Full weekend activity schedule ahead

Want things to do? They are in abundance this weekend.


Things start bright and early at the Fairgrounds Anderson Building for the annual Emporia Gardeners of America plant sale. Organizer and event co-chair Velma Walker says this is the club's only fundraiser each year, and the funds are spread among different projects.

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The sale goes from 7:30 am to 2 pm.

The Flint Hills Technical College Sustainability Fair goes from 9 am to 2 pm at the college, with activities ranging from the opening of the Farmers Market regular season to a series of talks by K-State and Lyon County Extension to the ESB Financial "shred truck." Sustainability Studies Director Amy Becker says this is a good way to start rethinking how we approach our planet.

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Also at 9 am: the second Emporia State Coffee and Conversation, which will be held at the Admire Community Center. Breakfast will be served starting at 7 am.

The second annual HeartChase begins at 10 am at Welch Stadium and takes people across the Emporia State campus. Over 30 teams are participating this year, up from the 10 last year. Newman Regional Health is a major sponsor, and Chief Nursing Officer Julia Pyle says this helps to highlight the hospital's mission.

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Operation Prescription Take Back is accepting your unwanted or outdated medications from 10 am to 2 pm at the Flint Hills Community Health Center-Lyon County Health Department. Police Officer Dominic Vortherms says it's an event that can bring you peace of mind if you have those kinds of meds in your house.

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First Congregational Church is the jump-off site for the third annual Happy Life Children's Home 5-K, benefiting the orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Organizer Ellen Hansen visited the home in Kenya several years ago.

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The run-walk begins at 10 am. Cost is $15 to participate.

Free Landfill Days start Saturday and continue through May 11. Derek Wells with Emporia's Public Works Department says Lyon and Chase County residents can take part.

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Commercial and industrial businesses are not eligible to take part, and tires will be collected at the normal rate. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 pm Sundays through May 11.

On Sunday, the Super Custom Car Show starts at noon in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Commercial. There is free admission, with entertainment from DJ Boris "Monster Sound," Marilyn Pierce and the Redneck Whiskey Band and the Raices Hispana Folkloris dancers. Organizer Gilbert Rodriguez says there will be several competitions as well.

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Also on Sunday, it's Party for the Planet at the David Traylor Zoo from 1 to 3 pm. Lori Andrews of the zoo says recycling options will be a big highlight.

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Find out more about community events by going online to KVOE.com.

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