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2017 - October

ttn logoOctober, 2017: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

October is upon us! Welcome to my birthday month! Many people don't enjoy celebrating their birthday but I am not one of them! The weather begins to cool  down, the leaves change, fall festivals, sweatshirts, costume parties and my annual pot luck dinner! So many fun things all packed into one month!

Kim's Excellent Adventures

Labor Day Weekend - Some act like this is the last weekend of summer but until the weather becomes too cool to lay at the pool, this is just another long weekend to have fun with friends. It use to be about raising money for MDA but this year we lost Jerry Lewis and a few years back the MDA Telethon basically disappeared. I spent countless hours at White Lakes Mall with the square dancers, raising money for the MDA. I also loved watching the telethon every year. It was the big weekend before you went back to school. Now it is just another three day weekend with big sales and usually time at the lake or pool. This year, I went to Kansas City to hang out with my friend Tom for most of the weekend. We didn't do much, we did walk and went to Jerry's. One Saturday, I spray painted the two cabinets that I primed the weekend before. They turned out pretty good. I also met Frankie at the Casino to eat dinner and hang out for a bit, to give her a break from working on school stuff! On Monday, Tom and I went to our friend Pete's house for lunch. He smoked ribs and we brought Mexican corn bread and my famous and delicious banana pudding! Our friends from Netwon, KS were still in town so we got to see them again!

Randy Visits- My friend Randy, who use to live in Topeka came to Topeka from Denver for a class. He was here for a few days and I was lucky enough to get him for dinner and drinks on a Thursday night. We went to Cooks for dinner and then The Brass Rail and The Goose for a couple beers. It wasn't a out of control wild night but we still had a great time! Randy moved to Atlanta from Topeka, that is why I started going to Atlanta. Now he lives in Denver so I will be adding Colorado to my trip list! 


Our Trip to Abilene - Tom and I want to try to visit as many Presidential Museum that we can. I visited the Jimmy Carter Museum a few years back, and was very impressed. We have two within driving distance from Topeka. This month we picked the Eisenhower Museum. We drove down to Abilene and spent over three hours in the museum and still didn't finish. Then we had reservations at the Brookville Hotel restaurant for their chicken dinner! It was so good! A full day and only 90 minutes from Topeka. This is when I decided to make a page about all the fun day trips you can make while living in Topeka.


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Friday Night Top City Comedy: August was the first month that Top City Comedy returned to The Break Room stage! Tom and I made it back in time to attend the September show. (It was moved to the 2nd Friday due to the holiday weekend.) The comedians were hilarious! So cool to have a venue that allows local comics to perform!

Cleaning up the yard: The scrubs (Weeds and overgrowth) needed to cut down. I also had big limbs from the big storm that needed to be cut into smaller pieces. Tom brought his chain saw so we worked in the yard for a couple hours. I had a huge pile of stuff that needed to be burned so I called my friend Bruce and asked if he would pick the pile up and take it to the farm to burn. He came over the next day and picked up the pile and cleaned off my roof. He also found poison ivy in my back yard so I had to get stuff to get rid of that. Not before I got poison ivy on my arm. UGH! Where the heck did that stuff come from?! My back yard looked so much nicer though. 

Kansas City Royals Game - Our last game of the season! We went early to stand in line to get a T-shirt Royals blanket. Then we indulged in gourmet hot dogs and had a WIN!!  I also ran into my friend Melissa who was at the games with her family! MIA in pics is Tom who doesn't like his picture taken! 

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Frontmen of County - At the last minute my mom invited me to go see this concert at TPAC. We had such a great time! The crowd wasn't huge but there were quite a few people in attendance. They did a great job! 

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Kansas City Chiefs Game Home Opener - Excited about the new season, we got up early and headed to the stadium. I will not waste my time retyping the parking experience. You can read it HERE! Once we did get to the tailgate party, the fun began! My friends from Atlanta were in town for the game! The tailgate food theme was Philly cheese steak sandwiches. We didn't have much time to hang out before we headed into the game! The weather was awesome and the game was exciting! The chiefs won! 

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Massage - I look forward to my massages! Suzi does such a great job but this time, I had aches that needed more attention so for the first time in my life, I visited a Chiropractor. Lower back and shoulder pain. There were lots of pops once we went over how diet affects our body, he did an adjustment and I felt a little better. I worked out almost every day, so my body always seems to hurt in new places.  


Final Day of Summer - I spent this day, the only way that seems appropriate, with girlfriends at the pool. I went at got my new toes for the Fall and then headed to the pool. The water was still awesome! I am sad our pool days are over!

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Hanging out with Friends - I spend a lot of time in Kansas City with my friends and have gotten to know so many new people. One of the bars we go to is called Jerry's Bait Shop! It reminds me of the Goose in Topeka becasue they have so many regulars that it sometimes can feel like a dysfunctional family reunion. The people are great and the staff is fun. The Manager, Vinnie is always mean to me! He makes me feel at home! Just like being around my brothers! :) I run into people there from Topeka and previous jobs all the time! This small bar in Lenexa is a very fun place to go! 

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Cyrus Hotel- If you don't make it downtown, here is a short video of the progress at the Cyrus Hotel in downtown Topeka! They also announced that they will be opening a bowling alley/video arcade two stores down from The Break Room! Downtown will be unrecognizable in about three years! The excitement is building!

Plaza Art Fair -I had only heard about how large this art fair was but that didn't do it any justice. Before the fair, we headed downtown to eat BBQ at Arthur Byrants. I had never been and this is some of the best BBQ I have ever tasted! The weather for the end of September was still hot but we walked the entire fair. Tons of artists from all over the United States. Many different types of art were also present. Something for everyone. Some of the prices were a bit above my price range. Luckily, I have my daughter who can paint, draw or design anything I need. Those pieces are priceless to me!

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Fall Trip to Atlanta - It wouldn't be fall, if I didn't go to Atlanta! This week, we had tons planned! Eating at my favorite restaurant, Matthew's Cafeteria. We went to see The King and I at the Fox Theatre. I did my first 5K and ended up on the 50 yard line of the new Football/Soccer stadium, Mercedes Benz Stadium. We tried many new restaurants! Everything was very fun. One night, Rob cooked Pesto Chicken Pasta for dinner! Daman made some amazing Spaghetti for a small gathering which was followed by Cards Against Humanity! The next day we just chilled at home an watched movies. Daman grilled delicious juicy hamburgers! On Monday, they both had to work so I stayed home with Bastian, their dog and worked on the newsletter! I am blessed to be able to work from anywhere! This trip ended in October! I already miss my Atlanta family!!

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Ponce City Market - They renovated an old Sears & Robuck store and warehouse to shopping, dining, offices, and soon hotel and living!


The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters


View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

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Barbara Waterman-Peters

Air bearing a new coolness and dry leaves signals a season change. October is nearly here with crisp mornings and fresh energy. The light coming through my window has a different quality from that of the summer months. New projects await my attention.

