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Patrick and Tracy ShowThe Patrick and Tracy Show

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The Eudora Parks and Rec Department along with Eudora High School Culinary Program are presenting  a dinner and show on Saturday April 11 at the Eudora Middle School, 2635 Church Street.  Proceeds from the dinner and show benefit will go to the EHS Culinary Program and the Parks and Rec Department.  Dinner will be prepared by the EHS Culinary Arts Program.  The show will feature the Patrick and Tracy Show.

The Patrick and Tracy Show is a husband and wife duo who has performed across the country for over 20 years. They have performed with or opened up for a variety of acts including opening in Las Vegas for Lionel Richie and Diana Ross at the Hollywood Bowl. For the last few years, the duo has been located in Branson, Missouri where they have been voted Best Duo in Branson for the past three years.  Other accolades include Best Variety Show in 2014 by Resort Entertainment News and Best Small Cast Show in 2013 and 2014 by Branson Music News.

Tickets are available from the Parks and Rec Department and cost $20. Seating is limited and according to the Parks and Rec Department going fast.  For more information you can contact Parks and Rec Director Gary Scott at 785-542-3434 or via email at gscott@cityofeudoraks.gov.

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Johnny Dare-Sanromani daughterBikers for Babies Honorary Chairman Johnny Dare of Kansas City’s 98.9 The Rock along with Cami Sanromani’s daughter at Throttlefest KC in 2012 (photo courtesy Cami Sanromani)

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If you think Eudora is just another sleepy small town, think again. There’s a lot of exciting stuff coming up in this little town!

This coming Saturday, September 21, the Eudora Parks and Recreation Department has some events planned for the whole family, all with a Wizard of Oz theme and all held at CPA Park, 9th & Main.  First off is the Dorothy Look-a Like Contest.  Children and adults are invited to participate.  All you need to do is put on your best Dorothy costume, grab Toto and come to the CPA gazebo to sign up shortly before 10:00 AM when the contest begins.

Next is the Wizard of Oz Family Trivia Game, providing you a chance to showcase your great knowledge of the Wizard of Oz movie. (Hint: you’ll need to know more than the color of Dorothy’s shoes).  Teams can be made up of one to four participants and can include all ages.  Some great prizes will be given out to the winning teams, such as a free pass to the Wamego Octoberfest the following weekend and an autographed book by Roger S. Baum, great-grandson of L. Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz. The event will start shortly after 10:00 AM.  Sign up your team ahead of time by emailing Parks and Rec Director Gary Scott (gscott@cityofeudoraks.gov) or at the park before the contest begins.

The most delicious part of the day is the Auntie Em’s Apple Pie Contest.  Bring your freshly baked apple pie to the CPA Park Shelter before the 10:00 AM event start.  The winner will be announced at 10:30 AM.   Pie slices will be sold across the street where the Bar B Q Cook Off and charity event will take place.

Sunday, September 22 holds some excitement, as well. 5,000+ motorcyclists with Bikers for Babies are expected in Eudora between 9;00 AM and Noon.  Compassionate motorcycle enthusiasts ride with Bikers for Babies to support the March of Dimes’ efforts to raise funds for lifesaving medical research and to improve the lives of babies.

According to route information provided to us by the March of Dimes, riders will approach Eudora from the east on N 1400 Road (old K-10/10th Street) and turn north on Main Street heading up to K-32.  You can visit with the riders at the old fire station downtown where Eudora Parks and Rec will be providing water for them.   Come out and show all the dedicated motorcyclists your support.

Finally, on Saturday, September 28th, you can join Eudora Parks and Rec for their 1st ever Daddy-Daughter Date Night.  Just $15 ($5 more for each extra child) will provide a fun evening for dads and daughters with a Hawaiian-style Luau theme which includes a pig roast dinner and dancing.  Pre-register for this event by September 19 and can be done at the Parks and Rec Center or online at www.eudoraparksandrec.org. (Moms and sons, you’re not being left out—look for a special activity for you coming in October!)

