1. Show some spirit

Newton High School will host a community pep rally in downtown this week.

The rally is set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the 100 block of West Sixth.

During the event teams will be introduced, the Newton High School cheer squad will perform and the Newton High School band will perform as well.


2. Celebrate Labor day in Moundridge

MOUNDRIDGE  – The McPherson Brass Quintet will present an outdoor concert at 5 p.m., on Labor Day, Sept. 4, in Moundridge’s Wheatridge Park. Planned by the Moundridge Arts Council, the event is open to the public. A free will offering will be collected to underwrite concert expenses.

The Labor Day Concert is a first for the community. The program celebrates one year since the start of the Moundridge Arts Council. The concert will feature light music from a range of time periods, including English madrigals, Dixieland jazz, 1940s swing tunes and patriotic favorites.

Quintet members include Richard Guse and Darren Hendricks, trumpets; Winona Godfrey, French horn; Ty Kaufman, euphonium; and Greg Nickel, tuba.

Wheatridge Park is located on South Washington Avenue in Moundridge, near the city swimming pool. Bring blankets or lawn chairs.

For information, call Rosemary Fisher at 620-345-8979.



3. Meet the Superintendent

Newton USD 373 Superintendent Dr. Deborah Hamm will host a Railer Round Table from 7 to 9 a.m. Aug. 31 at Druber’s Donut Shop, 116 W. 6th St.

This will be an informal time to visit about USD 373’s Comprehensive Plan and the Nov. 7 bond election.



4. Pull out the grill

Bethel College will host its inaugural Bethel BBQ Cookoff Sept. 2 during the pre-game of the Bethel-Dordt football game at Goering Field.

The BBQ cookout/tailgate will take place in the Thresher Stadium parking lot.

A BBQ competition will begin at 3 p.m. According to the Bethel news release, “any type of barbeque is welcome (pork, chicken, baked beans, anything you want to share and have the judges judge!)”

Award winners will be named at halftime of the football game.

An entry form is available at http://www.bethelthreshers.com/SIDHelp.php?action=form&parameters=6.

For more information, contact Joseph Gogus at jgogus@bethelks.edu, or call 284-5213.


5. Go for a walk

Start off your Labor Day weekend with Kauffman Museum’s monthly bird walk.

Participants should meet at 7 a.m. in the museum parking lot on the Bethel College campus at the corner of Main and 27th Streets in North Newton.

Birders need to be able to navigate a mile to a mile-and-a-half of mostly wood-chip trail and unpaved road. Terrain is sometimes steep.

Experienced birders Gregg Friesen and Rod Wedel will lead this month’s walk, through Chisholm Park and on Sand Creek Trail. It will take 1-1.5 hours and cover approximately 1.5 miles.

The bird walks happen the first Saturday morning of most months (note: the October walk will be on the second Saturday this year), and everyone is welcome. 

For help locating Kauffman Museum, see  www.bethelks.edu/why-bethel/location/campus-map/ or the Kauffman Museum Facebook page.