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Community notes for Feb. 13

‘Wine about Winter’

Downtown Liberty:

The third annual “Let’s Wine About Winter” wine tasting in historic downtown Liberty is 1-5 p.m. Feb. 23.

Eighteen local businesses will serve a variety of wines and light hors d’oeuvres during the event.

Tickets are $15 for a souvenir wine glass and tasting at participating businesses.

The wines will be picked by Dave Eckert, a Liberty resident, wine expert, and star of the TV show “Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert.”

Early-bird tickets are on sale at Quotations, A Fashion Statement, 17 N. Water Street; and Catfish Tater Boutique, 8 N. Main Street, both in Liberty. Only 500 tickets will be sold.

“Let’s Wine About Winter” is a joint effort between the downtown merchants and Historic Downtown Liberty Inc.

For information call 816-781-3575.

Northland Community Choir

Chocolates, Carnations and Love Songs:

For its first concert of the year the Northland Community Choir will sing of “Chocolates, Carnations and Love Songs.”

The Valentine-themed concert is 3 p.m. Sunday at Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University, Parkville.

The volunteer group is directed by Paul Erickson.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Purchase tickets online at northlandcommunitychoir.org.

Peace journalism in Mexico

Park College symposium:

A panel of journalists and academicians will discuss peace journalism in Mexico Feb. 21 at a Park College symposium.

The symposium, “The Crisis in Mexico: Is Peace Journalism Possible?” will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Park’s McCoy Meetin’ House. The event is free and open to the public.

The panelists will discuss how journalists can safely fulfill their watchdog responsibilities in Mexico and also create platforms to give peacemakers a voice, according to professor Steven Youngblood, who will moderate the panel.

Panelists are Cristina Ávila-Zesatti, creator and general editor of Corresponsal de Paz in Zacatecas, Mexico; Maria Teresa Nicolás Gavilán, director of graduate studies in communication at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City, who will participate via Skype; and Kansas City Star columnist Mary Sanchez.

“There are few places where the practice of journalism is more challenging…than in Mexico, where 28 journalists have been killed since 1992,” said Youngblood, who is an associate professor of communication arts and director of Park’s Center for Global Peace Journalism

The symposium will also be available via a live stream at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/parkadmin.portal#.

It is sponsored by Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism and is partly funded through a grant by the U.S. Institute of Peace as part of a new Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative.

For more information contact Youngblood at steve.youngblood@park.edu or 816-584-6321.

Substance abuse conference

Helping teens:

“Make Good Things Happen,” a conference designed to help community members make a positive impact on teens’ lives, will be held Feb. 22 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

The free conference begins at 8 a.m. and includes a breakfast and workshops on social issues and challenges to creating a substance-abuse free community. It is sponsored by the Northland Coalition.

Workshops will address issues including cyber crimes, drugs, bullying and suicide.

Registration and breakfast are free. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. followed by a speaker at 9 a.m. and workshops until noon.

Register at http://preventionconference.eventbrite.com or by contacting Kara Siefker at karas@tri-countymhs.org or call 816-877-0401.

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church is at 1600 N. Missouri 291, Liberty.

Jazz Trio at Corbin

One-night show:

The Bram Wijnands Jazz Trio will return to the Corbin Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 for a one-night show.

The trio features Wijnands on piano and vocals, Hal Melia on saxes, clarinet and vocals, and Philip Wakefield on drums.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Crybaby Farm 9 N. Water Street, Liberty; and online at www.corbintheatre.org.

Doors open at 7 p.m. For information call 816-529-4988.

The performance is sponsored by Ed and Bev Mann of Excelsior Springs.

Taste of Chocolate

Belvoir Winery:

The Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary has planned “a romantic evening of arts and chocolate” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Belvoir Winery.

“The Taste of Chocolate,” will include art, chocolate, a silent auction, live music, a play and a raffle.

Tickets are $25 a couple. Front row seats are $35.

For information or reservations call 816-781-8598.

Belvoir Winery is at 1325 Odd Fellows Road, Liberty.

Gospel Music Heritage


Martha Armstrong Company will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.

The duo of Martha Armstrong and Jacque Job will present a concert of gospel, big band and country music.

A free-will offering will be taken. For information call 816-858-5512.

Philanthropic nominations

Northland Community Foundation:

The Northland Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the Pinnacle Award and Virjean Burton Youth Philanthropy Award.

Both awards honor those who have exhibited leadership and philanthropic service in the Northland.

The Pinnacle Award will be presented to an individual or organization in Clay or Platte County that shows significant charitable contributions through action or monetary commitments. Nominations are due March 1.

The Virjean Burton Youth Philanthropy Award is open to a high school student who shows volunteerism and the ability to involve others in philanthropic activity. The youth recipient will select a Northland nonprofit organization to receive a $1,000 grant. Nominations are due March 29.

The awards will be presented at a Celebration Breakfast April 26 at Harrah’s in North Kansas City.

Nomination forms are available at www.northlandcf.org, or by contacting Jackie Baker at baker@gkccf.org or 816-627-3414.

Bunco night


The Gladstone Community Center will host Bunco Night at 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

Participants must be 18 or older. Registration is required by Feb. 20 by calling 816-423-4200 or at the community center, 7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone.

The cost is $5 for members and $7 for others.