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City of Junction City

Cloud County Community College – Geary County Campus

Dorothy Bramlage Public Library

Geary Community Hospital

Geary County Health Department

Geary County K-State Research & Extension

Junction City Parks and Recreation Department

Milford Nature Center

Rock Springs 4-H Camp Conference and Retreat Center

USD 475

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Introduction

The Learning Is for Everyone (LIFE) community education program is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the people of Geary County, Ft. Riley and the surrounding area. It is based on the premise that the quality of life in any community is dependent upon the opportunity for the personal development of its individual citizens. LIFE provides a means for people to share their knowledge, exchange ideas and pursue their interests through lifelong learning.

LIFE is actually an organization of organizations. To pool their resources and coordinate their efforts, several local groups with common missions have formed a partnership that will allow them to expand their programs and services by reaching more and teaching more. The current partners include the City of Junction City, Cloud County Community College, Dorothy Bramlage Public Library, Geary Community Hospital, Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Geary County Health Department, Geary County K-State Research & Extension, Junction City Arts Council, Junction City Parks and Recreation Department, Milford Nature Center, Rock Springs 4-H Center, and USD 475.

Each agency is responsible for their own programs, including registering students & collecting fees. Keeping that in mind, registration is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Check the catalog listings for any classes you or your family might enjoy this semester. For each one, look at the line marked "Registration deadline" to see if any advanced sign-up is required.
  2. If so, check the line marked "Sponsored by" to see which one of the Learning Is for Everyone partners is responsible for that class.
  3. Contact the sponsoring agency to sign-up and pay any associated fees.


It's that simple!

Each agency has its own policy regarding class cancellations, refunds, and rescheduling. Please direct any questions regarding classes in which you might be interested to the organization listed as the sponsor.

If you have a suggestion for a class you would like to see added to the schedule or if you are interested in teaching a class on a particular topic, please contact the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library. LIFE is based on the philosophy that anyone can learn and anyone can teach. Your ideas for ways to expand and improve the program will be gladly accepted!

This directory was compiled and edited by the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library.

Table of Contents



Books and Reading



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LADIES OF THE NIGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Ladies of the Night is an informal monthly discussion group whose members read books featuring strong female characters, many who have overcome adversity; books that focus on relationships and the bonding/unifying experience of women; and books that explore the positive aspects of women's lives. In other words, books written by, for, and about women.

Ages/Grades: High school age and adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. on January 8)
Day(s): Mondays
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):

Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


MAHOGANY READERS

Mahogany Readers is a monthly discussion group open to anyone who wants to read and discuss books written by African-American authors, particularly urban and Christian fiction as well as the occasional African-American classic. Discussions are conducted in a friendly, informal manner that involves the sharing of ideas, feelings, experiences, and food.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Thursdays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):

Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


MYSTERY CLUB

There are no usual suspects in this semester's selected readings for the Mystery Club. Each of the titles has a unique take on the genre that keeps members turning the pages into the wee hours.

Ages/Grades: High school age and adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): 2nd Tuesday of each month
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):

Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library



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Business and Finance


Child Care Licensing Orientation

The goal of the Child Care Licensing Program is to reduce the risk of predictable harm to children while in out-of-home settings and to provide information to those interested in becoming licensed child care providers. The orientation discusses all information pertinent for obtaining a license including training requirements, licensing requirements, etc. It is also a time for prospective providers to bring questions or concerns for discussion.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 6-8pm
Day(s): First Thursday of each month
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street, Junction City
Cost: None
Date(s): May 3, June 7, July 5 and August 2
Registration deadline: Call 785-776-4779, ext. 7678 to pre-register
Sponsored by: Riley County Health Department


Rent vs. Own

In this class you will discover the pros and cons of buying versus renting a home, how much you can afford, who qualifies for mortgage loan assistance grants, how to 'shop for' a realtor, closing costs, home inspections, and tips on home maintenance.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00pm
Day(s): Thursday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): May 31
Registration deadline: May 29
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


Reverse Mortgage: What Do I Need To Know?

In this presentation, we are going to discuss the basics of investment planning. We'll start by discussing some fundamental investment concepts. Then we will review some of the investment options that are available to you, and consider some general investment strategies. Finally, we'll spend some time discussing how you might go about allocating your investment dollars.

Presented by: Chris Burk, Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. Topeka
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 2:00pm
Day(s): Thursday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): May 31
Registration deadline: May 29
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


SEARCH FOR UNCLAIMED PROPERTY

The State Treasurer's Office of Kansas is currently safeguarding millions of dollars in unclaimed property including cash, bank accounts, wages, stocks, dividends, insurance benefit, refunds, safety deposit box contents, and more. People move and forget to leave a forwarding address, so losing sight of property can happen to anyone. It is the Treasurer's job to reunite rightful owners and heirs with these unclaimed assets, and there is no cost to search and claim your rightful property. Staff members from the Treasurer's office will be at the library to assist you with your search – date and time to be announced.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time/Day/Dates: 11am - 12:30pm / Tuesday / May 8th
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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Computers


EXCEL 101

Excel spreadsheets can be used to efficiently and quickly manage, sort, and organize data and therefore have many practical, everyday applications. You can create address and contact lists, track your expenses, balance your checkbook, and more. This class will give an overview of Microsoft's Excel program including vocabulary, sizing columns and rows, formatting cells, and how to use the Formula Bar and AutoSum. Students need basic mouse and keyboarding skills for this class.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Day(s)/Time(s)/Date(s): 

Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


EXCEL Tips and Tricks

With our Microsoft Excel 101 class, basic features of Excel spreadsheets are explored – including vocabulary, formatting, and formula functions used for such tasks as managing household expenses and maintaining contact lists. This class will build on that knowledge by showing you some tips and tricks you can use when creating a spreadsheet that will make your tasks more organized such as conditional formatting, making a graph from your data, advanced formulas, flash fill, and more. Students need to have attended our Excel 101 class or have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Day(s)/Time(s)/Date(s): Wednesday / 7pm / July 18  lace: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: July 17th
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


CYBER SECURITY

Did you know that 1 out of every 3 Americans are affected by a cyber-attack every year? Sadly, many of these attacks could have been prevented if users possessed the right knowledge and had security preventions in place. In this session of hot topics we will discuss types of threats and the ways in which we can prevent and identify malware/malicious software so we can lower our chances of being a victim.

Presenter: Johnathan Lenfestey, Library Technical Support Specialist
Ages/Grades: High Schoolers & Adults
Day(s)/Time(s)/Date(s): 7pm Tues. May 10
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: May 9th
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


EXPLORING YOUR TABLET

Do you own a tablet but are not quite sure how to use it? Whether you are just getting started or already know the basics and need some extra help, this class may be for you. Bring in your tablet for some instructional assistance in downloading apps, taking photographs, downloading and reading eBooks, and any other questions you may have.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Date(s):
1:00 p.m., May 16

Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: May 15th
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


PUZZLED ABOUT TECHNOLOGY? ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE AT YOUR LIBRARY

Is technology leaving you behind? Do you want to brush up your computer skills? Would you like tips on the best way to do research or find what you need online? If so, call the library to schedule one-on-one instruction with a member of the library's reference staff. We are available to assist you with: Basic Computer Skills Includes basic computer operation, navigating with a mouse, setting up and using an e-mail account, and beginning word processing. Getting the Most out of Library-Offered Databases Includes instruction on AtoZ Databases, Lynda.com, Learning Express, Mango Languages and research-based online options available through the State Library of Kansas. My Device 411 Receive assistance with your new smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. Learn how to use your device or use it more efficiently. Find out how to select, use and close apps, and discover how to checkout free e-books, movies, and music for your devices. Also learn about the digital resources that the library offers through Hoopla and Sunflower eLibrary.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Day(s)/Time(s)/Date(s): Call 785-238-4311 to schedule a session (Note: One-on-One Basic Computer Skills is only available 8:15 to 9:00 a.m., Monday - Thursday)
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: none
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


SMARTPHONE AND TABLET ASSISTANCE

Having trouble with your smartphone or tablet? Want to get better acquainted with your digital device (without feeling embarrassed)? The Dorothy Bramlage Public Library offers a free service assisting individuals on their smart devices and helping them learn the major functions of that device from setting up email to downloading applications. Please come in or call us at 785-238-4311 and we will set up a time to work with you.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Day(s)/Time(s)/Date(s): By appointment
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


USING MICROSOFT WORD TO CREATE PROGRAMS AND FLYERS

Many of us have Microsoft Word on our computers, but do not realize all the things we can do with it. Come learn how to create your own half-fold program, trifold brochure, or single page flyer with Word and how to find a template to use as well. You may use one of our computers or bring your own laptop to class. You can even bring a project to work on and ask questions. Students need a basic understanding of Word, plus mouse and keyboarding skills for this class.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):/Date(s):
7:00 p.m., June 27
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: June 26th
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


WHAT IS THE CLOUD?(CLOUD COMPUTING EXPLAINED)

Ever heard of cloud computing or cloud storage? Maybe you use Apple's iCloud? Ever wonder how it all works? In this class we will go over what cloud computing is, and how you can use it to your benefit.

Presenter: Johnathan Lenfestey, Library Technical Support Specialist
Ages/Grades: High Schoolers & Adults
Day(s)/Time(s)/Date(s): 7pm May 17
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: May 16th
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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Creative Arts


ARTS & MEMORIES

All projects will be made from the instructor's original paper and wood burning designs.

Instructor:  Rita Kraushaar from Riley, Kansas
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Tuesdays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: Materials fee varies with each project
Date(s): 


Registration deadline: one week prior to each class including payment of the materials fee. Students may register at the library or at Hobby Haven.
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


BARN QUILT BLOCK CLASS

Learn the history of one of America's treasures and make your own Barn Quilt Block at the class. All the supplies you will need are provided. Please bring snacks and/or lunch with drinks.

Instructor:  Helen Haynes
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Day(s): Fourth Saturday of each month
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $40.00
Date(s): May 12, June 9 or July 21
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class including payment of the materials fee. Students may register at the library or at Hobby Haven.
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


BASKET MAKING

Students will learn the basic techniques of basket weaving by completing a project each time the class meets. This is also an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to renew or hone their weaving skills. Class size is limited, so register early.

