Topeka Healthy Events Calendar
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NOTICE: Because of many cancellations due to COVID19, please check with event hosts to make sure there are no changes or postponements.
HARVESTERS MOBILE FOOD PANTRY, 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 2-3pm, Shawnee Heights UMC parking lot.
FREE MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION – Fourth Tuesday through November, 9am, 1231 NW Eugene St. Randel Ministries, Inc., in partnership with Harvesters and Family of God Church will be conducting its monthly food distribution. No ID or proof of income required, first come first served. Distributing several tons of fresh produce and other items to families in need. (785) 234-1111 www.RandelMinistries.com
BROWNBAG CONCERT – Wednesdays, 11am-1pm, July 8 – Aug. 26. Downtown Topeka at Evergy Plaza. Various artists perform live.
AUG. CYCLING EVENTS – Various cycle rides are offered by Kansas Cyclist. www.kansascyclist.com/
AUG. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES – Outdoor events and activities. www.getoutdoorskansas.org/calendar
CIRQUE ITALIA WATER CIRCUS – Aug. 13-23, 1:30pm, Heartland Park. An exhilarating expedition in search of a pirate’s booty! You will see swashbucklers balancing upside down on a rum barrel, juggling knives, having a run-in with a mermaid, and Wheel of Death performances. (941) 704-8572; https://cirqueitalia.com/Water-Circus-Silver; firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CHURCH LADIES UNSUPERVISED – Aug. 14, 7:30-10:30pm, Classic Bean, Fairlawn Plaza. Bluegrass, gospel, country and folk music. 785-271-5005
FREE MOVIE NIGHT – Aug. 15, 6pm, Highland Heights Christian Church, 2930 S.E. Tecumseh Rd. “OVERCOMER.” Life changes overnight for Coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team and state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. Inspired by the words and prayers of a new-found friend, John becomes the least likely coach helping the least likely runner attempt the impossible in the biggest race of the year. Children can view a Veggie Tales movie. Doors open at 5:30. Free Movie Snacks Provided. Masks & Social Distancing will be in place. For info: 785-379-5642.
GOLF CLASSIC AND AUCTION – The Washburn Athletics Golf Classic and Auction is rescheduled for Aug. 20-21. The four-person Scramble is sold out. Spots still remain for the Shamble
KAW RIVER ROOTS FESTIVAL – Aug. 28, 4pm, & Aug. 29, Abe’s Landing, 8 E. 6th St., Lawrence. The Travelin McCourys, Split Lip Rayfield, The Kitchen Dwellers, Fireside Collective, Opal Agafia, Julian Davis s All Stars, Kelly Hunt, Circus No. 9, Sky Smeed, One Way Traffic, Short Round String Band, Chain Station, Unfit Wives, Xaris Waltman + Julian Davis, Dewayn Brothers, Spencer & Rains, Lily B Moonflower, Sally & The Hurts, Weda Skirts, Old Fangled, Cowtown Country Club, and artists-at-large Kyle Tuttle and Max Paley.
WOOD VALLEY PICKERS – Aug. 28, 7:30-10:30pm, Classic Bean, Fairlawn Plaza. Down-home, family-friendly entertainment with smiles all around!. 785-271-5005
7th ANNUAL EASTERFEST: TOPEKA EASTER PARADE & FUN FAIR – Aug. 29, 10am-3pm, North Kansas Avenue & Garfield Park. Topeka’s annual Easter Parade will begin at 10am at the tracks in NOTO and proceed north on Kansas Avenue past Garfield Park. Egg Hunt begins right after the parade at the playground in Garfield Park. Food Trucks will be on hand and the Family Fun Fair, Vendor Market with Bingo, and Health Fair will be 10-3 in Garfield Park, in the Shelter House & in the Gym, including vendor booths, children’s games, food, facepainting, pony rides, laser tag, bubble soccer, cake walk and more. Bands, gymnastics, ballet and other entertainment will be on hand. For info: info@C5Alive.org or 640-6399.
