Kaw Valley Rodeo, ‘Little Mermaid’ 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 www.MHKLibrary.org or at the library. Reading logs will begin June 1 and last until July 31.



Yu-Gi-Oh! Dueling, 6 p.m.

Manhattan Public Library.





Storytime, 10 a.m.

Bluestem Bistro.


Trivia Smack Down, 8 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.




Kaw Valley Rodeo Readin’ Roundup, 9:30 a.m.

Featuring local cowboy poet Ron Wilson, Barrelman Rick Young and bullfighters Ricky Young and Dustin Brewer and the Manhattan Public Library staff. Children who attend will get a free ticket to the Kaw Valley Rodeo on July 24, 25, or 26 at CiCo Park.

Flint Hills Discovery Center.


Chess Club, 3:30 p.m.

Manhattan Public Library.


Riley County Fair Parade, 6 p.m.

Manhattan Town Center.


Ottaway Amusements Carnival, 6-10 p.m. through Monday.

CiCo Park.


38th Annual Kaw Valley PRCA Rodeo, 8 p.m. through Saturday.

Thursday is Military Family Night. Free admission for military families with a ticket. Limited military tickets available.

For information, visit www.kayvalleyrodeo.com.

CiCo Park.


Local Laughs Comedy Competition with host Jeremy Ricci, 8 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





Zoofair Tails, 10 a.m.

Sunset Zoo. 


The Historic Columbian Theatre Summer Theatre Academy presents “Disney’s Little Mermaid, Kids, 6 and 8 p.m. Also 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday.

The show is adapted from the Disney 2008 musical, “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” It places the beautiful mermaid, Ariel, in her underwater kingdom with seamless transitions from the spectacular underwater world to a magical world above, complete with creative dance movements and memorable songs that we have all come to know and love.

Cost: $10-15. Cash concession stand with cold beverages and snacks available.

Tickets available at the Columbian Theatre box office, by phone at 785-456-2029 or online at www.ColumbianTheatre.com.


Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo, 8 p.m.

Featuring a spectacular pink balloon launch and survivor recognition ceremony during the grand entry. This special night of the multi-day Kaw Valley PRCA Rodeo raises awareness of cancer and funds for K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center.

CiCo Park.





Flint Hills Iris Society’s Annual Iris Sale, 8 a.m.-noon.

Hundreds of locally grown varieties (many award winners) of beautiful iris to choose from.  Proceeds benefit the KSU Gardens.

Kansas State University Gardens, 1500 Denison.


National Day of the Cowboy, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cowboy traditions have long been part of the American landscape and culture and today’s cowboys and cowgirls continue to strive to preserve this unique element of America’s heritage.

Activities include stick pony barrel racing, branding and roping for kids, buckboard rides, bull riding, rodeo clowns and bullfighters, music by the Oldtimers Band and food vending by Cox Brothers BBQ. Ron Wilson and Glenn Brunkow will share cowboy poetry and Jim Gray, Tom Moxley and Jan Lyons will tell stories of ranching and trail driving. Mayor Wynn Butler will be present at the start of the event to read an official proclamation issued on behalf of the City of Manhattan.

Cost: $9 adults, $7 military, seniors, educators, college students, at $4 for youth ages 2-17.

For more information about the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s exhibitions, programs and special events, go online to www.flinthillsdiscovery.org or call 785-587-2726.

Flint Hills Discovery Center. or visit 315 S. Third St. in Manhattan.


C.L. Hoover Opera House presents “The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun ‚Äì Hyde Park Live, 7:30 p.m.

In July 2013, more than 100,000 ecstatic fans packed into Hyde Park for two spectacular outdoor concerts to see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood do what they do best. 

Cost: $7 adults, $5 military, senior, student 18 and under. For tickets, call (785) 238-3906.

C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.







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

Bluestem Bistro.


Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m.





The Appleseed Collective, 9 p.m.

Cost: $3.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.


Fast Food Junkies with the Dirty Thirty Dreggs, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.




9th Annual Riley County Idol, 6 p.m.

Local talent competing for $100 cash prize. For information on competing, visit www.rileycountyfair.com.

Riley County Fair Entertainment Tent, CiCo Park.


Wish They Were Here: A tribute to Pink Floyd, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.




9th Annual Riley County Idol Finals, 6 p.m.

Riley County Fair Entertainment Tent, CiCo Park.






On The Homefront: Propaganda and Patriotism in World War II, through August 8. Exhibit compiled by Ray Kurtz. 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, 406¬ž 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. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.


Igniting the Senses: Selections from the Permanent Collection, through October 5.

This exhibit 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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