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  1. Calendar Overlay Art Exhibits (8)
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  3. Calendar Overlay Craft Shows (1)
  4. Calendar Overlay Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts (11)
  5. Calendar Overlay For the Kids! (5)
  6. Calendar Overlay Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings (2)
  7. Calendar Overlay Recreational sports activities/events (1)
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Art Exhibits

  1. Chisholm Trail 150th: The Cowtown that Raised a President

    April 1, 2017, 9:00 AM - May 30, 2018, 4:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library

    Rare artifacts and historic photographs of life along the Chisholm Trail to celebrate the trail's sesquicentennial. Learn origins of the cowboy boot, and how the phrase “real McCoy” became a familiar phrase in American lexicon. Legendary stories behind near mythical figures like Wild Bill Hickok and others. Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western ... find out why. This lil' cowtown raised a President!

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  2. Water Stories by Lynn Benson

    February 13, 2018, 10:00 AM - May 26, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    "Waterplaces" is a suite of 101 drawings on vellum paper. The exhibition will also present the artist’s 2018 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print, "Dancing on the Table." This work reflects Benson's interest in water sources that flow under ground such as the Ogallala Aquifer in parts of Western Kansas and surrounding states. Benson brings attention to this hidden natural treasure in a chine colle´ lithograph with gold leaf and coloring applied by hand.

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  3. Here and Now: KSU Dept. of Art Faculty Exhibition

    March 6, 2018, 10:00 AM - May 12, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Exhibition represents studio practices by 15 members of the K-State studio art faculty. These works have been made within the last two years and vary in concept and construction. The artwork features the disciplines of ceramics, drawing, fibers, graphic design, painting, photography, sculpture, and new media. Chad Alligood, chief curator of American art at Huntington Library (San Marino, Calif.), will serve as juror and announce award winners at the exhibition opening.

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  4. Made by Hand: A Woman's Journey Expressed Through Fiber

    April 7, 2018, 12:00 PM - May 12, 2018, 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Made by Hand presents the work of two female fiber artists, Anita Luvera Mayer and Jennifer Schermerhorn, whose creative talents transform their media into creations that illuminate and express a wide range of emotions, portray a feminine identity, and speak to women’s societal roles.

    K-State Historic Costume and Textile Museum and Manhattan Arts Center have collaborated for Made by Hand exhibition, and Strecker Nelson West Gallery is the Gallery Season Sponsor.

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  5. Week of the Young Child Celebration

    April 19, 2018, 10:00 AM - April 21, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Young children’s art on display during museum open hours.

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  6. Party for the Planet: Earth Day

    April 21, 2018, 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Sunset Zoo

    Join the Party for the Planet and celebrate the Earth's amazing animals with family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon. All activities are included with regular zoo admission.

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  7. Week of the Young Child Open House

    April 21, 2018, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Free afternoon of gallery activities and art projects for the whole family. Additional inspiration from the National Endowment for the Humanities “Picturing America” print set. In partnership with USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden Headstart and Early Learning, Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (KSAEYC) and the K-State Center for Child Development.

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  8. Intersection: Meeting of the Creative Minds

    April 27, 2018, 10:00 AM - June 9, 2018, 6:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Creative Minds exhibit features works by AlBo Glass, Dick Bixler, Michael Driggs, Jan Joosten, Christina Klein, Diane Lawrence, Owen Oertling, Larry Peters, Jason Sciulla, Nancy Teague, Lynette Ubel and Todd Van Duren.

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Community Events

  1. “Best of Times, Worst of Times: K-State in 1968”

    April 4, 2018 - October 18, 2018 @ Hale Library

    Exhibit uses items from university archives to illustrate the various events of that tumultuous year. From campus visits by Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy to the mysterious fire that destroyed Nichols Gym, the exhibit explores how national issues played out in Manhattan, alongside traditional university activities. Co-curators: Cliff Hight, Dan Ireton and Ellen Urton.

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  2. SHINE ON! Early Parent Wellness and Perinatal Mental Health Awareness

    April 28, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM @ City Park

    Shine On! is hosted by the Riley County Perinatal Coalition, a non-profit organization of providers seeking to improve outcomes for mothers and babies. Learn about new parent adjustment and ways to renew the joys of parenting! Enjoy activities, art projects, games, education and resources.

