Card shower request

for Linda Bartel

A card shower is requested for Linda Friesen Bartel, who will celebration her 90th birthday Feb. 12.

She was born Feb. 12, 1915, near Hillsboro. She married Milton Bartel from Idaho, who died in 1989.

Cards may be sent to her at Spring Creek Manor, American Falls, ID 83211.

King’s Singers to

perform at Hesston

The King’s Singers, a widely acclaimed vocal ensemble, will take the stage in Hesston College’s Yost Center for a 7:30 p.m. concert, Thursday, Feb. 17.

The performance is the fourth of five events in the 2004-05 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season.

Founded at King’s College in Cambridge, England, in 1968, the King’s Singers are known for presenting diverse programs encompassing a wide range of repertoire.

The Hesston program features the six-voice male ensemble singing music from the Spanish Renaissance, contemporary Britain, Edwardian England, and an arrangement of French folk songs.

This will be the King’s Singers third appearance at Hesston College, but the first in more than 12 years.

The King’s Singers’ Hesston concert is the only Kansas stop in an 11-concert North American tour that will also take the group to Pennsylvania, Virginia, District of Columbia, New York, Ontario, Missouri, Idaho, California and Texas.

The concert is supported by the Heartland Arts Fund with additional contributions by the Kansas Arts Commission, Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout a six-state area.

Tickets range from $15 to $20 with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Call 620-327-8158 for reservations.

Hillsboro library

starts reading group

Hillsboro Public Library will be sponsoring a reading group featuring a different format than the “The Coffee Cup Bunch.”

The first meeting will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 18, in the Hillsboro Civic Center. Subsequent meetings will be at 9 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at the same location.

Each participant is invited to read a book selection in advance that will then be discussed at the meeting. Participants are not required to do the reading.

The book selected for February is “The Five People You Will Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom. A movie based on the best-selling book recently was broadcast on television.

The library will have a limited number of books on loan from other libraries for checkout.

“We ask that patrons keep the books for only one week so that others will get a chance to read, too,” said Cathy Fish, library director. “We look forward to starting this group and hope to see many people. It is open to all ages, interests and genders.”

Other titles for the remainder of the year-perhaps through May-will be decided at the February meeting.

For more information, call Fish at 947-3827 or e-mail her at cfish@teen.k12.ks.us.
Storytime openings

available at library

Storytime has begun at Hillsboro Public Library, but there is still room for more children to attend from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Classes are open to children 3 years old through those attending kindergarten, and the session will continue through the end of April.

The program includes various activities, such as reading books, playing games and enjoying crafts.

A charge of a $2 registration fee helps with the cost of the crafts.

Enroll by coming into the library or calling 947-3827.

Quilt guild to meet

Feb. 7 in Hillsboro

The Country Stitchers Quilt Guild will meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at Hillsboro United Methodist Church.

The program will be a hands-on demonstration presented by guild members Paula Perry and Mary Lancaster. Each member is asked to bring a fat quarter in appreciation.

The cost for non-guild members to attend is $2.

Grief support group

to meet Feb. 7

The next meeting of an area-wide grief support group will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at 415 S. Lincoln, Hillsboro.

Open to anyone 65 and under, the group focuses on people who have lost a spouse or loved one.

The meeting will include a short devotional time and prayer, sharing time, informal visiting and refreshments.

The group meets on the first Monday of the month, and there is no charge to attend.

For more information, call Vince Schroeder at 947-3256.

Breakfast/field trip

at Hesston arboretum

Dyck Arboretum of the Plains will offer a breakfast and field trip from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, starting at the Hesston arboretum.

Keri Waltner, with Waltner Wood and Wall Designs, will present “Bringing Nature Inside Through Faux Finishing.”

Participants will visit at least three sites where nature-inspired faux finishing has been installed.

The cost is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Breakfast and transportation are included.

Call 620-327-8127 by Feb. 3 to make reservations.

February banquet

at Trinity Mennonite

Trinity Mennonite Men will host a father/son/daughter banquet at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, in the church’s fellowship hall.

The program will be provided by Eric Schrag and the Klingenberg Brothers-Derek, Bret and Grant.

The cost of the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children in kindergarten through the sixth grade.

For reservations, call Eldon Funk at 947-5777 by Feb. 6.
Singers to perform ‘Singing Valentines’

A group of 20 young and energetic singers will be ready and willing to spread Valentine cheer through their music.

The Goessel High School Elbiata Singers, directed by Greg Bontrager, will perform “Singing Valentine’s” in the surrounding area as a fund-raiser.

“Singing Valentine’s” will be delivered Monday, Feb. 14, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For a small fee, the select mixed ensemble will go just about anywhere and sing two or three songs for your special person.

Call for reservations at 620-367-2242 to make your sweetheart’s day unforgettable.

Post Office holds

appreciation day

The Hillsboro Post Office will have its customer appreciation day Wednesday, Feb. 9, in conjunction with National Consumer Protection Week.

Refreshments will be cookies and apple cider, and information on consumer protection will be provided.

The theme for the week is “Work at Home Scams-They Don’t Pay.”

MCSEC board

to meet Feb. 9

The Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board of Directors will meet for a special meeting at 6 pm., Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the MCSEC conference room at 302 W. Eighth in Florence.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the executive director search process.

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