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t’s the MOST wonderful time of the year… in my humble opinion. I love it when I get to pull out the sweatshirts and sweaters that have been ignored during the months that are our humid summers. My perfect fall day is when the temperatures are crisp enough to allow me to wear my favorite jeans, but not so cool that I can’t let my toes enjoy the comfort of flip flops.

At Lifestyle Publications, we strive to bring you the good news of our community. Our company motto is “Inspired by Community” and we take those words seriously. We are inspired by you, our neighbors. We live and work and dine in this community, too, and it’s a privilege and an honor to bring you this magazine each and every month. We’ve made some subtle but impressive improvements to our website and electronic distribution over the past few months. I know that when you receive a magazine in the mail, especially one that you don’t subscribe to, there may be little motivation to visit the company’s website. But if you know someone who would like to read this little gem each month, please tell them about the free email distribution of the magazine. We are growing our readership and distribution each week thanks to this new offering. And since we’ve been at this for several years now, we have some plans to shake things up a bit in the near future. We hope you’ll notice and enjoy the little changes we’re making to the magazine here and there. One of the new items on our company-wide to-do list is our first-ever Lifestyle Reader’s Choice awards. We plan to give our wonderful readers and advertisers a chance to nominate and vote for some of the best service providers in our community. Please take a moment to log on to JohnsonCountyLifestyle.com to nominate and then vote for a few of our neighbors. We plan to celebrate the winners in a couple of months. Voting will be open until the end of November and then we’ll tally the votes.

OCTOBER 2015 editor-in-chief Lisa Harrison | Lisa@LifestylePubs.com assistant editor Kendra Mathewson | KMathewson@LifestylePubs.com sales director Lori Lapka | Lori.Lapka@LifestylePubs.com advertising sales Mary Beth Johnston | Mary.Johnston@LifestylePubs.com Carolyn Braverman | CBraverman@LifestylePubs.com Mike Reilly | Mike.Reilly@ LifestylePubs.com Tim Carr | TCarr@LifestylePubs.com Carey Welsch | Carey.Welsch@LifestylePubs.com contributing writers Lisa Allen, Ann Butenas, Andrea Grist, Charles Redfield, Anne Potter Russ, Denise Snodell, Tom Strongman contributing photographers Ryan Barrett, Hannelore Brown, Alexis Cook, Robin Erisman, Mariah Osburn, Tom Strongman

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A note about the photo: Last fall my dear friend and photographer, Susan Motley, traveled to Grinter Farms at sunrise to snap some amazing photos of their sunflower fields. We waited patiently for a year to pass and for sunflower season to arrive again so we could use one of her images so we could use some of her images in our August issues. In early September I tagged along with her one Saturday morning when a record number of visitors was out there snapping photos while the fields were at their prime.  by Community ™

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Jeff Flottman Foundation Golf Tournament

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Chiefs Fantasy Camp 2015

The event benefitted the Center for Concussion Management at the University of Kansas Hospital. Ten former Chiefs players, along with Coach Dick Vermeil and Mitch Holthus, coached players through skills stations and a 7 on 7 tournament. PHOTOGRAPHY SETH LAUBINGER

Nick Lowery huddles with his team.

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Anthony Davis mixes it up.

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Hall of Fame placekicker Jan Stenerud

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Captain Trent Green encourages participant University of Kansas Hospital's Bob Page and Clark Hunt, Jr. Jenna Hauschild.

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Moon Shine on the Farm

Friends and neighbors gathered at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead for the second annual event, enjoying an evening of good food, beer, wine, dancing, games, hayrides and more—all under the stars. 

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Around Town LIFESTYLE READER'S CHOICE AWARDS We invite our readers to be a part of the first ever Lifestyle Reader's Choice Awards, an opportunity to acknowledge the best businesses in and around our community. Log onto JohnsonCountyLifestyle.com during October and November to make a nomination or to cast your votes. Winners will be announced after all of the votes are counted and a special awards ceremony will be held after the New Year. 

LOCAL RECORDING ARTIST PARTNERS WITH SUSAN G. KOMEN Overland Park native Nate Evans is sharing his talents as a professional recording artist and has partnered up with Susan G. Komen®,  the global leader of the breast cancer movement. His goal is to help raise money for breast cancer through the promotion of his new single "Keep Fighting." Michael A. Levine, a spokesman for Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City, comments about the partnership: “We Nate Evans are honored that a recording artist like Nate Evans would consider partnering with our organization. Nate’s notoriety and audience have helped us expand the reach of our message to the masses. By mentioning us on YouTube and being featured so prominently on his social media platforms, we are able to reach another segment of listeners. Breast cancer education, awareness and advocacy are key to our success and having a performer like Nate aligned with Komen Kansas City is a true benefit for all of us.”

