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INTERIOR TRANSFORMATIONS


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LIFESTYLE LETTER

FEBRUARY 2018 PUBLISHER

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Letter from the Editor

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OUR FEBRUARY ISSUE IS DEDICATED TO MAKERS AND ENTREPRENEURS, WHICH

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IS ALWAYS A FAVORITE THEME OF MINE. It is so interesting to me to hear about what

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inspires people to go after a dream or to create something that is unique that they have put a

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piece of their heart and soul into—something that is their own that they share with the world.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Angela Broockerd, Natalie Fieleke, Becky Hillyard,

I have noticed a common thread amongst all of the small businesses, makers and

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entrepreneurs that I have had the pleasure of meeting or talking to, regardless of how

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different they may be from one another, and that is they all had the tenacity to take a

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chance and go for it. They put themselves out there and took the risk. It has given me

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perspective on the saying “you are capable of whatever you put your mind to” regardless of how cliché it sounds. Obviously, there is a lot more that goes into creating something, but the overall theme I notice every single time is they just went for it. Honestly, this mentality can really be applied to more than just business: getting that degree, making that life change, listening to that inner voice that tells you that you are meant for so much more or that you are supposed to make an impact in an area that may be outside of your comfort zone. Whatever it may be, if it is something you are passionate about, life is too short to let it pass you by. I am a dreamer by nature and am constantly thinking of ideas and startups, but I forget about

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half of them. They simply don’t mean enough to me. Every once in a while, I come up with an idea that fills me with such fervor that I can’t let go of it. Last winter, that was the case for me as I dreamt up an idea of a kindness challenge in middle schools. I have always had a sensitivity

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and passion for teenagers that are hurting and have always had a heart to reach out to them in some way. It started as a little idea, but I could not let go of it, so I knew I was meant to do something. Doors immediately opened in so many various ways that normally would not be, and Lifestyle Publications immediately supported and adopted this kindness challenge we call Elevate. It has been a ton of work but rewarding. I am meant to do this for a reason that I

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2018

FEATURES 14 The Accidental Moguls Johnson County Musicians Rock the Stage

20 Interior Transformations Before and After with Design Connections Inc.

26 Creating a Magical Birthday Setting Party Tips from Becky Hillyard from the Cella Jane Blog

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36 Decadent Overland Park Bakery Inspires the Senses

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DEPARTMENTS 8

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

14

Back Stage

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Realty Report

20 Open House 36 Hot Spot 42 Local’s Choice 44 Page Turners 46 Lifestyle Calendar 50 Parting THoughts


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BACK STAGE

THE ACCIDENTAL MOGULS ARTICLE ADRIANE TAYLOR | PHOTOGRAPHY JANIE JONES

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ENJOYING A NIGHT OUT IN KANSAS CITY

players to pull from, I began adding pieces. I had

SHOULD

BE

WITH

MERRIMENT,

previously worked with a couple of the guys in other

LIVELY

ENTERTAIN-

projects in the past. I stumbled on our front person

MENT, AND THERE JUST HAPPENS TO BE

after doing a couple of fill-in jobs with another

A GROUP OF LOCAL MUSICIANS THAT ARE

band. She was looking for a different opportunity,

SURE TO FIT THIS DESCRIPTION. With lead

and that was the final piece of the puzzle.

AMUSEMENT

FILLED AND

vocalist Jennifer Buehler, bassist and vocalist Sam Harvey, guitarist and vocalist Tyler Lyon, and

WHAT MAKES YOUR SOUND UNIQUE?

drummer Todd Owen providing the perfect musi-

Though there are several bands that do all

cal backdrop, The Accidental Moguls will have

dance music in town, we are different in the

everybody

their

fact that we are 100

dancing shoes and breaking

donning

percent live. We use no

We all come from

out their signature moves for hours into the night. Their pleasing tunes are a smooth

different musical

blend of popular pop, hiphop and R&B flavors, providing a stellar accompaniment to any festivity. Founder Todd Owen provides some insight into this harmonious ensemble. WHAT IS THE CONCEPT BEHIND YOUR MUSIC? The concept for the band was to create anything that

backgrounds. Though we all enjoy different music, this band zeroes in on

makes you dance from multiple genres and eras. And we do this 100 percent live with real musicians. The name, The Accidental Moguls, came

music that keeps people dancing.

