January – February 2015

Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance @ Manhattan Public Library
Jan 28 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Need help enrolling in Health Insurance?  Join local certified navigators to apply and enroll at the Manhattan Public Library on Wednesday, January 28th from 1:00 – 7:00 pm.  You will need to bring active email address and password.  For everyone in the household you will need to bring birth dates;   social security numbers;  Income information (W-2, 2012 Tax Return, Paycheck Stubs, Self-employment records, etc);  Immigrations Documents;  any information about employer, offered health insurance.  For more information call: 785-249-7933.  Open enrollment closes February 15th.

Lost Kansas Communities @ Riley County Senior Center
Jan 28 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Riley County Seniors’ Service Center will host “Lost Kansas Communities,” a presentation and discussion by M.J. Morgan on Wednesday, January 28th at 1:00 pm.  Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.  Kansas has nearly 9000 disappeared towns and communities, caused by its unusual and spectacularly fast settlement history.  The variety of town types is as striking as the stories they left behind.  This talk will explore research conducted on lost Kansas places and discuss problems researchers have when searching information.  For more information contact the Riley County  Senior Center at 537-4040 or visit

Coffe Shop Agronomy @ Nelson's Landing
Jan 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Effective Herbicide Programs will be the discussion topic at the January 29th Coffee Shop Agronomy meeting, scheduled for 10:30 am to noon at Nelson’s Landing.  Dallas Peterson, K-State Research and Extension weed scientist, will be the featured speaker.  This is the second in a series of Coffee Shop Agronomy meetings held every other Thursday this winter through February 26th.  Charlie Lee will discuss lease hunting on February 12th and Dave Mengel will discuss soil health and soil science on February 26th.  Reservations are requested by noon the day before each meeting.  Contact Greg McClure at the Riley County Extension Office (785-537-6350) for more information.

Cultivating Community Through Shared Experiences @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Military spouses are invited to join ceramic artist Lauren Karle for a unique experience as they use her specially designed mugs inspired by the season of the Konza Prairie and the traditions of the tea ceremony.  The patterns on the mugs have been made in pairs, and the participants will find the person whose pattern matches their own and will reflect and converse while sharing tea.  To expand the connections cultivated, partners will join with another pair who has the same color handle.  Conversation starters will be provided to encourage exchange of ideas and exploration of human commonalities.  The goal of this activity is for citizens to connect with people they might not otherwise talk to and thereby build community in Manhattan.  Children’s program also will be provided.  Space is limited so sign up today.  Questions:   Contact Kathrine Walker Schlageck – 785-532-7718 or email:

Women Involved In Agriculture @ Riley County Public Works Facility
Feb 3 @ 3:00 pm – Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm

Space is still available for women to enroll in the Women Involved in Agriculture series of educational meetings that will begin on Tuesday, February 3rd, in Manhattan.  Space is limited to 25 participants, so women are encouraged to sign up soon.  However, enrollment will remain open until February 2nd if the course doesn’t reach capacity sooner.  Women Involved in Agriculture is a six-session course, with meetings held each Tuesday through March 10th.  The series is for women in agriculture with a passion for business management.  Farm owners, spouses, or women involved in any sector of agriculture are invited to participate.  The cost is $75 per person.  Supper and materials are included in the registration fee.  Session date and topics are: February 3rd – True Colors (personality profile);   February 10th – Understanding Financial Statements and FSA Programs;  February 17th – Marketing;  February 24th – Learning to use Quicken 2014;  March 3rd – Kansas Lease Law & Determining Equitable Leases;  March 10th – Estate Planning & Family Dynamics/Communication.  Each meeting is scheduled to start at 3:00 pm and adjourn at 8:00 pm.  Reservations can be made online at  Or call 785-537-6350 or email

53rd Annual Sertoma Pancake and Ground Hog Feed @ Pottorf Hall - Cico Park
Feb 7 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pottawatomie Blood Drive @ Wamego Schools
Feb 10 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Pottawatomie County will have a Red Cross Blood Drive in Wamego on Tuesday, February 10th at West Elementary School, 1911 6th Street from 10:30 am – 6:00 pm.  At Central Elementary School, 7th & Poplar, from 10:30 am – 6:00 pm.  and at Mount Calvary Lutheran, 17535 Say Road from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.