Daily Life, December 3, 2014

Tampa Christmas celebration Dec. 7

Tampa?s Christmas Celebration is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, with a soup supper by donation.

Other activities will include the arrival at 5:30 p.m. of Santa and Mrs. Claus and at 6:30 p.m. the Cotton?wood River Band.

For more information, contact Carla Hajek.

Holiday events set at Marion?s library

The Marion City Library is having a visit from Santa from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, along with making Christmas ornaments.

In addition to Saturday?s activities, cookies, cocoa and Christmas stories are featured from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8.

Tabor to present ?Messiah? Dec. 7

Tabor College will continue its ?Messiah? tradition with a performance by the Oratorio Chorus and Com?munity Orchestra at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Hills?boro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music, will be conducting ?Messiah? for his 17th time at Tabor.

Featured soloists this year are current students junior Faith Tonne, junior Olivia Kliewer, sophomore Heather Loewen, senior Trevor Morris and senior Sara Sagner.

Faculty members performing solos are Janie Brokenicky, David Martens and Holly Swartzendruber, along with alumnus Glenn Litke.

The community orchestra is comprised primarily of members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. The majority of the musicians have played for Tabor for many years, Vogel said.

?Messiah? premiered at noon on April 13, 1742, in Dublin, Ireland, as a benefit concert for local charities. Handel composed the entire piece in only 24 days.

Final fall session will be celebration

A holiday celebration will be the focus of the final fall session for Lifelong Learn?ing starting at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in the Wohlge?muth Music Educa?tion Center on the Tabor College campus.

?We will celebrate the holiday season with a feast of music and Christmas goodies,? said Miriam Kliewer, director. ?Please bring a plate of holiday finger food to share.?

Janie Brokenicky, assistant professor of choral music at Tabor, will perform several holiday pieces. A group of fifth graders from Hillsboro Elementary School, under the direction of Lynn Just, will sing Christmas songs.

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning sessions and may register at the door. Fees are $5 per session. Participants may enjoy lunch in the Tabor cafeteria after the session at the discounted price of $4.

?For more information, contact Kliewer at 620-947-3121 ext. 1706 or miriamkliewer@tabor.edu.

Brass choir to perform at Goessel

The McPherson Com?munity Brass Choir will present a free program of Christmas music at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7., at the Alex?an?derwohl Mennonite Church.

The 14-piece brass ensemble, directed by Jerry Toews of Goessel, has been performing since 1973. The ages of participants range from 29 to 87 and members come from a variety of occupations.

The event will include a piece for antiphonal trumpets and pipe organ.

The Alexanderwohl Church is located one mile north of Goessel on Kansas Highway 15.

Letters to Santa drop off continues

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

Children can drop letters off at the library, 101 Library St., Marion inside during regular business hours.

The library staff will make sure Santa receives their letter and will write back.

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

Free screening in Florence Dec. 9

Marion County Early Intervention Services will offer a free screening for children through age 5 from 12:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Florence.

At the screening, development will be checked in the areas of learning, motor, language and social. Vision and hearing also will be screened.

This process usually takes at least one hour for a child to complete. All children are welcomed, but an appointment is necessary. To make one call 620-382-2858.

Fundraiser Friday for brain cancer

Basketball fans will have the chance Friday to participate in a ?Layup 4 Lauren Challenge? during halftime of the Hillsboro boys? season opener at Robert C. Brown Gymnasium.

The boys? game will start around 7:30 p.m.

The event, which will benefit The Cure Starts Now Foundation, is named after Lauren Hill, a member of the Mount St. Joseph University women?s team who was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma.

Hill received national attention recently when she played her first and likely last basketball game before a sold-out home crowd. Hill continues to be a spokeswoman for the disease.

The fundraiser itself will include a raffle for Hillsboro Chamber Bucks. Also, for a donation, volunteers can attempt to make a layup with the non-dominant hand after being spun around five times.

For more information, go to thecurestartsnow.org.

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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