In the Community

Community Events

This is a list of community events. Information is provided by the groups listed. Events are listed in calendar order, with undated items at the bottom of the list.

To submit an item, or make comments, suggestions or questions, please send a message to or call Michele Stidham, Communication Director, at 816-892-1314.

Cass County Dental Clinic

Summer is the perfect time to schedule your child’s dental check-up or to complete any outstanding treatment! Call Cass County’s ONLY nonprofit dental clinic for kids, Cass County Dental Clinic at 816-322-7600 (Belton) or 816-380-4000 (Harrisonville) to schedule an appointment. All Missouri Medicaid plans accepted! No dental insurance? You may qualify for a discount.

Free summer lunch for kids

Holy Spirit Catholic Church is again providing free sack lunches Monday through Friday, starting June 3 and ending Aug. 13, with the exception of July 4. Lunches will be distributed between 11:30 a.m. and noon at Dollar General in Peculiar; TB Hanna Park in Raymore; Mullendike Sewer Office, 908 Lynn; and Lakewood Terrace, 1720 Lakewood Terrace in Belton. The lunches are prepared in a licensed and insured kitchen at the church. The delivery teams consist of two adults with background checks. The typical sack lunch includes: ham or turkey sandwich with cheese on white bread, mustard and mayo packets, individual bag of chips, grapes or fruit chews, granola bar or cookie, and Go-gurt. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Wittman at 816-537-0568 or 816-522-6029 or

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Peculiar Parks and Recreation

Peculiar Parks and Recreation announces sign-up information, including dates and fees, for fall leagues and programs:

  • Girls Volleyball League (girls grades 3-8), $75. Entry deadline: Aug. 18.
  • Little Soccer Kickers (boys/girls ages 3 and 4), $38. Entry deadline: Aug. 18.
  • Recreation Soccer League (boys/girls ages 4-11). $75 for U5-U6. $95 for U8-U12. Deadline: July 19. 
  • Youth Flag Football League (boys/girls grades K-6), $75. Entry deadline: Aug. 2.
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Community Band

RPHS Band Director John Wilson is forming a community band, Sounds of South KC. Jennifer Gibson, director of bands at East Middle School, will be the assistant conductor. The Sounds of South KC will provide an opportunity for adults in the community to play in a concert band and to advance the arts in South Kansas City and Cass County. For more information, visit the Sounds of South Kansas City Facebook page or contact Members should be high school graduates. 

Practices and Concerts:

Practices will be held at the Ray-Pec High School band room, 20801 S School Rd. Peculiar, Mo., 64078. A performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 11 at Foxwood Springs. Practice is again scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 18. A performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 25 (location to be determined). Sign up here.

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TSA Camp

Engineering Camp for grades 3-8

Ray-Pec High School TSA (Technology Student Association) is offering its 2nd annual Engineering Camp July 15 to 19 for students entering grades 3-8. (Photo from the 2018 camp.)

Morning session (8:30 to 11:30 a.m.) for grades 3-5. 
Afternoon session (12:30 to 3:30 p.m.) for grades 6-8. 

Camp will include the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining, 3-D printing and laser etching to create a project to take home. Each class will use VEX Robotics to build and program a robot.

The cost is $125 for the week. Space is limited to 30 students in each session. Register at: Select High School Payment and scroll down to “Technology Student Association” on the left side. Enter the student’s name, grade for 2019-20, and the name of the person paying for the camp. Please include the phone number and e-mail address of the parent for updates about the camp. For information, contact Teacher Ivan Robison at 

UCM - Lee's Summit Summer Camps

  • Stories for Justice - Grades 7-12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 15-19
  • The College Application Essay - High school students, 9 a.m. to noon, July 12

All sessions offered at the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee's Summit. More information

Stories for Justice: Creative Writing Camp

Students in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in Stories for Justice: Creative Writing Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 15-19, at the University of Central Missouri's Lee's Summit campus. Students will play with digital storytelling, creative and social justice writing in a supportive environment. Student writers will share their original works at an open mic performance. The fee is $150 per week. Register at or contact Katie Kline at More information: Event flyer

Wanted: Bus drivers

Apple Bus Company is seeking bus drivers for Raymore-Peculiar School District routes. 
  • No experience necessary
  • Training provided
  • Competitive pay
  • Work only when school is in session
  • Child-friendly work environment
Some monitor positions are also available. For information, call 816-318-1900.

Cub Scouts in Raymore and Peculiar

For information about Cub Scouts in Raymore and Peculiar: Flyer

Cass County Dental Clinic

Summer is the perfect time to schedule your child’s dental check-up or to complete any outstanding treatment! Call Cass County Dental Clinic at 816-322-7600 (Belton) or 816-380-4000 (Harrisonville) to schedule an appointment. All Missouri Medicaid plans accepted! No dental insurance? You may qualify for a discount.

Cass County Dental Clinic provides dental services to children from birth to age 20 in Cass County who are Missouri Medicaid or low-income uninsured. These services include x-rays, exams, fillings, extractions, crowns, cleanings, sealants and fluoride varnish. A financial screening is required for those without insurance. 

Sign up for alerts from Peculiar

Want to receive text message and email alerts from the City of Peculiar and the Peculiar Police Department about weather, utility and criminal news? Use Nixle, a notification service for public safety agencies. To sign up, send a text to "888777" and place the zip code "64078" in the message area. Or visit the web site for more information:

24/7 Recycling

There are 13 recycling bins throughout Cass County. There is a bin in the parking lot of Peculiar United Methodist Church, 20521 S. School Rd. There is free 24-hour drop-off, and no sorting is required. This is a project of the Cass County Sustainability Committee. For a list of items that can be recycled, and other locations, see the: Flyer