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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!

 

NOONTIME BROWN BAG CONCERT – Wednesdays 11-1. Aug. 2: TBA; Aug. 16 Smith & Liston at Westar Pocket Park, 818 S Kansas.

 

THE WRIGHTS – Aug. 5, 6pm, St. John’s Lutheran Block Party, 901 SW Fillmore. 289-8905. thewrightsministries.com

 

GAGE PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – Aug. 6, 7-9pm. Free. Sante Fe Band in Concert at Gage Park Amphitheatre

 

ELMONT ANNUAL GOSPEL OPRY – Aug. 11, 7pm; and Aug. 12, 1pm, Elmont UMC, 6635 NW Church Ln.  With Special Guests. Doors open 90 minutes early for lunch or dinner. Tickets $10 – call John at 246-0156.

 

SECOND SATURDAY CONCERT SERIES – Aug. 12, Downtown Topeka, 8th & Jackson. Blake Martin 5:30-8pm; Nucklehead Jones (8:30pm-12:00) Blue Grass/Alt Grass

 

GAGE PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – Aug. 16, 7-9pm. Free. Topeka Blues Society Opener at Gage Park Amphitheatre

 

THE WRIGHTS – Aug. 18, 6pm, Atria Hearthstone, 3415 SW 6th. 289-8905. thewrightsministries.com

 

RONNIE MILSAP – Aug. 31, 7pm. TPAC. $29-$54. For info: 800-745-3000

 

LIVERPOOL LEGENDS, FEATURING HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL BAND – Sep. 23, TPAC. Liverpool Legends “The Complete Beatles Experience!” Hayden High School band will be performing alongside Liverpool Legends playing famous Beatles songs such as “Hey Jude”, “Penny Lane” and more. Led by Director of Bands, Josh Benteman, Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at the TPAC box office

 

NEHEMIAH FEST VI. September 15-17. Smith Fork Park, 1601 DD Hwy., Smithville, MO. 50 bands & 4 stages. nehemiahfest.com

 

BIG CHURCH NIGHT OUT WITH NEWSBOYS – Sep. 28, 7pm. Kansas Expocentre. With Sidewalk Prophets, Seventh Time Down, Blanca, Derek Minor and more.

 

 

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., 6:10pm, 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

 

MEMORIAL DEDICATION – Aug. 5, 4pm, Fellowship and Faith Ministries, 708 SE Lime. Although the East Topeka United Methodist Church closed its doors in 2012 after 133 years in service, a lasting memorial will be dedicated in a ceremony for the bell tower constructed from foundation stones and the bell from ETUMC. Former pastors, church members, and the public are invited to attend.

 

REVIVAL SERVICE – Aug. 6-8, 10am. Family of God Church, 1231 NW Eugene St. For info: 234-1111 or familyofgodchurch@hotmail.com

 

TOPEKA BIG BAND – Aug. 8, 5:30pm, Fellowship Hall at Susanna Wesley UMC, 7433 SW 29th. Come listen to the Big Band sound of the oldies and some newer selections. A light meal will be provided. Free will donation. This event is sponsored by SAIL (Supportive Adults Inspiring Lives). To sign up go to http://www.swumc.org/sail-sign-up.html or call Susanna Wesley at 785-478-3697.

 

CUPCAKE WARS – Aug. 12, 1-3pm, Western Hills Baptist Church, 29th & Auburn Rd.

 

ALL-MALE FASHION SHOW – Aug. 12, 4pm. New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 SE Indiana. Admission is a donation of a school supply. Donations will go to Ross Elementary School.

 

ANNUAL SON-SHINE CARNIVAL – Aug. 19, 11-3, Crossroads Wesleyan Church, 2121 SW Harrison. Food, music, games, waterslide, silent auction, prizes, cake walk & fun for all! Free admission. 230-4362

 

ROUND UP SUNDAY WITH THE NEEDHAMS – Aug. 20, 10am-12pm. East Side Baptist Church, 4425 SE 29th St. The Needhams provide a rich history of family harmony and their personal faith in Jesus Christ. For info: 379-9933 or esbcks.org

 

AWANA – Aug. 23, 6:30pm. Auburn Christian Church, 1351 N Washington. Ministry program for kids 3-high school.

