Adventures in Learning—October and November All are welcome! October 2014

October 2014
Adventures in Learning—October and November
All are welcome!
Make plans to join us for our
October 17 Adventures in Learning
on the move! There are currently
about 20 spots left on our bus, so
don’t delay.
Thanks to
Anna Lu Brune for
the large donation
of fabric for our
The class
members really
enjoyed sorting
through all the
fabric and selecting what they
wanted. One participant said: “It
feels like we are
kids in a candy
Need to contact the Shepherd’s Center?
Office phone: 913-281-8908
Melissa Bynum, Executive Director
[email protected]
Kansas City, Kansas Fire Deparment
offers Ambulance Membership Program
The KCK Fire Department Ambulance Membership program helps cover the cost of paramedic
ambulance service. Annual memberships are
available for $35 for an individual or $49 for
families. Membership is open to all residents
within Kansas City, Kansas and Edwardsville,
Kansas. Ambulance membership provides paramedic ambulance service 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week and includes: pre-hospital emergency
medical treatment, ambulance transportation to
emergency rooms in the KC metro area, and
paramedic rescue services. If you require ambulance service as a member, the Unified Government will bill your insurance (if you have insurance), and that payment will be accepted as payment in full. Any uninsured portion of the bill will
not be collected by the city. Don’t delay—sign up
period ends October 31. Membership forms are
available at the Shepherd’s Center office. You
may also contact the Fire Department at
We have chartered a bus, and will meet at
our usual location, Grace Lutheran, 3333
Wood Ave. We will have health screenings
at 9am, but be on the bus ready to
depart by 9:30am sharp!
Ed Shutt, our local historian, will lead the
way as we visit Oak Grove Cemetery,
Quindaro Ruins overlook, historic Civil War
sites in Maple Hill Cemetery, drive by
Sauer Castle, see some sights in
Rosedale, Argentine and Armourdale, and
also go by Memorial Hall and Huron
Cemetery in downtown KCK. We’ll also
check out Wyandotte High School and see
the Historic Westheight and St. Peters
neighborhoods. We will be back to the
church for a soup lunch at 12:30pm.
Cost per person is $10 and we only have
room for 20 more people, so reserve your
spot today; first come, first served. Call
the office at 913-281-8908 to reserve your
A free program of the Shepherd’s Center held on the third
Friday of every month at Grace Lutheran Church,
3333 Wood Avenue, Kansas City, KS.
Friday, November 21, 2014
9:00-9:30 a.m.
Health Screenings & Fellowship
Blood sugar and blood pressure checks provided
by Delores Homes, LLC (no cost)
NEW! 9:30 to 10a.m.
Chair Exercises with Frances/ Delores Homes
10a.m. to 11 a.m. - Choose From:
Travelogue—Ed Shutt will present “Train Ride
Across America Part II
Issues—Mike Taylor, Lobbyist for the Unified
11 a.m. to noon - Choose From:
History—Ed Shutt will present “Monuments of
Washington D.C.”
Health—”Keeping fit mentally and physically during
the holidays”
Noon—Lunch ($4 or bring your own)
Menu to be announced
Presiding: Joan Daniels, past board chair
Invocation: Mary Hunt
12:30 Program: Shepherd’s Center volunteer
Claudeane Craig presents “What’s the World
Without Flowers”
Make a reservation for lunch by calling
the Shepherd’s Center office at 913-281-8908
Join us for Adventures in Learning!
Nancy Kurtz will have her handmade cards available for
purchase, as well! Christmas is coming, after all—these
make wonderful and affordable gifts.
Congressman Kevin Yoder will host two Medicare Open
Enrollment Assistance events to provide help to seniors
during the upcoming Medicare Open Enrollment Period.
Get out and about and enjoy our
community’s many offerings!
Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition
“Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 19421964” is on display at the Wyandotte County Historical Museum through Nov. 16, 2014. Please
call 913-573-5002 for more information
Historic Westheight
Neighborhood Assoc.
Holiday Homes
1pm to 5pm
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
Cost is $10
Proceeds benefit
the association and
the St. Paul’s
food pantry
As always, we are proud to be a
United Way Community Partner.
