• If you or your organization would like to reach audiences at this year’s Messiah Festival (or simply express gratitude and support), now is the time to contact Taylor Deutscher, Bethany College festival coordinator, 785-227-3380, ext. 8235, firstname.lastname@example.org. Advertising space in the Messiah program is on a first-come basis. Taylor, in her first year as coordinator, also has been juggling a raft of other music department responsibilities, including helping with Real Men Sing, which attracted 800 young male voices to Bethany last month. Thanks, Taylor.
• If you’re willing to loan an artwork to the popular Lindsborg Collects show starting in mid March, please contact Carol Gusenius, Lindsborg Realty, at 785-906-0285, or Marsha Howe at the Raymer Society at 785-906-0504. This display celebrates collectors in zip code 67456 — and relates stories about how a piece of art or craft came into the collectors’ care. What you may take for granted others may relish. So consider, please.
• Circles of McPherson County is ramping up offerings in Lindsborg, and that’s good news. Circles USA is a successful national eﬀort that breaks barriers on issue of poverty, and poverty is cited as an increasingly more important issue in our area. With the involvement of TACOL, USD 400 and local volunteers, Circles is bringing to Lindsborg the successful coaching-style eﬀort that has already helped many elsewhere in our county. Circles in Lindsborg now has 15 participants (adults, older teens, Bethany students) coming to weekly classes at Trinity UMC and six children coming along for child care during classes. Lindsborg participants, children and allies gather before the meeting to eat a donated meal. The Circles connections and discussion create awareness and new skills — exactly what is needed to break out of cycles and on to better things. If you know of someone who might enjoy joining with Circles in some way, just check in with Alana Murphy at 620-241-9011, or review more info at www.circlesofmcpherson.com.