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2018 - April

ttn logoApril, 2018: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

This cold will never END!! I need sun!!

The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters


View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

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Barbara Waterman-Peters

Watching the slow transition to spring, I note changes in NOTO. Next door to me, a fresh coat of exterior paint covers the cheerful flowers of the previous business; it will be, as it always is, interesting to see what the newcomers plan.  In some ways, though, losing the flowery storefront is sad because it attracted lots of young women for photo ops, obviously having fun with the creative opportunity. But change is inevitable and somehow NOTO absorbs the turnover and welcomes the infusion of new energy. NOTO redraws itself frequently, composes different images with new elements, like a series of paintings which are related but not the same.

I look forward to yet another season in my studio, the seventh spring I’ve been here, and marvel at the liveliness in NOTO and in Topeka.



STUDIO 831 Publicity:

Our Featured Artist for April is Gweneth McClain.

Show Title: Sunlight and Shadows

“These paintings are my attempt to express the constant dance of light and shadow in nature.”  

 McClain April 2018      



Kim's Excellent Adventures

Bravo Dinner -Topeka Civic Theatre is one place it Topeka, I love! I always tell people that my name is on the wall when you walk in! My dad and family did a lot of work to make that the place it is today! So when I was invited to the first Bravo dinner, I jumped at the chance to go!

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Meetings- Tax season sort of put a hold on this part of my life!

Next new job - I put in my two weeks notice at Let's Help to move on to a new position at a newish company for my friend Jeff Engroff. Just recently he purchased Aboud's catering and is reopening up his catering company. What is weird is I had a dream about him doing this. I was excited when he approached me about helping.  I will be doing a lot of different things! We even have a cool food truck! Exciting times! 

Topeka Growth Partners, Missing this group!

ABWA KEEN - I actually made this meeting at the Top of the Tower!  The food looked really yummy! I dirnk shakes so I didn't get any but the other women were pretty impressed with the spread! Greatlife spoke about their gyms and golf courses! They are doing some really great things!!

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AWE- First meeting I have missed in along time! 

ING Meeting - Can't wait to get back to these meetings! We have a dinner social this month!!

ENGAGE Meeting - We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursdays at AJ Pizza! I was only able to attend one of these meetings due to tax season! I miss the crew but work out weighs networking! 

Newton Trip for St Gregory's Day Parade: When your friend lives in a small town and decides to do his own stuff!  Tom and I drove to Newton on Friday night to spend the weekend with our friends! It was a very fun weekend! Just made me want to get through tax season so the fun can begin!

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Tourism Alliance - I was invited to the very first meeting that started this group. For years I attended the monthly meetings until I left to work in Lawrence a few years ago. When I came back I started going back but the group isn't as strong as it use to be. Visit Topeka use to be a big part of this group but they have shifted to a different mission so we are now trying to figure out how we can get the attractions and entertainment venues back to working together! I feel as if it is a smart thing to do. Communication is key to success!

Pizzeria Via Family Restaurant - My friend Joe and his partners finally where able to open their restaurant! He invited me to their soft opening! My friend Dawn was our waitress so our service was great and the food was amazing! They are going to do well, if people support them!!

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Jesus Christ Super Star at TPAC - This was an amazing show! I am so glad that I found the time to attend this performance! Topeka talent is out of this world! What a great theatre!!


Grandma Wocks - Another new place for us to eat! It was so good! The Bierocks and pie are something I will be going back for!

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Momentum 2022 Cocktail and Reception - I have heard about this but really had no clue what it was about. Basically it is Heartland Visioning part 2. Most of the things they want to do were part of the Heartland Visioning mission. We just have quite a few new people who want to help make Topeka a better place.  I feel the momentum, I don't see a lot but I know there are big things in the works. 

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Pride 2nd Friday Dance Party -The Break Room is going to be awesome when we get it finished! I needed a night of dancing!! Packed house!! 

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The rest of the month was spent working!!  So remember this very sad short list of things I did and remember how much work I did, when I am traveling and having fun this summer! Life is what you make of it and I plan to live an awesome life!


Topeka City of Character

Topeka City of Character


Alertness -

being aware of what is taking place around me so I can respond appropriately

Kim's Little Black Book of Helpers

Little Black Book

Need help around your house or business?

Here are a few companies that have helped me in the past! Make sure you write these numbers down!

