This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Northview Nursery, 172 North U.S. 281, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jan Westfall with greeters Randy Bahe and Eric Gotsche. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
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.
A women-only Basic Shoot clinic by C&R Training, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 12 at the Zumalt Building, 301 W. Broadway in Stafford.
The Sunflower Polka Club will have a free dance from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus, located at Second and Main in Hoisington.
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.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission's Lifeguard Training Class will be held March 20-25 at Barton Community College. This class is for any individual wanting to become a lifeguard.
The American Red Cross and Great Bend Recreation Commission will offer CPR classes at the GBRC Activity Center, 2715 18th St., on Saturday, March 19. Classes start at 8:30 a.m.
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.
A 43-year-old Russell man was injured after wrecking a motorcycle while fleeing police at 2 a.m. Saturday.
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.
Donations are being accepted for a May 31 garage sale at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111, located at 504 Washington St. in Great Bend. This project is sponsored by the hospital part of VFW Post No. 3111 M.O.C., and all of the proceeds will go to veterans in need of help.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is set for 9:30 a.m. sharp, Saturday, April 19. The hunt will be at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park, just off McKinley St. The event is open to all area children, pre-school through 6th grade. Chairman Mike Nicholson said there will be lots of Easter eggs for all.
The Barton Community College Library is a resource available to the community, and area residents are invited to an open house from 1-3 p.m. April 14.
Barton Community College professionals will offer resume assistance and teach attendees how to create an effective resume during workshops offered this week. The resume workshops will be offered at 3 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 117 of the BCC Library. They are open to students and community members.
Two people were injured in a four-wheeler accident at 12:52 a.m. Sunday at SW 70 Ave. and NW 210 Road.
A Garden City man driving a motorcycle was injured Saturday afternoon on K-96 in Ness County, 4 miles west of Alexander.