'Aztlan: A Memory of the Mexica Nation'
What: The GCCC College Players will present “Aztlan: A Memory of the Mexica Nation.” Aztlan tells the story of Cortez’s conquest of Mexico from the Mexica point of view. In doing so, a number of Native American stories are highlighted, including the legend of Coyote, two origin stories for La Llarona, the prophesy of the Condor and the Eagle, and the origin of the Dia De Los Muertos. The play is written and directed by GCCC Theatre Director Phil Hoke.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Auditorium at GCCC
Tickets: To reserve tickets, call (620) 276-9540 or stop by the office in the Fine Arts Building between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through Friday. Tickets also can be purchased at the box office before each show. The play is free to GCCC faculty, staff and students. Admission is $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors (65 and older) and students 18 and younger. The play is rated PG-13.
What: Finney County Historical Society’s Historic Walking Tours of Valley View Cemetery. The tours are taking place for the fourth consecutive year, covering a series of significant gravesites and memorials and offering the chance for participants to meet various figures from the past, portrayed by volunteer re-enactors. Six tours are scheduled over three evenings at the 134-year old cemetery. The size of each tour group is limited to preserve and enhance the experience. Parking for ticket holders is available east of the cemetery office, inside the fence off Third Street.
When: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Where: Valley View Cemetery
Note: All tickets have been sold for the tours. The Finney County Historical Museum has started a waiting list for tickets, in case any become available due to cancellations. In addition, those on the list will be contacted next year with the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2018 tours.
Trunk or Treat Fun Run
What: Victor Ornelas Elementary School is hosting a Trunk or Treat Fun Run 5k or one mile. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female in each age division — 10 and younger, 11-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and older.
When: Registration is at 5:15 p.m. Friday at the school, 3401 E. Spruce St., with the race at 6 p.m.
Cost: Registration fee is a free-will donation.
Contact: (620) 805-7943.
DCRC Zombie run
What: The Deerfield Recreation Commission is hosting its inaugural Zombie Run. The event will start and end at Deerfield High School. All ages are welcomed to participate, though fifth grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will follow a marked route, stopping at booth checkpoints to have their map stamped. The more stamps that are collected, the better the chance of winning prizes while trying to avoid roaming zombies.
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Deerfield High School
Registration: $8 registration fee per person, or $30 for a family of four or more. If participants bring a nonperishable food item for the Deerfield USD 216 food baskets, they will be entered into a bonus drawing.
Contact: DCRC at (620) 426-6373.
What: The Finney County Humane Society’s Barktober Fest, formerly the Pet Expo, is the organization's annual fundraiser. The event will include a dog jog, pet costume contest, vendor booths, dog races and a silent auction. There also will be a kid zone with beanbag toss, pumpkin painting, pluck a duck, face painting and animal painting. There also will be guest presentations by Fit Body Boot Camp, Kennel Club Obedience Class, Finney County Public Library reading to kids and their furry friends, and many more. Pets are welcome.
When: 11 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Stevens Park
What: Peddlers Market is an antiques, handmade crafts, collectibles and limited commercial event that draws vendors from across Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Finney County Exhibition Building, 209 W. Lake Ave.
What: The public is invited to a German supper and live auction, with proceeds to be used to purchase Christmas gifts for all Garden Valley Retirement Village residents.
When: Food will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with the live auction from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Garden Valley Retirement Village., 1505 E. Spruce St.
Cost: Tickets can be purchased in advance at GVRV, or the night of the meal.
YMCA fun night
What: The Garden City Family YMCA will host a Halloween Family Fun Night. The event will include inflatables, drawings, carnival games, swimming and prizes. T-shirts will be given to the first 50 kids in attendance, and drinks and snacks are first-come, first served.
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Garden City Family YMCA, 1224 Center St.
Cost: Free, though a canned good or nonperishable food item will serve as an admission fee.
Contact: Visit http://www.ymcaswkansas.org/gc-halloween-family-fun-night-0, or call the YMCA at (620) 275-1199.
GCRC Zombie run
What: The Garden City Recreation Commission will host its 5th Annual Fright 5k and Wicked Walk. Participants will run on a course of gravel road, uneven trail terrain, as well as paved road, trying to avoid zombies. Each participant will be given a “life belt” with three flags that zombies will try to grab during the run. Runners who make it to the finish line without losing any lives will receive an award. Those looking for something a little slower paced and family friendly can participate in the Wicked Walk, where parents can trick or treat with their kids. Those registered will receive a goodie bag.
When: 6:45 p.m. Saturday
Where: Finnup Park
Cost: $45 for the Zombie Run; $10 for the Wicked Walk. Those interested can register at https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=47358952, or in person at the GCRC, 310 N. Sixth St. or at Core Fitness, 941 Lareu Road.
Contact: GCRC at (620) 271-1200.
Dio De Los Muertos Festival
What: The 6th Annual Dio De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival, hosted by Garden City Arts. There will be music, performances, food, local art vendors, and free arts and crafts activities. There also will be a community alter set up in Stevens Park where people are welcome to bring their own alters or offerendas for their loved ones who have died.
When: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Stevens Park