September 2015 Around Town 4


Artisan Home Tour to Benefit Ronald McDonald Charities

The Artisan Home Tour, a ticketed event to benefit the Ronald McDonald Charities of Kansas City,  kicks off Sept 12 through 20.  A standout on the tour is the Starr Home located at 4741 Canyon Rd in Lee’s Summit. This striking four-bedroom, four-bath home combines transitional design with a coastal sense of style. The exterior blends shakes and traditional lap siding with the solidity of stone below and embracing the welcoming front porch. Sounds of the natural waterfall and spectacular views of the lake create an intimate setting among the lush tree surround of this home. Inside you’ll discover this is an ideal family-oriented home complete with discerning care in every detail. The walkout is overlooking Lakewood and sounds of the natural waterfall surrounded with lush trees. The home has a free flow to it from the dining space to lanai with Marvin four-panel sliders. The energy efficient design features a lower level curved custom bar, walk-in wine cellar, storm shelter, two additional bedrooms, each with full private bath, billiards, media and game rooms.

For more information on the tour visit

Mayor Recognizes Art and Hope Davis

At a recent Truman Heartland Community Foundation event, this year’s Citizen of the Year honorees were recognized by area mayors. The recipients will be recognized at the Community Foundation’s 20th annual Toast to Our Towns Gala on Saturday, September 12, at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.

These community members have used their skills, abilities and positions to promote the well being of their communities and the people that live in them. Mayor Randy Rhoads selected Art and Hope Davis as Lee’s Summit’s Citizens of the Year.

Art has had a very busy year, having been involved in establishing the newly opened Lee’s Summit History Museum, which included developing a viable business plan for ongoing operations, overseeing design of the modification to the WPA-era Post Office and even physically setting up the new museum display space. For Lee’s Summit’s 150th birthday, Art has been chairing and organizing the Sesquicentennial leadership and steering committees, helping solicit private funds, reporting to the City Council and keeping the planning effort on track, on schedule and under budget.

In addition to working full time and being mother, Hope has been a member of Lee’s Summit Park Board for more than five years. She has previously served as treasurer and vice president and is currently serving as president of the board. Her contributions have not been limited to her leadership. She has actively participated in planning session for park improvements and co-led the 2005 park sales tax renewal campaign. Hope is also an active board member and volunteer for the Pro Deo Youth Center. She is a great advocate for parks and recreation in Lee’s Summit and has also assisted Art as a volunteer working on the History Museum and the “Truly 150” Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Area Charity to Assist with Police Dog Support

Most police dogs are cross-trained, so they can track people and drugs. They learn to scent on the ground, for the scent trail that a person leaves, and in the air. Air scenting is important, because that way a dog can sense if a suspect has circled back around to ambush the officer.

The K9s are expected to do all of the disciplines in which they are certified. A majority of the local K9s are certified in narcotics, obedience, aggression, building and area search, article search and tracking. All certifications are completed through the North American Police Work Dog Association.

Going to the Dogs, a new 501c3 nonprofit organization, focuses its efforts on improving the well-being of law enforcement K9s. The board of directors for Going to the Dogs works with law enforcement agencies on both sides of the state line to provide assistance for the K9 units. With budgetary constraints at the federal and state level, Going to the Dogs plans to fill the gap when funding is an issue.

Going to the Dogs is hosting their first fundraising event Thursday, October 15, at the Alexander Majors House and Barn starting at 6 p.m. For more information, contact

LS CARES Presents Love and Logic Courses

Lee’s Summit CARES will present two popular Becoming a Love and Logic Parent courses during fall 2015. The program is offered in collaboration with the Lee’s Summit School District and ReDiscover.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, September 17 through October 15 at Westview Elementary School, 200 N. Ward Road. This class is designed for parents of any aged child(ren). Parents will learn how to end arguing, whining and backtalk as well as how to raise children who are respectful, responsible and fun to be around

Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 14 through Oct. 12, at Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center, 908 NE Bluestem Drive.

Cost for each class is $42 per participant. There is no cost for previous participants of the classes. Scholarships are also available for residents of the district. For more information: or contact Bev Hatley at 816.347.3259.

Petco Foundation Invests in Warriors’ Best Friend Foundation’s Service Dogs

Warriors’ Best Friend Foundation of Kansas City, Mo., has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support Operation: Homestead, Warriors’ Best Friend’s program that provides service canines for wounded soldiers with Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at no cost to the soldier.

The grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign, in partnership with Natural Balance Pet Foods. The grant will help Warriors’ Best Friend provide more critically needed service dogs for wounded soldiers. The program unites homeless dogs and wounded soldiers with the idea in mind that what one needs, the other possesses—a forever home and in return the most loyal and loving of companions. or

Keep Them S.A.F.E. Trains Children to Survive Abduction

A new Missouri business, Keep Them S.A.F.E. LLC, is working to protect children from would-be child abductors by providing classes to help children identify dangerous situations and resist and escape attack.

Following the kidnapping, rape and murder of an 11-year-old Missouri girl in 2014, Nick Spencer, a father, former Blue Springs police officer, and former United States Army enlisted soldier and team leader, was so devastated by the tragedy that he made it his mission to educate, equip and empower children to survive abduction.

