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Fill your calendar in Kenmare . . .

Posted 8/20/13 (Tue)

Take one look through The Kenmare News this week, and you can fill your calendar fast.

In fact, you SHOULD get out and participate in the school and community events available.

The action started already with the Business After Hours social held at Modern Woodworks with owners Shane and Amy Harris Monday night. The Kenmare Association of Commerce and Kenmare Community Development Corporation have discussed reviving the tradition of these gatherings.

I think it’s a fabulous idea that is overdue. Sometimes we get so busy doing our jobs and serving our customers that we don’t step back and recognize the significance of each business operating in Kenmare--what it is and who it brings to the community. We need to stop and celebrate our customers and neighbors.

A little disclosure here: I had to miss Monday’s social at Modern Woodworks because of a prior commitment to family, but I hope to make the next one. You should, too.

More disclosure: I’m booked for this Sunday, too, so I’m going to tout the McNeiley Family Fundraiser in the hope you all go and join the fun for me.

Yes, this fundraiser has a serious purpose--Kenmare residents Ron and Tami McNeiley and their children are living with an overwhelming wave of health issues, and so many of us in Kenmare and the surrounding area have been waiting for another way to help.

This is it, and organizers--also Zumba instructors--Chris Christensen and Amy Harris, have made certain to put the “fun” in FUNdraiser.

There will be lunch and there will be baked goods.

There will be raffle drawings and there will be a silent auction.

There will be art classes for kids and there will be child care services.

There will be hot Zumba music and wild Zumba dance moves and chances for everyone who steps out to Zumba to win doorprizes. Who else would think of doorprizes for doing Zumba?

Nearly every single dollar spent at this event will go directly to the McNeiley family to help offset their mounting health care and travel expenses.

Hey, that’s a fine reason to meet for lunch, buy a chocolate cake or shake your booty. And while I won’t be groovin’ to the spicy dance tunes Chris and Amy play, I WILL be donating a few chocolate cakes to the party--er, bake sale.

That takes care of the coming week, but hold on because we roll from Sunday’s fun into the high school football and volleyball seasons. Two varsity football games next week, followed by volleyball’s opening match on September 3rd.

I won’t meet the 2013 KHS volleyball squad until Friday, but I took the Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central football team photo on Monday and spent a little time talking with the boys.

Now, I’ve gotta go see the guys on the field.

However else you know these 17 players, when they are suited up together, they are intense and focused and ready for business.

They also charmed me with their courtesy, respect and professionalism during the interview and photo session. Count me in as a fan, which means a few Friday night commitments added to my volleyball plans.

And the 25th annual GooseFest is coming in October, people.

I should be seeing you around town.