Al-Anon to meet Monday
Al-Anon will meet from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday at 216 S. Main St., McPherson Call 785-826-1743 for more information.

Celebrate Recovery to meet Tuesday
Celebrate Recovery will meet Tuesday evening at Countryside Covenant Church, 940 E. Northview, McPherson. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m., and a meeting follows at 6:30 p.m. Come for help with all life’s hurts, hangups and habits.

Garden Club meets
At the 2015 meetings of the McPherson Garden Club, plans have been made for the year. Members plan to plant more trees and perennials in the north water tower garden.
Valentines were made and given to area nursing home residents.
At the March meeting, the program was presented by Jill O’Dell, The Bouquet Shop, Lindsborg. She shared ideas on flower arranging and tips on keeping fresh flowers fresh longer.
The next meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. April 14 at Perkins Restaurant.

Monitor FCE meets
The Monitor FCE unit met March 16 at Mary Unruh’s home. Six members and one guest, Joyce Siniard, were present.
Program was “A is for Apple.” Apples around the world are a favorite. Apples come in all shades of red, green and yellow. Over 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States with over 7,000 varieties grown around the world.
Apple trees can be found in all 50 states. The top producing states include Washington, New York, Michigan Pennsylvania, California and Virginia.
The apple is a member of the rose family. A bushel of apples weighs approximately 45 pounds. Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie.
A medium-size apple is sodium free, contains natural sugars called fructose, has only 80 calories, is cholesterol-free, is an excellent source of fiver and is a satisfying snack.
The food guide recommends two servings of fruit each day. One serving is one whole medium apple or one cup chopped apple, a half cup applesauce of a quarter cup dried apples or 6 ounces of 100 percent apple juice.
Proverbs and sayings about apples include “comparing apples to apples,” “one bad apple spoils the barrel,” “American as apple pie,” “mom and apple pie,” “don’t upset the apple cart” and “rotten to the core.”
Monitor FCE helped the Inman Bloodmobile in February by giving a monetary donation, and Fern Raleigh donated  cake.
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 20 and Fern Raleigh’s home.

4-H club meets
The Live Wires-Empire Best 4-H club held its March monthly meeting  at the Galva Community Room on March 8. The meeting was called to order by President Lane Wiens. The Flag Salute and 4H Pledge were then given. Roll call was answered by "What are you doing for spring break?"
There were 17 members, six leaders and 14 guests present at the meeting. Members of the 4H fair board gave an update on the changes to the 4H Fair in July. Reading of the  previous meeting minutes was approved as read.
Next was the officers reports. Treasurer Reed Wiens give his report. Reporter Isom Marston gave his report, and Lane McMannis noted the updated information on Facebook.
In unfinished business, the Educational Tour  was discussed and the club voted to visit a poultry hatchery.
Development Fund forms were passed out to each 4H family.  Club Scholarships were then voted upon to be given out in the amount of $50 for campers and $25 for day campers.
For the program this month, Marston presented his talk on “The Importance of Tagging.”  Program books for the club’s monthly meetings were handed out to all 4H families. Announcements were read and the meeting was then Adjourned and the club repeated its motto, "To Make the Best Better."
The Smith and Ryan families supplied snacks after the meeting.

Historical society to hear library presentation
Andrew Carnegie, who was not only a steel tycoon but the richest man in the world in his day, funded the construction of some 2,500 libraries around the globe. Why did Carnegie do it? And why is McPherson County special in the Carnegie legacy?
Steve Read, Director of the McPherson Public Library, will present "Andrew Carnegie and his 2,500 Libraries, Including Ours" at the April meeting of the McPherson County Historical Society.  The society will meet at 2 p.m. April 4 at the McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave.
In his presentation, Read will not only talk about Carnegie's life and his motivation for funding library construction, but also will discuss Carnegie libraries in the City of McPherson and McPherson County. He will also share many historic images.

PEO meets
Chapter AY of the P.E.O. Sisterhood met on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 pm, in the home of Sue Wall. Co-Hostesses were Ginny Adams and Kathy Heidebrecht.
Lori Havens presided at the business meeting.  The program, "Words of Wonder." was presented by Steve Read, McPherson Library Director.
The next meeting of Chapter AY will be at 1:15 pm. April 16.