Happenings (March 17, 2010)

Goessel seniors planning fundraiser

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Everyone is invited to join Goessel senior citizens at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 25, for a chili, relishes and desserts fundraising event.

A program following the meal at 7 p.m. will feature Eric and Friends.

Proceeds will benefit the senior center, according to Eleanor Goertzen, committee member.

The event will be at the?Agape Senior Center, 101 N. Wheat St., Goessel. No reservations are needed, and the cost is a donation.

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Spring Storytime reservations sought

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Marion Public Library?s Spring Storytime will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Fridays beginning March 26 for children ages 3 through 5.

Each session will include a book read to the children, a craft project and a snack, said Janet Marler, librarian.

Because space is limited, Marler encourages parents or guardians to call 620-382-2442 for more information or to register a child.

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Organist to present Wichita concert

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Diane Bish, ?First Lady of the Organ,? will be featured in a concert at 3 p.m. Palm Sunday, March 28, at the Wichita First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway.

Tickets are available at the door.

A native of Wichita, Bish is the sister of Judith Priest, Marion. Bish travels worldwide as a concert organist and has been the producer-artist of the television program series ?The Joy of Music? broadcast at 6:30 p.m. each Saturday on KPTS Channel 8.

For more information about the concert, call First UMC at 316-267-6244, or Judith Priest at 620-382-8904.

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Lost Springs plans community event

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The city of Lost Springs is planning its first community event, ?Cinco de Mayo on the Santa Fe Trail,? May 15, said Tish Keesling, city council member.

?We are a very small community and with generous contributions from our community and corporate sponsors, we will succeed in this endeavor,? she said.

The committee is also seeking volunteers or contributions to help make the event an even bigger success.

For more information on how to help, call Keesling at 785-983-4824.

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Underage drinking targeted by groups

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In an effort to combat underage drinking, the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks will be working additional hours this spring, said Marvin Peterson, KDWP.

?These additional enforcement hours have been made possible through a grant administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation,? he said.

Persons caught on KDWP properties will be processed through the judicial system.

The enforcement effort is a joint project between KDOT and KDWP to make the state a safer and pleasant place to enjoy the outdoors, Peterson said.

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Biggest Loser top five announced

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Contestants competing in the fourth edition of the Biggest Loser contest weighed in last week, a spokesperson said.

Contestants are scored by the fit factor method, which is determined by the percentage of fat lost.

This is the halfway point with the final weigh-ins the first week of May.

Currently leading the group is Julie Kerbs of Tampa at 15.8.

Jamie Richardson of Hillsboro with 10.9 is in second place; Kevin Kalua of Hillsboro is third with 8.9; Dan Kinning of Hillsboro is fourth with 5.9; and Lillian Bookless, 4.1, is in fifth place.

All five contestants will receive $10 worth of Hillsboro Bucks, courtesy of Greenhaw Pharmacy.

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Quilt show begins March 19 in Marion

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The Marion Public Library, 101 Library St., Marion, is having its annual quilt show beginning Friday, March 19, said Janet Marler, librarian.

Twenty-five quilts will be displayed by local quilters and available for viewing during regular library hours.

The quilt show will continue through March 31.

For more information, call the library, 620-382-2442.

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Free college class day March 27

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The deadline is nearing for Butler Community College?s ?Free College Class Day,? from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 27, featuring Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft and Andy Rizza, Stone Creek Nursery, as guest instructors.

The free class registration deadline is Monday, March 22. Interested persons are asked to call 316-322-3193. Online registration is at: www.purelearning power.com.

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Parkview plans drive for March 29

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A blood drive is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 29, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, 610 S. Main, in Hillsboro.

All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply, said Bev Kerbs, donor recruitment representative, Central Plains Region, Emporia.

?A blood donor card or driver?s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in,? she said.

?Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form),? Kerbs said.

In addition, there are new height and weight restrictions that apply to donors younger than 19 and Kerbs said she encourages prospective donors to visit redcrossblood.org to learn more about those restrictions.

To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767.

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Daisy Girl Scouts seeking donations

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In conjunction with Girl Scout’s World Thinking Day, Nikki Jones, troop leader for the local Daisy Girl Scouts, is encouraging Marion County residents to donate food to Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro.

For more information, call Jones at 620-947-1927.

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