1. Check out the art gallery

Seven leading western artists from Kansas and Oklahoma are displaying their work at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St.

The show is in celebration of the Chisholm Trail's 150th anniversary and is a part of Harvey County's "Spring into the Arts Festival" schedule of events.

The work of artists Jean Cook, Don Dane, Patsy Lane, Patricia Neufeld, Colleen Sternberger, Burneta Venosdel and  Bob Willis represents a wide array of interests in the western art form. Sculptures, oils, watercolors, line drawings and photographic art featuring western life and symbols will be on display through May 13.

The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. today through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.



2. Meet the authors

Faith & Life Bookstore will host a signing of "Unexpected Invitations: Surprises, Adventures and Opportunities in Mennonite Ministry" by Angela and Erwin Rempel. Angela will behost a signing from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 25 at the store, 606 N. Main, in downtown Newton.

This is a story of God at work, weaving together experiences that brought together a shy little country girl and a tall orphan boy into a life of ministry in Mennonite church circles – both in the United States and internationally. The chapters of our lives include living in nine different states and on three continents and too many travels to relate or even count.




3. Get registered


The Harvey County K-State Research and Extension is hosting a workshop on mushroom growing. March 29.

In this class you will discover easy, low-cost methods for growing delicious gourmet mushrooms such as shiitake, wine cap and oyster. You will learn how to inoculate logs and wood ship beds so you can harvest your own year after year. In this hands-on workshop you will be making and taking items home so you can grow your own.  

For more information please contact our office at 284-6930 if interested.  The class cost $25 and space is limited.  Registration is due March 24th.  It would be helpful if you have a hand drill, cordless or corded.




4. Make something


Harvey County Maker Club will meet at 7 p.m. March 23 at the Newton Public Library, 720 N Oak Street . Join an open group of people who like to create in whatever form or medium. Share ideas, ask questions, receive answers, celebrate mistakes and successes. Free to makers of all varieties or skill levels.


5. Hear the choir


The Bethel College Concert Choir’s annual spring break tour will visit a number of venues in the Upper Midwest before winding up with a concert in St. Louis and the traditional home concert.

The home concert is March 26 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus.

The choir generally takes freewill offerings at their concerts. This year, they have decided to designate most of the money raised for Mennonite Central Committee.

The Bethel College Concert Choir performs mostly sacred music, including arrangements by Mack Wilberg of the New England folk hymns “Death shall not destroy my comfort” and “We’ll shout and give him glory,” and arrangements of the spirituals “Bound for the promised land,” “All my trials,” “I don’ feel no ways tired” and “Run, Mary, run.”

This year’s program also has a number of works by contemporary  composers such as Eric Whitacre, Michael J. Mills, Gwyneth Walker, Ola Gjeilo and Ysaye M. Barnwell.