TODAY
    Sunday Jul 23 @ 6:00 PM
Ratio Christi Summer Gathering
Ratio Christi at Washburn University – Annual RC Summer Gathering: We will watch and discuss the documentary "Is Genesis History". Over the past 2 centruies there has been a variety of understandings of Genesis 1-11. Is is historical? myth? allegory? Food will be provided - all you have to do is come. :) Birtell Home 3227 SW MacVicar Ct.
 
TOMORROW
    Monday Jul 24 @ 6:00 PM
Decrative Birdhouse Class
Blessed Nest – Sign up for our decrative birdhouse class! Have fun learning how to paint, decorate, and display your own birdhouse! Bring a friend and each will get half off class cost! Class cost is $45 each, but bring a friend and you and your friend will each get your class for $22.50! As always, snacks and beverages will be provided!
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Jul 25 @ 10:00 AM
Ballet in the Park
Kansas Ballet Academy – Join Kansas Ballet Academy students for a fun story time and performance of excerpts from the ballet Sleeping Beauty. This event is FREE and open to all!
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Jul 25 @ 3:00 PM
Teen STEAM Club
712 Innovations – Help us start a Teen STEAM Club! Bring your ideas and your energy to help design a club where you and your friends can explore and learn about STEAM in an environment that encourages leadership, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Mentors from the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and 712 Innovations will facilitate.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jul 26 @ 11:00 AM
Ben Taddiken
Downtown Topeka, Inc.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jul 26 - Jul 28 @ 6:00 PM
Virtual Reality Art Sessions
Two Wolves Studio – Our friends Aaron and Alexandra are bringing in their Virtual reality art sessions to our gallery to help share this neat experience. This is easy to use if you can operate a mouse and computer you can do this. Sign up for 20 minutes for $20. Sign up here ----> https://goo.gl/forms/RBYKPCEXbLOsYtH72
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 8:00 AM
Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Kansas
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 3:45 PM
Moms Group: Crafts & Chat
Kansas Children's Service League – KCSL’s Moms Group meets monthly on Thursdays and provides discussion topics, community resources and beneficial activities for moms. THIS WEEK'S ACTIVITIES - Meet & greet with other moms - Come relieve some stress with hands-on activities and socialization! Child care & snacks are provided. For more information, contact Mary Hess at mhess@kcsl.org or 785-215-6448.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:00 PM
FreeState Garden Party
The Burger Stand at College Hill – In celebration of FreeState's yearly tapping of Garden Party, we will be partying in high fashion. Oceanside Hotels will be performing on the patio to set the mood for patio games and delicious beer. We will feature seven beers on tap from FreeState including the brand new Phoenix Rising and Paloma IPA, the Blood Orange Radler, Copperhead, Wheat State Golden, Yakimaniac and the star of the show, Garden Party! Representatives from the brewery will be on hand to answer nerdy beer questions you have and pass out FreeState swag and beer samples.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jul 27 - Jul 28 @ 6:00 PM
Beach Canvas Class
Blessed Nest – In this class you will be taught how to create your own beach canvas scene. You will get the opportunity to work with a variety of paints and brushes. Class cost is $45... but wait! Bring a friend and you each get half off your class cost! Bring a friend and it is just $22.50 each! Beverages and snacks are included!
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jul 28 @ 8:00 PM
Chubby Carrier
Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center – If you haven’t experienced the high energy, swamp funky zydeco sound of Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, it is high time that you join the legions of fans that have. Once the accordion-playing virtuoso grabs the mic and takes to the stage with his band mates, audiences are treated to a show like no other. Chubby’s sound is infectious – a concoction of blues, 70s funk, rock and roll, and good-ole zydeco flavor – and makes even the most timid individuals get their feet a movin’. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more information on Chubby please visit http://www.chubbycarrier.com/
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 8:00 AM
Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps
American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Kansas
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Stuff the Bus" School Supply Drive
Pinnacle Fitness 24/7 – Join us at Pinnacle Fitness on Saturday, July 29th from 10am to noon to "Stuff the Bus" with school supplies for Topeka kids in need. Majic 107.7, Topeka Public Schools USD 501, and Pinnacle Fitness have teamed up to make this event happen. On Saturday, July 29th you can donate any items you wish from the list (see green chalk board on flyer) to help. Additionally, if you are looking to join Pinnacle Fitness any school supply donation valuing $30 or more will be taken in place of our normal initiation fee! Finally, if you don't think you can make the event feel free to drop off items at Pinnacle Fitness during regular business hours from now until August 11th, 2017. For more details call Pinnacle Fitness at 785.215.8380
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 1:30 PM
Back to School Fair!
