Walk and Whoa, YMCA Halloween, NIP cleanup, antique and craft show also planned.
By RACHAEL GRAY
Plenty of events indoors and outdoors are happening this weekend in and around Garden City.
Garden City Arts is partnering with Ad Astra Out West this weekend to premiere the first annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival.
A juried photo show will open from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 318 N. Main St. Works by students and adults will be judged, and prizes will be awarded.
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Park, artists, musicians and dancers will converge to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday. Dia de los Muertos is celebrated every Nov. 1 and 2 in Mexico and is a colorful and lively celebration of life where families commemorate the lives of their deceased loved ones.
Garden City Arts currently is seeking individuals, families, businesses and organizations who are interested in creating an ofrenda, or altar, for their loved ones. Entries will be judged at the festival, and winners will be recognized in the closing ceremony. Entry forms and rules are available at the gallery. Applications for vendor and artists booths also still are available.
For more information on either event, call the gallery at 260-9700 or Laurie Chapman at 277-6461.
* Walk & Whoa Benefit Dance and Auction: Miles of Smiles will have its 14th annual fundraiser Saturday at the Clarion Inn Ballroom, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.
A social hour with hors d'oeuvres will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance and auction will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 before the event. Tickets are available at Garden True Value, 1615 Taylor Plaza; Crazy House, 3502 N. Campus Drive; or Baker Boot Co., 211 W. Kansas Ave.
The mission of Miles of Smiles is to provide therapeutic horse assisted activities to individuals with disabilities to enhance their health, independence and quality of life.
For more information, call 260-9997.
* YMCA annual Halloween event: The Garden City Family YMCA will be hosting the 12th Annual Halloween at the YMCA from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. This is a free family event featuring snacks, drinks, games, crafts, prizes, inflatables, swimming and more. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 kids in the door.
For more information, contact Krystal Richardson, family and teen director, at 275-1199.
* Neighborhood Improvement Project: Participants will be setting up areas for a community garden located behind the East Garden Village mobile home park, 4101 E. U.S. Highway 50.
Garden City police Detective Clint Brock, who heads NIP, said that for this project, the group of students is competing in the National Make a Difference Day, in which prizes in increments of $10,000 are awarded to organizations deemed to be making the most difference in their communities.
Brock said that adults are encouraged to participate in the projects, and that he finds the interaction between students and their parents at these projects helps open the lines of communication.
Students will begin arriving at the East Garden Village offices at 9 a.m. Saturday to begin work on the garden.
For more information, call Officer Emma Banuelos at Garden City High School.
* Western Kansas Antique and Craft Show: Crafters and collectors will gather Saturday for the 42nd edition of the show. The show will feature items such as antique crockery and furniture to old comic books and candles. Vendors come from across southwest Kansas and adjacent states.
The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Finney County Exhibition Building, 409 Lake Ave.
* Dueling Divas (and Divos)!:¬ The Garden City Recreation Commission is helping to raise money to send the Teens in Theatre to the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. Self-proclaimed "divas" and "divos" will compete for votes (cash) to see who wins. The event is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the State Theatre. Entry is $10 per person and votes are $1.