Happenings (Week of Nov. 28, 2007)

Barkman to speak at Kiwanis meeting


The Hillsboro Kiwanis Club will meet at noon Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the city building.

Lunch will be served by Fat N Sassy BBQ. Guest speaker Brent Barkman, president of Golden Heritage Foods, will speak about the company?s involvement with ?Bee Movie? that is currently in theaters.

He plans to share a ?behind the scenes? perspective on the movie-making process.


Screening planned for Florence Dec. 11


A free screening for children birth through 5 years old will be offered Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Florence at the Florence Christian Church, 334 W. 5th 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 and can be made by calling 1-877-878-4519, ext. 113.


American Legion to sponsor new groups


A charter meeting sponsored by the American Legion, Marion Post 22, is planned for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Marion VFW.

The meeting will focus on forming a new American Legion Riders group, a Sons of the American Legion Squadron group, and a recruitment drive for the new American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

All interested persons are invited to attend.


Country Stitchers to meet Dec. 3


The Country Stitcher?s Quilt Guild will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Please bring finger foods for the ginger-themed Christmas party. Participation for the gift exchange is a $5 to $10 gift. To be entered into the drawing, bring a Christmas fabric fat quarter.


HCF now collecting grant applications


The Hillsboro Area Impact Fund, the unrestricted endowment fund of Hillsboro Community Foundation, has now begun its inaugural year granting process.

Grant applications can be picked up from Brad Bartel, HCF secretary-treasurer, at Emprise Bank, 104 E. Grand, Hillsboro. Applicants can also call Bartel at 620-947-3464 (ext. 104) to request an application.

The quickest way for applicants to get an Impact Fund grant application is to download it from the Free Press Web site: www.hillsborofreepress.com.

Grant applications will be accepted from now until the Dec. 31. Details as to the process, criteria and where to direct questions are included on the application form.

HCF estimates that earnings on the current balance in the endowment fund will allow about $5,000 in grants to be disbursed in this inaugural year. Plans are to award the grants in January and then to fund the recipients in spring 2008.

The Impact Fund is for charitable uses, to be determined by HCF. The foundation board will annually designate the available funding for these community grants.

Grant applications should be from organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) and who serve the Hillsboro area.

Applications will not be limited to a particular issue or target population. Successful applicants will be those who assist in fulfilling HCF?s mission to improve the quality of life for the community.


Card shower request for Donna Dana


Donna (Geis) Dana, a member of the Durham High School Class of 1954 now living in New Mexico, is undergoing eye surgery to restore her impaired vision.

Friends and classmates are being asked to show support by way of a card shower. Cards can be sent to: Donna Dana, 9442 La Grima de oro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111.


Tampa Christmas party set for Dec. 2


The Tampa Community Christmas Party will be Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Tampa Senior Center.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with indoor Christmas caroling, along with a craft project for children. Santa will arrive at 7 p.m. and distribute sacks of candy provided by the city of Tampa and the Tampa Lions Club. Following Santa?s visit, participants can play Bingo.

Individuals are invited to bring a snack to share. Drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact 785-965-2639.


Marion Library to hold Lunch n? Learn


The Marion City Library will have a ?Deck your Halls? Lunch n? Learn program from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Plantations, a Marion business, will present a program on Christmas decorations for your home. Lunch will be provided.

Cost is $5. Space is limited. For more information, or to make reservations, contact the library at 620-382-2442.


Holly Days planned for this weekend


Holly Days in Hillsboro will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2.

On Saturday, a Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Mennonite Church. Soup will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Activities for children ages kindergarten through fifth grade will be held during Mother?s Day Out from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillsboro City Building. Cost is $5.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas with Santa will be offered from 2 p.m.to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Schaeffler House. Donations will be accepted.

Also on Sunday, Hillsboro shops will be open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, 620-947-3506.


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