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CONCERTS

 

TOPEKA ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM – First Sat. of ea. month, 3-5pm, Potwin Presbyterian Church (enter south door), 400 S.W. Washburn. Information: 286-0227 or hagen1525@gmail.com.

 

THE BERRYTON PICKERS – First Sat. of ea. month, 7-9pm, Berryton Baptist Church. Bring snacks, have fun!

 

FIRST FRIDAY LIVE WITH RACHEL TAYLOR – Nov. 3, 5-8pm, Juli’s Coffee and Bistro, 110 SE 8th. Local phenom Rachel Taylor will provide live music, photography by Kirkwood Kreations & special Holiday food menu for the evening.

 

ELMONT OPRY – Nov. 10 at 7pm; and Nov. 11 at 1pm, Elmont UMC, 6635 NW Church Ln.  Doors open 90 minutes early for lunch or dinner. Tickets $10 – call John at 246-0156.

 

CASTING CROWNS – Nov. 12, 7pm, TPAC. With Zach Williams. tpactix.org

 

GATLIN BROTHERS CHRISTMAS SHOW WITH BILLY DEAN – Nov. 29, 7:30pm, TPAC. 785-234-2787

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL CHURCH EVENTS

 

SENIOR FIT & FUN PROGRAM – every Mon., Wed., & Fri., 1:30pm, Rolling Hills Christian Church, 4530 NW Hiawatha Place (US Hwy 75 & NW 46th St.) 785-286-0601 or office@rhcctopeka.org
SPIRITUAL PAUSE – Every Wed., 12-12:30pm, Carole Chapel at Washburn Univ. Informal worship service. 785-233-1844

 

HARVESTER’S PROGRAM FOR SENIOR CITIZENS – every second Sat., takes place at Christian Lord Ministries, 2421 SE California. Call 266-4979.

 

BINGO AT FAIRLAWN HEIGHTS ASSISTED LIVING – 3pm, 1st Sat. of ea. month. Facilitator: Pastor Carole

 

FIRST SATURDAY BREAKFAST BUFFET – First Saturday of every month, 7:30-10am. Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church. Free will offering.

 

FREE WEEKLY COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Sundays at 10am sharp, at Oakland Church of the Nazarene: 900 block of NE Oakland, followed by church services at 10:45am with Pastor John Menkveld – which is in turn followed at noon by The Hope House FREE Community Food & Clothing Banks.

 

FIRST WEDNESDAY WESLEY CAFE – First Wed., 6:15pm, Susanna Wesley UMC, 7433 SW 29th. A worship service will follow at 7:00. 785-478-3697 or www.swumc.org/wesley-cafe-sign-up1.html

 

PUMPKIN PATCH – Oct. 1 – Nov. 1, Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker Rd, 785-273-2248  Family fun activities.

 

TRUNK & TREAT, Oct. 31, 5-8pm, Lakeview Nazarene, 29th & Croco. 266.3247

 

TRUNK OR TREAT – Oct. 31, 6:30-8pm. East Side Baptist, 4425 SE 29th St. Candy, popcorn, hotdogs, and drinks.

 

TRUNKS & TREATS – Oct. 31, 5:30-7:30pm, Rolling Hills Christian Church, 4530 NW Hiawatha Place (US Hwy 75 & NW 46th St.)  Candy, snacks & fun

 

REFORMATION OCTOBERFEST – Oct. 31, 5:30, St. John Lutheran Church, 9th & Fillmore. Deutsche Messe Meal 5:30-6:45; German Mass Worship Service at 7pm.

 

‘FIRST FRIDAY EXPLOSION!’ – Nov. 3, 7pm, Faith Temple Church, 1162 SW Lincoln St. Testimonies, praise and worship, good fellowship. Two guest speakers. 785-235-1834.

 

HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE – Nov. 5, 9am-3pm & Nov. 5, 11am-1:30pm. Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 SW 15th Street

 

COMEDY CAFE – Nov. 10, 6:30-8:45pm, Fellowship Bible Church, 10th & Urish. An evening of fun, food (delectable desserts) and fellowship while learning more about the Youth for Christ ministry outreach and its impact here in Topeka. Featuring the comedy of Jarell Roach. Make reservations or sponsor a table at www.topekayfc.org/comedy_cafe/ or call 785-232-8296.

 

SECOND HAND TREASURES SALE – Nov. 11, 7am-4pm, Grantville UMC, 3724 South St., Grantville. Clothing for all ages, books, music, movies, kitchen items, furniture items, games and toys for sale. Food will be served. 246-3621

 

COMMUNITY DINNER – Dec. 6, 5 to 6:30 pm, Tecumseh UMC. Lasagna, vegetable, French bread and more. $6 per meal

 

 

SEMINARS & CONFERENCES

 

MEDICARE MONDAYS – First Mon. of ea. month, 1-3pm. Topeka/Sh. Co. Public Library (Menninger Rm 206), 1515 SW 10th. Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging and Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas offers Senior health insurance counseling. For info: 580-4545 or nhonl@tscpl.org

 

MEDICARE EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR – Oct. 31, Nov. 2, 9 & 14 at 2pm. Learn the basics of Medicare and all its options. Seminars are designed for those becoming eligible for Medicare and those considering making a change. Seminar will be held at the Heart Center at 929 SW Mulvane. For info or to sign up:  centuryinsuranceagencyks.com or 270-4593 or info@century-health.com. Snacks & beverages provided.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING IN A WORLD OF MEDICAID UNCERTAINTY – Nov. 1, 6pm, Valeo Behavioral Health Care, 330 SW Oakley Ave.  Learn the basics of special needs trusts and related resources, when/why they are useful, particularly in this time of uncertainty about public benefits. Presented by Emily A. Donaldson. Emily has been practicing in the areas of elder law and estate planning for over 15 years. She has counseled numerous individuals and families with special needs children through the complex legal and financial issues raised by the impairments. She is an adjunct professor at Washburn University School of Law and a frequent author and speaker on issues affecting the aged and individuals with disabilities. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information contact Cara Weeks at 785-783-7558, cweeks@valeotopeka.org.

