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  1. “Sod Rolling” for Swope Soccer Village Project Begins

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    Swope SodOver 99,000 square feet of Colorado bluegrass sod will be laid in the next 48 hours for the Championship Field of the Swope Soccer Village Project, 63rd & Lewis Road in Swope Park.

    This is the first grass to be laid on the very first field of the project, which upon completion will encompass six new soccer fields and facilities. The complex will initially play host to the 2013 Big 12 Women’s Soccer Tournament (BUY TICKETS NOW) November 6,8 and10 and, upon completion, be available to Kansas City soccer leagues and tournaments.

    The project partners for the multi‐million dollar complex include City of Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City Parks and Recreation and operator, Soccer Village Properties. Additional funds were also provided by Jackson County.


    • 99,500 square feet of special sand-based bluegrass sod was shipped overnight from Colorado in refrigerated trucks
    • It will be laid over 8,080,000 pounds of a special sand blend
    • 5,000 linear feet of field drainage pipe ranging from 4” to 24” in diameter and 7,300 linear feet of pvc irrigation pipe are required for field maintenance
    • Laser guided bulldozers able to grade earth to a ¼” tolerance and special tractors to a
    • 1/8” tolerance (about the same as 2 quarters stacked together) aligned the field
    • Championship Field constructed in under 120 calendar days
    • Process of laying the sod began at 6 a.m. Wednesday and will continue through Thursday afternoon

     View a video from the City’s Weekly Report about Swope Soccer Village.

  2. Four on the Fourth Race Affects Traffic in Waldo Area

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    The City of Kansas City, Mo., is notifying motorists that the Four on the Fourth race will affect traffic in the Waldo neighborhood on Thursday, July 4.

    The race will begin in the west parking lot of the Ward Parkway Shopping Center. Rolling road and lane closures will take place from approximately 6:30-8:15 a.m. on the following race route: head south on State Line Road; east on 89th Street; southeast on Ward Parkway; north on Washington Street; northwest on Ward Parkway; west on 83rd Street; south on Ward Parkway; west on 89th Street; north on State Line Road; and east into the Ward Parkway Center parking lot to finish.

    Please observe caution and obey all posted detours and barricades.

  3. Four Races Impact Weekend Traffic

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    The City of Kansas City, Mo., is notifying motorists that four separate races will impact traffic in the Vineyard/Vineyard West Neighborhoods, along The Paseo Boulevard and on the Plaza on Sept. 12th and 13th.

    On Saturday, the DeFeet Hunger 5k will begin at 8 a.m. at 55th Street and The Paseo Boulevard. The race will go north along The Paseo Boulevard to 49th Terrace and then returns south to 56th Street and The Paseo Boulevard. For a detailed race route and map, visit http://kcraceday.org/races/defeet-hunger-5k/

    The Spirit of Freedom Walk will also take place at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Vineyard/Vineyard Estates Neighborhoods at 3700 Blue Parkway and end at the Spirit of Freedom Fountain at 4700 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. For a detailed race route and map, visit http://kcraceday.org/races/spirit-freedom-walk/

    The Martini Mile race begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at 31st and Oak in Mid-Town where it heads east on 31st St, north on Gillham, west on E 30th Street, north on Grand Avenue, west on E 29th Street, south on Walnut Street, east on E. 30th Street, south on DeGroff Way, east on 31st Street to finish at 31st and Oak. The Martini Mile Race is a 4-member team relay running the one mile loop in succession. For a detailed race route and map, visit http://kcraceday.org/races/martini-mile/

    On Sunday, the Plaza 10k and 2 mile run will begin at 7:30 a.m. The 2 mile race begins at Ward Parkway and Central and ends on Ward Parkway. The 10k race also begins on Ward Parkway and Central where it will head south toward Brookside and end at Brookside Boulevard and Ward Parkway. For a detailed race route and map, visit http://kcraceday.org/races/plaza-10k/

    Please observe caution and obey all posted detours and barricades.

    For more information or media inquiries about these closures, please contact Jenny Chronister, Kansas City race manager, at 816-588-2793.




  4. Multiple Races will Affect Traffic in Kansas City May 3-4

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    As a service to our residents, the City of Kansas City, Mo., sends occasional notices about temporary road closures due to outdoor races to help residents better plan their weekends and avoid inconvenient road closures or delays. This weekend, six races will affect traffic throughout Kansas City. Please note, police are prepared to allow motorists to cross the routes when they deem it safe for the participants. Please observe caution and obey all posted detours, barricades and no parking signs.


    The Kansas City Corporate Challenge 5K takes place Saturday, May 3 from about 7:30-9:30 a.m. and will temporarily close Ward Parkway between 83rd and 94th streets. For more information, visit www.kccorporatechallenge.com/events/5k.


    The Lockton Purple Stride 5K Race takes place Saturday, May 3 from about 8:30-10 a.m. and will temporarily close the following streets:

    Oak Street, between Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and East 50th Street

    50th Street, between Oak and Cherry streets; and between Rockhill Road and Troost Avenue

    Cherry Street, between East 50th Street and Rockhill Road

    Rockhill Road, between Cherry and East 50th streets

    Troost Avenue, between East 50th Street and Volker Boulevard

    Volker Boulevard, between Troost Avenue and The Paseo Boulevard

    For more information, visit http://www.purplestride.org/.


