A Performing Arts Bucket List

On occasion I like to challenge myself to see more of this great city of ours. I plan field trips and insist that we leave “the bubble” for a dinner out. In honor of our arts themed issue, I create this handy dandy check-off list. Go ahead and cut it out. Use it as a bucket list of sorts...a list…

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.

Around Town

Kansas City authors Christy Howard and Annie Presley recently released Read This… On Our Anniversary, the second book in their READ THIS…™ series. The workbook-style guide is written in the same playful-yet-practical spirit as their first release, Read This… When I’m Dead, which offers one place to put all the information your family needs to know after you’re gone. This…


Second-year district athletic director for the Lee’s Summit School District Rich Bechard recently received a prestigious award at the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) in Orlando. The soft-spoken Bechard received the NIAAA’s Award of Merit at the National Athletic Director Conference on Dec. 15. “The Award of Merit is the most prestigious award presented by the NIAAA to an…

A Local Gem for the Arts

For details about upcoming productions, or for rental information, contact Ryan Morehead at 816.604.2200 or 
Ryan.Morehead@mcckc.edu. It might be a disservice to call the Longview Cultural Arts Center one of Lee’s Summit best kept secrets. Local patrons nod knowingly about the diverse shows, concerts and classes the CAC has been putting on for years in its facility overlooking the vast…

A Stitch in Time Leaves your Voice Behind

No one knows for sure when quilting was originated, however the stitching together of layers of padding and fabric may date back as far as ancient Egypt. Although quilting has taken many turns down through the years, for the 21st century it is more of an art than a necessity. Rita Briner, owner of Quilter’s Station located at 3680 NE…

Magical Moment

Sighris Sharber is a senior at Lee’s Summit High School who was elected homecoming king by his peers this past fall. Sighris is an outgoing, popular student at his high school. He is a member of the school’s Student Senate and Future Business Leaders of America. He also happens to also have autism. According to Dr. John Faulkenberry, LSHS principal,…

Songs for the Soul

By the age of 17, Samuel Noel had written 300 songs out of experiences he had with God. A few of his friends had, too. Between the three of them, they had composed more than 800. Last summer he realized it was not okay for all those songs to be collecting dust.

A Perfect Weekender: Art-full Bentonville

Founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a charitable organization for all ages and walks of life to enjoy, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers many different points of access for visitors in user-friendly galleries and the outdoors. Just like Kansas City’s venerable institution, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, engages guests with s a sprawling expanse of…

Spring Tea and Treats

March is often the time when people look forward to the coming of spring. However, in this part of the Midwest, winter can still pack a punch even in March. So for the little girls who are eager to get back in those colorful sundresses and play, what is the best solution? Have a tea party! Go ahead and put…

From the Desk of…..

1. I have a huge variety of brushes. I pretty much pick up a handful every time I go to the art store. 2. Palette knives allow me to mix paint and to smear large amounts of paint on my canvas, and add textures. 3. I make a cappuccino almost every morning--it is my fuel! My favorite mug was made…

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.