King birthday celebration, authors, galas upcoming

Friday, January 11, 2013

Upcoming community events both this month and in the not-too-distant future, including a Relay for Life kickoff event and a Martin Luther King Jr., celebration at Fort Scott Community College, were announced Thursday morning at the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Coffee held at Tri-Valley Developmental Services.

FSCC President Clayton Tatro said the college has planned a variety of activities for the week of Jan. 21-24 celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus, 2108 S. Horton.

For more information, contact Jill Warford, director of the Gordon Parks Museum, at (620) 223-2700.

Gina Findley, representing the Bourbon County Relay for Life, said the kickoff event for the organization will be held Jan. 26 at the Holmtown Pub, 206 N. National Ave.

Other announcements made at the coffee included:

* Lowell Milken Center Program Director Megan Felt said some upcoming activities concerning the center include an event scheduled for 10 a.m. April 13 at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center that will feature authors Jenna Blum, author of "Those Who Save Us," a book about the Holocaust, and Jack Mayer, author of "Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project."

Blum, from Wichita, and Mayer, who is coming from Vermont, will speak and share information and stories about their books. There will be an opportunity for audience members to meet the authors and ask questions, Felt said.

Blum has been heralded as one of Oprah Winfrey's "Top 30 Women Writers," Felt said.

* Pam Gilchrist, representative of the Red Cross in Bourbon and Crawford counties, said the organization is in need of volunteers and is looking to train people for individual and multi-family disasters.

* Local chiropractor Luke Cosens announced his intent to run for one of the open seats on the Fort Scott City Commission that are up for election this spring.

"I appreciate your support," Cosens said.

FSACC Executive Director Lindsay Madison said the SEK Inc., annual dinner will take place Jan. 17 in Chanute, and the SEK Day on the Hill breakfast with legislators is planned to take place from 8 to 10 a.m. Jan. 29 at the Celtic Fox in Topeka. The event is hosted by SEK Inc. and chambers of commerce in Southeast Kansas. Anyone interested in attending these events may contact Madison at (620) 223-3566 for more information.

* TVDS Executive Director Tim Cunningham said the eighth annual Tri-Valley Mardi Gras Celebration fundraiser will be held Feb. 5 at the Liberty Theatre, 113 S. Main St. Mark McCoy will serve as emcee and Pat Harry will provide music on the piano.

Cunningham also talked about the purpose of TVDS, which provides a variety of services and programs for people with developmental disabilities in a four-county area. About 200 total clients are covered in the service area, which includes Bourbon, Allen, Woodson and Neosho counties. About 60 clients are served in Bourbon County, Cunningham said.