The YWCA is the largest women's multicultural organization in existence, encompassing some 125 million members in over 100 countries. The membership represents a diversity of culture and lifestyle that assembles in 300 local associations, including the YWCA of Topeka. The Topeka chapter, first instituted in 1887, lives out the YWCA mission of empowering women with locally focused programs and outreach initiatives ranging from fitness and wellness to youth services such as Girls on the Run of Topeka. A local council of Girls on the Run International, the Topeka organization often partners with the YWCA, using running to encourage girls in grades 3-8 to live lives of confidence, health, and togetherness.
For more than 125 years, YMCA of Topeka has been helping people bolster their muscles, and today invites people to tone up in three full-service facilities and the 175-acre outdoor fitness retreat, Camp Hammond. Members enjoy a slew of body-boosting benefits, swimming laps in three indoor swimming pools, walloping orbs on nine racquetball courts, and flexing their muscles in six gymnasiums. Hone your physique in any of the more than 120 fitness classes (certain classes require additional fees), including aquatic fitness classes that proffer workouts that are as comforting to joints as an obstacle course made of marshmallows. Outdoors enthusiasts can also explore Camp Hammond's 15-acre lake, swimming dock, canoes, and nature trails. Included in today's deal is a coaching session with a trained wellness coach to discuss goals and receive an introduction to the fitness equipment.
The gas purveyors of Propane Central empower grills across Kansas. Hopeful barbecuers bring their depleted vessels to one of four offices to receive a 20-pound barbecue-propane-cylinder recharge so that they may continue charring steaks or roasting incriminating laptops full of fan fiction about C-SPAN commentators. The office is open for immediate transfusions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday.
Global Propane brings more than 40 years of experience to the fine art of keeping grills and other propane appliances stocked with top-quality flammables. Prep for this year's sunny afternoons by giving propane tanks a generous gulp, ideal for fueling family barbecues and flamethrowers during summertime blockbuster alien invasions. Friendly staff members at Global Propane make sure that each tank is filled to the brim, providing enough grill-bound fire to sear a season's worth of brats to perfection.
From 1944 onward, Paul Golden greeted each of his customers by name as they walked through the door, presenting their freshly pressed suits and dresses ensconced in crinkly cellophane wrappers. His personable touch lives on four generations later as the Golden family oversees an array of dry-cleaning services at Hygienic Golden Touch Cleaners' Topeka and Lawrence facilities. Continuously filtered solvent expunges stains from garments following a meticulous inspection, during which staffers eradicate the mud spots, replace the splintered buttons, and re-stitch the loose seams that so often result from refereeing amateur yeti MMA tournaments. Staffers also spruce up leather, fur, suede, antique clothing, and other delicate textiles, and shine and repair shopworn shoes. Hygienic Golden Touch picks up and drops off ensembles free of charge, and recycles its garment bags and wire hangers.
The new two-story tree house that sits amid Kansas Children’s Discovery Center’s 4.5 acres of greenery is more than a house—children can also swoop down its slide or scale its climbing wall. The multifaceted structure reflects the center’s overall complexity. On its outdoor grounds’ network of bike trails, hiking paths, and obstacle courses, youngsters can cultivate their love of nature without going off to live with a family of wolverines; meanwhile, 10 hands-on, educational exhibits in the 15,000-square-foot indoor facility fuel youthful curiosity in everything from construction projects to an interactive lemonade stand that teaches kids the basics of balancing a budget.