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  • Area events: Saturday, April 20

  • Saturday, April 20

    Homebuyer  Fair

    A Homebuyer Fair, made possible by the City of Pittsburg, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.

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  • Saturday, April 20
    Homebuyer Fair
    A Homebuyer Fair, made possible by the City of Pittsburg, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.
    Local lenders, realtors, contractors and city departments will be showcased. Included will be information on homeownership and financial education and information on neighborhood clean-up and revitalization efforts. There will be 15-minute sessions on Lincoln Square development, qualifying for a home, how to get past the credit rating and the financing process.
    Soft drinks and popcorn will be served. Door prizes will be given, including a big screen TV and five $20 gas gift cards.
    ‘Second Chance’ event
    Pittsburg State University social work seniors Samantha York and Mandy Lickteig will host an event for community business owners, managers and guests at 1 p.m. at Shelter No. 3, Lincoln Park.
    Featured will be a free lunch and speakers who will discuss the social importance and benefits of hiring someone with a criminal past. Speakers will include Kelli Martinez from the Kansas Department of Corrections, Stacy Hauck from the Community Mental Health Center, as well as additional presenters who have expertise in coordinating individuals with a criminal history and employers so that both parties benefit.
    Each person attending will also receive an informational packet for the Free Federal Bonding Program and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program that is available for most businesses to receive financial incentives for hiring individuals with a felony conviction.
    As of February 2013, 84 persons were on parole in Crawford County, many of them with a felony conviction on their record that keeps them from getting a job. A 2008 study by Nancy La Vigne,, director at the Justice Policy Center, found that post-release employment was the most important predictor of recidivism and the success of an offender’s reentry into the community.
    Those attending will have their names put into a drawing for a free $250 custom-built prize that they will help design.
    Book sale
    Southeast Kansas Recycling Center will host an Earth Day book sale, open to the public, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    There will be books for all age groups in many different categories. Hardback books will be 50 cents, and paperbacks will be sold for 25 cents. Children’s books will cost 10 cents.
    Membership applications will be available at the door. All proceeds will go to promote recycling in southeast Kansas. The recycling center’s New to You resale shop will be open during the book sale.
    Church bake sale
    Grace United Methodist Church, 20th and Elm, will have a bake sale from 7 a.m. until sold out.
    A pancake breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee will be available for a free-will offering. Those attending the breakfast should enter the church by the south door.
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    Pittsburg Farmers’ Market will be held from 7:30 a.m. until noon or sold out at Second and Broadway. Items available will include eggs, grass-fed Dexter beef, Ossabaw hog, traditional pork, green onions, spinach, oriental salad greens, kale, radishes, leaf lettuce, potted herbs, tomato plants, pepper plants, rose geraniums, cabbage, spring onions, homemade soaps, jams, traditional jellies, wine jellies, honey, beeswax lip balm and lotion bars, candles, jewelry and baked goods including apple tarts, cookies, cinnamon rolls, cakes, Amish white bread, honey whole wheat bread, cinnamon raisin swirl, sun-dried tomato asiago, Italian bread and Jumbles, an original recipe oatmeal bar made by Sandy Golay, garlic butter and honey butter.
    Also available will be bird feeders, bird baths and copies of Kathy Flora’s new cookbook.
    This will be Kids Day, which will be held on the third Saturday of each month with a special activity for youngsters at the market. The activity this month will be in honor of Earth Day, and will include planting seeds and painting some garden decorations.
    Arbor Day
    Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department and its sponsor, Walmart, will have an Arbor Day celebration.
    Free shade and ornamental trees, along with tree planting information, will be given away from 9 a.m. to noon in the Walmart Lawn and Garden Center. There will also be a question and answer session on caring for trees.
    The City of Pittsburg is a Tree City USA member. Anyone needing additional information may call the Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department at 231-8310.
    Veterans representative
    Pittsburg American Legion Post 64 will host an accredited veterans service officer with Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 317 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the post home.
    Anyone wishing to make an appointment should call 231-2240.
    Mall Collectors Show
    The Original Meadowbrook Mall Collectors Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the mall center court area, according to Dave Sorrick of In God We Trust LLC.
    The one-day hobby event will feature local and regional vendors trading in coins, currency, gold, silver, sports cards, sports memorabilia, postcards, stamps and other small collectibles.
    The show is open free to the public.
    Legion lunch
    Pittsburg American Legion Post 64 will have a noon lunch for all members. Doors will open at 11 a.m.
    Scrabble Club
    Pittsburg Scrabble Club NASPA 613 will meet from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Pittsburg Public Library. Players of all skill levels, including beginners, are welcome to participate.
    Anyone needing additional information may call club director Dan Lee at 620-249-2574.

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