TODAY
    Sunday Nov 19 @ 11:00 AM
Farkle Tournament
Emerald City Cosmopolitan Club – Farkle Tournament November 19th @ 4 Corners Steakhouse S. Hwy 75 and W. Hwy 56 Registration 11 am Play begins at 1 pm $20 reg. fee gets you guaranteed 2 games and lunch w/soft drink [Alcohol available, on your own] All proceeds go to Fund Diabetes research & supplies for under and uninsured diabetics in the Topeka area. Fundraiser by Emerald City Cosmo Club The Club That Fights Diabetes Wanda Meinhardt – 232-3432
 
TODAY
    Sunday Nov 19 @ 11:00 AM
Dinner Celebration: Heritage Day & New Members!
Central Congregational Church United Church of Christ – At our 10 am worship we'll welcome new members. Then all are invited to stay for a special lunch. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy provided. You're invited to bring a side dish or dessert as we give Thanks and Celebrate Heritage and Hope!
 
TODAY
    Sunday Nov 19 @ 3:00 PM
Topeka PPC Truth Commission Organizing Meeting
Central Congregational Church United Church of Christ – The Poor People's Campaign is beginning to organize in Kansas and Topeka. Our goal is to hold at least two Truth Commissions in Topeka before January 10 and as many as are needed later to raise awareness and recruit folks for the 40 Days of Civil Disobedience in the spring. Please pass this information on to others in your networks who may be interested. Call Judy Nickelson at 785-304-0086 with questions.
 
TOMORROW
    Monday Nov 20 @ 7:00 PM
November Chapter Meeting
Sheep Dog Impact Assistance - Kansas – Join us as we discuss the Turkey Trot for Hereos, Thanksgiving distribution, and Christmas!!
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Nov 22 @ 9:00 AM
Ballet Buddies
Kansas Ballet Academy – Looking for something FUN to do over Thanksgiving Break? KBA has got you covered! Students in Levels 1-5 (ages 3-11) are invited to join Ms. Amy and our Professional Division advanced dancers for a fun afternoon of ballet and bonding! Dancers will enjoy age appropriate ballet activities such as dance class and choreography plus snacks, movie time and a special 30-minute performance of the Nutcracker! Did you ever wonder what it’s like to dance in pointe shoes? Wear a sparkly tutu onstage? Perform as Clara in the Nutcracker? This is your chance to hang out with the “big kids” and talk about all things ballet! No previous dance experience required so feel free to bring a friend!
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Nov 23 @ 8:30 AM
Turkey Trot for Heroes
Sheep Dog Impact Assistance - Kansas – THIS IS A CERTIFIED COURSE! 5K Run 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk Virtual 5K
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Nov 24 - Nov 25 @ 7:00 AM
Free Entry Day - Black Friday
Clinton State Park - Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism – The best deals in stores can usually be seen on Black Friday, but the best price of all will be seen at Kansas State Parks: free. Spend Black Friday outdoors, hiking, biking, or just relaxing at a Kansas state park and you’ll not only find yourself a little happier and healthier, you’ll also be able to give your wallet a rest. That’s a win-win. Kansas state park daily vehicle permits are not required on Nov. 25, Black Friday, as Kansas joins REI in celebrating “OptOutside.” REI, a Seattle-based outdoor recreation and sporting goods giant, is going to close on Black Friday and encourages everyone to spend the time outdoors. Be a part of this movement by posting a picture of you or your family at one of the 26 Kansas state parks on Black Friday to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #myksstatepark and #optoutside and be entered into a drawing for a free cabin stay. Think you can find a better deal than that? Learn more about Kansas state parks at ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks, including information on facility updates, directions and how to make reservations. Kansas state parks are open year-around, though water is available only at camping areas with frost-free hydrants during winter. On Black Friday, park offices will be closed, as well as over the weekend, but weekend visitors can pay user fees at any self-pay station. Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased online at ksoutdoors.com and wherever licenses are sold.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Nov 24 @ 7:05 PM
Topeka Roadrunners
Kansas Expocentre – Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Thu, 14 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Nov 24 @ 8:30 PM
The Incredible Flying Solo Hogs
Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center – The Solo Hogs began playing in 1994 in Topeka. Founding members Michael Stratton (guitar) and Lew Spring (bass) began as an acoustic duo inspired by the likes of Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal. 1995 saw Les Goering (harmonica, guitar) and Mark Paquette (drums) join the band. They ramped up the electric gear and with the line-up complete they began playing regularly in the Midwest and built a following due to there brand of energetic blues and rock with strong harmony vocals. They continued as weekend warriors for twelve years and then split to pursue other projects but continued to re-unite for "special" shows. 20 years later the band is fully re-united and the energy is at its highest level ever! "When Pigs Fly" was recorded live at TPAC in 2001 and is the only recording to date but more projects are in the works. "We still get out the hollow bodies and return to our roots at every show." Come early, stay late, a great time is guaranteed!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Nov 25 @ 5:00 PM
