Shepherd Center of the Northland will hold its annual auction fundraiser, Jazz Pizzazz, on May 2 at the Argosy Hotel, Casino and Spa in Riverside.
The evening includes dinner, silent and live auctions, music by James Rojas, dancing and entertainment. Honorary auction chairpersons are Larry and Jane Heng, owners of Festival Foods.
Tickets are $80. Make reservations by calling
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“It’s a fun evening and a very worthy cause. We have active seniors all the way to frail elderly. We’re just trying to keep them involved and in their homes longer. It’s a great group of people we need to pay attention to and help as much as we can. All our programs and services are no charge, donation only,” said Rebecca Gordon, executive director of Shepherd Center of the Northland.
Proceeds from the event go toward the group’s programs for senior citizens, including health support, home repairs, transportation, home visits, enrichment programs, support groups, exercise, tours and dancing.
Volunteers and seniors also usher at Starlight Theater during the summer.
Shepherd Center of the Northland has more than 400 volunteers who provide about 51,000 hours of service to more than 2,800 clients annually.Hershey’s Track Field
Youth can register now for the free Hershey’s Track Field Youth Program, planned for June 7 at Oak Park High School in Gladstone.
The program aims to encourage physical fitness among youth and emphasize participation and sportsmanship.
Boys and girls who were 9 to 14 years old on Dec. 31 can compete in either two field events and one track event, or two track events and one field event. Events planned are 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 400-meter relay, 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run, standing long jump and softball throw.
The winners of each event will advance to the state meet in Jefferson City.
No prior track and field experience is needed. Track shoes and cleats are not allowed. Birth certificates must be presented upon check-in.
Register at the Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Homes or the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes. Registration forms are atwww.gladstone.mo.us
The registration deadline is June 4.Choir to present ‘Messiah’
The Northland Community Choir will celebrate its 40th Anniversary Sunday with a performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” parts two and three.
The choir, led by artistic director Paul Erickson, will be accompanied by the Kansas City Baroque Consortium.
The free concert begins at 7 p.m. at Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University in Parkville.
Donations are welcome. For information call816-500-8008
.National Healthcare Decisions Day
Shepherd Center of the Northland will host a healthcare decisions event from 9 to 11 a.m. April 16 at Antioch Community Church, 4805 N.E. Antioch Road, Kansas City, North.
“National Healthcare Decisions Day is a day where you can sit down with loved ones and share your wishes for your healthcare and exactly what you want them to do in the event you are incapacitated,” said Terry Tipton, program and in-home services director for Shepherd Center. “Sandra Silva from the Center for Practical Bioethics will be our speaker and explain all the things that go into making these decisions.”
Senior citizens are encouraged to involve family members in the process. Social workers and a notary will be present to answer questions and complete documents. Advanced directives and other legal templates will be available.
The event is open to everyone, regardless of age. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Refreshments will be served.
. For other information go towww.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org
.Gospel Music Heritage
Singers Martha Armstrong and Jacque Job will perform at 7 p.m. April 19 at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
The duo will sing a variety of music including Gospel and Country.
A free will offering will be taken. Call816-858-5512
or go towww.gospelmusicheritage.net
for information.Chorus premieres Gjeilo composition
The Liberty Community Chorus will premiere “The City/Credo” by Ola Gjeilo for its 10th anniversary spring concert at 7:30 p.m. April 28 in Gano Chapel at William Jewell College in Liberty.
“The City/Credo” was commissioned last summer by the chorus and features a string quartet and piano accompaniment by Danny Baker.
Bryan Taylor, artistic director, will conduct the concert. Taylor is a member of the Grammy-winning Kansas City Chorale and was named as recipient of the area’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.
Norwegian composer Gjeilo studied at Julliard School in New York. His works are performed around the world.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors. Students are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online atwww.libertycommunitychorus.org
For information call816-510-5933
.Parkville Chamber’s golf tournament
The Third Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by the Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce is April 28 at The National Golf Club in Parkville.
Check in is at 9:30 a.m. and tee-off is at 10:30 a.m. Fees are $150 each.
. A putting contest is planned and sponsorships are available. Call816-587-2700
for information or to register.Gladstone recreation programs
Gladstone Parks and Recreation is accepting registrations for the following sports:
• Adult sand volleyball, eight-week coed program for novice and experienced players. Games begin June 2. Fees are $135 per team.
• Tiny tots tennis, for children ages 5-7. Equipment provided. Two-week sessions begin in June. Fee is $20.
• Adult tennis leagues. Variety of skill levels, singles, doubles and mixed. Informal scheduling. Fee is $12 per match. Begins week of May 5.
Registration deadlines for the recreation programs vary. For information call816-423-4091
Register at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes, or at the Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes, during business hours, or online atwww.activityreg.com
. For registration forms go towww.gladstone.mo.us
Liberty will be host to a two-day bodybuilding and physique competition April 25-26 at the Liberty Community Center.
This will be the 19th year for the Natural Southern States Classic in the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre in the Community Center.
“It’s women’s body building, it’s women’s physique, we have bikini level, we have figure competition, men’s body-building and men’s physique,” said John Arnold of Natural Build Fitness, which puts on the event. John and his wife, Becky, both former body builders, are Liberty residents.
“We are a drug-tested organization top to bottom. That means it’s good for the community. What we’re trying to do is provide a fair playing field. It’s the idea you’re competing with your peers and no one has the advantage over you.”
Last year 241 people competed from 15 states. About 60 percent of them were local, said Arnold. “Many of them are actually working out in the gym that you’re at; you have no idea.”
The competition is part of the North American Natural Body Building Federation.
Arnold said audience members are always entertained and some are motivated to get in shape by the competition. “It’s very uplifting, a lot of fun and entertaining.”
Tickets are $22 to $30 and can be purchased at the Liberty Community Center or by calling816-439-4362
For information on the Natural Southern States Classic go towww.naturalbuildfitness.com