Community focuses on fatherhood in efforts to improve health and lives of children

By Dan Partridge

As we work to improve the health and lives of children, I believe that our strongest partners are mothers and fathers. Most of us are personally aware that as we raise our own children there are many times where we need support and encouragement. As Father’s Day approaches, we have an opportunity to celebrate families and fathers by participating in one or more of the Third Annual Dad Days activities the Dads of Douglas County coalition is hosting June 14, 15 and 16.

Here is a short description of what is being offered:

  • Thursday, June 14- Liberty Hall is the place to be with two films, live music and a panel discussion. It all begins at 5:30 p.m. with the showing of “The Other F Word,” a documentary of punk rockers adapting to the challenges of fatherhood. At 8 p.m., the film, “Sironia,” will be shown followed by live music by the singer, songwriter and star of the film Wes Cunningham. View movie and music clips at

  • Friday, June 15- Dads of Douglas County will host a professional development workshop at the Community Health Facility. Two sessions, beginning at 8 a.m., will be presented focusing on establishing paternity and child support and postpartum depression. Registration available via Eventbrite.

  • Saturday, June 16- Bring your family to the “Party in the Park” from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Watson Park (the train park) and enjoy live music, children’s activities and food from Local Burger and Bambino’s. That evening at 7 p.m. at the Oread Hotel Screening Room, we will be watching the Kansas premiere of the movie, “WaterWalk,” with guest speaker and Steven Faulkner, author of the book, “WaterWalk.”

Dads of Douglas County has put together a great lead up to Father’s Day and I encourage you to attend one (or more) of these events and make a statement about the importance of family and fathers.

Tagged: Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Dads of Douglas County


Marilyn Hull 6 years, 3 months ago

Sounds like a great line-up!

So grateful to my husband, Rob, for putting our children at the center of his life for 25 years.

Charlie Bryan 6 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, Marilyn! Speaking of a great line-up, here are the bands playing at Party in the Park on Saturday:

  • 11 a.m., Old Fangled ~ Blue Grass
  • 12 p.m., Heebie Jeebies ~ Folk
  • 1 p.m., Crumpletons ~ 60's Rock

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