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Summertime in KC: For the Foodie

June 4, 2017
  Kansas City has my heart for a multitude of reasons, but the scrumptious food that fills our city takes the cake! The summer is particularly great thanks to exciting food and drink events that flock to our town. So, if  you’re like me and you love to try new tastes and treats, then you’re in for a great summer! Take a break from your work week and feast upon these appetizing affairs:   Boulevardia: This pop-up party is coming to the Stockyards District this summer! On June 16-17, this is the perfect way to spend Father’s Day weekend. From beer brewed just for Boulevardia to unique food vendors and musical performances, this event truly is the cure for all that ales you. A hand-picked selection of local food trucks can be found in their Food Truck Alley. You can also snack your way through the weekend at their Taps & Tastes Experience: enjoy their featured craft beers and delicious bites uniquely created to compliment the drafts. Is the sound of all of this tingling your taste buds? Then buy a ticket now!   Food Truck Friday: I am SO excited that this event is back. Delicious Kansas City food trucks will debut at different locations each Friday this summer! Some are strictly open for lunch while other Fridays the trucks are open for a delightful dinner! Catch the food trucks for lunch on June 16th at Union Cemetery! Keep an eye out for their other upcoming locations. From mouthwatering barbecue to flavorful flatbread, be sure to savor your Fridays at the food trucks!   Wine Walk on Delaware: This event recurs once a month now through October! The Wine Walk takes you through the charming history and atmosphere of Delaware Street in Kansas City. You get to know locally owned businesses in the KC area while discovering wonderful wine along the way! Catch the walk every third Saturday of the month. This event is for the 21+ crowd, and is such a pleasant way to spend an evening! For more information on walk dates or tickets, click here.   KC Nanobrew Festival: This is the only event in Kansas City strictly dedicated to local home brewing! If you are a beer enthusiast, this is for you. The event is dawning on its eighth year, and is definitely all it is hopped up to be. Experience all of the brewing talent that surrounds you in KC on June 24th. Admission includes a full-size souvenir glass, food voucher, and unlimited beer tasting! Attendance is capped based on the capacity of the venue and number of beers available on tap, so get your tickets now!   Is the foodie part of you excited now? I can’t wait for these enticing events to take place! If events and crowds don’t interest you as much, Kansas City is also full of amazing weekly happy hours. Wind down after a long day and situate yourself on a patio to take in the summer breeze over an ice cold drink and delicious appetizers. I suggest you try Jax Fish House, where you can enjoy happy hour all week long, or catch the sunset on the rooftop view from AEP while you munch on tasty Thai food!   Do you have a favorite happy hour spot or must-try summer treat? Tell me about it in the comments below!
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Summertime in KC: For the Family

June 1, 2017
  I love Kansas City for so many different reasons. From the beautiful parks that fill our city to the fun get away attractions, there is always an outlet for entertainment. While tons of the festivals that fill KC’s summer nights typically are family-friendly, I’ve put together some of my favorite events that the kids will love! And don’t worry, the parents will have a blast, too. Get ready to soak up the fun!  
  • Sprint Family Fun Series. The second Saturday of each month now through October, bring your little ones downtown for this FREE event in the Power & Light District! Each event has a different theme with varying activities. This is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family!
  • Loose Park. This is a Kansas City summer must. From the rose garden to the beautiful historical ambiance, this is the perfect place to take the family for some summer fun! While there often are entertaining events happening here, you could simply pack a picnic and make your own day of fun!
  • Kansas City Zoo. Open seven days a week, the zoo is always an enjoyable visit! Whether you’re making your own route through the different animal exhibits or taking the African Sky Safari, you will always have a smile on your face at the zoo!
  • Schlitterbahn. A trip to this water park is the perfect way to cool off from the summer heat! For the adrenaline seekers, take a ride on the Black Knight Tube Slide or the Cyclone! If slides aren’t up your alley, go for an endless float on the park’s interconnected river system. From the relaxing beaches to the thrilling water coasters, Schlitterbahn has an attraction for everyone. Trust me, take a day trip to the water park and you’ll have a splish-splashin’ good time!
  There are plenty of other family fun activities happening this summer, but I narrowed it down to my top four! Do you have any KC summer traditions you do with your family? How about a favorite summer activity? Let me know about it in the comments below!
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Just For Her 2017!

