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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: History & Legacy

    April 1, 2017, 8:00 AM - October 13, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Hale Library fifth floor gallery

    K-State Libraries joins 150th anniversary celebrations of Chisholm Trail. "Chisholm Trail: History & Legacy" exhibit with artifacts, books, maps and photos allows glimpse into Kansas' Wild West era and turbulent relationship with Texas cattle trade.

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  4. 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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  5. Strecker Nelson West Gallery: Golden Valley, Endless Skyway

    June 3, 2017, 10:00 AM - August 19, 2017, 6:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Celebrate summer tradition as SNW Gallery presents the annual landscape show.

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  6. Thrift Style

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

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

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  7. 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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  8. Junkyard Sculptures Exhibit

    August 16, 2017, 8:00 AM - September 11, 2017, 5:00 PM @ William T. Kemper Art Gallery

    Exhibit by Goody the Junkyard Junky at William T. Kemper Art Gallery on first floor of K-State Student Union.

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  9. "The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West" traveling exhibit

    August 24, 2017, 8:00 AM - October 17, 2017, 5:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

    The Old Chisholm Trail helped shape popular culture and altered visions of the American West. To celebrate the Chisholm Trail's 150th anniversary, Symphony in the Flint Hills partners with Flint Hills Design and Lost Trail Soda to create "The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West" traveling exhibit.

    This original exhibit invites visitors to explore the Chisholm Trail from its 1860s inception. Exhibit highlights include an interactive musical exploration of the scores of verses to the cowboy song, "The Old Chisholm Trail," video and audio clips of movies and songs that reference the Chisholm Trail, and several artistically rendered, life-size longhorn cattle.

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  10. Strecker Nelson West Gallery: The Mind's Eye

    August 25, 2017, 10:00 AM - October 28, 2017, 6:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Artists' interpretations of reality and fantasy features John Gary Brown, William Counter, Tim Forcade, Jeff Foster, Bambi Freeman, Bev Gegen, Susan Grace, Eleanor Heimbaugh, Christina Klein, Jennifer Rivera, Nancy Teague, Barbara Waterman Peters and Rashelle Weissenbach. SNW premiers: Conci Denniston, Michael Driggs and Lynette Ubel.

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  11. Over, Under, Through

    August 25, 2017, 5:00 PM - October 15, 2017, 4:00 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    In her prints, Katharina Bossmann uses color and light to create "extractions" from place and memory. Whether woodcuts, screen prints or etchings, the prints layer color to create landscapes and the inhabitants of them. Exhibition includes broad range of Heather Bayless' metalwork and jewelry.

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Community Events

  1. Welcome Weekend at Manhattan Christian College

    August 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017 @ Manhattan Christian College

    Special events for new and returning students.

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  2. Downtown Farmer's Market

    August 19, 2017, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Dillard's Parking Lot

    Downtown Farmers Market of Manhattan has rich history of local producers with fresh meats, vegetables, breads and baked goods. Discover many local crafters with handmade jewelry, soaps, wood-carved items and other art mediums.

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  3. Genealogy and History Fair Multi-County Event

    August 19, 2017, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Pottorf Hall

    Family stories, quilts, record preservation, family food history, family albums and photos. Genealogical societies, history projects and more. Open to public.

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  4. Spark of Life Metaphysical Fair

    August 20, 2017, 10:00 AM - August 21, 2017, 4:00 PM @ Four Points by Sheraton

    Natural, alternative healing practices and products; green living products; new age and metaphysical products; homemade items by local artisans. Wide range of spiritual readings including Tarot readings, mediums, crystal readings and many more! Free workshops available to raise awareness of complete human experience: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

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  5. Manhattan Teachers Appreciation Quarter Mania

    August 20, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Purple Wave Auction

    New national network marketing company Lady Godiva Beauty will attend TLC’s Quarter Mania, organized to honor area teachers and provide school supplies for classrooms. Raffle prizes, refreshments and more. Bring school supplies to donate. Stop by Lady Godiva table to be entered into an additional drawing for great prizes. Enter into drawing for $50 Visa gift card and other great prizes!

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  6. Downtown Farmer's Market

    August 26, 2017, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Dillard's Parking Lot

    Downtown Farmers Market of Manhattan has rich history of local producers with fresh meats, vegetables, breads and baked goods. Discover many local crafters with handmade jewelry, soaps, wood-carved items and other art mediums.

