Friday April 12, 2019
Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce
Be sure to contact us with your news, specials and events!
Executive Director: Hitomi Lamirande
509 5th Street, PO Box 63
Phone: (913) 755-4114 or E-Mail: chamber@osawatomiechamber.org
Think Local, Shop Local, Keep it Local
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS
Osawatomie's Tornado Alley Rally Raffle
Raffle Runs from Monday, April 1st to Saturday, April 20th
Race Day is Saturday, June 1st

The Osawatomie Chamber, in conjunction with the Kansas City Soap Box Derby (KCSBD) and the City of Osawatomie is pleased to announce that they will be hosting their first sanctioned All American Soap Box Race right here here in Osawatomie Saturday, June 1st of this year!

Do you know an Osawatomie kid that would like to experience the "thrill of hill" down Main Street Osawatomie on this day? The KCSBD has been gracious enough to allot 12 Soap Box cars (and the weights) for 12 kids right here in Osawatomie to race in that day! Through purchased raffle tickets, 6 kids will be drawn for the Stock division and 6 kids for the Super Stock division. For height & weight requirements please >> See Here

$2.00 tickets can be purchased at the following businesses beginning Monday, April 1st: Auten Pharmacy, Chris's Cafe, Donna & Viola Shirts, Don's Barber Shop, First Option Bank, Landmark National Bank, Ozone Sports & Fitness Center, Pat's Sign's, Palace Hardware, City Hall, the Osawatomie Public Library and of course the Chamber of Commerce Office!

The drawing, along with instructions for the winners will be announced at the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Saturday, April 20th!
StoryWalk ®
Downtown Osawatomie
Beginning Monday, April 15th and Ending Monday, April 22nd

The Osawatomie Public Library has partnered with the K-State Research and Extension Office and the downtown businesses of Osawatomie to bring StoryWalk® to our community from April 15th through April 20th

StoryWalk® is an innovative way to combine physical activity with literacy and is fun for all ages. Pages of the book “Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee”, written by Chris Van Dusen, have been transformed into storyboard signs that will be displayed in window of various businesses on Main street. 

The adventure starts at the Library and follows a path from business to business, ending back at the Library. At the end of the StoryWalk® participants are asked to answer a few questions about their experience (via QR code, survey link, or hard copy) and will have their names entered into a drawing for PRIZES.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
APRIL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
SHOOT HOUSE PAINTBALL

Doug Petroskey, the owner of Shoot House Paintball, came up with the idea while in the Army. He served for 9 years and through those experiences, he had the opportunity to learn a great deal of military tactics and wanted to be able to pass that knowledge on. He was inspired to build a safe and comfortable place for people to play paintball and liked the idea of creating an environment that encouraged exercise in a fun way that would appeal to kids. 
He feels that in a world where social media and video games tend to rule; that it’s great to see kids outside with their family and friends, engaging with one another and learning something new. Shoot House Paintball prides itself on team building, communication, and sportsmanship. With a game like paintball, it allows for a different set of skills to be developed, as it’s not always the fastest or strongest who ends up being the top player in the game.

They’ve been working hard to create a new division of the field. The new portion will be set up for scenario style self-defense and/or law enforcement training. By using mag fed paintball guns, one can safely train for real world scenarios. Doug anticipates that section of the field to be open by late Spring 2019.

This will be the first full year Shoot House Paintball has been open. They are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until the last check in at 5:00 p.m. The cost ranges between $15-$25 per player; depending on the size of the group and that gets you the field for 2 1/2 hours, all the safety equipment, paintball guns, 250 paint balls, and unlimited air.

If you are interested in learning more, or would like to book some field time, please feel free to visit http://www.shoothousellc.com/

Special for the Month:
 
Shoot House Paintball will be hosting a coffee on Thursday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m. Please show your support by attending this coffee. This is a great way to get to know Doug and a great way to network with other businesses. Your support for his business is appreciated!
APRIL EVENTS
Check out some fun at the Osawatomie Public Library!

Interested in the High School or Middle School Upcoming Sports Schedules?
Tri-Ko will be hosting KC Deeya's Food Truck
300 1st Street
Monday, April 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tri-ko will be hosting the KC Deeyas Food Truck in their north parking lot for you to come and enjoy their great Mexican food! Feel free to pick up an application while you are there as Tri-ko staff will be onsite offering applications to anyone interested! For questions, please feel free to contact (913) 755-3025.
Easter Party at the Osawatomie Library
Wednesday, April 17th at 10:00 a.m.

Come celebrate Easter at the library! From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. kids are invited to join in the fun with an Easter Party during Story Time. They will be celebrating with a special story, game, and craft. The grand finale will be an Easter egg hunt inside the library! If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Library at (913) 755-2136.
Shoothouse Paintball Coffee
29500 West 343rd Street, Osawatomie (take OSH exit)
Thursday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m.

