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program guide

Program Registration By Mail - Mail the registration form along with payment to City of Gladstone, Attn: Parks & Recreation, 7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone, MO 64118-2646. Checks should be made out to Gladstone Parks & Recreation (Registration forms are available at Mail-In registrations must be received by any deadline noted. In Person - Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday or Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N Homes, Monday - Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sundays, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. On-line Registration! – Gladstone Parks & Recreation now offers On-line Registration for its sports programs, classes, events plus all Fitness Classes and activities at the Gladstone Community Center. Go to and click on Missouri and Gladstone Parks & Recreation. Look for the Computer Icon on our website.

Refund Policy - A full refund will be issued if a class, program, or trip is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Refunds will be made up to the registration deadline. A processing fee of $5 will be deducted. After registration deadline, a refund will be issued if participant can be replaced. A processing fee of $5 will be deducted. If participant desires, a credit letter may be issued for a future program. Credit letters are good for one year from date of issue and reflect the program amount. Pro-rated refunds will be issued for illness if accompanied by written physician statement, provided class session has not passed the halfway point. A processing fee of $5 will be deducted. Refunds are by check only. Please allow up to four weeks for refunds.

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Parks & Recreation Staff

Supervisor Leadman Park Operations Park Operations Park Operations Park Operations Park Operations

Matt Hoops Kevin Whitney Mark Bardezbain Andrew Bennett Jim Howard Eric Milsap Madison Webb

Director, Parks & Recreation Administrative Assistant

Sheila Lillis, CPRP Risé McGarvey

Park & Facility Division

Recreation Division

Community Center Administrator Assistant Community Center Administrator Rental & Marketing Coordinator Aquatics Specialist Office Manager Assistant Aquatics Specialist Building Operator Fitness Specialist

Justin Merkey Adam Lockard Linda Borders Marshall McKinney Kim Lounsbery Ashley Taylor Mark Mejia Elizabeth Soria

Recreation Supervisor Recreation Specialist Recreation Specialist Recreation Specialist Recreation Specialist Recreation Secretary

Susan Blatner, CPRP Paula Brooks Russ Collins Jody Hydorn Paige Robbins Kay McPheeters

Community Center Division

Parks and Recreation Department Brian Hill Bill Garnus Carol Suter Jean Moore R.D. Mallams Kirk Davis

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Meetings: Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall Chair Board Members

Scott Peper Teresa Farley John Houlihan JoAnn Bryant

Jim Olshefski Freddie Nichols Nic Riesenberg Nicholas Ensign

Check out the City Website for Registration forms & information

7010 N Holmes Gladstone, MO 64118 (816) 436-2200 or (816) 423-4091 Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Gladstone Community Center 6901 N Holmes Gladstone, MO 64118 (816) 423-4200 Monday - Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sundays, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The City’s website is now easier than ever to access and provides users with a vast amount of information at the click of a button. Information and registration forms for Parks & Recreation can be found here. Check it out today!

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Dear Gladstone Residents, The Gladstone City Council is pleased to present you with this issue of Gladstone, a community magazine sponsored by the Gladstone Economic Betterment Council (GEBC). In this issue we begin to look at why it is important to be a community for all ages. The Council would also like to recognize and thank GEBC and the Industrial Development Authority for their ongoing support of this publication. The Council also wants to thank the many businesses that support the magazine with advertisements. The positive feedback and comments that are received following each issue are tremendous. We are slowly closing out the history portion of the magazine as we reach the present. While it has been fun for everyone to look at the past it is nice to recognize the present and the ongoing efforts in the community to build a strong future. We would still encourage you to share your memories of Gladstone and old Linden. There is probably plenty of new information that hasn’t been shared. Now in the eighth year of production, this is the 16th issue of the magazine and we are pleased that we can continue to provide a quality product delivered directly to your home. This issue brings a number of timely articles for everyone to consider. If you have an item of interest that you would like to see in the magazine, please contact Richard King, Communications Manager at City Hall. If you have an item you like to bring to the attention of the Council, you may do so by email to City Hall. The address to use is As always the City Council thanks each of you for your continued support of our City and the endeavors taken to improve the overall community and quality of life for our residents. Your Gladstone City Council

Richard King, Communications Manager and Melinda Mehaffy, Economic Development Administrator prepared articles not attributed to an author. Gladstone Magazine is a biannual publication of the Gladstone Economic Betterment Council. This magazine is prepared to share local and regional information with the citizens of Gladstone, seniors and Parks Program subscribers. Please support the local merchants who support this publication by shopping Gladstone. Please submit story lines and suggestions for future articles to Richard King, Public Information Coordinator at (816) 436-2200 or by e-mail to The following is a list of Boards and Commissions that serve the city of Gladstone. These groups are driven by volunteer efforts. If you have an interest in serving with one of these groups, please contact City Hall at (816) 436-2200. Planning Commission Capital Improvements Program Committee Board Of Zoning Adjustment Code Board Of Appeals Environmental Management Advisory Committee Industrial Development Authority Neighborhood Commission Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Gladstone Special Road District No. 3 Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission Arts Commission Building Commission

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4 Gladstone, A Community for all Ages 8 The Future of Computing 10 Public Safety Support - Behind the Scenes 14 Strive to Thrive

18 History in the Making 20 North Oak Memories 23 Gladstone Remembrances

lifestyles helpfromhome 28 Beans & Greens 30 The Advanced Parent

34 Gladstone Generations 36 Dreams Do Come True 40 Lets Move

culture schooldistrict 58 Community Garden? It’ll Grow On You 60 Celebrating Extraordinary Achievements

studentstories 64 Willpower... A Survivor’s Story 66 Hispanic Tradition, Family and Culture Expressed Through Folkloric Dance 67 Pow Wows Preserve Native American Heritage

42 Linden Square, Something for Everyone 48 Re-Living History 52 Access Your World at Your Library

localhappenings 68 Walk the Red Carpet Live at Gladfest 35 70 Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest 72 Let’s Have a Party

The Gladstone Economic Betterment Council (GEBC) sponsors your community magazine, Gladstone. GEBC also sponsors and supports the following programs in Gladstone: All America Cities, Gladstone Amphitheater, Gladstone Animal Control, Art Springs, Legacy Benches and Trees, DARE, Friends of Atkins-Johnson Farm, Gladstone on the Move, Gladstone Neighborhood Commission Organization Grants, Gladstone Neighborhood Commission Minor Home Repair program, Gladstone Parks and Rec Youth Program Scholarships, AtkinsJohnson Farm Restoration, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Model Block Program, Big Shoal Cemetery, Kids Triathlon and the Gladstone Green Home Show. * This magazine is intentionally designed as a flip book to distinguish between the Parks & Recreation Guide and your Gladstone community magazine.

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by | kirkdavis City Manager


a Community for all Ages


2003 the City engaged a group of more than 200 citizens in a strategic planning process that became known as Gladstone on the Move. That plan was completed and implemented in 2005 as a 15-year strategic plan. Eight years later we have found that the goals and objectives of this plan are virtually complete. It is time to start that process again as we look to the future and where the community wants to be in the next 15 years. The new plan and process needs to reflect an intergenerational perspective and embrace Gladstone being a “Community for All Ages.” Gladstone, a first tier suburb, is not unlike any other first tier suburb across the country. First tier suburbs are those that ring the edges of major cities like Kansas City, Missouri. These suburbs also experienced great growth following World War II as the housing market changed and homeownership became available to many young families. The country experienced a population boom in the years following World War II. But, the generation before World War II was the Traditionalist Generation (those people born between 1900 and 1945), and are the parents of the baby boomers. Across the country there are more than 4.5 million people over the age of 85. In Gladstone alone, according to the 2010 Census, there are more than 3,000 people who are members of the Traditionalist Generation. Baby Boomers are the children of the Traditionalist Generation and account for the largest percentage of Gladstone citizens, more than 8,500 according to the 2010 Census. Nationally, it is estimated that by 2030, one in five Americans will be older than 65. The aging population forces us to think to the future and how we can successfully create a community for all ages. The youngest labeled generation in society is the Millennials. These are people that were born between 1980 and 2000 and are sometimes referred to as “Generation Y,” the children of the post-World War II Baby Boomer generation. National estimates indicate that there are 76 million Millennials in the United States. The 2010 Census reflects that there are more than 7,500 Millennials in Gladstone.


Each generation tends to have their own unique values and desires but as we look at how to create a community for all ages we must understand that Baby Boomers will redefine what it is to “age.” Boomers are more active when compared to previous generations. They have good healthcare and tend to be mentally and physically fit, and are living longer. Boomers and Millennials want many of the same things; quality housing, good education, recreation opportunities, excellent health care and walkable communities. All of these things give way to what is commonly referred to as a “Community for All Ages.” As we look to the future, if we emphasize the concepts of a Community for All Ages, we can meet the needs of Boomers, Millennials and more. “Older citizens, families with young children and the young adult population share many common needs, interests and concerns. The key community components that the elderly need to successfully age in place are the same as those needed by young adults and families with children: safe, walkable neighborhoods, a complete range of services nearby (childcare, senior centers, parks, food stores, heathcare, etc.), an opportunity for civic engagement, affordable and mixed-use housing and adequate transportation options.” 2 It is this type of cross-generational citizen engagement that generates the type of success seen in the Gladstone on the Move Strategic Plan that was implemented in 2005, which led to the City being recognized as an All-America City in 2008. Now, eight years later the plan that was crafted by this mixed generation group of citizens is nearly completed. There are items from this plan that are now a regular part of the budget including the annual installation or replacement of new sidewalks and the installation of new streetlights throughout the City. The following summary represents many of the objectives that resulted from the efforts of the citizens who worked with Gladstone on the Move. These are all actions that allow us to create a community that can be enjoyed by all citizens. For a number of years there was an expressed need for a community center that would provide a variety of facilities that ranged from a gymnasium to fitness classes. Gladstone on the Move reinforced this need and now it is a reality. A partnership with North Kansas City Schools allowed a natatorium to be included that has a competition pool with bleacher seating, a dive well and a leisure pool. The center became the anchor point for a bigger plan that called for the development of a Downtown Center that would further provide Gladstone with an identity and create a sense of place in the community. While

providing businesses the opportunity to invest in our community. Redevelopment brings new business into the community and will help create an economic sustainability that will guide the future. These initiatives required revisions to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan was amended following a series of public meetings that engaged more than 150 people who helped with the visioning process and yielded a plan that we are now using. The guidance from those meetings led to the development of Linden Square, which is now at the heart of the downtown development effort. The City’s investment in Linden Square led to a publicprivate partnership with Dr. Louis Pollina, who built a new office building on the west edge of Linden Square that now houses his

Dentistry for Children practice. These developments led to a $28 million investment called The Heights at Linden Square. The Heights is a mixed use development that includes 10,000 square feet of commercial space in the downtown area as well as 222 luxury apartments. Public transportation has always been a concern in the community. The expressed concerns of citizens have kept staff actively engaged in the pursuit of improved transit to the extent that the ATA’s Metro Flex Service is now available in Gladstone. Metro Flex simply allows a person to schedule their ride and Metro Flex will transport them from their home to their destination. There are also new transit stops at 70th and N. Oak that fit right into the downtown plan. Combine this effort with the new trails and sidewalks throughout the City and you can see that great strides have been made to create a walkable, pedestrian friendly community. The goal is to link all areas of the City to

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the Community Center and “downtown.” This is an ongoing effort that involves many projects including the addition of sidewalks with nearly $3 million having been allocated to new and reconstructed sidewalks in recent years. Gladstone on the Move said that there was a need to create an identity for the City. The installation of entry signs at the city limits, the Gladstone magazine, recognition as an All-America City and the building of Linden Square have helped create an identity. The City’s Arts Commission is making great strides toward developing visual and public art displays. The amphitheater continues to thrive with regional performances having been regularly scheduled, art showings in the Community Center have been successful, and musical concerts have been scheduled at the Oak Grove Amphitheater and Linden Square.

While this summary may not be inclusive of all that Gladstone on the Move directed it does reflect the progress that has been made. Progress that brings the community to the point of beginning another citizen based strategic planning process. In order to effectively create a new strategic plan we must look to a civic engagement model that replicates the Gladstone on the Move process. The first step in this engagement process is to identify our community stakeholders. Our experience says it is important that this be an intergenerational group so we can identify the specific needs and desires of each generation. This is extremely important in deciding what the community needs to look like and how it must evolve if we are going to successfully create a Community for All Ages. This group of prospective planners will include Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers (people born between1965-1980) and of course Millennials. Each of these generational groups is a part of greater Gladstone and each brings a different set of values and beliefs to the planning table. We can all learn something from each other through this process. Current research indicates that the Millennial generation is the new generation of civic engagement. As we look to the future for our next round of strategic planning we will encourage members from this generation to participate in the process. We will continue to embrace the thoughts and ideas of all the generations that call Gladstone home, but if we are truly planning for the future then we will certainly focus on the inclusion of this younger generation. Collectively we can create a “Community for All Ages.” Through this planning process we should consider how we address the need for quality housing that satisfies all generations, which simply means developing codes for higher density development and in some instances, retrofitting homes for accessibility. Beyond simply creating and promoting a walkable community, the question of public transportation must be addressed. Throughout the process of creating a Community for All Ages we must create opportunities for intergenerational interaction that will encourage all residents to stay active, engaged and learning. There must be a focus on how to achieve the many things that each of our citizens consider important in life.

Senior citizens have always been an integral part of the community and Gladstone continues to offer one of the best 50-Plus programs in the region. Beyond that program and all it offers, the City has fostered a partnership with Clay County Senior Services (CCSS) for improved outreach and programming. This partnership allows seniors to participate in a scholarship program for exercise and walking opportunities at the Community Center along with the many services provided by CCSS. 6

The strategic planning process will act as a forum to stimulate and support collaboration, explore common ground and celebrate the richness of each generation. Gladstone on the Move taught us how important civic engagement is in today’s world. Success requires our civic leaders, experts and community stakeholders of all ages to engage in an open dialogue that inevitably will lead to a specific plan; a plan with clear goals and obtainable objectives for achieving “A Community for All Ages.” When Generations Collide by Lancaster and Stillman


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by | johnbeadles IT Analyst

The Future of Computing


long era will come to an end this spring. Microsoft has announced that all extended support would end in April 2014 for Windows XP, the most popular operating system for the past 10 plus years. Windows XP was first released August 24, 2001 to computer manufacturers and Oct. 25, 2001 to retail sales. Over 400 million copies were in use by January 2006 and Windows XP continued to be the most widely used operating system until August 2012, with Windows 7 taking over. Since then the Windows XP market share has been gradually falling to 29.23 percent as of February 2014. There

are several reasons why users are drifting away from Windows XP. Application support is one major factor. Programs are now being written solely for the Vista/Windows 7-8 platform and will be the standard for the immediate future. Windows 7 (Professional or Ultimate) paired with a capable processor offers the option of “Windows XP Mode.” This feature allows you to run older programs in a virtual environment and the program thinks it is operating on an XP computer, giving the end user the best of both worlds. Another reason users are moving away from Windows XP is 64-bit computing. Why 64-bit? It is the future. 64-bit computers are faster and more powerful than 8

their 32-bit predecessors. The 64-bit operating systems also break the 4 gigabyte memory limit of 32-bit operating systems. Larger programs show improved performance when more memory space is available to the operating system. 64-bit operating systems and programs take full advantage of the processing power of current computer hardware. So what will happen to your Windows XP operating system after April 2014? Nothing, really nothing will happen. It will continue to work normally and there will not be any kind of limitations imposed on the operating system. It is the unknown that users should be warned of. Microsoft has publicly stated that no new patches will be released for the operating system (OS) after April 2014 (outside of very critical security flaws found.) Driver releases for new hardware that comes out will start to become non-existent for XP likely around or slightly after the April 2014 timeline. Customers who purchase new hardware even for otherwise fully capable systems may start to run into compatibility issues. Third party solutions may arise to get around these driver issues, but they are not always 100 percent guaranteed for all scenarios. What’s the bottom line? Using XP after April 2014 is an “at your own risk” situation. There could be browser issues. Browsers and email are the targets of most security threats on the Internet. This danger will become a larger issue for older operating systems like Windows XP where the stock browser shipped with Internet Explorer version six, but cannot be upgraded beyond version eight. Why doesn’t Microsoft offer their latest browser for Windows XP? It could be compatibility issues or an effort to move users to the latest operating system. The main issue with older browsers is the lack of security and support for expanded web page coding. Users with older browsers are starting to notice web pages do not display

properly, missing functionality and security warnings from websites that check the browser version before displaying the content. Fortunately for Windows XP users there are several third party alternatives for browsers with the latest security features and support for current web page coding. Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome browsers are available for free download and will install on Windows XP machines. Apple also makes a Windows version of their Safari browser for free download. During the installation you may be given the option of importing your bookmarks from Internet Explorer and designating the new browser as the default for your operating system. Unlike Internet Explorer for Windows XP, each of these alternative browsers offers the latest version and ability to upgrade. Can I upgrade my operating system? You could upgrade your operating system if your computer hardware meets the minimum requirements. Keep in mind these requirements have drastically changed for the most recent operating systems. For example, the minimum RAM (random-access memory) required for Windows XP is 64 megabytes, where Windows 8 requires 16 times the amount of memory (one gigabyte) for the 32-bit version. You will need to double that requirement for the 64-bit version. Those being the minimum memory requirements, the recommended values are usually double. It is not uncommon to see new computer hardware shipping with four or even eight gigabytes of memory to keep up with the needs of current software programs and games. If your older computer does meet the minimum requirements, it may work, but the speed will not be comparable to new computer hardware. How can I extend the life of Windows XP? If upgrading is not an option at this point, there may be steps to extend the life of your Windows XP computer accessing the Internet. To name just a few, you will need to install an alternative browser to Internet Explorer. This will give you a browser that is more secure and capable of updates than the limitation of never moving beyond Internet Explorer 8. Next you will need the protection of anti-virus software. Specifically one that is capable of scanning web pages and email for spy-ware and viruses as you browse the Internet. AVG (“”www. offers a free version of their anti-virus software with limited features, but do offer premium versions with extended features. Other popular anti-virus software vendors are Vipre, BitDefender and Norton. Finally you should continue to visit the Microsoft update web site for the monthly download of the MSRT (malicious software removal tool) which Microsoft claims will be available to users until July 14, 2015. Many claim Microsoft had over 10 years to secure Windows XP through updates, it must be near impenetrable. Others claim hackers are holding back on known vulnerabilities in Windows XP, waiting for the day Microsoft releases all support. With 29.23 percent of the market share still holding onto XP, it’s hard to let go of a good thing. Looking at the recent statistics, most Microsoft operating system users have moved on, but almost a third of the market is nothing to ignore.

Linux – The Alternative Operating System

Linux operating systems are slowly making their way to desktop computers. Linux is an open source, free to use operating system. There are many different distributions of Linux available for download: Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, SUSE, the list goes on. There are several benefits of using Linux operating systems. Cost - It is free. It can be installed on any number of computers with no license fees. Security - Linux operating systems have been around since the early 90s and have managed to remain secure from viruses, spyware and ad-ware. Freedom – The power of choice is a great advantage in Linux. From the operating system distribution to the desktop environment of your preference. It’s all up to you. Software – Most software for Linux is free. There are many free alternatives to popular licensed software that are just as powerful. Hardware – Many Linux distributions have low hardware requirements. A few distributions are specifically designed to run on old computer hardware. Speed – Linux operating systems tend not to slow down over time. Many Linux distributions offer live CD’s for download. A live CD loads the operating system into the computer’s memory without making any changes to the computer’s hard drive. While it may not perform as well in live mode, it allows the user to try the new operating system before permanently installing to the hard drive.

