ECKAN 5K Taking Action!

Come support community action and help us fight poverty with the ECKAN 5K Taking Action on Saturday, April 26th at the Lyon County Head Start in Emporia and ECKAN Offices in Ottawa. Sign in begins at 8 A.M.  Race begins at 9 A.M. Cost is $20 per person and includes a T-Shirt. 5 & Under FREE- T-Shirt $10. No T-Shirt for late registration. Registration deadline is April 15th. Medals for top 3 places for Men, Women, and under 18.  For registration information or questions please contact Sherri Scott: or call 785-242-7450 ext. 7100

Party for the Planet


Emporia Community Garden Plots Now Available

The Emporia Community Garden is open for the 2014 season! Located in the back yard of the Flint Hills Technical College, it features 24 plots of approximately 300 square feet each, which are available to community members to purchase during the growing season.  The $35 plot fee includes water and garden resources. Applications are available on our website, The Emporia Community Garden is a project of the Emporia Area Local Food Network, whose purpose is to promote the production, processing, preservation and consumption of local food. Locally raised food promotes sound economic, environmental, social, and nutritional health within our community. 

 This year we are shifting to a no-till approach and will be planting a cover crop in the fall to improve soil quality and retain nutrients.  As a result, the planting season will run from March thru mid-September depending on the crop that is chosen.  If you have suggestions please let us know!

The garden is still in need of some supplies to ensure a productive season for our members. The following items would be greatly appreciated (used or new): garden tools, hoses, mulch, seeds and seedlings. We are also looking for instructors to teach informal classes in the garden to our plot holders. If you have a green thumb and a few tricks up your sleeve, please share your expertise! Garden members have a wide variety of experience and ability levels, so we welcome lessons on the most basic to advanced topics. Please contact Amy Becker at 341-1335 or if you would like to teach, donate materials, volunteer, or become a plot holder this season.

 Many thanks to our donors from last year!  The extra plants from Moore’s Greenhouse, Water’s True Value, and Riverside Garden as well as the seed from Sutherland’s were welcome perks for our gardeners.  The support from local businesses makes this truly a community garden and is very much appreciated.


ERC – Track Club

Emporia Recreation’s Track Club is a 6 week program for 1st – 8th graders, designed for

instructional learning and enjoyment of track and field. Practices will be held on

Mondays and Wednesdays at the Emporia Middle School track and a track meet will be

held on May 28th at Emporia State University. The fee for the club is $30 and practices

begin May 5th @ 6pm. Register by Friday, May 2nd by calling 340-6300 or online at

ERC- Brown Thumb, Green Thumb

There is no secret to having a green thumb, just patience and lots of helpful tips from

other gardeners. On Thursday May 8th, at Emporia Recreation Center at 6:00pm, we

will learn how to repot house plants.

Bring a small houseplant and new pot and we will

teach you the basics of repotting. We will supply everything else you need. You will also

receive a free 4-pack of annual flowers to start your outside gardening,

with your registration fee of $12. Register on line at or call 340-6300 by May 2nd.

ERC – Mother’s Day Magic

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and Emporia Recreation knows how to makemom feel special. In this class on Saturday, May 10th, kids ages 3-7 will make some creative projects that every mother or grandmother would love to receive. Bring a friend or dad to help you design your own special Mother’s Day gift. The class meets at10:00am and the fee is just $15. Please register by May 2nd online at or all 340-6300.

Indian Taco Feed & Silent Auction – Emporia

Indian Taco Feed and Silent Auction

First Church of the Nazarene, 2931 W. 24th Avenue, just north of Wal-Mart

May 3rd


Fundraiser to raise funds for children and teens to attend church camp. Tickets are $6.50 for adults, $5.00 for children 10 and under.

For this ticket price, you receive an Indian Taco, which is a large taco on fry bread, a dessert, a drink and the opportunity to bid on many items including tickets to Branson attractions, zoos, restaurants, sport and theatre events in Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita, gift certificates, merchandise from local merchants, hand made items from craft makers and even a brand new wedding dress.

Contact Person:

Shirley Henson, First Church of the Nazarene


Parents sign up your kids for another exciting KIDZOOCATION on May 3rd from 10-11am. Kids will learn about fun bird facts, hear a story, have a snack , make a craft and meet their blue-crowned conure. KIDZOOCATION is for 4 to 7 year old children with 1 adult per 2 children attending. Please remember for everyone’s safety and enjoyment all class participants must meet age requirements. Fee for EFOZ members is $3. Non-members $5. You can pre-register your child at or by calling 341-4365

ERC – Flint Hills Adventure Junkies

When was the last time you did something for the first time? Powered by  Emporia Recreation, the Flint Hills Adventure Junkies is a new club forming this summer. We will be hiking, biking, trail running, fishing, exploring, getting dirty and much more. The club will meet twice a month for planned activities, and as the group grows, so will the opportunities for adventure. We hold a Nobody Left Behind policy, no matter your experience level. So if you have been looking for new ways to have fun, and new people who share your interests, join us on May 3rd for our first adventure. Call 620-340-6300 for more information, or check out our Facebook page at FH Adventure Junkies.

Little Joe


ERC – Birthday Bash

You are invited to Emporia Recreation’s Birthday Bash party at the Lee Beran Recreation Center, 313 W. 4th Avenue, on Sunday May 4th, from 1:00-4:00pm. We will be celebrating our 61st birthday with free games, swimming, inflatable obstacle course, prizes, popcorn and more! Our Birthday Bash 5K race will begin at 1:30pm and is open to the public. Go to for the race registration form, or call 620-340-6300 for more information about the party.

ERC – Summer Running Club

Are you a graduate of Emporia Recreation’s Couch to 5K program? Or do you just like to run with friends? Join our Summer Running Club for the fun of fitness! We will run outside when the weather is nice, and inside on our indoor track when it gets too hot outside. Mondays and Wednesdays during May, June and July beginning May 5 ~ Choose 4:30 or 5:30pm, and the fee is just $10 per month. Register online at or call 620-340-6300 for more information.

ERC – Adult Softball Leagues

The deadline to register your Adult Softball Team is Friday, May 9. You can pick up a roster at the Lee Beran Recreation Center, 313 W. 4th Avenue or find it online at on the Sports League Schedules and Rosters page. The team fee is $275 for 10 games beginning the week of May 19th. Choose Men’s League on Monday or Wednesday, or CoEd League on Tuesday or Thursday. Call Brian at 620-340-6300 with questions.

ERC – Machine-Pitch Baseball

Co-Ed Machine Pitch Baseball is an instructional baseball program for all kids ages 7-8 with practices and games using a soft training baseball. Each team will have a volunteer coach and no scores will be kept during games. The fee for residents of USD253 is $25 and $30 for non-residents. All games will be played at the Whittier Park T-Ball Diamonds beginning the week of May 19th on Mondays and Wednesdays, with game times at 6 & 7pm. Registration deadline is Friday, May 9th and you can enroll by calling 340-6300 or on-line at .

Veteran City Rollers Home Opener

Veteran City Rollers, don’t miss the ladies first home bout of the 2014 season as they will be taking on Central Kansas Roller Girls from Hutchinson on May 10th at Rollers located at 701 Graham in Emporia.  Doors open at 6pm and the bout starts at 7pm. Don’t forget to bring a chair!

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