Happenings (Week of Jan. 21, 2009)

Dementia support group meeting set


The Marion County Dementia Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Salem Home chapel.

Celia Koudele, Helpline specialist with the Alzheimer?s Association office of central and western Kansas, will present the program.

Time will be set aside for questions and answers with Koudele. The public is welcome to attend.


Marion student makes state band



Landon Leiker, a Marion High School student, made second chair-trumpet for the Kansas Music Educators Association state band. Adam Johnson is the director.


Cute Baby Contest deadline Jan. 31


The Cute Baby Contest is going on now thru Jan. 31 at Duckwalls in Marion. Participants may be up to 2 years old and votes cost 10 cents each.

The way the contest works is to bring a photo of a baby, less than 2, to Duckwalls. In turn, the store will put a photo on a jar and people vote by giving 10 cents.

The winner receives a $25 gift certificate for Duckwall?s and all proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Community Christmas Project.

?They have been generous enough to donate the proceeds to this project for many years,? said Margo Yates, Marion Chamber of Commerce director. ?It is a huge help.?


Kansas Day meal, program Jan. 29


The Marion County Democratic Women are sponsoring the ninth annual Kansas Day celebration with a meal at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, 105 Eastmoor Dr. in Marion.

The program will feature Colleen Reilly, portraying Olympia Brown, an early clergywomen in Kansas who worked at getting the vote for women.

Reservations are required by calling Janet Bryant at 620-382-3418. The cost is $12.50 per person.

Eastmoor-United Methodist Women are preparing the meal.


Biggest Loser total stands at 71 people


A total of 71 people weighed in earlier this month for the third Biggest Loser of Marion County contest.

Participants include 18 males and 53 females. Six more people are on the list to weigh in this week.

Of the 71, 24 are repeaters, according to Jeanne Rziha of Greenhaw Pharmcy, who is coordinating the program along with Woods Wellness.

Of the 24 repeaters, nine already weigh less than when they entered the contest last time.

The winners of the competition is determined by a person?s ?fit factor number,? which is determined by taking the percentage of weight loss and adding the percentage of fat loss.

?We have had some real success stories over the past year and we would like to see more of them,? Rziha said.

Anyone still considering entering should call Rziha at 947-3048.


First-aid/CPR class signup under way


A first-aid/CPR class is being offered from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

The six-hour class is for heart-saver cardio-pulmunary resuscitation and health-care provider recertification upon request.

Steve Smith, director of Marion County Emergency Services, will be the instructor.

For more information or to sign-up for the class, call Elaine Ewert at 620-382-6014 (ext. 139), 620-755-4351 or the EMS office 620-382-3271.


New fitness class to begin Feb. 2


The February Fit ?n Fitness class, ?Bootcamp 101,? will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at Hillsboro Elemen?tary School.

The class, which will meet for 45 minutes every Monday and Thursday during the month, will be led by Anna Woods of Woods Wellness.

The cost is $35 per person, plus an additional $10 for each family member. Babysitting is provided by donation.

For more information call Woods at 620-877-7503.


SNC members to perform Jan. 27


Hillsboro High School select vocal group Spirit-N-Celebration will be performing in the annual SNC Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the high school auditorium.

Students will be performing songs of their choosing, featuring solos and ensembles.

?The students have chosen songs that reflect the style of music they enjoy, and have worked together on setting up the stage for the evening,? said Lynn Just, director.

The public invited to attend.

Flint Hills invites all to special event



The public is invited to examine the history of African-American settlers and their journey to Kansas at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, one mile north of Matfield Green on Kansas Highway 177.

?Pioneer Bluffs lies on the east side of the highway and has a distinctive limestone fence,? said Lynn Smith, executive director of The Pioneer Bluffs Foundation.

The guest speaker for the event is Ustaine Talley of Topeka, who is president of the Prairie Heritage Institute.

?Talley will talk about her ancestors who migrated to the Flint Hills of Kansas, where Pap Singleton, a former slave, had founded Singleton Colony in the 1870s,? Smith said.

For more information, call Smith at 620-753-3484 or e-mail him at lynn@pioneerbluffs.org or to thefoundation at www.pioneerbluffs.org.

Storytime signup begins at library


The winter/spring session of Storytime at the Hillsboro Public Library, 120 E. Grand Ave., will begin Jan. 21-22.

Forty-nine sessions of book reading, activities and crafts are available for 3-year-olds through kindergarten. There is a $3 registration fee for the entire three-month session.

Sign-up has begun with classes being offered Wednesday or Thursday from 10:20 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a limit of 12 children per class.

Anyone can come in or call the library at 947-3827 to enroll their child. Payment is due by the first session, said Delora Kaufman, librarian.


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