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  1. Calendar Overlay Art Exhibits (9)
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  3. Calendar Overlay Craft Shows (3)
  4. Calendar Overlay Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts (7)
  5. Calendar Overlay Festivals & Parades (1)
  6. Calendar Overlay For the Kids! (12)
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Art Exhibits

  1. Celebrating 100 Years of History and Heritage: Riley County Historical Museum

    October 13, 2016, 8:30 AM - February 4, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Riley County Historical Museum

    Centennial celebration exhibit showcases 100-plus artifacts and photographs significant to the history of the Riley County community. Notable objects include a section of original seating from Wareham Opera House, penny-farthing bicycle owned by Guy Varney, hand-carved sunflower clock made from local wood for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893.

    Many objects on view have been rarely exhibited. Centennial exhibition accompanied by series of programs (watch for announcements and check calendar).

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  2. Eisenhower and the Great War

    March 4, 2017, 9:00 AM - February 28, 2018, 4:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library

    Great War's influence on Dwight Eisenhower’s budding leadership abilities. World War I proved crucial to the making of this American icon and future president.

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  3. 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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  4. Thrift Style

    August 1, 2017, 10:00 AM - December 16, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Thriving collectors market for reused bags and fabric as remnants from feed, flour and sugar sacks re-purposed into clothing and other household objects, this market continues today. This exhibition explores recycled fabrics into clothing and quilts drawn from K-State's collection of Historic Costume and Textile Museum.

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  5. Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Oyama Exhibition

    August 15, 2017, 10:00 AM - December 23, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Beach Museum of Art

    Enrico Isamu Oyama grew up in Tokyo and has worked in New York since 2011. “Ubiquitous” surveys how Oyama channeled his interests in Tokyo and American street cultures, Western abstract art and Japanese calligraphy to create Quick Turn Structure (QTS), his signature expression. Wide range of creative platforms include painting, digital media, sound and fashion.

    QTS gives visual form to the mixed-race, multicultural, transnational experiences in today’s world of fluid borders and inter-connectivity.

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  6. Fronteras/Frontiers Exhibition

    October 7, 2017, 10:00 AM - April 1, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Exhibition explores complexity of borders and frontiers in the Midwest through the work by artists Artemio Rodríguez and Fidencio Fifield-Perez. Rodríguez's practice transcends the boundaries of printmaking, and engages the public through mobile printmaking studio/gallery, the GraficoMovil. Born in Mexico and raised in the U.S., Fifield-Perez explores issues of migration, labor, and the politicization of borders through the manipulation of maps, newspaper cuttings and paper.

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  7. SNW Presents 2017

    November 4, 2017 - December 30, 2017 @ SNW Gallery

    Strecker Nelson West Gallery offers unique and original art for unique and original people in life. SNW represents the region's finest artists, and presents pieces by Bo Bedillion, Ann Carter, Kim Casebeer, Jim Coffman, Anne Egitto, Lorrie Eigles, Ralph Fontenot, Andrea Fuhrman, Kristin Goering, Heather Smith Jones, Jim Jones, Cally Krallman, Joe Loganbill, Carol McCall, Danny Meisinger, Owen Oertling, Nora Othic, Nancy Teague, Jean Terry and Diana Werts, with a new consignment of watercolors by Gene Ernst.

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  8. Wrap It Up art exhibit and sale

    November 5, 2017 - December 24, 2017 @ Manhattan Arts Center

    The galleries at MAC are filled with handmade artwork from 85 local and regional artists. It's a great time to find unique, affordable gifts for friends, family, co-workers, and yourself. Open daily November 5 - December 24. Closed Thanksgiving Day - November 23.

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  9. Getting Hooked: Rugs by Cecilia Evans Clement

    November 18, 2017, 12:00 PM - February 4, 2018, 5:00 PM @ The Volland Store

    Cecilia Evans Clement began hooking rugs in 1985 and for the next 30 years developed her craft. “Turning into a ‘hooker’ about the age of 60 has been one of the most gratifying things I have ever done,” Clement says.

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Community Events

  1. Duty First: 100 Years of the Big Red One

    August 26, 2017, 9:00 AM - January 14, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Explore 100-year history of 1st Infantry Division, from Big Red One founding to present day. Exhibit displays exceptional history of the 1ID in Tallgrass Gallery; chronicles five heroic soldiers through WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Gulf Wars, Kosovo conflict and today's military. For children, Camp Funston "boot camp" where kids can "train" alongside Rags, 1ID's WWI pooch mascot.