BOTANICAL BREWFEST AT THE OP ARBORETUM The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens will host the Botanical Brewfest on October 10 from 4–8 p.m. This year’s festival promises to bring more entertainment and beer choices than ever before. Available now at OPABG.org, tickets start at just $40 per person for group tickets, and all tickets are inclusive. The Arboretum is located just south of the metro, yet it feels like another world. The event is held lakeside, so attendees are guaranteed beautiful scenery. Not only will it be beautiful, there will be lots to eat and drink. Crawford Sales Company will provide more than 30 of their craft beers, and more than 10 local breweries will be represented including Green Room, KC Bier, Torn Label, Granite City and the Brew Lab. For good measure, Clear10 Vodka will also be making cocktails. There will be multiple options for participants’ munching pleasure, including burgers, sausages, pretzels and more. 16

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The event will benefit the Friends of the Arboretum, a part of the Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park.

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE Tickets are now available for the 24th Annual Johnson County Young Matrons Home for the Holiday Homes Tour which will take place November 17 from 9:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. The lovely homes on this year’s tour are located in Leawood, Overland Park and Olathe. Tour tickets are available October 25 through November 17 at Hen House, Hy-Vee and Price Chopper grocery stores or purchase on line at JCYM.net and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The Boutique will be open Nov. 16 from noon - 9 p.m. and Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. There will be 50 vendors from around the metro area with unique gifts for everyone. This is a free event located at the Ritz Charles, 9000 West 137 St. JCYM has a 54-year tradition of serving Johnson County through volunteer activities and fundraising efforts.

BE FUREVER LOYAL TO THE ROYALS Great Plains SPCA’s Furever Loyal shirts are a fun and unique way to show your support for the Royals as well as support local shelter pets. All proceeds from these t-shirts benefit the 35,000 pets that local nonprofit Great Plains serves annually. Show your affiliation to either Team Cat or Team Dog while staying true to the boys in blue. Sport your new duds at The K or around town and you’ll be sure to find a fellow pet-lover who wants to know just where you bought yours. Shop online in their Etsy store or visit their retail locations in either Merriam or Independence.

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COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA WELCOMES TWO NEW BRANDS Two new stores are expected to open on the Plaza this fall. Charlie Hustle will open its first pop-up shop in Kansas City. Founded in 2012 by Chase McAnulty, Charlie Hustle is a favorite vintage sportswear brand of many Kansas Citians. The brand bridges the gap between young and old with its “vintage made fresh” designs. Over the years, Charlie Hustle has successfully created some of Kansas City’s most iconic leisure apparel, including the “heart KC” T-shirts and hats. The store will be located at 419 W. 47th St. Founded in Germany 20+ years ago, VOM FASS is a gourmet food store offering vintage wines and premium vinegars, oils and spirits. VOM FASS hand-picks the highest-quality ingredients from around the world in order to create its signature flavors. The Country Club Plaza store, 515 Nichols Road, will be VOM FASS’ flagship location in Kansas City. 

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BOTANICAL BREWFEST Saturday, October 10, 4 – 8 p.m. Presented by Friends of the Arboretum Part of the Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park

Craft beers, food, local bands, fun and games in a beautiful fall garden setting! Tickets online at opabg.org

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“He has helped me a lot,” says Mark. “He talks me through many things as far as football knowledge and understanding the game better." This son doesn’t believe that his dad having played in the National Football League puts any additional pressure on him. “My dad always encourages me to do my best but never puts pressure on me,” he says. Collins plays the same position as his dad--corner back--for the Jaguars. In addition, he plays on offense is a receiver and a sometime quarterback. What is the secret to being a successful cornerback? “Being able to chance direction quickly and having a short memory,” he says. “Having a short memory is good at that position because you can be beat for a touchdown on one play and have to come back and defend another pass on the next defensive possession. You can’t be thinking about the last play, but need to concentrate on the current play.” Head football coach Scott Wright has been the Jaguars coach since the school opened in the fall of 2001. He says Mark is a very talented athlete. “He has a quiet confidence about himself and is super coachable," says Wright. “Mark is one of those rare athletes that actually sees the play way before most on the field. This allows him to be able to make plays others cannot. Mark is really enjoyable to coach." Collins recalls a specific team victory as the highlight of his career. “My sophomore year during the state quarterfinals when we beat Bishop Miege at their home field was definitely the best,” he says. In addition to football, the senior plays third base in baseball. What is his goal for this school year? “Just to focus on having a good senior year and think about college,” says Mark.

