July 2011

What's happening in South Johnson County.

Shoppers on your mark, get set, go!

Prepare your bank accounts and clear your calendar: summer just got a lot hotter with new additions at One Nineteen shopping center at 119th and Roe. Flirt Boutique, the relocated Standard Style and Standard Style owner Matt Baldwin’s men’s store Baldwin comprise the new cutting-edge retail stores, in addition to Luluemon Athletica. Artisan cookware is available at Le Creuset, which also offers cooking classes to aspiring chefs and Glacé Artisan Ice Cream will open its second store with uniquely flavored ice creams by Christopher Elbow. One of two much-anticipated Trader Joe’s opened in late July and Fo Thai Modern Fusion Cuisine, the first modern Thai cuisine restaurant in the area, is slated to open this fall.

Open now: Flirt Boutique, Le Creuset, Trader Joe’s

Open soon: Lululemon Athletica, Standard Style, Baldwin, Glacé Artisan Ice Cream, Fo Thai


Head for the Cure: Defeating brain cancer step by step

At 8 a.m. on August 28, thousands of runners will take their marks for a 5K run in honor of Chris Anthony, an avid runner whose premature death at age 37 in 2003 was caused by brain cancer. Since the run’s establishment by his family six months after his passing, it has grown in participation and is chaired by his brother and VML Global Chairman Matt Anthony. Now the race has expanded to Columbia, Mo., Frisco, Texas and Lawrence, Kan., and has raised $1.5 million that translated into seed money to help launch the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC), a national catalyst in brain cancer research led by MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. In 2010, Kansas City’s Head for the Cure 5K had a record-setting event with more than 4,500 participants, volunteers and sponsors coming together to raise more than $300,000 for brain cancer research. For more information and to sign up to participate, volunteer or donate, visit www.headforthecure.org.


love, Peace and Music

Join The International Visitors Council of Kansas City at Rockhurst High School’s Rose Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on August 27 for the biennial Concert for Global Peace, where Layne Christensen Company will be awarded the 2011 Citizen Diplomacy Award for its role in freeing the miners trapped in the now infamous Chilean mine collapse. Featured in the concert will be the Chilean jazz vocalist Muza, as well as local Chilean jazz performers Trio Aztlan and artists from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, who helped plan this concert in cooperation with The International Visitors Council. Tickets are available by calling The International Visitors Council at (815) 421-4242 or visiting www.kcivc.org.


Bridging the gaps through art

Between Thee & Me, a groundbreaking exhibit that aims to bridge actual and perceived cultural distances between generations, broaches the subject of religion through the vehicle of contemporary art. The exhibition welcomes religious, non-religious and artistic communities of every faith to share creative expression as well as a chance to illustrate their beliefs and educate the public about the cultural differences that exist in contemporary society. Creating an artistic forum in which all are encouraged to participate, Between Thee & Me features two independent, invitational group exhibitions, the first of which will be presented at the Eptsen Gallery at Village Shalom now through Sept. 4. A second group exhibition will be presented at The Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University August 26 – October 1. A select group of artists have been invited to participate in each exhibition by KCJMCA Curator Marcus Cain and Greenlease Gallery Director Anne Pearce. Asked to create a work of art based on an object of their choice from the collection they have been invited to explore, these artists examine the social and cultural aspects of different religious views, creating truly diverse works of art. For more information visit www.kcjmca.org or www.rockhurst.edu/services/gallery/.


The beat goes on

Physicians, emergency rooms and Johnson County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers have forged an invaluable partnership of action when a 9-1-1 call is made. Consider Elizabeth Kupchin, who can now add “survivor of cardiac arrest” to her life’s resume. Following a dramatic near-death experience more than 12 months ago while on the job at an Overland Park telecommunications company, Kupchin has gratitude for the chain of responders whose quick reactions helped save her life. That chain includes two co-workers who knew CPR; paramedics answering the 9-1-1 call; a fast-acting Menorah Medical Center Emergency Department team of nurses and physicians; and a cardiologist who administered the revolutionary Code ICE protocol on Kupchin. Though she can’t recall what happened following her sudden collapse amidst a sea of cubicles, Kupchin vividly remembers waking up at Menorah Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network—five days later to hear a miraculous story pieced together by her physician, Ujjaval M. Patel, MD, FACC, and her husband. Dr. Patel, a cardiologist with Midwest Cardiology Associates, says by the time an unconscious Kupchin arrived at Menorah’s Emergency Department the EMS responders had defibrillated her eight times. Dr. Patel administered an external shock once more in an attempt to stabilize Kupchin’s irregular heart rhythms and then started Code ICE, an extensive external cooling system. Kupchin’s gratitude for expert medical care, the EMS responders’ partnership with the physicians and nurses at Menorah Medical Center and the advanced Code ICE technology that helped save her life and brain function during a heart attack translates into an urgent message she shares with everyone in her life. “If you don’t feel well, pay attention,” she says. “Don’t ignore signs and symptoms.”


