Ottawa Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Celebrate the holiday season in downtown Ottawa.  The annual Christmas Parade will be held on Nov. 29th  at 11 a.m. Activities are planned throughout the day, with the lighting of the Christmas tree by the mayor that evening. For more information contact the Ottawa Chamber at 785-242-1000

Garnett Christmas Parade & Lighting Ceremony

garnett christmas parade

Ottawa’s 150th Christmas On The Prairie

Celebrate the holiday season in downtown Ottawa on Saturday, November 29th. Activities are planned throughout the day, with the lighting of the Christmas tree by the mayor that evening. Many businesses will have open houses, specials and extended hours. Download the event flier here.

  • 9 a.m. – Doughnuts with Santa for Kids, Ottawa Fire Department
  • 11 a.m. – Christmas Parade, Downtown
  • 1:30 p.m. – Candy Cane Hunt for Kids, Ottawa City Park
  • 2 p.m. – Special Christmas Matinee, Plaza Cinema
  • 3 p.m. – Christmas Variety Show, Ottawa Municipal Auditorium
  • 4:30 p.m. – Kids Activities, Haley Park
  • 6 p.m. – Holiday Lighting Ceremony, Haley Park

Its also small business Saturday. Shop your local businesses! Many will have Holiday Open Houses, Specials, and extended hours for your shopping pleasure!


City Of Iola Fall Leaf Pick-Up

FAll Leaf Pickup

2014 Garnett Holiday Home Tour

2014 Garnett Friends of the Library Holiday Home Tour will be held Sunday, Dec. 7th from 1:00p – 4:00p. Proceeds of this special event benefiting the needs and activities of the library

Three beautiful homes are featured on this tour, and the tour begins at 1:00 p.m. with a ticket-only event at the host church.  Rounding out the event is a stop at the Garnett Public Library for delightful homemade refreshments and entertainment.  The Walker Art Gallery is also made available to visitors free of charge. There will also be a holiday boutique sponsored by our local BPW the same day at Praire Belle’s

Advance tickets are available for purchase at the Garnett Public Library for $8 each.  Tickets will be available for purchase the day of the event at the library or at the church ($10).

Featured on this year’s Friends of the Library Holiday Homes Tour:

Trinity Lutheran Church, 430 N. Grant (1:00 p.m.)
“Let Us Adore Him”

Home of Candy and Rick Hewes
237 West 4th Avenue
“A Victorian Crystal Christmas”

Home of Bonnie and Skip Landis
35 Lakeview Drive
“Christmas on the Rails”

Home of Betty and Tom Lewis
323 E. 4th Avenue
“A Craftsman Christmas”

Garnett Public Library
Walker Art Gallery
125 West 4th Avenue
“Christmas Classics”


SOS Holiday Drive

For most of us, the holidays are a time of family celebration and happiness. For families torn apart by domestic violence or child abuse, the holidays are an ugly reminder of the pain and fear they are experiencing. To help make the holidays brighter for those troubled families, SOS is asking for your help to provides basic needs and small gifts to families during the holidays.

Families/individuals are eligible for adoption if they have worked with SOS consistently the last three months and do not qualify for assistance from the Salvation Army.  Those available for adoption are from within the six counties SOS serves: Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Greenwood, Morris and Chase.

If you are interested in adopting a family/individual this holiday season, call SOS,

620-343-8799. The deadline to adopt is Dec. 11

Emporia Public Library Fall Technology Classes

Technology Simplified with Free Computer Classes from the Emporia Public Library. All Sessions are on Tuesdays at 2pm & 6pm and are 90 minutes long. To Register call 620-340-6462

Sept. 2: Computers for Beginners “Learn the basics of the computer and Windows 7″

Sept. 9 Windows 8.1 for Beginners ” Learn the basics of the newest operating System”

Sept. 16 Basic Word Processing “Learn how to change font, size, alignment and much more”

Sept. 30 Basic Internet “Learn how to search for information”

Oct. 14 Basic Spreadsheets (Excel) “Learn the basics of using this tool for reports and data”

Oct. 21 E-books Online ” Learn to use the free e-book resources of the State Library of Kansas.

Nov. 25 Facebook for Beginners “Learn the basics of this very popular social networking website.

Dec 9 Genealogy Research Online “Learn how to use the internet to find your ancestors

Dec. 16 Introduction to Weebly “Learn how to make a website for fun or business using this free resource.

The library continues to provide training and assistance in computer literacy. They want everyone to be able to do basic tasks and searches. Their formal computer classes will continue. In addition, they will do one-on-one tutoring on basic computer software and mobile devices. Staff will be available on Monday thru Friday by appointment. Contact the Reference Desk at 620-340-6450 or by email:

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