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Two annual events combine for Rhythm and Brews

By The Mercury

Get ready for some toe tappin’ at Rhythm and Brews, Manhattan’s newest celebration bringing together three events: Brew 2 Shoe, Union Program Council’s Little Apple Music Festival and the newest event, Hail the Ale, a home-brewing competition.

The festivities kick off with an Arts in the Park concert on Friday with the unique folk/jazz/bluegrass band, Run Boy Run, at 8 p.m. Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.

The sixth annual Brew 2 Shoe road race will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday. The race, celebrating the anniversaries of Manhattan Running Company and Tallgrass Brewery, features a 10K, 5K, and a kids mile road race. The Brew 2 Shoe is a point-to-point race from Tallgrass Brewery to Manhattan Running Company. This year, the proceeds will go to Special Olympics. For information, check out

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

Cost is $25. The beer garden with meal is $35. Proceeds benefit Arts in the Park.

UPC’s Little Apple Music Festival, featuring The Steel Wheels, begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park. The music lineup includes a jazz combo from 5-6 p.m., Vineyard from 6-7 p.m., Noah Hoehn from 7-8 p.m., Samantha Fish from 8-9 p.m. and The Steel Wheels from 9-10:30 p.m.

Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels is a dynamic four-piece string band that marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.

Other activities include MWR Inflatables, a balloon artist, face painting, a photo booth, and more. Admission is free and food vendors will be available.

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Here’s a look at other area events.



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.

People of all ages from babies to teens to grandparents can participate in the Manhattan Public Library’s Summer Reading Program: Fizz Boom Read, through July 31.

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.

Manhattan Public Library.


Muzizi: Reggae Music, 8 p.m.

Coco Bolos Patio.




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.


The 14ers, 9 p.m.

Cost: $5.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.




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

Bluestem Bistro.


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


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