Wiebe to be feted at book reception
A book signing reception for Katie Funk Wiebe is planned for noon to 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, at the Java Jays in the Tabor College Student Center on campus.
Over the past 30-plus years, Wiebe, English emeritus professor of Tabor College, has been a prolific writer of books and articles.
Her most recent book, ?You Never Gave Me a Name: One Mennonite Woman?s Story,? is a memoir that records her search for identity as a woman widowed with young children who became a writer, college professor and advocate for women within Mennonite circles.
Copies of ?You Never Gave Me a Name? will be available for purchase and signing at the reception. The event is being sponsored Tabor College Library.
Reading program, crafts start June 15
The Marion City Library will offer creative craft classes from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday afternoons beginning June 15 and continuing until July 6.
The crafts are designed for children ages 8 through 12. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, a library official said.
Craft classes offered include painting a wooden peg coat rack June 15; making clay pinch pots with Shawn Voth, June 22; making a scrapbook page with Karen Miles, June 29 and tie-dyed T-shirts, July 6.
In addition, the Summer Reading Program begins June 15 through July 10.
Students will be able to keep track of their reading activities on their ?Be Creative @ Your Library Reading Record.?
For more information about the reading program, craft classes or how to register, call 620-382-2442.
Church broadcasts to return via cable
Because of production decisions made by Eagle Communi?cations, the cable-TV provider for much of Marion County, broadcast of the weekly Sunday services of two Hillsboro churches is temporarily off the air.
Morning worship services from Hillsboro United Methodist Church and Parkview Menno?nite Brethren Church had been broadcast over Channel 45, which was based at Hillsboro High School.
Eagle Communication is moving the equipment to Marion, according to Charles Grant, HUMC pastor. Both churches hope to have their services broadcast again within a few weeks, he added.
Details will be announced when arrangements have been finalized.
Chat and Dine Club potluck canceled
The Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club has canceled its potluck scheduled for Saturday, June 6. The next dinner will be a cookout Saturday, July 4.
For more information, call Paul White, event coordinator, 620-382-2900.
Marion Library to show movies
The Marion City Library will be showing movies at 2 p.m. each Wednesday from June 10 to July 15 in the Kansas Room.
The movies will be fairly new releases rated G or PG, according to a library source.
All children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.
For a list of titles or for more information, call Marion City Library,
Run, toy show registration nears
With the annual Fourth of July celebration in Ramona about 30 days away, Jessica Gilbert, event chair, said three of the day?s events require advance registration.
Those three events are the Redneck Run, the Poker Run and the Redneck Toy Show.
The Redneck Run is a two-mile run/walk, starting at 8 a.m. at Fourth and D streets in Ramona. Registration must be received by June 23 to receive shirts for the race.
People wanting to register or needing more information are asked to call Julie Noeth at 785-258-4086.
The Poker Run is from 10 a.m. to noon with one prize for the winning hand. Registration is $5 per entry with a 90 percent payback in prizes plus a luncheon barbecue for all participants.
Pre-registration can be completed online through June 30 at RedneckinRamona.com. After that date, participants are asked to register at 9 a.m. July 4 at registration headquarters, 207 D in Ramona.
Motorcyclists can register for both Toy Show and Poker Run for $8. The coordinator is Brian Haden, 785-577-9752.
The Redneck Toy Show is from noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Ramona. This is a judged show with trophies awarded in the following categories: cars, trucks, motorcycles, lawnmowers, ag-related, non-motorized, off-road vehicles and play bikes (mini-motorcycles).
Prize drawings for show participants will be at 4 p.m. Go to RedneckinRamona.com through June 30 to pre-register. After that, registration is from 9 a.m. to noon July 4 in downtown Ramona.
The first 20 entrants will receive a Redneck Toy Show dash plaque.
Motorcyclists can register for both the toy show and poker run for $8. For more information, call Brian Haden, coordinating both events, at 785-577-9752.
Maxwell Wildlife offers June events
Officials with the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge near Canton recently announced two June activities.
Hours for the Spring Wildflower tour are being extended to include a tour starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13.
?We invite guests to board the tram for a guided tour in search of wildflowers,? according to a spokesperson with Friends of Maxwell in Canton. ?People will see the buffalo with their baby calves on this tour.?
For prices, or to make a lunch reservation, call 620-628-4484.
For Sunday, June 7, a horseback trail ride is planned, but guests must bring their own horses. Those interested are asked to call 620-628-4455 for a reservation.
CDDO meeting slated for June 15
The Board of Directors of the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will hold its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, June 15, in the commission meeting room at the Harvey County Courthouse in Newton.
There will be opportunity for public forum.
Commemorative 125th mugs on sale
The planning committee for Hillsboro?s 125th Anniversary celebration has selected businesses to make commemorative mugs, medallions and T-shirts.
These items have all been designed with the round 1884-2009 logo featuring the Funk Building, better known as Olde Towne, surrounded by the words ?Hillsboro, Ks 125th Anniver?sary.?
Paula Heyen was chosen to make the hand-thrown mugs using her Flinthills glazing pattern depicting earth and sky with the logo stamped on the front.
Other pottery can be seen at her shop, ClayWorks, 1111⁄2 E. Grand, Hillsboro.
For more information on prices, or to buy memorabilia, visit the Museum Visitor Center, 501 S. Ash, Hillsboro; Quilt and QuiltRacks, 130 N. Main St.; Hillsboro city office, 118 E. Grand Ave., or Hillsboro Furniture, 112 S. Main.
Six Appeal plans workshop June 6
In addition to a concert, Six Appeal will offer a workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, in the music room at Marion High School, 701 E. Main, Marion.
Anyone is invited and particularly choral musicians and high school seniors.
Six Appeal is the opening act for Foghat Friday, June 5 during Chingawassa Days. The group is also performing at 3 p.m. Saturday at Marion Park and that evening at Country Lakes Cafe.
MOPS plans first half marathon run
Mothers of Preschoolers is sponsoring its first ?Run For Your Momma Half Marathon,? Saturday, Aug. 8.
The event will feature a half marathan, half marathon relay and two-mile fun run, according to Bethany Carlson, one of the organizers. It take place at Marion County Lake, she said, and awards will presented to top winners.
Registration forms are available by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org or mailing registration forms to Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Attention: MOPS, 105 Eastmoor Dr., Marion, KS 66861.
More details will be available in a future edition of the Free Press.
Free concert slated June 14 in Goessel
A free concert featuring ?Bob and the Boys? is planned for 7 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at the Goessel Elementary School auditorium.
The group includes Bob Delk and Rod Just on guitar; Lewis Hagen and Steve Hanneman, trumpet, and Eugene Just, keyboard.
Organizers are inviting everyone to attend this free evening of gospel music.
New conservation programs funded
The Marion County Conser?vation District has a new signup period for water resources and non-point source cost-share practices.
Both programs, a conservation district spokesperson said, are funded through the Kansas Conservation Commission and administered by the conservation district.
The signup continues through Friday, June 12, with funding available in July for those practices whose rankings identify them as natural resource priorities.
For more information, call 620-382-3520.
Lutheran Church plans VBS June 15
Zion Lutheran Church, 106 N. Lincoln, Hillsboro, is planning a Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon June 15 to June 19.
The theme is ?There?s No Place Like Rome,? offering children adventures with the Under?ground Church in ancient Rome.
Organizers are asking that registration forms be turned in to the church office or any of the Sunday school staff by Wednesday, June 10.
For more information, call 620-947-3522.