Northeast Johnson County morning roundup



Light the Town Pink ceremony returns to Village Shops tonight. For the second year in a row, the Village Shops will have a special look for October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Shawnee Mission Health has partnered with the shopping center to again illuminate the outlines of the Village Shops buildings with pink lights. The switch will get flipped at a ceremony starting at 7:15 p.m. under the Village Shops clocktower. The event will culminate with 12 breast cancer survivors treated at Shawnee Mission Health getting the honor of turning the power on. Village Shops merchants will be offer a special discount card during the month with proceeds going to benefit Camp Bluebird, a retreat for adults who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Bill Clinton coming to Leawood. Former President Bill Clinton will be coming to Leawood today to raise money for his wife’s presidential campaign. The private event will be closed to public and the press. The two-hour event starts at 3:30 p.m. at the home of Roshann Parris. [Clinton (Bill, not Hill) is expected in the Kansas City area Thursday – The Kansas City Star]

Colonial Church organizing to provide voice to counter Westboro Baptist at high school with transgender Homecoming Queen. Colonial Church is organizing to get a group of local residents to travel to Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Mo., this afternoon to “provide a different voice” than members of Westboro Baptist Church who are scheduled to hold a protest outside the school after students elected a transgender student Homecoming Queen. “Anyone is welcome to join us, and we’re carpooling from Colonial Church at 12:15pm tomorrow,” said Pastor Aaron Roberts.

Ranchmart tax district still possible. A proposal to revitalize the Ranchmart shopping center at the northeast corner of 95th and Mission Road may still get the benefit of a special taxing district. Leawood city council members said they might be willing to loosen restrictions on use of sales tax revenue from a Community Improvement District. [Leawood is again considering a special tax district to help revitalize Ranchmart – The Kansas City Star]

TV profiles Viva Social Dance Studio in Mission. KSHB’s Cynthia Newsome this week filed a report on her visit to Viva Social Dance Studio in Mission. [Viva Social Dance Studio in Mission, KS, gives clients an exercise in fun — KSHB]

SM East girls are tops in Sunflower League golf after Lawrence Invitational. SM East again took the podium at its most recent girls golf tournament, and the win at the Lawrence Invitational kept the Lancers solidly in front in the Sunflower League standings. With just one tournament to go for the Sunflower League title, the Lancers lead Olathe Northwest by 72 strokes in the team standings. SM East’s Marti Fromm and Jessica Parker finished in the top ten of the Lawrence field, coming in ninth and tenth respectively.

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