October 29, 2015
Chamber Chatter
Extended Thursday Edition
Welcome New Member - Snow Ball
The Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Snow Ball as a new member. Snow Ball is a restaurant with a full espresso bar, that serves deli sandwiches, ice cream, candy and more! Snow Ball is located at 111 N 8th St and is open from 7:00am to 9:00pm. 
Also, welcome to Snow Ball's new owners, Gene and Machelle Collins. Stop by the cafe to meet Gene and Machelle and to check out Snow Ball's new layout! Welcome new members!
Upcoming Library Events
Every Monday at 10:30am - Story Time
Every Tuesday at 6:00pm - Twisted Stitcher
Every Thursday at 10:30am - Story Time

Thursday, October 29th at 5:00pm - Page to Screen
Monday, November 2nd at 12:00pm - Monday Matinee

Evah C. Cray Historical Home Museum Halloween Special Events
Come experience Victorian Halloween traditions & stories surrounded by a true Victorian-era home's splendor.
Friday, October 30th - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
$5.00 Admission Fee
Children under 10 years of age- Free
Call (913) 367-3046 for more information.
Farmers' Market Wednesday
The last shopping day of the 2015 season will be this Saturday, October 31st at the Atchison Farmers' Market between 8:00am and 12:00pm. Still lots of fresh, locally grown vegetables, honey, coffee, baked goods, and jams and jellies.  You can still use Senior Nutrition Program coupons and the Market Match program for SNAP users is still available.

All the AFM farmer/vendors want to thank you, our customers, for a wonderful season.  You have been great!  We appreciate your visits to our market and your support of our efforts to show you what is available during the spring, summer, and fall season here in the area.  We like to hear your suggestions and comments for the Market.  We hope you have enjoyed your experience each week -- the entertainment, demonstrations, the monthly "bundle give away", and atmosphere.

We also want to thank all those who entertained at our Market:  Lois Reid and Jim Dixon, Gary "Elvis" Meyer, the Atchison Jazz Express, the Versatiles, Stephanie Glenn, the Atchison Art Association, Juneteenth organizers, Trina Earl and her baby animal petting zoo, Rachel Lanter and her vegetable petting zoo.  Also the many charitable groups who came to the Market to raise funds and to make us aware of their projects.  A special thanks to Susan Turnbull for all the help she gave planning the special events we had on the first Saturday of each month.  (Do you want a "Man v. Grill" event again next summer?) Also, a shout out to Taylor Hays who puts our information in the Chamber Chatter and to Angie Parker who makes it available to visitors.  You all made the Market great fun and the "place to meet your neighbors".

The AFM Board and our vendors will be at home during cold days of winter thinking about what we will be planting during our upcoming 18th season in 2016 and finding entertainment for your enjoyment.  See you in May!!!
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Paolucci's Special Events
Here's whats happening at Paolucci's this month!
Saturday, October 31st - Halloween Costume Party in the Lounge. Enjoy live music featuring the local band, Versatility, specialty drinks and a costume contest beginning at 11:00pm
Every first and third Saturday - Partner Pitch Tournament - sign up is at 1:00pm
Every Wednesday - Trivia Night, sign up at 7:00pm, trivia at 7:30pm
Annual Gypsy Bazaar
Mark your calendars for the Annual Gypsy Bazzar on October 31st from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Head to the 500 and 600 blocks of the Commercial Street Mall for an array of vendors, food and music! Fun for the whole family!
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Trick or Treat Down the Street
All pre-school through 5th graders are invited to the Commercial Street Mall on Saturday, October 31st for Trick or Treat Down the Street. Full schedule and details below.
Trick or Treat at East Hills Mall
Visit your favorite stores and collect Halloween goodies at East Hills Mall on Saturday, October 31st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Get a list of participating retailers at Guest Services.
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Kiwanis Halloween Parade
The Kiwanis Club of Atchison celebrates the club's 96th birthday during the 2015 Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 31st. This year's theme is Halloween HOWL of Fame. The parade begins 2:00pm, starting from 10th and Commercial moving East. The Costume Contest will be held on the Atchison Public Library Courtyard at noon.
Costume Contest Age Groups: 0 - 2; 3 - 5; 6 - 8; 9 - 12
Parade registration forms are available at the link below or at the Atchison Board Of Education (626 Commercial). Parade Registration Fee is $10.00 and supports the Atchison City Infant Toddler Program. For more information contact David Myers at 913-367-9519 or email dmyers@usd409.net.
FDIC Vice Chair to Speak in Atchison
Benedictine College is pleased to present Thomas M. Hoenig, vice-chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and 1968 alumnus, in a special community presentation on Monday, November 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center on the school's Atchison campus. The event, sponsored by the Thomas M. Hoenig Student International Business Council, is free and open to the public.
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Events and Classes at the Artist Box

Clay Mugs
Tuesday November 3rd at 6:00pm: Part 1 -- Build
Tuesday November 17th at 6:00pm: Part 2 -- Glaze
Open to all over 14 years of age

Bring-A-Friend Ceramic Night
Thursday, November 5th at 6:00pm
Bring a friend and get 25% off your ceramic piece.
Must paint or glaze in the studio that night.

