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Staley Hills Surrounded by trees and greenspace, Staley Hills offers residents a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with two dramatic water features bordering the community’s entrance, a crystal clear swimming pool, scenic walking trails and beautiful, stone-clad homes lining the streets. While it’s easy for those who live there to get lost in the serenity that comes with being tucked off North Woodland Avenue and Shoal Creek Parkway, just north of M-152, Staley Hills is close to many conveniences such as Zona Rosa and has excellent access to major highways, Kansas City International Airport and downtown Kansas City. It is located within the highly acclaimed North Kansas City School District. Homes start in the mid $300,000s. Benson Place Drive slowly through Benson Place on any given Saturday in the summer and you’ll quickly spot kids wobbling on bikes along the sidewalk and neighbors gathering for an impromptu party in the driveway.

“All of new home communities are built within the area’s top-performing school districts,” said Jenni Mann, marketing manager for Hunt Midwest. “In addition to good schools, our neighborhoods offer a wide array of family-friendly amenities and are conveniently located for a quick commute to work or local attractions. The only thing left to do is find your new home!”

Hunt Midwest has teamed up with the area’s finest home builders, providing future residents with a wide variety of floorplans and styles to choose from.

The sense of community in Benson Place is just one of many attributes that have led to its popularity. Others include rolling hills, abundant parkland, and close proximity to the Shoal Creek Golf Course and Hodge Park. Benson Place is within the boundaries of the highly rated Liberty school district and just minutes from excellent shopping, downtown Kansas City and Kansas City International Airport.

to family oriented hotspots such as the Tiffany Springs Sports Complex, Springs Water Park and one of the city’s premier shopping districts, Zona Rosa, make The Reserve at Riverstone a top choice for families desiring luxury and convenience.

Family-friendly amenities include a competition-sized swimming pool and cabana, a second lazy-L shaped swimming pool with underwater benches and bubbler fountains, children’s spray ground, playground, five acre lake, picnic area, walking trails and more than 40 acres of parkland and natural areas. Homes begin in the upper $200,000s. The Reserve at Riverstone High-end amenities, including a brand new swimming pool, stone entrance monument and extensive landscaping, and location within the award-winning Park Hill School District add to the laundry list of pluses for The Reserve at Riverstone. In addition, its nearness

“Move-in ready homes are available in all of our communities, allowing homebuyers to move within 60 days or less. Our experienced onsite community managers are knowledgeable about the relocation process and can offer new residents a positive home buying experience.”

Homes start in the upper $300,000s. Woodneath Farms Woodneath Farms has long been a destination community with rolling hills, larger homesites and grand residences all located in the Liberty School District on Flintlock Road north of Missouri 152. Amenities include a competition-size swimming pool, lake and fountain, walking trails, playground, nature areas, tennis court, picnic pavilion, recreation area, nature area, generous landscaping and brick entrance monuments. The Mid-Continent Public Library Woodneath branch and Shoal Creek Elementary are situated on either side of the community’s entrance, adding additional conveniences within walking distance of home. Homes start in the mid $300,000s.

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Message from the Publisher BY ROBIN ATKINS

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BY KELLY PHILLIPS

Fall In Love with Kansas City!

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Brooks Gentleman Discusses the Benefits of Operating a Business in the Country’s Heartland

The Evolving Face of Kansas City BY KELLY PHILLIPS

Ora Reynolds Leads the Change at Hunt Midwest

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Distinctive Neighborhoods

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Rich in History. Rich in Tradition.

Relocating to the Kansas City Area is One of the Best Moves You’ll Ever Make

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Live Your Green Lifestyle BY LONNY COHEN

Golf and Lifestyle Communities Offering You Perks that GoWell Beyond Your Property Line

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Luxury Rental Living BY STEPHANIE MADDOX

Turn-Key Lifestyle with All of the Amenities

Kansas City is Proud of a Very Rich History and Traditions

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Re-View Windows Reflects Well on Kansas City

The Ins & Outs of Getting Around

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Lenexa, Kansas is a City with An Interesting History and a Vibrant Future

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The Level of Academic Excellence Available in Kansas and Missouri Area Schools is in a Class by Itself Highlighting Primary and Secondary Education

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TRIPADVISOR NAMED KANSAS CITY ONE OF THE “15 BEST AMERICAN CITIES FOR VIEWING AUTUMN FOLIAGE.”

The colors are vibrant thanks to the many varieties of foliage. It is picturesque well into December. TripAdvisor named Kansas City one of the “15 Best American Cities for Viewing Autumn Foliage.” The rolling hills and off-the-beaten roads give residents and visitors the chance to enjoy scenery that rivals the famous Northeastern autumn colors. Area pumpkin patches and apple cider mills offer plenty of opportunities for families to enjoy the seasonal colors and crisp weather. It’s the perfect time for hiking and hayrides alike. There are also plenty of festivals for kids of all ages to take advantage of the season. It’s the season to relish! Time to take advantage of this time to get outside and meet your neighbors. Carpe Diem!

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Ora Reynolds LEADS THE CHANGE AT HUNT MIDWEST n K E L LY P H I L L I P S

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REYNOLDS IS MODEST ABOUT HER SUCCESS. SHE MOVED HERE FROM CHICAGO, JOINING HUNT MIDWEST IN 1990 AS AN EX-BANKER IN CHARGE OF LOOKING FOR NEW INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE HUNT FAMILY. THE FAMILY’S HOLDINGS AT THE TIME INCLUDED OWNERSHIP OF THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, WORLDS OF FUN, AND THE WORLD’S LARGEST UNDERGROUND BUSINESS COMPLEX, SUBTROPOLIS, LOCATED NORTH OF THE RIVER. t

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MANY OF HUNT MIDWEST’S COMMUNITIES ARE AWARD-WINNING PROPERTIES, AND MUCH OF THE VISION FOR THIS SUCCESS COMES FROM REYNOLDS.

Hunt Midwest is one of Kansas City’s leading real estate development companies. To date, the company has developed residential communities in ten different cities throughout the metropolitan area and continues to build wherever there’s a need. Many of Hunt Midwest’s communities are award-winning properties, and much of the vision for this success comes from Reynolds. Without her drive to create communities that facilitate instant connections and encourage long-lasting friendships, many 28

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of the neighborhoods in Kansas City would come up short. They would not be as accommodating, vibrant, or exciting as they are today. In short, they wouldn’t feel like home. Reynolds is modest about her success. She moved here from Chicago, joining Hunt Midwest in 1990 as an exbanker in charge of looking for new investment opportunities for the Hunt family. The family’s holdings at the time included ownership of the Kansas City


Chiefs, Worlds of Fun, and the world’s largest underground business complex, SubTropolis, located north of the river. When the opportunity arose for Reynolds to start a residential real estate development division, she accepted the challenge. Her first project involved 300 acres owned by the Hunt family in the Northland; Reynolds was tasked with figuring out how to best utilize that acreage. “At the time – the early ‘90s – there weren’t many residential communities of any kind in the Northland. The area north of the river only commanded about 20% of the housing permits pulled in the city,” says Reynolds. She saw an opportunity to invest in this sparsely populated region by creating a neighborhood built in a park-like setting, complete with walking trails, pools, and playgrounds. The neighborhood – one of the first master-planned communities in the Northland – featured unique product types to serve different lifestyles. Today, residents in a Hunt Midwest community can choose an entry-level townhome, an entrylevel single-family home, a luxury home, or a villa – all in the same neighborhood. The connecting thread is that of facilitating t

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Evolving Face OF Kansas City Continued interactions between people. This strategy gives residents, especially those moving into Kansas City from elsewhere, the opportunity to become immersed in an immediate friend group. Hunt Midwest continues to use this tactic when looking at future neighborhood developments. “The goal of Hunt Midwest is to find a need and then figure out a way to meet it,” explains Reynolds.“When I think about growing up, your life is made up of the memories you created where you lived, just down the street.” Future nostalgia is what Reynolds wants to foster in Hunt Midwest’s residential communities, and it’s a strategy that has served the company well thus far. Today, in addition to its master-planned communities, the company also plans and develops for-lease in-fill projects, such as The Vue in downtown Overland Park and The Fairways at City Center. These new communities, inserted into infill suburban locations, often labeled “urban-suburban,” provide a mix of high-quality finishes, smaller footprints, and heavy amenities combined with a high walkability factor similar to what one finds in an urban setting. The Vue exudes a country club atmosphere that appeals to those who want on-site conveniences such as workout facilities, pools, bars, event spaces, game rooms, dog washing stations, and more. Fairway Villas, located steps away from Lenexa City Center, provides an opportunity for renters who prefer a more traditional, maintenance-free single-family home with a basement, two-car garage and golf course views.“People expect amenities these days,” says Reynolds. She continues by saying that age seems to be irrelevant. “Millennials and empty nesters both want the same thing. They want something that’s vibrant, stimulating, and that keeps them engaged. They want experiences, and they want flexibility to do things rather than taking care of their house.” This is what Hunt Midwest delivers. t

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TODAY, IN ADDITION TO ITS MASTER-PLANNED COMMUNITIES, THE COMPANY ALSO PLANS AND DEVELOPS FOR-LEASE IN-FILL PROJECTS. THESE PROJECTS, SUCH AS THE VUE IN DOWNTOWN OVERLAND PARK, ARE INSERTED INTO EXISTING SUBURBS WHERE UNDERUTILIZED LAND STILL EXISTS.

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So how does Kansas City benefit from all this development? Reynolds says it boils down to quality of life and economic development, two tenets that are integral to Hunt Midwest’s business philosophy. The residential communities built by Hunt Midwest provide affordable housing options for every person and every lifestyle within the city. New neighborhoods create more jobs, and jobs bring more revenue into the city. This, in turn, fuels retail, entertainment, and other commerce. Education systems benefit through the influx of new students moving into the area. Weave all this together, and you have a stronger, more dynamic tapestry, one that sustains the current population while attracting new residents to the area each year. Reynolds’ passion for Kansas City is palpable. In her spare time, she sits on the board of the Kansas City Area Development Council where she works to entice companies to move to the Kansas City area. She also chairs the board of Starlight Theatre. When asked about Kansas City’s arts and culture scene, she doesn’t hesitate.“We have so many amazing theater options, from Starlight to the Kauffman Center. We have opportunities for cutting edge theater, for Broadway, and everything in between. We also have a world-class art museum. When people come here, they’ll find that we don’t have water, we don’t have mountains, but we have all those other things.” Hunt Midwest has also changed over the years, and Reynolds says she has enjoyed participating in that transformation. Evolution is the key to staying relevant and successful, but she’s quick to point out that as the company has evolved, its core values have remained the same: authenticity, integrity, and a commitment to the betterment of Kansas City. For Hunt Midwest – and Reynolds herself – these are non-negotiables. Hunt Midwest is changing the face of Kansas City one community at a time, and Ora Reynolds is spearheading the movement. The fabric of the city is stronger because of her passion and leadership. With Reynolds at the helm, Kansas City can look forward to a future that fully embraces all the word community stands for: a unified body of unique individuals, coming together to share common interests within a broader social setting. Hunt Midwest’s residential developments are part of what makes Kansas City so special. They’re the reason Kansas Citians call this place “home.” n

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elocating to the Kansas City area is one of the best moves you’ll make. There are many different faces of our city to choose from, each offering a variety of unique options and features. Whether you want to live in our thriving Downtown area with a streetcar and plethora of eateries all within walking distance, or out on an estate in a family neighborhood, with excellent education options. The best part is every niche and corner is within driving distance of entertainment options and amenities. We have touched on a few of the areas in the most demand for your consideration. Welcome to Kansas City! t KC RELO

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Family living in Brookside and Waldo is a community tradition The Brookside Neighborhood is a sought after eclectic metropolitan jewel, with lovely historic homes, unique shops, trendy restaurants and cultural attractions. Home to some of Kansas City’s hippest residents and urban professionals, Brookside was this city’s first suburban shopping area. It now boasts over 70 proprietors and offices which have elegantly preserved the original architecture and kept the neighborhood appeal. Located just a few short blocks south of the Country Club Plaza, this residential neighborhood begins at 51st and Wornall Road, while the retail area is further south and bounded by Wornall Road on the west, Meyer Boulevard to the south, 61st Terrace to the north and Main Street to the east. The year is dotted with events including the Brookside Art Fair, a nationally recognized Art Fair in its 21st

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year. It features over 185 local, national and international artists and draws over 80,000 plus each year. The Annual St. Patrick Warm-up Parade is held the Saturday before St. Pat’s Day is a festive, family friendly event where everyone is “Irish” for a day. Brookside’s delightful neighboring city, Waldo, stretches from Gregory Boulevard on the north to 91st Street on the south, and Troost Avenue on the east to State Line Road on the west. This vibrant neighborhood and business district began in 1841 as the farm of Dr. David Waldo, and soon became a bustling neighborhood on the edge of the city. Waldo has never lost its flavor as a fun, little family neighborhood on the edge of a big city. Today, you’ll find more than 600 businesses in Waldo, most locally owned, surrounded by a family-oriented neighborhood. This walkable, tree-lined area of our city is truly a wonderful place t to work, shop, live and play.


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Suburban treats await in Lee’s Summit, Lakewood, and Lake Lotawana Located just east of the metro, the city of Lake Lotawana surrounds the largest private lake in Missouri. With 600 acres of surface water and 27 miles of shoreline, it is populated by every style, size and shape of home, from cozy log cabins to million dollar estates, and private docks that hold pontoons, PWCs, ski boats, fishing boats, sailboats and more. Residents can take advantage of the Missouri Yacht Club on the lake and lakeside dining at Marina Grog and Galley. Sailing and ski clubs connect residents for a family feeling throughout the neighborhood. Such events as Lotawana Day, with many activities including ski shows and swimming contests, and the 4th of July, with brilliant fireworks, always attract large crowds. Another community located east of KC ideal for lake lovers is the Lakewood subdivision, boasting two lakes with a total surface area of 365 acres. This prestigious 2,200-acre neighborhood features the Lakewood Oaks Golf course, a championship course, with pro shop, restaurant and bar onsite. Condominiums and homes dot the neighborhood, with 40

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many amenities including four swimming pools and a neighborhood swim team, fitness center, tennis courts, ball fields and play areas. Sunset cruises on the lakes are priceless. The suburb of Lee’s Summit, southeast of the metro, is renowned for educational excellence, diversity of neighborhood options and a downtown brimming with “small town” ambiance, with over 40 specialty local retail shops, restaurants and many annual events. Free Wi-Fi and

a new electric vehicle charging station further enhance the downtown amenities, and the summer concert series draws lawn chairs and families gathered near the quaint train car which houses the Chamber of Commerce. Downtown Days, weekly events and Fourth Fridays create a nostalgic, neighborhood feel. The Magic Tree, which greets drivers entering the city just off 470 Highway, has become somewhat of a city icon during the Christmas season.


