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Lifestyle Letter

Happy Birthday to us! JULY 2017

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hat's right, it's our Anniversary issue once again! I've had the pleasure and privilege of learning about the great stories of the Northland since just after I moved to the area myself. It's been a great crash course in the best places to eat, shop, and spend time with my loved ones. I'm a particular fan of the Waggin' Trailz Dog Park and the Line Creek trail but those are just the tip of the iceberg.  The Northland is different than the rest of the KC metro area. Our publisher, Carey Welsch, calls it 'God's country' and I'm inclined to agree! I don't believe in pitting neighborhoods against each other but our easy access to the arts and culture Downtown and our bucolic residential areas and parks are the perfect blend of city and country. There's not much that's out of reach in the Northland and what we lack is rapidly being built (most likely in North Kansas City!).  In this issue, we are celebrating summer as well. School's out and it's time to have a little fun. There are so many places to do that but in this issue, we get to know three distinct destinations—Velo Garage and Tap House, We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, and Chicken N Pickle. Between these three destinations, there's truly something for everyone.  Thanks for reading along with me all these years. Thanks for writing me. Thanks for saying hello at the grocery store. It's so nice to see people that grace our pages in real life. And please keep the ideas coming! This magazine is full of your stories and we want to keep it that way. Our Reader’s Choice awards are just one more way to do that. Visit RCNorthland.com to vote for your Northland favorites! 

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Our Summer of Fun

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ear Readers, Our Summer Adventures issue is always one of my favorites and this year is no exception! We hope you enjoy this month’s issue, as we’ve taken delight in its creation. So, take as many vacations as possible. As the saying goes, “you can always make more money – but you can’t always make more memories”. Reward the kids with things they get to do more than the things they get to have. This teaches them that true happiness resides in experiences as opposed to possessions. Relish the summer warmth and embrace the opportunities before you! As I reflect upon the last 12 months, I feel abundantly blessed. From our publication’s partners (who make these issues possible) to the non-profits who do so much for our area’s needs, and to my Editor, Rachel, who tirelessly works to plug hyperlocal content on what it means to be a Northlander . . . thank you! I’m also uber grateful to reside in Weatherby Lake. My new friends and neighbors have welcomed my family with open arms. Thank you to each and every one of you. My heart smiles!

We are celebrating our 6th anniversary this month serving our Northland communities. It thrills me to no end when I’m stopped by people who share what this publication means to them. Please continue to reach out directly. Its funny, some readers share that they place us on the coffee table. And some disclose they “put us on the back of the toilet”. No matter where you read, we're excited about it! As many of you know already from your nominations last month, we are now asking you to vote this month for the best Northland businesses/organizations in our Reader’s Choice Awards. This is truly your voice and we want it represented. Please go to RCNorthland.com and cast your votes. Mayor Nan Johnston (of Parkville) was kind enough to agree to be our Auditor in tabulating the results. Thank you, Nan! We also appreciate those of you who attended our kickoff event for this year’s best of 2017. We will be hosting another event to celebrate the winners in each category soon. Stay tuned! Also, keep an eye out for the large spread (in our October issue) featuring the winners in each category. We’re honored to recognize their achievements with you. See you around town! Warmly, Carey

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Around Town

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VFW Youth Awards Presentation

VFW Post 7356 and its Auxiliary in Parkville presented awards to Scout of the Year, Creative Patriotic Art Award winner, Patriot's Pen, and Voice of Democracy on April 8th at 6 p.m. It was a wonderful event were over $4,000 in scholarships were awarded to local youth.

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Kindest Kansas Citian Awards Gala

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 enjoyed a heartwarming evening filled with food, fun and inspiring stories of kindness. The gala celebrates the ripple effect of kindness, and benefits Synergy Services work to stop bullying and overcome violence in our community.

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Marian Hope's Trivia Night

Smarties from across Kansas City came together for a night of trivia, costumes, and fun at Marian Hope's Trivia Night with the real winners being the children benefiting from Marian Hope services and support.

