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Lifestyle Letter

Letter from the Editor

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he holiday season is upon us, and the spirit of giving is in full swing. This time of year can carry so many wonderful memories and is often a time to celebrate long-time family traditions and make new ones. For some, however, this time of year can be hard to get through for a variety of reasons. There are so many practical ways to reach out to those around us who may be alone during the holidays or may be spending their first winter without a loved one. Even little gestures can go a long way and can make people feel thought of and loved. During this time of buying gifts, it is easy to focus on the commercialization of the holidays, and it can even be distasteful at times. One of my favorite things to observe on Christmas morning at our house is not necessarily watching my kids open their gifts from me, but rather watching them give each other gifts that they came up with on their own. I can see how much joy they have to give something that means something to them. Every year is slightly different, but all four of them give gifts to each other without being prompted. Sometimes the gift is handmade, sometimes it’s a treasured possession that they are parting with as a regift, and sometimes they have spent the little bit of money they have on something new. Regardless, the excitement is always the same, and the personal joy that comes from selflessly giving is so evident on their face. Giving is so much better than receiving. For our holiday issue, we wanted to spotlight how some people in our community choose to give back. There are countless ways to give and serve around the city, and needs can definitely be greater at this time of year. Thanks for all you do in your own way to give of yourself, and if you are looking for more ways to get involved in your own community, reach out to local churches, schools, hospitals, fire departments and city hall, as they often know of local needs and ways to get involved. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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December 2017

14 34 14 Interior Transformations

Designer Helps Create a Beautiful Space

for a Lee's Summit Resident

Departments 13

Around Town

24 A Helping Hand

14

Open House

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Trend Setter

34 Decorating Your Holiday Table

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Faith Reflections

Lee's Summit Resident Amy Cason Gives Tips

on How to Create a Beautiful Table thisHoliday Season

34 DIY

Willy and Stacy Nelson Help Take the Worry Out of Moving

45 Bringing Santa to Seniors

Giving Back to Lee's Summit Seniors this Holiday Season

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Financial Buzz

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Giving Back

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Realty Report

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AROUND TOWN THE FIRST GOLF FORE GOOD: A GOLF-A-THON TO SUPPORT THE SVF On July 31, two Blue Springs South students, Grant Wall and Ryan Dykhouse, played 54 holes to raise money for The Stephanie Vest Foundation. This event was created by Grant, a junior on the Blue Springs South golf team, as a way to create community awareness for his favorite charity. In one day, more than $3,790 was raised for this local nonprofit. Thank you to the Lakewood Oaks Country Club for allowing the boys to utilize the course for this event. This charity is unique because 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to local families who need financial help due to a cancer diagnosis. Every cent will make an immediate impact in the community. Grants are awarded to pay living expenses when a parent cannot work due to chemo and cancer treatment. To learn more, visit StephanieVest.com.

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Open House

FUN FUNCTIONAL DECORATING BRIGHTENS LAKE HOME

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n a quiet autumn day, Joan Walker’s family home is beautifully reflected in the serene waters of Lakewood in Lee’s Summit. But on any given summer afternoon, the lake is alive with family and friends enjoying their

backyard liquid playground. It is that fun and lively spirit that Joan wants to be reflected inside her home. Joan loves bright colors: oranges, greens, hot pink and purples. When she began decorating, she searched for a design company with a different flair. “I was looking for personality, life," she says. "Then I found A&M Furnishings.” When Joan walked into the store and met designer Georgia Jones, the two clicked immediately. “I remember thinking, 'we’re in for a ride!'” Georgia says. During their first project, the downstairs family room, Georgia suggested a huge couch and oversized ottoman, then added coordinating club chairs. She also had custom ottomans constructed and covered in the same fabric. "We have a team of local resources in addition to our wide range of quality vendors to make sure your design project is everything you envisioned," Lynn Blaser, owner of A&M Furnishing, says. Lynn has been in the furniture business for 23 years. Her newest shop prides itself on being a small furniture boutique with design capabilities. Most recently, Georgia tackled the main floor great room. The inspiration came from two chairs that Joan fell in love with on the store’s sales floor. "I like to use florals, stripes and patterns together," Joan says. "I want the room to feel cozy, comfortably undecorated like it wasn’t planned—it just came together." “There is no one formula in decorating,” Georgia says. "Each project is so unique and personal.” Georgia let her creativity flow. The oval-back dining chairs were reupholstered with a fun dotted fabric; then an orange stain-resistant fabric was selected for the seats. A mocha-colored couch, animal print ottoman, custom-made plaid throw and an of array pillows cozied up the room. In the corner, a round table is covered with a flirty coral print in shades of browns, trimmed in fringe and beading. Grounding the entire look is a green jute rug. “I am very sentimental, so I think my favorite piece may be an antique chair that has been in my family for years,” Joan says. Georgia suggested re-covering it, using a subtle toneon-tone woven purple fabric.  

