1. Go to school

The USD 373 Anti-Bullying Task Force is bringing youth motivational speaker Josh Drean to talk with Santa Fe 5/6 Center and Chisholm Middle School on Feb. 14. He will also host a free evening session for members of the community at 6:30 p.m. at the Newton High School auditorium. Drean uses a positive approach to dealing with bullying and teaches important social and emotional skills.

Drean performed for three years as a college mascot at Brigham Young Univeristy where he showed a talent for inspiring the crowd using breakdancing and gymnastics. Drean has travelled across the U.S. speaking to organizations like the Veteran's Adminstration and various educational programs where he shares his expertise on leadership and motivational processes. He was instrumental in forming the motivational training company Sunlight Works and has entertained crowds of more than 64,000 people.


2. Go whole hog

The Newton High School Fine Arts Booster Club will host a whole hog roast from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15, in the Newton High School commons, 1200 Boyd.

Cost is $7 for a roast pork sandwich, chips, cole slaw, baked beans and drink. Take out is available.

Proceeds from the meal will be used for fine arts scholarships, classroom projects and student support.


3. See a film

The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) presents the third film in its 2018-19 series, "More than a Word," which tackles the controversy over Native American mascots and nicknames, will be the third film of the 2018-19 Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution film series at 3 p.m. Feb. 17 in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus.

"More than a Word" is centered on the NFL’s Washington Redskins (which the filmmakers, both enrolled members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, prefer to write as “r*dskins”) – but there are comments from fans of the Kansas City Chiefs as well.

The 70-minute documentary traces how the word “redskins” evolved, from a term of racial derision and slander to the name of one of the NFL’s most beloved franchises.

The film is directed by brothers John and Kenn Little, who were born and raised in Denver and South Dakota.

The KIPCOR Film Series is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support the series and the work of KIPCOR.

There will be a talk-back session after the film with Edward Valandra, Ph.D., Sicangu Titunwan (Lakota), academic and professional studies development dean at St. Francis (S. Dak.) Indian School, and Sherman Padgett, principal of Wichita Heights High School and former principal of Wichita North High School (the “Redskins”).


4.  Have dinner

First Mennonite Church of Halstead will host a Verenike Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the church, 427 W. Fourth, Halstead. 

The menu includes verenike, ham gravy, sausage, green beans, cherrymoos, zwieback, relishes, pie and beverages. 

Cost of the meal is by donation. Proceeds will be used for church service trips and projects.


5. Hear some music

Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts will present its music faculty recital at 3 p.m. Feb. 17 in Bethel College Chapel in North Newton. Admission is free and the public is welcome.