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Busy weekend of activities

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

Several activities are planned for the weekend in the Whitewater Valley. Here are a few highlights. A more complete list is in Looking Ahead on Page A3.

A Tale of Two Cities

The weekend will kick off Friday night with a play at Robert E. Wise Center for Performing Arts at Connersville High School.

More than 45 students have been working for months to prepare for their performance of “A Tale of Two Cities.” 

Full of trust and lies, love and hate, compassion and revenge, the Charles Dickens classic about the rise and fall of two families that live between England and France during the French Revolution is as meaningful now as when it was first written.

“We have a set; costumes are rolling in at a breakneck pace, the lights are on, and the kids are pushing themselves to a place they’ve never gone before for a performance,” Lyenette Eklund, CHS theater director, said.

Shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. 

Altrusa Chili Cook-off

The 24th Annual Altrusa Chili Challenge will he from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Crosspointe Biker Church, 1130 E. Baseline Road. There will be several types of chili to try. Prizes will be awarded to the top chili recipes. There will be games, food, children activities, silent auction, craft vendors and much more. 

Those who would like to set up a booth or compete in cooking a favorite chili recipe may contact Amy Hammons, 765-265-0344.

Admission is free.

Connersville FOP 5K Foot Pursuit

Over 70 runners are registered for the Connersville FOP 5K Foot Pursuit. The race begins at 8 a.m. Saturday.

“We’re currently a little over 70, with race day registrations typically we have somewhere between 20 and 40,” CPD Detective Brad Rosser said. “We have 11 officers running in uniform so far, representing five different agencies.”

Today at 4 p.m. is the deadline for $20 advance registering. On Saturday, registration is $25.

“The money that we raise goes straight back into all of the charitable programs that we run in our community. The money that we raised through this race helps fund things like youth sports team sponsorships, our Christmas Crusade program, scholarships for local high school seniors, and other programs and events,” Rosser said.

The race starts at the Connersville High School football field and ends at the soccer fields on Veterans Memorial Drive. Participants will be shuttled back to the high school in police cars (handcuffs optional) for awards and door prizes.

Ziegler Road and Veterans Memorial Drive will be closed for the race from about 6:30 a.m. until finish, around 10 a.m.

For more information, email Rosser at sgtbrosser@gmail.com.