Decoupage' Paintings
Saturday, November 7th anytime between 9am-3pm

Paint an Ornament
Thursday, November 12th at 6:00pm $10.00
Open to all over 14 years of age

Learn to create Optical Illusion Art
Saturday, November 14th anytime between 9am-3pm

Recycled Wine Bottle Vases
Saturday, November 22nd anytime between 9:00am-3:00pm

After Hours & Ribbon Cutting: Backroad Atlas
Join us in welcoming Backroad Atlas to the Community with a Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, November 4th at 12:15pm. Refreshments will be provided. Stop in and do some shopping! 
Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays - Saturday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Backroad Atlas is located at 832 1/2 Commercial St, Atchison, KS 66002
Holiday Retail Open House
Head to the Commercial Street Mall on November 5th through the 7th to enjoy 3 days of specials and holiday cheer in historic Atchison, KS! Visit any of the following businesses to enter your name into a drawing to win one of four $25 Chamber gift certificates! No purchase necessary!

Always Blooming, Backroad Atlas, Coin Mart, Dairy Queen, Daisy House Atlantic, Energy Connection, Extreme Value! Mattress & Furniture, Favorite Things, Gambino's Pizza, Gateway To Kansas Shops, Hilligoss Family Shoes, Kex Rx Pharmacy, Long John Silver's, Lopez de Mexico, Maria's Mexican Restaurant, Outdoor Concepts & Design, Paolucci Lounge Restaurant, Pete's Steak House, Pizza Hut, Poor Richard's Printing Copying & Office Products, Sacred Heart Variety Store, Santa Fe Depot VIC, Sears, Snow Ball, Sunsetters of Atchison, Taco John's, Tacyn's, The Artist Box LLC, The Hardware Store, Van Dyke Grocery.
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2nd Annual Monk Run 
Students and friends are invited to join the monks for a morning run and more on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Check-in at 8:00am, run begins at 9:00am. $10 entry fee covers shirt, refreshments, and more. In order to receive a shirt, you must register by 12:00pm on October 26, 2015. A gathering will be held with the monks immediately following the run.
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River Cities Credit Union Grand Opening
Join us at the official Grand Opening of River Cities Credit Union on Tuesday, November 10th! Ribbon Cutting and After Hours will take place form 5:00pm to 6:30pm. River Cities Credit Union is located at 513 Commercial St, Atchison, KS 66002.
United Way Trivia Contest
Join us for our annual United Way Trivia Contest on Friday, November 13th at 7:00pm! $10 per person gets your team a spot in the contest and free range of the many tables of food! There are a wide variety of trivia subjects with a bit more in the music category. Your team (of up to 8 people) must answer the most questions to win! You have a night of fun while making money for a great cause that stays local! 
Call Terry at United Way to register your team 367-6510 or come to the office at 625 Commercial Suite 7!
Atchison Community Educational Foundation Wine Tasting
The Atchison Community Educational Foundation will host a wine tasting fundraiser on Saturday, November 14th to provide funding for scholarships for at-risk students in the Atchison community. At the event, participants will enjoy hors d'oeuvres as they sample a variety of wines and network with current and past scholarship recipients, as well as fellow foundation supporters. Tickets for the wine tasting cost $30 each or $50 per couple and can be purchased by contacting Melinda Pregont at 913.367.5103 or melinda.pregont@gmail.com
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"Amorphous Perception" Open at the Muchnic Gallery
Through November 15th, the Muchnic Gallery is pleased to present  its fall exhibit  "Amorphous Perception", a mixed-media photography exhibit featuring  Maryville, Missouri, artist Jeff Foster. The Atchison Art Association will host an Opening Reception, Friday, September 18, 5-7p.m., at the Muchnic Gallery. This event is free and open to the public. 
Mo-Kan Lender Information Opportunity

How would you like to know more about the key components your lender will look at when you ask for a loan?  Starting in August, Mo-Kan will partner with the Atchison Chamber of Commerce in an effort to assist area entrepreneurs looking for financing. Mo-Kan specializes in identifying the appropriate financing that will suit the business's immediate and long-term needs.  Entrepreneurs wanting to purchase an existing business, start a new business, or expand current operations are able to meet with Mo-Kan free of charge. Mo-Kan will be available at the Chamber of Commerce on the third Thursday of the month between the hours of 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

Tuesday, November 17th from 1:30pm-2:30pm

Tuesday, December 15th from 1:30pm-2:30pm

For additional information, please contact Jon Ecker at (816) 233-3144 or jecker@mo-kan.org.  Please also visit Mo-Kan on the web, www.mo-kan.org.

