Carousel Museum hosting event later this month
The C.W. Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth is sponsoring a band organ rally from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 21.
"Automatic mechanical instruments come in all sizes and shapes," according to a news release. "Anything from a tiny exquisite music box, to a huge street organ that sounds like a 70-piece orchestra with real drums, horns, flutes, and cymbals.
On June 21, there will be a large street organ playing in front of the Carousel Museum, and scattered along the walkway of Landing Park across the street will be a series of smaller cranked organs.
The event is open to the public.

Bethel hosting youth Bible school June 18-20
Bible school take place from 6-8 p.m. June 18-20 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1504 Klemp St., in Leavenworth. It is open to youth up to sixth grade.
The theme is "Cross Country Trail Ridin' Strong with Jesus." Refreshments will be served.
Rides are offered by calling (913) 651-6139.
For more information, call Donna at (913) 651-6390.

Tonganoxie Days this weekend downtown and at VFW Park, LVCO Fairgrounds
The 29th annual Tonganoxie Days celebration is scheduled for Friday and Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie, Veterans of Foreign Wars Park and the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
The event includes Friday's Leavenworth County State Barbecue Championships at the Fairgrounds, and a 5K and 10K walk/run and arts and crafts booths downtown, a car and truck show at VFW Park, and amateur ATV/motorcycle flat truck races at the Fairgrounds.
For more information, call (913) 845-5183 or visit

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College to graduate 1,000-plus
More than 1,070 officers are slated to graduate from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course at Fort Leavenworth on Friday. The graduating class includes mid-career officers from all American armed forces as well as 70 international officers and 12 civilians from U.S.
government agencies.
The graduation ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at the Main Parade Field. It is open to the public.
Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown, commander of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth and commandant of the Command and General Staff College, will be the graduation speaker.

Sampler Bags returning to Farmers Market
Saturday will be the first opportunity for customers to sign up for the popular Leavenworth Farmers Market Sampler Bag for this season.
The Sampler Bag will be filled with items donated by vendors with a total value of approximately $70. It will be given to the winner of a drawing from all names that sign up by the end of market day Saturday.  Open from 7-11 a.m., the market features locally grown produce and handmade items.
Locally grown produce featured this week includes strawberries, turnips, radishes, onions, spring salad greens, beets, grass-fed beef, locally grown pork, fresh herbs, fresh eggs, handmade soaps, honey, and goat milk soaps in addition to fresh baked bread, pies, cinnamon rolls, and cookies.
For more information, visit or visit the market on its Facebook page, Leavenworth Farmers Market. The market is located at Haymarket Square, at the corner of Seventh and Cherokee in downtown Leavenworth.
For more, call Bill Kromer at (913) 651-2683.

Operation Wildlife hosting youth event at Lansing Library
Learn more about wildlife at 3 p.m. Thursday during the Wildlife CSI program by Operation Wildlife hosted at Lansing Community Library.
"This investigative program provides evidence, facts, clues, props, X-rays, photos, bird calls and three live birds used to help children solve questions including, what kind of bird is it? What is the injury? Is the bird releasable?," according to a news release.
The program is appropriate for kindergartners through sixth-graders. The event is free. RSVP at the library, 730 First Terr., Suite 1.
For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Terri Wojtalewicz at (913) 727-2929 or

Dedication event free and open to the public
Cake and punch will be served at the dedication of the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum from 1-5 p.m. Saturday in Bloomington Park at Clinton Lake in Douglas County. The event is free and open to the public.

Women In Ag Conference slated for July at Ag Hall of Fame
The 2014 Women In Ag Conference, “We Can Grow It," is scheduled for July 24 at the National Ag Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., if you would like to go on a tour, and 5:30 p.m. without the tour.
The cost is $10.There will be an additional fee for the tour.
The registration deadline is July 15.
Leavenworth, Jefferson and Wyandotte counties are working together this year to present the Women In Ag Conference. 
The partnership has allowed for special guest speakers including Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey, Senator Marci Francisco and Chef Allie, organizers said.  
A Kansas inspired meal and refreshments will be provided.
To make reservations, contact Cheli Lopez at (785) 863-2201, ext. 3, or, or Cheri Miller at (913) 334-6329 or

Army Band slated to perform in July in Lansing
The 204th Army Band, U.S. Army Reserve, from Vancouver, Wash., in cooperation with the city of Lansing and Unified School District No. 469, will present a free concert at 7 p.m. July 25 at Lansing High School.
The band is visiting Kansas as part of its two-week annual training, and will be based at Fort Riley. In addition to the performance in Lansing, the band will also be performing in other cities in Kansas, including Clay Center, Bonner Springs,  Manhattan, and Abilene, as well as at the 18th and Vine Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo.
The 204th Army Band is commanded and conducted by Chief Warrant Officer Robert A. Nicholas, a former resident of Lansing, former Lansing High School/Middle School director of bands, and former member of the Lansing School Board.
“Although the Army could have sent the 204th Army Band to any active duty installation for training this year, I am grateful that the decision was made to send us to Fort Riley," Nicholas said in a news release. "The opportunity to perform in Lansing’s beautiful auditorium as well as bring the music of the 204th Army band to the residents of this very patriotic community is something we’re very much looking forward to.”
The 204th Army Band’s presentation will include a performance from its 40-member concert band, as well as numerous smaller musical performance teams that are drawn from the larger band as a whole. One can expect a wide variety of musical styles and tastes to be represented during the band’s performance.
Although the 40-member band is located in Southwest Washington State, members of the band come from various areas, to include Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and Kansas. In the last several years, the band has performed in numerous locations around the U.S., including San Antonio, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Fairbanks, Alaska, Columbia, S.C., St. Louis, and Portland, Ore.
The 204th Army Band falls under the 88th Regional Support Command, located at Fort McCoy, Wisc.