Great Bend piano instructor Darlene Boley recently received her 50-year membership pin from the Music Teachers National Association.
The public is invited to take a look at what some of the top photographers in the area are seeing through their lenses, with the Shafer Gallery's new show, "Exposure Time: Juried Photography Exhibition." The gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College, will host an opening reception for the exhibit from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 6.
Everything from restaurant equipment to medical supplies to office furniture will be included in the upcoming St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center public auction. It is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12 in the building just east of the Dominican Sisters Convent in the 3500 block of Broadway.
The Full Plate Diet weight-loss program is coming to Great Bend starting Tuesday. This is a new created by the doctors who wrote "The Full Plate Diet" from the Lifestyle Center of America.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from May 14 through July 16. It will meet each Monday (except Memorial Day) from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin Ave. This building is just south of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center and the entrance is on Lincoln Street.
Two chameleons are the newest occupants of the Reptile House at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Curator Marge Bowen.
Summer programs at the Great Bend Public Library include story time for young children and a free magic show to kick of the 2012 Summer Reading Club.
Celtic music duo Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 at the Barton County Arts Center, 1401 Main, Great Bend.
Barton Community College students and employees donned red high heels to raise funds for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser for the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend last Thursday. The event culminated with a public display of stiletto strutting in the courthouse square.
Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) is an annual celebration where children, families, schools and communities turn off screens and turn on life. This year it is set for this Monday through Sunday.
Barton Community College's Community Student Organization donated almost $100 cash and various donations they collected on campus including food, blankets, litter and other animal care essentials to the Golden Belt Humane Society. Co-sponsor Shanna Legleiter said the group decided to host this "mini-drive" because several members of the group are animal lovers. "I think animals really just pull on our heart strings," she said. Pictured are, from left: Barton students Kathleen Duncan, Devan Boeger, Jordan Bangert and co-sponsors Legleiter and Kathy Boeger, with resident great dane "Chopper" at the Golden Belt Humane Society on Thursday afternoon.
Barton Community College Art Instructor Steve Dudek has been accepted into the National Watercolor USA 2012 Art Exhibition. The exhibit will be displayed June 9 through August 5 at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Mo.
A recent radiothon for Kans for Kids Fighting Center Foundation Inc. has netted over $39,000, a record for the non-profit organization's 18-year history, directors Duane and Debbie Reif, Hoisington, report.
Jim Curry, who resembles John Denver in voice and appearance, will perform "Take Me Home: A John Denver Tribute" for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association's final concert of the 2011-12 season. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
Ellinwood native Trent Green's robust tenor voice has taken him all the way to Spoleto, Italy, where he performed with opera greats Luciano Pavarotti, Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, and composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Saturday evening, his voice will bring him home to sing during the Jack Kilby Sculpture Lighting Ceremony, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Great Bend.
A traditional breakfast is on the menu again for the annual Sunflower Diversified Services pancake dinner, which is the official kick-off to the non-profit agency's Sunrise Campaign.
Students at Central Kansas Christian Academy in Great Bend will start with a half-day Wednesday. The school, 215 McKinley, features classes from kindergarten through eighth grade.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Landmark National Bank, 1623 Main, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Shawn Panzer and AJ Chrest. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Great Bend Cemetery Board will host a ribbon cutting for the newly-installed electronic directory kiosk at the entrance to the Great Bend Cemetery, 4500 Broadway Ave., at 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21.
Two Reno County residents riding a motorcycle have died from injuries after being clipped by a detached trailer Saturday morning in Great Bend, according to the Great Bend police.
School starts on Monday for most USD 428 students. All practice also starts for fall sports.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are several issues regarding new housing developments, the 2015 budget ordinance, a sewer rate increase ordinance and a salary resolution for city employees.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the renewal of a farm lease at the Barton County Landfill, a cooperative effort to repair roads in Claflin and the proposed demolition of an historic bridge.