History is alive and well in the Hyde Park, Valentine and Plaza districts

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Since the 1800s, the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, situated near Armour and Gillham near Westport, has seen a revival over the past years. This tree-lined neighborhood offers homes reminiscent

of times gone by, featuring architectural styles predominately of three kinds: modifications of Colonial revival in brick, stone, and occasionally all-frame; the Kansas City “Shirtwaist� Style house with stone or brick lower story and frame upper, often with a bellcast gable roof; and bungalows. Other styles represented are Victorian Romanesque, Queen Anne, Shingle Style, and Prairie School Style.

Its close proximity to the Country Club Plaza, built by famed real estate developer J.C. Nichols, makes it ideal for city dwellers who want to live the true Kansas City lifestyle. With 15 blocks lined with over 150 of the most exclusive shops in the world, and dozens of fine restaurants, The Plaza is world renowned. Such events as the Plaza Art Fair, the spectacular Plaza lights that shine through the holiday season, and the Plaza bunnies that dot the streets each spring for Easter make this locale unmatched. Apartments and homes in and around the area are some of the most prized pieces of real estate in the city. The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is a short few blocks away, where over 500,000 visitors annually are greeted by the famed giant shuttlecock on the front lawn scape, and entranced by the over 35,000 works of art within. The Plaza is also bordered by the Valentine neighborhood, which is also steeped in historic value. These homes bring families of all ages who treasure the woodwork and etched glass, not to mention the close neighborhood feeling that prevails from front porch t to front porch.

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Overland Park and downtown Overland Park offer impressive neighborhoods Overland Park, Kansas, is home to excellent school districts, and is a suburb with plenty to offer. Downtown Overland Park is the natural choice for maintenance-free, urban-style living in a trendy suburban community. Just minutes from both I-35 and I-435, it combines the area’s most unique and eclectic mix of shopping, dining, entertainment and services - just steps away from your front door.Whether you’re looking for a penthouse suite or rooftop patio overlooking the farmers market and 42

Olathe, Kansas, the second largest of the 21 communities in prosperous Johnson County, is the fourth largest city in the state. Just 20 miles southwest of downtown KC, it offers an exceptional lifestyle. Attractive neighborhoods and a pleasing community complement one of the best school systems in the nation. Popular for hot-air ballooning and sailboarding, Olathe has two public lakes, Olathe Lake and Cedar Lake. A quality lifestyle is inviting to anyone desiring a lovely city close to the metro.

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Going west in the Kansas City surrounding area offers a wellspring of rich experiences, with many activities, sights and welcoming neighborhoods. The town of Shawnee, Kansas, is a short drive, and is not only a nice suburban area, with museums and shopping, but features Shawnee Town. This is an interactive place where visitors of all ages learn what it was like to live in Shawnee in 1929. Engaging and thoughtful tours, exhibits and programs will allow visitors to experience a typical day in and around the farm town of Shawnee in 1929.

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clock tower concert venue or a townhome with courtyard, you’ll find the ultimate downtown living. Historic downtown Overland Park features the quaint Clock Tower Plaza, and over 300 locally owned shops, a farmer’s market and events like 3rd Fridays. The Corporate Woods business district, Oak Park Mall and Metcalf South Shopping Center are hubs of activity in Overland Park. The Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead draws visitors of all ages to tour the 1900s turn-of-the-century farm with petting zoo and activities. And parks and green spaces make this city an t ideal suburb.

Calling all NASCAR fans! Kansas City, Kansas, is home to one of the most popular racetracks in the nation, the Kansas Speedway. This world class racing track, just 15 miles west of downtown, opened in 2001. Since then, millions of fans have had the time of their life in the over 73,000 seats surrounding the 1.5 mile track. RV camping makes the experience even more memorable, as does the Hollywood Casino that overlooks turn two of the track. Village West, adjacent to the Speedway, is a 400-acre retail, dining and entertainment district that happens to be the most visited tourist destination in the state of Kansas, with 10 million visitors annually. Lawrence, Kansas, west down K10 Highway, is home to the champion Kansas University Jayhawks, and offers the best of what a college town is about. Restaurants, concerts, events and outdoor activities abound. The Free State Brewery and the historic Eldridge Hotel are just two of the many landmarks in this storied town. It’s definitely worth a day trip or even could be your ideal home.


The Downtown areas of Kansas City rival any city in our United States with art, mixed use neighborhoods, a blend of venues and styles and a city pride that spans generations. Its emergence in entrepreneurial growth and smart city technology are making the news and the momentum is gathering.Venues such as the Sprint Center, the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts and the Power and Light District have made for quite a renaissance. Living here means walking or jogging to work, to the grocery store or to any number of restaurants. One Light Apartments, the first new apartment complex built downtown since 1978, offers spectacular downtown views through floor-to-ceiling glass walls in all 307 apartments. Hundreds of residents have moved into the tower at 50 E. 13th Street, enamored by the luxury amenities, including a spectacular rooftop pool and many common areas, including a theater and game room. The second building, Two Light has recently been completed with additional luxury amenities for renters downtown.

performance art. Now home to over 2,000 residents, the Crossroads is a fully functioning neighborhood with small-scale grocers, bakeries, home décor, dentists, pet stores, yoga studios, banks, movie theaters, printing services and coffee shops. The new streetcar provides easy access to Downtown, the Crossroads and the River Market. The monthly 1st Fridays event has become a regional favorite, drawing up to 10,000 for the evening of food trucks, street performers, art gallery exhibits and music. The River Market is a riverfront neighborhood in Kansas City that comprises the first and oldest incorporated district in Kansas City, officially named a Historical District by the US Department of Interior in the

late 70s. Over the years, the River Market has also been coined Westport Landing, the City Market and River Quay. This vigorous and exciting neighborhood, has large riverfront warehouses being developed into residential lofts, with restaurants, bars, shops, cafés and ethnic markets. Several firms have recently relocated into the district, including Populous, one of the world’s leading sports architecture firms. Major attractions here are The City Market’s Farmers’ Market, the largest farmers’ market in the region, which brings “Farm to Table” right to the heart of the city with fresh produce and goods on Saturday and Sunday. The Arabia Steamboat Museum displays thousands of artifacts from a steamboat and its cargo that sunk nearby in 1856 and was recovered in 1987-88. t PHOTOS BY AL GRIFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Country Club District offers unmatched living options in Mission Hills, Prairie Village, Leawood, Westwood and Fairway The group of neighborhoods comprising a historic upscale residential district in Kansas City, Missouri, and Johnson County, Kansas, is known fondly as the Country Club District. The district, also the brain child of J.C. Nichols, was developed in stages between 1906 and 1950, and today is home to approximately 60,000 and includes such well-known Kansas City neighborhoods as Sunset Hill and Brookside in Missouri, Mission Hills, Fairway, and the oldest parts of Prairie Village in Kansas, making it the largest planned community built by a single developer in the United States. Ward Parkway, a wide, manicured boulevard, is the main thoroughfare through the district, running south from the Country Club Plaza, the first suburban shopping district in the United States. Mission Hills, Kansas, has been a neighborhood of high distinction since J.C. Nichols developed it in the 1920s as a part of his Country Club district plan. Located on the Kansas/Missouri State Line,

homeowners here enjoy membership in the three country clubs and golf courses.Together, the three clubs, Kansas City, Mission Hills and Indian Hills, have become the most prestigious in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Mission Hills is ranked third by Forbes list of America’s most affluent neighborhoods, and is home to some of the most opulent homes on large lots. George Brett,Tom Watson and Kevin Harlan make this their home. Another richly storied neighborhood envisioned by J.C. Nichols is Prairie Village, Kansas, another planned community neighboring the Country Club Plaza. These quaint homes line treed streets, with easy access to everything Kansas City has to offer. The school systems in these Johnson County subdivisions are the top in the nation, and Prairie Village has been named one of the best subdivisions in the region by the Kansas City Star. There is plenty to do, with a large neighborhood pool complex, art galleries, restaurants and

events throughout the year that bring community spirit to life. Leawood, Kansas, is a bit further into Kansas, offering the sought-after Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission School districts to families. Residents can enjoy the aquatic center, lovely parks, Ironhorse Championship Golf Course and events planned by the Leawood Arts Council. The Westwood and Fairway communities in Kansas are also neighborhoods of distinction that draw every age of resident who enjoys suburban living in a delightfully interactive setting. The City of Fairway, incorporated in 1949, is a beautiful residential community in Northeast Johnson County. With nearly 4,000 residents and nearly 1800 homes and 100 businesses, Fairway is a small, but significant city. Westwood is a quaint community also nestled in the far northeast corner of Johnson County. Near Rainbow Boulevard and Mission Road, its homes are reminiscent of the cultural ideals of the mid 1900’s. t KC RELO

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Eastward HO A quick jaunt east of the city offers rolling landscapes, horses, quaint country communities and sports. Of course, this means the Missouri Mavericks championship hockey team in Independence. They play at the Independence Events Center, which is also home to a number of events through the year. The Missouri Mavericks, owned by Lamar Hunt Jr., son of Kansas City Chiefs founder, Lamar Hunt, are entering into their seventh season as a professional hockey franchise in Independence, and made the playoffs appearances in each of their first five seasons, including winning the 2014 Bud Poile Governor’s Cup, capping off a season of franchise record regular-season wins (44). Now as part of the ECHL, the Mavericks compete in the “Central Division” of the ECHL for a spot in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The I-70/470 corridor has become a central part of the suburb of Independence. This area is conveniently located and has expanded with the Stoney Creek development, featuring the popular Bass Pro Shops and a wide variety of restaurants. Golf courses, including Stone Canyon and Shoal Creek, provide quantities of green space in this historic suburb. Many apartment complexes, office complexes, subdivisions and office parks make Independence a viable living area near the city. Events such as Santi Cali Gon Days are renowned. Blue Springs is renowned for its Adams Dairy Parkway commercial area, with a plethora of restaurant options, Home Depot, Walmart, Kohl’s and other shopping offerings. Its excellent education options and high school sports teams have earned state honors yearly. Close to the metro and a coveted address, city pride is alive and well in historic downtown Blue Springs. Annual events include the Fall Funfest and others. 46

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Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kansas, is steeped in tradition This ethnic neighborhood draws on its European influence and tradition, with generations of families living in historic, majestic homes handed down through years past. Immigrants from Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Sweden settled the Strawberry Hill neighborhood in the late 19th Century. The community remains rooted in its Slavic heritage even today.The area, on the bluffs overlooking the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers, continues to thrive and grow.The Strawberry Hill Fall Festival draws folks who wish to experience the flavor, music and crafts of this rich suburban enclave.The museum and cultural center is located in a sprawling building ready to explore, and unique restaurants

draw daily visitors wishing to learn and enjoy the cultural influence. Once such beloved place to find unique treats is Strawberry Hill Povitica Company, located in the heart of Strawberry Hill. In 1984, with the written recipe of his beloved mother, and her “secrets,” Harley opened the shop. Povitica has been a staple at holiday and family gatherings for generations. When given as a gift to people outside your family, it was meant as a sign of respect. As time has gone on, the tradition of baking Povitica has become a dying art form. Here, that tradition lives on with the help of a few dedicated people who still use their Grandmother’s recipe. This Povitica is shipped around the world. Free tours of the bakery are available, and include a free sample and free cup of coffee.


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North Kansas City has a variety of areas, each unique, including Parkville, Weston, Liberty, Smithville and Gladstone In the heart of the greater metropolitan area, North Kansas City possesses an atmosphere of small town hospitality and tradition coupled with access to high-tech services and a wealth of recreational and cultural activities. Chappelle’s Restaurant and Sports Museum is something to experience. Not to mention proximity to KCI Airport and North Kansas City Hospital. Growth has been phenomenal in this area, which expands to Parkville. Historic Downtown Parkville, overlooking the Missouri River, is a haven for shops, each offering a unique shopping experience. Whether you’re looking for art, antiques, one of a kind boutiques, gadgets, home decor, fashion, embellishments, or collectibles, you’ll find it. Such events as the Annual Parkville River Jam and Parkville Microbrew Fest at English Landing Park are huge draws of all ages. In Weston, locally produced wine, beer, and distilled spirits, and a pub in the underground vaults of an 1840’s brewery are sights to behold. There’s a state park on the bluffs of the Missouri River where Lewis and Clark walked, with beautiful views, trails, picnic and camping sites. Liberty, as do all of the North KC neighborhoods, offers an excellent school system, with restaurants, a historic downtown and restaurants aplenty. Smithville and Gladstone each possess a personality, with Richville’s familyfriendly community on the shores of the 7,200 acre Smithville Lake with its boating, fishing, hiking, and swimming opportunities. Alongside the lake is the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex with its two challenging 18-hole courses. Gladstone’s suburban community is known for excellent proximity 10 miles from the airport, and schools and art and community events that make life peaceful n and eventful.

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rom Kansas City barbecue to a livestock event spanning an entire month, and from a visionary land developer to Kansas City melodious jazz sounds, Kansas City’s history is rich and colorful. Thanks to the many visionaries who gave their special gifts to the area, you will soon discover just a few reasons why Kansas City is such a vibrant place to live.

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The Taste…the smell – Kansas City Barbecue Two of the oldest barbecue restaurants in the area can be traced back to Henry Perry, known as the “father of Kansas City barbecue.”

KANSAS CITY CONTINUES TO BE THE MECCA FOR GOOD BARBECUE.

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After a stint in the steamboat business, Perry moved to Kansas City in 1907, and that move put Kansas City on the map to become the ‘Barbecue Capitol of the World.” Landing a job as a porter in a local saloon, Porter started selling smoked meats to workers in the alley close to the saloon where he worked.With a following and a confidence in his abilities, Perry opened a restaurant in a trolley car near 10th & Vine, in 1910. His menu included twentyfive cent slabs of ribs and other beef specialties along with possum, woodchuck and raccoon. Charlie Bryant worked for Perry as a cook.When Perry died in 1946, he left his restaurant to Bryant who sold the business to his brother Arthur who renamed the restaurant Arthur Bryant’s and moved it to 17th and Brooklyn. The restaurant is still in its original location and continues to host celebrities, sport figures and politicians when visiting the City. Following Perry’s death, former cook Arthur Pinkhard joined forces with his friend George Gates to open Gates and Son’s Bar-B-Que. Today their restaurant has locations throughout the city. Kansas City continues to be the mecca for good barbecue. As a newcomer to the area, you will talk to many people who will tell you that they know who has the best barbecue. The fun of being a newcomer is finding out for yourself. t KC RELO

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THE AMERICAN ROYAL DRAWS THOUSANDS EACH YEAR TO THE MONTH-LONG EVENT.

From its humble beginnings to today – The American Royal What was once the hub of cattle trading in the area is now the home to one of the biggest events in the City – The American Royal.

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Originally called the National Hereford Show in 1899, the show was designed to move livestock. The American Royal draws thousands each year to the month-long event.

Through the years The American Royal has grown and today includes a horse show that attracts the top riders from around the country competing in major competitions. Additionally, the American Pro Rodeo and, the World Series of Barbecue Competition were added to the festivities. Events are centered around the whole family drawing tens of thousands to the annual American Royal Parade. For those who like to tap their toes to country music, top country musical entertainers rock the house at sold-out

concerts. Whether you are a cowboy or not, The American Royal, as it has been for many years, is a time to get your cowboy on.

