7 Activities in Excelsior Springs This Week

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There’s a lot going on in Excelsior Springs every day that you won’t want to miss out on, but here are seven activities coming up this week that you won’t want to miss!

• Wednesday, December 5 at 9:00am – Mid-Continent Public Library Opening Celebration
Our citizens have eagerly been awaiting the new construction that has been underway at our beloved library! Join them this Wednesday morning for a formal opening, with entertainment and treats, too!

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• Wednesday, December 5 – 9:30am – MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) Monthly Meeting
There’s a new Mom’s group in Excelsior Springs through the First United Methodist Church. Be sure to join other area pre-school aged moms with their children for some fun and fellowship each month! Click here for more details!

• Thursday, December 6 – 11:30am-1:00pm – SAFE Meeting
The Substance Abuse Free Environments (SAFE) committee will be holding its monthly meeting at the Excelsior Springs Hospital. There will be a special presentation given by ES Hospital CEO Kristen DeHart regarding access to opioid addiction treatment that will be offered through our hospital. For more details, see the Friday, Nov. 30th edition of the Excelsior Springs Standard.

• Friday, December 7 – 12:30pm – Chamber Meet & Eat
This Friday the Excelsior Springs Chamber will be having a Meet & Eat gathering at Price Chopper for lunch. Join in on this networking event and get more details by clicking here!

• Friday, December 7 – 7:00pm – Atlas Saloon
Every Friday evening, the Atlas Saloon downtown on Broadway will have Karaoke Friday’s! Swing in for a beer from their new brewery at the location and get your sing on!

Saturday, December 8 – 5:45pm and 7:45pm – Holly Jolly Trolley Tours & Taste of Christmas
This Saturday, the Excelsior Springs Chamber will be offering Holly Jolly Trolley Tours throughout town to see the houses competing in this season’s Lighted Displays! Click here for more info!

Get tickets to the Taste of Christmas and you’ll have access to visit 15 Excelsior Springs businesses to enjoy tasty treats and shopping on December 8th from 1:00-4:30pm! Click here for details!

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• Lane of Lights – Lover’s Lane and 10 Hwy – Donations for Entry
The Lane of Lights is open 5:30pm-10:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 5:30pm-9:00pm on Sundays through Thursdays. Proceeds go to the group that is sponsoring the Lane for that night and the Christmas Committee! Here’s the list for this week’s hosts:

Monday – Excelsior Springs Optimists
Tuesday – ESHS Band Boosters
Wednesday – Ice Crushers Baseball
Thursday – Boy Scout Troop 309
Friday – Westview PAWS
Saturday – Cyclones Softball
Sunday – Good Samaritan Center

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Looking for more information regarding Excelsior Springs? Be sure to check out these recent blog posts:

12 Christmas Events in Excelsior Springs

Excelsior Springs Lane of Lights Schedule

5 Things Excelsiorites Want the Community to Know

12 Christmas Events in Excelsior Springs

Christmas in Excelsior Springs
One of the things that Excelsior does best is Christmas! This season, there is a whole list of upcoming Christmas events taking place here in town. See below for a list and click on each for more info!

1. Hall of Trees

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The Hall of Trees inside the historic Hall of Waters, 201 E. Broadway, will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:45pm and Sunday at 11:00am to 4:00pm. Open throughout the holiday season with beautifully and uniquely decorated Christmas trees on display surrounding the world’s longest mineral water bar.

Click here for more information.

2. Lane of Lights

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The Lane of Lights is located along Lovers Lane in East Valley Park and is open through December 31. The Christmas Committee has created this lighted drive-through holiday display to give families and friends a destination on cold winter evenings. It’s a great way to top off or start an evening out to dinner or the movies, the school holiday performance or your family get-together. Admission by donation. The Christmas Committee partners with local organizations for this fundraising event.

HOURS OF LANE:
November 30-December 31 – Open daily 5:30pm-10:00pm (Fridays and Saturdays) and 5:30pm-9:00pm (Sundays through Thursdays)

Click here for more information.

