Happenings (Dec. 16, 2009)

?Night in the Barn? set for Dec. 19-20

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The annual ?Night in the Barn? living nativity event by the youth group of Tabor Mennonite Church is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20 at the farm of Maynard Knepp and Carol Duerksen, located between Goessel and Hillsboro.

This year?s come-and-go program will feature the story of the innkeeper?s wife as well as the usual menagerie of animals that make the unique event a growing tradition for hundreds of people.

Christmas carols around a bonfire, hot drinks and sales of a youth group cookbook will also be available.

For more information, call 620-367-8432 or 620-386-0709 prior to the event.

Directions to the farm: from Goessel, 3 miles north, 4 east, ? north; from Hillsboro, 4 miles south on Indigo, 3 west, ? north.

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HHS/HMS concert planned for Dec. 21

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The public is invited to the Hillsboro Middle School and High School band and vocal departments? Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, in the high school gym.

Band selections will include ?Sounds of the Season? and ?An Old Fashioned Christmas.? The bands are directed by Gregg Walker.

Choir selections include ?Ding Dong Merrily On High,? ?O Come, O Come Emmanuel,? and ?Pie Jesu.? The choirs are directed by Lynn Just.

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Peabody-Burns sets Christmas program

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The Peabody-Burns Junior/ Senior High School bands will present their annual Christmas program at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, in the Brown Building Concert Hall.

The groups will be playing a variety of seasonal music, said Steven Glover, instructor.

The public is invited to attend this holiday event. There is no charge for the concert. Marion Singers will perform Saturday

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The Marion (High School) Singers will present the annual Candlelight Concert Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Historic Elgin House Ballroom.

Parents and grandparents may attend a 5 p.m. performance; a 7 p.m. performance is planned for the general public.

Because of limited seating for the public performance, free tickets will be available at the high school office.

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CVBC plans Dec. 20 program, supper

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Cottonwood Valley Baptist Church, 315 S. Main St., Hills?boro, is inviting the public to its Christmas program at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec 20.

The program will include Christmas music by families and a short film called ?The Greatest Gift Ever.? A supper will follow.

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EBC cookbook will raise mission funds

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The King?s Daughters of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Marion, has produced a cookbook of 250 member recipes.

The recipes, which include appetizers, main dishes and desserts, are identified with the contributor?s name. The book sells for $10.

Proceeds from the book will go toward mission projects, including medical supplies for a hospital on Cameroon, Africa.

For more information, call 620-382-2447.

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Help offered for drug plan signup

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The Marion County Depart?ment for Elderly is again offering to help seniors sign up for their 2010 prescription drug plans.

Open enrollment ends Dec. 31.

Those who are not changing plans this year do not need to do anything. It is recommended that those who are planning to change their plan should enroll by the second week in December.

This will allow time for their Prescription Drug plan details to be uploaded correctly into Medicare?s system, according to Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator of the Marion County Department for Elderly. That way, when they fill a prescription in early January, the pharmacist will know which plan they?re in and what to charge them.

For more information or an appointment, call Ratzlaff at 620-382-3580. The office also offers a pamphlet for those who want to go online to enroll themselves in a plan.

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?Miracle of Father Kapaun? Dec. 20

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?The Miracle of Father Kapaun? will be shown at Holy Family Parish in Pilsen at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20.

The regular mass will be at 10 a.m., followed by a potluck dinner and then the DVD presentation.

Copies of the DVD will be available for $20, and the public is invited.

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TEEN meeting set Wednesday

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The Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Wed?nesday at Marion High School in the director?s office by phone conference.

For more information, call Brandi Hendrix, TEEN advisor, 620-382-2168.

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MCSEC board will meet Monday

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The Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board of Directors will have its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, in the conference room, 1500 E. Lawrence, Marion.

The meeting will take place as a conference call.

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Goessel to sponsor blood drive Dec. 21

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Goessel is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mon?day, Dec. 21, at Goessel Menno?nite Church, 109 S. Church St.

?During this holiday season, what better gift than to give blood and save lives,? said Bev Kerbs of Emporia, the American Red Cross donor recruitment representative for Marion County.

?Whether a first-time donor or someone who gives on a regular basis, maintaining an adequate blood supply is critical to our community,? she said.

A blood donor card, driver?s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be 17 years old.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit bloodisneeded.org.

Marion students perform Thursday

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Third- and fourth-grade students at Marion Elementary School will present their Christmas concert at 1:10 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Performing Arts Center.

The students are directed by Anita Hancock.

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