Park University is hosting a GolfScramble Monday at The National Golf Club of Kansas City to benefit the university’s athletic programs.
The tournament registration is $175 per golfer; $700 for a four-person team.
The event begins at 8 a.m. with registration, followed by the University’s Athletics Wall of Honor induction ceremony and breakfast at 9 a.m. A shotgun start is at 10:30 a.m.
To register or for information go to www.park.edu/golf.
Sponsorships are available by contacting Nathan Marticke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-584-6844.
Goodwill has grand reopening
The North Oak Goodwill has reopened with a new look and a free career resource center, GoodWORKS.
A ribbon cutting was held Sept. 30, and a grand opening was held Oct. 1.
GoodWORKS is staffed by an employment specialist and makes computer access available to job-seekers. The specialist will help job-seekers navigate job boards, build resumes and access resources. The specialist also will assist them in job searches.
“Opening a GoodWORKS center in the Northland expands Goodwill’s services to job-seekers who need support to achieve their ultimate goal of self-sustainability,” said Stefany Williams, president and CEO of Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas. “The fresh update to the store also allows us to provide more enjoyable shopping, a better donation experience and an all-around improved work environment for the Goodwill team members.”
The North Oak Goodwill first opened Sept. 2003. All store proceeds support local employment-oriented programs. The store is also home to a Goodwill Mobile Work Group training program for individuals with disabilities.
North Oak Goodwill is located at 4824 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, North.
Fairy Tale Forest
Volunteers are needed to make the Fairy Tale Forest at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary come alive Oct. 23-25.
The Fairy Tale Forest includes the Walk of 100 Jack-O’-Lanterns, a guided tour with woodland wildlife stories, treats, face painting and crafts.
Volunteers are needed to give tours, represent woodland characters, direct parking, help with crafts, take tickets, serve refreshments and take photos among other tasks.
“We need almost 40 people a night. It’s a lot of people,” said Collin Edwards, naturalist at the Nature Sanctuary. “It’s an important fundraiser; it’s our biggest event of the year.”
This is the 30th annual Fairy Tale Forest, which was once a scary event, he said. “Not now. It’s very family-friendly.”
Last year 1,200 to 1,300 people visited the Fairy Tale Forest.
“That was even with the World Series going on. I was impressed with that,” Edwards said.
Prospective volunteers should call the sanctuary at 816-781-8598, walk in during open hours, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or email email@example.com.
Fairy Tale Forest tours will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 23-25.
Tickets are $8. Proceeds will benefit the Nature Sanctuary’s mission of providing habitat for wildlife and outdoor education for the public.
Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is at 407 N. La Frenz Road in Liberty.
More than 600 guests attended the annual Adorn Style Show, a benefit for the Harvest Ball Society, which supports Northland charities.
The Harvest Ball Society awards grants to 30 local charities each January “who made a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and families served by those charities,” said Christine Evans, president of the society, in a news release.
The group has raised and distributed more than $7.3 million since its organization in 1987.
Its biggest event, the Harvest Ball, will be held Nov. 21 at Bartle Hall. For tickets or information go to harvestballsociety.org.
Adventures in Learning
Northland Shepherd’s Center will host Adventures in Learning for senior citizens Friday at North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North.
The morning begins at 9:30 a.m. with line dancing followed by a continental breakfast at 10 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m., a health presentation on Understanding the Numbers will be led by Ericka Eiserer, occupational health coordinator at North Kansas City Hospital. Eiserer will explain cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and more.
At 11 a.m. seniors can view Bison Banquet, an online program offered through the Senior Learning Network.
The interactive, Web-based program will be offered by Badlands National Park.
“It’s about the cultural history of how Native Americans used to use bison for food as well as shelter,” said Terry Tipton, programs director at Northland Shepherd Center.
Lunch is at noon. Tickets are $4. Call 816-452-4536 by Thursday for lunch reservations.
NorthWinds Symphonic Band
“Thrillers and Chillers,” a free concert by the NorthWinds Symphonic Band, is 4 p.m. Sunday at Park Hill High School auditorium, 7701 N.W. Barry Road, Kansas City, North.
The NorthWinds Symphonic Band is composed of current and retired music educators from around the Kansas City area, as well as community members and college students. The band performs six to seven concerts a year.
“It gives our audiences an opportunity to hear wonderful band music performed at a very high level of skill. It’s very encouraging for the local high-school kids to come and hear our band and to hear what a fine band can sound like,” said Ron Clark, band manager and euphonium player.
The band was formed in 2004 and has played at the Missouri Music Educators convention, for the Missouri Band Master Association, with the Fountain City Brass Band and has shared two performances with the St. Louis Wind Symphony.
“We’re one of the top bands in the state of Missouri,” Clark said.
NorthWinds is directed by John Bell and Danny Watring. Bell will conduct the Thrillers and Chillers concert, which will include a wide spectrum of scary music, Clark said.
The music will include classical, modern and novelty music, all with the general theme of Thrillers and Chillers, he said.
For information on the band go to www.nwsband.org.
Alliance for Youth luncheon
The public is invited to a complimentary luncheon and program on “Promoting Mental Health: Youth Mindfulness” at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Park Hill South High School.
Heather Jones of Tri-County Mental Health Services will provide direction on how teachers and adults can help youth handle stress and challenges.
The interactive meeting will look at how young people can regulate their emotions, manage difficult situations and deal with stress. An open discussion will follow.
The meeting is hosted by the Park Hill Community Alliance for Youth.
Reservations are requested for the luncheon and can be made by contacting Laura Bruce at 816-877-0498 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Park Hill South is at 4500 River Park Drive, Riverside.
Bulldog birthday and fundraiser
Stanley and Oliver, two bulldogs with disabilities, will celebrate their birthdays from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Four Paws Pantry and Spa 14040 W. 119th St., Olathe.
The event is also a fundraiser for Bulldogs with Special Needs, a nonprofit which provides special care and equipment for disabled bulldogs.
Stanley’s story made the news last spring when his owner, Debbie Pack of Edgerton, reached out to the community to raise money for surgery on his cleft lip. Enlisting the aid of Four Paws, Pack was able to raise $2,000 toward the surgery on Stanley, which was ultimately provided free by BluePearl veterinarians.
The money will now be used to help other animals. “We just want to help the ones like Stanley because they are the ones that are so quickly put to sleep,” Pack said.
Dog owners and others are invited to attend the event, which will include birthday cake for humans and dogs as well as a bulldog kissing booth.
“Stanley’s a good kisser. He can whoop your makeup off in 2.5 seconds,” Pack said.
She invites pet owners to bring pets with and without disabilities to the event and “stand with Stanley.”
| Norma King, Special to The Star