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Old Time Stories and Fun at the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THROUGH July 31, 2019

CONTACT:         April Bishop, Cultural Arts Coordinator, (913) 663-9157, aprilb@leawood.org

EVENT:              Old Time Stories and Fun at the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse

DATE:                 Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26 & July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019

TIME:                  9:30– 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION:       Ironwoods Park, 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, KS

ENTRY FEE:      $3 per child, per session

 

Oxford School Hosts Old Time Stories and Fun

The Historic One-Room Oxford Schoolhouse, located in Ironwoods Park at 147th & Mission Road, Leawood Kansas, will hold an Old-time Stories and Fun event every Wednesday in June and July from 9:30 to 11:00 am again this year.  Each week a costumed turn-of-the-century schoolteacher will read chapters from a book of historical fiction.  The events will be of primary interest to boys and girls, 5 through 10 years of age.

This summer we will be reading several books focusing on the western expansion between 1850 and 1865:

  • Ranger in Time on the Oregon Trail                 June 5, 12,
  • Native Americans of the Plains                          June 19
  • California Gold Rush                                            June 26
  • Pioneer Summer                                                   July 3
  • Cabin in the Snow                                                 July 10
  • Our Kansas Home                                                 July 17
  • Ranger in Time Long Road to Freedom           July 24, 31

In addition to the reading, each session will include historic games, crafts or activities related to the reading.

Children may come for all nine sessions or they may select individual weeks.  The cost is $3 per session, per child.  Reservations are not necessary.

The Historic Oxford Schoolhouse is also available for programs year-round to groups of all ages by appointment any day or time, except during open house hours.  Special events and workshops are offered throughout the year.

Come by the schoolhouse to pick up the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse 2019 Events Calendar or the Interpretive Site Coalition’s Kansas City’s Passport to Adventure.  The Historic Oxford Schoolhouse is open in the summer, Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

For more information go to www.leawood.org or you may phone (913) 663-9157 or email aprilb@leawood.org at least one day prior to each session.

Theatrical Production of “Kiss Me Kate”

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THROUGH July 20, 2019

CONTACT:    April Bishop, Cultural Arts Coordinator, (913) 663-9157

EVENT:         Theatrical Production of “Kiss Me Kate”

DATE:           July 11-14 & July 18-20

TIME:            8:00 p.m. nightly

LOCATION:  Ironwoods Amphitheater in Ironwoods Park, 14701 Mission Rd., Leawood, KS 66224

ENTRY FEE: Free Admission

Leawood Stage Company Performs “Kiss Me Kate”

The Leawood Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Leawood Stage Company, presents the classic Broadway musical Kiss Me Kate.  Join us July 11, 12, 13, 14 & 18, 19, 20 at 8:00 p.m. nightly at the Ironwoods Amphitheater in Ironwoods Park, located at 147th and Mission Road.

This Broadway classic earned the very first Tony award for Best Musical.  Kiss Me Kate is currently enjoying a revival on Broadway and is nominated for four 2019 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.

With a book by Sam and Bella Spewack, and a score by Cole Porter, Kiss Me Kate is a comedy of relationships. 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.

The “on-stage” lead characters of Katherine and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew potion of the show are played “off-stage” by former married couple, Lilli and Fred who clearly belong together if they could stop fighting long enough to realize it.

Written in 1948, Kiss Me Kate demonstrates that we have come a long way with gender stereotypes, but ultimately we find that the compromises of relationships resonate today. This satire is still relevant through a modern viewpoint. Add in a couple of gangsters and mistaken identities, to create a delightful farce.

Cole Porter’s wonderful music and lyrics of memorable songs like “So in Love”, “I Hate Men”, “It’s Too Darn Hot” and “Brush up Your Shakespeare” accentuates the whimsy of the story.

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.

Some seating is available at the amphitheater, however we recommend bringing a blanket and/or lawn chairs. Picnics are welcome but alcohol is not allowed in the park. Dogs must be leashed and we request that they not disturb the audience members around them. Check www.leawoodstageco.org for rain cancellations or the Parks & Recreation Rainout line at 913-982-2433.

Don’t miss this free opportunity to see Kiss Me Kate. For more information please call the Cultural Arts Coordinator at (913) 663-9157, prior to the day of the show, or visit www.leawoodstageco.org or www.leawood.org.

History for All Ages Lecture Series

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THROUGH June 29, 2019

CONTACT:         April Bishop, Cultural Arts Coordinator, (913) 663-9157

EVENT:               History for All Ages Lecture Series

DATE:                 Saturdays, June 8 – June 29, 2019

TIME:                  10:00 a.m.

LOCATION:      The Historic Oxford Schoolhouse, In Ironwoods Park, 147th and Mission Rd., Leawood, KS

ENTRY FEE:       Free

 

Historic Oxford Schoolhouse Presents a Lecture Series “History for All Ages”

The docents of the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse will host an informative “History for All Ages” series on Saturday, June 8, 15, 22, 29 beginning at 10:00 am in the historic one-room schoolhouse in Ironwoods Park, located at 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, Kansas 66224.

Join us for a look at famous people that have shaped our history.  Each Saturday, enjoy a first person presentation of prominent historical figures.  Actors will present insightful information about the lives of the people that they represent.  There will be time for questions following each presentation.

The schedule of historic figures includes:

June 8 – Amelia Earhart & Hellen Keller, portrayed by actors Karen Cox and Marilyn Harrison

June 15 – Dolly Madison & Mary Todd Lincoln portrayed by actors Patti Lou Cleary and Rebecca Reagan

June 22 – Nelly Don & Sarah Rector portrayed by actors Constance Bernstein and Cynthia Fuller

June 29 – Thomas H. Swope & Alexander Majors portrayed by actors Frank Roberson and George Stewart

Come by the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse to examine some of the most interesting figures in America History both nationally and from the region.  Most people are familiar with the names of Amelia Earhart and Helen Keller, but the actors will offer an in depth glimpse into their personal lives.  Mary Todd Lincoln and Dolly Madison are a couple of the most colorful first lady’s in the history of this nation.

