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By Nancy Carver Singleton Children dreaming of a Thomas the Train or Lionel train set for Christmas should be equally entranced by the locomotives and cars made by a Valley Center man. Charley George, a retired Santa Fe Railroad engineer, builds locomotives large enough for people to sit on. He’s also built a caboose, a high-sided gondola and a flatcar. George, 85, got his love of trains while growing up near a track in north Wichita. “Trains have been my life ever since I can remember. Mother said every time I heard or saw a train I would do backflips.” As a youngster he had an uncle’s old electric train. In 1946 his parents got him an “upscale” Lionel O gauge electric train for Christmas. A teenage George ran the train around the Christmas tree each year. In 1951, when he joined the Santa Fe, it was using steam locomotives. He took a two-year timeout when he

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Santa Fe locomotive was the first train Charley George built. for a Salina man. For the next 30 years worked as instructor for the military he did maintenance on it, and then railroad service. When he returned to bought it when the owner died. Santa Fe in ‘57, he became an engiFour years later he started conneer. That was the year it switched to struction on a Santa Fe locomotive; it diesel. took more than 20 years. He’s curIn 1975 George and a friend reasrently working on an Ark Valley Short sembled an Ottaway Amusement Co. steam locomotive in “a bushel basket”

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Thao is paying it forward By Deb Gruver Jeanette Ragan isn’t from Wichita, so, like many other senior citizens, she doesn’t often see her family. She lives at Homestead of Wichita Assisted Living and Memory Care, which just happens to be nestled behind Luxury Nails, the manicure, pedicure and therapeutic massage salon at 119th and Maple streets owned by Thao Nguyen. For more than two years, Nguyen has made sure that Ragan — and the 32 other residents at Homestead — know someone cares for and loves them. She also helps to make sure they have a merry Christmas. Nguyen wraps presents such as lotion and socks, making sure each has a bow. For holiday treats she makes fruit

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pizzas and buys pies for them to share. “She means everything to me,” Ragan said of Nguyen. “She really does. She takes the place of my family. She does everything for me. If she can’t do it, she finds someone who can. “It’s not only me, it’s about everybody here. She’s wonderful to everyone.” Ragan keeps a photo of herself and Nguyen in her room. Nguyen beams when she points to it. Nguyen has helped Ragan with tasks such as hanging pictures and taking her to the dentist. Ragan said she never hesitates to ask for Nguyen’s help when she needs it. Nguyen doesn’t limit her holiday celebration to Christmas. This past Halloween, she dressed

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This is the 21st year for The Arc’s Lights, a holiday display with more than one million lights that becomes a magical wonderland. It is The Arc of Sedgwick County’s largest fundraising event to support programs and services for nearly 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities. It is open 5:30-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 5:30-10 Fridays, Saturdays. From Dec. 18-21 it is open to 10. Christmas Eve hours are 5:3011:30. It runs through Thursday, Dec. 28. Enter from the intersection of Douglas and St. Paul St. Admission is $10 per vehicle on Fridays and Saturdays; a $10 donation is suggested other nights.


More than 1 million lights are strung atop trees in more than 30 themed gardens for Illuminations, Botanica’s premier Christmas light display. It runs daily through Sunday, Dec. 31, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 adults and $7 ages 3-12. It is located at 701 N. Amidon. Hot chocolate and s’mores are availSee Holidays, page 12

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Line locomotive. His locomotives and cars are constructed from flat metal. He makes his own patterns, using the knowledge he gained from more than three years of mechanical drawing in high school. George also makes or modifies air Engineer Charley George brakes, brake shoes, switches, wheels, feet of track, which he uses to test his axles and other parts for small train trains. “I make sure there are no flaws owners. “It is a skill, a gift.” and it will stand up under regular operHe buys HO-size decals and ation.” enlarges them on a computer for his After he retired in 1994 from trains. He built ramps so he can safely the Santa Fe as a field instructor, transport his equipment. he trained the staff that started the “All my (locomotives) weigh 1,000 Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad. For pounds to one ton,” he said. Two five years he went to Abilene, often hydraulic motors power his three diesel to drive a locomotive or do other jobs locomotives; his steam locomotive runs such as building parts for their steam on petroleum coke. and diesel locomotives. He takes one piece to about 10 rail George is on the board of directors events a year. “They are very portable, for the Atchison Rail Museum and but people can still ride in them,” he volunteers at the Wichita Toy Train said. “What really enthralls me is the Club and the Great Plains Transportaexcitement of the small fry.” tion Museum. “I do carry a little bit of coal,” He will be at the Wichita Train George said. “If somebody wants to see Show & Swap Meet Feb. 3-4 in the some smoke (from the steam locomoCessna Activity Center. tive) it will smoke up a storm for three to five minutes.” Contact Nancy Carver Singleton at Next to George’s workshop is 600

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Ways to support someone who’s grieving From Harvard Medical School It can be hard to know how to console a friend or relative who is grieving. If it seems that nothing you can do or say helps, don't give up. You can't take the pain away, but your presence is more important than it seems. Accept that you can't fix the situation or make your friend or relative feel better. Instead just be present and offer hope and a positive outlook toward the future. Recognize that grief is a gradual process. Even small gestures — sending a card or flowers, delivering a meal, helping out with laundry or shopping, or making a regular date to listen and offer support — can be a huge source of comfort. Be flexible and open to a person's way of grieving. For example, if a bereaved friend or family member is coming to your house for the holidays, ask if you can do anything to help mark the loss during this occasion. Be willing to leave plans loose. Build in a loophole when you extend the invitation: "We would love to have you join us. You needn't decide until

