BBBSMC to offer group-activity day

A Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County group activity will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2.

The Cottonwood Valley Quails Unlimited will sponsor a hunt during the pheasant youth-hunting season. The hunt is only open to youth with a hunter’s safety card.

The event is an opportunity to involve BBBSMC matches and children on the waiting list. It’s also an opportunity for people interested in volunteering to work with an unmatched child for an afternoon.

If interested in attending the activity or for more information, call Sherry Soyez at 620-382-3800 by Monday, Oct. 27. Or e-mail questions to her at ssoyez@ksbbs.org.

Strong City craft fair has tables available

Organizers of the sixth annual Arts & Crafts Fair in Strong City are looking for crafters who would like to reserve a table at the fair in November.

The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, in the fellowship hall at St. Anthony’s Church in Strong City. The event will be held in conjunction with the Chase County Christmas celebration and the courthouse-lighting ceremony.

Tables are $10 each and are not limited to crafts. Reservation deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 26.

To reserve a table or for more information, contact Deanna Wessel at 620-273-6459; fax 620-273-8504; e-mail at doubled@wwwebservice.net.; or write to U.S. Route 1, Box 19, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.

Hillsboro MB Church invites vocalists

Vocalists are invited to attend two gospel-choir rehearsals at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

The rehearsals are in preparation for an evening of gospel music to be held in the evening, Sunday, Nov. 2.

Ducks Unlimited holds chapter dinner

Marion County Ducks Unlimited will hold a chapter dinner Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Marion VFW Post, 420 W. Santa Fe.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 7 p.m., and the auction follows.

The cost is $35 per person or $45 per couple. Prizes will be awarded during the event.

For tickets, call Chad Nowak at 947-3965, Jeff Jirak at 620-382-3976 or Todd Carpenter at 620-382-2761.

Concert to benefit child-care center

The Christian Fellowship Committee will host a concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26, at Goessel Mennonite Church.

The afternoon of fellowship will benefit Joyful Noise Community Child Care Inc. of Goessel.

The program will include “The Cousins Four,” the Goessel Mennonite Church Praise Team and pianists Ben and Marcia Bricker.

Free-will donations will be accepted at the door, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Verda Wedel at 620-367-2623.

The public is invited.

Canton church hosts soup supper/bazaar

Canton Christian Church will hold its annual Soup Supper and Bazaar from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at 208 W. Railroad, Canton.

The menu will include three soups, chili, vegetable and potato; relishes and pickles; homemade pie; and tea and coffee.

Free-will donations will be accepted, and proceeds go toward the general operating expenses of the church.

The public is invited.

Goessel men’s group hosts hamburger fry

The Goessel Mennonite Men will host a hamburger fry from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at Goessel Mennonite Church.

Free-will donations will be accepted.

The public is invited.

Christmas arts/crafts on Nov. 1 in Goessel

The 13th annual Goessel Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at Goessel Elementary School.

Admission is free. Lunch will be served by Joyful Noise Community Child Care of Goessel.

A wide variety of craft-fair treasures will be featured, such as rustic wall hangings, Christmas ornaments, children’s wooden play furniture, flower arrangements and peppernuts.

The public is invited.

Marion Manor hosts health fair Oct. 24

The Marion Manor Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, at the Pilsen Community Center.

Lunch will be served at noon and will feature homemade chicken-noodle soup, bierrocks, assorted salads and pie. Free-will donations for the meal will be accepted.

Activities will include the following:

n  Kim Simmons and Donna Kukuk from Marion Manor will be conducting blood-pressure and blood-sugar checks throughout the day.

n Joy Waldbauer, social-services director, will give a presentation of the signs and symptoms of depression.

n Ken Vinduska will be available to provide information and answer questions about nursing-home insurance.

n The Marion County Health Department will give flu and pneumonia shots from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Those who qualify for Medicare need to bring their card. For those not eligible for Medicare, shots will be $12 for flu and $25 for pneumonia.

n Carol Wituk, Janet Herzet and Carolyn McFarland will give 10-minute chair massages for $5 per person.

n Marion County Home Health and the Marion chapter of Taking Off Pounds Sensibly will have a booth.

n Marion Manor staff will make minor repairs to walkers and canes at no charge.

n Information will be available from Breast Cancer Awareness and the American Diabetes Association.

Alex Stuchlik will provide polka music from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sign-up deadline for the lunch was Monday, Oct. 20.

For more information, call 620-382-2191.

The public is invited.

Dinner plans set

for lake residents

Marion County Lake residents are invited to join other lake neighbors for the season’s final Chat and Dine Covered Dish Diner at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, in the South Lake Hall.

The program will include “Growing up in a Musical Family,” a media presentation by Judy Priest.

Future activities to be discussed will be a Christmas Decoration Lake Tour in December and the 2004 Chat and Dine season beginning the first Saturday in April.

4-H group meets for

day of observance

Members of the South Cottonwood 4-H Club observed 4-H Sunday on Oct. 12 at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.

A potluck followed the church service, and the monthly meeting was held after the meal.

Installation of the following officers was held: Jared Fish, president, Wade Kimbrel, vice-president, Gina Andrews, secretary, Lora Andrews, treasurer and Mark Prieb, reporter/historian.

Junior officers elected were Tiffany Rooker, junior president, Andy Klassen, junior vice-president, Jet Skiles, junior secretary, Ben Heyen, junior treasurer and John Bartel, junior reporter/historian.

For more information about joining 4-H, call Cathy Fish at 947-3607.

HCMC to host

chili taste-off Oct. 30

Hillsboro Community Medical Center will host a chili taste-off from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Long Term Care Unit chapel.

The cost of the taste-off will be the donation of canned goods for the local food bank.

Residents are encouraged to enjoy the event prior to the Hillsboro High School football game against Halstead High School.

JAM basketball set

to begin Dec. 6

The JAM basketball program will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., beginning Saturday, Dec. 6, in Hillsboro.

The program is designed to introduce basketball to boys and girls in the first through sixth grades. Each session will stress fundamentals, and games will be played focusing on instruction and fun.

Hillsboro High School Coach Darrel Knoll is in charge of the program. The staff will include members of local coaching staffs and Tabor College and HHS athletes.

The cost is $32 for one student and $60 for two or more students. An official JAM shirt will be included in the cost of the program.

The locations are scheduled as follows:

n First and Second grade boys and girls-Hillsboro Elementary School gymnasium.

n Third and fourth grade boys-Hillsboro Middle School gymnasium.

n Fifth and sixth grade boys- HHS gymnasium.

n Third through sixth grade girls-Tabor College at the Campus Recreation Center.

Registration forms are available and may be dropped off at the school offices and Hillsboro City Hall.

For more information, call the Hillsboro Recreation Commission at 947-2981.

HMS band/choir

perform in concert

The Hillsboro Middle School band and choir will perform in a joint concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the HMS gymnasium.

Students in the HMS choir and band programs will be under the direction of Dave Clark and Gregg Walker.

Also under the direction of Clark, the Hillsboro High School fall choral concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, in the HHS auditorium.

The public is invited.

Leos trick-or-treat

for eyeglasses

The Hillsboro Leos will be trick-or-treating for used eyeglasses from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27.

The local club is joining other Lions clubs across the nation as they participate in the Lions Recycle For Sight program this year. The program focuses on gathering unwanted eyeglasses and sunglasses for those in need.

For more information, call Tonja Wienck at 947-2564 or Elfrieda Funk at 947-2249.

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