A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.
Jane Kesinger of Your Family's 25th Hour has a history that guarantees that she has experienced many of life's hectic day-to-day tasks firsthand: she's a mother of three and grandmother of seven, as well as a former daycare owner and school-district employee. She knows the combination of work, school, extracurricular activities, and social obligations can become overwhelming for even the most organized families. Through her personal-assistant services, she helps clients perform routine errands and one-off tasks alike, scheduling appointments, shopping for groceries, picking up prescriptions, addressing event invitations, and chatting about the weather with that neighbor you can't stand.
The YWCA is the largest women's multicultural organization in existence, encompassing some 125 million members in over 100 countries. The membership represents a diversity of culture and lifestyle that assembles in 300 local associations, including the YWCA of Topeka. The Topeka chapter, first instituted in 1887, lives out the YWCA mission of empowering women with locally focused programs and outreach initiatives ranging from fitness and wellness to youth services such as Girls on the Run of Topeka. A local council of Girls on the Run International, the Topeka organization often partners with the YWCA, using running to encourage girls in grades 3-8 to live lives of confidence, health, and togetherness.
A beaming, tutu-clad youngster poses by a large number 2, commemorating her new age. A couple, nearly newlywed, strolls through a sepia-tinged park holding hands. A brindled puppy with floppy ears capers across a red wooden wagon. These are just a few of the shots that the photographers at Worth A 1000 Words Studio have captured during their tenure at the memory emporium. Both in-studio and on-location shoots cover the gamut of photogenic opportunities, from senior portraits to weddings to adorable pictures of babies disguised as bunnies or even smaller babies.
The professional landscape engineers at Lawn Care Service of Topeka carefully chop lawns' tresses to give them a clean-cut luster. Once an overgrown chlorophyll carpet has been cropped to the owner's satisfaction, grass wranglers trim edges and blast clippings from sidewalks, driveways, and patios at no extra charge. On mowing day, owners should secure pets, leave gates unlocked to provide easy access, and identify their lawn by spelling out MOW ME on it in fertilizer.
The gas purveyors of Propane Central empower grills across Kansas. Hopeful barbecuers bring their depleted vessels to one of four offices to receive a 20-pound barbecue-propane-cylinder recharge so that they may continue charring steaks or roasting incriminating laptops full of fan fiction about C-SPAN commentators. The office is open for immediate transfusions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday.