Calendar

Apr
19
Sat
Sunset Zoo’s Party For The Planet @ Sunset Zoo
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Community members are invited to join Sunset Zoo’s Party for the Planet in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 19 from Noon to 4:30pm. The afternoon will feature family-friendly entertainment including magician performances, a rock climbing wall, Zoo Ambassador Programs with live animal encounters, and much more.

 

 “Celebrating the beauty of the natural world is at the heart of our mission and Earth Day is a great opportunity for us to do just that,” said Scott Shoemaker, Zoo Director.

 Younger guests will also enjoy a kid’s craft station and facepainting inside the Nature Exploration Center at the Zoo’s entryway. And guests of all ages will have the opportunity to learn about beekeeping, local amphibians and butterfly-friendly gardening at one of the conservation booths sprinkled throughout the 26-acre park.

 

 

The Zoo’s keeper staff will highlight animal enrichment – activities they use to keep the collection active and healthy – in several of the exhibits, with a unique bear awareness demonstration planned at sloth bears. A faux campsite will be setup inside the exhibit; guests can watch as the bears are released into the space and explore their new “campground.” Volunteers will also provide bear safety tips for guests who may be traveling and enjoying the outdoors this summer.

 

 

Visit SunsetZoo.com or call 785.587.APES for more information. The Zoo will be open from 9:30am to 5:00pm on April 19; Party for the Planet activities will run from Noon to 4:30pm. All event activities are included in regular Zoo admission. Event held rain or shine. Overflow parking for the event is located in the fields north and east of the Zoo’s main lot.

MHS Spring Play: “Bus Stop” @ MHS Rezac Auditorium
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Spring Play:   BUS STOP by Kansas playwright William Inge, April 17-19, 7pm Rezac Auditorium

Apr
22
Tue
Free Bible Class @ Manhattan Christian College
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A biblical, historical, and theological study of key doctrines of the Christian faith.

Class size limited. Register online at www.mccks.edu.

We Are All Trayvon @ Forum Hall, K-State Student Union
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The mother of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old whose fatal shooting by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida provoked a national race and justice debate, will speak at Kansas State University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

“We are all Trayvon” will be an educational and thought-provoking event, said Brandon Clark, coordinator of the event and program assistant for the university’s diversity office.

Despite the intense tragedy of loosing a child, Sybrina Fulton has turned her grief into advocacy, lecturing at college campuses across the nation. She co-founded the Trayvon Martin Foundation, a nonprofit organization to raise awareness of gun violence and help provide support and advocacy for families who have had relatives fall victim to it.

“The Trayvon Martin case was huge,” Clark said. “Whenever it’s brought up, it stirs certain emotions and gets people to talk and debate. This debate is about understanding why we believe what we believe. It is about being open-minded.”

Fulton’s visit comes almost two years after her son’s tragic death and the subsequent acquittal of the shooter. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity chapter as part of the historically black fraternity’s annual weeklong celebration. It is also sponsored by the Student Governing Association.

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