Brookside Art Annual This Weekend

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It is one of the best art fairs in Kansas City–the Brookside Art Annual, happening this weekend, May 5-7, 2017 at 63rd St and Brookside Blvd. What makes this one special? Not as crowded as the Plaza Art Fair and the art is more affordable.  It has a more neighborhood vibe…

Artists from around the US will display their unique creations:  jewelry, painting, sculpture, photography, clothing, leather goods and pottery.  Free children’s’ activities take play during the day on Saturday and Sunday; there are also food booths for snacks and meals.  Saturday morning from 8:30-10:30am, enjoy a pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes–$5 per person, cash only.

 

Hours for the Art Annual are Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10-9 and Sunday 11-5. PLEASE NO PETS in the tents. Be extra aware of foot traffic in the area–best to park a few blocks away on one of the lovely residential streets and walk to the festivities.

Thank you for supporting local artists and businesses in Brookside!

Waldo Week Starts Saturday Feb 25, 2017

waldo-week-2017It’s time for the second annual Waldo Week, celebrating the unique neighborhood of Waldo and it’s friendly, locally owned  small businesses. Sponsored by Feast Magazine, Waldo Week gives you 25% off at participating merchants in the area, from Gregory to 85th St; State Line to Holmes. You must mention Waldo Week to receive the discount.

Waldo Week is Saturday, February 25 through Friday March 3, 2017.

Here is a partial list of businesses that are participating this year:

Co Work Waldo

Family Bicycles

Flatiron District Blow Dry Bar

Hollyday Med Spa

McLain’s Bakery

Neighborhood Cafe

One More Cup

Pampered Paws Grooming Salon

Summit Grill

The Well

Waldo Jewelers

Please support our  locally owned Waldo businesses…and receive a special discount during Waldo Week!  More information at the website.

 

Thoughts On Election Day

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Today is one of those days I will always remember…similar to the birth of my two girls; when I found out my best friend had AIDS; my husband proposing; 9/11; seeing U2 at the Uptown Theater.  A significant day no matter what the outcome.

I’m thinking today of my grandfather, Angelo Ferrante.  He immigrated from Sicily when he was twelve years old.  I remember large family dinners in the basement of his house in St Louis–kids running around, adults smoking,  women preparing the food.  We would sit down (of course I was at ‘the kids table’) to large bowls of pasta with meatballs and pork neckbones, fresh Italian bread, Schlitz beer, watermelon.  After everyone was seated, Grandpa was at the head of the table.  We would say prayers.  He then stood up, banged his fist on the table and said “God Bless America!”.  Then we would eat.

Because of my grandfather’s deep love of the USA, the stories he told of being so poor “back  in the old country” and the way he never complained about working long hours as a barber–all of  his grandkids grew up with  a strong appreciation for being born in the USA.  I feel so fortunate, so lucky to be an American. Growing up around these Italian immigrant relatives,  seeing  their strong work ethic –it’s seared into my soul what the American Dream means and why so many others want to live here.

So especially today, I am very, very grateful to be a US citizen and have all the privileges of living in a democracy.

 

 

Share Your Opinions on Southwest High School At Nov 1 Meeting

Dr. Mark Bedell, the Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent (who started his job in July), is hosting  “Listening and Learning Tours” throughout the city this fall. Tonight he will be at the Waldo Library–wanting to hear from Brookside/Waldo area residents.

Following a brief presentation, attendees will gather into small groups and discuss ideas for how KCPS can improve and better serve the community.  If you are supportive of re-opening Southwest High School as a project based STEAM school (science, technology,engineering, art and math), here’s an opportunity to share your views.

A group of local educators and parents have teamed up with area philanthropists to create Uniting at Southwest, a  proposed “hybrid governance” authority that would re-open the now vacant school, focusing on the STEAM topics for middle and high school students.  Details of their goals for Southwest can be found on their website

The meeting starts at 6:30pm tonight, November 1, 2016 at the Waldo Library, 201 E 75th St.

 

KC Marathon Stops Brookside/Waldo Traffic Tomorrow

Be prepared for very long delays if you must leave the Brookside/Waldo area tomorrow Oct 15 2016 from early morning through 1 or 2pm.

The race route effectively  blocks any vehicles trying to move outside of these boundaries:

Wornall and Ward Parkway from 51st south to 75th and east to The Paseo.

It will be extremely difficult to head west into Kansas, south past Gregory/75th  or north through the Plaza towards downtown.

You can see details of the route on the website www.sportkc.org/marathon but you have to click around several tabs to actually get to the  map information.  It would be helpful if there was a one-click tab to the route from the website’s first page.

Be aware!

 

 

Armour Hills Home Sales Stats – Aug 2016

Checking home sales for Armour Hills August 2016…a drop in prices compared to last year.  However, year to date– home values continue to rise.  Here are the stats with commentary!

August   2016:                                                          August  2015:  

Median list price:      $250,000                            Median list price:        $277,500

Median sales price:  $242,000                            Median sales price:    $280,000

Number of homes sold:  7                                   Number of homes sold: 4

Days on market:             47                                 Days on market:           11

You can see median sales price for last month was considerably lower than August 2015.  However, in August 2016, all homes but one sold under $280K. In August 2015, fewer homes sold but at a higher median price.  

Checking year to date figures:

2016, Jan-August:                                                           2015, Jan-August:

Median list price:      $269,700                              Median list price:      $267,450                      

Median sales price:  $268,500                              Median sales price:  $266,750

Number of homes sold:  54                                   Number of homes sold: 60

Days on market:             13                                      Days on market:            29

Homes in Armour Hills are selling faster this year, and for more money.  

Currently there are 5 homes for sale in Armour Hills, with a median list price of $319,000  and 11 days on market.

(All figures taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed)