Archive for Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hello to summer in Tonganoxie

Tonganoxie Recreation Commission offering many programs

June 10, 2015

The rain is staying away just long enough for the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds to begin bustling with youth baseball and softball for the summer.

The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission officially started the summer off with its kickoff party May 29 and plenty more programs are being offered in the summer.

TRC assistant director Brad Eccles said he thought the summer play was one of the great attractions the commission offers.

Tonganoxie youth will perform “Cinderella” 6 p.m. July 17 and 11 a.m. July 18 at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus. Nearly 50 youths will be participating in the play, Eccles said.

Admission for the productions is the donation of a canned good item that will be given to Good Shepherd Food Bank and Thrift Shop.

I think the summer play. Two productions. Free entry . donation of canned food we give to good shepherd.

A new offering Eccles is looking to make an annual tradition is a movie night in July.

Current plans for this year’s movie night are to have the event outside Tonganoxie Elementary School in conjunction with open house festivities earlier that day at the new school off Washington Street near Tonganoxie Middle School.

Eccles said he’s still finalizing the movie and some other activities to complement the event.

TRC is offering several other activities this summer, including Friday jam sessions/acoustic showcase in a partnership with The Jewel on Main at Fourth and Main streets. Anyone interested is encouraged to bring instruments, chord charts, lyrics and whatever else they might need for a night of music. Beginners also are welcome.

Interested performers can contact Roz at or 913-333-7274.

Cost is $5 per session or $10 for an all-session pass for spectators. Performers get free admission. Sessions will be 7-9 p.m. June 19, July 17 and Aug. 21.

The Jewel on Main also is offering spots for an adult contemporary choir. The group will rehearse 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 6. The choir then will have a performance at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 with other opportunities to perform throughout the summer as well. The choir is open to anyone 16 and older. Registration fee is $20 for USD 464 patrons and $24 for anyone outside the district.

Other activities in which people can participate are art day camps, cheer and dance clinics and a summer luau party from 11 a.m.-noon July 9.

For more information about those programs, visit the recreation commission office at 521 E. Fourth St. or go to

Other programs of note are youth co-ed flag football (registration deadline is July 31) and the annual ice cream social, which is 7 p.m. Aug. 30 in Chieftain Park.


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.