Save the date: Upcoming Newton Chamber of Commerce events

The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an informational meeting about the Chamber's upcoming Costa Rica trip. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at Mojo's Coffee Bar, 300 E. 27th St. Guests will be able to hear more about the trip opportunity and sample Costa Rican coffee. RSVP and attend for a chance to win a door prize.

The Newton Chamber will be conducting its first Chamber tour Nov. 2-10, and the destination will be tropical Costa Rica. According to a Chamber news release, "Growing in popularity across the country is the implementation of 'Chamber tours.' These trips, typically to various locations outside the country, provide great opportunities for fun, fellowship and community building."

The nine-day trip will include sites such as lush forests, waterfalls, volcanoes and endless coastlines.

Contact Paige at the Chamber for more information, 283-2560 or

Other chamber events - Kauffman Museum will be hosting an "After Hours" from 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 24. - "Art and Music in Downtown Newton" is from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25.

Harms Residence Hall to be dedicated Saturday, April 27

HILLSBORO — Tabor College is proud to unveil the newest residence hall on campus. Harms Residence Hall will be officially dedicated on Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. The public is welcome to attend the dedication and ribbon cutting. This event was rescheduled from February due to the snowstorm.

The 16-unit residence hall is located at 502 E. B Street in Hillsboro.

Following the ceremony and ribbon cutting, guided tours of the facility will be available for the public. The building was made possible by a donation from Dr. Wilmer Harms, M.D., to honor the memory of his late wife, Esther.

Harms, a regular supporter of Tabor College, has given of his time, treasure and talents to the school. He is the founding chairman of the board of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, since its formation in 1975. He is also member emeriti of the Tabor College Board of Directors, serving on the board from 1978-1996. He has also authored five books, and is a dedicated student of Mennonite history, leading many educational tours to Russia.

New therapy group for teenagers forming at Prairie View

A new therapy group designed to help teens and their families will start meeting in late April.

“Adolescence is a difficult time for teens and their parents,” explained Christina Marvin, PhD, a temporary licensed psychologist with Prairie View, who is facilitating the group along with Britania Latronica, a licensed master level psychologist.

Using a technique called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), the groups will help show teens and their parents “how to build healthy, strong relationships, make more effective choices when emotions run high and make it through upsetting situations without making things worse,” Marvin said.

The therapy group will help “families navigate this challenging time in development, but will also help participants build a healthier lifestyle.”

DBT was originally designed for adults by Marsha Linehan, a psychology researcher from the University of Washington. Marvin and Latronica will use a therapy adapted by Alec Miller to work with adolescents.

“DBT for adolescence has shown to be an effective treatment for reducing symptoms of depression and emotional dysregulation, as well as high-risk behaviors such as self-harm and suicidal thoughts,” said Marvin.

Marvin is asking the teens come to the meetings with their parents and attend all 16 sessions.

“If this is impossible, we will work with clients on a case-by-case basis to at least obtain commitments for four weeks at a time,” she said.

This group is not for everyone; it is specifically designed for teens who are “chronically emotionally dysregulated.” Marvin describes this as someone with “major disruptions in social interactions with family or friends, self-harming behavior, suicide attempts, high risk sexual practices, chronic truancy or aggression.”

The group will meet every Tuesday, starting April 23, in the Meadowlark Room at Prairie View.

For more information or to set up an orientation meeting, contact Marvin or Latronica at 284-6400.

Prairie View is a faith-based, private behavioral and mental health services provider, offering a range of behavioral and psychiatric services for children, adolescents, adults and older adults, as well as consultation services to businesses and organizations. In addition to the main campus, including outpatient offices and a psychiatric hospital in Newton, Prairie View has outpatient locations in Hillsboro, Hutchinson, McPherson and Wichita.