June 2019 Vol. 55 Issue 6 BrewsterLiving.org
In this issue:
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
2 Sunflower Music Festival
at the University of Kansas and Brewster Place
Featured Home Open House 3 Brewster Chess Club New Poetry Group Summer Book Club 4 From the Chaplain Movie and Discussion 5 Quincy Summer Camp Creative Arts Trash & Treasure Donations 6 Foundation News BPTV 1960 and 1961 7 News from Security Blood Pressure Clinics At the Movies on BPTV 8 Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum Photos
Our Mission Brewster Place is a retirement community providing all of its residents opportunities for an optimal quality of life.
The Brewster Health Center is accredited by The Joint Commission.
here are many myths about aging and among them is the myth that as we age, our ability to learn stops. This simply is not true. According to Carl Lambert, Jr., MD, “Studies have established that providing intellectually not only can engaging programming seniors learn for lifelong learners new things, but that it’s beneficial to make learning a lifelong pursuit.” As a partner with the KU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute since 2007, we believe in their mission to “provide intellectually engaging and enriching classes and events solely for the joy of learning to diverse communities of lifelong learners, with a focus on those 50 years of age and older.” (kupce.ku.edu/osher/about) Brewster’s Five to Thrive Dimensions of Wellness includes Intellectual Wellness which focuses on the mind and our ability to use and expand knowledge. The Wellness and Resident Services Teams provide programming to enhance each dimension of wellness, and the Osher Lifelong Learning classes are vital to our intellectual wellness program. Our partnership with Osher allows for Brewster Place residents, BrewsterConnect and Live Well members to attend classes at Brewster Place for free. The summer offerings provide a mix of history and vacation days of old. If you are interested in one or both of these classes, please call Jamie Fritz, Activities Coordinator, at 274-3398. Non Brewster Place residents and members can register by calling 913-897-8530.
2019 Summer Session Seven Kansas Women Who Couldn’t Vote Wednesdays, June 5, 12 and 19 2:00—4:00 pm Main Street Chapel Long before Kansas women obtained the unfettered right to vote in 1912 (a full eight years before the 19th Amendment established that right nationally), they found other ways to affect policy in public spheres dominated by men. The same indomitable spirit that enabled pioneer women to withstand the rigors of frontier life infused their efforts to shape the society in which they lived.
On the Road: Highways, Cars and Vacations of a Bygone Era Wednesdays, July 10, 17, and 24 2:00—4:00 pm Main Street Chapel Although federal highway construction started in 1916, the U.S. became a car-oriented nation after World War II. Some of us recall tourist travel on Route 66 or the Lincoln Highway when they were two-lane roads on the way to the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore, or lesser known travel destinations. Then came the Interstate Highways. We will recall the years through film clips, historical accounts, travel music and our own memories.
The Sunflower Music Festival
is a proud sponsor). They are offered to the public free of charge. Participating musicians come from many of the nation’s most-recognized musical organizations. Since 1993, the Blanche Bryden Sunflower Music Festival Institute has developed into an outstanding educational experience for talented young musicians ages 16-26 from across the country. (sunflowermusicfestival.org)
he Sunflower Music Festival presents an annual series of orchestra concerts, chamber music evenings, educational projects and other artistic events of the highest caliber. The Festival strives to attract outstanding chamber musicians to Topeka and create musical enjoyment for all. Organized in Spring of 1987, the concerts are sponsored by individuals as well as leading area businesses (Brewster
2019 Concert Schedule Program No. 1 Program No. 2 Program No. 3 Program No. 4 Program No. 5 Special Program Program No. 6 Program No. 7 Program No. 8 Program No. 9
Chamber Orchestra Chamber Ensembles Liz Stratton Jazz Night Chamber Ensembles Chamber Orchestra Blanche Bryden Collegiate Group Chamber Ensembles Chamber Ensembles Blanche Bryden Collegiate and High School Concert Chamber Orchestra
Friday, June 21 Saturday, June 22 Monday, June 24 Tuesday, June 25 Wednesday, June 26 Thursday, June 27 Thursday, June 27 Friday, June 28 Saturday, June 29 Saturday, June 29
6:30 pm | Lobbies 6:30 pm | Lobbies 6:30 pm | Lobbies 6:30 pm | Lobbies 6:30 pm | Lobbies 1:00 pm | Redwood 6:30 pm | Lobbies 6:30 pm | Lobbies No transportation provided 6:30 pm | Lobbies
Featured Homes for June North Terrace Apartments
ake this opportunity to invite a friend to see what a great value apartments at North Terrace offer. Come sit a spell, relax on the porch, enjoy the views, the breeze, and a cool sip of lemonade or iced tea. Doors will be open from 10:00 am—11:30 am on Friday, June 28. Lifestyle Consultants, Chris Gallagher and Nancy Park, will be on hand to serve beverages and answer all of your questions. Take an easy stroll through every style of North Terrace apartments — we’ll have the lights on! And remember, Brewster Place residents receive a free one month’s fee for recommending a friend who moves to Brewster Place. If you have questions prior to the event, please call Chris at 274-3351 or Nancy at 274-3314.
