How to Help Excelsior Springs

I’m often contacted by local citizens asking about ways to get involved. There’s so much happening here that becoming active is relatively easy. Here are some ideas to help get you started:

1. Be an Advocate for Excelsior Springs

I can’t help but get irritated when I see Excelsior citizens talking smack on the town. This is OUR town! We should take pride in it and what happens here. We aren’t doing anything to help by tearing it down publicly, though. If anything, it undoes the work that so many here are doing to make this the best place to be. If there are problems of some kind, get involved by personally meeting with those that you have a problem with. Go to them in person before taking your argument to social media. That’s the respectful thing to do and something you would want your neighbor to do for you.

When someone asks about Excelsior Springs, tell them about all the great things happening here annually now. There are parades/festivals/events every month throughout the year. Invite them to come for a visit and send them our city’s tourism website that gives them all the info they’ll need to play a great stay ——> www.visitexcelsior.com

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2. Shop Local

For every $100 you spend locally, $68 stays local. When you shop at a national chain, only $43 stays locally. By buying local, you are stimulating the local economy, becoming a part of local job growth, and conserve tax dollars by keeping sales tax dollars where you live.

Take a picture and make a post when you’re in a local business or at a local event. Someone that does a great job with this is the Bill Hightower Team. They go out to eat as a company and always give the restaurant they go to a plug online! Perfect example:

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3. Promote the Community

Talk to your friends about what’s happening in the community. When you have an opportunity to recommend Excelsior, do! If your organization is looking to have a work function or your family is having a reunion, ask that they come to Excelsior!

On social media, click “like” on local posts, share info that will be helpful to the community, and leave positive comments that others can see. When you see good things happening in the community, share with the area news organizations. Sharing a post is so easy on Facebook! Help get the word out about what’s going on by giving our community a plug whenever you can! Also, if you’re making a post, use the hashtag #eslocal so that it shows up in a search. Type #eslocal into the search bar on any social media platform to pull up others posts about our town.

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4. Leave Good Reviews

Most businesses are located online in places that you can leave a review. Visit your favorite Excelsior pages at sites like Yelp! or Facebook and leave a positive review. This helps boost their visibility online and works as an endorsement for others that might be considering that shop.

Here are some examples of great reviews left for Dubious Claims downtown:

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5. Volunteer

There are a number of community organizations and events taking place throughout the year that need your help. If you have a place of business or group looking to get involved, there are opportunities for multiple people to get active, too. Check out how to volunteer for organizations within the community:

City of Excelsior Springs

The City has several boards and commissions that citizens are needed to serve on each year. Choose from Board of Zoning Adjustments, Capital Improvements Authority, Community Center Board, Enhanced Enterprise Zone, Hall of Waters Steering Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, Hospital Board, Housing Authority, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Zoning Commission, Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee, Special Road District, and Tax Increment Financing Commission. If you want to serve the city on a board or committee, click here for the volunteer application. 

Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce

You don’t have to be a member of the Chamber in order to volunteer for their annual activities! They have a whole list of committees and event planning groups that you can join or be involved in. Examples include the Chamber’s Annual Dinner and Auction, choosing award winners for annual recognitions for both business and the community, Economic Development, Professional Development, Finance, Marketing/Tourism, Membership, Trolley, Waterfest, and the West Side Committee. Click here to learn more and submit your name to volunteer.

Downtown Excelsior Partnership

The Downtown Excelsior Partnership (DEP) is an organization that builds support to our downtown. There are a number of committees that you can get involved in to make a difference to our community’s economy: Design, Economic Vitality, Promotion, Website, and Organization. Click here for more details.

Other organizations that are in need of help throughout the year include the Good Samaritan Center, Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation, Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation Department, Excelsior Springs Senior Center, Meet the Need, Elementary and Middle School Booster Clubs, After Prom, Excelsior Springs Hospital, and more! Click on each name to find more information.

