Mennonite Men’s Chorus starts season
The Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus will begin its 44th concert season at 7 p.m. April 21 at Memorial Hall, 300 27th St., North Newton.
The second concert will be at 7 p.m. April 28 at Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple St., Wichita. The final performance is a joint concert with the 90-voice Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus at 4 p.m. June 9 at the Atonement Lutheran Church in Kansas City.
In addition to piano and organ accompaniments by Stephen Vincent of Hillsboro, as well as the Menno Brass, the North Newton and Wichita concerts will also feature the Bethel College Mennonite Church Chancel Bells, directed by Vada Snider.
Admission to all concerts is free. Proceeds from any donations will go to disaster and hunger relief efforts.
For more information, go to: ksmenschorus.wordpress.com.
HHS plans academic awards for April 22
Hillsboro High School Site Council will host the 2012-13 Academic Awards Night at 7 p.m. Monday in the Hillsboro Middle School Gymnasium.
HHS students who have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher will be awarded a letter for their academic achievements for the current school year.
Bloodmobile in Hillsboro April 22
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will service blood donors from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 22, at First Mennonite Church, located at the corner of Ash Street and Grand Avenue, Hillsboro.
To donate, males must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds.
For more information, go to redcrossblood.org.
Overseas teacher to share experiences
Betty Baerg Lofland will describe her experiences as a teacher for 35 years in the Middle East and China during Friday’s session of Lifelong Learning.
The session will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus.
During her career, Lofland was twice evacuated from Beirut and also fled from Tehran when Khomeini returned.
She and her husband now live in Pasadena, Calif., for six months of the year while spending the rest of the time in Macao, China.
Lofland grew up in a Mennonite home in small-town Kansas. She attended Tabor College in 1948-49 and graduated from McPherson College with a major in English literature. Her master’s degree in Middle East history is from University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
Lifelong Learning meets regularly through the school year. Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester ($29 per couple) payable at the door. Registration allows for optional lunch at discount in the cafeteria after the session.
For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator, at 620-947-5964, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health dept. to offer meningitis clinic
As part of Meningitis Awareness Week, April 16-20, the Marion County Health Department is offering a clinic April 19 for people age 11 to 18 years to receive a meningococcal vaccination.
The clinic at 230 E. Main in Marion will be open for this purpose from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Meningococcal disease is an infection of the covering of the brain and the spinal cord, and also causes blood infections.
It can lead to problems with the nervous system, the loss of extremities or death.
Anyone can get meningococcal disease, but it is most common in infants less than one year of age and people 16-21 years.
College freshmen living in dorms are at increased risk.
Parents interested in having their children vaccinated can call 620-382-2550 to schedule an appointment.
Centre FFA blood drive April 29
Centre FFA is sponsoring a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 in the old gymnasium at Centre High School.
For more information, call Laura Klenda, FFA adviser, 785-983-4321.
Herb workshops to begin April 20
The Florence Community Garden is sponsoring the first in a series of herb workshops at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the community garden site on Third Street across from the Harvey House.
The workshops will be on the third Saturday of each month through September. The first herbs in the series will be edible lavender and Calendula.
The workshops are free. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a chair and sunscreen.
Herbs may also be purchased, but supplies are limited. For more information, call 620-382-4191.
CHS plans plant sale April 20 at school
Centre High School’s horticulture class is having its plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20, in the school’s greenhouse.
Plants available range from coleus, geraniums, daisies, petunias, blue flax, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and more.
All proceeds will go toward the continued use of the greenhouse.
For more information, call Laura Klenda, FFA advisor, 785-983-4321.
MHS students to discuss artwork
Marion High School art students will discuss their award-winning art pieces from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Gallery 101, 106 E. Main St., Marion.
For more information, call Jan Davis at 620-382-2622 or Marion High School, 620-382-2168.
Central Park cancels fundraising events
The carnival and macaroni and cheese cook-off scheduled April 27 at Central Park in Marion have been canceled.
The events were planned as fundraisers for the Central Park Improvement Project.