1. See a film
Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution will present the film "Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock" at 3 p.m. Jan. 14 in Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College, 300 E. 27th St, North Newton. Admission is free
The film captures the story of Native-led defiance that changed the fight for clean water, the environment and future of the planet.
In 2016 Standing Rock, North Dakota, burst into the headlines as The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe captured the world's attention through resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which they said threatens the drinking water of 18 million people and indigenous sovereignty.
While many may know the details, "Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock" captures the story of the Native-led defiance that changed how people advocate and fight for clean water, the environment and the future of the planet.
Following the film, journalist and director Myron Dewey will answer questions. Dewey's drone footage was vital to the Standing Rock movement.
2. Go for a walk
For the second year, the Newton Community for Racial Justice has a walk which will focus on some of the history of Newton’s Mexican-American and African-American communities.
“Racial Justice in Newton: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” is a family-friendly event that offers a choice of two start times: either 3 or 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Newton Recreation Center, 415 N. Poplar St.
There is no charge to participate in the walk, which is planned to take 60 to 90 minutes, depending on number of participants in a group. No reservations are required – simply show up at your chosen time.
There will be an NRC bus to transport anyone for whom walking is difficult from the NRC to the other two sites and then back to the NRC at the end.
3. See the latest in the "Cars" series
Newton Public Library will host a Family Movie at 4 p.m. Jan. 12. All ages are welcome to enjoy “Cars 3” (G). Snacks, too!
4. Get a unique look at history
"Civil War Stories" will be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Newton Public Library. Retired Air Force Colonel Jack Bender III will relate stories, based on letters he obtained, of some Civil War soldiers. All are welcome to this free program.
When retired Air Force Colonel Jack Bender III took an alternate route home one day nearly 30 years ago, he had no idea how much it would impact his life.
As he drove, he noticed a sign for an auction and decided to stop and see what was available. He was drawn to several boxes of letters and a suitcase full of photographs. The oldest letter was written in 1857. Digitized, summarized and searchable by key words, the letters provide a look at life in a time of upheaval in the United States.
In "Civil War Stories," Bender shows pictures and tells stories of James Young and his family. He also relates legends of the Corman ancestors, including tales of kidnapping, war, passwords and presidential families.
5. Check out the sale
The Newton Recreation Commission will host an indoor community garage sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 14, at Newton Recreation Center, 415 N. Poplar. Free admission to the sale for shoppers.