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  • What's Happening! May 2, 2012

  • Love music?  Love the outdoors?  Love class reunions?  Then you'll love this week's What's Happening!

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  • Music Endowment Concert, Thursday, May 3, Great Bend, 7:30 pm: Music Endowment Concert in the Fine Arts Auditorium featuring vocal and instrumental music groups, Hilltop Singers, Concert Choir, individual vocal soloists and ensembles and Barton Jazz Ensemble. $5 at the door with proceeds going to Barton’s Music Endowment Scholarship Fund.
    The Irish Immigrant Experience thru Music, Friday, May 4, Great Bend, noon: At the Shafter Gallery you’ll hear Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack performing traditional and contemporary Celtic music. At 7 pm, they’ll appear at the Barton County Arts Center at 1401 Main Street in Great Bend.
    Shafer Gallery opening Reception, Sunday, May 6, Great Bend,1 pm: Music, refreshments and juror’s talk by professional photographer and seasoned photography judge, Stan Reimer. Exhibit will run thru May 23.
    Fort Larned National Historic Site has announced that “Junior Ranger” Day will be held Saturday, May 5, with both a morning and afternoon session.
    Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to participate in a variety of activities across Fort Larned and on the nature trail. The morning session will run from 10am to noon and the afternoon session runs from 1pm to 3pm. There is no fee to participate but reservations are required by calling the fort at (620) 285-6911.
    The Fort’s National Park Rangers are launching a new Haversack Activity Program this year and each participant will have the use of a haversack containing the essentials needed for a fun and educational guided walk.
    The Junior Rangers will learn how to use binoculars and a compass while on a scavenger hunt. They will keep notes of nature and history facts, and learn to identify animal tracks. Parents are welcome to hike with their Junior Rangers and tour the historic stone buildings and museum. Group sizes must be limited for this program so call early to make reservations.
    In the event of rainy weather fun indoor activities will take place instead.
    Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156. Information on visiting can be found on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911. For information on area tourism partners, lodging, dining, and community services go to www.larnedks.org or call the Larned Chamber of Commerce at (620) 285-6916.
    If you’re unable to attend, you can also become a Junior Ranger online by visiting http://www.nps.gov/webrangers/
    When: Saturday and Sunday, May 5 10 am - noon or 1 pm to 3 pm
    Where: Fort Larned National Historic Site
    Info and reservations: 620-285-6911 Cost: Free!
    St. John 2012 Alumni Banquet in the works
    Page 2 of 2 - It’s somewhat mind boggling to realize that for the past 125 years, there have been seniors graduating from St. John and Hudson. But when you do, you also realize this is a great reason to make this years’ Alumni Banquet a “must” do event during St. John’s annual Jubilee weekend.
    Saturday, May 26 is the planned date during St. John’s Jubilee weekend celebration. In the planning stages at this point are tours of St. John School at 2:30 p.m. with class yearbooks available for you to browse and remininisce.
    On the 100th year celebration, the “ReEcho Book” was published which was an entertaining look back of those 100 years. It’s hoping to bring that book up to date this year with graduate’s information.
    The Banquet will be emceed by Alice (McMillan) Lockridge. Aside from dinner and reconnecting with friends, there’ll be prize giveaways and tenatively the committee is working to have entertainment by St. John’s own Brent Ronen - either after the banquet or at the auditorium perhaps.
    Alumni Banquet tickets are on sale for $15 per person and can be purchased at St. John National Bank and the American State Bank in St. John as well as UMB in Hudson. Or you can contact Vicki Long at the St. John National Bank for your tickets - 620-549-3225.
    If your class is planning a reunion, you’ll also need to call her and advise her the number of tickets you’ll need plus the number of tables to be set up.
    For those class reunions that would like to decorate their tables (and every class should because it’s fun!), please contact Pat (Keller)?Crissman at 620-546-5412 as she will be providing the access at the school on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
    Deadline for ticket sales is May 18.

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