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Open House

(CON TI N U ED)

“I preach that your home should tell your family story and represent your interests,” Georgia says. So, when she suggested botanical artwork above the couch, Joan intuitively knew the perfect solution. Years ago, her aunt had designed a line of paper products which featured Missouri wildflowers, and Georgia suggested that she have her favorite sketches enlarged to fit in ready-made frames. “Georgia encourages me to look at vintage shops to find unique items or inspiration," Joan says. "I found a frame at the Mission Road Antique Mall and knew I had the start of something.” Using her Cricut cutting machine and three cans of spray paint, she created a statement piece. Now Joan is content spending time with her family at their revitalized home. “Thanks to Georgia, we have an inviting place to gather, have fun and relax,” Joan says. Like her handcrafted artwork tells visitors, life is better at the lake! “We go the extra mile for customers," Lynn says. "it says a lot about our services that Joan has continued to turn to Georgia and A&M Home Furnishings for additional projects."

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MIDWEST HERITAGE HOMES

WILLY AND STACY NELSON HELP TAKE THE WORRY OUT OF MOVING ARTICLE STACY NELSON AND JENNY WOLFF

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D

ick and Kay Biery have long enjoyed life in Kansas

“Because a move like this can be daunting, the more we can

City—the arts, the culture and the architecture.

help, the easier it is for our client and their family,” Stacy, Midwest

Now that they are retired and ready for new adven-

Heritage Homes co-owner, says. “Many people have lived in the

tures, keeping up their large home near the Plaza

same house for decades. They have raised their families there

has become increasingly time-consuming. However, downsizing, and moving on, is a huge step. Also, this type of move seemed like an overwhelming challenge.

and made a lifetime of memories. Selling that house can be much more complicated than a basic real estate transaction. “People considering downsizing can be overwhelmed,” she

“Our home is definitely more space than we need and

says. “Overwhelmed individuals often don’t take action or—

was getting to be too much for us," Kay says. "We have

worse yet—take unnecessary actions. Armed with education

considered this decision to downsize for a while but wanted

and adequate support they become empowered. Empowered

to stay close to the area. We didn’t know where to start to

people create manageable plans and take action.”

find something that could meet our needs. Also, the thought

Stacy began serving seniors in 2002 as the developer and

of going through a lifetime of treasures, possessions and

director of a senior loyalty program offering education, enter-

books seemed daunting.”

tainment and travel. In 2016, she joined her husband, Willy, in

For their first step, the Bierys met with Willy and Stacy

his real estate practice, believing she could continue to serve

Nelson, owners of Midwest Heritage Homes, a local real estate

seniors. She now directs the division of the team devoted to

team that helps people “right size” their home. They are affili-

helping downsizing homeowners.

ated with Keller Williams Platinum Partners in Lee’s Summit.

“There may be 45 years of memories in the home—that’s a

“We weren’t ready to move just yet, but we knew we needed

lot of emotional attachments. The house itself has meaning,”

to start somewhere. We met with Willy and Stacy, who asked

she says. “Late-life moves can also affect the entire family. It

lots of questions and listened,” she says. “We discussed likes

can be difficult for adult children to see their family home go.

and dislikes, goals and concerns. After our meeting, it was

“Many people have adult children who do their best to

clear that they could help us through this process, one step at

help, but because they may have limited time, they want to

a time. And that made it seem easier.”

do it fast. Things may get thrown out or sold without regard

Kay also started attending the Senior Symposium Series offered by Midwest Heritage Homes. Each month they host

for their meaning. The families are well-intentioned, but it can leave parents resentful at the end of the move.

educational meetings with expert panelists focusing on the

“It’s interesting to watch educated professionals who are

unique and complex housing related issues facing mature

moving an aging parent. Sometimes these grown profes-

homeowners and their families. Some topics covered have

sionals become kids again and need emotional support too.

