Happenings (Week of Sept. 24, 2008)

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Ugandan kids choir to sing Sept. 24

The Matsiko Children?s Choir from Uganda will be presenting a program at Trinity Mennonite Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24.

The choir is sponsored by International Children?s Network and is comprised of orphans and at-risk children from St. Mbuga Primary Schools in Kampala, Uganda.

The mission of the Matsiko Choir is to build cultural relationships and bring an awareness of the orphaned and at-risk children of Uganda. Several of the children are orphaned due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.

?Matsiko? means ?hope? in the language of Luganda, which is spoken in Uganda.

The church invites the public to participate. Video clips of the children singing, and more information about the choir, can be found at www.icnchildren.net.

CDs, T-shirts, and Ugandan jewelry will be on sale to help with the choir?s finances.

Volunteers needed for Symphony

Marion County has been selected as the gateway community for pre-symphony activities that will be held in downtown Florence on June 12 and 13, 2009.

The fourth annual Symphony in the Flint Hills is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, at the Turkey Springs Ranch, part of Doyle Creek Land & Cattle Co.

The steering committee is planning a meeting at noon Saturday, Oct. 4, at Grandview Park in Florence for those interested in volunteering to help plan this enormous task of welcoming and entertaining up to 30,000 visitors to Marion County. A free lunch and drinks will be served.

Emily Hunter, executive director of the Symphony in the Flint Hills will speak and be available to answer questions.

Food vendors, craft vendors and entertainers will be needed on these dates. Persons interested in having a booth or who have further questions can contact Teresa Huffman, Marion County economic development director, at thuffman@marioncoks.net or 620-382-8830.

Duggan to be silver hair delegate?

Tom Duggan of Tampa will participate in the 26th annual Kansas Silver Haired Legislature as a delegate from Marion County.

The organization consists of individuals aged 60 and older elected by their peers to develop bills and solutions that are of interest to Kansas seniors and their families. The session will be held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

Maxwell Mountain Man event Oct. 3-5

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge will sponsor its 14th annual Mountain Man Rendezvous Oct. 3 to 5. The refuge is located six miles north of Canton.

Schools, Scouts and the public are invited to experience the era through demonstrations, including traders, bird walks, flint Knappers, tanning hides, blacksmithing, Buffalo Bill re-enactor and a Red Nation of the Cherokee presentation.

Musical entertainment includes Thad Beach at 10 a.m. Friday, Don Wagner and Bill Burrows at 10 a.m. Saturday, Kansas Heart at 1 p.m. Saturday, and Tall Grass Express a 1 p.m. Sunday.

Buffalo tours depart every hour and are $5 per person, under 4 free. Concessions will be available. Gate admission is $3 Friday and Saturday and free Sunday. Reservations can be made for groups by calling 620-628-4455.

Marion Storytime to begin Oct. 3

Fall Storytime will be at the Marion City Library from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Friday, Oct. 3 until Nov. 14.

Children ages 3 to 6 are invited to attend. Storytime will include stories, crafts, snacks and special guests.

Space is limited. To reserve your child?s space, call 620-382-2442.

Study to explore fruit of the spirit

Hillsboro women are invited to attend a Thursday evening Beth Moore Bible Study, ?Living Beyond Yourself,? exploring the fruit of the spirit.

An introductory meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Hillsboro Mennonite Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.

Study guides can be purchased at Thee Bookstore. For questions, contact Charlene Driggers, 620-947-3286.

Wilma Unruh marks 100 years

WilmaUnruh100years.jpg Wilma Unruh of Goessel celebrated her 100th birthday last week.

She was born Sept. 18, 1908, to John J. and Elisabeth (Rempel) Schmidt on the family farm in rural McPherson County. On Aug. 27, 1931, she was married to John W. Unruh.

Her living siblings are Elisabeth Stretch of Boca Raton, Fla., Herman Schmidt of Reno, Nev., and Gerald Schmidt of Hilton Head, S.C.

Her children are John Robert Unruh, Anna Beth and Howard Birky, all of rural Newton, and Jim and Karen Unruh of Louisville, Ky. She has seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Greetings can be sent to her at Bethesda Home, 408 E. Main, Goessel, KS 67053.

Fall carnival set for Oct. 5 in Marion

Emmanuel Baptist Church in is offering a Fall Community Carnival from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at 229 Walnut.

The free event will include food, games, prizes and music. The public is invited to attend.

Books donated in memory of Ratzlaff?

The Goessel Public Library added four new books in memory of Dorothy Ratzlaff. Ratzlaff, who died in August, was a faithful volunteer for the library. She also served on the library board, updated the card catalog, repaired and shelved books and painted walls.

The four books donated are ?It Only Takes a Moment? by Mary Jane Clark, ?The Story of Edgar Sawtelle? by Edgar Wroblewski, ?Silks? by Dick Francis and Felix Francis, and ?A Voyage Long and Strange? by Tony Horowitz.

Card shower for Boesker?s 80th

BoeskerWilma80Bday.jpg A card shower is requested in honor of Wilma Jean Boesker?s 80th birthday.

She was born Sept. 25, 1928, in Madison. She graduated in 1946 from Canton High School, and in 1949 from Wesley School of Nursing in Wichita. She served more than 40 years as a registered nurse at several central Kansas hospitals.

On March 27, 1954, she was married to Leland W. Boesker in Canton. Together they farmed and operated Boesker Real Estate and Auction until their retirement in 2000. She enjoys collecting glassware and kerosene lamps.

Cards can be sent to her at Bethesda Home, Box 37, Goessel, KS 67053.

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