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LIFESTYLE LETTER

JANUARY 2018 PUBLISHER

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Letter from the Editor HAPPY 2018! It’s the start of a new year, which, for me, always means consider-

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ing what changes or goals I have for myself. I usually have several house projects on

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my list (which unfortunately tends to carry over sometimes from the previous year’s

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list), and I always have a few personal goals as well.

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Sometimes when looking back on my previous year, I feel like I fell short on what I wanted to accomplish. Life happens, and occasionally the things that I thought I needed to do or wanted to have time for, just didn’t come to fruition. But, not always is that a bad thing.

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Now, I’m going to be really honest and say that my fitness goal was not reached (in the

Ruth Baum Bigus, Angela Broockerd,

slightest), but other goals that I thought I wanted for myself morphed into something

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entirely different. I took on different projects that ended up being a lot of work, but well worth it. I also cut some activities out that ended up being a healthy thing, regardless of it being something I enjoy. It’s okay to divert from the things we think we really should accomplish or do because sometimes we don’t know what we need. We did something crazy as a family this winter that is not the norm for us. I have four very active kids ranging from age 8 to 15, and between my husband coaching soccer for three of my children and all of the other sports and activities that we are involved in on a regular basis, our schedule for the past several years has been packed full every day of the week year round. My oldest is going to be gone for college in 3 very short years, so time is moving quickly, and we are too busy. We did the “unthinkable” and took the entire winter off from almost everything for all four children. It feels weird. It feels good and very refreshing.

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Initially, it was an adjustment to not have every weekend filled with games back to back all day, because I love watching my kids play sports, and they love playing. Even so, it has been nice to enjoy each other and is just what we needed, even if it is just for a season. Our January issue is dedicated to health living. We are sharing healthy lifestyle tips, some inspiring stories from people in our community and also what some around the city are doing to maintain health and wellness in areas of their life. Working on this issue has me inspired and ready to reset after a month full of holiday eating. 

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FEATURES 17 Relentless Endurance

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Challenge their Limits

26 Dedicated to Health and Fitness Leawood Fire Department Shares their Fitness Goals

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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THE LEAWOOD GARDEN CLUB The Leawood Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood. At about noon, Dennis Patton, horticulture agent at the Johnson County Extension office, will present "Can we really answer all your hydrangea questions?" The meeting and club membership are open to everyone, and guests are welcome. Bring a sack lunch. Beverages and desserts are provided. For more information, please visit Leawood.org  or send an email to leawoodgardenclub@gmail.com.

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HOMETOWN HERO ARTICLE CHARLES REDFIELD

RELENTLESS ENDURANCE LOCAL MARATHON RUNNERS CHALLENGE THEIR LIMITS

THERE IS A LARGE NUMBER OF ADULT MEN AND WOMEN RUNNING MARATHONS, AND THE LIST KEEPS GETTING BIGGER EVERY YEAR. There are many stories about runners ranging from people who started running in high school to those who didn’t start running until later in life to those who have suffered from injuries and have changed careers while running. Here are three of their stories.

SCOTT WILSON SCOTT WILSON

Scott Willson is in his second career.

He was an air traffic controller with the Air Force and then with the Federal Aviation Administration. He retired in 2012 and celebrated his retirement by flying to San Diego and riding his bike to Jacksonville, Florida, in 28 days. Scott graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2005 and set up a practice in cosmetic and age management medicine in 2007 in Overland Park. He started running at the age of 14 in cross-country and track at Sioux City West in Iowa and ran for the Air Force Cross -Country team. “Towards the end of my duty, I ran my first marathon in Idaho in 3:12,” he says. “I ran in my first Boston Marathon in 1992. I have run in 25 of the last 26 Boston Marathons.” In addition to long-distance running, he has run in six Ironman Triathlons, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.22mile run. He also has run in the Leadville Trail 100-mile run. “Running has taught me self-discipline and perseverance,” he says. “It makes everything else in life seem so much easier.” He has a simple training regimen: he runs about 45 miles per week with one rest day. The speed and distance of the run vary each day. Scott notes that he and his wife, Tracie, run four to six marathons a year. His advice to older adults is “Get up and move,” he says. “Most of us rust out, not wear out. We are capable of far more than each of us know.” CONTINUED >

