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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!

 

GRAND O’ OPRY – 2nd & 4th Saturday, 6:30PM-pre-show, 7PM showtime, Ottawa Memorial Auditorium, 301 S Hickory, Ottawa KS. Ph. 785-214-0013

 

SPECKS SUNDAY FUNDAY JAM – Every Sunday 7-11pm, Specks Bar and Grill, 21st and Mission. Musicians / Bands of all ages and genres welcome! Family Friendly and Dog Friendly when jam is held outside. Food available.

 

KANSAS PRAIRIE PICKERS – Fourth Sun. ea. Month, 1pm, Auburn Commu-nity Center. Foot-stomping, hand-clapping tunes. Concessions available.

 

SPECKS SUNDAY FUNDAY JAM – Every Sunday 7-11pm, Specks Bar and Grill, 21st and Mission. Musicians / Bands of all ages and genres welcome! Family Friendly and Dog Friendly when jam is held outside. Food available.

 

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

 

SUMMERTIME BLUES – Aug. 15, 7-9pm, Gage Park Amphitheater. “The Symbols.” Admission is free. Seating available or bring your own chairs/blankets.

 

TRIBUTE QUARTET CONCERT – Aug. 30, 7pm, Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker Road. No tickets needed, freewill offering. Doors open at 6pm. (785) 273-2248 www.wwnaz.org  wwoodsnaz@wwnaz.org

 

DANNY GOKEY AND TAUREN WELLS – Oct. 27, 7pm, TPAC.  The “Hope Encounter” concert tour with special guest Riley Clemmons. Tickets start at $25. www.topekaperformingarts.org.

 

 

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.

 

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

 

FIRST SATURDAY BREAKFAST BUFFET – 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church, 6020 SE 44th

 

FREE MOVIE NIGHT – Sat. Aug. 4: FREE movie night Highland Heights Christian Church, 2930 SE Tecumseh Rd. Showing “God’s Compass” and Veggie Tales for the kids. Doors open 6 pm, movie at 6:30 pm. Free snacks provided. nancy@highlandheightscc.com, 785-379-5642

 

PRAYER GATHERING – Aug. 5, 6pm, Topeka First Assembly, 500 SW 27th St. “Raise up the Standard of the Lord” before the primary elections. Praying for primary elections, righteous & justice, safe streets, sanctity of life, the family, healing, love, the peace of Jerusalem.

 

25th” ANNUAL FAMILY OF GOD CONVENTION – Aug. 7-10, 7pm nightly & Aug. 12 at 11am, Faith Temple Church, 1162 SW Lincoln

 

12TH ANNUAL TENNESSEE TOWN BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – Aug. 11, 9am, King’s Court, Lincoln & Munson. Registration is Free. Call 235-1834 to register your team! Lots of fun, fellowship, and food (while it lasts

 

BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR – Aug. 8, 4-8pm, New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 SE Indiana Ave. Free haircuts for boys kindergarten through 12 years old. Free backpacks, school supplies and food will be available.

 

150TH ANNIVERSARY – Aug. 19, 3pm, St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 701 SW Topeka Blvd. Keynote speaker is The Right Reverend Clement W. Fugh, Presiding Prelate of The Fifth Episcopal District.

 

MEET ME AT THE PARK – Sep. 9, 10 am, Gage Park Amphitheatre. A taste of worship and food in the park. A complimentary BBQ lunch will be served following the service. Free carousel and train rides. Presented by First Southern Baptist Church. 272-0443, fsbctopeka.org

 

BETH MOORE SIMULCAST – Sep. 21, 7-9pm, and Sep. 22, 9am – 12:15pm, First Southern Baptist Church. For info: 785-272-0443.

 

TECUMSEH HERITAGE DAY – Sep. 22, 10am-3pm, Tecumseh United Methodist Church.  Free admission. Live entertainment. Homemade pie and ice cream. Wagon rides, obstacle course, games, and family fun. Homemade pie contest with $200 in cash prizes. See www.tecumsehkiwanis.com for rules and details.

