Feeling Green!

Despite the mild winter and early spring, I can't think of a year when I've been more excited to garden! After a long summer last year of remodeling the back of our house, our yard is looking a bit worse for wear and now the season is upon us to make it beautiful again. What's your inspiration this spring?

Blood Drive at Stonecrest at Burlington Creek

Stonecrest at Burlington Creek held a blood drive on February 11. Donors received a complimentary lunch and helped to save six lives for every donation! Donations were received by the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City.

Around Town

Have you ever wanted to be on stage in a live performance? Ever wanted to be a star? Well, here’s your chance! Gladstone Parks and Recreation will begin its 29th season of Theatre in the Park and we need performers. “Damn Yankees” will be presented on July 8, 9, &10. “Shrek” will be presented August 5, 6 & 7. We…

Savers–Finding new life for old things

That might sound like a bold statement; unrealistic, even, given the odds. But Savers has the stats to back it up: every day, each store sorts through approximately two tons of donated products and puts between five and six thousand new items on store shelves. Every year, it recycles 650 million tons of products and is the largest recycler of…

Going Back to School While Balancing Two Careers and A Family Requires Planning

Stacy and Chad Johnson have two priorities in life: Lucy, age 6, and Alice, age 2. Stacy, a Park University graduate, works in online operations at her alma mater. Chad is a director at a consulting firm that implements SAP software for companies across the country; his hours can be long and irregular.

In the Spirit: McCormick Distilling’s Eco-Friendly 360 Vodka

While exploring land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase, explorers Lewis and Clark discovered a natural limestone spring in 1804 near what would become the town of Weston. The town, established in 1837 and incorporated in 1842, attracted residents, businessmen, and travelers as the westernmost town of its day in the U.S. Sometime in the 1850s, Kentucky businessman Ben Holladay was…

No Names

The Northland is home to many different volunteer groups. One you might not have heard of is aptly called “The No Names.” The group started with Joe Swartz in 1976, when a small group of guys visited a nursing home in Riverside. The name of the group was the "no names,” and that name came about because the residents they…

Foolproof Gardening Tips from a Not-So-Pro

I am a writer by trade. My forte is words but much of my job involves interviewing experts and learning all that I can about a subject. Sometimes that means increased mastery in a particular area. Sometimes it means better informed delusions of grandeur. As a gardening writer, I’ve had examples of both. So here are my tips and tricks…

Hunting The Magnificent Morels

Morels will soon be popping up, especially with a combination of wet ground mixed with sunshine. Hunting morel mushrooms is a tradition in the Midwest and across America. Every state has a version of this popular mushroom including Hawaii, so check on your state’s variety at your local Conservation agency. Hunting morel mushrooms has been a lifetime experience for my…

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

This time of year, Planter's Seed and Spice Store in Kansas City's River Market is a busy, exciting place, making even those with concrete thumbs itch to dig in the dirt. With more than 40,000 varieties of seeds and other gardening aparatus filling the old wooden shelves and creaky wood floor of the historic building, everyone who enters the doors…

Low Maintenance Vegetable Gardening for a Bountiful Harvest

Increase your harvest without increasing the size of your garden or workload. All you need is a bit of intensive planting, along with some low maintenance techniques. Invest some time upfront to prepare the garden soil. This will save you time throughout the growing season. Add several inches of organic matter and a slow release fertilizer into the top 8…

Challenge Your Fashion Event for the YMCA

This year's Challenge Your Fashion event was a huge success. The fashion show and fundraiser featuring KC sports stars raised $213,000 for the YMCA's Challenger Program for diversely abled athletes and the Fred and Shirley Prior Challenger Field.