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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!

 

PIANTIST STEPHEN SPOONER – Jan. 29, 3pm. Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th. Program titled ‘Winter in Russia’ is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children under 12. For info: greatspaces.org

 

THE WRIGHTS – Jan. 29, 1:30pm, Heritage Baptist, 801 NE Poplar. 289-8905. thewrightsministries.com

 

2017 WINTER JAM/JAM NATIONJan. 29, 6pm. Sprint Center,1407 Grand Blvd., KCMO. Crowder, Britt Nicole, Tenth Avenue North, Andy Mineo, Colton Dixon, Thousand Foot Krutch and NewSong. A pre-jam party will feature artists OBB, Sarah Reeves and Steve Malcolm. Sadie Robertson, from “Duck Dynasty,” and Tony Nolan also will make appearances. Cost is $10 at the door, no advance tickets. For info: (816) 949-7100 or www.sprintcenter.com or www.jamtour.com.

 

THE WRIGHTS – Feb. 3, 6:30pm, Topeka Baptist, 4500 SW Gage. 289-8905. thewrightsministries.com

 

LOVE SONGS & SWEETS BUFFET – Feb. 12, 3-4pm. Morganville School. Music by the Community Chamber Orchestra and a dessert buffet. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 1st. $12. For info: Anne Clark 926-4725 or bclark@diodecom.net

 

THE WRIGHTS – Feb. 12, 6pm, Family of God, 1231 NW Eugene. 289-8905. thewrightsministries.com

 

SKILLETFeb. 16, 6:30pm. Midland Theatre, 1228 Main St, KCMO. 816-283-9900.

 

 

 

SPECIAL CHURCH EVENTS

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

SPIRITUAL PAUSE – Every Wed., 12-12:30pm, Carole Chapel at Washburn Univ. Informal worship service. 785-233-1844

 

LIFEFEST – First Thu. of the month, 10am-12:30pm, Covenant Baptist Church, 5440 SW 37th St. Seniors ministering to seniors – celebrating with fellowship, fun, food, learning & entertainment. Potluck lunch at noon. If transportation is needed, call 354-4994 or 478-1729

 

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
BSA TROOP 59 PANCAKE FEED – Jan. 28, 7am-noon, Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 SW Gage. $5 all you can eat: pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee.

 

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – Jan. 29, 4-6pm. First Presbyterian Church, 817 Harrison. Bouncy house, pizza, and fellowship.

 

HAM & BEAN LUNCH – Jan. 29. Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 SW Michigan. Freewill donations will benefit the church’s Emergency Outreach Fund.

 

HAM & BEAN/VEGETABLE SOUP DINNER – Feb. 1, 4-6:30pm. Oakland UMC, 801 NE Chester. $8 adults, $3 children. Includes Cole slaw, cornbread & cake or pie. For info: 785-246-6375 or 785-235-1010

 

FIRST WEDNESDAY WESLEY CAFE – Feb. 1, 5:30-7pm. Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 SW 29th St. Pasta Buffet — Pasta, Two Sauces, Salad, & Breadsticks. Cost: $6 adult, $3 child. Mission Opportunity: We will continue “A Souper Idea.” Bring canned soup and crackers to benefit Fellowship & Faith and the Topeka Rescue Mission. with worship service to follow. For info: 478-3697 or swumc@swumc.org

 

IF: GATHERING 2017 – Feb. 2-3, 2/3-2/4 (5:30-10 PM Fri., 2/3; 9 AM-5 PM Sat., 2/4), College Avenue Building, Topeka Bible Church, 1135 SW College. IF: exists to gather, equip and unleash the next generation of women (of any age) to live out their purpose. Study, worship and connect with women from all over Topeka. Dinner & lunch provided. Cost: $10. Register at register.ifgathering.com/event/iftopeka or email ifgatheringtopeka@gmail.com

 

DOWNTOWN TOPEKA OPTIMIST CHILI SUPPER – Feb. 3, 5-7pm. Christ the King Catholic Church. $7.

