The Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City North will discuss de-cluttering at its next meeting at 2:30 p.m. Thursday
Christine Parrish, social gerontologist for Caring Transitions, will speak about reducing physical and mental clutter, document retention and hoarding. A question and answer session will follow.
The meeting is open to the community.
The Aging and Mental Health Coalition is sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health Services, and meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in room 205 of the Northland Human Services Building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.
For information call816-468-0400 or visit www.tri-countymhs.org
Parents of teens will soon be receiving a letter from their county sheriffs and prosecutors asking them to be vigilant about teenage drinking.
The letters from Clay County Prosecutor Daniel White and Clay County Sheriff Paul Vescovo, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd and Platte County Sheriff Mark Owen, and Ray County Prosecutor Danielle Rogers describe how alcohol hurts the developing adolescent brain. They will cite studies that show that people who drink as adolescents are three times more likely to become addicted to alcohol and seven times more likely to abuse other drugs.
A statewide student survey done in 2012 regarding alcohol use showed that:
• In Clay County almost 75 percent of high school students said they had easy access to alcohol, and 16 percent of high school students (40 percent of high school seniors) said they had consumed alcohol in the last 30 days.
• In Platte County the survey reported 65 percent of the county’s high school students said they could easily access alcohol and nearly a quarter of the students said they had used alcohol in the last 30 days.
• In Ray County easy access was reported by 58 percent of high school students with about 17 percent reporting they had consumed alcohol in the past 30 days.
The report found that the average age of a child’s first consumption of an alcoholic drink is 12 years old.
The letters detail that it is a crime to provide alcohol to those under the age of 21 or knowingly allow them to drink it, and and they encourage parents to talk to their children about alcohol use and the risks involved.
To report illegal alcohol use call 911 or text 816-474-TIPS. For more information go towww.northlandcoalition.com or call 816-877-0498
The letters will be distributed through schools, health departments and law enforcement agencies.Tree tags for Arbor Day
The Heartland Tree Alliance and its community partners will be hanging tree tags this month in celebration of Arbor Day.
The large tree tags show the annual, estimated cumulative dollar value created by a single tree based on its species, diameter, nearby land use and location. The benefits of each tree include energy savings, property value, carbon dioxide sequestration, storm water retention and air quality.
Tags will be hung throughout the metro area, including Liberty, Gladstone, Parkville and Kansas City, North.
The Heartland Tree Alliance is a program of Bridging the Gap.
Last year residents donated $10,000 to the regional Tree Fund, which was matched by the Dunn Family Foundation for a total of $20,000 for tree planting in this area. For information on the Tree Fund and donating to local communities go towww.treesformycity.com
.Harvest Ball Society nominees
The Harvest Ball Society is accepting applications for VICTORY — Volunteerism in the Community Through Organized Recognition of Youth — honorees for the Harvest Ball on Nov. 15.
Honorees are chosen each year as part of the society’s mission to promote community service. They are chosen for exceptional achievements in community service, leadership and scholarship.
Applicants must be high school graduates from 21 to 26 years old with ties to the Northland. For requirements and applications go toharvestballsociety.org/programs/honorees
. Applications are due by May 1.
The society’s Adorn Style Show Brunch is Sept. 20. Both events will be held in the Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall.
Since 1987 the Harvest Ball Society has raised almost $7 million for 60 organizations.Earth Day recycling
Parkville and Riverside will co-host the 2014 Northland Recycling Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pursell Construction, 6305 N.W. Riverpark Drive, Riverside. The green event is planned in conjunction with Earth Day and is open to everyone.
The extravaganza is an opportunity for the public to recycle almost everything, say organizers. “It’s a one-stop shop. You show up with whatever you have and there will be somebody there at the entrance … you drive around in this huge semi-circle and just drop everything off. Everything gets recycled or reused. Nothing goes back to the landfill,” said Kendall Welch, a Parkville alderman.
Fifteen vendors will be on-site to take materials that are not normally left in curbside recycling, such as automobile tires, car batteries, furniture, residential building materials, clothing, electronics, cell phones, iron, oil, antifreeze, prescription drugs, books, glasses, bicycles, tennis balls, athletic shoes and items for the homeless.
Paper shredding will be done with a limit of four boxes per car. Tires are limited to four per car with no rims. A fee will be charged to recycle console TVs. For information on accepted electronics and any fees go towww.vintagetechrecyclers.com
For other information on accepted items go tofacebook.com/northlandrecyclingextravaganza or call Welch at 816-260-9399
This is the fourth year for the Northland Recycling Extravaganza.
“It’s a great idea to keep things out of the landfill and let somebody else reuse them,” said Welch.
Harvest Ball Society has raised almost $7 million for 60 organizations.‘Old North Side Cafe’ on stage
A reader’s theater production of “Old North Side Cafe” by local author Jim Dunn will be presented at the Corbin Theatre in Liberty May 8 and 9.
Tickets are $15 and available at Liberty City Hall orcorbintheatre.org
The show is an extension of a newspaper column Dunn wrote for more than two decades.
“Over the years, I was often asked to collect the columns in a book. I took that idea to heart, and have worked more than three years to create a compilation of the best and most popular ‘Old North Side Cafe’ writings,” Dunn said. “In addition to the separate pieces, there is an ongoing narrative in the book about the power of communities, storytelling and friendship.”
The original newspaper columns were mostly about a fictional set of characters who met regularly at the Old North Side Cafe to talk about their lives and goings-on in town, and to tell stories.
The reader’s theater will feature several Liberty residents, including Vincent “Mike” Igoe, Dobbie Dobberstine, Shelton Ponder, Tom Dunn, Tom Willett, Bob Steinkamp, David Sallee, Lee Minor, Dick Brown and Angie Borgedalen.
Amy King, a member of the Corbin Theatre board, will direct the play, which was adapted by retired William Jewell professor Dean Dunham.
The Corbin Theatre is at 15 N Water St., Liberty.Temple Run is May 3
The annual 5K run/walk Temple Run is May 3.
Participation is free and includes fun races for children ages 5 to 11. Registration is requested atwww.templerun.net
. The deadline for timed runners is April 28. There is a $2 fee for a timing chip. Deadline for non-timed runners is April 30.
The run begins and ends near the Kansas City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 7001 Searcy Creek Parkway in Kansas City, North. Awards will be given for age groups.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie will greet runners. Free pancakes will be served by the BYU Alumni Association beginning at 8 a.m.
Participants are invited to bring food and non-perishable items to donate to Inasmuch Ministry, which serves needy families in the Northland. Suggested items are spaghetti sauce, red beans, hamburger helper, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, diapers, baby wipes and personal care items.
Check-in starts at 8 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9 a.m., followed by the children’s fun races at 10:30 a.m.