5 Things we want to see happen this week

1. Give your feedback
on Amtrak expansion

Attend the passenger rail informational meeting being put on by the Kansas Department of Transportation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Red Coach Inn to learn what the future may hold for passenger trains in Kansas. There will be presentations explaining proposed options for expanding Amtrak service from as far as Texas to Missouri, with Newton as a hub on all four proposals.

2. Volunteer for summer
youth program

Share your time with Newton’s children and youth and volunteer for the Kids Summer Food and Activity Program.
This program provides free breakfasts and lunches for children age 1 to 18 from June 7 to July 23 at Sunset Elementary School. For more information, call 284-0000 or e-mail info@peaceconnections.org.

3. Remind children
of bike safety rules

Summer is just around the corner. Graduations abound, and swimming pools soon will soon open. Many youngsters ride their bikes to the pool during the hot summer months. But bike riders are not always easy for drivers to spot.
Young bikers need to be defensive riders. So, spend a few minutes with your child to remind them of the rules of the road. Bike safety is an everyday activity! And always wear a helmet!

4. Learn about flood plains, insurance

Take the opportunity to attend an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Harvey County Courthouse to find out about the new Harvey County flood maps that will take effect in October.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Kansas Division of Water Resources’ flood mapping department officials will be on hand to answer questions.
If your home may be in the flood plain, the event could help you determine what kind of flood insurance you may need.
Insurance information will be available even if your home will not be in the new flood plain.

5. Become a
for pets in need

Become a matchmaker for Caring Hands Humane Society.
This new program matches volunteers with pets that are up for adoption.
The volunteers walk and socialize with the animals so they will be able to tell potential adopters about the pets’ personalities. For more information, call Caring Hands at 283-0839.