Tonganoxie Living

Kansas City Connection: The debut of KC Ballet’s new ‘Nutcracker’ and other family activities
December 13, 2015
Audiences in Kansas City got their first peek at the Kansas City Ballet’s bold new production of “The Nutcracker” last week, and the opening performance was met by spontaneous applause and cheers of delight. The massive redesign, led by artistic director Devon Carney, brings a visually stunning overhaul to the classic ballet, with new choreography, costumes and set designs.
Kansas City Connection: Ugly sweaters, Legos for adults and KU basketball at the Sprint Center
December 6, 2015
Here are some of this week’s most exciting events amid a busy time of holiday happenings.
McLouth tree lighting ceremony is Saturday
December 4, 2015
McLouth will get into the holiday spirit with its annual tree lighting ceremony this weekend. The ceremony will be 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the city park in downtown McLouth.
Cornerstone Family Worship offering Christmas store
December 4, 2015
Cornerstone Family Worship will have its Christmas store from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the church, Sixth and Church streets in Tonganoxie.
New data shows syphilis, HIV cases grow locally
November 30, 2015
New data reports growing numbers in sexually transmitted diseases in Kansas.
Kansas City Connection: Pick up a unique gift at an upcoming arts and crafts fair
November 29, 2015
Next weekend in Kansas City, several independent holiday arts and crafts fairs will give shoppers and arts fans a chance to check out a wide variety of items for purchase.
Moments of thanks in Tonganoxie
Notes allow library patrons to count blessings
November 24, 2015
A November trip to the Tonganoxie Public Library brings the opportunity of scribing for what is most thankful. For some, that might be “food and trees and family,” or “for this planet not exploding.” Library staff have made notes available for patrons, whether elementary school students or adults, to post their thankful thoughts throughout the building.
Kansas City Connection: More holiday events, tasty eats and food for your ears
November 22, 2015
No sooner had last Sunday’s holiday preview gone to press than I learned of two more interesting stage events taking place through 2015 in Kansas City.
Both Kansas Cities raise age to buy tobacco products to 21
November 20, 2015
Young Kansas City smokers will have to drive a bit farther to buy their cigarettes, e-cigarettes or vapor products under an ordinance that’s getting widespread support in the metropolitan area.
Carriage rides, music highlight tree lighting event Saturday
Library festivities, pancake feed also planned
November 17, 2015
Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward hopes weather will cooperate for Saturday’s holiday festivities. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting is set for 3-6 p.m. that day in downtown Tonganoxie. Carriage rides will be offered for visitors attending the event, while vocalists from Tonganoxie elementary, middle and high schools will perform throughout the event. A DJ also will perform musical entertainment. Fourth and Delaware streets will be the hub of the event.
Kansas City Connection: ‘Christmas Cheer’ from a new ‘Nutcracker’ to Charles Dickens
November 15, 2015
You’ve likely seen news reports and alarmist email forwards about an alleged “War on Christmas,” but what’s less publicized in the media is Kansas City’s perennially successful “Campaign for Christmas Cheer (And General Holiday Merriment).” Whether you prefer a secular or a nonsecular Starbucks cup, this year’s holiday arts preview includes KC holiday classics for people of all beliefs, interests and ice-skating abilities.
Kansas City Connection: Farm-fresh flavor; Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’
November 8, 2015
One of my favorite places in Kansas City for a nice lunch, dinner or cocktail is The Farmhouse, a farm-to-table, “tip-to-tail” restaurant that offers a delicious variety of entrees and sandwiches using fresh meats and vegetables from regional providers.
In good spooky spirits in Tonganoxie
November 6, 2015
Fall rains couldn’t dampen the spirits of youths Friday in downtown Tonganoxie. Children and their families made their way to the annual Spooktacular event. Though the rain prevented the showing of a movie outdoors and a few other activities, plenty of games still took place and local businesses still handed out piece after piece of candy.
This year’s Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade to salute Vitenam veterans
November 6, 2015
Tonganoxie will be represented next week at one of the oldest parades in the nation. Local veterans will participate in the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade, which will start at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 in Leavenworth. This year’s parade, which is the 96th annual installment of the celebration, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.