How to Make a Raised Garden

It started off as an innocent, cold Saturday in January project with my family. I packed my two kids up, and we found our way to Home Depot to look at the organic seeds. It had been a few years since we'd planted a garden at our previous house, and they were excited to help. They picked out corn, tomatoes,…

Custom Window Treatments by Budget Blinds

Windows are the eyes of the home. They see the wonderful scenery outside while keeping the precious memories made inside safe. They provide a barrier from the elements but sometimes need a little something extra to make them perfect. That is where the ideal window covering comes into play.

February 2017 Around Town

You may be eligible for an academic scholarship to help cover your tuition. The Greater Lee's Summit Healthcare Foundation (GLSHF) Scholarship cycle is now open. The deadline to apply is March 1. GLSHF offers area students educational scholarships in amounts up to $8,000. These scholarships support academic studies leading to a career in a medical or a health care discipline.…

11th Annual Carnival for CASA 

More than 700 people enjoyed an incredible array of special carnival activities plus unlimited access to Paradise Park’s fixed attractions, lunch, snacks and much more, and funds raised will go to Jackson County CASA. Photo credit: Alex Jinks Photography and DigitalPhotoJoe.

Saint Luke’s East 7th Annual Boo Ball

This year’s Fire & Ice themed Boo Ball was held at Stoney Creek Hotel where guests enjoyed delicious appetizers, cocktails, dinner, and entertainment by Quixotic performers.This year’s proceeds will help provide transportable cardiac monitors for 14 patient rooms in the ED at Saint Luke's East Hospital.

Summit Fair Partners with Lee’s Summit Lifestyle for Fall Fashion Event

A fun filled fashion event was held at Summit Fair Shops which provided style tips, prizes and giveaways valued over $1,000.00, support for The Stephanie Vest Foundation, Limo Ride Give-Away provided by Overland Chauffeured Services, passed appetizers and wine samplings provided by The Portable Chef. .

  The Whole Person’s 6th Annual Celebration Awards Luncheon

The Whole Person held their 6th Annual Awards Celebration Luncheon on August 26 at The Gallery Event Space. This event, emceed by Fox 4's John Holt featured speaker Colonel Greg Gadson. The event honored individuals and organizations working to further TWP's mission to assist people with disabilities to live independently.

State Farm Customer Appreciation Day 

Michael Chapman sponsored his annual customer appreciation festivities September 17th. Attendees enjoyed chili dogs, prizes, classic cars, and of course the Dancing Bear!

The Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) Free Dental Clinic

The 2 day free dental clinic held at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence saw the following results: 1,513 patients were treated, $885,659 provided in free care. 1,100+ volunteers including 200+ dentists and medical professionals helped. Local dentists, Dr. Opdahl , Dr. Bowen , and Dr. Elias and the entire team from Dental Arts participated in the event.

Chief’s Flag Hanging on The Plaza

To celebrate the upcoming Chiefs season, KC Wolf raised flags and outfitted statues on the Country Club Plaza.

Hillcrest Transitional Housing’s Nosh Nocte Event

Nosh Nocte KC was an adventure through 5 tasting courses of food, wine and coffee and in addition, KC's Scottish whisky savant, Clint Dunning, explored 4 Single Cask, Single Malt Whiskeys with guests. The event benefited homeless youth ages 16-20, reached by Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas.

Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair

The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair held their 6th Annual Summer Swing at The Alexander Majors Barn & Grounds featured 100 handmade & vintage vendors, food trucks, live music, a photobooth, and kid's crafts. The event raised funds for Pro Deo Youth Center.

CASA SuperHero 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Caped Fun Run

Under the banner “Every Kid Needs a Hero but Abused Kids Need Superheroes”, more than 1,000 people took part in the CASA SuperHero 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Caped Fun Run that raised $60,000. Each child received a SuperHero cape, there was a costume contest, and more.

Junie B. Jones Production at Summit Park Church

Members of the Bright Lights Institute camp put on a production of Junie B. Jones July 29 at Summit Park Church. Front row, from left, Brooklyn Moore, Ellie Kitchin, Jackson de Lautour, Tye Greer, Maggie Wooster. Back row, Katrina Needham, Kayley Cohen.