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AROUND TOWN

to solve real world problems. For example, students were tasked with designing a robot that could deliver supplies to areas where it isn’t safe for humans, or create robots that can rescue those in need. Mrs. Cathy Mulligan, a middle school technology teacher, is also forming an extracurricular robotics competition club next year. Students have also been designing solutions using a 3D printer. Remember fidget spinners? One of the middle school students researched, designed and 3D printed one of his own!

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LIBERTY AT SHOAL CREEK HOSTS GRAND OPENING Liberty at Shoal Creek, a new luxury rental housing development located at 8800 NE 82nd Street (southeast corner of the intersection of NE 82ndTerrace and Farley Avenue) in the Northland of Kansas City, Missouri, held its ribbon cutting Grand Opening event on May

“I feel like I’m working at Google!”

23rd. Mike Rainen, Kansas City businessman and real estate devel-

The above quote, said by one of the students at St. Therese Catholic

oper of the property, leads a group of Kansas City investors in this

School, is a great introduction to the two STEM (Science Technology

new development. Kansas City Mayor Sly James helped cut the rib-

Engineering Mathematics) labs at St. Therese. In the lab spaces, all of

bon and spoke at the event. In attendance were representatives of

K-8 students have the chance to utilize design based thinking, as well

the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Bank, Yaeger

as the ‘4 C’s of Future Ready Learning’’: creativity, communication,

Architects, Straub Construction, and residents and visitors. More than

collaboration and critical thinking. Students create solutions to real-

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world problems as well as express their understanding of content knowledge from their homerooms.

Liberty at Shoal Creek is a luxury rental housing development for residents “55 years old and better”, located on six acres at 8800 NE

In the upper STEM lab, students had a “Builders and Makers Day”

82nd Street, just west of Liberty. The three-story, mid-rise building has a

this year. Parent and community volunteers came in and designed

prairie-style aesthetic with 185 beautifully appointed one and two-bed-

projects around a certain challenge with students. Ms. Julie Gardner,

room apartments, featuring eight-floor plans. Professionally landscaped,

a K-4 technology teacher, designed challenges for each grade level.

there is a secure private interior courtyard containing a putting green,

One grade had to create a home that the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ could not blow

trellised seating areas, three outdoor grills and more. Rich with ameni-

down using found materials. Another grade was tasked with design-

ties, Liberty at Shoal Creek includes an indoor/outdoor swimming pool

ing an animal habitat, and another grade had to build the tallest tower

and hot tub, a fully-equipped fitness center, a sports lounge with big

they could only using found materials. On the last day of classes, first

screen TVs, a 26-seat movie theater, a large game room, a library, an

graders created a path for a small robot called Ozobot to follow and

arts and crafts center, music rooms, a business center, two guest suites,

visit landmarks in the story of “The Three Little Pigs”, reviewing their

and more. The property includes additional land for a planned 2nd phase

literacy standards for sequencing and reading comprehension.

for approximately 60 residential units and additional parking. For more

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COMMUNITY AMERICA AND JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT TEAM UP TO EDUCATE CommunityAmerica Credit Union and Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City recently launched  JA Finance Park Virtual, an innovative online financial education program in the Liberty Public School District on June 5. The 6-week program will serve 8th grade students in Liberty and will expand to serve middle and high school students across the metro this fall. The program provides a hands-on learning opportunity to help students understand the impact of educational, financial and lifestyle decisions in a fun and relevant way. JA Finance Park Virtual is offered through support from CommunityAmerica Credit Union,

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VELO GARAGE & TAP HOUSE UNITES BEER & BIKE CULTURE

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Kiley Sutter (pictured) and Steve Borden own and operate Velo Garage and Tap House.

V

elo Garage and Tap House hits a

Unsurprisingly, cold, full-flavored craft beer

sweet spot, the overlapping sec-

on tap is an incentive and reward for many

tion of a Venn diagram between

cycling enthusiasts to begin and end rides

groups of cycling enthusiasts and

at Velo. Others simply meet up for a beer to

craft beer fans.

socialize and talk shop about rides and gear.

Co-owners Kiley Sutter and Steve Borden

“We host events that promote bike and beer

opened Velo in March 2017. The business has

culture, such as Fat and Furious, a bike drag

two halves – a craft beer taproom and bike

race,” says Sutter. “We have karaoke and trivia

shop. That combination might seem odd,

nights. Thirstday one-hour night rides have two

but it appeals to many customers that either

groups. One group rides to train while the other

drink beer or ride bikes as a hobby. Often,

group rides at a nice pace. Both groups meet at

they enjoy both activities.

