Online childbirth education
Liberty Hospital has launched a free childbirth education site at www.libertyhospital.org/baby.
The site features two tracts: The Gift of Motherhood and Breastfeeding. Each is an interactive program that includes animated illustrations and videos.
This online education is available free to the community.
For information call 816-792-7250.
EDC Golf tournament
The 12th Annual Clay County Economic Development Council Golf Tournament is June 24 at Paradise Pointe Golf Course at Smithville Lake.
Check-in is at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
Fees are $800 for a team of four which includes a sponsorship; or $200 for a single player. Players can purchase packages for $25 which include two mulligans, advantage to swing from the Bubba drive, longest drive contest, closest to pin, raffle tickets and first- or second-place team eligibility.
Each player will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Pro Shop at Paradise Pointe as well as beverages and food all day. Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino and Hotel is providing brats and burgers.
Proceeds go to EDC programs to promote business in Clay County.
For information or to register call the EDC office at 816-468-4989.
Hazardous waste drop-off
Northland residents can dispose of hazardous waste from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at a mobile collection site at Happy Rock Park, 76th and North Antioch Road, Gladstone.
Antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint will be accepted. No yard waste, trash, electronic or business waste will be accepted.
Thirty-four communities participate in the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Solid Waste Management District which schedules mobile hazardous waste drop-off sites and has two permanent facilities in the area.
“There’s no charge and there’s no limit. The big important thing is that it’s only residential waste,” said Nadja Karpilow, environmental planner with MARC Solid Waste Management District.
The Gladstone drop-off is open to residents of Gladstone, Kansas City, Liberty, North Kansas City, Parkville, Pleasant Valley, unincorporated Clay County and unincorporated Platte County and many other communities. To find out if you live in a participating community call 816-701-8226 or go to www.recyclespot.org.
A year-round free collection facility is at 4707 Deramus, Kansas City. It is open Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. year round. It is closed on major holidays.
“It’s regional, so that means residents from participating facilities can access any of our mobile events as well as our permanent facilities,” Karpilow said.
Moore sworn in
Rae Moore was sworn in June 13 as a Liberty City council member, replacing her husband, Jeff Moore, who died May 31 of pancreatic cancer.
During the June 13 council meeting, a resolution of gratitude to Jeff Moore for his service to Liberty was first read by Mayor Lyndell Brenton and presented to Rae Moore.
After unanimous approval of the council, Rae Moore was sworn in to serve as a councilmember for Liberty’s Ward 2.
“I couldn’t think of anybody who was any more qualified or any more capable of being a councilmember than Rae Moore. So it was a logical choice,” Brenton said. “Not only is she going to serve well in this position, but, as you can tell by the eight white males you see up here, she’ll offer a pleasant new perspective.”
Council members and the mayor took a few minutes to praise Jeff Moore and described him as jovial, with a servant’s heart, steady, determined and with the attitude of “let’s do something.”
Brenton described him as one of those great warriors who fights for others and not themselves.
Camden Point Freedom Festival
Camden Point’s Annual Freedom Festival begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The parade starts at the old fire station on Second and Camden streets and travels to the city park at Interurban Road and Highway E.
The grand marshals are Roger and Lisa Giger, who have been educators in the community for many years.
Following the parade, a flag ceremony is planned at the park at 6:30 p.m. This year, World War II veteran Alvin Carey will receive special honors.
The celebration will include food vendors, face painting, games, small train and fire truck rides, and entertainment.
Jack Klein and the Missouri Rebels Band will perform.
Fireworks are planned at dusk.
“It will just be a nice evening for the whole community to enjoy,” said Nancy Wagner, who serves on the festival committee and has lived in Camden Point since 1969.
“It’s a real nice small community and this is our big event of the year.”
Community Cooling Centers
Several Northland sites are open to residents wanting to beat the heat during the summer days. Those locations include:
▪ All Mid-Continent Public Libraries, hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Woodneath Library Center is also open 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
“With temperatures rising, we encourage everyone to beat the heat by stopping by their local Mid-Continent Public Library branch,” said Christen Stein, associate director for Public Services at Mid-Continent Public Library. “All 31 branches are considered cooling centers with air-conditioning and water fountains available for public use.
“We encourage customers to take advantage of these as well as our many free resources, including public computers, free Wi-Fi, a myriad of online resources and, of course, plenty of books, movies, and music to check out. We also offer a variety of free programs for all ages, which customers can find and register for online at www.mymcpl.org/events.”
▪ Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty. Hours of operation are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saurday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. People are encouraged to bring necessary personal items like medicines and ready-to-eat snacks. Older adults can attend the Liberty Silver Center in the building and have lunch for $2.
▪ Gladstone Community Center, 7010 N. Holmes Street, Gladstone. The lobby is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Wi-Fi is available.
▪ Salvation Army Northland, 5306 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, North. It is open 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ice water and granola bars are available. Space is limited. Call 816-452-5663 for information.
▪ Kansas City North Community Center, 3930 N.E. Antioch Road, Kansas City, North. The center has computers for public use, water, television and Library-To-Go. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 816-784-6100 for information.
Gladstone is hosting movies at Drive-In to Linden Square beginning Friday with “The Goonies.”
The movies are free and start at 8:30 a.m. Viewers should bring blankets or chairs. Concessions will be sold.
Other scheduled movies are “Up” on July 23, “RV” on July 30, and “Raiders of the Los Ark” on Aug. 27.
Linden Square is at 602 N.E. 70th St., Gladstone.
By Norma King, Special to The Star