by Amber Keck, Children’s Librarian
School has started for Manhattan students and KSU students are slowly rolling back into town for the fall semester. As the summer comes to a close, there are many events coming up this weekend that will help you enjoy the long days and warm weather.
- OK (Outside Kansas) Kids Day at Tuttle Creek State Park on August 23
OK Kids Day is a statewide event intended to encourage kids to take part in outdoor play. Starting at 8am, children and their parents can grab a “passport” and make their way through numerous activities throughout the day. Older children can climb the rock wall and throw tomahawks and hatchets, while younger children can jump on large inflatables and ride the Little Apple Train. All the events are near the River Pond Area and there is no entrance fee or need for a parking permit while enjoying the day at Tuttle Creek State Park.
- Cattle Baron’s Ball on August 23
The Cattle Baron’s Ball is an annual event to support the American Cancer Society. Held at a different location each year, the event features great food, entertainment, and a silent auction. This year, the ball will be located at Copeland Ranch and begins at 7pm. Auction items this year include a Canvas and Cork Party donated by Straight Upp Creative Studio, a night at the Comfort Inn and Suites, a large array of handcrafted jewelry, and other valuable items. Tickets are still on sale now.
- Art Happens on August 23
Art Happens is the annual fundraiser benefiting the Manhattan Arts Center. The center includes a performance hall, two galleries, and art studios. Throughout the year, the center features artwork in the galleries and offers opportunities for students of the arts to take part in performances and classes. During the Art Happens fundraiser, donors can enjoy wine and appetizers while watching art demonstrations from featured artists.
If you can’t make it to these events but still need something to do this weekend, stop by the library for some weekend entertainment. The Saturday hours for the library are 9am to 6pm and Sunday hours are 1pm to 6pm.