May, 2015

Get Outdoors!

Have you ever wished for a map complete with all the trails in Shawnee County including Parks + Rec Trails, Governor's Mansion, Illif Commons and others? There is now a comprehensive resource with both trails and outdoors is called Get Outdoors Kansas! Based on Get Outdoors Colorado this tool was just recently introduced to all of Kansas. 

GetOutdoorsKansas is the place for any organization to post their activity, or for someone to find that activity for free no matter what the interest or skill level. It's where the urban and traditional outdoors man meet. On GetOutdoorsKansas, kayaking on the Kansas River can be found next to a downtown festival, or free sailing classes next to a community garden event.  GetOutdoorsKansas makes it easy to find a new audience and for the new audience to request email reminders and notifications about specific upcoming activities. 

Explore events and activities hereFind the many trails here. And sign up to be a contributing partner here. (It is easy and free!) 
Celebrate Small Business in May

Small Business week turned into a small business month-long celebration through classes, events and training sessions throughout May which will assist entrepreneurs in taking their business to the next level.

Start with the kick off event, "Securing Your Business Summit" on May 3, 2016. Learn about protecting your business from cyber, physical, data and mobile theft. Secure your business for a safe and productive environment. Register for the summit at

The full schedule of events will be available on Go Topeka's website here as well as on the Topeka Entrepreneurs Facebook page here
Will you Host a Neighborhood Event?

National Night Out is an opportunity for the community and law enforcement to come together to form a powerful partnership in the fight for a safer, crime- and drug-free community! Safe Streets serves as coordinator for National Night Out for Topeka/Shawnee County and their goal this year is to have 100 neighborhoods participating. Did you know Topeka ranks 7th in the nation for our National Night Out (for cities of comparable size)? 
You can join in hosting your neighborhood event! The next planning meeting is May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th, Room 101B, Topeka. If you would like to register your neighborhood for National Night Out, you can fill out the registration and waiver here and email it to Judy.  Learn more here
Celebrate Tourism May 1-7

Visit Topeka is hosting a week long special for locals and out of town guest. This week will include a variety of special events and you can even find discounts to bowling, historic sites, restaurants and more

Visit Topeka and Pepe & Chela's are hosting an appreciation meal at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center Wednesday, May 4, 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Those invited include to hospitality staff such as hotel, restaurant, gas station, etc. These individuals play an important role of service in a tourists' Topeka experience. Travel and tourism's economic impact on Shawnee County is more than $397 million! We are #TopCityProud!

Read more about Visit Topeka's Travel and Tourism Week here

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