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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!

 

An Evening of Worship with Jimmy Needham – Apr. 30, 6:30pm, Grace Community Church, 310 E. 8th St, Overbrook. 785-665-7117. www.jimmyneedham.com.

 

 

 

JERROD NIEMANN CONCERT AT HEARTLAND NATIONALS – May 20, 8pm, Heartland Park Topeka. 785-861-7899; www.heartlandpark.com/ info@heartlandpark.com

 

THE WRIGHTS – May 21, 6pm, Southwest Christian Church, 5747 SW Huntoon. 289-8905. thewrightsministries.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

 

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

 

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.

 

FAITH’S JOURNEY IN CONCERT – May 21, 10:40am, East Side Baptist Church, 4425 SE 29th St. Branson recording artists Faith’s Journey in concert with strongly anointed singing. (785) 379-9933; esbcks.org; secretary@esbcks.org

 

UGANDAN KIDS CHOIR – May 21, 10:30am, Highland Park UMC, 2914 SE Michigan. For info: 266-6555 or childcareworldwide.org/choir.

 

SUMMER SPORTS CAMP – June 3, 9:30am – 3pm, East Side Baptist Church, 4425 SE 29th St. Free camp for kids entering K-6th grades. Lunch is provided. (half-day options available also). 785-379-9933; esbcks.org

 

SUMMER ART CAMP – July 15, 9:30am – 3pm, East Side Baptist Church, 4425 SE 29th St. Free camp for kids entering K-6th grades. Lunch is provided. (half-day options available also). 785-379-9933; esbcks.org

 

 

 

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 – May 9, 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: 233-1816 or info@century-health.com. Snacks & beverages provided.

 

YOU CAN GET OVER IT! – May 20, 10am, Ramada Inn West, 605 Fairlawn. Is your life full of grudges and offenses? There is a way to be free from them. Join Rev. Sarah Griggs as she shows you from the word of God how to be free from unforgiveness and start your walk on the road to peace and joy. No charge for this workshop but please register by 5/16/17. Call 785-232-3417 or email  ExodusMinistries@aol.com. Refreshments provided, free will offering.

 

 

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.

 

MONDAY MARKET AT THE LIBRARY – Mondays, May 15-Oct. 9, 8-11:30am, 1515 SW 10th.

 

SILVER LAKE FARMERS MARKET – Tuesdays 6–8pm, Jun. 6 – Sep. 5 , Silver Lake Public Library, 203 Railroad St, Silver Lake

 

EAST TOPEKA FARMERS MARKET – Tuesdays 3-7pm, begins May 23, 2010 SE California – Topeka Housing Authority. tgeorge@tha.gov

 

CAPITOL MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET – Every Wed., May 10 thru Oct. 18, 7:30am – 12pm, Corner of 10th & Jackson on the South side of the Capitol Lawn
SAFE STREETS COALITION MEETING – First Wed. of the month, 11:45am-1pm. Great Overland Station. For info: 266-4606 or jwilson@safestreets.org

 

SHAWNEE SWINGERS SQUARE DANCE LESSONS – Wednesday’s, 7pm, Croco Hall, 6115 SE Highway 40, Tecumseh. Call Don at 785-966-2765

 

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.
FARMERS MARKET @ KNI – Fridays Jun. 2 – Aug. 11,  7:30am-12noon, Kansas Neurological Institute, SW 21st & Oakley

 

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.

 

SWAP MEET AT PREMIERE FARM & HOME – last Sat. of every month thru Oct., 900 SW University Blvd, 7 am to noon. Laying hens, pullets, baby chicks, guineas, ducks, geese, and more. No fee to set up. No goats.

 

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.

 

 

SENIORS RIDE FREE MONTH OF MAY – Topeka Metro will offer free rides to seniors (65 and older) on the fixed routes EVERY day that we are open for business during the month of May. Passengers may be required to present their ID upon boarding. Vouchers or tickets are not required to board.

