Global bazaar, concert, ham radio events slated
By The Telegram
Events this weekend include a global bazaar at the zoo, a country western barbecue, and a movie and concert at Stevens Park.
Lee Richardson Zoo is hosting a global bazaar featuring cultural arts, crafts, food, and other items sold by various vendors. The Global Bazaar & Ten Thousand Villages Festival is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Wild Asia parking lot at the zoo. Admission is free for pedestrians.
The event will feature items shipped in by the Ten Thousand Villages organization, a nonprofit fair trade group that markets products handmade by disadvantaged artisans in more than 35 countries.
Some of the handmade items being shipped to Garden City for the event include bags, scarves, jewelry, furniture, baskets, table linens, plant and garden items, toys and other general items.
Other vendors will offer carnival-type food such as funnel cakes, as well as merchandise like jewelry, antiques, wooden benches, bird baths and wind spinners to name a few.
The Global Bazaar is a benefit for Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, with funds raised going toward a new primate exhibit.
For people interested in learning about ham radio, the Sandhills Amateur Radio Club of Southwest Kansas will demonstrate ham radio operation from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday at Finnup Scout Park on North Eighth Street and Thompson Street.
The annual event is the climax of a week-long amateur radio week sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. More than 30,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event. Over the weekend, hams will be demonstrating several modes from SSB, FM and digital to Morse code.
* Saturday night, the Garden City Recreation Commission will present "The Muppet Movie" at dusk at Stevens Park as part of the fourth annual Silver Screen Saturday Nights.
Movies are shown every Saturday during the summer. Hi Plains Feed is the sponsor of this week's movie.
Popcorn and drinks will be available for $1 each. Proceeds will go toward helping send the GCRC summer musical youth to the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta.
For movie titles and future showings, visit www.gcrec.com. In the event of high winds or severe weather, movies will be rescheduled. Call 276-1202 for cancellation details.
* Garden Valley Retirement Village, 1505 E. Spruce St., is hosting a Country Western Barbecue from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the west parking lot.
In addition to the barbecue, the event will feature free kiddie rides on the hedgehog choo-choo, face painting, cotton candy, a bounce house, fiddle music provided by Joe and Jon Irsik, and free hamburgers and hot dogs.
* On Sunday, longtime area guitarist and founding member of Twin Country band Jon Irsik will perform at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Stevens Park Concert Series. Irsik has opened for such artists as Little Texas, Martina McBride, Merle Haggard, and Ricochet, and is now performing as a solo guitarist and vocalist.
The Stevens Park Concert Series is sponsored by the Garden City Recreation Commission and the city of Garden City.
All concerts in the series are free to the public. For a complete list of summer performers, visit the GCRC website at www.gcrec.com.
* An artists' reception for the Garden City Arts annual men's exhibit, "Beyond Grills & Drills: A Collection of Men's Art," is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 318 N. Main St. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted.
Artists showcasing work include: Archie Oliver, Holcomb, paintings and mixed media; Ed Nicklaus, Garden City, photography; Ian Gibbons, Garden City, photography and mixed media; Jack Stuart, Dodge City, sculpture; Doug West, Prairie Village, oils; and John Hayes, Overland Park, acrylics and oil pastels; along with two emerging artists, Andres DeLeon, Garden City High School graduate, ceramics, and Harley Torres, Garden City Community College, photography and printmaking.
The exhibit will be available for viewing until July 20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
* The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare will hold a reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Southwind Country Club in Garden City to celebrate the beginning of a new western Kansas master of social work program.
The program is made possible through a collaboration between Fort Hays State University and KU in cooperation with Garden City Community College, which will allow students in western and southwest Kansas to complete the KU master of social work degree either by attending classes at FHSU or GCCC.