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By Nancy Carver Singleton A century-old filling station provides an eye-catching scene on the Richard and LaJune Thrasher farm near Halstead. The 12-by-12 white station with its now bright red peaked roof came from Burrton three years ago. Richard Thrasher long admired it, making numerous offers to buy it over 35 years. “I’d watched it for years deteriorate, rotting away. When my wife spotted the For Sale sign it was an impulse. I just stepped up and bought it. “A lot of these old stations have been torn down. I didn’t want that to happen to this one.” The station was first south of town along the “Old Trail Road.” Recorded deeds show the land was sold in 1914 and sold again with improvements in

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Brain... Use it or lose it By Leslie Chaffin Those who study brain and mental functioning agree that you’re never too old to learn new things. The American Psychological Association reports that your brain is capable of regrowth and learning new Photo by Nancy Carver Singleton skills throughout your life. Richard Thrasher has two International trucks, a 1917 and a 1928 The key to keeping mentally alert model at his restored filling station near Halstead. is to get regular intellectual stimula1916. along the 13-mile route. tion and exercise. In 1926 a national highway act estabA mover told him the building would “Knowledge is knowledge; the lished U.S. 50 north of Burrton, so the collapse if placed on its side. Boards had more you use your brain, it can only station moved with it. rotted so much that windows were only be good for you,” said Michael YeoAnother highway act in 1956 took 10 inches above the floor. ung, director at Wichita State Univerthe right-of-way up to eight feet from the Thrasher cut the nails that held the sity South. business, which included the area with roof ’s trusses, then used a loader to get In Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey the pumps. It closed shortly after that. it on a trailer. Using the roof as a pattern counties, there are many opportunities Thrasher originally planned to move he spent the next few weeks building a to engage in mental aerobics. Whether the building intact, but the 14-foot roof platform for the station. auditing a college class or attending a was too tall to go beneath power lines See Station, page 3 program at your community’s recreation center, library or senior center, there are numerous free or low-cost learning opportunities. There also are online options such as free classes available through MIT. Five area residents have joined the area for 15 years. Her experience includes However, a side benefit of attending active age Board of Directors. Times-Sentinel newspapers, East Wichlocal classes and lectures is social Spike Anderson, Valley Center, is a ita News and WestSide Story, and Derby engagement. financial advisor and vice president at Reporter. She does in publishing, design Studies show that you can delay Morgan Stanley. He worked as director and production. the onset of mental decline from three for development and game management LaChalle Shay, also a Wichitan, has to 10 years by engaging in lifelong at Wichita State University for 10 years worked with people who have disabillearning pursuits. before joining Morgan Stanley, and has a ities for more than 25 years in many At WSU, Butler Community background in journalism and commusettings.  She is now co-owner of Jobs U College and other area learning instinication. Make Possible (aka JUMP) to help those tutions adults aged 60 and older may Mary Corrigan, Wichita, served as with disabilities obtain and retain jobs. audit a class for free if there is room. an ex-officio member of the active age Dorothy Zook, Hesston, is a Licensed You have to enroll after the students’ board as a representative for the Central Practical Nurse. She worked at Halstead enrollment period is closed. Books or Plains Area Aging on Aging until her Hospital for 25 years, plus 10 more years other materials are the only cost. retirement this year. She was its program at area nursing homes. She was president WSU also offers Community manager for seven years. Since 1993 she of the state LPN Association, served on Education and Lifelong Learning has been an adjunct instructor at Butler the Kansas State Board of Nursing and programs. Community College. was a Silver Haired legislator. Community Education classes Shana Gregory has been a profesTo comment on this or other stories, taught by WSU professors and comsional writer and editor in the Wichita email See Learning, page 3

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He screwed 2-by-10s and cross braces into it for support, but when he tried to place the building on its side, it always slipped off. Once a cross brace hit him on the leg. Finally, he sawed the walls apart, salvaging whatever he could. He bought the building in April. By fall it was almost complete and wired for electricity. Thrasher is an avid collector of International trucks and other items. He changes out vehicles at the pumps, but from spring through fall he has a 1928 International truck carrying a gas tank parked there. The truck bears the name Thrasher Oil Co. He owned a Mobil Oil dis-

Learning From page 1 munity experts are open to any age. For example, a course on Microsoft Office is planned for the fall. Beccy Tanner from The Wichita Eagle presented The Life of Prairie Women during the summer. There is a fee. These classes are typically presented over several weeks. Lifelong Learning at WSU is free. Topics can range from 8 Steps to Downsizing to Kansas’ Sacred Places. BCC also offers a Lifelong Learning program with a different topic each month. Most communities have a parks and/or recreation department; some have classes. In Newton, the Recreation Com-

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tributorship and gas station outside of Halstead for 14 years. Thrasher had a large Mobil sign from that business and wanted to use it on the station. Then he discovered from old photos that it was a Phillips 66 station. He compromised. There are Mobil signs on the station’s west side and Phillips 66 signage on the east. Some of his other collectibles also found a home, such the two gas pumps, cash register and a chest Coke machine cooled by ice. “I gather stuff up — stuff that grabs my attention and hope I find a place for it someday.” He now collects automotive items from the era of his station. A number of vehicles stop or pull over along U.S. 50 east of Halstead to take photos of his station. He sometimess gives presentations

on the station. “Being a little showman I put on a filling station uniform with a white shirt and a bow tie under the coveralls. I stand there and give my little talk and answer their questions.”

mission offers art classes, fitness for seniors and sign language. In Rose Hill, you’ll find 3D art classes, Yoga, horseback riding and guitar lessons. Wichita’s Parks & Recreation offers a wide range of classes. CityArts features classes ranging from making silver jewelry to blowing glass. There is a fee. Learning can be as close as programs at your public library or senior center. Basic computer instruction and book discussion groups are common, along with topical lectures. Add to these opportunities, organizations such as SCORE. It engages those who’ve retired from businesses to mentor new small business owners by sharing their knowledge and expertise. In Europe, they find adult learn-

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1st local YMCA basketball game 125 years ago By Bob Rives There were black eyes, at least one dislocated shoulder and blood on the floor. After half an hour of mayhem, the young Presbyterian preacher promptly changed the rules. After all, he wasn’t trying to invent “basket brawl.” It was supposed to be “basket ball.” The preacher was Canadian born and 30 years old. His name, known now to most sports fans, was James Naismith. His boss had given him 14 days to come up with a new indoor game to help boys work off steam in Massachusetts’ cold, dark winters. They worked off steam all right, mutilating one another. He had them in the gym of the Springfield YMCA, nine kids to a side, to try his new game of putting a soccer ball in a peach basket hanging from one wall. It was December 1891. Nine months later — 125 years ago this August — the new sport of “Basket Ball” came to the YMCA in downtown Wichita. Naismith’s 13 rules had changed from the first near-riot to eliminate running with the ball. That stopped the tackling, shoving and fistfights. There were still nine players on a team, trying to put a soccer ball into a suspended peach basket. After each basket the umpire, as the official then

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Wichita’s first YMCA basketball team in August 1892. was called, tossed the ball into the air for the two centers to try to direct to teammates. There were no free throws. A team that had three consecutive fouls gave its opponent a point. Nor could players dribble. The ball moved only as it was passed. There also were sparse crowds. Early games were played in gyms without seating. If 100 people showed up it was a sell-out along the sidelines.

But the game still spread quickly. Rules for girls were written just weeks after Naismith’s original version. In fact, some boys refused to play because they thought it too effeminate in spite of the early bloodshed. Naismith went on to earn a medical degree in Denver. Then, in 1898, he became the first basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Ironically, he is the only KU coach with a career losing record.

