Community invited to celebrate dads with Party in Park, movies, pizza
- on June 7, 2013
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.