Christmas season symbolism was epitomized Sunday afternoon at the Shafer Art Gallery's annual Holiday Open House, which featured more than a dozen Christmas trees, two electric train sets complete with miniature villages, live holiday music from Native American musician John Two-Hawks and the big man in red himself – Santa Claus.
The Great Bend High School Debate Team had two teams travel and compete at the Larned Debate Tournament on Dec. 1 and both teams placed in the Open Division. Jordan Otten and Paige VanSteenburgh placed fourth and Morgan Francis and Chase Pumford placed fifth. The team is currently getting ready for the 4 Speaker Regional Tournament at Salina Central on Dec. 15th.
There are a lot of things to love about Christmas ... but one of the best is the gift of giving,
International touring songstress Tia McGraff will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Crest Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The local chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet at noon Thursday poolside at the Highland Hotel. The program will be provided by the Great Bend High School Madrigal Pop Singers.
The Great Bend Middle School and High School Orchestras, and Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Jazz Bands will present their Winter Concerts on Monday, Dec. 10 in the high school gym.
Tickets are now on sale for the next "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater, set for Jan. 19, 2013, at Grace Community Church. The event is a fundraiser for the area Habitat for Humanity.
Lori Caspers is a woman to be admired for her patience, fortitude and family values. She definitely is a rare combination of hard work, artistic endeavor and thriftiness.
One section of Brit Spaugh Zoo that is seldom seen by the public is currently housing several birds of prey. The zoo is headquarters for the Great Bend Raptor Center, where injured birds are rehabilitated. This week the center is treating a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Zookeeper Stacie Hayes said one of the eagles was shot in central Kansas, and one came from western Kansas. Shooting these birds is a crime and is being investigated by Fish and Wildlife officials.
The Barton Community College debate team members landed several top spots against stout competition on Dec. 1, when they traveled to Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., to compete in the 26th Annual Webster Classic. Featuring competitors from 11 universities, the tournament proved to be a difficult hurdle in the Cougars' season.
Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency and a Great Bend business.
ELLINWOOD -Professional cowboy style poet Nyle Henderson will speak at the upcoming cowboy service at the Calvary Baptist Church, 307 W. A, in Ellinwood. It will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
McPHERSON - Famed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye is returning to the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Xi Delta Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will host "Holiday Decor" (formerly Holiday Tables) from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Flavored Celebrations (formerly Lizzie's Cottage) at 1315 Stone St. in Great Bend.
During their October meeting, a delightfully entertaining and informative program, Gardening ABC's, was presented to the Great Bend Garden Club by member Kerry Lampe.
As Mayra Reyes pursued her education in early childhood development, she realized she not only wanted to help children, she wanted to assist their families too. And the best way to do that locally, she learned, was to work at Sunflower Diversified's Early Education Center (EEC).
Prairie Land Food is a program for families to stretch their food dollars. Cost is $29 plus two hours of volunteer time for a box of fresh food worth $35 to $40.
United States government commodities will be distributed from 5-6 p.m. Monday at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office, 1305 Patton Rd. For more information, call 620-282-3086.
Editors Jamie Oss and Teresa Johnson of Barton Community College's annual literary publication, Prairie Ink, have begun accepting entries for its sixth edition.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present "Let's Hang On!" in a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
Members of Epsilon Sigma Alpha in Great Bend have issued the "Choctober Challenge" by creating a fundraising event for chocolate lovers. It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard.
Barton Community College's Silver Cougar Club will offer a course on Google and Google Drive from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 22-Dec. 3 at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.
For people who have ever thought about picking up carpentry or woodworking as a hobby or for those who are just wanting to enhance their existing skillset, Barton Community College is offering woodworking courses from 6 to 9:45 p.m. on Mondays from Nov. 3 to Feb. 23 at Ellsworth High School, 211 W. 11th St. in Ellsworth.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton County Historical Society, South Main Street, 85 US 281 Highway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jim Vopat with greeters Kevin Sundahl and Kristy Straub. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
TheGreat Bend Recreation Commission will host "Healthy Homes," a free program about indoor air quality. Donna Krug, Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent, will present the information at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., and at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
one2one and Eric Abraham's Flying Pig Studio & Gallery in Lucas will host an event with Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21, at one2one/Eric Abraham's Flying Pig Studio & Gallery, 123 South Main Street in Lucas.
Barton County Farm Bureau along with the Ellinwood EMS personnel will host a CPR and First Aid training on Oct. 29th. This three to four hour class will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will certify participants for two years. The training will take place at the Ellinwood Fire Station located at 209 W. 1st in Ellinwood. Registration is limited. Call Barton County Farm Bureau at 620-792-2236 or Ellinwood EMS at 620-564-2408 to have your name added to the participant list. The fee for taking the class is $25 for Farm Bureau members and $30 for non members.