But one painting sits stubbornly on my easel, the last of the unfinished group that I had hoped to complete long before now. Twice I’ve wiped out part of the sky, dithering over its color and value. The painting is one of the “Ship of Fools” series, so figures sit and stand in boats. Men, women and children are on an eternal disembarkation from a ship in the background; their facial expressions and body language indicate apprehension. However, they are also acquiring a bit of impatience. They are eager to be on their way and I am eager to send them! If only I could finalize the sky. Perhaps a glance out my studio window will give me an idea.





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STUDIO 831: Publicity for October

Our October exhibit, "Artists’ Favorites," will feature a favorite work by each of our artists: Michael Bradley, Kathleen Cobb, Anne Kufahl, Diane Lawrence, Gwen McClain, Larry Peters, Tyler Quintin, Hi Stockwell, Lois VanLiew, Trudy Waterman and Barbara Waterman-Peters! The show opens on First Friday, October 6, from 4-8:30 PM at STUDIO 831 in NOTO!







A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance

Desmond Henry


A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance





Taking Care of Aging Parents Finances


Taking Care of Aging Parents' Finances


Money is uncomfortable for many people. In fact, many individuals struggle to have an honest money conversation with themselves or their partner – much less extended family members or friends. Yet, at some point, we might have to face the fact that our aging parents need help with their finances. Caring for your parents as they age includes helping them take care of their financial situation. There is no right way to go through this transition, and it may be awkward for both you and your parents.




The most important thing to keep in mind is that everyone is feeling uncomfortable right now. Nobody likes sharing this kind of personal information with one another. Having open and honest communication from the get-go is key. That’s why I suggest starting with a family money talk. Bring your parents and siblings together to make sure everyone is on the same page. Don’t bring it up casually – have this talk be scheduled apart from another family event to solidify that it is important and a priority.

You and your siblings will need to give your parents some reassurance. Put yourself in their shoes. They’ve been doing this themselves their entire lives – having you suddenly involved may feel like an unwelcome intrusion. Reassure your parents that you’re not trying to take away their independence or their financial freedom. You’re simply trying to ensure that they have everything they need – and that you understand what they want so that you can help them achieve those goals.

As you’re navigating this conversation, work to avoid judgement. Your parents have worked hard for their money and they have a right to want certain things in their retirement. Whether they can afford those things may be a separate conversation –try to understand where they are coming from. They’ve worked towards retirement for a long time – they’re allowed to have some pie-in-the-sky dreams.

Finally, consider bringing in an impartial third party to help guide this conversation. A trusted financial planner can help to remove some tension or offer new solutions that help your parents achieve their goals in a financially sound way.



Helping Parents Create Financial Inventory

It’s important for you to help your parents create a financial map, or an inventory of sorts. This not only helps them stay organized, it helps you become fully aware of their financial situation and what may need to be done to keep them on the right track. Here are some things to consider:

  • Assets. Where are they? What are the amounts?
  • Any liabilities or debts. Where are they? What are the amounts? How are they being paid?
  • Income. Where is it coming from? To whom and how is it paid?
  • Expenses. What are they? How are they being paid for?
  • Insurance(s). What is their health insurance coverage? Do they have long term care policies in place? Life insurance? Funeral policies? Do they need to consider any of these things if they don’t have them?
  • Important documents. This often gets missed when discussing a financial picture – but it’s an important piece of the puzzle. Where are their birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates (if a spouse is deceased), divorce papers, military records, etc.? Do you need copies? Consider creating a binder so that they’re accessible in one spot.
  • Safe Deposit Box. Where is it located? Who has the keys? What does it contain?
  • Other helpful documents. Credit reports, tax returns, and bank statements all come in handy.
  • Contact information. Gather the contact information for every key financial player in your parents’ lives – financial planner, CPA, and insurance agent.



You’re getting ready to take on responsibility of your parents’ financial lives. To do that, you’ll need a few key documents other than what’s listed above. First, you’ll need a Durable Power of Attorney. This gives you the authority to manage someone else’s finances. I recommend getting this drafted by an attorney in your state as laws vary depending on where you live. A common mistake I see is people applying to be a joint owner on a bank account instead of a Power of Attorney. This is a mistake! Make sure you are taking the correct steps.

Power of Attorney for your Parents' Finances

Next, you’ll need to apply to different administrations to help have full access to your parents’ finances. The federal government won’t recognize your Power of Attorney. You’ll need to do the following:

  • Apply to become a Representative Payee with the Social Security Administration and the Railroad Retirement Administration.
  • Apply to become a VA Fiduciary with the Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • You’ll need to complete a Form 2848 to be named the Power of Attorney with the IRS.

Healthcare is also something you’ll likely be taking responsibility for. For this you’ll need a Healthcare Proxy (also known as a medical power of attorney). This is different than the Durable Power of Attorney mentioned above and will need to be drawn up separately.

  • Ensure that you have a HIPAA clause so that you have access to the medical information you’ll need to determine incompetence in case you do need to take over medical decisions for one or both parents.
  • Complete the HIPAA forms at your parents’ doctor’s office so that they have them on file, as well.



This is not an easy process, but it’s worth it for both you, your siblings, and your parents to have peace of mind. While you’re having this money conversation, don’t be afraid to suggest additional measures to make sure your parents are well taken care of. For example, make sure that their property and income taxes are still being paid. I have many clients who assume that once they hit a certain age, they’re no longer liable. This is not the case.

You can also add your parents to the National Do Not Call Registry to avoid them falling victim to one of the many scam artists out there. Additionally, you can take this time to make sure the nitty gritty of their financial situation is streamlined and simplified. Make sure beneficiaries are up-to-date, consolidate and simplify their accounts, streamline bill pay with auto payments, coordinate who will take care of their small life expenses (like grocery shopping) with them, assist with home repairs if it’s necessary, and sit in on meetings with their various advisors and agents to make sure you’re up to date. Finally, make sure they’re regularly checking (and opening) their mail. Nobody wants to get blind-sided by a bill or expense that they weren’t aware of until it was overdue.

Feeling Overwhelmed By Taking Care of Parents' Finances

It’s okay if you’re feeling overwhelmed – that’s normal. If you can, divvy up the responsibilities with your siblings. This can help take some of the pressure off and help to keep everyone in the loop. As you go through this process, make sure that you are documenting everything. Your goal is to make sure that your parents’ lives are organized, easy, and financially taken care of – not to drive a wedge between you and other family members because of financial stress.

Catching up with Kristi

Kristi Pankratz

Krisit Pankratz

Safe Streets





Anybody ever try to dress their pet up for Halloween? Years ago, I found the cutest Tigger costume. At the time, there really weren’t a lot of costumes that came in the XL variety. And, probably for good reason. Have you ever tried to wrestle a 100-pound dog into a Winnie-the-Pooh costume? Don’t recommend it. But, on the plus side, doesn’t she look adorable? And so happy?

