More than 100 senior citizens attended Senior Day at Oak Grove Park on May 16. The event featured a barbecue, music by Greg Mancuso and prizes. Event sponsors were First Light Home Care, Spectrum Home Health, Veterans HomeCare, LindenWoods Village and Three Rivers Hospice.
The Northland Grandfamilies June 7 and 8 programs will focus on hearing health. The group is for grandparents and others raising children and youth.
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Larry Brethower, clinical director with Hearing Health Associates, will present “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Hearing Health and Loss” at 10 a.m. June 7 at North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North; and at 10 a.m. June 8 in Excelsior Springs at the Good Samaritan Center, 108 S. Thompson.
“More than 47 million Americans suffer from some type of hearing loss,” Brethower said in a press release. “Our mission is to help people hear better and improve the quality of their lives. There are many health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, cognitive decline and osteoporosis that can affect hearing loss.”
An evening program at 6 p.m. June 28, will feature a “Time for Sharing.” Participants are invited to share resources with each other and ask questions. Free childcare is available by calling 816-407-3490.
The support groups are free and confidential. Grandparents and other individuals raising relatives 18 or younger are invited.
For information call the University of Missouri Extension Office at 816-407-3490.
The Northland Grandfamilies’ annual conference, “Creating Resilient Families Through Mind, Body and Spirit,” is planned Oct. 13 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty.
A class on “Basic Beekeeping for Beginners,” will be held from 8 a.m. to noon June 10, at the Clay County Extension office, 1901 N.E. 48th St., Kansas City, North.
The Certified Master Beekeeper Program is sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension.
The class will cover the history of beekeeping, honeybee biology, plant and pollinator relationship and essential equipment.
“There has been a strong interest from the public in having a beekeeping program,” said Matt J. Brillhart, urban county program director for MU Extension in Jackson County.
“This high-quality program offers both classroom instruction and mentoring opportunities for the participants.”
There are six levels in the Missouri Master Beekeeper certification program.
Rich Wilson will lead the June 10 class. The course cost is $61, which includes a beekeeping book. Registration closes June 8.
Download a registration form at www.extension.missouri.edu/clay or call 816-407-3490.
Volunteers for the Northland Shepherd’s Center and Northland Meals on Wheels are invited to attend a Volunteer Appreciation Bar-B-Q & Barn Dance 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 9, at Oak Park High School, 825 N.E. 79th Terrace, Kansas City, North.
About 500 volunteers, both adults and teenagers, provide service through the center and Northland Meals on Wheels programs.
“You can not only take from your community, you need to give back to your community,” said Brenda Dunn, volunteer coordinator for Northland Shepherd’s Center.
Dunn has done volunteer work since she was a child, thanks to the encouragement and example of her grandfather, John Glover. She now involves her grandsons, including the the youngest, who is 4. “He thinks it’s the greatest thing, you’re supposed to help people.”
The Platte County Sheriff’s office will be cooking; the Kansas City Police Department’s Mounted Patrol and Swat Team will attend; NSC Line Dancers and Melissa & Company will provide music and entertainment.
Spouses and immediate families are invited.
Reservations are required by calling 816-452-4536.
NKC schools food drive
The Bus’t Hunger Harvester’s Drive brought in 3,169 pounds of food this spring for Harvesters.
The drive was sponsored by the North Kansas City Schools Transportation Department, which delivered collection barrels to each school for staff and students’ donations. The drive netted enough for 2,640 meals.
Gracemor Elementary School brought in the most: three barrels-full. Ravenwood, Davidson, Briarcliff and the Transportation Department filled two barrels each.
“We feel very good about our contribution to Harvesters as many of our riders take advantage of the Harvester’s Backsnack Program in our district,” said Doug Ward Transportation School Liaison Coordinator- for NKC Schools. “This is our third year for the food drive. Our employees and families (in this district) are so generous and love the kids and it shows by their selfless contributions.”
Bluesfest coming to Oak Grove Park Amphitheater
Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest presented by Arvest Bank will be held Friday and Saturday at the Oak Grove Park Amphitheater, at 76th Street and North Troost, Gladstone.
The Bluesfest is sponsored by the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce and city of Gladstone and will feature live music by Amanda Fish, the Nick Schnebelen Band, Albert Castiglia, Brody Buster, Andy T Band with Alabama Mike, Fiona Boyes and Zac Harmon.
The park opens Friday at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m. On Saturday the park opens at 3 p.m. and live music plays 4 to 11 p.m.
Coolers are welcome, although they are subject to search. No outside alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the park.
Parking is $5 and suggested admission is $5. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
For information go to www.gladstonechamber.com/bluesfest.
Parkville electronics recycling
Parkville will host an electronics recycling drive June 13 in the Parkville City Hall parking lot, 8880 Clark Ave., Parkville. The event is open to everyone, regardless of their residency.
The city has partnered with Parkville Commons and Surplus Exchange for the drive which runs 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. or until the truck is full.
Surplus Exchange will be accepting a wide variety of electronics including computers, printers, cell phones, radios, speakers, DVD players, fax machines, stereos, microwaves and power tools. Items do not have to be working.
Recycling is free, except for a $20 fee for CRT-based items such as CRT TVs and monitors.
For information call city hall at 816-741-7676.
Norma King, Special to The Star