Museum to host genealogy event
Two women from Wichita will be the presenters at “Chasing Your Tale: A Family History and Genealogy Workshop,” a two-session event for the beginning or seasoned genealogist Saturday, Sept. 29, at Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum.
The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with signup and end at 1:30 p.m.
Katie Funk Wiebe, author of the book “Writing Your Personal or Family History,” will speak on the how-to of collecting and recording the stories of one’s life.
Sara Orr Jones is an avid family history researcher following as many of her ancestral lines as is possible. Her “Random Thoughts about Genealogy” will include some of her unusual sleuthing strategies and how she discovers those bits of story “hiding in plain sight.”
The workshop fee of $10 per person includes a light lunch, a composition book and handouts.
Registration for the workshop is required by Tuesday, Sept. 25. Call the museum at 620-367-8200 to register or for more information during museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Senior chorus to begin rehearsals
Parkside Voices, a community-based choir, is having fall rehearsals at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Park Village congregate, on the campus of Parkside Homes, 200 Willow Road, Hillsboro.
Community members are welcome to join. It is not necessary to be able to read music and the choir performs a variety of music, from Broadway show tunes to sacred classics. Rehearsals will last 45 minutes and there is no membership fee.
For more information, call Steve Vincent at 620-947-3011. Maxwell Wildlife
plans two fall tours
Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, six miles north of Canton, invites everyone to take the annual fall wildflower tour at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 or Sept. 9.
The guided tour includes viewing wildflowers and buffalo. Visitors will also experience the effect a drought year has on the prairie.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 620-628-4455.
Tours planned at new county jail
An open house at the new Marion County Jail will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.
For more information, call the Marion County Sheriff’s office at 620-382-2144.
HCH Auxiliary to meet Sept. 11
Hillsboro Community Hospital’s Volunteer Auxiliary is having its quarterly meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in the hospital conference room.
The program speaker is Ken Johnson with the respiratory therapy department. An auxiliary official said the organization plans to feature one of the department managers at each quarterly meeting.
Also on the agenda will be election of officers for the coming year, reviewing and approving policies and procedures for the auxiliary and planning for fundraisers.
New or interested persons are welcome to attend these meetings.
For more information, call Velma Hadley, 620-947-3802.
Durham annual picnic set Sept. 16
The annual Durham Community hamburger fry begins at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Durham City Park.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Peabody school will offer flu shots
Peabody-Burns Elementary School, in conjunction with the Marion County Health Department, will offer its annual flu-shot clinic from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the school.
The cost is $30 for the flu shot, $35 for the nasal flu mist, $80 for the pneumonia vaccine. The clinic will file Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare and state insurance, according to Ken Parry, principal.
Burns Lions Club to host steak feed
The Burns Lions Club is hosting its annual steak feed starting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Burns ball diamond/old school yard.
Tickets are $20 and will need to be purchased in advance by going to Burns Hardware Store, 112 Main St. or calling 316-247-4102.
In addition to the meal, a prize drawing is planned; the top winner will receive five silver coins.
Annual Crop Walk planned for Oct. 7
The 2012 Marion County Crop Walk will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Marion County Lake with a brief devotional prior to the start.
Participants should be in the area west of the lake office. The purpose of the event is to “have a nice scenic walk around the lake and doing what is necessary to help those in need,” according to Donna Kreutziger of Marion, one of the coordinators.
Crop Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially the grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts of partner agencies in more than 80 countries.
Contributors may designate their own denominational relief agency to receive their contributions. In addition, each local Crop Walk can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to local hunger-fighting programs.
“This unique option of returning 25 percent of the raised funds will come back to help serve the families that need aid from the Marion County Emergency Food Bank,” Kreutziger said.
For more information, Kreutziger, the contact for Marion, can be reached at 620-382-2931 or donnakreutziger@ yahoo.com
Hillsboro contact Darlene Bartel can be reached at 620-947-3009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.