The Flint Hills Discovery Center is kicking off a seasonal presentation titled “Musical Thursdays” today. The St. George Honor Choir will perform a free concert at the center at 6:30 p.m., with visitors enjoying free admission from 5-8 p.m.
The series actually began over the noon hour Thursday with a performance by the Jammin’ Northstars Choir from Northview Elementary School. It continues next Thursday with performances by Manhattan High School choirs, and concludes Dec. 20 with the Sharp Stallions from Sheridan Elementary School and the Geary County Children’s Choir.
Here’s a look at other area events.
The Friends of Sunset Zoo holds a special membership appreciation night from 5:30- 8 p.m. at the zoo’s Nature Exploration Center. The evening will feature refreshments, holiday activities for kids and live animal roamers.
Faculty Brass Quintet, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.
Holiday Music Festival: pianist Lois Hines at noon and Anthony and Eisenhower Middle School Band, 7 p.m. Manhattan Town Center.
Manhattan Arts Center presents “A Christmas Carol” as adapted by Sally Bailey and directed by Brittany Burr, 7 p.m. Other shows are at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. This holiday classic comes alive at MAC with all the old and some new characters, plus lots of wonderful holiday music featuring more than 40 local students ranging from grades 3 thru 8. For tickets, call (785) 537-4420 or visit www.manhattanarts.org.
The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “Christmas Spectacular,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. There will be a buffet 90 minutes before each show. The show is locally written, performed and produced and is advertised as an extravaganza of everything the winter holidays have come to represent. Cost is $20 adult and $15 students and child. Dinner and performance: $37 adult, $32 student and $26 child. For tickets and information, call (800) 899-1893. Columbian Theatre, Wamego.
The Junction City Little Theater presents “Dream A Little Dream of Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The cost: $17 adult, $15 military, $12 student 18 and under. For tickets, visit www.jcoperahouse.org. C.L. Hoover Opera House.
UPC Film: “Premium Rush,” 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. for $2 in Forum Hall. Also 8 p.m. Saturday for $3 in Little Theatre and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3 in Forum Hall.
K-State After Hours: Winter Wonderland, 9:30 p.m.-midnight. Featuring holiday crafts, cookies and milk, optional $5 gift exchange, music and more. Union Station.
K-State Commencement, all day.
Manhattan Kiwanis 62nd annual pancake feed and holiday silent auction, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park
New York Times bestselling author Greg Kincaid will speak about his newest book, “A Christmas Home,” 12:30 p.m. Kincaid is the author of “Christmas with Tucker” and “A Dog Named Christmas.” The later title was made into a motion picture by Hallmark, and is available on DVD. Kincaid will give a presentation, answer questions about his work and sign copies. Claflin Books will be at the event with copies of all three books available for purchase. Manhattan Public Library.