And all that jazz. Bill “Count” Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Charlie Parker, Pat Metheny, and Sonny Kenner are just a few of the people who have been part of the Kansas City Jazz scene. While New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz, Kansas City put its special spin on jazz when it was first heard in the 1920s. It surged during the 1930s when Kansas City was run by political boss Tom Pendergast. Under Pendergast, the city was in an economic boom and musicians moved to Kansas City to find work.While prohibition was a sign of the times throughout the

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NEW UPSCALE LIVING IN

PRAIRIE VILLAGE What was once a 136-acre golf course and country club is now Meadowbrook Park, a new vision for a community blending luxury, privacy and classic architecture within the setting of an 84-acre public park, centrally located lakes and meandering trails. Featuring mature trees, courtyards and parklettes, Meadowbrook Park, is located in the heart of Prairie Village, Kansas between Somerset Drive and 95th Street and between Roe and Nall. Meadowbrook’s two upscale maintenance-provided residential neighborhoods are a mix of single-family homes and twin villa homes by five of Kansas City’s finest builders. The single-family residences in Meadowbrook Park feature modern interpretations of classic architecture. Each home is designed and built for exclusive upscale living with first floor master suites, quality craftsmanship and the highest attention to detail. The singlefamily homes in Meadowbrook Park are custom designed by Ambassador Construction, Holthaus Building, Inc., Koenig Building & Restoration, Lambie Custom Homes and RM Standard Construction. Exclusively built by Tom French Construction, the Twin Villas are luxury residences with courtyards allowing living space to flow into beautifully landscaped terraces and outdoor spaces. For more information: Single Family Homes 913-800-0232 Twin Villas 913-333-1313

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country, it did not exist in Kansas City and this phenomenon allowed jazz clubs to open and prosper in the area. While this golden age of Jazz no longer exists today, Kansas City Jazz continues to be heard throughout the city. Kansas City is home to the American Jazz Museum, which opened in 1997. The museum, located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, has done an exceptional job of highlighting the sights and sounds of the jazz legends as well as modern-day jazz.

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Besides the shopping at the many unique stores and eating at the extraordinary restaurants, plan to take a walking tour to see the architecture, statues and fountains that make this shopping area as unique n today as it was nearly 100 years ago.

Finally... No history is complete without looking at some of the Kansas Citians who have left their mark on Kansas City and the rest of the country! Thank you Harry S. Truman, Amelia Earhart, Don Cheadle, Walt Disney, Richard and Henry Block, Robert Altman, Thomas Hart Benton, Joan Crawford, Donald Hall, Buck O’Neil, Ernest Hemmingway, George Brett, Tom Watson, Ginger Rogers, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestree, Bob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, Jesse James, George Caleb Bingham, Dee Wallace, Chris Cooper, Kate Spade, John Kander plus many, many more.

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Today, shopping centers are the norm, but in 1922, Kansas City was the home to the first shopping center in the world – The Country Club Plaza.

Designed to accommodate visitors who arrived by automobile, The Country Club Plaza was developed by Kansas City visionary developer Jesse Clyde Nichols, (Known as JC Nichols) and was patterned after the high-end shopping districts in Seville, Spain. Encompassing about 55 acres, during planning,the project met extreme criticism, but when it opened, the area was an immediate success and has continued that success.

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f you are moving from an area with long commutes, do not expect them here. As a newcomer, the ease of getting around Kansas City is another great perk that you will enjoy. Highways and city streets are prominently marked so you will not miss your highway exit and you will easily find the street you are looking for. At first glance, you may notice a lot of highway and road construction, but you do not need to worry. Delays through these areas are minimal and will usually only increase your commute by a matter of minutes. Kansas City has a highway that encircles the city. Thanks to Interstate 435, an 83-mile two state beltway encircling the Kansas City metropolitan area, you will find that you will be able to get from Independence to Overland Park and from Parkville to Lee’s Summit using this loop. t


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Helping you get from your new home to your new job, school or entertainment destination are the highways that intersect with I-435 including I-35, 1-29, I-470, I-635,K-10, 350 Highway, US 69, US 50 and US 40. Once you have lived here for a while, you will soon realize that these highways are great ways to get to your destination whether it’s just a few miles away or it is across the city. To help take some of the stress out of your commute is the Kansas City Area’s bi-state management system, KC Scout. Developed by the Kansas and Missouri departments of transportation (KDOT, MoDOT) , KC Scout is designed to lessen traffic jams by improving rush-hour speeds, to increase safety by decreasing the number of

rush-hour accidents, and to improve emergency response to traffic situations. Using cameras and sensors to monitor the more than 125 miles of continuous highways in the Greater Kansas City Area, KC Scout uses large electronic message boards to send urgent traffic notices to drivers along the freeways, and activates a Highway Advisory Radio system that motorists in Missouri can tune to in the event of a highway incident. For more information about KC Scout or to download the app, visit, www.kcscout.net. If you would like to let someone else do the driving, there are numerous options in the area. Buses in both the Missouri and Kansas sides of the state line are clean and dependable; and you will find that

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IF YOU ARE MOVING FROM AN AREA WITH LONG COMMUTES, DON’T EXPECT THEM HERE.

riding a bus can be extremely economical and will take you to almost everywhere you want to go.

cities throughout the area developing bicycle master plans: and bike lanes are the norm in many neighborhoods.

Riding with Uber or Z-Trip are also transportations in Kansas City. With a smart phone app, users can book their requests; and know that within minutes their ride is available. Using the Uber service is a perfect option for your daily life or a night on the town.

Kansas City’s B-Cycle Bike Share is a new great way to maneuver through the area. With more stations planned, presently, there are 27 bike rental stations serving Downtown KC, Westport, The Country Club Plaza, 18th and Vine and the Trolley Track Trail. Costs for the Bike Share include a membership and a usage fee. For more information, visit www.kansascity.bicycle.com. n

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REALTORS® Offer Insight on 2018 Housing Market Landscape The start of the new year is a time when many people reflect on their goals and pledge personal resolutions for the next 365 days. Whether optimistic about or hoping for changes in the year to come, switching over the calendar also allows an opportunity to reassess one’s housing situation.

In 2018, existing-home sales are projected to be unchanged from 2017, at about 5.5 million sales nationwide, and the median home price is expected to edge up only about 2 percent. One of the biggest challenges in 2018 will continue to be the low levels of homes available for sale.

This time of year has potential buyers and sellers reflecting on last year’s housing market data and examining the outlook for the next 12 months to better prepare themselves for entering the market and buying or selling a home.

Supply of new and existing homes on the market for the Kansas City region began the new year down more than 16 percent compared to the same time the previous year with just under 6,500 listings in the Heartland Multiple Listing Service.

2017 was another strong year for real estate. Nationwide, home sales prices increased in 2017, and Kansas City was no exception, with the average sales price up nearly 6 percent for the year. Home affordability in the Kansas City region remains positive, with an average sale price for existing homes at $210,000 and new homes at $381,000. The number of closed sales in the Kansas City region for 2017 was nearly even with 2016 numbers.

“REALTORS® continue to provide the best tools and resources to overcome the challenge of the short supply and our fast-paced local market through their access to the most current inventory, experience in transaction management strategies, and insight into market trends,” said Andrea Sheridan, president of the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS®. The National Association of REALTORS’® Housing Opportunities

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custom wood windows built to satisfy the requirements of a historic preservation project. At the time, Pella did not have the ability to manufacture windows that were outside the current product line. Attempting to satisfy this need led to Gentleman’s first preservation project: Kansas City’s historic Union Station.“We didn’t really know what we were doing at the time, but I said yes anyway,” says Gentleman.“We ended up having so much fun that we decided to aggressively pursue more business in the historic window preservation arena.” Re-View grew quickly and went nationwide shortly thereafter. Today, the company works on commercial landmark buildings where the historical integrity of the building is at stake. Gentleman and Maxwell still keep the business close to home with projects like the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, Webster House, and the new J. Rieger Distillery, but they also work on projects across the country, including state capitol buildings in Idaho, Minnesota, and Virginia; City Center Temple in Provo, UT; and the Oregon State Hospital, known by many as the hospital where the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was filmed. Gentleman attributes much of the company’s success to its location.“My experience owning a business in Kansas City has been so positive that I really can’t imagine locating the business anywhere else. Today most of our business is not in Kansas City. Since we’re a national company, being in the center of the United States helps geographically by providing quicker access to the markets we work in... It allows us to more easily compete with companies that are bigger than we are. Being located in the middle of the country gives us a competitive advantage and is a real plus for the business.” Owning a business in Kansas City has other advantages. Not only is real estate less expensive here, but Gentleman notes that the local banking community is very supportive of new business – something not often found in larger cities.“Kansas City has a very healthy local banking environment. There are banks here that respect the integrity and passion of the owners and spend the time to understand the concept and the business model that they’re considering investing in.” When Re-View first began bidding projects nationally, established players 64

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in the industry were surprised. For the first few years, Gentleman says they were questioned intensely on every job they went after. There were many who couldn’t fathom a historic window manufacturer in Kansas City having the necessary knowledge and capability to compete successfully. But compete they do, and today it’s not uncommon for them to get a call from a general contractor with a specific job in mind. Re-View has earned a reputation for quality and expertise that’s unmatched in the industry.

at what you do,” he says.“We take pride in that.”

Gentleman says it’s been fun to break through the barriers and somewhat snobbish attitudes of East Coast competitors by winning jobs from them. “It’s fun to compete with someone on their own terms and win because you’re better

Locating the business in Kansas City was the right decision, says Gentleman.“I would encourage people to give Kansas City a good look for a new business or expansion of an existing business. We have an amazing talent pool, affordable

Re-View often hosts visitors to Kansas City. Contractors, architects, and state historic preservationists need to get comfortable with the notion that two guys in the middle of the country know what they’re doing when it comes to historic window manufacturing. They’re always surprised by what they find when they tour the shop: the latest in technology and machinery, best-in-class processes, and top-notch employees who understand the business.

real estate, a financial community that’s cooperative and understanding, substantial entrepreneurial support, and a solid community that’s a great place to live and raise a family. If you’re starting a business and want to attract and retain employees, it’s much easier when the community is the kind of place where someone can set down roots.” As Re-View Windows continues to put Kansas City on the map in a niche industry, Gentleman looks forward to impressing the next group of out-of-town visitors with his state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. That, and a little Kansas City barbecue. He laughs.“No matter where they’re from, they always want Kansas City barbecue when n they visit.” KC RELO

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o you enjoy playing golf but does the long drive to the golf course take the fun out of your golf game?

If you answered yes to these and other questions about your lifestyle, then it might be time to look for a home in a lifestyle community. These communities offer you the perks that go well beyond your property line. Describing Cedar Creek, a lifestyle community in Olathe, Len Boxler says that living in the community offers residents the opportunity to come home to a vacation every day.With sprawling acres of rolling hills, limestone bluffs, treed valleys, tranquil lakes and undisturbed greenspace, Cedar Creek offers residents swimming pools, tennis courts, indoor t


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gymnasium, jogging and walking trails along with an 18-hole award-winning golf course. Your vacationing at home can also be found North of the River at Cider Mill Ridge at the National in Parkville, Missouri, which offers lifestyle options for families as well as empty-nesters who are finding their new homes in the development that was designed to utilize the green space with a park in the middle of the community, says Dale Brouk,“We stress the importance of a happier, healthier lifestyle.” Residents can join the National Golf Club or its sister Club, The National II or take advantage of the many community amenities including swimming, walking and exercise trails, children’s playground and much more. There are many factors to consider when choosing your new home community – near your job, quality schools, nearby shopping but there are other things to consider. It is also 70

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important to take a look at how you live. If you are an empty-nester, you are going to look for different lifestyle offerings that the young family will find important. For this reason, many lifestyle communities offer amenities that will appeal to you, no matter what stage of life you are in. Creekmoor in Raymore is a lifestyle community which offers amenities that will appeal to every stage of your life.“This unique, friendly, thriving community offers golf and lake living as well as a state of the art clubhouse and fitness center, pool, tennis and trails. There is truly something for everyone,” explains Rosemary Vitale, Reece and Nichols Real Estate. If you are looking for tranquility, many of the lifestyle communities throughout the area offer you the dream you are looking for. For example, Cottonwood Canyon in Lenexa, a golf course community offers the tranquility that many

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homebuyers are looking for according to development manager, Steve Hughes. Like other lifestyle communities in the area, Hughes explains that their development offers residents the feeling of living in the country while still physically living in the city. The open spaces and the physical layout offers residents the tranquility they are looking for. Finally, there is a strong social aspect of living in a community that offers lifestyle amenities including golf, swimming, clubhouse, fitness centers, tennis walking trails and more. As a newcomer to the area, making social connections for you and your family is an added perk you will enjoy for years to come. n

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any people of all ages are opting to shun the maintenance of home ownership, and choosing the carefree lifestyle of luxury rentals. The Kansas City metro offers several options that appeal to various needs. Take a look at the options available.

Altitude 970 Altitude 970 offers spacious convertible, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments. Located near Burlington Creek in Kansas City, Missouri, the units are designed with your unique lifestyle in mind. Residents will find the units perfect for entertaining. Every wellappointed home contains unique features like a washer & dryer and granite counters. The vibrant community is an extension

of your home, offering a variety of extras to help you get the most out of every day, including a swimming pool and an onsite dog park. Call 816-298-0299 to learn more.

46 Penn Located on the Country Club Plaza neighborhood of Kansas City, 46 Penn Apartments puts you just steps from highend retail and restaurants in a charming Spanish-style setting. Special features in each apartment home include quartz countertops, wine coolers, ceramic tile in the bathrooms, hardwood flooring in living/dining room, patio or balcony, side-by-side refrigerator with water/ ice dispenser, stainless steel appliances, t

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LUXURY LIVING IN LENEXA LAVISH OFFERINGS URBAN CONVENIENCE, SUBURBAN LIFESTYLE Sonoma Hill is luxury living with convenient walkability to retail shopping and restaurants while also providing serene outdoor spaces with lush landscaping, walking paths and private ponds. The gated and fenced garden-style community offers open living designed floorplans with direct access garages, sleek finishes such as granite countertops, black stainless-steel appliances, and wood plank-style flooring.

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walk in showers and washer and dryers. Amenities include concierge services, a lavish pool courtyard with alfresco kitchen, fire pit and outdoor media lounge, tanning and massage therapy salons, state-of-the-art fitness center, resident entertainment lounge and electric car charging stations. Call 816-9318800 TTY: 711 to learn more.

City Club – Crossroads & Plaza The Crossroads & Plaza Club City Apartments offer you a refreshing apartment living with a new attitude towards customer service, elegant design, and green building standards. When you live at their Kansas City apartments, you will enjoy world-class amenities like their rooftop Sky Park, which offers excellent views, as well as a private movie theater and a 24-hour professional fitness center to work out whenever it’s convenient. Select from either convenient urban locations: The newly opened Crossroads City Club, located just south of the downtown area and the original Plaza City Club in the heart of the Country Club Plaza. Call 816-569-9687 to learn more.