been estate liquidation, aging in place and 55+ living options.   Other times, the kids take charge over the parents with little “As we became more comfortable with the idea of moving, Stacy set up appointments and met me at communities to give me an idea of what was available," Kay says. "Because Willy and Stacy had asked so many questions and paid attention to what we were looking for, she was able to direct me to our next home. This community is in the prebuild stage, so we were able to pick our floor plan and placement."

regard, and that is difficult too.” Navigating a successful late-life move takes expertise that goes beyond the usual real estate transaction scope. “Most real estate agents are trained to focus only on the sale of the home,” Stacy says. As certified senior housing professionals, Willy, Stacy and their team take a complete approach.

Another service offered by Midwest Heritage Homes

“We decided to approach our real estate practice by

is a client care manager that helps people with editing,

addressing both the emotional and the physical needs of

organizing and preparing for the move. They also help get

mature clients and their families,” she says. “That meant

people settled after the move.

hiring staff to help manage the tasks with which our clients

“If we choose this option, by the time the building is built, we will be ready for our new adventure," Kay says.

have difficulty. That’s why we added a client care manager. There is a ministry aspect to it.”

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MIDWEST HERITAGE HOMES (CON TI N U ED)

From supporting the clients in their decision-making process to organizing the finer details of the move to prepping and selling the family home, and liquidating remaining personal items, Midwest Heritage Homes is a one-stop solution. “When a homeowner hires us, they get the support of a whole team for one price,” Stacy says. “We come fully-equipped with both sales and client care experience.” Many seniors are afraid to be taken advantage of by moving companies, estate liquidation companies or contractors–and in some cases, rightfully so. “We have vetted a number of reliable local vendors and have arrangements with them so that our clients aren’t overcharged,”

An important aspect of ensuring a smooth move later in life is being

Stacy says. “There are some great resources in our community,

prepared. It’s a discussion for the whole family, and it is never too early

but many seniors don’t know where to begin to find them.”

to start making a plan.

The Midwest Heritage Homes team also acts as stewards of

“It’s important to have these conversations ahead of time, but people seem

their customers’ financial interests. Willy explains that through

to want to wait until they have a crisis to start the dialogue,” Willy says. “The

their Senior Symposium Series they help educate clients, so

earlier you start the process, the more choices you have. It is far better to be

they make sound sale and purchase decisions.

able to make an informed decision than to be forced to choose in a crisis.”

“They deserve a fair price for their current home and should not overpay for their next one,” he says. “A fair price

To learn more about this division of the team, or to get infor-

when selling their home often means not spending money

mation about buying or selling any type of real estate, please visit

on unnecessary updates or repairs. We don’t want them to

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spend money they don’t need to spend.”

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Faith Reflections

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Little Warrior Princesses DELIVERING BASIC NECESSITIES AND HOPE TO NICU FAMILIES

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It’s still difficult for Robin Wahrenbrock to talk about her twins' birthday without tearing up. The Lee’s Summit resident remembers doc tors coming into her dark hospital room when they thought the babies might arrive at 22 weeks and talking to her about statistics, trying to be comforting, but not offering much hope. When the babies did arrive via emergency C-section at 24 weeks, Robin remembers them being purple and fuzzy-skinned with eyes sealed shut and tubes attached all over their bodies to life-sustaining machinery.

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“It was really strange—all the things you imagine for pregnancy and birth—it was frightening to see them even though you want to so badly,” Robin says. Birth was just the beginning of the Wahrenbrock micropreemies’ fight for life. Thankfully, Circe Wahrenbrock was released after a 90-day stay at the Saint Luke’s on the Plaza neonatal intensive care unit. Van Wahrenbrock was released after a rollercoaster ride of 213 days in the NICU. Due to the emotional turmoil of their experience, Robin says she and other moms who’ve had NICU babies are now able to relate to families currently at this stage of life. Robin is now a volunteer and board member with Little Warrior Princesses, a nonprofit organization that provides NICU families with transportation and food assistance during their children’s sometimes extended stay at the hospital. The organization was founded by Cassandra and Brandon Dickerson of Olathe, whose twins, Ava and Olivia, were born at 26 weeks and were on micropreemie row at Saint Luke’s during the same time as the Wahrenbrocks. “No parent expects his or her child to be born early, and almost immediately, the family begins incurring lots of unexpected, unbudgeted expenses," Cassandra says. "It’s heartbreaking for me to think of parents worrying about basic necessities at a time when they are worried about whether or not their child is going to live or die.” While NICU families can receive assistance from the Ronald McDonald house, there is limited space, and many families aren’t able to stay close to the hospital the entire time their baby is hospitalized. 32

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Cassandra, Robin and other Little Warrior Princess volunteers visit the 16 Kansas City metro-area NICUs monthly to provide food and gas gift cards and a listening ear if parents want a safe place to share their emotions.

