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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!

 

MITCH MCVICKER CONCERT – Mar. 10, 7pm, Topeka Free Methodist Church, 3450 SE Indiana. Dove award Winner Mitch McVicker in Concert. For info: 785-266-6610 or www.topkafmc.org or topekafmc@gmail.com

 

WINTER JAM. March 16, 7:00 pm. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106.

 

SKILLET IN CONCERT – Apr. 14, Kansas Expocentre. Joy Unleashed – The Tour; also featuring For King & Country. Ticketmaster.com

 

 

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

 

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSTIY CLASSES – Feb. 3, 6pm. Good News Church, 3819 SW Burlingame Rd. And Feb. 11, 4:30pm. Town and Country Christian Church, 4925 SW 29th. For info: fpu.com

 

CLOTHING EXCHANGE – Feb. 3 & 10, 9-12pm. Topeka Free Methodist Church, 3450 SE Indiana Ave. Clothing donations need to be in good wearable condition and clean. For info: topekafmc.org

 

CHILI COOK OFF-PIE BAKE OFF-TALENT CONTEST – Feb. 3, 11am-2pm. Crossroads Cowboy Church, Intersection of Hwy 24 and Hwy 59. Over $1500 in prize money. Cost is $10.

 

NAVY SEAL MEN’S NIGHT OUT – Feb. 8, 6:30pm. Lifepoint Church, 200 SW 30th St. Former Navy Seal will speak.

 

AMERICAN RED CROSS BABYSITTER TRAINING COURSE – Feb. 9, 10-4pm. Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church. For ages 11 and up. $85 to the public, and $42.50 for SWUMC kids. For info and registration: 478-3697

 

CENTRAL CONGREGATIONAL BITE OF CHOCOLATE – Feb. 10, 11-3pm. Temple Beth Sholom, 4200 SW Munson. $5 donation requested.

 

DADDY-DAUGHTER DRESS-UP SWEETHEART DANCE – Feb. 10, 6-8pm. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Scranton. $15 for a dad and daughter, and $5 for each additional daughter. For info: Louis Shuck 665-6893 or Mary Burgett mev56b87@gmail.com

 

SCOTT STEARMAN: LIVE SCULPTURE WORSHIP – Feb. 11, 9 & 11am, Wanamaker Woods Nazarene Church, 3501 SW Wanamaker Rd. Scott Stearman sculpts the face of Jesus as he shares scripture and music and thought-provoking questions. 785-273-02248, www.wwnaz.org   media@wwnaz.org

 

LEGISLATIVE EVENT FOR ADVOCACY IN FAITH – Feb. 11, 6:20pm & Feb. 12, 7:40am. First United Methodist Church, 600 SW Topeka Blvd.  For info and registration: greatplainsumc.org/umw

 

SUPPORTIVE ADULTS INSPIRING LIVES (SAIL) – Feb. 13, 11:30am. Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 SW 29th St. Menu will include fried chicken, a potato dish, rolls, and cherry dessert. SAIL members are asked to bring a salad. $5. For info: swumc.org/sail-sign-up.html or 478-3697

 

FRIDAY FISH FRY – Feb. 16-Mar. 23, 4-7pm. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 312 NE Freeman Ave. Adults $8.50, kids 12 and under $4. Take out available. For info: 234-6727 or sacredheartstjosephcatholic.org

 

FIBER ARTS WORKSHOP – Feb. 17, 8:30am. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 SW Wanamaker. Free.

 

MEN’S BREAKFAST – Feb. 17, 7-9am. Topeka Bible Church, 1135 SW College Ave.

 

ANNUAL CHILI & VEGETABLE SOUP SUPPER – Feb. 23, 4-6:30pm. Kansas Ave United Methodist Church, 1029 N Kansas Ave. Adults $8, Kids 10 and under $3. Includes chili or vegetable soup, relishes, drink & dessert. Chili Dogs $1.50. Hot dogs $1.00.  Carry Out Available.

 

TOBYMAC HITS DEEP TOUR. February 23, 7:00 pm. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64106. Featuring: Toby Mac, Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Ryan Stevenson, and Finding Favor, and Aaron Cole. 816-949-7100.

 

ANNUAL USHER’S BREAKFAST – Feb. 24, 8-12pm. True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 SE Tefft. All you can eat for $10.

 

RENE CLAUSEN AND THE CONCORDIA CHOIR – Feb. 26, 7pm. Grace Episcopal Cathedral, SW 8th, Ave. Students k-12 $5, adults $20. Groups of ten or more $10 each. For info: 235-3457

 

CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP – Mar. 3, 10am. NET Reach Center, 455 SE Golf Park Blvd. For grades 2-6. Free.

