Support the run
On Sunday, the Kansas portion of the American Legion Legacy Run — a four-day-motorcycle ride around the state — will culminate in Newton at the Wayne G. Austin American Legion Post.
Riding to different posts across the state over that time, the goal of the Legacy Run is to raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund. All of the money raised through the Kansas Legacy run is donated to the national Legacy Run — which also takes four days and goes through several states, ending at the site of the national convention. Typically, the national Legacy Run raises more than $1 million for the scholarship fund.
Money raised goes towards the scholarship that is set aside for the children of veterans who have lost their lives in service, with 2017 seeing an expansion to eligible recipients — as children of VA-rated, post-9/11 veterans with a combined disability rating of 50 percent or higher will also be considered for the scholarship.
The Kansas run will feature between 40 and 60 riders, with a police escort to the post in Newton, where the riders will gather before tallying up the total donations — allowing a chance for the riders and supporters to socialize. Refreshments will be served and the riders are expected in town between 12:30 and 1 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call the Newton American Legion Post at 283-2233.
Talk on the wild side
For those looking to get more in touch with nature, head out to West Park this weekend, as the Harvey County Parks Department will host the second fireside chat of the season on Saturday. The discussion, led by ranger/naturalist Carol Dilts, will be on "Prairie Animal Life."
Getting up close and personal with the subject matter, a live owl will be present during this week's chat, which will be held at the Lakeside Shelter at West Park. The fireside chat (which will also include a marshmallow roast) will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 283-5420.
Dive into a book
Adventurers may want to stop into Kauffman Museum on Sunday, as authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe will be on hand for a book signing of "The Kansas Guidebook for Explorers 2." The Kansas Sampler Foundation employees compiled the book to highlight the numerous tourist attractions throughout the entire state — broken down by county. The signing will begin at 3 p.m.
Those who prefer more fictional works can stop into The Meeting House in Sedgwick on Saturday for a book signing with the authors of "TimeWorm," a historical fiction novel — the first of a planned trilogy. Authors Brenda Heller, a retired school teacher living south of Sedgwick, and Jimmy Adams — a current social studies teacher in Wichita — will be on hand from 2 to 4 p.m. for the signing.
Enjoy some tunes
West Zion Mennonite Church's Concert Series will continue with a performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, featuring the talents of local ensemble Gabriel's Trumpets, organist Christopher Shaw, oboist Ellen Neufeld, vocalist (and recent NHS grad) Louisa Nickel and pianist Donna Stucky, a lifelong member of West Zion. No admission will be charged for the concert, through free-will offerings will be received at the church (101 S. Washington Avenue, Moundridge).
Catch a flick
Outdoor movie night in Hesston begins this week, and audiences who turn out on Saturday will be treated to a showing of Disney's "Moana." Films in the series will be screened beginning at dusk on the Excel Industries lot, 606 Commerce Drive. Admission is free, though donations of canned goods (to the Hesston Resource Center) are suggested.