The Northland Prevention Conference entitled “Resilience-: We Can Build It!” is scheduled for March 2 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 N. 291 Hwy in Liberty.
Dr. Robert DuPont will be the keynote speaker at the conference. DuPont is a psychiatrist and leader in drug misuse prevention and treatment and has focused his career on the public health goal of reducing the use of illegal drugs.
DuPont was the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977). He has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Linda Chamberlain, an internationally recognized speaker on adverse childhood experiences, brain development and trauma, and the adolescent brain, also will address the conference.
Chamberlain teaches at the University of Alaska and earned public health degrees from Yale School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University. She has authored national curricula and received international recognition for her work.
The conference, which costs $20 and has a Feb. 26 registration deadline, also includes workshops on youth mental health and suicide, how to build resilience skills, drug trends, and the opioid epidemic.
A continental breakfast, light lunch and brief awards ceremony also are planned. Sign-in and breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and the conference starts at 8:30 a.m.
To register and pay for the conference, visit www.northlandcoalition.com or contact Kara White at email@example.com or 816-877-0401.
Mid-Continent announces teen literature festival
A daylong festival for teen artists and writers, LitUp, will take place May 12 at the North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library.
The festival is the brainchild of 15-year-old Emery Uhlig, daughter of author Candice Millard, and will feature nationally renowned authors and illustrators, writing contests, and teen hosts and judges.
Teens can submit entries in four different categories — short fiction, poetry, visual art and nonfiction essay. The top submission will be featured in the 2018 LitUp Creative Contest Anthology. Deadline for contest entries is March 31.
For more information, visit LitUpFestival.org.
Dating violence awareness class for teens
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
“I think that it’s extremely important for people to be aware that domestic violence happens to teens,” said Mary Anne Metheny, CEO of Hope House. “It isn’t just an adult’s problem. It’s a problem that starts early.”
Hope House, a domestic violence shelter in Independence and Lee’s Summit, encourages parents to help break the cycle of domestic violence by talking to their teenage children about the qualities of healthy relationships.
Common warning signs of dating abuse, according to breakthecycle.org include: extreme jealously and insecurity; constant belittling or put-downs; explosive temper; false accusations; possessiveness; controlling behavior; constant mood swings; physically inflicting pain or hurting in any way; isolation from family and friends; repeated pressure to have sex; checking cell phones, emails or social media networks without permission.
Hope House offers resources to teens who have experienced abuse by an intimate partner such as a six-week program for at-risk teens, therapy through Hope House outreach, and a 24/7 hotline 816-461-4673.
Metheny recommends teens go to loveisrespect.org to learn more about the problem and a second hotline, manned by other teens, is available at 866-331-9474.
Doniphan Leadership Institute graduates new class
The Doniphan Leadership Institute recognized 14 graduates from its fall leadership academy during a dinner and ceremony Feb. 7 at William Jewell College.
“Doniphan sets itself apart because it teaches you how to be a better leader at home and at work,” said Jim Hampton, executive director of the Clay County Economic Development Council. “It covers the whole range. It helps people grow personally and professionally.”
Now in its 11th year, the institute is a joint effort of Jewell’s Pryor Center and the Economic Development Council.
The new Doniphan Fellows are: Jacque (Shawn) Duryea, Kansas City Power & Light, Archie, Mo.; Debbie Ervay, Liberty School District, Liberty; Miranda Mulder, Liberty Hospital, Kearney; Stacy Hisle-Chaudri, Mid-Continent Public Library, Kansas City; Daryl Kelley, Ingredion, Kansas City; Julie Lewis, Clay County Economic Development Council, Kansas City; Brian McCrary, Penn National Gaming (Argosy Casino), Kearney; Ritchie Momon, Mid-Continent Public Library, Lee’s Summit; Nick Pappas, city of Gladstone, Gladstone; Chris, Scherer, Ingredion, Weston; Sarah Stansbury, Liberty Hospital, Kearney; Shannon Stone, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Lee’s Summit; Lisa Take, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City; and Xandria Thomas, Liberty Hospital, Liberty.
For more information on the Doniphan Leadership Institute, call the Pryor Center at 816-415-5052 or contact the Clay County Economic Development Council at 816-468-4989 or online at www.clayedc.com/Doniphan.
The next Doniphan Leadership Institute will be held in the fall 2018.
Parkville aims to fill board vacancies
Parkville residents are invited to submit volunteer applications for vacancies on city boards, commissions and committees.
The Community Land and Recreation board has one open position, while the Board of Zoning Adjustments and the Industrial Development board each have three open positions.
Interested Parkville residents should submit an application and resume to City Clerk Melissa McChesney at the City Hall, 8880 Clark Avenue, or send e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are available on the city’s website at http://parkvillemo.gov/boards-commissions.
Poetry reading Thursday
Members of the Latino Writers Collective in Kansas City will present a poetry reading at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the McCoy Meetin’ House at Park University.
The free event, part of the university’s Year of Diversity series of events, begins with a reception is at 6:30 p.m.
Poetry will be read in both Spanish and English. Gloria Adams, Jose Faus, Gabriela Lemmons, Maria Diaz, Marta Silva and Lupita Vargas from the Latino Writers Collective are scheduled to read.
Pet CPR class available
EMT Kyle Thibodo will lead a pet CPR class, which costs $40, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Northland Animal Welfare Clinic.
“Most people think of their pets as their family,” he said. “You want to do what you can to take care of your pets. If CPR allows you a little more time with someone you love then by all means, it’s something you should learn.”
Thibodo was an active EMT for 21 years and served as a navy hospital corpsman for 23 years.
For more information, contact Thibodo at 913-206-8948 or email@example.com.
NAWS, 6972 N. Broadway in Gladstone, helps low-income families with pets who need spay/neuter, vaccination and microchipping services. Learn more at www.pcnaws.org.
MoDOT announces local projects
Construction will take place on the northbound Missouri 291 bridge at the Jackson/Clay County line, just south of Missouri 210.
The left lanes will be closed on both the southbound and northbound bridges as crews construct crossovers in the median. Once the crossovers are completed, the traffic configuration will be head-to-head traffic on the southbound portion only.
The new bridge is expected to be completed by mid-June.
MoDOT also will close one lane of southbound Missouri 169 on the Broadway/Buck O’Neil Bridge from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 for routine bridge inspections.
For information on local MoDOT projects go to modot.org/kansascity.
Compiled by Norma King, Special to The Star