An information session for parents interested in a tuition-free virtual public school through Kansas Connections Academy will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St. in Great Bend.
Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo is still planning an Earth Day celebration on Friday, but it will not be showing a movie as announced earlier, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. The zoo will reopen at 6 p.m. Friday for this after-hours event. This event is now free to the public.
Pastor Clay will be giving out commodities from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on May 9 at the SRS Building on Patton Road.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton County Arts Council, 1401 Main, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Eric Gotsche with greeters Connie Oetken and Robert Rugan. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Great Bend Police received several reports Sunday of thefts from homes and vehicles.
The Great Bend Police Department reports Charles Rupp was driving north on Patton Road at 4:43 p.m. Saturday and his vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Jasmine Velasco, who was westbound on 10th St. turning south onto Patton. Velasco was transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital, where she was treated for injuries and released.
The youth of the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School and Church are working to earn money to go to Broken Arrow Summer Camp. Students are available for jobs such as lawn, cleaning, cleaning flower beds and minor painting for $5 per hour.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Africa," from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Kay Hallenbeck will talk about her trip to Africa - the food, interesting facts and culture.
The annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis club is set for 9:30 a.m. sharp, Saturday at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the North side of Veterans Memorial Park, just off McKinley Street. The event is open to all area children, pre-school through 6th grade. Sponsors said there will be lots of Easter eggs and prizes will be given for special eggs.
The Citizens Watchdog Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Rosewood Gallery, 16th and Main. Meetings are open to anyone who is concerned about the continuing burglaries in Great Bend.
Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman will recommend the hiring of Trevor Rolfs as the next athletic director, when the BCC Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Seminar Room, located in F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Heilman will review screening process as well.
Barton Community College will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Barton's Center for Adult Education and Shafer Gallery also will be closed. The college's regular class schedule and office hours will resume Tuesday, April 26.
The Great Bend district-wide sixth-grade band concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 18, in the Great Bend High School gym. Elementary band members from Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln, Park, Riley, Central Kansas Christian Academy and Holy Family School will participate in the program. The program will feature a variety of elementary band selections. Special pre-concert music will be provided by the Great Bend High School Jazz Band. The concert is free and open to the public.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a burglary that occurred sometime between 2 and 8:15 p.m. on March 7 at 2316 12th St. in Great Bend. Police Chief Dean Akings reports that a 37-inch Viso flat-screen television, along with a PlayStation3 an X-Box 360 gaming system, were stolen from the unlocked residence. Loss was about $1,000.
Helping Hands Preschool, along with Barton County Cooperative of Special Services and USD #428 - Great Bend, is looking for children to fill a limited number of openings still available in the 4-Year-old At-Risk Program for the 2011-2012 school year. This free program is sponsored by a grant from the Kansas State Board of Education. Helping Hands Preschool offers this program for children living in the Great Bend school district.
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.