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If you were to pass away without an estate plan and/or other legal protections in place, your child could become the beneficiary of the inheritance, an action which could make them ineligible to receive government assistance and compromise their future well-being. This could also happen if specific assets are left to children with special needs or if you designate your child as a beneficiary on any financial accounts or insurance policies. One option for protecting your child in the event of your death would be to create a Special Needs Trust (SNT) which would be the beneficiary of the inheritance and appointing a Trustee who understands the rules of SNTs to control the distribution of money upon your death. Although language governing SNTs vary from state to state, the SNT is usually only used to supple-

ment any government aid your child may receive, not to be the primary means of support for the child. 3. INFORM FAMILY MEMBERS OF THEIR POTENTIAL FINANCIAL IMPACT

Just as you may compromise your child’s financial wellbeing by leaving them assets in their name, your family members could do the same. Let family members (especially grandparents) know the rules of gifting or inheritance and how they impact your child. You may suggest they leave any monetary help to the trust so that it can be appropriately distributed by the Trustee. Keeping an eye toward the future and having a plan to cover your child’s life span may help alleviate many of your financial worries. Remember, when you have a child with special needs, your financial planning and estate planning really covers two generations – getting you through your life and retirement, and making sure your child is covered for the same. Feel free to contact me if you need help building financial security for your child with special needs or would like an introduction to resources we have found helpful. Michael J. Searcy, ChFC, CFP®, AIFA®, is president of Searcy Financial Services Inc., a registered investment advisory and financial planning firm located in Overland Park. For additional information, visit SearcyFinancial.com or call 913.814.3800.

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“This was not the life we had planned,” remembers Leigh, as she thinks back to how she felt when her son, Wil, was first diagnosed with autism at age two. Many parents share similar memories of feeling lost, inadequate—alone. Two years later, life is very different. Wil, who couldn’t communicate back then, now sings full songs. Rather than being withdrawn, he often makes eye contact and follows directions. Wil attends school at Easter Seals Midwest’s early education center in Pleasant Valley, Mo., which welcomes all children, regardless of their disability or special health concerns. He thrives in a classroom with children his age, while getting the specialized attention he needs. “We had to let go of something we thought we wanted or needed, but we have gained so much more,” says Leigh. “The future holds the promise of great things to come—not what we had planned, but one we’re embracing.” Easter Seals Midwest is committed to helping individuals with developmental disabilities— including autism—learn, live, work and participate in the community. Early Education Services at Easter Seals Midwest have changed Wil’s life. Let us help change the life of your loved one. For more information on Easter Seals Midwest’s Early Education Services, call 816-476-4011 or visit EasterSealsMidwest.org. October 2015 | Johnson County Lifestyle

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t takes a special sense of adventure and love of travel to purchase a vineyard in Argentina when Kansas is home. That’s exactly what the mountain-climbing, wine-loving DeWayne Bridges and his wife Linda have… a keen sense of keeping things lively for themselves and their family. The Bridges are the proud owners of a 150-acre vineyard in the Uco Valley, outside of Mendoza, Argentina. Situated at approximately 3,200 feet and below the majestic Andes Mountains, this is the ideal climate and “terrior” for grape growing. The locale boasts the right soil, sunshine, rainfall and altitude to produce some elegant and enjoyable wines. (In case a quick translation is needed, Dos Puentes means two bridges – get it? Two Bridges – DeWayne and Linda!) During a mountain climbing expedition on Mt. Aconcagua, DeWayne discovered a love for the region of Argentina, as well as the people there. He and Linda had previously discussed owning a winery, but didn’t want to enter the saturated California market. So, in 2012, they purchased the acreage, which included some existing vines. Those vines, 12 years old and in need of some tender loving care, meant that the Bridges needed to hire a consultant from California to advise them of the best ways to coax great grapes and produce the Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Chardonnay they wanted to put in production. They also brought their family into the business, adding daughter Kelly, son-in-law Ed, grandson Joshua, and granddaughter-in-law Pricilla to the mix. Everyone pitched in to oversee the business and facilitate the transition to the new world of winemaking.

