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MEET YOU THERE!

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PROGRAMS

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Preschool Youth Activities Adult Activities Senior Fitness & Wellness Sports

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REGISTRATION

Choose from one of the many classes, activities, sports or other programs offered through Shawnee County Parks + Recreation and we’ll make it easy for you to register!

Tulip Time Festival

• To register online, go to parks.snco.us and click the Online Registration icon. • Forms may also be mailed, walked in, phoned in or faxed to any Shawnee County Parks + Recreation facility.

CANCELLATION

Programs may be combined or cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. A full refund or account credit will be issued for programs, sports leagues or shelter reservations cancelled by the SCP+R Department. Credit card refunds can only be processed if program was cancelled by SCP+R.

REFUND POLICY

A full refund or account credit will be issued for programs or shelter reservations canceled by Shawnee County Parks + Recreation. All refunds follow the County Treasurer’s bill-paying schedule and will be issued by County check. There are no cash or credit card refunds.

PROGRAM REFUNDS :

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Events Tulip Time Former Pro Imparts Life’s Lessons to Youth

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Golf Courses Kossover Tennis Center Shawnee County Trails Preschools Enhancing your Parks + Recreation Experience Fitness Pass SCPR Foundation Volunteer Helen Hocker Theater Facility Rentals Old Prairie Town Regional Parks Adopt-a-Park/Trail Topeka Zoo Directory

• 90 percent refund with at least seven days notice by the participant • 50 percent refund with less than seven days notice

SPORTS LEAGUES AND CLINICS, PROGRAMS, ROOM RENTALS

• 20 percent cancellation fee if cancelled by participant at least 21 days prior to the program start date. • 50 percent account credit with less than 21 days notice prior to start date. Account credit shall be utilized within 12 months.

SHELTER RENTALS AND OLD PRAIRIE TOWN/WARD-MEADE

• 20 percent cancellation fee for rentals cancelled by the participant at least 60 days prior to the reservation. • 50 percent account credit for cancellations with less than 60 days notice. No account credit for cancellations with less than seven days notice. Transfers to a lower price shelter shall not yield a refund. Account credit shall be utilized within 12 months.

CAMPGROUND

All campground fees are non-refundable including unused reservations.

REFUND REQUESTS

A Refund Request Form must be completed by participant. Forms are available at parks.snco.us, SCP+R community centers, administrative offices or by calling 251-6800 and form can be mailed or emailed to participant.

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2018 WINTER/SPRING

EVENTS FEB. 2, 22, 23, APR. 27 SCHOOL DAYS OUT AT OAKLAND

When school is out SCP+R staff will provide a fun, safe environment for children. Pre-registration required. Time: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fee: $15 per person per day

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POLAR PLUNGE

Lake Shawnee Swim Beach Take an icy plunge into Lake Shawnee to benefit Special Olympics. Visit www.plungeks.org Time: Registration 9:30-11:45 a.m. Plunge begins at Noon.

FEB. 10

DADDY DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT

Big Gage Shelter House Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or stepfathers: bring your special girl and enjoy a glamorous evening! Dinner, dancing, pictures and prizes will highlight the evening. This year’s theme is Candy Land! Age: 2-16 yrs. Time: 6-8 p.m. Fee: $40 per couple, $14/additional daughter

MARCH 19-21 SPRING BREAK

Lake Shawnee Swim Beach

Enjoy fun and games with center staff. Crestview 251-6960 Oakland 251-6953 Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 6-12 yrs. Date: March 19-21 Fee: $75 per week

MARCH 29

MOONLIGHT EGG HUNT

Shawnee North Community Center Time: 8-9 p.m. Fee: $10 per person Age: 5-12 yrs.

APRIL 6-23 TULIP TIME

Lake Shawnee, Gage Park, Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Botanical Garden

APRIL 6-15 TULIPS AT TWILIGHT

Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Botanical Garden Time: 6-10 p.m. Fee: Suggested donation $5 Children 5 and under free

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TULIP TIME FESTIVAL AT THE LAKE

Lake Shawnee – Ted Ensley Gardens Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee: Suggested donation $5

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Tulips at Twilight

Tulip Time Festival

TULIP TIME APRIL

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100,000 tulips in three public gardens plus two very special events Tulip Time 2018 is set for April 6-23. More than 100,000 tulips of multiple varieties will blanket Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee, Old Prairie Town/ Ward-Meade Botanical Garden, and Doran Rock Garden and Gage Park.

TULIP TIME INCLUDES TWO POPULAR SPECIAL EVENTS: TULIPS AT TWILIGHT

TULIP TIME FESTIVAL AT THE LAKE

Tulips at Twilight was a huge hit last year. See more than 40,000 tulips illuminated by candle light and more than 30 lighted displays including larger-than-life illuminated flowers as you stroll along candlelit pathways.

One of Tulip Time’s most popular features, Tulip Time Festival at the Lake returns to Ted Ensley Gardens. Enjoy musical performances, visit craft vendors, grab lunch from one of the food trucks and stroll the gardens to enjoy 60,000 multi-colored tulips alongside Lake Shawnee.

April 6-15 Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Botanical Garden

Live music and Old Prairie Town building tours on Friday and Saturday evenings. This year, the garden will also be open Sunday through Thursday for a more tranquil experience. Presented by Friends of Ward-Meade

Time: 6-10 p.m. Fee: Suggested donation $5 Children 5 and under free.

April 8 Lake Shawnee – Ted Ensley Gardens

Presented by Friends of Ted Ensley Gardens.

Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee: Suggested donation $5 Tulip Time is made possible by: Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Foundation, Friends of Ted Ensley Gardens, Friends of Ward-Meade, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation

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FORMER PRO IMPARTS LIFE’S LESSONS TO YOUTH

Brent Reese-Hackett once scored 73 points in a high-school basketball game. He went on to play 2 ½ years of professional basketball in Lithuania’s top basketball league. Now, he spends his time teaching youth such lessons as discipline and purpose which can be learned through sports but apply to success in life. As a recreation leader for Shawnee County Parks + Recreation, Reese-Hackett runs Central Park Community Center. He will share with youth who come into the center the same lessons he teaches in his “Clinic 73” basketball training program outside of work. He gives as an example a 6’ 3” middle school student who attends school for a half-day and then comes over to the community center. The student could be one of the best high school basketball players in Topeka, but doesn’t want to go into the gym. Reese-Hackett tells him, “Next year is high school. Your window of opportunity starts. Every day it shrinks.”

He also shows the youth how, after he and Reese-Hackett have played ping pong for two weeks, their skills at the game have improved. When they practice, they get better. This follows the two key messages Reese-Hackett teaches: To succeed in life, you must develop discipline and confidence. Lose either and you forfeit your window of opportunity to be great. He spares nothing in teaching youth. When they ask why he didn’t play in the NBA he tells them that he lost his discipline. He let college, girls, cars, money and other things distract him. But, he harbors no bitterness as he watches his friends play basketball on television. He knows his mistakes and he knows what his friends did to be successful. When his pro team could no longer make its payroll, ReeseHackett returned home to Texas where he grew up with former the University of Kansas star Keith Langford and Keith’s brother

Kevin. Having landed a lucrative contract to play in Italy, Keith Langford wanted to give back to the Fort Worth community. So, they held tryouts for ReeseHackett to build and coach an AAU team with Langford as the sponsor. Tryouts yielded so many players that they created two teams. For Reese-Hackett, a new career training youth to have a purpose and learn to use their gym time wisely had begun. “A lot of kids, the first thing they do when they come into the gym is shoot three pointers,” he explains. “I’ve broken down the process of what you should do from the time you come in to the time you leave.” He doesn’t divulge his “secret sauce” but, it boils down to five areas that include developing athletic ability, skills and shooting. All five are taught in every session so that the players know what to do on their own in between training sessions. They must put in time in all five areas.

