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  1. KC Salute to the Military

    militaryKC Parks is participating with Visit KC in an integrated marketing campaign targeted towards active and veteran military families. The campaign, KC Salute to the Military, begins on October 3 and culminates with Veterans Day on November 11. During this time, active military and veterans will received the following discounts at KC Parks facilities:

    *25% off green fees to active military and veterans at KC Parks five public golf courses>>

    *25% off court fees to active military and veterans at the Plaza Tennis Center>>

    *$100 off All Access Passes for active military and veterans at KC Parks Community Centers (Adult All Access – $200/annual; Senior All Access – $100/annual)

    We appreciate your service!

  2. Kansas City Community Gardens Expansion in Swope Park

    img_0053WHO
    Kansas City Community Gardens and Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation

    WHAT
    Ground Breaking for Facilities Renovation and New Storage Building Construction

    WHY
    Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) is launching a two-phased building renovation and new storage facility construction.  A major portion of the funding has come from two generous sources, including PIAC – Public Improvements Advisory Committee, City of Kansas City, Missouri; and  David T. Beals III, Bank of America, Trustee

    WHEN
    Friday, September 23 at 11 a.m.

    WHERE
    Kansas City Community Gardens, 6917 Kensington Ave, Kansas City MO 64132

    MORE
    The goal of the renovation project is to enhance KCCG’s capacity to educate, mobilize, and support Kansas City’s gardeners. KCCG’s educational workshop program trains Kansas City’s community, school, and home gardeners at no cost to successfully grow fresh fruits and vegetables. The new Education Center will expand seating capacity for these training sessions from a maximum of 50 to a maximum of approximately 80 people. The new training space will allow KCCG to host more “hands-on” demonstration workshops on topics such as healthy cooking, building a grow light unit, and creating a planting plan. KCCG provides training in basic garden skills, as well as advanced and specialized topics such as The Giving Grove’s stewardship trainings for orchard care.

    ABOUT KCCG
    Kansas City Community Gardens is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of low-income households and other members of the community by helping them grow their own nutritious fruits and vegetables.  KCCG member gardeners develop self-reliance, knowledge about nutrition, and an appreciation for the environment, while enjoying exercise, social interaction, and the satisfaction of growing their own food.

     

  3. KC Celebrates Week In Blue

    emk100In honor of the legacy and work of Ewing Marion Kauffman, who would have turned 100 this week, Kansas City fountains and Waldo Water Tower will turn blue from September 21 – 28. Mr. Kauffman founded the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and established the Kansas City Royals. His ongoing philanthropic contributions to advancing entrepreneurship, education and civic well-being are captured at www.EMK100.org. #EMK100
  4. Vote for KCParks to Win a Dream Dog Park

    swope-with-logoKansas City Parks and Recreation’s  Swope Park Off Leash Dog Park is one of seven dog park contestants chosen to compete for a Beneful Dream Dog Park.

    The voting period runs through November 1, 2016, during which time people can visit Walmart.com/Beneful to vote for the dog park they want to receive funding for a dog park makeover from Beneful. You can vote once per day until the deadline.

    The dog park with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be the selected dog park to receive a Beneful Dream Dog Park package, which includes a $30,000 monetary donation to go toward dog park improvements and an equipment donation valued at approximately $5,000, to be installed in the dog park. Additionally, the Beneful team will coordinate with the selected dog park team to host a work day in the dog park, when local dog lovers and the Beneful team can come together to celebrate selection and what it means for the community, and help get park improvements underway.

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  5. STARLIGHT INDOORS EXPANDS WITH 5 SHOWS FROM OCTOBER TO MARCH

    Unconventional, comedic shows will be presented in Starlight’s intimate indoor setting

    WHAT: The show lineup for Starlight Indoors, a live theatre series launched last January by Starlight Theatre, has been announced for the series’ second season. Included in the 2016-17 indoor series are five Off-Broadway-style productions, featuring unconventional and award-winning comedies.

    WHEN:  October 11, 2016 to March 19, 2017 (see specific run dates for each show below)

    WHERE: Starlight Indoors is presented inside the heated, intimate performance space of Starlight’s Cohen Community Stage, on-site at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132. Each show will seat 300 to 500 people.

    THE SECRET COMEDY OF WOMEN: GIRLS ONLY is an original comedic variety show that celebrates the honor, truth and humor of being female. The two-woman act, inspired by the earnest and sweetly ridiculous writings the two authors found in their own childhood diaries, blends sketch comedy, improv, audience participation, musical numbers and video. The result is high-spirited, good-natured humor and fun! Suitable for female audiences, ages 10+.
    October 11-23, 2016
    16 performances – in Cohen Community Stage House at Starlight Theatre
    Run time: 2 hours, with intermission
    Cost: $36-$56

    MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS LIVE! is an Off-Broadway hit. This one-man fusion of theatre and standup comedy, based on The New York Times best-selling book of the same name, moves swiftly through a series of vignettes – everything from dating to marriage to the bedroom. Since premiering in Paris in 2007, the show has been seen by more than 1 million people across Europe. It made its U.S. debut in 2013. Suitable for adult audiences.
    November 3-5, 2016
    3 performances – in Cohen Community Stage House at Starlight Theatre
    Run time: 2 hours, with intermission
    Cost: $26-$52

    SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM finds Sister returning to Starlight after schooling audiences in Late Nite Catechism last January. This time Sister takes on the mystery that has long perplexed historians: What ever happened to the Magi’s Gold? In this holiday mystery extravaganza, Sister retells the story of the nativity as only she can. Employing her own scientific tools and assisted by the Starlight STARS of Tomorrow youth choir and a gaggle of audience members, she’ll create a living nativity audiences won’t soon forget. Suitable for all audiences.
    November 26 – December 18, 2016
    23 performances – in Cohen Community Stage House at Starlight Theatre
    Run time: 2 hours, with intermission
    Cost: $36-$56

    FIRST DATE, a modern musical featuring a Kansas City cast, follows blind-date “newbie” Aaron and serial-dater Casey. Their casual drink at a busy restaurant quickly turns into a hilarious, high-stakes dinner, and, as their first date unfolds in real time, the couple soon finds they are not alone! Restaurant staff transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents who sing and dance the couple through ice breakers, appetizers and conversational land mines. Suitable for dating age and older.
    February 3 – March 5, 2017
    32 performances – in Cohen Community Stage House at Starlight Theatre
    Run time: 90 minutes, no intermission
    Cost: $36-$56

    DISENCHANTED is a hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm when fairytale heroines come back to life to set the record straight. By tossing off their tiaras and serving up a sassy, subversive musical, these royal renegades have sold out multiple venues nationwide. The irreverent musical was conceived by Dennis Giacino, a former history teacher and musician at heart. Suitable for adult audiences.
    March 7-19, 2017
    16 performances – in Cohen Community Stage House at Starlight Theatre
    Run time: 95 minutes, no intermission
    Cost: $36-$56

    TICKET OFFERS:
    VIP tickets include premium seating, valet parking and one free cocktail.
    In addition to single tickets to each show, Starlight Indoors offers the following ticket discounts:

    Guests who purchase tickets to three shows save 10 percent (excludes Men are from Mars)

    Guests who purchase tickets to four shows save 15 percent (excludes Men are from Mars)

    Groups of 10 or more guests save 15%

    MORE INFORMATION & TO PURCHASE:

    Online at www.kcstarlight.com
    Call 816.363.7827
    Visit Starlight Box Office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132

    About Starlight Theatre
    Starlight Theatre, recent winner of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second-largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts. It also offers extensive community outreach and educational programming, including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the nation.

    Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage.  For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com

  6. SPIRITED SHOW RE-CREATES ‘SUMMIT AT THE SANDS’ NIGHTCLUB ACT OF LAS VEGAS’ FAVORITE SONS: FRANK, DEAN & SAMMY

    Starlight Theatre audiences will be drawn into the ritz and allure of classic Las Vegas with a swingin’ party of a show. The Rat Pack is Back!, a tribute to the talented stars of the 1960s known as The Rat Pack, takes the stage for three performances the weekend of Sept. 9-11. The show is the finale of Starlight’s 2016 Broadway season.

    The Rat Pack is Back! transports audiences back through time and space to a balmy night circa 1960 when three show business legends – Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin – converged at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas for the very first time. These stars delivered style with substance, swing with swagger and a non-stop party to which everyone wanted access.

    “We want Kansas City audiences to enjoy a September night under the stars with the songs that all generations know and love,” Starlight president and CEO Rich Baker said. “I predict this show will stir up great memories for some and make new, special memories for everyone else!”

    The national touring production of The Rat Pack is Back! unites three highly accomplished singer/actors: Drew Anthony appears as Dean Martin; Kyle Diamond appears as Sammy Davis, Jr.; and Chris Jason, the trio’s newest cast member, appears as Frank Sinatra.

    The show’s uncanny vocal re-creation of one of the Rat Pack’s raucous, antic-filled performances is paired with unbridled humor. A live 12-piece orchestra is onstage throughout, bringing to life crowd-favorites with period-perfect orchestrations. The hits include Sinatra’s “You Make Me Feel So Young” and “A Foggy Day,” Martin’s “That’s Amoré,” Davis’ “Mr. Bojangles,” and many more. The Las Vegas Sun raves “This is as close as anyone has come to capturing the feeling of the real thing!”

    The Rat Pack is Back! is produced by Dick Feeney whose credits include Viva Las Vegas, Showgirls and The Great Gleason.

    Tickets for The Rat Pack is Back! at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $14 to $120. Tickets are available online at www.kcstarlight.com, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight ticket office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132.

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

    About Starlight Theatre
    Starlight Theatre, a recent winner of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second-largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts. It also offers extensive community outreach and educational programming, including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the nation.

    Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage. For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com.