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Jackson and Cass counties: News from around our towns

This 4- by-8-foot mural, created with about 2,900 plastic bottle caps that students had collected for almost a year, hangs outside the art and music room at Hazel Grove Elementary School. The project was organized by art teacher Rise Stephenson, who is pictured. Students submitted ideas to Stephenson, who combined several sketches into one design and painted the basic outline on a large piece of wood. During art classes, children glued the caps to the board.
This 4- by-8-foot mural, created with about 2,900 plastic bottle caps that students had collected for almost a year, hangs outside the art and music room at Hazel Grove Elementary School. The project was organized by art teacher Rise Stephenson, who is pictured. Students submitted ideas to Stephenson, who combined several sketches into one design and painted the basic outline on a large piece of wood. During art classes, children glued the caps to the board. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Podcasts tout Lee’s Summit

Lee’s Summit has launched podcasts out of City Hall to promote economic development.

Called Developing Lee’s Summit, the podcasts are posted each Wednesday and feature interviews with business and government leaders.

The podcasts are being spearheaded by John Beaudoin, the city’s economic development communication director. They’ll be 10 to 12 minutes long and available at www.cityofls.net and www.lsmeansbusiness.net. They’re also searchable on iTunes.

Video podcasts eventually will be added to the mix.

Christmas concert

The Independence-based Ancora Chorale will present two holiday concerts this weekend billed as an interactive, family-friendly audience experience.

The performances also will feature the Young MAIster Singers of the Music Arts Institute in Independence and the One aChord youth choir.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Nativity of Mary Church, 10017 E. 36th Terrace in Independence and 2 p.m. Sunday at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th St. in downtown Kansas City.

Admission is $5 for students and $10 for others. Details at theancorachorale.org.

Urban League Difference Makers

The Urban League of Greater Kansas City recently honored Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté and civil rights attorneys Daryl Parks and Benjamin Crump as its 2014 Difference Makers.

The organization credits Forté with improving police-community relations in Kansas City. The attorneys have represented the parents of Michael Brown, the young man fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Mo. They were honored at a luncheon and “fireside chat” on Dec. 4.

Generous at a young age

Heart to Heart International has 75 more “care kits” to give to disaster victims because Prairie View Elementary kindergartners embarked on a service project instead of exchanging holiday gifts with each other.

Students donated supplies, and the kindergarten students worked together to fill the bags with towels, washcloths, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs and Band-Aids.

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