This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau, 3007 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Allene Owen with greeters Rebecca Ford and Erin Powers. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
A cougar that may be loaned to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is coming from Panthera Research. This was reported in a story in the Aug. 5 Great Bend Tribune, but Panthera Research was confused with Panthera Corporation, a nonprofit conservation organization devoted to the world's 37 species of wild cats. Panthera Corporation does not rescue or take in animals of any kind.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "All About Tea" at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. This free program will be presented as a tea/social call in the parlor of post Civil War ladies. GBRC Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick said participants will enjoy tea served by ladies dressed in the fashions of the mid 19th century, while learning interesting information about these tea socials. Cathy Weber, along with some friends, will be the presenters for this program.
District-wide school enrollment for USD 112 Central Plains is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
The Great Bend High School Booster Club will be holding its "Fall Mixer" at 5 p.m. on Aug. 21 in the GBHS Jack Kilby Commons Area. The mixer, which will include meeting the coaches, is for athletes of all sports and their families. Hamburgers and beverages will be provided, bring a side dish and table service. For questions, contact Rob or Krissy Pumford at 282-3028.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on July 21, at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a report on the Region E Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, report on volunteer recruitment from the Barton County Health Department, discussion on Emergency Support Function (ESF) 10 – Oil & Hazardous Materials of the Barton County Emergency Operations Plan, and a report on exercise activities from Barton County Emergency Management.
The First Church of the Nazarene's children's ministries will hold a car wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, at the Great Bend Appliance and Furniture Store parking lot, 2301 10th St. Lunch of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available.
An Otis woman was injured Tuesday evening on a Barton County road, 4 miles north and 3 miles west of Galatia.
An attempted fraud was reported to the Barton County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. Someone called a Barton County resident saying her grandson was in trouble in New Mexico and needed help. The woman hung up before finding out what kind of "help" was wanted, and instead called her grandson, who said he was fine.
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