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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.

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

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Books and Reading


DISCOVERING YOUR NEXT GREAT READ

Are you stumped about what to read next? Is your "to-read" list dwindling quickly? Maybe you have an impending vacation and no good book in sight. This class will teach you about online resources that can help point you in the right direction toward books you'll love.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 2:00 p.m.
Day(s): Wednesdays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): May 24 or August 9
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class
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 our June selection, we will combine with The Movie Was Better? book group, as well as Ladies of the Night, Mahogany Readers, and Mystery Club, to discuss the book and view its movie adaptation.

Ages/Grades: High school age and adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m. (except June at 6:30 p.m.)
Day(s): 1st Wednesday of each month (except June on 1st Thursday and July on 2nd Wednesday)
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street (except March in library meeting room)
Cost: None
Date(s): 
May 3—An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
June 1—Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (movie and book discussion)
July 12—Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
August 2—Legend by Marie Lu
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 June)
Day(s): First Monday of each month (Except June on 1st Thursday)
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street (except June in library meeting room)
Cost: None
Date(s):
May 1—The Summer before the War by Helen Simonson
June 1—Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (movie and book discussion)
July 10—How to be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
August 7—Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
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. (except June at 6:30 p.m.)  
Day(s): First Thursday of each month (except 2nd Thursday in July)
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library (except July at La Fiesta)
Cost: None
Date(s):
May 4—Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis
June 1—Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (movie and book discussion)
July 13—Getting Mother’s Body by Suzan-Lori Parks
August 3—Faithful by Kim Cash Tate
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 some friendly discussions about books and movies across various genres and ratings, and find an answer to the end-all question: Which was better? Book discussions follow each film comparing and contrasting the book and "its" movie. Books for the next month's discussion will be available on movie night.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 6:30 p.m.
Day(s): 2nd Thursday of each month (except June on 1st Thursday)
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library 
Cost: None
Date(s):
May 11—Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams/ movie 2005 release
June 1—Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly/movie 2016 release
July 13—The Martian by Andy Weir/movie release 2015
August 10—Solaris by Stanislaw Lem/movie release 2002
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


MYSTERY CLUB

There are no usual suspects in this semester's selected readings for the Mystery Club. Each of the titles has a unique take on the genre that keeps members turning the pages until the wee hours. The June meeting will be on a special day and time with a group of very special people, the members of all of the other discussion groups!

Ages/Grades: High school age and adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m. (except June at 6:30 p.m.)
Day(s): 2nd Tuesday of each month (except June on 1st Thursday)
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street (except June in library meeting room)
Cost: None
Date(s):
May 9—Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
June 1—Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (movie and book)
July 11—Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
August 8—The Second Girl by David Swinson
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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Business and Finance


BRING BALANCE TO YOUR BUDGET

Bring Balance to Your Budget is a presentation designed to help you sharpen your spending and saving strategy. You’ll learn more about: setting your personal goals; balancing saving, spending, and borrowing; strategies for controlling debt and improving your credit scores; and practical saving options for now through retirement.

Instructor: Lisa Deibler-Miller—Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Thursday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): June 22
Registration deadline: June 20
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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): May 4, June 1, July 6 and August 3
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, nights and weekends only.
Place: Cloud County Community College–Geary County Campus
Cost: Fees start at $114 and include Segment I. Segment II-Behind-the-Wheel Driving is additional depending upon license type.
Registration deadline: Email Maleah Cherico at mcherico@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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RÉSUMÉ REFRESH—CLASS & WORKSHOP

Whether you’re starting a job search or seeking to change positions, most employers will request a résumé. This class will cover the basics of building a resume and the dos and don’ts. Then students will have time to type up or work on their resume and ask questions. Students will need basic computer skills and a written or printed version of their job and education history.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):/Day(s):/Date(s):
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 14
2:00 p.m., Friday, July 28
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 23
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class
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): 1:00 p.m.
Day(s): Thursday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): May 11
Registration deadline: May 10
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


EMAIL ESSENTIALS

Signing up for email is easy. It’s keeping up with it that’s the trick. This class will cover the basics of using your new (or old) email account to its full potential: Deleting multiple emails at once, sorting and organizing the emails you want to keep, blocking spam and unsubscribing from newsletters, recovering passwords, printing documents, and more.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 2:00 p.m.
Day(s): Wednesdays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): May 10 or July 12
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., May 17
7:00 p.m., June 21
1:00 p.m., August 16
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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LEARNING WITH LYNDA.COM

Lynda.com is an online resource featuring high-quality video tutorials that help anyone learn or improve business, software, technology, and creative skills. Lynda resources are free with your Dorothy Bramlage Public Library card. Come learn how Lynda.com works and what it has to offer you.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Wednesdays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): June 28 or August 30
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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

Is technology leaving you behind? Do you want to brush up your computer skills? Would you like tips on the best way to do research or find what you need online? If so, call the library to schedule 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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SMARTPHONE AND TABLET ASSISTANCE

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

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):/Day(s):/Dates(s): By appointment
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: None
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., May 23
2:00 p.m., July 11
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


ARTS & MEMORIES

Let your wish be my design with paper art and wood burning. All projects will be made from the instructor’s original designs.

