Daily Life, December 10, 2014

Letters to Santa drop-off continues

The Marion City Library is accepting letters to Santa Claus through Dec. 12.

Children can drop off letters inside the library, 101 Library St., during regular business hours. Library staff will make sure Santa receives the letter and writes back.

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturdays.

Open house to cap library celebration

Peabody Township Library board is hosting an end-of-year open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 13.

?This will be the final event in our ?Year of Cele?bration,?? said Rodger Charles, director. ?All through 2014 the library has celebrated its 140th anniversary and also celebrates the last 100 of those years as a Carnegie Library.?

At the open house, 78 books for children and young adults that the library received through a Libri Foundation grant will be displayed. Various community members will read a book to children in attendance.

The library also will debut the new gaming system it acquired through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Minors will need parental permission to access the system. Permis?sion slips will be available at the open house.

The library also will display the Chromebooks that were purchased this year to support the students attending USD 398.

?Night in the Barn? set for Dec. 20-21

The Tabor Mennonite Youth Fellowship will present its annual living nativity ?Night in the Barn? from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21.

Assembled in the barn of Maynard Knepp and Carol Duerksen between Goessel and Hillsboro are the llama that gives kisses, the big cow with her little calf, the sheep wearing bells, and the donkeys that share their love of people?and other creatures.

The come-and-go event will feature perspectives from the innkeeper and a shepherd, and Christmas carols.

Guests are welcome to gather around a bonfire and enjoy hot drinks as part of the evening?s activities. Admission is free and donations to the youth group will be accepted.

Directions to ?Night in the Barn? are as follows: from Goessel, three miles north on Kansas Highway 15, four miles east on 150th, three-fourths mile north on Falcon. From Hillsboro, four miles south on Indigo, three west on 150th, three-fourths mile north on Falcon.

For more information, call 620-386-0709.

TEEN group to meet via phone

The Technology Excel?lence in Education Network will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, via a phone conference to be initiated from the USD 410 central office at 416 S. Date, Hillsboro.

For more information, call Lena Kleiner at 620-877-0237.

GES musicians to perform Dec. 15

The K-5 students of Goessel Elementary School will present their Christmas program at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, in the GES gymnasium.

Students in kindergarten through grade three will present ?Christmas Time Memories,? with songs about snow, toys, food and celebrating the New Year.

The fourth and fifth-grade choir will present Christmas choral pieces. The K-5 choir will lead the audience in ?Away in a Manger? and ?Joy to the World.?

Marcia Brubaker is the K-5 music teacher. Choirs are accompanied by Rebecca Miller and Karen Unruh.

The fifth-grade band will make its debut, playing familiar Christmas carols. Each fifth-grade band member will perform a solo. Scott Taylor is the band director.

HHS/MS concerts will be Dec. 16, 18

Hillsboro Middle School and High School invites the public to their annual Christ?mas concerts in the USD 410 auditorium.

The HMS choirs and bands will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16. The HHS choirs and bands will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18. High school choir alumni are invited to join the choir onstage for a performance of ?Peace, Peace.?

Attendees are encouraged to come early.

Two giveaways for HES playground

The Hillsboro Elementary School Site Council playground committee asks the community to participate in two giveaway opportunities through outside organizations.

U.S. Cellular-McPherson is sponsoring a promotion on its Facebook page?U.S. Cellular – McPherson?where all page ?Likes? through Friday, Dec. 12, represent $1 donated to the HES playground goal. There is no monetary cap for this promotion.

Additionally, Lang Diesel, Inc. is sponsoring a ?$1,000 for your Favorite Charity? giveaway. The HES playground is one nomination among others from Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma. Individuals can vote once per 24-hours through Dec. 25 on the company?s Facebook page.

Durham Christmas scheduled Dec. 13

A Christmas celebration in Durham begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the community center.

Hot dogs and a variety of treats will be served.

Other highlights include entertainment and Christmas sacks for children.

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