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Community notes for Feb. 6

Valentine’s Day for seniors

People older than 50 are invited to a Valentine’s Day party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Liberty Community Center.

The theme for the party, which is sponsored by Liberty Parks and Recreation, is “Lovers under the lights.”

There will be food and events including the not-so-new-Newlywed game.

Register by calling 816-439-4360. Admission is $6 each or $10 per couple before Feb. 11.

The Liberty Community Center is at 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty.

Human rights lecture

Global leadership and human rights will be the topic of a free, public lecture presented by Carroll Bogert of the National Human Rights Watch at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in John Gano Chapel at William Jewell College, Liberty.

Bogert’s lecture, “What is U.S. global leadership in the 21st century? A human rights perspective,” is part of the Kern Lecture Series. She will be at Jewell as a Woodrow Wilson visiting fellow.

Before joining Human Rights Watch Bogert was a correspondent, bureau chief and editor for Newsweek in the Philippines, Beijing, Hong Kong, Moscow and New York. She is deputy executive director for external relations at Human Rights Watch.

Justice Summit concert

A multimedia concert, “The Light of the World,” will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday at John Gano Memorial Chapel at William Jewell College, Liberty.

The concert is part of Jewell’s annual Justice Summit sponsored by the college’s Center for Justice and Sustainability. This year’s summit theme is “Art as an avenue to reconciliation.”

“The light of the world,” multimedia presentation also features the Jewell Concert Choir under the direction of Anthony Maglione.

Composer Nicholas Reeves will attend this premiere performance and will speak before the concert at 3 p.m. in Gano Chapel. A post-concert reception is planned at 5 p.m.

“The light of the world” features the 20th-century Romanian Communist prison Pitesti. The production includes images, interviews and historical footage interacting with a choral performance of the Sermon on the Mount, according to Andy Pratt, executive director of the Center for Justice and Sustainability.

Liberty police promotions

Four Liberty Police officers were promoted within the department in January.

Heather Massey was promoted to corporal. For the last six years she has served as school resource officer at South Valley Middle School and Junior High. Massey has been with the Department for 11 years. Her new duty assignment is assistant shift supervisor in the patrol division.

Nathan Mulch was promoted to sergeant. He is a 7-year veteran of the department, most recently serving in the patrol division. He will also serve as a shift supervisor in the patrol division.

Andy Hedrick was promoted to captain and will supervise the Support Services Division. He has been with the police department for 22 years and also serves as the public information officer.

Tim Moore was promoted to captain over the Operations Division. He has been with the Police Department 24 years and also supervises the SWAT team.

Mardi Gras to fund prom parties

The PTAs of Park Hill and Park Hill South high schools will host a Mardi Gras event Feb. 23 to raise funds for alcohol-free post-prom parties.

This is the 16th year the PTAs have raised money for the parties.

The event will be held 6 to 10 p.m. at Park Hill South High School, 4500 N.W. River Park Drive in Riverside.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. The event includes dinner and auctions.

Proceeds will be split equally between the two high schools for post-prom parties.

Table sponsorships with advertising are $100. Seat reservations are extra.

Call 816-806-9898 for information. Ticket reservation forms are at www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/Pages/PTAAuction.aspx.

Senior exercise discounts

Senior citizens in Clay County can now take advantage of fitness and exercise discounts at nine fitness centers and community programs thanks to Clay County Senior Services.

People 60 and older can apply for the discounts of $30 per quarter for fitness classes and programs.

“We’re expanding our funding for these programs. And we understand the benefit of exercise for older adults. This is our attempt to make it a little more affordable and a little more accessible,” said Tina Uridge, executive director of Clay County Senior Services.

Partner sites are community centers in Gladstone, Liberty, North Kansas City and Kansas City, North; the YMCA at 1101 N.E. 47th St. in Kansas City, North Kansas City Hospital, SHAPE Fitness at Saint Luke’s Northland, North Kansas City Schools and Park Hill Community Education.

For information on services and discounts call the partner sites. For information on Clay County Senior Services call 816-455-4800 or email Uridge at tina@claycoseniors.org.

Harvest Ball Society donations

The Harvest Ball Society gave more than $530,000 to 28 Northland charities at its annual meeting at the home of Patty and Charles Garney in January.

Society president Roswitha Schaffer presented the checks and thanked members for their year-long efforts. Since the society was founded in 1987 it has given more than $6 million to more than 60 charities.

A special impact grant was given this year to Harvesters to support the Northland Childhood Hunger Initiative that aids the BackSnack program in Northland schools.

Other grants went to: Alphapointe Association for the Blind, Angel Flight Central, Assistance League of Kansas City, Children’s Mercy Hospitals Clinics/Children’s Mercy Northland, Clay County Clothes Closet, Concerned Care, Cornerstones of Care, The Family Conservancy, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, HOPE.wrx, Liberty Meals on Wheels, Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries, Miles of Smiles, The Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, NorthCare Hospice Palliative Care, Northland Assistance Center, Northland Christmas Store, Northland Early Education Center, Northland Health Care Access, Northland Meals on Wheels, Platte Senior Services, Salvation Army Northland Excelsior Springs, Shepherd’s Center of the Northland, Southern Platte Emergency Assistance Center, Triality, Tri-County Mental Health Services, and the Women’s Employment Network.

Charitable organizations serving Clay, Platte and Ray counties may apply for 2013 grants by March 1. For information go to www.harvestball.org.

The Society holds two fundraisers each year. This year’s Adorn style show and brunch is Sept. 7 and the Harvest Ball is Nov. 23.