Velo afterward for a beer and hang out.”

The tap house has ten taps behind the bar

Soon, Velo will have a Sunday license to sell

that rotate selections on a regular basis. “We

and serve beer, increasing its appeal to week-

carry local beers and sometimes rare beers

end cyclists. Besides beer, Velo sells light bar

that are harder to find,” says Sutter. “We

snacks, such as Thēz Nuts and pretzels, and

appeal to beer and bike guys and gals.”

Maps coffee. Riders refuel on carbohydrates

Local

breweries

represented

include

Stockyards Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, and

after an invigorating ride around the West and East Bottoms, or other urban routes.

Free State Brewing. Selections from other

Sutter and Borden sub-leased a section of

notable breweries, such as Dogfish Head,

Velo Garage and Tap House’s 3,000 square-

Coop Ale Works, and Founders, demonstrate

foot space to Vince Rodriguez, owner of

the dedication to premium craft beer.

Lenexa-based Velo Plus. Velo Plus combines

Velo is a convenient destination located in

a bike shop with Maps Coffee Roaster and

bike-friendly North Kansas City. Customers

they operate under one roof. Similarly, Velo

and cyclists that live throughout the Northland

Garage and Tap House represents another

and across the Missouri River in Kansas City

spin on the hybrid multi-business concept.

can easily ride or drive to Velo. The bicycle

If a bike needs repair or maintenance, then

and pedestrian path on the Heart of America

Velo Garage provides on-site service as well

Bridge provides safe passage for those riding

as handling sales. Two full-time bike techni-

north and southbound to or from Velo.

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(CON TI N U ED)

“We’re a full-service bike shop,” says

Velo Garage and Tap House increases the appeal of cycling in bike-friendly North Kansas City.

Sutter. “We carry brands like Salsa for adventure and mountain biking, Kona, and Masi.” Adventure biking refers to cyclists that pack gear for cross-country and overnight trips. The shop also sells bikes and gear for urban and suburban commuting and off-road.   Sutter found inspiration for Velo while traveling around the country. “Minneapolis,

Portland,

Fort

Collins,

Denver, and San Francisco have businesses that combine two concepts,” says Sutter. “I’m a fan of cycling, beer, and coffee. I wanted to be able to sit in my cycling kit, drink a beer, and feel normal. My wife and I travel a lot. We saw these shops in other locations and decided to do it in Kansas City.” Initially,

the

concept

manifested

as

VeloWagon, a converted 1969 Volkswagen bus equipped with four beer taps that also served as a mobile bike repair and delivery vehicle. Sutter and Borden operated the mobile business for 18 months before committing to a brick-and-mortar shop last spring. They still use the bus for marketing and mobile beer and bike service at events. Now, Sutter and Borden share responsibilities for daily operations at the storefront. As the business matures, they are actively “building the brand and focusing on growth.” “We want to ensure the people can bike safely and effectively,” says Sutter. “The more infrastructure there is for biking in the city, the better. We’re driving the culture of cycling. You can explore the coolest parts of Kansas City from a bicycle.” Velo Garage and Tap House 1403 Swift, North Kansas City, MO 816.599.6622 VeloWagonKC.com

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Two full-time technicians on staff work on bike repairs.

Local beers from Stockyards Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, and others rotate on tap.


River Cruise Seminar Velowagon is a mobile bike repair and delivery vehicle that is also equipped with four beer taps.

July 18 · 6:00pm · Cruise Holidays 7000 NW Prairie View Rd · KCMO 64151

Learn about the most popular vacation trend from the representatives of each line, at our River Cruise Seminar & Sale! Velo Garage offers bike repair, maintenance and sales.

The bike shop carries top brands such as Salsa, Kona, and Masi.

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AFTER

THE LIGHTS

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A N U N E X PE C T E D J O U R N E Y L E AD S TO

‘WE ROCK THE

SPECTRUM

A Place Where Everyone Belongs and You Never Have to Say You're Sorry

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KIDS GYM’ ARTICLE PEGGY PAROLIN | PHOTOGRAPHY JOEL SCHNEIDER

he birth of Cassidi Jobe’s first son, Parker, changed her life in ways she never expected. “There wasn’t a single part of my life that

wasn’t impacted in one way or another,” recalls Cassidi.