From that start in the Wichita Y, south central Kansas has played a big part in basketball’s success, coming to a climax next March with an NCAA regional at Intrust Arena. Long before that, Newton high school coach Frank Lindley was credited with developing the zone defense. And another Harvey countian, Halstead native Adolph Rupp, grew up playing with a ball his mother made from a gunnysack. He played at KU, and then coached at Kentucky where the arena today wears his name. Only four coaches have won more collegiate games than Rupp, and his Wildcats have taken home four NCAA championships. By 1936 basketball was an Olympic medal sport. The U.S. won gold with a team heavy with Kansans. Among them were Francis Johnson and Jack Ragland, from then Wichita University. Joe Fortenberry of the McPherson Globe Oilers and Bill Wheatley from Kansas Wesleyan also played. The team won the championship over Canada on an outdoor, wet-clay court in Berlin. The score was 19-8. Wichita continued to provide Olympic players. Bill Hougland, a Wichitan who played at KU, was an Olympian. So were Lester Lane, a University of Oklahoma guard, and Dick Boushka, from St. Louis University. See Basketball, page 6

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Both starred for the Wichita Vickers, an AAU powerhouse in the National Industrial Basketball League, which many thought was stronger than the National Basketball Association. Lynette Woodard, a graduate of Wichita North and four-time all-American at KU, played in the Olympics in 1986. Now a coach at Winthrop, she was the first female member of the legendary Harlem Globetrotters and is a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame. Local high schools worked their way into the record books. Wichita Heights won 62 games in a row in

2010-12, starring eventual college players Evan Wessel, Gavin Thurman and Perry Ellis. Heights earlier set a record by averaging more than 90 points a game when future NBA stars Antoine Carr and Darnell Valentine played together. Wichita State’s basketball team first played in 1904, compiling a 2-4 record. Things have improved since under coaches like Ralph Miller, Gene Smithson and Greg Marshall. The Shockers begin a new era this fall by joining the American Athletic Conference. And it all started 125 years ago in the Y. Contact Bob Rives at

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Spelling Bee for seniors By Marge Gilbertson Remember spelling lists, tests and bees from your grade school days? In my hometown of Buffalo Center, Iowa, our newspaper published the names of the students who had spelled all the words correctly on their weekly test.  The teachers had to turn in their lists for The Tribune reporter before they left on Friday.  The weekly paper came out on Thursday. I knew I would have a call from my grandmother telling me know how proud she was if my name was on the list. If it wasn’t, she wanted to know why.

I think the list was really for the grandmas’ bragging rights. Now, more than 50 years.later, here is another chance for you to compete. The 10th annual Wichita Area Senior Spelling Bee is 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 600 N. Greenwich Rd. Sponsored by LifeVentures, it’s open to anyone 50+. Call 316-6189651 and leave a message Although winning is an honor, all participants have a great time. Win or lose, it is all fun. Contact Marge Gilbertson at

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Sunflower Horseshoe Club honors 3 retirees By Carl Terrell Placed in Linwood Park below walnut trees and busy squirrels is an area where some of the nation’s oldest horseshoe experts have competed. At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, the Sunflower Horseshoe Club will honor three World War II veterans who are retiring from the sport: Tom Small, 97; Claude Bray, 92; and Bill Whitley, 91. The club has 12 lighted courts with clay pits at the northeast corner of Mt. Vernon and Hydraulic. Honorees are: Tom, a Navy vet, has been throwing horseshoes competitively for about 25 years. He worked at Beech Aircraft for more than 35 years. Among his many awards is the 1st place trophy he won in his class at the

2009 World Horseshoe Tournament in Springfield, Ill. Tom still holds the record for the oldest pitcher to win in his class. Claude, an Army vet, gave up horseshoes in May. He Small taught school in Hugoton and Turon, and then moved to Arkansas, where he taught and was asuperintendent of schools Claude has been pitching more than 35 years and was the Arkansas state chamWhitley pion three times

and runner up three times. Bill, also an Army vet, became an interior wood cabinetmaker and installer after the war. Designs and decorations were his specialty. He has Bray pitched horseshoes nearly all his life. He has thrown in

the world tournament more than 25 times and has received national recognition for throwing 90 percent ringer games and highest over his national average. These men are well-known in Kansas and many other states. Combined, they have pitched horseshoes for more than 100 years, and helped form the nucleus of the Sunflower Horseshoe Club.ß Contact Carl Terrell at

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Horseshoes is a sport enjoyed by men, women and youth. The Sunflower Horseshoe Club offers lessons in Linwood Park, 1901 S. Kansas. The first month is free.; the dues are $20 a month. Outdoor leagues meet at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesdays and 9 a.m. Thursdays, July to September. The indoor season, November to April, meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 p.m. Thursdays. For more information email Carl Terrell at

2nd Veterans Awareness Expo The Veterans Awareness Expo will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. Veterans can connect with more than 40 community programs. Featured speakers include Sedgwick County Manager Brig. Gen.

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Women hired to work at garage sale not paid Editor’s note: These women asked to remain anonymous. Recently my friend and I (both seniors) accepted a job to help a woman with her garage sale. We learned about the job from a reliable organization; the sale’s address was in a well-known neighborhood. We were excited about the opportunity to earn a little extra cash. When we called, she told us that our job would be to price jewelry, assist the crowd and watch for any possible shoplifting. We could handle that; no problem. When we arrived for work, we asked about the pay rate. She asked what we expected for a salary. We told her the amount that we felt was fair. She immediately told us it was too much for “unskilled labor.” She offered a lower amount. When we hesitated, she said she would pay us a commission with the lower rate. We agreed to her offer. From that point on, things changed. We were told to assemble tables, carry items up from the basement,

Our Story move furniture and tools, clean items and more. Nothing had been priced or made ready for the sale. According to our employer, we could do nothing right. Her orders kept changing. Before we could do one thing, she changed the order again. Items would be moved (or thrown). We were belittled. We weren’t capable of doing what we were told to do, she snapped. And she referred to our ages multiple times. Throughout the day she refilled her beverage container. By late evening I could smell alcohol; her behavior deteriorated even more. That first day we worked 13½ hours with no breaks or food. She didn’t have a functioning toilet. (We were told that after we used it we could use a pan and throw our (waste) out.) The next day, I completed the time I had agreed to work. My friend was going to work one more day.

