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National Night Out 2018

cartoon drawing of people having an outdoor cookout

You’re invited.  Get to know your neighbors on Tuesday, Aug 7th, at the neighborhood gathering closest to you.

The following list of National Night Out parties was compiled by Heart of Hutch. A few other parties are planned but organizers asked that they not be listed here — invitations have been sent out in those neighborhoods.  Join a party and say hello to someone new!


Who’s invited: All neighborhood residents
Location: 1120 Keith Street SW.
Time: Potluck beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Bonnie Ackland-Fimon at 320-587-6962
Bring: A dish to pass and a chair. Organizers will supply plates, napkins, utensils, water and tables.


Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend
Location: The church is at 450 Fifth Ave. S.W.
Time: 5 p.m. to dusk
Contact: Grace Lutheran Church at 320-587-3051
Chairs, food, games and prizes will be provided.
Bring: shields and buckets for “Hutchinson’s Largest Water Fight”


Who’s invited: People in the Island View Heights Association
Location: Gazebo on Prairie View Drive Southwest
Time: Starts at 5:30 p.m., potluck dinner served at 6 p.m.
Contact: Betty Braun at, or 320-587-3423, or Sue Boske at 320-587-8330
Bring: A dish to pass and a chair. Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.


Who’s invited: Residents of the Meadows Townhouse Association
Location: 832 Greensview Court N.W.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Ken Schuts at 952-221-2778
Bring: A dish to pass and a lawn chair. Paper plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.


Who’s invited: Anyone and everyone
Location: Northwoods Park Shelter
Time: 5 p.m. to whenever
Contact: Mavis Schwanke at 320-587-2058 or
Bring: A dish to pass.
Pulled pork, barbecues, beverages and prizes for the kids will be provided. The firetruck will make an appearance if all goes as planned.


Who’s invited: Residents of Park Towers
Location: Park Towers community room
Time: 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Lorri Olson at
Bring: Nothing.
BBQ’s, beans, chips and lemonade will be served


Who’s invited: Residents of Rolling Oaks Lane
Location: Driveway at 1240 Rolling Oaks Lane
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Pat Docken 320-224-2945
Bring: A dish to pass and a lawn chair


Who’s invited: Residents of the neighborhood
Location: Lions Park West on Sunset Street
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Toni Fischer at 320-552-3977
Bring: A dish to pass, beverage, chairs and utensils.


Who’s invited: Residents of Echo Manor Apartments and Twin Oaks Townhomes
Location: End of D building at 1035 Texas Ave.
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Janis Rannow at Twin Oaks Townhomes at 320-587-7505
Bring: A chair. Taco in a bag and beverages will be served. Lots of games and prizes for the kids, and a great chance to get to know your neighbors.


Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood
Location: VFW Park
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: John Paulson at 320-583-1941
Bring: Nothing. Plenty of picnic tables are available for seating. Cold treats will be provided. Kid-friendly activities are planned.


Who’s invited: Anyone in the neighborhood
Location: Gazebo on Oakwood Court
Time: 6 pm
Contact: Sandy Lennes at 320-455-0257, or Letty Bernhagen at 320-587-6508
Bring: A dish to pass and a chair. Tables, utensils and beverages will be provided.


Who’s invited: City residents
Location: Elks Park on Sherwood Street Southeast
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: John Hassinger at 320-582-2342
Bring: A chair. Serving cookies and water. Hosted by South Orchard Avenue Estates.


Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend
Location: The parking lot of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 665 Miller Ave. S.W.
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Church office at 320-587-3312
Bring: An item to donate to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. Root beer floats and corn dogs will be provided. Organized games are planned.


Who’s invited: Residents of Deer Park Apartments
Location: Park and community building at 309 North High Drive N.W.
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Janis Rannow at 320-587-7505
Bring: A lawn chair. Tacos in a bag and beverages will be served.


Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood
Location: 725 Tyler St. S.W.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Jacob Sanken at 320-582-0141
Bring: A lawn chair and a dish to share.


Who’s invited: Residents of the neighborhood
Location: Hidden Circle cul-de-sac
Time: 6 p.m.
Contact: Kim Kotzer at 612-219-8229, or Sue Peters at 507-829-6917
Bring: A dish to pass, something to grill and utensils.


