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Area briefs for March 9
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Free computer classes offered at Great Bend library


The Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will offer a set of three free computer classes for computer beginners. The classes will be held on Tuesdays March 15, 22 and 29. A class will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and then repeated from 6:30-8:30. Anyone with a Great Bend Public Library card with a signed Internet Agreement may register for either class.

Terri Hurley, who will teach the classes, said the first class in the series will cover the use of the mouse, including cutting and pasting, right and left clicking and other basic skills. The next two sessions will cover how to access information on the Internet.

"So many people have called requesting the beginning classes, I decided to do one more set of classes before I retire the first of April," Hurley said. "I hope those who were told that the classes were over for now will visit the library and register for these classes."

Registration is on a first-come basis, and class sizes are limited to 10 people.


‘Label Lingo’ program gives food shoppers useful info


Donna Krug, Family and Consumer Science agent at the Barton County Extension, will present the program "Label Lingo" at 1 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.

This free program, sponsored by the Great Bend Recreation Commission, will show how to read food labels, from figuring out the fat content to checking for sodium and other nutrients.

For more information, call the Recreation Commission office, 793-3755.


Kansas Wetlands announces snake program for kids 5-12


The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center are offering the program "Let Sleeping Snakes Lie," from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156. The program is open to children 5-12 years old accompanied by at least one adult, said Garet Pitzpatrick, GBRC program coordinator.

As winter comes to an end and the spring sun warms the earth, snakes begin stirring and venturing forth. Educator Pam Martin with the KWEC and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will talk about these misunderstood, but fascinating creatures and allow participants to meet some of the snakes of Cheyenne Bottoms in person. They will also make a snake critter craft to take home.

The entry fee is $5 per child. Partial scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required by March 15. To register, stop by the Recreation Commission office, 1214 Stone St., telephone 793-3755 ext. 2, or e-mail


Legal Aid rep to visit Senior Center Thursday


A representative will be at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., from 1-2 p.m. this Thursday, to give legal advice to senior citizens 60 years of age and over.

Call the Senior Center at 792-3906 to make an appointment.


Otis-Bison USD 403 to hold kindergarten screening


Otis-Bison USD 403 will have kindergarten screening on April 8. Any student who will attain the age of 5 years on or before Aug. 31 may enroll in kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year. Anyone who has a child eligible for kindergarten is asked to contact the district office, 785-387-2201, to schedule a screening time.


USD 428 to hold kindergarten round-up


Dates have been set for USD 428’s kindergarten round-up. The event is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 and planning to attend local schools in the fall.

Parents are asked to bring their child’s immunization record and official state birth certificate to the meeting.

The times, dates and places include: Eisenhower School, 3:45 p.m., Monday, April 18; Jefferson School, 3:15-4 p.m. (come and go), Thursday, April 28; Riley School, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (come and go), Monday, April 4; Park School, 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6; and Lincoln School, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (come and go), Tuesday, April 12. If you are unsure which elementary school your child should attend or need more information, contact Shannon King at the District Education Center, 793-1500.


Middle school bands do well at contest


The Great Bend Middle School band department held its In-School band contest on Friday, March 4. The guest judge/clinician was Robert E. Lee from Hutchinson. Lee evaluated the contest selections of the GBMS seventh-grade and eighth-grade bands. In addition to the contest scores, each band received a clinic about their contest selections. The GBMS seventh-grade band received a I- rating and the GBMS eighth-grade band received a I rating. This is the 32nd year in a row for GBMS bands to receive such contest ratings. The bands are directed by Kurtis Koch and assisted by Mark DeWald.