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Learn about spring’s ‘Glowing Hills’

By Ben Hopper

Hey, it’s the first day of spring.

Many area farmers and ranchers are out and about, getting ready for springtime chores. One of those is burning pasture land.

Discover how fire can be a helpful tool and learn the history behind the beautiful glow that lines the Flint Hills landscape this time of year with the Flint Hills Discovery Adventure Camp for third- through sixth-graders on Friday.  

Registration includes morning and afternoon snacks, as well as all supplies for activities and access to exhibits. Lunch is not provided and full day registrants must bring their own sack lunch. For more information and to register, visit 

But if you’re older and curious about these fires, don’t miss the “Go See It!” lecture series, featuring The Glowing Hills – also at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Look through the smoke at the glow that appears every spring in the Flint Hills. Learn about the timing and importance of this phenomenon.

This 7 p.m. lecture is free and open to the public.  

Here’s a look at other area events.




Guitar Classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. through April 24.

Instructor Steve Seitz will lead the small group class targeted for beginners. Cost for the six-week session: $90.

Students will use their own guitar and the book, “Mel Bay – Mastering the Guitar Book 1A,” which can be purchased at Glenn’s Music in Junction City. Interested students may register in person or by phone at 785-238-3906.

C.L. Hoover Opera House.


Jessica Paige, 9 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.




Fantasy Mapmaking, 2-3 p.m.

Get inspired by your favorite fantasy books, and use your imagination to make your own map. Suggested for grades K-6 and teens.

Manhattan Public Library.


The Draper Family Band, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.




Community Appreciation Day at Sunset Zoo, noon-5 p.m.

Sunset Zoo.


Third Annual Black Tie or Leather Biker Ball ABATE District 15 Fundraiser, 7 p.m.

Featuring Posse in concert, a buffet catered by R.C. Mc Graw’s, photo opportunities, a silent auction and door prizes. Cost: $20 a person. Public welcome, formal attire not required.

For more information, call Paul Woodyard at 785-313-2130 or Deb Watkins at 785-770-7878.

Blue Hills Room.


Blue Fruit Snacks with Slowburn, 9 p.m.

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 Storytime Room.


Lecture: “Indian Peoples, Trade, and Ecological Change on the Great Plains, 1780-1870” by K-State Professor James Sherow, 2 p.m.

Between 1780 and 1870, Indian peoples in what would become the western portion of Kansas had extensive trading networks that connected them to international markets. 

This trade transformed the cultures of Indian peoples both for the better and the worse. In the end, Indian peoples found themselves in a difficult position with few viable alternatives. 

These relationships affected both Indian peoples in the eastern and western portions of Kansas.

Cost: $3 adult, $1 student, free for Friends of Kaw Heritage and KSHS members. For information, call 620-767-5410 or visit:

Kaw Mission State Historic Site, 500 N. Mission, Council Grove.

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