1. Come downtown

Mainstreet Mainia returns to downtown June 15 through 17.

Thursday night will be the Kick-Off with 6th Street blocked off from Main to Poplar. The Newton Rec Center, Newton YMCA and Bike Newton will take up residence with free activities for the whole family. Food vendors will also be set up for food purchase. The annual sidewalk sales will also start Thursday morning and continue thru Saturday. Chamber Headquarters will again be awarding prize baskets Thursday night. Shop downtown and bring your receipts to the Chamber Headquarters for a chance to win door prizes


2. Head to the gallery


Carriage Factory Gallery is offering entertaiment options for Third Thursday, coming up June 15.


A new performing duo will be featured during Third Thursday activities. "Davi and Donna" will be at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. June 15. Refreshments will be served. The Third Thursday event is free and open to all ages.

Artist Susan Bartel will also lead a "Watercolor Skyscapes" Workshop in the gallery's upstairs classroom from 6 to 8 p.m. June 15. All supplies are included in the $30 fee. Reservations are needed.

Carriage Factory Art Gallery is a non-profit organization housed in the original carriage factory and blacksmith shop founded in 1883 by J. J. Krehbiel, co-founder of Bethel College.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Third Thursday events are 6 to 8 p.m. Art classes are held throughout the year.

For more information, contact the gallery at 316-284-2749 or visit www.carriagefactoryartgallery.com.



3. Have some family fun

The StoneLion Puppet Theatre will perform for Family Time Fun at 1:30 p.m. on June 14 at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak. Using multiple styles of puppetry, including marionettes, masks, shadow, mouth and road puppets, StoneLion Puppet Theatre brings the magic of world-class puppet shows to the Midwest.  

“I’d Rather be a Hummingbird” is the show, based on a Kenyan folktale. It tells the story of Little Nigel, the beaver, who confronts disaster when there is a forest fire. All the creatures of the forest panic or run except the little hummingbird, who dares to help. Nigel learns he wants to be like the hummingbird, doing the best he can no matter the size of the problem. 

All are welcome to attend this free program.

4. Meet an author

Nancy Pickard will give an author talk at 7 p.m. on June 14 at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak.

Pickard is the author of 18 popular and critically acclaimed novels, including the Jenny Cain and Marie Lightfoot mystery series. She is the author of numerous short stories and three novels in the Eugenia Potter series created by Virginia Rich. She is the co-author of the beloved non-fiction book about writing, “Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path.” Two of her best-known novels, “The Virgin of Small Plains” and “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” have been named Kansas Notable Books. Recently, “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” has been made into a feature film.

All are welcome to attend this free program. If participants have a copies of Pickard’s books, she will be available to sign books following the program.



5. Learn to be safer


Detective Scott Zimmerman of the Moundridge Police Department will host a community conversation on how to reduce your chances of being a victim to criminal activity this summer at 7 p.m. June 15 at Pine Village Senior Center, 86 22nd Ave. in Moundridge.

Topics discussed will include security while at home or on vacation, what you can do to increase the security of your home, what to do in case of a burglary, gun safety and vehicle safety.