Free Empower Kidney Disease classes are available from 5 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday through 2012 at four separate Kansas City area locations.
On the second Tuesday of every month, a class will be held at Truman Medical Center Lakewood in Lees Summit for people who live in the southeastern area of greater Kansas City. Tuesday, March 13, will be the next class at Truman Medical Center Lakewood.
Call 816-842-0076 to register for these classes.
Sharing of the Green planned
The Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Council will hold its annual Irish-spirited Sharing of the Green fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the Community Life Center at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 1300 Lexington Rd., Pleasant Hill.
The meal will feature a potato bar with all the fixings, chili or vegetable soup, salad, drink and dessert. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 4-12. Activities include bidding on a large selection of gift baskets with live and silent auctions, entertainment and fellowship. Funds will benefit the Lay Clergy Councils Love Fund, which helps the needy in the community with basic needs such as food, utilities, minor home repair, auto ministry, the Angel Tree, school supplies and more.
To donate a basket or help with the fundraiser, call Debbie Good and 816-540-3266.
boiled shrimp dinner
The VFW Mens Auxiliary Post 4409 in Harrisonville will hold its boiled shrimp dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the VFW Hall, 1804 N. Commercial St., Harrisonville.
One pound of shrimp will be served for $12, all you can eat shrimp is $20 and a plate of pork roast is $8.50.
Free tax help offered
Free tax help will be offered at the Harrisonville Public Library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays at the Belton Public Library.
The service is for walk-in clients of low to moderate income. Some forms will not be covered.
Library hosts community reading project
Cass County Public Library introduces this years community read initiative, On The Same Page. The purpose of a community reading project is to read, think, talk, listen and grow.
It is a way to connect communities by reading the same book and initiating a dialogue about it. The program runs through Saturday, April 14.
The selected title is Ape House by Sara Gruen, the author of Water for Elephants.
Patrons can pick up a copy of the book at any Cass County Public Library branch. Three group discussions and one live online discussion forum are scheduled. A patron who participates in a group discussion or the online discussion will be eligible to win a Kindle e-reader. The Kindle is being purchased with funds generated from the book sale at Northern Resource Center no tax dollars are being used.
The dates and times of the discussion groups are: Wednesday, March 14, 1 p.m. at the Drexel Branch; and Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. at the Harrisonville Branch.
The online discussion forum is Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m.
The Website is www.casscolibrary.org/form.
The regularly scheduled mobile recycling events will be held in Belton and Freeman Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4. The Belton event will be held at 609 Minnie, north of Memorial Park and behind Carnegie Village, just off State Route Y. The Freeman event will be held at 105 Main, on the east side of City Hall. No plastic bags or styrofoam will be accepted.
The event is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each of those days.
For a list of accepted materials and those not accepted, and to volunteer to help, please check www.CassCountySustainability.com or call 816-779-6708.
The South Grand River Watershed Alliance is a local, not-for-profit, all volunteer organization working to promote water quality throughout the South Grand River Watershed.
Meetings are held at 4:45 p.m., the second Monday of each month at the office of PWSD No. 10 in Peculiar.
For further information about the SGRWA and to contact us, visit our Website at www.southgrandwatershed.com.
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St. Patricks Day Parade planned
The Wendell T. Ivers Lil Bit of Ireland St. Patricks Day Parade is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in downtown Belton.
Lineup time is 4 p.m. at the corner of Second and Hackberry, and the parade will proceed down Main Street.
Parade marshals will be the Sullivan family: Donna, Rusty, Sheila, Tara and Brandon.
An invitation is extended to any individual, group, organization or business to participate. There is no entry fee. Donations can be made to Downtown Belton Main Street, Inc.
A parade page has been set up on Facebook at Belton St. Patricks Day Parade. Contact Terry Brock at 816-807-4802.
Cattlemens Association meeting planned
The Cass-Jackson County Cattlemens Association meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Harrisonville Community Center.
Archie PAT offers
The Archie Parents as Teachers organization will offer an Infant Massage class at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, for all parents in the Archie School District in the music room of the school building. Attendees may enter the school through the front doors facing State Route A, then follow the signs.