Preston, Jobe’s second son, was born 16 months after Parker. He was 9 months old when Parker was diagnosed. At that time doctors advised Cassidi there was a 90% chance

Parker’s life started out just like most others. He began

Preston would develop some sort of Autism Spectrum

crawling and uttered the unforgettable first words. At

Disorder. Preston underwent developmental screenings

about 16 months, he stopped. He stopped talking; he

every six months and despite learning and language delays,

stopped eating and sleeping. At 25 months, Parker was

he was cleared of having Autism at age 4. However, in the

diagnosed with regressive autism.

middle of his Kindergarten year, Cassidi began getting feed-

Regressive autism occurs in at least 20 percent of

back from Preston’s teacher that sounded all too familiar.

children with autism. Normal development stalls, often

Shortly before celebrating his sixth birthday, Preston was

around age 2, and the child begins to lose many of the

diagnosed with autism. That was three years ago.  

communication and social skills already mastered.

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UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (CON TI N U ED)

Parker, now 12, and Preston 11, are on

The original We Rock the Spectrum

opposite ends of the Autism Spectrum,

opened in 2010 in California and began fran-

Parker being severely impacted and Preston,

chising in 2013. By 2016, there were more

high functioning. “People say it must be

than 60 locations in 22 states, as well as a

difficult,” Cassidi says, “I have no point of ref-

location in Malaysia.

erence. My life has been this way ever since I became a mother.“ “Phil and I would take Parker to the play-

Cassidi opened the only location in the KC area at 7601 NW Roanridge Road in Kansas City, MO, in June of last year.

ground and rather than go down the slide,

“This center, this journey, is about our

he would play at the bottom of it. The way

kids. I insist our children have an opportunity

autistic kids play doesn’t always go with

to be part of the community. We Rock The

the flow. Too, our sons can’t participate in

Spectrum not only provides that opportunity

ordinary activities such as visiting a movie

for our boys but also hundreds of other chil-

theater. Their sensory systems don’t process

dren with special needs.

sounds the same way ours do. Sounds are

Our mission is to promote inclusion. Our

louder and lights are brighter. The experi-

gym is not just for children with developmen-

ence is too much for them.

tal differences; it’s for children of all ability

Trying to find a place that accommodated

levels. On any given day, you’ll find children

both of our children was impossible.   We

playing, 60% who are neuro-typical and 40%

ended up building a sensory room in the

have some type of developmental difference

basement of our home."

such as autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD,

"After years of failed attempts to find

sensory processing disorder etc. When you

a community facility where our children

walk in, unless you know what you’re look-

could play without being ridiculed for their

ing for you’re unable to tell the differences in

differences and behaviors, we came across

these children because they are all engaged

the international organization, 'We Rock the

in play together rather than being separated

Spectrum Kids Gym' -- dedicated to provid-

based on their ability levels. It’s a good learn-

ing inclusive play environments to children

ing experience because for kids, different

of all ability levels. It was exactly what we

can be scary. If you can teach children that

needed,” Cassidi shares.

being different is ok, it removes all kinds of

Dina Kimmel, founder of We Rock The

stigma. Also, when kids and parents interact

Spectrum is a mother tired of having to

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say “I’m sorry” every time her autistic child has a meltdown in public. When she was informed  that the gym where her child worked with his occupational therapist was closing, she knew she had to do something.  She created a gym with the type of equipment where children of all abilities could play and learn together.

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with children of varying ability levels at our

In addition to open play, we offer inclu-

gym, they’re able to better understand the

sive classes such as story time and art, play-

behaviors that can occur with Autism and

groups, Moving with Music, Yoga for Kids

other developmental disabilities. When they

and, of course, birthday parties.”

encounter those behaviors in public, they

We Rock The Spectrum is also mobile with

better understand that child and are less

what Cassidi refers to as the sensory bus,

likely to ridicule and judge that family.”