Instructor: Helen Haynes, owner of Hobby Haven, has over 24 years of basket weaving experience.
Ages/Grades: Ages 15 and older. Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Time(s): 6:00–9:00 p.m. (ending time approximate)
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: Materials fee varies with each project
Date(s):
May 7 – Round Fruit Basket - $15 June 11 – Flag Basket - $20 July 21 – Oil and Vinegar Basket - $20 August 20 – Williamsburger Basket - $25 Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class date including payment of the materials fee
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


CARDS2U – CARD MAKING WITH DONNA

Donna developed a love of scrapbooking while still on active duty with the Air Force, and as her family grew, so did the need for more scrapbooks. In 2015, she began her Cards2U business, and she makes a huge variety of cards from artists like Heartfelt Creations, Elizabeth Crafts, Concord and 9th, Alt E New, and Gina Marie. She now shares her passion with the community by offering card making classes at Hobby Haven. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10 Oxide & Vellume Mother's Day Cards 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 14 Layered Cards – 2 Father's Day Cards & 2 Wedding Cards 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 7 Fold Out Cards Decorated on Both Sides 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 4 Easy Easel Cards with youth age 6 and up 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 9 Spellbinders Dies Layering

Ages/Grades: Teens and Adults
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $15.00. All materials will be provided, and each student will make 3 to 4 cards per class.
Registration deadline: One week prior to each class including materials fee payment. Students may register at the library or at Hobby Haven.Two weeks prior to each class date including materials fee payment (except June class on 5/30 due to Memorial Day holiday)
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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GEM STUDIOS PAINTING CLASSES

Painting classes for all ages are offered at GEM Studios, 815 N. Jefferson Street. Cost, dates, projects etc. vary depending upon the class. More information and registration is available at www.gemstudiosjc.com.

Sponsored by: GEM Studios


KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS

In this class you will learn the basics of knitting: casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off, providing you with tips that will help you to successfully create knitting projects. Please bring your own knitting needles (size 7 or 8) and yarn. Please call 785-223-1926 for an explanation of the type of yarn needed.

Instructor: Sue Carpenter
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 1:00 p.m.
Days(s): Saturday
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $10 per class
Date(s): May 19 or June 16
Registration deadline: One week prior to each class including payment of the materials fee. Students may register at the library or at Hobby Haven.
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


MIXED MEDIA CANVAS ART CLASS

Learn how to use several mixed media techniques—stenciling, layering, stamping, various texture applications, gesso basics, decoupage and more. In each class you will create a themed 8" x 16" canvas that is ready to hang in your home or give as a gift. No prior experience is required and all supplies will be provided except pattern papers which allow you to customize to your own preference and décor.

Instructor: Heather Scott
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 6:00 p.m.
Days(s): Fridays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $30
Date(s): 
May 18, June 15, August 17
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class date including material fees payment
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


TATTING—MAKING LACE

Tatting is a Victorian method of crafting handcrafted lace. It is constructed by creating a series of knots and loops on a tatting shuttle or tatting needles. Join us to learn this ageless technique.

Instructor: Sue Carpenter is an experienced tatter who learned how to tat from her grandmother at the age of eight.
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 1:00 p.m.
Days(s): Saturdays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $10 per class
Date(s): May 5 or June 2
Registration deadline: One week prior to each class including payment of the materials fee. Students may register at the library or at Hobby Haven.
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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Creative Free Time


GENEALOGY WEBSITES FOR BEGINNERS

Research your family history online without using Ancestry.com. Learn tips and strategies that will assist you in searching through millions of genealogical records including census, military, birth, and death records. Family history searches will be conducted using various free online sources. Students are welcome to bring their own laptops to the class.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Dates(s): 7PM June 12 or August 21 Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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HOT TOPICS: HUMAN TRAFFICKING

What is human trafficking and how much of a problem is it in our area? What can be done? Captain Tricia Giordano, Investigations Division Commander at the Junction City Police Department will be at the library to discuss this concern and the Flint Hills Human Trafficking Task Force that has been formed in Geary County.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Dates(s): 7pm June 14
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: none
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


JUNCTION CITY CHESS CLUB

Are you new to the game of Chess? Are you an experienced player looking to expand your knowledge? Join us Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. All ages and experience levels are welcome to come play.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Day(s): Tuesdays
Place: GEM Studios, 815 N. Jefferson Street
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: GEM Studios


WRITERS' WORKSHOP

Bring your tablet or legal pad. Write with others, get feedback, and get answers for your self-publishing questions. Class will be led by Matthew J. Olson.

Ages/Grades: Teenagers–Adults
Time(s): 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Day(s): First Thursday of each month
Place: Arts Council offices, C. L. Hoover Opera House
Cost: $5 per class
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Arts Council


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Fitness and nutrition


FITNESS CENTER

Our Fitness Center features PACE equipment that is hydraulic and adjustable with dial controls. This equipment accommodates a wide range of fitness levels at the same time and prevents you from hitting a plateau. Hydraulic circuit training has great fitness benefits and you will lose inches and tone up fast. Seniors, women, and men can all benefit from this facility! Call 785-238-7529 for additional information.

Ages/Grades: Ages 16 and over
Days/Time(s)::
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
1:00 – 9:00 p.m., Saturday
1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sunday
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost:
$3.00 per visit or $25.00 for a 20 punch activity card
Ages 55 and over: $2.00 per visit or $15 for a 20 punch activity card
Date(s) Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


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WALK 4 FITNESS

Join us to walk toward physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Walkers are encouraged to use our full-sized gymnasium. Just 12 laps around the gym equals one mile. Come down to enjoy the controlled climate!

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
1:00 - 9:00 p.m., Saturday
1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Sunday
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


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YOGA

This Vinyasa slow flow yoga class is 50 minutes long, and features easy, low back stretches, feel-good hip openers, and gentle knee and core strengtheners. Yoga can help increase flexibility and strength while relieving stress. Beginners welcome! (Free childcare provided for kids ages 2 and older.)

Ages/Grades: Ages 16 and over
Time(s): 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. & 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Day(s): Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost:
$3.00 per visit or $25.00 for a 20 punch activity card Ages 55 and over: $2.00 per visit or $15 for a 20 punch activity card
Registration deadline: none.
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


ZUMBA

The Zumba program is an effective, exhilarating, Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning dance fitness-party. You will receive a progressive core workout, full-body cardio and strength training, and have a stress-relieving, energy-producing fitness experience.

Ages/Grades: Ages 12 and older
Time(s): 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost:
$3.00 per class or $25.00 for a 20 punch activity card
Ages 55 and over: $2.00 per visit or $15 for a 20 punch activity card
Date(s): Ongoing. Call 785-238-7529 for additional class information.
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


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Health and Wellness


BRAIN-TRAINING EXERCISES WITH BRAIN HQ

The Dorothy Bramlage Public Library subscribes to software that provides a series of more than two dozen brain-training exercises that can be done on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Consistently using these exercises may result in better memory, faster processing speed, sharper attention, enhanced navigation, and improved people skills. To experience Brain HQ visit the library web site at www.jclib.org and click on the Brain HQ link. All you need is a Dorothy Bramlage Public Library card in good standing. Those who would like a one-on-one guided tour with a member of the Reference staff can call 785-238-4311 or send an email to reference@jclib.org to make an appointment.

IF ONLY I HAD A HEALTHY BRAIN

According to the 2014 RAND Corporation research, there are an estimated 5.5 million caregivers in America and of these 1.1 million (19.6 percent) are caring for post-9/11 veterans. 2017-2018 Dole Fellow Carolyn Tolliver-Lee is one of them and her personal account in this program will not only astonish you but raise your awareness of how these diagnoses can impact the care recipient, family members and the community.

Time(s):/Day(s):  Saturday, May 5th, 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Place: Courtyard by Marriott - Junction City
Cost: None

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

Donating blood ensures that a supply is available when it is needed the most. Just one pint can save up to three lives! For additional information, contact Chrissy Fink at 785-210-3329 or cfink@gchks.org

Time(s):/Day(s): 9am - 3:15pm, May 16th and July 18
Place: Women's Center Conference Room, Geary Community Hospital
Cost: None
Registration deadline: None. 


WELLNESS WEEKEND WITH THE JUNCTION CITY BRIGADE

Join the Junction City Brigade and Live Well Geary County for a Wellness Weekend at the ballpark! Historic Rathert Stadium is the place where you can watch great baseball while enjoying good (and healthy!) food.

Time(s):/Day(s):  See http://www.jcbrigade.com for the current schedule
Place:Rathert Stadium
Cost: Game tickets $5 for adults, $3 for students and children, free for children 5 and under. Food prices vary depending upon order.
Date(s):June 15 - 17
Registration deadline: None. 

Health and Wellness – Support Groups


ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

AA provides fellowship for men and women who can share their experiences and provide support in order that members may solve their common problem and help others recover from alcohol addiction.

Time(s):/Day(s): Sundays at 12:00 p.m., Monday–Friday at 12:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Place: 119 West 7th Street
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None. For additional information visit the web site at aa.org. For exact meeting information see kansas-aa.org. The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Hotline is also available at 1-866-645-8216.


CENTRAL KANSAS FOUNDATION FOR ALCOHOL AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY

This service provides prevention and education services, assessment and referral services, outpatient and residential services, Pathfinder Recovery Center, and medical referrals.

Time(s):/Day(s): 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Place: 839 N. Eisenhower Drive
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: Call for an appointment. Visit the web site at c-k-f.org or call 785-762-3700 for additional information.


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CRISIS CENTER, INC.

The Crisis Center provides free, confidential services to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Services include 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention, safe shelter, emergency transportation, individual and group counseling, advocacy, and community education and training.

Time(s):/Day(s): The Center operates twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week
Cost: None
Registration deadline: None. Call 785-762-8835 or 1-800-727-2785 for additional information.


DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP

These support group meetings provide information regarding diabetes. Topics discussed usually focus on the self-management of diabetes. Call or email Laurel Peterson, RN at 785-210-3344 or lpeterson@gchks.org for additional information.

Time(s): 6:00 p.m.
Day(s): First Thursday of each month
Place: 3rd floor, Medical Arts II Building, Geary Community Hospital
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Geary Community Hospital


FLINT HILLS DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE

The Alliance is a support group for those affected by depression or bipolar disorder. The monthly meeting formats vary from informational film viewings, to guest presentations, to caring and sharing sessions, to an occasional social event such as a summer picnic or pizza party.

Time(s): 6:30 p.m.
Day(s): First and third Thursday of each month
Place: First Christian Church basement, 5th and Humboldt Streets, Manhattan
Cost: None but donations are accepted
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None. Visit the web site at dbsa.manhattanks.org or contact John Jagger at 785-236-2366 or Ann Foster at 785-776-1332 for additional information.


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FRIEND-TO-FRIEND CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

The Friend-to-Friend Caregiver Support Group is one of many support groups for caregivers in northeast Kansas. At the support group information on caregiving—including care of the caregiver—is discussed. Confidentiality is incumbent.