 

MEDICARE EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR – Nov. 7, 6:30pm. Learn the basics of Medicare and all its options. Seminars are designed for those becoming eligible for Medicare and those considering making a change. Seminar will be held at Cotton O’Neil North at 4505 NW Fielding. For info or to sign up:  centuryinsuranceagencyks.com or 270-4593 or info@century-health.com. Snacks & beverages provided.

 

 

 

 

 

FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS

 

SHEPHERDS CENTER PICKLEBALL GROUP –  plays Mon. & Wed. Mon. at Countryside UMC, 32nd & Burlingame, from 3-5. Park on the NORTH side & use the furthest WEST door. Follow the hallway to gym. On Wed. at First Baptist, 30th & MacVicar, from 1-3. Park on the WEST side. Gym is right inside the doors.

 

SAFE STREETS COALITION MEETING – First Wed. of the month, 11:45am-1pm. Great Overland Station. For info: 266-4606 or jwilson@safestreets.org

 

SHAWNEE SWINGERS SQUARE DANCE LESSONS – Wednesday’s, 7pm, Croco Hall, 6115 SE Hwy 40, Tecumseh. Starting Sept. 20. Call 785-817-3071.

 

COUNTRY AND BALLROOM DANCING – Thursdays 6-9pm. Croco Hall. Info: Edwina 379-9538 or 478-4760.

 

SHEPHERDS CENTER LINE DANCING GROUP – meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 2-4 at First UMC, 6th & Topeka. Park on the WEST side & use the WEST door. Immediately inside, turn left & walk the ramp to the library, then left to the elevator. Push [B] for the fellowship hall.

 

SHEPHERDS CENTER HHHS WALKING GROUP – meets 2nd & 4th Thurs, 9:30-11 at HHHS, 21st & Belle. Entrance for walkers on WEST side. Walking is done on an inside track. People who would like to walk a shelter dog call Kelsey Scrinopskie, 233-7325.

 

NOTO MARKET ON FIRST FRIDAYS – NOTO arts district. Arts, antiques, fine crafts, flea market items.
DOWNTOWN TOPEKA FARMERS MARKET – Saturday’s through Nov., 7:30am-noon, 12th & Harrison. The open-air market is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, arts & crafts, flower, home-baked goods, more.

 

SAVING DEATH ROW DOGS ADOPTION BOOTH – Every Sat., 11am – 2pm, Petco, 1930 SW Wanamaker. Some Sat. adoption booths are held at PetSmart, 2020 SW Westport Dr.  Updates at savingdeathrowdogs.com

 

TOPEKA FOLK DANCERS CLASSES – Sundays, 2-4pm, 2637 SE 41st St. Dances from 20 countries. No partners or experience necessary. No fee. 215-0968.

 

GHOULS & GOBLINS – Oct. 30, 5:50pm, Golden Corral Steakhouse, 1601 SW Wanamaker. Youth Court officers will be the servers that evening and all tips go to Topeka Youth Project. Silent auction items for all ages. 785- 273-4141. www.topekayouthproject.org E-mail wong@typ.kscoxmail.com

 

130 CHRISTMAS TREES & ORNAMENT DISPLAY – Nov. 1-Jan. 1, 10am-4pm Mon-Sat. & 1-5pm Sun. at Territorial Capital Museum, 640 E. Woodson, Lecompton. Over 130 Christmas Trees decorated in antique, Victorian, vintage and theme décor – including turn of the century and WW II era decorations, a barb-wire tree and feather trees.  Also tour Constitution Hall, a National Landmark. Lecompton is the “Birthplace of the Civil War, Where Slavery Began to Die.’ Lecompton was recently named one of the “Best Small Towns in Kansas by Kansas Magazine readers. 785-887-6148. lecomptonkansas.com

 

2017 GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE – Nov. 1-3, 12pm. Capitol Plaza Hotel. Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. For registration or info: bit.do/govconfregister

 

ADOPT A TRAIL THURSDAY NIGHT FUN RUN – Nov. 2, 6-8pm. Garry Gribble’s Running Sports. This run/walk is to collect litter on the trails. Trash bags will be provided. Snacks and water provided afterwards.

 

HOLIDAY FOOD AND GIFT MART – Nov. 4-5, Expocentre. Hundreds of merchants plus entertainment

 

CHINA CIRCUS – Nov. 3, 7:30pm, Topeka Performing Arts Center. Direct from China, one of the world’s most awarded Acrobatic Troupes will be performing. (785) 234-2787 http://www.topekaperformingarts.org/events/2017/china-circus

 

TAILS ON THE TRAIL 5K Run/Walk – Nov. 4. Shawnee North Community Center, 300 NE 43rd St. For info: 286-0676

 

OPEN HOUSE, Nov. 5, 2-4pm, Topeka Lutheran School, 701 SW Roosevelt St.  Stop by for a tour of the school and to meet TLS faculty and staff members. Learn more about the benefits of your child attending TLS

 

RADIANCE MEDICAL SPA HOLIDAY EVENTNov. 6, 5-7pm. Everyone welcome! There will be light snacks, beverages, treatment demonstrations, expert skin consultations, and discount offers

 

ALL ABOUT THE KAW: A SPEAKERS SERIES – Nov. 8, 12-1pm. “Along the Kaw: A Journey Down the Kansas River”, Craig Thompson. This speakers series complements our current exhibit The Kaw: A Prairie River Shapes a State and is FREE to members. Non-members pay regular admission. Bottled water available but no food—bring your own lunch if you wish. Craig began exploring Kansas while working for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. During the next several years, he photographed the Kansas River and published a book titled Along the Kaw: A Journey Down the Kansas River. For info, hours: greatoverlandstation.com

 

BLIZZARD BASH DEMOLITION DERBY – Nov. 9-12. Kansas Expocentre.

