1. Learn the story of quilts

Quilts are not only made to keep people warm during long winter nights, they also gave women in years past a way to record family histories, state their political beliefs and raise funds for charitable causes.

"Every Quilt Has a Story" will be presented by Newton resident Chris Allen at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak St.

Allen will show several reproduction Civil War quilts and tell how they were used as messages for the slaves following the Underground Railroad.

Allen chronicles both happy and hard memories in what she calls her "journaling quilts" and will draw parallels between her own history and that of those attempting to escape slavery.


2. Learn about lights

Make Harvey will host an Electronics Workshop at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak.

'Tis the season of Christmas lights, but how do those blinky lights and chasing lights and all that stuff work? Electrical circuits. Guest educator Robert Honeyman will be teaching the basics to circuit building in this light-hearted and educational evening. Topics covered: basic overview of electricity and how it functions; What is a "breadboard" and how to use them; troubleshooting circuits and using multi-meters; Ohms Law and other circuit related math (there won't be any tests!); and, electronic Lego blocks.


3. Hear some jazz

Members of the Bethel jazz band will perform at 7 p.m. at Moxie Bar & Grill, 1420 Old Main, Newton. There will be no cover charge.


4. Catch a concert

There are three concerts at the high school Dec. 16 — the band at  2 p.m.,  choir Vespers at 4 p.m. and the orchestra and choir Winter Concert at 6 p.m.


5. Hang out with Charlie Brown

First Church of Gods children's ministry will host "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the church, 620 N. Fairview. Santa will make an appearance and activities will include ornament decorating, hot cocoa and cookies and a movie. The event is free and open to the public.