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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 surrounding areas.

  1. Check the catalog listings for any classes you or your family might enjoy this semester.
  2. Check the "Registration Deadline" and "Sponsored By" lines to see when and whom you need to contact.
  3. Contact the sponsoring agency to sign-up and pay any associated fees.

Each agency has their 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.

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Books and Reading


FOREVER YOUNG ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

The Forever Young Adult book club is an informal monthly meeting designed to bring together teen and adult readers to discuss Young Adult fiction. Just because they're called "Young Adult" books doesn't mean they're only for young readers. The stories in YA fiction speak to readers young and old. So whether you are the target audience (young adults) or you just enjoy the stories, come join in on the fun! For one book selection, we will combine with The Movie Was Better? book group to discuss the book and view its movie adaptation.

Ages/Grades: High school age and adults
Time(s):  7:00 p.m. (except March at 6:30 p.m.)
Day(s):  1st Wednesday of each month (except 2nd Thursday in March)
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street (except March in library meeting room)
Cost: None
Date(s): January 4—I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
February 1—Feed by M. T. Anderson
March 9—Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Joint meeting with The Movie Was Better?)
April 5—Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
May 3—An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


GENDERING THE HOLOCAUST—A FRANK TALK LECTURE SERIES PROGRAM

Shelly Cline, the Historian at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in Overland Park, Kansas will be at the library to discuss the SS Aufseherinnen (female guards) in the World War II concentration camp system and the responsibilities of the women involved in the Holocaust. In the spirit of research Kline spent a year touring and sometimes staying in the concentration camps, "staying where the prisoners lived and died." Her ongoing research project is supported by grants from the University of Kansas and the Universtät of Hamburg. Frank Talk was created to honor the memory of Carol Franklin, a former assistant director of the library.  The intent of this series is to bring authors, illustrators and other book industry professionals to the community.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):  1:30 p.m.
Day(s):  Sunday
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  April 9
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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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, they read books written by, for, and about women.

Ages/Grades:  High school age and adults
Time(s):  7:00 p.m. (except 6:30 p.m. in January)
Day(s):  First Monday of each month (Except January)
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street (except January in library meeting room)
Cost: None
Date(s): January 9—Me before You (movie night)
February 6—The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
March 6—Brit-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
April 3—Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
May 1—The Summer before the War by Helen Simonson
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):  First Thursday of each month
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library (except March at Cracker Barrel Restaurant)
Cost: None
Date(s):  January 5—Perfect Pleasure by Deborah F. Mello
February 2—Ruby by Cynthia Bond
March 2—Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
April 6—Another Brooklyn by Jacquelyn Woodson
May 4—Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


THE MOVIE WAS BETTER?

"The book was better!" Sometimes you agree, but sometimes Hollywood manages to surprise you. Join us for friendly discussions about books and movies across various genres and ratings. The monthly gatherings will begin with a showing of the movie version of the featured title followed by a discussion of both, and it will close with the group's answer to the end-all question: Which was better?

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s): 6:30 p.m.
Day(s): 2nd Thursday of each month
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library 
Cost: None
Date(s): January 12—Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer
February 9—A Separate Peace by John Knowles
March 9—Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Held jointly with the Forever Young Adult Book Discussion Group.)
April 13—A Walk among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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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 until the wee hours. Join us! New members are always welcome.

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): January 10—Bent Road by Lori Roy
February 14—In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
March 14—Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton
April 11—The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis
May 9—Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


TALK ABOUT LITERATURE IN KANSAS (TALK)

Spring Theme: Kansas Literary Heritage
In this series, readers will discover the works of Kansas authors who help us discover the qualities that shape the Kansas character: hard work, humor, love of the land, small town pride (and sometimes prejudice), independence, tenacity, and faith. TALK is a program designed for those who enjoy reading and talking about books. The sessions are informal, and readers may share their ideas or simply sit back and enjoy the discussions. TALK books can be checked out at the library's front desk approximately one month before each discussion date. This program is co-sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Mondays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  February 27—Trail of the Spanish Bit by Don Coldsmith
March 27—The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
April 24—Picnic by William Inge
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:  Ages 18 and over
Time(s):  6:00–8:00 p.m.
Day(s):  First Thursday of each month
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street, Junction City
Cost: None
Date(s):  February 2, March 2, April 6, and May 4
Registration deadline: Call 785-776-4779, ext. 7678 to pre-register
Sponsored by:  Riley County Health Department


CLOUD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMMERCIAL DRIVERS LICENSE TRAINING

Our Commercial Driver's License Training is divided into two segments.  The first segment teaches you everything you need to know to take the written CDL exam and Pre-Trip Inspection.  The second segment involves behind-the-wheel practice driving where you refine your skills at turning, backing, parallel parking, backing into a loading dock and on-the-road driving.  You will use the same truck or combination vehicle for your driving exam. Call 785-238-8010, ext. 721 for more information and to enroll in the next training session.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):/Day(s):/Date(s): Classes offered monthly. Days and times vary.
Place: Cloud County Community College–Geary County Campus
Cost:  Fees start at $99 and include Segment I.  Segment II-Behind-the-Wheel Driving is additional depending upon license type.
Registration deadline:  Email sharvey@cloud.edu or call 785-238-8010, ext. 721 for more class and registration information.
Sponsored by:  Cloud County Community College


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FIVE MONEY QUESTIONS FOR WOMEN

Women face unique financial circumstances, so a strong financial strategy is vital. Five Money Questions for Women is created specifically for women investors.

Instructor:  Lia Deibler-Miller—Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):/ Day(s):/Date(s):  12:00 p.m., Friday, February 17 (bring your own brown bag lunch)
7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 2
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: Two days prior to class date
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


SUPER SAVERS COUPON CLASS/SWAP

We all know grocery shopping is a must. Wouldn't it be great to save a little dough with your bread, milk, and eggs? Our group is all about saving money!! We meet weekly to make new friends, share deals and talk about our frugal ways! We have a community coupon swap and are happy to answer any questions about the reality of extreme couponing (not the TV show). Great group for both seasoned and inexperienced couponers. We are excited to help you save money!!  Call the 12th Street Community Center for more information, 785-238-7529.

Ages/Grades:  All ages
Time(s):  9:00–10:00 a.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


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Computers


COMPUTER CARE AT HOME

Keep your Windows-based computer running smoothly and protect your sensitive information from being tracked or stolen. Learn the tricks to watch out for and the tools to make your time on the computer safer. Save time and money by learning the skills to try before calling for help!

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):/Day(s):/Date(s):  7:00 p.m., March 16
1:00 p.m., May 11
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 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
Time(s):/Day(s):/Date(s): 1:00 p.m., January 25, March 15, or May 17
7:00 p.m. February 22 or April 19
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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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 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. Instruction is also available for those wanting to archive or preserve their photos.

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
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost:  None
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)
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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WINDOWS 10

Offered as a compromise between the features of Windows 7 many users loved, and the flexibility and connectibility of Windows 8, Windows 10 promised to be the best of both worlds and more. If you have a new computer loaded with Windows 10, have recently upgraded to 10, or are unsure about switching from XP, Vista, 7, or 8, join us in this class to go over the exciting new features (and familiar old ones) Windows 10 has to offer.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):/Date(s):  1:00 p.m., February 9
7:00 p.m., April 27
Day(s): Thursdays
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline:  By closing on the day prior to each class
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


WORD 101

Microsoft Word is a word-processing software used to write letters, make lists, take notes, create resumes, generate invoices, etc. And even if you are not planning on doing a lot of writing, word processing will come in handy when you are composing an email. This class will provide you with the information you need to use Microsoft Word to: copy, cut, and paste; to underline, center, change font sizes and styles; to save your documents, and use spell check. Students need basic mouse and keyboarding skills for this class.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):/Date(s):  7:00 p.m., January 31, March 28, May 23
1:00 p.m., February 28 or April 25
Day(s): Tuesdays 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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Creative Arts


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): Saturday
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $40.00
Date(s): January 21 or March 25
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class including payment of the materials fee
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 23 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)
Day(s): Fourth Monday
Place:  Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: Materials fee varies with each project
Date(s):  January 23—Double Jelly Jar Basket $12
February 27—Irish Leprechaun Basket $20
March 27—Easter Basket $18
April 24—Spring Williamsburg Basket $20
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class date including payment of the materials fee
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


CREATE IT YOURSELF

Learn new skills and techniques and explore a variety of different types of art media in this hands-on class. A new project will be created each month.

Instructor: Helen Haynes
Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):  6:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Mondays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $7 materials fee
Date(s): January 30—Papermaking
February 13—Homemade Valentines
March 6—St. Patrick’s Day Decor
April 10—Egg Decorating
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class date including materials fee payment.
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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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):  6:30 p.m.
Days(s):  Fridays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $25
Date(s): January 20 (Heart Canvas) or March 10 (Cross Canvas)
Registration deadline:  Two weeks prior to each class date including material fees payment
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


PAINTING WITH FRIENDS CLASS—ISLAND DREAMS

Bring your friends and paint your stress away in our relaxed fun atmosphere. Walk away with a 16x20 inch painting of your own to decorate your home or office with! Melissa with Painting with Friends is our artist for this event.

Ages/Grades: Ages 16 and over
Time(s): 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Thursday
Place: GEM Studios, 815 N. Jefferson Street
Cost: $30 per person or 4 people for $100
Date(s): January 19
Registration deadline:  Until the class is full.  Space is limited.  Register at squareup.com/store/gem-studios
Sponsored by: GEM Studios


PAINTING WITH FRIENDS CLASS—SNOWMEN SWEETHEARTS

Bring your significant other and paint on adjoining canvases for this couples class or paint a single snowman of your own. Melissa with Painting with Friends is our artist for this event.

Ages/Grades: Ages 16 and over
Time(s): 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Thursday
Place: GEM Studios, 815 N. Jefferson Street
Cost: $30 per person or $55 per couple
Date(s): January 26
Registration deadline: Until the class is full.  Space is limited.  Register at squareup.com/store/gem-studios
Sponsored by: GEM Studios


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PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS

In this class you will learn the basics of composition.  You will learn about the different types of cameras and how to choose one for yourself. You will learn the basics of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity.  Most importantly, you will learn how to enjoy photography!

Instructor:  Photographer, Abbie Goyette
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):/Date(s):  1:00 p.m., March 8
7:00 p.m., April 12
Day(s):  Wednesdays
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline:  Two days prior to class date
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


STUDIO TIME

The Junction City Arts Council is providing free studio time for teens and adults every Saturday afternoon!

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):  6:00–8:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Thursdays
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 additional information.
Sponsored by:  Junction City Arts Council


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
Date(s):  February 11 or April 22
Registration deadline:  One week prior to each class including materials fee payment
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


UN-WINED AND PAINT

It's so simple and so much fun! Bring your own bottle of wine to share and paint a picture. Canvas and paint provided.

Instructor: Emily Vieyra
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Fridays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $25.00 per class
Date(s):January 27, February 17, March 24, or April 21
Registration deadline: One week prior to each class including payment of the materials fee
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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Creative Free Time


DISCOVER YOUR ANCESTORS ONLINE

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
Time(s):  1:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Wednesdays
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  February 8 or April 12
Registration deadline:  By closing on the day prior to each class
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


GET STARTED—WRITE!

Get start with writing. Learn how to pick a subject, develop your story, and create your characters.  Learn how to conduct research and write about places you’ve never visited. Learn how reading relates to writing and why daydreaming isn’t always a bad thing!