Be open to how a person grieves the last minute, if you want some time to think about it." Gently press a person to accept your invitation, but take "no" for an answer without ire. Call the next day to check in. It’s sometimes difficult to know what to say to a bereaved person. Here are some ideas: Name names. Don't be afraid to mention the deceased. It won't make your friend any sadder, although it may prompt tears. It's terrible to feel that someone you love must forever be expunged from conversation. Saying how much you'll miss the person is much better than the perfunctory, "I'm sorry for your loss." Don't ask, "How are you?" The answer is obvious — "not good." This greeting doesn't acknowledge that your friend has suffered a devastating loss. Instead try, "How are you feeling

today?" Offer hope. People who have gone through grieving often remember the person who offered reassuring hope, that things will get better, and helped them make the gradual passage from pain to a renewed sense of life. Say something like: "You will grieve for as long as you need to, but you are a strong person and will find your way through this." Reach out. Call to express your sympathy. Steer clear of such phrases as "It's God's will" or "It's for the best" unless the bereaved person says this first. Your friend or relative may need you even more after the first few weeks, when other people may stop calling. Most bereaved people find it difficult to reach out and need others to take the initiative. Help out. Don't just ask if you can "do anything." That transfers the burden to the bereaved. Instead, be specific. Bring dinner, pass on information about funeral arrangements or answer the phone. Pitch in to clean up the kitchen. Assist with meals. Provide hands-

on assistance with cooking, and volunteer to help with shopping. For many bereaved persons, particularly widows and widowers, it can be a big adjustment to get accustomed to planning meals, shopping for groceries and cooking for just one person. Listen well instead of advising. A sympathetic ear is a wonderful thing. A friend who listens, even when the same story is told with little variation, is even better. Often, people work through grief and trauma by telling their story over and over. Unless asked, don't be quick to offer advice. It's your understanding — not your advice — that is most sorely needed. Avoid judgments. Your friend's life and emotional landscape have changed enormously, possibly forever. Let your friend heal at the pace that feels right and in his or her own manner. "You should cry" or "It's time to move on" aren't really helpful directions. 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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Thank you, thank you… By Fran Kentling Each month this year we have asked you to please consider a tax-deductible donation to the active age if you are able. And each month one of our board members has written an article thanking you for your support, both with money and loyalty to our newspaper. Yet, for me, this never seems to be enough. When I was growing up there was a constant mantra in my home (except we didn’t use the word mantra). “Frances, remember to say ‘please.’ ” “Frances, don’t forget your ‘thank yous.’ ” There was even a rhyme we learned in elementary school in my hometown of Pratt. Thank you and if you please are little words that work like keys That open up the magic doors that make folks like you more and more. Yep, I was indoctrinated at a young

age, and it has remained with me over the years. As I was thinking about this last column for the year, I knew I wanted to express my appreciation to all our subscribers. And I knew that I didn’t have the words. Then a serendipitous thing happened… I was searching for something else, when I ran across a phrase from one of my favorite writers: Anonymous. YOU put the YOU in thank you. This is such a perfect way to express how we all feel about you. When we say “thank you,” it’s because of something wonderful YOU have done for us. For once it’s true. It is all about you. Fran Kentling is a member of the Board of Directors and editor of the newspaper. Email her at

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Exercise can boost memory, thinking skills From Harvard Medical School Moderate-intensity exercise can help improve your thinking and memory in just six months. You probably already know that exercising is necessary to preserve muscle strength, keep your heart strong, maintain a healthy body weight and stave off chronic diseases such as diabetes. But exercise can also help boost your thinking skills, says Dr. Scott McGinnis, an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School. Exercise boosts your memory and thinking skills both directly and indirectly. It acts directly on the body by stimulating physiological changes such as reductions in insulin resistance and


inflammation, along with encouraging production of growth factors — chemicals that affect the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance, survival and overall health of new brain cells. It also acts directly on the brain itself. Many studies suggest that the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory are larger in people who exercise than in people who don’t. “Even more exciting is the finding that engaging in a program of regular exercise of moderate intensity over six months or a year is associated with an

increase in the volume of selected brain regions,” the doctor says. Exercise can also indirectly boost memory and thinking by improving mood and sleep, and by reducing stress and anxiety. Is one exercise better than another in terms of brain health? So far we don’t know the answer to this question. “But it’s likely that other forms of aerobic exercise that get your heart pumping might yield similar benefits,” he explains. A study on Tai Chi showed the potential to enhance cognitive function in older adults, especially in areas which manage cognitive processes such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving and verbal reasoning.

Tai Chi involves slow, focused movements and requires learning new skills and movement patterns. Dr. McGinnis recommends establishing exercise as a habit, almost like taking a prescription medication. Several studies have shown it takes about six months to start reaping the benefits of exercise; be patient. Aim for a goal of exercising at a moderate intensity — such as brisk walking — for 150 minutes per week. Start with a few minutes a day, and increase the amount by five or 10 minutes every week until you reach your goal. 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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Anticipation of grand Christmas premature By Dick Gorham Do you gather your family around the piano during Advent singing carols as the lovely white snow descends outside? Well, we don’t! Christmas is a wonderful time, and not for a moment do I want to knock it. I get as much fun and enjoyment out of it as our grandchildren. But Christmas for people in ministry is an exhausting time. Not only are there the rush and anticipation, but Advent means parties, dinners and open houses, not to mention gift buying, wrapping and decorating. The crises and emergencies that arise during December are real and demanding. Add to that a couple of weddings, mix in a funeral or two and experience life on the treadmill. To coin an old song, “I’m glad Christmas comes just once a year.” After the third worship service on Christmas Eve, I was pooped and looking forward to going home when we learned that a pipe had burst in the church library and help was needed to move books to drier ground. We went in to help, and our son took the other car and headed for home. After moving the books, Marilyn and I drove home in silence, enjoying the ride and colorful lights along the way. It was the end of a good day. Marilyn once again had pulled our Christmas together, a grand and festive atmosphere with beautiful decorations, the anticipated morning gift exchange with family followed by a delicious Christmas dinner late that afternoon. It promised to be a wonderful, satisfy-

