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Shawnee church reaches out to community through free business classes
January 20, 2016
Now that it’s officially tax season, are you curious about any new tax laws and updates? Or has the idea of starting your own business always secretly been in the back of your mind?
To lose weight the right way, throw out the word ‘diet’
January 6, 2016
A common New Year’s resolution is to start that diet plan and stay on it this time around. But if losing weight is one of your goals for 2016, the best thing to do is to forget about the word “diet” altogether, says Judy Wegman, a registered dietitian in Shawnee.
Kansas City Connection: 36 Months in Kansas City
December 27, 2015
For my final column, I’d like to present this updated, family-friendly guide to all things KC.
Kansas City Connection: New Year’s options and a last-minute gift guide
December 20, 2015
Is New Year’s overrated? It depends who you ask. All the same, a memorable night out on the town on the last/first day of the year can provide you with a snapshot in time that you’ll remember long after the hangover wears off.
Holiday gifts for the health-conscious are easy to find
December 15, 2015
A sweater, flat-screen TV or box of Legos always make for good gifts for both youths and adults at Christmastime. But when looking for a more health- and fitness-related present for your loved ones, there’s a number of options that can be found pretty easily, too.
Kansas City Connection: The debut of KC Ballet’s new ‘Nutcracker’ and other family activities
December 13, 2015
Audiences in Kansas City got their first peek at the Kansas City Ballet’s bold new production of “The Nutcracker” last week, and the opening performance was met by spontaneous applause and cheers of delight. The massive redesign, led by artistic director Devon Carney, brings a visually stunning overhaul to the classic ballet, with new choreography, costumes and set designs.
Kansas City Connection: Ugly sweaters, Legos for adults and KU basketball at the Sprint Center
December 6, 2015
Here are some of this week’s most exciting events amid a busy time of holiday happenings.
New data shows syphilis, HIV cases grow locally
November 30, 2015
New data reports growing numbers in sexually transmitted diseases in Kansas.
Kansas City Connection: Pick up a unique gift at an upcoming arts and crafts fair
November 29, 2015
Next weekend in Kansas City, several independent holiday arts and crafts fairs will give shoppers and arts fans a chance to check out a wide variety of items for purchase.
Kansas City Connection: More holiday events, tasty eats and food for your ears
November 22, 2015
No sooner had last Sunday’s holiday preview gone to press than I learned of two more interesting stage events taking place through 2015 in Kansas City.
Both Kansas Cities raise age to buy tobacco products to 21
November 20, 2015
Young Kansas City smokers will have to drive a bit farther to buy their cigarettes, e-cigarettes or vapor products under an ordinance that’s getting widespread support in the metropolitan area.
Stressed out over the holidays? There are ways to cope
November 18, 2015
For many, feelings of happiness and cheer are not necessarily what is evoked during the months of November and December.
Broadmoor Bistro students holding Thanksgiving fundraiser
November 17, 2015
Still in need of a desert or side dish for Thanksgiving dinner? Students in Shawnee Mission school district’s Broadmoor Bistro kitchen are selling pies, pastries and other side dishes through Monday.
Kansas City Connection: ‘Christmas Cheer’ from a new ‘Nutcracker’ to Charles Dickens
November 15, 2015
You’ve likely seen news reports and alarmist email forwards about an alleged “War on Christmas,” but what’s less publicized in the media is Kansas City’s perennially successful “Campaign for Christmas Cheer (And General Holiday Merriment).” Whether you prefer a secular or a nonsecular Starbucks cup, this year’s holiday arts preview includes KC holiday classics for people of all beliefs, interests and ice-skating abilities.
Kansas City Connection: Farm-fresh flavor; Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’
November 8, 2015
One of my favorite places in Kansas City for a nice lunch, dinner or cocktail is The Farmhouse, a farm-to-table, “tip-to-tail” restaurant that offers a delicious variety of entrees and sandwiches using fresh meats and vegetables from regional providers.

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