6. Serve

If you want to go beyond volunteering, there are a number of boards and commissions throughout the city that could use your help! Try serving on a city board. I encourage you to attend meetings of organizations you’re interested in before running for a board position, though. Familiarize yourself not only with the issues that particular board is facing, but also to develop good relationships with those you will be serving with. That’s important so your time spent on the board or commission is most effective.

7. Pay Your Taxes

Something that is expected of us all is to pay our taxes, but it goes beyond just meeting a requirement set. Paying your taxes helps to care for our community’s infrastructure, schools, and public services. Paying your taxes means playing a larger role in a collective good. With all of us working together, we can do great things.

I brag on Excelsior Springs every chance I get. My entire life I have loved this town and the people in it. We have such a unique community. Despite it growing, it still feels small. Those who are outside looking in describe us as a community that cares for each other. We take care of one another when there are hardships like fires or loss of a loved one. Our circles are tight and our hearts are full of love. To me, that’s something worth supporting. I hope you’ll join me!

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Community Events for Excelsior Springs

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Monday, September 10
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
8:40am – 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
9:00am – Golf: Girls JV Tournament vs Kearney – Marimack Golf Complex
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 – Dental Screenings – Elkhorn Elementary
11:00am – Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga – ES Community Center
11:30am – Chamber Marketing Committee – Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce
2:45pm – Boys Basketball Open Gym – High School Gym
4:00pm – Tennis: Girls Varsity & JV Game vs Cameron – ES Middle School Tennis Courts
4:45pm – 6:15pm – Cheer Practice – High School Gym
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
5:45pm – Soccer: Boys Varsity Tournament vs Lutheran – Van Horn High School, Independence
6:00pm – Football: JV Game vs Central Academy of Excellence – Central High School
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 – Board of Education Meeting – Early Childhood Center Board Room
6:30pm – Girl Scout Troop #3016 Meeting – Westview Elementary
6:30pm – Shooting Stars and Meteor Showers – ES Community Center with Mid-Continent Public Library
6:45pm – Cycle class – ES Community Center
6:45pm – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
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 11
5:30am – Boot Camp exercise class – ES Community Center
7:00am – Jostens Sophomore Ring Meeting – ESHS Library
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
11:30am – Nonprofit Book Chat with Kim Halfhill – Opportunity Cafe
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
2:00pm – Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehab Community Bingo – Ex Spgs Nursing and Rehab
2:45pm – 4:00pm – Boys Basketball Open Gym – ESHS Gym
3:45pm – Cross Country: MS Invitational vs Cameron Middle – Cameron Veterans Memorial Golf Course
4:30pm – Golf: Girls Varsity & JV Triangular vs Harrisonville, Odessa – Country Creek Golf Course
4:30pm – Softball: Varsity Game vs Warrensburg – ESHS Miracle Field (Softball Field #1)
4:30pm – Tennis: Girls Varsity & JV Game vs Odessa – Odessa High School Athletic Complex
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
5:00pm – Volleyball: C Game vs Maryville – ESHS Gym
5:30pm – Tables by Design fundraiser for Good Samaritan Center – The Elms Hotel & Spa
5:30pm – Excelsior Breastfeeding Group – Relaxation Station, 113 S. Marietta
5:30pm – Youth Wrestling – ESHS Gym
5:30pm – 8:30pm – Parks and Rec Volleyball – Lewis Gym
5:30pm – 8:00pm – Color Guard Practice – ESHS Commons
5:45pm – Zumba & Pilates class – ES Community Center
6:00pm – 9:00pm – ESHS Band Rehearsal – Tiger Stadium
6:00pm – Softball: JV Game vs Warrensburg – ESHS Miracle Field (Softball Field #1)
6:00pm – Volleyball: JV Game vs Maryville – ESHS Gym
6:30pm – 8:30pm – 4-H Meeting – Elkhorn Elementary
6:45pm – Strong class – ES Community Center
7:00pm – Volleyball: Varsity Game vs Maryville – ESHS Gym
7:00pm – 8:0opm – Narcotics Anonymous – Woods Memorial Christian Church
7:00pm – Raising Resilient Kids – ES Community Center
7:00pm – Figure Drawing – Tuesdays – Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios
7:30pm – Soccer: Boys Varsity Tournament vs Van Horn – Van Horn HS, Independence
7:45pm – Hip Hop with Jessica A – ES Community Center

