ATCHISON Susan Butler, author of the 1997 biography ``East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart,'' will be a guest speaker and conduct a book-signing during the Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison on July 24-26.
Butler will speak at 1 p.m. on July 25 in O'Malley-McAllister Auditorium at Benedictine College. Later that day, as part of the city's festivities downtown, the author will sign books from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the 500 block of Commercial Street.
Butler's book has been described by the Washington Post as ``the single best book that we have on Earhart's life.''
Earhart was born July 24, 1897, in Atchison, a town of about 10,000 people located on the Missouri River one hour north of Kansas City . For more information about this year's Amelia Earhart Festival, call the Atchison Area Chamber of commerce at 800-234-1854.
set for August
The third annual Celtic Tribal Gathering is moving Aug. 8 to Clinton State Park.
This year's gathering will include Highland games in five categories: Class I for the experienced competitor, Class II for the novice, a masters category for men older than 55, a 190-pound and under class, and a women's category. Competitors will compete in the Caber, weight for height and distance, hammer and Braemer stone.
There will be competition, clan tents, merchants booths and Celtic music featuring such artists as Uncle Dirtytoes, Claddagh Ring, Minneola Convention, Rowan, Lawrence Chapman and Russ Kapp, Pipers of the Plains, Pamela Bruner and Princess Harris.
Gates open at 9 a.m. There is a charge for entry in the games, admission to the events and parking. For more information, contact Liam Riggs, (785) 841-7296 or visit the web site at http://www.celticgathering.com.
to discuss children
The Lawrence Partnership for Children and Youth is sponsoring a Community Action Group to discuss what we need to do to create the highest quality of life for children and youth in Lawrence.
The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the United Way Building, 2518 Ridge Ct. All are invited to attend. For more information, call Becky Ford at 842-5006.