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Need a summer escape? Reading program still open

By Ben Hopper

With the recent rains, it’s a good time to curl up with a good book.

It’s not too late to join the Manhattan Public Library Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “Fizz Boom Read.”

People of all ages from babies to teens to grandparents can participate. It’s free to sign up, and all you have to do is keep track of the time you spend reading in order to win fun prizes, like free books and gift certificates to local restaurants.

Last year more than 3,000 people participated in summer reading and together logged more than 1,000,000 minutes of reading time.

Registration for the 2014 program begins June 1, either online at or at the library. Reading logs will begin June 1 and last until July 31.

Here’s a look at other area events.




MPL Chess Club, 3:30-6 p.m.

Students are invited to learn, watch and play chess.

Public Library.


Andy Fraso, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.


Parallel Path with Exhopod, 9 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.




12th Annual Flint Hills Pride: Combining All Colors, through Sunday.

Farnum Creek, Milford Lake.


2014 Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest Finals, 7 p.m.

There are two divisions: serious and humorous poetry. The first place competitors in each division of the finals will receive the coveted Governor’s Buckle, western store gift certificates, and two tickets to the Symphony in the Flint Hills where they will receive recognition from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

Free and open to the public. For more information, go to

St. John’s Lutheran Memorial Hall, 218 Kansas Street in Alma.


The Historic Columbian Theatre present “Singing in the Rain,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Directed by Widge Yager.

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 children and students. Group tour discounts available.

Tickets are available for purchase at The Columbian Theatre Box Office or by phone from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Call 785-456-2029 or visit

Columbian Theatre, Wamego.


Junction City Little Theatre presents “Company” by Stephen Sondheim, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

A sophisticated and honest look at relationships from musical theatre’s most renowned composer, and featuring many of Stephen Sondheim’s best-known songs, “Company” largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark comedy, modern musical genre.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually-single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

Cost: $17 adults, $15 military, $10 students.

Tickets are available at (785) 238-3906, at the door, or online at

C.L. Hoover Opera House.


MHK Musician Mashup Competition, 7 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.


Jazz in June: KSU Faculty Jazz-Tet featuring Kurt Gartner, Wayne Goins, Tod Ketstetter, Gordon Lewis and Jazz pianist, Beau Thomas Jarvis, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $30.

Hale Library.


Arts in the Park: The Big Time Grain Company, 8 p.m.

Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.





Toripalooza, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





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

Bluestem Bistro.


Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m.


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