Wednesday, September 12
5:30am – Strength exercise class – ES Community Center
6:00am – Basketball Open Gym – ES Middle School
6:30am – 7:30am – ES Optimist Club meeting – ES Hospital Cafeteria
8:15am – 8:45am – Zumba Gold – ES Community Center
8:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
9:00am – Tennis: Girls JV Tournament vs Richmond, Winnetonka – ESMS Tennis Courts
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
10:30am – Storytime for Preschoolers – Mid-Continent Public Library
10:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:00am – Silver Sneakers Classic – ES Community Center
2:00pm – Grief Share – ES Hospital
3:00pm – ES Chamber Finance Committee – ES Chamber of Commerce
4:00pm – Cross Country: MS Invitational vs Osage Trail Middle – Osage Trail Middle School
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
5:45pm – Soccer: Boys Varsity Tournament vs Northeast – Bingham Middle School
6:00pm – Budding Artist youth painting class – Molly Roberts Studio
6:00pm – Northland Family Support – Tri-County Mental Health Center, 3100 NE 83rd St., KCMO
6:00pm – Youth Wrestling – ESHS Gym
6:30pm – Dementia Support Group – ES Hospital
6:45pm – Aqua Zumba – ES Community Center
7:45pm – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center

Thursday, September 13
TBD – Soccer: Boys Varsity Tournament vs Van Horn – Van Horn HS, Independence
Fall Open House at Annie’s Furniture & Gifts
Excelsior Springs Walking Club – contact ES Park and Recreation for more info at 816-630-1040
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 – Museum’s Annual Rummage Sale – ES Museum & Archives
9:00am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – Live Band – ES Community Center
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 – Yoga – ES Community Center
11:45am – 12:30pm – Sit and Be Fit – ES Community Center
12:00pm – ES Rotary Club meeting – Ventana Gourmet Grill
2:45pm – 4:00pm – Boys Basketball Open Gym – ESHS Gym
4:00pm – Cross Country: MS, Varsity, & JV Invitational vs Platte County – Platte Ridge Park
4:00pm – Tennis: Girls Varsity & JV Game vs St. Pius X – St. Pius X High School
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
4:30pm – Golf: Girls Varsity & JV Triangular vs Kearney, Richmond – ES Golf Course
4:30pm – Softball: Varsity Game vs Oak Grove – Oak Grove High School
5:00pm – 7:00pm – Challenger Flag Football – Miracle Field (Softball Field #1)
5:00pm – Volleyball: MS Game vs Oak Grove MS – ES Middle School Gym
5:30pm – Parks & Rec Volleyball – Lewis Gym
5:30pm- 8:15pm – Youth Wrestling
6:00pm – Softball: JV Game vs Oak Grove – Oak Grove High School
6:15pm – Community Health Forum – ES Hospital
7:00pm – Grief Share – Old Christian Union Church, Lawson

Friday, September 14
TBD – Soccer: Boys Varsity Tournament vs Van Horn – Van Horn High School, Independence
Fall Open House at Annie’s Furniture & Gifts
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 – Bingo – Senior Center
10:00am – Yoga – ES Community Center
10:30am – 11:30am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
10:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:30am – Trolley Committee Meeting – ES Chamber
11:45am – 12:30pm – Sit and Be Fit – ES Community Center
4:00pm – Tennis: Girls JV & Varsity Game vs Winnetonka – Winnetonka High School
5:00pm – Second Friday’s – Downtown Excelsior Springs
5:15pm – Big Girls and Tiny Girls Night In Class – Scissors and Shears Salon
5:30pm – Parks & Rec Volleyball – Lewis Gym
6:00pm – 8:00pm – 7th & 8th Grade Dance – ES Middle School Commons
7:00pm – Football: Varsity Game vs Richmond – Richmond High School
8:00pm – Wine In on the Patio – Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery

