Three cheers for the transformation of Alma Swensson Hall on the Bethany College campus and another colorful 2018 Smoky Valley Car Show. Thanks also for organizations that are helping Smoky Valley students and families get school supplies.
Important reminder: Next week’s Ad Hoc gathering is 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at City Hall. No Monday gathering. In attendance will be vacation rental expert Matt Landau. Matt and his crew are doing video of the meeting for a program about "living like a local" in Lindsborg (as compared to his customary international and large-city destinations). Vacation rental developer Jim Prugh asked Matt to come to Lindsborg to see our unusual community. The positive vibe of the Ad Hoc network is part of what Jim would like Matt to experience. Come be part of it, even if you’ve never come to Ad Hoc before. We would welcome you, always.
• Because video will be produced community wide, now is the time to take care of important but small visual details in your realm. Before Monday, clean windows, blow grit out of the sidewalk cracks, mow and weed if needed, freshen pots and flowers. Please? Thank you.
So, about 2018 holiday lighting. We have been able to have this lighting in past years at the Old Mill Bridge and downtown largely by dint of good will by key volunteers and business donations. As trees grow and lighting strands fray in the Kansas weather, we need more funding and help to carry it off this season.
Our goal is to have $2,500 gathered by Oct. 1 so that we can have all lights up and shining brightly by the first week of November. We shall put out donation canisters at public locations and write a grant or two. In final analysis, this is a wider community project and something that Lindsborg residents enjoy and take pride in. Everyone’s help will be needed to continue.
We need folks to help with the Old Mill Bridge project, allowing super-volunteer Karmon Almquist do more coordinating than strand hanging. We need folks to work with the amazing Merle Larson on downtown trees; this is a job Merle has largely taken on with limited help. He does a detailed job and would take a few minutes to train folks in his time-tested method if they are willing to work with him regularly.
Let's get Lindsborg lit. If you are willing to offer $ or hours, contact David Hay at email@example.com or Kathy Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks or cash to the non-profit Lindsborg At Work Association.
We are grateful for a couple of new operations coming to downtown Lindsborg.
• At the former location of the much-missed Reminiscent Antiques will be Dala Town, the digital lifestyle publication offering videos and articles about Smoky Valley people, places and things. Modern local is Dala Town’s emphasis — in businesses, education, fine art, cooking, crafts, community organizations, festivals and sports. Dala Town has been creating content for about a year. (See it here: www.dalatown.com.) Now the multi-talented Garretson family is ready to take the next step and produce even more content fueled by advertising. Plus, Dala Town may offer collaborative space. Whatta deal.
• Majestic Footwork Dance Studio is coming to 112 N. Main in the former toy store location. Owner Jennifer Lochard will offer beginner, intermediate and advanced ballet, along with tap, jazz, and hip hop classes for children 3 years old and up beginning Aug. 20. Emphasis will be on families, she said. Jennifer already has 50 students signed up, and so she is off to a solid start. Check for Majestic Footwork Dance Studio on Facebook to keep up with offerings and times, including a schedule for adult fitness activities.