Bell ringers needed
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring bells during the holiday season at its 250 locations in the metro area. Bell ringers are needed Nov. 7 through Dec. 24.
To volunteer go to www.ringkc.com.
To be a paid bell ringer call your local Salvation Army office.
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The money collected during the Red Kettle Campaign supports programs year round in the Kansas City area, including emergency rent and utility assistance, homeless services, youth and senior programs, disaster response and substance abuse.
“Bell ringing is a great way to get into the spirit of the Christmas season and give back to the community,” said Major Evie Diaz, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in Kansas City.
The Red Kettles are one portion of the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign.
“For last year our goal was $1.5 million in kettles only and we raised $1.4 million,” said Amanda Waters, divisional director of community relations for the Salvation Army in Kansas and Western Missouri.
The total amount raised in the metro area through the kettles, major gifts and direct mail donations was $10.5 million.
Donations to the Salvation Army can also be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salarmymokan.org. Mail checks to P.O. Box 412577, Kansas City, Mo. 64141.
Health Department continues WIC
Clay County Public Health Center plans to serve 2,646 people through the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program in 2015.
The Health Center recently contracted with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to provide to women, children and infants such WIC services as checks to purchase healthy foods, health screenings, nutrition education and counseling.
WIC is available to low- and middle-income families who meet federal financial guidelines and have nutritional risk factors. Migrant families are also eligible to apply.
WIC services are offered by appointment only. Call 816-595-4358 for information or to make an appointment.
The WIC office is at the Health Center at 800 Haines Drive, Liberty.
Winter homes tour
The Kansas City Symphony Guild will hold its Homes of Note Tour Nov. 12 at the Homes of Tiffany Greens in the Northland.
This is the 40th annual anniversary tour for the Guild.
Homes will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 12.
The homes on the tour are the Beatty Home at 10631 N. Dalton Ave.; the Cremer home at 10540 N. Dalton Ave.; and the Stitt-McGraw home at 5902 N.W. 104th Terrace. All are in Kansas City, North.
A holiday boutique will be open for Christmas shopping at the Tiffany Greens Community Center, 10401 N. St. Clair.
Tickets are $15 at www.kcsymphonyguild.org or $20 at the door.
Liberty Halloween events
Two Halloween events are planned at the Liberty Community Center.
The Community Center will host an interactive webinar on “The Origins of the Jack O’ Lantern” at 1 p.m. Oct. 30. The webinar is broadcast by the Ohio Historical Society.
Registration is $7 and can be done online at www.ci.liberty.mo.us/parksonline, or by calling 816-439-4360.
The Liberty Silver Center will hold its Halloween potluck from 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 31. The Silver Center will provide pizza.
“We’ll do prizes for best costumes so people are encouraged to wear costumes,” said Chrissy Carver, senior center administrator.
Live music will be provided by Sammie Mihlhauser, who will sing old standards and newer tunes.
Children from the center’s daycare will trick or treat during the event. Other community children are welcome to participate in the trick or treating, said Carver.
Register by Thursday by calling 816-439-4368. Participants should bring a dish to share or pay $5.
The Liberty Community Center at 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty.
15th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration
The 15th annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration hosted by MCC-Maplewoods is Nov. 5-8.
Events for “Listen to Our Stories, Hear the World” will be held at a number of venues throughout the metro.
More than 50 events are scheduled, including storytelling for children, workshops, storytelling concerts and story performances by international story tellers and mimes.
The flagship event is the “15th Annual Storytelling Spectacular” at 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City.
For a complete schedule go to kcstorytelling.org.
4-H Holiday Fair
Platte County 4-H will hold an Annual Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, 7600 N.W. Barry Road, Kansas City.
The fair will include a 4-H booth with items for sale, raffles, vendors and lunch. Proceeds will benefit 4-H programs.
For information call 816-270-2141.
Liberty EDC names new director
Mark Stombaugh has been named executive director of the Liberty Economic Development Corporation.
Before coming to Liberty, Stombaugh was president and CEO of the Lebanon, Mo., Regional Economic Development Inc. He is treasurer of the Missouri Economic Development Council and a member of the International Economic Development Council.
Stombaugh replaced Rick McDowell, who is the new president of the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council.
| Norma King, Special to The Star