Community Information

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Wondering about how to get your organization's information to our students/parents?

  • USD 383 has created this community events page where we will list opportunities available for kids and families in the Manhattan and Ogden area. Events must be directly related to Kindergarten - grade 12 students and families.

  • Events will remain on the page for 2 weeks and/or will be deleted after the event.

  • On Wednesdays of each week, we will send an email out to all email addresses we have on file through our website e-notification system with a link to that page so parents can view the opportunities. We will only send this email out one time a week.

  • Please email a copy of the flyer/poster in PDF format to Michele Jones at by Tuesdays at 5pm. Once approved, it will be added to the list of opportunities. We will either link to the flyer/poster you provide or link to a website that you provide.

  • We will no longer accept paper flyers/posters for events for distribution through our schools. Please do not bring paper flyers/posters to our schools. If flyers are brought and left with the school, they will be recycled.

  • No emails will be sent during the weeks of November 20, December 18, December 25, January 1, March 19. No emails will be sent out during the summer months.

January 17, 2018

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MHS Mobile Applications Class

    • is in need of Samsung 4 or newer cell phone and chargers
    • students will be developing mobile applications and need old phone to practice
    • donations can be dropped off at MHS west campus att: Kathy Ricketts

    Mr. MHS

    • January 18 at 7pm
    • MHS Rezac Auditorium
    • Come and cheer on your favorite contestant!

    USD 383 Student Artwork on Display

    • Stop by Radina's in Aggieville during the month of January and check out the USD 383 Elementary Art Show!

    YMCA Camp Wood

    • information on their 2018 overnight camps


    • January 27 from 10am - noon
    • KSU College of Business Administration computer lab
    • CoderDojo is a global non-profit created to help youth learn to code. Kansas State University graciously allows us to use their space to host our sessions. All programming skillsets are welcome, from beginner to expert!

    Research Participants Needed

    • Do you love to read? Are you a female between the ages of 14 and 16?
    • PhD candidate Sarah Kuborn is in need of participants in her study
    • contact her at or 785-410-7172

    Manhattan Public Library


    • Baby Rhyme Time, Ages 0 – 18 months with an adult caregiver

      Monday at 11 am & Thursday at 9:30 am

    • Toddler Wiggleworms, Ages 18 – 36 months with an adult caregiver

      Monday & Tuesday at 9:30 am and Wednesday & Thursday at 11 am

    • Preschool Story Train, Ages 3+ years

      Tuesday at 11 am and Friday at 10 am

    • Family Fun Storytime, Saturday at 11 am

    • TECH TRAINING: iPADS AND TABLETS, Jan. 17 at 2 pm

    • Come learn the basics, like how to download an app and change the settings on your device. Will be held at the Douglass Community Center; 900 Yuma Street; Manhattan, KS.
    • TWEEN CLUB: PERLER BEADS, Jan. 18 at 4 pm – 5:30 pm
    • A club just for tweens in grades 4-6! Meet up and hang out, play games, and craft with your friends.
    • CRAFT NIGHT, Adult, Jan. 18 at 7 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Start the new year with a new calendar! Create a dry erase calendar out of a picture frame and paint strip samples. Registration required.
    • MANHATTAN IN THE 1880’s, Jan. 18 at 7 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Look back at Manhattan during the pivotal period of the 1880’s, exploring finances, fashion, fads, foods as well as residents, famous and infamous. An event put on by the Riley County Historical Society.
    • CANTEEN for teens in 7th – 12th grade, every Monday at 4 pm
    • CHESS CLUB for all ages, every Tuesday at 5:30 pm.

    More information at

    Manhattan Salvation Army

    • In need of students and adults to serve on their advisory board and work in their store
    • Contact Ryan Courtwright, Salvation Army Board President,

    Riley County Extension Opportunities

    • STEM Wearables

      Families join us at Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park on the evening of Thursday, January 25. During this time students will have the opportunity to investigate and create wearable fitness trackers. This event is designed to get young people engaged in experiential learning, while also working with a group to accomplish a common goal. No charge to attend. Parents are more than welcome to join their student. Participants 9 years old and younger must have an adult in attendance.

      Thursday, January 25, 2018
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
      Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park, Manhattan KS

      There is no charge to attend, but please register before January 19. STEM Incredible Wearables Registration  Questions, please call John 785-537-6350.

    • Youth Lawn Mower Clinic

      Open to any youth in grades 4-6 who would like to learn more about lawn mowing, mower safety, and the business of lawn care. (see attached flyer) Supper is provided. If you have special dietary requirement, please let us know.

      There is no charge to attend, but please register before March 9. Youth Lawn Mower Clinic Registration Questions, please call Gregg Eyestone 785-537-6350.

      • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
        4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
        Pottorf Hall - CiCo Park, Manhattan, KS

    Sunset Zoo Crew - application deadline is Friday, January 19

    Career Exploration for Middle & High School Participants
    Have fun, meet new friends and gain valuable life skills while caring for the education animal collection at Sunset Zoo. This after-school program is operated by Sunset Zoo, sponsored by the YES! Fund of Manhattan, and free to participants. 

    Dates & Times
    The program runs Monday through Friday during the school year from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Participants are assigned one day per week based on availability of the participant and open spaces in the program. We can only accept a maximum of six participants per day for a total of 30 participants in the program. Participants will only be assigned one afternoon per week. The more days you provide as available to work, the more likely you will get into the program. Even though participants may be available multiple days, they will only be assigned one day per week.

    The current session begins Monday, January 29th and runs through Friday, May 4th. Transportation from USD 383 schools to the Zoo is available, for a $25 fee. Youth must be picked up from the Zoo by 5:15 PM. 

    Applications are accepted at the start of each fall and spring semester. You may turn them into the zoo administration office Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; drop them at the ticket booth Saturday and Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM or fax them to 785-587-2730. Deadline for applications for the fall semester is Friday January 19th at 5:00 PM. Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis; if spaces are available after the deadline, applications will still be accepted. For more information email Nicole Wade, Programs and Education Animals Manager at or call 785-587-2737. All slots filled up last fall, so if you are interested, get your applications in early!

    • Application Deadline: Friday, January 19th at 5:00 PM
    • Notification of Acceptance and Preliminary Schedule: Wednesday, January 24th (via email)
    • Final Schedule: Friday, January 26th (via email)
    • First Day for Fall: Week of January 29th

    Applications and Policy are attached they can also be found on Sunset Zoo’s Website

    Description of Program:



    Adulting: Buying Vs. Renting Class

    • Tuesday, February 13 from 7 - 8:30pm
    • Manhattan Public Library
    • Presented by Chris Burk, Housing and Credit Counseling

    CASA Spring Training

    Special Needs Respite Night

    • Friday, March 2 from 6 - 9pm
    • University Christian Church
    • This is a unique event where parents can have the evening to themselves to rejuvenate and take a break. Games, crafts, snacks and fun for kids

    Hye Pointe Equestrian Camp

    • Hye Pointe is opening it's doors to offer an exciting opportunity for beginner to intermediate students a chance to work with big furry equine friends
    • Camp Dates: Feb. 8 and 9 from 4 - 7pm and Feb. 22 and 23 from 4 - 7pm
    • Contact Amy at 785-341-1781 or

    USD 383 Family STEAM Night

    • USD 383 students and families in grades 3 - 6 are invited to attend of STEAM fun
    • A pizza meal will be served followed by 3 activities of your choice
    • Tuesday, March 6 from 5:45 - 8pm at Marlatt Elementary School
    • Register at