My Story ing entry into Christmas morning. As we drove up to our house our son came storming down the driveway carrying a baseball bat. “What are you doing?” I yelled. “Dad, someone broke into the house while we were gone, and if I could find him I would wrap this bat around his neck,” came the angry reply. Sure enough, they kicked in the back door and ransacked the house, taking everything imaginable…. gifts from under the tree, Marilyn’s jewelry, lots of Jon’s clothes, my credit cards, a rifle, more clothes, the printer, even food from the freezer. The place was a wreck. Drawers were pulled out and contents dumped on the floor. We called the police, then our daughter. When she arrived, she was furious. Marilyn and I were too numb to be mad. Marilyn, who is a very detailed person, bent the ear of the officer itemizing the things that were stolen. On and on she went as other officers tried to find fingerprints. With the finger printing done, Marilyn sat down with the investigating officer as I began the tedious job of trying to cancel credit cards. By now it was probably 1:30 a.m. and the 800 numbers at that hour usually connected you with a taped message: “Thank you for your call. We want to wish you and yours a Happy Holiday Season. Since Christmas is on Friday this year, our Board of Directors chose to give our faithful employees a long weekend. Please give us your

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name and number, and we will contact you the first thing on Monday morning. Happy Holidays.” After the second or third call I was ready to rip the telephone off the wall. Jill went home around 2:30. We scooped up some of the mess and did our best to restore order. We propped a chair against the mangled door and

went to bed about 4:30. We talked for another hour, as we were wide-eyed. Yes, we had lost some things and had life interrupted, but we were safe and life would go on. I heard a noise outside. Could it be Santa or possibly the thief/thieves returning already to make an exchange? We laughed, knowing that he, she, it or they wouldn’t encounter trouble getting in through the back door. With the reality of sin all around us that night, there still was the greater reality of our Redeemer entering the world at Christmas, offering His presence to broken people in the midst of a fractured world. I rejoice that He chose to make a personal appearance, rather than send a taped message. In spite of the breakin, we had a great Christmas. Contact Dick Gorham at

The Gorhams have been married for 58 years. After teaching in Colorado Springs for 12 years, he joined the Young Life ministry. They moved to Wichita in 1976; he joined the Eastminster Presbyterian Church ministry in 1981; was minister of pastoral care for 30 years; and still volunteers.

When should I have my estate plan reviewed? The end of the year is a good time to take stock of your estate plan.  Not only is it a good time to decide if you want to make any significant gifts, you will want to review your documents to make sure they reflect your wishes.  Consider making annual exclusion gifts for 2017 of up to $14,000 per person.  Your estate attorney, accountant or CPA should be able to guide you.  As for your estate plan, here is list of important details for review:  (1) make sure the agents, attorneys-in-fact, executors, trustees and guardians are still appropriate and that you have a backup in place if that person cannot serve; (2) confirm the beneficiaries under your will, trust, accounts or beneficiary designations (has there been a disability, a divorce, a death); (3) determine whether you are still satisfied

with who you have named as beneficiaries or the amounts you plan to leave them; (4) check your plan to determine what happens if a beneficiary (or all of them) predeceases you; (5) consider your own life changes and whether anything should be addressed; and (6) if you are planning to marry in the near future, please consider that a premarital agreement will be necessary to ensure your estate plan will be carried out as written. It is recommended that you review your plan every three to five years to make certain that the plan complies with your wishes, that the will or trust is not in conflict with your beneficiary designations, and that your plan reflects current estate and tax law. Your estate attorney should be able to walk you through any changes and the options available.

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Cooking with his girls is dad’s recipe for fun By Joe Stumpe Family might be the most important ingredient in Christian Kentling's cooking. For years, he and his mother were regulars in the American Royal barbecue cook-off held in Kansas City. They once nabbed 32nd place for ribs, which doesn't sound too impressive until you realize there were more than 500 competitors. These days Kentling likes to spend time in the kitchen with his daughters — Bailey, 17, and twins Reagan and Riley, 10. "I cook with Bailey a lot," he said. "She's much more into baking. She bakes and I grill, and she pretty much destroys my kitchen every chance she gets." Kentling's sons — Carson, 16, and Cameron, 13 — are more interested in eating than cooking. But maybe they'll come around in time. A salesman with the southeast corner of Kansas as his territory, Kentling is on the road a lot during the week. Come the weekend, though, he heads for the grill. "I enjoy seeing how foods pair together — sweet versus savory, finding that right mix, that right blend. One of the best things about my kids is they will taste test things for me." Seafood dishes like the accompanying recipes for Shrimp Boats

and Shrimp-Wrapped Andouille are some of his favorite to make, and "it's healthy and fairly good for me. And it's inexpensive compared to what you pay in the restaurant for it." He does enjoy dining out, however, and swapping tips with friends in the restaurant business. "I'll ask them how they're doing that (recipe), and they'll ask me, 'What do you think of this idea?' " Earlier this year, Kentling and his daughters took part in the 100 Men Who Cook fundraiser for the Pando Initiative, which helps area public school students. You could call it a win-win-win situation — helping a good cause through his favorite hobby with his girls in tow. Know a good cook? Tell Joe at

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Low-cost Smartphone wireless plans for seniors By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in downsizing my smartphone wireless plan, and am looking for the best low cost options. I use my phone primarily for talking and texting, but also need some cellular data for checking my email and other functions when I’m away from Wi-Fi. What can you tell me? Senior Saver

Republic’s no-contract service plans with cellular data start at $20 per month for unlimited talk, text and 1 gigabyte (GB) of data. If you need more data, their $30 per month plan gets you 2GB and $45/month buys you 4GB. How much data do you need? The best way to find out is to check your current phone bills. The average smartphone owner uses between 2GB to 3GB of data each month, but most older smartphone users use less than 1GB. To use Republic you’ll need a compatible Android phone (you can’t currently use Apple iPhones), or you can buy a new phone through the company. It currently offers eight Android phones starting at $99. Consumer Cellular Another low-cost option for lighter data users, and one that caters to older adults is Consumer Cellular (, 888-532-5366). Rated the number one wireless service

Dear Saver, There are several low-cost deals I can recommend for older smartphone users who are looking to save some money by paring down their bloated cell phone plan. Here are three options to consider. Republic Wireless If you’re an Android smartphone user, Republic Wireless ( offers one of the cheapest deals available for light data users. Republic uses a mixture of WiFi and cellular networks – Sprint and T-Mobile specifically – to transmit calls, texts and data. This patented technology automatically offloads as much as possible to Wi-Fi when available, so you’ll consume less data than you would with traditional carriers.

by Consumer Reports seven years running, Consumer Cellular offers a variety of “pay for what you need” talk and connect plans that let’s you choose exactly what

you want. Their talk plans start at $10 per month plus 25 cents per minute used for infrequent callers, or $15/month for 250 minutes, $20/month for 1,500 minutes and $30/month for unlimited minutes. Their connect plans for text messages and cellular data run $2.50 per month for 300 texts and 30 megabytes (MB) of data; $5/month for 2,000 text and 200MB data; $10/month for unlimited texts and 500MB; $20/ month for unlimited texts and 1.5GB, $30/month unlimited texts and 3GB; and $40/month for unlimited texts and 5GB. Consumer Cellular, which offers 5 percent monthly fee discounts to AARP members, also lets you bring your own smartphone by offering free SIM cards. Or, you can purchase a wide variety of Android and Apple iPhones along with the senior-friendly Doro 824 SmartEasy for $100.

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Dietary fiber: plant component you can’t digest By Ted Blankenship It’s getting harder to know how to live to a ripe old age these days. The way the government and Dr. Oz change their recommendations, you never know what to eat. A few years ago at my annual physical my doctor told me I had to lose some fat and get more exercise. He also advised an increase in bulk (not mine, the food I eat). If I had a bucket of fat, I could easily lose it somewhere. But I didn’t tell him that because doctors don’t think fat jokes are funny. He wanted me to consume 35 grams or so of fiber every day. That’s equivalent to about five feet of hemp rope and just about as tasty.

Most of the edible cereal has a gram or two of fiber. So, I’d have to eat a box of it to get just a part of my daily dose. To get all of it, I’d have to eat the box, too. I could go for a bran cereal. Some of it has as much as 13 grams of fiber, much of it insoluble — kind of like sawdust. Some of the companies that make it warn you to increase your fiber intake gradually to avoid intestinal gas. Apparently, they don’t want you to explode and alarm potential cereal buyers. I read a book by a doctor who

thinks wheat will kill you. You have to eat it of course. The government thinks it’s just dandy. It’s on the food pyramid. I realize that all of you are intellectuals, so I would be remiss if I didn’t explain fiber more fully. After all, I

have been writing about it for several paragraphs. If you want people to think you can speak French, you can spell it “fibre,” otherwise, it’s just “fiber.” The dictionary says fiber is “a thread or a structure resembling a thread: as a slender root (think grass).” It doesn’t do much for your appetite unless you’re a cow. Another definition is, “material made of fibers; specifically vulcanized fibers.” That sounds like tires to me. Maybe that’s how to get rid of old tires: grind them up into breakfast

cereal. But let’s get serious here. After all, our health is at stake. We have to wonder how much fiber is enough, or even more important, how much is TOO much? The national guidelines (probably compiled by a cereal company) are 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories of real food in your diet. For lots of folks it can be difficult to get that much fiber in a typical American diet. Most people top out at an average of 15 grams per day. Conscientious people, it seems to me, could actually go overboard and eat too much of a good thing. Let’s say you are generally a hungry person and you eat 4,000 calories per day. If you got the 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories listed above, that would be 56 grams of fiber. There are four grams of fiber in a half cup of raw broccoli (really good), so you would need to eat seven cups of raw broccoli every day. You would need to be good friends with a large cow. But both of you apparently would be healthy as long as you lasted. Contact Ted Blankenship at

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Health Watch: Spinal Stenosis Living with chronic pain caused by stenosis of the spine affects every part of your life. It keeps you from enjoying the good things in life – time with kids and grandkids, playing golf, even working in the yard. It would be nice to get out of bed – just one morning – without pain. Every time you try and push through the pain, like standing or walking for a long period of time, you pay for it over the next 2-3 days with even more pain. The good news is that there are now safe and effective treatments that address the cause of pain stemming from spinal stenosis without medication or surgery. What is Stenosis of the Spine? Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal or open space within your spine, which can put pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves that travel through the spine. Spinal stenosis occurs most often in the neck and lower back. Pain occurs when the narrowing affects your nerves. If a nerve is squeezed, pain occurs in the back, legs, neck, arms and hands, all depending on the location of the narrowing. You may even experience numbness or tingling in the legs and feet. In order to fix this, you have to reverse the stenosis by opening these spaces within your spine. If you can stop the narrowing and begin widening these spaces again, your pain will be significantly reduced or even eliminated. This is why many other treatments may not have worked for you. Medications, injections, and even surgery don’t correct the fundamental issues occurring in your spine.

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We understand how difficult it can be to choose a doctor and a treatment program that is right for you. For a few weeks only, we’re offering our new patient evaluation for only $59 (normally $257). You will meet with Dr. Kevin Geier, D.C. to discuss your medical history and talk about your symptoms. You will also have time to ask questions about your condition and any concerns you may have. This evaluation includes a thorough exam including a full MyoVision scan and digital x-rays (if needed) to pinpoint the cause of your pain, along with two treatments to see how your body responds and whether our therapy might work for your condition.

Here is what some of our patients are saying: “Just when I thought I was going to need back surgery, I found out about Renuva. After working in nursing for 40 years, I tried pain injections for a year and it did an OK job masking the pain. Renuva found the cause of my pain. This is by far the best thing that has happened to me to relieve pain without surgery.” -Debra D. “I was getting ready to call my doctor and get scheduled for surgery when my friend told me about Renuva and had me call for an appointment. I was hesitant at first but as soon as I left from my first appointment I could feel relief. I can honestly say that a month after finishing my treatments I feel like I could run a mile. I have recommended Renuva to a lot of people. The doctor is wonderful and you can see that the staff truly care about you. If anyone is suffering from any kind of pain, I recommend giving Renuva a chance!” - Joseph J.