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  3. Butterfly Release Party

    April 29, 2018, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    The final day of the Rainforest Adventure exhibit promises to be a day to remember as Flint Hills Discovery Center releases butterflies contained in the butterfly house into the wild. Interactive insect activities are part of the celebration.

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Craft Shows

  1. Yack & Yarn

    April 3, 2018, 6:00 PM - April 24, 2018, 8:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Bring knitting, crocheting or other crafting project to the library and relax with other crafters for April programs; open to all fiber crafters, regardless of skill level. Supplies will be on hand, but please bring your own projects to work on.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Evita

    April 20, 2018, 7:30 PM - April 22, 2018, 4:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Tony Award winning musical set amidst turmoil of Argentinian politics of the late 1940s and early '50s. Eva Peron grew up in abject poverty then rose to the heights of national and international prestige through sheer force of will. Peron made herself into the common people's idol: loved, adored and hated alike. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires" and "A New Argentina" a few of the many songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber made famous by this musical.

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  2. The Wizard of Oz

    April 20, 2018, 7:30 PM - April 22, 2018, 10:00 PM @ C.L. Hoover Opera House

    Beloved classic brought to life at C.L. Hoover Opera House. Travel with Dorothy as she meets witches, munchkins, flying monkeys, friends and enemies while she desperately tries to get home to Kansas!

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  3. Bluemont Lounge Live Music Series: Duo Du Jour

    April 25, 2018, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bluemont Hotel

    Classic rock band favorites at Bluemont Hotel.

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  4. Landshark Music Series: The Phaetons

    April 26, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Join Bolos' crew for loud food and spicy music and watch party rock & roll group The Phaetons tear up the patio! Corner entrance to Aggieville for a Bolo of a good time.

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  5. McCain Performance Series: An Evening With David Sedaris

    April 26, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    David Sedaris has become one of America's preeminent humor writers, as his pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and twice been included in "The Best American Essays".

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  6. She Kills Monsters

    April 26, 2018, 7:30 PM - April 28, 2018, 9:30 PM @ Purple Masque Theatre

    Agnes Evans leaves her childhood home following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly, only to stumble upon a 90s pop culture, imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge.

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  7. Casey Donahew Band in concert

    April 26, 2018, 8:30 PM - April 27, 2018 @ The Hat

    Favorite on the Texas bar circuit eventually worked his way to national level a decade ago with self-released album on the Top 30 country album Billboard chart.

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  8. Evita

    April 27, 2018, 7:30 PM - April 29, 2018, 4:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Tony Award winning musical set amidst turmoil of Argentinian politics of the late 1940s and early '50s. Eva Peron grew up in abject poverty then rose to the heights of national and international prestige through sheer force of will. Peron made herself into the common people's idol: loved, adored and hated alike. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires" and "A New Argentina" a few of the many songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber made famous by this musical.

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  9. Fab Flashbacks: Songs of the '60s, '70s and '80s

    April 27, 2018, 7:30 PM - April 29, 2018, 4:00 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Fun-filled decade revue; from hits on record players to cassettes. The show's best performers take listeners through music ranging from the '60s to the '80s. Don’t be afraid to dust off that outfit from the past and show it off again! Rock your old style and dance along to all of your favorites during Fab Flashbacks. Be there or be square!

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  10. The Wizard of Oz

    April 27, 2018, 7:30 PM - April 29, 2018, 10:00 PM @ C.L. Hoover Opera House

    Beloved classic brought to life at C.L. Hoover Opera House. Travel with Dorothy as she meets witches, munchkins, flying monkeys, friends and enemies while she desperately tries to get home to Kansas!

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  11. McCain Performance Series: Kenny G

    April 29, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Grammy Award-winning saxophonist has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to solidify his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. Kenny G has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business during his legendary career, ranging from Whitney Houston to Katy Perry.

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For the Kids!

  1. Canteen

    April 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Video games, crafts, and hot will be open to all teens in the Groesbeck Meeting Room (2nd floor)! Come when you can and leave when you need.

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  2. Kids' Book Club

    April 26, 2018, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Kids grades K-6 invited to join library book club on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Each month features different kids' book series, and kids can choose which book from the series they would like to read. No registration required.

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  3. Zoofari Tails Storytime

    April 27, 2018, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Zoofari Tails Storytime features animal stories presented by Sunset Zoo staff. Children can also explore interesting animal artifacts from the zoo, such as furs, feathers, and skulls!