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I asked her about getting paid. She said I got paid “when the employer got paid.” I worked there the last week of May. To date, no payment has been received. These are some things we want to caution you about when considering this sort of job: • The condition of the house and yard; if they are a mess it could indicate something about the owner. • Have a clear understanding of the duties you are expected to perform. • Have a written salary agreement. • Don’t settle for an unfair amount. • Have an agreement on hours your are expected to work each day. • If things aren’t going well, or if you are being mistreated, leave. Even if you are in a financial crunch, you should not be taken advantage of. But only you can control how people are allowed to treat you. Though this was a horrid experience for us, we hope that you can

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Research may help you avoid dishonest employer By Marc Bennett After retirement, many people find Eric Mitchell II fulfillment doing part-time work. Marketing & Community Whether motivated by the desire to Relations supplement theirDirector income, seek a new experience, meet new people or simply have an excuse to get out of the house a few days each week, part-time employment is something many people find rewarding. For their part, many employers appreciate the work ethic and experience that a retired person brings to the workplace. A recent complaint brought to the attention of the active age illustrates that part-time employment can come with some risk. McCormick Bates Shalyn The victim Aide agrees to perform work Hospice helping with a garage sale. The agree-

ment was made on a handshake, but the prospective employer apparently Stephani had no intentSpiess, to honorRN the handshake. Hospice Nurse She belittled the victim, criticized her work and ultimately refused to pay for the labor provided. Before engaging in any endeavor that requires the outlay of your time or your money – whether it’s a job or a purchase – please take a little extra time and conduct some research concerning the person or business with whom you engage. If at all possible, make sure you have the terms of the employment in writing. If you seek regular (recurring) parttime employment Shanda Mihaliat an established brick-and-mortar business, make sure Office Coordinator to carefully examine the job description

the person. Is it worth the risk that you might not be paid for your labor? No matter the age of the job applicant, the Federal Trade Commission offers advice concerning job scams at: articles/0243-job-scams. We are here to help, but as always, the best way to get restitution – or in this case, to avoid working for free – is not to get scammed in the first place. Marc Bennett,, is the Sedgwick County District Attorney. If you have been the victim of a consumer fraud violation or know about a possible fraudulent scheme, call the Consumer Protection Division, 316-6603600, or email If you or a loved one has been the victim of a crime, call 911 immediately.

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New music festival Wichita Vortex Music Festival, a new event Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5, will offer live music at two venues, plus camping and breakfast. Campers will set up at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers, adjacent to the Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. Dwight Yoakam is the headliner on the main stage in the gated area between the Mid-America All-Indian Center and the Keeper of the Plains. Area musicians will play on the campground stage. “We are excited to offer a unique way to celebrate our city with great local, regional and national music; and homegrown food and drink,” said Ann Keefer of Wichita Festivals. A pancake breakfast and music starts 9 a.m. Saturday. Information: Tickets, $85.

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the active age Housing will be discussed at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Lionel Alford Library, 3447 S. Meridian. Kristine Schmucker with Harvey County Historical Museum said that in 1911 one of the Santa Fe Railroad’s most serious problems was railway maintenance between the Missouri River and the Rocky Mountains. She said it was difficult to secure and hold a sufficient supply of labor to obtain a better-trained and steadier class of laborers because men with families required housing. For more information visit

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Township ballot box from the 1880s to a dashiki shirt worn in the late 1960s by civil rights leader Chester I. Lewis. Adjoining is the immersive exhibit of the City Hall’s first mayor’s office in its original room. The old City Hall has been the Historical Museum’s home since 1980. Wichita’s Mayor’s Off ice of 1892 re-creates Mayor John Carey’s office. The space is interpreted as it appeared when first occupied in 1892 by Carey, the ninth individual

to serve as Mayor of Wichita. The exhibit includes window signage visible from Main Street. An exhaustive effort researching newspapers, photograph, reports, and other records was made to accurately portray the space. The Historical Museum is open 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, 1–5 p.m. Saturday–Sunday. Admission is $5 adults; $2 6-12; under 6 free. For information call 316-265-9314 or visit

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Of the People, by the People, for the People is the focus of two new exhibits at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. Using the original City Hall building construction date of 1890 as a springboard, the Civics and Government Exhibit examines our government at federal, state, county and local levels. The theme of self-governance, with a focus on local issues, features artifacts ranging from a Waco

By Marge Gilbertson Did you know we Active Agers can go back to school? And there’s no homework or PE class. (At our age we don’t do jumpups or splits very well anyway!) We instead listen to presentations geared to our age and interests.  Sometimes we don’t even know that we are interested, and we learn something new. That’s what LifeVentures, a member of Shepherd Centers of America, does for those 50 and older. It meets each Tuesday for eightweeks in the fall and spring at East

Heights Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas. The fall session begins Sept. 12. Class topics include things to do, things remembered, books to read, songs to sing, history and current events. Classes are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. A hot catered lunch is at 11:40 a.m.; luncheon program at 12:30 p.m. Classes cost $60 an for eightweek session, plus $8 weekly for the optional lunch. Call 316-682-0504 to receive the fall schedule and to enroll. 

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345,000 caregivers will finally get information By Mary Tritsch The 2017 Kansas legislative session was long and eventful. Legislators dealt with a number of critical legislative topics such as tax reform, budget and school finance. In addition, they passed an important piece of legislation that will benefit our state’s more than 345,000 caregivers and the people for whom they provide care. Gov. Brownback signed the Kansas Lay Caregivers Act, otherwise known as the Caregiver, Advise, Record and Enable or CARE Act on March 28. This new law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, will support caregivers when the person they are caring for is hospitalized and then returns home and is in need of care. AARP volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly to get the legislation passed so that when patients are admitted to a Kansas hospital, they have a right to designate a caregiver. The designated caregiver is then informed before the patient is discharged or transferred to another facility and is given instructions on how to care for the patient at home.

“The CARE Act will help improve post-discharge health outcomes, reduce costly hospital readmissions and enable older Kansans to stay in their homes longer,” said AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner. “And, it will support our state’s caregivers by making sure they know what to do to help their loved one get well after a hospital stay.” Kansas’ caregivers have big responsibilities. In a December 2016 survey conducted by AARP, 66 percent of Kansas caregivers reported helping their loved ones with complicated medical tasks, wound care, infusion therapy and complex medication management. This is in addition to the everyday tasks they perform such as assisting them with bathing and dressing, meals and transportation. Of those surveyed, 95 percent indicated their support for requiring hospitals to instruct caregivers prior to their loved one being discharged. Each year, Kansas’ caregivers provide more than $3.8 billion in unpaid care. This enables more Kansans to remain in their own homes and communities. With passage of the CARE Act,

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August theatre options By Diana Morton Summer theatre productions in Wichita are some of the best in America. You’ll laugh until you cry and find it impossible to get certain melodies out of your head. Guild Hall Players, St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E Douglas. The Bridges of Madison County – A New Musical. An Iowa housewife, Francesca Johnson, has a life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer, Robert Kincaid. They are caught between decision and desire. 8 pm Thu–Sat, Aug 3-5; 7 pm Sun, Aug 6. Tickets $12, students $10. 316-6835686 Kechi Playhouse, 100 E Kechi Rd. Moon Over Buffalo. George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the ‘50s, may have one last shot at stardom. 8 pm Fri–Sat; 2:30 pm Sun, Aug 4-27. Tickets $12-$14. 316-744-2152 Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N Mosley, School House Don’t Rock or Brownback vs. The Bored of Education by Wichitan Tom Frye. A new teacher is harassed by the superintendent, unruly

children and their parents; love blooms with a telegraph operator. This pokes fun at many organizations and politicians. Musical review follows. Thu-Sat thru Sept 2. Dinner 6:15 pm. Tickets $26-$30; Show only, 7:50 pm, $20. 316-263-0222 Music Theatre Wichita, Century II, 225 W Douglas. Newsies. MTW is one of the nations’s first regional theatres to create its own version of this megahit show featuring spectacular dances and catchy songs. It’s a true story of newsboys at the turn of the 20th century. 7:30 pm Thu, 8 pm Fri-Sat, 7 pm Sun; matinee 2 pm Sat.-Sun, Aug 11-20. Tickets start at $28. 316-2653107. Roxy’s Downtown, 412 E Douglas, cabaret-style theatre. Hi-Hat Hattie, the musical about Wichitan Hattie McDaniel portrayed by Wichitan Karla Burns. It is a vivid portrait in words and music of a pioneering artist who earned her a place in show business history, including the first Oscar given to an African-American. 8 pm Fri–Sat, 2 pm Sun, Aug 3-6. Tickets $20-$30.

