Fall Parade of Homes Kicks off Sept 28

The Fall Parade of Homes returns to Kansas City Sept. 28-Oct. 13. The Parade features homes by some of the area’s finest builders and includes townhomes, villas and single-family homes with a variety of floor plans featuring the latest design trends. 

Presented twice a year by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (HBA), the Kansas City Parade of Homes is the second largest in the United States. Since 1947, millions of greater Kansas City residents and visitors have enjoyed viewing the latest in-home innovations, styles and decorating, and this year’s Spring Parade will be no different as it showcases the area’s premier new homes, home builders and communities.

All homes will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission. Free Parade guides will be available for pickup at the HBA (I-435 & Holmes) beginning the week prior and at all Parade homes during the event. In addition, consumers will be able to download a user-friendly mobile app at KCParadeofHomes.com.

Life Fest

Barbecue, mocktails and blues therapists top the menu at this mental health mashup. Child, trauma, addiction, LBGTQ and grief counselors alongside sound, Reiki and energy therapists invite any and all into their talk and treatment tents for free all day. The event will be held at Mulberry Lake at The Village at Briarcliff because it will take a village to heal the community and cease suicides. Music will be provided by The Ragged Few, the NKC high school band, hip hop artist Tamicka Monson and more. For a list of mental health speakers and full agenda visit LifeFestKC.com. There will also be drawings for gifts from generous merchants at The Village at Briarcliff.


Children’s Mercy Recognized in Ten Specialties

Children’s Mercy Kansas City is once again recognized as one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 “Best Children’s Hospitals” report. For the fifth year in a row, Children’s Mercy is listed with the best in the country in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties included in the survey. Children’s Mercy is among an elite handful of pediatric hospitals which consistently rank in all 10 specialties. 

“Five of our specialties made gains this year, including our Neonatology team which rose nearly 30 spots,” said Paul Kempinski, MS, FACHE, president and CEO of Children’s Mercy. 

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 areas were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty.

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

The full rankings and methodology are available at USNews.com/childrenshospitals.



Dates Announced for 2019 Park University Golf Scramble

The 2019 Park University Golf Scramble, a four-person tournament that benefits the University’s Parkville Campus athletic programs, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14, at The National Golf Club of Kansas City. Golfers get on the course with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. An awards program will be held immediately following the completion of the tournament.

Tournament sponsorship fees are $225 per golfer or $900 per four-person team and include 18 holes of golf with a cart, box lunch on the course, driving range access prior to the event, on-course games and contests, and refreshments. In addition, a variety of sponsorship packages are available, ranging in price from $1,400 to $5,000. To register for the tournament or for more information, visit www.park.edu/golf.