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by | robinshubert Administrative Assistant

Public Safety Support…

Behind the Scenes W

hen was the last time you watched a detective show? Don’t be ashamed, you can admit it. We all love that moment when the results come back from the lab and they are on the verge of cracking the whole crime ring wide-open. In the back of our minds, there’s that hint of a possibility that it’s changed a little – after all, it is television. But what could be more exciting than being a policeman and cleaning up the streets? I’m not here to write an expose’ that explains how horrible and mundane the lives of policemen are, or degrade all the calls they take on for the good of our daily lives. But I would like to give you a picture of the things that are called “boring” on the television, the backstory of every crime solver, badge carrier and firefighter for the City. I am going to tell you about – The Office. When you are watching a good show on TV, all the acting centralizes on the people who are in the heat of the moment. Who is going to get to chase down and handcuff the drug lord? Which fire fighter will cut a hole in the side of the burning building and rescue the infant from her cradle? These shows were meant to create empathy for the people who lay their lives on the line for us every day, and they do a good job at it. But who wants to watch the hours of report writing after? Or see a police officer completing a time sheet? These things seem unimportant, but without them the office would completely fall apart. The most important office room in the life of a first responder is dispatch. You probably have heard a Communications Officer’s voice at one time or another. They answer every call for Public Safety, 911 and administrative alike. They can easily have up to 5000 calls a month! They also monitor all radio traffic for the police officers and fire fighters and dispatch them to the emergency calls. They run every license plate for


every traffic stop. They check for pre-existing warrants on arrestees. They send and receive messages from the County concerning missing persons, stolen goods, recovered goods and warrants. All in all the 12 hour shift of a Communications Officer is rarely dull. Another important place in the office is the Records Division. This division is where all reports are sent after the police officer completes their work on an incident to be filed. Records clerks enter every ticket a police officer or fire inspector writes and forward them to the Court Clerk. Every request for records from an attorney on an accident claim or lawsuit is processed by the clerks. They fingerprint new Public Safety employees and people applying for liquor dispensing permits and solicitor’s permit. They also provide the public with requested copies of incident reports such as traffic accidents, burglaries and stealing. They assist people in filing reports with the police, and notify dispatch when someone needs to discuss a matter with an officer. Keeping busy is never an issue in Records! And now for television’s least favorite division – administration. This division is something that even reality shows have yet to attempt to glamorize, but it is very important to the daily life of the Public Safety office. The administration is where payroll gets entered, every time sheet passes through the hands of the administrative assistant. All transfers of personnel and promotions are processed by administration. Vacation, sick days, holidays and overtime are carefully tracked so that first responders are taken care of. The training coordinator is found in administration, making sure that everyone is updated on their training of laws and life saving techniques. Administration makes sure that all bills are paid to outside vendors, ensuring our people have the best equipment possible. We also have specialized personnel that match our

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company policies with state and national standards so that we are always in compliance. All of the divisions we have discussed so far are housed within the Public Safety Department. There are several departments outside of Public Safety proper that are essential to the workings of our department. One of those divisions is the Information Technology division. They keep the software on the emergency vehicle computers up to date and supported. Information technology responds to multiple help requests per day, sometimes per hour. Records software, vehicular accident recreation software, email, telephone systems‌ all of these are either based in or touched by the Information Technology division. Every police car is equipped with a computer that is used to help keep the police officers connected to dispatch and real time reporting. Information technology is also working on installing fingerprint terminals in some of the patrol vehicles for quick identification purposes.

interacts with all personnel and makes sure the correct people are hired for each position. The Director responds to all major emergency calls and handles any complaints or compliments sent in. He attends all City Council meetings and Leadership Team meetings. He acts as a liaison between the press and the department in the event of a crisis. The Director tracks the budget for all divisions within our department and helps set the budget every year.

The Information Technology division is encompassed by the Finance Department, another department vital to Public Safety proceedings. Finance works with vendors to get the information necessary to input them into the software used to process payments. Every invoice is processed through Finance and distributed to the correct person. The invoice is then entered into the computer software as a purchase order (PO) that needs to be approved first by the Director of Public Safety, then by the Director of Finance. After the PO is receipted the Finance Department cuts the check and mails it to the vendor. This creates a clear record of all of the points in the transaction so that it never gets forgotten and we can follow up on it should any questions arise. Having a financial department like this makes it easy to keep track of and pay bills. And of course, in order to keep it all together we have to have the Director of Public Safety to oversee it all. The Director in Gladstone is both the Fire Chief and Police Chief, making him the head decisionmaker for both divisions. He has to go to all meetings for State fire departments and police departments. He approves all training and major expenditures such as vehicles. He 12

This is just a small picture of everything that is included in running a City like Gladstone effectively. All of the people in each department work together to create a network to support the police officers, fire fighters and paramedics of the City so that they can, in turn, support you to the best of their abilities. We at the City truly believe in Progress through People, and make sure that our primary focus is you. So next time you sit down to enjoy your favorite crime thriller in the evening remember your first responders in the city of Gladstone, and the people in the office who are working to make your lives the best they can be!


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by | susanblattner

Strive It’s

to Thrive

been five years since the community first participated in the Strive to Thrive program. As participants will recall this was a friendly four-week challenge surrounding fitness and healthy nutrition. Yes it was a competitive program among small teams of community members, co-workers from area businesses, churches and civic groups. The competition measured which team and individual had the highest average number of “steps” and who consumed the greatest number of fruit and vegetable servings.

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habits. Here is what you do. After you get a team formed, the team leader will record each team’s tracking of exercise minutes into an electronic tracking log that is available through the city of Gladstone’s website. The goal is to exercise or walk for 20 continuous minutes per day for an average of 150 minutes per week. There is also a nutrition component attached to the “Strive to Thrive” event.

The overall goal of the program was to simply promote good health and encourage people to take an active role in helping Gladstone become a healthier community. So many people with their busy schedules find that starting a physical activity program can be difficult. Often work, family and other responsibilities crowd out the time needed to do something good for you. Sometimes a lack of direction or motivation makes it easier to let fitness slide. Strive to Thrive is a way to offer community members the opportunity to get back on track by making fitness fun with a bit of friendly competition. This coming fall we will again engage in this friendly community competition in Gladstone. Just like the past the competition simply encourages family members, friends, businesses, churches, civic groups and people in general to walk. That means to “get off the couch,” “put down your electronic game” and get moving. What better way to create new habits, make new friends, spend quality time with your family. At the same time you get to enjoy the social camaraderie that comes with team activities while learning something new about yourself. Taking the next step can make a big difference. Why not participate with your friends, coworkers or family members? The program is designed for teams of two to eight individuals who are willing to commit to a friendly challenge. The goal is to shape friendships and the outcome is to create healthy lifestyle 14

Not only is it important to exercise, it is essential to develop healthy eating habits. The competition asks you to record the number of servings of fruits and vegetables you eat throughout the contest. The nutrition part includes setting a goal to consume four to five servings per day or at least 25 servings per week. This will let you add some color to your diet and challenge you to try some new fruits and vegetables! Now you may ask yourself “what else is in it for me or my team”? Your personal and/or team’s results will be tallied and recognitions

will take place during the awards ceremony at the Scarecrow run/walk on October 5th. The divisions include; Team, which consists of family or other joint groups, corporate or business teams, or individuals. Each division will receive top honors at the end of the “Strive to Thrive” competition. To help you along the way tips, discussions, healthy goodies and words of encouragement will be provided throughout the competition.

Not only does this program encourage teams to exercise together and eat right, it offers a coloring contest to the area third and fourth graders with an opportunity to express how they exercise and eat right through a coloring contest. We invite students to submit their drawings that depict the following two themes; “How my family and I exercise or play for 60 minutes per day,” and “How my family and I eat right with colors (eating more fruits and vegetables).” The top winners will be honored at the end of the Scarecrow run. The coloring contest deadline to submit artwork is Sept. 15. All third and fourth grade students (public, private, parochial and home school) are invited to participate.

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cityupdates “When Can I start” you ask? You may start talking it up now, gathering your team members and prepare yourself to sign up on the first date of enrollment. Bring your family and friends to the Community and City Health Fair, July 24 at the Gladstone Community Center 6901 N. Holmes. You can gather valuable health related information to help get you started or for you to continue with your healthy goals. Don’t wait too long however, as the deadline to enroll for Strive to Thrive is August 25th. The Challenge runs from Sept. 1 through Sept. 28. There is a $5 per person registration fee to participate.

The city of Gladstone and Clay County Health Center are partnering together to bring you a variety of health and wellness initiatives. Whether it is your wish to quit smoking, walk more, to learn more about the nutritional benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables, or to gain overall fitness knowledge, the “Strive to Thrive” program is one of many ways for you to get involved. The Clay County Health Center is offering a Smoking Cessation program. No matter how long or how much you’ve smoked, you start reaping rewards as soon as you quit. There are many options available to you. Learn more about you how you can kick the habit by contacting the Clay County Health Center. The Gladstone Community Center offers programs for all ages; group fitness and personal training programs, water fitness, lap swimming and a fully equipped fitness center are all available with membership. An indoor walking program is available on the indoor walking track for a reasonable cost and senior citizens are eligible for funding subsidies from Clay County Senior Services. Gladstone Parks and Recreation Department offers many active programs for all ages. The Scarecrow 5k run/walk is an event for the entire family. Whether you are a walker, jogger, or runner, you can take part in this year’s annual event Sunday, Oct. 5. New this year is a costume contest and team division offerings. At the same time support the “Strive to Thrive” participants as they receive their awards. 16

Have you walked, bicycled or hiked the trails in and around the Gladstone area? The “Strive to Thrive” program encourages you to get outdoors and explore the different trails. Take a pleasant hike through Maple Woods Nature Preserve (located just east of N. Park on NE 76th Street), the largest stand of Sugar Maple trees west of the Mississippi. Maple Woods Nature Preserve is a tree-lined area owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation and with a cooperative agreement with the City of Gladstone is managed jointly. Other walking trails can be accessed at Oak Grove Park (76th Street & North Troost), Hamilton Heights Park (67th & N. Main) and the east side of Happy Rock Park (76th Street & N.E. Antioch). The new N.E. Antioch Road bicycle/pedestrian trail located just west of the roadway from NE 72nd Street to Happy Rock Park will connect to Metro Green. The two state, seven county regional 1,444 mile greenway system will include public and private open spaces, greenways and trails in the greater Kansas City area. Gladstone is one of many cities who have developed plans and constructed trail segments consistent with this regional concept, and many more segments are underway. Speaking of hitting the trails, get out this summer and experience the Story Book trails with your child. The Storybook Trail Family Fun Walk & Read Event continues at Oak Grove Park. This activity brought to you by the city of Gladstone, in partnership with Midcontinent Public Library, Clay County Health Department and North Kansas City Schools, promotes reading and healthful outdoor exercise. Read a storybook page, take a hop or walk to the next page throughout the trail. Starting Sunday, June 22 to June 28, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!” will be the first story. The next story will begin Sunday, July 20 to July 26 and will feature the story “Dinosaurumpus.” Whether you consider it nutrition, nourishment, a diet, food or something to sustain your existence, explore and sample many fresh items at the Gladstone Farmers Market. The Gladstone Farmers Market located in the Gladstone Hy-Vee Parking lot is opening for the season Saturday, May 3 at 7 a.m. - until noon and will also be open Wednesday’s from 2-6 p.m. through Oct. 29. The market’s vendors offer tomatoes of all shapes and sizes, cucumbers, assorted squash, eggplant, assortment of peppers, potatoes, a variety of onions, bedding plants, vegetable and herb plants and even homemade baked breads, cakes and pies throughout the Farmer’s Market season. Take a walk and shop for some fresh produce while supporting your local farmers. It is time to take advantage of all the opportunities that the city of Gladstone and Gladstone Parks and Recreation Department has to offer. Gladstone is a Community for all ages…Make the Pledge…and STRIVE TO THRIVE …TO BE A BETTER YOU!

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ife takes some interesting twists and so often we forget to record exactly what was so interesting. Later in life it suddenly becomes apparent that we, or at least someone, should have recorded what happened. Winston Churchill said “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” But if one it to look backward very far then the events of the past must be recorded. Otherwise that history goes as each of us eventually goes. Early records for Gladstone as a fledgling community are a little sketchy but the editorial staff of Gladstone has undertaken the task of identifying some of the original founders, early citizens who were actively engaged and early elected officials and leaders who could share recollections of those days. But the story that has been told didn’t start in November 1952, staff went back to tell the story from the beginning when the Missouri Legislature established Clay County as a county in January 1822. There is a lot of history that belongs to the area that later became Linden and eventually Gladstone and now there was a way to share that through the magazine. It was those early days when Clay County was just a place on the way to somewhere but it was a place that people began to think about settling down in. It was 1824 when Elder William Thorp founded the Big Shoal Primitive Baptist Church. A few years later the Atkins family settled in the area, raising a family and with the entrepreneurial skill of those early day settlers, they carved out a successful living on the eastern edge of what is now Gladstone. The house they lived in still stands as a testament to the skills they possessed. Now this home is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and is home to the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum. This is Gladstone’s first historic preservation project and museum, which has become an award- winning site. It was the hearty pioneer spirit of these early settlers that saw Clay County flourish and thrive while many of these families prospered. Small settlements eventually began to appear in the area with names like Acme Springs, Blue Eagle and Arnold; Allen’s Landing which became Baxter’s Landing and later 18

Standing: (L-R) Bernie Jezak, Lee Laramore, Dick Davis Seated: (L-R) Lee Bussinger, Marilyn Ahnefeld, Paul Degenhardt Liberty Landing; Greenville and Clayville; Gosneyville (now Paradise); Moscow; Mosby; Excelsior Springs; Centerville (now Kearney) and Harlem. The area continued to prosper and then the Civil War broke out. It was a difficult time for Clay County as a pro-slavery county, people were torn and nearly 75 percent of the men were disenfranchised. They lost their right to vote, hold elected office, teach school or own a business. They were required to post a bond and take a loyalty oath. Many of the prominent men of Clay County signed the oath and posted their bond. The reconstruction period was a difficult time for the area but one that everyone managed. It was around 1883 when Willard Winner, working with land speculators from the east, purchased several thousand acres of Clay County land. That land included the area around city hall and eventually became known as Linden.

Early Linden had a hotel, Street’s Store, drugstore, lumberyard, livery stable, Ryan’s sawmill and blacksmith shop. Eventually, there were other businesses in the community; one was Donnelly’s, which might have been a restaurant. Epperson and Dunlap was a dry goods store where one could purchase anything from stationary to calico fabric. There was a bank in Linden and within the bank was a drugstore. There are no recorded names for these businesses.

One of the things needed for Linden and other small communities to thrive was a way to easily cross the river. Such a crossing would allow commerce to thrive with easy access. Willard Winner was going to build that bridge, but unfortunately was not able to make it a reality. People began to see Linden struggle. People moved, businesses closed and the boom was over. People simply began giving up. Transportation and easy access were as critical to communities then as they are now. But Linden did not completely fade into nonexistence but remained home for many people.

Lynn Allen and Amos Hinkle - the founding fathers of what has become a first tier suburban city in the metropolitan area, began quietly in 1951. But, by late 1952, all of the plans, goals and energies that had taken more than a year to generate had turned into a desperate race against the clock and Kansas City. When it was over, Kansas City had been beaten by a scant six hours. Gladstone filed in Clay County Circuit Court during the morning to incorporate 8½ miles of homes, woods, wheat fields, coyotes and wolves. Kansas City filed to annex that afternoon. In the business of founding cities it was a photo finish. Here we are 192 years after the Missouri legislature established Clay County the city of Gladstone. A humble 8.8 square miles of community that continues to thrive. As we researched our history we sought out those who had memories to share. Recollections of the earlier days of this community, stories that were intriguing and colorful; willingly shared by those who participated in some of the excitement that comes with growing a community. This issue of Gladstone tells some of the stories that were shared by Paul Degenhardt, Lee Bussinger, Lee Laramore, Marilyn Ahnefeld, Dick Davis and Bernie Jezak. There were others who shared memories of days gone by included Doug Bogart, Claude Stevens, Dudley Billings, Paul Frazier, Elmer Aubrey and Joe Presko, Larry Janacaro and many more. The editorial staff of Gladstone has enjoyed working with these folks and hope you find as much enjoyment in reading the stories of their memories as we had assembling them.

It was in 1952 that people began to notice how Kansas City was expanding, working to move north and annexing land. There was a group of people who did not want to be part of Kansas City and set about to ensure that such action did not become a reality. In November 1952 a group of individuals went to the courthouse in Liberty, MO to file for the incorporation of Gladstone. The founding of Gladstone in 1952 was not without some of the same last minute dramatic appeal as the hero or heroine in a James Bond movie being snatched from the jaws of death in the last seconds, or in the case of Gladstone, six hours. The efforts of a few men - Claud “Chalky” Woods, E. A. “Doc” Gould, Frank Shaw Sr., Jack Boyce, Joe Beery, D.N. Norris,

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North Oak Memories Editor’s Note: Memories are the recollection of things we have experienced throughout our lives. Memories can be good or bad, and can evoke a range of different emotions and reactions within each person. The following story is a sharing of the memories – collected as an oral history – of some key people in the development and growth of Gladstone, gathered over several years by Gladstone Magazine. This writing is an attempt to present these memories as truthfully and accurately as they were delivered.


ince Gladstone’s official beginning in 1952 – and in old Linden before – North Oak has been a constant. It alone practically typifies this Northland community.

True, the other major north-south artery – Antioch Road – has its history, too. After all, that two-lane road had a shopping mall named after it and has the distinction of being Missouri Route 1. For this article, though, we deal with Oak Street. Originally, Oak was called Fair Grounds Boulevard, later becoming U.S. 169 Highway. Later it was old U.S. 71 Bypass. For the longest time it was a two-lane road; for many years it was a combination mud and gravel thoroughfare. You couldn’t traverse it in the rain and its hills were impassable in the snow. Today it is a marvelous four-lane and bears the distinction of being Missouri Route 283. As one Gladstone resident put it, once you left North Kansas City and headed up what would become Oak, it was virtually all pasture and vacant land in the early 1950s and much into the ’60s. The only “life” at the south end of Oak was Vivion Farms – with its rose-covered fences – and a peony farm. (The farm, it was recalled, had peonies growing “as far as the eye could see.”) And there was only one traffic light: at Vivion Road. The only other lights were found in Northtown.


Businesses then, as now, dotted the length of Oak. They were mostly of the mom-and-pop variety with names such as Rod’s Café, Jim G’s Drive-In, Jones’s Why Not Liquors and Flack’s, a grocery that was housed near the former Branham’s Auction Barn at 70th Street. Gladstone Plaza featured a Kroger and a TG&Y. In fact, there were a few grocery stores along Oak, unlike today. Jerry’s Cab would take Gladstone residents to and from downtown Kansas City for an unheard-of 75 cents. There also was a bus service.

Early plat maps also show bodies of water – natural and manmade – along Oak. There was a septic lagoon at the bottom of 67th Terrace that serviced the Bolling Heights neighborhood: Recalled one resident, you always held your breath when driving along that section of Oak. There was a former lake – Linden Lake – at 69th and Oak, now longsince filled in. Careful investigation, however, will reveal a spring that still flows in the area, which has troubled City officials at the Gladstone Community Center.

One of the businesses remembered was Henry’s Restaurant, which was located in the hollow where the Olympic Car Wash stands today. The roadhouse was owned, it was said, by Jim and Hazel Henry; Jim apparently was in a wheelchair and was a fixture in the dining room. Dinner for two could be purchased for $7.50 and “was dispensed with Jim Henry’s words of wisdom.” Jim, it was said, had “connections” and could get traffic tickets fixed at the county seat in Liberty.

Seventy-second Street then – as now – was an incubator for many businesses along Oak. A longtime liquor store, Jones’s Why Not, was located at the northwest corner of the intersection. The story recounted by several residents was that a wind storm blew the “W” off of the sign, and for years it was known simply as Jones’s “hy” Not liquors.

Another tavern often mentioned was Frenchie’s, and its location wasn’t exactly known – only that it was near 72nd and Oak. Not only did Frenchie’s provide food and adult beverages, it had apartments located upstairs. One early City employee recounted living in one of those rooms when she first came to town in 1961. It was homey but also embarrassing: Her parents, who drove up from south of the river, were taken aback when they noticed the large neon signs outside one of their daughter’s windows.

Across the street to the east was one of a few grocery stores, Williams’ United Super, and a longtime pharmacy, Deck’s. Not only were there the United Super and Kroger, there were an A&P grocery at Oak and Shady Lane (it was later an A-Mart), a Safeway just to the south of Deck’s, and later Bob Lemons opened one of his IGA stores in the Gladstone Plaza. A store called White Front sold groceries in the former Hancock’s Fabrics, and Flack’s, a general store mostly, also sold a few groceries, residents remembered.

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Naturally, to get to all of these eateries, you had to have gasoline, and Oak was populated with a variety of service stations. One of the first was Paul Degenhardt’s Standard Oil station at 69th Street. One longtime resident told of visiting the station when he first came to Gladstone in 1960; Degenhardt told him he must be new in the area. The man asked how he knew and Degenhardt responded that he knew practically everyone in town and he didn’t know the newcomer. Other stations recalled were the Sinclair, where you could get towels and glassware with your gas; Pete’s Phillips 66; a Mobil and a Fina station at 72nd and Oak; and a Clark station at 74th Terrace – now a car dealership. There were physicians, too, along the street, although not too many. Some of the names mentioned were Zacharias, Legg, Sportsman and Craig. The only hospitals were Spelman Memorial in Smithville and North Kansas City Hospital, which opened in 1958 with 80 patient beds.

