A number of Black History Month programs have been scheduled at Mid-Continent Public Library throughout February.
A complete listing can be found at mymcpl.org/BlackHistory. Registration is required for events, which include:
▪ “The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers,” which shares the history of the African American Buffalo Soldiers on the American frontier and as well as African American soldiers on the battlefields of the world wars. The program is for ages 7 and up at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the North Oak Branch, [address].
▪ “Tales from the Black West,” which is an interactive musical that explores the life and times of the nearly 10,000 African American cowboys and cowgirls of the Old West. For ages 7 and up at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Antioch Branch, [address].
▪ “The African American Experience in Film,” which is a film series on Thursdays in February at the Liberty Branch hosted by film critic Robert Butler. Registration is required and some films may be not be suitable for all ages. The remaining schedule includes “Glory” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8, “42” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15, and “The Help” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22.
▪ “George Washington Carver: America’s Leonardo da Vinci” will be presented by rangers from the George Washington Carver National Monument. The program is for adults and takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Excelsior Springs Branch.
▪ “Who was George Washington Carver,” which will be held at Liberty Branch at 3 p.m. on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. It is for ages 7 and up.
‘Conscious Discipline’ parenting class scheduled
A three-part parenting class, “Conscious Discipline,” begins Feb. 22 at the Liberty Community Center.
Chelsea Lane, a Missouri First Steps instructor and an alternative school teacher, will lead the class, which will explore the foundations of Conscious Discipline — such as self-regulation strategies, conflict resolutions, building healthy relationships at home, and managing thoughts and emotions.
The classes, sponsored by Liberty Alliance for Youth, are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8.
There is a $15 fee and those interested can register at http://bit.ly/2Be7zeF.
Gladstone police urge caution on Facebook
Playing Facebook games and answering questions online could open a door for hackers to access personal information, warned Sgt. Stefan Smith with the Gladstone Public Safety Department..
“Many of those questions are the same questions asked when you set up your security questions for your online bank, credit card, or other accounts,” Smith said. “By playing these fun little Facebook games that are for just your friends, you’re actually giving someone the answers to those security questions.”
Questions asking your favorite teacher’s name, your childhood best friend, where were you born or your favorite pet are often the same questions used when setting up security for online bank, credit card and other accounts.
“In some cases, these are just fun games,” Smith said. “But, in many others, they were started by hackers who set up these ‘get to know me’ games for their uses. Using this information, they’re able to build a profile of users and then, combined with other data they’ve gathered or hacked, they use this information to either log into your accounts, or start accounts in your name.”
He advises that the best social-media strategy is for individuals to control the information they post online and double check privacy settings, so that only close friends can see posts.
“Remember that what you post goes out to anyone who can find you online,” Smith said.
He urged those who believe their identity has been stolen to contact their financial institution immediately. It also might be wise to contact one of the major credit bureaus and discuss the possibility of a fraud alert, if your personal information has been compromised.
For more public safety tips go to www.facebook.com/GladstoneDPSMO.
Second chance at screening ‘Resilience’ documentary
Excelsior Springs SAFE, with support from Tri-County Mental Health Services and the Northland Coalition, announced a second screening of “Resilience, The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” on Feb. 23 in the community room of the Excelsior Springs Hospital.
The documentary, which will be shown from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes lunch, highlights research showing that traumatic experiences can lead to the altering of brain development, resulting in lifelong effects on behavior and health.
The film also explains how to help children and youth find positive ways to cope with stress.
Reservations are requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The hospital is at 1700 Rainbow Blvd., Excelsior Springs.
Take part in suicide initiative discussion
The Family Support Group of Tri-County Mental Health Services will discuss The Zero Suicide initiative during its Feb. 7 meeting.
The discussion will be led by Tri-County Crisis Manager Olivia Booher in Suite 1001 at the Northland Human Services building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St. in Kansas City, North.
All interested persons are welcome. Call 816-468-0400 or go to www.tri-countymhs.org for more information.
Northland choir to perform Valentine’s concert
The Northland Community Choir, directed by Paul Erickson, will sing about “Chocolates, Carnations and Love Songs” on Feb. 11 at the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University.
Admission is $10. Visit www.northlandcommunitychoir.org for more information.
Learn about Missouri wine
Kevin Hodge, owner of Cellar Rat Wine Merchants, will lead a panel of wine experts in a discussion about the local wine industry from 7 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Parkville Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library, 8815 Tom Watson Parkway.
The free program, “The Business of Wine,” is offered by MCPL’s Square One Small Business Services division, which is funded with a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
“When many people think of wine country, they think of vineyards in Italy, France, or even California,” Square One’s Amy Fisher said in a press release. “But there are many successful vineyards and wine-focused enterprises that operate right here in Missouri.”
A study by the Missouri Wine and Grape Board in 2013 reported that the wine industry in Missouri had a $1.76 billion impact on the state’s economy that year.
Other expected panelists are Marc Joseph, wine manager at Cellar Rat Wine Merchants; Kathi Rohlfing, sales representative at Pinnacle Imports; Stephen Gregory, import manager for HGC Imports; Joyce Angelos Walsh, wine judge, writer, and tasting room manager at Vox Vineyards; and James Lowery, winemaker at KC Wineworks.
The program is free, but registration is required at www.mymcpl.org/SquareOne. There will be wine samples for those over 21 years old after the meeting.
Compiled by Norma King, Special to The Star