 

 

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 SEMINARS – August 21 & 28, 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.

 

KANSAS PREVENTION COLLABORATIVE CONFERENCE – Sep. 19 & 20, Capitol Plaza Hotel. Behavioral health prevention conference, an initiative of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). The purpose of the conference is to empower prevention coalitions to redouble their efforts in the community. For info kansaspreventioncollaborative.org or KPCTeam@wichita.edu.

 

AWAKEN THE DAWN – Sep. 27-29, Kansas Capitol building, Topeka. Holy Convocation at 5 pm, praying and worshipping for a shift in our nation. We want Jesus to be greatly known, undeniably revealed, vastly followed and lavishly honored in Kansas. We’re asking each region of the state to bring a cup of seeds from their crops. www.cultureshield.com for more information

 

 

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.

 

SENIOR STRETCHING EXERCISES – each Mon., Wed., Fri.; 9:30-10:15am, Seaman Community Church, 2036 NW Taylor St. Enter on the east side of Fellowship Hall. No charge. 785-354-8777 or 785-213-6016

 

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

 

LIBRARY’S LEARN & PLAY BUS –  Every Tuesday 1-3pm, Auburn Community Center.

 

SILVER LAKE FARMERS MARKET – Tuesdays 6-8pm, June 5-Sep. 4, Silver Lake Library

 

EAST TOPEKA FARMERS MARKET – Tues. 3-7pm, Topeka Housing Authority, 2010 SE California.

 

SENIORS NUTRITIONAL LUNCH – Weekdays, except holidays, at noon at Auburn Civic Center, 1020 N. Washington Street. Minimal cost per person. Res-ervations/cancellations are required 24 hours in advance by calling Meals on Wheels of Jefferson and Shawnee County at 295-3980. Each meal includes 1% milk and sugar-free items are included for diabetics. 785-215- 0064.

 

SHAWNEE SWINGERS SQUARE DANCE LESSONS – Wednesday’s, 7pm, Croco Hall, 6115 SE Hwy 40, Tecumseh. Call 785-845-2357. (1st two lessons free)

 

CAPITOL MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET – Wed. 7:30am-noon, May 16-Oct. 10, Jackson & 10th. No market on July 4th.

 

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. To walk a shelter dog call Kelsey at 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

 

SLIDERDAYS – 12-1pm, Jayhawk Theatre, 720 SW Jackson. Join us every third Saturday for Line Dancing!! Cost: Free-will donation!! 50% of your donation will be applied to the renovation of the Jayhawk Theatre.

 

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

 

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 and more.

 

MOTHER TERESA’S FARMERS MARKET – Saturdays 8:30-11:30am, Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church 2014 NW 46th St.

 

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

 

HEALTHY STEPS MONTHLY MEETUP – Mar. 6 – Dec. 4, West Ridge Mall. Mall walking; log each time you walk – at the kiosk near the lower level, northwest mall entrance. Each visit gives you another entry into monthly prize drawings. Monthly Meetups 9-10am, First Tuesday of every month – special speakers, free blood pressure checks and prize drawings. Mall Walking hours: Mon-Sat 7am. – 9pm; Sun 11am – 6pm

 

NOONTIME BROWN BAG CONCERT – Wednesdays 11-1 at Westar Pocket Park, 818 S Kansas. Local performers entertain during lunchtime

 

FARMER’S MARKET – Sunday mornings July 22 to August 12, 9am-noon, Susanna Wesley UMC, 7433 SW 29th.  Homegrown vegetables and fruits. Proceeds support children and youth ministries

 

LAKE SHAWNEE ADVENTURE COVE open through Sep 15, at the former swim beach location. Canoe, kayaks, paddleboats, paddle boards & water bike rentals and more.

