Things to do in October: Holiday Tables, Taste of Newton and more

By The Active Age | October 2, 2023

Holiday Tables returns for 56th year

The table decorating creativity of local businesses and residents will be on display next month during Mark Arts’ annual Holiday Tables fundraiser. It’s the 56th year for the event, which is organized by Designing Women, an auxiliary of the community art center. The event runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9-11 and from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 12. Tickets are $12 per person, or $10 per person for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at or by calling 316-634-2787. 

Fall fun to come in Newton

NEWTON — Bethel College and the city of Newton pack a lot into three days in October. 

From 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, Taste of Newton takes over three city blocks downtown while churches, clubs, food trucks and other private vendors offer their fare. There are also two stages featuring entertainment by the Bethel and Newton High School jazz bands, Sound of the Heartland Chorus, Azteca Dancers and other performers. 

The fun shifts to the campus of Bethel College in North Newton on Saturday, Oct 14, with an event called Food on the Green, which is part of the school’s Fall Fest. Starting at 8 a.m., clubs and private vendors serve up everything from barbecue and borscht to ice cream, cinnamon rolls and kettle corn. Also, the Bethel College Women’s Association will sell handmade baked goods and crafts in the Luyken Fine Arts Center while entertainment and children’s activities are offered outside.

Other Fall Fest events include:

Oct. 12 — Bethel’s online giving day, which coincides with the day the school was established 136 years ago.

Oct. 13 — Admission Day, when prospective students and their families are invited to visit, all day; Thresher Classic Golf tournament, 1 p.m. at Hesston Golf Course; reception for artist Virgil Penner, 6-8 p.m. in the Luyken Fine Arts Center; Athletic Booster Club and Hall of Fame banquet, 7 p.m. at Sand Creek Event Center.

Oct. 14 — Faculty organ recital, 2:30 p.m., chapel; football game vs. McPherson College, 6 p.m. in Thresher Stadium.

Oct. 15 — Fall Fest worship service, Bethel College Mennonite Church, 10 a.m.; disc golf tournament, 1 p.m. Thresher National Disc Golf Course.

Additionally, the musical “The Addams Family” will be performed at Bethel at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 2 p.m. Oct. 15.

For more information, visit

Quilting confab

The Prairie Quilt Guild is hosting three sessions with guest speaker Nicole Moore this month. Moore will discuss her work as a quilt designer and quilting instructor at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Pleasant Valley Methodist Church, 1600 W. 27th St. The cost is $5 Moore will hold a workshop on how to do a foundation paper piece from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at McDonald’s Sewing and Vacuum, 601 N. West St., Suite 122. The cost of that session is $30, with pre-registration available at

Walking Wednesdays

Enjoy a group walk by taking part in Walking Wednesday, part of the Walktober campaign hosted by Bike-Walk Wichita. The walks take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the following locations: Oct. 4, College Hill; Oct. 11, Swanson Park; Oct. 18, cemetery walk (location to be announced); Oct. 25, Keeper of the Plains. 

For more information about Walktober, visit

West Point grads sought

West Point graduates in the Wichita area are planning a Founder’s Day celebration in March 2024. If you wish to participate, please contact
Augusta book and bake sale

AUGUSTA — Friends of the Augusta Library are holding a three-day book sale at the library, 1609 State St. The hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 28. Baked goods will also be sold on Oct. 27.

Andover book sale

ANDOVER — Friends of the Andover Library will hold a three-day book sale this month at the library, 1511 E. Central Ave. The hours are 

Fire protection talk

Fire and emergency preparedness is the subject of the Empowered Senior session from 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at Botanica. The session is free and includes admission to the garden.

Life Enrichment lectures

NORTH NEWTON — Bethel College has announced its next round of Life Enrichment lectures, which will take place Oct. 4, 18 and 25. 

For topics, times and more information, visit and type “life enrichment” into the search bar.


Living with diabetes

Great Plains Diabetes will present a free event called “Live Well With Diabetes” from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the WSU Metroplex, 5015 E. 29th N.