Meet the Makers, prairie chicken booming and more

By The Mercury


Free genealogy presentation: Getting Started with Your German Family History, 2 p.m.
Learn about things you need to know in both American and German records to begin tracing your German roots.
The presenter, Kelsee Walker, has a bachelor’s degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University. She has completed family history internships in Austria, England, and in the Family History Library at the International Records Reference Desk. She has worked for FamilySearch and has done client research as a contractor.
Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Riley County Genealogical Society.
Manhattan Public Library Auditorium, 629 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan,


FHDC Meet the Makers, all week.
The Flint Hills Discovery Center will be opening its doors free of charge to the public to watch and interact with local artisans who will be performing their craft live from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Monday: Landscape oil paintings by Cher Heller Olson and live demonstrations of henna body art on a canvas and on guests by Ann Warren. Tuesday: Demonstrations of polymer clay jewelry by Laura Mead and live painting by Susan Rose.
Wednesday: MAC Watercolors Studio presents live watercolor painting and Judy Willingham from Prairiefire Gems Jewelry will make handmade jewelry. Thursday: Live woodturning demonstrations by Flint Hills Woodturners and pottery making by Kendra Jennings. Friday: Glass and bottle paintings by Shirley York and live charcoal sketching, pen and ink drawing by Devi Wilbur. Flint Hills Discovery Center. Kansas Obscura, 10 a.m.-noon. Take a hike with Richard Pitts on a special hiking trail near Manhattan. You may want to bring along a few things, such as: binoculars, sunscreen, bug spray, water bottle and your favorite Kansas nature guide. You will see birds, butterflies, frogs, reptiles and frogs that you might
want to identify.
Cost: $10 per person.
For more information, visit wonderworkshop. org, call 785-7761234 or email


Hula Hooping, 10-
11:30 a.m. Wonder Workshop staff will help you make and decorate your own hoops and then be challenged to see if you can keep their hula hoop swirling the longest.
Cost: $5. Chess Club, 5:30 p.m. Manhattan Public Library.
Free Kids’ Movie: “Kubo and the Two Strings,” 10 a.m. Manhattan Public Library.
The Magic of Pinhole Cameras, 10 a.m.-noon.
Use recycled cardboard to make a camera, take black & white pictures, then develop them, so that you may take your pictures home with you.
Cost: $10.
MAC Class: Creative Watercolor, 6:308:30p.m. Wednesdays through April 26. For information, visit Manhattan Arts Center.


Zoofari Tails, 10 a.m. Manhattan Public Library.


Greater Prairie Chicken Booming tours, 5-9:30 a.m. Also April 1, April 8, and April 15.
This unique experience begins with an early morning light hike out to the booming grounds where participants stay camouflaged behind blinds as they witness the majestic ballet of the greater prairie chicken. FHDC staff accompany groups every step of the way providing knowledge and insight. Tours include group transportation from the FHDC to the booming grounds and a complimentary breakfast. Preregistration is required and each trip is limited to seven participants. These excursions are open to all ages 16 and up,
however those ages 10-15 may participate if accompanied by an adult.
Cost: $40 for FHDC members and $45 for non-members.
For more information and to preregister, visit flinthillsdiscovery. org or call 785.587.2726.
Downtown Farmers’ Market of Manhattan Indoor Winter Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, contact 785-3417794 or search Facebook.
Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park. Grow where you are planted, 10 a.m. Join Cathie Lavis and her students for a gardening workshop.
Cost: $5 per person Wonder Workshop.


Jazz brunch, 11 a.m.-
1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro. Scott Senn, jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m. dellaVoce.


Push and Pull, now open. Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum, 506 Fourth St. Collective Progression: an exhibit by KSU MFA candidates, through April 1. Explore the latest work by Kansas State University Master of Fine Art candidates. Features work in a variety of mediums. Manhattan Arts Center, noon-5:30p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Stan Herd: Cairnes on the Beach, through May 1, 2017. Beach Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays and noon- 5 p.m. Sunday. The Riley County Historical Museum: Celebrating 100 Years of History and Heritage, through 2017. Showcasing more than 100 artifacts and photographs significant to the history of Riley County. Riley County Historical Museum, 8:30a.m.-5p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2-5p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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