• Arts & Leisure | May 05, 2016

    Joe Diffie, Furniture Amnesty Day, plant sale and more

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    Manhattan is going to be a little green this weekend; John Deere Green, that is, as Joe Diffie, country music superstar, comes to The Hat.

  • Movies | May 04, 2016

    New film ‘Keanu’ surprisingly amusing


    Is this what the Key and Peele audience wants from these performers? That’s the big question here. Those of us who don’t watch a lot of cable TV shows won’t have that problem, though.

  • Arts & Leisure | May 03, 2016

    Tickets on sale for orchestra

    Tickets are on sale for this year’s Orchestra on the Oregon Trail, an outdoor concert featuring the Topeka Symphony Orchestra that will be held at Alcove Spring Historic Park near Marysville and Blue Rapids.

  • Movies | May 03, 2016

    Little reason to see long, dull ‘Mother’s Day’


    So we’ve had Garry Marshall’s “Valentine’s Day” and Garry Marshall’s “New Year’s Eve.” And now we have Garry Marshall’s “Mother’s Day.” Each of them uses some of the same actors and exactly the same story scheme.

  • Neighbors | May 02, 2016

    Woman has no plans to retire after marking 4 decades at Walmart


    Lots of things have changed since 1976. Through it all Donna Burns’ presence at Walmart is something that’s been consistent for the past 40 years. She officially reached the milestone on Sunday.

  • Movies | May 02, 2016

    Ratchet and Clank movie under-conceived but harmless


    The movie doesn’t feel like something that intelligent film-makers have spent 15 years thinking about. It is not a bad movie. It won’t hurt kids who go to see it. But it seems under-conceived.

  • Arts & Leisure | May 01, 2016

    Comic book, animated films dominate summer

    Summer is for super heroes, outer space, animated animals and super-intelligent secret agents on the run. That’s right, it’s blockbuster movie season.

  • Off The Beat | May 01, 2016

    Say ‘uncle’ ...and ‘aunt’


    Even at my advanced age, I often think about my aunts and uncles, and my memories of them make me feel like a kid again.

  • Books | May 01, 2016

    Unlikely friends face trials of high school

    You know that high school classmate you wouldn’t be caught dead associating with? Given the right cocktail of bad choices, dangerous circumstances and shared terror, they just might become the person you’re clinging to for dear life.

  • Books | May 01, 2016

    Alter takes readers on Himalayan spy adventure

    “The Rataban Betrayal” is an intellectual espionage novel, one whose parts come together at their own pace but mesh seamlessly when they do.

  • Books | April 30, 2016

    Read about plant, animal additions for your yard


    The month of May is “Garden for Wildlife” month, so it is a fitting time to plant your own wildlife friendly garden. Find significant resources at the library to help you get started.

  • Arts & Leisure | April 30, 2016

    ‘Chicago,’ ‘As You Like It,’ furniture amnesty and more

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    Learn more about all of the great things to do in the Little Apple. Blue Earth Plaza.

  • Gardening | April 30, 2016

    Recovering from stormy weather


    As we all know, Kansas weather can play havoc on our gardens. Wind, hail, too much or not enough rain, heat or cold will affect plant health. One can see why growing plants in a high tunnel or other structure to buffer weather conditions is popular. T

  • Arts & Leisure | April 28, 2016

    McCain audience enjoys two ballets in one show


    It seems as if McCain Auditorium audiences see the Moscow Festival Ballet company every other spring. This year they came to town for a late April, Sunday afternoon performance. A very pleasing performance.

  • Arts & Leisure | April 28, 2016

    Storytellers, Cattywampus, ‘Chicago’ and more

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    Wonder Workshop director Richard Pitts will share stories at the workshop’s second annual Storytelling Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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