“MANY TIMES, I HAND THEM THE GIFT CARDS AND OFFER A SIMPLE ‘HOW ARE YOU DOING? I’VE BEEN THERE IF YOU NEED TO TALK,’” ROBIN SAYS. “SO MUCH OF IT IS FOCUSED ON THE BABY; SOMETIMES PARENTS NEED A LITTLE CHECK-IN AS WELL.” As they listen and talk, the organization’s volunteers deliver much more than monetary help for tangible needs. “I’m able to not only tell them about my experience but to give them incredible hope,” Cassandra says. “[Micropreemies] are the babies that sometimes don’t make it, and mine are 5 today, and they’re doing well. They’re a little sugar and a little spice. Your circumstance now may look bad, but it can turn out very good.” Today, Robin and her husband, Todd, celebrate the twins' ‘coming home days’ as well as their birthday. The twins are developmentally caught up with other kindergarteners, and while there are some lasting effects of premature birth, Robin says it feels more like normal kids’ stuff now. “Nobody at school would know that Van had any of this stuff done,” she says. “He looks like a normal kindergartener with a few scars.” Since the Dickersons founded Little Warrior Princesses in 2013, the nonprofit organization has donated more than $8,000 in food and gas gift cards to families. The nonprofit relies on two family-centered fundraisers each year, a fall Storybook Gala and a spring Royal Ball. To learn more about the organization or to donate to help a NICU family in need, visit LittleWarriorPrincesses.com.

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inter blues do not have to get you down. Brighten up with crisp greens, soft cotton whites and cool blues. Keep it simple. To decorate your centerpiece, use the scents and smells of the season. A nix of woodsy evergreens, refreshing eucalyptus and boxwood can be

picked up at Christmas tree farms or anywhere local that sells fresh trees. We like to use the fresh trimmings from our own trees and bushes

or from our friends' yards to add that natural and homemade feel. Mix in with roses and fresh flowers from the flower market or local grocery store and add in hobby store-bought cotton. Place in a simple white bowl and place on your table. With the low glow of candlelight and guest placement, your table is nearly finished. Dessert first? Why not. Christmas cookies on each plate are a festive way to welcome your friends and guests. All ideas to help bring the warm holidays into your home. CONTINUED >

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DETERMINE IN ADVANCE HOW MUCH YOU CAN SPEND Looking at your goals for the year, expenses and income, think about how much you can realistically spend on everything from gifts and decorations to party clothes, holiday cards and travel expenses. To minimize the pinch on your wallet, start setting money aside each week as the holidays approach. You can also look for ways to cut back in other areas during the holiday season. For instance, plan just one or two dinners out a month, freeze your gym membership for a few months or try stretching the time between salon visits.

SET LIMITS FOR GIFT-GIVING Resist the pressure to purchase elaborate gifts for everyone on your list and instead figure out how much you can reasonably spend on each person. Consider paying for all holiday expenses with cash or load a prepaid card with the amount you’ve decided to set aside. You can also set up a checking or savings account to keep your holiday funds separate from your other finances.

THINK AHEAD TO COME UP WITH AFFORDABLE GIFTS Look for ways to show people you care without breaking the bank. Chances are your friends and loved ones are trying to stay within a budget too and will appreciate a jar of your homemade jam or a framed picture of a memorable event you shared. For holiday celebrations with your coworkers or book club pals, think about making homemade treats or doing a secret Santa gift exchange. With your family, explore ways to save like setting spending limits or turning the holiday party into a potluck. If you have siblings, ask them if they’d like to go in on a present for mom or dad.

