Meet Sue Gallion, KC Children’s Author at a Special StoryTime Event

Come celebrate with local kid’s author Sue Lowell Gallion as she shares her new book “Pug Meets Pig” at our Corinth Square store on October 1st at 10:30am!

Pup Meets PigWe’re smitten with this sweet and silly story about a darling duo celebrating the timeless themes of embracing change, being kind to others, and finding friends in unlikely places.

Local childen’s writer Sue Lowell Gallion’s first book is about to hit the shelf and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate with this Leawood author!

Join us Saturday, October 1st, 2016 as we welcome Sue Gallion for story reading, coloring and book signing.

Meet local children’s Author Sue Lowell Gallion!

Sue Lowell Gallion’s debut picture book Pug Meets Pig charmed us from page one! We’re tickled to know there’s a second Pug and Pig book already on its way for next summer, Pug and Pig Trick or Treat.

Although this is Sue’s first book she’s no newcomer to children’s writing and literature. Sue’s stories, poems, and activity rhymes have been published in children’s magazines including Highlights and High Five. She is active in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is the regional advisor for the Kansas region.

We were lucky enough to chat with Sue recently to learn more about her…Sue Lowell Gallion, children's book author

Tell us a little bit about you and this project:

Well, people seem surprised that I don’t have a pug (or a pig!) Our dog now is a black lab mix named Tucker. We got him as a puppy from Wayside Waifs. He’s 7 now but he’s got lots of energy, so you’ll find me walking the trails, the neighborhood, or at the dog park.

The world of traditional children’s publishing is a lot more complicated than I thought when I started seriously writing for kids about 10 years ago.  I actually sold this manuscript three years ago, which is a pretty quick release for a picture book.

What are your favorite things about living in KC?

I’m a third generation Kansas Citian, so I have many favorite things about my home town! I love the varied landscape, the seasons and the friendly Midwestern people. Some of my favorite landmarks are Union Station (I remember picking up my grandparents there when they traveled by train,) the Kansas City Zoo, Kauffman Gardens, and the Overland Park Farmer’s Market.

What are your thoughts about kids and the importance of books and reading?

I’m a big proponent of reading aloud to kids from birth on. I think it’s a magic time for a child with a parent or any adult, and many studies show that it’s a huge factor in kids’ development. I’d love to see a movement among today’s parents that read aloud time is a time to put all devices away. No interruptions, just focused time together.

Today is considered another “golden age” of picture books. The art is amazing. There are so many wonderful picture books with heart and humor, both fiction and nonfiction. I’d encourage grandparents and parents not to just turn to the old classics, as special as they are. And I always encourage people to buy books locally whenever they can!

Find out more about Sue Lowell Gallion here.

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July Calendar of Events

July Calendar of Learning Tree Events

We’re right in the middle of summer fun! The Learning Tree July calendar is filled with sign-up craft classes and neighborhood summer concerts! Enjoy cooler summer mornings with a Gardening Storytime at Park Place. Get your craft on with Create It, Make It, Take It classes and Friday Crafternoons at Corinth Square Learning Tree!

Check our FaceBook page for an up-to- date listing of events and activities. We’ve made it easy to sign up online! Questions? Give us a call 913 385-1234.

Tues. July 5, 10am-12pm: Tidal Wave Tuesday at Park Place! The water table will be out front filled with a little H2O and some water toys for splashing. Bring a snack or early lunch and sit at our toddler sized picnic tables. A great activity for the cooler morning hours! FREE

Thurs. –  Sat. July 7-9: Get ready for our Sidewalk Sale at Corinth Square! Lots of summer savings!

Wed. July 6, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Thurs. July 7, 1pm: Create It, Make It, Take It (CMT)/Science Lab – Corinth Square $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Fri. July 8, 10am: CMT/Dino Hatch – Corinth Square $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Fri. July 8, 2pm – 3:30pm: Crafternoon! Drop-In crafts in the Rainbow Room at Corinth Square. $10/Project

Mon. July 11, 10am & 1pm: CMT/Shrinkable Creations – Corinth $10 Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Tues. July 12, 10am – 12pm: Tidal Wave Tuesday at Park Place! The water table will be out front filled with a little H2O and some water toys for splashing. Bring a snack or early lunch and sit at our toddler sized picnic tables. A great activity for the cooler morning hours! FREE

Tues. July 12, 10am & 1pm: CMT/Choose Design Paint and Grow Flowerpots or Paint a Bird Feeder – Corinth $10 Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Wed. July 13, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Wed. July 13, 10am & 1pm: CMT/Dino Hatch – Corinth Square $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Fri. July 15, 2pm – 3:30pm: Crafternoon! Drop-In crafts in the Rainbow Room at Corinth Learning Tree Corinth $10/Project