 

GINGERBREAD HOMES ​FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Nov 10 – 9am-7pm; Nov 11 – 9am-5pm. TPAC, 214 SE 8th Ave. The Graham Cracker Junction – Families, students, youth groups and scout troops enter the Junction to build their own houses out of graham crackers, icing and candy; Holiday Boutique – crafts, gifts and more; Sweet Tooth Lane – delicious fresh baked goods and homemade candy. Facepainting. Adm. $3. 785-234-2787

 

PEACE GARDEN DEDICATION – Nov. 10, 10am, at the Auburn Cemetery, 89th and Hoch Road, west of Auburn. There will be a flag ceremony and local dignitaries from Shawnee County, Auburn Township, and the Auburn Lions Club will speak briefly. The public and media are invited to attend; donuts and coffee will be served. The Peace Garden honors the military, law enforcement and firefighting personnel who protect our freedoms of country, community and home.  It offers a quiet place for reflection, overlooking the cemetery and landscape to the Northwest where buffalo graze.

 

COMEDY CAFE – Nov. 10, 6:30-8:45pm, Fellowship Bible Church, 10th & Urish. An evening of fun, food (delectable desserts) and fellowship while learning more about the Youth for Christ ministry outreach and its impact here in Topeka. Featuring the comedy of Jarell Roach. Make reservations or sponsor a table at www.topekayfc.org/comedy_cafe/ or call 785-232-8296.

 

SUPERHERO RUN, WALK & CRAWL ON VETERANS DAY – Nov. 11, 9am, 900 Block S Kansas Ave. Registration 7-9am. Adult Start Time: 9:30 a.m. 4 Laps around Capitol with epic finish. ​Super Hero Mini Run, Walk, crawl Start Time: 10 a.m. Any age can participate in mini hero run, walk and crawl – strollers & dogs welcome.

 

SALUTE OUR HEROES VETERANS FESTIVAL, PARADE & CAR SHOW – Nov. 11, 10am-5pm Kansas State Capitol. Parade at 11am; Staging begins at 9am. Bike Show, Food Truck Festival and Kids Fest! Benefitting the Military Veteran Project. Free event. 785-409-1310. militaryveteranproject.org/topeka-veterans-parade.html. contact@militaryveteranproject.org

 

TOWER & TOUGH TOWER RUN – Nov. 11, 8-11am, 534 S Kansas – start in the lobby, finish at Top of Tower Club – run 16 flights of stairs to the top, or add some additional pain with basement sprint, or parking garage run before you finish with 16 flight climb. For info: 234-9336

 

HOWLIDAY BAZAAR – Nov. 11, 9am-3pm. Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st Street. Browse for Christmas gifts for your pets, and shop for yourself. 233-7325

 

FALL INTO FITNESS 5K RUN/WALK – Nov. 11, 8:30am. Seaman High School. For info: seamanschools.org

 

VETERAN’S DAY CELEBRATION – Nov. 11, Great Overland Station. 232-5533

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR – Nov. 15, 10am-6:30pm, 214 SE 8th Ave.  Free health screenings by Gil Carter Initiative Inc. Food and fun activities for the entire family!

 

WOMEN WHO’VE CHANGED THE HEART OF THE CITY TOPEKA LUNCHEON – Nov. 16, 11:30am, Capitol Plaza Hotel. World Impact Topeka invites you to be part of this event that will honor women who’ve had significant impact in our communities, and empower incarcerated women for significant futures. We will also introduce you to our Incarceration to Incorporation initiative, and the four-year, seminary level leadership training program developed by World Impact’s The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI), which will help equip incarcerated women for leadership. Mary Flin 431-6000, maryflin@worldimpact.org

 

WINTER WONDERLAND WALK-THRU NIGHT – Nov. 17, 6-8pm. Lake Shawnee. View dazzling holiday light displays, featuring one million lights, while winding through a 2.5-mile scenic drive. A suggested donation of $2 per person, or $1 per person with a canned food item to benefit Project Topeka. 785.232.0597

 

PANCAKE FEED/SILENT AUCTION – Nov. 18, 7am, Christ the King Church, 5973 W 25th. Pancake Feed and Silent Auction with Bake Sale – all benefiting the children and youth of our community. 249-9720. topekakiwanisclub.org/

 

FESTIVAL OF CRAFTS – Nov. 17, 9-6 and Nov. 18, 9-3, Oakland Community Center, 801 NE Poplar. Shawnee North Community Center’s Festival of Crafts and Garfield’s Holiday Bazaar events have combined in to ONE! For vendor information contact, 785-286-0676

 

ANNUAL BAZAAR & DINNER – Nov. 18, 2-7pm, University UMC, 17th & College. Craft items, baked goods, quilt raffle. Childrens workshop 3-5pm. Chicken & Noodle dinner 5-6:30pm. 235-2331

 

WINTER WONDERLAND 5K – Nov. 18, 5:30-8pm. Lake Shawnee Reynolds Lodge. Presented by TARC. Costumes encouraged. Registration begins at 3:30. For info: 235-2295. www.sunflowerstategames.com/winterwonderland 

 

RUN 4 A REASON — Nov. 18, 9am, 225 S W 12th St. A 5K and a 10K course. Proceeds benefit Girls on the Run, a YWCA program that gives girls in 3rd through 8th grade an after-school program with a curriculum that inspires them to define their lives on their own terms.  kruch@ywcaneks.org.