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HOMETOWN HERO

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BETHANY

BUTLER MYERS BETHANY BUTLER MYERS

Leawood’s Bethany Butler Myers was the daughter of a Hall of Fame track coach. “Track and Field was sort of a family value growing up,” she says. “I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, and so in order to form a summer track team, my dad recruited some of the top runners from the surrounding small towns to form a relay team.” She was awarded a small track scholarship to Evangel College, but health issues prevented her from being able to compete. Bethany started distance running at the age of 28 in the Houston Half-Marathon. “This was the first time I had trained for distance running,” she says. She qualified for the 2013 Boston Marathon, which was the absolute highlight of her running career.

And then came the finish. “The turn into the finish was so emotional—it was the most amazing, fun finish experience.” Then came the terrorist bombing. “I had completed the marathon but was still in

“I remember the extreme excitement of being in

the postrace procession when we heard about the

the field of professional runners that I saw on TV,”

bombing,” she says. “My husband and best friend

she says. “There was amazing fan support along the

were in the VIP stadium seating at the finish line

entire course. It was more fun and energizing than I

(directly across from the first bomb). They had exited

could have imagined.”

their seats before the first blast.” Bethany has not run much competitively since then. “I battled injuries during the hard training and did not have time or energy to continue to manage that," she says. Bethany has found a new love in olympic lifting. “I prefer to workout with a barbell these days and lift heavy stuff.”

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ANDY ORTBALS ANDY ORTBALS

Leawood’s Andy Ortbals played football and ran track at Harrisonville High School. He graduated in 1980 but didn’t start distance running until after college. “I always loved running,” he says. “It is one activity that I can always do even when I don’t want to do anything. One day, my wife and I wanted to try a road race. Typically someone might start with a 5K, but we signed up for the Chicago Marathon, and the rest is history.” Andy, who now competes in the 55-59 age group, has completed 12 Boston Marathons in a row, run in the Grand Canyon Rim2RIM2Rim, two 50-mile Ultras and two Leadville 100 attempts, missing the cutoff at 60.5 miles both times. His best marathon finish is 3:19. What is his training regimen for marathons? “I have tried just about everything from running three days to seven days a week,” he says. “Now I really don’t follow a training plan. “All I know is you can’t fake a marathon. You have to put in the miles if you want any good results, and maybe you should be at a race pace or faster.” Andy and his wife have owned a manufacturing business, Photo-Graphics Co. Inc., for 30 years. The Leawood resident isn’t into just running. “My wife and I are really into hiking and backpacking,” he says. “We have hiked and camped in many of the national parks.” And the couple had three grown children—two of them in graduate school—along with one grandbaby.

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YOUR 2018 HEALTH & FITNESS GOALS

ARTICLE SHAWNA WRIGHT

TIPS TO HELP ACHIEVE

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Leawood trainer Shawna Wright

FIND A PROGRAM THAT WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE, EITHER ONLINE, ON AN APP OR LOCALLY. FIND A FRIEND THAT WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE. WORKOUT BUDDIES ARE A HUGE HELP WITH MOTIVATION. CHOOSE SOMEONE THAT IS POSITIVE AND DRIVEN, BUT KEEP IN MIND THAT YOU ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF. EVEN IF THEY BAIL, STICK TO THE PLAN AND GET IT DONE! -Shawna Wright Leawood Trainer


DIET

FITNESS

MAKE 2018 THE YEAR OF DOING BETTER. Skip

Do you exercise regularly? Do you elevate your

the extreme diet programs and do the best you can.

heart rate three to five times a week? If not, why? Write

Make small steps. Be aware of how you feel. Connect

all of the reasons down on a piece of paper. Here are

your mood and energy levels to what you choose to

some of the most common reasons I hear often:

fuel your body with. What makes you feel good? What

Need motivation and accountability: Find a program

makes you feel bad? What works for you? Make it

that will hold you accountable, either online, on an app

happen. Here are some diet tips to help you do better.

or locally. Find a friend that will hold you accountable.

