1. Have some hope


The annual HopeFest will be this weekend, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 29 at Newton Rec Center, 415 N. Poplar.

HopeFest is a free fun festival for all ages. There will be a variety of activities and the opportunity to discover the numerous resources that are available for Harvey County residents.

Features at the 2017 HopeFest include bouncy houses, Newton fire truck and ambulance outside on 5th Street.  Inside the Rec Center, come play games, do crafts, enjoy kids’ activities, learn drumming and listen to musical entertainment while finding out what Harvey County non-profit organizations have to offer you.

Thirty-eight exhibitors - all non-profit organizations - have signed up to have tables at HopeFest.

Free health screenings will be offered for dental, hearing, vision and blood pressure checks. Newton Lions Club will provide the hearing and vision screening at HopeFest which can be done starting at six months of age. If a vision problem is found, Newton Lions will give the person a free vision appointment with a local optometrist.


2. See the choir

The African Children's Choir will perform at 10:30 a.m. July 30 at First Presbyterian Church.

The program features children's songs, traditional spirituals and gospel selections. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.


3. Meet an author 

Cindy M. Amos, author, will sign copies of her book from 1 to 3 p.m. July 29  at Faith & Life Bookstore, 606 N. Main. 

Amos is the author of the "Landscapes of Mercy" book series. She writes contemporary fiction of man living close to the land, drawing from a career in natural resource management and endangered species conservation. Her book-length fiction often entwines three primary elements — the land, the love, and the Lord.

There are six books in the "Landscape of Mercy" series, with two of the titles set in Kansas towns.

For more information, please call Faith & Life Bookstore at 316-283-2210 or go to their website: faithandlifebookstore.com



4. Put on a happy face

Happy Faces Entertainment will visit Newton Public Library 1:30 p.m. July 26.

Magic, juggling and comedy are part of Happy Faces Entertainment’s program for Family Time Fun in the Bessimer Room. The event is free. The library is located at 720 N. Oak. 


5. Get enrolled

Newton USD 373 will provide a "one stop" enrollment for new students from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. July 26 at Chisholm Middle School, 900 E. First.

Those who should come to the enrollment include:

If none of your children attended any Newton USD 373 schools during the previous school year, you are considered new to the district.

You are also considered new to the district if your child attended years prior to the previous school year, or did not complete the previous school year at Newton USD 373.

Kindergarten students who did not attend Kindergarten Roundup or pre-enroll are considered new to the district and should attend One-Stop Enrollment.

Parents should bring a copy of birth certificate for the child being enrolled, a copy of immunization records for the child being enrolled and the name and location of student's previous school (USD 373 will request records from previous schools).