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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…

Homes That Cook Book Launch

Friends, family and business associates of Lettiann Southerland recently gathered at Ya Ya's to celebrate the debut of her book Homes that Cook: Best Kept Secrets for Buying, Selling and Creating a Home.

Ladies of Charity of Metropolitan Kansas City Fundraiser

The annual event treated guests to the Junior Symphony Designer’s Showhouse, a stately Victorian-era home bursting from the pages of a golden era Jane Austen novel. Proceeds benefit Duchesne Clinic, Seton Center and Villa St. Francis.

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.

July 2015 Around Town

Inaugural Leawood Rotary 5K The Leawood Rotary Club is excited to announce the inaugural Leawood Rotary 5K on July 11. The race, managed by the KC Running Company, will be held along the very scenic Tomahawk Creek Parkway from College Boulevard south to 117th St. In addition to the 5K race, a 1K fun run for kids 12 and under…

A New Spin on an Old Game

Disc golf, a 40-year-old game, is spiraling high in popularity in Johnson County. This sport is played by all ages, in backyards or on courses, in all sorts of weather.

Foundation’s Mission to Keep Leawood Distinctive

Through donations of all sizes, citizens help the Leawood Foundation fund cultural and educational projects that make our community unique.


You may have seen the tall, unusual framework soaring across the skyline at I-435 and Nall. From a distance it looks like a mirage. Get closer and you can see that the structure is made of posts and netting. But still your mind asks, "What is that?"

Local Teen Encourages Others One Page at a Time

Sixteen-year-old Teresa Shockley has an interesting story to tell of hope, perseverance and determination, and it is quite the page-turner, literally.

School Administrator Puts Many Miles on the Road

Stacey Sperry enjoys running distance races. And it’s likely the students at Prairie Star Middle School in Leawood don’t know that their assistant principal is an accomplished distance runner. Sperry just completed her second year at Prairie Star after teaching English Language Arts in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades in another district. She got her start in long distance…

Love Lives Here

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.

Take Stock in Your Valuables This Summer

Summertime is peak time for home sales. Real estate signs pop up like daffodils in the spring and continue long into the summer months. If your home is on the market, there is a never-ending laundry list of “to-do’s.” If you’re not moving, you in all likelihood are not off the hook either.

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…

Meet Kathleen Fisher, our Prairie Village Neighbor!

Leawood Lifestyle: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Kathleen Fisher: I am transplanted to Kansas City via Chicago and then Maryland. We came here with two kids and then had another. Each of my kids has the distinction of being born in different states. The plan was to be here for a few years until something else opened up…

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.