November is adoption awareness month and Catholic Social Service is hosting the first annual Bubbles for Babies event from Nov. 14 to 18 to raise awareness about infant adoption. The fun, week-long celebration is an opportunity for individuals to pick up a bottle of bubbles and blow bubbles-both real and virtual-about their experiences and stories of adoption. The event culminates on Nov. 19, National Adoption Day, when one name will be drawn for a very nice prize basket.
Sunflower Early Education Center will sponsor a free screening to all children birth through two from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 16 at the Migrant Parent Advisory Council at Washington School, corner of 12th and Washington. The screening will answer questions about autism and early childhood concerns. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 800-692-4087 or 792-4087.
If the Red Cross is in Great Bend to collect blood, Milton, 77, and Merita, 75, Rice of Pawnee Rock will be there. This husband and wife team has given a total of 356 pints of blood, 188 for Milton and 168 for Merita, which equals 44 1/2 gallons. Together, their blood donations over the years may have helped save up to 1,068 lives.
Arun Gandhi, grandson of the great Indian civil rights leader Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, has continued the legacy of his late grandfather through peace activism and nonviolence promotion. He will share lessons learned from his grandfather at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University Campus.
The medical establishment generally regards placentas (afterbirth) as biohazardous waste, but to New York City placenta chef Jennifer Mayer, they are a nutrient-laden meat that can alleviate postpartum depression and aid in breast milk production (among other so-far-unverified benefits).
On this Veteran's Day, 2011, our thoughts should turn once again toward our military, who find themselves busier than they have been in recent memory.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is forming its High School Basketball Leagues.
Having won the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference West Division and NJCAA Region VI title, the accolades continue to roll in for the Barton Community College volleyball team.
Labor Day marks the traditional start of the autumn campaign season, and the biggest question is whether President Obama will sink his party. Since the fight for the Senate is being waged largely in the red states - where Obama has always been deemed toxic - it's no wonder that Democratic candidates are behaving as if he has a communicable disease.
ELLINWOOD – The Ellinwood Sunflower Bank Community Ambassadors kicked off their first session with a field trip to Ellinwood's 1894 Hotel Wolf which housed Starr Antiques and has been a cornerstone business in Ellinwood for over 35 years. The Hotel is directly over a portion of the old Ellinwood Underground World and has a rich history of Ellinwood.
COFFEYVILLE – After a scoreless first half, the Barton Community College women's soccer team dominated play in the second half and got out of town with a 2-0 win at Coffeyville Wednesday evening in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference action.
COFFEYVILLE – It was one of those early-season battles that could play big later in the season.
DODGE CITY – The Barton Community College volleyball team may be struggling outside the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference West division, but in conference Barton is still right in the mix early on.
Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes, Auburn forced three turnovers and the fifth-ranked Tigers held on to beat mistake-prone No. 20 Kansas State 20-14 on Thursday night.
There is a raging debate around the issue of illegal aliens, especially unaccompanied children. These aliens have been entering America through Mexico. Some say that it is our responsibility to take care of them. Others say we should send them back. Some say that our borders should be open, others say not.
St. Mark Lutheran Church, 21st & Jackson, Great Bend, will host a Walking Taco Supper from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the church fellowship hall. The menu includes build-your-own tacos, dessert and drink. Admission is by freewill offering. Proceeds will go to the Education Assistance Fund to assist children of the church who are attending Christian-based schools.
Dominican Chapel of the Plains, 3600 Broadway Ave., will hold a prayer service at 5 p.m. Sunday for the International Day of Prayer for Peace.
• Trinity Lutheran Church in Otis will have a special celebration honoring Pastor Bruce Adamson on the 35th anniversary of his ordination. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, with special music provided by Prairie Timbre +1. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Susan Candea, the Bishop's Associate with the ELCA Synod.
United Methodists in Nebraska and Kansas launched its public school partnership with an education caravan in July at three Kansas locations designed to bring attention to the importance of public schools. Three more are scheduled in Nebraska on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 2. United Methodists in the new Great Plains Conference (Nebraska and Kansas) intend to increase collaborative efforts between United Methodist congregations, schools and community partners to support local schools.
CLAFLIN - The Immaculate Conception Altar Society of Claflin is having a Roast Beef Dinner and Fun Night on Sunday, Sept. 21. Roast Beef and all the trimmings will be served from 5-7 p.m. at the Parish Center in Claflin.
First Baptist Church is having a movie night at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1600 19th St., Great Bend. Popcorn will be served.
A member of the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 hangs a POW/MIA flag in the courthouse square, Thursday evening.
During his Town Hall at Ellinwood Thursday, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said he believes it's time to look at a new school funding formula. "Free lunch isn't the only indicator of at-risk," he said, noting poor students may excel and more affluent students may face other issues.