Topeka Out & About Hot Tickets for Feb. 17-23

1. Women’s Network Inc., fifth annual Spoken Word event, “Still … I rise”

For the fifth year in a row, Topeka’s Women’s Network Inc. is sponsoring its “spoken word” event, aimed to inspire writers and community members in general to work on their art. The event is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Brown v. Board of Education historic site, 1515 S.E. Monroe. The event showcases the work of both published and unpublished authors, as well as entertainment by local singers and dance ministries.

The Clear Gold Worship Dance Ministry will be entertaining visitors. The group of dancers represent several Topeka churches that are brought together by their faith. Speakers will include Ray Robinson, Jennifer Gordon and Annette Billings. All authors are local and use their poetry to inspire others.

Organizer Barbara Smith said that each year a different inspirational woman is chosen as the subject of the event. This year, the event will feature Maya Angelou and her work “Still … I rise.” Smith said Angelou was chosen because of her status as a powerful woman.

The event is free to the public and will include local vendors, hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes.

2. The 33rd annual Capital City Motorcycle Show

The 33rd annual Capital City Motorcycle Show and World Famous Participants’ party will be Friday through Sunday at the Kansas Expocentre’s Agriculture Hall, 1 Expocentre Drive.

Admission rates are $10 per day or $15 for a weekend pass.

Trophies are awarded in all classes, with cash prices for the best pain, best display, best in show and a people’s choice award. All motorcycles of every orgin, make and model are invited, as well as antique bikes, scooters and sport bikes.

Bikers often show their individuality through their bikes with custom paint jobs, and they attract admirers and vendors from across northeast Kansas.

The annual show, hosted by District 4 of the motorcycle rights and safety group ABATE of Kansas, is its largest annual fundraiser. The group supports various nonprofit and charitable causes, such as the Topeka Rescue Mission, Papan’s Landing Senior Center and efforts focused on military veterans.

For 25 years, the group has helped cover expenses, such as fuel and turnpike tolls, for participants in the annual Run for the Wall, in which motorcyclists from across the country ride to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., in honor of military personnel killed or missing in action and to promote healing for veterans and families.

3. Holocaust Survivor to Speak at ESU

Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the KSTC Ballroom of Emporia State University’s Memorial Union about her experiences in concentration camps and life after immigrating to the U.S.

Her visit was organized by the Union Activities Council.

Auerbacher moved to the U.S. in 1946, after being in the 1 percent of more than 15,000 children imprisoned in a Czechoslovakian concentration camp during World War II. She was imprisoned for three years before being liberated. Once in the U.S., Auerbacher earned a degree in chemistry and went on to work as a chemist for 38 years.

She began lecturing in 1981, teaching tolerance and human rights, according to a news release from Emporia State. Since then, she has spoken about the Holocaust to thousands of people in the U.S., Canada and Germany. Auerbacher has received awards for her humanitarian work, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University. She has written six books, which have been published in nine languages.

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