Report to the Community Released


Thursday, June 14, 2012


(Topeka, Kan.) A new art district, continued population growth and progress on plans for downtown redevelopment are among the many community accomplishments Heartland Visioning celebrates with our community.

NOTO Celebrates National Preservation Month

This_place_mattersTopeka Landmark Society will showcase the history of the North Topeka Arts District (NOTO) during May's First Friday Events. 

NOTO invites you to take a stroll down memory lane. 

Downtown Design Center Community Open House

Pickle-Jar-VotingA community open house is scheduled for February 22 at the Downtown Design Center, 828 S. Kansas Avenue, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

RDG Planning & Design in conjunction with their Topeka based partenrs Cook, Flatt & Strobel, HTK Architects and Latimer, Sommers & Associates will host their second community open house. The event is open to the public and provides an opportunity to interact with the design team.

NOTO Saturday Market LOGO competition


North Topeka Arts District will begin their Saturday Arts Market in April, but needs your help designing a logo!

NOTO Hosts First Friday Events along with Serendipity’s Grand Opening!

North Topeka Arts District is hosting its First Friday events, February 3, from 5:00 p.m.-- 8:00 p.m.  A new rental venue for parties and weddings, Serendipity, is having their grand opening and ribbon cutting at 4:00 p.m. at 820 N. Kansas Ave.

Serendipity’s grand opening begins Friday at 4:00 p.m. but continues to Saturday. Food from local vendors, entertainment from local bands and a “Say Cheez” photo booth will featured at the open house.  For more on Serendipity, visit

An open house will be held at NOTO Community Arts Center, 922 North Kansas Avenue.  The open house will feature a meet and greet with Saturday Arts Market.  Beginning at 5:00pm with performances from High Falutin’ String Band and Ballet Folklorico Ballet at 6:30pm, the meet and greet will give the guests the experience of the Saturday Arts Market by featuring Porubskys chili, vintage sodas, and an antique booth.

At the 5:30 p.m. presentation, they will announce three events:

  • A recent major donation to the NOTO Arts District, for the continued promotion of NOTO and more incentives for local artists.
  • NOTO Saturday Market will be open on a weekly basis beginning April till November, located under the Kansas Avenue Bridge.  The market will focus on juried fine crafts, art, antiques, vintage items, heritage foods, locally-produced foods. Potential vendors are encouraged to visit with organizers.
  • The kick-off of a NOTO Saturday Market LOGO contest.  Artists are encouraged to submit up to three designs for the logo for the new market in the month of February, with a $500 honorarium to the winning designer.


NOTO began as part of the community’s desire to revitalize Topeka through the Heartland Visioning project and was developed to boost Topeka’s quality of life by creating an arts district. The project has taken off opening 11 new store fronts and gaining 30 new artists in just the last year.

For more information, visit

Open House for S. Kansas Avenue Design Project

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Downtown Design Center will take place January 13 at 3:30 p.m. with a community open house to follow 4 to 7:00 p.m. The Downtown Design Center is located at 828 S. Kansas Avenue. Click here for the complete news story.

The open house will be lead by RDG Planning & Design in partnership with Cook, Flatt & Strobel Engineering, HTK Architects and Latimer Sommers & Associates. Visit RDG's website for up-to-date information, click here.

This event is open to the public.

Noto Adds New Businesses


Four New Businesses join NOTO Arts District

In just one year, NOTO Arts District has added 11 new businesses which include art galleries, artist studios, antique stores and eateries.

The four most recent stores to open had a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Topeka Chamber Ambassadors on January 6.

Citizen's Police Academy

Topeka Police Department is now accepting applications for Citizens' Police Academy till February 1, 2012.

Classes will be held Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. -- 9 p.m. starting February 9 until May 3. Upon completion of the 11 week course, participants will be participate in graduation ceremonies on May 3.

NOTO Board Wins Volunteer Award

NOTO Arty Award
Photograph courtesy of Darrell Six, NOTO Board.

The ARTSConnect Community Arts Awards: The ARTYs!

These awards spotlight and celebrate the creative excellence, exemplary talents and outstanding contributions by our community in selected categories, featuring some of the best in Kansas.

In the Volunteer(s) catagory: The NOTO Arts Project Management Board

More on The ARTYs at

Shawnee County is Healthier

sunflowergames_022Shawnee County ranked 61 out of 98 in overall health compared to other counties in the state. According to a new report released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read more at WIBW TV . . .

Highland Park High School CPTED Project

Contact: Sgt. Lance Feyh 785-368-9497
March 21, 2011 

Highland Park High School CPTED Project

The Topeka Police Department in conjunction with Highland Park High School will be coordinating a CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) Project at 25th & California on Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Media are invited to attend. The CPTED Concept has been around for many years and can help reduce crime. Simply by trimming trees, cutting back shrubbery, opening line of sight and making areas more pleasant to look at can all assist in reducing crime.

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