Instructor:  Rita Kraushaar from Riley, Kansas
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 3:00 p.m. (except August at 1:30 p.m.)
Days(s): Thursdays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: Materials fee varies with each project
Date(s):
May 11—Pyro (wood burning) quilt block $15
July 13—Christmas in July Old World Santa $18
August 24—Adult Color & Cut Paper Dolls $10
Registration deadline: One week prior to each class including materials fee payment
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


BARN QUILT BLOCK CLASS

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

Instructor:  Helen Haynes
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Day(s): Saturdays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $40.00
Date(s): June 17 or August 5
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 24 years of basket weaving experience.
Ages/Grades: Ages 15 and older. Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Time(s): 6:00–9:00 p.m. (ending time approximate)
Day(s): Fourth Monday (except June on Wednesday)
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: Materials fee varies with each project
Date(s):
June 28—Flag Basket $25
July 24—Market Basket $25
August 28—Hanging Key Basket $18
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: $10 materials fee
Date(s):
June 12—Papermaking
July 10—Flower Pot Decorating
August 14—Wine Bottle Painting
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class date including materials fee payment (except June class on 5/30 due to Memorial Day holiday)
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS

In this class you will learn the basics of knitting: casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off.  You will be provided with tips that will help you to successfully create knitting projects.

Instructor: Sue Carpenter
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 1:00 p.m.
Days(s): Saturdays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $10 per class
Date(s): July 8 or August 12
Registration deadline: One week prior to each class including materials fee payment
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


MIXED MEDIA CANVAS ART CLASS

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

Instructor: Heather Scott
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 6:30 p.m.
Days(s): Fridays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $25
Date(s): July 14 or August 25
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class date including material fees payment
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


PAINTING @ GEM STUDIOS

All supplies provided. Alcoholic beverages are allowed at these classes except Ladybug Family Painting. More information and sample images are available at the registration website.

Ages/Grades: Ages 16 and over, except Ladybug Family Painting
Time(s):/Day(s): Most classes held 7:00 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Exceptions noted below.
Place: GEM Studios, 815 N. Jefferson Street
Cost: $25 per person or $80 for a group of 4 for most classes.  Exceptions noted below.
Date(s):
May 6—Ladybug Family Painting (See Youth Activities for details)
May 6—Paris in Spring Painting
May 18—Cactus Painting (7:00–9:00 p.m., Thursday, $30 per person or $100 for a group of 4)
May 19—God Bless America Mixed Media (7:00–9:00 p.m., Friday)
May 20—Swan Lake Painting
June 10—Home Mixed Media
June 17—Purple Lagoon Painting
June 23—Welcome Yard Block (7:00–9:00 p.m., Friday)
June 24—Harvest Time Painting
July 7—Flip Flop Beach Mixed Media (7:00–9:00 p.m., Friday)
July 8—Monogram Wreath Painting ($30 per person or $100 for a group of 4)
July 22—Mermaid Painting
August 4—Cross Mixed Media (7:00–9:00 p.m., Friday)
August 5—Mountain Swan Lake Painting
August 19—Kansas Love Painting
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): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Thursday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): June 15
Registration deadline: June 13
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


STUDIO TIME

The Junction City Arts Council is offering free studio time to adults on Thursday nights!

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 per class
Date(s): June 24, July 22, or August 26
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): June 16, July 28 or August 18
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


GENEALOGY WEBSITES FOR BEGINNERS

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

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 2:00 p.m.
Day(s): Fridays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): May 26 or July 7
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): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s): July 24
Registration deadline: July 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


WRITERS' WORKSHOP

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

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


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): May 11, June 8, July 13, and August 10
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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FARMERS MARKET FRESH

Want to know what to do with those flavorful and fresh purchases you make at the weekly farmers market? Check out our nutrition education booth at the Geary Community Hospital Farmers Market on Thursday evenings this summer! We will have recipes and offer samples of food prepared using fresh farmers market products. Learn how you can make healthier food choices while supporting our local food producers. Contact Deb Andres, 785-238-4161 or dandres1@ksu.edu, with questions or for additional information.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Thursdays
Place: Front parking lot, Geary Community Hospital
Cost: None
Date(s): June 1–September 28
Registration deadline: None
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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WALK 4 FITNESS

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

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 7:00 a.m.–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


WORKOUT DVDS

Choose from our selection of workout DVDs and get to moving! Workout with a group of friends or by yourself. Stop in or call and make your reservation today.

Ages/Grades: Ages 16 and over
Time(s):/Day(s): Available by reservation. Call 785-238-7529 to check availability.
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: $3 per visit or $25 for 20 punch activity card (1 punch for each class)
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


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YOGA

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

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


ZUMBA

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

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


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Health and Wellness


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.

