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May 22, 2009, Friday at 10:00 AM
Craft Time for Preschoolers
Each Craft Time lasts approximately 45 minutes to one hour and we make three crafts. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
(Contact branch for ages) Registration is required.



May 9, 2009, Saturday at 2:00 PM
Horse Hooves in the Grass (at the Library)
There are lots of great reasons to visit your library, and now there are more! Come meet a real, live horse at the library! Our "Horse Hooves In The Grass" program offers you an exciting opportunity to meet, groom and pet a beautiful horse. You'll also learn about horse care, horse safety and much more!
(All ages) Registration is required.
May 26, 2009, Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Eric Vaughn's Magic and Illusion Spectacular Featuring the Amazing Psychic Animal
Join Eric Vaughn as he takes you on an amazing ride through the world of magic. This performance is fun for all ages and includes magic tricks of Eric's own creation and some made famous by magicians like Harry Houdini. Audience members will also get involved with the magic on stage. Plus, Eric's surprise animal guest will amaze you with his unbelievable comical psychic abilities; you've got to see it to believe it! Don't miss this incredible show!
(All ages) Registration is required.


May 16, 2009, Saturday at 2:00 PM
Self Defense for Teens
Teens! Learn how to defend yourselves from attacks. Tamara Shumate teaches self defense tactics including hit and run escapes and some pressure points. Learn how to be proactive instead of reactive.
(For teens) Registration is required.


May 12, 2009, Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Internet 101
Are you new to the Worldwide Web? This session will feature an online demonstration of basic web browsing. Join the program and learn about interesting sites and tips on how you can become an online surfer.
(For adults) Registration is required.
May 19, 2009, Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Photography: Pets and People
Learn the best ideas on capturing the best images of people and pets. Tips on how to be prepared and to anticipate when action is going to happen. Presented by a member of the Professional Photographers Association of Greater Kansas City.
(For adults) Registration is required.

Book Clubs

Call the branch (816-761-3382) to reserve your spot and check out the upcoming titles. (list all groups)

  • 1st Tuesday at 10:00 AM
    • May-05: "The Nanny Diaries" by Emma McLaughlin
    • Jun-02: "Chasing Shakespeare" by Sarah Smith
    • Jul-07: "Russian Debutante's Handbook" by Gary Shteyngart
    • Aug-04: "On Kingdom Mountain" by Howard Frank Mosher
  • 2nd Monday at 7:00 PM (Mysteries)
    • May-11: "Curse of the Spellmans" by Lisa Lutz
    • Jun-08: "The Chase" by Clive Cussler
    • Jul-13: "Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins
    • Aug-10: "They Did It With Love" by Kate Morgenroth
  • 2nd Saturday at 3:30 PM (Children; grades 4-6)
    • May-09: "Love That Dog" by Sharon Creech
  • 2nd Thursday at 10:00 AM (Mysteries)
    • May-14: "The Big Sleep" by Raymond Chandler
    • Jun-11: "Real Murders" by Charlaine Harris
    • Jul-09: "Devil in a Blue Dress" by Walter Mosley
    • Aug-13: "The Chase" by Clive Cussler
  • 4th Wednesday at 7:00 PM
    • Apr-22: "Night" by Elie Wiesel
    • May-27: "Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell
    • Jun-24: "Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man" by Fannie Flagg
    • Jul-22: "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham
    • Aug-26: "The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks

Seasonal Flu Clinics

Health Department Influenza (flu) vaccination clinic schedule

During the flu season, flu shots for adults and children are available at the Health Department 2400 Troost Ave., during regular clinic hours from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday. The clinics are closed from noon to 1 p.m. each day. Call (816) 513-6108 for fee information.

At all of our flu shot clinics, for those who bring documentation, we will bill Medicare or Medicaid on their behalf.

Kansas City, MO., Parks and Recreation
Hillcrest Community Center


Classroom Assistance Program
Kindergarten to 8th grade
Call to set up an appointment, pre-registerion is required.
This is a FREE educational enrichment program for any student that needs help.
Girl Scouts
Kindergarten to 5th grade. Monday 6:30 p.m.$10 membership feeGirl Scouts discover the fun, friendship, the power of girls together and you can be a part of it!  No matter what your interests are there's somethiong for you in Girl Scouts.
Open ball
Youth 17 years and under play basketball Wednesday and Friday, 3-5 p.m. Free with high school identification or $3 per person.
Ages 8-13 years old
Saturday 11 a.m.
$36 per person
Class consists of teaching forms, sparring, basic self-defense and exercises. Start at beginner's level. Great chance to improve your shape and discipline.
Girls 4th-6th grade
Monday 5:30 p.m.
$36 per person
Have you always wanted to be a cheerleader,but never knew how to get involved?  Well here is your chance!  Learn the fundamentals of cheerleading and also cheer at Hillcrest Community Center Biddy Ball games and other various events .


G.E.D. Program  
Monday and Wednesday
6-7:15 p.m.
The adult basic education program prepares studends for the High School Equivalent Certificate. Call the center at (816) 784-7000 for more information.

Step aerobics  
Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Thurday, 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. 
$4 per class or $28 per month
Toning your abs, thighs and upper body.

Fitness equipment and track
$15 per month, adult (18-49 years old)
$10 per month, seniors (50+)
Daily pass $3 
Fitness area is open during normal business hours.


50+ Just For You Programs

Senior Lunches: 
Must call center for eating reservation 24 hours in advance.
Contribution of $2 per meal.  $5.00 per guest.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon until 12:30 pm.
The Silver Sneakers program is a walking
and exercise program developed for seniors.
SilverSneakers offers an innovative blend of physical activity,
healthy lifestyle and socially oriented programming that allows
older adults to take greater control of their health.
Health Classess: 
Silver Sneakers Class Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.
Silver Sneakers Class Wednesday 1 p.m.   
Senior Stretch  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11 am.
Sports and Games:
Horseshoes  Anytime   
Bingo  Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
Cards and table games  Anytime  
Billiards  Anytime   
Computer Classes designed for seniors Wednesday 1 p.m.


Open Basketball:
Wednesday 3-5 pm Friday 3-5 pm 12 years and under free. Adult daily fee $3. High School with ID $5 yearly.
Girls 4-6 grade Monday 5:30 pm $36 per person.
Karate: Age 8 -13 years old Saturday 11am


NameStart DateLocationContact
Kansas City Start! Heart Walk05-30-2009Theis ParkMegan Barry
St. Joseph Start! Heart Walk06-06-2009Heartland HealthNick Broeker

All programs are subject to change from the departments offering these services.

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