1. Have an important discussion

The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce will host Hot Topic Luncheon: Drugs in our Community at noon Aug. 29. 

The event will be a catered lunch with presentations by representatives from the Harvey County Sheriff's Department and the Newton Police Department about how we can the community can work together to create solutions

Desiree Martens, Coordinator of Prevention Services at Mirror Inc. will also present an update.The cost to attend this Hot Topic Luncheon will be $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-Chamber members. Register with the chamber by calling 316-283-2560.


2. Celebrate “Happy Days”

The annual “Legacy of John” dinner will be 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Meridian Center, 1420 E. Broadway.

The dinner, which will be themed after the “Happy Days” television show, is a fundraiser for Kansas Christian Home.

Cars from the 1950s and 1960s will be parked outside for people to look at and take pictures of before the event begins.

Inside the Meridian Center, motorcycles will be scattered around, continuing to evoke the atmosphere of the era along with other decorations like records and glass Coca-Cola bottles.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in '50s-themed attire. When dinner is served, they can munch on cheeseburgers, fries, onion rings, cole slaw and cookies while sipping milkshakes and root beet floats through a straw.

There is a suggested donation of $125 per ticket for the Legacy of John Benefit Dinner. For more information or to purchase tickets, email jlehrman@kschristianhome.org or call 316-283-6600, ext. 135.




3. Picnic in the Park

The annual "Picnic in the Park" fundraiser for Newton Meals on Wheels will be 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in Krehbiel Park, Sixth and Oak. 

The evening will feature music by the Stephens Family Band along with a pulled pork or brisket meal. There will be a "Best Sweets in Town" auction and raffle prizes.

Tickets for the event are available at 122 E. Sixth and cost $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.



4. Battle of the Badges

The annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is coming to Newton.

The annual blood drive will be from 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 24 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25  at First Church of the Nazarene, 1000 N. Main St.

First Church of the Nazarene has committed to collecting 160 productive units to help save up to 480 lives. Presenting donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt, while supplies last and a $5 Target eGiftCard™ after their attempted donation. You must have a valid email address associated with your donor profile in order to receive the Target eGiftCard reward.

To schedule an appointment to donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Newton, or call 1-800-Red-Cross. 




5. Visit with a congressman

Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) announced on Friday that he will host town hall meetings in four counties Aug. 24, including one stop in Harvey County. 

The congressman is expected to be in Newton from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak St, Newton.