Spay-ghetti and No Balls 2018

Spay-ghetti and No Balls was held February 24 at the Midland Theater. This annual event supports Spay & Neuter Kansas City, which is working to end pet homelessness through low-cost spay/neuter, wellness clinic and the provision of pet supplies and pet food. 

Opportunities are blooming!

What's that about April showers? If it means that Kansas City will be green again, bring them on! It's time to get out of the house and enjoy all that the Northland has to offer! 

April 2018 Around Town

Tri-County Mental Health invites the community to join efforts to raise awareness and reduce stigma for children and families challenged with mental illness at its annual 5K run-walk. This year's Tri-County Heart and Sole 5K Run-Walk will take place at Zona Rosa for the first time on Saturday, April 28.

Check Iceland Off Your Bucket List

The first time I went to Iceland, I had to fly from KCI to Denver and then catch Iceland Air to Reykjavik. Not any more! With the announcement of IcelandAir’s new summer route out of KCI, we can all get there easier, cheaper and faster.

Sustainability is Key to Barham Family Farm’s Livelihood

The origins of the 100-acre Barham Family Farm in Kearney trace to the 1800s, more than a century ago when infamous outlaw Jesse James was born in the area. Three generations of Barhams currently run the farm, using sustainable practices to care for the land where cattle, chickens, and other animals are raised.

Eagle Animal Hospital Celebrates 72 Years of Care and Commitment

Eagle Animal Hospital and Pet Resort, one of the first animal hospitals north of the Missouri River, celebrates 72 years of care this year.

Gardener

Is an artist the same without their palette and brushes? Or a sculptor the same with a block of stone but no chisel? Gardeners are artists too and their tools are just as important. The experts at Family Tree Nursery in Liberty, Mis. have recommended the best tools for making your blank canvases into vegetal beauties. From kneeling benches to…

Healing from the Ground Up

A walk in the woods or even just leaning on a tree at the bus stop—a regular connection to nature has been shown repeatedly to bring all of us better health. For those struggling with mental illness or substance abuse, one Northland nonprofit is making that healing interaction a daily reality.

Vegan Spring Street Tacos

Shane Wilson came to be a vegan slowly—he started by cutting meat occasionally from his diet, then transitioned into full-time vegetarianism. Then he met his wife, Tara, a vegan with a knack for baking. Now, this vegan household finds tasty ways to eschew animal byproducts while celebrating the best of the season, as he does with these spring vegetable street…

Spring is coming. . .

Happy spring, friends! March is one of my favorite months with the coming of spring and my birthday. It's a month that marks new beginnings and a reawakening of inspiration for me. And this month, it's a month that is inspiring me to turn my focus to my home and how I can freshen its look with inspiration from our…

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Challenge Your Fashion 2018

Local celebrities and Challenger participants strutted the runway for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City's Challenger program on January 27.  The gala has raised nearly $2 million for people with special needs to play sports and recreational activities with specifically-designed athletic environments and programs over the past 11 years. 

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

March 2018 Around Town

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes announces that it is doubling the award amount, from $5,000 to $10,000 per winner. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, or the environment. The top winners each receive…

Show Me Your Shelfie!

What's in a shelf? With a blank canvas, the sky is the limit, or at least that's what Nell Hills designer Bruce Douglas believes. In his example shelf, he blends elements from the kitchen with candles that are as beautiful as they are aromatic. The result is a mixed use tableau that catches that eye with both beauty and functionality,…

A sweet addition to the Northland

Alex Edwards knows the importance of a first impression as he recounts one of his father’s sayings: “You can only sell garbage once.”

Family Friendly, Fun, and Fashionable

The news of a second child on the way presented more than just a reason to celebrate for Beau Williams and Keely Edgington Williams; It presented an opportunity to relocate.

