Tonganoxie Living

Santa event Dec. 9 at Tonganoxie Middle School to benefit THS After-Prom
November 15, 2017
Youths can visit Kris Kringle next month in Tonganoxie. The annual Tonganoxie High School After Prom Breakfast with Santa Claus event will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Tonganoxie Middle School Commons Area. Cost is $5 per person (adults and children) and it Includes a pancakes and sausage breakfast. The price also includes a photo with Santa and a craft table for children. There also will be a silent auction. For more information, go to Facebook.com and search for “Breakfast with Santa” or “ths.bws.” Proceeds will go toward THS after-prom festivities.
Family Medicine of Tonganoxie open house is Thursday
November 15, 2017
Family Medicine of Tonganoxie invites the community to an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony this week at its newly expanded office. The open house will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital primary care office, 410 Woodfield Drive in Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie’s Victory Baptist Church open house to welcome new pastor Sunday
November 15, 2017
The Rev. Dean Fitzsimmons is the new pastor at Victory Baptist Church in Tonganoxie. Area residents are invited to get to know the new pastor during an open house this week. The event will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1302 West St. (U.S. Highway 24-40) in Tonganoxie. An event announcement can be found on the Victory Baptist Church Facebook page.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting is Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie
November 15, 2017
Downtown Tonganoxie will be the place to be for a festive Saturday. The annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting will take place 4-6 p.m. along Fourth Street. Musical performances, carriage rides, a DJ, food, youth activities and more are planned for this year’s event. The City Council Chambers, 321 Delaware, again will be transformed into a winter wonderland, as Santa will make a visit for children eager to see Kris Kringle and get their photos taken with the jolly elf.
Gala in Tonganoxie, parade in Leavenworth highlight Veterans Day celebrations
November 9, 2017
Tonganoxie will celebrate Veterans Day with a Veterans Gala on Saturday. The event will be 4-7 p.m. at Tonganoxie VFW Post Home. Vintage Park and Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care will honor the military this Veterans Day. They will be hosting a night of food, drink and entertainment at the VFW Post Home.
Tonganoxie United Methodist Women chili and soup supper is Friday
November 1, 2017
The United Methodist Women of Tonganoxie United Methodist Church are hosting a soup and chili supper Friday. Soup will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday at Hughes Hall in the Tonganoxie UMC basement. For a free-will offering, you get your choice of sopu or chili, a dessert and drink. Proceeds will go toward mission work.
Spooky spots in Tonganoxie area for Halloween celebrations
October 26, 2017
Halloween festivities are nearly here. Whether it’s Spooktacular on Friday in Tonganoxie or haunted hayrides Saturday in McLouth, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the holiday in the area.
Skeleton search starts Friday in Tonganoxie
October 20, 2017
Halloween fun soon will be returning to Tonganoxie. The annual Skeleton Scavenger Hunt will help folks get into the holiday mood. The six-day hunt starts Friday and finishes up Oct. 26. There will be 250 skeletons available, so the contest is open to the first 250 participants. Clues can all be found inside the Tonganoxie city limits. Multiple clues will be given. Those clues will lead hunters to the next clues or bones. Once the skeleton is completed and turned in, folks will receive a Gambino’s coupon for a free pizza and will be entered into a drawing for one of 10 $10 cash prizes from Skeet Real Estate.
Get ready for today’s solar eclipse, even if cloud cover might ruin the once-in-a-lifetime event
07:50 a.m., August 21, 2017 Updated 04:52 p.m.
Cloud cover forecasts in the Kansas City metro area aren’t providing promising news for folks eager to see the much-anticipated solar eclipse this afternoon.
Pathways transition program opening today in former Tonganoxie police station
August 17, 2017
More activity is coming to downtown Tonganoxie. Pathways, a new transition program for for graduates 18-21 years of age is set to open Thursday in the former Tonganoxie Police station at 328 S. Delaware. The program, offered through the Tonganoxie Basehor-Linwood Special Education Cooperative, provides community based instruction to Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie high school students who received special education services during high school.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital accepting grant applications for local wellness projects
August 17, 2017
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is now accepting grant applications for community wellness projects in Baldwin City, Eudora and Tonganoxie, the hospital announced Wednesday. The grants will be awarded to programs or projects that enhance local health and wellness, according to LMH’s news release. Multiple grants may be awarded in each community, with a maximum of $2,500 per applicant. More than $10,000 in grants will be distributed starting in September, the news release said.
Eyes toward skies in Tonganoxie, across nation as folks await rare solar eclipse
August 16, 2017
Umbraphiles have been waiting decades to witness Monday’s anticipated spectacular totality. Translation: Super solar eclipse enthusiasts are quite eager to see Monday’s much ballyhooed solar eclipse. From coast to coast, Americans are abuzz with solar eclipse talk, which makes sense if you think about the frequency of such an event. According to Tonganoxie High School teacher Matt Beat, on average, a total solar eclipse occurs in one location every 375 years, while other spots might go thousands of years between solar eclipses.
Love for longtime veteran
July 3, 2017
A parade of 30 motorcycles, many donned with large American flags, suddenly happened Saturday morning in Tonganoxie. The procession, which a Tonganoxie police car led, even had some spectators who stopped to wave at the cyclists while they winded through the community. This group of American Legion Riders, though, weren’t just out for a leisurely weekend ride. They were visiting a local veteran to honor his service. Dave Underwood has lived in Tonganoxie more than five decades.
Mayors for Meals in Tonganoxie
April 19, 2017
To help raise awareness of this service and its demand in the community, each year, the Council on Aging participates in Meals on Wheels of America’s “March for Meals” campaign. Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward, as he has done often in recent years, helped deliver meals to homebound seniors last month in Tonganoxie as part of mayoral support acoss the country.
Hunt for pastel April in Tonganoxie
April 13, 2017
It was hard to order up a much better day for an Easter egg hunt. Tonganoxie Recreation Commission had its annual hunt Saturday, as an estimated 200 youths collected more than 5,000 plastic eggs at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds soccer fields.

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