October 2015 Around Town

Lifestyle Reader’s Choice Awards

We invite our readers to be a part of the first ever Lifestyle Reader’s Choice Awards, an opportunity to acknowledge the best businesses in and around our community. Log onto LeesSummitLifestyle.com during October and November to make a nomination or to cast your votes. Winners will be announced after all of the votes are counted and a special awards ceremony will be held after the New Year.

Summit Art Festival

The Summit Art Festival is a 3-day outdoor, high quality fine art event in the heart of historic downtown Lee’s Summit October 9, 10 and 11. This event is in its 8th year and is organized and is hosted by Summit Art in collaboration with Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street. The Festival is completely managed and run by the volunteer efforts of Summit Art members, Downtown Main Street members and community volunteers.

Awards will be presented at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning by Mayor Rhoads at each artists booth. Awards include: Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Mayor’s Award and two Judges Merit awards.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the weekend by various street vendors as well as local restaurants. Music will fill the air as you wander from on artist’s booth to another. An interactive Kid’s Zone will be open for any budding artists to try their hand on an art project of their own. The R-7 Student Art Pavilion will showcase the artwork of local high school students. Got Art Gallery and other area businesses will also be open during the weekend. SummitArtFest.org

Finishings for Her Sponsors Brides Against Breast Cancer

Kansas City brides will participate in the 5K Wedding Run on October 18 in downtown Lee’s Summit as an innovative way to pay for their weddings, get health and support Brides Against Breast Cancer (BABC), a national nonprofit that provides resources to cancer patients and their families.

The proceeds are donated to BABC. Visit 5KWeddingRun.com and “like” the 5K Wedding Run Facebook page. Contact Megan Snow, founder and race director, at 816.830.7790 or by email at msnow@5Kweddingrun.com.

For more information about BABC, visit BridesAgainstBreastCancer.org.

Local Legal Aid Unveils New Visual Identity

For the first time in more than 30 years, Legal Aid of Western Missouri has unveiled a new visual identity to increase understanding of the impact the organization makes in their service area. As the only organization in western Missouri that provides free, comprehensive civil legal services to low-income people, Legal Aid has the unique capacity to address many of the challenges facing individuals and families living in poverty today.

The new visual identity is the result of more than a year of analysis and research and was developed by Design Ranch, a Kansas City design firm. The new logo’s bold, familiar shape draws on the legacy of the old one and symbolizes Legal Aid’s commitment to justice for all.

Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free civil legal assistance to people who need it most and can afford it least. With offices in downtown Kansas City, Joplin, St. Joseph, Warrensburg and a neighborhood office on Kansas City’s west side, the organization serves a 40-county area where 288,000 people live in poverty.

Who’s In The Fire Station on Colbern Road? After 40 years. the fire trucks finally outgrew the old station. It needed to be replaced in order to accommodate all of the new fire fighting equipment our department now operates in Lee’s Summit. The old fire house has a new life as part of Paradise Park. Plans are underway to utilize the structure as an indoor laser tag attraction that will have a soft opening this November. Outdoor laser tag has become an ideal addition to all of the indoor and outdoor fun spaces delivered at the locally owned and operated 15-acre entertainment park. The new indoor laser tag feature is going to be a unique year-round addition to all of the other family attractions we all enjoy at Paradise Park. There is more to come..

Be Furever Loyal to the Royals

Great Plains SPCA’s Furever Loyal shirts are a fun and unique way to show your support for the Royals as well as support local shelter pets. All proceeds from these t-shirts benefit the 35,000 pets that local nonprofit Great Plains serves annually. Show your affiliation to either Team Cat or Team Dog while staying true to the boys in blue. Sport your new duds at The K or around town and you’ll be sure to find a fellow pet-lover who wants to know just where you bought yours. Shop online in their Etsy store or visit their retail locations in either Independence or Merriam.

Kansas City F.A.R.E Walk

Did you know that an estimated 15 million Americans live with a food allergy? The Kansas City FARE Walk for Food Allergy unites the KC food allergy community in the goal of ensuring a safer world for those who live with food allergy – a potentially life-threatening disease – and the search for a cure.

The walk is a free, family-friendly event featuring games, bounce houses and a kid’s fun zone. Money raised helps fund food allergy education, advocacy, awareness and research. Walkers and teams join in personal fundraising efforts in their communities and each walk celebrates the generous support given to those living with food allergies.

This year’s walk will take place at Theis Park, across from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on October 24. To find out more and create your team, visit Foodallergywalk.org/KansasCity2015.

If you need assistance registering or have further questions please contact the FARE Southwest Regional Office at 469.317.3228.

BNC National Bank Opens Lee’s Summit Office

Doug Brendel, executive vice president of BNC National Bank’s Mortgage Division, is pleased to announce plans to open a loan production office in Lee’s Summit. The new office will be located at 600 SW Jefferson Street and will house loan originators and operations staff.  BNC’s Mortgage division is headquartered in Overland Park and currently has approximately 80 employees.

“This will be our first office in the state, and by opening this office in Lee’s Summit it gives us the ability to better serve our customers in Missouri,” says Brendel.

BNC National Bank currently operates mortgage production offices in Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska and Kansas and full service bank branches in Arizona, Minnesota and North Dakota.

People interested in employment opportunities at the new branch can contact JR Rohr at 316.854.3625 or go to BNCBank.com.

ACT Scores Exceed State and National AveragesWe invite our readers to be a part of the first ever Lifestyle Reader’s Choice Awards, an opportunity to acknowledge the best businesses in and around our community. Log onto LeesSummitLifestyle.com during October and November to make a nomination or to cast your votes. Winners will be announced after all of the votes are counted and a special awards ceremony will be held after the New Year.

Lee’s Summit students taking the ACT college-entrance test scored well above state and national averages, according to results recently released from the 2014-15 school year. R-7 students averaged a 23.3 on the composite score, compared to 21.7 for the Missouri average and 21 for the national average.

“We were pleased with our students’ scores which were well above the state average in all areas tested and at each of our three high schools,” says Dr. David McGehee, R-7 superintendent. “In addition, we had an excellent participation rate at each school with a high percentage of 2015 graduates taking the ACT test.”
A total of 986 students took the ACT test during the previous school year. This is 76 percent of the 2015 graduating class of all three high schools combined.

Lee’s Summit  School District students also scored above the state and national averages in all four specific subjects tested – English, mathematics, reading and science.

Are you interested in the history of Lee’s Summit?  Who were the early settlers and how did the city begin?  Well, your questions can be answered!  The Historical Society of Lee’s Summit formed a committee to research and write the History of Lee’s Summit 1865 to 2015. This commemorative book is being released in conjunction with the city’s Sesquicentennial celebration and contains more than 200 pages, over 300 photos, some of which have never been published, and a reference section with more than 300 notes.

From a small agricultural community, Lee’s Summit has grown to an award-winning city of more than 94,000 people.  This book chronicles the triumphs and difficulties of those who worked to make Lee’s Summit the vibrant, thriving community of today.

For further information, contact Bob Boland, rlboland@kc.rr.com.