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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.

     

    ANDY MCKEE IN CONCERT – Apr. 13, 7:30 pm. Acoustic guitarist Andy McKee returns to White Concert Hall, Washburn University. Tickets $28 available at www.OnStageLive.org.

     

    MUSIC… JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED – Apr. 14, 3pm. First United Methodist Church, 600 SW Topeka Blvd. Freewill offering.

     

    ROCKIN’ THE JAYHAWK – Apr. 26, 7-8pm, Jayhawk Theatre, 720 SW Jackson St. “Rockin’ the Jayhawk – a Queen Tribute,”  Presented by the Topeka Cello Collective, a community of student cello players under the direction of Washburn University Professor of Cello, Erinn Renyer. Performing Queen favorites such as Bicycle Race, Don’t stop Me Now, We are the Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody and more. Suggested donation of $5 for singles, $10 for families. All proceeds go to the Jayhawk Theatre.  Water and snacks will be available for sale.  Doors open at 6:30.

     

     

    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

     

    EGG HUNT – Apr. 13, 10-11am. Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 NW Topeka Blvd. 1 year old through 4th grade. Make cookies, and other fun activities.

     

    EGG HUNT – Apr. 14, 3-5pm, Fellowship Bible Church, 6800 SW Urish.. Easter Story, games, etc.

     

    PASSION PLAY – Apr. 19, 6:30pm, Kansas Ave United Methodist Church, 1029 N Kansas. Several churches are participating. Everyone welcome.  Refreshments.

     

    EGG HUNT – Apr. 20, 5:10pm, Topeka Bible Church, 1135 SW College Ave. Egg Hunt is between two Easter Services at 4 and 5:30pm.

     

    EASTER SERVICE & BREAKFAST – Apr. 21, Breakfast 8:30am; worship 10am. Rolling Hills Christian Church, 4530 NW Hiawatha Place. rhcctopeka.org

     

    LADIES’ CONFERENCE – Apr. 26, 6pm & Apr. 27, 10am, Bethel Baptist, 4011 N. Kansas Ave. Beth Weedor, author & missionary to Liberia is guest speaker. $30 includes dinner & refreshments. RSVP by April 21 to 785-286-0467 or bethelbaptist17@yahoo.com  betheltopeka.org

     

    ANNUAL SPRING DINNER – Apr. 27, 4-7pm, Grantville United Methodist Church, 3724 South St. Menu is Ham or Chicken Casserole, Vegetables, Salads, Pie and Rolls. Free will offering. Bazaar, Crafts, Cake Walk and Bake sale 3-7 p.m.  785-246-3621  grantvillechurch@grantvilleumc.com

     

    DAUGHTERS OF THE KING CONFERENCE – Apr. 27, 9-4pm. Topeka Bible Church, Mulvane Lower Auditorium. When women see themselves as daughters of the King, they understand their roles as single women, wives, mothers, widows, etc.  $12 per person includes lunch and materials. Childcare available for kids 0-5. discovertbc.vom

     

     

    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 – Apr. 23, 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.

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

    SQUARE DANCING – Shawnee Swingers has monthly dances and sponsors lessons in the Fall.  For info, call or text 785-845-2357 or email shawneeswingers@gmail.com.  On Facebook: Shawnee Swingers Square Dance Club.  wesquaredance.com

     

    APR. CYCLING EVENTS – Various cycle rides are offered by Kansas Cyclist. www.kansascyclist.com/

     

    APR. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES – Outdoor events and activities. www.getoutdoorskansas.org/calendar

     

    TULIP TIME 2018 – Apr. 5-22, Old Prairie Town at Ward Meade Park, Ted Ensley Gardens, Doran Rock Garden

     

    TULIPS AT TWILIGHT – Apr. 12-28, 6-10pm, Old Prairie Town. See more than 40,000 tulips illuminated by candle light and more than 30 lighted displays. Live music and Old Prairie Town building tours on Friday and Saturday evenings. $5 donation; children 5 and under free. For info: 785-251-6991

     

    DIABETES HEALTH FAIR – Apr. 13, 12-4, Central Park Community Center, 1534 SW Clay. Hosted by the Emerald City Cosmopolitans. Free. Demonstrations, vendors and speakers.  For vendor or questions: Lindsay Ransom-Engelken at 785-438-0552 or lindsay.ransom@sunflowersoccer.orghttps://portal.clubrunner.ca/101323.

