1. Party with Picasso


 The Spanish artist Pablo Picasso was the inspiration behind this year's theme for Carriage Factory Art Gallery's "Love Your Gallery" winter fundraiser scheduled 5:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

"This year's theme, 'Party with Picasso' will feature decor in Picasso's style, bright and vibrant colors," said Darlene Dick, chairperson of the Love Your Gallery planning committee.

Reservations for the celebration are $60 per person and are available by calling 316-284-2749. Space is limited.

"The two 'fiddling' musicians, Seth Girten and Jenny Bowen, will add to the festive atmosphere," said Dick. "We'll give away some prizes, and feature a fun auction of local art. There will be great food and drink too. We always have a great time celebrating the gallery, so we hope that many in the community and surrounding areas will join the party!"

The nonprofit Carriage Factory Art Gallery, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, is housed in a former carriage factory founded in 1883. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Support for the organization comes primarily through memberships, donations, art sales and fundraisers like “Love Your Gallery."

In addition to featured exhibits that highlight the work of local and regional artists, the gallery includes a consignment gallery for artists, a gift shop and collections of paintings by Albert H. Krehbiel and Vernon Rickman.


2. Check out some history

Karen Wall will present "Voices of Freedom: The Story of the McWorter Family," featuring her research on the genealogy Free Frank and Lucy McWorter's family and their local connections at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Newton Public Library. Admission is free.




3. Learn about health

Constance Gehring will present “Healthy Nutrition for Good Health” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak. Constance will teach the secrets of Chinese medicine for maintaining health, overcoming inflammation, and increasing energy and well-being.

Constance is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist in her fifteenth year of practice. Prior to moving to Kansas, she practiced in Albuquerque, NM. She specializes in pain, allergies, and stress. Her practice, Acupuncture Newton, is located in Hesston, KS.

This program is free and open to the public.


4. Head to the window

John Fullbright will take the stage at 4 p.m. Feb. 25 for the Prairie Window Concert Series in the Prairie Pavilion at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains.

His 2012 studio debut, From the Ground Up, received a Grammy nomination for Americana Album of the Year, and later that year he won ASCAP’s Harold Adamson Award for lyric writing. In 2014, John released the critically acclaimed Songs, toured all over America and the UK, and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman.

Tickets are by reservation at http://dyckarboretum.org/arboretum-event/john-fullbright/ or by calling (620) 327-8127. Cost of tickets is $20 for adults and $10 for children, plus tax. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s mission to promote environmental landscaping with native plants.


5. Learn about cowboys


Bethel College Life Enrichment at North Newton will host "Cowboys and Clerics," a presentation and discussion by John K. Burchill at 10:35 a.m. Feb. 21 at Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College.

In the days when Wild Bill Hickok might ride his horse into your church service (it happened in Junction City), the life of a minister was a rowdy affair. This presentation looks into the early years of Kansas clergy and the colorful characters that made up our early faith communities, including gunmen, abolitionists, and temperance movement leaders.

John Burchill is an author and criminal justice historian who teaches at Kansas Wesleyan University. He is the author of Bullets, Badges, and Bridles: Horse Thieves and the Societies that Pursued Them