ESSENTIAL OILS @ GEM STUDIOS

Join us for one, some or all of these free classes on essential oils.

Essential Oil Basics
May 24, June 7, July 12, and August 9
Learn the history of essential oils, how essential oils are obtained, how to use essential oils and more! This class is informative for those who are new to oils and those who have used them for decades!

Antioxidants, Free Radicals, S-Orac, and Essential Oils
July 26
Learn about free radicals, antioxidants, the s-ORAC score and how essential oils can affect them in the human body.

Creating a Chemical Free Home with Essential Oils
June 21 and August 2
Learn common chemicals in cleaning products and their known side effects on the human body. Learn new recipes and cleaning tricks with essential oils.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Day(s): Wednesdays
Place: GEM Studios, 815 N. Jefferson Street
Cost: None
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: GEM Studios


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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


ARTS IN THE PARK

Visit the booths of artists and crafters of jewelry, clothing, leather goods, etc. Dine from the barbecue wagon and on other homemade goodies. And, don’t forget the carriage rides, music, and the army encampment. Shop, have lunch, and listen to the music in the bandstand. Enjoy!

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Day(s): Saturday
Place: Heritage Park
Cost: None
Date(s): June 3
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Arts Council


BROWN BAG CONCERT

Free "Concert in the Park" from the great kids of USD 475! Student musicians will perform lunchtime concerts in Heritage Park, so grab a bag lunch and enjoy orchestras and choirs during your lunch break.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Day(s): Wednesdays
Place: Heritage Park
Cost: None
Date(s): May 3 and May 10
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Arts Council


1ST INFANTRY DIVISION BAND CONCERT

Come celebrate the 100th Birthday of the 1st Infantry Division! The 1st ID Band is the musical ambassador for the United States' premier fighting force. Enjoy a variety of pieces as the 1st ID Band entertains you with light overtures, marches, show tunes and big band music of the 40s and 50s.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Day(s): Thursday
Place: C.L. Hoover Opera House
Cost: None
Date(s): May 25
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: C.L. Hoover Opera House


FRIENDS OF ANIMALS PET FAIR & WALK FOR LIFE

Bring your pet for a day full of pet friendly activities! There will be a Low Cost Vaccination Clinic, Micro-Chipping, Walk for Life on Rescue Road, Pet Products Vendor Booths, Silent Auction, Pooch Pie Eating Contest, Kentucky Derby Friends of Animals Style, Tennis Ball Lottery, Raffles, Games, Food & Beverages, and much, much more! All proceeds benefit homeless, neglected and abused animals.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Day(s): Saturday
Place: Geary County 4-H/Senior Citizens Center
Cost: $2 (includes lunch). Children 5 & under get in free.
Date(s): May 6
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Friends of Animals


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GEARY COUNTY FREE FAIR

Exhibits, entertainment, contests, vendors and loads of fun are available at the Geary County Free Fair. Call the Geary County Extension Office at 785-238-4161 for a detailed schedule of events and activities. During the fair call 785-762-3009.

Ages/Grades: All ages welcome
Time(s): 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Day(s): Tuesday–Thursday
Place: Geary County Fairgrounds, 1025 S. Spring Valley Road
Cost: None
Date(s): July 25–27
Registration deadline: 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 24 (exhibit entry deadline)
Sponsored by: Geary County Free Fair Board


JUNCTION CITY BRIGADE BASEBALL

Junction City welcomes back the boys of summer for another season at historic Rathert Stadium. The Brigade is the real deal, winning the coveted Cowdin Cup Championship in 2016 and 2014. Visit our Facebook page, JC Brigade, or our web site, jcbrigade.com, for the details of the 2017 season. Play ball!

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s):/Day(s): Varies
Place: Rathert Stadium
Date(s): Opening day is June 3
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Brigade Baseball Committee


JUNCTION CITY LITTLE THEATER

Join us at the C.L. Hoover Opera House for the productions from our annual Summer Theater Workshops! This year’s productions are:

JCLT Youth Workshop
Princess Whatshername
June 16 & 17
7:00–8:00 p.m.

JCLT Teen Workshop
Guys and Dolls Jr.
June 23 & 24
7:00–8:00 p.m.



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JUNCTION CITY RODEO

Recognized as one of the "largest open rodeos in Kansas," contestants from all over the state come to compete. This is an open competition rodeo which offers competition in several different events and provides exciting action for the entire family to enjoy.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Friday–Saturday
Place: Geary County Fairgrounds
Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6–12. Free for children 5 & under
Date(s): July 14–15
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: JC Rodeo Committee


JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

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

Ages/Grades:  All ages
Time(s): 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Day(s): Saturday
Place: Heritage Park
Cost: None
Date(s): June 10
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: JCKS Juneteenth


