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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.

 

MITCH MCVICKER IN CONCERT – Nov. 27, 7pm, Topeka First Free Methodist Church, 3450 SE Indiana. With Dave Sprinkle. Free will offering. (785)-266-6610 www.topekafmc.org

 

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS – SHINE THE LIGHT ON CHRISTMAS – Nov. 28, 7:30pm. TPAC, 214 SE 8th Ave. $39.

 

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER – Dec. 7, 7:30pm, Expocentre.

 

FOR KING & COUNTRY AND ZACH WILLIAMS – Dec. 21, 7pm. Sprint Center. “Little Drummer Boy — The Christmas Tour.” $28.50 to $78.50. (913) 451-8850 or (888) 929-7849 or visit www.life885.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.

 

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

 

“WHY NOT WEDNESDAY” – every Wednesday 6:10 – 7:30pm from Sep 5 through December 5, Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 SW 29th St.  For children three years through 6th grade (as of Sep 1). Explore the Bible, cooking, games, missions, art, science, storytelling/drama. Free program. Children can join at any time during the session. hot meal at 5:30. 478-3697  jaymieg@swumc.org.

 

THANKSGIVING SERVICE – Nov. 21, 7pm. St David’s Episcopal Church, 3916 SW 17th.

 

THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP – Nov. 21, 7pm. Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 SW Gage.

 

SWEET SHOPPE AND CRAFT SALE – Dec. 8, 9-3pm. Highland Park United Methodist, 2914 SE Michigan. Cookies by the pound, candy, crafts and more.

 

 

SEMINARS & CONFERENCES

 

MEDICARE MONDAYS – First Mon. of ea. month, 1-3pm. Topeka/Sh. Co. Public Library (Auditorium), 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 – Nov. 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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)

 

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

 

SQUARE DANCE LESSONSSaturdays starting September 15th, 10:30am to 12:30pm, Fellowship Hall of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 SW 21st Street. Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Dancers come join in FREE dance lessons lead by a certified caller of 20+ years. Questions: 272-2620.

 

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

 

TOPEKA ACAPELLA UNLIMITED AUDITIONS – Any Monday 7pm, at Seaman Community Church, Fellowship Hall, 2036 NW Taylor. More female singers are needed to sing four part acapella harmonies. Come be our guest any Monday night. Topeka Acapella Unlimited is a Chapter of Sweet Adelines, International. Call Cindy Patton at 785-640-7403 for more information.

 

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

 

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

 

150 CHRISTMAS TREES & ORNAMENT DISPLAY – Nov. 1-Jan. 1, 10am-4pm Mon-Sat. & 1-5pm Sun. at Territorial Capital Museum, 640 E. Woodson, Lecompton. Over 150 Christmas Trees decorated in antique, Victorian, vintage and theme décor – including turn of the century and WW II era decorations, a barb-wire tree and feather trees.  Also tour Constitution Hall, a National Landmark. Lecompton is the “Birthplace of the Civil War, Where Slavery Began to Die.’ Lecompton was recently named one of the “Best Small Towns in Kansas by Kansas Magazine readers. Christmas Vespers at 2pm Dec. 2. 785-887-6148. lecomptonkansas.com

 

GINGERBREAD HOMES ​FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Nov 16 – 9am-7pm; Nov 17 – 9am-5pm; Nov. 18 – 11am-4pm. TPAC, 214 SE 8th Ave. The Graham Cracker Junction – Families, students, youth groups and scout troops enter the Junction to build their own houses out of graham crackers, icing and candy; Holiday Boutique – crafts, gifts and more; Sweet Tooth Lane – delicious fresh baked goods and homemade candy. Adm. $3. 785-234-2787

 

CASA HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAY’S TOUR – Nov. 17, 10am – 5pm; Nov. 18, 10am – 3pm, 501 SE Jefferson, Ste. 2002. Tour tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance at www.casaofshawneecounty.com. Contact Info: shelley.ramos@shawneecocasa.org, 785-215-8280

 

RED KETTLE KICKOFF – Nov. 19, 11:30am, front lawn of the Topeka Salvation Army, 1320 SE 6th.  If the weather is bad it will move inside.  Band, hot white chili, hot cocoa, water or coffee and sandwiches.

TARC’s WINTER WONDERLAND – Nov. 21-Dec. 31, 6-10pm. Lake Shawnee, 3435 SE East Edge Rd. View dazzling holiday light displays, featuring one million lights, while winding through a 2-mile scenic drive. Advanced Tickets are available: TARC, 2701 SW Randolph, for $7.00. $10.00 at the gate suggested donation. 785.506-8720

 

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER – Nov. 22, 12-3pm, AG HALL. A warm and inviting meal is provided to residents of Topeka & surrounding areas. For delivery & info: 295-3889

 

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – Nov. 24, 8am-10pm. Go out and support small businesses in Topeka & Shawnee County to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Enter to win gift baskets.

