A full agenda and a full stomach on KSU bye weekend

By Ben Hopper

Fill up on good food and good times this weekend. 

The annual Promenade on Poyntz features wine and hors d’oeuvres at 10 downtown businesses. The event, a benefit for the Homecare & Hospice Foundation, supportz the charitable hospice, home health and support services provided by Homecare & Hospice. It is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday night.

Promenade up and down Poyntz Avenue for a good cause. Tickets are limited and cost $35 each. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Homecare & Hospice office at (785) 537-0688.

On Friday, either dine in or carry out some good old BBQ at the 61st Annual Lee School Chicken BBQ from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

The event, sponsored by the Lee School PTO and K-State Federal Credit Union, features half chicken dinner for $10, quarter chicken dinners for $8, a family pack featuring two Longhorns and two quarter chicken dinners for $22, or a Longhorn dinner (hot dog) for $5. All dinners include drink, dessert, beans and a roll. Tickets are $1 more at the door.

Tickets on sale in the Lee Elementary School office no 701 Lee Street.

 If you prefer spicy food and have the dance moves to go along with it, don’t miss the K-State After Hours Salsa Night.

The free event features Ritmo De mi Gente, sponsored by K-State’s Hispanic American Leadership Organization. This is a big dance and music celebration, and there will be free Latin food, too.

The Little Apple Chili Crawl, hosted by the Manhattan Optimists Club, is set for Saturday. Crawl through Aggieville businesses from 4-6:30 p.m., testing chili and supporting youth. Last year, this event raised more than $9,000.

 Here’s a look at other area events:




MPL 80s Films Series: “Tron,” 7 p.m. Public Library.Cox Bros. BBQ in Junction City presents Bluecat, 7-9 p.m. 812 Chestnut Street, Junction City.

K-State Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. McCain Auditorium.


K-State Theatre presents “columbinus,” 7:30 p.m. through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Examining bullying, alienation, hostility and social pressure in high schools, “columbinus” explores “the dark recesses of American adolescence.” The Washington Post called it “an ambitious examination of the suburbanization of evil, directed with a surefire sense of theatricality!”  Directed by Jennifer Vellenga. Tickets are available at the McCain Box Office. The Mark A. Chapman Theatre, formally Nichols Theatre.


K-State’s On The Spot Improv Club Weekly Show, 8 p.m. Free. K-State Student Union Little Theatre.




Cowboy and Cowgirl Party, 2-3 p.m. Stories, activities, demonstrations and crafts. Dress accordingly if you wish. Public Library Auditorium.

A & H Pumpkin Patch Day Activities, 3-7 p.m. Hayrack rides, zip line, Friendly Fire Arena, train rides, cow milking, petting zoo, and more.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., day activities include a special visit from Willie Wildcat from 2-4 p.m. and a volunteer fire department.

Sunday activities are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Evening activities include a hotdog roast and s’mores from 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, call (785) 341-7794 or visit 1374 Collins Lane, a mile south of Manhattan.


K-State’s 2013 LGBT Leadership Conference. Keynote Speaker: Brian Joseph Gilley, 4-5 p.m. Leadership Studies Town Hall.


Salsa Dancing Lesson: Casino Rueda, 7:30-9 p.m.

Casino Rueda is a style of Salsa that is commonly danced in a circle. No partners required. Friday evenings through Nov.1. Cost: $32. Enroll at the Parks and Recreation Office. Douglass Center Annex.


The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “Little Shop of Horrors,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Dinner is 90 minutes before each performance.

Tickets for show only: $20 adutls, $15 for students and children. Tickets for dinner and show: $37.50 adults, $32.50 students, $26.50 children. For tickets visit or call (785) 456-2029.


Hale Concert featuring Patricia Thompson, mezzo-soprano, and John Lenti, theorbo, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $30 adults, $10 students. For information, call (785) 532-7442. Hemisphere Room, Hale Library.


Manhattan Arts Center BirdHouse Acoustic Music Series: guitarist Claude Bourbon, 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit or call (785) 537-4420.


UPC Film: “Now You See Me,” 8 p.m. Also 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $1. Student Union Little Theatre.




Downtown Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dillard’s west parking lot.


Rural Cemeteries of Southern Riley County Auto Tour, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. A driving tour of rural cemeteries of southern Riley County.


K-State’s 2013 LGBT Leadership Conference Film: “Natives” by Jeremy Hirsch, 11 a.m.

The film follows a young NYC lesbian couple as they visit the reservation home of one of the two women. The film is 20 minutes long and will be followed by a discussion. Leadership Studies Town Hall.


Sunset Zoo’s SPOOKtacular, noon-4:30 p.m. Also Sunday. Trick-or-Treat among the animals.

Wear your costumes and visit five candy trails sponsored by local businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Enjoy the Pumpkin PlayZone. Live entertainment will also be found throughout the park.

Special admission: $5 per trick-or-treating child; two adults admitted free with each paid child’s admission. A regular admission rate of $4 applies to any additional adults. Children 2and under are free.

Purchase your SPOOKtacular tickets at the door or at or in person at the Zoo’s ticket booth from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


Poems Across America Tour featuring Michael Czarnecki, 2 p.m. Public Library.


Thundering Cats Big Band, 7:30 p.m. The 19-piece band, based in Manhattan, features vocalist Patricia Thompson, clarinetist Tod Kerstetter, trombonist Paul Hunt, and alto saxophonist Nate McClendon, under the direction of Fred Burrack and Jim Reed. 

For tickets, visit or call (785) 537-4420. Manhattan Arts Center.




Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.

Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m. Read to a certified therapy dog. The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required. Manhattan Public Library Storytime Room.


Award-winning folk musicians Connie Dover and Kelly Werts, 3 p.m., Hoover Opera House, Junction City.

Blending Dover’s lush voice with Werts’ prowess on guitar, the duo brings together songs from the Celtic traditions with music of Appalachia and the American West.

Their recorded music includes the Emmy Award-winning soundtrack for the PBS Civil War documentary, “Bad Blood.” Tickets: $20 adults, $18 military and seniors, $15 students 18 and under.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the C.L. Hoover Opera House box office at (785) 238-3906.


K-State Percussion Ensemble, 3 p.m. McCain Auditorium.  


Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.

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