Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce E-Blast April 27, 2018

Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce E-Blast April 27, 2018

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Happy Friday!

Customer Service Awards!
We often hear about bad service, well it’s time to start rewarding good service! If you have received great customer service please let us know at the Chamber. We would like to start giving a monthly award to a person and their business for great customer service but we need YOU to tell us about your experience. Please send us an email and tell us so we can start rewarding our customer service rock stars!
Check out our new Hot Deals page at Chamber members can post for free as often as you need! Remember to shop local when possible!
April is National Safe Digging Month! Kansas Gas Service would like to have this opportunity to remind area residents about the importance of calling 811 before starting any digging project.
Pratt Farmers’ Market
Applications and Guidelines for the 2018 Season are now available at the Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce, the Peoples Bank, Pratt Public Library and the K-State Research and Extension Office. Forms are also available by visiting
B-29 Museum is open on Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Pratt Army Airfield – 82 Curran Road
Visit their website at for more information. If you would like to visit the museum at another time call 672-8321, 672-2444 or 620-797-2919 to schedule an appointment!
Every Monday
Pratt Elks Lodge – 1103 W. Third Street
Early bird games begin at 6:30 and regular bingo starts at 7:00 pm, food options available!
Women in Agriculture Workshop
Saturday, April 28 – 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Pratt Community College Benson Education Center
Join Pratt Community College Agriculture Department, Kansas Research & Extension Offices of Stafford & Kingman Counties, and Pratt Farm Bureau to learn more about topics and careers for women in agriculture! Females of all ages with an interest in or actively involved in the Agriculture industry in Southwest or South Central Kansas, as well as high school aged females interested in exploring topics & careers in Agriculture are invited to attend. Lunch, prizes, and freebies will be provided!
Pre-register by April 26th at Please contact Lori Montgomery at for more questions.”
Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, April 28 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
If you don’t properly dispose of the unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, they might find a new one. The Prescription Drug-Take Back Day is made possible the Pratt Police Department and promoted by the Pratt Prevention Partnership. Free and Confidential! No liquids or sharps.
Pilot Club Brain Train
Saturday, April 28 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Sixth Street Park
Join the Pilot Club for free train rides! Exhibits include: Ambulance, Police, Fire Trucks and Puppet Skits. Weather permitting.
Circles of Hope – Big View Meeting
Monday, April 30 at 6:00 pm
First United Methodist Church – Corner of First & Jackson
Big View meetings are opportunities for members of the larger community to join Circle Leaders, Circles Allies, and staff in a discussion about topics that impact all of us.  The intent is to create an awareness of local issues and, potentially, to develop ways to address those issues. The topic of the upcoming Big View is Adverse Childhood Experiences, also referred to as ACEs.  ACEs include experiences that challenge the emotional and physical well-being of children.  Studies over the last 20 years are showing that about 67% of adults in all walks of life have had a least one traumatic experience (divorce, death, neglect, violence) in their childhood.   This can impact the physical health and general wellbeing of an adult years later which also has implications for communities.   We will be joined by a panel of people who will share thoughts and experiences on the topic.

2018 Miss Kansas Pageant Tickets
The 2018 Miss Kansas Preliminary and Final night competition tickets will go on sale, May 1, 2018 through Select-A-Seat outlets. You can purchase tickets by visiting or by visiting the Miss Kansas website at Miss Kansas Competition tickets may be purchased in the Miss Kansas Pageant Office during pageant week.
Preliminaries – Wednesday, June 6 & Thursday, June 7
Miss Kansas Parade – Friday, June 8 – 6:00 pm Downtown Pratt
Finals – Saturday, June 9

Pratt Community Concert Association – Scarborough Fair – A Simon & Garfunkel Experience
Tuesday, May 1 – 7:00 pm
Pratt Community College – Carpenter Auditorium
This is the last show of the season and it will be a good one! To keep up to date with the Pratt Community Concert Association visit their Facebook page
Candidate Meet & Greet with James Thompson Congressional District
Saturday, May 5 – 9:00 to 11:00 am
Pratt Community College – Delmar Riney Art Gallery
Mr. Thompson is running for the U.S. Representative for Kansas’s 4th District. To find out more about Mr. Thompson and his campaign, visit his Facebook page
Home Lumber Grand Reopening & “Ribbon” Cutting
Saturday, May 5 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – “Ribbon” Cutting at 10:00 am – BBQ 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Home Lumber – 803 N. Main Street
Join Home Lumber and some of their vendors for a great day of fun, raffles, giveaways and a ribbon cutting! There will be raffles every half hour, product experts, piñata games and so much more. Check out the remodeled store featuring the new paint center, more lumber storage and lots of great new products! There will be additional parking on the North and West sides of the building.
Canvas Painting Event
Saturday, May 5 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Genesis Center
Help make a difference in a child’s life today by attending this fundraiser to help kid’s raise money to go to church camp. Class is $50 for adults and $25 for youth, there will be a nursery provided for children who are too young to attend the class. Treats will be provided. To sign up, RSVP to Jennifer Barten at
Walk for Hope 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk hosted by
South Central Kansas Special Education Cooperation
Saturday, May 5 – Race begins at 9:00 am
Pratt High School Track
It’s a community race for all ages! Kids 12 and Under – $10; Adults – $15; 4 Member Team – $50
For more information, call the SCKSEC Office at 620-672-7500 or email
Leadership Pratt Graduation
Tuesday, May 8 – 6:00 pm
Pratt County Fair Building
Join us as we celebrate the Leadership Pratt class of 2017-2018! Adrion Roberson, teacher with the Kansas Leadership Center, will be our guest speaker for the evening. We will also be recognizing this year’s Servant Leader recipient, past winners include Mark Ploger, Barbara Shinkle, Jeanette Siemens, Bill Keller, Lisa Coss, Gary Barker and Marie Hanson. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with Kim at or call 672-5501. Seating is limited so RSVP today! Cost is $10.00 and includes dinner.
Local Food Lecture Series
Local Honey – Getting Started in Beekeeping
Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 pm
Pratt Public Library
Joanna Will got her start in beekeeping nearly 40 years ago, helping her dad with his 40 hives of honey bees. She fell in love with honey bees during the first honey harvest, and has been inspired by and involved with bees ever since. She keeps around five hives of bees these days, on farms in Osage County and Douglas County, and is just venturing into making soap that includes products from her bee hives. With her husband, she also raises landrace sheep, Scottish Highland cattle and a handful of chickens, ducks and donkeys. She works for the Kansas Rural Center, doing Pollinator Programming.
Pratt County Master Gardeners Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, May 9 at 12:00 Noon
Pratt County 4-H Building – Small Room
Please join the Pratt County Extension Master Gardeners’ as they welcome guest speacker Ellen Mohler, Operator of Mulberry Lane Greenhouse, to advise everyone on how to garden in extreme climates. If you are interested in attending, please call the Extension Office 620-672-6121 to reserve your spot. The cost is $10, a light lunch will be provided and there will be a chance to win a door prize.
Community Health Fair & Teddy Bear Clinic
Saturday, May 19 – 7:00 to 11:00 am
Pratt Regional Medical Center
Campaign 101
Saturday, May 19
Pratt Community College – Student Union
9:00 – 9:30 am – You think you want to run for office?
9:30 – 10:30 am – You’re running for office! What to do next
10:30 – 11:30 am – Fundraising
11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Field – Covers field basics
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch Break
1:30 – 3:30 pm – Vote Builder Training
If you are thinking about running for a public office, this event is for you!
8th Annual Pratt City Fire Department Cruise and Show
Friday, May 25 – Cruise Night & Dice Run at 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 26 – Show, Registration starts at 8:30 am
Sixth Street Park

