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CONCERTS

 

KANSAS PRAIRIE PICKERS – Fourth Sun. ea. Month, 1pm, Auburn Community Center. Foot-stomping, hand-clapping tunes. Concessions available

 

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. Nov 9 –Kathy Lynn, Melissa Petropoulos, Matt Jurgensen and Mike Arnett; Nov 23 –Kinley Taylor Rice, Paul Root, and Sherry Dodson; Dec 21 –Duke Mason, Ginelle Esry, and Haylie Bagwell. Tickets are $10 and only available at the door. Ph. 785-214-0013, email grandoopry@gmail.com.

 

SIDEWALK PROPHETS “THESE SIMPLE TRUTHS” TOUR – Nov. 7, 7pm, Topeka Bible Church, College Ave Auditorium. Buy tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/sidewalk-prophets

 

ELMONT OPRY – Nov. 8 at 7pm; and Nov. 9 at 1pm, Elmont UMC, 6635 NW Church Ln.  Special Guest: PB&J Trio. Doors open 90 minutes early for lunch or dinner. Tickets $10 – call John at 246-0156.

 

REASON TOUR WITH UNSPOKEN, STARS GO DIM & CAITIE HURST – Nov. 9, 7PM, Word of Life Church, 3902 NE Riverside Rd., St Joseph, MO.  Christian Music Concert. GA @$20 & VIP @ $30. VIP includes a “Meet and Greet” with the bands at 5:15 pm. A portion of the proceeds go to the Cold Weather Shelter for homeless men in St. Joseph. (816) 390-6561. spaf@stjoelive.com

 

VETERANS DAY CONCERT – Nov. 10, 2pm, First United Methodist Church, 600 SW Topeka Blvd. American Guild of Organists

JAZZ CONCERT – Nov. 10, 3pm, Ramada Downtown. Aaron Weinstein, NYC violinist with Rod Fleeman and Bryan Hicks on guitars, with Gerald Spaits on bass. Topeka Jazz Concert Series. Admission to the concert is by season membership, now $120, plus tax, for this and the 5 other remaining concerts of the season.  Memberships may be purchased online at www.topekajazz.com, or at the door. 785-230-0006 or steve.waugh50@gmail.com.

 

TRAMMEL QUARTET – Nov. 15, 7pm, Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker Rd.  785-273-2248, wwoodsnaz@wwnaz.org

 

TOPEKA ACAPPELLA UNLIMITED CHORUS – Dec. 14, 3pm, Cornerstone Community Church, 7620 SW 21st. Christmas show “Pure Imagination” as well as DoubleStuf quartet. Freewill offering. 785-640-7403

 

 

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

 

SENIOR SOLO’S – Every 3rd Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at First Assembly Church, 500 SW 27th St, downstairs Fellowship Hall. Games & Fellowship, lots of Laughter & Fun. 785-817-3071.

 

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

 

CLOTHING EXCHANGE – Nov. 9, 9am-12pm. Topeka Free Methodist Church, 3450 SE Indiana Ave. Gently used clothing & household items.

 

HARVEST DINNER AND BAZAAR – Nov. 8, 4:30-6:30pm. Kansas Ave UMC, 1029 N Kansas Ave. The meal cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10. The meal will include chicken-fried steak; mashed potatoes and gravy; green beans or corn; salad; roll; homemade pie or cake; and drink.

 

HOLIDAY BAZAAR – Nov. 9, 2-7pm. University United Methodist, 1621 SW College. All new items. Children’s workshop 2-5pm; cookies by the pound; homemade candies, fudge jelly and gift sets; Rada cutlery; silent auction; drawing for handmade quilt Homemade chicken-and-noodle dinners $10 full portion, $6 half portion.

 

TURKEY DINNER – Nov. 9, 11am-2pm, Asbury UMC. $10

 

HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE & DINNER – Nov. 9, 9-4pm; Nov. 10, 11:30am-4pm. Lowman UMC, 4101 SW 15th St. Homemade chicken-and-noodle dinner

 

MARRIAGE DATE NIGHT – Nov. 10, 5pm, Grace Comm. Church, 310 E. 8th St., Overbrook. A night of laughter and music. Comedians Amberly Neese and Leland Klassen and recording artist Jonny Diaz. 785-670-6456, gccinoverbrook.com, office@gccinoverbrook.com

 

REVIVAL SERVICES – Nov. 10-13, 6pm, Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker. Dr. Kip Laxon and Pastor Rob Brooks will return for revival services. Sunday 9am, 11am, 6pm and M-W 6pm. 785-273-2248, www.wwnaz.org. wwoodsnaz@wwnaz.org

 

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS GRIEFSHARE – Nov. 13, 6:30pm, East Side Baptist Church, 4425 SE 29th St. For info: 785-379-9933 or secretary@esbcks.org

 

PANCAKES AND SAUSAGE FEED – Nov. 16, 7-11am, Stull UMC

 

PANCAKE FEED AND SILENT AUCTION – Nov. 16, 7am. Lowman UMC, 4101 SW 15th. Proceeds assist Kiwanis Club of Topeka. For info: 785-249-9720

 

SERVICES OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING – Nov. 17, & 24, 2-4pm, Great Overland Station, 701 N Kansas Ave. “To God Be the Glory.”