$5 tour affords fascinating trip through pioneer life

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“I TRY TO CREATE A WORK ETHIC AND CONFIDENCE THAT YOU CAN DEVELOP ON THE BASKETBALL COURT AND USE IN EVERYDAY LIFE.”

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“We can teach someone how to shoot, but, you have to be able to get by somebody,” he says, illustrating how players have to develop a full set of skills. When it comes to practice, he calls repetition the “father” of learning. He cites author Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule which proposes that to truly master something, a person must practice the skill for 10,000 hours.

“TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WINDOWS WHEN YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY. EVERY DAY, YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE GREAT SHRINKS.” “There isn’t a certain number you have to follow,” Reese-Hackett says. “Your rep count might be different than the next person’s. You just know you have to put in the time.” He adds, “If you want to do it, that’s one thing. If someone’s making you do it, that’s another.” In other words, he can help any player improve, but there will be a marked difference between the skill of the player who really loves the game and the one who is playing because his father wanted him to play. “I try to create a work ethic and confidence that you can develop on the basketball court and use in everyday life,” Reese-Hackett says. Local youth are unaware that Reese-Hackett holds Texas’ high school record for points scored in a two-game period (125) and they don’t know much about his pro career. But, through his training program, his reputation is growing. He tells the youth that basketball isn’t about going to the NBA or being a pro athlete. It is about life lessons and opportunities such as meeting people who could help his career and getting to travel to places in the world he would never have seen. “I had the chance to be successful because of my ability to make a shot,” he tells them, adding the cautionary note, “My window of success as a player is closed, but now I have a greater opportunity.” That opportunity is to teach youth to “take advantage of windows when you have the opportunity. Every day, your opportunity to be great shrinks.”

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PROGRAMS

PRESCHOOL Toddler Open Gym

Children enjoy this opportunity to be active and work on large motor development in a social setting. Groups are welcome. Fee: Free Date: Ongoing Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Time: Wed. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Thur. 9-10:30 a.m. Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Time: Tue., Thur. 10 a.m.-Noon

Tumbling

Basic movement and coordination; increases flexibility and motor skills. Fee: $30 per person per session Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Jan. 8-Feb. 5, Feb. 19-March 19, April 2- April 30 Time: Mon. 5:30-6 p.m. Date: Jan. 11-Feb. 8, Feb. 22-March 22, April 5-May 3 Time: Thur. 5:30-6 p.m.

Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Feb. 3-March 3, March 24-April 21 Time: Sat. 9:30-10 a.m.

Ballet

Develop coordination, rhythm and basic ballet moves. Fee: $30 per person per session Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Jan. 11-Feb. 8, Feb. 22-March 22, April 5-May 3 Time: Thur. 6:15-6:45 p.m.

Ballet

Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Feb. 3-March 3, March 24-April 21 Time: Sat. 10-10:30 a.m.

Tap Dance

Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Jan. 11-Feb. 8, Feb. 22-March 22, April 5-May 3 Time: Thur. 6:45-7:15 p.m. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Feb. 3-March 3, March 24-April 21 Time: Sat. 10:30-11 a.m.

YOUTH Youth Open Gym

Fee: Free Age: 18 and under

Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Date: Ongoing Time: Mon.-Thur. 3-6:30 p.m., Fri. 1-5:30 p.m., Sat. Noon-3 p.m. Rice Community Center 251-6976 Date: Ongoing Time: Mon.-Thur. 3-6:30 p.m. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Date: Ongoing Time: Mon.-Fri. 3-5:30 p.m. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Ongoing Time: Mon.-Fri. 3-5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Date: Ongoing Time: Mon.-Thur. 6-6 p.m. Fri. 3-5:30 p.m.

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MARTIAL ARTS

DANCE

Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 7+ Date: Ongoing Time: Tue. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $30 per person per month

Building on basic tumbling skills. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 5-7 yrs. Date: Jan. 8-Feb. 5, Feb. 19-March 19, April 2- April 30 Time: Mon. 6-6:30 p.m. Fee: $30 per person per session

Tae Kwon Do Beginners & Advanced

Beginners Karate Okinawan Shorin-Ryu

Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Tue., Thur. 6-7 p.m. Fee: $30 per month

Advanced Karate Okinawan Shorin-Ryu

Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Tue., Thur. 6-7:30 p.m. Fee: $42 per month

Karate

Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Time: Mon., Wed. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $30 per month

Advanced Tumbling

Jazz

Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 5-7 yrs. Date: Jan. 8-Feb. 5, Feb. 19-March 19, April 2- April 30 Time: Mon. 6:45-7:30 p.m. Fee: $30 per person per session

FUN

School Days Out at Oakland

When school is out SCP+R staff will provide a fun, safe environment for children. Pre-registration required. Age: 6-12 yrs. Date: Feb. 2, 22, 23, Apr. 27 Time: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fee: $15 per person per day

Spring Break

Enjoy fun and games with center staff. Crestview 251-6960 Oakland 251-6953 Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 6-12 yrs. Date: March 19-21 Fee: $75 per week

Moonlight Egg Hunt

Bring a flashlight and wear you walking shoes! The hunt takes place on the Nature Trail.Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline March 26. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 5-12 yrs. Date: March 29 Time: Thurs. 8-9 p.m. Fee: $10 per person

ADULT Airplane Club

Fly or watch indoor remote control planes. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Ongoing Time: Thur. 10:30 a.m.-Noon Fee: Free

Karate - Okinawan Shorin-Ryu

All classes family friendly. Check youth classes for dates and times. Crestview Community Center 251-6960

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Advanced Karate - Okinawan Shorin-Ryu All classes family friendly. Check youth classes for dates and times. Crestview Community Center 251-6960

Tae Kwon Do – Beginners & Advanced

All classes family friendly. Check youth classes for dates and times. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676

Beekeeper Class

Master beekeepers Steve & Becky Tipton offer exciting opportunities in beekeeping. Explore hive construction, installing the bees and hive management up until harvest time. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 12 + Date: Feb. 21, March 21, April 18 Time: Wed. 6:30-8 p.m. Fee: Free

Oil and Acrylic Painting

Learn the basics of oil or acrylic using the Old Masters technique. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Jan. 3-24, Jan. 31-Feb. 21, Feb. 28-March 21, March 28-April 18 Time: Wed. 9:15-11:15 a.m. Date: Jan. 3-24, Jan. 31-Feb. 21, Feb. 28-March 21, March 28-April 18 Time: Wed. 1-3 p.m. Date: Jan. 4-25, Feb. 1-22, March 1-22, March 29-April 19 Time: Thur. 1-3 p.m. Fee: $40 per person per session

Antique Trunk Restoration

Joyce Myers will preview your trunk after you register. Class size is limited. Registration deadline is April 10. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 18+ Date: April 16-20 Time: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee: $60 per person

GOLF Courses Lake Shawnee 4141 SE East Edge Road 785.251.6840 www.lakeshawneegolf.com The par-70 layout at Lake Shawnee Golf Course measures more than 6,300 yards from the back tees. Many of the course’s holes combine breathtaking views and the challenges of playing alongside Lake Shawnee. The manageable length of the golf course and affordable anytime rates make Lake Shawnee Golf Course your best choice for golf in the region. Cypress Ridge 2533 SW Urish Road 785.251.6870 www.cypressridgegc.com Cypress Ridge Golf Course offers a challenge for golfers of all ages and skill levels. Located at the western edge of the Capital City, Cypress Ridge offers 6,200 rolling yards of excellent golf with affordable anytime rates. It is located 1 ½ miles west of the Wanamaker corridor just south of 21st Street on Urish Road.

