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OCT. CYCLING EVENTS – Various cycle rides are offered by Kansas Cyclist. http://www.kansascyclist.com/
OCT. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES – Outdoor events and activities. www.getoutdoorskansas.org/calendar
KANSAS CITY RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL – Aug. 31 – Oct. 14, 10am-7pm; Weekends only plus Columbus Day and Labor Day. 628 N 126th St., Bonner Springs, KS. http://www.KCRenFest.com. 913-721-2110.
GARY’S PUMPKIN PATCH & FALL FESTIVAL – Sept. 20-Oct 27, Fri. – Sat. – Sun., 5991 17th St. Grantville, KS. 8 Acre Corn Maize, Pig Races, Corn Pit, 2 Jumping Pillows, Giant Slides, Animals, and more. Home Made Curly Fries, Hamburgers, Brats, Turkey Legs, Apple Cider Slushy and more. garysberries.com
REVIVE Topeka – Oct. 4, 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. email@example.com or 785-215-5664.
WEST RIDGE CRUISE NIGHTS – Oct. 4 & 25, 4pm. Parking lot between Furniture Mall and JC Penny. Free.
NOTO ZOMBIE CRAWL AND DELTA HAZE – Oct. 4, 6-10pm, Norsemen, 830 N. Kansas Ave. Come dressed up or get zombiefied by Topeka Haunted Woods make-up artists for $5. Then later go to Compass Point for live music. Lago Vista food truck with tacos, burritos, burgers, and more. Facepainting too.
SECOND ANNUAL 1-MILE WALK & 5K FUN RUN – Oct. 5, 9:30am, Lake Shawnee shelter houses 1 and 2, 3400 block of SE Leisure Lane, west side of Lake Shawnee. $30. For info and registration: doorsteptopeka.org
ANNUAL KAW VALLEY FARM TOUR – Oct. 5, 9am-6pm, and Oct. 6, 10am-5pm. The farm tour provides fun and interactive farm experiences, supports local farms and introduces individuals of all ages to the many faces of agriculture in the Kaw Valley. A $10 ticket is good for a carload both days. http://www.kawvalleyfarmtour.org.
FALL FESTIVAL – Oct. 5, 11am – 2pm, Highland Heights Christian Church, 29th & Tecumseh. Bingo, Cake Walk, Face Painting, Bible Story-telling, Bounce House, Lunch and more! 785-379-5642. Free event.
GIRLS IN AVIATION DAY – Oct. 5, 8-11am. Combat Air Museum, 7016 SE Forbes Ave. Forbes Field.
TACO TOPIA – Oct. 5, 5-9:30pm, Downtown Topeka. Live music, games, and activities.
OZTOBERFEST – Oct. 5. Oz Museum, Wamego, KS. All ages. Large arts and crafts festival, car show, train rides, children’s area, and a large variety of live entertainment. It is the largest Oz themed festival in the Midwest.
SHOP SMALL IN TOPEKA – Oct. 5 & 19, 10am-5pm. Ag Hall, 17th and Topeka Blvd. Over 60 vendors. For info: rainboweventskc.com/fall-shop-small-topeka-app/
1-MILE WALK 5-MILE RUN – Oct. 5, 9:30am. Lake Shawnee shelter houses 1 and 2. Benefit for Doorstep. $30. Register by Sept. 9 at doorsteptopeka.org
40TH ANNUAL APPLE FESTIVAL – Oct. 5-6, Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Park, 124 NW Fillmore. Price: $7, children 5 & under free. Music festival and demonstrations of pioneer skills, blacksmiths, quilters, craftsmen, and culinary artists. Bierocks to BBQ, sarsaparilla to green rivers, and apples in caramel, pie, fritters, and cider. 785-251-6991
ANNUAL AUBURN FAIR – Oct 9-12. . Carnival rides Wed. at ball diamonds. Book sale Sat. 9am – 5pm at Auburn Community Library. www.auburnfair.com for info
C5Alive “PASTOR APPRECIATION” LUNCHEON – Oct. 10, 11:30-1, at Great Overland Station, featuring Jimmy Dodd of PastorServe. All area pastors are invited to attend free, to be prayed over and receive gift bags.
