County Democrats to meet April 21
Marion County Democrats will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in the basement conference room in the Marion Community Center. An elevator is available.
All county Democrats are invited to help plan for the May 5 Democratic gubernatorial candidate forum.
Commodities arrive in county April 25
Government surplus commodities will arrive at senior centers in Marion County April 25.
Each site will distribute them according to their own schedule and may not distribute on the same day. Check with your local site for its schedule.
Lehigh residents should pick up commodities at Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro.
If there are no commodities left at your site, call the Marion County Department on Aging at 620-382-3580 to find out where commodities are available.
Commodities are available to persons who are income eligible and should be picked up from your local distribution site.
To be eligible for commodities, household monthly income must be below $1,316 for a one-person household, $1,784 for two persons, $2,252 for three persons, $2,720 for four persons, $3,188 for five persons.
For each additional family member, add $468.
Hugo Vera coming to Tabor College
Tabor Arts will host Hugo Vera at 7 p.m. April 19 in the Richert Auditorium of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.
Vera is an accomplished artist who is best known for his brilliant voice.
Vera has performed 34 roles and 20 choral orchestral works with distinguished companies in the U.S. and is currently a part of The Metropolitan Opera artist roster.
During the performance, he will be accompanied by Jeb Wallace, principal horn with the Wichita Symphony and assistant professor of horn at Wichita State University, pianist J. Bradley Baker, collaborative pianist and vocal coach at Tabor, and vocalist Jen Stephenson, director of vocal music at Tabor.
Together they will perform duets from the opera “Carmen” and “La boheme.”
Author will talk on early opera houses
Jane Rhoads, 2009 winner of the Notable Kansas Book award, will be the featured speaker at the Lifelong Learning program at 9:45 a.m. Friday in the Heritage Lobby of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College.
Rhoads will describe how opera houses played a significant role in early frontier Kansas communities, and provided great opportunities for European and eastern U.S. settlers to express their cultural ideas and establish them into these new societies.
The public is welcome to attend, and can register at the door for $5. Attendees may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the session at the discounted price of $4.
West Coast men’s chorus sings May 6
The West Coast Mennonite Men’s Chorus will perform at Tabor College at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 6 in the Richert Auditorium of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.
Now in its 41st year, the choir has performed 120-plus concerts in more than 25 locations throughout California and British Columbia.
Forty-two of the ensemble’s 120 members will make the trip to Hillsboro.
“Many in our chorus grew up in Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado, and still have family in these locations,” said Leon Thiessen, Chorus chair. “For me personally, it is a thrill to be able to come back to sing at my alma mater.”
The concert will include 13 songs, with the addition of two smaller ensemble performances.
For more information, visit www.wcmmc.com or the group’s Facebook page.
TC Symphonic Band to perform April 22
Tabor Arts hosts the college’s Symphonic Band “Pops” Concert at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 22, in the Richert Auditorium of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. The free event is open to the public.
The concert also will feature popular music from composers who hold great prominence in the music field, including Elmer Bernstein, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Klaus Badelt and Leonard Bernstein, according to Shawn Knopp, director of bands at Tabor.
Jen Stephenson, director of vocal studies at Tabor, will also perform with the ensemble. Stephenson, a soprano, has a wide variety of stage experiences.
week starts April 23
The annual Hillsboro city wide clean-up week is from April 23-27 to give residents a chance to throw away trash or smaller items at no extra charge during a resident’s regular trash day.
Any extra items for the clean-up week must be bagged, boxed or bundled, or they won’t be collected.
For larger items, such as appliances, individuals are asked to call city hall at 620-947-3162 to schedule a pick-up time.
Trade book fines for food donations
Hillsboro Public Library patrons can have fines forgiven in exchange for non-perishable food donations until April 23. All approved food items will be donated to the food bank at Main Street Ministries.
Patrons may clear $2 in fines for every approved non-perishable food item donated, not to exceed $20 in fines forgiven.
Requested items include: peanut butter, canned fruit, canned chicken, tuna, spaghetti sauce, hamburger helper, dry milk, pudding.
Donations must be dropped off in the library during open hours, not in the book drop.
MCDA class aims to prevent diabetes
The Marion County Department on Aging is hosting an informational meeting about its Diabetes Prevention Program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Trinity Mennonite Church, 211 S. Elm, Hillsboro.
The program is designed to help people stop the progression of pre-diabetes into Type 2 diabetes. The program is recognized and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and helps reverse pre-diabetes through proper diet, exercise and education.
This one-year program meets once a week for the first four months and then once or twice a month for the final eight months. The program will begin May 1 and meet 7-8 p.m.
This class is for people age 18 and older who have received a diagnosis of prediabetes. The April 24 meeting will give participants an opportunity to fill out a one-page screening questionnaire that will determine if they are a candidate for the program.
The cost for the year-long program is $120; if participants attend all sessions, they you will receive a rebate of $60 at the end of the program.
For more information call 620-382-3580.
Burns church to show documentary
Burns Countryside Church will be showing the documentary, “The God Who Speaks,” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22.
The 90-minute documentary traces evidence of the Bible’s authority through interviews with some of the world’s most respected biblical scholars.”