AN EVENING AS A CHILD – Aug. 29, Stormont Vail Events Center. A special event that gives adults a chance to reflect on their childhood and an opportunity to revel in those activities that made growing-up so special, and to raise funds for people with disabilities. Includes: Dinner, Games & Activities, Wine Board, Craft Beer Board, Silent & Live Auctions. 785.272.4060 or email@example.com
KC DRIFT – Aug. 29, 8am-5pm, Heartland Motorsports Park. $10. This event will be accompanied with an area for donuts, as it is the same day as the Twizted Individualz Street King Event. 785-861-7899
BEGINNERS PADDLE ON THE KAW – Aug. 29, 8am, Friends of the Kaw – Kansas Riverkeeper. 866-748-5337. firstname.lastname@example.org
HARVEY HOUSE LUNCHEON – Sep. 3, 11-2pm. Uniquely elegant luncheons served by costumed Harvey Girls who enjoy sharing their knowledge of Fred Harvey and the historical Harvey Houses. Tour of Great Overland Station to follow. RSVP by Aug. 26: 785-232-5533
SNEAKERS AND SMILES GOLF TOURNAMENT – Sep. 4, Cypress Ridge Golf Course. 1 pm shotgun. $360/team includes cart, lunch, drinks, prizes. Silent Auction. 50/50 raffle. Chance to win Chief’s helmet! Putting contest, $500 hole-in-one. Benefits at risk youth. Jerry Hudgins – 785-338-2965. www.solereason.golfgenius.com.
KANSAS CITY RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL – Sep. 5 – Oct. 18, 10am-7pm; Weekends only plus Columbus Day and Labor Day. 628 N 126th St., Bonner Springs, KS. www.KCRenFest.com. 913-721-2110.
HEARTLAND MILITARY DAY – Sep. 5, 125 Airport Dr., Forbes Field. A day of free vintage and current military equipment displays, battle reenactments and Civil War Artillery demonstrations, band concerts, and museum activities. Also a Pancake Feed 7 to 10am.
TOUCH A TRUCK – Sep. 12. Downtown Topeka Touch-A-Truck is a local Topeka event that brings the construction industry to life! This is a great event that will provide your children with hands-on learning opportunities on top of a truck-load of fun!
NOTO Live – Sep. 16, 11am-8pm, NOTO Arts and Entertainment District. A day-long celebration of performance art, live music, busking, and talent of all kinds, including the NOTO’s Got Talent Finals. To apply to be a performer, busker or vendor visit: explorenoto.org/noto-live/
24TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION WALK – Sep 25, 6pm. Free children’s activities, live music and release butterflies in memory of loved ones. Luminaries will be placed on the grounds and can be purchased for $10.00 in memory of anyone you would like to remember. For info: midlandcareconnection.org or 785-232-2044
JAZZ AND FOOD TRUCKS – September 26. Foodies and Jazz aficionados rejoice! Topeka’s Downtown Jazz & Food Truck Festival is Saturday, September 19. Both local and national musical talent will take the stage at the Evergy Plaza and a wide variety of food trucks and vendors will be along the avenue ready to serve concert goers. Enjoy the musical stylings of the Relatively Brass Band and the Brian Bagget Trio.
BEATLES VS. STONES – A MUSICAL SHOWDOWN – Sep. 26, TPAC. Renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show engage in a musical showdown of the hits. 785-234-2787, email@example.com
YOUTH FOR CHRIST GOLF CLASSIC – Oct. 2, 11:30 reg.; 12:30 shotgun start, Lake Shawnee. Several sponsorship levels available. Lots of prizes! 232-8296 or topekayfc.org
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENTS – Oct. 10. National Night Out events throughout Topeka and Shawnee County. For info call Judy at Safe Streets, 266.4606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASTING CROWNS – Apr. 23, 7pm, Stormont Vail Event Center. Special guest will be Matthew West. For info: castingcrowns.com
NOTICE: Because of many cancellations due to COVID19, please check with event hosts to make sure there are no changes or postponements.
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.
MONDAY FARMERS MARKET – Mondays 7:30-11:30am, Topeka & Sh. Co. Library, Through Oct. 5
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
CELEBRATE RECOVERY – Every Mon. 7-9pm at Topeka First Church, 500 SW 27th, Bldg ‘B’. Healing our hurts, habits, and hangups. Learning to grow in a Christ-like maturity.
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.
DOWNTOWN TOPEKA LIONS CLUB – 2nd & 4th Mondays at Noon, Madison Street Diner inside the Ramada Downtown, Guests are welcome.
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.
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
TOPEKA TWILIGHT LIONS BRANCH CLUB – 2nd Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, Madison Street Diner, inside Ramada Downtown. Guests are welcome
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS – Every Wed, 7pm, St. Francis Hospital, meeting room #8.
CARBONDALE FARMERS MARKET – every Wed. 4-6pm in Carbondale City Park. Vendor-grown or vendor-produced. For vendor information, contact Mary at 836-7887.
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.
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
DOWNTOWN TOPEKA FARMERS MARKET – Saturday’s April 11 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.
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
HHHS Volunteer Program – Volunteers help keep animal’s environments clean and enriching, socialize with and read to cats, walk dogs, and more. Please complete a volunteer application at hhhstopek.org.