Woman in Agriculture award
The second annual Missouri Woman in Agriculture Contest is open to women age 18 and older who are actively involved in agriculture. Two awards will be given: the Missouri Woman in Agriculture Award for women ages 31 and older and the Rising Star Award for women ages 18 to 30.
Applications will be accepted through July 7 and can be submitted by the woman herself or a third party. Applications are available at www.mostatefair.com/ag-contest or by calling 800-422-3247.
The contest is hosted by the Missouri State Fair. Winners will be announced in late July. Winners will receive a plaque and a $1,000 donation from Monsanto to the non-profit of her choice.
Winners will be chosen based on leadership roles in Missouri agriculture, endeavors to perpetuate the industry and fair participation.
Last year’s winner of the Missouri Woman in Agriculture was Brenda Black of Deepwater, Mo. The Rising Star Award went to Kellar Nelson of Mexico, Mo.
The winners will receive their checks from Monsanto at the Governor’s Ham Breakfast Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.
Women will have free gate admission that day, and special promotions are planned, including a free showcase, “Missouri Travel Council Celebrating Women.” For information go to www.mostatefair.com.
A butterfly release to commemorate and celebrate the life of deceased loved ones is from 1 to 2 p.m. June 1 at Immacolata Manor, 2135 Manor Way, Liberty.
This is the third Remembrance Butterfly and Ladybug Release sponsored by Immacolata, a home for disabled adults. The event is free. Interested persons can sponsor a Monarch butterfly or a cluster of ladybugs for $15 in memory of their loved one.
A memory table will be set up so those attending can display a photo of their loved one. Garry Jones, Manor chaplain, will give a short, lighthearted memorial address.
To reserve a spot, call Stacie Bratcher at 816-781-4332, ext. 226
Outdoor movies in Liberty
The city of Liberty will launch Popcorn in the Park with the Disney movie “Frozen” at 8:30 p.m. May 30 in Bennett Park.
The movie, popcorn and water are free. Food trucks will be on site beginning at 7 p.m. Moviegoers are welcome to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs. Alcohol is not allowed in Liberty’s parks.
The second movie of the series, “The Nut Job,” will be shown Aug. 22
For information on Liberty’s parks programs go to www.ci.liberty.mo.us/lpr or call the Liberty Community Center at 816-439-4360.
A Kids Triathlon, “Swim…Bike…Run!!,” for ages 6-14 is May 31 at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.
The race begins at 9 a.m. Children will be divided into age groups with different distance requirements. The event includes swimming, biking and running. Each child will receive a medal and an event T-shirt.
This is the seventh year for the event.
Registration is $40 per child; each additional sibling is $35. After May 18 the registration goes up to $55 and $50. Registration closes May 30.
Packet pick-up and course orientation is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 30 at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.
Pick up registration forms at the Community Center or go to www.gladstonecommunitycenter.com. Volunteers are needed to assist with the event. Call 816-423-4200 for information.
Mixed media art show
The Gladstone Arts Commission will present the work of Lucinda Baker in an exhibit at the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space through July 21.
Baker, a Parkville resident, works in acrylic and collage. Her work has been displayed in shows and galleries throughout the metro area for 15 years.
The Gladstone Community Center is at 6901 N. Holmes, Gladstone.
Forum on memory issues
A Memory Cure Roundtable is planned for the Thursday meeting of the Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City, North.
Representatives from several adult care centers will join the discussion and a question-and-answer session also is planned. The meeting begins at 2:30 p.m.
The coalition is sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health Services and meets in room 205 of the Northland Human Services Building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.
For information call 816-468-0481 or visit www.tri-countymhs.org.
| Norma King,
Special to The Star