Happenings (Dec. 23, 2009)

Frostbite 4-mile set for New Year?s Day

Fitness enthusiasts are invited to register for the fifth annual Frostbite Four-Mile Run planned for 2 p.m. New Year?s Day in Hillsboro.

Participants, who can either walk or run the in-town course, will meet and finish at the Scout House in Memorial Park.

The entry fee for this non-competitive event is $10. Those who pre-register by Dec. 18 will receive a commemorative gift. Walk-up registration is allowed.

For more information call 620-947-3690 during the day or 947-3342 in the evening, or e-mail recreation@cityofhillsboro.net.

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Biggest Loser starts fourth year Jan. 4

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Greenhaw Pharmacy is again sponsoring its weight loss contest for the months of January through May.

The first weigh-in is Jan. 4-8. Those who miss those dates but would like to participate should call for information.

The cost is $25 per contestant with 85 percent of the money going toward prizes.

Another weigh-in will be held the first week in March, which is at the half-point of the contest.

The top 10 people in March will receive $10 each in Hillsboro bucks. The final weigh-in is May 3-7.

The contest features divisions for men and women. Winners will be determined by the fit factor formula, which is percentage of pounds lost plus the percentage of fat lost.

Other opportunities for contestants during the four-month event are discount cholesterol screenings and weighing in on the body composition machine for $5 during the contest with an appointment.

To sign up for a weigh-in, call Jeanne Rziha, coordinating the event, at 947-3048.

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Church invites all to celebration

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Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Kansas Highway 15, Goessel, is inviting everyone to Christmas week services.

On Sunday, Dec. 20, the handbell choir, directed by Mary Schmidt, will perform; the Chancel Choir, directed by Renae Schmidt Peters and accompanied by Marcia Brubaker and Karen Unruh, will present ?The Christmas Story According to Saint Luke,? created by Pam Andrews.

The annual Christmas Day Worship Service begins at 9:45 a.m. with an organ prelude by Karen Unruh. The remainder of the hour service will include Christmas carols and prayers, a meditation by pastor Linda Ewert and music by Kyle Unruh on the trumpet.

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Parkview Church plans Dec. 24 event

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Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, 610 S. Main, Hillsboro, will have its annual Christmas Eve program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The program will include lighting the advent candles, singing Christmas carols, Scripture reading, devotional and a candle-lighting ceremony.

The public is invited.

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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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Marion blood drive planned for Jan. 11

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An American Red Cross blood drive is planned for Marion from 2:25 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, in the St. Mark?s Activity Center at Holy Family Catholic Church, 415 N. Cedar.

The drive will be hosted by Pilsen Knights of Columbus Council 3423.

To make an appointment to donate call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

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FFA will collect live Christmas trees

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The Hillsboro High School FFA chapter will pick up live Christmas trees Saturday, Jan. 9.

The trees can be dropped off at the county fairgrounds; members also are offering curb-side pick-up.

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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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