May 26, 2017
I am thrilled to once again be a presenting sponsor alongside McCarthy Auto Group for the 2017 Just For Her Event! This event is an absolute JOY to be a part of, and is just right around the corner! This event combines everything that women love. What better way to celebrate our feminine side then by shopping, pampering, and treating ourselves?! The event has expanded through the years, and now boasts over 350 vendors. Whether you’ve made this event an annual weekend getaway trip with your girlfriends, or this will be your first visit–come with the women in your life that you love and make memories to last a lifetime! Free DIY classes, hand-crafted products, refurbished vintage goods, beauty products, health & wellness vendors, and artisan food vendors are just some of the things that await you at this event. If shopping isn’t your forte, pamper yourself with massages, facials and more! Not only will you have a blast treating yourself, but you get the opportunity to treat others at the same time! Each year, the Just For Her Event partners with a non-profit to help raise money and awareness for their local chapters. This event has a purpose.
The Just For Her Event is continually looking to partner with incredible non-profits in the local communities where we host events. Our goal is to not only create memorable events for women but also events with a purpose to give back. We strive to help local non-profits raise awareness and funds to help support their amazing work they do for our communities.”
You are beautiful inside and out, and you deserve to be celebrated! Get your tickets for the #JustForHerEvent here. I promise you, this is an event you don’t want to miss!
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Festival on The Trails 2017!

May 20, 2017
McCarthy Auto Group is a proud returning sponsor of the Festival on the Trails! Getting involved with the festival through a sponsorship is so rewarding. This is a free weekend extravaganza made possible through the support of local businesses. I look forward to this weekend event every year–it is a BLAST! The Festival on the Trails is a celebration for the community and its residents to enjoy a family friendly weekend packed with fun! Located in Gardner, KS, the festival is also an opportunity to showcase the community to the rest of the Kansas City metro area. This year, the events are on June 9th and 10th. Festivities will kick off Friday night and continue through all day Saturday. The festival has continued to grow in size and popularity each year. This year, they are expecting attendance of over 15,000 visitors! Between concerts, food, crafts, cars and more, there is plenty to keep you busy and entertained! Come hungry and leave happy. This year, the festival has added an exciting event to its weekend festivities–their first ever Festival Color Run 5K! The race will take place on Saturday morning, June 10th. If you have never participated in a color run, you’re missing out! Wear white, and let the colors transform you during your run (or walk). The 5K will begin and end in the historic area of downtown Gardner. Every race participant will receive a race t-shirt and finishing medal! To participate, the entry fee is $25, which will increase to $30 on June 8th. Registration the day of will take place from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., and the race will kick off at 10! This fun, family-themed event is a highly anticipated new addition to the festival, you don’t want to miss it! You can register for the color run here. Nationally known artists are set to take the stage to fill the festival with their talented music. The Rainmakers and Head East will perform on the concert stage Friday night and Darryl Worley is headlining the festival stage Saturday night. Throughout his career, Darryl has produced nearly twenty hit singles, including three #1’s! The festival is excited to bring you such entertaining artists. We can’t wait for the concerts! The festival is jam packed with activities all weekend long. They even offer a kids zone to keep your little ones entertained! There truly is something for everyone. The Color Run, concerts, car show, craft & vendor show, beer garden, and everything in between will give you a weekend you won’t forget! If you would like more details about the Festival on the Trails, click here.
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Thanksgiving around KC!