City View City View offers a unique urban lifestyle at the hub of all the best Kansas City has to offer. A village in a town in a city! Each urban flat, loft & suite features distinctive architecture, bright, open, highly individualized spaces, unrivaled amenities and unsurpassed location. Corporate housing available with short-term leases. Perfect for internships, those in between house shopping and short-term employment, etc. Lease options ranging from 3 to 12 months. Call 816-472.4800 to learn more.

Fairway Villas at City Center If you are ready to simply lock the door behind you and leave the maintenance of your home and yard behind you, you might want to check out the luxury rental market in the KC metro. One of the newer communities is Fairway Villas at City Center in Lenexa. Enjoy golf course views, walkability to Lenexa City Center without the high cost and hassle of home ownership. The Fairways at City Center is the perfect fit for anyone looking to

downsize. The luxury villas for lease offer views of the manicured Canyon Farms Golf Course plus beautiful nature views. All the comfort of nature views, within walking distance of urban life in Johnson County. Walk or bike to the farmers’ market, gym, restaurants, and entertainment at the Lenexa City Center. The neighborhood boasts quiet residential streets, with picturesque views. Just minutes away from Interstates 435 and 35, and Kansas 10, the Villas offer peace-of-mind living within minutes of city life. Call 913-283-9958 to learn more.

Mission 106 Situated on the eastern edge of the highly successful Mission Farms in Leawood, Mission 106 offers 132 luxury apartment homes, 7 luxury townhomes nestled along a private 5-acre lake, a secure multilevel parking garage, and 6,900 SF of class A office space. Mission 106 is 20 minutes away from Kansas City with quick access to I-435. Explore the neighborhood for shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Mission 106 offers luxurious and charming one-, two-, and three-bedroom t

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apartment homes, all with a host of high-end features and amenities. Call 913-800-3972 to learn more.

One & Two Light One & Two Light offers best-in-class luxury living downtown, from their premium finishes to their first-class amenity package and floor-to-ceiling skyline views. Enjoy resort-style living, only steps away from Kansas City’s finest restaurant and entertainment venues, the convenience of reserved parking and front row street car access. Both properties feature a variety of Studio, 1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom and Penthouse units to fit your lifestyle. First-class amenities include concierge and hospitality services, and resort-style entertainment areas. Call 816-764-6512 to learn more.

Sonoma Hill Sonoma Hill is luxury living with convenient walkability to retail shopping and restaurants while also providing serene outdoor spaces with lush landscaping, walking paths and private ponds. The gated and fenced garden-style community offers open living designed floorplans with direct access garages, sleek finishes such as granite countertops, black stainless-steel appliances, and wood plank-style flooring. Sonoma Hill includes an array of amenities for residents to enjoy. Among them are a saltwater pool, outdoor grilling, lounge area, private fenced dog park with agility equipment, fitness center with cycling studio, cyber cafĂŠ and pub room. The Oddo Development team has created this ideal community located on the Southeast corner of I-435 and 87th Street in Lenexa, KS. Call 913-492-9000 to learn more.

The Landing at Briarcliff Conveniently located just north of Downtown, The Landing at Briarcliff allows you to visit the hustle and bustle of Downtown KC, as well as enjoying the many attractions of the Northland. Enjoy easy access to Kansas City International Airport, at just a 15-minute ride away. Each one a two bedroom apartments are generously appointed with high-end finishes and modern conveniences. The Landing at Briarcliff offers luxury features throughout the community centered 78

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The Mirabelle on the Plaza is a beautiful apartment home community in Kansas City, Missouri. Conveniently located just steps off of the Country Club Plaza residents enjoy a multitude of local shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The central location and access to public transportation makes for an easy commute around Kansas City. Each open floor-plan of the two bedroom apartment homes includes an all-electric island kitchen with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops, hardwood and tile floors, walk-in closets, and in-home washer and dryer. Select homes feature balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and vaulted ceilings. Call 816531-8699 TTY 711 to learn more.

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The Residences at Park Place The Residences at Park Place combines luxury living with urban energy, in the heart of Leawood. Maintenance free and amenity rich, this all new, distinctively different development offers residents an entirely unique lifestyle. This is a walkable community with endless dining options, designer boutiques, entertainment venues and health/beauty services, right out the front door. Amenities include premium interior finishes, a luxurious salt water swimming pool, relaxing outdoor cabana and gas grilling area, media room/ theater, and wellness center. Customized concierge services and an executive conference center make it easy for residents to conduct business as needed. Call 913-317-5155 to learn more.

The Royale at CityPlace The Royale at CityPlace offers new luxury apartments in Overland Park, Kansas. Beautifully landscaped, natural green space provides a lush park-like setting that winds throughout the apartment community and features a number of trails linking to Indian Creek Bike and Hike Trail System. The new Overland Park apartment community also boasts close proximity to retail and office space for those who prefer to stay close to home. Beyond the contemporary exteriors complete with adjacent amenities, The Royale at t

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CityPlace offers residents modern floor plans, unparalleled amenities, and firstrate customer service. Call 844-398-5508 to learn more.

The Vue The Vue is a mixed-use multifamily development that includes 219 luxury apartment homes, a secure, multilevel parking garage and 8,500 SF of groundlevel retail space. Centrally located in the heart of Downtown Overland Park, The Vue offers walkability to restaurants and shopping for residents to enjoy. This new luxury property includes resort-style amenities and high-end finishes such as designer kitchens with subway tile backsplashes, quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances. There is plenty of space with a walk-in closet in every bedroom. Residents enjoy the beautifully appointed common areas inside and out. all 913-380-0986 to learn more.

Villa Milano With a premiere Leawood location,Villa Milano offers residents a resort-style community, with each unit having a private feel. Details make a home uniquely yours – inviting ambiance, extraordinary amenities, and outstanding service that come together to create an unparalleled living environment. Located in the prestigious Blue Valley school district, spacious floorplans blend timeless design elements with modern conveniences. From concierge and business services to fitness and resort-style outdoor amenities, our exceptional apartment and townhome community offer residents a relaxing lifestyle with Leawood’s best shopping and dining, parks and trails just minutes away. Call 913-897-0100 to learn more. n

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SCORE FOR ITS LIVABILITY AND THIS SPECIAL CITY RANKS AMONG SOME OF THE BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY.

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enexa, Kansas is a city with an interesting history and a vibrant future. In 1854, members of the Shawnee Tribe owned the site which was to become Lenexa. It is the 9th most populated city in the metropolitan Kansas City area. Today’s Lenexa is an active community, where over 100,000 people are employed in manufacturing, distribution, retail and professional occupations. Lenexa is home base to major corporations including American Multinational Technology Company, and Garmin LTD. With three major highways intersecting in the heart of Lenexa, transportation and distribution-based companies have easy access to getting in and out of the city. Another positive attribute for Lenexa is the 21,000+ miles of fiber optic cable laid throughout the city. Old Town is the original town site of Lenexa and was founded in 1869 by Octave Chanute, a civil engineer who purchased 41.5 acres near the railroad from Charles A. Bradshaw. This area is comprised of traditional mixed-use development and includes businesses, homes and churches. The historic

business district still stands at Pflumm Road and Santa Fe Trail Drive. A rail line owned by BNSF Railway runs through Old Town. It played a part in the growth of Lenexa and continues to influence land use in the area. Lenexa City Center is Lenexa’s modern newer downtown area.Very visitor friendly, it combines a mix of colorful entertainment venues, dining spots, living options, retail spaces, modern hotels and office options. This walkable neighborhood is at 87th Street Parkway and Renner Boulevard corridor. The newly designed 200-acre district is conveniently located along highly traveled Interstate 435 and is less than a few miles from the Johnson County Gateway Interchange where Interstates 35 and 435, U.S. 69, K-10, and K-7 meet. A short 15-minute walk from the highly popular Shawnee Mission Park, Lenexa’s City Center is a true live/work environment with high levels of urban design and architectural quality. Often referred to as the City of Festivals, Lenexa hosts many special events each year, providing family-focused activities and entertainment for residents and visitors to their community. Keeping to the t PHOTO BY WENDY DELZEIT

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flavor of Kansas City, Lenexa sponsors their annual Lenexa Chili Challenge in October. About 200 teams compete for top honors in the chili, salsa and hot wings contests. Private team parties are popular on Friday evening before the Saturday contest where tasty samples are given to everyone on Saturday. For the live music lovers, Lenexa hosts their annual Lenexa Outdoors Concert Series and invites everyone to bring their favorite lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of live music in a lovely outdoor setting at the Lions Memorial Shelter. Additional Lenexa events includes a Tails on the Trails Pet Festival, a Tiny Tot Triathlon, the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle and the communityfocused Spinach Festival. For those who enjoy visual arts, theater or cinema, a trio of new events hosted by the Lenexa Arts Council offer fresh new ways to explore the arts in Lenexa.

Lenexa has a 83/100 score for its livability and this special city ranks among some of the best places to live in the country. Taking into consideration several important factors including the median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Lenexa ranks high the housing category. This city has diverse and aesthetically pleasing residential housing, apartment, independent living and senior communities, many of which include desirable amenities for comfortable living. While you’re in the area, check out some the hot communities!

The Enclave at Prairie Star The Enclave at Prairie Star is an exclusive Lambie Custom Homes community. Two cul-de-sacs on Prairie Star Parkway, West of Falcon Ridge Golf Course. Maintenance provided luxury villas, will be 1.5 story, ranch, and reverse 1.5.You can enjoy a t KC RELO

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carefree lifestyle. At The Enclave at Prairie Star trash removal, lawn care and snow removal are all included in the monthly Homes Association fee. This community is minutes from exceptional dining, shopping and quick access to Highway 7, 10 and 435.

Bristol Highlands Bristol Highlands is a brand new community located at 83rd and Monticello. Conveniently located, with easy highway access, this community will feature a variety of new home options from maintenance provided villas to larger wooded estate lots in future phases. The first phase of this community includes 29 maintenance provided villa lots for luxury new homes starting at $450,000. Reservations are currently available for this first phase. The area features many walk out and daylight lots backing to trees with beautiful expansive Northeast

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views, as well as level lots minimizing steps to the yard…. The first phase also brings on 24 multifamily luxury twin villa units for sale, starting at $375,000. Select luxury twin villas will be available for lease in Spring 2020. All will be maintenance provided. The villas units have been designed to the last detail by Jeff Robinson of J.S Robinson Fine Homes and his team to create lasting value, with special emphasis on the most important spaces.They will feature front and side entry garages, among other unique design features preserving privacy. This property offers a picturesque setting for your new home with an ideal location in scenic Western Lenexa Kansas. Residents will enjoy the natural surroundings that include numerous walking trails, great access to parks, and minutes away from the new Lenexa City Center. Visit www.Bristolhighlandskc.com, or call 913.210.8900 for more information.


The Reserve at Manchester Park

• Lots backing to green space

Located just east of 7 Highway and Prairie Star Parkway, The Reserve at Manchester Park offers 16 new exclusive home sites in Western Lenexa.

• Multiple floor plans available

Community features include: • Award winning Olathe school district • Walking distance to Manchester Elementary School • Great Amenities and community activities • Cul-de-sac lots with beautiful views

J.S. Robinson Fine Homes is the select builder. With award winning customer service and a variety of plans, the J.S. Robinson team offers a unique and comforting approach to home building. Homes starting at $450,000.Visit www. reserveatmanchesterpark.com, or call 913298-9296 for more information.

Timber Rock amenities include: • Pool & Clubhouse • Half Basketball Court • Kids Play Structure

Timber Rock

• Walking Trails

Timber Rock is a premier New Home Community based in Lenexa, Kansas near 95th & Lone Elm. Developed by B.L. Rieke, the community features homes priced from the $500’s to $1.5 million.

The development features two subdivisions within the community, The Trails and The Bluffs. The Trails features builders such as Rodrock Homes, James Engle Custom Homes, Bickimer Homes and New Mark Homes. The Bluffs features builders such as B.L. Rieke, J.S. Robinson Fine Homes, Mastercraft Construction, Roeser Homes, Woodbridge Custom t

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New residents will enjoy a community park, walking trails and a neighborhood pool. Homeowners will also appreciate the close proximity and the amenities of Lenexa’s 210 acre, Black Hoof Park. Black Hoof Park offers a 35 acre boating and fishing lake, multiple park sites and nearly 5 miles of walking trails.

• New home sites available now

possible on this beautiful lush property, giving homeowners mature natural surroundings. Homeowners will also enjoy close proximity to Black Hoof Park. Black Hoof Park offers a 35 acre boating and fishing lake, multiple park sites and nearly 5 miles of walking trails.

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Homes, and any community approved builder. Lot prices range from $99K to $250K. Visit www.timberrockks.com, or call 913-660-2226 for more information.

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The Fairway Villas at City Center offer comfort and luxury living with all the amenities and none of the hassles. The Villas lifestyle includes leasing flexibility (rather that ownership) and professional management both inside and out of the villas, Residents enjoy living with no mortgage payments and no unexpected repairs/expenses to deal with. A convenient location, The Villas are in walking distance to the new Lenexa City Center where there is both casual and fine dining, shopping, entertainment, a beautiful new library and several recreation options. Villa residents enjoy the stunning nature and golf course views. Built by Lambie Custom Homes, The Villas feature detailed craftsmanship and custom finish packages. The 2,300 square foot floor plans incorporates oversized picture windows, extensive molding and trim, hand-scraped hardwood floors and premium carpet are throughout the homes. The spacious kitchen designs, storage spaces, living rooms and separate dining areas that feature an open design for everyday comfort and entertaining make Fairway Villas ideal for enjoyable Lenexa living. “Fairway Villas is a boutique community, which will total 80 homes at the completion of the community later this year. While demand is currently out pacing supply, additional residences will be completed in 2019 and are available to be reserved now. The villas have the same features and feel of a free-standing home, combined with professional management. Since comprehensive 24/7 maintenance is included, residents are free from the worry of the cost of unexpected maintenance or finding and scheduling experienced, reliable service people,� said Jeffrey Alpert, Co-Developer.Visit www. fairwayvillascitycenter.com or call 913-283-9958 for more information.

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Canyon Creek - MaintenanceProvided Homes in Densely-Wooded Lenexa Paradise Prime Development Land Company is well-known for its creative and distinctive residential developments throughout the Kansas City area that consistently exceed customer expectations. One of their newest and most beautiful neighborhoods they have developed in the past 25 years is Canyon Creek Point. Located in Lenexa just north of Kansas Highway 10 at the western end of Prairie Star Parkway, Canyon Creek Point is situated atop a high ridge with deep stream valleys on two sides, offering spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. And because city-owned parkland and a natural conservation area surround the community, residents are assured that those views will

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remain forever unspoiled. All of the lots at Canyon Creek Point are naturally positioned to provide ultimate privacy, backing to treed parkland or common area. And over 80 percent are suitable for walk-out basements. All of the lots at Canyon Creek Point are naturally positioned to provide ultimate privacy, backing to treed parkland or

common area. And over 80 percent are suitable for walk-out basements. For more information visit their website or call at 913-271-4455 or 913-634-9592.

