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Board, Commissions and City Events

  1. Regular City Council Meeting

    October 21, 2019, 6:00 PM @ Council Chambers

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  2. Library Board of Trustees Meeting

    October 24, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

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Community Calendar

  1. Jasper County Conservation Halloween Hike

    October 18, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    This is a fun and educational, not scary, event featuring skits performed by Newton Community Theatre members. Hikers will meet various characters along the trail and listen to some fun and familiar songs! Guided hour long hikes begin at 6:00pm and will depart about every 15 minutes. Each time slot can accommodate around 25 hikers. The last hike will begin at 8:00pm. Families with young children are encouraged to come earlier in the evening. The Izaak Walton League will be serving hotdogs. Participants will also be able to roast marshmallows, take wagon rides around the Ikes property, and decorate a pumpkin gourd. Cost: $3/person, children age 3 and under are free. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

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  2. Coffee with the Mayor

    October 19, 2019, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Newton Public Library

    Mayor Michael L. Hansen will host a Coffee with the Mayor the third Saturday of each month from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Newton Public Library located at 100 N 3rd Ave W. This is an opportunity for the Mayor to meet with residents, hear their concerns, and connect with the citizens of Newton.

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  3. Vintage VW Car Show

    October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM

    VW enthusiast everywhere, get excited for the largest vintage air-cooled show in Iowa! Family-friendly, live music, food trucks and so much more! All VWs are welcome. Saturday, October 19. Registration on site.

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  4. Customer Appreciation, Free Skate Night at Baqara Skate

    October 19, 2019, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Baqara Skate

    Join us for FREE skating and skate rental at the all Newly Renovated Baqara Skate Rink! Let's kickoff the skate season! Bring your family to skate or just come and check it out! See you then! Concessions available.

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  5. JCARL Fundraiser and Auction

    October 19, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Join us for silent and live auctions to raise money for the Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society. There are lots of great items up for grabs! We will also be serving dinner for a freewill donation. **Please note: The Peanut Pub is a 21 and over establishment.**

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  6. Introvert Book Club at Gezellig Brewing Company

    October 20, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Gezellig Brewing Company

    The no-discussion, no touchy-feely, no hoity-toity book club.

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  7. Costume Night + Open Skate at Baqara Skate

    October 25, 2019, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    -->Wear your Halloween costumes to Baqara Skate for Costume Night! Prizes awarded to best dressed! Fun themed prizes + decorations! <-- Open Skate @ Baqara Skate Join us for a fun time of roller skating or rollerblading! Stop in to experience our newly renovated facility with updated amenities and additional seating! Our new state of the art sound system and oversized projector screen enhance your experience! We offer a concession stand with a variety of snacks, meals, and beverages!

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  8. Newton YMCA's Family Fall Festival

    October 25, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Newton YMCA

    Join us again for a fun night at our Family Fall Festival! We will have trunk-or-treating, pool activities, a train ride, a bounce house and more!

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  9. Capitol II Theatre's Halloween Food Pantry & Animal Rescue League Drive

    October 25, 2019, 9:45 PM - 11:45 PM @ Capitol II Theatre

    Free movie (Escape Room - rated PG 13) with a donation to the Newton Salvation Army or Jasper County Animal Rescue League. Monetary donations also accepted.

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  10. Newton Elks Lodge Fall Vendor/Craft Show

    October 26, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Join us for our Newton Elks #1270 Fall Vendor & Craft Show! Many wonderful vendors displaying their hard work & creations!! Come check it out-everything from homemade cheeseballs, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, fantastic homemade mittens, TERRA, Roden + Fields..& more!!!

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  11. Free Community Movie at Capitol II Theatre sponsored by Newton YMCA

    October 26, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Capitol II Theatre

    Free Movie: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Tickets available at the YMCA or Capitol II.

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  12. Capitol II Theatre's Halloween Food Pantry & Animal Rescue League Drive

    October 26, 2019, 9:45 PM - 11:45 PM @ Capitol II Theatre

    Free movie (Escape Room - rated PG 13) with a donation to the Newton Salvation Army or Jasper County Animal Rescue League. Monetary donations also accepted.

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  13. Coloring at Gezellig Brewing Company

    October 27, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Gezellig Brewing Company

    Unfinished Objects Club - Do you have partially completed craft projects lying around? Bring them and get some inspiration to finish them!

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  14. Beggars' Night

    October 31, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    This year Beggars' Night falls on Thursday, October 31. Be safe and have fun as you trick-or-treat through Newton's neighborhoods from 6 - 8 p.m.! Be sure to post your best photos on the Get to Know Newton Facebook Page or tag Get to Know Newton (username: @gettoknownewton or hashtag #knownewton) on Instagram!

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Library Calendar

  1. Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest

    October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    Decorate a pumpkin or gourd as your favorite book character! Pumpkins may be painted, dressed, or accessorized, but not carved, and will be accepted for either Family/Classroom (Children receive help from adults) or Independent Child (Child makes pumpkin without adult assistance) categories. The public will vote for winners in all categories from October 23rd to October 30th. Winners will be announced October 31st. Winners will receive a Halloween treat basket.

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  2. Winter Clothing Drive at the Library

    October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    The Newton Public Library is collecting NEW cold weather clothing for children ages 6-18! Donated clothing will be given to Newton schools, to be distributed to local students in need. Examples of collected clothing include: New sweaters, sweatshirts, coats, mittens, hats, boots, and socks. Donations will be accepted at the library circulation desk, October 14th through 19th. We appreciate your donation!

