Pet Power recruiting
Platte Pet Power, a pet therapy program, is looking for volunteers to provide pet therapy at nursing homes and other locations.
The 11-year-old program is sponsored by Platte County University of Missouri Extension and the Animal Clinic of Boardwalk.
An orientation for new volunteers is Sept. 10. A temperament testing and recertification meeting, with pets, is Sept. 24.
In the past volunteers have shared dogs, miniature horses and cats in the program. Health records are required for all animals. More information is at www.extension.missouri.edu/platte, click on Platte Pet Power.
To register to attend call 816-270-2141.
Senior sadness support group
Older adults dealing with sadness or despair are invited to participate in an eight-week support group, Restoring Hope — Creating Joy, beginning Sept. 6.
Penny Engstrom, a graduate student in social work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has designed the program using a creativity-based model where participants create projects such as personalized mandalas and genograms.
The group is sponsored by a grant from Clay County Senior Services through Shepherd’s Center of the Northland. Participants must be screened by Engstrom in advance.
For information call 816-452-4536.
Senior Fair celebrates 14 years
Two Senior Fairs are planned in Platte County in September.
The first is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Platte County Fairgrounds in Tracy. The second fair is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Riverside Community Center, 4498 N.W. High Drive. Both fairs are free.
Sixty vendors and health care providers will share information and perform health screenings such as blood pressure checks; bone density tests; and glucose, acupressure, and cholesterol screenings. Flu immunizations will be available for $25. Veterans’ flu shots are free. Free tetanus and whooping cough vaccines will be given.
Food and entertainment are planned. Four $50 cash drawings will be awarded at each location along with other door prizes.
For more information call 816-858-2412.
Gladstone free concerts continue
Sounds on the Square, a free concert series at Gladstone’s Linden Square, will continue through September.
Upcoming outdoor concerts for August are Vantage Point, Fridayat 6:30 p.m.; and River Rock, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
In September concerts will begin at 7 p.m. Bands playing are Country Road Five, Sept. 6; Platinum Express, Sept. 7; Moats Brothers, Sept. 13; Flannigan’s Right Hook, Sept. 14; Coyote Bill Boogie Band, Sept. 20; Switch, Sept. 21; Landslide/Killer Queen, Sept. 27; and Nace Brothers, Sept. 28.
Concert goers should bring blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions will be available. No coolers, outside alcohol or pets are allowed.
Linden Square is at 70th and North Cherry. Call 816-423-4091 for information.
Fall Plant Exchange
Gladstone will hold its Fall Plant Exchange on Sept. 7 at Happy Rock Park.
Everyone is invited to bring extra perennials, seeds, indoor plants and extra pots to share and trade. Event hours are 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. No registration is required.
For information call 816-423-4091. Happy Rock Park is at 76th and Northeast Antioch Road.
Prescription drop-off box
The Platte County Sheriff’s Office is now the 10th site in a three-county area to have a drop-off box for safe disposal of prescription drugs.
The box is inside the sheriff’s office and is accessible Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Unused or expired prescription drugs can be dropped off anonymously.
The majority of abused prescription drugs come from medicine cabinets of family and friends, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Drop-off boxes are a safe way to prevent abuse, poisonings and overdoses. Flushing drugs can hurt water quality.
Artists invited to enter show
Artists of all ages are invited to submit artwork for the annual Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary Art Contest, which begins with a show reception Sunday.
This year’s theme is “Wings and Things.” Art must be submitted by Thursday. [Monetary prizes will be awarded. Adult, teen and children’s categories are planned. The top prize is $100.
| Norma King, special to The Star