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Weston Family Clinic and Med Spa Expands to Parkville as Genesis Medical Spa

Overall health and beauty is a focus of Debra C. Keith, D.O. at Genesis Medical Spa. Those interested in affordable cosmetic treatments from a board-certified and highly experienced doctor should see Dr. Keith at her new Parkville location in Picture Hills. Everything from weight loss, cosmetic injections, laser-spa services, and aesthetician services are now housed in one convenient central location.

Dr. Keith also is a certified injector for Therapeutic Botox for migraine headaches.

Family Practice, cosmetic injections and weight loss services are offered at our second location at Weston Family Clinic & Medical Spa in Weston, Missouri, a scenic drive 20 minutes from Kansas City.

For more information, visit WFCMedSpa.com or call 816.452.2200.

The “Best Small Town in Missouri” now at your fingertips

The new Weston, Missouri mobile app is now available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The Weston app is a result of collaboration between the Weston Chamber of Commerce and Mojo Mobile Media. The app has the tools to plan a getaway to remember, featuring the best of Weston’s shops, restaurants, accommodations, attractions, and events. To download the app, search the app store or Google Play for “WestonMO.”

These are a just a few of the features of the Weston Missouri app: search for shopping, restaurants, accommodations, events, and more with easy-to-navigate categories. Browse the best of what Weston has to offer. Throw away the maps! Turn-by-turn directions are incorporated to help you travel to Weston easily. Check out the events calendar to stay updated on everything Weston.

The Weston App allows users to subscribe to specific categories of interest that they would like to receive regarding promotions and events.

While the app is designed to supplement the traditional visitors’ guide, it is also perfectly suitable for local residents to stay up-to-date with Weston information.

Downtown Weston’s historic Main Street with structures built in the 1840’s are home to specialty shops, museums, galleries, a variety of restaurants, quaint B&Bs and a historic hotel. Camp, hike, and bike in the rolling hills of the state park, visit educational farms, or tour the brewery and distillery. Enjoy live music and special events. Download the app and plan your trip today!

Children’s Mercy Ranked in all 10 Specialties as One of Nation’s Top Pediatric Hospitals

For the fourth year, Children’s Mercy is once again recognized as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2016-17 “Best Children’s Hospitals” report. Children’s Mercy is listed among the best in the nation in all 10 pediatric specialties included in the nationwide survey.

Those pediatric specialties include: cancer, cardiology, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

This year, U.S. News surveyed more than 180 pediatric centers to gather clinical and operational data. This data was then combined with results from a reputational survey in which board-certified pediatric specialists representing the 10 specialties were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty.

“Being listed again this year among the nation’s best – in all 10 specialties – clearly affirms that the Kansas City region has one of the best children’s hospitals,” says Dr. Randall O’Donnell, President and CEO of Children’s Mercy. “The whole hospital and all its employees are a part of what makes us outstanding. And we aren’t done yet. Much more can and will be accomplished as we practice, teach and research the best ways to deliver quality pediatric care and provide the best outcomes for our patients and families, today and in the future.”

Northland Agencies Merge to Assist the Developmentally Disabled

Concerned Care, Inc. and Immacolata Manor have announced a merger effective July 1. As Life Unlimited, Inc., its more than 250 employees will provide residential, day habilitation and employment services to more than 200 individuals and therapeutic recreation services to over 500 people. Executive offices will remain in both Liberty and North Kansas City.

Barbara M. Griggs and Julie Edlund (former Executive Directors) will continue to lead the new organization as Co-Chief Executive Officers. Both agree that joining the two organizations will result in increased and enhanced opportunities for the individuals served. For further information contact Connie Chambers at 816.781.4332 x228 or Lori O’Donnell at 816.474.3028.

