Your daily planner for Thursday, Oct. 21

Lenexa's annual Fall-o-ween Yard Tour kicks off today.

Good morning everyone! Alexis here. Welcome to a lovely Thursday, Oct. 21 in Shawnee Mission.

Forecast: 🌤 It’s looking to shape up into lovely fall day, with partly sunny skies and a high of 61. Enjoy the dry weather today and tomorrow, because it’s there’s a good chance for rain Saturday and Sunday.

Agenda:

  • If you’re looking to get those fall feels, Lenexa’s annual Fall-o-ween Yard Tour — featuring local homes and businesses that have gone all out with seasonal decorations, kicks off today. You can find a map to navigate your way to all the participating locations here.
  • Art lovers can cast their votes for the People’s Choice Awards in this year’s Prairie Village State of the Arts juried exhibition through tomorrow, Oct. 15. Swing by city hall, 7700 Mission Road, to see this year’s entries and choose your favorites in nine categories.
  • The final Moonlight Market of the season comes to downtown Shawnee tonight. Farmers market and crafts vendors will be out with seasonal fare from 4-8 p.m. The hub of the action is on Johnson Drive between King Avenue and Nieman Road.
  • The city of Westwood and Urban Land Institute is hosting a public presentation on the future of the southwest corners 47th Street and Rainbow Boulevard and 50th Street and Rainbow. A panel of experts will report recommendations for how to best use these spaces including retail, restaurants and housing options. The meeting on Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. can be attended in person at Westwood city hall or via Zoom. A Zoom link can be found here.

Noteworthy:

A few additional items of note from around the area:

  • Johnson County Museum adds historical photos to KC library’s Pendergast site. Johnson County Museum has been working with Kansas City Public Library to upload more than 200 historic photos to the Kansas City Public Library’s digital history site. Called Pendergast KC, the site offers thousands of images, documents, maps and articles showing the history of the Kansas City area. More details are available at pendergastkc.org
  • Prairie Village commits to “Cities Race to Zero”. The city of Prairie Village committed to the United Nations-backed “Cities Race to Zero.” The climate initiative calls on cities to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by the year 2030.  Prairie Village already does a number of things that qualify for “Cities Race to Zero,” but some city leaders say it goes beyond what the city’s goals are. The city council approved the commitment unanimously on Monday.
  • WalletHub names Leawood among best small cities in America. The personal finance site WalletHub has put Leawood among the top 20 in its annual list of best small cities in America. [Johnson County suburb among ‘best small cities in America,’ due to income, education – Kansas City Star]