 

13TH ANNUAL RESCUE RUN 5K RUN/WALK – Nov. 24, 5-6pm, 534 S. Downtown Topeka. Proceeds benefiting the Topeka Rescue Mission Ministries. Register at trmonline.org/rescuerun/. Volunteers needed: email volunteer@trmonline.org or call 213-1727

 

THE CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER MIDWEST, Nov. 24 at 6pm and Nov.25 at 3pm; TPAC. Tickets available at the TPAC box office or Ticketmaster.com. For info: 785-234-2787

 

MIRACLE ON KANSAS AVENUE PARADE – Nov. 24, 5-8pm – Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Parade and more. Features “lighted” holiday-themed entries and the official arrival of Santa! After the parade, you can enjoy cocoa, cookies and carols hosted by the Topeka First Methodist Church at 6th and Topeka Blvd. Register here: http://bit.ly/2Ouwkxf. For info: http://bit.ly/MKAparade

 

JOKES AT FACES COMEDY SHOW – Nov. 24, 8pm, Faces By Mayfield, 802 N Kansas Ave. Romie Lee, Ale Godos and Jake Redpath! $5 entry. 785-408-0598 briandoby@gmail.com

 

NOEL THE MUSICAL – Nov. 29, 7:30pm. TPAC, 214 SE 8th Ave. $24

 

FESTIVAL OF TREES – Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 9am-4pm, Ag Hall. Features trees & wreaths beautifully decorated by talented designers. Enjoy performers from local schools and groups. Holiday décor and gifts for sale. Tickets $5, seniors $3, 12 & under free.  233-2566.

 

OLD TIME HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS – Nov. 30; Dec. 1, 7 & 8, 6pm - 9:30pm, Old Prairie Town, 124 NW Fillmore St. An elegant buffet will be served from the dining room of the Mansion to be eaten by candlelight in the reception room. Live music, tour the Mansion, hot cider and cookies by the fire in the cabin and hot fudge sundaes in the Potwin Drug Store. $35 per person. Dinner served at 6:30pm. Reservations: 785-251-6993

 

TOPEKA CHRISTMAS VILLAGE – Dec. 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23 at Forest Park, 3158 SE 10th St. Opening for our first year of business, a shopping celebration of the season with events the first four weekends of December. Crafts, food, entertainment, Santa visits and more. Send an e-mail to events@forestparktopeka.com for an information packet.

 

KANSA PRAIRIE ANNUAL QUILT SHOW & HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – Dec. 1, 9am – 2 pm, Oskaloosa Middle School library, 404 Park St., Oskaloosa Ks. Includes a boutique of homemade items from the quilters. Admission is free. Drawing for two garden quilts.

 

WINTERFEST TOPEKA 2018 – Dec. 1, 10am-2pm, Downtown, 700 block of Kansas Avenue comes alive with winter holiday fun for this special event. Find Santa and other holiday characters, take a horse and carriage ride, take a selfie with a reindeer, enjoy carolers, ice sculptures and get some holiday shopping done at some of your favorite Downtown Topeka businesses.

 

MEDICARE WALK-IN CLINICS – Dec. 1, 9am -1pm, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, 2910 SW Topeka Blvd. Open Medicare enrollment with counselors to assist you and answer questions. For info: 785-235-1367.

 

SANTA ARRIVES BY UNION PACIFIC TRAIN – Dec. 2, Great Overland Station.

 

COMMUNITY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS CONCERT – Dec. 7, 7pm. Main Lodge of Life’s Finer Moments, 1285 16th Rd, Clay Center. A fun, family-friendly concert, Christmas carols, holiday songs, and selections from “The Nutcracker.” For info: 785-926-4725, bclark@diodecom.net

 

BALLET MIDWEST PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER – Dec. 7, 7:30pm, Dec. 8, 1:30pm & 7:30pm, Dec. 9, 1:30pm. TPAC. Tickets at TPAC Box Office or at Ticketmaster

 

RED STOCKING BREAKFAST – Dec. 8, 7:30 – 10:30am, Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Café, 3425 S. Kansas Ave. Cost is $15 in advance at www.kcls.org and $18 at the door. Children 10 & under eat free. Benefits KCSL’s child abuse prevention programs and services.

 

THE NUTCRACKER – Dec. 15, 7pm & Dec. 16, 1pm. TPAC. Kansas Ballet & Topeka Symphony. Tickets starting at $18 Children, $28 Adults at TPAC Box Office or at Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/KansasBallet2018

 

 

 

MEETINGS & CLASSES

 

C5Alive “POWER” LUNCHEON – Dec. 13, 11:30-1, C5Alive Christmas Luncheon at Fairlawn Plaza mall. Christmas music, games and fun!

  • 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: Jan. 10, 11:30-1, C5Alive POWER Luncheon. Details to follow.

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.

 

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.

 

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS – Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging provides an opportunity for caregivers to get together and share their ideas and feelings.

1st Wednesday of the month, 1pm, Baldwin Methodist Church, 708 Grove… Baldwin City.

2nd Monday of the month, 3:30pm, Topeka public library, Anton Rm.

3rd Thursday of the month, 2-3pm, Topeka Library, Perkins Room

3rd Friday of the month, 12 noon, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, 2910 SW Topeka Blvd.

 

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