Canton Senior Center to host fish fry

Canton Senior Center will have a fish fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 1.

Fish, scalloped potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, cake, coffee and tea will be served.

A free will donation will be taken.

Good Friday service at Alexanderwohl

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance will hold a Good Friday Service of Darkness at 7 p.m. on March 25 at the Alexanderwohl Church.

The worship will include a variety of styles and expressions to remember what Jesus experienced during his trial and crucifixion.

An offering will be taken for Mennonite Central Committee’s tsunami relief.

Victory in the Valley to host weekend

Victory in the Valley will hold its Sixth Annual Camp Victory Women’s Weekend April 29-May 1 at the CrossWind Conference Center in Hesston.

The weekend retreat, “A Pause on the Prairie,” is a custom-designed, educational and relaxing weekend for women who are patients and survivors of cancer.

National speaker Christine Clifford of Minnesota, a cancer survivor and the president of The Cancer Club, as well as author of “Not Now, I’m Having a No-Hair Day: Cancer Has Its Privileges,” will be speaking on “Hope, Laughter and Positive Thinking.”

Saturday will be “Pampering on the Prairie,” with sessions including massages, skin care and glamour classes, reflexes/foot massages, 30-minute workout classes and other activities designed to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.

Scholarships are available. Contact Shawn Steele at 316-682-7400 for more information.

Victory in the Valley is a non-profit, cancer-support organization founded in 1983 with the mission to assist and encourage cancer patients and families.

Camp Wood YMCA to hold retreat

Women of all ages are invited for a weekend retreat April 1-3 at Camp Wood YMCA in Elmdale.

A variety of activities are scheduled for the weekend, including crafts, beauty tips, cooking, educational workshops and traditional camp activities. Participants will also have the option to go horseback riding, climb a 50-foot Alpine climbing tower or swing on the giant swing.

Rachel Ireland will also be available to give massages at the Prairie Fire Inn seven miles from camp. Ireland has 750 hours training in massage therapy and energy healing, as well as nearly 10 years of experience in a wide variety of massage therapy and spa settings.

Massage costs vary from $35 for a half hour to $75 for one hour and 15 minutes. To schedule a massage, call Ireland at 620-273-6356.

Retreat costs vary from $20 for a Friday-night stay to $100 for the whole weekend. Registration deadline is Monday, March 28.

To register or for more information about the retreat, call Anne Snyder at 620-273-8641 or visit www.campwood.org.

Marion County Lake to open with dinner

Marion County Lake residents, seasonal and full-time, will open the season at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 with the traditional covered-dish dinner.

Following dinner, Tom Kimbrel will present the program “Protection from Identity Theft: What You Need to Know.” Kimbrell, a resident of the Lake for six-and-a-half years, is the Marion representative for Edward Jones.

Agenda items include approval of a budget for the 2005 year, sign-up for hosting the monthly events through November and reports on planned activities for the year.

Hosting the event are Wilma Gilmer, Nadine and Delmar Iseli, Jason Kirchmer and Rachel and Marion Toland.

Cottonwood Falls to host county festival

The Cottonwood Falls Retail Merchants Association will host the fifth annual Chase County Prairie Fire Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 9 in downtown Cottonwood Falls.

The festival will celebrate the county’s annual pasture-burning ritual with music, food, quilt display, pony rides and a photography contest for youth.

The festival is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Suzan Barnes at 620-273-6763.

Aulne, Florence UMC to hold special services

Special Holy Week services will be held at Florence and Aulne United Methodist churches, said co-pastors Bob and Judy Priest.

On Holy Thursday, the two congragations will gather at 7 p.m. at Aulne UMC for a time of worship with Scripture readings that include “the first Passover,” Psalm 116 and the Upper Room account of “the new commandment.” Judy Priest will preach and lead the congregation in Holy Communion.

Tenebrae, or Service of Darkness, will be held at 7 p.m. on Good Friday at Florence UMC. Several passion hymns will be sung as Scripture is read. Bob Priest will preach on “Alone, Forsaken, Dying.” Eighteen individuals from the churches will read the story of the passion of Jesus Christ while the sanctuary lights are dimmed and 13 candles extinguished, symbolizing the Good Friday events.

At 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, a sunrise worship service will be held at Aulne UMC with singing and a sermon by Linda Allison, followed by breakfast in the basement of the Aulne church.

