Events we feel you should watch for this week in the McPherson area.

1. Catch a snowball
The Snowball Drop will be 6 p.m. Thursday in Downtown McPherson. Santa will drop "snowballs" from a man-lift to kick off the holiday season. Ping-Pong balls will be numbered and will correspond to various prizes, including coupons, gift certificates and services. There will be a separate drop just for kids with candy and trinkets.
For more information, call McPherson Chamber of Commerce, 241-3303, or McPherson Main Street, 241-7430.

2. Get to know the town
McPherson Newcomers & Friends will be at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the back meeting room at The Well. This is open to anyone that would like to know more about the community. Kasi Morales (GoMcPherson) and Jennifer Burch (McPherson Chamber of Commerce) will be present to visit with you and help you get more acquainted with McPherson.
For more information, call the Chamber at 241-3303.

3. Learn science
Chili Chats will be at noon Saturday in the Gathering Hall of the McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave.
Mike Mitchell, professor of chemistry at Bethany College (retired), leads discussion on Science Fiction vs. Science Fact. Chili, crackers, dessert and coffee available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Admission $5 or $3 for members. For more information, call 620-241-8464.

4. Check your child's health
A free preschool screening will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1400 N Main St., McPherson.
This screening is for children from birth to age 5. Check your child's growth and development — vision, hearing, motor, cognitive and speech.
To make an appointment for screening, call the Early Childhood Center at 620-241-9590. Sponsored by McPherson County Special Education Cooperative.

5. Experience art
Artist Bryan Groves will be in the VAAM Gallery in the McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main, from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday with a trunk show and art quilt workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. To register, stop by the VAAM Gallery, email or call 241-5774.