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Giving From page 1 up as Jelly Belly candy — the costume relied heavily on balloons — and gave residents toothpicks to pop each balloon. She cooks for her friends, takes them on excursions and plays bingo with them. She plants flowers for them and dances with them. Ask her why, and the answer is simple: “I love people.� Nguyen visits Homestead almost every day — sometimes more than once a day, depending on her schedule at the salon and other commitments. The time there helps her relax, she said. And, she admits, her visits make her feel special too. When she walks in, residents “get so excited when they see me. They say ‘Thao! Give me a hug!’ “They need hugs. They need love. They really like people to pay attention to them because they’re lonely.� Nguyen came to Wichita in 1993. Her mother lives in Texas, and her father died in a Vietnamese “re-educa-

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tion camp.� Vicky Noll, executive director at Homestead, said Nguyen is faithful in her visits. “We love seeing her when she comes in. People’s faces light up. We do have a few residents whose families live out of state, so it’s nice when Thao can come in and make everyone feel important.� Nguyen makes sure everyone gets Photo by Deb Gruver a birthday present, Johanna Brodie, left, Thao Nguyen and Jeanette Noll added. Ragan celebrated Christmas together last year. She gave a She said she saves her tips from her hand-knit salon to buy the food and gifts. Paying University of Kansas scarf to a it forward, she said, is important to her. 90-year-old friend who is crazy about “I love them, and they love me. I’ve the Jayhawks, for example. When made good friends,� she said, beaming. Ragan turned 74 recently, Nguyen knitted her a scarf and gave her socks Contact Deb Gruver at and balloons.

Communication Disorders in Aging book

Four professors in the College of Health Professions at Wichita State have contributed to a new book, Communication Disorders in Aging. It provides an in-depth look at communication disorders affecting older adults with impairment such as dementia, Parkinson's Disease and hearing loss. Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Professor Ray Hull was the editor and wrote six chapters. Three professors contributed chapters: Julie Scherz, CSD chair and associate professor; LaDonna Hale, physician assistant professor; and Tony DiLollo, CSD professor. Hull says to-date this is the only published book that covers the topic of older adult communication disorders. It also focuses on aging aspects that impact caring services and strategies. Available at Plural Publishing and Amazon.

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Friends concert

Friends University’s Christmas Candlelight concert featuring the Singing Quakers, Concert Choir, Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Choral Union will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2, and 2 p.m. Sunday d s in Sebits Auditorium. The choirs will be present a wide variety of music of the season. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Purchase online at, or call 316-2955677.

Cirque du symphony

A new production that combines the magic of Cirque du Soleil with the talented musicians in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3.

This event is a collaboration with local performers and maestros. It is professionally choreographed and set to classical masterpieces. Tickets are $15-$70 on the main floor; $46 in the balcony. It will be performed at Century II, 225 W. Douglas.

WAM open house

Warm up with holiday refreshments, musical entertainment and a visit with Santa Claus at Wichita Art Museum Holiday Open House 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, The Friends of the museum host this annual event. It is located at 1400 W. Museum Blvd.

Support women

Soroptimist International of Wichita's annual Christmas Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. The evening opens with a wine and hors d'oeuvres social, a raffle and silent auction. The buffet dinner begins at 7:30, followed by a live auction. Tickets are $40 at siwichita@soropti-

For my daughters, it's peace of mind. They know I'm safe and secure here. Reservation deadline is Dec. 1. For information call Linda, 316371-5125, or Kathy, 316-371-4306. Soroptimist is a non-profit volunteer women’s organization beginning its 81st year. All net proceeds fund education grants to women or donations to other charities that provide support for women, including those surviving domestic violence, trafficking or abuse.

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Hotel workers struggle to meet the needs of the unexpected crowd when a blizzard strands travelers at the Bethlehem Motel in western Kansas. As the rooms fill up, a couple arrives seeking shelter, including one very pregnant woman named Mary. This holiday story will be performed by Music Theatre for Young People at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9 and 2:30 Sunday at Mary Jane Teall Theater, Century II, 225 W. Douglas. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door, available at

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December 2017 and ending Dec. 21-23. It will feature 14 life-sized Christmas card displays of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, painted by the community, plus a live nativity and sights and sounds of days gone by. Vote on your favorite card, add an angel to the “In Memory of ” tree. Kids can search for the Shepherd on the Shelf and say hello to Santa or Mrs. Claus from your car window. Donations will be accepted for Koinonia Senior Care, a ministry enriching the lives of homebound seniors and their caregivers.

Broadway Singers

The Wichita Broadway Singers will perform Judy, Gene and Julie, songs made popular by Judy Garland, Gene Kelly and Julie Andrews, as well as holiday favorites, at three locations this month. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, they will be inside Botanica while Illuminations is outside; 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Senseney Music, and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Independent School Auditorium, 8317 E. Douglas. Botanica tickets are $10 adults, $7 children. Donations will be welcomed at the Independent School concert.

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Holiday From previous page The group has been performing for more than 25 years, specializing in music of the theatre, stage and film, ranging from the early 1900s to the present. Those interested in joining the group can call Rachel Copper, 316-217-6907, or visit

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Chris Mann concert

Wichita native Chris Mann will headline his Chris Mann: Home for Christmas concert with the Wichita

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Grand Opera at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Century II Concert Hall. He will be joined by internationally-renowned conductor, composer and arranger Steven Mercurio, and singer, dancer and comedienne Kaitlyn Costello. This will be WGO’s second holiday gala. The first featured world-renowned singer Plácido Domingo in 2002. Tickets range from $37-$82; $20 for students at Select-A-Seat.

Ballet Wichita celebrates its 44th season with the premiere of an all new Nutcracker, directed and choreographed by Sean McLeod. The production features a cast of more than 100 local and regional dancers, guest artists from New York and elsewhere, and the Ballet Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Performances are at 7 p.m. FridaySaturday, Dec. 15-16, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Century II Concert Hall, 225 W. Douglas. Admission is $25-$55.

Live nativity

Experience the Christmas story, 12 Days of Christmas, live animals and a full orchestra and choir in this presentation of the traditions and message of Christmas at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. The three performances are at Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple. Free tickets are available at the church office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Donations will be accepted. For information contact Tonya Porterfield at 316-943-1800 or tonya.porterfield@centralcommunity. church.