 

 

NHRA KANSAS NATIONALS – May 19-21, 10am, Heartland Park Topeka, 7530 SW Topeka Blvd. The 29th annual event is at one of the quickest and fastest drag strips in the world.  The 330-mph speed and excitement of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to Kansas’ capital city.  For tickets & info:  nhra.com/tickets or 800-884-6472

 

GOLF TOURNAMENT – May 19, 11:30am Reg. & lunch, 12:30 shotgun, Shawnee Country Club (Great Life Golf Course.  Fellowship Bible Church is hosting. $75 per person or $300 per 4-person team (includes lunch, cart and 18 holes of golf).  Click on events at fbctopeka.com

 

SOLE REASON’S FIRST ANNUAL BOWL FOR SNEAKERS THON – May 20, 3:30-6pm, Gage Bowl. Bowlers and business or individual sponsors needed. All proceeds go towards local children in need as Sole Reason expands to other

communities, “Putting sneakers on their feet and smiles on their faces.” Also a raffle for K State, KU, Royals and Chiefs items & gift certificates to local restaurants. Tickets are $10 and include 2 games of bowling & shoes. Call Jerry at (785) 338-2965 or sole_reason@yahoo.net

 

RMHC Charity Golf Classic – May 22, 8:30am shotgun, Lake Shawnee Golf Course. 4-person scramble; $440 per team and includes cart, green fees, mulligans, long-drive hole, food (after golf), goody bags, prizes & silent auction. Deadline is May 1. 785-235-6852 www.rmhcneks.org/event/rmhc-golf-tournament;  mindee@rmhcneks.org

 

SUMMERFEST – May 25, 3-11pm, Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 SW 17th St. Carnival games, bake sale, raffle, food & entertainment and more. For info: 554-7308

 

MEET IN THE MIDDLE – May 27, 11am. Shawnee Lake. All kayakers, canoers, or paddle boaters are welcome.

 

KRANSTON’S 5K WALK/RUN – May 27, 7:30-10:30am. Lake Shawnee, 3137 SE 29th St. Memorial run for Kranston Haehn. Any donations will go 100% towards his medical and recovery bills.

 

CYCLOVIA CHESNEY PARK – May 28, 1-4pm. Free. 234-1030

 

VETERAN’S TRIBUTE – May 29, 12:30pm to 3pm, Great Overland Station, 701 N Kansas. On Memorial Day the Topeka Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars and Topeka’s Grace Hospice, in conjunction with other organizations, hosts the annual Veterans Lunch and Topeka Area Massing of Colors ceremony to promote patriotism, citizenship and honor our Nation’s Veterans. The lunch, free to Veterans, begins at 12:30 and the Massing of Colors Ceremony is conducted, beginning, at 2pm. Sante Fe Band will perform. For info: 228-0400

 

JOEL DAVID BARTA MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT – June 2, 9am. GreatLife Golf & Fitness, 913 SE 29th St.

 

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS THE TRAIN – Jun. 2-4, 9-11, Baldwin City. Midland Railway will be welcoming Thomas the Tank Engine back with his best friend Percy joining in on the fun. 913-721-1211, www.midlandrailway.org

 

15TH ANNUAL ROD ROGERS MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNEY – Jun. 2. Dub’s Dread Golf Course, KC, KS. 1pm shotgun. $500 per team includes lunch, range balls, refreshments on almost every hole, and Famous Dave’s dinner. Lots of fun and prizes! Benefitting KU Cancer Center & Cancer Action. For info: 913-461-8527 or gagakc@sbcglobal.net

 

KEVIN BRENNAN GOLF BENEFIT FOR THE FIRST TEE SHAWNEE – Jun 02, 12pm, Lake Shawnee Golf Course. Fundraiser to support the youth of The First Tee of Shawnee County

 

CAPITAL CITY FAMILY & FOOD FESTIVAL – June 3, 11-5pm. Kansas State Capitol, 300 W 10th. Free.