Highland Park United Methodist Church – Highland Park United Methodist Church "Back-to-School Fair" will be providing free school supplies, including grade appropriate basic school supplies for kindergarten through Middle School families. There will be popcorn and drinks, games to win tickets to trade in to receive the school supplies your children need. Fun activities to cool off in the late summer heat will also be available. The event will be held on our front lawn. It is designed to help our neighbors have school supplies for their kids returning to school.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 6:00 PM
KBA Summer Showcase
Kansas Ballet Academy – Hear ye, hear ye! You are cordially invited to The Wedding of the century! Princess Aurora (aka The Sleeping Beauty) will marry her handsome Prince at 6pm at the Topeka Performing Arts Center on Saturday July 29th, 2017. A special VIP fundraiser will take place prior to "The Wedding" ballet, including a Tea Party for children and wine and hors d'oeuvres for adults. PURCHASE TICKETS: https://www.tututix.com/client/kansasballetacademy/ What: Aurora's Wedding from the ballet The Sleeping Beauty. Featuring professional guest artists from Kansas City Ballet and Ballet West, Utah, and students of Kansas Ballet Academy. When: Saturday, July 29, 2017 4:30pm VIP Reception and Children's Tea Party 6:00pm "The Wedding" ballet performance 7:00pm Dessert and Q & A with special guests Where: Topeka Performing Arts Center Cost: $10.00 General Admission to the performance $35.00 VIP Ticket (Admits 1 adult + 1 child to the VIP Reception, Children's Tea Party, and the performance. Additional children may be added for $15/child.) PURCHASE TICKETS: https://www.tututix.com/client/kansasballetacademy/ Access to VIP experiences begins at 4:30pm. VIP RECEPTION: Enjoy delicious pre-show fare from Aboud's Catering, Crooked Post Winery, Norsemen Brewing Company, and non-alcoholic beverages from McAlister's Deli. CHILDREN’S TEA PARTY: Our littlest VIPs are encouraged to wear their favorite Princess, Prince, or Superhero costume, as they enjoy story time, fun activities, and kid-approved snacks. The special 7pm Q & A is FREE and open to everyone in the community. This Visiting Artist project was funded in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC), which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The KCAIC grant was awarded in support of Kansas Ballet's mission: to educate, uplift, and inspire through the art of classical ballet. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/430413497328834/
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 6:30 PM
Annika Chambers
Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center – 2017 BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE ANNIKA CHAMBERS~~~The dynamic monster vocalist from Houston Texas along with a host of talented musicians continue to shock and amaze many blues lovers who have the opportunity to hear their music. With a variety of soulful, heartwarming and ground stomping tunes, Miss Chambers is sure to rise above and beyond your expectations. https://www.annikachambers.com/
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 7:00 PM
Free Q&A With Professional Guest Dancers
Kansas Ballet Academy – *** PRESENTED WITH FUNDING FROM THE KANSAS CREATIVE ARTS INDUSTRIES COMMISSION / NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS *** Immediately following their performance in Sleeping Beauty:Aurora's Wedding (tickets $10 here: https://www.tututix.com/client/kansasballetacademy/ ) guest artists Arolyn Williams, Christopher Sellars, Kaleena Burks, and Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye will be available for a Q&A and meet-and-greet with YOU. This event is FREE and open to dance students and fans of all ages. This Visiting Artist project was funded in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC), which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The KCAIC grant was awarded in support of Kansas Ballet's mission: to educate, uplift, and inspire through the art of classical ballet. *** DANCER BIOS *** Arolyn Williams - Ms. Williams joined Ballet West, Utah, in 2006 and was promoted to Principal in 2013. While training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Arolyn received the Chancellor’s Award for Artistic and Academic Excellence. She also spent several summers at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance where she studied Ohad Naharin’s Gaga technique, as well as repertoire by Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, and local San Francisco choreographers Alex Ketley and Robert Moses. Christopher Sellars - Mr. Sellars joined Ballet West, Utah, in 2006 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2013. He received training at Orange County Dance Center in Huntington Beach, California, followed by The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under renowned instructors such as choreographer Christopher Fleming. Kaleena Burks - Ms. Burks was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ms. Burks was trained by Magda Aunon and Magaly Suarez, spending summers at the School of American Ballet, Ballet Austin, Miami City Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In 2005, she was awarded first place in the pre-professional division of the American Ballet Competition and has been invited to perform in many galas, including the International Ballet Festival of Miami. Ms. Burks has danced with Cincinnati Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, and the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami. She joined Kansas City Ballet in 2010. Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye - Mr. Jolicoeur-Nye is a native of Waterville, Maine. He began his training at the age of 15 under the instruction of Andrei Bossov. In 2003, he joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division where he received the prestigious Arnold Spohr Scholarship. Mr. Jolicoeur-Nye began his professional career with Festival Ballet of Providence and then in 2006 joined the Eugene Ballet Company where he performed soloist roles in several works by Artistic Director Toni Pimble. In 2007, he joined Director Peter Anastos at Ballet Idaho and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2011 and he was a member of the Kansas City Ballet for four seasons. Mr. Jolicoeur-Nye is an award-winning choreographer and has had three world premieres with Ballet Idaho, including Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and City Symphony with music by Philip Glass. *** ABOUT KANSAS BALLET *** Kansas Ballet Company, the community outreach arm of Kansas Ballet Academy, is a non-profit organization whose goals and objectives are to provide students/dancers with opportunities to expand their personal technique and artistic expression through dance instruction/classes, rehearsals and performances. To encourage new standards of artistic excellence, innovation, creativity and education in the art of classical ballet. And to educate, uplift and inspire our community through quality ballet performances and demonstrations. Learn more: http://kansasballet.com
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Jul 30 @ 10:00 AM
Northeast Kansas Weddings Expo
Kansas Expocentre – The Northeast Kansas Weddings Expo will feature dozens of local vendors specializing in the latest in wedding fashions, photography, catering, venues and services. Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded to many lucky couples. Join us in the Exhibition Hall at the Kansas Expocentre on July 30, 2017. The doors will open at 10am, and don't miss our fashion show from 12:30 to 1:15. Tickets are just $7 -- SAVE $2 per order by visiting the customer service counter at Topeka Hy-Vee to pick up a discount coupon!
 
UPCOMING
    Monday Jul 31 @ 6:00 PM
Auditions - Ramona Quimby
Helen Hocker Theater – HELEN HOCKER SEASON ALL YOUTH SHOW (Ages 6 – 18) RAMONA QUIMBY Dramatized by Len Jenkin. Based on the books by Beverly Cleary. Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois. September 15 – 24, 2017 STORY: Unpredictable. Exasperating. Boisterous and independent. That's Ramona Quimby for you. Always aggravating her older sister, Beezus, constantly getting into trouble and sometimes "making a big, noisy fuss" when things don't go her way. As narrator, Beezus (Beatrice Quimby) introduces the Quimby family and friends and thereby sets the scene for the collection of vignettes that trace Ramona's tumultuous passage through third grade and through her family relationships. At school, she throws a tantrum when provoked by a classmate and is sent home in disgrace. The teacher's wrath, an important family wedding, persistent sibling bickering and Mr. Quimby's attempts to give up smoking are part of the fabric that shape a humorous, loving family portrait. The characters and the material, adapted by Obie Award-winning playwright Len Jenkin, are as "today" as the morning newspaper. The problems facing the Quimbys, a middle-class Oregon family, are problems common to most families, and the family's togetherness in tackling the sacrifices and adjustments required when the father is unexpectedly fired from his job is a clear statement of traditional family values. Along with the discovery that life is not always fair, eventually Ramona and Beezus come to realize that sisters may not always agree, but they can be good to have around. AUDITIONS: Monday, July 31, 2017 THE CAST: Multiple roles for boys and girls ages 6-18 TICKET DATES: Friday, August 25, 2017 - PHONE LINES OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC PRODUCTION SCHEDULE: 6 Shows / 0 TBA September 15 - Opening Night 7:00 PM September 22 – 7:00 PM September 16 – 7:00 PM September 23 - 7:00 PM September 17 – 2:00 PM Matinee September 24 – 2:00 PM Matinee Ramona Quimby was produced by TCT in 2005, HHT has never produced Ramona Quimby.
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Aug 1 @ 7:00 AM
Primary Election Day
Forge – On August 1st, Topeka voters will have the chance to go to the polls to vote in the primary election for Topeka's Mayor! Five candidates are on the ballot and the top two candidates will advance to the General Election in November. The candidates are: Michelle De La Isla Spencer Duncan Chris Schultz Clark W. Trammell Mark E. Weiser The deadline to register to vote is July 11th. You can register online here: https://www.kdor.ks.gov/apps/voterreg/default.aspx