Forbes 700 SW Capehart Road 785.862.0114 www.forbesgc.com Forbes is a nine-hole, par-36 layout in southeast Shawnee County. Measuring 3,253 yards, the course offers a relaxed atmosphere for golfers of all skill levels. Featuring three sets of tees on a links style layout, the course can be challenging for the experienced, yet easy enough for beginners. FootGolf Along with traditional golf, Forbes offers FootGolf, a unique blend of the popular sports of soccer and golf. The game is played with a soccer ball on the golf course but with separate greens featuring 21-inch diameter cups. The goal of FootGolf is to kick the ball in the hole with the fewest strokes possible. The course is set up as an 18-hole par-66 layout measuring 2,057 yards.

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Altered Books Techniques

TOPEKA & SHAWNEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CLASSES

KOSSOVER Tennis Center Hours of Operation

The Kossover Tennis Center offers low-cost, organized programs and supervised tennis play for the entire community. The Tennis Center is open April 1 – mid-October, seven days a week, except during inclement weather and holidays. Courts are available 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Facility lights are available for use in the spring/summer until 10 p.m. and in the fall until 8 p.m. Hours are subject to change due to reservation requests and court use.

Daily Court Fees $2 per person per day

Reservations are strongly recommended as leagues, clinics, tennis tournaments and high school activities authorized by Shawnee County Parks + Recreation have first priority on court usage. To make reservations or for more information, please contact Eric at Kossover Tennis Center at 785.273.0030.

Tennis Lessons

Private lessons $35 per hour Semi-Private lessons $20 per hour per person Group lessons $9 per hour

Racquet Stringing

Racquet stringing service is available at Kossover Tennis Center.

Camps and Clinics

Kossover Tennis Center also features tennis camps and youth summer tennis clinics.

For more information on lessons, reservations, tournaments and the Topeka Tennis Association 785.273.0030

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Button Jewelry

In this class, you will learn to make buttons into fashionable jewelry. Materials provided. Fee: Free Crestview Community Center 251-2960 Date: Jan. 3 Time: Wed. 1-2:30 p.m. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Jan. 25 Time: Thur. 9-10:30 a.m.

Book Group

Join this neighborhood book club if you like to chat about what you’re reading. In December read “Martian” and in January read “Whose Names Are Unknown”. Use your own book or pick one up at the Library. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Fee: Free Date: Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, May 9 Time: Wed. 1-2 p.m.

Community Story Time

Stories, songs and finger plays that encourage a love of reading and help develop early learning skills. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Fee: Free Age: 3-5 yrs. Date: Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, May 10 Time: Thur. 10:30-11 a.m.

Art & You

Enjoy hands-on art projects for kids with a variety of materials and techniques. Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Fee: Free Age: Grades K-5, 6-12 yrs. Date: Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25 Time: Wed. 4-5 p.m. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Age: 6-12 yrs. Fee: Free Date: Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, and May 2 Time: Wed. 4-5 p.m.

Altering an unwanted book, allows you to express your creativity and recycle at the same time! Handson demonstrations and materials provided. Fee: Free Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Feb. 7 Time: Wed. 1-2:30 p.m. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Feb. 22 Time: Thur. 9-10:30 a.m.

Paper Quilting

This workshop will be mash-up of quilting and collage. Using paper and found objects, you will create beautiful designs that are suitable for framing. Or you can work on a smaller scale to create note cards. Materials provided. Fee: Free Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: March 7 Time: Wed. 1-2:30 p.m. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: March 29 Time: Thur. 9-10:30 a.m.

Handmade Envelopes

Learn to make your own envelopes out of handmade or scrapbook paper, or even recycled newspapers, magazines, and books. Materials provided. Fee: Free Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: April 4 Time: Wed. 1-2:30 p.m. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: April 26 Time: Thur. 9-10:30 a.m.

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Computerized Genealogy

This class is for all levels of experience. Learn to use print and online resources. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 18 + Date: Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 Time: Thur. 10-11:30 a.m. Fee: Free

TSCPL LEARN AND PLAY BUS TIMES AND LOCATIONS Tuesdays 9-11:30 a.m. Hillcrest Community Center 1800 SE 21st St.

Thursdays 9-11:30 a.m. Oakland Community Center 801 NE Poplar St.

ADAPTIVE PROGRAMS Wallyball

Enjoy a chance to learn a new game. Wallyball is similar to volleyball and is played on a racquetball court. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Age: 18+ Date: Ongoing Time: Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee: $3 per person per hour

Racquetball

Hillcrest has two indoor courts available. Equipment is provided. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Age: 18+ Date: Ongoing Time: Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee: $3 per person per hour

Pickleball

This is a fun sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Equipment is provided. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Age: 18+ Date: Ongoing Time: Mon., Fri. 10 a.m.- Noon Fee: $2 per person

Dancehouse

Spend an evening with your friends. Listen to music from Solid Rock Sound Machine. Big Gage Shelter House 251-6800 Age: 16+ Date: Jan. 11, Feb. 15, March 8, April 12, May 10 Time: Thur. 6-8 p.m. Fee: $5 per person

Shawnee County

TRAILS

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s more than 50 miles of trails offer a leisurely stroll with side ventures into beautiful gardens, or a hike, run or mountain bike ride up hilly terrain leading to panoramic views of the county. There are more than 27 miles of paved trails and more than 26 miles of natural surface trails running through forested, prairie and open natural areas. Shawnee County Parks + Recreation is continually increasing the number and length of trails in our community while connecting as many trails as possible. Shunga Trail – 8.5-mile paved concrete pedestrian/bicycle trail beginning at SW 29th and McClure and continuing east to SE 2nd. The trail will eventually stretch across Topeka. Lake Shawnee Trail – 7-mile paved concrete pedestrian/bicycle trail encircling the lake. Dornwood Nature Trail – 9.9 miles of natural surface, woodland hiking trails accessible from SE 25th and Highland. Landon Trail – 4.75-mile paved and gravel trail along an abandoned railroad track running from SE 15th to SE 45th. Azura Trails at Skyline Park – Four single-track loop trails comprising 4.7 miles of natural surface trails through wooded and prairie areas. Warren Nature Area – 4 miles of natural surface trails beginning at SW 25th and Gage east of Felker Park. The trail includes a wetland to slow and clean runoff water from streets and neighborhoods. Many birds, mammals and aquatic species can be found here. Welton Grove Park – 3 miles of natural surface trails. Clarion Woods Trail – 1.54 miles of single-track trail through a red cedar forest.

Brookfield Park – .3-mile paved trail. Shawnee North Nature Trail – 2-mile natural surface trail on undeveloped parkland comprised of grasslands and wooded areas. Shawnee North Community Park also has a .8 mile paved fitness loop trail encircling the west side of the park. Deer Creek Trail – 2-mile trail from SE Golden to SE 6th and SE 6th to SE 10th. Grant-Bradbury – Located west of Forbes Field, 2 miles of natural surface trails run through 80 acres of virgin prairie that has never been plowed. The area includes hundreds of native prairie species, some of which are scarcely found elsewhere in the state. Soldier Creek Trail – 1.8-mile paved concrete bicycle/pedestrian trail from NE Garfield Park to NW Lyman Road. Orville Rice Nature Trail – 1-mile mowed grass single track trail following Shunga Creek from SW Gage to Shunga Glen Park. Oakland-Billard/Santa Fe Park Trails – 1.6 miles of paved trail. Freedom Valley – .75-mile concrete path.

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SENIOR Pitch

Bright Circle Preschool

TDC’s Creative Learning Adventures Preschool

Betsey Litscher 785-235-1033

300 NE 43rd St. Sharon Botsford, director 785-286-0676 or 785-272-5051 www.learnplaygrow.org

Bright Circle is a KDHE licensed preschool program serving children 3-5 years old. We’ve been educating preschool-aged children for more than 35 years! We believe that children learn best through the natural play environment. The early years of a child’s life are most important because that is when the characteristics of their personalities and their own self-image develop. We strive to provide appropriate activities to develop each child socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. Through these activities, children are encouraged to learn through play, and develop their skills through self-learning, peer education and teacher-directed activities. We value not just learning, but the love of learning as well. In order to ensure individual attention, class size is limited to 15 students. A $35 non-refundable registration is required; tuition of $11 per day is collected at the beginning of each month. Velma K. Paris Community Center, 6715 SW Westview Rd Tue., Wed., Thur. 9-11:30 a.m. Other classes will be opened as the need arises. Lake Shawnee Recreation Building, 3325 SE Tinman Circle *Mon.,Wed.,Fri. 9-11:30 a.m. Tue., Thur. 9-11:30 a.m. *Mon., Wed. 1-3:30 p.m. Tue., Thur. 1-3:30 p.m. *We have reserved the Mon., Wed., Fri. morning and Mon., Wed. afternoon classes for only kindergarten-bound students. This promotes a more efficient environment.

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TDC’s Creative Learning Adventures is a statelicensed preschool program serving children 3-5 years old, Aug.-May. TDC Learning Centers, Inc. has been providing high-quality, affordable early education in the Topeka community for more than 50 years! Weekly themes combined with a research-based curriculum ensure that children are having fun while learning and being prepared for kindergarten. Play and positive interaction with teachers and other children support social, emotional and intellectual growth. Special curriculum components encourage nutrition, physical fitness and socio-emotional growth. Our program spans all areas of a child’s development, offering a well-rounded, highquality learning experience. Class sizes are small, with a maximum of 12 children per session. We have two classrooms that are located in the Shawnee North Community Center. Parents are our partners and are encouraged to participate in classroom activities. Parent/teacher conferences are held twice each year where parents help develop their child’s Individual Education Plan. Developmental assessments are conducted twice each year and children who are kindergarten-bound have an additional school-readiness assessment. Children must be 3 years old and fully potty trained to participate.

Enjoy spending time with your friends playing pitch. Coffee and cards provided. Date: Ongoing Fee: $1 per person per week Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Time: Fri. 1-3 p.m. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Thur. 1-3 p.m. Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Time: Tue. 1-4 p.m.

Senior Bridge

Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Drop-in bridge program. Socialize and have fun playing bridge. Coffee and cards provided. Fee: $2 per person per week Date: Ongoing Time: Tue. 12:30-4 p.m.

Senior Basketball

Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Fee: $2 per person Time: Mon. 6-8 p.m.

Senior Shuffle Board

Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Shuffle board is a drop-in program. Join an energetic group to socialize while having fun and being active. Date: Ongoing Time: 10 a.m.-Noon Fee: $2 per person

Four different class times are offered: Mon., Wed., Fri. 9-11:30 a.m. Tue., Thur. 9-11:30 a.m. Mon., Wed. 1-3:30 p.m. Tue., Thur. 1-3:30 p.m. Tuition: $50 non-refundable registration fee/ $75 maximum for family. Class fees are $12 per session. A $40 annual supply fee covers all supplies and snacks. We reserve the right to cancel sessions if they do not fill.

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Enhancing your Parks + Recreation

EXPERIENCE:

Ever wonder how many calories you burn walking, running or cycling on Shawnee County park trails? We have more than 50 miles of trails including the 7-mile Lake Shawnee Trail, the 8.5-mile Shunga Trail, 4.7 miles of Azura Trails at Skyline Park, 9.9 miles of Dornwood Park nature trails and the .8-mile fitness loop trail and two-mile nature trail at Shawnee North Community Park. How about playing basketball, practicing karate or doing yoga? Our community centers offer these activities and more.

FITNESS & WELLNESS Adult Open Gym

A good time to get in some physical activity to stay fit. Date: Ongoing Fee: $2 per person Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Time: Mon-Sat. noon-3 p.m. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Time: Mon., Tue., Thur., Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Tue., Thur. 1-3 p.m. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Time: Mon.-Fri. Noon-3 p.m.

Racquetball/Wallyball Courts

To reserve a court please call. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Date: Ongoing Time: Mon.-Thur. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee: $3 per person/per hour

Wellness Center

Open year-round during center hours. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Fee: $50 per year adults $25 per year students Fitness Passes can be used for drop-in visits.

To help you enhance your experience in our parks, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation looked at several sources to figure how many calories you might burn in various exercise activities. First, how many calories you burn exercising depends on your age, weight and gender. A site from Health Status http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/cbc offers a Calories Burned Calculator into which you can put your own personal profile. Here are the number of calories you burn in 30 minutes of walking, running and cycling according to a chart from Harvard Health Publications (http://www.health.harvard.edu/diet-and-weightloss/calories-burned-in-30-minutes-of-leisure-and-routine-activities):

Walking 3.5 mph (17 min/mile)

Running 7.7 mph (9 min/mile)

Cycling 14.9-15.9 mph

Volleyball (competitive)

Basketball (game)

Karate

Dance (ballroom, square, disco)

Weight Lifting

Stretching, Hatha Yoga

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Weight Loss If you are interested in weight loss, according to Mayo Clinic’s website, 3,500 calories equals about one pound of fat, so you need to burn 3,500 more calories than you take in to lose 1 pound. “So if you cut 500 calories from your diet each day, you’d lose about 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories),” according to the website. The website notes that both diet and exercise are important for losing weight. The key is to consume fewer calories than you burn. Aerobic exercise is most important, but physical activity has a stronger effect in preventing weight regain. Whatever activity you choose, do it regularly. Aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity — preferably spread throughout the week. Keep in mind that you may need more physical activity to lose weight and keep it off. Studies show that people who lose weight and keep it off over the long term get regular physical activity.

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Fitness Punch Pass benefits: • Try a variety of classes • Bring a friend/share a punch pass • Choose the class that fits your schedule • Take advantage of a great value • Passes never expire • Good for any Parks + Recreation fitness class listed

Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Mon.-Fri. 10-11 a.m.

Hypno Yoga

Pickleball

Gentle Yoga

Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Time: Tue., Thur. 10 a.m.-Noon

Battle Ropes

Fee: $2 per person Crestview Community Center 251-2960 Time: Wed. 1-3 p.m.

Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Time: Mon., Wed. 10 a.m.-Noon SS Thur. 6-8 p.m.

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Gentle Yoga

Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Tues. 7-9 p.m. Fee: $2 per person

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A 5-punch card is available for $20. Or, commit to your fitness plan and purchase a 10-punch card for $40 or a 20-punch card for $80.