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  2. Craft Night: Ornaments

    December 14, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Get in the seasonal spirit and create cute ornaments! Use as gifts or to decorate your own space. Supplies and templates for a variety of easy ornaments.

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  3. Canvas & Cork: Christmas Celebrations

    December 20, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, invite friends and enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced and enthusiastic artist.

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  4. Canvas & Cork: Snowglobe

    December 20, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, invite friends and enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced, enthusiastic artist. Leave with one-of-a-kind creation and new-found talent you’ll want to explore. Straight Upp does not provide wine openers or cups; please furnish your own or purchase Straight Upp wine glasses ($7). Disclaimer: Straight Upp reserves the right to cancel event if adequate ticket amounts are not purchased. In such case, tickets will be refunded.

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Craft Shows

  1. Yak and Yarn

    December 12, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Bring your knitting, crocheting or other crafting project to the library; relax and visit with other crafters. Some supplies on hand, but you should bring something of your own to work on.

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  2. Yak and Yarn

    December 19, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Bring your knitting, crocheting or other crafting project to the library; relax and visit with other crafters. Some supplies on hand, but you should bring something of your own to work on.

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  3. Yak and Yarn

    December 26, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Bring your knitting, crocheting or other crafting project to the library; relax and visit with other crafters. Some supplies on hand, but you should bring something of your own to work on.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Columbian Christmas Concert

    December 8, 2017, 7:30 PM - December 10, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Get in the holiday spirit with all of your favorite Christmas classics by talented Columbian singers. Come, warm your soul with music, hot cocoa and cookies.

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  2. The 39 Steps at MAC

    December 8, 2017, 7:30 PM - December 10, 2017, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater! Two-time Tony Award-winner packed with nonstop laughs.

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  3. McCain Performance Series: Dianne Reeves

    December 12, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Christmas Time is here with the preeminent jazz vocalist in the world. Grammy Award-winning Dianne Reeves rings in the holiday season with music from her celebrated album.

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  4. Columbian Christmas Concert

    December 15, 2017, 7:30 PM - December 17, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Get in the holiday spirit with all of your favorite Christmas classics by talented Columbian singers. Come, warm your soul with music, hot cocoa and cookies.

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  5. Micky & the Motorcars in concert

    December 15, 2017, 8:30 PM @ The Hat

    Alternative country band with Idaho roots before a move to Austin, Texas. Band has released five mainstream albums, including a live album.

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  6. McCain Performance Series: Flint Hills Children's Choir

    December 17, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Holiday music experienced through dance, strings and song. Special holiday concert features 100 locally-talented students; guest appearances by Gold Orchestra and Washington Dance Studio. Flint Hills Children's Choir offers an outstanding program of vocal training and music education.

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  7. McCain Performance Series: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

    December 21, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    America's favorite holiday tradition for 30 years! Mannheim's holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas, and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard's seasonal charts every year! Manneheim in Manhattan!

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Festivals & Parades

  1. Festival of Lights Celebration

    November 24, 2017, 6:00 PM - January 1, 2018 @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Manhattan Festival of Lights welcomes the holiday season as Blue Earth Plaza in southeast Manhattan is bathed in glorious lighting to usher in the celebration of the season. This is the fifth annual event that introduces the holiday season and brings our community together in celebration.

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For the Kids!

  1. Santa Photos

    November 24, 2017 - December 24, 2017 @ Manhattan Town Center Center Court

    Santa photos available every day from Nov. 24 through Christmas Eve!

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  2. Canteen

    December 11, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Relax at the library on after-school Mondays. Meet new friends, play video games, make crafts and enjoy snacks. Stop by when you can and leave any time.

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  3. Playdate at the Library

    December 13, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Blocks, scarves, puppets, and books make playtime more fun! Our storytime room will be available for toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers to play together at this come and go event.

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  4. STEM Club

    December 14, 2017, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Each month kids will learn about science, technology, engineering, and math while conducting supervised experiments. A new topic will be announced each month. No registration is required. Suggested for grades K-3rd.

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  5. Zoofari Tails Storytime

    December 15, 2017, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Children are invited to listen to stories, move and dance like animals, and explore interesting animal biofacts such as furs and feathers. Some programs include a visit with a live animal from the zoo! No registration is required. Suggested for ages 3 and up.