 

LADIES PRAYER BREAKFAST – Feb. 4, 9-12. Great commission Baptist Church, 1319 SW Huntoon.

 

GROUND HOG BREAKFAST – Feb. 4, 7-10am. Grantville UMC, 3724 South St., Grantville. Freewill donation.

 

A BITE OF CHOCOLATE – Feb. 11, 10am-2pm. Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 1248 SW Buchanan. $5 per box.

 

KING OF INSTRUMENTS: THE PIPE ORGAN – Feb. 12, 2pm. First Presbyterian Church, 8th & Harrison. Free. includes hands-on time at the organs, two brief performances displaying all the sounds of the organ–along with a narrator, a time for creating pipework, and snacks! For info: 233-9601 or Sharon.hettinger.923@gmail.com

 

BISHOP APPRECIATION – Feb. 12, 3:30pm, Faith Temple Church, 1162 SW Lincoln. Honoring Bishop R. K. Lassiter, Sr.  Special speakers. Everyone welcome! Free. For info 785-235-1834.

 

DARRELL EVANS – Feb. 19, 10:30am, Community Church, 1819 SW 21st St.  A time of special music and ministry

 

WOMENS RETREAT: SWEET LIFE CAFE – Feb. 25, 9-4:30, Northland Christian Church. Get away from the busyness of life, relax, share laughter and spend time with God. Lunch served. Cost $20. Register at northland.cc or 286-1204.

 

BOY SCOUT TROOP 10 PANCAKE FEED – Feb. 25, 7am-1pm, University United Methodist Church, 1621 SW College Ave.  All-you-can-eat pancakes just $5.00 with bottomless juice or coffee. Children under 5 eat free with adult purchase.

 

WOMEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST – Mar. 4, 9am. First Baptist Church, 3033 SW MacVicar Ave. $5. For info: 228-2126

 

PASSION TO PURPOSE BRUNCH – Mar. 4, 1pm. New Mount Zion, 2801 SE Indiana Ave. For info: 256-0784 or we.topeka@gmail.com

 

 

 

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
FINANCIAL STRATEGIES DINNER WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN – Jan. 31, 6:30-7:30pm. Topeka & Shawnee Co. Public Library, Anton Room 202. RSVP by Jan. 27. For info and to RSVP: 580-8478 or julianne.meiertinoco@thrivent.com

 

DUCK DYNASTY’S ALAN ROBERTSON’S UNCONVENTIONAL

BUSINESS – Feb. 2, 6:30pm, OP Convention Center, 6100 College Boulevard,

Overland Park, KS. Robertson will share 25 years of practical insight on how to use time tested principles from the Bible to successfully lead in the business world. (913) 645-3320

 

2016 TAX CHANGES AND EFFECTS OF PATH ACT – Feb. 8, 7pm. Topeka Public Library Menninger Rm, The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) will affect low income tax payers. H&R Block tax professionals will discuss new laws and other issues regarding 2016 tax returns.

 

19th ANNUAL CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & COLLEGE EXPOMar. 4, 10am-2pm. Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Sponsored by Metro Voice. 25 K-12 Schools, Homeschool 50 Colleges from 15 States, plus, Free Seminars! 816-524-4522.

 

TOPEKA LITERACY COUNCIL VOLUNTEER TUTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP – Mar. 25 & Apr. 1, 9am-4:45pm. Doorstep Building, 1119 SW 10th. $25 for class and materials. For info: 234-2806 or topekaliteray@juno.com

 

 

 

FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS

 

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

 

WOW – WORKIN’ OUT ON WEDNESDAYS – 5:30 pm every Wed., south steps of the Capitol building. Free, fun and family-friendly. A combination of aerobic & strength training exercises, coupled with a fun line dance to end each experience. www.makinmoves.com

 

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

 

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 Thursdays, 9:30-11 at HHHS, 21st & Belle. Parking & entrance for walkers is on the WEST side. Walking is done on an inside track. People who would like to walk a shelter dog must have completed an animal handling class that is given periodically at HHHS—for arrangements call Kelsey Scrinopskie, 233-7325.