- 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: Nov. 14, 11:30-1, C5Alive POWER Luncheon
HAUNTED WOODS – every Fri. & Sat. night Oct. 11-26, 8-11pm, Forest Park, 3158 SE 10th St. Third annual guided Half-Mile Trail of Terror populated with Monsters. FIght for Humanity in our Zombie Laser Tag!! 234-8024 TopekaHauntedWoods.com
SECOND HAND TREASURES SALE – Oct. 12, 7am-3pm, Grantville UMC, 3724 South St, Grantville. Kitchen or household items, furniture, decorations, toys, clothes for all ages, books, music, movies & more. Food will be available. 785-246-3621, https://grantvilleksumc.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
FALL FEST – Oct. 12, 5-7pm, Grace Bible Church, 4021 SW 37th St. Games – prizes – activities – food – FREE! Fun for the whole family. 785-267-0738, email@example.com
FALL FESTIVAL – Oct. 12, 5:30pm. Cornerstone Community Church, 7620 SW 21st St. Bouncy houses and pumpkin painting. Free. For info: 785-478-2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY WOMEN’S CONNECTION “INTERNATIONAL LUNCHEON” – Oct. 12, 11am-1pm, T&SC Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave.
Meryl Bishop, a native of South Africa who now lives in Maine, will be the guest speaker. Lori Brickman will be the featured vocalist. $14 for lunch, no charge for program. Open to all women. RSVPs by Oct. 7 to 785-224-5268 or 785-221-1731.
BONE APPETIT – Oct. 12, 5-9pm. Prairie Band Casino. Hosted by Helping Hands Humane Society. Live, silent, and wine auctions, as well as the opportunity to meet adoptable pets. Lots of fun. Tickets: http://www.hhhstopeka.org/events/bone-appetit
TOPEKA GEM AND MINERAL SHOW – Oct. 12-13, Ag Hall at Expocentre. Featuring dealers from around the world, demonstrations, kid’s activities, jewelry, cut & polished stones and more.
MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER – October 12, 9:30am. State Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave. For info: makingstrideswalk.org/topekaks or 785-438-5610
ALFRED HITCHCOCK DOUBLE FEATURE – Oct. 12, 5pm, Topeka Haunted Woods, Forest Park, 3158 SE 10th. Rear Window & Vertigo. $10/ticket and door prizes
MEN ARE FROM MARS WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS – Oct. 12, 7:30pm, TPAC. Off Broadway comedy
CAR SEAT CHECKUP EVENT – Oct. 12, 9am-12pm, Topeka Fire Station #5, 720 SW 21st St. Allow 20-30 minutes for each seat.
MISSION FEST 2019 – Oct. 12, 12-8pm, Downtown, Jackson Ave from 10th St to 8th St. Bands, beer garden, bike run, chili cook-off, etc. Wristbands: Adults $10, children $2. All proceeds benefit TRM. For info: email@example.com
AWAKEN THE DAWN – Oct. 17th, 7pm to 19th, 9pm, Community Church, 21st & Jewell. 50 straight hours of praying and worshipping for a shift in our nation. We want Jesus to be greatly known, undeniably revealed, vastly followed and lavishly honored in Kansas. Contact Jonathan Packard: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.cultureshield.com for more information
GRAPE ESCAPE MEETS HAZEL HILL CHOCOLATE – Oct. 18, 5:30pm. TPAC. Wine and food festival with silent and live auctions to benefit TPAC and community programs. Fine chocolates, beer garden, cigar deck, and bourbon sampling. VIP entrance at 5:30 pm and Tasting Entrance at 6pm.
SPOOKOMOTIVE – Oct. 19 & 26, 9-3pm. Gage Park Train. $1.50 per person.
- MOVIE NITES IN NOTO – Oct. 19, 8pm. The movie “Ghostbuster” will be screened on the 800 block of North Kansas Avenue. Bring your chairs, blanket and beanbags for a free movie screening:
TRUNK OR TREAT – Oct. 19, 6-8pm, Resilience Training, 301 SE 53rd. FREE event for ALL. 1st 500 receive FREE food. Spooky Vendors with goody bags
OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK – Oct. 19, 12-3pm. Garfield Park. Walk for suicide prevention.
TRUNK OR TREAT – Oct. 19, 5-6pm. Jardine Elementary, 2600 SW 33rd St. For info: email@example.com
PANCAKES WITH POLICE – Oct. 19, 8-10am. Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Park, 124 N.W. Fillmore. Any donations collected will go directly to Topeka Habitat for Humanity.
