Tailgating provides free food, music, giveaways
The annual Black Hole tailgating event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at the Pedestrian Mall outside of Morse Hall.
Black Hole is a student-oriented tailgating experience, sponsored by E-Zone, ESU Ambassadors and KISS103.1 radio.
The event is open and participants can enjoy free food, music and ESU spirit giveaways before the football game at 1 p.m. against Langston University at Welch Stadium.
Quarter auction at Granada open to adult bidders
Emporia Main Street will host the annual Quarter Mania auction from 5:30-8:30 p.m. tonight at the Granada Theatre, 807 Commercial St.
Participants can bid on items from 19 different vendors with just quarters. Once all bids are placed, a number is drawn and if the person with the corresponding number placed the bid, he or she wins the item. Numbers are drawn until there is a winner.
The event is open to the adult public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., but the actual auction starts at 6:30 p.m.
Church to host open Amtrak restoration forum
The First Congregational Church will host an open conversation on possibilities for restoring Emporia’s Amtrak service at 7 p.m. next Tuesday at the church, located at 326 West 12th Ave.
The participants include interim President H. Edward Flentje; Casey Woods, director of Main Street; Matt Zimmerman, city manager; Jeanie McKenna, Chamber of Commerce representative; Ken Calhoun, Emporia Community Foundation representative; local activist John Mallon; Gary Smith, Emporia police chief; and several members of City Council.
Emporia’s local Amtrak service was discontinued shortly after a fire consumed the train depot in 1999. The public is invited to attend the discussion and give feedback.