 

BARGAIN & BAKE SALE – Aug. 24-25, 8am. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 901 Fillmore. For info: 354-7132

 

FALL FESTIVAL – Oct. 7, 5:30pm. Grace Bible Church, 4021 SE 37th St. Food, games, and prizes. For info: 267-0738 or info@gbc-topeka.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

 

FREE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP – Aug. 26, 10am-3pm, Topeka and Shawnee County Library. Open to the public and sponsored by the John Haupt Chapter Kansas Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The workshop will provide assistance for beginners wanting to start tracing their lineage back to the Revolutionary War.  Reservations required: 785-876-2489 or carolduercochran@kc.rr.com with the subject DAR-John Haupt.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

MONDAY MARKET AT THE LIBRARY – Mondays, thru 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, 2010 SE California – Topeka Housing Authority. tgeorge@tha.gov

 

CAPITOL MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET – Every Wed., 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 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 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 thru 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, 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.

 

PRIMARY ELECTION DAY – Aug. 1, 7am-7pm.

 

TOPEKA METRO CELEBRATION & ART EVENT – Aug. 1, 8-5, Quincy St. Station. A celebration for the 5th Anniversary of the Kids Ride Free promotion that takes place annually May 15 to Aug. 15. Staff will be at Quincy Street Station handing out goodies and educating parents and youth about the benefits of riding the bus. Award-winning local artist Kristine A. Luber will be on hand to celebrate art with a “Circle of Life” theme, creating art with the help of passengers that will bedeck baskets on Topeka Metro Bikes.

COMMUNITY ACTION BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIR – Aug. 1, 1-7pm, Salvation Army,1320 SE 6th Ave. Free School supplies for eligible families. Income guidelines; Participants must register before the event. Pre-registration is required. For info: 785-235-9296.

 

GLOW GOLF TOURNAMENT – Aug. 3, 9pm. Lake Shawnee Golf Course. Night golf. For info and registration: goshea@greatertopeka.org

 

TIFFANY STAINED GLASS WINDOWS – Aug. 4, 5-8pm. First Presbyterian Church, 817 Harrison. Part of the first Friday art walk.

 

GRAPE ESCAPE – Aug. 4, 6pm. TPAC. Food and wine sampling, games, live auction, etc. For info: 234-2787

 

WELCOME HOME HIRAM AND SUSIE DILLON – Aug. 4, Dillon House, 404 SW 9th. Celebrate the homecoming of the individual painted portraits of Hiram Dillon and Susie Dillon. Light snacks & beverages, photo booth.

 

SIZZLIN SUMMER SALE – Aug. 4, 2-8pm. Garfield Park Shelter House, 1600 NE Quincy. Free. For info: 220-8887

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT KICK OFF PARTY – Aug. 4, 5:30-7:30pm, Alpha Media Topeka Radio Studios, in the parking lot, 1210 SW Executive Dr.  Music, games, food, Fire Dept., Police vehicles, Nat’l Guard, facepainting and more!

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENTS – Aug. 5. National Night Out events throughout Topeka and Shawnee County. For info call Judy at Safe Streets, 266.4606 or email jwilson@safestreets.orgwww.safestreets.org

 

NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY – Aug. 5, 6-8pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 901 Fillmore. The Wrights, free food and activities.

 

DELTA HAZE CONCERT – Aug 5, 4-6pm, Grace United Methodist Church, 2627 SW Western. Night out against crime Quinton Heights NIA event
18TH ANNUAL HARLEY PARTY – Aug. 5, 3-10pm, 7th & Kansas. Silent Auction, concert featuring Nucklehead Jones and at the end of the night we are giving away a brand new Harley Davidson (only 1000 tickets sold)! Benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs. Tickets $30 at www.bgctopeka.org/harley-party (includes one chance to win, 2 drink tickets & adm. to concert). Call 234-5601. Fabulous Food & Beverages also available at Food Truck Alley.

 

ANNUAL FREE DOG WASH – Aug. 5, 12-5pm. Petland Topeka, 1801 SW Wanamaker Rd. Donations will go to area rescues. Bring your own towel. For info: 272-8900

 

CAPITAL CITY CRUSHERS VS. 580 ROLLERGIRLS – Aug. 5, 6:30-9:30pm. Sk8away, 815 SW Fairlawn. Adults $8, children 12 and under $6, in advance. Tickets are $2 more at the door.

