School has started and the new academic year has begun. This time of year brings many changes, including the change of teachers for our children, change of routine for all of us and even a change of seasons. This year, with all the changes this time of years brings, I have a personal change … or charge.
I am excited to announce I will be entering my first 5k. I have always been active and have walked more miles than I can count on my treadmill or at the YMCA. However, I have never been a runner. I have challenged my SMTO team, my family, my friends and now you to join me in running my first 5k. The 17th Annual Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival will be held on September 27, and this event will host a 5k. I have decided this event would be the perfect time to accomplish my 5k goal. If you would like to join me, send me an email or get a hold of us on Facebook and I will send you an entry form. Every entry will receive a free t-shirt and funnel cake! Turn to page 21 to read more about the 5k at the 17th Annual Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival.
September marks the beginning of our 14th year, and we continue our mission of giving back. On the cover, you will find the winner of our 6th Annual “Cutest” Pet Contest, Emmy. Congratulations, Emmy, and thank you to all who entered your pets and helped us raise $600 for the Joplin Humane Society Animal Adoption & Resource Center. Turn to page 52 and take a moment to browse all the sweet faces that were sent in this year!
Are you planning a wedding? Join us September 21 for Joplin’s Bridal Bash 2014 held at The Roxy. See the next page for more details. While visiting this exciting event, pick up our 3rd Annual Wedding Guide filled with wedding professionals, location details and services available that will help you turn your dream wedding into a reality.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Northpark Mall is hosting our 5th Annual Pink Carpet Event “Covers for a Cause” on Friday, October 3. Bring your family and friends to the food court entrance and have your picture taken as a SMTO cover for only $15. The print is ready for framing. All proceeds benefit Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, see page 8.
Our Calendar of Events is filled with things to do and places to go this month. We have your social calendar covered. Also, check out our Dining Guide and visit these exceptional locally owned restaurants. Remember, one of the best ways to support our community is to support locally owned businesses. Their quality customer service and delicious specialty items cannot be beat!
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See you next month!