 

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE – Nov. 24, 6pm, Oakland UMC, 801 NE Chester. Community choir volunteers arrive at 5pm to practice.

 

 

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 – 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

 

SENIORS NUTRITIONAL LUNCH – Weekdays, except holidays, at noon at Auburn Civic Center, 1020 N. Washington Street. Minimal cost per person. Reservations/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.

 

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

 

BADMINTON – Mon. & Fri. 6-8pm, First Baptist Church, 30th and MacVicar. Topeka Badminton Club invites players of all ages and skill levels to come for informal games. The fee is $3 per night. Free instruction upon request.  Susan at 267-4906.

 

TOPEKA SWING DANCE – Tuesdays, 7-8pm, Swing Dance Lessons, no partner required, Jayhawk Theatre, 720 SW Jackson. www.topekaswingdance.com.

 

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

 

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. 785-249-3258.

 

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.

 

FIRST FRIDAY ART MARKET – Downtown and NOTO arts district. Arts, antiques, fine crafts, flea market items, snacks & beverages, entertainment and more.

 

FREE WELLNESS SEMINARS on Third Fridays, 6:30-7:30pm, Tipsy Carrot, 922 N. Kansas Ave. Certified Wellness Coach Lisa C Baker, info@lisalaruemusic.com, www.topekawellnesscoach.com

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

NOV. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES – Outdoor events and activities. 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 170 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. Christmas Vespers at 2pm Dec. 8. 785-887-6148. lecomptonkansas.com

 

BLIZZARD BASH DEMOLITION DERBY – Nov. 7-10. Expocentre.

 

WOMEN WHO’VE CHANGED THE HEART OF THE CITY LUNCHEON – Nov. 7, 11:30am, Capitol Plaza Hotel. TUMI-Topeka invites you to be part of this event that will honor women who’ve had significant impact in our communities, and empower incarcerated women for significant futures. Also, info will be presented on the four-year, seminary level leadership training program developed by The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI), which will help equip incarcerated women for leadership. Mary Flin 431-6000, maryflin@worldimpact.org

 

RIBBON CUTTING & OPEN HOUSE – Nov. 8, 3-5pm, Resilience Training Gym, 301 SE 53rd St.

 

COMEDY CAFE – Nov. 8, 6:30-8:45pm, Fellowship Bible Church, 10th & Urish. An evening of fun, food (delectable desserts) and fellowship while learning more about the Youth for Christ ministry outreach and its impact here in Topeka. Featuring the comedy of Connie Hall. Make reservations or sponsor a table at www.topekayfc.org/comedy_cafe/ or call 785-232-8296.

 

REVIVE Topeka – Nov. 8, 7- 8:30pm, Big Gage Shelter House. An initiative to bring all the churches in Topeka together in one accord to pray for the peace and prosperity of Topeka. revivetopeka@gmail.com or 785-215-5664.

 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST & SILENT AUCTION – Nov. 9, 7-11am, Highland Park UMC, 29th & Michigan. Pancakes, sausage, biscuits & gravy & drink. $6. Free vision screening for children.

 

WA/RU 5K WALK/RUN – Nov. 9, 9am, Washburn Rural High School Cross Country Course (north of high school), 5900 SW 61st St. $25 early registration https://waruwalkrun.weebly.com. $30 day of race. Shellie Stahly, 785-339-4738 or stahlkim@usd437.net

 

SUNFLOWER SALUTE VETERANS PARADE – Nov. 9, 11am, Downtown. Staging begins at 9am. Free event. https://www.facebook.com/events/927890554210836/

 

CAR SEAT CHECKUP EVENT – Nov. 9, 9am-noon, Ed Bozarth Chevrolet, 3731 SW Topeka Blvd. Certified technicians will Inspect the child restraint, provide instruction, offer guidance.