Mon. July 18, 10am & 1pm: CMT Make a Plate – Corinth $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Tues. July 19, 10am – 12pm: Tidal Wave Tuesday at Park Place! The water table will be out front filled with a little H2O and some water toys for splashing. Bring a snack or early lunch and sit at our toddler sized picnic tables. A great activity for the cooler morning hours! FREE

Tues. July 19, 10am: CMT/Science Lab – Corinth Square $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Wed. July 20, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Wed. July 20, 10am & 1pm: CMT Make a Plate – Corinth $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Fri. July 22, 10am: CMT/Science Lab – Corinth Square $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Fri. July 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm: Fourth Friday Franklin Park Concert

Tues. July 26, 10am – 12pm: Tidal Wave Tuesday at Park Place! The water table will be out front filled with a little H2O and some water toys for splashing. Bring a snack or early lunch and sit at our toddler sized picnic tables. A great activity for the cooler morning hours! FREE

Wed. July 27, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

2016 June Calendar of Events at The Learning Tree

The Learning Tree June Calendar is jumping with sign-up classes and camps, a visit from our favorite local author and neighborhood summer concerts!

Enjoy cooler summer mornings with a Gardening Storytime at Park Place. Get your craft on starting this month with Create It, Make It, Take It classes and Friday Crafternoons at Corinth Square Learning Tree! First on our list of exciting, creative classes are four sessions to make Fabulous Garden Stepping Stones – a great gift idea for Fathers Day.

Check out our website or our FaceBook page for an up-to- date listing of events and activities. We’ve made it easy to sign up online! Questions? Give us a call 913 385-1234.

Tues. June 7th, 10am & 2pm: Create It, Make It, Take It (CMT) /Fabulous Stepping Stones – Corinth Square $10 Click here for sign-up and more info.

Wed. June 8th, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Thurs. June 9th, 10am: CMT/Fabulous Stepping Stones – Corinth $10 Click here for sign-up and more info.

Mon. June 13th, 10am & 1pm: CMT/Kitten Club – Corinth $10 Make your own fabric kitty. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Tues. June 14th, 10am: CMT/Fabulous Stepping Stones – Corinth $10 Click here for sign-up and more info.

Wed. June 15th, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Wed. June 15th, 10am & 1pm: CMT/Choose Design Paint and Grow Flowerpots or Paint a Bird Feeder Corinth $10 Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Thurs. June 16th, 1pm: CMT/Shrinkable Creations – Corinth $10 Click here for sign-up!

Thurs. June 16th, 6pm – 8pm: Color Yourself Calm – Grownups, join us at Park Place for an evening of coloring and an opportunity to sample some small batch products for the home, body and health from our neighbors at Hand & Land. (More)

Fri. June 17th, 2pm – 3:30pm: Crafternoon! – Drop-In crafts in the Rainbow Room at Corinth Learning Tree Corinth $10/Project (more)

Sat. June 18th, 10:30am: Daniel Miyares – Children’s author Daniel Miyares is back at Corinth Learning Tree to share his new book “Bring Me a Rock”

Mon. June 20th – Thurs June 23rd: Mermaid Camp in the Rainbow Room! – No landlubbers allowed for this special week of shell-a-bration! Click for more info and Sign-up.

Wed. June 22nd, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Fri. June 24th, 2pm – 3:30pm: Crafternoon! – Drop-In crafts in the Rainbow Room at Corinth Learning Tree Corinth $10/Project Learn more here!

Fri. June 24th, 6pm – 8pm: Fourth Friday Concert at Franklin Park – The Learning Tree crew will be at this neighborhood event to play with you! Click for info.

Wed. June 29th, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Friday Crafternoons

Friday Crafternoons at The Learning Tree all summer long.Friday Crafternoons!
$10/Project Ages 4+

Starting Fri. June 17th 2pm – 3:30pm
Drop-In crafts in the Rainbow Room at Corinth Learning Tree Corinth.

Enjoy crafting these Fridays this summer: June 17 and 24, July 8 and 15.

We’ll open the downstairs Rainbow Room at our Corinth location for walk-in crafting. Come when you want during the session, pick your project and decide how long you stay! Great for families with different ages and stages. No sign-up necessary. Adult supervision suggested. Please call and let us know if you have a group larger than three kiddos so we can plan ahead!

Franklin Park Fourth Friday Summer Concert Series: A Story of Generosity and Community

Franklin Park Concerts in Prairie Village KSIf you live in the Corinth Learning Tree neighborhood like our family, you may have enjoyed the Fourth Friday Summer Concert Series in Franklin Park through the years. I’ve always thought this free event would be a great place for The Learning Tree to add some fun, so I called Parks and Rec and asked about getting involved. “Not us,” said Parks and Rec., “the concerts are sponsored by a neighborhood church.”

