TODAY
    Friday Jan 19 @ 5:00 PM
Chili BINGO
McCarter Elementary PTO – McCarter PTO wants to invite you to a fun filled night of food, BINGO, 50/50 raffle and friends! All to raise funds that support the students and teachers of McCarter Elementary. Doors will open 5:00PM with a chili or hot dog meal. BINGO will begin around 6:00PM. There will be a concession stand open for purchasing snacks once BINGO has begun. FOOD OPTIONS: Option 1: Bowl of Chili, Cinnamon Roll and Drink - $5.00 Option 2: Hot Dog, Chips, Cookie and Drink - $3.50 You need to purchase tickets in advance so we know how much food we will need. There will be a little extra to purchase at the event but there is no guarantee. Bingo cards for the night will be 1 for $1.00 or 6 for $5 (suggested donation) Please turn your orders in to teachers by Wednesday, January 13, 2018. Please send in an envelope or baggie with student’s name on the front. This will help to make sure all pieces are handed in together. We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out. ***Order forms will be coming home this week, or you can print the form here and send back to school!***
 
TODAY
    Friday Jan 19 @ 6:00 PM
Art Fiesta at the Ranch!
Pinot's Palette – Hey Cowboys and Cowgirls, are you ready for some messy fiesta? Come out to the Ranch and join us on Friday, January 19th for a fun getaway partnered with Pinot's Palette in Lawrence, KS! Whether you are the next Van Gogh or you haven't painted since elementary school, Pinot's Palette classes are fun for all levels! The evening will begin with a Southwest Dinner and unlimited margaritas. Keep the margaritas flowing as you paint your masterpiece! The evening will end with S'mores around the Bonfire. For those of you who choose to stay and gaze at the stars till dawn, country breakfast will be included with your cozy overnight stay. Priced per person: $200 Art Fiesta Paint and Stay Package* - Includes double occupancy room, Southwest Dinner, unlimited margaritas, Bonfire with S'mores, Pinot's Palette painting class with materials, country style breakfast. $99 Art Fiesta Paint and Dash Package - Includes Southwest Dinner, unlimited margaritas, Bonfire with S'mores, Pinot's Palette painting class with materials HOW TO RESERVE: *Room availability is limited. Reserve yours and call 785-843-4124 or email magic@circlesranch.com NOW!*
 
TODAY
    Friday Jan 19 @ 8:30 PM
Patrick Recob
Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center – Direct from Kansas City: PATRICK RECOB (pronounced Ree-Cobb) takes center stage with the release of his solo debut recording PERPETUAL LUAU on his new label Mr. Lucky’s Blues Recording Co. with a worldwide release scheduled for May 5th, 2017. The album features 13 original songs by Recob produced by James Harman & Nathan James. Recorded at Sacred Cat Recording Studios in Oceanside, California October and November 2016, Perpetual Luau features musical performances by James Harman, Nathan James, Mike Bonedaddy Tempo, Marty Dodson and Laura Chavez. Recob is an alumni of the Gary Primich Band of the 1990s, Lee McBee in the 2000s and as a bassist to many touring blues artists over the last twenty-five years. For the Hank Mowery release, “Account To Me," which won the Blues Foundation’s IBC Best Self Produced CD Award for 2014, Recob was recognized for his work as the Associate Producer, and co-wrote some of the material on the album. "To Some Life's A Party, To Others It's A Perpetual Luau”! https://www.patrickrecobmusic.com/
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 8:30 AM
Eagles Day
Clinton State Park - Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism – All activities will be at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Dr., Lawrence! FREE ADMISSION Presentations - 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 am and 1:15 - 2:45 pm - Kansas' Nesting Bald eagles and Live Raptors (Mike Watkins and Marty Birrell) Activities for Kids of All Ages - Make an eagle, dissect owl pellets or join in many other fun activities in the exhibit area throughout the day. Eagle-Viewing Field Trips to Clinton State Park. 10:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m FREE Bud rides for field trip are available. First come, first serve. Dress for weather. (IF you follow the bus in with your personal vehicle - we will waive the daily vehicle permit.)
