1. Say thank you

Members of the Newton Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will be at the Newton Public Library from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9 with materials on hand so that children and adults can write notes of appreciation of local law enforcement.



2. Tell the family story

The Moundridge Arts Council will host a Community Writing Workshop at 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 12 at the MAC building, 118 S. Randall in Moundridge.

Kim Stanley will teach a workshop, titled "Moment by Moment," which will give family historians ideas and tools to take their research and turn it into story form. In working with inmates at Hutchinson Correctional Facility, Stanley found only a small percentage could recall a time when their families passed on stories of their history. Stanley said that most inmates felt ungrounded because of their lack of knowledge about their family's past.

Stanley teaches courses in beginning and advanced writing, poetry, English literature and world literature at McPherson College.



3. Get a book signed

Faith & Life Bookstore, 606 N. Main, will host an author visit from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 12  from Dr. Roland Brown, author of the book "Healing Hands: Four Decades of Relief and Mission in Taiwan."

From a missionary kid in rural, war-torn, northern China to high school in Pyongyang, medical training in the US, and a vocation dedicated to medical mission in Taiwan, this memoir chronicles both the difficulties and rewards of building and expanding Mennonite Christian Hospital into a large, modern, state-of-the-art regional teaching hospital.


4. Take the family to a movie

An afternoon movie and games is on tap at Newton Public Library this week. At 3:30 p.m. Aug. 11 the library will show “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” as a family movie. There will be board games and snacks as well.



5. Head to the park

This weekend West Park will host a “Fireside Chat” at 7:30 p.m. — Fireside Chat Aug. 12. Hosted by

Harvey County Parks Ranger/Naturalist Carol Dilts at the West Park Shelter, the chat will feature a campfire, marshallow roast, a talk about the Little Arkansas River and a live turtle. A movie under the stars starts after the chat. The event is free.