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Flint Hills Discovery Center set for grand opening Saturday

Ben Hopper

By A Contributor

Learn about our natural habitat this weekend. Check out the newest community gem showcasing our beautiful Flint Hills.

The grand opening of the Flint Hills Discovery Center is Saturday. The events and grand opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m. There are activities for all ages, with festivities including music and live entertainment beginning after the opening ceremony.

There is free admission to the public, sponsored by ESB Financial. Timed tickets will be available outside of the center starting at 9 a.m. Upon arrival, visitors can select which time they would like to enter the Discovery Center. Approximately 225 tickets will be available each hour from, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After 5:30 p.m., the doors will be open to the public without timed ticket.

On Sunday, take an illustrated tour of Kansas as the Riley County Genealogical Society presents “Kansas through the Lens of F.M. Steele” by Jim Hoy, a professor of English and director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State.

In 1890, frontier photographer Francis Marion Steele set out from Dodge City to record cowboys, American Indians, wildlife, wheat harvesting, grain farming, sugar-beet factories, railroad building, community celebrations and festivals, small-town life, and studio portraits.

Hoy’s presentation examines how photographer Steele’s work provides visual documentation of the Kansas character. This free event begins at 2 p.m. in the Manhattan Public Library Auditorium.

Here’s a look at other area events:


Center for Advancement of Entrepreneurship presents The Next Big Thing, 2-5 p.m. Finalists of the all-university idea competition will compete to win $21,000 in total prize money. Free and open to the public. Student Union Second Floor.

Department of Modern Languages Lecture: “The Myth of Host Desecration in Medieval Aragon and Paris” by Robert Clark, 4 p.m. Hemisphere Room, Hale Library.

Calligraphy Night for Adults, 6:30 p.m. $10 per person, reservations required. Beach Museum of Art.

Reading by non-fiction writer John Price, 7:30 p.m. Student Union Flint Hills Room.

K-State Theatre presents “A Nervous Smile” by John Belluso, 7:30 p.m. through Saturday. Tickets: $4 students, $7 general public. Purchase tickets at the McCain Box Office, by phone at (785) 532-6428 or online at Additional fees will apply. Purple Masque Theatre, East Stadium.

JP Harris & Tough Choices, 9 p.m. Cost: $3. Auntie Mae’s.

Ag for a Cure Benefit Concert featuring Kyle Park, 10 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Longhorns.



21st annual Cultural Studies Symposium, 4 p.m. A public lecture by Professor Claire Colebrook (Penn State University) on “Extinction,” in conjunction with this year’s Cultural Studies mini-seminar text, Deleuze and Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (1980). Student Union Big 12 Room.

Coffee Hour Series: Thailand, 4-5 p.m. Presented by the Thai Student Association. Refreshments typical of the student’s home country will be served following the presentation. Free and open to the public. Multipurpose Room, International Student Center.

K-State Baseball vs. Baylor, 6:30 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tointon Family Stadium.

16th annual Travel and Dining Auction, 6:30-10 p.m. Proceeds from the auction are used to support all Hospitality Management and Dietetics student organizations. Alumni Center.

K-State Music Department Student Recital Series: Music Department Honors Recital, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

K-State After Hours: Legends of the Hidden Temple, 8 p.m. Ahearn Field House.

UPC Film: “Jurassic Park,” 8 p.m. for $1. Also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $1. K-State Student Union Little Theatre.

Speakeasy Party with Grand Marquis, 9 p.m. Cover $5. Auntie Mae’s.

Chris Knight with Jared Pete Gile, 10 p.m. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Longhorns.



Flint Hills Discovery Center Grand Opening, all day.

Second annual Regional Graduate Student Literature Conference: “Literature and Its Others,” 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. K-State Student Union.

College of Veterinary Medicine Dog-n-Jog, 8 a.m.-noon. Dog-n-Jog is a fundraiser for the junior veterinary class as well as KSDS which is a non-profit organization that trains service dogs for those in need. Includes 10k, 5k, and 1.5k; prizes and silent auction. Dogs not necessary to attend. West parking lot of Mosier Hall.

25th annual Wamego Tulip Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Also 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Featuring more than 150 artisans and crafters from across the United States selling all handmade items. The festival will also include a specialty food court, a children’s activity area, free live entertainment and much more. To celebrate the silver anniversary of the Tulip Festival, the band “Mainstreet” will perform at a concert/street dance in the swimming pool parking lot, 5th and Ash, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information on the Wamego Tulip Festival, go to or call (785) 456-7849.

E-Reader Workshop, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Manhattan Public Library.

Dodge Cancer Dodgeball Tournament. noon. All proceeds support the K-State Cancer Research Center, and prizes will be awarded. The event will include a concert by local rock band Lithus. Memorial Stadium.

Manhattan’s Little Apple Chorus presents “Bring Back Those Good Old Days!” 2 and 7:30 p.m. Featuring International Gold Medal Quartet Storm Front and the Women’s International Gold Medal Quartet Zing. The Manhattan Barefoot Dixieland Band will perform 30 minutes before each show. Tickets: $17 in advance, $20 at the door. For tickets, call (785) 537-7122 or visit McCain Auditorium.

Teen After Hours, 5:30 p.m. Featuring mini-golf, games and more. Manhattan Public Library.

Waterville Opera House present magician and illusionist Terry Magelssen, 7 p.m.  The Weaver Hotel is planning a corndog/hotdog meal at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: adults $10 advance, $12 at the door, children 12 and under are $5. One child will be admitted free per adult paid ticket. For ticket or meal reservations, call (785) 363-2515. Waterville Opera House.

International Week: International Dance Night. 8-11 p.m. Johnny Kaw’s Sports Bar, Aggieville.



National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Mid America Chapter Walk MS, 2 p.m. To register or to sign up to volunteer, please visit call (800) 344-4867. Sunset Zoo.

International Week: International Talent Show, 4-6 p.m.  Student Union Forum Hall.

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