Day: December 1, 2017

Weekend holiday events include play, Santa Run, carriages, films, concert

There are many entertaining holiday events planned this weekend in Arkansas City, starting with the Cherokee Strip Players’ interactive play “Trouble in Tumbleweed.” The production, which debuted Nov. 30, will have its final showings at 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2 at Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum, located south of Arkansas City at 31639 U.S. 77. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dessert will be served at intermission. Tickets are $12. For tickets, call the museum at (620) 442-6750. This production is made possible by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, of Englewood, Colorado. Santa Run The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas in the City event will feature a Santa Run at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 in downtown Arkansas City. Registration for this fun 2-mile run starts at 9:15 a.m. in the 100 block of West Central Avenue, in front of City Hall and the Arkansas City Police Department. The entry fee is $15 per runner. Runners may enjoy cookies and hot cocoa after the race. Holiday carriage rides Another Christmas in the City favorite is the old-fashioned carriage rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday through Dec. 16. Rides cost $2 or a food donation. The carriage route winds through the Downtown Historic District and its various stores. Visit facebook.com/christmasinthecity for event updates. Library story time Dec. 2 also will feature story time with Buddy the...

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Tree of Remembrance returns for holiday season at K’ an D’ Pharmacy

The Tree of Remembrance is back this year at K’ an D’ Pharmacy, located at 224 S. Summit St. For the fourth year in a row, K’ an D’ and Schmidt Jewelers are working together to provide grieving families with engraved Christmas ornaments commemorating their late loved ones. The push to create these ornaments and provide the tree came from pharmacy co-owner Kechia Reese in 2014. “We wanted to reach out to (individuals who are grieving),” she said. But Reese gives all of the credit for the idea to the late Adrianna Marie “Nana” Davis, who passed away in November 2014. Remembrance ornament details The ornaments are free to families if they fill out a form at the pharmacy, then turn it in at the jewelry store, located at 226 S. Summit St. The ornaments are nickel-plated. They are engraved by Schmidt with the name of the individual lost, and the years of his or her birth and death. Once the ornament has been engraved, it is added to the Tree of Remembrance at K’ an D’ Pharmacy. A Christmas tree adorned in blue lights holds all of the ornaments that have been claimed thus far — including one from last year. “Of course they’re welcome to,” Reese said of people who have asked to put up their ornaments the year after receiving them. This year, there is a...

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