    The Temple Run takes place Saturday, May 3 from about 9-11:30 a.m. and will temporarily close the following streets:

    North Ewing Avenue, between Northeast 70th Street and Northeast 70th Terrace

    Northeast 70th Terrace, between North Ewing Avenue and Searcy Creek Parkway

    Searcy Creek Parkway, between Northeast 70th Terrace and Northeast Shoal Creek Parkway

    Northeast Shoal Creek Parkway, between Searcy Creek Parkway and Northeast 76th Street

    For more information, visit http://www.templerun.net/.


    The Cinco De Mayo 5-Que takes place Sunday, May 4 from about 8-9:30 a.m. and will temporarily close the following streets:

    Avenida Cesar E. Chavez, between Jarboe Street and Allen Avenue

    Allen Avenue (turning into West 25th Street), between Avenida Cesar E. Chavez and Southwest Boulevard

    Southwest Boulevard, between West 25th and Liberty streets

    For more information, visit http://cincodemayo5que.com/.


    The LAKC Race for Justice takes place Sunday, May 4 from about 8-10 a.m. along the Brush Creek Trail near the Plaza. While there are no official road closures, police will block traffic where the Brush Creek Trail intersects with Rockhill Road and Oak Street while runners are crossing. For more information, visit http://www.lakc.net/run-for-justice-5k/.


    The March for Babies takes place Sunday, May 4 from about 10 a.m. to noon and will temporarily close the following streets:

    Walnut Street, between Truman Road and West 19th Street

    19th Street, between Grand Boulevard and Baltimore Avenue

    Baltimore Avenue, between West 19th and West 14th streets; and between West 10th and West 12th streets

    West 14th Street, between Baltimore Avenue and Broadway Boulevard

    Broadway Boulevard, between West 14th and West Ninth streets

    West Ninth Street, between Broadway Boulevard and Wyandotte Street

    Wyandotte Street, between West Ninth and West 10th streets

    West 10th Street, between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue

    12th Street; between Baltimore Avenue and Grand Boulevard

    Grand Boulevard, between East 12th and East 19th streets

    For more information, visit http://www.marchforbabies.org/.


  5. Two Races Impact Weekend Traffic on April 5-6

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    As a service to our residents, the City of Kansas City, Mo., sends occasional notices about temporary road closures due to outdoor races to help residents better plan their weekends and avoid inconvenient road closures or delays. Two events may impact traffic in the Crossroads Arts District and the Westside on April 5 and 6.

    The Walk for Wishes will begin at Crown Center South on Grand Boulevard on Saturday, April 5. Rolling road closures will take place from about 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following route: east on 26th Street, north on Warwick Trafficway, north on Pershing Road which turns into McGee Street, west on 22nd Street, south on Grand Boulevard, turnaround, north on Grand Boulevard, west on Oklahoma Street, south through Washington Square Park, south on Pershing Road, and finishing south on Grand Boulevard. For more information, visit www.walkforwisheskc.com.

    The Brew to Brew Run starts at Boulevard Brewery, 2501 Southwest Blvd., on Sunday, April 6. Rolling road closures will begin about 10 a.m. on the following route: north on Southwest Boulevard under the railroad overpass, west on 22nd Street, north on Allen Avenue to the 23rd Street Viaduct and west into Kansas. For more information, visit www.brewtobrew.com.

  6. ‘A Lovely Night’ in Store when Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella Transforms Starlight Theatre on July 7-12

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    press-image530Glass slippers are so back! Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music, is ready to captivate Starlight audiences July 7-12. The national touring production of this classic fairy tale enchants with its magical costume transformations, stunning orchestration and contemporary take on the story.

    One of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s most popular titles, Cinderella was actually written for television, debuting in 1957 with a young Julie Andrews in the title role. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with Cinderella, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s legendary musicals include Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

    Before the production each night, Starlight guests will also enjoy a pre-show family event, the “Fairy Tale Festival.” The festival, which runs from 6 to 7:45 p.m., will include fun activities including face painting, crafts, games, storytelling and more. Also, to give back to the Kansas City community, guests are encouraged to bring a new or gently used pair of children’s shoes to donate to Operation Breakthrough as part of Starlight’s “If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit, Bring It!” philanthropic effort.

    Audiences can expect humor and romance as this tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella combines the story’s classic moment with some surprising new twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, Cinderella is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul. Cinderella fights for her own dreams and helps the prince open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams, too. She doesn’t let rags or ball gowns trip up her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness.

    “I think Starlight audiences will be amazed by this new and modernized take on the classic tale of Cinderella,” Starlight president and CEO Rich Baker said. “No matter their age, they will reclaim their childhood wonder when they see the magic evolve in this beloved production.”

    Douglas Carter’s new  book for Cinderella masterfully blends with the musical’s cherished score with favorite songs including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?”

    Direct from playing the role on Broadway, actress Paige Faure has taken her glass slippers on the road as she continues in the title role for the tour. Ready to sweep Cinderella off her feet, Andy Huntington Jones plays the role of Prince Topher. The touring cast also features a Kansas City connection as Overland Park native and 2005 Blue Valley High School graduate Kaitlyn Davidson stars as Gabrielle, Cinderella’s “misunderstood” stepsister.

    The show’s creative team includes Tony® Award-nominated scenic designer Anna Louizos; costume designer William Ivey Long, a six-time Tony Award winner; Tony-winning lighting designer Kenneth Posner; and Tony-nominated sound designer Nevin Steinberg.
    Tickets for Cinderella at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $14 to $96. Tickets are available online at www.kcstarlight.com, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132. All performances begin at 8 p.m.

    Discount prices for groups of 15 or more are available by contacting group sales coordinator Staci Shute at 816.997.1137 or staci.shute@kcstarlight.com.