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Bubble Soccer Tournament 
to Benefit Hillcrest

Shawnee Mission East High School will host the 2nd Annual Hillcrest Hero Bubble Soccer Tournament on Saturday, April 9 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The tournament benefits Hillcrest Transitional Housing, a non-profit dedicated to bringing homeless families and youth into self-sufficiency. About 32 Teams will compete in a double elimination challenge for ages 14+ for the grand prize of a night out at Escape KC. Teams are assigned times upon entry at: Individual tickets are $20 and teams are $200.

Teams are encouraged but not required to raise funds. Prizes are given to teams raising $500, $1000 and the most money earned. The children’s area will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a zorb and bubble suits for their enjoyment. Concessions and raffles will be available with gift cards to Ifly, Escape Kc, Olive Garden, Live Fit,  Schlitterbahn and more.

Lifestyle Publications, the company that brings you Johnson County Lifestyle, is proud to sponsor this event.

Collaborative Office Complex Opens in Overland Park

A new collaborative office complex offering flexible business membership options opened in Overland Park last month. Located at 12022 Blue Valley Parkway, one block south of 119th Street, The GRID features a community of workspace environments including private offices, reserved desks, conference rooms and meeting areas plus a variety of co-working areas situated in a professional, high-tech atmosphere.

The GRID is redefining the business atmosphere, providing functional and fluid workspaces with affordable pricing levels and minimizes overhead costs for individuals who work out of their home or in small offices.

Business entrepreneurs can purchase time options that vary from annual memberships to co-working arrangements on a weekly or monthly basis. The 17,000-square-foot facility also has fully equipped, meeting rooms and a commercial kitchen, available to members and non-members.

Membership information can be obtained online at

Blue Valley Teacher Named 
Kansas Master Teacher

Encouraging, supportive, creative and inspiring are just a few words to describe Adriane Falco, music teacher at Stanley Elementary. These are also a few of the many reasons Falco was recently selected as a 2016 Emporia State University Kansas Master teacher.

Established in 1953, the annual Master Teacher award is presented to teachers who have served the profession long and well and who typify the qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers. Falco is the 22nd Blue Valley teacher to earn the recognition to date.

“Adriane is truly a master at her craft in teaching music to our students,” says Desiree Rios, Stanley Elementary principal. “Her passion for music and the performing arts is apparent each day as she offers students unique and creative experiences.”

This year marks Falco’s sixth year teaching at Stanley Elementary. In Falco’s classroom, she believes that all children can learn and be successful. She strives to personalize learning for each student, while also teaching her students life skills they can carry with them beyond the classroom. With standards set high for both her students and herself, Falco is able to successfully channel her love for music and education to provide her students a personalized learning experience.

Memorial Being Created 
To Honor Shooting Victims

It has been almost two years since a senseless hate crime took the lives of Dr. William Lewis Corporon, his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, and Teresa LaManno. These tragedies were followed by an overwhelming show of unity and support for the families, including a memorial service four days later attended by more than 1,000 people of all faiths and ethnicities. There was a tremendous sense of loss felt throughout the community.

At the same time, the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom received contributions in memory of the victims. After lengthy consideration, staff and lay leaders decided to pool resources in order to create a public memorial on the site of the Jewish Community Campus. Now that idea is coming to fruition. The sculpture will be located on the west side of the Campus, adjacent to the entrance to the White Theatre.

In fall, the group selected a design by sculptor Jesse Small. He completed his MFA at the Kansas City Art Institute, maintained a studio in the early years of the Crossroads and has had several solo exhibitions in the area. Local public installations can be seen at Arrowhead Stadium, the Olathe Community Center and just blocks from the Jewish Community Campus at the entrance to I-Lan Park.

“When people look at my sculpture, I want them to experience it as a memorial that is dynamic, a beacon for change that is ongoing and positive…promoting kindness and love over all else,” Small says.

A private dedication ceremony will take place in mid-April after which the memorial will be open for public viewing.

50th Anniversary Will Celebrate KC’s Only Jewish Day School

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Kansas City’s only Jewish day school, is marking a milestone this year. The school will celebrate its 50th anniversary – quite an accomplishment for an institution that started with only a handful of students in a small building.

But thanks to the dedication of its founding parents, the faculty that has taught there and the students it has educated, HBHA is recognized as one of the top private schools in the metro area and beyond.

HBHA will celebrate its golden anniversary on April 11, with a very special musical concert featuring Music Director Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. At that time Neil and Blanche Sosland, HBHA founding parents and community philanthropists, will be recognized with the prestigious Civic Service Award.

Initially, HBHA began as a kindergarten through third grade school. Then the school added one grade each year until it became a K-8 school, and later a K-12 school.

The Attractive Trap: Local Author’s Book Tackles Toxic Relationships

The face of an unhealthy relationship can take many forms — controlling behavior, physical or mental abuse, manipulation and more. And for the many women trapped in these relationships, getting out can seem impossible. Local author and well-known coach and business strategist Teresa Carey tackles this tough subject with empathy and action-oriented practical insights in The Attractive Trap.

The Attractive Trap, available on Amazon, offers up vivid, real-life accounts of women caught in unhealthy relationships. Each woman’s story spans the entirety of her relationship — from the early promise of hope tempered by apparent signs of abuse, to the gradual realization of its destructiveness, and ultimately to freedom from the trap.  Carey complements the vignettes with perceptive insights and advice on recognizing the signs of an unhealthy relationship, and how to take steps to move beyond it.

“It can be so easy to find ourselves trapped in a destructive or abusive relationship,” says Carey. “The signs may be there, but it’s easier to justify or ignore the behavior of a partner than it is to delve deep and face the reality of what the relationship has become. My deepest hope for anyone in that situation is to have the insight to know she is caught in a place of deceit and that she deserves better. That awareness will enable her to work to a new place of freedom, move forward and eventually recognize how to in some way use the pain to help others.”

Food From the Bar

What do you call hundreds of our area’s most prominent lawyers helping our local food pantries?  Food from the Bar!

Join the legal community to fight hunger April 1 through April 29. “Food from the Bar” raises donations for Cross-lines food pantry. Among those uniting to fight against hunger are: Berson Law Group LLP, Foulston Siefkin, LLP, Beam-Ward, Kruse, Wilson, & Fletes, LLC, Jackson & Wade, LLC, Walden & Pfannenstiel LLC, the Missouri Federal courthouse, and Kansas Women Attorneys Association. Help guarantee full stomachs for our children and elderly. To donate or learn more information, contact Susan Berson at