 

TARC’s WINTER WONDERLAND – Nov. 22-Dec. 31, 6-10pm. Lake Shawnee. View dazzling holiday light displays, featuring one million lights, while winding through a 2-mile scenic drive. Advanced Tickets are available: TARC, 2701 SW Randolph, for $7.00. $10.00 at the gate suggested donation. 785.506-8720

 

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER – Nov. 23, 12-3pm, AG HALL. A warm and inviting meal is provided to residents of Topeka & surrounding areas. Awards ceremony at 11 am. For delivery & info: 295-3889

 

THE CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER MIDWEST, Nov. 25 at 7pm and Nov.26 at 3pm; TPAC. Tickets available at the TPAC box office or Ticketmaster.com. For info: 785-383-9373 or 785-580-9707

 

ANNUAL RESCUE RUN – Nov. 25, 5-6pm, 534 S. Downtown Topeka. Proceeds benefiting the Topeka Rescue Mission Ministries. Register at trmonline.org/rescuerun/. Volunteers needed: email volunteer@trmonline.org or call 354-1744×393

 

MIRACLE ON KANSAS AVENUE PARADE – Nov. 25, 5-8pm – Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Parade and more. For info: downtowntopekainc.com

 

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – Nov. 30, 4:30pm, 4101 SW Gage Center Dr.  Edward Jones Financial Advisor Bridget Broderick invites you to a celebration of clients, friends, and community. Refreshments and light snacks provided. Collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program. Help needy children in the area by bringing a new, unwrapped toy.

 

SPOIL ME SILLY – Nov. 30, 6pm, The Brownstone, 4020 NW 25th St. Free Admission, Topeka Ladies – amazing pop up boutiques and vendors showcasing the best Topeka has to offer. We’ll also have our signature free pampering services onsite! Along with a CASH bar.

 

THIRSTY THURSDAY FUN RUN – Nov. 30, 6-8pm, Garry Gribble’s Running Sports. 3-6 miles. Snack, water, and beer available after. Free event.

 

WINTERFEST TOPEKA 2017 – Dec. 2, 10am-2pm, Downtown. Kansas Avenue comes alive with winter holiday fun for this special event. Find Santa and other holiday characters, take a horse and carriage ride, take a selfie with a reindeer, enjoy carolers and get some holiday shopping done at some of your favorite Downtown Topeka businesses.

 

KANSA PRAIRIE QUILT SHOW – Dec. 2, 9am-2pm, Oskaloosa Middle School, Oskaloosa, Ks. Quilt Club show in conjunction with a holiday open house & craft & vendor show & boutique for holiday shopping. In addition, “No Two Alike” is an opportunity quilt that will be given away that day. It has dresdens plates & tatting appliqués on a whole cloth quilt in the form of snowflakes. Show is free and chances on the quilt are available @ the door. For questions call 785-331-7017.

 

RED STOCKING BREAKFAST – Dec. 9, 7:30 – 10:30am, Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Café. Cost is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Children 10 and under eat free. Benefits KCSL’s child abuse prevention programs and services.

 

AUBURN NIGHT OUT SHOPPING SPREE – Dec. 7, 5:30-8pm at the Auburn Civic Center, 1020 N. Washington.

 

TBC CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW 2.0 – Dec. 15-17, at 6, 7, 8 & 9pm, Topeka Bible Church, indoors at 1135 SW College Ave. Free light & sound show, hot cocoa bar, children’s play area, photo opps, glow sticks for all! 234-5545

 

 

 

MEETINGS & CLASSES

 

C5Alive “POWER” LUNCHEON – Nov. 9, 11:30-1, at Aldersgate Village. Featured speaker: Daren Busenitz, World Impact.

  • Cost: $10 for C5 members & first-time guests who RSVP, $12 at the door
  • $15 for non-members & repeat guests.
  • Please RSVP to info@C5Alive.org, so we know how much food is needed!
    Open to the public – Put POWER in your life with great food, great speakers and great company! Invite a friend to join you!

SAVE THE DATE: Dec. 14, 11:30-1, C5Alive Christmas Fun Luncheon, 11:30am – 1pm at Grandma Wock’s on Fairlawn Plaza Mall. Christmas music, games & fun!

 

CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA MEETING – Join other concerned individuals to pray and unite in action for Shawnee County and our Nation. For info about monthly meetings: 785-260-5659 or go to ks.cwfa.org.

 

THE HEAT – Free fitness classes; learn and build healthy social & eating habits. Held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 SW 21st St.  Sun. – 4-5pm Yoga; Mon. – 12-12:45pm Zumba; 5:30-6:15pm Kickboxing; 6:15-7pm Pilates Fusion; Tue. – 12-12:45pm Yoga; 5:30-6:15pm Zumba; 6:15-7pm Cardio Interval; Wed. – 12-12:45pm Kickboxing; Thu. – 12-12:45pm Pilates; 5:30-6:15pm  Cardio Interval – Low intensity; 6:15-7:00pm Cardio Interval – Moderate intensity; Fri. – 12-12:45pm Kickboxing; Sat. – 8-8:45am Kickboxing

 

TOPEKA TREASURE HUNTERS CLUB – 3rd Sun. of each month except May, Sep. & Dec., 7pm, Papan’s Landing Senior Center, 618 NW Paramore St. Family Memberships include children & grandchildren up to 18 yrs. A place to meet friends to discuss all aspects of Metal Detecting, club business, plus socializing & entertainment.

