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Food for library fines, and other community notes

Pay library fines with food

The Mid-Continent Public Library system will erase library fines for people who donate food to local food pantries through the library.

The trial run of the Food for Fines program runs May 5 through 10. Each food item — not expired, damaged or opened — will count as $1 off existing overdue fines or replacement card charges, up to $10.

By helping people clean up their library accounts, library staff hope the program will lead to more students participating in the summer reading program.

“It also helps fill the community pantries at a time when they need it most,” library director Steve Potter said in an announcement. “With the upcoming summer break, kids will need access to food, so by donating and helping to restock their shelves, we can provide a great service to our community.”

For more information and a listing of local food pantries, visit



Infant Immunization Week

This week is annual National Infant Immunization Week, and the Clay County Health Center encourages parents to make sure their children are protected against diseases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccinations are safe and effective, and only given to children after much research has been conducted. Serious side effects from the shots, such as allergic reactions, are rare.

The benefits of immunization are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.

“Unless your child is in a bubble, you really need to protect them with vaccinations,” said Jodee Fredrick, public information coordinator at the Health Center.

“Basically, we just want to get the word out. We want to encourage people to contact any health care provider and make sure their kids are up to date,” she said.

For more information about the importance of infant immunization, visit


. Information on Vaccines for Children, a federally funded program that provides vaccines to children from low-income families at little or no cost, is available on that site.

EDC golf tournament

The 12th Annual Clay County Economic Development Council Golf Tournament is May 9 at Paradise Pointe Golf Course at Smithville Lake.

Registration opens at 10 a.m., followed by lunch and a shotgun start at noon.

Fees are $700 for a team of four and $175 for a single player. Contest packages are $80 per team or $20 per player. Sponsorships are available. Each player will receive a $50 gift certificate to the pro shop as well as beverages and food all day.

For information or to register call



Liberty official honored

Liberty’s Public Works Director Steve Hansen has received a Design-Build Institute of America Transportation Leadership Award.

Four awards are given annually to agencies and individuals throughout the country who have made critical strides to advance and expand design-build projects in the transportation sector.

In 2013 Hansen received a Lifetime Achievement Award from institute. The Brookview Gardens Neighborhood Improvement Project in Liberty received an Honor Award that year.

Entrepreneur program

Northland entrepreneurs and those interested in starting businesses are invited to the Kauffman Foundation’s 1 Million Cups program at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays in North Kansas City, beginning May 7.

The program originates at the Kauffman Foundation in downtown Kansas City and will be live-streamed at the Armour Loft Event Space, 406 Armour Road, North Kansas City.

One Million Cups is designed to help start-up businesses be successful and offers a forum for entrepreneurs to give presentations and receive feedback on their business.

“Our idea is to attract Northlanders who have an interest in entrepreneurship and to make it more convenient,” said Richard P. Groves, executive director of the North Kansas City Business Council. “We think there’s a number of people in the Northland who would benefit from this but who might not make the trip to the Kauffman Foundation.”

Each week two local entrepreneurs will present their start-ups to an audience of mentors, advisers and fellow entrepreneurs. Presenters have six minutes to present, followed by 20 minutes of feedback and questioning.

“We have very strong support from the Clay County Economic Development Council. It fits with what one of their strategic goals is, to grow our own businesses in the Northland, in Clay County,” said Groves.

The Kauffman Foundation pioneered the program and continues to hold the event at 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City. Interested people are welcome at either location.

For information go to


or contact Groves at





Falls Free Hall of Fame

Emily Roper-Parsons of Tri-County Mental Health Services has been named to the National Council on Aging’s Falls Free Hall of Fame.

Roper-Parsons, the older-adult outreach coordinator at Tri-County, was recognized for making significant strides in falls prevention in Missouri and for developing the website


and a Facebook page.

“Falls are serious among older adults and often lead to injuries, which can reduce quality of life,” said Roper-Parsons. “In many cases, the right knowledge and effort can prevent or reduce the incidence of falls, allowing people to live longer, happier lives.”

Recognition has also been given to a research project done by the Senior Falls Prevention Coalition of Clay and Platte Counties and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies. The team worked with older adults to determine how to best improve their strength and reduce accidents. Their research will be published in the Nursing Research journal.

Community garden in Liberty

New and old gardeners are invited to participate in a community garden program sponsored by the Liberty Parks and Recreation Department and Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.

The program begins in May. Each Wednesday participants meet at Ruth Moore Park, at 410 N. Morse Ave. in Liberty, for instruction and work on the community garden there.

Gardeners can join in the community garden or rent their own space at the location. Fees to participate are $20 a month or $60 for the 2014 season.

Classes will cover basic gardening; seed, soil and organizing; garden styles; and field trips to local farms.

For questions or to sign up, call the nature sanctuary at