Don’t forget Chamber Members, you receive a free listing on our website and on our Facebook page

What’s Happening @ Your Library –April/May 2018
Have tech questions? The Pratt Public Library can help. If you need help with your computer, e-reader, tablet, etc. call 620-672-3041 or email to set up an appointment or text your questions to 620-263-0182.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday – Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed on Sundays
Preschool Activities
Story Time: Mondays & Thursdays from 10:00 -10:45 a.m.
For children 3-5 years old, parents are welcome to stay if they would like
Toddler Time: Tuesdays from 10:00 – 10:20 a.m.
For children 2 & under and an adult who loves them
Elementary Activities – Kindergarten – Fourth Grade
K-4 Fun @ Your Library: Thursdays from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.           
            April 26 – Cupcake liner bird nest craft
            May 3 – Recycled Flowers
            May 10 – LEGO Day
Teen Activities – Fifth – Twelfth Grades
Teen Zone: Open Monday-Thursday 10:00a.m.-6:30p.m, Friday & Saturday 10:00a.m.-5:30p.m.
Books, graphic novels, audio books, gaming systems, laptops, & crafts always available. iPads, available by request.
Craft Bar:
Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday supplies will be set out on the bar in the Teen Zone to create with
Teen Activities:
April 20 – Craft-N-Snack 6:00 to 7:00 pm
May 8 – 3:30 pm – Getting to Know You with Barry Fisher, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations at Pratt Community College
May 11 – 4:00 pm – The End of School is Near Celebration at Sixth Street Park
May 15 – 4:00 pm – Doug Herren Ceramics interactive tour at the Vernon Filley Art Museum
            Adult Activities
                        Adult/Child Paint Nights
                                    Tuesday, May 15, 22 & 29 at 7:00 pm
                                    The fee is $5 for the pair. Please call the Library to reserve your spot.
                        Local Food Lecture Series
                                    Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 pm
                                    “Local Honey! Getting started in Beekeeping”

Vernon Filley Art Museum
For Museum Hours and Admission Fees, please visit
Permanent Collection Showcase
North Gallery
Saturday, March 24 – Saturday, September 29
This exhibition highlights pastels and photographs from the Dr. Vernon & Emily “Mimi” Filley Permanent Collection. The exhibition also features new works of art that were recently donated to the museum permanent collection. Several of these pieces have not yet been on display at the museum. The 7 newly accessioned works include: A Lithograph by R.C. Gorman that was donated to the museum in 2017 by Dr. James and Mary Ann Van Blaricum; a bronze sculpture by George Lundeen that was donated to the museum in 2017 by Pratt Glass (LeRoy and Susan Jones); a ceramic vase and bowl by Carol Long that was donated to the museum in 2016 by the Larrison Family and Dough Brehm; a bronze sculpture by Tim Joseph commissioned and donated to the museum by The Shinkle Family in 2015; a spirited gear sculpture by Luis Perez-Aguayo that was donated to the museum in 2018 by Dale Withers; and the Courtyard Iron Gates by Dustin Sypher, which were commissioned and donated to the museum in 2014 by Doug & Kay Knight.
Doug Herren Ceramics
Friday, April 20 through Saturday, July 21
The Doug Herren Ceramics exhibit will be supported in part by a grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This exhibit has also been sponsored in part by PRMC and Sue Peachey Insurance.
Movie @ The Barron
Now Showing: God’s Not Dead 3
Friday, April 27 @ 7:00 pm & Saturday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 pm

Pratt Recreation
Looking for some fun family activities? Visit
Support our local student athletes!
For a complete list of sports & activities visit:

  • USD 382 – or
  • USD 438 –
  • Pratt Community College –

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