Main Street News March 2017

Mayor Sly James will attend MainCor's March Networking Luncheon!

This month, we are excited to announce that Mayor Sly James will be our Networking Luncheon's Special Guest! He is coming to discuss the GO Bond and election on April 4th. We are expecting a high volume of attendees, so please try to RSVP if you can make it. 

The General Obligation (GO) Bonds will be voted upon on the April 4th ballot. They are comprised of a series of 3 questions, each regarding a different source for the funds. Midtown, and Kansas City as a whole, need these GO Bonds in order to improve our public infrastructure and create a safer, more accessible and walkable, well-maintained city.

Question 1 addresses roads, bridges, and sidewalks and would provide $600 million over the next 20 years to help pay for badly needed street and bridge repairs. It will also fund the sidewalk repair program, alleviating the burden from homeowners. Question 2 would provide the city with $150 million over 20 years to be put towards flood control projects. Finally, Question 3 regards public buildings and the city animal shelter. Over 20 years, 50 million will be used to fund public building and park improvements, as well as a new animal shelter. 

All of this is possible if you vote "Yes" on April 4th. These bonds will be paid back over a 20 year period through a property tax increase of around $8 a year for homeowners. The benefits are numerous and we need your support to make it happen. For more information please visit  and please attend our March 16th luncheon with Mayor Sly James!

 Buttonwood Art Space: Urban + Abstract

Please join us THIS FRIDAY, March 3rd, for Urban + Abstract! Feel free to stop by Buttonwood Art Space, 3013 Main Street, anytime between 5-9 PM to view the exhibit. 50% of art sale proceeds go to the artists and the other 50% benefits MainCor! The exhibit is a mix of urban scenes and abstract art - what could be better in a midtown gallery? We hope you will stop by and see this exciting grouping of all things city and gritty! For more information please visit their event page.


BikeWalkKC: Confident City Cycling Classes 

BikeWalkKc is hosting their annual city cycling classes this March! It is a 3 class series that focuses on bike safety, rules of the road, and other tips and tricks. You Will learn new concepts for navigating streets and build practical bike handling skills necessary for city riding. This intensive course teaches safety knowledge and bike handling skills, culminating with a bike ride in a safe and supporting environment. They will be held on March 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 3269 Gillham Road, Suite C. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit their facebook

First Friday: Urban Mining Homewares!

Its Urban Mining Time! Every first Friday of the month, Urban Mining is open for their vintage home  goods sale! This a the perfect time to freshen up your home with a new-old look! Urban Mining Homewares is located at 3923 Main Street and they are open March 2-5th, 5pm-9pm Thursday, 9am-9pm Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday, and noon-5pm Sunday! They have fantastic vintage and mid century finds and you can preview some items through their Facebook page! There is also parking in the back of the building, which you can enter from Walnut.

The Whole Person Fundraiser

The Whole person is having a fundraiser this month with Raising Cane's at 4040 Mill Street. Join them anytime from 11am - 8pm on March 16th and 15% of your purchase will be donated to TWP! You must mention that you are there for The Whole Person in order for them to receive the donation. Go on and enjoy that fried chicken, Its for a good cause!
E-Waste Recycle Mania

MainCor will be one of the sponsors of the annual E-Waste Recycle Maina event at UMKC, Saturday March 18th. This is an opportunity to recycle your electronic devices for free (devices with monitors are $20). For a list of all acceptable electronics please click here. If you would like to volunteer at the event please email us. For a copy of the flyer please follow this link
Westport St. Patrick's Day Run
The 39th annual Westport St. Patrick's Day Run/Walk will be March 11th this year. The race is 4 miles of fun, with many people dressing up in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. The race begins at 10 am and is wheelchair accessible, as well as kid friendly. Post race enjoy an Irish breakfast at Gambal’s in Westport! They’ll be serving up a buffet for $12 including a beer, from 11am - 1pm. For more information and to signup please visit their website

St. Patrick's Day Parade 

The 45th Annual Kansas City St. Patrick's Day Parade will begin at 11 am March 17th! The parade begins at Linwood and Broadway and proceeds down Broadway to 43rd Street. It will be a fun filled family event! For more information and to donate to their Harvester's Food Drive, please click the photo above. 

