It all started with a few text messages on a cold Tuesday evening in early January 2011:
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is offering two educational nature workshops. "Beginning Bird-watching" will be held Sunday, July 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. "Learning about Grasses and Grass-like Plants" will be held Sunday, July 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. Both workshops are free of charge, and are open to anyone age 12 or older.
Take part in a butterfly count and learn how to identify our local butterfly species at the Cheyenne Bottoms 2nd Annual Butterfly Quest, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on July 16 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
The Kansas Department of Transportation will have a survey team surveying US-56/K-96 through the city of Ellinwood starting the week of July 5, to plan for possible future roadway improvements. The survey work is expected to be complete in about four months on this 1.65 mile area. KDOT asks drivers to be alert to the presence of the survey crew and drive cautiously.
By Jim Misunas
Great Bend and Larned will be stopping points for the Kansas Travel and Tourism's Faces & Places Tour Sunday.
Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs that will begin July 7 and run through July 28.
Wilson State Park will hold its annual O.K.KIDS Event on Saturday. O.K.Kids is a program sponsored by Kansas Wildscape. Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O.K.Kids) offers kids and their families an altemative to sedentary lifestyles. It gives children the opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife, and try new outdoor recreation adventures. This year's activities will qualify for Wildlifer Challenge which is another Kansas Wildscape opportunity geared toward promoting the outdoors. Parents should bring cameras and take photos of their children participating in the events. They can download photos to the Wildlifer Challenge website ...
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Rod & Custom Association, 9951 B-29 Way, Great Bend Expo Complex, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Lana Dietz with greeters Erin Powers and Connie Oetken. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Great Bend Regional Hospital wants to encourage people to get out and move, as well as help a local agency in need. To this end, the facility is sponsoring Human (e)Motion Saturday.
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Visitors to the annual summer festival in Lee's Summit, Mo., on June 3 and 4 were treated to a flash mob dance performance by more than 50 staff and members of the local Jazzercise fitness center. The flash mobs were to raise awareness for Alzheimer's Disease in a fun manner.
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Sandy Vink, right, presents a Quilt of Valor to Army National Guard member and Iraqi War veteran Don Moore.
TOPEKA (KHI) - The second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace in Kansas has opened. Last year, slightly more than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health insurance coverage through healthcare.gov, created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Kansas Health Institute has produced an issue brief describing changes in the marketplace, and several online maps showing the plans and premiums offered in the seven premium rating areas across the state.
Animal Medical Center recently hosted over 130 members of the Barton County Young Professionals group for a networking mixer, and welcomed over 60 new members. Those in attendance enjoyed free food, social and professional networking opportunities, and drawings for over $1,000 in door prizes.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association's annual report, the snow and ice removal policy and the Heartland Ag water main expansion project.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes Special Alcohol Funding, an update on the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and a report on the Kansas Association of Counties conference last week in Wichita.
WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for sections of central Kansas, including Barton, Russell, Ellsworth and McPherson counties.The Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday.
Sunflower Early Education Center will perform free screenings on all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Parent Teacher Resource Center located in the old Washington School. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing and vision. Sunflower professionals will answer questions about child development and make recommendations to keep children on track. To schedule an appointment call Sunflower Early Education Center at 792-4087.
Join us at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell for the Pickin' Jam Session will be held on Sunday. Bring your acoustic instrument and play along or just come to listen, sing, and dance. Jammin' starts at 3:30 p.m. Bring a dish and have dinner. Potluck is served around 5:30 p.m.
RUSSELL - The Deines Cultural Center, 820 North Main in Russell, will honor its members with a Night at the Deines, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. It will be a special evening of delicious hors d'oeuvres and two art exhibits from Great Bend.
The Great Bend High School A Cappella Choir will host a garage sale from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Panther Activity Center. Items include appliances, computers, household items, clothing and everything in between.
It's required reading for most high school students. It's regarded by many as the great American novel. There have been numerous film versions of the story but only one musical version. "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" based on Mark Twain's classic will be presented at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 13, 14 and 15, in the school's theatre. Director Betsy Dutton calls the show a "rewarding challenge."
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Floral & Gifts, LLC, 1913 Lakin, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Amanda Hackerott. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Upcoming events at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., have a science-fiction theme.
At the Moundridge Invitational Debate Tournament the GBHS debate squad placed second in sweepstakes. In the open division the team of Aaron Miller and Ashtin Heath had a 4-1 win/loss record and placed 3rd. In the novice division the three man team of Urial Renteria, Becca Kay and, Sara Allen placed 5th with a 4-1 win/loss record. Also in the novice division the team of Kylynn Keeler and Hadley Murphy placed 8th with 3/2 win/loss record. Everyone on the team placed. The team plans to compete at KMC next weekend.