With the help of an operations manager on-site, the family has been able to return to the states to live, while Kelly works as the distribution manager, and DeWayne’s daughter Jessica is in charge of marketing and social media. The first wine production occurred in 2013, and Kansas was the first state to import the Dos Puentes label. Patrons of the Stems event at the Overland Park Arboretum in 2014 and 2015 were lucky enough to partake in the wines, as Dos Puentes donated all of the wine served. Currently the production includes an Estate Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay fermented in stainless steel. They also make a Torrontes (similar to Pinot Grigio), and in 2014 began making a reserve line with Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in French oak barrels. In 2016, the vineyard will produce a new blend with the grafted Merlot that will now produce Cab Franc and Pinot Noir grapes. In keeping with their adventurous spirit, the Bridges have a dream of building a destination resort on the portion of the property that is not conducive to grape growing. They are anticipating an economy and business climate in Argentina that makes their dream possible in the next few years. Then, they will have come full circle with their original vision of having a winery and resort in the spectacular Uco Valley. In the meantime, the family is happy to be making and importing some superior wines using the best grapes in the region. That translates into unique tastes with everything from full-bodied reds to floral, fruity whites. Start your own adventure by tasting some of these treats. Check with your local liquor store, including Lukas, Rimann, and many more, and look for the whimsical, artistic label commissioned by the Bridges. You might fall in love with Argentinian wine by Dos Puentes as much as the two Bridges have. CONTINUED >


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among those traditional, creamed spinach stuffed, mushroom-cream covered and fried egg topped—and Austrian variations on steak fillet ($25) and trout ($25). We settled on two: Schweinebraten ($20), roast pork loin and shoulder served with bread dumplings and the aforementioned red cabbage, and Tafelspitz ($20), sliced beef served in a pool of consommé, accented with root vegetables. The Tafelspitz comes with a trio of sauces: apple horseradish, chive and creamed spinach. There’s humility to the food at Grünauer; generous portions of meats, seasoned sparsely to let the natural flavors stand on their own, just as my doting, loving grandmother would have served in days gone by. While the atmosphere is definitely more upscale than my kitchen table and the vibe is decidedly chic, the food is unassuming and comforting in its simplicity. The flavors took me back to meals I loved growing up; those I took for granted then but now crave, the foods that remind me of home. Make no mistake: it’s not easy to cook delicious food well and to show the restraint necessary to let humble ingredients shine. This is Grünauer’s strength, evident in the ability to turn shredded cabbage into a deep, seductive side dish and the talent to transform an apple and a handful of raisins to a sweet, perfectly-crisp strudel. Speaking of the strudel--Apfelstrudel mit Schlag ($8), to be precise—know that the portion is generous enough to share, though you might not want to. Paired with a cup of Grünauer’s house brew, Julius Meinl Coffee ($3.50), it’s the perfect end to a perfectly lovely meal. Grünauer 101 West 22nd St, Kansas City 816.283.3234 GrunauerKC.com Mon-Thur 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri & Sat 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sun 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wunderbar 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. Happy Hour 3-6 p.m. & 10 p.m. – Close


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lue Valley Southwest chemistry and anatomy/physiology teacher Dr. Chris Jenson came up with an idea that has blossomed into a great fundraiser for young cancer victims and research. “It’s absolutely devastating for parents and loved ones to see their child diagnosed with cancer,” says Jenson. “There is nothing better, in my humble opinion, than kids helping kids.” Jenson came up with the idea of Hoops for Hope with students at BVSW during the 2010-11 school year, the first year that BVSW was open. “Hoops for Hope works to inspire young adults and provide them with a venue where they can support families with limited finances and fund legitimate pediatric cancer research,” says Jenson. What is Hoops for Hope? “Students work with friends to design a team theme and costume idea to participate in a non-competitive four-on-four basketball tournament,” BVSW student Rachel Sorcher says. “Prizes are given to the teams with the most creativity and enthusiasm.” The event is held in early November just before the start of the high school basketball season. “Every year, more and more students and staff participate,” says BVSW student Megan Price. “We are excited for Blue Valley High and Blue Valley West to join Southwest this year.” “This year, all schools will join together for a common finals night which includes a celebrity shootout, games and spirit competitions,” adds student Jessica Sorcher. “This year, each Blue Valley school will run the event Nov. 1011,” says Jacob Marshall, a student at BVHS. “The common finals night will be Nov. 12 at Blue Valley Southwest.” It takes time to get ready for the event. “Each year, the Hoops for Hope Committee begins planning and working six to eight months in advance to organize the big ideas along with the fine details,” says Price. “From the corporate sponsors, to the color of the event t-shirts, every detail is just as important to make the event successful. The Blue Valley schools also organize a music video at Children’s Mercy Hospital with the help of each school’s TV crew to spread the word about the event and generate further community support.” What are the goals for the event? “We hope to reach our goal of 800 students and staff this year,” says BVSW student Maddie Allen. “Additionally we have partnered with The V Foundation in hopes of crushing kid cancer nationwide.” The V Foundation was founded by ESPN College Basketball Analyst Dick Vitale to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. “Our goal is to expand Hoops for Hope both within the Kansas City community and nationally,” says BVW student Ally McGill. “We enjoy funding the fight for local families, while at the same 48

