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Take Back Your Family Time

Daily lives for children have changed drastically over the past generation. Children used to have lots of free time. They were often outside playing. However, two national studies completed less than 20 years apart show some amazing statistics regarding children’s lives today: Children age 3 to 12 have 12 hours less unstructured play time per week. The time children spend “on the sideline” watching siblings play sports has doubled. Children spend 50 percent more time studying even though there is no evidence that homework for children younger than 13 contributes to learning. Religious participation for children has declined by 40 percent. Time spent just talking as a family has “fallen off the radar” — the average family has zero! Children also spend more time watching TV but the amount of time watching TV as a family ... Continue Reading

Under a Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown

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Are you reading with us?

It's that time of year.  The perfect time to grab a book for yourself (or someone else), find a comfortable spot on the couch and participate in our One Book, One Community. This year's read is Under a Flaming Sky: the Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 by Daniel James Brown. “It was a fire so vast that its tendrils licked the faces of people who sought refuge in lakes, so fast that it overcame people who tried to flee on trains, and so hot that it created plasma clouds that draped themselves like jellyfish over the roofs of the little town before the houses burst into flames.” — From “Under a Flaming Sky,” by Daniel James Brown Read more about One Book, One Community and the scheduled events to exapnd your reading experience. ... Continue Reading

Neighborhood Connections

Some of us may recall a rural childhood where neighbors getting together with neighbors was a fairly common occurrence. ... Continue Reading

National Night Out Locations 2016

Connect with your neighborhood on August 2nd for this national celebration!  See listing below to find out where the closest party is and say hello! The following list of National Night Out parties was compiled by Heart of Hutch and Sgt. Eric Kilian. A few other parties are planned but organizers asked that they not be listed here — invitations have been sent out in those neighborhoods. *locations and details are current as of 7/26/16.      1) CENTURY COURT TOWNHOMES Who's invited: Friends and residents of Century Court Townhomes Location: Century Court Playground Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Contact: Kelli Johnson or Joanne Harfiel at 320-234-7243 Bring: A lawn chair. Root beer floats will be provided.   2) CLEVELAND AVENUE SOUTHWEST Who's invited: All neighborhood residents Location: 830 and ... Continue Reading

Find the Perfect Read

The perfect summer read might just be a block or two away.  There are 22 Little Free Libraries throughout Hutchinson to browse adult reads, kids books and magazines. ... Continue Reading

Thank You OBOC Readers!

Thank you to community participants, Heart of Hutch volunteers, and partner organizations for making this year's One Book One Community book read program a success!  And a very special thank you to each of our program speakers.  We will begin planning 2017's OBOC program shortly.  If you have book suggestions or would like to get involved with this program of Connect Wholeheartedly, please enter below.   ... Continue Reading

The Woman Behind the Paddle

Don't miss an opportunity to meet Natalie Warren, one of the first two women who completed Eric Sevareid's journey captured in Canoeing with the Cree - this year's One Book, One Community read. ... Continue Reading

One Book One Community: Adventure Begins

The first series of events for the One Book, One Community program is scheduled for January 31st.  This first event sets the stage for the time period of the book: Canoeing with the Cree. Lori Pickell-Stangel and Joe Stangel will talk about the history of the fur trading industry and fur-bearing animals.  Date and time: Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2:00pm Location: McLeod County Museum Free and open to the public. Learn more about OBOC program, partner events and 2016's book choice. ... Continue Reading

A Few of Our Favorite Things

Our top 20 Eat, Move, Connect gift ideas for 2015.  It's not a coincidence that most of these gifts are perfect for Hutchinson, but they work well in other places too.  Happy Holidays from our hearts to yours. Snowshoes or cross country skis Fat bikes Canoeing with the Cree (2016's One Book, One Community book choice) or other books Paddleboard or kayak Yoga classes Musical instrument CSA membership Ice skates or rollerblades Healthy cookbooks Activity trackers Discs for disc golf Gym membership Art supplies Massage certificates Learning magazine subscription State park pass New family hobbies (camping, kite flying, sewing) Gardening supplies Family games (yard Yahtzee, Giant Jenga, board games) Experience gifts (concert, museum, movie, bowling or zoo passes)   ... Continue Reading