from a giant list of names, but

bands in town. We do not do original music, but we try to stick to familiar tunes that keep people dancing with songs they can sing along to. WHAT TYPES OF VENUES DO YOU TYPICALLY PERFORM? We play larger clubs, casinos, private events and lake gigs. Being a highend dance band, we cater to wedding, casino, corporate events and larger dance clubs. We all come from different musical backgrounds.

this sounded the best for the concept of the band.

backtracking like similar

Though we all enjoy different music, this band zeroes in on music that keeps people dancing.

HOW DID THE ACCIDENTAL MOGULS COME TO BE?

If an incomparable evening full of rhythmic energy and full-bodied music is the mission,

I started with the concept a few years ago, hon-

then a session with The Accidental Moguls

estly. I could not find all the right pieces and shelved

will fit the bill as they successfully accomplish

it until finding the right people. After playing in

all they hope by providing the fuel that keeps

bands for years and having a rather large pool of

everyone moving.

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To get the good vibes flowing, contact Owen at 620.875.1572 or visit TheAccidentalMoguls.com to stay abreast on their current happenings.

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Before

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REALTY REPORT

JOHNSON COUNTY

NEIGHBORHOOD

REALTY REPORT

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

GLENABBEY OF LEAWOOD

$1,525,000

$1,400,000

91%

176

5

4.1

REINHARDT ESTATES

$1,450,000

$1,350,000

93%

219

5

5.1

MISSION HILLS

$1,375,000

$1,340,000

97%

177

5

4.1

MISSION HILLS

$1,399,000

$1,317,500

94%

9

4

4.3

LEAWOOD

$1,400,000

$1,300,000

92%

51

6

5.1

HIGHLANDS CREEK

$1,295,000

$1,295,000

100%

52

5

5.1

MISSION HILLS

$1,275,000

$1,200,000

94%

60

5

4.1

MILLS FARM

$1,159,000

$1,075,000

92%

38

5

5.1

WOLF VALLEY

$1,060,000

$950,000

89%

96

6

4.1

$975,000

$950,000

97%

73

6

5.1

LIONSGATE CLUB VILLAS

Information compiled is from Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and includes properties listed and sold in the area from multiple brokers. Statistics from 12/1/2017-12/31/2017. DOM=Days on Market

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OPEN HOUSE

transforming interiors

BEFORE AND AFTER

ARTICLE ANN E. BUTENAS | PHOTOGRAPHY AARON LEIMKUEHLER

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ANY HOME RENOVATION TAKES A HEAPING HELPING OF KNOW-HOW COUPLED WITH AMBITIOUS INSPIRATION TO EFFORTLESSLY PARTNER FORM AND FUNCTION WITH EXPRESS AESTHETICS AND ELEGANCE. Arlene Ladegaard, principal designer of Design Connection Inc., helped this active family of six transform the home in which they had been living for 15 years, taking it from its late 20th-century look and beautifully ushering in a style and voice more representative of current design expressions. Known for her ability to understand the culture of design while simultaneously speaking the language of her clients, Ladegaard took to the task of going beyond just purchasing new furniture for the home. Instead, she transformed the formerly broken up spaces and created a seamless, open area for the entire family to enjoy. This required strategic space planning, along with thoughtful incorporation of flooring, light fixtures, custom furniture, countertops and all other necessary design elements to complete the project. Room by room, Ladegaard and her team incorporated a delightful series of design elements to create the desired look. This initially meant eliminating the former combination of tile, carpet and hardwood floors and replacing them with one uniform flooring element. “In order to create a design that allows the distinct living spaces to have an open feel and flow from one room into the next, we unified the main level by working from the ground up, starting with the installation of medium oak hardwood floors throughout,” Ladegaard says.