Ages/Grades:  Teens and adults
Time(s): 6:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):  April 24
Registration deadline: April 21
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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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


WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Interested in writing your family history, but don't know where to start?  Join an established writing group meeting twice a month at the library that uses the techniques developed by Kansan Charley Kempthorne, author of A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History . Work on techniques that will assist you in remembering your past; in writing the narratives of your life; and in publishing your history for your family and friends. 
Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):  1:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Second Thursday of each month
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):  January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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Fitness and nutrition


WALKING PATHS

Spring is a great time to get up and get moving! 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 mile X
Bramlage Park 420 Grant Ave 1/4 mile X
Homer's Pond N. Eisenhower Dr & 1st Street 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 1/4 mile X
Riverland Landing 200 block of E. Ash St 1.5 mile X
Riverwalk Trail Washington St & Milford Lake 4.8 mile X
South Park St Mary Rd 1.1 mile X
12th Street Community Center 1002 W. 12th St 1/12 mileM-F 12-2:30 pm
WalMart East Chestnut Daily 24 Hours
Wetland Trail Frontage Rd 1 mile X
YMCA 1703 McFarland Rd 1/17 mi. M & W 6 am-8 pm
T & Th 8 am-8 pm
F 6 am-7 pm, Sat 2-5 pm


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COOK ONCE—MEALS FOR A WEEK!

Save time and money with the Cook Once approach!  Preparing a month of meals in a single day seems like a daunting task, but it can be done. This workshop will teach individuals the basics of this method of preparing meals, providing them with the tools they need to provide healthy, home-cooked meals for their families.  Additionally, this half-day workshop will put the program into action as participants work in small teams to prepare a wide variety of dishes on site.  In addition to tasting the samples, participants will get to take as many as 4 prepared main course dishes home to their own freezer to use over the next month.  "Learn it" then "do it" is the model for this interactive and engaging workshop.  Recipes, resources and tips will also be provided to all participants.  Once people learn this method of cooking, they will begin to see the many benefits it can provide. 

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):  9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 
Day(s):  Saturday
Place:  4-H/Senior Citizens Building, 1025 S. Spring Valley Road
Cost:  $55 registration (Once-A-Month Cooking Family Favorites cookbook included) or $40 registration (without cookbook)
Date(s):  February 25
Registration deadline:  February 13.  To register, call Deb Andres, Geary County Extension Office, 785-238-4161, or email dandres1@ksu.edu
Sponsored by:  Geary County K-State Research and Extension


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
Time(s):/Day(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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12th Street Community Center
Stop by and visit us on:
Monday–Friday
7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Saturday
1:00–9:00 p.m.
Sunday
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday:
7:00 a.m. a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays:
7:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Volunteers Wanted!
The 12th Street Community Center is always looking for community volunteers to help with the implementation, coordination and participation in our various offerings. If you are interested in VOLUNTEERING at the 12th Street Community Center, give our office a call at 785-238-7529. Let's build our community together!
12th St. Community Center
1002 W. 12th St.
Junction City, KS 66441
(785) 238-PLAY (7529)

WALK KANSAS

This eight-week fitness program is an easy, inexpensive way to better health.  Walk Kansas is designed to promote activity and better health for Kansans and detailed information can be found at walkkansas.org. It is a team-based program in which groups of six people, one serving as a captain, work toward a common goal. That goal typically is for the team members to collectively meet the minimum goal for physical activity (150 miles per week as a team), to walk 423 miles over the eight-week period, the distance across Kansas. Those teams that want a greater challenge can set a goal to walk the equivalent of across the state and back (846 miles) or around the perimeter of Kansas (1,200 miles).  Team members can walk individually or as a team. Participation incentives will be offered through random drawings for teams that qualify.  Individuals can purchase Walk Kansas participation t-shirts and jackets if they choose.  Contact Geary County K-State Research and Extension at 785-238-4161 for more information or to receive a team registration packet.

Ages/Grades:  All ages in teams of 6 registrants.
Cost:  $10 per person
Dates:  March 19–May 13
Registration deadline:  5:00 p.m., March 10 including payment for each team member.
Sponsored by:  Geary County K-State Research and Extension


WALKING FOR 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.–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


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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):/Day(s):  10:00–11:00 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays
9:00–10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays
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


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


The Junction City/Geary County Health Department sponsors many programs that relate to community health and safety including the following. Please call the Health Department Community Planner at 785-762-5788 for additional information about:
Child Passenger Seat Inspection Lane. Eighty percent of all car seats are installed incorrectly. To make sure your child's seat is properly installed, please call the Health Department at 785-762-5788 to make an appointment.
Medical Reserve Corps. We have a unique opportunity for you to serve your local community!
We are seeking individuals who are interested in joining the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).  The Wildcat Region Medical Reserve Corps is made up of medical and non-medical volunteers who wish to enhance emergency preparedness and community health of the Wildcat Region which includes Geary County, Pottawatomie County, and Riley County. Volunteers will participate in activities like first aid stations, health fairs, health education, emergency preparedness trainings and exercises.
SafeKids Geary County. SafeKids, an international program, is aimed at preventing unintentional injury for children 0 to 14 years old. Programs are available that include bike rodeos, child passenger seat education, fire safety, and Safe Sleep.

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DINING WITH DIABETES

Dining with Diabetes is a series of four classes conducted by trained Kansas Extension educators/agents and community health partners. This program helps individuals learn strategies to manage their diabetes through menu planning, carbohydrate counting, portion control, and label reading. Participants have the opportunity to sample healthy foods made utilizing concepts taught.  This is a 4-week class.  Each class lasts 2 hours.  For more information contact Deb Andres, Geary County K-State Research and Extension, 785-238-4161.

Ages/Grades:  Ages 18 and over who have a personal interest in or connection to diabetes.
Time(s):  1:30–3:30 p.m.
Day(s):  Tuesdays
Place:  4-H/Senior Citizens Center, 1025 S. Spring Valley Road
Cost:  None
Date(s):  April 11, 18, 25, and May 2
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Geary County K-State Research & Extension


EXPERIENTIAL MEDITATION

Join us for meditation programs using different forms of tactile experience. This will include adult coloring, drumming, movement, and working with crystals and candles. Participants are encouraged to use journals and prayer shawls or head coverings. Beginners to experienced meditators are welcome. Ideas about future meditation programs are also appreciated.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):  7:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Fourth Wednesday of each month
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s): January 25, February 22, March 22, and April 26
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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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.


BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP

This group provides a supportive and understanding environment for people who are learning to cope with loss. Each class cycle lasts for six weeks with approximately three months between cycles.

Time(s): 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Day(s):  Thursdays
Place:  Conference Room, Martha K. Hoover Women's Center, Geary Community Hospital
Cost:  None
Date(s): Call Robin Fronk, 785-762-2653, for additional information including the dates for the next class cycle.
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Geary Community Hospital


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


CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY

The Junction City Police Department is accepting applications for the 2017 Citizen’s Police Academy. This 10-week course will include a SWAT demo, DUI enforcement, a ride-along, and a day at the range. Other topics will provide an inside look at the Patrol Division, Investigation Division, Drug Operations Group and the Community Involvement Unit.  Instructors are drawn from the Junction City Police Department staff and other areas of expertise. Citizen Police Academy class members are also given an opportunity to observe police patrol work through a Ride-A-Long experience with an area patrol officer.

Ages/Grades:  Ages 18 and over
Time(s):  6:00–9:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Thursdays
Place:  Junction City Police Department
Cost:  None
Date(s):  February 2–April 20
Registration deadline:  Registration will end in mid-January or when the class is full.  Space is limited to 20 participants.  Applications are available at the Junction City Police Department or on-line at jc.municipalcms.com/forms.aspx?fid=72.  A background check will be performed prior to acceptance.
Sponsored by:  Junction City Police Department


EAGLE DAY

Take a guided bus tour and view Bald Eagles as they soar above Milford Lake or watch them as they sit in the tall Cottonwood trees along the lake's shore. Learn about nesting eagles in Kansas and watch the 'Live Eagle' program. Children can visit the Kids' Tent for activities and crafts. Free entrance to Milford State Park for all vehicles.

Ages/Grades:  All ages
Time(s):  9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Saturday
Place:  Milford Nature Center
Cost:  None
Date(s):  January 14
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Milford Nature Center


FRIENDS OF ANIMALS PET FAIR

The Pet Fair is a fundraising activity for the local animal shelter and the Friends of Animals. Activities include booths with pet-related items, activities and contests for both people and pets, raffles, a pet walk, food, veterinarian’s service, and more! 

Ages/Grades:  All ages
Time(s):  9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Saturday
Place:  4-H/Senior Citizens Center
Cost:  There is a small entry fee to attend that covers the cost of event participation and lunch.  All proceeds are used for pet rescue.
Date(s):  May 6
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Friends of Animals


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GENDERING THE HOLOCAUST—A FRANK TALK LECTURE SERIES PROGRAM

Shelly Cline, the Historian at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in Overland Park, Kansas will be at the library to discuss the SS Aufseherinnen (female guards) in the World War II concentration camp system and the responsibilities of the women involved in the Holocaust. In the spirit of research Kline spent a year touring and sometimes staying in the concentration camps, "staying where the prisoners lived and died." Her ongoing research project is supported by grants from the University of Kansas and the Universtät of Hamburg. Frank Talk was created to honor the memory of Carol Franklin, a former assistant director of the library.  The intent of this series is to bring authors, illustrators and other book industry professionals to the community.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):  1:30 p.m.
Day(s):  Sunday
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  April 9
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


JUNCTION CITY LITTLE THEATER

Join us for our spring productions!

Crimes of the Heart
February 10–12
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
(Auditions closed in December)
C.L. Hoover Opera House

The Laramie Project
March 24–26
Times to be announced
(Auditions February 15–16, 6:30–8:30 p.m.)
JCLT Annex Building

Grease
April 27–30
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
(Auditions February 12–13, 6:00 p.m.  Callbacks February 14, 6:00 p.m.)
C.L. Hoover Opera House


RECENTLY RELEASED—MOVIES @ THE LIBRARY

The library has developed a new film series which features recently released movies on DVD.  Titles being offered this spring were issued in DVD format in the fall of 2016.  So, if you missed that movie that you wanted to see in the theater, or you are tired of waiting for your name to come up on the reserve list, come to the library to enjoy a free movie showing on our big screen. (If a movie is rated PG-13, children younger than 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult).

Ages/Grades:  Families and adults
Time(s):  6:30 p.m.
Day(s):  Tuesdays
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  January 10—BFG rated PG
February 14—Star Trek Beyond rated PG-13
March 14—Nine Lives rated PG
April 11—Wild Oats rated PG-13
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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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.
Day(s):  Fridays
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  February 3 and April 14
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


WINTER CARNIVAL

The carnival brings together area organizations that serve families of early learners. Each organization has a booth with a game and prizes. Carnival games are free, but tickets may be purchased for 10 cents each as a fundraiser for the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library’s book donation program.

Ages/Grades:  All ages and families
Time(s):  9:00 a.m.–Noon
Day(s):  Saturday
Place:  Municipal Building Gym
Cost:  None
Date(s):  January 28
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Geary County Infant Toddler Services


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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):  First Session: February 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28 and April 4 (Register by February 20)
Second Session: April 18 and 25, May 2, 16, 23 and 30 (Register by April 17)
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


ONLINE LANGUAGE LEARNING WITH MANGO LANGUAGES

The Dorothy Bramlage Public Library subscribes to Mango Languages, a language-learning database that combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are available in two versions. Mango Basic teaches every day greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to the beginner. Its courses require only two to five hours of time to complete and include forty-five foreign languages and fifteen ESL courses. Mango Complete offers one hundred lesson courses that are designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture and which are available in thirty-one foreign languages and fourteen ESL classes. To learn more about Mango visit the library's home page and click on the Mango Languages link under State Library Resources. 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

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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:  $230
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


BASIC PARENTING

The goal of the Basic Parenting class 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.