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I’m really not sure what became of that Tigger costume. I have a feeling it was probably gutted like the stuffed animal carcasses currently in my living room. But, for that half hour, she was absolutely adorable.

Good times. Good times.

Halloween can bring out the kid in all of us, right? Anybody else buy candy for trick-or-treaters and then not turn your light on so you have to eat the candy yourself? Oh, um….was that not just in my head? I would never do that. J And, “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Halloween would not be complete without it.

Whether you’ve got little ones who will be trick-or-treating, or whether you’ll will be celebrating with friends or staying at home, I encourage you to take a few extra steps for safety this season. With more people out and about, there is more opportunities for crime to occur.

The first and main thing is that if something seems wrong, trust your instincts and report it to the appropriate authorities. The phrase we hear a lot of right now is “If you see something, say something.” And encourage you to follow that.



Here are a few other tips for you this Halloween season:


  • For younger children, make sure an adult accompanies them. For older children, set a route they are to take and a time they are to be home.
  • Don’t cut through back alleys and fields and stay in well-lit areas.
  • Stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood.
  • Don’t eat any treats until adults examine them.
  • Never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
  • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to
    make them more visible to cars.
  • Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism.
  • Be careful when crossing streets and walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
  • Walk, do not run, from house to house.



  • If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids’ costumes won't accidentally be set on fire.
  • Kids always want to help with the pumpkin carving. Small children shouldn't be allowed to use a sharp knife to cut the top or the face.
  • Remove items from the porch and front yard that children could trip over, such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Sweep wet leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite trick-or-treaters.



  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • Watch for children in dark clothing.

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Have a great holiday!




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It’s fall, which means many things to many people, but to me it means harvest. Some years I have a garden and others I don’t. This year I tried, but got busy and a few things went wild and died, but there’s always the farmers market, too. And friends, my friend brought me a bucket of tomatoes and peppers. At this time of year I have so many people asking me if I want tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers I don’t know what to do with it all.

This year I have made salsa and that’s really it. I also made a small batch of fresh marinara, which I froze instead of canned because it’s easier and I had the freezer space. Usually I can it, but I only had two quarts and didn’t feel like getting all the canning equipment out. For salsa, though, the quality is much better if it’s canned as opposed to frozen.

Pickles are another thing I like to can myself. This year, though, I haven’t done any myself. The other day I was in Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro and saw where they in-house made pickles. I bought some but have yet to try them, but I’m sure they are tasty. The barista said they had already sold quite a few and they are served with sandwiches on the menu.

Most years my mother contacts me when her apple tree is ready to be picked, but she hasn’t said anything yet. I’m not sure I want to get any this year because I still have so much apple butter and cans of sliced apples I am not sure what I’d do with this year’s. I have even given some away in the past years for Christmas and sold some at street fairs. I had so much I didn’t know what to do with.

I like to can anything I can think of, although I do need a pressure canner so that I can do a larger variety of items. For now, though, just canning diced tomatoes, sauce and marinara really help save money the rest of the year. Yeah, it’s a little extra work, but definitely worth it. With Google at your fingertips, it’s super simple to look up times and temperatures and techniques for safe canning. I bought a book from Ball and I use that a lot. There are tons of recipes in it and simple instructions for both water bath canning and high pressure canning. 

What do you can? Or do you prefer another way of preserving food? Freezing and drying are both great ways to save fresh food. I enjoy it all and utilize it as much as I can with my homecooking and catering.  This is my favorite time of year!

"In a Flash" - By Annette Hope Billings

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Annette Billings






I sat across the room from my wife as she struggled to tie the odd bit of open-backed

material masquerading as a hospital gown. I knew how difficult tying it

could be from my own experiences as a patient.

Eager to help, I asked, “Can I do that for you?” She responded with a nod and let her

arms fall to her side.

I crossed the room to her, took the strings of the gown in hand and made quick work of

securing them. For reasons I didn’t understand I fought the urge to lean forward and

kiss the back. It would have been

something we’d have expected me to do. She loved it when I did that and I loved her

response. But I wasn’t certain if neck kissing fit the situation we were in.

“There,” I announced and I stepped back dramatically to review my work. “I hereby

declare no hospital gown has ever been tied better!”

My proclamation yielded a slight smile from her. My thought was, Good, it’s okay for me


to be funny today. Humor was my go-to response to every stressful situation—with varied

outcomes. She was a good sport, an appreciative sport. The night she’d proposed to me

she named my “propensity for levity, however odd it can be” as one of the things she

most loved about me.

“Thank you,” she said quietly as she  sat down on the edge of the hospital bed.

I sat down next to her. The air in the room felt heavy. It was gravid with worry and it

begged to be delivered. I wished I’d brought my asthma inhaler. I felt the need to lighten

the mood well up in me. I knew trying to be funny at that juncture would either be clear

genius or an abysmal failure.

I cleared my throat. She turned her head toward me. The solemnity in her eyes gave me

second thoughts and I wondered if it might be best to just let silence hang.

I put my arm around her shoulders.

She heaved a long sigh and patted my thigh. We both looked at the clock. Hospital staff

were due any moment to take her to the operation room.

Our twentieth anniversary was the next day and we’d planned a trip to Cancun. That

was before we knew about the cancer. Her surgeon had encouraged us to go ahead with

our plans because delaying the surgery by a week or two wouldn’t be harmful. We opted

to schedule the surgery as soon as it could be done done. Our thinking was a sooner

surgery might help ensure we had many more anniversaries to celebrate.

I pulled her close to me as I thought about our first anniversary.

A glass of Merlot in hand, she had said, “Honey, I can always count on you for three

things—great meals, great laughs and great orgasms!”

Having downed two or three prior glasses of wine, it wasn’t her inside voice she used to

say that. We heard a chorus of chuckles in surround sound in the restaurant.

“Oops, she’d giggled that night.

I had feigned modesty at the time and grinned across the table at her. I simultaneously let

her remarks about me sink in to the deep, self-doubting parts of me.

Then as we sat on the bed in the hospital room, I pulled her still closer and glanced at the

clock again. She let her head rest on my shoulder and sighed again. I kissed the side of

her face.

An hour earlier, I'd watched while she signed the surgery consent. Her signature,

usually close to calligraphy, belied her anxiety. 

"Seriously," she’d asked, "who puts "simple" in the same freaking

phrase as "mastectomy” ?"

When she said that, I had reached to stroke her face and my hand had  brushed across her

left breast. Something caught in my throat at the give of it—the particular softness.  It

was well known between us that breast was my favorite for reasons lovers know.  Our

first night sleeping together, she’d let me know it was her favorite breast too and a

myriad of other favorite things. Laughing she’d said, I think my left breast ranks highest

in terms of appearance and sensitivity. You do your own research.”  We had both


Sitting there waiting for hospital staff to appear I wanted to laugh with her again. I would

have even counted another smile as success. I decided to go for it.