 

AUG. CYCLING EVENTS – Various cycle rides are offered by Kansas Cyclist. For details: www.kansascyclist.com/

 

AUG. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES – Various outdoor events and activities in Kansas. www.getoutdoorskansas.org/calendar

 

OPEN HOUSE – Aug. 4, 4-7pm, Soldier Township Fire Dept., 600 NW 46th. Come see the fire department and meet Fire Chief Doug Schmitt, learn about our two new engines, and enjoy some hot dogs and hamburgers! Fun activities for the kiddos. 5PM pinning ceremony for our newest hiring class. 785 286 2123.

 

FLAPPERS AND MOONSHINE – Aug. 4, 7-10pm. Jayhawk Theatre and Gallery, 720 Jackson Ave. Learn the iconic dance of the era. All ages and ability levels welcome. Hazel Hill and The Celtic Fox will have treats and drinks for purchase and 785 Big Band will be playing music from the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. $12 advance general admission, $20 advance VIP, $18 general admission at the door, and $25 VIP at the door. For info and tickets: jayhawktheatre.org

 

FUNDRAISER/DINNER/ AUCTION/FASHION SHOW – Aug. 5, 2-5pm,4020 NW 25th In remembrance and for prevention of drowning incidents. See Even A Child Will Lead on facebook.

 

CAR SHOW – Aug. 5, 5-9pm. Topeka Bible Church, 1135 SW College Ave. This event is for anyone and everyone. Feel free to bring your own car. For info: joshua.faulk@washburn.edu or 785-338-6406

 

PRIMARY ELECTION DAY – Aug. 7. Don’t forget to vote!

 

HY-VEE SIMPLE FIX – Aug. 9, 5-7pm. For only $115 and one hour of your time, you can have SEVEN meals ready to serve your family. Each meal serves 4 people. You can choose to make 5 meals for $85, 6 meals for $100, or 7 meals for $115. 272-1763

 

TOPEKA KIDS CLOSET BACK 2 SCHOOL SALE – Aug. 9-11, 10am, Sunrise Optimist Club, 720 NW 50th St. www.kidscloset.biz/Topeka topekakidscloset@outlook.com

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT KICK OFF PARTY – Aug. 10, 5:30-7:30pm, at the Hy-Vee parking lot at 29th & Wanamaker, and will feature first responders, food, music, games, giveaways, fun and more for all ages, coordinated by Alpha Media

 

CRUISIN’ THE CAPITAL CAR SHOW – Aug. 11, 6-9pm, 12th & Jackson. Live entertainment, food trucks and beer gardens. Second Saturday Concert Series in front of the Celtic Fox at 8th and Jackson, featuring Nucklehead Jones.

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENTS – Aug. 11. National Night Out events throughout Topeka and Shawnee County. For info call Judy at Safe Streets, 266.4606 or email jwilson@safestreets.org.

 

KANSAS TACO FESTIVAL – Aug. 11, 12-8pm, Vinewood, 2848 SE 29th St, Topeka. Sampling from dozens of Mexican eats, while they battle it out for title of “Best Taco”. Featuring live music & entertainment, fun inflatables, games & activities, contests, Taco Trucks and Vendors, Taco Eating Competition. For ticket and info www.kansastacofestival.com or  hello@zachevents.com

 

MUSIC FOR WELLNESS LEARNING CIRCLE – Aug. 15, 4-6pm. Free online class Music for Wellness together. During our meetings we will watch instructive videos, have group discussion, and complete course assignments. The course lasts for 4 weeks and is available from edx.org. Register at tscpl.org/register

 

FAMILY CLINIC RIBBON-CUTTING & OPEN HOUSE – Aug. 15, 4-6pm, 1400 Huntoon. New GraceMed Health Clinic.

