Get free help with financial aid forms

Students and their parents can get some free, one-on-one help filling out the mandatory Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) at College Goal Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Garden City High School. This is the first step in applying for financial aid to a post-secondary institution.

The forms will be available in both English and Spanish, and Spanish interpreters will be available to assist, as well.

One attendee at each of the state's 21 College Goal Sunday locations will receive a $500 scholarship, good for the fall 2014 semester of any college or technical education school in the country, provided the student is a first-semester freshmen at that time.

Computers will be available for families to complete the form online. Bring a 2013 income tax return, or a 2013 earnings statement to the event. GCHS seniors can bring their iPads to begin the process without waiting for a computer.

The U.S. Department of Education makes more than $150 billion in post-secondary financial aid available to students throughout the country each year. College Goal Sunday makes applying for that aid easier. "Regardless of where students want to go to school, we will be here to help them with the paperwork," Kathy Blau, Garden City Community College director of financial aid said. "If they are considering attending GCCC, we can help them with that too."

Navajo Taco Dinner Saturday

The 15th annual Navajo Taco Dinner takes place from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, 306 N. Seventh St, in the church basement. The special dine-in or carry-out meal includes tacos made with authentic Navajo Indian fry bread, topped with beef, beans and a variety of condiments. A slice of homemade pie and a beverage is included in the $7, advance-ticket price. Tickets can be purchased at the church office; the cost at the door is $8.

The event will include a live auction of antiques and collectibles at 6 p.m.

Last year, the event raised more than $34,000, which was given to community organizations and other local charities. For more information, call 275-5411.

Negotiation meetings begin Friday

The first meeting between the negotiating teams of the Garden City Educators' Association and the USD 457 Board of Education will be 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. Topics include the exchange of letters, training on interest-based bargaining, list issues and the start of negotiations.

The second, third and fourth meetings will take place from 4:15 to 8 p.m. March 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19 in the board room of the Educational Support Center, 1205 Fleming St.

Book signing for Starla Meister Feb. 26, 27

Starla (Russ) Meister, a first-time author, will have a book signing at Garden City High School in the commons area during parent teacher conferences on Feb. 26 and 27.

Starla wrote the book, "Secret Places," while living in Garden City, where she worked as a paraeducator at GCHS.