Parks & Rec

Fireworks2012-1-500One of the many brilliant displays that illuminated the night sky at the 2012 Eudora Fireworks show (Photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz) 

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A bunch of festivities are going on this week in Eudora centered around the 4th of July holiday.

The activities begin this Wednesday with the weekly Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, July 2 from Noon to 1:00 PM. The picnic in the Park features hot dogs, chips and pop available for $2.  This week, Picnic in the Park is City Employee Appreciation Day with entertainment from Hotel Coffee. Picnic in the Park takes place at Lucy Kaegi Park next door to the Eudora Parks and Rec Center at 1630 Elm Street.

On Thursday evening July 3, The weekly Music in the Park series will feature Mike Boring and his patriotic tribute on the piano.  The Music in Park series takes place downtown at CPA Park and runs from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.  Vendors weekly serve Philly cheese steak sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, fresh baked cookies, crème brulee’, and also drinks of soda, bottled water, and lemonade. The entertainment is free. Food prices run between $1 and $5.

Then on Friday, July 4 will be the Public Fireworks Display. The party will be at the Eudora Middle School parking lot were music and food will be offered. There will be $2 and $3 specials for hot dogs, polish sausage, chips and drinks. The celebration gets under way at 5:30 PM and lasts until 8:30.

Once the night time arrives, the annual fireworks display will get underway around 9:30 PM. The display usually lasts about 20 minutes and can be viewed from multiple locations on the south side of town.

All the festivities are being coordinated by the Eudora Parks and Recreation Department.

Remember, the discharge of fireworks by residents is allowed in the city limits from July 2 – July 4. On the 2nd and 3rd, fireworks are allowed from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. On July 4th, you have until midnight to fire them off.  The Eudora Police and Fire Departments urge prudent use and careful supervision when discharging any fireworks during the time periods when fireworks are allowed.  Bottle rockets are not allowed at any time.

Finally, with a long holiday weekend, please make sure to act responsibly. Law enforcement will be keeping an extra eye out for drivers who are impaired this weekend. Have fun, but act responsibly. Have a safe and happy 4th of July.

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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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Tammy Hodges has resigned as Director of the Eudora Parks and Recreation Department.  According to Hodges, the parting was very acrimonious.

In an interview with eudorareporter.com, Hodges stated that, while she used the words “I quit”, she also said that she was not given the chance to resign more formally.

“I was not given the time, nor the opportunity to leave with more dignity” Hodges told us. “I wanted to turn in a formal resignation letter and conclude out my time in a professional manner and I was told ‘no you’re done’ by City Administrator John Harrenstein.  Hodges stated that Harrenstein said she would be paid for a two week period, but that she had to turn in her keys and leave the premises.

When asked why she resigned, Hodges stated that she has felt that her role was undervalued and she had not received just treatment from the city. Hodges stated that the City Administrator told her that “he felt she was not taking a leadership role in the job.”

“I finally decided that I’m not going to sit and take that anymore.” Hodges said.

Sources also informed eudorareporter.com that a loud verbal discussion between the two took place inside City Hall on Tuesday morning.  It was during this discussion, Hodges informed Harrenstein that she was quitting.  At the conclusion of the discussion, Hodges was told to report to the Rec Center and Harrenstein would discuss the situation with her at that location.

At the Rec Center, Hodges stated, she was informed that she would be done immediately and a police officer was summoned there to assist her and ensure safety and integrity of city assets and property. According to Eudora Police Chief Grady Walker, this is standard procedure for all unexpected resignations and for terminations.  Hodges was then escorted home by a Eudora Police officer.

Harrenstein, in an interview with eudorareporter.com said “We appreciate the work Tammy did and for her service to the community.  We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

When we asked about the reported verbal discussions, Harrenstein stated that he could not comment on any of the discussions since it involves personnel matters.

“Our Parks and Rec Department, services and the Rec Center are poised for success and Tammy played a large role in positioning us to get there” Harrenstein said. “With our advisory group lead by Councilwoman Ruth Hughs and the citizens on the committee, I am confident our services will continue to grow.”

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