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Highland Community College Nursing Program Ribbon Cutting and After Hours
You are invited to be our guest on Wednesday, November 18 from 4:30pm-6:30pm to celebrate the Open House and Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new JANEAN BOWEN SIMULATION CENTER. The celebration will be held in the Nursing Department at Highland Community College Technical Center (1501 West Riley, Atchison, KS 66002) Deckard Building F Lower Level. You will have the opportunity to tour our facility, enjoy some delicious refreshments, and congratulate Mrs. Bowen on her many achievements. Ribbon Cutting at 5:15.
Small Business Saturday
This year, Small Business Saturday is scheduled for November 28th. Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local--like our stores here in Atchison! Mark your calendar for this wonderful annual event. More information to come. 
Mistletoe Market Holiday Fair
The Atchison Middle School Parent Club is excited to announce the 2015 Mistletoe Market Holiday Fair. This holiday fair will feature vendors of every kind including bake sale, crafts, jewelry, candles, soaps, books, toys, purses, kitchenware, etc! The fair will be held Saturday, December 5th from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Atchison Middle School Commons Area (301 N 5th St). If you are interested in reserving a booth space, download the PDF in the "Read More" link. 
Atchison County Logo Contest
Create the new Atchison County Logo and win. The County of Atchison and the Atchison Art Association are sponsoring a contest to find the new Atchison County logo. You could win $250. The contest is free to enter. There is no age limit to participate. Participants do not need to live in the Atchison community. The contest is open to all individuals in all geographical locations. Official rules and information at https://www.atchisonart.org/county-logo-contest.html
Deadline: November 15, 2016
Business Recognition
With today's rapid changes in technology and sweeping market changes, maintaining success in the business world is no small feat. Maintaining that success for any length of time is an achievement. If your business is celebrating an anniversary, 5 year, 10 year, etc, the Chamber wants to celebrate! Call us at 913-367-2427 and tell us when your business was established and YOU could be invited to be recognized at our Special Business Recognition Luncheon.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
For over 100 years, the Salvation Army around the world has been linked to the Christmas season and to compassion for the needy. The Salvation Army Service Unit in Atchison County is dedicated to meeting the needs of the residents in our county throughout the entire year. Join us in an effort to ensure that the disadvantaged of our community receive the assistance they need. The money raised through the programs described in the PDF found in the "Read More" link will help local residents in our community by providing emergency assistance with utilities, rent, food and clothing. You will also see our Red Kettles in the Community this Christmas season, we hope you will support our bell ringers.
Heritage Tractor October Specials
Head down to Heritage Tractor for great October Specials! Heritage Tractor is located at  17526 286th Rd. This month:
-Buy any two tow-behind implements and receive 10% off
-Receive 10% off and John Deere Ripper points
-Take advantage of Winter Service Specials.
Hurry in today!
Hilligoss Shoes 84th Anniversary Sale
Hilligoss Shoes is ready to celebrate their 84th Anniversary with a huge shoe sale! Head down to 515 Commercial for store-wide savings! Enter to win 1 of 84 gift certificates AND enter to win a free pair of New Balance shoes! The savings have started, head down to Hilligoss today!
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No Social Security COLA
Each year, Social Security calculates the automatic cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), if any, that our program beneficiaries will receive the following year. For years when there is a Social Security COLA, this adjustment is intended to keep inflation from eroding the purchasing power of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits.
The law does not provide for a Social Security COLA for 2016. The Social Security Act requires us to base this calculation on changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, known as the CPI-W. Because the CPI-W has not increased, there will be no COLA for 2016.
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Atchison Elementary School Personal Care Unit
The Atchison Elementary School is in need of donations of travel sized personal hygiene items. Bring your donations to the Intermediate Office or the Primary Offices at the elementary school. Donations will be taken all year.
Riverbend International School Firewood Fundraiser
Riverbend International School Booster Club will be having a Firewood Fundraiser to prepare you for the cold winter season! Contact Paul Ogle for information and firewood pricing.  The wood is at Riverbend International School, 1900 N 2nd.  913-426-3411.
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Atchison, KS 66002


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