Golden Belt Community Foundation will be hosting a one-day grant writing workshop March 25, at The Front Door on 1610 10th Street in Great Bend. This workshop is available to non-profit organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Stafford and Rush Counties who wish to learn more about the skills needed to successfully submit and obtain grants.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission has programs for children to participate in during spring break. Space is limited so, GBRC Recreation Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick recommends registering now for the following programs:
Join the Turtle Tot Club, a series of programs developed for preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The one-hour programs, offered at no charge, introduce young children to the natural world around them with sensory experiences, while reinforcing colors, shapes, math and fine motor skills. When possible, sessions include outdoor time.
Ellinwood Grade School will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in the gym from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Students are receiving flyers regarding the event and some of the books that will be available. They are creating their wish lists during their library class time on their iPads. Flyers are also being sent home with students from St. Joseph's School.
A six week "Kansans Optimizing Health Program" workshop is set to begin Tuesday, March 17, and ending April 21. The workshop will be held on those six Tuesdays, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office Meeting Room, 1800 12th Street, Great Bend. The program follows a curriculum developed by Stanford University and targets people who have a chronic condition or are a caregiver for someone with chronic conditions. Registration is $10 which helps offset some of the cost of the workbook titled, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, that each person will receive. Contact Donna ...
The statistics are mind boggling – obesity is an epidemic. Each year approximately $150 billion dollars of medical costs in the U.S. are attributed to obesity. One in three adults and one in six children are obese. It is highly probable that these individuals will develop a serious illness in the future. Come and learn about the factors that influence obesity and look at ways to change the factors within your control. The educational program "Action Plan for Managing Obesity" will be presented at noon on Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th Street. The same information will ...
Twenty-one projects have been selected to receive funding to enhance safety and service at public-use airports in the state through the Kansas Airport Improvement Program.
On March 11 and 12, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) will add to his Town Hall tradition, hosting nine Town Halls in Kansas's Big First district to hear Kansans' thoughts and concerns so he can bring them back to Washington.
There are some birds and critters that just steal the show. Different classes or types of birds take our breath for different reasons. Eagles stir our national pride, pheasants and quail focus our state pride, and there is a fake bird called a Jayhawk that has been a source of pride and controversy for lots of years. This bird originated in the mid-1800's to describe early Kansas settlers, primarily the "Free-State" population. It is a imaginary mix of a noisy, quarrelsome Jay with a Sparrow Hawk (probably a Kestrel) who is a good hunter. The artistic rendering of this ...
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of K-6 math curriculum adoption; approval of financial services program; first reading of the 2015-2016 student handbooks; first reading of the 2015-2016 teacher handbooks; first reading of 2015-2016 activities and athletics handbook; first reading of K-6 music adoption; approval to purchase hardware and software and approval to sell used computers; approval of three year technology plan; details of curriculum day; facilities and grounds projects; three year quote for students photography; approval of ...
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board will approve any changes to this year's youth baseball and softball rules when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. The board will also approve a waiver to the requirement of following Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures. Information items include adult softball rules and indoor soccer enrollment.
Marisa Struckhoff and her four siblings were like a lot of adult children – holding their breath while searching for an answer to an aging parent's physical and emotional decline.
Note: A version of this story that appeared inthe March 5 Great Bend Tribune had the wrong name for the acting director of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. Nicole Benz is the zoo curator and acting director.
Possibilities for your Spring Break reading enjoyment:
The Great Bend City Cemetery Board will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Cemetery Office.
Hundreds of people spent part of the day Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo.
These images show the one of the musical elements that will be featured at the Tot Spot, and the alternate color choice. Vote for glue/green or pink/yellow on the Tot Spot Facebook page.
RUSSELL - The Smoky Hill Public Television Signature Auction is coming to the Deines Cultural Center.
Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold a swap meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave, Great Bend.
MANHATTAN - The acclaimed new album celebrating Rachmaninoff, featuring Great Bend native and K-State music professor Bryan Pinkall, is topping the music charts around the world. Following his success as artistic director of the production of the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony the award-winning assistant professor of music at Kansas State University performs on the recording of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" with two Grammy-winning ensembles. Since its release on March 10, the album has reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, and on Thursday it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums and Traditional Classical music charts.
Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, prairie-chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival. In April, staff from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will lead guided field trips to watch the birds' mating rituals at Cheyenne Bottoms.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will kick off its spring Craft Series with a free class, "Recycled Rag Rug," at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29.
There's still time to sign up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's last Turtle Tot Club session by calling 1-877-243-9268 to register by March 23. For preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, Egg-citement, will be presented 10 to 11 a.m., March 25. From insect to bird eggs, children will explore eggs of all kinds and sizes, participate in an egg experiment and make an egg craft. There is a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum of 15 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and pre-registration is required.
Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King recently approved a 24-mile extension of the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway in central Kansas.
LA CROSSE - Pastor Mark Sizemore of First Christian Church of La Crosse has invited Todd Keene and the Power Team for events that features messages of anti-drug and anti-bullying at Otis-Bison High School at 7 p.m. March 25 and 26 and La Crosse High School at 7 p.m. March 27 and 28 and 4 p.m. March 29.
The next "all-you-can-eat fish fry" at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and not this week. The Breakfast Briefings previously in this week's papers had the wrong date.
The regular monthly meeting of the Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Ray Schulz Research Library at the Museum, 85 S. U.S. Hwy. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River Bridge. The public is welcome to attend.
BY JIM MISUNAS