The final two dates in the series will introduce women that shaped Kansas City’s history. Nelly Don was an entrepreneur that championed beauty for the average woman through fashion. Sarah Rector was the second black female millionaire in the nation and the “richest black girl in the world”.  Hear about her fabulous life in Kansas City.  On June 29th we will meet Thomas Swope, benefactor of Swope Park whose mysterious death became the trial of the era and Alexander Majors, shipping magnate on the Santa Fe Trail and the founder of the Pony Express.

Light refreshments will be served.  For more information on this free lecture series, call 913-663-9157 at least one day prior to the event.

“Grinnin’ & Groovin” Event Series for Kids Concludes with Drum Safari Performance

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THROUGH June 25, 2019

CONTACT:          April Bishop, Cultural Arts Coordinator, (913) 663-9157

EVENT:               “Grinnin’ & Groovin” Event Series for Kids Concludes with Drum Safari Performance

DATE:                  June 25, 2019

TIME:                   9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION:        The Lodge at Ironwoods Park, 147th & Mission Road, Leawood KS  66224

ENTRY FEE:       Free

GRINNIN’ & GROOVIN’ CULTURAL EVENTS FOR KIDS FEATURES DRUM SAFARI

The Leawood Arts Council, in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department, will provide “Grinnin’ & Groovin’” entertainment for the entire family each Tuesday in June.  The series wraps up on June 25th with a performance by Drum Safari.

Take a rockin’ trip around the world with the Drum Safari! Explore instruments from around the world during this interactive and engaging musical adventure!  DRUM, DANCE, and PLAY along with your friends & family — instruments are provided for everyone!!! All ages are encouraged to join in the jungle jam!

Drum Safari brings their own brand of rhythm-based edu-tainment to kids locally and across the country.  Brandon and Teryn Draper are both teachers as well as performers.  Enjoy Drum Safari’s songs, dancing and of course, Drumming!

Each 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.  This performance will be held inside the Lodge at Ironwoods Park.  The Lodge offers floor and chair seating.

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.

“Grinnin’ & Groovin” Event Series for Kids Continues with a StoneLion Puppet Show

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THROUGH June 18, 2019

CONTACT: April Bishop, Cultural Arts Coordinator, (913) 663-9157

EVENT:               “Grinnin’ & Groovin” Event Series for Kids Continues with a StoneLion Puppet Show

DATE:                 Tuesday June 18, 2019

TIME:                   9:30 a.m.

LOCATION:        The Lodge at Ironwoods Park, 14701 & Mission Road, Leawood KS  66224

ENTRY FEE:       Free

GRINNIN’ & GROOVIN’ CULTURAL EVENTS FOR KIDS FEATURES STONELION PUPPETS

The Leawood Arts Council, in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department, will provide “Grinnin’ & Groovin’” entertainment for the entire family each Tuesday, June 4th through June 25th.  The event series continues with a puppet show by StoneLion Puppets on Tuesday, June 18th.

StoneLion Puppets have been a Grinnin’ & Groovin’ favorite for many summers in Leawood.  Children will watch with anticipation to see what the puppets are up to in the new show Take Flight.

Exciting adventure awaits as we blast off into our solar system and beyond with Take Flight.  StoneLion’s cabaret style marionette puppets explore the universe with astronauts, aliens, asteroids and even a singing moon.  This is interactive family fun at its finest!

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.  This performance will be held inside the Lodge at Ironwoods Park.

The Lodge offers floor and chair seating.  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.

“Grinnin’ & Groovin” Event Series for Kids Continues with Mad Science

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THROUGH June 11, 2019

CONTACT:         April Bishop, Cultural Arts Coordinator, (913) 663-9157

EVENT:              “Grinnin’ & Groovin” Event Series for Kids Continues with Mad Science

DATE:                 Every Tuesday in June 2019

TIME:                  9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION:       The Amphitheater or the Lodge at Ironwoods Park, 147th & Mission Road, Leawood KS  66224

ENTRY FEE:      Free

GRINNIN’ & GROOVIN’ CULTURAL EVENTS FOR KIDS WELCOMES MAD SCIENCE

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 continue with Mad Science on June 11th.

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.  The show will highlight the things that Earthlings have gained as a result of space exploration.

Since 2002, Mad Science of Greater Kansas City has been sparking the imaginations of children in the Kansas City area through hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational.  Enthusiastic Mad Scientists have engaged over 1 million children in our area with innovative programs that help kids learn about science though unique, hands-on science experiences.

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

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, 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.

Free Gun Locks Available at Police Department

The Leawood Police Department has free cable gun locks available for residents at
the Justice Center, 4201 Town Center Drive. The locks (limit one per household)
are available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you own a firearm, please be a responsible gun owner and make sure it is
stored securely.

Business License Renewals

2019-2020 Business license renewal invoices will be mailed Friday, May 24, and the fees are due on/before June 30, 2019 to avoid any late penalty fees. (FYI: Credit card payments over the phone will NOT be accepted during this time.)
Please refer to the City of Leawood website for additional information:
https://www.leawood.org/licenses-permits/business-occupation-licenses/

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.

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.

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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Best Kept Secret Around - The DMV in Overland Park

OP Driver’s License Bureau
Kansas Department of Revenue
7600-D W. 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66210
913-942-3059

2019 Construction Projects

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

2019 Construction Projects (PDF)