Saturday, September 15
TBD – Soccer: Boys Varsity Tournament vs Van Horn – Van Horn High School, Independence
Fall Open House at Annie’s Furniture & Gifts
7:30am – Cycle class – ES Community Center
8:00am – Jesse James Pistol Shoot – Jesse James Farm Road, Kearney
8:30am – Pump ‘N Core class – ES Community Center
8:30am – Volleyball: Varsity Tournament vs Chillicothe – Chillicothe High School
9:00am – Museum’s Annual Rummage Sale – ES Museum & Archives
9:30am – Zumba – ES Community Center
9:45am – Water Zumba – ES Community Center
10:00am – Touch a Truck – ES High School
10:00am – Free Car Seat Safety Check – ES High School
10:00am – Men’s Prayer and Fellowship – Abundant Praise Fellowship
10:45am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
5:00pm – Kids Night Out – ES Community Center
5:00pm – Salem Road performance – Four Horses and a Dog Winery
6:00pm – Adult Painting Class – Molly Roberts Studio

Sunday, September 16
10:00am – Beer Yoga at the Elms – Elms Hotel & Spa
11:00am – Fantastic Train Sale – Mac’s Auction
1:00pm – Live Music Weekend – Willow Spring Mercantile
1:00pm – Competitive Pickle Ball League – ES Community Center
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Bowling League – Tiger Bowl

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

Community Events for Excelsior Springs

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Monday, August 27th

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
8:40am – 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
10:00am – ES Genealogical Society – Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives
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
4:30pm – Golf: Girls Varsity & JV Triangular vs Harrisonville, Warrensburg – ES Golf Course
5:00pm – Volleyball: C Game vs St. Pius X – ESHS Gym
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
5:45pm – ES Football Association Pictures – ESHS Tiger Stadium
6:00pm – Football: JV Game vs Southeast – Northeast High School
6:00pm – Volleyball: JV Game vs St. Pius X – ESHS Gym
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 – Board of Education Meeting – 2018 Tax Rate Hearing & Special Board Meeting – Early Childhood Center
6:45pm – Cycle class – ES Community Center
6:45pm – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
7:00pm – Volleyball: Varsity Game vs St. Pius X @ ESHS Gym
7:00pm – Al-Anon – 208 South Street – For families and friends of alcoholics
7:45pm – Aqua Zumba class – ES Community Center

Tuesday, August 28th
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
2:00pm – Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehab Community Bingo – Ex Spgs Nursing and Rehab
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
4:30pm – Softball: Varsity Game vs Cameron R-1 – Cameron R-1 High School
4:30pm – Tennis: Girls Varsity & JV Game vs Harrisonville – Harrisonville High School
5:00pm – Volleyball: C Game vs Richmond R-XVI – Richmond High School
5:30pm – Youth Wrestling – ESHS Gym
5:30pm – 8:00pm – Color Guard Practice – ESHS Commons
5:45pm – Zumba & Pilates class – ES Community Center
6:00pm – Softball: JV Game vs Cameron R-1 – Cameron R-1 High School
6:00pm – Volleyball: JV Game vs Richmond – Richmond High School
6:45pm – Strong class – ES Community Center
7:00pm – Soccer: Boys Varsity Tournament vs Ruskin – Staley High School
7:00pm – Volleyball: Varsity Game vs Richmond – Richmond High School
7:00pm – 8:0opm – Narcotics Anonymous – Woods Memorial Christian Church
7:00pm – Figure Drawing – Tuesdays – Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios

Wednesday, August 29th
5:30am – Strength exercise class – ES Community Center
6:30am – 7:30am – ES Optimist Club meeting – ES Hospital Cafeteria
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
10:30am – Storytime for Preschoolers – Mid-Continent Public Library
10:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:00am – Silver Sneakers Classic – ES Community Center
12:00pm – Chamber West Side Committee Meeting – Re/Max Office, Jesse James Rd.
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Cheer Practice – ESHS Gym
4:00pm – Tennis: Varsity & JV Game vs Lafayette County C-1 – Lafayette County C-1 High School
5:00pm – Volleyball: C Game vs Savannah – Savannah High School
5:30pm – 8:15pm – Parks and Rec Volleyball – ESMS Gym
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:45pm – 6:45pm – Shue Volleyball – Westview Gym
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
6:00pm – Volleyball: JV Game vs Savannah @ Savannah High School
6:00pm – Northland Family Support – Tri-County Mental Health Center, 3100 NE 83rd St., KCMO
6:30pm – Soccer: Boys Varsity Tournament vs Winnetonka High School – Staley High School
6:45pm – Aqua Zumba – ES Community Center
7:00pm – Volleyball: Varsity Game vs Savannah – Savannah High School
7:45pm – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center

Thursday, August 30th
Excelsior Springs Walking Club – contact ES Park and Recreation for more info at 816-630-1040
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 – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – Live Band – ES Community Center
9:00am – Fire exercise class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES 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
2:45pm – 4:00pm – Sixth Grade Mixer – ESMS Commons
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
4:30pm – Golf: Girls Varsity & JV Triangular vs Kearney, Richmond – ES Golf Course
4:30pm – Softball: Varsity Game vs Winnetonka – ESHS Miracle Field (Softball Field #1)
4:30pm – Tennis: Girls Varsity & JV Game vs Odessa – ESMS Tennis Courts
5:00pm – 7:00pm – Challenger Flag Football – Tiger Stadium
5:30pm- 8:15pm – Youth Wrestling
6:00pm – Celebrity Bartender: Ambrose Buckman – Dubious Claims Brewery Co.
6:30pm – Soccer: Boys Varsity Tournament vs Winnetonka – Staley High School
6:30pm – Softball: JV Game vs Winnetonka – ESHS Miracle Field (Softball Field #1)

Friday, August 31st
7:15am – 2:27pm – No School – Teacher In-Service
5:30am – 6:00am – Pound exercise class – ES Community Center
8:00am – Golf: Girls Varsity Tournament vs Plattsburg – Plattsburg Country Club
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 – Bingo – Senior 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
4:00pm – Football: JV Game vs St. Joseph Benton – ESHS Tiger Stadium
6:00pm – Oil painting at 10 – Bohemian Sage Gallery
7:00pm – Football: Varsity Game vs St. Joseph Benton – ESHS Tiger Stadium
8:00pm – WineIn (Movies on the patio) – A Good Year – Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery

Saturday, September 1st
7:30am – Cycle class – ES Community Center
8:30am – Pump ‘N Core class – ES Community Center
8:30am – Cross Country: Varsity Invitational vs Liberty – Warriors’ Best Friend
9:30am – Zumba – ES Community Center
9:45am – Water Zumba – ES Community Center
10:00am – Cross Country: JV Invitational vs Liberty – Warriors’ Best Friend
10:45am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
2:00pm – Live Music Weekend – Willow Spring Mercantile
3:00pm – Wine and Dine Trolley Tour
3:00pm – The Original Music of Jennifer George – Four Horses and a Dog Vineyard & Winery

Sunday, September 2nd
1:00pm – Live Music Weekend – 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 

Seven Hills Art Camp

For the past four years our daughter, Mackenzie, has been attending the Seven Hills Art Camp that is held during the summer. For the first time, they expanded it to two weeks this summer. The theme for the first week was wings, with a focus on birds. Mackenzie’s favorite part was making bird kites! The camp was founded and taught by Roberta Hammer, family friend and local artist. Throughout the year, Roberta also hosts an art class weekly at the Good Samaritan Center and gives lessons on various art methods to the students of various ages.

