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  1. Calendar Overlay Art Exhibits (5)
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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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  4. The Land of the Living Opening Reception

    August 23, 2019, 5:00 PM - October 26, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Please join Strecker Nelson West Gallery for the opening of the next exhibit, The Land of the Living. This show will feature figurative and architectural work mostly, and will be on display until October 26th. Please join the reception to enjoy some drinks and hors d'oeurves, and meet the artists!

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  5. Three Native Portrait Artists

    August 31, 2019, 12:30 PM - October 12, 2019, 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    A good portrait moves beyond depiction of a person's likeness to a commentary on humanity. Paintings and photographs in this exhibition are portraits of local individuals who portray features of our cultural environment and are part of the fabric of our community. Dick Beeman, Clive Fullagar and Luke Townsend are all local artists living in Manhattan. None of them have formal training in art.

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Community Events

  1. Grandparent's Day

    September 8, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Midwest Dream Car Collection

    Come celebrate Grandparents Day with Midwest Dream Car Collection from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM! In honor of all of your hard work they will have $5 admission for all grandparents, a free kids bounce house for the grandkids, face-painting, and more!

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  2. Open Trail Days at Prairiewood

    September 8, 2019, 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Blue Sage Gallery at Prairiewood

    Prairiewood Retreat & Preserve is a privately owned prairie preserve with almost 500 acres and several miles of walking trails. Bring family or friends and head out on the first Sunday of each month for free access to their trails and a visit to the Blue Sage Gallery!
    Visitors should check in at the Blue Sage Gallery at 1484 Wildcat Creek Rd. for hiker log, trail maps and other info. Join them around the Blue Sage Barn fire pit for a bonfire at 7pm!
    Prairiewood Retreat & Preserve loves pets, but unfortunately cannot allow them on Prairiewood trails.

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  3. Plein Air Painting Meetup at Prairiewood with Susan Rose

    September 8, 2019, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Prairiewood Retreat & Preserve

    Susan Rose is an established Kansas landscape painter and plein air enthusiast. Join Susan on Sunday, September 8 as part of Open Trail Days at Prairiewood for a plein air meetup from 1-5pm.
    This is not a class or workshop, but a meetup group. Participants should bring their own supplies and be largely self-guided. For this free event, Susan will be a supportive guide, but not a one-on-one instructor!
    Participants should park by Prairiewood's RetreatHouse, on top of the hill at 1484 Wildcat Creek Rd. and be ready to walk a reasonable distance. Also be prepared for whatever weather conditions might present themselves and dress accordingly. We will post updates on the event page if weather becomes an issue.

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  4. Tri Delta's St.JudeWorld Carnival

    September 8, 2019, 4:00 PM - September 9, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Tri Delta House

    This carnival taking place at the Tri Delta house on September 8th from 4-7PM benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Join us for carnival & lawn games, face painting, a petting zoo, snacks & refreshments

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. McCain Performance Series: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    September 8, 2019, 7:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    With multiple Grammy and CMA Awards and nominations in tow, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s accolades continue to accumulate. The band’s groundbreaking “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” 1972 album was inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress and Grammy Hall of Fame. Nitty Gritty’s recording of “Mr. Bojangles” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.

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For the Kids!

  1. Grandparents & Animal Enrichment Day

    September 8, 2019, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM @ Sunset Zoo

    In the wild, animals have to work to find food and shelter. Play is another natural and important activity. At the Zoo, life can become a bit more predictable. Sunset Zoo utilizes enrichment daily to stimulate these natural behaviors, creating an environment that challenges the animals in work and play.
    Check out the schedule on the link below to see firsthand how keeper staff use enrichment as they care for the Zoo's animal collection.

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Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings

  1. KS Corral of the Westerners Program- Arizona Territorial Governor on the Santa fe Trail

    September 8, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Riley County Family and Child Resource Center

    Sunday September 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Riley County Family and Child Resource Center, 2101 Claflin Road (West End Room, access from back parking lot) Dr. Juti Winchester will speak on "Men on a Mission: The Arizona Territorial Governor's Party on the Santa Fe Trail in 1863." This program, sponsored by the Kansas Corral of the Westerners, is free and open to the public.
    In February 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a bill providing for the Territory of Arizona and appointed John N. Goodwin Governor. Godwin and his party of other appointed officials traveled to the new Arizona Territory down the Santa Fe Trail from Leavenworth, Kansas by wagon train in December 1863.
    Dr. Juti Winchester is an Assistant Professor at Fort Hays State University. She received her Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University. She has written extensively on the American West and is a Past President of Westerners International.

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Recreational sports activities/events

  1. Wildcat Willie's Scramble

    September 8, 2019, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM @ Colbert Hills Golf Course

    Don't get too deep into football season without playing the best course in Kansas. You'll get off the course in time to watch the 3 p.m. NFL kickoffs on pro football opening weekend.

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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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