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University Women’s goal: Equality for women in workplace

Four Fried Chickens and a Coke performed at Fountain Bluffs on July 4 during a Liberty-sponsored concert. Yes You Are, an alternative pop-rock group based in Kansas City, will perform Friday.
Four Fried Chickens and a Coke performed at Fountain Bluffs on July 4 during a Liberty-sponsored concert. Yes You Are, an alternative pop-rock group based in Kansas City, will perform Friday. Photo provided

AAUW invitation

The Parkville branch of the American Association of University Women invites visitors to attend the Sept. 21 meeting, “Meet AAUW,” at Park University. Participants can learn more about the organization.

“AAUW empowers women through education and advocacy to seek equity in the workplace, in educational opportunities, and in community and political leadership,” said Debra McArthur, president of the Parkville AAUW.

The national organization, founded in 1881, has 170,000 members. Parkville’s branch was founded in 1935. Membership is open to those with an associate’s degree or higher.

Parkville’s AAUW has sponsored workshops for middle-school girls in Platte County, registered voters, initiated a recycling program through the City of Parkville, sponsored candidate forums, awarded scholarships and been actively involved in many other activities designed to empower women and girls.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Norrington Center Learning Laboratory on campus.

For information contact Debra McArthur at 816-584-6332.

Tutera breaks ground on rehabilitation center

Groundbreaking for the $21 million Northland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center took place in August.

Tutera Senior Living & Health Care is building the facility on 6.2 acres at 4301 Northeast Parvin Road, Kansas City, North.

Plans are to complete the 55,244 square-foot project in summer 2018. The center will offer post-surgical, skilled nursing rehabilitation and wellness services as well as short-term rehabilitation and extended-stay services.

The center will include 60 private suites, state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym, mind-body wellness center and spa, restaurant-style dining, common spaces, an outdoor courtyard and a full-service salon.

“The new center will meet the growing demand in Kansas City for the highest standards in short-term rehabilitation and extended stay,” said Joe Tutera, CEO of Tutera Senior Living & Health Care in a press release. “Our focus is to provide a continuum of care for seniors throughout the Kansas City metro area with quality residential options that offer seamless access to integrated health-care services as they are needed.”

Nine Tutera communities received the Bronze Commitment to Quality Award from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 2017. Five of those are located in the Kansas City metro area.

Coalition recognizes Lawson CIA

The Northland Coalition will recognize Lawson’s Community in Action Coalition during its Sept. 20 luncheon meeting on Maple Woods Campus.

The complimentary luncheon meeting is open to the community.

The luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Human Services Building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City North

Reservations are requested for the luncheon by calling 816-877-0401 or emailing Kara White with Tri-County Mental Health Services at karaw@tri-countymhs.org.

Nehemiah Fest at Smithville Lake

The 11th annual Nehemiah Fest is Sept. 15 to 17 at Smith’s Fork Park at Smithville Lake.

The free festival, billed as a family-oriented event, will showcase music by more than 50 Christian bands on four stages. Bands include Bread of Stone, Lester Estelle Sr., 9th Hour, Adelaide, Heart of Flesh, and We are Vessel.

The festival is named after the biblical character Nehemiah, who led the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem.

“That is our goal with this event: to rebuild our communities, restore our families and join together to bring our collective time, talents and treasure to bear on the task at hand,” said David Lin, event organizer and lead singer for 9th Hour.

The festival also offers vendor booths, family activities, a child’s play area, a climbing wall on Saturday and archery tag. A disc golf tournament scheduled for Saturday requires preregistration.

Camping is available for a fee at Smith’s Fork Park campground. RV sites are full, but other camping sites can be reserved at www.nehemiahfest.com.

The festival begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and closes following the community worship service hosted by Grace Community Church at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 on the main stage.

According to Lin, most of the performers donate their time and many in-kind donations are given to make the festival possible.

Lin said the festival has had two rules since its beginnings: “Don’t think big, think obedient; and we don’t spend money we don’t have. They’ve worked, so we’re sticking with them. It’s been good, we’ve been blessed.”

Smith’s Fork Park is at 1601 DD Highway, Smithville.

For information and a schedule of events contact Lin at 816-645-1982 or email nehemiah@nehemiahfest.com.

Live Music in Downtown Liberty

Liberty is hosting a free concert and outdoor event on Friday in the parking lot near city hall.

Yes You Are, an alternative pop-rock group based in Kansas City, will perform. Jumbo yard games, food trucks and a beer tent are planned.

Events start at 5:30 p.m., Friday; music starts at 7 p.m. at the parking lot at Kansas and Missouri streets.

Gospel Music Heritage

Rick and Deb Boehm of New Shoes, a gospel music ministry, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.

The couple come from Council Bluffs, Iowa, and have been involved in music since their childhood.

A free will offering will be taken. Call 816-532-2485 for information.

Documentary on youth resilience

Free viewings of “Resilience, The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope,” are scheduled Sept. 20 and Oct. 13 at the Northland Human Services Building.

The documentary highlights research showing that a child’s body will remember a traumatic experience even though the child may not clearly recall it. This excessive stress can lead to the altering of brain development, resulting in lifelong effects on behavior and health.

The documentary also focuses on helping children find positive ways to cope with stress, which will lead to healthy mental and physical development.

The screenings are 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and Oct. 13 at the Northland Human Services Building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.

The screenings are hosted by Tri-County Mental Health Services and the Northland Coalition.

Reservations are requested by contacting Kara White at karaw@tri-countymhs.org or 816-877-0401.

RUN@WORK comes to Clay County

Clay County Extension is encouraging adults to join in the 12th annual RUN@WORK day Friday and spend at least 30 minutes in exercise that day.

The extension is joining with the Road Runners Club of America to promote physical activity and healthy living within the community and around the country.

Adults are encouraged to exercise and businesses are encouraged to help employees schedule time for physical activity.

Participants are invited to upload a photo of their exercise that day on Instagram with #muclayrun.

For information contact Amy Vance at vanceam@missouri.edu or 816-407-3490.

By Norma King, Special to The Star