After

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After

Highlights of the main floor transformation include the faux-painted cabinets with a dark brown finish in the kitchen, partnered with a gray painted island. Elegant quartz countertops, a herringbone backsplash and leather bar stools harmoniously steal the spotlight in this inviting space. The hearth room, once home to an oversized and unused sectional, has now become a conversational piece, in more ways than one. Four new chairs and a center ottoman now make this area one for genuine conversation. No TV allowed. Once an unused area, the living room is now the family gathering spot, complete with a new sectional, two swivel glider chairs and coordinating ottoman, offering more than enough seating space for the entire family.

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Before


After

The original fireplace was torn down to its studs, and now enjoys a framework of stacked stone and a custom mantel for the TV.  Mirrors on either side offer a beautiful reflection of the entire first-floor redesign, and the client is now more than happy to reflect on the change. “The contractors Arlene used were professional, reliable and performed high-quality work," the client says. "Her design selections were spot on, and she or her staff were on-site every step of the way. We love the new look of the total transformation."

Arlene Ladegaard is the principal designer at Design Connection, Before

Inc., an award-winning design firm in Overland Park. She can be reached at 913-851-8776.

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CRE ATING A WITH BECKY HILLYARD OF CELLA JANE BLOG

MAGICAL BIRTHDAY PHOTOGRAPHY SARAH SWEENEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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CREATING AND HOSTING A PARTY IS QUITE AN UNDERTAKING, BUT THERE ARE MANY FUN AND

Next, she enlisted the help of local Leawood shop Pink Antlers to help bring her vision to life. 

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"I took my vision and Pinterest board to the gals at

FEEL MAGICAL. From finding local vendors to scour-

Pink Antlers, and they did an amazing job at finding

ing Pinterest for DIY hacks, the options are limitless.

just the right pieces and decor to bring my vision for

This adorable children's birthday party by Becky

Sutton’s party to life," Hillyard says. "Not to mention

Hillyard for her 3-year old daughter, Sutton, started

their help they gave me with the balloon garland, which

with creating a mood board on Pinterest. It is a great

was a great touch to the party."

way to organize your thoughts and collect ideas. Her

Little Flower Shop made all the floral pieces for the

daughter's two favorite things are balloons and sweets,

party, and they were breathtaking. Hillyard showed

so that spurred her initial inspiration. 

them a few things she liked, and they went above and

Hillyard knew she wanted  to have a pink balloon garland with pops of silver throughout the party, so she

beyond from what she had in mind.  The bakery team at McLain's in Leawood were so

started from there and then everything fell into place.

sweet to work with—no pun intended. Hillyard had

"THE BALLOON GARLAND REALLY ADDED A FUN, WHIMSICAL PARTY FEEL."

worked with them on Sutton’s parties before and knew they would create not only the tastiest sweets but also the prettiest designs. This whimsical and sweet party was the perfect way to celebrate  with family and friends and made lasting memories for the Hillyard's.

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Persaud

Creative CELEBRATING LIFE STORIES

ARTICLE JENNY WOLFF | PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

PERSAUD

WITH

Persaud Creative acts as a guide, helping an

CHURCHES AND NONPROFITS TO BUILD

CREATIVE

WORKS

organization determine its audience and its one

THEIR BRANDS. Michael Persaud, a native of

voice, which consists of both messaging and tone.

Guyana, started Persaud Creative in 2011. Before that, he was instrumental in growing his church. “Each church’s appeal is unique. We help you discover your story and build on it," he says.

“It is important what you say, but also how you say it,” he says. The team introduces a 12-month brand package, which includes logo design, brand guide,

“I have a passion for local churches, and I

collateral materials and website. But Persaud

want to help them produce a brand. That brand,

Creative digs deeper, leaving the church or non-

along with marketing support, will help an orga-

profit with a strategy for reaching the people

nization reach more people and get the needed

they want to serve. This includes a 30-second

support to do the most good.”

video and photography which reflects the orga-

His company starts by asking nonprofit teams

nization’s culture and branded signage inside

the right questions, guiding the organization to

and outside the facility. From connect cards and

discover who they are and who they want to reach.

screens to bulletins, social media and a strate-

“To create a culture, we must first define it. A

gic campaign calendar, Persaud Creative sets

brand has a personality,” Persaud says.

up any organization to succeed.

