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May 12, 2001

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Carnival kicks off summer youth series

The Saturday Nite Main Event program kicks off the summer with a free carnival from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at East Lawrence Center, 1245 E. 15th St.

The carnival will feature a dunk tank, clowns, a disc jockey, games and the New Dawn Indian Dancers. Concessions will also be available.

The city's Parks and Recreation Department, with the help of Sunflower Outdoor and Bike, 802-804 Mass., will also provide a BMX demonstration and clinic. The event will provide youngsters a chance to learn tricks and jumps from experienced riders. The clinic requires a parent's signature to register participants.

Saturday Nite's Main Event programming will continue throughout the summer. The youth lock-ins are from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the East Lawrence Center.

For more information, contact Tim Laurent, the city's facilities operations supervisor, at 832-7950.

Montessori School to have auction, carnival

Sunshine Acres Montessori School will celebrate its 30th anniversary today with a silent auction and children's carnival.

Both events will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the school, 2141 Maple Lane.

The auction will include items such as tickets to Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Blades games, jewelry, ceramics, games and beauty salon services.

The carnival will be for children aged 2 to 9 years. Activities will include a moonwalk, petting zoo, face painting and a cakewalk. Tickets for events will be 25 cents each.

In case of rain, the auction and carnival will be May 19. For more information, call 842-2223.

Authorities warn of telemarketing scam

Following a reported scam committed against an elderly Topeka woman, the Kansas Better Business Bureau warned people to report any telephone calls from a Canadian telemarketing company.

The company, which calls itself Fortune International, is operating from Toronto, Canada, and apparently convinced a Topeka woman to invest $3,000 in a nonexistent investment, the BBB reported.

People were encouraged to discuss the scam with elderly friends, relatives and neighbors. Douglas County residents receiving a call from the company are asked to call the local BBB office at 766-2009. Those in other areas can call the main office in Topeka at (785) 232-0454.

Chess players honored

Quail Run School honored its chess players and sponsors Friday during a school assembly.

Students Anjali Datta, Deppyman Datta, Benjy Greenberg and Jed Borovik scored enough points during the Super Nationals II Chess Championship to be the co-championship team. They tied with a team from Vancouver, Wash. The competition was April 26-29 in Kansas City, Mo.

Also recognized at the assembly for their work with the elementary school's chess club were Steve Robinson and Sisca Woolf.

KU faculty to tour Kansas

More than 40 Kansas University faculty members will embark on a whirlwind bus tour of the state May 18 and May 21 to May 25.

The fifth annual tour will cover 1,300 miles and include visits to more than 20 counties, from research centers in greater Kansas City to a buffalo ranch in Logan County in northwest Kansas.

The tour enables staff members, especially those new to Kansas, to interact with Kansans in their communities and become acquainted with the state. This year staff members include new dean of education Angela Lumpkin, who is moving in June to Kansas from Carrollton, Ga., and new dean of students Richard Johnson, who moved in March from Columbia, Mo.

KU alumni receive engineering award

Two Kansas University alumni were awarded the Distinguished Engineering Service Award for their visionary careers at a ceremony Thursday at the Adams Alumni Center.

Theodore J. Cambern Jr. of Overland Park, vice president and principal of international transportation company TranSystems Corp. was one winner. Cambern earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1958, his master's in 1965 and his doctorate in engineering in 1974, all from KU.

Also awarded was Duane Dunwoodie, the retired president and CEO of Wiltron, an instrumentation firm that is now part of Japan-based Anritsu. Dunwoodie graduated from KU in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

Both men were instrumental in the creation of their organizations.

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