,” focuses on reading as well as on STEAM oriented activities: science and sports, technology and teamwork, engineering and environment, arts and architecture, and math and me — self-development.

Last year’s summer learning program had 33,500 participants.

“Our new Summer Learning Program takes a more holistic approach to combating the ‘summer slide,’ ” said Mid-Continent Public Library Youth Services Manager Shari Ellison in a press release.

“Maintaining intellectual engagement by reading and partaking in educational activities is critical to ensuring that kids go back to school prepared and ready to move forward in their studies. We hope that this redesigned program is as fun for the children as it is beneficial for their growth and development.”

The program will run through July 31.

For information go to mymcpl.org.

Park fundraiser at memorial

Park University will host “Night at the Helm” June 6 to benefit its Global Warrior Center and International Center for Music.

The event is planned at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City starting at 6 p.m. and is a celebration of the U.S. military through music, according to organizers.

Global Warrior Center provides free academic and personal resources for active duty and veteran students enrolled at Park and its 39 long-distance campuses across the country. The center also supports soldiers and veterans who are not currently students.

ICM trains and educates student musicians, preparing them for careers in music.

Night at the Helm tickets start at $250. Sponsorships are available.

For information go to www.park.edu/helm.

Liberty Development director

Ralph Boots has been named the new executive director named for the Liberty Economic Development Corporation.

Boots has been community development director in Trenton, Mo., where he worked with developers, community members, and elected officials to bring new business to Trenton. Projects he was involved in included repurposing of a vacant school building into apartments; a 16-acre, 3.2 megawatt solar farm; and bringing businesses and industry to Trenton.

“We are excited to have Ralph Boots join the LEDC as our executive director,” said Jim Rucker, chairman of the board of directors, in a press release.

“He has years of experience in economic development and leadership roles that will serve the organization well into the future. Ralph will help our community further grow and prosper as he assists in expanding existing businesses and searches for new companies to call Liberty their home. He is community-minded and ready to get acquainted in Liberty.”

Boots earned the Economic Development Finance Professional Certification from the National Development Council and graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s International Economic Development Council Economic Development Institute.

Alzheimer’s workshops

A program promoting brain health and Alzheimer’s prevention will be given in six workshops June 9 to July 21 at Wexford Place in Kansas City, North.

LEAP — Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer’s Prevention — was developed by the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

The interactive classes will cover physical activity and exercise, social and cognitive engagement, nutrition, sleep and stress management.

Classes will be held 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays beginning June 9. The cost is $75 per person.

For information or to register call 816-587-5700.

Wexford Place is at 6500 N. Cosby Avenue, Kansas City, North.

SAFE luncheon

The Substance Abuse Free Environments coalition in Excelsior Springs is holding its annual luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. June 1, and the public is invited.

The coalition is made up of volunteers from a variety of agencies, law enforcement, educational, and religious organizations who work toward substance-abuse prevention among teens and others. They are supported by Tri-Country Mental Health Services.

The luncheon is free, but reservations are requested by calling program director Julia Mees at 816-589-6697, or email safedfc@gmail.com.

The luncheon is at the Early Childhood Education Center, 113 Line St., Excelsior Springs.

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