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nspire comes from the Latin word that means to “enflame” or to “breathe life into.” Doing things that inspire us energizes us and makes us feel more alive. Inspiration doesn’t always have to stem from natural talents and abilities but instead is something that motivates us and is about connecting with what we are passionate about deep within.

Music is that for me. I have been musical ever since I can remember, and it has always come very natural to me. As a little girl, I constantly made up songs and loved to go to friends houses who could teach me how to play whatever instruments they had at their house, and I would often daydream about when I could have an instrument of my own. I still remember getting my first piano, and later, as a teenager, my first guitar and spending countless hours playing. I have always played by ear over reading music, but that may have been out of necessity, as growing up in a large family didn’t lend itself to endless music lessons. Thankfully, I could hear a song and play it pretty quickly by messing around on the keys or strings for a little bit. Music has always played a huge roll in my life and has inspired and invigorated me in a way that is unique from all other interests I have ever had. It makes me feel alive. We all have something that inspires us in a unique way. In the busy stages of our life where it’s hard to even find time to sit for 10 minutes, those things often get pushed to the side. I don’t sit down on the piano or pick up the guitar very often these days, but music is on almost constantly at my house, filling me up in a different way. I have always had a desire to learn to play the cello, and so maybe one day when my kids are older and time allows, I will accomplish that goal, but for now, I am helping my kid facilitate what inspires them. We are featuring art, music and dance in our August issue. It was so fun to discover so many unique ways people are expressing themselves  around the city. Artists and musicians reveal so much of themselves through their work that it exposes a vulnerability that is refreshing and invigorating, and I appreciate the creativity and honestly behind unveiling a part of themselves through their craft.

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hen Adrian Vogel looks at a tree, he envisions timeless

temperature finishes the drying and kills any remaining termites or bugs.

beauty. He studies its gnarly trunk and its disorderly

Vogel uses a moisture tester to monitor progress throughout the multi-

branches. He understands its life cycle—as a seed, a

week process. When drying is complete, these pieces of large lumber are

sapling and, finally, a mature tree. When a tree enters

lighter and easier to work with.

its elderly stage, Vogel’s instincts propel him to memorialize and celebrate the giant’s life. “It’s rewarding to create beauty out of something that is going to be thrown away,” Vogel, sole proprietor of Hardwood Reclamation,

“In some pieces of wood, you can see where the tree begins to split naturally and branch out,” Vogel says. At this stage, he introduces special techniques to strengthen the slabs. He fills cracks and holes with epoxy as necessary to create a glasslike texture.

says. Vogel is an artist, a craftsman, a carpenter, a man who is driven

Next comes the sanding, where Vogel uses his 50-inch drum sander.

by internal forces to construct lasting artistry out of something that

This monster of a machine feeds the wood into the sander with the help of

is destined to be forgotten. He builds one-of-a kind tables, desks

a conveyor belt. A dust collector suctions excess sawdust from the board.

and benches, which are as much flair as function. Ash, cherry, elm, maple, pecan, walnut—Vogel locally sources much of the hardwoods. “When a tree falls naturally, it still contains approximately 50 percent of its original moisture," he says. "We trim off branches and haul the fallen log to a sawmill where it is sliced into thick slabs.”

“The sanding removes any imperfections and produces a laser-flat tabletop,” he says. Each time the wood is passed through, Vogel loads the machine with a finer grade of paper. Once machine sanding is completed, there is an abundance of hand sanding to be done. “Along the perimeter of the wood, I use a very small specialty sander,"

He then transports the lumber to his Kansas City, Kansas, stu-

Vogel says. "This allows me to maintain the natural edge of the tree.”

dio to air-dry. For every inch of thickness, he allows one year of

Then it’s time for layers of finish, with sanding between each layer.

air-drying. A thick slab sat in wait for three years before it was ready for the next step. Throughout his workspace, Vogel stores slabs piled high upon each other separated by wooden stickers allowing for air circulation. When cured, Vogel uses a pallet jack and forklift to move the slabs into a custom constructed kiln. The 130-degree

Vogel uses no stains. “I search for pieces that are interesting on their own, and let the wood speak for itself.” He points to a red elm burl and explains, “This is a defect in a tree. It creates confusion in the grain, making it highly figured and interesting.” CONTINUED >

