Mackenzie’s First Cartoon

For those of you who don’t know, our daughter Mackenzie, 11 years old, is destined to be an artist! We got her a Magnadoodle when she was about three and she would sit for hours drawing and erasing, then drawing and erasing again. Always perfecting her work. You can see much of her work by doing a hashtag (#) search for #mackaday, especially on Facebook! It will pull up all kinds of pictures she’s drawn over the years. (Click here to see!)

Recently she’s been practicing with the Animation app through her iPad. Here’s her pilot:

She also did a little short to add to the beginning of each of her cartoons:

Be sure to subscribe to her YouTube channel Mack & Cat Comics to see upcoming shorts!!

International Day of Peace

In the spring of 2015, Job Corps students decided to organize and take action around the issue of preventing youth violence in the United States. Youth 2 Youth:  Partners 4 Peace, or “Y2Y,” is a violence-prevention initiative created by and led by Job Corps students nationwide. Each year in the week leading up to International Day of Peace, the Y2Y Network across the nation celebrates. What follows is a pictorial view of the International Day of Peace event that the Excelsior Springs Job Corps and City of Grandview partnered to make possible.

Rapper Silento greets our Job Corps SGA and Y2Y students as he arrives.

Our JROTC students taking a selfie

There was a long line most of the morning as all the attendees got checked in for the official Guinness Book of World Records record setting event! We did a human formation of a peace and heart symbol for “Peace and Love” on the International Day of Peace.

Being briefed on the day’s events

Our admissions counselors pause for a quick picture with National Job Corps Director Lenita Jacobs-Simmons

The Eastern Clay County Rotary came out to help offer some sweets for International Day of Peace!

It took almost two hours to check everyone in!

A Grandview officer visiting with Minact CEO Major General Collins and Grandview Mayor Leonard Jones Junior

The Grandview School District was amazing by how quickly they agreed to being part of the event. Working with their team has been wonderful.

Grandview High School’s Color Guard and Band performed beautifully

The Grandview, MO Police Department is awesome! They were on board from the beginning to make International Peace Day a success for all of Grandview. So thankful to them for their kindness and presence at the event!

Our JROTC students always impress me

It was so heartwarming to see a sea of people all ready to celebrate peace together!

Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center Director Bill Allen welcomes the crowd at the International Day of Peace celebration at the Grandview Amphitheater

Our Job Corps leaders kick off the concert after the human formation was complete!

MINACT CEO Major General Collins speaks to the crowd

Job Corps National Director Lenita Jacobs-Simmons speaks to the students

The City of Grandview Mayor Leonard Jones, Jr. speaks to the students for the International Day of Peace celebration at the Grandview Amphitheater

Our Job Corps students had an opportunity to perform!

Motivational speaker Anthony Butler encouraged all the students to help be the peace that we need in this world.

Rapper UB Star had all the kids with their hands up jumping up and down!

Singer Silento was a HUGE hit with all the ages of those in attendance

Jett Blakk ended the day with some rockin tunes to further their rockin’ revolution!

Setting the Guinness Book of World Record for the largest human formation of Peace and Love for International Peace Day! Many thanks to the students at the Excelsior Springs Job Corps for coming up with the idea and the City of Grandview, Park’s and Rec, Police Dept, and School District for all they did to make this a success!

Excelsior Springs Pet Corner

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Animals waiting to be adopted

Recently Adopted!

Lost Pets

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Other Pet News

***We learned this week that the new Dog Park (located near Century Park) is being prepared and will open this Spring!***

Dear Excelsior

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Questions That Have Been Asked by the Excelsior Community
The Week of September 17th

 

• What are the details on the car show that’s at the end of the month?

The American Legion Post 236 Car & Bike Show will be September 29, 2018. The week of the event is from Sept 25-Sept 29. The Atlas downtown will be collecting donations at the bar for veterans.

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• What is going in the strip mall near McDonald’s? 

On the corner of the strip mall behind Arby’s and Applebee’s will be The Mug’s new location. The Mug will be moving from the downtown on Broadway out to the west side, with a drive-thru window, making it easy to get your coffee and treats before leaving town each morning!