 

NOTO MARKET ON FIRST FRIDAYS – NOTO arts district. Arts, antiques, fine crafts, flea market items.
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.

 

PUBLIC SKATING AT EXPOCENTRE– various dates and times. $7 admission, $3 for skates. Check www.ksexpo.com/events for details.

 

90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OPEN HOUSE – Jan. 27, 11am-2pm, Great Overland Station, Free admission, birthday cupcakes, refreshments, prize drawings.

 

MONSTER BUCK CLASSIC – Jan. 27-29. Kansas Expocentre. For info: 235-1986
94.5 COUNTRY BRIDAL FAIR – Jan. 28-29, 10am-5pm & noon-4pm.. Downtown Topeka Ramada. For info and tickets: bridalfair.94country.com

 

HEALTHY SOLES – Every Saturday from Jan. 28 through Feb. 25. West Ridge Mall, lower level center court near Tradehome Shoes. Makin’ Moves & Chris “The Health-Hippie” Omni hosts a FREE planned and progressive walking experience designed to help you move more, live better, laugh a lot and enjoy life. Text “TheHealthHippie” to 25328

 

CONNECT MEETING FOR ALL CPLS FAMILIES – Jan. 28, 9-10am. Cair Paravel Latin School. Childcare provided.

 

LAKE DABINAWA GRINDER – Jan. 29, Lawrence, KS – Part of the Guru’s Gravel Grinders Series. gravelgrinders.blogspot.com

 

BLEEDING KANSAS 2017 – Sundays from Jan. 29-Mar. 5, 2pm, Constitution Hall Historic Site, 319 Elmore, Lecompton. A series of talks and dramatic interpretations on the violent territorial and civil war history of Kansas 1854-1865. Actors will portray Kansans from this turbulent era. Adm: $3 adults, $1 students. Children five & younger free. On tap for Jan. 29: “Kansas on Appeal: Highlights from 156 years of Sunflower State Advocacy in the Supreme Court of the United States” by Kansas Attorney General, Derek Schmidt, with remarks by Kansas State Archivist, Matt Veatch. For info: 785-887-6520, www.lecomptonkansas.com

 

ZUMBA FOR BOOKS – Feb. 1, 6-7pm. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 312 NE Freeman. $5 donation.

 

WAKE UP WITH WASHBURN BREAKFAST LECTURE – Feb. 2, 7:30-8:30am. Washburn University, Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. Breakfast served in Convocation Hall. Speaker: Rob Reilly, vice president of the south region at BNSF Railway in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Members $10, non-members $13. For info: 670-1641

 

GRAND OPENING – Feb. 3, 5-8pm. Creations of Hope Gallery, 909 N. Kansas Ave. Music by Top City Bluegrass. For info: cweeks@valeotopekaorg or 783-7558

 

HEARTSTRINGS PERFORMING AT THE CAROUSEL-RENDEZVOUS DANCE PARTY – Feb. 3, 7-10pm. 6th Avenue Ballroom, 117 SW 6th. Music ranges from 1940’s big band swing classics to 1980’s soft rock ballads. Dance styles include swing, waltz, foxtrot, latin and polka. 233-7084

 

ADVENTURE’S IN LEARNING – Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, 9am-11:30am, Shepherd’s Center of Topeka, hosted at 4101 SW 15th St. For those over 55. First time guests may attend ONE FRIDAY in an Adventures in Learning session for FREE. For info: 249-3258

 

TOPEKA BOAT AND OUTDOOR SHOW – Feb. 3-5. Kansas Expocentre. For info: 235-1986

 

HHHS VALENTINE’S PHOTO FUNDRAISER – Feb. 4, 11:30-3. Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st. Come get photographed with your pet and get a digital copy for $10 or $20 for digital copy plus one 5×7 and 4 wallet size photos. Micro chipping will be $25 and nail trims for $10.

