1) Enjoy the festival
On June 1 and 2, the annual Black Kettle Festival will be held in Moundridge offering fun for the whole family. Events will start at 6 p.m. June 1 with a free dinner as well as presentations of the play "It's a Long Story" at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at Pine Village. New to the festival this year will be a corn hole tournament starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, while many other staples will be returning like the car show, jazz in the park, rock climbing and more.
2) Make a splash
Newton Municipal Pool opens for the season on May 29. Public swim is open daily from 1 to 5 p.m. and family swim is available from 7 to 9 p.m. weekdays. Public swim admission is $2.25 for age 5-13 and $3 for 14 and older. Family swim admission is $8 for families of five and $2.25 for individuals.
Lap swim is also offered from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 6 to 6:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is $1.75 per person. Lap swim is available June 6-Aug. 15.
The pool is located in Athletic Park at 401 N. Santa Fe.
Also open for the season is the new Hesston Aquatic Center. Open swim hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, while family swim will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Admission is $4 for individuals age 3-21, $2 for adults and free for those 2 and under. for more information, visit www.hrce.org.
3) Catch a flick
First Church of God will host its fourth annual Outdoor Summer Movie Series at 8 p.m. on four Fridays through August. The first film is "Peter Rabbit" and will be shown June 1. The movie is free and popcorn, drinks, snow cones and popsicles are available at no charge. Hot dogs and chips may be purchased. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. The church is located at 620 N. Fairview. Call 316-283-1944 for more information.
4) Peruse the Artisan Fair
Plan to spend the day in downtown Newton on June 2. Local Artisans will exhibit and sell their latest creations. Several food vendors will be there to satisfy your hunger. Handcrafted jewelry with wrapped gemstones and crystals, fused glass, stained glass, journals, mixed media canvas, hand-painted home décor, fine art, painted mugs, cards, altered art with repurposed wine bottles, vases and horseshoes, wearables, American doll furniture, knitted baby items, hand-painted canvas, personalized mouse pads, silverware, jewelry, quilted items, tag blankets, sock monkeys, wooden cutting boards, home décor and much more will be featured. Food options will include Mexican and Filipino cuisine, baked goods, canned vegetables and flavored pretzels. The Fair will be held in the 100 Block of West Broadway, located just behind the Gathered Goods store.
5) Listen to the "European Contrasts"
Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra presents “European Contrasts” at 4 p.m. June 3 at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, 1200 Boyd Ave, with chamber music featuring John Harrison, James Jones and Karen Schlaubaugh.
Tickets are $13 in advance/$15 at door, $6/7 for students. Included with the price of admission is a dessert reception following the concert. Purchase tickets at Faith and Life Bookstore or online at www.nmkso.org. Call 316-772-3265 for more information.