Community invited to celebrate dads with Party in Park, movies, pizza

Lawrence resident Charlie Bryan, foreground, attended Party in the Park last year with his daughters, Bella, left, and Luca. This year's event will be June 15.

Lawrence resident Charlie Bryan, foreground, attended Party in the Park last year with his daughters, Bella, left, and Luca. This year's event will be June 15. by Karrey Britt

Raising awareness about the value of fathers in raising healthy, successful children is the objective of Dad Days, a series of activities for and about fathers June 14-15 in Lawrence.

Dad Days is sponsored by Dads of Douglas County, a nonprofit comprised of men and women dedicated to encouraging and promoting father involvement in the lives of children in the community.

“Research clearly shows a father’s or male role model’s positive involvement in their children’s lives from an early age is beneficial in many ways. A child’s self-esteem, school achievement, and social and emotional skills improve. Overall, children are more successful when they have a positive male role model who is actively involved in their lives.”

— Rich Minder, Dads of Douglas County chair

Activities are free and open to the public. The lineup is:

Friday, June 14

• “Absent,” a documentary about fatherlessness, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., The Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave., followed by a panel discussion from 8:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

Saturday, June 15

• Party in the Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Buford M. Watson Jr. Park, Sixth and Kentucky streets. Event includes live music, food vendors and children’s activities.

• Build A Pizza Event, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., The Oread Hotel. Cost is $7-$10 for pizza, depending on size and toppings.

• “Unconditional,” a drama inspired by the life of Papa Joe Bradford, founder of Elijah’s Hope Ministry in Nashville, 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m., The Oread Hotel.

For more information about the fourth annual Dad Days, visit daddays.org.

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