 

DADDY DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT – Feb. 4, 6-8pm.  Big Gage Shelter House, 635 SW Gage. For info: 251-2600

 

POLAR PLUNGE & STRUT – Feb. 6, 9:30-Noon. Swim Beach, 3300 SE 29th St. Registration at 9:30am, 5k at 11am, Polar Plunge at 12pm. Save some time at pre-registration and packet pick-up: Feb. 3 – Noon-7pm at Gary Gribbles, 2130 SW Wanamaker Rd. For info: 620-408-4450

 

HY-VEE SIMPLE FIX – Feb. 9 & 23, 5-7pm. Register by Feb. 5th for the 9th, and by Feb. 19 for the 23rd. For only $115 and one hour of your time, you can have SEVEN meals ready to serve your family any night of the week. Save time & money because there’s no shopping & no cleaning! Each meal serves 4. Choose 5 meals for $85, 6 meals for $100, or 7 meals for $115.
CUPID FOR A CAUSE – Feb. 10, 6-10pm. 3615 SW 29th St. Bachelor and bachelorette charity auction, raffle, and silent auction. Sponsored by Military Veteran Project. For info: 409-1310 or contact@militaryveteranproject.org

 

SHEN YUN PERFORMING ARTS SHOW – Feb. 10-12. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108. Colorful and exhilarating performance of classical Chinese dance and music. 913-701-7469.

 

KANSAS GARDEN SHOW – Feb. 10-11, 10-7 & Feb. 12, 11-5, Kansas Expocentre. Adm. $8. Children 12 & under free. Free parking. Friday is Senior Citizens Day: 55 & older buy one, get one free. For info: 235-1986

 

VETERANS VALENTINES DANCE – Feb. 11, 7-11. Philip Billard VFW Post #1650, 3110 SW Huntoon.

 

VFW POST #1650 BISCUITS & GRAVY BREAKFAST – Feb. 11, 7-10am. Philip Billard VFW POST #1650, 3110 SW Huntoon.

 

VALENTINES PARENT NIGHT OUT – Feb. 11, 7-11pm. Evolution Gymnastics, Tumbling, and Cheer, 3335 SE 21st St. Open gym time, games, and snacks. $25 per athlete, $5 off for siblings and friends. For info: 438-2055

 

SAINT VALENTINE’S DAY MURDER MYSTERY – Feb. 12, 5:30-9pm. North Star Steakhouse. Show and three course meal $40. For info and reservations: 354-8880

 

ARAB SHRINE CIRCUS – Feb. 17-19, Kansas Expocentre. For info: 235-1986

 

RV & SPORT SHOW – Feb. 17-19, Kansas Expocentre. For info: 235-1986

 

2017 CAPITAL CITY MOTORCYCLE SHOW – Feb. 17-19, Ag Hall. 33rd Annual Show with World Famous Participants’ Party! Trophies for best paint, best display, best in show and people’s choice will be awarded in all classes.

 

KANSAS SILENT FILM FESTIVAL SPECIAL EVENT– Feb. 24-25, White Concert Hall, Washburn University. Free. Cinema dinner available on Sat. For details: Kssilentfilmfest.org.

 

EQUIFEST 2017 – Feb. 24-26. Kansas Expocentre. All-breed horse fair and exposition. Rodeo, mounted shooting, etc. Friday Night, followed by a dance featuring Dustin Evans and Good Times. Kansas State Swingin Spurs will entertain and teach dance lessons throughout the weekend. For info: 776-0662

 

TOPEKA RESTAURANT WEEK – Feb. 28 to Mar. 7. A portion of all meals support Harvesters BackSnack Program. For info: (785) 234-1030

 

COMMUNITY HARVEY HOUSE LUNCHEON & TOUR – Mar. 9, Great Overland Station. For info: 785-232-5533 or greatoverlandstation.com