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Vogel designs most pieces for interior spaces. For his outdoor furniture, he preserves the wood with several coats of marine varnish.

been overlooked and abandoned. While many passers-by notice nothing, or recognize the rubbish only as an inconvenient eyesore,

Vogel grew up in Cimarron, a western Kansas town of 2,000. His

Vogel sees possibilities. Much like the Japanese people honor the

grandfather built houses. At age 10, Vogel began his vocation by mak-

wisdom of their elders, Vogel respects the woodlands and strives to

ing bookshelves in his dad’s garage workshop.

create timeless monuments to fallen and forgotten forests.

Most of his clients are word-of-mouth referrals, but he also posts finished pieces on his website and on KC Made, Custom Made, Chairish,

“My goal is to reuse material which would otherwise end up in landfills and fireplaces.”

Etsy and Amazon. He recently delivered a dining table to a couple in Austin who stumbled upon his website, and he regularly ships furniture throughout the U.S. In May, Vogel exhibited at the Brookside Art Fair. This fall, he plans to display his work at several events including the Westport Art Fair and at a show in Breckenridge, Colorado. An ancient trunk collapses, unable to support its weighty branches. The tree falls where it spent its life, often in an area that’s

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Nate Trotter, contemporary artist, musician and father was born in Kansas City in 1975. As a young boy, he developed a keen interest in art and a love of drawing. This led him toward furthering his education in visual art. After his graduation from the Art Center of College and Design in Pasadena, California, he began his career in Los Angeles. CONTINUED >

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Trotter currently works from his Kansas City studio creating figurative, landscape and cityscape images. Much of the work explores the connection of all three subject matters as he incorporates the figure into the environ–ment. This allows him to convey mood and intrigue to each piece. His admiration and study of artists, including Ro–berto Caravaggio and John Singer Sargent, have led him to dramatic use of lights and darks in his own work. Cultural icons are also subjects of influence and in–terest to Trotter. His portrait of Jimi Hendrix has hung in the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood. A series of his work hangs in the Rainbow Room, also in Hollywood. Guitar–ist Slash, of Guns N' Roses, owns a Trotter original. The artist also has created a series of notorious, historical Kansas City icons. He also offers commission work for individuals and businesses and has an extensive resume of paintings com–pleted for clients across the country.

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JAMES “SugEasy” SINGLETON

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“God did not just create us for one thing; he created us for everything. My journey has taken me to dance.ˮ According to James “SugEasy” Singleton, everyone is born knowing how to dance. It is an argument that he has often successfully debated, but it is also this belief that is a driving force within a profession that seems to have chosen him. For SugEasy, the walk of life is enriched by the rhythms of quality music and the swift motions of the body. He lives and breathes dance, and it is because of this that he has carefully crafted a career that keeps him creating, moving and sharing his talents with the world. Thankfully, the hip-hop dance expertise of SugEasy can be found right here in Johnson County. SugEasy, a moniker he inherited based on his constant and ease of movement, remarks that his story is very much like a time travel that intertwines dance and music, and, growing up, both played a pivotal role in his home. The melodies of the Temptations, the Commodores and Parliament provided the perfect complement for what came natural, and by the age of 5, he had already developed his own unique style of dance.

“No one taught me," he says." I just understood the flow of music and let the music take control.ˮ Intrigued by hip-hop culture and break dancing, it became his nourishment, and he dedicated much of his time feeding this desire, dancing wherever and whenever the feeling hit. It was when he was in first grade that he determines there was a shift from hobby to lifelong passion where SugEasy, dressed all in crisp white, complete with a fresh jean jacket, entered his K-12 school talent show. Struck with stage fright, he was paralyzed with fear, and it was not until several juniors and seniors invited him onstage to dance did he realize that this was exactly what he wanted to do. He has been dancing every since. SugEasy started teaching at 15 after he had earned a name for his stellar moves. With every competition he entered, he received accolades, and he became a force in the hip-hop world. Others noticed his mastery in the styles of house, lofting, popping and breaking and CONTINUED >

