St. Patrick’s Day dinner
The auxiliary to the South Platte Memorial VFW Post 7536 will hold its traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage on March 17 at the post hall in Parkville.
Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and includes carrots, rye bread, dessert and non-alcoholic drinks.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-10 and free for children under 5.
Proceeds from the dinner will be used to purchase tote bags for female veterans in the Kansas City VA Medical Center, said auxiliary president Cheryl Hainkel. The bags will be given on Mother’s Day; then on Father’s Day the group will present socks to the male veterans at the hospital.
“I think the veterans are always delighted,” Hainkel said. “They love people who come from the Auxiliary. We have a great time.”
Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 816-806-2796.
The Post is at 10125 N.W. Missouri 45, Parkville.
Adult drawing class in Gladstone
Adults can learn basic drawing skills from artist Barry Kennedy by enrolling in an art class through Gladstone Community Center this spring.
Kennedy is a designer, teacher and art exhibitor from Kansas City. He was an art teacher in North Kansas City schools for 32 years and also taught at Penn Valley Community College. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and studied at Rhode Island School of Design.
“We are very fortunate to have Barry teach this art class as we are expanding our cultural arts and programming,” said Susan Blattner, recreation supervisor for Gladstone. “We plan to offer more cultural arts programs in the future.”
The class will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, April 6 to May 25.
The class fee is $10 for Community Center members and $15 for others. Art supplies are extra and will cost about $40, Blattner said. A supply list will be provided.
Register online or at www.activityreg.com or at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes. Call 816-423-4200 for information.
Distracted driving luncheon
David Teater, a national advocate against distracted driving, will speak March 17 at the Kansas City Airport Marriott.
Teater’s presentation is for “anybody who uses a cell phone in a car,” said Angie Mutti with the Platte City Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is a co-sponsor of the event with the Platte County Health Department.
The event, which is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17, is open to the public. Tickets are $25 and include lunch and a take-home tool kit to help companies establish policies for employee cell phone use while driving.
Teater, whose 12-year-old son was killed in an accident when a distracted driver using a cell phone ran a red light, is a consultant for the National Safety Council.
His presentation will include the science that shows how multitasking impairs driving performance; how any cell phone use while driving is a threat to public safety; and how best safety practices of prohibiting employee cell phone use is an employer’s best defense against increasing liability exposure.
“Even if you think you are cell-phone astute, it will cause you to rethink how you use your cell phone in your driving,” Mutti said. “He asks you to really think about how you do it and when you talk on your phone.”
To make reservations, contact Mutti at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-858-5270; or go to www.plattecity.mo.com and click on calendar.
Kansas City Airport Marriott is at 775 Brasilia Ave., Kansas City, North.
Clay 4-H receives donation
Local farmers Brian and Rebecca Black have presented Clay County’s 4-H program a $2,500 grant through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities, a Monsanto Fund program.
The money will go toward youth membership costs as well as expenses for 4-H youth to attend regional and national leadership programs.
“This grant will allow us to fund more kids to attend more leadership opportunities,” said Emily Reiersgaard, 4-H Youth development specialist.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities gives farmers opportunities to apply for grants for nonprofits that positively impact farming communities across rural America.
“Brian and I have been in the farming community for 20-plus years,” Rebecca Black said. “I grew up on a farm, so a large part of that involved 4-H. Showing cattle, horses and other projects through my 4-H career, I gained a lot of knowledge as well as lasting friendships through 4-H. We are hoping this grant may help members of Clay County 4-H get those same opportunities.”
America’s Farmers Grow Communities has worked with farmers to donate about $22 million to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America over the last six years.
State of the Cities
The State of the Cities Luncheon, hosted annually by the Clay County Economic Development Council, is at 11:30 a.m. March 17 at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino, North Kansas City.
Mayors and officials from Clay County’s cities will outline public and private developments in their communities.
Seats for EDC members are $35 each. Nonmember seats are $45 each. Sponsorships are $500 or $1,000. For information call 816-468-4989.
To reserve seats go to: www.clayedc.com/Cities, call 816-468-4989 or email email@example.com.
Harrah’s is at 1 Riverboat Drive, North Kansas City.
CPR certified classes
The Liberty Community Center is offering a lifeguard certification this spring.
The first session of the Ellis and Associates Lifeguard Training begins March 11.
“Whether learning to be a first-time lifeguard or re-certifying for another swim season, the Ellis and Associates class at the Liberty Community Center is a thorough instruction on first aid, water rescue and CPR,” said Charles Anderson, aquatics supervisor at the center.
The Ellis certification program is accepted by most neighborhood, country club and community swimming pools, the Liberty Community Center and Oceans of Fun. Prospective class members should check with their facility to see what certification is required. Participants must be at least 15.
Participants are taught how to anticipate, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. Instructors will demonstrate rescue techniques for swimmers on the surface of the water, below the surface or fully submerged.
The cost of the course is $150 for new certifications and $90 for re-certification. Community Center members receive a program discount.
To register go to www.libertymissouri.gov/2415/Specialty-Aquatics or call 816-439-4360.
Exercise and Aging, a bariatric seminar, Chemo Brain and What You Can Do About it are three of several health-related workshops sponsored by North Kansas City Hospital in March.
▪ Exercise and Aging: Medicine for Everyone is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 11 at North Kansas City YMCA, 1999 Iron St. It will be led by Samantha Fawcett, a physician. The program is free and lunch is provided. Register in advance at www.nkch.org.
▪ Bariatric seminars are planned for 6 to 7 p.m. March 10 and 31 in the first-floor pavilion at North Kansas City Hospital, 2790 Clay Edwards Drive. The workshops will be led by physician Keenan Berghoff, who has performed more than 500 bariatric procedures. Register in advance at nkch.org.
▪ Chemo Brain and What You Can Do About It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 28 in the North Kansas City Hospital Medical Plaza North, 2750 Clay Edwards Drive, Suite 210. The workshop is hosted by Turning Point and Gilda’s Club, and is free; space is limited. Register at gildasclubkc.org.
To register or to view other health classes, including CPR, and Basic Life Support classes go to www.nkch.org. Call 816-691-1690 for information.
Freezer prep class
A March Madness freezer meal prep class to be held at Liberty Community Center will focus on easy, nutritious meal-planning.
The class will offer five ready-to-cook game day meals planned and prepped by Liberty Hy-Vee dietitians. Those meals are: Sweet Potato Irish Nachos, Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders, Supreme Pizza Pasta Casserole, Buffalo Chicken Chili, and Taco Pizza.
The cost is $95 which covers all ingredients.
The meals are affordable and nutritious, said Brigitte Thomas, Community Program Coordinator for Liberty Parks and Recreation.
“You’re making these quick easy, fun meals but still bringing some of the nutrition and healthiness to the family.”
The class will begin at 6 p.m. March 17. Meals are simplified and most of the food prep done ahead of time. Class members do a minimal amount of preparation and exchange meals with other attendees.
The deadline to register is March 11.
For information or to register online, go to www.libertymissouri.gov/2314/Adult-Enrichment or call 816-439-4367.
Norma King, Special to The Star