Happenings (Feb. 18, 2009)

90th birthday party planned Sunday


An open house to honor Catherine Hein?s 90th birthday will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at St. Mark Activity Center in Marion.

Prior to the birthday party, the family has planned a special dinner, also at the same location.

Greetings may be sent to her at: 118 N. Cedar, Marion, KS 66861.


Local blood drive scheduled March 2


Trinity Mennonite Church, 211 S. Elm, Hillsboro, is sponsoring a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 2.

?Anyone, even a member of your family, could need blood,? said Bev Kerbs with the American Red Cross in Wichita.

The only requirements for giving blood is that donors be in good health, weigh 110 pounds or more and be at least 17.

In Kansas, anyone 16 years old can give blood with a completed parental consent form.

Blood donations are important, she said, and no reason is necessary to give.

?With the holidays, travel plans and inclement weather in some parts of the country, blood donations can drop to dangerously low levels,? Kerbs said.

For more information or to book appointments, call Kerbs at 620-342-2557 or Norma Dixon, 316-268-0836.


Dementia support group to meet


The Marion County Dementia Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the chapel at Salem Home in Hills?boro.

Facilitators for the evening are Esther Pankratz and Sharon Ressler. The group is for families and caregivers of dementia patients.

For more information contact Hillsboro Community Hospital, 620-947-3114.


Hillsboroan has part in Hutch show


Hillsboro resident Kelsey Unruh will have a part in Hutch?inson?s Family Children?s Theatre production of Disney?s ?Beauty and the Beast,? Feb. 19-22.

The show has a cast of more than 150. Unruh will play one of the Silly Girls who follow Gaston in the production.

?Beauty and the Beast? explores the themes of selfishness, provincialism, conceit, bigotry and the transforming power of love.

The show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Hall, 101 S. Walnut, in Hutchin?son.

Tickets are available online at www.familychildrenstheater.comFor more information concerning the production contact Craig Williams at 620-662-6027 or 620-662-1601.


Legislative coffee planned Feb. 28


Sen. Jim Barnett and Rep. Bob Brookens will speak at a legislative coffee at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the east room of Hillsboro City Hall, 118 E. Grand.

Topics include the 2009-10 budgets, cuts to education and other programs, Holcomb power plant, corrections and juveniles and the progress Kansas has made, according to Renee Gilkey, Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce executive director.

?If there are specific issues you want to hear about or questions you would like to ask before the coffee, please e-mail them to brookens70@sbcglobal.net,? she said.

The coffee is open to everyone. For more information, call Gilkey at 947-3506.

Local Head Start needs volunteers


Marion County Head Start classrooms are all needing volunteer hours from the community

Along with helping in the classrooms, volunteers may also consider in-kind donations or presentations to the young people.

For more information, call Lesli Beery in Marion, 620-382-6014, ext. 140, Karen Fryhover, Hillsboro Family Advocate, or Kelli Chisholm, Hillsboro teacher, 620-947-3981 or Venita Lowen 620-983-2188 in Peabody.

All classrooms need the volunteers.


Special Olympic tournament nears



The faculty and staff at Tabor College and the Hillsboro Kiwanis Club members will host a basketball tournament March 19, 20 and 21 in Hays.

The tournament will benefit Special Olympics.

More than 150 athletes are expected to participate with games beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding each day by 1:30 p.m.

?Teams from four counties will participate,? said Deborah Collier, one of the coordinators. ?Teams will be divided with similar ability levels.

All proceeds go to Special Olympics, she said.

?It is due to the actions of community groups which support events like the Special Olympics, offering a chance for people often left out of the mainstream of life.?

For more information about the tournament, e-mail Collier at debkcollier@gmail.com or call 316-283-4263.


Georgia speaker comes to Hillsboro


Evangelist Dennis Petty of Cornelia, Ga., will be the guest speaker at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Cottonwood Valley Baptist Church, 803 West A St. in Hillsboro.

Petty will also be featured at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, through Friday, Feb. 27, at the church.

?His wife Amelia will be doing special music throughout the meeting,? said Plato Shepherd, Cottonwood Valley Baptist pastor.

Everyone is invited. For more information, call 785-826-6397.


Screening available for young children


A free screening for children birth through 5 will be offered 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Marion Presbyterian Church, corner of Lawrence and Elm in Marion.

Appointments will be available during those times, said Debbi Darrow, coordinator.

The screening will assess development in the cognitive, social, motor and speech-language areas. Vision and hearing will also be checked. This process usually takes about one hour for a child to complete.

All children are welcome, but an appointment is necessary.

Appointments may be made by calling 1-877-878-4519 ext.113 or 620-878-4720.


HES musical set for Thursday evening


Hillsboro Elementary School first- and second-grade students will present the musical ?How Does Your Garden Grow?? at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the high school auditorium, 500 E. Grand Ave.

The public is invited.


GES to feature U.S. music styles



Goessel Elementary School is sponsoring its all-school music program at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the gymnasium.

?Kindergarten through fifth grade students will participate in Destination: America! which is a musical celebration of American music and styles of music that have shaped America,? said Marcia Brubaker, one of the directors.

Rock ?n? Roll, Motown, Country, Broadway and guitars are the styles to be featured.

Fourth- and fifth-grade students will sing songs that present the five styles and what makes each unique, she said. Kinder?garten through third grade students will sing songs to match each style.

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