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2018 - March

ttn logoMarch, 2018: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

We are getting closer to spring! The adventures are not slowing down and Topeka is staying pretty active! 

The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters


View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

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Barbara Waterman-Peters

Gray skies and icy streets today in a winter season marked by strange temperature extremes and woefully inadequate moisture produce an even light for painting. Coming across my canvas from the right side, it generates very little shadow from my hand and brush. Most of the “shadow” is in my soul caused by recent events.

However, I am cheered by having the opportunity to paint, to spend time with other artists and to be fortunate enough to have my studio in NOTO.

My current project is another addition to my women series. Three young women are playing bridge in this painting which relates to a piece called “The Card Players” in my men series. Using the setting of games allows me to explore many situations in the human condition and seems to present endless possibilities. A new theme for me is Theater of the Absurd which seems timely. I am working on the first painting in that series, too. I am eager to see where that takes me and my work!

“Looking Back” continues at STUDIO 831 in March, featuring the work of Michael Bradley and Hi Stockwell. A range of ceramic pieces from the last number of years is paired with an early, unfinished painting and more recent ones. It is a chance to see how artists progress in the development and exploration of their work. And the two artists’ creations display beautifully together.

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Kim's Excellent Adventures

The Illusionists - It is not very often that a Broadway show makes it way to Topeka!! When it does, I plan a group and make sure I have the best seats in the house! Twenty two friends and I made our way to TPAC after my family and some friends ate dinner at HHB BBQ. It was a great night! Anyone that says you need to leave Topeka to have fun isn't taking the time to enjoy what we have to offer!! 

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Meetings- I am back to the meeting curcuit! It is important to get out and network! I have met some awesome people!

Topeka Generosity Network - I was able to meet even more people that are dedicated to their business! They meet every Wednesday at 11:30, I am not sure where their new meeting place is though. I won't be able to go back until after tax season is over!!   


Topeka Growth Partners, they meet on Tuesday mornings at 9 am at 515 S Kansas Ave. There is not annual fee to join and it is a fun bunch of professionals. Another couple packed meetings. I love watching the attendance grow and meet new people. I really believe if you haven't joined any of these groups, you should! You can gain a lot from them! Not just new friends but knowledge, business contacts and support!

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ABWA KEEN - This month we met on Valentine's Day. Our speaker was Patti Bossert from Key Staffing and Premier Eomployment Solutions! 


AWE- This month we had three member spot lights. This is the time to talk about who you are so the group can get to know you better! 


ING Meeting - We meet every other Wednesday at various places in Topeka! This meeting is also growing in attendance. If you want to attend let me know, after tax season!


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! 


Wichita Trip: I love hanging out with my Wichita family and friends! I hate that life gets so busy and I don't have more time to be there! This year, I will change that! When I arrived I visited a new coffee/game shop to meet with the owner of, a website with the same idea as mine! I want to meet the people behind these projects. The difference is Wichita businesses finacially support this concept. Friday, Chad and I went out to eat a locally owned restaurant where the owner came to our table and we ended up with homemade chocolate cake! Then double feature movie night. Pitch Perfect, very large mixed drink at the next theatre and then The Greatest Showman! What a fun time! My meal was delicious and I would recommend them to anyone! If you do go, tell the owner, Kim from Topeka sent you! Saturday, Chad had to work so I kept busy by visiting my aunt and uncle in Newton and hanging out with my friends Greg and Marisa who also live in Newtown. We drove to Wichita for the home show. Then my cousin Chad and Tristan took me to a locally owned Italian restaurant in Newton. Another great place and if you ever find yourself in Newton, tell Rosie, I said hi!!  

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LMC Launch Party - This has only just begun. There is a lot of work to still do!  Over 30 people attended. The energy was great and it was so nice to have people thank you for wanting to help them and show them how collectively we will all work together to make Topeka even better!  Now to find more sales people! At the party we announced that, TV25, Wren Digital, Metro Voice, Topeka Health & Wellness, Everything Topeka, The Topeka Newsletter, Gablocal, and Talk About Topeka will be working together to help any business in Topeka advertise! 


