1. Party!

Fun and games both indoors and outdoors can be had at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church's annual block party. The event will take place this year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 16 at the church's building, located at 225 S. Poplar St. in Newton.

A free lunch of hot dogs and chips will be served to both children and adults, whether they live next door or travel across town to attend the block party.

Carnival games such as a bean bag toss and pie-throwing station will be part of the fun, along with a cake and cookie walk. Snacks, crafts and other activities will keep little hands busy throughout the block party.

For more information about Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church's block party, call 316-283-1441 or visit http://www.zionnewton.com.


2. Check out downtown

As a kick off to summer events, the Chamber will be hosting the annual Main Street Mainia this year beginning with its kick opening event on June 14 and running through June 16. Typically this event is held on W. Sixth Street, but this year will take place on Main between Sixth and Broadway streets.

The kickoff event will be a family outing for you and your friends from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 14 . During this kickoff event, families will be able to enjoy games, arts and crafts, bouncy houses, snow cones and a free bicycle valet. Food trucks will also be available with food for purchase. Sidewalk sales will be taking place on Main Street as our participating merchants will bring their merchandise out onto the streets for their shoppers to enjoy. For every $5 that you spend downtown, you will be awarded a ticket to enter into the running for several different prize baskets that will be located at the Main Street Mainia headquarters. Winners will be drawn every half hour beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The fun doesn’t stop on Thursday night! The Main Street Mainia sidewalk sales will run at participating merchants from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


3. Head to Goessel

The Mennonite Heritage and Agriclutural Museum will host the annual Antique and Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16.

Admission to the show is free, and much of the grounds will be open for seeing the museum and historical village.


4. Live music at Moxies

Ian Gingrich will perform live on the piano from 7-9 p.m. June 13 at Moxie Grill & Brew Pub, 1420 Old Main, Newton. No cover charge.



5. Go for a run

The annual Cookie Daze 5K is a charity run with a twist. At each water station on the course, the participant must eat three cookies to move on to the next station. There is, of course, an option for competitive runners to opt out of eating the cookies. This year's event will be at 7 a.m. June 16 with a route that begins and ends in Athletic Park and follows the Sand Creek bike path along the creek. The 5K competitive and fun runs are $25. Race day registration and packet pickup begin at 6:30 a.m. in Athletic Park. Proceeds benefit the Harvey County Safe House and Caring Hands Humane Society. For more information or to register online, go to www.cookiedaze.org.