“If we ask nicely,” I began as I nodded in the direction of her left breast,  “do you think—

they will let us take it home in a jar?"

Two hospital staff  came to take her to surgery. They found us with my wife nestled

within the circle of my arms. Her face was buried in my shirt, her body convulsing with

what could have been laughter or sobs. The surgery staff looked at her and then at me as

if awaiting information about how they should proceed.

I held onto my wife and looked back at them—clueless. 

Annette Hope Billings

Original story written 11/9/2010

Keith the Critic

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This movie based on the Steven King novel stars Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the creepy and diabolical clown who preys on people's fears, especially those of children. When young Bill's brother Georgie disappears, Bill can't stop trying to find out what happened. Bill, who is played by Jaeden Lieberher, convinces his friends in the Loser's Club to help him investigate. The kids are constantly on alert from their bullying classmates. But when each one of them has a run-in with Pennywise, the bullies are the least of their worries. This is the best horror film I've seen all year, but I wouldn't expect less from a Steven King story. The set, the costumes, and the makeup were all perfect. Tim Curry was a great Pennywise in the original miniseries but I think Bill Skarsgard is just as good. He wanted to make this his part and he did an excellent job doing it his own way. The directing was spot-on as was the acting. This is my favorite Steven King book to date and the movie does not disappoint. Steven King was on set throughout the filming as he was in the miniseries. It's rated R for good reason so leave young kids at home. If you like horror, this is the movie for you. I gave this movie 4 out of 4 stars.

Four out of Four Stars


The Big Sick

The Big SickThis movie stars Kumail Nanjiani as himself. Kumail is an Uber driver with hopes of making it big as a standup comedian. During one show he is heckled by a woman in the audience named Emily. After his act is over, he goes to meet her. Kumail invites Emily, who is played by Zoe Kazan, to go with him to his apartment and so begins their relationship. Kumail, being Pakistani, is from a family bound by tradition. His mother repeatedly tries to set him up in an arranged marriage with a nice girl of his own culture. She knows nothing of Emily. One day Emily finds pictures of all the girls Kumail had met and an argument ensues. Kumail will not go against his family, so Emily ends their relationship. A miserable Kumail later learns that Emily is very ill and fighting for her life. He now has a very real decision to make - family or love. This movie will no doubt end up on my top ten list. It's absolutely fabulous and based off of Kumail's real life. The direction by Michael Showalter is perfect. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano play Emily's mother and father and make an excellent addition to the cast. Zoe Kazan and Kumail were tremendous in their roles and I loved the glimpse into the serious beliefs of Kumail's Pakistani culture. The movie hits a lot of emotions: humor, love, and sadness. Go see this one. I gave it 4 out of 4 stars. I think you'll here about it once the Oscars are announced.

 Four out of Four Stars


Baby Driver

Baby Driver

This action film stars up and coming actor Ansel Elgort as Baby. Baby was in a car accident as a child that killed his parents and left him with tinnitus. To combat the constant ringing, he listens to music all the time on his iPod. After getting caught attempting to steal a car belonging to crime leader, Doc (Kevin Spacey), Baby is forced to be the driver for his crew of robbers. Baby is fine with this role until he meets Debora, played by Lily James. Debora is a waitress and the two hit it off. Baby tries to quit but Doc won't let him. This is my favorite movie so far this year. Director, Edgar Wright, did a fantastic job and deserves a nomination for best director. Kevin Spacey and the other cast which includes Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, and Eiza Gonzalez were all outstanding in their roles. The relationship between Baby and Debora was fabulously played out by Ansel Elgort and Lily James. This was not only a great action film but also a love story. I'm not sure any movie still to come this year will top Baby Driver. I gave it 4 out of 4 stars.

 Four out of Four Stars


The Glass Castle

The Glass CastleThis film is based off the novel of the same name written by Jeannette Wells which tells the story of her childhood. Brie Larson plays the part of Jeannette , Woody Harrelson plays her father Rex, and Naomi Watts plays her mother Rose Mary. Rex is an alcoholic who cannot keep a job. The family is often moving in order to stay a step ahead of the bill collectors making it hard on Jeannette and her brother and sisters. Rose Mary is an artist and happy to follow her husband wherever life takes them. Jeannette has grand dreams of a better life and hopes to escape her family. Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson deserve Oscar nominations for their roles. The movie was well put together and the story was well told. The directing was good and the acting was fantastic. I gave this movie 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.





 3 and half stars

Wind River

Wind River


This mystery stars Jeremy Renner as agent Cory Lambert whose job is to keep rogue wildlife from killing the domesticated farm animals in the region. Cory is haunted by the death years ago of his daughter. One day he is called to the Wind River Indian reservation to assist his in-laws. While searching for the mountain lion that has been killing cattle, he discovers a girl's body. FBI agent Jane Banner, who is played by Elizabeth Olsen, is called in to investigate. Jane is a rookie and Cory offers to help her. Jeremy Renner was fantastic and deserving of an Oscar nomination. His portrayal of a man still bothered by memories was tremendous. Elizabeth Olsen was also great in her role and had good chemistry with Renner. The entire cast was fabulous as is the directing by Taylor Sheriden. The scenery was beautiful and captured the difficult elements of the snowy mountains. I highly recommend this movie and gave it 4 out of 4 stars.

Four out of Four Stars


Organized Chaos VS Fitness Confusion

Anthony Cay


 Anthony Cay

Owner: Total Fitness Body Zone




 I will be back in October. Big life changes happening now and can't wait to have more time to help you with becoming healtier and maintaining your healthy lifestyle!






Neighborhood News: REALTOR® Robin style

Robin Bonsall


Robin M. Bonsall
Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair
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The 3 most significant factors when buying and selling real estate.


And a bonus factor some might overlook is...Timing.

We are heading into the 2017 holiday season. Halloween will be gone in a blink. Christmasland is already getting retail shelf space. Let’s not overlook Thanksgiving! Also, let’s say you are a Seller and your house is currently listed with a REALTOR®...what happens when a showing request comes in for the same day & time you are expecting a house full of holiday guests?
 What happens when a snow storm is headed our way and you’ve got 3 confirmed showings for tonight?

Should you take your house off the market until spring?

In the Topeka real estate market, the buyer pool narrows during the holiday season but the buyers shopping are generally motivated. Who really WANTS to shop for houses during a snow storm? Furthermore, when sellers choose to remove their houses from the market to avoid the stress of staying “show ready” during the holidays, they leave potential buyers with slim pickings.
Even with limited options, serious buyers buy whichever property best fits their needs.