Top Tank Reveal - I was so excited when my friend Teresa asked me to help with the coat check! I rarely get to go to these events because they aren't in my budget, YET!  I didn't really follow the process because our family had submitted a nomination and didn't make it to the first round. I wasn't shocked because I knew, they were looking for a business to use one of their buildings to add another business to downtown. Before we started the coat check gig, we were talking about who would win. I only knew one person personally that made the final cut! She was so excited and had a great business concept, well she still does! Her cakes are beautiful and I know one day she will get a store front. However, downtown Topeka is supposed to be the entertainment distict of Topeka! You start with building entertainment like, bars, restaurants, and activities. So when asked, I knew they would pick the beer. It just made sense to me. I wanted the cheesecake because we have NO cheesecake in Topeka but I knew that wouldn't survive alone! I wasn't shocked when The Brew Bank won the $100,000. I was excited that they wanted to give the cheesecake a chance with a $50,000 grant.  The crowd was a collection of all different types of people! It is exciting to see our community working together to help grow small businesses! This won't be easy for either one of them! In order for Downtown to work, people need to get over their negative feelings and want to help make it work!

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Josie's Bakery - My goal this year is to visit 20 restaurants that I have not eaten at! I don't eat out much in Topeka because I like to cook but I am determined to accomplish this goal. My second place this year on my list. Why have I waited so long! The owners are great and nice. The store is very relaxing and cool. I tried a Monte Cristo! I will be back!!

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Shawnee County Fair Committee - Meeting number two: The task of trying to rebrand the 4-H fair to the Shawnee County fair is a big job! This year, they are bringing in some fun family stuff and a concert. The fair is free to attend! You will want to attend this year's fair with your family!!  July 26 - 29


Talk About Topeka- We have been taking a hiatus to put together a newer version! May 1, 2018 you will see what we have been working on. Talk About Topeka isn't gone, it just going to get to the next level! I had heard about this company but it wasn't until I met with Jeff Lees that I figured out, I need this in my life! If I plan on getting paid to help people promote their businesses, I also need a way to thank them for choosing me. This is the perfect way.  Junk mail has moved to our junk email account. Who doesn't like getting a personalized greeting card and/or gift in the mail! You can click here and try the website or phone out. Just set up an account and send two cards on me!  I want you give it a try and see how your friends, co worker, client or even family reach to getting a card. If you are interested and need help, let me know and I will have Jeff contact you to set up a meeting or answer your questions! Jeff and i are working together on this project! My mom loved her card!!

Click HERE to send two free personalized greeting cards!!







Topeka City of Character

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

Kim's Little Black Book of Helpers

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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

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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


Guest Writer..Henry Moore

We love our guest writers!  Welcome Back Henry Moore

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How You Can Deal with Unfortunate Road Travel Situations (or Avoid Them Altogether)

Many of us take road travel for granted. We feel safe and secure inside our automobiles. We expect them to work correctly. We expect them to protect us. And while road travel is pretty uneventful most of the time, millions of people every year must deal with some sort of unfortunate road travel situation. From wrecks and car troubles, to natural disasters and weather-related headaches, here’s how you can avoid being an unhappy traveler. 

What to do if your car breaks down

Nothing can turn a routine road trip into a nightmare faster than car trouble. Anyone who has experienced this knows the signs - the grinding of metal, smoke coming from the hood, sputtering, or the galloping thud of a flat tire. It’s no fun, but it does happen. There is a right way and wrong way to handle it, too. 

First, you should pull over as far as you can on the right shoulder (or the left if you’re on a multi-lane interstate). Don’t get out of the car just yet. Place your emergency call before you do anything else (either to AAA, 911, or a friend). After that, you need to make yourself and your car more visible to other motorists. Turn on your double flashers, pop your hood, and put out safety cones or triangles (which you should always have with you). Get out of your car and stand away from it - not in front of or behind it. You don’t want to be caught up in an all-too-frequent roadside sideswipe. Check out AAA’s great guide to this here

Be prepared

Being prepared is a good motto for almost everything in life, but when it comes to travel trouble it is oh so important. You must have a well-stocked car disaster kit with you whenever you travel. You never know when you could be stranded in your car due to a major weather event or natural disaster, an accident, or due to car trouble. Your kit should, at the very least, include a first aid kit, flashlights with extra batteries, some food and water, blankets, road flares, a lighter, and a crank radio. HomeAdvisor has a comprehensive kit walkthrough here

So you’ve found yourself in the middle of a storm

Inclement weather can throw a wrench into any trip. Road travelers often find themselves in the middle of thunderstorms, snow storms, or major ice events.