3. Holiday Homes Tour

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Visit 5 beautifully decorated homes on December 1 from noon to 6:00pm. Regular tickets are $10 in advance and are available here. Tickets that include trolley transportation are $15 in advance and are available here: Noon Tour,  2pm Tour3pm Tour

Click here for more information.

4. Taste of Christmas

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Visit 15 Excelsior Springs businesses to enjoy tasty treats and shopping on December 8 from 1:00-4:30pm! Tickets are $15 in advance and are available here. Tickets that include trolley transportation are $20 and are available here.

Click here for more information.

5. Holly Jolly Lights Tour

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See the lights of Excelsior Springs from the comfort of the Chamber Trolley!

TICKETS FOR HOLLY JOLLY LIGHTS TOURS:
December 8, early tour 6:00pm
December 8, late tour 7:45pm
December 15, early tour 6:00pm
December 15, late tour 7:45pm
December 22, early tour 6:00pm
December 22, late tour 7:45pm
December 24, early tour 6:00pm
December 24, late tour 7:45pm

Click here for more information.

6. Christmastime Tour of Churches

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Get tickets now for the Museum’s 2nd annual Christmastime Tour of Churches — by trolley ($15) or you drive ($10) online at www.exsmo.com/museum. Or call 630-0101 to reserve a spot on the trolley — limited seating!

Click here for more information.

7. Christmas on the Farm

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Please join us for Christmas on the Farm at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park! Admission is free for the event and there will be an open house at the Watkins family home for the duration of the event. Activities at the home will include holiday caroling, reading of family letters, free samples of traditional holiday treats, flaming of the plum pudding demonstrations, and an opportunity for children to visit with Father Christmas. Activities at the visitor center will include kids crafts and live traditional holiday music.

Click here for more information.

8. Mingle and Jingle – Chamber After Hours at Broadway Bar & Grill

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Click here for more information.

9. December Sketchout at Hall of Waters – Hall of Trees

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Saturday, December 1st Sketch Crawl will be at the Hall of Waters, Hall of Trees exhibit in historic downtown Excelsior Springs, MO.

Theme: Holiday Trees at Hall of Trees
Location: Hall of Waters, 201 E Broadway St, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

*10:00 am meet & check-in at Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios
*10:15-12:15 pm sketch the Hall of Trees exhibit at Hall of Waters
*Around 12:15 pm return to the check-in area to share your work and take a group photo
*Stick around afterwards and eat lunch with the group at Willow Spring Mercantile before heading out to shop or tour other locations, like the Elms Hotel

USkKC collaborated with partner location, Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios (110 S Main Street, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024) nestled between theaters, antique shops, and boutiques that keep this town bustling.

Click here for more information.

10. Candy Cane Hunt – Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation

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Click here for more information.

11. Free Pictures with Santa and Ride on the Polar Express

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12. ReeceNichols Santa Event

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Click here for more information!

 

Excelsior Springs Lane of Lights Schedule

Lane of Lights

Our Christmas Committee here in Excelsior Springs does such a fabulous job of making things nice throughout the holiday season! Something that has become quite a tradition for those living here is participating in the Lane of Lights held in Lover’s Lane Park each year. This year, the committee was even able to purchase a lighted tunnel that has been a big hit among locals!

Hours for the Lane
November 30-December 31 – Open daily 5:30pm-10:00pm (Fridays and Saturdays) and 5:30pm-9:00pm (Sundays through Thursdays)

Each night is sponsored by a local club or organization, raising money through donations to go back to their cause. Following is a list of those that we know are participating!

