Manhattan Public Library Summer Reading Program: Fizz Boom Read, through July 31.
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 www. MHKLibrary.org or at the library. Reading logs will begin June 1 and last until July 31.
Kaw Valley Rodeo Association and Cox Bros. BBQ present the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Spaghetti Dinner, 5-7 p.m.
A benefit event for K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children ages 5-12, free for children 4 and younger. Get tickets in advance by calling 785-532-6705.
First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth.
MAC Camp: “Aesop’s FableLand,” through Friday.
For information about this camp and other art classes, visit manhattanarts. org. Riley County Genealogy Society Beginning Genealogy Class: Where there’s a will there is a way, 6:30 p.m.
For more information and registration, call (785) 565-6495. Limit 10 per class.
Riley County Genealogical Society Platt
Manhattan Public Library Storytime at Bluestem Bistro, 10 a.m.
For infants to preschool children.
Trivia Smack Down, 8 p.m.
Tiny Crafts, Tiny Food Party, 2 p.m.
Enjoy itsy bitsy snacks while you make teeny little zombie fealties. Create and customize these irresistibly charming undead creatures. For teens.
Manhattan Public Library.
Fizz Boom Read Activities – Come and Go, 2-3:30 p.m.
Put some fizz into your hot summer. Featuring stations for kids K-6th grade to be scientist. Visiting all the stations will take about 30 minutes. Feel free to come at any time between 2 and 3:30 p.m. to participate in the activities.
Groesbeck Meeting Room, Public Library.
C.L. Hoover Opera House’s Opera, Schmopera! Series presents “Funny Bones: The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Explore the genius of Dan Kamin, the worldwide performer who created the physical comedy sequences for “Chaplin” and “Benny and Joon.” He trained Robert Downey, Jr and Johnny Depp for their acclaimed starring performances.
Tickets: $18 adults, $15 military and seniors, $12 students.
For tickets and information, visit jcoperahouse. org. C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.
Science Saturdays: Survival 101, 10 a.m.
Ready to break out your camping gear? Or maybe prepare for the next Hunger Games? Before you go any further, first come to our wilderness preparedness workshop with expert Daniel Schapaugh. Attendees will learn the principles behind wilderness survival, as well as practical tips and tricks. After this class, Katniss and Peeta will have nothing on you. Science Saturdays are free summer workshops for teens and adults, ages 12+. Explore the science of everyday life, no laboratory required.
Manhattan Public Library.
Kaw Valley Junior Rodeo, 1 p.m.
Little cowboys and cowgirls 12 and under are invited to participate in games, roping demonstrations, special guest appearances and so much more.
Registration starts at noon.
Manhattan Town Center, Center Court.
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Committee Car Wash Fundraiser, 6 p.m.
Burger King, Aggieville.
Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bluestem Bistro. Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m. dellaVoce.
The Lonesome Heroes with Fire in the Pines, 9 p.m.
Auntie Mae’s Parlor.
Sol Tribe, 9 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
Manhattan Municipal Band, 7:30 p.m.
Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.
Sidion, 9 p.m.
Aggie Central Station.
Jonathan Fleig & the Flint Hills, 9 p.m.
Auntie Mae’s Parlor.
On The Homefront: Propaganda and Patriotism in World War II, through August 8. Exhibit compiled by Ray Kurtz. William T. Kemper Art Gallery, K-State Student Union, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday- Friday.
For the Love of Sky, through August 30. Strecker Nelson Art Gallery, 406½ Poyntz, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Igniting the Senses: Selections from the Permanent Collection, through October 5. Explores the science of multimodal sensory perception— the experience of one sense igniting another. Beach Museum of Art.
Dawoud Bey: Picturing People, through October 5. A collection ofDawoud Bey’s thought-provoking photographs. Beach Museum of Art.
Ice Age Imperials, through September 14. A rare opportunity to ‘touch’ the Ice Age. Interact with real fossils from ancient animals like the saber-toothed cat, wooly mammoth, giant sloth, dire wolf, giant beaver and teeth from a huge prehistoric bear makes the Ice Age come alive for visitors like never before. Access is included with the cost of admission. Flint Hills Discovery Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday- Wednesday and Friday- Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.