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Apr
23
Wed
@ Nature Exploration Center
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

On Wednesday, April 23, Sunset Zoo will welcome Geeta Seshamani and Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founders of Wildlife SOS, as they speak on their efforts to conserve India’s native sloth bear. Beginning at 7pm, the free lecture is held inside the Zoo’s Nature Exploration Center and sponsored by the Friends of Sunset Zoo. Zoo grounds will be closed during the event.

“What Geeta and Kartick have accomplished in India is tremendous,” said Scott Shoemaker, Zoo Director. “This lecture is a wonderful opportunity for our community to hear firsthand what it’s like to preserve animals in their native habitats.

Less than twenty years ago, hundreds of sloth bears could be found throughout India forced to perform on the streets as ‘dancing bears;’ a practice that seriously threatened wild populations. In 1995, Wildlife SOS was founded to protect and conserve India’s natural heritage. Through their efforts, the practice of dancing bears was brought to an end in India in 2009 and the poaching of sloth bear cubs has dramatically reduced. Geeta and Kartick will share the unconventional methods they used to accomplish this.

This lecture is part of Wildlife SOS’ national tour to support the work of Zoos around sloth bear conservation. While in Manhattan, the pair will also host an Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) program using the Zoo’s facilities. The IDL program is part of a series Katrick hosts through Inspire Classroom and Bear Trust International. Sunset staff will also participate, alongside Zoo professionals from several AZA-accredited Kansas Zoos, in a Sloth Bear Husbandry workshop.

The annual Sunset Zoo Presents lecture series is hosted by Friends of Sunset Zoo (FOSZ) each spring. All lectures are free and the community is encouraged to attend. For over 65 years, FOSZ support has helped to expand and enhance the Zoo, educate Zoo staff and conserve wildlife. With 1,000+ membership households, FOSZ has contributed over $600,000 to the Zoo since the early 2000’s.

For more information about this lecture or any upcoming special event like the Zoo’s Party for the Planet Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 19, visit SunsetZoo.com or call 785.587.APES (2737). To learn more about Wildlife SOS, visit wildlifesos.org.

 

 

Apr
24
Thu
Pig Out For Parkinson’s @ Cox Bros. BBQ
Apr 24 all-day

Annual fundraiser to benefit the Parkinson’s Program

The Pig Out for Parkinson’s will be held at Cox Bros. BBQ in Manhattan, KS, on Thursday, April 24, 2014. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Meadowlark Hills Parkinson Fund.

If you make a minimum donation of $10, you can choose from the pantry of Cox Bros. BBQ sauce autographed by Coach Bill Snyder. Coach Snyder will attend the event during the lunch hour. There will also be a signed football and basketball prize drawing with donations.The Meadowlark Parkinson Fund allows the leaders of the Parkinson’s Program of Manhattan at Meadowlark Hills to provide services for the community to improve the quality of life for all those affected by Parkinson’s disease: patients, caregivers, therapists and nurses. With this fund, they are able to continue and expand opportunities for education, outreach and scholarships for medical purposes.

 

Geary County Blood Drive @ Junction City Municipal Building
Apr 24 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

Make a difference this spring by rolling up a sleeve for patients in need. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Apr
25
Fri
Geary County Blood Drive @ Junction City Municipal Building
Apr 25 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Make a difference this spring by rolling up a sleeve for patients in need. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Republican Women of Pottawatomie County Meeting @ Wamego Senior Center
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Republican Women of Pottawatomie County meeting regarding common core.

Apr
26
Sat
Earth Day Park Clean Up @ Tuttle Creek State Park
Apr 26 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
10th Annual Enid Stover Poetry Recitation @ Manhattan City Park
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In honor of Edin Stover, and who love reciting poetry. All are invited to share your favorite poem from memory and listen to others recite theirs.

Chairs will be provided (lawn chairs and blankets also welcome)

Light refreshments, certificates, and a gift drawing

Optional bad weather location: Manhattan Public Library Auditorium

Flint Hills Messiah Performance @ Wamego United Methodist Church
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Rocky Ford School Open House @ Rocky Ford School
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rocky Ford School is a one-room limestone schoolhouse that was built in 1903. The building served first through eighth grade students in District 70 until consolidation with District 1 in 1938. Although consolidation had been a topic of discussion during District 70 board meetings as early as 1921, patrons chose to rebuild the school after a fire nearly destroyed it in 1927. Builder Fred Hulse used the original limestone during the reconstruction.

Various repairs and improvements were made to the property within its first two decades. In 1987, USD 383 gave the school to the Historical Society with the understanding that it would be used for historical purposes.

The Rocky Ford School committee, chaired by Doug Tippin and composed of other RCHS board members and volunteers, has made additional improvements to the exterior and interior in recent years.

Refreshments will be served. Parking is available at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1921 Barnes Road.

Hypnosis Unleashed @ White City High School Gymnasium
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Hypnosis Unleashed will be presented on Saturday, April 26th at 7:00 pm in the White City High School Gymnasium.  The show will be presented by Brad Clark.  Brad has traveled the country entertaining thousands of people with his UNLEASHED Hypnosis comedy show. You will never see the same show twice because every show has a stage full on new entertainers.  It’s all real and you have the opportunity to experience the state of hypnosis on stage or from your seat in the audience. Advance Tickets: Adults, $8; Students K-12, $5.  At-the-Door Tickets: Adults $10; Students K-12, $7.  Pre-School Children: Free w/adult.  Tickets available at: Central National Bank and Town & Country Beauty Shop, White City.  Gieswein Insurance Agency, Council Grove or from any WC CNB Relay for Life Team member.  All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.