Boundary Waters Bound

Summer in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area—the pristine expanse of wilderness that hugs and spills over the Canadian border in northern Minnesota—is a sharp departure from the long, raw winter season where color is stripped from the landscape and snow-shoers dominate the frozen tundra.  Pine, fir and spruce co-mingle with leafed-out birches, aspens and maples and brilliant wildflowers. Mosquitoes and the…

Notre Dame de Sion Annual Gala Auction

More than 460 guests enjoyed an evening at the InterContinental ballroom for a “Sion Around the World” soiree featuring silent and live auctions, a car raffle, dinner and dancing to raise funds for Kansas City’s only pre-K through 12th grade independent Catholic school.

Wedding memories

As I sit around living rooms and kitchen tables with friends who have children of marrying age, I’m learning that there are two kinds of weddings. There are the ones that meet the wants and desires of the parents who are footing the bill and then there are the kinds of weddings where the bride and groom make all of…

May 2015 Around Town

Fire Chief Bryan Dehner recently released his department's annual report which highlighted the opening of a two-person squad house in a residential neighborhood, merging operations with the Merriam Fire Department, improving service for both cities while saving each money, and being recognized as a fully-accredited department.
The Overland Park Fire Department moved into a new squad house, partnered with its neighbors in Merriam for improved and…

9th Annual Wabash CannonBall

Nearly 800 guests gathered at the Overland Park Convention Center to celebrate purple pride at the black-tie event hosted by the K-State Alumni Association to raise money for scholarships for future K-Staters from the Kansas City area. 

Lyric Opera Circle Champagne Ball

The KC Convention Center was transformed into a setting of old world elegance and entertainment highlighting arias of toasting and celebration from some of the world's most beloved operas performed by the Lyric Opera Chorus with featured guest artist Liam Bonner. 

Three Local Girls Realize Success at the Tip of Their Fingers

Three area students have proven that, despite the challenges of visual impairment, they can clearly see a bright future for themselves, as evidenced by their recent standout performances in a high-profile competition designed specifically for the visually impaired.

Mid-Year Changes Enhance Volvo’s S60

After last year’s styling tweaks to the S60, Volvo has given the car a midyear update that includes more technology and in-car connectivity.


Your garage is calling….and it is tired of its appearance and how it has been neglected over the years. As a space that represents up to 20 percent of your home’s total size, the garage is often overlooked as a home improvement candidate.  Yet, the garage is used and visited or used by homeowners nearly every day and often serves as the…

A Labor of Love

When Overland Park residents and artistic craftsmen Jacqueline Greene and David Buell decided to marry, they envisioned a different sort of celebration.

Seaside Wedding Splendor in the Midwest

Did you know there is a place right here, on the edge of Kansas City, that can give you the look and feel of being at your favorite seaside eatery? The Marina Grog and Galley at Lake Lotawana boasts of world-class cuisine and a scenic atmosphere year round at the water’s edge.

Listen to Your Mother

In 2010, Ann Imig organized a live-staged reading event in Madison, Wisc., to bring together her community—mothers and non-mothers alike—and provide a forum for a diversity of voices to share their personal stories. These readers spoke honestly and openly about motherhood, family, childhood and parenting. And so, the Listen to Your Mother movement was born. This one event quickly grew…

Of Monkeys & Marriage

 They say in space no one can hear you scream.  I hope the same is true for 300 feet up in a Mexican jungle, flying between the mountain tops, tethered by a seat harness and hanging on for dear life. If not, I left some terrified monkeys in my wake.  After 20 years of Mexican beach trips, I thought I…