Archive for Wednesday, February 16, 2000

News Briefing

February 16, 2000

Now's time to sign up for recreation class
Wanting your tots to tumble? Planning to take some day trips? Or just wanting to compete in softball, soccer or flag football?

If so, now's the time to sign up for recreation programs offered by the school district's Recreation Commission. The brochure featuring spring programs is in this week's Mirror.

Signup begins next Monday and runs through Feb. 26 for spring soccer, flag football and first and second grade basketball clinic, according to commission director Mark Zerrer.

Simply fill out the brochure in the paper this week, or check your child's book bag for forms. Registration forms also are available by calling the recreation commission, 845-3502.

Blood drive coming up this Friday
The Tonganoxie community blood drive is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, 328 E. Fourth.

At the blood drive, sponsored by the Civic Club, donors will be asked medical history questions, have their temperature taken, and blood pressure and hemoglobin checked. In addition, cholesterol testing will be done, and results will be mailed within four to six weeks to each donor.

Blood donors must provide identification, be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

To sign up or to obtain additional information, call Dr. Richard Dean, 845-2164 or 845-2030.

Church to sponsor English classes
English as a second language will be taught Saturday afternoons at Tonganoxie United Methodist Church 328 E. Fourth.

The free classes will run from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., starting this Saturday.

Claudia Bakely, youth ministries director of the Tonganoxie Methodist Church, said the course will be taught by Nancy Gibbens and Betty Englen.

"We heard that they were teaching ESL classes in Linwood because a lot of non-English speaking people work at Massons," Bakely said. " Pastor YungBo Lee said this is something we need to be doing here."

Bakely said she thought there might be some people in the area who would want to attend. The course will be geared according to the knowledge and needs of those who are in the class.

For information, call 845-2814.

Police department gets new number
The Tonganoxie Police Department has a new telephone number for its administrative offices, which means that the old number, 845-3750, no longer is in service.

The new number, 369-3754 is a Kansas City Metro line and also rings at the dispatch office, said Mike Vestal, dispatcher. The city's other number, 845-2311, which also rings at the police dispatcher's office, is unchanged.

Soup and chili feed will please appetites
The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will hold its annual Soup and Chili feed on Feb. 24 at the United Methodist Church, 328 E. Fourth.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It's an all-you-can-eat event, including relishes, beverage and pie. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 5 through 12; and no charge for children under 5. Tickets will be available at the door.

Businesses invited to FFA breakfast
Area businesses people are invited to attend the annual FFA Businessman's Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 26 at Tonganoxie High School cafeteria. FFA members say this is a chance for them to thank local businesses for their support throughout the year. Donations will be accepted and there will be plenty to eat.

'55 Alive' driving classes offered
Drivers 50 years of age and older can refine their driving skills and develop safe defensive driving techniques in an 8-hour refresher course offered at the Riford Senior Center.

The center has joined with the American Association of Retired Persons to offer this class.

The course will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9, at the Riford Senior Center, 530 Bury, Tonganoxie.

The cost is $10 and pre-registration is required. To sign up, call Bill Latham at 845-2210 or Ron Cranor-, instructor, at 369-3293 by March 1.

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