“We Rock on Wheels”. The bus is a mobile

Another question Cassidi gets often is

version of the gym. It contains a zip line,

“what is a sensory gym” or “what makes

rock-climbing wall, balance equipment, and

your facility different than other indoor

other pieces of their specialized equipment.

play facilities?”

When the bus isn’t rented out for parties,

“Our equipment is occupational therapy

it’s used for community outreach. Cassidi

based,” Cassidi explains. “Our specialized

says it’s just one more way to promote

equipment, including the zip line, trampo-

understanding and awareness of those with

line, balance equipment, and suspended

developmental differences in the community.

swings, is specifically designed for children

"At the end of the day, everybody just

with sensory processing disorders. This

wants to belong and every child and parent

equipment aids them in the improvement

needs a place where they never have to say

of their sensory functions while they learn

they’re sorry," concludes Cassidi. "My goal is

and play. The equipment is specialized, but

to provide that place. Based on community

one of the great things about what we do

response, I believe we're off to a great start."

is that all children can and will benefit from

Find hours, pricing and more information at

the use of this equipment.

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UAI NO1 KH AAWA II Since White Heat was the first movie filmed on the island

exploring the Garden Island’s marked hiking paths. Hit the

in 1934 to 2015’s Jurassic World, Kauai has been the stun-

trails and explore the floor of Waimea Canyon or the bogs

ning backdrop of more than 60 movies. Check out some

of Alakai Swamp for an up close and personal view of the

of the views featured in the films, including waterfalls and

landscape. Visiting the island’s North Shore? Then check

the Na Pali Coast sea cliffs on a relaxing helicopter tour,

out the Wai Koa Loop Trail, a 5-mile trek through North

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BAJA CALIFORNIA

California Peninsula. At 775 miles long, extending from Mexicali in the north to Cabo San Lucas in the south, it is the second-longest peninsula on Earth.

For an up-close view of marine animals

For an even closer look at the marine life, consider

including great white sharks, whales and

heading to Cabo Pulmo National Park on the penin-

manta rays with 20-foot-long wingspans,

sula’s east coast to snorkel or dive in the home of the

look no further than the waters off Baja

only Pacific coral reef in the Sea of Cortez.

BANFF CANADA

resort town and a tourist hot-spot, Banff offers

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those who prefer to relax, the town offers luxury

Banff National Park, features crystal-clear

accommodations and soaks in the hot springs, an

blue lakes, hot springs and the rugged

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in Guadeloupe, creating new music and dance forms

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drum rhythms with responsive singing in Creole and

that explores the impact the African slave trade had

dancing. In 2014, Gwo-Ka was inscribed on the UNESCO

in shaping the islands’ distinctive culture.

located in the North Caribbean Sea, brings together French and Caribbean influences for a unique culture

national parks across the country, it doesn't have to mean

SOUTH AFRICA

roughing it. Visit Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s

the needs of a couple on a romantic honeymoon or

largest game reserves, and go on a guided tour to see

a family on the adventure of a lifetime. Check out

elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes and more in their nat-

one of the 13 suites at the Singita Lebombo Lodge

ural habitats. Then, return to a luxury cabin that can meet

or spring for the lodge’s private use villa.

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o say that Chicken N Pickle is a restaurant is to sell it

The concept is simple but difficult to pull off. Because of the vast,

short. According to Bill Crooks, (whose self-dubbed title

spread out nature of Chicken N Pickle (there are three bars and at

is 'pickleball boy') it's really an entertainment hub. The

least as many seating areas plus outdoor yard games), diners can

complex, located at 1761 Burlington in North Kansas

start a tab either at the bar or at the food counter where meals may

City, does hum with activity and while an adult beverage

be ordered. Feeling lazy? Don't worry, there are servers available

may be procured, it's surprisingly family friendly.

as well. With a tab under your name, held with a credit card, you

Chicken N Pickle opened late last year with the promise of, well,

chicken and pickleball. Pickleball is a tennis/ping pong hybrid that

can migrate from one area to another with no fear of walking out on a tab or not being able to find a server.

is sweeping the nation. Less physically demanding than tennis,

The food is rustic fare--wood roasted rotisserie chicken is the

due to smaller courts and lighter paddles, it's gained a loyal fol-

specialty here. Crooks, who came from a long tenure at PB&J restau-

lowing among both old and young alike. Chicken N Pickle has both

rants, is dedicated to quality and uses hormone and antibiotic free

indoor and outdoor courts so game play may continue throughout

chicken and grass fed beef. He doesn't make it a calling card but

the year, although Crooks says that he has seen fanatics playing

says that using healthier products fits in with the active, healthy

outdoors in 35-degree weather during the winter.

theme that Chicken N Pickle is striving for.

