Final municipal band concert, ‘contra dance’ and more

By Ben Hopper

The final 2014 concert of the Manhattan Municipal Band is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Norvell Band Shell in City Park.

Enjoy everything from classic marches like “Wildcat March,” to the standards in “Sinatra in Concert” and jazz beats in “Dixieland Jam.” A variety of music will surely get you tapping your feet as your neighbors and friends perform one last time this summer. The band is under the director of Frank Tracz, director of bands at Kansas State, as well as Rod Manges and Don Linn.

The concert is free and open to the public.Here’s a look at other area events.



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 1,000,000 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.


Sol Tribe, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





Fizz Boom Read Activities – Come and Go, 2-3:30 p.m.

Put some fizz into your hot summer. Featuring stations for kids K-6th grade to be scientist. Visiting all the stations will take about 30 minutes.

Feel free to come at any time between 2 and 3:30 p.m. to participate in the activities.

Groesbeck Meeting Room, Public Library.


C.L. Hoover Opera House’s Opera, Schmopera! Series presents “Funny Bones: The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Explore the genius of Dan Kamin, the worldwide performer who created the physical comedy sequences for “Chaplin” and “Benny and Joon.” He trained Robert Downey, Jr and Johnny Depp for their acclaimed starring performances.

Tickets: $18 adults, $15 military and seniors, $12 students.

For tickets and information, visit

C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.


Sidion, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.


Jonathan Fleig & the Flint Hills, 9 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.





Science Saturdays: Survival 101, 10 a.m.

Ready to break out your camping gear? Or maybe prepare for the next Hunger Games? Before you go any further, first come to our wilderness preparedness workshop with expert Daniel Schapaugh. Attendees will learn the principles behind wilderness survival, as well as practical tips and tricks.

After this class, Katniss and Peeta will have nothing on you. Science Saturdays are free summer workshops for teens and adults, ages 12+. Explore the science of everyday life, no laboratory required.

Manhattan Public Library.


Kaw Valley Junior Rodeo, 1 p.m.

Little cowboys and cowgirls 12 and under are invited to participate in games, roping demonstrations, special guest appearances and so much more.

Registration starts at noon.

Manhattan Town Center, Center Court.


Martin Luther King Jr. Community Committee Car Wash Fundraiser, 6 p.m.

Burger King, Aggieville.


Contra Dance, a traditional American dance, featuring live music from first-class local fiddlers Bob Atchison and Alice Boyle, 7:30 p.m.

A beginner lesson will take place at 7 p.m.  Everyone is welcome, alone or with friends. 

Suggested donation: $8 adults, $5 students.

For more information, call 785-341-9908.

The Douglass Center, 9th & Yuma.




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


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

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