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Grinnin' & Groovin’ Cultural Events for Kids

The Leawood Arts Council, in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department, will provide “Grinnin’ & Groovin’” entertainment for the entire family each Tuesday, June 4 through June 25th.  These “out of this world” performances will kick-off with a concert by Dino O’Dell on Tuesday, June 4th.

Dino O’Dell’s Out of This World: Music and Stories from Space celebrates the 50th anniversary of the very first moon-walk!  This interactive music and storytelling show about space science includes a kid-friendly demonstration of gravity; a song about meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites; plus the story of Dino’s childhood hero, Neil Armstrong.

Whether you are counting monsters, fixing spaceships or swimming in peanut butter, Dino’s interactive songs and tall tales engage curiosity and inspire the imagination.  Dino is a former teacher and an award-winning musician. Whether he’s singing about science and geography, content is presented through music and stories.

Dino O’Dell is also an author, and the recipient of the 2014 Lighton Prize for Teaching Artist Excellence.  His picture book, Zar and the Broken Spaceship is “Story Monster Approved” and his CDs have won numerous awards including the Parent’s Choice Award, and the National Parenting Publications Award. Learn more about Dino at www.DinoODell.com.

The event series will continue with fun and educational shows each Tuesday.  The lineup includes:

Mad Science will present Walking on the Moon in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the first Lunar Landing by American astronauts.  Every age child can learn about the principles of space travel in a fun and exciting way on June 11th.

StoneLion Puppets have been a Grinnin’ & Groovin’ favorite for many summers in Leawood.  Children will watch with anticipation to see what the astronaut and alien puppets are up to in Take Flight on June 18th.

The series wraps up on June 25th with Drum Safari.  This high-energy, interactive performance, takes children on a musical “safari” all over the world.

Each free program will begin at 9:30 a.m. sharp and will last a maximum of 45 minutes.  Bring your entire family for fun-filled entertainment that will thrill children of all ages.  Performances will be held outdoors in the Ironwoods Amphitheater or in the case of rain, extreme heat, or by the needs of the performers, events will move inside the Lodge at Ironwoods Park.

The Lodge offers floor and chair seating.  The amphitheater has some concrete risers for seating but lawn chairs, blankets and sunscreen are recommended.  There are no concessions available at Ironwoods Park but picnics are welcomed.  Dogs must be on a leash.

Come to Ironwoods Park to enjoy the entertainment and stay to visit the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse or the Prairie Oak Nature Center.

For more information please call the Leawood Arts Council (913) 663-9157 or visit www.leawood.org.

DEA Sponsored Prescription Rx Take Back Event - April 27, 2019

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Leawood Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Leawood Justice Center at 4201 Town Center Drive Leawood, KS 66211. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.

Attention: New Leawood Governing Body Meeting Time

Beginning on May 1, 2019, most Leawood Governing Body meetings will start at 7:00 p.m.  If there is a work session scheduled prior to the regular meeting, the regular meeting will commence at 7:30 p.m. An easy way to verify the starting time is to click here.

Leawood Stage Company Announces Cast of ``Kiss Me Kate``

The Leawood Stage Company is proud to announce the casting of Kiss Me Kate. These talented actors include:

Kat Ruprecht – Lilli Vanessi (Katharine)

David Martin – Fred Graham (Petruchio)

Jamie Todd – Hattie

Haley Solowy – Lois Lane (Bianca)

TBA – Bill Calhoun (Lucentio)

Sabrina Stewart – Paula

Rod Chapin – First Man

James Azeltine – Second Man

Chris Pierce – General Harrison Howell

Ensemble and Supporting Roles – Brandon Baker, Mike Brown, Lisa Earlenbaugh, Jessica Franz, Ryan Foster, Brittany Hill, Kevin Keltner, Pamela Klifar, Rachel Phillips, Tracy Pratt, Kim Sheek, Kate Wiese.

Featured Dancers – Natalie Crane, Ella Graham, Scarlet Jones, Jessica Michael, Kiera Raider

Leawood Stage Company will be holding auditions for additional roles as well as teen, young adult ensemble members on April 20th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Visit www.leawoodstageco.org for audition details.

Rehearsals will begin June 2nd and will run Sunday through Thursday evenings at the Lodge in Ironwoods Park.

