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Great Bend Public Library May Events:
Blast Off with the Cosmosphere – Friday, May 31: 12:00-5:00 pm
For all ages: blast off into a universe of reading and learning at the 2019 Summer Library kick-off with the Kansas Cosmosphere. Presentations by the Cosmosphere include “Living in Space,” “The Solar System and Beyond,” and “Robots, Robots Everywhere.” Hands-on activities available throughout the day will include LOXIC (liquid oxygen ice cream), solar system bracelets, foam plate gliders, and robotic LEGO EV-3s. The library will provide a snack bar with cosmic treats.
Mush! With Noggin, the Sled Dog – Friday, May 31: 5:30 pm
For all ages: the sport of dog mushing is a dance across some of the most remote wilderness on Earth. Completing the Iditarod is among the most difficult feats in all of sports. More people have reached the summit of Mt. Everest than have made it to the Iditarod finish line behind a team of dogs! Karen Land is a writer, professional public speaker, and three-time participant in Iditarod as well as many other endurance dog sled races. Come to Karen and Noggin’s presentation to meet them and learn more!
The Center for Counseling and Consultation Mental Health Awareness Day Tuesday May 21st (POSTPONED) You can still go and participate in the raffle, enjoy popcorn and lemonade, and sign up to be a finalist in the Follow Your Dreams Giveaway
The Center for Counseling and Consultation will be having Mental Health Awareness Day Tuesday May 21st from 4 to 8 pm at 5815 Broadway in Great Bend, They will have informational booths and community partners, a bounce house, drunk googles, drum circle, games, giveaways and more! Free hot dogs, chips, popcorn, and beverages will be provided while supplies last. They will also have an their Annual raffle during the event. Tickets will be 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.
USD #350 Education Foundation 3rd Annual Youth Creations Art Auction Friday May 24th
USD #350 Education Foundation is having their 3rd Annual Youth Creations Art Auction Friday May 24th at the City Square during the St. John Jubilee. They will be showcasing the art exhibits at 6 PM and then the Live Auction begins at 6:30 They will be featuring unique art items designed and created by the art students of the St. John and Hudson School. 100 percent of the donations will be used to help support school programs and student educational needs of USD #350 St. John/ Hudson School.
St. John Jubilee Friday & Saturday May 23rd & 24th
The City of St. John is having Annual Memorial Day Celebration Friday & Saturday, May 23rd & 24th at the Downtown St. John Square. They will have Vendor Information Booths, Monster Truck Rides, Carnival, Beer Garden, Youth Art Auction, Street Dance and Parade. For a Full List of Schedules and Events Visit https://www.facebook.com/Around-the-Square-St-John-Kansas-1459875834095869/
Santa Fe Depot Open House Sunday May 26th
The Santa Fe Depot is having an Opening House Sunday, May 26th in Holyrood. They will have the City Splash Pad open all day, Depot Tours at 2 PM, Pickin’ at the Depot with Live Music starting at 4 PM Featuring Musicians from around the state, and a BBQ from 5-7 for Free will Donation. Coolers are welcome and Make sure to bring your Lawn Chairs. If it rains the event will take place at the American Legion at 416 Main St. in Holyrood.
A Memorial Day Remembrance For those Lost But Not Forgotten Monday May 27th
Monday, May 27th at 10 AM at the American Legion Riders Flag Presentation will take place at the Veterans Circle at the Great Bend Cemetery, followed by the Master of Ceremonies and Presentation of Memorial Wreaths.
Great Bend Public Library June Events:
“Celebrate the Force” Day – Thursday, June 6: All day (8:30 am to 8:00 pm)
Stop by the library throughout the day to celebrate a galaxy far, far away! Activities will be happening all day for all ages, including snacks, crafts, and games. Come in costume or your favorite Star Wars clothing to receive a prize! At 6:00 pm, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History will be presenting a program about the creatures and critters of the Star Wars universe. You will learn the real-life inspirations and counterparts from real-life animals.
“Walking on the Moon” Show – Wednesday, June 12: 2:00 pm
The Mad Science team will teach you about the principles of space travel, and you will be able to participate in science experiments. This engaging and humorous celebration will highlight the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. Geared toward children, but fun for all ages.
Let’s Get Organized! Myths, Mistakes, and Tips for a More Organized Space -Thursday, June 13: 6:00 pm
Learn why we have so much clutter, what it means to be organized, and the myths and mistakes that could be holding you back, plus other tips and tricks from a professional organizer.
“Starry Starry Night” Puppet Show -Saturday, June 15: 10:30 am
Watch simple astronomy and constellation stories with wacky Professor van GoGo. Explore the moon and stars with music and audience participation in this highly acclaimed and original puppet show, which is a regular favorite at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Open Book Club: Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly – Tuesday, June 18: 7:00 pm
Stop by the library in the weeks before the meeting to pick up a copy of the book, the come to the meeting to discuss what you learned.
Set amid the civil rights movement, this is the true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program.
Glenda & Mike’s Magic & Ventriloquism Show – Wednesday, June 19: 2:00 pm
Glenda is a magician that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and Mike is a ventriloquist that uses comedy and puppets in this interactive show for people of all ages.
History of the Air Capital – Monday, June 24: 2:00 pm
Have you ever wondered why Wichita is known as the “Air Capital of the World?” Magan Bearman from the Kansas Aviation Museum will present on how Wichita became such an important site for aviation.
Celestial Creatures: Animals in the Stars – Wednesday, June 26: 10:30 am
In addition to exploring some of the animal constellations, together we will discover some of the animals that have gone into space and returned. Some live animals will visit to “tell” their stories, including scorpions, spiders, and snakes!
