Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Glenwood Arts sign NOT moving to Ranchmart (updated). The Glenwood Arts Theatre, one of the last holdouts at Metcalf South Mall, will close as its owners consolidate operations with its sister theatre, the Leawood at Ranchmart South. The Kansas City Star reported earlier this week that the Ranchmart theatre will carry the Glenwood Arts name and get the locally famous 45-foot-tall marquee sign — but Hearne Christopher, Jr., reports that the sign is instead heading to the Englewood Theatre in Independence.
[Glenwood Arts Theatre to leave Metcalf South Shopping Center — Kansas City Star]
[Hearne: Glenwood Arts Sign Moving to Englewood, Not Ranch Mart — KC Confidential]

Westwood View students featured in “Hour of Code” write up. The Shawnee Mission School District published a summary of district participation in the “Hour of Code” event held around the globe to encourage students to learn computer coding. Westwood View sixth grader Cameron Rooney was among the participants quoted in the write up. [Students of all ages join in Hour of Code — Shawnee Mission School District]

Barn Players receive awards. The Barn Players community theater in Mission has received five of the BroadwayWorld Kansas City region’s theater awards: Outstanding Theatre of the Year, Kansas City Region; Best Actor in a Musical, Jacob Leet in “Hair”; Best Direction of a Play, Darron Sexton for “August: Osage County”; Best Production of a Musical, “Hair”; Best Production of a Play, “August: Osage County.” Vida Bikales, president of the Barn Players will accept the awards for the theater that was founded in 1955.

Westwood to hold work session. Westwood will hold a joint city council and planning commission work session at 7 p.m. Monday in city hall to talk about a potential senior living development in Westwood and a process for a comprehensive plan for the city. City hall will be closed for the holiday other than for the special meeting.

EdgeJC chooses two partner organizations. EdgeJC, the young professionals group for the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, has selected two organizations to partner with to serve the community in 2015. They are Kansas City Autism Training Center and Sunflower House. The Kansas City Austim Training Center (KCATC), located in Prairie Village, is a child care facility specializing in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. EdgeJC will partner with KCATC during the first half of 2015 by collecting items for the school’s wish list and completing a community service project. Sunflower House is a child abuse prevention center located in Shawnee. EdgeJC will partner with Sunflower House during the second half of 2015.