I’ve been out visiting lots of city councils, school boards, and township boards. I am impressed with the way these local leaders deal with tough issues with so few resources. We are blessed to have neighbors willing to step up and do what is often a thankless job.
Looking forward to the Carbondale Fall Celebration next weekend. This is the time of year when we have lots of community events. Hope you will be out with me supporting them!
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FAIR
There will be a Small, Minority, and Women Business Opportunity Fair on Thursday, Nov. 6. The purpose is to connect small, minority and women owned businesses with exhibitors from various procurement and contracting officers from federal, state, local, and corporate entities, educational institutions and prime contracting sectors. Business workshops will also be offered. For more information, contact Rhonda Harris at the Kansas Department of Commerce at 785-296-3425 or by email at email@example.com.
LET’S GET TO WORK!
- Express Pros is wanting to hiring in these areas: Human Resources Director, Systems Administrator, payroll clerk, billing clerk, Administrative Assistant, and general labor. To apply go to http://www.expresssrg.com/topekaks Offices in Topeka and Emporia.
- If you want to start a child care business or if you already have one, there is an 8-week class starting Sept. 8. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 9:15 pm on Mondays at Childcare Aware, 1100 SW Wanamaker Rd. Cost is $55. The class will teach the financial side of running a child care business and refer participants to resources for getting certifications like CPR.
- High school students looking for future work might want to attend the “Electrify Your Future” career night on Sept. 23 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the William E Brown Professional Development Center (801 NE US Hwy 24). The purpose is to orient high school students and their parents to the types of skilled trades available at Westar so students can begin considering well-paying, meaningful careers. Westar is also going to some area high schools to provide information and do interviews, so contact your high school counselor for more information on those activities.
If you would like to vote from home this year, you can do that! It’s a great option for college students, the elderly, busy moms, those who live out in the country, and those who commute each day and get home late.
If you let me know, I’ll send you the AV1M form. You just fill it out and send it to your county election office. They will send you the ballot in mid-October. It has to be back in the election office by 7 pm on election day, November 4. If you have questions, just write back and let me know.
USS ORISKANY REUNION
Those serving on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany will have a reunion in Topeka on Sept. 21-24. Events begin with registration at 6 pm on Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. There will be a reunion meeting in the Kansas House Chamber on Tuesday at 10 am with Governor Brownback speaking. There will be a commissioning of a 9-foot model of the USS Oriskany at 5 pm followed by a buffet meal at the Combat Air Museum. For more information, call the Museum at 785-862-3303.
If you have community events coming up, let me know. This email goes to nearly 3000 homes in Shawnee, Osage, and Douglas counties. I’d love to help you get the word out! Just remember to send your activities ahead of time.
- Saturday, Sept. 13: Carbondale city-wide garage sale.
- Saturday, Sept. 13: Carbondale Fall Celebration. Events include: Carbondale 5k run/walk. at 9 am. For information contact Emily Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Biscuit and Gravy breakfast at the Elm Building 7 – 10 am. Carnival 8 am t 10 pm. Wrestlers, kids’ carnival games, car bash, basket raffle, car & bike show and more! Parade at 5:30. Dance from 7 to 11 pm. Lots of family fun!
- Saturday, Sept. 13: Topeka Women’s Connection is hosting an “All that Jazz” luncheon from 11 am to 1 pm at the Topeka Library featuring Tempe Brown, a former jazz & blues singer who has a great life story to share. $14 including meal. Call Arlene by Sept. 8 for reservations or write to email@example.com .
- Saturday, Sept. 13: Topeka Civitan Club Car Show at Civitan Park in Gage Park across from the baseball field.
- Tuesday, Sept. 16: Stull United Methodist Church community meal night with biscuits & gravy, fruit, dessert. Donations accepted. 5-7 pm
- Tuesday, Sept. 16: Topeka Sierra Club movie/discussion on “Disruption” a film on climate change. At the Topeka Public Library from 7:30-8:45.
- Saturday, Sept. 20: Scranton Lions Club breakfast featuring pancakes and biscuits and gravy at the Community Center. 7 am to 11 am. Donations accepted at the door.
- September 20: Shawnee Heights High School All School Class Reunion at the Capital Plaza Hotel. Details will be found at http://shhsalumni.classquest.com.
- Thursday, Sept. 25: Stull UMC Harvesters rural mobile food pantry from noon to 1 pm.
- Saturday, Sept. 27: Tecumseh Heritage Day from 10 am to 3 pm in Tecumseh. Lots of fun family activities and about the best pie and ice cream you will find anywhere! Homemade pie contest, music, wagon rides, games, jump house, booths, demonstrations, and more.
- Saturday, Sept. 27: Home Harvest Picnic at 5 pm at the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum near Clinton. Dinner and music!
- Wednesday, Oct. 1: Candidate forum at Santa Fe Trail High School starting at 6 pm. Candidates for House districts 54, 59, and 76 are invited. The debate team will ask the questions. Sponsored by the Santa Fe Trail and Shawnee Heights Education Associations. Hope to see you there.
- October 3-4: Auburn Community Fair. Parade on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm.
- Saturday, Oct. 4: Sunflower Lions Club pancake/biscuits & gravy breakfast and silent auction at Highland Park UMC, 29th & Michigan. 7 am to noon – $5. Free vision screening for all ages from 9 am to noon. Children 6 mo to 5 years especially urged to attend. For information call Bobby Duvall at 785-608-1311.
- Kaw Valley Farm Tour October 4-5. 10 am to 6 pm. Over 20 kid-friendly farms to visit for just $10 per carload. I highly recommend this for you and the kids. Demonstrations and activities of all kinds showing the diversity of Kansas farms. That’s how I met my favorite chocolatier! For details go to www.KawValleyFarmTour.org.
- Sunday, October 12: Gallery Walk in the Country from 12 to 5 pm. 8 artists to visit at two studios. See watercolors, silk paintings, glass blowing, jewelry, baskets, wearable fiber art and more. Studios located at 3318 SE 69th St. and 6826 SE Stubbs Rd. in Berryton.
- There is story time every Thursday evening at the Auburn Library from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. No charge!
- Poultry and small animal swap meet at Tractor Supply Company at 710 NE HWY 24 the third Sunday of every month. Great way to support local farmers as there are fresh eggs, live birds and rabbits as well. No buyer or seller fees. Just don’t sell the same stuff the store sells.
- Enjoy BUNCO at the Carbondale Community Building once a month on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Call 785-836-7478 for details about dates, prizes, treats, etc.
- The Berryton Pickers are at Berryton Baptist Church the first Saturday of the month from 7 to 9 pm. Bring snacks and have some fun!
- Swap meet the last Saturday of the month from March through October from 7 am to noon at Premier Farm and Home at 900 SW University Blvd (just west of Forbes Air Field). Baby chicks, laying hens, guineas, roosters, rabbits, ducks, geese, eating eggs, hatching eggs, and more! For more info call Karl at 785-547-5046.
- Country and ballroom dancing at Croco Hall on Thursday nights from 6 to 9 pm. For information call Edwina Hamersky at 379-9538.