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time supporting Dick Vitale’s mission to raise $2 million a year for pediatric cancer research.” The event raises money for a good cause, but also gives something to the young people involved. “We enjoy celebrating with our cancer survivors and the Children’s Mercy staff,” says Price. Program founder Dr. Chris Jenson is excited about 2015. “In 2015, we were extended an exciting offer through Dick Vitale to partner with his organization,” says Jenson. “We are thrilled about this partnership and hope to spread our model to high schools and universities around the nation.” Jenson is also pleased with the alliance with Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics. “We feel grateful for the support and assistance from Children’s Mercy and enjoy a unique relationship where hospital staff, administrators, families and students work together to produce promo videos to fund the fight against childhood cancer. As such, the original schools still retain a percentage of our donations for families struggling to afford their child’s cancer care at Children’s Mercy.” To learn more or to register for the event, visit HoopsForHopeUSA.com.

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lean diesel power appeals to drivers on two levels: performance and fuel economy. Audi’s midsize utility vehicle, the Q5, is available with five powertrains, ranging from a 2.0-liter turbo to the supercharged V-6 in the sporty SQ5, but the one that catches my eye is the 3.0-liter turbo diesel V-6. Sure, the 354 horsepower in the SQ5 has addictive acceleration, yet the TDI clean diesel engine delivers more torque than any engine in the lineup. Torque is the force that pushes you back when you mash the throttle, and the diesel steps away from a stop with a satisfying lunge. The TDI scoots to 60 miles per hour only 1.4 seconds slower than the hot SQ5, but its value is the fact that it has a highway mileage rating of 31 miles per gallon versus 24 for the SQ5. I submit that most of us would trade mileage for a fractionally slower acceleration. Diesels used to be loud and smelly, but the current crop of clean diesels is neither. In fact, if you didn’t know this was a diesel you couldn’t tell by listening. The Q5 TDI has a base price of $47,000. That’s at least $4,000 less than the SQ5. The Q5 is an ideal size if you don’t need three-row seating. It slips through urban

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traffic as easily as a midsize sedan, yet you sit higher and have a better view of the road. The diesel is backed by an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission that can be shifted manually with steering-wheel paddles. A quick burst of power only takes a flip of the paddle shifter. After a few seconds, the transmission reverts to automatic mode. Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system divides power from side to side and front to back as conditions require. That means the wheels with the most grip get the most power. That’s handy on slippery surfaces, of course, but also on dry pavement when driving briskly. The test car’s 20-inch wheels and summer tires would not do well in ice and snow, so winter tires are probably in order. In spite of its taller ride height, the TDI handles more like a sedan than a utility vehicle. The ride is firm, and the brakes are strong and powerful. The blind-spot warning system has yellow lights in the side of the outside mirrors. The Q5’s interior is well designed and executed. The combination of brushed aluminum, soft-touch surfaces and optional piano black trim is inviting. The sculpted front sport seats were supportive and comfortable. Wind and road

noise was not intrusive at highway speeds, and the optional Bang & Olufsen audio system with 14 speakers has excellent sound. PRICE: The base price of the test car was $47,000. Options included the prestige package of blind-spot warning system, Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation, rear view camera and Audi connect. The exclusive package includes Nappa leather and piano black inlays. Sport front seats, 20-inch wheels and summer tires round out the pricing. The sticker price was $62,025. WARRANTY: Four years or 50,000 miles. The first scheduled maintenance, at 5,000 miles or 12 months, is free. 2015 AUDI Q5 TDI

Engine: 3.0-liter, 240-horsepower turbo diesel V-6 Transmission: Eight-speed Tiptronic automatic, all-wheel drive Wheelbase: 110.5 inches Curb weight: 4,475 pounds Base price: $47,000 As driven: $62,025 MPG rating: 24 in the city, 31 on the highway


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Parville’s S.D. Strong Vodka Proceeds benefit Hillcrest Platte CountyTransitional Housing The event takes place at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery in Parkville, and the art show will remain until November 17. ParkvilleInArt.com.

