Dan Skivolocke, owner of Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home, will present photographs and information about Alliance’s Great Olive Poisoning on Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. On Aug. 23, 1919, Helen Sebring Gahris bought nuts, candy, and a jar of ripe olives to serve her guests to make her party table more festive. Fourteen people became ill with botulism, seven died, including Gahris. The press called it the “super tragedy.” Take a look, with Skivolocke, at this chapter of Alliance when it was a young, industrial city on the rise.
Dan Skivolocke, owner of Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home, will present his program on the “100th Anniversary of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce” on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Library’s Main Auditorium.
“Dr. Jeffrey S. Copeland is a professor of English in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches courses in literature and English Education. He has a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia., an M.A. from Arkansas State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Copeland’s newest book, Ain't No Harm to Kill the Devil: The Life and Legend of John Fairfield, Abolitionist for Hire, will be the focus for his program. It was his research on the Haines House for his book that first brought Copeland to Alliance.
How long can you hula hoop? Try your skill on Saturday, June 6, starting at 2:00 p.m. A representative from hoopla digital will be at Rodman Library to oversee a hoopla hoop contest. Children up to age 12, teens 13-18, and adults are invited to attend this swinging event.
Meet local author Jason M. Green on Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. in Rodman Main Auditorium. Green, an Ohio author of a fantasy series, science fiction and a supernatural western, will be discussing his novels—how he arrives at an idea and his process of writing. Once he has finished speaking, the program will be open to questions from the audience.
Experience the entertaining and inspiring story of a real adventure on Monday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m., as Bob (Buckeye Flash) Grau presents his hike on the Appalachian Trail. Grau was retired with no hiking experience or gear when he decided to thru-hike the trail from Georgia to Maine. His journey through 14 states, covering nearly 2,200-miles, was completed in 170 days with the last 380 miles on a broken ankle.
Do you have children with food allergies, or want some information regarding this issue? Rodman Library will be hosting a panel on Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m., with a board certified doctor in allergy/immunology, an early learning school nurse and a mother of children with food allergies. Each speaker will talk about their experiences with food allergies in children, the causes, ways to draw awareness, and solutions. Once all panelists have finished speaking, the program will be open to questions from the audience.
Red Tail (Steve Rickard) will give a presentation on his experiences in Africa and on the Loitokitok Route as he climbed his way to the top of Kilimanjaro. The program will be held at Rodman Public Library on Monday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m., in the main auditorium. Many in the Alliance area are familiar with Red Tail through his previous engagements at Rodman. Red Tail is an Alliance native who always brings with him another fascinating tale. No reservations are needed for this program. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 107. APM 3/19/15