 

ELE-FUN RUN 5K – Aug. 5, 7-10am. Topeka Zoo. $25. For info and registration: store.topekazoo.org/#/specialevents

 

PARTY AT THE PARK – Aug. 5-6, 8am-5pm. Heartland Park Topeka. Price varies. Pet friendly. Participants will have the opportunity to experience and compete in Autocross, Performance Driving Experience, RallyCross, Road Racing, TSD Road Rally. For info: 800-770-2055 ext. 351 or scca.com/pages/heartland-rules-and-regulations

 

TOPEKA BOW HUNTERS JAMBOREE – Aug 5-6, 8am. 37th and Ratner Rd. Adults $12, kids 12-16 $6, kids under 12 free. Auction at 1:30 and hog roast at 6pm.

 

AMERICAN ROYAL SUPREME BEAUTY PAGEANT – Aug. 6. Kansas Expocentre. For info: arspageants.com

 

FREE BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUTS – Aug. 9, 4-8pm. New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 SE Indiana Ave.

 

6TH ANNUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL HEALTH EXPO – Aug. 10, 5:30-7:30pm, Rebound Physical Therapy, 5220 SW 17th St.  Dozens of vendors will be giving away school supplies, bikes, educational materials and more. Bounce houses, food and fun!

 

BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES ‘N’ BBQ – Aug. 11, 6-9pm. The Foundry Event Center, 400 SW 33rd. $25 for dinner and show. Grand Marquis, a Kansas City blues and jazz band and International Blues Challenge finalist. For info: 339-4061 or bluesnbbq2017.bpt.me

 

GETTING UP FROM THE FALL 5K RUN/WALK – August 12, 9am, Carbondale Ball Diamonds. For info, go to gettingupfromthefall.com.

 

2017 TOPEKA WALK FOR APRAXIAAug. 12, 10am Registration, 11am start, Sunflower Soccer Complex, 4829 NW 17th St.   Fundraising event for children with Apraxia of Speech, helping children find their voice. You can participate even if you are unable to be at the Walk by making a donation to support our efforts. T-shirt deadline: July 16. For info and web links: Cindi Bramlage: twinzmom77@gmail.com. See Topeka Walk for Apraxia on facebook

 

CRUISIN THE CAPITOL CAR SHOW – Aug. 12, 6-9pm, Downtown at the Capitol, featuring a “Burnout Lane” right in front of the Capitol. All makes, all years – cars, trucks and cycles. Live entertainment, food trucks and beer gardens. Knucklehead Jones will perform in front of the Celtic Fox at 8th & Jackson. Registration & info at DowntownTopekaInc.com

 

CYCLOVIA Topeka – Aug. 11-13, Downtown Topeka. Glow Ride Friday night. Sat.: Excursion rides along Kansas Ave., Food Trucks, vendors, bike safety, childrens obstacle course. Sun.: 50 mile excursion ride. 785-234-1030.

 

HEALTHWISE INDOOR PICNIC & SENIOR HEALTH FAIR – Aug. 14, 5:15pm. Storming Vail Health, 1500 SW 10th Ave. Reservation required by Aug. 9. $5. For info and reservations: 354-5225

 

MOTO IN NOTO – Aug. 18, 7pm-12am. J&J’s Gallery/Event Space, 917 N Kansas Ave. Bike & car cruise night in 800-900 block of NOTO.

 

R(UN) FOR ONE 5K – Aug. 19, 8am, Lake Shawnee Shelterhouse #2. Help our (un)adopted ministry where we serve children across the globe who will unfortunately never be adopted. We work with churches in other countries to provide training, life and job skills to young people while sharing the gospel so they have a brighter, fuller future! Have a great time running or walking in our 5K while supporting an amazing ministry of Lifeline Children’s Services! $30.  Runforone5k.org  783-4577

 

8TH ANNUAL SPORTING CLAYS FOR KIDS – Aug. 19, 8-11am. Ravenwood Lodge. Fundraiser for TARC. Food from Henry’s Grill, Bakers Dozen, and Chef Alli.

 

STANDING WITH TRUMP RALLY – Aug. 19, 2-5pm. Garfield Park. Reception/refreshment area provided. Please bring something to add to the party. For info: facebook.com/groups/standingwithtrumpkansas/

 

MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER KICKOFF BREAKFAST – Aug. 24, 7:30-8:30am, Learn more about the event and forming a team.   For info and to receive an invitation, contact Amy Kralicek at 785.438.5608 or www.makingstrideswalk.org/topekaKSkickoff. RSVP by Aug. 10 to topekaksstrides@cancer.org.

