The Senior Center of Finney County is partnering with Garden City Community College and the Osher Institute with Kansas University Continuing Education to provide life-long learning opportunities for senior citizens in Finney County.

A three-afternoon seminar, The Dust Bowl Revisited, will be held at GCCC from 2 to 4 p.m. June 1 through 3 at the Student and Community Services Center, room 2025.

Instructor for the class is Liz Black, author of Buffalo Spirits, which won the 2003 Three Oaks Prize in fiction. Black grew up in southwest Kansas. Her parents survived the Dust Bowl, and as a child, she experienced severe mid-1950s dust storms.

The class will cover film footage and eyewitness accounts of the 1930s Dust Bowl that devastated areas of Kansas, as well as Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. The course will examine economic and land use mistakes that created the greatest man-made ecological disaster in our history.

There also will be discussion of the FDR government actions to reclaim the land and restore the livelihood of the people of the area.

This wonderful learning opportunity is available at no charge to persons 55 and older who are residents of Finney County. To enroll in this class, you can call the Osher Institute at (877) 404-5823 or contact the Senior Center at 272-3620. Please register early because seating is limited. Don't miss this learning opportunity with no tests and no homework!

Scheduled activities

Thursday: TOPS meets at 8:30 a.m., followed by the art class at 10 a.m. Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. The Low Vision Support Group meets at 3 p.m.

Friday: Line dancing at 8:30 a.m. and STEPS at 10 a.m. Craft Shop check in/out is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A nurse is available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Lunch is at noon. Bridge begins at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday: The pool room is open in the afternoon. The building is rented in the afternoon.

Sunday: Duplicate bridge is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Monday: Starts with exercises at 8:30 a.m. and STEPS at 10 a.m. The Humdinger Band will practice at 12:30 p.m. Bridge and double pinochle begin at 12:45 p.m. The Upbeats practice at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Lunch at noon followed by pitch at 12:45 p.m. The Finney County Senior Citizens Association board meeting is at 2 p.m. The Finney County Committee on Aging Inc. will have a budget meeting at 2:30 p.m., followed by its regular monthly board meeting at 3:30 p.m.

May 19: Line dancing at 8:30 a.m. and STEPS at 10 a.m. Appointments with an attorney from Kansas Legal Services begin at 10 a.m. If you would like to visit with the attorney, please call 272-3620 for an appointment. Lunch is at noon and Completely Unraveled at 1 p.m. Pinochle starts at 12:45 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature Craig Stevens. The cost is $4 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Lasagna, Corn O'Brien, perfection gelatin salad, wheat bread and strawberries and pears.

Friday: Fish or chicken strips, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, wheat roll and apple crisp.

Monday: BBQ ribette with sauce on a bun, tri-taters, green beans, tropical fruit salad.

Tuesday: Roast turkey with gravy, sweet potatoes, winter veggies with cheese sauce, wheat roll and blueberry crisp.

Wednesday: Swedish meatballs, buttered noodles, steamed cabbage, wheat roll and plums.