Time(s): 9:30 a.m.
Day(s): Third Tuesday of each month
Place: Faith Lutheran Church, 212 North Eisenhower
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None. Contact Geary County K-State Research and Extension at 785-238-4161 for additional information.
Sponsored by: Geary County K-State Research & Extension


INNOVATIVE WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTIONS (IWLS) SUPPORT GROUP & SEMINAR

This group provides new and ongoing helpful information to patients who have had Gastric By-Pass surgery or who are thinking about it. It will provide attendees the opportunity to meet the staff, including the surgeons, nurses, dietician and psychologist. Questions and discussions are encouraged between individuals and previous patients who have had the surgery.

Time(s): Support group: 5:00–6:30 p.m., Informational seminar: 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Day(s):/Date(s): 2nd Thursday of each month
Place: Third Floor Conference Room, Medical Arts II Building, Geary Community Hospital
Cost: None
Registration deadline: Please call 785-762-4575 for additional information.
Sponsored by: Geary Community Hospital (Innovative Weight Loss Solutions)


TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP

This support group seeks to offer assistance to traumatic brain injury patients, their family members, and caregivers.

Time(s): 5:30 p.m.
Day(s): Fourth Thursday of each month
Place: College Avenue United Methodist Church, 1609 College Avenue, Manhattan  
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing 
Registration deadline: None. Contact Jane Garcia at 785-532-1493 for additional information.


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Holidays and special events


Float Your Boat Cardboard Boat Races

Are you ready to "Rock the Boat?" Build a boat out of only cardboard and duct tape that is capable of holding at least two people, which can be launched and paddled on a set course and you could win! Anyone can build a boat, we just hope it floats! No entry fee. Just show up with your team and your boat!

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s):  11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Saturday
Place:  Below the Milford Lake Dam
Cost: None
Date(s): Aug 11th
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau


1ST INFANTRY DIVISION BAND SPRING CONCERT

The 1st Infantry Division Band is the musical ambassador for the United States' premier fighting force. Enjoy a variety of music as the 1st ID Band entertains you with light overtures, marches, show tunes and big band music of the 40s and 50s.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s):  6:30 p.m.
Day(s):  Thursday
Place: C. L. Hoover Opera House
Cost: None
Date(s): May 24
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: C. L. Hoover Opera House


GEARY COUNTY FREE FAIR

Exhibits, entertainment, contests, vendors and loads of fun are available at the Geary County Free Fair. Call the Geary County Extension Office at 785-238-4161 for a detailed schedule of events and activities.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s):  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Tuesday through Thursday
Place: Geary County Fairgrounds, 1025 S. Spring Valley Road
Cost:None
Date(s): July 24 - 26
Registration deadline: Exhibit entry deadline is 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 23
Sponsored by: Geary County Free Fair Board


JUNCTION CITY BRIGADE BASEBALL

Come out & enjoy the sights and sounds of America's favorite pastime as the Junction City Brigade take on their rivals!

Ages/Grades: All ages
Place: Rathert Stadium, 900 W. 13th Street
Cost:Game tickets $5 for adults, $3 for students with ID and children over 5, free to children 5 and under
Date(s): June 3 – July 11. Visit our website at www.jcbrigade.com for season schedule and other information.
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by: Junction City Brigade


JUNCTION CITY COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT

A Junction City tradition since 1868! Enjoy a free concert of band favorites featuring your friends and neighbors from Junction City and the surrounding area. Join us as the band continues to perform.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s):  7:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Sundays
Place: C.L. Hoover Opera House
Cost:None
Date(s): June 3, 10, 17 & 24
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: C.L. Hoover Opera House


JUNCTION CITY LITTLE THEATER

Join us at the C.L. Hoover Opera House for the 2017-2018 season.
Date(s): Summer Theater for Youth May 7 - Applications due May 25 - Summer Theater begins

Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, has been celebrated each year since 1865. Please join us in this community celebration full of family fun! The day will include live entertainment, gospel music, vendors, games, educational displays, food & beverages, and much more!

Time(s):  11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place: Heritage Park, 6th & Washington Streets
Cost: none
Date(s): 
June 9

Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Juneteenth Committee


MOTHER'S DAY WILDFLOWER SALE & BUTTERFLY HOUSE OPENING

Say it with wildflowers and butterflies! Celebrate mom and her special day with the return of this special event. While you're at it, support the nature center and be a friend to butterflies and other pollinators by planting wildflowers in your garden.

Time(s):  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Milford Nature Center
Cost: None
Date(s): May 13
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Friends of Milford Nature Center


MUD BOGG

Sundown Salute presents the annual Mud Bogg! Slinging mud and loud trucks will be center stage as vehicles race through pits of mud that are a set length. Winners are determined by the distance traveled through the mud pit. Food and drink vendors on site. This is a KMRO sanctioned event.

Time(s):  1:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Place: 1111 Grant Avenue (Next to Randy's Marine)
Cost: $10 for adults, children 10 & under enter free
Date(s): May 19
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Sundown Salute Committeee


NATIONAL BIPLANE FLY-IN

A celebration of antique, vintage and modern biplanes! Whether you just want to watch the biplanes flying or take a ride with one of the pilots, you won't want to miss this experience. Vendors, booths, and more! Don't miss the Pancake Feed from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Ages/Grades:High school age and adults
Time(s): Pancake Feed 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. All other events run from dawn to dusk
Place: Freeman Field, 18th & Jackson Streets
Cost: Parking & admission - $5 per carload, Pancake Feed - $6 per person
Date(s): June 2
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau


RUN FOR THE WALL

Veterans from all wars and their supporters will leave Rancho Cucamonga, CA on their annual pilgrimage across the heartland of America to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial - The Wall - in Washington D.C. Their mission is to create a groundswell of support for American POW/MIA's from all wars, to honor the memory of those killed in action, and to help those injured by war to heal. They will honor Junction City with their overnight stop here. The event will include a flag welcome line formed by community members followed by a ceremony in Heritage Park.

Ages/Grades:All ages
Time(s): 4:00 p.m. line-up for flag line begins
Place: Heritage Park, 6th & Washington Streets
Cost: Carnival games are free. Donations will be accepted as a fundraiser for the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library's book donation program, DBPL @ DBPL: Donating Books to Promote Literacy
Date(s): May 20
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau


SUNDOWN SALUTE

Vendors, crafters, animals, carnival, extreme sport demonstrations, car show, fireworks, a parade and much, much more! The main activities take place in Heritage Park, though many other activities take place in the surrounding area. Visit our website at www.sundownsalutejc.org for the full schedule including band lineup.

Ages/Grades:All ages
Time(s): 4:00 p.m. line-up for flag line begins
Place: Heritage Park, 6th and Washington Streets
Cost: Carnival games are free. Donations will be accepted as a fundraiser for the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library's book donation program, DBPL @ DBPL: Donating Books to Promote Literacy
Date(s): June 29 – July 4
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Sundown Salute Committee


Trivia Night

Challenge yourself and test your knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening and light snacks will be served. Trivia questions are all presented in a multiple choice format. Come and join the fun!

Ages/Grades:High school age and adults
Time(s): 6:30 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): June 8
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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Language arts


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

This class gives non-native speakers of the English language the opportunity to develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Space is limited, so sign up for this series of classes early.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Tuesdays
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s): February 20 & 27, March 6, 20 & 27, and April 3
Registration deadline: February 12
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


ONLINE LANGUAGE LEARNING WITH MANGO LANGUAGES

The Dorothy Bramlage Public Library is your gateway to Mango Languages, a language-learning database that combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. It includes instruction for seventy-two different languages, from American Sign and Egyptian Arabic to Vietnamese and Yiddish. Instruction for English as a Second Language is also available from twenty-one different first languages. The courses are available in two intensities, Mango Conversations and Mango Premier. To learn more about them, just visit the library's home page and click on the Mango Languages link. Those who would like a one-on-one guided tour with a member of the Reference staff can call 238-4311 or send an email to reference@jclib.org to make an appointment.


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Outdoor Life


Your Guide To

Junction City Park Facilities

 
 
Park Name and AddressRestroomsGazeboShelterElectricityBBQPlaygroundSportsFountainTrailMemorialSq. Ft./Acre
Bluffs Park
1821 Caroline Ave
1.1 Mile
Bramlage Park
420 Grant Ave
2 Mile306,525/7
Buffalo Soldier Park
200 W 18th
73,029/1.7
Cleary Park
900 W 12th
328,059/5
Coronado Park
716 S Washington
173,100/4
Hammond Family Park
700 W 13th
328,059/5
Heritage Park
127 W 6th
149,551/3.43
Homer's Pond
100 S Eisenhower
12 & ↓ or 65 & ↑1.1 Mile780,085/18
Martin Luther King Jr. Park
12th & Franklin
56,500/0.6
Montgomery Plaza
18th & Washington
44,858/5
North Park
1900 Thompson Dr
1,433,134/33
Playground Park
1005 W 5th
1/5 Mile560,960/13
Rathert Stadium
900 W 13th
328,059/5
River Walk Train
Washington St to Milford
4.82 Mile
Sertoma Park
900 E 6th
232,182/5.3
South Park
St. Mary's Rd
1.23 Mile4,022,900/92
Wetlands
E Chestnut
1 Mile850,194/19.5
= Observation Deck     = Multi-purpose Field

MONTHLY BIRDWALK

Join Chuck Otte for this fun and informative bird walk once a month, weather permitting, in and around the Milford Lake area. These hikes are for beginning birdwatchers as well as those that have some experience. Bring binoculars and a bird ID book if you have them. Everyone is invited! This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Milford Nature Center and Milford State Park and the Kansas Ornithological Society.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 8:00 a.m. (approximately 2 hours in length)
Day(s): Saturdays
Place: Meet at the parking area at the south end of Milford Lake dam across the highway from the Corps of Engineers office
Cost: None
Date(s): March 17, April 21, May 19. (Please note that all dates are tentative and subject to change. Visit the website http://birdinginkansas.com/Walks.htm for the full birdwalk calendar and contact Chuck Otte at 785-238-4161 or cotte@ksu.edu to confirm current dates.)
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Milford Nature Center


ROCK SPRINGS FAMILY CAMP

Rock Springs invites you and your family to attend a fun-filled adventure at Rock Springs Family Camp. Each weekend is filled with traditional camp activities and family fun education. Spend time in the Rock Springs pool, eat one of our famous cinnamon rolls and enjoy camp activities!

