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Wedding gown exhibit offers glimpse of yesteryear

The NorthWest Missouri Model A Ford Club made its way through downtown Parkville during the annual parade last year. The Independence Day parade begins at 10 a.m. at 63rd Street and Missouri 9 and travels to the Historic Downtown this July 4.
The NorthWest Missouri Model A Ford Club made its way through downtown Parkville during the annual parade last year. The Independence Day parade begins at 10 a.m. at 63rd Street and Missouri 9 and travels to the Historic Downtown this July 4. Special to the Star

Wedding gown exhibit

The Ben Ferrel Museum is hosting, “Weddings of Yesteryear,” an exhibit of wedding gowns dating from the 1800s through the 1960s.

The gowns are on display through July 15 at the museum, 220 Ferrel St., Platte City. The entrance fee is $5 and includes a tour of the mansion house which houses the museum.

“It is a pretty awesome display,” said Sue Hurd, an organizer. “There are some lovely gowns. In the 1800s, it’s our understanding that some of the ladies wore black gowns. In those days they would get a new dress to get married in and so that would be their one dress and they didn’t want white. I think today’s brides should come and see the display.”

The exhibit also includes display items and photographs.

The exhibit is open Thursdays and Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. It will be also open two Saturdays: July 1 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A Victorian wedding reception is planned at 2 p.m., July 16, next door at the First Baptist Church, 214 Ferrel St.

The reception will include a presentation on wedding dresses by Caroline Miller, and old-fashioned wedding refreshments. Donations for the historical society will be accepted.

RSVP for the reception to Hurd at 816-769-9669, or Lisa Wittmeyer, curator, at 816-304-1627.

Clothes Closet open house

The Clay County Clothes Closet will host a ribbon cutting/open house Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 3939 N. Cleveland, Kansas City, North.

The organization has provided clothing to needy in Clay County for 58 years. Executive Director Debbie Bigelow estimates that the organization has provided free clothing to more than 90,000 people since it first opened as a project of the Clay County Church Women United.

“We hope business leaders and community members will come and meet some of our kind, dedicated volunteers and see personally how Clay County Clothes Closet changes lives one pant-leg at a time,” Bigelow said.

For information email Bigelow at ccclothescloset@gmail.com.

The Clothes Closet recently joined the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hygiene Donation Drive

The Platte County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to donate female hygiene products for teenage girls.

“Hygiene products are listed as one of the largest issues affecting regular school attendance for girls,” said Sgt. Katherine Smith in a press release.

“The drive seeks to provide hygiene products to young females who are very much in need. Adolescence is a hard enough process for anyone to go through, even without the worry of having everything that you need. The stress of fitting in and making the right choices can be overwhelming. These stresses are often compounded further when financial pressures are present. The supplies that many take for granted become an immense burden when faced with having to decide between food and hygiene products or going to school or staying home.”

The Sheriff’s Office will work with schools and county health officials to distribute the products to needy students.

Those interested in donating products can go to http://a.co/9HUT4pj or take items to the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, 415 Third St., Suite 10, Platte City, during business hours.

Prairie Creek loop finished

Platte County Parks will celebrate the completion of the four-mile Prairie Creek Greenway south trail loop with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“We started building the trail in 2004. This little piece has been a long time coming so we’re excited to have it done,” said Noel Challis, senior parks planner for Platte County.

The 10-foot-wide asphalt trail has several access points in the area. The greenway is bounded by N.W. 136th St., Running Horse Road, N Highway and D Highway.

The ceremony will be at N.W. 132nd Street and Running Horse Road. Refreshments will be served.

For information, go to www.platteparks.com or call the parks office at 816-858-3419.

Harvest Ball Society charities

The Harvest Ball Society has announced 25 charities that will receive charitable grants for the organization in 2017.

The philanthropic group raises money each year through the Adorn Style Show & Brunch and Harvest Ball. Since its inception in 1987, the group has given almost $8 million in grants to charities primarily in the Northland.

This year’s grant recipients are: Assistance League of Kansas City; A Turning Point Ministry Inc.; Clay County Clothes Closet; The Family Conservancy; The Farmer’s House; Feed Northland Kids; Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs; Hillcrest Hope Ministries; Hillcrest Platte County; HOPE.wrx; Life Unlimited; Love INC of Clay County; Miles of Smiles Inc.; Northland Assistance Center; Northland Christmas Store; Northland Healthcare Access; Northland Meals on Wheels; Northland Neighborhoods Inc.; Platte County Senior Services; Salvation Army; Shepherd’s Center of the Northland; Southern Platte Emergency Assistance Center; St. Charles Food Pantry; Synergy Services; and Tri-County Mental Health Services.

Liberty fireworks ordinances

Fireworks in Liberty are regulated by city ordinances, and the police department wants to remind citizens and merchants about fireworks restrictions.

It is unlawful to sell, discharge, fire or make use of fireworks in the city of Liberty, with the following limited exceptions:

The discharge of non-aerial fireworks, not intended to reach 10 feet in height, is lawful only from 4 to 10 p.m., July 3 and 4.

The discharge of aerial fireworks that are intended to reach higher than 10 feet, is lawful only from 4 to 10 p.m. July 3 and 4 on single-family residence tracts 3 acres or larger.

The sale of bottle rockets and any other rockets, Roman candles, and any and all fireworks with an aerial trajectory having a cylinder or cartridge that is not intended to be completely consumed before landing, is prohibited under all conditions within the city limits.

It is unlawful, under any conditions, to transfer, discharge, ignite or make use of sky lanterns.

Those wanting to sell fireworks within Liberty, or hold a public display within the city limits, must apply for a special permit from the city.

The police department will enforce fireworks ordinances and cite those who violate those ordinances, requiring them to appear in municipal court. Fines may be levied.

The department encourages celebrators to attend the city-sponsored fireworks display at Liberty4thFest, July 3, at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex. The celebration starts at 5:30 p.m.; fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

Parkville July Fourth celebration

Independence Day in Parkville will include a parade, carnival, music and fireworks.

This year’s theme, “Never Forget,” pays respect to those who have fought for and continue to fight for freedom in America.

The Main Street Parkville Association is hosting the events in the Historic Downtown. The carnival opens June 29; vendors booths will be open June 30 through July 4.

On July 4, festivities kick-off with a pancake breakfast at the American Legion, 7 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $7.

The Independence Day parade begins at 10 a.m. at 63rd Street and Missouri 9 and travels to the Historic Downtown.

The Parkville Symphonic Band will give its 23rd Independence Day Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University.

The free concert will include patriotic marches, Appalachian folk music, and jazz selections.

A Falcon Sky Diving Exhibition is at 8:45 p.m. at Platte Landing Park.

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Shuttle services to downtown Parkville will run July 4, 6-11 p.m. from the South Platte Community Center as well as Park Hill South High School

Norma King, Special to The Star

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