1. See a show

HESSTON – Hesston College Theatre will present five performances of the show, "Hands On a Hardbody,"  as the spring musical at 7 p.m., Feb. 28 to March 3 and 2 p.m., Mar. 4, at the AGCO Corp Auditorium in the Communication Center, 420 W. Lincoln Boulevard in Hesston.

Based off the 1997 documentary of the same name, small-town Texans compete for a brand-new “hardbody” pickup truck at a local car dealership. The event is a contest as whoever remains standing the longest with one hand on the truck will get to drive it home.

“This show has been fun to stage,” said director Rachel Jantzi. “We have a truck on stage on casters that will be turned and maneuvered by the cast. It [the truck] almost becomes an additional cast member.”

The show brought together 35 people, both on stage and behind the scenes, including 16 students, two faculty members, the college’s academic dean and one community member.

“The music is fantastic and catchy,” Jantzi said. “It makes no apologies and really takes off in some numbers and breaks your heart in others. Another thing that stands out are the characters. These are real people with heart and determination. This wasn't a joke to them. This contest meant everything. It was incredible.”

The show is rated PG for some mild language.

“Hands on a Hardbody” debuted in the musical world at the La Jolla (Calif.) Playhouse in April 2012, running through June of that year. It opened on Broadway in March 2013 and ran for about a month. That year, it was nominated for three Tony Awards, including for Best Original Score.


Tickets for the Hesston College productions are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased through the Hesston College Bookstore in person, by phone at 620-327-8104 or online at books.hesston.edu. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. Tickets will be available at the door 45 minutes prior to show time and are subject to availability.


2. Check out the chorale

The Newton Chorale will present their 41st season concert, "A Choral World Cup Tour," at 7 p.m. March 4  at Bethel College Mennonite Church.

The concert includes music from countries that have won the World Cup — Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and England — and is free to the public. A donation is requested.


3. Grab some biscuits and gravy

WALTON — The Walton Lions Club will host a biscuits and gravy feed from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Whistle Stop Café, 106 Main St., Walton.

Admission is by donation. Proceeds will go to help the club with community projects. The club is currently raising funds for a cemetery directory project.

The menu will include biscuits and gravy; scrambled eggs; sausage; and hashbrowns.


 4. Learn something new

Carriage Factory Art Gallery is once again offering Easter Pysanky, a class using traditional Ukranian methods to decorate eggs,  at 10 a.m. March 3 upstairs in the gallery building at 128 East Sixth Street in Newton.

Cost for the class is $45 and includes all supplies. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

The instructor will be E.B. Schmidt, who has taught the class at the gallery several times.

To register or for more information, contact Carriage Factory Art Gallery at 316 284-2749.


5. Celebrate Harvey County

Bruce Regier will present “Scenic Harvey County” at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak.

Regier lives in rural Moundridge and has a gift for noticing the photo worthy scenes of everyday life. Regier will share his photos of our own county just in time for the more hospitable seasons for photography. All are welcome to attend, whether for ideas for photography in our area, or simply to enjoy the small scenes we often take for granted that surround us.

This program is free and open to the public.