FITNESS PASS CLASSES: AGE 18+

March 6, Healthy Food Facts, presented by Joe Robinson, Smart Exercise Director

April 3, Gardening Ergonomics, presented by Jarvis Odgers, PT Time: Tues. 1-2 p.m.

Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Mon., Wed. Noon-1 p.m. Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Time: Tue., Thur. 9-10 a.m. Join a certified instructor in a fitness class that allows you to get fit using exercising ropes. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Time: Tue. 6-7 p.m.

Zumba

Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Mon. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Yoga

Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 16+ Time: Tues., Thur. 5:45-6:45 p.m.

Hip Hop Workout

Join a certified instructor in a class that incorporates your favorite music into cardio and aerobic workouts. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Time: Thur. 6-7 p.m.

Easy Does it Yoga

Time: Tue., Thur 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Weekend Yoga

Time: Sat. 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Exercise benefits: • Fitness classes help you de-stress • Exercise can improve your memory • People who work out regularly get sick less often • Sleep better after working out • Changing up your classes/fitness routine keeps you fresh

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SPORTS Sports Office: 251-6970

YOUTH Youth Volleyball League

Participants will be placed on teams which will practice once during the week and play games on Saturdays. Individual or team registrations accepted. Registration deadline is January 24. Age: 7-14 Date: March 3-31 Fee: $40 per person

Youth T-Ball Clinic

Individuals will learn the basics of sportsmanship, teamwork and T-ball. Clinic will run for 4 weeks. Registration deadline is Feb. 23. Felker Park Complex Age: 3-6 p.m. Date: March 5-March 26 Time: 5:30-6:15 p.m. Fee: $20 per person Shawnee North Complex Age: 3-6 Date: April 10-May 1 Time: 5:30-6:15 p.m. Fee: $20 per person

Youth Coach Pitch T-Ball League

Youth Volleyball Clinic

Learn the basics of sportsmanship, teamwork, and volleyball. Clinic will be split up by age group and will run for 4 weeks. Registration deadline is January 23. Location: TBA Age: 6-14 Date: Jan. 31-Feb. 21 Time: 6-7 p.m. Fee: $20 per person

Participants will be placed on teams which will practice once during the week and play games Mon.-Thur. Individual or team registrations accepted. Registration deadline is April 18. Felker Park Complex Shawnee North Community Park Age: 4-6 Date: May 28-July 6 Fee: $40 per person

Youth Soccer League

Youth Machine Pitch 8U and 11U

Participants will be placed on teams which will practice once during the week and play games on Saturdays. Individual or team registrations accepted. Registration deadline is Feb. 28. Bettis Family Sports Complex Shawnee North Community Park Age: 4-14 Date: April 7-May 5 Fee: $40 per person

Participants will be placed on teams which will practice once during the week and play games Mon.-Thur. Individual or team registrations accepted. Registration deadline is April 18. Felker Park Complex Age: 7-12 Date: May 28-July 6 Fee: $40 per person

Youth Soccer Clinic – in partnership with SSA

Shawnee County Amateur Baseball Association serves youth baseball athletes between the ages of four and 16. Children six and under sign up individually and team registration is required for ages 7-17. Team deposit of $250 is due Jan. 26. ALL remaining fees are due March 2. Bettis Family Sports Complex Age: 4-16 Date: April 2-July 12 Fee: 6U-$85 per child | 7U-8U $1,360 per team | 9U-13U-$1,525 per team | 14U $1,400 per team

Coaches/specialists from Sunflower Soccer Association will lead individual players in basic soccer skills and teamwork. Clinic will run for 4 weeks on Wednesday evenings. More details TBD. Shawnee North Community Park Fee: $25 per person

SCABA Baseball

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SCGSA Softball

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation

FOUNDATION MISSION:

The Shawnee County Parks & Recreation Foundation exists to enhance the park and recreation experience in Shawnee County through charitable contributions of time and resources. Your tax-deductible contribution to this 501(c)(3) can be directed into specific funds or endowments supporting the long-range preservation of various Parks + Recreation facilities. Please consider giving today.

Projects supported by generous gifts include: • • • • • • • •

• Lake Shawnee Girls Softball Adaptive Recreation • Natural Areas & Trails Bettis Family Sports Complex • Old Prairie Town Dornwood Park • Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame Gage Park & Gardens • Shawnee Yacht Club Golf Courses • Ted Ensley Gardens Hanger Preserve • Topeka Horseshoe Association Helen Hocker Theater • Youth Scholarships Kossover Tennis Center

SCPRF also offers a memorial bench program to honor your loved ones. For $2,500 you can place a black steel arched back bench with an engraved bronze plaque in one of Shawnee County’s beautiful parks. An application form is available online by clicking on “Ways to Give”.

For more information contact Rachel Meyer

785.251.2685 scprfoundation.org

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Shawnee County Girls Softball Association serves youth softball athletes age 4-18. Children six and under sign up individually and team registration is required for ages 7-18. $250 team deposit due at Feb. 12 league meeting. 7U, 8U, and 10U will have 10 regular season league games as well as a three game-guarantee post-season tournament. 12U will play 12 league games. Grand Slam league will play four double headers for a total of eight games. Lake Shawnee Softball Complex Age: 4-18 Date: April 16-June 28 Fee: 6U-$85 per child 7U CP/8U PP-$850 per team 10U-$1,050 per team 12U-$900 per team Grand Slam-$700 per team

TBSA Baseball + Softball

Topeka Baseball and Softball Association (TBSA) and Dornwood Girls Softball Association (DGSA) offer baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 4-18. Registration deadline is April 1. Fee: Baseball – 6U: $35/player; 8U-18U: $125 Softball – 6U: $35/player; 8U-18U: $100 Call Melody Rosencutter at 785-640-0822 with questions. Email: topekabaseballandsoftball@theplate.com Website: www.topekabaseballandsoftball.com Option #1: Register online Option #2: Print and mail forms to: TBSA PO Box 1662 Topeka, KS 66601

British Soccer

Tiny Tykes is a NEW and EXCITING program, focusing on the development of children 2-5 years old. Our soccer experts and child development professionals have designed an innovative curriculum; introducing your young soccer stars to the basic soccer skills, while developing strength, balance, coordination, listening skills and teamwork. Our British coaches are experts at working with young children, and will combine soccer with fun games, stories, and music, keeping your children entertained and enthused to return the next week. Date: March 27-May 1 (Tuesdays) Time: 9-9:45am (ages 2-3) 10-10:45 a.m. (ages 4-5) Price: $80 per player Registration: www.challengersports.com

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ADULT Adult Volleyball League – Session 1

Women’s, Men’s 50+ and CR volleyball leagues play a 6-week season with 12 matches. Players must register as a team and submit roster prior to first game. Registration deadline is Jan. 17. Age: 16+ Date: Feb. 19-April 13 Fee: $150 per team

Adult Volleyball League – Session 2

Women’s and CR volleyball leagues play a 6-week season with 12 matches. Players must register as a team and submit roster prior to first game. Registration deadline is April 18. Age: 16 and up Date: May 29-July 13 Fee: $150 per team

Adult Softball League – Session 1

Women’s, Men’s, and CoRec slowpitch league single game season play a 4-game season. Men’s and CoRec doubleheader leagues play an 8-game season. Players must register as a team and submit a roster prior to first game. Registration deadline is Feb. 14. Age: 16+ Date: March 19-April 20 Fee: $130 per team – single game $260 per team – doubleheader

