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Local Authors Offer 
Parents New Solutions

For 30 years, pioneering authors Jerry Wyckoff and Barbara C. Unell have taught parents how to raise well-behaved children without resorting to verbal threats and physical punishment. With their newest book, Discipline with Love & Limits (softcover, $10) they expand upon their previous success with new and updated information for the next generation of parents.

The book is a guide that includes new solutions to misbehaviors like screen addiction, food-rule conflicts and bullying.

Wyckoff is a child psychologist who has helped parents and their children for more than 40 years and has co-authored five books on parenting with Unell.

Unell is a parent-educator and journalist who has co-authored over a dozen books on parenting. She has also helped launch social-emotional developmental programs for parents, educators and children; including Kindness is Contagious….Catch It!

Sarah Cannon & HCA Midwest Health Announce Collaboration

Sarah Cannon, the global cancer institute of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), and HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network, recently announced that they have expanded their cancer collaboration through clinical research. By joining a global research network, HCA Midwest Health is offering greater access to clinical trials for those facing cancer in the Kansas City region.

“Clinical trials are an integral part of advancing the standard of cancer care, as today’s trials are tomorrow’s cutting-edge treatments,” says Howard A. “Skip” Burris, III, MD, president of Clinical Operations and chief medical officer at Sarah Cannon.

Patients can access clinical trials throughout the entire HCA Midwest Health system.

Since 2014, HCA Midwest Health and Sarah Cannon have worked together to advance cancer services in Kansas City. Sarah Cannon Research Institute is the arm of Sarah Cannon that conducts over 500 community-based trials through affiliations with 1,000+ physicians across the United States and United Kingdom.

New Children’s Book Raises Awareness About Weight-based Bullying

Dr. Roni Roth Beshears, Ed.D, RDN, Kansas City area nutritionist/author, has published her third illustrated children’s book in a series of fictionalized true stories on lifestyle choices for children. “Please Don’t Call Me Chubby Roni!” recounts the harm of weight-based name-calling in the school setting for a young girl. The book serves to open communication with children, parents, and teachers about negative body size talk and the impact it can have on children.

The Roni Children’s Book Series ( shares the author’s personal insight into being overweight as a young girl and offers a professional response. The colorful books are illustrated by Rob Peters, a Topeka-based artist.

Other books in the series are “Roni Takes Action” and “Roni Goes to Camp.” For more information, contact Beshears at

Area Chiropractor Follows 
in Father’s Footsteps

Dr. Chip Mladenoff spent his much of life being as an athlete, but when his hockey career came to an end, he decided to do something that would help others perform at their best.

Chip recently graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City and already he has found his place working in his father’s Overland Park clinic. Additionally, Mladenoff was invited to attend the IAAF Track & Field World Championships in Portland last month, where he would help treat world-class athletes.

He treated track and field athletes from Romania, South Africa, China and Zimbabwe. Some of the athletes he took care of did not speak English, but Mladenoff says they knew exactly what they needed.

“It was really hard to communicate. But they all had chiropractors in their home countries, and they knew what they wanted, and understood how we could help them,” he says.

Mladenoff saw the dedication in these athletes, the same dedication he had as a college hockey player, and now as a doctor.

Beautiful, Reclaimed Wood Available at Urban Lumber

Thinking about a home remodel job or in the market for custom furniture? Make Urban Lumber your first stop when shopping for quality, hard lumber. Tim O’Neill, one of three owners, is passionate about making the most of our natural resources—specifically discarded local trees that would otherwise end up in a mulch pile.

Take a walk through the Urban Lumber showroom downtown and you’ll see some beautiful, locally harvested hardwood. Each board, with its unique groves and markings, is labeled with its place of origin. A recent “find” that O’Neil is excited about is a grove of trees removed from the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence to make room for new development. Those trees are now on site, drying, and will soon be made into usable lumber for people wanting a piece of KU in their homes.

Check out Urban Lumber at for more about the services they provide.

Local Dancers Compete at Nationals

Carlye Hemphill and Patrick Stone, an up and coming amateur couple, recently competed in the USA Dance Nationals representing Overland Park Ballroom and Social Club.

The competition took place in Baltimore, Maryland, where 1,200 athletes competed in six styles of DanceSport and in all proficiency levels. Competitors, ranging from age 5-70, showcased their best athletic and artistic talents to win national titles in their divisions and, for some, placed on the USA World Teams that will compete in upcoming championships.  Carlye and Patrick competed in American Smooth, placing 7th and American Style Rhythm placing 4th. DanceSport couples competing at the national championships must place in the top 65 percent of their division at one or more qualifying events in the last year.

Lutheran High School of KC Senior Named National Merit Scholar Finalist

LHSKC Senior Rebekah Hinrichs was selected as a National Merit Scholar Finalist. She is the daughter of Kurt and Alice Hinrichs.

Hinrichs is valedictorian of her class, an Academic All-State and award-winning athlete participating in volleyball, cross country, basketball, track & field, (holds school record in 800m and 1600m), active in student council, National Honor Society, hand bell choir, the school musicals and plays. She plans to attend Concordia University where she will major in graphic design.

The Lutheran High School of Kansas City provides a Christ-centered environment preparing lives for today, tomorrow and eternity.

SoJo Summerfest is Coming!

The fireflies. The cicadas. Those long days that slowly turn into magical summer nights. Create the kind of memories that last forever when culture and music intertwine at SoJo Summerfest, a two-day showcase of local arts. Established in 1989, the festival formerly known as Jazz in the Woods highlights the best the Kansas City area has to offer in live music, food and entertainment.

Organized and produced by the Overland Park South Rotary Club, SoJo Summerfest is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization organized and produced by many volunteers and funded through the generosity of sponsors. All net proceeds go towards supporting local children’s charities and since the event’s inception it has contributed more than $1.5 million to children’s charities in the greater Kansas City area.

SoJo Summerfest is a celebration of local life, family and friendship in the heart of South Johnson County and the hottest thing happening this summer.

Run for Rotary 5K Fundraiser

Save the date – Saturday, June 11 – to join Leawood Rotary Club for their second 5K fundraiser. The event begins at 8 a.m. at Tomahawk Creek Parkway & 114th Street. It includes a 5K and 1K option, food and beverages available and many activites for all ages. All entrants receive a t-shirt, finisher’s medal and other goodies.

Proceeds from this event will help fund Leawood Rotary’s “A Child’s Tomorrow” Foundation, serving several local children’s organizations including Turner House Children’s Clinic,  SACRED, Solace House, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, and Johnson County Christmas Bureau.

Food Allergy Help Available

Food Allergy Partners is Kansas City’s only food allergy and intolerance coaching/consulting practice. Their mission is to empower individuals to take charge of their food allergies/intolerances. Through fact-based education, training and tools, they help clients non-clinically manage their special dietary needs on a day-to-day basis.

They offer a wide variety of highly-customizable services primarily for three groups: individuals/families, schools and restaurants/commercial kitchens. The inspiration for Food Allergy Partners came from the owner’s personal experience—when her daughter was diagnosed with anaphylactic food allergies at age one, she recognized the need for someone to help people understand how to navigate food allergies non-clinically.

Get Ideas Adopted

The Overflow Storytelling Lab produces multimedia content to accelerate the adoption of ideas. Using expertise in story structure, diffusion of innovation and behavioral change, Overflow specializes in launching strategic initiatives, speaker development, and propelling social causes in healthcare, government and education.

“There is an overflow of great ideas. The problem with innovation is adoption, not discovery. The amount of time to get an innovation to people is just too long. We help close that gap.”

The Lab is the creative collaboration of founders Shane Brethowr, Tammy Broaddus and Jeff Short. Their passion to help people use storytelling to get an idea adopted is contagious. Their services—focused on strategically communicating ideas for corporate, individual or social good–include written, verbal and visual storytelling. Their work ranges from consulting to short documentaries. To learn more, join the next storytelling workshop on May 5 and visit them at

Leawood Doctor Publishes Novel

Leawood physician Brandon Pomeroy has taken part in medical missions to Uganda, Mali and India. Performing surgeries under difficult conditions and co-founding Grace Missions Inc., which provides support for a school in rural Mali, has deepened his commitment to spread a message of peace and hope. He realizes how interconnected the world is and that everyone has value.

Pomeroy’s novel In My Time of Need follows a surgeon’s struggle with the big questions of life. How much money, comfort and security do we need to be happy? What kind of work shall we do? Although the main character spends much of his spare time caring for the poor he feels that something is still missing. When tragedy strikes he knows it’s time to make a change. Set in Uganda, Belize and Kansas City, the book is both a love story and a spiritual guide. It finds grace in community and simplicity. Available now at

Beanstalk Seeds! is a brand new nonprofit online seed company that specializes in seeds for children’s gardens.

Beanstalk Seeds is a product of Kansas City Community Gardens. KCCG is a nonprofit organization assisting low-income households and community groups in the Kansas City metropolitan area with producing their own nutritious vegetables and fruit from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, and at community sites.

Additionally, Beanstalk Seeds provides gardeners with a one-stop shopping website where you can buy seeds, utilize our gardening resources, find easy recipes, and read blogs with tips and guidelines to help you start your own family garden.