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MLK week events begin

By Ben Hopper

Area residents will be able to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King this weekend. Members of the Manhattan Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee have planned a series of events to commemorate the civil rights leader. The centerpiece of the celebration is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday at the Manhattan Town Center. The MLK Jr. Art and Writing Contest winners and the Spirit of MLK Jr. Community Service Awards will be presented at noon.

Monday is also a day to volunteer and give back to the community. HandsOn Kansas State is offering the opportunity to serve with “A Day On, Not A Day Off: Remember. Celebrate. Act.” In-person volunteer sign up begins at 9 a.m. Monday at the Mall. On-line pre-registration is encouraged at Groups should call HandsOn Kansas State at (785) 532-3670.

The planning committee is also hosting the MLK Jr. Community Celebration and Candlelight Walk to celebrate the spirit of the civil rights movement from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday at the Manhattan High School East Campus Auditorium. Glenda Overstreet, president of the Kansas State NAACP, will be the guest speaker. Participants can enjoy music and a reenactment of Rosa Parks’ actions by local community members. The candlelight walk will conclude the celebration ending at First United Methodist Church.

Here’s a look at other MLK and community events.


Our People, Our Land, Our Images Short Film Series, 6-8 p.m. Featuring three short films that directly ties to the traveling exhibit, Our People, Our Land, Our Images: International Indigenous Photographers. There will be short intermissions between each short film. Flint Hills Discovery Center.

McChicken and Mearsault, 6:30-8 p.m. Fast food and special wine–the two extremes of the food and wine world. How about McDonald’s and Bordeaux or Wendy’s and Chateauneuf-du-Pape? Cost: $49 per person. Space is limited, reservations required. To reserve a spot, call (785) 537-1300 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Harry’s.



Opening Reception for the artists of “The Big Picture,” 5-8 p.m. For the Strecker-Nelson Gallery’s first exhibit of 2013, a selection of large scale photographs by Tim Forcade, George Jerkovich and Tom Parish will be featured in the main gallery. In addition, there will be ceramics by Sheldon Ganstrom, as well as interior paintings by Lisa Calzavara, abstracts of Venice by Bev Gegen, urban retro abstracts by Rebecca Hoyer, and paintings by Marie Mason. The exhibit runs through March 2. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Thick Electric, 9 p.m. Cost: $3. Auntie Mae’s.



K-State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma, 3 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum.

Manhattan Arts Center and Missoula Children’s Theatre present the musical “The Secret Garden” 3 and 7 p.m. Featuring approximately 65 local youth will perform in this comedic rendition of the classic tale, sponsored by The Clarion Hotel, Manhattan Noon Optimist Club and Gayle and Tom Bennett. Tickets go on sale to the public at noon Thursday, January 17. To purchase tickets call (785) 537-4420 or visit

Bob Cervera’s Acoustic Junction, 7 p.m. Free. C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.



Sunset Zoo Presents Lecture Series: Marina Petrovic, 3 p.m. Petrovic is a long-time partner of the Zoo’s Paraguayan efforts to Manhattan. The zoo has worked for more than 20 years in the Latin American country on various wildlife conservation projects, including work with the City of Asuncíon to improve their zoo and its animal care practices. Free and open to the public. Nature Exploration Center, Sunset Zoo.

Bridal Show, noon-4 p.m. More than 30 area-wide vendors will display their products and services. Prize drawings will be announced throughout the event. Models in wedding dresses and men’s wear will be walking around the venue. Alumni Center Ballroom.

Non-violence and Racial Justice, a speech by Martin Luther King to the 1958 gathering of Quakers at Cape May, N.J., will be played at 2 p.m. Transcripts of the speech will be available. Sponsored by the Manhattan Friends Meeting. Manhattan Public Library Auditorium.

A Four Seasons Series of Concerts: Winter Concert featuring pianist Leroy Johnson, 3 p.m. Cost: $20. Reception to follow. Sponsored by the MHS Class of ’74. The one-hour concert, followed by cookies and coffee, will feature music by American romantic composer Edward McDowell and four of his pieces were composed for four short poems, which will be read by KSU Distinguished Professor of Poetry and English Elizabeth Dodd. These four short poems are “The Eagle” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson; “A Match with The Moon” by D.G. Rossetti; “Winter” by Percy Bysshe Shelley; and “The Brook” by Bulwer. Free will donation. CDs of this concert will be available immediately following the concert. For information, contact Grace at (785) 776-0512. University Christian Church.

MLK Jr. Youth Celebration and Candlelight Walk, 4-6:30 p.m. The K-State United Black Voice Gospel Choir will be performing as part of the MLK Jr. Art and Writing Contest winner recognition. There will be a gallery showing, readings and entertainment around this year’s theme, “Peace: Let It Begin With Me.” A family candlelight walk will be going to Manhattan’s MLK Jr. Memorial Drive and back. Art and Writing Contest entries will be accepted until January 13, 2013. Entry forms are at Manhattan Arts Center.

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



Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, 8 a.m. Myra E. Gordon, associate provost for the Office of Diversity, Kansas State University will be the speaker for this annual remembrance breakfast. There is limited seating and no advance ticket purchases. Sponsored by the Manhattan Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee. Clarion Hotel.

Martin Luther King “Day On” Open House, 10 a.m.-noon. A special viewing from the permanent collection of objects created by a diverse range of artists that express themes of cultural identity from the permanent collection. This event at the Beach Museum of Art is free but a food donation for the Flint Hills Breadbasket is requested.

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