How do you position your house to outshine the listing competition during the holiday season? How is this different than other times of the year?
How much holiday decorating is appropriate?
What if buyers track snow and grossness onto the carpets?!
How do you avoid that from the start?
It’s too cold outside, what happens if I decline this showing request?
What things are more difficult to navigate during fall/wintertime?
How might “bank holidays” impact your contract and closing deadlines?
Wanna be in your new home by Thanksgiving? It’s tight but possible.
Before December 25th? We’ve got just enough time. ????

These questions have varied answers and many solutions. A REALTOR® can help you determine which solutions get you to your goal quickly and mostly stress free.

Wanna know what recent sales data says homes in your area might be worth? What are home values in your desired neighborhood? Plan ahead. Request a CMA today. Imagine yourself in the home of your dreams within 3 to 12 months. Holiday miracles happen all year long.

Robin M. Bonsall
Mommy/REALTOR®/Actress with Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair
Text: (785) 817.6649
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Halloween Fun 2017

 Brookwood Boo Fest Banner


Kid Friendly Fun


Spooky Playground 4x6 600x400Howlin' Halloween Spooky Playground

Oct 21 to Oct 28, 2017

11 am to 3 pm






Gage Park

Oct 21 & Oct 28

9 am to 3 pm

 October 26, 2017

Boo-IT Downtown  

Boo at the ZooBoo at the Zoo

Topeka Zoo

Oct 21 & Oct 28

9 am



Topeka Haunted WoodsThe Haunted Woods

3158 SE 10th St, Topeka, Kansas 66607

Friday and Saturdays in October 2017

8 pm - 11 pm






 Spookely The square pumpkinSpookley..The Square Pumpkin

Topeka Civic Theatre

Oct 6 to Oct 15





Wild Rumpus Halloween (Where the Wild Things Are)Wild Rumpus

The Toy Store - Topeka

5300 SW 21st St. Topeka, KS 

11 Am to 1 Pm

 October 28, 2017


Project Halloween Mystery of Monster MansionProject Halloween - Mystery of Monster Mansion

Helen Hocker Theatre

Oct 14 to Oct (Saturday & Sunday)

10 AM - 5 PM on Saturdays 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays



Halloween OvernighterHalloween Overnighter

Cage Gymnastics

 2925 SW 37th St, Topeka, Kansas 66614

Boys & Girls welcome (ages 5-13)!

October 28, 2017 


Halloween Photography Event!

Topeka Community PHoto Studio

822 N Kansas Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66608

Oct 28 to Oct 31 

Limited Halloween Sessions

Amy E Robinson Photography

(785) 554-8432

Oct 28, 2017

Halloween Rocks


2827 SW 29th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66611

Oct 20, 2017

Halloween String Art


2827 SW 29th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66611

Oct 20, 2017

Halloween Party

Berryton United Methodist Church

7010 SE Berryton Rd, Berryton, Kansas 66409

Oct 29, 2017

Children in elementary school or younger! (parents welcome) 

Halloween Party

Music & Movement Halloween

The Toy Store

5300 SW 21st St, Topeka, Kansas 66604

October 31, 2017

Murder at Madam Conundrum's or Ghost Who's Coming to Dinner

North Star Steakhouse

1100 NW 25th St, Topeka, Kansas 66618

Oct 22 and Oct 23

Gary's Pumpkin and Fall Festival

Sept 22 - Oct 29 (Fri,Sat,Sun)

5991 17th St. Grantville, KS

Pumpkin Patch

Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene

3501 SW Wanamaker Rd

Oct 1 to Nov 1

Harvest Festival and Trunk or Treat

Susanna Wesley UMC

7422 SW 29th

6:30p - 8p

Oct 27

Family Fun Carnival

Lighthouse Bible Church

4110 NW 62nd St


Ghouls & Goblins

Golden Corral

Fundraiser event for Topeka Youth Project

1601 SW Wanamaker

5:50 pm

October 30, 2017

Halloween Fest

Crestview United Methodist Church

2245 SW Eveningside Dr

10:30 am to 12 Pm

October 28, 2017

Harvest Festival

Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church

7433 SW 29th St

6:30 pm to 8 pm

Oct 27, 2107

Harvest Festival



Trunk or Treats

trunk or treat


October 21, 2017

Trick or Treat at Hy-Vee


29th and Wanamaker

1p - 3p


October 22, 2017

Trinity Presbyterian Church

4746 SW 21st St, Topeka, Kansas 66604


October 26, 2017

Boo-It Downtown

Downtown Topeka

Boo it Downtown


October 27, 2017

Hi-Crest Trunk or Treat

6:30p to 8p

Avondale East 

455 SE Golf Park Blvd


Trunk or Treat

Susanna Wesley UMC

7422 SW 29th

7:30 pm


October 28, 2017

Topeka ATA Haunted House/ Trunk or Treat

1801 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka, Kansas 66614


Berlin Wheeler Community Trunk or Treat

Berlin Wheeler Trunk Treat


Keller Williams - Office

2641 SW Wanamaker Rd

12 pm - 2 pm

Keller Williams Halloween


Los Charros

4111 SW Gage Center Dr, Topeka, Kansas 66604

Los Charros


Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene

730 SW Fairlawn Rd., Topeka, Kansas 66606

5 pm to 7:30 pm

Fairlawn Navarene


Trunk or Treat

Lighthouse Bible Church

4110 NW 62nd St

6:30 pm


Trunk or Treat

Prince of Peace Luthern Church

3525 SW Wanamaker 

4p - 6p


Lewis Auto Plaza of Topeka

2009 SW Westport Dr

10 am to 12 pm


Oakbrook Terrace Trunk or Treat Open House

3211 SW Twilight Ct

1 pm to 5pm



October 29, 2017

Trampolazerrockball Park - 3rd Annual

2134 SW Westport Dr Topeka KS

4pm to 8pm

Trampolazerrockball Halloween


Gage park Baptist Church

3601 SW 10th

5 pm to ......


