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5th Annual McCarthy 2000 Sales Race

July 12, 2017
Over the past five years, McCarthy Auto Group has had the thrill of putting on their annual sales race, setting out to sell 2,000 vehicles in two months. As if this isn’t impressive enough, they donate $20,000 of the proceeds to wonderful local organizations! This is one of the many reasons why I love McCarthy Auto Group. They truly care about supporting our community in any way they can. The current sales race is underway, with the dealerships boasting their lowest prices of the year now through August 31st! This year, the majority of the McCarthy dealerships are supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City during the sales race. McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia is supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri, and McCarthy Chevrolet-Buick-GMC is supporting the Salt Fork YMCA in Marshall! All of these organizations are so well-deserving, and I am so happy to support them all through this exciting time! The Boys & Girls Clubs simply inspire our youth to live out their dreams. They are the premier, affordable youth development programming organization in Kansas City, working in some of our community’s toughest neighborhoods. This organization allows kids to participate and learn activities that they might not get the opportunity to otherwise–like swimming! Between baseball games, swimming lessons, private tutors, art classes, field trips, and more, the kids involved in the clubs always have something exciting to take part in! For more than 100 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs have been making futures brighter for kids in our community, in our state, and nationwide. The achievements the Clubs have reached are extensive, and they remain committed to expanding their services to reach more children. Here are some noteworthy achievements:
  • 80% of youth in the Clubs took part in at least one community service activity each month
  • 82% of involved youth showed an improved attitude towards learning
  • 90% of parents surveyed reported that their children’s participation in the Clubs have helped keep their children off, and away from drugs
  • 91% of youth involved in the Clubs’ computer classes showed increased knowledge and problem-solving skills
For these reasons, and many more, McCarthy Auto Group is proud to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and West Central Missouri, and look forward to continued support in the future! Shop the 5th Annual McCarthy 2000 Sales Race now!
Local Events

Father’s Day in KC!

June 12, 2017
Restaurants around our city are rejoicing for Father’s Day weekend! The brunch options for Dad in Kansas City are endless, and there are countless weekend activities happening to celebrate the fathers in your life! Here are some of my favorite happenings: Kansas City Zoo: Celebrate your papa bear with a trip to the zoo! On June 18th, dads will receive free admission AND a complimentary hot dog. Who can pass that up? Stroll through the animal kingdom with the king of your jungle and create memories you’ll never forget! Pioneer Trails Adventures: For that history buff father of yours, explore the great outdoors in historic Independence, Missouri! On June 17th Pioneer Trails Adventures is offering half off admission for dads! From touring Civil War battle sites to the Truman’s home, this trip back in time is the perfect event to experience alongside Dad! Boulevardia Father’s Day Beer & BBQ Brunch: Get Dad something he’ll really love this year with a ticket to the Boulevardia Festival! Go the extra mile and snag a ticket to their special Father’s Day brunch! Boulevardia is the perfect blend of beer, food, music, and fun! If I had to guess, that would definitely peak your father’s interest. This festival is SO fun, and experiencing it with your dad–even better! Father’s Day Run: Whip Dad into shape with a family friendly run on June 18th! There’s a 5K, 10K, and kid’s run, all guaranteed to make that fitness loving father of yours happy! Exercise your love for your dad while supporting a great cause–all proceeds go to benefit Village Shalom’s programs and services for their residents and families. Father’s Day Brunch: Find something that suits your dad’s taste at one of the many delicious restaurants around KC! You can’t go wrong with a good meal. Treat Dad to a brunch buffet from Nick and Jake’s mouthwatering menu! Or, drive over to Summit Grill and Bar to enjoy their Father’s Day barbeque brunch with free beer for Dad and live blues music–now that’s the perfect way to celebrate! They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so you can’t go wrong with all of the delicious restaurants around Kansas City! Do you have a go-to Father’s Day tradition? How about a favorite brunch spot for Dad? Let me know in the comments below!
Local Events

