Robotics State Championship

Join over 30 high school Indiana FIRST teams as they compete on a basketball court-sized field with 5-foot tall, 120-pound robots!

The 2019 Indiana FIRST state championship will be held at Memorial Gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Each team of high school students had six weeks to design and build a fully functional robot to compete in this year's challenge. The students will be showcasing their STEM skills as they navigate and strategize through the competition. The event is free and open to the public.

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Kokomo Civic Theatre hosts AACT Fest

Kokomo Civic Theatre will be hosting the five-state American Association of Community Theatre Regional Competition (Region 3 AACTFest) today and tomorrow at Indiana University Kokomo's Havens Auditorium.

Ten shows — including KCT’s “Who Am I This Time?” — will perform in competition for the honor of representing Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin at the National Competition in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

There will be afternoon sessions (three shows for $30) and evening sessions (two shows for $20). One day and two day ticket packages are also available. Single session tickets will be available at the door or call 765-454-8800 to reserve tickets in advance.

Empty Bowl Fundraiser

The annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser is today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. at Rozzi's Catering and Continental Ballroom, 920 Millbrook Lane. 

The project, which is part of a national initiative, invites guests for a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in Howard County, which come as a result of food insecurity.

All proceeds go to help Kokomo Urban Outreach feed food insecure families in the community.

Dr. Duke Tumatoe at The Coterie

Dr. Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio will take the stage at The Coterie at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Tumatoe, an American blues guitarist, became a household name in the greater-Indianapolis area in the 1980s and has performed with Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, B.B. King and John Fogerty. Now he’s still at it, playing over 200 shows a year, covering over 60,000 miles. Tumatoe promises, “A good time, a little mischief, a lot of great music.”

Admission is $5. The Coterie is located at 107 W. Sycamore St. on the second floor.

Peru’s Second Saturdays

Did you miss out on Kokomo’s First Friday last week? That’s OK, you can still catch some art and downtown fun at Peru’s Second Saturday event!

Downtown Peru will be hosting art, entertainment and special sales during the April event. Second Saturdays are held from 5-9 p.m. on the — you guessed it — second Saturday of every month.

For more information and more events happening in Peru that evening, visit the “Peru’s Second Saturdays” Facebook page.

Haley Cawthon can be reached at or on Twitter @HaleyCawthon.

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