This week's Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank of the Midwest, 2220 Broadway in Great Bend, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 12. Ambassador in charge will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Jim Vopat and Connie Oetken.
HUTCHINSON – In the Prairie Nutcracker, 1869 Kansas' dances to life in this new century twist on the traditional ballet. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker music remains, masterfully adapted by Boston composer, Rick Kuethe, a native of Omaha, Neb. Prairie Nutcracker is a biennial event held on the second weekend in December, odd numbered years, and is produced by Prairie Nutcracker Foundation Inc.
By Jim Misunas
Jim Johnson, Sunflower Diversified Services executive director, left, accepts a donation of $365.30 from John Clayton, Ellinwood Knights of Columbus Grand Knight. The K of C donated proceeds from its recent Tootsie Roll fundraiser to the non-profit agency. Johnson expressed gratitude on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and delays who receive Sunflower's services.
Military veterans in Great Bend and surrounding areas are invited this week to visit Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., to learn more about the organization. State headquarters staff from the American Legion will be in town Thursday through Saturday to discuss veterans' benefits and service to the community.
Those visiting the Shafer Art Gallery last Sunday could walk in a winter wonderland, yet stay completely protected from the harsh elements of the Kansas cold season at the "Big Holiday Show – Holiday Open House" reception.
Farmers Bank and Trust gave away $5,350 Wednesday to 34 area charities at their 17th Annual Holiday Charity Coffee.
Student artists from Bickerdyke and Simpson Elementary Schools in Russell will host Holiday Art Open House, an exhibition of holiday inspired artworks, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Deines Cultural Center, 802 N Main Street in Russell.
Dance by Design presents Winter Wonderland, a winter dance recital with a whimsical twist. This 8th Annual Winter Show has tap, jazz, and lyrical dance routines performed by local youth from Great Bend, Hoisington and Larned. Owner/Instructor Lee Ann Bashor says, "This adventure will take you down the rabbit hole and off to a curious land. I'm so proud of all my dancers. They have worked hard and we want to share our joy of dance."
On Friday student artists enrolled in the ART 653, Professional Development course will host Studio 653, an exhibition in Moss-Thorns Gallery of Fine Art in Rarick Hall on the FHSU campus. All are welcome to join these student artists and their instructor in a celebration of their achievements in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program.
Great Bend Children's Learning Center held a food drive for the local food bank the past couple weeks. The kids were very excited to help out families that may be in need this holiday season. The kids brought in a total of 366 items to donate.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will offer a free community program, "Getting Through the Holidays When a Loved One Has Died." It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 in the Thelma Faye Harms Room in the basement level of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center in Great Bend.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the November competitive grant cycle awarding $17,694.42 to charitable organizations in Barton, Pawnee, and Stafford counties.
While the Thanksgiving and Christmas season is a time for gathering with family and friends, it is also a time for remembering loved ones who have passed away.
The Rev. Angela DeVore realizes that sometimes people are not feeling particularly merry at Christmas time. Instead, they may be feeling blue because of a significant loss in their lives.
The Eagles Women's Auxiliary 646 donated $3,431 to the Kans for Kids radiothon fundraiser held March 27. The held an auction and faffle at the Eagles on the 21st to raise money for the organization that helps families who are facing a battle with childhood cancer. From left to right: Corry Herrman, Darlene Blake, Hunter (Ambassador) and Yvonne West.
Many of the Great Bend High School Band entries earned a trip to the State Music Festival by receiving a I at regionals last Saturday: Brass Sextet: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Allison Regehr, Michelle Rooney, Aubrey Maneth, Kayn Milholland; and soloists: Eric Vazquez, Allison Regehr, Anna Frizell, Taylor Dougherty, Kaitlin Adams, and Andrew Curtright. II's were awarded to the Woodwind Trio: Shenay Lee, Kaia Parks, Daniella Astrain; the Brass Trio: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Andrew Curtright; and soloists: Shenay Lee, Daniela Astrain, Maycie Hestand, Michelle Rooney, Ben Diel, Michael Raymer, Ozioma Ofoma, Jordan Otten, and Kaia Parks. III's ...
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Pilot Club of Great Bend at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Julie Smith. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Heartland Farm is offering our program Compost 101 next Thursday evening, April 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We still have room for more participants to join the 6 who indicated interest.
Local law enforcement officers conducted a warrant sweep last Friday, resulting in several arrests.
The Great Bend Police Department's K-9 unit was called to investigate after a traffic stop in the 900 block of Kansas Ave. at 11:05 p.m. Saturday. Suspected methamphetamine was found and two people were arrested.
A vehicle driven by Patton Mills of Great Bend was backing and collided with a Great Bend Police vehicle driven by Joel Hamlin at the Kwik Shop, 2334 Main, around 2:41 a.m. Saturday.
The Russell County Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 spring grant recipients. The Foundation received 37 grant applications with requests totaling more than $200,000. A total of $99,620 in grants were awarded for charitable projects across the Russell County area.
Ellinwood School/Community Library is proud to host the 2015 EHS Art Show. Pieces on display include: Wheel thrown functional Pottery, Hand-Built decorative Ceramics, Mosaics, Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting, Metallic Scratchboard, Charcoal Drawing, Pencil Drawing, Colored Pencil, Collage, and Mixed Media.
It has been a fairly hectic week. I have a group of friends from Canada who come to spend a week hunting turkeys with traditional archery. It is funny to watch spectacular hunters who successfully hunt moose, caribou, elk, deer, bear and other big game with their long bows and recurves get the "shakes" over a turkey. There is high tension when gobblers are 10-15 yards from the blind and gobbling or just looking over the blind and decoys for a reason to be nervous or vacate the place. Their eyesight is so good, and their hearing is so sensitive--it ...
"Suicide Punchline", a free, one-woman live multimedia performance is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium.
Central Kansas Dream Center (CKDC) is interested in creating a community bike rental program that would promote a healthier community and bring people together, and CKDC Executive Director Kimberly Becker and many others are excited about the possibilities. With the efforts being made on Great Bend's walking and biking paths, more residents will be encouraged to walk and ride but may need a bicycle.
The Prince of Peace Altar Society is taking orders for its spring Kolache Bake and Take. Orders can be picked up from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at the St. Rose Auditorium.
The members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st Street, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. This is a fundraiser where all items are by donation. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support local missions including the Prairie Godmother's, Barton County Emergency Aid and missions throughout the year. Pictured are Lou Ann LeRoy, Marilyn Button and Juanita Weathers. For questions or more information, please contact the church office 792-5346.
The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave. in Great Bend. There will be refreshments and door prizes, along with operating model trains and layouts featuring Std., G, O, HO and N gauge trains.