Dads & Daughters run
A Dads and Daughters 5K walk/run is June 14 at the Liberty Community Center.
Proceeds will benefit Hillcrest Transitional Housing and Homeless Teen programs in the Kansas City area.
Women and girls are invited to run or walk with their father, stepfather, grandfather, another male who has influenced their life, or in honor of their deceased dad.
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The 5K is the brainchild of Susan Dawes of Kansas City, North, the author of, “Run the Race: A Father’s Legacy of Life Lessons.” Her father encouraged her to become a runner.
“He taught me how to run the real races of life,” Dawes said.
Registration is $25 for adults and $12 for children. All ages are welcome, including children in wagons and strollers. The 5K begins at 10 a.m. and the course will go up Wither’s Road and back to the Community Center. Registration includes a t-shirt and a medal for every participant
To register go online to active.com and search for Dad and Daughter 5K. Registration closes June 12.
Summer Concert Series
Liberty’s downtown summer concert series begins with the rhythm and blues band Four Fried Chickens & a Coke, at 7 p.m. June 14 in conjunction with the 10th Annual Taste of Liberty.
A July 3 concert will feature The Stolen Winnebagos to kick off the Liberty4thFest at 7 p.m. The group plays covers of rock, pop, hip hop and new wave music.
On Aug. 16 Cherry Bomb will perform during the Annual Dog Days of Summer Craft Beer Crawl.
The concerts are free. Bands will set up at the corner of Water and Kansas Streets in Historic Downtown Liberty. Concertgoers should bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Free kids karate camp
Free karate camps for kids are scheduled this summer at AKKA Karate USA, 7504 N. Oak Trafficway, Gladstone.
The week-long camps are for kids new to martial arts. Activities will include games, drills and exercises, as well as lessons on self-defense. Children will earn a belt on the last day of each camp.
Camps will be held held weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. The schedule is:
Ages 5-8, June 16-20 and July 28-Aug. 1.
Ages 9-12, June 30-July 4.
Ages 13-16, July 14-18.
Classes will be taught by Sam and Katie Middleton. Sam is a sixth-degree black belt and Katie is a fifth-degree black belt.
Registration is required. Call 816-682-2428 to register. Class sizes are limited.
Annual VSI awards
Nick Boulier received the annual Consumer of the Year Award at the 14th Vocational Services Community Awards Night on May 22.
Boulier is one of nearly 200 workers with disabilities employed at VSI’s three workshops in Liberty and North Kansas City.
Awards were also given to individuals and groups who those who improve the lives of disabled people. They include:
VSI Board Member of the Year to the late Jerry Davis, founder and owner of the Stars N Bars Music, which frequently entertained at consumer parties; the Director’s Award to Steven Elliott, Developmental Disabilities Resources Board member; Working for the Public Good award to Eastern Clay County Commissioner Luann Ridgeway, Employers of the Year awards to McDonald’s of Platte City and Home Depot of Gladstone; Volunteer of the Year to Julie Hentges; the Robert F. and Claire Sevier Parent/Guardian of the Year award to Mary and Allen Iske; Benefactor of the Year award was accepted by Cliff Schuette of Thrivent for Lutherans of Southern Clay County; VSI Vendor of the Year to Merit Packaging; VSI Customer of the Year to Boulevard Brewing Co.; the Margaret Hylton Employee of the Year award to Jerry Crabtree; Legislator of the Year Award went to Missouri State Rep. Rick Stream of Kirkwood.
Employees of the quarter were Vivian Hawthorne, Sharon Wade and Donna Hicks.
Four retiring VSI consumers were recognized: Susan Myers, Marian Warren, Patricia Sage and Steven Turner.
The 17th annual Janey’s Ride is June 29.
The 75-mile ride is a benefit motorcycle ride that supports Immacolata Manor’s programs for developmentally disabled people.
Register at www.janeysride.com. Early-bird registration is $25 for individuals and $40 for bikers with a passenger. Same day registration is $30 and $45.
Registration and a benefit breakfast begin at 8 a.m. June 29. Breakfast tickets are $5.
Riders leave Immacolata Manor, 2135 Manor Way, Liberty, at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided at Lathrop High School. The race will end back at Immacolata Manor.
The event includes drawings, a bike show, awards, live music and a silent auction.
Janey’s Ride was founded by Liberty Cycle Center Powersports owner Jeff Heishman in memory of his mother, Janey Heishman, who died of lung disease in 1996.
In 2003 Heishman teamed up with Kevin Broderick, founder of another benefit motorcycle ride, Over the Next Hill for Immacolata Manor, to create Janey’s Ride.
Over 6,000 participants have raised more than $250,000 in the past 16 years for Janey’s Ride to benefit Immacolata Manor.
Watkins Mill Outdoors Day
The Watkins Mill Get Outdoors Day to promote healthy, outdoor fun for all ages is June 14.
The family-friendly event features a 5K run/walk around the lake at 8 a.m., physical activities, old-fashioned games, geocaching, scavenger hunts, mural painting and live entertainment.
Master gardeners will offer hands-on gardening instruction, living history performers will demonstrate 1870s activities and tours of the Watkins Family Home are planned.
Sponsors of the event include Missouri State Parks, the Watkins Mill Association and Lawson Fire Department.
For information go to watkinsmill.org/getoutdoorsday.
VFW places flag pole [photos sent separately]
The Veterans of Foreign War Post 4043 placed a flag pole and United States flag in honor of serviceman Larry Dale Bunch at the Glenaire City Hall in May.
Bunch, a former Glenaire resident, was a Marine Corps staff sergeant who died on active duty in Vietnam in October 1969.
The dedication ceremony included raising the flag, an honor guard rifle salute and taps played by Senior Vice-Commander Jim Weber.
Eleanor Goodson sang the national anthem and “God Bless America.” Other post members who participated were Commander Joe Womack, Quartermaster Michael Grassley, project chairman John Carey, surgeon Ron Laugfman and veteran member Will Akins.
Post 4043 holds its monthly meetings at the Glenaire City Hall/clubhouse, 309 Smiley Road, on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
Northland Grandfamilies will meet at 10 a.m. June 11 at North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North.
The Northland Grandfamilies meetings are free and open to any grandparent, aunt, or uncle who is raising children. For information call 816-407-3490.
Northland Grandfamilies is a cooperative program between Clay County Senior Services, the Platte County Senior Fund and the University of Missouri Extension Council in Clay County.
By Norma King, Special to The Star