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  1. Calendar Overlay Art Exhibits (8)
  2. Calendar Overlay Community Events (2)
  3. Calendar Overlay Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts (5)
  4. Calendar Overlay For the Kids! (2)
  5. Calendar Overlay Recreational sports activities/events (1)
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Art Exhibits

  1. Celebrating 100 Years of History and Heritage: Riley County Historical Museum

    October 13, 2016, 8:30 AM - February 4, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Riley County Historical Museum

    Centennial celebration exhibit showcases 100-plus artifacts and photographs significant to the history of the Riley County community. Notable objects include a section of original seating from Wareham Opera House, penny-farthing bicycle owned by Guy Varney, hand-carved sunflower clock made from local wood for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893.

    Many objects on view have been rarely exhibited. Centennial exhibition accompanied by series of programs (watch for announcements and check calendar).

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  2. Kansas Veterinarian at Work: A Portrait by Tom Mohr

    February 7, 2017, 10:00 AM - June 17, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Photographic adventure and multifaceted representation of contemporary Kansas farm life. Mohr's photography challenges viewers to appreciate Kansas farmers with renewed vision.

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  3. Eisenhower and the Great War

    March 4, 2017, 9:00 AM - February 28, 2018, 4:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library

    Great War's influence on Dwight Eisenhower’s budding leadership abilities. World War I proved crucial to the making of this American icon and future president.

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  4. Jason Scuilla: Porta Magica

    March 14, 2017 - July 1, 2017 @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Friends of the Beach gift print artist Jason Scuilla was raised in Sarasota, Fla., and his drawings and prints have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. Scuilla serves as associate professor of art at Kansas State University.

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  5. Chisholm Trail: History & Legacy

    April 1, 2017, 8:00 AM - October 13, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Hale Library fifth floor gallery

    K-State Libraries joins 150th anniversary celebrations of Chisholm Trail. "Chisholm Trail: History & Legacy" exhibit with artifacts, books, maps and photos allows glimpse into Kansas' Wild West era and turbulent relationship with Texas cattle trade.

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  6. Chisholm Trail 150th: The Cowtown that Raised a President

    April 1, 2017, 9:00 AM - May 30, 2018, 4:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library

    Rare artifacts and historic photographs of life along the Chisholm Trail to celebrate the trail's sesquicentennial. Learn origins of the cowboy boot, and how the phrase “real McCoy” became a familiar phrase in American lexicon. Legendary stories behind near mythical figures like Wild Bill Hickok and others. Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western ... find out why. This lil' cowtown raised a President!

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  7. Strecker Nelson West Gallery: Golden Valley, Endless Skyway

    June 3, 2017, 10:00 AM - August 19, 2017, 6:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Celebrate summer tradition as SNW Gallery presents the annual landscape show.

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  8. Youth Builds A Better World

    June 6, 2017, 10:00 AM - August 5, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Drawn from Beach Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition investigates how educational experiences allow young people to explore options and develop talents to build a better world. In conjunction with Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme “Building a Better World”.

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Community Events

  1. Design Zone/Brain Teasers Exhibit

    May 27, 2017, 10:00 AM - August 6, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Design Zone takes you behind the scenes to see how video game developers, music producers, roller-coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to do amazing things.

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  2. Flint Hills Parade of Homes tour

    June 9, 2017, 5:00 PM - June 11, 2017, 4:00 PM

    Tour new and remodeled homes; start anywhere on tour and go to homes you wish. Tour home addresses for 16 Manhattan homes, three in Wamego and one in Clay Center listed at the Flint Hills Builders website.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Mamma Mia!

    June 2, 2017, 7:30 PM - June 11, 2017, 4:00 PM @ Great Plains Theatre

    Young woman decides she wants her father to walk her down the aisle; except she doesn't know who the father is! All three potential fathers invited to the wedding without knowledge of her mother. Worlds collide on tiny Greek island in musical extravaganza!

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  2. 2017 Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest Finals

    June 9, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Contestants vie for state championship to receive the Saddlejack Bradrick Award, coveted Governor’s Buckle, discounts and gift certificates from leading western wear stores, plus two tickets to Symphony in the Flint Hills. State winners will be invited to compete in the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (paid entry fees).

    Two divisions, serious and humorous. Top three winners in each category (each regional contest) advance to the finals in Manhattan at Flint Hills Discovery Center.

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  3. Gypsy

    June 9, 2017, 7:30 PM - June 11, 2017 @ Columbian Theatre

    Quiet, reserved girl begins transformation from shy, little Louise to the sexy and sophisticated “Gypsy Rose Lee”. Sponsored by Bank of the Flint Hills. Join us Opening Night for delicious dinner catered by Friendship House!

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  4. Arts in the Park concert: Billy McGuigan

    June 9, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Limitless, inspired energy for a night filled with great music in City Park. High energy rock performance from Billy McGuigan.

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  5. Josh Abbott Band

    June 9, 2017, 8:15 PM - 11:00 PM @ The Hat

    Texas country band composed of Josh Abbott, Austin Davis, Preston Wait, Edward Villanueva, James Hertless, Caleb Keeter and David Fralin. JAB has released four studio albums including latest, Front Row Seat.

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For the Kids!

  1. Summer Art Camp: Week 1

    June 6, 2017, 10:00 AM - June 9, 2017, 12:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Campers learn basic art skills: color mixing, paint with artist paint brushes and drawing with pencil, marker and more. Summer Art Camp designed for campers of all skill levels. Teachers are skilled to adapt projects and work with variety of skill levels. Campers have presentation for parents at end of Friday class.

    Teacher-led, themed weekly projects use products that include paints, pottery, collage and much more. Straight Upp offers multiple camps throughout summer.

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  2. Preschool Storytime

    June 9, 2017, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    PreK kids ages 3 and up can hear engaging stories, rhymes, and silly songs based on the weekly theme. Every session will also feature interactive activities including a parachute or shakers. Don't miss this great storytime! Caregivers attend with ages 2 and under.

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Recreational sports activities/events

  1. Kandango K2r

    June 8, 2017 - June 11, 2017 @ Blue Earth Plaza

    The Little Apple hosts the fifth Kandango K2r for an all new, four-day, hub-and-spoke ride in the scenic Flint Hills. Registration includes four days of supported bike rides, t-shirt and ticket to the Kandango BBQ Extravaganza.

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Special Events

  1. Blues & Bourbon

    June 9, 2017, 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Third annual Blues & Bourbon event hosted by the Guardians of Manhattan. Special one-hour tasting event (6:30 p.m.); hosted by Harry’s Restaurant with five hard to find bourbons and fine hors d’oeuvres from Harry’s culinary squad. Exclusive tasting tickets limited to 20 (first-come, first-served). Featured entertainment by LA Blues band The Forty Fours.

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