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  1. Calendar Overlay Art Exhibits (4)
  2. Calendar Overlay Community Events (5)
  3. Calendar Overlay Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts (1)
  4. Calendar Overlay Recreational sports activities/events (2)
  5. Calendar Overlay Special Events (2)

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 - November 30, 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. 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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Community Events

  1. Rumble at the Rock: 5K Obstacle/Trail Run

    August 17, 2019, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Hye Pointe

    This is a fundraising event for the local kids, jr. high and high school wrestling teams. Proceeds from this event will go directly back to helping over 100 kids at their sport. Racer will receive a t-shirt and medal. The race will consist of natural trails, mud obstacles, and man-made obstacles. Check out the event page on Facebook ( for announcements. As the race approaches they will announce race maps, directions to the site, vendors and of course the obstacles.

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  2. Warrior & Veteran Picnic

    August 17, 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ City Park (West Side)

    This year we will be having the Warrior and Veteran Picnic at City Park in Manhattan.
    The District 4 Veterans resource table will be set up.
    This year there will also be a VA Services Van present for the entire day.
    This event is open to all veterans and their families.

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  3. National Non-Profit Day

    August 17, 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Midwest Dream Car Collection

    Come celebrate National Non-Profit day with Midwest Dream Car Collection! They will be offering discounted $5 admission and treats for guests!

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  4. Hot Alma Nights

    August 17, 2019, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Downtown Alma

    This year will be the 11th annual Hot Alma Nights. Hot Alma Nights started in 2009 as a fun way to earn money for Relay For Life of Wabaunsee County and bring an Old Fashioned Saturday night to downtown Alma. That year they had approximately 50 cars registered and from there it has just grown. In 2016 they set a new record with 490 cars registered and downtown Alma was packed with cars and people.

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  5. Paint & Sip: Majestic Mountains

    August 17, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Uncorked Inspiration

    Neal will lead the group in painting "Majestic Mountains" 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.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Hoo-Haw

    August 16, 2019, 7:30 PM - August 18, 2019 @ The Columbian Theatre

    Put on your cowboy boots and mosey on down to The Columbian Theatre stompin’ grounds for the 15th Anniversary of Hoo Haw!
    Excellent live music and performers. Mediocre comedy. Veteran actor and director Troy Hemphill leads the annual favorite with new skits, songs, and jokes and has made this show a Columbian institution and a hoot to experience. Come see Drew Horton, Shelley Rickstrew, Mindy Thierolf, Mark Portel and other familiar faces take the Columbian stage! This fun-loving cast always packs the house!
    Get your tickets now! Performances are August 16-18, 23-25. You can get tickets at or call our box office at (785) 456-2029. If you are interested in attending opening night on August 16th to benefit the Wamego Public Library and Friends of the Library, go to and select the August 16th show.
    Sponsored by WTC.

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Recreational sports activities/events

  1. Thrive In the Heat 2019 by Thrive! Flint Hills

    August 17, 2019, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Longs Park

    Saturday, August 17 will be a day for cycling in the scenic Flint Hills to support Thrive! Flint Hills. Thrive! In The Heat 2019 includes two supported rides: a metric century touring through the Flint Hills and a fun ride to either the Ashland Community Center (12 miles round trip) or to the McDowell Creek Community Center (30 miles round trip). Join us for lunch after the ride!
    * Support stops will include water, sports drinks, fruit, and snacks
    * Well-marked routes
    * Bicycle mechanics available at start/finish
    * Post-ride meal
    * Roving support vehicle for emergencies

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  2. Bud Open 2-person scramble

    August 17, 2019, 10:00 AM - August 18, 2019, 6:00 PM @ Stagg Hill Golf Club

    This event has been postponed from original June 1-2 weekend. Lunch included with Saturday and Sunday evening meals.

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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. Spark of Life Metaphysical Fair

    August 17, 2019, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ K-State Alumni Center

    Spark of Life is a group of individuals dedicated to assisting people in enjoying fuller, healthier lives. Their goal is to shed light on misconceptions based on social stigmas and to raise awareness of all walks of life through education and acceptance. Bringing together the many spiritual, holistic, and alternative communities in Manhattan, as well as some of the well-known but rarely discussed avenues of personal assistance.
    Open to a wide range of vendors, included groups are artists, craftworkers, tarot readers, homeopathic practices, massage therapy, energy healers, community groups – essentially any group dedicated to the health, wellness, and growth of all living beings and the planet!
    Come and see what Kansas has to offer the spiritual soul and meet fabulous crafters, creators, spiritual advisors, readers, and alternative health experts! Enjoy a weekend of fun, learning, and spiritual nourishment at Manhattan’s very own spiritual-holistic-metaphysical fair!

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