“I have learned that a brand or culture is

Timothy Flick, Persaud Creative media

a system of shared assumptions, values and

designer, specializes in video, graphic design,

beliefs that determine how people behave in

websites and photography.

an organization. It gets people from various backgrounds all on the same page,” he says. “It’s crucial to look past a logo and a name into who we are and what we believe in. A cohesive and powerful brand gives a strong and consistent first impression.”

“My passion is telling stories through media, and we are awesome at that!” Flick says. “What we celebrate are stories of life change," Persaud says. Persaud has his own life-changing story that led him to where he is today.

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“What we celebrate are stories of life change,” Persaud says.

“I grew up in a third-world country," he says. "A missionary spoke

Persaud Creative helps you discover your story. The team

to my mom before I was born, and converted her from Hindu to

will also help present your message by creating wonderful

Christian. That introduction to Jesus changed the trajectory for our

user experiences for visitors to your website, design clear

whole family. She found hope where she didn’t have any.”

and consistent graphics, and tell your amazing stories

Persaud’s mother made the difficult decision to leave her

with video. The Persaud Creative website boldly states

children and moved to Kansas City, where a local church pro-

"You have a message the world needs to discover." Visit

vided a place to live while she became a student. Persaud was

PersaudCreative.com to see samples of their work, blogs,

3 months old, and his siblings were 6 and 8 when their mother

case studies and even free stuff.

left. They stayed in Guyana with grandparents and, after five years, the children joined their mother.

“Any way we can help, we want to add value to your organization!” Persaud says.

“We came with only what we had in our suitcases. The

“A powerful story can truly clarify the message of an

church congregation supported us with clothes, food and

organization. We love that our team gets to use our gifts

gifts," he says. "We had no father, so some of the men would

to grow these incredible organizations.” - Operations

play football with us, take us to Royals games and the speed

Manager Timothy Flick

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DECADENT OVERLAND PARK BAKERY INSPIRES THE SENSES

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IMAGINE A WARM AND INVITING, RELAXED YET INDULGENT, AROMATICALLY PLEASING AND TASTE BUD TEASING MINIVACATION OF PURE DELICIOUS EUPHORIA. A place that is as sensory tempting as it is abundantly satisfying and as aesthetically lovely as the carefully crafted treats are delightful. A place where anybody can enjoy a scrumptious experience, unwind in a comfortable space and engage in delicacies that seem to diminish the day’s worries with each bite or sip. This sweet magic exists at Decadent, located in Prairie Fire, and does not disappoint anyone seeking a pleasure-filled taste journey. Owner Jeff Martin is a bit of a cooking engineer who has personally developed every recipe. His inspiration came from the idea that people desire high-end desserts suitable for the finale of an exquisite five-course meal, but without the wait. Martin’s passion for sugary extravagances is evident, and his goal to create a great product at a great price point has been mastered. Decadent marked its second anniversary in November, and the accomplishment wasn't just about cupcakes and cookies. It also included the myriad of other fine confections worthy of merriment. This made-fromscratch bakery is intended to delight, and Martin explains that his methods for creating simply come down to really good flavors elevating really good desserts, and this is exactly what patrons will encounter.

"There is a reason behind the dessert," he says. "You come here to indulge; we want the experience from beginning to end to be the sweetest. It is about the decadent life, the decadent experience." In a dessert-happy world, the thing that makes Decadent unique is the sheer volume of choices and the innovative spin each delectable luxury embraces. It is also apparent that the pairings of the desserts with coffee are designed to truly complement the sweet as a sip of the pleasant gingerbread latte perfectly couples with the richness of the palate-pleasing blueberry cheesecake. If there is trouble to be found, it would be in choosing from a boundless array of temptations. The popular skillets combine a luscious cookie, brownie or doughnut with creamy gelato–smooth gelato that is also served in a variety of gratifying flavors; the mouthwatering waffles piled high with fresh toppings is suitable from morning to night; and the gourmet medley of crème brûlée are just a few examples of what Decadent has to offer. And to quench any coffee craving, this eatery utilizes an earthy blend of beans roasted locally to create fragrant cups of bliss. Martin is promoting a movement that redefines what it means to embody dessert pleasure. It is one about intermingling stellar sweets, superior sips, and serene surroundings. Desserts are a universal language, a sweet exchange, and everyone should be part of the conversation. Consider this a dulcet invitation for people of all ages to come and experience the Decadent life. "I am addicted to growing new things, new recipes," Martin says. "Desserts have never changed, it’s what you do to them and how you make it better. The wheel is already there!" 38

