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August 18, 2014

Clay and Platte: Around our towns

Park U. mixed media exhibit

“Sensing the Abyss,” the mixed media art of Elisha Bailey, will be on exhibit at Park University’s Campanella Gallery through Sept. 13.

Bailey, a 2014 art graduate of Park, combines paint, metal shards, chains, paper and wood in her paintings.

An artist’s reception is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Campanella Gallery inside the McAfee Memorial Library in Park’s Academic Underground.

Gallery hours are: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday

For information call 816-584-6457.

Crisis intervention discussed

Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and their partnerships in communities are the topic of the next meeting of the Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City, North, on Aug. 28.

“The idea is mental health intervention for first responders, mainly police officers,” said Sgt. Steve Taylor with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department and a leader of the regional CIT.

“We will talk about mental health issues for older adults. We will also talk about mental health intervention for their grandchildren and children and what law enforcement can do to help them get through a crisis.”

Older adults, professionals and family caregivers are welcome to attend the 2:30 p.m. meeting at the Northland Human Services Building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St.

The meeting is sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health Services.

For information, call 816-468-0400 or go to www.tri-countymhs.org.

Liberty chorus invites singers

Singers interested in learning more about the Liberty Community Chorus are invited to attend a Kick-Off Picnic from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Stocksdale Park in Liberty.

The 85-member non-auditioned chorus welcomes new members ages 16 and older. The chorus is in its 11th year and has sung to audiences across the metro.

“It’s a collection of singers with a range of ages and musical accomplishment with a passion of singing chorale music at its highest level,” said Bryan Taylor, who directs the choir.

Taylor is a member of the Grammy-winning Kansas City Chorale and a recipient of a 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award for his work with choral music. The award was presented at William Jewell College.

The 2014-15 rehearsal and performance schedule will be shared and attendees can meet Taylor and other choir members. Those interested in joining the choir and paying membership dues that night will be able to take music home.

For complete information on becoming a member, go to: www.libertycommunitychorus.org or contact Taylor at bryansings@gmail.com.

Newsletter for developmentally disabled

Pathways, the quarterly newsletter for the developmentally disabled, their families and friends is now available online at www.dginform.com/Pathways.

“It’s for the population with disabilities and their families. There are probably some people out there who could benefit from it. I encourage them to take a look at it,” said Betsy Keleher, program coordinator.

“It’s information that is helpful for people with developmental disabilities in both Clay and Platte County. It’s entertainment, education, health and vocational,” said Keleher.

Several agencies that serve the developmentally disabled fund the newsletter and provide content. Those agencies include: Arc of Clay and Platte counties, Concerned Care, Inc., Easter Seals Midwest, Immacolata Manor, Northland Early Childhood Education Center, Platte County Board of Services, People First and Vocational Services, Inc.

To receive a print copy of the newsletter contact Keleher at 816-604-3043 or betsy.keleher@mcckc.edu.

| Norma King, Special to The Star

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