 

GERMANFEST – June 3, 5-11pm & June 4, 10-5, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 312 NE Freeman. German food, carnival, entertainment, auction, vendor booths & more. SacredHeartStJosephCatholic.org

 

SACRED HEART-ST. JOSEPH 5TH ANNUAL BRAT TROT –  June 3, 8am, Sacred Heart parking lot, 312 NE Freeman. Brat Trot 5K Run/Walk loops through 3.1 miles of Oakland and returns to Sacred Heart. $25 registration at tinyurl.com/BratTrot2017; includes t-shirt & snacks.

 

COMMUNITY HARVEY HOUSE LUNCHEON – June 8, Great Overland Station. 785-232-5533

 

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S – June 10, Hummer Park, 2751 SW East Circle Dr. Registration at 8am; Ceremony at 9am; Walk at 9:15am.  Register at act.alz.org or Scott Bradley at 913-831-3888 or sbradley@alz.org

 

RMHC PULL A PLANE CHALLENGE – Jun. 10, 10:30am, American Flight Museum, Hangar 612, Forbes. Second annual ultimate tug-of-war competition for grown-ups benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities. Teams of 10 pullers compete to see who can pull an 80,000 pound vintage airplane 50 feet in the fastest time. Gates open at 10:30am, first team’s pull at 11:15am. Also car show, laser tag, bouncy house for kids, food vendors, live music, more, 785-235-6852

http://www.rmhcneks.org/event/pull-a-plane-challenge/

mindee@rmhcneks.org

 

AGLOW INTERNATIONAL KS STATE RALLY – June 15, 6pm-10pm; & 16, 9am-10pm; & 17, 9am-4pm. Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center, 420 SE 6th. For info: 620-249-5878

 

14th ANNUAL GALA “Havana Nights” – June 16, Great Overland Station. 785-232-5533

 

MUSIC AND MINISTRY NIGHT WITH MARK SCHULTZ AND DR. RANDY CARLSON – June 16, 7 – 9 pm, Fellowship Bible Church, 10th & Urish. Sponsored by Family Life Radio. Myflr.org

 

CAMPOUT WITH DAD – June 17 & 18, Topeka Zoo.

For info: wguffey@topeka.org

 

TOPEKA YOUTH PROJECT GOLF TOURNAMENT – Jun. 23, Village Greens Golf Course.

 

 

MEETINGS & CLASSES

 

C5Alive “POWER” LUNCHEON – May 11, 11:30-1, NET Reach Center, 455 SE Golf Park Blvd. Featured Speaker: Barry Feaker.

  • 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: Jun. 8, 11:30-1, C5Alive “POWER” Luncheon, featuring Gabriel O’Shea, Executive Director of FORGE, an organization dedicated to economic development and geared to recruit, retain and train young talent for Topeka. He will speak about leadership development and opportunities in Topeka.

 

TOPEKA WOMEN’S CONNECTION ” Purse-N-ality ” LUNCHEON – May 11, 11am, T&SC Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave. Prepaid luncheon reservations are $14 and are due by May 5, by calling (785) 554-3617. No charge to attend the program only. Louise Simmons, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a Native Dutch Indonesian, will share her story of fleeing a war-troubled country and finally finding true freedom. Louise will also entertain with her guitar and songs. FEATURE: ” Purse-N-ality” Bring a purse to get a purse! Bring a like new purse to play the fun and exciting game.

 

WOMEN’S DINNER CONNECTION “Girls Love to Shop” – May 13, 6:30-8pm, T&SC Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave. $14 for lunch, no charge for program. Open to all women. RSVPs to Arlene, 233-0701 or Leidacloud@cox.net. Louise Simmons, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a Native Dutch Indonesian, will share her story of fleeing a war-troubled country and finally finding true freedom. Louise will also entertain with her guitar and songs.  Cindy Hopper & Dan Brungardt work together on their businesses in Fairlawn Mall. Cindy will present what each business has to offer: Kitchen GallerySweet! Baking & Candy making supplies, & Home at Last furniture store.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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.