Read the September 2014 Issue of Johnson County Lifestyle!

Calendar of Events

Charlie Parker Celebration

08/14/2014 - 08/31/2014

KANSAS CITY

Organizers have scheduled a series of events to honor Parker, who would turn 94 on Aug. 29. Parker is one of the most important and influential saxophonists and jazz icons. For more information on all the activities: KCJazzAlive.org or AmericanJazzMuseum.org

Kansas City Irish Fest

08/29/2014 - 08/31/2014

CROWN CENTER

Commemorate Kansas City’s proud Celtic heritage with three days of music, dancing and exhibits. Call 816.561.7555 or visit
KCIrishFest.com for ticket information.

Mercy Mondays

09/01/2014 - 09/29/2014

LENEXA

Every Monday our friends at Pie 5 Pizza donate 5 percent of their sales to Children’s Mercy. Enjoy a night out for some great pizza and help this local hospital. PieFivePizza.com

Union Station Centennial Celebration Kickoff

09/05/2014

Union Station

The free family evening of entertainment and Centennial Kickoff to commemorate 100 years include live music concert, “Union Station Revealed” a breathtaking outdoor digital show with spectacular fireworks finale.

Spinach Festival

09/06/2014

LENEXA

Lenexa was hailed as the “Spinach Capital of the World” during the 1930s. Celebrate that history at this fun, family-oriented event, a fun-filled day of food, music, entertainment, arts and antique vendors. Lenexa.org.

11th Annual SASS-MoKan Walk

09/07/2014

LOOSE PARK

Suicide Awareness Survivor Support Missouri-Kansas (SASS-MoKan) will hold its 11th Annual Remembrance Walk at Loose Park, (51st & Wornall). This community walk is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one to a traumatic death. SASS-MoKan.com.

Musical Theater Heritage's Musical Tuesday

09/09/2014

CROWN CENTER

Off Center Theatre, Level 3. If you missed Musical Monday, or just want to enjoy a second straight night of great music, this is the event for you. Featuring some of the finest voices in Kansas City. Reservations required. 816.545.6000 or MTHKC.com.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

09/10/2014 - 09/14/2014

KANSAS CITY

Presenting Built To Amaze!, an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where children of all ages find out what it takes to build The Greatest Show On Earth. High-energy, high-jinx and hilarity is ready to be transported by colorful circus machinery and unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes. $15 SprintCenter.com

Scout Strong Challenge 5K & Half Marathon

09/13/2014

SPORTING PARK

Join Kansas City area friends of scouting for the Scout Strong Challenge 5K and half marathon. Scouts of all ages are welcome, as well as athletes looking for a flat course and a personal best time. Race start time is 7:30 a.m. Learn more at ScoutStrongChallenge.org.

Tower Run Family 5K Walk/Run

09/13/2014

UNITY VILLAGE

Dreaming is the first step to making it happen. Get ready to step out and support the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City at this Event. UnityVillage.org/TowerRun

Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show

09/13/2014

MERRIAM

Rain or shine, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Door prizes, special events, awards. Registration limited. Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive. More info at 913.322.5550.

Mission Arts & Food Festival

09/19/2014 - 09/20/2014

MISSION

The 11th Annual Mission Arts & Eats Festival & 7th Annual Battle of the Brisket a at the Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center, 6200 Martway in Mission. The festival is a fun-filled two-day event offering a variety of activities and entertainment for the entire family. MissionCVB.org.

Friends of Shawnee Town Fall Festival

09/20/2014

SHAWNEE

Your $1 donation benefits Shawnee Town 1929 and gives you access to 100 vendors, great arts and crafts, raffles, music, tours and much more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ShawneeTown.org.

Get Your Rear in Gear 5K & Fun Run

09/20/2014

KANSAS CITY, KANS.

Register for the Kansas City Get Your Rear in Gear® 5K Run/Walk to help raise funds for colon cancer awareness efforts in the Kansas City area. Monies raised will stay in our community, helping with prevention, early detection and treatment, and healthy living projects for this disease. At Legends Outlets. GetYourRearInGear.com

Sandy Paws Charity Volleyball Tournament

09/20/2014

MARTIN CITY

This sand volleyball tournament is a benefit for Paws 4 Autism Lee’s Summit, a local nonprofit whose mission is to bring Autism Service Dogs and related services to children who demonstrate autism spectrum behaviors. Play begins at 10 a.m.

Overland Park Regional Grand Opening & Community Open House

09/20/2014

OPRMC Campus

Kids’ activities, free blood-pressure checks, flu shots (based on availability, age 10 years and older), cooking demonstrations, food trucks and more. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m  at 10500 Quivira Rd., OP, KS 66213.

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

09/23/2014 - 10/19/2014

CROWN CENTER

The Coterie, Level 1. With keen intensity and uplifting songs of the period, a dynamic cast reveals this compelling story of Rosa Parks, a black, upstanding citizen of the community, refuses to give up her seat to a white man. 816.474.6552 or TheCoterie.org.

Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Fall Breakfast

09/25/2014

OVERLAND PARK CONVENTION CENTER

The event celebrates district excellence and features Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Hinson as he delivers the State of the District Address. Individual reservations $40 at SMEF.org or call 913.993.9360.

Annual Museum Day Live!

09/27/2014

VARIOUS METRO MUSEUMS

Local museums join museums nationwide in SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE’s annual Museum Day Live! Event, opening their doors to the public for free. Tickets at SmithsonianMag.com/MuseumDay/Tickets.

Louisburg Cider Festival

09/27/2014 - 09/28/2014

LOUISBURG

Thoughts turn to Ciderfest Festivities as soon as the leaves begin turning red and gold! Louisburg Cider Mill brings you some good old fashioned apple cider fun. The first course of the Ciderfest is watching how apples are freshly pressed into 100 percent pure apple cider. Many other fun activities, too. LouisburgCiderMill.com

Go Girl Run Kansas City

09/28/2014

OVERLAND PARK

The Run’s half-marathon and 5K events will start and finish in Prairiefire at 135th Street and Nall Avenue. The run, managed by Ultramax Sports, is designed to positively impact women’s lives by celebrating friendship, health and fitness. To register and learn more visit GoGirlRun.com.

Paws for Celebration

10/02/2014

OVERLAND PARK

This benefit to support the work and mission of Canine Companions for Independence takes place from 5-8 p.m. at McCarthy Morse Chevrolet, 9201 Metcalf, Overland Park. Admission $10. Wine Flight $25 (includes admission and three glasses of wine) Joe Lauria from Channel 4 will emcee. The event will include light finger food, wine tasting and a silent and live auction.