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Busy weekend in store

POSTED May 30, 2012 3:07 p.m.

There are many events planned in Barton County for the first-ever June Jaunt this weekend. Many events are free or require a small charge.
For a complete June Jaunt schedule, see the flyer distributed throughout the area or visit www.k96junejaunt.com. Area highlights include:
 Great Bend
Friday
• The Birdhouse Art Tour will showcase the new art of the community through decorated birdhouses located throughout Great Bend. A map of the outdoor walking tour can be accessed at the Visitor’s Center.
• Children are invited to chalk up the square for the Chalk Art for Young Children. The sidewalk chalk will decorate the square for a weekend of activities.
• Come to the Zoo after hours for the June Jam in the Zoo. Come check out live music, a scavenger hunt, games and so much more. Proceeds benefit the Zoological Society. 4:30-8 p.m.
• Come to the Look+Learn= ART meet and great to meet artists and view their unique work. There will be a four-foot skillet to serve snacks from. 5-7 p.m.
• Be sure to check out Family Swim night at the Wetlands Water Park. Tickets will be discounted to $2 and kids will enjoy swimming late. 7-9 p.m.
Saturday
• Experience the Cheyenne Bottoms through a 90 minute van tour. Participants will be picked up and let off at the Brit Spaugh Zoo two times during the day, while your out there, check out the scavenger hunt in the Education Center.
• Kansas Sidewinders MC Relay for Life Poker Run registration lasts from 10-11 in the Southeast area of the Jack Kilby Square. The last participant must be in by 2 p.m. You don’t have to ride a bike to participate, take your car, horse or whatever and join in the fun.
• The Look +Learn= Art live exhibit features 18 Kansas artists. In addition to structured displays, the artists will also perform live demonstrations. Come see the unique different works of art!
• Be sure to support the Young Professionals during the Community Beer Garden located in the square from 4 to 11 p.m.
• The Cast Iron Performance will feature a display of fire and metal which will produce a unique piece of art. The show will be put on by Aaron McCaffery. 8:30-8:50 p.m.
• Check out the Summer Street Stroll Kickoff in Great Bend. There will be over 40 different vendors showcasing fresh produce, food, arts and craft and various different items.
• The Chalk Art Competition and Drawings will be $10 to enter and free to all spectators. All proceeds benefit the Family Crisis Center’s Dell Hayden Memorial child advocacy Center. 1-4 p.m.
• The Rolling Sculpture Exhibit displays beautifully decorated vintage and modern cars. Be sure to check out the vehicles as they rally through town at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Square is a great place to check this out. They will also visit the Doonan’s GMC-Peterbilt museum at the intersection of K-156 and U.S. 56 east of Great Bend.
• Don’t forget the live music from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., featuring Abby & Colin Hammeke, Heather Newsom, Dixie Land Band, Randy Sauer, Little Big Band, Prairie Winds Jazz Trio, Alex Cartwright, Glass Bottles and Fire Trucks, The Mishaps, and Sunset Limited
• While your in the square participate in the Relay for Life Kids Zone, see Matthew the Magician and watch Lisa Hagers Puppet Show. Should be a great time for all ages.
Sunday
• The History Writ Large Exhibit features murals by Pat Potucek. The reception will feature music will light snacks. 1-4 p.m. at Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College.
Saturday Live Performances
• Over 18 various artists featured, there will be something new every hour!
For More information on Saturday, go to the Check In/Information Booth down in the Square and ask Community Coordinator Christina Hayes for a schedule of events.
Be sure to check out local stores and restaurants, good deals and exciting things are happening within and throughout them.
 For more information contact Christina Hayes, City of Great Bend Community Coordinator, at 620-793-4111 or chayes@greatbendks.net.

Ellinwood
•  Friday evening at 8 p.m.  – ice cream social in Wolf Park downtown, followed by an outdoor movie. Wolf Park Band Shell is listed on the National Historic Register.
• Saturday  – The Ellinwood Outdoor Arts and Antique Market will be filled with vendors from several states and throughout Kansas along with artists of local talent displaying their work.  A designated area will be available for the young at heart to make their own art projects to proudly take home. There will be live music and a variety of food choices available. Authentic German food will be sold in the historic train depot that now is the American Legion. Another attraction is the Ellinwood Underground World, tunnels that date back to the town’s founding.
Contact Nancy Baird with the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce at ellinwoodchamber@hotmail.com, 110 1/2 North Main, P.O. Box 482 Ellinwood, KS 67526, www.ellinwoodchamber.com, or 620-566-7353.

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