November 10, 2016
Are you tired of cooking? Are you looking for a different plan for Thanksgiving? Well, good news! There’s no need to worry because Kansas City has got you covered! There are plenty of restaurants around the city offering you deluxe hospitality alongside delicious food. I’ve put together a list of some of the best places offering Thanksgiving specials. The best part about it is that you don’t have to do the cooking or cleaning! Try not to salivate too much while reading this list… If any of these options strike your fancy, call today to make a reservation!   
  1. MetropolitanKC
           An expert in fine dining and delicious cuisine, this restaurant is serving homemade cranberry sauce, house-made sausage stuffing, pumpkin crème brulee, and everything in between! With a sophisticated yet comfortable environment, the atmosphere here is perfect for a Thanksgiving meal! Plus, there’s complimentary parking, just ask the hostess for validation!     
  1.    Grand Street-Plaza
           From 12 – 4 you can appease your appetite with a variety of Thanksgiving favorites offered by this elegant restaurant. The buffet includes all the classics: turkey, carving prime rib, pumpkin pie, and more! Locally owned and operated, Grand Street has been a KC favorite for over 20 years! Located in the heart of Country Club Plaza, this is that Thanksgiving retreat you’ve been looking for!  
  1.    Lidia’s Restaurant
          Providing authentic Italian cuisine, Lidia’s Restaurant brings a twist to the traditional turkey day dinner. Join them for their annual feast with family style antipasta, secondi, and house favorites! Choose from traditional turkey dinner options or add the Lidia Italian twist such as the pollo limone! Open 12-6 Thanksgiving day, this is the perfect option for any Italian food lover!   
  1.    Gram & Dun Restaurant
         Sit back, relax, and enjoy a special three-course Thanksgiving dinner for only $38! Their special Thanksgiving menu will be open 11-8. Your meal includes your choice of soup or salad, entrée, and desert! Yum! Gram & Dun calls themselves a place “for the people” where you can enjoy neighborhood vibes accompanied with good times and good food! A perfect atmosphere to gather round the table with friends and family for a day of thanks.   
  1.    Seasons 52
         Enjoy a flavorful traditional Thanksgiving meal with all of the trimmings and fixings. From herb stuffing to Yukon mashed potatoes, there’s something to satisfy any palate! Finish your meal off with their “pumpkin pie mini indulgence!” Inspired by the feel of local farmers markets, Seasons 52 sources ingredients at their fresh peak and uses rustic cooking techniques to bring you their wonderful flavors! Call to make a reservation today! 
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KC Chiefs 2016 Season Preview

August 15, 2016
Guys, it’s about that time again. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, I’m not talking about the holidays. I’m talking about football season! This past Saturday, our Chiefs took the gridiron for the first time in nearly 7 months (210 days to be exact). That is way too long for an avid football fan. Your days of re-watching last season’s highlights are over because the Chiefs are back and we are hungrier than ever. Despite our disappointing playoff loss last year, we had a good run and it was a good year for us Chiefs fans. But get ready… I have a feeling this year will be even better. That’s right, we could go all the way in 2016! We have most of last year’s team coming back, a strong defense, a more experienced Alex Smith, and an AFC West ready for the taking. Yes, our rivals over in Denver may have won the Super Bowl, but they lost something even more valuable: Peyton Manning. Then you have the Raiders and Chargers who are more concerned with relocating than winning. It’s an exciting time to be a Chiefs fan because we’re taking over our division, and we will make a strong push to represent the AFC in Houston for Super Bowl LI. The NFL Preseason is the perfect time to make any last-minute adjustments while also giving the young talent a chance to shine. It’s also a great chance for those who aren’t big into football to get acquainted with our team and prepare to lose their voices at Arrowhead Stadium. For those of us who already love this team, I can’t stress how important you are to our success. Go put on your Jamaal Charles jersey, turn on your TVs, and keep supporting our Chiefs. We the fans have a big impact on the team. We stick with them through the good and the bad, and there’s a lot of good ahead. Let’s show the league why Kansas City has the greatest fanbase in all of sports! GO, CHIEFS!!!
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Help McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia "Cram the Closet"

July 27, 2016
IMG_2807 Between now and July 31st, McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia is hosting a “Cram the Closet” donation drive in support of Sedalia-Pettis County United Way (SPCUW)! Items going in the “closet” are considered unmet needs across the community. These needs include diapers, wipes, paper products, hygiene products, and household cleaning products. All local service providers and child care facilities have access to the closet, so it’s important to cram it FULL! You can stop by the McCarthy Toyota dealership anytime during business hours to drop off your donations. Let’s give back to our fellow Missourians and help make a difference in our very own community!
About SPCUW: Sedalia-Pettis County United Way’s mission is to unite people and resources to improve lives in our community. The Sedalia-Pettis County United Way has a proud tradition of over fifty years of service to Sedalia and Pettis County. It was founded in order to provide the most cost-effective method of raising funds for the county’s basic charitable organizations. Your local United Way is run by volunteers who plan each campaign, make policy, set goals, and budget funds.  The money you contribute to United Way is used to meet the needs of people in our community.  That means the overwhelming majority of your donation goes directly to our agencies!
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Fireworks, Food, and Fun: KC RiverFest

June 22, 2016

The annual KC RiverFest, Kansas City’s premiere Independence day party, is just a few weeks away! The festival, which began in 2005, is a celebration of the area’s culture, heritage, and our nation’s birth. RiverFest helps bring together the community for an exciting, family-oriented event, whose profits directly benefit the area. This “Kansas City Riverfront Tradition” is the place to be this Fourth of July and the only holiday celebration downtown!

