Rice County Community Foundation, home to Celebration Centre and the Bar K Bar Arena, 1145 East HWY. 56, in Lyons, Calendar of Events for August include: Celebration Dance at Celebration Centre, on August 16 in the JWJ Hall-dance band is the Calhouns; Kansas Mounted Shooting Association – State Championships in the Bar K Bar Arena, Lyons, Ks. at 9 a.m. on Aug. 20 and 10 a.m. on Aug. 21; and the Kansas Paint Horse Show at the Bar K Bar Arena on Aug. 27 and 28.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include the budget hearing, athletic league affiliation, approval of math grant and the Superintendents report.
Barton County Farm Bureau members will hold its annual dinner/meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Student Union at Barton Community College. Those planning to attend should RSVP by Aug. 22. Call Jerry Esfeld, 620-792-2236, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland will host a Sign Up for Scouting night from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Great Bend Public Library's basement meeting room, 1409 Williams St. Girls in grades K through 12 and their parents are invited to attend. There will be activities for the girls from scouting's new series: "It's Your Story – Tell It!"
Auditions for "Don't Talk to the Actors," the first show in Great Bend Community Theatre's 2011-2012 season, will be held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 21 and 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Crest Theater. The play is a comedy Tom Dudzick and will be performed Oct. 6-9.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board of Directors will take action on a T-shirt bid when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Other items on the agenda include information on the latest rules for flag football, outdoor soccer and adult volleyball. Information on the fall program time line will also be shared.
The Great Bend Senior Center's August potluck dinner will feature pizza. The dinner will be held at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. The fee for the pizza is $1.50 and those planning to attend should call 792-3906 to make a reservation. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish and their own table service to the dinner.
The Barton County Arts Council is accepting entries for its second annual photography competition, "People, Places and Things."
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Club 1 Fitness, 3806 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Ken Schwamborn with greeters Ron Koelsch and Shawn Panzer. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
A budget hearing, study session and executive session will all take place Thursday afternoon at Barton Community College.
A two-day defensive driving course will be taught next Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8-9, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Classes will meet from 1-4 p.m. both days and will be taught by Steve Billinger with the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Area residents are invited to form a bowling team for the annual Bowl For Kids Sake, sponsored by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Barton and Pawnee Counties. This year's event is set for Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Walnut Bowl in Great Bend. All money raised will go to Big Brothers and Big Sisters. For more information call Christina Hayes, event chairwoman, at 620-282-0553. Team packets can also be picked up at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Office, 1125 Williams St.
St. Francis Community Services will offer a free 10-week course for individuals interested in becoming foster parents. Classes start this week and will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays at the St. Francis office, 1508 Main, Great Bend. The course is required by the state of Kansas before becoming a foster parent. For more information call 1-866-999-1599.
This week the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo will launch a series called Summer Keeper Talks, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said.
Golden Belt Wood Carvers will offer a five-week beginners course, starting Aug. 18.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will offer an American Red Cross lifeguard certification course March 16-21 at the Barton Community College pool. GBRC offers the ARC Water Park Lifeguard training class. This class includes CPR for the professional rescuer, AED, and first aid. This is a 24-31-hour course.
Barton Community College will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 in the Technical Building in room T-186, the Case New Holland Training Building. All types of blood are needed.
Auditions for the Great Bend Community Theatre production of "Becky's New Car," by Steven Dietz, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, and 7 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Crest Theatre, 1905 Lakin Ave. Note this is one week later than previously announced.
St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend will host its annual Roast Beef Dinner"on Sunday, Feb. 23 in the Church Fellowship Hall, 2101 Jackson St.
The First Baptist Church, 1600 19th St. in Great Bend, will host a women's Bible study from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7. The subject will be "Becoming a Woman of Grace."
GALATIA - St. Paul Lutheran Church in Galatia is hosting a Soup Supper/Bingo night on Saturday, March 1 starting at 5:30 p.m., with bingo following at 7 p.m. Chicken noodle/butterballs, green bean dumpling, chili and homemade desserts will be served.