Liberty Hospital opened its first primary care clinic Jan. 22 inside the new Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, which is located at Missouri 152 and Shoal Creek Parkway.
Dr. Brad Garstang will see patients at the new clinic along with Dr. Abbey Oshel and nurse practitioner Melanie Palma.
Garstang has practiced family medicine at The Liberty Clinic since 2002. His practice interests include sports medicine, endurance sports health, joint injections and screening colonoscopies.
Oshel treats all ages and health backgrounds and performs osteopathic manipulation for acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems. She also focuses on prevention and women’s health.
For more information or to make an appointment, call Liberty Hospital Primary Care Shoal Creek at 816-415-3451 or visit the clinic at 8380 N. Tullis, Suite 300 in Kansas City, North.
Diversity council to meet
The founder of KC for Refugees, Dr. Sofia Khan, will speak at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 14 during a meeting of the Diversity Advisory Council on Health Equity (DACHE) in North Kansas City. The public is invited.
KC for Refugees is an interfaith organization dedicated to welcoming and supporting people who have been forced to flee their home countries and have settled in the Kansas City area.
Khan received the Peace Award in 2016 from the Crescent Peace Society. She is the medical director of the Peace Clinic, which provides free medical services for refugees.
The goal of DACHE is to provide a forum on health-care issues to assist public-health providers in their efforts to provide health-care access to all residents.
“DACHE especially focuses on health equity for diverse communities,” said Wenne Tarama, program manager at the Clay County Health Center and chairperson for DACHE.
The meeting will be at the North Kansas City YMCA, 1999 Iron St. in North Kansas City.
For more information, contact Tarama at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mural artists sought in Liberty
The city of Liberty is looking for mural artists interested in painting a 160-foot wood panel wall on the Liberty Square at the site of the 2016 collapse of a historic building at East Kansas and North Water streets.
The goal of the city and property owner is to install a mural or artistic enhancement that celebrates Liberty’s history, civic pride or culture and is appealing to area residents and visitors.
“I am looking forward to the transformation of the wall,” Liberty Mayor Lyndell Brenton. “This is such a highly visible corner in the heart of our community. We want something that makes us proud, that is eye catching and provides an opportunity to appreciate art in a unique setting. If done well, I believe a creation of this size and visibility would bring notoriety and acclaim to both the artist and the City.”
The city has put out a national call for artists on CaFÉ (www.callforentry.org). Proposals must be submitted online by Feb. 26.
“The CaFÉ Call for Artists casts a broader net than posting on the city website, allowing us to attract artists from across the country who have experience working on such a large scale,” Liberty’s Community Development Manager Jeanine Thill said in a release.
Winning artists will be notified in March. An honorarium of up to $3,500 will be awarded and plans are to have the artwork installed by the end of April, weather permitting.
For details or to fill out an online application go to www.callforentry.org.
Skate with a cop in Gladstone
Gladstone residents are invited to Skate with a Cop by the Gladstone Department of Public Safety from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Linden Square, 602 N.E. 70th St. in Gladstone.
Skates and hot cocoa will be provided free to the first 100 guests.
If the temperature drops below 32 degrees, the event will be canceled.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GladstoneDPSMO.
Liberty Alliance For Youth luncheon on tap
The Liberty Alliance For Youth, or LAFY, luncheon on Feb. 14 will feature a presentation by Norterre representatives.
Norterre is a multigenerational health, wellness and residential development near Liberty Hospital.
LAFY’s mission is to reduce substance abuse, violence, and other negative behaviors among youth and to improve lives in the Liberty area.
The luncheon is at noon at the Clay County Public Health Center, 800 Haines Drive, Liberty.
To make a reservation for the complimentary luncheon, contact Kendra Callaway at 816-679-5361 or via email to email@example.com.
For more information, visit www.libertyalliance4youth.com.
Tax help for seniors
Local Mid-Continent Public Library branches and AARP are offering free tax help for seniors from Feb. 1 to April 12.
Several local branches will host the Tax Help for Seniors program, which is available for taxpayers 50 and older as well as others with moderate to low incomes.
“AARP tax prep help is a tremendous value for our customers, and we’re proud to say we are continuing to offer this incredible service to our community,” Mid-Continent Programming Manager Dylan Little said in a press release. “Navigating the choppy waters of the tax prep process can be frustrating and complex, but the help of our friends at AARP makes all the difference.”
AARP tax representatives will assist with tax questions as well as tax-return preparation, excluding farm returns or rental properties.
While the service is free, registration in advance is required by calling local Mid-Continent branches. Branch contact information is available at www.mymcpl.org/locations.
Join in for the Mardi Gras Murder Mystery
The Excelsior Springs Area Cultural Guild will host its annual Mardi Gras Murder Mystery on Feb. 10 at The Montgomery, 425 S. Thompson Ave. in Excelsior Springs.
An original “whodunit” mystery written by local playwright Tanya Duncan will be presented.
The evening kicks off with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the show at 7 p.m.
Masks made by local artists will be auctioned during the evening.
Tickets are $35 each or $250 for a table of eight. Proceeds support scholarships for area students who plan to purse education in the arts.
Tickets are available at www.esculturalguild.com or at the Hall of Waters. Those interested may also call 816-630-6801 for more information.
By Norma King, Special to The Star