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Heartland Visioning Welcomes Fall Intern
Richard Kelly joins Heartland Visioning's team as an intern for the Fall Semester. 
While working at Heartland Visioning, Richard will focus on learning more about non-profit communications and marketing as well as managing a non-profit organization. 
Currently a senior at Washburn University, Richard is working to earn a dual degree, Bachelor of Arts, Mass Media Major and  Bachelor's in Social Work.
He is active on campus in a variety of activities including: Washburn Student Media, Campus Activities Board, Bod Squad and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Kelly also is actively involved in Top City Live, an organization focused on connecting Washburn Students to Topeka. After graduation, Richard hopes to pursue a Masters of Public Administration. 
"I am very thankful to be given the opportunity at Heartland Visioning," said Richard. "Topeka is prospering right now and I'm excited to be a part of the process."
Shawnee County KONZA Club

On September 6, about 30 community members, alumni of the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) programs, met at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and discussed the official formation of a Shawnee County alumni group. 


The Konza Shawnee County: A Kansas Leadership Center Alumni Club, comprised of KLC alumni, agreed to start meeting monthly in the community to continue their learning around civic leadership and the competences and principles discussed in a KLC experience. 


Marlou Wegner, chief operating officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation, Bryon Schlosser, chief executive officer and general counsel at Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair American Home and the staff of Heartland Visioning worked together to form the KLC alumni club in Shawnee County. 


The KLC mission is, "To foster civic leadership for healthier Kansas communities." It is a unique organization because of its specific scope of work (statewide), focuses on civic leadership and helping leadership in communities take on those difficult daunting challenges that will move things foward. KLC was started with financial support from the Kansas Health Foundation. 


This past June, KLC hosted one of their programs in Topeka called Your Leadership Edge (YLE). This is one of the many programs KLC offers, and is a three-day intensive leadership development for Kansans. Thirty-one people attended YLE in Topeka, with the majority of attendees being from the Topeka and Shawnee County area.


More than 100 residents in Topeka and Shawnee County have attended KLC programs and considered alumni. The Konza Shawnee County Alumni Club is an opportunity for the alumni to continue building their knowledge and share their successes and failures. 


For more information about the Kansas Leadership Center visit their website,  
Project ReDirectory 2012 in Full Swing
Project ReDirectory kicked off August 27 at Berryton Elementary School. Last year, the students at Berryton Elementary School recycled the highest number of outdated phone books, earning them the rights to host the 2012 kick off.

The 23rd Annual Project ReDirectory is a challenge to the community as well as students in Shawnee County to recycle outdated phone books. The school that recycles the most outdated phone books per capita will receive a first place banner and the honor of hosting the 2013 kick off.

Project ReDirectory is YP's, formerly AT&T Advertising Solutions, corporate citizenship and sustainability efforts. The campaign is sponsored by YP and organized by Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County. Topeka was the first community in Kansas to host a telephone book recycling project and has lead the way for other communities in the state to establish their own programs.

The 2012 Topeka YP Real Yellow Pages were delivered to businesses and residences on August 24. Outdated directories will be accepted until September 30 in various locations in Shawnee County and the surrounding communities including:
  • All Dillons Stores
  • Apple Mart --Auburn
  • Brookwood Covenant Churh
  • Skip's Thriftway -- Carbondale
  • Calderwoods -- Hoyt
  • Topeka City Hall & Municipal Court House
  • First Christian Church
  • First Lutheran Church
  • Holton Country Mart
  • Ron's IGA -- Holton
  • Household Hazardous Waste Facility
  • Country Harvest -- Meriden
  • Jerry's Thriftway -- Osage City
  • Oskaloosa Thriftway
  • Perry/Lecompton Thriftway
  • Presidio
  • Wehner's Thriftway -- Rossville
  • Seabrook Apple Mart
  • Wehner's Thriftway -- Silver Lake
  • Wal-Mart Super Center
  • Washburn Rural High School

For more information on Project ReDirectory, visit 
National Preparedness Month

September kicks off National Preparedness Month; families and individuals are encouraged to be ready for when an emergency strikes. Being ready includes preparing and assembling plans, building your emergency supply kit and getting your family, business and community ready for emergencies. 
The American Red Cross' Kansas Capital Area Chapter encourages households to create a family disaster plan to make sure they're ready for the next emergency or disaster.
Plans should include:
  • designating a meeting place outside of the home in case of a sudden emergency fire;
  • an out-of-area emergency contact person
  • a location where everyone should meet if they can't go home. 
The Red Cross has several programs to aid people, businesses and communities to be better prepared including:
  • Be Red Cross Ready, an online tutorial that teaches people how to be ready for emergencies;
  • Red Cross Ready Rating, a free, web-based membership program that measures how ready an organization, business or school is to deal with emergencies;
  • The Ready When the Time Comes program that trains employees from businesses so they may be used as a community-based volunteer when disaster strikes.
This is the ninth annual Preparedness Month which is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US Department of Homeland Security. 