NATIONAL BIPLANE FLY-IN

A celebration of antique, vintage and modern biplanes! Whether you just want to watch the biplanes flying or take a ride with one of the pilots, you won't want to miss this experience. Vendors, booths, and much more! Don't miss the world famous "Chris Cakes Pancake Feed" sponsored by the Geary County Historical Society.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): Chris Cakes Pancake Feed, 7:00–10:00 a.m. Activities, aircraft arrivals & flying from dawn to dusk
Day(s): Saturday
Place: Freeman Field, 540 W. 18th Street
Cost: Parking/admission—$5 per carload. Chris Cakes Pancake Feed—$6 per person
Date(s): June 3
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: National Biplane Fly-in Committee


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NEW RED ONION JAZZ BABIES

Since 1980 these Kansas City musicians have been exciting audiences by recreating the New Orleans Jazz sound and specializing in traditional Jazz, Dixieland, Ragtime, Blues, Stomps and more.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 7:30 p.m.
Day(s): Saturday
Place: C. L. Hoover Opera House
Cost: $18 for adults, $15 for military and senior citizens, $5 for children 18 and under
Date(s): May 13
Registration deadline: Visit our web site at jcoperahouse.org for ticket information.
Sponsored by: 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):
May 9—Man Called Ove rated PG-13 (Swedish film with subtitles)
June 13—Sing rated PG
July 11—A Dog’s Purpose rated PG
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library



RUN FOR THE WALL

Veterans from all wars and their supporters will leave Rancho Cucamonga, CA on their annual pilgrimage across the heartland of America to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial—"The Wall"—in Washington D.C. Their mission is to create a groundswell of support for American POW/MIA's from all wars, and to honor the memory of those "Killed in Action" and to help those injured by war to heal. They will honor Junction City with their overnight stop here. There will be a ceremony in Heritage Park upon their arrival. Come out and participate in the "flag line" on Washington Street and welcome these veterans to our community! Run for the Wall recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 4:00 p.m. (flag line forms on Washington Street)
Day(s): Sunday
Place: Heritage Park
Cost: None
Date(s): May 21
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau


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SUNDOWN SALUTE

The largest free multi-day Independence Day celebration in Kansas! Vendors, crafters, carnival, car show, food vendors, fireworks extravaganza, bands playing nightly and much, much more! Don't miss the parade on July 4th at 10:00 a.m. This year's theme is "100 Years Going Strong Big Red One."

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): See schedule of events at sundown-salute.org
Day(s): Friday–Tuesday
Place: Heritage Park
Cost: None
Date(s): June 30–July 4
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Sundown Salute Committee



SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS

The theme for the 2017 signature event is "Chisholm Trail" and will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the famous trail that brought cattle from Texas to Kansas in the years following the Civil War. As in past years, the Kansas City Symphony will perform the sunset concert. Come early and hike, enjoy a talk in the Prairie Pavilions, gaze at the constellations, take a covered wagon ride, or bid on your favorite piece of prairie art.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): Gates open at 12:00 p.m.
Day(s): Saturday
Place: Deer Horn Ranch, K-57 Highway & Ridge Road
Cost: $90 plus sales tax for adults and $50 plus sales tax for children 12 & under
Date(s): June 10
Registration deadline: Tickets available until sold. This event usually sells out each year.
Sponsored by: Symphony in the Flint Hills Committee


TRIVIA NIGHT

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

Ages/Grades: High school age and adults
Time(s): 6:30 p.m.
Day(s): Fridays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): June 9 or August 11
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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Language arts


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

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

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Tuesdays
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s): July 18, and 25; August 1, 15, 22, and 29
Registration deadline: July 17
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


ONLINE LANGUAGE LEARNING WITH MANGO LANGUAGES

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


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Outdoor Life


Your Guide To

Junction City Park Facilities

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

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

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Day(s): Saturday
Place: The Gathering Pond below Milford Lake Dam
Cost: No entry fee but there is a $5 daily vehicle pass for Milford State Park
Date(s): August 12
Registration deadline: Participants must check in by Noon
Sponsored by: Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau


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): May 27, June 17, July 22 and August 19 (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


ROCK SPRINGS FAMILY CAMP

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

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


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Outdoor life—Licensing & safety


Hunting, Fishing, & Furharvesting At A Glance

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

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

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

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


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BOATING SAFETY CLASS

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

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


BOWHUNTER EDUCATION

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

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


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CLOUD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE MSF BASIC RIDER COURSES

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

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):/Day(s): Thursday or Friday evening plus all day on Saturday and Sunday
Place: Geary County Campus—Cloud County Community College
Cost: $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


BABY FAIR

Oh, baby, do we have something in store for moms, dads, and little ones! Dorothy Bramlage Public Library is partnering with Delivering Change to host a special day for parents of babies (as well as expectant parents) to discover what community resources are available and to learn how to keep baby safe and healthy. Geared up Dads and Junction City Fire Department will be present to do car seat safety checks; representatives from KanCare will be available to provide information and sign-up assistance; Dorothy Bramlage Public Library will host a special Brighter Babies session with stories, baby play, and tips on promoting early literacy and brain development; and Delivering Change will have information on wellness checks, immunizations, developmental screenings, and more!