West Side Christian Church

432 SW Lindenwood Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66606

5 pm to 6:30 pm

West Side Christian Trunk Treat

Topeka Bible Church

1135 SW College Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66604


October 30, 2017


Trick or Treat on the Trail

120 SE 6th Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66603


October 31, 2017

Brookwood Boo Fest

Brookwood Shopping Center

Brookwood Boo Fest


Operation Safe Treat

320 S Kansas Ave, Ste 100, Topeka, Kansas 66603

Operation Safe Treat 


Topeka Baptist Church

45th & Gage

6pm to 8pm

Candy Food and Fun


West Side Baptist Church

1008 SW 4th St, Topeka, Kansas 66606

5:00 to 7:00 pm


Lexington Park Indepedent Living

1011 SW Cottonwood Ct, Topeka, Kansas 66604

5 PM - 7 PM

Lexington Park Halloween


Soldier Township Fire Department

600 NW 46th St Topeka, Kansas


East Side Baptist Church

4425 SE 29th St, Topeka, KS 66605

6:30-8 PM


Oakland Trunk or Treat 2017

500 NE Sumner St, Topeka, Kansas 66616

4 pm to 5:30 pm


Witch Way to Candy

Westridge Mall

1801 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka, Kansas 66604


Trunk & Treat

Lakeview Nazarene

29th & Croco



Trunks & Treats

Rolling Hills Christian Church

4520 NW Hiawatha Place

US Hwy 75 & NW 46th St

5:30-7:30 pm


A.B. Flint Motor Co

101 SW 32nd Terr

3 pm to 6 pm


More Mature Audience


Project TerrorProject Terror - Cirque du Scream

Helen Hocker Theatre

Oct 13 to Oct 31

Friday, Saturday and Halloween Day

7 pm


Booze at the Zoo

Topeka Zoo

6 pm to 10 pm

Booze at the Zoo

Topeka Haunted WoodsThe Haunted Woods

3158 SE 10th St, Topeka, Kansas 66607

Friday and Saturdays in October 2017

8 pm - 11 pm

Forest Park Haunted Woods

Slash N Bash Film Festival

The Break Room

October 14, 2017

11 am to Midnight

Slash and Bash

Bars and Parties

Halloween Pub Crawl for a Cause

October 14, 2017

The Burger Stand at College Hill

1601 SW Lane St, Topeka, Kansas 66604

Pub Crawl Halloween

Costume Karaoke

October 25, 2017

Boobie Trap Bar

1417 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66606

CULT Halloween 2017


4121 SW Huntoon St, Topeka, Kansas 66604

October 27, 2017 

Cult Halloween

Halloween Reggae Party

The Lazy Toad

5331 SW 22nd Pl, Ste 2, Topeka, Kansas 66614

October 27, 2017

Halloween Costume Contest

Lazy Toad

5331 SW 22nd Pl, Topeka, Kansas 66614

October 28, 2017

Black Light Halloween/Costume Party

KnJ's Sports Bar

1909 Ne Seward Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66616

October 28, 2017

9 pm to 2 am

Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Parking Lot Party

Louie's Lounge and Laundromat

1501 SW 21st Suite 109, Topeka, Kansas 66604

October 28, 2017

Rocky Horror

Halloween Bash!!


3701 SW Plaza Dr, Topeka, Kansas 66609

October 28, 2017

Halloween At the Stand!

1601 SW Lane St, Topeka, Kansas 66604

October 28, 2017

Halloween Burger Stand

Halloween Oct 31st w/ KrashKarma (CA) @ Your Legendary Boobie Trap Bar

1417 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66606

October 31, 2017  10 PM


Halloween Party 7 Nic's Bday

Brass Rail

401 NE Emmett St, Topeka, Kansas 66616

Divas On Fire

Halloween Party

420 SE 6th Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66607

October 28, 2017

Divas on fire

Hector Anchondo Band & Free State Brewery Halloween Bash

Tailgators Sports Bar

2025 SW Urish Rd, Ste 108, Topeka, Kansas 66615

October 28, 2017

Haul & Pull UP! A Halloween Reggae Dance Party


4121 SW Huntoon St, Topeka, Kansas 66604

October 28, 2017

Reggae Halloween

Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Party

Wild Horse Saloon

3249 SW Topeka Blvd

Oct 28, 2017

Grimm Fairy Tales

Halloween Party & Costume Contest

Victoria's Bar

5011 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, Kansas

Oct 28, 2017   8pm to 2am

Costume Contest 11:30


Special thanks to The Metro Voice for helping compile the list of events!!

Farmer's Markets

Downtown Market


Day: Open Every Saturday April - Nov
Time: 7:30AM Until noon.
Location:12th and Harrison, South of the Judicial Building.

Market Manager:
Betty Lane - 785-249-4704

Opens April 8th  - Nov 2017

Capital City Market

 Held in Topeka every Wednesday May 10 - October 18, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the south side of the Capitol along 10th Avenue

Monday Farmer's Market

Farmers Market


7-11:30 am

Mondays until October 9th 2017

New Businesses




Huscarl Hobbies Games

HUSCARL Hobbies and Games

1930 SW Westport Dr Ste2

Topeka, Kansas


4-Hope, Inc



One Heart Project

One Heart Project


Mizu Sushi

Mizu Sushi and Hibachi  Now Open

1320 SW Ashworth Pl

Top Dog

Top Dog

Huntoon and Gage


BrianChild Animation & Multimedia

818 NE Kansas Ave

Website coming soon


Deals on Wheels


785-783-2773 or 785-250-4676

2640 NW Topeka Blvd

Deals on Wheels Cropped

Ethan Anna Childrens Boutique

Ethan + Anna Children's

2829 SW 29th St, Topeka, KS


New Life Fountains LLC

Maurice Ansley


Eagle Aerial Solutions LLC


Eagle Aerial Solutions LLC

Maricel's has reopened in downtown Topeka

729 S Kansas Ave


Bruno's Downtown Grill & Bar

1003 SE Quincy, Topeka, KS 66612

Brunos Downtown Grill Bar


 skys the limit logo topeka kansas video game party

Sky's the Limit Mobile Gaming

(785) 260-2476


Sky Zone Tampoline Park



29th and Wanamaker  NOW OPEN!



Brightstar Event Services


After years in the event services industry, BrightStar founder Nick Holmes saw its challenges and wanted to create a different kind of event company. After years of hearing about what’s most important to brides from years of bridal shows and weddings, Nick built BrightStar to focus on what matters most.

  • Service and expertise. We’ve seen hundreds of special events and spoken with even more brides and brides-to-be. We’ll listen carefully to your needs and help you navigate the journey to your special day.
  • The extra mile. Sure, we help execute hundreds of events every year. But we know that every one of them could be someone’s event of a lifetime. We take that responsibility very seriously. That means we do what it takes to nail your event.
  • Great execution. Our team is good at what they do. We guarantee your satisfaction.


Interior Design Resources

2109 SW Belle 478-5706

Interior Design Resources Provides Interior Design, Design Services, Cabinets, Flooring Materials, Window Treatments, Countertops And Furniture To The Topeka, KS Area.


Culligan Water

3116 SW 29th Street. Topeka Kansas 66614..

Bottled Water/Coolers for your business or home, Water softeners and Bottle free water coolers and Reverse Osmosis Drinking water systems.. 8:30AM till 5PM MOnday thru Friday.. 785-350-2551.

Free drinking water fillups. Bring your jugs and we will fill them for FREE! 5 Gallon limit per customer.


create\uplift is a multimedia company based in Northeastern Kansas and services Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City and beyond. We provide professional photography, videography, graphic design, website development, interactive marketing, and creative consulting to brands and businesses. Since 2015 we have operated from our workspace in Downtown Topeka, located in the collaborative makerspace, 712 Innovations.
Topeka Pizza
1630 SW Arvonia
Delivery and Takeout! Topeka Pizza is coming this October, right across from Lowes
IHOP coming soon to North Topeka

551 NW US Highway 24


Pizzeria Via Family Dining - Coming Soon!