 

56TH ANNUAL KANSAS PRAYER BREAKFAST – Mar. 15, 6am, Ramada Inn downtown. Guest speaker: Major General Julie A. Bentz, Vice Director of the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization, with leaders in government, business, education and industry. $18 each or tables of 10 for $180. For info and RSVP: info@kansasprayerbreakfast.net or 380-2901

 

CPLS KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Mar 17, Cair Paravel Latin School, 635 SW Clay. Info & registration: 232-3878 or www.cpls.org

 

MENARDS NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS – Mar 19-21. Heartland Park Topeka. For info and tickets: 800-884-6472 or nhra.com/tickets

 

4th ANNUAL TOPEKA EASTER PARADE & FUN FAIR – Apr. 15, 10am-3pm, North Kansas Avenue & Garfield Park. Topeka’s fourth annual Easter parade will begin at the tracks in NOTO and proceed north on Kansas Avenue to Garfield Park at 10am. Egg Hunt begins right after the parade at the playground in Garfield Park. Food Trucks will be on hand and the Family Fun Fair will be 10-3 at Garfield Park, in the Shelter House & in the Gym will include vendor booths, children’s games, food, facepainting, and more. Bands and other entertainment will perform nearby. For info: info@C5Alive.org or 640-6399.

 

 

MEETINGS & CLASSES

 

C5Alive “MATCHMAKER” LUNCHEON – Feb. 9, 11:30-1, C5Alive “Matchmaker” Networking Luncheon at Ramada West, 605 SW Fairlawn. Make new connections at our speed networking event!

  • 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: Mar. 9, 11:30-1, C5Alive “POWER” Luncheon. Details to be announced.

 

DADDY’S GIRLS EMPOWERMENT MEETINGS – Weekly at various times & locations. Daddy’s Girls*Inc. is a faith based non-profit organization that encourages young ladies to make wise choices by providing biblically based education & mentoring. Enjoy hanging out with other young ladies striving to reach their highest potential through the power of Jesus Christ! Remember: Modest is still the hottest and Virgin is still His standard! Call to find a meeting location near you:785-969-0491, daddysgirlsinc.com; daddys_girls_inc@ymail.com

 

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,  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.

 

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.

 

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

TIBA NETWORKING GROUP – 2nd Tues, 11:30a.m.-1 p.m. MUST RSVP: taradimick@gmail.com. Lunch is $10. www.topekatiba.org

 

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 FIRST PLACE 4 HEALTH PROGRAM – Mon., 6:30pm or Sat., 8am, Topeka First Assembly, 500 SW 27th St. This program points members to God’s strength & creates a compassionate support group that helps members stay accountable in a positive environment & delivers faith-based health & weight management instruction. To join or start a new group, contact Jan Norris, 972-0582 or norris.jan@sbcglobal.net or visit firstplace4health.com.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

SAFE STREETS MEETING – 1st Wed., 11:45am, Golf Park Blvd, 2 blocks west of Adams. For info: 266-4606.

 

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.

 

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

 

LIFE FEST – 1st Thurs., 10am-12:30pm, Covenant Baptist Church, 5440 SW 37th St. Celebrate Senior Life. For info: 273-2811.

 

OPERATION BACKPACK – 1st Thurs., 6pm, Lyman Learning Center, Lyman and N. Kansas Ave. Volunteers gather to assemble Weekend Snack Sacks for low-income students. Sponsored by Topeka North Outreach. For info: 286-1370.

 

SINGLES BIBLE STUDY – 2nd & 4th Thurs., 7pm, Heartland Worship Center Church of God, 1401 NW Harrison. For info: 232-5503.

 

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.

 

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@att.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 – 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.

 

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.

 

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. 220-0017 or crtopeka.org.

 

TOPEKA NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP – For families & friends who are affected by someone else’s narcotic addiction. Every Sat. – 1005 SW 10th, next to Oxford House, noon-1:15 pm.   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.