 

 

• When is the dog park going to open? 

Space for the Dog Park near Century Park is being prepared. The park will be ready sometime in the Spring.

• When does the newer library re-open? 

There is no set timeframe for when the library will be open, but they’re shooting for mid-October. In the meantime, they will remain in the Hall of Waters on the second floor in the Council Chambers.

• What is going in the old Sears building? 

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Terri Ritchie has announced that Thunderbird Electric Supply will be coming in. They will have a large lighting showroom and electrical counter. They will stock anything you would need for electrical material, including, but not limited to, LED lamps, switches, receptacles, etc. as well as tools. They will have a Grand Opening!! Stay tuned!!

• What is going in Excelsior Trade Fair’s building?

Half of the Trade Fair’s building will go to vendor booth space similar to Excelsior Trade Fair, however, the other half will be a $5 store, where damaged freight and returned items (from Amazon) will be stored in bins and shoppers dig around to find items that they want. The price for items drops each day thereafter. There is another store like this in Belton.

• When will the sink hole get fixed by O’Reilly’s?

Construction on the sink hole across from O’Reilly’s has begun.

• Where can I find an Excelsior Springs postcard?

There are local postcards sold at the Visitor’s Center in the Hall of Waters and at Main Spring Art Gallery downtown on the corner of Main and Spring Streets.

• When does the Trolley run?

Often you can find the Trolley running in our local festivals and on 2nd Weekends in the downtown. You can also rent the trolley for fun events like birthdays, family/class reunions, or parades. There are also a number of events throughout the year that you can buy a ticket for the trolley. There are also monthly wine tours that are very popular. For more information on the Chamber Trolley, click here to go to their Facebook page.

• What’s the best way for citizens to put an issue before the City Council if they’re unable to attend council meetings?

Most effective would be to reach out to council members in a time that works for you. You can also reach out to our City Manager Molly McGovern and she will bring your issue to the council. Our local council members:

Mayor Brad Eales
Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Powell
Former Mayor Ambrose Buckman
Councilwoman Sonya Morgan
Councilman Brent McElwee

 

Excelsior Springs Calendar of Events

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Monday, September 17
Excelsior Springs Walking Club – contact ES Park and Recreation for more info at 816-630-1040
8:15am – Zumba Gold Free Exercise Class – ES Community Center
8:30am – Golf: Odessa Girls Varsity Tournament – Adams Pointe Golf Course
8:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
5:30am – 6:00am – Pound Class – ES Community Center
9:00am – Stay Strong Free Exercise Class – Good Samaritan Center
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
9:00am – Circuit Training class – ES Community Center
9:40am – Water Arthritis class – ES Community Center
10:00am – Adult Art Room – Good Samaritan Center
10:00am – Yoga – ES Community Center
10:30am – 11:30am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
10:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
11:00am – Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga – ES Community Center
2:45pm – 4:00pm – Boys Basketball Open Gym – ES High School Gym
4:00pm – 8:00pm – Cheer Mini Camp – Middle School Commons
4:00pm – Cross Country: MS Invitational – Stocksdale Park
4:00pm – Tennis: Girls Varsity & JV Game vs Fort Osage – ESMS Tennis Courts
5:00pm – Softball: Varsity Game vs Richmond – Richmond High School
5:30pm – Football: JV Game vs Richmond – Richmond High School
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
6:00pm – 7:00pm – PAWS Meeting in Westview Library
6:00pm – Basic Yoga – ES Community Center
6:00pm – 7:00pm – New Beginnings Nar-Anon – Good Samaritan Center (Family Drug Addiction Support Group)
6:30pm – Softball: JV Game vs Richmond – Richmond High School
6:45pm – Cycle class – ES Community Center
6:45pm – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
7:00pm – ES Cultural Guild Meeting – 321 W. Broadway
7:00pm – Turbo Kick: Group Exercise – ES Community Center
7:00pm – Al-Anon – 208 South Street – For families and friends of alcoholics
7:45pm – Aqua Zumba class – ES Community Center