 

STEP UP – BUILDING THE SMART STEP-FAMILY – Every Sun. 11am, Northland Christian Church, Room 4, 3102 NW Topeka Blvd. Focusing on the challenges facing step-families and blended families. Contact Thomas Munker at 249-3054 for info.

 

DEAF WORSHIP SERVICE – 3rd Sun., 3pm, Faith Lutheran Church, 17th & Gage. Also, every Sun. 9:30am service is interpreted.

 

FAMILY EXPERIENCE (FX) – Every Sun., 6:01pm, Fairlawn Church of Nazarene, 730 Fairlawn Rd. A time of high intensity, action packed, skit mania, worship music all centered around the word of God for 45 minutes. A free family worship event. For info: Emily Moore, 272-6322 or fxthelawn@gmail.com.

 

LADIES’ SMALL GROUP – Every Sun., 6pm, Bethel Baptist Church, 4011 N. Kansas Ave. Studying the book of Esther, using the DVD series “It’s Tough Being a Woman” by Beth Moore. All welcome. Info: 286-0467.

 

THE FORCE (Students Taking Action) – 1st Mon. & 3rd Tue., 6:30-8pm, Safe Streets, 2209 SW 29th St. Committed to being alcohol & drug free. Associate with like-minded peers, plan activities & get involved in the community. All youth ages 12-18 invited. 266-4606.

 

BOY’S TRAIL LIFE & AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS TROUPS – Every Mon. 6pm, Cornerstone Comm. Ch., 7620 SW 21st. Faith-based scouting programs kids age 5-18. Register at cornerstonetopeka.com. 478-2929.

 

HEARTLAND HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS – 2nd Mon., 11:45am-1pm. Promoting neighborhood well-being by mobilizing people, ideas & resources. 233-1365.

 

TOPEKA LINCOLN CLUB – 1st Tue. of month, 7pm, Topeka Public Library. Discussing our greatest President, Abraham Lincoln, and his times. The public is welcome. For info, contact Kirk Nystrom 235-6977.

 

FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES Aerie 4319: First & Third Tue. 7pm; Auxiliary: Third & Fourth Tue. month 6pm, 2941 SE Fremont Street. The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. www.foe.com 785-266-7307
TIBA NETWORKING GROUP – 2nd Tues, 11:30a.m.-1 p.m. MUST RSVP: taradimick@gmail.com. Lunch is $10. www.topekatiba.org

 

OUR LADY OF THE FAITHFUL – Every 1st Tues., 6:30pm Mass followed by Dinner, Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. A Catholic group for those in their 20-30s. For info: Michelle Ann 580-3071 or ourladyofthefaithful@gmail.com. Facebook: “Ourladyof theFaithful.”

 

SUNRISE OPTIMIST CLUB – Every Tue., 6:30am, Sunrise Optimist Complex, 720 NW 50th St. 246-1291.

 

MENNINGER BIBLE CLASSES – Tuesdays Noon -1pm. Amerus Room, YWCA, 225 West 12th. A new study group for Year One of Flo Menninger’s course on Four Years through the Bible. Read and discuss Genesis through First Kings. Nominal charge for materials.  For info call the YWCA at 233-1750 or Clara Gamache at 785-408-5433.

 

O.W.L.S. (Older Wise Loving Saints) – meets the second Tuesday of the month. Location varies and can be found at www.faithfamilylife.com

 

DADDY’S GIRLS EMPOWERMENT MEETINGS – Do you want MORE… Come Join us for our More Luncheons where Real Women get together: share, learn and grow to return to our homes, families workplace, churches & other places of influence restored and rejuvenated to pursue God’s MORE…at Topeka Public Library, 12 noon, every 3rd Wednesday. Sponsored by Daddy’s Girls Inc. Please to RSVP make lunch reservations: daddys_girls_inc@ymail.com or 785-969-0491

 

INNOVATIVE NETWORKING GROUP OF TOPEKA – every other Wed. 11:20am – 12:30pm. www.INGTopeka.com – go to Event page to see meetings, locations & register

 

S.W.A.G. (Spiritual Warriors Anointed by God) youth group – Wed at 7:00 p.m. 3710 NW Topeka Blvd.

 

AWANA – Every Wed., 6-8pm, First Southern Baptist Church, 1912 SW Gage Blvd. Bible based program for children & youth ages 3-HS. For info: 272-0443.

 

AWANA – Every Wed., 6:30pm, Bethel Baptist Church, 4011 N. Kansas Ave. Bible based program for children & youth ages 3-HS. For info: 286-0467.

 

AWANA – Every Wed., 6:30-8pm, Auburn Christian Church. Bible based program for children & youth ages 3-HS. For info: 256-2515.

 

MACHINE EMBROIDERY CLUB – 1st Wed., 9am–3pm, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2021 SW 29th Street (east door). Anyone with an Embroidery machine is invited to attend, there are no dues or formal meeting agenda. Lunch is on your own. Teach each other, enjoy fellowship & complete projects. Call 379-5159.

 

STUDENT IMPACT – Every Wed., 6–8pm, First Southern Baptist, 1912 SW Gage Blvd. Youth games, teaching, worship, small groups. For info: 272-0443.

 

CHRISTIAN CHALLENGE – Every Thurs. 7–9pm, First Southern Baptist, 1912 SW Gage Blvd. Worship for college students.

 

FULL GOSPEL BUSINESSMEN’S FELLOWSHIP – 3rd Thurs., 6pm meal, 7pm meeting, Coyote Canyon, Huntoon & Wanamaker. Kirk Nystrom, 235-6977.

 

Intentional Mom – 1st & 3rd Thurs., 9-11:30am, Topeka Bible Church Auditorium, 1135 SW College. For all moms, helping them to be intentional! For info: 234-5545.

