|Heartland Visioning Releases Report to the Community
A new arts district, continued population growth and progress on the plans for downtown redevelopment are among the many community accomplishments Heartland Visioning celebrates with our community.
The Report to the Community showcases Topeka and Shawnee County's successes and our strides toward a better community.
Our success is measured against Key Benchmarks, which are indicators used to show how effective the collaborative efforts have been. The report highlights a variety of accomplishments under each of the six foundations: Education, Quality of Life, Infrastructure, Government, Economic Development and Private Sector Leadership.
A New Community Calendar Launched
On May 15, ARTSConnect announced Topeka365.com, an all inclusive community calendar, was ready for public use.
Topeka365.com is a one-stop community events calendar that highlights and promotes things to do in Topeka.
The calendar is a direct result from the Heartland Visioning Strategic Plan under the Quality of Life Foundation. In the planning phases you, the community said we needed an all inclusive events calendar that show cased Arts and Entertainment.
The calendar resulted from a collaborative community effort of: ARTSConnect, Visit Topeka and WIBW. The site was produced by FryeAllen, Inc.
Community organizations are invited to upload their events to the calendar, there are five categories events can register under:
- Arts & Culture;
- Sports & Recreation;
- Kids & Families;
- Festivals & Special Events and
Former Post Office is Officially Apart of NOTO
On June 6, NOTO Arts District officials announced a major anonymous donation.
The former post office building, 935 N. Kansas Avenue, was donated to the arts district. A grand opening will be held in Fall of 2012.
Currently, NOTO's board of directors is working together to find the best use of the space for the district and appropriate programming.
"The beauty of the building, and the generous space combined with the historic value provides opportunities for a variety of significant programming for the community," said Anita Wolgast and John Hunter, co-chairs of the NOTO Arts District Project.
More information regarding the building, the donors and the plans will be released at a later date, NOTO wanted to acknowledge the acquisition since real estate transactions are public knowledge.
For more information about NOTO visit, www.notoartsdistrict.com
Kansas Children's Discovery Center Celebrates the Big ONE
It wasn't your average first birthday party. On June 1, the Kansas Children's Discovery Center (KCDC) invited everyone to celebrate.
The day's events included:
- A ribbon cutting for Phase One of the new Outdoor Learning Environment;
- Topeka High School's Cruz Drum Line performance;
- A magician:
- A Bubble Fiesta;
- and, of course, cake and ice cream.
The ribbon cutting started the day at 10:00 a.m. and the party lasted until 5:00 p.m.
The first phase of the Outdoor Learning Center includes:
- A bike path,
- A log balance challenge,
- The "Monarch Way Station,"
- Native prairie grasses and wildflowers,
- A rope climb and
- A walking trail.
The celebration was not only to commemorate the center's first year, but to recognize the success of KCDC. With more than 2,200 memberships and 87,000 visitors, the center exceeded the first year projections of 1,605 members and 80,000 visitors.
The 87,000 visitors came from:
- 288 Kansas Counties;
- Every state except Delaware and
- 9 countries including: Australia, England, Germany, South Africa and South America.
For more information on KCDC, visit www.kansasdiscovery.org
Farmers' Markets: Not Just on Saturdays
This summer Topeka & Shawnee County residents have the opportunity to visit multiple farmers markets and even an arts market.
Monday Farmers Market @ your library
On Monday, June 4 the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in conjunction with Capital City Wellness hosts the Monday Farmers Market @ your library.
The market is located in the Library parking lot, 10th and Garfield, and offers locally grown produce, fresh herbs, cut flowers, eggs and potting plants.
The market is open each Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
For more information on the Monday Farmers Market @ your library please visit: tscpl.org
Capitol Mid-Week Farmers' Market
Capital City Wellness hosts a Wednesday farmers market located on 10th and Jackson, near the State Capitol.
This market is open every Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. until noon and will run through October 17.
Off the Avenue (FRIDAY) Farmers' Market
Friday mornings from 9:00 am until noon, you can find vendors along 8th Street between Kansas Avenue and Quincy. The new market, which began at the end of May, is also hosted by Capital City Wellness.
For more information please visit: www.capitalcitywellness.com
NOTO Saturday Market
North Topeka Arts District launched their Saturday Arts Market to run April through November. The market is open from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. under the N. Kansas Avenue Bridge on the north end. The Saturday Market primarily sells arts, crafts and antiques with some specialty foods available.
For more information on the Saturday Market please visit: www.notoartsdistrict.com
Downtown Farmers Market
Since the 1930's, Topekeans have had the opportunity to browse an open air market every Saturday beginning in April and ending in November. The Topeka Farmers Market has around 100 vendors that fill the Judicial Center parking lot (10th & Topeka Blvd. State parking Lots 2 & 4) each week.
The Downtown Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
For more information on the Downtown Farmers Market visit their website: topekafarmersmarket.com
New Collaborations Move us Closer to Community Vision
United Way of Greater Topeka (UWGT) announced new grant awards to help develop innovative programs and expand on new partnerships.
The two grants announced were awarded to launch community programs in the UWGT goal areas of on-grade achievement and financial stability.
Both awards are collaborative grants that bring together resources, expertise and community partners to work together in new ways. There is one lead agency (Primary Partner Agency) with supporting organizations (Secondary Partner and/or Resource Partners) working to achieve specific outcomes.
EDUCATION: On-Grade Achievement Grant Award
- Strategy: Support and advocate for continuous learning opportunities throughout the year.
- Collaborative Program: Camp CUBI (Confidence, Usefulness, Belonging and Influence)
- Primary Partner Agency: Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka
- Secondary Partners:
- Boy Scouts - Jayhawk Area Council
- The First Tee of Shawnee County
- Kansas Children's Discovery Center
- Kansas Children's Service Leagues (KCSL)
- K-State Research and Extension Office
- KTWU Channel 11
- Lifehouse Child Advocacy Center
- Women Empowerment, Inc.
- Communities in Schools
- Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Southwest Missouri
- Program Synopsis: Camp CUBI will introduce youth to new experiences, increase vocabulary, provide qualified professional youth development leaders who are outstanding role models and implement programs which reduce the likelihood of risky behaviors and increase academic success.
INCOME: Financial Stability Grant Award
- Strategy: Increase the number of adults who attain and retain family sustaining employment
- Collaborative Program: JOBS Families Sustaining Employment
- Primary Partner Agency: Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. (HCCI)
- Secondary Partners:
- Heartland Works, Inc. (HWI)
- YWCA of Topeka
- Resource Partners:
- Baker University
- Washburn Institute of Technology
- Program Synopsis: The JOBS program is designed to target persons with families earning below their full potential by first offering job skills testing, training and education. JOBS will provide placement counseling and will offer a wide range of workforce solutions to include skills assessment, training, technical and career focused education. The overall program goal is to increase the percentage of persons who attain and retain a family-sustaining job.
For more information about these grants and other programs, visit www.unitedwaytopeka.org
Update us on your BIG Dream.
Fast Forward Topeka will host its second annual Golf Tournament.
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
June 14 -- August 30
@ Mulvane Art Museum
June 13 -- August 19
@ Great Overland Station
June 13 -- July 15
The 39 Steps
@ Topeka Civic Theatre
June 14 -- June 23
June 16 -- September 16
@ Old Prairie Town
12:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
@ Ted Ensley Gardens
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
@ Helen Hocker Theater
June 29 & 30
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