A discussion on “Grief and Change in Older Adulthood” is planned for the Dec. 15 meeting of the Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City North.
Harold Ivan Smith, a grief specialist for Saint Luke’s Hospital and the Carondolet Medical Institute in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, will lead the discussion.
Smith, the author of “Griefkeeping: Learning How Long Grief Lasts,” has lectured internationally.
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The Coalition meeting is for older adults, caregivers and professionals. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to the 11 a.m. meeting, which will be held in the Northland Human Services Building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Tonya Rother at 816-877-0481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Park selected for It’s On Us program
Park University is one of 28 colleges and universities across the county that has been selected for the It’s On Us Campus Innovation Program.
Schools in the program make a commitment to take innovative steps toward changing the way individuals think and talk about sexual assault.
It’s On Us was launched in Sept. 2014. To date, more than 380,000 have taken the It’s On Us pledge. For information go to www.itsonus.org.
The Christmas cantata, “The Many Moods of Christmas” will be presented at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Gano Chapel on the William Jewell Campus in Liberty.
This is the fourth year for the free performance by The Many Moods Choir and Orchestra, a volunteer group from the Northland. The group is “dedicated to sharing beautiful choral and orchestral music to the Northland,” said Steve Yingling, president of the nonprofit group.
The cantata includes 18 well-known Christmas carols arranged by Robert Shaw and first performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale in 1963.
“We are very excited to offer again this powerful choir and orchestral event that brings home the true spirit of Christmas,” Yingling said. “Please join us Dec. 17, and your life will be enhanced.”
Gano Chapel is at 500 College Hill, Liberty.
Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and a 1985 graduate of Park University, will present the keynote address at the Dec. 10 commencement for the university at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence.
More than 450 students are eligible to graduate and participate in the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m.
Kendrick was appointed president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in March 2011 and is responsible for the museum’s day-to-day operations and for advancing the mission and financial stability of the organization.
He was honored in 2013 with the Park University Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 2014 was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Commit to Get Fit
Registration is open for Commit to Get Fit, a weight loss and wellness challenge sponsored by Liberty Parks and Recreation.
The eight-week program kicks off Jan. 21 with a breakfast and weigh in.
Participants get eight weeks of small-group personal training and are provided an eight-week meal plan developed by Liberty Hy-Vee dietitians, as well as instruction about proper nutrition.
Participants can register individually or with family and friends to be on the same team. Weekly weigh-ins and body fat measurements will be done by team trainers.
The cost of the program is $100 for Liberty Community Center members and $150 for others, who will receive an eight-week membership to the Community Center.
At the conclusion of the program, the male and female participant with the greatest percentage of body fat lost will receive $100 gift cards. The team with the greatest combined percentage of body fat will get four additional sessions with their personal trainer.
To register go to www.libertymissouri.gov/2416/Specialty-Fitness-Programs; at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road; or by calling 816-439-4360. Registration closes Jan. 15.
North Kansas City Hospital and Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center have set up a partnership to provide healthcare to expectant mothers.
“We are excited to further serve the families of the Northland through this partnership with North Kansas City Hospital,” said Hilda Fuentes, president and CEO of Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center in a press release. “Not only will we be able to provide quality healthcare services, but we will be able to deliver them in a convenient location.”
As part of the partnership, Samuel U. Rodgers will provide prenatal care until the final weeks of pregnancy, then transfer the mother’s care and her medical records to a Meritas Health obstetrician who will oversee her care and the baby’s delivery at North Kansas City Hospital.
After the baby’s delivery, mother and baby will return to Samuel U. Rodgers for postpartum care.
North Kansas City Hospital has donated office space for the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center Northland Prenatal and Pediatric Clinic, which will open January 2017.