Living healthy in Topeka

Healthy Event Calendar

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DEC. CYCLING EVENTS – Various cycle rides are offered by Kansas Cyclist. For details:

DEC. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES – Various outdoor events and activities in Kansas.

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

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

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

HARVESTER’S MOBILE FOOD PANTRY – Dec. 1, 9-11am, Free Methodist Church, 3450 SE Indiana Ave. Free for families in need of emergency food assistance.

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

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

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Dec. 1, 8-11am, VFW at 3110 SW Huntoon St. Pancakes, sausage, fruit, milk or juice, coffee and water. 0-2: Free; 3-13: $5; 14 & older: $8. Get professional photo with Santa, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, write a letter to The North Pole, holiday story time, Christmas music., 785-272-5051

HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW – Dec. 1, 9am-3pm, Crestview Community Ctr, 4801 SW Shunga Dr. 50 booths filled with handmade crafts and baked goods.

POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE – Fri-Sat-Sun in Dec., plus other days near Christmas, Midland Railway, 1515 High Street, Baldwin City, KS. A magical one-hour trip to the North Pole. Once on board, your car hosts punch your golden ticket before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. During the trip, characters on each car lead passengers in caroling and onboard entertainment. Arrive 45 minutes before listed departure time. $45 Adult, $40 Child. For info:

WINTERFEST TOPEKA 2018 – Dec. 1, 8 & 15, 10am-2pm, Downtown, 700 block of Kansas Avenue comes alive with winter holiday fun for this special event. Find Santa and other holiday characters, take a horse and carriage ride, take a selfie with a reindeer, enjoy carolers, ice sculptures and get some holiday shopping done at some of your favorite Downtown Topeka businesses.

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

SEVENTH ANNUAL NATIVITIES AND NOELS – Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 10am-9pm, Dec. 2, 3-7pm. Topeka Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2401 SW Kingsrow Rd. Vocal and instrumental Christmas music. For info: 785-554-8068

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – Dec. 1, 9-1pm. Crestview United Methodist, 2245 Eveningside Dr. Lunch served from 11:00-1pm. Homemade craft items, home baked goods, Silent Auction items, and Cookie Walk.

MEDICARE EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR – Dec. 4 & 18; 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: or 270-4593 or Snacks & beverages provided.

BINGO BLITZ – Dec. 6, 2pm. Thornton Place Retirement Community, 2901 SW Armstrong. Seniors 55+ welcome. Free. Winners will receive prizes valued at $25 and up. For info: 785-221-2574

HARVEY HOUSE LUNCHEON – Dec. 6, 11:30am-2pm. Great Overland Station. Uniquely elegant luncheons served by our very own costumed Harvey Girls who enjoy sharing their knowledge of Fred Harvey and the historical Harvey Houses. Following lunch, a docent in authentic Santa Fe ticket agent uniform gives a guided tour of the Great Overland Station. Cost $23.50. Reservations required by Dec. 2.; 785-232-5533 or

SWING DANCE LESSONS – Dec. 6 & 13, 7-8:30pm, Jayhawk Theatre, 720 Jackson. Topeka Swing Dance will present swing dance lessons in the Main Theatre. On Dec. 6, dancers will learn or practice The Shim Sham. The Dec. 13 class will be a “Beginner Grab Bag” lesson. Tickets $5cash at the door. No partner or prior dance experience needed. Wear shoes that will allow you to slide. All ages are invited

2018 CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE CRAFT & BAKE SALE – Dec. 6-7, 9am. Aldersgate Village Manchester Lodge, 7220 Asbury Dr. For info: 785-478-9440 or

ANNUAL SOUP WITH SANTA – Dec. 7, 4:30-7pm. Perry American Legion. Homemade potato soup, chicken & noodle soup, and chili with all the fixings. Santanamals Balloons. Free will donation.

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

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

COOKIE WALK & BAKE SALE – Dec. 7, 7:30am-2pm. Ronald McDonald House Charities, 825 SW Buchanan St. Homemade cookies and candies $5 per dozen. Specialty cookies, cupcakes, cakes, jellies, pies & breads, handmade blankets, homemade mixes for hot chocolate and chai tea plus other gift items individually priced. For info: 235-6852

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

CAR SEAT CHECKUP EVENT – Dec. 8, 9am, Mission Township Fire Department, 3101 SW Urish Rd.

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, BURLINGAME – Dec. 8, 9am-7pm. Crafts, vendors, shopping, photos with Santa, music, food and much more. End the evening with a wonderful parade down our famous brick road at 6pm!

COOKIE SALE – Dec. 8, 9am-noonm Auburn Library. $2.50 per Baker’s Dozen. 256-2428

OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS PARTY – Dec. 8, 3:30-6:30pm, Auburn Community Ctr. A carnival atmosphere, story time, crafts, games, balloon animals, face painting, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as a chili/soup supper from 4:30-6 p.m. Activities are free of charge but donations of winter wear accessories and nonperishable foods accepted.

MERRY CHRISTMAS CITY MARKET – Dec. 8-9, 10-3pm. George J. Perry Memorial Armory, 110 S 5th, St. Marys.

