The public is invited to a free Northland Prevention Conference, “Now is the Time,” March 4 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 N. Missouri 291, Liberty.
The annual conference focuses on substance abuse education and prevention. This year’s keynote speaker is Idaho law enforcement officer Jermaine Galloway, whose topic is “you can’t stop what you don’t know.” Galloway, who speaks to groups throughout the United States, will address youth drug trends and the culture around substance abuse.
Also speaking will be Shirley Morgan, a successful substance-abuse-prevention community organizer who advocated against legalizing marijuana in Oregon.
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Two afternoon summits are planned: one on the impact of marijuana legalization efforts in the U.S. and what is happening in Missouri; and, the second a viewing of “Paper Tiger,” a film that examines adverse childhood experiences on youth and the positive impact a trauma-informed school and community can have.
The conference is sponsored by The Northland Coalition and Tri-County Mental Health Services.
Reservations are requested and may be made online at www.NorthlandCoalition.com, by calling 816-877-0401 or emailing KaraW@Tri-CountyMHS.org
Park is “Best for Vets”
Park University’s School of Business was ranked No. 2 in “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2016” by the “Military Times, an independent source of news for the military community.
Park is ranked No. 2 among private colleges and universities and was No. 12 overall.
In November Park was selected as the No. 1 “Best for Vets” private college or university in the online and nontraditional category by Military Times.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a top Best for Vets school this year,” said Wade Abel, assistant director of military and veteran student services at Park in a press release. “The efforts to assist our veteran students by the faculty and staff throughout the University are truly unmatched. We look forward to continuing the support for all our veteran students by providing outstanding support programs, quality academic degrees and first-rate student services.”
Calling all artists
The Gladstone Arts Commission is looking for artists interested in showing their works in the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space during the upcoming year.
Several artists will be chosen. Each art show features one artist and is displayed for about eight weeks beginning in September.
Artists need to include five digital images of their work with their applications. Only art that can hang can be accepted.
Applications are due July 8. For information or an application go to www.gladstone.mo.us or call 816-436-4089.
Bunco for Platte museum
A Bunco event to raise funds for the 1882 Ben Ferrel Museum will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Platte County R-3 Middle School, 900 Pirate Drive, Platte City.
“This is the first time we’re doing this for the Platte County Historical Society,” said Diane Pepper, a former society president and organizer for the fundraiser. “We hope to make this an annual event. The proceeds will go to the upkeep of the Ben Ferrel Museum where our records are housed.”
Tickets are $15. Food, door prizes and raffles are planned.
RSVP by Feb. 25 to Pepper at 816-719-1044.
Medicare Counseling available
The Liberty Silver Center has teamed with Missouri CLAIM to provide free Medicare insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 23.
Appointments for individual appointments with a CLAIM representative can be scheduled by calling the Liberty Silver Center at 816-439-4368.
The Liberty Silver Center is in the Liberty Community Center at 1600 South Withers Road, Liberty.
Tax preparation help
The Mid-Continent Library System (MCPL) will host free tax preparation assistance for senior citizens at Northland branches Feb.-April 15.
AARP Tax-Aide representatives will be available to answer questions or help with tax return preparation for seniors with moderate or low incomes.
The following Northland MCPL branches are hosting the tax prep assistance. Call for dates, times and whether appointments are needed: Antioch, 816-454-1306; Boardwalk, 816-741-9011; Excelsior Springs, 816-630-6721; Kearney, 816-628-5055; Liberty, 816-781-9240; North Oak, 816-436-4385; Parkville, 816-741-4721; Platte City, 816-858-2322; and Woodneath, 816-883-4900.
Bunco Night in Gladstone
The Gladstone Community Center will host Bunco Night at 6 p.m. Feb. 25.
Participants must be 18 or older. Advance registration is required by Feb. 17 by calling 816-423-4200 or in person at the community center, 7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone.
Cost is $5 for members and $7 for others.
Refreshments and door prizes are planned.
Small Business Bootcamp
Corner Café Owner Jason Rule will speak at Small Business Bootcamp March 4 hosted by Mid-Continent Public Library and the Clay County Economic Development Council.
Bootcamp doors open at 8:30 a.m. at the Woodneath Library Center, 8900 N.E. Flintlock Road, Kansas City, North. Rule’s keynote speech is at 9 a.m.
After the speech, break-out sessions led by local experts on a variety of business and legal topics for small business owners will be held.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners,” said Jim Hampton, executive director of the EDC. “We’ve organized this so that a person can gain the contacts and resources needed to start their own business. It’s a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs.”
The Bootcamp is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Registration is required and can be done online at mymcpl.org/squareone or by calling any MCPL branch.
Friends garage sale
The second winter garage sale for The Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Farm is noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at the former Fins and Foliage, 7022 North Locus, Gladstone.
The historic Atkins-Johnson Farm is an 1800s farmstead listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“We’ll use the proceeds to help fund projects at the farm, such as paying for the wallpaper in the home’s dining room,” said volunteer Chris Cox.
According to Cox, the organization’s first garage sale in January was a success, and now the group is discounting the remaining merchandise and pricing most items at 25 cents.
The Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Farm is a nonprofit organization responsible for raising funds for the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum in Gladstone.
Norma King, Special to The Star