Mental health coach discusses aging, and other community notes

06/17/2014 10:34 AM

06/17/2014 10:34 AM

Memories issues with older adults

Aging and memory issues will be the topic of the June 26 meeting of the Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City, North.

Sue Westwind, a holistic mental health coach, will discuss “Aging into Our Toxic World.” She will examine issues such as environmental toxins, food and the relationship between Alzheimer’s and autism.

“This is about taking a look at things that are often overlooked,” said Westwind. “I see a parallel between causes of Alzheimer’s and autism.”

The meeting is at 2:30 p.m. June 26 in the Northland Human Services Building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.

For information call 816-468-0481 or go to

Children’s drama classes

Coterie Theatre is offering drama camps and classes next month at the Liberty Community Center.

Weeklong camps will be held July 7-Aug. 1 and are designed for age groups from kindergarten through 12th grade. Classes are: Pinkarrific, Monkey Business for kindergargen through second grades; Jedi Knights Unite, Make a Scene for third through fifth grades; Audition Lab, Funny Bones: Intro to Improv for fifth through seventh grades; Welcome to Musical Theater for fifth through 10th grades; Advanced Musical Theater, sixth through 12th grades; Audition Lab, Comedy on Your Feet, Scenes from a Dystopian Future for eighth through 12th grades.

Sessions range from $125 to $225. Discounts are available for those registering for more than one class and for siblings.

For class information call Coterie Education Director Amanda Kibler at 816-474-2230. Register by calling 816-474-4241. Class information and registration forms are available at

Concert to help women

A benefit concert, Rock Against Rape, will be held at O’Malley’s Pub in Weston June 21 from 5 p.m. to midnight.

The concert is a benefit for Safe & Sound Refuge, a nonprofit founded by Michelle Jones, a rape survivor.

Jones’ goal is to establish a safe house for women who have been sexually assaulted. “It will be a place they can go to get a few good nights of rest, without fear. It will be filled with resources so these women can begin the healing process in a healthy way,” said Jones.

The outdoor concert will feature the bands Striving for Cairo and What I’ve Become, as well as opening act Amanda Hughey.

Information booths and raffles are planned. A $5 cover charge will go to Safe & Sound Refuge. O’Malley’s is at 500 Welt St., Weston.

Jones’ has shared her story, as well as personal experiences of other victims on her blog at

For information go to

Clay Historical Society

Pioneer related programs are scheduled over the next month by the Clay County Museum and Historical Society.

“Pioneer Tools of Clay County” is the topic of a study group at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Clay County Museum, 14 N. Main St.

On July 17 a Third Thursday Program will focus on “Three Families of Early Clay County: the Ringos, Adkins and Arthurs and Their Relationship with Each Other,” presented by historican Chris Harris. The program is at 7 p.m. at Garrison School, 502 N. Water, Liberty.

Both events are free.

The Clay County Museum and Historical Society is raffling off two quilts and a throw as a fundraiser. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Clay County Museum, 14 N. Main, Liberty. Only 100 tickets will be sold. The first-place winner will also receive Holly the Bear, a free standing ornamental stuffed bear dressed in pioneer dress. Prizes can be viewed at the museum.

Museum hours are 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Relay for Life in Liberty

Liberty’s 2014 Relay for Life begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Liberty High School Track, 200 Blue Jay Drive.

This year’s theme is “Be a Hero — A Relay Super Hero.” Relay for Life of Liberty honors cancer survivors and recognizes those who have died from cancer as well as raises funds for the American Cancer Society.

The group has set a goal of $65,000 and has already raised $27,911, according to Lori Ewing, event chair and a cancer survivor herself.

The Relay kicks off with a ceremony and survivor lap. Teams and individuals run or walk the track during the 12-hour event. Teams camp overnight and have members on the track continually.

“The staying overnight symbolizes that cancer never sleeps,” said Ewing.

Live entertainment, a silent auction from 7 to 9 p.m., activities, fundraisers, games and a bounce house for children are planned. Bounce house wristbands are $5. Food will be available for purchase.

A luminaria ceremony is at 10 p.m. Luminaries can be purchased for $10 in honor of loved ones who have battled cancer or for special caregivers.

Those interested in participating as a survivor, friend or team can register online at

Teams can be a group of employees, family members, church members, organizations or neighbors. Advance registration is not necessary.

Survivors will be given a complimentary purple survivor T-shirt at the relay.

“We’re there to celebrate our survivors, to remember those we lost, and we’re there to fight back against the disease,” said Ewing.

Breakfast and the closing ceremony is about 6:30 a.m.

For information email Ewing at, go to or call 816-589-2386.

Platte County Fair

Young women interested in participating in the queen contest at the Platte County Fair are invited to submit applications through July 9.

The queen competition will be held July 23 at 8 p.m. at the Pavilion on the Platte County Fairgrounds in Tracy.

The queen will receive $2,000 in scholarships and will preside over the 151st Platte County Fair. She will also represent Platte County at the Missouri State Fair in August.

The competition is open to young women ages 17-22 who have resided in Platte County at least six months prior to July 9, 2013. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and may not have competed at the state fair level more than twice.

The contest will include a pre-event interview, a formal wear competition, and talent or speech presentation.

Each contestant must have a sponsor, which can be a person or business. The sponsorship fee is $50.

“We don’t do it as a beauty contest as such. The beauty part of it is a smaller percentage as opposed to the interview and talent. It’s a great scholarship opportunity for a young lady going onto college,” said event organizer Judy Davis.

For an application or information call Davis at 816-640-5449, or Anne Jones at 816-741-2235 or go to

Gospel Music Heritage

Freedom Gospel Group will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.

The group was founded in 1981 at Bethel Baptist Church in Independence. The eight-member group sings Southern gospel music, including many songs written by members of the group.

A free will offering will be taken. Call 816-858-5512 or go to for information.

| Norma King, Special to The Star

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