Summertime in KC: For the Music Lover

June 8, 2017
  Summer in Kansas City is one of my favorite times of the year! There is ALWAYS something going on. Between festivals, plays in the park, and concerts, the possibilities are endless. I especially love all of the artists bringing their talents to our city. If you love a good music scene, Kansas City has a vast array of fun and exciting tunes to fill your ears with entertainment. Check out these sounds of summer!
  • Kansas City Live. Hot Country Nights are taking the stage in The Power & Light District! Featuring artists like the Josh Abbott Band and and Gretchen Wilson, hitting up the #HCNKC is the perfect way to spend your summer nights. If that isn’t enough to convince you, many of their concerts are FREE!
  • Taps At The Tower. Heard at The National War War I Museum and Memorial, the musical piece Taps played on the bugle will be played every Sunday evening at sunset from June 18th – June 24th. While this is a more sobering experience than the busting concerts elsewhere in KC, it is a very pleasant way to spend an evening. Have a picnic and enjoy the Museum’s outdoor grounds leading up to the Taps bugle call at sunset.
  • Jazz in the Woods. This is a two-day showcase of local arts and culture! The 28th Jazz in the Woods is June 9th and 10th at Corporate Woods Founder’s Park. With live music, food and entertainment, you can’t go wrong! (And the admission price is only $5–what a deal!)
  • Vans Warped Tour. While this touring event isn’t actually making its stop in our beloved Kansas City, it’s not too far! The Vans Warped Tour will be making its debut in Bonner Springs, KS on Thursday, July 27th. There are so many different bands featured on the tour, I can hardly count them all! While this musical fest might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s definitely a summer must for the music lovers out there! If you have a child under the age of 16 that is clammering to go, parents get in free! Learn more about the parent ticket here.
Do you have a favorite artist visiting Kansas City this summer? Tell me about it! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons. There are so many exciting music events that are just around the corner–I can’t wait!
Local Events

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.

Christmas in Kansas City!

December 6, 2016
It’s the holiday season, and I could not be more excited! Christmas time in Kansas City is one of my favorite things about the city. Each year there are so many things to do and see! I highlighted a few of the many awesome holiday events happening around KC this month. Take a look and comment to let me know what cool things you and your friends and family are doing to celebrate the holidays!
  • Ice Skating at Crown Center Crown Center Square has the only public outdoor ice skating rink in the city. The rink is open every day of the week. You can enjoy the rink with your own favorite pair of skates or pay $3 to rent. Regular admission is only $6, but if you are 60 and older or 4 and younger, admission is free!
  • Ugly Sweater Party! Howl at the Moon bar is hosting a fabulous ugly sweater bash! Get ready for drinks, live music, contests, and of course the ugliest of Christmas sweaters. The party goes down on Friday, December 23rd.
  • Thank Grinch It’s Friday (TGIF) Movies The City Market is bringing the Grinch that stole Christmas to the City Market Square. Everyone who loves both the animated classic and live-action movies can enjoy both versions for FREE! Bring your chairs, blankets, and snacks! The movies will be shown both Friday, December 9th and Friday, December 16th.
  • Screenland at the Symphony: Home Alone Kansas City Symphony is bringing the ultimate Christmas classic, “Home Alone,” to life. The event will feature a live score of classics created by renowned composer John Williams. You can experience the delightful performance December 21st-22nd.
Local Events

