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Start the new year with Education Day at Bethel

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Get your questions on financial planning, digital photography, whole foods or that unusual lamp you inherited from Great-Grandma answered at the Bethel College Women’s Association’s (BCWA) education event at Bethel College.

BCWA invites men and women to its annual Welcome to Education at Bethel (WEB) Day Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. WEB Day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. During that time, you may choose two of four different workshops being offered.

Rachel Pannabecker, director of Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum, will host the Antiques to Go Show with the museum’s Antiques Team. Bring your treasures for identification and tips on care from museum volunteers Mary Beth Goering, McPherson (quilts); Susan Koehn (Indian jewelry and other jewelry), North Newton; Donavan Schmidt, rural Newton (Depression-era glassware); Jerry Toews, Goessel (farm tools); and Leanne Toews, Goessel (kitchen and household antiques). Pannabecker’s own specialties are textiles, clothing and international antiques.

Becky Nickel and Carrie Van Sickle, co-owners of Prairie Harvest in Newton, along with store employee Dan Stucky, will talk about the importance of whole foods to health, of small businesses to community, and of earth-keeping to both. The workshop will include some taste-testing. In 2000, Nickel and Kathy Landis founded Prairie Harvest, a deli and organic market that specializes in Kansas-made products. Van Sickle joined the team in 2003 as store manager.

Chet Roberts, an investment executive with Citizens State Bank Financial Services in Moundridge and Hesston, will offer an investment workshop dealing with stocks and bonds, mutual funds, money market accounts, IRAs, Roth IRAs and more. After working in education for a number of years, Roberts has now been a financial planner for five years.

Award-winning photographer Jeff Cowell, Wichita, will answer your questions about digital photography, from memory cards to image sizes, camera function to cropping and printing images, using flash to sharing and e-mailing photos, along with tips on how to care for and maintain a digital camera. Cowell has more than 40 years’ experience as a photographer and also runs a photographers’ organization and teaches classes in a wide range of photography-related topics.

The cost for WEB Day is $20 per person, which includes brunch. Registration deadline is January 7. Brochures with registration forms are available at the Thresher Bookstore in Schultz Student Center on the Bethel College campus, open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (note that the store will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1). For more information, call the bookstore at 316-284-5205 or Susan Bartel at 316-283-5632.

All WEB Day activities, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m., with the opening at 9, will take place in the Fine Arts Center, which is handicapped accessible.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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