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  4. Library Card Day

    April 28, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Junior League of the Flint Hills encourages kids to get their own library card! Sign up for or show your library card and select a book to keep. To sign up for a card, visit Manhattan Public Library website or stop by the library any time.

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  5. Canteen

    April 30, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Video games, crafts, and hot will be open to all teens in the Groesbeck Meeting Room (2nd floor)! Come when you can and leave when you need.

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Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings

  1. Judith Schwartz: The new science of weather

    April 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ The Volland Store

    Earth Day weekend at the Volland Store; the way we treat the land impacts the kind of weather we experience. Judith Schwartz, author of Cows Save the Planet and Water is Everywhere; and Walter Jehne, Soil Microbiologist and founder of Healthy Soils Australia.

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  2. Kansas SBDC Cybersecurity Forum

    April 25, 2018, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM @ Manhattan Conference Center

    Experts help educate business leaders and small business owners about cybersecurity risks and corresponding issues. This forum will elevate the discussion level for related risks and to reduce the exposure of small business to cyber threats. Valuable resources area available to small businesses to both prevent and recover from security breaches.

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Recreational sports activities/events

  1. Flint Hills 50 & Marathon

    April 21, 2018, All Day @ Northeast Manhattan

    Enjoy beautiful run on mostly dirt roads in scenic Flint Hills outside Manhattan. Marathon consists of single 26.2-mile loop around the course and offers four aid stations along the course. Fifty-miler consists of 25-mile loops with five aid stations each loop. The area’s first ultra-marathon and first trail marathon. Be part of the challenging course with 1,500 feet of elevation change/loop. Food, non-alcoholic drinks follow race. All proceeds support local schools' cross country teams.

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Special Events

  1. Rainforest Adventure

    January 27, 2018, 9:00 AM - April 29, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Explore one of the Earth's most mysterious habitats, and learn through an intricate maze that resonates with the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest. Make multiple visits and discover new elements that make the rainforest a fascinating ecosystem.

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  2. Annual Tulip Festival

    April 21, 2018, 9:00 AM - April 22, 2018, 4:00 PM @ Wamego City Park

    Wamego comes alive with vibrant tulip colors and more than 150 craft vendors. The vivacious colors of Dutch tulips add to the backdrop for the April arts and craft fair.

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  3. Party for the Planet: Earth Day

    April 21, 2018, 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Sunset Zoo

    Sunset Zoo's Annual Earth Day Celebration, Party for the Planet to celebrate the Earth's amazing animals with family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon. Games and activities with Rockin' Rob live on Chautauqua Stage.

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  4. Craft Beer Dinner

    April 25, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Blue Moose Manhattan

    Join Blue Moose for an appetizing beer and four-course dinner pairing brought to you in conjunction with Firestone Walker Brewing Co.! Only 30 seats available so make your reservations today!

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  5. K-State Junior Days

    April 26, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ K-State Student Union

    Start exploring college options with sessions on academics and student housing, with residence hall and campus tours available after dining-center lunch. Refund requests must be made prior to 72-hour deadline.

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  6. Kansas Birding Festival

    April 27, 2018 - April 28, 2018 @ Acorns Resort

    Excellent bird and wildlife viewing with more than 300 bird species around Milford Lake; area rich in birding opportunities during this time in April. Native birds inhabit the lake year-round, in tandem with prime season for migrating birds. Milford Lake, wetlands, native prairie ... all great locations in North America for bird sightings.

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  7. Intersection: Meeting of the Creative Minds

    April 27, 2018, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Creative Minds exhibit gallery open. Featured works by AlBo Glass, Dick Bixler, Michael Driggs, Jan Joosten, Christina Klein, Diane Lawrence, Owen Oertling, Larry Peters, Jason Sciulla, Nancy Teague, Lynette Ubel and Todd Van Duren.

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  8. Pour for a Paw

    April 28, 2018, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Third annual wine- and cheese-themed fundraiser features live and silent auctions, raffle and live music. Wine, cheese and small bites served and cash bar available. All funds go directly to Riley County Humane Society.

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  9. Butterfly Release Party

    April 29, 2018, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    The final day of the Rainforest Adventure exhibit promises to be a day to remember as Flint Hills Discovery Center releases butterflies contained in the butterfly house into the wild. Interactive insect activities are part of the celebration.

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