Who’s invited: Residents of Ottawa Avenue and Calgary Lane
Location: Corner of Ottawa Avenue and Calgary Lane
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Kay Yoch at 320-587-2955
Bring: A chair. Root beer floats will be provided.


Who’s invited: Church members, Woodstone residents and anyone living in the neighborhood
Location: Christ the King parking lot, 1040 South Grade Road S.W.
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Contact: The church office at 320-587-2776
Bring: A chair and a dish to pass. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided. There will be games for kids and a live band.


Who’s invited: area residents
Location: corner of Blackbird and Blackhawk Drives SW
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Sue Lambertson at 320-296-1991
Bring: A chair and a dish to pass and your family. Optional: a non-perishable food item for the food shelf.


Who’s invited: All Country Club Terrace residents
Location: grassy area by the office
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Contacts: Dawn Aldrich at 320-587-2000
Bring: A dish to pass. Hotdogs and table service will be provided as well as lots of children’s activities.


Who’s invited: All residents of Lynn Township.
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Location: Lynn Town Hall
Contact: Cheryl Bleil at 320-587-2746
Bring: a dish to pass. Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.

Random Acts of Kindness

Celebrate Kindness

Hutchinson’s Kindness Celebration Day – A Call to Action

• What: A day to focus on doing for others and practicing kindness
• When: May 1st, 2018
• Where: Throughout the Hutchinson area
• Who: All community members, organizations, churches, and businesses are encouraged to participate

 The concept is to continue to build off of previous kindness-centered activities in Hutchinson, in order to keep momentum.

Background: The Connect Committee initially wanted to revive the Random Acts of Kindness Day that was proclaimed by a group from the Chamber’s Leadership Institute a couple years back.  Since then, the response from our community regarding projects like Reagan’s Kindness Campaign and Bo Young’s Kindness Revolution seems to confirm that this is an initiative worth pursuing.  The great thing about the concept is that in most daily situations, being kind or responding kindly pertains to all ages, backgrounds, and viewpoints. People don’t need to sacrifice their beliefs or stop being passionate of their cause to be kind to each other.


The Kindness Celebration Day on May 1st is meant to follow the pattern of National Night Out – community members are encouraged to plan acts of kindness within their homes, churches, organizations, or businesses that take place on Tuesday, May 1st.

Kindness ideas to brighten someone’s day –

  • smiling

  • paying a compliment

  • giving of personal time to help someone

  • volunteering as a group

  • creating kindness notes

  • writing thank you notes to community helpers

  • making a special effort to welcome customers or visitors all day

  • picking up litter

Heart of Hutch will be promoting more ideas in the coming weeks prior to May 1st.  If your organization is interested in participating and wants to invite community members to join in, please email your plans to the Heart of Hutch Connect Committee at:  Questions? Need a little facilitation assistance? Send an email our way.






Personalized fitness

Hutchinson has a wide variety of opportunities for physical activity. 

The Great {WINTER} Outdoors

Getting outside can feel like a lot of effort as the temps begin to drop, but there are so many great opportunities to explore our community all winter long.  In fact, winter can make the regular neighborhood route feel like a new place.  As the leaves have dropped, you might notice a few more views that trees were blocking in the summer.  If you feel a bit more adventurous, check out a favorite trail.  Fresh snow fall is perfect to use snowshoes.  Did you know snowshoes are available to rent at Hutchinson Parks and Rec for just $5 a set?  There are a variety of sizes for ages 4 and up.

Check out the Winter Activity Guide for more info on snowshoes, ice time, open gym time and other community happenings.

Speaking of community happenings, be sure to put Winterfest on your schedule for Saturday, Feb 3rd.  If you can believe it, we’ll have even more winter fun family activities to showcase in 2018 along with some old favorites like dogsled rides and outdoor games.


Baked Apples with Cinnamon-Oat Topping

Breakfast or dessert or a snack.  This recipe is perfect any time of the day.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Cranberries

If brussels sprouts aren’t your favorite, we encourage you to try this recipe.  The key to tame the bitterness is to roast until soft.  The addition of the apples and cranberries in this recipe also provide a bit of sweetness that helps kids feel adventurous to try them too.  Plus, brussels sprouts is just plain fun to say!

2018’s OBOC Book Choice

Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang.

Golden Apple Oatmeal

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup