Kansas Wetlands Education Center is celebrating Earth Day 2013 with solar-baked cookies, organic gardening, nature art and alternative energy vehicles. The free public event runs from 1:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at the KWEC, located 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156 just inside Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.
Kraft Pillow Service will be in Great Bend from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, in the parking lot of the RSVP office, 1025 Main. The location for this annual fundraiser for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program has changed. Come to the southwest door off the parking lot to sign in and leave pillows or comforters for refurbishing. The Krafts also have new feather and down pillows for sale.
A torch cart with an oxygen bottle and an acetylene bottle were stolen sometime between 8 p.m. on April 6 and 9 a.m. on April 9, from a construction site at 5520 10th St. in Great Bend. Police Chief Dean Akings said loss was $700. Anyone with information about this crime or any other crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers, 792-1300 or 888-305-1300.
Area high school students presented their artwork in a juried exhibit in the Shafer Art Gallery on Wednesday with the top three award winners receiving $500 scholarships from the Barton Foundation during Central Prairie League Art Day at Barton Community College.
HUTCHINSON – Hutchinson Community College Theatre Department will present the drama "The Oresteia," April 18-20. The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. nightly at the Stringer Fine Arts Recital Hall on the HCC campus.
RUSSELL - Approximately 50 people were on hand April 6 when the Deines Cultural Center hosted the awards ceremony for the 2013 First Congressional District High School Arts Competition. The crowd viewed a gallery display of the 130 pieces submitted by students representing six high schools.
Students from Holy Family School recently gained the opportunity to demonstrate their public speaking skills and take pride in personal accomplishments. On Monday, April 8, the students took part in a speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a national provider of fraternal financial services and programs.
Author Sandy Barnard will discuss George Armstrong Custer during a joint meeting of the Barton County Historical Society and the Quivira chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association on Monday, April 22. Barnard, a well known Custer expert, will provide the program, "Where Custer Fell and Where is He Buried?" at 7:30 p.m. at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, located south at 85 South U.S. 281 – just south of the Arkansas River bridge in Great Bend.
Touched by Cancer support group will meet at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Heartland Cancer Center. Guest speak will be Dr. Ana Refinetti, MD, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. Dr. Refinetti is a surgeon, providing general surgery services, with a specialization in breast surgery.
The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo wrapped up its second successful show Friday afternoon. Jan Westfall, chairman of the Great Bend Area Chamber of Commerce expo committee, said while the first day of the Expo started off slow because of cold, wet weather, subsequent days saw the numbers of visitors building.