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  1. Calendar Overlay Art Exhibits (3)
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  3. Calendar Overlay Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts (1)
  4. Calendar Overlay Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings (1)
  5. Calendar Overlay Recreational sports activities/events (1)
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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 - 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. 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. You'll Never Run Alone 5K

    August 18, 2019, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Frank Anneberg Park

    Love to run? Don’t love to run? This race is perfect for you! Run, walk, skip or dribble a soccer ball for a 5K through Anneberg Park in Manhattan, KS to help raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. The top 3 finishers in each age group will receive a medal. Not the fastest runner? There will be opportunities to win some great prizes regardless of your running abilities. Please join the Alonso family as they partner with Manhattan Running Company to host the inaugural You’ll Never Run Alone 5K raising funds for early detection and, ultimately, a cure for pancreatic cancer.

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  2. Paint & Sip: Thunder on the Plains

    August 18, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Uncorked Inspiration

    Neal will lead the group in painting "Thunder on the Plains" 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 4:00.

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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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Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings

  1. The Smoky Hill Trail

    August 18, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Dr. Leo Oliva will speak on “The Smoky Hill Trail” Sunday August 18 at 2:00 pm at the Manhattan Public Library. This Kansas Corral of the Westerners program is free.
    The Smoky Hill Trail ran between Atchison, Kansas and Denver, Colorado from 1855 to 1870, including a stretch through Riley County, Kansas. It was the most direct route to Colorado during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush and was an important road west until the coming of the railroad.
    Dr. Leo Oliva is the author of several books (including Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail and six of the eight books in the Kansas Forts Network Series) and well as many articles about the frontier West and Kansas. Oliva was a founding member of the Kansas Corral of the Westerners, Santa Fe Trail Association, and the Fort Larned Old Guard.
    The Kansas Corral of the Westerners is the local affiliate of Westerners International, an organization that celebrates the fun, scholarship, and heritage of the history of the American West.

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Recreational sports activities/events

  1. 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 18, 2019, 11:00 AM - 5:00 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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