GRAND OPENING - DOWNTOWN OVERLAND PARK FARMERS MARKET

Saturday, April 18, 7 am to 1 pm in Downtown Overland Park 

Ah, spring is officially here. Come find the tastes, sights and sounds of the season this Saturday, April 18 during the grand opening of the Downtown Overland Park Farmers Market, 7 am to 1 pm under the big green pavilions.

For over 30 years, the market has brought together dozens of local farmers and vendors offering farm-to-table fare and homemade goodies. You can find organic and conventional vegetables, fruit, honey and meat, along with baked goods and other specialty items. 

The local band, The Good Sam's Club, will perform under The Clock Tower from 10:30 am to noon. And just in case, you need a cup of something to keep you company, locally roasted coffee and loose leaf teas will be available at your favorite local bookstore across from the market.

Also, don't forget there is a large city parking lot behind our building off Marty St. Not many folks know it's there, and you can usually find a few spots open. Happy Marketing and Bon Appetit!

SOOTHING CHAIR MASSAGE: SHAKE OFF THOSE WINTER BLUES

Saturday, April 25, noon to 3 pm at Mysteryscape 

Local Massage Therapist Phyllis Johnson brings her talents back to the store Saturday, April 25, noon to 3 pm to help you relax into the new season.

She's offering a soothing chair massage in our quiet back room. The first five minutes of the massage are free and then one dollar per minute afterward (a maximum of 15 minutes per person).

Phyllis has over 20 years experience in taking away tension and easing folks into the rest of their day. Let her melt those shoulders and put a spring back into your step. No RSVP required. Walk-ins are welcome.

LOCAL YOUNG ADULT AUTHOR AMY ENGEL

Saturday, May 2, 12:30 to 1:45 pm at the Johnson County Library - Shawnee Branch

Join us at the Johnson County Library - Shawnee Branch Saturday, May 2, 12:30 to 1:45 pm when local Young Adult Author Amy Engel discusses and signs her dystopic romance The Book of Ivy.

In this YA thriller, a brutal nuclear war decimates the United States. A small group of survivors eventually band together, but only after another battle erupts over which family will govern the new nation. Ivy Westfall's family loses, and fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning side in a yearly ritual.

This year it's Ivy's turn, but she plans to murder her intended instead and bring The Westfalls back to power. At least, until she actually meets Bishop Lattimer, the President's son. Will she choose love over a better future for her family and civilization?

We'll be the official booksellers at the event, which is free and open to the public. No RSVP needed. This event is in conjunction with Shawnee Library's Young Adult Advisory Council, which brings local teens together to advise the library on their collection, website and programs. The Johnson County Library - Shawnee Branch is located at 13811 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS 66216.

SISTERS IN CRIME EVENT: BESTSELLING AUTHOR SALLY GOLDENBAUM

Saturday, May 9, 11 am at Mysteryscape

Izzy and the gang are back! National bestselling Author Sally Goldenbaum launches the newest Seaside Knitters Mystery, A Finely Knit Murder, Saturday, May 9, 11 am at Mysteryscape during May's Sisters in Crime meeting.

Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza is thrilled that her granddaughter Gabby will be visiting for the fall and attending the Sea Harbor Community Day School. Unfortunately, intrigue and murder surround the school's controversial new curriculum, and the Seaside Knitters must unravel the sinister intent behind it all.

Hear more when Sally talks about her new book, answers questions and signs books at this free author event. A Finely Knit Murder will be available for sale May 5. Pre-order your copy today and receive 15% off.

Sisters in Crime meetings are free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. Sisters in Crime is a nonprofit organization supporting women writing crime fiction. The Kansas City chapter, Border Crimes, usually meets 11 am the first Saturday of the month at Mysteryscape. (However, because of A Finely Knit Murder's May 5 release date, next month they are meeting the second Saturday, May 9, instead.) Their meetings feature speakers on topics such as law enforcement, crime detection, writing, publishing and
crime fiction in general.

MYSTERYSCAPE.COM UNDER CONSTRUCTION STARTING MAY 14

Our Website Gets a Facelift

Beginning Thursday, May 14, there will be a few nips and tucks made as we move Mysteryscape.com to a new platform and refine some of its features. You'll still be able to download e-books, order print books online, get store information and access all the other great features you currently enjoy. We're just improving the infrastructure and usability.

We hope the conversion will only take a day or so, but don't be alarmed if we remain in bandages a little longer than expected. Our online order processing, especially the credit card processing, will be out of order until the construction is completed. Until then, please feel free to call us, 913-649-0000 or email us your print orders. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you like the new look!

GRADUATION GIFTS GALORE

Friday, May 15, 6 to 8 pm at Mysteryscape

Looking for the stand-out graduation gift that says it all? Find that perfectly intriguing and unique item
Friday, May 15, 6 to 8 pm at Mysteryscape during Downtown Overland Park's monthly Third-Friday Local Life.

We'll have books of wisdom, advice, encouragement and the perfect excuse to put away the text books and start reading for pure pleasure again. Select hardcovers, t-shirts, games and specialty gifts will be 20% off.

Local Life is organized and sponsored by participating small businesses in Downtown Overland Park. You can shop-hop their terrific events, bargains and food offerings 6 to 9 pm every third Friday of the month.

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