Pistachio Approved

Paulie Serrone, the wood worker behind Pistachio Approved, knows his way around a lathe. This hobbyist-turned-craftsman has transformed his garage into an incubator space that produces sleek and simple pieces of furniture that echo one of his inspirations, Frank Lloyd Wright. Paulie let us peek in his workshop and see what's on his palette!

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Stand Up for Synergy

Synergy Services furthers its mission of being a safe haven to those who have survived abuse, neglect and violence with its hilarious benefit, Stand Up for Synergy. St. Louis native and NBC's Last Comic Standing Kathleen Madigan headlined the event, which also included a cocktail reception, dinner and auction.

Champagne and Chocolate 2017

Supporters of Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care gathered at the gorgeous home of Honorary Co-Chairs Jen and Erik Becker to raise funds for those in need. Proceeds support the clinic’s mission of providing healthcare services to all, including the medically indigent, in a nondiscriminatory manner and setting. Photography: Chris Campbell.

Made with Love

Love. That's what many of our thoughts turn to in the month of February. There are the naysayers, of course, those that chalk Valentine's Day up as a commercial holiday started by Hallmark. And maybe there is a bit of that, but I, for one, choose to see it as a reason to celebrate. And for our February issue, we…

Soiree New Orleans Bistro

Pull Quote: Do you know what it means to miss new orleans 
When that's where you left your heart 
And there's one thing more i miss the one i care for
More more than i miss new orleans

February 2018 Around Town

North Kansas City Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2018 at 12:09 a.m. on 1-1-18. She is the first baby born in the Northland for 2018! Baby girl Jade Bodine was born at 12:09 a.m. weighing 7lbs 1oz and measuring 21” long to parents, April and Jared Bodine. Big sister Reese is 19 months old, and the family lives in Kansas…

St. Charles Borromeo Academy

How do you solve a problem like St. Charles Borromeo Academy? That's the question that was on the mind of Principal Ann Lachowitzer three years ago, as she took over the helm of a school that had a long history in the community but flagging admissions. The school, which was originally founded in 1949 and once boasted enrollment numbering in…

Team Smile

Never underestimate the power of a dedicated dentist and a professional athlete when they join forces to combat dental disease among underserved youth. The results can be far-reaching. Ask the participants in TeamSmile.

We’ll Always Have Paris of the Plains

Brock and Erica Schulte are a power couple. He is the bar director and cocktail whisperer at the newest Country Club Plaza institution, The Monarch Bar. She represents Kansas City's own favorite spirits producer, J. Rieger & Co. Together, they have a full life and loving family, making the most of all that the Kansas City area has to offer.…

Sonnet 116

 Let me not to the marriage of true minds   Admit impediments. Love is not love   Which alters when it alteration finds, 

Tyler Kingston Mercantile

The 7-foot cactus behind the cash register catches your eye first (sadly, it’s not for sale), but the competition for your attention remains fierce inside Tyler Kingston Mercantile.

3-day Appalachia hike

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Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

HOPE Uncorked

More than 200 generous guests joined Marian Hope on November 10th for HOPE Uncorked. Guests enjoyed a wine tasting reception, auction and inspiring program while making a difference for children.

Top Trendy Workout Breakdowns

For many of us, the new year is the perfect chance to improve our health and fitness after the indulgences of the festive season. But for some, starting an exercise program with all the choices can be overwhelming. To simplify things, we have broken down some popular workouts to help you find the best workout for you. Some of these can be done…

On the Move

 Happy New Year!   I'm excited to start 2018 off right foot--in tennis shoes, that is. January is our Active issue and our exploration of yoga in the Northland should be plenty of inspiration to start where you are and aim for where you want to be.   For my part, I started hitting the gym back in December. After all, how…

The Tremble’s Holiday Soiree

December 9th, 2017, Kevin and Diane Trimble of Keller Williams Kansas City North, hosted a Holiday Party for their friends and real estate clients. The party was held at Black on Burlington in North Kansas City. Over 200 guest attended the event and danced the night away!