November 30 – Re/Max (ES School District – lunch accounts)
December 1 – 4-H2O
December 2 – Main Spring Art Gallery
December 3 – Excelsior Springs Optimists
December 4 – ESHS Band Boosters
December 5 – Ice Crushers Baseball
December 6 – Boy Scouts Troop 309
December 7 – Westview PAWS
December 8 – Cyclones Softball
December 9 – Good Samaritan Center
December 10 – VCU Youth Group – Missions to Haiti
December 11 – Cub Scout Pack 4313
December 12 – After Prom Committee
December 13 – Girl Scout Troop 3653
December 14 – Girl Scout Troop – Scarbrough
December 15 – Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce
December 16 – Lewis PALS
December 17 – Elkhorn SOS
December 18 – ReeceNichols – Claypool Team
December 19 – ReeceNichols – Halberstadt Team (proceeds to Reno Ranch Pet Rescue)
December 20 – SkillsUSA – Excelsior Springs Area Career Center
December 21 – ReeceNichols – Hightower Team (proceeds to Rebuilding Together – Clay County)
December 22 – Advance America (hosting on behalf of the ES Christmas Committee)
December 23 – Excelsior Springs Rotary Club
December 24 – ES Christmas Committee
December 26 – Stealth Baseball
December 27 – MOPS of Excelsior Springs Methodist
December 28 – Small Town Sidekicks
December 29 – Cancerkickers – Relay for Life Team
December 30 – ES Knuckleheadz Baseball

If you have others to add, please message me on Facebook or post details into our community group!

Updated: Excelsior Springs Closures

Excelsior Springs Closures

Due to the blizzard that’s been hitting our community all day, businesses have been closing early and public schools have already been closing for tomorrow. In an attempt to help, below is a list of local closings. If you see one that isn’t here, message me on Facebook or post it into the community Facebook group.

UPDATE: Closed Tuesday, November 27:
• Excelsior Springs School District
• Rockin’ Tiger Club
• Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool
• Excelsior Springs Senior Center
• AAA Senior Strength Class at Community Center
• Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives

Closed Early, Sunday, November 25:

• Drive-In Convenience King (D.I.C.K.’s)
• Y Liquor
• Tiger Bowl – Sunday Social League, Adult/Youth (Tiger Pack League) cancelled
• It’s $5
• El Maguey Mexican Restaurant
• Finders Keepers of Excelsior Springs
• Excel Nutrition
• Excelsior Springs Community Center
• Spring Delivery
• Wabash BBQ
• Lane of Lights
• Eagles Club – Ham & Beans Dinner Cancelled
• Broadway Toyz
• Mid-Continent Public Library
• Palermo’s Italian Restaurant
• Ziggy’s General Store
• Four Horses and a Dog
• Amigo’s soccer game
• Papa Murphy’s
• Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios
• McDonald’s
•Price Chopper

Local Church Cancellations:

• Flack Memorial
• Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church
• Excelsior Springs Church of Christ
• United Christian Presbyterian Church
• Excelsior Springs Church of the Nazarene

Closed Monday, November 26:

• Excelsior Springs School District’s Professional Development Day
• Excelsior Springs School District’s Rockin’ Tiger Club
• ESMS Lady Tiger Basketball – tournament has been moved to Wednesday the 28th and Friday the 30th. 7th grade game is at 4:00pm on Wednesday followed by the 8th grade game at 5:10pm.
• Ray’s Lunch
• Annie’s Furniture and Gifts
• Subway
• Wabash
• Opportunity Cafe

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Dear Courtney – Week of August 6th

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Questions I’ve Been Asked The Week of August 6th

• How do you make a donation to the school lunch program?

There has been an account formed under the Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation that provides funding for lunch debts and other student needs. The account is called “Tiger in Need.” Individuals wanting to make a donation are encouraged to reach out to the school district.

• What will happen to the Museum and Hall of Waters now that the Museum tax didn’t pass?

We will move forward with trying to find solutions to fund the renovations that are needed at both locations. The Museum will continue to fundraise just as it always did. The City may look for private businesses to move into the space of the Hall of Waters in order to bring revenue in to cover renovation costs. If the structure is found to be unsafe, it may have to be closed off for pedestrian traffic.

• Can you explain the QT insanity to me?

For the last three years I have heard the citizens of Excelsior Springs cry out in unison for a QT to be opened here. In order to make their voices better heard, a QT campaign was launched. Each day last week the citizens were challenged to make social media posts tagging QT and asking them to come to Excelsior Springs. This was just for fun and didn’t produce very good results, other than the initial announcement that it was happening.

• Can I register my child for school online?

There is an online e-registration that parents can do, but at this point, you will need to reach out to your child’s school. Especially if your child has never attended the Excelsior Springs School District before.

• We found a new, retractable geological chart. Where should we take it?