The Leawood Stage Company will present this classic Broadway musical July 11, 12, 13, 14 & 18, 19, 20 at the Ironwoods Amphitheater in Ironwoods Park.

Leawood Stage Company is delighted to welcome Hersh Ellis for his LSC Directing debut. Hersh Ellis is a NYC based director and scenic designer. He is the Artistic Director at Home Grown Theatre in KC. He has directed Cult Next Door Ensemble Projects and worked as Assistant Director with Rattlestick, Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop and Lincoln Center Theatre.

With a book by Sam and Bella Spewack, and a score by Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate is a play-within-a-play where each cast member’s on-stage life is complicated by what is happening offstage as they put on a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.  This Broadway classic earned the very first Tony award for Best Musical.

Additional opportunities for volunteers and orchestra members are available. For more information go to the LSC website at www.leawoodstageco.org or contact April Bishop at the City of Leawood, 913-663-9157, or Email aprilb@leawood.org.

Winter Storm Debris Pick-Up Completed (March 27, 2019)

The City of Leawood, Kansas, HAS COMPLETED limb pick up for trees and branches that fell during the winter storm of January 12, 2019.

Debris pick-up began on Monday, January 28th, 2019, and was completed within 52 calendar days.

During the two months of pickup, Public Works and Parks crews had to work in sub-zero temperatures and through several major snow events.

Each snow event required the crews to ready the trucks that were being used for debris pick-up with plows and salt spreaders the day prior to the storm event and then remove the plows and salt spreaders the day after the storm event to reconfigure the trucks for debris pick-up.

The City had approximately 800 dump loads of debris and a collection span of 208 center lane miles.  The City spent approximately $145,000 in contractors and debris dumping fees; that amount does not include staff time or fuel and maintenance of the dump trucks.

Leawood Stage Company to Hold Auditions for ``Kiss Me Kate``

The Leawood Stage Company will hold auditions for, Kiss Me Kate directed by Hersh Ellis, on Saturday, April 20th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and in the Oak Room on the lower level of Leawood City Hall. Auditioners should enter through the north doors of the building.

Most of the show has been cast, but we are looking to fill a few additional supporting roles as well as teen /young adult ensemble members, and mature males.

Everyone auditioning must prepare 16 measures of a song from a musical.  Please bring sheet music in your key, as an accompanist will be provided.  Auditioners should also be prepared to participate in a short dance/movement audition: comfortable dress and shoes are suggested.

Bring a photo and resume if available. No appointment time is necessary, as auditions are first come, first served. Audition forms may be filled out in advance by downloading the form from www.leawoodstageco.org.

If you cannot attend auditions, video or YouTube auditions will be accepted.  Please contact April Bishop at least one week prior to the audition weekend to make arrangements. For conflicts, please email aprilb@leawood.org.

Kiss Me KateJuly 11 – 14 & 18- 20 at the Ironwoods Park Amphitheater.

This is a play-within-a-play where each cast member’s on-stage life is complicated by what is happening offstage. Combine Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” with Porter’s music and lyrics to get Kiss Me, Kate.

Kiss Me Kate is one of Broadway’s treasures and features great roles for adults and teens. Revised in 1999, with new technology in music and evolving social values. Take a number of cases of mistaken identity, gangsters, and comedy and you get a Broadway classic that earned the very first Tony award for Best Musical.  Rehearsals will begin May 28th.

Leawood Stage Company has focused on family fun for 20 years and we encourage you to be part of this fabulous community theatre experience. We encourage performers of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, ability levels, and experience to audition.

Please visit www.leawoodstageco.org for show descriptions, character breakdowns, rehearsal dates and downloadable applications.

Additional opportunities for stage crew, staff, and volunteers are available. For more information go to the LSC website at www.leawoodstageco.org or contact April Bishop at the City of Leawood, 913-663-9157, or Email stageco@leawood.org.

Leawood Historic Commission to Dedicate Historic Plaque

The Leawood Historic Commission and the owners of Leawood Shops will dedicate a bronze plaque on Thursday, May 9th at 6:00 pm on site at Somerset & Lee Boulevard.

The plaque commemorates the importance of the shops to the early residents of Leawood. Tom Leathers dubbed this “The Corner That Kindness Built” in an article in the Squire Express. At the conclusion of the article Leathers states, “It would be appropriate if one of these days Leawood would honor the site.” Now, nearly 20 years later we are finally honoring the site and its founders.