Life was certainly simpler – as were the rules – in the ’50s, because when Williams’ grocery store burned, it reopened within days after the fire, doing business under a circus tent with wooden pallets on the floor to help with food displays and shelving. Today’s health departments would hardly allow such an occurrence. Another fire – this one intentional – paved the way for one of the Northland’s first banks. Branham’s Auction Barn at 70th and Oak was set ablaze as a training exercise for the City’s then all-volunteer fire department on a Sunday afternoon in February 1964. The fire made way for the First National Bank (which had shared office space with the Gladstone Water Department under the water tower), and ended a long run of businesses that had been housed where the old barn sat. There were other eateries along Oak besides Henry’s and Frenchie’s. Griff ’s burger bar greeted parents and teens at 70th Terrace, and it later became the Patio Drive-Inn. Other national chain drive-ins were Dairy Queen, located where the Smokehouse is today, and Texas Tom’s, at 76th Terrace. Jim G served burgers northward at 75th Terrace, where Enterprise rents cars. Though not on Oak, Lou & Tiny’s sandwich shop was recalled at North Locust just south of 72nd. Reagan’s and the Shady Lane Inn were mentioned and both located near Shady Lane, as was Jamie’s, home of chicken livers.


Other fixtures along Oak were hardware stores. Kramer’s was remembered on the east at 76th Terrace and also between 74th and 75th terraces but on the west. Ray Sapp, who opened later, also had two locations: on the west side of Oak midway between 72nd and 73rd, and on the southeast corner of 72nd. It was said that Sapp extended credit to many customers – he sold a lawnmower in the winter to a resident, who took the machine home and began using it in the spring. Some residents remembered a blacksmith’s shop – Pennington’s – at the southwest corner of 72nd, and a saddle shop – Doolittle’s – where Sapp had his first store. Apparently you could buy horses from Doolittle’s, too.

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was a simpler time, the 1950s and ’60s in Gladstone. It was a time when, if you were a kid, you could catch a lizard, make it your pet, take it for a walk and none of your friends would think you were nuts.

In the ’50s and ’60s, there was a lot less of this newly formed town in existence. The city officially came to be in 1952, when a group of forward-thinking men filed legal paperwork at the county seat in Liberty to

If you were a young married couple, it was a time that you could find a brand new house just big enough for a family, pay $14,000 or so and make a house payment of about one hundred bucks a month. The only downside was you were out in a practically rural area. It was a time that if a grocery store burned down, it was perfectly acceptable to erect a circus tent to sell your wares to devoted customers. Truth be known, there weren’t all that many grocers around unless you went to North Kansas City or over near Antioch Shopping Center. Or it might be a time when you had to choose between going to the neighborhood swimming pool – one existed long before the City’s water park in Central Park – or hanging out with your friends at a nearby pond on a hot summer day. Yes, it was a simpler time and memories such as these flowed freely from about two dozen Gladstone residents over a period of about two years – all recorded and filmed by two Gladstone Magazine editors. This is an attempt to weave together some of those memories, trying to sort out the truth and the tall tale, and present it in story form. Not everything can be solidly verified (the author already is dubious about walking a lizard on a makeshift leash) but it is reported as accurately as possible.

incorporate. Timing was everything because Kansas City registered paperwork to annex then-Linden just hours afterward. And according to a former city clerk, Gladstone was named after a telephone exchange that had been assigned to the newly forming Northland – not after a British ex-statesman. (A story in The Kansas City Times stated that the new town was to have been named “Blackstone.”)

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Gladstone was described as practically all pasture north of Vivion and Oak. Only about 3,000 people lived here in those early days, and it was possible to have a good idea who everyone in town was. There were cows and horses aplenty – a pony farm that supplied Shetlands to carnivals actually thrived for a number of years in the North Haven area – and there was a saddle club off N. Flora called the Bit and Spur, which served as a location of some early city council meetings. It was common to hear roosters crowing every morning.

In the early days there was no North Kansas City School District, it was simply called Linden School – not Linden West – and tuition was charged to attend North Kansas City High School, said one resident. Quonset huts were once considered for classrooms over by the old community center at 69th and Holmes, and the earliest school bus service (not supplied by parents who had a spare automobile) was provided by an Independence company for $7.50 to $12.50 per month, depending on how many children you had in the family. There were no snow plows in those days, either and North Oak was a treacherous mix of mud and gravel. When it snowed, you waited your turn to make a run at the hills in case the driver in front of you got stuck. You put studded snow tires or chains on your car to get around during the winter. There was, though, trash pickup, provided by Parkville couple Elmer and “Miss Claudine” Jackson. In 1959 you got your mail delivered twice a day (maybe even with a smile), and the post office wasn’t located way over on Broadway. Some of Gladstone’s streets started being shifted around that year: For example, 65th Street became 66th Terrace. Some of the street signs, put up by neighborhood men a few years earlier, were made from 4-by-4s and had the street names painted on them.

It was commonly said by those who lived south of the Missouri River that it was a long trip to go to the Northland – and who would want to go anyway? Although the air in the suburbs was fresher and cleaner according to some residents interviewed, it took much convincing to get friends to come for a visit north to experience it. There probably were more dirt roads in Gladstone than paved in its early days. Flora was a dirt road and referred to as Telephone Road because of all the phone poles that lined it. Some residents recalled that there was a dirt road that ran in front of Antioch Middle School. In fact, you had to keep your hands inside the car because trees and bushes grew so close to the roads that you could actually reach out and grab a handful of leaves. 24

People came to this town and lived in neighborhoods such as Bolling Heights and Hamilton Heights. A want ad from The Kansas City Star in 1953 describes a twobedroom house for nothing down to GIs and listed its price at only $10,000. Another ad promotes Bolling Heights as a place for families to come and live, with close access to old Municipal Airport and TWA, Folgers Coffee or any of a number of other downtown Kansas City businesses, or the automobile assembly plants in Claycomo and Fairfax. Besides TWA and Folgers, people found employment at the Gas Service Company or selling insurance, some people remembered. Neighbors knew their neighbors in the ’50s and ’60s, and it wasn’t uncommon for folks to gather in backyards and on front porches after dinner and – imagine this – converse. Kids would play games such as baseball, kickball, jacks, cards or four-square

(the chalk for the four-square boxes was supplied by cast off pieces of wallboard at building sites in Bolling Heights, recalled one resident). There were no fences until later in the ’50s, when packs of stray dogs would roam and cause concern. One of those abovementioned dogs was a family pet, a Boxer named Spike, who reportedly endured much embarrassment at the hands of his young owners. One way was to be dressed in doll clothes and put in a baby carriage. Another was to be given a “pretend” injection with a nail at the pretend veterinarian’s office. The Gladstone resident who told of Spike also claimed to have had a pet lizard named “Speedy Gonzalez” that she took for walks on a tiny leash. Speedy, it was said, got away and was run over by a passing car, thereby negating his moniker.

however, a gang, according to some of the interviewees: a leather-jacket-wearing bunch known as the Gashland Gandys. Like Brando, they rode motorcycles and had names on jackets, but their reputation as toughs was “grossly overrated,” said one resident. The Gandys were more like the Thunderbirds in “Grease” – fists would get raised but they rarely flew. True, the Northland and Gladstone were long-rumored to be home to the Kansas City mob, but as one resident recalled, “the mob kept the area clean.” People actually moved to Gladstone from the northeast part of Kansas City to escape the crime that was popping up, he said, despite the WASPish reputation of the city. “At the time, everyone considered anyone of Italian descent to be a gangster, but after people got to know each other, the issues went away.”

Other pastimes included going to the movies, but at the drive-in. There were three in the Northland: The Hillcrest on North Oak (across from the Gashland Clinic), the Clayco in Pleasant Valley and one in Riverside, where a fogger sprayed for mosquitoes between features. You could take your own food – cheese sandwiches, popcorn, deviled eggs – and you had to make sure you arrived early for popular movies, or else you wouldn’t be able to get a speaker for the car. In the summertime, if you lived in Hamilton Heights, you could go to the neighborhood pool, provided you were a member of the Hamilton Heights Country Club. If not, you could go to Hamilton Heights Lake and swim – you just had to be mindful of the fishermen. The times were truly simpler. The same kids who gave Spike his “shots” also were ones that took home bags of candy bought at the TG&Y candy counter at Antioch Shopping Center and homemade popcorn balls at Halloween – things unimaginable in today’s world of Trick or Treat. Another happening that wouldn’t occur now was when Williams’ United Super burned to the ground in August 1959 three days later it reopened under a large circus tent. Customers returned and found items propped up for sale on pallets, just as if nothing in the world was wrong. Crime in Gladstone in the ’50s and ’60s was low, just as it is now. The police and fire departments didn’t become Public Safety until 1968, but it seemed there was little that transpired that actually involved the cops. There was,

Gladstone, he said, was like a little town, but with a lot of reach – families had no boundaries and everyone knew who their kids played with. Maybe that’s why we didn’t get into much trouble as kids, said one resident: “If you did something wrong, that kid’s mom was on the phone to your mom and she’d know what you were up to very quickly. And you had better be in your seat for dinner at six o’clock. “This community, honest to God, raised its kids.”

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Gladstone Farmers’ Market has been asked to join the Kansas City “Beans and Greens” Program for the 2014 market season. This program is owned and operated by the Menorah Legacy Foundation. Besides receiving support from the Menorah Legacy Foundation, the program has many other sponsors including: the Health Care Foundation of Greater KC, Wyandotte Health Foundation, Kansas Health Foundation, Victor E. Speas Foundation, Prime Health Foundation, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and others. Over the life of the program, other local supporters have made generous contributions including: the Jewish Heritage Foundation, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Greater KC, William T. Kemper Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation, H & R Block, FoodNow, as well as many individual contributors. “Beans and Greens” is a Double Value Coupon Program that increases the purchasing power of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients for purchasing healthy, locally grown food from local vendors at farmers markets throughout the metro Kansas City region. When low income shoppers choose to spend government provided food assistance 28

dollars at the markets, “Beans and Greens” matches those dollars, dollar for dollar, up to $25/week. Last year was the first time markets in the Northland were included in the program. The NKC and Liberty Square markets participated last year and continue to be in the program in 2014. SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) is the nation’s largest nutritional assistance program and the cornerstone of the federal government’s efforts to alleviate hunger in the United States and its territories. SNAP benefits are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). They are issued by individual states and redeemable at any authorized FNS SNAP retailer, which includes an increasing number of farmers’ markets. The “Beans and Greens” program provides match dollars at selected farmers’ markets with EBT capabilities that are within or near food deserts. Food deserts are areas that have an inadequate number of grocery stores, or the store locations are difficult to access for those with limited or no transportation. In the Northland, there is limited public transit available which qualifies the area as a food desert. Studies have linked food deserts to poor eating habits, obesity and diabetes, increased body mass for children/teens and a lack of food knowledge and cooking know-how. Many people living in food deserts lack food sources, means and sufficient information to properly nourish themselves. In Clay County, the number of residents living more than 1 mile from a grocery store is estimated to be nearly 11,000 according to the USDA Food Environment Atlas. The United States is in the midst of an obesity crisis, with continuously rising rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. It is well-established that nutritional choices and eating a healthy diet can greatly improve the health of our nation. The tremendous rise in the rate of childhood obesity is most alarming. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. For those families on fixed incomes, affording the proper amounts of fruits and vegetables in daily meal planning can be extremely challenging. With the new “My Plate” dietary guidelines, it is recommended to make half of your plate fruits and vegetables. According to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s findings in March 2011, in the article: “Improving Nutrition for SNAP Recipients: A Roadmap for the Double Value Coupon Program,” a 100 percent subsidy is required to bring SNAP recipients consumption of fresh produce up to USDA recommended quantities. The eligible food items under the Federal SNAP rules include: fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cereals, meats and poultry, cheeses, dips, salsas, frozen foods, seeds and plants that produce food for consumption. Many of these items may be found at local farmers markets. The Gladstone Farmers Market will have available fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats and poultry and seeds and plants for growing a garden. All of these items qualify. The Gladstone Farmers Market will be located at the Gladstone Hy-Vee, 72nd Street & North Prospect in the north parking lot for the 2014 market season. It is very exciting to be adding Saturdays this year to increase availability for all. The market

days and hours will be: Wednesdays from 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon. The market season will start Saturday, May 3 and continue through October. Now that Gladstone is a “Beans and Greens” market, there may be opportunities to partner with other community agencies for additional programming during the actual market hours. The city of Gladstone wants to thank the Gladstone Hy-Vee for their valued partnership. For further information, please contact Becky Jarrett at Gladstone City Hall by calling 816-423-4110. Sources:

Feeding America. “Hunger in the U.S.” faces-of-hunger-101/hunger-andpoverty-statistics.aspx Food Desert Oasis Act of 2009. xpd?bill=h111-3100 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Policy Brief - “Food Security.” Issue 2. 2006. pb_02.pdf Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information and Mapping Systems (FIVIMS). sk=view&id=27&pop+1&page=0&Itemid=37 Food Research and Action Center. “Hunger in the U.S.” http://www.frac. org/html/hunger_in_theus/hunger_index.html Maria Colenso. “What is a food desert?” Howstuffworks. http://science. United State Department of Agriculture – Economic Research Service. “Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences – A Report to Congress,” 2009. United State Department of Agriculture - Food Environment Atlas.

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by | billseverns Author of “The Sandlot Strategy”

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favorite television commercial is from the NCAA spot which shows an amazing group of young college athletes. Looking right into our living rooms, they proclaim, “This year, there are 400,000 of us all going ‘pro’ in something other than sports!” They are wide-eyed, ready to enter a new phase of life and clearly understand that their world of competitive sports is about to end.  Likewise, it is very obvious that the experiences they have had, the lessons they have learned, the friends they have made, and the way they have played the game will be with them forever. This is what athletics is designed to do.   When you do the math, you figure that to get them there, it took roughly 800,000 parents and probably 400,000 coaches and teachers to inspire, teach, motivate and keep the fire burning as they worked hard to accomplish their dreams.  Mix that with brothers, sisters, friends, and other supporters and you end up with countless people who had a part in the athletic success of these individuals!  They understand the hard work, devotion, failures, and accomplishments it took to get there and they are part of the end celebration.  Most parents do it right.   I love “advanced” parents, coaches and teachers.   Every “advanced” athlete will tell you that somewhere along the way, they were influenced, motivated, helped, and guided by someone special that made it click for them.    One of my favorite lines that I took to heart from one of the many young men I coached on the sandlot was, “Coach, I always loved the way you didn’t push us, but you guided us through our little league years.” To be honest, there were many days I actually did push them. But the important thing is, the encouragement and belief with which it was done helped them see it as guiding.   30

David Freese was the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 World Series. The night after the Cardinals won it all he appeared on Jay Leno.  Most people know that David quit playing baseball after his senior year of high school and turned down a full scholarship to the University of Missouri.  He just didn’t want to play anymore.  Leno asked him, “Why did you quit?!”  David said, “Cause I wanted to be a kid for a while, go to the zoo, go to parties and stuff that kids do.”  The World Series MVP just wanted to be a kid for a while.  David was such a great baseball player all through high school and he always had to perform at a high level. He had to come through in the clutch and meet the unreal expectations that everyone has for the “advanced” athlete. He hit over 25 home-runs, batted over .600… but he did not want to pass up the joy of his youth as a sacrifice only to end up burnt out from his passion.    Leno said, “That had to affect your parents when that you gave up a scholarship?”   And here is the answer I love....”Well Jay, actually my parents were the only people who totally supported my decision to hang up my cleats.”  His mom and dad had his back on this one, and David knew it, recognized it and appreciated that fact.  I love it.    Let your kids know you have their back.  That is what an “advanced” parent does.   In my travels, as I speak and talk to groups of parents, occasionally I will have one say to me, “My son/daughter is different. They want to do this every single day and they love it.” I can certainly understand that.  All I ever wanted to do was play baseball.  I really did – 24/7.  But you have to be careful.  Make sure it is your kid’s decision to play.  Support what they want to do.  It is very powerful and important to a child when they know their parents and coaches support their truest heart’s desire.  David Freese went to another college and after a year off decided he wanted to play ball again.  It was his decision and he told Leno, “I decided I needed to play some ball.”   As parents, we are all sometimes guilty of pushing a little too hard.  However, as parents it really is our job to be there and lead.  Sometimes it is tough, but we are the parents!  The caution is that we have to be careful.  Leno said, “So your dad was your coach early on?”  David said, “Yeah, he was my coach, but there comes a time where your dad just needs to be your dad and your coach needs to be your coach.”  Great line.   Of course, this story has a happy ending.  David had the ability, got the support from those who love him and he led the Cardinals to victory in one of the greatest World Series games ever.  Burnout can come to kids, but also to parents.  Parents are a big concern of mine.  The key is to remember that in the end, it will all work out. 




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Mark Batterson in his great book, The Circle Maker, says, “Dream big, pray hard and think long.” My mother always says, “Just be patient.” She is an “advanced” parent.  We are never too old to listen to our mothers. Like Carla and Jeremy said in the February issue of The Advanced Athlete, it is really great to see a parent who “gets it.” We see them every day. I have coached for many years against some of the best people. Every day, guys and gals who love their kids spend the time it takes and put it on the line to do it right. They show up every day and demonstrate to the kids how to live their lives and deal with things. They are consistent. They don’t have to scream and always be the center of attention. They lead by example. These are the “advanced” coaches and parents who understand that the “sandlot” years are so critical in the development of their children. They realize it is necessary for them to learn how to play “fearlessly” and figure out what their individual strengths and abilities will be. My youngest son, Will, played all the sports he could manage to squeeze in.  He really felt like he was “expected” to play. He had a lot of success.  As he entered his senior year, the drama teacher and his music professor suggested that he try out for the school play, “The Beauty and the Beast.” We had never heard him sing, let


alone on a stage in front of hundreds of people. He landed the role of “Gaston,” won best supporting actor for the year, and blew everyone away with his talent. What a time we had, watching a football player star in the school play!    He later said to me, “You know dad, I heard you talking on the phone one night in your bedroom.  You didn’t know I was listening.  And you told a friend of yours how much you loved seeing me in the play, like I had been re-born in something other than sports.  When I heard you say that, I decided that whatever my kid wants to do, I am going to support them in it and I learned that from you and mom.”   Let me tell you, my friend, this ride goes really fast.  Make the ride home in the car with your kids the best part of the game.  On the way to the game and on the way home, make sure you tell your child how much you love them and how proud you are that they are your kid. Go get a hamburger and celebrate the days that you have, win or lose.  Because one day you will ride home alone. And you will be glad you did it right when you had the chance, with no regrets.    That will be your “advantage.”  Enjoy the journey.