The Nutcracker

The annual performances of The Nutcracker at Friends University will

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be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 and 15; Saturday, Dec. 9 and 16; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in Sebits Auditorium. The ballet is based on the story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice, written by E.T.A. Hoffman. It’s based on the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads. The first weekend features the Colorado Ballet, and the second weekend features the New York City Ballet. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors; call 316-295-5677.

Displays, animals

Experience the joy of Christmas with light displays and narrated scenes from events surrounding the birth of Jesus with A Drive Through Christmas from 6-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 15-17, at Countryside Christian Church, 1919 S. Rock Rd. There will be live animals, the city of Bethlehem, townspeople, Roman soldiers and biblical characters. Visitors are asked to bring a canned food item or monetary gift to benefit the 184th Family Support Organization at McConnell AFB.

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Operation Holiday needs volunteers at its new distribution center at the old Sears store in Towne West Square Mall, 4600 W Kellogg Dr. Food, grocery gift cards, pet food, winter wear and blankets to low-income families and individuals will be distributed Dec. 14-16. To volunteer call Alex Reazin, 316264-9303, ext. 111, or email areazin@

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by the Air Capital Chorus, will benefit the Kansas Food Bank. It will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Scottish Rite Center auditorium, First and Topeka. Admission is non-perishable food items or a monetary donation. This old-time-style radio comedy features radio personalities Ted Woodward and Steve McIntosh and holiday music. The audience will be part of the show’s “live studio audience.” It will be recorded and then broadcast Christmas morning on KNSS radio, 1330 AM.

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BEL AIRE 7651 E Central Park Ave 744-2451, ext 121 Mon & Wed: 6 pm Yoga, Rec Center. Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. Tue & Fri: 10:30 am Chair Exercise, Rec Center. Wed: 9 am Low impact aerobics, Rec Center. 1st, 3rd & 5th Fri: 6 pm Pitch. 1st Thu: 1 pm Game Day, Rec Center. 1st Mon: 6:30 pm Potluck & Program, Comm Rm. 4th Mon: 12:30 pm Covered Dish Lunch & Program, Rec Center. 4th Thu: 2 pm Genealogy & Family History Group.

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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; 1pm 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. Dec 7: 11:30 am Covered Dish lunch. Bring food to share, entertainment. $2 Dec 20: 2 pm Holiday Stress. Ways to survive, enjoy the holidays. Facilitator Stacia Reed. Dec 28: 1 pm Emotional Wellness through group discussions and fellowship. Facilitator Stacia Reed. 2nd Tue: 9 am New-member orientation.

DOWNTOWN New Location: West Side Baptist Church, 304 S Seneca, 267-0197 Regular activities: Exercise classes, computer classes, foot care by appt. Dec 5: 2 pm Holiday Safety Tips from Rick Tejeda, Wichita Police Dept-Delano District. Dec 7: 2 pm Quick, Healthy Meals & Snacks, Shirley Lewis. RSVP 267-0197 Dec 8: 4 pm Dining in Delano/Christmas Party/Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest at The Monarch; 6 pm Christmas Lights Tour, leave from Dumont Stadium. Buses load at 5:30. Costs: your meal, $10 for tour. Mon: 9:30 am Wanda's exercise; 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11am Well rep excercise.

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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.

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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

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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 Regular activities: Computer classes, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. Dec 8: 6 pm Christmas Lights Tour, leave from Dumont Stadium. Buses load at 5:30. $10. Dec 11: 1 pm movies. Miracle on 34th Street; Dec. 20 The 12 Dogs of Christmas. Popcorn too. Dec 13: 1 pm Santa Sighting and Cookie Exchange. Entry fee: two dozen cookies. Enjoy cookie tasting and take cookies home. Sing carols, share memories. RSVP by Dec. 8, 263-3703. Mon: 9 am Stretching; 9:30 am Dynabands. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance; 2:30 pm Belly Dancing for Women. Tue & Thu: 9-11 am Pickleball.

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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. Dec 7: 11:45 am Yellow Brick Road Series: Senior Living Today; Dec 21, The Senior Living Experts. Wayne Cash Dec 8: 6 pm Christmas Lights Tour. leave from Dumont Stadium. Buses load at 5:30. $10. Dec 22: 2 pm Christmas Dinner. $5 members, $7 non-members. 1st Wed: Foot care by Michelle Steinke by appt. 946-0722 (leave msessage). Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 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.120 am 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


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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:


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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. Dec 8: noon Annual Holiday Meal in the lunchroom; 6 pm Christmas Lights Tour, leave from Dumont Stadium. Buses load at 5:30. $10. Dec 18: 11:15 am Learn how to deal with holiday stress. Mon, Wed, Fri: Pickleball Tues: Noon 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. Dec 12: 11 am Handling Holiday Stresss, how to cope. PB clinic. Dec 14: 2:30 pm Holiday Cookie Exchange. Bring two dozen cookies to exhange with others. Holiday music, games. Turn in cookie recipe by Dec 12. RSVP, 316-744-1199. Dec 19: 11 am Christmas Lights Tour in party bus. Holiday snacks, music included. $15. RSVP by Dec 15; call 316-744-1199. 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. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise.

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

Mon: 12:30 pm Troopons, clipping coupons for military families; 1:30 Line Dancing. Tue: 10 am Donuts & cards; 6 pm Pitch. Tue-Thu: 10 am WellREP exercise class; 10 walking; noon, lunch. $5. Tue-Fri: 8:30-10:30 am Pickleball, VC Intermediate; noon, lunch. $5. 4th Thu: 11 am Bingo Fri: 11 am Chair Yoga, need yoga mat.

