Archive for Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tonganoxie briefs: Legislative update; Christmas party; Play auditions; Park bricks still for sale; Sesquicentennial meeting next month

December 23, 2015

Legislative forum is Jan. 7 at VFW Post 9271

A legislative forum will start at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Tonganoxie VFW Post Home.

First State Bank and Trust is sponsoring the event, which is open to the public.

Local legislators have been invited to the forum to speak to residents about the upcoming session.

Nearly 50 senior citizens attend Christmas event

The Tonganoxie Senior Citizens club attracted 48 local seniors for the group’s annual Christmas potluck celebration.

Santa Claus was on hand to give every senior in attendance a gift, thanks to donations from local businesses.

The group meets the second Monday of each month at the Florence Riford Senior center.

Leavenworth play auditions are next month

The River City Community Players begin their 40th season with “The Red Velvet Cake War” in the new year.

Auditions will take place 7-9 p.m. Jan. 4 and 5 at the Leavenworth Performing Arts Center, 500 Delaware Ave. in Leavenworth.

Melanie Marcec is directing the local production of the play, which is by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

Anyone auditioning should come prepared to perform cold readings from the script, along with a complete list of conflicts Jan. 4 to Feb. 28. A current resume and head shot are welcome, but not required.

Also, Anyone auditioning should arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time to complete the audition info form.

In this Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette — could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out. Having “accidentally” crashed her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husband’s girlfriend’s doublewide.

Bricks available for purchase at park

Tonganoxie’s Gallagher Park Task Force still has personalized legacy bricks available for purchase.

The bricks will be placed in the fountain plaza currently under construction at the park, which is at the southeast corner of Third and Main streets.

Bricks can be purchased online or at Tonganoxie City Hall, 321 S. Delaware St. People also can mail completed order forms with checks made out to the City of Tonganoxie to Gallagher Park Task Force, Attn: Jamie Shockley, P.O. Box 326, Tonganoxie 66086.

Bricks cost $100 each, with donations being 100 percent tax-deductible. There is a limited quantity of bricks available, and they will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For questions related to purchasing bricks, or to learn more about the Gallagher Park project, contact Jamie Shockley at or 913-845-2620, ext. 1040.

Volunteer meeting for 150th event next month

Tonganoxie’s sesquicentenial committee will have its second volunteer meeting in the new year.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 in Tonganoxie City Council Chambers, 321 Delaware.

Volunteers signed up for different event categories at the last meeting. Additional interested volunteers are welcome to join at the upcoming meeting.

At the meeting, there will be an opportunity for the committee members to get acquainted with each other, decide on a chairperson for their committee, determine which tasks each committee will be responsible for, talk through a planning calendar and allow time for the committees to determine their own meeting schedules.


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