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April is Sexual Assault 
Awareness Month

Assistance League of Kansas City (ALKC) recognizes that there is a need and has stepped up to fulfill that need. In February of 1997, the ASSAULT SURVIVOR KITS® program was adopted to provide personal care items for sexual assault victims that were being seen in local hospital emergency rooms.   In 2014-2015 the kits were able to provide comfort to 890 assault victims. The contents of the Assault Survivor Kits are purchased and assembled by member volunteers of ALKC and delivered to MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault), whose own volunteers then provided them to individuals that are identified at area hospitals. The Assault Survivor Kits contain new clothing, (a pair of fleece pants, a comfortable shirt, sports bra and underwear), personal hygiene items and an informational book Recovering from Rape by Linda Ledrey, to help these individuals, whose garments are retained by police for evidence, to leave the hospital comfortably and with dignity.

Recently Assistance League of Kansas City was fortunate to meet and become community partners with MADI (Make a Difference Intimate) Apparel.  For every pair of underwear sold by MADI, they donate a pair to a woman in need.  The addition of a pair of their high quality underwear has been a welcome addition to our ASSAULT SURVIVOR KITS.  To date 150 pair have been donated to the organization.

“The staff at MOCSA is always grateful for all Assistance League of Kansas City and their Assault Survivor Kits program do to help our clients. There is no other agency that fulfills this need,”  MOCSA says. “Thank you so much for all you do in helping us provide the best service we can to survivors of sexual violence.”

Liberty Hospital Foundation announces 8th annual Twilight at the TreeHouse Event

For over 30 years, the Liberty Hospital Foundation has made a positive impact on the patients, employees, and community of Liberty Hospital. The Twilight at the TreeHouse event on June 10 at the TreeHouse at Liberty Hospital is an opportunity to share this mission with the community, and raise funds for vital programs and services.

In 2015, a record 325 attendees raised over $62,000. These funds helped in part to help patients afford their life-sustaining medications and improve their health through the Medication Assistance Program, launch the LiveWell Community Grant program, supporting local non-profits with health and wellness initiatives, and purchase a 3G Simulation Manikin to provide state-of-the-art training to Liberty Hospital staff and physicians.

Sponsorships start at $150, and tickets are just $50 each. The event will feature delicious street eats, craft beer pairings, raffles, games, and updates on the Hospital’s exciting plans for 2016!

For more information on Twilight at the TreeHouse, visit LibertyHospitalFoundation.org or call 816.792.7014.

Patriot’s Outreach Invites People to Putt for our Veterans

On Monday, May 9th, Patriot’s Outreach will host their first annual Patriot Outreach Golf Tournament. The organization is dedicated to supporting the men and women of the armed forces and their families by helping them cope in healthy ways with the extreme stress and strain of battlefield situations and advocating for increased awareness of the needs of our soldiers, veterans and first responders.

The tournament will be held at the Deuce at the National Golf Club and feature a fun-filled day of golf, music, food and family fun. In addition to the gameplay, 2014 Indie Music Channel Album of the Year award winning musician Ryan Daniel will perform, the ladies from the Tilted Kilt will appear with the Patriot Outreach Dragster and National SpokesLady Christi Edelbrock will be on hand to meet with fans. Sponsorships are available. For more information or to register, visit PatriotOutreach.org.

Global retailer Costco Wholesaler is coming to Clay County

The announcement was made recently by the City of Kansas City, Mo., MD Management, Clay County, Platte County and the Platte County R-3 School District.

Costco will build a new warehouse club at the northeast corner of North Platte Purchase Drive and Northwest 88th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. The site is just southeast of Highway 152, approximately one half mile west of Highway 169.

“This morning, I was honored to speak at the announcement of the new Costco location at 152 and Platte Purchase Road, scheduled to open this November,” Clay County Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte says. “Many Northlanders have been anticipating this for some time. Hats off to Kansas City Council members Dan Fowler and Teresa Loar who worked to bring Costco here. This illustrates the positive growth and welcoming atmosphere for job creating businesses in Clay County and the Northland.”

Developed by MD Management, the retail area encompasses all four corners of the intersection of 152 Highway and N. Platte Purchase Drive. MD Management is gifting approximately 80 acres of land to the R-3 School District for two future schools.

Councilwoman Heather Hall begins Northland Office Hours

“City Hall can seem like a long drive, so I will bring City Hall to the Northland,” says Councilwoman Heather Hall. “On the 3rd Monday of each month from 11 am-1 pm, I will hold office hours at Barista Café located inside the Woodneath Library located at 8900 Flintlock Ave, KCMO 64157. I look forward to meeting with you.”

For more information, please contact Legislative Aide, Markus Smith at 816.513.6505 or Markus.Smith@kcmo.org.

North Kansas City Hospital Accepting Applications for Summer Youth Volunteers

North Kansas City Hospital is now accepting applications for its Summer Youth Volunteer Program.  Students ages 14-18 who are interested in volunteering with the hospital should submit an online application by April 29.  The summer program runs June–August and requires a minimum of 25 volunteer hours.

Shifts are available Monday–Thursday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m.  Volunteer opportunities are available in Central Services, Children’s Learning Center, Emergency Department, Nursing Units, Print Shop, Pharmacy and other areas. Placement is based on interest, age and availability. Apply online at nkch.org/Youth.

Several New Phases set to begin for the I-35 and Pleasant Valley Interchange Improvement Project

Several new phases regarding the Pleasant Valley Interchange Improvement Project will soon get underway. See below for work schedule and locations.

Crews will shift two lanes of traffic to the inside shoulder on northbound and southbound I-35 between I-435 to south of Pleasant Valley Rd. beginning now through  June 30 for reconstruction of the Shoal Creek Bridges.

Crews will shift two lanes of northbound I-35 between Bryant St. to north of Vivion Rd. to the inside shoulder of southbound I-35 from now through June 30 for reconstruction of the northbound bridge over Poe St.

Crews will also shift two lanes of southbound I-35 between Bryant St. to north of Vivion Rd. to the outside shoulder, closing Poe St. from now through June 30 for bridge reconstruction. Motorists should observe all posted signs and detours.

This is all part of an effort to improve Interstate 35 from Vivion Rd. to Pleasant Valley Rd., including the Pleasant Valley Interchange, Church Rd., Sobbie Rd., Pleasant Valley Rd. and US 69. All work is weather dependent.

For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at modot.mo.gov/kansascity.

Gladstone Theatre In The Park – 
Open Auditions

Have you ever wanted to be on stage in a live performance?  Ever wanted to be a star?  Well, here’s your chance!  Gladstone Parks and Recreation will begin its 29th season of Theatre in the Park and we need performers.

Damn Yankees” will be presented on July 8, 9, &10.  “Shrek” will be presented August 5, 6  & 7.

We invite you to come and be part of the excitement of a production!  This free community theatre annually draws over 15,000 audience members.

Casting audition dates are April 3rd and  April 9th with callbacks on April 10th.

No experience is necessary and no prepared material is needed.  Those auditioning will be asked to sing and dance.  Dance clothes and dance shoes are recommended.  Parents must sign audition forms for participants under 16 years of age.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to audition time. Auditions will be held at Antioch Middle School-2100 NE 65th St, Gladstone, MO 64118.

For more information, please contact Gladstone Parks and Recreation at 816.423.4088 or go to the official website for Gladstone Theatre in the Park auditions – GladstonetTIP.com.