Featured Homes Open House North Terrace Apartments Friday, June 28 10:00—11:30 am “Make your front porch a part of your home, and it will make you a part of the world.” -John Sarris
Brewster Place Chess Club
id you know Brewster Place has a Chess Club? This vibrant group led by IT Manager John Long is looking for more players — whether you’ve been playing for years or want to learn how — this is the game for you!
Try this little quiz just for fun and come to Chess Club to learn more about this amazing game of kings and queens. Match the Quote and the Movie Is the quote accurate or does it substitute a chess term? Come to Chess Club to learn more! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Houston, we’ve had a pawn promotion. In chess the pawns go first. I’ll be black. What we've got here is a failure to checkmate. I love the smell of no pawn in the morning. There’s no crying in bughouse.
Brewster Place Chess Club First and Third Mondays 3:00 pm Main Street Pavilion
A. B. C. D. E. F.
The Terminator Cool Hand Luke Apocalypse Now Apollo 13 X-Men: The Last Stand A League of Their Own
Answers: 1D 2E 3A 4B 5C 6F
problem This is an accurate quote, but knights can also go first. Back Communicate Napalm Baseball
What’s Your Pleasure?
id you know many of our activities, trips and programs are resident-led or were ideas that came from residents? We want to provide opportunities that YOU want to participate in and enjoy. Current resident-led programs include Bridge, Cribbage, Canasta, Rummikub, Dominoes, Coffee Corner, Knitting Group, Pool Time, Pinochle, Pitch, The Evergreens Saturday Social and much more! Below are two new groups that are being formed from resident input. If there is a group you’d like to start, or if you have an idea for an outing or event, please call Jamie Fritz, Activities Coordinator, at 274-3398. You just never know, your idea might end up being something others would enjoy as well!
New Poetry Group
Summer Book Group
Monday, June 10 at 3:00 pm Redwood Founders Room re you a “part time” poet, or just like to hear poetry read, or to read poems to an audience? Whatever your interest may be, Dr. Jim Ransom will be happy to see you on Monday, June 10, to organize a group of Brewsterites who like poetry in its many forms. Dr. Ransom, a new Brewster Place resident, is the author of a book of poems entitled “Immortal Prairie and Other Poems.” He envisions a wide-ranging approach to poetry, with readings from outstanding poets over the ages, and occasional visits from poets active in our community today. But the format of the meetings will mainly be determined by the preferences of the members. This should be a stimulating and educational new opportunity open to all residents. Hope to see you on June 10.
Monday, June 24 at 2:00 pm The Evergreens Community Room er resident request we are starting a summer book group. The first book is Devil in White City by Erik Larson. The book is based on real characters and events. It tells the story of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair from the viewpoint of the designers, including Daniel Burnham, and also tells the story of H. H. Holmes, a criminal figure in that same time. The discussion leader will be Miranda Ericsson of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for a copy of the book. We must share copies as the number is very limited.
From the Chaplain Coping with Loss by Chaplain Roger Jackson, M. Div.
