Park Appoints Director of Academic Expansion
William Lawson has been appointed director of academic expansion strategy at Park University.
Lawson, who was the midwest regional director for business executives for national security prior to coming to Park, will be responsible for Park’s academic expansion efforts. The University has 42 campus centers in the United States.
“Lawson’s military experience, and organizational and interpersonal skills are top-rate,” said Park University President David Fowler in a press release. “I look forward to him building relationships and securing future partnerships with educational and corporate entities around the country.”
Lawson has worked in strategic development, homeland security, emergency management and military affairs. He currently serves as a special adviser for the Missouri Office of Homeland Security and is chairman of the Missouri Public Private Partnership Committee.
Liberty fitness center offers free classes
Liberty Community Center has sweetened the deal for center members with a minimal increase in annual fees. Beginning Aug. 1 members will be able to participate in all group fitness classes without any class fees.
“Including fitness classes in the membership provides enhanced value, greater flexibility and more choices for our members,” said Donna Kay Taylor, Liberty Parks and Recreation’s Facilities and Member Services manager.
The new program allows anyone purchasing any membership or any pass the opportunity to attend any class offered for groups larger than eight without additional fees, including a soon-to-be offered spin class, Taylor said.
The program offers flexibility, the option to experience new kinds of fitness programs, and the opportunity to mix up fitness routines for better results, she said.
Members with young children can take advantage of free child care. “It’s another opportunity for working parents to just drop off their children, go work out and not worry about paying additional fees. Even though it was a nominal charge to begin, with now it’s free,” she said.
The membership fee increase that accompanies the center’s new fitness programs will range from $10 a month for a family of five to $4 a month for seniors. It will go into effect on renewal dates or for bank draft members, on Aug. 15.
For more information about membership call 816-439-4364 or go to www.ci.liberty.mo.us/MembershipEnhancements.
Platte Fair Missy/Master Contest
Boys and girls are invited to enter the Platte County Fair Missy/Master contest which will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 22 in the Platte Purchase building on the county fairgrounds.
Children must be Platte County residents between the ages of 2 and 5 as of July 20.
Contestants must arrive by 6 p.m. that night and will be grouped by gender and age. They will be judged on “cuteness and personality,” not attire. Clothing should be simple summer attire, but no swimsuits will be allowed.
The winners in each of eight age categories will receive a trophy. Each participant will be recognized and receive prizes. A celebration for contestants and families follows.
Children must be registered by 10 p.m., July 19. There is no entry fee, but families will have to pay gate admission to the fair.
To register, mail the child’s name, age as of July 20, birth date, gender, parents’ names, and phone numbers to: Dawn Fleming, 7405 West 92 Highway, Platte City, Mo. 64079. For more information contact Fleming at 816-341-2936. Entry forms are available online at www.plattecountyfair.com.
Silver Center hosts watch party
A watch party for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging will be held 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre, 1600 S. Withers Road.
The Liberty Silver Center, Mid America Regional Council (MARC) and Clay County Senior Services are hosting a live broadcast of the daylong event.
President Barack Obama will address the conference. Topics will center on important federal programs which serve senior citizens and address future issues facing older Americans.
“The White House Conference on Aging is an important forum to discuss issues that older Americans will face in the next 10 years,” said LeAnn Lawlor, community services manager for Liberty. “This watch party is an opportunity for residents and service providers of the Kansas City metro area to watch the conference live stream together and to join in discussions with local leaders.”
This year is the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act; as well as the 80th anniversary of social security.
According to Lawlor the public is welcome to come and go throughout the broadcast. Updates of the conference will be posted on the city of Liberty’s website under events.
To learn more about the Liberty Silver Center go to www.ci.liberty.mo.us/SeniorServices.
Lego Camp in Gladstone
The Gladstone Community Center will host LEGO day camps led by Play-Well TEKnologies July 27-31.
Children 5-12 years old are invited to participate in the program which explores physics, engineering, and architectural concepts while creating with LEGOs.
Children will register for age-appropriate workshops. Class fees for the five-day camp are $170.
To register call 816-423-4200.
Liberty parks program
Liberty Parks and Recreation has levied a Family Parks Challenge to families encouraging them to take advantage of recreational opportunities in Liberty parks.
“The Parks and Recreation team encourages you to appreciate nature, exercise, socialize and just have some fun in our parks,” said Janet Bartnik, director of the Liberty Parks and Recreation Department in a press release. “We’ve designed the Family Parks Challenge to encourage people to come and use our parks and to highlight all of the unique assets that are available within our parks and our department.”
Families can record their challenge visits by uploading photos to the city’s Family Parks Challenge Facebook event. All families who post at least five photos will receive a Liberty Parks and Recreation Swag Kit which includes a Frisbee, a water bottle and a drawstring bag. Those who participate in at least 10 actives will be entered into a drawing for three grand prizes: a $100 gift card to Dicks’ Sporting Goods, a $100 gift card to Rogers Sporting Goods and a $50 gift card to Hy-Vee.
For information go to facebook.com/LibertyMissouri and click on events.
Bike Run Fundraiser
A motorcycle ride fundraiser for the Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Team will be held July 18 in the Northland. The Bike Run begins at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy at 10 a.m. and ends at Worth Harley-Davidson.
This is the third annual Bike Run Fundraiser for the team, which assists families and law enforcement agencies when officers are killed in the line of duty.
“On average throughout the country every 56 hours there’s an officer killed in the line of duty in this country,” said Les Kerr, Team Leader for the KC/Western Missouri Response Team.
The goal of the team is to ensure that fallen officers are laid to rest with the highest level of dignity and honor, Kerr said.
“We can assist law enforcement agencies when they have a death in their agency. Our primary focus is officers who are killed in the line of duty.”
Funds from the Bike Run will go toward the purchase and equipping of an enclosed cargo trailer which can be used when the team assists in a fallen officer’s funeral as well as be used as for educational purposes. Total cost for the trailer and equipment is $22,000.
The team has planned police escorts, funerals and processions for fallen officers’ families and agencies. Team members participate at their own expense.
According to Kerr there were 134 line-of-duty deaths in the United States in 2014; and two line-of-duty deaths in Missouri that year.
The Bike Run begins at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy, 6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road, Kansas City, North, and ends 65 miles later at Worth Harley-Davidson, 9400 N.W. Prairie View Road, Kansas City, North, with lunch and live music. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.; kick stands are up at 10 a.m.
“It’s overwhelming to be able to provide and honor these officers with the respect and dignity they deserve,” Kerr said.
A letter he received from a family letter read: “You are a blessing to have here and you made our life so much easier that week. Thank you to you and your team.”
Register on line at http://molefatride2015.eventbrite.com. Same day registration is permitted. Fees are $30 for riders and $20 for passengers.
For information contact Andrew Marr at 816-935-9668, firstname.lastname@example.org or Wendi Mason at 816-678-1607, email@example.com.
| Norma King, Special to The Star