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Creepy-crawly science at library

By Ben Hopper

Learn about things creepy and tiny to massive and extinct this Saturday.

It’s Science Saturday at the Manhattan Public Library, and you will be getting a “bug” surprise.

For every human, there are 1.5 million bugs. Learn about, meet, and maybe eat our tiny neighbors with experts from K-State’s entomology department and the KSU Insect Zoo from 10-11 a.m. at the library.

If bugs creep you out, check out the Footsteps in the Flint Hills class, Mammoths and More from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

In this class, visitors will see and hear all about the animals that lived alongside the people of the last Ice Age. Experience a mock archeological dig and learn how scientists excavate long-dead prehistoric beasts like the saber-toothed cat, huge woolly mammoth and towering mastodon.

Discover the giant ground sloth, short faced bear and the dire wolf.

Find out why some Ice Age animals became extinct.

This Flint Hills Discovery Center program is for children ages 6-8.

To register, visit

Here’s a look at other area events.



Cox Bros. BBQ-Junction City presents Level Best, 7 p.m.

This harmony driven trio features Joan Nelson, Steve Seitz and M.L. Stahl.

Special hog roast starts at 6 p.m.


Go See It! Lecture Series: Flint Hills Geocaching, 7-8 p.m.

Geocaching is a major phenomenon across the country, and the Flint Hills are full of caches. Join us as we explore the various geocaching opportunities throughout the region, and bring your GPS device to locate the EarthCache at the Discovery Center. Lectures are free and light refreshments will be served.





Opening reception for “For the Love of Sky,” 5-8 p.m.

Exhibit featuring Flint Hills Landscapes. Exhibit through August 30.

Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery, Poyntz Avenue.


Flint Hills Area Builders Association 2014 Parade of Homes, 5-8 p.m. Also 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit


Junction City Little Theatre presents “Aladdin, Jr.,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The story of Aladdin originates in the folk traditions of Asia, Arabia and Persia, and first appeared in Arabic form around the year 850. With a cast of 40 children ages 8-12, this musical retelling reveals that appearances can be deceiving, and that love, loyalty and honesty are essential ingredients for a happy life.

This month-long acting camp introduces youth to the art of live theater—from auditions, stage craft, and rehearsals—to two full-length musical performances. Stage and musical direction of Joe and Sheila Markley.

General admission tickets: $7. Tickets are available by visiting or by calling the box office at (785) 238-3906.

C.L. Hoover Opera House. Junction City.


Manhattan Arts Center presents performances by the Manhattan Experimental Theater Workshop for High School Students: “Hungry Brainwork: Theater,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sponsors include James Spence, CivicPlus,, Sandy Chastan and in memory of Charlotte Edelman. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Jimbo’s Last Show Ever featuring the Field Day Jitters and Not a Planet, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.




Wine and Cheese in the Gardens – A Wonder Workshop Fundraiser, 6 p.m.

Featuring a silent garden auction.

For information, visit

Lee Creek Gardens.





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


Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m.



Manhattan Public Library Summer Reading Program: Fizz Boom Read, through July 31.

People of all ages from babies to teens to grandparents can participate. It’s free to sign up, and all you have to do is keep track of the time you spend reading in order to win fun prizes, like free books and gift certificates to local restaurants. Last year more than 3,000 people participated in summer reading and together logged more than 1 million minutes of reading time.

Registration for the 2014 program begins June 1, either online at or at the library. Reading logs will begin June 1 and last until July 31.

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