Shoot House Paintball will be hosting a coffee at the field! Please show your support by attending this coffee. This is a great way to get to know Doug and a great way to network with other businesses. Your support for his business is appreciated!
Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
1200 Trojan Drive (Osawatomie High School - Mac Steele Gymnasium)
Saturday, April 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This year's Expo will be in conjunction with the PEO Pancake Breakfast and the Osawatomie Ozone/CAGS Easter Egg Hunt. Walking Tacos will also be available for lunch.

After you've had your breakfast and hunted for eggs, stop in and visit with the vendors about their businesses. They would love to visit with you about their services and products! There will also be a Scavenger/Bingo game for the grown ups, so be sure to pick up your game card (and get it completed) BEFORE visiting with the vendors for a chance to enter your name into the raffle for a FABULOUS prize! 

There will be a Children's Activity area (sponsored by KAYS) and Emergency Services will have their vehicles on display and a Fire Extinguisher Demo for the kiddies to check out! We will also have Soap Box Cars on display and will draw for those 12 lucky kids to race down the Main Street at the end of the Expo!
Ozone/CAGS Easter Egg Hunt
1200 Trojan Drive (OHS - Meet in Auditorium at 9:45 a.m.)
Saturday, April 20th beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Ozone/CAGS will be putting on an Easter Egg Hunt at the High School this year. Bring a canned item to donate to the local food pantry and a basket to collect all those eggs in! Be sure to meet at 9:45 a.m. in the High School Auditorium if you wish to participate. For questions, please feel free to contact the Chamber Office at (913) 755-4114 or via e-mail at chamber@osawatomiechamber.org
Community Bank Week Celebration
Osawatomie, Paola, Louisburg, Spring Hill, LaCygne
Beginning Tuesday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 27th

Ring First Option is celebrating what makes our community great! Stop by and help them honor the people, farms, businesses and families that give us our local strength. Find out how we can be a part of your plans to grow something new in the coming years! To check out their plans for that week, please see Flyer.
Adult Craft Workshop at the Osawatomie Public Library
527 Brown Avenue
Tuesday, April 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Ring in the Spring with Social Artworking (Painting). Class size is limited, so registration is required in order to ensure that they have sufficient supplies. The class is intended for adults (age 16+). I f you would like to sign up, or have any questions, please feel free to contact the Library at (913) 755-2136.
Osawatomie Elks #921 Fundraiser
422 Main Street
Drawing is on Wednesday, April 24th

Purchase a $20 ticket for a chance to win a gun in April! If your name is drawn it goes back in the pot for another chance to win! For tickets contact the Elks Lodge at (913) 755-2334 or Tom Troutman at (913) 909-0700. The Lodge is closed on Mondays and Thursdays and open Tuesday - Friday at 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday's and Sunday's at 12:00 p.m.
Janet French's Retirement Celebration
100 East Main (Olathe Health Family Medicine)
Thursday, April 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Janet French is retiring from Olathe Health Systems after 25 years! They will be having a reception for her on her last day at the clinic and would welcome anyone who would like to stop by to wish her a Happy Retirement! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karen Barrett at (913) 755-3044.
Osawatomie PIE Carnival
1200 Trojan Drive
Saturday, April 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This annual event includes lots of family friendly fun! Games, activities, raffles, and a silent auction. Proceeds go to Partners in Education which does a lot of great things for our district's students! If you are interested in helping, donating or would like to pre-order your wristbands please see the following flyers: Carnival Poster & Wristband .

They are also raffling off a lovely fire pit (donated by Macek's Metal and More). Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20. It is currently on display at Donna & Viola's Shirts & Etc. for you to take a look. The drawing will be held at the PIE carnival! All proceeds will benefit Osawatomie PIE. Be sure to stop by Donna & Viola's to have a look and to purchase your tickets!
UPCOMING EVENTS
May 10th: Moon Over Miami County
May 10th: Retirement for Richard Jackson (ECKAN) Open House
May 11th & 12th: Miami County Farm Tour
May 12th: OHS High School Graduation
May 14th: Miss Osawatomie Sign Up Meeting
June 8th: Osawatomie City Wide Garage Sale
June 15th: Osawatomie City Wide Pickup
ONGOING  EVENTS
Read & Seed Little Library Book Donation Drive
Beginning, Wednesday, April 10th

Osawatomie Middle School students are working on a community service project
and need your help. The There’s No Place Like Home class received a community service grant from Walmart Distribution Center & the Paola Walmart. One the service projects they are working on is four Little Libraries for the Oz Over the Rainbow Community Garden (located behind Hanes Florist at 411 East Mill Street.)

They would like to invite those with a love of our community, a love of reading or a
love of gardening to help our students in what they are calling Aaron’s Wish book
donation project. The idea is those interested donate just ONE book. A book that is special to you. A book that made a lifelong impact on you. A gardening book that has helped you
and your green thumb thrive. They ask that you write a note in the inside cover of the book to whomever has the pleasure of reading your book donation. You can choose to remain anonymous or sign your name after the message.