Clean it up in general! Make good food your norm

Workout buddies are a huge help with motivation.

and bad food your exception–no excuses! Unhealthy

Choose someone that is positive and driven, but keep

fast food just isn’t necessary anymore. Kansas

in mind that you are ultimately responsible for your-

City has many clean, healthy and delicious on the

self. Even if they bail, stick to the plan and get it done!

go eateries such as t.Loft, Enjoy Pure Foods, Simple Science Juicery, the UnBakery, Eat Fit Go and more.  

Intimidated to start a studio fitness class: This is a justifiable concern. Luckily, YouTube is full of beginner

You feel better when you consume real food. Your

workouts. Want to try yoga? Search beginner yoga. Be

body was designed to process, utilize and be fueled

smart and take it slow. You can give it your best shot

by food that came from the earth. Make an effort to

in the comfort of your own home, and you don’t even

stay clear of ingredients you cannot pronounce. Be

need to brush your teeth. Do it daily. You will get stron-

intentional and mindful of what you eat. Think about

ger and more willing to try a studio or new videos.

where it came from and how it will make you feel.

Not enough time: Make time. Write down how many

Get organized and plan meals. This is key! No one

TV shows/movies you watch in a week. Also, write down

can make rational choices when they are hangry.

if you have been on any social media sites in the past 24

Have your meals prepped and ready. Find the time

hours. Can you cut out a TV show to go to bed (and get

and make it a priority.

up) 30 minutes earlier? Can you skip scrolling through

Drink water. Your body uses water in all of its

your Facebook feed over lunch and walk? Pack your

cells, organs and tissues. Your brain is 70 percent

sneakers and get a co-worker to walk the office stairwell

water. Your lungs are nearly 90 percent water. There

during a break. Do 10 squats every time you reach for

is a reason you feel bad when you are dehydrated—

your phone to peruse the internet unnecessarily.

your organs are drying up.

My knees/back/hips/feet hurt when I exercise: Talk to

Too much sugar will make you feel crappy and tired a

your doctor. Ask them what you can and cannot do. Once

few hours after you eat it, always. Find your control over

you know your limits, this city is full of studios that offer

the sugar. Empowered, not deprived. You will feel better.

low-impact options such as spinning, swimming, yoga,

Plan around your protein but be sure to add in

Pilates, etc. It is important to understand that excess body

good fats, fruits, veggies and good carbs. Protein

weight will worsen almost any ailment. If you doubt this

is good for muscle, brain, mood, energy levels, to

statement, walk up a flight of stairs carrying a 20-pound

stabilize blood sugar, etc.

dumbbell. Carrying less weight and strengthening the

Eat healthy because you feel better.

surrounding muscles and tendons will decrease strain and pain on joints. Choose an exercise regime that works for you and your doctor. It will be worth it. Above all else, be good to yourself. Positive thoughts equal positive actions. Find something you enjoy and get moving. This is your year. Shawna Wright is a fitness instructor at Fusion Fitness in Corbin Park.

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FIRE


FIGHTERS F FIT TO SERVE

ITNESS IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR THE ENTIRE LEAWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT. Station 32 at 127th and Mission Road is home to three paramedics, eight firefighters and Capt. Mike Hoffine.   “I

have

been

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firefighter

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23 years, the last 19 at the city of Leawood," Hoffine says. “After high school, I attended JCCC and obtained my associates in fire administration. During my two years at JCCC, I was fortunate enough to be part of the

