Wildcat Creek Watershed Idea Workshop @ City Commission Room
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm

To make the strongest application possible for the NDRC Grant, KDA, the Flint Hills Regional Council,  the City of Manhattan will be hosting an “Idea Workshop” on Thursday, August 27th at 7:00 pm in the City Commission Room.  This workshop will include facilitated discussions in small group settings on topics such as specific flood prone areas, and what activities and amenities could occur in the area.

Wildcat Week @ Sunset Zoo
Aug 30 – Sep 5 all-day

Wildcat Week at the Sunset Zoo is Sunday, August 30th through Saturday, September 5th.  KSU students, faculty and staff receive special discounts on admission to the Zoo and the Flint Hills Discovery Center when they show a current KSU ID.

The Many Faces of the Civil War @ Manhattan Public Library
Aug 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Riley County Genelogical Society is presenting “The Many Faces of the Civil War” on Sunday, August 30th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Manhattan Library. The presenter will be Roy Bird.  The program is free and open to the public.  For more information contact: Joan Smith at 785-537-4778 or

RCLA Summer Tour @ Alcove Cattle Company
Aug 30 @ 5:00 pm

The annual Riley County Livestock Association Summer Tour will be held on Sunday, August 30th, starting at 5:00 pm at Alcove Cattle Company, located just south of Blue Rapids, Ks.  Tour hosts Ken and Zita Duensing will provide a tour their purebred Angus operation, including a look at the entrance to the abandoned gypsum mine on their property.  The ranch headquarters is located in a beautiful setting, near Alcove Springs.  To reach the tour site, travel straight south of Blue Rapids on Main Street, then follow the signs leading to the Alcove Cattle Company.  A free supper provided by the Riley County Livestock Association will be served following the tour.  Food and table service are provided, but participants are asked to bring their lawn chairs.  Reservations to attend the RCLA Summer Tour are needed by Wednesday, August 26th.  Register online at or call the Riley County Extension Office at 785-537-6350.

Local Food & Farm Task Force Meeting @ Kansas Department of Agriculture
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Local Food and Farm Task Force will meet at 10:00 am on Monday, August 31st.  The meeting will include a presentation from Kansas State University College of Agriculture Dean John Floros.  The Task force is responsible for preparing a local food and farm plan containing policy and funding recommendations in order in increase locally grown food production.  The meeting is open to the public.  Individuals who have questions regarding the meeting should contact KDA marketing director, Kerry Wefald at

Free Movie Night at the Zoo @ Sunset Zoo
Sep 3 @ 8:00 pm

K-State’s Movies on the Grass – at the Zoo – will be held on Thursday, September 3rd.  Enjoy a free screening of Project Wild Thing, a hilarious real-life story about one man’s determination to get children out and into nature.  Plus, from 5 to 8 pm, guests will enjoy fee Zoo admission.

From the Land of Kansas Tailgate Contest @ Bill Snyder Family Stadium
Sep 5 all-day

Kansas’ agricultural trademark program, From the Land of Kansas, invites tailgaters to participate in the second annual From the Land of Kansas Tailgate Contest.  The contest presented by Manhattan HyVee, will be held on Saturday, September 5th, prior to the Kansas State University vs. South Dakota football game.  Tailgate contest participants are challenged to create dishes featuring Kansas ingredients.  Winners will not only be named champion, but will also receive From the Land of Kansas memorabilia and a gift card from Manhattan HyVee.  For more information, visit

Control Tower Tour @ Tuttle Creek Lake
Sep 5 @ 1:30 pm

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake invites the public to attend a Control Tower Tour on Saturday, September 5th, at 1:30 pm.  The tour is open to U S Citizens and attendees must sign up at the Corps of Engineers Project office before the day of the tour.  There are only 20 spots available, so sign up today.  Steve Prockish and Jordan McGuinn, Park Rangers at Tuttle Creek Lake, will conduct the program.  Attendees will learn about the history of the dam and how the tower operates.  Please be advised that backpacks and purses are not allowed on the tower.  Photographs are not permitted in the tower, so please leave cameras and cell phones in vehicles.  Tour parking will be in the lot on the west end of the dam.  For further information on this program, please contact the Corps of Engineers Office, at 5020 Tuttle Creek Blvd or call 785-539-8511.

Grandparents; & Enrichment Day @ Sunset Zoo
Sep 6 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Grandparents’ & Enrichment Day will be held at the Zoo on Sunday, September 6th from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.  Grandparents admitted free this day with a paid child’s admission.  Plus, tour the animal exhibits to see firsthand how keepers use enrichment to ensure our animal collection stays active and healthy.

Coffee and Conversation @ Methodist Church
Sep 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

There will be a Coffee and Conversation with Local Elected Officials on Saturday, September 12th from 9:30 (coffee) to 11:30 am at the College Avenue United Methodist Church New Community Room.  This will be an opportunity to talk to our local school board members, mayor, city commissioners and county commissioners….the individuals who guide our community.  The format will be a round-robin.  The meeting is free and open to the public.