Special Events 

SATURDAY, DEC. 1

Board Game Jam: Teams of one to three will spend a day creating their own unique board games from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Great Plains MakerSpace at the John Collins Annex, Garden City Community College campus. Cost is $30 per team and includes pizza for lunch. Register at greatplainsmakerspace.wildapricot.org/events.

Drop & Shop: The Garden City Family YMCA will host Holiday Drop & Shop childcare events every Saturday through Dec. 15. Experienced childcare professionals and the YMCA childcare directors will supervise children, lead them in arts and crafts activities, games, swimming sessions and movies and provide them with a sack lunch and snack. The service is geared toward parents who need childcare while they go shopping.bThe services will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the YMCA, 1224 Center St., and will cost $20 per child per day and $15 per additional child for YMCA members and $30 per child per day and $25 per additional child for program participants and non-members. Scholarships are available for those needing financial assistance with program fees. All children must be able to use the restroom unassisted. For more information, or to register, visit the Garden City Family YMCA, 1224 Center St., or call (620) 275-1199.

Sip'n Shop: Garden City Downtown Vision invites you to shop downtown while enjoying special holiday beverages and spirts from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Garden City. You must have a wristband to participate, and wristbands can be purchased for $6 at the Downtown Vision office, 120 E. Laurel St. from noon to 4 p.m. the day of the event. Must be 21 and older with a valid photo ID.

Photos with Santa: Local residents can get photos with Santa from noon to 5 p.m. at the Windsor Hotel, 413 N. Main St., hosted by the Garden City High School gifted program. All proceeds will go toward the Garden City USD 457 Community Based Enrichment program. Physical photos and digital images are $10 each, and the digital and physical image together are $15. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gardencitysanta or email gardencitykriskringle@gmail.com.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 2

GCCC Vespers concert: The Garden City Community College Department of Music will hold its Choral Christmas Vespers Concert, which will include performances by the GCCC Concert Choir, College Singers and Garden City Community Choir, starting at 3 p.m. at the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Auditorium at GCCC. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

MONDAY, DEC. 3

Open studio: People of all skill levels and all mediums are invited to work on their projects at Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St., from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 4

Family Literacy and Math Night: Buffalo Jones Elementary School will hold a Family Literacy and Math Night from 5 to 6:30 p.m., which will include various activities and a chili dinner. Parents and students will be able to take home additional math and literacy materials to work on later.

Music program: "The Copeland, Ks. Salem Mennonite Singers" will perform at 7 p.m. at Garden Valley Retirement Village, 1505 E. Spruce St. Everyone is welcome at no charge.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 6

Blushing Artiste: Come to Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St., from 7 to 9 p.m. and have a glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres while creating a painting that you can take home at the end of the night. Participants must be 21 or older. Cost is $35 for non-members or $30 for GCA members. To reserve a spot, contact the gallery at (620) 290-9700.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 7

First Friday Art Walk: Garden City Arts, Patrick Dugan's, Garden City Community College's Mercer Gallery and High Plains Public Radio each showcase featured artists or exhibits the first Friday of each month. This month, Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St., will feature a member showcase from 6 to 8 p.m.; Patrick Dugans, 301 N. Main St., will feature the art of Yanet Deleon from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Nutcracker: Steps Dance School's 9th biennial performance of The Nutcracker, 6 p.m. at Clifford Hope Auditorium, 1412 N. Main St. Tickets are $20 for premium seats in rows A-G, $10 for adult general admission and $6 for children.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 8

Drop & Shop: The Garden City Family YMCA will host Holiday Drop & Shop childcare events every Saturday through Dec. 15. Experienced childcare professionals and the YMCA childcare directors will supervise children, lead them in arts and crafts activities, games, swimming sessions and movies and provide them with a sack lunch and snack. The service is geared toward parents who need childcare while they go shopping.bThe services will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the YMCA, 1224 Center St., and will cost $20 per child per day and $15 per additional child for YMCA members and $30 per child per day and $25 per additional child for program participants and non-members. Scholarships are available for those needing financial assistance with program fees. All children must be able to use the restroom unassisted. For more information, or to register, visit the Garden City Family YMCA, 1224 Center St., or call (620) 275-1199.

The Nutcracker: Steps Dance School's 9th biennial performance of The Nutcracker, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Clifford Hope Auditorium, 1412 N. Main St. Tickets are $20 for premium seats in rows A-G, $10 for adult general admission and $6 for children.

GCA Creatives: This group, which meets from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St., gathers local creators and artists to discuss, learn and growth together. This month, the theme is artist trading cards.

Drop-in Art Saturday: Drop in between 1 and 3 p.m. at Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St., and enjoy multiple art-making stations for the whole family. This month's artist is Alexander Calder. Katy Guthrie is the instructor for this free program.

Tuba Christmas: Local tuba and euphonium players will fill Grant Avenue with Christmas music during Tuba Christmas, an event co-hosted by Garden City Downtown Vision and the Garden City Community College band. The free, public event will begin at 3 p.m. on Grant Avenue. Registration for interested players will cost $10 and begin noon the same day at the GCCC band building, rehearsal immediately following. For more information, contact Casey Hands at (254) 415-8822 or Joseph Lowry at (620) 276-9545, or visit tubachristmas.com.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 9

The Nutcracker: Steps Dance School's 9th biennial performance of The Nutcracker, 3 p.m. at Clifford Hope Auditorium, 1412 N. Main St. Tickets are $20 for premium seats in rows A-G, $10 for adult general admission and $6 for children.

Christmas parade: The 2018 Downtown Christmas Parade, presented by The Burtis Motor Co., will begin at 6 p.m. on Main Street. The parade will marching bands, and brightly decorated holiday floats created by school and church groups, businesses, organizations and others. This year's theme is "Polar Express."

Red Stocking Breakfast: Eat, visit with local celebrities and bid on auction items from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave., during the annual Red Stocking Breakfast to benefit Kansas Children's Services League. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Children 10 and younger eat free.

 

Health Department and WIC

Hours at the Finney County Health Department, 919 Zerr Road, and WIC are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; closed on Friday.

For more information, call the health department at (620) 272-3600 or WIC (Women, Infant and Children) at (620) 272-3615.