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COCKTAIL NAME:

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PAGE TURNERS

To order Cosgrove’s book and see tour dates, visit JimCosgrove.com .

ARTICLE NATALIE FIELEKE PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID SHAUGHNESSY PHOTOGRAPHY

KID ROCKER SHARES LESSONS LEARNED FROM TAKING A

CHILDLIKE APPROACH TO LIFE CHILDREN KNOW HIM AS MR. STINKY FEET, THE AWARD-WINNING KID ROCKER WHO HAS PERFORMED THOUSANDS OF HIGH-ENERGY SHOWS THROUGHOUT THE U.S., EUROPE AND HIS NATIVE KANSAS CITY OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES. But if you’re an adult, you may also know him as Jim Cosgrove, author and motivational speaker. In 2017, Cosgrove assembled a collection of his essays on parenting originally published in the Kansas City Star from 2010 to 2016, and self-published his book, Everybody Gets Stinky Feet. Through both his songs and short stories, he emphasizes that taking a childlike approach to life can make a huge difference in how we operate at home and work. Today, when he’s not writing music and working on his new album to be released later in 2018, he’s speaking to corporate groups, sharing that what’s effective for success on the playground is effective for success in the workplace. “Kids are smart, intuitive, beautiful humans who have a lot to teach us,” Cosgrove says. “After 20 years of performing for them, I’ve learned so many lessons from them about communicating honestly, being persistent and knowing my audience.” What could a businessperson learn from a child? A lesson on being fully present in the moment lies in possessing a childlike concept of time, Cosgrove says.

“KIDS DON’T BRING A LOT OF BAGGAGE WITH THEM; THEY AREN’T DISTRACTED BY THE PAST OR BY THE FUTURE,” HE SAYS.

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As a creative entrepreneur in the "gig economy," Cosgrove has built and adapted his brand over the years as the music industry, technology, his audience and family have changed. At the height of his touring career when he was performing 300 shows a year, Cosgrove traveled with his wife and two small daughters, each new road trip a family adventure. But as his own children grew, Cosgrove refocused his touring career back on the Midwest and took a corporate job for a few years. He continued to work with his own production company, recording, producing and distributing his music. And then, when it came time to publish his written work, he realized he was capable of publishing a book as well. “As a maker, things change, and you adapt. That’s how you thrive,” Cosgrove says. “What might scare some people away—there are those of us who are energized by change.” As he prepares to release his ninth album, Cosgrove contemplates the multitude of ways to get in front of an audience but returns to his belief that music is more than listening—it’s a tactile experience for both children and their parents.

"I LOVE CONNECTING WITH AUDIENCES, AND PEOPLE CRAVE CONNECTION,” COSGROVE SAYS. “WITH MILLENNIAL PARENTS, THEY WANT EXPERIENCES AND ENGAGEMENT. THEY WANT TO DO SOMETHING WITH THEIR KIDS. MY SHOWS ARE FAMILY EXPERIENCES WHERE EVERYONE GETS INVOLVED.” February 2018 | Johnson County Lifestyle

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F E B R U A RY

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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ARTISANS AT THE GARDENS

KC BREW FEST

Kansas City Automotive Museum

Overland Park Arboretum

Union Station

The month of February will feature

& Botanical Gardens

The KC Brew Fest brings together

a display of the Ford Model T. On

Come support local artists as they

dozens of craft and international

view will be 10 vintage automobiles

display and sell their  hand-made

breweries, as well as KC's best lo-

that "put America on wheels." The

products. Gift selections include

cal breweries. Featuring more than

museum is a nonprofit organization

jewelry, accessories, pottery, art

40 breweries, 100 beers, music and

operating on public donations.

and apparel. With Valentine's Day

food. $40 for general admission and

around the corner, this is the per-

$50 for VIP. Admission includes

fect time to buy something nice for

beer; food is sold separately.

