This week's Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank of the Midwest, 2220 Broadway in Great Bend, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 12. Ambassador in charge will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Jim Vopat and Connie Oetken.
HUTCHINSON – In the Prairie Nutcracker, 1869 Kansas' dances to life in this new century twist on the traditional ballet. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker music remains, masterfully adapted by Boston composer, Rick Kuethe, a native of Omaha, Neb. Prairie Nutcracker is a biennial event held on the second weekend in December, odd numbered years, and is produced by Prairie Nutcracker Foundation Inc.
Jim Johnson, Sunflower Diversified Services executive director, left, accepts a donation of $365.30 from John Clayton, Ellinwood Knights of Columbus Grand Knight. The K of C donated proceeds from its recent Tootsie Roll fundraiser to the non-profit agency. Johnson expressed gratitude on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and delays who receive Sunflower's services.
Military veterans in Great Bend and surrounding areas are invited this week to visit Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., to learn more about the organization. State headquarters staff from the American Legion will be in town Thursday through Saturday to discuss veterans' benefits and service to the community.
Those visiting the Shafer Art Gallery last Sunday could walk in a winter wonderland, yet stay completely protected from the harsh elements of the Kansas cold season at the "Big Holiday Show – Holiday Open House" reception.
Student artists from Bickerdyke and Simpson Elementary Schools in Russell will host Holiday Art Open House, an exhibition of holiday inspired artworks, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Deines Cultural Center, 802 N Main Street in Russell.
Dance by Design presents Winter Wonderland, a winter dance recital with a whimsical twist. This 8th Annual Winter Show has tap, jazz, and lyrical dance routines performed by local youth from Great Bend, Hoisington and Larned. Owner/Instructor Lee Ann Bashor says, "This adventure will take you down the rabbit hole and off to a curious land. I'm so proud of all my dancers. They have worked hard and we want to share our joy of dance."
On Friday student artists enrolled in the ART 653, Professional Development course will host Studio 653, an exhibition in Moss-Thorns Gallery of Fine Art in Rarick Hall on the FHSU campus. All are welcome to join these student artists and their instructor in a celebration of their achievements in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program.
Great Bend Children's Learning Center held a food drive for the local food bank the past couple weeks. The kids were very excited to help out families that may be in need this holiday season. The kids brought in a total of 366 items to donate.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will offer a free community program, "Getting Through the Holidays When a Loved One Has Died." It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 in the Thelma Faye Harms Room in the basement level of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center in Great Bend.