Olympic weightlifting team coached by Ivan Javorick. His instruction translated very well into motivating and assisting others to set and reach goals through fitness.” From the outside, one couldn’t begin to guess the wide variety of fitness equipment located inside the station. “Our weight room is well-equipped and kept in top condition. It has just about all the free weights anyone could ask for," Hoffine says. "We also have two treadmills, an elliptical, stair stepper, rower and stationary bike. Several firefighters have brought equipment such as tractor tires, logs and sleds for outdoor CrossFit workouts.” There’s an incentive for physical fitness at the station. “The department conducts a physical through KU MedWest once a year and offers a wellness incentive program that allows firefighters to test their physical abilities against the national average," he says. "The city of Leawood offers incentive programs like the 'Biggest Loser' program which allows all department employees to participate and win time off for their efforts.” The average firefighter averages about an hour working out each shift.

CONTINUED >

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THE LEAWOOD FIREFIGHTERS “Most firefighters exercise between one to three hours every day," Hoffine says. "The National Fire Protection Association sets standards for the fire service. NFPA 1581 and 1582 addresses the need for physical fitness in the fire service as well as many other day-to-day safety issues. The Leawood Fire Department has adopted this standard, stating that each firefighter shall be given at least one hour per day to exercise.” This was exciting news to Hoffine at the start of his career. “I was in total disbelief when I was told that I would be paid to work out every day I was on shift," he says. "At the age of 20, all I could think was, 'this is awesome!'” Hoffine sees diet as being just as important as exercise.     “As firefighters, we burn a lot of calories. Most of the firefighters here try to eat right on a regular basis. One rule we try to stick to is fresh is best, meaning if it comes prepackaged you probably shouldn’t be eating it," he says.  "Almost each shift and station has at least one shift cook. My shift and station is lucky enough to have two wonderful cooks, Sean and Vinnie. We typically have shift dinners, but make our own lunches. It is hard to keep a good diet working in the fire service when we have the very nice citizens of Leawood bringing us so many wonderful treats. Thank you, by the way.” Hoffine’s

personal

workout

routine

shows the constant dedication needed to be a firefighter. “My typical daily routine starts at 5:45 a.m. with a 3- to 5-mile run. I am lucky enough to have a group of firefighters that work out with me," he says. "Our afternoon workout starts at 3 p.m., work schedule permitting, and consists of a CrossFit workout of the day and straight into heavy weights. Our first shift is chest and abs, the second shift is arms, and the third is back, shoulders and legs. At least one of the shifts will have some sort of Olympic lift thrown in to build power. Most of our workouts revolve around building power and quick recovery.” It takes a team effort to maintain an active lifestyle.   30

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

Will Sheilds and Inclusion MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO BE FIT ARTICLE RUTH BAUM BIGUS | PHOTOGRAPHY TRAVIS CARROLL

WILL SHIELDS IS A MEMBER OF ONE OF THE MOST

as his nonprofit organization, The Will To Do It Foundation.

EXCLUSIVE CLUBS: HE IS ONE OF ONLY 310 MEM-

Shields firmly believes that you can commit to being fit, and

BERS OF THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. A

he works tirelessly to help anyone willing to do so.

guard for the Kansas City Chiefs for all of his 14 seasons in the NFL, Shields has left his mark in this profession known for its athletic prowess. One of the top

“It means all-encompassing—from any walk of life,”

guards ever to play the game, Shields had 223 career

Shields says in defining inclusion. “Providing people

starts and 12 Pro Bowl appearances.

with the opportunity to better themselves whether it’s

Shields has racked up numerous awards over the

mentally or physically. Once you become more men-

years for both his athletic skills and his charitable work

tally stable, it helps your physical well-being. It starts

in Kansas City, including the prestigious Walter Payton

with you making a decision to make a change and then

Man of the Year Award.

having the opportunity to do it.”

While spending his first career on the gridiron working

Shields admits there are gaps in people’s abilities—peo-

in one of the most elite fields, Shields is all about inclusion

ple have injuries, disabilities they may have been born with

in every sense of the word. Today, the 46-year-old Shields

or something traumatic that has altered their physical,

focuses on helping people achieve their own level of fit-

intellectual or emotional abilities. However, it is all about

ness and wellness despite what challenges they face.

meeting people where they are at when they start.