WaterCrest Landing Judging by the brisk and continuous sales activity at WaterCrest Landing, it’s safe to say that the word is out about Johnson County’s best-kept secret. After a groundbreaking in April 2018 introducing 50 lots, just 8 homesites remain as a flurry of construction continues throughout the Johnson County community. Second phase is set to release this Fall 2019 in mid-October. Several builders of the WaterCrest Landing building team, includes Spiess Homes, Remington Custom Homes, Rob Washam Homes, R.M. Mears, Coleman Homes, Hillman Homes, Spectrim Homes and AspenCreek Homes have speculative t KC RELO

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homes in various stages of completion. Other builders include Annie Kennedy of Realty Executives of Kansas City, who markets WaterCrest Landing for P&L Development, said the community’s spec homes tend to sell as soon as they’re finished and urged prospective buyers to contact WaterCrest Landing now for up-to-date availability. The floor plans are unique and distinctive in design for those looking for variety. An appealing combination of qualitybuilt homes, prime location, affordability and the convenience of a maintenanceprovided and maintenance optional lifestyle have drawn a variety of 98

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homeowners to WaterCrest Landing. Kennedy likened the varying styles of reverse 1½-story and 1.5sty floor plans to “mini mansions”—the perfect space with which to down- or right-size. What’s astounding about WaterCrest Landing is that many of the community’s early sales were made without a model row.Yet when Spiess Homes debuted his Chalet plan this Spring it won the GOLD AWARD for Design, Kennedy said the reaction was immediate. “He made an instant and dramatic impression on the community and prospective buyers,” Kennedy said.“The way he combined modern farmhouse

with rustic finishes it gave the homes an edge, and he went outside the box with features like a walk thru shower and separate laundry/Martha Stewart room.” The sophisticated craftsmanship and superior attention to detail have become hallmarks of WaterCrest Landing, and the community’s other builders have there own unique finishes. Consider the community’s furnished model home—The Chalet by Spiess Homes —which offers open floor plans accented by eye-catching features and finishes that seamlessly blend style and functionality. Come visit The Aspen model by AspenCreek with a pond/lake view. Inside, an open floor plan creates an effortless connection between the living room, kitchen and dining area, which leads out to a covered deck with an amazing view of nature and wildlife. Mixed materials including white oak plank floors, stone accent walls and 12’ft ceiling with wood beams in this modern mountain home adds a sophisticated yet functional aesthetic that’s further enhanced by a


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contrasting palette of nebulous white, champagne gold and chic charcoal gray. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom Keystone by R.M. Mears offers a similarly open floor plan that flows from the entry way into the living room, kitchen and dining area. A covered deck awaits off the dining area, offering a picturesque view of green space, trees and a lake. The master bedroom, complete with a sumptuous, spa-like bathroom complete with a large tiled shower, dual vanities and built-in cabinets and storage space. A finished lower level is complete with a large wet bar with additional bar seating. This model sits on a maintenance optional lot. Prospective buyers are encouraged to visit WaterCrest Landing and tour these beautiful homes in person. While you’re there, you’ll also see a number of homes in progress, including new model homes from the $465,000 - $750,000 range. Part of WaterCrest Landing’s appeal as a lifestyle community is that it helps residents get more out of the recreation and activities they love. Because WaterCrest Landing is maintenance-provided, homeowners have peace of mind that their homes are cared for while they travel—especially appealing during the hectic holiday season. Provided maintenance includes lawn care, snow removal and trash/recycling, as well as maintenance of common grounds, all for a $187 monthly fee. A community pool is planned in the near future. The second phase will open an additional 70 lots in Phase II. A majority will be walkout treed lots. That convenience extends to the community’s prime location. Nestled within the rolling terrain of southern Johnson County, WaterCrest Landing is just north of Prairie Star Parkway on Monticello located across from beautiful Lake Lenexa/Black Hoof Park. The picturesque setting offers lush surroundings without compromising quick, convenient access to nearby highways, shops and services.

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eveloping new relationships is what the relocation process is all about. On the list of new relationships you will soon need to develop is with financial institutions whether it is with a traditional bank or a credit union. While many know the wonderful options that traditional banks offer, many people are not aware that they can take advantage of the options that are available to them through credit unions. Membership in credit unions is available to groups with common bonds such as employee groups of specific companies, groups of public service, school employees or an area of residence.

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WHILE MANY KNOW THE WONDERFUL OPTIONS THAT TRADITIONAL BANKS OFFER, MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT AWARE THAT THEY CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM THROUGH CREDIT UNIONS.

According to Mark Thompson, Mazuma Credit Union,“The biggest difference between a bank and a credit union is that Credit Unions are not-for-profits that exist to serve its members.” Like other financial institutions, the federal government stands behind credit unions and deposits are insured up to $250,000. Like banks, credit unions accept deposits, make loans and offer an array of other financial services. According to Letha Higgins, Frontier Community Credit Union, selecting a Credit Union is not difficult. She explains

that it is important to research their membership requirements. “Develop a list of credit unions in the area,” said Higgins.“Then narrow your search by researching eligibility, services offered and fees charged by credit unions. She goes on to say that if you are in the market for a specific loan, research to see if the loan is issued by the credit union. As with anything you are researching, once you have nailed down your results, narrow the list down by comparing interest rates and specials to see who has the best deal. t

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Other things to keep in mind when doing your research is the availability of online services, weekday and weekend hours, branch, along with ATM locations.“Some credit unions belong to a nationwide network of credit unions for shared services,” explains Higgins.“It might mean more access to ATMs and other services while traveling or if you have children attending college in other cities.” Like most of the banks in the area, credit unions in the area are heavily involved in the communities they serve. Mazuma Credit Union calls their involvement “Corporate Social Responsibility.” Thompson explains that it is their way to make Kansas City a better place to live. “This is our commitment to contribute to the social and economic development of the communities we serve.” Mazuma Credit Union focuses on financial education, the Arts and Community Development. He proudly says that their employees have volunteered 4,663 hours. Like Mazuma, Frontier Community Credit Union is heavily involved in the community including funding for the Leavenworth Public Schools for their band programs. The credit union is committed to the area by offering financial education and has a program that contributes $100 for each

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new mortgage the credit union originates to the Leavenworth Shelter of Hope, to help with their efforts to improve the quality of life for the homeless in the community. Community America Credit Union For over 75 years, we’ve been providing financial peace of mind to Kansas Citians. We offer a full-suite of financial products and services including our member favorites like Cashback Free Checking, High-Interest Savings and an awesome mobile banking app. Above all else, we share our profits with our members through great rates, lower fees and our Profit Payout. So if you live or work in Kansas City, you can become a member too.Visit CommunityAmerica.com to get started.

Frontier Community Credit Union We’re a modern financial institution with a unique structure, so you get convenience and personalized service. For us, it’s about being a trusted partner who knows how to turn financial goals into amazing outcomes! Ultimately, our goal is to improve the quality of life in our communities, and we have helped hardworking people achieve their dreams and live better lives since 1954. Anyone living or working in Leavenworth, Atchison, Jefferson, Douglas, Johnson or Wyandotte counties, as well as military or federal civil service personnel who reside within a 100-mile radius of Fort Leavenworth, is eligible to join.Visit frontierccu.org to learn more or open an account.

United Consumers Credit Union For more than 70 years, United Consumers Credit Union has provided services to our community members as a cooperative, not-for-profit financial institution. We offer the same accounts you would find at a traditional bank, but instead of focusing on profits, the credit union promotes thrift and financial stability. UCCU serves anyone who lives in Jackson, Buchanan, Cass, or Clay Counties or the city of Cameron, Missouri, as well as those who live, work or worship in Johnson County, Kansas. Becoming a member of UCCU means you are an Owner not just a number. n

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IT IS HARD NOT TO BE A SPORTS FAN IN KANSAS CITY.

You cannot go anywhere in the city without seeing Kansas City Royal blue on someone’s shirt, hat, car or house. This team warmed the collective heart of the city when they pulled together and won the World Series in 2015. The parade held to celebrate the championship drew 800,000 plus, an event that turned the area near Union Station into a sea of blue, screaming fans. Since then, players have become household names and though the wins have not been as plentiful, fans of all ages continue to flock to games at Kauffman Stadium in record numbers. Let’s go Royals! Do you know how to do the tomahawk chop? It’s much more fun with thousands of other Kansas City Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium. And the past few seasons saw the team make a good run and play in the playoffs. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named the 2018 NFL MVP, leading the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game. Chiefs players raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthwhile charities every year. And make hearts beat faster on the field! Are you ready for some football? Indoor football, that is. The Kansas City Phantoms are bringing this action-packed sport

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Gentlemen, and women, start your engines! The Kansas Speedway brings professional NASCAR to our area.The track seats over 63,000, and a unique ground level concourse that allows fans to walk down 30 rows or up 35 rows. Parking is free, and the 1.5-mile track is strategically located at the intersection of I-435 in Kansas City, Kansas, about 15 miles west of downtown Kansas City. Coolers are welcome, and there’s no better place to camp and tailgate than the Speedway during race season. The Missouri Mavericks are in their eighth season as a professional hockey franchise serving the greater Kansas City metro. Last season, the Mavericks made a historic run winning the Brabham Cup leading the ECHL with 52 regular season wins before losing in the second round to the eventual league champion Allen Americans. The Mavs have made playoff appearances in six of their first seven seasons, and received such awards as the 2014 Bud Poile Governor’s Cup with 44 regular season wins, and numerous community and league awards over the years, including the Harry S. Truman Special Community Service Recognition Award by the City of Independence, and claiming CHL Franchise of the Year in four consecutive seasons. As the AA affiliate of the NHL’s New York Islanders, fans see some amazing talent at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, off I70 and 470. Sporting Kansas City is one of the most successful soccer clubs in the United States, winning six major championships since joining Major League Soccer as a charter member in 1996. Home to several national team players including Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber, Sporting KC most recently hosted the 2013 MLS Cup and the 2015 U.S. Open Cup. The club plays its home 108

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to fans. The newest professional arena football team in Kansas City took the field this year at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, where the Missouri Mavericks play. The home opener is March 17 and the season runs through June 9. In its second season, the team plays in the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) Conference, which houses 17 teams. Many local athletes comprise the team and excitement is contagious. To keep up with this new team, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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matches at state-of-the-art Children’s Mercy Park, one of the premier soccer-specific stadiums in North America. Sporting Kansas City’s game day experience is unparalleled, offering fans premier sports entertainment in an electric atmosphere. If your kiddos want to get involved with soccer, make sure you look into the many venues available to them. The Heartland Soccer Association has over 80,000 players kicking the soccer ball around local fields across the area and the United States. Heartland plays at two world class turf facilities, Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and Swope Soccer Village, as well as grass fields at Heritage Soccer Park and Legacy Soccer Park. Gateway Village is another soccer destination in Grandview, Missouri, and there are 14 fields in the new soccer complex and entertainment village coming to 470 and View High Drive in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Find one for you and your kiddos and get involved. Kansas City is such a sports town with all the local and nearby schools. Visit the University of Missouri Tigers just up the road in Columbia, the world-renowned Kansas University Jayhawks in Lawrence and K-State Wildcats, both just a jaunt into Kansas. University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is located downtown, and the Kangaroos draw crowds for basketball and volleyball. In addition, our local high schools have a strong following and you won’t be disappointed in the passion of fans and players. Whoever you root for, there are amazing games to choose from. Suffice it to say that the area has something for everyone, no matter what sport they choose. Being a diehard fan is a way of life in Kansas City. So be ready to let your voice be heard! n

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Living The Kansas City metro is home to some of the finest Senior Living options available. The Baby Boomers have been influencing buying decisions for decades. As this influential generation moves into retirement, they have expectations that their community will reflect their active lifestyle as they age. They want their senior lifestyle to include neighborhoods focused on wellness, socialization, and lifestyle. t

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With so many options across the metro, seniors have a plethora of benefits to consider to include wellness, social and lifestyle. Some communities also include full concierge services. Most communities also offer residents the ability to transition into new life phases as needed. Take a look at what a few of the local communities have to offer. One might be perfect for you or your favorite senior.

Addington Place Assisted Living With three locations in the metro, Addington Place offers several options. You can visit a location in Lee’s Summit, North at Shoal Creek and Prairie Village. Depending on the level of care that is needed, each resident enjoys a comforting blend of the independence they want, with the assistance they need. Their expertly-trained staff provides support based upon the individual care plan of each resident.

Benton House

With six locations in the metro, Benton House offers seniors the options to be close to family members.You can visit a location in Blue Springs, Raymore, Olathe, Lenexa, and North in Staley Hills and Tiffany Springs. While each community is unique, Age does not diminish the basic human desire for independence, dignity and choice. Benton House seeks to fulfill for seniors what we all want each and every day—to be happy and healthy, to continue to contribute, and to have a voice in the direction of our lives.

Bickford Senior Living

With four locations in the metro Benton House offers seniors many options.You can visit a location in Overland Park, Mission, Olathe and Raytown. Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Overland Park, they don’t ask you to give up your home, your treasures, your memories. Instead, they want you to bring the pieces of the home you love into ours and make it yours.

Colonial Village

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include dignity, quality, choices, respect and community into what they provide every day. Their independent living residences feature expansive, light-filled floor plans with full kitchens and modern conveniences.

Healthcare Resorts

With three locations in the metro Healthcare Resorts offers seniors several options.You can visit a location in Leawood, Kansas City and Olathe. The Healthcare Resort is changing the way that healthcare is being delivered. With the


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fusion of world-class healthcare and personalized hospitality, you encounter an experience that is truly unique and memorable.

Holiday Retirement

With two locations in the metro Holiday Retirement offers seniors many choices and options.You can visit a location in Lenexa and Kansas City. Holiday communities encourage residents to live life on their terms, free of daily chores. Every day, residents enjoy chef prepared meals, purposeful and fun programs, local transportation and no long term commitments.

Lakeview Village

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their spacious Villas and Patio Homes, they are always looking for new ways to serve active adults. They offer a variety of maintenance-free apartments, garden cottages and twin homes.

Linden Woods Village / Westchester Village

With two locations in the metro, Linden Woods Village and Westchester Village offers numerous options.You can visit a location in Gladstone or Lenexa. At Linden Woods Village, their staff has a philosophy of care that is implemented into the every-day operations. Their philosophy is to include dignity, quality, choices, respect and community into what they provide every day.

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& Healthcare, is the newest, luxury retirement community in Prairie Village, Kansas. Mission Chateau spans 18.4 gated acres, offering the finest country club style senior living community in Johnson County. To meet the diverse lifestyle and health care needs of seniors, the rentalbased community will offer Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care residential options that exemplify the highest standards in senior living and wellness design.