Benefits of infant massage include relieving symptoms of gas and colic, encouranging neurological development and enhancing bonding between child and parent.
The class is for parents of babies who are not yet crawling. Bring a soft blanket or towel.
Babies under 10 weeks may also need a bed pillow to rest comfortably for the hour.
The class will be taught by a certified infant massage instructor.
Call 816-293-5312, ext. 322, or email email@example.com to make a reservation. Reservations are helpful, but not required.
birthday party set for Harrisonville
The community is invited to a family event to benefit Childrens Mercy Hospital. The Birthday Party for CMH will be Saturday, March 10 from 2-4 p.m. at the Harrisonville Community Center.
The event will feature games and crafts for children, train rides, family pictures, and ice cream and cake.
During the event, adults will be able to learn more about the programs offered by Childrens Mercy Hospital.
Specifically, participants will learn about the Child Life program and have the opportunity to make a donation to that program.
Childrens Mercy Hospital is a vital healthcare provider for area children and the children who live in Cass County are no exception. Over the last five years,
Cass County patients have logged 10,783 in-patient days at the hospital and nearly 63,000 outpatient visits.
The birthday party is being organized by the Filer family and is free to all community members.
For additional information, join the Facebook Fan page for the event at www.facebook.com/BirthdayPartyforCMH or call 816-738-1055.
Hesston Chorale to
The Hesston (Kan.) College Chorale, under the direction of Ken Rodgers, will present a program of sacred choral music at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, March 11, at Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church near Garden City.
The concert is free and open to the public, though a free-will offering will be collected to cover program costs. Hesston College alumni and friends are particularly invited to attend.
The program celebrating the Lenten season is part of the choirs spring break tour across Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri.
The 47-voice mixed chamber choir was selected by auditions at the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year. Chorale members include
Mindy Yoder of Garden City and Kaci Diener of Harrisonville. Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church is located at 27221 South Sycamore near Garden City.
Cass Regional Auxiliary to host garage sale
The Cass Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will host a Garage Sale on from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, March 8, in Conference Room 1 at Cass Regional Medical Center, 2800 E. Rock Haven Rd., in Harrisonville.
The sale will feature excess gift shop inventory items at discounted prices. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Masonic Breakfast planned for Saturday
The Cass Lodge No. 147 will host its monthly Masonic Breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Historic Masonic Lodge, 405 N. Independence, Harrisonville.
The public is invited to the all-you-can-eat breakfast, which will feature biscuits, sausage and gravy, cooked-to-order eggs, pancakes, fruit, coffee and orange juice.
A $5 donation is suggested, and kids 5 and under eat free.
FCA walk-run planned
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is planning its Get in the Zone walk-run for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at Harrisonville City Park. Cost to participate is $25.
For more information or to register, contact Vickie Gassman at 816-738-1574, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Line Opry reopens
The West Line Opry will reopen on Wednesday, March 7 at the West Line Community Building.
Shows will be held every other Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m.
A dance is planned for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10. There is no cover charge. Food and donations are appreciated.
Relay for Life Quilt Show set for Adrian
The Relay for Life Quilt Show will be held Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, at the Adrian Optimist Building in Adrian.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The show is a fundraiser to raise money for cancer research through the American Cancer Society.
It will support the upcoming Relay for Life event set for Saturday, June 9, on the Historic Butler Square. Concessions will be available at the quilt show.
Dr. Suess Birthday
Everyone is invited to join the Harrisonville Branch Cass County Public Library for a birthday party in honor of Dr. Suess at 10 a.m. today in the childrens library.
The event will feature stories, snacks and fun.
The Harrisonville library is located at 400 E. Mechanic.
Fish Dinners planned through March
Our Lady of Lourdes Fish Dinners are set for Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, 2700 E. Mechanic in Harrisonville.
The dinners will feature all-you-can-eat fried and baked fish, coleslaw, tater tots, corn fritters, macaroni and cheese, iced tea, lemonade, coffee and homemade desserts.
The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for kids age 6-13 and free for kids 5 and under. The maximum price for families (mom, dad and kids living at home) is $30. To go orders will be available.
The dinners are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 6550.