1. Go buggy at the Library
It's an annual thing, and one of the most popular Wednesday afternoons during the summer at the Newton Public Library — a visit from Wichita's Carrie Tiemeyer, who is known as "The Bug Lady."
Tiemeyer will bring her show to the library at 1:30 p.m. July 19. Admission is free, but show up early. In previous years the Bessimer Room, with a capacity of 265, has been packed to the gills.
A former Kindergarten teacher, Tiemeyer began incorporating live insects and activities into her lesson plans as a teacher, which caused a former student to christen her with her nickname. She has been traveling as The Bug Lady for nearly a decade.
At the library, children and their parents have been able to meet a number of creepy crawlies — some they can touch and others they can not — including a tarantula, millipedes, cockroaches, hairless rats, chickens and snakes.
During her events she teaches about habitats, animal’s diets and animal biology using interesting and fun facts. Depending upon the selected program, more than 20 creatures ranging from tarantulas to lizards will come for the visit.
2. Head to the Carriage Factory Art Gallery
Ukulele players will be jamming and ice cream floats will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. July 20 at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St.
The NUTS (Newton Ukulele Tunes Society) will have open jam and are inviting all ukulele players to participate. The event is part of Newton's Third Thursday activities and is free and open to all ages. Visitors to the gallery will have a choice of vanilla or chocolate (or both!) ice cream for custom-made floats. Art will be on view throughout the gallery.
3. Find Dory
First Church of God, 620 Fairview Ave., Newton, will show a free outdoor movie, "Finding Dory" on July 21. The movie will begin at sundown, about 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Popcorn, drinks and popsicles will be provided. Hot dogs and chips will be available for purchase.
4. Get a book signed
Joan Breit, author of "Wingin' It Beyond the Veil," will visit Grand Central during Third Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. July 20.
According to Breit, the book is "about veils, the veil between convent life and that of the lay person, the veil between the Divine and human worlds, visible and invisible worlds, the veil of daily life of seeing and not seeing."
5. Go for a run
Join Dave Leiker at 7 p.m. July 25 for a presentation entitled "New Women of the Trail" at The Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak. The event is free.
While working on a photography project about the Chisholm Trail, Leiker became intrigued with the story of the probable first female trail boss who drove cattle with children in tow. This led Leiker to the idea for this current project, focusing his camera on the women who work as ranchers in the Flint Hills.
Call 316-283-2890 for more information