Tuesday, September 18
5:30am – Boot Camp exercise class – ES Community Center
8:00am – Dance Fitness class – ES Community Center
8:15am – 8:45am – AAA Free Exercise Class – ES Community Center
8:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
9:00am – Pilates class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – ES Community Center
9:00am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
9:40am – Water Arthritis class- ES Community Center
10:00am – HIIT class – ES Community Center
11:00am – Toddler Open Gym – ES Community Center
10:30am – Storytime for Toddlers – Mid-Continent Public Library
10:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
11:00am – 11:30am – Core Strength class – ES Community Center
12:00pm – Annual Dinner Planning Meeting – ES Chamber of Commerce
2:00pm – Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehab Community Bingo – Ex Spgs Nursing and Rehab
2:45pm – Boys Basketball Open Gym – ESHS Gym
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Jostens Parent Ring Order Night – ESHS Library
4:30pm – Golf: Girls Varsity & JV Triangular vs Odessa, Pleasant Hill – ES Golf Course
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
4:30pm – Tennis: Girls Varsity & JV Game vs Harrisonville – ESMS Tennis Courts
5:00pm – Football: MS Game vs Harrisonville – Tiger Stadium
5:00pm – Soccer: Boys Varsity Game vs Knob Noster – Knob Noster High School
5:00pm – Volleyball: C Game vs Odessa – ESHS Gym
5:30pm – Excelsior Breastfeeding Group – Relaxation Station, 113 S. Marietta
5:30pm – 8:30pm – Parks and Rec Volleyball – Lewis Gym
5:30pm – Youth Wrestling – ESHS
5:30pm – 8:00pm – Color Guard Practice – ESHS Commons
5:45pm – Zumba & Pilates class – ES Community Center
6:00pm – Mommy/Daddy and Me Evening Class – Good Samaritan Center
6:00pm – Softball: JV Game vs Pleasant Hill – Skyline Softball Field
6:00pm – Volleyball: JV Game vs Odessa – ESHS Gym
6:45pm – Strong class – ES Community Center
7:00pm – Volleyball: Varsity Game vs Odessa – ESHS Gym
7:00pm – 8:0opm – Narcotics Anonymous – Woods Memorial Christian Church
7:45pm – Hip Hop – Group Exercise – ES Community Center

Wednesday, September 19
5:30am – Strength exercise class – ES Community Center
6:00am – Basketball Open Gym – ES Middle School Gym
6:30am – 7:30am – ES Optimist Club meeting – ES Hospital Cafeteria
7:00am – Jostens Ring Order – High School Commons
8:00am – 10:00am – Coffee with a Cop – ES Community Center
8:15am – 8:45am – Zumba Gold – ES Community Center
8:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – ES Community Center
9:00am – Turbo Kick – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
9:00am – 10:00am – Stay Strong Free Exercise Class – Good Samaritan Center
9:15am – 10:15am – Child Watch Story Time – ES Community Center
9:40am – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
10:00am – Barre – ES Community Center
10:30am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
10:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:00am – Silver Sneakers Classic – ES Community Center
11:30am – 1:00pm – Chamber Luncheon – Montgomery Event Venue
2:00pm – Grief Support – ES Hospital
4:00pm – Golf: Girls Varsity & JV Dual vs Richmond – Shirkey Golf Course
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:45pm – 6:45pm – Shue Volleyball – Westview Gym
5:45pm – 8:15pm – Parks and Rec Volleyball – ESMS Gym
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
6:00pm – Youth Wrestling – ESHS
6:00pm – Northland Family Support – Tri-County Mental Health Center, 3100 NE 83rd St., KCMO
6:45pm – Aqua Zumba – ES Community Center
7:45pm – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
9:00pm – Tennis: Girls Varsity Tournament – ESMS Tennis Courts

