Tri-County Heart and Sole 5K come to Macken Park

Tri-County Mental Health Services invites the community to raise awareness and reduce stigma for children and families challenged with mental illness at its annual 5K run/walk. This year’s Heart and Sole 5K Run/Walk will at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at Macken Park in North Kansas City, Mo. at the corners of Clark Ferguson Drive and Howell Street.

This event will support Tri-County’s Children’s Services. Proceeds will help sustain holiday assistance programs for children and families as well as other end-of-year initiatives for youth.

To register online: .


KC Friends of Alvin Ailey’s Annual Gala Returns

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA) has a lot to celebrate this year and is doing it in style!  Everyone is encouraged to ‘dress to the nines’ for KCFAA’s 35th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 4 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

The 2019 Gala celebrates a diverse community united by dance. Because of KCFAA, more than 1.2 million Kansas Citians have experienced the Ailey Magic since 1984.  

The 35th Anniversary Gala theme is “Generations of Revelations” and will feature a special performance by Alvin Ailey dancers, an elegant dinner and dynamic dance party. The Gala promises to be a night to remember with Dance, Diversity, and Inspiration.

In addition, there will be special appearances from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Robert Battle, Artistic Director and Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita.  This year’s Janet K. Miller Award will be presented to Mayor Sly James for his passion, dedication, and commitment to and for youth and the arts.




Theater in the Park Holds Open Auditions

The Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department, and North Star Community Band are proud to announce the 32nd Season of Gladstone’s Theatre in the Park Summer 2019 productions.  

“42nd Street” will be presented July 5, 6 and 7.  “Tarzan” will be presented Aug. 2, 3 and 4.

Auditions for both presentations will be held at Antioch Middle School, 2100 N.E. 65th St., on Sunday, April 7 and Saturday, April 13. Times vary depending on participant ages as of June 1, 2019.

For more information, please contact Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts at 816.423.4200 or view Gladstone Theatre in the Park website at

Shoal Creek Trail Extension Breaks Ground

The City of Gladstone in conjunction with the City of Kansas City broke ground on an extension to the existing Shoal Creek Trail on March 8, 2019.

This new section of the Shoal Creek Trail will expand the trails in Happy Rock Park and connect to North Brighton. This addition of 1.1 miles to the MetroGreen Network will connect to the M-1 Trail which will eventually connect to Pleasant Valley Park. The ten-foot wide trail will be constructed of concrete and can accommodate walkers, hikers, and bicyclists. The project is funded with a federal grant that is matched by Capital Improvement Funds from the Cities of Gladstone and Kansas City.

The project is another cooperative project between the two cities which has utilized federal funds to better connect our citizens. Once complete, the Shoal Creek Trail will be nearly 3.3 miles from Barry Road to North Brighton and will better connect the neighborhoods in Gladstone and Kansas City to Happy Rock Park.



Shatto Milk Brings Home Gold

Shatto Milk Company brought home five awards from the 2019 Los Angeles International Dairy Competition.  Shatto Milk Company was awarded Gold Medals, defined as an outstanding product of superior character, for Garlic Butter in the Flavored Butter Category; Lily Cheddar Cheese in the Open Class Hard Cheese Category; and for Shatto Cheese Spreads in the Spreadable Cheese Category.  Shatto received a Silver Medal for their Plattsburg Gouda Cheese in the Gouda Cheese Category and a Bronze Medal for their Salted Butter in the Salted Butter Category.   

Shatto Milk Company offers four varieties of butter, Garlic, Honey, Salted and Unsalted,  six varieties of cheese including a milk cheddar, hard cheddar, gouda, Havarti as well as a couple of their own unique cheese offerings.  They also offer four cheese curd products that are of the fresh cheese category.  Shatto plans to introduce their Gold Medal winning spreadable cheese to the market very soon.

To learn more about Shatto Milk Company, please visit

Jowler Creek Wins Award for Sustainability

Northland native winery, Jowler Creek, has won a gold medal from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) 2019 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition. 

The recognition program was created to applaud wineries that are taking a leading role in implementing sustainable practices and sharing their lessons learned. Also winning a gold medal in 2019 was E. & J. Gallo Winery from California.

Jowler Creek has been committed to sustainable practices like using sheep, bats, and hens to control pests and maintain undergrowth, fostering beehives to encourage local fauna, using drip irrigation to conserve water, and utilizing solar power for its tasting room and electrified fence. 

They also use lightweight recycled glass bottles and offer charging stations for electric vehicles on site, among other efforts. Their dedication to conservation has made a real difference. Congratulations!