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  3. Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest

    October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    Decorate a pumpkin or gourd as your favorite book character! Pumpkins may be painted, dressed, or accessorized, but not carved, and will be accepted for either Family/Classroom (Children receive help from adults) or Independent Child (Child makes pumpkin without adult assistance) categories. The public will vote for winners in all categories from October 23rd to October 30th. Winners will be announced October 31st. Winners will receive a Halloween treat basket.

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  4. Winter Clothing Drive at the Library

    October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    The Newton Public Library is collecting NEW cold weather clothing for children ages 6-18! Donated clothing will be given to Newton schools, to be distributed to local students in need. Examples of collected clothing include: New sweaters, sweatshirts, coats, mittens, hats, boots, and socks. Donations will be accepted at the library circulation desk, October 14th through 19th. We appreciate your donation!

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  5. Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest

    October 21, 2019, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    Decorate a pumpkin or gourd as your favorite book character! Pumpkins may be painted, dressed, or accessorized, but not carved, and will be accepted for either Family/Classroom (Children receive help from adults) or Independent Child (Child makes pumpkin without adult assistance) categories. The public will vote for winners in all categories from October 23rd to October 30th. Winners will be announced October 31st. Winners will receive a Halloween treat basket.

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  6. Baby Storytime

    October 21, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Newton Public Library

    Join our Youth Services Librarian, Phyllis Peter, on Monday mornings for a special storytime designed for the youngest members of the family! Baby storytime provides a gentle and fun introduction to literacy through songs, stories, and finger plays. For newborns to 18 months with a parent or caregiver (siblings are welcome). Storytime begins at 10:30 am, then stay for play and social time after the program!

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  7. Teen Craft: Glow in the Dark Pumpkins

    October 21, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    Teens are invited to decorate a pumpkin with glow in the dark paint! All materials provided, program will be held in the library meeting room. Call the library at 641-792-4108 to register. This program is for teens in grades 7 through 12.

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  8. Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest

    October 22, 2019, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    Decorate a pumpkin or gourd as your favorite book character! Pumpkins may be painted, dressed, or accessorized, but not carved, and will be accepted for either Family/Classroom (Children receive help from adults) or Independent Child (Child makes pumpkin without adult assistance) categories. The public will vote for winners in all categories from October 23rd to October 30th. Winners will be announced October 31st. Winners will receive a Halloween treat basket.

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  9. Toddler Storytime

    October 22, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Newton Public Library

    Storytime for ages 18 to 36 months, with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome! Join us for stories, music, and a simple craft. No registration necessary.

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  10. Family History Workshop at the Library

    October 22, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    Join trained Family History Specialists for a free family history course at the Newton Public Library! This course will provide an introduction to the basics of creating a personal family history. Topics will include gathering family documents, using online databases, and research tips. This introductory course will consist of four unique classes and participants should plan on attending all four classes. Class dates are: 10/08/19, 10/17/19, 10/22/19 & 11/5/19. One-on-one tutoring with a consultant will also be available during the course. Attendees should bring a charged laptop, if they have one. This program is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Please contact Public Services Librarian, Becca Klein at 641-792-4108 to register.

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  11. Bibliophile Book Club

    October 23, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    Join our adult library book club for a discussion of a different book every month. The club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. The upcoming book will be selected by the group at the monthly meeting. Request your copy of the current month's book at the library information desk, or by calling 641-792-4108. New members always welcome! October - "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls November - "Blood, Bones, and Butter" by Gabrielle Hamilton December - "Little Heathens: hard times and high spirits on an Iowa farm during the Great Depression" by Mildred Armstrong Kalish

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  12. Preschool Storytime

    October 24, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Newton Public Library

    Storytime for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregiver. Siblings welcome! Storytime includes stories, music, and a simple craft. No registration required.

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  13. Lawyer in the Library: Writing Wills

    October 24, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    Join local lawyers, Bruce Nuzum, Hilary Montalvo, and Michael Arleth for an informative presentation on writing personal wills. Don't forget to bring your questions! This program is sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association and the State Library of Iowa, and is free to attend. This event is open to the public, no registration required.

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  14. Baby Storytime

    October 28, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Newton Public Library

    Join our Youth Services Librarian, Phyllis Peter, on Monday mornings for a special storytime designed for the youngest members of the family! Baby storytime provides a gentle and fun introduction to literacy through songs, stories, and finger plays. For newborns to 18 months with a parent or caregiver (siblings are welcome). Storytime begins at 10:30 am, then stay for play and social time after the program!

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  15. Death Comes for Us All

    October 28, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    Victorians had a different attitude about death than we do in the 21st Century. People died at home surrounded by loved ones, families picnicked in cemeteries on Sundays, took photos with the deceased, and made jewelry from their hair. They also worried about being buried alive or someone stealing their bodies. Historian, Kathy Wilson explores the Victorians' fascination with death and the culture they developed to memorialize the dead. This program is free to attend and open to the public.

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  16. Toddler Storytime

    October 29, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Newton Public Library

    Storytime for ages 18 to 36 months, with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome! Join us for stories, music, and a simple craft. No registration necessary.

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  17. Preschool Storytime

    October 31, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Newton Public Library

    Storytime for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregiver. Siblings welcome! Storytime includes stories, music, and a simple craft. No registration required.

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  18. Trick or Treat at the Library!

    October 31, 2019, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Newton Public Library

    Newton Beggar's Night is October 31st! Bring the kids to the library on Beggar's Night to trick-or-treat in our life sized Candy Land. Children will receive candy and a free book, while supplies last.

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