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Fourth of July festivities, MAC camp and more

By The Mercury


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. Riley County Genealogical Society Program Committee presents “Welsh History and the Community of Bala, Kansas” by Jane Roth and Phil Parry, 2-4 p.m.

Roth is the granddaughter of Welsh immigrants. Her great grandfather and his family were early settlers in Bala after living and working in the Pennsylvania coal mines. In 2012, Roth and her husband visited Wales and located family sites.

Parry is a lifelong resident of the Bala-Riley area. Phil has many stories about the early settlers and their struggles and successes.

Both have done extensive research on the community of Bala and Welsh Genealogy Free and open to the public.

Sedalia Community Church.

Sundown Salute: “Let Freedom Ring,” through Saturday. Featuring live music, Ottaway Carnival, mud bog races, and more. Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

For a complete list of events, visit sundownsalute. org.

Heritage Park, Junction City.


Toddler Move and Groove Storytime, 10 a.m.

For more storytimes, visit

Manhattan Public Library. MAC Camp: Where the Wild Camp Is, through Friday.

For information about this camp and other art classes, visit manhattanarts. org. Footsteps in the Flint Hills: Epoch Animals, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Explore animals that traveled through the Flint Hills during the Ice Age with the help of the summer traveling exhibit, Ice Age Imperials. We will discover what type of animals lived in the Ice Age Epoch and how they survived the intense climate.

Animals such as the woolly mammoth, the saber-toothed cat and the giant ground sloth will be studied. We will discuss the short faced bear, dire wolf and ancient bison. Experience firsthand why fat isn’t all that bad as we learn about their cold climate adaptations. Work with ice and learn how real paleontologists discover the mysteries of the Ice Age by digging into the frozen past.

For ages K-second grade.

To register, visit www. ecommerce.


Trivia Smack Down, 8 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.


Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club Pancake Feed, 7:30-11 a.m.

Featuring pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee.

Cost: $6 adults, $3 children. Proceeds support local children.

Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park.

Wamego Independence Day Celebration, 6 p.m.

Featuring the 143rd Annual Parade, Evans Midland Empire Shows Carnival, and more. Fireworks show at 10 p.m. The carnival runs July 2-5.

For a complete list of events, visit visitwamego. com.




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

Country Stampede presents Chris Young, 8 p.m. Also featuring Greg McDougal at 1:15 p.m., Jana Kramer at 2:30 p.m., Charlie Worsham at 4 p.m. and Dustin Lynch at 6 p.m. For ticket information, visit countrystampede. com. Tuttle Creek State Park. Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m. dellaVoce.


Manhattan Municipal Band, 7:30 p.m.

Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.

Eddy Green’s Underground Sounds, 9 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.


Sundown Salute: Charlotte Embry & Soigne, The Killer, The King, and Cash (The Tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Johnny Cash) and Edge of Forever (The Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd), 6:30 p.m.

Heritage Park, Junction City.


Manhattan Municipal Band, 6:30 p.m.

Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.

Sundown Salute: Change of Heart (A Tribute to the Music of Heart), Travelin’ Band (The Tribute to Creedance Clearwater) and Hells Bells (The Tribute to AC/DC), 6:30 p.m. Heritage Park, Junction City.

Sundown Salute: The Banned (80’s Cover Band), Firehouse and Warrant, 6 p.m.

Heritage Park, Junction City.


K-State Royal Purple Exhibit: Emerge, through June 30.

William T. Kemper Art Gallery, K-State Student Union, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday- Friday.

For the Love of Sky, through August 30. Strecker Nelson Art Gallery, 406½ Poyntz, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Joan Backes: Where the Heart Belongs, through September 7. The open structures created by artist Joan Backes invite various interpretations and questions about the notion of “house” and “home.”

Beach Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Igniting the Senses: Selections from the Permanent Collection, through October 5. Explores the science of multimodal sensory perception— the experience of one sense igniting another.

Beach Museum of Art.

Dawoud Bey: Picturing People, through October 5. A collection ofDawoud Bey’s thought-provoking photographs.

Beach Museum of Art.

Ice Age Imperials, through September 14. A rare opportunity to ‘touch’ the Ice Age.

Interact with real fossils from ancient animals like the saber-toothed cat, wooly mammoth, giant sloth, dire wolf, giant beaver and teeth from a huge prehistoric bear makes the Ice Age come alive for visitors like never before. Access is included with the cost of admission.

Flint Hills Discovery Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday Wednesday and Friday- Saturday, 9 a.m.-8

p.m. Thursday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

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