 

ANNUAL HARLEY PARTY – Aug. 18, 6-11pm, 6410 SE Forbes Ave, Suite 2. Silent Auction, concert featuring Departure, and at the end of the night we are giving away a brand new Harley Davidson. Benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs. Tickets at www.bgctopeka.org.785-234-5601 or katiebeach@bgctopeka.org

 

WALK FOR APRAXIA – Aug. 18, 9am12:30pm, Sunflower Soccer Association, 4829 NW 17th St.  Fundraising event for children with Apraxia of Speech, helping children find their voice. While most children almost miraculously learn to speak without effort, children with apraxia struggle mightily to accurately produce and sequence sounds, syllables and words. Adult Registration: $20; Student Registration (Age 18 and up): $15; Child Registration (Under 18): $10.  You can participate even if you are unable to be at the Walk by making a donation. Cindi Bramlage: m. See Topeka Walk for Apraxia on facebook

 

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH – Aug. 18, 12-4pm, Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2535 SE Ohio. Free eyeglass and dental clinic at 10am, music & entertainment, arts & crafts, bounce house, fire truck, school supplies giveaway, clothing bank, raffle and more

 

TOPEKA CLASSIC STRENGTH FESTIVAL – Aug. 18, 10am-1pm, 3315 SE Tinman Circle at Lake Shawnee. Including a strongman competition, 5k, a cross-training competition and food vendors, too. www.topekagames.com www.facebook.com/events/185231398835089

 

CREATIONS OF HOPE EXHIBIT – August 21- 31, M-F, 8am-5pm, Heritage Bank, 3024 SW Wanamaker Rd. A collection of artwork from the Creations of Hope Gallery, a community outreach project and art gallery sponsored by the Expressive Therapies program at Valeo Behavioral Health Care.  Artists from across the community, from professional to emerging, exhibit artwork at the gallery to raise awareness of the healing power of the arts. 785-783-7558 www.facebook.com/creationsofhopeart, cweeks@valeotopeka.org

 

HY-VEE SIMPLE FIX – Aug. 23, 5-7pm. For only $115 and one hour of your time, you can have SEVEN meals ready to serve your family. Each meal serves 4 people. You can choose to make 5 meals for $85, 6 meals for $100, or 7 meals for $115. 272-1763

 

2018 FOPA RUN TO REMEMBER – Aug. 25, 8:30-11:30am, Lake Shawnee Shelterhouse #1.  Law Enforcement – Run to Remember 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Fun Run supporting our heroes and honoring our fallen!  Contact President Megan Green at fopauxiliary3@gmail.com. Hosted by Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary,

 

ANNUAL DENIM TO DIAMONDS – Aug. 25, 5:30pm-12. Downtown Ramada.  Dinner & auction. Benefits Ronald McDonald House. For tickets and info: 235-6852 or www.rmhctopeka.org

 

INDIA FEST – Aug. 25, 10-2, Big Gage Shelter House. Indian cuisine, jewelry, art, music & entertainment. For info: indiansoftopeka@gmail.com

 

DART & DARTINI ADVENTURE RACE – Aug. 25, 8am-2pm, Downtown Topeka. A benefit for Let’s Help. Register at www.dothedart.com

 

FREE KIDNEY SCREENING AND HEALTH FAIR – Aug. 25, 10am, CRC CARE Center at Avondale East, 455 SE Golf Park Blvd. At-risk survey, blood pressure check, body mass index (BMI) measurement, an opportunity to speak with a healthcare professional, free education materials, ACR urine test for albumin (a type of protein.) Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

 

CARNIVAL GUY SUMMER OPEN HOUSE – Aug. 30, 5:30-8pm, The Vinewood, 2848 SE 29th. All of the Carnival Guy’s most popular inflatable rides, games, and special attractions. Gourmet mini donuts, cotton candy, shaved ice, popcorn.

 

KANSAS CITY RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL – Sep. 1 – Oct. 14, 10am-7pm; Weekends only plus Columbus Day and Labor Day.  628 N 126th St., Bonner Springs, KS. www.KCRenFest.com.  913-721-2110. 

