1. Meet the candidates
Candidates for USD 373 Board of Education will take part in an open forum at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Grand Central Senior Center’s Community Room, 122 E. Sixth. The forum will be hosted by the center and moderated by the Newton Toastmaster Club.
Doors open at 6:30 pm for a meet and greet with the candidate and at 6:45 the forum will start. During the forum the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.
The Candidate is open to the public. The election is Nov. 7.
2. Have some fun
Newton Bible Christian School is hosting a “Fun”draiser Family and Friends Event from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at the school, 800 Old Main.
The evening event will feature a bounce house, dunk tank, picnic dinner, mini golf and door prizes. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children. For more information and ticket orders, email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Go NUTs
Third Thursday at Carriage Factory Art Gallery will feature the NUTS. The Newton Ukulele Tunes Society will be performing from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the gallery in downtown Newton.
The gallery is also featuring a new exhibit, "The Art of Friendship."
Mary Johnson and Mae Blythe were the swim friends who became founding members of the "Tuesday Morning Artists" a decade ago, first meeting in their art studios. Soon other artists heard about the group and joined them. They eventually moved to the gallery for their weekly get-togethers. They create art, encourage one another, and enjoy the special friendships that have developed over the years.
The work of the artists — Carol Zerger, Cindy Sigmund, Constance Gehring, Kathy Waltner, Jan Schoen, Jennifer Weigel, JoAnn Swearingen Boling, Mary Lee McDonald, Peggy Wambold, Susan Bartel, Mary Johnson, and Mae Blythe -- includes oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, alcohol ink, mosaic, and mixed media.
4. Catch a concert
The Bethel College wind ensemble will hold its fall concert from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 in Memorial Hall on the Bethel College Campus, North Newton. Admission is free and open to the public.
5. Head to Spring Lake
Spring Lake RV Resort near Halstead will host a hog roast and concert this weekend.
Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Sept 23. The meal will be followed with a performance by Gospel and Country artist Walter Plant. Plant uses four keyboards and his own voice to perform. Born blind, in 1952 in Corpus Christi, Texas, he took to playing piano at age 5. He started playing very early on a piano in his church and then the family bought him a piano. With a couple of teenagers, he put together a band and played for VFW's and churches playing lead guitar. Walter now tours as a solo act. Plant has been performing for more than 30 years.