 

2ND ANNUAL SEMPER FI SOCIETY MCJROTC GOLF TOURNAMENT – Aug. 26, 7am. Western Hills Golf Course. For info: 295-3227

 

INDIA FEST – Aug. 26, 10-2, Big Gage Shelter House. Indian cuisine, jewelry, art, music & entertainment. For info: indiansoftopeka@gmail.com

 

BLUE & GOLD GOLF TOURNAMENT – Aug. 26, 7am-7pm. Great Life Shawnee CC. This tournament combines the PACE and Football Golf Tournaments. For registration and info: 272-2150

 

ANNUAL DENIM TO DIAMONDS – Aug. 26, 5:30-9pm. Downtown Ramada.  Dinner & auction. Benefits Ronald McDonald House. For tickets and info: 235-6852 or www.rmhctopeka.org

 

DART & DARTINI ADVENTURE RACE – Aug. 26, 8am, Downtown Topeka.

A benefit for Let’s Help. Register at www.dothedart.com

 

TOUCH-A-TRUCK – Sep. 2, 9:30-1:30pm. Downtown Topeka. Offers children an up close look at heavy machinery, safety vehicles, and other cool trucks.

 

KANSAS CITY RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL – Sep. 2 – Oct. 15, 10am-7pm; Weekends only plus Columbus Day and Labor Day.  628 N 126th St., Bonner Springs, KS. www.KCRenFest.com.  800-373-0357.

 

22ND ANNUAL BRUCE WHALEY SPIRIT RIDE – Sep. 9, 8 am, Lake Shawnee Shelter house # 2. Money raised donated to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for patient aid in our area. A 6.5 mile Family Fun ride, or 25 or 50 mile ride through southeast Shawnee County.  Registration at 8am, ride at 8:30am. Cost: $25 Early Registration, $30 after 8/28. Includes SAGs & Pizza for lunch following the ride. For info: KVBC.org or 785-379-0534.

 

BRUCE WHALEY SPIRIT RIDE – Sep. 9. Hosted by Kaw Valley Bicycle Club. For info: kvbc.org

 

KANSAS BOOK FESTIVAL – Sep. 9, 9am-4pm. Kansas State Capitol, 300 SW 10th St. Book signings, food, presenting authors, entertainment, music and children’s activities. Free. For info: kansasbookfestival.com

 

FIERCE-ISH COSTUMED 5K/10K WALK/RUN – Oct. 14, Norsemen Brewing Company in the NOTO District, starting at 8:30 a.m. Hosted by Fierce Life Wellness. Benefiting Silverbackks and Fierce World Inc. https://runsignup.com/Race/KS/Topeka/FierceLifeWalkRun

 

MIDWEST CLEAN COMEDY – Oct. 14, 7pm, Topeka Performing Arts Center. A one-of-a kind comedy show for the whole family. Tim McClendon, Louisville native Street Russell and national touring comic Clint Hall. (785) 2342787 http://www.topekaperformingarts.org/events/2017/midwest-clean-comedy

 

CHINA CIRCUS – Nov. 4, 7:30pm, Topeka Performing Arts Center. Direct from China, one of the world’s most awarded Acrobatic Troupes will be performing. (785) 2342787 http://www.topekaperformingarts.org/events/2017/china-circus

 

 

 

MEETINGS & CLASSES

 

C5Alive “POWER” LUNCHEON – Aug. 10, 11:30-1, at Dillon House, 9th & Harrison. Featured Speaker: TBA.

  • Cost: $10 for C5 members & first-time guests who RSVP, $12 at the door
  • $15 for non-members & repeat guests.
  • Please RSVP to info@C5Alive.org, so we know how much food is needed!
    Open to the public – Put POWER in your life with great food, great speakers and great company! Invite a friend to join you!

SAVE THE DATE: Sep. 13, 11:30-1, C5Alive “POWER” Luncheon

SAVE THE DATE: Oct. 12, 11:30-1, C5Alive “Pastors Appreciation” Luncheon

 

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 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.”

 

PARENTS OF ESTRANGED ADULT CHILDREN SUPPORT GROUP – Third Tue. Ea. Month, 6:45-8:45pm, Topeka Public Library, Rm 202. Info: Jeff Landers – 224-5946

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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@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.

 

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– 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.

 

GRIEFSHARE SUPPORT GROUP – every Tue, 6:30pm, East Side Baptist Church, 4425 SE 29th St. 13 weeks starting Aug. 22. Welcome to ESBC. Video seminar, support group & workbook for journaling and personal study exercises. (785) 379-9933; esbcks.org; secretary@esbcks.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

 

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.