October 2015 Around Town 3

Lifestyle Reader’s Choice Awards

We invite our readers to be a part of the first ever Lifestyle Reader’s Choice Awards, an opportunity to acknowledge the best businesses in and around our community. Log onto JohnsonCountyLifestyle.com during October and November to make a nomination or to cast your votes. Winners will be announced after all of the votes are counted and a special awards ceremony will be held after the New Year.

Local Recording Artist Partners with Susan G. Komen

Overland Park native Nate Evans is sharing his talents as a professional recording artist and has partnered up with Susan G. Komen®,  the global leader of the breast cancer movement. His goal is to help raise money for breast cancer through the promotion of his new single “Keep Fighting.”

Michael A. Levine, a spokesman for Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City, comments about the partnership: “We are honored that a recording artist like Nate Evans would consider partnering with our organization. Nate’s notoriety and audience have helped us expand the reach of our message to the masses. By mentioning us on YouTube and being featured so prominently on his social media platforms, we are able to reach another segment of listeners. Breast cancer education, awareness and advocacy are key to our success and having a performer like Nate aligned with Komen Kansas City is a true benefit for all of us.”

Botanical Brewfest at the OP Arboretum

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens will host the Botanical Brewfest on October 10 from 4–8 p.m. This year’s festival promises to bring more entertainment and beer choices than ever before. Available now at OPABG.org, tickets start at just $40 per person for group tickets, and all tickets are inclusive.

The Arboretum is located just south of the metro, yet it feels like another world. The event is held lakeside, so attendees are guaranteed beautiful scenery.

Not only will it be beautiful, there will be lots to eat and drink. Crawford Sales Company will provide more than 30 of their craft beers, and more than 10 local breweries will be represented including Green Room, KC Bier, Torn Label, Granite City and the Brew Lab. For good measure, Clear10 Vodka will also be making cocktails. There will be multiple options for participants’ munching pleasure, including burgers, sausages, pretzels and more.

The event will benefit the Friends of the Arboretum, a part of the Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park.

Holiday Home Tour Tickets Now Available

Tickets are now available for the 24th Annual Johnson County Young Matrons Home for the Holiday Homes Tour which will take place November 17 from 9:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. The lovely homes on this year’s tour are located in Leawood, Overland Park and Olathe.

Tour tickets are available October 25 through November 17 at Hen House, Hy-Vee and Price Chopper grocery stores or purchase on line at JCYM.net and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

The Boutique will be open Nov. 16 from noon – 9 p.m. and Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. There will be 50 vendors from around the metro area with unique gifts for everyone. This is a free event located at the Ritz Charles, 9000 West 137 St.

JCYM has a 54-year tradition of serving Johnson County through volunteer activities and fundraising efforts.

Be Furever Loyal to the Royals

Great Plains SPCA’s Furever Loyal shirts are a fun and unique way to show your support for the Royals as well as support local shelter pets. All proceeds from these t-shirts benefit the 35,000 pets that local nonprofit Great Plains serves annually. Show your affiliation to either Team Cat or Team Dog while staying true to the boys in blue. Sport your new duds at The K or around town and you’ll be sure to find a fellow pet-lover who wants to know just where you bought yours. Shop online in their Etsy store or visit their retail locations in either Merriam or Independence.

Country Club Plaza Welcomes Two New Brands

Two new stores are expected to open on the Plaza this fall.

Charlie Hustle will open its first pop-up shop in Kansas City. Founded in 2012 by Chase McAnulty, Charlie Hustle is a favorite vintage sportswear brand of many Kansas Citians. The brand bridges the gap between young and old with its “vintage made fresh” designs. Over the years, Charlie Hustle has successfully created some of Kansas City’s most iconic leisure apparel, including the “heart KC” T-shirts and hats. The store will be located at 419 W. 47th St.

Founded in Germany 20+ years ago, VOM FASS is a gourmet food store offering vintage wines and premium vinegars, oils and spirits. VOM FASS hand-picks the highest-quality ingredients from around the world in order to create its signature flavors. The Country Club Plaza store, 515 Nichols Road, will be VOM FASS’ flagship location in Kansas City.

Kansas City F.A.R.E Walk

Did you know that an estimated 15 million Americans live with a food allergy? The Kansas City FARE Walk for Food Allergy unites the KC food allergy community in the goal of ensuring a safer world for those who live with food allergy – a potentially life-threatening disease – and the search for a cure.

We invite our readers to be a part of the first ever Lifestyle Reader’s Choice Awards, an opportunity to acknowledge the best businesses in and around our community. Log onto JohnsonCountyLifestyle.com during October and November to make a nomination or to cast your votes. Winners will be announced after all of the votes are counted and a special awards ceremony will be held after the New Year. The walk is a free, family-friendly event featuring games, bounce houses and a kid’s fun zone. Money raised helps fund food allergy education, advocacy, awareness and research. Walkers and teams join in personal fundraising efforts in their communities and each walk celebrates the generous support given to those living with food allergies.

This year’s walk will take place at Theis Park, across from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on October 24. To find out more and create your team, visit FoodAllergyWalk.org/KansasCity2015.

If you need assistance registering or have further questions please contact the FARE Southwest Regional Office at 469.317.3228.

Serving Our Country Overseas

Lt.j.g. Niklas Rueter of Shawnee, verifies a .50-caliber machine gun is clear and safe during a weapons qualification aboard USS Porter (DDG 78)  on Sept. 3, 2015. Porter, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

New Home Construction at the Fall Parade of Homes

The Fall Parade of Homes returns to Kansas City October 3-18 and will feature new homes throughout the metropolitan area. Presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas City market is the second largest Parade of Homes in the United States. A much-anticipated event for 68 years, the tour will showcase the area’s premier new homes, home builders and communities.

All homes will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. Free guide books will be available for pickup at all Parade homes during the tour. In addition, an online home search is available at KCParadeOfHomes.com along with a mobile website feature to map an online tour. Homes can be searched by price, location, builder, floor plan and subdivision.