Learn about bridge replacement
The Missouri Department of Transportation invites residents to an open house Wednesday where they can review plans for the new U.S. 69 bridge project over the Missouri River and meet the contractor.
Missouri and Kansas are sharing the cost of replacing the two bridges, which link Platte and Wyandotte counties.
The southbound Fairfax Bridge was built in 1933. The northbound Platte Purchase Bridge was built in 1957.
Construction is to begin this fall and be completed in December 2016.
The meeting will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at 212 N.W. Platte Valley Drive in Riverside. It’s south of Missouri 9 between Horizon Horizons Parkway and Interstate 635.
Park offers Movie Talk
Seven movies related to the 100th anniversary of World War I will be featured in Park University’s Movie Talk series which debuts at 7 p.m. Wednesdaywith “All Quiet on the Western Front.”
Other movies are “Westfront 1918” on Oct. 22; “The Outskirts,” Nov. 17; “Joyeux Noel,” Dec. 3; “Grand Illusion,” Feb. 18; “Darling Lili,” March 18, and “Lawrence of Arabia,” April 8.
The movies, free and open to the public, will be shown in the McCoy Meetin’ House on campus. After each movie, a discussion of the film will be led by Park students majoring in history and English.
Movie Talk is co-sponsored by Park University’s Zeta Omicron chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and the Alpha Eta Epsilon chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society.
For information contact Tim Westcott, associate professor of history, at email@example.com or 816-584-6364.
Governor and Ford executive to speak
Gov. Jay Nixon and Ford Motor Company executive Joe Hinrichs will speak at a luncheon Sept. 25 at Embassy Suites, KCI.
The annual Joint Luncheon is sponsored by the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Northland development organizations. It begins at 11:30 a.m.
“I really do think it will be a great venue for people, and very informative. I think it will be enjoyable,” said Jim Hampton, executive director of the Clay County Economic Development Council.
Hinrichs is executive vice president and president of the Americas for Ford. He oversees operations, product design, sales and manufacturing.
Tickets are $35 and can be reserved by calling 816-468-4989 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Liberty homes tour
A close look at the history of four homes, a church and a museum in Clay County will be featured at a free Third Thursday program at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, at the Clay County Museum, 14 N. Main St., Liberty.
The featured structures will be open for viewing Oct. 4-5 as part of the Clay County Historical Society’s Historic Homes Tour.
Historian Chris Harris will give the Sept. 18 presentation.
“Three of our houses were either finished before the Civil War or started and finished after the Civil War. One of our houses was the first house in Liberty to have an elevator,” said Pat Gradwohl, a member of the Clay County Museum and Historical Society board. “The families that built the houses are very interesting. That’s why we’re having the Third Thursday program about the families that built the houses.”
Structures to be featured on the tour are Gittings House, 143 S. Leonard, Liberty; Belle Maison House, 404 S. Leonard, Liberty; Schiller House, 416 S. Leonard, Liberty; First Presbyterian Church, 138 N. Main, Liberty; Three Gables House, 9940 N.E. Cookingham Dr., Kansas City, North; and the Clay County Museum, 14 N. Main, Liberty.
Tickets for the tours are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the event at the Clay County Museum. Refreshments will be served at the museum during the tour dates.
For information email email@example.com or call 816-781-8871 or 816-792-2854.
The Clay County Economic Development Council will hold a forum for Clay County candidates from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday in the EDC offices at 1251 N.W. Briarcliff Parkway, Suite 80, Kansas City, North.
Candidates for Clay County presiding commissioner, county clerk, county auditor and county collector will speak.
“We will give each candidate up to five minutes to talk about whatever they want. At the end, time permitting, we will let people submit written questions to the moderator,” said Jim Hampton, executive director of the EDC.
The forum is open to the public. For information call 816-468-4989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Constitution Day lecture
The annual Constitution Day observance at Park University will include presentations by former Congressmen Jack Buechner and Nick Lampson.
The event is scheduled at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the McCoy Meetin’ House on the campus in Parkville.
Buechner and Lampson will speak on “A More Perfect Constitution: Proposals for a 28th Amendment.”
Buechner represented Missouri’s 2nd District which includes St. Louis and St. Charles counties, 1987 to 1991.
Lampson was elected to represent the 22nd and 9th Congressional districts in Texas, serving from 1997 to 2008.
Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day, celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and its citizens.
Ethnic Voices event
Poet Xánath Caraza will speak at Woodneath Library Center as part of Park University’s 2014-15 Ethnic Voices Poetry Series.
The presentation is at 7 p.m. Monday.
New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam of KCUR will interview the author and poet in a conversation that will be recorded for later broadcast.
“It’s an opportunity for people to learn about concerns and interests from another culture with which they may not be familiar. That is what I consider the importance of literature. It focuses on the human condition which is a condition we all share,” said Virginia Brackett, associate professor of English and director of the Honors Academy at Park.
“These presentations from all the ethnic backgrounds sometimes move us out of our comfort zones and that’s how we grow.”
Caraza has received a number of awards for her poetry and short story collections including International Latino Book Awards, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poem, “Ante el Río” (“Before the River”), was selected by the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum in 2013 to promote the Day of the Dead.
Woodneath Library Center is at 8900 N.E. Flintlock Road in Kansas City, North. Call 816-883-4900 for reservations.
A second speaker in the poetry series, Native-American poet Gerald Vizenor, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 12, at The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.
Cyber crime luncheon
The community is invited to learn about the Cyber Crimes Task Force and its investigation of Internet crimes against children at a Northland Coalition luncheon Sept. 17.
The complimentary luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Human Services building on the Maple Woods campus, 3100 N.E. 83rd St. in Kansas City, North.
Speaking will be Sgt. Stephen Bagley, supervisor of the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, which serves 27 counties.
“It will be interesting to parents, grandparents and educators to know what resources are available; those wanting to be in the know and take an active role in protecting our kids from cyber crimes and violence and keeping them safe on-line,” said Kara Siefker, prevention specialist at Tri-County Mental Health.
The Northland Coalition is made up of volunteers from Clay, Platte and Ray counties who work to promote safe, substance abuse-free communities.
For information go to www.northlandcoalition.com or contact Siefker at email@example.com or 816-877-0401.
Benefit for housing agency
Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City is sponsoring its fifth annual BBQ, Benefit & Celebration on Sept. 18.
The event will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes St.
Tickets are $30 a person by Sept. 11 or $240 for a table of eight.
How to helphungry Northland kids
Feed Northland Kids provides BackSnacks for children who might otherwise go hungry over weekends, and it costs $250 to provide a four-pound package of food for 33 weekends.
The group raises funds every year with a 5-kilometer walk/run, and this year’s Bill Cross 5K Walk/Run for BackSnacks begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, at Zona Rosa.
For more information and to register, visit www.feednorthlandkids.org.
The agency also seeks volunteers to assemble BackSnacks at Harvesters once a month. Dates through the end of the year are Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11.
To sign up, call Chris Evans at 816-301-4483.
| Norma King, Su Bacon and Elaine Adams