Free flu shots
The Clay County Public Health Center is offering free flu shots Oct. 28 to the first 250 adults, ages 19-64, who respond to its annual response plan event at the Gladstone Community Center.
Doors will open at 3 p.m. and shots given until 7 p.m. or until the doses are gone.
“The Health Center annually tests their response plan but this year the free doses provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will hopefully draw a larger crowd that will test our capabilities,”said Wennekota Tarama, Emergency Response Planner. “We especially hope that those who are uninsured take advantage of this free flu shot opportunity.”
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The Gladstone Community Center is at 6901 N. Holmes St.
Concerned Care banquet
“A Galaxy of Stars,” a banquet and fundraiser for Concerned Care, is Nov. 6 in the Argosy Casino Ballroom.
The annual event includes a silent auction, dinner, entertainment and announcement of awards.
This year the Karl Morris Legacy Award will be presented to The Harvest Ball Society for its support of people with developmental disabilities.
Tickets are $50. Reservations should be made by calling 816-474-3026, ext. 103.
Liberty Alliance for Youth gets grant
Liberty Alliance for Youth Inc. has received a Drug-Free Community grant of $125,000 from the White House Drug Policy Office.
The alliance is one of 680 grant recipients in the nation. The grants fund youth substance abuse prevention programs.
“Basically it’s $125,000 a year for up to 10 years,” said Vicky Ward, Tri-County Mental Health Services prevention manager.
Liberty Alliance for Youth must obtain matching in-kind donations each year to qualify for the annual grant, she said.
For information about the organization, contact Ward at 816-877-0411 or email@example.com.
NCAPS seeks internship opportunities
The Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (NCAPS) is looking for unpaid internship positions for 100 students in the spring of 2015.
The goal of NCAPS is to immerse students in professional environments.
The NCAPS program started last fall with 28 students from 11 high schools. About 240 students will be part of the program this school year.
“We’re supporting students in the Kansas City region by exposing high school students to high-demand, high-skilled careers and we’re basically building the workforce pipeline,” said Allison Clemens, project manager for NCAPS.
“We have students taking classes in the following strands: global business and entrepreneurship, medicine and health care, and technology solutions. We will be placing students for internships in all of our strands,” she said.
Internship schedules are flexible.
Interested organizations and businesses can fill out an application at www.northlandcaps.org/internship.
For more information call 816-977-8111.
Outstanding Older Worker award
Jeanette Adams has been named an Outstanding Older Worker for 2014 by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Adams, a registered nurse, has worked for the Platte County Health Department for 21 years. She has trained nurses and worked in many of the Platte County Health programs.
Adams and nine other regional winners attended an awards banquet and other activities in Jefferson City.
Park professor is keynote speaker
Steven Youngblood of Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism will give the keynote speech at a peace conference at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) on Saturday.
Youngblood is the director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park. He will speak on “Peace and Reconciliation Journalism: Do You Forgive Joseph Kony?”
The conference, “Culture of Forgiveness: Peace Building Lessons from Uganda,” will look at peace building initiatives in northern Uganda, and focus on how forgiveness is essential to building peace in post-conflict societies.
Two Park students, Bailey Puckett and Doreen Nakigiri, will lead breakout sessions on “Students Making Peace.” Nakigiri is from Kampala, Uganda.
The conference is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held in the Hudson Auditorium on the JCCC campus. A free lunch is available to those who register in advance. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/1DACyfJ.
The conference is sponsored by the Center for Global Peace Journalism, Johnson County Community College, the JCCC Foundation, the University of Kansas School of Nursing, Medical Missions Foundation, Overland Park Rotary Club, Research College of Nursing and the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City.
Park Preview Day
Park University is hosting a Pirate Preview Day for prospective students from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
High school juniors and seniors as well as transfer students are welcome to bring their families and attend.
The event includes a campus tour, an academic fair with faculty and staff from every department, and presentations on admissions and financial services.
Make reservations by calling 816-746-2533 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chili Feast in North Kansas City
The North Kansas City Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Election Day Chili Feast on Nov. 4 at the First Christian Church,
Chili will be served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and take-out service is available. Members of the Oak Park and Winnetonka Kiwanis Key Clubs will assist.
The cost for an all-you-can-eat meal is $7. Students get a $2 discount.
For information call 816-453-1006.
The North Kansas City Kiwanis Club meets at noon every Wednesday at the American Inn in North Kansas City. Interested persons are welcome to attend.
The First Christian Church is at 2018 Gentry, North Kansas City.
Willie Aikens to speak
Willie Mays Aikens, former Kansas City Royals first baseman, will speak at 6 p.m. Sunday at Gashland United Methodist Church on a book about his life, “Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home” by Gregory Jordan.
Aikens will talk about his life from baseball stardom to prison to redemption and his return to the Royals as a minor league coach.
The public is invited to the free presentation. A dessert bar, book sale and signing will follow.
The church is at 7715 N. Oak Trafficway.
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