National Park Service Oregon Trail

The National Park Service conducted a week long Design Charette at the Great Overland Station. Here are some fun facts from the week's activities!
  • The National Park Service celebrated their centennial on August 25. Topeka hosted a birthday celebration for the National Trails Intermountain Region & Brown vs. Board of Education at the Great Overland Station. 
  • Quincy Elementary Students involvement in concept ideas and Birthday celebrations with singing was the highlight for everyone!
  • There were 50+ people at Monday's open house, 100+ people at Tuesday's all-day charette and 70+ people at Friday's reveal! 
  • Participants joined us from around the state including 10 of the Oregon & California Trails Association members consisting of the State President, National Vice President and National Secretary. We even included members of the Kansas State University Faculty. 
  • This project will take time to finish, but good and necessary steps are occurring right now including contributions on levees directed by the Army Corp of Engineers. 
  • View what Topekan's think Charette and Pappan's Ferry mean here
  • You can read and see more at Heartland Visioning's website and Facebook.
Stay tuned for more updates soon. 
Kansas Chocolate Festival
Visit Topeka presents the Kansas Chocolate Festival, September 24. This one-of-a-kind partnership with Mars Chocolate North America will be centered on Kansas Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 24, 2016. 

Bring ready tastebuds and a smile and enjoy a truly unique chocolate experience. No admission will be charged to enter the festival. Vendors and food trucks will have items for sale. Each food truck will have at least one specialty menu item that includes Mars Chocolate as an ingredient.
Enjoy the demonstration stage and events happening related to, but separate from, the festival: a 5K in the morning and a chocolate-themed movie on the Statehouse lawn at dusk. Learn more on Visit Topeka's Website and Facebook Event Page
Topeka Rescue Mission Children's Palace Build

The Topeka Rescue Mission Children's Palace is almost ready for service and they are hosting a community build to complete the playground for the children who will be cared for at the facility.

They need 150 volunteers per shift form September 6 through September 10. Opportunities include Construction, Builders, Meal Prep, and Childcare. Meals will be provided. 

Sign up for a shift and read more information on their website here.
East Topeka Anti-Crime Initiative
Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30-8:30 PM at Highland Park High School you are invited to join the East Topeka Anti-Crime Initiative. 

"This is the perfect opportunity for the community to come together to learn, to share experiences, thoughts, ideas, and a chance to make a stronger community. " - Topeka City Council Members Clear, Ortiz, & Emerson

See more at the Facebook event page here.

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