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(CON TI N U ED)

The chicken may be healthy but it doesn't taste like it--in a good way. There are four seasonings available--original, southwest, 7 chili, and jerk. Birds can be purchased by the quarter or half, white meat or dark, or just in batches of wings. I opted for wings to try the Southwest and Jerk flavors and both hit with a fury. The wings were crispy and fresh and while both were good, the jerk was my favorite. For those that want something more portable, there's a full selection of sandwiches. The fried chicken is served on a fluffy bun and topped with hot sauce, lettuce and spicy slaw. All sandwiches come with a side--I chose fries. Although they were hand cut, they were short and gave the appearance of being the odds and ends. They tasted good though and were the only slightly odd moment on the menu.  If a salad is more your style, check out the NKC Powerbowl. This hearty salad includes farro and quinoa on top of local greens. Feta, beets, pistachios, and cranberries top the bowl and a blueberry vinaigrette finishes it off. Add chicken if you're really hungry. I was and I didn't regret it.  There are other sides to choose from of course, including tater tots, cat head biscuits, beets, spicy slaw, BBQ beans, or Brussel Sprouts. The Sprouts were a hit, roasted and warm and topped with crispy bacon bits and parmesean.  Of course, not everyone loves rotisserie chicken. Not a problem! Chicken N Pickle also invites food trucks to pull into their mid-restaurant alley and set up shop. Crooks says they've had taco trucks, Filipino cuisine and a host of others for different events. Food trucks are typically there on weekends but Crooks says he hopes to have them 7 days a week.  Not a fan of Pickleball? Don't worry, there are plenty of yard games and life sized versions of games that we all love--Jenga, Connect Four and even a giant Battleship. Play a round of bags while you wait for your open court slot. Or reserve a court and enjoy an hour of uninterrupted play.  Chicken N Pickle is even branching out to a more peaceful practice--yoga. Currently, Yoga on the Lawn only happens on Sundays but they are planning on adding Saturday as well. Yoga is free, taught by instructor Julia Cloud. Bring your own mat.  Chicken N Pickle has something for everyone, from a rooftop deck complete with Boulevard bar to a game of bags to a fast paced game of pickleball doubles with your new best friends. No matter what you're looking for, there's a good chance you'll find it at Chicken N Pickle. 

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CHICKEN N PICKLE

1761 Burlington Avenue North Kansas City 816.537.1400 Open 7 days a week For more information on court hours and restaurant hours, visit ChickenNPickle.com.

Giant Battleship? Yes, please!

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Financial Buzz

TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT MONEY SIX TIPS FOR SUCCESS ARTICLE ADAM STEVEN, REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR RETAIL BANKING AT COMMERCE BANK

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TAKE THE LEAD

s your children begin to launch careers and financial lives of their own, it doesn’t mean that your parenting job is over. In fact,

You’ve been through all of this before – they haven’t. Your experi-

your kids could probably use your guidance now more than ever as

ence and knowledge about how personal finances evolve over time

they navigate their own path toward independence. They just might

can help your children manage expenses and plan for the future. If

not know how to ask. And as confident as they may appear, there’s a

you’ve been avoiding the money talk with your kids because it makes

good chance they’re unsure about how to manage their finances inde-

you uncomfortable — or you’re uncertain on how to approach the

pendently — and may still look to you as a trusted resource.

topic — these six tips can help:

INITIATE THE CONVERSATION.

SHARE YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES.

DEMONSTRATE THE VALUE OF SAVING.

