1. Head to the gallery

Third Thursday brings food, photography to Carriage Factory Art Gallery

Carriage Factory Art Gallery will host an evening of food, photography and music on Jan. 17 as part of Newton's monthly Third Thursday activities.

A “Jambalaya and Red Beans and Rice Dinner” with Chef Joe Gilliam will be available beginning at 6 p.m. The meal is offered for a freewill donation.

The evening also marks the opening of an exhibit of the photographs of Jamie Lulloff.

Lulloff, owner of J.Lyn.Lu Photography, is from Moundridge. A photographer with nearly a decade of experience, Lulloff's work has been featured in photography magazines. Her pictures capture images of flowers, butterflies and insects.

Music will be provided by Doug Everingham with guitar, vocals, percussive sound harmonica and trombone.

Lulloff's photography will be on exhibit through March 9.

For more information, call 316-284-2749 or visitwww.carriagefactoryartgallery.com.


2. Check out the sale

A community garage sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newton Rec Center, 415 N. Poplar. Free admission on the day of the sale.


3. Catch a concert

The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony will offer its Winter Classics Concert at 4 p.m.  Jan. 20 in the Newton High School Auditorium. Thomas W. Douglas leads the orchestra, with winners of the 11th Annual Young Soloist Competition performing.

The Young Soloist Competition winners who will perform are Benjamin Hopkins, a McPherson High school student, and Kaho Yanagidairo, a student at Bethel College. Hopkins, a student of Phil Black, will play the first movement of the “Tuba Concerto” by Edward Gregson. Yanagidairo is featured on the “Clarinet Concerto No. 2” by Carl Maria von Weber. She studied previously with Jim Pisano, and currently studies with Joel Boettger.

The concert will pay tribute to the late Dwight Beckham Sr., trumpeter and composer, with a performance of his “Memorial Ode.” The program also includes Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” a popular standard of classical music.

The Winter Classics Concert is sponsored by Midland Bank. Tickets are $15 at the door/$13 advance for adults, $7/6 for students; children 12 and under are free with an adult. Advance purchase is available at Faith and Life Bookstore, the NMKSO office, 120 W. Sixth St., and online at www.nmkso.org.


4. Learn some local history


Brian Stucky, President of the Friends of the Cherokee Trail — Kansas will present a program on the "Cherokee Trail in Kansas" druing an annual meeting of  The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum of Goessel

This trans-continental Gold Rush trail passes through the Goessel community within 1 mile south of Goessel.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum of Goessel will hold its annual meeting at 2:30 p.m. Janu. 20 at the Goessel Mennonite Church. The event will begin with a business meeting of yearly reports, activities, and budget approval. It will then move on to the program portion.

Stucky was invited to speak at the National Convention of the Oregon-California Trail Association. He recently published an article in the "Wagon Tracks" magazine, the national journal of the Santa Fe Trail Association, titled, "Why the Cherokee Trail is Important" which just came out in November 2018.

Refreshments will follow the program. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.




5. Serve

This year the Newton Community for Racial Justice group will be hosting a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Jan. 21  as a way to bring the people wanting to honor Dr. King together in volunteer experiences.  To sign up for this or other opportunities in the community sign up online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a4eabae23a1fe3-martin.