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.
The Historic Columbian Theatre in Wamego presents “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical,” 2 p.m. Sunday.
Dinner 90 minutes before each show. Also 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also December 20-22.
With its timeless story and simple eloquence “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical” is based on the 1947 Academy Award winning film of the same name. Directed by Penny Cullers, featuring choreography by Laura Vallejo and a talented cast including Bruce Coleman as Kris Kringle; Lydia Spears as Susan Walker; Mindy Thierolf as Susan Walker’s cynical mother, Dorius Walker; and John Pachta as Kris’s attorney, Fred Gayley.
Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students and children. An optional dinner catered by The Friendship House will also be offered before performances for $17.50. Tickets are available at the Columbian Theatre from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, by phone at (785) 456-2029 or online at www.ColumbianTheatre.com.
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, 5-8 p.m. Also 5-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Pick up at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.
Tech Tuesdays: Intro to Manhattan Public Library Website and Catalog, 2-4 p.m.
MPL’s website and catalog have a many ways to make getting books, learning things and communicating with the library much easier. This workshop will cover the basics of using the catalog, how to personalize your account, and introduce you to some of the special resources the library offers.
ARTSmart Classes presents Media Madness: Printmaking, 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday for all ages. Also at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for toddlers and twos, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday for ages 2-3, at 4 p.m. Thursday for kindergarten and up, and at 10:30 a.m. Friday for ages 4-5. Cost: $3.
Beach Muesum of Art.
Holiday Lights Trolley Tour, 6 p.m.
View the breathtaking Manhattan holiday lights. The complete auto tour will drive through neighborhoods in northwest and central Manhattan, Candlewood, CiCo Park and Sharingbrook.
Cost: $18 for individual, $29 for couple and $72 for families up to 6 people. The tour begins and ends at Mr. K’s, 3901 Vanesta Drive.
Homeschool Afternoon: Human Body, 3 p.m.
Children K-6 can learn about the human body with fun facts, activities and crafts. Public Library.
Pajama Storytime with Parents As Teachers, 7 p.m.
Wear your pajamas for a fun evening storytime with great bedtime books, songs and rhymes. Parent educators from “Parents As Teachers” will be available to answer questions. Public Library.
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, 4-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Donation only. Aggieville Business District.
All Ages Storytime: Winter, 11 a.m.
It’s the shortest day of the year, and a great time to be inside the library! Join us for stories and songs about wintertime.
An adult caregiver must attend with children age 2 or younger, and families are encouraged to attend together to sing, dance and enjoy great stories. Public Library.
Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.
Heather McCornack Piano and Voice Studio, 2 p.m. Also Natalie Phillips Music Studio, at 4 p.m. Manhattan Town Center.
Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.
St. Xavier Middle School and High School Choir, 1 p.m. and Bluemont School at 7 p.m. Manhattan Town Center.
UPC presents So Long Solo, 10 p.m. Part of Hale Library’s Caffeine Fix. Hemisphere Room.
Abilene Middle School Star Singers, 11 a.m. and saxophonist Tommy Lee at 4 p.m.
Manhattan Town Center.
Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale presents Bach Christmas Oratorio Parts 1-2, 7:30 p.m.
Also featuring a selection of seasonal music. Free will donation.
First United Methodist Church.
2013 Local Love Grand Championship, 9 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
Sessions: Eli Redeker, The Gruesome Twosome, Eddy Green & The Boondogglers, 10 p.m.
Aggie Central Station.
Parallel Path with Fara Sol, 10 p.m.
Aggie Central Station.
K-State Digital Arts BFA Show, through December 17. William T. Kemper Art Gallery, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
K-State Student Union.
Life is Brief, Art is Forever: Selections from the Sarah Watt Memorial Collection, through December 22. Works of art by regional and American artists have been donated to the Beach Museum of Art in honor of Kansas State University student Sarah Watt, who died in a car accident in 2006. A selection of these works given by her parents, John and Susan Watt of Wamego, Kansas, and family friends Chuck Stroh and Linda Law will be featured in this exhibition.
Beach Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Wrap It Up Art Exhibit and Sale, through December 24.
Affordable gifts for the holidays featuring unique, locally-produced artwork, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, paintings and more.
Manhattan Arts Center, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Generations of Success: K-State History in Special Collections, through December 31.
The exhibit features artifacts and papers that reflect the growth of the university since its inception in 1863, documenting K-State’s history using items from the Richard L.D. & Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections.
Fifth Floor Gallery, Hale Library, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Through Artists’ Eyes, through January 5.
See the work of 44 artists — from Kansas natives to those who traveled across oceans to depict the Tallgrass Prairie. These artists’ personal visions demonstrate the diversity of visual experience in the Flint Hills.
Strecker Nelson Art Gallery, 406? Poyntz, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Visual Inquiry: 2013 Kansas State University Art Faculty Exhibition, through February 2.
Diverse in vision, media, and execution, the works in this exhibition demonstrate visual investigations that form the studio practices of the Kansas State University Department of Art faculty. This exhibition features new work selected by the exhibiting artists.
2013 Common Work of Art, through May 25.
View the photograph “Flavio Amuses Smaller Brothers and Sisters (Holding Up Torn Paper)” by Gordon Parks, presented in conjunction with K-State Book Network’s 2013 Common Book, “Ready Player One.”
Beach Museum of Art.
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.
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