Donor was encouraged to reach out to the middle school and high school to determine if any teachers would be interested in the maps.

• What’s going in next to Talented Tots?

Thunderbird Electric is going in to the old Feldman’s building. 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 year did the Ball Clinic close?

The Ball Clinic building was closed in 1963. (Hat tip to Brett Vaughn for finding the answer to this!)

• Any info on the new Broadway Toy Store?

The store plans to open around Oct. 15th and will have new toys from infants up! The store is located on Broadway across the street from Bobkorn and Broadway Bar & Grill.

• What did the property off of St. Louis Avenue used to be?

It used to be rental cottages.

• Is any of our water supply from the Springs? 

Our water supply isn’t pulled from the Springs. Each of the Spring wells have been capped by Missouri DNR.

What year did the bottling of our mineral waters end? 

By 1967, the bottling operations had lost $25,000, and the city decided it was time to put the mineral waters behind them. In 2008 there was another attempt at bottling the waters, but the production demands too much to keep up with competition of other, more well-known bottled waters.

The People’s Voice

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Saturday Poll Results

ES and Immediate Area Businesses – 165
Only Excelsior businesses – 62
Outside businesses that don’t compete with ES Businesses – 5

 

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Community Events for Excelsior Springs

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Monday, August 13th
• Capital Improvement Authority meeting has been cancelled.

Excelsior Springs Walking Club – contact ES Park and Recreation for more info at 816-630-1040
5:30am – 6:00am – Pound Class – ES Community Center
7:25am – 2:27pm – Teacher In-Service
8:15am – Zumba Gold Free Exercise Class – ES Community Center
8:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
9:00am – Stay Strong Free Exercise Class – Good Samaritan 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 – Yogo – ES Community Center
10:00am – Adult Art Room – Good Samaritan Center
10:30am – 11:30am – Free Silver Sneakers Group Exercise Class – Anytime Fitness
10:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
11:00am – Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga – ES Community Center
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:30pm – 8:30pm – Court Date – Hall of Waters
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
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
6:45pm – Cycle class – ES Community Center
6:45pm – Aqua Fit class – 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, August 14
5:30am – Boot Camp exercise class – ES Community Center
7:25am – 2:27pm – Teacher In-Service
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 – Free Silver Sneakers exercise 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
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
1:30pm – 3:00pm – Diabetes Class – ES Hospital
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
4:30pm – 6:00pm – Early Childhood Center Open House
5:30pm – 7:00pm – Elkhorn, Lewis, and Westview Elementary Open Houses
5:30pm – 7:30pm – Off Season Wresting – ESHS Gym
5:30pm – 7:00pm – Excelsior Springs Breastfeeding Group – Relaxation Station, 113 S. Marietta
5:45pm – Zumba & Pilates class – ES Community Center
6:45pm – Strong class – ES Community Center
7:00pm – 8:0opm – Narcotics Anonymous – Woods Memorial Christian Church

Wednesday, August 15
5:30am – Strength exercise class – ES Community Center
6:30am – 7:30am – ES Optimist Club meeting – ES Hospital Cafeteria
7:25am – 2:27pm – Teacher In-Service
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 – Storytime for Preschoolers – Mid-Continent Public Library
10:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:00am – Silver Sneakers Classic – ES Community Center
11:30am – 1:00pm – ES Chamber Luncheon – Montgomery Event Center
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
6:00pm – 7:30pm – Off Season Wrestling – ESHS Gym
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Budding Artist Painting Classes (K-16) – Molly Roberts Studio – Click here for details
6:45pm – Aqua Zumba – ES Community Center
7:45pm – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center