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review of the 2010 Census shows that Gladstone, as a community, has a very diverse make up. A broad range of ages and ethnic origin helps to define who or rather what Gladstone has become. From humble beginnings in 1952 to now when citizens receive first class service delivery, premier public safety and public works services and a wonderful parks system with many recreational programs for participants of all ages. It is important for City staff to recognize the great diversity of the community when planning activities, projects and future developments. Our community is aging; not only from the perspective of citizens but the housing stock as well. As this aging process continues it becomes more important to understand the various generations that the community is made up of. So let’s review some of the details of these different generations so there is a better understanding of the community. Many of you will recognize the term Traditionalists while others will recall it as the GI Generation. Let’s break it down and look first at the GI Generation. Born between 1901 and 1926 this generation were the children of the World War I generation and were the soldiers in World War II. They were also the youngsters who grew up during the depression. They are assertive, energetic doers, team players, community-minded and hold a near absolute standard of right and wrong. This generation has a strong sense of personal civic duty, which means they always vote when there is an election. They work to avoid debt, save and buy with cash. The Mature/Silent generation was born between 1927 and 1945. This generation experienced the development and growth of


suburbs and the post-World War II housing boom. This is the timeframe that Linden, soon to be Gladstone, fell into. Bolling Heights was built and occupied by returning soldiers and their families. Jobs became plentiful and the attraction of TWA in the Northland made Gladstone the perfect place to locate. This is the generation that would serve as members of the Armed Forces in Korea and Vietnam. The first rumbling of civil rights began to be heard along with pre-feminism. Women generally stayed home to raise children and if they worked it was in certain jobs like teacher, nurse or secretary. This generation are avid readers, especially of newspapers and retirement means having the chance to sit in a rocking chair, living your final days in peace. The biggest generation, nearly 77 million strong, to come along is the Baby Boomers who were born between 1946 and 1964. This generation is just hitting retirement and will change the nature of retirement. For this generation there is no attraction to sitting in a rocking chair and peacefully marking time to the end. Instead, retirement for this group is finding ways to have fun and enjoy life after the kids moved from the home. They will take up hobbies, find recreational outlets and exercise increasing their longevity. This generation is the first one to grow up with television and to see divorce be accepted as tolerable reality. They are optimistic, driven and team oriented. Born between 1965 and 1980 Generation X as it is known bore the description of “latch-key kids” that grew up street smart and isolated. These children came from families with career oriented or divorced parents. Interestingly this generation became independent and self-sufficient early on their lives and is entrepreneurial. Some of them are cynical of major institutions simply because they failed their parents. Some watched their parents, loyal to the company; lose their jobs late in life for a variety of reasons. Still they were raised by parents who were money conscious even though there was societal disappointment with the government and the Vietnam War. This generation tends to commit to self rather than to an organization or specific career. This group averages seven career changes in their lifetime. Unlike other generations they won’t work for the same company until retirement. The Millennial Generation was born between 1981 and 2000. Generation Y as it is sometimes called was nurtured by parents who were always present, optimistic and focused. Raised to respect authority this generation not only saw falling crime rates, teen pregnancy but had to face growing problems of school safety and violence. This generation had to live with the fact that the

world is not necessarily a safe place and that they could be shot or killed at school. Members of this generation are the digital natives in the community. There has always been an Internet and they have grown up with computers and ever changing technology. They get all of their information, news and most socialization from the Internet. With such unlimited access to information they tend to be assertive with strong views, seeing the world as a 24/7 place they want fast and immediate processing. This generation does not live to work; rather they prefer a more relaxed work environment with a lot of hand holding and accolades. If a person takes the time to look at the ethnic diversity of the community it is as broad as the generations. According to the American Fact Finder Survey, which is based on the 2010 Census, Gladstone is 85.8 percent Caucasian. However, the community is 5.2 percent African-American, 1.7 percent

Asian and 7.3 percent Hispanic. Simply stated Gladstone is a community with distinct cultural differences, beliefs and lifestyle practices. Not only is the community a place for all ages, but for all people as well. Moving forward with any planning process all of these variables need to be taken into consideration. Plans should address the growing number of Baby Boomers who will retire. How does the City address their unique approach of activity, the walkability that is desired along with public transit opportunities? This effort is just beginning and it will take some time and a lot of citizen input from all generations regardless of ethnic origin for success. Generation References Include: Elegant, S. (5 November 2007). China’s me generation. Time Magazine. Generational Generalities. (2005). HYPERLINK “ generation.html” America’s generations. Retrieved November 6, 2007. Generational Imperative. (2006). HYPERLINK “” Meet Americas 5 living generations. Retrieved on November 6, 2007.

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by | bethhoulihan Gladstone City Gardener

Dreams do Come True


ew Year’s Day to some means football bowl games, the opportunity to make resolutions, or maybe tidy up from the holidays for the start of the New Year. To others, like me, it means sitting down mid-morning to ogle over the beautiful floats in the Rose Parade on Television. This past January 2014 was the 125th year for the parade held in Pasadena, California, with the theme “Dreams Come True.” One of my dreams for many years had been to go to Pasadena and assist in decorating one of the floats. I knew, from years of watching the parades, that the floats were completely covered with all natural organic materials, i.e., seeds, grasses, mosses, fruits, vegetables, and flowers of all kinds, especially roses of many colors. My husband, Houli, and our daughter, Lauren, took the opportunity to surprise me with a trip of a lifetime to Pasadena as I celebrated a “big” birthday this past year. As an avid gardener, I was thrilled because this was an opportunity to discover just how such a massive project involving all those natural materials could be accomplished in a few short days. Houli had spent many hours early in 2013 corresponding with the major float building companies, and was able to convince one of them, Fiesta Parade Floats, located in Irwindale, California, to commit to allow us to be a part of their volunteer decorating team in December of 2013. The floats take nearly a year to construct, including creating the design to match the parade theme, planning the mechanicals, constructing the mainframe, application of the fiberglass skin, and painting of the whole float with various base colors, all of which is completed prior to Christmas Day. Beginning December 26th application of the natural materials, including flowers, begins and continues nearly round-the-clock through the evening of December 30.


Imagine a gigantic work of art that lasts only three days once completed, and you have a Rose Parade float. Judging of the completed floats happens in two stages: the first on the morning of the 31st, and the second after the floats have been transported to the staging area of the parade. Scores are based on criteria such as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact. Results are released to the media immediately prior to the start of the Rose Parade and banners for each trophy-winning float are carried in the parade by members of the Tournament of Roses Scout Troop and Gold Award Girl Scout Troops. Houli and Lauren accompanied me to Pasadena, and after spending an afternoon and evening getting acquainted with our new surroundings, we arrived at our designated time and place early on the morning of the 27th to get our hands dirty and help in any way we could to ensure the float we had volunteered to work on would win a top prize from the parade committee.

We were in awe as we entered the huge warehouse that housed a dozen floats, all in the beginning stages of decoration, each surrounded by towers of scaffolding. We learned that we were assigned to the Dole float. That is the Dole Packaged Foods company that we all associate with pineapples, other fresh fruits, as well as canned and frozen fruit. The title of our float was “Sunrise at the Oasis”, which was a celebration of Dole’s commitment to the environment and its respect for natural resources. Each float had a supervisor. Ours was Darrell, who was in his 30th year of float building. He quickly learned our story, dubbed me a “bucket” as this was on my “bucket list”, and since he couldn’t remember names called me “Mom” the remainder of the time. Darrell was extremely easy going and would in a matter-of-fact manner explain what he wanted each of us to do, and then send us on our merry way to complete whatever tasks he had assigned.

Our first stop was the supply room where we picked up various types of seeds, beans, mosses, etc. in cardboard lids, to be glued onto the base of the float. Similar to paint by number, only this was glue by color. We picked up one of three types of glue from the glue room, together with one and two inch brushes to use for application. We glued sheet moss on the foundation, applied white rice, green split peas, red beans, white squash seeds, green chrysanthemums, orchids, and antheriums to “ostrich feathers”, glued golden flaxseed to urns, climbed under the belly of a mother elephant to apply mingo moss on her leg and belly for the elephant’s “skin”, glued corn husks to a steel pole to resemble bark on a palm tree, rolled straws covered in glue through a pile of moss to resemble sticks, and then pulled orchids from their original stems and glued them on the straws, and transported them to the cooler to later be applied to top off the palm trees. The place was hopping

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for several days, and each day the float began to look more and more like the small rendering we had to follow. Our second work day we noticed an army of people wearing red jackets milling about and inspecting the floats. These were the floral designers that were flown in from all over the country to help turn these rolling works of art into masterpieces. They were great visionaries and worked tirelessly to determine if the scale of the floral arrangements they had previously designed on paper needed to be tweaked in any way. Once we had the float covered with the natural materials, the designers set work to applying the “icing on the cake” with their beautiful oversized floral arrangements of all types. There were numerous television station crews on site every day taping special interest stories to be aired on their newscasts leading up to parade day. Leanne Suter, a reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News, and daughter of our Gladstone councilmember Carol Suter, arranged for me to be interviewed near the end of our second day of working and the story aired on the evening news. Leanne thoughtfully followed up with a copy of the tape as a fun keepsake for me of this once in a lifetime adventure. The evening of the 30th , the last decorating day, we saw the scaffolding come down, the floor was swept, and final touches were applied to the floats in anticipation of the judging that was to begin early the next day. On the morning of the 31st the first judging was done of all floats. They were set up with all moving parts and waterfalls running. Afterward any trees, mountains, or animals on the floats that were above 17 feet tall needed to be lowered to fit below any underpasses along the transportation route to the staging area. The dozen floats decorated in our warehouse were transported along the 14 mile route at 3 miles per hour, and arrived at the staging area a few hours prior to the parade. The second judging occurred once the floats were lined up. This was to be sure they made it to the staging area intact. The early morning hours of New Year’s Day were filled with excitement. The float awards were distributed, colorfully costumed parade participants were lining up alongside their floats, bands from all over the world were assembling, horses were waiting patiently with their riders, and people that had camped along the parade route were stirring and cooking breakfast over camping stoves. It is estimated that over 750,000 people line the 5.5 mile parade route, in addition to the millions that watch on television throughout the world. Spectators that have been lucky enough to snag tickets to sit in the viewing stands began arriving in buses, on trains, and in their cars.

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Houli and I arrived at our designated parking spot extra early that morning, so we had time to walk the three miles to the parade staging area, soak up the atmosphere, and see all of the 45 floats up close prior to the beginning of the parade. That is when we learned that our float had won the “Sweepstakes Award” -- the award for the most beautiful float. There were 24 awards presented that morning, and we were proud to learn that our float had won this top award.

We arrived back at our seats high in the viewing stands just in time to watch the Rose Parade and snapped loads of pictures along with everyone sitting around us. It was a bright, sunny day with the most brilliant blue sky. A perfect day for a parade! At the parade’s end, all of the floats were transported a short distance to a city park. For a nominal fee they could be viewed by the general public. We boarded a bus from where we

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had parked for the short ride to the viewing area. Seeing all of the colorful floats in one spot, with people milling around, and hearing their comments about our float was secretly rewarding. We were bursting with pride that our float really was the most beautiful! Thanks to Houli and Lauren’s thoughtful planning of this trip to decorate a Rose Parade float, what a great birthday surprise it was. I was able to mark one off my bucket list, and my dream really did come true!

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Editor’s Note: Thanks to Elaine Vernard for suggesting this might be a story of interest for our readers. This is an excellent program and one that the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum is participating in.


et’s Move is a comprehensive initiative, launched by first lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Working with parents, caregivers, schools, public officials and communities, Let’s Move is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. President Obama has created the first-ever Task Force on Childhood Obesity to conduct a government wide review and to develop a national action plan to maximize federal resources and set concrete benchmarks. The five pillars of the initiative are: Creating a healthy start for children; Empowering parents and caregivers; Providing healthy food in schools; Improving access to healthy, affordable foods; and Increasing physical activity. “Let’s Move is a national initiative to get children moving and eating healthy food. It aims to support healthy children and families.  Through Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens, museums, zoos, gardens, science and technology centers have joined the call to action. With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, museums and gardens can launch community efforts to create a healthier generation using interactive exhibits, outdoor spaces, gardens and programs that encourage families to eat healthy foods and increase physical activity.” The Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum (AJF&M) is participating as a Let’s Move Museum, having officially registered to participate in the spring of 2013 in its first year of operation. The way a museum does this is by using the extensive grounds, gardens, walking trail and indoor programs to promote activity, balanced diets and healthy lifestyle choices. As a site, AJF&M is well positioned to do this.


Our “Garden Day” program is a good example of a program designed to meet the Let’s Move goals. It provides hands on learning about the selection, planting and care of a vegetable garden to encourage healthy eating habits. A garden to plate nutrition program is included in the bigger events at the museum. The information shared with participants is provided by the Gladstone Hy-Vee Dietician and uses fresh produce from the garden. Children are encouraged to become physically active when they take a walk along the Storybook Trail. This unique partnership with the MidContinent Public Library provides storybook panels that can be read as the children walk along the paved trail. The AtkinsJohnson Farm and Museum is able to commit to both of the goals established by the program. These goals are: • Offer interactive experiences or exhibits that provide messages about healthy choices to visitors.

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• Offer afterschool, summer and other programs that include messages about healthy choices. With 850 million visits, and twothirds of adult Americans visiting museums and gardens each year, these institutions have the ability to reach millions of children and their families with messages about how to fight obesity. The city of Gladstone and The AtkinsJohnson Farm and Museum are proud to be able to participate in this program with an encouraging message to adopt a healthy lifestyle and eating habits. For more information on 2014 garden programs at the museum visit CommunityDev/ HistoricPreservation or call

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by | paulabrooks Gladstone Event Coordinator

Linden Square Something for Everyone


estled in the center of Gladstone’s freshly emerging downtown, Linden Square features a beautiful and inviting park like space with a variety of amenities and features, bringing to mind a sense of the unique and welcoming atmosphere of main street parks and downtown gathering places found in vibrant, dynamic communities across the country. Such parks and gathering places are generally regarded to be the heart and soul of their community. They offer a comfortable and inviting setting in which people of all ages, ethnicities and walks of life can come together in an organic fashion to interact and share enjoyable and memorable experiences. They provide a fertile environment in which people can make valuable and lasting connections that mutually enrich their lives, as well as the lives of others. And, they serve to cultivate a tangible 42

“sense of place” that reflects the identity and character of the community and helps residents build a deep and lasting sense of belonging and connection to that community. From the time it was conceived, Linden Square has been designed to assume all of those roles while also playing an important role in supporting and bolstering Gladstone’s identity as a livable community for all ages. One of Linden Square’s premier features is a handsome outdoor covered stage that looks out upon a spacious lawn tucked into gently rising terraced lawn seating. The terraced lawn seating plateaus onto a roomy concrete expanse that serves as a walkway, and more importantly, as a natural place to “bump into” old friends, “catch up” with extended family members, or reconnect with acquaintances. A lovely patio area with tables and chairs is

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Market Hours are: set behind the walkway providing a more secluded and private area for chatting with friends while enjoying a concert or while spending an afternoon reading or simply enjoying the outdoors. The stage is further complemented by a professional high-performance sound and stage lighting system capable of showcasing a variety of artists and activities ranging from a single acoustic performer or event speaker up to a full throttle, live, multi-piece band experience.

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The Linden Square Fanfare Celebration launched the inaugural spring and summer season with a weekend of activities planned across lifestyles and generations. Downtown Gladstone was alive with arts, music, food and more. People enjoyed being together as they experienced the square for the first time. And, as planned, the environment was as welcoming, comfortable and enjoyable for a 70-year-old as it was for an 8-year-old. On the heels of the Fanfare Celebration, the Sounds on the Square Concert Series was introduced. Music and laughter filled the air in Gladstone’s downtown as people of all ages and walks of life came together on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the spring and summer to enjoy a wide variety of musical performances. As the season progressed, the crowds grew and the feeling of community and the sense of place related to Linden Square flourished. variety of other uses. Gladstone’s Public Safety Department, located directly to the west of the facility, combined with the appealing and carefully maintained landscape and facilities, create a palpable sense of safety and well-being at all times. It is truly a first class complex that embodies the forethought and planning of those who originally envisioned Linden Square as the heart of Gladstone’s downtown. In its first season, Gladstone’s longstanding tradition of heralding the holiday season with the annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was relocated to Linden Square. This move helped to introduce Gladstone residents and area businesses to the new venue and delivered a heightened sense of holiday spirit and community goodwill and cheer to the longstanding ceremony. At the conclusion of the festivities, the Linden Square Ice Rink was opened to the public. Kids and adults alike laced up skates and ventured onto the ice; some, gliding gracefully around the rink to the holiday music and others laughing and shouting as they sought to get the feel of the skates and cautiously made their way along the rails. Following a successful first season of ice skating and winter fun, the rink was “packed away” and the lawn was “rolled out” for Linden Square’s inaugural offering of spring and summer activities.

The principal outcome of all of these events and activities was that Linden Square was able to quickly establish its identity as the emerging heart and soul of the community. Through these shared experiences, residents, business owners and visitors, regardless of the diversity of their backgrounds, economic positions, or ages, were able to connect and share a sense of belonging, not only to Linden Square, but to the community as a whole. As it moves into its second spring and summer season, Linden Square event organizers are looking to develop partnerships and are seeking ways to expand programming that will further enhance the vitality and character of Gladstone’s evolving downtown, while providing opportunities for mutually beneficial interaction among all age groups and areas of interest throughout the community that will also bridge race, class, income and other differences that exist within the populace of Gladstone. A good example of the application of this philosophy is the Armed Forces and Memorial Day Celebration scheduled for Saturday, May 24th in downtown Gladstone. Members of Gladstone VFW Post 10906 and the Bennett & Dennis Herrick Memorial American Legion Post 626 approached the city about organizing an Armed Forces Day event to recognize, honor, and celebrate the men and women who served and continue to serve our country at home and abroad during times of war, military conflict, and peace, and to honor and remember the sacrifices of the men and women who have died so we may live in peace and freedom today. The city agreed to partner with both entities in this meaningful endeavor and suggested Linden Square become home to the event and that the celebration serve to kick-off the 2014 spring and summer season at the square. A committee was formed and planning began. As planning has progressed, the committee and partnering organizations have expanded. An interested Gladstone resident and member of the Gladstone Elks Lodge, as well as a member of the Third Missouri Infantry Reenacting Unit joined the committee. Both have been a great source of creativity and fresh ideas and, both have provided valuable connections and other resources that will help add to the quality and impact of the celebration.


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But, perhaps more importantly, they reflect the diversity in age, experience, knowledge and commitment needed to develop programming for Linden Square that will enhance the quality of life for residents of all ages and make Gladstone a more desirable place to live and visit. The Armed Forces and Memorial Day Celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Linden Square with a parade of veterans and active duty military personnel, followed by a recognition ceremony during which Brigadier General Eric C. Peck, of the Kansas Army National Guard will address the crowd. This will be followed by a moving POW ceremony and a stirring performance by the American Legion Band. Throughout the day, those attending will be able to view displays of military equipment and artifacts, enjoy watching and visiting with members of the 3rd Missouri Infantry Reenacting Unit, meet and talk with veterans and current military service men and women and much more. Several service organizations and other booths and displays will be on hand as well. The Krazy Kats, one of the few exclusively “Oldies” bands and a huge crowd favorite throughout the Kansas City metro area, will close out the Armed Forces and Memorial Day Celebration while kicking-off the free Sounds on the Square Concert series. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. on the Linden Square stage. Following completion of the first Sounds on the Square Concert Series season, organizers analyzed attendance and weather patterns and also gave serious consideration to comments and suggestions received from attendees and others throughout the season. They also examined economic development initiatives and other improvements slated to occur in the downtown area over the next year. With this data in hand, several changes were made to the series for the 2014 season. 46

Sounds on the Square will now feature two separate series that will offer a variety of performances sure to please a wide range of musical tastes and appeal to a diverse range of ages. The season opener has been moved to the end of May to steer clear of “spring showers” and uncomfortably cool early spring evenings. Saturday night offerings have been reduced to four concerts with each beginning a little later in the evening in an effort to attract a younger, more diverse audience. The Friday night series will provide a more “laid-back”, relaxing evening for concertgoers to listen to great music while enjoying the company of friends and neighbors and while also welcoming visitors to the community. The series will begin on May 30th, with a concert on most Friday nights from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., through September 26th. An outstanding selection of Rock, Country, Pop, Blues, Boogie, and more will be offered throughout the season. The Saturday night series will present a “bigger” entertainment experience for concertgoers. Each of these concerts will feature an opening and closing act, as well as other activities and entertainment throughout the evening. On the 3rd Saturday night of June, July, and August, from 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., some of Kansas City’s most popular tribute bands will be performing the hits of U2, Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac and Queen. And, on September 27th, a hot, up and coming Nashville recording artist and songwriter who received ACM and Grammy nominations in 2013 and has opened for Dierks Bentley, the Eli Young Band, Clint Black, Eric Church, Blake Shelton and Little Big Town, among others, will close out the Sounds on the Square 2014 series in big country Nashville style on the 4th Saturday of September. The artist will be announced August 17th. Another addition to the 2014 spring and summer line up at Linden Square includes the June Tunes Jazz Series. Formerly held at Oak

Grove Park, the series will move to Linden Square in Downtown Gladstone this summer and will feature a free jazz concert from 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. each Tuesday night during June. Over the years, this series has showcased hometown talent from Gladstone as well as the greater KC Metro area featuring a variety of musical styles such as Jazz, Bluegrass, Pop, Blues and more. However, with the move to Linden Square and the pending completion of the The Heights at Linden Square luxury apartments, the series will now focus solely on Jazz. This series will present a terrific opportunity for residents of The Heights and the greater community, as well as Jazz lovers throughout the KC Metro area, to take a break during the week, relax and enjoy an evening of jazz with family, friends and neighbors in downtown Gladstone. Organizers are also planning a variety of other events and activities to take place at Linden Square this summer including a Linden Live Music Festival, the Fun in the Sun Kids Fest, and a Linden Square Arts Festival. These events are also being carefully designed to continue to attract and provide meaningful experiences to people of all ages, cultures, races and interests living in Gladstone. As each event unfolds, new opportunities to join in the making of and sharing of satisfying and remarkable experiences will become available to residents and visitors alike. People will be able to interact and make memories that will last a lifetime and provide a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves; a place and a community. They will have the opportunity to shape and mold the identity and character of Linden Square through their shared stories and shared experiences, and by so doing, secure Linden Square’s long term identity as the heart and soul of Gladstone.