Ages/Grades: Parents of babies (including expectant parents)
Time(s): 10:00 a.m.–noon
Day(s): Saturday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): June 3
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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.

Ages/Grades: Parents with children ages toddler to teen
Cost: $10/single or $15/couple per weekly session or $60/single or $90/couple for all 6 sessions. Cash only or, for a small charge, pay by debit/credit card at the Geary County Extension Office.
Date(s): Call after August 1 for details for next series planned for fall semester.
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):
May 1–June 12 (no class held May 29)
July 24–August 28
Registration deadline: Visit our website at deliveringchange.org or call 785-238-0300 or Flint Hills OB/GYN at 785-223-5555.
Sponsored by: Delivering Change: Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies and the Geary County Perinatal Coalition



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 July) at 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Date(s): May 2, June 6, July 11, August 1

Nutrition and Cooking Classes (with Geary County K-State Research and Extension-SNAP-Ed)
This is a hands-on class that teaches new skills that you can use at home every day—from planning, shopping and cooking tips to simple solutions for healthy eating and daily physical activity.

Day(s): First Thursday of each month (except June and July)
Time(s):/Date(s):
10:00 a.m., May 4
4:00 p.m., August 3

Mommy and Me Cooking Classes (with Geary County K-State Research and Extension-SNAP-Ed)
Hands on nutrition and cooking class for moms and children 4+. Classes are taught in four week series but it is not required that you take all four classes.

Time(s):/Day(s): 2:00 p.m., Wednesdays
Date(s):
First four-class series June 7–June 28 or
Second four-class series July 5–July 26

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

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

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


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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


MILKING MOMMIES

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

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


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



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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): May 9, June 13, July 11 and August 8
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Geary County K-State Research & Extension


PICKLE BALL

Pickle Ball is one of the fastest growing games in the country. It’s an easy-to-learn paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into to a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

Ages/Grades: Ages 50 and over
Time(s): 9:00–11:00 a.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


PUZZLE CLUB

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

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


SENIOR CARD NIGHT

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

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


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WALK 4 FITNESS

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

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


WALKING PATHS

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


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Sports & Races



COORS FREEDOM RUN

Runners can choose from the 5K, 10K, or the 1 Mile Fun Run in the 41st Annual Coors Freedom Run. The awards ceremony will follow the Fun Run. Afterwards, enjoy the Sundown Salute Parade!

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 5K and 10K runs begin at 7:00 a.m. and 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m.
Day(s): Tuesday
Place: Heritage Park
Cost: $25 for 5K and $30 for 10K on race day. Discount available for early registration. The 1 Mile Fun Run is free.
Date(s): July 4
Registration deadline: Visit the manhattanrunningcompany.com web site for registration information and additional details.
Sponsored by: Sundown Salute Committee


DISC GOLF

Always wondered what those baskets at South Park were for? Love being outdoors? Join Tom for some fun and entertaining exercise. Disc Golf is one of the best lifetime fitness sports. It is easy to learn, a healthy activity and accessible to all ages and fitness levels. If you can throw a Frisbee and like to have fun, you can play Disc Golf.

Ages/Grades: Grade 6–adults
Time(s): 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Day(s): Tuesdays
Place: South Park
Cost: $25 per participant (2 discs included with fee)
Date(s): June 6–July 18
Registration deadline: June 3
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/WALK 4 FITNESS

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.

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. Come to the front desk to sign-up for a free membership. (Note: Rental of the gym for private use requires a fee and deposit.)
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



JUNIOR LIFEGUARD PROGRAM

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

Ages/Grades: Ages 7–14
Time(s): 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday–Thursday
Place: Municipal Pool
Cost: $40.00
Date(s): July 10–13
Registration deadline: Register at the 12th Street Community Center. Contact the community center, 785-238-7529, for additional registration information.
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


PARENT-TODDLER SWIM LESSONS

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

Ages/Grades: Ages 6 months–4 years old
Time(s): 6:15–7:00 pm.
Day(s): Monday–Thursday
Place: Municipal Pool
Cost: $35.00
Date(s):
Session I: June 5–June 15
Session II: June 26–July 7 (No class on July 4)
Session III: July 17–July 27
Registration deadline: Register at the 12th Street Community Center. Contact the community center, 785-238-7529, for additional registration information.
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


POOCH PLUNGE

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

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Sunday
Place: Municipal Pool
Cost: None
Date(s): August 13
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


SWIM LESSONS

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

Ages/Grades: Ages 3 and over
Time(s):
Morning Sessions: 9:00–9:45 a.m. or 11:00–11:45 a.m.
Kansas Kids Daycare and Preschool only: 10:00–10:45 a.m.
Evening Sessions: 7:15–8:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday–Thursday
Place: Municipal Pool
Cost: $35.00
Date(s):
Session I: June 5–June 15
Session II: June 26–July 7 (No class July 4))
Session III: July 17–July 27
Registration deadline: Register at the 12th Street Community Center. Contact the community center, 785-238-7529, for additional registration information.
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


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Youth activities


4-H CAMP

Join us for the fun of 4-H Camp in 2017! You can canoe, shoot archery, swim, make crafts, and participate in many other activities while making new friends. Campers live in groups with a teen counselor to help them have a great time. For more information, call 785-238-4161 or geary.k-state.edu/4-h/.

