1. Catch a concert downtown

Jason Callahan grabs his trusty six-string guitar to offer up live entertainment at 6 p.m. March 10 at Jay's Place, 220 N. Main, as the frontman of the Callahan Band. The band is self-described as "a rowdy country band with a hard-drivin' fast beat."

"Newton is one of my favorite places to play," Callahan said. "I've been playing Jay's Place longer than it has been Jay's. .. There have been bars come and go, but people keep coming to see me."

The band made up of Callahan, Kenton Ashcraft on drums, Billy Smart on bass and Kenny Young on lead guitar.

Included in his list of musical influences is Johnny Paycheck, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Senior and David Allen Coe.



2. Celebrate Kansas

The Kansas Sampler Foundation announced that the biannual We Kan! Conference will be March 7 in Newton. The conference theme is "What Should Kansas Look Like? Let's Start Shaping It!" The format will be designed to promote forward-thinking and action for rural communities.

The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Meridian Center. The fee is $75 and people can register at kansassampler.org. A Sippin' and Supposin' Mixer will be held the night before.

Breakout sessions, group discussions, and speed sessions will be used to address dozens of topics that affect tourism, economic and community development, preservation, social media, and more. Presenters are grassroots leaders who have found solutions, ideas or pathways, as well as rural advocates involved in statewide agencies or organizations.


3. Meet decision makers

The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing to host its Spring Legislative Update from 9 to 10:30 a.m.  March. 10 at McKinley Administrative Center, 308 E. First.

Come hear what your Kansas Senator Carolyn McGinn and Representatives Don Schroeder and Tim Hodge have to say about bills being proposed and passed in the Kansas Legislature.

The cost to attend this event is free.


4. Donate to a cause

MOUNDRIDGE — West Zion Mennonite Church is hoping to fill at least one truck with bicycles for refugees.

The church is holding a bicycle drive from 8 to 10 a.m. March 10 at its building, located at 101 S. Washington in Moundridge. Many of the refugees coming to Kansas are from Democratic Republic of Congo, which has seen a surge in violence in recent years.

Bicycles give those without a car a way to travel around the area and, especially in the case of children, have some fun.

New or used bicycles for all ages will be accepted at West Zion Mennonite church's bike drive. Even those in need of a little repair can be donated.

Monetary donations will also be accepted at the bike drive. Those funds will go toward the purchase of bicycle helmets.



5. Shred some documents

 The Attorney General’s Office will mark National Consumer Protection Week, March 4-10, with free document destruction events throughout the state — inlcuding one location in Harvey County —  Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

The office will offer a document destruction event from 4 to 6 p.m. March 9 at the Chisholm Trail Center, 601 S.E. 36th St.

The office will sponsor free document destruction at 10 locations throughout the state. Securely shredding personal documents is an important step toward preventing identity theft.