Read the March 2015 Issue of Leawood Lifestyle!

Calendar of Events


11/01/2014 - 04/30/2015


Xtreme BUGS are marchin’, crawlin’ and flyin’ into Union Station! This larger-than-life exhibition will host more than 100 giant insect and fun, hands-on activities for the whole family. Get up close and personal with these massive, moving insects and arthropods and discover their amazing talents, unique behaviors and strange survival strategies!


03/01/2015 - 03/15/2015

The Barn Players kick off their season with the Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can.  This high-flying musical follows the adventures of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who ran away from home in search of the good life. He forged millions of dollars in bad checks, posed as a pilot, lawyer and even a doctor; lived the good life and won the girl of his dreams. 6219 Martway, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“Painting through Adversity”

03/01/2015 - 03/22/2015

Overland Park
Local artist Gil Rumsey is featured in a one-man show, “Painting through Adversity,” in the Overland Park Art at the Center Invitational. A First Friday reception will be held on March 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The show is at the Tomahawk Community Center, 11902 Lowell Ave.

Full Moon Walk


Overland Park Arboretum
The full moon will light the paths of the Arboretum. Enjoy stargazing, nighttime sights and sounds. Bring the family and flashlights. Great event for Cub Scouts and Brownies. No pre-registration necessary. Regular admission applies. 5-10 p.m.

Sam Burchfield in Concert


Village Presbyterian Church
Sam Burchfield’s soulful vocals and folk-influenced lyrics combine with a foundation in southern blues and funk to produce an exciting sound from this up-and-coming musician.  He recently auditioned for American Idol and was chosen to go to Hollywood. VPC is partnering with Shawnee Mission East’s Coalition Club to sponsor this free concert. 7 p.m.

Great Plains SPCA Pawtini


Midland Theater
Our party-animal shelter pets have their spiked collars ready as we set out to raise $400,000 for pets served by Great Plains SPCA. The evening will feature non-stop live entertainment, a silent and live auction, photo booth, and more.  All proceeds benefit the 35,000 pets served by Great Plains SPCA annually.

PJ5K Run/Walk


Overland Park
Roll out of bed and sport your favorite pair of pajama pants at the PJ5Krun/walk. This pajama-themed 5K will take place at 9 a.m. at Colonial Presbyterian Church. Following the 5K, kids 12 and under are encouraged to participate in the Junior Jammie Jog. Registered participants will receive a Haitian-made GO Tee race shirt courtesy of the Global Orphan Project. Proceeds will be used for orphan prevention by allowing Haitian kids the opportunity to receive an education.

Ice Skating


Crown Center Square
Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice skating rink is open for its 42nd season of great skating fun. Regular admission is $6, or complimentary for those over age 60 and children age 4 and under. Skate rental is $3, or skaters may bring their own.

Cooking Class: Traditional St Patrick’s Dinner


Olive Tree, Hawthorne Plaza
Our friends at the Olive Tree started classes with Duane last March and their Irish dinner was so popular, they are doing it again. The menu includes mussels steamed in Guinness, Irish stew, champ (potatoes & spring onions), Bailey’s bread pudding and skinny ginger Irish whiskey cocktail. 6 – 9 p.m. $45

The Mosaic Project


Gem Theater
The American Jazz Museum’s “Jammin’ at the Gem” series continues with Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader, Terri Lyne Carrington and some of the most celebrated female instrumentalists and vocalists.  816.474.8463 or

43rd Annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Midtown Kansas City
A long-time Kansas City tradition, the parade takes place in Midtown from Linwood to 43rd St. Starts at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

Australia & The Aborigine Culture


Kauffman Center
Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people. She’s covered cultures around the world including the last cave dwelling tribe of Papua New Guinea.

After Hours Networking


Overland Park
Join us for some after hours networking from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Rock & Brews Kansas City, in Prairie Fire, 5701 W. 135th St. Network with friends at Johnson County’s own Rock and Roll bar.

Cherish the Ladies


Yardley Hall, JCCC
The most successful and sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music has jigged its way into music halls all over the world – to perform with the likes of James Taylor, Joan Baez, the Boston Pops Symphony – and into the hearts of thousands of fans.

The Leawood Garden Club


Leawood Presbyterian Church
John Riley will present How to Grow Roses in Kansas City. Riley is the American Rose Society Central District Roses-In-Review Chairman. He is also winner of three trophies in the 2014 KC Rose Show. We will also be holding our annual fund-raising auction, featuring donations from local merchants. The meeting is open to everyone and guests are welcome. Bring a sack lunch – beverages and desserts are provided. For more information, visit

Prairie Village Earth Fair


Shawnee Mission East
The 14th annual Prairie Village Earth Fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SME Gymnasium. With over 50 exhibitors each year, the fair features a mix of environmental resources, earth-friendly products, youth-friendly craft activities and live animals. The SME Used Book Sale returns again offering a great selection of used books, CDs and DVDs, with your purchases benefiting the school’s library.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Science City


Union Station
Science City is hosting their second annual Easter Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Guests will be invited to hunt more than 3,000 eggs, color Easter eggs, make Easter projects in the Maker Studio, participate in an Easter egg drop, take their photo with the Easter Bunny and more. Price includes all day Science City admission $13.50 Adults / $11.50 Child.

Funny Bunny 5K & Autism Egg Hunts


Unity Village
Paws 4 Autism kicks off Kansas City’s Autism Awareness & Acceptance month with a fun event for both families and dog lovers alike. There will be two egg-hunting fields, one for kids with special needs and their ‘buddy,’ and a separate field for our four legged friends.

Stepping Stones Gala


Friends of Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County invites you to the 13th Annual Stepping Stones Benefit Gala at the Overland Park Sheraton. The event includes live and silent auctions, cocktails and dinner. Sponsorship opportunities available. All proceeds benefit early intervention therapy services for the children served by Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County. Reserve your seats or sponsorship by visiting our website or call 913.432.2900×124.

Masks for Aid


The visual and performing arts come together to raise funds to support Kansas City area head and neck cancer patients in financial need. The event features an original performance by Quixotic Fusion, unique works of art created by artists Lisa Lala, Peregrine Honig, Matt Dehaemers, Emily Connell and others, and lavish hors d’oeuvres buffet. Benefits HNC Living Foundation. 6:30 – 10:30 P.M. HNCLiving.Org. Tickets $150. 913.402.6028