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Kindness Celebration Day

Content contributed by Bo Young, community volunteer for Connect Wholeheartedly. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop Kindness is not something that demands hard work. It originates from the simple act of doing no harm to others. It involves judging less, as kindness is rooted in empathy and acceptance. The Oxford Dictionary defines kindness as the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. The Hutchinson Connect Wholeheartedly Committee has discussed the impact of kindness in our community and beyond. As we took some time to reflect on all the random and intentional acts of kindness that have taken place over the past year, we realized that the list appears to have no end. It is easy to get caught up in all of the negativity and despair that surrounds us on a daily basis, ... Continue Reading

National Night Out 2018

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!   CLEVELAND AVENUE SOUTHWEST 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.   GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend Location: The church is at 450 Fifth Ave. S.W. Time: 5 p.m. to ... Continue Reading

Random Acts of Kindness

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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 ... Continue Reading

2018’s OBOC Book Choice

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

National Night Out 2017

You're invited.  Get to know your neighbors on Tuesday, Aug 1st, 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. 1. CENTURY COURT TOWNHOUSES Who's invited: Friends and residents of Century Court Townhouses Location: Century Court Playground Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Contact: Kelli Johnson or Joanne Harfiel at 320-234-7234 Bring: A lawn chair. Ice cream treats will be provided. 2. CLEVELAND AVENUE SOUTHWEST Who's invited: All neighborhood residents Location: 835 Chicago Ave. S.W. 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, ... Continue Reading

Save the date: National Night Out is Aug. 1

By Evie Swanson - Heart of Hutch Connect Committee During a recent trip to the grocery store, I ran into a neighbor and we had a brief, friendly chat. As I walked away at the conclusion of our visit, I couldn’t help but think that neighbor and I just spent more time visiting with each other at the store than we have for a number of months in our own neighborhood. What’s wrong with that picture? Fortunately, we live in a community where at least once a year we have a great opportunity to reconnect with neighbors we may or may not visit with on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, our community has an exceptionally high rate of participation in National Night Out, which is every year on the first Tuesday in August. This year’s event will be Tuesday, Aug. 1. National Night Out began throughout the United States and Canada in 1984. ... Continue Reading

Hello Summer!

In about a month there will be approximately 3,400 students out of school for the summer. It will be a summer that is longer than usual due to the Hutchinson High School remodeling project. This year, students will have 111 days of summer. Thank goodness the old saying, “there is much in Hutch,” is true. Here are a few ideas to keep our kids and the adults entertained over the beautiful summer days we have.  ... Continue Reading

Tip: 5 simple steps to be your best at any age

Author: Kay Johnson They say you're only as young as you feel, and if you're an older American, the ability to feel young a little while longer is always appealing. Having a youthful state of mind goes a long way toward accomplishing this goal, but you can't ignore the importance of solid physical health. To improve your physical and mental health and prove age is just a number, apply these five tips from Mayo Clinic today.  Find the perfect interval. If you've never participated in high-intensity interval training before, here's a compelling reason to start. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found high-intensity aerobic exercise actually reversed some cellular aspects of aging. The research also found that the exercise improved muscle proteins, enlarged muscles and increased energy levels. The benefit of brain games. A ... Continue Reading

5 Winter Survival Tips for Beating Cabin Fever

Yes, it's still winter. Call it cabin fever, winter doldrums or winter blues, it is significantly different from the more serious seasonal affective disorder or SAD but still affects our emotional well-being. Dr. Mark Frye from the Mayo Clinic’s Psychology and Psychiatry Department reminds us that a healthy lifestyle strategy is especially helpful during these winter months. Here are a few simple steps from Frye that we can all do. 1. Get plenty of exercise. Depending on the weather, that may mean finding an indoor spot to walk such as the Hutch Mall or the Hutchinson Recreation Center gym. Check out the wealth of opportunities to exercise listed in the Leader’s Fitness Connection, too. 2. Get outside especially when sunny. Try out snowshoeing by renting a pair of snowshoes from Hutchinson Parks and Rec for $5 for a couple of ... Continue Reading