OCTOBER 7

OCTOBER 24 & 25

MOCSA’S FALL FORUM

BOO-TASTIC FUN!

OVERLAND PARK MARRIOTT

CROWN CENTER

MOCSA’s mission is to improve the lives of those impacted by sexual assault and abuse and to prevent sexual violence in our community. Event features keynote speaker Jeff Bucholtz, who shares ways we can all help put an end to sexual violence. Tickets $50 at Mocsa.org.

Get ready for Halloween with some BOO-TASTIC FUN at Crown Center. Have your photo taken with the Wicked Queen from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy StoneLion Puppet Theatre shows at noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday. No admission fee. 816.274.8444.

Lifestyle Calendar

OCTOBER 10

OCTOBER 24

BOTANICAL BREWFEST

ATS HEART CHECK FOR STUDENTS

OVERLAND PARK

PRAIRIE VILLAGE

Enjoy a selection of craft beers you won't find elsewhere. Food, music and games amid the beautiful backdrop of the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Details and early bird pricing at 913.685.3604.

Working with Shawnee Mission East to provide testing to help detect heart abnormalities. Offering a limited number of heart screenings for the discounted rate of $99 for kids ages 10 to 25. Testing includes an EKG, blood pressure test and echocardiogram (heart ultrasound). Normal test cost exceeds $1,000 in hospital or doctor’s office.  ATSHeartCheck.com  Pre-registration required.

OCTOBER 12

OCTOBER 24 16TH ANNUAL BUTTERFLY GALA

PARK UNIVERSITY ANNUAL GOLF SCRAMBLE

OVERLAND PARK

THE NATIONAL GOLF CLUB OF KANSAS CITY

This fun, four-person golf tournament will benefit Park University athletics. Entry includes 18 holes of golf with cart, pre-event driving range access (1 hr prior to start), on-course games/contests, refreshments and boxed lunch on the course and at the conclusion of the event. Park.edu/golf

Amy and Tyler Henson and Teresa and Ryan Keller are co-chairs of Spofford’s event at the DoubleTree Hotel featuring cocktails, dinner, entertainment and auctions. Proceeds support Spofford’s mission of providing a comprehensive array of services to children who have endured the effects of physical or sexual abuse, neglect or early onset mental illness.

OCTOBER 15

OCTOBER 25

FAIRWAY EYE CENTER ANNUAL TRUNK SHOW

OVERRUN 5K & 1 MILE TRAIL WALK

FAIRWAY

OVERLAND PARK

See what's new in eye wear this fall. Representatives from Tom Ford, RayBan and more will be there with their whole collections. Enjoy beer, brats and other snacks and drinks. Most major insurances accepted. Enter the raffle to win a free pair of glasses. 913.362.2323 

Enjoy a beautiful course, age group awards, long sleeve t-shirts and a fantastic Finish Line Festival. The OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer Foundation supports better treatment options and ultimately a cure. Benefitting ovarian cancer research at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. OverrunOvarianCancer.com

OCTOBER 16 URBAN RENDEZVOUS VI KANSAS CITY

The Urban Rangers Corps helps prepare at-risk inner city youth for responsible and productive futures though a program of disciplined work experience and service in their community. Proceeds from this annual dinner will support the work of the Urban Rangers. URCKC.org 

OCTOBER 17 PAINT PARKVILLE ART AUCTION & WINE EVENT PARKVILLE

Don't miss Paint Parkville 2015, Art Auction Wine & Spirits Tasting. Sponsors include Riverside’s RedX, Weston’s Pirtle Winery, and 54

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OCTOBER 25 PURPLE LIGHT BARNEY ALLIS PLAZA, KANSAS CITY

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s PurpleLight is a gathering of survivors, family and friends who have been affected by pancreatic cancer. Participants form a community of hope as they share stories about their connection and the commitment to fight pancreatic cancer. 