Ages/Grades: Grades 2–7
Time(s):/Day(s):/Date(s): 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 4–1:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 7
Place: Rock Springs 4-H Center, 1168 Highway K-157 (just south of Junction City off Highway 77)
Cost: $225
Registration deadline: May 10
Sponsored by: Geary County K-State Research and Extension


ALL NIGHT SKATE

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

Ages/Grades: Ages 6–12
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m.
Day(s): Friday–Saturday
Place: Spin City Skating Rink
Cost: $25.00 (Includes dinner and breakfast)
Date(s): May 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!

May 4: Star Wars Day
Create a Chewbacca hand puppet, make your own Yoda 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.

Monday, June 26: Eric Carle Day (observed)
Create a very hungry caterpillar necklace, do a Little Cloud activity, play a Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear/Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See game, and read an Eric Carle book!

Monday, July 31: J.K. Rowling Harry Potter Day
Create your own wizard’s wand, find the golden snitch, take a Harry Potter personality test, test your Harry Potter trivia skills, and more! The library will also host a special 4:00 p.m. movie showing of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Thursday, August 10: Suzanne Collins Hunger Games Day
Take part in our Hunger Games trivia battle, create a Mocking Jay pin craft, see if you can find where Rue is hiding, test your mocking jay skills via the game Simon, and create a black-out poem about the Dark Days (in connection to August’s total solar eclipse)!

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


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CHRISTIAN SKATE NIGHT

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

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Day(s): Sundays
Place: Spin City Skating Rink
Cost: $4.00
Date(s): May 7, June 25, July 16, and August 13
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


FAMILY IMAGINATION STATION: ADVENTURES IN BOOK LAND

Join us for the last imagination station of the spring semester. 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!
(Preschool-aged children may need assistance from parents or older siblings to complete some projects.) Parental attendance is strongly encouraged.

Ages/Grades: All ages and families
Time(s): 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Tuesday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): May 2
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 that brings 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 our June selection, we will combine with The Movie Was Better? book group,as well as Ladies of the Night, Mahogany Readers, and Mystery Club, to discuss the book and view its movie adaptation.

Ages/Grades: High school age and adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m. (except June at 6:30 p.m.)
Day(s): 1st Wednesday of each month (except June on 1st Thursday and July on 2nd Wednesday)
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street (except June in library meeting room)
Cost: None
Date(s):
May 3—An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
June 1—Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (movie and book discussion)
July 12—Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
August 2—Legend by Marie Lu
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library



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JUNIOR LIFEGUARD PROGRAM

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

Ages/Grades: Ages 7–14
Time(s): 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday–Thursday
Place: Municipal Pool
Cost: $40.00
Date(s): July 10–13
Registration deadline: Register at the 12th Street Community Center. Contact the community center, 785-238-7529, for additional registration information.
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


KIDZ ZONE, WHERE KIDS COME TO PLAY!

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

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 12:00–6:00 p.m.
Day(s): Friday–Tuesday
Place: Heritage Park, 5th & Jefferson Streets
Cost: None
Date(s): June 30–July 4
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


LADYBUG FAMILY PAINTING

Guided instruction for 2 or 3 painters to paint an adorable ladybug. All supplies provided. Please, no alcoholic beverages at this class. More information and sample image at registration website.

Ages/Grades: Recommended for Kindergarten and up
Time(s): 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Date(s): Saturday
Place: GEM Studios, 815 N. Jefferson Street
Cost: $30 for 2 painters (two 8x10 canvases) or $45 for 3 painters (two 8x10 and one 11x14 canvas)
Date(s): May 6
Registration deadline: Until the class is full. Space is limited to 40 painters. Register at squareup.com/store/gem-studios
Sponsored by: GEM Studios



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MAD SCIENTIST

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

Ages/Grades: Ages 6–10
Time(s): 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Day(s): Friday
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: $15.00 per participant for 1 day or $25 per participant for 2 days
Date(s): June 16 and 23
Registration deadline: June 9
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


MIDDLE SCHOOL MADNESS

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

Ages/Grades: New 6th graders
Time(s): 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Day(s): Friday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): August 4
Registration deadline: August 2
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


MUNCHKIN ART

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

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


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PLAY-WELL INTRO TO STEM WITH LEGO®

Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO®. Build engineer-designed projects such as Boats, Snowmobiles, Catapults and Merry-Go-Rounds. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. There is no prerequisite for this course. Enrollment is limited. Call today!

