Canton seniors plan Sept. 26 meal

The Canton Senior Center is inviting the public to a fund-raising dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the center.

The menu will be fish, scalloped potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, cake and coffee or tea.

Donations collected for each meal will go toward the general operating expenses of the center, according to organizers.

CIS and restaurants plan ‘Family Day’

Communities in Schools of Marion County, in partnership with pizza restaurants in Hillsboro and Marion, is sponsoring a “Family Day” after 4 p.m. to closing time on Monday, Sept. 25.

“Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner With Your Children” is a national effort to promote parental interaction as a simple way to reduce substance abuse by children and teens and raise healthier children, according to Linda Ogden, director of the Marion County CIS program.

Since 1996, research has shown that the more often children eat dinner with their family the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use illegal drugs.

“If you think the norm is dinner at 6 with smiling faces, a nice pot-roast and vegetables, and relaxed conversation about the events of the day, you’ve likely not spent much time in a typical household in the past 30 years,” Ogden said.

To encourage having a dinner together, Pizza Hut restaurants in Hillsboro and Marion are offering a coupon that provides for two medium pizzas, five breadsticks, a pitcher of soft drink and 10 pieces of cinnamon sticks for $23.99.

The coupon, which must be used Monday, Sept. 25, after 4 p.m., is located on page 6A in this week’s Free Press.

Bands earn top ratings at state fair

All of the USD 410 bands that competed in the state fair band contest in Hutchinson last Wednesday received “I” ratings, according to Gregg Walker, director of bands.

The high school’s Trojan Band played “Sousa on Parade” and “All the Small Things.”

The seventh- and eighth-grade bands played “Dynamite Drums” and “I Get Around.”

Walker said the Trojan Band will be participating in a joint performance with the Marion High School Band during halftime of the Hillsboro-Marion football game Oct. 13.

The high school band also is planning a marching concert at Tabor College’s Reimer Field at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24.

A work auction will follow the concert. The auction is part of an effort to raise money for a trip to Branson, Mo., later this year.

Trinity/First offer mid-week activities

Trinity and First Mennonite churches of Hillsboro are offering Wednesday evening activities at Trinity Mennonite Church, 211 S. Elm.

Each week, a meal will be served beginning at 6:15 p.m. A small donation is requested to cover costs, but the public is welcome to participate.

Classes begin at 7 p.m. for children age 4 through fifth grade, SALTeens (grades 6-8) and TFY (high school). An adult Bible study also meets at 7 p.m. at Trinity.

A women’s Bible study, led by Nadine Friesen, is offered at 7 p.m. in the chapel of First Mennonite Church, 102 S. Ash.

For more information, call the church office at Trinity at 947-3824 or First at 947-5662.

Reception for Eva Koehn’s 90th

The children of Eva Koehn will celebrate her 90th birthday with a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Burns Community Center.

Cake and homemade ice cream will be served.

Friends, family, neighbors and former classmates are invited to attend.

Card shower for Clark twins’ 80th

The families of Virgil Clark and Virginia Clark Waggy request a card shower for the twins’ 80th birthday Sept. 27.

Cards may be mailed to Virgil Clark at P.O. Box 101, Burns, KS 66840, and to Virginia Clark Waggy at 500 N. Topeka, El Dorado, KS 79042.

Movie morning at Marion library

A Walt Disney computer-animated movie about the adventures of four zoo animals in the jungle will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Marion City Library.

The public is invited to attend. Children age 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pillows are recommended.

For movie title and other information, call the library at 620-382-2442.

Goessel garden club to open season

The season’s first meeting of the Town & Country Garden Club will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Bethesda Home conference room in Goessel.

Scott Vogt of Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston will present “Heat-Loving Plants and Xeriscope Gardening.”

Visitors and new members are welcome. For more information, call Jane Hiebert at 620-367-2639.

Golf benefit for scholarship fund

The fourth annual Alexanderwohl Golf Benefit for the Mennonite College Student Ministries Team will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Pine Edge Golf Course.

The 18-hole tournament will be a two-person scramble with prizes awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams.

Entry fee or sponsorship of a hole is $25.

For more information or to sign up, contact Doug and Vanessa Schroeder at 620-327-4719 or Carol Duerksen at 620-367-2408.

American Legion to host Morin

Hillsboro American Legion Post No. 366 will host National Commander Paul A. Morin on his three-day tour of 16 Kansas posts with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Morin is a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army and an active member of the Aldenville, Mass., American Legion Post No. 337. He has served as department commander and chaired the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, Legislative and Employment commissions.

In 2001, he was honored by U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi with the Secretary’s Award for service to the nation’s veterans as president of the National Association of State Veterans Homes.

To confirm reservations for the breakfast, call the post home at 947-3624 after 3:30 p.m.

Historical society plans gospel event

An Indian Harvest Gospel Gathering will be hosted Sept. 30 by the Peabody Historical Society, beginning at 4:30 p.m. with a meal of soups and pies in the basement of the Carnegie Library.

Following the meal, Joshua and Jacob Marshall will give a tour and demonstration of the Peabody Printing Museum.

Participants can also visit the restored 1881 home of editor W.H. Morgan.

A bluegrass gospel concert by the Brothers and Sisters of Goessel and the Emmanuelaires of Abilene will be held at 7 p.m. in the historic Christian church across the street from the museum complex on the north side of Division.

Tickets are available from board members or at the Mayesville Mercantile for $10 in advance or $12.50 at the door.

Checks for advance tickets may also be mailed to Pauline McPheeters, 406 Maple, or Marilyn Jones, 1556 E. 59th, Peabody, KS 66866.

Other board members are Ed Slocombe, Ross Baker, Ron Hedrick, Ellen Teaford, Pat Jury, Pat Henderson, Pat Ketchum, Carmen South and Tom Schmidt.

Youth group plans BBQ as fund-raiser

The youth group at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, is planning a barbecue-chicken dinner as a fund-raiser prior to the football game between Tabor College and Bethel College this Saturday.

The dinner will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until the food is sold out. It will be served on the west side of the Bethel College tennis courts at the football stadium parking lot in North Newton.

Chicken halves will sell for $5; chips and drinks also will be available.

Proceeds from the meal will go toward a convention the youth group plans to attend in San Jose, Calif.

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