Tri-County Mental Health Services recently bestowed honors on advocates for substance abuse prevention during its annual meeting and Phoenix Gala.
• Sharon Callahan as Phoenix Community Achievement Leader. Callahan is a founding member of Tri-County’s board of directors. She has also served on the area board of directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and on the Clay, Platte, Ray Mental Health Board.
• Platte County Associate Circuit Judge Dennis Eckold as Outstanding Public Official. Eckold was recognized for his work establishing the new Platte County DWI Treatment Court.
• Eryn Bolek as Provider of the Year. Bolek has been a community support worker for 11 years with Skylander Psychological Services, a contracted provider with Tri-County.
• Tish Thomas for Mental Health Professional of the Year. Thomas is the leading Employment Trainer from the University of Missouri and has worked closely with the Department of Mental Health and Tri-County.
• Kansas City’s Regulated Industries Division for Prevention Partner of the Year award for work to prevent drug paraphernalia, illegal drugs and under-aged drinking in area businesses.
• Riverside Red X as Treatment Partner of the Year for hiring six mental health consumers.
CEO Tom Cranshaw, who is retiring after nine years at the helm of Tri-County, was also recognized during the Gala.
Clay County Strategic Planning meeting
The last Clay County Strategic Planning Meeting is 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at William Jewell College. The public meeting will focus on higher education and business resource networks.
Speakers will be Wayne McDaniel, an associate director of technology management and industry relations at the University of Missouri; Maria Myers, CEO for U.S.SourceLink and KCSourceLink; and Gregg Whittaker, finance and economics professor at William Jewell.
The Strategic Planning Initiative is co-chaired by former Liberty Mayor Greg Canuteson and Jerry Nolte, former state legislator. This meeting is the sixth in a series designed to develop a strategic plan for Clay County development.
“Improving the process of bringing ideas to products is something we would like to do more efficiently in Clay County. New products means new companies and more jobs,” said Jim Hampton, executive director of the Clay County Economic Development Council, which is sponsoring the event.
The meeting will be held in the Yates-Gill College Union. Parking is available in the Community Parking lot and a shuttle bus will operate from the lot to the Student Union.
Angel Road playing in Edgerton
Angel Road, a gospel music duo, will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
The duo received first place honors at the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships for Ensemble Folk Singing in 2008 and 2011.
Beth LePage and Misty Dawn Burr accompany themselves on guitar, harp and banjo.
For information call 816-873-2485.
Gladstone Art Show
Painter John Ferry’s works will be featured in the next art show at the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space on Sept. 27.
Ferry, from Prairie Village, specializes in painting urban landscapes and industrial scenes. He teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute and has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
The show runs through Nov. 18.
An opening reception is 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. It will include remarks by Ferry and light refreshments.
Antioch Community Church fall garage sale
Antioch Community Church will hold a fall garage sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The garage sale is a fund-raiser for area charities including Church Women United, Camp Courage and Shepherd Center of the Northland.
The church is at 4805 N.E. Antioch Road, Kansas City, North.
Affordable Care Act explained
A presentation on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for senior citizens is at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 24 at the Liberty Community Center.
Insurance agent Jeff David will address questions such as how to get in the game if you are uninsured, what insurance policies are available, how to get help paying premiums and application requirements.
The seminar is part of the Over 50 after 5:00 program created by Liberty’s Senior Services division.
Senior citizens, children of senior citizens and baby boomers are invited. The fee is $6 per person or $10 for a couple. Register by calling the Liberty Community Center at 816-439-4360 by Friday.
Liberty senior test
In an effort to better understand the needs and desires of Liberty’s 4,000-plus senior citizens, the city is inviting citizens to participate in an online survey.
“We want residents’ input on what services and amenities Liberty needs to be a community where people can age in place,” said LeAnn Lawlor, special populations manager for the city.
City staff has created two surveys, one for those in the 60 and older group and another for those 40 to 59.
Surveys are available at www.ci.liberty.mo.us/SeniorServices. Surveys can be done with the help of volunteers at the Liberty Silver Center in the Liberty Community Center between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays. A survey computer is also available in the lobby of the Community Center during open hours.
The deadline is Oct. 8.
Girl Scouts dog show
Girl Scout Troop 1018 are holding a dog show to benefit Second Chance Pet Adoptions in North Kansas City on Saturday.
The show will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a field at 25th Avenue and Buchanan Street.
The entry fee is $5 or eight cans or Iams kitten food. Patches cost $1.
The event will include baked goods sales, a bulldog kissing booth, a talent show, and best dressed and beauty contests for dogs. To register or learn more, call 816-453-1320 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizers will take entries at the door but would like optional reservations by Friday.
Homerun Derby for Epilepsy Foundation
The Andrew’s Army Homerun Derby and Raffle will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 9/21 at Stocksdale Park, 901 S. La Frenz in Liberty.
The event will raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri & Kansas.
Visit www.facebook.com/andrewsarmy6 for more information.
| By Norma King, special to The Star