believe it is safe to say we have all experienced loss in our life, whether it be a loss of a job, a home, personal possessions, declining health, driving privileges, a child, a spouse, etc. How do we cope with the loss? How do we deal with the pain? How do we survive? How do we move forward positively? How do we grieve? David Kessler is an author, public speaker, and death and grieving expert. He offers good counsel for dealing with loss of someone or something we care about deeply. He writes the following: “As a young boy, I saw my mother fall down just as she was being discharged from the hospital. It frightened me, so I told my mother she should go back in. She looked down at my scared little face and said, ‘People fall, and then hopefully they get back up. That is life.’ Losses are like falls in many ways. There is something archetypal about loss, whether it is the death of someone or something, a loss of balance, or a fall from grace. We go through the fire. We are changed. Something comes out of the fire anew, a diamond no longer in the rough. Society experiences loss, and so do families and individuals. At first a family may experience the chaos surrounding a loss. It is dismembered. After the loss, it emerges changed. It is re-membered. There are many steps to healing after loss. Feel and acknowledge the loss when you are ready. Let the grace of denial do its work, remembering that you will feel your feelings when you are able. You will discover that the only way out of the pain is through the pain. You will understand it when you are ready. Many times an understanding of loss comes in years, not days or months. You will find that you can accept a world in which the loss has taken place…. We can learn that what really matters is eternal and our forever. The love that you have felt and the love you have given cannot be lost.” If you are grieving a loss these days, be patient with yourself. Give yourself permission to grieve in your own time. As you journey through the pain, may you experience God’s grace anew.
Movie and Discussion Paul, Apostle of Christ Monday, June 17 2:00 pm Main Street Chapel Intermission — Refreshments Discussion afterwards.
Paul, Apostle of Christ tells the story of Paul, who is imprisoned in Rome by the Emperor Nero. Facing execution, Paul (James Faulkner) reflects on his troubled life and is comforted by Luke (James Caviezel), who assures him that he will be remembered well. Please join us for this powerful and inspiring movie. All are welcome!
Weekly Vespers Every Sunday 2:30 pm Brewster Health Center Fink Living Room 4:00 pm Main Street Chapel
Guided Meditation Tuesdays 3:00 pm Main Street Chapel
Prayer & Contemplation Daily 12:30 pm Main Street Chapel 4
Quincy Elementary Summer Camp
s mentioned in the May Brewster News, Brewster Place and Quincy Elementary are once again partnering for a Summer Camp right on our campus. Instead of a week-long camp, each Wednesday during the month of June, we will host Quincy students at Brewster Place in the Klinge Activity Center from 9:00—11:00 am. We are looking for residents to volunteer their time to make this camp a reality. No special skills required; your presence is enough to impact the students’ experiences! This is a great way for our residents to fulfill all five Dimensions of Wellness. If you can volunteer four Wednesday mornings, or just one Wednesday morning, it would be greatly appreciated! For questions or to get involved, please call Katy Wright at 274-3309.
Camp Schedule 9:00—11:00 am Klinge Activity Center Wednesday, June 5 Textiles Day Wednesday, June 12 Egg Drop Challenge 2.0 Wednesday, June 19 Science and Technology Wednesday, June 26 Career Day
Creative Arts with Kris Saia Kaw Valley Wood Carvers
Make It Monday
Friday, June 21 1:00 pm | Redwood Penthouse Art Studio We challenge you to CREATE! Wood carving might just be for you and what better way to get started than learning from the experts from Kaw Valley Wood Carvers. Join us!
STARS & STRIPES! Monday, June 3 1:00—2:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Come make a patriotic door decoration with us. All supplies are provided.
Trash & Treasure Donations
Model Railroaders Display
Saturday, June 8 10:00 am—5:00 pm Klinge Activity Center
e had a successful Trash & Treasure Sale in April and now it’s time to clean out your store rooms, drawers, shelves and cabinets and make donations for the next sale in the fall. Bring your donations to the Klinge Activity Center for the Trash & Treasure Crew to sort and price. If you need assistance, please call the Help Desk at 2743399. If you would like to help sort and price items for the Sale, please join the Trash & Treasure Crew every Thursday at 1:00 pm in the Klinge Activity Center. If you have any questions, please call Kris Saia at 274-3317.
Sunday, June 9 11:00 am—4:00 pm Klinge Activity Center
e are excited once again to host the Topeka Model Railroaders on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9. This group has as its mission “to promote the hobby of model railroading and generate fellowship among model railroaders and to provide a source of help and information about the hobby for any one interested in the hobby or for those who are needing help with all aspects of the hobby.” We hope you will stop by and view the intricate railroad display, visit with the railroaders, and share stories of “all things trains!” Invite a friend! 5
Updates and Programs by Jeremy Hall, Director of Brewster Foundation
News & Views with Kevin McFarland
Vicki Brokke CEO Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy Thursday, June 6 | 10:00 am The Evergreens Community Room
Tuesday, June 11 10:15 am Redwood Chandler Sun Porch
evin McFarland joins us on Tuesday June 11th for another round of News and Views. Kevin presents stories and news items for discussion and input. We are always able to learn something and look at a topic from a different view after the wonderful conversation at News and Views. Be a part of the conversation at the Chandler Sun Porch in the Redwood Building for this enjoyable morning of conversation.
e will be hosting Vicki Brokke, the CEO of the Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy. She will be sharing with us the process that TCTA goes through to decide what shows to bring to our Community. She will give us a back stage view of the workings of TCTA. I am sure we will also discuss the upcoming shows and activities that the TCTA is involved with. Make sure to join us on Thursday June 6th at 10:00 AM in the Evergreens Community Room.
