Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Looking for a Lee's Summit Park?  Here is a list of them all! Follow this link to the city of Lee's Summit Parks and Rec


Fall is an excellent time to move-in to your new home! The weather is crisp and (usually) dry, you still have a good amount of sunlight, and you can stop for your favorite fall beverages on all those trips back and forth between your old house and your new house! Our friends at Zaarly asked their movers for tips to make your fall move a successful one.


Summer clutter ads up. Instead of packing it and moving it to your new home, donate or toss those items instead. While you're at it, look at any other seasonal items to see if they can go. You’ll be glad you didn’t move your clutter from one home to the next.


Maybe you haven’t used your crockpot since last winter, or those fleece scarves you got for Christmas. Label boxes “fall,” so those boxes don’t end up last in the unpack pile or stored away in the garage.


The last thing you want to do is move-in to your new home and remember that you forgot to set up your electric. Make sure to call the utility companies well ahead of your move, so you are clear on what is needed to make sure everything is up and running on move-in day.


When you move in the fall, you typically deal with leaves and dirt. Get a heavy-duty broom to stay ahead of sweeping walkways and steps. While you’re at it, consider putting a plastic tarp down in the entryway to reduce any outside debris from making its way onto your new carpet.


Your movers (and all your friends helping) will appreciate a cup of hot coffee (or hot apple cider) on those cooler move-in days!
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

The 46th Annual SantaCaliGon Days Festival in Independence, Missouri, commemorates the origin of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon trails during the country’s great westward expansion in the 1800's by adventurous pioneers. Today, it celebrates family and fun! More than 300,000 festival-goers spend Labor Day weekend at the region’s oldest and largest 4-day festival.

Labor Day Weekend

August 31st - September 3rd, 2018

Historic Independence Square, Independence, Mo 64050

(Osage to Memorial Drive, between Truman and Walnut Streets)

Friday, August 31st    noon-11 pm
Saturday, Sept. 1st     10 am-11 pm
Sunday, Sept 2nd    10 am-11pm
Monday, Sept 3rd    10 am-5 pm

The Carnival opens on Thursday night! 
Hours and prices are listed on the Entertainment page!


Parking is available at the Community of Christ Auditorium parking lot located at 1001 W. Walnut

The auditorium has four entrances: west, east, south, and north
The west entrance is the main parking area (off Crysler Street) of the auditorium.

Parking is FREE- Shuttle is $1/person (12 and older) to festival grounds
Shuttles pick up every 15 minutes.
Handicap accessible shuttles are available
Shuttle is $1/person (12 and older) return to parking lot

The SantaCaliGon Days® Festival Includes:

485 Fantastic! Arts, Crafts, Food and Commercial vendor booths

FREE entertainment at BOTH Community Stage and Main Stage

A HUGE Ferris wheel, NEW carnival rides, and games, provided by Wade Shows



 Be sure to visit the NEW  Independence Uptown Market at Truman and Liberty 

Main Street 1849 Experience: at Lexington and Main

Sponsored by the Independence Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department

Authentic Blacksmiths

 Pan for Gold!  

Old-time Photo booth 

One Room Schoolhouse 

Games and Toys 

Crafts, Rope-making, and Quilting

 Pop-Up Museum

        Community Stage Contests on Sunday

Root Beer Chugging 

Ice-Cream Eating

Antique Fire Trucks 

1969 "Huey" - Vietnam Era Helicopter 

Veteran Pinning ceremony on Monday at the Community Stage


Let’s face it: spending time outdoors year-round is nearly impossible in the Midwest, with our hot, humid summers and brutally cold winters. However, it’s still possible to construct a backyard paradise that will endure throughout all four seasons!


Even with these tips, you’ll probably still need to bundle up a bit, but your backyard can still be your haven in the dead of winter.
  • Install a fire pit and/or restaurant-style heaters. Arrange your chairs or sofas around these heat sources so you’ll never be too far from warmth, whether you’re huddling around the heater or roasting marshmallows.
  • Winter means more dark hours than any other time of year, so include well-placed lighting throughout your backyard to help you navigate in the pitch dark.
  • The wind can be the most brutal staple of a Midwest winter, so construct a pavilion or pergola to shield you from killer breezes.
  • For protection from snow and hail, cover your grills, appliances and patio furniture, and store any fragile potted plants inside during the winter months.


Summer is the best time for your backyard, with barbecues, pool parties and cookouts galore! But summer heat can be just as taxing as winter cold.
  • The best way to cool off on a 100-degree summer day? If you have space, beat the heat and humidity with a pool!
  • That same pavilion or pergola that protects you from winter wind will also shield you from blinding summer sun. Install a fan to keep things cool.
  • Carve out spaces for relaxation with tables, comfy chairs, lounge areas or a hammock.
  • A full outdoor kitchen helps you extend your outdoor time.
  • Don’t forget to keep sunscreen and buy spray on hand to protect against the unrelenting sun and mosquitos. You can purchase bug-repellent candles or tiki torches to keep pests even further at bay.


These transitional seasons offer beautiful and not-so-beautiful weather. Luckily, by implementing these ways to warm up during the winter and cool off during the summer, you’ll be able to enjoy all sorts of weather. Unseasonably cold spring day? Fire up the heaters and curl up around the fire pit. Unseasonably warm fall day? Turn on the fan and jump in the pool. And for those rare, perfect-weather days? Just relax outside — nothing extra required.
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