1. Take in the view

Prairie View, Inc. will host  “A Beautiful View,” a fine art exhibition and fundraiser. All proceeds will support Prairie View to treat mental illness and addiction disorders.

The event, with hors d’oeuvres, live music provided by Dave Anderson and a watercolor painting demonstration by local artist Susan Bartel, is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at Prairie View’s Recreation Center, 1901 E. First St.

The event features more than 100 pieces by artists from the surrounding area, including Newton, Halstead, Hesston, Hillsboro, Lawrence, McPherson, Moundridge, Peabody, Wichita and Winfield.

Tickets for “A Beautiful View” are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, contact Tyra Streck at 316-284-6443 or 800-992-6292, or order them online at www.prairieview.org/abeautifulview.



2. Check out the  'Ground Hog' feed

The annual W.M. Phillips Post No. 65 American Legion "Ground Hog" and Pancake Feed will be from from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Whitewater American Legion Building, 108 E. Topeka, Whitewater.

Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 7 through 12 and children under 6 are free with parents.


3. Pancakes!

The Newton Kiwanis Club will host its annual Kiwanis Pancake Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Newton Recreation Center, 415 N. Poplar. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door for adults and $4 in advance and $5 at the door for kids 4 through 12. The meal includes all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage and coffee. Milk and juice available for an extra charge. All proceeds benefit


4. Celebrate Kansas

Photographers Jim Griggs and Jeff Heidel will present a visual tour of Kansas at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the  Carriage Factory Art Gallery through their photographic images taken at the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. The live narration visual presentation begins at 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 128 E. Sixth St. Refreshments will be served at this free event, open to all ages.

In "Maxwell: Jewell of the Prairie and Home of the National Mammal," Griggs and Heidel will talk about their Kansas images and photographic processes as they project a variety of photographs shot on location at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge.

Griggs' photography has been published in numerous magazines, books, calendars, newspapers, post cards, brochures and websites including the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy and National Geographic.

Heidel is a landscape and wildlife photographer, born and raised in Newton and currently residing in McPherson.


5. 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.