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2018 - May

ttn logoMay, 2018: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

It is finally summer and the fun is just beginning!! Don't miss out on all the fun things we are planning!! 

The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters


View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

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Barbara Waterman-Peters

May is upon us. Spring has struggled to oust winter this year, but hardy flowers and trees have survived. People survive as well, grumbling as they pull on coats yet again. But those very coats indicate our resourcefulness, our will to brave the elements and move on.

In my studio I have five new canvases underway. They represent two series, the “Ship of Fools” and the new “Theater of the Absurd.”

Artists address the human condition whether it is an expression of our environment through landscape or flowers, or how we see ourselves through portraits and figurative works. Sometimes those figurative works contain narratives or cautionary tales about how to “move on” or cope with situations. Other times they simply call attention to current events, humorously or dramatically. The latter is my focus, using both humor and drama.

Like spring, my new work struggles to oust the winter, by calling attention to important issues so we can move on.



STUDIO 831 Publicity:

Our Featured Artist for May is Gweneth McClain.

Show Title: Sunlight and Shadows

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

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Kim's Excellent Adventures

Easter Lunch -My friend Chico cooked again this year!! Small group but big laughs!

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Mammogram - The last two years I have had to go back for more tests so this time they did a 3D and then diagnostics. 

Meetings- Back to the meetings after tax season ended!! 

Partners in Excellence, This is a new referral group that meets every Wednesday at 9:30 am at Kansas Lawyer Title! You should really attend a meeting.  I get to speak on May 16th. I have something really fun planned!


AWE- It was good to be back to a full room!!


ING Meeting - This month we had an after hours at The Pennant. Quite a few people attended!  We also had a meeting at Annie Place! 

After Hours 1 After Hours 1 After Hours 1 After Hours 1


ENGAGE Meeting - We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursdays at AJ Pizza! I did make one of these meetings this month!!



Topeka Growth - This is a referral group. Only one person from each industry can become a member. They are still looking for more members!! It is a fun group at 9 am every Tuesday in the Giant Communication Board Room Downtown!

Topeka Growth 1


Newton Trip for Greg's 50th Birthday: Tom and I headed down to Newton Saturday afternoon to surprise Greg for his birthday! It was a  fun time. I met new people and this time, I didn't really drink much since we were staying in a hotel and I had to drive!

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Annual Perm - My hair was just out of control and I needed some curls!              

Perm 1

Tourism Alliance - We need to work on this! Tourism needs a lot of help in our city! We aren't seeing as many group coming to our city and I personally blame Visit Topeka! They have spent way too much time concentrating on organizing events for people who live here and not going out and trying to get people to visit. This is my personal opinion but I am not alone! I hope something changes with this Topeka Partnership idea! I have worked with Visit Topeka very closely in the past and now, they won't even make eye contact with me. Very mature for people who are paid to promote our city!

BINGO - Georgianna Wong has been promising to take me to BINGO and Prairie Band for years and we finally went!!  It was fun, she won, I did not!!

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Last day at Let's Help - This didn't go as I had planned. I wanted to help the new person learn the job but due to the executive director, she made that pretty impossible! I am still sad that I had to leave someone in that situation but my mental health was more important and the exeuctive director should have apprecaited me instead of insult me! 


Topeka Gem & Mineral Society - I am very mad at myself for not knowing about this group when my kids were smaller! How freaking cool would it have been for my nerdy daughter to study and have fun with Gems and Minerals. I went to a board meeting to talk to them about the LMCTopeka doing their advertising for the Topeka Gem & Mineral show! Not only did they pick us but I want to help them regain some notoriety. They are a great bunch of people and we hope to help them get the word out!!


Downtown Kansas City, MO - My friend Joey invited me to his place to welcome Mike to KC. Mike recently moved there. We walked down to the City Market and took the street car to Union Station then back. Played some Card Against Humanity, did a cooking show and ended up at Frankies to watch Bridget Jones Diary, which I had never seen before!!

KCMO 1 KCMO 1    

Movie, with Frankie! -I hadn't seen a movie in a lone time, Frankie and I went to see, I Feel Pretty! It was a funny show! We ate at Taco Via for lunch!!


Coffee Talk! -A monthly meeting at The Classic Bean where my friend Pam and other discuss different business topics. I talked to them about Send Out Cards!! Which are awesome!!

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KC Trip with Chelsea! -I promised Chelsea we would go see a movie in KC after tax season! We grabbed lunch at Yard House, did some shopoing and then headed to a new to me theatre to watch, Ready Player One. I had no clue what it was about but it was a good movie. After the movie I treated her to the Hereford House for steak!  Then a little more shopping. It was a fun day! I enjoy my time with Chelsea!!

KC Trip 1


Shawnee County Fair Board Meeting -This group works really hard to make our county fair aweseom! I hope everyone has a chance to attend.  They picked the LMCTopeka to be their media sponsor! July 27-29 at the expo center.  Admission is free!  There is a free concert Friday night plus tons of other entertainment!!

 Shawnee Fair 1  Shawnee Fair 1


Topeka JUMP! -I am shocked when I find out about cool things going on in Topeka and I had no clue!! My friend Becky and I were talking about poverty and stuff, she invited me to be her guest at the Annual JUMP meeting. Nineteen churches come together and help with affordable housing, transportation, and other factors that keep people from getting out of debt!

I took this from their website:

Celebrating 5 Years of
Building People-based Power for Justice!!

Topeka JUMP is a coalition of 20 congregations in Shawnee County, Kansas.  The organization was incorporated on May 23, 2012 and achieved its non-profit status on November 4, 2012.  Through Topeka JUMP people of faith from all walks of life come together to seek justice for the widow, the orphan, and the poor. JUMP’s mission is to build people-based power to influence local decision-makers to consider policy and funding changes that address systems which perpetuate poverty and injustice.



