There are a few openings in the March 5 Kansas Wetlands Education Center "Nature's Marvelous Inventions" program for kids ages 6 to 12. The free program runs from 10-11 a.m. at the Center, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156. Discover where people found ideas for Velcro, airplanes, armor and paper - to name just a few human inventions already used by plants and animals - play a game and make an invention.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a board retreat Thursday and Friday in Junction CIty and at Fort Riley. The board will meet from 8-10 p.m. Thursday at the Courtyard Junction City, 310 Hammons Dr., Junction City. On Friday members will meet from 7-11:45 a.m. in the Riley Conference Room, followed by a tour of Fort Riley from noon to 3:30 p.m., and concluding with a faculty/staff meeting from 4-6 p.m. at 602 N. Washington St., Junction City.
The Great Bend Public Library Friends group will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the library's Kansas Room. Plans are being made for National Library Week in April and the annual book sale. Membership is $10 a year.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Wildlife Photography of Cheyenne Bottoms," from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This program will also be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 7, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Barton Community College's BCC Theatre has announced auditions for its spring production, "Baby with the Bathwater," by Christopher Durang. Auditions are set for 6 p.m. Monday in the college's Fine Arts Auditorium.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission, along with Donna Krug, FCS Agent at Barton County Extension office, will host a Walk Kansas informational meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. The public is invited to attend and learn about Walk Kansas, an eight-week program where teams of six form to collectively walk 423 miles - the distance across Kansas.
The Great Bend Public Library is observing Black History Month by featuring works by African American artists in its Fine Arts Room. Works by Thelma Russi, Billie Broils, Danny Nobles, Mike Clark Jr., Sharmara Shellman and Alonzo Snipes are on display.
Karen Sessler of ElderCare will present "Safeguarding Our Seniors," at 1 p.m. Monday at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Participants can learn how to keep themselves or a loved one safe at home. Sessler will cover tips on fall prevention, medication safety, identity protection, and signs that indicate an individual needs assistance.
Sunday will be the last day people can view the Marko Fields and Carol Long Ceramics Exhibit at Barton Community College's Shafer Gallery. The Black History Month exhibit, "Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds," an exhibit of posters from the Smithsonian Institute, also will end Sunday.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hear a faculty presentation by history instructor Linda McCaffery, with Dr. Bill Brenner of Larned, when it meets at 4 p.m. Friday in room F-30, in the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.