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  1. Calendar Overlay Art Exhibits (5)
  2. Calendar Overlay Community Events (9)
  3. Calendar Overlay Craft Shows (1)
  4. Calendar Overlay Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts (2)
  5. Calendar Overlay For the Kids! (1)
  6. Calendar Overlay Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings (1)
  7. Calendar Overlay Special Events (3)

Art Exhibits

  1. Voices: Art Linking Asia and the West

    December 4, 2018, 10:00 AM - December 21, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    One section of the Seaton Gallery will highlight the back-and-forth exchange of aesthetics and ideas between East and West through objects in the museum’s permanent collection, made by artists who traveled between the two regions. This project collaboration between curator Aileen June Wang and University of Kansas art history professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko.

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  2. Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders

    August 6, 2019, 10:00 AM - December 9, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist introduces Jeremiah Ariaz. Black Trail Riding Clubs have their roots in Creole culture formed in Southwest Louisiana in the eighteenth century. Trail rides are an opportunity for generations from rural parts of the state to gather and celebrate. These trail riders form a distinctive yet little known Louisiana subculture.

    Ariaz is a Great Bend product and associate professor of art at Louisiana State University who has captured these equestrian clubs in a series of photographs selected for this exhibition. One image chosen as 2019 Friends of Beach Museum of Art Gift Print.

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  3. De Gaulle/Eisenhower: Alliance & Friendship in War and Peace

    September 23, 2019, 9:00 AM - February 2, 2020, 4:45 PM @ Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home

    General de Gaulle and General Eisenhower both belong to the common national heritage of their respective countries. Their work is a source of reflection and inspiration for today’s world. The Charles de Gaulle Foundation and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation, strive to promote and honor the legacies of the great leaders. Together these institutions collaborated with the Musée de l’Armée (French Army Museum) to present this exhibition. With the generous support of The First Alliance Foundation, the exhibition will contribute to strengthen the bonds between France and the United States.

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  4. CLOSED John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within

    September 24, 2019, 10:00 AM - March 21, 2020, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Best known for his depictions of Kansas, the American West also reveals itself as a significant subject in John Steuart Curry's work. Curry's earliest drawings reveal a boy under the spell of Western artists, e.g., Frederic Remington. Through 38 works, to include paintings and magazine illustrations, this exhibition explores Curry’s depictions of the West as a romantic and real environment.

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  5. CLOSED Field Station 4: Charles Lindsay

    November 5, 2019, 10:00 AM - October 3, 2020, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    An installation by expedition geologist and artist Charles Lindsay, who directs the artist-in-residence program for SETI (Search For Extra Terrestrial Intelligence). The installation will delve into earth's geological and cultural pasts, using scientific equipment salvaged from space exploration archaeology. Specimens and artifacts in Field Station 4 provoke musings on human perceptions of time and space.

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Community Events

  1. $1 Off Admission with Donation to Flint Hills Breadbasket

    November 1, 2019, 12:00 PM - December 31, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Sunset Zoo

    On your next visit to the Zoo, bring a non-perishable food donation to the Flint Hills Breadbasket and Mayor's Holiday Food & Fund Drive, and receive $1 off Zoo Admission. $1 off discount must be taken at time of donation. Good through December 31, 2019

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  2. Trim the Tree

    November 18, 2019 - December 22, 2019 @ Midwest Dream Car Collection

    Help the Midwest Dream Car Collection get ready for their first Christmas! Donate a car themed ornament to their lounge Christmas tree and receive $1 off admission now through December 22nd!

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  3. Visit with Santa

    November 29, 2019 - December 24, 2019 @ Manhattan Town Center

    See website for specific dates and times!

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  4. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

    November 30, 2019 - December 22, 2019 @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Rides are pick up/drop off at Blue Earth Plaza. No rides on December 6th due to the parade.

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  5. Santa Cares!

    December 8, 2019, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Manhattan Town Center

    Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on Eventbrite - ONE TICKET per group/family, please.
    Visits with Santa are free. Photo packages that capture holiday memories will be available for purchase at the event, pricing varies by location.
    Please use the East Court - Main Entrance. Visit the center’s website for additional information.
    Santa Cares is held in partnership with Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. They do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

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  6. Wreath Decorating 101

    December 8, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Manhattam Hy-Vee

    Join Stacy, your Hy-Vee floral manager, for an evening of crafty fun! In this class, you'll learn how to create a beautiful Holiday wreath with a hands-on demonstration. An artificial wreath and all supplies for decorating are included in your ticket cost. Make the afternoon even more merry by bringing your favorite bottle of soda, wine, or beer, a cup of hot chocolate, and/or some snacks!

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  7. 2019 Jingle Bell Run

    December 8, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan

    GET READY… GET SET… JINGLE BELL RUN ON DECEMBER 8! Mark your calendars for the First Presbyterian Jingle Bell Run on Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m. This event includes a 5k and 1.5 mile run/walk.
    Medals will be awarded to the winners in the men’s and women’s divisions and to the two top finishers in age brackets.
    This year, proceeds from the Jingle Bell Run will support the Riley County 4-H. Visit to learn more.

