1. See an Easter musical


"Cozy the Lamb" will be performed at Grace Community Church March 24 and 25,  the adapatation of Newton author Mary Ellen Tippin's children's book.

The story is one audiences will be familiar with, as it is a retelling of the parable of the lost sheep, and the play has a message that can resonate with anyone.


GCC members make up a good deal of the roughly 40-member cast, the majority being kids' roles, and rehearsals have been going on each Sunday since mid-January.


Performances of "Cozy the Lamb" will be held at 7 p.m. March 24 and 2 p.m. March 25 at Grace Community Church (1600 S. Anderson Road, Newton). Tickets are $5 and available at GCC prior to the show or at the door, at Faith & Life Bookstore and online at www.tututix.com/client/cozythelamb. For more information, visit www.gcc-online.org.


2. Try something new

Sculptor Beth Vannatta will teach a Clay Whistle Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 24 at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton.

Vannatta will guide participants in creating a whimsical whistle from clay. Whistles will take three weeks for drying and low firing. Participants can return on April 14 to paint and seal their creations.

The class is open to ages 10 and up. All supplies are included in the $30 fee.

Reservations are needed for the class. For additional information call 316-284-2749.



3. Check out the window

Smooth Hound Smith will perform at 4 p.m. March 25 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains as part of the Prairie Window Concert Series.

Using primal foot percussion, complex, fuzzed-out, finger-picked guitar patterns, warbled harmonicas, tasty harmonies and A LOT of tambourine, Smooth Hound Smith is able to create something rugged and visceral- a modern interpretation of early blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll music that harkens back to the traditions of hazy front porch folk songs as well as raucous back-alley juke joints.

For more information, call the Arborteum at 620-327-8127.


4. Learn some history

Darryl Claassen will present "A Picture of a Rural School" at Newton Public Library at 7 p.m. on March 20 at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak.

The one-room schools in Kansas are now only a memory or a museum.  The small buildings which once stood as the heart of a community have given way to the lungs of a politician.  The personal, passionate contribution of a young teacher has yielded to credentials, technology, and government forms.

5. Check out the market

The second annual Harvey County Fair Spring Market will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24 in the livestock building at the fairgrounds. A variety of vendors will sell items ranging from art and crafts, jewelry, books, retail items and food. Admission is free for shoppers.