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Local Theatre 316-265-4400 Sylvia. The subject is a dog, Sylvia; the couple that adopts her; and the comedy that results. This Broadway hit is engaging NOT because the title character, a dog, is played by a woman, but because the villain is the wife of the dog’s besotted owner. 8 pm Fri-Sun, Aug 18-27. Tickets $20-$30. 316-2654400 WSR Signature Theatre, 332 E First, Scottish Rite Temple. Last Chance

Liquor by Wichitan Anne Welsbacher. Last Chance Liquor is a small, failing liquor store in a small, failing Kansas town. Its owner is a recovering alcoholic whose daughter cut off all ties when he and his wife had a messy divorce during her childhood. The daughter has returned to the small town to persuade her mother to return with her to Los Angeles for cancer treatment. 8 pm Fri-Sat, Aug 18-19; 7 pm Sun, Aug 20. Tickets $10-18. 316-644-7018 Contact Diana Morton at

Free Speech in Times of Crisis lecture Free Speech in Times of Crisis will be discussed at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Larksfield Place, 7373 E. 29th St. N. It is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council and Kansas Authors Club. Stephen Wolgast, an assistant professor of journalism and digital media at Kansas State University, will focus on the 1st Amendment that grants citizens the right to express their opinions, even when society is under stress.

“One of the jobs of the press is to hold a mirror to society. That’s why we have to report on the failings of government and institutions, even if it upsets the powers that be.” Wolgast also has worked for newspapers, including the the New York Times. This free lecture is part of The Pulitzer Project in Kansas: William Allen White and Freedom of Speech. Information: Gretchen Eick, 316-682-8818, eick@

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Avoid infectious diseases on vacation

When Dr. Brent Laartz signed up for a horseback-riding excursion in Costa Rica, he thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime. Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist – failed to take some of the precautions necessary to avoid becoming one of the 40 percent of travelers every year who bring back an unwanted souvenir of a major illness from their trip. “While on vacation it becomes entirely to be more obFornecessary my daughters, servant of the conditions that are in ofyou,” mind. placeit's thatpeace could harm he says. Some tips on how to protect They know I'm safe yourself: and local secure • Avoid water here. in all forms. When you shower, don’t ingest the

to different parts of the body. For the same reason that you should wear flip flops in the shower, you should never walk barefoot in any area of a foreign country, including your hotel room. • Beware of fruits, vegetables and condiments. If fruit such as apples or bananas – which can be peeled – isn’t available, it’s best to avoid fruit. Any fruit or vegetable served fresh may have been washed in the same water, or wiped with the same rag used to clean work surfaces in kitchens. The best advice is to bring your own peeler so that you know nothing unsanitary has been applied to the fruit. Food such as potato salad and coleslaw, which contain uncooked mayonnaise, should also be

Medical water and don’t be afraid to ask for a drink without ice. In lesser-developed countries there is less infrastructure for clean water, effective sewage and public health. If you can’t avoid unsanitary water, make sure you have iodine tablets and bring along a tea or coffee-making device that will boil water for you. Furthermore, you should buy a case or two of water when you arrive at a destination and check that all bottle caps are sealed. • Protect your feet at all times. Use flip-flops in the shower, and if you must be barefoot, put a towel down on the floor. Parasites can enter the skin of your feet and travel

avoided. And beware of any condiment not served in a bottle. • Pass by roadside stands. The aroma coming from that stand or little corner of an open-air market might smell great, but unless the food is piping hot when served, leave it alone. If you are concerned about the sanitation of a restaurant, order the food to go. Styrofoam boxes may be cleaner than the plate or fork on the table. “How you protect yourself will determine whether your trip goes off without a hiccup,” Laartz says, “or whether you become another vacation casualty.” Dr. Laartz, author of How to Avoid Contagious Diseases, is a board certif ied infectious diseases specialist in Safety Harbor, Fla.


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Chisholm Trail events... 2 western films

Two western films will air this month in the ongoing celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. The Far Country will show at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Evergreen Library, 2601 N. Arkansas. This 1955 movie stars James Stewart, John McIntire, Ruth Roman and Walter Brennan. Stewart and his friends are driving cattle to market from Wyoming to Canada, where boom towns pay top dollar for beef. When they arrive in Skagway, the corrupt sheriff steals the cattle, and

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The 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation Summer Film Series show at the Wichita Art Museum is Deli Man. It is a mouth-watering salute to

Stewart and his friends are forced to fight for the herd. The final film is Red River, made in 1948. It shows at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, also at Evergreen. Based on the novel, The Chisholm Trail, John Wayne portrays a headstrong frontiersman who, with his longtime friend, Walter Brennan, seeks to make his future as a rancher in Texas. Over the next 14 years, he builds up one of the largest ranches in Texas, but the Civil War has taken all money out of the South. He decides to sell his large herd in Missouri, more than 1,000 miles away through territory

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Auto safety devices for seniors with older cars By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any auto safety products that can help seniors with older cars? My 80-year-old father, who drives his beloved 2004 Toyota Avalon, is still a pretty good driver but he has limited range-of-motion, which makes looking over his shoulder to back-up or merge into traff ic very diff icult. Inquiring Son  Dear Inquiring, To help keep your dad safe, there’s a number of auto aids and new safety technology products that can be added to his car. Backup Aids  To increase his visibility when backing up, a simple product is an AllView Mirror ($60, It is an oversized rear view mirror that attaches to his existing mirror to widen his rear visibility and eliminate blind spots so he can see traffic without significant neck or body rotation. It also helps during parking.  Another option is a backup camera. These come with a weath-

erproof, night vision camera, which attaches to the license plate on the rear of the car. When the car is in reverse, it sends live images wirelessly to a small monitor that mounts to the dash or windshield. The Yada Digital Wireless Backup Camera ($140, Amazon) with 4.3” Dash Monitor is a good option. Or, if your dad doesn’t want a monitor, the Auto Vox Wireless Backup Camera ($140, displays the images in a rearview mirror. Blind Spot Helpers To help your dad see better when switching lanes or merging

into traffic, purchase “blind spot mirrors.” These small, convex mirrors stick to the corner of his side view mirrors to improve side and rear vision. They can be purchased for a few dollars in stores that sell auto supplies. For a high-tech, more comprehensive solution, there’s the Goshen Blind Spot Detection System ($239, It uses small sensors installed on each side of the rear bumper that monitor the sides of the vehicle. It will alert your dad with a light indicator, installed inside the car, if any object is detected within 10 feet.  Safety Products For extra safety, you may consider a collision warning/lane departure device like the Mobileye 630. This smart camera attaches to the windshield and will alert your dad if he speeds, drifts out of his lane, gets too close to the car in f ront of him, or gets too close to a pedestrian or cyclist. It’s sold and installed only through retailers (see ind-a-retailer).It costs about $1,100.   

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Something a little less expensive is a dashboard camera that can double as a collision warning system. Garmin’s Dash Cam 35 ($129, monitors up to 130 feet in f ront of the vehicle. If your dad is going 30 mph or faster, it will issue audio and visual alerts of an impending collision. Another product to consider is the Hum ( It will automatically call emergency services if your dad has been in an accident. It also sends alerts to the driver’s phone if there’s a mechanical problem; the driver can press a button if he needs roadside assistance. Hum works in cars built in 1996 or later and costs $10 per month, with a two-year required subscription and one-time set-up and activation fees totaling $50.