A little puzzled, I sent off an email, made a visit to the church, and discovered a story of generosity and community in our backyard. I had an opportunity to meet a lovely, warm and charming woman who shared with me the spark that started this community-wide event 11 years ago. Before she told me about her work at Hillcrest Covenant Church, with a beaming smile, Dori Brown proudly told me she is a grandma of six (all under the age of five!) and a regular shopper at The Learning Tree. She knew all about us!

I asked about her position and the church. “I am Pastor of Invitational Living”, she said. “This name reflects our desire to extend an invitation to a place and people of welcome, relationships, and growth; a community of worship and giving thanks; and a community to serve together.”

The church has been at the corner of 87th and Nall Ave. for 55 years and they appreciate being part of the neighborhood. Dori explained that many years ago the congregation explored how they could serve the community. In their reading they found a provocative question. “Would your community miss you if you weren’t here?” They discussed that question. What could they do for the community that would fit the neighborhood and be enjoyed by all?

The concept of simple, free, and family friendly concerts was born! Now in its 11th year at Franklin Park, the concert series has evolved and become not only an annual church project where church volunteers set up, serve and clean up, but an event that has pulled in the help of others wanting to be involved. Boy Scout troops have helped through the years, local and neighborhood bands have been featured, and Kevo the Klown does face painting and creates animal balloons for kids. Hy-Vee grocery store at 76th and State Line Road gives the church discounts on food so they can offer concert-goers a free hotdog dinner.

“The City of Prairie Village has been a dream to work with and the neighborhood now looks forward to these concerts on the fourth Fridays in May, June, July, and August,” Dori told me. “It is a pleasure to be a part of the community in such a simple and enjoyable way. All you need to bring is lawn chairs! We hope you’ll come out and enjoy an evening on us.”

Hillcrest Covenant Church gives the neighborhood this generous gift each summer. This year, we’re happy to say, The Learning Tree will be there also, grateful for the opportunity to add even more fun to this community event!

Hillcrest invites you to be a part of the Fourth Friday team. For more information, go to their website:

www.hillcrestcov.org/fourth-friday- concerts/.

See you in the park soon!

Our 20th Anniversary Birthday Party

What a Celebration!

We’re shouting out a huge “THANK YOU” to YOU! If you were at The Learning Tree  on Saturday, April 9th for our 20th Anniversary Birthday Party, we felt the love!!

Balloons, cupcakes, cotton candy, Spot the Dog, face paint, tattoos, and a wonderful, dedicated staff who pulled it all together made it a joyous, crazy day full of warm Happy 20th Wishes.

 

2016 Kids Flea Market

SATURDAY MAY 28th

8th Annual Kids Flea Market

Announcing the date for our 8th Annual Corinth Square Learning Tree Kid’s Flea Market!

$10/Kid’s Flea Market Ticket

This family friendly, community event gives kids a chance to run their own business for a few hours and to do a little spring-cleaning in the playroom! With their spot reserved at the Kid’s Flea Market kids can begin to collect their out-grown and gently used toys, books and games to re-sell and to plan their ‘booth.’

NEW! Through the years we’ve seen some very creative booths and merchandising. This year we’re letting you vote for BEST “BOOTH” to add a bit of fun to the day. The lucky kid winner will get an insiders tour of the Learning Tree and a $25 gift certificate.

Click here for details and to sign up online or call 913 385-1234 for info!

A $10 ticket provides:

  • A reserved spot (approx. 6’x6’ of space)
  • Promotion for the event to get lots of customers to your ‘booth’!
  • On Flea Market Saturday your Flea Market ticket is good as a $10 coupon to be used in the store.
  • A chance to make some spending money, to raise funds for a charity or to put a little something away for a rainy day.
  • Post sale, we’ll donate any items you don’t want to Operation Breakthrough, a Kansas City children’s organization whose mission is to inspire, protect and enrich the lives of children.

Details:

  • Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-paid basis.
  • Set up time begins at 9am.
  • Bring your own tables, signs, chairs, and blankets- everything you will need to display and sell your items.
  • All items must be clearly priced.
  • All items must be in good condition and complete.
  • Bring a cash box with lots of small bills and change to make a sale.
  • Bring water, hats, sunscreen to stay comfortable from set-up to tear-down!
  • During tear-down we will instruct you where to place items you are leaving for donation.
  • The Learning Tree is serving only as facilitator of the flea market and is not responsible for any of the individual transactions taking place, or the quality of the merchandise being sold.
  • Rain or shine – the sale will go on.