February Buzz Briefs

Green Works

Who knew green could grow in the dead of winter? Amidst the dull grey tones of February, a new sustainable energy program will help students make the Kansas City community greener. Johnson County Community College (JCCC) was awarded an EnergyWorks KC Green Jobs Workforce Development grant from the Mid-America Regional Council in December 2011. The grant will help to develop a sustainability hospitality internship option for students in the college’s hospitality management program. Students in the program are required to complete a 360-hour internship in the hospitality industry and will be trained in the best practices for saving energy and water, reducing waste through recycling and composting programs, using environmentally friendly cleaners and chemicals and reducing pollution through the use of local products, afterward using their knowledge to work with restaurant and hotel managers to identify how the facility could implement the practices. Students will then track the practices after they’ve been implemented, and identify how much money was saved in the hopes of demonstrating to other restaurants and hotels that sustainable practices are cost-effective. The program is expected to meet the EnergyWorks KC Green Jobs Workforce goals of establishing a green jobs pipeline for the Kansas City metropolitan area, in this case in the hospitality management field, and of increasing building energy efficiency and water conservation practices in the metropolitan area. Ten restaurants have already expressed interest in the green intern program, and it has won the support of the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association. For more information go to jccc.edu.


Arti Gras

Celebrate local artists Mardi Gras-style at The Leawood Arts Council and Leawood Foundation’s first Arti Gras Juried Art Show. With all works selected by guest juror Paul Dorrell, owner of the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, Mo., the exhibition will highlight the cream of the crop Feb. 24 through Feb. 26. The exhibition will feature free public viewing hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Artists will compete for three top-place prizes in addition to a Kings Choice Award, the top pick voted on by gala and show attendees. An opening night Mardi Gras-themed gala on Feb. 24 will be hosted by the Leawood Foundation to raise funds for promoting cultural, educational and environmental activities and projects that enrich the lives of residents in the local community. The gala event will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature music, unique entertainment, food and beverages. Tickets are $25 per person in advance, or $30 at the door. Both the gala and exhibition will be held in the Leawood Community Center on the lower level of City Hall. If you have questions or wish to participate, please contact the Cultural Arts Coordinator at (913) 339-6700 x157 or go to leawood.org and click on the “Arti Gras” logo.

Chocolate Cures All

Business-savvy middle schoolers Caroline Kinney and Charlotte Barth, daughter of the late Lisa Barth who lost her battle with a brain tumor in 2008, haul out their cocoa and mugs every holiday season and camp out on the corner of the Kryger Glass Christmas display in Johnson County’s Wilshire neighborhood. The two Leawood Middle School eighth graders offer chilled spectators of the spectacular display of lights a warm cup of hot chocolate with the goal of raising money toward the construction of the Lisa Barth Chapel at Children’s Mercy Hospital. After Barth, a dedicated Leawood mom and cardiac nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital, passed away her family approached the hospital about building a memorial chapel in the new tower. That’s when Caroline and Charlotte hatched the ingenious plan to donate the money they raised from their cocoa sales to the construction of the chapel. In the last three years the girls have raised close to $5,000, quite a bit of money for a few cups of cocoa. If you want to know more about the Cocoa for a Cause fundraiser, please contact Caroline’s mom, Christine Kinney, at jckinney6@gmail.com.

Quality Care Closer to Home

Children’s Mercy Urgent Care College Boulevard in Overland Park opened its doors on Jan. 9, providing access to quality care for families in the area. The hospital provides care for children with minor injuries or illnesses that are not considered life-threatening, but require prompt attention. Children’s Mercy Urgent Care College Boulevard provides lab testing including X-ray, rapid strep, mono, influenza, and RSV, as well as glucose, hemoglobin and urinalysis. Children’s Mercy Urgent Care College Boulevard is open noon to 10 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year. Since 1993, Children’s Mercy South has provided after-hours or urgent care services. Since a major expansion in 2004, Children’s Mercy South clinics and urgent care volume has remained near full capacity. In Oct. 2011, Children’s Mercy converted its Urgent Care Center to the Tom Watson Emergency Department, the only full-time pediatric emergency service provider in the state of Kansas. Now, with the opening of the Children’s Mercy Urgent Care College Boulevard, residents have access to Children’s Mercy’s full range of pediatric services. In addition to the Children’s Mercy Urgent Care College Boulevard, Children’s Mercy also has five other locations throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area that provide pediatric specialty care, urgent care and support services. For more information about Children’s Mercy and its research, visit childrensmercy.org or download a mobile phone app, CMH4YOU, for all phone types.


