Philanthropy and fashion coalesce at the second annual Spring into Hope fundraiser, which will donate every cent of its proceeds to the Marian Hope Center for Children's Therapy in support of children with autism and special needs. During both days, guests can peruse vendor booths brimming with upscale clothing, accessories, and home décor from some of Kansas City's finest boutiques, before munching complimentary samplings from local restaurants and enjoying a fashion show that refreshingly lacks the alligator-filled moat that traditionally surrounds runways. They can also partake in frequent raffles, shopping sprees, and giveaways throughout the two-day event, as well as attend a health fair with live demonstrations on Saturday.
First-time scuba divers will learn from professional, certified trainers during Skin-n-Scuba’s Discover Scuba training session. The training course includes all necessary diving gear and is conducted in the facility’s 26’x52’ indoor saltwater pool, featuring salt, water, and two sunken Spanish Armada galleons. Individual class enrollment is capped at 15 in order to maintain a reasonable instructor-to-student ratio and leave room in the pool for the dolphins enrolled in backstroke. The two-hour classes for Groupon buyers are offered Fridays (starting at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.), Saturdays (9 a.m. and 11 a.m.), Sundays (1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and Mondays (10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.).
The handymen at Handyman Matters have hammered, caulked, and crafted a sturdy reputation for honest, professional work, offering more than 1,162 types of home-repair and remodeling services. Every nook and cranny of the home, including mini-nooks and micro-crannies, can be varnished, tarnished, demolished, and renewed by this handy crew of professionals. Procrastinating amateurs can roll up their dog-eared to-do lists of household repairs and hurl them into the can-do arms of one of Handyman Matters’ accomplished craftspeople, who can tackle problems from dinged dry wall to flawed flooring. If the cat is getting concussions because his little crawl door is sticking, they'll fix it. They can even build a human-sized crawl door so cats and people can enter and exit the same way.
Pam Rector picked up her first roll of wallpaper as a little girl. As the spark of passion for color and design ignited, her mother fanned the flames, letting Pam redesign her room as many times as she wanted. By age 14, she had mastered the techniques of sewing pillows and painting furniture, allowing her room to grow as an “extension of her true personality.” As an adult, she temporarily put her design ambitions aside to begin a stint in the restaurant business, but she couldn’t keep her creativity stifled. The hand-drawn fliers and holiday decorations that she worked on in her spare time opened up the window to her dream job, and she eventually quit the corporate world and became a full-time designer.
Founding Rector Studio in March 2012, Pam now works with clients on decorating projects that range from full home makeovers to color consultation. Armed with color swatches, fabrics, and a carpet-to-English dictionary, she adds small touches with custom-made pillows, draperies and blinds, or re-does larger decor from flooring to furniture. While working on redesigns, Pam also keeps budgets in mind, maintaining an artistic vision that won’t break the bank.
An owner of two dogs and three cats, Dr. Cassie Cure believes in the power of preventative care to give animals a long and healthy life. This approach has earned Cedar Ridge Animal Hospital accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association, putting it among the few veterinary practices in the area to carry this distinction. At the hospital’s full-service care facilities, Dr. Cure heals small animals with veterinarian services ranging from routine wellness care to nutrition counseling. She also performs more specialized services, such as microchipping. Beyond the veterinary clinic, the hospital spans grooming and boarding facilities, giving pets respite from their owners’ suffocating co-dependence. To give clients added piece of mind, Cedar Ridge posts online recommendations for emergency pet care.