Nonprofits invited to Match Day meeting

Hutchinson Community Foundation invites area nonprofit organizations to a Match Day 2020 informational meeting on Tuesday at The Clayworks at Disability Supports, 1125 N. Main St.

The meeting, from 8 to 9 a.m., will discuss how to participate in Match Day, set for May 5.

Match Day is an opportunity for nonprofit endowments at the community foundation to grow exponentially, as the community foundation will match individual gifts from a pool of $60,000.

Any 501(c)(3) organization that wishes to establish an endowed fund with Hutchinson Community Foundation with a $10,000 minimum before March 4, may choose to participate in Match Day. Contact Aubrey Abbott Patterson at (620) 663-5293 to establish an endowed fund.

The last Match Day, in 2016, raised more than $267,000 from 729 donors for 35 nonprofit endowments in 24 hours.

HPD and HCC host law enforcement career night

The Hutchinson Police Department is partnering with Hutchinson Community College Police Science program to host an event aimed at area high school students interested in entering the law enforcement field or being a dispatcher.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 6, in the Justice Theater at the Shears Technology building on the HCC campus.

Presenters will discuss what departments are looking for in candidates and how to become a quality candidate. Different options students can take after graduation and how they can better prepare themselves to take the next step to enter into a career in law enforcement will also be presented.

KDOT accepting Transportation Safety award nominations

TOPEKA – Nominations for the 2020 Transportation Safety awards are now being accepted by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Traffic safety advocates can be nominated in one of two categories – People Saving People Award and the Hero Award.

The People Saving People Award recognizes an individual or organization who has made outstanding contributions to the improvement of transportation safety behavior in Kansas. The Hero Award honors the individual who risked his or her own life for someone else when they happened upon a crash or while trying to prevent the likelihood of a crash in a one-time traffic safety-related incident.

More details about the awards and nomination forms can be found at www.ktsro.org.

Nominations must be submitted online or by mail by 11:59 p.m., Feb. 24. The awards will be presented on April 21 and 22 at the annual Kansas Transportation Safety Conference in Topeka.

Sunflower Diversified opens art studio for clients

GREAT BEND – It all started with an anonymous donation.

The result of that gift and many others is the recent opening of Beautiful Minds Art Studio for clients at Sunflower Diversified Services. The non-profit agency serves people with intellectual disabilities and delays in central Kansas.

“The community support for this project has been overwhelming,” said Debbie McCormick, director of marketing. “The first donation got the ball rolling and now we have raised in the neighborhood of $40,000 for the studio.

“Generous Sunflower supporters realize artistic projects can be very therapeutic for people as they work with their hands to express themselves artistically," she said. "It is amazing to see their intense focus on the artwork and the personal satisfaction of a job well done.”

The studio is at Sunflower’s Westside Market, 5523 10th. Sunflower Recycling is in the same building.

Classes in pottery, drawing, sketching or painting are scheduled at the studio each weekday.

“Clients can take as many classes as they want from our talented instructor Michele Younker,” McCormick said. “It is obvious the students enjoy the tactile sensations and using their creativity.

“In addition, if someone wants to sell their artwork, our Westside Market store is available. This, of course, is up to the artist.”

McCormick also noted that donations to the studio are accepted anytime.

Sunflower, which serves infants, toddlers and adults in Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties, is in its 54th year.

Beer-tasting class on list of non-credit offerings at GCCC

GARDEN CITY – Garden City Community College, in partnership with Finney County Economic Development Corp., plans to increase its non-credit course offerings in 2020, starting with a unique opportunity to expand one’s taste buds.

GCCC’s first non-credit course for the calendar year is titled, “Brewhouse Flight School,” an exclusive beer-tasting and food pairing course set for Jan. 31, at Flat Mountain Brewhouse.

Registration for the $30 class, which covers all food and drink, is now open and will feature instruction from the restaurant’s Master Brewer, Cody Cundiff, who is also a GCCC social science instructor.

Other non-credit courses in the works include personal enrichment classes such as baking, photography, woodworking, stress management, and barbecue basics, to name a few.

Also, workforce-specific training opportunities may include forklift certification, graphic design, photography, Quickbooks, Microsoft Excel, and other in-demand skills.

"There are so many styles and variations that go into beer, and I'm excited to share a little about them."

FCEDC Vice President of Community Development Nicole Hahn said the community college will continue to work with area businesses and other groups as more non-credit courses are offered. Some of them include the Southwest Kansas Builders Association, Great Plains MakerSpace, and Garden City Arts.

To register for Brewhouse Flight School or for more information about GCCC’s upcoming non-credit course offerings, contact Hahn at nicole@ficoedc.com or (620) 271-0388.