If you encounter severe weather, the smartest thing to do is to turn on your brights and pull off the road. It’s best to get entirely off the roadway, but a shoulder will do if that’s all you have. Once you do this, turn on your flashers and stay in the car until the heavy rain passes.

Driving through snow and ice is a little tricky, but it can be done if you know what you’re doing. Of course, if your car (or your driving skills) can’t handle the conditions, pull over. You should never over-correct a skid and if you feel your car barely sliding on the back end it’s best to take your foot off the gas and brake and try to let it correct itself. Beyond that, you can try steering into the slide, as Business Insider notes. 

Just take a break

As notes, being safe and alert is paramount to avoiding road travel mishaps. And you cannot be alert if you are tired. There’s this driving force behind most travelers to get where they’re going as fast as possible, but sometimes you just need to stop and take a break. Taking a short rest on longer road trips will not only recharge you but will give your car a break as well. 


Being a happy traveler is all about planning, preparation, and knowing what to do in even the most unlikely of scenarios. Make sure you have a car emergency kit at all times - this is the most important aspect of handling road travel mishaps. Beyond that, you should know your limits as a driver. It’s ok to stop and rest or let some bad weather pass. You’ll still get to your destination. There’s nothing so important that it can’t wait 10 minutes. 


Photo by Justin Lawrence on Unsplash


Henry is the co-creator of FitWellTraveler. The site blends two of his favorite subjects (travel and health) to provide readers with information about how to get the most out of both.



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



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Don't Make These 6 Common Tax Mistakes


Odds are you’re getting ready to get your taxes done. And while everybody makes mistakes, doing so on your tax return isn’t the time to make them. Here's 6 of the most common tax mistakes I see and how to avoid them.


Tax Deadline Clock

The IRS estimates that 20% of taxpayers wait until the week before the deadline to file their income tax returns. #Procrastinators 

The problem with waiting until the last minute is if you run into issues completing your forms. Of course, you can always file for an extension (which will give you 6 months or until mid-October). Keep in mind that even if you file an extension, you still must pay any taxes owed by the deadline. If you forget to so, the IRS will charge you interest.

However, procrastinators…I have great news for you again this year. April 15th falls on a Sunday, and because Emancipation Day is celebrated by the IRS on Monday, April 16th, it pushes your due date to Tuesday, April 17th, 2018.



When it comes to filing your taxes, the IRS gives you five options: single, married filing jointly, married filing separately, head of household, and qualifying widow(er).

Make sure you choose the right one that fits your personal situation because it could make a big difference in your ultimate tax bill. That’s because the IRS applies different income tax rates and awards different standard deductions accordingly.




The most common error on tax returns, year after year, is bad math. In 2014, the IRS reported that it caught 2.3 million math errors on 1.7 million tax returns in 2014.

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This is not surprising given the notoriously tricky formulas on tax forms i.e. “Add line 8 to line 32 and multiply by .356 if your AGI is greater than $50,000.” If you’re a DIYer, save yourself the headache and use tax preparation software that does the calculations for you like TurboTax or TaxAct.

When IRS examiners find a discrepancy, they'll let you know and, in many cases, will correct your mistake and refigure your taxes for you. Don't give them the chance. Make sure your math entries are right.



When it comes to donating to charity, make sure you follow the rules…and there’s lots of them. First off, verify that you’re giving to a qualified 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, the IRS provides a helpful tool to do so.

 👉🏽 Related: 8 Things You Need To Know Before Giving To Charity

If your donation is under $250, the IRS will accept a cancelled check, bank statement, or receipt from the charity as documentation. However, if your donation is over $250, you’ll need written acknowledgment from the charity with specific details that can be found on the IRS website.

Be careful that you aren’t exaggerating the fair market value on donated clothing and household items. Keep in mind that tax law requires these items to be in good or better condition or the deduction is disallowed.



So, you bought a few shares of your favorite stock, and then you decide to sell it at a loss. Typically, you can deduct that loss against any other capital gains you made that year to lower your tax liability. But if you decided to buy more shares of that same stock 30 days after selling (or 30 days before selling), then the first sale is disregarded. It’s like you never sold the stock in the first place, and you won’t get the tax benefit. Working with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional (hey, that’s me) or your CPA can help provide guidance and prevent these issues.



