Happenings (Week of August 15, 2007)

Blood drive scheduled for Aug. 17?

A Red Cross blood drive is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at United Methodist Church, 905 E. D St., Hillsboro.

Walk-in donors are welcome, but those with appointments will have first priority. To make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE.

Child development screening Aug. 21

A free screening for children birth through 5 years old will be offered from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in Peabody at the Peabody Methodist Church, 403 N. Sycamore.

The screening will assess development in the cognitive, social-emotional, motor and speech/language areas. Vision, hearing, and nutrition will also be checked.

The screening usually takes about one hour for a child to complete.

All children are welcome, but an appointment is necessary. To make an appointment, contact 1-877-878-4519, ext. 113.

Memory Walk scheduled Oct. 13

The Mid Kansas Memory Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Tabor College track in Hillsboro.

The 2-mile walk will begin at 10 a.m. as a fund-raiser for the Alzheimer?s Association, whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer?s disease through the advancement of research and to enhance care and support for individuals, their families and caregivers.

A kick-off informational party is planned for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Scout House at Memorial Park in Hillsboro.

Anyone interested in signing up a team is encouraged to attend. Information packets will be distributed at the kick-off party.

The Mid Kansas Memory Walk is for anyone, but especially for people in Marion, McPherson, Harvey, Chase and Butler counties. It is one of eight walks across central and western Kansas. Proceeds are used to support the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer?s Association in those areas.

The office provides information and referrals, care consultation, education, support groups and the safe return program across 68 counties.

For more information, contact Judi Burkett at 620-327-2710 or Marsha Setzkorn-Meyer at 620-947-1463.

Mid-Cap to present agritourism program

Mid-Kansas Community Action Program will present a workshop on agritourism at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at 104 N. Fifth St., Marion.

The workshop will focus on the basics of agritourism and how to create the experience.

The workshop information will be based on Janet Eckert?s, ?Growing Agritourism in Kansas: A Starter Manual for Farmers and Ranchers.?

Pre-register by contacting 620-382-8807 before August 20th.

Special education board to meet

The Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board of Directors will meet for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 in the Marion County Special Education Cooperative Conference Room, 302 W. Eighth, Florence.

Home educators to meet Aug. 20

The Marion Home Educators of Kansas support group will hold its first meeting of the school year at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Strassburg Baptist Church, 2249 N. Pawnee Road, Marion.

Preceding the meeting, refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. and sign-ups will be held at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Melissa Stuchlik at 620-924-5793.

Girl Scout?s Summer Bash Swim Party

All girls ages 5-17 are invited to the Girl Scout?s Summer Bash Swim Party. The swim party is from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the Jones Aquatic Center, 4202 W. 18th Ave., Emporia.

The cost is $2 per girl and parents are free. Girls do not need to be a member of Girl Scouts to attend.

For a registration form or more information, please call the Girl Scout Council of the Flint Hills at 620-342-4532 or 800-342-4532 or visit www.gsflinthills.org.?

Laura Ingalls Wilder program in Marion

The Marion City Library will have a program about Laura Ingalls Wilder at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the library.

Sara Jane Richter, an English teacher at Oklahoma Panhandle University and a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Kansas Humanities, will present ?Laura Ingalls Wilder: Home builder of the prairie.?

Laura Ingalls Wilder, best known for her ?Little House on the Prairie? books, bridged the gap between the era of homesteaders and the era of home builders on the American Plains.

The public is encouraged to attend for free. For more information contact the Marion City Library at 620-382-2442.

Burdick Labor Day celebration Sept. 2?

The 35th annual Burdick Labor Day celebration, ?Memories Aplenty at 120? will take place Sept. 2 to 3.

Sunday?s festivities include a community church service at 9 a.m. at the tennis court. At 7:30 p.m. there will be musical entertainment and homemade ice cream sold after the program.

Monday?s activities include a fun run/walk at 8 a.m., a Relay for Life quilt auction at noon and a parade at 2 p.m.

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