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  7. 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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Conventions & Meetings

  1. Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association annual meeting

    August 21, 2017 - August 22, 2017 @ Manhattan Conference Center

    Annual Meeting and Tuesday golf tournament; welcome reception with heavy appetizers and complimentary drinks (Monday); breakfast, business meeting, general sessions, golf tournament with lunch and awards reception (Tuesday).

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  2. Schools of Banking

    August 21, 2017 - August 25, 2017 @ Bluemont Hotel

    School of Trust and Financial Services seminar within Schools of Banking fundamentals.

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  3. Schools of Banking

    August 22, 2017 - August 24, 2017 @ Bluemont Hotel

    Advanced Trust School seminar within Schools of Banking fundamentals.

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  4. Kansas Agricultural Growth Summit

    August 24, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM @ Manhattan Conference Center

    Governor's summit on agricultural growth for agency focused on development of statewide strategic growth plan for agriculture.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Ragtime at Great Plains Theatre

    August 11, 2017, 7:30 PM - August 20, 2017, 9:00 PM @ Great Plains Theatre

    Separate worlds of early 20th Century New York City begin to blur together. Ragtime shines a light of the disparate lives of Harlem musicians, upper-middle class families, and immigrants, all while weaving their tales together in brilliant musical style.

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  2. The Mischief Makers

    August 17, 2017, 9:00 PM - August 18, 2017, 1:00 AM @ Auntie Mae's Parlor

    Four-piece string/folk band plays the Aggieville underground at Mae's saloon.

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  3. William Clark Green in concert

    August 18, 2017, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM @ The Hat

    Country crooner from Flint, Texas, has released four studio albums and one live album.

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  4. K-State International Student Welcome

    August 26, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art 14th & Anderson Ave

    Join the museum staff for light refreshment and activities inspired by the current exhibitions on display. Come explore the galleries and enjoy your campus Art Museum.

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  5. Dance of a Parrot Head: Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band

    August 26, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Kansas Parrot Heads unite at the Wareham for enchanted evening of Boat Drinks, Changes in Latitude and hey, Why Don't We Get Drunk ... and perhaps Margaritaville as you tip back your own Tin Cup Chalice.

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  6. Don Wagner Concert

    August 26, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Great Plains Theatre

    Bluegrass, country and folk stylings of Don Wagner tucked away in Great Plains Theatre.

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  7. Off the Green Outdoor Music Series

    August 26, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Colbert Hills

    Tim Strathman band provides the entertainment with country tunes near the links. Off The Green music series features entertainment behind the Colbert Hills clubhouse. Performance moves indoors if inclement weather.

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  8. Arthur Dodge & The Horsefeathers

    August 26, 2017, 9:00 PM - August 27, 2017, 1:00 AM @ Auntie Mae's Parlor

    Rock-n-roll in the Aggieville underground at Auntie Mae's Saloon.

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  9. Kyle Lacy Band

    August 31, 2017, 9:00 PM - September 1, 2017, 1:00 AM @ Auntie Mae's Parlor

    Kyle Lacy & the Harlem River Noise play 1950s rock-n-roll, blues and soul.

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Festivals & Parades

  1. Victory Fest

    August 19, 2017, 10:00 AM @ Marshall Army Air Field

    Day-long music celebration honors 1st Infantry Division’s 100th anniversary. Full-day schedule features four nationally-known bands: Lit, The Charlie Daniels Band, The All-American Rejects and Eli Young Band. Day of great fun to celebrate The Big Red One!

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  2. Purple Power Play

    August 31, 2017, 6:00 PM - September 1, 2017, 9:00 PM @ City Park

    The school year and K-State sports seasons start with family and heavy doses of Purple Pride, K-State band, food and loads of family fun centered right in City Park. Appearances by coaches and players during community-wide pep rally before season-opening football game against Central Arkansas Bears.

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For the Kids!

  1. Preschool Story Train

    August 18, 2017, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    PreK kids ages 3 and up can hear engaging stories, rhymes, and silly songs based on the weekly theme. Every session will also feature interactive activities including a parachute or shakers. Caregivers attend with ages 2 and under.

