Happenings (Dec. 2, 2009)

Leos plan 1-mile fun run Saturday

The Hillsboro Leos will be sponsoring ?Move your Feet So Others Can Eat,? a 1-mile fun run at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

The event will start and end in front of Emprise Bank at the corner of Main and Grand.

The entry fee will be nonperishable food items for Main Street Ministries.

Prizes will be given for best Christmas costume and most food donated. All participants will be entered in a drawing for prizes after the race.

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Schaeffler event planned for Dec. 5

Hillsboro Museums will present ?An Old Fashioned Christ?mas at the Schaeffler House,? featuring a visit by St. Nikolaus, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

All children ages 12 and under are invited to bring their parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family to meet St. Nikolaus and see the traditional Christmas tree at the Schaeffler House Museum at the corner of Grand Avenue and Jefferson Street.

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring cameras to photograph the children with St. Nikolaus. Hillsboro Convention and Visitors Bureau board members will be on hand to take photos for a $3 charge.

The decorations in the Schaeffler House will include an authentic Christmas tree adorned with Victorian ornaments and candles. Cookies and punch will be served to everyone.

The Schaeffler House event will follow the ?Christmas Memories? downtown parade that starts at 1 p.m.

Free covered-wagon rides will be offered downtown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The covered wagon will run from downtown to the Schaeffler House from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information call 947-3775.

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County Lake plans event for Sunday

?Neighbors on the Hill? is this year?s theme at Marion County Lake starting at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Marion County Lake.

A tunnel of lights will greet guests as they enter, and Santa Claus will welcome visitors with hot cocoa, candy canes, popcorn and live music.

The five-acre drive-through display of lights and decorations is one of the largest in the area, organizers said.

At the conclusion of the drive-through, continue around the lake to see the decorated homes. For those planning to attend, drive south on Airport Road to the stop sign. Turn left and proceed one mile to Hill Road on the east side of the lake.

The event is open to everyone.

Nativity collection, artwork on display

The Marion City Library will have Nancy Methvin?s nativity collection on display during December.

The collection includes more than 20 different scenes, some from Italy, Peru, Germany, South Africa and Spain.

Also on display are five pieces of painted artwork by Dean Batt. Both displays will be exhibited during regular library hours.

For more information, call 620-382-2442.

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Zion Church offers activities Dec. 6

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Zion Lutheran Church, 106 N. Lincoln St., Hillsboro, will be caroling at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at area nursing homes, followed by a soup and chili supper at 5:30 p.m.

In addition, movies will be shown, including the new Veggie Tales movie for children.

Everyone is invited to take part in the activities.

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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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Compost site moves for now

The city of Hillsboro compost site, which is located on South Wilson, has been temporarily moved across the road (to the east) on the sewer plant property, a spokesperson said.

In the near future, the site will be relocated to an area south of the city shop on North Adams.

For more information, call 620-947-3162.

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HHS?Chess Guild to host Dec. 12 event

Hillsboro High School Chess Guild will host its third annual K-12 chess tournament Saturday, Dec. 12 in the middle school gym.

All Marion County chess enthusiasts are invited to participate. Team trophies and individual medals will be awarded in three divisions K-5, K-8 and K-12.

Check-in is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. with first-round matches beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The pre-registration fee is $5 (Hillsboro students $2) by Thurs?day, Dec. 10. to Janet Whisen?hunt, who can be reached at janet.whisenhunt@usd410.net for more information.

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?Letters from Santa? program to begin

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?Letters from Santa? at Marion City Library will once again be offered to children.

Those interested in writing letters to Santa are asked to deposit them in Santa?s special mailbox at the library, 101 Library St. between Dec. 1-11 during regular hours.

Letters should include the child?s name and address so that Santa can reply.

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Peabody to host Christmas event

The annual Peabody Main Street Association Christmas event will be Dec. 5.

Details are still being finalized, but organizers said the event will be slightly different than in years past.

This year?s event will feature a ?Christmas Cookie Walk? where people can buy their favorite local treats by the pound. Another event is the ?Wreath Auction? with local artisans decorating wreaths to be sold to the highest bidder.

?Christmas With The Greenhorns? is something everyone enjoyed so much last year, one of the organizers said, that it has been brought back for more.

?Carriage Rides? is a new event. Participants can take a tour around the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods to see how Peabody has decorated for the season.

For more information, visit: www.peabodymainstreet.com.

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St. Nikolas will be at Holly Days event

Holly Days in Hillsboro will be Saturday, Dec. 5, with activities beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m. with an ?Old Fashioned Christmas with St. Nikolas.?

Organizers are also planning a parade in downtown Hillsboro starting at 1 p.m. Other activities include covered wagon rides from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and an FFA chili feed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillsboro City Building, 118 E. Grand.

For more information about Holly Days, call the Chamber of Commerce, 620-947-3506.

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