1. Celebrate Kansas Day
The anniversary of Kansas' statehood is coming up on Jan. 29 and Kauffman Museum will be hosting its annual celebration of the event this weekend, with a full slate of activities planned for Jan. 25.
Food trucks from LeJ's BBQ, Prairy Market and Deli and Taco Ana's will be on site starting at 11 a.m., while regularly scheduled events are set to start at 1 p.m. Featured speakers will lecture on the state bird (the Western Meadowlark) and "Searching for a Symbol: Creating an Identity for the Sunflower State," while there will also be a sing-along to "Home on the Range."
Activities will be going in indoors and outdoors throughout the day, including crafting of origami Kansas animals, rope making, corn shelling, wagon rides, buffalo chip tic tac toe, live demonstrations from blacksmith Bill Moffet, a bake sale, silent auction and more.
Visitors will also be able to view Kauffman Museum's timely current special exhibit "K is for Kansas: Exploring Kansas from A-Z." For a full schedule of events planned for the Kansas Day celebration on Jan. 25, visit Kauffman Museum's Facebook page.
2. Throw 'em a bone
Caring Hands Humane Society will be hosting its first gala fundraiser, "Wine Fur Paws," from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 25 at Grace Hill Winery, 6310 S. Grace Hill Road, Whitewater.
Wine Fur Paws is intended to raise enough money to help renovate the large dog kennels at Caring Hands' facility in Newton. The night will include drinks provided by Grace Hill Winery (with two included in the price of a ticket), hors d'oeuvres, a wine pull for $25 and a live auction featuring Jason Aldean concert tickets, naming rights to one of the rooms at Caring Hands, a six-day getaway to an African game reserve and more.
Tickets to Wine Fur Paws are $40 for individuals and $70 for couples; they are available through a link at caringhandshs.org or on the Caring Hands Facebook page.
3. Explore a new perspective
Getting in on the Kansas Day festivities, Carriage Factory Art Gallery will host an opening for its exhibit "Kansas Through the Eyes of an Artist" at 7 p.m. Jan. 25. The exhibit will run through March 20. This is the third year of the juried exhibit.
Award winners (with a total of $700 in prize money available) will be announced on the opening night of the exhibit and works will be available for purchase. For more information, call 284-2749.
4. Sip soup in support
Two chances to support local charities by simply dining in are coming up this week, with the first being the 10th annual soup supper from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at Zion Lutheran Church, 225 S. Poplar St. More than 15 homemade soups will be available — along with dessert and drinks — for a freewill offering, with all proceeds going to the Harvey County Chaplain's Community Response Team.
Following that, First Church of the Nazarene, 1000 N. Main, will host the "Souper Bowl" starting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Supper will be offered first, following by a pie/dessert auction at 6:15 p.m. and sharing/fellowship at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds from the events will go toward the Harvey County Circle of Hope organization.
5. Let the games begin
Newton Recreation Center will host a family game night from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24. Attendees will be able to play board games (regular and life-sized), pickleball, beach ball volleyball and more. Admission is free.