Children International Hosts 
First Friday Event

Headquartered in Kansas City, Children International is working to end child poverty around the world. Together, with people like you, they are more than a nonprofit. They are a powerful force for change. Join Children International at First Fridays in the Crossroads on August 5th from 5-10 p.m. to catch glimpses of the beauty of life around the world where children are given a place, a team, and a path out of poverty. The event will be held at the Clubhouse by Freshcassette at 512 E 18th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Email Brittany Gelbach at bgelbach@children.org for information.

Northland Musician Opens for Willie Nelson

Northlander Jimmie Bratcher gets the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to open up for the legendary Willie Nelson on August 5 in Sturgis, South Dakota. Bratcher, most commonly known as “The Electric Rev” has performed before at The Legendary Buffalo Chip but never on the main stage and never before Willie Nelson. Bratcher’s lightning-strike performances crackle with high-voltage guitar playing and emotionally charged vocals. Bratcher makes the hairs rise on the arms of the crowds he entertains in the map of clubs, festivals, bike rallies, churches and prisons that he calls “the road.” For more information on his upcoming concerts, visit JimmieBratcher.com.

Swift Mile Seeks Vendors

This fall will bring a new festival to North Kansas City with the Swift Mile taking place on September 13-15th. Swift Mile features a local maker/artist market and performance artists providing entertainment throughout the event. They will have food trucks and musicians placed strategically in the market enticing you to venture down Swift. Tour the tucked away hidden gem that is historic downtown North Kansas City with a day of sampling NKC food and drink establishments– ranging from classic neighborhood pubs, to new craft brew powerhouses that are putting us on the map! Music, art, and local specials to be announced.

For more information about the festival, visit TheSwiftMile.com.

Grants awarded to innovatively promote healthy eating and active living

Five recipient organizations of Healthy Partnerships grants in a combined total of $36,875 were announced at Heartland Foundation’s Board of Trustees meeting. Heartland Foundation, along with Mosaic Life Care and North Kansas City Hospital, encourage and fund outcomes-based, collaborative initiatives designed to improve health in a 19-county northwest Missouri region. Combining resources allows for greater impact, and through this multi-decade collaboration called Healthy Partnerships, matching grants are awarded annually.

Area nonprofit organizations were encouraged to develop innovative ideas that positively impact health issues. The focus of the projects for 2016 awards was developing solutions that promote Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL).

Learn more about Heartland Foundation’s initiatives, programs, grants, and scholarships by calling call 816.271.7200 (800.447.1083) or visiting HeartlandFoundation.org.

Northland Exposure Artists Gallery Moves to New Location

The Northland Exposure Artists’ Gallery will move to its new home at 519 Main Street in Weston, Missouri in mid-August. The gallery is a cooperative of artists and has anchored Main Street Parkville for many years. For more information about the move and grand reopening, visit NorthlandArtists.com.

Learning to Smile at Life’s Last Laughs

Although there’s nothing funny about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, members of the Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City North recently took a bittersweet view of this widespread illnesses with Arts & AGEing KC, a non-profit organization that seeks to enrich the lives of older adults through artful aging.

Deb Campbell and her team of performers, including some who are dealing with the illnesses in loved ones or themselves, presented a dialog of coping based on their experiences and fact, including a stark reminder that every 67 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, while one of every nine people over the age of 65 suffer from some form of dementia.

A big problem involves lack of awareness. One performer recounted how his wife was arrested for stealing by fraud after she used theater money at several local stores. “I told her it was just play money, but she insisted it was real and I didn’t know she had kept it,” he recalls, explaining how police arrested her at their home. “It took months to straighten everything out, but the charges were finally dropped. People just don’t know about this.”

The coalition meets quarterly at Tri-County Mental Health Services, which sponsors the group. Open to older adults, caregivers and professionals, the meeting features a lunch hour schedule and participants are invited to bring refreshments. The next meeting is Sept. 15 with Elder Law Attorney Glen Smith who will discuss  Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Tonya Rother at 816.877.0481 or

tonyar@tri-countymhs.org.