Tune In and Stay Informed!
rewster Place has always been on the cutting edge and that includes how we communicate with residents. Since 2000 we have had our very own closed-circuit TV channel, BPTV 1960, that is used to communicate information about activities, events, classes, programs, trips and more. In addition, music is streamed via the Internet 24/7. Local church services are played on Tuesday (First Baptist) and Thursday (First Congregational) mornings and a weekly movie is shown on Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm. Tune in and see what’s happening! In addition to BPTV 1960, we also have added BPTV 1961 which showcases the same images 1961 as BPTV 1960, but the audio is streamed from the University of Kansas Audio-Reader program. Tune to BPTV 1961 to hear the latest news from regional newspapers read aloud. A schedule of the programs can be found at the Redwood Information Center or The Evergreens Library.
Honoring Our Veterans
e are proud to have many veterans who call Brewster Place home. We have worked hard to honor veterans that have lived at Brewster H O N O R I N G Place as well as their spouses and our many staff members who have served in our armed forces. We have a wonderful Veteran’s Wall of Honor in the Dorothy Trueblood Resident Art Gallery in VETERANS the lower level of Redwood that showcases photos of our veterans. Brewster plans to continue honoring our veterans, and we are exploring ways to expand how we do that. For the last several months, a small group of staff and residents have discussed and looked at creating an expanded Veterans Honor area as part of the expansion project. If you have any interest in this project, please contact Jeremy Hall at 274-3327 or Joe Ewert at 274-3392 to learn more.
Blood Pressure Clinic
News from Security and Transportation
id you know that nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure? Many of those affected don’t even know they have it. High blood pressure is considered a “silent killer” as many times there are no symptoms.
Transportation Number 274-3320 Please note: The Transportation number is 274-3320. Please call this number to arrange for rides both on and off campus. Please do not call 274-5000 for transportation purposes. Thank you!
Having your blood pressure checked regularly is an important part of your physical wellness. Brewster Place has always offered free Blood Pressure Clinics and we want to inform you of a change in our schedule. We are pleased to be partnering with Phoenix Home Health and Hospice of Topeka who will now conduct our clinics. Beginning Thursday, June 6, the Brewster Blood Pressure Clinics will be held each Thursday from 1:00—2:00 pm in the Main Street Winchell Wellness Center and from 2:00— 3:00 pm at The Evergreens Community Room. If you have any questions about the clinics, please call Tearra Lynch, RN, Community Health Nurse Manager, at 274-3343.
Redwood East and West Entrances Beginning Friday, June 21 Please note that beginning Friday, June 21, the west and east entrance doors to Redwood will be locked at 5:30 pm. There will be key fob access as well as access via the Call Box. Thank you for your support in making Brewster Place a safe place to live and work.
At the Movies Thursdays at 2:00 pm BPTV 1960
Summer BINGO at Brewster!
June 6 “Amelia” (2009 biography about Amelia Earhart)
ometimes the simplest pleasures bring the most joy! We invite you to gather with your friends and neighbors for summer BINGO! We have a new volunteer caller in June. We want to thank Diane Kimsey, Meadows Elementary School teacher, for volunteering her time!
