Written By Sarah Duggan on June 27, 2022

Ascension Via Christi Hospital and Meadowlark invite all Manhattan-area healthcare professionals and their families to a free concert in the park on Saturday, Aug. 13. The concert will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in Manhattan City Park.

Healthcare workers can enjoy rock-and-roll music by Crosswind. The band was first organized in 1978 and will be inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in July 2022.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on June 23, 2022

After years of mostly foot traffic created by two- and four-legged mammals, the ground east of Meadowlark Valley has been altered beginning last fall by the wheels of progress. The CenterPointe Physicians Building opened last December, the Community Garden and a new shed appeared this spring, and a two weeks ago, the first concrete was poured on the southeast section of Meadowlark’s Loop Trail. A curving paved pathway now extends from the Valley cul-de-sac to the wooden bridge north of the doctors’ offices.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on May 12, 2022

Meadowlark's Grow Green Match Day total received a boost earlier this week when Greater Manhattan Community Foundation recognized a gift planned for Meadowlark had been assigned on April 22's Match Day to a different organization. The new number of donors is 80, and the contribution total on Match Day is $66,645.

In addition, the event prompted $2200 in gifts that came directly to Meadowlark Foundation, so support for nursing scholarships now totals $68,845! A match of $10,000 remains unchanged and will be added to Meadowlark's endowed fund at GMCF. 

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on May 12, 2022

A few Meadowlark residents have approached Becky Fitzgerald, Development Director, in recent weeks, asking if the Foundation still is accepting donations toward Meadowlark's trail project. Their follow-up question has been: If I donate, will my gift be matched? The answer to both questions is YES!

on May 12, 2022

by Leo Lake

An offer of a lifetime came to me to participate in an Honor Flight for veterans. Last fall, the Wamego School district presented a program here at Meadowlark about their Honor Flights. At that time I expressed an interest, and in early April I received confirmation that I was welcome as a part of the spring flight.

Written By Nathan Bolls on May 5, 2022

Among college students who elect to major in some aspect of the biological world, those who choose one of the fields within plant biology constitute a much smaller bunch than those who elect to study some topic within the field of animal biology. There are several reasons for this imbalance.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on April 29, 2022

Hip! Hip! HOORAY!! The 10th annual Grow Green Match Day, hosted last Friday by Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, was Meadowlark Foundation’s best ever in terms of the amount of funds raised. According to the Leaderboard at, 79 friends of Meadowlark contributed $66,295! In addition, $2,200 prompted by Match Day and our effort to enhance our Nursing Scholarship Program was sent directly to Meadowlark Foundation.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on April 22, 2022

The fortune-teller who sat in a quiet corner of the Manhattan Room couldn’t have said it better. Inviting attendees to trade a ticket for words of wisdom and a gaze into her crystal ball, resident Sue Hunt channeled her inner prognosticator during last Friday’s Paving the Way Carnival. What did she predict? Happy trails for everyone!

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on April 14, 2022

Grow Green Match Day on Friday, April 22, is an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact in our community in general, and among our Meadowlark family, specifically. Just ask Julie Fowler, Jessica Pagan, and Auja Saunders.These three Meadowlark employees were recently awarded nursing scholarships thanks to the generosity of Meadowlark’s Grow Green donors in 2021. This annual day of giving to benefit local not-for-profit organizations is sponsored by Greater Manhattan Community Foundation.

Written By Michelle Haub on April 14, 2022

Pig Out for Parkinson’s will celebrate its 12th anniversary on Thursday, April 28. Since year one, the goal of this event is to educate the Manhattan and surrounding communities about Parkinson’s disease (Pd) and the free services the Meadowlark Parkinson’s Program offers. Over the years, we have been able to increase the outreach opportunities we provide because of events such as Pig Out for Parkinson’s. We have learned that engagement is a big factor in quality of life, functional abilities, and living well with Parkinson’s.