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): Check-in from 4:00–6:00 p.m. on Friday and check-out at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday
Day(s): Friday–Sunday
Place: Rock Springs 4-H Center, 1168 Highway K-157 (just south of Junction City off Highway 77)
Cost: Varies depending upon lodging option chosen
Date(s): Session 1: July 7–9, Session 2: July 14–16, Session 3: July 21–23, and Session 4: August 11–13
Registration deadline: Open until filled. Space is limited. Visit our website at rocksprings.net/familycamp or call 785-257-3221 for registration information.
Sponsored by: Rock Springs 4-H Center


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Outdoor life—Licensing & safety


Hunting, Fishing, & Furharvesting At A Glance

License/PermitResidentResident Senior 65-74Resident Under 16Resident Youth 16-20 Multi-yearNon-ResidentNon-Resident Under 16Disabled Veterans Residents Only
Fish 1 day$8.50$14.50
Fish 5 day$27.50
Fish-Annual (exp. 12/31)$27.50$15.00No License Required$52.50No fee with 30% disability
Fish 5 year$102.50
*Fish–Multi Year$42.50
Lifetime Fishing$502.50 ($69 qtr)
Hunt-Annual$27.50$15.00No license Required$97.50$42.50No fee with 30% disability
Hunt Apprentice (Hunter Education Deferral)$27.50 Two time purchase$97.50 Two time purchase
Hunt 5 year$102.50
Hunt–Multi Year$42.50
Lifetime Hunting$502.50 ($69.00 qtr)
Combination Fishing & Hunting$47.50 ($42.50 for Early Purchase made prior to 2/1)$25.00$137.50No fee with 30% disability
Combination 5 year Fishing & Hunting$182.00
*Combination Fishing & Hunting–Multi Year$72.50
Combination Lifetime Fishing & Hunting$962.50 ($131.50 qtr)$42.50
Furharvester$27.50Junior $14.50$252.50
Lifetime Furharvester$502.50 ($69 qtr)
Fur Dealer$102.50$402.50

*One-time purchase good thru 12/31 of year youth turns 21

National Guard Permit: Free hunting, fishing, and Park Vehicle Permits are made available and issued based on funding to active members of the Kansas National Guard.

Registration: To obtain information about license and permits, visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism web site at kdwpt.state.ks.us or call 1-800-918-2877.


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BOATING SAFETY CLASS

Any person under the age of 21 who wishes to operate a vessel designed to be propelled by a motor or sail without being under direct and audible supervision must complete an approved boater education course.

Registration: To obtain information about courses, visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism web site at kdwpt.state.ks.us or call 620-672-5911.
Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism


BOWHUNTER EDUCATION

As amended and effective July 1, 2007, Kansas law provides that bowhunter education is not required to purchase a big game archery permit from the State of Kansas. Kansas has adopted the National Bowhunter Education Foundation's (NBEF) program of bowhunter education for those who wish to take it on a voluntary basis. This internationally accepted course teaches bowhunters to be ethical, considerate, humane and safe. Kansas' volunteer instructors are experienced bowhunters certified to present the materials outlined in the NBEF course. NOTE: Other states, provinces and certain federal properties may require a bowhunter education certificate from a state-sponsored or National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) course in order to bowhunt. It is the responsibility of the hunter to research certification requirements before traveling to other states, provinces or federal properties to hunt.

Registration: To obtain information about courses, visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism web site at kdwpt.state.ks.us or call 620-672-5911.
Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism


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CLOUD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE MSF BASIC RIDER COURSES

Those who choose to take a rider education course greatly reduce the likelihood and severity of being involved in a motorcycle accident. What you do before you start a trip goes a long way toward determining whether or not you'll get where you want to go safely—wearing the right gear, becoming familiar with the motorcycle, checking the motorcycle equipment, knowing the traffic laws, and being a responsible rider. This course covers all of the preparation work and provides on-the-bike instructional driving. The training is Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) approved. Upon completion, participants will receive their MSF Safety Certificate as well as their Kansas DE-99. Classes are held in Junction City and we provide the motorcycles!

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):/Day(s): Thursday or Friday evening plus all day on Saturday and Sunday
Place: Geary County Campus—Cloud County Community College
Cost: $250
Date(s): Multiple classes held monthly. Call 238-8010, ext. 721 for details.
Registration deadline: Ongoing
Sponsored by: Geary County Campus—Cloud County Community College


FURHARVESTER EDUCATION

Kansas' Furharvester Education Program was initiated by legislation in 1983. Persons born on or after July 1, 1966 must complete the course before harvesting furbearers in the state on lands other than their own. The purpose of the Furharvester Education Program is to provide instruction concerning the ethical, safe and selective hunting, trapping and handling of furbearing animals and coyotes. The program promotes responsible behavior, emphasizes the importance of wildlife management, laws and regulations, and encourages the safe handling of furharvesting equipment. The current course offers students a comprehensive manual, regulations, and advanced furharvesting publications.

Ages/Grades: Persons born on or after July 1, 1966
Registration: To obtain information about courses, visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism web site at kdwpt.state.ks.us or call 620-672-5911.
Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism


HUNTER EDUCATION

With some exception, Kansas law requires those born on or after July 1, 1957 to complete a hunter education course.

Ages/Grades: Persons born on or after July 1, 1957 (with some exception)
Registration: To obtain information about courses, visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism web site at kdwpt.state.ks.us or call 620-672-5911.
Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism


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Parents & parenting


BREASTFEEDING CLINIC

This clinic provides education and support to mothers who would like advice on feeding their baby. There is a lactation counselor available to answer all of your questions. This class is part of Delivering Change, Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal & Child Health Bureau grant. #H49MC27818.

Ages/Grades: Breastfeeding mothers
Time(s): 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Clinic available by appointment and walk-ins also welcome.
Day(s): Mondays and Wednesdays
Place: Delivering Change Office, Suite 106, Geary Community Hospital
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Delivering Change: Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies & Geary County Breastfeeding Coalition


DELIVERING CHANGE: MARCH OF DIMES BECOMING A MOM PRENATAL EDUCATION CLASSES

The goal of these classes is to improve the health of moms so their babies are healthier, too. Join us as we share new parent information, meet other moms and dads in the area, and have fun getting ready for your new arrival. Topics covered include: Introduction and Prenatal Care, Pregnancy Health, Labor and Delivery, Infant Feeding, Infant Care and Postpartum Health. These classes are part of Delivering Change and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal & Child Health Bureau grant. #H49MC27818.

Ages/Grades: Geary County women who are expecting along with their support person
Time(s): 10:00 a.m. – Noon or 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Day(s): Mondays
Place: Conference Room, Martha K. Hoover Women's Center, Geary Community Hospital
Cost: None (limited to Geary County residents)
Date(s): January 8 – February 12
March 5 - April 9
April 23 – June 4 (No class on Memorial Day, 5/28)

Registration deadline: Visit our website at deliveringchange.org or call 785-238-0300 or Flint Hills OB/GYN at 785-223-5555.
Sponsored by: Delivering Change: Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies and the Geary County Perinatal Coalition


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FREE CLASSES FOR ALL

The Geary County Health Department offers free classes on a wide variety of topics!

Breastfeeding Basics Class
This class will address the importance of breastfeeding, normal course of breastfeeding, and common concerns.

Times(s):/Day(s): First Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Date(s): January 2, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1


Other Classes Topics
Love and Logic Parenting, Employment Dress for Success, Self-Esteem Groups, Breast Cancer, Prenatal Education, Sexually Transmitted Disease Education, Hygiene Education, and So You’re Going to Be a Dad.

Time(s):/Day(s):/Date(s): Classes in these areas are scheduled periodically based on need and interest

Place: Geary County Health Department
Cost: None
Registration deadline: Contact the Geary County Health Department-WIC, 785-762-5682, to register.
Sponsored by: Geary County Health Department WIC


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GEARED UP DADS: CONSCIOUS FATHERING CLASS

This class for new and expectant dads is taught by dads and offers insight into preparing for those precious first months of baby's life. The program will provide a "hands on" overview of babies' basic needs and how to build a solid relationship with your child from the very first day. Topics covered include: Prenatal Care, Traveling While Pregnant, Babies Cycle of Care, SIDS/Safe Sleep, and Smoking Cessation. These classes are part of Delivering Change and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal & Child Health Bureau grant. #H49MC27818.

Ages/Grades: For families with children birth to 36 months of age.
Time(s): 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Day(s): Mondays
Place: Conference Room, Martha K. Hoover Women's Center, Geary Community Hospital
Cost: None
Date(s): February 19, April 16 or June 11
Registration deadline: On-going, year-round services
Sponsored by: Delivering Change: Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies and the Geary County Perinatal Coalition


HEALTHY START HOME VISIT

Healthy Start Home Visitor Services are available to pregnant, parenting mothers, fathers, grandparents, foster parents and/or guardians, through the baby's first year of life.

Time(s):/Day(s):/Date(s): 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Monday–Thursday, and 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Friday
Place:  Visits are provided in your home, the health department office or a safe place in the community.
Cost: None
Dates: Ongoing
Registration deadline: Appointments are required. Please call (785)762-5788 to speak with our Healthy Start Home Visitor.
Sponsored by: Geary County Health Department


MILKING MOMMIES

Meet and share experiences with other mothers that are breastfeeding, pumping & supplementing. A certified lactation consultant will be in attendance at all meetings. This support group is part of the Geary County Breastfeeding Coalition and Delivering Change, Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal & Child Health Bureau grant. #H49MC27818.

Ages/Grades: All new and seasoned expectant mothers
Time(s): 5:30 p.m.
Day(s): 3rd Wednesday of each month
Place: Conference Room, Martha K. Hoover Women’s Center, Geary Community Hospital
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Delivering Change: Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies & Geary County Breastfeeding Coalition


MPI CLASSES

The goal of the classes sponsored by the Modern Parenting Initiative (MPI) is to nurture mindful parenting and decision making in six key areas: caring for self, understanding, nurturing, guiding, motivating, and advocating. The emphasis of MPI classes is on encouraging parents to listen to their intuition, develop hunches, and be playful in trying out responses. More than anyone else, parents are the experts on their children. Rather than emphasizing something dramatically new, MPI group activities are designed to support the awakening of things parents likely already know. The MPI parenting classes use the evidenced-based Basic Parenting program and the curriculum is based on the National Extension Parent Education Model. For more information, contact Deb Andres, Geary County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent at 785-238-4161

Ages/Grades: Parents with children ages toddler to teen
Cost: $10/single or $15/couple per weekly session or $60/single or $90/couple for all 6 sessions. Cash only or, for a small charge, pay by debit/credit card at the Geary County Extension Office.
Date(s): Call Deb Andres, Geary County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent at 785-238-4161 after September 1 for details for next series planned for fall semester.
Sponsored by: Geary County K-State Research and Extension & the Modern Parenting Initiative Coalition


MOMMY & ME SUPPORT GROUP

Join us to find support as you navigate pregnancy and motherhood. The first Wednesday of the month offers an open discussion on relevant parenting topics while the 3rd Wednesday is devoted to breastfeeding support. This support group is part of Delivering Change and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal & Child Health Bureau grant. #H49MC27818.

