The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting a public hearing in Garden City this week to gather comments about a proposal to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
A one-hour informational meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. followed by a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building at Garden City Community College.
The Fish and Wildlife Service opened a 90-day public comment period on Dec. 11 after publishing a proposal to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened. The service is requesting information from the public and scientific community that will assist it in making a final listing determination by Sept. 30.
Public hearings also are being held in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. The public may provide oral or written comments on the proposal at the meeting.
Garden City Arts to host student exhibit
Garden City Arts announces its show "Aspirations: A Series of High School Art Exhibits" is now showing in the gallery, with a reception planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit currently features the works of Garden City High School students, with special emphasis given to its graduating seniors. This portion of the show runs until Feb. 13. The second half of the show will run from March 2 to 20, with an artists' reception from 1 to 3 p.m. March 2. This portion will showcase the works of Holcomb High School students.
All works have been selected by the teachers, who are: Lisa Neely, Shane Chapman, Andrea Kirchoff and Dani Falor, at GCHS; and Archie Oliver at HHS. The gallery is located at 318 N. Main St. in downtown Garden City. The mission of GCA is to enrich lives and encourage creativity in the community.
YMCA offers free land, water aerobics classes
The Garden City Family YMCA is offering free land or water aerobics classes as part of its Buddy-Up Aerobics program until Sunday. Any current member can bring a friend for any aerobics class during the week, with no limit on the number of classes attended.
Both morning and evening classes are available. Come by the YMCA to get a schedule, or go to the website at www.gardencityymca.org under programs, and then health fitness.
Those with questions should contact Shannan Sullivan at 275-1199, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local schools to hold book assemblies
Gertrude Walker Elementary School and Edith Scheuerman Elementary School will hold assemblies to present a book published by the kindergarten classes at each of the schools. The Gertrude Walker Elementary assembly will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday in the school gymnasium, 805 W. Fair Street. The Edith Scheuerman Elementary School assembly will take place at 2 p.m. Friday in the school gymnasium, 1901 Wilcox Street. Each class selected a habitat and the class wrote about an animal that lives in that particular environment for the book.
The students did research on the animals that they wanted to write about. The zoo also did presentations at the schools on different animals that live at the zoo before the book was written. Each student wrote a page and illustrated the book.
For more information contact Katie Unger, writing teacher at Edith Scheuerman and Gertrude Walker Elementary Schools, at 805-7350.