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New From the Studio of Suze Ford

Kansas City artist Suze Ford recently took some of her beautiful prints and turned them into a lovely set of note cards. This inspirational pack  of greeting cards comes with six different card (approx 4″ x 5 1/2″) designs, on luxury textured felt paper, each with a gorgeous shimmer gold envelope. Every design is taken from one of Suze’s original paintings, and all of the writings are hand lettered by her. They embody the same uplifting messages, and brilliant colors that her original oil paintings do.

These cards, and newly released prints can be purchased from Suze at

Prairie Elementary Students 
Win Photo Contest

Sixth-graders in Laura Moore’s Prairie Elementary classroom are first-place winners in a KC Healthy Kids youth photo contest. As winners, they receive $1,000 to help promote student wellness. Students also will give a “Shark Tank” style presentation at an awards ceremony this month, explaining how community members can support their classroom’s ideas for making a lasting change to support wellness in their community.

Local Women Publish Second Book in Delightful “Read This . . .” Series

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 book celebrates marriage and creates a keepsake for generations to come, offering thought-provoking, fun pages to reflect and record important memories that can get lost over time. What this book will do for you NOW: Help capture the fun from your 1st to your 70th anniversary. What this book will do for you LATER: Offer an annual look back to further strengthen your marriage. A great wedding/engagement gift or anniversary present.

iFly Makes The Dream 
Of Skydiving A Reality

iFLY, the new experiential entertainment venue in Overland Park, is now open and offers the thrill of indoor skydiving to folks of all ages. They make the dream of flight a reality by giving customers “wings” in a safe and reliable environment.

Located at I-435 and Metcalf, the unique building uses a wind tunnel to simulate the skydiving experience. After watching a brief video and receiving safety details from a trained instructor, patrons put on their flight suits and helmets and wait their turn for a few rides in the tunnel. A party room and group rates are available. The company has 15 iFly locations across the country at this time and hopes to double that number in the next 18 months. Learn more at or by calling 913.305.4359.

Help Make Your Community a Better Place by Volunteering

Do you have an hour or two a week, a compassionate and giving spirit and the ability to drive? Maybe it’s time to consider a delivery route with Meals on Wheels!

Volunteers ages 18 and over deliver meals to homebound seniors once a week, once a month or when available. Meals are delivered between 10:45 and11:45 a.m. Monday through Fridays and routes are available in and around your neighborhood.

Meals can be delivered by individuals, civic or faith based organizations or employee teams. Children are welcome to accompany parents on a delivery route, and as one can imagine, these visits are often the highlight of the day or week for these homebound seniors.

This is a terrific community service opportunity for volunteers of all ages. For more information, call 913.715.8895.

Johnson County Meals on Wheels is administered by the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging and is funded by the Older Americans Act.

Musical Heritage Theater Celebrates 
14th Season

Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center has turned up the heat lately. Now in their 14th season, they are becoming a musical theater and entertainment enterprise.  Audiences have 140 performances to choose from; ranging from book musicals, revues, cabaret nights, and special engagements.  They also have a full bar – and yes, even food.

This year, MTH’s season includes Annie Get Your Gun, Big River, Next to Normal, and Cabaret, as well as two original musical revues; An Evening with Cole Porter, and Songs of the Great War. Their high-octane, musical theater-flavored cabaret nights, Musical Mondays & Tuesdays, Too, have been thrilling sold-out audiences for the last seven years. And their newest series, A Night on the Town, turns their theater into an intimate speak-easy, where patrons can enjoy cocktails at an up-close performance from their favorite local performer or Broadway star.

Their slogan?  “For those who love musicals.” Visit, or call 816.221.6987.

Memorial being created 
to honor shooting victims

It has been almost two years since a senseless hate crime took the lives of Dr. William Lewis Corporon, his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, and Teresa LaManno. These tragedies were followed by an overwhelming show of unity and support for the families, including a memorial service four days later attended by more than 1,000 people of all faiths and ethnicities. There was a tremendous sense of loss felt throughout the community.

At the same time, the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom received contributions in memory of the victims. After lengthy consideration, staff and lay leaders decided to pool resources in order to create a public memorial on the site of the Jewish Community Campus. Now that idea is coming to fruition. The sculpture will be located on the west side of the Campus, adjacent to the entrance to the White Theatre.

In fall, the group selected a design by sculptor Jesse Small. He completed his MFA at the Kansas City Art Institute, maintained a studio in the early years of the Crossroads and has had several solo exhibitions in the area. Local public installations can be seen at Arrowhead Stadium, the Olathe Community Center and just blocks from the Jewish Community Campus at the entrance to I-Lan Park.

“When people look at my sculpture, I want them to experience it as a memorial that is dynamic, a beacon for change that is ongoing and positive…[promoting] kindness and love over all else,” Small said.

A private dedication ceremony will take place in mid-April after which the memorial will be open for public viewing.

Scouting Returns 
to Harmony Elementary

The Soaring Eagle district recently announced that Cub Scout Pack 3476 has relocated to Blue Valley’s Harmony Elementary School (143rd & Switzer Rd.). Formerly, the group had been sponsored by and met at Colonial Presbyterian Church.

The group is open to all elementary aged boys who wish to participate in the adventures Cub Scouting has to offer, no matter what their age or past scouting experience.

Families interested in joining the pack should contact Allan Shoup at

Searcy Financial Services 
Celebrates 40 Years in Business

Searcy Financial has been serving our community for the past 40 years, but they have no plans to slow down.  Along with their anniversary, they are celebrating some very special milestones this year.  They have introduced two new associates to their team, Isaac Norris, Financial Advisor, and David Bush, VP of Business Development.  They have also announced the addition of John Fales as a partner and member of the executive team.

The Searcy Financial team is passionate about helping their clients achieve success on their terms, where they stand.  To deliver the best service possible, they recently became a fee-only firm and have applied for certification from the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the leading association of fee-only financial advisors.

RollinGreens Products Now Available at Whole Foods

RollinGreens, formally a mobile food truck and catering service, expands with packaged product line in the Whole Foods Kansas City stores. The new product line features a variety of health conscious, organic, nutritious and innovative products. The line debuted in May of 2015 in Colorado with its first product, Millet Tots.

Millet Tots are the company’s version of tater tots, made with an ancient whole grain. The unique, small, crispy bites are organic, vegan, gluten free, non-gmo and soy-free. They will be offered in the frozen food section. For shoppers who desire an elevated frozen food experience, RollinGreens provides the most nutritious, fresh, flavorful and creative products.

“We want to change the way people feel about frozen food. To us, its preserving fresh, healthy food so people can enjoy it at any time in the comfort of their home,” says Lindsey Cunningham, Co-Owner of RollinGreens.

50th Anniversary will Celebrate KC’s only Jewish Day School

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Kansas City’s only Jewish day school, is marking a milestone this year. The school will celebrate its 50th anniversary – quite an accomplishment for an institution that started with only a handful of students in a small building.

But thanks to the dedication of its founding parents, the faculty that has taught there and the students it has educated, HBHA is recognized as one of the top private schools in the metro area and beyond.

HBHA will celebrate its golden anniversary in April, with a very special musical concert featuring Music Director Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. At that time Neil and Blanche Sosland, HBHA founding parents and community philanthropists, will be recognized with the prestigious Civic Service Award.

Initially, HBHA began as a Kindergarten through third grade school. Then the school added one grade each year until it became a K-8 school, and later a K-12 school.