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January 8, 2022 Issue

GIRLS JUST WANNA SOLVE CRIMES: Rep presents new female-centered Holmes play

Why should boys get to have all the fun? That’s one of the questions Kate Hamill asked herself as she began to refocus the Holmes and Watson stories to view them through the lens of a woman who had always felt left out of the “buddy stories” of literature, television, and film. “As a kid, […]

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Rachel’s Reads – January 2022

Happy New Year! As promised in my December column, a few of our reader favorites from 2021 were The Push by Ashley Audrain, The Rainbow by Carly Schabowski, Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters, Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell, and Intimacies by Katie Kitamura. To celebrate a new year of fantastic books, I […]

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The Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas – 71st Annual Community Ball and Cotillion

December 4th was the date for The Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas’ 71st Annual Community Ball and Cotillion, which was held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Laurel Thomas and Sara Willimon were the Ball co-chairmen, and Marsha Oyer served as the Cotillion chairman. Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner, elegant decor, […]

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The HALO Foundation – #ArtDoesGood

The HALO Foundation’s #ArtDoesGood Campaign was a huge success. More than $22,260 was raised to help provide a haven of creativity, future-focused art and life skills programs, and professional development training for 111 kids in a HALO Learning Center for one year.   Read more in the January 8, 2022 issue of The Independent

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Congratulations, Heather & John!

Mr. and Mrs. William Frank Parrish of Venice, Florida, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Nicole Parrish, to John Patrick Jandl, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Paul Jandl of Prairie Village, Kansas. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Venice High School. Heather earned a bachelor of science degree in […]

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The Folly Theater – 2021 Folly Frolic

The Folly Theater’s annual Folly Frolic was held on November 20th. Guests enjoyed a ’20s-themed reception, followed by a performance of Two Lost Souls with Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery.          Read more from the January 8, 2022 issue of The Independent Photo Credit: Kelly Powell

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Cristo Rey Kansas City – 16th Annual Dancing with the Kansas City Stars

The 16th Annual Dancing with the Kansas City Stars, a benefit for the students of Cristo Rey Kansas City, will be held at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The Kansas City Irish Cultural Center was the setting to announce the eight hometown heroes who will dance for the students of Cristo Rey […]

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Family Health Care KC’s Champagne & Chocolate

Family Health Care KC’s Champagne & Chocolate event was held on November 6th at The Loretto Grand Ballroom. Alisyn and Charles Earnest and Katie and Ryan Gound were the co-chairmen. Greg Carroll and Midnight Blue Jazz performed. Partygoers enjoyed delicious sweets from Kansas City’s finest restaurants, bakeries, and chocolatiers. Proceeds support Family Health Care KC, […]

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – 48th Annual Snow Ball

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ 48th Annual Snow Ball will be held on January 15th at the Overland Park Convention Center. Friends from St. Ann Catholic Parish gathered to garner support for the Ball at the beautiful home of Fran and Neil Douthat. More than 100 young professionals attended the annual Snowflake Happy Hour at […]

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