Weekend packed with events

Daylight Saving Time comes this weekend, and wouldn't you know it -- there are enough activities to take you from early in Saturday morning into the wee hours of early Sunday.


The Kiwanis Club is gearing up for its 66th annual Pancake Day at the Fairgrounds Anderson Building. The feed goes from 7 am to 1 pm. Organizer Vern McKinzie says on-site set-up has been going on all week.

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Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Proceeds benefit various club projects. 

The Chamber and Visitors Bureau Government Matters Committee and the League of Women Voters have slated the first County Commission Dialogue of the year for Saturday. Commissioners will update residents on various initiatives and issues, and residents can ask questions about county matters important to them. The Dialogue begins at 8:30 am at the Courthouse Annex, 402 Commercial, with coffee and rolls served at 8 am.

The Care Package for the Troops drive ends with a special packing party starting at 10 am at the VFW Post No. 1980. Organizer Diane Tebbetts is still asking for donations.

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The fifth annual Hunting and Fishing Expo is a two-day affair at Flinthills Mall, going from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and 1 to 4 pm Sunday. As many as 5,000 people could attend during the two-day expo, and organizer MaryAnn Peak -- an outdoor enthusiast for years -- is glad for the interest.

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A special Kids Corner will be on hand, as well as over 40 vendors and education classes. The expo is free to the public.

On Saturday evening, the Altrusa Club has its annual Casino Night at the Emporia Country Club. Member Jean Tidwell says it will be a fun night of fundraising.

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Proceeds benefit literacy efforts. Casino Night begins at 6 pm. Tickets are $25 each, including food, cash bar and $10,000 in play money.

And the Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet is performing at the Granada Theatre at 7:30 pm. The string quartet incorporates a wide range of artists from John Coltrane to Jimi Hendrix for its songs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for youths ages 18 and under.

On Sunday, the David Traylor Zoo is hosting its latest Kidzoocation. The "Spring Forward" theme ties in with the upcoming change in seasons, plus the change in clocks this weekend. It also educates kids about amphibians, according to Lori Andrews of the David Traylor Zoo.

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The event is free, going from 1 to 3 pm at the Zoo Education Center.

Find out more about community events online at KVOE.com.

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