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pring is here! I am so excited about what this season brings to our city with the amazing weather and the opening of so many outdoor venues. There really is so much to do in our community and surrounding areas as the weather starts to warm up, and best of all, the warmer weather means my kids are constantly outside playing. Every year around this time I start to ponder the idea of having a backyard garden. We have a spacious lot, and I love fresh fruits and veggies. The only problem is that I do not have a green thumb. It is definitely not a strength of mine, but I want it to be. In theory, it sounds like so much fun, but those poor plants do not want to be in my care. My husband, on the other hand, is amazing with plants, so maybe one of these days we will have our own backyard garden with him at the helm. In the meantime, I will continue to frequent the various farmers markets around town. There are so many fun ones to visit, and they all have their own unique vibe, but best of all, it is so fun to talk to the vendors about what they do. I love supporting local farmers and makers, and these markets are the perfect place to do that and to meet people creating things in the community. This month is our farm-to-table issue. We wanted to share with you some of the local resources in town as well as information on farm-to-table, how to support our local farmers and businesses and even share a few recipes. Slow Food is a very cool resource, so check them out if you have a chance. Happy Spring!

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t Renee Kelly's Harvest, you'll find an upscale yet approachable farm-to-table dining experience like no other, all in a historic castle. Passionate about supporting local farmers in the community with sustainable practices, their menu changes with the seasons to offer guests the freshest local fare.     Having a strong background in cooking, owner and chef Renee Kelly remembers her love of being in the kitchen as far back as her childhood. She worked in restaurants throughout high school at the front of the house, getting familiar with the atmosphere. Starting pre-med at Texas A&M with her sights on being a surgeon, Kelly switched gears after realizing her true passion in life—cooking. Enrolling in the Art Institute of Houston, she gained a full-time apprenticeship at the prestigious River Oaks Country Club where she stayed for two years. CONTINUED >

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With the completion of her schooling and a business plan in her pocket, she traveled around the country and decided to come back home to Shawnee, Kansas to open Renee Kelly's Harvest hosting private events and catering at the historic Caenen Castle.  The Caenen Castle is on the Register of Historic Kansas Places and was built in 1901 by Remi Caenen, a Belgium immigrant and farmer who styled the 14-room building after the famous European Chateau Chavaniac castle. The castle has had many lives as a restaurant, residence, nightclub and haunted house before Kelly purchased and renovated the historical building. Renee Kelly's opened in July of 2004 as a private event facility and was later changed to Renee Kelly's Harvest, a farm-to-table restaurant in 2012.  

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You'll know exactly where your food comes from at Harvest. "Being farm-to-table, we travel to farms within an hour and a half, meet the farmer and family, establish a relationship and maintain it. Harvest is a living, breathing fabric of sustainability which includes not only food, but the soil, our community and health. Everything that is worth it takes time and attention. That’s what we do best at Harvest. We take a familiar favorite and put our Harvest spin on it," Kelly says. For brunch, try the RK brioche french toast topped with candied bacon and chocolate ganache. Or try the chef's favorite Queen’s Break, which is a bacon maple fig scone with fried egg, Dijon, jam and a petite sweet and simple salad.   For lunch or dinner, order the house ground prime rib burger signature style with onion jam, pork belly, Havarti and aioli. Their nontraditional chicken and waffles consists of a waffle cone filled with sweet chili, fried chicken and maple syrup. Ask for the chef’s tasting menu, which includes a variety of seasonal specialties like confit orange and honey duck legs with red lentils; miso-glazed  pork belly with cheddar grits, roasted mushrooms and onions; and braised pork cheeks with pumpkin, apple, popped quinoa and savory bread pudding. Finish your meal on a sweet note with a beignet basket topped with ganache. Have a drink on the CONTINUED >

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f you have ever been to the farmer's market in Overland Park, you might have noticed the long lines at the Tea-Biotics stand

where Lisa Bledsoe sells fresh, locally made kombucha on tap. Kombucha has been brewed for centuries in Asia and Eastern Europe. It is known as “elixir of life” and is becoming popular in the United States where a 2015 Markets and Markets analysis called kombucha the fastest-growing market in the functional beverages category, and they project sales will be up to $1.8 billion by 2020. Kombucha is a fizzy drink made by taking green, black or white tea and then adding live bacteria and yeast. Kombucha brewers call the live ingredients “scoby,”  which is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. They allow this tea mixture to ferment in an open container at room temperature for one to two weeks. Brewers flavor it with fruit, herbs and spices for the second fermentation process in a closed container, where the brew becomes carbonated.