This year, Roberta asked my husband, Jason, if he would co-teach the camps with her. He enjoyed getting to be a part of the experience in teaching the camp! Here’s a feature of some of their work together over the past two weeks:

They made a giant nest that was big enough for all of the campers to fit in!

These photos above were all taken by Dr. S. Jason Cole. :)

The second week of Art Camp was themed “Pollinators”

Jason taught all of the students how to make their own insects out of wire by bending and shaping it to look like their pollinator.

My husband Jason taught the students lessons in stop-motion animation. Here are some videos from the two weeks:

 

 

To see another feature on the Seven Hills Art Camp, click here! 

Touring the Ennovation Center business/food incubator

Yesterday I joined some of our city’s leaders on a tour of the Ennovation Center that is located in Independence, Missouri and serves as a business and food processing incubator for our region. There they’ve taken an old hospital and converted it into space that is leased out to business entrepreneurs, providing all the tools they need in order to succeed! Our city is looking at the concept in order to reimagine some of our older properties that have, over time, become blighted and unusable.

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Xander Winkel, “Entrepreneurship Enabler”, as he calls himself, gave us a full tour of the Ennovation Center’s facility. Right away you could sense his energy and passion for the work that he does there. He explained to us that the center is run as a non-profit and has a 501(c)(3) status. It serves companies in the early stages of their business plans so that they don’t have to initially take on a lot of debt. This allows the business owner to try out their plan and see how it goes first. He explained that a majority do not go on, but now they’ve learned that it’s not for them without the debt that would otherwise be involved without the center.

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Multiple kitchen spaces are located throughout the center and are leased hourly by those involved in the program. The incubator is for business use only,  and not open to the community. Those involved have to be able to show an economic return in the form of jobs or development in order to continue. Xander explained that along with the program is direct access to business consultants who work with each of the members of the program on their business plan and development as they grow.
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This is a gluten free room that is separate from the other areas of the incubator. Mostly baking is done in this area. Syrup production for soda that has to be separated from the other areas for food production laws and this space allows for that.
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Cooler spaces with cages are available for lease as well. Xander assured us that most of those in the center play nice with their manners taught to them in kindergarten, and they share and don’t take others things. If they have that kind of behavior, they would be removed from the program, so they don’t see a lot of problems with the shared space experience.
The space is open 24/7 so that it works for the schedule of the entrepreneurs. Some work a regular job all day and then use their evenings and nights to come in and work on their business plan.
Training is offered on particular pieces of equipment throughout the facility. Most have cooking experience, not business experience. That’s why they have tools in place to work with them on turning their talent into something profitable.
Taking us then upstairs in the center, we were introduced to the business side of the incubator. Xander explained that in the business side, many service providers, non-profits, and technicians are the ones using the space mainly. Those that have been maybe working from home or a coffee shop and is looking for a more professional place to meet clients or have a space for production is a good fit for this program.
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Entrepreneurs have access to a commercial copier and are charged separately. Phone and internet, as well as access to the business consultants are included with the lease.
Xander explained that they have to demonstrate that they’re starting a business and are committed to that. And they have to be somewhat coachable, as well as fit well with the other companies that are there. He said very few have had to be let go. Mainly they won’t be able to make a payment or know it won’t work.
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I loved looking in to this workspace to see a playpen and toddler set up with their mom. This is exactly the flexibility that many women would need in order to see their business dream come true. Allowing an open space for people to work and have their needs met, while not taking a risk that might set them back decades if they were to fail or choose not to continue, is an investment into the future of our people. I’m grateful to live in a community that is open to thinking about ways that this could work for us. I’m honored to be included.
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How I use Facebook to help my community

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When I was serving as Chamber director, I had made it my goal to get our community connected and supporting all the great things happening here in Excelsior Springs! By creating a Facebook Group for our community, over the last two years I have fed the room information each day by sharing our community’s businesses, organizations, and citizen’s posts into the room on a regular basis.

