USD 378 Public Forum

Candidates running for USD 378 Board of Education will respond to questions on local issues during a public forum on Sunday March 29th from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the south gymnasium at Riley County High School.  The format for the forum will include questions submitted by members of the audience and asked by a moderator.  Following audience questions, candidates will make closing statements.  The forum in open to the public.

Run for the Red

The 1st Annual Run for the Red 5K Race will be held on Sunday, March 29th on the Kansas State University campus, benefiting the American Red Cross.  Register and receive a t-shirt, prizes for First and Second place winners for both men and women in respective age groups.  To register, visit: https//

Handel’s MESSIAH

Handel’s MESSIAH by the community for the community will be performed Saturday March 28 7:30pm at St Thomas More Church, 2900 Kimball Ave, Manhattan. Singers interested in participating should come to rehearsal at the church on Wednesday March 25 7pm.

2015 Little Apple Pride Parade

The parade begins at First Congregational Church on the corner of Poyntz Ave and Juliette Ave (7th st).

The festival with entertainment starts around 3pm at Triangle Park. This will be the ending location of the parade.

Free Bible Class

Manhattan Christian College will hold a Free Bible Class five Wednesday nights in April, April 1st –  29th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.   The topic will be the book of Genesis, including some extra-biblical information about the creation and the flood, and the historical narrative beginning with Adam and concluding with Joseph. Class size is limited.  Register online at or contact Brody Bliss,

Vision 360 Banquet

Manhattan Christian College will hold their annual Vision 360 Banquet on Friday, April 17th at the Hilton Garden Center at 6:00 pm.  This banquet brings together current students, alum and friends of the college to celebrate what God is doing through MCC.  Alumni awards and student awards are part of the program.  This free event provides an opportunity for friends of the college to invite others who might be interested in knowing more about it.  RSVP online or call 785-539-3571.

Royal Bunny Tracs 5K

Royal Bunny Tracs 5K & Kids Rabbit Dash with Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4th at the Northeast Community Park.  There will be food, games, activities and fun for the whole family.  5K Run/Walk Registration is at 7:30 am with the race beginning at 8:30 am.  Kids games and inflatables: 9:00 am; Kids Rabbit Dash Registration: 9:30 am; Kids Rabbit Dash begins 10:00 am; Easter Egg Hunt begins: 11:00.  Lunch will be available.  For more information go to;; or call Glenda Newkirk at 785-776-9620.

NextCoffee Meeting

The Riley County Police Department will be holding its monthly NextCoffee meeting on Tuesday, March 31st at 5:30 pm (Tuesday instead of Monday for this month only). The meeting will be held at Radina’s located in Blue Earth Plaza.  Police Officer Derek Cid from the Riley County Police Department’s Patrol Division will be this month’s guest speaker to discuss his patrol shift and experiences as a law enforcement officer in and outside of Riley County.  NextCoffee meetings are generally held on the last Monday of each month.  They are a casual setting in which Manhattan and Riley County community members can interact with police officers of the Riley County Police Department in a light hearted and casual atmosphere.  Officers and employees involved in the program provide an educational experience and open discussion on topics like crime in the community and how the department is responding.  The department’s Nextcoffee goes hand in hand with its online counterpart, Nextdoor.  This free program is used to better facilitate communication throughout the community and replaced the neighborhood watch program in Riley County earlier this year.  To sign up for a Nextdoor account visit

Final Plan Adoption: Manhattan City Commission

A Public Hearing: Final Plan Adoption: Manhattan City Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 7th at 7:00 pm in the Commission Room, City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Avenue. This meeting is for the final plan adoption for the Manhattan Area Comprehensive Plan and the Manhattan Area Transportation Strategy.  Please plan to attend to show your support.  For more information contact Project Director, Eric Cattell, City of Manhattan, at 785-587-2412.

Chocolate & Tea

Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity will sponsor Chocolate & Tea on Sunday, April 12th at the Houston Street Ballroom.  Tickets are $15.00 each.