Happenings (Feb. 3, 2010)

Deadline for library brunch Wednesday

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The Marion?City Library is sponsoring a program and brunch at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, featuring Kim Vogel Sawyer of Hutchinson, a Christian author and inspirational speaker.

Prior to her talk, ?Lessons Learned From Chocolate,? the brunch will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the cost to attend both is $5.

According to organizers, Sawyer?s program is a light-hearted look at how opening the wrappers on a certain brand of chocolate candy helped open her eyes to Bible reading, putting her on a growth spurt.

She also will talk about her books and be available for signing copies.

The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, Feb. 3. For more information or to make a reservation, call the library at 620-382-2442.

Soup supper to benefit 8-year-old

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The public is invited to a benefit soup supper from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Tampa Senior Center.

The menu includes chili, chicken noodle soup, sandwiches, relishes, dessert and drinks. A donation will be collected with supplemental funding provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Proceeds will benefit Isaac Clymer, 8-year-old son of Matt and Crysta (Bentz) Clymer of Great Bend, formerly of Marion County. Isaac has two sisters, Lilly, 5, and Emma, 2.

Isaac has amblyopia/strabis?mus, a medical condition caused by poor control of the brain over the eye muscles. Because of this, Isaac has no three-dimensional vision, which presents many challenges with learning-related visual skills.

The condition requires travel to Wichita twice a week for four months to receive intensive therapy.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Greg Berens at 785-965-2296.

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Area bicyclists invited to meeting

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Area bicyclists are invited to join other riders for a meeting to discuss family rides, distance riding, group rides and more.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 105 N. Main, Hillsboro.

For more information, call Larry Schafer at 620-382-5381.

Centre High plans financial aid night

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A ?Financial Aid Night? is planned for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Centre High School, Room 9, 2374 310th, Lost Springs.

The presenter for this seminar is Scott Franz, director of financial aid at Tabor College in Hillsboro.

?This is the time of year for seniors and their parents or guardians to begin the process of applying for financial aid for post-secondary education,? said Lacy Wallace, USD 397 counselor.

Financial aid is available through the federal government and the state of Kansas.

The focus of Franz?s presentation will be the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Franz will explain how to complete the FAFSA and answer questions about the process.

?This will be an excellent time to ask any financial aid questions you might have concerning federal or state aid for post-secondary education,? Wallace said.

For more information, call Wallace at 785-983-4321 or e-mail: lacy@usd397.com.

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Bowl for Kids? Sake registration begins

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Teams are now forming for the Bowl for Kids? Sake fundraising campaign sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County.

?This is the organization?s largest fundraising campaign with all funds going toward matching kids in Marion County with the mentors they need,? said Jackilene Rice, executive director.

The event brings friends, family or co-workers together to enjoy an afternoon or evening of bowling, Rice said.

Team registration is due by Saturday, Feb. 20.

?We are hoping to fill the bowling lanes, which would mean having 50 to 60 teams,? she said.

The idea of the fundraiser is for teams to collect pledges for Big Brothers Big Sisters, then turn in their pledge sheets on the day of the event.

Teams bowl for free and are provided refreshments as a thank-you for raising money to help Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The money underwrites the cost of matching volunteer mentors with the kids, Rice said. The cost per match is about $300 in Marion County.

Those costs include running background checks on all prospective volunteers and on going supervision of each match by a professional staff.

This year?s event begins at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Sher Bowls Lanes in Marion and Trail Lane Bowling in Hillsboro, and at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Sher Bowls Lanes, Trail Lane Bowling and Peabody Lanes in Peabody.

For more information or to sign up a Bowl For Kids? Sake team or to become a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple, call 620-382-3800 or go to kansasbigs.org.

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Free tax help available in Marion

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Marion County at Mid-Cap, 104 N. Fifth, Marion, is offering free assistance with basic tax returns as well as free e-filing.

To qualify for the program, your income must not exceed $35,000.

Participants need to call for an appointment at 1-888-877-5948 or 620-382-8807.

According to organizers, those who come for assistance should be sure to bring their Social Security card; this year?s tax package and/or label; all forms, W-2s and 1099s; information for all other income; information for all deductions or credits and a copy of last year?s tax return.

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Bake sale proceeds to support Haiti

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Good News Christian Church youth will be hosting a ?Bake Sale for Haiti,? from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at The Shepherd?s Shed, 900 E. Main, Marion.

Proceeds will go to Haiti Lifeline Ministries out of Hesston, which oversees the administration of the Centre for Children International Lifeline Haiti Orphanage.

For more information about the organization, go to haitilifelineministries.com.

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