Tour of Fairview Cemetery
Liberty’s Fairview Cemetery is the destination of a city-sponsored walking tour at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Well-known characters from Liberty’s past, such as Col. Alexander Doniphan, and several influential families are buried at the Fairview Cemetery, which got its name because of its location near a fairgrounds.
The tour will begin at the rock arch on West Schrader Street.
For information, call 816-439-4537.
A storytelling workshop for caregivers will be offered free Aug. 16 and 18 at the Northland Shepherd’s Center.
The workshop provides healing for caregivers and others, according to Dianna Englander, benefits specialist/health advocate with Northland Shepherd’s Center.
“They can work through and process the feelings that go along with being a caregiver. It really heals the people that are suffering with the process,” Englander said. “The first day, caregivers will share their story and on the second day professional art therapist Deb Campbell will help them weave the story into a piece of art.”
The program was designed by Arts & AGEing KC and will be taught by Campbell.
“This is much, much more than just telling stories,” Campbell said. “This is a process that Arts & AGEing KC has developed over the past six years. Through these workshops, community is built, life stories are honored and caregivers are empowered.”
Workshops will be held 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day in the Fellowship Hall at 4805 N.E. Antioch Road, Kansas City, North.
For information or to register call 816-452-4536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Liberty Mayor Greg Canuteson has been honored as an outstanding civic leader by the West Gate Division of the Missouri Municipal League.
Canuteson was nominated for the Westgate Civic Leadership Award for his work as mayor, former state representative and citizen.
The award will be presented to Canuteson at 7 p.m. Monday at the Liberty City Hall. A reception will follow.
The nomination noted that Canuteson “…guided the City of Liberty during tough recessionary economic times, concentrating efforts on job creation, fiscal discipline, improved infrastructure, increased presence in the manufacturing and science and technology sectors, and revitalizing Liberty’s historic downtown.”
Canuteson initiated the city’s first City Council Budget Committee, was instrumental in helping the city reclaim operational control of Liberty’s Water Treatment Plant, strengthened partnerships between the city and other governmental entities, and promoted roadway improvements including the I-35/South Liberty Parkway interchange and the Flintlock Flyover.
He also took an active role in promoting the manufacturing and science and technology industry in Liberty, which included the gain of two large employers: Ford Motor Company Stamping Plant and LMV Automotive. The two companies brought nearly 1,000 new jobs to Liberty.
Park University hosts eclipse event
Park University will host a solar eclipse discussion and eclipse watch party Aug. 20 and 21 on campus.
The discussion, at 4 p.m. Aug. 20, will feature a conversation with Lynn Bondurant, a former NASA educator, in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater in Alumni Hall.
The event is free but reservations are encouraged by going to www.park.edu/eclipse.
Bondurant is a 1961 graduate of Park and a 2016 inductee into NASA’s Glenn Research Center Hall of Fame.
He has written many STEM articles and books and presented more than 70 NASA television programs. He is a member of Park’s Board of Trustees and the 1991 recipient of the Park University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Park will also host a solar eclipse watch party, #TotalEclipseOfThePark, starting at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Comfort Field/Hemingway Field Parking Lot.
A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Rotary provides garden
The KCI Rotary Club has created an enclosed garden at Tri-County Mental Health Services to benefit area residents with mental illness.
Members of Tri-County’s North Star Club not only are able to work in the garden and learn new skills, they are able to eat the fresh produce for their meals.
This spring the KCI Rotary Club’s 51 members used their weekends to put together an enclosed garden space with raised beds, a deer-proof fence, and easy access to water.
The project was a great fit for the group, whose motto is Service Above Self, said Rotarian Jon Wilson.
“Our club always seeks out projects that make a lasting impact on our community in which we work and live. The KCI Rotary Club was proud and honored to help Tri-County in supporting their mission to offer hope to those in need of behavioral healthcare services.”
Library Night at the K
Six metro library systems will participate in Library Night at The K Thursday when the Royals take on the Seattle Mariners. A portion of ticket sales from the game will go toward summer reading programs for each participating library.
The Royals have also provided prizes for the summer reading programs and 1,000 tickets to Thursday’s game.
“The Royals are not only a great baseball team; they are a tremendous community partner. Along with Royals Charities, they have been instrumental in helping us get kids excited about our annual Summer Learning Program, which keeps children intellectually engaged over the summer months,” said Mid-Continent Public Library Director and CEO Steven V. Potter in a press release.
Links for purchasing tickets to Thursday’s Library Night at the K, and the benefiting library are: Johnson County Library: royals.com/jcl; Kansas City Kansas Public Library, royals.com/kckpl; Kansas City Public Library, royals.com/kclibrary; Mid-Continent Public Library, royals.com/MCPL; Olathe Public Library, royals.com/OPL. North Kansas City Public Library supporters are encouraged to choose any listed library.
Libraries will have mascots, mobile libraries, activities, small giveaways available for kids at the K that night.
The six library systems serve more than 1.6 million people across the metro with 62 branches, five mobile units and 22 other service locations. Their summer reading programs involved more than 62,000 participants.
Parkville River Run
The annual Parkville 5K/10K River Run begins at 7 a.m. Aug. 20 in English Landing Park.
The run is a benefit for Synergy Services, Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce’s charity of choice for 2017. The Chamber is the sponsor of the run.
Prizes will be given in six different age groups for male and female runners.
Fees are $30 for the 5K; $35 for the 10K; and $20 for the Fun Run if paid prior to Aug. 18. After Aug. 18 fees rise by $5. Veterans and first responders get a $5 discount on fees.
A goodie bag and T-shirt are guaranteed for the first 400 to register.
Register at parkvillechamber.com
Norma King, Special to The Star