Band competition, film, walk/run set this weekend




Music is in the air this weekend as local bands and performers will have an opportunity to showcase their talents at the High Plains Showcase, scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at the Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.

Participants will compete for the chance to appear at the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina in early June. The winning act from each participating city also will receive a performance per-diem and two complimentary hotel rooms to help offset costs of traveling to the festival.

The Showcase, produced in partnership with Salina Arts & Humanities and Rocking M Radio, places an emphasis on drawing talent from the western part of the state. In its first year, it will feature satellite concerts in Garden City, Hays, Great Bend and Colby.

Local acts include Triple Thorne of Ransom, The Scud of Holcomb, Fiz Gig of Garden City and DV8 of Garden City. Sound and light production for the event is being provided by Bill Knight of Segue Sound Co.

Becce Gigot, business development executive for Rocking M Radio's Garden City office, said the winner of the Garden City showcase will also win an opening act spot at the Horsethief Festival, which takes place June 7 through 9.

"Last year, we just did a battle of the bands, but this year we decided to partner with the Salina, Colby and Hays Rocking M stations, and we're helping them find talent for the Smoky Hill River Festival," Gigot said.

Advance tickets can be purchased for $8 at C Bar H, 3502 Campus Drive, until noon Saturday. Admission will be $10 at the door.

For more information, contact Gigot at 275-9500, or visit or

Other events this weekend include:

* The Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St., will be showing its Second Friday Film at 7 p.m. Friday.

"A Separation," the movie selected by the Garden City Arts Film Committee, is about a married couple faced with improving the life of their child by moving to another country, or staying in Iran to look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

The Oscar-winning film is rated PG-13. No admission is charged, refreshments are available and attendees may bring snacks to share. For more information, call the library at 272-3680 or Garden City Arts at 260-9700.

* ABC Pregnancy Care Center of Garden City will have its 11th annual Sonrise Run/Walk on Saturday.

The event begins at 9 a.m., rain or shine, at 509 N. Sixth St. Two courses will be marked around Garden City, including the 5K and half-marathon. Registration will be from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Saturday, or you can register early by calling 275-1777. Cost is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the half-marathon (both include a T-shirt). A family entry of $30 also is available for those who have two or more in a family participating and includes two T-shirts.

Trophies will be awarded to the first-place winners. The top three male and female runners of each race will receive medals. There also will be medals for the top three finishers of each race age 16 and younger.

All proceeds will benefit ABC Pregnancy Care Center and its ministries to save the lives of unborn children, minister to those facing an unplanned pregnancy, promote abstinence and offer hope through Christ to those who have had an abortion. For more information, call 275-1777.

* Lee Richardson Zoo will offer its special blend of "zoo doo" compost for sale by the scoop, bag or bucket from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, south of the zoo on Finnup Drive.

A mixture of exotic animal manure, food waste and bedding, processed by the zoo's maintenance division, the compost will be sold bagged in compostable bags, or by the "Bobcat" scoop loaded into your truck or trailer. You can bring your own bucket (five gallon or smaller) and get it filled for $1. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to load bags or scoops directly into your vehicle (trunk, truck or trailer). Bags are $5 (for 45 pounds) while a scoop is $25.

Compost also can be purchased during the week by special appointment by calling the zoo at 276-1250.

* Musical songs of the prairie will be featured during "Fun on the Prairie" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sandsage Prairie and Bison Range. There will be someone on hand to help attendees spot the birds that are migrating for the spring season.

Debra Bolton and the group "Too Many Strings" will perform from 10 to 11 a.m. For more information, call 276-8886.

* State Rep. John Doll have a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the former Sinfully Sweet building located by Patrick Dugan's Coffee Shop. Admission is free.

* The Garden City League of United Latin American Citizens council is presenting its 18th Annual Scholarship Banquet, honoring Hispanic graduates from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Garden City High School cafeteria, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd.

During the reception, scholarships will be awarded, educators will be honored and the outstanding male and female student will be recognized. The community is welcome to attend the event.

For more information, contact Joe Gonzales or Lydia Gonzales at 276-7207.

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