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JAMES "SUGEASY" SINGLETON (CON TI N U ED)

desired to move as he seemed to do effortlessly. He soon learned that instructing others to dance did not mean teaching them to step as he does but to find their own story through movement. “I had to go through a lot of trial and error, and once I figured out the formula and how I wanted to do it, I ran with it," he says. "Then I was able to write my own curriculum.” And a comprehensive curriculum it is. SugEasy understands that to teach hip-hop dance, his students also need to comprehend the history and culture of each art form. Most unique about his classes is he is not teaching anything he does not know firsthand. It is an honest testament to who he is: an authentic hip-hop connoisseur. He is the real deal whose enthusiasm is felt by every student from ages 3  to 103. His wide spectrum of skills can be credited to the experiences he has had learning and performing on stage and in videos with the pioneers in the field.  The one thing he  wants people to know is that hip-hop is not a negative thing and can be a positive reinforcement. He highly recommends taking his classes, meeting him  and embracing the true essence of hip-hop. He is an open book just waiting to help others write their own interpretation of movement.

“Music is the ink, you are the pen, the dance floor is your canvas. Just create," he says.

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any fans of music may believe that all guitar players are basically the same. Those who sit in the audience when local musician Lester Estelle Sr. plays know otherwise. With unorthodox tuning, unconventional technique and undeniable passion, it is evident to even the most casual listener that his style is one of a kind. His ability and talent transcends genre and cannot be truly appreciated without hearing and seeing it in person. The son of a pastor, Lester has been around music all his life. His father played  piano,  guitar and sang as

MUSIC

"One evening, I broke a string and my secret was out,"

he remembers. “But Dad allowed me to continue using his guitar, and I still have it to this day." Having taught himself to play watching a mirror image in the TV, he  later realized he was playing backwards. Using a left-handed guitar, strung right handed is only part of what makes Lester stand out from other guitarists. “I enjoy playing acoustic and archtop guitars  in DADGAD tuning instead of standard tuning," he says. "I love to tap and slap the guitar and play with a thumb pick like the old school players.”  Music, to Lester, has provided him a way to both relax and challenge himself to grow his gift and technique.  He believes that playing music helps him maintain a disciplined and balanced life. “It

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music, especially since I am self-taught,” he says. "Practice makes permanent. So if I want to grow and get better, I must invest in my gift." He learns from watching other musicians. Some of his favorites include Phil Keaggy, Earl Klugh, Jonathan Butler and his sons Lester Jr. and Brandon Estelle.

well. He grew up watching artists like Chet Atkins and

Lester has been afforded many different avenues to share

Roy Clark on the Grand Ole Opry. While his father was

his love and knowledge of music. He presently serves as

working the night shift, Lester would take his guitar and

the worship pastor at Indian Creek Community Church

emulate what he saw the guitarist doing on TV.

in Olathe, where he has the pleasure of

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Back Stage

(CON TI N U ED)

mentoring and developing young musi-

and share my music while mentoring

11 grandchildren. In 2011, he retired from

cians and worship leaders. He has traveled

young musicians as I have my own sons,"

the city of Olathe following 32 years of

extensively through the United States and

he says. “On my bucket list, I would love to

service and began working at WaterOne

other countries, including Norway,  Sweden,

perform with Phil Keaggy.”

shortly after. Lester now also serves as

Canada, Barbados and Mexico playing music.

Outside of music, Lester lives an equally

section chair of the American Water Works

"I would love to do more of theses

interesting life. He and his high school

venues, learn more about music in other

sweetheart, Pat, have been married for

Lester maintains a full performance

countries, continue to record, produce

38 years. They have three children and

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Martial ‘Art’ in Motion ARTICLE NICOLE LAVINE

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roost Avenue is widely regarded as one of Kansas City’s

The practice requires devotion and commitment not

most prominent dividing boundaries. Since the 1800s,

only to gain physical strength but also to learn a deeper

the road has divided ethnic and racial communities between

“It’s important that students go easy on themselves—espe-

zation seeking to bring unity and community to the forefront

cially the adults,” Duncombe, who has been practicing the dis-

of their cause has taken up residence along that same road.

cipline for 18 years, says. “The kids can have an easier time with

Axé Capoeira, a traditional Brazilian martial art and dance

it because their egos aren’t as big. I mean, you come in, and at

community, broke ground on its first permanent location last

some point, you are doing cartwheels. So there is this element

year. Axé Capoeira Kansas City was the first North American

of fun and playfulness and camaraderie, but at the same time,

chapter of Grupo Axé Capoeira. They spent their first 17 years

it’s challenging. You start to see people breaking out of their

subleasing properties to give students and masters a place

'box.' It’s unique and attractive, and I love seeing people come

to practice their discipline.

who may not necessarily know what drew them there.”