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NOVEMBER 7

SAFEHOME HALLOWEEN 5K

STAND UP FOR SYNERGY

RUN/WALK & KIDS FUN RUN

ZONA ROSA

OVERLAND PARK

Synergy Services presents comic powerhouse Billy Gardell headlining the 9th annual event at the Improv. The stand-up comedian and star of the CBS hit series, Mike and Molly, will give patrons a lot to laugh about while they provide critical support to the children, teens, women and families that Synergy serves

Costume run around Southcreek Office Park. Participants will receive a race t-shirt and finisher’s medal. Contestants will compete for age group and overall awards. This is a family event including a 5K Run/Walk, Kids Fun Run (ages 8 & under), costume competition, and more!  Safehome-ks.org

NOVEMBER 5 & 6 ARRIVAL OF THE MAYOR'S CHRISTMAS TREE CROWN CENTER SQUARE

The first sign of the holiday season arrives at Crown Center, the culmination of a journey from Oregon. The 100-foot-tall tree arrives at 9 a.m. on November 5 and is put into its stand at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday, November 6. 816.274.8444.

NOVEMBER 6 UNITED FOR KIDS GALA OVERLAND PARK CONVENTION CENTER

Join us as we experience new dimensions of hope and transformations at the 19th annual United for Kids Gala, a benefit that will support children and families in need of behavioral health, autism and homeless outreach services. KidsTLC.org/UnitedForKids  

NOVEMBER 13 TAKE A BITE OUT OF STIGMA: A CULINARY EXPERIENCE UNION STATION

Enjoy cocktails and bites from Kansas City’s finest restaurants and food trucks. Fundraising opportunities and live music included in this event benefitting ReDiscover, leading the fight to eliminate the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse for more than 45 years.  816.347.3262  RediscoverMH.org

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business directory ANIMALS & ANIMAL CARE

Two Dogs And A Cat Pet Club (913) 274-3900 twodogsandacatpetclub.com

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY Laughter Loves Photography (816) 726-8036 laughterlovesphotography.com Paper Planes Photography (816) 519-0928

AUTOMOTIVE

Santa Fe Tow Service (913) 894-5201 santafetowservice.com Shawnee Mission Ford (913) 631-0000 shawneemissionford.com

CHARITIES & FUNDRAISERS

Junior League of Kansas City-Holiday Mart (816) 444-2112 holidaymartkc.com Ozanam (816) 508-3600 ozanam.org The Whole Person (816) 627-2280 thewholeperson.org/celebration

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ORGANIZATIONS AWARDS Botanical Brewfest (913) 685-3604 opabg.org

Easter Seals Midwest (816) 326-6798 eastersealsmidwest.org

EDUCATION

The Barstow School (816) 277-0413 barstowschool.org

ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATION CenterFire (913) 782-4900 centerfiress.com 56

Hot Spot Pools & Spas, LLC (816) 781-8884 libertyhottub.com KC Pumpkin Patch (913) 484-6251 kcpumpkinpatch.com Reno’s Power Sports KC (816) 942-8900 renoskc.com

Burlington Mattress Company Savers (816) 885-3512 (OP - 95th & Nall location) kcbed.com (913) 649-4381 (Overland Park) (913) 782-8939 (Olathe) Design Connection Inc (913) 851-8776 PROPERTY designconnectioninc.com & REAL ESTATE Better Homes & Gardens Real Seasonal Concepts Estate Kansas City (913) 642-4999 (913) 345-8877 seasonalconceptsonline.com goldsteinteam.com

FASHION & ACCESSORIES

Ten Thousand Villages (913) 642-8368 overlandpark. tenthousandvillages.com

The Communities at River Ridge (816) 898-5477 lettinann.com

FINANCIAL SERVICES & PLANNING

HOME SERVICES

The Rob Ellerman Team Reece & Nichols Realtors (816) 304-4434 therobellermanteam.com

Granite Garage Floors (913) 717-7346 granitegaragefloors.com

RESTAURANTS, FOOD & BEVERAGE

Johnson County Young Matrons jcym.net

Cy Financial (913) 322-3500 cyfinancial.com

Retirement Solutions Group (855) 474-7872 rsgusa.net Searcy Financial Services (913) 814-3800 searcyfinancial.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Michael Barnthouse, MD. Gynecology & Women’s Wellness (816) 941-0700 drbarnthousegyn.com/female

