Happenings (Jan. 26, 2010)

Marion City Library plans brunch, talk

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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.

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MCSEC schedules special meeting

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The Marion County Special Education Cooperative board of directors will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the conference room at, 1500 E. Lawrence, Marion.

All meetings are open to the public.

For more information, call Becky Savage, clerk, 620-382-2858.

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First Relay meeting planned for Feb. 3

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The kickoff meeting for this year?s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marion County is planned for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Marion Family Physicians Clinic basement at 537 S. Freeborn.

Participants are asked to use the west door to enter.

This year?s all-night fund?raiser will return to Reimer Field at Tabor College in Hillsboro June 18 and 19.

All past team captains are invited to the kickoff meeting, as is anyone interested in becoming a team captain or learning more about the event. Registration packets and information will be distributed and refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Becky Hullet, team captain chairwoman, at 620-381-4617 or co-chair Jo Hett at 382-4451. Either volunteer may also be reached via e-mail at bhul05@yahoo.com or joella.hett@slhmarion.org.

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Tampa game night changed to Jan. 31

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Tampa?s game night is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31.

Organizers ask people to bring a snack to share.

The game night was moved from Feb. 7 due to Super Bowl Sunday.

For more information, call 785-965-2639.

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Burns Church seeks donations for Haiti

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The Burns United Methodist Church is assembling ?health kits? to send to Haiti as part of the relief effort for earthquake survivors.

Health kits will consist of the following items sealed in a one-gallon plastic bag, said Tina Spencer, publicity coordinator.

Items include a hand towel, but no kitchen towels, a washcloth, a comb that is large and sturdy, but not pocket-sized, a nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers), a bath-size bar of soap, 3 ounces and up, a toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper and no child size brushes, and six adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages.

Anyone who would like to participate by donating any of the items can drop them off at collection sites during regular business hours. Those include Burns Hardware Company, Flint Hills Junction, Sticks and Twigs and Community National Bank.

Items can also be dropped off at the Methodist Church, Washington Avenue, on Sunday morning or from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Money will also be accepted. The deadline to donate items for this project is Saturday, Feb. 6.

For more information, call Cindy Jackson at 620-726-5515 or Fern Goodwin at 620-726-5876.

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Peabody to go back in time Jan. 31

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The Peabody Historical Society is sponsoring, ?A Day in Peabody,? as it might have been in 1884-85 on Sunday, Jan. 31, said Marilyn Jones, president.

The day will include a quilting program and a presentation in the Carnegie Library basement.

In addition, a variety show featuring musicians and a juggler will be among the festivities.

?Mr. Peabody and Jay Gould and cast will be at the original first free library in Kansas to tell just how this structure on the prairie came to be,? she said.

Polka dancers at the old Morgan House barn will offer visitors insight into one way money was raised to support the library in the earliest days.

The Morgan House will serve as the Women?s Relief Corps soup kitchen to provide food for the hungry, Jones said.

Soup and dessert will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Morgan House and tickets for the performances can be purchased at the Carnegie Library basement. Shows will run from 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 620-983-2815.

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Spanish courses offered in February

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Marion County Cultural Arts & Learning Center will be offering Spanish courses in Burns and Marion next month.

The classes will begin Monday, Feb. 1, and end Thursday, Feb. 25. Classes will be offered in the morning or afternoon in both communities and evening classes are available in Burns.

Class time and location will be determined by the interest in each community. Each class will be one hour in length and will meet Monday through Thursday.

Cost of the course is $120 in Burns and $160 in Marion. The textbook, ?Dos Mundos,? will cost $10. The instructor is Nedy Grimwood, Burns, and the classes will be taught in her home.

The location for the classes in Marion is yet to be determined.

To enroll for the course, contact Nedy at 620-726-5691.

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New BBBS calendar fetes local heroes

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County is selling a 20-month calendar featuring local emergency responders from the county as a way to raise money for the student-mentoring organization.

The calendars, which cost $10, feature firefighters, law enforcement officers and medical technicians at the city and county levels. Featured are: the county sheriff?s department; police departments from Marion, Hillsboro, Peabody and Florence; the Kansas Highway Patrol; fire departments from Florence, Peabody, Lehigh, Burns, Hillsboro, Lost Springs, Marion, Tampa and Goessel; and emergency medical crews from Goessel, Hillsboro, Marion, Florence and Peabody.

The calendar begins with January 2010 and runs through August 2011.

To purchase a calendar, call Jackie Rice, director of BBBS in Marion County, at 620-382-3800.

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