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She cooks surprise meals By Joe Stumpe The wall over Maggie Gray’s couch is festooned with medals and ribbons she’s won in local races. Think she spends a lot of free time training? Not Maggie. “I just stretch, and I go run,” says

Gray, 68, who recently won her age group in the Prairie Fire Spring 5K. Anyway, she’s got better things to do than train. About five years ago, she started using her regular day off to make more elaborate meals as a weekly treat for her husband, Richard.

Seared Scallops with Beurre Blanc 12 large sea scallops Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 bay leaf 1 shallot, minced 2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp white wine, champagne, cognac or non-alcoholic wine

1/8 C white vinegar 1/4 C heavy cream 1 stick butter, softened Kosher salt 3 Tbsp olive oil

To prepare beurre blanc:Place lemon zest and juice, bay leaf, shallot, wine and vinegar in saucepan and reduce by half. Add cream, reduce to less than ¼-cup. Remove from heat, strain into another pan. Whisk in softened butter. Do not let sauce rise above 130 degrees. To prepare scallops: Bring scallops to room temperature. Lightly season one side with salt. Heat skillet until very hot. Add olive oil. When it starts to “dance” (but before smoking) place scallops in pan salt-side down. Cook until they start to brown. Turn over and remove pan from heat; the heat of the pan will continue to cook them for 3-4 minutes. To serve:Place 3/4 cup of risotto (see accompanying recipe) on each plate, top with three scallops and spoon the sauce around perimeter.

“He’ll go to work, and he has no idea what he’ll come home to. He loves it.” Gray was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, and adopted by an American family in St. Louis when she was 5. “Of course, being from St. Louis, I’ve got recipes from The Hill,” she says, referring to that city’s historic Italian neighborhood. The couple moved here 26 years ago. They have a daughter and four grandchildren. Gray figures it’s her longtime job at Johnson’s Garden Center eastside store that keeps her in good running shape and frame of mind. “It’s calming and it’s educational,” she says. “I learn as well as teach the customers.”

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Calendar of Events Sedgwick County Senior Centers

BEL AIRE 7651 E Central Park Ave 744-2451, ext 121

Mon & Wed: 6 pm Yoga, Rec Center. Free. Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. Tue: 1 pm Bridge. (reservation required). Tue & Fri: 10:30 am Chair Exercise, Rec Center. Wed: 9 am Low impact aerobics, Rec Center. Fri: 9 am Breakfast at Braum's. 1st, 3rd & 5th Fri: 6 pm Pitch. 1st Thu: 1 pm Game Day, Rec Center. 1st Mon: 6:30 pm Potluck & Program, Community Room. 3rd Wed:1:30 pm Book club. 4th Mon: 12:30 pm Covered Dish Lunch & Program, Rec Center. 4th Thu: 2 pm Genealogy & Family History Group.

BENTLEY/EAGLE 504 W Sterling, 796-0027

Open Mon-Fri: Coffee, cookies, exercise. Mon: 2 pm Line dancing, chair exercise. Wed: 1:30 pm Canasta. Sat: 8-9:30 am Breakfast, donation. 2nd Fri: 11 am Senior Lunch Out. 3rd Tue: 7 pm Game night, bring snack. 3rd Fri: noon XYZ potluck, program. 4th Sat: 7 pm Movie Night.

CHENEY 516 Main, 542-3721

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot meal, reservations required, games. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. 1st Tue: 6 pm Potluck dinner.

CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332

Mon: 10 am-noon Blood pressure check; 1-3 pm Painting, beginning to advanced. Wed: 9 am Morning coffee. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. Tue, Fri: 8:45 am Tai Chi; 10 am Exercise class. 2nd Tue: noon Carry-in lunch & program. Thur: 10 am Bible study. 1st, 3rd & 4th Thu: 9 am Help with technology- bring your device.

DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223 Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. Aug 3: 11:30 am Covered Dish. Bring food to share and sign up. Ralph Krenzer will entertain. $2. Aug 29: 1 pm Mel Srader, a long-time coin collector, will share his complete set of Buffalo nickels and talk about Hobo nickels. Aug 30: 1 pm Test your ‘60s knowledge of the ‘60s through questions, songs and video clips; win a prize. 3rd Tue: Noon Friendship Club; 1 pm Book Club. Reading list at front desk. 2nd Tue: 9 am New-member orientation.

DOWNTOWN 200 S. Walnut, 267-0197 Regular activities: Exercise classes, Pickleball, computer classes, foot care by appt. Aug 3: 2 pm Quick Healthy Meals by Shirley Lewis, K-State Extension. Aug 10: 1 pm Sign up for Delano Antique ‘“Roadshow.” Limited to 50. One item each appriasied sed by C.J. Ghan, Antique Gallery of Delano. Aug 15: 11 am Dining in Delano: The Monarch.

Mon: 11 am Lewis Street Singers; 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11 am Well rep excercise; 1 pm Pickleball.

EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot lunch, reservation required; 10-11 am Pool, cards, bingo, dominoes, puzzles.

GARDEN PLAIN 1006 N Main, 535-1155

Mon-Fri: 8 am Coffee. Wed: 1-3 pm RSVP work. Fri: 1 pm Cards. 1st Fri: noon Potluck, cards. 3rd Fri: 1 pm Birthday/anniversary celebration.

GODDARD 120 N Main, 794-2441

Mon, Wed, Fri: 9-9:30 am Exercise. 1st & 4th Tue: 9:30 am-noon Cards. 2nd & 4th Thu: 10 am-4 pm Covered dish, cards, dominoes.

HAYSVILLE 160 E Karla, 529-5903

Regular activities: Cards, crafts, hot lunch, exercise. Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot Lunch; Noon Cards. Tue: 12:30 pm; Fri 9 am TX Hold'em. 1st & 3rd Wed: 12:30 pm Bingo. 1st Thu: 10 am Community Classroom. Tue & Thu: 10 am STEPS Last Tue: 6-9 pm Game Night. 2nd Fri: 5:30 pm Birthday Dinner, Covered Dish. 4th Sat: 8 am Friends & Family Senior Breakfast. RSVP

KECHI Kechi City Building, 744-0217, 744-1271

3rd Thu: 6:30-7:30 pm Meeting.

LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700

Mon-Fri: Dance, exercise, pool, dominoes. 11:30 am-12:15 pm Hot lunch. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise/Ejercicio. Tue, Thu: 1 pm Exercise/Ejercicio. Mon: 10 am English Class/Clase de Ingles; 1 pm Line dancing. Tue: 10 am Nutrition class/Clase de nutricion. Thu: 10 am Bingo/loteria. Last Fri: 10 am Music/musica; monthly birthdays.

LINWOOD 1901 S. Kansas, 263-3703 Closed July 4 Regular activities: Computer classes, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. Aug 7, 1:30 pm Healthy Cooking: Choosing a Healthier You for Life! Shirley Lewis, extension agent. Aug 18: Ark Encounter -- Armchair Traveler Series. Learn the history about the lifesize replica in Ohio. Aug 21: 2 pm Grief Support Group led by Chaplain Greg Schmidt. Mon: 9 am Stretching; 9:30 am Dynabands. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance Tue & Thu: 9-11 am Pickleball.

MCADAMS GOLDEN AGE 1329 E 16th, 337-9222

Regular activities: Open gym, walking, hot lunches, dominoes, cards, pool. Sun: 1-3 pm Quilting. Fri: noon-1:30 pm Sewing. Sat: noon-4:30 pm Classes: sewing, jewelry making. 2nd & 4th Tue: 10 am-noon Blood pressure checks.