738 SW Gage Blvd


Pizzeria Via Family Dining offers hand crafted and stone baked pizza, salads, grinders, wraps, wings and we also serve a variety of alcoholic beverages.


Colaw Fitness

Colaw Fitness

1935 S.W. Westport Drive

Coming Soon All Star Team

I would like to introduce you to my 2017 All Star Team

My team is made up of amazing people who live and work in Topeka! They are sure to add some fun and knoweledge to The Topeka Newsletter!


Desmond Henry Desmond Henry - Afflora Financial Life Planning

A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance

Desmond Henry is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™& founder of Afflora Financial Life Planning, a fee-only financial planning firm in Topeka, Kansas that specializes in working with women, retirees, & clients in their 20s & 30s. Desmond has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! News, TK Business Magazine, & recognized as one of Topeka’s ‘Top 20 Under 40 Business Leaders’.



 annette hope billings new Annette Billings - Author/Writer

"In a Flash" - By Annette Hope Billings

Annette Hope Billings is a Topeka ArtsConnect Arty award-winning poet dubbed by her fans as "Maya of the Midwest." Her body of work includes poetry, short stories and plays. A nurse for decades before becoming a full-time writer, her deep penchant for caring comes through clearly in her writing. Her previous books include "A Net Full of Hope" (2015) and her recently published, "Descants for a Daughter." Her work has also been included in several anthologies of poetry and short stories. Website: @annettebilling3Amazon:





 Robin Bonsall

Robin Bonsall - Realtor/Actor/Wife/Mom

Neighborhood News: REALTOR® Robin style

About Realtor Robin

Robin is a born and raised Topekan who, as a youth, always thought she'd go far, far away from Kansas.  As an adult, Robin has discovered so many wonderful things about this community that make her proud to be rooted in Topeka. :)  Ever the performer, Robin spends a fair amount of "free time" volunteering on-stage, backstage, and in other capacities with Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy and with the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble, a budding grassroots theatre company in the area.  When theatre isn't consuming her free time, Robin enjoys family bike rides, pretending to garden, singing lullabies to her babe, doing laundry (does one really enjoy this?) and supporting her husband in his hobby: UAV & Drone building!  There is never a dull moment in the Bonsall household. :)

Robin and her husband, Graham, have been blissfully married since August of 2009.  In 2013, they successfully brought a tiny human into the world. He has been terrorizing the family chihuahua, Joplin, and changing Robin & Graham's view of "the world" ever since.


Chris Schultz

Chris Schultz - President Tinkham Veale Creative and Founding Partner - Schultz Management, LLC

Being an Entrepreneur

Chris was born and raised in Topeka.  He is a graduate of Shawnee Heights High School and he attended Washburn University where he earned his B.A. in Theatre. In May of 2002, he opened Field Of Greens restaurant in Downtown Topeka. It wasn’t long before his family started getting even more involved in the company, which was the catalyst that grew his dream to include the opening of The Break Room and The Gourmet Cabaret Theater. Chris and his family were recently honored by Topeka Civic Theatre when they were presented with the prestigious Waldo B. Heywood award. In 2011, The Jayhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts named Chris as one of the 20 Under 40 business leaders in Topeka. Chris is the creator of GabLocal.TV and serves as the President & Executive Producer of its parent company, Tinkham Veale Creative.


Chelsea Howe

Chelsea Ellis - Graphic Designer/Artist

Ampathetic Wannabe

Chelsea Howe is an award winning comic strip artist whose work has been published on a collegiate level. Her work has earned her first place in comics in 2013, second for online comic content in 2014, first place in illustrations in 2015, and second in infographics in 2016 at the Kansas Collegiate Media Conference. She was also the 150th Washburn University Yearbook editor-in-chief which took silver at state in 2016 and also won her the Most Outstanding Student Media Award for her hard work and dedication during Washburn's 2015 Mass Media Banquet. Her graphic design talents know no bounds, from designing play/musical posters and programs for well known local establishments, a jazz concert series and an award winning director, to the posters advertising local Topeka fundraisers, such as the 2014 Downtown Adventure Race Topeka. Her vast versatility extends to privately commissioned local business logos, short notice clip art and page layout for the award winning Washburn Review and Bod Magazine, and graphic assets for the local TV show Talk About Topeka. Her work has also been featured in juried shows at the Mulvane Art Museum.

In 2016, for the beginning of TPACs 25th Anniversary season, she won their public logo competition amongst all other entries and is excited to see all the new shows with her reward of season tickets.

When she's not working on graphic work she can be found exercising, sewing, foam armor crafting, playing Destiny, or catching up on her shows on Netflix.


Kristi Pankratz

Kristi Pankratz - Safe Streets

Cathing Up With Kristi

Kristi Pankratz is the Director of Safe Streets and Prevention Services at Prevention and Recovery Services (PARS) in Topeka. Safe Streets is dedicated to creating a healthier community by addressing crime through prevention education and citizen empowerment. Programs include Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out, among others. Kristi is an experienced public relations administrator who has served the Topeka community in public service roles for the past 15 years. She has a background in public safety, public health and prevention. Prior positions she has held include: spokesperson for the Topeka Police Department, Communications Director for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Community Prevention Specialist for PARS. She is a Topeka native and graduate of Washburn Rural High School, Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS and Washburn University.



Anthony CayAnthony Cay

Owner: Total Fitness Body Zone

Organized Chaos VS Fitness Confusion

I’d like to say I fell into this business, but the reality is this business called me.
I worked at a local gym here in town as a personal trainer in 2011.
I really enjoyed the training aspect of my job and working with people. I just didn’t appreciate how the company mistreated their clients. The lack of listening of clients need and wants. I chose to provide a service that clientele would be able to benefit from physically and still be economically feasible. In August of 2011 Total Fitness Body was born.
The purpose of this company is to promote healthy lifestyles and provide fitness training and nutritional education to all age groups and all fitness levels including beginner, advanced, and or professional. Our focus is on safety first and always. Provide first class training and face to face customer service, the attention to these details have set this company apart from all the rest.

I am a current Sergeant and Combat Medic in the United States Army. I have been an EMT for 11 years and a Certified Personal trainer for 6yrs. I have played all physical sports and have received advanced training in all of them. Some of the sports would include football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, tennis, softball, track wrestling and Jiu-jitsu just to name a few.  