Carpet Direct (913) 927-1001 carpetdirectkc.com

KC Wood (913) 422-3320 kcwood.com Legacy Flooring Gallery (913) 780-6060 legacyflooring1.com LuLu & Mimi’s Cleaning (913) 649-6022 luluandmimis.com

Reflections Body Solutions - Body Contouring and Medical Spa (913) 322-3433 reflectionsbodysolutions.com

Midwest Lifetime Roof Systems (913) 393-3008 lifetimeroofsystems.com

HOME BUILDERS & REMODELERS

MEDICAL CLINICS & FACILITIES

Tabernacle Homes, LLC (913) 706-4500 tabernaclehomes.com

Shawnee Mission Medical Center (913) 632-2571 centrecarekc.com

Larson Building Company (913) 221-0880 larsonbc.com

HOME DESIGN & FURNISHINGS

A&M Home Furnishings (913) 438-3868 amhomefinishings.com

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OTHER

Cates Auction & Realty Company, Inc. (816) 781-1134 catesauction.com

Corner Bakery and Cafe (913) 766-0486 cornerbakerycafe.com Gaslight Grill (913) 897-3540 gaslightgrill.com KC Wine Co. (913) 484-6251 kcwineco.com

North Italia (913) 232-5191 northitaliarestaurant.com

SALONS & SPAS

Reverse Medical Spa (913) 268-0400 reversemedicalspa.com Sunlighten Day Spa (913) 754-0831 sunlighten.com

TRAVEL & LEISURE The Elms Resort & Spa (800) 843-3567 elmshotelandspa.com


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Parting Thoughts

When Fetching Beer

Gets Complicated WORDS DENISE SNODELL

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have a beer problem. Wait. That doesn’t sound right. I don’t even drink this popular beverage—never acquired a taste—but I am indeed going through a beer-related crisis. It all started at a fundraising event, too many months ago. An item at the silent auction table caught my husband’s eye—a gift certificate for his favorite local brewery. It offered the ultimate temptation: “A Special Four-Case Selection of Fine Beers.” Faster than you can say “beer me,” he pulled out his mighty pen. A quiet sword fight with other auction attendees ensued. But this was the good stuff. My husband “won.” I would have been thrilled if he had bid on four cases of wine, but no, we were suddenly the proud owners of a lot of beer. Almost 99 bottles, like the song. There was a complication, though. It turned out we wouldn’t be hearing the clinking of way too many amber vessels when we hit potholes on the drive home. Once we were handed the victory certificate, we learned the beer had to be picked up at another time and place. Such sobering fine print.

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We were instructed to claim our prize at the brewery’s warehouse, which was an unfamiliar address somewhere around or past downtown. Not only that, we had to follow a strict beer-claiming procedure. So much effort. An email form had to be filled out. The certificate number was some kind of critical big deal. Once the paperwork was complete, the instructions informed us, we would have to wait until a company representative contacted us to set up a time to get the liquid loot. Can you imagine? Paperwork and appointments and wacky GPS coordinates for what…beer? The worst part—we’d have to choose from very limited windows of pickup times, all during inconvenient office hours. My schedule is more flexible than my husband’s, so I stupidly volunteered to chair the beer retrieval committee. What a mistake. I’ve had no incentive to drive an hour round trip to an industrial booze district. As of press time, I have not hopped to the task, so to speak. And it’s been getting weird around my household. The tension has escalated because my husband has stopped buying the occasional six-pack. It seems he

doesn’t want to have even a small supply at home when the motherlode is apparently coming. He’s been wrongly assuming I’d burst ahead through the flaming hoops and take the journey “any day now.” For months, the guy has been living beerless-ly. When things were normal, he would always enjoy holding a chilled brewski while grilling on the deck. He’d flip a burger, gaze out to the yard, and sip his beloved beverage. Yet now he can’t. Or rather, won’t. So lately, when my husband grills, he digs into the wine stash. Namely, my refreshing, crisp Riesling. He’s never been a Riesling drinker, ever, and I’m irritated. I tell myself he’s subconsciously seeking something fermented, chilled and Octoberfest-y. This is the best my guy can do to cope with our ironic beer void. But then again, hmm, he might have uncorked some kind of clever motivational trick: The Great Riesling Siphon. It’s working. I’m going to do everything it takes to claim his 96 bottles the moment I finish this column. What a crafty scheme.


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