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Events Calendar: Aug. 18-23


Ellinwood Chamber Coffee — 10-11 a.m. at Ellinwood Community/School Library.
“Kansas Revisited” exhibit by Glenn Zwegardt — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Shafer Art Gallery, Barton Community College; through Sept. 15.
Chicken Fried Steak — 5:30-7 p.m. at Great Bend American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave.
Test and Tune and Gamblers Race — 7:30-11 p.m. at the SRCA Dragstrip.

Farmers Market — 7 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the Great Bend Public Library parking lot.
Fort Larned Elementary School ribbon cutting and open house — 9:30 a.m. at the school, 2104 Broadway in Larned.
Bark in the Water Park — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wetlands Waterpark. $5 per dog; proceeds go to the dog park at Veterans Memorial Park.
NHRA Drag Races — noon at the SRCA Dragstrip. NHRA Summit Points Race No. 6; NHRA National Dragster Challenge; NHRA Summit Jr. Dragster Challenge.
Lincoln Elementary School dedication — 2 p.m. at the school, 516 N. Pine in Hoisington.
Fraternal Orders of Eagles Luau — 6-8 p.m. at the lodge, 1024 Main. Dance to Ronnie and the Rockits from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Curtis the Mentalist — 6 p.m. at 723 Main, Great Bend. Kickoff for United Way of Central Kansas 2018 campaign.

Eclipse preview — 4, 5, 7 and 8 p.m. at the Barton Community College Planetarium.
Meet the Panthers — 5-7 p.m. at Jack Kilby Square.

Great Bend USD 428 district kickoff — All day at Great Bend High School; for staff. Business showcase 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Panther Activity Center.
Solar Eclipse — 11:33 a.m. to 2:27 p.m. local time; it will hit its peak (94 percent) shortly after 1 p.m.
KWEC eclipse party — 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
Barton Community College eclipse viewing — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn between the Union and Library. Eclipse glasses for the first 100 attendees.
GBPL eclipse party — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Great Bend Public Library.

Medicare Basics — noon at the Extension Office meeting room, 1800 12th St., Great Bend.

First Day of school — Great Bend USD 428, grades 1-6, 7 and 9.
Low Vision Fair — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St.
Auditions for “Ah Wilderness” — 4-7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium, Barton Community College. Casting all roles and technical positions for the play. No preparation is necessary and all are invited. Call Rick Abel 792-9333.

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