Consider a gift to the United Way’s
campaign today!
Trained volunteers from the Senior Health Insurance Counseling
for Kansas (SHICK) program will be on hand at both events to
provide one-on-one assistance to seniors who have questions, or
who wish to make changes to their plans.
The Medicare Open Enrollment Period extends from October 15
through December 7. Medicare beneficiaries who wish to make
changes or enroll for the first time need to bring their Medicare
card, any current prescriptions (including dosage and frequency),
and a list of preferred pharmacies. The events are free and open
to everyone. For additional information, please contact Congressman Yoder’s Office in Overland Park at 913-621-0832.
What: Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event
Where: Wyandotte County Aging and Disability Resource Center
– Community Meeting Room, 849 N 47th Street, Suite C, Kansas
City, Kansas 66102
When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Sylvester Powell Community Center
6200 Martway Street , Mission, Kansas 66202
When: Thursday, November 6, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For more information on Medicare Enrollment, please visit:
It’s never too late to join in on our fun!
Led by Joan Daniels and Betty Lloyd; meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month, 1:30 p.m.
at Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel, KCK. Shawls are donated to Providence Hospital chaplains,
who then distribute the shawls where they see the need. Prayer Shawls truly make a difference in the lives
of those who receive one. Please call the Shepherd’s Center for more information.
BASIC COMPUTERS—These free beginning computer classes are very popular, and October’s class is
FULL! If you would like to enroll, the next class with openings will begin Monday, Nov. 3; each class will run
the four Mondays in that month. Informal and fun! In partnership with and held at Trinity Community
Church, 5010 Parallel. Classes run from 1pm to 2:30pm on Mondays. Thanks to Trinity for including us as a
partner with these wonderful classes!
Parkinson’s Exercise Class
This free exercise opportunity is open to anyone who would like to gain strength. It is not limited to only
those with Parkinson’s Disease, but would be good for any person living with a chronic illness, or just anyone who may benefit from chair exercises.
Class meets every Monday at 11 a.m., Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel
Parkinson’s Support Group
Individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers are welcome to attend. New members welcome.
Meets each 2nd Monday after Exercise Class at Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel, KCK. You may
bring a brown-bag lunch. For further information, please contact the Shepherd’s Center at 913-281-8908 or
Diane Lee at 913-432-4321 or [email protected]
Next Chapter Kansas City news for October:
For those of you who enjoy reading and discussing books,
our selection for October’s Next Chapter book group is a nonfiction book titled Leisureville: Adventures in a
World Without Children by Andrew Blechman. A review by Library Journal, notes that the book is "Intriguing,
appalling, but always engaging. Blechman thoroughly and with good humor delves into the largely American,
and growing, phenomenon of gated, age-segregated communities. . . Highly recommended."
The book group is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Kansas Public Library and meets at the South Branch
Library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month, which is October 28 this month. This book
is not widely available, but KCKPL ordered four copies for us that have arrived and are ready for check out.
There are also a few copies of the original hardback version in area libraries under the title of Leisureville:
Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias.
Our monthly Informational/Networking Forum will be held at the Donnelly College Community Event Center
on Thursday, October 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
This 2-part class will be held from 9am to noon on Wednesdays, November 5 and 12 at Welborn Community
Church, 5217 Leavenworth Rd. The cost is $20 or $10 for Next Chapter Kansas City members.
Also, plans are under way for an Encore Entrepreneur Conference in early December for persons ages 50+
who may be interested in starting their own business.
For more information on any of our Next Chapter activities, call the office at 913-281-8908 or email Karen
Hostetler at [email protected]
Are you staying active? No excuses! Shepherd’s Center offers two free exercise opportunities for
better health. You can exercise with us from 9:30am to 10am on the third Friday of each month at Adventures in Learning (held at Grace Lutheran), and, you can exercise with us weekly at 11am on Mondays.
Frances Nzioki, with Delores Homes Inc., (pictured left) leads our group at Adventures in Learning, and
Susie Nicklin (pictured right) leads our Parkinson’s exercise group on Mondays at Trinity Community