BOO AT THE ZOO – Oct. 19 & 26, 9-3pm, Topeka Zoo. Adults: $7.75 Seniors 65+: $6.75 Children 3 to 12: $6.25 Children 2 & under: Free
MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR – Oct. 19 & 20, 9am-5pm, Kansas Expocentre. For info: 235-1986
BOO IT DOWNTOWN – Oct. 24, 4-8pm.
TRUNK OR TREAT DORNWOOD – Oct. 26, 2pm, at Dornwood baseball and softball fields, 2815 se 25th. 785-969-2036 https://www.topekabaseballandsoftball.com/
SLASH & BASH 15TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY – Oct. 26, 6-Midnight. The Break Room, 911 S Kansas Ave. Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Terror Train, Night of the Demons, Friday the 13th Vengeance – Kansas Premiere, Patrick Rea Short Films. Costume Contest! Doors open at 5 pm
TRUNK OR TREAT – Oct. 31, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Topeka Police Department and the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office. Kansas Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets will be closed for pedestrian traffic only. Majic 107.7 will be playing music.
TRUNK OR TREAT – Oct. 31, 6:30-8pm, East Side Baptist Church, 4425 29th. Candy, hotdogs, popcorn, and drinks. For info: 785-379-9933 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TAILS ON THE TRAIL – Nov. 2, 9am-12pm, Shawnee North Comm. Ctr. Dog-friendly 5k run, 1 mile walk and family event! This is a fundraiser for Helping Hands Humane Society. Free photo booth, vendors, silent auction, food, music and more! Register: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/49103
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.
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 http://www.topekayfc.org/comedy_cafe/ or call 785-232-8296.
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.
SENIORS NUTRITIONAL LUNCH – Weekdays, except holidays, at noon at Auburn Civic Center, 1020 N. Washington St. Minimal cost per person. Reservations/cancellations are required 24 hours in advance by calling 295-3980. Each meal includes 1% milk and sugar-free items are included for diabetics. 785-215- 0064.
MEDICARE MONDAYS – First Mon. of ea. month, 1-3pm. Topeka/Sh. Co. Public Library (Menninger Room 206), 1515 SW 10th. Senior health insurance counseling. For info: 580-4545 or email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-727-9439
SENIOR STRETCHING EXERCISES – each Mon. – Wed. – Fri., 9:30-10:15am, Seaman Community Church, 2036 NW Taylor St. Enter on the east side of the Fellowship Hall. No Charge. 785-354-8777 or 785-213-6016
SENIOR FIT & FUN PROGRAM – every Mon., Wed., & Fri., 1:30pm, Rolling Hills Christian Church, 4530 NW Hiawatha Place (US Hwy 75 & NW 46th St.) 785-286-060 or email@example.com
TRAIL LIFE & AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS TROUPS – Every Mon. 6pm, Cornerstone Comm. Church, 7620 SW 21st. Faith-based scouting programs are kids age 5-18. Register online at cornerstonetopeka.com. For info: 478-2929.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP – First Monday each month, 3:30-4:30pm, 400 SW Oakley. Call Donna Park for info: 783-7527 or visit www.valeotopeka.org. Open to the public. Free
MONDAY FARMERS MARKET – Mondays 7:30-11:30am, Topeka & Sh. Co. Library, May 13-Oct. 7
HEARTLAND HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS – 2nd Mon., 11:45am-1pm. Promoting neighborhood well-being by mobilizing people, ideas & resources. 233-1365.
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.
OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP – First Tuesday of each month at St. Francis Health, 1700 SW 7th St, Meeting Room, 2nd floor, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. 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 information.
FIBROMYALGIA & CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP – 2nd Tue., 7-9pm. First Congregational Church, 17th and Collins. For info: Randy at 785-969-4038 or TopekaCFS@outlook.com.
EAST TOPEKA FARMERS MARKET – Tues. 3-7pm, Topeka Housing Authority, 2010 SE California
SILVER LAKE FARMERS MARKET – Tuesdays 6-8pm, June 6-Sep. 5, Silver Lake Library
TOPEKA SWING DANCE – Tuesdays, 7-8pm, Swing Dance Lessons, no partner required, Jayhawk Theatre, 720 SW Jackson. www.topekaswingdance.com.
EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS: 12-step program for those suffering with emotional instability such as depression, anxiety, grief, etc. Meets every Tues. at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Noon-1pm. N/C. Sharon: 785-633-7764
LADIES’ EXERCISE – Tue. evenings 7-8 pm & Fri. mornings 8-9 am, First Baptist, 129 w 15th St., Lyndon. free active support: fat burning, strength, fitness. Contact Sheri 207-0380 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LIBRARY’S LEARN & PLAY BUS – Every Tuesday 1-3pm, Auburn Community Center.
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.
SAFE STREETS COALITION MEETING – First Wed. of the month, 11:45am-1pm. Great Overland Station. For info: 266-4606 or email@example.com
CAPITOL MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET – Wed. 7:30am-noon, May 15-Oct. 9, Jackson & 10th.
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.
OPERATION BACKPACK – 1st Thurs., 6pm, Indian Creek Elementary, 4303 NE Indian Creek Rd. Volunteers gather to assemble Weekend Snack Sacks for low-income students. No meeting in July and August. Sponsored by Topeka North Outreach. For info: 286-1370.
TOPEKA AREA BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP – Third Thur. every month, 6-7:30pm, Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, 1504 SW 8th Ave. , employee cafeteria on 1st floor. All survivors, family, & friends welcome. Call Faye Miller: 207-2606 or Randy Williams: 232-8553
COUNTRY AND BALLROOM DANCING – Thursday’s 6-9pm. Croco Hall. For info: Edwina 379-9538 or 478-4760.
SHEPHERDS CENTER LINE DANCING GROUP – meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 2-4pm at First United Methodist, 6th & Topeka. Park on west side & use west door, turn left & walk the ramp to the library, then left to the elevator. Push [B] to go to the fellowship hall. 785-249-3258.
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 of the building. 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—arrangements are made through Kelsey Scrinopskie, 233-7325.
STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The 1st Friday of every month from 4pm-5pm in the cafeteria of the first floor of Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, 1504 SW 8th Ave. Meet other stroke survivors, their families, and hear guest speakers discuss topics related to recovery. Contact Randy Williams at (785)232-8553 with any questions.
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.
NOTO MARKET & ART WALK ON FIRST FRIDAYS – NOTO arts district. Enjoy arts, antiques, fine crafts, and flea market items.
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.
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. http://www.naranonmidwest.org
DOWNTOWN TOPEKA FARMERS MARKET – Saturday’s through Nov., 7:30am-noon, 12th & Harrison. The open-air market is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, arts & crafts, flower, home-baked goods and more.
MOTHER TERESA’S FARMERS MARKET – Saturdays 8:30-11:30am, Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church 2014 NW 46th St.
SATURDAY FAIRLAWN STARTER BIKE RIDE – Every Sat., start at 8am at Classic Bean in Fairlawn Plaza, end at Pizagle’s. Great for beginners. firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVING DEATH ROW DOGS ADOPTION BOOTH – Every Sat., 11am – 2pm, Petco, 1930 SW Wanamaker. Also, some Sat. adoption booths are held at PetSmart, 2020 SW Westport Dr. Check for updates at www.savingdeathrowdogs.com
HARVESTER’S PROGRAM FOR SENIOR CITIZENS – every second Sat., takes place at Christian Lord Ministries, 2421 SE California. Call 266-4979.
THE BERRYTON PICKERS – First Sat. of ea. month, 7-9pm, Berryton Baptist Church. Bring snacks, have fun!
HERBTalk – Topeka herbs study group meets Third Saturdays for fun and interactive group learning and sharing about herbs/medicine plants. 7321 SE 45th, Prairie Meadow Greenhouse. RSVP Amy 785-379-8848. $5.00 cash only charge; Free beverages and herb snack samples. Lunch option $6.00. email@example.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.
KANSAS PRAIRIE PICKERS – Fourth Sun. ea. Month, 1pm, Auburn Community Center. Foot-stomping, hand-clapping tunes to tickle your fancy. Concessions available
SQUARE DANCING – Shawnee Swingers has monthly dances and sponsors lessons in the Fall. For info, call or text 785-845-2357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. On Facebook: Shawnee Swingers Square Dance Club. wesquaredance.com
SEX TRAFFICKING INFORMATION – 785-230-8237
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
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 email@example.com.
“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.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS – Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging provides opportunities for caregivers to get together and share their ideas & feelings. 235-1367
Send your Healthy Event info to:
info@TopekaHealthandWellness.com, or call 785-380-8848.