Wednesday, August 8
ESL Conversation Group
The Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library will host and ESL Conversation Group on Wednesday, August 1, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. In class you will learn basic English skills: grammar, listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, and conversation. No fee or books required. Contact Estelle at 816-560-0135 with questions.
No Place Like Home – Central Library
The Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library will welcome author and KCUR digital content editor C.J. Janovy to talk about her new book, No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8. Traveling through a state whose national reputation is all too tied to Topeka’s gay-degrading Westboro Baptist Church, she found LGBT activists who fought in ways big and small for the respect of their neighbors, their communities, and their government, lending hope to those alarmed by the treatment of minorities in an increasingly polarized country.
Joining Janovy are a couple of the activists spotlighted in her book.
Thursday, August 9
Mattie Rhodes Center health clinic
The Northeast location of the Mattie Rhodes Center (148 N. Topping) opens its evening health clinic, named La Clinica, every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No appointments needed, but care is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Drop in tech coach
The Northeast branch of the Kansas City Public Library will bring in a tech coach to assist the public on Thursday, August 9, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Get answers to questions about Microsoft Word and Excel; the internet; email, formatting a resume and online applications; syncing your smart phone, and so much more.
Friday, August 10
The North-East Public Library Branch (6000 Wilson Rd.) will host a chair fitness class on Friday, August 10, beginning at 9:30 a.m. No matter what your limitations, you can still reap the physical, mental and emotional benefits of exercise. This class is designed to offer a total body workout. Cardio, strength and flexibility exercises are all performed from a seated position.
Saturday, August 11
Tour the historic Central Library
The public is invited to historic Central Library on Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. for a guided tour. Experience a guided, beyond-the-bookshelves tour of the Central Library’s unique spaces and rich history.
Interested in taking a tour of the Central Library? Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Teresa Bolton, Central Library Manager, at email@example.com or 816.701.3747.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Back to School Bash
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 2101 N. Twyman Rd., Independence, MO, 64058. The event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to assist economically disadvantaged families with getting their student(s) prepared for a successful school year! Free school supplies will be provided, in addition to free haircuts (ages 5-17), food trucks and more.
Sly’s Rock the Block
The public is invited to Washington Square Park (Pershing and Grand) on Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature live entertainment and kids activities. Free food will be provided to the first 1,500 attendees. Shuttle bus service will also be provided free of charge; pick-up will be located adjacent to Union Station KCstreetcar location. For more information, call (816) 513-7701 or visit kcparks.org.
Sunday, August 12
Legacy: Spirit of the Black Panthers
The Central Branch will host a presentation about the spirit of the Black Panthers as part of its Missouri Valley Sundays series on August 12, beginning at 2 p.m.he documentary Legacy: Spirit of the Black Panthers examines the history of the Kansas City organization and its founder, Pete O’Neal, now exiled in Tanzania. Produced by local filmmakers Jermaine Thomas, Lyle Gibson, and Jacquey Valentine, it looks beyond the militancy associated with the party and focuses on the services the Black Panthers provided to the African-American community, including free breakfast programs, clothing drives, health screenings, and political and educational literacy.
The Library screens the 25-minute film, and the three filmmakers follow with a discussion of the project..
Monday, August 13
Lykins Neighborhood meeting
The next Lykins Neighborhood meeting will be held on Monday, August 13, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 3704 E. 12th St. Join Lykins neighbors as they review crime and grime, organize neighborhood cleanups, and focus on creating a better community. Other neighborhoods in Historic Northeast are more than welcome to join.
Tuesday, August 14
Story time at Central Library
Come out to the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library on Tuesday, August 14, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for story time. Join the library every Tuesday for stories, songs, and plenty of time for play. The library encourages patrons to talk, sing, read, write and play every day, but Tuesdays are special because parking is free!
Parks Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Parks Board will on Tuesday, August 14, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the KC Parks Administration building (4600 East 63rd Street Trafficway). The Board of Parks and Recreation holds public meetings twice a month on Tuesday at the Parks and Recreation Department headquarters. All meetings start at 2 p.m. and are open to the public.
Independence Plaza Council Monthly Meeting
Independence Plaza Council will host its monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodland Elementary School, 711 Woodland Ave., KCMO.
Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association meeting
The Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association will host its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 14, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences,1750 Independence Avenue.
Indian Mound Neighborhood Meeting
The Indian Mound Neighborhood Association will host its next monthly meeting on Monday, August 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northeast Public Library (6000 Wilson Ave.)