Class #1
January 31–March 7
9:00–11:00 a.m.
Geary County K-State Research & Extension Conference Room, 119 E. 9th Street
Register by January 27

Class #2
March 28–May 2
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Junction City YMCA, 1703 McFarland Road
Register by March 24

Ages/Grades: Parents with children ages toddler to teen
Days: Tuesdays
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.
Sponsored by:  Geary County K-State Research and Extension


COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES

Services offered include blood pressure checks, immunizations, paternity testing, pregnancy testing, preventative screenings, RN early prenatal care, school physicals, STI screening and treatment. If health issues are discovered during the course of the assessments which are beyond the scope of the clinic, appropriate referrals will be made by the health care provider.

Time(s):/Day(s): 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday–Thursday and 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Friday
Place:  Geary County Health Department
Cost: Services are based on your income
Registration deadline: Clients are seen on an appointment basis to minimize waiting periods.  Nurse walk-ins are available. Call (785) 762-5788 to make an appointment.
Sponsored by:  Geary County Health Department


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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 9–February 13
March 6–April 10
May 1–June 12 (no class held May 29)
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


FAMILY FUN DAY

Mark your calendar for June 2 for the annual Family Fun Day sponsored by the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program.  This event will promote summer health and include many games and prizes. Call the Geary County Health Department for more details at 785-762-5788


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 (except January) at 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Date(s):  January 10, February 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2

Cooking Classes (with Geary County K-State Research and Extension)
Quick and easy meals will be prepared with tastings during class.

Day(s):  First Thursday of each month
Time(s):/Date(s):  10:00 a.m., January 5
4:00 p.m., February 2
10:00 a.m., March 2
4:00 p.m., April 6
10:000 a.m., May 4

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, 785-762-5788 or 785-762-5682, to register or request a class or for additional information.
Sponsored by: Geary County Health Department


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GEARY COUNTY INFANT TODDLER SERVICES

Geary County Infant Toddler Services provides services for families with children birth to 36 months of age with developmental delays. Services are provided in the child’s natural environment which may include home or daycare. The Infant Toddler team consists of but is not limited to Early Childhood Special Educators, Speech Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist. Early intervention can make a difference!

Ages/Grades: For families with children birth to 36 months of age.
Time(s): By appointment (evening visits available)
Day(s): Monday–Friday
Place: Family home, daycare or playgroups, according to family preference and need.
Cost: None
Date(s): Scheduled by appointment year round
Registration deadline: On-going, year-round services
Sponsored by: Coordinated through USD 475. Call 785-717-4130 for additional information.


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


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


 

Visit the Milford Nature Center!

Open year-round
Monday–Friday
9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
& April-September
Saturdays and Sundays
1:00–5:00 p.m.

Admission is free!

The center is open on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

Milford Nature Center
3415 Hatchery Drive
Junction City, KS  66441

785-238-LEAF

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 18, April 22 and May 20 (Please note that all dates are tentative and subject to change.  Visit the website 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


RAISING CHICKENS I—STARTING OFF RIGHT

There seems to be an increased interest in chickens.  Whether you are looking at "homesteading," making Colonel Sanders happy, or simply love eggs, there are many things you should know to be successful.  Don't commit to poultry until you know these basics. If your chicken project involves children, bring them along.  This class will take you from the decision process to the baby chicks.

Ages/Grades:  Adults and families
Time(s):  7:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Wednesday
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):  February 15
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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RAISING CHICKENS II—PUTTING MEAT AND EGGS ON THE TABLE

Your garage is filled with adorable chicks, now what do you do?  Panic and run! Don't be silly, the fun has just begun.  Let's turn your downy little friends into fried chicken, egg producing super girls, or just something novel and curious for the yard.  More importantly, if you play things right, you will get more entertainment from them in thirty minutes than you will get from watching TV all night...but it will not all be fun and games.  Come find out why.

Ages/Grades:  Adults and families
Time(s):  7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Wednesday
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):  March 15
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


RAISING CHICKENS III—EVERYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO KNOW BUT FORGOT TO ASK

You've got your birds, and life is good, but what about housing, nest eggs, proper feed for adult chickens?  Should you panic regarding sickness or disease?  How about getting rid of waste?  What will you do with all those eggs?  This session will attempt to answer these questions and many more. Regardless, please remember, if raising chickens was as complicated as some authors suggest, no one could do it.  You will do fine.

Ages/Grades:  Adults and families
Time(s):  7:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Wednesday
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):  April 19
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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Seniors Activities


KEYS TO EMBRACING AGING PROGRAM

Keys to Embracing Aging is an interactive program that highlights 12 keys aimed at helping you to grow old gracefully, successfully, and with increased longevity, based primarily on findings from centenarian studies and the advice from those who participated. Keys to Embracing Aging will influence attitude, nutrition, physical activity, brain health, social activity, technology, safety, medical literacy, stress management, financial security, sleep, and taking time for yourself.  For more information contact Deb Andres, Geary County K-State Research and Extension, 785-238-4161.

Ages/Grades:  Ages 55 and over
Time(s):  11:30 a.m.
Day(s):  2nd Tuesday of each month
Place:  4-H/Senior Citizens Center, 1025 S. Spring Valley Road
Cost:  None
Date(s):  January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Geary County K-State Research & Extension


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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WALKING FOR FITNESS

Join us every day 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.–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


Rolling Meadows Golf Course logo
6514 Old Milford Road
Milford, KS 66514
(785) 238-4303

The Best 4-Star Value in Kansas

Rolling Meadows Golf Course, rated 4 1/2 Stars by Golf Digest as one of the top places to play golf in the Sunflower State, stretches over 160 acres of north central Kansas.  Tree-lined, bent and rye-grass fairways, twenty-nine sand bunkers and six lakes combine to challenge golfers of all levels. True to its name, the rolling hills of the Flint Hills and open prairie vistas make this a course to visit again and again.  Take a break and make a golf escape to Rolling Meadows Golf Course—one of the best kept secrets in Kansas!  Visit our web site at jcrollingmeadows.com.