Spencer launched Keep Them S.A.F.E. LLC earlier this year with the aim of training as many children as possible, and potentially, saving lives. The organization, which teaches safety and self-defense classes to children ages five to 13, uses the acronym S.A.F.E. to teach kids how to scan, avoid, fight and escape dangerous situations. All classes are taught by instructors with law enforcement or military backgrounds.

National Museum of Toys and Miniatures Reopens

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, formerly the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, reopened on August 1 after an $8 million renovation. In addition to improved climate controls, the renovation features the world’s largest fine-scale miniature collection and one of the nation’s largest collections of antique toys in new exhibits and hands-on experiences.

The museum has lowered admission prices and expanded operating hours. Located at 5235 Oak Street, Kansas City, Mo., The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures will be open every day of the week (except Tuesdays) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Students Visit Germany As Part of Exchange Program

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the exchange between Lee’s Summit schools and Walram Gymnasium in Menden, Germany. Fifteen students and three teachers spent nine days with host families in Menden before embarking on an adventure through central Europe.

The student travelers consisted of Jake Nippert (LSHS), Kristin Powell (LSHS), Matthew Morawski (LSHS), Matthew Johnson (LSN), Geena Conrad (LSW), Cale Harms (LSN), Emma Johnson (LSW), Logan Steele (LSHS), Rabin Poudel (LSW), Jesslyn Jakobe (LSW), Alexander Stangohr (LSW), Julia Munsell (LSW), Amy Liu (LSHS), Shayla Smith (LSW) and Jerrica Patterson (LSHS). German teachers Rachel Benson (LSHS) and Julie Hume (LSW) were accompanied by Kendall Mellem, who founded the exchange program 25 years ago.

Splash Park Opens

Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Department added a splash pad to the summer water attractions offered residents. Located at Miller J. Fields Park, the feature is a centerpiece of the recently completed renovations to the park at 1301 SE Third Terrace.

The new 4,500-square-foot feature was funded from Parks Capital Project Funds enabling construction of a 50-gallon super splash water bucket, 3 tube cannons, a bucket trio, 2 Splashpad Ombrellos, rainbow tunnel, numerous jet streams and fountain sprays, many more water features, and a brand new restroom with baby changing tables in both the men’s and women’s. The Splashpad includes a Teen Bay, Family Water Bay and Toddler Bay.

History Museum Receives Accolades

The Lee’s Summit History Museum was recently awarded the Best Adaptive Re-Use Preservation Project in a tie with Cape Girardeau’s former Federal Building by Downtown by Missouri Main Street Connection.

The Lee’s Summit History Museum is part of the $2.9 million cultural arts bond initiative passed in April 2013 by the residents of Lee’s Summit. Built in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration, the building at 220 SW Main St. has served as the U.S. Post Office, City Hall and offices for local nonprofit ReDiscover before becoming a history museum.

The $660,000 restoration of the building allowed the Lee’s Summit Historical Society to move the town’s museum to a more prominent location with easy access for visitors and increased exhibit space. Hidden from visitors, the former museum space was tucked in the corner of the historic train depot and had limited space for exhibits and storage.

Jim Ware Exhibit at Gamber Center

The Lee’s Summit Arts Council has selected local artist, Jim Ware, to exhibit several of his pieces in the gallery of the Gamber Community Center at 4 SE Independence Avenue.

Ware has developed a unique style of painting that he calls “Dissociative Impressionism.”

“It has to do with how I separate my critical brain and my painting hand in order to create more exciting brush strokes in a piece,” Ware explains. His style, rather than depicting what something looks like, captures the energy of an object or activity by joining quick strokes of the brush with a complete color palette.  “My paintings never tell the whole story to the viewer as a realist painting would do. Instead, the viewer completes the painting in their own mind thereby making it their painting.”

The show runs through October 15, 2015.  It is free to the public.  All paintings are for sale.

R-7 Program Reshapes Students’ Educational Experience

The Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), a progressive collaboration between the Lee’s Summit School District, Metropolitan Community College and the University of Central Missouri, has begun work on the initiative’s fourth program, Cyber Security.

During July, more than 20 cyber security professionals from 11 regional companies worked with instructors from Summit Technology Academy, MCC and UCM to identify industry standard cyber security competencies that will drive the MIC new program. The Cyber Security program will begin in June 2016.

Other Missouri Innovation campus programs are System Engineering Technology, Design and Drafting and Software Development/Programming. Through the Missouri Innovation Campus, located within Lee’s Summit R-7’s Summit Technology Academy and UCM, students are able to accelerate the time it takes to graduate from college and participate in high-tech paid internships while dramatically reducing the cost of a four-year program.

AAMCO Transmission & Total Car Care Now Open

AAMCO, your Total Car Care & Transmission experts, has opened a new store in the Lee’s Summit area. Conveniently located in downtown Lee’s Summit, AAMCO works on all makes and models of cars and trucks, foreign or domestic. They are professionals in every type of automotive repair and service from air conditioning to windshield wipers. In addition, AAMCO offers a free, no-obligation multi-point inspection to all customers

Owner Tim Cooley has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive repair industry. He also has a second store located in Overland Park at 79th & Metcalf. He believes in friendly, courteous customer service, quality repair, fair pricing and all in a nice, clean environment. They offer extended warranties, lifetime warranties in some cases and all repairs come with a nationwide warranty good at any AAMCO center across the country. 816.523.5588, 321 SE Douglas Lee’s Summit.