EmmaChase Friday Night Music is at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Prairie PastTimes, 220 1/2 Broadway, Cottonwood Falls. All are welcome to the free concert.
Dance band Leather and Lace will play 6 - 9 p.m. tonight. The cover charge is $4 per person and guests are invited to bring a dish to share. The Emporia Senior Center is at 603 E. 12th Ave.
The Lyon County History Center will have a Coffee Chat on William Allen White at 8 a.m. Wednesday, 711 Commercial St.
The ESU Bulletin is holding a release party for the new magazine called "Empowered" 6 - 9 p.m. Thursday at Ellen Plumb's City Bookstore, 1122 Commercial St.
Prairie Earth Tours present author Jon Arlan as the next Armchair Traveler at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Ellen Plumb’s City Bookstore. Arlan will talk about his adventures and sign copies of his book “Mountain Lines: A Journey Across the French Alps.” Information: 620-208-2665.
Mason jar luminary
Learn to make a mason jar luminary with Molly Chenault 1 - 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Emporia Public Library, 110 E. Sixth Ave. There is no fee for the event, however there are only 15 spots available. Jars and materials provided; Adults 18 and older. Contact Chenault 340-6451 or email@example.com to register.
Local group The People’s Punk Band will give a farewell performance as they open for Smells Like Nirvana at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Granada Theatre. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door at the theater, 807 Commercial St., or emporiagranada.com.
Kansas Day Tile Workshop
The Emporia Arts Center will have a two-day workshop to learn about Kansas and create a ceramic tile to celebrate the state. For children in grades 1- 5; 5 - 6 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26. The fee is $15; register at 343-6973.
Fine Arts Wednesdays
Wednesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. the Emporia Arts Center offers guided sketch club for grades 2 and older. For $7 a session receive individual attention and all necessary supplies. Information: 343-6973.
Educator, author and 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will have a blogging workshop at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Ellen Plumb’s City Bookstore, 1122 Commercial St. Admission to the workshop is the purchase of one copy (or more) of "Everyday Magic: Field Notes on the Mundane and the Miraculous," now available at the store. The workshop will be followed by a 30 to 40-minute reading, open to the public, which will start at 6 p.m., and an opportunity to visit with the author.
The Topeka Symphony will perform the music of Mascagni, Korngold and Brahms as the “Romantic Revolution” concert in the TSO’s 72nd Season, Revolution!” Saturday in White Concert Hall, Washburn University. The 7:30 p.m. program will be conducted by Kyle Wiley Pickett, and will feature guest artist Elena Urioste performing Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major.
A pre-concert lecture with Maestro Pickett is at 6:30 p.m. To order tickets or for more information, contact the Symphony office at 785-232-2032 or visit the website www.topekasymphony.org.
Austin-based, Grammy-winning Americana band Reckless Kelly at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Emporia Granada Theatre, 807 Commercial St. The opening act is country musician Travis Meadows. Ticket information is at emporiagranada.com.
'Novel Ideas' at EPL
A new book club, "Novel Ideas," meets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 to discuss "Once and For All" by Sarah Dessen. The group intends to meet the last Thursday of most months. Learn more at 340-6462.
Magical History tours
Prairie Earth Tours' Magical History Tour with local historian Roger Heineken has two dates coming and reservations are open now. One tour is 10 a.m. Feb. 10, the other 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17. The tour is two hours long and celebrates Emporia's 161 years of existence and the 150th birthday anniversary of William Allen White. Tickets are $15 or $25 for couples and are at www.prairieearthtours.com.
Oil Painting for beginners
A class for those in ninth grade or older on how to paint with oils will be held 6 - 8 p.m. Jan. 24, 31 and feb. 7 at the Emporia Arts Center, 815 Commercial St. Students will receive individualized instruction, go home with several small studies and complete one comprehensive piece. The fee is $60. Register at 343-6973.