November 2016 Around Town 1

Patriot Outreach Sends Local Military Family to the ‘Horse Whisperer’

Patriot Outreach partnered with Cerner to send Army SSG Joseph Oehring and his wife, Amber, to attend the “Horse Sense and Healing: Join-Up with Veterans” Clinic, administered by the legend, Monty Roberts, known as the ‘Horse Whisperer’. They experienced firsthand the use of non-verbal language with horses. This technique is a proven coping strategy to combat daily stress and even PTSI.

“If it wasn’t for the kind souls of our brothers and sisters that reach out to us. . . it saved my family. Thank you all!” says Amber Oehring.  Joseph and Amber expressed their deepest appreciation and encourage others to support and check out or contact Parkville retiree Colonel Jack Shafferman at 913.240.1261.

The Northland’s Only Indoor Golf Instruction Facility Expands in Parkville

Due to Golf Academy of the Northlands’ popularity, professional instructor J.T. Watson is joining the team as an integral part of their continued growth.  This indoor golf practice and training facility is the only ‘year round’ North of the river – conveniently located in Parkville Commons.  With the objective to achieve and maintain golf skills both on/off season, seasoned instructors give beginners to pros personalized programs for immediate & visible results.

Looking to impress your golf buddies or improve business conducted on the course?  Tailored one-on-one instruction provides direct/immediate feedback utilizing data (high-speed video, recorded lessons, and a full FlightScope ball flight launch monitor) plus a separate golf simulation room for practice.  The Academy is offering Northland Lifestyle’s readership an introductory swing analysis for $25 (November 1st – January 31st, 2017).  Interested in learning or improving your game?  Discover your true potential at this ideal time.  Schedule your swing analysis by calling today.  A better golf game awaits you at the start of the coming season!  Call 929.251.4653 or visit

Moscow Ballet chooses Ballet North to bring the Great Russian Nutcracker to Kansas City

Each year the Moscow Ballet brings the authentic Great Russian Nutcracker to cities all over North America and to do so they need to choose a partner ballet program that is qualified to handle the rehearsal process of a complex, full-length classical ballet.  For the first time ever, Moscow Ballet has chosen a Northland-based organization to partner with, Ballet North.  In an open audition held on October 5, Moscow Ballet’s Alisa Bolotnikova selected dancers for the 62 cast positions needed to complete the giant cast needed for the Great Russian Nutcracker.  Rehearsals are held at Ballet North; the performance is on November 26 at the Midland Theater.  Seeking to make this a Northland-wide endeavor, in addition to Ballet North, dancers were present from Studio 320 in Kearney, Luzicka Ballet and Studio 10 from Liberty, and Diana’s School of Dance in Platte City in the cast.  Tickets may be purchased online at

American Heart Association Kicks Off “Little Hats, Big Hearts” Project

The American Heart Association is kicking off the Little Hats, Big Hearts event by collecting knitted or crocheted red baby hats. The Little Hats, Big Hearts program raises awareness of heart disease, the number 1 killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. The hats will be distributed to babies born in hospitals throughout the Kansas City metro area during February, American Heart Month.

Hats will be collected from now through January 17, 2017 and volunteers are encouraged to visit for hat patterns and more information about the initiative. The American Heart Association is looking for hats in both newborn and preemie sizes made of yarn that is red, cotton or acrylic, medium to heavy weight, and machine washable and dryable. Donations of yarn are also accepted.

This is the second year of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program in Kansas City. All local donations must be received at the American Heart Association’s office in Kansas City (6800 W 93rd Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212) by Jan. 17. Hats can be mailed or delivered in person during business hours.

Northland Coffee Connect Finds New Home

The Northland Coffee Connect has moved its weekly small business and entrepreneurial forum to iWerx Café, 1520 Clay Street, North Kansas City, Missouri 64116.

Northland Coffee Connect is a free, weekly networking and entrepreneurial support event, incorporating succinct presentations by business owners who have inspiring stories to share with a diverse audience of mentors, advisers, and fellow business owners. Presenters and attendees are generally those interested in starting and growing businesses in Greater Kansas City’s Northland (including both Clay and Platte counties).

The doors open 7:45 a.m. for networking and coffee. At 8:00 a.m., that week’s presentation or discussion topic begins.

All Northlanders are encouraged to attend this free weekly networking event. If you would like to make a presentation to the group, please contact Terri at 913.406.8636

Northland Business Named First-Ever Recipient of the Western Region Auto Auction of the Year

Northland business KCI Auto Auction – which has donated more than $441,136 to local charities over the past four years – has been named the first ever recipient of the Western Region Auto Auction of the Year. The award is given by the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) in recognition of Excellence in Community Service

The honor includes a $5,000 gift to the nominating charities from NAAA. The gift was shared by three local charities that serve some of our most vulnerable children and families. The charities, which have benefited from KCI Auto Auction’s generosity, jointly nominated the business for its passionate volunteerism and fundraising.

For the past several years, KCI Auto Auction has been the single largest and most significant business supporter for each of the three nominating charities: Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), whose volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children who are under court protection; Camp Quality, a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer; and Sheffield Place, a treatment and supportive housing program for homeless mothers and their children.

The three charities were selected by KCI Auto Auction when a group of employees joined together to start its KCI Cares Campaign in 2012. In addition to KCI Auto Auction’s management donating a portion of their profits, the hardworking group raised funds through employee payroll deduction, special events, and donations from auction vendors and customers.

For the past four years, each of the beneficiary charities has had a dedicated “day at the auction” — a full day dedicated to raising funds for that organization both through the auction and donation opportunities for dealers, employees, and partners. They also have collected and donated sheets, pillows, towels, laundry detergent, diapers, wipes, and many other items.

KCI Auto Auction staff also volunteer their time to help with the charities’ events including providing skilled volunteers to serve as auctioneers and auction spotters, participating in annual golf tournaments, attending agency open houses, adopting families and children to provide holiday gifts, providing pro bono graphic design help, and providing treats and support for the charities’ staffs and volunteers.