1. Car show

The 14th annual Newton Downtown Car Show will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 5 in the 500, 600 and 700 blocks of Main Street — and some blocks of Sixth street.

More than 350 cars of all eras, along with motorcycles and trucks, willl take over downtown for the annual show. New this year will be a valve cover racing event, in which valve covers are converted into small gravity powered racecars and sent down a track.

Admission to the show is free.

The annual "Big Cruise Night" will be at 6:30 p.m. May 4, when cars will cruise main street.


2. Check out the concert

Roger Cooper will perform at 7 p.m. May 2 at Newton Christian Church, 210 Southport Drive.

Cost will be $2 at the door. An offering will be taken.


With 18 albums to his credit and his 30-year compilation of songs entitled “Three Decades Later,” Cooper has worked with some of country, gospel and pop music’s biggest stars, including George Strait, Vince Gill, Big and Rich, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, B. J. Thomas, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Whitney Houston and LeAnn Womack.





3. Go for a ride

The Chisholm Trail Bike Ride will be May 5, at Athletic Park, First and Grandview, Newton.

There will be four routes: 3 miles on Sand Creek Trail, and 31, 44 and 54 miles on paved roads.

Pre-registration (www.chisholmtrailbikeride.com) includes t-shirts and closes April 13. Registration is at 7 a.m., the ride at 8 a.m. There will be a free "Bike Rodeo" for kids at 8:30 a.m. Entry is $25/single, $50/family (to 3 shirts). This is a partnership of Air Capital AMBUCS, Healthy Harvey Coalition, and Walk and Roll Harvey.

Proceeds fund safe cycling education and therapeutic tricycles for kids, to be presented at 10:30 a.m.



4. Take a moment to pray

For 2018, the National Day of Prayer's theme verse is Ephesians 4:3 — "Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."

Newton Area Prayer Initiative will host a National Day of Prayer from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 3 at New Jerusalem Missions, 209 E. Broadway St.

To reflect that focus on unity, a worship team comprised of members from several different area churches will be playing songs in the evening. Pastors from different church denominations will lead participants in times of prayer and devotion.

Those coming to the National Day of Prayer activities are asked to enter in the north doorway of New Jerusalem Missions. Handicap access is available via a ramp entrance on the building's southwest corner.


5. Head to the Philharmonia concert


The Bethel College Oratorio Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra will present Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Requiem May 6 at Bethel College.  The musicians include Bethel College students as well as several dozen community members.

The Moundridge Arts Council is offering Moundridge residents the opportunity to ride in a van  to North Newton for the Masterworks Concert at 3 p.m.  May 6 at Bethel College. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and up, and $6 for students.