Training, music, 'Les Miserables' set for weekend




The weekend's events include a fire training school, a 'Holiday Extravaganza,' some music, a couple of encore performances, a leadership conference, bierocks sales, an auction and supper, an open house and a walk to raise awareness about suicide.

The Holcomb Community Fire Department will be hosting firefighters from across the state for a fire training school through the Kansas State Firefighters Association Saturday and Sunday at Holcomb High School.

"It's state of the art training, not just for volunteers. We expect all of Garden City's firefighters to be there, and we've received confirmation from several of the smaller surrounding towns that they'll be there," said Bill Knight, Holcomb fire chief. "This is really world-class training for out west here. It's offered quite often in the eastern part of the state and the major cities, but very seldom out here in small towns."

Knight estimates anywhere from 125 to 200 firefighters from fire departments around the state will attend the fire school.

Training will include classroom and hands-on training in defensive driving, responding to railway emergencies, wild land fires, oil tank battery fires and grain elevator fires. There also will be a live burn trailer and a new Kansas University fire skills trailer on hand.

Other events this weekend include:

* A musical programs is on tap at Homestead Assisted Living, 2414 N. Henderson St. "Classic 3" will perform at 7 p.m. Friday . The public is encouraged to attend at no charge.

* VendA "Holiday Extravaganza," a benefit for Families Together Inc., is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 205 N. Eighth St.

Vendors will include Scentsy, Silpada Jewelry, Tonja's Toffee, Origami Owl, Classy Looks, Celebrating Home and more. The event also will feature door prizes, entertainment, a silent auction, a food booth and drawings for prizes.

Donation tickets for the drawings are available at the Families Together office, 1518 Taylor Plaza, or from fashion show models and their families. Families Together is an statewide organization that assists parents and their sons and daughters with disabilities.

* Due to brisk ticket sales, two additional performances of Garden City Community College's production of "Les Miserables" are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, both at 7:30 p.m. in the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building.

Tickets will be available as early as one hour before each show at the box office. There will not be any pre-show sales. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors age 65 or older and $8 for children age 17 and younger.

* The Girl Scout Regional Office in Garden City is presenting Leadership Conference 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Catherine Hospital's Classroom A, lower level. The conference is free to Girl Scouts from sixth grade and up, and to Girl Scout volunteers. The fee for non-scout participants is $15.

Breakout sessions will address leadership development topics, such as verbal and non-verbal communication, mentoring, healthy communities, goal setting and teamwork.

Local women leaders attending include Beverly Schmitz Glass, executive director of Downtown Vision; Lona DuVall and Allie Medina with Finney County Economic Development Corp.; Janet Doll, city commissioner and businesswoman; Carol Meyer, Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Rural Opportunity; Stephanie Gaskill, Girl Scouts Kansas Heartland chief operation officer; Katrina Lowry, assistant program director for Finney County Community Health Coalition; and Missy Allen, director of Circles of Hope. Girl Scouts and leaders/volunteers will need to register on Ultra Camp. Others may register by emailing, or calling Rebecca Colburn at 276-7061.

* St. Dominic youth will sell bierocks from noon to 5 p.m. and after the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday and after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday in the Parish Center, 615 JC St.

Bierocks will be sold for $30 per dozen. Money raised will be used to cover costs for the Youth Mission Trip to Marvell, Ark., to serve the poor.

* Garden City Church of the Brethren will have its annual Fall Harvest Auction and Soup & Pie Supper on Saturday.

The free-will donation supper will start at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 505 N. Eighth St. A silent auction will take place during the meal, with the live auction beginning at 7 p.m. and will include homemade items such as candy, spiced tea, cappuccino, relish, wood carvings, pillow cases and a handmade quilt.

An Open House is planned for Sunday to honor Pastor John and Michele Elder of Garden City Church of the Brethren. The public is invited from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church, 505 N. Eighth St.

* The SWKS Suicide Prevention Organization is holding the Shining Light into the Darkness Community Walk at 11 a.m. Saturday at Stevens Park.

Registration for Saturday's walk begins at 9 a.m. and a balloon release will take place right before the walk, which begins at 11 a.m. After the walk, people who have attempted suicide and people who have lost family members to suicide, will be telling their stories and loved ones will have posters commemorating their loved ones. There will also be a number of vendors at the event.

Free will donations are being accepted but Michelle White, coordinator of the walk, said, "We are encouraging fundraising, but it's more important for us to get the word out. Our slogan is 'Erasing the Stigma.' We're just wanting to let people know that it's OK to talk about it.' For more information, email or (620) 499-5174.

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