1. Learn local history

Untimely deaths, national revolutions and international travel are all part of the story of Wilhemina Warkentin's life that Warkentin House board member Karen Penner will discuss during "Mina Warkentin's Legacy to Newton: Bethel Deaconess Hospital Auxiliary and Deaconess Sisters".

Penner will speak about one of Newton's most prominent women at 2 p.m. July 15 at Harvey County Historical Museum, 203 N. Main St. in Newton

Wilhemina Warkentin and her husband, Bernhard, were one of the earliest families to settle in Newton.

The Warkentins originally settled in Halstead and built the mill there. After the arrival of their two children, Carl and Edna, the Warkentins moved to Newton, where they also built a mill.

The success of their endeavors was communicated to other Mennonites living in Ukraine who then left to immigrate to the United States.

The Warkentins built a large house in Newton and decorated it with items bought on their trips to other continents. The home still stands and has been converted into a museum with many original furnishings still intact.

Admission for the presentation on Wilhemina Warkentin is $5 for non-members of the Harvey County Historical Museum; members are admitted for free.

For more information, call 316-283-2221.


2. Catch a concert

Norm's Coffee Bar, 613 N. Main, will host a summer concert series from 6-8 p.m. July 12 and 26. This week, Outside the Walls will play as part of the series. Enjoy music by local musicians and your favorite drinks and desserts. No cover charge.





3. Take care of yourself

"Redefine Your Health, Transform Your Life" is coming to the Newton YMCA starting at 6 p.m. July 11.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will meet each Wednesday and is 25 sessions long. The program is especially for those at risk for type 2 diabetes.

To learn more about the program or to enroll contact Debbie Cruz, Program Director, at  316-776-8178 or via email at  debbie.cruz@ymcawichita.org


4. Experience another culture

Didgeridoo Down Under Australian Music will be playing at 1:30 p.m. July 11 at Newton Public Library for free Family Time Fun! An afternoon program designed for kids, there is no admission for Family Time Fun.


5. Learn about health

Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Business Forum, an event hosted by The Healthy Harvey Coalition and  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, will be a chance for business leaders to learn and discuss how to get themselves and their employees involved in efforts to improve the health of county residents.

The forum is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory St. in Hesston. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., with the meeting starting at 11 a.m. Admission is free and a healthy lunch will be provided.

There is no charge to attend the forum, but registrations are requested to assure adequate space and materials. Lunch will be provided. Please register  by contacting Lorrie Kessler by email to healthyharveycoalition@gmail.com or telephone at (316) 283-5667, ext. 228.