The Manhattan Municipal Band under the direction of Dr. Frank Tracz will begin its 96th Season presenting two Memorial Day concerts. The morning concert will be held at Sunset Cemetery in conjunction with the American Legion Post 17 Memorial Day Program beginning at 9:30 am. The evening concert will be held at City Park’s Larry Norvell Band Shell at 7:30 pm. The concerts will consist of a variety of selections including “America the Beautiful”, “Star Spangled Spectacular”, and “The Armed Forces Salute” which honors each branch of the United States Armed Forces. The evening concert will also feature vocalist John Richard performing “God Bless the USA”. The concerts are free and open to the public.
The American Legion Post 17 in Manhattan will hold the Memorial Day ceremony inside on Monday, May 30th at 10:00 am due to the chance of inclement weather. Lunch will follow.
Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery at Fort Riley-Manhattan will be honoring fallen veterans and their loved ones on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th. The Commemorative Service is open to the public and will begin at 11:00 am at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery (near the Manhattan airport). The program includes an ensemble from the First Infantry Division Band and Kansas Territorial Pipes and Drums. Light refreshments will be provided following the ceremony. Please take lawn chairs or blankets to sit on as seating usually fills up quickly.
The annual 1st Infantry Division/Central Flint Hills Region Memorial Day ceremony will take place on Monday, May 30th at 11:40 am at the Fort Riley Post Cemetery. Major General Wayne Grigsby, Jr., Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, will provide remarks. This is an event that will honor the fallen men and women who died while serving in our country’s armed forces, and will emphasize positive traditions by rendering due respect to those Soldiers from past to current wars. All are invited to attend the ceremony to honor our fallen service members.
A free senior health fair and open house will be held on Friday, June 3rd at Garden Grove Apartments from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend. Several local businesses will be participating in this event. For questions call 785-275-1285.
First Lutheran Church and Peace Lutheran Church are teaming up for VBS this year! VBS is for children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. There will be a preschool program and nursery care for siblings and children of volunteers. This event will be held June 6th – June 10th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Register now to be a part of this exciting week. Registration deadline is May 23rd. For more information call 785-539-7371.
The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley extend invitations to any and all Vietnam veterans to attend a welcome-home ceremony on Wednesday, June 8th, during the division’s annual Victory Week (June 6-10). Gather with our Soldiers, their families and our community as we recognize all of your efforts and sacrifices and as we begin the countdown to the Big Red One’s 100th anniversary. This ceremony will be held at 2:30 pm on June 8th at Marshall Army Airfield. RSVP to 1stIDEvents@gmail.com. For more information go to www.riley.army.mil/vietnamveteranswelcome/
Paxico Sacred Heart Parish Chicken Dinner will be held on Sunday, June 12th, serving buffet style from 12:00 to 3:30 pm. Mass will be at 10:30 am. Bingo/Games/Raffles and Silent Auction. Adults – $8.00. Ages 4 thru 12 – $3.50. Ages 3 and under – FREE. Location is Parish Hall, located 1 1/2 miles north of Paxico, KS.
The 27th Annual Manhattan Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 18th at City Park. The theme of this year’s one-day event is “Freedom – Community – Family”. Reading of the City of Manhattan’s proclamation and Community Unity Walk around the park will kick-off this year’s event at 9:30 am. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 100 people participating in the walk. The day will conclude with a musical performance by The Charles Walker Band in the Norvell Band Shell starting at 6:30. For detailed information about the day’s schedule of events and current sponsors, go to the Manhattan Juneteenth website at www.manhattanjuneteenth.org or Facebook at “Manhattan KS Juneteenth Celebration or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need childcare the week before school starts back up? Register your elementary child for Olympic Fun Camp hosted by Westview Community Church from August 8-12! Kids will enjoy marital arts, gymnastics, bowling and MORE hands on fun throughout the week. Area athletes and internationals will challenge campers with the Olympic 2016 motto, Live Your Passion! Go to www.westviewcommunity.com and click on Olympic Fun Camp to learn more or call 537-7173. Space is limited. Reservations will be granted on a first come, frist serve, basis.