Time to take the Polar Plunge

The second annual Garden City Polar Plunge and Strut - a benefit for Special Olympics Kansas athletes - showcases brave individuals who dare to jump into icy waters and make a splash for Special Olympics.

The Polar Strut, a one-mile or 2.5-mile run/walk through Lee Richardson Zoo, begins at 11 a.m. Feb. 1, followed at noon that day by the Polar Plunge at the Big Pool, 504 E. Maple St.

For the past several weeks, individuals and teams have been registering, training, taking pledges and working on costumes in preparation for the event. Registration fees are $25 for the strut, $75 for the plunge or $100 to register for both. Registration on the day of the event is 10 a.m. at the Big Pool ticket office. Registration is also available online at www.ksso.org/gardencity. The website also contains tips for fundraising and steps on creating an individual fundraising page.

All participants will receive a commemorative sweatshirt for "bearing" the cold. Groups of five or more can register as a team.

Sound too unbearable? If cold water and ice is not your thing but you would like to receive cool incentives, you can register online for a minimum of $75 and declare yourself "Too Chicken!" (no plunge required).

Other warm ways to experience the cool event include: becoming an event sponsor, being a vendor at the event, donating to a plunger or volunteering to help.

Awards will be given to best costume individual, best costume couple, best costume team, highest fundraising individual (not on a team), highest fundraising team and team with most participants.

Interested individuals and teams can contact Luke Schulte for more information at (620) 408-4450 or schultel@ksso.org.

GCHS to enroll 2014 freshmen

On Monday and Tuesday, Garden City High School counselors will be working with eighth-grade students during science classes at the middle schools to enroll the students as freshmen for the 2014-15 school year.

Counselors will be at Horace J. Good Middle School on Monday and at Kenneth Henderson Middle School on Tuesday.

The counselors will be finishing up the enrollment process on Wednesday at Horace J. Good Middle School and Thursday at Kenneth Henderson Middle School.

For more information about freshman enrollment, call Garden City High School at 805-5448.

Ag Profitability Conference scheduled

An "Ag Profitability Conference" is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at the SW Research Center, 4500 E. Mary St.

Kansas State University ag economists will address the numerous issues that farmers and ranchers face as they make decisions in their farming operations, everything from grain and livestock marketing considerations to machinery decisions.

Everyone with an interest in these topics is encouraged to attend. The charge is an at-the-door $10 fee for lunch. Pre-register by calling the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670 by Thursday to ensure a meal.