 

THIRD ANNUAL FOOD FIGHT – Mar. 4, 5pm. Rolling Hills Christian Church, 4530 NW Hiawatha Place. Competitors will sign up for Appetizers, Chili, Soup, or Dessert. Attendees vote on their favorites. Concert by  And He Walks With Me follows dinner. For info: 286-0601 or office@rhcctopeka.org

 

BELIEVE KANSAS CITY. March 23, 7:30 pm & March 24, 9:30 pm. Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105. Special Speakers: Jeff Walling, Merci Neff, Kalied Dance Crew. 417-781-2273.

 

 

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 – Feb. 13 & 27, 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.

 

20TH MIDWEST METRO VOICE CHRISTIAN K-12 EDUCATION & COLLEGE EXPO. February 24, 9:30 am-2:00 pm. Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall, Kansas City, MO. FREE SEMINARS! 50 Christian Colleges from 15 States! 25 K-12 Schools from Metro KC area. MO & KS Homeschool Organizations. Finances. 816-524-4522.

 

PENNY NANCE AT CWA KANSAS STATE CONFERENCE – March 15, Topeka.  Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C., will be the key note speaker. In addition, legislators & others address the group and end with a prayer walk at the state capitol.  For info: ks.cwfa.org.

 

 

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

 

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. 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.

 

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

 

BLEEDING KANSAS 2018 – Sundays from Jan. 28-Mar. 4, 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. www.lecomptonkansas.com

 

FROM THE EARTH: WORKS IN CLAY AND WOOD – Feb. 2, 5pm. Creations of Hope Gallery, 909 N Kansas Ave. This exhibit celebrates artists working in ceramics and wood to highlight the therapeutic benefits of sculpting and building as a creative process. For info: 783-7558, cweeks@valeotopeka.org, or facebook.com/creationsofhopeart

 

TOPEKA BOAT & OUTDOOR SHOW – Feb. 2, Expocentre. 235-1986 www.ksexpo.com

 

MADE FOR MOREFeb 2, 7pm, Hayden High School, 401 SW Gage Blvd, Christopher West and Mike Mangione offer a vision of the Gospel like you’ve never heard before heard through the lens of Saint John Paull II’s Theology of the Body. A blend of live music, art, and presentation that taps the deepest desires of the human heart revealing their ultimate purpose and goal.

 

THE ILLUSIONISTS – Feb. 2. TPAC, 214 8th Ave. For info: 234-2787

 

FIRST FRIDAY DOWNTOWN CHOCOLATE WALK – Feb. 2, 5-8pm. Sample free chocolate offerings at various downtown businesses during First Friday Artwalk

 

POLAR PLUNGE & STRUT – Feb. 3, 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. 2 – Noon-7pm at Gary Gribbles, 2130 SW Wanamaker Rd. For info: 620-408-4450 plungeks.org

 

LAKE DABINAWA GRINDER BIKE RIDE – Feb. 4, Lawrence. Part of the Guru’s Gravel Grinders Series. gravelgrinders.blogspot.com

 

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT MEETING ON PRESERVING LAKE SHAWNEE BATHHOUSE – Feb. 5, 5:30-6:30pm. Lake Shawnee Event Center, 3025 SE Croco Rd.

 

HY-VEE SIMPLE FIX – Feb. 8, 5-7pm. Register by Feb. 4. 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.

 

KANSAS GARDEN SHOW – Feb. 9-10, 10-7 & Feb. 11, 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

 

NIGHT TO SHINE – Feb. 9, Grace Community Church. A Tim Tebow Foundation event –  a prom for people 14 years old and up with special needs! An unforgettable night of royal treatment! For info: Jennifer Eschmann at jenn.eschmann@gmail.com or 785-580-3976

 

MUSEUM AFTER HOURS – Feb. 9, 6:30-8:30pm. Kansas Historical Society, 3425 SW 6th Ave. Admission is half price after 5 p.m. The Museum and Store will be open until 6:30 p.m., then George Thompson presents “Seeing Arabia: The First World War Photographs of T.E. Lawrence”

 

FOREST PARK INDOOR SWAP & SHOP PANCAKE FEED – Feb. 10, 8-5pm. Forest Park Conference and Retreat Center, 3158 SE 10th. $6 for pancake feed. If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Anje Kearney and join Forest Park Swap Vendor Facebook group.

 

ANNUAL EAGLE HIKE – Feb. 10, all day. 3-5 mile hike along Perry Lake Trail. For info: 843-9453 or adventure@dirtygirladventures.net

 

CARSEAT CHECKUP EVENT – Feb. 10, 9-12pm. Shawnee Heights Fire District Station 23, 5310 SE California. Bring your child, vehicle owner’s manual, child restraint instructions

 

DADDY DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT – Feb. 10, 6-8pm.  Big Gage Shelter House, 635 SW Gage. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or stepfathers: bring your special girl and enjoy dinner, dancing, pictures and prizes will highlight the evening. For daughters age 2-16. $40 per couple, $14 for each additional daughter. For info: 785-251-6955 or Riley.Shafer@snco.us

 

SAMPLE DAY AT HY-VEE – Feb. 10 & 11, Fri. 4-7pm and Sat. 11am-2pm. Stop in and try Valentine’s Day favorites.