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Bledsoe, the founder of Tea-Biotics, is known as the “Scoby Master” and began making kombucha as a hobby when she was a stay-at-home mom. One jar gradually turned into two jars and then exponentially grew. She began giving it away at first, and then once she got her license, she began selling to a local chiropractor from her garage on Mondays. Later a friend suggested she teach students at the culinary school at the Broadmoor Technical Center. By this time she had outgrown making it in her house, so she began making it at the culinary school.  As her business kept growing she wanted her own space, so in April 2016 she leased a 2,000-square-foot commercial facility in Lenexa that opened later that year in September. Currently, they have been making 4,000 gallons per month, but this month she is doubling production to keep up with demand. Even with all this growth, Bledsoe’s main goal has not changed— she still strives to “provide a premium product at a reasonable cost.” Bledsoe, a talented cook and former bartender, uses those skills to come up with unique flavors to make her own recipes. She uses organic coldpressed fruit juice and herbs to flavor her tea and purifies her own water to ensure she sells the best product possible. Kombucha has a tendency to be sour, but she has tweaked the recipes to produce smoother flavors.  You can find Bledsoe at the Overland Park Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday morning. Her stand is located at the east entrance—opposite of the clock tower— just outside the pavilion where she also sells starter kits for people wanting to make their own kombucha. Her storefront at 11415 Strang Line Road in Lenexa is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. The store offers multiple flavors such as hibiscus grape, turmeric lime, purple carrot and chai apple. You can also find her kombucha at Simple Science Juices, Bulk It, Hen House, Barley's Kitchen +Tap and The Suites at Sporting KC. For more information on Bledsoe and Tea-Biotics go to Tea-Biotics.com. 24

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ansas City is a thriving food scene, a culinary landscape that boasts chefs, artisans, enthusiasts, growers, producers, restaurateurs and consumers eager to embrace the region’s bounty. After all, we live in the heartland and America’s breadbasket—a rich and plentiful area that provides the rest of the nation with premium corn, grain, beef and pork. It was in the not-too-distant past that farm-to-table was a trend that signified chefs procured some of their menus’ ingredients directly from the farmer or producer.

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And it didn’t have to be from a traditional farm—it could be from an artisan winery, cheesemonger, ranch, fishery or boutique grower (think herbs, lettuces, tomatoes). The trend morphed into the mainstream, and today a large movement in the U.S. and around the globe exists to produce and access real food without GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and practice sustainability. In the Kansas City area there are hundreds of farmers, growers and artisans who support the notion of “good, clean and fair food”—which happens to be the

foundation of Slow Food International and Slow Food USA’s mission statement. Slow Food had its beginnings in Italy in 1986 as a small association led by Carlo Petrini, an advocate for bridging the gap between agriculture and gastronomy. Created in response to the industrialization of food production and the fact that people were losing the vital connection between plate and the planet, the organization flourished and today boasts more than 150 chapters, or convivia, and 6,000 members in CONTINUED > more than 160 countries.


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In 2000, chef Jasper Mirabile Jr., owner of Jasper’s Restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, saw a food disconnect locally. He had just returned from his family’s ancestral country, Italy, and was inspired by friends who were launching Slow Food chapters in this country; there was a lack of support for local chefs and independently owned restaurants. “At that point my family had been in the restaurant business for 47 years,” Mirabile says. “I remember farmers and producers knocking at the back door of Jasper’s in the early mornings at our original 75th and Wornall location in the 1950s and my father carefully picked through tomatoes, cucumbers, Italian eggplants and green beans and examined meats and dairy products, choosing the very best. It was intriguing to see those raw ingredients, fresh from a field or barn mere miles away, get transformed into dishes that would be on guests’ plates later that day.” Decades later, as Mirabile researched Slow Food, he realized it would be a way to support local farmers, producers and artisans just as his father did. He started a convivium in Kansas City and today Slow Food Kansas 30

