Happenings (Feb. 25, 2009)

Country Stitchers Quilt Club to meet


The Country Stitchers Quilt Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, at the United Methodist Church, 905 East D St. in Hillsboro.

The program will feature Material Girls in Abilene presenting a trunk show and demonstration with Lisa Kobatich.

The fat quarter for the month is green or St. Patrick?s Day.


Legislative coffee slated in Hillsboro


Kansas Sen. Jim Barnet and Rep. Bob Brookens are planning a legislative coffee at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the east room at Hillsboro City Hall, 118 E. Grand Ave. ?Some of the topics they plan to highlight are the 2009-10 budgets; cuts to education and other programs; Holcomb power plant; corrections and juveniles and progress Kansas has made,? said Renee Gilkey, executive director of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. If there are specific issues constituents want to hear about or questions, both legislators ask people e-mail to: brookens70@sbcglobal.net.


Women?s History honors cowgirl


In honor of Women?s History Month, everyone is invited to attend ?A Chase County Cowgirl? starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pioneer Bluffs Historic Ranch near Matfield Green.

This free, first-person performance is sponsored by Pioneer Bluffs Foundation and will highlight the life of Marge Roberts, one of the ?ropin? ridin? Roberts? of rodeo fame, said Lynn Smith, foundation executive director.

Roberts, 66, was one of the top women trick riders from the 1930s through the 1940s. While still in grade school Marge broke horses for her father and neighbors; she began performing in the Clyde Miller Wild West Show at the tender age of thirteen.

Minta Van Nortwick, of Cottonwood Falls, will present the program.

Pioneer Bluffs is located one mile north of Matfield Green on Highway K-177. It lies on the east side of K-177 and has a distinctive limestone fence, Smith said.

For more information visit www.pioneerbluffs.org or call 620-753-3484.


Day of Prayer set in Peabody


Peabody Senior Center will be observing World Day of Prayer with a lunch at noon Friday, March 6, at the center, 106 Walnut. A program will follow at 12:30 p.m.

The first organized day of prayer was held Jan. 9, 1920 in Canada. The U.S. held its first day of prayer on Feb. 20, 1920.

Today, thousands of women (and men, youth and children) from around the world gather collectively to worship the first Friday in March, said an official spokesperson for the event.

Center officials are asking people to call 620-983-2226 to make a lunch reservation.

Everyone is welcome to attend only the program.


Free inspirational event set March 1


Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, 1498 Kanza Rd. in Hillsboro, is sponsoring an inspirational program at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 1.

Marsha Stanyer, director of the Rescue Mission in Wichita, will be sharing about their work.

A children?s choir and children?s story presentation along with other musical numbers will also be presented.

Everyone is invited to attend.


Evangelist plans talks in Hillsboro


Cottonwood Valley Baptist Church in Hillsboro is continuing its special meetings with Dennis Petty, an evangelist from Cornelia, Ga. Service times will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 24-27.

Amelia Petty, said Plato Shepherd, sponsoring the event, will be furnishing special music throughout the week.

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

Soil symposium planned Feb. 28

?Good Dirt: Saving the Building Blocks of Life Beneath Our Feet? is the program from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Dyck Arboretum, 177 W. Hickory in Hesston.

?Food is essential to our existence, health, and culture, said Julie Torseth, director.

?Therefore, the process of growing food and preserving that process for generations to come should be of vital importance to us all.?

With a current world population of over 6.6 billion people, and a projected population of over 9 billion people in another 20 years, greater production will be expected from the earth?s thin, fertile crust, Torseth said.

As agricultural practices and soil energy extraction intensify, protecting soils from chemical contamination and erosion become synonymous with national and global food security.

?We will hear about the science and history of soil formation, current but different approaches to soil conservation currently in use, and emerging ideas of sustainable soil use for the future,? Torseth said.

For more information, call 620-327-8127 or go to special events: www.dyckarboretum.org.


Four Tabor College instrumentalists have been selected to participate in the 2009 Kansas Music Educator?s Association College Honor Band Concert at 2:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Century II Concert Hall in Wichita.

The performance is free to the public.

Selected to perform from Tabor College are Emily Dick, Kingman, clarinet; Darren Enns, Hillsboro, trombone; Corina Neufeld, Denver, Colo., oboe; and Stephanie Wiens, Fresno, Calif., flute.

Honor Band members are selected from college and university instrumentalists from across the state of Kansas, based on sectional and solo playing, musicianship and dependability.

?It was my honor to recommend these students and support their selection,? said Richard Cantwell, concert band director and chair of the music department.

?The band members selected will all represent Tabor extremely well and will perform at a very professional level.?

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