1. Cut a rug

For some girls in the Newton area, this is the event of the year.  The second annual Daddy/Daughter Dance at Chishom Middle School. One year ago organizers watched with glee as they outsold their goal for tickets — fathers came from as far as two states away for the special night. Oranizers had expected for about 100 people — and 500 bought tickets for the event. 

The evening will feature a meal for daughters and dad's to share, followed by a dance hosted by a DJ. Tickets are $35 per couple, with an additional $5 for additional daughters. This year tickets must be purchased online at  evenbrite.com.

The dance will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at Chisholm Middle School. For more information call 316-836-3612.


2. Write to save your life

"Writing to Save Your Life" will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Feb. 17 at Pine Village Wellness Center, 86 22nd Ave. in Moundridge.

The workshop will be presented by StoryTellers of the Great Plains, a coalition of five authors who write memoirs, essays, blogs, journal, poems and fiction.

Kathy Wiens, author of the childhood memoir "Bars, Dumps and Other Childhood Hangouts," will share her insights and experience into using writing as a tool for healing during "Writing to Save Your Life."

The cost for "Writing to Save Your Life" is $20 for the morning workshop and $10 for the bonus session.

To register for "Writing to Save Your Life," contact either Barb Orsi by calling 316-300-0287 or emailing barborsi@yahoo.com; or Kathy Goering by calling 316-371-6189 or emailing kjgo@mtelco.net.


3. Check out  'Third Thursday'

Third Thursday on Feb. 15 at Carriage Factory Art Gallery will feature entertainment by the NUTS (Newton Ukulele Tunes Society) and a craft, Color Like Picasso.

The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 128 East Sixth Street. Refreshments will be available.

The NUTS are a popular local group which has been featured at previous Carriage Factory Art Gallery events.

The “Color Like Picasso” craft fits into the current adult coloring trend and looks forward to the “Love Your Gallery” annual fundraiser on Feb. 24. This year’s theme is “Party With Picasso” and the evening will include a catered meal, musical entertainment and a live art auction.

Current exhibits include “Kansas through the Eyes of an Artist”, featuring 37 artists who entered the Carriage Factory’s first juried art competition; “Dirty Laundry”, a portfolio of linoleum block prints on paper made from recycled dryer lint; and local and regional artists upstairs.

For more information, call 316-284-2749.


4. Check out the museum

Harvey County Historical Museum and Archives will host "Art in Miniatures" by Marla Pauls from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 13. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Immediately following the lecture until 4:30 p.m. will be a meet and greet for Hannah Thompson, the new director, that is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at the meet and greet.


5. Order lunch

Meals on Wheels and Newton Medical Center want to make lunch easy for Valentine's Day. The Share the Love Lunchbox Fundraiser will make one of three diffrent lunch boxes available — with delivery if more than three boxes are ordered for the same address.

Cost is $10 per lunch.  For more information, call 283-3500.