1. See a movie
The Newton Library hosts a free movie the first Monday of each month. This month that means a showing of "The Crucible" at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 The Crucible is a 1996 American historical drama written by Arthur Miller adapting his play of the same title, inspired by the Salem witchcraft trials.
Accroding to rottentomatoe.com, after a group of young women is accused of witchcraft in the Puritan community of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, Abigail Williams (Winona Ryder) is held in suspicion of practicing magic. Abigail in turn levels charges against John Proctor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his wife Elizabeth (Joan Allen). Gven the moral climate of the time, it seems someone has to be found guilty of witchcraft, even though firm evidence of wrongdoing is becoming hard to come by.
Admission is free. The movie is rated PG13. The movie will also relate to the Third Thursday Book Club discussion of "The Heretic's Daughter" by Kathleen Kent.
2. Hear some music
Folk in the Flow will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 at Moxie Bar & Grill, 1420 Old Main.
Folk in The Flow, founded in Lawrence, calls themselves a multi-dimensional folk group.
There is no cover charge.
3. Take a walk
Join experienced birders as they spot feathered friends during the Kauffman Museum's First Saturday Bird Walk at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 5 leaving from the kiosk in the museum parking lot for a mile-and-a-half hike through Chisholm Park and along the Sand Creek Trail. Be prepared for some unpaved/steep terrain. Binoculars and a bird book are recommended but not required.
4. Send the kids to a movie
"New Year's Eve" will be the featured movie for Teen Screen Saturday at 3 p.m. Jan. 5 at Newton Public Library. The movie is rated PG-13. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
5. Celebrate a life well lived
Rachel Pannabecker will present a rememberance of Ethel Ewert Abrahams, a collector and artist, at 3 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Kauffman Museum. Abrahams was responsible for much of the current "Choose Me" exhibit. Admission is free, and the program is open to the public.