Enrollment is now open for the Summer Fun Program at Sunflower's Incredible Years Preschool where youngsters can enjoy the balance of class time and play time, Coordinator Cathy Estes said. The six-week program is available to any child age 2-and-a-half to 5 years.
Two Brown Mackie College occupational therapy assistant students spent four days in late April involved with the therapeutic-riding program at Rosewood Ranch. While the ranch has welcomed dozens of visitors to observe its award-winning program over the years, OTA students Kelley Hulteen and Barbara Berg are the first to make it part of their college curriculum by visiting April 23-26.
More than 100 people were involved in Barton Community College's EMT Field Ops Day on Saturday. Students from the EMS, Medical Assistant, and Criminal Justice programs; instructors, volunteer patients; and local law enforcement and emergency medical service personnel were on hand to create lifelike emergency scenarios designed to put the students' skills to the test and mimic the high stress situations they might encounter in the field.
The public is invited to take a look at what some of the top photographers in the area are seeing through their lenses, with the Shafer Gallery's new show, "Exposure Time: Juried Photography Exhibition." The gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College, will host an opening reception for the exhibit from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 6.
Everything from restaurant equipment to medical supplies to office furniture will be included in the upcoming St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center public auction. It is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12 in the building just east of the Dominican Sisters Convent in the 3500 block of Broadway.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from May 14 through July 16. It will meet each Monday (except Memorial Day) from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin Ave. This building is just south of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center and the entrance is on Lincoln Street.
Barton Community College students and employees donned red high heels to raise funds for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser for the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend last Thursday. The event culminated with a public display of stiletto strutting in the courthouse square.
Barton Community College's Community Student Organization donated almost $100 cash and various donations they collected on campus including food, blankets, litter and other animal care essentials to the Golden Belt Humane Society. Co-sponsor Shanna Legleiter said the group decided to host this "mini-drive" because several members of the group are animal lovers. "I think animals really just pull on our heart strings," she said. Pictured are, from left: Barton students Kathleen Duncan, Devan Boeger, Jordan Bangert and co-sponsors Legleiter and Kathy Boeger, with resident great dane "Chopper" at the Golden Belt Humane Society on Thursday afternoon.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free educational program about AirMed Care programs at 1 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. AirMedCare Network is an alliance among Air Evac Lifeteam, EagleMed, Med-Trans Air Medical Transport and REACH Air Medical Services creating America's largest air ambulance membership network.
LA CROSSE - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced that he will visit Rush County Memorial Hospital from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Rush County Memorial Hospital is an acute care hospital located at 801 Locust St. in La Crosse.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School, 5630 Broadway. Items on the agenda include approval of photography quote; approval of grant application; and approval of licensed teacher/administrator resignations and licensed personnel appointments. Lincoln Elementary School Principal Misty Straub and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at the school.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Kansas Bank, 4001 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jan Westfall with greeters Regan Ochs and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Members of the Barton County Young Professionals group are invited to attend the luncheon program, "School Enrollment Options," on Tuesday, May 5, at Pizza Hut, 4101 10th St. There will be a panel of local K-12 education providers, from both public and private schools. The program is free to attend, but participants must pay for their meals. The presentation will run from 12:15 -12:45 p.m., with door prize drawings.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Water Conservation Rain Barrel" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This is a free Stop 'N' Learn session. Landscapes, on average, account for nearly 40 percent of a household's water usage during the summer months. Rain barrels can help alleviate some of the pressure on water resources by collecting rain water to be used for watering purposes.
Great Bend Unified School District 428 will be paying mileage reimbursement to families with children in grades K-12 who live outside of the city limits and 2.5 miles or more from their designated school (by way of the shortest route). The rate of reimbursement will be determined at a later date.
Flowers ordered from Lincoln Elementary students in Hoisington will be available for pick up from 9 a.m. to noon on May 2, at the school. All left over flowers may be purchased beginning at noon on that day.
Cathy Estes and her colleagues have always appreciated physicians who refer children to Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) when a developmental delay is suspected or a medical problem needs intervention.
Severe weather is possible on Friday with storms developing in the afternoon. Scattered storms with large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats across the entire area, however a few of the storms could produce very large hail and a tornado or two. Please stay tuned for further updates and additional information.