Miracle on Kansas Holiday Parade & Activities
Downtown Topeka, Inc. – Saturday, November 25th, 2017: Staging 3-5pm, Parade Start: 6pm 4:30 pm: Jayhawk Theatre Marquee Ribbon Cutting 5:00 pm: Rescue Run/Topeka Rescue Mission 5:30 pm: Tree-lighting Ceremony 6:00 pm: Miracle on Kansas Ave. Parade 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm: 2nd annual Cocoa, Cookies and Carols Topeka First United Methodist Churchat 6th & Topeka Blvd Every year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, downtown Topeka kicks off the holiday season with a fun filled day of Small Business Saturday shopping, dining and music with festivities continuing into the evening with the Rescue Run beginning at 5pm, then the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony at Westar Energy at 5:30pm followed by the 27th Annual Miracle on Kansas Avenue Parade beginning at 6pm. The MKA Parade’s "lighted" holiday themed entries include walking groups, dance teams, marching bands, bicycles, Shriners, military vehicles, public service vehicles, floats, car clubs . . . and the "official" Santa appearance closing the parade. REGISTRATION An official registration is not necessary so to register for the parade, please come to the staging entry at 1st and Kansas, from 3pm to 5pm on parade day. There is also no cost to be in the parade but a donation of $10.00 is suggested and all donations collected assist with parade costs. Entries will receive their official MKA Parade "HANG TAG" to be displayed during the parade then can prepare their floats and themselves for the big event. ***You MUST comply with the following guidelines to participate*** • Entry should be decorated on both sides - lights and holiday decorations ARE REQUIRED. • Multiple Santa Clause figures confuse children so please refrain from using a realistic type Santa in your entry and let the "official" Santa be the one they see and cheer. • Open flames are not allowed on entries unless contained (i.e., Hot Air Balloons). • Entry cannot exceed 8 feet in width or 13 feet 6 inches in height to clear power lines and mid-block arches. • Semi-trailer, cabs and trailers are not allowed for the safety of candy gatherers; also, driver's window cannot be obstructed and must have a clear view for the safety of others. • Pets must be leashed and only one pet per handler (no tethered leashes). • Political campaign or statements are not allowed. The MKA Parade Committee reserves the right to have any non-compliant or improperly decorated entry removed. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ALL ENTRIES are required to enter from one location into the staging area (1st & Kansas), starting as early as 3pm. Entry closes at 5pm to prepare for parade kickoff at 6pm. All vehicles must be licensed and are required to go through the Shawnee County Emergency Management identification process; any vehicles that do not comply will be asked to leave. Please remain on the route until the end since we also keep an exit record of all vehicles. DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: WALKERS – please be dropped off at 3rd & Jackson or 3rd & Monroe; parking is not available in staging area. HORSE TRAILERS – please park in the lot at 3rd & Monroe or on side streets then join the staging area. CANDY & TRINKETS are allowed but ABSOLUTELY MUST NOT BE THROWN from a float or vehicle into the crowd or on the parade path for the safety of children. Walkers representing your entry must walk on either/both sides of the entry and pass candy out by hand. If spotted throwing items, your entry will immediately be pulled from the parade. We encourage you to pace the distribution, so it can make it through the route and if you do have leftovers, please do not dump in the street as this causes safety and clean-up issues. DONATIONS We hope that entries understand and appreciate that a great deal of effort and cost (barricades, toilets, permits, insurance, etc.) goes into providing this event for the community and ask that all entries participate with their generosity and a suggested donation of $10.00. "Official" volunteers, under security supervision, will be located at the staging entry area and able to collect either cash or checks made payable to DTI/Downtown Topeka, Inc. PARKING Spectator parking is available in several City Parking Garages for FREE from 6am-11:59pm. Please feel free to share this information and to park in these garages before 4pm prior to the start of Rescue Run OR utilize street parking (also FREE on Saturdays) BUT no parking is allowed on Kansas Avenue from 1st to 10th Streets to accommodate the Rescue Run and MKA Parade. THANK YOU and we hope you enjoy the "Lighted" parade!!! We’re also VERY excited to see all the creative decorating ideas that you all think up!!!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Nov 25 @ 6:30 PM