George Martin and his cousin Cliff Brisbois built this shopping center as the first commercial development in Leawood in 1951. It was one of the first shopping centers south of the Plaza.

George and his wife Dorothy operated Martin’s Finer Foods, the anchor store of the shopping center, until their retirement in 1980.

At Martin’s grocery, neighbors could pay on credit, allowing a child to run to the store for items without carrying money. Caring for customers and the community was the standard for all of the shop owners.

In addition to Martin’s grocery, the first shops included; Bickley’s Pharmacy with a soda fountain, Joe Stoval’s Barber Shop where a child’s first haircut was free, Marvin’s Hobby Shop, and Leawood Cleaners.

Back in the 1950’s grocery stores carried only groceries but Martin’s had a gift shop run by Dorothy Martin. She also had seating and served coffee to the ladies that came into the store. Martin’s Finer Foods quickly became the social center of Leawood.

The shops were somewhat of a town square for Leawood, where you met neighbors to exchange the latest news. Kids gathered there to meet the school bus, or to have the “best phosphates ever” at Bikley’s soda fountain.

Please join us to reminisce about the days of the Leawood Shops and meet members of the Martin and Brisbois families. We encourage you to bring photos or memorabilia of the shops to the dedication.

Event parking is limited. Street parking on side streets is suggested; please carpool or walk if possible.

For more information, please call (913) 663-9157.

Fourth Annual Pooch Paint

The Leawood Arts Council is delighted to present POOCH PAINT for the fourth year, Saturday, June 1st from 9:00 am to noon. The contained painting area will be located in the east parking lot in Leawood City Park, near the entrance to Leawoof Dog Park.

This is a great opportunity for your creative four-legged family members to paint at the park. Dogs are assisted in creating their artworks with their paws. Up to four of their favorite colors can be selected. All supplies are provided. Paints are non-toxic and washable.

Pet owners will pay a $10.00 fee per painting. Dog owners will take home their dog’s beautiful canvas painting, suitable for framing. Following the painting experience, your dog’s paws will be cleaned up onsite.

All proceeds go to the Leawood Stage Company to purchase agility equipment for Leawoof Dog Park.

We suggest that your dog play at Leawoof while their painting dries, to make it easier to transport their “master” piece home.

For more information, please call the Leawood Arts Council at (913) 663-9157 prior to the day of the event.

Leawood Stage Company Announces ``Nuncrackers`` Cast

The Leawood Stage Company is proud to announce the casting of Nuncrackers, the Nunsense Christmas Musical.  This divine cast includes:

Kathy Murphy – Sister Mary Regina (Reverend Mother)

Sharon Johnson – Sister Mary Hubert

Alecia Stultz – Sister Robert Anne

Tracy Pratt – Sister Mary Paul (aka Amnesia)

Kate Wiese – Sister Mary Leo

James Azeltine – Father Virgil Manly Trott

Adelyn Cellio – Student Maria – additional students – to be cast later

LSC will be holding auditions for children’s roles in September to play Mount Saint Helen’s students of various ages.  Visit www.leawoodstageco.org in late August for audition details.

Nuncrackers is filled with “Nunsense” humor, and some of your favorite carols.  The sisters of Mt. Saint Helen’s will be taping their first “Christmas TV Special” in their convent basement studio (at the Lodge) for Cable Access.

Leawood Stage Company is thrilled to welcome Pamela Klifar for her directorial debut with the company.  She is an experienced director but has also been involved with prior LSC productions as music director and accompanist.

The Leawood Stage Company will present Nuncrackers, the Nunsense Christmas Musical November 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm & November 17 at 2:00 pm inside the Lodge at Ironwoods Park, 14701 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66224.

WaterOne - Spring Edition

WaterOne – Spring Edition

In this issue, read about:

? Spring is Here! Don’t Forget to Check Your Sprinklers
? WaterOne’s New Ozone Facilities Project
? WaterOne Celebrates “Women of Water”
? See WaterOne’s 2018 Year In Review

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2019 Construction Projects

The Leawood Public Works department has released a map locating construction projects taking place in 2019.

2019 Construction Projects (PDF)