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! 
Car Culture, Car fun

Kansas City Summer Drive Ins

June 23, 2014
10341451_790322804335706_8167993890057870735_n When I think of summer, I imagine spending warm nights out under the stars, enjoying music, food and good times with friends. I love being able to stay outside as much as possible when the sun goes down and the temperature is just right — no sunscreen needed! Drive-ins bring together the best of everything about summer, because you can have that late-night cruise and then remain outside for your entire night of entertainment! Some people may thing drive-ins are a thing of the past, but I love the nostalgic feeling they can bring to your night. Whether you’re at a drive-in restaurant or drive-in movie, they just make everything more fun! I’ve compiled a list of some drive-ins that I hope to visit this summer. They are all within an hour drive of Kansas City and guarantee a fun time. Maybe I’ll see you there! 1. Boulevard Drive-In Theater This is the classic drive-in theater, found right in Kansas City. Right when you see the old neon sign you are just taken back to the good old days! This theater is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but it’s well worth the wait for the weekend. Like most drive-ins, they always show a double feature movie. How awesome is that? And the price is so affordable — just $10 for adults, and kids 11 and under are completely free! 2. Bobo’s Drive-In (restaurant) This place is over in Topeka, but it has been featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Dine-Ins and Dives, so it’s guaranteed to be worth the trip! Obviously this one was categorized as a drive-in on the show, but it also has somewhat of a dive atmosphere…which makes it all the more fun, right? 😉 People rave about their Spanish burger, onion rings and apple pie. Yum! l  3. I-70 Drive-In Theater This theater is in Kansas City, Missouri and also offers double feature movies. But this drive-in shows several different double features at the same time, so you can choose the two movies that sound best to you. This is fun because even once you commit to one movie, you can sneak peeks of the other movies going on around you :-). 4. Twin Drive-In Theater This theater is very similar to the I-70 drive-in and is under the same management, B&B theaters. But this location is in Independence, so if you live further east then you’ll want to head to this spot. It has a fun, retro entrance to the theater that adds a great vibe to the experience. And like the other theaters, adults pay $10 and kids 11 and under are free! 1013008_491698460909810_1198406262_n 5. HiBoy Drive-In (restaurant) HiBoy is a classic establishment in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s been around for more than 50 years! HiBoy Drive-In has greasy burgers and fries, and has one awards for the best onion rings AND the best burgers around. I love that HiBoy also has a classic car cruise, where you can see all kinds of awesome vintage rides while you enjoy your food!
Auto News, Dealership Events

McCarthy Toyota Grand Opening Celebration!

May 15, 2014

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You DONT want to miss this event! Come celebrate the grand opening of the new McCarthy Toyota dealership. If you crave BBQ as much as I do, then you are going to love the BBQ  competition, plus more free food. Feel free to bring your family, because there’s going to be live music and face painting. If you’re looking for a car, then you’ll want to check out the deals on the new and used vehicles. During the event you will receive a 39” TV with every vehicle that you purchase!

Did I mention the various prizes at the event? You could win a 50” flat screen TV, a two year lease on a 2014 Toyota Corolla S2, Royals tickets, or an autographed Jamaal Charles helmet!


Location: 3110 West Broadway Boulevard

Sedalia, MO 65301

Date: May 17th

Time: 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

To view more details click below:
Auto News, Car Reviews

Up and Coming: 2015 Nissan Murano

May 9, 2014

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It’s been awhile since I talked about a new up and coming vehicle. This week I want to spotlight the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano, that is coming late 2014.

Nissan has redefined the crossover. Again. They first introduced us to the Murano in 2002. A vehicle unlike any other, it was a combination of utility and style. stated in early April 2014, “(2015 Murano’s) bold new styling is bound to get you noticed in a way that few other SUVs will.”

Now they have made the Murano even better! I’ll let you in on some of the features it has to offer.


1. Safety Shield- I believe this is one of the coolest features. The Murano warns you of any blind spots, predicts forward collisions, carries forward emergency braking, and provides intelligent cruise control.

2. Heated steering wheel, which every person in Kansas City will need during those cold winter months! A cool thing about this heated steering wheel is that it can be turned on remotely. Talk about convenient.

3. Advanced driving assist display (ADAD)- This feature is practically the size of a mini tablet and has every feature you can imagine. It lets you know about your tire pressure, fuel stats, weather, traffic, and can even be an extra pair of eyes for you on the road.

There are so many features in the new 2015 Nissan Murano, check it out online and get ready for an amazing crossover!

“Introducing the All-New 2015 Nissan Murano Crossover.” Nissan USA. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2014.
Car fun, Uncategorized

How to Travel With Your Dog

April 24, 2014

Don’t leave your furry companion at home this weekend, I’m not talking about your husband!

I have some tips for traveling with your dog.

Tip #1. Safety first! Animals should be just as secured and safe as your human passengers! Perhaps you didn’t know this but you can buy seat belts for your dog! They range in sizes, so you don’t have to worry about your small dog.

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Tip #2. If you’re going on a long road trip, remember that dogs get just as bored as humans. Make sure to pack toys and treats for them. If you can, try to find a spill-proof water bowl so you don’t make a mess in your car.

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Tip #3. Dogs car get car sick just like anyone else. Make some stops to ensure that your dog can walk around and get some fresh air. Also, if you do leave your car, make sure to never leave your dog alone when it’s incredibly hot or freezing cold.

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Those are my quick tips on how to travel with your dog!

Happy traveling!