Ages/Grades: All expectant, new and seasoned mothers
Time(s): 5:30 p.m.
Day(s): 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month
Place: Conference Room, Martha K. Hoover Women’s Center, Geary Community Hospital
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Delivering Change: Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies & Little Apple Doulas


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OUTREACH, PREVENTION, AND EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES

Do you need health insurance for your family? Do you need assistance with other home services, education and/or employment resources? The Geary County Health Department is dedicated to helping you and your family.

Time(s):/Day(s):
8:20 a.m.–3:40 p.m., Monday through Thursday
8:20 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Friday
Place: Geary County Health Department
Cost: Medicaid or Medicaid eligible clients
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: Please call 785-762-5724 to schedule an appointment.
Sponsored by: Geary County Health Department


USD 475 EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM

The USD 475 Early Childhood Program offers free educational services through a range of program intensities for preschool-age children who are typically developing and meet one or more of the grant priorities identified through the Kansas State Department of Education, and for preschool-age children with identified developmental needs.
Placement in the USD 475 Early Childhood Program begins with a free developmental screening. Monthly developmental screenings are offered for children birth to 5 years of age. Children are screened in the areas of motor, cognitive, speech and language, social and self-help skills, as well as hearing and vision.  Information is shared with parents and recommendations are made concerning educational placement or further medical or developmental evaluation if needed. Preschool services for four year olds are supported through grants from the Kansas State Department of Education. The Kansas Preschool Program (KPP) Grant also supports two half-day Strong Beginnings classes at Fort Riley's Warren East Child Development Center (fees for the Fort Riley CYSS Program are based on family income).

Ages/Grades: Preschool age children
Place: USD 475 Early Childhood Program classrooms are located in Junction City and on Fort Riley. 
Registration deadline: To begin the application process or request a developmental screening, please call 785-717-6950.
Sponsored by: USD 475. For more information, contact Stephanie Diehl, Early Literacy Coordinator, at 785-717-4036, Jennifer Blair, Exceptional Student Services Coordinator, at 785-717-6954, or Stephanie Bogenhagen, Early Childhood Program Principal, at 785-717-6953.


WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN (WIC)

WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and breast feeding education, healthy food, and community referrals to qualified Kansas families. WIC's goal is to improve the health of pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children under age 5 in our community.

Ages/Grades: Pregnant, breastfeeding mothers and postpartum women, infants, and children under 5
Time(s):/Day(s):
Geary County Health Department:  Mondays–Thursdays from 8:00 a.m.–5:20 p.m., and Fridays from 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Walk-in Clinic on Tuesdays from 8:00–11:30 a.m.
Konza Office: Call 785-762-5788 for available times
Place: Geary County Health Department and Konza Prairie Community Health and Dental Clinic, 361 Grant Avenue
Cost: Participants must meet income guidelines to qualify for this program.
Date(s): Open every weekday except major holidays
Registration deadline: None. Call the WIC Office at 785-762-5682 for an appointment.
Sponsored by: Geary County Health Department


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Science & Nature


FRIENDS OF ANIMALS LOW COST VACCINATION AND MICROCHIP CLINIC

Come get your pets up to date while supporting your local shelter. Friends of Animals supports your local shelter by covering costs such as emergency/routine surgeries, spays/neuters, hospitalizations and anything the shelter may need assistance with that would not otherwise be possible. Help save lives by donating and participating in this wonderful event! More information available at https://www.facebook.com/events/226903547868897/.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Place: Heritage Park, 6th and Jefferson Streets
Cost: none
Date(s): 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. May 5th
Registration deadline:None
Sponsored by: Friends of Animals


MONTHLY BIRDWALK

Join Chuck Otte for this fun and informative bird walk once a month, weather permitting, in and around the Milford Lake area. These hikes are for beginning birdwatchers as well as those that have some experience. Bring binoculars and a bird ID book if you have them. Everyone is invited! This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Milford Nature Center and Milford State Park and the Kansas Ornithological Society.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s):/Day(s): 8:00 a.m. (approximately 2 hours in length)
Place: Meet at the parking area at the south end of Milford Lake dam across the highway from the Corps of Engineers office
Cost: none
Date(s): May 19, June 16, July 21, and August 25 (Please note that all dates are tentative and subject to change. Visit the website http://birdinginkansas.com/Walks.htm for the full birdwalk calendar and contact Chuck Otte at 785-238-4161 or cotte@ksu.edu to confirm current dates.)
Registration deadline: None.
Sponsored by: Milford Nature Center


THERAPY DOG TRAINING

It has been documented how interacting with a dog can lower your blood pressure and in general allow you to feel better. Do you have a dog that provides that feeling not only to yourself but to other people? If so, your dog might make a great therapy dog. Training will involve working on canine good manners and obedience – such as not barking, not jumping, walking on a loose leash, coming when called, staying, and interacting around folks and medical equipment. We will be conducting three one-hour sessions where we will work with your dog on elements needed to take the therapy dog test.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):/Day(s): 3:00 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: none
Date(s): May 6, 13 and 20
Registration deadline: May 4th
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library



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Seniors Activities


EVENING MEAL AND DANCE

Seniors can get together with friends each month for supper and a dance party at the Geary County Senior Citizens Center.
Day(s): Meal at 6:00 p.m. and dance at 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Place: 4-H/Senior Citizens Center, 1025 S. Spring Valley Road
Cost: $3.50 per meal for ages 60 and over and $5.25 per meal for those under age 60
Date(s): May 25, June 22, July 27 and August 24
Registration deadline: Monday prior to the Friday that the event is held
Sponsored by: Geary County Senior Center


FITNESS AND FUN AT THE GEARY COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

The senior center has a host of regular activities to help keep you fit and have fun. Blood pressure checks and foot care are also offered periodically each month. For information on other activities sponsored by the senior center contact Deb Engel at 238-4015 or gc@seniors.kscoxmail.com. (Note: The schedule may change due to holidays and special events.)
Fitness Classes 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Monday – Friday Exercise Class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Gentle Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Bible Study 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Tuesdays
Bingo Immediately following completion of noon meal (approx. 12:30), Mondays
Dominos Immediately following completion of noon meal (approx. 12:30), Tuesdays
Cards Immediately following completion of noon meal (approx. 12:30), Wednesdays

Ages/Grades: All ages
Place: 4-H/Senior Citizens Center, 1025 South Spring Valley Road
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Geary County Senior Center


LUNCH AT THE GEARY COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

A good meal with good company can be enjoyed each weekday at lunchtime at the senior center.

Ages/Grades: All Agesr
Time(s): 12:00 a.m.
Day(s): Monday - Friday
Place: 4-H/Senior Citizens Center, 1025 South Spring Valley Road
Cost: $3.50 per meal for ages 60 and over and $5.25 per meal for those under age 60
Date(s): August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, and December 12
Registration deadline: Prefer that notice be given the day before each meal you plan to attend Call 785-238-4015 to make your reservation.
Sponsored by: Geary County Senior Center


PUZZLE CLUB

Don't you just want to get out of the house and do something? The JCPRD is encouraging seniors to bring a sack lunch and put puzzles together with fellow puzzlers.

Ages/Grades: Ages 50 and over
Time(s): 12:00–3:00 p.m.
Day(s): Tuesdays
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


SENIOR CARD NIGHT

Seniors, the staff at the Junction City Parks and Recreation Department has the tables set up and the coffee on! Join us on Thursday evenings for Card Night at the Community Center.

Ages/Grades: Ages 55 and over
Time(s): 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Day(s): Thursdays
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


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WALK 4 FITNESS

Join us every weekday to walk toward physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle in our climate controlled, stroller friendly, full-sized gymnasium. Just 12 laps around the gym equals one mile.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 7:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday–Friday
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None 
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


WALKING PATHS

Sunny, warm and walking! Walk outside when Mother Nature is smiling and inside when she is not. Just keep moving and keep walking!
Name Location Length Indoor Outdoor
The Bluff Park Goldenbelt Blvd & Caroline Ave 1.1 mile X
Bramlage Park 420 Grant Ave .34 mile X
Homer's Pond N. Eisenhower Dr & 1st Street 1.1 mile X
K-57 Walking Trail K-57 & Airport Rd .7 mile X
Municipal Building 700 N. Jefferson St 1/17 mi. M–F 8am–5pm
Playground Park 5th St & Eisenhower Dr 1/5 mile X
Riverland Landing 200 block of E. Ash St .45 mile X
Riverwalk Trail Washington St & Milford Lake 4.8 mile X
South Park St Mary Rd 1.23 mile X
12th Street Community Center 1002 W. 12th St 1/12 mileM–F 7am–12pm
WalMart East Chestnut Daily 24 Hours
Wetland Trail Frontage Rd .49 mile X
YMCA 1703 McFarland Rd 1/17 mi. M & W 6am–8pm
T & Th 8am–8pm
F 6am–7pm, Sat 2–5pm


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Sports & Races



GOLF LESSONS

Want to improve your game? Teed off about your stroke? Rolling Meadows can help you keep your ball out of the bunker and turn your bogey into a birdie with private lessons from a golf professional.

Place: Rolling Meadows Golf Course
Cost: : Fees based on number and length of lessons
Date(s): By appointment only
Registration deadline: None. Call 785-238-4303 to make an appointment
Sponsored by: Rolling Meadows Golf Course


OPEN GYM

Come in and enjoy our climate controlled gym for free. Utilize the stroller friendly gym to take your daily walk. Did you know that twelve laps around the gym equals one mile? Or, play basketball in the afternoons and evenings with your friends. Just come to the front desk and get signed up for a free membership. (Note: rental of the gym for private use requires a fee and deposit. Call 785-238-7529 for more info)

Ages/Grades: All Ages
Time/Day(s): Walking: 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Monday – Friday Basketball: 12:00 – 8:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, 1:00 – 8:30 p.m., Saturday and 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., Sunday.
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: : None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Rec.


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WEDNESDAY NIGHT GOLF LEAGUE

Men and women golfers are invited to hit the links and join the fun on Wednesday nights at Rolling Meadows Golf Course. The format varies but the good times never stop as golfers compete for Rolling Meadows Cup Points and weekly cash prizes. Want more information? Call Assistant Golf Professional Gary Tyson at 785-238-4303 for the "hole" story.