H.D. Services

Heating & Air
Hugh Renyer

Pruitt Appliance Service
2013 SW 6th St.
Topeka, KS 66606

Passow Remodeling
Ryan Passow
Click Here for Website

Gardner Roofing
Click Here for website

Brian's Total Home LLC

Wood Floors Plus More

Brian Huffstutler
(785) 845-9492

Cambridge Quartz and Granite

Counter Tops


Mastery Movers
785-271-7100 (office)785-633-4904 (cell)Monday - Saturday 8am - 6pmFree Estimates

Ozark Pest Control

Pest Control


Knott Home Service and Repair (Plumbing)


Pamper Youself

Hair, Nails, Massage etc....

These are a few places that I go to!

Strandz Hair Studio 3339 SW Gage Blvd   Ask for Amber

Hair Care Etc - 1801 SE 29th St, Ste 2, Topeka, KS 66605 (785) 267-2832 Ask for Christy (She does amazing spiral perms)

Nail World - 1570 SW Wanamaker Ste 200

Kims Toes

Allure Hair Studio  (Gage) - Hair and Makeup - Jerome Garcia

Other places in Topeka you might want to give a try... I asked some of my friends where they get a great massage and they answered: Call for an appointment!!!

Holly Torrez - Altered Image Salon & Spa

Egos Day Spa - 2827 SW Wanamaker Rd  (785) 272-1181

Backs 2 Life Massage



Back to Life Massage 2611 SW 17th St  Ste 101   785-969-7368


Christin at Stillpoint  - 2709 SW 29th St # D  - (785) 228-0055

Daniellson and Associates in North Topeka, ask for Deana  201 NW Hwy 24 Suite 120  273-7500

Backs By Popular Demand Logo for Website

Backs By Popular Demand - (785) 234-1548


Holly Eastman-Brantley @ Total Image Body Salon on 21st and Gage


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New Businesses

Sideways Bar Grill

Sideways Bar & Grill

555 SW 39th 

Topeka, KS


Baker's Dozen NEW Location

29th and Croco (Thunderbird Square)


The Burger Co.  Coming SOON!!

21st & Western


Platform 785

929 S Kansas Ave Ste A

Topeka, KS 66603


Vintage Clothing from 1900 - 1980's, focusing on 1940-1960! We always offer treats, tea and jazz while you shop. We are right by the little pocket park with the train platform and BNSF train at 10th and Kansas in Topeka


Essentia Salon & Spa

5900 SW Huntoon St. Ste A2

Topeka, KS 66604



Total Fit Body Boot Camp

 5626 SW 29th St

Topeka, KS 



Gun Garage & Shooting Range

2120 NE Meriden Rd, Topeka, KS 66608



Rustic Creations:  A DIY Wood Sign Workshop

   3 hour Workshops:

    Friday - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

   Sat.      -  noon to 3 pm & 5 pm to 8 pm.

   Must go to the website to register 48 hrs in advance

   We also host private parties on other days and times.



Huscarl Hobbies Games

HUSCARL Hobbies and Games

1930 SW Westport Dr Ste2

Topeka, Kansas


4-Hope, Inc



BrianChild Animation & Multimedia

818 NE Kansas Ave

Website coming soon


Deals on Wheels


785-783-2773 or 785-250-4676

2640 NW Topeka Blvd

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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



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.


Topeka Pizza
Opening January 2018
1630 SW Arvonia
Delivery and Takeout! Topeka Pizza is coming this October, right across from Lowes

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

Hidden Hill Farms of Kansas

7320 SW Indian Hills Rd

Auburn, KS 66402

COMING in June 2018

Wedding and Event Venue



American Legion Capital Post 1

(37th St)

Sunday: Bingo    5:45   open to the public
Tuesday Bingo   5:45   open to the public
Wednesday  Texas Holdum  6:30 (members & their guest only)
Friday     Texas Holdum 6 & 9 (members & their guest only)

The following are public events

American Legion Post 400 (Hwy 24)

Monday and Thursday - Doors Open - 5:00 PM / Early Bird - 6:30 PM / Regular Bingo - 7:00 PM


Arab Shrine Temple

1305 S Kansas Ave


Capitol BINGO

2050 SE 30th

(785) 266-5532

Wed: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fri: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sun: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

These groups donate time and money to the community of Topeka.
Early birds start at 6:30 PM on Wednesday and Friday with regular session starting at 7:00 PM. Early birds start at 6:00 PM on Sunday with regular session starting at 6:30 PM. Pull Tabs and Event Games sold with full concession stand. Doors open at 4:00 PM.


