Area Charity to Assist with Police Dog Support

Most police dogs are cross-trained, so they can track people and drugs. They learn to scent on the ground, for the scent trail that a person leaves, and in the air. Air scenting is important, because that way a dog can sense if a suspect has circled back around to ambush the officer.

The K9s are expected to do all of the disciplines in which they are certified. A majority of the local K9s are certified in narcotics, obedience, aggression, building and area search, article search and tracking. All certifications are completed through the North American Police Work Dog Association.

Going to the Dogs, a new 501c3 nonprofit organization, focuses its efforts on improving the well-being of law enforcement’s K9s. The Board of Directors for Going to the Dogs works with law enforcement agencies on both sides of the state line to provide assistance for the K9 units. With budgetary constraints at the federal and state level, Going to the Dogs plans to fill the gap when funding is an issue.

Going to the Dogs is hosting their first fundraising event Thursday, October 15, at the Alexander Majors House and Barn starting at 6 p.m. For more information, contact

Mitzvah Garden Kansas City

The Mitzvah Garden Kansas City, a faith-based, community-supported vegetable garden located in southern Johnson County, is proud to announce that it has completed the fourth and final stage of its long-term sustainability project. On a mission to provide healthy food alternatives to those less fortunate in our community, Mitzvah Garden KC has been powered by local volunteers and has produced and provided organically-grown produce to local food pantries free of charge.

Mitzvah Garden KC is anticipating a much larger harvest in the years to come and is hopeful that more people of Kansas City will volunteer to help. For more information, visit or contact Gay Handler at 913.345.1118.

King Louie Repurposed as Arts & Heritage Center

Johnson County’s AAA credit rating helped the county achieve a better-than-market interest rate on the $21,460,000 in bonds issued to fund the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park. Slated for a 2017 opening, the former King Louie bowing and ice rink building will serve as the new home for the Johnson County Museum, provide an indoor theater for The Theater in the Park, include space for Johnson County Parks & Recreation District art and culture programming, and become a new advance voting site.

AMGutters Celebrates Milestone celebrates a milestone of repairing and replacing more than 20,000 professionally installed gutters in the Kansas City area. Known for their quality work and lifetime guaranteed solutions, and based in Olathe for over 28 years, they are the preferred dealer for the Rhino Gutter Guard and Gutter Glove guttering systems. Their goal has always been to provide a professional, quality solution and service before your gutters cause other problems to your home. As a second-generation, family-owned company, they stake their reputation on their customers’ satisfaction. For more information to solve a gutter problem or replace your gutters visit or call 913.780.0381 for a free quote over the phone.

New Spa Retreat in Overland Park

For seven years, Sunlight Day Spa has been the premier destination spa in the Kansas City metro. With increased demand and fully booked services, they have recently expanded their space located at I-435 and Metcalf. Renovations include additional treatment rooms to keep up with demand for aesthetic and massage services and Sunlighten™ purifying treatments, an ADA accessible treatment room and a couples retreat. The new lobby welcomes guests with a serine, earthy ambiance with a wooded area and waterfall that complements their famous beaded relaxation room. This is a must-see transformation. Get the kids back in school and transcend into relaxation at the all new Sunlight Day Spa. With the holidays around the corner, now is the time to book holiday spa parties and to buy holiday gift certificates.

Partnership Brings Golf to Students

The Shawnee Mission School District and the Midwest Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) are pleased to announce an exciting partnership to bring a new program to Shawnee Mission students.

The Midwest Section of the PGA’s Starting New at Golf (SNAG) in School program will be a part of the Shawnee Mission School District physical education curriculum, in kindergarten through eighth grade, starting in the fall of 2015. Matthew Johnson, director of student activities and athletics, reports that more than 20,000 students in elementary and middle schools have the chance to learn golfing skills through the SNAG in School program.

The program is being funded through a grant from the Midwest Section of the PGA, which will help provide equipment for schools and training for educators. Tom Aikmus, PGA professional at Lake Quivira and Matt Murdoch, PGA teaching professional at Mission Hills Country Club, will serve as task force managers of SNAG in School for the district.