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Community notes for March 13

Choirs perform ‘Gifts From Above’

Choirs from Kansas Wesleyan University will perform at Avondale United Methodist at 7 p.m. Friday . The concert theme is, “Gifts From Above.”

The Kansas Wesleyan Philharmonic Choir, the Wesleyan Chorale, and the Hand Bell Choir will all perform under the direction of Ken Hakoda.

The 126-year-old Kansas Wesleyan University is in Salina, Kan.

Avondale United Methodist is at 3101 N.E. Winn Road, Kansas City, North. For information call 816-452-3518.

Gospel Music fund-raiser

Two gospel music groups will perform at the annual Gospel Music Heritage fund-raiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday .

Praise to Him Ministries and New Shoes Gospel Quartet will perform in the 109-year-old former Methodist Church that now houses the Gospel Music Heritage building at 102 Lewis Street, Edgerton.

Donations will go to the operating budget and upkeep for the building, where monthly gospel music shows are held.

Following the fund-raiser, the audience is invited to attend the annual Ridgeley Christian Church Turkey Supper from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ridgeley Christian Church, 19995 South Ridgeley Road, Edgerton. Dinner tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children.

For information call 816-873-2485.

Couples recognized at Manor Ball

Four Northland couples were honored at the “Embrace the Manor Ball” in February.

The ball was a fundraiser for Immacolata Manor, a home for developmentally disabled adults in Liberty.

Those couples who were honored with the Embracing Hearts Award for enduring love and inspiring strength were: Dan and Patsy Triplett, Chris and Anne Sizemore, Chris and Ellen Todd, and Chris and Kara Geisert, all of Liberty.

Dick Wilson of KCMO was the host for the evening and Stacie Bratcher, Immacolata’s director of development, introduced each couple.

Rising stars jazz jam

A jazz jam featuring young as well as experienced jazz musicians is set for 7 p.m. March 24 at the Corbin Theatre, 15 N. Water, Liberty.

Seasoned jazz pros Chris Foster on guitar and Alex Cordero on keyboard will be joined by students Nick Smith on bass, Jeff Seba on drums and Zach Garland-Foster on sax.

The first set will be classic jazz. During the second set audience members will have the opportunity to jam with the band.

“This is inter-generational. We really want old and young to participate together,” said Shawn Garland, a Corbin supporter. “These kids are amazing and the adults that are working with them are true pros.”

The event is free but space is limited. Reserve tickets at Crybaby Farm, 9 N. Water St., Liberty, or by email at shawn@shawngarland.com.

Donations will be accepted for The 5 Star Jazz Band, a community jazz band of youth representing 14 Northland schools.

Liberty Egg Hunt and festival

Liberty’s annual Easter egg hunt will be held in conjunction with a free Puppets for the Planet community festival on March 23 at Stocksdale Park, 901 S. LaFrenz Road in Liberty.

The festival will include the ribbon cutting for a new rubber surface at Stocksdale Park and will feature puppet shows by StoneLion Puppet Theatre, music jugglers, face painters and arts and crafts.

The playground ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., followed by the Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m., Terry Lee Whetstone on the Native American flute at 12:30 p.m. and the puppet show at 1 p.m.

Children will be divided into age groups. A bag of goodies will be available to the first 500 children. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photographs.

While the event is free, Liberty’s Parks and Recreation personnel will accept non-perishable donations to benefit the In As Much Ministries food pantry.

For information call 816-439-4360.

State of the Cities luncheon

The Clay County Economic Development Council will host the 2013 State of the Cities Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Harrah’s North Kansas City, 1 Riverboat Drive, North Kansas City.

Featured speakers will be representatives from Clay County cities including Excelsior Springs, Gladstone, Kansas City, Kearney, Liberty, North Kansas City and Smithville.

For information or to reserve seats call 816-468-4989 or send email to info@clayedc.com. Online registration is available at


by March 20.

EDC is a public/private partnership of area business and civic leaders. Its goals are to attract and retain business and industry for the county and to promote a positive economic development climate.

Tickets cost $26 for members or $28 for non-members.

Girl Power Academy

Girl Power Leadership Academy will be held April 5-6 at Camp New Hope in Holt.

Girl Power is designed to teach girls in sixth through eighth grades how to deal with issues in their personal lives, their schools and their communities. Workshops will cover topics including self-esteem, substance abuse, effective communication, toxic friends and self-defense.

Girls in Clay, Platte or Ray counties are invited to participate. Registration is $30. The registration deadline is March 29.

Scholarships are available for families with limited finances. “We’d rather the girls be able to learn the skills than to have to miss out because of finances,” said Elise Bennett, Youth Prevention Specialist at Tri-County Mental Health Services.

The event is sponsored by Tri-County and is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “Safe Passages” initiative.

Applications can be downloaded at



Bennett said participants will be encouraged take the skills they learn at the Leadership Academy and create a program or event for the youth at their school.

“We can’t have every sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grader attend in our area, but we’d like the girls to take something that they’ve learned and implement it, however large or small, back to their individual school,” said Bennett. “Last year some of the girls became really interested in prevention advocacy and traveled to the state legislature to talk to their local representatives about prevention topics in their schools.”

For information or an application contact Bennett at 816-877-0496 or eliseb@tri-countymhs.org.

Defense course for women

The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation is offering a defense training course for women from 10 a.m. to noon April 6 at Breckon Sports Center at Park University.

The event is free and open to females 12 and older. Donations to the foundation will be accepted.

The course will include instruction on criminal behavior and personal awareness; training on de-escalation techniques and simple self-defense moves.

TAKE Foundation was established in 2005 by the Kemp family and others. Ali Kemp was a 19-year-old student who was murdered in June 2002.

More than 50,000 girls and women have received self-defense training through the foundation.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring a friend or relative, if possible, to work with as a partner.

To register go to



The course is sponsored by Park University’s Department of Athletic training, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Northland Bone and Joint, River City T’s, and The Urgency Room.

The first 150 people will receive a free T-shirt.

Attendees can reach Breckon Sports Center from the university’s Sixth Street entrance.

For information contact Michelle Forrest at michelle.forrest@park.edu or call 816-584-6440.