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Community notes for April 24

North Star Band concert

North Star Community Band and the Northland Corps Salvation Army Band will perform together in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Oak Park High School Auditorium.

The band, under the director of Fay Rader and Roy Jones of North Star, and Tom Carr of the Northland Corps, will present the final Silver Spotlight Concert, which highlights the band’s 25th season.

The free concert program will include selections from Les Miserable, a tribute to Artie Shaw featuring Diane Karius on clarinet and Lee Watkins on trumpet, and “Trumpeter’s Lullaby” with Ed Williamson on trumpet.

Oak Park High School is at 825 N.E. 79th Terrace, Kansas City, North.

Drama critic to speak at Jewell

Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout will speak at 1 p.m. Friday at William Jewell College.

Teachout’s lecture, “From Critic to Creator: How a Drama Critic Changed Hats,” is part of student research day held annually at Jewell. Throughout the day students will be giving presentations. For more information on the day’s schedule go to



Teachout is a 1979 William Jewell alumnus and author of biographies on Louis Armstrong, H.L. Mencken and George Balanchine.

The lecture is in the Gano Memorial Chapel. A question and answer session will follow.

The colloquium honors long-time faculty member David Nelson Duke, a professor of religion who died in 2000.

Liberty Symphony

For its final concert of the season The Liberty Symphony will present the world premiere of Ian Coleman’s “Leitourgia” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre.

The choral symphony will feature the William Jewell College Choir and Liberty High School Choir.

Coleman is professor and department of music chairman at Jewell.

Tickets are available at


or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS.

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

Jewell academic rank

William Jewell College has been recognized with a NCAA Division II President’s Award for Academic Excellence.

Jewell is one of 26 Division II schools to receive the award, which comes in the first year of Jewell’s membership in the NCAA. The award recognizes institutions with a four-year Academic Success Rate of 90 percent or more among student-athletes.

Jewell has an rating of 99 percent, which measures graduation rates for student-athletes — including transfers and those not receiving athletically-related financial aid.

Only Maryville University of St. Louis and Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, achieved a higher rank of 100 percent.

“We are pleased that the NCAA tracks this valuable academic information and validates Jewell’s commitment to the Division II philosophy of ‘life in the balance,’” said Darlene Bailey, director of athletics at William Jewell.

Liberty Arbor Day event

Liberty will observe Arbor Day Saturday with the planting of 12 red maple trees along Withers Road near the Westboro-Canterbury Greenway.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. and will include the reading of an Arbor Day proclamation by Liberty Mayor Lyndell Brenton and a presentation of the city’s 9th consecutive Tree City USA certification.

Longtime Liberty resident Ken Endsley, 81, is donating the 12 October glories maples in honor of his wife, Martha, children Robert and Brenda, and two grandchildren.

Endsley has been a member of TreeLiberty for 12 years.

“I’m tickled to death to put these trees out in such a beautiful area along Withers Road. They are a nice dark red and have spectacular red fall foliage,” he said.

TreeLiberty partners with the city to care for newly planted trees on public property and actively promotes tree planting to the public.

The Liberty Parks Department, with the help of volunteers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H members and high school students, has planted more than 500 trees throughout the community in the last two years.

Brock receives Sertoma Award

Ray Brock of Liberty has been awarded Sertoma’s Service to Mankind Award by the Liberty Sertoma Club for his positive impact in the community.

The award honors outstanding volunteer service to the community and is the highest honor given by Sertoma to a nonmember.

The Liberty Sertoma Club was organized 40 years ago and has contributed more than $1.5 million to the community as well as thousands of volunteer hours.

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