Special Events



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. 

Holcomb High School play: Holcomb High School's production of "Alice @ Wonderland" is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the HHS auditorium.

Garden City High School play: GCHS theatre students will perform the musical “Pippin," the school’s second play and first musical of the school year, at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the school's auditorium, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available at www.gchsdrama.booktix.com or at the door. On Sunday, 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 Day programs: Gertrude Walker Elementary School and Plymell Elementary School will recognize Veterans Day, with Gertrude Walker presenting a program at 2:30 p.m. in the school's gym, 805 W. Fair St., where a veteran will speak to students and the school choir will perform patriotic music. The program is open to the public. Plymell staff and students will host a Heroes' Breakfast for veterans and first responders from the Garden City Fire and Police departments, Finney County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Finney County EMS and LifeTeam from 7:50 to 8:20 a.m. at the school, 20 W. Plymell Road. The LifeTeam helicopter will land at the school at 8:30 a.m.



Musical program: The music group "Too Many Strings" will perform at 7 p.m. at Garden Valley Retirement Village, 1505 E. Spruce St. Everyone is invited at no charge.



Soup & pie supper: The Church of the Brethren, 505 N. Eighth St., is having its annual auction and soup & pie supper. The supper and silent auction start at 5:30 pm, with items like homemade relish and candy and other miscellaneous items. The live auction will begin at 7 p.m. and will include art work, wood carvings, quilts and more. The event is free and open to the pubilc, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call the church office at (620) 276-7391.

Fantasy Tree Festival: The 32nd annual Fantasy Tree Festival benefit event for Russell Child Development Center will begin at 6 p.m. at the Clarion Inn. Tickets are $50, and the evening includes complimentary beer and a buffet dinner, a silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m., and a live auction at 7 p.m. For more information, call (620) 275-0291 and ask for Stacey Montgomery or Katrina Lowry.




GCA creatives: Do you like to craft or create art? Come join your peers at 10:30 a.m. at Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St., for GCA creatives. For ages 16 and older. The cost is free.

Drop-in Art Saturday: Drop-in from 1 to 3 p.m. at Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St., and enjoy multiple art-making stations suitable for the whole family. Play clothes are a must! All ages are welcome. Cost is free.



Brown Bag Lunch Series: Receive practical advice from an accomplished genealogy researcher and author, Jay Cook, and his program "Self-Publishing Your Family History," from noon to 1 p.m. at the Finney County Historical Museum. For more information, contact Steve Quakenbush at (620) 272-3664.



Knowledge at Noon: Quick Meal Ideas for the Busy Family is the topic for the Finney County Extension Office's Knowledge at Noon program, from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. at the Extension office, 501 S. Ninth St. Come to this program and get helpful tips on quick ideas that will feed your family and help you skip the drive-thru or the pre-packaged microwave miracle.

Blushing Artiste: Come to Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St., from 7 to 9 p.m. and have a glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres while creating a painting that you can take home at the end of the night. Participants must be 21 or older. Cost is $35 for non-members or $30 for Garden City Arts members. To reserve a spot, contact the gallery at (620) 290-9700.



Mini & Me art class: A painting class from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St., designed for adults and the little ones in their lives to enjoy being creative together. Children must be 5 and older. Cost is $30 per pair and $25 for GCA members 


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.