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  2. Family Fun Storytime

    August 19, 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    A lively storytime with great picture books, action songs, and music. Families are encouraged to attend together, and an adult caregiver must attend with children ages 2 and under.

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  3. Toddler Wiggleworms

    August 21, 2017, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Active story-time for toddlers with parents or caregivers. Fun stories, action rhymes and music will get toddlers moving and learning. Suggested for 18-36 mos. Caregivers participate with children.

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  4. Canteen

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

    Relax at the library after school on Mondays. You can meet new friends, play video games, make crafts, and enjoy snacks. Stop by when you can and leave anytime.

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  5. Toddler Wiggleworms

    August 22, 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Active story-time for toddlers with parents or caregivers. Fun stories, action rhymes and music will get toddlers moving and learning. Suggested for 18-36 mos. Caregivers participate with children.

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  6. Baby Rhyme Time

    August 22, 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:25 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Story time designed for infants and young toddlers with parents or caregivers. Enjoy bouncy songs, nursery rhymes, short books and fun music. Suggested for 0-18 mos. Caregivers participate with children.

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  7. Preschool Story Train

    August 23, 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Pre-K kids ages 3-and-up can hear engaging stories, rhymes and silly songs based on the weekly theme. Every session will also feature interactive activities including a parachute or shakers. Caregivers attend with ages 2 and under.

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  8. Toddler Wiggleworms

    August 23, 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    An active storytime for toddlers with their parents or caregivers. Fun stories, action rhymes, and music will get toddlers moving and learning. Suggested for 18-36 months. Caregivers participate with children.

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  9. Baby Rhyme Time

    August 24, 2017, 9:30 AM - 9:55 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    A storytime designed for infants and young toddlers with their parents or caregivers. Enjoy bouncy songs, nursery rhymes, short books, and fun music. Suggested for 0-18 months. Caregivers participate with children.

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  10. Preschool Story Train

    August 24, 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Pre-K kids ages 3-an- up hear engaging stories, rhymes and silly songs based on weekly theme. Every session will also feature interactive activities including parachute or shakers. Caregivers attend with ages 2 and under.

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  11. Preschool Story Train

    August 25, 2017, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    PreK kids ages 3 and up can hear engaging stories, rhymes, and silly songs based on the weekly theme. Every session will also feature interactive activities including a parachute or shakers. Caregivers attend with ages 2 and under.

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  12. Family Fun Storytime

    August 26, 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    A lively storytime with great picture books, action songs, and music. Families are encouraged to attend together, and an adult caregiver must attend with children ages 2 and under.

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  13. Toddler Wiggleworms

    August 28, 2017, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Active story-time for toddlers with parents or caregivers. Fun stories, action rhymes and music will get toddlers moving and learning. Suggested for 18-36 mos. Caregivers participate with children.

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  14. Canteen

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

    Relax at the library after school on Mondays. You can meet new friends, play video games, make crafts, and enjoy snacks. Stop by when you can and leave anytime.

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  15. Toddler Wiggleworms

    August 29, 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Active story-time for toddlers with parents or caregivers. Fun stories, action rhymes and music will get toddlers moving and learning. Suggested for 18-36 mos. Caregivers participate with children.

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  16. Baby Rhyme Time

    August 29, 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:25 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Story time designed for infants and young toddlers with parents or caregivers. Enjoy bouncy songs, nursery rhymes, short books and fun music. Suggested for 0-18 mos. Caregivers participate with children.

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  17. Preschool Story Train

    August 30, 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Pre-K kids ages 3-and-up can hear engaging stories, rhymes and silly songs based on the weekly theme. Every session will also feature interactive activities including a parachute or shakers. Caregivers attend with ages 2 and under.

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  18. Toddler Wiggleworms

    August 30, 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    An active storytime for toddlers with their parents or caregivers. Fun stories, action rhymes, and music will get toddlers moving and learning. Suggested for 18-36 months. Caregivers participate with children.

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  19. Baby Rhyme Time

    August 31, 2017, 9:30 AM - 9:55 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    A storytime designed for infants and young toddlers with their parents or caregivers. Enjoy bouncy songs, nursery rhymes, short books, and fun music. Suggested for 0-18 months. Caregivers participate with children.

