Earth Day events, plus Easter at FHDC

By Ben Hopper

Earth Day is next Tuesday. The Sunset Zoo is throwing a Party for the Planet on Saturday to celebrate. 

In honor of Earth Day and Mother Earth, the Zoo is hosting family-friendly entertainment including magician performances, a rock climbing wall, the Zoo Ambassador Programs with live animal encounters, and much more from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Zoo will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.

All event activities are included in regular Zoo admission. Event held rain or shine.

Overflow parking for the event is located in the fields north and east of the Zoo’s main lot.

For more information, visit or call (785) 587-APES.


The Flint Hills Discovery Center is also getting into the Earth Day spirit and hosting another “Go See It!” Lecture. This event is about the weather of the Flint Hills. 

Learn what you need to be prepared to explore the beautiful Flint Hills tonight at 7 p.m.

The FHDC is your starting point for an unforgettable exploration of the region. Lectures are free and light refreshments will be served. 

The FHDC has many displays to learn about nature.

Discovery the Flint Hills this weekend from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. on Easter Sunday.


Also tonight, K-State’s On The Spot Improv team is getting wild and hosting a safari show at 8 p.m. in Union Station in the K-State Student Union. The show is free and open to the public.


Here is a look at other area events:




Active Minds and UPC present Send Silence Packing, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

More than 1,000 college student commit suicide each year. This display features more than 1,000 book bags representing those students.

K-State Quad. Rain location: K-State Student Union Courtyard.


Department of English and the Program in Cultural Studies Lecture: “Beyond Neoliberal Higher Education: On the Crisis of Public Intellectuals and the Future of Cultural Studies” by Jaafar Akiskas, Columbia College, 4 p.m.

206 K-State Student Union.


The American Ethnic Studies Student Association presents filmmaker and prolific visual artist Steven Paul Judd and the film screening of “Indian Taco,” 7 p.m.

Paul Judd paints mash-ups of Native experiences and disposable American pop culture, which are sly and often downright funny. His creations include paintings, prints, photography, and T-shirt designs. His film, “Indian Taco,” follows a man in search of the world’s best Indian taco.

Hemisphere Room, Hale Library.


MHS Performing Arts Department and Thespian Troupe No. 941 present the MHS Spring Mainstage Play: “Bus Stop: by famed Kansas playwright William Inge, 7 p.m.   

Opened on Broadway in 1955, “Bus Stop” was nominated for four Tony Awards including best play, and the following year was made into a movie starring Marilyn Monroe. 

Inge said the play was inspired by people he met in Tonganoxie.

For information, contact MHS director Linda Uthoff at

Rezac Auditorium.


Aggie Central Station, the Manhattan Music Coalition, Able Printing Company, Liberty Press, and The KSU LGBT Resource Center present the Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell’s rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” 7:30 p.m. through Saturday.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” tells the story of a young East German named Hedwig Schmidt, who tries to escape his country and come to America by getting a sex change operation and marrying a G.I named Luther.

Sadly, the operation is botched and within a year Luther abandons Hedwig. Hedwig is left stranded and penniless in a trailer park in Junction City.

Eventually, Hedwig falls in love with Tommy. Tommy soon leaves Hedwig when he becomes a rock star. Hedwig then forms her own band: The Angry Inch.

Completely produced and performed by local talent, our Hedwig will be staged in Aggieville’s home for live music, Aggie Central Station.

Directed by Heather Branham-Green, with music direction by Ashalen Sims.

Starring Evan Tuttle, Betsy Baddeley, Ashalen Sims, Stephen Keith, Kyle Myers, Nick Reiter, and Justin Trowbridge.

For tickets, visit The performance is 18 and over,  Patrons under 21 must leave at 10 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.


KSU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, KSU Clarinet Ensemble and KSU Bassoon Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.





Flint Hills Discovery Center Adventure Camp: Rivers Lakes and Ponds Oh My, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

What is the difference between a lake and a pond? Where do rivers begin? Learn all about the fascinating features of the fresh waters in the Flint Hills.

Through exciting crafts and activities we will explore how humans, plants and animals have the used water systems throughout time to improve their way of life.

Registration includes morning and afternoon snacks, as well as all supplies for activities and access to exhibits. Lunch is NOT provided; full day registrants must bring their own sack lunch. For 3rd-6th grades.

To register, visit


Warriors Party, 2-3 p.m.

Explore your wild side at a fun party to celebrate the popular “Warriors” books by Erin Hunter. Get your own warrior name and play capture-the-prey, where warriors guard their territory borders and venture into enemy lands. Suggested for grades 3-6.

Manhattan Public Library.


UPC Film: “The Rise of the Guardians,” 8 p.m. Also 7 & 9:30 p.m. Saturday for $1.

K-State Student Union Forum Hall.


K-State After Hours: Open Mic Night and Slam Poet Lacey Roop, 8:45 p.m.

Union Station, K-State Student Union.





Fourth Annual Royal Bunny Tracs 5K and Kids Rabbit Dash, 8:30 a.m.

Featuring a free Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. and a kids carnival with inflatables, games, face painting, balloon animals and concessions. 

Donations are welcome to attend the kids activities.  Registration for running events begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. 

Kids Rabbit Dash is a mile in length and will begin at approximately 10 a.m. Walk up registrations are welcome. 

All proceeds go towards scholarships for camps and mentoring programs for Manhattan Royal Family KIDS, part of the nation’s only network of camps, clubs and mentoring designed for abused, neglected and abandoned children between the ages of 7-11. 

Manhattan Teen Reach Adventure Camp will also benefit from the proceeds. The camp’s mentoring programs reach foster kids between the ages 12-15. For information, visit

N.E. Community Park, 680 Knox Lane.


McCain Performance Series presents organist Cameron Carpenter, 7:30 p.m.

The rock star of the digital organ, Carpenter is the first organist ever nominated for a Grammy Award for a solo album.

His approach to the organ is smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music while generating a level of acclaim, exposure and controversy unprecedented in classical music.

His repertoire — from the complete works of J. S. Bach and Cesar Franck to his hundreds of transcriptions of nonorgan works, original compositions and collaborations with jazz and pop artists — is perhaps the largest and most diverse of any organist.

For tickets and more information, call (785) 532-6428 or visit

McCain Auditorium.





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.


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


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