B-I-N-G-O  for Hayden High School

Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at Hayden High School
401 SW Gage, Topeka, KS
Session begins 6:30pm
Minimum of only $7 to play!
Nightly minimum
payout $2,150   to maximum $4,250


VFW Post 1650

3110 SW Huntoon Street, Topeka, KS 66604 



Bring a non-perishable food item for a free speedball bingo sheet






Children 7 years and older welcome with adult

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC     Bring your family and friends to play bingo

Food Kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m.   Courtesy of VFW Auxiliary 


TEL: 785-235-9073



Keith the Critic

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Love Simon

Love SimonUp and coming actor Nick Robinson plays the role of Simon Spier. Simon is a teen-aged boy in Atlanta living with his close-knit family. He loves the same things as most teenagers, but he has one big secret. , He's gay and no one knows, including his mother, Emily, who is played by Jennifer Garner, and his father, Jack, who is played by Josh Duhamel.

When his best friend, Leah, played by Katherine Langford, tells Simon about an anonymous online post of a student from their high school admitting he's gay, Simon feels some relief. He reaches out to the unknown poster, who has identified himself as Blue. Simon shares things with Blue that he has not told anyone, not even Leah or his other friends, Nick and Abby. Jacques, as Simon calls himself, sets out to find the identity of Blue.

Martin, one of Simon's classmates, is an awkward teen and discovers Simon's emails. Simon will do anything to keep Martin from leaking his secret.

This story is so well told and fitting for the times. It was brilliantly directed and the script is outstanding. It hits on a touchy subject and does so with aplomb. I believe that no one should be afraid to be themselves and this movie does a tremendous job of showing the struggles of a young boy trying to come to terms with his life.

Anyone 13 or older should see this film. I saw it twice and loved it both times. The actors are outstanding. Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel and the entire cast contributed to this tremendous film. The movie sets an example of acceptance and the actors conveyed this message fantastically. I gave this movie 4 out of 4 stars.    Four out of Four Stars


Midnight Sun

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This movie is the story of young Katie Price who suffers from a rare disease known as XP in which exposure to sunlight may be fatal. Katie, who is played by Bella Thorne, lives with her dad, Jack, in their Washington home. As a young girl Katie would look out her window as the other children walked by. Her mother died when she was young. Her dad, who is played by Rob Riggle, must be her protector along with her friend, Morgan, who is played by Quinn Shephard.

One night Katie heads to the train station to sing and play her guitar for the travelers. There she meets Charlie, who is played by Patrick Schwarzenegger. She has watched and adored Charlie from her window and runs home when he tries to talk with her leaving behind her journal. Quinn finds that Charlie has the journal and tells Charlie where Katie lives. A budding romance begins but Charlie doesn't know Katie's secret. She just wants to feel normal.

I knew very little of this disease until this movie and had no idea how horrible id could be. The story did show worst case but did a good job of conveying the seriousness of the illness. The first 15 minutes were quite slow, but when it finally got going, I enjoyed it. Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle, and Quinn Shephard were all great, especially Rob Riggle in a serious role. This movie will appeal to women and teen-aged girls especially but I enjoyed it too. I gave it 3 out of 4 stars.Three out of Four Stars



A Wrinkle in Time

wrinkleintimeheaderThis fantasy movie introduces child actors Storm Reid as Meg Murry and her brother Charles Wallace, who is played by Deric McCabe. Meg's life is in shambles when her father, who she idolizes, disappears. She now finds herself always in trouble. She and her father, Alex, who is played by Chris Pine, were always working together on some science project.

One day Charles Wallace introduces Meg to Mrs. Whatsit, who is played by Reece Witherspoon. She is joined by Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which, played by Oprah Winfrey. The three are astral space travelers and believe that Meg and Charlie Wallace's father has tessered into space and is now in another universe. The tesseract was a type of space-travel that Alex has been working on.

The group along with Meg's friend, Calvin, who is played by Levi Miller, leave earth to search for Alex on the planet Uriel. They soon discover that a horrible creature known as The It, who represents the nasty characteristics of people, holds their father captive.

This movie has beautiful sets and is fantastic in 3D. The script is well written and has a great moral to the story. Director Ava DuVernay did a great job with character development and payed close attention to detail. Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reece Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and the child actors were all great. The costumes of the three Mrs. were amazing.

I was captivated and drawn into this movie. The whole film is visually spectacular. I gave it 3 out of 4 stars. Take the whole family. Not all critics agree with me, but I think you'll enjoy.  Three out of Four Stars






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.



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