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 10:00 AM
2018 Topeka to Auburn Half-Marathon
Sunflower Striders Running Club – Join us for the 36th running of the Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon on Satuday, January 20, 2018! The race has been staged the third Saturday of January over the years and features a 10 AM start time in hopes of utilizing the mildest part the day. This race is one of the most challenging half-marathons around considering the course and the uncertainty of mid-January weather in Kansas. The race course is point-to-point, starting at Indian Hills Elementary and finishing at the Auburn Fire Station on east 10th Street in Auburn. If the course is not daunting enough, the conditions the day of the race may be. The unpredictability of Kansas weather is a certainty, even during the middle of winter. With the course traversing mainly north to south and with a predominately north or northwesterly wind, there is usually a tail or side wind. That normally means colder temperatures. Race day has featured temperatures as low as the single digits and readings well below zero with the wind chill factored in. Conversely, there has been occasion when the sky has been clear and under bright sunshine mid-day temperatures reached into the 50s or 60s and shorts and singlets were the apparel norm. Snow, sleet, or even rain before or during the event is also a possibility and that means there could be some footing issues to consider. Paved roads are generally manageable, but the country roads can often become a sloppy mess or may be mostly ice covered. So, why does someone run this race? It could be because of the challenge and the feeling of accomplishment when completed. It’s a good way to begin each new year and a great way to start preparations for other spring long-distance events. The Topeka to Auburn Half-Marathon is the only event of its kind in the area during the middle of the winter season. The participant numbers have steadily grown throughout the years and the majority of those who have run the race keep coming back year after year.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 10:00 AM
Rounding 3rd: an evolving event series
Jayhawk Theatre – As 2018 progresses, Topekans will see more “formal” fundraising efforts taking shape. Rounding 3rd is our “informal” effort to keep awareness moving in the right direction. Forward. This historic venue offers unique opportunities, in its current “bare bones” condition, for inspired community members to assist in cultivating awareness for our ultimate mission: SAVE THE JAYHAWK! Every 3rd weekend of the month, different local and regional artists will host events of varying styles/themes/genres of “entertainment.” Your participation is encouraged as is any monetary contribution you care to make. You’ll have plenty of donation opportunities at these events. ???????? Rounding 3rd for JANUARY 2018: ***Only Saturday’s daytime movement classes will be offered! 10am to 2pm.*** In these early days, feel free to bring a yoga mat, leave a yoga mat (to help build a small Jayhawk supply). See you at the Jayhawk! #savethejayhawk #historyinthemaking
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 10:00 AM
Skill Builder for Genealogy Research
Topeka Genealogical Society
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 11:00 AM
Be Treated by KSNT and Cirque Du Soleil Crystal!
Kansas Expocentre – Be treated by KSNT and Cirque Du Soleil Crystal! A “Breakthrough Ice Experience” awaits you at Sheridan’s Frozen Custard January 20th. Get a free Crystal Frozen Custard on us, and enter to win Tickets to see Crystal January 24 through 28th at the Kansas Expocentre! While supplies last during business hours. Topeka location only. Limited one treat per person.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 11:00 AM
Jungle Book Mini Performance
Helen Hocker Theater – Helen Hocker Theater will be giving us a free mini performance of their upcoming production of The Jungle Book!
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday, Jan. 20th!
Pinot's Palette – Create your own masterpiece with the step by step guide of our awesome artists while we sip #wine, listen to music, and have fun! *Limited availability! Reservations are highly suggested using the ticket link!*
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 7:05 PM
Topeka Roadrunners
Kansas Expocentre – Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Thu, 14 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 8:30 PM
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center – Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal's combination of soul, funk and R&B is in a word, electric. Best displayed in their high-energy live show, the blend of Hoyer's honest lyrics and his soulful (sometimes in-your-face) vocals merge with his top-notch band to create an undeniable chemistry. The magic of their live show caught the attention of producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), who joined with the band to record their third full-length album. Their most ambitious project to date, Running From Love, was recorded at Nashville's historic Sound Emporium, and once again features Hoyer's trademark vocals and the band's signature groove. The album was released on April 8, 2016, on Silver Street Records, and is available on vinyl, CD, and digital formats. Hoyer formed Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal in 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. The award-winning five-piece band includes some of the area's most revered and accomplished musicians. Joining Hoyer (keyboards/vocals) is Mike Dee (sax), Mike Keeling (bass), Benjamin Kushner (guitar), and Larell Ware (drums). Inspired by the sounds of Stax, Motown, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans, Philly and San Francisco, the band continuously crosses musical boundaries both in style and era, and joins forces each show with a common goal - to have the crowd dancing so much they forget even their smallest troubles. The hard working band completed several national tours in 2015 and 2016, playing more than 150 shows in 32 states each year, including opening for George Clinton, Charles Bradley, Booker T Jones, and Muscle Shoals Revue. Their year-round tour schedule took them from coast to coast, including several major summer music festivals. The band's fevered pace continues in 2017, with Hoyer appearing as a contestant on Season 12 of the hit TV music show The Voice, a European tour, a live album release, numerous festival appearances, and a new EP in the works. "If James Brown and Otis Redding had a love child, it would be Josh Hoyer. The Lincoln, Nebraska, soul shouter, and his band of merry soulsters, Soul Colossal, deliver a sound so big, so funky, so wring-the-sweat-out-of-you energetic that it reaches through the speakers and shakes you until you start moving to its groove." - No Depression https://www.joshhoyer.com
