Leavenworth Convention and Visitors Bureau participating in statewide promotion
Leavenworth will be one of more than 150 Kansas communities that will be represented at the 25th annual Kansas Sampler Festival.
The “all Kansas, all weekend” event will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m..-4 p.m. Sunday at Wamego’s City Park. Staffing the Leavenworth booth will be Connie Hachenberg, director of the Leavenworth Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"The festival is designed to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, learn, and buy in Kansas," according to a release from Leavenworth CVB. "In addition to over 150 communities promoting their attractions, the festival also showcases Kansas musicians, historic performers, Kansas products, and Kansas foods."
The event is a project of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation. The festival was originally at the Penner Farm near Inman for eight years and then has made two-year stops in Leavenworth, Pratt, Ottawa, Independence, Newton, Garden City, Concordia and Liberal.
Wamego City Park is located at 406 E. Fourth St. Festival admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 7-12.

Local business to host tea tasting next week
Queen’s Pantry in Leavenworth will host “Tea-Riffic Iced Tea Tasting” at 7 p.m. Friday to kick off summer. Five different varieties of iced tea will be served to give attendees ideas on how to make, enjoy, and entertain with iced tea all summer.
Tickets are $10 per person, and need to be purchased in advance at Queen’s Pantry, 510 Delaware St.

Heritage Center presenting The Country Rhythm Boys next month
The Heritage Center, 109 Delaware St., will again host The Country Rhythm Boys on May 16. The last time the band appeared at the Heritage Center, "we had a huge, enthusiastic crowd and are anticipating that again," according to a news release.
The event, slated to begin at 6:30 p.m., will also include dinner. Tickets are $20 per person and advance reservations are required. For more information, call (913) 682-2122.

KCKCC Business Division offering new entrepreneurship program
Starting this fall, students can enroll in the new Entrepreneurship Certificate of Completion at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
In partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, students will be able to take classes separately or as part of the six hour, for-credit Entrepreneurship Certificate of Completion.
"These are practical, hands-on business development courses designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage and grow successful businesses," according to a news release. "Program participants will not just learn about the business, they will work on their own business ideas or ventures, moving those ideas to reality or to new levels of growth."
Classes within the Entrepreneurship Certificate of Completion Program are:
• Essential Career Skills.
• Is Business Ownership for Me? – The Entrepreneurial Mindset.
•   Be Your Own Boss – FastTrac Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture
FastTrac programs were created by entrepreneurs and are facilitated by entrepreneurs.
Seating is limited. For more information, contact Karen Gaines, business instructor/marketing program coordinator, at (913) 288-7165 or kgaines@kckcc.edu.

Knowledge @ Noon presentation centers on healthy desserts
K-State Research and Extension-Leavenworth County will host the presentation, Knowledge @ Noon: Healthy Desserts & Sweet Treats, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St.
"Who says desserts can’t be healthy with no sacrifice in flavor? Learn the secrets of low fat and low calorie dessert recipes that are packed with flavor," the agency stated in a news release.
The event is free and open to the public.

Local Chamber of Commerce to host downtown Hub Crawl
The Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a downtown Retail Hub Crawl and Trolley Ride from 8:30-10:30 a.m. May 14.
The event features 10 downtown retail Chamber members, including Momo’s Knitting Nook, C J Gift Co., Bisque- It!, Military Memorabilia, First Taste Olive Oils, Vinegars & More, EuroPottery, Artistic Works by Lu, Stitch by Stich Customer Embroidery, Gronis Hardware and The Turquoise Fish.
"It is the Chamber’s intention to provide opportunities for business to business and business to consumer interactions," according to a news release. "This event allows for local business owners and consumers to truly get to know other local businesses, meet the owner(s), understand the products and services, and learn something new about the businesses that make our community strong."
There is no cost to participate. Anyone wishing to participate must get a Trolley Ticket at Momo’s Knitting Nook, 518 Delaware St., between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m.

New Fit Club free and open to anyone
The Leavenworth/Lansing Fit Club, a free community workout group, meets every Thursday night from 6-7 p.m. at the Faith Christian Center International gymnasium, 616 Grand Ave., in Leavenworth.
People of all fitness levels are welcome. Participants should bring a towel and water.
Updates on upcoming workouts are posted each week at www.facebook.com/LeavenworthLansingFitClub or www.facebook.com/heather.timmonscoach.

Fire District Board to meet Monday night
The Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the fire station, 111 E. Kansas Ave. The agenda includes the fire chief's report, discussion of an employee manual, and reports from individual board members.
The meeting is open to the public.