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Butler County Senior Centers

ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441 Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, pool. Pickleball is played at the Andover Community Center,1008 E. 13th. Daily:11:30 am-noon Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed: Noon-3 pm Pickleball. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tue: Music at lunch; 8:30 am Pickleball. Mon: 12:30 pm Movie Monday. Tue: 10 am Blood pressure check; 11 am-2 pm Memory Café; 12:30 Pinochle; 1 pm Pool. Thu: 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Quilt Club; 7-9 Pitch; 5:30-7:30 pm Pickleball (recreation), 7:30-9:30 (competitive) Fri: 9-11 am Pickleball; 11:30 Lunch & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 Pinochle. 4th Sat: 7-10 am Monthly breakfast.

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, BP checks. 4th Fri: 2 pm Movie Matinee.

DOUGLASS 124 W 4th, 746-3227

Regular activities: Exercise, quilting, cards, lunch, reservation required. $5. 1st Mon: 6 pm Finger foods & cards. 3rd Mon: 6 pm Birthday/anniversary covereddish supper, bring own service. Cards. 3rd Sat: 7:00-9:30 am Breakfast. $4.

EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142

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 Live Jam Session. 2nd Sat: 7-10 am Breakfast. $4 donation. 4th Mon: 5 pm Evening meal. $6 suggested donation, reservations requested.

Sat: 6 pm Cards and games. 3rd Tue: 12:30 am Blood pressure checks.

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; 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 Breakfast.


317 Main, 776-8999 Regular activities: Exercise, cards, bingo, hot Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed, Fri lunch $3, support groups. Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Mon: 12:30 Mexican Train dominoes. Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton. Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Tue: 9 am Coffee; 12:30 pm Bingo; 2 Line dance; 6 Prairie Port Seniors. Tue, Thu: 8:30 am Men's coffee. Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle.

WHITEWATER Legion Hall, 108 E Topeka

2nd Tue: noon Potluck, program. 4th Tue: noon Potluck, movie.

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.

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, program. 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

HESSTON Randall & Main, 620-327-5099 Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 am Stretch bands. Mon & Tue: 1:30 pm Pitch.

Sept 6: 5:15 pm Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention. $3 a session. Sept 14: 5-7 pm Fall Fiesta Fundraiser. Tostadas, music, line dancing for entertainment. By donation 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.


Andover Senior Dance, 410 Lioba Dr. 7-10 pm 3rd Mon. 733-4441 Augusta Sr Center, 640 Osage. Country Jam & Dance, 7-10 pm. Donation. Bring covered dish/ snack to share. Info: 755-1060 Derby Sr Center, 611 Mulberry. Commuity dance. 7-9:30 pm: 1st Tue, Honky Tonk Time Band; 3rd Tue, TBA. $3 donation, refreshments. El Dorado Sr Center, 210 E 2nd. 6-10 pm Thus: Dinner 6:30, CD Dance 7. $2 suggested donation, bring covered dish/snack to share. Linwood Golden Age, 1901 S Kansas. 7-9:30 pm Sats: Live music. $3. Goldenrod Golden Age, 1340 S Pattie. 7-9:30 pm Weds: Take 3 or Wildwood Band. $3, refreshments. Minisa Golden Age, 704 W 13th. 7-10 pm Thus: Honky Tonk Time. $3. Info 617-2560. Oaklawn Activity Center cafeteria, 4904 S Clifton. Barn & cntra dance, usually 1st Sat. Lesson 6:30 pm, dance 7-9. $5. Info: Orchard Park Golden Age, 4808 W 9th. 7-9:30 pm Fris: Live music. $3, refreshments.

Park City Sr Center, 6100 N Hydraulic. 7-10 pm 1st, 3rd Sat, Wildwood Band. $4, bring covered dish or snack. Info: 755-1060. Prairie Wind Dancers: Learn circle, line & folk dances. 2 pm Mons: Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N Clifton. Joyce, 683-1122. Oaklawn Activity Center, Village Steppers Square Dance, 4904 S Clifton. 7:30-10:30 pm 2nd, 4th Sat. Info: Terry 219.0100 or Gordon 721.6718. Westside Steppers Square Dance, Clare Hall, 861 N Socora (one block east of Central & Tyler). 7-9:30 pm 1st, 3rd Sun. Info: David, 992.7820; email: westsidesteppers@hotmail. com Wichita Solos Square Dance, Dawson UMC, 2741 S Laura. 7:30-10 pm 1st, 3rd, 5th Fris. Couples/singles welcome. Info: Curtis,

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 & biz mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out. Fri: 3 pm Bible study


Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150 or 1-800-367-7298. Information: 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays. www.

Butler County Transit

Weekday transportation in El Dorado, Augusta and Andover. Rides to Wichita on Wed, Thu. Information: Augusta, 775-0500; El Dorado, 322-4321; toll free, 1-800-2793655. 48-hr notice required.

Harvey County

Transportation reservations or information: 316-284-6802 or 1-866-6806802. Round-trip: $8 Newton (wheelchair only), $12 Harvey County, $20 outside Harvey County. AVI to Newton: Tue, 8 am4:30 pm from Burrton, Sedgwick, Halstead, Hesston, Walton.

Support Groups, Organizations Find Support groups at To add or correct a listing, call 316-9783566 or 1-800-445-0016. Clubs and Organizations are at www.theactiveage. com, Resources category. For changes call 316-942-5345 or email