Norterre

Norterre is the first community of its kind born from a vision where young families, active adults, and seniors can live, heal, and play together all in one interconnected neighborhood. With deep experience in healthy living, multigenerational residences and healthcare, they decided to work together

and create something special. The result is a new kind of community that will bring even more pride to the City of Liberty and the entire Northland area.

Spectrum Retirement Communities

With two locations in the metro, Spectrum Retirement Communities offers many options.You can visit a location in Overland Park or Shawnee. They are proud to promote an environment where staff members take pride and responsibility for every aspect of their community and the service they provide to their residents. Spectrum offers seniors a unique opportunity to enjoy affordable luxury living in highly desirable locations with easy access to shopping, medical facilities and local residential neighborhoods.

Tallgrass

Located in Overland Park, Tallgrass Creek, a private, 65-acre retirement community is


minutes from Kansas City and the Kansas and Missouri border. The boast that you will find everything you need to live a worry-free lifestyle packed with potential. Tallgrass Creek has dozens of residentrun clubs and activities—plus on-campus continuing care for your future health care needs.

The Grand Estates on Greenwood

Located in Overland Park, At The Grand Estates on Greenwood, they offer spacious one and two bedroom senior apartments. Their community offers exquisite living for seasoned citizens along with many events and activities to enhance their resident’s social and physical health. Floor plans feature a private patio or balcony, window coverings, in unit washer and dryer, fully equipped kitchens with plenty of counter space and storage, along with walk-in showers or shower/tub units.

The Sheridan at OP

Located in Overland Park, At Sheridan at Overland Park, their Kansas senior community residents pursue their

passions within a lively, social atmosphere. They enjoy chef-prepared meals with friends in the elegant dining room, play games in the living rooms, get creative in the art studio, and exercise in the fitness center and physical therapy spaces.

Westchester Village

Located in Lenexa, Westchester Village offers seniors the opportunity to enjoy a dynamic lifestyle packed with leisure and social activities. Residential independent living offers the privacy of your own home without the troubles of its care and maintenance. Their independent living residences feature expansive, light-filled floor plans with full kitchens and modern conveniences.

The Fairways of Ironhorse

Nestled in the picturesque, gently rolling terrain of Ironhorse Golf Club, the Fairways of Ironhorse awaits in Leawood. Stunning golf course views, country club level amenities and voice-activate smart suites compliment the full-concierge living experience. Inside you’ll be delighted and

pampered at every turn. That’s because the Fairways of Ironhorse is far from a typical independent living destination. Instead, the Fairways of Ironhorse offers the nation’s first Boutique Retirement Club TM that’s thoughtfully designed to immerse you in an enriching, fulfilling lifestyle. The Fairways of Ironhorse is thrilled to partner with premier restaurateur, PB&J, to offer an unsurpassed dining experience that’s a short stroll from your suite. Additional services include complimentary valet, monthly car wash, grocery delivery, pet walking and plant watering.

Silvercrest

With two locations in the metro, Spectrum Retirement Communities offers several options.You can visit a location in Overland Park or Lenexa. Their independent living communities provide a comfortable atmosphere for seniors who are looking to maintain an independent lifestyle that doesn’t include the daily hassles of maintenance, regular n housekeeping, or cooking.

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ansas Citians have always supported local restaurateurs and these restaurateurs have supported Kansas Citians with great food.You will soon discover why these are some of Kansas City’s iconic restaurants. Dixon’s Famous Chili, located on Highway 40 in Independence gained exposure to the rest of the world when Life magazine featured a story about frequent customer President Harry Truman and his secret service men’s trip to the restaurant. Dixon ‘s unique Chili is served the same way it was served in 1915 on a plate with beans on the bottom, then the homemade specially seasoned chili meat. Your t KC RELO

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While you will visit Dixon’s Famous Chili for its unique chili, burgers or all-you-can eat tacos, you will also be impressed with their fast and friendly atmosphere where you can grab a seat at the counter in front of the chili being dished or at a table. Walking in the door of a Gates Bar-BQue restaurant, you are immediately greeted by a person behind the counter saying “Hi, may I help you?” With three locations in Kansas City, Missouri; one in Kansas, Kansas and one in Leawood, Kansas, your craving for Gates Bar-B-Que can be easily satisfied. Gate’s menu offers barbeques lovers a wide assortment of choices from its sandwiches to its ribs and from its chicken to its beef and sausages that will make you come back for more. Make sure you try all three of Gates’ Bar-B-Que sauce flavors and you will find out why Gates Barbeque is a favorite place for Kansas City barbeque.

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Garozzo’s Ristorante has been the Italian restaurant of choice since Michael Garozzo moved to Kansas City in 1989 and opened its first restaurant in Columbus Park, Kansas City’s historic Italian neighborhood. Today, in addition to that the Columbus Park location, there are locations in Lee’s Summit and Overland Park. A trip to Garozzo’s would not be complete without trying the restaurant’s signature dish, chicken spiedini. The marinated chicken breast that is rolled

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in bread crumbs, skewed and grilled has become a Kansas City staple. Since opening in 1975, Ponak’s Mexican Kitchen has served more than 280,000 gallons of margaritas and 6 million tacos. Ponak’s Mexican Kitchens recipes are influenced by the Sonora region of Mexico, steeped in tradition and flavor for hundreds of years. With margaritas on tap, an extensive menu and its friendly casual atmosphere, Ponak’s is as authentic as it gets. On your first visit, you will discover why Ponak’s has been the recipient of many local media awards including the Best Ethnic Restaurant, Best Margarita, Best Tacos and Best Tamales.

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Well-known restaurant critic Calvin Trillin’s article about Jess and Jim’s Steak House in Playboy magazine in 1972 brought national fame to the restaurant that had been the “go to” restaurant for Kansas Citians since 1938.

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Paying homage to Playboy magazine for honoring them in 2001 as one of the twelve Steakhouses in America, Jess and Jim’s features the Playboy Strip, which is 25 ounces of pure beef goodness. A 30 ounce porterhouse also entices heartier appetites, but for those with smaller apetities try the tender filet mignon, ribeye, sirloin, T-bone, porterhouse or the KC Strip. No matter what you choose, you will soon realize why Jess and Jim’s is known for its steaks. Coffee roasting is the art of unlocking the quality and flavor of each coffee bean and you soon realize this art has been perfected when you visit the Roasterie Cafes found in Brookside, Leawood and the Factory Café in downtown Kansas City. For the fifth year, the Roasterie Cafes have been voted as the City’s Best Coffee House.

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While customer service is the backbone of this family-owned business, the prime aged beef steaks that are cut fresh daily continue to be one of Kansas City’s choices for steak.

Coffee connoisseurs will taste the difference with their first cup of airroasted coffee from the Roasterie. The cafes’ knowledgeable and customer service-focused staff make you feel like you found a home. Pastries, bagels and cookies complement the vast array of coffee, teas and other specialty drink selections. It will be love at first sip. For more than 80 years, Kansas Citians have flocked to Stroud’s Restaurant & Bar who coined the phrase,“We choke our own chickens.”With locations in Fairway, Overland Park, Independence and North of the River, Stroud’s Restaurant & Bar has been a Kansas City favorite since 1933. Still locally owned, their vision continues with home cooked family meals in a fun friendly atmosphere. Through the years, Stroud’s has received numerous national awards including the James Beard Award for Excellence and the Zagat Award and has been featured on numerous national television appearances. After your first t

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visit, you will be hooked on the pan fried chicken along with the cottage-fries, green beans, gravy and their mouth-watering cinnamon rolls which accompany all dinner menu items. When many Kansas Citians think of hamburgers, they think of Winstead’s. A quote in the Wall Street Journal says it all – “They do not sell hamburgers by the billion.You cannot “supersize” your meal. They are a household word only in Kansas City. But Calvin Trillin was right: Winstead’s has the world’s best hamburgers.

Thin freshly ground steak burgers, courteous fast service are the reason Kansas Citians have continued to be loyal customers along with the French fries, onion rings, chocolate frosty are the reasons you will soon be a Winstead’s devotee.

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In addition to Winstead’s original location on the Country Club Plaza, there are

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he Kansas City area is home to upto-date, top notch healthcare and professionals.This helpful listing will aid you in finding what you need in your new community.Whether you need excellent care for your children, elderly care, family emergency care or health advice, the helpful mentality of these professionals and the consistent improvements and research being done will never let you down. And they will always make you feel better! HCA Midwest Health is the Kansas City area’s largest network and recognized leader in healthcare, consisting of seven hospitals, 10 emergency rooms, 11 urgent cares, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services with more than 150 convenient access points. HCA Midwest Health facilities serving the Kansas City area include Belton Regional Medical

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Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Research Medical Center and Research Psychiatric Center. Known throughout the region for comprehensive care and advanced

THE KANSAS CITY AREA IS HOME TO UP-TO-DATE, TOP NOTCH HEALTHCARE AND PROFESSIONALS.

treatments for cancers of all types, HCA Midwest Health is proud to partner with the Sarah Cannon cancer network, the cancer service line of HCA, and a leader in world-class cancer care. The Sarah Cannon HCA Midwest Health cancer network is anchored by our four accredited hospitals: Belton Regional Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Research Medical Center, and complemented by numerous cancer care outreach sites located in communities throughout metropolitan Kansas City and the surrounding areas. HCA Midwest Health offers the area’s only network of award-winning, accredited chest pain centers, which improves the survival of a heart attack by 37 percent. In addition, HCA Midwest Health offers leading-edge services in neonatal care, neurosciences, pediatrics, rehabilitation, robotic surgery, sleep disorders, spine care,


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sports medicine, trauma care, weight loss surgery and women’s care, among others. HCA Midwest Health’s medical staff of more than 2000 doctors represents 60 medical specialties, ensuring you and your family receives high-quality, compassionate, patient-centered care. Above all else, as the premier healthcare destination in the Kansas City area, HCA Midwest Health is committed to the care and improvement of human life. For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital (NCKH) has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. NKCH is an acute-care facility with 451 licensed beds and 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs, to home health and hospice, NKCH provides a lifetime of care. NCKH offers advanced treatment options, including world class cancer care through a partnership with the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated program. Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, NKCH offers the largest network of healthcare providers in the Northland, with more than 110 primary and specialty care physicians in 30 convenient locations, including an express care clinic in the Liberty Hy-Vee store.

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The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 60 charitable and community organizations and served more than 24,000 people through its dynamic

Community Health & Wellness programs. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer a zero-percent financing option to help patients manage their medical services. Saint Luke’s Health System consists of 10 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices.They provide a range of inpatient, outpatient, home care and hospice services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, their mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. Saint Luke’s Hospital ranks among the nation’s best in seven specialties, as recognized in 2015 by U.S. News and

World Report. Saint Luke’s is a regional pioneer in health care innovation.They offer four acute-care hospitals throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, including: Saint Luke’s Hospital, Midtown and Country Club Plaza; Saint Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s Summit and Eastern Jackson County; Saint Luke’s South Hospital, Overland Park and Johnson County, Kansas; Saint Luke’s North Hospital, Kansas City North. One of the nation’s leading cardiovascular disease outcome research programs is at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. Its legacy of innovation began more than 25 years ago when it opened as the nation’s first heart hospital. Since then, the Heart Institute has earned a world-wide reputation for excellence in the treatment of heart disease, including interventional cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, imaging, heart failure, transplant, heart disease prevention, women’s heart disease, electrophysiology, outcomes research, and health economics.With more than 50 full-time board certified cardiovascular specialists on staff, the Heart Institute offers one of the largest heart failure/heart transplant programs in the country, has the largest experience with transcatheter aortic valve replacement in the Midwest, and is a global teaching site for the newest approaches to opening challenging blocked arteries using minimally invasive techniques. Treatment for complex brain and spinal cord diseases at the city’s only dedicated t KC RELO

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neuroscience hospital, Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute. SLMBNI offers neurologists dedicated to treating a full range of neurological conditions including stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, memory disorders, migraine headaches and more. Our minimally invasive spine surgery team and our subspecialty-trained neurosurgeons utilize leading edge interventions for stroke, trauma, aneurysms, tremor and other brain disorders. Their Comprehensive Stroke Center, with one of the nation’s leading stroke reversal programs, uses leading-edge neurointervention techniques. Saint Luke’s programs, community outreach and education, stroke research and rehabilitation are dedicated to preventing and treating stroke. The Cancer Institute offers access to leading edge clinical trials for cancer treatment, including National Cancer Institute (NCI) and industry trials, as well as the region’s largest network of 3-D mammography centers. SLCI also offers innovative surgeries for brain tumors and the STAR® Program for cancer rehabilitation to help patients overcome the physical and emotional challenges that accompany cancer diagnosis and treatment. Advanced surgical care, liver and kidney transplantation programs, and a Level IIIb Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with high-risk obstetrics program are available. 126

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Crittenton Children’s Center is a nationally recognized children’s behavioral health center, and Saint Luke’s Convenient Care Clinics are designed to provide high quality care close to home, with locations in Kansas City area Hy-Vee grocery stores. Saint Luke’s Concierge service offers physician referrals, class registration, and general information about their health system, and customer service specialists are available M-F to answer questions and guide people to the right physicians and right places. Saint Luke’s Concierge service is available by calling 816-932-5100, or outside of Kansas City at 855-932-5100. For mornie information, visit saintlukeskc.org.

With 700 specialists in more than 40 specialty areas, Children’s Mercy brings exceptional experience to the most complex pediatric cases, as well as to the everyday needs of children’s health.Their pediatric nursing care is second to none, having earned Magnet® recognition – the highest designation of excellence in nursing – three times in a row.

Every day, the specialists at Children’s Mercy provide expert care to hundreds of children.They are the only free-standing children’s hospital between St. Louis and Denver. Every year, their research advances and redefines pediatric medicine. And every moment, the staff does everything possible to care for and support the families they serve.This dedication and commitment, along with generous community support, lets Children’s Mercy offer the best possible care for your child, while helping transform the lives of children across Kansas City and around the world.

With family-centered care, Children’s Mercy provides a unique, family-centered environment that understands and provides for the needs of both pediatric patients and their families.Their Child Life program is one of the largest in the country. It eases stress and worry through programs that help kids and parents understand their medical care; allow kids to play, learn and grow while in the hospital; and provide emotional support and resources for the whole family.

Their unparalleled expertise is evident. Children’s Mercy is consistently recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report – a reflection of the dedication and expertise of each and every one of our staff.

The Elizabeth J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center is one of only a few of its kind in the nation, delivering babies with high risks and complications right here at the hospital so that they can get the immediate care they need.

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The hospital’s work has consistently earned recognition in many areas: U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2015-16 named The University of Kansas Hospital among the nation’s 50 best for adult care in 12 data-driven medical and surgical specialties.The hospital is one of only 16 in the nation to achieve this status. It has also been ranked on the Best Hospitals list every year since 2007. The hospital provides patient care for The University of Kansas Cancer Center, one of only 69 National Cancer Institutedesignated Cancer Centers nationwide. Patients have better access to clinical trials, the latest therapies and more personalized care closer to home in facilities throughout the region. Since 2006, the hospital has been designated as a Magnet facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.The designation is awarded to only about 7 percent of U.S. hospitals. The hospital is one of only 13 academic medical centers to receive the 2015 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award from University HealthSystem Consortium.The study is given to those who provide high-quality, safe, efficient, patient-centered, equitable care.

