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Silver Center planning rummage sale, Flag Day celebration

CAPS students receive instruction in a medicine and healthcare mentorship at North Kansas City Hospital.
CAPS students receive instruction in a medicine and healthcare mentorship at North Kansas City Hospital. Photo provided

Silver Center rummage sale

The Liberty Silver Center has planned a Flag Day celebration and rummage sale during June.

On June 14, the Silver Center will celebrate Flag Day — the official adoption of the American flag in 1777 — with an Americana lunch of burgers, hotdogs and root beer floats. Music will be provided by Gene Suddarth starting at 10:30 a.m. Lunch follows at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch is free for those bringing a side dish, or $5 without a side dish. Call 816-439-4368 by June 9 to RSVP.

The annual rummage sale is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 23 at the Liberty Community Center. Baked goods will also be sold.

Donations of gently used items are welcomed and can be brought to the Community Center between 9 a.m. and noon, June 22.

The Liberty Silver Center is located inside the Liberty Community Center at 1600 S. Withers Road.

Free Bluegrass Event

Clay County Historic Sites and the Friends of the Pharis Farm are opening the gates of the farm for a free family fun bluegrass event June 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bring a picnic or plan to buy dinner from the Mudhole Barbeque food truck.

The event starts with lawn games for the kids and a ukulele “jam” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.. Straightline Bluegrass Band will play from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. The historic Pharis Farm is located east of downtown Liberty at 206 County Road EE.

Northland CAPS

More than 300 students from seven Northland high schools completed the CAPS program for 2016-17.

CAPS — Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies — gives high school students the opportunity to work in career environments during their junior and senior years.

Students participate in internships, mentorships and other real-world experiences in engineering and manufacturing, medicine and healthcare, global business and entrepreneurship, global logistics, tech solutions, and digital media and design.

“Our business partnerships and the way the businesses have reached out has been phenomenal,” said CAPS Executive Director Sandy Henshaw. “We have over 400 businesses that are working with us in different capacities, from internship hosts to mentors, guest speakers and more. That’s what makes this tick.”

Students enrolled in CAPS spend either their morning or afternoon working in the program. The first semester of each year is spent doing curriculum, projects for companies, and working with mentors. For the second semester, students work on professional skills, apply for and work in internships with businesses.

“It’s a win/win for everyone because the business partners actually select who they’d like to work there,” Henshaw said.

While Henshaw and other instructors in the program visit high schools each year explaining the CAPS program, “Our biggest promoter are students who are in the program,” she said.

Henshaw expects 425 students to enroll in CAPS this fall, its fifth year.

For information go to www.northlandcaps.org or contact Henshaw at shenshaw@northlandcaps.org or 816-214-1722.

Liberty Summer Band

Liberty Summer Band performs June 13, 27 and July 2 at 7:30 p.m. on the Historic Liberty Square, outside the Rooney Justice Center, 11 South Water St., Liberty.

Eighty volunteer musicians are continuing the 40-plus years of summer band concerts in Liberty, under the direction of Shane Fuller, band director at Liberty North High School.

The band’s repertoire varies between concert overtures and marches to show tunes and light classics.

Concertgoers should bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Jewell names new board chairwoman

Susan Chambers has been named chairwoman of the William Jewell College Board of Trustees, replacing John Gill.

Chambers, of Bella Vista, Ark., is the former executive vice president and chief human resource officer for Walmart Stores Inc. and is president of Chambers Consulting. She has been a member of the Jewell Board of Trustees since 2010.

Gill has completed a three-year term as chairman and will remain on the board. Gill is president of Gill Family Investments.

Other board members are Jonathan Kemper, Kansas City, vice chair of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. and chairman of Commerce Bank-Kansas City Region, who will serve as an advisory trustee; Sarah Rowland, Kansas City North, director and chairwoman of Lead Bank; Todd White, Kansas City North, superintendent of Blue Valley Kansas Schools; Dawn Akers Stout, Dallas, vice president and general counsel of the Fluor Corporation.

Martinez honored

Missouri State Rep. Kevin Corlew surprised Andy Martinez with a resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives on May 19 at Vocational Services, Inc.

Martinez was recognized for his accomplishments at the 2017 Winter Special Olympics in Austria, where he earned a bronze medal in a snowshoe competition, and competed in the 200- and 400-meter sprints, and the 4-by-400 relay.

Martinez has been employed at Vocational Services Inc. in Liberty for 10 years. He also competed in the 2009 World Special Olympics in Idaho. His coworkers refer to him as “Snowman” for his ability to run in snowy conditions.

He is the son of Mike and Kathy Martinez of Platte County.

Hospice seeks volunteers

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care is looking for volunteers to work with terminally ill patients and their families.

Volunteers from age 16 and older are invited to apply with Crossroads. High school students can use work with the hospice program for community service hours requirements.

Volunteers may work in the office, or work directly with patients providing companionship, playing games, reading, sharing music skills, doing arts and crafts, and running errands.

“Volunteers are not allowed to feed patients, not allowed to lift, transfer nor transport patients,” said volunteer coordinator Veronica Evans.

“We call our volunteers ‘Ultimate Givers’ because they selflessly give extra love and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families,” Evans said. “Just being a friendly voice or giving caregivers a much-needed break makes a world of difference. Best of all, our volunteers often gain as much as they give — new relationships, new skills, self-esteem and great satisfaction.”

For information Evans at Veronica.Evans@crossroadshospice.com or go to https://www.crossroadshospice.com.

Free sports physical in Platte County

Uninsured children and teens can get free sports physicals through the Platte County Health Department’s Family Healthcare Clinic in Parkville though Aug. 31.

Children must attend a Platte County school and a parent or guardian must accompany the child. Proof of residency and income is required. Call 816-587-5998 to make an appointment.

Norma King, Special to The Star