Gladstone, Liberty recognized
Two Northland communities were recognized as Communities for All Ages at a recent First Suburbs Coalition meeting.
The honors — Gold Level for Gladstone; and Bronze Level for Liberty — were bestowed by First Suburbs Coalition and KC Communities for All Ages, two programs of the Mid-America Regional Council.
“The awards recognize the efforts these communities are making to be intentional in forecasting what their cities will look like in the future to accommodate the life span needs of residents,” said Cathy Boyer-Shesol, KC Communities for All Ages project manager.
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Some of the areas of communities address are housing options, land-use decisions reflecting needs and desires of residents of all ages, and transportation resources and options.
This is the second year for the program. Currently 13 jurisdictions in the metro area are working toward the recognition.
As many communities begin an assessment, they find they are already doing many of the activities, said Boyer-Shesol.
“It kind of reinforces they are on the right road. They may have an activity or action they are doing but they haven’t really thought of the aging lens to the degree that they might.”
Three levels of recognition — gold, silver and bronze — were awarded and six metro area cities were recognized as Communities for All Ages. Those cities are: Gold Level, Gladstone; Silver Level, Mission; Bronze Level, Blue Springs, Liberty, Raymore and Roeland Park.
VBS in Avondale
Avondale Methodist Church is offering two full days of free vacation Bible school on July 16 and 17.
“Spark Mini Mobile” is for ages 7 to 12 and runs 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Activities will include rock wall climbing, Euro Bungee, games, lunch and Bible studies.
Space is limited. Make a reservation by calling the church at 816-452-3518 or go to www.AvondaleMethodist.org
Avondale United Methodist Church is at 3101 N.E. Winn Road, Kansas City, North.
Northland Hired Hands
Handymen and women and anyone needing their services are invited to check out Northland Hired Hands, a new program administered by Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Northland Shepherd’s Center and Clay County Senior Services.
Paula Zigmond, program and resources manager with Clay County Senior Services, said the organization is now recruiting people to be accepted into the program and listed on the Hired Hands website.
“Anyone can be a Hired Hand who wants to serve Northland, prevent scams, and be screened,” Zigmond said. “Anyone can also hire the hands. We just know that seniors are bigger targets for scams.”
Services of all kinds may be listed, including carpentry, cleaning, painting, mowing lawns, doing laundry, hair styling, running errands, house sitting, pet sitting and pet grooming.
Hired hands will be prescreened before they are listed on the Northland Hired Hands registry. The application fee to become a Hired Hand is $50 and covers the cost of a background screening, fingerprinting, and a photo ID badge.
For information or to begin the application process, go to www.NorthlandHiredHands.com or call the Clay County Senior Services at 816-455-4800 or Northland Shepherd Center at 816-452-4536.
Family Support Group
Disabilities and legal rights will be discussed at the July 6 Family Support Group meeting at Tri-County Mental Health Services.
Attorney Matt Grundy will discuss “Understanding Disabilities in Legal Terms” and take questions.
The meeting is at 6 p.m., at Tri-County’s offices at, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.
For information call 816-468-0400 or go to www.tri-countymhs.org.
Call for Art
Professional artists are invited to submit images of their artwork for consideration for a new development, Norterre, a multi-generational community under construction near Liberty Hospital.
Developers are looking for a variety of inside and outside artwork, including painting, textiles, sculptures, ceramics, weavings, photograph, glass and metal work.
Interested artists should send images and pricing information to Jay Nelson, project curator, at email@example.com by July 15.
Norterre is being built on 17 acres and is a joint venture of Action Pact, Liberty Hospital and Healthy Living Centers of America. The development will include a healthy living center, assisted living, memory-support residences, long-term care residences and short-term stay residences.
For more information about Norterre go to www.norterre.org or call 816-550-8544.
By Norma King, Special to The Star