 

“IN LOVE WITH THE KANSAS RIVER” – Feb. 14, 12-1pm, Great Overland Station. Bill Riphahn – All About the Kaw: A Speakers Series. (785) 232-5533

 

COFFEE ON YOUR CORNER – Feb. 14, 10-11am. Paradise Donuts, 1620 SW 6th. Information session for the community to hear from city officials and representatives in an informal setting about city programs, initiatives and operations. For info: Monique Glaude mglaude@topeka.org or 368-4470

 

VALENTINE DINNER & DANCE Feb 14, 6:30pm, Seaman Community Church, 2036 NW Taylor St.  A fun night of dinner and dancing. Tickets $20 a person and include a meal of lasagna, breadsticks, salad, and desert, also music and a rose. 785-354-8777.

 

ARAB SHRINE CIRCUS – Feb. 15-18, Kansas Expocentre. For info: 235-1986

 

RV & SPORT SHOW – Feb. 16-18, Kansas Expocentre. For info: 235-1986 www.ksexpo.com

 

SAMPLE DAY AT HY-VEE – Feb. 16-17, Fri. 4-7pm and Sat. 11am-2pm. Stop in and try a variety of delicious treats during Sample Fest.

 

VALENTINE’S MOOSE MARKET – Feb. 17, 9am. 1901 N Kansas Ave. Vendor’s Market

 

RETHINKING APOLOGETICS: FROM WINNING DEBATES TO WINNING SOULS – Feb. 17, 10am. Topeka Community Resource Council, 400 SE Golf Park Boulevard. Workshop is open to anyone who is interested in enhancing their level of confidence and motivation to share the gospel. $15 reservation fee includes lunch and workshop material. For info and RSVP: 260-7831, thetruthclinic@gmail.com, or thetruthclinic.org/events

 

EQUIFEST 2017 – Feb. 23-25. Kansas Expocentre. All-breed horse fair and exposition. Rodeo, mounted shooting, etc. For info: 776-0662

 

KANSAS SILENT FILM FESTIVAL SPECIAL EVENT– Feb. 23-24, White Concert Hall, Washburn University. Friday eve. 7pm & all day Sat. Free. Cinema dinner available on Sat. For details: Kssilentfilmfest.org.

 

SAMPLE DAY AT HY-VEE – Feb. 23 & 24, Fri. 4-7pm and Sat. 11am-2pm. Stop in and try great chip & dip combos.

 

THE CAPPUCCINO RIDE BIKE RIDE – Feb. 24, Baldwin City. Part of the Guru’s Gravel Grinders Series. gravelgrinders.blogspot.com

 

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS – Feb. 27, Expocentre. 235-1986 www.ksexpo.com

 

DOORSTEP OPERATION SOUP LINE FUNDRAISER – Feb. 28, 11am-1:30pm, Expocentre Ag Hall. $10 adults; $5 children 12 & under.

 

57TH ANNUAL KANSAS PRAYER BREAKFAST – Mar. 14, 6am, Ramada Inn downtown. Guest speaker: Dan Meers, with leaders in government, business, education and industry. $18 each or tables of 10 for $180. Sponsored by Topeka Fellowship, Inc. For info and RSVP: info@kansasprayerbreakfast.net or 380-2901

 

CPLS KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Mar 16, 9am, Cair Paravel Latin School, 635 SW Clay. Info & registration: 232-3878 or www.cpls.org

 

5th ANNUAL EASTERFEST: TOPEKA EASTER PARADE & FUN FAIR – Mar. 31, 10am-3pm, North Kansas Avenue & Garfield Park. Topeka’s annual Easter Parade will begin at 10am at the tracks in NOTO and proceed north on Kansas Avenue to Garfield Park. 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 in Garfield Park, in the Shelter House & in the Gym, including vendor booths, children’s games, food, facepainting, pony rides, laser tag, bubble soccer and more. Bands, gymnastics, ballet and other entertainment will be on hand. For info: info@C5Alive.org or 640-6399.

 

 

MEETINGS & CLASSES

 

C5Alive “POWER” LUNCHEON – Feb. 8, 11:30-1, at Fairlawn Plaza Mall. Featured: Matchmaker Speed Networking.

  • 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. 8, 11:30-1, POWER Luncheon. Details to be announced.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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 or 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.

 

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, 6:45-8:15pm, 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 pm to 8:30 pm  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 more information.

 

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.