VARIOUS SHOWTIMES, 3-18 "THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM SPELLING BEE" The White Theatre

"The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling

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10 SWEETHEART RUN 5K/10K RUN/WALK

16 NIGHT AT THE ARBOREUM Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Come enjoy the nighttime sights and sounds of the arboretum. Bring

Ritz Charles

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Bee" is a riotous musical ride complete

This Valentine's weekend tradition is

s'more and take a walk as a fami-

with audience participation and co-

a great chance to get out and run

ly. After your walk, you'll enjoy the

medic genius. While candidly disclos-

with your loved ones! Individuals

many educational activities in the

ing hilarious and touching stories from

and two-person teams will compete

visitor's center. No preregistration

their home lives, an eclectic group of

for age group and team awards in

necessary; included with admission.

six awkward tweens spells their way

the 5K and individual age group and

through a series of words, hoping nev-

overall awards in the 10K. Kids ages

er to hear the soul-crushing, pout-in-

8 and under can participate in the

ducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the

kids fun run and will receive a kids

bell that signals a spelling mistake.

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F E B R U A RY

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR in this mixed-repertory program is

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FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY

VALENTINE'S CONCERT

Tr1be Fitness

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

Please come celebrate Tr1be Fitness’

Join the MCE chamber players for an

first year! They will be having free class-

evening of romantic music featuring

es and handing out prizes! For more

soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson.

information, please call 816.255.8779

Stay and enjoy a casual wine and choc-

VICTORIA AFTERNOON TEA

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olate reception after the concert.

Clock Tower Bakery

“Star Dust,” a tribute to David Bowie danced to recordings of nine of his best-loved songs.

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THE THIRD ANNUAL KC FOLK FESTIVAL

COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET

Come enjoy family-friendly public

The singular approach to reinvent-

festival featuring the best local, re-

ing dance through a groundbreak-

gional, national and international

ing mix of methods, styles and

We are always accepting submissions

artists. The Kansas City Folk Fes-

cultures has made Complexions

for events you'd like to see included

tival is produced by Folk Alliance

one of the most recognized and

in our Calendar section. Submissions

International. For more information,

respected performing arts brands

are accepted via the Contact Us tab

visit KansasCityFolkFestival.org.

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PARTING THOUGHTS

THE BUDDY TABLE PHOTOGRAPHY JANIE JONES

THIS MONTH’S WINNER OF OUR KINDNESS CHALLENGE COMES FROM CHISHOLM TRAIL MIDDLE SCHOOL. This young man created an area in his middle school lunchroom called The Buddy Table for students who may be having a bad day, need a friend or someone to talk to. All you have to do is sit at the table and, when others notice, they will soon join in. The Buddy Table is an active part of this middle school lunch room due to this student’s idea and effort to bring it to fruition. When asked why he chose to be part of our kindness challenge and why he came up with “The Buddy Table,” he responded, “The lunchroom can be a very overwhelming place for someone looking for a friend. Also, you don't always know what's going on in someone else's life, and school should be a place where everyone feels welcomed and included.” This student’s project was voted on by the community as the winning project, and as a result he was awarded $1000 from Lifestyle Publications. To find out more about our kindness challenge, Elevate, or to vote on the next round, visit JohnsonCountyLifestyle.com/Elevate. If you have a middle school student interested in participating and have questions, email Elevate@LifestylePubs.com. Our winner had one last thing to add. “I hope the Buddy Table will bring less stress and anxiety to those who feel overwhelmed in the lunchroom, and that many new friendships will form.” Congratulations to the staff and students at Chisholm Trail for supporting this idea, and if you have a middle school child with a great idea of spreading kindness and positivity in their school, we want to hear about it!  Thank you to our generous sponsors at Audi Shawnee Mission and Commerce Bank.

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