I'm going to make the assumption that you aren't trying to purposefully defraud the IRS here. Let's face it, we're all human and mistakes do occasionally happen. That might include forgetting about an investment account that paid dividends or interest on a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV or a side job as an consultant where you received a 1099-MISC. Sometimes, the tax documents just don't make it into the hands of the tax preparer due to getting loss in the clutter on your desk or they were mailed to an old address.

Whatever the case, this is why it's so important to make sure you have all your tax documents before you begin. Think through all your income sources for the tax year and make sure you have a 1099 or W-2 for it. 

Failing to report income on your tax return could subject you to penalties and interest depending on when your oversight is discovered on the unreported earnings. If you notice the error before the IRS does, it's best to file an amendment using Form 1040X. Don't wait until the IRS contacts you. 

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Black Panther

In this latest Marvel film, Chadwick Boseman plays T'Challa who has been raised his whole life in preparation of becoming king of the African nation of Wakanda. To the world, Wakanda is a poor country but in reality, the five tribes that make up the country are very rich and advanced in the world of technology. Wakanda possesses vibranium, which is a powerful metal that when ingested can give a warrior superhuman powers.
The country has spies all across the world. One such spy is T'Challa's uncle N'Jobu. When T'Challa's father goes to visit, he discovers that his brother has plans that will reveal the country's secrets and has him killed. However, few people know this story.

Years later, T'Challa's father is killed and now he will become king. First he must fight any challengers from the other tribes. M'Baku from the Jabari tribe challenges but is soon defeated. T'Challa allows him to surrender rather than meet his death. This, however, is only the first challenge that he will face to defend his country's secrets, especially since his Uncle N'Jobu had a son that knows the truth of how N'Jobu died.

I saw this movie in 3D and it's probably one of the best 3D films I've seen. It was spectacular. The special effects were so tremendous. The acting was top-notch, especially the action scenes. Ryan Coogler was the director and directed a fantastic film. The scenes, the script, the acting, photography, sound, and everything else was just amazing. I highly recommend this for anyone 10 and older. I give it a perfect 4 out of 4 stars. I can't wait for the next installment. Stay til the end of the credits as usual in a Marvel film.


Molly's Game

hou art 20171229 mollysgame headerMolly Bloom, who is played by Jessica Chastain, is a fantastic skier participating in the Olympics. Her father, played by Kevin Costner, is always pushing for more from her. After a horrific accident on the slopes, she plans to attend law school. First she decides to live a little and moves to Los Angeles. She takes a job working as an assistant for a real estate developer who enlists her to assist him in running an underground poker game that caters to the rich for high stakes. Soon Molly has learned enough to head out on her own. When she is talked into collecting a portion of the winnings for herself, she is indicted.

Molly, who is now broke, begs the assistance of lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who is played by Idris Elba, to defend her. Soon she realizes what they are really after is the names of those who played at her table. But Molly feels that giving up those names will ruin her reputation and her integrity.

Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba were terrific and had good chemistry together. Director Aaron Sorkin also brilliantly wrote the screenplay and did an excellent job of pulling out the emotions of Molly. I love how Jessica Chastain continues to play the role of a strong female character and nails the part. Idris Elba who is great at everything he does didn't disappoint nor did Kevin Costner.

It's a 2 1/2 hour movie but the time flew by. I can't believe it didn't receive more Oscar nominations. I gave it 4 out of 4 stars.


12 Strong

12 StrongThis movie is based on the true story of the horse soldiers who went to Afghanistan to take back a Taliban stronghold. In the film adaptation, Chris Hemsworth plays Captain Mitch Nelson who had plans of taking a desk job and spending more time with his family. But after 9/11 he changed his mind. He returns to lead his squad of 12 in an operation to remove the Taliban from the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The team includes soldiers who, like Mitch, want to avenge the losses of 9/11 with Michael Pena and Michael Shannon playing the roles of two of these brave men.

Upon arrival, Mitch is informed by the Commanders, one being played by Rob Riggle, that they must go in on horseback due to the rugged landscape and they must work with warlord General Dostum, played by Navid Negahban. This is not what these men had expected, but they are all up for the task.

This movie was a good portrayal of this mission. The director, Nicolai Fuglsig, did a great job as did producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Christ Hemsworth proved that he can act and did a fantastic job as did Michael Pena ad Michael Shannon. Much of this was filmed in New Mexico and you could really believe that it was Afghanistan. The photography was excellent. I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars.



