It's Wednesday afternoon, and time to update you on upcoming activities.
* At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, I will be filling up the gallery at the Hays Public Library with the music of the 1920s to '50s. I'll be highlighting the Glenn Miller Orchestra, with a biography about Glenn, and playing the great rhythmic music of the orchestra. I'll also touch on the GM Festival coming June 9 to 12 in Clarinda, Iowa. After the GM fun, I'm hoping some area musicians will show up with their instruments for a live traditional jazz jam session. If not, I'll present another era of big band history and music as we promote the Hays Society for the Preservation of Big Band Swing/Jazz. Goodwill donations would be appreciated.
* The Kansans Optimizing Health Program free workshops will be offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings in the education room at the Center for Health Improvement, beginning Tuesday to June 7. Anyone with a chronic health condition can put life back in your life by participating in these workshops. Registration is required by Friday; call (785) 623-5900.
* Our Hays AARP chapter lunch meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. May 4 at the Heritage Room of the Bakery Shop, 230 E. Eighth. Our program will be presented by the staff from the Hays Recreation Commission.
* If you really enjoy jazz, there still are reduced program rates until June 30 for the Evergreen Jazz Festival on July 29 to 31. Twelve jazz/swing bands will be playing at five Evergreen, Colo., venues. Call me at (785) 625-6277 for further information.
* It's time for the Senior Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7 at The Mall in Hays. Celebrate with bingo, free entertainment on the main stage, and numerous booths featuring demonstrations and valuable information. For more information, call Clinkscales Elder Law Practice at (785) 625-8040.
* And, finally, I need Hays seniors community information about our needs and wants for about the next 10-plus years, so that I can adequately represent you on the Hays Comprehensive Plan Committee. The next committee meeting is in June. Please stay around after a lunch or meeting at the Hays Senior Center, the library's Feed and Film or the May AARP meeting to meet with me before then. Dates will be announced in advance. I will appreciate your input for our future.
Harry Watts, Hays, is a member of the Generations Advisory Group.