1. Head to Prom

The Newton High SChool Junior-Senior Prom will be April 21 in Ravenscroft Gym at Newton High SCchool. As in the past, the school will host a Prom Open House from 3 to 5 p.m. for parents and community members to view the decorations. The entry for Prom and for Prom Open House will be on the south lower level entrance of Ravenscroft Gymnasium. The school asks that the public honor the viewing time, so students and sponsors may make final preparations for the event. After 5 p.m., no one except the attendees and sponsors will be allowed in the gymnasium. 

If you plan to attend open house, or to observe students entering the Prom, park on the west or north side of the building, entering from Boyd Avenue, to keep the south parking lot completely clear for valet parking. Please do not walk on the roped-off grass area, as new grass has been planted.

Bleachers will be available lining the driveway for the viewing of prom entrances. There will be space available for lawn chairs on the driveway.  Promenade will begin at 7:30 p.m. Bathrooms will be available through the west “Senior Locker” doors.


2. Go up the creek


The fourth annual Paddle Battle at Sand Creek will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 21. The event is a fund-raiser for the Heart 2 Heart Child Advocacy Center.

 One and two mile canoe and kayak races will launch from the boat dock at Fourth Street at Sand Creek. Prizes will be awarded for each race. Canoes and kayaks can be rented from CaNewton, Canoe and Kayak rental, just north of the Fourth Street boat ramp where the race starts.

Register online: www.canewton.com/registration.html



3. Check out the truck show

The 15th Annual Wheat State Antique Truck Show will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m April 21 at Newell's Truck Stop, I-135/US 50 exit 31, Newton.

The show is open to antique, custom and working trucks of all sizes, miltary vehicles, cars, racers, tractors and hit and miss engines, and includes a truck and auto parts swap meet. Entry and admission are free. For more information call 316-283-0130 or 316-288-3443, email scottg@pixius.net, or visit athskansas.org.



4. Celebrate KIPCOR

The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College wraps up a year-plus-long celebration of its 30th anniversary with an event geared to the whole family.

And KIPCOR will partner with Kauffman Museum and local elementary school student artists, art teachers and librarians for the April 22 event.

KIPCOR is bringing author and storyteller Rafe Martin to campus for a special performance April 22 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall. This is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support KIPCOR’s work and programming.

In addition to the program in Memorial Hall, Martin will speak in Bethel College’s convocation April 23 at 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, which is also open to the public.


5. Find a book

Friends of Newton Public Library will host its annual spring book sale at Newton Public Library. Proceeds support Newton Public Library and your reading habits. April 19 is the Friends Members-Only PreSale: Join the Friends for $10/year or $50/lifetime. Hours are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 19, 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. April 20 and 9 a.m. to noon April 21.