Library plans to offer

reading group

The Hillsboro Public Library is offering to restart “The Coffee Cup Bunch” if enough people sign up for the reading and discussion group.

Participants will read a book selection and discuss each book with the help of a moderator. The library is asking for a volunteer to come forward as moderator.

If enough people sign up, a schedule to meet will be determined by the needs of the participants, who will also be asked to decide the books to read.

To join the group, let the library know you are interested by calling 947-3827.

Registration open

for area Girl Scouts

The Girl Scout Council of the Flint Hills announces registration is now open for all girls age 5 and up.

Scouts offers girls an opportunity to make new friends and have fun at the same time. The program is designed to encourage participation in constructive activities, build skills and character and foster self-reliance and competence.

For more information, call 800-342-4532.

Halloween carnival

Oct. 31 in Marion

Holy Family Catholic Church will sponsor a Halloween carnival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Marion Activity Center of Holy Family Catholic Church, 415 N. Cedar, Marion.

Organizers are planning children’s games and asking participants to bring one bag of candy per family.

Children are encouraged to dress in positive appropriate costumes for the occasion. Demeaning and violent costumes are not considered appropriate.

Volunteers interested in helping to build games or attend a booth can call Jessica Laurin at 620-382-8800. Teens may also volunteer to attend a booth and dress in costumes.

A sloppy-joe dinner will be available to purchase at the carnival.

Everyone in Marion County is invited-to make this Halloween a fun, safe and positive day for all children in the area.

Museum fund-raiser

Oct. 16 in Goessel

A fund-raiser will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Goessel.

From 4:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., special displays will include Wilma Schmidt’s quilted creations and Rose Goering’s ink-well and bottle collection at the Immigrant House.

A meal served from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. will feature homemade borscht, chili and pie at the Prep School. At 7 p.m., Jim Stuckey of McPherson will entertain with tall-tale stories.

Free-will donations will be accepted.

The public is invited to enjoy fun, food and fellowship at the museum.

Florence church hosts

lay-witness mission

Florence United Methodist Church recently hosted a Youth Lay Witness Mission with attendance of more than 100 at services throughout weekend activities.

Children’s events were led by clown Jean Schroeder “Raggedy Butterfly” from Pine Ridge, S.D.

A team of 12 youth and their coordinator, all from Grandview Assembly of God Church in Grandview, Mo., visited during the mission.

Adult coordinators were June and Dale Marcy from Valley Center. A total of 25 adult witnesses traveled from various Kansas communities, such as Gardner, Leavenworth, El Dorado, Topeka and Hope, and others came from Missouri and Oklahoma to attend.

The three-day activities included a potluck meal following Sunday School and church.

Mike Hayden speaks

at Kauffman Oct. 23

Mike Hayden, former governor of Kansas, will be the keynote speaker for the Kauffman Museum’s Living Endowment Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Hayden’s term as governor ran from 1987 to 1991, and he is currently Secretary of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department.

The event will begin with a reception featuring live music with Bethel College student Josh Piper on keyboard.

Dinner among the museum exhibits, with oil-lamp lighting, will be followed by Hayden’s address, “What Future for the Tallgrass Prairie?”

The Living Endowment activities are by reservation only. Reservations must be accompanied by payment of $100 per plate. Vegetarian main-dish and diabetic-dessert options are available on request.

Reservations must be made no later than Friday, Oct. 15.

To register by phone using a Visa or MasterCard, call 316-283-1612; to register by mail, send payment to Kauffman Museum, Bethel College, North Newton, KS 67117; or to register in person, visit the museum during regular hours at 27th and North Main in North Newton.

GOP women to hold

meeting in Marion

The quarterly meeting of the Marion County Republican Women will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Daily Grind Coffee House in Marion.

All members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 947-2844.

Benefit soup supper

for Knaks on Oct. 23

A soup-supper benefit for Michael and JoAnn Knak will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at Hillsboro Methodist Church.

The benefit will help with on-going medical expenses.

The menu includes chicken-noodle soup and chili, relishes, rolls, corn bread and cake. Free-will donations will be accepted.

The benefit is sponsored by Hillsboro Emergency Medical Service and the United Methodist Men.

The public is invited.

Arts & Crafts Fair

Nov. 27, Strong City

The seventh-annual Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, at St. Anthony’s Hall in Strong City.

The event is held in conjunction with the Chase County Christmas celebration and the courthouse-lighting ceremony.

To reserve a table/space for $10 each, contact Deanna Wessel at 620-273-6459, or write to RR 1, Box 19, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Tables are not limited to crafts. Reservation deadline is Nov. 24.

The public is invited.

Marion VFW/auxiliary

host steak supper

Veterans of Foreign Wars Marion Post 6958 and the Ladies Auxiliary will host a steak supper from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17, at 420 W. Santa Fe in Marion.

For advanced tickets of $11 per person, call 620-382-2931. Durham residents can call 620-732-2481. Tickets at the door will be $12.

The auxiliary will feature the Country Gift Store. The majority of proceeds from the sale of store items will support veterans and service men and women.

The public is invited.

Voter registration

deadline is Oct. 18

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 general election is Monday, Oct. 18.

The County Clerk’s Office will be open until 9 p.m. on the 18th. First-time voters in Marion County will be required to show identification.

Advance voting will begin on Friday, Oct. 15. The deadline to vote an advance ballot in person is noon, Monday, Nov. 1.

MCSEC board

to meet Oct. 18

The Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board of Directors will meet for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, in the MCSEC conference room at 302 W. Eighth in Florence.

Choir rehearsal call

for gospel singers

All singers are invited to attend two gospel choir rehearsals beginning at 2 p.m., Sundays, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24, at First Mennonite Church of Hillsboro.

These rehearsals are in preparation for an evening of gospel music sponsored by the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church to be held the evening of Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Hillsboro High School gymnasium.

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