MT HOPE 105 S Ohio, 667-8956

Mon: 7-10 am Coffee, donuts; 11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch; 1-4 pm Cards. Tue, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise class. Tue, Wed: 10 am-3 pm Crafts, quilting. Thu: 9:30-10:30 am Line dancing. 1st Fri: Noon Senior Citizens’ lunch.

MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813

Daily: Walk in the gym, coffee; hot lunch; computers, dominoes, puzzles, pool, book loan. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Yoga. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Zumba. 2nd Tue: 7:30-9:30 am Breakfast, $3. 2nd Wed: 11:30 am Blood pressure checks. 3rd Wed: Noon-1 pm Blood pressure checks. 2nd Thur: 11:45 am Kentucky Fried Chicken potluck. Free. Last Fri: 11:45 Birthday Celebrations.

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444 Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Aug 24: 111:45 am Positive Thinking: When Life Gives Us Lemons, by Kevin Herrington. Aug 25: 11:45 am Nutrition: Eaating Better as We Age. Aug 31: 11:45 am Knowing the Signs of Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation of Seniors. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 10 am Crochet class; 1 pm Bridge.

OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

Daily: 11:30 pm Friendship meals; computers, treadmill. Mon: 12:30 pm Line Dancing. Wed, Fri: 10:30 am Chair exercise. 1st Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers meeting. 2nd Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers bingo.$ 1 . 4th Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Community bingo $1. Every Fri: 12:30 pm Afternoon cards. Every Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee/Panera Bread. 1st Sat: 8-10am Breakfast fundraiser. $4.

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293 Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. No Monday pickleball until Sept 11 July 19: 10-11 am Common Ground Farmer’s Market. July 31: 11:15 am Managing pain at you age.. Tues: 12 pm Duplicate bridge. Wed: 10:30 am-noon Computer lab. Fri: noon Open pool tables; Social coloring.

PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199

Regular activities: Cards, exercise, pool, hot lunch. Call for details. Aug 4: TBD Movie Matinee “Dunkirk,” $7. RSVP 744-1199. Aug 15: 11 am Healtlhy Snacks and Games. Aug 17: 7 pm Volunteer Appreication Night: Just Desserts. A dessert bar and music. RSVP Fri: 9:15 am Exercise. Sat: 1 pm Pinochle. Mon: 6 pm Pitch. Tue: 1 pm Pool. Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellREP exercise. Fri: 1:30 pm Dance aerobics

VALLEY CENTER Valley Center FUMC unless otherwise noted 510 N Park Ave, 755-7335

Mon: 1:30 pm Line Dancing. Tue: 6 pm Pitch. Tue-Thu: 8:30-10:30 am Pickleball, VC Intermedite; noon, lunch. $5.

Senior Wednesdays

Aug. 2 10:30am Wichita Art Museum, Docents’ Favs. Docents share their knowledge of their favorite works. $2. 1:30 pm Water Center, How to Prevent Pollution from Your Own House, Cindy Le. educates about Tai Chi. Free. Aug. 9 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo, Some Like it Hot, Others Do Not. Find out which animals want an umbrella and which prefer a winter coat. $4. 1:30 pm Wichita Public Library - Central Library, Along the Chisholm Trail. Jeff Davidson, musician and story teller, will lead you up the trail by song -- riding herd on a rainy night and eating a lot of dust. Free. Aug. 16 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art, Build-aBowl and Feed the Hungry (110 Henrion Hall, south of the mueum). Make bowls to support a charity cookoff Oct. 28. Free 1:30 pm Kansas African American

Museum, Exciting Stops on the Kanas African American Trail. Jo Bogan will share information about each historical site. Free; parking ticket validated. Aug. 23 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Kansas Music: Stories of a Rich Tradition. Deb Bisel will share from her book with the same name. $2. 1:30 pm Exploration Place, Heroes on th radio. Pretend to be one of your favorite characters and learn about some classic radio serials. $4 plus tax. Aug. 30 10:30 am Great Plains Nature Center, The Beals Healthy Streams Initiative. Heidi Mehl will talk about protecting and preserving water quality in Kansas. Free. 1:30 pm Old Cowtown Museum. Heading West: Counting the Costs of the Oregon Trail. Explore the challenges of prepartion and travel that the overland journey required. $2.

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Butler County Senior Centers ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441 Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, pool. Daily:11:30 am-12 Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tues: Special music at lunch. Mon: 12:30 pm Movie Monday. Tue: 10 am Blood pressure check; 11 am-2 pm Memory Café; 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Pool. Wed: 1 pm Bridge. Thu: 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Quilt Club; 7-9 pm Pitch. Fri: 11:30 am Lunch meeting & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 pm Pinochle. 4th Sat: 7-10am Monthly breakfast.

AUGUSTA 640 Osage, 775-1189

Regular activities: Exercise, cards, dominoes, pool, line dancing, lunch daily at 11:30 am. Mon: 6:30 pm 10 point pitch. Fri: 9:30 am Prize bingo. Every other Wed: 7 pm Jam Session with live music. 2nd Sat: 7-10 am Biscuit/Gravy breakfast. $4 suggested donation. 4th Mon: 5 pm Evening meal. $6 suggested donation, reservations requested.

BENTON Lion’s Community Bldg, S Main St

2nd & 4th Tue: 9 am-4 pm Cards, games, occasional program. Covered dish.

CASSODAY Cassoday Senior Center 133 S. Washington, 620-735-4538

Tue: 10:30 am Round Table. Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise with WSU. 1st Mon: 2 pm Game Day. 3rd Mon: 6:30 pm Carry-in dinner, blood pressure checks. 4th Fri: 2 pm Movie Matinee.

DOUGLASS 124 W 4th, 746-3227

Regular activities: Exercise, quilting, cards, home-cooked lunch, $5 (reservation required). 1st Mon: 6 pm Finger foods & cards. 3rdMon: 6 pm Birthday/anniversary covered-dish supper, bring own service. Cards. 3rd Sat: 7:00-9:30 am Biscuits/gravy, scrambled eggs, $4.

EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142

Regular activities: Exercise, cards, bingo, hot lunch $3, support groups. Mon: 12:30 Mexican Train dominoes. Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Tue: 9 am Coffee; 12:30 pm Bingo; 2 pm Line Dance; 6 pm Prairie Port Seniors. Tue, Thu: 8:30 am Men's coffee. Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. Sat: 6 pm Cards and games. 3rd Tue: 12:30 am Blood pressure checks.

Harvey County Centers BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225

1st Sat: 7-9 am Community breakfast. Mon: 7-8 pm Educational film. Tue: 9 am Bible study. Mon - Fri: 7-8:30 am Early bird coffee. Fri: 7-8:30 am Breakfast. 3rd Thu: 7 pm Movie. 4th Thu: 6 pm Potluck supper.

HALSTEAD 523 Poplar, 835-2283

Mon & Wed: Games after lunch. Tue & Fri: 9 am Exercise. 2nd Thu: 7 pm Dine out/activity. 3rd Thu: 6 pm Potluck, meeting. 3rd Fri: 12:30 pm Movie in. 3rd Sun: 1:30 pm Movie out. 4th Thu: 7 pm Penny Bingo.