Talks and Tours

A series of four gallery tours and talks by local artists at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City will celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Charlotte Street Foundation, which has been cultivating Kansas City artists since 1997. Charlotte Street supports artists financially, nurtures artists creatively and professionally, and connects artists with one another, audiences and the broader community. The artists, all Charlotte Street Visual Awards Fellows, will engage participants in the museum’s spaces and highlight works that speak to their artistic sensibilities. “We are excited to be celebrating 15 years of cultivating Kansas City artists,” says David Hughes, founder of Charlotte Street Foundation. “Art patrons will enjoy this unique opportunity to hear Kansas City’s own successful artists sharing their thoughts and passion for the collections in The Nelson-Atkins.”

Feb. 10: Anne Lindberg
March 9: Tom Gregg
May 11: David Ford

The event is free; however, tickets are required. Go to The Nelson-Atkins online calendar at nelson-atkins.org to register. The tours will be repeated twice each evening and all participants will enjoy a presentation on the artists’ own work. The programs coincide with Young Friends of Art Happy Hours.



Seasoned professionals and amateur artists alike understand the therapeutic powers of art. The Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art (KCJMCA) will celebrate art’s great healing abilities with ARTicipation: Pop Up Studio, a community art experience in which KCJMCA’s Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom will become the site for art-making as well as display. Honoring Village Shalom’s 100th anniversary, the Epsten Gallery will present its first-ever display of artwork created by residents of Village Shalom and offer a series of artist- and therapist-led workshops in which intergenerational members of the community may utilize the Epsten Gallery as a pop-up studio space to create and share their own works of art. On view through Feb. 26, the art therapy program offers a forum for arts and health professionals to collaborate in the design and implementation of interactive workshops for residents at Village Shalom as well as the whole community. During ARTicipation, KCJMCA will transform the Epsten Gallery into a temporary art studio for the creative exploration and application of art-and-therapy-based ideas and practices, in both self-guided and assisted creative workshops, with some of the program partners being the Kansas Art Therapy Association to provide licensed, professional art therapists as collaborators; Emporia State University’s Art Therapy Program to launch a new internship program at KCJMCA’s Epsten Gallery; and Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy and Kansas City Art Institute’s Community Arts students for youth and young adult participation. For more information visit www.kcjmca.org or call (913) 266-8413.


Hall o’ Fame

Will Shields, former offensive lineman for the Chiefs, has been named one of the 15 finalists for consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is joined by former Chiefs teammate Willie Roaf who will also wait for the final announcement, which is expected Feb. 4. Will was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in early December in New York City for his career at the University of Nebraska. Athleticism runs in the Shields family—his daughter Sanayika, an Olathe High School grad, is in her first year on a basketball scholarship at Drury College, while her brother Shavon, a senior at Olathe Northwest, recently signed with Nebraska to play basketball in the fall. The Shields’ adopted son Will Cauley, also an Olathe Northwest basketball standout, has signed with Kentucky and their youngest son Solomon plays on a premiere basketball team.


Sion Celebrates Centennial

Notre Dame de Sion School, a college preparatory school for girls from pre-school through grade 12, opened its doors in 1912 in a small house on Benton Blvd. close to Annunciation School. From its humble beginnings, the spirit and mission of Sion education has blossomed on the Locust Campus in midtown and on the Wornall Campus in the southland. As a result of a ‘Building for Excellence’ campaign begun in 2003, both have been transformed into schools for the 21st Century, continuing the tradition of its founding sisters, the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion. The school celebrates its 100th anniversary with a Gala and auction, “An Affair to Remember,” on Saturday, March 3, 2012 on the high school campus at 10631 Wornall Road in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit ndsion.edu.