Your daily planner for Thursday, Dec. 30

As we head into the new year, we’re looking back on 2021. And this was one of our favorite images of the year: Gladys Tharp-McKenzie holds her granddaughter Genesis at Overland Park's first-ever celebration of Juneteenth as a federal holiday this past June. Photo credit Kyle Palmer.

Good morning, readers, and happy New Year’s Eve… Eve! Alexis here with the Post’s last daily planner of 2021. 

Forecast: 🌤 High: 48, Low 35. Partly sunny in the morning followed by a mostly clear afternoon and evening. This weekend is going to be extremely cold, with subzero wind chills and a potential winter storm on New Year’s Day. 

Diversions: 

  • The Tasting Room in the Lenexa Public Market is hosting a New Year’s Eve EVE celebration with wine tastings from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30. Buy tickets here.
  • Learn how to make French macarons in a beginner’s class hosted by Kate Smith Soirée at the Lenexa Public Market. The class takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31. Buy tickets here. 
  • For some New Year’s Eve fun this Friday, check out NYE Live! in the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The event is hailed as “Kansas City’s biggest New Year’s Eve party” and will feature access to bars and clubs, all-inclusive beverage packages and entertainment. Get tickets here. 
  • If you’re looking to stay in on New Year’s, celebrate with a classic: Dick Clark’s Rockin’ News Year’s Eve airs on ABC starting at 7 p.m. Friday night.
  • Looking for family-friendly New Year’s plans with a reasonable bedtime? Noon Year’s Eve at Science City at Union Station on Friday offers a variety of educational and fun activities to ring in the new year 12 hours early. Learn how cities around the world celebrate, make paper sparklers and more. Find more information and tickets here. 

Public Agenda:

There are no public meetings or events scheduled today. 

Noteworthy:

  • A $200 million development agreement for the Mission Gateway site in Mission will be officially vacated today. As the Post has previously reported, New York-based developer Tom Valenti has promised a new development plan to be presented to the city in 2022. A release from the city of Mission this week said officials’ top priority will be “protecting the City’s interests” going forward. [Kansas City Star]
  • Ruben Rodriguez, a 35-year-old man from Olathe, is accused of recklessly driving an SUV that struck and killed 23-year-old Dade Smith who was riding a motorcycle on the morning of Nov. 18. Rodriguez has been charged with second-degree murder and was arrested Monday by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. [Kansas City Star
  • In Roeland Park, racially discriminatory language was found in three types of land related documents: plats, deeds and covenants and restriction agreements created by homeowner associations. City leaders are looking at options to remove the racist language from property records, such as using city funds to fight any person attempting to enforce the old documents in court and gaining support from lawmakers in Topeka. [Fox 4]