Happenings (Week of Jan. 7, 2009)

HHS FFA to gather Christmas trees


The Hillsboro High School FFA chapter will pick up discarded live Christmas trees Saturday.

Trees can be dropped off at the Marion County fairgrounds. FFA members will also provide curb pick-up on Saturday.


Sunday hymn-sing scheduled Jan. 11


Everyone is invited to participate in a Sunday night hymn-sing beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 S. Prairie Pointe. The event is planned in the church Hearth Room.


Free child screening planned for Jan. 13


Marion County Early Intervention Services will offer a free screening for children birth through 5 years old Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 905 E. D St.

Appointments will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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

This process usually takes about one hour for a child to complete. All children are welcome, but an appointment is necessary.

To make one, call 1-877-878-4519, ext. 113 or 620-878-4720.


Marion blood drive planned for Jan. 12


The Pilsen Knights of Columbus Council 3423 is hosting a blood drive from 2:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 415 N. Cedar in Marion. To schedule an appointment, call 800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543).


Marion seniors to celebrate Elvis


Marion Senior Center will celebrate Elvis Presley?s birthday starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at 302 S. Third St. in Marion.

Supper is available for donation and featured guest Marc Baker of Wichita will be doing ?moves and music? of the late rock ?n? roll icon, said Janet Bryant, site manager.

Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935.

?Elvis music will be played all day at the senior center with a display of items collected by local fans,? she said. ?Girls in poodle skirts will also be in attendance.?

The public is invited. For more information, call 620-382-2942.


Solid-waste board to meet Jan. 21


A regular meeting of the Central Kansas Regional Solid Waste Authority Board is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility, 1431 17th Ave., McPherson.

Board members representing Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties will participate.

Agenda items include claims and invoices, waste recycling and reduction committee report, discussion and the manager?s report.

The meeting is open to the public.


Puppeteer to give show in McPherson


McPherson Arts and Lecture Series will present ?The Stinky Cheese Man? by the Paul Mesner Puppets at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, in Mingenback Theatre on the McPherson College campus.

The show, based on the Caldecott Award-winning book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, offers zany versions of classic tales. The audience will hear the story of Chicken Licken?or is it Chicken Little? Other segments will include Cinderumpel?stilt?skin, The Really Ugly Duckling and a revised view of the Little Red Hen.

Puppeteer Mike Horner, a 1999 graduate of McPherson College, is no stranger to local audiences. He was in the second grade when he saw Paul Mesner perform for the first time. He joined the Paul Mesner Puppets full time in 2006 as a puppeteer and puppet builder.

During his student-days at McPherson College, Horner presented puppet shows both on campus and for the greater McPherson community.

The ?Stinky Cheese Man? is designed for persons of all ages. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Tickets, $8 for adults and $7 for seniors, will be available at the door the day of the show. Children through college age are admitted at no charge.

Funding for this event comes from the Ketcherside Founda?tion.

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