Day: April 21, 2017

Relay for Life activities to start this weekend, continue through June

Relay for Life activities are starting this weekend in Arkansas City. To kick off the season, there will be a garage sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ark City Rec Center, located at 225 E. Fifth Ave. “If you would like to get rid of some of your extra stuff around the house, please feel free to donate it to our garage sale,” said a representative of Relay for Life in Arkansas City. This fundraiser will be followed by a Facebook online auction to take place over the course of several days. “There (are) all kinds of things, from homemade quilts to tickets to ball games (and) hotel packages. As of last count, there were over 100 things donated and stuff still (is) being sent. It starts at 5 p.m. April 28 and ends at 5 p.m. April 30,” said Jennie Steelman, a Relay for Life coordinator. May activities A U Paint It fund raiser is set to take place May 20. There will be opportunities at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale by any member of the Relay team. They are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. “We are also selling luminary bags — they are $10 each,” Steelman said. White luminaries signify the memory of a person, purple is to honor someone who has had cancer and gold...

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Grouse Creek Academy donates KSRA banquet tickets to Cowley students

Grouse Creek Academy, a brand-new firearms training facility in Cowley County, has donated four tickets to the Kansas State Rifle Association (KSRA) Foundation banquet dinner to Cowley College’s criminal justice program. The banquet starts at 6 p.m. Friday. Brian Black, of Grouse Creek Academy, delivered the tickets Tuesday to Frank Owens, director of criminal justice program. The banquet will feature a presentation of “The Bulletproof Mind,” by Lt. Col. David Grossman (Ret.). Students of the criminal justice program learn about Grossman’s philosophy in the classroom. Owens indicated he was attempting to take care of travel to the banquet, which is in Junction City this year. Grossman is an author who specializes in the study of the psychology of killing. The KSRA Foundation was designated in 2000 as a 501(c)3 public charity for the purpose of raising funds to support legal sport shooting programs in the state. The foundation raises funds, invests them, and makes the income from those investments available to the KSRA Grants Committee to support shooting programs primarily for juniors and women. Examples of activities receiving funds include the support of travel of BB gun teams to national competitions and juniors to Intermediate and Advanced Olympic Shooting Camps, shooting events of Boy Scouts, Women on Target programs, collegiate trapshooting clubs, 4-H Regional and State Shooting Championships, exposing inter-city youth to shotgun shooting, supporting hunting events for handicapped...

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Special Arbor Day celebration, tree planting will be held at Wilson Park

Residents are urged to come to Wilson Park on April 28 for a special Arbor Day celebration that will double as the “groundbreaking” of the Wilson Park Master Plan. The event — sponsored by the City of Arkansas City, the Beautification and Tree Advisory Board, the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau — will feature food, music, a free movie and the planting of three trees in the northeast part of the park. “We hope everyone will join us in the park as we plant the first new trees identified in the Master Plan,” said Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson. “They will be planted in the only park area that won’t be disturbed by construction in the next few years as the plan takes shape and becomes a reality.” The event will be from 5 to about 8:30 p.m. at various locations in the park, 701 N. Summit St. The Charlie’s PizzaTaco truck will provide food from 5 to 8 p.m., just east of the rotunda. To highlight the environmentally friendly theme of the night, the city’s recycling trailer will be moved to the park. Entertainment options for the night include: The Cowley College Singers, under the direction of David Smith, will perform from about 5:10 to 5:30 p.m. on the V.J. Wilkins Memorial Stage under the rotunda. The trees will...

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