1. Battle on the creek

For those who want to participate in the annual Paddle Battle, this year slated for April 22, it is a day to have fun in a canoe or kayak and raise money for the Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Center. The event is at the Fourth Street Boat Ramp in Newton. 

Paddle Battle features several races — among them a one mile and two mile event. This year there will also be a “Paddle Boat Sprint.” 

Registration for the races is $25, which includes a shirt for those who preregister. Registration the day of the event will be at 9 a.m. April 22. For more information, to reserve a boat or to register call 288-5756



2. Hear a musical legend

It was in 1965 that Frankie Valens recorded a remake of “This Magic Moment,” originally recorded by The Drifters, which became his signature song. He followed with a 1969 recording of “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” a Platters original.

He now operates a ministry and performs with his wife Phyllis.

He will fire up those golden pipes in Harvey County, performing a 7:30 p.m. April 22 concert at Spring Lake Resort, 1308 S. Spring Lake Rd, Halstead. Admission for the concert, which will be outside if weather permits, is by donation.

The resort will host a shrimp boil dinner that night, starting at 5:30 p.m. The price of the meal has not yet be determined. Reservations for the meal are required and can be made by calling (316) 835-3443.


3. Check out Sybarite5

Rounding out this year’s Hesston-Bethel Arts Performing (HBPA) season is classical music’s most dynamic chamber groups, the string quintet Sybarite5, at 7:30 p.m. April 20, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus.

Members of Sybarite5 will also present a pre-concert talk from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Hesston Mennonite Church Sanctuary. Community members can enjoy a come and go pre-concert pie dessert in the church Community Center from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

The concert is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Reserved seating and general admission tickets for Sybarite5 are available at hesstonbethel.org or by calling 620-327-8158. Single tickets are for sale at Bethel College’s Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center and in the Hesston College Bookstore during regular business hours. Ticket prices range from $17 to $20 with discounts available for students and senior citizens.  Individual tickets for the pre-concert pie dessert are $5. 



4. Check out the documentary

Thanks to funding from The John Ernest Foundation, Hesston College will host a viewing of the movie “Sold,” which illustrates the child sex trade, at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 23, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The showing is free and open to the public. “Sold” is rated PG-13 for disturbing content and adult themes. Following the movie there will be a short talk back session with refreshments in the Hesston Mennonite Church Community Center. “Sold” is based on the novel by the same name by Patricia McCormick. The story follows a poor 13-year-old girl, Lakshmi, in Nepal whose stepfather sends her away with a strange woman to get work in India, where instead she discovers that work is in a brothel. Despite the horror of her situation, Lakshmi finds ways to survive, and must decide if she will risk everything to regain her freedom.



5. Shred it

On Saturday, April 22, area residents can have unwanted documents and papers shredded in a secure environment, for free, at Midland National Bank’s semi-annual Community Shred Day.

Bring receipts, invoices and other personal documents to the Midland National Bank parking lot on the west side of the main bank from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please enter off Sixth Street.

Destroying documents with personal information, such as old credit card invoices, utility bills, tax documents and bank statements, is one way to thwart identity thieves.

Document Resources, a division of Underground Vaults and Storage, will be providing the shredding service.

Please, no glass, food, plastic or hazardous material. There is a five box limit per household.

Contact Midland National Bank, 316-283-1700, for more information.