A BIG BAND CHRISTMAS AT JAYHAWK THEATRE – Dec. 8, 7pm, 720 SW Jackson St. Christmas music with 785 Big Band and Topeka Swing Dance. Beginner dance lesson from 7 to 7:30. Gen. Adm. Advanced: $18. At the Door: $22. Stocking Stuffer VIP: $50. 785-845-3464,

COOKIE WALK – Dec. 8, 8-11am. Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker. $6 per pound.

CHILI FEED – Dec. 8, 5-7pm, Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 SW 29th St. $7 adult, $3 child. Regular & vegetarian chili, and cinnamon rolls will be served. Tickets will be sold to allow the holder to choose someone to receive a pie-in-the-face. A special auction will be held to plaster the pastor with a pie., 785-478-3697

LIVE NATIVITY – Dec. 8, 5:30pm. Grantville United Methodist Church, 3724 South Street. For info: 785-246-3621 or

CRAFT AND BAKE SALE – Dec. 8, 9-4pm. Oakland United Methodist, 801 NE Chester Ave. Cinnamon rolls and coffee available for breakfast, and hot dogs and chips available for lunch. Craft vendors may purchase one or more 6-foot tables for $25 each. For info: 785-969-9804

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

PERRY SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON – Dec. 10, 11am, Perry Community Building. Bring a covered dish and your table service and $1.00. Ham and turkey will be furnished. Program will be The PLHS Singers.

T’WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – Dec. 14, Doors open at 7pm. Jayhawk Theatre. Roger Ortega will be performing in the Jayhawk Theatre, along with dynamic guests Skinny Hendrix, Oceanside Hotels, Shah Trevon Payne, Marcus “Suavecito” Sanders, and more. $15 in advance, $20 at door. Refreshments will be available. For info:

TBC CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW – Dec. 14, at 6, 7, 8 & 9pm; and Dec. 15 & 16 at 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9pm, Topeka Bible Church, indoors at 1135 SW College Ave. Free light & sound show, hot cocoa bar, children’s play area, photo opps, glow sticks for all! No reserved seating, so be sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to performance time. 234-5545,

“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” – Dec. 15, 7pm. Jayhawk Theatre. $10. Celtic Fox will be selling drinks and Hazel Hill will be selling their fabulous chocolates. For info:

WING FLING 2017 – Dec. 15, 2-6pm, Kansas Expocentre. 4th Annual one-day festival featuring hot wings, cold drinks, live music, party games, and more!

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

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON – Dec. 20, 12:30pm. Thornton Place Retirement Community, 2901 SW Armstrong. Seniors 55+ welcome. Please RSVP at 785-221-2574

WINTER WONDER LAND – Dec. 22, 11am. Thornton Place Retirement Community, 2901 SW Armstrong. Cookies and cocoa with Santa. Free photos and each child will receive a gift. For info: 785-221-2574

NITRO ARENACROSS – Dec. 28 & 29. Kansas Expocentre




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

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: 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

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 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 Open to the public. Free

HEARTLAND HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS – 2nd Mon., 11:45am-1pm. Promoting neighborhood well-being by mobilizing people, ideas & resources. 233-1365.

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.

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

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

SHAWNEE SWINGERS SQUARE DANCE LESSONS – Wednesday’s, 7pm, Croco Hall, 6115 SE Hwy 40, Tecumseh. Call 785-845-2357. (1st two lessons free)

SPIRITUAL PAUSE – Every Wed., 12-12:30pm, Carole Chapel at Washburn Univ. Informal worship service. 785-233-1844

LIBRARY’S LEARN & PLAY BUS – Every Tuesday 1-3pm, Auburn Community Center.

SILVER LAKE FARMERS MARKET – Tuesdays 6-8pm, June 5-Sep. 4, Silver Lake Library

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.

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. Sponsored by Topeka North Outreach. For info: 286-1370.

GRIEFSHARE – Every Thur. 6:30-8:30pm at Susanna Wesley UMC, 7433 SW 29th St., Mar 1 thru May 24. A Christ-centered program for those who have lost a loved one may be struggling and have questions on how to go forward. The class includes a video, sharing of stories, and a workbook (free). Call Shari Combs at 785-478-3697 for info.

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;

NOTO MARKET & ART WALK ON FIRST FRIDAYS – NOTO arts district. Enjoy arts, antiques, fine crafts, and flea market items.

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.

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.

SATURDAY FAIRLAWN STARTER BIKE RIDE – Every Sat., start at 8am at Classic Bean in Fairlawn Plaza, end at Pizagle’s. Great for beginners.

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

HARVESTER’S PROGRAM FOR SENIOR CITIZENS – every second Sat., takes place at Christian Lord Ministries, 2421 SE California. Call 266-4979.

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.

THE BERRYTON PICKERS – First Sat. of ea. month, 7-9pm, Berryton Baptist Church. Bring snacks, have fun!

SQUARE DANCE LESSONS – Saturdays 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.

KANSAS PRAIRIE PICKERS – Fourth Sun. ea. Month, 1pm, Auburn Commu-nity Center. Foot-stomping, hand-clapping tunes to tickle your fancy. Concessions available

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,
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

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

AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS – for friends & families of alcoholics. For info: 785-409-3072 or

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

“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.


Send your Healthy Event info to:, or call 785-380-8848.

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