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Looking Back…Moving Forward by Leilani Thomas

andy lambertOctober 3, 2012

Note: “Looking Back…Moving Forward” is a column by Leilani Thomas, director of the Colby Convention and Visitors Bureau. It is published monthly in the “Colby/Thomas County Chamber of Commerce” newsletter. Leilani can be reached at [email protected]. She can also be heard every Friday morning on the “Good Neighbor Hour” with Curtis Duncan on 730AM KLOE.

It is officially Autumn and we are entering into the fourth quarter of 2012.  The quarterly calendar of events are available at many banks, all motels, city  hall and county courthouse, library, museum and newspaper  Of course you can stop by the Chamber of Commerce office and pick one up.

The 2012 Adult Leadership  Thomas County Program has come to an end.  The class spent about three hours with Troy Unruh of Garden City and faculty of the Kansas Leadership center.  He led them through the competencies which are basic to  the curriculum shared by Kansas Leadership Center.  The class then attended the Leadership Summit in Wichita  for three days meeting other leadership class participants from throughout the state  and gaining more learnings from the Leadership Center Faculty.

Their last session included “teach backs”  where the class demonstrated  capacities learned during the program.  They are now working on their class project which involves recycling in Thomas County Schools and an educational piece for some of the students.

October promises to be a busy one for our office.  We will be providing hospitality and refreshments for Special Olympics Bowling on October 6th.  We are happy to co-host this event with the Chamber. We are currently working on updating all of our billboards.  We realize they are fading and need to be refaced. Leilani will be attending the Annual Tourism Conference October 16-18 in Dodge City.  This is a great opportunity for education and to obtain information from the state office about their marketing plans for the coming year.  During that time we will also be meeting with I-70 Association and Tour Kansas.

It is also a busy time for our community.  There are many activities in addition to the fall sports events at both the college and schools. The award-winning documentary “Run to the East” will be shown at Colby Community College on Tuesday October 2nd at 7:30PM.   This acclaimed story of high school cross country runners living and competing on a Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico.  It won for “Best Sports Film” at the Indie Spirit Film Festival.  October 6th brings us the Thomas County  Birthday Celebration Fireworks Display by the Kiwanis Club.  Due to the burn ban, the Fourtjh of July fireworks show could not be presented.  We will be celebrating the 127th birthday of Thomas County.  The show will be at sundown at the Colby ball diamonds.  Another special program is being presented by Western Plains Arts Association.   October 7, Peter Davison will present “Up in the Air” at 3 PM at the Cultural Arts Center.  The Sacred Heart Parish Auction will be held October 27th at the school.

Musical presentations include the 3rd grade musical which will be presented at the Grade School Auditorium on October 18th.    The USD #315 District Music concert will be held at the Community Building  at 7:30 PM on October 23rd.   The Community Building  is also the site of a concert sponsored by Independent Church.  Time will be announced as we get closer to October 13th.

The Senior Progress Center will be holding their Potato Bar Fund Raiser on October 11th.  This will take place 5-7 PM.  The Kiwanis invite you to their Pancake Feed at the VFW beginning at 7 AM on October 20.  The American Legion is holding their steak fry  beginning at 6 PM at the Post Home.  This feed is also October 20th.  The American Red Cross is holding their blood drive.  This is scheduled for noon to 6 PM on October 25th and from 7:45 AM to 1:30 PM the 26th at The National Guard Armory.

Late October events include the Autumn Art Bazaar  on Saturday October 27th in downtown Colby.  Art will be displayed in the stores, a Lego competition for kids, trick or treating at the businesses and live crafting on the sidewalks.  Sounds like a great time.  AYSO Haunted House returns for the Holiday season.  It will be held this year in the commercial building at the fairgrounds.  The Haunted house will be oopen from 7 PM to midnight on October 19, 20, 26,27, a matinee will be held October 28 from 3-5 PM and the final night will be Halloween, October 31st from 7-10 PM.  This is always a popular event you will not want to miss.

The premiere October holiday for OctoOctober is Halloween October 31st.  Remember if driving that evening, please watch for the children trick or treating .  Let us make it a safe and sane October.

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