Build a Powerful Social Media Strategy – 11/20/14 from 3pm-5pm

Learn the importance of being more visible, credible and relevant by staying top-of-mind, increasing like-ability and building influence. Turn the dial to designing content that meets the exact needs of your consumer base by utilizing video-sharing, tethering content to your website, vines, podcasts, microblogs, infographics and image-sharing. Creating an interactive environment through social media will deep the breadth and depth of your reach. Stay consistent, stay current and understand your social media options. Learn how to define your tactical approach and track and measure. The presentation by Lydia Alvarez, public relations consultant, will provide ingredients to a successful social media strategy. Questions, contact Richard Zarate, Business Specialist, (816) 407-3490 or

NEEC Saturday Seminar - November 8

Connecting math and language in the early childhood classroom is the topic of the November 8th "Saturday Seminar", 9-11:30 a.m. in the Frontier Room at NKC Hospital Health Services Pavilion. The program is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and Northland Early Education Council.  Laura Crasford, parent educator for NKC School District Parents As Teachers, will be the presenter. REGISTRATION is required to attend.  FLYER  Questions, contact Diana Milne, (816) 407-3490 or

Clay County 4-H Celebrates at Liberty Fall Festival

Clay County 4-H had two floats in the Liberty Fall Festival parade September 27th.  The floats took first place in the Open Division thanks to the many 4-H members and parents that volunteered their time to walk and ride and make Clay County 4-H stand out. Congratulations.


Journal Your Garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year. Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting our plans on paper first and keeping records. MU Extension's new publication, MP928, From Feed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas. This publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels. Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information. It would make a great gift for someone who gardens. Order today at

Business Classes Available

Two classes to assist entrepreneurs in getting off to the right start are being offered by University Extension in cooperation with the Full Employment Council.  Classes are being offered in four locations. First Steps to Starting a Business is a 4-hour class that provides an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. Basics of Writing a Business Plan is a 2-hour session designed for those who want to know how to create a business plan that will be a useful management tool for their business. Information Flyer  For more details or to see if you qualify as a Missouri Dislocated Worker, contact Richard Zarate, or (816) 407-3496.

Northland Grandfamilies

 Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren?  Based on the most recent census data, over 4,000 grandparents in the Northland are living with grandchildren under the age of 18. 

Clay County Extension, the Clay County Senior Services, and the Platte County Senior Fund have developed a partnership to help those in just such a situation.  If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children, contact the Clay County Extension Center at 816-407-3490 for more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program.   View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates. For a current program flyer, contact 407-3490.

Master Gardeners answer questions

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City are available to answer your questions on lawn, flowers, trees, and gardening. Master Gardeners are "IN" 9-Noon Monday thru Friday. The public is asked to leave a message so a Master Gardener can return the call if your call is not answered either during office hours or after. Calls will be returned as quickly as possible. Call 816-833-8733 (TREE) or you can email your question to