Ages/Grades: Ages 5–7 or Grades K–2
Time(s): 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday–Friday
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: $25.00 per day, $125.00 for the week. Partial scholarships available. 
Date(s): July 17–21
Registration deadline: Contact Donna at 12th Street Community Center, 785-238-7529, for registration and scholarship information
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


PLAY-WELL STEM CHALLENGE WITH LEGO®, SESSION 1

Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-worlds concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Catapults, Pneumatic Cranes, Arch Bridges, and Battletracks. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level. Enrollment is Limited. Call today!

Ages/Grades: Ages 7–12 or Grades 2–5
Time(s): 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday–Friday
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: $25.00 per day, $125.00 for the week. Partial scholarships available.
Date(s): July 17–21
Registration deadline: Contact Donna at 12th Street Community Center, 785-238-7529, for registration and scholarship information
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


PLAYDATE

Want to meet other parents, get out of the house? Have kids that need friends? 12th Street is a great place to have a playdate. We have a huge gym for the kids to run around in and play basketball. Kids have access to coloring books & crayons and computers as well. Let the kids play while moms and dads get to know each other. Great for parents and kids!

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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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 June 6 and continue through July 27. (No classes will be held July 4 or 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 is designed to accommodate families with children of multiple ages. Two classes are offered at once each day, one held at the library, one held across the street at the Library Corner, according to the schedule noted below.

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

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

Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library or Library Corner
Cost: None
Date(s): June 6–July 27 (no classes July 4 or 6)
Registration deadline: Ongoing
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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ROCK SPRINGS FAMILY CAMP

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

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


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.–2:30 p.m.
Day(s): Thursday–Friday
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: $40.00 (Scholarships are available if qualifications are met.)
Date(s): July 27–28
Registration deadline: July 17
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


SATURDAY @ THE LIBRARY LABORATORY

This summer’s Saturday @ Library Laboratory includes two special events that bring learning to life with fun-filled activities. Saturday @ Library Laboratory is designed for preschool and elementary-aged children, but it is open to the whole family.

Big Cats
10:00 a.m., May 20, Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
No registration required
Did you know Kansas has a wildcat sanctuary? So Kansas is wildcat territory in more ways than one! And we have the opportunity to hear firsthand from one of the wildcat sanctuary educators about these magnificent animals and get our paws into some big cat fun. Join us and the Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory and Education Center for this cat-aclysmic event! (a STEAM event)

American Girl Tea Party
2:00 p.m., July 8, Marriot Convention Center
Registration: June 6–July 6 or until all tables are filled
Young ladies are invited to join us for tea at this special annual event that celebrates the American Girl book series. Dolls and tea attire are welcome but not required. Tea party tables are limited; advance registration is required.

Ages/Grades: All ages and families
Day(s): Saturday
Cost: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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SOLAR ECLIPSE DAY

It hasn’t happened since 1918—a total eclipse visible across the continental United States. But it’s going to happen this August 21, so we’re celebrating with Solar Eclipse Day, an all-day, come-and-go event with fun sun, moon, and eclipse activity stations. Build edible models of the sun and moon (and eat them). Create a flip book of the stages of an eclipse. See how it’s possible for the little moon to hide the very big sun. Learn ancient myths and fun historical facts about eclipses. Plus, get a pair of eclipse glasses (because even when the sun is being eclipsed, looking straight at it can damage your eyes). It’s a day of fun that will be hard to eclipse! (a STEAM event)

Ages/Grades: All ages and families
Time(s): 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): August 21
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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


STATE FAIR: A 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

In honor of the United States' birthday, we're holding a celebration of the states—in more ways than one! Come discover fascinating things about our country's states with an "Interstate Scavenger Hunt," join us for a special State Fair story time, get scientific with "States of Matter," and put creativity to use with "State of the Art Creations." (a STEAM event)

Ages/Grade(s): Pre-K–5th grade
Time(s): 1:45–3:15 p.m.
Day(s): Monday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): July 3
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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SUMMER ART CAMP

Elementary school-aged children will learn a variety of techniques and media, among them painting, watercolor, clay, collage, digital and others.

Ages/Grades: Ages 8–15
Time(s): 9:00 a.m.–Noon
Day(s): Monday–Friday
Place: Junction City Arts Council, C.L. Hoover Opera House
Cost: $50 per week per child.
Date(s): July 10–14, and 17–21
Registration deadline: Register online from the JCAC web site, http://www.junctioncityac.org.
Sponsored by: Junction City Arts Council


SUMMER ART FUN

Come on over and CREATE! The Junction City Arts Council and the 12th Street Community Center have joined together to give your kids a great chance to be creative this summer. And, it’s all free!

Ages/Grades: Ages 6–18
Time(s): 4:00 p.m.
Day(s): Tuesdays
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: None
Date(s): Ongoing
Registration deadline: Call 785-238-7529 for registration information
Sponsored by: Junction City Arts Council and Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


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SUMMER CAMPS @ THE LIBRARY LABORATORY

The Library Laboratory is coming to life this summer with a brand new idea! We’re holding week-long camps all summer long! Read the descriptions below to find the camps that are right for you, and get signed up while there’s still space. Advance registration is required and will be open beginning May 6.