“After being here for only one year, we are seeing this amaz-

The spirit of Capoeira inspires students to not only learn

ing reciprocity,” Sonia Duncombe, a graduate-level instructor

mastery over their range of motion and muscle control but

of Axé Capoeira, says. “Now that we have a home base, the

also to inspire action that reaches outside the studio.

growth has just been amazing; we are thriving.”

“We want to dislodge barriers, those barriers of race and eth-

Capoeira is a martial art set to music. The combination of

nicity and age and gender," Duncombe says. “Our mission is to

freestyle movement and music invites an opportunity for a more

expand out into the community and invite people to really live in it.”

personal relationship with the art as students learn how their

While its immediate focus is here in Kansas City, the vision of

movements are used to play a “game” of Capoeira with others.

this local Capoeira group stretches to international proportions.

It is self-paced yet demanding and steeped in Brazilian tradition.

Duncombe and others accredit their growing success

Like many other martial art disciplines, students receive belts

firstly and foremost to God, and then to their master of Grupo

to mark skill progression. Once a student is ready, he or she

Axé Capoeira, Mastre Barrão. Barrão has now returned to

will also receive a Capoeira name. This name, bestowed by an

his homeland Recife, Brazil, where the group first originated.

instructor or master, characterizes one’s style and attributes.

Duncombe said she believes this Axé, or good energy, is criti-

“My Capoeira name is Arara; the name for the Macaw parrot,”

cal to realizing their mission.

Duncombe says. “Although this bird has beautiful plumage, I

“(We need to) feed the hot embers in Brazil as we burn

believe the name was inspired by my break-shaped nose. Our

a strong fire of Axé in Kansas City, North America and the

Capoeira names are meant to bring out something about us.

world," she says. "Our vision has expanded, and we need to

This is a beautiful part of Brazilian culture. Through Capoeira,

keep sharing this with our community.”

we are reminded to accept and embrace the unique attributes of oneself. And if you have to, go ahead and laugh at yourself."

For this reason, the group wants to incorporate the optimistic and business-savvy North American attitude with the

On a functional level, Capoeira is an efficient form of exer-

generous and socially oriented spirit of the Brazilian culture.

cise consisting of flexibility, acrobatics and repetitive move-

The Kansas City group strives to create more international

ments. While most people can pick up a weight, not everyone

partnerships with Brazil in hopes to one day support summer

can lift their own body weight, Duncombe points out.

exchange programs and scholarships for both local and inter-

“We have a saying: Capoeira is for everyone, but not everyone is for Capoeira,” she says.

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level of self-acceptance.

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KC NATIVE JOE BOOTHE AND HIS LEADING LADY, ALEXA ALEMANNI, OPEN UP ABOUT LIFE AS HOLLYWOOD’S TOP-LISTED SCREENWRITERS AND THE KANSAS CITY TREKS THAT KEEP THEM CONNECTED TO PEOPLE OF QUIET DIGNITY.

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I

t wasn’t the cringeworthy bunny hop com-

Alexa is best known for her role as Allison in the televi-

mercial auditions that enticed Joe Boothe to

sion series "Mad Men" for which she won a shared Screen

move from Leawood to Hollywood. He consid-

Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an

ers that his worst day ever in the biz. But it led

Ensemble in a Drama Series. She has appeared on "West

him to his best day—last Christmas in Italy when Joe glanced up at Alexa, his wife of

eight years, and realized he was living in it.