Time(s): 5:30 p.m.
Day(s): Wednesdays
Place: Rolling Meadows Golf Course
Cost: Call 785-238-4303 for current cost information
Date(s): Meets May–August (approximate)
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by: Rolling Meadows Golf Course


Swimming


JR. Lifeguard Program

Our certified Lifeguards/Water Safety Instructors will instruct the Jr. Lifeguard program. They will teach the students save-swim, basic first-aid, and pool safety skills and help them have fun while learning. Students will leave our program with elementary knowledge of our Lifeguards, a Jr. Lifeguard T-shirt and a whistle.

Ages/Grades: Ages 7 – 14
Time(s): 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday – Wednesday
Place: Municipal Swimming Pool
Cost: $40.00
Date(s): July 9 - 11
Registration deadline:  Register at 12th Street Community Center. Call 785-238-7529 for additional information
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


PARENT-TODDLER SWIM LESSONS

This course is just for the toddler and their parents. Get your little one familiar with the water and work on very basic skills. Parent/Adult accompaniment in the water is required. This class is very popular and fills up fast. Swim Diapers are required & are to be worn during classes.

Ages/Grades: Ages 6 months – 4 years
Time(s): 6:15 – 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday – Thursday (except Session II)
Place: Municipal Pool
Cost: $35.00
Date(s): Session I: June 4 – 14
Session II: June 25 - July 6 (No class July 4)
Session III: July 16 - 26

Registration deadline: Register at 12th Street Community Center. Call 785-238-7529 for additional information. Limit 15 people per class.
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


POOCH PLUNGE

Can Fido, Bowser, or Rover swim? Is your dog a social butterfly while around other canine species? If you answered "Yes" to the previous questions then join the Junction City Parks and Recreation Department for its annual Pooch Plunge.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Sunday
Place: Municipal Pool
Cost:None
Date(s): August 12
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction Parks and Recreation Department


SWIM LESSONS

Our certified lifeguards instruct the programs, teach the students swimming skills and help them have fun while learning. Instructors will conduct skills tests to verify that your child will be placed in the proper class.

Ages/Grades: Ages 3 and over
Time(s):  Morning Sessions: 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. & 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Kansas Kids Only: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Evening Session: 7:15 - 8:00 p.m.

Day(s): Friday–Saturday
Place: Municipal Pool
Cost: $35.00
Date(s): Session I: June 4 – 14
Session II: June 25 - July 6 (No class July 4)
Session III: July 16 - 26

Registration deadline: Register at 12th Street Community Center. Call 785-238-7529 for additional information.
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


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Youth activities


ALL NIGHT SKATE

Come to Spin City and skate all night! Kids can skate, dance, play basketball, play video games, and watch movies.

Ages/Grades: Ages 6–12
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m.
Day(s): Friday–Saturday
Place: Spin City Skating Rink
Cost: $25.00 (Includes dinner and breakfast)
Date(s): May 4 January 5, March 2, May 4
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


American Girl Tea Party & Doll Auction

This summer will mark the 13th annual American Girl Tea Party! Young ladies are invited to join us for tea at this special annual event that celebrates the American Girl book series. Dolls and tea attire are welcome but not required. Tea party tables are limited; advance registration is required. Part of our commemoration of the American Girl book series will be a prize auction for the 2017 American Girl doll Tenney Grant. Tenney's character is a singer-songwriter, and Tea Party events will incorporate musical activities in honor of Tenney's love of music. To enter the auction, individuals must be present at the Tea Party. Tickets will be on sale that day for $2 per ticket. All proceeds will benefit the library's book donation program, DBPL at DBPL: Donating Books to Promote Literacy, because "literacy empowers communities."

Ages/Grades: Girls 0-17 and their parents
Time(s): 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Day(s): Saturday
Place:Marriott Convention Center
Cost: None for the event; doll auction $2 per ticket
Date(s):July 14
Registration deadline: May 14 - July 6 or until all tables are filled
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


AUTHOR DAYS

Authors have birthdays, and birthdays are meant to be celebrated! So we're hosting some fun on our favorite authors' special days. Stop by any time throughout the day (unless otherwise noted) to make crafts, do scavenger hunts, test your knowledge of these authors' stories, and more!



Ages/Grades: All ages and families
Time(s): 9:00 a.m. to close (unless otherwise noted)
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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CHRISTIAN SKATE NIGHT

Families and friends can skate to their favorite Christian tunes at this popular event. It's fun, it's family friendly, and it's happening only at Spin City!

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Day(s): Sundays
Place: Spin City Skating Rink
Cost: $4.00
Date(s): January 14, February 11, March 18, May 6
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


Early Literacy Adventures

Early literacy skills are so important for pre-school aged children. Children ages 3-6 years are invited to join instructor Julie Gyuran for some skill-building fun. Come explore with a story! Play Scrabble and Cheezits! Hear a story about letters and rhyming and help find clues to a rhyming matching game! It's three weeks of engaging, interactive early learning adventures to give preschool children the start they need to succeed and read! (Caregiver attendance for participating children is optional. A registration form must be filled out for each child attending.)

Ages/Grades: Ages 3 - 6
Time(s): 10:00 a.m.
Day(s): Thursdays July 12, 19 & 26
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
\ Registration deadline: ongoing
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


4-H Camp

Join us for the fun of 4-H Camp in 2018! You can canoe, shoot archery, swim, make crafts, and participate in many other activities while making new friends. Campers live in groups with a teen counselor to help them have a great time. For more information, call 785-238-4161 or http://www.geary.k-state.edu/4-h/.

Ages/Grades: Grades 2 through 7
Time(s): 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 - 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 9
Place: Rock Springs 4-H Center, just South of Junction City
Cost: $225
\ Registration deadline: May 10
Sponsored by: Geary County K-State Research and Extension


4th of July Celebration

In honor of the United States' birthday, we're celebrating the creativity and genius of American founder Benjamin Franklin with some inventive fun! Stop by any time throughout the day to make a 4th of July kite craft, conduct an electricity experiment, test your knowledge of Revolutionary War history, and discover some cool and funny Ben Franklin facts in a scavenger hunt! (a STEAM event)

Ages/Grades: All ages and families
Time(s): 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
\ Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


Friday Night Live

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for some fun Friday-night activities and events! Advance registration is required. (This program was formerly known as Teen after Hours.)
May 18: Old Corny Movie, Fresh Corny Popcorn It's popcorn and movie night at the library! Come celebrate the end of the school year with an old movie that might go down in the Hysterical Hall of Fame, and just have fun! (Register by May 16)
June 15: Tie-Dye and Ice Cream Night It's our favorite annual Teen after Hours event! Come get creative with your own tie-dye masterpiece and enjoy an ice cream sundae treat! (Register by June 13)
July 20: Music Mania Join us for some awesome music fun! We're going to create our own song parodies and play all kinds of musical games! (Parents looking for something for younger kids to do on the same night and time should check out Music Mania preK-5, featuring high-energy, interactive fun with musician Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove!) (Register by July 18)

Ages/Grades: Grades 6 - 12
Time(s): Third Friday of the month , 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
\ Registration deadline: Two days before event
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


GROWING DAISIES

This 3-session event held monthly during the summer will introduce future kindergartners to what being a Girl Scout Daisy is all about. It is exclusive to those entering Kindergarten in the 2018/2019 school year. Come join in the fun with other girls as we do crafts, have snacks, make new friends, and learn how much fun it is to be a Daisy Girl Scout!.

Ages/Grades: Girls entering kindergarten in fall 2018 semester along with an accompanying parent
Time(s): June 23, July 14, August 4, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Place: Girl Scout House, 921 W. 4th Street
Cost: $10 for all 3 sessions. Includes all supplies and snacks. A fun patch will be awarded to those attending at least 2 of the 3 sessions.
\ Registration deadline: Thursday before each session. Pre-register by emailing su706recruiter@yahoo.com,
Sponsored by: Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri, Service Unit 706


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HANDS AND HEARTS FOR ART - ELEMENTARY ART CLASS

Kids will explore a new art concept each week.

Ages/Grades: Ages 5 - 12
Time(s): 10:00am
Day(s): Saturdays
Place: Junction City Arts Council Studio, C. L. Hoover Opera House
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline:  Call 785-762-2581 or email jcartscouncil1@gmail.com for registration information.
Sponsored by: Junction City Arts Council


KIDZ ZONE, WHERE KIDS COME TO PLAY!

Sundown Salute brings out the fireworks! Join us in Heritage Park during Sundown Salute and help us celebrate the 4th of July! Bounce house, basketball, face painting, golf, jewelry making and so much more! Our staff will help your little ones have a wonderful holiday!

Ages/Grades: All Ages/Families
Date(s): 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. June 30 - July 4
Place: 5th & Jefferson Streets, across from Heritage Park
Registration deadline: none
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


LAND NAVIGATION

Come experience an outdoors opportunity for orienteering at the 90 acre B&G Farm. Learn how to determine your pace correctly, identify an object at a given azimuth, find 5 orienteering points, and learn about dependability, strength, adaptability, perseverance and purpose. Maximum of 12 participants.

Ages/Grades: Ages 10 - 14
Date(s): 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., June 2
Place: B&G Farm
Registration deadline: Contact the 12th Street Community Center, 785-238-7529, for registration information.
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


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MAD SCIENTIST

Let's be creative as we join together for some Mad Scientist fun! We will explore science with items found in and around your very own house. Each scientist will take home their own pair of safety goggles!

Ages/Grades: Ages 6–10
Time(s): 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Day(s): June 15
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: $15.00 per participant for 1 day or $25 per participant for 2 days
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


MIDDLE SCHOOL MADNESS

If you are getting ready to start 6th grade this fall, you won't want to miss this. We're hosting a night of fun and games to give you the opportunity to practice some of those new middle school skills you'll need. Join us for locker combination and bag packing relay races, schedule reading and class switching games, and more. It's a great way to get ready for your new school experience—and it's going to be a blast! Advance registration is required.

Ages/Grades: New 6th graders
Time(s): 6:30 - 8:00 p.m
Day(s): Friday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Date(s): August 3
Registration deadline: August 1
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library

MUNCHKIN ART

Let your munchkins explore their creative and artistic abilities with Munchkin Art! Enjoy craft time with painting, drawing and other special projects.

