Ben Franklin kicks off Liberty4thFest fun
Ben Franklin will appear at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre at 7:30 p.m., July 2 as a prelude to Liberty4thFest activities.
The wit and wisdom of Franklin will be portrayed in “Ben Franklin Alive!” by reenactor, Alan J. Prewitt, a Missouri native.
Prewitt, of Hannibal, earned a bachelor of arts degree from Park University in the ’70s then worked as theater and dance coordinator for Kansas City Parks and Recreation. In 1980, after moving to Arizona, he became the Founding Artistic Director for Phoenix Theatre’s Cookie Company. He served as director, playwright in residence and director of education development and resources for the company for 27 years. He has written more than 70 scripts including “The Quiltmaker’s Gift,” which has been performed across the United States.
Prewitt now lives in Hannibal, Mo., and is a member of the Missouri Arts Commission Touring Artist Roster.
The show is sponsored by the Corbin Theatre. Tickets are available at Liberty City Hall theater inside the Liberty Community Center, at 1600 S. Withers Road, or online at www.corbintheatre.org.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students and $8 for groups of six or more.
Camden Point Freedom Festival
Camden Point’s Annual Freedom Festival begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with a parade starting at North Platte Elementary School, 300 Scout St.
A flag ceremony follows at 6:30 p.m. to honor veterans at the Camden Point City Park, at Interurban Road and Highway E. This year a special honor will go to Sgt. Scott Stephenson of the U.S. Army. Stephenson was critically injured while serving in Iraq.
After the ceremony the Bum Williams Band with soloist Bonnie Horton will perform. The celebration includes food vendors, face painting, balloon animals, a bounce house, games and pony rides for the kids. The festival ends with fireworks at dusk.
Hospital offers classes
North Kansas City Hospital has scheduled several classes through July. They include:
▪ Adult/Child/Infant CPR, July 8, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $40.
▪ Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, July 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $50.
▪ Bariatric Seminar, July 16, 6 p.m., by Keenan Berghoff, M.D., Free.
▪ Lunch & Learn, “What Makes Your Heart Flutter?” about atrial fibrillation, July 17, 11:30 a.m., taught by Brick Rigden, cardiologist with Meritas Health Cardiology. Free.
▪ Vascular Health Day, July 18, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., screenings for carotid artery evaluations and abdominal aortic ultrasounds. Cost is $45.
▪ Mindfulness: Living in the Present, presented by Turning Point and Gilda’s Club, July 20, 5:30 p.m. Free.
▪ Renewal: BLS for Healthcare Providers, July 21, 5:30-9 p.m., for healthcare providers or students seeking renewal. Cost is $40.
▪ Diabetes Awareness Series, July 21, 23, 28, 30, 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Cost is $10 per session or $30 for all four sessions.
▪ Heart Saver CPR, July 29, 5:30-9 p.m. Cost is $30.
Register for classes online at nkch.org or call 816-691-1684.
North Kansas City Hospital is at 2800 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City.
Platte County Fair
Prospective queen candidates for the Platte County Fair are invited to submit applications through July 14.
The queen will receive $2,000 in scholarships and other prizes. She will also represent Platte County at the Missouri State Fair in August and participate in the state fair queen pageant.
The competition is open to young women ages 17-22 who have lived in Platte County at least six months prior to July 14, 2015. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and may not have competed in the state fair pageant more than twice.
The contest will include a pre-event interview, a formal wear, and talent or speech presentation.
Each contestant must have a sponsor, whether an individual or business. The sponsorship fee is $50.
For an application or information contact Judy Davis at 816-640-5449 or Anne Jones at 816- 741-2235. Applications are also available at www.plattecountyfair.com.
The Northland Grandfamilies will learn about Platte County Juvenile Office services at their 6 p.m. meeting tonight at Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 N.W. Prairie View Road, Kansas City, North.
Platte County Deputy Juvenile Officer Rachel Fish will discuss the role of officers working with child abuse and neglect cases, juvenile delinquents, as well as assisting with adoptions and guardianships.
Fish has been with the Platte County office since 2008.
Northland Grandfamilies meetings are free and open to grandparents, aunts or uncles who are raising children for family members. The program is a sponsored by the Platte County Senior Fund and the University of Missouri Extension Council in Clay County.
Free child care is available at the meeting by calling University of Missouri Extension in Clay County at 816-407-3490 in advance.
Liberty’s Relay for Life
Liberty’s 2015 Relay for Life is Friday at the Liberty High School Track, 200 Blue Jay Drive, Liberty.
The relay honors cancer survivors and recognizes those who have died from cancer. It also raises funds for the American Cancer Society, said Lori Craven of the survivor caregiver committee. Everyone is welcome to come whether they are survivors, caregivers or interested members of the community.
The Relay kicks off with a ceremony at 6 p.m. The survivor lap is at 8 p.m.
Teams and individuals will run or walk the track during the 12-hour event, with teams camping out overnight. This year’s theme is “Disney” and many teams will be dressed up like Disney characters and their tents will be decorated to represent Disney shows, said Craven. The Relay continues until 6 a.m. Saturday morning.
“The staying overnight symbolizes that cancer never sleeps,” Craven said. “Everybody is touched by somebody who has cancer: a family member, neighbor or coworker. The purpose of Relay for Life is to raise awareness and finances to support research and cancer survivors,”
“We plan a lot of fun things the night of relay for cancer survivors. We have a separate tent for the survivors to gather with water misters to keep them cool. We’re going to play bingo. We’re going to have pie. It’s just kind of a place to gather before the survivor lap.”
Fundraising activities are planned for everyone at the Relay including games, a silent auction, a bounce house for children and massages with all proceeds going to fight cancer.
A Luminaria Ceremony is at 10 p.m. Luminaries can be purchased for $10 in honor of loved ones who have battled cancer or for special caregivers.
Those interested in participating as a survivor, friend or team can register online at www.relayforlife.org/libertymo. Teams can be a group of employees, family members, church members, organizations or neighbors. Advance registration is not necessary.
Survivors will be given a survivor T-shirt at the Relay.
Auxiliary installs officers
Cheryl Hainkel has been installed as president of the Ladies Auxiliary to South Platte Memorial VFW Post 7356 for the 2015-2016 year.
Other officers are Burnell Duncan, senior-vice president; Jodi Kersten, junior-vice president; Judith Green, treasurer; Linda Eckerle, secretary; Rosemary Nollette, chaplain; Crystal Deshazer, conductress; Mary Wilkinson, guard; Sharon Bugg, Ricki Butler and Betty Gianessi as trustees; Victor Messick as patriotic instructor.
The Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at the VFW Post at 10125 Tom Watson Parkway, Parkville.
Membership is open to the wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother or granddaughter of veterans who served during a qualifying foreign war.
The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday [June 25].
The auxiliary will be supporting the VA’s Summer of Service initiative to increase the number of volunteers at VA Hospitals nationwide. For information call 816-806-2796.
| Norma King, Special to The Star