Raising Successful Children is the topic of the next Northland Grandfamilies Program at 10 a.m., Sept. 9 at North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North.
Vicky Ward, manager of prevention services with Tri-County Mental Health, will discuss effective and practical ways to raise self-sufficient children and give tips on preparing for the challenges of a new school year.
“Vicky has a lot of experience in this area. I think the participants will certainly be interested in what she is going to be presenting,” said Diana Milne, human development specialist with the University of Missouri Extension. “It’s an opportune time for this topic because the school year has just started. We’re trying to get people off on the right foot.”
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Northland Grandfamilies meetings are free and open to grandparents, aunts and uncles who are raising children. It is a cooperative program between the Clay County Senior Services, Platte County Senior Fund and the University of Missouri Extension.
To learn more about the Northland Grandfamilies Program call 816-407-3490.
Park University Hosting Career and Internship Fair
Park University is hosting its Fall Career and Internship Fair Sept. 23 and is accepting applications from companies and organizations wishing to participate.
The event is open to the public and is focused on recent college graduates and others looking for entry-level positions.
The program will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Breckon Sports Center on the Park Campus in Parkville.
More than 50 large and small companies, nonprofits and government agencies will participe.
Participants should bring copies of their resume and dress professionally, according to Park University’s Career Development Center, which is sponsoring the event.
“The Career and Internship Fair provides job seekers an opportunity to personally meet with area job recruiters and develop contacts at a company,” said Leah Fletcher, assistant director of career development. “Job seekers will be able to distribute their résumés and receive information on available positions to enhance their job search process.”
To RSVP or for information, including a list of companies which will be participating, contact Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-584-6407.
Companies wishing to participate can go to https://advancing.park.edu/career/career-fair.
Liberty Community Center closures
The Liberty Community Center will undergo major changes this month in the fitness center and other areas.
“We’re expanding the fitness center and adding some more equipment and rejuvenating the area downstairs,” said Donna Kay Taylor, Community Center manager.
Upgrades include removing old flooring and installing a Nike Grind surface — made from recycled athletic shoes — throughout the adult fitness area; replacing tile in the locker rooms and resurfacing the gym floor.
“Between the flooring and the painting and everything else, when everybody comes back we’ll be really excited because it will be like a new fitness center,” Taylor said.
Vending will be moved upstairs and snacks will follow the USDA’s Smart Snacks in School guidelines.
“We wanted to send the same message to the kids when it came to healthy snacks,” she said. “We’re trying to move everybody forward with a very healthy approach to their lifestyle.”
The Liberty Community Center opened in 1992 and has seen major changes in the last 23 years.
“We just keep growing; fitness is important, so it’s good,” Taylor said.
While parts of the center, including the training area, will be closed through the first half of September, Taylor encourages center members to take advantage of the complimentary fitness classes available.
The fitness area will be closed through Sept. 13.
The gymnasium, indoor pool and lockers rooms will be closed Sept. 8-13.
For information go to http://www.ci.liberty.mo.us/ or call 816-439-4360.
Historical Society picnic
The Clay County Museum and Historical Society’s annual picnic is Sept. 20 at the Historic Pharis Farm in Clay County, 20611 EE Highway, Liberty.
The event will include the raffle of a signed Thomas Hart Benton postcard and first-edition stamp depicting Benton’s mural Independence and the Opening of the West.
The barbecue picnic lunch begins at 12:30 p.m., a historical program on the Pharis Farm begins at 2 p.m. followed by tours of the farm and lawn games.
Don Pharis was the first president of the Clay County Historical Museum, said Jana Becker, president of the Historical Society. “He was one of the main people who started the Clay County Museum. This is our 50th anniversary year, so we thought it was very appropriate to have our picnic at his farm. He was the power, the energy behind establishing the Clay County Museum.”
Picnic tickets are $15 each, payable by cash or check only.
RSVP by Sept. 15 to email@example.com or call 816-792-2854.
Bowling for Prevention
The annual Rock-n-Bowl for Prevention is Sept. 12 at Liberty Retro Bowl, 906 W. Liberty Drive, Liberty.
The bowl is a benefit for the Northland Coalition and its youth substance abuse prevention programs in Ray, Platte and Clay counties. Northland Coalition is supported by Tri-County Mental Health.
The family event includes bowling, raffles and prizes. Both open and team bowling will be offered. Prizes will be awarded for players dressed in 1980s fashions.