Golden Belt Adopt a Pet Saturday June 1st
Golden Belt Humane Society/Adopt a Pet will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Orscheln’s, 5320 10th St, in Great Bend, from 10 am until 2 pm, in conjunction with the Mid America Car Club Car Show. They will be serving Walking Tacos cookies & a bottle of water all for a $6 donation. There will be dogs available for adoption. All money earned goes to the direct care of the shelter animals. For more info, orders, or delivery, contact Jean @ 620-786-5955
Sunflower Diversified Services Ride for Independence Saturday June 1st
Sunflower Diversified Services third annual Ride For Independence is Saturday, June 1st. Motorcycles and cars are welcome to enter and win up to $150. Registration starts at 8:30 AM at the Sunshine Garage in Larned and Kick Stands up at 10:30. Stops include Rush Center, Hoisington, Claflin, with Ending at the June Jaunt at Jack Kilby Square in Great Bend. To register call 62-792-1325 or go online at sunflower DIV dot com. Join them for the Ride for Independence to support the people served at Sunflower and the Beautiful Minds Art Studio.
The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce 3rd Annual “Rock Into Summer” Saturday June 8th
The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 3rd Annual “Rock Into Summer” on Saturday, June 8th at Bicentennial Park in Hoisington. There will be a Cornhole Tournament beginning 3pm. Register your Team Online ($40/team) by June 3rd and receive 2 FREE drink tickets per team member. Cash Prizes Awarded to Top Finishers. BBQ and Beer Garden. FREE Concert with The Golden Belt Rocks Band at 6pm followed by Ronnie & The Rockits until 11pm. Go to: www.hoisingtonkansas.com/rockintosummer for more information.
Walnut Car Show Saturday June 15th
The Walnut Car Show is going on Saturday, June 15th at the Walnut Bowl on North Washington in Great Bend. Show us your Ride for the Animals, All makes and Models are welcome. Entry Fee is $25 and all proceeds will go to the Golden Belt Humane Society Adopt a Pet. Awards presented to the top 20. Registration will be from 10 to noon, Bowling and Mini Golf tournament between 12 and 4 PM, 50/50 Cash drawing at 4 PM, and the award presentation at 4 PM.
Prince of Peace Youth Group Father’s Day Luncheon Sunday June 16th
The Prince of Peace Youth Group invite you to a Father’s Day Luncheon Sunday, June 16th from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM at the St. Rose Auditorium. They will have Brats, Baked beans, Chips, and Dessert. Its a Free will offering and All the Proceeds will go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Great Bend Public Library July Events:
“Flights of Fancy” Juggling Show and Workshop – Wednesday, July 10: 2:00 pm
For all ages: enjoy a funny juggling show that follows Goldilocks as she searches for a planet that is “just right.” At 4:00 pm, Jay & Leslie will host a juggling workshop to help people of all ages learn how to juggle, for everyone from basic beginners to more advanced jugglers!
Exploration Place in Great Bend – Thursday, July 11: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Be amazed with dynamic hands-on stations, including: stomp rockets, planetary orbits, gravity wells, moon phases, constellation cutouts, and more.
Mobile Museum: Natural History Collections in the Community -Saturday, July 13: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Natural History Museum’s pop-up “Mobile Museum” will be visiting Great Bend! People of all ages can explore natural history collections up close and learn about fossils. The museum features displays of more than 90 species, plus hands-on paleontology activities, including a dino dig pit, make-your-own fossils station, and more.
Blast Off into Drawing -Monday, July 15: 10:30 am
Join California guest artist Kyle in an exciting, fail-safe and constructive approach to learning how to draw. Join this interactive and entertaining workshop to learn dozens of specific tricks, skills, and techniques that you can apply to your drawings, regardless of your skill level. Open to artists of all ages.
ESports and Your Future – Wednesday, July 17: 2:00 pm
For all teens. Learn about ESports, a form a competition using video games. ESports commonly takes the form of organized multiplayer video game competitions between professional players. Learn how the world of gaming can earn you a scholarship to college and a professional career.
Planetarium Exploration – Friday, July 19 through Wednesday, July 24
Take a look at the night sky in an inflatable planetarium. Discover the universe with five different planetarium shows that are fun and informative for all ages.
Magic and Muffins – Saturday, July 20: 10:00 am
For families with children pre-K to 5th grade. Dan Dan the Magic Man will be zooming into town with his all-new thrill ride show! Enjoy muffins while watching a magic show with audience participation and comedy that will thrill and entertain families.
Peter Pan Interactive Theater -Wednesday, July 24: 2:00 pm
For families with children pre-K to 5th grade. Come enjoy the story of Peter Pan as a live interactive theater performance. This fun and humorous show uses volunteers from the audience to help tell the story and experience acting, perhaps for the first time in their lives!
Cosmic Cosplay & Pizza – Thursday, July 25
4:00-7:00 pm: Costume Creation
7:00-8:00 pm: Red Carpet Runway Show
For teens (please pre-register). Create a costume and fashion accessories out of recycled materials to represent a specific character. Finish the night with pizza and a red carpet runway judging of your cosplay. To register, text “@coscosplay” to 81010.
Ronnie & the Rockits Concert – Friday, July 26: 6:00-9:00 pm
Come celebrate the ending of the Summer Library Program and the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a summer concert by a live rock band! The Rockits, a well-loved band from the local area, will play classic rock songs that people of all ages will recognize and enjoy.