Adult Softball League – Session 2

Women’s, Men’s, and CoRec slow-pitch softball leagues play a 12-game season. Players must register as a team and submit a roster prior to first game. Registration deadline is March 21. Age: 16 and up Date: May 1-August 10 Fee: $395 per team

Adult Basketball League – Session 1

Men’s basketball leagues play a 7-game season. Players must register as a team and submit a roster prior to first game. Registration deadline is Dec. 12. Age: 16 and up Date: Jan. 3-Feb. 17 Fee: $260 per team

Adult Basketball League – Session 2

Men’s basketball leagues play a 7-game season. Players must register as a team and submit a roster prior to first game. Registration deadline is Feb. 14. Age: 16+ Date: March 7-April 26 Fee: $260 per team

Adult 7 on 7 Soccer League – Session 1

7 on 7 soccer leagues play an 8-game season with a single-elimination tournament at the end of the season. Players must register as a team and submit a roster prior to the first game. Registration deadline is March 14. Bettis Family Sports Complex Age: 16+ Date: April 10-June 13 Fee: $475 per team

PARKS • GARDENS • TRAILS EDUCATION • FACILITY MAINTENANCE CULTURAL + HISTORICAL TOUR GUIDES • EVENTS • COACHING SCHOOL PROJECTS • ADMINISTRATIVE

VOLUNTEER! Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has a variety of opportunities for volunteers to help beautify and preserve our natural environment, serve the community, raise awareness, develop new skills and meet new people!

For more information

contact Olivia Mayer, Volunteer Services Coordinator

785.251.6825 olivia.mayer@snco.us

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COMMUNITY CENTER ROOM AND GYM RENTALS Room Rentals

THEATER FOR ADULTS

None of the Above

Date: March 9-18 Time: Fri. & Sat. nights 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. A sharp comedy about class, privilege and gambling on your future.

If/Then

Date: April 27-May 12 Time: Thur. 7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. nights 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. If/Then simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives that we lead, and the lives we might have led.

THEATER FOR YOUTH

The Jungle Book

Date: Jan. 26-Feb. 4 Disney’s The Jungle Book.

These Shining Lives

Date: June 22-July 1 Based on a true story, dramatizes the danger women faced in the workforce in the 1920s.

Clue – The Musical

Date: July 20-Aug. 5 Interactive musical based on the Parker Brothers’ Board Game

SUMMER THEATER CAMPS: Enrollment begins March 2018. Sessions begin May 2018.

Room rentals are available throughout the year at our community centers. Whether you are having a baby shower, birthday party, family reunion or staff training we have a room to accommodate your needs. Rentals include access to game tables in the lobby. When renting at our facility, you are allowed to bring in your own food and drink. Fee: $30 per hour Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Rice Community Center 251-6976 Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676

Gym Rentals

Gyms are available for rent throughout the year at our community centers. Sport practices, staff team building, tournaments and special event rentals can all be accommodated in our facilities. Fee: $40 per hour Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Rice Community Center 251-6976 Fee: $50 per hour Central Park Community Center 251-6965

*Managed by Topeka Civic Theatre in partnership with Shawnee County Parks + Recreation

For more information 251.5990 www.topekacivictheater.com/onstage/helen-hocker

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Facility

RENTALS Gage Park

Capacity

For baby showers, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has a variety of facilities available to rent for all of your family events. For a listing of amenities, availability or to make a reservation, call 785-251-6800 or visit us online at parks.snco.us. Season

Daily

Weekends and Co. Holidays

Big Gage 250 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. During Summer Camp 6 - 10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Westlake 70 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Snyder’s Cabin 70 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Carousel Room 42 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Children’s Party House 30 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Steak Grill 40 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Corral #2 40 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Reinisch Rose Garden 150 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (M-Th.) Fri.-Sun) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Lake Shawnee

Shelter #1 120 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Shelter #2 50 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Shelter #3 80 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) each session Shelter #4 120 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Shelter #5 120 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Shelter #6 80 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) each session Garden House 70 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Garden Pagoda 45 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (M-Th.) (Fri.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Garden Pergola 90 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (M-Th.) (Fri.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Reynolds Lodge 200 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Gazebo #1 75 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (M-Th.) (Fri.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Lake Shawnee Event Center 200 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (M-Th.) (Fri.-Sun.) 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Yacht Club 40 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Other Facilities

Crestview Shelter 128 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Lakewood Shelter 70 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Garfield Shelter 160 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Fee

$220 $200 $440 $85 $110 $135 $70 $65 $65 $175 $350

$70 $85 $110 $150 $70 $70 $110 $150 $165 $400 $175 $350 $220 $440 $165 $450 $220 $440 $300 $600 $85

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*No Reservations on 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, 1/1* *All-day reservations on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day (10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.)* *Prices in printed materials subject to change after publication. Visit parks.snco.us for most current information.

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Old Prairie

TOWN

At Ward-Meade Historic Site

Hours Grounds: 8 a.m.-dusk Office: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mulvane General Store: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Sun. Potwin Drug Store: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Sun. Tours Group tours for 15 or more by reservation only, call 785-251-6993 Monday-Friday: 10 a.m., Noon, & 2 p.m. Saturday: Noon & 2 p.m. Sunday: 2 p.m. Tour Fees Adults: $5 Seniors (55+): $4 Children 6-12: $3 5 and under: Free

FEATURING:

1854 replica Log Cabin with Blacksmith Shop, 1870s Prairie Mansion on the National Register of Historic Places and the 2.5-acre Ward-Meade Botanical Garden.

TOWN SQUARE:

Mulvane General Store An old-fashioned mercantile that serves as our museum gift shop and visitors center. Kansas items, toys from yesteryear, souvenirs, and unique gifts are available. Call 785-251-6995. Potwin Drug Store Sit at the marble counter and order a soda fountain treat or shop for vintage-era candy. The drug store building also includes the Durst Physician’s Office and Fyler Dentist Office. Call 785-251-6997. 1880 Everest Church The church can be rented for church services and weddings. Call 785-251-6993.

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Established in 1963, the 2.5 acre Ward-Meade Botanical Garden contains approximately 500 varieties of trees and shrubs plus annual flowers planted each year. The garden includes many plants requiring shade as well as many unusual specimen plants. It features a National Hosta Display Garden and National Day Lily Display Garden. The area has three water gardens including Anna’s Asian Reading Garden, a stream, a bridge, a gazebo and waterfall. Weddings can be held at this location as well. Call 785-251-6993 for more information.

SCHOOLHOUSE SESSION

Looking for a unique experience for your class or youth group? Come spend an hour in our authentic one-room Victor Schoolhouse learning about our Kansas country school legacy, ciphering on slates, participating in a spelling bee and playing old-time games.

WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS

Make your wedding a historic event! Rental includes decorating and clean-up, a one-hour rehearsal time the night before your wedding and wedding packages include bride’s dressing facilities. The Preston Hale room serves as a back-up for inclement weather. Additional hours may be purchased for $50 each. Call 785-251-6993 for more information. Rental amount total due at time of booking. Package 1 Anna’s Place and Reception $355 3-hour rental including kitchen and Preston Hale room for reception. *No seating available at Anna’s Place.

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Package II Courtyard (wedding only) $355 Seating for 100 provided. Package III Courtyard and Reception $580 5-hour rental period including kitchen and Preston Hale room for reception. Seating for 100 provided. Package IV Everest Church (wedding only) $495 3-hour rental includes bride’s dressing facilities. Max seating 65. Package V Everest Church and Reception $770 5-hour rental period including kitchen and Preston Hale room. Max seating 65.