Lee’s Summit Cares

Talented kids locally competed in Got Talent on June 11th at The Lee's Summit High School to benefit Lee's Summit CARES. Lee's Summit CARES is a non-profit community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance abuse and violence. The competition awarded the grand prize winner a $5000 scholarship. This award was presented to 16 year old Savannah Purkey of Oak Grove…

Nancy Bruns’ retirement roast

Hundreds of Chamber members and community members came out to honor Nancy Bruns at a beach-themed Retirement Roast on June 21 at The Aspen Room at The Stanley, in downtown Lee’s Summit. Bruns was president of the Lee’s Summit Chamber for 16 years, and led the organization to many great successes. Best wishes to her in her retirement!

Edward Jones Day at the K

Over 8000 Edward Jones clients enjoyed The Royals baseball game with Jack Stack BBQ, a Royals - Edward Jones ball cap. Edward Jones Days at the K is a 2 day event that allows our financial advisors to invite their clients to thank them for their business 182 Edward Jones financial advisors from the KC area participated in this spectacular…

Marian Hope Bunco Bags & Bling

Marian Hope is a local non-profit organization that provides education and therapy to children in the KC community. 
We recently hosted a fundraising event, "Bunco, Bags, & Bling" at the Stanley in Lee's Summit.

Chamber Golf Classic

The 2016 Lee’s Summit Chamber Golf Classic was held June 23 at WinterStone Golf Course. Thirty-six teams networked and competed on the course, with Lee’s Summit Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep’s team finishing at the top spot. The afternoon featured several contest and specialty holes, as well as an awards luncheon.

4th Annual St. Jude Golf Event

The 4th Annual St Jude Golf Event hosted by Rob Ellerman Team and Summit Custom Homes was another huge success! The golf tournament included 144 players and many wonderful sponsors. A total of $35,000 was raised this year with all proceeds going to St Jude Research Hospital. No family treated at St. Jude ever pays for treatment, housing, travel or…

“Investing In Our Youth” Fundraiser

Rotary Club of Lee's Summit hosted its invitational golf tournament at Lakewood Oaks Golf Club. Nearly 20 teams competed in a spirit of fun and camaraderie to raise funds for scholarships given annually to students at Lee's Summit high schools.

MCC-Longview Arts in Bloom

Alumni and Supporters of MCC-Longview Cultural Arts gathered to view stunning floral arrangements inspired by works of art and designed to interpret the diversity in paintings on display provided by local artists. This inaugural fundraiser featured a silent auction of the floral arrangements, and the artwork was available for purchase.

Affair of the Heart Auction

Guests enjoyed a "Red Carpet Affair" at Lutheran High School of Kansas City's 27th annual event, which included dinner provided by Bravo!, live music and auction. Proceeds help provide scholarships to students and for school needs outside of the traditional budget including the opening of a new wing for 2016-17.

Dedication of Carl Chinnery Nature Trail

The beautiful, newly renamed 2.5-mile trail at Unity Village was made possible thanks to the generosity of Carl L. Chinnery, Rotary Club #2386, Lee's Summit Medical Center, St. Luke's East Hospital and Truman Medical Center-Lakewood.

Comcast Enlists Volunteers for Community Work Day

More than 200 KC Comcast employees and their families, friends and community partners recently worked to “make change happen” as they volunteered at 12 metro area project sites as part of the 15th annual Comcast Cares Day.

A Lakeside Dinner for Scouting

The Marina Grog & Galley hosted a lovely fundraiser for the Boy Scouts High Trail District, which serves 1,700+ youth in our area. Marina Owner Jack Schwindler is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. Attendees raised nearly $2,000 at the event. Photography Amy Chinnery Valmassei

Our Lady of the Presentation Auction

The "Out of this World" event at the school included a fun night of delicious food, great entertainment and community. Auction proceeds will help supplement school tuition and purchase a gym divider curtain, performing arts equipment and new Chromebooks/Chromecart.

Tip a Cop

Law enforcement officers from Lee’s Summit Police Department supported Special Olympics Missouri athletes by helping Habanero's staff deliver food and clean tables to earn "tips" for Special Olympics' year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Leading Ladies Women’s Conference

The Lee’s Summit and Grandview chambers partnered again to host the event at The Aspen Room at the Stanley. The event featured guest speakers Marti Hill (Living Proof), Laura Schmidt (notes to self, llc) and Mary Pulley (Fox 4) who shared their stories inspiring perseverance and achieving work-life balance.

Stephanie Vest Foundation’s Pink Friday Trivia Night

The 5th annual event raised $40,000+ to benefit the SVF. Held at the Emeline Ballroom with a sold out crowd - this unique event promotes the mission to pay-it-forward in our community. Proceeds help pay living expenses when a parent cannot work due to a cancer diagnosis.

