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DEC. CYCLING EVENTS – Various cycle rides are offered by Kansas Cyclist. http://www.kansascyclist.com/
DEC. 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
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
POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE – Fri-Sat-Sun Nov. 29 thru Dec. 27, 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 hosts punch your golden ticket before hot chocolate & delicious cookies are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express. 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, $35 Child. For info: MidlandRailway.org
A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL – Nov.29-Dec. 22. Topeka Civic Theatre, 3028 SW 8th Ave. $25 adults, $20 students and children. 785-357-5211
PHOTOS WITH SANTA – Dec. 1(1-4pm), 7(10am-5pm), 8(1-4pm), 9(3-5pm), 14(2:30-6pm), 15(1-4pm), 16(3-5pm), 21(2:30-6pm), 22(1-4pm), 23(3-5pm), Fairlawn Plaza Mall. Dec. 7 & 8: pets welcome
SWING DANCE LESSONS – Dec. 3, 10 & 17, 7-8:45pm, Jayhawk Theatre, 720 Jackson. Topeka Swing Dance will present swing dance lessons in the Main Theatre. Dancers will learn or practice The Lindy Hop. Cost is $7 per lesson or purchase a punch card with four lessons for $20. No partner or prior dance experience needed. Wear shoes that will allow you to slide. All ages are invited. www.topekaswingdance.com
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.
TOPEKA WOMEN’S CONNECTION LUNCHEON – Dec. 5 11am to 1pm, T&SC Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave. The speaker will be Brian Hardee, known for his humor. Christmas music will be provided by the Shawnee Heights High School Choraliers. Prepaid luncheon reservations are $14 and are due by Dec. 2, by calling 785-554-3617. There is no charge to attend the program only.
HY-VEE DIY NIGHT – Dec. 5, 6/8pm. Topeka Hy-Vee is partnering with Board & Brush to bring you night of crafting + learn how to make a variety of no-bake holiday sweets! Take home your craft and a small plate of goodies. Bring your own snacks and drinks. Tickets $50 per person, but gets $10 Hy-Vee gift card. 272-1763
PERRY PRIDE SOUP WITH SANTA – Dec. 6, 4:30-7pm. Perry American Legion. Free will donation.
COOKIE WALK & BAKE SALE – Dec. 6, 7:30am-2pm. Ronald McDonald House Charities, 825 SW Buchanan St. Homemade cookies and candies $6 per dozen. Specialty cookies, cupcakes, cakes, jellies, pies & breads. For info: 785-554-3262
OLD TIME HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS – Dec. 6, 7 & 13, 6pm - 9:30pm, Old Prairie Town, 124 NW Fillmore St. Victorian Dinner in the historic Ward-Meade mansion. Listen to period music, tour the mansion & buildings and enjoy cookies & cider in the Ward Cabin and a hot fudge sundae in the Potwin Drug Store. $35 per person. Dinner served at 6:30pm. Reservations: 785-251-6993
GOD GETS THE GLORY CHRISTMAS LITURGICAL – Dec. 7, TPAC
WING FLING – Dec. 7, 2pm, Expocentre. Annual one-day festival featuring hot wings, cold drinks, live music, party games, and more!
FREE SANTA PICTURES – Dec. 7, 14 & 21, 1-1:45pm, Wolfe’s Camera Shop. Bring your own camera or phone to capture the memory.
HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW – Dec. 7, 9am-3pm, Crestview Community Ctr, 4801 SW Shunga Dr. 50 booths filled with handmade crafts and baked goods.
WINTERFEST TOPEKA 2018 – Dec. 7, 14 & 21, 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. 785.234.10030
A BIG BAND CHRISTMAS AT JAYHAWK THEATRE – Dec. 7, 7-11pm, 720 SW Jackson St. Christmas music with Kings of Swing. Concert seating and a dance floor! Beginner dance lesson 7-7:30. Holiday spirits from the Norsemen. Advance tickets: $12. At the door: $15. 785-845-3464, http://www.jayhawktheatre.org.
CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK – Dec. 6, 4-6pm & Dec. 7, 8:30-11:30am, Meriden UMC, 100 S. Dawson St. $8 per pound. For info: 785-484-2224
BAZAAR AND LUNCHEON – Dec. 6, 10:30-1pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 901 SW Fillmore. $8 for adults, $3 children under 12. Crafts, gift items, baked goods, a sweet shop and Cookie Walk. Lunch served 11-1.