Cocoa, Cookies, and Carols
Topeka First United Methodist Church – Join us for our new Topeka tradition! As the end of the Miracle on Kansas Ave. parade passes by, we invite you to gather at our church building and warm up with some Cocoa, Cookies & Carols. We’ll serve festive treats and sing rounds of Christmas Carols to cheer your body and soul. We’ll also have bell ringers and door prizes! We hope this will be a meaningful way for you, your families, and friends to center your hearts as we enter the season of Advent. This event is free of charge.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Nov 25 @ 7:00 PM
Chocolate Nutcracker
Topeka Performing Arts Center – Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Fri, 8 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Nov 25 @ 7:05 PM
Topeka Roadrunners
Kansas Expocentre – Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Thu, 14 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Nov 25 @ 8:30 PM
Earl & Them
Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center – An incredible evening of music is always in store when you experience Earl and Them live. https://www.facebook.com/earlandthem/
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Nov 26 @ 3:00 PM
Chocolate Nutcracker
Topeka Performing Arts Center – Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Fri, 8 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
UPCOMING
    Monday Nov 27 - Nov 30 @ 8:00 AM
Leavenworth VA Holiday Gift Shop
American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Kansas – More details will be provided closer to this event. Thank you!
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Nov 29 @ 7:30 PM
Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Hits & Christmas Show
Topeka Performing Arts Center – Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have been dazzling audiences for more than 60 years. It all began in Abilene, Texas in 1955, when Larry was six, Steve was four, and Rudy was two. Since those days, the road the brothers have plowed has won them countless awards and has taken them to numerous concert halls, festival stages, national television shows (The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show, etc) and even the White House on several occasions. The brothers have seen their music top the charts and touch the lives of fans of all ages. The brothers grew up singing gospel music after listening to James Blackwood and the Blackwood Brothers, Hovie Lister, the Statesman Quartet and many others. The brothers would sing anywhere and everywhere people would listen. As children their music has taken them coast-to-coast, even singing at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. They also recorded four Gospel records. In 1966 Larry went off to college--studying English and law at the University of Houston. In 1971, he auditioned for the legendary Imperials, Elvis' backup group. He didn't get the job, but he met Dottie West, who was the opening act for the legendary Jimmy Dean, who would become one of Larry's oldest and best friends. Dottie was initially taken with Larry's resemblance to Nashville songwriter Mickey Newbury. Dottie told him one night in their backstage dressing room at the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas, "Larry, you look so much like Mickey Newbury, you've just got to be able to write great songs." After the gig in Vegas, Larry went home to Houston, wrote eight songs, sent them to Dottie, and she sent him a plane ticket to Nashville. Through Dottie, Larry met Kris Kristofferson, who became a champion on Gatlin's talent as a writer and singer. Kristofferson introduced Larry to Fred Foster at Monument Records, which resulted in a contract with the record label. His first album, The Pilgrim, was released later that year. Johnny Cash wrote the linear notes for his first album, and dubbed him "The Pilgrim," which is what he called Larry until the day he died. Steve and Rudy were still in college at Texas Tech University and moved to Nashville in 1975 to sing backup with Tammy Wynette. The two of them joined Larry in the summer of 1976 to form Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers. By 1976, the Gatlin Brothers were in the fast lane, thanks to the chart-topping success of Grammy Award-winning "Broken Lady." The hits continued throughout the rest of the decade, including their signature song, "All the Gold in California," soon to be followed by "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You)." The number one hits continued throughout the next decade with "I Don't Wanna Cry," "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love," "Statues Without Hearts," "Love is Just a Game," and "Night Time Magic." In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1976, the trio was nominated for awards by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Music City News Awards, among others. "We won some of 'em too," says Larry. The brothers continued to tour throughout the 80's. In 1992, they decided to take some time away from the road. That year they embarked on their "Adios Tour" and released an album of the same title. Upon completion of the tour, Larry would go on to