Thursday, August 16
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7:25am – 2:27pm – First Day of School
• School Hours:
– Excelsior Springs Middle School, High School, & Career Center:
7:25am-2:27pm (except Wednesdays when release will be 1:27pm)
– Elkhorn, Lewis, and Westview Elementary:
8:43am-3:42pm (except Wednesdays when release will be 3:42pm)
Tiger Path Alternative School:
8:00am-2:10pm
Click here for more info
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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 – Free Silver Sneakers Group Exercise – 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
10:00am – Northland Grandfamilies – Good Samaritan Center
11:45am – 12:30pm – Sit and Be Fit – ES Community Center
12:00pm – ES Rotary Club meeting – Ventana Gourmet Grill
3:00pm – 7:00pm – Fence Stile Winery and Vineyards Wine Tasting
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
5:30pm – 8:15pm – Off Season Wrestling – ESHS Gym
6:00pm – 10:00pm – Celebrity Bartender – Dubious Claims Brewing Company
6:45pm – 7:45pm – ES Cultural Guild meeting – 321 W Broadway

Friday, August 17
BBQ Contest & Fly-In on the River – Click here for more details
5:30am – 6:00am – Pound exercise class – ES Community Center
7:30am – City Council work session, Hall of Waters
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 – Fire exercise class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
9:40am – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
10:00am – Bingo – Senior Center
10:00am – Yoga – ES Community Center
10:30am – 11:30am – Free Silver Sneakers Group Exercise – Anytime Fitness
10:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:45am – 12:30pm – Sit and Be Fit – ES Community Center
2:00pm – Dr. Jim Craven Retirement Celebration – ES Hospital
3:00pm – Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery Wine Tasting
4:00pm – 11:00pm – Re/Max Hot Air Balloon Rides – Piburn Field
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Missouri Vignoles Tasting Event – Van Till Family Farm Winery
5:00pm – 9:00pm – Beer Garden – Downtown
5:00pm – 8:30pm – Open Late for BBQ Fest – Willow Spring Mercantile
6:00pm – 9:00pm – Beginners Face Painting Class – Main Spring Arts Gallery and Studios
7:00pm – ESHS Football: Varsity Jamboree vs Platte County – Platte County High School
7:30pm – Aerosmith Music Review – Slightly Off Broadway – Click here for tickets
Fireworks at Dusk off Siloam Mountain

Saturday, August 18
BBQ Contest & Fly-In on the River – Click here for more details
6:00am – 11:00am – Biscuits & Gravy at Ray’s Diner
6:00am – 10:00am – Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In at the Airport
7:30am – Cycle class – ES Community Center
8:30am – Pump ‘N Core class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 12:00pm – Breakfast Pizza event at Dubious Claims Brewing Company
9:00am – 1:00pm – Volleyball Scrimmage – ESHS Gym
9:00am – Soccer: Boys Varsity Jamboree vs Chillicothe, Kearney – ESHS Tiger Stadium
9:00am – Softball: Varsity Jamboree vs Lawson, Richmond – ESHS Miracle Field (Softball Field #1)
9:30am – Zumba – ES Community Center
9:45am – Water Zumba – ES Community Center
10:45am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:00am – Beer Garden – Downtown
12:00pm – 4:00pm – Crystal Entertainment – Downtown
12:00pm – 2:00pm – AMAwaterways Paris-Normany River Cruise Presentation – Fence Stile Winery & Vineyards
12:30pm – 2:00pm – Winery & Wine Cave Tour & Candlelit Tasting – Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery
2:00pm – Live Music Weekend at Willow Spring Mercantile
2:00pm – 4:00pm – David Knopf Live Music – Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery
3:00pm – 5:00pm – The music of Skirt & Tie – Four Horses and a Dog Vineyards and Winery
4:00pm – BBQ Contest Results Announced – Downtown
5:00pm – 9:00pm – Kids Night Out: Outback Adventure – ES Community Center
6:00pm – Adult Painting Class – Molly Roberts Studio – Click here for more info
6:00pm – Sea Grass – Bohemian Sage Gallery
7:30pm – Aerosmith Music Review – Slightly Off Broadway – Click here for tickets

Sunday, August 19
11:00am – Fence Stile Winery and Vineyards Wine Tasting
1:00pm – Live Music Weekend at Willow Spring Mercantile
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Bowling League – Tiger Bowl
6:00pm – 7:00pm – The Gospelaires – Siloam Spring Baptist Chapel

Week in Review

 

Monday

You can’t tell, but Sketch is furious with her for being in the sink. It’s become a game each morning between the two of them. He kept hitting her over the head.