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City has more than 150 members—one of the largest and most active groups in the U.S. It hosts a robust calendar of 12-15 events during the year, including fundraisers like the Culinary Garage Sale in September and pop-ups like the annual Tomato Tasting in August, among others. The local convivium supports the community, donating money to many nonprofits. “Slow Food Kansas City is not political—we don’t sit in protest at local fast food restaurants but instead promote the chefs who support the local farmers in our community,” Mirabile explains. “We also help preserve traditional cuisine. For instance, at Jasper’s, we cook authentic Sicilian dishes, and many recipes have been handed down through the generations. The Slow Food movement, among others, is bringing a lot of the food we eat back to its origins. It’s like rediscovering your great-grandmother’s recipe box.” Lisa Waterman Gray, an Overland Park, Kansas-based food and travel writer and Slow Food Kansas City board member, attended Terre Madre/Salone del Gusto in 2014, Slow Food International’s annual gathering.

“I gained a global perspective about Slow Food International and its mission,” she says. “Challenges in providing good, clean, fair food for all people exist everywhere in the world, although what those challenges 'look like' may differ from one culture to the next.” Slow Food Kansas City supports local food artisans, farmers and producers throughout the year. Local dairy Shatto; heirloom tomato grower Kurlbaum; all-natural grass-fed beef producer Steve Buerge; honey and cheese producers; coffee roasters; wine grower and producer Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery; garlic and mushroom farmers; and even bean-to-bar artisan chocolate producers have hosted events and pop-ups. “Slow Food Kansas City is a celebration of local food where we feed mind, body and soul,” Mirabile says. “And we learn along the way how to support good, clean and fair food.” For more information on joining Slow Food Kansas City, visit SlowFoodKC.org.


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couple of years ago, I found myself in an argument with my father about the local and “organic” meat I had purchased. In his defense, he uttered “but all food is organic!” Unfortunately, the definition of organic has changed during my father’s lifetime. Much the same, eating local has also evolved. Over the last century, we’ve seen the food industry completely change. We’ve modified our food supply to solve the scarcity problem of the past to meet the demands of a booming global population. At the time, it was called innovative. It was called humanitarian. We believed it saved lives. But the truth is, the science behind it was a shortterm solution for a long-term goal. The chemicals that made plants strong have made our bodies weak. The preservatives that extend the shelf life of our products have shortened our own lives. We’ve been told it’s either abundance or health. Humanity had to choose one. But the “farm-to-table” movement tells us this doesn’t have to be our story. That our story is one of hope, and they have been telling us this for decades. Restaurants and stores started valuing quality over ease and convenience thus emphasizing the purchase of locally sourced and seasonal products. The trend continues to increase when we, the consumer, participate with our personal choices. Kansas City has a strong loyalty to buying and eating local—many restaurants buy local produce, farmers markets abound and organizations like Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City Food Circle and KC Healthy Kids are improving access to fresh foods. With all our efforts, we can cultivate our city for better health and be a vibrant “local roots” community. “Everyone has the right to good food. They should have the right to food they can afford, the right to food that fits their culture and the right to food that is grown with love and care. And it is especially important to have food that is grown by someone that you know,” Cultivate Kansas City Executive Director Katherine Kelly says. 38

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STEAK RUB FOR GRAPEVINESMOKED TRI-TIP

3 parts brown sugar 3 parts smoked sea salt 1 part smoked paprika 1/2 part coriander 1/2 part chili powder 1/4 part cayenne 1/4 part dried thyme 1/2 part cracked pepper Directions: Mix all spices and apply liberally to the tri-tip. Allow to rest in refrigerator for 24 hours before smoking over grapevines. APPLE TART

• 12-inch pie crusts • 1⁄2 cup sugar • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour • 4 cups chopped peeled apples • 2 tablespoons sugar • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg • 1 tablespoon butter 1. Heat oven to 400º F. 2. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and the flour in large bowl. Stir in apples. The sugar-flour mixture will not all stick to the apples; that's OK. 3. Spread the apple mixture uniformly from the center of the dough circle to within 2 inches of edge. Fold edge of dough over apple mixture; crimp edge of dough slightly. 4. Mix 2 tablespoons sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon; sprinkle over apples and dough. 5. Cut 1 tablespoon butter into 5 or 6 small pieces; spread on top of the apples. 6. Bake 27 to 32 minutes or until crust is golden brown. 7. Cut into wedges. Serve warm drizzled with caramel topping.

