1. Head to the gallery

"Whimsical Masterpieces," an exhibition at the Carriage Factory Gallery featuring the works of Lindsey Yankey, Ande Hall and Cathy Brosk  will close July 6. Carriage Factory Art Gallery, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, is housed in a former carriage factory founded in 1883 at 128 E. Sixth St. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

It is not surprising that a veterinarian-turned artist would paint animals, and that’s exactly what Ande Hall has been doing since she left the veterinary field in 2016. In addition to many species of familiar domestic animals, Hall has focused her art on some of the endangered species such as the African elephants, rhinos and giraffes. She donates a portion of her art income to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


Artist Lindsey Yankey (who is also a children’s author) grew up in rural Kansas playing outside, painting, drawing and participating in sports. She studied illustration at the University of Kansas and finds inspiration in nature, animals, books, people and traveling.


Ceramic artist Cathy Broski’s work is steeped in archetypal and personal symbolism. Broski's work begins on the potter’s wheel or with slabs. The pieces grow with the application of coils or additional slabs. When each piece is completed, she carves or textures the surface.


2. Check out the fireworks


Kidron Bethel Village of North Newton will host the fireworks show, this being the fourth year of the retirement home's "Fireworks Extravaganza."

The evening festivities are free, and according to Kidron Bethel staff the crowd has grown every year.

This year festivities will start at 7 p.m. July 4. Included will be food booths, children's games, live music and other activities. Admission is free. Any funds raised by donations and food sales are used for Kidron Bethel's Health Care Benevolent Fund.


3. Head to the fair

Grand Central will host its second annual Country Fair Fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 7 at 122 E. Sixth St. in Newton.


4. Learn about the Mexam

The authors of “Mexican American Baseball in Kansas City,” will conduct a panel discussion at 7 p.m. July 5 at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak. This program is part of the 70th year celebration of the Newton Annual Men’s Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament. Panelists include Genovevo Teodoro (Gene T.) Chavez Ortiz, Richard Santillan, Ramon Del Castillo, Raymond Olais and Rod Martinez.

The discussion will center on the role of baseball in development of Mexican American (Chicano) community identity and solidarity. This program is free and open to the public. A book signing follows the program.


5. Learn about STEM

This summer, Spokes America is sending a team of eight MIT students on a cross-country bike ride from D.C. to San Francisco. Over the course of 75 days, the team will bike over 3,500 miles and host nine Learning Festivals along the route, promoting hands-on experiences in math and science.

Newton Public Library will host one of these Learning Festivals from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on July 5. Students ages 10-18 may reserve a spot by contacting the Library.