     

    7TH ANNUAL BRIDGE2BRIDGE 5K RUN/WALK – Apr. 13, 8-10am, Downtown Topeka. Traverse sidewalks, streets, bridges in this urban experience.  Course is USATF certified. 8 age categories. All ages welcome. See Bridge 2 Bridge 5K Run & Walk facebook event page

     

    BRIDGE 2 BRIDGE 5K RUN/WALK – Apr. 13, 8am-12pm. Downtown Topeka. Visittopeka.com

     

    BALLET MIDWEST PRESENTS COPPELIA – Apr. 13, 7:30pm & Apr. 14, 1:30pm. TPAC. $20. Tickets through Ticketmaster or at TPAC

     

    BALLET MIDWEST: MY FIRST BALLET: FAIRYTALES AT THE TOY SHOP BALLET – Apr. 13, 1:30pm. TPAC. $20. For info: balletmidwest.net

     

    WALK MS 2019 – Apr. 13, 9-2pm. For info and registration: nationalmssociety.org or facebook.com/walkms

     

    SHOP SMALL TOPEKA – Apr. 13, 10-5pm. Ag Hall at Kansas Expocentre. 70 vendors, make & takes, yummy food, crafts, clothes, giveaways, and more

     

    SCREENING OF “BEING MORTAL” – Apr. 16, 5:30-7:30, Jayhawk Theatre. A screening of the documentary “Being Mortal.” The investigative journalism program FRONTLINE follows renowned writer and surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.

     

    SWING DANCE LESSONS – Apr. 16, 23, and 30. Jayhawk Theatre, 720 SW Jackson St. Topeka Swing Dance continues beginner & advanced classes from 7 to 8pm. From 8 to 8:30, students will have time to practice, ask questions, and social dance. Tickets $5. Water and snacks will be available. Dress in layers so you can remove sweaters, etc., as you warm up. No partner or prior dance experience needed. Wear shoes that will allow you to slide. All ages invited. For tickets or info: jayhawktheatre.org

     

    2019 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT PLANNING MEETING – Apr. 17, 6:30 pm, Topeka & Shawnee Co. Library. First meeting to organize NNO on August 11. Come register your neighborhood event and share ideas.

     

    MOONLIGHT EGG HUNT – Apr. 18, 8pm. Shawnee North Community Center. Bring your flashlight! $10. For info: penny.stormann@snco.us or 785-286-0676

     

    WALK WITH JESUS – Apr. 19, 6-7pm & 7:20-8:20pm, 1100 Kasold Drive, Lawrence. An Easter event for families guides you through Jesus’ last days on earth. Experience: Jerusalem for Palm Sunday, Sit down for the Last Supper Discover the sacrifice of Good Friday, And…celebrating freedom at the empty tomb. Free event, pre-registration suggested to reserve a time slot. Sponsored By Christ Community Church. Ticket/Registration at EventBrite

     

    6th ANNUAL EASTERFEST: TOPEKA EASTER PARADE & FUN FAIR – Apr. 20, 10am-3pm, North Kansas Avenue & Garfield Park. Topeka’s annual Easter Parade will begin at 10am at the tracks in NOTO and proceed north on Kansas Avenue past Garfield Park. Egg Hunt begins right after the parade at the playground in Garfield Park. Food Trucks will be on hand and the Family Fun Fair, Vendor Market with Bingo, and Health Fair will be 10-3 in Garfield Park, in the Shelter House & in the Gym, including vendor booths, children’s games, food, facepainting, pony rides, laser tag, bubble soccer, cake walk and more. Bands, gymnastics, ballet and other entertainment will be on hand. For info: info@C5Alive.org or 640-6399.