Broadway to star in the hit musical, "The Will Rogers Follies," as Steve built a theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC and Rudy starred in a production of "Oklahoma" in Branson, MO. In 2002, the brothers decided to tour on a limited basis, recording a new album, Pilgrimage, in 2008 and are still performing 40-50 dates a year. As the brothers round out their 60th anniversary tour and close out one chapter of their lives, they are looking forward to the next one. Larry says, "We just think it's time to do some other things, spend more time with our families, slow down a little bit, and do it with class and dignity--on our own terms. We are grateful to God for our fabulous run and we can't wait to see what else He has in store." "We have been very blessed and grateful for the many fans who have stayed with us over the years, says Steve. "You have impacted our lives more than you can possibly imagine." Rudy adds, "It's been an incredible 60 years performing with my brothers Larry and Steve! We're looking forward to another great year and might even get back in the studio. We'll see!" The brothers' latest release is a Gospel album titled, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers - The Gospel According to Gatlin. Larry says, "The songs are a little edgy, a little bit different. Steve, Rudy and I didn't get where we are by playing safe. We have always pushed the envelope, we have always crossed borders others were afraid to cross and we're not going to stop now... and that's the Gospel According to Gatlin." Larry, Steve and Rudy are joined by 90’s heartthrob, Billy Dean, whose insightful songwriting, clear and distinctive voice, and masterful instrumental gifts have earned him accolades from many awards academies and countless devoted fans. Billy has transcended genres with his unique repertoire earning numerous awards, including: The Academy of Country Music's Song of the Year "Somewhere In My Broken Heart", ACM New Male Vocalist of The Year, BMI Pop Awards, BMI Song Awards, BMI Million Air Plays Award, Country Music Television Rising Star Award, NSAI Song of The Year, and a Grammy for a Country Tribute "Amazing Grace". After twelve albums and eleven Top 10 singles spanning over a period of eighteen years, Billy has founded the publishing company BDMG (Billy Dean Music Group). Billy continues to make contributions to the Country Music world by building brands with music and empowering children, by being a spokesperson for Averitt Cares For Kids, and Sunkist's Take A Stand Program. His latest album "Let Them Be Little" was inspired by those closest to him, his two children Hannah & Eli, and his wife Stephanie. Billy's illustrious career was recently recognized with a proclamation from the State of Tennessee House of Representatives.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Nov 30 @ 5:30 PM
Call for Entry - "Through My Eye Lens" Photography Exhibit
Two Wolves Studio – EXHIBIT: February 2nd 2018 The exhibit is an exciting overview of today’s fine art photography across a range of mediums, styles, process, and approach. Every school of thought from the traditional to the experimental and perhaps controversial is represented. We look forward to a lively discussion. Among the accepted pieces are outstanding examples of personal vision, creative expression, compelling concept, composed content, control of light, technical mastery of image capture and post production. Selected photographers show command over a consistent and developed body of work. ENTRY FEE $10 each for first 3 images selected for the show. $7.50 for each additional image. Submit up to 5 pieces for selection. Photographers will be notified after the selection process. All payments due upon delivery of art to the gallery. AWARDS (Juror TBA) Three award certificates will be given out for this exhibition: Best in Show and two honorable mentions. DATES Submission Deadline: January 16, 2018 at 11:59pm Exhibition Dates: February 2nd - 31st 2018 Opening Reception: February 2nd, 2018, 5pm – 9pm SALES All works will be for sale unless noted as NFS (not for sale) on the entry form. Gallery takes 35% of all sales. We charge an extra $10 fee for all items marked not for sale. Ready to enter? Here's our ONLINE Art Show Entry form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1l2_dtxZ-nRSGQljJiHSQwRN6MKrHBcJDxbxbZ3eLvg0/viewform
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Dec 1 @ 10:00 AM
First Friday Holiday Shopping to Benefit YWCA Northeast Kansas
YWCA Northeast Kansas – Support a local business AND give back to your community by shopping at Prairie Glass Studio on Friday, December 1st. While you purchase unique, handcrafted goodies for the holidays, Prairie Glass Studio will be donating 50% of their sales to the YWCA Northeast Kansas.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Dec 1 @ 1:00 PM
Win a cruise!!!
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Shawnee County – Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters will be raffling off a $4000.00 travel voucher to be used on a cruise, all inclusive, or any of the other travel services offered by Cruise Holidays of Topeka! With only 1500 tickets the odds are extremely good! You do not need to be present to win.