Eric Carter is the executive chef at The J Bar located at Embassy Suites By Hilton, 10401 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe.   Check out Shatto Milk Company  at ShattoHomeDelivery.com and support a local farmer. 40

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FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER

Eric Carter, executive chef at The J Bar, prepared a delicious four-course farm-to-table dinner using local purveyor Shatto Farms, which is a small family-owned and operated dairy farm located just north of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Shatto expanded their home delivery service to include not only dairy but also meat, eggs, produce, bread and more, and they provide only the best in locally sourced food. Carter served a local lettuce salad with roasted beets and local goat cheese with Tank 7 Vinaigrette, herb roast campo lindo chicken with Shatto garlic butter and local grapevine-smoked beef tri-tip with rosemary and caramelized onion. He rounded the meal off with a delectable local bourbon-glazed apple tart topped with salted caramel ice cream. "My food is usually focused upon modern interpretations of Midwestern heritage cuisine," Carter says. Carter's go-to spices are fennel, coriander and smoked paprika. He advises trying herbs seasonally and says it is best to pair the milder flavored herbs with lighter proteins and the more forceful herbs like rosemary with heavy proteins and flavors.

“Food was always a central part of my family growing up,” Carter says. “Whether it was grilling with my grandfather, making pies with my grandma or growing a garden with my parents, food always brought everyone together.”

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Now Open

ecafé SERVES UP THE PERFECT BLEND OF BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY THE COWORKING SPACE AND COFFEE SHOP CATERS TO A CHANGING WORKFORCE ARTICLE KATHERINE BONTRAGER | PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

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This page: ecafé is one of the few local spots to serve specialty coffee from PT’s Coffee Roasting Company in Topeka. The next closest place to score this delicious blend is downtown Kansas City! Opposite: Aside from specialty coffee, over half of the menu is gluten free, and ecafé is happy to accommodate gluten-free requests for pastries, breakfast, lunch and snacks.

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ocated at 10650 Roe Avenue is a most ingenious hybrid—a coffee

work environment. He spoke to his wife, Cathy, and daughter, Lisa

shop and coworking center all delightfully wrapped into one. As

Dimond, about the distinctive needs of this evolving career set. With

its name implies, ecafé offers an ideal blend of social and professional

Dimond's background in the restaurant industry, it didn’t take long

opportunities for mobile and home-based workers.

before a family business plan whipped into formation. Their refresh-

However, it was an idea that percolated for years before coming

ing venture, ecafé, opened in Johnson County this past fall.

to fruition. With some two decades in the executive suites business,

“Office space is expensive and working from home distracting,” Rayl

David Rayl saw firsthand how a changing workforce warranted a new

says. “At ecafé, we’re trying to give mobile workers and home-based

Coworking allows people to meet and collaborate with other professionals and expand their business network, David Rayl says.

professionals a better place to work. Coffee shops and restaurants aren’t always the best environment in which to work. And they typically don’t want you working there because it takes tables away from those who are there to purchase food and drinks. But workers like the amenities of coffee shops and restaurants, and that’s why we decided to combine a cowork center with a full-service coffee shop.” The unique setup has a great communal vibe, and coworking allows people to meet and collaborate with other professionals and expand their business network, Rayl adds. ecafé offers a public side, where everyone is welcome to gather and enjoy all the benefits of a specialty coffee house—complete with drive-thru—and a private side, where monthly memberships or daily passes can be purchased. A fully equipped conference room 44

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can be rented by the hour or day, and a business center offers copying, printing, scanning, faxing, mailboxes, postal services and office products. It truly serves as a one-stop shop for all working—and caffeine—needs. “So many workers need a flexible workspace in which they can come and go, meet clients and not be tied down to a four-walled office,” Dimond says. “And what better way to bring people into the coworking space—and help feed and fuel them—than a coffee shop?” The one-of-a-kind ecafé serves specialty coffee from PT’s Coffee Roasting Company, smoothies and some truly scrumptious breakfast and lunch fare—including a large array of gluten-free items.

ecafé's modern design is spacious and clean, using vibrant colors and natural light to keep workers energized. The workpods even offer some truly picturesque nature views.

