Knowledge at noon program Thursday

The Knowledge at Noon program Thursday will focus on Lee Richardson Zoo.

The speaker will be Kathy Sexson, the zoo director. She will have information about new and upcoming events for the zoo, from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. at Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St.

The public is invited to attend the free program. Bring a sack lunch if you wish; beverages are provided. For more information, call 272-3670.

YMCA offers movie night

Garden City Family YMCA will offer a Dive-in Movie night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The fee is $5 for members and $10 for program participants (this includes two slices of pizza and a soda after the movie). For more information, call Monica Colborn at 275-1199.

GCCC hosts winter blood drive

WICHITA To help ensure a sufficient blood supply this winter season, Garden City Community College is hosting an American Red Cross We Challenge U Blood Drive in the back gym of the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 12.

A photo ID or Red Cross blood donor card are required. Prior to donating blood, donors will register, complete a brief health-history screening and have their blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron level checked. The entire donation process takes about an hour, but actual blood donation takes about 10 minutes. Refreshments are provided at the end of the donation process. Donors will receive a commemorative We Challenge U T-shirt, while supplies last.

To make an appointment, call Janice Nunn, RN, at 276-9601 or 1-800-RED-CROSS.

You also may call that number to schedule an appointment to donate blood at other times of the year, or visit

Weather swings worry livestock producers

WICHITA (AP) The National Agricultural Statistics Service says declining stock water supplies and extreme weather swings were the biggest concerns for Kansas livestock producers last month.

In its monthly wintertime update, the agency reported Monday that cattle and calf losses were 13 percent below normal, 85 percent normal and 2 percent above normal in January.

The report also said most of Kansas received less than half the normal amount of precipitation last month.

About 20 percent of the winter wheat was rated in poor to very poor condition, with 45 percent rated fair, 33 percent rated good and 2 percent rated excellent.

The report says Kansas farmers in areas with little to no snow cover last month were concerned with winterkill on their wheat crop.

Snow shoveling is dangerous

KANSAS CITY (AP) Health experts at the University of Kansas Hospital are warning people to avoid overtaxing their hearts while shoveling snow.

The hospital said in a statement Monday that people clearing snow should be alert to dizziness, extreme fatigue, faintness and chest pains. Cardiologists say even those in relatively good physical shape can be at risk during cold winter days, and the dangers for the elderly can be especially high. They urged people to work up to outdoor chores, such as snow shoveling.

People with known heart disease should exercise only as part of a health program overseen by their physician.