1 RUSH THE RAILS — Rush the Rails celebrates the grand opening of the Flint Hills Nature Trail this weekend. The event — sponsored by Dirty Kanza Promotions, Emporia — runs from Osawatomie to Council Grove with a stop in Ottawa, about 117 miles total. Friday night, the participants will be able to pick up their packets for the run and bike ride starting at 5 p.m. in the Ottawa Memorial Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. Beginning at 6 p.m., a street dance with music by “Katie & the Boys” will be take place. The dance is free and the community is welcome to bring chairs and listen to the music or dance. Main Street will be closed from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday for the event. Riders and runners in the event will be passing through Ottawa from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and the public is invited to join in on the festivities. First Street will be closed for booths and the community to welcome the participants. For more information on the event, see our story on Page 2.
2 CHILI COOK OFF — For just $1 a bowl, taste test a variety of chili starting 11 a.m. Saturday at Bishop’s Brew, 120 E. Dundee St., Ottawa. Franklin County Independent Bikers are hosting a chili cookoff to raise funds for their annual kids Halloween party, an event that is free to the public. To enter your own chili in the cookoff, cost is $10 and also allows you to participate in a pool tournament. Sign-ups are from 11 a.m. to noon, with the pool tournament beginning at noon. There is a 50/50 split with the winner of the pool tournament, and awards available for cookoff winners. Anyone is welcome to enter either event, a spokesperson for FCIB said.
3 OPEN MIC NIGHT — It’s the first Thursday of October, and that means it’s open mic night at South Beach Cove, 1608 S. Main St., Ottawa. Musicians of every kind are invited to “bring your instrument, singing voices, poetry, stand up comedy, movie scene reenactments, or mad stories to the Cove for an evening of live entertainment,” according to the event’s Facebook page. Performances begin at 7 p.m. today, and the restaurant and bar promises food and drink specials all night long.