THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS | Midfest, Third Thursday, Riley County Fair & More | Area

Walk-in rumba class, 2 p.m.

No previous experience or partner necessary.

Tickets: $15, or free for students in private lessons.

Ballroom dance school, 316 Laramie Street.

Live Theatre: Lemonade, 2 p.m.

The Columbian Theater Summer Theater Academy will show the ups and downs of life with fairytale creatures.

The Colombian Theater, 521 Lincoln Ave., Wamego.

Christmas in July, 3 p.m.

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Manhattan Festival of Lights with a free screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. Bring chairs or blankets; water and popcorn provided. Santa Claus will also be there to take pictures and hear the first round of Christmas wishes.

Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S.Third St.

Cornhole Tournament, 5 p.m.

Cost: $20 per person, choose your partner.

Fraternal Order of Eagles 2468, 312 S. Fourth St.

Blood drive, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Also 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas More, 2900 Kimball Ave.; 10:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Meadowlark Hills, 2121 Meadowlark; noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Holiday Inn Manhattan at The Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave.; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 1114 Moro St.

First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth St.

Open Trail Days at Prairiewood, 3-6 p.m.

Check in at the Blue Sage Gallery, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and water if needed.

Prairiewood Retreat and Preserve, 1484 Wildcat Creek Road.

Paint and Sip: Ocean View, 4:00 p.m.

Also Paint and Sip: Beach Life at 6 p.m. Friday, and Paint and Sip: Lion’s Pride at 6 p.m. July 23.

Uncorked Inspiration, 1223 Moro St.

Live Music: Velveteen Elvis, 7 p.m.

Aunt Mae’s Living Room, 616 N. 12th St.

Battle of the Insignia, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Donate blood on behalf of the Riley County Police Department, Manhattan Fire Department, or Riley County EMS.

Also from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

St. Thomas More, 2900 Kimball Ave.

Also Baby Toy DIY at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Family Fun Cooking: Fruit Popsicles at 3 p.m. Thursday and more.

Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.

Downtown Farmer’s Market, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Third and Leavenworth Streets.

Kid’s Camp Mini Sign Workshop, 10 a.m.

Also Third Thursday back-to-school themed Make and Take Workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday; Friday! Workshop Choose your project at 6:30 p.m.; and in-studio birthday celebration family workshop at 5 p.m. on July 23.

Tip and Brush, 311 Fort Riley Blvd.

Midfest, until Saturday.

Miztuh Chazs, Thursday at 4 p.m., Flight Crew Coffee;

Art Exhibition, 5 p.m. Thursday, Tallgrass at The Well;

Philosophy of Lions and The Blackbird Fields, 7 p.m. Thursday, Tallgrass Tap House;

Comedy: Taneika Carlin, Jeremy Ricci and Mary Renee, Thursdays at 8 p.m., The Wareham;

Sounds of Many, the Manhattan Mob and The Box Turtles, Thursdays at 9 p.m., Finn’s Pub;

Field Day Jitters and Red Kate, 10:30 p.m., Auntie Mae’s Parlor;

Lisa Jean and The Starfire Dancers, Chappie, The Lomos, Part Time Hero, Bikini Gordo, Delicious Friction and Lizard Brain Trust, Saturday Noon, 12th and Moro Streets;

Frogpond and Ultimate Fakebook, 7 p.m. Saturday, Finn’s Neighborhood Pub.

Special hours and more in downtown businesses.

Is this thing on? Comedy evening, 6:30 p.m.

Performers include Clay Foley, Jesse Tuttle and Steve Peters.

Liquid Art Winery, 1745 Wildcat Creek Road.

Riley County Fair, all weekend.

Watch a five- to 10-minute science demonstration while splashing or picnicking.

Splash Park, Blue Earth Plaza.

Arts in the Park: Laney Jones and the Spirits, 8 p.m.

Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.

Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Third and Leavenworth Streets.

You’ll never run along a fun 5k 1k walk, 8 hrs

Inspired by the late MHS football manager Frank Alonso. All participants will receive a t-shirt. The best male and female participants will receive a medal and a gift card.

Proceeds go to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Excellence Collaboration at Kansas State University and the Frank Alonso Soccer Memorial Fund.

Westy Fitness Center 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run and Walk, 8:30 a.m.

Kicking off the Westy Wagon Wheel Car Show. All participants will receive a medal or ribbon.

318 Main Street, Westmoreland, Kansas.

National Cowboy Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Learn about stringing, branding and more. Dress up like a cowboy or a girl and meet Roadeo Queens.

Regular admission prices apply.

Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 S. Third St.

Eagles Poker Run, 10 a.m.

Children’s activities, live auctions, music and more. Open to the public.

Registration starts at 10 a.m., the ride starts at 11 a.m.

Fraternal Order of Eagles 2468, 312 S. Fourth St.

Hustle drop-in class, 2 p.m.

No previous experience or partner necessary. Tickets: $15, or free for students in private lessons.

Ballroom dance school, 316 Laramie Street.

Live Music: Rickety Downspout, 6 p.m.

456 Vineyards, 503 Miller Drive, Wamego.

Summer meal program at 383 USD.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Free lunch for children from 1 to 18 years old. Children must be present to receive the meal.

Marlatt, Lee, Northview Ogden, Theodore Rooseelt and Woodrow Wilson Elementary Schools, Eisenhower Middle School and MHS East Campus.

Monday to Friday, until July 22.

Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities.

Reading challenges with prizes for all ages.

Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.

Manhattan Public Library Online Storytimes, all day.

Watch previously recorded children’s storytimes.

StoryWalk Downtown: Mermaid Dreams.

Read a book in the windows of various downtown businesses.

Sites start serving at 6 p.m. No charge.

Sunday: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 700 Poyntz Ave.

Monday: First Lutheran Church, 930 Poyntz Ave.

Tuesday: First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth Street.

Wednesday: First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Ave.

Thursday: First Lutheran Church, 930 Poyntz Ave.

Friday: First Lutheran Church, 930 Poyntz Ave.

Saturday: First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Ave.

Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 S. Third St.

Exhibition: Chris Dahlquist.

Manhattan Center for the Arts, 1520 Poyntz Ave.

Exhibition: Kansas Land and Sky.

SNW Gallery and Custom Frames, 406 ½ Poyntz Ave.

Exposure: Warm Fuzzy: Volland.

The Volland store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma.

Country dance class, 7:30 p.m.

Grab boots and learn new moves. Everyone, from beginner to expert, is welcome.

RC McGraws Bar and Grill, 2317 Tuttle Creek Blvd.

Held in the Bluehills room next to RC McGraws. First hand distributed at 7 p.m.

RC McGraws Bar and Grill, 2317 Tuttle Creek Blvd.

Car seat check, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

No charge. Call for more information: 587-4504.

Manhattan Fire Department, 2000 Denison Ave.

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