A weekend stuffed full of Garden City fun


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

This weekend is full of sporting events, ways to stay active and a festival with crafts, antiques and food.

On Friday, the Garden City Big Pool will be a part of The World's Largest Swimming Lesson, doors open at 9 a.m. and the 30-minute lesson starts at 10:00 a.m. Everyone around the world will be giving the same scheduled swimming lesson at the same time in an effort to break the Guinness World Record. The Biggest Swimming Lesson is in its fifth year and takes place at pools and water parks around the world. It was created to help spread the word that swimming lessons save lives, since the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death of children 1-5 is from drowning. For more questions, please contact Monica Colborn, the aquatics director at the Garden City Recreation Commission, at 271-1413.

Register for a Golf Tournament by the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce at noon. Shotgun starts at 1 p.m. with awards at 6 p.m. at The Golf Club at Southwind.

The fee to participate is $85 dollars for a single and $325 dollars for a team. The entry fee includes 18 holes, a cart, registration gift, awards meal and a chance at hole prizes. Mulligans are $20, two per player.

For sponsorship opportunities please call 276-3264.

The 1st Annual Summer Sizzling Dinger Derby baseball tournament will be held by the Garden City Recreation Commission Friday through Sunday, at Clint Lightner Field, Fansler and Peebles Complexes.

The tournament includes four different age divisions, 16U, 14U, 12U, and 10U. No fee is required to attend the tournament. Teams from Liberal, Dodge City, Ulysses, Scott city, Lakin, Great Bend, Hays and other areas in Kansas, as well as Oklahoma and Colorado will be participating. For more information, contact the GCRC sports director, Jared Rutti, at 276-12000, or email jared.rutti@gardencityks.us.

For those who enjoy boxing, a two-day boxing event will have shows starting at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday night at the Finney County Fairgrounds West Pavilion, 601 Lake Ave. Boxers are from Kansas and all of the surrounding states. For more information, contact Robert Gonzales at 521-2055, or email rgonzales17@cox.net.

The Eagles Quarter Mania event starts at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 2603 N. Taylor Ave. Paddles are $5 to place quarter-bids for items from Celebrating Homes, Creative Memories, Pampered Chef, 31 Bags, Origami Owl and more.

On Saturday, the Holcomb Recreation Commission is having its 14th Annual Community Garage Sale between 6:30 and 9 a.m., stop by the HRC, 106 Wiley St., for a list of garage sale locations and items being sold. Free donuts and coffee will also be available.

NETA, a nonprofit fitness professional association is co-sponsoring a personal training certification class with the Garden City Family YMCA, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, at 1224 Center St.

For more details, call Sarah Tighe at 275-1199.

The Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo are having their annual Global Bazaar & Ten Thousand Villages Festival, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. located in front of the Wild Asia exhibit at Lee Richardson Zoo.

This event will have various vendors such as cultural arts, crafts, food, fair trade goods, small businesses and antiques. Friends will host a "Ten Thousand Villages" booth, which provides fair-income to third-world people by selling their hand-crafts and telling their stories in North America. There is no admission fee for pedestrians. Booth Spaces are available at $50 per booth. Current Friend members receive $25 off per booth.

Funds raised will go toward a new primate exhibit at the zoo. Contact Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo for more details at 276-6243, or email director@folrz.com.

A Finney County Charity Bike Ride will start at 8 a.m. at the Holcomb Recreation Center. This event will benefit the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center. Options will be given to ride 10 or 25 miles and will include Garden City in the 50-mile route. For those who want to attend the charity bike ride, the 50-mile route is $35, the 25-mile route is $25 and the 10-mile route is $10. For more information, please contact Mandy Fritz, at 805-8513, or email mfritz@gckschools.com.

For those who would like to dispose of their personal documents and files of no charge, the Landmark National Bank in Garden City is having a free Shred Day at 1007 N. Main St., between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

They ask individuals and households to bring their disposable items, with no need to worry about staples, paper clips or burning up their personal shredder. The professional shredding equipment will take care of that. There is a five-box or bag limit per household

The GCRC will continue its Silver Screen Saturday Nights with a screening of "A Bugs Life" beginning at dusk located at Stevens Park.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and favorite snacks. Popcorn, drinks and homemade goodies are available for $1 dollar each. Call the hotline at 276-1202 for cancellations.

At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the Irsik Brothers will be performing for the Stevens Park Concert Series at Stevens park.

The brothers provide clean family-friendly entertainment. For more information about the Stevens park Concert Series, please contact Brian Seagraves, Arts and Theatre Director at GCRC at 276-1200.

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