Parkville River Run Aug. 22
Runners and walkers can register now for Parkville’s River Run Aug. 22.
The run precedes the annual Parkville Days Parade and will include a 5K, 10K and 2 mile walk.
Registration through Aug. 20 is $25 and $30 for the 5K and 10K respectively; and $20 for the fun walk. Fees increase by $5 for late registration. Register at enter2run.com.
Event day check-in is at 6 a.m. at English Landing Park. The run begins at 7 a.m. Prizes will be given in seven age categories
The first 200 registered will receive a goodie bag and T-shirt.
Proceeds from the race go to Hillcrest Platte County and Main Street Parkville Association.
Both volunteers and sponsors are welcomed. Call 816-587-2700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breastfeeding Week event
New and expectant mothers and their families are invited to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week at the Clay County Public Health Center, 1-3 p.m., Friday.
The theme for World Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!”
Friday’s event is hosted by Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program. It will include breastfeeding information from LaLeche League and others.
“When the community comes together, we can make breastfeeding work,” said Julia Hladky, breastfeeding peer counselor at the Clay County Public Health Center.
This is the 25th anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration 1990, a document created by UNICEF and the World Health Organization and others that recognized the importance of breastfeeding and encouraged countries to adopt policies that would promote improved breastfeeding practices.
Families are invited to attend the event together. Raffles and snacks are planned.
For more information on the event or breastfeeding help call 816-595-4200.
Craft Beer Crawl
Liberty’s Fourth Annual Dog Days of Summer Craft Beer Crawl is 3-7 p.m., Aug. 15 in historic downtown Liberty.
Kansas City band The Stolen Winnebago will perform on the historic square on the corner of Water and Kansas streets at 5 p.m. The concert is free. Lawn chairs are recommended.
Twenty-three businesses will offer beer sampling during Dog Days. Tickets are $20.
Buy beer crawl tickets online at www.historicdowntownliberty.org; or at Brant’s Clothing Store, Whiteside Jewelry or Clay County Savings Bank.
The Beer Crawl is sponsored by Historic Downtown Liberty and the concert is sponsored by Liberty Parks and Recreation.
‘Seussical’ in the Park
Gladstone Theater in the Park will present “Seussical the Musical” in the Gladstone Amphitheatre Aug. 7-9.
The musical is based on the Dr. Seuss books and includes familiar characters such as The Cat in the Hat, Horton and Miss Gertrude McFuzz.
The free show begins at 8:30 p.m. each night. Picnics are welcome. Concessions will be sold by the Gladstone Rotary Club.
The blanket run — the time when audience members are allowed to place blankets and chairs on the grounds — is at 3 p.m. each day.
The Gladstone Amphitheatre in located in Oak Grove Park at 76th and N. Troost, Gladstone.
The program is a joint venture of Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department, Ibsen Dance Theatre and The North Star Community Band.
Bunco Night in Gladstone
The Gladstone Community Center will host Bunco Night at 6 p.m. Aug. 13.
Participants must be 18 or older. Space is limited. Register in advance by calling 816-423-4200 or in person at the Community Center, 7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone.
The cost is $5 for members and $7 for others.
Refreshments and door prizes are planned.
Tri-County annual meeting
Author Kevin Hines will speak at the annual banquet and 25th anniversary celebration of Tri-County Mental Health Services Aug. 31.
Hines’ book “Cracked Not Broken,” tells of his attempted suicide from the Golden Gate Bridge at the age of 19 and his survival, thanks to a sea lion who kept him afloat until a boat could arrive. He ultimately became a mental health speaker and shares his story worldwide.
The event will be held at Courtyard Marriott at Briarcliff. It begins at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m.
Tickets are $75; table sponsorships are available.
For information or to register call 816-468-0400 or go to www.tri-countymhs.org.
Liberty native plays
The Michael Eaton Group will perform at the Westport Coffee House, 8-10 p.m. Aug. 12.
Saxophonist Eaton, a 1999 graduate of Liberty High School, released his debut album, “Individuation,” last fall in New York.
Reviewer Dan Bilawsky of AllAboutJazz.com wrote that the album was “an auspicious debut that marks Eaton as one to watch.”
The Westport Coffee House is at 4010 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City. The cover charge is $10.
Platte Valley Bank
Susan Brown has joined Platte Valley Bank as Business Development Representative.
Brown plans to go out into the community and meet new and prospective customers, rather than wait for them to come in, she said.
“It’s a brand new position for the bank,” Brown said. “I’m really looking forward to getting out and helping businesses in the community.”
Platte Valley Bank has eight branches throughout the Northland and has amazing customer service, she said.
“It’s a really interesting bank. It’s a community bank. I’m just continually amazed that when you call our bank we have real people answer the phone.”
Brown can be reached at 816-746-7622 or email@example.com.
The 291 Highway bridge over the Missouri River at Sugar Creek reopened July 30.
The 66-year-old bridge was closed for repairs May 6 after MoDOT found deterioration during routine inspections.
“There were two different spots that were deemed bad; after further inspections they found almost a dozen more bad spots,” said Markl Johnson with MoDOT.
Due to bad weather, the repairs were set back a couple of months and cost about $100,000, he said.
The bridge carries nearly 11,000 cars daily.
“It is safe and ready for cars,” Johnson said.
| Norma King, Special to The Star