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Jan 20 @ 9:00 PM
Your Last Chance // TBA // TBA
Aorta Music & Management – DOORS AT 9 | ALL AGES 21+ $5 21- $7 Your Last Chance // Omaha Rough Riders https://www.facebook.com/YourLastChanceband/ TBA TBA
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Jan 21 @ 5:05 PM
Topeka Roadrunners
Kansas Expocentre – Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Thu, 14 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
UPCOMING
    Monday Jan 22 @ 3:30 PM
Pie & Politics
Greater Topeka Partnership – Pie and Politics is an opportunity for members of the Greater Topeka Partnership to sit down in a fairly intimate setting and meet with elected officials to learn more about their legislative priorities. Come by to enjoy a slice of pie, a cup of coffee and an informative chat with your elected representatives. This is a free event, however, space is limited. Register at the link below to secure your seat at the table.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jan 24 @ 6:30 PM
Danielle Nicole
Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center – This is an early Wednesday show! Doors open at 5:30. Founding member, lead singer, and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole stepped out on her own in 2015 with her debut album “Wolf Den.” In 2018, Nicole returns with a follow-up release via Concord Records. "I grew up playing the blues, and the blues is still a big part of what I do. But now I'm reaching out more and trying different things. It still sounds like me, but I'm stretching out a lot more than I have previously." Nicole's distinctive, inventive bass work—which resulted in her becoming the first woman to win the Blues Foundation's 2014 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Bass—is the product of years of intensive roadwork. Although she had no experience with the instrument when she became Trampled Under Foot's bassist, now she can't imagine life without it. "When I started doing my solo thing," she continues, "someone asked me if I was gonna hire a bass player. No, of course not! I originally picked up the bass to keep Trampled Under Foot a family band, but I really fell in love with it. It was a huge challenge, and it still is. But I really love being part of the groove and getting to sing on top of that. I had learned some stuff on acoustic guitar before I started playing bass, but I never really felt connected to it the way I do with the bass. It's empowering, walking onto a stage full of grown men who can play their asses off, and it's 'OK, I'm gonna play this bass, we're gonna do this, and it's gonna rock.'" Rounding out her band are longtime Danielle Nicole Band guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Miller, and drummer Rodd Bland, son of blues legend Bobby “Blue” Bland, who earned his chops playing in his dad’s band and later with BB King. "I think that it's a good time for the kind of thing I'm doing," she states. "From my years of playing blues festivals, I've seen that younger and younger audiences are getting into the blues. I think that people want to hear authentic music again." http://www.daniellenicolekc.com/
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jan 24 @ 7:30 PM
Cirque du Soleil Crystal
Kansas Expocentre – Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Fri, 22 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM Cirque Club Presale : Mon, 18 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM Visa Presale : Mon, 18 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM Marketing Partner Presale : Tue, 19 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM Last Chance Sales : Mon, 25 Dec 2017 at 11:59 PM Early Sales : Mon, 18 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM Extended Sales : Mon, 18 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM Presale through Show : Mon, 18 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM Me + 3 Promotional Offer : Thu, 16 Nov 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jan 25 @ 12:00 PM
Giveaways
Washburn University Campus Activities Board – Come join us in the Library for free giveaways!
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jan 25 @ 5:00 PM
Business After Hours | Kansas Expocentre
Greater Topeka Partnership – Business After Hours is the premier monthly networking event for Topeka Chamber members! In January we'll be at the Kansas Expocentre, where you'll have the opportunity to meet some of the performers from Cirque Du Soleil Crystal. This two-hour event gives you the opportunity to discuss and share ideas while checking out member businesses in the Topeka community. You’ll forge a stronger network of people and more meaningful connections with quality face-to-face interactions. Enjoy free food and drinks while you mingle! Grow your network and your business with the Topeka Chamber and our host Kansas Expocentre. If you registered for Business After Hours to get tickets to Cirque Du Soleil Crystal you MUST be in attendance to receive your ticket. Tickets are limited.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jan 25 @ 6:00 PM
Barn Board Heart Wall Hanging
Blessed Nest – This class offers you an opportunity to get in the spirit of Valentine’s day with this adorable wall hanging with a heart. With a rustic twist, this decor has the opportunity to fit perfectly in your home. Cost includes all materials, instruction, and snacks/drinks. Must register by noon the 25th. Cost: $45 Sign up @ blessednest.net DEADLINE TO SIGN UP is Thursday, January 25 at noon. The quantity is on a per seat basis. Offering 10 seats. Seats go fast! If you are not signed up online on our website, your seat will NOT be held.