For some, summer begins this weekend

By Ben Hopper

With the unofficial start to the summer this weekend, here are some suggestions to help get you out of the house.

All of the Manhattan Parks and Recreation pools will open for the 2012 Swim Season beginning Saturday. Pool hours are 1-8:45 p.m., 7 days a week. Discount punch cards are available for purchase at the Parks and Recreation Office at 1101 Fremont. Cards must be paid in full at the time of purchase. Scholarship assistance is also available for the 20-punch card options. Punch cards can be used at any of the pools.

Get some fresh produce or plants at the Flint Hills Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the Staples/Hobby Lobby parking lot or at the Downtown Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday at Fifth and Humboldt.

Take time to remember those who have served our Armed Forces, as well as loved ones on Memorial Day. The Manhattan Municipal Band will have two performances on Monday. The first is at 9:30 a.m. at Sunset Cemetery. The second patriotic performance is at 7:30 p.m. at the Larry Norvell Band Shell at City Park.

Here’s a look at other area events:


Gold Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m. Featuring 73 students in grades 5-10 as they prepare for their tour of Memphis and Nashville May 29-June 3. Free. Larry Norvell Band Shell.

Taste of Home Cooking School, 7 p.m. During this interactive event, culinary expert Jaime Dunn will demonstrate ten new recipes you can recreate in your home. General admission tickets: $10, preferred seating: $16, VIP tickets: $25. *VIP tickets include a hardcover Taste of Home dessert cookbook valued at $10 autographed by Dunn. Limited number available. Taxes and surcharges may apply. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, contact Susan Trafton, Flint Hills Radio promotions director at (785) 823-1111 or McCain Auditorium.



Zoofari Tails Storytime: Earth Day, 10 a.m. Manhattan Public Library.

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy with Filthy Still, 8 p.m. Auntie Mae’s.



Stories on the Lawn, 11 a.m. Public Library Lawn. The Library will be closed Sunday and Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Last chance to see “Bangladesh: Colours of Culture and Context” and “People and Their Meals,” 1-4 p.m. Manhattan Arts Center.

The Territorial Troubadours, 1 p.m. Listen to Kansas history through song by The Territorial Troubadours while you visit the traveling exhibition, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War. Sponsored by the K-State Libraries. Second Floor, Hale Library.

Riot on the Roxxx with Shawn Rock, 10 p.m. Pat’s.

Three of a Kind, 10:30 p.m. O’Malley’s.



Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon. Bluestem Bistro.

Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.



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