Enrollment services available to seniors
The Marion County Department on Aging is providing assistance to older adults interested in comparing and enrolling in 2013 Medicare prescription drug plans.
Open enrollment is from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.
Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator, will be available to take appointments from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,
Barb Smith, a volunteer with Senior Health Insurance Counseling For Kansas, will take walk-ins every Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon at the Marion Senior Center starting Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Ratzlaff will be in Peabody Oct. 30 and Nov 5; to make an appointment at the Peabody Senior Center or Indian Guide Terrace, call Ruth Lott at 620-983-2226.
Ratzlaff will be in Hillsboro Nov. 1 and Nov. 27. Call Brenda Moss at 620-947-2304 to set up an appointment at the Hillsboro Senior Center.
MMS plans band, choir Oct. 18
The Marion Middle School band and choir will present a fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Performing Arts Center.
TEEN to meet via phone Oct. 17
The Technology Excellence in Education Network (TEEN) will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 via a phone conference. The call will originate from the Hillsboro High School, 500 E. Grand Ave.
For more information call Brandi Hendrix at 620-877-0237.
Pianists to perform at ‘Extravaganza’
Eight piano students of Sheila Litke, along with four guest pianists, will be performing in a Piano Extravaganza at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Tabor College Chapel.
The theme for this year’s event is “Afternoon at the Symphony.”
“These are all pieces written for orchestra and arranged for various piano ensembles, including duets, duos, trios, quartets and the unusual sextet, six people at two pianos,” Litke said. “The concert will feature pieces by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Copland, Strauss and Mozart.”
The eight students are Sara Sagner, Jared Janzen, Zach Neumann, Cora Ruhl, Krista Neifert, Janelle Rust, Sally Epp and Megan Wiebe.
They will be joined by Bruce Heyen, Brad Vogel and Tiffiney Harms, of the Tabor faculty, and 2002 music graduate Jennifer Epp.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Bloodmobile at Hillsboro Oct. 11
The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be accepting donations from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.
To donate a person must be healthy, at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds.
Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors.
Food to arrive at senior centers
USDA commodities will arrive at senior centers in Marion County on Thursday, Oct. 11. Each site will distribute them according to their own schedule and may not distribute on the same day.
Those receiving commodities are asked to contact their local site for a distribution schedule.
If there are no commodities left at a specific site, call the Marion County Department on Aging at 620-382-3580 to find out where commodities are available.
These items are for people who are income eligible and should be picked up from local distribution sites.
The new income guidelines as of April 1, 2012, include household size and maximum monthly gross income.
For one person, the income is $1,211; for two, $1,640; three, $2,069; and four, $2,498.
For each additional family member add $429.
For more information, call 620-382-3580 or your local commodity distribution site.
AARP offers free driver’s safety class
AARP is offering free driver’s safety classes from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 and 14 at Burns Senior Center, 301 N. Washington St., Burns.
The classes are for veterans and their immediate families. Anyone taking the course will get a discount from auto insurance companies, according to organizers.
If veterans in Marion or Hillsboro would like to take the class closer to home, or for those who wish to register for the classes at Burns, call Richard and Marilyn Reimer at 620-947-3453 or the Burns Senior Center at 620-726-5852.
Museum plans special tour Oct. 20
The Marion Historical Museum is sponsoring a “Ghost Tour” Oct. 20. Participants will leave the museum by “ghost trolley” at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.
Tickets are $2 and are available at the museum; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information or to purchase tickets, stop by the museum at 623 E. Main St. or call 620-382-9134.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, May through October.