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K-State baseball, Manhattan Day and more

By Ben Hopper

This weekend go cheer on the Cats at 2 p.m. on Friday as they take on the Wichita State Shockers at Tointon Family Stadium as they enter the NCAA regional tournament. For the first time in school history, K-State will host postseason play.

Or check out the 13th-annual Manhattan Day (see story above left). At least 25 neighborhoods around town plan to get together for block parties to celebrate the city’s founding

Here’s a look at other area events.


Adam & the Reason, 7 p.m. Live music on the patio every Thursday night, no cover. Cox’s Bros. BBQ, Junction City.

Open Acoustic Jam on the Patio, 9 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Gallery reception for two of MAC’s painting studios, 5-7 p.m. In the large gallery, the exhibit is Color Riot! by the MAC Watercolor Studio. In the front gallery, the MAC Oil Painting Studio exhibits their new paintings. The exhibit is sponsored by Vera and Larry Langemeier, Meadowlark Hills, and Manhattan Broadcasting and closes July 13. For more information, call (785) 537-4420. The Manhattan Arts Center galleries are free and open to the public noon-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays.

Friends of the K-State Libraries presents Jazz in June featuring the KSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $30. Hemisphere Room.

The Back Porch Blues Band, 10 p.m. Cover: $3. Aggie Central Station.



12th Annual Weenie Weenie Dog Races & Paws on Poyntz, all day. Featuring races, an All-Breeds Canine Couture Fashion Show and Contests, vendors and giveaways. Registration begins at 8:30 p.m. Due to contruction on Poyntz, the event will be in the parking lot at Third and Houston.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party, 10 a.m.-noon. Come out with library loot, and looking and talking like a pirate. “Aaaaargh!” When you arrive, get a treasure map to lead you around the library for games, knowledge and treasures. All ages can register for the free summer reading program to earn prizes all summer long. Kids can watch a pirate puppet show and/or create pirate disguises in the auditorium. Don’t forget your library card (or sign up for one that day) so you can include a pile of books in your bag of treasures.

Blue Valley Yacht Club Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrating Tuttle Creek Lake’s 50th anniversary. The public is invited to enjoy free sailboat rides, games and music. For more information, visit 7444 W. 59th Avenue.

Friends of Sunset Zoo’s Wine in the Wild, 6-9 p.m. Celebrate the Zoo’s 80-year partnership with Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The evening will feature the unveiling of the Zoo’s newly renovated Veterinary Clinic, a project made possible by KSU CVM, their Animal Health Center and several of their partners. The VIP reception starts at 6 p.m. General admission is at 7 p.m. Attendees will also have the chance to name two new additions to the Zoo—a baby chimpanzee born in February of this year and a six-month old bobcat kitten. A silent auction to name the animals will take place throughout the event. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at or at the Zoo’s ticket booth. All attendees must be 21 or older to enter; guests must present ID at entry. The event is held rain or shine and supports Sunset Zoo’s efforts to “inspire conservation of the natural world.”

Slowburn, 10 p.m. Cover: $3. Aggie Central Station.


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

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.

Manhattan Area Music Teachers Association Honors Recital of select piano students, 3 p.m. Free. University Christian Church, 2800 Claflin Road.

Annual Wildflower Walk, 6:30 p.m. Meet at the Historic Stone Barn. Konza Prairie Biological Station.

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

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