Town hall meeting among local events this weekend




People with an interest in state government are invited to attend the last of three town hall meetings this week with local legislators at 9 a.m. Saturday at Garden City Community College.

GCCC and the Finney County Economic Development Corp. are sponsoring Saturday's town hall meeting, which will focus on economic development and workforce readiness. The meeting is in the Endowment Room of the Beth Tedrow Student Center at GCCC. College president Herbert Swender will make opening remarks, and FCEDC president Lona DuVall will moderate the meeting, which is expected to feature state representatives-elect John Doll and Russ Jennings, and Sen.-elect Larry Powell.

A couple of issues related to economic development and workforce development that may be topics of discussion during the upcoming legislative session include technical education and general tax policies.

"I think we're going to continue to see a push by the governor for a technical ed program, which is very important to us in creating a workforce that helps us attract more industry to the area," DuVall said. "We want to be supportive of efforts to create more tech opportunities in our community college and high school."

DuVall said the Legislature may do some tweaking of tax policy this year so it is important to ensure good tax benefits are available to businesses and industries being recruited to the area, as well as for existing businesses.

"It's important that our legislators are aware of how those affect the business climate," DuVall said.

People are encouraged to ask questions and share concerns before legislators head to Topeka.

Other events this weekend include:

* Second Friday Films series shown at the Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St., will feature a 2011 movie about a 12-year-old girl named Elizabeth who lives in an orphanage in Kingman. She turns to the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman for help during a difficult time.

The films are shown at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. No admission is charged and refreshments are available.

Participants are advised to check the ratings as some films will not be appropriate for young children. According to the copyright license held by the library, the titles of the films cannot be published anywhere but at the library.

For more information, call the library, 272-3680, or Garden City Arts, 260-9700.

* The Garden City Recreation Commission is opening auditions next week for its winter production, "Steel Magnolias," by Robert Harling, with six strong roles for women from their early 20s to considerably older.

Auditions will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Check-in starts 15 minutes prior to auditions, and you need only attend one date. Audition packets are available at 310 N. Sixth St., or on the Community Theatre page at

Those wishing to audition should prepare a 30-second comedic monologue and a 30-second dramatic monologue (samples are included in the audition packet). They also should bring a list of dates they are not available to rehearse during the months of January and February.

Performances will be March 1 through 3.

Rehearsals will start with a read-through on Jan. 14 and will continue with generally four rehearsals each week.

For more information, call Brian Seagraves at 276-1200 or email

* The Garden City Family YMCA, 1224 Center St., has a new monthly program for parents and youth in the community as it introduces Parents' Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Parents can leave their children, ages 5 to 12, at the YMCA and enjoy an evening together. Activities for the kids include a healthy dinner, swimming, crafts, games and time with friends.

Fees are $10 for members and $20 for program participants.

For more information, call Krystal Richardson at 275-1199.

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