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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. Beyond Gravity: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    April 2, 2019, 10:00 AM - October 19, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing by Americans and complements Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme, "A Universe of Stories."

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  3. Golden Valley, Endless Skyway 2019

    June 14, 2019, 10:00 AM - August 17, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Summer breezes in and brings with it new artistry at Manhattan's downtown art gallery.

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  4. Prairie Perspectives: Two Journeys

    July 13, 2019, 12:00 PM - August 10, 2019, 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Kelly Yarbrough Frasier and Marsha Jensen explore their prairie home in this exhibit of paintings and hand-woven baskets.

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Community Events

  1. Riley County Fair

    July 25, 2019, 6:00 PM - July 29, 2019, 10:00 PM @ Riley County Fairgrounds

    Fun, festive atmosphere of a county fair fills the air beginning July 26 in CiCo Park. The 44th anniversary of the Kaw Valley Rodeo is a big part of the schedule on July 24-29, along with the fair's many 4-H projects, judging and Ottaway Amusements Carnival. Home delicacies and homemade pies among many menu items.

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  2. Let's Paddle the Kaw: Saint George to Wamego

    July 27, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Saint George Boat Ramp

    Join Friends of the Kaw for fun on the Kansas River! This is a day about relaxing and learning about the Kansas River Water Trail; also snacks on a sandbar. All children must be over age 5. Children up to 12 can ride in the middle of a canoe (free). Over 12, they can be in a paddle spot. Sign up to use one of the boats or bring your own. Life jackets required on all FOK trips (provided with boat use). Bring your own boat, provide your own life jacket.

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Special Events

  1. Dream With Da Vinci

    May 25, 2019, 10:00 AM - September 8, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Artist. Inventor. Scientist. Genius. Leonardo Da Vinci was a true Renassaince Man. One of the greatest painters yet he only completed a few works. Da Vinci was a dreamer and inventor, and his love for math, science and art are highlighted through this fascinating interactive exhibition. Catapults, parachutes and a hang glider are just some of the inventions Da Vinci incorporated to explore the art of science.

    In an accompanying exhibit in the Mezzanine Gallery, AIB Food First; learn how AIB helps companies bring safe, high-quality food to the world, and play baker for the day on the Discovery Center's second floor gallery.

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  2. Kaw Valley Rodeo

    July 25, 2019, 8:00 PM - July 27, 2019, 10:00 PM @ Wells Arena

    Opening-night picnic part of the observation and salute to the military. Bareback riding, steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding are just part of the competitions during this Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned event. Enjoy the pro rodeo cowboys competition in open-air Wells Arena at the Riley County Fair. Tickets available at Ampride, Copies 4 Less, Dara’s Corner Stores, Dillon’s, Outpost Western Wear and Yee Haw Country Outfitters. Three nights in MHK!

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  3. Iris Sale

    July 27, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Kansas State University Gardens

    Annual Iris Sale will be held Sat. July 27th from 8 a.m. till noon at the Kansas State University Gardens, 1500 Denison. Hundreds of locally grown varieties (many award winners) of beautiful iris to choose from. Proceeds benefit the KSU Gardens and the sale is sponsored by the Flint Hills Iris Society.

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  4. National Day of the Cowboy

    July 27, 2019, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Indoor and outdoor activities embrace the Wild West! Brush up on cowboy skills and enjoy live entertainers with reenactors to make you feel as if you've giddy-up'd to the past! Ticket holders also gain admission to Dream With Da Vinci summer exhibition. Recent "Cowboy" days have included wagon rides, calf roping, cow chip toss and cattle herding among the day's activities.

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