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hat motivates a person to put on layers of bulky wool and carry packs of gear across an open field on a blistering hot day in July? Why would a woman lace herself into a corset and cook over an open campfire, watching closely that her long skirts won’t catch fire? The perk of living in 2014 is that we no longer need to live like it’s 1861 and can spend our days in modern comfort, but some people say; no. For those looking to experience a small taste of the past; this is all part of the process of re-enacting. Beginning May 28, the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum (AJF&M) will feature a new exhibit “Life of a Re-enactor” exploring the hobby of historic re-enacting. This new exhibit will run through Sept. 6 and explore the idea of “living history.” The exhibit celebrates those history buffs that like many other weekend warriors pursue their hobby with passion and dedication.

To understand the growing popularity of this hobby, simply do a quick Amazon search to see the wide variety of reenactors’ handbooks and guides for sale to amateurs looking to get started in the pastime. With current online resources and endless blogs, it’s easier than ever to find like-minded enthusiasts who share your interests in any topic; and history is no exception. Within the hobby of re-enacting is a unique fan-base with varying degrees of authenticity and historic accuracy. While some participants pride themselves on their hand-stitched garments made of pure cotton, silk, wool or leather appropriate for their character and carry with them 48

reproduction supplies that could pass museum inspection, others are not so detail-oriented. Some re-enactors purchase or borrow only the most basic outer garment so they can join the ranks or simply watch an event in costume. These fans love the participation element and pride themselves on supporting the event. Other more “hard-core” re-enactors will research every detail of their clothing and equipment, even going so far as to represent a specific person by memorizing their personal information and history during the war. These re-enactors are closer to “interpreters”; professionals who work at historic sites, parks and museums and do this for a professional living.

militiamen. Most of these were small, private commemorative services that may have attracted a small crowd. With the onset of the 100th anniversary of the civil war in 19611965 followed by the American Bicentennial in 1976, there was a national renewed interest and pride in American history, especially around nostalgic wars fought for freedom. What began as remembrance events for famous battles slowly developed into a more inclusive approach to history including civilian interpreters and women’s perspectives while celebrating traditional crafts and skills of the era. Today reenactors are found all over the country and bring a great deal of diversity to living history events.

People re-enact and interpret all manner of events and time periods, from renaissance festivals to the landing of the Mayflower, to Suffragette protest and the breadlines in the 1930s; however, military conflicts are by far the most common and the most widely participated sector of what historians call “living history.” The term “living history” was used as early as 1931 when it was coined by historian Carl Becker (1873-1945) to describe history that can influence the present day perspective and overall pattern of remembered events. In 1822 American’s earliest veterans from the American Revolution gathered to reenact the infamous 1775 Battle of Lexington. General Custer’s last stand was reenacted in 1902 by Crow Indians and American

“Life of a Re-enactor” at the AJF&M will focus specifically on Civil War reenacting in conjunction with the Sesquicentennial recognition of the Civil War, which will conclude in 2015. The sesquicentennial celebrations of the last four years have kept reenactors across the country busier than ever with countless opportunities to share their hobby and knowledge with spectators. This exhibit will offer visitors to the AJF&M a chance to see original and reproduced civil war era items and be able to handle objects used by reenactors to make history come alive. Items on display include special loaned items from local reenactors, museums and private collectors. Among the diverse topics explored are the representation of camp life, dances, battles and hospitals

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all created by re-enactors. How can you spot the difference between original and reproduced civil war items like flags, photographs, newspapers and weaponry? Learn more about the detailed history of this distinctive hobby and what groups are currently active in your area. In celebration of the exhibit, mark your calendar now for Saturday, September 6 from 10-4:00 p.m. when we welcome our first civil war encampment to the grounds of the Big Shoal Heritage Area. This special one-day encampment is part of the annual Big Shoal Country Fair and is a wonderful opportunity for residents to see the exhibit free of charge and “ask a reenactor” in person about the hobby, gear and history of the war. Local reenactors interested in participating are welcome to contact museum manager Erica White at 816-423-4107 for information on how to get involved. As fun and engaging as the hobby of reenacting is, the question will usually arise, “Can you really recreate history?” The answer to that question is of course, no; which brings a wonderful philosophic complexity to the hobby. At the end of the day, each reenactor knows they will not die on the battlefield; there is no real threat of hunger, amputation, sickness, or ambush. Women stroll through the temporary military camps knowing their fathers, brothers or husbands will come back from the battle; there is no real danger to any participant. Perhaps everyone in camp will grab a bite to eat later on, after the last of the spectators leave for the day. Is it all just pretend? Or is there a real opportunity to get that much closer to history by dressing, eating, acting, and even smelling the part? These and other questions are explored at the AJF&M newest exhibit; “Life of a Reenactor” May 28 September 6, 2014.

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Gladstone’s first nationally recognized historic site and museum! SAVE THE DATE! Afternoon Tea at the Farm “Ladies are encouraged to wear their favorite vintage or modern hat.” May 10, 12 - 1:30 p.m. Civilian Clothing During the 1860’s A presentation by Jean Warren June 28, 3 - 4 p.m.

Main entrance off of NE Antioch Road directly across from the White Chapel Cemetery. 6607 NE Antioch Rd. • Gladstone, MO 64119 Regular admission is $5.00 for visitors over the age of 12. Students and seniors (65+) are $3.00. Members of the Friends of the AtkinsJohnson Farm & Museum are free.

Children’s Garden Day July 12, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Big Shoal Country Fair “Stop by and visit and Civil War Military Encampment.” Sept. 6 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Big Shoal Cemetery Tours Oct. 18 at noon and 2 p.m. Please visit the Re-Enactment Exhibit from May 28 through Sept. 6. Exhibit hours are Wed. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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are all very happy to have a library in our neighborhood. Like schools and community centers, they add value to our community. Whenever we need a book or want to study we can go to our local library. But did you know that your Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) is more than a nice place to visit? Access your virtual MCPL for so many other needs including downloadable eBooks and audio books, downloadable music, movies and magazines, genealogy resources and other online research tools, and programming for the whole family, at no extra cost, with your Access Pass. There are even online learning courses for business, college readiness, learning languages, education, law and legal information, and writing. All this and more, anywhere you get Internet access.

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• Online Book Groups Looking for a great book or a new author to read? Would you like to sample a book before you commit to checking it out? Just give us your email address and five minutes of your day, and we’ll give you the exciting world of reading with our Online Book Groups. • Community Book Groups Are you involved in a community book group? If so, your group is invited to take advantage of some of the titles in our Book Group Service Collection (a collection of multiple copies of certain titles which our library book groups have used in their discussion groups). • Branch Library Book Groups Join us for fun and fellowship as we discuss plots, characters, and styles in various books. Find local book groups and times in “Locations” listed at the top of the website.


Online Resources Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks

Mid-Continent Public Library offers digital versions of audiobooks for downloading to your computer and transferring to an MP3 player, iPod, or tablet and eBooks for check out and reading on eReaders and mobile devices. Apps are available for Android and iOS devices.

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Access over a hundred popular magazines in a digital format. These are complete, full-color, interactive magazines with no holds, checkout periods, or limits on how many magazines you can access.

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The library subscribes to two hundred seventy databases which are available at all branch locations. Two hundred sixty-five of these resources are available remotely with a valid MCPL card.

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Learn it your way. The Library’s digital branch has multiple ways for you to learn. Follow the links to get started. Additional classes are available in a variety of subjects and learning styles. • Business • Language • College Readiness • Legal • Computers • Teaching • GED • Writing • Health and Wellness • Personal Development


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If you have your phone, you have the Library! MCPL is making it even easier to access the Library catalog, your account, and even hundreds of online resources. MyMCPL is our new app for Android, iOS, and other mobile devices. Available for free, the app gives you anytime access to MCPL’s catalog and online resources. Use the MyMCPL app to keep your Library in your pocket, to save yourself some bookstore charges, and to place holds on those items you know you will forget later.

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The Cover It Up contest is an opportunity for teens ages 12-19 to redesign book covers. The winners from our first contest are on the website. Participants were able to enter submissions online or through our branches, allowing their work to be done entirely by hand or digitally or a combination of both. We will be doing the Cover It Up contest again this summer during our Teen Summer Reading Program.


The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) opened in June 2008. The largest free-standing public genealogy library in the United States boasts 52,000 square feet of resources for family history researchers. Also available online • Genealogy Databases • U.S. History Databases • World History • Newspaper Databases • Geography Databases • Genealogy Web Resources • Genealogy Periodicals

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may have been 41 degrees outside, but chilly temperatures did not deter Oakwood Manor Elementary students from planting their plot in the “Community Garden.” On a crisp day in early April, six students from Ms. Cornelius’ first grade class used little trowels and little hands to dig into the edirt. They carefully shaped troughs and holes for peas, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage and onions. Some planted seeds. Others planted seedlings. And a few planted raw chunks of red potatoes. In a few weeks they will see the magic of Mother Nature appear before them as each one grows and grows. The Community Garden is much more than a school activity. This garden is an outdoor classroom, a compost recycling station, a food source for school meals, and a place where community members can sow relationships, as well as seeds, with their neighborhood school. For now, the garden is mostly managed by the school, but the goal is to engage more community gardeners in the process. “We’d love to have a robust after-school garden club,” said Principal Amy Casey, “but we need a few ace gardeners from the community who can share their green thumbs with us.” Gladstone officials agree that the Community Garden is a natural fit for a city that is firmly rooted in sustainability. “We are very happy with the ongoing success of the garden,” said City Manager Kirk Davis, “and pleased the City had a role in getting it started. Learning how to grow something you can eat is a lesson with added value.” Lindell Sconce, the school facility manager, has championed the garden for six years. His new partner in planting is Bette Marcus, the school nurse, and a Gladstone resident. Together they shepherd small groups of students each day through the garden experience from tilling, planting and watering to weeding and eventually harvesting.


Students in Oakwood Manor’s summer school programs have the privilege of eating the fruits of their labor. Last year the Food & Nutrition Services summer staff prepared meals with fresh-from-the-garden veggies like tomatoes, pepper and Asian spinach. Also, while summer school is in session, students and staff host a mini Farmer’s Market. This provides young students exposure to the business side of agriculture through direct sales and marketing of their goods – not to mention learning how to give correct change to the customer! “The Community Garden brings an air of excitement to summer learning, and it gives our students some very real, practical life skills,” explained Casey. In addition to the Community Garden and the compost station, Oakwood Manor is continuing to develop another feature called “edible landscaping.” Pear trees, strawberry beds and blueberry, blackberry and red raspberry bushes adorn the property, and they provide a tasty treat, as well. Dr. Casey would like to see the garden evolve to include some “high tunnels” to protect and nurture the plants like greenhouses do. With high tunnels, crops could be planted earlier, harvested sooner, and potentially allow for a second planting of fall crops. Dr. Casey invites gardeners of all ages to “come grow with us!” To become a Oakwood Manor Elementary School Community Garden volunteer, please contact Bette Marcus at or (816) 413-5252.

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Extraordinary Achievements Nine Seniors Recognized in National Merit Scholarship Program

Nine district seniors have achieved recognition from the nation’s most coveted and competitive scholarship process – the National Merit Scholarship Program. The top status of “Finalist” has been awarded to Richard Wade McCormick from North Kansas City High School for one of the highest scores in the nation on the PSAT/NMSQT. His classmate Tabris Thomas and Winnetonka senior Hannah Lounsbery were each named “Semifinalists”. They scored among the highest in the state on their exams. In addition, seniors Matthew Gutierrez (North Kansas City); Christopher Dykes (Oak Park); John Goldsberry, Aaron Lehman and Nathaniel Vawter (Staley); and Ryan Jeschke (Winnetonka) have been named National Merit Commended Students. Matthew Gutierrez also is a recipient of the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program, which identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Richard Wade McCormick


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Oak Park Senior Wins Top State Award in Forensics

Dominic Hernandez, a senior at Oak Park High School, has earned the 2012-13 All State Award from the National Forensic League (NFL). The award recognizes the top one percent of point earners in each state. NFL standards are based on a combination of competitive points for both speech and debate. Dominic finished his junior year with 2,247 – 239 more points above the second place junior.

Two Juniors Selected for All-State Choir

Juniors Paden Osburn, an alto from Winnetonka High School, and Ryan Ganaban, a tenor from North Kansas City High School, have been selected for the Missouri All- State Choir. Following a rigorous audition process, Osburn and Ganaban were selected from a field of nearly 600 vocalists. The two performed during the Missouri Music Educators Association annual conference in January.

Oak Park Senior Wins Missouri Thespian Scholarship

Oak Park senior Mariah Studebaker has won the Missouri Thespian Performance Scholarship. She was selected by college and university theater representatives who reviewed hundreds of auditions.

Northgate 8th Grader is “Young Scholar”

Drake Edmonson, an eighth grader attending Northgate Middle School, has won a scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program. As a Young Scholar, Edmonson is one of only 60 students selected nationwide for the unique educational support program.

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ormal teens will experience struggles, as everyone does; but a brave and earnest soul by the name of William ( Jim) Ressler tells a story unlike many. It’s a story of sickness, recovery, and his willpower to beat a cancer that took away more than a year of what was supposed to be the best year of someone’s life. Ressler missed the majority of his senior year at Winnetonka because of cancer in his lymph nodes and blood. “The plan was laid out in three stages: remission, intermittence, and maintenance. Remission took a month, and they hit me hard and fast with frequent treatments,” said Ressler. “Intermittence was three months of strong treatments but more spread out, and maintenance was three years of daily oral chemo and once a month IV or spinal treatment,” Ressler said.

The treatments to cure any specific cancer can be torturously painful, and Ressler made it through all of it. “I had IV chemo, chemo injected into the spinal cord, shots in my legs, bone marrow biopsies, daily antibiotics and chemo pills, and for a short time brain radiation to make sure it didn’t spread there,” Ressler said. “I had multiple blood and platelet transfusions.” It was T-Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, and recovering from this became the center of Ressler’s world as he struggled to adjust to doing work for school. “Mr. Schuerman (school guidance counselor) and other teachers were extremely helpful in switching me into 3 online courses,” Ressler said. “It’s remarkable that they worked it out so I could get my credits to graduate.” Despite having a weakened body, Ressler tried to work as much as he could to avoid too much free time. “In the fall I returned to work (at Hy-Vee) when I could. I enjoyed working because it gave me something to do. I do remember fainting at work one time just a few days after treatment. It was very embarrassing,” Ressler said. He did not stop with a job and school, though. He also pushed himself to do a sport. “I took up tennis and had a blast,” Ressler said. “I probably pushed too hard but you get bored.”


Despite missing his senior in high school, he praises the fact that he got to experience the most important parts. “I was still able to do the highlights like prom and walking with my class at graduation, which was amazing,” Ressler said. He has learned to accept that he missed some things, but he does not dwell on the thought. “I’m enjoying college to the fullest now, and it’s enough that I never think about what I might have missed out on,” Ressler said.

hometown in St. Louis. He was so pumped about wanting yogurt, I figured there were probably a lot of other students who felt that way,” Ressler said.

Ressler was eager to begin his life after high school, but was not able to do that for quite some time. “It was probably harder to miss the first semester of college… and when you’re sitting around waiting, it gets really hard to be patient,” Ressler said.

Ressler is living life to the fullest, a lesson he had to learn not only the hard way, but independently as well. “I learned I’m not invincible, which is a hard pill to swallow. You just can’t escape the thought of ‘that won’t happen to me.’” Ressler said.

Once given the go to start college, Ressler jumped on the opportunity to attend Truman State University. “I am currently finishing up my undergrad with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I graduate in the fall due to being delayed a semester,” Ressler said. “[In the spring] I go on to work on a Masters of Arts in Education, also from TSU.” Ressler owns his own yogurt business that he began on his own. “I’ve been to Yogurtini often, and always thought it’d be amazing to run a yogurt shop. I looked up the franchise fees and saw it was $250K to get started,” Ressler said. He quickly dropped the idea of having his own shop until a year and a half ago when he met a freshman that sparked the interest in Ressler again. “[He] was really missing “fro-yo” from his

After researching more, Ressler found that he could start his own shop for a fraction of the $250K he previously thought it would require. “From there it was just more research and some hard work,” Ressler said.

He also learned that family and friends are essential in times of weakness, no matter how proud of a person you are. “You don’t really know what it’s like to want to be with people until you are told you can’t,” Ressler said. “When your immune system is compromised, you aren’t supposed to have any visitors, and life is hard in isolation.” Ressler encourages everyone to enjoy good health and freedom while it is available, because it is impossible to know when that may be taken away. “You’re not invincible, so make the best of it. I’m not saying go do something stupid, but enjoy what you have,” Ressler said. “It’s never too late to try harder in school, learn a new skill, or join a new organization. Enjoy everything you can.”


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Hispanic Tradition, Family and Culture

Expressed through Folkloric Dance


spite of dresses weighing more than 15 pounds and performing in 90-degree weather, this family tradition of folkloric dancing continues to spread its culture. Selena Buckner, Winnetonka High School senior, has been dancing since she was in kindergarten, but started folkloric dance in second grade. “I grew up in Topeka and every year there is a Mexican Fiesta that raises money for the church I went to. My mom also has been doing it since she was little, so one day we went to a studio, and I decided to do it,” Selena said. Maya Buckner, Selena’s sister, has been dancing alongside her since they first started, and she also wants to carry on the tradition. “It’s become part of our family, since we’ve been doing it for so long. It’d be weird not to send our kids in,” Maya said.

Although Selena quit for a year, in the fourth grade, she went back because she missed it. The dance group is used for more than just dancing, it’s a resource. “It’s like a family. They’ll help you with your dance steps and in between dance steps they’ll help you with your math homework,” Selena said. According to Selena, the worst part of being a part of the group is performing in hot weather. “Our biggest performance is in the middle of July and our costumes weigh at least 15 pounds,” Selena said. Costumes have various requirements, which include apron, bloomers, blouse, camisole, floor length slip, handkerchief, hairpiece, rebozo, shawl, shoes, and skirt. Folkloric dance is something that has been a part of Selena’s life since she was little. “You can see the generations all together. The dance troop I’m in has been there for 40 years. It’s a way to keep connected to my family,” Selena said. 66

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Pow Wows Preserve

Native American Heritage


athering by the thousands, tribes from all over the country celebrate their heritage in traditional pow-wows. Winnetonka High School Junior Rina Stabler joins her fellow tribe members for Native American singing and dancing. Stabler’s mother is part of the Chippewa and Iowa tribes. Her father is part of Omaha. “It’s a place to meet new people and see people you haven’t seen in a long time,” said Stabler. All the Stabler family is involved in these pow-wows. She and her mother, Angel, sing and dance, while her four brothers dance. “I didn’t get into the singing or dancing parts until I was a little older. I started dancing when I was only two,” she said. Several aspects of these celebrations are kept authentic. The dress she wears includes beadwork, eagle feathers and applique work, which includes pieces of fabric sewn onto a larger piece of fabric to create pictures and scenes. The food is also traditional.

“I know bison and buffalo are served. There’s corn, wild rice and beans. Mostly, there are a lot of vegetables,” Stabler said. These gatherings can last up to three days. Even when pow-wows are scarce, like during winter months, Stabler’s native culture is essential in her life. She has no plans to let up on practicing her customs. “I want to be able to carry on my traditions with my kids, because a lot of it is dying out from lack of participation,” she said. Involving herself in pow-wows has taken her all over the country. Stabler and her family have traveled to New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming and several other states. Aside from travel, being involved has taught her life lessons others may miss out on. “It gives me a different view. My morals and values are different; our whole family is really close. The way I carry myself is different from others,” she said. Stabler and her family attend pow-wows more often during the summer. Other than singing and dancing, drumming also is central to a traditional celebration.

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alk the Red Carpet Live at Gladfest 35.” Join the paparazzi, fans and show goers that will enjoy a great live entertainment line-up throughout the festival this year. Back by popular demand is the School of Rock. Performing at Gladfest for the first time are County Road 5 and none other than Samantha Fish! More acts are being planned for the weekend with the festival officially opening at 5 p.m. Friday Oct. 3.

