The American Scandinavian Student Exchange is seeking volunteers in the Great Bend area to help the non-profit international organization identify host families for exchange students, said Stephanie Weishaar, Wichita-based Kansas coordinator for ASSE. Although the name says Scandinavian, Weishaar said ASSE has expanded and works with high school students in over 20 countries.
With only a few months left until Habitat for Humanity plans to break ground on its next building project, the nonprofit organization raised over $17,000 Saturday at the fourth annual "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater.
In musical, theatrical and kung fu performances of the likes rarely seen outside China, Fort Hays State University presents the Hua Xia Orchestra from Henan Museum of China and monks of the Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Team.
Join the Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association in Lyons as they celebrate Kansas Day with the program "A Bullwhacker's Life Freighting Supplies over the Plains," a presentation and discussion by Jim Gray on January 29th 2013 at 7 p.m. The program will be held at the Lyons State Bank Community Room, 104 E. Avenue North in Lyons. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact Linda Colle at 620-241-8719 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
While not generally known as a venue for heavy metal, the Shafer Gallery will be just that as it unveils its exhibit of rustic metal sculptures titled "Chaplets, Copes and Drags," by Ellinwood artists Aaron McCaffery and Casey Westbrook with an opening reception from 1-3 p.m. today.
RUSSELL - "IMpressionist Paintings and EXpressionist Drawings" by Native American artist Peter Paul Bruno will be at the Deines Cultural Center from Jan. 17 through Feb. 24, 2013. The opening reception is Sunday, Jan. 27, from 2-4 p.m.
Due to Barton County offices being closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Barton County Commission will hold its weekly agenda meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the 2013 tax sale, proposals for audit services, a county adopt-a-highway program, a road vacation and a lease agreement for wildlife habitat development on county-owned land in Hoisington.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a marketing plan for the Great Bend Sports Complex, the Wetlands Education Center Annual Report, the America's Promise Award application and abatement requests.
We are well underway with the second semester in the Ellinwood Public School district. Winter athletics are reaching the midpoint of their seasons, and academically the district is diligently preparing students for a rigorous curriculum as we transition to the new common core standards. The district also has many exciting initiatives planned for the second half of the school year. We are greatly looking forward to the many accomplishments our students will achieve during the second semester!
The governing body of the City of Claflin met in regular session at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the city building. Present were, Mayor Michael Urban, Councilpersons Kirk Schneweis, Kelly Nixon, Casey Hubbard and Leon Oberle. Also present was City Attorney Bob Suelter, City Clerk Patricia Schmidt and Robert Gunder.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for boredom – winter nature programs! Kids will turn a 2-liter pop bottle into a gnome bird house complete with a bark or grass roof, make a snowflake and ceramic pot turtle, play games and of course learn more about the world around them and the creatures living there. So don't delay, sign-up soon, as the maximum for each class is 20 children.
Two weeks into the new year, and many have already forgotten their resolutions for 2013. But many have not, and Barton County Extension FCS agent Donna Krug offered suggestions for how to take the first step towards meeting these goals Wednesday. Over the noon hour, she presented a talk, "An action plan for healthy living," at the Great Bend Recreation Center. Each person in attendance left with a plan to take one simple step which could be achieved in the next week.
During a conversation about high blood pressure, Jill Doerfler, M.D., uses the phrase "silent killer" on several occasions. Since the condition doesn't usually have symptoms, the phrase accurately describes what can happen if it is left untreated, she explained.
Leaders of the early education programs at Sunflower Diversified Services have a track record of seeking advanced training about perhaps the most important part of children's lives – social/emotional development.
The Great Bend chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has changed the date of its upcoming fundraiser to 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas Ave. It will be a bake sale. The group will not offer walking tacos as previously announced.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Seaport Airlines, 9047 6th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Dale Hogg and Matt Aycock. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
An exhibit of watercolor paintings by local artists Diane Engle and Karen Shaner is on display through June 1 at Petr's Frame House & Art Gallery, 2009 16th St. in Great Bend. There will be a reception for the artists from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 22. The exhibit and reception are free
Barton County Historical Society will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th from 1 to 5 p.m. The Schulz Library in the museum will be open but no research assistance will be available during the afternoon.
Renovating a basketball court or adding a sign to the outskirts of town may seem like small steps, but in some rural Kansas communities they are part of a bigger effort to enhance the quality of life for the area's citizens.
The Great Bend City Band announces their Summer 2015 schedule. The May and June concerts will be held at the courthouse square band shell at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 25th. A special jazz band concert will also be held at 8:15 p.m. at the band shell on June 26th. In case of inclement weather, the outdoor concerts will be moved to the Crest Theatre.