I haven’t moved anything into my office yet. I simply haven’t had time.

This morning I met with Martha Buckman at the Good Samaritan Center, which made for a good way to start the week.

The Good Samaritan Center is hosting another summer art program. This time our friend Shino is offering a Japanese influence. Great opportunity for all the kids!

Do you know someone between the ages of 16 and 24 who is interested in obtaining a trade certification for FREE? If so, let me know!

The south campus for Job Corps is right along Brush Creek.

With the weather being cooler, it was nice being outside for a while today.

Stopped by to wish my friend Larry a happy retirement and thank him for his service to our City.

This girl is always forcing these cats to let her hold them!

Said hello to the Muddy Missouri on the way to roller derby.

Saw some of these earlier today

Rebel Cat is her roller derby name. I’m glad she’s enjoying something that challenges her so much!

“Peace rules the day where reason rules the mind.” ~ Collins

Just a couple of love birds

Pretty cool that this where they have their roller derby practices and matches!

Love this old church that sits across the street.

As S. Jason says, “At least there’s water somewhere.”

This brick walk.

We are these kind of people now

Helping timekeep

Love how many girls roller derby empowers.

The storms were rolling in to Kansas City as we were coming through. We tried to bring them over to Excelsior, too, knowing how much we need rain.

Tuesday

Just being on campus every morning inspires me.

There is a whole crew of students dedicated to this project in the parking lot. I love that everywhere you look on campus there is evidence of a student’s work surrounding you.

Made the mistake of walking across campus in heels but felt better when I saw this.

Met my friend Rhonda for lemonades and she filled my brain full of wisdom about my new position. Rhonda retired from Job Corps after working there for many, many years. She left me such great notes about everything I would need to do. I’m so thankful to her for all she has done for the program. Before leaving for my meeting, some of her friends wanted to send her some good vibes, and I was grateful to be the one to deliver.

Stop. Think for a second. Do you know a young man or woman in need who could use a hand up in life? An opportunity to earn a trades degree and then be earning a good living? There are so many fields to choose from like culinary, carpentry, welding, CNA, security, and more! Also, it’s tuition free!! Yes!! No catch!! Completely FREE!! Contact me for info!

I didn’t eat anything from this case at Panera because I was waiting on something for later in the day!

Stopped by the house and Sketch was exactly where I thought he would be.

The kitten was crazy-eyed with the thought of me being home. It drives her insane because she always thinks I’m going to take her out. She spends the entire time I’m home for lunch running to the back door while loudly meowing at me. She only does this to me, not anyone else. And she does it every single day.

Look, I know I’m a flower fanatic. Clearly it’s some kind of obsession that I must have. But if I’m willing to admit that I have a problem does that mean I really have a problem? I mean maybe all of you are just wrong and should start taking pictures of them, too. Yah, that’s what it is! I’m sure of it…

You’re a world traveler. What’s your next stop? Mine is obviously the coffee shop.

Weekly coffee (and donut) with my fellow Wonder Women

I love that when I’m downtown I really do feel like their place is my place. #shopsmall

Been thinking about this building a lot lately. I’ve always been drawn to it for some reason. When I was a kid, I would watch for tourists walking by and then lure them in with my little kid appearance to walk them through the Hall. I wanted them to feel the magic that I feel when I’m inside. Like you’re a part of something bigger, something great.

I’ve been consulting with the Butterfly Whisperer and today was my chance to put his words of advice to the test!

Taking off

This afternoon I joined the student leaders in welcoming the new students to campus. Each week there is an intake of students that start the program fresh. The length of the program is based on their trade but is self-paced.

The welding trades have created these amazing handrails with various designs decorating them. Love the celestial elements included by the culinary building.

Moths may be different from butterflies but they like nectar just the same.

This is what I came home to. Look at that smug look. Welcome home.

Got my edition of The Phunn from the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives!!

This girl and her cats

Are you going to take me out?

My world

Eleven

A real laugh caught by S. Jason

S. Jason ’s up close view

Mackadoodle Morgan

People let me tell ya bout my best friends

Later gators!

S. Jason sent me this amazing pic. This is facing the east. The sun is setting behind him here.

Amazing how different the sky can look based on your angle anymore. Jason took this beautiful capture of the sky, too.

