Youth Talent Show
Children and young teens are invited to enter the Youth Talent Showcase at the Platte County Fair at 1 p.m. July 25.
Performances are limited to 5 minutes and must be in good taste, organizers say. Talents include but are not limited to vocal music, instrumental music, dance, and interpretive reading. A piano will be available for use.
A limit of 20 participants will be accepted. Entries must be made by July 19. Entrants must be 15 years old or younger.
For information on entries and rules go to www.plattecountyfair.com or call Janet Leachman at 816-858-5657.
Nursing Program receives grant
Park University’s Department of Nursing has received a $75,000 grant from the Victor E. Speas Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.
The grant will allow Park’s Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing to expand its program with a state-of-the-art laboratory and simulation facility as the department moves into 40,000 square-foot area in the academic underground on the University’s Parkville Campus. The facility is expected to open fall of 2015.
Park has taken steps to offer a four-year bachelor of science in nursing program beginning fall 2016 with the approval of the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
“The grant will provide technologies that are essential in preparing safe, competent nurses that are confident to meet challenges presented in an ever-changing health care environment,” said Gerry Walker, an associate professor and chair of Park’s Department of Nursing in a press release. “Simulation will no longer be a once or twice a semester experience for our students. The expansion of our simulated patient care capabilities will give students weekly opportunities to make clinical judgments and test their skills while building competence and confidence.”
Park opened its associate degree nursing program in 1985, also with support from the Speas Foundation.
For information on Park’s nursing program go to www.park.edu/nursing.
A number of summer camps for kids are being offered by Liberty Parks and Recreation.
▪ Kids’ day camp. Four-day camps teaching fundamentals of sports and exercise techniques through a variety of games and activities.
▪ LEGO camps, hosted by Play-Well Teknologies. Two Ninjaneering master classes are offered in July.
▪ Spanish language project, a summer camp ride to Spanish-speaking countries. Games, crafts, vocabulary and culture lessons are planned.
▪ Youth technology camps with hands-on programs focusing on video game design, robotics, web design and animation.
▪ Coterie summer classes, acting class for children through teens during July ranging from fundamentals to comedy to performance.
▪ British soccer camps and breakthrough basketball camps are offered throughout the summer.
For fees, schedules and other information on all summer camps go to www.ci.liberty.mo.us/camps.
VICTORY Honorees announced
The Harvest Ball Society has named 11 young adults as VICTORY Honorees for the 2015 Harvest Ball.
The VICTORY designation stands for Volunteerism In the Community Through Organized Recognition of Youth.
The Honorees are: Chelsea Berry, Lauren Chapman, Sydney Cotton, Taylor Glenn, Reid Mason, Mariah Mathews, Megan McWilliams, Lauren Short, Ashley Sweeny-Emmons, Riley Wartick, Johnson Young.
“This new class of VICTORY Honorees represents the next generation of philanthropic leaders and volunteers in the Northland,” said Christine Evans, Harvest Ball Society president in a news release. “In the years ahead, we will look to them to identify and meet the ever-growing basic human needs of food, clothing, shelter and health care in our community.”
The VICTORY Honorees will be presented at the Nov. 21 Harvest Ball with the assistance of seven pages.
The pages are children or grandchildren of past and present Harvest Ball Society members. This year’s pages are: Dawson Beane, Mason Beane, Audrey Bramlett, Wyatt Hawkinson, Riley Reed, Graham Sallee, and Cayo Andres Dominguez-Heithoff, IV.
Over the last 28 years the Harvest Ball Society has raised over $7.3 million for 60 nonprofit organizations in the area.
For information go to www.harvestballsociety.org.
Grandfamilies meet at market
Northland Grandfamilies will have the opportunity to “Learn to Shop a Farmer’s Market at the City Market,” in their July 8 meeting.
Amy Vance, nutrition and health specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, will lead a tour of the City Market and provide shopping tips for buying fresh produce and making nutritious snacks.
Grandparents, aunts and uncles and those who are raising children are invited to meet at 10 a.m. July 8 at the Missouri Extension’s River Market Office at 105 East Fifth St., Kansas City. The meeting is planned for 10 a.m. to noon.
Carpooling is available. For information or to RSVP call 816-407-3490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by July 6.
An evening Grandfamilies program is planned 6-7:30 p.m., July 22 at Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, North.
Those attending can join in a “Time for Sharing” and give support and share as relative caregivers.
Child care is available for the evening meeting if arrangements are made by July 17 by calling the Extension Office at 816-407-3490.
Northland Grandfamilies meetings are free and open to any grandparent, aunt, or uncle who is raising children.
| Norma King,
Special to The Star