Sterling College is welcoming back new and old acquaintances on Saturday, Jan. 25, for Robert Burns Night. Recognizing the achievements of Robert Burns, Scottish poet and songwriter, this event will be one of many similar events held around the world on Jan. 25 to celebrate Burns's birthday. Tickets for the event, which includes a traditional Scottish meal, are available to the public for $18.
The Great Bend High School Madrigals are selling chili supper tickets for homecoming night on Friday, Jan. 17. The supper will be at Park School. The $6 tickets are available from Madrigal members or by texting 620-792-5374.
The local National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Great Bend Regional Hospital cafeteria. Larned State Hospital Program Consultant Sean Murray will speak on trauma-centered care. He works with both staff and patients at LSH. For more information on this meeting or NAMI, call 620-617-1690.
Great Bend Regional Hospital and Barton County welcomed the first baby of 2014 on Jan. 3. Raegan Denae Alefs was born at 3:44 p.m. She weighed 5 pounds 1 oz. Her parents, Ashley and Ryan Alefs, were surprised as she was about three weeks early. Ashley is a RN at GBRH and had actually worked the few days before the birth. If she continues in her mothers footsteps, she will be a fourth generation nurse in the family.
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Kansas Works Center, 1025 Main St., to assist veterans and their families in applying for Veterans Administration benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a Great Bend High School Student Council service project, a resolution supporting housing tax credits, an amendment to the Blizzard Energy lease and an essential air service recommendation.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a new printer for the Register of Deeds Office, official depositories for county funds and renewal of memberships in statewide organizations.
Barton County and most of Kansas will encounter potentially dangerous wind chills between 10 below and 15 below late Sunday night and early Monday morning. A wind chill advisory may likely be required.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is forming its New Year sessions of exercise classes. The following classes start next week and will be held at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., and will run through the end of January.