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to seniors who are less fortunate,” Titus says. “Our

draw closer, warmth is shared and smiles blossom

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into memories and love. For many seniors, this time of

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Home Instead is made up of more than 1,000 inde-

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“We do not deliver gifts to the home. Instead, we reach out to senior living communities, inviting them to participate," Titus says. "Those communities identify seniors who may not have family in the area and those who may not have the resources to purchase the extras that will make their day a little easier. Given the fact Santa is very ‘busy,’ the gifts are delivered by Santa’s elves. Greg Love with the Law Office of Aaron Love, and Brian Bradley with Spectrum Home Health have volunteered their time to make those special deliveries. Last year, Santa’s Sleigh was provided by Jefferson Health Care and they are on board for 2017.” Each Christmas season, a participant packet is sent to senior living communities and they complete their wish list, kind of like their letters to Santa. Confidentiality is maintained for all participants. Then, Home Instead prepares an ornament and places the ornament on a Christmas Tree located in the Living Stone, Lee’s Summit, Academy Bank located inside the Walmart in Lee’s Summit and Academy Bank in Blue Springs. People can choose an ornament, then purchase the requested items and place the ornament and unwrapped gifts in the gift box. “Gifts are picked up by volunteers or members of our staff who then return them to our office," Titus says."We hold fun wrapping parties through the season, and this year, a Girl Scout Troop and a Boy Scout Troop will be helping Santa’s elves." Titus is excited to have Lee’s Summit Social Services as a participant in this year’s Be a Santa to a Senior Program. Like the senior living communities, they will be identifying at least 25 seniors in Lee’s Summit who will benefit from this program. Home Instead is committed to allowing seniors to happily, peacefully age in place, with a mission of enhancing theirs and their families’ lives. Each member of the team is committed to providing quality care  and meeting the specific, individual needs of each person they serve. “We are always recruiting individuals to ‘share their heart’ with seniors. Becoming a CAREGiver provides an opportunity to brighten the lives of seniors and help them safely remain in their homes,” she says. Anyone interested can call their office, 816.272.1415 or visit their website, HomeInstead.com/540. Due to the demand for their services and continued growth, they are always recruiting good quality CAREGivers. “Come with a caring heart, outstanding work ethic, and we will train you! The average age of our CAREGivers is 52,” Titus says. “We have a number of CAREGivers 70 years or older.” December 2017 | Lee’s Summit Lifestyle

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December DECEMBER 1-JANUARY 7

DECEMBER 5

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

"CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY PRESENTS BELIEVE"

POWELL GARDENS

SILVERSTEIN EYE CENTERS ARENA

A lighting exhibition, artfully curated by the Powell Gardens hor-

"Cirque Musica Holiday Presents Believe" is a fun-filled holiday en-

ticulture staff, the Festival of Lights includes botanically-themed

tertainment event for the entire family. It is the perfect celebration

lighting displays that begin at the garden entrance and stretch

for the holidays as the cast of Cirque Musica performs incredible

along a winding pathway through six of the seven themed gardens.

feats of strength, skill and grace to great holiday music favorites

PowellGardens.org. 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

performed by a live symphony.

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DECEMBER 7-24

GINORMOUS GINGERBREAD HOUSE PARTY

"THE NUTCRACKER"

PARADISE PARK

KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

The magical indoor snow, laser light show and awesome holiday mu-

This classic story by E.T.A. Hoffman is set to the celebrated

sic make this the best interactive gingerbread house in the world! It’s

Tchaikovsky’s score and wrapped with sparkling costumes, exqui-

a gingerbread dream come true! The bigger-than-life creation is the

site sets and captivating choreography by Artistic Director Devon

coolest place to warm your holiday spirits and have a blast. It’s an

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enchanting, fairy tale memory your whole family will love.