Visit for more information on how to be prepared for an emergency.
Don't Miss Shawnee County's Largest Work Out 

Shawnee County's Largest Workout is back for a third year.  The free event is sponsored by St. Francis Health Center, Washburn University, Stormont-Vail HealthCare, the YMCA, Riverside Marekting, Pepsi Co., Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods and Shawnee County Health Agency.

When: September 19 | Starts @ 6:30 p.m.
Where: Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl, Washburn University

The largest work out will also feature a health fair. The fair will feature booths from area vendors and will be open before and after the workout. 

The Shawnee County Largest Workout is a way to bring the community together to promote health while having fun.

For more information about Shawnee County's Largest Workout, click here
Contact Us

First Friday Artwalk takes place each month, to see the various locations, visit

Safe Streets coalition is working to make Topeka the safest capital city.

Visit to see what's going on in Topeka.

Farmer's Market @ the Library
Every Monday in September
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

@ Judicial Parking Lot
Every Saturday  in September
7:30 a.m. to Noon
@ Ramada Hotel & Convention Center
September 14 
5:30 p.m.
@  Kansas Expocentre
September 14 -- 16
Times Vary
@ Shelter House #2
September 15
8:00 a.m.
@ The Women's Club
September 15 -- 16
Times Vary
@ Kansas Museum of History
September 15
Starts @ 9:00 a.m.
Various Locations in Topeka
September 19 -- 30
Times Vary
@ Ramada Convention Center
September 20
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
@ Kansas Expocentre
September 22 -- 23
Times Vary
@ Washburn University Law School
September 22
7:00 a.m.
@ Lake Shawnee Shelter House 1
September 22
8:30 a.m.
@ Aaron Douglas Art Park
September 22
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
@ Dale & Mary Clare Wilson's Home
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
@ Lake Shawnee
September 29
7:00 a.m.
@ Hummer Sports Park
September 29
8:00 a.m.
@ Advisors Excel
September 29
11:00 a.m.
@ Topeka Zoo
September 29
5:00 p.m.
@ 800 block of NOTO Arts District
September 30
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For more information on these events and events like this please, click here. 

Four New Additions to the North Topeka Arts District

On Friday, September 7, NOTO Arts District kicked off their First Friday Events with three ribbon cuttings. Not only did the district introduce three new businesses but PediCabs peddled along North Kansas Avenue to give Artwalkers a lift to their next stop along North Kansas Avenue. 

Thousands perused the stores and galleries along North Kansas Avenue. In addition to the shops staying open late, street vendors were located in the NOTO Entryway. The newest additions to NOTO include:
  • Vintage Vibe, 920 North Kansas Avenue (Next to the NOTO Arts Center)
  • Finders Keepers, 835 North Kansas Avenue and
  • 4 Girls Garage, 837 North Kansas Avenue. 
The NOTO Board invited Artwalkers to come back on Saturday to catch a sneak peek of the latest addition to the art district. Because of a major anonymous gift received in June the NOTO Board was able to purchase the former North Topeka Post Office, 935 North Kansas Avenue. After renovations, it will become the permanent location of the Community Arts Center.

Visitors were able to tour the building from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Inside, they saw areas for classrooms, meeting rooms, galleries and artists' studios on the main floor and in the basement. 

The U.S. Postal Service vacated the building more than 20 years ago and since then 935 North Kansas Avenue, has served as a laundra-bar and then office space for a roofing company. The building was put up for sale in March and was bought within a few months by the arts district.

Renovations will begin on the main floor which will become the Community Arts Center, where art classes for children and adults will be offered. There will also be galley space available as well as space for receptions and meetings. 

Once the main floor renovations are complete, a grand opening is planned and the donor of the building will be recognized. 

For more information about the NOTO Arts District visit,