 

OPERATION BACKPACK – 1st Thurs., 6pm, Indian Creek Elementary, 4303 NE Indian Creek Rd. Volunteers gather to assemble Weekend Snack Sacks for low-income students. Sponsored by Topeka North Outreach. For info: 286-1370.

 

TOPEKA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – 4th Thurs., 7pm, Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th St. No program in Nov. or Dec. Promotes & stimulates the education, knowledge & interest of the membership & the public in family history, genealogical records & research. For info: 233-5762 or tgstopeka.org.

 

KINGDOM ADVISORS TOPEKA AREA STUDY GROUP – 3rd Thu., 11:30am, Northland Christian Church, 3102 NW Topeka Blvd. Christian financial professionals: financial planners, accountants, attorney’s & insurance agents invited. For info: kingdomadvisors.org or Jim Hanna, james.c.hanna@ampf.com or 357-6278 x19.

 

WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL EDUCATION EVENTS – Blue Moose Bar & Grill, 11:30 AM on the third Thu & Fri each month. Free, but RSVP required. On Thu Brian discusses family wealth strategies. On Fri. Amy discusses wealth strategies that apply to women. 785-271-2536  Jennifer.Ward@wellsfargoadvisors.com

 

TOPEKA (Downtown) OPTIMIST CLUB – Every Fri., noon, Top of the Tower. Serving the youth of Topeka. Anyone welcome. For info: 272-1099 or fostern60@yahoo.com.

 

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) — Every Fri. 8:30 to 10:00 am at 3221 SW Burlingame Road. 800-932-8677. Support for your weight loss journey. tops.org

 

VIP LUNCHEON FOR SENIORS – Every Fri., Noon, North Topeka Baptist Church, 123 NW Gordon. FREE lunch with Christian fellowship, devotions & entertainment provided by Topeka North Outreach. Free blood pressure checks the last Friday of every month, and birthday celebrations the 4th Friday. For Info: 286-1370.

 

A GOOD YARN CLUB – 2nd & 4th Sat., 9-11am, Wanamaker Rd Baptist Church, 2700 SW Wanamaker.  Doing Good for Others: Knitting & Crocheting for Local Charities, free yarn, needles, hooks & patterns. All are welcome. Info: Anne, 272-9249 or kittens812@sbcglobal.net

 

BIBLE QUIZZING – 1st Sat. Learn God’s Word & have fun with area Christian youth age 9-19. YFC/YEA style quizzing & rules. 913-593-6427 or biblequizzer.org.

 

MONTHLY SCORE MEETING – 1st Sat., 8-9:30am, Washburn Tech, 5724 SW Huntoon (enter east doors facing Huntoon). No RSVP or fee is required. Small business owners are invited to a Breakfast Roundtable discussion with members of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). For info: 234-3049.

 

TOPEKA LOVE AGLOW – Once a month on Sat. morning. A time of worship, prayer and encountering God. Call Tawny Barton at 785-409-0232 or Linda Williams at 785-267-0600 for details.

 

FREE ENGLISH CLASSES – Every Sat. 9-10:30am, Central Congregational Church, 1248 SW Buchannan. For info: 235-2376.

 

RUSSIAN HOUSE OF PRAYER – Every Sat., 4pm, Williamstown Assembly of God, 1225 Oak St., Perry/Williamstown. For info: 597-5228.

 

SINGLES PLAY CARDS SR. – 1st Sat., 6-9pm, St. Peter’s UMC, NW 35th & Hwy 75

 

SAVING DEATH ROW DOGS ADOPTION & EDUCATION – every Sat. 11am-2pm, Petco, 1930 SW Wanamaker.

 

UPPER ROOM COMMUNITY – second Sat., 10 am, Capitol Building

 

 

 

 

FAMILY-FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS

 

BROWN V. BOARD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE – Daily, 9am–5pm, 1515 SE Monroe. Located in the former all-black Monroe School. Free admission. For info: 354-4273 or www.nps.gov/brvb/.

 

CEDAR CREST, official residence of the KS Governor ­– Mon., 1pm-3pm, with tours on the half hour, 1 SW Cedar Crest Rd. Free adm. For info: 296-3636.

 

COMBAT AIR MUSEUM – Mon.-Sat., 9:30am-4:30pm; Sun. noon–4:30pm, Hanger 602, Forbes Field. For info: 862-3303 or combatairmusem.org.

 

CURTIS HOUSE MUSEUM – Every Sat., 11am-3pm; by appointment other times, 1101 SW Topeka Blvd. Former mansion of Charles Curtis, 31st Vice President of the US, and the only one of American Indian heritage.  Cost $5. For info: 357-1371 or 597-5380.

 

CONSTITUTION HALL – Wed.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm, National Landmark, Kansas State Historic Site, Civil War History: Famous Lecompton Constitution, 319 Elmore, Lecompton. For info: 887-6520 or consthall@kshs.org; lecomptonkansas.com or kshs.org/constitution_hall

 

GREAT OVERLAND STATION – Railroad museum, education center, veterans memorial and more. 701 N. Kansas Avenue. Tue-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 1-4pm. Closed on Sundays in Jan. & Feb. Adm: $4 adults, $3 seniors,$2 children age 3-12. For info: 232-5533 or greatoverlandstation.com.

 

HISTORIC RITCHIE HOUSE – Tour the oldest remaining home in Topeka (built 1856-57). 1116 Madison. Admission free. 10am-2pm; weaving demonstrations, games, food & more.

 

HOLLEY MILITARY MUSEUM – Downtown Ramada Inn. Featuring 5 galleries, named after world leaders. Featuring World War II artifacts, Air Force One exhibit, Kansas War Heroes, Space, Vietnam & more. Cost: Free. 10am-8pm daily.

 

KANSAS NATIONAL GUARD MUSEUM – Forbes Field. For hours & info: 862-1020.

