1. Check out the car show

The Newton Downtown Car Show is slated for May 4. Organizers of the 15th annual car show claim it is the largest outdoor car show in central Kansas.

The car show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. downtown, taking over Main Street from Fifth to Seventh streets, along with two blocks each of side streets at Sixth and Broadway streets.

The show brings in over 12,000 visitors each year.

Featured at this year’s car show will be 10 food vendors, 14 display vendors, the Dearmore dragster, a taekwondo exhibition, drug dog detection exhibit, an Elvis tribute act, valve cover racing, and 350 cars, trucks, hot rods, motorcycles, rat rods, classics and restomods.

Demonstrations and special entertainment are held about 11:30 a.m. on W. Sixth Street.

For more information, visit www.NewtonDowntownCarShow.com.


2. Ride your bike

The annual Chisholm Trail Bike Ride will be May 4. The event features three routes, a 3-mile out and back and a 31-mile and 43-mile option. Check in and ride-day registration opens at 7 a.m. at Athletic Park. The rides start at 8 a.m. The start and finish line is at Athletic Park, First and Grandview, in Newton. Refreshments will be provided. Entry fee is $25 for singles and $50 for families. For more information or to print an advance registration form, go to www.chisholmtrailbikeride.com.


3. Have supper

The Walton United Methodist Church invites women of the community to a salad supper at 6:30 p.m. May 2 in the fellowship hall of the church, 201 Blaine St., Walton.

It will be an evening of fellowship and fun. Bring a salad, dessert or side dish. Table service and beverages will be provided. 

A program will be given by Jennifer Gronau, owner and operator of Benton's Greenhouse. Her topic will be fairy gardens. 

For more information, contact Joyce DuFriend at 316-283-3931 or jddufriend@yahoo.com.


4. Celebrate something new

Harvey County Habitat for Humanity invites the public to the groundbreaking ceremony for its newest home at 10 a.m. May 4 at 408 E. Fifth St., Newton. Volunteers will frame and sheet the walls that day. This is the organization's 15th home in Newton.


5. Check out the band

The Bethel College Steel Drum Band will host a special guest for its end-of-the-school-year concert.

For the season-ending concert, the band will be joined by James “JT” Taylor, a professional steel drum musician from Phoenix.

The group, under the direction of Brad Shores, will play at 2 p.m. May 2 in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus.

The band’s repertoire for May 2 will be selected from “Sarah Perfidia,” “I Want You Back,” “Tequila Battle Zone,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Wake Up,” “Burger Boogie,” “'Lypso Mania” and “Sweet Sugar Cane.”

The Steel Drum Combo will also be featured in the concert: Shores and Taylor on steel drums; Caleb Abbott, sophomore from Wichita, on saxophone; Eli Brockway, senior from McPherson, on bass; and Devin Russ, sophomore from Satellite Beach, Fla., on conventional drums.