Have some summer fun!

Those who know me well know that I was a middle school teacher for the first 15 years of my post-college life. Before that I’d spent many amazing summers working at a camp in the North Woods of Minnesota. When I first arrived at this 75-year-old camp on the shores of Lake Pokegama in the summer of 1986 it was…

July 2015 Around Town

Reasons to Shop Lee's Summit The Lee’s Summit Chamber is coordinating a local shopping contest to promote and encourage buying in Lee’s Summit. The contest runs Aug. 1 through Sept. 7. All entries are entered into $1,000 prize drawing to be held at the completion of the contest.

25th Annual Kindest Kansas Citians Awards

Inspiring stories of everyday acts of kindness were shared and celebrated at Synergy Services' dinner event.
The heartwarming evening honoring local residents and the students that nominated them raised nearly $175,000
to fund Synergy's anti-bullying programs.

Roby Little Retirement Celebration

After 14 years at the helm of Lee's Summit CARES, beloved Director Roby Little retired. Friends and associates sent her off in style at Paradise Park, and let her know how much Lee's Summit values her many contributions to our community.

4th Annual Walk to Cure Arthritis

The event featured a three-mile and a one-mile walk at Worlds of Fun to raise funds to cure arthritis. The Center for Rheumatic Disease has been loyally committed to this cause and was awarded the Top Fundraiser for the event.

Love Lives Here

PULL-OUT QUOTE: There are many moving parts to our organization. I can start talking about socks and foster care and before you know it, we’re talking about organ donation and the dangers of negligent firearms discharge. I’m reminded that just one thing can make a difference.

An Unexpected Answer to Prayer

“Come get me. Now.” The text read. “Ruh-Roh,” Scooby Doo said in my head. Dive practice doesn’t end for another half hour. “Why is my son bailing early?” I wondered. Ten minutes later he climbed into my car, squinting. “I smacked so hard my contact flew out,” he said quietly. The whole left side of his face was red, his…

Bringing Hope, One Book at a Time

Alice Walters has too many children to count. A recently retired teacher who lives in Lee’s Summit, Walters spent just over 10 years in urban school districts. Her students were fluent in poverty and violence and Walters and her colleagues often bought shoes and coats for students who would otherwise go without.

Summer Fun

The wonderful colors of summer are irresistible. This year find inspiration from pineapples, peacocks and the childlike, lightheartedness of the season. You don't have to go far to find some fabulously fun items for your home or closet. We found all of these great items right here in downtown Lee's Summit and at Summit Fair.

Yuthica Road Trip Collection for Summer 2015

Yuthica doesn’t just make amazing smelling candles, they create memories. Yuthica’s newest candle collection called Road Trip is an unexpected way to commemorate a special place. Inhale their classic scent to recollect days spent in one of these glorious cities: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami or New York.

celebrate 150: 

In 1965, Lee’s Summit celebrated its 100th birthday with a week-long Centennial Celebration. To kick-off the celebration, the “Parade of the Century” was held in June. Advertisements encouraged residents to attend and be “Livin’, Breathin’, Marchin’ Centennial Citizens.”

Thank You, 
Jack Stack!

One of the premier, iconic Kansas City barbecue establishments is now open in Lee’s Summit. Thank the barbecue heavens. Not to minimize the many wonderful local options we already have… but honestly, nobody does it like Jack Stack.

Happy Birthday Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is the reward for many Kansas Citians who dread that drive west across I-70 to Colorado, the snow-covered carrot at the end of a 600-mile long stick. We do it because the reward is so magnificent.

Traveling Light is a Heavy Task

I’ve always been one of those “travel light” snobs. Nothing beats that free feeling of weaving briskly through airports with a dainty spinner grip in one hand, and a feathery boarding pass in the other. Pre-flight, I always notice overburdened pilgrims lined up at the check-in cattle pens. They stand there, motionless, waiting to weigh in their Samsonite beasts. I…

Summer Fun at Sunset Trails Stables

The beautiful Sunset Trails Stables located in Lee's Summit are a local gem. This picturesque Midwest stable offers boarding, lessons, trail rides, birthday parties and more. Miss Maggie Everson, daughter of the owners of the family-operated stable, stands proud as our bridal model. Everson was honored to win and serve as Miss Missouri Rodeo 2014.The amazing red wood barns were…