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Nannies of KC Under New Ownership

Nannies of Kansas City has been providing families throughout our area with the finest childcare professionals since 1983. Now under new ownership, Manon Doll-McGhee continues the traditions that have made Nannies of KC a success for 33 years. They take pride in offering a personal approach and they work with only the best childcare professionals who will provide the security and love families expect. With an unmatched reputation and impeccable credentials, they specialize in nanny placement and babysitting services. Nannies of KC professionals can be found at business and corporate events, as well as churches, hotels and at Hallbrook Country Club, where they staff the childcare room and summer camp. Whether you need a date night or sick care when your child can’t go to school, they are here to help.

Village Church Celebrates 
New Pipe Organ

Tennessee pipe organ builders Richards, Fowkes & Co. are nearing completion of a new pipe organ for Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village. The 59-stop organ, referred to as Opus 22, is the company’s biggest instrument to date. Everything is monumental—a choir division with 17 stops, two 32’ stops in the pedal, and more 8’ and color stops than the company has ever done.

The pipe organ case has been thoughtfully designed to harmonize with the classical architecture of the church’s newly-renovated sanctuary. “The organ case will also feature sunflowers and sheaves of wheat to reflect our Kansas heritage,” shares Dr. Elisa Bickers, principal organist for Village Church.

The organ is expected to be delivered later this summer. Once fully voiced in the new space, approximately nine months after installation, Village Church will host a series of special concerts introducing the new instrument to the Kansas City community.

10th Annual Art of the Car Concours

Kansas City’s annual vintage car show will not only be celebrating its 10th anniversary, but the feature exhibit this year will be Total Performance — Powered by Ford. Art of the Car Concours is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966, 1-2-3 victory at the Le Mans 24-Hour Endurance Race. This summer, Ford will return to Le Mans June 15-19 with a competition version of its 2017 Ford GT.

Art of the Car Concours is a presentation of 200-plus historically significant vehicles, including vintage, classic, antique, and special interest cars from throughout the country. Trucks, motorcycles, sports and luxury cars, hot rods, and pedal cars also will be exhibited. It is noteworthy that this year’s Art of the Car Concours will again benefit the KC Art Institute scholarship fund.

Admission is $20 at the gate or online. Children age 16 and younger are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:

The event will take place on Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kansas City Art Institute campus. Photo Credit: The Shelby American Collection.

Area Students Earn Awards 
at Braille Challenge

Ashlee Thao, a sophomore at SM South, and Audrey Bethay, a fifth-grader at Briarwood, have qualified to compete in the National Braille Challenge. The students qualified by earning top scores in their age group based on their performance at the Sunflower Regional Braille Challenge, held earlier this year. The students will compete this summer in Braille proofreading, reading, and interpreting tactile graphics, as well as in other areas that will test their skill in Braille.

Rotary’s July 4th Celebration Benefits Local Charities

Overland Park Rotary is continuing its July 4th fireworks tradition with the 25th annual Star Spangled Spectacular event in Corporate Woods – the largest fireworks display in the area.

First National Bank joins Rotary, Corporate Woods, the City of Overland Park and many local businesses to raise funds for deserving local charities in the Metro area. This year, Make-A-Wish Missouri, Sunflower House and the Rotary Youth Leadership Institute will receive proceeds from the event.

For the past several years, the Overland Park Rotary has hosted several hundred veterans and their families at the event. They are looking forward to honoring a record number of veteran and families this year as well.

The event includes free live concerts, food, beverages and fun for kids including inflatable game stations. The event takes place on July 4th, at Corporate Woods in Overland Park. Details and a schedule are at

Save the Date for Nosh Nocte KC

Nosh Nocte KC, a fundraising dinner event, will be a sophisticated adventure through five tasting courses of food, wine and coffee, and will take place at the trendy Plexpod event space (10000 Marshall Rd., Lenexa) on July 30 from 7-10 p.m. Live music and an auction, a wine wall and a “Local KC” themed raffle will be a part of the event. Expose your palate to the finest Kansas City cuisine while impacting the lives of at-risk, homeless youth ages 16-20, who enter Hillcrest’s intensive, life-changing 21 month program. Tickets can be purchased at

Wicket & Peg Launches in Kansas City

Wicket & Peg, an estate-grown bourbon handcrafted, bottled and distilled in Missouri is off to a fast start in Kansas City. The new, small-batch bourbon is the brainchild of Two West, a deep retail engagement, marketing and communications agency with clients throughout the country. The brand is born out of backyard culture and competitive leisure sports, such as croquet and badminton, to make the sporting spirit truly a bourbon of a different stripe.