January 2018 Around Town

The Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department and North Star Community Band are proud to announce the 31st Season of Gladstone’s Theatre in the Park Summer 2018 productions.

ANU Grand Opening and Open House

aNu Aesthetics and Optimal Wellness celebrated the Grand Opening of their new 
expanded location on November 30th!  Dr. Watkins and The KC Women's Chamber hosted the Northland community in their new space on Prairie View with her experienced staff on hand to explain the multitude of unique services they offer.

Brain Balance Helps Kids Overcome Challenges

All kids face some degree of struggle in school, at home, and in life as they grow older. Some specific challenges may include academic issues, social or behavioral issues, inability to focus, tantrums, struggles with learning and more.

A Life Unleashed

She’d pull to the left, yank the leash to the right. Pretty sure she popped my shoulder out once.

Poke Bar

There's a bit of a revolution going on--Southeast Asia is taking over a small strip center on North Oak Trafficway. That's where Kien Nguyen is building his restaurant empire, with three concepts--Broken Rice, San's Sandwiches, and Poke Bar--all at home in the L-shaped center at 65th and North Oak Trafficway. 

Reaching in the Northland

As the Northland develops, longtime residents can see the landscape change, grow, and, one might even say, stretch. When it comes to fitness, that's certainly true. While five years ago, there were only one or two yoga studios north of the river, now there are several thriving practices, all with a different flavor. To help you navigate the bendy world…

31st Annual Harvest Ball

The Harvest Ball Society held its 31st annual Harvest Ball, November 18th in the Grand Ballroom, Kansas City Convention Center. Through grants, 25 Northland charitable organizations will benefit from the proceeds of HBS in 2017. The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by an elegant dinner and dancing. Photos by Calle McGregor Photography. 

It’s the most wonderful time 
of the year!

 Happy Holidays Dear Readers!   This truly is the most wonderful time of year. As 2017 draws to a close, I have so much for which to be thankful--a wonderful family, a safe, warm home, plenty of food to eat, and enough to share. Our year has had a few surprises, mostly good ones, and I'm excited to see what 2018…

The Whole Person Night of Independence Gala

The Whole Person celebrated the Inaugural Night of Independence Gala on September 15 at The Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri. The event honored individuals and organizations that are working to further their mission to assist people with disabilities to live independently and featured special guest, deaf advocate Nyle DiMarco.

A Taste of Autumn Wine Event at Trezo Mare

On a lovely fall afternoon over 150 guests attended ‘A Taste of Autumn Wine Event’ on the patio at Trezo Mare. Sommelier Mark Taylor, 
sourced 35 exceptional wines. Chef Jeff Gundy and Pastry Chef Vincente Montero prepared an abundance of exquisite culinary art. 
Guests also enjoyed music by Erica McKenzie.

December 2017 Around Town

Northland Animal Welfare Society’s first ever ‘Purses for Paws’ event was a huge success. Organizers of the event, which was a benefit for the low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Gladstone, were thrilled with the turnout and funds raised.

Shaka Noodle Shack

If you're a Northlander and you don't know what Longboards is, then one might doubt your authenticity. To say that it's a sandwich/burrito shop is like saying that a Lotus is a car. Is it correct? Sure. But it's also not the whole story. Longboards is like taking a Subway sandwich, smashing it with a Chipotle burrito and running it through a…

Baby, Please Come Home

Born on June 27, 2017, to Joel and Robin Schneider, Eliora became one of the Northland’s newest residents. While a full-term pregnancy usually falls between 38 and 42 weeks, Eliora was born at 21 weeks, six days. She is the youngest baby to be born and survive at St. Luke’s Hospital.

The Gifts that Give

Christmas. Hannukah. Kwanzaa. Solstice. No matter what your religion, December is a time of celebration, often with gifts. But how can we give while also giving back? Sure, there are lots of organizations that need your financial support and are worthy of it, but if you want to know that your gift is benefitting your town specifically, then you need…