Plan now to attend Gladfest Oct. 3-5 and enjoy the fun of a timeless community celebration. If you are interested in something new and different check out the special evening event Thursday, Oct. 2 at Linden Square. Gladfest Sunday Oct. 5 is reserved strictly for the carnival, family fun and the Scarecrow 5k Run/Walk. The other parts of the festival will be closed. Gladfest officially opens Friday evening, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. with a variety of activities for all ages. Children are encouraged to participate in the Little Mr. and Miss Gladfest and Gladfest Prince and Princess Pageant. Children ages three through five compete for the titles of Gladfest Prince and Princess and two lucky 6, 7or 8-year-olds are crowned Little Mr. and Miss Gladfest. Participants must be Northland residents and are encouraged to come dressed according to the Gladfest theme, “Walk the Red Carpet Live at Gladfest 35.” Children will be asked to recite a simple poem, nursery rhyme

Yes, Gladfest is still changing and just like the Oscars there are always new personalities to see, performances to enjoy and family fun activities. In fact, one of the new features this year is a special Thursday evening event featuring the Overtones. You might even get a chance to do some swing dancing Yes Gladfest continues to change and you can be a part of it all. Bring your camera and capture those special moments alongside all of the paparazzi. This year you will be able to participate in activities on two stages. Linden Square will be the site of non-stop musical entertainment and the Holmes stage will provide great variety acts and presentations with something for everyone. Kids Corner will again be located in Central Park and will host the popular camel rides, activity tent, bounce house, the Kansas City Zoomobile and


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Summertime Bluesfest Gladstone


housands of music fans will gather at Oak Grove Park Friday and Saturday, June 6 & 7 to hear some of the best local, regional and national blues bands on stage at the 18th annual Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest.

Kansas City Blues Challenge band winner Doghouse Daddies, International Blues Challenge Winner Brick Fields & The Chosen Ones followed by Moreland & Arbuckle. Saturday night concludes with national headliner Walter Wolfman Washington.

The event, co-hosted by the city of Gladstone and the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place at the Oak Grove Park Amphitheatre in Gladstone. Oak Grove Park, at 76th Street and North Troost Avenue, is a perfect spot to put out a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy great food, cold beverages and hot blues music. On Friday the park opens at 5 p.m. and live music will begin at 6. On Saturday visitors are welcome to the park at 1 p.m., with live entertainers playing at 2.  The Friday night lineup features Fast Johnny Ricker, The BelAirs and headliner Larry Garner. Saturday’s lineup features Danny Cox,

Bluesfest will feature not only outstanding blues music, but also great food, cold drinks and souvenirs. Come hungry and enjoy a barbecue brisket sandwich or a brat with a cold beer. Sample cinnamon roasted nuts, funnel cakes, shaved ice, nachos or kettle corn with an ice-cold Pepsi or fresh squeezed lemonade. Also, be sure to take some of the fun home with you because commemorative Bluesfest T-shirts will be available and artists will have CDs for sale at the event. Bluesfest patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, but leave pets at home because dogs are not allowed into the festival by city ordinance. Designated smoking areas at Oak Grove Park will be available during the Bluesfest. Admission to Bluesfest is free, but parking is $5. For directions or more information, visit



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ladstone’s Annual Citywide Garage Sale will be held June 6-7, 2014. This event is held each year during Bluesfest when people come to Gladstone for great music, good food and big savings. This sale does not count as one of the two sales each residence is able to have each year and no permit is required.

However, sign up for the permit online at GarageSaleApplication.php and get your sale listed on the City map and included on the City website. Make plans now and take advantage of this great opportunity to recycle and repurpose those unwanted items and pocket a little extra cash.

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ho’s ready for a Halloween party? It’s a little hard to picture at this time of year, but once you’ve had fun at Linden Square all summer, more fun watching fireworks in the park, and then just a bit MORE fun at Gladfest 35 in the fall you just might be ready for some Halloween fun! Join us in Oak Grove Park at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 for the ninth annual Friday Fright Night, an event co-hosted by the city of Gladstone and the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce. Always held on the Friday before Halloween, this event provides an opportunity for kids to dress in their costumes for a little pre-trick or treating while benefiting the community at the same time.

Just imagine a late October night under a full moon with a little chill in the air. Spooky music to set the mood and wondering what lurks in that shadow around the corner are just a few of the things that complete the atmosphere. The squeals of costumed ghouls and goblins are everywhere whether they are trying to scare each other or just having a really great time. The biggest smiles happen, though, during trick or treating at tables set up by local businesses and nonprofit groups with many of THEM in costume having just as much fun as the kids. Many of these table sponsors look forward to this event every year and ask to be on the list, sometimes as early as March. Do we ever really grow up? In past years there has also been storytellers telling age appropriate stories getting a little scarier as the night goes on, a magician doing amazing things, barrel train rides in the grass, big and small puppets telling of their Halloween adventures, and a couple local businesses handing out hot cocoa and hot dogs. Although trick or treating is the main focus, there’s always something else going on, but it varies from year to year so you’ll just have to come out to see what spooky fun has been planned for 2014! 72

The price of admission is one non-perishable item per child collected to benefit a local food pantry. Last year 750 cans were collected and donated to the Northland Christmas Store. Depending on the weather, Friday Fright Night has drawn crowds in numbers of 200 to 1200 in past years so figure out what you’re going to be, practice your “trick or treat,” and grab a can of food - we’ll see YOU in October. Now who’s ready for a Halloween party?



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Program Registration By Mail - Mail the registration form along with payment to City of Gladstone, Attn: Parks & Recreation, 7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone, MO 64118-2646. Checks should be made out to Gladstone Parks & Recreation (Registration forms are available at Mail-In registrations must be received by any deadline noted. In Person - Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday or Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N Homes, Monday - Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sundays, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. On-line Registration! – Gladstone Parks & Recreation now offers On-line Registration for its sports programs, classes, events plus all Fitness Classes and activities at the Gladstone Community Center. Go to and click on Missouri and Gladstone Parks & Recreation. Look for the Computer Icon on our website.

Refund Policy - A full refund will be issued if a class, program, or trip is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Refunds will be made up to the registration deadline. A processing fee of $5 will be deducted. After registration deadline, a refund will be issued if participant can be replaced. A processing fee of $5 will be deducted. If participant desires, a credit letter may be issued for a future program. Credit letters are good for one year from date of issue and reflect the program amount. Pro-rated refunds will be issued for illness if accompanied by written physician statement, provided class session has not passed the halfway point. A processing fee of $5 will be deducted. Refunds are by check only. Please allow up to four weeks for refunds.

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Parks and Recreation Department 7010 N Holmes Gladstone, MO 64118 (816) 436-2200 or (816) 423-4091 Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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gladstone amphitheatre 2014 Theatre in the Park Performances Hairspray

Performance Dates: July 3rd 5th and 6th, 2014, 8:30 p.m. Book by: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan Music by: Marc Shaiman Lyrics by: Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman Synopsis:

Tracy Turnblad is obsessed with The Corny Collins Show and one of its dancers, Link Larkin. Though rejected by producer Belma Vom Tussle at auditions, when Tracy shows off some moves at the Sophomore Hop, Corny Collins gives her a place on the show. Tracey is soon launched to stardom, but can’t stand that the show won’t allow integration and does everything in her power to make it happen. Musical numbers include: “Mama, I’m A Big Girl now”, “I Can Hear The Bells”, “It Takes Two”, “Timeless To Me”, “Without Love”, “I know Where I’ve Been”, and “Hairspray”, and “You Can’t Stop The Beat”.

Theatre In The Park Golf Classic - 21st Annual Help support the Gladstone Amphitheatre, home of Gladstone Theatre in the Park, by joining us in this fun-filled golf tournament where all proceeds will benefit the theatre! The tournament format is a 3-flight, 4-player scramble. Cash prizes will be awarded for all flights, including: closest to the pin, longest drive and a putting contest. Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the tournament so be sure to stick around! There are many ways to assist with the Gladstone Amphitheatre. If interested, please contact the Recreation Department for more information. Event Date: Thursday, August 21st Time: 1:00 p.m. Registration Begins: Monday, May 12th Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 13th Location: Paradise Pointe Golf Course Fee: $110 per person, $205 per twosome


Performance Dates: August 1st, 2nd and 3rd 2014 8:30 p.m. Book, Lyrics and Music by: Lionel Bart Musical Adaptation: The Charles Dickens Novel Synopsis:

Oliver Twist is a young boy who lives in a workhouse with other orphaned boys. When Oliver disrupts a meal by asking for more, he is sold to a local undertaker and his family. They treat Oliver horribly and make him sleep under the coffins. Oliver escapes and runs off to Paddington Green, where he quickly befriends another young boy, the Artful Dodger. Dodger takes him to his home, an academy for orphans who learn how to be pick-pockets run by a kind, yet slightly sinister, old gentleman named Fagin. Oliver is also introduced to Nancy Sikes, a lovable young woman, and Bet, Nancy’s best friend. When Oliver goes on his first pick-pocketing job, he is caught by the police. The man that Oliver thieved, Mr. Brownlow, learns of Oliver’s sad past and brings him into his own home. Meanwhile, Nancy’s husband (the villainous Bill Sikes), worries that Oliver will tell Mr. Brownlow and the police where the thieves live. He forces Nancy and Bet to snatch Oliver from Mr. Brownlow’s house and take him back to Fagin’s. Nancy does everything her husband tells her to but plans on secretly taking Oliver back to Mr. Brownlow. Before she can do so, Bill finds out of his wife’s plans, and murders her. He then goes after Oliver, but is shot and killed. Oliver and Mr. Brownlow, who turns out to be Oliver’s grandfather, return safely home. Musical numbers include: “Oliver! Where Is Love?”, “Consider Yourself”, “Pick a Pocket or Two”, “I’d Do Anything”, “As Long As He Needs Me”, and “Oom-Pa-Pah”.

Scarecrow 5 K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Walk Date: Sunday, October 5th Time: 7:30 a.m. Location: Linden Square Registration information: Please check the city’s website for more information New this year! Costume Contest, New categories, and more fun and games. In order to preserve the grass, blankets and lawn chairs may not be set out on performance nights until after 3:00 p.m. Anything placed before that time will be removed.

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2014gladstone municipal pool Membership Discount Option Available The Gladstone Municipal Pool is located in Central Park at 69th and N. Holmes. Opens: Saturday, May 24th weekend and opens daily the first day of North Kansas City Schools’ summer vacation. Closes: August 12th at 4:00 PM. Gladstone Municipal Pool members will receive complimentary access to Gladstone Community Center August 13, 2014 through Labor Day: Monday, September 1, 2014.

Members of the Gladstone Community Center will be eligible for a 35% discount on outdoor pool passes! To receive the Gladstone Community Center Member Municipal Pool Membership discount, the Community Center Member must have a membership in good standing through the 2014 Season. Single Month/Quarterly/Annual Community Center Pass holders, whose memberships will be expiring prior to Labor Day, must renew their membership at time of purchase to receive the discount. Monthly Auto-Debit members must remain in good standing throughout the 2014 season.

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Family Season Pass: To include children on family pass, child must be under 23 years old and listed on parent’s tax return (proof required). Senior Citizen Pass: For individuals 65 years and older (identification required). To receive the early registration discount, mail-in registrations must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 9th, 2014. Registration may also be completed in person at Gladstone Community Center or Gladstone Parks and Recreation during regular business hours. Resident Membership Rates: Regular Family $135 Individual $80 Senior (65 & older) $55

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Daily Admission: $6.00 per person 3 years of age or older for non-season pass holders. Pool Hours Times may vary on special event dates. Open: Saturday, May 24th and opens daily the first day of North Kansas City Schools summer vacation Closes: August 12th at 4:00 PM. Monday - Saturday, Noon - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Noon - 7:00 p.m.


Learn-To-Swim American Red Cross Program Register Early! The City of Gladstone teaches the American Red Cross “Learn-ToSwim Program”. Certified instructors, in a supportive environment, teach all swim lessons. Program Information • Fees: - Gladstone Municipal Pool Members: $37 - Non-Members: $42 • Registration is available at the Gladstone Community Center, Gladstone Municipal Pool during normal operating hours or online at • Second Friday of each session is reserved for make-up lesson for lessons canceled by City of Gladstone. • Payment must accompany enrollment. Mail-in registrations are not accepted. • Unless class is cancelled, refunds will not be given. • For additional information contact the Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200 or Gladstone Municipal Pool at (816) 436-2299.

Municipal Outdoor Pool Swim Lessons Gladstone Municipal Pool members may pre-register on the Thursday and Friday prior to open enrollment at the Gladstone Municipal Pool and Gladstone Community Center.

Swim Lesson Schedule Note: Levels and times may change at the discretion of the Pool Management. Session I (2014.1.O): Monday, June 2nd - Thursday, June 12th (9 lessons) Member Registration: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Saturday, May 24th, 2014 Session II (2014.2.O): Monday, June 16th - Thursday, June 26th (9 lessons) Member Registration: Thursday, June 5th, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Saturday, June 7th, 2014 Session III (2014.3.O): Monday, June 30th - Friday, July 11th (9 lessons) * No class Friday, July 4th Member Registration: Thursday, June 19th, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Saturday, June 21st, 2014 Session IV (2014.4.O): Monday, July 14th - Thursday, July 24th (9 lessons) Member Registration: Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Saturday, July 5th, 2014 *Session V (2014.5.O): Monday, July 28th - Thursday, August 12th (9 lessons) Member Registration: Thursday, July 17th, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Saturday, July 19th, 2014 *Session V (2014.5.O) is tentative and based on instructor availability.

American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Course Descriptions: Lessons are available for ages 3 years old and up.

Please visit the Gladstone Community Center website at or call Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200 for more information about swim lesson descriptions, dates and times. Evening swim lessons will be offered at the Gladstone Community Center. For class times and registration please contact the Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200.



Gladstone Community Center Members will receive an outdoor pool membership discount. Please call 423-4200 for more details and eligibility requirements.

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2014gladstone municipal pool Adult Aqua Aerobics NEW! Now Available…On-line Registration! Look for the Computer Icon on our website. Classes designed for all adults wanting to improve cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength, endurance, toning, energy, and to relieve stress, along with some Pilate’s activities. Session times coincide with children’s swim lessons. Swimming skills not necessary. Water equipment provided. Each session includes four classes. Class sizes are limited. Monday’s & Wednesday’s (2-week sessions) 10:30 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. (Shallow Water) 11:15 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. (Deep Water) Session I: Monday, June 2nd - Wednesday, June 11th Session II: Monday, June 16th - Wednesday, June 25th Session III: Monday, June 30th - Wednesday, July 9th Session IV: Monday, July 14th - Wednesday, July 23rd

Gladstone Gators Developmental Swim Team The Gladstone Gators, the City’s official Developmental Swim Team, is open to all levels of swimmers 6 - 18 years of age. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basics of competitive swimming. The team provides an opportunity for boys and girls to participate in an organized training program and exposes them to competition in an area municipal league. Registration Begins: Monday, March 3rd at the Gladstone Community Center Practice Days & Times: Monday - Friday from 6:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. First Practice: Monday, June 2nd, 2014 (or first day of North Kansas City Schools summer vacation) Fee: Gladstone Municipal Pool Member: $75.00 Gladstone Municipal Pool Non-Member: $85.00 • There is a $5.00 discount for each additional participant in same family registered. • Included in fee, every participant will receive a team participation award.

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Tuesday’s & Thursday’s (2-week sessions) 10:30 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. (Shallow Water) 11:15 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. (Deep Water) Session I: Tuesday, June 3rd – Thursday, June 12th Session II: Tuesday, June 17th – Thursday, June 26th Session III: Tuesday, July 1st – Thursday, July 10th Session IV: Tuesday, July 15th – Thursday, July 24th Registration Begins: Saturday, May 24th at the Gladstone Community Center, at Gladstone Municipal Pool or online at Fee: $10 per session (No Municipal Pool discount)

youth activities Developmental Youth Soccer – 2014

This 8-week program is offered for boys and girls, 5 years through the 7th grade. This program will provide an enjoyable learning experience for children and will enhance their emotional, physical, and social and educational well-being. Good sportsmanship, equal play opportunities, learning and fun are the philosophies of this program. Volunteer coaches are needed. Registration Begins: Monday, July7th Registration Deadline: Friday, August 8th or until leagues are full First Practice: Tuesday, August 19th Days & Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. First Game: Thursday, September 4th Location: Happy Rock Park Fee: $50 includes a uniform t-shirt. Buddy system applies

Coed Competitive Youth Volleyball - 2014

Co-Sponsored by Gladstone Parks and Recreation and North Kansas City School District, this 10-week program offers a competitive atmosphere while continuing to teach good sportsmanship skills. You may sign-up as a team or as an individual (upon availability). This coed league is for grades 5th – 8th and is based on the 20142015 school year. Teams and players may register for a higher grade division but no one will be allowed to play in a lower division. Skill level for this league should be above average and players should be able to serve the ball over the net and receive a serve. Registration Begins: Monday, -July 7th Registration Deadline: Friday, -August 22nd or until leagues are full First Practice: Week of -September 8th First Game: Saturday, -September 27th Location: Area North Kansas City School District Middle Schools Fee: $79 includes uniform shirt. Buddy system applies

Coed Youth Flag Football –2014

This 8-week program offers instruction in the fundamentals of flag football and organized team participation for boys and girls of various skill levels in 1st through 8th grade. The program meets on Mondays for practice and on Saturday mornings for games. Volunteer coaches are needed.

The Buddy System Children may register “with a buddy” for youth team programs. To guarantee same team placement, both registration forms must be received at the same time. For more information, call

Gladstone Parks & Recreation at (816) 423-4091.

Coed Developmental Youth Volleyball - 2014 Co-sponsored by Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department and North Kansas City Schools, this 10-week program offers instruction in the fundamentals of volleyball for boys and girls in the 4th - 8th grade. This program will provide an enjoyable learning experience for children and will enhance their emotional, physical, and social and educational well-being. Good sportsmanship, equal play opportunities, learning and fun are the philosophies of this program. Volunteer coaches are needed. Registration Begins: Monday, -July 7th Registration Deadline: Friday, -August 22nd or until leagues are full First Practice: Week of -September 8th First Game: Saturday, -September 27th Location: Area North Kansas City Middle Schools Fee: $65 includes a uniform t-shirt. Buddy system applies

Registration Begins: Monday, July 7th Registration Deadline: Friday, August 15th or until leagues are full First Practice: Week of August 25th First Game: Saturday, September 20th Location: Happy Rock Park Fee: $65 including uniform shirt. Buddy system applies

Archery – For 10 – 15 year olds

Gladstone Parks & Recreation and the Missouri Department of Conservation are hosting a youth archery class for boys and girls ages 10-15 years. Archers will learn archery safety, how to properly load a bow, proper archery techniques, and proper release and follow through, target scoring, fun games and competition. Open to experienced and beginner archers. Bows, arrows and targets will be provided and a certified instructor from the Missouri Department of Conservation will teach the class. The ability to perform light physical activity is required. This is a 2-week program. Each participant should bring a snack and water to each class to enjoy during breaks. Maximum class size is 16 so do not delay in signing up. Registration Begins: Monday, April 7th Registration Deadline: Friday, June 7th Session Dates: Tuesday July 1st and July 8th Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: Happy Rock Park (large shelter on west side) Fee: $15

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youth activities Youth Developmental Basketball – Winter 2014

Gladstone Parks & Recreation and North Kansas City Schools sponsor this program offering instruction in the fundamentals of basketball and organized team participation for boys and girls 1st - 8th grade. This 10-week program will provide an enjoyable learning experience for children and will enhance their emotional, physical, and social and educational well-being. Good sportsmanship, equal play opportunities, learning and fun are the philosophies of this program. Volunteer coaches are needed.

Golf for Beginners – Ages 17 & older

This 6-week program is being offered for individuals with no previous golf experience and will teach the basic skills of golf in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Classes will be held every Saturday for six weeks for one hour and are limited to 5 participants. Classes are available for ages 17 to adult. No equipment necessary. Registration Begins: Monday, February 10th Registration Deadline: Until Session is Full Location: Paradise Point Golf Course, Smithville Lake, MO Fee: $65 per participant Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Summer Session 1: Saturdays, June 14th – July 19th Summer Session 2: Sundays, June 15th – July 20th

Youth Cross Country – Ages 8 – 13

If you like to run, this 7-week program is tailor made for you! Runners of all skill levels will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings for one hour to run and learn about health and running safety. This program will lead up to Gladstone’s Scarecrow 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Walk. Cross Country program participants will receive a discount rate for the Scarecrow 5K and will be able to test their time or reach a goal. Registration Begins: Monday, July 7th Registration Deadline: Friday, August 8th or until program is full. First Class: Monday, August 18th Days & Times: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: Happy Rock Park (West Side) Fee: $40 per participant


Registration Begins: Monday, September 22nd Registration Deadline: Friday, November 7th First Practice: Week of November 17th First Game: Saturday, December 13th Location: Area North Kansas City School District Schools Fee: 1st – 4th grades - $62 5th – 8th grades - $66

New!! Introduction to Lacrosse Beginner Program

The one week programs are designed to introduce the concepts and fundamentals of lacrosse to new players or players with less than 6 months lacrosse experience. The sessions will teach basic individual techniques of throwing, catching, and cradling as well as introduce team concepts and positioning. All necessary equipment is provided. This is ideal for all beginners’ interested in learning more about the sport and the other lacrosse opportunities for youth in the Gladstone and surrounding communities. This program is for boys and girls 5 to 13 years of age. Registration Begins: Monday, March 24th Registration Deadline: Friday, May 23rd or until program fills Session Dates: Session 1: Monday, June 2nd - Thursday, June 5th Session 2: Monday, June 23rd -Thursday, June 26th Session Times: 5yrs-9yrs- 9:00-11:00 10yrs-13yrs 11:00-1:00 Location: Happy Rock Park / west location Fee: $ 95, includes a player penny Class size is limited to 20 players per session Coaches: Current and Veteran KC Blue Lion Intercollegiate and high school players recognized as area All-Stars in their respective programs.

