August – September 2014

Volunteers for Cattle Barons Ball @ Copeland Ranch
Aug 23 @ 6:30 am – 11:30 am

Volunteers needed for the Cattle Baron’s Ball on August 23rd at Copeland Ranch.  Contribute your time toward success of this American Cancer Society fundraiser where proceeds go to aid families in their fight against cancer and cancer research.  Volunteers are needed as parking attendants, assist bar staff (must be 21 years old), help with hospitality such as checking tables and guests, serving when and where needed and offer assistance to guests throughout the event.  Volunteers are needed 5:15 – 11:30 pm with two shifts for parking attendants.  Contact: Hope James or 785-447-0677.

Volunteers for Art Happens @ Manhattan Arts Center
Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Volunteers are needed for the Art Happens fundraising event that supports the local Manhattan Arts Center, its children programming, musical performances, art gallery and theater productions.  Volunteers will be asked to serve appetizers, bus plates, glasses and check on food availability to patrons.  Volunteers will be provided a light dinner and drinks.  Volunteers are asked to work 2 hour shifts to support the arts.  Get to know and see what this local Arts Center means by its tag line, “Arts for All”.  Contact: Amy Gross, or 785-537-4420.

Edible Wild Plants @ Shelter #3, Outlet Park
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake invites the public to attend “Edible Wild Plants”  on Saturday, August 23rd at 7:00 pm at Shelter #3 in Outlet Park.  Ranger Jordan McGuinn will share examples and photos of common edible plants in Kansas.  Some samples will be shared, including Sumac Tea and recipes will also be handed out.  This is a free program and all ages are invited to attend.  For further information on this program, please contact the Corps of Engineers Office at 5020 Tuttle Creek Blvd or by calling 785-539-8511.

RCLA Summer Tour @ Wickstrum Farms
Aug 24 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Tour host Todd Wickstrum will provide a tour of the Wickstrum Farms feedlot, and a portion of the operation’s cow herd. Participants will see the farm’s state-of-the-art feed mill, cattle handling facilities, and cattle on feed, while visiting with Todd Wickstrum about day to day feedlot and ranch management operations.

A free supper provided by the Riley County Livestock Association will be served at Todd and Trista Wickstrum’s new home following the tour. Participants are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

Reservations to attend the RCLA Summer Tour are needed by Wednesday, August 20. Register online at or call the Riley County Extension Office at 785-537-6350.

MHS Alumni Association Picnic @ City Park, Wefald Pavilion
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Manhattan High School Alumni Association will hold its annual picnic for all MHS alumni and their families on Sunday, August 24th at 6:00 pm in the Wefald Pavilion in City Park.  The association is providing hot dogs and drinks, please bring a side dish or dessert to share with everyone.  The annual business meeting will follow the picnic.

K-State Lecture @ Cotonwood Room - K-State Union
Aug 26 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

From “Production Economics” to “Rural Banking” for 30 years Bob Burton has helped shape students’ understanding of economic theory and more.  The Kansas State University agricultural economics professor will give one last lecture on Tuesday, August 26th and  this time the public is invited.  Burton will speak about the reflection of his career in the Cottonwood Room of the K-State Union at 4:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served.

Purple Power Play @ City Park
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Purple Power Play returns to City Park Thursday, August 28th and Friday, August 29th, beginning at 6:00 pm both days!  Originally designed to welcome students and alumni to Downtown Manhattan prior to the first home Kansas State Wildcat football game, Purple Power Play has grown to be one of the best regional events in Northeast Kansas.  The festivities will take place in the north end of City Park near and around the Park Pavilion.  This year’s event, features a variety of live music, entertainment, food, games, a Jumbotron and Inflatable Carnival.  Kids of all ages can get their picture taken with Willie the Wildcat in the Park Pavilion beginning at 5:00 pm both evenings.  Nightly pep rallies will feature appearances by current K-State coaches, the Marching Bank, Cheerleaders and Classy Cats and Willie the Wildcat.  On Friday night, head into game day with the Pyrotechnic Fireworks extravaganza!  For more information, visit

Old Settlers’ Days @ Beecher Bible and Rifle Church
Aug 31 @ 9:45 am – 10:15 am

Thee annual Celebration of “Old Settlers’ Days”, at the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church in Wabaunsee, will be held August 31st.  Day’s program begins with Church Service at 9:45 am; Potluck at noon; Program at 1:30 pm. Guest speaker, Ms. Susan Metzger.  Topic, “Sons & Daughters of the American Revolution; Organizational Influence in America”.  Information call 785-456-9591.

Beach Museum Conversation @ All Faiths Chapel
Sep 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Photographer Dawoud Bey and University of Chicago associate curator and director of education Hamza Walker will discuss the power of art, its potential as a means of social engagement, and special aspects of the aesthetic research carried out by artists in a conversation at 7:00 pm Thursday, September 4th, in All Faiths Chapel at Kansas State University.  A reception will precede the event at 5:30 pm at the university’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Spay-ghetti and No Balls Dinner To Benefit The RCHS @ Pottorf Hall - Cico Park
Sep 7 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Riley County Humane Society will host the annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls Dinner on Sun., Sept. 7, from 3 – 8 p.m. at Pottorf Hall in Cico Park.

The event will feature an all-you-can-eat Italian dinner sponsored by Olive Garden. Dinner will include spaghetti, meatballs, vegetarian meatballs, salad and bread sticks. Your all-you-can-eat plate ticket can be purchased at the door for $10, kids 10 and under for $5. Also at this year’s event will be a micro-chip, rabies vaccine and nail trimming clinic. Prices for the clinic are: micro-chip – $30, rabies vaccine $12 and nail trims $8.

“The Spay-ghetti and No Balls dinner is a fun opportunity for Riley County Humane Society and the community to come together to spread awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets,” said Felicia Benedetto, RCHS Fundraising Coordinator. “One the biggest goals at RCHS is to reduce the amount of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens born each year, and this can be accomplished by ensuring every pet is spayed or neutered.”

All proceeds from the event will go directly toward RCHS’s initiative to help spay and neuter pets in and around Riley County, Kansas.

For more information about the Spay-ghetti and No Balls Dinner and the Riley County Humane Society, please visit or e-mail