The Open Cosmic Bowl is 3:30-5 p.m. Fees are $12 per bowler, lanes will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Team Extreme Bowl is 5:30-8 p.m. Teams of four can register for $120 in advance at www.northlandcoalition.com or by calling 816-877-0401.
Sponsors for the event are Liberty Retro Bowl and Cable Dahmer Chevrolet. All proceeds will go to substance abuse prevention programs for youth.
For information contact Kara White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-877-0401.
Fall Plant Exchange
Gladstone will hold its Fall Plant Exchange Sept. 12 at Happy Rock Park.
Everyone is invited to bring perennials, seeds, indoor plants and extra pots and gardening supplies to share and trade. Event hours are 8:30-9:30 a.m.
No registration is required.
For information call 816-423-4089.
Happy Rock Park is at 76th and Northeast Antioch Road, Gladstone. The event will be held on the west side of the park in the large picnic shelter.
Balance classes for senior adults
Four Matter of Balance classes for senior adults have been scheduled this fall by the Northland Shepherd’s Center.
“This is a fall prevention class. It’s an evidenced based program and nationally recognized with a long history of success. It’s for seniors who are worried about falls to help them be proactive as they age,” said Terry Tipton, programs director with the Shepherd Center.
Matter of Balance classes teach seniors to view falls and fears of falling as controllable; set realistic goals for increasing activity; change their environment to reduce fall risk; and promote exercise to increase strength and balance.
The free classes are scheduled at:
▪ The Gardens at Northgate, 3000 Swift Ave., North Kansas City, 1-3 p.m., weekly, Sept. 9-Oct. 28.
▪ Liberty Silver Center, 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty, 12:30-2:30 p.m., twice weekly, Sept. 14-Oct. 7.
▪ Avondale United Methodist, 3101 NE Winn Road, Kansas City, North, 9:30 -11:30 a.m., weekly, Sept. 16-Nov. 4.
▪ Firehouse Creative Center, 106 S Jefferson St., Kearney, 1- 3 p.m., weekly, Oct. 1-Nov. 19.
Class size is limited. Register by calling 816-452-4536.
4-H open house
Families are invited to learn more about 4-H at an open house at 6 p.m., Sept. 10 at Earnest Shepherd Youth Center in Liberty.
The program will include youth and leaders sharing experiences and an informational program for parents.
4-H is sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension and is open to youth who will be 8 by Jan. 1, but not over 19. A program for 5-7 year-olds, Clover Kids, is also offered.
The volunteer-based program is open to everyone. Members choose from a wide variety of projects and learn not only subject manner but life-skills.
For more about Clay County 4-H call 816-407-3490 or email email@example.com.
New Pleasant Valley on-ramp opens
A newly constructed on-ramp at Pleasant Valley Road and I-35 is scheduled to open to traffic Thursday.
Instead of taking the 69 highway entrance to southbound I-35, motorists will use the new ramp on the west side of I-35.
In addition, new signals will be installed and lanes reduced on 69 Highway which may cause congestion during peak periods, said Shelie Daniel, Area Engineer for MODOT.
“There’s going to be a lot of congestion so plan alternative routes if possible.”
The project has been slowed by weather delays this summer. Work will continue through 2016.
For information call 816-622-6500 or visit www.modot.org.
Gladstone honors citizens
Two Gladstone citizens have received Citizen Commendations for their contributions to making Gladstone a safe place to live and visit.
Nine-year old Luke Larson was recognized for brave and selfless action taken in June when he came to the aid of a younger girl who was accosted by a suspected kidnapper.
“She was on her way to school. He saw the person grab the little girl. She screamed and the assailant looked up and saw Luke running toward them so he let go and ran off,” said Chief Michael J. Hasty of the Gladstone Department of Public Safety. The case is still open and officers are following up on leads for the case.
Scott Thompson was recognized for his valuable contribution in assisting officers in the apprehension of suspects in a robbery in a parking lot of Hy-Vee in June.Thompson worked at a nearby business and while canvassing the area officers shared with him the physical description of the suspect they were looking for.
“The very next night he saw someone who matched the description. He wrote down the description of the car and called the police,” Hasty said.
Thompson’s actions helped the police track down the suspect and file criminal charges.
Hasty said the department is very appreciative of the actions of Luke and Thompson.
“It’s very important for us to be connected to our community and in that effort to recognize significant events and significant actions by our citizens,” he said.
| Norma King, Special to The Star