Music: Beginning Guitar

Registration: Ongoing Instructor: Joe English Location: Guitar Syndicate (8115A N. Oak) Fee: $50 Music stand and sheet music provided Please chesk out for dates and times

Creative Arts Academy Gymnastics & Dance Programs All classes are held at Creative Arts Academy, 1904 NE Englewood Road. All class fees are $52 per session. Registration for all classes will begin on Monday, May 19th. Registrations will be taken until Friday, June 27th.

Tumble Jungle/Pre-School Gymnastics

2 ½ - 3 ½ years: Wednesday, July 9th - August 13th 5:15 p.m. - 6:00p.m. 3 ½ - 5 years: Tuesday, July 8th - August 12th 4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Pre-School Dance

3 - 6 years: Tuesday, July 8th - August 12th 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Beginning Tap & Ballet

6 - 8 years: Tuesday, July 8th - August 12th 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. 9 years & older: Tuesday, July 8th - August 12th 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Coed Gymnastics

5 years & older: Tuesday, July 8th - August 12th 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Coed Trampoline and Tumbling

5 years & older: Tuesday, July 8th th - August 12th 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Beginner Hip Hop

7 - 11 years: Tuesday, July 8th - August 12th 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Summer Fun Day Camps

Creative Arts Academy also offers Summer Fun Day Camps for children Kindergarten - 6th grade. The five-day camps include Gymnastics, Tumbling, Trampoline, Dance, Art, Crafts, Music, Scavenger Hunts and so much more. Call 423-4091 for more information.

Gladstone Community Center Kids Triathlon Kids ages 6-14 years will swim, bike, and run in this up and coming popular sport. Each Participant will receive a participation medal and t-shirt. Age Groups and Distances (age as of 5/31/14) Ages 6, 7 & 8 years: Swim 50 yards, Bike 1.5 miles & Run ¼ mile Ages 9, 10 & 11 years: Swim 100 yards, Bike 1.5 miles & Run ½ mile Ages 12, 13 & 14 years: Swim 200 yards, Bike 3 miles & Run 1 mile Date: Saturday, May 31st at 9:00 a.m. Registration Begins: Monday, March 3rd Registration Deadline: Friday, May 30th. Registrations will not be accepted on the day of the event. Fee: $40 for first child and $35 each additional sibling. After Friday, May 16th, $55 for first child and $50 each additional sibling. Registrations received after May 16th will not receive complimentary t-shirt. Please see for more information and registration form.

Youth USA Tennis 1-2-3-2014

Registration Begins: Monday, April 7th Registration Deadline: Until Sessions are Full Fee: $40 per player Locations: Morning classes: 10:30 a.m. - Happy Rock Park Courts (76th & N Antioch) Evening classes: 7:00 p.m. - 72nd Street Courts (72nd & N Euclid) Each session will be Monday thru Thursday, 2 weeks, 8 classes Session 1: June 1st – June 12th Session 2: June 16th - June 26th Session 3: June 30th thru July 10th Session 4: July 14th – July 24th

Gladstone Junior Tennis League

Registration Begins: Monday, April 7th Registration Deadline: Limited to the first 20 participants in each class Dates: Session 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, June 2nd - July 23rd Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursday, June 3rd - July 24th Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Location: Happy Rock Park Tennis Courts (76th & N Antioch) Fee: $60 per participant

Tiny Tots Tennis Registration Begins: Monday, April 7th Registration Deadline: Until Sessions are Full Day & Time: Mon. &Wed. - 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tue. & Thu. - 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Session 1: Starts week of June 2nd Session 2: Starts week of June 16th Session 3: Starts week of June 30th Session 4: Starts week of July 14th Location: Daytime classes to be held at Happy Rock Park (76th & N Antioch) Evening classes to be held at 72nd Street Courts (72nd & N Euclid) Fee: $40 per child per session/4 classes

youth activities Specialty Volleyball Camp - Summer 2014

Start Smart Programs Start Smart was created for children to learn and develop the basic motor skills needed to make sports fun! This allows parents and children to work together in a developmentally appropriate program and in a non-threatening environment. T-shirt and participation medal included. This is a 6-week program.

3 - 5 Year Old Program Soccer – Fall 2014

Registration Begins: Monday, - July 14th Registration Deadline: Friday, - August 15th or until classes are full First Class: Week of August 25th Days & Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: Happy Rock Park (West Side) Fee: $40

Baseball – Summer 2014

Registration Begins: Monday, April 7th Registration Deadline: Friday, May 16th First Class: Week of June 2nd Days & Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: Happy Rock Park Fee: $40

4-6 Year Old Program Flag Football – Fall 2014

Registration Begins: Monday, July 14th Registration Deadline: Friday, August 15th or until classes are full First Class: Week of August 25th Days & Times: Monday & Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: Happy Rock Park (West Side) Fee: $40

Join Gladstone Parks & Recreation as they partner with Ms. Mary Lile, well known collegiate player and coach from the Kansas City area. Mary Lile is known for her ability to teach technique and increase a player’s awareness of the game. Each week’s camp will focus on a specialized skill like setting, passing, hitting, serving and defense, plus ball handling and game scenarios. Registration Begins: Monday, April 7th Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 4th Age: 4th grade – 8th grade Boys and Girls Camp Dates: Wednesday evenings for five weeks June 11th, June 18th, June 25th, July 9th, July 16th Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: New Mark Middle School Fee: $80 Instructor: Mary Lile, former volleyball player at Missouri and is currently coaching with the Havoc which is a member of the Premier Volleyball League, a professional, region-based indoor women’s league sanctioned by USA Volleyball. Mary spent the fall of 2013 as the JV Coach at Lawrence Free State High School.

British Soccer Camp Register on-line at by 4/24 and receive a genuine British Sports replica jersey. Registration Begins: Monday, March 3rd Registration Deadline: Friday, June 6th ($10.00 late fee after May 30th) First Kicks 3-4 yrs 9am-10am $76.00 Mini Soccer 5-6 yrs 10am-12pm $91.00 Half Day 6-14 yrs 1pm-4pm $109.00 Dates: Monday, June 9th - Friday, June 13th Time: British Soccer Camp, 9:00 a.m. - Noon Please view or for sessions and fees.

Hershey’s Track & Field Program

This free program was developed to encourage physical fitness among youth and emphasize participation and sportsmanship. Boys and girls ages 9 - 14 (age as of December 31, 2012) will have the opportunity to compete in the following events: 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 400-meter relay, 800-meter run, 1600-meter run, standing long jump and softball throw. Each child may participate in either two field events and one track event or two track events and one field event. The winners of each event have the opportunity to advance to the state meet in Jefferson City, Missouri. Registration Begins: Monday, April 7th Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 4th Date & Time: Saturday, June 7th, 10:00 a.m. Location: Oak Park High School, 825 NE 79th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64118

Learn to Bowl

This 8-week program, co-sponsored with Gladstone Bowl is being offered to boys and girls ages 5 years - 8th grade. Learn the basic skills of bowling including the proper swing technique, the correct movement of your feet and how to score a game. The classes will be held every Thursday for eight weeks starting June 5th. Participants will be divided by grade level for skill development. The eight-week program includes weekly on-lane instruction using the center’s bowling balls and shoes. All participants will bowl weekly. Gladstone Bowl is a smoke free environment. Registration Begins: Monday, April 7th Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 29th Dates: Thursdays, June 5th - July 17th Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Location: Gladstone Bowl, 300 NW 72nd Street, Gladstone Fee: $95 per bowler includes t-shirt and custom drilled bowling ball Learn to Bowl Participants Fee: $75 (Bowling ball not included)


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Enjoy Music, Art, Festivals, and More! Armed Forces & Memorial Day Celebration Date: 5/24/2014 Time: Celebration begins at 1:00 p.m.

Sounds on the Square Series Kick-Off Concert featuring The Krazy Kats Date: 5/24/2014 Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

June Tunes Jazz Tuesday Night Concert Series

Date: Each Tuesday night during June Time: Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.

Sounds on the Square Friday Night Concert Series

Date: Most Fridays 5/30/2014 - 9/26/14 Time: Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.


Come join us on Mondays in July to explore some AMAZING topics! Each camp includes hands on activities, science experiments, literature, research, art, music and more! Registration Begins: Monday, May 26th Registration Deadline: Friday, June 27th Ages: 3rd-5th grade (for 2013 – 2014 school year) Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost: $38 per session or take all four at $144 Location: Gladstone Community Center Dates: See below Session I: July 7th - A Day at the Beach Learn about the special characteristics of ocean animals through a variety of activities. Session II: July 14th - A Day with Dinosaurs Think Indiana Jones and fossil hunters! Students will get to cast their own fossils and more! Session III: July 21st - A Day Down Under Take a trip to Australia…learn about the continent’s unique animal life, native people and geography. You might even learn to play the didgeridoo. Session IV: July 28th - A Play in a Day Do you like a good mystery? Rehearse and perform a Reader’s Theatre production complete with costumes and props!

Sounds on the Square Saturday Night Concert Series Dates: 5/24, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16 Times: Concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.

Linden Live Music Fest

Date: 6/28/2014 Time: Celebration begins at 1:00 p.m

Fun in the Sun Kids Fest Date: 7/26/2014 Time: Details coming soon!

Linden Square Art Festival Date: 8/23/2014 Time: Details coming soon!

Sounds on the Square Series Finale Concert

Opening Act: Jeremy Nichols Band Featured Performer: To Be Announced Date: 9/27 Times: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

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adult activities

Adult Softball Leagues

Adult USA Tennis 1-2-3

Adult softball with a variety of divisions will be available this year. Games will be played Sunday - Thursday nights. Fees include scorekeepers, one ASA umpire and awards. Teams must supply own balls. All teams must pay a $20 ASA fee per year. All games will be played at Happy Rock Park. This is a 9-week program.

Registration Begins: Monday, April 7th Registration Deadline: Until Session is Full Day & Time: Tuesday, June 3rd - Thursday, June 26th 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 1st - Thursday, July 24th 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: 72nd Street Courts Fee: $45

Summer 2014 Registration Begins: Monday, May 19th (all teams) Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 2nd or until leagues are full Games Begin: Week of Sunday, July 20th Fees: Single games (9 games) - $435 per team Doubleheader (18 games) - $715 per team Managers meeting Sunday, July 13th

Adult Tennis Leagues Registration Begins: Monday, April 7th Registration Deadline: Friday, April 25th Games Begin: Monday, May 5th Fee: $12 per person

Gladstone Open Tennis Tournament Registration Begins: Monday, August 4th Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 7th Event Dates: October 10th & 11th The Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department invites you to participate in the 2014 Gladstone Open Tennis Tournament. Registration is limited to 2 events per person, any combination. Divisions are as follows: Men’s 50+ Singles Men’s Doubles Women’s Doubles Boys 17 & Under Singles

Women’s 50+ singles Men’s Open Singles Women’s Open Singles Mixed Doubles

Fee: $20.00 for first event, and $7.00 for the second event, per player

Adult Co-Ed Kickball Summer 2014 Registration Begins: Monday, May 12th Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 2nd or until leagues are full First Game: Friday, July 18th Location: Happy Rock Park Fee: $300 per team Manager’s Meeting: Wednesday, July 9th at 6:00 p.m.




Adult Softball Tournaments 2014 Sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods Teams must supply their own softballs. Awards will be presented to 1st & 2nd place teams of each division. All teams must pay a $20 ASA fee per year.

Adult Sand Volleyball Registration Begins: Monday, April 7th Registration Deadline: Friday, May -23rd Games Begin: Monday, June 2nd Location: Oak Grove Park Fees: Coed 6 v. 6 - $135 per team

Ladies Bunco Night Calling all women, mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends ages 16 and older! Come join us for a fun filled night of Bunco. Bunco is a game of 100% luck and 0% skill, no experience needed. Can’t wait to see you there!

Saturday Tournaments include: April 5th - Slide Into Spring May 3rd - Northland Blast June 21st – Softball Madness June 28th - Extravaganza July 19th - Summer Sizzler August 2nd - Rockin’ Classic August 9th - Patriot Shootout September 20th - Fall Showdown Divisions may include: Men’s C, D, E, Women’s and Coed Location: Happy Rock Park Fee: $185 per team includes a 4-game guarantee Registration Deadlines: Wednesday prior to each tournament at 5:00 p.m.

Ladies Bunco Night #1 - August 14th Registration Begins: Monday, July 14th Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 13th Ladies Bunco Night #2 - Thursday, October 9th Registration Begins: Monday, September 8th Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 8th Time: 1:00 pm or 6:00 pm Location: Gladstone Community Center Fee for Each Evening: $5 for Gladstone Community Center Members $7 for Non-Member

Adult Flag Football Fall League Seven-player teams will meet on the gridiron for non-contact style football under the direction of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association rules. Divisions include Men’s Competitive and Men’s Intermediate. This is an 8-week program. Registration Begins: Monday, July 21st Registration Deadline: Friday, August 22nd Games Start: Saturday, Sept 13th Location: Happy Rock Park Fees: $450 per team for 8 games; includes uniform t-shirts, 3 officials per game and game equipment. For more information, schedules, and registration information on any of the youth activitiess call Gladstone Parks and Recreation at:

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fun for everyone Movies in the Park

“Despicable Me II” (Rated PG) Date: Friday, June 20, 2014 Time: 9:00 p.m. Location: Oak Grove Park, Amphitheatre Admission: Free Synopsis: In summer 2014, get ready for more Minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions.

Storybook Trail Family Fun Walk & Read Event Continues at Oak Grove Park!

First Story – “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!” by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury Date: Sunday – Saturday, June 22nd to June 28th Time: Posted 7:30 AM -7:00 PM This activity brought to you by the City of Gladstone, in partnership with MidContinent Public Library, Clay County Health Department and North Kansas City Schools, is designed to promote reading and healthful outdoor exercise. Individual pages of a storybook will be placed on signage around the trail at Oak Grove Park. Families with young children will read one page and advance by walking, hopping, skipping, etc. to the next page. The storybook will be on the trail from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM so families may come to the park and enjoy this free activity at their convenience. Second Story: “Dinosaurumpus” by Tony Mitton Date: Sunday through Saturday, July 20th to July 26th Time: Posted 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM Special Feature: Story time with a real librarian from Midcontinent Library for stories and more fun! Location: Large Shelter in Oak Grove Park Date: Thursday, June 13th and Thursday July 24th Time: 10:30 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration & North Star Community Band “The Nut Job” (Rated PG) Date: Friday, July 18, 2014 Time: 9:00 p.m. Location: Oak Grove Park, Amphitheatre Admission: Free Synopsis: Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of the park community, as they gear up for winter – Maury’s Nut Store! * Gladstone Parks & Recreation reserves the right to make substitutions in movies if necessary.

Date: Friday, July 4th Time: 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Location: Oak Grove Park Free Event! The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with a concert by the Toni Gates Ensemble followed with a concert by the North Star Community Band, presentation of the Colors and a magnificent fireworks display at dusk. Parking will be available at Oak Park High School. To ensure your safety, Gladstone Public Safety Officers will be directing traffic. Reminder: Gladstone ordinances prohibit discharging fireworks within the city limits.


NOW OPEN! Linden Square Stage

Friday Fright Night

Date: Friday, October 24th Fee: $2.00 per child; includes treats from the various sponsors and merchants. Time: 6:00 p.m. start Ages: 12 years and younger; don’t forget to wear your costume! Location: Oak Grove Park

A perfect venue for your wedding ceremony 4 Hour Rental • $250.00 • Discounted rate of $150.00 with reception site at the Gladstone Community Center

Strive to Thrive

Rehearsals • $50.00/hour prior to ceremony date

We encourage family, friends and business’ to gather for this year’s healthy lifestyle challenge! While building team camaraderie, this four-week friendly fitness competition encourages healthy lifestyle habits. Each team is to record their team’s fitness minutes and healthy eating habits into the weekly log provided on the City’s website. Tips, suggestions and information on health and healthy lifestyles will be available regularly to help keep the team’s motivation high. Enrollment begins at the Community/City sponsored Health Fair.

Please contact our professional staff at (816) 423-4200 to assist you with your entire rental needs.

Date : Thursday, July 24th Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon Location: Gladstone Community Center Challenge Begins: September 1st- September 28th Enrollment Deadline: August 25th. Team Categories: Team (family or other combined team excluding corporate team)

Corporate or Business Team Individual The fitness component will include recording exercise or walking minutes. The Nutrition component will included recording fruit/ vegetable servings. Fee: TBA Awards: Prizes will be awarded and recognitions made during the awards ceremony at the Scarecrow 5K Run/Walk- Date: Sunday, October 5th.

“Strive to Thrive” Coloring Contest

Ages: 3rd and 4th grade Entry Deadline: Monday, September 15th Themes: #1 – How My Family and I Exercise or Play Together for 60 Minutes per Day #2 – How My Family and I Eat Right with Colors (eating more fruits & vegetables) Submit your artwork on 8 ½ x 11 paper Awards: Prizes will be awarded during the awards ceremony at the Scarecrow 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 5th.

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50+ activities 50+ Activities All these activities are held at Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes Gladstone Seniors: Fourth Monday of each month, 10:30 a.m. business meeting followed by entertainment and potluck luncheon. Cancer Action Workshop: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month, 9:00 a.m. – Noon Pinochle Club: Mondays at 12:30 p.m. (no partner needed) Bridge: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. (no partner needed) Northland Duplicate Bridge Club: (ACBL Sanctioned): Mondays at 9:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Social Bridge: Mondays at 9:00 a.m.— 12:30 p.m. Hand & Foot: Mondays at 12:30 p.m. Card Games of Choice: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Bingo: Wednesdays - meet at a different restaurant each week to enjoy lunch and BINGO! Check the calendar inside for upcoming dates and locations


Day Trips

A variety of day trips, approximately 6 – 10, are offered each month. Check the Gladstone 50+ Newsletter for a complete list of day trips.

Overnight and Extended Tours All itineraries for the extended tours are available online at NEBRASKA’S PIONEERS - JUNE 25-27, 2014 – Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers, pioneers, and Plains Indians in the Cornhusker State. In Nebraska City you will visit the Lewis & Clark Visitor’s Center and the Arbor Lodge. You will spend time at Minden Pioneer Village, one of the nation’s best planned and most comprehensive collections of Americana, covering the period from 1830 to the present. The museum houses more than 50,000 objects in twenty-six buildings. You will visit the Great Platte River Road Archway where you will be transported back to an era when covered wagons, buffalo, hand-pulled carts and trains first crisscrossed the prairie! You will visit Hastings Museum, the largest municipal museum between Chicago and Denver. There you will discover how Kool-Aid, the famous soft drink invented in Hastings, came to be such a success. Another interesting highlight will be a guided tour of the Naval Ammunition Depot in Hastings. This is the site where all the ammunitions were stored during World War II. Cost: $400.00 includes motorcoach transportation, hotel accommodations, tours and six meals. For single occupancy add $115.00. A deposit of $50.00 will hold space with final payment due May 23rd. THE BLACK HILLS & THE BADLANDS JULY 14-19, 2014 – The mountains and forests of the Black Hills of South Dakota include a treasury of six national parks, 101 miles of National Scenic Byways, waterfalls and watchable wildlife. Highlights include Badlands National Park, Wall Drug Store, Corn Palace; ride the rails on an 1880’s train between Hill City and Keystone, Mount Rushmore National Monument, a Buffalo Jeep Safari in Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hill Wild Horse Sanctuary and a Chuck wagon Supper & Cowboy Music Show, The Mammoth Site, Minuteman Missile Site and much more! Cost: $1145. 00 includes motorcoach transportation, hotel accommodations, tours, meals. For single occupancy add $410.00. A deposit of $100.00 will hold space with final payment due May 30th.