Wing" and "Criminal Minds" among other roles. “I love how passionate, intelligent, and driven she is,” Joe says. “But I also wish people knew how silly

“We had been hired to write two movies,” Joe says.

she is. She’s very smart and knows everything —

“We rented this little apartment in Milan and sat across

EVERYTHING—about history and politics and art. But

from each other working on both projects simultane-

she’s also a big, giant weirdo goofball dancing upside

ously, and I thought, 'This is literally a dream come

down in a fish costume. A glorious weirdo.”

true.' And then I proceeded to get back to panicking about not being good enough.”

Joe says a typical day at their Studio City home involves Alexa waking first and doing an hour’s worth

But this duo IS good enough—good enough to be a

of solid work before Joe opens his eyes. His punish-

finalist last month at the American Pavilion Emerging

ment is to make the bed. He drinks two cups of coffee

Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival in

and checks the news.

France for their original script, "The Morning After." And

“I swallow my depression about the Chiefs and start to

good enough to be hired to write the film adaptation of the

write, then drink more coffee as needed, then work out, then

book Something Blue, the upcoming sequel to Something

write some more," Joe says.

Borrowed starring Kate Hudson and John Krasinski.

“Some days are easier than others,” Alexa adds,

They also earned a spot on the 2012 Young & Hungry

“but every day we practice the art of sitting—allow-

List of Hollywood’s top screenwriters and were featured

ing ourselves the time and space to think creatively.

in the January 2016 issue of Variety for their “highly

Sometimes words come. Sometimes they don’t. But

skilled” screenwriting abilities.

something magical always happens.”

A highlight of their career will be later this year when

That silver magic relies on rules they established early:

their original film, "Grief Camp," will enter production,

“We never criticize without offering at least one idea how to

crediting them as writers, producers, directors and actors.

fix it,” Alexa says. “We read everything all the way through

(Alexa has the starring role.)

before making changes to the other person’s work.” CONTINUED >

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Hometown Hero

(CON TI N U ED)

Joe also credits his education at Cure’ of Ars Catholic School and Shawnee Mission South with his solid values. “Kansas Citians just believe in being good people,” Joe says. “It’s not about politics or ideology; it’s about decency.  It’s a quiet dignity that doesn’t ask for celebration. In Kansas City, being a good person is its own reward.” Alexa adds that Joe’s Midwest roots are evidenced in what she loves most about him: “His compassion, kindness, loyalty (even to the Chiefs)  and his politeness. Although people in LA do look at him funny when he says hi to everyone on the street, but he still does it.” Of late, Joe and Alexa have been more introspective about the challenge in their lives to keep it real. “Look, Hollywood is great,” Joe says, “but you have to stay grounded, or there’s a very real chance that you start chasing the rabbit.  Your friends are millionaires.  Your old roommate is on the cover of magazines now. And you start wanting that gold. But I constantly try to remember that it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” So when Joe and Alexa trek back to KC, where do they hang out? And they’re always working on the next project before the current one is finished. “I have a morbid analogy involving getting a puppy when your other dog is older, but you get the gist,” Joe says. “Our basic philosophy of writing is you have to be working.”  

“My favorite place is Kauffman Stadium by right field where the big party deck is," Joe says. "No matter where I sit, I’ll walk to that

Alexa’s work includes being CEO of a cooperative of actors, so she attends board meet-

spot, put my Boulevard Tank 7 on the ledge

ings and finance committees, teaches screenwriting classes—including helping underpriv-

and watch the game from above the warning

ileged kids learn to write—and meets with other aspiring female writers.

track. I remember walking that track as a little

Both Joe and Alexa grew up with strong and impassioned Italian mothers, so they

leaguer, and it’s just a special place for me.”

respect a strong, compassionate female voice in their characters. One such voice also

For Alexa, it’s a visit to Arthur Bryant’s.

came from Joe’s third-grade teacher at Nall Hills Elementary, Ruth Stroble, who still stands

She adds: “And I kinda deeply love shop-

tall in Joe’s heart. Joe often calls on her birthday, just to say thanks again for everything.

ping at Town Center."

