Fundraisers among holiday-centric weekend events




The Fulton Street Pub, 1301 East Fulton St., is seeking items for an auction being held there at 7 p.m. Saturday for Saint Francis Community Services, in order to assist the organization with providing a memorable Christmas for the children they serve.

"We currently have a $100 gift certificate, a Coach purse and boxing gloves signed by Victor Ortiz, but we are needing more items for the auction," Fulton Street Pub Manager Chad Herrera said.

All of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Saint Francis Community Services.

Saint Francis is a nonprofit organization contracted by the Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF) to assist families whose children are in the custody of the state. SFCS collaborates with families and other agencies in the community with the intention of improving circumstances in the lives of children.

While they are in DCF custody, SFCS arranges for these children to be placed in foster-care or with relatives that have been approved for placement. SFCS strives to provide a stable, nurturing environment for the children they serve. Some of the caregivers who take on this responsibility feel extra financial strain during the holiday season.

"We are just wanting to put some smiles on the kids' faces," Herrera said.

Donations of items for the auction are being accepted at Fulton Street Pub. Cash donations also will be accepted.

In addition to the auction, attendees will be served complementary Sangrias or a Shirley Temple for minors.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at Fulton Street Pub. RSVPs are appreciated, as seating is limited.

For more information about tickets or to donate items for the auction, contact Herrera at (620) 290-3144.

Other events this weekend include:

* On Friday, the Girl Scouts invite fourth- through 12th-grade girls to celebrate Christmas at their Winter Wonderland, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Finnup House, 405 N. Ninth St.,

There will be a hot chocolate bar, ornament making and a sleigh ride. Admission is $15, and registration will take place up until the event time. For more information, call Chandra Lay at 276-7061.

* On Saturday, the Girl Scouts are hosting a North Pole party at the Finnup House for kindergartners through third-grade girls and their moms. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. During the party, there will be a scavenger hunt for Santa's stuff, Christmas crafts to make and take home, and the story of the Night Before Christmas will be shared. Cookies and milk will be served during the event.

Registration is $10 per girl. Newly registered Girl Scouts will be given free admission, and if girls bring friends to register for Girl Scouts, both will get in free. Registration will take place up until the event.

For more information or to register, call 276-7061.

* A "Breakfast with Santa" is scheduled for 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Eagles Lodge, 2603 N. Taylor Ave.

A menu featuring a choice of pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and made-to-order omeletes will be served. The cost is $5.

Proceeds will go toward the Alzheimer's Disease fund.

* Downtown Vision and several sponsors are offering parents a day to shop, without their children.

On Saturday, parents can bring their children to the State Theater, 418 N. Main St, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while they shop downtown.

Admission is $3 for kindergartners through sixth-graders and covers movies, a sandwich or hot dog, a bag of chips and a small beverage. Sodas, popcorn, and candy also will be available for $1.

The movies will be "Polar Express" and "Prancer".

Parents will need to register their children and provide a password that will need to be given so staff knows whoever is picking up that child has the authority to do so. Parents may register early at the Garden City Recreation Commission, 310 N. Sixth St., or on Saturday at the State Theater. The event is being sponsored by Freddy's Frozen Custard, The Garden City Telegram, GCRC's Arts Angels, and Downtown Vision.

For more information, call GCRC at 276-1209 or Downtown Vision at 276-0891.

* Garden City Community College's annual holiday season Vespers Concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building, blending the voices and instruments of nearly 60 southwest Kansans from nine communities in a series of classical and contemporary selections.

Conducted by GCCC Choral Music Director J. Clayton Wright, the annual concert is one of the longest running holiday traditions in the community, and it will feature numbers by the College Concert Choir, the select College Singers ensemble and additional vocal and instrumental musicians from the community.

This year's program will include "God Bless Us Everyone," from Disney's A Christmas Carol; Joseph M. Martin's "The Awakening"; and Cantata Number 142 by J.S. Bach, "For Unto Us A Child is Born."¬ Each will be presented by the combined choirs and community vocal and instrumental performers.

The GCCC Concert Choir is planning to present "A Star," by Gary Alan Smith; "Still, Still, Still," by Norman Luboff; and a Harry Simeone arrangement of "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

The College Singers are preparing "Extraordinary Merry Christmas," an arrangement from Glee; "Nanita Lullaby," a Spanish carol; "Linus and Lucy," from the classic Peanuts Christmas special, by Vince Guaraldi; "Mary, Did You Know," arranged by Mac Huff; the Gleearrangement of "Let It Snow," and a Rhonda Polay arrangement of "Silent Night."

Admission is free, and seating is limited to the capacity of the auditorium.

* The Garden City chapter of the ABATE motorcycle rights organization will be delivering Christmas presents to residents of Pershing Manor, 606 Pershing Ave., at about 1 p.m. Sunday.

ABATE Treasurer Mark Estrada said that this is the group's second annual Christmas charity event, and that the motorcyclists will be handing out items such as gloves, caps and other items to residents.

For more information, call Estrada at (620) 640-5249.

* Steps Dance School will present "The Nutcracker" Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Clifford Hope Auditorium in Horace J. Good Middle School.

The performances are split into two casts. "A" Cast will perform at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. "B" cast will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 at the door.

* First United Methodist Church will be hosting 'Living Christmas,' a performance of a living nativity story this weekend.

The event will be held on the church's front lawn from 6:30 to 8:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the story of the birth of Jesus will be shared every 20 minutes.

For more information, call 275-9171.

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