Starting next week, the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will offer free courses on using the computer spreadsheet program Microsoft Excel 2010. One-hour classes are available twice on Tuesdays, at 3 and 7 p.m., on the following dates:
Carol Warrick, Larned, proudly announced that he celebrated his 97th birthday on Christmas Day. ElderCare, Inc. also achieved a recent milestone, when Carol became Home Services client number 3,000. The friendly senior was visited at his home where he lives comfortably and independently. He was joined by Ivy, the protective companion dog. The retired Nebraska farmer also enjoys frequent visits from his daughter, Jan.
Wilda Whala Merten will celebrate her 80th birthday with a come-and-go Reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Barton Art Center, 1401 Main Street (corner of Main and Forest), Great Bend. Hosts of the reception are her children and grandchildren.
Ashley Lynn Kuhn and Tyler Erick Klein were united in marriage on Nov. 12 at Faith Community Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by Pastor Sandy Kennedy. Parents of the couple are Eric and Christy Kuhn and Todd and Dawn Klein. Grandparents of the bride are Tom and Linda Barnes and Leaetta Tomlinson of Great Bend and Kenny and Sandy Kuhn of Joplin, Mo. Grandparents of the groom are Tim Casey of Great Bend and the late Barbara Casey, and Helen Klein of Great Bend and the late Larry Eugene Klein.
Darlene Mlynar will celebrate her 80th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 8, with a card shower. A resident of rural Barton County, she is retired from Suburban Cleaners and Essex. She has also done a lot of volunteer work.
Marion and Juanita Alpers of Hudson will celebrate their 60th anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Hudson Community Hall. Hosts for the event will be their son, Kevin and Barb Alpers, daughter Janell and Reuel Foote, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.