Hillsboro library group to meet
Hillsboro Public Library's book discussion group will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, May 8 in the library.,120 E. Grand Ave.
The group will be talking about ?Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world,? by Vicki Myron.
For more information, call Cathleen Fish, 620-947-3827 or e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Influential women will be CMBS focus
Aleen Ratzlaff, associate professor of communications at Tabor College, will speak on ?Tabor Women of Influence? at the annual spring dinner meeting of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 9, in the Wohlge?muth Music Education Center.
As part of the college?s centennial celebration, Ratzlaff?s speech will focus on women who have made an imprint on the Tabor community since its founding in 1908.
?We are very pleased to have this opportunity to focus on women whose voices deserve recognition in the history of Tabor College,? said Peggy Goertzen, CMBS director.
?Literally hundreds of women have contributed to Tabor?s story, and we would like to extend a special invitation to all women who have ever worked at Tabor to attend this dinner.?
Dinner is $14 per person. For reservations or additional information, contact CMBS at 620-947-3121 ext.1211/1212 or email email@example.com.
?Biggest loser? weigh-in begins
Greenhaw Wellness and Woods Wellness started weighing in contestants for the biggest loser contest Tuesday through Friday, May 5-8.
All contestants are encouraged to weigh-in regardless of how well they have done, organizers said.
The body composition machine will update you on your muscle or pounds of fat that have changed.
Everyone who weighs in will receive a drawstring backpack courtesy of Greenhaw Pharmacy. Cash prizes will be given to the top contestants.
To make an appointment for weigh-in, call Greenhaw Pharmacy at 620-947-3784 or Anna Woods at 620-877-7503.
City-wide cleanup week continues
Hillsboro?s annual Spring Clean-up continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, May 8. Items must be curbside on the day of a resident?s regular pick up by 8 a.m. This is a one-time only collection, city officials said.
The city is also reminding residents that branches and trash piles need to be separated. ?Do not place any tree limbs beside or on permanent fixtures such as water meters, electric poles, manholes, et cetera,? a spokesperson said.
Concrete or hazardous materials will not be collected. Tire disposal must be paid for in advance. Appliances can also be picked up at no charge, but residents are asked to call the city office to schedule a time.
After spring clean-up week branches will no longer be collected. Those with grass clippings, shrubs, leaves, dead flowers or corn stalks are asked to use Hillsboro?s compost site (located on South Wilson, past residential area, south until pile and sign are visible).
For more information, call 947-3162 or e-mail: www.cityofhillsboro.net.
Shepherd?s Shed has new location
Shepherd?s Shed Free Clothing Store recently moved from its location at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 229 Walnut St. to 900 E. Main St. in Marion.
The store offers free clothing and shoes to anybody who comes in, according to Robin Dicks, manager.
?Donations come from the community,? she said ?and (building) rent is paid for by churches, organizations, businesses and people.?
For more information, call Dicks at 620-382-2643.
Mother?s Day event set at arboretum
The FloraKansas plant sale at Dyck Arboretum in Hesston will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, May 10 with proceeds benefitting the operation of the arboretum.
?The mission of the arboretum is to emphasize environmental horticulture, helping people to appreciate, preserve and utilize native and adaptable plants,? said Julie Torseth, director.
The plant sale is co-sponsored by the Kansas Native Plant Society and members will be on hand to help learn more about native plants.
The schedule of activities for Mother?s Day Saturday on May 9 includes ?Herb Chat? at 8 a.m.; ?Scott?s Top Picks for 2009? featuring arboretum horticulturist Scott Vogt, 8:45 a.m.; ?Create the Perfect Gift for Mom!? at 9:45 a.m.; ?What's in Bloom?? at 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and a Mother?s Day luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 620-327-8127.
Community invited to pray together
The community is invited to join together during the National Day of Prayer annual observance from noon to 1 p.m. at the Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren main office, 107 N. Main, Hillsboro.
The local observance is being sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance and open to the public.
The National Day of Prayer is held the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.
Marion City Library book sale continues
The Marion City Library annual book sale continues this week with all books half price.
Most books are priced at about $1 and, according to librarian Janet Marler, there are plenty of books still available.
The final two days of the annual book drive, Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, is ?Fill a bag for $1.?
The event started last weekend in conjunction with the Marion City-wide Garage Sale, she said.
The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, Mondays.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays.
USDA commodities will arrive May 14
USDA commodities will be available at all Marion County Senior Centers beginning Thursday, May 14, said Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator of the Marion County Department for Elderly.
This month?s commodities include beef stew, cherry apple juice, whole kernel corn, sweet potatoes, grapefruit juice, mixed fruit, potato flakes and carrots.
Each senior center, she said, will distribute commodities according to their schedules.
For more information, call 620-382-3580.
Former teachers sought for event
All former Goessel Grade School teachers and staff are invited to the 50th anniversary weekend starting Friday, Sept. 25.
Any former teachers or staffers between 1959 and present are asked to send memories and pictures to Denise.Nickel@usd411.org or call 620-367-8118.