Annual Gladstone Home Show scheduled for last weekend in February | The Kansas City Star

The annual Gladstone Home Show, a free event that features home-improvement products and community vendors, will take place Feb. 23-24 at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes St.

“Northland residents will have the opportunity to see displays of products from the finest quality vendors,” Amy Harlin, president of the Gladstone Area Chamber, which sponsors the annual show, said in a release.

Show hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 23; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 24

Vendor applications are available at

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Park puts ragtime composer in spotlight

The topic of the Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture on Feb. 26 will be composer James Reese Europe and his influence on jazz and ragtime

The annual event, sponsored by Park University, includes the presentation, “From Bandana Land to No Man’s Land: James Reese Europe’s Musical Journey,” given by Michael Dinwiddie, associate professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Kansas City’s Gem Theatre, 1615 E. 18th St. in Kansas City, Mo.

The lecture is free, but reservations are requested at

Dinwiddie is chair of the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts in New York and has been a Walt Disney Fellow and a staff writer on ABC’s “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.”

Vets offer discounts for Spay Day

In observance of the Humane Society’s World Spay Day, three veterinary clinics in Liberty are offering residents reduced-pricepet sterilization from Feb. 26 to March 2.

Last year, the owners of 84 dogs and cats took advantage of the program.

Crossroads Animal Hospital, 816-781-1510; Northside Animal Clinic, 816-781-3900; and Veterinary Center of Liberty, 816-781-0778 are participating in the event.

Liberty residents need proof of residency to qualify for discounts. Appointments are limited and should be made in advance.

Fees for dogs are $95 which includes spay/neuter; rabies, distemper, parvo vaccinations; a physical exam; and the annual city license.

For cats, the $85 fee includes spay/neuter, rabies and feline distemper shots, and a physical exam.

For more information, contact Liberty Animal Control at 816-439-4791.

Storm chasing on Adventures in Learning agenda

Seniors citizens are invited to attend Adventures in Learning on Feb. 16 at Liberty United Methodist Church, 1001 Sunset Ave. in Liberty.

The day starts with blood-pressure checks at 9:15 a.m. followed by coffee and fellowship.

The MoKan Reunion Group will present “Songs of the Fabulous 50s” at 10 a.m. followed at 11 a.m. by a presentation from storm chasers Rick and Kathy Daulton, who will give a virtual tour of storms and explain the role of storm spotters and chasers.

A spaghetti lunch will be served at noon. Tickets are $5 and reservations should be made by calling 816-781-1825 or via email to before Feb. 14.

Councilwoman Heather Hall named to League of Cities

Kansas City Councilwoman Heather Hall, who represent the 1st District, has been appointed to the Community and Economic Development federal advocacy committee this year for the National League of Cities, or NLC.

This committee helps develop NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness.

“I look forward to working with my fellow colleagues across the country on important needs concerning housing, community and economic development use,” Hall said in a press release.

NLC President Mark Stodola who is mayor of Little Rock, Ark., made the appointment.

“Serving on an NLC committee is one of the most effective ways for a local official to advocate for their community in Washington,” Stodola said. “I am thrilled to have Councilwoman Heather Hall join a team of local leaders from around the country working to craft our policy platform and to solve the most pressing challenges facing our communities.”

For information on NLC’s federal advocacy committees, go to

Parkville swears in new alderman

Phil Wassmer was sworn Feb. 7 in as an alderman for the city of Parkville.

He fills the position vacated by Kevin Heaton, who resigned in December. Wassmer’s term will expire in April 2019.

Wassmer moved to Parkville in 2006 and has served on the Community Land and Recreation Board since July 2013.

He is an artist, businessman and founder of Wassmer Studios. In a letter to the city, he expressed interest in focusing his energy on a growing and thriving downtown business district and further enhancing the park experience.

“Phil has been an active member of the Parkville community for many years and will be an excellent addition,” Mayor Nan Johnston said. “We look forward to working with him.”

Ramp closure at I-35, Pleasant Valley Road

The ramp from southbound I-35 to Pleasant Valley Road will be closed from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 18 for traffic light installation on the ramp. All work is weather permitting.

MoDOT asks that motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving at that location or in any work zone.

For information on local MoDOT projects, go to or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) for work-zone updates.

Compiled by Norma King, Special to The Star

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