Janette Fennell was locked in her own trunk with her husband—forced there at gunpoint—thinking only about her child. Their 9-month-old had been in the vehicle with them before the carjacking, but now they didn't know where he was and what kind of danger he was in. After escaping, she was fortunate enough to be reunited with their son, and she found her life's purpose. In the years following, she led a successful campaign to institute internal trunk-release mechanisms in all vehicles manufactured in the US. But this victory was just the beginning.
During the campaign, parents had contacted her to help with other incidents: cars being knocked into gear and children being left in overheated vehicles. So Janette made it her mission to inform the public about nontraffic motor-vehicle accidents and to help protect children from the dangers of automobiles. Today her organization, KidsAndCars.org, works to prevent more than 200 annual child deaths caused by such tragedies as backovers, heat stroke, and power-window strangulations. And KidsAndCars.org goes beyond advocacy too—it also collects data on fatalities and helps survivors deal with their grief through volunteer support systems.
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The Main Street Mile is a fun event in which pavement-traversing mettle can be tested without pulling a semi-truck with one’s teeth. As the most significant street in the City of Fountains, Main Street sees its share of trampling flip-flops and skipping running shoes; the Main Street Mile race focuses on raising awareness of the street’s changing face and helps not-for-profit organizations work toward improving the renowned corridor. There is a family run and walk at 9 a.m. as well as a competitive heat at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, prizes (you'll receive a free T-shirt), food and drinks, and children’s activities will be available at race's end to ensure the whole family and lost Vikings are entertained. Build community awareness with a brisk run thanks to today’s side deal.
As sister bars, The Well and Lew’s Grill & Bar make a perfect pairing for parties. For their St. Patrick's Day party, hours of live Irish folk and rock music at both bars combines with corned beef and cabbage for a celebratory Celtic event. During the rest of the year, The Well's rooftop bar lets patrons relax under the stars as they drink from a selection of more than 30 tap beers and bottled brews. The Well's upscale cuisine spans Black Angus burgers, Baja fish tacos, and penne chicken carbonara, and for pub food with a twist, Lew's serves blackened catfish, meatloaf, and 12 burger varieties. Das Boot, Lew's signature drink, is an 84-ounce boot-shaped beer that comes with an optional challenge: patrons who can imbibe the full boot, plus 2.5-pounds of cheeseburger and fries, win a free T-shirt and the honor of proving they have a stomach that is bigger on the inside.
Fitness Plus offers a variety of high-quality fitness equipment and specialized fitness programs for exercisers of any athletic prowess in a comfortable, hassle-free environment. Channel Michelangelo while chiseling a statuesque physique using a wide range of cardio and weight machines, 1/10th-mile indoor track, and 25-meter indoor lap pool. Members will also have access to unlimited group exercise classes, including Pilates, spin, lunchtime crunch, and aqua aerobics. Zumba classes are also available for $5 per class. For an additional fee, members can expand their workout routine by signing up for boot camp, ballet, kickboxing, or swim lessons.
When Joe Zwillenberg bought Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill, he preserved "an irreplaceable piece of the city's character," according to the Pitch, which dubbed him Kansas City's Best Local Hero in 2006. Thanks to Joe, the close to 30-year-old establishment—which had been marked for takeover by a national chain—is still churning out its famous 10-ounce burgers today. Made with ground Prime cuts of Kansas City strip steak and fillet from McGonigle's Market, the hearty handhelds earned CityVoter's Best Burger awards in 2008 and 2009 and were featured on Food Network's Meat & Potatoes in 2010. Diners can customize each time-honored patty with onions, pickles, or shredded historical documents from the condiments table.
The eatery—which is nestled within a bustling flea market—also offers 44 beers on tap, live music, and a game room with pool tables, foosball, and an arcade. It is also the home of the Tiger Club of Kansas City's weekly luncheons, which boast high-profile speakers from the world of sports.
Snap Fitness, a 24-hour gym, flourishes with a fleet of high-quality cardio equipment, strength-training gear, and exercise classes. Although this Groupon can only be redeemed at specified locations, members can attend any of Snap Fitness's 1,400 locations to burn calories while running on a treadmill or chasing imaginary bananas on a stationary bike. Alternately, boot-camp classes add structure to schedules and help participants to stick to goals alongside other exercisers. Dynamic instructors guide students of all levels through courses steeped in plyometrics and core-strength workouts, helping pupils to shed unwanted pounds, tone body shapes, and rehearse for uphill cartwheel marathons.
After spending 32 years enriching the lives of children as an educator, Dr. Gwen Larson Morris shifted career paths when her passion for photography led her to found Gwen Morris Studio. With an artistic approach that she describes as "painting with light, highlights, and shadows," Morris uses natural elements to create inimitable portraits for her clients, whether she's snapping maternity pictures, senior pictures, or canine law-school-graduation pictures. As comfortable in the classroom as she is behind a camera, Morris leads aspiring photographers and shutterbugs through workshops in the art of memory preservation, helping them grasp the inner workings of their cameras while finding their own photographic style.