Chamber Chatter: Osage City Celebrates Senior Center, Plans Fall Activities – Osage County Online

The Osage County Senior Center and Osage County General Public Transportation hosted a Chamber After Hours mixer and open house on July 29th. Attendees enjoyed some delicious refreshments and tasty punch. chamber photo.

The Osage County Senior Center and Osage County General Public Transportation hosted an After Hours mixer and open house on Friday, July 29, 2022 that was open to the public and Chamber of Commerce members.

The Senior Center at 604 Market St., Osage City is a place where you can enjoy many activities throughout the week. Monday includes sewing, art and painting, sports, Mexican draw dominoes, and pitch. Practice and Mexican train dominoes take place on Tuesday. Wednesday includes sewing, exercises and Mexican dominoes. Plan to exercise or do art and painting on Thursday. End the week on Friday with exercise and bingo. Visit the center for activity timeslots.

A potluck lunch is held every first Wednesday of the month. Bring a covered dish and enjoy a nice variety of food. Generally, after the meal, there is musical entertainment.

The center has a variety of spaces dedicated to different activities. There is a sewing room, ceramics and art and painting room, library and puzzle room, boardroom, pool and exercise equipment room. There is also a nice dining area used for the daily lunchtime meals.

The building can be rented in the evenings and weekends when no activities are planned in the center. Rental fees are $25 for nights and $50 per day for weekends. Often there are activities or meetings planned during the day. There are no fees and the center remains open for normal business. The center sponsors community blood donations throughout the year through the Community Blood Center. Also several times a year, Herme Healthcare of Wichita offers foot and toenail care. There are also several fundraising events throughout the year to support the senior center’s activities. Memorial donations as well as donations from individuals and organizations are always welcome to support the activities.

Osage County General Public Transportation offers riders the ability to use public transportation for doctor appointments, eye appointments, medical procedures, hair appointments, physical therapy, mental health appointments, grocery shopping, court appointments, and dining.

If you have to go somewhere and need a ride, OCGPT will take you there. Appointments must be made between 7:05am and 5:00pm. Fares are based on destination from Osage City.

Jones Trust supports local communities with charitable grants

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce was fortunate to have Jones Trust representative of Osage County, Cheryl Mussatto, speak at the July 19, 2022 Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Mussatto spoke about the background of the Jones Trust, which was founded in 1961 by brothers Walter and Evan Jones of Lebo, Kan., who were successful farmers and ranchers. The Jones Trust provides grants to communities and their residents living in Osage, Coffey and Lyon counties. These grants, awarded, support a wide range of charitable causes in five areas: arts, culture and humanities; Education; health; human services; and capacity building and infrastructure development.

Organizations that qualify to apply for grants include any 501c3 organization, including government agencies. Scholarship applications are accepted four times a year and must be received no later than March 20, June, September or December to be considered.

Osage City Yard of the Month

The selection for August Farm of the Month has taken place and the Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Chris and Jessi Kirkpatrick’s farm has been selected. Their home is at 1309 Market St. Despite the extreme heat and lack of rain, they have maintained an attractive landscape of lawns, flowers, shrubs, and trees around their home and outbuildings.

Kirk and Cobb Inc. Realtors Ribbon Cutting and Open House

On Saturday, August 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., plan to attend the Kirk and Cobb Inc. Realtors open house and ribbon cutting and meet Melissa Herdman, who recently moved into the building adjacent Osage Hardware moved in, the Colton and Danielle Hallgren.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Melissa as the newest member of the Chamber of Commerce as well as a new downtown business. Please plan to attend the event, meet Melissa, and welcome her to the business world.

Big Top Circus returns to town – Sunday 11th September

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it will once again host the Culpepper and Merriweather Big Top Circus on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at Jones Park just north of the Municipal Building. There are two shows at 2pm and 4:30pm

Known for producing quality family entertainment, the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus specializes in animal performances of all kinds including horses, dogs, tigers, as well as top quality performances of all kinds. Their show runs 90 minutes of good clean healthy fun for everyone from 2 to 92 years old . The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus is one of the very few circuses that still perform under a giant tent. They also invite the public to come out and watch the tent setup in the morning.

Presale prices are $12 for adults; $7 for children and seniors; Circus Day prices are $15 for adults. $8 for children and seniors. There is no charge for children under the age of two. Tickets can be purchased in advance at various locations to be determined by the Chamber of Commerce.

Osage City Citywide Fall Flea Markets September 16-17, 2022

Citywide Fall Flea Market season in Osage City is upon us. Be sure to log in to get to the map. This is a great opportunity to get rid of some of the “stuff” you never use and make room. The citywide flea market is scheduled for September 16-17. To enroll, contact Tricia Gundy at 785-528-3301 or 785-219-9727. Tricia has revamped the area map and is more user-friendly by providing a chart for the type of items at Flea Markets. She will need your name as you would like it on the map, address, a phone number if you have any questions about the sale if you have the sale on Fridays and Saturdays or only Saturdays please enter the area you are on the map from Items you will sell, for example: children’s clothing; clothing for adults; Furniture; collectibles; kitchen utensils; household items; craft items; Miscellaneous and a $5 donation fee. Tricia is also working on making the map available via Facebook and the Chamber of Commerce website.

Proceeds go to a scholarship awarded each year to two graduates from Osage City High School who continue their education. The 2022 grants went to Jerra Butterfield and Gavin DeBaun. The deadline for adding a sale to the flea market card is September 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Fall Festival 2022 – Oct 1st

Everyone, don’t forget to mark your calendars for a fun day out starting on the first day of October and getting ready for the onset of fall. The committee is busy organizing the event and information will be available soon. The committee invites and welcomes frequent cyclists to Osage City to participate in the celebrations for the day and to stay the night. After a few years of absence, the beer festival is to be brought back. Besides the beer festival, there is live music, food and some other forms of entertainment. Keep an eye out for flyers and social media for the final rundown of Fall Festival 2022 activities and schedule.

Christmas on Market 2022: “Christmas Carols” Nov 12

Planning for the annual Christmas market celebration on November 12, 2022 has begun. Plan to shop locally this weekend as many of our stores in our hometown will offer great Christmas gift opportunities. This year’s theme is Christmas on Market 2022: Christmas carols.

In addition to shopping, there will be activities throughout the day including breakfast, lunch, visits to Santa, Jingle Bell Run 5K, in-store activities, chili cook-off, chili lining, gingerbread house building, craft show, raffle, free poker run, bake sale, Emergency Services Window Display, Fire Engine Rides, Ping Pong Drop, Story Time, Bingo and the Traditional Lighted Christmas Parade. Adam Burnett is responsible for organizing the parade and will be contacting organizations and businesses to participate in the parade.

Event details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed in the coming weeks. If you are interested in helping to plan this annual chamber event, contact Jeanette Swarts, Director of the Osage City Chamber at 785-249-5451.

Information and photos thanks to Jeanette Swarts.

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