Each of the four Little Libraries will house a specific type of book to include: Children's, Gardening, Fiction & Non-Fiction. The book donation may be dropped off at Osawatomie Middle School (428 West Pacific Avenue), the Ozone (300 11 th Street) or Donna & Viola’s Shirts, Etc. (522 Main Street). For more information please >>See Flyer
One School, One Book Project
Beginning Friday, March 29th

Osawatomie Elementary Schools have kicked off their new project!
The One School One Book project aims to encourage families reading together by providing a free copy of the book to every child and employee. This project was chosen to work towards the district's goal of creating a culture of literacy in our schools and community. This year's book is Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant which has a friendship theme with animals as the main character.

They hope that this can also be a community project! The school will be providing each classroom with an extra book to share with their business partner. The schools hope that the business partners will read the book along with their partner class. Business partners are encouraged to send a note or email to their partner class letting them know that they are reading along with them and maybe even include a picture and tell about a part of the book they really liked. Business partners are also encouraged to arrange a time when they can be a guest reader in their partner classroom to share a favorite part of the book. Business partners will also be provided with a poster to place in their business to show they are participating.

Copies of the book will also be available at the public library for community members who want to participate. The books were purchased with funds received through the LiNK grant (Literacy Network of Kansas) which the district was awarded last spring.
CATCH THIS WEEK'S SPECIALS
Don's Barber Shop: Will donate one Soap Box Raffle ticket for any kid who receives a $12.00 haircut until April 19th.

Ken will also donate 20% to Osawatomie Partners in Education until April 27th for any $12.00 haircut purchased. Stop on in for a cut!
Donna & Viola's Shirts: Is offering an April Easter Egg Special! Purchase any item in their store and you get to pick an Easter Egg for a discount! Only one Easter Egg per order and excludes Hoodies & All Jackets.
Oz Garden Club:  Is having their Hanging Basket and Flower Pot Fundraiser. The sale has already begun and will end Saturday, April 20th. You'll pick up your flowers at Back Home Nursery on Saturday, April 27th. It will be on a first come, first serve on the color or type of flowers in the pots/baskets. Each order is $16, cash/checks accepted and made out to Oz Garden Club. Each person that orders is responsible to pick up their own flowers.

If you would like to pre-order can through their Facebook post or by leaving them a message. Please feel free to text Dave French at (913) 259-1143 or Tammy Filipin at (913) 731-2987.
LET'S EAT! GRAB A BITE WITH THIS WEEK'S SPECIALS!
CHRIS' CAFE - 537 Main Street - (913) 256-6012
 
Monday, April 15th: Avocado Chicken Salad
Tuesday, April 16th: Taco Salad
Wednesday, April 17th: Stuffed Shells
Thursday, April 18th: Tenderloin 
Friday, April 19th: Chicken Tenders

COOKIE'S LONG SHOTS - 607 Kelly Avenue - (913) 755-2126

Every Thursday at Cookie's is Ladies night! Come on in and enjoy some of their Thursday Specials! $6.00 Large 1 Topping Pizza, 3 for $3.00 Tacos or 6 for $5.00, $2.00 Long Island Ice Tea's or Bahama Mama's! Ladies receive $1.00 off all domestic beers and well drinks and FREE Pool is offered with any food purchase - so be sure to come on down!
 GRANDSTAND BURGERS - 812 South Silver, Paola - (913) 594-4258
 
Enjoy April's "Burger of the Month".  The Burger of the Month is " The Pepper Crusted Bacon Cheese Burger". Special Peppered Hickory Bacon with Cheddar and Pepper Jack Cheeses all on a Pretzel Bun! They will gladly add or subtract any toppings making it the way you want it! Stop in for a bite or call ahead with your order!


SONIC - 319 East Main Street - (913) 755-4847

Enjoy April's Specials at Sonic this Month!

Thursday, April 18th: (text) .50 Cent Medium Tots
Wednesday, April 24th: .79 Cent Medium slush
Monday, April 29th: (text) .50 Cent Corndogs
JOB POSTINGS
Tri-Ko has several job opportunities open! Please see Flyer to see what that have available, maybe you'll see something that suits you or someone you know! You can pick up your application in person at their office or download it from their website. If you have questions, please feel free to call (913) 755-3025.
Lakemary: Job training experience wanted for transitional students from Lakemary to enhance and generalize the learned vocational skills and behaviors of the Building Essentials for a Successful Transition class. These jobs are for training purposes only - so NO pay required. Students will be accompanied and supervised by Lakemary Center Staff. Job training can include:

Clerical Work (stuffing envelopes, mailings, collating programs, etc)
Horticulture
Packaging Items
Laundry Services
Animal Care (walking, feeding and cleaning animal cages)

If you are interested, or have questions, please feel free to contact Donnia Hinrichs at (913) 557-4000 ext 1130.
CELEBRATE YOUR SPECIAL DAY WITH THESE VENUES!
The Loft on Sixth: They are able to host events of all sizes at their beautiful facility to include weddings, showers, anniversaries, reunions, memorials, small business events and larger corporate events!

Hanes Florist for Any Occasion: They are a locally florist that has proudly served the area for over 40 years with a lovely variety of fresh flowers and creative gift ideas to suit any style or budget. Give them a call for your floral needs!

Country Vintage Inn: Do you have guests coming to town? Consider having them stay at this quaint little themed motel for their visit.
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