Celebration of Kansas Day began in Paola more than 140 years ago, and it will continue Saturday, Jan. 26, during the annual Kansas Day Business Expo.
The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Paola High School, which is located at 401 N. Angela St.
The free event will feature multiple business vendors, as well as other activities.
Exhibitors can download a registration form online at www.paolachamber.org. Booth setup will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.
The first Kansas Day observance was held on Jan. 29, 1877, at North School in Paola. On Jan. 29, 2003, then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a proclamation recognizing Paola as the birthplace of Kansas Day.
Legion dinner Community members are invited to a dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Paola American Legion.
The dinner will feature roast beef, chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, dessert, coffee, tea and water.
Donations will be used to help fund the programs the Legion supports throughout the year.
This year, the Legion also will be giving 10 scholarships to high school students in Miami County, according to a news release.
Louisburg Historical Society
The Louisburg Historical Society’s annual general meeting, which had to be rescheduled due to weather, is now set to take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Louisburg Library.
Author Adrian Zink
Author Adrian Zink will be making a presentation and signing copies of his book “Hidden History of Kansas” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Louisburg Library.
The book tells stories from Kansas’ past, including fascinating firsts, humorous coincidences and intriguing characters. Most of the facts and stories in the book are often overlooked.
Community members soon will be able to speak with local legislators and ask questions during an upcoming series of legislative breakfasts.
All of the events are sponsored by local banks and chambers of commerce, and food will be provided.
The first breakfast will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Louisburg Middle School.
The second breakfast will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Spring Hill Civic Center.
The third breakfast will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Holy Trinity School in Paola.
The fourth and final breakfast will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Osawatomie High School.
Community members are invited to attend all of the breakfasts.
State of the City
Paola’s annual State of the City Breakfast is scheduled to take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Town Square event center.
Community members are invited to attend the event and enjoy a light breakfast while listening to officials from the city of Paola, Paola USD 368 and Miami County give updates.
Attendees also will be able to ask questions.
Louisburg’s Got Talent
The “Louisburg’s Got Talent” community talent show that was scheduled for Jan. 19 was postponed due to the potential of bad weather and it now has a new date.
The event, which is being hosted by the Louisburg High School Select Choir, is to take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the LHS auditorium, Alison Moore, choir director, said in an email.
Admission is $5 per person, and all proceeds will go to the Select Choir.
In April, Select Choir members will be heading to New York to perform at the Lincoln Center, and the students have been busy raising funds.
Mattress Fundraiser The Paola High School band and choir music programs are hoping there are a lot of local community members in the market for a new mattress.
The programs are once again organizing a mattress fundraiser set to take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Paola Middle School.
Local residents will be able to purchase all kinds of brand new mattresses at discounted prices, and the purchases will benefit the music programs.
Starting prices include $199 for a twin, $289 for a full, $299 for a queen and $449 for a king.