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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.

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. Many local businesses and individuals contribute to the event.  Details and a schedule are at StarSpangledSpectacular.org.

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: ArtOfTheCarconcours.com.

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.

Page Turners: Wolves Can’t Fly

What was supposed to be the most exciting pregame entrance ever for KC Wolf almost cost Dan Meers his life. On a wintry November afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium, he gazed out over the empty field as he prepared to practice the bungee jump and zip line stunt that would have the KC Chiefs crowd going crazy the next afternoon. As he launched himself from the lights 260 feet above the football field, the stunt went terribly wrong.

In his book, Wolves Can’t Fly, Missouri native Meers, who has been the KC Wolf mascot for more than 25 years, writes candidly about how his faith, his family and his friends got him through the recovery period from this horrific accident. His story will inspire you and encourage you to live each day so that it deserves an exclamation point at the end of it, rather than a period or, dare we say, a question mark. $16.99 Available at Amazon.com or CharacterThatCounts.org.

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 chic and 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 this special 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 NoshNocteKC.eventbrite.com.

Nannies of KC Under New Ownership

Nannies of Kansas City has been providing families throughout our area with the finest childcare professionals since 1983. 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 or daycare, they are here to help. For more details, visit NanniesKC.com.

All Blue Valley High Schools Named Among 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.

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.

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.)

JCDHE and Hy-Vee Team Up to Offer Healthy Meal Kits

In an effort to combat the rising rates of chronic disease, Hy-Vee and Live Well Johnson County (an initiative of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment) partnered to develop healthy, nutritious Take and Make Meal Kits. The meal kits are available at the 119th and Ridgeview Hy-Vee location and the adjacent Hy-Vee convenience store. The kits are pre-assembled and meet the American Heart Association Guidelines for calories, saturated fats and sodium content. The meals include all the ingredients needed to take home and put it in the oven or crock pot or in the freezer for later.

Avoiding Scams Against Seniors Workshop

Estate Planning Kansas City, Waddell & Reed and Reece Nichols are co-sponsoring an event designed to educate senior citizens on current schemes and scams against seniors and how to protect themselves. The guest speaker is Jason Novotny, Investigator from the Johnson County District Attorney’s office. The presentation will be held at 6300 Lamar, Overland Park, on June 8 at 11 a.m. with a light lunch provided.  Space is limited so please RSVP to 913.766.7188.

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.

Visit the website for more information or call 913.469.4445. JCCC.edu/TheSeries.