Start by asking questions about what they

Help them learn from money mistakes you

Make sure they understand how much

hope to do, how they’re feeling and what

may have made earlier in life and how you

they stand to gain by investing now.

they’re not sure about. Resist the temptation

handled it. Perhaps you regret waiting so long

Encourage your kids to identify specific

to tell them what to do and, instead, look for

to start saving for retirement, for example.

savings goals based on what they hope to

opportunities to share helpful information

Sharing this lesson-learned can help reduce

achieve, like graduate school or traveling

and impart your wisdom. Explain the benefits

the chances your child will do the same. The

abroad. If their employer offers a retirement

of creating a budget, setting goals and hav-

conversation can also be an opportunity to

program, discuss the benefits of participat-

ing a plan, especially if they’re starting out

discuss your own investments, retirement

ing, especially if contributions are matched.

with debt, such as student loan, car or credit

planning, and inheritance issues.

As they start to earn more money, explain the

card debt. While your children may not follow

benefits of working with a financial advisor

all of your advice, talking candidly with them

who can help ensure they’re taking the most

is the best way to keep the lines of communi-

effective steps to manage their money.

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EMBRACE TECH TOOLS.

While the baby boomer generation had to learn the ins and outs of new technology, that same technology has been a part of this generation’s lives since birth. Encourage your kids to take advantage of technology, like their bank’s mobile app or websites like Mint.com that can help simplify budgeting, saving and investing.

EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF PAYING DOWN DEBT.

Whether they have significant debt or various types to pay off, they’re probably wondering where to start. They may appreciate some help understanding the interest rates and payments terms of each. It’s important that they know high interest rates increase the amount they owe – and their financial commitment – at an increasing rate over the years. Encourage them to pay down high interest or variable rate debt as quickly as possible. That way they can focus on their other financial goals, like saving for a down payment.

EMPHASIZE GOOD CREDIT.

Encourage adult children to check their credit report at least annually and confirm that the information is accurate. Explain that establishing and maintaining good credit makes it easier to obtain a mortgage or auto loan.

FINALLY, KEEP IT SIMPLE

To avoid the risk of your child tuning you out, remember to keep it simple, conversational and empathetic. Treat them like adults when discussing money. And don’t try to say it all at once. Plan to set aside time on a regular basis to talk about finances, offer praise for their good decision-making and encourage them to ask questions. The more they know about money management, the more empowered they’ll be to prepare for their future and make important financial decisions with confidence. July 2017 | Northland Lifestyle

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JULY 9 GLADSTONE THEATRE IN THE PARK: WILLY WONKA GLADSTONE AMPITHEATRE Experience Charlie Bucket's adventures on his visit to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a scrumdiddlyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Free! 

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JULY 9 “THIS IS HUNGER” FREE NATIONAL EXHIBIT: A MUST-SEE EXPERIENCE TEMPLE BETH SHALOM Come on a compelling journey, one that draws you into the lives of everyday Americans – and deepens your awareness about who struggles with hunger and why. This 45-minute FREE exhibit tells intimate stories of dozens of Americans using portraits, state-of-the-art storytelling techniques, and hands-on activities. Spaces are limited. Reserve your seat at the table! ThisIsHunger.org

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JULY 15 MUSE AT THE MUSEUM NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART Discover your muse at Young Friends of Art’s newest fundraising event, Muse at the Museum. Join us for stargazing, dancing, and cocktails on a summer evening. Proceeds support The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This enchanting event will take place in the museum and outdoors in the Sculpture Park. Bites and cocktails are included. Nelson-Atkins.org

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Northland Lifestyle | July 2017


Altitude 970 provides its residents a wide selection of unique studio, one, two, or three bedroom apartment homes, ranging in size from 589 to 1372 sq.ft. Our brand new homes feature modern and luxurious household amenities, such as energy efficient stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and Italian cabinetry. Our exclusive community amenities include a heated saltwater pool and spa, 24-hour fitness center with yoga and spin room, and Business Center. We are a Pet Friendly rental community, welcoming both cats and dogs (breed restrictions apply). Our Dog Park and Dog Washing Stations on site make it easy to care for your favorite furry companion. We are within walking distance to Riss Lake and shopping at Burlington Creek.

A BRAND NEW APARTMENT COMMUNITY RIGHT HERE IN THE NORTHLAND.

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6301 N. Klamm Rd. Kansas City, MO 64151

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July 2017 Issue of Northland Lifestyle

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