Open house, movies, concert on tap this weekend




This weekend's events in Garden City include an open house, movies and music.

The Garden City Junior Girl Scout troop 60040 recently completed some renovations on the Little House at 108 W. Hackberry St., and is hosting Operation Little House, an open house set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Troop Leader Jamie Dinkel said the 13 fourth-grade girls in the troop sewed curtains, decorated with items donated by local merchants and painted a mural.

"There were a couple of girls who got on the sewing machine who seemed like they had done it before," Dinkel said. "And a lot of artistic skills showed through with the painting of the mural."

Located on all four walls of the basement at the Little House, the mural is based on the Girl Scouts' Daisy Flower Garden.

"The only thing down here before was the blue walls, the cloud, the tree and these little tiny bugs," Dinkel said.

Ten-year-old Akasha Schnaithman added a couple of more clouds.

"I did the bumble bee, the two clouds and the pink flower," Akasha said.

Ally McQuitty, 10, painted a daisy, the caterpillar, the bumble bee and a white picket fence.

Katie Hill, 10, painted a flower and a butterfly, among other things.

Dinkel said they plan to start phase two of improvements to the Little House this summer.

"The Finnup Foundation gave us a grant and we're putting up a fence for the backyard. We're going to do a program where people can buy a brick, like down at the zoo, and get it engraved for our path, and then upstairs, the girls are going to do a penny drive to bring in pennies and then we're going to take all the old pennies in and get brand new 2013 pennies to lay down on our counters in the kitchen, shellac it and then have a penny counter," she said.

Dinkel said the girls decided to host Operation Little House to show off phase one of their work and provide some fun-filled activities for people.

"The girls thought this up all on their own. I had to detour some of their ideas," Dinkel said.

One idea was doing a cakewalk, but she told the girls that the frosting would melt, so another girl came up with a better activity.

"She said, 'I'm sure we all have toys we don't play with, so why not do a toy walk,'" Dinkel said.

The event is free and open to the public and other activities will include carnival games, cotton candy and a bounce house.

"We'll be doing popcorn, different games, a water balloon toss, the toy walks and the girls want to give tours of the house," Dinkel said.

Also going on this weekend:

* The Garden City Recreation Commission continues its Silver Screen Saturday Nights, with this week's screening of "Kangaroo Jack" beginning at dusk Saturday at Stevens Park.

The movie is about two childhood friends, a New York hairstylist and a would-be musician, who get caught up with the mob and are forced to deliver $50,000 to Australia. Things go haywire when the money is lost to a wild kangaroo.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs, as well as their favorite movie snacks, to the free screening. Popcorn and drinks will be available for $1 each. In the event of high winds or severe weather, movies will be rescheduled. Call the Hotline at 276-1202 for cancellation details.

For movie titles and future showings, visit

* "The Blue Notes Variety Band" will be performing at two upcoming public dances.

The group will play at the Senior Center in Scott City at 7:30 p.m. Friday and the Eagles Lodge, U.S. Highway 83 and Mary Street, at 7 p.m. Sunday.

* Melissa Dawn is the featured performer for this weekend's Stevens Park Concert Series.

Dawn has been singing publicly for 16 years, performing contemporary Christian, Christian country, southern gospel and some secular country. She has traveled to Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, California and Branson, Mo., and has been a part of the Stevens Park Concert Series for 15 years.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Stevens Park in downtown Garden City.

All concerts in the series are free to the public. For a complete list of summer performers in the concert series, visit

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