Community members are being given the opportunity to speak with local legislators and ask questions during a 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 took place 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.
The Louisburg Library is set to host a series of classes called Adulting 101, with each class designed to teach a basic life skill such as sewing, cooking and time management.
The classes are being offered through the library, with collaboration from K-State Research and Extension, Louisburg Fire Department and Louisburg Police Department.
The first class will focus on sewing, and it will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6. It will be followed by classes through February, March, April and into May.
Additional classes include nutrition essentials, cooking basics, spring cleaning, apparel management, time management, fire and police safety, and fake news.
Interested community members who are 16 years old or older are asked to register by noon the day before the class. For more information, call the library at (913) 837-2217 or go online to www.louisburg library.org.
Louisburg’s Got Talent
Simon Cowell won’t be in Miami County for the Louisburg’s Got Talent show this Saturday night, Feb. 9, but the audience will be voting for their favorite performers.
The curtain rises on the talent show at 7 p.m. at the Louisburg High School auditorium in a benefit for the LHS Select Choir’s trip to perform in April at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Admission is $5.
Awards will be given to the top three acts. There will also be special performances by members of the select and concert choirs, the high school and middle school cheer squads, the Jazzy Cats and the middle school advanced choir.
A bake sale and raffle will tempt guests during the intermission.
And there’s the opportunity to purchase a singing telegram for your favorite Valentine to be delivered during the evening’s activities. The giver can choose to sing the telegram or a member of the select choir will perform the singing Valentine.
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.
Traffic law enforcement
The Paola Police Department is set to conduct an increased traffic law enforcement campaign near school zones beginning Monday, Feb. 25 and lasting through March 8.
The police department is joining other law enforcement agencies in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma in participating in the campaign, which is designed to raise awareness of roadway safety.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to 18 in the United States, according to a news release.
“The safety of our students/school zones is one of the highest priorities of this agency, Capt. Eric Jenkins said. “Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up.”
Officers will issue citations to any individual who refuses to obey the traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, texting or failing to buckle up, according to the release.