1. Learn some prairie history

"Finding the Lost City of Etzanoa" with Dr Donald Blakeslee of Wichita State University will kick off the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains lecture series at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Prairie Pavilion, 177 W. Hickory St., Hesston.

Possibly one of the largest prehistoric urban settlements in North America has been found. Quivira was the name that early Spanish explorers used for the territory of the ancestors of the Wichita tribe. In 1601, the founder of the colony of New Mexico led a small army onto the plains to visit the site, so there are eyewitness descriptions of the town recorded – five miles long on both sides of the Walnut River with a population of about 20,000 people.

In his presentation, Blakeslee, Wichita State University archaeologist, will discuss the proof that the site lay at today’s Arkansas City and the archaeological work that has begun to analyze the way of life of the people and their connections to distant places.

The cost of the lecture is $5 per person. Cash or credit card will be taken at the door. Reservations are not necessary.


2. Remember MJ

John Sharp will lead an MCC Lunch and Learn  from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 30 at MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th St.).

Sharp  will share his presentation, "Changing the World One Life at a Time: the MJ Sharp Story." MJ and his colleague Zaida Catalán, part of a U.N. panel of experts investigating conflicts that have been ongoing in Congo since the mid-1990s, were abducted and killed in March 2017.

MJ served with MCC in the Congo prior to his work with the U.N. John is passionate about telling MJ's story and he and his wife Michele's journey with him. John will also share updates to the investigation that is ongoing in Congo.

Please RSVP to this event to patsydirksen@mcc.org. Lunch will be catered by Mojo’s Coffee Bar; please list food sensitivities when you RSVP.


3. Support a cause

The annual "Cooks, Corks & Kegs" fundraiser will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Meridian Center. The event includes wine and beer tastings with a live auction and beer and wine raffles. Proceeds benefit Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tickets are $60 per person. Tables of eight are available for $400. For more information, contact Shelly Chinberg at schinberg@kansasbigs.org or 316-250-1714.Tickets are available online at www.4kidsake.org/CooksCorksKegs/Donate/Tickets.


4. Go for a walk

Join experienced birders as they spot feathered friends. The Kauffman Museum's First Saturday Bird Walk departs at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 2 from the kiosk in the museum parking lot for a mile-and-a-half hike through Chisholm Park and along the Sand Creek Trail. Binoculars and a bird book are recommended but not required. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome but should be able to remain quiet so they don't scare away the birds.


5. Live jazz

Bethel College jazz musicians will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 30 at Moxie Grill & Bar, 1420 Old Main St. There will be no cover charge.