April – May 2015
The Riley County Seniors’ Service Center is holding its annual Spring Indoor Sale on Wednesday, April 29th and Thursday, April 30th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Friday, May 1st from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. The sale, which is an annual fundraiser, will be held at the Center. Center members and the public have donated items for the sale, which is open to the public. Shoppers will find a variety of household items, kitchenware, arts and craft supplies, glassware, luggage, lamps, a brass bed frame, garden supplies, and many more items too numerous to list. The Center will accept donations through noon on Tuesday, April 28th (no shoes, clothes, exercise equipment, televisions, or weapons, please). The proceeds from this fundraising event support the Center’s programs and activities.
USDA Commodities drive-thru distribution will be Wednesday, April 29th, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at the Flint Hills Breadbasket, 905 Yuma. This is available for all income eligible Riley County Residents. All commodities are first come first serve. Product available include: Carrots, Orange Juice, Peaches, Cream Corn, Tomato Soup, WG Macaroni, Grape Juice, and additional perishable foods from the Breadbasket.
Jamin’ Northstars Elementary Choir Presents: A Bob Hope Style U.S.O. Show Extravaganza!! Singing, Dancing and Jokes! Fun costumes and great entertainment! Join them on Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st at the Northview Gymnasium at 6:30 pm. They will be accepting donations for the local Ft. Riley U.S.O. Welcome local V.F.W., D.A.V., American Legion, and Ft. Riley Soldiers!
Run for the Hills! Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, May 2nd starting at 9:00 am. Race includes a 5K run timed by Manhattan Running Company and an untimed 2-mile walk – both open to anyone. Featuring a flat race course. Medals for the male and female overall winners as well as first, second, and third place medals for five age groups of males and females. The race course will start and finish at the Flint Hills Center. Register by April 10th to be guaranteed a race t-shirt! Register by April 10th, entry fee is $25 per individual for chip timed 5K and $20 for untimed 2-mile walk. Register after April 10th, $30 for chip timed 5K, $25 for untimed 2-mile walk. Those under the age of 18 must have a guardian sign the waiver of liability. Dogs, skateboards, roller skates and motorized vehicles are not allowed on the race course. Register at: manhattanrunningco.com or call Amanda Martin at 785-776-9294.
A Cycle Casa Kids Safety Rodeo will be held on Saturday, May 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at City Park. Learn to ride safely. Experts will be on site. They will have a fun course and stations. Free helmets while supplies last and a chance to win a bike!
The Kansas Sampler Festival will be held on Saturday, May 2nd from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, May 3rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Wamego City Park. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 7-12 (cash and check only). Children 6 and under may attend the festival free of charge. For more information about the festival, please visit http://www.kansassamplerfestival.com and https://fromthelandofkansas.com.
Parents, leave the kids at the Flint Hills Discovery Center on Saturday, May 2nd for Kids’ Science Theater from 530 – 9:00 pm. Doc Gizmo will be there to provide demonstrations and science experiments. Children will learn about safety, thunder lightning, radar tracking, along with how to understand and prepare for a storm in the Flint Hills. The program is geared towards kindergarten through 8th grade. Children will create their own lip balm to protect their lips from the weather, a rain gauge to keep track of the rain at home and a weather vane to keep an eye on wind changes in the area. Dinner is included with pre-registration. The event is open to the public. Visit www.flinthillsdiscovery.org or call 785-587-2726 for more information.
The Riley County Historical Society Quarterly Dinner Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 6th (dinner 6:30, program 7:15 pm) at the Blue Hills Room. The program will be Railroad Empire across the Heartland: Rephotographing Alexander Gardner’s Westward Journey by Jim Sherow, Professor of History, Kansas State University. Dinner: $14.00 (no cancellations after reservation deadline) beef brisket, mashed potatoes, green beans, house salad, rolls and brownies. Dinner reservations must be made by Thursday, April 30th at 785-565-6490. Program begins about 7:15 pm (no reservations needed for program). Everyone is welcome to the dinner and program.
Leading up to their celebration of Mother’s Day on Friday, May 8th, during the week of May 4th-8th they will have a silent auction on women’s handbags. The handbags will contain accessories and gift cards to local businesses. The winner of each handbag will be announced at the Mother’s Day program on Friday, May 8th at 1:00 pm. G. Thomas Jewelers will present a program about current trends in jewelry, graduation gift ideas, and ways to simplify the process of wearing jewelry. Everyone will be able to make their own individual Fruit Pizzas for refreshments. Please let them know if you plan to attend so they can be sure to have enough fruit pizza ingredients on hand.
On Saturday, May 9th, the National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct their annual stamp out Hunger Food Drive. Please leave non-perishable food items in or at your mailbox on Saturday, May 9th for pick up by your letter carrier. All food donations will be taken to the Flint Hills Breadbasket. Help stamp out hunger!