     

    PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND SILENT AUCTION – Apr. 20, 7-11am, First Christian Ch., 1880 SW Gage. $6. Proceeds used for Sunflower Lions Club Vision Screening for small children, and purchasing eye examinations and eye glasses in the Topeka community. For more info contact Lion Vern Failor at  vlfailor@gmail.com

     

    KIWANIS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE – Apr. 24, 2-6pm, Shawnee Heights First Station at 53rd and California. For info: betty.snoddy@gmail.com

     

    DISNEY ON ICE: FROZEN – Apr 25-27. Kansas Expocentre. For info: Box Office: 785-251-5552
    Order Tickets: 800-745-3000

     

    SHOOTING FOR SUCCESS – Apr. 27, 9am. Ravenwood Lodge. Competitive shooting event. For info: topekatiba.org

     

    CAM PANCAKE FEED – Apr. 27, 7am-12pm. Combat Air Museum. All you can eat pancakes, celebrity pancake flippers, entertainment, a fly-in market, and admission to the museum.

     

    4TH ANNUAL TRAIN FESTIVAL – Apr. 27, 10-3pm. Atchison Railroad Museum, 200 South 10th.

     

    54TH ANNUAL BLINTZE BRUNCH AND JEWISH FOOD AND CULTURAL FAIR – Apr. 28, 9am – 1:30pm, Temple Beth Sholom, 4200 S.W. Munson. Advance tickets $12 at Briman’s Jewelers, 734 S. Kansas Ave.; Einstein’s Outdoor Outfitters, 1820 S.W. 10th Ave.; and the temple office. Tickets at the door: $15. Children 5-12 $6.

     

    STATE OF KANSAS HOLOCAUST COMMEMMORATION SERVICE – April 29, 1pm. Ramada Hotel, 420 SE 6th. Speaker will be Holocaust survivor Gitla Doppelt. Clergy, choirs, students and political leaders are scheduled to participate. Reception will follow.

     

    6TH ANNUAL SAFE KIDS DAY AT THE ZOO – May 4, 9am-3pm. Topeka Zoo.

     

    SAVE THE DATE: May 9, 11:30-1, C5Alive Power Luncheon

     

    23RD ANNUAL CELEBRATION WALK – May 10, 6pm. Free children’s activities, live music and release butterflies in memory of loved ones. Luminaries will be placed on the grounds and can be purchased for $10.00 in memory of anyone you would like to remember. For info: midlandcareconnection.org/19walk or 785-232-2044

     

    YOUTH FOR CHRIST GOLF CLASSIC – May 10, 11:30 reg.; 12:30 shotgun start, Lake Shawnee. Several sponsorship levels available. Lots of prizes! 232-8296 or tyfcoffice@gmail.com or topekayfc.org

     

    MOTHERS DAY WEEKEND FLOWER/PLANT SALE – May 11, 8am-12pm. Auburn Civic Center, 1020 N Washington.

     

    17TH ANNUAL ROD ROGERS MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNEY – May 31. Dub’s Dread Golf Course, KC, KS. 1pm shotgun. $500 per team includes lunch, range balls, refreshments on almost every hole, and dinner. Lots of fun and prizes! Benefitting KU Cancer Center. For info: 913-461-8527 or gagakc@sbcglobal.net

     

    TOPEKA YOUTH PROJECT GOLF CLASSIC – Jun. 14, Village Greens. 8am shotgun. 7:30 registration. Lunch follows tourney. Cash prizes! Two $500 closest to pin prizes! Call 273-4141 to register.

     

    MEETINGS & CLASSES

     

    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.

     

    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

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

    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

     

    PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – 1st Thurs., 7pm, Saint Francis Hospital 2nd floor conf. room of the cancer unit. For info: 266-9533.

     

    NICOTINE ANONYMOUS – Every Fri., 6:30pm, Town & Country Christian Church Renaissance Room, 4925 SW 29th St., use west door cross red foot bridge. A fellowship of men & women helping each other to live free of nicotine. No fees. 402-321-486; Laboomaha@att.net.

     

    CELEBRATE RECOVERY – Every Fri., 6pm, 1912 Gage Blvd. A Christ-centered program, based on 8 principles found in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Applying these Biblical principles, become free from addictive & dysfunctional behaviors.  crtopekaks.org.

     

    TOPEKA NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP – For families & friends who are affected by someone else’s narcotic addiction. Every Sat., noon-1:15 pm, rm. A, 1st Baptist Church, 3033 SW MacVicar, enter on S. side, door A. www.naranonmidwest.org

     

    COVENANT KEEPERS – 3rd Sat. Group for people who want to see their marriage saved when their spouse wants out.  For info: 816-453-0884 or 816-966-0927.

     

     

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