Happenings (Sept. 23, 2009)

Exhibit to open at Goessel museum


?More than They Expected: From Dream to Reality? is the title of an exhibit opening Saturday, Sept. 26, at Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, Goessel, to mark the 35th anniversary of the dedication of the museum in 1974.

The exhibit will trace the history of the museum from its inception in 1970 to the present and will touch the history of the eight buildings in the complex.

The exhibit will be on display during museum hours through the end of November or by appointment.

Admission on Saturday only will be $1 for adults and 50 cents for children aged 7-12.

Museum hours through the end of September are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; the museum is closed Mondays. Museum hours in October and November will be noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

The museum, located at 200 N. Poplar, is closed January through February except by appointment.


Old Settlers? Day 5K race Saturday


Old Settlers? Day Run is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, at Marion County Park and Lake.

The 5K run begins at 8 a.m. with the one-mile fun run following. Prizes and awards will be given at the end of the race. All runners will receive water and water bottle koozie with their paid registration.

For more information or to register, call Marion Chamber of Commerce, 620-382-3425.


Book signing set for Sonny Collins


Hillsboro Public Library will host a book signing by local author Sonny Collins from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.

Collins? newest book, ?The Ocean Road,? will be available for purchase, as well as his three other titles.

Collins has been an avid wilderness explorer, photographer, poet and writer for most of his life. He is the author of a western, ?Summer of the Stranger;? a children?s Christmas fable, ?Mouse Tails;? poetry, ?Distant Dreams;? cowboy poetry, ?Beneath a Western Sky;? a play, ?Please Take a Seat;? a collection of short stories, ?Different Directions,? and a fantasy, ?The Ocean Road.?


Jammin? Biscuits to perform Sept. 27


The gospel group Jammin? Biscuits will perform at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 for the monthly Sleepy Creek Concert Series at Santa Fe Park in downtown Peabody.

Based in McPherson, Jammin? Biscuits features Gerry Roberts on mandolin and lead vocals. Roberts has performed with southern gospel quartets such as ?The Lamplighters? and ?Testimony? over the past 20 years.

His wife, Tracey, sings harmonies with the group, which also includes Nick Johnson on the banjo, Newton native Gary Roberts on bass guitar, Tom Unruh on guitar and Goessel?s Rollin Schmidt on dobro guitar.

The concert and a light meal are available by donation. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

The Sleepy Creek Concert Series, a cooperative effort between Peabody Main Street Association and Partners of Peabody Parks, was launched a year ago to bring musical entertainment to the community and raise funds for a public bathroom in the park.

A different group has been featured at each concert, which are on the last Sunday of each month, from June through October. Each group represents a different musical genre.


Mountain men part of weekend event


Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, six miles north of Canton or five miles south of Roxbury on the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway, invites everyone to step back to the early 1800s during the 15th annual Mountain Man Rendezvous. Activities run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The mountain men and women are seen living in teepees, dressed in buckskins and furs and demonstrating their skills for survival on the prairie.

Buffalo tours will depart every hour during the weekend activities. Old-fashioned food items, including buffalo burgers, will be served. Musical entertainment and art exhibits will also be part of the refuge.

Admission is $3 per person and children under 4 are free at the gate and on tours. Sunday admission is free for everyone. Buffalo tours are $5 per person.

For more information or to reserve a spot on the tour, call 620-628-4455.


Commissioners set lake roads meeting


The Marion County Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Marion County Park and Lake Hall to discuss lake roads with residents and property owners.

The meeting is open to the public.


Deadline Friday for Goessel golf event


Goessel?s Harvest Festival Golf Tournament begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Pine Edge Golf Course, one mile north of Goessel on K-15 and one and one-half mile east of 130th.

The tournament is part of the weekend festival and proceeds will go toward a water play park in Goessel.

Organizers said the event is a two-person scramble, $50 per team with meal included.

Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 25. For more information, call 620-367-2664 or e-mail: luvmilk@mtelco.net.


No Sunday service at First Mennonite


First Mennonite Church of Hillsboro will meet this weekend at Camp Mennoscah for a fall retreat. No worship service will be at the church building.

The following Sunday, Oct. 4, is ?Welcome Tabor Students Sunday? at First Mennonite, according to pastor Randy Smith.

For more information, call 620-947-5662.


Library book sale begins Sept. 25


Hillsboro Public Library is having a book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hillsboro City Hall, 118 E. Grand.

The sale will continue through the following week.

Donated books will also be available for sale. All proceeds will be used to purchase new books, organizers said.

Anyone interested in donating either money or books is encouraged to call, 620-947-3827.


Mennonite Church plans special event


Dr. Gerald Brunk, professor emeritus of history at Eastern Mennonite University, will be presenting a first-person narrative of Henry G. Brunk at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Spring Valley Mennonite Church, said Galen Penner, pastor.

The Spring Valley Mennonite Church is located two miles east and three miles south of Canton.

For more information, call 620-628-4818.


Dyck Arboretum to host Kay Neff


Dyck Arboretum is hosting Kay Neff and her Holiday Ideas program at noon Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the Visitor Center in Hesston.

?Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas are all holidays when we love to eat,? said Julie Torseth, director at Dyck Arboretum, ?and Kay Neff will share food ideas with spices and herbs that are perfect for these holidays.?

Lunch at Dyck Arboretum will feature seasonal produce from the garden, including pumpkins. For recipes and more information about Neff, visit: www.nefffamilyfarm.com.

For lunch costs, a take-home pumpkin favor and recipes, RSVPs are due by Sept. 26.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Torseth at 620-327-8127.


Crop Walk 2009 scheduled Oct. 4


Walkers of all kinds are invited to Crop Walk 2009 beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Marion County Lake. Devotional is prior to the walk.

The starting point will be an area west of the Marion County Lake office.

Crop Walks help support the overall ministry of Church World Service, organizers said. Contributors may designate their own denominational relief agency and each local Crop Walk can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to local hunger-fighting programs.

For more information in Marion, call Donna Kreutziger, 620-382-2931 or e-mail: canada@southwind.net.

In Hillsboro, call Darlene Bartel, 620-947-3009.


Program can help families in need


The Adolescent Assessment and Resource Center is a program that helps youth ages 5 to 18 in Marion, Dickinson, Geary and Morris counties.

The goal of AARC is to provide screening, assessment, referral and resources for youth and families seeking assistance.

Once it is decided what a family needs or wants, said Meredith Butler, community corrections, the AARC staff can refer them to services or give the information to access the services themselves.

The program is operated through funds from the 8th Judicial District from the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority for prevention-based programs.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 785-3105, ext. 6.

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