A Performing Arts Bucket List

On occasion I like to challenge myself to see more of this great city of ours. I plan field trips and insist that we leave “the bubble” for a dinner out. In honor of our arts themed issue, I create this handy dandy check-off list. Go ahead and cut it out. Use it as a bucket list of sorts...a list…

Around Town

iFLY, the new experiential entertainment venue in Overland Park, is now open and offers the thrill of indoor skydiving to folks of all ages. They make the dream of flight a reality by giving customers “wings” in a safe and reliable environment. Located at I-435 and Metcalf, the unique building uses a wind tunnel to simulate the skydiving experience. After…

Sunflower Bank Grand Opening

More than 200 people in our community offered a warm welcome to the bank's new branch locations in Leawood and Overland Park. The festivities included live jazz, prizes, hors d’oeuvres, libations, and a grand prize. Welcome, Sunflower Bank!

Catholic Charities Snow Ball

The 42nd annual event raised $2,154,000+ for Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas. Attended by more than 1,600 guests at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, the elegant black-tie gala supports programs and services which help the poor and most vulnerable.

Readers’ Choice Awards Event

The 42nd annual event raised $2,154,000+ for Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas. Attended by more than 1,600 guests at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, the elegant black-tie gala supports programs and services which help the poor and most vulnerable.

Taking All The Right Steps

Nestled on Blue Valley Parkway, right off of 119th Street, sits a unique business that’s creating a vibrant community that transcends age, marital status, musical tastes, and grace…or a lack thereof. The Overland Park Ballroom and Social Club only opened its doors in 2015, but during that time it’s garnered the loyalty of dancers—both experienced and new—as well as those…

Father-Son Team Paves the Way to Retirement Dreams

Want to make someone uncomfortable? Ask them if they’re ready for retirement. Because the truth is, a great percentage of those who cross the threshold into the offices of Cy Financial aren’t prepared. Thankfully, there’s much this father-son duo can do to change all that. This one-of-a-kind team has helped countless plan for their later years, and more importantly, enjoy…

The Volland Store in the Flint Hills is alive once again

It’s somehow fitting that the 103-year-old Kratzer Bros. Mercantile store that was home to Otto Kratzer and his camera is once again a community focal point that is used to display art and serve as an event space in Volland, Kan., a tiny hamlet about 8 miles southwest of Alma. Alma is about 100 miles west of Kansas City, just…

The Art of Noelle Stoffel

Everyday objects and nature looked at through new light, move me to produce something new. Inspiration can hit me at any moment. I can be walking down the street and see a puddle of water with the way the light bounces off it, and suddenly and I want grab a canvas and create my interpretation of what I see. I…

Ok Stella, Let’s Read a Story…

Before bed, 7-year-old Stella hears these words and is given a peek into a story no one else in the world has yet read, but one that has a good chance of being a favorite for children everywhere and an award winner in the eyes of adults. Stella’s dad, Overland Park artist Daniel Miyares, shares his ideas, characters and rough…

To Tax Today or Tax Tomorrow, That is the Question!

It is very interesting how often plumbers have leaky pipes and the insurance agent has no life insurance. People get busy in their professional lives and keep putting off what they can do for themselves today, in order to do for others they serve. This phenomenon combined with the fact that people are ultimately private and do not want any…

ICON Artworks

There are those works of art that are one-in-million, and then there are those that are once-in-a-lifetime. ICON Artworks, a locally-owned company specializing in cast bronze sculptures that not only delight the eye but intoxicate the senses, is creating one-of-a-kind works of art using the ancient “lost-wax” method of casting bronze, a timeless, classic medium. “Cast bronze dates back thousands…

A Perfect Weekender: Art-full Bentonville

Founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a charitable organization for all ages and walks of life to enjoy, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers many different points of access for visitors in user-friendly galleries and the outdoors. Just like Kansas City’s venerable institution, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, engages guests with s a sprawling expanse of…

From the Desk of…..

1. I have a huge variety of brushes. I pretty much pick up a handful every time I go to the art store. 2. Palette knives allow me to mix paint and to smear large amounts of paint on my canvas, and add textures. 3. I make a cappuccino almost every morning--it is my fuel! My favorite mug was made…