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Trail of Lights
Santas Around the World — at 1223 Main; 4-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 25 through Dec. 30.
Free ice skating — in Jack Kilby Square; free skate rental 4-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Opens after the parade on Nov. 25 and ends on Dec. 30.
Great Bend Cookie Contest — Stop at 1607 Main on Nov. 25 and get a box for tasting cookies at various downtown businesses.
Living Nativity Portraits — 4-8 p.m. on Nov. 25 in Jack Kilby Square.
Our Favorite Things — Artists at Large members Karen Shaner, Cynthia Collier-Wilson and Beverly Simonson are showing their work this month at the Great Bend Public Library.
Friday, Nov. 17
American Legion Dinner: Spaghetti — 5:30-7 p.m. at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave.
Feather Party Bingo — 7 p.m. at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall, 114 N. Main.
GBRC Special Needs Thanksgiving Dance — 7:30-9 p.m. at the GBRC Activity Center, 2715 18th St.
Birthday Celebration — All night at the Ellinwood American Legion.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Steak Night — 5:30-7 p.m. at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Turkey Dinner — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall, 114 N. Main.
Monday, Nov. 20
Ribbon cutting: The Reserves at Trail Ridge — 10:30 a.m. at 811 Grant St.
Donate blood — 11:15 a.m. until 6:15 p.m. at St. Rose Auditorium at Broadway and Baker.
Thanksgiving break — Barton Community College.
Jack Kilby Science Day — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Barton Community College; kickoff in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
Thursday, Nov. 23
Friday, Nov. 24
Annual Christmas Lighting & Santa’s Arrival — 5-7 p.m. at the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce, 123 N. Main.
American Legion Dinner: Smothered steak — 5:30-7 p.m. at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave. Quilts of Valor presentation starts at 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25
Breakfast with Santa — 9-10:30 a.m. at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave.
Home for the Holidays festival and parade — 5:30 p.m. in downtown Great Bend.
Great Bend Cookie Contest — Stop at 1607 Main and get a box for tasting cookies at various downtown businesses.
Living Nativity Portraits — 4-8 p.m., provided by Foundry Methodist Church.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting — 6:15 p.m.
Horse-drawn carriage rides — Until 8 p.m., provided by Rosewood Services.
Monday, Nov. 27
Planetarium show: “Search for Life in the Universe” and “X-Planets” — 7-8 p.m. at the BCC Planetarium.
History Program: “Merchants of Ellinwood” — 7:30 p.m. at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, 85 South U.S. 281. With Robert Yarmer.
Tuesday, Nov. 28
Thursday, Nov. 30
Great Bend Chamber Coffee — 9 a.m., hosted by Landmark National Bank.
Hoisington Chamber Coffee — 9:30 a.m. First Kansas Bank.
Student Music Recital — 4 p.m. in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, Fine Arts Building, Barton Community College. Instrumental and vocal performances by students of the Barton Music Department.
Friday, Dec. 1
14th annual Jingle Bell Swing ‘Big Band’ Holiday Dance — 8 p.m. at the American Legion, 1011 Kansas Ave.
Saturday, Dec. 2
Kansas Wetlands Education Center Holiday Open House — at the KWEC, 592 NE K-156.
97th annual Christmas Parade: “A Storybook Christmas” — 11 a.m. in downtown Larned. Santa house, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., downtown; kiddie movie at the Larned State Theatre; craft fair at 502 Broadway; holiday shopping event, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the J.A. Haas Building, 400 E. 10th.
Annual Burdett Christmas Celebration — All day. Parade and games for children. Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Senior Center; American Legion serving lunch.
Christmas Nativity Pictures — 6-8 p.m. at Brit Spaugh Park.
Sunday, Dec. 3
Annual Christmas Celebration — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. lunch at the Rozel Community Center; parade at 12:30 p.m., followed by fun games and Santa at the Pawnee Heights High School.
Holiday Home Tours — 1-5 p.m., with reception to follow at Rosewood Gallery, 1607 Main.
Monday, Dec. 4
Sons of the American Legion Hamburger Feed — 5:30-7:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave.
Santa’s Workshop — 6-8 p.m. at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium.
BCC Holiday Concert — 7:30 p.m. in the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium.
Tuesday, Dec. 5
Movies with a Message: “90 Minutes in Heaven” — 6:15 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 3600 Broadway Ave.