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  8. Paint & Sip: Christmas Truck

    December 8, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Uncorked Inspiration

    Uncorked Inspiration takes the excitement and fun of the popular paint and sip phenomenon to a whole new level. Join us for a fun evening of painting and drinking your favorite beverage as you create artwork in a comfortable environment.
    Neal will lead the group in painting "Christmas Truck" as well as provide goofy, yet entertaining, art history anecdotes all while teaching painting techniques, color theory and other art related skills. You'll walk away with some knowledge of art techniques, an original painting of your own, and having had a great time.
    Bring your beverage of choice to enjoy as you paint. Painting will begin promptly at 6:30.
    Registration is non-refundable

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  9. Holiday House Tours: K-State Fraternities and Sororities

    December 8, 2019, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Kansas State University

    For the first time, K-state fraternities & sororities will open their houses to the public for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Holiday House Tours on Sunday, Dec. 8. Proceeds raised will support the K-State Proud campaign.
    The Greek house tours occur from 5-8 p.m. Wristbands can be purchased for $5 a person at any participating house. Admission is free for children under 12 and adults over 65. Donations for K-State Proud also are accepted.
    In addition to showing their holiday decorations, participating chapters will have a display of their respective philanthropies. Chapters without houses have been paired with housed chapters.
    K-State Proud is the university's premier student philanthropy. For the past 13 years, students have raised more than $1.36 million for Student Opportunity Awards to help more than 700 students stay at K-State who otherwise would not have been able to continue their education.
    See website for a complete list of participating locati

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Craft Shows

  1. Sip & Shop

    December 8, 2019, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Liquid Art Winery & Estate

    Eat, Drink, Shop & Be Merry!
    Let Liquid Art Winery help make your Christmas shopping easy. The cherry on top? You can drink while you shop!
    Tasting Room will be open for wine, cider and artisan pizzas 12-7pm. Local vendors will be hosted in our indoor Event Center 1-6pm. Christmas music will fill the air and hourly door prizes will be drawn as well!
    The Foundry
    Plunder Design
    Hide N Seek Creations
    Dandelion Chic Boutique
    Tastefully Simple
    S&K Gray Crafts
    Bizzy B
    Perfectly Posh
    Damsel In Defense
    Pampered Chef
    And More...

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Miracle On South Division Street

    December 6, 2019, 7:30 PM - December 8, 2019, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Daughter Ruth divulges her plan to “go public” with the family miracle of the Virgin Mary's sudden appearance in her father's barber shop: a one-woman play about the sacred event. The family’s faith is shaken when a deathbed confession causes the legend to unravel. The results are heartfelt and hilarious.

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  2. Manhattan Town Center Holiday Music Festival: Maggie Judkins as Judy Garland

    December 8, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Manhattan Town Center

    All performances are in the mall's East Court.

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For the Kids!

  1. Teen Literary Zone: Spring Issue Deadline

    November 19, 2019 - January 10, 2020

    Teens 7th-12th Grade: Do you want to have your writing or artwork published in a short zine? We're starting a literary art zine! For our first year, each issue will have a seasonal theme. We'll accept any form of writing or art, including things like: poems, essays, comics, photography, scans of 2-d art, or photos of 30D art, or anything outside the box that you can create. The deadline to submit work for the spring issue is January 10, 2020. Submit digital files by emailing them to

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Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings

  1. How Business Visa works and Immigration Attorney process

    December 2, 2019, 8:00 AM - December 11, 2019, 9:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Business visa information helps interpreters and companies to understand the importance of business visas and how this can benefit the growth of your company and business with Immigration Attorney or Immigration Lawyer.
    Understand the different types of business visa is a must for any organization. there is a wealth of information out there and many people do not know where to begin. we will cover topics that will include understanding basic company staff needs and immigration. types of business visas available and those that may be suitable for different organizations. The first steps to take when you identify the need for a business visa.

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Special Events

  1. Zoo In You: The Human Microbiome

    September 21, 2019, 10:00 AM - January 12, 2020, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Non-human organisms outnumber our human cells 10 to 1, as trillions of microbes colonize inside each one of us. Learn about our body’s constant microbial companions and ways scientists realize just how important these microbes are to overall health, Hands-on exhibit features: Meet the Microbes, Our Complex Ecosystems and Exploring Our Microbiome. Fun science and discovery in MHK!

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  2. Festival of Lights Celebration

    November 29, 2019, 7:00 PM - January 10, 2020 @ Blue Earth Plaza

    City holiday celebration stretches from Blue Earth Plaza to Downtown Manhattan shops along Poyntz Avenue, even City Park and Aggieville district. Lights ablaze with Blue Earth Plaza Christmas tree and surrounding plaza courtesy of Whoville merchants.

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  3. Friends of McCain Holiday Home Tour

    December 8, 2019, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    The tour will feature the K-State President's Residence on campus. The home is full of history, including updates to the Eisenhower bedroom. Amanda and Eric Purdom's home on Poyntz Avenue is an example of a historic home that has been expanded over the years featuring casual classic décor. Pat and Paula Caffey's home on College Heights is well-known for its traditional exterior Christmas decorations and now everyone will get to see the inside, including a 1950s style diner. Sunset Cottage is a vacation rental near the K-State campus that has been restored and managed by Capstone3D.
    Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and will be available at several area business outlets starting in November. The McCain Holiday Home Tour Committee is chaired by Julie Keenan. For more information on the tour, please contact her at or 210-875-7456.

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