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News for 8/7/19

Kensington’s Annual Old Fashioned Saturday Night 

Sponsored by the Kensington Commercial/Community Club, this years Old Fashioned Saturday Night is planned for Saturday, August 17, and all are welcome to attend. Starting at 8:00am with the 5K Color Run, games and activities, a car show in the afternoon, and running into the night with a street dance after dark, with all sorts of fun in between! 

Schedule of events:

8:00am - 5K Color Run sponsored by TRHS Sapphire Dancers 

9:00am - Pasture Golf organized by Jeff Nech; 2 person teams; $10/person; Prizes will be given by SALS; Location will be SE of Leonard and Genny Rahjes. 

1:00pm - Yard Games 

2:00pm - Swim Fest and Contests at the Kensington Swimming Pool 

3:00-8:00pm - Inflatables (2 available for different age play) $5 wrist band allows all unlimited play; Sign up sheet for supervision and workers will be available.

4:00-8:00pm - Car Show Don Dodds and Justin Bretton organizing; $10 per vehicle; call 785-476-8044 or 785-476-7040 to enter; Prizes awarded. 

5:00pm- SALS beer garden opens 

6:30pm - Kiddie Parade; This year’s theme is Cardboard Box Cars; Prizes will be given to top 3.

FOOD VENDORS/Booths to open after kiddie parade. 

8:00 pm - Local Entertainment begins; Little Girl Dance Camp performances; MS & HS Cheer & Sapphire Dance Performances; Steele Drums


9:00pm-Midnight STREET DANCE -Whiskey River Band 

Join us in Kensington, “The Biggest Little Town of its Size” on Saturday, August 17th, for loads of fun!

End of summer Kensington Pool hours 

School starts soon, but the pool will stay open awhile longer! Hours will be adjusted some. Sunday August 11th through Wednesday the 14th the pool will close at 6:00pm. Thursday August 15th through Friday 16th hours are 4-6:00pm after school. And Saturday August 17th will be Swimfest starting at 2:00pm during Old Fashioned Saturday Night. 

Future Sapphire Dance Camp

Dance camp will be held Saturday, August 10, from 10:00am to noon at the roadside park in Kensington. Ages 4 years through 6th grade are welcome to attend. Please come starting at 9:45am to fill out papers for your little dancer. Cost is $20/dancer. No pre-registration this year. The girls will perform their dances at Old Fashioned Saturday Night on Saturday, August 17!  Contact Tina Dennis or a Sapphire dancer for more information or with any questions.

Back to School Blessings

Sunday August 11th the United Church in Kensington will hold a brunch at 9:45am, Sunday school at 9:15, and worship with blessings of backpacks, students and staff at 10:25. Please plan to join us for this special day. Also mark your calendars for the 50th Anniversary celebration of the United Church on Sunday, September 1st. We encourage members of past and present as well as former pastors to join us for this special occasion.

TR Preschool Screening

USD 110 will offer preschool screening on August 14, 2019 from 8:30-11:00am. Call the Thunder Ridge Middle School Office to sign up at 785-638-2244.

Thunder Ridge PRE-KINDERGARTEN teaches the needed academic skills your 3 and 4 year old will need to be kindergarten ready. It is an early intervention program that capitalizes on your child’s strengths to improve any weaknesses. All 4 year olds can enroll, 3 year olds that have gone through a screening and qualify to attend, can enroll. This screening is used to discover your child’s strengths as well as areas of concern. SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AS WELL, FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY, INCLUDING ACADEMICS, SPEECH/LANGUAGE, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, AND PHYSICAL THERAPY.

Mat Makers meeting

Mat makers met July 30 and got many bags cut, tied, and crocheted! They now have 10 more mats to deliver to the homeless. They will meet again Saturday, August 24, from 9:00-noon at St. John Lutheran in Kensington. Everyone is welcome to join the fun!

Food Pantry

The Kensington Food Pantry serves the Thunder Ridge School District area the 3rd Saturday of each month. This month the pantry will be open August 17th from 1:00-3:00pm at the Kensington Community Center. Contact 785-476-2278 with any questions. 


Notice: Please get your news items to Erica no later than Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm. News submitted after Sunday will be in the paper the following week. Send your info to Erica Barnes at with subject line: NEWS; or feel free to call 785-476-8185. For the full, in color edition, visit

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