HESSTON Randall & Main, 620-327-5099 Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 am Stretch bands. Mon & Tue: 1:30 pm Pitch. Tue: 8:30 am Coffee hour; 9 am Film; 1:30 pm Pinochle. Wed: 6:30 am Men’s Bible Study; 1 pm Bridge. 1st & 3rd Tue: 6 pm Singin’ Seniors. 3rd Wed: 11:30 am Health luncheon; noon, pro-

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gram. Reservations by previous Fri. 1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge. 2nd Thu: 7 pm Movie night. 1st & 3rd Fri: 1 pm Mexican Train dominoes. 1st Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Community breakfast. 4th Mon: 5:30 pm Gathering; 6 pm Potluck dinner, program follows.

GRAND CENTRAL 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222

Mon: 10-11 am Blood pressure check. Tue: 1 pm Crafts: handwork. Wed: 1 pm Pinochle/pitch/dominoes. Thu: 1 pm Wii bowling; 5:15 pm Tai Chi.

SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393

Mon: 1 pm Games, bingo, wii. Tue: 7-8:30 am Breakfast; 1 pm Line dancing. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise. Wed: 9 am Quilting. 1st Fri: 7 pm Birthday party. 1st Thu: 1 pm Paint with Sue. 2nd Thu: noon Potluck luncheon & business mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out. Fri: 3 pm Bible study.

Support Groups Clubs, Dances

An up-to-date list of support groups is at To add or correct a listing, call 316-978-3566, 1-800-445-0016 or email percy.turner@ Clubs, Organizations and Dances are at under the Resources category. For changes call Tammara at 316-942-5345 or email

LEON 112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905

Regular activities: Lunch served Mon - Fri. Reservations required by 9 am. Wed: 10 am Exercise class; 1 pm Pinochle. 2nd & 4th Tue: 1 pm Bridge club. 3rd Sun: 11am-1 pm Lunch serving roast beef or ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, hot roll, salad and dessert bar. Drinks included. $8 donation adults/$4 children.

ROSE HILL 207 E Silknitter, 776-0170

Regular activities: Wii, pool table, shuffleboard, home-cooked lunch (reservation required). Mon & Wed: 9 am Strong Women Stay Young Exercise. Mon: 7 pm Pitch, games. Wed: 1 pm Bridge. Fri: 7 pm Card game. 1st Fri: 11 am Meeting, covered dish. 3rd Fri: Noon Covered dish. 1st Sat: 7-10 am Scrambled eggs, biscuits/gravy.


317 Main, 776-8999 Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed & Fri Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton.

WHITEWATER Legion Hall 317 Main, 536-8999

Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed & Fri Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton. 2nd & 4th Tue: noon Potluck, program.

Transportation Sedgwick County

Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150 or 1-800-367-7298, transportation or services info. 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays.

Butler County Transit

Weekday transportation in El Dorado, Augusta and Andover. Rides to Wichita on Wed, Thu. Call for information; 48-hr notice required: Augusta, 775-0500; El Dorado, 322-4321; toll free, 1-800-279-3655. $10 pass for 25 rides available. Wheelchair accessible; escorts ride free.

Harvey County Transportation for medical appointments, shopping and activities. Reservations or information: 316-284-6802 or 1-866-6806802. Applications for reduced fares for those 60+ or disabled who meet income guidelines. Personal appointments Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm. Reservations, first call-first served, must be made 24 hours in advance. Vans are wheelchair accessible. Round-trip fares: $8 in Newton (wheelchair only), $12 in Harvey County, $20 outside Harvey County. Wheelchair escorts ride free. AVI Route: Tue, 8 am-4:30 pm. Transportation to Newton for Burrton, Sedgwick, Halstead, Hesston, Walton residents. $6.

Friendship Meals Aging Projects, Inc. serves a hot, nutritious meal weekdays for persons 60 and older at locations in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler county communities. Reservations are necessary. For locations and reservations, call 620-669-8201. WEEK OF AUG. 1 Tue: Chicken-pasta salad, broccoli-raisin salad, spiced peaches, garlic bread, gelatin. Wed: Hamburger with set up, baked beans, French fries, strawberries. Thu: Hot turkey casserole, cuke & tomato salad, cranberry salad, fruit crisp. Fri: Ham, cooked cabbage, mixed vegetables, Mandarin organges, roll. WEEK OF AUG. 7 Mon: Chicken-chef salad, celery sticks, peanut butter, plums, wheat rolls. Tue: Beef cutlet w/Spanish sauce, baked potato, green lentil salad, blushing pears, bread. Wed: Crispy fish w/tarter sauce or chicken on bun w/set up, cole slaw, cantaloupe, bread. Thu: Swedish meatballs, scalloped potatoes, carrot-raisin salad, peaches, applesauce cake, roll. Fri: Chicken & cheese casserole, broccoli, pineapple, bread. WEEK OF AUG. 14 Mon: Potato-ham omelet, sliced tomatoes, ambrosia salad, grape juice, wheat muffin. Tue: Pulled pork on a bun, potato salad, green beans, mixed melons, snickerdoodle cookie. Wed: Tahitian chicken & rice, carrots, plums, biscuit. Thu: Taco salad w/salsa, refried beans, banana, cinnamon roll. Fri: Glazed chicken, cuke & onion salad, spinach, garlic bread, apricots. WEEK OF AUG. 20 Mon: Beef roast w/gravy, California mash, 3-bean salad, canaloupe, wheat bread. Tue: Southwest chix bake, mixed-greens salad, pineapple, cornbread. Wed: Beef cutlet OR liver & onions, mashed potatoes, calico salad, peaches. Thu: Tuna -pasta salad, celery sticks, peanut butter, cole slaw, garlic bread, watermelon. Fri: Baked chicken, cauliflower, blackeyed peas salad, blushing pears, muffin. WEEK OF AUG. 28 Mon: Mexican lasagna, green peas, combination salad, Mandarin oranges. Tue: Creamy chicken & veggie cassarole, cuke & onion salad, strawberries, sugar cookie, bread. Wed: Baked fish OR baked chicken, mixed green salad, tomoto slices wheat roll, watermelon. Thu: Spaghetti/meat sauce, cauliflower- bean salad, gelatin garlic bread, peaches.

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F CEMETERY PROPERTY FOR SALE F Resthaven, Garden of Faith, one plot last in its location. Valued at $3,900 selling for $3,500 OBO. Seller Pays Transfer Fee.Call 316-943-3392 or 316-665-3477. Resthaven Garden of Christus. One double-depth lawn crypt. Space 1, Lot 32-B. Curent retail $5,995. Sell for $3,995. Buyer pays $295 transfer fee. 602-677-8841. Four lots together, Lakeview Cemetery valued at $2,700 each, price is negotiable. 509-3921516. Transfer fee negotiable. Resthaven Garden of Prayer, Lot 51B. Value $7,990 selling for $7,000. Buyer pays transfer fee. Call 316-644-4885. Resthaven, Garden of Love, 2 plots. Value $3,600 each. Will sell both for $3,500, OBO. Call/text 425-941-5842. Old Mission Cemetery. Last Supper Garden. Individual plots $1,200. Four together for $3,500. 407-341-6154. White Chapel, Gethesemane, lot 206 B-4. Current value $4,744. Sell for $3,000/OBO. Close to road. 417-778-1487. Resthaven Stacked Crypt, Garden of Christus Vault already installed. 16x24 companion marker or 20x28 granite with vase. 2 openings & closings. Seller pays transfer fee. For Details Call 316-722-3512. Old Mission Mausoleum (E. of Hillside on 21st). Double cremation niche. Current retail $3,800 - $5,000. Asking $2,100, plus $425 fee to cemetery. 316-721-2553 Lakeview Gardens, Veteran’s Field of Honor, two spaces valued at $4,790 will sell for $2,000. Call 316-773-2522. Lakeview Gardens. Ever Lasting Life lot 122. $950. Buyer pays transfer fee. Call 316-3059554. Rest Haven. 2 plots on the Cermon on the Mount, Lot 126 C34. $2,000 per plot, Seller pays the transfer fee. 316-258-2265. Lakeview Cemetery, Veteran’s Field of Honor. Includes double depth lawn crypt for 2 burials, plus a companion bronze memorial on granite, all valued at $8,490. Will sell for $5,000. Call 316-558-5528 Four burial plots located in the Last Supper section, Resthaven cemetery, Wichita. Will sell for $8,000 or $2,500 each. Contact Frank or Carolyn 316-729-8717 Four spaces Lakeview garden meditation section. retail value $2,995 each will sell for $1,400 each or All 4 for $5,000. Buyer pays $295 transfer fee . Call 316-684-6769. Resthaven, Garden of the cross. Four spaces together with two openings, two closings and one shared memorial marker for two. Value $23,000 asking $12,000. 316-204-4989. Double depth, vaulted, companion lawn crypt (Ever-lasting Life, Lot C-17, Space #10) with Bronze “Together Forever” memorial and vase on granite slab. Est. retail value is $6,999, asking $5,000. Call 316-210-0040

