Special Events



Suicide awareness walk: The Southwest Kansas Suicide Awareness Alliance will host a benefit walk to raise awareness of suicide prevention, remember those lost to suicide and to raise money to bring programs to the region. The Shining Light into the Darkness Walk will begin at 11 a.m. in Stevens Park, following the 9 a.m. registration window. Registration is $25 per walker. The event will run until 2 p.m. Alongside the walk, there will be free carnival games, face painting, music and a silent auction. Lunch will be available for $5. For more information, contact Michelle White at (620) 499-5174 or Natasha Oglesby at (620) 277-6069.

Mercer Gallery exhibit: The Fractured Gatherings exhibition, which showcases clay works by faculty members and graduate students studying sculptural and functional ceramics in the Wichita State University ceramics department, is on display through Dec. 2 at the Mercer Gallery at GCCC.

Wine Walk: Kansas Children’s Service League will host the first Uncorked Wine Walk on the Green event, benefiting early childhood programs in western Kansas, starting at 2 p.m. at The Golf Club at Southward, 77 Grandview Drive. The event will offer local wine and other beverages at nine stations. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at kcsl.org/Uncorked.aspx. For more information, call (620) 640-4918.

Book signing: Garden City native Ernest Garcia, his family and the author that penned his new biography, cousin Dennis Garcia, will greet the public and sign and sell books at a reception from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Finney County Historical Museum. The book, “Marine, Public Servant, Kansan — The Life of Ernest Garcia” draws on oral histories of Garcia and the family members that came before him that run alongside the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and both world wars, as well as Garcia’s life as a sergeant at arms in the U.S. Senate. The event is free and open to the public.

Banner Art Auction: The 11th annual Garden City Downtown Vision Banner Art auction, which will auction off over 40 hand-painted banners that have been on display in downtown Garden City, will be 6 p.m. at the Clarion Inn. Tickets are $40. Contact: Downtown Vision at (620) 276-0891 for more information.

GCCC play: Garden City Community College will present "Alone; In the Mind of Edgar Allen Poe," an original play written by GCCC student Steven “Wade” Freeman, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts auditorium on the GCCC campus, 801 Campus Drive. The play walks the audience through Poe's last night on Earth and revisits his successes and failures through the women in his life. Tickets are available by calling Mark Scheopner at (620) 276-9540. They are $10 for general admission, $7 for seniors and those 17 and younger, and free for GCCC students, faculty and staff and Gold Card holders.

Eagles dance: The Eagles Lodge, 2603 N. Taylor Ave. in Garden City, will host a dance, featuring the music of Clay Davenport, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The dance is open to the public. The cost is $10 per person.



LIFE graduation: Gertrude Walker Elementary School will hold a graduation ceremony for the six families that completed the Kansas Reading Roadmap LIFE program. The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium, 805 Fair St. Kansas Reading Roadmap’s Literacy Integrated Family Engagement program, or LIFE, facilitates emotional and academic experiences aimed at deepening children’s relationships with their parents, increasing their reading skills and supporting a culture of literacy at home.



Musical program: The "Half Fast Singers," featuring Wen Wurst, Richard Taylor, David Miller and Dr. Mark Neuman, will be performing at 7 p.m. at Garden Valley Retirement Village, 1505 E. Spruce St. Everyone is welcome at no charge.



Turkey dinner: The Sublette United Methodist Church will hold a Turkey Dinner and Holiday Market, where they will offer turkey, dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, jello salad, rolls and homemade pies for a free will donation. Organized by the church, the dinner will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, 206 E. Carson St., Sublette. In-town delivery is available to the homebound or elderly if called in before 4 p.m. Those interested can call (620) 675-2203. Carry-out is also available.

College fair: Garden City High School will host a college fair offering information for GCHS and Garden City Community College students, para professionals and community members interested in pursuing careers in teaching from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at GCHS, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd.. The event will include representatives from GCCC, Kansas State University, Newman University, Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University, the University of Nebraska—Kearney and Emporia State University.



Veterans breakfast: The Kenneth Henderson Middle School student council will honor local veterans with a breakfast and performance. The breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m. and will be followed by a performance from the KH Singers. The group will sing the National Anthem and a medley of songs recognizing each branch of the military. Veterans, both active duty and retired from any branch, and their families are encouraged to attend. Those interested should RSVP by Tuesday by emailing bdinkel@gckschools.com, or calling (620) 805-8525.

GCHS play: Garden City High School students will perform the musical “Pippin," the school’s second play and first musical of the school year. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the GCHS auditorium, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at www.gchsdrama.booktix.com or at the door. On Nov. 11, current GCHS students can enter for free by showing their student ID at the box office. For more information, contact Alice Hilt at (620) 805-5558.

Veterans service: All veterans and the community are invited to attend a special patriotic service for all veterans at 7 p.m.  at Garden Valley Retirement Village. The service will include solo and group vocalists, with Sarah Dumler accompanying on the piano, and will include the songs of each branch of the military, led by Ray Heinemann and Louis Elchuck.



Veterans Day speaker: Garden City Community College will host a Veterans Day event at 10 a.m. at the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Auditorium, 801 Campus Drive, that will feature Lt. Col. Robert Darling of the U.S. Marine Corp. Darling wrote the book “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker: 9-11-01: The White House,” his account of working with the National Command Authority to respond to the 9-11 terrorist attacks as an officer in the White House Military Office, and the actions and decisions national leaders made that day in the face of crisis.

Veterans Day festivities: The Garden City American Legion post will hold a Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. on Main Street. This year's parade marshalls are Gordon Allen, a 92-year-old World War II Marine veteran, and Jimmy Stewart, an 86-year-old Korean War Navy veteran. At 11 a.m., the Legion will recognize veterans, including the parade marshalls, and discuss the holiday and history of the U.S. military at the Legion building, 405 S. Main St. Following the presentation, around noon, the Legion will serve free hamburgers and hot dogs. That night, there will be a fireworks display at 6:30 p.m. at the Finney County Fairgrounds.

Evening at the Museum: Kansas native Patrick Ross and partner Joshua Zev Nathan walked across Kansas last year, and Ross will share their experiences at 7 p.m. in a presentation and moderated discussion sponsored by Humanities Kansas at the Finney County Historical Museum. The program is part of the Finney County Historical Society’s Evening at the Museum lecture series. The gathering will be in the museum’s meeting room, with free admission and access via the north entrance. 


Health Department and WIC

Hours at the Finney County Health Department, 919 Zerr Road, and WIC are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; closed on Friday.

For more information, call the health department at (620) 272-3600 or WIC (Women, Infant and Children) at (620) 272-3615.


What’s Up is published each Saturday. Submit calendar items for upcoming events by 5 p.m. Wednesday by calling (620) 276-6862 Extension 234 or (800) 475-8600.