Readers’ Choice Award Event

Lifestyle Publications' friends, staff and advertising partners gathered at Longview Mansion to celebrate another great year. Emcee Mark Alford from KC's Fox morning team helped honor our first Readers' Choice Award winners, voted by our readers online. 
Photography Janie Jones

Catholic Schools Week at OLP

Our Lady of the Presentaion recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a number of special school-wide activities and assemblies. They also installed a special Buddy Bench on the school playground

17th Taste of Lee’s Summit

A sold-out crowd of 630+ turned out to support students and schools at the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation’s annual Taste of Lee’s Summit, held at The Pavilion at John Knox Village. The event raised more than $100,000.

Mayor’s Character Breakfast

Thousands of residents once again celebrated the excellent character of our community at the mayor's annual breakfast to honor outstanding citizens and businesses.

Superheroes & Princesses at Paradise Park

Two events at Paradise Park revealed how many super heroes and princesses live among us! Kids enjoyed meeting some of their favorite characters as well during these fun days.

Chamber Gala

The Lee’s Summit Chamber hosted its Annual Gala at The Pavilion at John Knox Village. The Venetian Carnivale event welcomed 450 guests and featured live and silent auctions, live entertainment, dinner, dancing and Chamber member awards.

Downtown Chocolate Crawl

Chocolate always draws a crowd and this year's event attracted many generous shoppers who also donated items to benefit Lee's Summit Social Services in order to participate.

Rotary Valentine Gala

Rotary Club of Lee's Summit hosted its annual fundraiser at the Emmaline Ballroom for an evening of fun with cocktails, a casino, reverse raffle, silent auction, dinner and dancing.

Take A Bite out of Stigma

More than 400 guests sipped and savored bites from Kansas City's finest restaurants and beverage vendors at 
Take a Bite Out of Stigma: A Culinary Experience. The fundraiser benefited ReDiscover's programs and services and also raised awareness about behavioral health needs.

Mantels & Martinis Magical Evening

Since 2012, this unique home tour delights guests with the inspiring holiday designs of local decorators who adorn homes in the New Longview neighborhood. Funds from the tour on the first Thursday in December support Special Olympics and New Longview Foundation.

Annual Grants Luncheon

Truman Heartland Community Foundation recently presented more than $290,000 in grants to 55 area nonprofits at its Annual Grants Luncheon. The luncheon, held in honor of Community Foundation week took place at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.

Newhouse House Party: Lights On!

Newhouse held its annual fundraising gala at the InterContinental Hotel. Proceeds benefit women and their children living in the shelter by providing food, clothing, safe shelter, education and therapy to break the cycle of domestic violence and lead women to self-sufficiency.

Wedding Expressions 4th Anniversary

Wedding Expressions by Geri celebrated with live mannequins dressed in bridal gowns, bridesmaids' gowns and prom dresses. This year a wedding proposal of an employee surprised the future bride and observers as well.

The Whole Person’s Expressions Art Exhibition

The Expressions Art Exhibition, featuring artists with disabilities, was recently held at the Jones Gallery. With more than 500 people in attendance, Expressions added diversity to the Crossroads Arts District exposing the community to art that otherwise might not be seen.

KC Wine Co.’s Networking Event

Dozens of friends and advertisers in the Lifestyle Publications family gathered to learn more about the new KC Wine Co., 
and to enjoy an evening of wine and networking.

7th Annual Pink Laundry 5K

This annual event raised more than $20,000 for the Stephanie Vest Foundation. This non-profit organization offers financial grants to pay living expenses when a parent cannot work due to cancer treatment. In the past three years, the foundation has awarded more than $130,000 in grants. Photography Kim Casey

Summit Art Festival

The high quality fine art event in the heart of historic downtown Lee’s Summit is organized and hosted by Summit Art in collaboration with Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street to feature area talent.

26th Annual Oktoberfest

The streets of downtown filled with German culture during the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce's festival, where 70,000+ visitors enjoyed a carnival, biergarten, German food and dancing, live entertainment and the new Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition.

St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

Summit Custom Homes has been a proud sponsor of the walk since it came to Kansas City in 2013. This year the Summit staff and their families formed the top fundraising team in Kansas City, raising more than $22,000 in 
donations for the kids of St. Jude's.

Citizens of the Year Honored

Truman Heartland Community Foundation honored Art and Hope Davis of Lee’s Summit and Steve Besermin of Lake Winnebago, among others, at a gathering at the home of Jim and Machelle Riffe. Photography Two McClouds Photography