So while I will definitely kick your butt with a great workout, I will always keep your safety as my number one priority.  
Weight loss and strength conditioning
Post rehab transitional therapy
Body building
Sport Specific Athletic Training


Tricia Peterson


Tricia Peterson

Experience Restaurants with Tricia

Tricia Peterson is a Kansas native and Washburn University graduate who loves living in Topeka. At Washburn she studied Mass Media and from there began her local food review blog, Tasting Topeka. She grew up north of Topeka in the small town of Mayetta where she graduated from Royal Valley.  Now she owns a small catering company, 2 Chefs Catering and runs her blog from home. Tricia enjoys reading fiction, studying history, going to see live music and writing about food and entertainment.




Barbara Waterman Peters

Barbara Waterman-Peters

The View From my NOTO Studio

Local Artist, Owner: Studio 831 (NOTO)

Barbara Waterman-Peters Barbara Waterman-Peters, (BFA, Washburn University, MFA, Kansas State University, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Washburn University) whose award-winning work is in museum, corporate and private collections, is represented by several galleries. She was a founding member of the Collective Art Gallery (1987-2014) and is a charter member of Circle of 7.  She has shown regionally, nationally and internationally in over 250 solo, invitational and juried exhibitions.  
Waterman-Peters taught at Washburn and Kansas State Universities as well as Lassen Community College in California.  Currently, she writes about art and artists for TOPEKA, LAWRENCE and KANSAS! Magazines. She also writes an “Artist of the Month” online for TOPEKA Magazine.
She has received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement from the State of Kansas and the Monroe Award from the Washburn University Alumni Association. In 2011 she was awarded the ARTY for Distinguished Visual Artist from ARTSConnect in Topeka.
For many years, Waterman-Peters has been the staff artist for the Andrew and Georgia Neese Gray Theater at Washburn University.
She served on the Quality of Life team for Heartland Visioning part of which then became the original NOTO Board.  In addition, she served as co-chair of the CREATe group, another facet of HV. In 2010 she became the first Core Artist in NOTO, founding STUDIO 831.

Keith Vansickle


Keith Van Sickle

Keith the Critic


I began my career as a film critic nearly 25 years ago, inspired by my first viewing of Star Wars in 1977 at the old Sunset Drive in Lawrence, KS. I continue to wonder how Annie Hall beat Star Wars for best picture that year and demand a re-count!

I got into radio by giving reviews on WIBW radio in Topeka. Later came here to Country Legends 106.9 as not only a film critic, but also Promotions Director and the Morning Show Producer.

Joining forces with Randy Guzman, we created the television show “The Aisle Seat”. The show was very successful and aired on KTWU. We not only discussed movies but also local entertainment and held celebrity interviews. Some of the biggest names I got to interview were: Tom Cruise, Billy Bob Thorton, Will Farrell, and Dakota Fanning.

I’m a certified Batman fanatic, die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, and a true blue KU Jayhawk supporter! In 2005 I started creating the “Slash & Bash Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival” with movie screenings and special guest appearances.

I suffered a series of strokes in February 2010 and a lingering viral infection that landed me in the hospital and several weeks in intensive care, almost costing me my life. After months of recovery at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, I regained my ability to speak and write.

West Post

I heard on Saturday of the passing of Adam West. His Batman has been my favorite character all of my life. I got to interview him for Country Legends 106.9 and it was one of the highlights of my career. It was a pleasure and he was kind, down to Earth, and an unequaled family man. He knew of the impact of his work on society and never let his fans down. He will be sorely missed. Thanks Adam for all of the pleasure you have brought to the world.

I will add my stars to the page, as I meet with them! Check back to see who will be helping make this newsletter come alive!





Apathetic Wannabe

Chelsea Howe

Chelsea Ellis








Not everything I do involves drawing. One hobby I became interested in at a very young age was sewing. My mom could sew a button but not much more. My grandma however use to make a lot of my mom's clothes and tons of square dance dresses. I had been given an old sewing maching in middle school and had tried to find classes to show me how to sew. I then ventured to the internet and decided to learn on my own. Sewing came easy to me. The main reason I wanted to learn to sew was to make costumes. My friends and I, loved going to Anime conventions and I wanted to experience the entire convention as it was planned, this would include a costume. My costumes have included, Kim Possible, Rogue, and this year young Elastigirl from The Incredibles. My entire costume is hand made. I even permed and combined two wigs to make the Rogue hair. 

Rogue 2016 Top Con

Chelsea Top Con 2016     Chelsea Top Con 2016 

                                                                                           Picture provided my Marvel Comics

 Elastigirl - Top Con 2017

Elastigirl 2017       Elastigirl 2017  Elastigirl2017

                                                                       Picture Provided by Disney

 Ren Fest Bonner Springs 2016                                                                                 Ren Fest Bonner Springs 2012

 IrishInspiredRenFaire2016      RenFaireGarb2012     

Comic Con Kansas City 2014



Maid Cafe - Comic Con 2013 and 2014

MaidCafe2013  MaidCafe2014



Gab Local


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Check out the new shows that are being recorded LIVE in the Break Room Studio

Blast from the past



Chris talks with Suki from Uncle Bo's Blues Bar at the Topeka Ramada - Sept 4, 2012

John Bell from Old Prairie Town. Stephen Smith from Stephen Smith Images Sept 2, 2012

Karen Hiller - July 18, 2012

Chris talks about finding 3.5 tons of Marijuana in our Thank Goodness it wasn't Topeka segment. He speaks with Kelly Stephens from Life House and Ed Gerhardt, President of the Kansas National Guard Museum. - June 11, 2012


This website is a prototype for an idea that I have been working on for ten years! It is continually changing and I hope to make this the main site for anyone that wants to find something in Topeka to use.

It is being built with those who live in Topeka and the surrounding area but not limited to them.

There are 4 sections to this website.

  1. The Topeka Newsletter is the first part.  It is going through some major overhaul since most of the information can now be found in a better organized manner on the website.  This is free for any locally owned business to use to promote their business.
  2. The Community Calendar is actually the most important part of this website, right now.  Each community should be informed on what is going on. This doesn't just mean the bar scene. When I say informed, I mean fundraisers, sports, daily food and drink specials, sales, entertainment, recreation and anything else going on.  This calendar tries to include anything that the public is invited to. There is no charge to include your events.  We enter all the events so it saves business owners time. They just need to send us the information and we will take it from there.
  3. Everything Topeka is a plethora of information compiled in a map based program.  Here you can search and find different venues in different categories. You can pick one or all categories to search. This search will not find information that is not on the map though so you will need to use the website search function also. It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.
  4. Everything Else is more businesses that are not listed in the Map feature. There is a guide page that actually will lead you in the right direction.  It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.


We have 2 different search bars.  We use a program called Hot Spot and it does not integrate with the rest of the website at this time.  So you will need to use both places if you can't find what you are looking for.  Search Articles option will search everything but the maps. It even includes the calendar.



Thanks for your support!

I am working very hard to try to find out all the great things going on in Topeka  If you know of any event that is open to the public please let me know!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember event dates and times can change.  Check out their webiste or give them a call before making plans!

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