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The Liberty Belles: Christina Davis, Dee Worley, Robert Worley and Judy Todd will perform Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage in Edgerton.
The Liberty Belles: Christina Davis, Dee Worley, Robert Worley and Judy Todd will perform Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage in Edgerton. Photo provided

Liberty Belles to perform

The Liberty Belles, a Southern gospel trio, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.

The group is a music ministry of Liberty Baptist Church in Columbia.

The group sings a mix of Southern gospel and country gospel, some of which are their own compositions, said Dee Worley.

“I think the lord put a love of music in our hearts,” Worley said. “He fashioned each one of us for his purpose … it’s very fulfilling for us to sing and to sing about the best thing in this universe, which is Jesus Christ.”

For information call 816-532-2485. A free will offering will be taken.

Gladstone commission openings

The city of Gladstone invites interested community members to apply to serve on one of the city’s boards or commissions.

Members of the commissions serve voluntarily and may advise the mayor and council members on issues concerning planning and zoning, parks, capital improvements and economic development. New terms begin in January.

Those boards and commissions looking for new members include: planning, capital improvements, code board of appeals, industrial development authority, parks and recreation, environmental management, tax increment financing (TIF), board zoning adjustment, arts, neighborhood and building.

To apply, send a letter of interest to Pam Smitka, City of Gladstone, 7010 N. Holmes St., Gladstone, by Oct. 21. For information call Smitka at 816-423-4100.

Historical society has sale

The Platte County Historical Society will sell history at its Flower Roots and Bake Sale, set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ben Ferrel Museum, 220 Ferrel St., Platte City.

The group plans to sell heirloom peony and tiger-lilly roots that have been growing in the yard of the 1882 Ben Ferrel Museum for decades for $5 a bag.

“They (the flowers) were there when we bought the place in 1977,” said Betty Soper of the Historical Society. “Pictures show that they always had peonies in the yard. They are beautiful. The blooms this year were absolutely gorgeous.”

The Ben Ferrel Museum will be open for tours during the event, which will include a bake sale and book sale. This first Flower Roots and Bake Sale was the brainchild of Susan Hurd, president to the Historical Society, Soper said.

“We’re hoping it will rain on Thursday, which would be really nice to dig up the roots,” she said.

For information call Soper at 816-805-1112.

Look North Award

Kansas City’s Parks Director Mark McHenry will be given the Look North Award at the annual Look North Award Ceremony and breakfast Oct. 22 at Harrah’s North Kansas City.

McHenry has worked for the parks department since 1974 and has overseen major projects in the city, including the construction of the new zoo and building of eight community centers. He also helped build the original animals at Penguin Park decades ago.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Travis Sheridan, executive director of Venture Café Foundation-St. Louis.

Tickets are $35 and $45 for non-members. Registration is at 7:15 a.m. and the breakfast and meeting begin at 7:30 a.m.

For reservations, call 816-468-4989.

Harrah’s Convention Center is at 1 Riverboat Drive, North Kansas City.

Jewell scholarships

William Jewell College freshmen Jonathan Daniel of Richmond, Mo., and Haley Hart of Liberty have been named the 2015 Yates Scholars.

The Yates Scholarship is one of the largest and most prestigious academic scholarships offered by Jewell. It is awarded each year to two students with a high academic profile and a proven commitment to community service.

Both are enrolled in the Oxbridge Honors Program and Jewell and will be attending Oxford University in England during their junior year. Daniel is majoring in music and applied critical thought and inquiry; Hart’s major is in molecular science.

Liberty Community Christmas Tree Program

Applications for the Liberty Community Christmas Tree program are being accepted through Friday.

The program provides food and gifts for needy families and individuals during the holiday season.

Anyone living within the Liberty School District boundaries is eligible for assistance. School-aged children must be enrolled in the district. Enrollment will be confirmed.

The program is made possible through donations of food and money by the community.

If you need assistance or would like to volunteer call the Liberty Community Christmas Tree program at 816-439-4424. Applications also can be submitted at http://www.ci.liberty.mo.us/.

Worship through the Arts

Composer/pianist Mark Hayes and the Liberty United Methodist Chancel Choir will perform for the first Worship through the Arts Concert Series program at 7 p.m. Oct. 24, at LUMC, 1001 Sunset Ave., Liberty.

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor, said Bryan Taylor, director of traditional music and worship arts for the choir. “His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. There is probably not a Christian church in our country that has not used his choral or piano music in their services.”

Other performances in the Worship through the Arts Series:

▪ Nov. 7, Mark Hirsch & “That Tree,” a photography exhibit, 1 to 4 p.m. Free.

▪ Jan. 5, Missouri State University Concert Chorale, 7 p.m. Free.

▪ Feb. 13, Ben Gulley, 7 p.m. Gulley is a Kansas City native and opera singer; he will present an evening of love songs. Tickets are $10 each.

▪ April 16, Sarah Tannehill Anderson, 7 p.m. Anderson is a coloratura soprano. Free.

▪ June 22, Bluegrass and gospel music by Coupe de Grass Bluegrass Band and the Chancel Choir, 7 p.m. Free.

For information on events call 816-781-4554.

Children’s Reader’s Theater

A reader’s theater for children is the newest program for kids offered by Gladstone Parks and Recreation.

The theatre kicks off Thursday for children in second and third grades with a performance of “Nate the Great.”

A second session, for children in third through fifth grades, is Oct. 29. The children will rehearse and perform “The Ghost of Plymouth Castle.”

Each session starts at 6 p.m. for the children and will include 2½ hours of instruction and rehearsal followed by a performance for parents at 8:30 p.m. Sessions are held in the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes, Gladstone.

Fees are $15 for Gladstone Community Center members and $17 for others.

The classes are led by Luaun Gavin, who helped develop “Tadpole Tales” for Sea Life Aquarium at Crown Center. She taught for 30 years in the North Kansas City School District.

“We will probably be expanding our theater program so we thought we’d start with something a little on the smaller scale. There’s an opportunity to do a whole lot more. We have our Theatre in the Park in the summer. We hope to add more all year round,” said Susan Blattner, recreation specialist with Gladstone.

Register at the Gladstone Community Center or online at http://www.activityreg.com.

Call 816-423-4200 for information or email susanb@gladstone.mo.us.

Grandfamilies Conference

“We are Better Together,” a conference for grandparents and other caregivers raising children, is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North 291 Highway.

The conference is free and includes morning refreshments and lunch.

Conference topics include: The Five Pillars of Brain Health; Legal Issues of Custody, Guardianship & Adoption; Setting Boundaries with Adult Children; Helping Children with Special Needs; The Basics of Medicare and Medicaid and Fraud Watch.

For information or assistance with conference transportation for those over 60 in Clay County, call 816-455-4800, or for Platte County residents call 816-270-2800.

Register at http://aarp.cvent.com/MOgrandfamiliesKC15 or by calling 877-926-8300.

The conference is for adults only; no childcare will be provided.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension Service, Clay County Seniors Services, Platte County Senior Fund and other community organizations.

| Norma King,

Special to The Star