Ben Hopper Contributing writer
Get those last minute gifts at the Manhattan Arts Center’s Annual Wrap it Up sale through Saturday. The sale features dozens of local and regional artists and a variety of work including masks, jewelry (glass, silver, beaded), stained glass, prints, watercolors and drawings, knitted items, functional pottery, ceramic sculpture, painted furniture, baskets, scarves, glass, photographs, turned wooden sculpture, bowls and tiles. The Manhattan Arts Center Gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. today and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
And if the arts and crafts inspire you, get ready for the Columbian Theatre’s Snowman Contest in January. Not quite sure what to do over Christmas break? Put all that extra ribbon and wrapping paper to use by creating a unique Snowman.
This contest is open to all ages and creativity. Bring your completed snowman from Jan. 3 through Jan. 10 to the theatre in Wamego for display in the main gallery. Public voting is from 10 a.m. Jan. 24 through 4 p.m. Jan. 27.
The three snowmen in the 13 and under category with the most votes will be awarded the following prizes: first place receives free enrollment in Summer Theatre Academy, second place receives a family pack to The Oz Museum, and third place receives free child admission with an adult ticket to The Oz Museum.
Ages 14 and older will receive the following prizes: first place receives two show only tickets to the remaining three shows of the 2011-2012 season, second place receives two show-only tickets a show of their choice and third place receives two show-only tickets to the March play, “Don’t Dress for Dinner.”
For more information, contact The Columbian Theatre at (785) 456-2029.
Holiday Carriage Rides, 5 p.m. Free with a cash or food donation to the Flint Hills Breadbasket. Every Saturday and Sunday evening in December. Historic Downtown Manhattan.
First Christmas Party, 5-8 p.m. Celebrate Christmas with games, food, music and fun. Harris Activity Center Auditorium, 530 Poyntz.
The Konza Prairie: Earth, Wind and Fire! 1971-2011, through Friday. K-State Hale Library, 5th Floor, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Only the Best II, through Jan. 7. Featuring painter from the Flint Hills Plein Air Event organized by Kim Casebeer. Strecker-Nelson Gallery, 406 1/2 Poyntz Avenue, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
World War II Exhibit, through Jan. 18. William T. Kemper Art Gallery, K-State Student Union, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
2011 K-State Department of Art Faculty Biennial, through March 16. Beach Museum of Art.