Thursday, September 20
Excelsior Springs Walking Club – contact ES Park and Recreation for more info at 816-630-1040
5:30am – Color Guard Practice – Middle School Gym
5:30am – Turbo Kick – ES Community Center
8:00am – Zumba – ES Community Center
8:15am – 8:45am – Stretch and Core Exercise Class – ES Community Center
9:00am – Golf: Girls Varsity Tournament vs Chillicothe – Green Hills Golf Course
9:00am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
9:00am – Fire exercise class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
10:00am – Northland Grandfamilies Support Group – Good Samaritan Center
10:00am – Music at the Senior Center  – ES Senior Center/Community Center
10:00am – Yoga – ES Community Center
11:45am – 12:30pm – Sit and Be Fit – ES Community Center
12:00pm – ES Rotary Club meeting – Ventana Gourmet Grill
3:00pm – 4:30pm – Cheer Practice – ESHS Gym
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
4:30pm – Softball: Varsity Game vs Odessa – ESHS Miracle Field (Softball Field #1)
5:00pm – Challenger Flag Football – Tiger Stadium
5:00pm – Soccer: Boys JV & Varsity Game vs Oak Grove – Oak Grove High School
5:00pm – Volleyball: C Game vs Oak Grove – Oak Grove High School
5:30pm – Parks & Rec Volleyball – Lewis Gym
6:00pm – Annual Farm to Table Dinner for DEP – Downtown Excelsior Springs
6:00pm – Boy Scouts Troop 3123 Meeting – Middle School Commons
6:00pm – Softball: JV Game vs Odessa – ESHS Miracle Field (Softball Field #1)
6:00pm – Volleyball: JV Game vs Oak Grove – Oak Grove High School
6:00pm – New GIRL Event by Girl Scouts – Excelsior Springs Middle School
6:30pm – Soccer: Boys Varsity Game vs Oak Grove – Oak Grove High School
7:00pm – Volleyball: Varsity Game vs Oak Grove – Oak Grove High School

Friday, September 21
No School – Teacher In-Service
5:30am – 6:00am – Pound exercise class – ES Community Center
8:00am – Zumba – ES Community Center
8:15am – 8:45am – AAA Free Exercise Class – ES Community Center
8:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – Bingo – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
9:00am – Stay Strong Free Exercise Class – Good Samaritan Center
9:40am – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
10:00am – Yoga – ES Community Center
10:30am – 11:30am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
10:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:45am – 12:30pm – Sit and Be Fit – ES Community Center
5:30pm – Parks & Rec Volleyball – Lewis Gym
6:00pm – Cruise & Brews at Dubious – Dubious Claims Brewery Co.
6:00pm – Ladies Night In Class – Scissors and Shears Salon
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Cheer Mini Camp Performance – Tiger Stadium
7:00pm – Football: Varsity Game vs Harrisonville – ESHS Tiger Stadium
7:30pm – Nunsense – Slightly Off Broadway
8:00pm – Wine In (Movies on the Patio) – Midnight in Paris – Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery

Saturday, September 22
TBD – Band: Varsity Invitational vs Carrollton – Carrollton High School
TBD – Cross Country: Varsity Invitational vs Fayetteville – Washington County Fairgrounds
TBD – Softball: Varsity Tournament vs Chillicothe – Danner Park
7:30am – Cycle class – ES Community Center
8:00am – 6:00pm – ES Youth Football – Tiger Stadium
8:30am – Pump ‘N Core class – ES Community Center
9:30am – Zumba – ES Community Center
9:45am – Water Zumba – ES Community Center
10:00am – Yoga Retreat – Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery
10:30am – Trolley Wine Tour – Willow Spring Mercantile
10:45am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:30am – 3:15pm – Parks and Rec Volleyball – ES Middle School Gym
2:00pm – Live Music Weekend at Willow Spring Mercantile
5:00pm – Fundamentals of Life Drawing – Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios
7:00pm – Wabash Blues Garden Concert – Ft. Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders – Wabash BBQ

Sunday, September 23
1:00pm – Competitive Pickle Ball League – ES Community Center
1:00pm – Live Music Weekend at Willow Spring Mercantile
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Bowling League – Tiger Bowl

Don’t see your event posted here? Email details to Courtney at courtneysummercole at gmail.com