Ages/Grades: Ages 2 - 6
Time(s): 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Day(s): Wednesdays
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: $20 for 6 classes (can be nonconsecutive)
Date(s): Ongoing. Call 785-238-7529 for additional class information
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


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MUSIC MANIA PREK-5 WITH JIM "MR. STINKY FEET" COSGROVE

Join us for a special night of interactive musical entertainment! Musician Jim Cosgrove, aka Mr. Stinky Feet, will be here for a high-energy performance designed for families with preschool and elementary-aged children. Jim has performed across the United States and Europe. He has even performed at the White House—twice! Jim's philosophy is that kids are the star of the show, so it promises to be a night that gets everybody movin' to the music. We aren't calling it Music Mania for nothing! (This program will take place at the same time as our Friday Night Live Music Mania program for youth in grades 6-12. The 6-12th graders will have opportunities to create their own song parodies and play all kinds of musical games! So, if you're a parent with children in both preK-5th grade and 6-12th grade, sign everyone up for this special night of musical fun!)

Ages/Grades: Families with children preK - 5
Time(s): 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Day(s): Friday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost:  None 
Date(s): July 20
Registration deadline: July 18
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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READ AND LEARN

These year-round preschool classes develop and promote social skills, listening comprehension, and foundations of early literacy through letters, vocabulary, numbers, and sequencing. A participation form must be filled out for each child attending. This semester's sessions begin September 12 and continue through November 30. (No classes will be held November 21 or 23.)

Brighter Babies
A time for parents and infants ages 0–18 months to read together and to learn activities that engage babies' brains through motion, music, and rhyme. Each child must be accompanied one-to-one by an adult. Session is limited to baby and caregiver.

Little Learners
Designed for toddlers 18–36 months of age, Little Learners builds basic literacy skills and encourages the love of reading. Session is limited to toddler and the accompanying adult(s).

Early Starters
For children ages 3–7 years, this read-aloud class equips children with reading readiness. Participants may choose one of two sessions to attend each week. Session is limited to children ages 3–7 and caregivers who opt to accompany them.

Please note: The schedule for Read and Learn classes is designed to accommodate families with children of multiple ages. Two classes are offered at once each day, one held at the library, one held across the street at the Library Corner, according to the schedule noted below.

Time(s):/Day(s):
10:00 a.m., Tuesdays
Little Learners, 18–36 month olds (Library Corner, caregiver presence required)
Early Starters, 3–7 year olds (library meeting room, caregiver presence optional)

10:00 a.m., Thursdays
Brighter Babies, 0–18 month olds (Library Corner, caregiver presence required)
Early Starters, 3–7 year olds (library meeting room, caregiver presence optional)

Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library or Library Corner
Cost: None
Date(s): June 5 – July 26 (No classes held July 3 or 5)
Registration deadline: Ongoing
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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SAFE SITTER® BABYSITTING TRAINING

Be the sitter that parents want. Babysitting is important business and good babysitters are always in demand! Safe Sitters gain the skills needed to do the job well and earn parents' trust. Students who complete the medically-accurate, up-to-date program gain confidence and learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. They are taught how a child's age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run their own babysitting business. Students also learn how to perform infant and child choking rescue. They even learn CPR. Call the 12th Street Community Center, 785-238-7529, for additional class information.

Ages/Grades: Ages 11–14
Time(s): 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Day(s): Thursday–Friday
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: $40.00 (Scholarships are available if qualifications are met.)
Date(s): May 24
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


SUMMER CAMPS AT LIBRARY LABORATORY

Library Laboratory is excited to announce our 2nd annual Summer Camp programs! This year we have six week-long camps for kids in grades K-8! Read the descriptions below to find the camps that are right for you, and get signed up while there's still space. Advance registration is required and will open May 14. Unless otherwise noted, camps will be held at the library. (Please note that camps for grades K-2 are an hour in length and that camps for grades 3-8 are two hours in length.)
June 4 – 7 - Inside 911 • June 4, 1:45-2:45 (grades K-2): JCPD officers will be on hand to help kids get safety smart. Secret intel: There's a puppet involved. • June 5, 1:45-3:45 (grades 3-5): Join JCPD for the know-how on staying safe, making smart decisions, being part of the police force, and patrol car workings! • June 6, 1:45-2:45 (grades K-2): It's an introduction to fire safety and emergency vehicles with our own JC firefighters! • June 7, 1:45-3:45 (grades 3-5): Get fired up for this class with JC firefighters! Fire safety, up-close looks at emergency vehicles, and firefighter gear demonstrations are all in store!

June 11 – 14 - Sports Blast (grades 5-6) • June 11, 1:45-3:45: Join us for canoeing and archery at Rock Springs (1168 Hwy K157) • June 12, 2:00-3:45: Rock-wall climbing, ninja warrior training, team-building games, and more at the Athletic Training Center (935 E. 4th St) • June 13, 1:45-3:45: Baseball with the Junction City Brigade at Dorothy Bramlage Public Library • June 14, 1:45-3:45: Swimming at the Junction City Pool (1001 W. 5th St). (Note: Sessions held at Rock Springs, ATC, and the pool will begin and end at those locations. Participants must have arranged transportation.
June 18 – 21 – Super Sleuths (grades 3-6) It's our annual Super Sleuths program with Milford Nature Center! Discover plants and animals up-close and personal through these investigative sessions that reveal just how cool the science of nature can be! (STEAM events)
June 25 – 28: Steam Adventures • June 25, 1:45-3:45 (grades 3-6): Robotics. Get hands on with the technology of robotics! Our local 4-H is leading this class and has all kinds of robo-fun in store! • June 26, 1:45-2:45 (grades K-2). Mathamusical. Young learners get to discover what musical chairs and dinosaurs have to do with math, create pictographs, discover patterns through instruments, and more! • June 27, 1:45-3:45 (grades 3-6): Evaporation, Condensation…Pollution Elimination. Ever wonder what it's like to be evaporated? Get ready to go on an amazing journey with the Geary County Conservation Department as they help you understand the water cycle like never before and then put you in the midst of a game to stop the evil pollutants from getting into the river! • June 28, 1:45-3:45 (grades 5-8): Art Meets Architecture. We had so much fun planning this camp we can't decide just which projects to do? Should we create candy models of the Eiffel Tower? Discover how cardboard arches can uphold the weight of bricks? Design denim cityscape art? Test straw bridge models and make our own mosaic bridge art? So many choices! But no matter what we decide, it's going to be a blueprint for some amazing, engaging fun!
July 9 – 12: Culture Fest (grades 5-8), 1:45-3:45 Celebrate cultures from around the world with fun activities that highlight different cultures' music, myths and stories, festivals, food, and fascinating facts. It's a week that will make the world come alive!
July 16 – 19: Getting Creative (STEAM events): • July 16, 1:45-3:45 (grades 3-6): World's a Stage. Get dramatic with Junction City Little Theater as they touch on various aspects of the theatre world—stage direction, stage craft, visual storytelling, and character building. The day will include a short tour of the CL Hoover Opera House stage and theater. • July 17, 1:45-2:45 (grades K-1): Dance Floor Fun. Aspiring young dancers can learn a variety of dance techniques and styles with instructors from Clarabel's Dance Studio (119 E. 7th St). Get ready to move to the music! (This session will begin and end at the dance studio. Participants must have arranged transportation.) • July 18, 1:45-2:45 (grades K-2): Young at Art. It's a day for children to experience the fun of art with Junction City Arts Council! We know that small hands can craft big creativity! • July 19, 1:45-3:45 (grades 3-6): Art All Over. If you've got creative juices that are bubbling inside, let them spill out in this session with the Junction City Arts Council designed to inspire, instruct, and illustrate that artistic creativity is good messy fun!

Ages/Grades:Grades K-8 (Ages for each day's camp vary. See above for details.)
Day(s): Mondays - Thursdays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library unless otherwise noted
Cost: None
Date: March 10
Registration deadline: Open until spaces are filled Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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School's Out Summer Bash

Celebrate the end of the school year at our summer party for K-8th graders! Join us on May 24 at the 12th Street Community Center for family, food and fun! Enjoy the bounce house from Water's True Value, hot dogs from Armour Eckridge, drinks from McDonalds, popcorn, and lots of fun games inside and out! This is a free event and a great time for children and parents alike!

Ages/Grades: Grades K - 8
Time(s): 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Day(s): Thursday
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: None
Date(s): May 24
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


SPIN CITY MINIATURE GOLF

Fooooore! Get outside and enjoy a nice round of golf. Mini golf that is! Spin City has an 18-hole course that is challenging for every level of golfer. Bring the family for some nice friendly competition.

Ages/Grades: All ages and families
Place: Spin City
Cost: $5 per person
Date(s): Open by appointment & during good weather conditions.
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


Summer Drawing Contest: Musical Masterpiece

Are you an artist? Enter our summer drawing contest! This summer's theme is "Musical Masterpiece." Entries must in some manner reflect this theme. Drawings may be submitted in pencil, ink, or color and will be accepted throughout the month of July. Prizes will be awarded in each age category for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Original drawings only. (a STEAM event)

Ages/Grades: Grades K-2, grades 3-6, and grades 7-12
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): July 1-31 (for submissions)
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


SUMMER READING KICKOFF EVENT: LIBRARY BIRTHDAY MAYHEM

Let the fun begin! Join us for this special Summer Reading Kickoff Event as we launch our 2018 Summer Reading Program and celebrate the library's 35th birthday—because libraries rock! (That's the 2018 Summer Reading theme.) Join us for an afternoon full of fun as we recognize our Summer Reading Bookmark Contest winners (4:30 p.m.), announce our Reader's Choice Award winners, open sign-up for the 2018 Summer Reading Program, and then have some good old-fashioned fundraising fun with carnival games, a 4-H petting zoo, hot dog sales, and Cupcake Wars! Some carnival events are scheduled to take place outdoors and may be cancelled in the case of inclement weather.

Ages/Grades: All ages and families
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Summer Reading Bookmark Contest recognition at 4:30 p.m.)
Day: Wednesday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: Admission for the fundraising event is $3 per person with hot dogs and cupcakes for sale individually while supplies last.
Date(s): May 2
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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YOUTH AVIATION CLASS

Hands on learning for young aviators to-be! Here students learn about all things aviation through flight simulation, Young Eagle Flights, and aircraft restoration. Current project is assembling a Piper Tripacer aircraft. For additional information see our web site at: www.1364.eaachapter.org/youthprograms.htm.

