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.
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.
Melissa Jackson is a homegrown talent, acquiring her sewing skills from her grandmother and her upholstery knowledge from her parents. Putting to use the lessons she's learned from her family, Melissa helps clients jazz up their homes through simple fixes and more in-depth decorating schemes. Melissa's services include consultations, furniture rearranging, and even holiday decoration to dress homes in the spirit of the season.
Zumba classes motivate feet to mobilize with a fun cosmopolitan fusion of Latin beats and other international rhythms. The dance-based aerobics sessions employ a charismatic duo of cardio and resistance training to mentor muscles throughout the body, coaching each one to sleek, sinewy success. Enthusiastic instructors get hearts pumping by strumming gently on their strings to Zumba's characteristically upbeat music. Classes welcome newcomers from every fitness level and meet each Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Saturdays at 9 a.m. After 60 minutes of fast footwork, each Zumba zealot exits with the kind of energy high-cardio sashaying could never achieve.
The Lawrence Fruit Tree Project works to address the growing need for access to nutritious food by partnering with the public to grow, maintain, and utilize perennial food plants. Through community orchard projects, the organization helps local residents plant and care for fruit trees, develops proposals for appropriate public spaces to plant trees, and hosts educational workshops about fruit- and nut-tree cultivation.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.