Hillsboro plans first outdoor light event
The Hillsboro Convention and Visitors Bureau is sponsoring its first Outdoor Christmas Lights Decorating contest with 25 percent of registered participants receiving $100 in Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce bucks.
Judging will be done anonymously Dec. 18-19. Lights will need to be on from 5-10 p.m., so judges can see displays.
The deadline to enter is Dec. 15.
For more information or to register, call the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce at 620-947-3506. Registration forms are also at the Cham?ber office.
Tampa?s Christmas celebration Dec. 5
Everyone is invited to a Christmas celebration planned for Saturday, Dec. 5, in Tampa.
The event begins with a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7-9:30 a.m. at the Tampa Senior Center. The cost is $5 for adults and children over age 10. Children age 10 and under eat for free. Santa will arrive at 10 a.m., and his house will be in the renovated filling station on the corner of Main Street.
Free child screening in Florence Dec. 8
Marion County Early Intervention Services is planning a free screening for children birth through 5 years old Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Florence. Appointments will be available from 12:30-3 p.m.
At the screening, development will be checked in the areas of cognitive, motor, speech/language, and social/emotional. Vision and hearing will also be screened.
This process usually takes at least one hour for a child to complete. All children are welcome, but an appointment is necessary. To make one, call 620-382-2858.
Food, fellowship at Lifelong Learning
Food and fellowship will be the focus of the final fall session for Lifelong Learn?ing at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College in Hillsboro.
The public is welcome to attend for a fee of $5. Participants will celebrate the holiday season with a feast of music and Christ?mas goodies, and they are encouraged to bring a plate of a holiday finger food to share.
During the gathering, Tabor student Heather Loewen will provide harp music. Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music, will lead the group in singing well-known Christmas carols.
Participants may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the session at the discounted price of $4.
For more information, call 620-947-3121 ext. 1706 or email miriamkliewer@?tabor.edu.
Tabor to present ?Messiah? Dec. 6
Tabor College will present its long-standing Christ?mas rendition of Handel?s ?Messiah? at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, performed by the Tabor College Oratorio Chorus and Community Orchestra at Hillsboro Mennonite Breth?ren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music, will conduct the performance for the 18th time at Tabor.
Featured as soloists are the following students: Casey Guthals, sophomore; Reuven Isaac, sophomore; Ruth Springer, sophomore; Michael Beye, junior; Heather Loewen, junior; Daniel Quiring, junior; Faith Tonne, junior; Olivia Klie?wer, senior; Krista Neifert, senior.
Faculty members performing solos are Jen Stephenson, David Martens and Holly Swartzendruber.
The stage will include professional instrumentalists, many of whom return to perform with Tabor every December.
Hillsboro Chamber luncheon Dec. 8
The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its December luncheon at noon Dec. 8 at the Scout House in Memorial Park.
Entertainment will include the Noble Sisters performing traditional and contemporary Christmas music, as well as reciting poetry.
The children include Eva, 13, Ellie, 11, and Emma, 10.
Lunch includes roasted turkey roulade, sauteed baby bakers, green beans, egg nog, bundt cake and dinner roll.
Reservations are needed by Dec. 3. For more information, call the Chamber office at 620-947-3506.
Commodities slated to arrive Dec. 9
The Marion County Department on Aging reminds recipients that government surplus commodities arrive Dec. 9 at senior centers.
Each site will distribute commodities according to its schedule. Check with local sites for day and times. If no commodities remain at assigned location, call 620-382-3580.
Main Street Ministries will be the location for Lehigh residents to pick up their commodities.
In receive commodities, monthly income must be below the following: one person, $1,276; two people, $1,726; three people, $2,177; four people, $2,268 and five people, $3,078.
For each additional family member add $451.
HES Christmas concert is Dec. 7
Hillsboro Elementary School will present the third-fifth grade Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 in the high school gym.
Each class has prepared a couple of Christmas favorites to share with family, friends and community.
The grand finale will be performed by all grades singing ?Silent Night? with the assistance of American Sign Language.