1. Help deliver

The local post office is gearing up for participation in the annual "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive campaign.

Postcard reminders and special bags for donations will go out along 10 city routes through the week. Carriers are set to pick bags bag back up on May 11.

Over the last several years, the items Newton mail carriers have collected for the campaign — a joint effort of the Kansas Food Bank and the National Association of Letter Carriers — have gone solely to the Salvation Army food bank, but this year will be a little different. This year Newton's contributions will be equally distributed among the Salvation Army, Agape Resource Center and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church — all partners of the Kansas Food Bank.

Letter carriers in Newton deliver special blue bags, courtesy of Hampel Oil, to mailboxes across the community this week for the food drive.

This is the largest one-day food drive held across the United States to assist local food banks and their pantry partners. Locally Newton's contributions in the past have ranged from anywhere between 3,000 and 7,000 pounds of food items.

Residents are encouraged to fill the bags with items like canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned beans, tuna or other canned meats and meal-in-one type items, such as soup, stew or chili.


2. Remember mom

Mother's Day is Sunday. There will be brunch at the Meridian Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations and more information is vailable by calling 284-3100. If music is more up mom's alley, Bethel College will host a Woven and Open Road Concert at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The concert is free. 



3. Say yes to the dress

A mini-exhibit called "The Prettiest Dress I Ever Had" opened May 3 and will be displayed through July 31 at the Harvey County Historical Museum.

The variety of dresses shows museum visitors not only how much smaller people were decades ago, but also how fashion has changed throughout the years.

The earliest dress in the exhibit is an orange chiffon beaded flapper-style dress from the 1920s with the box the dress came in. The dress was purchased at Gordon's Clothes of Charm in Newton, which was run by Irene Gordon Holstein, according to Schmucker.

The Harvey County Historical Museum, located at 203 N. Main St. in Newton, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every first and third Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://hchm.org or call 316-283-2221.


4. Get outdoors

One of Bethel College’s most anticipated year-end music events is Jazz on the Green, this year set for 8 p.m. May 8.

It’s a bring-your-own-chairs-and-blankets outdoor event that showcases Bethel’s two big bands, Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II. The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken to support jazz performance and study at Bethel.

In the event of bad weather, Jazz on the Green moves into Krehbiel Auditorium.


5. Grab a paddle

The annual Paddle Battle on Sand Creek will be May 11, with registration starting at 8 a.m. at the Fourth Street boat ramp.  Cost is $25. The event is a fundraiser for Harvey County United Way.