Northeast Johnson County morning roundup



Annual State of the Arts gala set for tonight in Prairie Village. The Prairie Village Arts Council is presenting its 10th annual State of the Arts awards gala from 6- to 8 p.m. at the R.G. Endres Gallery, 7700 Mission Rd. The juried show features two-dimensional and three-dimensional works by some of the region’s best artists. The awards presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. Selected works will be displayed at the gallery through Oct. 28. This year’s juror is William Rose, a painter who’s works have attracted a national following. The gala also offers an opportunity for people to visit the artists while enjoying music, hors d’ oeuvres, sweets and drinks.

SM East grad returns with orchestra. Emma Reno, a 2013 SM East graduate and one of the winners of the Johnson County Shooting Stars contest in high school, is a member of the internationally known St. Olaf Orchestra from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. The orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at SM West in the auditorium. Reno plays flute and was principal flute in the Kansas City Youth Symphony. She attended the Interlochen music camp and at SM East played in both band and orchestra. She hopes to return to Kansas City to dental school after graduating. Reno is the daughter of Buzz Reno and Betsy Tedrow. St. Olaf’s has been rated one of the best college orchestras in the country and is currently on a fall tour.

Next Tuesday, October 18th is the final day to register to vote for the Fall 2016 General Elections. Westwood reminds prospective voters can register online, at City Hall, as well as other locations around Johnson County. You can use the Johnson County Election Office’s Voter Lookup to verify your registration status.

The Kansas City Marathon is this Saturday, look out for traffic delays. If your weekend plans take you east of State Line Road you may want to check the race route map to avoid traffic difficulties. Runners will crossing the intersection of 50th Street and Ward Parkway from about 8- to 10 a.m.

Students in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training program at SM West pelted with stones during homecoming parade. Fox4 reported the NJROTC students from SM West were struck by stones and the students responsible have been punished by the school district.

The Shawnee Mission Medical Center is celebrating its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Sunday. The Shawnee Mission Medical Center is inviting its NICU graduates and their families to a celebration on its campus. Kids are invited to dress in costume and enjoy trick-or-treating. The event will also include face painting, gym activities and snacks. The event will be from 2-5 p.m. in the park on the east side of the birth center, 9100 W. 74th St.

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