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Topeka Beautification Association in partnership with Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County announces the 2015 Topeka Garden Tour.

The 2015 TBA Garden Tour features seven gardens that offer a wide variety of landscape themes and many enjoyable experiences for the visitors. Tour dates are Saturday, June 20th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 21st from noon – 4 p.m.

These exquisite gardens offer opportunities to view some of Topeka’s finest landscapes. Proceeds from the tour are returned to the community in beautification projects.

Garden Tour locations are:

1. Row House–515 SW Van Buren
2. Milliken–1343 SW Collins
3. Balda–832 SW Anderson Terrace
4. Nelson–748 SW Prairie Court
5. Cordill–4304 SW Laurens Way
6. Williams—3423 SE 35th
7. Nordgren–3419 SE 35th

Ticket price is $10. They can be purchased on the day of the tour at each garden location.

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Topeka Beautification Association will be holding their annual Landscape Contest. The registration form will be appearing in the Topeka Capital Journal. Categories are sun, shade and cottage. Nominate your own, a neighbor’s or a friend’s yard. Prizes are provided by: Blackburn Nursery, Jackson’s Greenhouse, and Skinner Garden Store. Entry deadline is June 15. You can also e-mail your nomination to: kab@kabtopsh.org. Please include nominee’s name, address, phone number and which categories you would like to nominate them for.

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Once again Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County will be participating in Topeka Gives.

This is a wonderful opportunity to show your support for your local Keep America Beautiful affiliate. Topeka Gives also has money to match a percentage of your contribution.

This event happens one day only Tuesday, June 2nd from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. You must come in person to Fairlawn Mall that day. There is a minimum gift of $25. They welcome cash, check or credit card. You can e-mail me for a donor form or pick one up on June 2 at Fairlawn Mall.

Thanks so much! Hope to see you there! —Philicia

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Get Down and Get Dirty was a huge success. We had 64 teams participate with 1400 volunteers. Thank you to everyone who helped to make our community a cleaner, better place.

This year’s sponsors are: Custom Tree Care, Strathman Sales, Waste Management of Kansas, Bimbo Bakery, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola of Topeka. Our gift sponsors are: Hyatt Place, YMCA, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, Cartridge King of Kansas, Shawnee County Parks and Recreation, and Strathman Sales. Please remember to thank these sponsors for their support of KAB.

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In the Spotlight

SpotlightThis part of our new website will be dedicated to featuring businesses or individuals who follow good environmental practices.  If you would like to see your business featured here, or if you would like to honor an individual for their best environmental efforts who give back to this community, please send information to kab@kabtopsh.org

Topeka Community Cycle Project works to broaden access to cycling in Topeka through hands-on education and bike repair. We know that bikes can lead to self-reliance, sustainability and healthful living, so to that end, we are committed to the reclamation and distribution of new and used bicycles to community members. TCCP is located in downtown Topeka, Kansas. http://cycleproject.org/

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