Antiques sessions focuses on Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels toy cars will be featured at the "Know Your Antiques" session at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Mass.
Steve Stewart, manager at the city's central maintenance garage, will discuss pricing and display some Hot Wheels from the late 1960s and 1970s, as well as an assortment of recent limited-edition four-car sets. Leland Massey, owner of Massey's Antique Mall, Eudora, also will show his collection of older Hot Wheels.
Reference books will be available to help with dating, identification and verbal estimation of value.
Arts cars added to festival's offerings
Topeka -- The Kansas River Valley 2000 Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 23 at Gage Park, 10th and Gage.
A gourmet breakfast will be catered by River Rock Cafe and Bakery from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday in the rock garden. Other activities include art cars, art displays, a children's area, live entertainment and food.
For more information, call Kaye Arnold, event coordinator, at (785) 234-0378.
Water events slated in Lenexa
Lenexa -- Waterfest will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 pm. Saturday at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road.
Activities will include paddleboats, cane pole fishing, water slide, boat show, fish pond, sand castle building, water balloon target practices, free concessions and a concert by Against the Grain at 7:30 p.m.
Coterie Theater list new season
Kansas City, Mo. -- The Coterie Theatre, 2550 Grand Ave., has announced its 2000-2001 season. The shows include:
"Gatherings in Graveyards: Three Great Masterpieces of Horror and Imagination," featuring "The Tell-Tale Heart," "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "The Monkey's Paw," Oct. 3-29; "Little House on the Prairie," Nov. 10-Dec. 29; "Great Expectations," Jan. 6-Feb. 9; "The Glass Menagerie," March 6-April 1; "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," April 17-May 20; "A Little Princess: the story of orphan Sara Crewe," June 19-July 29, 2001; and "A Pinocchio Cabaret," July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2001.
Ticket information is available by calling (816) 474-6552.
Applications sought for fellowships
Minneapolis, Minn. -- The Playwrights Center is accepting applications for Jerome Fellowships.
Five $7,200 fellowships will be awarded to emerging American playwrights, who will spend 12 months from July 1, 2001, to June 30, 2002, at the center working with other professionals.
Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 15. To receive an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Jerome Fellowships, The Playwrights Center, 2301 Franklin Ave. East, Minneapolis, Minn. 55406 or call (612) 332-7481.
Nurse writes romance novels
Topeka -- Monica King, a part-time nurse at Menninger, has released her latest romance novel, "Never Too Late for Love." Using the pen name, Monica Jackson, King's sixth novel is published by Black Entertainment Television Books. King is the lead author for the Arabesque Books line of romance novels.
Other books by King include "Midnight Blue," "Heart's Desire" and "The Look of Love." Her next novel, "Too Hot Too Handle," is expected to be released in September 2001.
Country acts on tap at showdown
Topeka -- The True Value Country Showdown will be held Thursday night at Remington's, 1155 Wanamaker Road. The country music talent showcase will feature Husker Du Familje, Terry Wright, Alaina Fenton, Silver Bullets, Tony Lansing, Lucas Hoge, Cydney Fowler and Phoenix, Kristen Kissling, ThunderHeart, Ronnie Dinger, Kevin Fairchild and Ron Cambron.
Contestants will compete for cash and prizes plus a chance at regional, state and national titles.
Student to show 'alien' artworks
Jiri Lonsky, a Kansas University student pursuing a bachelor's degree in sculpture, will have his first solo exhibit, "Alien Craft," at Vibrations Studio, 920 Del.
The exhibit will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 31.
For more information, call Lonsky at 841-2746 or visit ravenstone.anthill.com.
Celtic harpist sets show at library
Pamela Bruner, a Celtic harpist and vocalist, will perform at 2:30 p.m. July 23 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
The "Celtic Harp Music" concert will feature songs of Ireland and Scotland and original compositions.
Sketch comedy show to be staged at ECM
Lawrence theater veterans Matthew Gaus, Chris Nelson and Chris Roady have written and produced a new sketch comedy show,
"Shoes, Boots, Yes!," which will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 12th and Oread.
The two-hour show is filled with nonstop action, non-sequiturs and general silliness. The cast includes Will Averill, Dan Bayouth, Becca Breithaupt, Margaret Cardinal, Gaus, Ryan Hamlin, Ceri Hedman, Melia Johnson, Allison Moore, Nelson, Roady, Loren Saunders, Jason Smith and Ryan Westhoff.
For more information, call 841-7507.