Happenings (April 14, 2010)

Trinity to host health screenings

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Stroke and osteoporosis screenings will be available starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Trinity Mennonite Church, 211 Elm St. Hillsboro.

The event, hosted by Life Line Screening, will give participants health information related to cardiovascular conditions, such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and more.

The screenings are for both men and women.

For more information or to make an appointment, call toll-free 877-237-1287 or visit: www.lifelinescreening.com.

Pre-registration is required.

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Deadline April 19 for caregiver event

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The deadline is Monday, April 19, for the Hospice Care of Kansas community conference ?Focus on the Caregiver? from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.

?The conference is open to healthcare professionals and anyone in the community wanting to learn more about issues facing caregivers,? said Sherry Smith, one of the organizers.

Seven speakers will focus on topics such as communication barriers, symptom management, effects of dementia on the caregiver, healthy grief and interdisciplinary care.

The fee of $10 covers the workshop, lunch and handouts. CEU credits are available for professionals.

The event is being sponsored by Hospice Care of Kansas, Salem Home, Home Instead, Marion Assisted Living, Newton Medical Center, Senior Care Pharmacy, NEST Vehicles and Prairie View.

For more information or to register, call Smith at 800-854-4802, or e-mail ssmith @hospicecareofkansas.com.

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?Kids and Alcohol? event set April 15

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The public is invited to a community briefing at the Hillsboro High School auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, to raise awareness about issues related to underage alcohol use.

?This briefing is for seventh- through 10th-grade students, parents and all community members,? said Linda Ogden, director of Communities in Schools.

The free event is offered by HHS and CIS.

For more information call Ogden at 620-947-3184 or e-mail: linda.ogden@usd410.net.

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HCH to celebrate volunteers April 21

As part of National Volunteer Recognition Week, Hillsboro Community Hospital will be having a thank-you party for HCH volunteers from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 in the Activity Room at HCH.

Organizers will be available to provide information to anyone interested in the volunteer program.

Featured speaker for the party is occupational therapist DeVona Roble, who will talk about the importance of occupational therapy in swing-bed recovery.

Johna Magnuson, chief nursing officer, will be available to answer questions.

HCH volunteers help with swing-bed patient visits and assist with games, crafts, reading or visitation. Volunteers also help with registration and escorting of patients on certain outpatient procedure days.

People interested in volunteering are welcome to attend the meeting. For more information, contact Velma Hadley at 947-3802, or HCH at 947-3114.

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HES fifth-graders to give musical

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Fifth-grade students at Hillsboro Elementary School will present the musical, ?A Kid?s Life,? at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Hillsboro High School Auditorium, 500 E. Grand.

?What would happen if there was no electricity, no cell phones, no laptops, and video games? No fun!? said an organizer of the musical. ?When Grandpa and Grandma arrive on the scene, the kids learn to have fun without all the fancy gadgets.?

For more information, call Shirley Baltzer, music teacher, 947-3981.

The public is invited.

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Dinner will benefit Relay for Life

A pork-chop dinner is being planned for May 1 to benefit Marion County Relay for Life, which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

The dinner will from be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at VFW Post 6958 in Marion.

Organizers will serve barbecued pork chops, potato casserole, coleslaw, a dinner roll and dessert for $10.

Tickets are required and must be purchased by April 26 from Rhonda Brenzi?kofer, Eunice Christian?sen, Jeri Klose or Janet Herzet.

Call 382-3226 or 382-7232 for ticket information.

?The American Cancer Society spends the funds raised through Relay For Life on research, education, advocacy and patient service efforts that benefit everyone in the community,? said Herzet, who is the RFL chairperson from Marion.

This year?s Marion County Relay For Life will take place June 18-19 at Tabor College.

For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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HHS media center to host book fair

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The Wiebe Media Center at Hillsboro High School will be hosting a Scholastic Pilot Book Fair beginning Wednesday, April 14 through Friday, April 23.

Scholastic?s intent is to bring books that will meet the interest level of high school students, according to librarian Sandy Arnold.

The theme is ?The Last Page Caf?,? where every book is good to the last page. The Caf? will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except Fridays.

Drinks and cookies will be sold daily for $1 each before school and after lunch.

Students will be eligible to win daily book prizes, as well as several grand prize giveaways?including free books from the fair and a ?night out? package to Applebee?s and the movies. All chances are 25 cents each.

Proceeds go to the library for books for the high school.

Open house set for Goertzen April 20

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The city of Goessel is hosting an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 honoring Anita Goertzen for her 20 years of service.

Goertzen started her career with the city in 1990 as a utility billing clerk. In July 1996 she accepted the city clerk?s position. During her 20 years, she has seen many changes in community leadership and construction of the city building and the new water tower.

?Helping residents,? is what Goertzen said she enjoys most about her job.

Everyone is invited to stop by the city building, 101 S. Cedar, and congratulate her on her 20 years of service to the city.

Reservoir cleanup planned Saturday

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Marion Reservoir is sponsoring its eighth annual cleanup day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17.

Anyone interested in helping is encouraged to join the group.

For planning purposes, organizers are asking participants to call 620-382-2006 or 620-382-2101, but those who show up that morning without calling are also welcome.

Participants are asked to dress to get dirty, but gloves, trash bags and refreshments will be available.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Corps of Engineers office on the east side of the dam.

For more information, call the phone numbers above.

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