Liberty Relay kick-off
Relay for Life of Liberty will hold a 2014 kick-off party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Liberty Community Center.
The Relay is an annual community fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Cancer survivors, friends, families and other volunteers and groups throughout the nation hold Relays in their communities each year.
Liberty’s 12-hour relay will be held June 20-21 at the Liberty High School track. Last year the Liberty event raised $60,000, according to event chairwoman Lori Ewing. This year’s goal is $65,000.
Thursday’s kick-off will include a free spaghetti dinner provided by Olive Garden from 6 to 7 p.m.
Tables will be set up to register up for the Relay, get information, purchase luminaries for the Relay or make donations.
“I really enjoy it. It’s a good way to give back,” said Ewing, who is a four-year breast cancer survivor.
Midwest Small Business Finance annual meeting
Midwest Small Business Finance will hold its annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Embassy Suites Kansas City-International Airport.
The Guest speaker will be Matthew C. Naylor, president and CEO of the National World War I Museum in Kansas City.
MSBF was originally founded as the Clay/Platte Development Corporation in 1982 and is an affiliate of the Clay County Economic Development Council.
Magic and comedy show
The International Superstars of Magic & Comedy will appear at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre.
The two-hour family show will feature John Shryock and Mari Lynn, Tom Burgoon, Stage Magician of the Year winners Tina Lenert and Mike Caveney, St. Joe’s Got Talent winner Lance Rich, illusionist Les Arnold and his daughter Dazzle, and a performance by magician and producer David Sandy.
The original Superstars shows were held in St. Joseph in conjunction with The International Brotherhood of Magicians annual convention.
Children who attend the show will receive a free booklet of magic tricks.
Tickets range from $20 to $42 and can be purchased by calling 816-439-4362. The theater is at 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty.
Gladstone Art Show
The photography of Tom Holle is on display at the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space through March 11.
Holle, a retired Kansas City firefighter, enjoys photographing nature and flowers in particular, “because, for the most part, they are cooperative,” he said.
The show is sponsored by The Gladstone Arts Commission.
Family mental illness education
A free 12-week course for families and friends of those dealing with mental illness begins Jan. 28 at the Tri-County Mental Health Center.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family Education Program is taught by trained family members who have lived with a mentally ill person. The course teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.
A wide variety of topics will be covered, including family responses to mental illness, schizophrenia, depression, mania, obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, co-occurring brain and addictive disorders, medications, communication, self-care, rehabilitation and advocacy.
Classes will be held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Tri-County building at 3100 N.E. 83rd St, Kansas City, North.
The NAMI program is intended for parents, siblings, family members and significant others of those with severe and persistent mental illness. Registration is required.
The Northland Animal Welfare Society has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture to provide free spay/neuter services for pets of low income Northland families as well as for free roaming/community cats.
Grandfamilies meet in Platte Woods
Northland Grandfamilies will hold an evening meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 N.W. Prairie View Road, Kansas City, North.
The speaker will be Kathy Macken of the Platte County Senior Fund, who will talk about services and programs for senior citizens in Platte County.
Northland Grandfamilies meetings are free and open to any grandparent, aunt, or uncle who is raising children who are 18 years old or younger. In addition to the monthly support group meetings, the program provides education, advocacy and referrals to various social service agencies.
Call 816-407-3490 for information.
| By Norma King, Special to The Star