Top Five

The Midland by AMC | 6:30 p.m. | May 12
Health and wellness guru and “The Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels will share weight loss and fitness tips, while showing you how to harness your potential, kick-start your goals, redefine your self-image, develop an action plan and live an exceptional life.
“Your health is the platform that your entire life is built upon — from your physical health to your confidence and self-worth, I will give you the skillset, tools and insights to transform any aspect of your life immediately so you realize your true potential, and create the future you’ve dreamed of and deserve,” says Michaels.
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Crown Center Square | May 25-26
Jiggle Jam brings the community together over Memorial Weekend to experience live music and educational activities in a fun and positive atmosphere that the entire family can enjoy. The sixth annual family music fest features more than 20 bands and entertainers playing on three stages, as well as arts and crafts, train rides, bounce houses, interactive educational and exercise workshops, and much more, including bingo, coloring, bubble tents and tween activities.
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Overland Park Convention Center | 5:30 p.m. | May 11
Grab your rowdy friends for a boot-scootin’ time at this year’s Fur Ball Gala Bone-anza, featuring 18 saloons, games and auctions, dinner and dessert, live and silent auctions, and musical entertainment. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Proceeds will benefit the animals at Wayside Waifs and save more lives.
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Downtown Marriott, Muehlebach Tower | 5:30 p.m. | May 4
The 2013 JDRF Dream Gala includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, Fund A Cure program and musical entertainment by The Zippers. Proceeds from the gala will help the foundation accelerate the pace of juvenile diabetes research.
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Photo: Melissa McGee

Overland Park
Convention Center
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | May 3

The sixth annual Books & Boutiques event to benefit St. Luke’s South Hospital includes lunch, a fashion show and shopping with local retailers such as Addie Rose, Alysa Rene Boutique, Amelia’s, Dermadoctor, Feng, Frankie & Jules, Frankly Basic, J. Hathaway Shoe Boutique, Mint, Olathe Glass and Home Décor, Rainy Day Books, Sitzmark Sports, and Two Chic Blvd.
The guest speaker is author and lawyer Alex George, an Englishman who lives, works and writes in Missouri. Attendees will receive a signed copy of George’s bestseller “A Good American,” an uplifting novel about the families we create and the places we call home.
Proceeds will help oncology patients in the St. Luke’s Hospital Infusion Center at Saint Luke’s South Hospital, which offers natural light, plush patient recliners, guest chairs and iPads. St. Luke’s provides advanced treatments and the latest technology in diagnosing and treating cancer.
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photo: J. Robert Schraeder