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Spring Plant Exchange, and other community notes

Spring Plant Exchange

Gladstone’s Annual Spring Plant Exchange is 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. April 26.

Gladstone city gardener Beth Houlihan has hosted the annual event since 2004 at Oak Grove Park, 76th and North Troost, Gladstone.

The plant exchange gives gardeners the opportunity to share their extra bedding plants and perennials. The event is free.

Participants are encouraged to mark containers with plant names.

For information call



Program on human trafficking

A program on human trafficking is planned for the meeting today of Soroptimist International of Kansas City Northland.

The 6:30 p.m. meeting will be held at Trezo Mare, 4105 N. Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, North, in Briarcliff Village.

The program will be presented by the Sex Crime Unit of the Kansas City Police Department.

“Part of the focus for the international organization is to make members and everyone aware of the problems with human trafficking,” said Sandy Maag, president of the Northland Soroptimist group.

“Our mission is to advance women and girls through education. Our club primarily focuses on Clay and Platte counties and we try to do what we can to assist with the advancement of women and girls.”

The group is primary for women but men are welcome, she said. For information call Maag at



North Star Community Band spring concert

The North Star Community Band’s spring concert, “Americana,” is set for 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the Oak Park High School auditorium.

“We have pieces of music that reflect America…some things that reflect our land and our culture,” said music director Fay Rader.

The free concert will include a wide selection of American and patriotic music from the “New World Symphony” to John Philip Sousa compositions and “American Barn Dance.” Other selections will be “Disney at the Oscars,” music from the 1930 musical “Girl Crazy” and “Shenandoah.”

For information contact Rader at



Blood drive

Avondale United Methodist Church will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in conjunction with Maundy Thursday observations.

The Community Blood Center is conducting the drive.

To make appointments call




. Walk-ins are also welcome. Donors are encouraged to drink plenty of water and should be in good health, said organizers.

Donors are invited to attend the church’s Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m.

The church is at 3101 N.E. Winn Road, Kansas City, North.

Adult summer softball leagues

Registration is open for adult summer softball leagues in Gladstone. Play begins July 20.

Men’s, women’s and coed leagues will compete at Happy Rock Park Softball Complex at 76th and North Antioch Road, Gladstone.

Registration will be accepted through June 27 or until leagues are full.

Single game leagues are $430 for nine games or $715 for doubleheader leagues, plus a $20 Amateur Softball Association fee. Teams must supply their own balls.

Gladstone Parks Recreation will provide score books, scorekeepers an ASA sanctioned umpire and awards.

Register at


or at Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes or the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes. Call


for information or go to



Youth attend prevention conference

Ten Northland Youth with Vision members attended the 10th annual Speak Hard Youth Conference in Jefferson City in March.

The event was sponsored by the Missouri Division of Behavioral health and was designed to teach teenage leaders about underage drinking, substance abuse and prevention.

The youth heard from motivational speaker Heather Schultz and Miss Missouri Teen USA Samantha Bowers. They also attended sessions on drug abuse and prevention, suicide prevention and youth advocacy.

The day concluded with a visit to legislators representing the Northland.

Northland Youth With Vision is a youth advisory council for the Northland Coalition whose mission is to create safe, substance-abuse free communities.

Reception for Operation School Bell

The Northland Giving Circle will hold a reception to honor Operation School Bell at 6 p.m. May 1.

The Northland Giving Circle gave Operation School Bell $30,000 to help the organization provide needy elementary and middle school children with clothing, shoes and personal care items.

The reception is at the Assistance League of Kansas City, at 6101 N. Chestnut Ave., Gladstone.

For additional information or to reserve a seat contact Kimberly Noland at