June 13 “Good Sam” (2019 inspiring drama based on a book) June 20 “War Horse” (2011 drama based on a book)
Here’s the June BINGO Schedule Tuesday, June 4 6:00 pm Klinge Activity Center Called by United Methodist Church volunteers
“June 27 “First Man” (2018 biography about Neil Armstrong)
Wednesdays, June 12, 19 and 26 7:00 pm Called by Diane Kimsey Klinge Activity Center
Wakarusa River Valley HERITAGE MUSEUM Thursday, June 13 9:30 am | Lobbies Bloomington Park Clinton Lake
“Once they flooded the lake, all of the history started rising to the top.” -Martha Parker, Founder and Historian Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum
The Underground Railroad A Safe Passage to Freedom
awrence, Kansas is known as the home of the University of Kansas and the Jayhawks. But historically, Lawrence and the surrounding area played a central role in the abolitionist movement in the mid-1800s. Many slaves came through Kansas on their way to freedom using the Underground Railroad. While this path was not a railroad, nor underground, it did convey the people from South to North in a secretive manner. The Underground Railroad was vital in the safe passage for runaway slaves to achieve freedom. The abolitionists who participated (conductors) risked their lives as well as their families by aiding the slaves. This was a bold act without regard to self. Many homes were burned down as well as men killed by ruffians or raiders seeking out runaway slaves to return to their “master’s” hoping to profit from the steep bounty posted for their delivery. To learn more about this rich history, we are going to tour the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum and learn more about how the Underground Railroad passed through Lawrence and Douglas County. We will tour local cemeteries and get oral commentary about the history of the area as it relates to the Underground Railroad. In addition, we will enjoy a picnic lunch at the Museum. Tour is $20. Transportation is $13. Lunch is $7. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Space is limited to 20 people. (Please note: The restroom is not wheelchair accessible).
Left: A great photo of Jan Seagraves at the National Skilled Nursing Care Week BBQ at Brewster Health Center. Below: Jean Hinton and Nurse Connie Havens at the Monthly Milestones celebration.
Sharing Our Gifts Sharing Friendship Sharing Smiles
Left: Dick Nichol presented a wonderful piano program for over 90 guests in May. Dick has always been generous in sharing his time and talent with us. Thank you, Dick, for all you do for our community!
celebrations | new beginnings | fond farewells
Birthdays Janet Bair-Rost Mary Hoffman M.L. Davis Ted Bernard Dan Cain Jack Renander Leona Brinkmeyer Myrtle Johnson June Tebbutt Jerry Hinton (Happy 100th!) Winnie Kingman Dottie Harder Jerry Reed Freida Schriner Celia Eddy Clyde Burton Dorothy Prager Shirley Kossoy Janet Strukel Dottie Richard Bob Sparling Molly Wieland Myrna Wegner Marvin Flaming Betty Penney Phyllis Stroud Lois Fensler
Staff Anniversaries 3 4 7 8 10 10 11 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 16 17 19 20 21 23 23 24 25 27 27 27 28
Anniversaries Benny and Wanda Meyer Paul and Beverly Hammond John and Lonna Reinecke Ken and Doris Peery Tom and Phyllis McMahon Eugene and Waunita Shoemaker Larry and Anita Wolgast John and Alicia Salisbury John and Dorothy Funk Harold and Anna Hula Adrian and Mary Allen
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New Residents Virginia Will
In Memoriam Mrs. Pauline Ricks Mr. Walter David Dr. John â€œAlanâ€? Bradbury
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Brewster staff members who are celebrating their employment anniversaries in June!
Department Administration John Long Dining Services Joane Williams Michael Larkin Barbara Renner Environmental Services Jerry Hutley Ron Burgen Richard Wilson Dorothy Arnold Bertha Cavens Health Services Valerie Rishel Health Services Jessica Lozano Diana Guyton Darlene Salter Jessica Mohr Brandi Rishel Ashlea Cross Rachel Kolbek Alfred Johnson James Ezell Stacey Broers Lisa Peavler Human Resources Dayna Luksa Rehab Deb Rennie Maria Prater Security/Transportation Misty Scheele Arthur Wiseman Sharon Palmeroni Steven Bonner Ron Dean Therapy Jebel Odgers Autumn Brading Rochelle Pyle Heather Holthaus Pamela Robinett-Ebert
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june on-campus events Karli Swedland Concert | Tuesday, June 4 | 3:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Karli is the beautiful great granddaughter of resident Verna Markham. She has many musical gifts that she is going to share. It will be fun to listen to her. Quincy Elementary Summer Camp at Brewster Place Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, and 26 | 9:00 am | Klinge Activity Center See article on 5 of this issue. KU Osher Lifelong Learning Series | Wednesdays, June 5, 12, and 19 | 2:00 pm | Main Street Chapel Please see article on the front page of this issue. Topeka Model Railroaders Display | Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9 | Klinge Activity Center Topeka Model Railroaders is a group of model railroad hobbyists that come together to support a local HO scale modular club layout. They will set up a large display of trains, buildings and other interesting items along the route. The engineers will be available to chat about the wonders of driving these exceptional small models. Be sure to