Closings, cancellations and postponements because of COVID-19 concerns

The following are the closings and cancellations Newton Now has received thus far. If you wish to have your event/location included, please email or, and we’ll add to the list:

• Caring Place is closed.

• Birthday celebration for Ruth and Bill Mason in Hesston, which was to be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 21, is postponed until a later date.

• Bethel College and Hesston College classes.

• Leprechaun Run in Hesston is cancelled.

• Dala concert at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston is cancelled.

• “Using DNA to Unlock Family History,” at Newton Public Library, is postponed until April 7 at 7 p.m.

• USD 373 has decided to cancel all athletic and extracurricular activities indefinitely. “This includes all on-site and off-site activities (practices, scrimmages, etc.),” according to the district. “We will re-evaluate the suspension of activities prior to Monday, March 23.”

• The Harvey County Extension Office has cancelled/postponed all in-person meetings, public events and Kansas State Research and Extension-sponsored programs through April 4. “For the next three weeks, there will be NO face-to-face 4-H/Extension-sponsored programs. This includes but not limited to club meetings, project meetings, Jr. Leaders meetings and other 4-H programs. This decision does not mean all events during the next three weeks are cancelled; once the all clear has been given, we will reconvene and determine what can be rescheduled. Our offices will remain open to provide guidance, and will let you know if our operation hours change. We encourage all of you to take all necessary precautions to keep yourselves healthy and safe,” according to an email sent out Sunday, March 15.

• Halstead nursing homes and Newton Medical Center are restricting visitations.

•Burrton High School spring break trip cancelled.

• Newton YMCA and other Greater Wichita YMCAs closed effective Monday, March 16.

• USD 373 Latchkey is cancelled for the week of March 15.

• The Harvey County Home and Garden show, originally scheduled for March 28 and 29, is cancelled.

• NAMI Mid-Kansas cancelled all support groups and education classes. The Family-to-Family class that meets at the Nazarene Church in Newton will complete the course online. The Connections and Family Support Groups that meet at First Mennonite Church also are cancelled.

• The scam program and dinner to be on Tuesday, March 17, at the local senior center is cancelled.

• Opening reception for the Nugents to the Power of Four reception at The Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton, originally slated for this Thursday night, has been postponed until a yet-to-be-determined date.

• Effective at 6 p.m. this Monday, March 16, Newton Public Library is instituting a soft closure. This means the library building will be closed to the public, but some library services will still be available.

• The Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth in Newton, is closed through early April.

• The Newton Recreation Center is closed through April 5.

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