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Welcome to the Heartland Visioning Team!
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Emma Starkey joined the Heartland Visioning Team in June as the new communications coordinator. Emma brings a graphic design background to the position and is eager to begin sharing the success stories in our community. She will be heading up the communications for Heartland Visioning through the Visioneer, Foundation Focuses, website and more. Emma has participated in community activities that better the community. She was part of the team that promoted Topeka for the Google Project and she volunteers with the Big Brother Big Sister program. She most recently worked at the Topeka Capital-Journal. A native of Meriden, she's a graduate of Jefferson West High School and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas University. She and her husband Jared have a new daughter, Amelia.

  Kyle Hamilton, law student at Washburn University, has joined the Heartland Visioning staff as a student intern. Kyle received a Bachelor of Arts from Park University in Political Science and Legal Studies and will begin his second year of law school this fall. Kyle plans on pursuing a career in government and public policy. A native of Independence, Missouri, Kyle is looking forward to becoming more involved with Heartland Visioning and Topeka and Shawnee County. 



Kansas Community Garden Project Announces Grant Recipients


Topeka's Historic Old Town Community Garden and YW Empowerment Garden were among the proud recipients of grants through the Kansas Community Gardens Project, a joint initiative of the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension. In all, nearly $150,000 in grant funds will be distributed during 2013.  

With physical activity known to promote health, and gardening considered a potential lifetime interest, the goal for the grant effort is to provide - and encourage - educational opportunities for citizens of all ages to grow their knowledge about gardening by learning how to prepare the soil, plant seeds, tend plants, weed, water, harvest and add fresh, health-promoting fruits and vegetables to meals and snacks.


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Tap That Topeka! - Topeka's first craft 
brewery festival  

The inaugural Tap That Topeka, a Capital Brew Festival, held in downtown Topeka on June 29th was a tremendous success. Thirty eight different breweries from across the country offered 122 different craft beers to sample. Over 900 people attended the event. In addition to the vast selection of beers, they also enjoyed live music and food from several participating vendors. The event was sponsored by Downtown Topeka Inc.



DTI would like to thank over 80 volunteers, the brewers, distributors, sponsors, food vendors, musicians, suppliers, the Parrish Hotel Corporation and everyone that purchased tickets for their support in making the Brew Fest a success. Next year's event plans to be even bigger and better!


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Topeka Schools Expecting Federal Grants
Three Topeka schools, including a new bilingual school, are expecting more than $2.5 million in federal grants this year to help pay for additional academic programs, staff and field trips. The Kansas State Department of Education chose Quincy Elementary, Ross Elementary, and Scott Dual-Language Magnet elementary schools to receive a total of $2.52 million in school improvement grants, federal funds targeted at struggling schools. 
Julie Ford, superintendent of Topeka Public Schools 501, said administrators were excited about the prospect of extra funding for staffing, especially in mathematics, professional development, and summer school. The grants will be used for bilingual resources at Scott. Ross and Quincy will launch AVID, a program targeted at students who need extra help making it to college.
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Launch Party
July 20, 7-10 pm
Warehouse 414
Food, Drinks, Snap Dragon Photo Booth, and Musical Knights Professional DJ service!
FREE for members and guests!

Topeka's All-Inclusive Community Calendar visit:

Thursdays in July
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

July 9-13,
4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Our Lady of 
Guadalupe Church


July 13,
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Topeka Zoo 

 Sunflower State Games

July 12-28 
 Various Locations
July 27,
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Topeka Civic Theatre
July 28,
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Topeka Civic Theater 
August 2
5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 
Various Locations
August 2,
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Topeka Zoo 
August 2, 
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
842 N. Kansas Ave.


August 10,
3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Downtown Topeka

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