come check it out. New Poetry Group | Monday, June 10 | 3:00 pm | Redwood Founders Room Are you a “part time” poet, or just like to hear poetry read, or to read poems to an audience? Whatever your interest may be, Dr. Jim Ransom will be happy to see you on Monday, June 10 to organize a group of Brewsterites who like poetry in its many forms. Dr. Ransom, a new Brewster Place resident, is the author of a book of poems entitled “Immortal Prairie and Other Poems.” He envisions a wide-ranging approach to poetry, with readings from outstanding poets over the ages, and occasional visits from poets active in our community today. But the format of the meetings will mainly be determined by the preferences of the members. This should be a stimulating and educational new opportunity open to all residents. Hope to see you on June 10. Jay & Tammy Variety Show | Monday, June 10 | 6:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Come enjoy the lively sounds of Jay and Tammy. They are talented professional musicians on guitar, bass and vocals and have a broad generational appeal. They select the best in various styles of music and perform an impressive repertoire of vocal and instrumental selections, remarkably spanning nearly a century of American music. This program is sponsored by the Brewster Service Fund. It is not to be missed — invite a friend! Bridge | Tuesdays, June 11 and 25 | 7:00 pm | Redwood Lounge If interested please call residents Doris Davidson at 286-1432 or Christel Marquardt at 274-5509. Marty Edwards Sing-A-Long | Saturday, June 15 | 6:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Marty Edwards will provide popular music from the 40s through the 80s. Feel free to join in the singing and just relax to the music. Movie and Discussion with Chaplain Roger | Monday, June 17 | 2:00 pm | Main Street Chapel See article page 4 of this issue. Five to Thrive Luncheon | Tuesday, June 18 |11:30 am | Klinge Activity Center The speaker will be Brad Rea, Physician’s Assistant at Tallgrass Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. He will give us updates on all things going on with orthopedic medicine including the replacement of hips and knees. The lunch costs $7. Reservations are required by June 14. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Santa Fe Band | Tuesday, June 18 | 7:00 pm | Redwood Veranda Strike up the band! Come and enjoy a lovely evening with the Santa Fe Band. It is a great summer tradition at Brewster Place and we hope you’ll join the fun. Summer Book Group | Monday, June 24 | 2:00 pm | The Evergreens Community Room Per resident request we are starting a summer book group. The first book is Devil in White City by Erik Larson. The book is based on real characters and events. It tells the story of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair from the viewpoint of the designers, including Daniel Burnham, and also tells the story of H. H. Holmes, a criminal figure in that same time. The discussion leader will be Miranda Ericsson of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for a copy of the book. We must share copies as the number is very limited. Blanche Bryden Collegiate Group | Thursday, June 27 | 1:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Come enjoy the beautiful music of these collegiate students representing the Sunflower Music Festival. These are exceptional strings students who will be sharing their talents with us.
june off-campus events Prairie Band Casino Trip and Lunch | Thursday, June 6 | 11:00 am | Lobbies Let’s go try our luck at the slot machines and tables at Prairie Band Casino. It is sure to be a great time. Transportation is $13. Lunch will be Dutch treat. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. First Friday Art Walk | Friday, June 7 | 5:15 pm | Lobbies Let’s go see what ART is happening in Topeka on the First Friday Art Walk. We will start at Southwind Gallery (owned and operated by our very own Janet Paduh) and progress through the city to other galleries. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Underground Railroad Tour with Picnic Lunch | Thursday, June 13 | 9:30 am | Lobbies We are going to tour the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum and learn more about how the Underground Railroad passed through Lawrence and Douglas County. We will drive to local cemeteries and get oral commentary about the history of the area as it relates to the underground railroad. In addition, we will enjoy a picnic lunch at the Museum. Tour cost is $20. Transportation cost is $13. Lunch cost is $7. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Space is limited to 20 people. Please note the restroom is not wheelchair accessible. Topeka Civic Theatre | Thursday, June 13 | 5:45 pm | Lobbies The Topeka Civic Theatre presents The Explorers Club. The setting is London 1879 and the prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Tickets are $33. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Morning Walk at the Topeka Zoo | Thursday, June 20 | 10:00 am | Lobbies Come and stroll the Topeka Zoo with us. We will check on the baby animals and enjoy other sites and sounds. Zoo admission is $6.75 for seniors. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Space is limited. Sunflower Music Festival | June 21— 29 (except Sunday, June 23) | 6:30 pm | Lobbies See article on page 2 of this issue.
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