Happenings (Nov. 18, 2009)

Author to speak at Tabor Mennonite


Lynn Miller, well-known author and speaker on stewardship, will be at Tabor Mennonite Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.

The public is invited to hear Miller speak on ?Jesus said What? ? Challenging parables and other avoided stories of Jesus.?

Miller is a popular conference and congregational speaker. He has been a pioneer in the study of firstfruits theology and its application to a life of faith. He is the author of ?Firstfruits Living,? ?The Power of Enough? and ?Just in Time: Stories of God?s Extravagance.?

The church is located at 891 Chisholm Trail Road, which is three miles south of Goessel on Kansas Highway 15 and one mile east.


Marion Library hosts holiday event


Marion City Library is hosting a ?Lunch and Learn? from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The program is, ?Christmas With Wendy Youk of Aunt Bee?s,? and includes decorating Christmas ideas, gift ideas and more.

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


Tampa seeks entries for parade


Tampa's annual Christmas Celebration will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Tampa Cafe. The meal includes soup, dessert and drink.

A lighted parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the line-up in front of the Lutheran Church at 6:15 p.m.. The parade will proceed down Main Street to the Tampa Senior Center. Prizes will be awarded of $25 for first place, $15 for second place and $10 for third place for parade entries.

Santa's Helper and his elf will also be arriving in the parade and visiting children at the center after the parade. Each family should bring a snack to share. Game night will follow Santa's visit.

People who will be doing outdoor lighted decorating at their homes are invited to enter a drawing. Tampa homes, and those in the Tampa community are encouraged to take part in the event.

An entry box will be in the cafe and the drawing will take place at the celebration.

Parade entries are encouraged.

For more information about any of the activities, call 785-965-2639.


Holly Days Parade needs participants


Holly Days Parade is coming to Hillsboro at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and people are needed.

Participants can include individuals, groups, organizations, bands, floats, classic cars, horseback riders, carriage rides, carrollers and more.

?If you would like to participate in the spirit of the holidays, please consider participating,? said Sue Wadkins, one of the organizers.

For more information, call Wadkins at 620-947-2844.


HHS Chess Guild to host Dec. 12 event


Hillsboro High School Chess Guild will host its third annual K-12 chess tournament Saturday, Dec. 12 in the middle school gym.

All Marion County chess enthusiasts are invited to participate. Team trophies and individual medals will be awarded in three divisions K-5, K-8 and K-12.

Check-in is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. with first-round matches beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The pre-registration fee is $5 (Hillsboro students $2) by Thurs?day, Dec. 10. to Janet Whisen?hunt, who can be reached at janet.whisenhunt@usd410.net.


?Letters from Santa? program to begin


?Letters from Santa? at Marion City Library will once again be offered to children.

Those interested in writing letters to Santa are asked to deposit them in Santa?s special mailbox at the library, 101 Library St. between Dec. 1-11 during regular hours.

Letters should include the child?s name and address so that Santa can reply.

Hillsboro Lions induct seven


The Hillsboro Evening Lions Club inducted seven new members into their club.

District 17-S Vice Governor Lion Tonya Wienck presided over the induction of Doris and Ken Kohlenberg, Valerie Vineski, Brenda and Dave McGinnis, Carolee Neufeld and Ed Lehmann.

The Lions Club International is the largest service organization in the world, a spokesperson for the organization said.

Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to all kinds of humanitarian causes.

The club meets at Brenda?s Bloomers and Gifts, 111 W. Grand Ave., Hillsboro, on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

For more information, call Lion Lloyd Funk, 947-4015.


Goessel hosts meal, special event


The Goessel Senior Center is having a potluck meal at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.

After the meal, Bob Unruh will tell his father John P. Unruh?s story of some harrowing experiences during the famine and revolution in the 1920s. He was rescued by Mennonite Central Committee from a camp in the Ukraine.

Special music will also be part of the program.


Soup supper fundraiser planned


Peabody-Burns High School is sponsoring a soup supper from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

The meal is by donation with all proceeds to benefit Sharlene Brooks and her cancer treatments.


Marion museum to host open house


Marion Historical Museum will host an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.

People attending the parade that day or visiting the various stores in downtown Marion are encouraged to stop by the museum, officials said.

Learn about the tradition of ?The Christmas Pickle? and hunt for the pickle in the museum.

Refreshments will be served, and visitors can sign up for door prizes.

Buffalo auction Nov. 18 at Maxwell


The annual buffalo auction at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, six miles north of Canton and five miles south of Roxbury, begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Buffalo burgers, chili and pie will be served by friends of Maxwell at the Friends Tour Center.

For more information, call 620-628-4455.


Senior Center plans Thanksgiving meal


Hillsboro Senior Center, 212 N. Main, is sponsoring its annual Thanksgiving dinner by donation starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.

In addition to the dinner, which is a fundraiser for the center, Vida Bartel will provide a musical program. The silent auction, which was also planned, has been postponed until spring.

Deadline for reservations is Friday, Nov. 13.

For more information, call Brenda Moss, director, at 947-2304.


Hillsboro compost site moved for now


The city of Hillsboro compost site, which is located on South Wilson, has been temporarily moved across the road (to the east) on the sewer plant property, a spokesperson said.

In the near future, the site will be relocated to an area south of the city shop on North Adams.

For more information, call 620-947-3162.


Help offered for drug plan signup


The Marion County Depart?ment for Elderly is again offering to help seniors sign up for their 2010 prescription drug plans.

Open enrollment is from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31.

Those who are not changing plans this year do not need to do anything. It is recommended that those who are planning to change their plan should enroll by the second week in December.

This will allow time for their Prescription Drug plan details to be uploaded correctly into Medicare?s system, according to Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator of the Marion County Department for Elderly. That way, when they fill a prescription in early January, the pharmacist will know which plan they?re in and what to charge them.

For more information or an appointment, call Ratzlaff at 620-382-3580. The office also offers a pamphlet for those who want to go online to enroll themselves in a plan.


Vendors sought for Christmas Mart


A Goessel Christmas Mart fundraiser for the water park is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Wheat Hall, 300 N. Poplar.

Booths are available for home-based businesses, crafts, art or other items.

For more information, call Tony Epp, 620-367-2717.


Flu adds to need for donors Nov. 16


Hillsboro Mennonite Breth?ren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe, will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16.

ARC officials report that the flu outbreak has reduced blood collections this season. Under most circumstances, cold and flu symptoms are not transmissable by blood unless a person is running a fever.

?We certainly don?t want anyone who feels ill to think they should come in and donate,? said Bev Kerbs, donor recruitment representative, Central Plain Region. ?But the need for blood is constant.?

Existing and potential donors are asked to make an appointment by calling 800-448-3543 or visiting bloodisneeded.org. Walk-ins also are welcomed.

A blood donor card or driver?s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Potential donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old.


HCH volunteers will meet Nov. 20


Hillsboro Community Hospital Volunteers will meet at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in the HCH Conference Room. The guest speaker will be Robin Hodges, who will present a program on the importance of activities to the swing-bed program.

New volunteers are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Contact Velma Hadley, co-coordinator, at 947-3802, or HCH at 947-3114, for more information.

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