Clay Center Free Dental Mission @ Clay Center Family Dental Care
Apr 27 @ 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

WHERE:           Clay Center Family Dental Care; 714 Liberty St. – Clay Center, KS

HOW:               First come, First Served – Tickets available beginning at 5:30 am –
Services begin at 7:30 am

                 **** You MUST have a ticket to be admitted ****
WHAT:             Exams, X-Rays, Fillings, Extractions and Cleanings
WHO:               Adults only who have no dental insurance and who are struggling
financially and have no other means to pay for dental care
QUESTIONS: - Do NOT telephone the office
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 The Speedy P.D. Race @ Tuttle Creek State Park
Aug 23 @ 6:30 am – 10:00 am

The Speedy P.D. Race is a fundraising event supporting the Parkinson’s Program of Manhattan at Meadowlark Hills.  The program provides care, education and scholarship by using a proactive multidisciplinary team who use a personal approach to optimize quality of life for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.  Volunteers vary and are usually assigned to volunteers as they arrive at the event.  Volunteer time commitment varies based on assigned tasks, but all volunteers are asked to arrive between 6:30a-6:45 am to allow time for instruction and placement on the course.  Contact: Janalee Walter, Volunteer Coordinator, or 785-323-3899.

Speedy PD Race for Parkinson’s Disease @ Tuttle Creek State Park
Aug 23 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am

The Speedy PD Race for Parkinson’s Disease will be held at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, on Saturday, August 23rd.  There will be a 5K/10K Run/Walk and Half-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk with proceeds to benefit the Meadowlark Hills Parkinson Fund.  Registration and packet pick-up will be Friday August 22nd, at the Holiday Inn at the Campus from 4:30 to 7:00 pm with the Key Note Speaker at 6:30 pm.  On race day, packet pick up and registration is from 6:30 to 7:30 am.  The 5K/10K races begin at 8 am and the Half-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk will start at 9:15 am.  Awards will start at 9:30 am; BBQ and Beer will begin at 9 am featuring Cox Bros BBQ and Budweiser.  Questions can be directed to Corri Frigon, Race Director, via email at or 785-410-2814.

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