Read the full May 2013 issue of Leawood Lifestyle Magazine.
Four Sisters Fighting For Change | The Kranz sisters hope to provide an afghani girl with an education— and a chance at a new life
Article Katherine Bontrager Photography Christina Sandberg Sold into prostitution by her own mother at age 7, Laila was destined to become like countless other little-heard-of tragedies in developing countries far away. But sometimes fate has a funny way of intervening, of changing lives on opposite sides of the world. How else can you explain how four …View full post
What brought you to Leawood? I originally came to Kansas City in 1983 as a newly hired artist at Hallmark Cards. My wife and I moved to Leawood in 1995 because it is a wonderful place to live and raise our two amazing children. Bet, my wife, is also an artist. I met her at …View full post
Article Katherine Bontrager | Photography Phil Needham The roman poet Ovid recognized the connection between water and the soul. He wrote, “Est in aqua dulci non invidiosa voluptas,” which translated reads, “There is no small pleasure in sweet water.” Diana and Keith Cannon’s Leawood garden—in particular the couple’s gorgeous ponds and waterfall—is translucent truth to …View full post
Article And Photography Lisa Gartland Alex Sher is just 16 years old, but her résumé is already as impressive as an ambitious college graduate. Alex, finishing her junior year at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) this month, is the daughter of Anne Rosenthal and Scott Sher, both of Leawood, and big sister to 13-year old …View full post
Article Lisa Allen |Photography Christina Sandberg Sometimes you just know. Other times, you just get lucky. For Leawood Police Chief John Meier, it’s been a bit of both. He didn’t initially know that he wanted to be in law enforcement. He knew that he wanted to be challenged and to be trusted with resolving issues. …View full post
Article Moriah Schowengerdt | Photography Courtesy of Maroon Wines and Vineyard Imagine waking up to a cool, crisp autumn breeze, the smell of wine filling the air, and golden rays of sunlight just peeking over the mountaintops. A closer look reveals a speckled skyline of vibrant colors from hot air balloons. Below, the valley is lined …View full post
Article Lauren Collinsworth Claflin Photography Christina Sandberg Americans have always been known for embracing bigness: big, open spaces, big ideas, big companies. Big business is so respected, in fact, that small business owners can sometimes feel…lacking, as if their business isn’t important until it ‘grows up.’ Large corporations are crucial for our economy and infrastructure …View full post
Article Kendra Mathewson | photography McKenna Mathewson On the surface, Joan Charbonneau doesn’t fit the stereotype of an inventor. Her statuesque figure and Anne-of-Green-Gables beauty defy the inventor iconography of be-speckled, wild-white-haired old men in lab coats. Her gracious, easy-going manner and warm smile, her gregarious personality, vision and leadership skills definitely don’t declare, “mad scientist.” …View full post
Photography Jim Thomas Leawood’s Boy Scout Troop 10 recently held a Eagle Court of honor ceremony at Blue Valley Northwest High School where the following scouts were honored for achieving the highest rank in Boy Scouting. Timothy MichaeL Helton, Jr. (TJ), son of Nancy and Tim Helton, is an 8th grader at Leawood Middle School. TJ enjoys …View full post
For months we’ve been planning and sampling and surveying, all in the name of sharing a small bit of our research. As a twenty-five year resident of the greater Kansas City area, (I’m including the KU years here) it’s always been bar-b-que that comes to mind when I think about gifting a taste of Kansas City.
I’ve had a ball getting to know a bit about the companies behind so many amazing, locally-made creations. And we’re not just talking about food. While Lauren Claflin researched and wrote about the Kansas City Food Artisans, Judy Spaar was checking out daytrip venues that allow us to watch products being made. Our staff even got in on the action and we created a new department you’ll see on occasion called Staff Picks. It really was a lot of fun and it introduced me to some fabulous products I look forward to using regularly. And to the vendors who didn’t get a nod this year, please know it was all about space limitations. We plan to make this an annual event so let us know about products we should consider spotlighting next time.
The month of May is a busy one around town. But I hope you’ll take the time to enjoy this issue, share it with a friend or take it to the office and try out a new product or two from our pages. And when gift-giving season comes around in a few months, keep these local vendors in mind for some of your holiday shopping. I know I plan to ship some of their tasty goodies around the country and share a different taste of Kansas City with family and friends this year.
Have a spectacular spring and I’ll see you around town!
Lisa Harrison, Managing Editor | Lisa@LifestylePubs.com
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser wrote “Your book is elegiac and touching–I hope it finds many readers over the years.”
Poet and educator Jim Moore wrote “Arlin Buyert’s voice in these wonderful poems is a complex mix of sorrow and joy. There is such a sense of loss here, but also of love. These are poems that mark, mourn and celebrate the passages in life that all of us must encounter. They are a pleasure to read, pause, then read again.”
Chef Baldee’s mobile pizza kitchen offers an authentic New York- style thin crust pizza and features a spicy/sweet sauce. Everything is done from scratch right in the mobile pizza kitchen, from making the dough and sauce to baking the pizza.
The dough is made with extra virgin olive oil which, when rolled through the dough sheeter, creates an authentic New York-Style thin crust. The sauce is patterned after a 50-year old family recipe the chef’s mother found in the Kansas City Star in 1963. It’s made with Marsala red wine, fresh garlic, oregano and 10 other ingredients.
After launching a year ago, the mobile pizza kitchen has been on- scene at events such as the Keim Street Fair, Town Center Plaza’s Shop, Rock and Roll and the Lenexa Spinach Festival.
To book a visit, call 913.605.0988 or email ChefBaldee@gmail.com.
Enjoy a fun-filled stroll through the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Stems: A Garden Soiree event coming up June 22 from 7-11 p.m. On a lovely June evening you can enjoy sipping wine; tasting delicious food from 20 top restaurants and caterers; appreciate art, music, fireworks, beautiful surroundings; meet friends at the party of the summer; and support the Gardens’ vision of recreational, cultural and artistic enrichment education for present and future generations. Visit StemsSoiree.org.
A beautiful 10-year old female Amur leopard is on exhibit for the first time in the Zoo’s African Congo area. There are only 38 out of 230 accredited AZA facilities in the United States that exhibit these rare and elusive cats.
Amur leopards are from Asia and are one of the rarest felines in the world with only an estimated 45 individuals in the wild. The Kansas City Zoo is honored to become a part of its conservation efforts.
Her new digs in Africa host new logs for climbing and scratching, a new sand area for digging and a hollowed log for resting. She is adapted to cooler climates with her thick fur that grows longer during the winter months. The leopard’s rosettes are more widely spaced than those on other leopards. She is a carnivore and her tongue is specially adapted with tiny hooks called “denticles” that are used to scrape meat off the bones of their prey.