November 2015 Around Town

Area Design Team Wins Big

The Ritz Charles was the place to be in September for a wonderful night to celebrate the Heartland Design Awards of Excellence. Arlene Ladegaard, certified interior designer of Design Connection, Inc. and her team was showered with two Gold Awards and one Silver Awards for projects that she designed in 2015. Ladegaard is the only interior designer in the Missouri West / Kansas chapter of ASID American Society of Interior Designers to win awards for nine consecutive years in a row. The awards are judged by their peers from another chapter in a different state.

Leawood Pioneer Library 
Hosts “Nerf Battle”

It’s not everyday you see teenagers running around the library after hours shooting each other with Nerf guns. But that’s what happened one recent Friday night. The library invited teens ages 13-18 to the event, designed to bring kids into the library. Participants were served pizza and drinks prior to the Nerf Battle.

The idea was the brainchild of the Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC), a group of teen volunteers that meets one Saturday a month to share favorite books, give feedback on the Library website, social media, and collections, and suggest public programs.

If you’re interested in joining the group, meeting new people, sharing a lunch, and receiving volunteer credit hours, contact Dawna Ofstehage, youth information specialist. They plan to host another YAAC “after hours” event in April, with the theme Teen Takeover.

L.L Bean Celebrates 
Grand Opening

Adventures are in store! Join L.L. Bean for their big Grand Opening Celebration, November 12 – 15, at Town Center Crossing in Leawood. Be sure to get there early Thursday – doors open at 9 a.m. – the first 200 customers will receive an L.L. Bean Gift Card worth up to $500. On Saturday, enter to win a trip to Maine for a family of four. Bring the kids along on Sunday for a day packed with family-friendly events and great giveaways. Plus, all weekend long, try your hand at fly casting and slack lining; take a turn at the Bean Boot Toss or snap a picture by the larger-than-life L.L. Bean Bootmobile. To find the fun, just look for the giant boot! See for directions to this new store, along with more details on the event and giveaways.

Lifestyle Reader’s 
Choice Awards

We mentioned here last month, and we continue to invite our readers to be a part of the first ever Lifestyle Reader’s Choice Awards, an opportunity to acknowledge the best restaurants, businesses and service providers in and around our community. Log onto all month long to make a nomination or to cast your votes. The winners will be announced after all of the votes are counted and a special awards ceremony will be held after the New Year. We hope you’ll spread the word and encourage our neighbors to vote.

For Kristoffer Barikmo, teaching has always been his calling. He is passionate about education, and the state of Kansas has taken notice. The Blue Valley High social studies teacher is a regional finalist in the 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year program.

Barikmo has been with the district since 2012 and holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University, a master’s degree from Rockhurst University and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

“In my classroom I firmly believe that we are co-learners in this educational endeavor,” Barikmo says. “I have found that when students are able to engage in the ‘teaching’ process their ‘learning’ is made more evident to me, and most importantly to them. I live for the moments when students want to have academic conversations after the bell rings because they are passionate, connected and want to keep learning more.” Barikmo and the other regional finalists are eligible to be named Teacher of the Year during ceremonies in Wichita in November.

64th Kappa Kappa Gamma 
Holiday Homes Tour

The Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour will take place December 2 (3-8 p.m.) and December 3 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) and will feature five beautiful homes – one more home than previous years. Get in the holiday spirit with friends and family while supporting local charities and nonprofits. Have a fun night out seeing some of Kansas City’s finest homes decked out for the holiday cheer by outstanding local florists and interior decorators. You’ll be able to tour these homes from top to bottom, and talk with the florists and home representatives who can give you more details about the decorations and the tour. You can even buy some of the decorations and other local tokens at the Holiday Shop at Indian Hills Country Club.

Tickets are $25 in advanced at local outlets, including Hen House markets and tour florists, as well as from area Kappas and online, and are $30 the day of the tour at featured homes.

This year’s beneficiaries are Literary KC, Hope House, and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.

Global Entrepreneurship 
Week Comes to KC

Kansas City will join in the worldwide celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City (GEW-KC), from November 16-22, 2015.

This year’s GEW-KC theme is “Start Local. Grow Global.” which we hope will inspire entrepreneurs to connect with other like-minded individuals both locally and globally.

With several activities planned by local organizations, there’s something for everyone at GEW-KC 2015. The wide variety of education, networking and collaborative events give aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced business people an opportunity to share in the spirit of entrepreneurship in Kansas City.

This year, head to Startup Weekend, chat with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Inc., or check out the next big thing at the One in a Million startup competition.

Visit for a full list of events, and join the conversation at #GEWKC.​

Register Today for 
Gen-Real Conference

The Olathe Bible Church invites area women and teenage girls to save the date for their GenReal Conference being held February 26 and 27, 2016. at the church’s Olathe location ( 13700 W. 151st St.) The conference will take place on Friday from 7-11 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Genreal (genuine & real) is a multi-generational conference designed to give answers to female-specific issues from the Word. The Genreal conference will be packed with energizing teaching of the Word, music, games, gifts, coffee bistro, brunch, and hanging out together. Plus, every girl’s conference needs chocolate!