If you’re looking for a seaside break or a hiking vacation, you have to consider where and when the weather will most likely favor your activity of choice. But if what you hunger for is mainly theatre and classical music (like me), you can count on the larger metropolitan areas where they oc…

Ron and Linda (Mayer) Highland celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 21.

Fred and Nancy Schurle will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary July 6.

Laura Gayle Coon will celebrate her 80th birthday on July 6.

Marion “Boog” Foveaux will celebrate her 85th birthday June 29.

U.S. Air Force airman Koliya Jenae Brielle Hicks graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. She also graduated from Tech School Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi. She will be stationed in Seoul, Korea.

Now maybe more than ever, Manhattanites go looking for something entertaining during the summer months and, spoiled as we are by the McCain series, K-State theater and our other school year alternatives, we have some trouble finding anything theatrical to divert us.

If you aren’t tired of comic book level action/adventure movies, the new “Men in Black International” will amused you. The movie hasn’t the scale of the biggest Marvel or DC blow-outs. But it has a good cast, a dependable story, some decent action and industry-standard special effects.

Brandon Klimek and Liron Bittan announce their engagement.

Jordan Pieschl and Billy Brown were married March 9 at First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

Yak, yak, yak. That might be a teenager’s description of the sound of some long-winded grownup – such as me. But yaks are actually a type of cattle. These animals originated in the Himalayas thousands of years ago. Now they are being raised and marketed by an innovative couple in rural Kansa…

Jordan Peele was known as a comedian before he directed “Get Out” and “Us.” These films were sold as horror movies, but they at least seemed to be about race. And they were produced by established scary movie guy Jason Blum, who had already done “The Purge” movies, the “Insidious” movies and…

Here’s the new myth-making one needs to follow the story in the new X-Men movie, “Dark Phoenix”: There is a cosmic cloud of energy floating in space. This is the energy that caused the initial creation of the universe.

Ed and Linda Copeland will be honored for their 65th wedding anniversary June 20.

Noted professor, columnist and author Thomas Sowell is 87 years old and has added another book to his impressive output: “Discrimination and Disparities.” His writings have spanned decades, and there is little in this book that he has not written about before.

“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” is an original and totally fascinating book. The author, a psychotherapist, talks extensively about her own therapy offered to others. As she clarifies in an initial note, all material about particular patients is included only with written permission of th…

“The Secret Life of Pets 2” is a marked improvement on the original movie. Its computer generated animation is up-to-date (though I saw it in 3-D and can’t recommend that additional expense). Its characters are much more interesting than they were in the 2016 movie.

K-State has announced its 2019-20 McCain Performance Series featuring comedy greats Steve Martin and Martin Short and musical performers Travis Tritt, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bobby McFerrin and Kool & the Gang.

“Rocketman” is the second combination bio-pic and juke box musical that director Dexter Fletcher has given us in the last year. He’s the replacement who finished up “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Each of the movies is, in a special way, true to its subject. “Rocketman” is much more fantastic than was …

Mildred Elaine Macy, of Manhattan, formerly of Alta Vista, will celebrate her 95th birthday June 13.

Mike and Barbara (Warner) Shannon will celebrate their 50th anniversary June 5.

Riley County resident Abram Farley, 12, harvested a National Wild Turkey Federation record bearded hen on April 6. The hen weighed in at nearly 12 pounds and had a 9.4-inch beard.

Four Manhattan High students have been chosen by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 17 of Manhattan to attend the 77th annual session of Sunflower Girls State on the Kansas University campus.

Grant Kohlmeier and Emily Porter of Manhattan announce their engagement.

Jade and Hetzler and Dean Henery announce their engagement.

This summer, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and our summer reading program is on board with an exciting space theme. Storytimes and clubs kickoff Monday, and we have events for all ages related to space, lunar explorations and even cheese making (since the moon …

Taking a short, paved path along the side of his home at 145 Bethany Drive, Frank Tracz, marching band director at K-State, walks between lush bushes and greenery dotted with touches of purple — a pot of flowers, a Pride of Wildcat Land stone sign and a K-State flag.

Seth and Tammy Conroy of Omaha, Nebraska, announce the birth of their daughter Piper Everleigh on May 13. Piper weighed 7 pounds 2.5 ounces and was 20.5 in. long. Piper’s grandparents are Larry and Marcia Quick of Manhattan and Marty and Marsha Conroy of Omaha, Nebraska. Piper’s maternal gre…

The new movie “Brightburn,” set in an imaginary rural Kansas, is something we’ve rarely seen before — a small scale monster movie. If we’d not already seen the 2016 Anne Hathaway movie “Colossal,” it might take us awhile to get used to the idea.

The McCain year ended May 19 in a comfortable way, with another visit by Neil Berg. The composer and informal musical historian led a piano trio which backed five veteran singers performing a sampler of songs from “101 Years of Broadway.”

Michael and Jordan Chen of Manhattan announce the birth of their son, Landon Jingfene Chen. He was born May 23 and weighed 7.6 pounds and was 19 inches long. He joins a brother, Rowan.