MEALS FOR GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS

The following meal programs include two hours room rental. Ward Cabin Hearth Meals This unique meal is one of the more popular activities at Old Prairie Town, so make your reservations early! Meals are served at fireside tables in the Ward cabin, and diners are treated to special hearth-cooking demonstrations with a side dish of history, all provided by costumed volunteers. These family style meals are offered from October 15 through March 15 with reservations for groups of 12-18. Menu 1 $20 per person Hearth-cooked ham or smoked turkey, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, fruit, Dutch oven baked biscuits, hearth-baked molasses cookies, old-fashioned ice cream, cider and coffee. Menu 2 $15 per person Beef Stew or Chicken and Noodles, hearth baked cornbread, fruit, molasses cookies, old-fashioned ice cream, tea and water.

Victorian Dinner $27 per person For a change of pace, enjoy this delightful Victorian meal served buffet-style in the elegant dining room of the 1870’s mansion. Gleaming silver, fine china, crisp linens, and a gracious atmosphere make this an occasion to remember. Choice of entree includes baked ham with cherry sauce or brandicot chicken served with salad, vegetable, potatoes, freshly baked bread and old-fashioned ice cream. Picnic Basket Dinner $15 per person The delicious hot chicken pocket sandwich featuring Old Prairie Town’s own special recipe makes the picnic basket dinner a year-round favorite. Also included in the basket are fruit, cole slaw or potato salad, pickle, cookie, ice cream and a drink.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES AT OLD PRAIRIE TOWN

Celebrate your child’s birthday in a historic yet exciting way. Choose from two party packages. Parties include a volunteer in period costume to lead the party as well as set-up and clean-up. Parties are two hours in length and can be booked any day of the week throughout the year except holidays. Old-Fashioned Birthday Party (Ages 6–12 yrs.) $10 per participant. Minimum 10. Maximum 15. This party is held in our one-room country schoolhouse with old-fashioned turn-of-the century fun. This party includes a “session” with the schoolmarm playing old time games. Guests will share an old-fashioned cake with ice cream and lemonade. We also furnish handcrafted favors, a prize and a tour. Minimum 10; maximum 15. Two hours. Children’s Victorian Tea Party (Ages 6-12 yrs.) $10 per participant. Your child and guests get to dress up in costumes from a “surprise trunk” and will be treated to an elegant birthday tea. We provide finger food and cookies just like food that would have been served in the Victorian era when tea was considered a social event. Minimum 10; maximum 15. Two hours.

Special Presentation:

REVEREND SHELDON AND HIS CHRISTIAN NEWSPAPER, THE TOPEKA DAILY CAPITAL Feb. 12, 2018 Old Prairie Town Time: 7-8 p.m. Fee: Free

After gaining worldwide popularity for his book “In His Steps” the Rev. Dr. Charles Sheldon, a Topeka Congregationalist minister edited the Topeka Daily Capital for one week “As Jesus Would Do”. Circulation jumped from 16,000 to more than 375,000 copies. Join author Laird Kelly who will share the story of Charles M. Sheldon, whose study at Old Prairie Town is being renovated as a museum.

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Regional

PARKS

GAGE PARK

Attractions • Mini-Train & Depot (Open midMarch through October – weather permitting) • Carousel in the Park (Open midMarch through October) • Reinisch Rose Garden & Doran Rock Garden • Hazel Von Rohr Victorian Gardens • Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center • All War Memorial • Hill’s Bark Park • Kansas Children’s Discovery Center • Animaland children’s play area • Topeka Metro Bike Stations • Helen Hocker Theater • Topeka Zoo

Other Recreational Opportunities • Summer Day Camps • Accessible Ball Field • Softball Diamond • Soccer Fields • Topeka Metro Bike Station • Sand Volleyball Courts • Horseshoe Courts • Amphitheater • Shelter Houses Rose Garden Weddings Imagine the romantic beauty of your wedding in the Reinisch Rose Garden. Peak blooming times for the 5,500 roses are late May into early June, and again in early to mid-September. The Carousel Party Room north of the garden accommodates final wedding and dressing preparations. The adjoining air-conditioned room has a full kitchen, serving island, tables and chairs to seat 42 for a small reception or a gathering place before the wedding. For more information on Gage Park facility rentals please call 785-251-6800 or visit parks.snco.us.

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LAKE SHAWNEE

Attractions • 410-acre recreational lake • 7-mile Lake Shawnee Trail • Marina • Boat Ramps • Swim Beach • Campground • Ted Ensley Gardens • Lake Shawnee Jr. Pond • Lake Shawnee Golf Course • Shelter Houses • Bettis Family Sports Complex • Lake Shawnee Girls Softball Complex Other Recreational Opportunities • Summer Day Camps • Disc Golf • Tennis Courts • Soccer Fields • Heated Fishing Dock • Sand Volleyball Courts • Windsurf Beach • Topeka Metro Bike Stations Ted Ensley Gardens The Ted Ensley Gardens are located on the west side of scenic Lake Shawnee, offering a great panoramic view. They provide a beautiful, 9.5-acre setting with a wealth of design ideas and spectacular plantings. The Garden’s entrance is at the Trailhead facility located north of West Edge Road and 37th Street. The entrance begins with a beautiful 60-foot covered bridge and continues through to meditation and rock gardens, annual and perennial beds, rose and water gardens, a gazebo, pergola, pagoda, waterfalls, and several ponds. An arboretum with 80 species of trees is just across the street. An adjoining natural area is under development.

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Adopt-aCAMPGROUND

Campground Policies • Laundry facilities are available at the shower building. • A variety of beverages, snacks and fire wood are sold at the concessions from April 15-Oct. 15. • Showers and restroom facilities are located at the entrance area and north end of the campground. Please keep these areas clean. • Please have your children watch carefully for cars around the area. YOU are responsible for the conduct and whereabouts of your children at all times. Courteous behavior is encouraged. • Animals must be under control of the owner and on a leash 10 feet or less. • A dump station is available for use. Fee is $5 for non-campers. Registration Fees • April 15-Oct. 15 RV, Campers, Tents - $20 per night • Oct. 16-April 14 RV, Campers, Tents - $17 per night • 62+ years of age and older receive a $1 discount off the daily rate. • Fees are non-refundable. • Sites 117-119 and 132-141 are designated tent sites. A $5 fee is assessed to those parties wishing to set up a tent behind a camping unit or a second tent in specified sites.

PUBLIC FISHING AREAS

• Lake Shawnee • Lake Shawnee, Jr. • Westlake, Gage Park • Central Park Pond, 1534 SW Clay • Clarion Woods Pond, SW 37th & Fairlawn • Freedom Valley Pond, SE 14th & Locust • Ward-Martin Creek in Auburndale Park, 2400 NW Perry • Horseshoe Bend Pond, SE 43rd & Horseshoe Bend St. All areas are available 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, unless otherwise posted, and are stocked regularly by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Tourism regulations apply. Lake Shawnee and Ward-Martin Creek in Auburndale Park are stocked in the spring and fall with trout. Barrier-free fishing docks are available at Westlake, Central Park Pond, Clarion Woods Pond and Lake Shawnee, which also features a heated fishing dock. For more information contact KDWTP at 785273-6740 or www.kdwpt.state.ks.us.