 

KANSAS MUSEUM OF HISTORY – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday. 6425 SW 6th Avenue. 785-272-8681, kshs.org/museum.

 

KANSAS STATE CAPITOL – Mon.-Fri., 8am–5pm, SW 10th & Jackson St. Tours provided. For info: 296-3966 or www.kshs.org/capitol. Dome Tours M-F 10:30am-4:15pm.

 

OLD PRAIRIE TOWN – 1st & Clay. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am-4pm; Sun. 12-4pm. Daily guided tours: M-F 10am, 12 & 2pm; Sat. & Sun. 12 & 2pm. 368-2441.

 

ROEBKE HOUSE MUSEUM – 216 New York, Holton. For info: 364-4991.

 

TERRITORIAL CAPITAL MUSEUM – Wed.-Sat., 11am-4pm; Sun., 1-5pm, National Register Site, 3 floors of Civil War and Victorian Artifacts, President Eisenhower’s parents’ marriage site: 640 E. Woodson Ave., Lecompton. For info: 887-6148 or lanemuseum@aol.com or lecomptonkansas.com.

 

TOPEKA/SHAWNEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY – 1515 SW 10th St. Mon.-Fri., 9am-9pm, Sat., 9am-6pm, Sun., 12-9pm. For info: 580-4400.

 

TOPEKA ZOO – Gage Blvd. between 6th & 10th St. Zoo hours 9am-5pm. Birthday Parties available — choose from two separate party packages; parties last two hours. For info: 368-9180 or topekazoo.com.

 

 

FINE ART

 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK – 1st Friday of every month at various Topeka galleries. artsconnecttopeka.org.

 

BEAUCHAMP’S ART GALLERY – 3113 SW Huntoon. For info: Bob Swain, 233-0300 or beauchampsart@cox.net

 

THE ECLECTIVE ART SHOWROOM & STUDIOS – 900 N. Kansas in the NOTO Arts District.

 

MULVANE ART MUSEUM – at Washburn University. Free admission, open to the public. For info: 670-1124.

 

SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY – 722 Massachusetts St., Lawrence. 830-8030 or SignsofLifeGallery.com

 

SOUTHWIND GALLERY – 3074 SW 29th Street, Topeka. 273-5994

 

TOPEKA ART GUILD & GALLERY – Wed.-Sat., 11am-5pm, Fairlawn Plaza. 273-7646 or topekaartguild.org

 

 

 

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

 

MIDLAND CARE GRIEF SUPPORT Groups: Building A, 200 SW Frazier Circle

Every Mon., 4-5pm: 12 Week Adult Group for Recent Loss

1st and 3rd Thu., 10:30am & 5:30pm—Ongoing Adult Group

1st and 3rd Thu., 5:30pm: Ongoing Young Adult Group (4-18 years of age)

For All Groups: Call for start dates and info packet. Group and individual grief support available upon request. For info: 785-232-2044 ext.341

 

ABORTION RECOVERY SUPPORT – Providing services for women & men who suffer from Post-Abortion Syndrome…we can help mend a broken heart! For info: Kay Lyn at KLCarlson20@cox.net.

 

AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS – for friends & families of alcoholics. For info: 785-409-3072 or topekaalanon.org

 

PURSUIT FOR SEXUAL PURITY – Men struggling with pornography & sexual addiction.  This bible study/ accountability group uses the Pure Desire book by Ted Roberts. For info: 249-9509. All inquiries confidential.

 

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUPS – Monthly support group meetings for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. For info: Alzheimer’s Association, Heart of America Chapter, 271-1844 or email cindy.miller@alz.org.

 

“HEALING HEARTS” support group/Bible study – For women whose husbands struggle with pornography addictions or have had affairs. Videos & workbook will give you hope for your marriage & emotional healing. For info: Jane Goble, 249-0983.

 

BIKERS AGAINST CHILD ABUSE – NE Kansas Chapter (B.A.C.A.) 3rd Sun., 4 pm American Legion, 3800 SE Michigan. Open to the public. For info: 817-5801.

 

FRIENDS WITH M.S. – 3rd Mon., 6:30pm, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2021 SW 29th St. (Enter East door). A Multiple Sclerosis support group. Donna, 266-7383.

 

BOUNCE BACK SELF-HELP – 3rd Mon., 6:30pm, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2021 SW 29th St. For those living with multiple sclerosis. For info: 273-0799.

 

INCARCERATED PERSONS & FAMILIES – 1st Mon., 6:30–7:30pm, YMCA, 421 Van Buren. 286-2329.

 

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS/BEREAVED PARENTS GROUP – Meets 4th Mon. in Formation classroom at Most Pure Heart of Mary, 17th & Stone. Discussion starts 7pm; fellowship & refreshments 8:30. 272-4895

 

GRIEF SUPPORT– First Monday each month, 3:30-4:30pm, 400 SW Oakley. Call Donna Park for info: 783-7527 or valeotopeka.org. Open to public. Free.

 

GRIEF SUPPORT – Sponsored by Heartland Hospice for those dealing with death or major loss:

1st Mon., 5:30-7:30pm, Individual appointments; other times are available. Call Terry Frizzell at (785)230-6730.

3rd Thurs., 11am, Lunch After Loss, Paisano’s Ristorante, Fleming Place, SW 10th & Gage Blvd,. Dutch treat luncheon to meet new friends who have sat where you are sitting. For reservations or info: 785-271-6500.

 

OVEREATERS / UNDEREATERS ANONYMOUS:

MON., 7pm – Westminister Presbyterian, south door, upstairs in Library; 233-6724.

WED., 7pm – St. Francis Hospital meeting room 6, 2nd floor; 234-8020.