For more than four decades, Liberty Hospital, 2525 Glenn Hendren Drive, Liberty, has been dedicated to providing our community with high-quality healthcare close to home. In today’s healthcare environment, Liberty Hospital is in the midst of great change; diversifying for the future, while being true to their mission – to improve the healthcare delivery system and offer lower cost and convenient options to those they serve. This year brought the openings of a new urgent care facility and specialty clinic on the west side of Interstate 35. Liberty Hospital Urgent Care Shoal Creek offers extended hours with easy access located across from Walmart on North Church Road. Liberty Hospital Specialty Clinic Shoal Creek now offers cardiologists, orthopedic and spinal surgeons, obstetricians/gynecologists and dermatologists. Liberty Hospital also announced a new clinical affiliation with Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute to provide comprehensive oncology services on their campus. By teaming up, they now can combine the latest in technology, pharmaceuticals and clinical trials with Liberty Hospital’s awardwinning quality and personal care. Also this year, Liberty Hospital became the first provider in the Kansas City area – and the only one in this region – to offer

MAKOplasty, a surgical procedure for hip and partial-knee replacements.They are only the second hospital in Missouri to acquire this technology. MAKOplasty is less invasive than traditional total replacement surgery and is performed using a surgeoncontrolled robotic arm that allows for more precise movements and a custom fit for the replacement joint. While continuing to expand services, Liberty Hospital also is undergoing extensive renovations to make their campus more welcoming and comforting.The new main entrance and lobby, along with the gift shop, patient registration and patient rooms on 3 East recently opened. After a makeover completed last spring, the Emergency Department opened with the addition of a patient fast-track to decrease the wait times and length of stay for patients with less serious injuries and illnesses. The Olathe Health System includes Olathe Medical Center (OMC) – located at Olathe Medical Park, one of the largest hospital campuses in the Midwest – a nearly 250-acre campus at 151st Street and I-35 in southern Johnson County.The five-story acute-care medical center is licensed for 300 beds and averages more than 44,000 patient care days per year. Its emergency care center is one of the busiest in the region, with more than 42,000 patients treated annually. The not-for-profit medical center and its network of practicing physicians specialize in nearly every area of medicine. OMC services include orthopedics, obstetrics, oncology, cardiology, vein care, emergency t care and more.

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University of Kansas Hospital earned the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award for Kansas City.The award recognizes a hospital’s overall quality, image and reputation, physicians and nurses.

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the country. Exceptional care is provided through collaboration among physicians who represent more than 200 specialties, as well as nurses, researchers and other professionals.Together, they deliver exciting discoveries and life-changing treatments.

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For more than 62 years, OMC has lived up to its promise - to meet the community’s need for compassionate, high-quality healthcare spanning every stage of life. From a single, 30-bed hospital in 1953 to a thriving regional health system today, OMC has grown with the community, responding to its needs. OMC is currently undergoing the largest expansion in its history. Four significant construction projects are underway across OMC’s 250-acre campus: a new four-story obstetrics wing with a level II neonatal intensive care unit; a free-standing cancer center; an expanded cardiovascular center; and the addition of a memory care neighborhood at Cedar Lake Village. Through OMC’s dedication to quality care, the hospital has received many awards and accreditations, including: Best Hospitals by US News and World Report; Women’s Choice Award, America’s Best Hospitals for Breast Center, Cancer Care and Orthopedics; Safest Hospital in the KC Metro Area by Consumer Reports; Newsweek Top Cancer Docs; Certified Chest Pain Center; Certified Primary Stroke Center; Accredited by the Commission on Cancer with commendation in the Community Hospital Cancer program category (only one in four hospitals nationwide receives this approval) and Accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. 128

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AdventHealth is a network of health care facilities and services located throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and surrounding communities.The network includes Advent Health in Merriam, Kan., a 504-bed facility with more than 20,000 inpatient admissions and more than 200,000 outpatient admissions annually; AdventHealth – Prairie Star, a comprehensive health care facility located in western Lenexa; physician practices located throughout Johnson and Leavenworth Counties and Centra Care Shawnee Mission Urgent Care locations in Overland Park and Lenexa. AdventHealth’s newest facility, AdventHealth – Blue Valley, will open in early 2017 and will feature an emergency department, laboratory, imaging center and an approximately 75,000 square foot medical office building for physicians in a variety of specialties. AdventHealth serves more than 70,000 patients in its emergency departments annually, has the area’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center and delivers more babies each year at SMMC than any other hospital in the metropolitan area. AdventHealth also has some of the highest customer service or HCAHPS scores in the Kansas City metro.The network employs more than 3,000 local residents and supports an exceptional staff of 700 physicians representing 50 medical

specialties, the largest medical staff of any full-service hospital in Kansas City. AdventHealth has served the Johnson County community since 1962. St. Mary’s Medical Center, founded by the Sisters of St. Mary, relocated from downtown Kansas City to Blue Springs, Mo., in 1981. In 2015, the hospital was purchased by Prime Healthcare Services, operating 38 hospitals in 11 states. Its Catholic heritage and the spirit of our founding Sisters continue today in our mission of caring for the community. The medical center has provided highquality compassionate care to the residents of Blue Springs and Eastern Jackson County for more than 30 years. St. Mary’s is active in the community, offering patients the best of both worlds – a warm, caring environment, close to home, providing the range of services and expertise typically found in much larger facilities. St. Mary’s is among an elite group of providers in treatment for time critical diagnosis and has earned several quality awards, including Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission and Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It is also recognized by the Joint Commission


The Breast Center has earned recognition by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). It has also earned recognition by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology. In 2015, the medical center was recognized with the Women’s Choice Award® among America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics and America’s Best Breast Centers.The Women’s Choice Award identifies hospitals women can choose with confidence knowing they excel at clinical care and patient experience. St. Mary’s is a faith-based, Joint Commission accredited, 146-bed acute care facility providing a wide range of services, including Emergency Department, Joint and Spine Institute, Surgical Services, Breast Center and outpatient services.

Conveniently located at I-435 and State Line, St. Joseph is a faith-based, Joint Commission accredited, 310-bed acute care facility providing a wide range of services, including Emergency Department, Joint and Spine Institute, Surgical Services, Sleep Center, Birthing Center and outpatient services. St. Joseph has proven it is among an elite group of providers in the treatment for time critical diagnosis and has earned the American College of Cardiology’s Get with the Guidelines Platinum Performance Award.The medical center has received full accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. It is also an Accredited Chest Pain Center.The medical center has earned Stroke Center Level II designation from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau of Hospital Standards. The Breast Center at St. Joseph has earned recognition by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and Breast

Imaging Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology. In 2015, the medical center was recognized with the Women’s Choice Award® among America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics and America’s Best Breast Centers.The Women’s Choice Award identifies hospitals women can choose with confidence knowing they excel at clinical care and patient experience. St. Joseph has attained Magnet® recognition for three straight times. This program recognizes excellence in nursing and it is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. Truman Medical Centers is Kansas City’s essential, two acute-care safety net hospital health system.The TMC Health System includes TMC Hospital Hill,TMC Lakewood,TMC Behavioral Health, the Jackson County Health Department and a number of primary care practices throughout Eastern Jackson County.TMC is the primary community teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, and specializes in chronic disease management, orthopedics, family medicine, women’s health, and n trauma services.

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Founded in 1874 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Joseph Medical Center has a long tradition of providing quality, compassionate care. In 2015,

the hospital was purchased by Prime Healthcare Services, operating 38 hospitals in 11 states. Its Catholic heritage and the spirit of our founding Sisters continue today in our mission of caring for the community.

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move to the Kansas City Metro area is a smart one if you have or plan to have children. Whether you plan to enroll your children in one of the excellent public schools in the area or the private schools and online learning options, you will find educational choices are bountiful. Preparing students for their future are the school districts in Johnson County. In the Blue Valley School District, 2015 Graduates posted the highest ACT and SAT scores of Kansas City Area metropolitan districts. The Shawnee Mission School District has a 91 percent graduation rate, and in 2015,

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graduating seniors received more than $32 million in scholarship offers. Like its other two Johnson County counterparts, the growing Olathe School District offers advanced courses and excellent educational opportunities. Helping to develop a career path for students, the North Kansas City School District has partnered with the Metropolitan Community College for students to build skills in Engineering and Industrial Technology. Accolades came to several eastern Jackson County school districts in 2015.


SCHOOLS IN EACH DISTRICT ARE SOME OF THE MOST ACCREDITED IN THE NATION.

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The Blue Springs School District recently received the highest annual Performance Report score among large school districts in the State of Missouri. Three high schools in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District were among the top 25 high schools in Missouri to receive recognition in U.S. News and World Report’s annual “America’s Best High Schools” in the spring of 2015. As with other schools in the area, college prep classes are a big part of school curriculum. The private schools in the area including The Barstow School, Pembroke Hill School, Rockhurst High School, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, St. Teresa’s Academy, Notre

Dame de Sion School, St. Thomas Aquinas and many more. Finding the best fit for your child‘s educational needs and the environment that he or she excels is an important part of your relocation. The following is a sampling of you and your child’s choices. ABC Preschool A Better Choice (ABC) Preschool, LLC in downtown Lee’s Summit is a private esteemed academic preschool that prepares children academically and socially for kindergarten, and life-long learning. ABC Preschool’s innovative curriculum is based on current brain research.

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Katy Lautzenhiser, Director and Lead Teacher, explains,“Elementary educators are finding far too many students are entering Kindergarten unprepared, which leads to children falling further behind. ABC Preschool targets how a child develops – mentally, emotionally, and socially – during a child’s crucial early years of growth, and invests in your child’s success beyond the preschool walls.” All ABC Preschool teachers are certified educators, and the early childhood facility maintains the latest education practices. “As the industry has grown and expanded, we continue to keep current with the fast growing exploration and development in brain research, and the way children learn. We only hire the best teachers who receive ongoing training and education throughout each school year. We are more than a school: we are an extension of families and a part of our community.” ABC Preschool offers flexible options to meet an individual family’s needs regarding budget, education goals, and schedules.“We trust families are important partners in what we do, and ensure parents are actively involved through participation in school events. We encourage volunteering in our school, providing parents with daily electronic journals, bi-monthly progress reports, an interactive web page, and more.” ABC Preschool 8 SE 5th Street, Lee’s Summit, MO (816) 246-6562 www.abcpreschoolpage.com The Barstow School The Barstow School, located at 11511 State Line Road, provides the region’s premier K-12 college and career preparatory education. Barstow’s innovative, inclusive and globally connected learning environment cultivates the potential in every student through differentiated instruction and dedicated faculty mentorship. Barstow students come from 67 zip codes in Missouri and Kansas. They are part of a richly diverse school community that “promotes sound scholarship and gives symmetrical development to mind, body and character” since 1884. Barstow’s STEAM program uses science, technology, engineering, the arts and 134

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math as the conduits to 21st century skills such critical thinking, collaboration and communication. STEAM principles are applied in daily learning as early as preschool. The school’s acclaimed robotics team won its division and placed third overall in the 2019 FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, Texas. Many robotics team members are also part of Barstow’s 2019 state championship soccer team, signature broadcast and theatre programs or other athletic teams, academic groups and service clubs. Barstow students in lower, middle and upper school are makers and doers. They are participants, not spectators. From their earliest explorations through commencement, Barstow invests in the whole student and prepares them for leadership in a rapidly changing world. The Barstow School 11511 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 942-3255 www.barstowschool.org Blue Springs School District The Blue Springs School District covers a total of 58 square miles and includes students from the communities of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Independence, Lake Tapawingo and Lee’s Summit. Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is more than 14,800 students. Within our boundaries, we have more than 80,000 residents. Our district has a rich tradition of academic excellence. This tradition continues with major advancements in our curriculum and efforts through technology placing materials in student hands wherever they might be. The district has received Accreditation with Distinction from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for 16 consecutive years. Blue Springs School District (816) 874-3200 www.bssd.net Blue Valley School District Blue Valley Schools is committed to providing students an Education Beyond Expectations—an education filled with opportunities. Located in suburban Kansas City, in the heart of Johnson County, Kansas, this 91-square mile school district serves more than 22,000 students at its five high schools,

nine middle schools and 20 elementary schools. Blue Valley consistently ranks among the top school districts in the nation, striving to provide each student with the opportunity to experience unprecedented academic success and unparalleled personal growth through personalized student learning. The district offers many special programs including the Blue Valley Academy, a non-traditional program for high school students; ACCESS, a program teaching independent living skills for students with moderate to severe disabilities; and the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), an innovative program for high school juniors and seniors, providing realworld, hands-on learning experience. For more about Blue Valley Schools, visit www.bluevalleyk12.org. Blue Valley School District (913) 239-4000 www.bluevalleyk12.org Maranatha Christian Academy Maranatha Christian Academy (MCA) has been providing excellence in Christian education in the Shawnee, Kansas, area for over 40 years. The mission of MCA is to train and equip students for life and for service to Jesus Christ through a biblical worldview, character development, and academic excellence. To accomplish these goals, MCA works with Christian parents and their students to provide a consistently solid biblical foundation on which their college preparatory foundation is built. That foundation is strengthened by having biblically integrated curriculum in every subject and by enabling students to meet or exceed state and national academic standards. Maranatha Christian Academy 6826 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS (913) 631-0637 www.mca-eagles.org North Kansas City Schools Just north of Kansas City’s vibrant downtown, North Kansas City Schools is a district of nearly 19,500 learners who benefit daily from an academically rigorous curriculum for grades Pre-K to 12. The district has earned both state and national accreditation and is


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recognized throughout Missouri as a leader in academic innovation. North Kansas City Schools is among the largest districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area with 21 elementary schools, five middle schools and four high schools. In addition, the school district offers optional Pre-K and before/ after school programs, expansive gifted/ honors opportunities, career and professional academics, A+ certified high schools, as well as nationally recognized adult and community education programs for learners of all ages. In North Kansas City Schools, every student achieves his or her unique potential through extraordinary educational experiences provided by exceptional educators who are supported by an engaged, diverse community.

2018 Horizon Award Winner 2014 Kansas Master Teacher 2015 Co-Champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Winners of the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching $49.3 million in scholarships offered to 2018 graduates ACT and SAT scores outpace national and state averages

North Kansas City Schools (816) 321-5000 www.nkcschools.org

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Notre Dame de Sion Notre Dame de Sion schools offer a premier education at two locations in the Kansas City metro.

