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Looking for some fun friends to share new Kansas experiences with in the Junction City/Manhattan/Fort Riley area? Join us for a hike, live theatre or music, dinner at a nice restaurant or a potluck. If it's not on our calendar, the only reason is that you haven't suggested it yet!

Anyone seeking to expand on their current circle of friends is welcome. Feel free to bring your ideas and experiences to the table and be prepared to be appreciated. We look forward to meeting you and hearing what you have to say!

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Outdoor Jazz at a Winery

Crescent Moon Winery

The Cresent Moon Winery just north of Lawrence has free outdoor music on Saturday afternoons. The week chosen features the Brad Allen Trio, a local jazz band. There is no charge, and you are welcome to bring your own chair, blanket, and food. They do ask that you not bring beverages, and try their wines and wine slushies available for purchase. We plan to carpool and bring foods to share among our group.

📽 Ice on Fire

Kansas State University

Let's get together and watch the documentary Ice on Fire from the K-State series Movies on the Grass. The film will be shown outdoors. Bring your folding chair and we will place them on the the grass area south of Hale Library. Wearing a face mask is encouraged.

"Should be essential viewing for anyone who plans to carry on living on the planet... -Wendy Ide, Screen International."

"Award winning HBO documentary produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio and Mathew Schmid and directed by Leila Conners, Ice on Fire is an eye-opening documentary that focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis. The film goes beyond the current climate change narrative and offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming."

Let's meet at the World War II Memorial at 7:30 pm. The World War II Memorial is located in the center of Goldstein Circle in front of McCain Auditorium.

Check out the trailer. https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/ice-on-fire

Coffee Cruise bike ride

Blue Earth Plaza

To conclude Bike Month in Manhattan, a social bicycling event will combine coffee and bicycling. They offer two routes: 5 miles featuring 3 coffee shops, or 25 miles featuring 5 coffee shops:

Not your average bike event. This is about community & fun:
Family friendly, All Ages & Abilities welcome. Social cycling from coffee shop to coffee shop, along an urban route of Trails, Bike Lanes, Bike Blvds. Get to know your community on your bike.

Format: Guided social slow roll or on your own at your own pace; you choose

Coffee: 2 ounce cup of coffee at each stop on your route:

Cost: Free. Suggested donation of $10.00

Register online at the link provided (your meetup RSVP simply means you want to meet with meetup friends; you still need to register with bikewalkmhk at their website: https://www.bikewalkmhk.com/coffee-cruise)

Prizes: Of course! All registered entries be eligible for gift cards. BONUS! Everyone will receive a limited edition spoke card commemorating the ride.

5-mile Route: Coffee stops: Start (Blue Earth Plaza), 1. Bluestem Bistro, 2. Arrow Coffee, 3. Radina's Bakehouse. Difficulty: Family friendly. Mostly flat and easy route through the heart of MHK. Total elevation gain: ~50 feet.

25-mile Route: Coffee Stops: Start (Blue Earth Plaza), 1. Bluestem Bistro, 2. Arrow Coffee, 3. Paramour Coffee, 4. Panera Bread, 5. Radina's Bakehouse. Difficulty: Flat beginning through the heart of MHK and then up into the hills of western MHK! Moderate difficulty. Total elevation gain: ~900 feet.

How it works
1. Pick your route: 5 or 25 miles
2. Pick your ride type: Guided, social slow roll or on your own at your own pace. Mix & match any combination - Choose your adventure
3. Ride your bike, have fun, sip coffee

NOTE: If you are 15 y.o. or younger, you do not need to register

Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival - St. Marys

Goodwill Manhattan


The community of St. Marys is hosting their annual Shakespeare Festival and presenting "Macbeth" in an outdoor theater located in a wood on the edge of town. Fifty food, game and artisan booths round out the festival. Prairie Fire members have attended the past couple of years and enjoyed it very much. Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased at the gate. Bring a chair. The gate opens at 5:00 and the show starts at 6:30 PM. We can meet at the Goodwill parking lot to carpool. Once we arrive in St. Marys, we will set up our chairs to claim a seat with a good view of the stage, then wander through the village of vendors and food. We can eat there, then get back to our chairs for the performance. It is a good idea to bring cash, since not all booths accept cards. Even if you're not interested in the Shakespeare performance, the food, live music and games are very much worth the $12 admission (think of it as a smaller version of a Renaissance Festival). For more information on the festival go to http://flinthillsshakespearefestival.com

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Riley County Courthouse Plaza

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