RiverFest is organized annually by Friends for the River – Kansas City (FOR-KC), a non-profit that formed in 2002, and whose primary goal is to mold the Riverfront into a more vibrant and dynamic area. FOR-KC seeks to address a variety of interests such as history, education, conservation, recreation, and entertainment regarding the Kansas City Riverfront. RiverFest is FOR-KC’s way of celebrating both the Missouri River, and all of the amazing organizations that ensure the Riverfront remains a special place for us to enjoy. 

This year’s event offers an array of entertainment for both children and adults. KC RiverFest will feature two stages of live music, food and beverage vendors, bounce houses and craft activities, interactive booths from the Healthy River Partners, and a day of kite flying with the KC Kite Club. Once the sun goes down, RiverFest attendees will be treated to the largest fireworks show the region has to offer! 

Looking to help?

If you’re interested in taking part in the event itself, RiverFest is always accepting applications for volunteers! By volunteering, you’ll have an opportunity to donate your time to an excellent, local cause benefiting Kansas City. Other perks include:

  • Free admission to the festival
  • A free t-shirt
  • One free ticket for a friend or family member

You must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer, while some positions are only open to those 21 and up.  All volunteers must report thirty minutes prior to their scheduled start time to check in. 

Event details:

Date: Monday, July 4

Time: 4 PM

Location: Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park

From 4 PM to 5 PM admission is FREE!  After 5 PM, tickets are five dollars which must be paid for in cash at the gate.  Children 12 and under will be admitted for free.

Healthy River Partnership:

KC Kite Club:

Volunteer link:

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Nominations for McCarthy's Most Deserving Woman Are Now Open

May 8, 2016
Nominations for the 3rd annual McCarthy’s Most Deserving Woman contest are now open! Starting today, nominate a special woman in your life… It can be your mom, friend, sister, or anyone else who is deserving of the title. Nominations run from May 8th to May 20th, with voting beginning on June 1st. CLICK HERE to nominate that wonderful gal. All you have to do is answer a few questions and upload a photo—it’s that easy! The nominee with the most votes on June 17th will win a prize package valued at over $2,000! They’ll also be crowned “Kansas City’s Most Deserving Woman” at the 8th annual Just For Her Event on June 24th. Lauren Wants To Know and McCarthy Auto Group are proud to once again partner with Just For Her in the search for KC’s most deserving woman! Don’t forget to tell all your friends to vote for your nominee! **Nominees must live in the Kansas City metro area and must be 18 or older. All nominees must be approved by the Just For Her Event. All nominators will receive 2 free tickets to the event. Free tickets will be emailed on June 1st.
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The Best Places in Kansas City for Mother's Day Brunch

April 30, 2016
Mother’s Day is only a week way, and hopefully you’ve planned a lovely surprise for the special woman in your life. If not, though, allow me to introduce some great Sunday brunch spots in Kansas City. Below are just a few of the many wonderful dining options you’ll have on May 8th. Mom will thank you for not having to cook! Bristol – Located in the heart of the Kansas City Power & Light District with optional outdoor seating, this swanky seafood grill is sure to win Mom’s heart. With their amazing menu and top-notch service, Bristol is always a solid choice. Their brunch selection includes everything from shrimp enchiladas and smoked salmon to maple Belgian waffles and decadent omelettes. You can also top things off with a butterscotch cappuccino or vanilla bean crème brûlée! Trezo Mare – Located on the cliffs of Briarcliff Village, Trezo Mare has a fabulous brunch and great view of the downtown skyline. Their exclusive Mother’s Day buffet will include a carving station, seafood bar, and made-to-order omelets. They’ll also have brunch favorites like crispy potatoes, praline bacon, buttery biscuits, and more! Ala carte items will be available as well as a children’s menu. If you want a delicious meal made from fresh and local ingredients, look no further! Classic Cup Cafe – Located in the heart of the Country Club Plaza, this is the best outdoor brunch spot in town. Voted best place to dine outdoors in Kansas City, the Classic Cup Cafe will make you feel as though you’re dining al fresco in the European countryside. Their Sunday spread includes favorites like the Florentine Ham Frittata and the Classic Eggs Benedict… either of which your mother will thank you for. Additionally, here is a list of all the Kansas City Mother’s Day Events happening in May! From floral arranging workshops to tea at the castle, you’re sure to find something special.