The Great Bend Recreation Commission is accepting registrations for youth activities taking place during Spring Break, the week of March 17. Space is limited, so Recreation Program Director Garet Fitzpatrick recommends registering early.
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 March 13, 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 Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 939 will be hosting a town hall meeting concerning Agent Orange and it's long term effects. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 14, in the Stoffer Lounge, 2nd floor at Fort Hays State University. Specialists from the national headquarters will be presenting new information and study results during the first part of the meeting and then have a question and answer session. They will also be compiling data concerning birth defects and diseases in children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans.
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.
People choose from a variety of homemade soups and desserts during the third annual "Taste of Hoisington," March 1 at the Hoisington Activity Center. The event was sponsored by the Hoisington Ministerial Association, and the proceeds will benefit people in need in the community.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) will sponsor a new Thursday afternoon grief support group in Great Bend from March 13 through May 1. It will meet each Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin in Great Bend. Use the Lincoln Street entrance.
Kansas State University Opera presents the one-act operas "The Old Maid and the Thief" by Gian Carlo Menotti and "Trial by Jury" by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan at 7:30 p.m. on March 6-8, and 2:30 p.m. on March 9, in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.
Barton Community College hosted a blood drive Friday in the Case New Holland Training Facility. They received 32 units of blood. Barton Visitor Center Receptionist Reba Hickel, pictured, donated and said she does so as often as she can. "I want to help people in need," she said. "I wish more people would donate because it really does help save lives."
A benefit hog feed will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on March 8 at Mom's Bar and Grill in Seward. Proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics Team "The Storm" and Kansas School of the Blind "KanLuvKids" program. Tickets are $8 per plate for adults and $5 per plate for kids 12 and under. A raffle will be held at 7:30 p.m. with an auction from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets call Eddie at 620-786-5536 or B.J. at 620-617-1326.
The Great Bend Airfest is official scheduled for Sept. 18-20. As plans and schedules are being finalized, Great Bend Municipal Airport Manager Martin Miller said early reservation opportunities for those interested in vintage warbird rides during the show. The 2015 Airfest will include 17 different warbirds, and six of these will be offering rides to the public, Miller said. Early booking is available on-line for the B-29 FiFi, the B-25 Miss Mitchell, and the P-51 Gunfighter.
Parents of students attending Hoisington Middle and High Schools take heed. The USD 431 Board of Education met, discussed, and approved amendments to the district's dress policy on Wednesday, June 17. These decisions may have an impact on the back-to-school shopping decisions that are sure to be made in the next few months, and the board hopes to avoid complaints by disgruntled parents upset over spending money on clothing that will not be allowed in the school.
Rosewood Ranch was a happening place Saturday, June 13, as dozens of energetic children were involved in fun ranch activities. The children and their families participated in the fifth annual "Kids Day at the Ranch," presented by Rosewood Services.
Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs held Thursdays in July, from July 2 through July 16 and summer day camps held June 26, July 10 and July 20, 22 and 24.