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Tips for summertime safety from heat By Monica Cissell Summer has shown up in full force. With heat comes an increase in the number of older adults at risk for heat-related illnesses. Problems generally occur when extreme heat lasts more than two days. Seniors can be more vulnerable because they can’t cool down as easily as in younger years. The body cools itself through sweating, but with extreme heat and humidity that may not be enough. People 65 and older with chronic conditions, especially heart disease or high blood pressure, may be especially vulnerable. Prescriptions also may impair the body’s ability to regulate its

temperature or to perspire. Those taking medications for depression, insomnia or poor circulation may also be affected by extreme heat. Neighbors and families are critical support. Check those without air conditioning or who have chronic conditions. Tips to help you beat the heat: • Take a cool shower or bath • Drink plenty of water • Wear lightweight and light-colored, loose fitting clothes • Avoid strenuous activities

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for heat events • Check at risk individuals for hot and dry skin, confusion, hallucinations and aggression • Keep shades drawn • Delay strenuous household chores or exercise for cooler hours The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause more than sunburns or skin cancer. You also are vulnerable for eye problems, a weakened immune system, and age spots and leathery skin. Wear wide-brimmed hats and use

a broad spectrum sunscreen lotion, 15 spf or higher. Reapply often. Wraparound sunglasses protect eyes from most angles. Central Plains Area Agency on Aging is available to assist caregivers and seniors through life’s transitions with various levels of support. For information about local seniors’ centers, volunteer opportunities or other local programs for seniors, contact 855-200-2372 or visit Monica Cissell is Director of Information and Community Services for CPAAA.

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Riddle: When are shorts not shorts? By Ted Blankenship If you haven’t noticed, it’s summer. That means the pollen count is high, and we are sneezing more. Worse, we are reduced to wearing shorts. Shorts are fine for lithe, young girls with long legs and knobby-less knees. It’s another pot of porridge for us older folks. Some of us have short legs and ample bodies. For us, shorts can be a disaster. Top them off with sandals and white socks, and we are left longing for 20 below zero. Most of the shorts I buy are made for long people who have a lot of space between their belt and their ankles. Most shorts extend about a fourth of the way to their knees. The same clothing extends all the way to the knees of short people. So we are forced to wear semi-shorts. The distance between the bottom of the shorts and the top of the white socks is about nine inches (I measured). That leaves a pretty small amount of skin for the summer breezes to fall upon. All of this makes me a bit

self-conscious. I’m OK in the house where only my wife sees me. But now and then I have to venture outside, and though we live out in the country on 20 acres, I can sense people lurking behind the barn giggling at my bare legs. It gets worse when I go somewhere like the hardware store. I tiptoe out the back door, glancing to the right and left. I can almost hear the laughter. Even a smart aleck squirrel is staring at me. So I sneak back into the house and put on a pair of pants. What can be done? It ’s probably a bit extreme, but we could make wearing shorts a felony, or at least a misdemeanor. For example, in 1959, the city council of Plattsburgh, N.Y., voted to ban the wearing of shorts by anyone over 16 on city streets. Violators were liable to receive a $25 fine or 25 days in jail. Other towns tried similar bans at one time or another and coolness of legs won out every time.

Some companies now allow employees to wear shorts, and they’re common in some sports but not others. Tennis players and soccer teams wear short; baseball players stick to long pants. Maybe it has something to do with sliding into third base. Some younger people have apparently solved the problem by wearing jeans with no knees in them. They’re essentially wearing shorts and long pants at the same time. I’ve concluded that I’m just

not a shorts kind of guy — unless they’re on someone else. I’ll wear them around the house because we have plenty of rooms to hide in if someone rings the doorbell. And if that squirrel smiles, the next time I see him I’ll hide all the walnuts that fall off our trees and hope someone buys him a pair of sandals and some little white socks. Contact Ted Blankenship at

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Exercises for pain free hands From Harvard Medical School Your hands perform countless small and large tasks each day — from pouring coffee, brushing teeth and buttoning shirts to raking leaves or kneading bread But aching hands can transform the simplest task into a painful ordeal. Hands can hurt for a variety of reasons, from the mechanical to the neurological. Arthritis — which affects one in five American adults — and other persistent joint problems are by far the most common cause of hand pain and disability. Tere are many ways — including medications and surgery — to get hands back to work. One of the most important ways is through therapeutic exercises. Some exercises help increase a joint’s range of motion while strengthening muscles around the joint. Some commonly recommended hand exercises follow. But if you have a serious hand, wrist or arm injury, consult your doctor before leaping into these routines. All exercises should be done slowly and deliberately, to avoid pain and injury. If you feel numbness or pain during or after exercising, stop and consult a

Exercise therapist. Stretching exercises Stretching helps lengthen muscles and tendons. Some repetitive tasks, such as typing on a computer or gripping gardening tools, can shorten muscles and leave them tight and painful. Do these stretches gently, until you feel the stretch, but without pain. Hold the positions for a count of 15 to 30 seconds to get the most benefit. These are particularly helpful for tendinitis and tight forearm muscles, which are common in people who do a lot of computer work. For each of these exercises, do a set of four repetitions, twice a day. Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds between each repetition. Wrist extensor stretches 1. Hold one hand at chest level with the elbow bent. 2. With the other hand, grasp the thumb side of the hand and bend your wrist downward. 3. To increase the stretch, bend your wrist toward your little finger. 4. Repeat the same exercise with a straight arm.

5. Switch hands and repeat. Wrist flexor stretches 1. Hold one hand at chest level with the elbow bent. 2. Grasp the fingers of that hand with the other. 3. Pull the hand back gently. 4. Repeat the same exercise with a straight arm. 5. Switch hands and repeat. Resisted isometrics These exercises work muscles against resistance. Hold each position for 10 seconds. Complete one set of 10 repetitions once or twice a day. Isometric wrist extension 1. Hold one hand palm down on a table or other surface. Put your other hand on top of it. 2. Try to raise the lower hand, but don’t allow it to move. 3. Switch hands and repeat. Isometric wrist flexion Follow the same steps as above, but with your palm facing up. Harvard Medical School has special health reports on more than 60 health topics. Visit to find reports of interest to you.

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