 

TOUCH – A – TRUCK – Sep. 1, Downtown Topeka, 8th – 10th Street. Free Admission. (785) 234-9336

 

BAM – KNOW WHY BEFORE YOU BUY CONFERENCE – Sep. 6, 12-5pm, Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 SE 8th Ave.  A day of speakers and break-out sessions to learn more about Branding, Advertising and Marketing for any size company. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided. Registration & vendor fair begins at 10:30am. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bam-know-why-before-you-buy-conference-tickets-40047778985  Look for discount codes from any of the sponsors and save up to 75% on your registration fee!

 

HUFF ‘N PUFF – Sep. 7 & 8, on an 80 acre open pasture at Mount Hope Cemetary grounds, 17th & Fairlawn. Families and friends get together to enjoy the sport of hot air ballooning. Food, drinks, music, and activities for the kids are going on all night Friday and Saturday.

 

PERRY FALL FESTIVAL – Sept. 8, 9am to 4pm

 

FALL FEST – Oct. 6, 5pm, Grace Bible Church, 4021 SE 37th. For fall fun just blocks away from beautiful Lake Shawnee, join us for Shawnee County’s best annual Fall Fest! Free admission, games, hot dogs, fall drinks, cotton candy, inflatable fun, sack races, ring toss, corn hole, bean bag toss, crafting, and cake walks. 785-267-0738 https://www.facebook.com/events/1022466951237315/, info@gbc-topeka.org

 

 

MEETINGS & CLASSES

 

C5Alive “POWER” LUNCHEON – Aug. 9, 11:30-1, POWER Luncheon featuring Barry Feaker at Avondale East, 455 SE Golf Park Blvd.

  • 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: Sep. 13, 11:30-1, POWER Luncheon featuring Josh Jones from Advisors Excel.

SAVE THE DATE: Oct. 11, 11:30-1, PASTOR APPRECIATION Luncheon at Great Overland Station. Featured speaker: Lamar Hunt, Jr.

 

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.

 

HEAT UP TOPEKA – Free fitness classes; learn and build healthy social & eating habits. Held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 SW 21st St.  Florence Crittenton: 785-233-0516 www.flocritkansas.org

Sunday: 4-5pm Yoga

Monday: 12:12:45pm Kickbox Fusion

Monday: 5:30-6:15pm STRONG by Zumba

Monday: 6:15-7:00pm Pilates Fusion

Tuesday: 12-12:45pm Yoga

Tuesday: 5:30-6:15pm Zumba

Tuesday: 6:15-7:00pm Cardio Interval

Wednesday: 12-12:45pm Kickboxing

Thursday: 12-12:45pm Pilates

Thursday: 5:30-6:15pm Cardio Interval

Thursday: 6:15-7:00pm Zumba

Friday: 12-12:45pm Cardio Strength

Saturday: 9:00-9:45am Cardio Remix

 

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.

 

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

 

TOPEKA MANKIND PROJECT – Mondays, 6:30pm, 2112 SW Morningside Rd. Supports men in becoming their best selves, including physical, mental & emotional health & wellness. Open to any man. Brian Thomas: brian.thomas01@gmail.com or 785-727-9439

 

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.

 

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

 

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 11am -12:30pm. 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. (The Bible study is also taught on Sat. mornings on 101.5 FM radio.)

 

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.

 

TOPEKA PRAYER GROUP – Every Wed., 6:30pm, 409 SW Buchanan St. Do you believe that God hears and answers prayers? Do you believe Jesus wants to lead His people by His Holy Spirit? Come join us in prayer as we seek His face for answers and direction. 785-845-1948; holmie2@sbcglobal.net

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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 – Sundays 6-8pm. For women whose husbands struggle with pornography addictions or have had affairs. Video & workbook will give you hope for your marriage & emotional healing. For info: Janet Mitchel, 673-4294.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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, 6:45-8:15pm, 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

 

GRIEFSHARE – Every Thur. 6:30-8:30pm at Susanna Wesley UMC, 7433 SW 29th St., Mar 1 thru May 24. A Christ-centered program for those who have lost a loved one may be struggling and have questions on how to go forward.  The class includes a video, sharing of stories, and a workbook (free).  Call Shari Combs at 785-478-3697 for info.

 

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.

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