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“Roses from My Garden,” by Shawnna Funderburk, assistant to Liberty City Administration.
“Roses from My Garden,” by Shawnna Funderburk, assistant to Liberty City Administration.

Corbin hosts Holeman

Jazz artist Kathleen Holeman and The Boys in The Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 30 at The Corbin Theatre in Liberty.

Holeman is a vocalist, pianist and trombonist and has performed for 25 years throughout the Kansas City area, the Ozarks, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Indiana and Georgia.

She is the director of Vocal Jazz and Jazz Piano at Missouri Western State University, and is also a co-director of the St. Joseph Big Band.

Members of the Boys in The Band are:

▪ Guitarist Rod Fleeman, who has worked locally as well as in Miami Beach and New York City where he recorded with the jazz fusion group Dry Jack. He is on staff at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

▪ Drummer Al Wiley, who has played with the Pete Eye Trio; at numerous jazz festivals and local venues; recorded albums with Lynn Zimmer, the Turpentyne Ragsters and others.

▪ Bassist James Albright, who plays throughout the metro and is a member of the Northland Symphony and Liberty Symphony. He teaches bass at William Jewell College.

▪ Pianist Walter Bryant, who is musical director for Worlds of Fun and composer for television and radio commercials. He performs with Lynn Zimmer, Vine Street Rumble, and the New Red Onion Jazz Babies.

▪ Saxophonist Doug Talley, who received the 2010 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award. He has been recognized by Kansas City Magazine as one of the “40 Under 40 Who Move and Shake Kansas City in Business, Politics and the Arts.”

Park University, William Jewell honored

Park University and William Jewell College have been selected as a 2015-2016 College of Distinction by the web-based collegesofdistinction.com. Only nine colleges or universities were chosen statewide. Nationwide 330 institutions were named.

The designation is given to schools to recognize excellence in student-focused higher education.

Criteria for the honor include: innovative learning opportunities, active campuses with a variety of opportunities, a track record of successful graduates, recognition by national education professionals, and a strong focus on teaching undergraduates.

Park University is based in Parkville while William Jewell College is in Liberty.

Other Missouri schools chosen as Colleges of Distinction are: Columbia College, Columbia; Culver-Stockton, Canton; Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla; Rockhurst University, Kansas City; St. Louis University, St. Louis; Truman State, Kirksville; Westminister College, Fulton.

Nature sanctuary fundraiser at Fringe Festival

The play, “One Hundred Horses,” will be shown at Kansas City’s Fringe Festival at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

“One Hundred Horses,” is a benefit for Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary in Liberty.

The play was written by Steve Karol, a board member at the Sanctuary.

The play takes its name from a silk scroll, “One Hundred Horses” considered to be one of the 10 best pieces of art from China. It is part autobiographical and part historical, Karol said.

“It was part of the collection that made the epic journey to escape the Japanese advance. It traveled with 20,000 crates of artifacts. The Chinese are as familiar with this work of art as westerners are familiar with the Mona Lisa,” Karol said.

The performance is at the Unicorn Theatre’s Levin Stage, 3828 Main St., Kansas City.

“The One Hundred Horses is a metaphor for the 100 acres of land that is Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary which is the last tract of land devoted to nature in the city of Liberty,” he said.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Fringe Festival buttons are $5 and required for admission to all festival events. They are available at each venue. For information go to kcfringe.org.

Liberty employees show art

The artwork of eight creative Liberty city employees is on exhibit in the city hall through the end of August.

The show came about when a scheduled exhibit fell through. Jonna Wensel, community development manager with Liberty, decided to invite city employees to submit artwork for an exhibit — a first at the city hall.

“She got several people who were interested and she was surprised,” said Shawna Funderburk, assistant to the city administrator whose photography was included in the exhibit.

“I’m obsessed with taking pictures and when I see things I just whip out my phone and I take a picture of it whether it be flowers, clouds, storms, sunrise sunset, my kids,” Funderburk said. Her photography includes an “Andy Warholish” collage of her and her daughter as well as photos of nature.

Art in the show ranges from photography to multimedia to pencil drawing to pyrography (wood burning stencils).

Employee/artists are: Laurie Brown, codes enforcement officer; Kat Lantto, fitness specialist; Gregory Powell, police officer; Jennifer Schuele, administrative assistant; Beth Vanderhoorn, administrative assistant; Sharon Yaffe, police records technician; as well as Funderburk and Wensel.

The exhibit can be viewed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Liberty City Hall is at 101 E. Kansas, Liberty.

Tri-County hosts meetings

The Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City, North, will meet at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Northland Human Services Building.

Coalition meetings focus on the unique needs of adults 60 years and older.

The meeting is open to caregivers, senior citizens and any interested person.

For information call 816-678-3036 or email beckyf@tricountymhs.org.

Tri-County’s board of directors will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Northland Human Services Center.

The meeting is open to the public.

Tri-County provides behavioral health services to people in Clay, Platte and Ray counties. For information call 816-468-0400 or go to www.tricountymhs.org.

The Northland Human Services center is at 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.

| Norma King, Special to The Star