Winchester is about the house owned by Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun manufacturer William Winchester in San Jose, California. After William's death, Sarah, who is played by Helen Mirren, begins to build a mansion. But feelingWinchester haunted by those who have been killed by one of her company's guns, she keeps shutting off rooms and building more onto the house. Due to this, she is said to be mentally unstable. The Winchester Company's leaders hire Dr. Eric Price, who is played by Jason Clarke, to assess her competency.

Sarah lives in the house with a relative named Marian, played by Sarah Snook, and her son Henry, who is played by Finn Scicluna-O'Prey. Jason is recovering from his own wife's suicide and has become addicted to drugs. When he first begins to see ghosts, he believes it to be a result of the drugs. But when Henry seemingly becomes possessed, Jason must help Sarah stop these haunted souls.

The real Winchester house is a conglomeration of added wings of the house. But other than this, most of the story is made up according to articles I have read about the house. The filmmakers tip the scales on what is true and what is fiction.

Helen Mirren is a great actress and performed fabulously, but other than a few gotchas, it's really not a scary movie. I can only give this movie 1 out of 4 stars and that's totally due to Helen Mirren. This is not a good horror film.


Bad Movies Have are the bad movies of 2017!

1. Split

2. The Book of Henry

3. Mother

4. Kidnap

5. Tranformers: The Last Knight

6. The House

7. The Bye Bye Man

8. Life

9. Valerian

10. Ghost in the Shell

11. 47 Meters Down

12. Flatliners

13. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

14. Friend Request

15. Table 19

16. Unforgttable

17. The Mummy

18. Wish Upon

19. Rough Night

20. Murder of the Orient Express 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!


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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!






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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I’ve been in England for about three weeks visiting my sister, waiting on her to have her first baby. Her due date was last week but they had to schedule an induction for this week because the baby is being stubborn. In that time, though, my sister and I have been able to take a couple adventures together.

My sister lives in Mildenhall which is a small parish town in Suffolk, England. In town there are cafes, groceries, a butcher, hair salons and much more, including the bus station. For £20 you can get a round trip ticket to many neat little towns where there is always something to do Cambridge there’s the University and shopping and Norwich there’s a castle and even more shopping. If they know how to do anything here it’s create an awesome shopping mall. The malls I’ve seen are both indoor and out, with so many shops you couldn't possibly enter them all in one day, you’d need like two weeks. It’s a good thing I’m here for awhile so I can really explore.

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Mildenhall is small and there isn’t much shopping but I found a sweet little cafe called Webbs Sandwich Bar and I’ve been there so many times I couldn’t count. The lattes and their fresh daily soup is always to die for. They announce their soup flavors early each morning on their Facebook and I’m usually checking as I’m waking up to see what will be concocted today. The first time I went it was a chicken curry and chickpea soup and today, I looked, it’s a Stilton, bacon and chicken soup.  Their menu also has paninis, sandwiches, desserts and salads. I’ve tried a few sandwiches and they’re always good. I love the granary bread in this country, it doesn’t affect my stomach like the processed bread at home.

England 4Not only is Webbs a great place to check out, there’s another breakfast cafe around the town square called Crumbs Cafe and Food Bar. I got the English breakfast, which typically includes basted eggs, (you can order them scrambled but most places either do basted or scrambled and they’re usually pretty runny all the places I’ve been), bacon and/or sausage, tomatoes and/or mushrooms, beans and toast. The beans aren’t what you would be used to in the states when you get barbecue baked beans, but the consistency is the same. The flavor is sweeter but not smoky or barbecuey, but they’re good. The bacon is different here, too. It’s thicker cut and has extra meat on the strip as they don’t cut our the extra fat or the piece of meat that’s known as Canadian bacon in the states. That piece of meat is from the loin, or the back of the pig, whereas American bacon leaves that part out. I’m not sure if they cure it or not, but it doesn’t get that crispy texture, it’s more like ham texture. The flavor is always good, I enjoy it. Not too salty but still smoky. If you want to learn more, I found this Buzzfeed article explaining it, if not a little biasly, but I agree so check it out HERE.

