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DRIVES

ManhattanToys for Tots: The Kansas State University Police Department will collect toy donations for local children in its lobby at Edwards Hall, 1810 Kerr Drive, until Friday, Dec. 3. Area families can sign up to get toys or their children in need at
Northeast Kansas30th Annual Check-Out Hunger Harvesters Campaign: Underway now. Residents can ask store clerks at Hy-Vees throughout the region to add either $1, $5, $10 or $20 to their total to donate to Harvesters through Jan. 2, 2022. This is the largest annual fundraiser for Harvesters.
Manhattan/Ft. Riley/Junction City/OgdenOperation Santa Claus: Underway now. Ft. Riley and surrounding communities help local active duty junior enlisted service members with financial needs by providing gifts for their kids. Soldiers and their families apply for the program through their units. Donations of new, unwrapped toys in the $10 - $20 price range will be accepted at donation boxes at businesses around Fort Riley, Junction City, Ogden and Manhattan.
Shawnee CountyUWGT Christmas Bureau: Underway now. Families who applied during intake days will be adopted by families in Shawnee Co. to have help with holiday gifts and meals. For more information about volunteer opportunities go to https://unitedwaytopeka.galaxydigital.com/need/index?agency_id=117353
Osage CountyOperation Christmas for Kids: Underway now. Burlingame Fire District #6 and other county safety departments will collect new toys to make a difference for kids this Christmas. Drop off locations are: Carbondale Police Department, Carbondale Fire Station, Osage City Police Department, Osage City Fire Station, Osage Hardware, McCoy’s Radio Shack, Melvern City Hall, Eisenhower State Park, Overbrook Police Department, Overbrook Fire Station, Overbrook Dollar General, Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Osage County Jail Facility, Lyndon Police Department / City Hall, Ann’s Diner, Lyndon Dollar General, Burlingame Police Department, Burlingame Fire Station, Burlingame Dollar General, Aunt B’s, Quenemo City Hall, Scranton Police Department, Scranton Fire Station, Four Corners restaurant, E store Sales & Auction Service, Pomona State Park, Green Acres Restaurant
TopekaRed Kettle Campaign: The campaign kicks off Friday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. to begin a new season of bell ringing. Volunteers will be needed starting Nov. 26. For those that wish to ring, go to https://www.registertoring.com/default.aspx
TopekaDare to Give Event: Denny & Associates LLC will host the annual event and will accept donations for several local organizations. Donations can be dropped off at the office located at 37th and Burlingame in Topeka and those who donate will be able to sign up for prizes starting Dec. 1 with a drawing held at the open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 20.
ManhattanWinter Clothing Drive: Riley County EMS will collect gently used winter clothes to help keep residents warm. The drive will begin on Friday, Dec. 3 while staff decorates an ambulance for the 20th Manhattan Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade.
TopekaTFI Giving Tree: TFI will host a Giving Tree to provide gifts to nearly 1,300 kids in Kansas. To sign up visit https://tfifamily.org/holiday-giving/. All donations should be dropped off unwrapped at the local TFI office by Friday, Dec. 10.
Ft. RileyTrees for Troops: Active duty families and Blue/Gold Star family members can pick up a free Christmas tree from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 4. Those interested should bring their ID to the Equipment Checkout Center at 1806 Buffalo Soldier Rd. in Ft. Riley.
TopekaShare the Warmth: Salvation Army and Scotch Cleaners have teamed up to provide winter coats for those in need. Collections are now over but distribution will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1320 SE 6th St. in Topeka.
St. MarysCommunity Blood Drive: St. Marys will host a Community Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Centennial Building

Events

TopekaSnowy Adventures Exhibit at Children’s Discovery Center: Snow-Ventures opens on Thursday, Nov. 18.
TopekaZoo Lights at the Topeka Zoo: Nov. 19 - Dec. 26. Go to https://www.topekazoo.org/zoolights for tickets and more information.
TopekaPrivate Igloo Rental at the Topeka Zoo: Enhance your Zoo Lights experience with your own private igloo. To rent an igloo go to https://www.topekazoo.org/zoolights
Topeka10th Annual Nativities and Noels: The free event will feature over 800 nativities from around the world as well as local music from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Friday, Dec. 3 to Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Topeka Stake Center of The Church of Latter-Day Saints at 2401 SW Kingsrow Rd. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/nativitiesandnoels.
Lawrence Old Fashioned Christmas Parade: The free event will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, on Massachusetts St. in Topeka.
TopekaTopeka Acappella Unlimited Chorus Holiday Show: The show will be held at Grace Cathedral at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.
TopekaCookies with Mrs. Claus at the Topeka Zoo: Dec. 4, 11 and 18 starting at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Dec. 5, 1:30 - 3 p.m. Hang out with Mrs. Claus, listen to a holiday story with snacks and crafts and then meet the pronghorns in person. For more information go to https://www.topekazoo.org/zoolights
TopekaHoliday Craft Show: The show will feature as many as 50 vendors with local crafts. The show will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Crestview Community Center at 4801 SW Shunga Dr. Admission is free.
TopekaTopeka Jazz Concert: Stanton Kessler’s KC Jazz All-Stars will host the finale to its fall season at 3 p.m. on Dec. 5 at TPAC. Guests should enter the west door under the canopy on Quincy St.
HortonChristmas Luminaries Festival of Lights: Christmas luminaries will be placed along 10 block Dr. with 1,300 candles lighting the way. This will be the 29th presentation of living scenes of Christ’s life. The festival will take place from 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the junction of Highways 73 and K20 in Horton.
TopekaThe Annual Bells of St. Marys: Join the St. Marys Police Department for a night of shopping as it prepares for Christmas. Horse-drawn carriages start at 5 p.m. for $5. Join in on the parade fun with a decorated car or tractor and line up at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, on 7th St. in front of City Hall. The parade will begin at 6:30 and visits with Santa will be held in the Armory from 7 - 9. Various vendors will be set up at the Bertrand Bazaar and St. Marys City Market from 5 - 9. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/239078188278072/?ref=newsfeed.
TopekaAnnual Candy Cane Hunt: Shawnee Co. Parks and Rec. will host the annual event from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Crestview Community Center at 4801 SW Shunga Dr. in Topeka. The fun will start indoors with games and visits with Santa. Then families can bring a flashlight to find hidden candy canes outdoors. Admission is $5 and pre-registration is required at parks.snco.us.
TopekaChildren’s Shopping Spree: Parents can bring their children to the Garfield Community Center at 1600 NE Quincy St. in Topeka to shop for handmade crafts and baked goods all for under $10. Admission is free and the event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 11. Volunteers are needed to help children shop and wrap gifts in shifts from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and from noon to 3 p.m. To volunteer email staci.wunder@snco.us.
ManhattanKansas Veteran’s Cemetery Wreaths Across America Ceremony: Volunteers will place 1,100 wreaths on veterans’ graves starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, with a ceremony held at 11 a.m. Following the ceremony, families will be allowed to place wreaths on loved ones’ graves.
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TopekaMiracle on Kansas Avenue Holiday Window-Decorating Contest: Participating downtown businesses will be eligible for a $500 grand prize. The contest will continue through Dec. 21. Those that wish to participate should email the Greater Topeka Partnerships director of events, Stephanie Norwood, at stephanie.wilhelm@topekapartnership.com
LecomptonAnnual Display of Christmas Trees: The Lecompton Historical Society will present its annual display of Christmas trees at the historic Territorial Capitol Museum at 640 E. Woodson from now until Jan. 2. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

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