Happenings (March 10, 2010

Goessel to screen for kindergarteners

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Goessel kindergarten screening is scheduled Friday, March 26, at the Goessel Mennonite Church.

Children need to be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2010, to be eligible.

Anyone with preschooler who will be eligible for kindergarten in the 2010-11 school year, is asked to call 620-367-8118.

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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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MES kindergarten enrollment begins

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Kindergarten enrollment and round-up evaluation is under way at USD 408, Marion-Florence.

Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2010, to qualify for class this fall, said Deb Shipman at Marion Elementary School.

The kindergarten round-up evaluation is scheduled for Monday, March 22.

Parents who would like to enroll their children for kindergartners in fall must set up an appointment for the round-up by calling Shipman at 620-382-3771 or toll-free 800-498-2014.

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Cinderella?s Closet set for March 21

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Hillsboro Mennonite Breth?ren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe, is hosting its third-annual Cinder?ella?s Closet from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 21, in the fellowship hall.

The event is open to any high school girl in Marion County who is attending prom this school year. Participants can select a prom dress and take it home at no charge.

Anyone who has a dress, jewelry or small clutch purse to donate can bring it to the church or call 620-947-3583 and leave a message where the items can be picked up.

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Commodities arrive at centers March 11

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities will be available at senior centers in Marion County Thursday, March 11.

Food items include beef in natural juice, green beans, mixed fruit, apricots, corn and rice cereal, canned chicken, walnuts and Great Northern beans.

Each center will distribute these commodities according to their own schedule, said Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator with the Marion County Department on Aging.

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Post office sponsors appreciation day

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Hillsboro Post Office is sponsoring a Customer Appreciation Day Friday, March 12, at its facility, 201 N. Main St.

The event is in conjunction with National Consumer Protection Week with this year?s theme, ?Dollars & Sense.?

Everyone is invited to stop by for refreshments, and consumer information will be available, said Becky Larson, Hillsboro postmaster.

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State of the school district scheduled

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The Ministerial Alliance in Peabody is sponsoring a community meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the Baptist Church, 402 N. Vine St., Peabody.

A PowerPoint presentation on the state of the school district will be made by USD 398 Superintedent Rex Watson.

The information will include state budget cuts and how the district has, and plans, to address those cuts. A time for questions and answers will also be offered.

Library discussion group to meet

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Hillsboro Public Library?s book discussion group will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, March 12, at Brenda?s Bloomers, 111 W. Grand, Hillsboro.

The group will discuss the book, ?The Children?s Blizzard? by David Laskin.

Anyone is invited to attend regardless of whether or not they have read the book, a spokesperson said.

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HES kindergarten screenings to begin

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Hillsboro Elementary School will hold kindergarten screenings Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 1.

Children need to be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 to be eligible for kindergarten this fall.

Those with preschoolers who will be eligible for kindergarten in the 2010-11 school year are asked to call the HES office at 947-3981 to set up an appointment for the round-up.

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Fundraising event to help church set

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A soup dinner fundraising event is planned from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Trinity Mennonite Church, 211 S. Elm, Hillsboro.

The menu includes chili, chicken noodle and potato soups.

All proceeds will go to help build the Nahontai Hmong Church in Chiang Mai Province Thailand.

A mission team from Trinity Mennonite Church visited this congregation in December 2009, a spokesperson said, and was moved by the crude structure that they worship in.

For more information, call 620-947-3824.

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ELP quiz bowl slated for April 12

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Marion County students involved in the Extended Learning Program will take part in a quiz bowl at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, at the Marion School District auditorium, 701 E. Main St.

?This will include all the ELP students from Marion, Hillsboro, Center, Goessel and Peabody-Burns, along with students from Butler county schools of Remington, Flint Hills and Bluestem,? said Sherri Sells, facililtator with the Marion County Special Education Cooperative ELP program.

The quiz bowl is a fun event, she said, mixing fourth through sixth graders on teams from different schools.

?They get to know each other through these and other events, and it is a great way for them to network with other,? she said.

For more information about the ELP?program, call Sells at 620-382-5808.

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