Ages/Grades: Grades 6–12
Time(s): 9:00 am.–Noon
Day(s): Second Saturday of each month
Place: Hanger EAA, Junction City Airport, Freeman Field, 540 W. 18th Street
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None. Just show up!
Sponsored by: Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1364


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Meeting Rooms


4-H/Senior Citizens Center, 1025 South Spring Valley Road

Contact for reservations:  Geary County K-State Research and Extension, 119 East 9th Street, 785-238-4161
Available:  After 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and any time Saturday and Sunday.  Overnight gatherings not allowed.
Accommodations:  Dining Room seats 60–65 for a meal and East Side seats 300 for a meal.  The East side can be divided into 3 sections for smaller groups.
Restrictions:  No alcohol is allowed.
Fees:  $20 per hour per section of the building with a two hour minimum. The kitchen is also available for an additional fee.
Equipment:  Regrigerator and microwave
Internet access:  No


12th Street Community Center

Contact for reservations:  Customer Service Center, 1002 West 12th Street, 785-238-7529.
On Facebook at: 12th Street Community Center (Junction City). Like our page for updates to classes, new classes and events. Office hours: Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Available:  Monday–Friday 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Saturday 1:00–9:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Accommodations:  Kitchen/Meeting Room, Multi-purpose Room with sound system, Gym, Computer Lab, and Fitness Center
Restrictions:  No alcohol
Fees:  $25 per hour for 1/2 of gymnasium ($50 deposit)
$50 per hour for whole gymnasium ($100 deposit)
$15 per hour for multi-purpose room ($25 deposit)
$15 per hour for kitchen ($25 deposit)
$100 per hour for entire facility
(Security deposit required at time of rental.  Cash, checks and/or debit/credit cards accepted)
Equipment: Big screen televisions, DVD players, ping pong table, board games, basketballs, and dodgeballs
Internet access:  Yes


C.L. Hoover Opera House

Contact for reservations: Call 785-238-3906, Tuesday–Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email office@jcoperahouse.org to check availability.
Available: Year round, days and times vary
Accommodations: The auditorium and rehearsal hall are both available for meetings, performances, weddings, receptions, etc.
Restrictions: None
Fees: Varies by the specifics of each event
Equipment: Items are available, including tables, chairs, a screen, and a projector. Please ask at time of reservation.
Internet access: Yes

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Cloud County Community College-Geary County Campus

Contact for reservations:  631 Caroline Avenue,785-238-8010 
Available:  Availability varies by semester
Accommodations:  Multiple rooms with varying capacities
Restrictions:  No alcohol is allowed
Fees:  Nominal rental fees vary according to the room's size and features
Equipment:  Microphone, computer with projector
Internet access:  Yes


Dorothy Bramlage Public Library

Contact for reservations:  230 West Seventh Street, 785-238-4311
Available:  During regular staff hours (Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.)
Accommodations:  Seats 30 at tables and 60 with chairs only.  Kitchenette including refrigerator and microwave is available. 
Restrictions:  Available to nonprofit organizations only.  No alcohol is allowed
Fees:  None.  Donations are accepted.
Equipment:  Multimedia projector, DVD/VHS player, overhead projector. 
Internet access:  Yes


Gem Studios

Contact for reservations:  815 North Jefferson, 785-375-3746, gemstudiosjc@gmail.com
Available: By reservation for private parties, meetings and functions
Accommodations: Can accommodate groups of up to 49 people
Fees: $25 per hour. Special full day rates also available
Internet access: No


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Milford Lake Conference Center

Contact for reservations:  Call 785-463-4000 Ext. 2, or email acornsresort@yahoo.com to check availability.
Available: Year round
Accommodations: Indoor space can be used as one large room or reconfigured into three break-out rooms plus an executive board room.  Groups of up to 275 people can be accommodated indoors and up to 350 outdoors.
Restrictions: None
Fees:Varies by the specifics of each event
Equipment: State-of-the-art audio system, lampless projectors, drop-down screens, etc.
Internet access: Yes


Rock Springs 4-H Center

Contact for reservations:  Susan Mueller, 785-257-3221, 1168 K-157 Highway, Junction City, KS 66441
Available:  Year-round camp, conference and retreat center is available for day or overnight groups, weddings, family reunions and other gatherings.  Meals, activities, recreation, and meeting spaces for all ages are offered. Rock Springs was established in 1946 and is operated by the Kansas 4-H Foundation, a non-profit organization. Visit rocksprings.net for additional information.
Accommodations:  Can accommodate groups up to 500.  Various table and chair arrangements can be requested based on the needs of your group.
Fees:  Vary according to usage
Equipment:  TV, VCR/DVD carts, digital projectors, marker boards
Internet access:  Yes


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Spin City Skating Rink

Contact for reservations:  Lindsay Marrs, 915 South Washington Street, 785-762-SPIN (785-762-7746). Email for questions: sc.asstmanager@jcks.com
Availability: 

Accommodations:  Skating rink, game room, Good Eats Cafe, arcade, basketball court, party rooms
Restrictions:  No alcohol
Fees: Equipment:  Televisions, skates, game consoles, arcade, half-court basketball, cafe.
Internet access:  Yes


Starbird Education Building

Contact for reservations:  Milford Nature Center, 785-238-5323 or pat.silovsky@ksoutdoors.com
Available:  By reservation.  Contact the Nature Center to check availability. 
Accommodations:  Seating for 75 at tables and chairs
Fees:  None
Equipment:  Video projection unit and coffee pot
Internet access:  Yes (wireless internet available)


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Speaker's Bureau


Boy Scouts of America, Coronado Area Council

Staff from the Coronado Council is ready to present programs on today's scouting program and how you can become involved. 
Fees:  None
Contact: Ryan Pickett
Telephone:  785-587-1818
Email:  ryan.pickett@scouting.org 


Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center

Staff from the EOC can inform audiences about how we assist those individuals interested in post-secondary education, with career planning, financial literacy, education choices, financial aid and admissions to technical schools, colleges and universities.
Fees:  None
Contact:  Ray (to speak) or Mary (to schedule)
Telephone:  877-684-8164 or 785-238-5200


CL Hoover Opera House

The Opera House is full of historic charm and character. The staff here is devoted to the community and fulfilling any questions they might have. We offer tours of the opera house, and our knowledgeable team is always available to speak about the opera house at your request. We have a variety of shows and events this season that we would be more than happy to discuss with you.
Contact: Joe and Sheila Markley, Directors
Telephone: 785-238-3906
Email:  director@jcoperahouse.org


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Cloud County Community College—Geary County Campus

College faculty and professional staff are available to speak on topics including but not limited to: literature, history, ethics, current social issues, communication, leadership, organizational skills and project management, effective committee and club meetings, strategic planning, and finances.
Fees: None
Contact:  Brenda Edleston
Telephone:  785-238-8010
Email: bedleston@cloud.edu


The Crisis Center, Inc.

The Crisis Center provides educational programs to churches, schools and civic groups and specialized training to professional associations and employee groups on a wide range of topics related to intimate partner (domestic) abuse and sexual assault.
Fees:  None
Contact:  Gina Cooper
Telephone:  785-762-8835
Email:  ccijcks@carrollsweb.com


Dorothy Bramlage Public Library

Library staff is ready and willing to talk about the programs and activities that are packing the current calendar of events as well as the many services that the library offers, ranging from those for the very young to those for the more senior members of the community.  Book talks, tech trends and hot-topic programs are also available.
Fees:  None
Contact:  Susan Moyer, Library Director
Telephone:  785-238-4311
Email:  susanm@jclib.org


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Geary County Conservation District/Clarks Creek Wraps

The Conservation District/WRAPS staff is excited to come out and speak to groups of all ages. We cover a wide range of topics ranging from natural resource conservation and restoration to cost-share program information. We have access to exciting teaching aides like a stream flow trailer, soil tunnel, enviroscape and rainfall simulator. Call to schedule a speaker for your next meeting or event.
Fees:  None
Contact:  Angela Beavers
Telephone:  785-238-4251
E-mail: angela.beavers@ks.usda.gov


Geary County Convention & Visitors Bureau

The CVB staff is always willing to promote and share Geary County's Natural by Nature historic treasures.  Find out what's going on, how you can be involved and become an ambassador for Geary County.
Fees:  None
Telephone:  785-238-2885


Geary County Health Department

The Geary County Health Department Health Educator offers interesting and engaging presentations on a wide variety of health and wellness-related topics to include: Women's health, child abuse and neglect, diabetes, stroke, stress management, nutrition, disease prevention, HIV/STIs and other health-related topics
Fees: None
Contact: Health Educator
Telephone: 785-762-5788
Sponsored by: Geary County Health Department

Environmental Health:  Domestic wells, public drinking water, air pollution, blood borne pathogens and other environmental issues.
Fees:  Contact RLR for details
Contact:  Health Department Rural Lakes Region staff
Telephone:  785-762-5788, Ext. 132


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Geary County K-State Research and Extension

Agriculture, plants, wildlife, energy resources, gardening, healthy eating, getting organized, getting the most out of your money, avoiding scams, fraud and identity theft, basic money management, consumer issues, safe food preparation, parenting, balancing career, work and home and resource management approaches are just some of the programs available from the Geary County K-State Research & Extension Office.  We would also be happy to provide information on the 4-H program.
Fees:  None.  Mileage and other expenses may be charged for programs given outside of Geary County
Contact:  Deb Andres, Ginger Kopfer, or Chuck Otte
Telephone:  785-238-4161
Email:  dandres1@ksu.edu, gkopfer@ksu.edu, or cotte@ksu.edu


Geary County Virtual Learning Center

Staff is always ready to talk about the services provided by the learning center including the diploma completion and continuing education programs.
Fees:  None
Contact:  Linda Prior
Telephone:  620-238-9584
Email:  linda.prior@greenbush.org


Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri

Girl Scouts offers a general program for adult civic groups on what Girl Scouts is all about. This presentation will focus on the core values of the Girl Scout program, changes over the last few years, and volunteer needs in the community.
Fees:  None
Contact: Margaret Moore
Telephone: 785-250-4498
Email:margaretemoore@gsksmo.org


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Junction City Arts Council

Volunteers from the arts council are available to speak to your group about the current classes and events that are being held and how you can become involved in this all-volunteer program dedicated to helping keep the arts alive in the community.
Fees: None
Contact: Junction City Arts Council
Telephone:  785-762-2581
Email:  jcartscouncil1@gmail.com


Milford Nature Center

The Milford Nature Center offers programs about native wildlife, especially birds of prey, to all age groups.
Fees: None
Contact: Pat Silovsky
Telephone: 785-238-5323
Email:  pat.silovsky@ksoutdoors.com


Rock Springs 4-H Center

The Rock Springs staff is always happy to talk with groups about the center and its activities and events as well as the meeting facilities that are available for reservation. 
Fees: None
Contact: Susan Mueller
Telephone: 785-257-3221


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