At 9:10 a.m. Aulne UMC will celebrate the resurrection with a presentation of a dramatic musical, Tom Fettke’s “The Cross,” by the adult and youth choirs, directed by Lynn Just and accompanied by Julie Nelson.

At 11 a.m., Florence UMC will celebrate in a traditional worship service, with Judy Priest preaching on “Quivering Rocks and a Rolling Stone.”

FFA chili feed, work auction April 9

Hillsboro FFA will hold a chili feed at 6 p.m. and work auction at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 in the Hillsboro High School Commons.

FFA members will be auctioned off to raise money for the chapter. They can be bought to do everything from office work to digging holes in the garden at home.

Those unable to attend may call Tim Kilgore at 947-3391 to make an absentee bid.

Parkview MB to hold

car wash for LA trip

A group from Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church will hold a car wash from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 in front of Main Street Ministries to raise funds for a June mission trip to Los Angeles’ Skid Row.

The group will partner with the Center Student Missions to serve meals to the homeless, help with daycare and provide clothing at an inner-city rescue mission.

The group will also work with Parkview missionaries Tim and Malia Peters at LA Central City, a church in Skid Row that also hosts S.A.Y. YES! Center for Youth Development, an after-school program for children who live in nearby Skid Row hotels. The group will help in leading Bible times and tutoring neighborhood children in this program.

Hillsboro UMC

to present cantata

The Hillsboro United Methodist Church choir will present “Were It Not for Grace,” an Easter musical, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 905 East D Street.

The cantata is directed by Allen Ediger and accompanied by pianist Marie Adams. It will be narrated by Lyman Adams.

The public is invited to attend.

Composer adopted for NMTA recitals

Tabor College hosted the first “Adopt a Composer” project for the Newton Area Music Teachers Association with a series of recitals on Saturday, March 12 at the Chapel-Auditorium.

Kevin Olson of Elmhurst College near Chicago was the selected living composer adopted this year by the piano teachers of NMTA.

Fifty-two students of 13 teachers participated in playing Olson’s compositions. Participating students were Reece Berens, AlexAnna Ratzlaff, Breanna Koehn, Adam Wilgers, James Conner, Logan Porter, Lydia and Emily Reiss, Jennifer Kaufman, Monica Plank, Caroline Collett, Caitlin Conner, Tiffany Fisher, Arin McMullen, Meredith Burkhart, Lucy Collett, Angela and Andrea Veer, Kaitlin Becker, Emily Olson, Heather Stepanek, Darla Schmidt, Maria and Julia Loewen, Hannah Bostic, Michaela Guhr, Katie Pritchard, Lilly Webb, Erin Winter, Emily Sechrist, Jacob Humber, Tanner Sechrist, Kristyn Wedel, Elizabeth Martin, Peri Lange, Amy Bartel, Tena Loewen, Katie Dellinger, Mikaela Needles, Julia Seibel, Alyssa Bettles, Julia Sauder, Jordan Riggs, Luke Friesen, Ben Baumgartner and Amanda Faber. Mason Hinz and Ryan Clough presented original compositions.

A premiere composition of Olson’s was performed by Julie Wedel, Tara Harms-Becker, Benjamin Heyen, Darcy Lance, Lucy Collett and Andrea Veer.

Each student had the option to enter a poster contest illustrating the selection they were playing. Lynnie Tran had the winning poster, used as a cover page for the program brochures.

The teachers were provided a catered luncheon in Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

The guests of the recitals and the students were honored with a reception after each session.

Newton Music Teachers Association is an affiliate of Kansas Music Teachers Association, the state organization designed to promote dignity, integrity and prestige in the music profession.

Participating teachers for the “Adopt and Composer” recitals were Melody Bontrager, Karla Conner, Roberta Gingerich, Lillian Harms, Marcia Jacobs, Carol Klingenberg, JoAnn Nickel, Rebecca Olson, Marilyn Reimer, Beverly Richards, Karen Schlabaugh, Sheila Schmitt and Deborah Toews. Schmitt, of Tabor College, is presently the chairwoman.

Blood drive to be

at Goessel church

The Goessel GWCA will host an American Red Cross blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, March 28 at Goessel Church.

At least 80 blood donors of all blood types, especially O-positive and O-negative, are needed to help area hospital patients.

Call 620-367-2399 for more information.

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