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Community notes for March 20

Gladstone art show

Artist Nicole Mauser’s works will be featured in an art opening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 29 at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.

Mauser’s show, Viscosity, will be on display through the end of May.

The artist talk is scheduled at 6:30 p.m.

Mauser received a studio residency from Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project and has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is also a visiting artist in the Education Department at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

For information email artsinfo@gladstone.mo.us.

Safe Celebrations program

Parents concerned about their teenager’s travel on prom nights are encouraged to check into the Safe Celebrations program offered by the Northland Coalition.

The program provides parents with the names of limousine and party services that support tobacco-free and drug-free transportation for youth on prom and graduation events.

When parents contract with those services they agree to not allow any tobacco, alcohol or drugs in the vehicle with the youth as well as to be responsible for their behavior. The youth agree to act responsibly and not allow banned substances in the vehicle.

Safe Celebrations also partners with hair, nail and tanning salons; hotels and motels; alcohol retailers; and clothing rental shops interested in ensuring safe celebrations.

“The Northland Coalition works with business who have face-to-face contact with our high school students during those higher-risk times of prom and graduation to send a consistent message to be safe and celebrate sober,” said Vicky Ward of Tri-County Mental Health. “This partnership doesn’t endorse any of them. We’re asking them to serve as partners to help ensure that our young people are able to celebrate those proms and graduate in a safe, healthy and drug-free manner.”

The Safe Prom and Graduation partnership started 20 years ago. In 2005 President George W. Bush included the Northland Coalition’s program in the National Drug Control Strategy. Since that time Tri-County Mental Health has received hundreds of calls and requests for information on the program from around the U.S., said Ward.

For information on the Safe Celebrations program and its partners go to www.northlandcoalition.com or contact Vicky Ward at 816-877-0411 or vickyw@tri-countymhs.org.


Children are invited to touch a truck, police car, tire truck, trash track and a more during the annual Touch-A-Truck event May 4 at Happy Rock Park in Gladstone.

Touch-A-Truck is sponsored by Gladstone Parks and Recreation for children ages 3 to 12.

The event runs 10 a.m. to noon.

Registration is $5 per child and includes a goodie bag. The registration deadline is April 26. The event is limited to 100 participants.

Register at www.activityreg.com or in person at Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes Gladstone, or at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes. For information call 816-423-4091.

Harvest Ball Society seeks VICTORY nominees

The Harvest Ball Society is accepting applications for VICTORY Honorees for the Harvest Ball in November.

The award’s name stands for Volunteerism In the Community Through Organized Recognition of Youth.

Honorees are chosen each year as part of the Society’s mission to promote community service and will be chosen for exceptional achievements in community service, leadership and scholarship.

Applicants must be high school graduates between 21 and 26 years old. For requirements and applications go to www.harvestball.org/about-honorees. Applications are due by April 30.

Honorees will be introduced at the Adorn Style Show Brunch Sept. 7 and be formally presented during the Harvest Ball on Nov. 23. Both events will be held in the Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall.

Tri-County opens pharmacy

Tri-County Mental Health Services has opened a Genoa Healthcare pharmacy to better serve the needs of its services for residents of Clay, Platte and Ray counties who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

A ribbon cutting was held March 8 at the Tri-County campus, 3100 N.E. 83rd St. in Kansas City, North.

Genoa is a chain of “closed door” pharmacies that specialize in the mental health field.

For more information on Tri-County and its services, call 816-468-0400 or visit www.tri-countymhs.org on the Internet.

Auditions for Gladstone Theatre in the Park

Auditions for “Guys and Dolls” and “The Music Man” will be held April 7 and 13 at Antioch Middle School.

The musicals are sponsored by Gladstone’s Theatre in the Park. “Guys and Dolls” will play July 5-7 and “The Music Man,” Aug. 2-4.

Auditions are open to all. No experience is necessary and no prepared material is needed. All auditions will include singing and dancing. Appropriate clothes are suggested. Parents are required to sign audition forms for those under 16.

Ages 10-12 will audition at 1 p.m., 13-15 at 2 p.m., 16-19 at 3 p.m., and everyone older at 4 p.m.

Performances will be in the Gladstone Amphitheatre at 76th and N. Troost.

For information on auditions or other theater opportunities call 816-423-4090 or go to www.gladstonetip.com.

Antioch Middle School is at 2100 N.E. 65th St., Gladstone.

Flashlight Easter egg hunt

Children up to age 7 can join in the seventh annual flashlight Easter egg hunt Friday at Happy Rock Park in Gladstone.

Fun and games begin at 7 p.m. and the first hunt starts at 7:45 p.m. Children will be divided into age groups and each needs to bring a flashlight and basket.

Registration is required and there is a $4 fee.

In case of inclement weather a makeup date is scheduled for Saturday .

Register in person at Gladstone City Hall or at www.activityreg.com.

For information contact Jody Hydorn at 816-423-4087 or email JodyH@gladstone.mo.us.

Easter at Avondale United Methodist

Easter events at Avondale United Methodist Church are open to the public. They include:

• The annual Palm Sunday Brunch from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday . Suggested donations are $6.50 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds will go to the Contemporary Life Class mission projects.

• Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m. March 28.

• Easter Egg Hunt, 10-11 a.m. March 30, in the Fellowship Hall.

• Easter Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. March 31.

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