1. Check out Wizard of Oz

Flying monkeys, wicked witches and a young Kansas girl named Dorothy Gale will soon make an appearance in Newton.

Ballet Wichita will present a production of "The Wizard of Oz" at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the bandshell in Athletic Park, 700 W. First St.

 Ballet Wichita's "The Wizard of Oz" is a 30-minute version of the story presented at no cost to attendees.

With backdrops evoking both rural Kansas and the fantastical land of Oz, "The Wizard of Oz" features dancers in full costumes and makeup who are college age or younger. 

For more information about Ballet Wichita, visit https://balletwichita.com or call 316-687-5880.


2. Remember Patriot's Day at the Legion

Wayne G. Austin American Legion Post No. 2 will host the first-ever Veterans Appreciation Day to honor members with more than 50 years years of continuous American Legion Membership with a dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 11. 

The evening will feature a free roast beef dinner to all veterans and their families. The post will also honor volunteers during the dinner at 400 S. Spencer Road. 



3.. Check out the west side

Head to the west side of Newton for the third-annual West Side Blast from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at Meridian and West Fourth Street.

Activities include Inflatables for the kids, free hot dogs and chips, snow cones, a mini car show and music.


4. Watch a skate competition

Area skateboarders will host a skate exhibition as a fundraiser for the Runyon family at 4 p.m. Sept. 9 in Okerberg Park. 

The event will feature food, music and a skateboard competition using the skate park equipment in Okerberg Park on the Newton Activity Center campus. 

Admission to the event is free, though there is a $5 entry fee for those wishing to compete. 

All funds raised will be donated to the family of Alyssa Runyon, 24, and her daughter Zaylynn Paz, 4, who were found murdered in their Newton home Aug. 8. 


5. See the new exhibit

Dr. Rachel Waltner Goossen, Professor of History at Washburn University, will give a resentation in conjunction with the Kauffman Museum's fall special exhibit exploring the stories of conscientious objectors during WWI. Her lecture, "Voices of Conscience: The Great War and Legacies of Peace Witness," begins at 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at the museum and is funded by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life. Admission to the program is free.