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95%

181

5

6.2

HALLBROOK

$965,000

$920,000

95%

6

4

4.2

BRADFORD PLACE

$799,000

$805,000

100%

1

5

5.2

ROYSE

$799,000

$750,150

93%

23

7

5.1

VILLAS OF WHITEHORSE

$749,000

$745,000

99%

44

4

3.1

SADDLEWOOD

$685,000

$685,000

100%

0

5

3.2

WATERFORD

$675,000

$675,000

100%

1

4

4.1

Information compiled is from Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and includes properties listed and sold in the area from multiple brokers. Statistics from 6/1/2017 TO 6/31/17. DOM=Days on Market

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AUGUST 3-4 SUPERHERO DAY AT THE ZOO KANSAS CITY ZOO Come out for a two-day event to meet your favorite superhero from Marvel Comics. They'll be there for a meet and greet, to take photos and sign autographs.  

AUGUST 6 THE SEVENTH ANNUAL STRAWBERRY SWING INDIE CRAFT FAIR THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART Come celebrate the handmade movement with the Midwest's best Indie Craft Fair: The Strawberry Swing. Enjoy handmade and vintage vendors, food trucks, kids crafts, a photo booth and so much more. Admission is free. The first 100 guests who bring a monetary donation for the nonprofit Nelson Atkins Museum will receive a coveted swag bag full of items vendors have donated.

AUGUST 12 TAILS ON THE TRAILS PET FESITVAL AD ASTRA POOL AND PARK For a day of fun with your dog, come to Lenexa’s Tails on the Trails Pet Festival. You can browse pet vendor booths, participate in the pet talent show, let your pooch plunge into the dog swims and watch demonstrations. Free admission. Dog swims are $5 if pre-registered

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AUGUST 12 FESTIVAL OF THE BUTTERFLIES POWELL GARDENS Join us in this all day family friendly event. Several hands-on activities, free with festival admission, include planting an eco pot with seeds to take home, creating a butterfly puppet and butterfly life-cycle journal. Special performances are scheduled throughout the day. All are encouraged to take part in the butterfly parade, scheduled at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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IRONWOODS PARK AMPHITHEATER The series will kick off with a concert by local favorites The Nace Brothers.  Some seating is available however, we recommend bringing a blanket and/or lawn chairs.  Picnics are welcomed but alcohol is not allowed within the park. In the event of rain or severe heat, the concert will move into the Lodge at Ironwoods Park. CONTINUED >

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AUGUST 26 MOON SHINE ON THE FARM DEANNA ROSE CHILDREN'S FARMSTEAD An evening for adults only, under the stars that features dinner, drinks and a night of entertainment. Proceeds from this year's event will help build a Draft Horse and Discovery Barn. $50 per person or $60 at the door. For more information, email Laura.Blatter@opkansas.org or call 913-634-7165.

AUGUST 27 BARN DINNER WITH CHEF CALVIN DAVIS POWELL GARDENS Chef Calvin Davis of Freshwater is the featured chef for the August Powell Gardens' Missouri Barn Dinner Series. Each dinner is a celebration of the flavor and variety to be found in locally grown produce. The dinners allow guests to explore local flavors while learning more about the unique ingredients. To purchase tickets, visit PowellGardens.org.

AUGUST 31 YMCA CHEERS FOR CHALLENGER PRESENTED BY TEVA TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS

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Enjoy fine food, beverages, live music, and a silent and live auction. The event benefits YMCA Challenger sports and social programs for young people with special needs. For more info and tickets, visit KansasCityYMCA.org.

SEPTEMBER 8-10 CALEB SCHWAB WOODEN BAT TOURNEY MID AMERICA BASEBALL COMPLEX

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Children International What is Children International? Children International is a global humanitarian organization whose vision is to connect lives, creating a poverty-free world for children, where their dreams are unleashed and their hope radiates into their communities. We invest in children, respect their unique beauty and potential, and compel others to join us. 

What does Children International focus on? For the first two decades of a child’s life, we surround kids with a safe place, a caring team and a clear path out of poverty through programs focused on health, education, empowerment and employment. These programs, which are country-relevant and age-specific, give our kids the crucial life and job skills they need to break the cycle of poverty for good.

How does sponsorship work? Child sponsorship connects two lives—a sponsor with a gener-

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in the life of a child, their siblings, parents and communities

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community and future generations to come.

What is your greatest need? We are always looking for new sponsors and partners to join us in the work of transforming the lives of children in poverty. You can learn about a child in need of your support on our website at Children.org.     50

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