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.
Following the success of "On Broadway" during the 2007-08 Community Concert season, Matt Davenport Productions has created a brand new production, "Back on Broadway," and it's coming to Great Bend as the Golden Belt Community Concert Association's fifth concert of the 2013-14 season.
HOISINGTON - The third annual "Taste of Hoisington" will offer a variety of homemade soups and cakes from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Rd. For a suggested $6 donation, guests will get two servings of soups, crackers, cake and drink. There will be a drawing for prizes.
First Congregational United Church of Christ will hold its 13th annual Monterrey Dinner next week. Serving will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the church, 3400 21st St. in Great Bend. An accessible entrance is located on the Polk Street side.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is taking orders for the spring shipment of Bithell Berries from Boring, Ore. The 14 pound boxes of fresh fruit are flash frozen so to better divide them upon arrival. Available now are Marion blackberries, red raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, strawberries sliced with sugar, strawberries whole, loganberries, pie cherries, sweet cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and rhubarb. Also available are frozen jams of various flavors and puree. Orders must be in by Friday and will arrive late March/early April. For additional information call 620-791-7314.
The USD 431 Board of Education decided in favor of hiring a food service company to manage the school lunch and breakfast program at a savings of nearly $100,000 for the coming school year. With the specter of budget cuts looming makes this 80 percent cost cutting measure particularly significant.