1. Head to Halstead
HALSTEAD — The 131st Old Settlers festival will be held Aug. 10 through 12 in Halstead.
New to this year's festival is a gaga ball tournament. The gaga ball tournament, sponsored by the Kansas Learning Center for Health, will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 10. Teams of three can enter the tournament; all players must be 18 years old or younger.
Another change to Old Settlers is the addition of a food court area on First Street between Spruce and Main streets. Food vendors including Wings and Tails BBQ, Mi Mama's, Lumpiapalooza, Ken & Barbie's Rolling Diner, CJ's Sno Shack, U Hungry Truck will set up at the food court. Spaces are still open and any food vendor that wants to join in during Old Settlers can go to the event's website to register.
On Aug. 11, a Kiddie Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and make its way down Main Street. The Old Settlers Grand Parade starts at 10 a.m. and spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and umbrellas to watch the procession.
The parade also features an aerial flyover.
There will be plenty for children to do at Old Settlers, with a sidewalk chalk contest, Lego contest, coloring contest, fishing derby, superhero bootcamp, bike rodeo, inflatables area, free swim time and turtle races occuring throughout the weekend.
The Fifth Annual Halstead Old Settlers Road Rally will start at 4 p.m. Aug. 12 at Halstead High School. The object of the game is to drive around town and find the answers to a set of clues. Entry is $5 per car load and the money is awarded to the first, second and third place finishers.
Old Settlers buttons are $5 and can be purchased at City Hall, Halstead Market, Central National Bank, Halstead Bank, Rizza Liquor Store, D’Angelos and the Harvey County Independent.
For more information about the Old Settlers festival and a complete schedule of events, visit http://halsteadoldsettlers.com.
2. Catch a movie
The monthly family movie at Newton Public Library, 720 Oak, will be "Sherlock Gnomes" (PG) at 3 p.m. Aug. 10 at Newton Public Library. Admission is free.
3. Learn a new hobby
Newton Recreation Commission will hold an adult painting class from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Rec Center. The instructor will lead the class in creating a vivid Southwestern landscape. For ages 14 and older. Deadline to register is noon on the day of the class. Call 316-283-7330 to register. Cost is $28 and includes all supplies.
4. Check out a Bazaar
Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts will host an open house bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 at Memorial Hall on campus in North Newton. The event will include shopping, live entertainment, information about BCAPA programs and free dance and Kindermusik classes. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children.
5. Support a food drive
Taco Bell of Newton is teaming up with the Kansas Food Bank’s Food-4-Kids Program to help hungry children. From July 30 through August 26, participating Taco Bell restaurants across Kansas, including the one in Newton, will ask customers to donate $1, $3, and $5 to become a “Child Hunger Hero” and help fill backpacks for these children for the 2018-19 school year.
Every Friday during the school year, the Kansas Food Bank provides backpacks of food for children who don’t get enough to eat at home on the weekends. Currently, the Food-4-Kids Backpack Program is serving 6,800 kids across Kansas alone. There are 91 children served in Newton. All money raised in Newton will benefit local kids on the program.
“Sunset Elementary has participated in the Food 4 Kids program for about 12 years. It is an amazing program that fills such an important need in our community,” Sara Friesen Guhr, School Social Worker said. “Every August, when school starts, I have students and families eagerly asking me when Food 4 Kids will start up again.”