KSU to celebrate families Saturday

By Ben Hopper

Many students choose K-State because of the “family atmosphere” on campus. This weekend, K-State is celebrating the K-State family and the families of those who attend during the annual K-State Family Day.

To celebrate Family Day, many entities on campus and in the community are hosting open houses or special events.

The K-State Insect Zoo is having its 10th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering free activities, fun and learning opportunities for the whole family at the Glenn H. Beck Dairy Barn at the K-State Gardens. Meet Willie the Wildcat, participate in butterfly releases and sample insect cuisine, among other activities. Also, visit the K-State Garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See plans for the future of the gardens in the Quinlan Visitor Center. Purchase garden mums grown by K-State horticulture students near the Bidwell Family Fountain.

See the talented works of art from many student and faculty artists during the Union Program Council Art Sale and Auction. Some items will be sold from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Other items will be auctioned off online at View items on the “arts” page and information on how to bid.

It’s also K-State Band Day, with the parade starting at 1 p.m. in Aggieville and ending at the Manhattan Town Center.

Band Day 2012 features more than 2,000 Kansas high school students for the annual K-State Band Day.

Kick-off for the North Texas football game is set for 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Three of a Kind at the Bergman Elementary Carnival, 6-8 p.m.

Union Program Council’s 26th Annual OPUS Band Competition, 7 p.m. Featuring Enginuity, Daydream Empire, The Clearing, The Warmth, The Author and the Illustrator, Stix, Chase Fortune, and The Trees. Bosco Student Plaza.

K-State After Hours: tie dying and an inflatable, 7 p.m. Part of the OPUS Band Competition. Bosco Student Plaza.

Manhattan High Indians Football vs. Seaman High School, 7 p.m. The theme is “White Out.” Motorcycle riders are encouraged to rev their motors at 6:45 p.a. as the team takes the field. A BBQ dinner available for $5 before and during the first quarters of the game. Bishop Stadium, CiCo Park.

UPC Film: “Brave,” 8 p.m. for $2. Also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. Rated PG-13. K-State Student Union Forum Hall.

Corb Lund acoustic, 10 p.m. Cost: $10. Longhorn’s.



Flint Hills Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Staples/Hobby Lobby parking lot.

Downtown Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fifth and Humboldt.

C. Clyde Run” Fun Run/Walk for Charity, 8 a.m. Calvin Hall.

Harry Potter Room Adventure, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit the historic Great Room, also nicknamed the Harry Potter Room, in Hale Library for activities for the whole family. Find a family member on the new digital yearbooks, visit the ongoing book sale, coloring and temporary tattoos for kids, learn about K-State Libraries and the Great Room and much more. Free. Hale Library.

UPC presents Spin Art Shutter Shades, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Make your own wearable art. Pick the paint as your shutter shades spin really fast. After they dry, watch the Cats win in style. Bosco Student Plaza.

22nd Annual Yard Art Classics Car Blub Car Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Manhattan Town Center.

K-State Legacy Pinning Ceremony and Brunch, 10-11:30 a.m. Celebrate your family’s K-State tradition. The K-State Parents and Family Association will host this celebration of loyalty to K-State. The ceremony recognizes the commitment of K-Staters across generations and concludes with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and others pinning current K-State students as a symbol of shared loyalty to the purple and white. Family members who are not alumni are honored with K-Stater by choice recognition. Participants will enjoy a delicious brunch followed by the program and ceremony. Registration: $15/per person (including students). Reservations required: Register online at by noon on September 12, 2012. Contact Danielle at (785) 532-2222 with questions.

BBQ on the Plaza, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $5. Bosco Student Plaza.

Latin and Jazz Ensemble, 11 a.m.-1p.m. Enjoy the musical talents of the K-State Latin and Jazz ensemble. Bosco Student Plaza.

K-State Housing and Dining Sandwich Bar, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free for residence halls students or students with a meal plan. $6.50 for family members. Kramer and Derby Dining Center.

Service Project in Remembrance of 9/11, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Engage in a service activity honoring our military family. Leadership Studies Building.

StrengthsQuest Mock Class, 1-2 p.m. Interact with faculty from Leadership Studies to experience a mini simulation of what your students will experience this year. The “lesson” for the day will on StrengthsQuest. Before attending “class” you will want to take the StrengthsQuest assessment by purchasing a code from Varney’s for $12.50 or by purchasing the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book. We will build team grids for each family and show you how your students are using this important information on campus. Town Hall, School of Leadership Studies.

Powercat Financial Counseling Money Booth, 4-6 p.m. PFC is an on-campus center that provides students free, confidential financial counseling as well as group financial presentations from fellow students. PFC will have a booth set up in Cat Town with a money vault where students and their families will be able to grab as many million dollar bills as possible. Prizes will be rewarded based on the amount of dollars the participants collect. We will have several PFC peer counselors on sight providing information about our organization and services.

Whiskey Myers, 10 p.m. Cost: $10. Longhorn’s.



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

KSU Movies on the Grass: “Bidder 70,” film begins at dusk. Tim DeChristopher is Bidder 70, a young man who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas auction, was federally indicted, convicted and sentenced to two years in prison for his courageous act of civil disobedience. Bidder 70 is a personal story surrounded by a wider context of citizen action, our history of peaceful civil disobedience, and grass roots movements demanding government and industry accountability. A facilitated discussion will immediately follow the film. Free. In case of rain, 63 Seaton Hall. Coffman Commons, near Hale Library.

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

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