"Sports helped me grow as a person, and why not give that gift to every person?" Shields asks.

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Shields philosophy is meeting people where they are and including everyone. Inclusion is the key word here.

“It’s about doing something that helps you feel better about yourself,” Shields says. “I recently heard a young

Shields incorporates this approach into every aspect

lady say that the word should not be handicap but hand-

of his “second career” as the owner of 68’s Inside Sports

icapable. We are all capable of doing a lot of things. It is

Fitness and Sports Training located in Overland Park, as well

about finding those things.”

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For Shields, helping others who face some sort of limitation goes back to his college days at the University of Nebraska. During the summer months, he lived in a dorm

“We were just part of her bridge,” Shields says.

with a number of students who used wheelchairs. Shields

Today, Shields has two certified trainers on staff at

and his classmates would often assist their fellow students

68’s Inside Sports who specialize in working with peo-

at night getting to bed. It was an eye-opening experience

ple with disabilities. The I Am I Will program has equip-

for the then-young football player from Lawton, Oklahoma.

ment available to assist those in wheelchairs. Shields

“It made you understand that life is what it is and life

and his staff work as a team to make accommodations

is what you make of it,” Shields says. “It made me realize

as needed for each individual. Several organizations

there is opportunity to learn more and give more.”

that work with individuals with special needs partici-

Nebraska is also where Shields encountered Kenny

pate in programs offered by 68’s Inside Sports.

Walker, a defensive lineman who was deaf. Walker, who

These groups often come in the middle of the day in

could read lips, eventually went on to play in both the

small group settings “so they feel more comfortable doing

NFL and the Canadian Football League. But it was one

these things,” Shields says. “We’re meeting them at a

day Shields will never forget.

comfortable place, and meeting them where they are at

“An unbelievable athlete. It was Kenny’s senior day, and

and not pulling them beyond their means.”

when he came out we all actually waved hands up and

The Wounded Warriors Project has also held ses-

waved our fists around, but the crowd was silent. It was

sions for members to work out where they are at both

a silent cheer for him. It gave me goosebumps," Shields

physically and mentally. Shields said there are all kinds

says. "Kenny never looked at what he couldn’t do but all he

of equipment they can use from kinesis machines to

could do and everyone needed to catch up to him.”

the Dynavision 2, used to work on physical stimulation

Shields was inspired to pursue inclusion efforts after

and coordination.

encountering a young woman named JoAnne Fluke.

Transformation is key—helping people make the jour-

Shields and his wife, Senia, provided a scholarship for

ney to fitness and wellness, whatever challenges they

Fluke to pursue the cultural arts through their Will to

may face. Shields has gone through a bit of transfor-

Succeed Foundation. Fluke was born with a birth defect

mation of his own. During his NFL years, the six-foot-

called caudal regression. It has caused her spine to stop

three-inch Shields played at 320 pounds. Since retiring

at her waist, her legs are webbed at the knee, and she has

in 2006, Shields faced keeping fit at a different level

no feeling from her waist down. Yet Fluke had taken up

than his NFL years. He struggled with weight and even

ballroom dancing and singing.

faced some potential health problems, including diabe-

A lover of music and dance himself, Shields sang the

tes. Shields changed up his diet, committed to a fitness

National Anthem at a Chiefs game with Fluke. When

regimen and today has shed nearly 70 pounds and feels

Fluke asked her mentor about starting a ballroom dance

better than ever. He’s committed to including anyone

program for those in wheelchairs called Grooveability,

who is willing to give wellness a try.

Shields gave it two thumbs up.

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Today Fluke lives in Texas operating a program there and choreographing for wheelchair Zumba.

"I think everybody needs opportunity and there

“We housed it in our facility, worked to grow the program,”

should not be limitations,” Shields says. “We try to find

Shields says. “It was an opportunity to help others and give

things for everyone to do. We ask questions like 'how

them a platform and feel comfortable in working out.”

can we make it better for you?'"

