Free dental care at UMKC
AREA | The School of Dentistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City provides about $20,000 worth of free fillings and deep cleanings one weekend every year.
Fourth-year dental students are seeking patients who qualify to receive the free treatment. People of any income level can participate, but eligibility depends on dental and health conditions.
To find out if you are eligible, you must attend a screening session on Feb. 21 or Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. until noon.
Vital records available
KANSAS CITY | Birth and death certificates for Kansas City can now be obtained at the Health Department’s Northland satellite office, 4420 N.E. Chouteau Trafficway, Kansas City, North.
The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Northland office, as well as the downtown office at 2400 Troost Ave., can provide Missouri birth certificates from 1920 to the present and statewide death certificates from 1980 to the present. Fees for the records are $10 to $15.
Records may also be requested by mail or online at www.kcmo.gov/health/. Call 816-513-6309 for information.
‘Ladies First’ at Corbin
LIBERTY | First Lady Jackie Kennedy welcomes previous first ladies to the White House in the comedy “Ladies First,” presented Feb. 12-14 at Liberty’s Corbin Theatre.
Local actors Heather Wolesky, Jeanne McNabney and Tamara Hart perform in the play.
Tickets are $12 for general admission and $7 for students, and may be purchased at Liberty Community Center, Liberty City Hall or online at www.corbintheatre/ticketleap.com. The Corbin Theatre is at 15 N. Water St., Liberty.
Gala award winners
PARKVILLE | Hillcrest Transitional Housing was named the 2015 Charity of Choice by the Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce at its annual gala.
Awards were presented at the gala for 2014 to: Best New Business, Hy-Vee, Lee Wawiorka; Business of the Year, Parkville Coffee; Outstanding Community Partner, Park University; GEM Award, Mike VanDever of Anytime Fitness; Deb Hopkins Distinguished Citizen Award, Ed Bradley, Bank Liberty.
North Star Band to perform
KANSAS CITY | The North Star Community Band will play its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Oak Park High School Auditorium.
The program will include a wide range of music from the Beatles to Artie Shaw, marches, overtures and religious pieces.
Conductor Faye A. Rader will be assisted by Teresa Farley and Steve Lindsay.
The concert is free. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Oak Park is at 825 N.E. 79th Terrace, Kansas City, North.
For information call Rader at 816-674-5120.
PARKVILLE | Parkville’s branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) invites the public to attend its annual luncheon Feb. 21.
The program will include True Colors, a quick personality assessment quiz led by Vicky Ward, manager of prevention services for Tri-County Mental Health.
Once participants access whether they are “green, gold, blue or orange,” Ward will explain characteristics of the colors and how they affect relationships, leadership styles, career choice and other personality traits.
The luncheon is at noon at Riverstone Retirement Resort, 9000 N. Congress Ave., Kansas City, North. Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $25 a person.
For reservations call Betty Dusing at 816-584-6285 by Feb. 17.
Prevention workshop this month to focus on social issues
AREA | A free substance-abuse prevention conference, Cultivating Healthy Communities, is set for Feb. 27 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 N. Missouri 291, Liberty.
The keynote speaker, John Thomas, will speak on the challenges of preventing risky behaviors among youth. Thomas, from Kirksville, is part of Preferred Family Heathcare.
The conference is sponsored by the Northland Coalition, a group of volunteers from Clay, Platte and Ray counties who focus on creating safe and substance abuse-free communities.
“The conference will benefit anyone who cares about the health and safety of youth in their community,” said Kara Siefker, prevention specialist at Tri-County Mental Health. “It’s a great networking opportunity with other agencies and people with the same goals. It will provide new information and get you in touch with resources to help you get involved.”
A complimentary breakfast begins at 8 a.m. followed by the keynote speech. Workshops start at 10 a.m. and the conference concludes at noon.
Workshop topics include: Is the Social Experiment Working? A look at the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado; Left Out; Missouri’s position in the prevention of prescription drug abuse; Not for Sale: Insight into the world of human trafficking; Student Success; iConnect about the impact of technology on brain development; Suicide Prevention in Action; and What’s Next.
Registration is requested by calling Siefker at 816-877-0401 or emailing Karas@Tri-CountyMHS.org.
Liberty offers neighborhood grants
LIBERTY | The city is offering Neighborhood Improvement Grant awards ranging from $500 to $10,000.
This is the fifth year for the program, which allows residents to reinvest in their own neighborhoods, said Jonna Wensel, community development manager for Liberty.
The program is open to any neighborhood that is organized with a neighborhood association or home owners association. Projects could include landscaping, planting street trees, replacing sections of sidewalk or installing signage for a neighborhood watch.
“The only thing to keep in mind is that the work that is proposed for the grant needs to be in the right of way. It needs to be some kind of area that is publically accessible,” said Wensel.
Neighborhood associations must have an elected board, adopted by-laws and have been registered with the city to apply. However, neighborhoods without an association can seek the assistance of city staff to organize one and then apply for a grant.
Grant recipients are required to provide a 25 percent match to the cost of the project, through donated services, materials, or labor, in addition to cash.
For more information about the grant or an application form, call Wensel at 816-439-4537. The deadline for submitting a grant application is March 13, 2015. Grant awards will be announced in April.
Calling all artists
GLADSTONE | The Gladstone Arts Commission invites artists to apply to be featured in the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space from this November through September 2016.
Several artists will be chosen. Each art show features one artist and is displayed for about eight weeks. Artists need to include five digital images of their work with their applications. Only art that is able to hang can be accepted.
Applications are due June 30. For information or an application go to www.gladstone.mo.us or call 816-423-4089.
AREA | The dangers of medicines falling into the wrong hands will be the topic of the next Aging and Mental Health Coalition meeting at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26.
“What You See As Medicine … Some Teens See As Street Drugs!” will be presented by Vicky Ward, Tri-County Mental Health Services manager of prevention services.
The coalition meeting will be held in the Northland Human Services Building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.
For information call 816-468-0400 or go to www.tri-countymhs.org.
| Norma King,
Special to The Star