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  6. Free Face Painting

    December 15, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Allison Booth of Painting Pearls will add fun pictures to your face or arms! Sign up begins at 10:45 at the Children's Desk. Limited space.

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  7. Canteen

    December 18, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Relax at the library on after-school Mondays. Meet new friends, play video games, make crafts and enjoy snacks. Stop by when you can and leave any time.

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  8. Snow Much Fun

    December 19, 2017, 6:30 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Special winter stories, songs, and activities to celebrate winter.

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  9. Snow Much Fun

    December 20, 2017, 10:00 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Special winter stories, songs, and activities to celebrate winter.

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  10. 16 Bit Pixel Art

    December 21, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Pick a design and place beads in a pattern to make your favorite retro characters using computers and beads.

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  11. Tween Club

    December 21, 2017, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    A club just for tweens in grades 4-6! Meet up and hang out, play games, and craft with your friends.

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  12. Teen Library Advisory Board (TLAB)

    December 28, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Do you want to have a say about what's going on at the library? Come to a meeting of the advisory board! No sign up is necessary, just show up and join the conversation to earn 30 minutes of volunteer time credit.

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Special Events

  1. Duty First: 100 Years of the Big Red One

    August 26, 2017, 9:00 AM - January 14, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Explore 100-year history of 1st Infantry Division, from Big Red One founding to present day. Exhibit displays exceptional history of the 1ID in Tallgrass Gallery; chronicles five heroic soldiers through WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Gulf Wars, Kosovo conflict and today's military. For children, Camp Funston "boot camp" where kids can "train" alongside Rags, 1ID's WWI pooch mascot.

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  2. Paint & Sip: Believe in Santa

    December 10, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Iron Clad MHK

    Uncorked Inspiration takes the excitement and fun of popular paint and sip phenomenon to whole new level. Enjoy fun evening to paint and drink your favorite beverage and create artwork in comfortable environment. Neal Wollenberg leads the group to paint "Believe in Santa," and provide goofy-yet-entertaining art history anecdotes. Leave with knowledge of art techniques and original painting. Bring beverage of choice to enjoy as you paint.

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  3. Holiday Wine Tasting

    December 12, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Arrow Coffee Company

    Certified Sommelier Keith Sprekels leads the group through special-occasion wines made to enjoy with friends and family!

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  4. Whiskey 101: Joseph Magnus

    December 12, 2017, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ Bourbon & Baker restaurant

    Top-shelf tasting event just in time for the holidays. Whiskey 101 features Joseph Magnus Straight Bourbon, Murray Hill Club Blended Bourbon, Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend and a special surprise at the end of the evening. Whiskey 101 events at Bourbon & Baker in Downtown Manhattan!

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  5. Murder Mystery Dinner: Most Wonderful Crime of the Year

    December 16, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Humbug hovers over the holiday; unravel the mystery of whodunnit. Find your most festive holiday clothes to make this event a colorful spectacle! Ugly sweaters, in-law gift garbs, garish color clashes ... all the rage at this event.

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  6. Paint & Sip: Away in a Manger

    December 17, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Iron Clad MHK

    Uncorked Inspiration takes the excitement and fun of popular paint and sip phenomenon to whole new level. Enjoy evening to paint and drink your favorite beverage and create artwork in a comfortable environment. Neal Wollenberg leads the group to paint "Away in a Manger," and provide goofy-yet-entertaining art history anecdotes. Leave with knowledge of art techniques and an original painting. Bring beverage of choice to enjoy as you paint.

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  7. New Year's Eve 2017

    December 31, 2017, 8:00 PM - January 1, 2018, 2:00 AM @ Eleven Fifteen Venue and Urban Garden

    Ring in the new year in Aggieville and enjoy live performance by Groove Therapy! Event includes New Year's Eve-themed photo booth and midnight ball-drop countdown. VIP tickets with special pre-party to include appetizers, reserved VIP seating and party favors.

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  8. Welcome the New Year at MAC

    December 31, 2017, 8:00 PM - January 1, 2018, 1:00 AM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Ring in the New Year at MAC with music, refreshments and midnight champagne toast.

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  9. Little Apple New Year's Eve

    December 31, 2017, 9:00 PM - January 1, 2018, 1:00 AM @ Aggieville

    Ring in the New Year in grand style, as Aggieville cuts loose in celebration along Moro Street in Manhattan. Thousands turn out to watch the Apple drop atop Rally House, as it'll be the best place to be to start 2018!

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