Debate coach’s big break

Retiring Blue Valley West Debate Coach Mark Kapfer has earned his second Kansas State Debate Coach of the Year award after his 4-Speaker team took first place at State and his 2-Speaker Team took 2nd at the State Debate Tournament in January. This past June, his team of Danny Richey and Mackenzie Oatman placed in the top 20 at the national tournament, capping off a great career for Kapfer, who counts 10 state championships during his celebrated career. Building up the debate program since the opening of BV West in 2001, Kapfer has created one of the largest and most successful debate programs in the nation.


Out and about for a cause

Forner-LaVoy Builders hosted its first Outdoor Living Show Home Tour from July 15 to July 17 at a home in Rockwood Falls Estates and Meadows, with proceeds benefiting the Will to Succeed Foundation and Gilda’s Club Kansas City. Those attending the tour got a first-hand look at the growing decorative trend of outdoor living, while also learning tips on how to spruce up their own outdoor living spaces. In addition, the tour was kicked off with an exclusive Evening with Will & Friends, hosted by former KC Chief Will Shields, of the Will to Succeed Foundation.


St. Joseph Medical Center “chips” in for breast cancer equipment

On Monday August 29th, The St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation will host its annual Golf Classic at Blue Hills Country Club. Co-chaired by Jim Brown and Dan Durkin, there is not just golf all day, but also a continental breakfast, lunch and online auction. This year the money raised from the 24th annual classic will go to purchase digital mammography equipment for the Breast Center at St. Joseph. For more information contact Sally Wilson at (816) 943-2766.


A little rock, roll and jewelry

Local jewelry designer Faith Evangeline launched her new vintage/goth jewelry line from Evil Pawn on June 23rd at Rock for a Cause in Los Angeles, presented by 0Three Media and Inked Magazine. Hosted by Rachel Lay (VH1’s “Saddle Ranch”), the invite-only event provided tattoos provide by Zulu Tattoo, the Canadian female-fronted rock group Domenica and two-piece Data Romance. Money raised from the fun and unique event (not unlike Evangeline herself) went to VH1’s Save the Music Foundation.


Caregivers counseling

The Jewish Family Services (JFS) is offering individual and family counseling services for caregivers. Calls are private and confidential, handled by experienced counseling staff prepared to help with older adult caregiver issues. They offer tips, advice, support and information about other helpful resources. All services are given at a sliding fee scale at JFS offices, with an in-home counseling option. For more information or to set up an appointment, call JFS at (816) 333-1172 or e-mail counseling@jfskc.org.


Jump in, Fido!

At Young’s Park Pool on August 20 treat your dog to a day of fun in the sun, swimming with other dogs at Pooch Plunge hosted by Overland Park Community Center and Pools. All that is required is vaccination records, a waiver and something to clean up after your dog. Make it a family affair and have an afternoon of memories watching the dogs enjoy the cool waters usually reserved for their human friends. Cost: $5 per dog. For more information visit http://www.opkansas.org/Events/Pooch-Plunge—Youngs-Pool.


Wine and Dine

The American Heart Association of Kansas City will host its 16th Annual Kansas City Festival of Wine and Food on August 18 and August 20. Enjoy J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks at a Wine Maker Dinner on August 18 and then join in all the tasting festivities at the Overland Park Convention Center at the Grand Tasting on August 20. At the dinner, guests will enjoy a five-course meal complete with wines from Simi Winery, with featured vinter Susan Lueker. Wine lovers will come together to sample more than 300 wines at the tasting, which will also have silent and live auctions. Proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. For information and to buy tickets visit www.kcwinefestival.org or call the American Heart Association at (913) 642-1913.


BVH senior named top speaker at national tournament

Graduating Blue Valley High senior Samantha Nichols was named top speaker at the 2011 National Debate Championships in Dallas this past June. Out of a pool of nearly 400 qualified debaters, she individually was named the very best speaker at the tournament, a huge honor in such a tough field of competitors. With this achievement Samantha also becomes the very first national champion in debate or forensics from the Blue Valley School district. Her brother Taylor took second place in the same tournament three years ago, but this year it was Samantha, daughter of local KMBC weatherman Joel Nichols, to claim the famed first-place finish. Coached by Chris Riffer, she and partner Allen Xu also finished top 20 in the nation as a team. In the fall she will attend Missouri State University on a full scholarship where she will continue her debate career.


A new taste at Trezo Vino

Acclaimed culinarians Megan and Colby Garrelts, executive chefs and co-owners of award-winning Bluestem restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., have been named the new executive chefs at Trezo Vino in Park Place, bringing with them their award-winning Mediterranean style and a new wine list including some of the finest favorites from around the world. John Brogan is the chef de cuisine and Megan Garrelts will serve as executive pastry chef. For more information visit Trezo Vino in Park Place or visit www.kctrezovino.com.

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