ANNUAL FEES


With the annual fees options from Rolling Meadows Golf Course, you have the opportunity to make your golfing budget go further than it ever has before. Fees are available for virtually every household and budget. We've got one that's just right for you!

PRO SHOP


Stop by our pro shop to get the latest in golf equipment and apparel. We have everything you need for a day on the course or a full season of golfing fun. If your items of choice are not in stock, we'll be happy to order them and ship them to you. Check out our online pro shop as well to get gift certificates and other accessories for your friends and family.

PRACTICE FACILITIES


Improve your swing at our dedicated driving range. Whether you're trying to lengthen your drive or hone your short game skills, this is the perfect place to ensure an improved game of golf.

CO-ED ADULT VOLLEYBALL

Bump, set, & spike your way to a win! Bring your team out for the Junction City Parks and Recreation Department’s coed volleyball league. Teams of six will compete for the championship starting this January!  Call the 12th Street Community Center, 785-238-7529, for more information.

Ages/Grades:  Ages 16 and over      
Time(s):  6:00–9:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Tuesdays
Place:  12th Street Community Center
Cost:  $80 per team
Date(s):  January 3–February 14
Registration deadline:  December 22
Sponsored by:  Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


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.

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


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OPEN GYM

Come in and enjoy our climate controlled gym for free. Utilize the stroller-friendly gym to walk (12 laps around the gym equals 1 mile!) and play basketball.  Just come to the front desk and get signed up for a free membership. Call the 12th Street Community Center, 785-238-7529, for more information.  (Note:  Rental of the gym for private use requires a fee and deposit.)

Ages/Grades:  All ages         
Time(s):/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; 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 Recreation Department


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


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Swimming


Junction City Municipal Swimming Pool
Opens:
Summer 2017
Accommodations:
Olympic Size Pool
Intermediate Pool
Baby Pool
3 Water Slides
2 Diving Boards (Low and High)
Spray Park
Restrictions:
No alcohol
Fees:
Single Admission: $3/person
Single Season Pass: $45/person
Family Season Pass: $150/family of 4
$30 each additional family member
Facility Rental: $50/Hour + Lifeguard Fees
Internet access:
No
Contact:
Contact Pool Manager, 785-762-6422, 1001 West 5th Street, for additional information including pool party rental.

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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): January 6, March 3 and May 5
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Junction City Parks and Recreation Department 


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!

January 3: Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Day
Make your own Hobbit feet, solve riddles like a Hobbit, take our trivia challenge, go on a scavenger hunt using your own Bilbo Baggins map, and vote for your favorite Lord of the Rings character!

January 18: AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh Day
Pin the tail on Eeyore, make your own "Hunny pot," find out some wisdom from Owl, make a Winnie the Pooh face, get a red balloon (because red balloons are Eeyore's favorite), and read a Winnie the Pooh story.

February 15: Norman Bridwell's Clifford Day
Make a Clifford craft, read to Clifford, find things that are big and small, scavenger hunt for red, and guess how many dog bones are in the jar!

March 2: Dr. Seuss Day
Wear a hat in the library, do a rhyme find, see a real green egg, take the Seuss tongue twister challenge, make some Seuss spoon puppets, read a Dr. Seuss story, and create your own made-up word!

April 23, 2:00–4:00 p.m.: Maya Angelou Meets Shakespeare
Celebrate these two poets' April birthdays and National Poetry Month! Discover why Maya Angelou thought Shakespeare had to have been a black girl, merge these two poets' works together to create a new poem, learn quick but powerful poetry techniques, and take our Shakespearean challenge!

May 4: Star Wars Day
Create a Chewbacca hand puppet, make your own Ewok ears or Princess Leia buns, go on a scavenger hunt to get wisdom from Yoda, enter our trivia quiz prize drawing, and generate your own Star Wars name.

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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BOOKS AND BALLOONS

Every celebration needs balloons. So in celebration of National Library Week (April 9–14), we’re going balloon happy with these activities!

April 8–May 8:  Up with Books
This month, for every children’s or young adult book you read, you can fill out a balloon at the library. Every balloon you fill out earns you a chance to win in our drawing to give away a prize copy of Disney’s Up.

April 8–May 20:  Traveling Balloon Fundraiser
Stop by the library to buy a tag for a traveling balloon. Tags will request the finder of the balloon to call and let us know where the balloon was found. The person whose balloon traveled the farthest wins a prize! Tags may be purchased for $1 apiece. All proceeds go toward Dorothy Bramlage Public Library’s community book donation program.

May 25, 4:00 p.m.:  Balloon Launch
Join us as we release the balloons and set them on their journeys! (part of the 2017 Summer Reading Kickoff Event)

Ages/Grades:  All ages
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None except Traveling Balloon Fundraiser at $1 per tag
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


Coronado Area Council
Boy Scouts of America

It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and in other ways prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in order that they might achieve their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Boy Scout Oath and Law.  For more information about Scouting programs in your area, contact Ryan Pickett at 785-587-1818 or ryan.pickett@scouting.org.

Ages/Grades: Boys in Grade 1–age 20 and girls ages 14–20.  Programs include:

• Tiger Cubs:  boys 7 years old or in 1st grade
• Cub Scouts:  boys 2nd–5th grade
• Scouts:  boys 6th grade and over
• Varsity Scouts:  boys age 14–18
• Explorers:  co-ed occupation-based program for young adults ages 14 - 20
• Adventuring:  co-ed outdoor recreation program for young adults ages 14–20

Cost:  $24.00 annual registration fee
Registration:  Ongoing

CHICAGO

Chicago is a buzz center for historical coolness. Come discover why. Toy-making, World Fair firsts and fun, gangster tales, sports mania, the story that grossed out a president, and more all await! (a STEAM event)

Ages/Grades:  All ages
Time(s):  6:30–8:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Friday
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost:  None
Date(s):  April 21
Registration deadline:  April 19
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 15, March 19 and May 7
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Junction City Parks and Recreation Department 


