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Medicare Part D
Douglas County Senior Services Program Assistant and Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas Coordinator Katie Glendening will present information on the new Medicare prescription drug program at 10 a.m. each Monday in the studio at the Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vermont St., Lawrence.
A question and answer period will follow each session.
Seniors wanting to learn more about the new Medicare benefit are encouraged to attend.
SHICK volunteer counselors will be available in the DCSS computer lab to assist seniors in narrowing down their plan choices from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays.
A worksheet must be completed prior to meeting with a counselor.
For more information or to obtain a worksheet, call 842-0543. The worksheets are also available at The Eudora News office, 1402-B Church St.
The Lawrence Home Builders Association will have its sixth annual Home Show from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 5200 Clinton Parkway in Lawrence.
More than 60 exhibits will be available.
Companies from the surrounding areas will be on hand to show visitors the latest in product, service and design trends. Visitors will view displays that relate to most aspects of the building and remodeling process.
Lawrence Home Builders Association Executive Director Bobbie Flory said the Home Show is a fun event for everyone.
"If people are thinking about updating a room, a remodeling project, building a new home, or are just curious about what the latest home features are, they will enjoy attending the Home Show. In addition to product and service displays, the Home Show also will conduct several seminars on topics such as stone counter tops, interior design, kitchen and bath design, and landscaping."
Flory said entertainment for children will be available Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are sold at the door. Children are free. The cost is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors.
For more information, call Flory at 748-0612 or 331-9410.
Hope Housing Counseling Center will have a free first time homebuyer and financial seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the conference room at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.
Financial and real estate specialists will be present to answer questions.
The public is invited to attend.
Food Fare 2006
"100 Years of Magical Moments," will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Building 21 on the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Any youth, ages 7 to 18, parents and adults interested in food, fun, and fitness are invited to participate. It is not mandatory for the parents to accompany their children, but are welcome to join in the fun.
The day will begin with "Be Our Guest," a musical performance by a group of 4-H teen leaders, followed by a presentation on dining etiquette and common courtesies.
Dr. Patrick Pesci, Program Director in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Kansas State University, will share his expertise on fine dining and table manners. Through a hands-on breakfast experience, Dr. Pesci will offer guidance on how to set the table, serve the meal, pass the food, use proper manners while eating, and have pleasant conversation around the table. Dr. Pesci is well known for his workshops on hospitality and etiquette as he has presented several years at the Kansas University Medical Center, as well as other universities across the nation.
Four break-out sessions will include "The Main Mouse is in the House" -- sculpting famous characters using fondant; "Mad Tea Party" -- a wonderfully wacky "unbirthday" tea party; "Magic Mirror on the Wall" -- how to become the "fairest one of all" using My Pyramid as your guide; and "A Spoonful of Sugar" -- a chocolate-lover's "fundue" delight.
Pre-registration is requested by calling Susan Krumm at 843-7058 or e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost is $7 per person. Each participant is also asked to bring canned food items for the "100 Pounds for 100 Years" 4-H Food Drive.
No one will be denied participation because of inability to pay.
Quilt guild meeting
The Maple Leaf Quilt Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the public library in Baldwin City.
The program will be "Iris folding" presented by Dora Davis.
Kits will be available for purchase.
Those planning to attend are asked to bring scissors.
Visitors are welcome to attend.
For more information, call Kathy Davids at 841-3949.
Training for advocates
Families Together Inc. is offering a free workshop for educational advocates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at the Community Health Facilities building, 200 Maine St., Lawrence.
The workshop is designed to outline and explain the special education process and the education advocates and/or parent's role. It is open to all parents -- whether biological, adoptive or foster -- as well as social service workers and volunteers.
According to Families Together Inc., more than 800 children with special needs have parents who are unknown, unavailable or whose parental rights have been terminated. These children need someone to represent them in special education matters.
Community volunteers can apply to become advocates, whose job it is to review special education programs, become acquainted with the child and his or her school history, and give input in the child's individualized education program.
For more information on the workshop or becoming an advocate, call (785) 233-4777 or toll free (800) 264-6343.
Tractor safety course
The annual Hazardous Occupation Training, or Tractor Safety Course, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. March 9 and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 at the Douglas County Extension Office, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence. The Leavenworth, Douglas and Johnson County extension services cooperate to sponsor the training.
The training is required by law for those 14 and 15 years of age who will be operating a tractor on a farm owned by anyone other than their parent or legal guardian. Others, including inexperienced youth and adults who plan to work for farmers are invited and encouraged to attend the training.
Farmers who intend to hire 14- and 15-year-old youth should make sure they have the youth take the course before they hire them.
The cost for the training is $10, which pays for the text/workbook and refreshments. Registration should be made at the Douglas, Johnson or Leavenworth County extension offices by March 6 to pick up text/workbooks so the first two chapters can be read prior to the first class.
Education department seeks nominations
The United States Department of Education plans to honor outstanding classroom teachers through the American Stars of Teaching program.
The Department's Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative is seeking nominations and information about teachers who are improving student achievement, using innovative strategies in the classroom and making a difference in the lives of their students.
Teachers across all grade levels and disciplines will be honored this fall as 2006 American Stars of Teaching.
Parents, students, colleagues, school administrators and others can nominate an exemplary teacher who they believe has the qualities to be an American Star of Teaching. One teacher will be recognized from each state.
All nominations must be completed by April 15.
To learn more or nominate a teacher to become an American Star of Teaching, visit the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative Web site at: www.ed.gov/teachers/how/tools/initiative/index.html.
Free trees available
Each person from Kansas who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during February will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees.
The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instructions at the right time for planting them, between March 1 and May 31. The six- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.
Members also receive a subscription to the Foundation's bimonthly publication, "Arbor Day," and "The Tree Book" with information about tree planting and care.
To become a member of the foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution by Feb. 28 to: Ten Free Redbud Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410 or join online at arborday.org.