“I have celiac disease, and I know how hard it is finding good, gluten-free food, especially pastries,” Dimond says. “In fact, over half of our menu is gluten-free, and we’re happy to accommodate gluten-free requests for pastries, breakfast, lunch and snacks.”

As tempting as the menu is, ecafé’s design aesthetic is equally appetizing. The modern space is spacious and clean, using vibrant colors and lots of light to keep workers energized. And there are some truly picturesque nature views from the work pods. It’s a difference that’s resonated with area workers. As a business consultant, Jennifer Kempfer-Norris helps create solutions and systems for small busiecafé is a brilliant blend of coffee shop and cowork space. One side is open to the public to gather and enjoy coffee and snacks, while a private side focuses on business.

nesses. So it seems only fitting that she relies on ecafé as the hub for her business operations, both for meeting clients one-on-one and for networking events. “I love working out of ecafé because it’s owned and run by a local family and their location is convenient for my clients," Kempfer-Norris says. " The building itself is incredibly clean and fun, but the staff always makes me feel like a friend. I’m not just a cup of coffee

The modern and well-lit conference room is fully equipped and can be rented by the hour or the day.

to them. They go out of their way to make sure I’m comfortable and well-taken care of—you might even say a little spoiled. They go over and above what I would expect from any other café, even going so far as refilling my personal water bottle when there’s a station where I could do it myself.” The friendly atmosphere, attentive employees, and delicious drinks and treats are just part of what makes ecafé an exciting addition to the Johnson County business scene. “It’s nice to make people happy with something as simple as a cup of coffee or a delicious pastry,” Dimond says. “And to help professionals further their own businesses in a vibrant, inspiring setting is a true joy.” April 2017 | Johnson County Lifestyle

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DIY

LOVE’S TRUEST LANGUAGE Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful centerpiece everyone can enjoy this season. ARTICLE RIANA JONES | PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS 46

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Riana.JonesAndCo@gmail.com @JonesAndCoFlowers - Instagram

Flowers are love’s truest language. - Park Benjamin, American poet, journalist, editor

PREPARATION:

HOW-TO:

1. Select your flowers—explore your local grocery store,

1. Start by using your greens to create a backdrop for your arrangement. Cover

farmers markets and even your backyard garden for your

most of the tape/floral foam/chicken wire with greens. Don’t be afraid to leave some

favorite blooms. Give yourself plenty of colors and flowers

greens at different heights to create textures and interest.

to work with. I like to use four to six different flowers to give

2. Next, add in your flowers—start with the larger blooms, placing them in a focal

enough interest in the arrangement. Don’t forget to select

spot to shine. I’ll fill in with smaller flowers turning the arrangement to keep it even

greens, usually one to three different varieties. This spring

on all sides. You can always add more greens or flowers until it feels full.

don’t forget succulents!

3. There are no rules when arranging for yourself—you get to choose what looks

2. Prep your flowers by pulling off all the foliage from the stems. If

good to your eye. Don’t be afraid to cut the stems and have flowers be different

anything is left behind it can contaminate the water, which in turn

heights—keep them taller to let them reach or cut them shorter to hide inside the

will clog the stems—a quick way to shorten the life of your flowers.

arrangement. Experiment each time and try new shapes in your arranging. Just

3. Prep your vase or container with tape, floral foam or

have fun with it. If it doesn’t work, pull it out and try another spot!

chicken wire. Make sure you are working with a clean vase,

4. Don’t forget to change your water every couple of days. Keeping it clean will

fresh water and clean scissors.

ensure that your flowers will last long enough for you to truly enjoy them! April 2017 | Johnson County Lifestyle

