Party and Awards Reflect Blooming
of Arts in Topeka
Reflecting the community's commitment to the arts, the Topeka Arty Awards were presented at a successful event, fundraiser, party and show of appreciation to the art community-- at the Topeka Civic Theater and Academy in July.
ARTSConnect hosted the evening. Betty Sisk, arts supporter and philanthropist, received the Liz Stratton Arts Patron award. Other presentation included:
* Community Art Award to Mulvane Art Fair.
* Performing Art Award to Phil Grecian.
* Visual Art Award to Degginger's Foundry.
* Literary Art Award to Deb Bisel.
* People's Choice Award to NOTO's Yeldarb Gallery.
Facebook is full of lists of ways to make yourself happier, doing something for others nearly always makes those lists. The September 13 Nancy Perry Day of Caring is the perfect way to do that, to make others happier as well, and to help the Topeka community.
Named after the former United Way Director, the day of caring sends volunteers from community businesses and government out into the town and region to help agencies and organizations with work on projects squeezed by budget and time restrictions.
Now in its sixth year, the day hopes to break its own record of 1,300 volunteer participants in 2012. Click here to register or to learn more information on this event.
Help for Families and Students
Topeka's annual Back-to-School Fair, sponsored by Community Action was August 3 at West Ridge Mall. This event provided free backpacks and basic school supplies for kindergartners through eighth graders. It was a part of the mall's Back-at-It event with games and activities for grade school students.
Applications for the school supplies were accepted this summer by Community Action. Qualifications included income limits for the applying families.
Community Action recently celebrated 40 years of operation. Among accomplishments of the last two decades have been the Senior Nutrition Assistance program, medical equipment and supply loans, family daycare, affordable housing projects, English as a Second Language instruction, winterization kits and workshops, and the back-to-school fairs in Clay Center, Salina and Topeka.
Learn more about Community Action Inc., and how you can help, at www.cactiontopeka.com.
Topekans Network at National Night Out
Neighbors gathered for potlucks, games, inflatable obstacle courses and getting-to-know-you time in more than 50 different Topeka neighborhoods Saturday, August 10, at the annual National Night Out against Crime, an event created to curb crime through community partnerships.
Sponsored by Safe Streets Topeka/Shawnee County and with individual celebrations planned and staffed by community volunteers, the events let neighbors visit with neighbors old and new. Safe Streets provided $250 in funding for each participating neighborhood. It's a positive way to combat crime by strengthening neighborhood bonds.
There will be a National Night Out wrap-up meeting, August 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Topeka/Shawnee County Public Library. It is free and open to the public.
Join Heartland Visioning as we host a community meeting with Topeka's young professionals
For More info see Ignite Series
Topeka's All-Inclusive Community Calendar visit:
August 15, 22, 29
9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
August 16 & 17
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Topeka Civic Theater & Academy
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Great Overland Station
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Ramada Inn Ballroom
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
August 23 - 25
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m
Big Gage Shelter House
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Capitol Plaza Hotel
3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Capitol Plaza Hotel
10:00 p.m - 11:00 p.m.
The Break Room
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Hummer Sports Park
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Washburn University Yager Stadium