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Face_Painting_Club 7859-year-old Rainey Lewis enjoys getting her face painted by Tina Clark (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

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Over 100 kids attended the grand opening of Club 785 at the Eudora Rec Center on Saturday night.  Club 785 is a program for kids ages 9-14 where they can play and have fun in a safe environment.

Program Coordinators Sherry Sedlick and Sylvia Swain started the program to provide kids with healthy activities like basketball, dancing, and other sports activities in a supervised social setting.  One of the features of Club 785 is that once an adult signs in their child, they are “locked-in” until either a parent picks them up or they choose to leave, but re-entry is not allowed.

“Our program also allows the parents to know that their kids are being taken care of and don’t have to worry if they want to go out on date night,” Sedlick said. “They can go have dinner and see a movie and don’t have to worry about getting back home quickly.”

Basketball_Club_785Several girls participate in a hotly contested 3-on-3 tournament at Club 785 at the Eudora Rec Center Saturday night (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

Registration for Club 785 began at 7:00 PM and activities started as kids were arriving for their “night out”. Kids could roam the Rec Center to find the activity they wanted to participate in. The gym was packed as a 3 on 3 basketball tournament got underway.   Kids also enjoyed the dance room area and snacks were provided in another room.  Face painting was also a popular activity as many kids enjoyed time with peers in a controlled environment.

“There has been nothing like this for the kids in Eudora,” Sedlick told us. “We wanted to give kids the opportunity to get out and do something on a Saturday night.”

Sedlick said that they tried the program in other cities in the past but it never really took off. This time around, it appears, at least initially, that the program may be headed for success. We talked to a few of the kids attending and they seemed to like the idea of Club 785.

Snack_time_Club_785Snack time at Club 785 Saturday night (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

“I think it’s really fun,” 12-year-old Meadow Meyer told us as she was waiting to get her face painted. “I think they should definitely do it more.”

Club 785 will be “open” again on April 27, May 4, and May 18. The cost for Club 785 is $10 for those attending from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM and $20 for 7:00 PM – 11:30 PM.

 

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If you have ever wanted to learn one of the true martial arts, you will soon have your chance.

The Eudora Parks and Recreation Department will soon be offering classes in Kung Fu for both adults and children.

Instructor Bryan Peterson started learning Chinese martial arts 25 years ago. Peterson lived in Japan and China for 16 years, practicing the martial arts every day.

Peterson, who not only learned the martial arts, but the languages and cultures of both countries, will be teaching the Northern  (Chang Quan) and Southern (Nan Quan) style Kung Fu.

The cost of the program is $6 per class or you can sign up for the entire session and receive a discount on the total package.  Classes will begin on Monday April 30 at the Eudora Community Center, 1630 Elm Street.  Classes for children will be on Monday and Tuesdays from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM with the teens and adult classes running from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM also on Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more info or questions, you can contact Bryan at (402) 640-0216 or via email at: lawrencemartialarts@gmail.com

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The Eudora Parks and Rec wants to find out what you think. The City has put together a commission to learn how citizens feel about the current level of services offered by Parks and Rec and to help identify how best the community can be served by the Department in regards to possible future expansion.

The Committee has put together an online survey to help identify exactly how the population feels.  You can get to the survey from the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8BQDKCT

As a thank you for filling out the survey, the Parks and Rec department is offering a one-day pool pass to all who complete the survey.

We completed the survey so we could see what was being asked. The information requested deals with your personal opinions of how the department is doing, how much you use the parks in Eudora and your thoughts on how best to expand services offered.

The survey closes on March 11, so you have a few days to complete this survey. Other than basic biographical information (age range, sex, etc.) no personal information is asked to participate.  If you wish to obtain the one day pass, you will need to give them your name and some very basic information so that you can pick it up at either the Rec Center or City Hall.

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