Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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SM East swim team holding Makin’ Waves clinic Jan. 17. Young swimmers will have the opportunity to improve their competitive stroke techniques with help from one of the most dominant swim and dive programs in the state at the annual Lancer Makin’ Waves Swim Clinic Jan. 17. Run by SM East’s boys swim and dive team, the clinic gives young swimmers — both boys and girls — the chance to work on improving their warm ups, strokes, starts and turns. The clinic has two sessions: a 9-10:30 a.m. session for kids 9 and under; and a 10:30 a.m.-noon session for kids 10 and up. Registration for the event costs $25 and includes a t-shirt and gift bag. To register, go to the swim team’s website, or email organizer Becky Bublitz.

SM East wrestler honored at Topeka tournament. SM East wrestler Marshall Green, whose smoothie machine company idea we told you about last week, was awarded the honor of Outstanding Wrestler at the Topeka Seaman tournament on Saturday.

Colonial Church, League of Women Voters plan screening of film on air and water pollution. The Johnson County League of Women Voters and Colonial Church’s Justice and Witness Committee are co-sponsoring the screening of a documentary called Groundswell Rising that explores efforts to protect air and water from pollution. The event will be Sunday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Colonial Church Social Hall.

TV profiles Leawood’s Ceramic Cafe. Ceramic Cafe, the Ranchmart Shops paint-your-own-pottery shop, was featured on KCTV’s Better Kansas City last week as a good destination to take the kids in cold weather. [Ceramic Cafe on Better Kansas City — KCTV]

Two northeast Johnson County players headed to Kansas Shrine Bowl. One SM East player and one Bishop Miege player were among those tapped to play in this year’s Kansas Shrine Bowl, which honors some of the best players in the state. The Lancers’ Charley White and the Stags’ Brandon Gonzalez will be on the West team for the July 25 game at Fort Hays State University.
NEJC residents populate weekend special sections. Three northeast Johnson County residents were the subject of feature stories in the Sunday Kansas City Star. A tribute concert for tenor Vincent Cole,  who lives in Fairway, was held Sunday at the Folly Theater and featured in a+e. “Vinson Cole and Friends” honored Cole for his contributions to music and opera. [The Classical Beat: Opera Star Vincent Cole to get a little love from his many friends] Mission architect Casey Cassias, president of the City of Fountains Foundation, was interviewed about fountains in the Kansas City metro in the magazine section. [The Conversation: Casey Cassias is a font of wisdom on Kansas City’s believe fountains] Mark Raduziner, also from Mission, talked about his collection of more than 200 cactuses in the house and home section. [Cactuses pricked the interest of collector Mark Raduziner of Mission]