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‘The Little Mermaid’ and more

By Ben Hopper


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. or at the library. Reading logs will begin June 1 and last until July 31.

The Historic Columbian Theatre Summer Theatre Academy presents “Disney’s Little Mermaid, Kids, 2 and 4 p.m.

The show is adapted from the Disney 2008 musical, “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” It places the beautiful mermaid, Ariel, in her underwater kingdom with seamless transitions from the spectacular underwater world to a magical world above, complete with creative dance movements and memorable songs that we have all come to know and love.

Cost: $10-15. Cash concession stand with cold beverages and snacks available.

Tickets available at the Columbian Theatre box office, by phone at 785-456-2029 or online at www.

Ottaway Amusements Carnival, 6-10 p.m. through Monday.

CiCo Park.


Riley County Genealogy Society Beginning Genealogy Class: Locating elusive women in genealogy, 6:30 p.m.

For more information and registration, call (785) 565-6495. Limit 10 participants per class. Riley County Genealogical Society Platt House.


Storytime, 10 a.m. Bluestem Bistro.

Trivia Smack Down, 8 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.


Friends of the KSU Gardens Luncheon, 9-11 a.m.

Reservation and payment must be received by July 28. Call Anne Springer at 785-532-1444 for more information.

Shirley Farms, Vermillion.

Fizz Boom Read Activities: Come & Go, 2-4 p.m.

Put some fizz into your hot summer! Featuring activity stations for kids K-6th grade to be scientists. 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.

Manhattan Public Library.


Rhythm and Brews, all day.

Make your plans now to join the fun in City Park on Friday and Saturday, August 2 for the first Rhythm and Brews. Bringing together three events, Brew 2 Shoe, UPC’s Little Apple Music Festival, and the newest event, Hail the Ale, a home-brewing competition.

Brew 2 Shoe road race will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The Home Brew Competition and Sampling will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $25.

Beer Garden with meal (cost: $35) and the Little Apple Music Festival (free) featuring the Steel Wheels will take place from 5-10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds benefit Arts in the Park.

Water Safari & Kids Free Day, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cool off in the wild. Family- friendly activities from noon-4:30 p.m.

Kids visit free with a paid adult admission.

Sunset Zoo.



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

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


9th Annual Riley County Idol Finals, 6 p.m.

Riley County Fair Entertainment Tent, CiCo Park.


The Appleseed Collective, 9 p.m. Cost: $3. Auntie Mae’s Parlor.

THURSDAY Muzizi: Reggae Music, 8 p.m.

Coco Bolos Patio.


Arts in the Park: Run Boy Run, 8 p.m.

A unique folk/jazz/bluegrass band. Part of Rhythm and Brews.

Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.


UPC presents the Little Apple Music Festival featuring The Steel Wheels, 5-10:30 p.m.

Part of Rhythm and Brews.

Music lineup includes a jazz combo from 5-6 p.m., Vineyard from 6-7 p.m., from 7-8 p.m. Noah Hoehn, Samantha Fish from 8-9 p.m. and The Steel Wheels from 9-10:30 p.m.

Other activities include MWR Inflatables, a balloon artist, face painting, a photo booth, and more.

Free admission. Food vendors will be able.

For more information, visit

Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.

The 14ers, 9 p.m. Cost: $5. Auntie Mae’s Parlor.

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