Fourth District Community Meeting

The fourth district community meeting with Council Members Jolie Justus and Katheryn Shields will be held on Monday, March 20th at 6 PM. The meeting will be at the Kansas City Museum located at 3218 Gladstone Blvd. Please contact Alec Kelley for more information through email or by calling 816-513-6517. To RSVP please click here

Ability KC Fundraiser at Kendra Scott

Ability KC is the newly formed joining of the Rehabilitation Center of KC and the Children's Therapeutic Learning Center. On March 24th, Kendra Scott on the Plaza is hosting a fundraiser for them from 5:00PM - 7:00PM. During this time, 20% of all purchases will be donated back to Ability KC. For those that can't make it in to the store to shop, but want to support, they can do so by calling the store at 816.448.8323 the day of the event and placing a phone order. For more information, please visit their Facebook page

The Whole Person Presents: Expressions

The Whole Person is hosting an opening night event for their Expressions Art Exhibit on April 7th. This exhibit showcases artists with disabilities. It will be located at Kansas City Young Audiences,  from 6-10. For more information on the event please visit their facebook page.

Spring Drug Take-Back

Safely dispose of your unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs at the Spring Drug Take-Back Event! Semi-annual Drug Take-Back Day will be April 29th and is held in partnership with the KCPD Central Patrol Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The drugs will be taken for safe disposal and the containers will be recycled. All drugs, prescription or over-the-counter, are welcome. This service is free, absolutely no questions asked. MainCor will be a drop off location from 10am - 2pm.
New Midtown Calendar of Events!

There are so many fun things happening in Midtown and we wanted to compile them in one easy calendar for you! If you have any events you think we should know about, please email Marlee. To view and bookmark the calendar follow this link.

Please Support MainCor by donating towards 2017!

2017 is finally here! As we begin our 2017 fundraising campaign, we want to thank each one of our 2016 contributors! 

Everything we do is only possible because of YOU. Without the support of our amazing donors, we would not exist.  

MainCor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Your contribution is tax-deductible. 

Please visit our website - to donate now! You can also donate via PayPal


Luv Midtown KC T-Shirts

    We've got t-shirts!! You know and love the mural painted on the side of Thriftway at 40th and Main Street, now you can wear it! 

  We "luv" Midtown and we're not afraid to show it!  Show your "luv" and wear it proudly around town.

Order your Luv Midtown KC shirts TODAY for only $20!  Contact Diane to place your order.  


Community Event Grant Program

            Are you a thriving business on Main Street?  Do you want to host a community event on Main Street but don’t want to fork up too much cash?  Well we are here to help!

            MainCor has developed a Community Event Grant Program to help get your next event on Main Street going! 

            Main Street is bursting with culture and thriving businesses.  Attracting people to this part of Midtown is a great way to promote current businesses as well as create opportunity for potential new development.  MainCor has allocated $2,000 for a community event grant program.  The purpose of this grant program is to encourage businesses along the corridor to host events and draw people to Main Street.
The funds would be matching funds (half of the total cost) up to $500 per event/year unlessotherwise discussed.  Applicants must be within MainCor’s boundaries.  An applicant may submit multiple applications per year. 
The application must be submitted for approval at least 60 days before the event.  Within 60 days after the event, the applicant must fill out a spreadsheet form that lists receipts and provide receipt copies to verify the expenses before reimbursement will be awarded.  Reimbursement will be given to applicant within 30 days after paperwork has been received. 
The event must be open to the public and promoted metro-wide.  Events could include: fairs, walks/races, art shows, celebrations, etc.  All city permits/requirements must be met. 
Non-Eligible Uses:
- Salaries, event coordinators, etc.
- Food and beverage
- Purchase of equipment/capital investment 

Eligible Uses:
- Entertainment (music, performers etc.)
- Equipment, tent, space rental
- Decorations
- Advertising
- Office supplies (postage, printing, etc.)
- Promotions/marketing
- City permit fees

Fill out an application today! 

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