Let the summer begin!!!!!


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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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Blockers Film 2018This comedy tells the story of three girls attending their senior prom and preparing for life away from their parents.  Julie Decker, who is played by Kathryn Newton, has been best friends with Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) since they started kindergarten. 

Julie is in love with her boyfriend and decides that she will lose her virginity on prom night and make it a very special night.  Her friends decide to do the same and make a sex pact.  When their parents find out, they join together to stop them.  Julie's mom, Lisa, who is played by Leslie Mann,  Kayla's dad, Mitchell, who is played by John Cena, and Sam's dad, Hunter, who is played by Ike Barinholtz, will stop at nothing for their daughters. 

I thought that this movie was very entertaining.  The story was really good and fitting for this time of year.  Leslie Mann, Ike Barinhotz,  and John Cena were laugh-out-loud funny and had me laughing so hard, it brought tears to my eyes.  It's not for anyone under 17, so it's appropriately rated R. 

Go see this movie if you need a good belly laugh.  There are several outrageously hilarious scenes.  I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars. Three out of Four Stars


A Quiet Place

Earth has been overtaken by creatures who attack based on sound.  The Abbot's have worked to sound proof their home and their surroundings in order to survive.  The whole family communicates using sign language.  Lee and Evelyn Abbot, played by JohnA Quiet Place Krasinski and Emily Blunt, are very careful with their children.  Their oldest child, Regan, (Millicent Simmonds) is deaf and Lee is constantly working on something to help her hear. 

Regan is a teenager and tries to help with her brothers, Marcus and youngest brother Beau.  While scavenging in town one day, Beau finds a noisemaking rocket and wants to take it home.  Lee removes the batteries and returns it to the counter.  Regan feels sorry for her brother and gives it back without the batteries.  But when no one is looking, Beau grabs the batteries too.  On the way home, Beau turns on the rocket and sound blares out.  Before Lee can reach him, Beau is attacked and killed by one of the creatures.  That memory stays with the family.

All is good for a while.  Evelyn is expecting a baby and unexpectedly goes into labor while alone in the house.  She must fight to remain quiet to save herself and her family.

John Krasinski not only stars in this movie, but he rewrote the script and directed the film.   He did an unbelievably fantastic job in all three.  His real-life wife, Emily Blunt, was spectacular.  She is such a great actress that she was able to get one of the more challenging scenes in just one take.   Also terrific was Millicent Simmonds who is actually deaf.  Kraskinski wanted a deaf actress to add credibility to the role.  The creatures were well designed and somewhat frightening adding to this tremendous movie. It should be up for nominations for best director and best actress.  I gave this movie 4 out of 4 stars.  I'll see it again because it is so good. Four out of Four Stars


Ready Player One

Ready Player OneThe year is 2045 and the world is very different.  Cities are made up of "stacks' which are house upon house stacked on top of each other.  As a getaway people become part of a video game known as "The Oasis".    It was founded by James Halliday, who is played by Mark Rylance.  Halliday creates a series of challenges to find hidden keys.  The keys will unlock a gate leading to an Easter egg.  The person who finds the egg will have full control of The Oasis as well as a quarter of a trillion dollars. 

People known as "Gunters", which is short for egg hunters, try to master the challenges to find the eggs.  Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is known as Parzival in the game.  While in The Oasis, people are only known by their character's name.  Parzival teams up with fellow gunters Art3mis (Olivia Cooke), Aech (Lena Waithe), iRok (T.J. Miller), Sho (Philip Zhao), and Daito (Win Morisaki) to finish the challenges one by one.  Together they are known as High Five.  They must find the egg before Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), the CEO of the Innovative Online Industries.  Nolan will destroy The Oasis if given control.

This is the best movie directed by Steven Spielberg in several years.  He created a game and showed how life would be living in the game.  It contained many scenes and characters from actual video games like Jurassic Park,  Batman, Back to the Future, and The Shining.   The set designs wer terrific. 

This is one movie I would recommend seeing in 3D.  The script is outstanding as was the cast.  The pace of the story was just right - never slow.  I gave this movie 4 out of 4 stars. Four out of Four Stars






This Tyler Perry film stars Taraji P. Henson as Melinda Moore-Gayle.  As a young girl  in college, she's struggling.  Running in the rain on campus, she collides with Robert Gayle and papers fly.  Robert ends up with some of Melinda's papers and tracks her down to Acrimonyreturn them and the two begin dating.  When Melinda's mother dies, Robert comes to her house to the dismay of Melinda's sisters.  Their mother left Melinda the house as well as a substantial amount of money.  Robert, however, is poor.  He dreams of making it big with his design of a rechargeable battery.  He struggles to find work since he has a prior felony.  The two marry and Melinda puts him through school and supports him after graduation as he continues to work on his battery. 

Years later the money is gone and the house has been mortgaged.  When the house is about to be foreclosed, Melinda's family puts their business on the line in return for Robert's assistance in their delivery business.   When the wallet of an old girlfriend named Diana is found in one of the trucks, Melinda is furious and divorces Robert.   Soon after, Diana, who is played by Crystle Stewart, helps Robert get a life-changing deal for his battery and all that Robert had promised Melinda now belongs to Diana. 

The only good thing in this movie is Taraji P. Henson and the rest of the cast.  The script was poorly written, the sets looked cheap, and Tyler Perry did a poor job of directing.  Parts of the movie made sense but the story took some wrong turns.  I don't like Tyler Perry movies in general and this one wasn't better.  This movie gets 1 out of 4 stars only because of Taraji P. star




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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