Read to Dogs, 2-4 pm; 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.
The Historic Columbian Theatre presents Hoo Haw, 2 p.m. Also 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Hoo Haw is a gut busting comedy performance featuring the KORN county residents and their hysterical antics along with gospel and country songs. Director Troy Hemphill, Drew and Christie Horton, Brad Voth, Mindy Theirolf, Krysten Day, Shelley Rickstrew and Mark Portell will be taking the stage hootin and hollerin. There will be classic and contemporary music featured by the band, Pott. County Posse that will have you tapping your feet. Tickets: $20. Tickets can be purchased online at columbiantheatre.tix.com, over the phone at (800) 899-1893 or at the Columbian Theatre. The box office is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Riley County Genealogical Society Lecture: “An Introduction to Quaker Genealogy,” 2 p.m. A free public lecture by Art Binford, archivist at Friends University. Public Library Auditorium
Ballroom Basics Dance Class, 7 p.m. Also August 20 and 27. Instructor Nellie Bucholtz of Manhattan returns to teach the three-week session which will focus on the Waltz. Cost for each two-hour class is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at www.jcoperahouse.org or by calling (785) 238-3906. C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.
K-State’s 150th Brownbag Lunch and Lecture Series: “Teatime to Tailgates” by author Jane Marshall, communciations coordinator for the College of Human Ecology, noon-1 p.m. K-State Student Union Flint Hills Room.
Downtown Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. CiCo Park.
Local Laughs: Open Mic Comedy, 9 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
Tumblebooks for Preschoolers, 10 a.m. Librarians will demonstrate the preschool-friendly Tumblebooks database where kids can find hundreds of picture books to view, as well as games and other learning opportunities. This database is accessible via the Internet (at home, at daycare, on iPad or smart phone) through the library’s web page by using a valid library card. There is Tumblebooks on the big screen storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday. Public Library.
Overview of the Affordable HealthCare Act, 7 p.m. An online watch party sponsored by the State Library explaining the Act. Public Library.
Zoofari Tails, 10 a.m. Sunset Zoo staff present animal-themed stories and share animal artifacts from the zoo. Some programs include a live animal as well. Monthly book give-away sponsored by Claflin Books. Families who attend can be entered into a drawing for a free one-year Friends of Sunset Zoo family membership. Public Library.
Opening Reception for “Flint Hills Masters,” 5-8 p.m. This historic exhibit by 47 of the most influential artists of the Flint Hills features paintings (watercolor, pastel and oil) and sculptures (ceramic, bronze, stone, and found objects) showing the beauty, variety and scope of this landscape we call home, through the eyes of artists for whom the Flint Hills is a subject to visit again and again. Exhibit runs August 23 through November 2 and is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For additional information, call (785) 537-2099 or visit www.strecker-nelsongallery.com. Strecker Nelson Art Gallery, 406 1/2 Poyntz Ave.
Brew at the Zoo, 6:30-9 p.m. Drink a beer and save wildlife at this annual Friends of Sunset Zoo fundraiser featuring samples of Tallgrass Brewing Co.‘s beer, great food by Hy-Vee, donuts by Varsity, live music, Complete Music’s photo booth and the MHK Trolley. Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 on the day of the event, if the event does not sell out in advance. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online at SunsetZoo.com or by visiting the Zoo’s ticket booth in person, seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All event attendees must be 21; no infants or children will be admitted into the event. Brew at the Zoo is presented by Tallgrass Brewing Co. and sponsored by Hy-Vee, Varsity Donuts, Complete, MHK Trolley, Nicole Rush, and WIBW TV. Sunset Zoo.
Downtown Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1p.m. Dillard’s west parking lot.
Manhattan Area Rail Joiners Model Rain Show, through Sunday. Manhattan Town Center.
Coffee and Conversation with elected officials, 10 a.m. International Grain Center.
Colonial Classics Film Series: “Some Like It Hot,” 3 p.m. Cost: $2. C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.
The Manhattan Arts Center presents Art Happens, 6:30 p.m. Experience art in the making at this fabulous fundraiser full of visual artist demonstrations, musical and theatrical artist performances, and delightful food and drinks. Artist silent and live auctions will round out the evening. Tickets are $75 each. $50 of each ticket purchased is a tax-deductible donation to MAC. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.manhattanarts.org or call (785) 537-4420.
Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.
Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.
Local Love Open Mic, Round 3, 9:30 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
Texas country music star Josh Abbot Band with Weston Burt, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $23 advanced purchase, $25 day of show. The Wareham.
Matt Stilwell with Lucas Maddy, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
The Manhattan Music Coalition presents The Show 3, 10 p.m. Featuring bluesy rockers Andre and the Dudes, the garage sonics of The Field Day Jitters, and the Celtic sounds of Flannigan’s Right Hook. Aggie Central Station.
Copious Proportions, through September 7. Sculptures by students from the K-State Sculpture Area. William T. Kemper Art Gallery, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. K-State Student Union.
Conservation Quest, through September 8. Learn about energy with hands-on activities. This exhibit delivers important energy conservation messages, inspiring visitors to make thoughtful choices about energy use for the planet and promote healthy living. Flint Hills Discovery Center, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Museum of Wonder, through October 13. Beach Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Generations of Success: K-State History in Special Collections, through December 31. The exhibit features artifacts and papers that reflect the growth of the university since its inception in 1863, documenting K-State’s history using items from the Richard and Marjorie Morse Department of Special Collections. Fifth Floor Hale Library, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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