‘Christmas in July’ coming Sunday

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2703 Fort St., will be celebrating “Christmas in July” at its 10:15 a.m. worship service on Sunday.

The service will include Christmas carols and lessons, followed by fellowship featuring Christmas cookies. The public is invited.


‘Mugs in the Morning!’ offered

First Call for Help of Ellis County, 607 E. 13th, is inviting individuals interested in combating homelessness in Ellis County to “Mugs in the Morning!” between 9 and 11 a.m. every Thursday.

“The goal is to provide temporary housing to individuals and families living in Ellis County who struggle with homelessness and who are committed to overcoming the obstacles they face in securing housing and building a better life,” said Linda Mills, the agency’s executive director.

Participants are invited to have coffee, learn more about the agency’s plans for the future, share their input and ask questions, she said.

More information is available by contacting Mills at 785-623-2800.


First Baptist to host Back to School Bash for all ages

First Baptist Church of Hays will sponsor the Back to School Bash for families and individuals of all ages.

The event will be held at Massey Park, located at 17th and Allen, from 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 23. Expect food, games and making new friends. The entire community is invited to this free event.


Duck Derby to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

Thousands of rubber ducks will once again be racing around the Hays Aquatic Park’s Lazy River during the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County Duck Derby Race from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 7. The park is located at Fourth and Main.

Ducks are $5 each, six for $25, a dozen for $50, or 25 ducks for $100.

The ducks will be split into heats of about 2,500 ducks per heat. The top 500 ducks from each heat will compete in the championship race, with prizes awarded to the first 10 ducks crossing the finish line.

In addition, there will be a Duck Dash for kids ages 12 and under, with brightly colored ducks sold for $2 each. Prizes will be awarded, and each child will get to take the duck home after the race.

Businesses will be able to compete in the cardboard boat race, called “Auto World’s Man Overboard Challenge,” for an entry fee of $500 per entry.

Free children’s activities will include games, duck waddle races, and free swimming in the park’s zero entry pool starting at 5 p.m. A picnic featuring hot dogs will get underway at 5:30 p.m.

Ducks may be purchased at www.haysduckderby.net, which also features a complete list of prizes.


Hats are back in style at Hays After 5 dinner

Women are invited to wear their hats to the Hays After 5 Christian women’s meeting on Aug. 12. In the program, titled “Hats Off to You,” Marilyn Harden, of Hays, will display her hat collection.

The dinner program will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rose Garden Banquet Hall, 2350 E. Eighth.

Also on the program will be inspirational speaker Kristi Wolf Norris of Tulsa, Okla. Norris says at one time in her life she had little hope of a happy future. But through grace and forgiveness, her life and the lives of her children were repaired by the one who knew them best, she says.

Norris will also be selling her autobiography, titled “In My Father’s Hand,” which was written under her pen name, Kiara Weslyn.

The cost of the dinner program is $12.50. Reservations are required and are due by Thursday, Aug. 8, to daisymae0917@yahoo.com, or by calling 785-202-1036. Hays After 5 is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministry of Overland Park.


Relics to be on display at St. Nicholas of Myra

A collection of 150 relics associated with the Catholic Church will be on display Thursday at St. Nicholas of Myra Church, 2901 E. 13th, as part of a tour throughout the Salina Diocese.

The exhibit will begin at 7 p.m. with a multimedia presentation on the Catholic church’s use of relics, followed by veneration of the relics in the parish hall.

Among the highlights of the “Treasures of the Church” relics tour is a piece of the veil believed to have belonged to Mary, the mother of Jesus, according to a news release from Divine Mercy Radio.


‘Backpacks for Kids’ distribution is Aug. 1

First Call for Help’s distribution of free backpacks will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the National Guard Armory, 200 Main, for those families who pre-registered.

Only those families who previously applied under the agency’s “Backpacks for Kids” program will be eligible for the backpacks on Aug. 1, said Laura Shoaff, project coordinator.

However, if there are any backpacks left over, those families who did not meet the registration deadline may pick them up from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Distribution will be on a first-come, first-served basis depending upon availability, Shoaff said. She emphasized that only children who live in and attend school in Ellis County are eligible for the program.

The free school backpacks are available to families who meet the income guidelines and have a child entering grades pre-K through high school in the fall. The backpacks are filled with school supplies and personal hygiene items.

Shoaff said she needs volunteers to assist with the distribution. Interested individuals are asked to call her at 785-623-2800.

Last year 657 backpacks were distributed, and Shoaff said she is expecting a similar number this year.

The agency is still accepting donations for the backpacks. Individuals are asked to purchase items from the following list:

3x3 Post-It Sticky Notes (any color), small headphones/earbuds, combination locks, 8-10 pack Crayola Washable Classic Color Markers, 24-pack crayons, 1-inch three-ring binders, 12-pack colored pencils, glue sticks (no gel), one-subject spiral notebooks (wide and college ruled), white liquid glue (4-oz. Elmers), two-pocket folders, large pink erasers, notebook paper (wide and college ruled), tab index folders, plastic school boxes or pencil bags, watercolor paints (primary colors), highlighters and dry erase markers, composition notebooks, pointed scissors, No. 2 yellow pencils, shampoo, deodorant, bar soap, new backpacks (no wheels).

These items may be brought to the First Call for Help office, 607 E. 13th, weekdays during regular business hours, or people may mail monetary donations to the same address.

“We appreciate the support of our community and churches that help make ‘Backpacks For Kids’ possible,” Shoaff said.


Community Threads seeking donations

The Hays Public Library, 1205 Main, is accepting donations for its “Community Threads” program through Thursday, Aug. 1.

Patrons of all ages may browse through the donated items from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Schmidt Gallery. “All items will be available free of charge, and there is no limit to the number of items one can take,” according to a library news release.

Accepted donations include gently used clothing, shoes, robes, coats, hats, gloves and jewelry. Items that will not be accepted include undergarments, damaged or dirty clothing, broken accessories and household goods. Items will be organized by the library staff.

Items may be dropped off at the library during regular business hours.


Registration open for FHSU’s fall picnic

Registration is open for organizations, including churches, who would like a table at the Fort Hays State University 2019 Back to School Picnic. It is scheduled from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, on the FHSU Quad.

There is no registration fee for nonprofit organizations; the fee is $50 for a for-profit business.

“The picnic is your first opportunity to effectively gain awareness for your organization and the services it provides,” a news release from the Center for Student Involvement stated. More information and a registration form are available at www.fhsu.edu/csi/picnic.

Questions may be directed to 785-628-4664 or csi@fhsu.edu.


FHSU to offer class on world religions

The Department of Philosophy at Fort Hays State University will be offering a class on world religions in the fall.

The on-campus class, PHIL 179, will focus on Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism. It will meet from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Tuesday, Aug. 20, and running through Thursday, Dec. 12.

Rob Byer, assistant professor, will be the instructor. He said the class will focus on such topics as: What is a religion? What are different religious doctrines, and what are the historical beginnings of religion?

The class may be taken for three hours of college credit, at a cost of about $515. Or, Byer said, he is willing to allow people to audit the class for free.

“If someone is interested in attending, doing the reading, and joining in on the discussion, but doesn't need or want credit and doesn't need or want to do assessments related to the course, then auditing would be a fine option,” he said. Cost of the book is about $15.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 7. More information is available by contacting Byer at srbyer@fhsu.edu or 785-628-4727.