 

MARRIAGE DATE NIGHT – Nov. 10, 5-8pm, Grace Comm. Church, 310 E. 8th, Overbrook, KS. Featuring music by Jonny Diaz; Comedians Amberly Neese & Leland Klassen. ADVANCED TICKETING: 1 Ticket permits 1 couple (2 people); GA Tickets: $35 for 2; VIP Tickets: $50 for 2. For info: (480) 812-1100.

 

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY​ – Nov. 11, 2-3pm, Great Overland Station. Speaker: SMSGT Troy Abel. Cookies, coffee, and water will be served. 785-232-5533

 

VETERANS BENEFITS SEMINAR – Nov. 12, 9-11 am, Davidson’s Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas Ave. Learn about living, death and burial benefits, as well as military honors available to veterans. Coffee and donuts, too. Open to public. RSVP to 785-233-4088

 

JEFF DUNHAM – Nov. 13, 7-9pm, TPAC. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster or www.jeffdunham.com.

 

C5Alive “PASTOR APPRECIATION” LUNCHEON – Nov. 14, 11:30-1, at National Guard Museum at Forbes Field.

  • 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: Dec. 112, 11:30-1, C5Alive POWER Luncheon

 

EVENING OF CRAFT CHOCOLATE WITH NICK – Nov. 16, 7-8:30pm, Hazel Hill Chocolate, 724 S. Kansas Ave. Learn about handcrafted chocolate made from cacao sourced from around the globe.

 

TO GOD BE THE GLORY – Nov. 17 & 24, 2-4pm, Great Overland Station. Afternoons of Praise and Thanksgiving. Come as you are! 785-232-5533

 

GINGERBREAD HOMES ​FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Nov 22 – 9am-7pm; Nov 23 – 9am-5pm; Nov. 24 – 11am-4pm. TPAC, 214 SE 8th Ave. View and bid on elaborate gingerbread houses Families, students, youth groups and scout troops, etc. can build their own. Holiday Boutique – crafts, gifts and more; Sweet Tooth Lane – delicious fresh baked goods and homemade candy. Meet Santa. Adm. $4. 785-234-2787

 

DIABETES HEALTH FAIR – Nov. 22, 4-8pm, Topeka Library. Emerald City Cosmopolitan Club hosts diabetes awareness, supplies, funding and resources. For info: Lindsay.ransom@sunflowersoccer.org or 785-438-0552.

 

TARC’s WINTER WONDERLAND – Nov. 22-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

 

WINTER WONDERLAND WALK-THRU NIGHT – Nov. 22, 6-8pm. Lake Shawnee, 3435 SE East Edge Rd. View dazzling holiday light displays, featuring one million lights, while winding through a 2.5-mile scenic drive. $2 per person, or $1 per person with a canned food item. Pet Friendly. (785) 506-8720

 

CASA HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAY’S TOUR – Nov. 23, 10am – 5pm; Nov. 24, 10am – 3pm. Tour tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance at www.casaofshawneecounty.com or at HyVee, Glory Days Pizza, Red Door Home Store or Porterfield’s Flowers & Gifts.

 

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER – Nov. 28, 12-2pm, AG HALL. A warm and inviting meal is provided to residents of Topeka & surrounding areas. For delivery & info: 295-3889

 

MIRACLE ON KANSAS AVENUE PARADE – Nov. 30, Downtown Topeka. Tree-lighting at 5:30pm, lighted parade at 6pm. www.topekapartnership.com/events/

 

13TH ANNUAL RESCUE RUN 5K RUN/WALK – Nov. 30, 5pm, Downtown Topeka. Proceeds benefiting the Topeka Rescue Mission Ministries. Register at trmonline.org/rescuerun/. Volunteers needed: email volunteer@trmonline.org or call 213-1727

 

CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER – Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, TPAC. Tickets available at the TPAC box office or Ticketmaster.com. For info: 785-234-2787

 

HORTON CHRISTMAS LUMINARIES – Dec. 1, 5:30-7:30pm, Downtown Horton. More than 1300 candles illuminate a ten-block area. Fifteen scenes with costumed characters, live animals, props, and sets depict the life of Jesus Christ from Isaiah’s prophecy to Christ’s ascension as you drive your vehicle through the route. Free. 785-486-2349

 

FESTIVAL OF TREES – Dec. 5-7, 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. 233-2566.

 

HARVEY HOUSE LUNCHEON – Dec. 5, 11:30am-2:00pm, Great Overland Station. $23.50 per person / Reservations Required. 785-232-5533

 

RED STOCKING BREAKFAST – Dec. 14, 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.

 

 

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

 

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, Topeka Church of the Brethren, 3201 NW Rochester Rd. (1 mile north of Dillon’s North). 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: 785-224-8803.

 

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.

 

 

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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