PARK/ TRAIL

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s Adopt-A-Park/Trail program is designed to encourage the community to take a hands-on approach to helping keep the county’s parks and trails clean, safe and attractive for residents and visitors through debris pick-up and beautification activities. The program promotes civic pride, appreciation, awareness and enhances the quality of life in our community.

For more information

contact Olivia Mayer, Volunteer Services Coordinator 785.251.6825 olivia.mayer@snco.us

Individual Reservations • Beginning April 15, reservations will be accepted for arrival dates of May 15 through Sept. 15 each year. • Reservations must be for a minimum of two (2) nights. • Refunds will not be issued for unused sites.

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TOPEKA ZOO and Conservation Center Topeka Zoo 785-368-9180 635 SW Gage Blvd Topeka, KS 66606 Brendan Wiley, Director www.topekazoo.org

TOTS AND TALES PRESCHOOL TIME

Zoo Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Grounds open until 5 p.m. The Topeka Zoo is open year-round except on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.

A special program designed for toddlers and preschool aged children. Date: March-Nov. First Friday of each month Time: 10:30 a.m.

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Admission Fees: Children 2 and under: FREE Ages 3-12: $4.25 Ages 13-64: $5.75 Senior Citizens (65 & older): $4.75

DISCOVERY HOME SCHOOL PROGRAM

A special program designed for school aged children that provides learners with up close encounters with science concepts, vocabulary, and animal interactions. Pre-registration required. Call 368-9137. Date: Third Wednesday of each month Time: 1 p.m.

Group rates are available with advanced notice. Contact the zoo at 785-3689180 for more information.

ZOO ANIMALS LIVE AT TSCPL

The zoo takes its animals to the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for up close and personal animal encounters. Fee: Free to public. Date: The first Thursday of every month Time: 4 p.m.

ZOO STORY TIME AND CRAFT AT BARNES AND NOBLE

Visit with the Topeka Zoo at Barnes and Noble on Wanamaker for a great children’s story and a related craft. Fee: Free to the public. Date: Second Wednesday of every month. Time: 10 a.m.

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SHAWNEE COUNTY PARKS + RECREATION FACILITIES CONSERVATION CONNECTION SERIES

Join us for one of our Conservation Connection evenings with guest speakers from around the nation and around the world. Speakers present on a variety of national or international conservation topics. Fee: Free Date: Jan. 11, March 8 Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

EAGLES DAY

Join the Topeka Zoo for an education program for Eagles Day. This full day of hands-on environmental education will be at Lawrence Free State High School. Date: Jan. 20 Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

EGG EXTRAVAGANZA Come watch as the zoo animals search for eggs! Date: March 31 Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

EARTH DAY AT THE TOPEKA ZOO!

Vendors throughout the zoo will show you how you can become more environmentally responsible. Join the Topeka Zoo this spring to speak up for voiceless endangered animals around the world by writing a story for our storytelling contest. Winners will be announced on Earth Day! Visit topekazoo.org for more information. Fee: April 21 Fee: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

SPRING BREAK CAMP

Registration for enrollment opens Jan. 8. Date: March 19-23 Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

SUMMER CAMP ENROLLMENT Registration for Summer Camp enrollment opens Jan. 8.

Administration Office 3137 SE 29th St., Topeka KS 66605 785.251.6800 Administrative Annex 1800 SE 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66607 785.251.6800 Sports 801 NE Poplar Topeka, KS 66616 785.251.6970 Central Park Community Center 1534 SW Clay, Topeka, KS 66604 785.251.6965 Crestview Community Center 4801 SW Shunga Dr, Topeka, KS 66614 785.251.6960 Cypress Ridge Golf Course 2533 SW Urish Rd, Topeka, KS 66614 785.251.6670 Forbes Golf Course 700 SW Capehart Rd, Topeka, KS 66619 785.862.0114 Garfield Community Center 1600 NE Quincy St., Topeka, KS 66608 785.251.6950 Hillcrest Community Center 1800 SE 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66607 785.291.6956 Lake Shawnee Golf Course 4141 SE East Edge Rd, Topeka, KS 66609 785.251.6640 Lake Shawnee Recreation 3137 SE 29th St., Topeka KS 66605 785.251.6800 Oakland Community Center 801 NE Poplar Topeka, KS 66616 785.251.6953 Old Prairie Town 124 N. Filmore Topeka, KS 66606 785.251.6989 Parks Division 1800 SE 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66607 785.251.6800 Rice Community Center 432 SE Norwood, Topeka, KS 66607 785.251.6976 Shawnee North Community Center 300 NE 43rd St., Topeka, KS 66617 785.286.0676 West Lawn Memorial Gardens 820 SW Auburn Rd, Topeka, KS 66615 785.251.6800

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Michele A. Buhler Kevin Cook Bob Archer

DIRECTORY

John E. Knight Randy Luebbe John Boyd Susan Fowler-Hentzler Shawn Osborne Kerry Golden Mike Cope

ADVISORY BOARD

Sharri Black Teresa Miller Joe Ledbetter James Martin Eric Cortez Vacant Kent Pellegrino Kathleen Cummings Terri Roberts Vacant Kristen Brunkow O’Shea L.J. Polly Dick Ketterman Vacant Mike Morse

1st District 2nd District 3rd District

785.251.2600 − PARKS.SNCO.US Director of Parks + Recreation Deputy Director Greenspace/Land Superintendent Recreation Superintendent Outdoor Adventures Superintendent Director of Golf Park Police Chief

City Council District 1 City Council District 2 City Council District 3 City Council District 4 City Council District 5 City Council District 6 City Council District 7 City Council District 8 City Council District 9 County Commission District 1 County Commission District 1 County Commission District 2 County Commission District 2 County Commission District 3 County Commission District 3

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)

General Policy on Program Access and Communications Shawnee County Parks + Recreation provides positive recreational experiences that contribute to the physical, mental, social and emotional development of people of all ages and abilities. To facilitate opportunities for people with and without disabilities to engage in leisure pursuits together, Parks + Recreation provides inclusion services. If you have a disability and would like to request a special accommodation for a program, please contact a staff member. To ensure the requested accommodation, please notify the staff at the facility where the requested program is located at least two weeks in advance of the start of the program. For more information on inclusion opportunities, parks and recreation services and accommodations, please call 785-251-2600. Parks + Recreation does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to or treatment or employment of its services, programs or activities. Upon written request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in all parks and recreation services, programs and activities. Upon request, this information can be made available in Braille, large print, audio tape and/or computer disk. If you or your child requires a special accommodation in order to participate in the program, requests must be made in advance (two weeks is ideal) by filling out a Special Needs Statement and Request Form in order for the service or program to be assessed.

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3137 SE 29th St. • Topeka, KS 66605

SUMMER CAMPS Registration begins March 6

CAMPS

Camp Connections Lake Lake Shawnee Recreation Building Passport to Adventure Crestview Shelter House Camp Connections North Shawnee North Community Center May 29-August 3rd 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Back to Nature Big Gage Shelter House May 29-Aug. 10 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Civitan Day Camp Gage Park June 4-Aug. 3 *No Camp July 2-6 Camp Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pre Care begins 8:30 a.m. Post Care until 5:00 p.m.

WHEN SCHOOL IS OUT …

Looking for a well-supervised and safe environment for your children this summer? We offer a variety of licensed, fun-filled, interactive and educational summer camps where campers will learn new skills, develop friendships and have an exciting summer. The days are busy with arts, crafts, exploring nature, field trips, sports, special events, swimming, cooking and more.

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The Guide 2018 Winter Parks and Recreation

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