Author: Jeni McGee

Public library to offer adult, teen movie night; glass etching class this week

The Arkansas City Public Library will be host to an adult and teen movie night Jan. 11. The movie will begin at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are welcomed to join in and enjoy popcorn with each other. Drinks with lids are allowed. The library is not allowed to advertise the movie title, but anyone who is interested in attending can call (620) 442-1280 to find out what movie will be showing. The movie is PG-13, so children younger than 13 need a signed permission slip to attend the movie without a parent or guardian. Also, on Jan. 14, the public library will be a free glass etching class. All of the tools and supplies needed will be supplied. The library asks that anyone who intends to attend the class RSVP by calling (620) 442-1280. The Arkansas City Public Library is located at 120 E. Fifth Ave. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Chaplin Nature Center is No. 7 on list of most picturesque trails in Kansas

Chaplin Nature Center recently was named seventh on a list of the most picturesque trails in Kansas that are perfect for winter hiking. The nature center, located at 27801 27th Drive, spans 230 acres near the Arkansas River. Chaplin Nature Center is owned and operated by the Wichita Audubon Society. Its trails are open to the public from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. The visitors center is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. It is closed on Mondays and holidays. The visitors center also is available for rental from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the year by reservation. For more information or to schedule a visit, call naturalist Shawn Silliman at (620) 442-4133 or email Chaplin Nature Center at silliman@sutv.com. From time to time, the nature center also offers classes and activities to the public. Its next activity is scheduled for Feb. 23. From 7 to 8 p.m., visitors will be guided on an owl prowl, during which they will learn about the owls that are native to Kansas. The educational segment will be followed by a hike, during which they will be able to listen for the calls. The top 11 winter hiking trails were ranked by www.onlyinyourstate.com and can be found at www.onlyinyourstate.com/kansas/kansas-winter-hiking-trails. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click...

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McDonald’s Sewing & Vacuum plans four sewing-related classes Jan. 13-14

McDonald’s Sewing & Vacuum will be host to several events this week, beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 13. The first event scheduled at the store, located at 222 S. Summit St., is a crafting class. It will feature the “tooly” — a customizable bag. The tooly is big enough to carry almost any sewing tool imaginable, including a 4- by 8-inch cutting mat and ruler. There is a $20 fee for the class, which includes the pattern. Call (620) 441-0939 to pre-register and receive a supply list for the class. A computer boot camp — a tutorial on basic computer skills — will follow the crafting class at 2 p.m. Attendees will be taught how to use a mouse, download files and copy them to a USB drive, plus other basics for working with embroidery files. The class fee is $20, but it will be waived for customers who have purchased embroidery software from McDonald’s Sewing & Vacuum. There are two more events Jan. 14, the first starting at 10 a.m. This class is in the Quilting in the Hoop series and teaches a quilt-as-you-go method. The quilt will require the use of an embroidery machine. Dalene McDonald will be on hand to teach the class. At 1 p.m., there will be one more class. This one will feature napkins. The final class has a fee of $39 and...

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Girl Scouts plan Cosmic Bowling fundraiser Jan. 7 at Hillcrest Lanes

The Girl Scouts of Arkansas City will have a fundraiser on Jan. 7. Beginning at 7 p.m., Hillcrest Lanes will be host to the Cosmic Bowling fundraiser. For $10, participants will receive two hours of cosmic bowling, including shoe rental. Half of every fee will be donated to the Cowley County Girl Scouts. The girls are raising money for their New York City trip in 2019. Bowlers must tell the Hillcrest staff that they are bowling for the Girl Scouts when paying. Those with questions can contact Amanda Evinger at (620) 506-2249. Hillcrest Lanes Bowling Alley is located at 2400 N. Summit St. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Next blood drive is Jan. 6 at Central Christian; another planned in two weeks

There still are two blood drives scheduled for this month, the first of which will be from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 6 at Central Christian Church. Two weeks later, Cowley College will be host to its own blood drive. It will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at the college’s Brown Center, located at 225 S. Second St. There is a critical shortage of blood — partially due to illness this season. To make an appointment to give, call (800) 733-2767. Potential blood donors must be at least 17 years old — or 16 with parental consent — and weigh at least 110 pounds. They also must be in good health and feeling well at the time of donation. To prepare for a donation, make sure to drink plenty of fluids on the day of the donation. Wear something comfortable to the appointment and make sure the sleeves of the clothing can be rolled up easily above the elbow. If possible, include iron-rich foods in your diet in the weeks prior to a donation. Bring a list of the medications you are taking — some prescriptions might disqualify you from giving blood — as well as your donor card and driver’s license to the appointment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on...

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