Jr. Justice Police Camp, June 5–8 (grades 6–8)
Go inside the field of law enforcement with tours of the Junction City Police Department (including their K-9 unit and armor cars) and the Geary County Sheriff’s Department (with up-close looks at their drones and robots). Experience a real court trial, and join Parole and Probation for some crime-time expertise. (Sessions held in partnership with JCPD and GCSD will be held at the police station and the sheriff’s department June 5 and 6 from 1:45-3:15. Participants must have arranged transportation.)

Jr. Firefighters, June 12–15 (grades 6–8)
We’re fired up about this one! Take a tour of Junction City Fire Department, discover the world of emergency medics, try your hand at working the fire hoses, and learn CPR.

Super Sleuths, June 19–22 (grades 3–6)
It’s our annual Super Sleuths program with Milford Nature Center! Discover plants and animals up-close and personal through these investigative sessions that reveal just how cool the science of nature can be! (STEAM events)

Fun with Math, June 26–29 (STEAM events)

Sports Blast, July 10–13 (grades 4–6)
It’s a week full of muscle power with boxing and wall-climbing at our local Athletic Training Center (935 W. 4th St), miniature golf at Spin City (915 S. Washington), baseball with the Junction City Brigade (at Dorothy Bramlage Public Library), and taekwondo with JC Taekwondo (117 W. 8th St). We’re calling it Sports Blast because it’s going to be a blast! (Sessions held at ATC, Spin City, and JC Taekwondo July 10, 11, and 13 will begin and end at those locations. Participants must have arranged transportation.)

Mystery Book Mania, July 17–20 (grades 5–7)
The mystery, the suspense, the thrill—discover it all in these hands-on reading workshops that pair fun mystery books and stories with forensic science adventures. (STEAM events)

Engineer It!, July 24–27 (STEAM events)

Celebration of the Arts, July 31–August 3 (STEAM events)

Ages/Grades: Varies. See camp descriptions for age ranges
Time(s): 1:45–3:45 p.m. (except June 5 and 6)
Day(s): Monday–Thursday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library and other locations throughout the community
Cost: None
Registration deadline: Registration begins on May 6 and will continue until camps are full.
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


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SUMMER DRAWING CONTEST: CREATIVE DESIGN

Are you an artist? Enter our summer drawing contest! This summer's theme is "Creative Design." Entries must in some manner reflect this theme. Drawings may be submitted in pencil, ink, or color and will be accepted during our Celebration of the Arts week, July 31–August 3. Prizes will be awarded in each age category for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Original drawings only. (a STEAM event)

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


SUMMER READING KICKOFF EVENT

Let the fun begin! Join us for this special Summer Reading Kickoff Event as area organizations host activities and show off what they have in store for the summer. Milford Nature Center, Junction City Swimming Pool, Geary County Historical Society, Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and more will be present (along with Dorothy Bramlage Public Library). Plus, when you sign up during this event for the Summer Reading Program, a Summer Reading Bookmark Contest winner will be present to autograph a bookmark just for you! Summer Reading Bookmark Contest winners will also be recognized in a brief ceremony. A videographer from Fort Riley will be on hand to record a special red balloon shout-out video wishing the Big Red One a Happy 100th Birthday. It's going to be a blast! (Event is subject to cancellation in the case of inclement weather.)

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 3:00–5:00 p.m. (Happy Birthday video at 4:00 p.m.; Summer Reading Bookmark Contest winner recognition ceremony at 4:30 p.m.)
Day(s): Thursday
Place: Heritage Park
Cost: None
Date(s): May 25
Registration deadline: None
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.

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

June 16: Aviation Night
Join us for our second annual Aviation—Flights of Adventure program! It’s a night to discover humans do have wings (in conjunction with the Flint Hills Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1364. Event held at Freeman Field Airport, 540 W. 18th St.)
Registration: May 19–June 14

July 21: Build Another World
If you could start from scratch to build a world, what would it look like? What would it be like? And how would you make it? It’s a night to think outside the globe and stretch the circumference of imagination as we get a whole lot creative and a little bit philosophical.
Registration: June 16–July 19

Ages/Grades: Grades 6–12
Time(s): 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Day(s): Third Friday of each month (except August)
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library (except June)
Cost: None
Registration deadline: Two days before each event
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: www.1364.eaachapter.org/youthprograms.htm.

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


YOUTH FISHING DERBY

The American Legion Family presents the Geary County Fishing Derby! Rods, reels, tackle and bait will be provided for those who don't have their own. All participants will receive a t-shirt. Prizes for Biggest Fish, Smallest Fish, Most Trash Collected, and more! There will also be a BBQ for participants and family. There will be a meeting for all participants at the American Legion on May 19th at 6:30 p.m.

Ages/Grades: Ages 8–17
Time(s): 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Day(s): Saturday
Place: Geary State Fishing Lake
Cost: None
Date(s): May 20
Registration deadline: April 1–May 19 or until all 100 spots are filled
Sponsored by: American Legion Family

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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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