CHRISTMAS PASTRIES AROUND THE WORLD – Dec. 7, 9-1pm, Pleasant Hill UMC, 4525 NW Button Rd. Sample a cup of Russian tea or French vanilla coffee and cinnamon bun while browsing the displays of Christmas decorations from many other countries. Free. For info: 785-246-1737
SWEET SHOPPE AND CRAFT SALE – Dec. 7, 9-3pm. Highland Park United Methodist, 2914 SE Michigan. Cookies by the pound, candy, crafts and more.
LOVE N HARMONY BARBERSHOP QUARTET – Dec. 8, 12:30-1pm. Topeka & Shawnee Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave.
PERRY SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCHEON – Dec. 9, 11am. Chicken and noodles provided. Bring a covered dish, table service, and $2.
BLUE CHIRSTMAS: A SERVICE OF HOPE AND HEALING – Dec. 11, 7pm, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3725 SW Wanamaker Rd. For those whose heart is heavy because of burdens. Music, scripture readings, prayers, mediation, anointing, and the Lord’s Supper to acknowledge the loss you are feeling and the assurance that God is at your side. 785-271-0808
C5Alive “PASTOR APPRECIATION” LUNCHEON – Dec. 12, 11:30-1, at Fairlawn Plaza Mall, featuring Christmas music, fun & games.
- 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: Jan. 9, 11:30-1, C5Alive POWER Luncheon
BALLET MIDWEST PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER – Dec. 13-15, TPAC. Tickets at TPAC Box Office or Ticketmaster
TBC CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW – Dec. 13, at 6, 7, 8 & 9pm; and Dec. 14 & 15 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. Use parking lot entrance in the 1100 block of Mulvane. 234-5545, DiscoverTBC.com/light.
COOKIE WALK – Dec. 14, 8-11am. Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker. Homemade cookies $6 per pound.
COOKIE WALK FOR MISSIONS – Dec.14, 8am, Wanamaker Woods Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker Road. 785-273-2248. email@example.com
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
CANDY CANE HUNT – Dec. 13, 6-7:30pm. Crestview Community Center, 4801 SW Shunga Dr. Hot chocolate, cookie decorating and Santa! $3 per person. Pre-registration required at http://bit.ly/scpr_candycanehunt2019 For info:785-251-6960
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.
OLD PRAIRIE TOWN CHRISTMAS – Dec. 14. Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, 124 NW Fillmore. Help an elf on the railroad hand car, write a letter to Santa at the train depot, take pictures with Father Christmas in the mansion, enjoy fresh baked cookies & storytime. $5 adults, $2 children. 785-251-6989
CHILDREN’S SHOPPING SPREE – Dec. 14, 9:30am-2pm, Garfield Shelter House. All gifts $10 & under. Volunteers help children select gifts for loved ones & gift-wrap. 251-6950
OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS PARTY – Dec. 14, 3-6pm, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-608-4288
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – Dec. 20, 6-7pm. NOTO Arts Center, 935 North Kansas Ave. Pet photos with Santa and Coloring Contest Bike Giveaway. Free; $5 registration fee, must register & pay in advance – explorenoto.org
THE NUTCRACKER – Dec. 21 at 7pm & 22 at 1pm, TPAC. Kansas Ballet Co. & & Topeka Symphony. Tickets starting at $18 Children, $28 Adults at TPAC Box Office or at Ticketmaster
MOTORHEAD ARENACROSS – Dec. 28, Expocentre.
WINTER JAM 2020 – Jan. 24, Sprint Center. $15. Crowder, Andy Mineo, Hillsong Young and Free, Red, Building 429, Austin French and Newsong. PreJam artists will include Riley Clemmons, Zauntee, and speakers Zane Black and Billy Ballenger. For info: jamtour.com
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.) 785-286-0601 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
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.
TOPEKA SWING DANCE – Tuesdays, 7-8pm, Swing Dance Lessons, no partner required, Jayhawk Theatre, 720 SW Jackson. www.topekaswingdance.com. Not on Dec. 24 or 31.
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
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 will donations accepted. 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
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
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