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REALTY REPORT

REALTY REPORT NEIGHBORHOOD

LEAWOOD

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

TOMAHAWK CREEK ESTATES

$2,750,000

$2,615,000

95%

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7

8.2

THE WOODS ESTATES

$1,249,950

$1,150,625

92%

181

4

4.2

LEAWOOD

$1,075,000

$1,050,000

97%

5

5.1

GLEN ABBEY OF LEAWOOD

$1,089,000

$1,035,000

95%

10

5

5.1

PAVILIONS

$1,149,950

$1,026,000

89%

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5

5.2

LEAWOOD ESTATES

$875,000

$812,000

92%

131

5

4.2

HIGHLANDS CREEK

$725,000

$725,000

100%

2

4

4.1

BRIDGEWOOD

$675,000

$669,500

99%

5

4

5

WATERFORD

$689,950

$659,600

95%

20

4

4.1

HIGHLANDS RANCH

$725,000

$625,000

86%

159

5

5

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J A N U A RY

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please call 913.339.6700, ext. 154.

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"YidLife Crisis Live!" starring Jamie El-

man and Eli Batalion, the creators and stars of the award-winning Yiddish comedy web series "YidLife Crisis," present a night of shtick, schmoozing and inspiration. This duo  mix skits, discussion,

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No preregistration required. Purchase

DADDY-DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT

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The Lodge at Ironwoods Park

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dancing, photos and a souvenir. Partic-

"THE SECRET OF COURAGE"

ipate in dance competitions and much,

old Jack McCall learns some very bad news about his health. His best friend, Waddy, is not as concerned as he is. From there, reality blends with fantasy as Jack becomes convinced that he needs to find his way back to the magical park and the imaginary friends from his childhood. Showtimes vary. 

much more! Fee:  $45 per pair and

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$12.50 per additional daughter. Leawood

DEBORAH BROWN QUINTET WINTERLUDE SERIES Born in Kansas City, Deborah’s musical talents propelled her from coast to coast in the U.S., eventually leading

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resident discounted fee: $40 per pair

her to Europe via Japan and Indonesia, culminating in a 12-year residency

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LIFESTYLE PUBLICATIONS' KINDNESS CHALLENGE

WE AT LIFESTYLE PUBLICATIONS ARE EXCITED TO UNVEIL A PROJECT THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON CALLED ELEVATE THAT  PROMOTES  KINDNESS, THOUGHTFULNESS AND POSITIVITY IN OUR AREA MIDDLE SCHOOLS.  We believe kids have great ideas and have the power to change the world around them by being kind citizens. Elevate encourages them to put those ideas into action. We are challenging students who wish to participate in Elevate to come up with an idea that encourages kindness and then create a video or photo project to share with the community by entering our monthly kindness competition. Those videos and photo projects go live on our Elevate website the first week of every month for the community to vote on, and the student with the winning project will win $1,000. Each month, students will have the opportunity to submit new videos and photo projects for a chance to win, and a new winner will be selected every month.  In the spring,  we will invite teachers and administration in each school to pick a project or two that students in their building have come up with, and adopt that project to become part of the culture and climate of their building. The winning school in Blue Valley and the winning school in Olathe will both be awarded  a $5,000 grant  for their school. These grants are graciously sponsored by Shawnee Mission Audi and Commerce Bank. We designed this part of the competition to show our students that their ideas matter and that they can make a difference. To find out more about Elevate and to support our students by voting on the videos, visit elevateschools.com. Follow us on Instagram at @elevate.kc or Facebook at Elevate Kindness Challenge. Our next voting round begins February 3rd. Thank you to Audi Shawnee Mission and Commerce Bank for supporting kindness in our schools and partnering with Lifestyle Publications as a sponsor for our endof-year building grants for Elevate. We also want to thank the Blue Valley and Olathe School Districts for supporting Elevate by allowing us the opportunity to offer this competition to their students. 

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