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Community notes for May 8

Brown Gusewelle perform at Corbin

Actor Dick Brown and author Charles Gusewelle will share their talents at a May 17 show at the Corbin Theatre in Liberty.

The two-man show will feature readings from some of Gusewelle’s most loved stories.

Brown was featured on radio and TV for 25 years in the Kansas City area. He was an assistant professor of communication at William Jewell College for 10 years and continues to announce Jewell football and basketball games.

Gusewelle is a Kansas City Star columnist whose writing has appeared in national magazines. He has written 12 books and is a member of the Writer’s Hall of Fame of America and the Missouri Press Association’s Newspaper Hall of Fame.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 at Liberty City Hall, 101 E. Kansas St.; the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty, or online at



Corbin Theatre is at 15 N. Water St., Liberty.

The show is sponsored by Roger and Mary Lou Gaunt.

Gladstone Farmers’ Market

The Gladstone Farmer’s Market is open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays in a city parking lot at 525 N.E. 70th Street.

The informal market has grown every year since it began in 2010. Vendors sell an assortment of products, including heirloom vegetables, fruits, flowers, eggs, herbs, honey, jams, jellies, baked goods and crafts.

Shoppers can use SNAP benefits, credit cards and debit cards for purchases, said market manager Becky Jarrett.

“We advertise ourselves as senior friendly. It’s not a crowded market,” said Jarrett.

For information call Jarrett at


or go to


and click on attractions.

Party fundraiser for NAWS

Hy-Vee in Liberty, 109 N. Blue Jay Drive, is holding a Spring Time Party to benefit the Northland Animal Welfare Society this week.

Activities are planned throughout the week culminating in a pet and people carnival on Saturday. Daily activities include face painting for children, free popcorn and root beer floats Wednesday through Saturday.

Pet treat take and bake classes are scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Pet Carnival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hy-Vee parking lot. Pet rescue groups will be on the site 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with animals for adoption. Low cost microchipping is available 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pets on leashes are welcome to the outdoor carnival.

Donations of money, pet items and pet food will be collected throughout the week. Donations will go toward NAWS low-cost spay-neuter clinic in Riverside, as well as local shelters, rescue groups, and the NAWS pet pantry.

For information call



Parkville State of the City

Parkville Mayor Jim Brooks will deliver a State of the City address at The National Golf Club of Kansas City at 9 a.m. May 10.

The Parkville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event, which includes coffee, juice, pastries and fruit. Tickets are $15.

“Anyone is welcome to attend, if you’re a Parkville resident or not. We have a great little town and just want to let everybody know what’s going on and keep them updated with our great city of Parkville,” said Marsha VanDever, chamber executive director.



or go to


for information or reservations.

The National Golf Club is at 6700 N. National Drive, Parkville

Drug Take Back Day

Liberty Alliance for Youth is promoting a Drug Take Back Day Saturday at the Liberty Police Department, 101 E. Kansas St., Liberty.

Unwanted, unneeded and expired prescription drugs can be turned in anonymously to a drop box inside the police lobby.

“Prescription drug abuse has significantly impacted our Northland communities, and our youth are definitely among those negatively impacted,” said Vicky Ward, prevention services manager of Tri-County Mental Health Services.

“One of the reasons that we are seeing an increase in the misuse of prescription drugs is that they are easily accessible. So it is recommended that people safeguard all of their medications at home and monitor quantities and control access,” said Ward. “Medicine cabinets and bathrooms where most people keep their prescription drugs is the least secure place because those in your home have complete privacy and access.”

Nationwide prescriptions drugs are now the major cause of fatal drug overdoses, overtaking overdoses from heroin and cocaine.

For more information call Ward at



Sounds on the Square

Free outdoor concerts are scheduled weekly at Gladstone’s Linden Square amphitheater at 602 N.E. 70th St.

Concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. This week River Rock performs Friday and Vantage Point plays Saturday.

Family Day entertainment will be held one Sunday each month. On May 19 the Rockin Rob Duo will perform at 3 p.m. Other Family Day events are June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18.

Concerts are scheduled most weekends through September. Check the complete schedule at



Concert goers are advised to bring lawn chairs. Concessions will be available.

Liberty rain-out line

Liberty area families can get the message about canceled games or programs through a new service: Rainout Line.

Liberty Parks and Recreation is using Rainout Line to simplify communication about canceled games. Parents have options to check online for game status, sign up for email notices, get text alerts, or download a free app.

To get started go to


. Parents can also call


for automated game scheduling updates.