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  20. Preschool Story Train

    August 31, 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Pre-K kids ages 3-an- up hear engaging stories, rhymes and silly songs based on weekly theme. Every session will also feature interactive activities including parachute or shakers. Caregivers attend with ages 2 and under.

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Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings

  1. Adulting 101: Budgeting

    August 22, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Budgeting, tracking, spending and keeping personal finances healthy can present a challenge. The team at HCCI will cover those topics and more in their presentation for emerging adults who want to become more budget savvy.

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Special Events

  1. Manhattan Area Rail Joiners Model Train Show

    August 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017 @ Manhattan Town Center

    Large display of small trains fills Center Court of the mall for this wonderful, visually stimulating display! A big hit with the kids!

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  2. Daylily Sale: Flint Hills Daylily Society

    August 19, 2017, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Downtown Farmers Market

    Annual sale features several hundred bare-root plants; purple, red, peach, yellow, near white and more. Unusual forms and spiders, rounds, minis, doubles ($5).

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  3. Brew at the Zoo

    August 19, 2017, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Sunset Zoo

    Enjoy cold beer and awesome food, and explore Sunset Zoo's 26-acre park. Unlimited 2 oz. samples from craft brewers throughout the Midwest! Fun night to save wildlife! Live entertainment from Chautauqua Amphitheater. Ticket includes 12-ounce commemorative pilsner glass.

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  4. Carnevale di Venezia

    August 19, 2017, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Celebrate the color, romance and flavors of Venice at MAC during gala fund raising event. Watch local artists demonstrate art-making process, enjoy musicians and vocalists performances and bid on fantastic silent and live auction items. Italian cuisine catered by Russ Loub of Little Apple Brewing Company. Visit website or call for more information/tickets.

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  5. Murder Mystery Dinner: Midnight at the Masquerade

    August 19, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    With a mystery under each feathery façade, to unmask the killer may be quite a challenge. It’s up to you to determine which party-goer is guilty. Save the party! Fun attire such as evening wear, ball gowns, Venetian masks, suits and tuxes encouraged (not required). Glamorous evening of mystery, intrigue and murder at the Wareham.

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  6. Paint & Sip: CiCo Park

    August 20, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Iron Clad MHK

    Uncorked Inspiration takes the excitement and fun of the popular paint and sip phenomenon to new level. Fun evening of painting and option to drink favorite beverage to create artwork in comfortable environment. Neal Wollenberg leads the group to paint "CiCo Park" with entertaining art history anecdotes. Leave with knowledge of art techniques and an original painting of your own.

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  7. Rick E. Meyer Book Signing

    August 24, 2017, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Manhattan Running Company

    Manhattan High, K-State and Dallas Theological Seminary graduate Rick Meyer returns to Manhattan for book signing. “Running on Faith” reveals his Christian faith from farm, MHS team prayers and Boston and New York marathons. Meyer was introduced to running at 80-mile/4-day clips at Bill “Congo” Congelton’s 1983 cross-country camp. “I arrived as a bowed-legged, cowboy boot-wearing runner and left as a member of two 6A cross-country championship teams.”

    In the fall of 1987, Meyer accepted Congleton's invitation to be an assistant coach and contributed to a pre-state-meet video for 2014 MHS 6A state title team.

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  8. 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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  9. Paint & Sip: Forest Path

    August 26, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Iron Clad MHK

    Uncorked Inspiration takes the excitement and fun of the popular paint and sip phenomenon to new level. Fun evening of painting and option to drink favorite beverage to create artwork in comfortable environment. Neal Wollenberg leads the group to paint "Forest Path" with entertaining art history anecdotes. Leave with knowledge of art techniques and an original painting of your own.

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  10. Stargazing at Volland

    August 26, 2017, 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM @ The Volland Store

    BBQ, music, beer, stars ... experience the darkness of the night sky and the brilliance of the stars; one of the best things about the Flint Hills.

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  11. Purple Power Play

    August 31, 2017, 6:00 PM - September 1, 2017, 9:00 PM @ City Park

    The school year and K-State sports seasons start with family and heavy doses of Purple Pride, K-State band, food and loads of family fun right in City Park. Appearances by coaches and players during community-wide pep rally before season-opening football game against Central Arkansas Bears.

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