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Realty Report

Lee’s Summit Realty Report

Subdivision

BDRM F/B H/B

Architecture

Plan

Price Original

Price Sale

Maple Tree

3

2

1

Traditional

Atrium Split

$200,000

$195,000

White Ridge Farms

4

2

1

Traditional

Side/Side Split

$224,900

$196,200

Woods Chapel Acres

4

3

0

Traditional

Front/Back Split

$200,000

$189,000

Vista Del Verde

4

3

0

Traditional

Raised Ranch

$205,000

$212,000

Foxwood East

3

2

0

Traditional

Atrium Split

$210,000

$207,500

Princeton Heights

3

2

1

Traditional

California Split

$230,000

$212,500

Hawks Ridge

4

2

1

Traditional

Atrium Split

$239,900

$190,000

Fairfield Green

4

3

0

Traditional

Ranch, Reverse 1.5 Story

$237,500

$237,500

Ridgewood Hills

4

3

0

California Split

$244,900

$248,500

Oaks Ridge Meadows

4

3

1

Raised Ranch

$291,500

$234,964

Eagle Creek

4

3

0

Traditional

Front/Back Split

$275,000

$266,000

Fairfield Green

3

3

0

Traditional

Ranch

$280,000

$280,000

Bridlewood

5

3

0

Traditional

California Atrium Split

$315,000

$295,000

Monarch View

4

3

1

Contemporary

2 Stories

$325,000

$317,500

Siena At Longview

4

3

0

Traditional

Reverse 1.5 Story

$343,968

$343,968

Legacy Wood

4

3

1

Traditional

2 Stories

$378,000

$359,900

Winterset Park

4

4

1

Traditional

1.5 Stories

$365,000

$355,000

Timber Hills

4

4

1

2 Stories

$385,000

$382,500

Belmont Farms

5

3

1

Traditional

2 Stories

$401,200

$405,000

Raintree Lake

4

3

1

Traditional

2 Stories

$439,000

$405,000

Dalton's Ridge

4

3

2

Traditional

1.5 Stories

$480,000

$430,000

Woodland Trails

4

3

0

Traditional

Reverse 1.5 Story

$451,375

$451,375

Paddock at Richardson Ran

6

5

1

Contemporary

1.5 Stories, 2 Stories

$545,000

$525,000

Lakewood

4

5

2

Traditional

Reverse 1.5 Story

$825,000

$775,000

The Villas at Lake Winnebago

3

3

2

Reverse 1.5 Story

$790,000

$717,500

Information obtained from Comparative Market Analysis for 11-01-17 through 11-30-17.

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DECEMBER 8 MIDDLE SCHOOL TEEN NIGHT PARADISE PARK We’re looking for the best ugly holiday sweater in town. Make it loud, make it tacky and make it so ugly. For only $15, you will get a Pick 3 Wristband and chance to be the rock wall champ! In addition, they are going to throw in a $10 fun card and a personal pizza.  Sponsored by Lee's Summit CARES.

DECEMBER 9 A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION MISSOURI TOWN 1855, FLEMING PARK Warm hearth fires, simple but delicious food, period appropriate music and piping hot cider are but a few of the many treats await-

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ing guests. Drop by the blacksmith’s shop as he handcrafts some last-minute items. A special appearance by Belsnickel will thrill the children as they are rewarded with either candy or a lump of coal.

DECEMBER 9 "REFLECTIONS ACROSS THE POND: AN ENGLISH CHRISTMAS" LEE’S SUMMIT HIGH SCHOOL Come enjoy the annual holiday concert performed by Lee's Summit Symphony. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. Concerts at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, visit LSSymphony.org

DECEMBER 9 NATURAL HOLIDAY DÉCOR WORKSHOP POWELL GARDENS Participants will create something for your door, something for the table and a gift to give or keep. Expert staff will guide you through the process of selecting, preparing and using plant materials to create unique door charms, garlands and more. Between projects, enjoy a box lunch and a festive adult beverage. info@powellgardens.org

DECEMBER 14 & 15 STG NUNCRACKERS HOLIDAY DINNER THEATRE MCC-LONGVIEW CULTURAL ARTS CENTER "Nuncrackers" stars the nuns you love plus Father Virgil and some of Mt. Saint Helen’s most talented students. This show is filled with “Nunsense” humor, some of your favorite carols, a “secret Santa” and an uproarious take on Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcracker" ballet. Tickets, which include the show, dinner and dessert, are available online at SummitTheatre.org. 6 p.m. Thursday and 12:30 p.m. Friday.

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s Brussels Sprout ARTICLE JENNIFER SEGAL

with Balsa mic Vinegar & Ho ney Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved, stems and ragged outer leaves removed* 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon honey Chopped pecans—optional

In s tructio n s 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, toss Brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons olive oil, kosher salt and pepper. Transfer the Brussels sprouts to a baking sheet and roast, stirring occasionally to ensure even browning, until tender and caramelized, about 20 minutes. 3. Place Brussels sprouts back in the bowl. Add remaining tablespoon olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey and toss to coat evenly. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, then serve. *If you have some Brussels sprouts that are very large, cut them into quarters. They should all be cut about the same size to ensure even cooking. Recipe from Once Upon a Chef

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