The Lee’s Summit Symphony will present “Watercolor Reflections: Wonders of Nature” at 7 p.m. on March 10 inside the Lee’s Summit High School Performing Arts Center.
As part of the Symphony’s Crystal Celebration (15 years), the concert will feature the world permiere of Robert Lengenfeld’s “Curtain in the Sky” along with selections from Ludwig von Beethoven’s 6th Symphony and Bedrich Smetana’s Moldau.
Each piece is a reflection of nature, which will be discussed during a pre-concert conversation with the Symphony’s Principal Violinist Dr. Carrie Turner at 6 p.m.
Tickets — which are available at either Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee store, the Cosentino’s Price Choppers in Raintree and Lakewood, or at www.lssymphony.org — cost $15 for adults and $7 for students. Children in fourth through sixth grades will be admitted for free with a paid adult admission.
Lane closures coming to Douglas Street bridge over I-470
The Missouri Department of Transportation announced intermittent lane closures in both directions along the Douglas Street bridge over Interstate 470 beginning March 1 through approximately March 16. All work is weather-permitting.
The closures are part of prep work for the planned bridge rehabilitation, which is scheduled to begin March 16. More details about the bridge’s demolition will be announced at a later date.
MoDOT reschedules I-470 repairs
This week’s interminable icy weather has postponed work by a week along Interstate 470, which will be reduced to two lanes in each direction and shifted to the westbound side beginning next week to accommodate rehabilitation work on bridges at Little Blue River, Cedar Creek and View High Drive.
Weather-perimtting now, that work is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 as crews shift the eastbound I-470 traffic to the westbound side between Pryor Road and Blue Ridge Boulevard.
The traffic crossover, which will reduce I-470 to two lanes in each direction with narrow shoulders, will remain in place through late April and is expected to significantly increase commute times along that corridor. Motorists are strongly urged to plan ahead or find alternate routes.
Two lanes of westbound I-470 will be closed from 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 until 5 a.m. on March 1 for removal of striping before all lanes reopen for rush hour.
The westbound on-ramp at View High Drive will close at 8 p.m. on March 1 and remain closed for the duration of the project. Crews also will close two lanes of westbound I-470 at that time for pavement marking of the pending lane shifts.
Crews will reopen westbound lanes at 5 a.m. on March 2 for rush hour, but westbound I-470 will be reduced to one lane that evening for barrier wall and striping work beginning at 8 p.m. Only one lane may be open in either direction throughout the weekend of March 3-4 during crossover construction.
At 5 a.m. on March 5, two lanes will be opened in each direction, shifted to the westbound lanes, and that traffic configuration that will remain until the project is complete.
All ramps to View High Drive, except the ramp off westbound I-470, will be closed beginning March 3 during construction.
The work is part of an extensive I-470 bridge rehabilitation project, which will be performed in stages between the Three Trails Crossing (Grandview Triangle) to I-70. Construction along the corridor will impact traffic significantly through November 2018.
Jersey Mike’s sales benefit charity next month
For the eighth straight year, Jersey Mike’s Subs locations nationwide will celebrate a “Month of Giving” in March.
Patrons at the Lee’s Summit and Olathe locations can make donations to Braden’s Hope for Childhood Cancer and patrons in Blue Springs can support Peace Partnership throughout the month.
The national fundraising initiative, which will benefit more than 170 charities nationwide, culminates with the “Day of Giving” on March 28, when Jersey Mike’s restaurants will donate 100 percent of the day’s sales — not profit — to their charity partners.
Last year, Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving in Kansas City raised nearly $20,000 for Braden’s Hope and more than $7,600 for Peace Partnership.
Among more than 1,000 Jersey Mike’s locations nationwide last year, the Olathe restaurant was the busiest single location for sales and raised more than $14,000 for Braden’s Hope — a mark it aims to best in 2018.
Each Monday in March at the Olathe store is designated as “Hope Monday” with 15 percent of all sales from 5 to 8 p.m. donated to Braden’s Hope.
Nationally, more than $5.5 million was raised for local charities last year, including $4.6 million on the Day of Giving alone.
City blood drive on tap
The city of Lee’s Summit is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 5 in partnership with the Community Blood Center and Lee’s Summit Police and Fire departments.
Blood donors are encouraged to visit www.esavealifenow.org and enter the code “cityleessummit” to sign-up for the “Caring ... It’s in our Blood” event, which will take place in the Howard Conference Room on the second floor of Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 S.E. Green St.
“You never know when life will throw you a curve with an accident or illness,” Lee’s Summit Fire Assistant Chief Jim Eden said in a statement. “The life you save with a donation may be your own or a family member.”
The city’s goal is to collect 40 units of blood during the event. Last year, Lee’s Summit was honored as a “top organization” by the Community Blood Center after collecting 120 more units from its five blood drives.
Walk-ups are permitted, but it is preferred if donors sign up in advance.
Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 115 pounds and be 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent). Drinking plenty of fluids and eating a good meal is essential before donating.
For more information, contact the blood drive’s organizer, Stephanie Walters, at (816) 969-1870.
Scholarship opportunity for female high school seniors
Young women set to graduate from high school are encouraged to apply for the Women Legislators of Missouri scholarship.
Each year, the group select one student from each of Missouri’s congressional districts to receive the $500 award based on leadership, academics and community service.
“This is a great opportunity for any young woman who is interested in continuing her educational career to receive some valuable financial assistance.” State Rep. Donna Pfautsch, who represents the 33rd District, said in a release.
Applications should be submitted online at www.myscholarshipcentral.org by March 9, 2018. First-time users should click the blue “Apply Now” button to set up a password and complete the application. The Women Legislators of Missouri Scholarship will be listed under “Recommended Opportunities” for all Missouri female high school seniors.
Scholarship recipients will be honored April 30 during a reception in their honor at the Missouri State Capitol. After the reception, the scholarship will be presented inside the Missouri House Chamber.
For more information, contact Rep. Crystal Quade at 573-751-3795.