Each day I monitor over 400 community pages in order to help them get their message to a broader audience. Being an administrator of over 20 different community Facebook Pages, I knew that before having the group when making a post, I would have to rely on whatever organic reach that post received, or pay to have it get out to the audience I needed to see it. By sharing it to a group that has a concentrated local audience, I’m guaranteeing each entity that their message is getting further to the people they want to reach the most.

With that being said, I don’t have the group room set up so that just anyone can gain admittance. I have an approval process when a request comes in that I go through. If a person is connected to multiple group members within the page already, I will often add them. If they’re not connected to anyone, I visit their page to look for any local clues that I might find letting me know their location. I work to keep the members of the group from the local area as much as possible. We currently have 3,937 members and the group is growing larger each day.

Here’s a list of some of the things that I try to provide the community information about daily:
– Local and area events
– Local news article links
– Pictures of Excelsior Springs
– School information
– Local ads and sale offers
– Hiring opportunities
– Obituaries
– Community organization and business posts

The group has also provided a way for citizens in the community to ask questions such as asking for recommendations, finding out about what’s happening in the city, communicating when there are emergency situations like power outages and severe weather, and somewhere they can get immediate answers. I work to connect each of the inquiries coming in each day with someone that can help them find a resolution.

Managing the group at times is not always easy. I have a strict policy of the group room not being used negatively against the community or any entity in particular. The room is to be used to promote business and community, not work against it. I also don’t allow for it to be used as a swap shop room (a group room where you can sell your own personal items) because there are plenty of rooms like that out there already for that purpose.

I have seen the room be used to help solve crimes, promote community events, find lost pets, raise money for individuals facing serious health problems, and more. It’s been a great resource for our community to connect, support each other, and have community-wide conversations.

If you are interested in joining our group room, put in a request by clicking here! 

 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Today I’ll be meeting with a small group of local citizens who are committed to working on finding solutions for our homeless problems here in Excelsior Springs. A year ago in July, a group began meeting to discuss the realities of what we’re facing when it comes to the issue. It was originally believed that there were around 12-15 a year that were homeless in our area. However, the past year we have come to have a better understanding of the true situation.

According to the Balance of State report in Missouri, that does a point in time collection of homeless figures from agencies working on the ground in the state, showed that our region (Region 4) is the second most highest in the state with homeless. In 2016, there were 235 households reported as being homeless in the region that is made up of 16 counties. The county that Excelsior Springs is in, Clay County, had by far the highest reporting number of homeless, with there being 146 homeless. The number one reason for homelessness was due to unemployment and being unable to pay rent.

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(Source: Governor’s Committee to End Homelessness, Winter 2016)

In looking at the figures of those who were sheltered during the year, compared to those who weren’t, I can see that women are being sheltered far more than men, with 68% of them being women, 31% being men, and 1% being transgender, according to the Winter 2016 report. This may be because the largest reason for women seeking shelter is due to domestic violence, which accounts for 41% of the reasons for families seeking shelter.

Of those who are living unsheltered, men make up the majority with 69% living in cars, on the streets, in campgrounds, or abandoned buildings and houses. 45% of these men are listed as unaccompanied youth and 34% show some kind of substance abuse problem.

Knowing these facts, we get a better picture of the needs that our community has when it comes to homelessness. The Missouri Housing Development Commission each year chooses a community in the state to conduct a program called Project Homeless Connect. This year, they’ve chosen Excelsior Springs, due to the high number of homeless counts in Clay County. The local homeless coalition at that time then turned their attention toward this one-day event that is designed to give direct access to services for the homeless and work to get them into stable housing. They’ve given the Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs a $10,000 grant to use in marketing and service costs for individuals. That is scheduled to be at Lewis Elementary School on Friday, October 27, 2017. For more information or to volunteer, please click here.

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So while the homeless coalition’s attention has been on organizing this one-day event, our homeless are still on the street waiting. That is why today a small group of local leaders will be meeting to discuss long-term possibilities in offering solutions for our community. We plan to take a good look at the data that we have and work toward finding solutions.