NORTHERN NATIONAL PARKS – AUGUST 8-15, 2014 - Marvel at the unspoiled beauty of Yellowstone National Park. The first and oldest national park in the world, Yellowstone sprawls across 3,470 square miles and touches three western states. It is famous for its geysers, hot springs and incredible wildlife including large, free-ranging herds of buffalo. Watch in amazement as the world famous Old Faithful Geyser erupts, sending a fountain of steam more than 60 feet in the air! Enjoy the stunning beauty of the incredible peaks of the Grand Tetons and enjoy a relaxing 4-night stay in Jackson, Wyoming. Enjoy a tour of Salt Lake City, including the state capitol building, the charming residential district, and the Great Salt Lake. Travel to Park City, home of the 2002 Winter Olympics and one of the most spectacular settings in North America. Cost: $2350.00 per person includes air, hotel accommodations, tours, 11 meals and cancellation insurance. For single occupancy add $700.00. RIVERTOWNS & RIVERBOATS SEPTEMBER 17-20, 2014 – One of the highlights of this trip will be a full-day, 100 mile cruise down the Mississippi River from Dubuque, Iowa to Moline, Illinois on the Celebration Belle Riverboat. While on board you’ll enjoy entertainment and threefull meals. You will also visit the Amana Colonies, and The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. You will travel to the river towns of Quincy, Illinois and Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain’s hometown, and take a dinner cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat. Cost: $695.00 includes motorcoach transportation, hotel accommodations, riverboat cruises, tours and 9 meals. For single occupancy, add $130.00. A $50.00 deposit is required to hold space with final payment due by August 8th. NOVA SCOTIA & NEW ENGLAND CRUISE – OCTOBER 4-12, 2014 - This cruise will feature an exciting post cruise stay in New York City - You will sail on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Gem. You will sail from New York City and visit Halifax, Nova Scotia, Saint John’s Bay of Fundy, Bar Harbor, Boston, and Newport, Rhode Island. At the conclusion of your cruise you will spend a day in New York City and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Manhattan including Times Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Chinatown, admission to the National 9/11 Memorial, dinner at the fames Sardis Restaurant, and overnight accommodations right in the heart of Times Square. Per person cost: $2525.00 inside cabin, $2685.00 oceanview cabin, $3325.00 balcony cabin. A $500.00 deposit is required to hold space ASAP. AUTUMN IN THE OZARKS – OCTOBER 16-17, 2014 – Secluded and peaceful with winding mountainside streets, Eureka Springs, Arkansas has flair like no other town. You will enjoy a tram tour, shopping at oneof-a-kind shops, boutiques, and fine art galleries and craft emporiums, dinner at the historic Crescent Hotel and a music show at the Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down Theatre. You will also visit Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Arkansas where you will enjoy eight collections including The American Spirit, Wonder World, Colonial, 19th Century, Modern, Contemporary and Announced Works. The museum’s glass-and-wood design features a series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds. Cost: $245.00 includes motorcoach transportation, tours, show, 2 meals and driver gratuity. Add $50 for single occupancy. A deposit of $50.00 is required to hold space with final payment due September 5th.

ITALY’S AMALFI COAST & ROME – OCTOBER 21–29, 2014 –On this exciting tour you will spend 5 nights in Sorrento and 2 nights in Rome. The Amalfi Coast is widely considered Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline, a landscape of towering bluffs, pastel-hued villages terraced into hillsides, luxuriant gardens, and expansive vistas over turquoise waters and green-swathed mountains. It’s most famous towns, Positano, Ravello and Amalfi, have been inspiring and captivating artists for centuries. You will also visit the Isle of Capri, a favorite with Roman Emperors, the rich and famous, artists and writers. Enjoy an excursion to Paestum, one of the most famous archaeological sites in Italy. You will visit the haunting ruins of Pompeii, destroyed by ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. In Rome you’ll enjoy a tour featuring the Roman forum, Coliseum, Vatican City and St. Peters Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Cost: $4049.00 per person includes air, hotel accommodations, tours, 12 meals, and cancellation insurance. For single occupancy add $600.00. A $750.00 deposit is required to hold space by April 21st. BRANSON COUNTRY CHRISTMAS – NOVEMBER 11-13, 2014 - Join us for our annual trip to Branson during the Christmas season, when Branson turns into a holiday wonderland with fabulous shows, dazzling lights and fun holiday shopping. You will see five shows including Daniel O’Donnell, The Baldknobber’s Christmas Show, The Texas Tenors, Jonah at the Sight & Sound Theatre, and The Hughes Brothers Christmas Show. Cost: $475.00 includes motorcoach transportation, hotel accommodations at the Grand Plaza Hotel, five shows and four meals. For single occupancy add $75.00. A $50.00 deposit is required to hold space no later than August 22nd, with final payment due October 3rd. CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD – DECEMBER 3-5, 2014 - Travel with us to Omaha, Nebraska and experience lunch in France, an Irish Christmas at Father Flanagan’s Boys Town, a German dinner with ethnic holiday entertainment, and lunch at the Bohemian Czech Café where you’ll see a Kolache making demonstration. You’ll also visit the Durham Museum where ethnic communities decorate small holiday trees to represent their own unique heritage. Step back into the holiday splendor of merry olde England with true English pageantry at the Madrigal Christmas Feaste, enjoy a Ukrainian “Linens & Traditions” presentation, have lunch at the Greek Orthodox Church, and much more. Call for pricing. SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 22-FEBRUARY 3, 2015 – One country with a world of treasures, South Africa offers breathtaking mountain scenery, winding coastlines, remarkable cultural diversity and abundant wildlife in its natural habitat. Highlights include Sandton, the bustling cosmopolitan center of Johannesburg; the Apartheid Museum; Kruger National, the largest game reserve in South Africa where you’ll experience a full day open air vehicle game drive; Featherbed Nature Reserve; Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa; Stellenbosch, one of the oldest European settlements in the region; Cape Town; Cape Point; Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; and much more. Call for a complete brochure. Join us for a trip presentation on Tuesday, June 17th. Please call Paige at (816) 423-4086 to make a reservation.

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Gladstone Community Center

Attention Clay County Residents who are 60+ years of age Clay County Senior Services will provide class scholarships to Clay County residents age 60 and older for exercise classes through the City of Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department. This includes both land and water classes. Clay County Senior Services will pay up to $30 per person, each quarter, not to exceed $120.00 per year. Funds will be available until the max amount is met per quarter. This is a first come, first serve basis.

Walking Club Punch Pass Program Gladstone 50+ News

The City offers a bi-monthly newsletter, The Gladstone 50+ News, which gives information about all of the upcoming activities, day trips and extended travel. To receive a copy of the 50+ Newsletter, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (816) 423-4091. By receiving your copy of the 50+ Newsletter via email, you receive the newsletter at least one week before those who receive it by mail. Take advantage of this opportunity by emailing paiger@

Do you need a place to walk on a cold winter or hot summer day? Come in and enjoy the Gladstone Community Center’s 1/16th mile-walking track. Our soft track combined with our climate-controlled environment is every walker’s dream. • Punch Pass holder is provided access to the walking/running track only Monday—Friday 8 am - 2 pm. • Punch Passes cost $12 for 12 punches and are valid 30 days from the date of purchase. No refunds issued for unused/expired punches. The Clay County Senior Services Scholarship Program can be used toward punch card payment.

Silver Sneakers at Gladstone Community Center

Gladstone Community Center offers the signature Silver- Sneakers® Muscular Strength & Range of movement plus additional signature SilverSneakers classes, such as Water Arthritis Classes. Call the Community Center for more information.

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workout Adult Exercise Classes Please call Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200 or visit for class times. Session Dates April 28th – June 14th June 23rd – August 9th August 18th – October 4th October 13th – December 13th

Member Sign-up April 14th June 9th August 4th September 29th

Non-Member Sign-up April 16th June 11th August 6th October 1st

20/20/20 - Three workouts in one! Sweat through 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength training and 20 minutes of stretching and core work.

Personal Training

Everyone’s workout goals and needs are different. Personal training is a great option for those who want more than the basic equipment orientation. Our certified personal trainers will review your exercise history, assists you in establishing realistic goals, and design an exercise program that will help you attain those goals. Sign up with a certified personal trainer to find a workout regimen that suits you best. Please call the fitness center at (816) 423-4205 for more information.

Group Strength Training – Are you ready to challenge your body?!?! Join us for a variety of exercises to strengthen your whole body. This class will use various exercise equipment and training styles including plyometric and interval training. Strength & Sculpt – This class is designed for those who want to get started with strength training. A variety of equipment will be used to give you a total body workout. In this class you will improve your strength, muscle tone and flexibility. All levels are welcome. Cycling - Imagine taking on steep inclines and rolling terrain - all without leaving the Fitness Center! This non-impact cycling workout is one of the most efficient ways to reach your fitness goals. Cycle & Tone – In this class you will do bursts of cardio on the cycle bikes followed by short intervals of strength training exercises. If you are not ready for a full cycling class this is a great option to get introduced to the bikes while still getting a full workout.

Active Mature Adults (AMA)

The following are low impact classes, designed for the 55+ age group.

Pilates - A unique exercise system designed to improve muscle tone, posture and flexibility. This class focuses on core strength (stomach/back) and long and lean muscle development. Great for all fitness levels!

Yoga Stretch - This class will move your whole body through a series of movements and poses to help increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises along with final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

Yoga - Relax while strengthening your body during this beginner/ intermediate yoga class. Each class includes instruction in basic yoga and breathing techniques. Standing, seated and balancing postures, followed by deep relaxation will help to calm your mind while developing muscular strength and improving posture and flexibility.

Muscular Strength and Range of Motion Resistance training class designed to increase muscular strength and range of movement. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing, along with other various exercise equipment will be used.

Pilates Plus - A unique exercise system designed to improve muscle tone, posture and flexibility. This class focuses on core strength and long and lean muscle development. Great for all fitness levels. RIPPED – This is a class that focuses on Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Diet. This is a major cardio workout, get ready to get ripped! Piloxing – This is a non-stop, cardio fusion of standing Pilates, boxing and dance! Build lean muscles and increase stamina.

Attention Clay County residents who are 60+ years of age. Clay County Senior Services will provide class scholarships to Clay County Residents age 60 and older for exercise classes through the City of Gladstone Parks and Recreation Department. This includes both land and water classes. Clay County Senior Services will pay up to $30 per person, per quarter, not to exceed $120 a year. Funds will be available until the max amount is met per quarter. This is a first come, first serve basis.

swim American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course

Purpose: Teaches the duties and responsibilities of lifeguards to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies and the procedures to carry them out in a professional manner. Course includes both online instruction and instruction at facility in the water. Certifies participants as an American Red Cross Water Park Lifeguard, First-aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Prerequisites do apply. Please check website at for information about upcoming courses.

Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons This program is designed for the person who wishes to participate in one-on-one instruction to better serve their swimming needs. For more information or to register for this program visit www. and complete the online form for Private/Semi-Private Swim lessons.

Gladstone Masters Swim Masters Swimming is an organized swim program for adults. Members participate in a variety of ways ranging from lap swimming to international competition. Programs are open to all adult swimmers age 18 and over (fitness, triathlete, competitive or non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. For more information contact the Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200 or visit

Aqua Programming Aqua Fit - This is a great shallow water workout that includes callisthenic style movements with variations of upper and lower body resistive moves. Water Arthritis - A variety of exercises will be presented to emphasize joint wellness, range of motion, increased flexibility, and preventative muscle loss. This program will be conducted in the leisure pool where the temperature is kept between 83-84 degrees. Early Morning Power Hour - This high intensity, total body conditioning class is held in deep water. This class contains cardiovascular exercises and strengthening using floatation belts and water resistant equipment. Deep Water Aqua Movement - This class focuses on range of motion, increasing flexibility and preventing muscle loss. Buoyancy and resistance equipment supplied, but it is recommended that you have some swimming skills when taking classes in the deep water. Buoyancy and resistance equipment supplied for all classes. It is recommended that you have some swimming skills when taking classes in the deep water.



For more information, schedules, and registration information on any of the youth activitiess call the Gladstone Community Center at:

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Gladstone Community Center Swim Lessons All registrations for indoor swim lessons take place at the Gladstone Community Center or on-line at 2014.4.MW: Monday, April 21, 2014 – Wednesday, May 14, 2014 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, March 31, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 2014.5.MW: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Monday, June 23, 2014 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, May 5, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2014.6. MW: Monday, July 14, 2014 – Wednesday, August 6, 2014 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, June 23, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 2014.7. MW: Monday, August 18, 2014 – Monday, September 15, 2014 (8 lessons) * No Class: Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014 Member Registration: Monday, July 28, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2014.8. MW: Monday, September 22, 2014 – Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, September 1, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Saturday Swim Lessons

2014.9. MW: Monday, October 27, 2014 – Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, September 6, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, September 8, 2014

2014.2. S: Saturday, March 15, 2014 – Saturday, May 10, 2014, (8 lessons) * No Class: Saturday, April 12, 2014 Member Registration: Monday, February 24, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 2014.3. S: Saturday, May 17, 2014 – Saturday July 5, 2014 (7 lessons) * No Class: Saturday, May 31, 2014 and Saturday July 5, 2014 Member Registration: Monday, April 28, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2014.4. S: Saturday, July 19, 2014 – Saturday, September 6, 2014 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, June 23, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 2014.5. S: Saturday, September 20, 2014 – Saturday, November 8, 2014 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, August 25, 2014 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, August27, 2014 Fee: $46 for Members per session $56 for Non-members per session

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Fall Plant Exchange

Gladstone Parks & Recreation hosts two plant exchanges per year, spring and fall. Please call (816) 423-4089 or (816) 423-4091 for complete details. Date: Saturday, -September 6th Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Location: Happy Rock Park Large Shelter Fee: FREE

Beautification Activities Proof of Residency required.

Brush and limbs: Collected at Gladstone’s Public Works Facility located at 4000 N.E. 76th Street. Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fees apply; call (816) 436-5442 for more information.

Shelter Rentals

The City of Gladstone has seven parks with a total of 9 shelters available for rent. Each park has a little something different to offer. All shelters are rented for a minimum of four hours and rates vary by shelter. They may be rented longer at a rate of $5 or $10 for each additional hour. Additional price per hour depends on shelter involved. Shelters are reserved from April 1st through October 31st and we start taking reservations for the next season on January 2nd. Please call Gladstone Parks & Recreation at (816) 423-4091 for more information or to make a reservation.

Metal Recycling: Metal products can be dropped off at Gladstone’s Public Works Facility located at 4000 N.E. 76th Street. Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. metal recycling is free. Appliances that use Freon and Propane tanks will not be accepted. Call (816) 436-5442 for more information. 2014 Fall Drop Off - Friday - Sunday, November 7th – 9th, 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Half Price Drop-off, No trash or debris will be accepted. YARD WASTE ONLY!

Tree City USA

The National Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Gladstone a 201e Tree City USA. This award recognizes that Gladstone cares about its trees and takes measures to ensure their preservation. The National Arbor Day Foundation sponsors the Tree City USA program in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. To become a Tree City, Gladstone met four standards: a tree board or department, a tree care City Ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance. Trees benefit the City in many ways. They help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into our daily lives. Trees also provide environmental and economical benefits.

Gladstone Approved Tree List

Are you thinking of planting a tree in your yard? Gladstone has an approved tree list for your convenience. The list is available on our website at Click on Parks & Recreation and Tree List or pick up a list at Gladstone City Hall in the Parks & Recreation Department.

Legacy Tree Program Celebration Bench

Celebrate a special event, memory or a person’s life by purchasing a park bench to be placed in one of Gladstone’s beautiful parks. The Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department will purchase, install and maintain the bench. For complete details call Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department office at (816) 423-4089.


Would you like to donate a tree to a park in Gladstone to honor a birth, anniversary or the memory of a loved one? Please contact Gladstone Parks & Recreation at (816) 423-4089.

Gladstone Tree Volunteers

Are you interested in learning basic tree trimming skills and helping the trees in Gladstone’s parks? We would love to involve you in our program. Please contact Gladstone Parks & Recreation at (816) 423-4089.

park guide Parks with Shelter Houses 1. Central

825 NE 70th Ter

11 acres

2. Flora

5960 N Flora

5 acres

3. Hamilton Heights

6600 N Main St

9 acres

4. Happy Rock

7511 N Antioch Rd

72 acres

5. Happy Rock Expansion

7511 N Antioch Rd

24 acres

6. Hobby Hill

1 NE 76th Ter

32 acres

7. Meadowbrook Park

1920 NE 60th Ter

6 acres

8. Oak Grove Park - Shelter #1 (Large)

7600 N Troost Ave

20 acres

- Shelter #2 (Small) 825 NE 76th St

Parks with/out Shelter Houses 9. 72nd St. Tennis Courts

2099 NE 72nd St

2 acres

10. Hidden Hollow

2900 NE 64th St

4 acres

11. Linden Square

602 NE 70th St

1 acre

12. Little Gulley

5901 N Park

1 acre

13. Maple Woods Preserve

2611 NE 76th St

39 acres

14. Rock Creek Meadows

6700 N Prospect

6 acres

15. Big Shoal Heritage Area

6607 N Antioch Rd

17 acres

16. Sycarmore Park

6595 N Prospect Ave

3 acres


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play ... celebrate ... You say it’s your birthday? Join our Birthday Party Club.

Packages start at $85 for 1½ hours of pool time and 1½ hours of party room time Private party rooms

• Keep the house clean! • Bring your child in for a fun swimming party with up to 25 of their friends. • Several party times available to choose from.

Recreation pool

• Pirate ship with water cannons and a slide

Large gym with two courts • Volleyball • Basketball

The Gladstone Community Center is the perfect place to hold your special party, reception, family outing or business meeting. We have available seating for up to 250+ guests, a dance floor, LCD projectors and screens, data ports and WiFi access. Discounted room rates are available for Gladstone Community Center Members.

The Perfect place to hold your special party, reception, or business meeting. Large banquet area • Dinner seating for 250+ • Theatre/Presentation seating for 350+ • Dance floor Perfect for meetings - area can be split into three private rooms containing: • LCD projectors and screens • Data ports • WiFi Access • Beverage service area with sink Caterer’s kitchen • Includes warming oven, refrigerator, freezer, ice maker and microwaves • Preferred caterer’s list available • Separate caterer’s entrance


To reserve your party time or banquet area contact the Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200 or for more information, please see our website at

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Check out the Gladstone Community Center Website The Gladstone Community Center website is now easier than ever to access and provides users with a vast amount of information at the click of a button.

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Equal Opportunity

The City of Gladstone receives grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund of the National Park Service. Regulations of the U.S. Department of Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental federally assisted programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap. If you feel you have been discriminated against, if there is a problem or you have a question, please contact Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington DC 20013-7127

Employment Opportunities



Senior (65+)

(up to 4 people)


Throughout the year, the Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department has several part-time employment positions available. These positions include American Red Cross swim instructors, lifeguards, concession workers, softball scorekeepers, field supervisors, gym supervisors, flag football, soccer, volleyball and basketball officials, bus drivers, community center staff and seasonal park crew members. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 436-2200 for more information.

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Gladstone Resident Membership Rates (10-17)

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• To receive the Gladstone Resident rate, Gladstone Residency must be verified. • Family membership includes 2 adults and 2 children up to age 18 (up to age 23 with proof of full time student status). All people must be residing under the same household (proof required). Additional children may be added for $5 per child per month (monthly), $15 per child per quarter (quarterly memberships), or $50 per child per year (annual memberships). • Monthly membership enrollment requires use of auto-bank draft. Cancellation of this membership requires 60-days advance notice.

Call 423-4200 or visit our website at for more information on memberships and membership benefits. 6901 N. Holmes • Gladstone, MO 64118

Gladstone Parks & Recreation seeks to provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA. For more information or to request accommodations, please contact the department at (816) 4362200. A 48-hour advanced notice is required.


Frequently the Parks & Recreation Department takes videotape or photographs of people enjoying programs, special events, or parks and facilities. These videotapes and photographs are for the Parks & Recreation Department publications, recreation brochures, and/or cable programs. They are used at the Department’s discretion and become its sole property.

Special Recreation Programs

Concerned Care Inc offers programs to youth and adult residents of Clay County with developmental disabilities. Programs offered are community activities, sports/fitness, fine arts, summer camps, social events, special interests and vacation overnights. Volunteer opportunities are also available. To receive a bi-monthly newsletter describing these programs, please call: (816) 474-3026, ext. 119.

Check out the City Website Registration forms & information The City’s website is now easier than ever to access and provides users with a vast amount of information at the click of a button. Information and registration forms for Parks & Recreation can be found here. Check it out today!

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