The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; He is my Rock and there is no wickedness in him.” – Psalm 92: 12-15 (NIV)

As we get older, we face the choice of being fresh and fruitful or being brittle and barren. We can flourish and the best can be yet to come!

At Tabor College, we believe in encouraging people to pursue a lifelong love of learning—to stay fresh, green and fruitful. Tabor’s mission for the Lifelong Learning program is to enrich, educate, and empower mature adults toward this end—in the environment of a distinctive Christian college. We offer this opportunity for people ages 50 and older.

We meet on the first and third Fridays of the month. We try to select speakers and topics that will be applicable, interesting, entertaining, and challenging to our audience.

The public is invited to join us on the Hillsboro campus at 9:45 a.m. in the ground-level lobby area of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. We hope that you will be inspired to connect with others and join us for our lineup of programs.

Registration at the door, begins a half hour before every session. Semester memberships are $15 per person or $29 per couple. Others are welcome to attend any session for $5. Download the Spring 2020 Brochure.

After the meeting, you are welcome to join us for lunch in the college cafeteria—a short walk past the Centennial sculpture. The all-you-care-to-eat lunch at $4 per meal is a deal you can’t afford to miss!

Special note: All programs will be at 9:45 a.m. in the Heritage Lobby of the new Shari Flaming Center for the Arts building.

We are happy to answer any questions via email at

Hope to see you soon!

Spring 2020 Schedule!

February 7 – Herb House Natural Medicine and Protecting Our Rights

Presented by: Connie Newcome

Connie grew up in rural Kansas, is a Christian, and is involved in her church in Hutchinson KS.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University.

In the early years of her marriage to her husband of 47 years she was a stay at home mom. When her husband’s lifelong health issue flared up about 38 years ago, they were introduced to traditional medicine. The fascination with simple remedies which are safe, effective and affordable led to years of study and practice, first with her own family and then with clients. She now has a shop in the little town of Inman and meets with people daily from the Kansas area as well as from all over the US.  As a certified Natural health professional, she has been teaching classes for many years. 

Connie and her husband, Willie, have 5 biological children and 2 adopted children from Haiti who came in 2010 through the efforts of then Senator Sam Brownback who helped them arrive within a week after the big earthquake. They now have 18 grandchildren!

Connie, along with Debra Mize and Cindy Bauer, also grandmothers, was instrumental in forming Kansans for Health Freedom in 2019. Connie’s decades long passion for helping people to regain and maintain their health has fueled the desire to take on the issue of vaccine mandates and health freedom.

February 21 – HEAD ‘EM UP & MOVE ‘EM OUT 

Presented By: Jim Gray

The early days of ranching and trail driving required stamina and determination. The drover of yesteryear had little choice but to face the elements placed before him if he was to get his wild cattle to market. A thousand miles on the trail brought him into contact with all that nature could throw at him: lightning, flooded rivers, hail, tornadoes, and stampeding cattle were constant challenges. Today’s massive beef industry owes its beginnings to the men and women who were bold enough to “head ‘em up and move ‘em out.” Explore this exciting story of cowboys, cattle, and the steak on your plate. Presented by Jim Gray. 

Jim is an author, speaker, promoter of cowboy heritage in Kansas, and executive director of the National Drovers Hall of Fame. 

March 6 – Keeping Fit and Avoiding Falls

Presented By: Hillsboro Community Hospital

Come learn about the newest techniques of easy exercises and motions to keep your body moving! These are simple things that can be done safely from your favorite chair in your home. We will also focus on easy ways to prevent falls and the injuries often resulting from them. 

Hillsboro Hospital staff will update us on the happenings at the community hospital and all of the great resources available!

April 3 – Asian Cooking 

Presented by: Analisa and Mitch Defiesta

Wok and Rolls Catering

Learn to prepare a delicious and simple Asian meal! Mitch and Analisa Defiesta from Wok and Rolls Catering will teach you about common Asian ingredients and how to use them. This interactive program will be fun and delicious. No cooking skills needed to attend. We will be preparing a simple Miso Soup, Tempura, and Thai Salad Rolls with signature dipping sauce!

April 17- Kansas Salt Mines

Presented by: Fred Silhan General Manager Morton Salt – Hutchinson, KS

Fred was raised in Pilsen, KS by parents Terry and Kathy Silhan. He graduated from Centre High School in 1998 and from Kansas State with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 2003. He worked as a Production/Maintenance Supervisor for Cargill Dressings Sauces and Oils North America in Sidney, OH from 2003-2005. He then transitioned to a new position as Project Engineer/Manager for Cargill Meat Solutions in Schuyler Nebraska from 2005-2007. He then worked in Engineering, Maintenance, Production and since 2007 has served as the General Manager of the Hutchinson Kansas Facility for Morton Salt.

 Come learn about the rich history of Morton Salt and Salt production in Kansas. We will learn about the process and products that are produced locally in the Hutchinson, Kansas plant. We will hear about the specifics of the products produced by Morton salt that we all know and love!

May 1 – The Harvey Girls (Free Program- Co-Sponsored by Humanities Kansas)


Author and historian who teaches at Kansas State University

The Harvey House chain of restaurants got its start in Topeka, Kansas, when Fred Harvey opened a café geared to those traveling on the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway line. Preferring the term “Harvey Girls” to waitresses, he recruited single women to work at the Harvey Houses that gradually sprang up all the way to California and Texas. Between the 1880s and the 1950s more than 100,000 women, many of them Kansans, proudly wore the black and white uniform of the internationally known Harvey Company. The presentation will explore the adventures of these pioneering young women.

May 15 – Luau – 

Presented by Wok and Rolls – Ukulele Performance and Hula – Studio 23 Dance

Come out and experience the Aloha Spirit right here in Hillsboro Kansas! We will enjoy traditional Hawaiian Foods enjoyed at most Luau’s in Hawaii! We will enjoy watching Hula dance by the cutest little dancers from Studio 23 Dance located right here in Hillsboro. We will also be treated with live Ukulele music during our meal. This Special Event is included in the cost of the program. 

The buffet meal portion is $4.25 and may be paid on or before the day of the event. You may attend the program without purchasing the meal. Please RSVP for the Luau Meal by May 11. Please email or call 619-920-2625 to RSVP.