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Lifestyle Calendar

April APRIL 8

APRIL 29

GEO KIDS

THE TIMBERRIDGE OPEN HOUSE

OVERLAND PARK ARBORETUM & BOTANICAL GARDENS

TIMBERRIDGE ADVENTURE CENTER

GeoKids is a fun-filled activity consisting of a brief presentation on

Choose from several activities: canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating,

maps, directions and how to use a compass, geared for ages 7-11.

hiking, BB gun shooting and archery. All ages are welcome to partici-

Kids then head out into our learning arboretum on a treasure hunt

pate in the Family Fun Treasure Hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Catch-and-

for prizes with educational stops along the way. Advance registration

release fishing also available. However, participants age 16 and older

and payment are required to participate. Adult presence/participa-

are required to have Kansas fishing license. For more information,

tion is also required. Contact Katharine Garrison at 913.685.3604.

contact Lysa Holladay at 913.856.8849.

APRIL 8

APRIL 29

TRUCKS AND BIG RIGS FOR KIDS

SPRING ON THE FARM

SHAWNEE MISSION PARK

MAHAFFIE FARM

Come explore trucks, tractors, construction, and city vehicles up

It's spring on the Mahaffie Farm! Watch the farmers shear the sheep,

close. Sit in the driver's seat and talk with the real-life operators.

help wash and skirt the wool. Help in the garden and see what is

We also feature Mater, the tow truck character from the animated

cooking on the cookstove. Visitors may also enjoy wool dyeing

movie Cars, as well as many others. Admission is free, but a dona-

demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations and stagecoach rides.

tion of $10 per vehicle is suggested at the gate. All proceeds will

Adults-$7, children ages 5-11-$5 and children 4 and under are free.

benefit Special Olympics.

APRIL 15 OVERLAND PARK FARMER'S MARKET OPENING DAY DOWNTOWN OVERLAND PARK Come celebrate the 35th Anniversary of The Overland Park Farmers Market with live music and a fun shopping experience. Look for Easter eggs all around Downtown Overland Park for hidden prizes and/or $5 market tokens. The first 150 shoppers get a free reusable shopping bag. 

APRIL 22 JAZZ AT THE GEM—JACK DEJOHNETTE TRIO GEM THEATER Celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month with NEA Jazz Master and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette, one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre, also featuring Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison. Tickets are $45 and are available through AmericanJazzMuseum.org or Ticketmaster.com.

APRIL 29 MILDALE FARM COMMUNITY DAY MILDALE FARM Bring the family out and spend the day exploring the Mildale Farm property during this free event. Visitors can explore and picnic on the 158-acre site. Arts and craft activities for the kids will take place in the main barn. Catch-and-release fishing in any or all of the seven ponds will also be offered, so bring your own bait and tackle.  48

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Realty Report

Johnson County Realty Report

Neighborhood

List Price

Sold Price

%Sold/List

DOM*

Beds

Baths

SIENA OF LEAWOOD

$1,425,000

$1,425,000

100%

4

5

4.2

HIGHLANDS CREEK

$1,250,000

$1,187,500

95%

185

4

5.1

COLTON RANCH

$1,150,000

$1,075,000

93%

12

5

5.1

MILLS FARM

$1,049,000

$1,025,000

97%

72

7

7.2

HALLBROOK SOUTH VILLAGE $995,000

$993,930

99%

3

3

4.2

BRIDGEWOOD

$985,000

$965,000

97%

0

4

4.1

HIGHLANDS RANCH

$999,000

$957,500

95%

293

5

5.2

BERKSHIRE

$819,000

$792,000

96%

204

6

5.1

LIONSGATE BY THE GREEN

$769,000

$735,000

95%

146

5

5.2

MISSION HILLS

$715,000

$700,000

97%

66

3

3

Information compiled is from Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and includes properties listed and sold in the area from multiple brokers. Statistics from 2/1/2017 - 02/28/2017. DOM=Days on Market

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Parting Thoughts

A&M Home Furnishings Designer, Georgia Jones, Shares Her Favorite Design Pieces Gotham mirror by Uttermost

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