1. Catch a free concert

A guitarist hailing from the "land down under" will perform a free concert in Newton, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 16 at the Carriage Factory Gallery, 122 E. Sixth. 

Playing classical repertoire, jazz standards and evocative originals, Dr. Michael Knopf combines elements from his eclectic guitar-playing career spanning more than four decades. Elements of jazz, rock, classical, flamenco, persian, middle-eastern and 20th-century compositional ideas present themselves in his playing. 

Knopf has performed at various Australian festivals including the Brisbane Jazz Festival, the Valley Jazz Festival, the River Festival, the Pinnacles Festival of Improvisation, Cairns Festival, Queensland Multicultural Festival and the Yungaburra Folk Festival. 


2. Sing along

The Historic Fox Theater will host a movie sing-along to “Grease,” at 7 p.m. March 17 at the downtown theater. Admission is $5. Children age 5 and younger will be admitted free.



3. Hear the orchestra

The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra presents “Facets of Memory” at 4 p.m., March 19, in Bethel College Memorial Hall. The program features the work of guest composer Michael Knopf, formerly of Newton, and music on remembrance and western themes. The concert is held prior to and in collaboration with the Kauffman Museum’s Spring Gala, “Coming Home,” as part of the Newton Area Arts Council “Spring into the Arts Festival.”

Concert admission is $13 advance/$15 at the door for adults; $6/7 for college students, and free admission for students grade K-12, accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at Faith and Life Bookstore, Kauffman Museum, and online at www.nmkso.org. For more information contact NMKSO at 316-772-3265.


4. Learn about old trails

The Harvey County Historical Museum invites the public to the program Pioneer and Indian Trails in the City of Newton at 2 p.m. March 19. Local historian Brian Stucky leads an exploration of the multitude of trails running through the city. The program was originally scheduled for January, but weather forced the event to be rescheduled. Admission is $5, with museum members admitted for free.

For more information, contact museum director Debra Hiebert at info@hchm.org or 283-2221.


5. Celebrate local writers


"Mid-Winter Blues and Other Musings" will be the focus of a meeting for writers from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 19 at 701 Café in Newton, 701 N. Main. 

The event is sponsored by the StoryTellers of the Great Plains. Submit up to 500 words of your favorite prose to share. Send by March 13 with $5 to Laurie Oswald Robinson at 3 Grove Court, Newton, KS 67114 or email her at laurieor123@gmail.com for more information. Submission guidelines:  uplifting, inspirational, thought provoking, humorous.  Snacks will be available.