1. Celebrate Valentine's Day


Do not forget that Tuesday is Valentine's Day. Local flower shops are ready to help, as are local businesses with gifts. There are, however, some options for getting out of the house and doing something with your special person as well.


The Meridian Center, 1420 E. Broadway, is hosting a special dinner-for-two event Tuesday, tickets are $70. Seating for the meal is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 284-3100.


The library, 720 Oak Street, is hosting an event for kids, a special free puppet show at 4 p.m. Tuesday. You can also make Valentines for your favorite authors.


Grand Central, 122 E. Sixth, is hosting a “shared supper” at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Bring a dish to share. The entertainment for the night will be “The Not-So-Newlywed Game.”


2. Have a bowl of soup

The Seventh Annual Zion Lutheran Soup Supper Benefit will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at the church, 225 S. Poplar. Enter at the main door on the south side of the building.

The soup supper, which will be a benefit for the Newton Police Department reserve officers, will feature more than 15 different types of soup. Free-will offering includes drink and dessert.

In addition to a meal there will be a K9 demonstration, photo ops with the Bike Patrol, and conversations with some of the reserve officers.


3. Celebrate the community heritage

“Flour Power at Harvey County Historical Museum” will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the museum, 203 N Main St. 

Join Gene T. Chavez on Feb. 19 in his presentation of the history of Mexican Immigration to Kansas and the upbringing of the perfect flour tortilla in the Midwest.

Admission is free to the public. For more information contact Harvey County Historical Museum at 283 2221.



4. Catch a show at the gallery

Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton will host Dave Schimming in performance during "Third Thursday at the Gallery" from 6 to 8 p.m. February 16 at the gallery, 128 E. Sixth. 

Schimming plays blues, 60s music and originals. The Third Thursday event is free and open to all ages. Refreshments will be served.


5. Head to the arboretum

A rescheduled concert with Liz Longley, part of the Prairie Window Concert Series at Dyck Arborteum, will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at the arboretum, 177 W. Hickory, Hesston. Cost of tickets is $20 for adults and $10 for children, plus tax. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s mission that promotes environmental landscaping with native plants.