Angels Cafe is pretty good, too and while you can get an English breakfast there, I think they’re more popular for their humongous burritos, though. I haven’t gotten a burrito because they’re not my England 5thing, but my sister and her friends always get them and usually can’t eat the entire thing. It’s usually good for two meals. They have breakfast burritos as well as lunch/dinner ones. It was the first place I went for an English breakfast, so that’s where I experimented with those. I’m sure that once my husband joins me I will give one a try. He’s way more into burritos than me.

One of the things I found interesting about where I am in England is that you have to buy the jelly or jam if you want it for your toast. It usually comes in little glass jars that would be useful for 2-3 visits and the price is usually not bad, like 80 pence or so which is like $1.15. Usually in the states jelly, jam and honey are just given away with each meal, but not here.

I’ve drank more coffee since I’ve been in England than I have in the past year and that’s because the coffee here is amazing. Usually, coffee at home tastes much stronger and makes my stomach upset. Here I can drink three lattes with no affect other than a huge boost of energy. I see a Starbucks on every other corner but wouldn’t be caught dead in one because why would you want that crap if you have so many other options? I was surprised to see so many Starbucks here, as well as KFC and McDonalds.

My sister and her friends have taken me to Cambridge a couple of times as that is where they usually go on their outings when they go shopping or to see a movie. They usually go to the Grafton Centre which is an indoor/outdoor mall within walking distance of the University of Cambridge. The first time we went, we decided to walk around the universities and take pictures and just kind of see what it was about because I’ve heard about it, just never actually saw it. Now I have and I must say I enjoyed it a lot. The architecture is by far my favorite part because you can just see the history in the bricks. Walking around all these cities the buildings speak for themselves. There is a lot of new growth and buildings being built but then there are centuries old buildings standing right next to the new apartments and shops.

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England 6After checking out Cambridge a few times, I was ready for something new. I planned on getting a bus ticket from Mildenhall to Norwich, a town closer to the coast, an hour Northeast of where I am. There wasn’t anything in particular I chose it for, other than the castle and cathedral there. I tried to find a city that I could take a bus, walk around for a few hours and not have to worry about any other transportation because I didn’t really want to spend my money on that. Turns our Norwich was the perfect place.

My sister ended up joining me on my first trip to Norwich, so I didn’t end up needing to get a bus ticket, which would have only been £22 round trip with flexible ticket times. Usually, when riding the bus here they have an option for flexible scheduling in case you miss your bus or need to change it. I didn’t even need to use it, so that was a plus. I greatly enjoyed Norwich and ended up bringing my husband with me once he got to the UK. That day was a disaster!

The week my husband got here, the Beast From The East decided to slow us down. That’s what the locals were calling the biggest snowstorm to hit the UK since like six years ago. Coming from Kansas, 4 inches of snow isn’t a big deal but over here it’s almost unheard of and there really isn’t a protocol for that sort of thing, either. We left in the morning around 11 and it 

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took us until 2 p.m. to get there when it should have only been an hour drive because people we abandoning their cars and driving like maniacs, and not in a good, fast way but in a slow, annoying way. After braving the highways, (where, yes we drove on the left), we finally got to Norwich and everything was closed. Including the castle we came to see. The cathedral was open, but not the cafe or any of the tourist attractions, just the actual cathedral, which was still pretty cool with the stained glass windows and high ceilings. I was glad we could at least do that while we were there because I knew we couldn’t come back.

We walked around the town a little bit, but like I said, everything was closed and the streets were empty. The first time I had gone to Norwich it was packed and traffic was busy but this time it was like a ghost town. So much so that when I was looking for a parking garage I ended up reverting back to driving on the right and went the wrong way down a couple streets before realizing I was supposed to be on the left and was looking at the back of a stoplight. It was scary but also hilarious. I’m sure if there had been cars driving around I would not have done that, but with nobody around I also just didn’t know where I was going.

England 14Our trip to Norwich was an interesting one although maybe a little disappointing. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever in the area. The castle is small but there are art galleries inside and they’re working on renovating the basement so maybe when I come back I will get to see it. There are also gardens around the castle on the top of the hill where you can see the entire city. The day we went with all the snow was cool because so many locals were there making snowmen and snow forts and having snowball fights. They don’t get this and they were taking advantage of it while they could. The snow was melted after two days, too.

The next week was much better when we visited London, Paris and Amsterdam. The weather was still a little chilly but there was no snow. That story will have to wait for next month, though. So, come back to hear more about my European trip, next month. Thank you for reading and if you have any questions about my travels please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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