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Area briefs for March 13
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Program showcases Costa Rica and its rainforest wilflife


A free Stop ‘N Learn Session titled "Exploring Costa Rica And Its Wildlife" will be offered at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Presenter Eric Giesing, an educator with the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Fort Hays State University, will share photos showcasing the landscapes, people and animals of Costa Rica as he experienced them, for an up close and personal view of the rainforest.

For more information call the Recreation Commission office, 793-3755 ext. 2, or e-mail


USD 428 board to meet Monday


The USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include recognition of Great Bend High School 5A State Wrestling champions, approval of the 2011-2012 school calendar, approval to purchase computer hardware and software, approval to sell used computers, a bullying workshop, and Teacher Evaluation Committee update.


Defensive driving class offered


Defensive Driving class will be held at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., on Monday and Tuesday, March 21-22, from 1-4 p.m.

This two-day, eight-hour class is sponsored by Commission on Aging, Barton County Farm Bureau and the Recreation Commission and is taught by officer Steve Billinger of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Most insurance companies will lower premiums for participants that receive certificates at the end of the class, sponsors said.

Anyone age 16 and up can enroll for this class. The fee is $15.

To enroll, call the Senior Center, 792-3906, or the Recreation Commission, 793-3755, by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 17.