Cole Family Fun on the Boulevard

Billy Beale’s doggo came over to say hi!

Me and my mini me

Wednesday

Wet hair don’t care

Morning babe

Left the bathroom and came back to find him snuggled into the sink. Move it, Buster!!

I don’t take a second of these warmer seasoned days for granted. I love watching all the flowers face the sun each morning.

Felt so lucky to have gotten footage of a hummingbird moth on the boulevard yesterday. This morning on my way into work, there was another! Their wings flutter so fast! I’ll put videos in the comments for you to see!!

Surprisingly, he just lets her hold him like this. Then she walks him around for belly pets from Jason and me. He seems to love it.


She’s watching a cartoon in the upper left hand part of her screen and drawing in another app. Kids these days!!

This is the look your friend Maggie gives you when her mother has stopped giving you bits of apple fritters because it’s all gone and is kept talking so long that she forgets to keep handing you ice chips. And then this woman is not only keeping your mother much longer than she should but is now taking pictures of you in your confused state.

This is the smug look I’m given as a welcome home, I guess.

Morning view of the boulevard (please vote no on Prop A and yes on the museum tax)

Meow kitty sleeping against S. Jason this morning

Good morning, Boulevard!

Loved seeing all the love put into the goodies they had for all the families today at the Platte County Back to School Fair! There are people with such good hearts everywhere, which brings me so much joy!

Today my friend Rebecca and I went to a Back to School Fair in Platte County. We stood talking to hundreds of people ALL day! By the end of the day we had 75 people signed up for information on how to join the program. The benefits are so good, the program totally sells itself! Thanks Rebecca, for making this day so fun!


When I got home kitty was busy with a catnap.

Got a nice card of well wishes in the mail. Thanks for kind words, friend!

Evening on the boulevard (Please vote No on Prop A and Yes on the Museum Tax)

Friday


Mackenzie woke up early to ask me if I could put her hair in chopsticks for the day. She’s been attending art camp at the Good Samaritan Center and they’ve had a Japanese theme for the week thanks to our friend Shino. Mack is so interested in Japan. She loves it!

At our senior management meeting today the leadership students came in to give a report. I love that the students are always invited to our senior staff meetings to give us feedback from the students and hear what they’re planning. We’ve got great kids doing great things!

Our Center Director Bill Allen got a new Harley this week! Fancy!

This afternoon’s meeting with Kim called for a Carmelo iced coffee at The Mug.

Joined my friends at the Chamber for a Meet and Eat at Dari-B! Thanks for the shake, Tom! 

Couldn’t catch the monarch but was able to grab this little guy walking to my car!

This evening we got Chinese from Hunan. They’re the best around! They’ve even started saving their rice bags for S. Jason to make bags out of!

Tonight Mom and I have turned the dining room into a mini campaign headquarters. We feel passionate about our community’s history and the economic value that restoring that history can bring. Find more info at museumtax.com

Saturday

Usual scene around the Cole household, other than us having to run to a meeting or event of some kind. I slept until 10 and probably could have even longer.

I sat around the house in pajamas for as long as possible. S. Jason made us peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes.

This is how she likes to best pass the time.

What she was working on!

The kitten has now started sleeping in Sketch’s spot on the aquarium. She keeps challenging him. It’s no wonder he’s mad at her all the time.

I’ve been going to this gas station since before people had cell phones.

Crossing over to Kansas

They just don’t build them like they used to.

Greek architecture is so cool.

This is Mackenzie’s favorite team

My moon, my man.

I started to say “Break a leg,” but then realized that’s probably not best!

She got her new Roller Warriors jersey today and her team won the first bout!

Do you see the rainbow? I tried to grab it for you!

Mackenzie got to choose where to eat for dinner. This was no surprise.

My decals are peeling off on my yeti. What should the next sticker be that S. Jason makes me?

I commissioned the help of my two favorite people in putting together my office decor at work. I’m so glad that I have them to help me all the time.

I’ve seen some of the prettiest skies standing in this parking lot.

 Until next week, keep it real, y’all!