Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m. 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. Hoo Haw is a gut busting comedy performance featuring the KORN county residents and their hysterical antics along with gospel and country songs. Tickets: $20. Tickets can be purchased online at columbiantheatre.tix.com, over the phone at (800) 899-1893 or at the Columbian Theatre.
Authentic Hawaiian dancers, noon-1 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Bosco Student Plaza.
Harry Potter Party, 4:30 p.m. Celebrate 15 years of Harry Potter with magic, trivia and prizes. Meet characters and professors from Hogwarts, play games, make creations and visit Diagon Alley. Students can dress in costume. Manhattan Public Library.
17th Street Fair, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Part of K-State’s Week of Welcome, featuring a Ferris wheel, Live Band Karaoke, carnival games and more. 17th Street in front of Ahearn and Bosco Student Plaza.
Ballroom Basics Dance Class, 7 p.m. 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.
The DREAM@50 Flash Dance commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, 11:45 a.m. Bosco Student Plaza.
Downtown Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. CiCo Park.
Back to Gardening: Fall Lawn Care and Irrigation, 6-8 p.m. Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park.
Choose Your Own Library Adventure, 7-9 p.m. Are you ready to dive into an adventure infiltrated by the era of big hair and the high-top fade, MTV and Sixteen Candles? In your quest for knowledge—80s style—you’ll explore K-State Libraries’ resources and enjoy free food. T-shirts and snacks for the first 200 individuals. Hale Library.
Purple Power Play on Poyntz Pep Rally, 8:05 p.m. Featuring K-State Coaches, the K-State Marching Band, Cheerleaders, Classy Cats and Willie the Wildcat. Don’t miss photos with Willie in the Park Pavilion at 5 p.m. The K-State Tap Dance Studio is performing at 6 p.m. and the Bates Dance Studio is performing at 6:30 p.m. The Mikey Needleman Band is performing at 7 p.m. On Thursday, the Pep rally is at 8:05 p.m. with a fireworks show to follow. The MHS Pop Choir will perform at 6 p.m. and the Washington Dance Studio at 6:30 p.m. David Oakleaf and The Open Road will perform at 7 p.m. Larry Norvel Band Shell.
Preschool Dance Party, 10-11:30 a.m. Listen to fun music and learn some lively dance moves. Wear your favorite dance clothes. Manhattan Public Library.
Purple Power Play Storytime, 4 p.m. Get fired up for football with a lively story and music session featuring fun picture books about football, Willie Wildcat and Manhattan. Public Library.
An Evening with Hypnotist Tom DeLuca, 9 p.m. Free general admission tickets available at the McCain Box Office on Wednesday. McCain Auditorium.
K-State After Hours Football Watch Party, 7:30 p.m. North Dining, K-State Student Union.
K-State Family Reunion featuring K-State Football vs. North Dakota State, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the UPC and K-State Athletics post-game fireworks show brought to you by PFB Pyros. Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Union Program Council film: “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” 8 p.m. $3. Also 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. K-State Student Union Forum Hall.
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.
Comedienne Retta, 8:30 p.m. a.k.a. Donna Meagle from NBC’s hit series “Parks and Recreation.” Free reserved tickets available beginning Wednesday. McCain Auditorium.
The Columbian Theatre and the Foundation for Celtic Arts and Studies present a program of Irish dance, 1:30 p.m. Free Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Seating is first come first served. Columbian Theatre, Wamego.
Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.
Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.
Live Band Karaoke, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Part of the 17th Street Fair. Bosco Student Plaza.
UPC Lunchtime Lounge: Gunpowder ‘n Lead Country Rock Band from Fort Riley, noon-1 p.m. Bosco Student Plaza.
Texas country music sensation Casey Donahue with Lucas Maddy, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $22. The Wareham.
The Draper Family Band with Joshua Jay, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
Enchantment Under the Sea Dance with Chris Aytes and the Good Ambition and Los Habaneros, 9 p.m. 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 to help protect 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.
Flint Hills Masters, through November 2. 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. Strecker Nelson Art Gallery, 4061¼2 Poyntz.
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 L.D. & Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections. Fifth Floor Gallery, Hale Library, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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