Nineteen talented young people selected for June 1 Got Talent

Talented young people from throughout the metropolitan area will be featured in the ninth annual Got Talent, scheduled for 7 p.m. June 1 at the Lee’s Summit High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the show are $15 and are available at, at both Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee stores and at the Lee’s Summit Price Chopper stores.

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Rotary Club launches Brewfest to benefit local nonprofit groups

The Strother Brewfest will feature more than 40 breweries, wineries and distilleries with beers hailing from as close as downtown Lee’s Summit breweries Smoke Brewing Company, Fringe Beerworks and Grains & Taps to Kansas City-area and regional brew houses.

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A new name to honor a near-40-year legacy

Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation announced last week the renaming of the Legacy Park Community Center (LPCC) to the J. Thomas Lovell Jr. Community Center at Legacy Park in honor of Tom Lovell, LSPR’s previous Administrator.

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Catch Pitmaster Megan Day of Burnt Finger BBQ on HSN’s new food show, 'Good Eating with Marlo Smith' Monday, April 22 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Megan Day is back to talk about her amazing barbecue journey and just how easy it will be to feed their barbecue to family and friends during these busy, end of school, days. Monday's show will feature Burnt Finger BBQ's "Customer Pick" BBQ chicken drumsticks and their sauce and rub combos.

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LS Parks announces summer lineup for Legacy Park Amphitheater

With the summer season just around the corner, Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation has released its summer slate of concerts and events for the Legacy Park Amphitheater. The lineup will include artists who have played in local, national, and international venues; free children’s events, concerts, and more from May through October.

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Prestigious KC metro youth talent competition to host auditions April 18

Talented young people from throughout the Kansas City area are encouraged to audition for Got Talent, the metro area’s premier youth talent competition. Auditions will be April 18 at MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center, and interested individuals may sign up at

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Weather forces STG to change dates for musical

Due to many weather related issues affecting rehearsals and the impending weekend storm, Summit Theatre Group's performances of Disaster! The Musical has been canceled for Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2. 

To accommodate patrons, the group has added a show for March 7. With the changes, performance dates are as follows: 

  • 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7
  • 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 8
  • 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9
  • 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 10

Summit Theatre Group will honor tickets already purchased for this weekend’s performances for any of the remaining performances.

If tickets cannot be used at one of the other performance dates, Summit Theatre Group will offer a voucher to any future production. Either of these can be done by calling 816-463-2654 or emailing

Lee’s Summit CARES to present screening and panel discussion of ‘Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution’

 Film’s director and national expert to participate in event geared for young people and parents

Community members are invited to a screening and panel discussion of “Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution” from 2 to 5 p.m. March 31 at MCC-Longview Metropolitan Community College’s Education Center, 500 SW Longview Road, Lee’s Summit. Young people as well as their parents and other interested adults are encouraged to participate in the event, presented by Lee’s Summit CARES in cooperation with Launch as a component of the organization’s Positive Parenting program.

The impactful Netflix documentary is about coming of age in today’s young adult hookup culture. After watching the documentary, the audience will participate in a panel discussion featuring Benjamin Nolot, the film’s director, and Donna Freitas, author and a national expert featured in the documentary.

Following the journey of college students on spring break, the film offers shocking insights into attitudes and behaviors regarding the normalization of sexual violation and the struggle against conceptions of gender and sexuality shaped by the media.

                “Liberated” is rated TV-MA. While it does not contain nudity, it offers a raw depiction of society’s hypersexualized hookup culture. The film could be triggering for individuals who have experienced or been exposed to sexual assault. Due to the mature content of the documentary, attendees 16 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  For more information about the event and to register, visit this webpage. Select thislinkto view the film’s trailer.

                The two panelists are attending the Lee’s Summit event. They will discuss the film and hookup culture and will answer questions from the audience. Benjamin Nolot is a film producer, director and writer and also directed the 2011 feature film, “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls.” Donna Freitas is the author of fiction and nonfiction books and a writer for national publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Her books include “Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America’s College Campuses,” based on her national study about sex on campus, and “The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost,” based on her research of social media and its impact on identity and relationships.

Lee’s Summit CARES is a community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, promoting exemplary character and positive parenting. Launch, a nonprofit partner of Lee’s Summit CARES, is dedicated to empowering, equipping and preparing recent high-school graduates. Launch’s mission is to reduce the suffering of young adults, specifically as it relates to sexual violence and the prevailing culture dictating dating and relationships.

                For more information about Lee’s Summit CARES, visit You may also follow Lee’s Summit CARES on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

LS Symphony hosting uniuqe event Feb. 23 at The Stanley

Friends of the symphony will host a Garden Gathering event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at The Stanley in downtown Lee’s Summit. During the event, guests will enjoy a delicious brunch provided by Lori Walker Catering, but this Garden Gathering is much more than a meal.

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