Wicket & Peg is all about local and is being noticed early on by area establishments. Hot spots such as JJ’s Restaurant, Grunauer, Classic Cup Café, The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Julep, Majestic Steakhouse and Jacobson are already serving the bourbon. It can also be purchased on store shelfs throughout the area.

Wicket & Peg’s flavor includes light floral notes, vanilla, rich oak and citrus. The first sip of this craft bourbon brings a smooth transition, followed by a drawn-out, soothing warm finish. Wicket & Peg is created using the most sustainable practices possible and the purest ingredients available.

All Blue Valley High Schools 
Rated as Nation’s Best

All five Blue Valley high schools were recently named to a list of best high schools compiled by U.S. News & World Report. Blue Valley North, Blue Valley High, Blue Valley Southwest, Blue Valley Northwest and Blue Valley West topped the Kansas high school list, ranking in five of the top six spots. All schools were also awarded a silver medal.

The school ranking system is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators. The four-step ranking process introduced new measures that reward schools for exceptionally high performance on state assessment tests, regardless of their poverty level, and introduced a new step to the methodology that requires schools to meet or surpass a basic benchmark for their graduation rate.

Don’t Miss the Artist Expo KC

Artist Expo KC presents the 2nd annual Johnson County Art Fair being held in the heart of Johnson County. Join the experience, interact with the artists, refresh at the beer garden with their signature sangria slushies, and then just kick back and enjoy the music and a sunny day. What a wonderful opportunity to support our hometown artists. Great Father’s Day gifts will be available. The event takes place at Rosanna Square (119th & Metcalf) on June 11 and 12 (Saturday from 10-7; Sunday from 10-5).

Shawnee Mission Students 
Earn Business Plan Awards

For the second consecutive year, Kimberly Tran, a senior at SM North, has been named the first-place winner in the First National Bank business plan competition. She was recently surprised in class with a $2,500 scholarship for a business plan for an alternative therapy practice called “Melodic Touch.” Matt Owens, a sophomore at SM Northwest, was awarded the second-place prize and $1,500 for his business plan called “Matt & Cheese.” Leslie Escareno, a senior at SM South, was presented with a $1,000 scholarship and the third-place prize for her business plan “Capture Hope,” which would assist individuals who are homeless by providing them opportunities to take photographs and earn money from the sale of the photographs.

JCCC Announces 2016-17 
Performing Arts Series Season

Foreigner, The Official Blues Brothers Revue, Bobby McFerrin and the Broadway tour of “Annie” lead the parade of stellar shows that will be part of the 2016-17 Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College.

The eclectic season, which will present more than 30 performances in the Carlsen Center’s Yardley Hall and Polsky Theatre, will take you from Puccini’s “La Bohème” (performed by the Wichita Grand Opera) to a musical play called “Everybody’s Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story;” from “Jazz 100,” which celebrates the 100th birthdays of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria and Thelonious Monk, to chamber ensemble Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, a co-presentation with Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City. For more information, call 913.469.4445 or visit

Two-Woman Art Show: 
A Layered Conversation

Two of our own talented women have combined to share the artistic result of their individual exploration of new ways to express themselves through their art. Jenny Meyer-McCall and Suze Ford are empowered by their inner dialogues and self discovery. They have pushed past the boundaries of their previous identities, freeing them, their voices, and their art. Embracing the evolution that occurs when an artist creates for the purpose of searching for what is possible with out anything to lose.

Their work is showing through August at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 212 Baltimore Avenue. KCMO 64108. 816.474.1919

Stems: A Garden Soiree

The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park is thrilled to celebrate the community with its signature event, Stems: A Garden Soiree at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. The gardens will blossom as a perfect setting for you to enjoy two bands, dancers, artists, over twenty featured restaurants, fine wines and beers, fireworks and a photo booth experience to entertain everyone at this fun summer party (rain or shine). Join the fun June 25, 7-11 p.m. General Admission: $120.