SAT. – 9am – St. Francis Hospital meeting room 8, 2nd floor; 862-2326.

For info: 357-8774; sunflowerintergroup.oa.org.

 

NAMI TOPEKA – Every 2nd Tue., 6:45pm, lower level of Valeo, 330 SW Oakley. If door is locked, call 608-1317 to get in. The 1st hour is often a discussion of an important topic or video. The 2nd hour is usually a support talk time, w/ separate consumer & family groups. 608-1317.

 

GRIEFSHARE SUPPORT GROUP – every Tue, 6:30pm, East Side Baptist Church, 4425 SE 29th St. 13 weeks starting Aug. 22. Welcome to ESBC. Video seminar, support group & workbook for journaling and personal study exercises. (785) 379-9933; esbcks.org; secretary@esbcks.org

 

EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS: a 12 step program for those suffering with emotional instability such as depression, anxiety, grief, etc.   Meets at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, weekly, Tuesdays, Noon-1:00.  N/C. For more information contact Sharon at 785-633-7764

 

KC TRAUMA AND PTSD SUPPORT GROUP – Every Tue. 10am and Thu. 6:30pm. Call Denise at 816-885-9530.

 

OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP – First Tue. each month at St. Francis Health, 1700 SW 7th St, Meeting Room, 2nd floor, 6–7:30pm. Anyone with an ostomy may attend. The goal is to provide education and ongoing support for individuals with an ostomy. Contact Teresa Kellerman at 785-295-5555 for info.

 

GRANDPARENT/RELATIVE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – 3rd Tue., 6:30-8pm, 2nd floor meeting room, St. Francis Hosp, 1700 SW 7th. For info: Sharla, 286-2329; Jennie (English/Spanish) 231-0763.

 

PARENTS OF ESTRANGED ADULT CHILDREN SUPPORT GROUP – Third Tue. Ea. Month, 6:45-8:45pm, Topeka Public Library, Rm 202. Info: Jeff Landers – 224-5946

 

THE GREATER TOPEKA MULTIPLE MYELOMA – 3rd Tue., 7-8:30pm, Faith Lutheran Church, 17th St. & Gage Blvd. Open to Multiple Myeloma patients, their family members & friends. Share support, information,& friendship. For info: Donna, 903-918-9553.

 

“HEALING AFTER THE SUICIDE OF A LOVED ONE” (“HEAL”) – or Survivors of Suicide” (SOS). 1st & 3rd Tue., 7-8:30pm, Pozez Education Center of Stormont Vail Hospital, 1505 SW 8th St. Serving anyone who has lost a loved one by suicide.

 

PRISON OUTREACH MINISTRY – Every Tue., 7-9pm, Topeka Women’s Prison, 815 Rice Rd. Reaching out to those who can’t come in, finding freedom behind bars, inspiring inmates to seek salvation during a difficult time. Providing support & guidance through the Holy Spirit to offer strength. Director: Don Garner, 286-0489 or faithfamilylifeministries@gmail.com.

 

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS – Every Wed, 7pm, St. Francis Hospital, meeting room #8.

 

JAYHAWK AREA AGENCY ON AGING – 4th Wed., 1pm, Rosehill Place Clubhouse. Monthly support group for caregivers of seniors. For info: 235-1367 ext.30.

 

MOMS-IN-TOUCH PRAYER GROUP – Every Wed., 2:30-3:30pm, Library at Cair Paravel-Latin School. Experience God’s power through prayer as we lift our students, teachers, staff, administrators & board up to the Lord. For info: 357-0369.

 

DIVORCECARE PROGRAMS – (For updates check www.divorcecare.org) locations and times:

WED. – 6:30pm, Topeka Bible Church, 1101 SW Mulvane. Cost: $15. Child care provided. For info: 379-0505 or www.divorcecare.org.

WED. – 6:45 – 8:45pm, Walnut View Christian Church, 3634 SE 37th St.  (just East of 37th & Croco). Cost:  $10 registration (scholarships available). The video seminar series featuring some of the nation’s foremost experts on divorce and recovery topics, combined with support group discussion of the materials. Complimentary child care children up to the fifth grade. Info: 266-7550 or walnutviewcc@att.net. Contact:  Pastor Thornton.

WED. – 6:30pm, Northland Christian Church, 3102 NW Topeka Blvd. No Cost . 286-1204, www.northland.cc

 

NAMI WASHBURN – 4th Thurs., 6-8pm, Spirit Building Room, University United Methodist Church, 1621 SW College Ave. NAMI is a student-run, student-led organization that provides mental health support, education, & advocacy in the Washburn Univ. setting. A support group is also available during this time.

 

PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – 1st Thurs., 7pm, Saint Francis Hospital 2nd floor conf. room of the cancer unit. For info: 266-9533.

 

NICOTINE ANONYMOUS – Every Fri., 6:30pm, Town & Country Christian Church Renaissance Room, 4925 SW 29th St., use west door cross red foot bridge. A fellowship of men & women helping each other to live free of nicotine. No fees. 402-321-486; Laboomaha@att.net.

 

CELEBRATE RECOVERY – Every Fri., 6pm, 1912 Gage Blvd. A Christ-centered program, based on 8 principles found in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Applying these Biblical principles, become free from addictive & dysfunctional behaviors.  crtopekaks.org.

 

TOPEKA NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP – For families & friends who are affected by someone else’s narcotic addiction. Every Sat., noon-1:15 pm, rm. A, 1st Baptist Church, 3033 SW MacVicar, enter on S. side, door A. www.naranonmidwest.org

 

COVENANT KEEPERS – 3rd Sat. Group for people who want to see their marriage saved when their spouse wants out.  For info: 816-453-0884 or 816-966-0927.