(913) 780-7000 • www.olatheschools.org

Sion’s High School has a strong commitment to educating minds, expanding hearts, and empowering lives. Young women grow spiritually, emotionally and socially, while being challenged academically with our college preparatory curriculum. Sion’s Grade School offers Preschool-8th grade classes in a co-ed environment. Students are challenged to think outside the box by infusing core classes with our STEAM program, community garden and indoor swimming pool. Who says you can’t learn math in the pool? Two campuses + One Mission = SION. Learn more www.ndsion.edu Notre Dame de Sion High School Campus 10631 Wornall Road Kansas City Missouri 64114 (816) 942-3282 Grade School Campus 3823 Locust Kansas City, Missouri 64109 (816) 753-3810 www.mdsion.com

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The Pembroke Hill School An independent, college preparatory school serving 1,200 students, 2 years - 12th grade; near the Country Club Plaza!

A Caring Community Inspired By Excellence. • Small classes (11:1 student:teacher ratio) • Challenging curriculum • Excellent faculty • Personalized college counseling • Reggio Emilia-inspired early child• Transportation service from the hood school Northland and Johnson County • Leader in student • Financial aid available technology/iLab For Info: 816-936-1231 • Extensive extracurricular/athletic www.pembrokehill.org program RESPECT COMPASSION SCHOLARSHIP INTEGRITY

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Oakhill Day School Oakhill Day School is the Northland’s premier independent school for students entering grades Toddler (age 2) through Eighth. Our mission is to provide your children with excellence in education through child-centered learning in a supportive, challenging, and rewarding environment that provides students with self-confidence, values, knowledge, and the foundation for leadership through emotional, physical, and social development. Oakhill students receive a foundation for learning that stays with them through high school, college, and beyond. Learn more about our academics, athletics, farm-to-school lunches, and more online at www. oakhilldayschool.org. or call Leah Gipe, Director of Admissions, Leah. gipe@oakhilldayschool.org Oakhill Day School 7019 N Cherry Street Gladstone, MO 64118 (816) 436-6228 www.oakhilldayschool.org


Olathe Public Schools The Olathe School District is the second largest school district in Kansas. Students’ test scores consistently rank among the top 10 percent in the nation with ACT and SAT scores above state and national averages. Olathe has earned 18 National Blue Ribbon School Awards from the US Department of Education. The district has received national awards for outstanding professional development for teachers, and is home to two 2016 Horizon Award winners, the 2013 Kansas Superintendent of the Year, a 2014 Master Teacher, the 2012 Kansas Teacher of the Year and the student co-champion of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The district offers innovative 21st Century High School Programs, including aerospace and engineering, biosciences, geosciences and e-communication.

A place to grow academically and spiritually...join our community!

Total enrollment is 29,567 students. Facilities – 35 Elementary schools, eight middle schools and four high schools. For more information visit ww.olatheschools.com. Olathe Public Schools (913) 780-7000 www.olatheschools.com

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish 14201 Nall Avenue, Leawood, KS 66223

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Park Hill School District Park Hill schools are top-ranking, highperforming and committed to preparing all students for their future college and career goals. Park Hill was the first district to receive the Missouri Quality Award and the only district to earn it twice for its commitment to continuous improvement. U.S. World and News Report ranked our high schools among the top 20 in Missouri, and the district consistently earns the state’s top honors and some of the highest MAP scores. Our district also earned the highest ACT composite scores in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, and our students earn national recognition for academics and extracurriculars. Park Hill School Districs 7703 NW Barry Road Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 359-4000 www.parkhill.k12.mo.us Pembroke Hill Pembroke Hill is an independent college prep school near the Country Club Plaza. Enrolling nearly 1,200 students 2 years through 12th grade, the school offers small classes (11:1 student: teacher ratio), exciting and challenging curriculum,

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outstanding teachers and an extensive extracurricular program. Nearly 80 percent of upper schoolers are involved in a club while 82 percent are on an athletic team.

Wornall Campus Early Childhood & Lower Schools 400 West 51st Street 816-936-1200 www.pembrokehill.org

Pembroke Hill offers transportation from the Northland and Johnson County and provides 22 percent of students $2.9 million in financial aid. Students live in 73 zip codes in Missouri and Kansas. Approximately 25 percent of students are students of color.

Rockhurst High School Rockhurst High School, an all Jesuit Catholic High School, is a place of formation, where students are committed to a deeper experience, empowered by the spirit. For more than 100 years, Rockhurst has been a place where boys become young men, with minds, bodies and souls prepared for the challenges of college and life beyond.

Students and families receive personalized college counseling. All graduates attend a four-year college/ university; 22 percent of the Class of 2016 received National Merit recognition. Community service is an important aspect at Pembroke Hill. Students must volunteer at least 60 hours; most exceed this requirement. The school promotes character development through its core values: scholarship, compassion, respect and integrity. Ward Parkway Campus Middle & Upper Schools 5121 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 816-936-1200

Located on State Line Road, Rockhurst welcomes 9-12 grade boys from both Kansas and Missouri. A leader in academics, athletics and co-curricular activities, Rockhurst draws a student body that is ethnically and socio-economically diverse from 95 different zip codes. The entire student body represents more than 127 elementary and junior high schools from the metropolitan area. First and foremost at Rockhurst are academics. The school is proud of its growing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and Robotics programs.


99% of graduates attend a 4-year college or university, and the Class of 2016 includes 13 National Merit Semifinalists and three perfect ACT scores. Rockhurst High School 9301 State Line, Kansas City, MO (816) 363-2036 www.rockhurst.edu

North Kansas City Schools A Champion for Students Educating KC’s Northland since 1913

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School is the first Catholic high school to open in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese in over 50 years! We are now open and are currently the home to over 300 students who join us from all over the metro. SMA is a 21st century learning environment rooted in the traditions and values of our faith. Students are given the tools to grow in faith in virtue with theology curriculum, daily communal prayer, sacraments, class retreats, service opportunities, and more. SMA also offers a wide range of academic offerings including inclusive special education and AP/dual credit offerings. Learning academies including aviation, engineering and computer science help our students discover and discern their gifts in a college prep environment.

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St. Michaels the Archangel Catholic High School 2901 NW Lee’s Summit Rd Lee’s Summit, MO 64064 816) 763-4800 www.smacatholic.org St. Theresa’s Academy St. Teresa’s Academy, a rigorous collegeprep school for young women, was founded over 150 years ago by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Located on a beautiful, college-like campus in the heart of the Brookside and south Plaza neighborhoods, St. Teresa’s promotes excellence in education. The wireless campus, oneto-one tablet program and distance learning classrooms enhance our global education initiatives. Accredited by the North Central Association/AdvancED since 1923, St. Teresa’s molds students into confident, skilled, and caring young women through a challenging curriculum, an all-female environment, a diverse student body, Christian values, a community service program, and t personal responsibility.

HEALTH SCIENCE

Amplify your academics at STA

Pre-Allied Health Academy Medical Interventions/ Biomedical Innovations Pre-Professional Nursing

COMPUTER SCIENCE Network Engineering I & II Software Development I & II Cyber Security

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Our pathways provide a framework to guide student passions and academics into high-demand careers...

Digital Electronics Computer Integrated Manufacturing Aerospace Engineering Engineering Design & Development

STA provides high school juniors and seniors an accelerated academic experience. Working in a college environment, students deeply experience an industry-aligned curriculum meeting both industry and university standards. Industry-recognized faculty provide an applied curriculum that is developed, supported, and updated by industry and university partners.

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Digital Media Technology Summit International Studies Academy Teacher Educator Academy Hospitality & Tourism Management Program

For more information, a course listing and prerequisites, visit: sta.lsr7.org, http://ucmo.edu/mic, www.ceckc.org or contact your guidance counselor. 1101 NW Innovation Pkwy | Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 | 816.986.3410 |

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Shawnee Mission School District (913) 993-6200 www.smsd.org

Shawnee Mission School District The Shawnee Mission School District is consistently ranked among the finest school districts nationwide for its high student performance. Its cornerstone Signature Programs include Biotechnology, Engineering (Project Lead The Way), Medical Health Science, and Culinary Arts and Hospitality. Two new programs are Global Systems, allowing students to explore careers in sustainable food systems, and Project Blue Eagle, which provides training for careers in law enforcement, firefighting and EMT.

Summit Christian Academy Summit Christian Academy is a Top 5 Private School in the Kansas City area. Since 1989, Summit Christian Academy (SCA) has grown from 32 students to 800, has been selected a top five private school in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, and has been recognized as one of the top 100 “large and effective schools” by the Association of Christian Schools International. With its strong mission of inspiring students to achieve their God-given potential through excellent academics and Christian training in a compassionate environment, SCA has earned a reputation as a topnotch school with stellar academics, excellent performing arts and athletics all in a fun, family-friendly environment.

The district boasts high graduation rates and achievement scores. The 1:1 initiative provides each student with a tablet or laptop to support learning. New stateof-the-art facilities offer safe, secure, and creative learning environments. The Shawnee Mission District is in northeast Johnson County, Kansas, ten miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It serves 14 cities within t he county.

SCA is situated on a 36-acre campus near 50 Highway and 291 South. We welcome your family to be part of the SCA family! Call 816-525-1480 today for more information or visit the summitchristian-academy.org website.

Summit Christian Academy 1450 SW Jefferson (816) 524-0185 www.summit-christian-academy.org Summit Technology Academy The Lee’s Summit School District’s new Summit Technology Academy / Missouri Innovation Campus is taking shape thanks to a no-tax-increase bond issue. The MIC program is a one-of-a-kind endeavor offering the most accelerated degree path in the country. STA is an offcampus opportunity for area high school students seriously interested in computer science, engineering, health sciences or creative sciences. College credit is attached to all of the programs. The typical student at STA is usually focused on a specific career path and has the determination to explore that field through in-depth studies and practical application. For more information, visit http://sta.lsr7.org or http://ucmo.edu/mic. Summit Technology Academy (816) 986-3410 www.sta.ls7.org

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he city of Kansas City has long been touted as a Midwestern mecca on many levels. We have an open heart and exemplify the crème de la crème of generosity and neighborly love. To back up my comments, here is the meat of the story. Read on and see what a great community we are! Gentlemen, and women, start your engines! Talk about a party with a purpose, Treads & Threads fills that bill and then some. This event benefits

The University of Kansas Hospital, and has become one of the most anticipated philanthropic events in the city. Sponsors, patrons and guests of this annual gala have contributed more than $8 million to further expand and improve cancer care. At a venue like no other, under the stars, inside the oval at the Kansas Speedway, the event features top entertainment and delights from KC’s top restaurants, caterers and dessert specialists, with wine and specialty drinks concocted especially for this event. What’s more,

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attendees can experience the Kansas Speedway up close and personal by taking a victory lap around the track. It is truly an extraordinary party with an even more extraordinary purpose of providing more options, and more hope, to patients battling cancer. Visit treadsandthreads.org for more information. Jazzoo is a premier event in Kansas City each summer, drawing up to 5,000 creative black tie clad attendees each t KC RELO

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year who enjoy samplings from over 70 area restaurants, live music performed by local artists and all the animal attractions. Founded in 1990 by the Junior League, this festive event has become a roaring success, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed the more than 1,100 animals who make the Kansas City Zoo their home. It also supports the Zoo Learning Fund, which creates educational programs for children throughout the Kansas City area. The 250 dedicated volunteers are proud of the some 275 sponsors and many amazing auction items that further exemplify the amazing caring spirit alive and “purring” in our city. Visit jazzoo.com for more information.

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Eat to give! That is the idea behind the scrumptious Kansas City Restaurant Week, held each winter. Over 150 restaurants participate, and include a who’s who of diverse dining options, including old favorites and new delights. This event supports local causes, and in this its seventh year, partnered with three worthwhile, local charitable partners as beneficiaries. The donations raised during the 2016 event benefited BoysGrow, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired and Cultivate Kansas City. Additionally, the Kansas City Regional Destination Development Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Education Foundation again received a portion of the donations.


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Visit kansascityrestaurantweek.com for more information. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is making strides to help cure this disease, and Kansas City has a lot to do with it. The 21st Annual JDRF Dream Gala will be held in May, chaired by Clark and Tavia Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs owners. This event draws many caring attendees for an evening at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott, with cocktail reception, dinner and live auction. Last year’s gala raised $2,000,328 to help end this childhood disease.Visit jdrf.com for more information.

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The 43rd Hospital Hill Run, which winds through the Country Club Plaza, Brookside and Crown Center area, will be held this summer, and it is truly one of the most storied races in Missouri history. Ninety-nine runners participated in the first race in 1973, and now, some 9,000 run each year. In 2008 the Run team created a new charity program that allowed organizations of all sizes

and interests to raise funds in a fun and exciting way, by taking part in one of three amazing events. Sixteen charities joined the inaugural year bringing over 200 participants to the event and raising over $50,000 for their respective causes. In the past five years there have been 2,188 charity participants, 1,283 charity volunteers who have raised $808,818 for their respective causes. Through this Run, dogs have been rescued, kids have gone to camp, people with spinal cord injuries have receive therapy, Alzheimer’s families have received respite care, research has been forwarded and much more.Visit hospitalhillrun.com for more information. The American Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been a beloved Kansas City tradition since 1899. This organization celebrates the region’s rich agricultural heritage through competition, education and entertainment. As a not-for-profit community volunteer based organization, the American Royal raises funds to fulfill t

Giving Back to the Community. We run on a philosophy of S.E.E: Service Exceeding Expectations. We see how good Kansas City residents are to one another, and we’ve been blessed to experience this first-hand. Kansas Citians are the only reason we’re still here today, 30 years later. We cannot thank you enough for the kindness you’ve shown us, and for allowing us to grow with you. We are proud to be Kansas City’s local home improvement company, and it is our honor to reciprocate by giving back to the community in any way we can. We’ve participated in projects with: • Extreme Home Makeover • Habitat for Humanity • Christmas in October • No Roof Left Behind • Hillcrest Transitional Housing There’s been countless other projects over the years, and we’re always looking for new ways to give back to the amazing residents of Kansas City. You inspire us to be the very best, exceeding expectations for all the home remodeling services we provide.

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its vision and mission though endowments, contributions, sponsorships and event revenues. The American Royal annually hosts the World’s largest barbecue contest, one of the Midwest’s largest and oldest livestock exhibitions and professional rodeos, prestigious horse shows and is home of the National Championship Saddlebred horse competition. During the year more than 270,000 people attend events at the American Royal Complex. In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates some $60 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs. For more information, visit www.americanroyal.com. The American Heart Association’s 30th Kansas City Heart & Stroke Ball will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Kansas City Convention Center. This is always an unforgettable evening with life-saving significance. The dollars raised stay right here in our community. Last year alone, American Heart Association supporters in the Kansas City metro made the following possible: $3.8 million in research funding in the Kansas City area including meritorious studies at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas State University, The Stowers Institute, University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Missouri and University of Missouri-Kansas City. Last year they reduced teenage tobacco usage in Kansas by supporting the American Heart Association’s advocacy for reduced cigarette taxes, resulting in a $.50 tobacco tax increase in Kansas and also empowered 81,000 local individuals to be CPR-trained by the American Heart Association. From 2010-2014, the American Heart Association has funded 21 studies in Kansas at a cost of over $2.6 million and 136 studies in Missouri at $15.86 million. More than $2.7 million was awarded to Kansas City institutions. Visit www.heart.org/KC for more information. 144

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