November 5, 2015
Chamber Chatter
Extended Thursday Edition
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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Upcoming Library Events
Every Monday at 10:30am - Story Time
Every Tuesday at 6:00pm - Twisted Stitcher
Every Thursday at 10:30am - Story Time

November 5 - 6:00pm KHC Talk Book Group
November 15 through November 21 - Kansas Reads to Preschoolers
November 18 - 2:00pm Early Release
November 18 - 6:00pm Cafe Boheme
November 19 - 5:00pm Page to Screen

Events and Classes at the Artist Box

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

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

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

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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Dairy Queen Specials

Head to Dairy Queen in your Royals gear on Sunday, November 8th and receive 1/2 off original cheeseburgers and double cheeseburgers!

Order your New Years Eve cakes from Dairy Queen! This year, receive 25% off all cakes purchased on December 31st! 

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River Cities Credit Union Grand Opening
River Cities Community Credit Union was established in 1958 and is committed to improving the financial well-being of our members. Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, worships, or is a member of an organization in Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson or Leavenworth counties. "Local People Helping Local People" is the credit union motto and we strive to put that into action.  We are collecting for area charities this holiday season and hope to write some big checks in December. River Cities recently purchased the building at 513 Commercial Street and moved October 23rd.

Join us for our Grand Opening and After Hours on November 10th from 5:00pm-6:30pm. Help us celebrate with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. 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
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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. 
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 on Monday, November 16th at 12:00pm.
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  Please also visit Mo-Kan on the web,

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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.
Mall Christmas Tree Lighting
The 2015 Christmas Tree Lighting is scheduled for Thursday, November 19th at 5:30pm. Come experience holiday cheer! More information to come!

East Hills Special Events
November 21st - 11:00am Santa Arrives
November 21st - 11:15am Performance by Mr. Stinky Feet
November 21st - 6:00pm Tree Lighting

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. 
Santa's House Opening on the Mall
The 2015 holiday season once again features Santa Clause arriving in spectacular fashion to his quaint Atchison home. Santa will visit individually with children during the holiday season.
November 28th from 10:00am to 1:00pm
December 5th from 10:00am to 3:30pm
December 12th 10:00am to 1:00pm
December 19th from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Annual Gingerbread House Contest
Show off you Gingerbread construction skills with the annual Gingerbread House Contest, presented by Favorite Things. Bring your contest entries to Favorite Things between 10:00am and 5:00pm on December 4th in order to enter! The official rules and entry form can be downloaded below.
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Theatre Atchison Presents A Christmas Carol 
Theatre Atchison's next mainstage production is A Christmas Carol, written by Barbara Field, adapted from the classic novel by Charles Dickens. Make your reservation by calling 913-367-SHOW(7469). Performances are December 4th through 6th, 11th through 13th; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM. 
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Theatre Atchison's Breakfast with Santa
It's time! Theatre Atchison's annual Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for December 5th and the theme is The Polar Express!

First Presbyterian Church
First Session - 8:30am-10:00am  
Second Session - 10:30am-12:00pm
Children 3 and up and adults are $8
Children under 3 are $2.50
Both sessions include Breakfast, Arts and Crafts, Cupcake Decorating, Storytelling, Music and Dance, Pictures with Santa, and more!
This event is by reservation only. Call 913-367-SHOW(7469) to make your paid reservation. Tickets will go on sale November 3rd, cut off for reservations are November 20th.
Sights & Sounds of Christmas
Experience a Spectacular Lighted Parade (starts at 5:30pm), Gingerbread Contest, Little Mr. & Miss Winter Wonderland Contest and much more!  This is a great event to get anyone into the Christmas Spirit! Head to the Commercial Street mall on December 5th for the 5th Annual Sights & Sounds of Christmas! 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. 
Butterfly Wing Bling Christmas Open House
You are invited to join Butterfly Wing Bling for the 2015 Christmas Open House and free interactive live butterfly exhibit! Also see many butterfly themed items in their new gifts show featuring Handcrafted Jewelry made with REAL butterfly wings and beautiful acrylic butterfly display boxes all made in Cummings, KS. Head to the Old JU-4 Elementary School in Cummings December 10th through 20th from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. For more information, contact Christina, David, Harriet or Byron at 913-333-1850.
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Theatre Atchison's Bike Raffle
A Frozen themed bike and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed bike are being raffled off in connection with Theatre Atchison's Annual Breakfast with Santa. Tickets are $1 for 1 ticket, $5 for 6 tickets. 

Raffle tickets are available for purchase at Theatre Atchison (during business hours and during intermissions for A Christmas Carol), Exchange National Bank, and some holiday events on the Mall such as Sights and Sounds of Christmas. 
The bikes will come with a gift receipt for exchange to a smaller or larger size if desired. The winners will be announced during intermission of the final performance of A Christmas Carol on December 13th. 
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Atchison Library's Breakfast with Santa
Join us for breakfast, crafts, storytime and more from 9:00am to 11:30am on Saturday, December 19th. The Topeka Zoo will be presenting a special program with Live Animals and our friend Santa will read us a story afterward with a chance to meet and take photos.
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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
Deadline: November 15, 2016
Backroad Atlas Ribbon Cutting Thank you!
Thank you to all who joined us in welcoming Backroad Atlas to the Community with a Ribbon Cutting yesterday! If you weren't able to make it, don't worry! Stop in to the store and look around and meet the owners! Hours of operation:
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
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 November Specials
Head down to Heritage Tractor for great monthly specials!
Heritage Tractor is located at 17526 286th Rd.
This month:

- Pre-Order net wrap for the best price
-Receive 10% off and John Deere Tire Chains
-Take advantage of Winter Service Specials.

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.
Shelter Insurance Agency Opportunity
Shelter Insurance is looking for a motivated individual to operate their new Shelter Insurance Agency in the Atchison area. Interested candidates contact Jeremy Davis at 913-748-6132 or
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Chamber of Commerce
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200 S. 10th Street
Atchison, KS 66002


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