Happenings (April 15, 2009)

Legion Auxiliary meeting April 21


The Hillsboro American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the post home, 405 Floral Drive, in Hillsboro. The nominating committee will offer names of officers for election.

Members are asked to bring coupons, either current or expired no more than a few months. The coupons will be sent to posts overseas. The auxiliary is forming a team for Relay for Life. If interested call Kathy Carr at 620-947-3306.


?Fireproof? showing changed to April 25


The movie, ?Fireproof,? has been rescheduled to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

Peabody United Methodist Church is sponsoring the showing in its Fellowship Hall with complimentary beverages and popcorn served.

Childcare for infants and toddlers will be provided.

Church members invite the public to attend the free showing of this inspirational movie that, church officials said, has changed lives and improved marriages.


Morning TOPS group launched


A morning TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group has been formed in Marion.

It meets Thursdays at Marion Hilltop Manor (North Room), 1501 E. Lawrence. Weigh-in is from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; the meeting is 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call Lucille Bitner at 620-381-0465 or Estelle McCarty at 620-382-8486.

The evening TOPS group meets in the basement of the Marion Clinic at 6:30 p.m. Mondays. For more information call Joanne Fritzpatrick at 620-632-3965.


Dementia group to meet April 21


The Marion County Dementia Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the chapel at Salem Home in Hillsboro.

Facilitators for the evening are Esther Pankratz and Sharon Ressler. The group will view the second session in a DVD series called ?Understanding Alzheimer?s with Leeza Gibbons.? Gibbons? mother had Alzheimer?s Disease.

Time for sharing will be available at the end of the meeting for those who wish to share.

The support group is for families and caregivers of dementia patients. For more information contact Hillsboro Community Hospital.


Tampa Association plans movie night


Tampa Community Association is showing the movie, ?All Roads Lead Home,? at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 17. In addition to the movie, a special appearance by Jonas Frantz and his dog, ?Righty,? who is featured in the show will be there.

Marion County 4-Hers and their dogs will be performing a dog show before the movie at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to this free night of entertainment. For more information, call Carla Hajek, 785-366-7225.


April 18 is clean-up day at reservoir


Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, for the seventh annual Marion Reservoir Clean-Up Day.

Participants will meet at the Corp of Engineers office on the east side of the dam.

Whether for all day or even a few hours, volunteers are asked to call 620-382-2006 or 620-382-2101 to register participation.

The cleanup removes trash and takes on other projects in the Cottonwood River Basin centered on Marion Reservoir.

Developed areas of the reservoir are used for boating and fishing but this man-made waterway is also a wildlife refuge lying directly in the central North American flyway, officials said.

Organizers ask volunteers to dress appropriately and recommend gloves. But gloves, trashbags and refreshments will be provided.

The cleanup is being sponsored by Great Plains Computers & Networking, Tampa State Bank, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the reservoir and MudPuppy Stream Team #2642.


HCH plans meeting for volunteers


As a way to mark National Volunteer Week, April 19-25, Hillsboro Community Hospital is hosting a reception and meeting for current and new volunteers from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Activity Room, Room 14.

A brief program will be presented, and refreshments will be served.

Instituted in 1974, National Volunteer Week encourages individuals and communities to discover the power of volunteering.

Research shows that 25 percent of people who volunteer more than five times a year say volunteering has helped them lose weight.

In addition, 71 percent of volunteers who offer their professional skills and experience say volunteering helps combat depression.


Emma Creek 5K coming April 25


Area women are encouraged to register for the 20th annual Emma Creek Classic 5-K (3.1 miles) Walk, Jog or Run,

The event starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Hesston High School, 200 N. Ridge Road.

Sponsored by the Hesston Recreation Commission, the event draws a range of participants, from competitive runners to fun and fitness walkers, joggers or runners, organizers said.

Three team categories are offered: family team (five or more young or adult women related by blood or marriage), work place (five or more young or adult women employed by the same business) or special interest (five or more young or adult women belonging to the same club, church or common interest).

Registration includes a packet of gifts, chances to win gift certificates and a T-shirt.

Early registration for adults is $15 or $18, depending on type of T-shirt. All entries after April 16 will pay an additional $2. All children?age 14 and under?regardless of early or late registration, pay same amount. For more information, call 620-327-7128.


Hearts 4 Him to sing at Florence


Hearts 4 Him, a men?s vocal ensemble, will perform April 18 at Florence?s annual Spring Fling.

The ensemble began in August 2001. The original group, accompanied by a pianist, made its singing debut at the Koerner Heights Church in Newton.

Marion County residents will remember Dave Deutschendorf, who taught in the Marion and Florence school systems back in the 1960s.

The gospel group produced its first CD in 2006, followed by a second CD in 2008.

The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Spring Fling begins at 3 p.m. with kids? games followed by a meal at 5 p.m., then a cake and dessert auction at 6 p.m.

Also to be auctioned off are tickets for Royals baseball games, Shocker baseball games and Thunder Hockey Tickets.

Tickets to win one of three scooters can be purchased at Cottonwood Valley Bank in Florence, Marion Dry Cleaning in Marion, or by calling Cheryl Steward at 620-878-4348.

All proceeds raised by the event will go to support Labor Day activities.

HES will present ?Pirates? on April 21


Hillsboro Elementary School 5th Grade will present "Pirates" the musical Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p. m. at the High School Auditorium.

Everyone is invited to attend.


Marion Library asks for books, DVDs, cassettes


The Marion City Library is accepting new and used adult and children?s books, DVDs, audio (cassettes and CD form) and videos for their annual book sale Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2.

Items may be delivered during regular library hours: Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed Sundays.

For more information, call 620-382-2442.


Hesston College troupe to perform


The Hesston College Traveling Theater Troupe will be performing during the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church worship service Sunday, April 19 near Goessel.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. According to church officials, the group was formed to provide congregations with ?a new and exciting way of preaching God?s message.? All members of the troupe are students at Hesston College.

Megan Tyner, director of Hesston College?s theater department, will be directing the troupe. Performances include ?Jonah? from ?The Creation Chronicles? by Ted and Lee.


Relay for Life group plans dinner


The second annual Relay for Life Pork Chop Dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 2 at the VFW Post, 420 W. Santa Fe in Marion.

All proceeds from the dinner go toward the American Cancer Society?s fight against cancer.

Relay for Life brings more than 3.5 million people together to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, said American Cancer Society officials.

Participants at a Relay for Life event form a team or dedicate a luminary. Organizers said there is not a required amount of money to raise in order to participate in a Relay for Life event.

The philosophy behind why Marion County and other communities sponsor events is to represent hope that those who lost their battle with cancer will never be forgotten.

For more information, call 620-382-3593 or email 5rbrenz@kans.com.

Men?s Chorus plans two April concerts


The Kansas Mennonite Men?s Chorus is having a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Presser Hall, Bethany College, in Lindsborg and at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Memorial Hall, Bethel College, North Newton.

?A special feature this spring will be the participation of the Bethel College men?s group, ?Open Road,? at the North Newton concert,? said Greg Bontrager, chorus director.

The chorus begins its 41st season with about 300 singers. The mission of the group is summed up by its theme, ?We sing that others may live.?

Donations received at each concert are given to the Mennonite Central Committee for world relief. More than $500,000 has been donated to MCC over the span of 40 years.

In addition to the two concerts this year, the chorus will travel to Freeman, S.D., and Mountain Lake, Minn., June 5-7 for an extended weekend tour.

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