EXPLORERS

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade will discover the fun of learning at these once-a-month classes. The 1:00 p.m. session is perfect for the school day activities of home school families while the 4:15 p.m. class is a natural for an after-school activity. This semester our theme is "Great Explorations." Each month we will take a scientific and/or historic look at different explorers and the places they discovered. Children attending at least 3 of the 4 sessions will receive a prize at the end of the semester. Classes typically last 30–45 minutes. Pre-registration is required. (STEAM events)

January 19:  Lean, Mean Viking Machine
Make models of Viking ships! Learn to write and decode Viking names and words! Explore Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland!
Register by:  January 17

February 16:  Secrets of the Trade
Find out just what Marco Polo found in his explorations of India! Make "purchases" at a trading station! And of course—play Marco Polo!
Register by:  February 14

March 16:  Around & Around & Around We Go!
The Age of Exploration was a scientific wonderland. Discover the tools explorers used to find their way around the globe, and make one of these tools yourself!
Register by:  March 14

April 20:  Sea & Stones & Capt. Cook's Bones
Team up with James Cook in his travels across the Pacific! Make a device to pull Easter Island statues across the island! Investigate the Great Barrier Reef!
Register by:  April 18

Ages/Grades:  Grades Kindergarten–5
Time(s):  1:00 p.m. or 4:15 p.m.
Day(s):  Third Thursday of each month during the school year
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost:  None
Registration deadline: Two days prior to each class
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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FAMILY IMAGINATION STATION

Join us the first Tuesday of each month for this night set aside for parents and children to play and discover together! Activities are geared toward elementary-aged children and tweens, but the whole family is welcome and sure to have a blast. (Preschool-aged children may need assistance from parents or older siblings to complete some projects.) Parental attendance is strongly encouraged.

February 7:  Valentine Create and Take Fun
Just in time to say I ♥ U, we’re getting creative with all things Valentines. Make these fun crafts to give away to family or friends or to take home for yourself.

March 7:  March Madness
We’ve got this one in the hoop! Come celebrate March Madness with us as we make team flags, do a basketball relay, do basketball art with bubble wrap (because that has to be fun!), and more! We’re going to have a ball!

April 4:  Code Crime Solvers
Detectives wanted! A crime has been committed, but the key to solving it is in code! Learn the skills to decipher the code and take the criminal down!

May 2:  Adventures in Bookland
We’re going on a journey to a fabulous place called Bookland. Travel through this land with us to discover the wonder of stories it holds, and even meet some characters from these stories!

Ages/Grades:  All ages and families
Time(s):  6:00–7:00 p.m.
Day(s):  First Tuesday of each month
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost:  None
Registration deadline:  None
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


FOREVER YOUNG ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

The Forever Young Adult book club is an informal monthly meeting designed to bring together teen and adult readers to discuss Young Adult fiction. Just because they're called "Young Adult" books doesn't mean they're only for young readers. The stories in YA fiction speak to readers young and old. So whether you are the target audience (young adults) or you just enjoy the stories, come join in on the fun! For one book selection, we will combine with The Movie Was Better? book group to discuss the book and view its movie adaptation.

Ages/Grades: High school age and adults
Time(s):  7:00 p.m. (except March at 6:30 p.m.)
Day(s):  1st Wednesday of each month (except 2nd Thursday in March)
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street (except March in library meeting room)
Cost: None
Date(s):  January 4—I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
February 1—Feed by M. T. Anderson
March 9—Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Joint meeting with The Movie Was Better?)
April 5—Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
May 3—An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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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):  10:00 a.m.
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


Where do girls discover new skills, connect with others locally and globally and take action to make a difference in their communities and beyond? Where can girls explore a safe place to build up their self-assurance and strengthen their values by connecting with community? What is this amazing place where girls can build courage, confidence and character? Girls Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri of course!

Join the movement and become a mentor for the next generation of leaders. Consider volunteering! Our girls need your support. Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri offers the benefits of Girl Scouting to around 300 girls and 100 adult volunteers in Geary County and 25,000 girls and over 8,000 adult volunteers throughout our 47 counties in NE Kansas and NW Missouri.

For more information, contact Margaret Moore at 1-800-432-0286 or margaretmoore@gsksmo.org.

Ages: Grades Kindergarten–12
Cost: $15 per year
Registration deadline:  Ongoing
Sponsored by:  Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri

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):  Saturday
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: $15.00 per participant for 1 day or $25 per participant for 2 days
Date(s):  February 18 & February 25
Registration deadline:  February 10
Sponsored by:  Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


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): 10:00a.m.–11:00a.m.
Day(s):  Wednesdays
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost:  $20 for 6 classes
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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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 January 24 and continue through April 6.

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 has changed to accommodate families with children of multiple ages. Now, 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):  January 24–April 6
Registration deadline: Ongoing
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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GEARY COUNTY 4-H
4-H is well known for providing fun experiences and developing skills in youth that they carry with them throughout their lifetime. The program helps young people to accomplish their goals and reach their full potential. 4-H has something for everyone! For more information, call 238-4161 or visit geary.ksu.edu.

  • Blue Line 4-H Club meets 2nd Sunday of each month at the 4-H/Senior Citizens Center
  • Brookside 4-H Club meets 2nd Monday of each month at the 4-H/Senior Citizens Center
  • Clarks Creek 4-H Club meets 2nd Monday of each month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
  • Humboldt Creek 4-H Club meets 4th Monday of each month at the 4-H/Senior Citizens Center
  • Lyon Creek 4-H Club meets 4th Sunday of each month at the 4-H/Senior Citizens Center

Ages/Grades:  Ages 7–18
Cost: None
Registration deadline:  Ongoing
Sponsored by:Geary County K-State Research and Extension

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):  March 16–17
Registration deadline:  March 10
Sponsored by:  Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


SATURDAY @ THE LIBRARY LABORATORY

We’re reinventing Saturday @ the Library Laboratory! Two special events will be held each semester as we bring learning to life with these fun-filled activities. Saturday @ the Library Laboratory is designed for preschool and elementary-aged children, but it is open to the whole family.

