1. Celebrate Kansas


The Chisholm Trail marked its 150th anniversary in 2017, and Kauffman Museum is wrapping up the milestone year with a new special traveling exhibit and some cowboy and Wild West fun on Kansas Day 2018.

The museum’s annual Celebrate Kansas Day!, with the theme “On the Trail Again,” will be 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 inside and around the museum, which is located on the Bethel College campus at the corner of Main and 27th streets in North Newton. All Kansas Day activities are free and open to the public.

Starting things off at noon (until 5 p.m.), there will be two food trucks and a food stand in the museum parking lot, with individually priced food and drink items for sale – the LeJ’s BBQ food truck from Newton, Monica’s Homemade Mexican Food Truck from Wichita, and Mojo’s Coffee Bar from North Newton.

Attenders are invited to wear their favorite Western outfit, and to enjoy three special programs, a wide variety of activities inside and out, and the exhibit “The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West.”

The programs are in the Kauffman Museum auditorium, starting at 1:15 p.m. with “Bluegrass Tunes” by the Regier Family of Newton.

At 2:15, Ryan Flaming, extension agent for Harvey County Agriculture and Natural Resources, presents “Know Your Beef: How to Identify a High-Quality Animal.”

And at 3:15, Kendra Frasier, the brand recorder for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, will speak on “Riding the Brand: A History of Brands in Kansas.”


2. Grab a bowl

The second annual Circle of Hope Souper Bowl – a football-themed evening of soup, fellowship and pie auction – will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30. at First United Methodist Church, 801 North Main in Newton.

“We had an idea for an event that we thought sounded fun and with hard work, supportive community turn-out and wonderful donations it totally exceeded our expectations,” said Souper Bowl chair and Circle of Hope volunteer Rosie Hake. “It was so much fun we decided to do it again.”

A soup supper begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church. For a donation, diners will have their choice of several kinds of soups. Local musicians, the Newton Ukelele Tunes Society (NUTS) led by Marva Weigelt, will provide dinner music.

At 6:15, auctioneer Mike Flavin and his wife, Debbie, will conduct an auction of pies and desserts.

Pies and desserts donated for the auction will be on display throughout supper, giving bidders time to decide which they want to bid on.

Childcare will be available during the auction.

For more information on the 2018 Souper Bowl and Pie Auction, contact Hake at 316-288-1296.



3. Catch a game

The community and alumni of Hesston College are invited to campus Jan. 24 for Alumni/Community Basketball Night, a free event featuring varsity basketball games, entertainment and fun for the whole family.

The Larks will take on NJCAA Region VI rival, Fort Scott Community College, with the women’s game scheduled for 6 p.m. in Yost Center and the men’s game to follow at 8 p.m. The evening will be filled with games, prizes, snacks and entertainment.

In addition to the basketball games, the lineup for the evening includes free haircuts by Snip N’ Clip, Lark megaphones and free popcorn, Lark tattoos, the Hesston High School pep band and musical entertainment by Hesston College international students.


4. Welcome them home

The Bethel College Concert Choir will give its home concert Jan. 28 following its every-four-years European tour.

The concert is at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall and is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support the choir and help with tour expenses.

The 45-voice choir, under the direction of William Eash, director of choral activities, embarked Jan. 3, along with tour planner Merle Schlabaugh, professor of German.

The tour included a number of Mennonite churches and communities in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, with one concert in France.

The choir also had the chance to sing informally in venues such as the Mainzer Dom (cathedral in Mainz, Germany).


5. Find a bargain

Trinity Heights Respite Care will hold its "This 'N' That Sale" from  to -8 p.m. Jan. 26 and 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 27 in fellowship hall at the church, 1200 Boyd Ave., Newton. The sale is a fundraiser of Trinity Heights Respite Care.

For more information, contact Connie Rickard at respite-car@att.net or 316-253-2772.