February 18—Bug Day @ the Library
We’re bugging out! Join us for this scientific, artistic, and just plain fun investigation of bugs. K-State’s Popenoe Entomology Club will be here with bug and butterfly displays, we’ll have bug identification games, we’ll make bug hats and bug art and bug buddies, and we’ll have tasty bug treats. If you’re a bug-lover, you don’t want to miss this one—and if you’re not, maybe you will be before Bug Day ends! (a STEAM event)

April 8—Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt @ Heritage Park
Not your typical Easter egg hunt! We’re testing your abilities to follow clues and instructions to discover where the Easter Bunny has hidden her special eggs. Prizes will be awarded to each finder of the egg. Clues will be divided into three categories: those appropriate for preschool children, those for children in grades 1-2, and those for children in grades 3–5. (Hunt is subject to cancellation in the case of inclement weather.)

Ages/Grades:  All ages and families
Time(s):  10:00 a.m.
Day(s):  Saturday
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library (unless otherwise noted)
Cost:  None 
Registration deadline:  None
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 for family, food and fun!  Enjoy the bounce house from Water’s True Value, hot dogs from Armour-Eckrich, 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 Kindergarten–8
Time(s):  4:00–8:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Friday
Place:  12th Street Community Center
Cost:  None
Date(s):  May 26
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


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SPRING BREAK AT THE LIBRARY LABORATORY

We’ve gone mad this spring break! And we’re so excited about it!

Mad about Books Read-a-Thon:  Read and do some madly entertaining activities off our read-a-thon guides to earn prizes during this 10-day reading program. The read-a-thon is open to young people ages 0–17. Read-a-thon guides will be available beginning March 17 and must be turned in to the library by March 27.

Mad Science Week:  It’s Mad Science (almost) all week long! Class size is limited. Advance registration is required for each event by March 15. (STEAM events)

Solar Science—Monday, March 20, 1:00–3:00 p.m. (grades 2–6)
Greetings, earthlings! Space out with us as an expert from Hutchinson’s Cosmosphere comes to bring space down to earth!

Science Underground—Tuesday, March 21, 1:00–2:00 p.m. (grades 2–5)
The Geary County Conservation Department is taking us on an underground adventure to see what grows and crawls down deep.

Lab Rats—Wednesday, March 22, 1:00–3:00 p.m. (grades 4–6)
Here’s where mad science truly happens—the chemistry lab! Join Cloud County Community College’s chemistry teacher Cindy Lamberty for some fun experiments and scientific, eyebrow-raising wonder!

Stuck up and Stuck Together—Thursday, March 23, 1:00–2:00 p.m. (grades K–2)
Young learners get to discover simple physics through some experiments and play with static electricity and magnets. It’ll be hair-raising fun!

May the Force Be with You—Thursday, March 23, 2:30–3:30 p.m. (grades 6–8)
Discover just how cool physics can be as we get creative with magnets and molecules. Even the impossible will become possible.

Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  March 17–27
Registration deadline: March 15 for all Mad Science Week events
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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SUMMER READING BOOKMARK CONTEST

Artists, share your talent with readers throughout our community! Each year Dorothy Bramlage Public Library sponsors the Summer Reading Bookmark Contest, inviting community members to create bookmarks based on the upcoming Summer Reading theme. Entry forms will be available at the library and distributed through Geary County Schools beginning February 15.  Entries are limited to one per person.

To qualify, original 2-D designs must

A total of 10 first place winners (one from each grade K–6, one from grades 7–8, one from grades 9–12, and one from adults) will be chosen by judges from local organizations by April 21. These winners' bookmarks will be printed in color and distributed to participants in the library's Summer Reading Program. Creators of first-place winning bookmarks will be awarded a small prize package that includes a pack of bookmarks to give to friends and family. Winners will be publicly recognized at the library's Summer Reading Kick-off event on May 25.

Ages/Grades:  Grade school, middle school, and high school students and adults
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  February 15 through March 31 (for submissions)
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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TEEN AFTER HOURS

Teens are invited to join us for some fun activities and events! Registration (including parental permission/signature) is required prior to each program.

January 20—Time Warp: Soul of the 60s
Get hip to the groove with a rad investigation of 60s culture, music, protests, and art.  Discover how a decade changed the nation!
Registration:  January 2–January 18

February 17—Mad Hatter Matter
If you’re a word nerd, this night is for you! We have Mad Lib craziness, tongue twister competitions, riddles, and nonsense language fun lined up. (They keep getting out of line. What is the matter? They're mad like the hatter!)
Registration:  January 20–February 15

March 17—Spy Night
Decipher a secret message. Discover the stories of some famous spies in history. Get a code name. (I want one of those!) Make a magnifying glass—out of a pop bottle. (It'll make things you look at "pop" out! Hee hee hee) (a STEAM event)
Registration:  February 17–March 15

April 21—Chicago
This special Teen after Hours is open to all ages. Chicago is a buzz center for historical coolness. Come discover why. Toy-making, World Fair firsts and fun, gangster tales, sports mania, the story that grossed out a president, and more all await! (a STEAM event)
Registration:  March 17–April 19

May 19—Pizza Party
School's almost out. Woohoo! Come celebrate with us and play some games that you may or may not have heard of. We'll bring the pizza.
Registration:  April 21–May 17

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


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TELLIN’ TAILS: A READ-TO-A-DOG PROGRAM

Read-to-a-dog programs increase literacy skills for struggling readers. Tellin’ Tails provides young people (grades 1–12) 15 minutes of read-aloud time with certified therapy dog Chevelle. Reading times are limited. Advance registration is required.

Ages/Grades:  Grades 1–12
Time(s): 4:30–4:45, 4:45–5:00, 5:00–5:15 p.m.
Day(s):  Mondays (except Wednesday on February 1)
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):  February 1, 13, 27; March 6, 13, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24
Registration deadline:  Reading times open until filled
Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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:  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 (wireless high-speed cable connection)


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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