Friendship Meals Aging Projects serves a hot, nutritious meal weekdays for persons 60 and older in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties. Reservations are necessary. For locations and reservations, call 620-669-8201. DEC 1 Fri: Creamed chicken over biscuit, broccoli raisin salad, plums, cranberry juice. WEEK OF DEC 4 Mon: Tuna-noodle casserole w/peas, broccoli, mixed fruit, grape juice, garlic bread. Tue: Turkey stew, mixed greens' salad, Mandarin oranges, geletin. Wed: Liver & onions OR beef cutlet, mashed potatoes/gravy, mixed vegetables, apricots. Thu: Ham chowder, crackers, three-bean salad, pineapple, applesauce cake. Fri: Chicken & noodles over mashed potatoes, carrots, cranberry juice, peanut-butter muffin. WEEK OF DEC 11 Mon: Chicken & rice soup, crackers, mixed-greens' salad, bananas in orange juice, blueberry cobbler. Tue: Salmon bake with creamy cucumber sauce, cauliflower rice, peas, pears. Wed: Turkey chili, crackers, combination salad, cherries, cinnamon roll. Thu: Meatloaf, mashed potates/gravy, herbed green beans, apricots, wacky cake. Fri: New England stew, pickled beets, banana, peanut butter, orange juice, cornbread. WEEK OF DEC 18 Mon: Hot turkey sandwich (mashed potatoes/gravy), savory green beans, cranberry sauce, no-bake cookie. Tue: Ham, sweet potatoes, cauliflower w/ cheeese, ambrosia salad, cherry-pudding cake. Wed: Sloppy Joe/bun, potato soup, cracker, broccoli/carrot salad, pears. Thu: Baked chicken, California mash, peas, Mandarin oranges, wheat roll. Fri: Tuna-pasta salad, vegetable soup, cracker, strawberries/blueberries, gingersnap cookie. WEEK OF NOV 27 Mon & Tue: Holidays Wed: Mexican-pork stew, yellow hominy, pickled beets, peaches, cornbread. Thu: Chicken & rice casserole, broccoli, plums, biscuit, molasses drop cookie. Fri: Chili, crackers, combination salad, apricots, bread pudding.

Senior Wednesdays DECEMBER 6 10 am Wichita Art Museum, Enjoy coffee, treats and holiday music In the Farha Great Hall. Hear about the exciting spring programs from all 10 of the participating Senior Wednesday organizations. There will be a raffle of special items from the participating venues and featured entertainment.

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F CEMETERY PROPERTY FOR SALE F RestHaven, Garden of the Cross, Lot 59-A, 4 Burial plots, $2,500 each OBO. Seller Pays Transfer Fee. Call/Text Bob at 316-258-0809. Lakeview Gardens. 1 Double depth lawn crypt. 2 caskets. bronze on granite head stone. current value over 12,000 selling for $9,000. Call 316-250-7571

2 cemetery plots, Resthaven Garden of the Last Supper. $4,500 for both, split transfer fee. Market value $7,790. Dee 316-393-2620 RestHaven, Beautiful Garden of the Gospels, Lot 42-C-1. Double deck crypt; Bronze headstone w/ vase. Valued over $10,000. Asking $8000. Seller pays transfer fee. Call 316-7550923. Rest-Haven Garden of Freedom Lot 105-C2&3 $3,995 each. Garden of Prayer Lot 125-C1 $3995. Seller will pay transfer fees. Call Kaye 316-721-3940. White Chapel, 2 Adjoining lots in Christus Garden. $2,000 for both. Buyer Pays Transfer Fee. Call 316-682-1838 or email larryprather@ Lakeview Gardens, Garden of Meditation. Two side-by-side spaces, Lot 265A- 5 & 6. Value for both $5,990. Selling together for $5,300. Seller will pay transfer fees. Call 253-569-0076, leave a message with a return contact number. Resthaven, Garden of Gospels, stacked plot with marker. Valued at $11,000 total. Selling for $6,000 OBO. Call 580-589-2600. Two cemetery plots at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Garden of Masonic. Inclusive of the following: 2 Adult Plots, Opening, Closing, 2 Headstones, Interment Fees, 2 Burial Vaults. $10,000 OBO 316-836-9105


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F DOG GROOMER F KAREN’S BEAUTIFUL PETS. 40 yrs experience. Small and some Medium Dogs. Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Call 316689-0232.


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F FOOT CARE F Foot Care in home. Home visit $40.00 Call Francine at 316-943-4360. Leave a message.

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Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Cell 461-2199.

Painting—interior/exterior. Doors and windows replaced, grab bars, wheelchair ramps. All general repairs. Guaranteed lowest rates. Senior citizen discount. Lic #7904.


Marv’s Home Improvements & Repair

Doors, trim, decks, ramps, patio covers, fences, siding, flooring. Basements, kitchens and baths. Painting. Honest and depend-able. Senior discounts. Free estimates. 35 years. 316-737-4646. Wright One Home Improvements Kitchen & Bath remodeling. Painting. Windows. Doors. Siding. All types of flooring and home repairs. Free estimates. 316-409-2160.

Leaky Basement Repair

Dirt Installation and Siding Repair Courteous, professional repairs. Free estimates. Concrete work. 20+ years experience. Ernie Sponsel, 316-393-5461. Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only.

Call Paul 316-312-9970 Cowboy Construction

Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts.

Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488

F GUTTERING F Heritage Exteriors Seamless gutters specialists. Residential and commercial. Gutter cover. Free estimates, fully insured, senior discounts, lifetime installation warranty. Call Kyle, 316-706-5788.

F HOME CARE F Can’t bathe yourself like you used to? Need light housekeeping? Need private-duty aide? I can accommodate all your needs. Flexible hours; 2 to 12 hour shifts available. Cynthia CNA/HHA 316-992-6711. Looking for companion care in the evening? Will do light housekeeping, cooking or just sit and read the paper. Call Jean Williams 316-390-3763 In-Home Services: Personal care assistance, meal preparation, housekeeping, handymen and more! Phone Chester at the Senior Employment Program, 316-267-1771 or 316267-0302. Pre-screened, reliable help available.

WINTER TIME HANDYMAN Hauling, Pick up/Delivery/Brush, Junk & Trash Removal. Sheet Rock, Light Painting, Minor Repairs Yard, Tree, Home and Fence Repairs



Scheduled maintenance, repair, sales on all garage doors. *Springs-Torsion & Extension *Garage Door Openers, Doors & More Paul Williams (316) 650-8807


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A Plus Flooring and more. Tile, backsplashes, hardwood, laminate, custom showers and more. 15 years experience. Call Ron. 316-619-8390.

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Steps, porches, patios, sidewalks, riveways & garage floors. Also 4-inch steps with 18-inch landings for seniors. Licensed, bonded, insured. Free estimates

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No Place Like Home, LLC In-Home care services & more Meal prep • Transportation Housekeeping • Companionship 316-882-5930

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Elder Assistance CNA/HHA #139428. Taking care of loved ones in their home. Taking the worries off the family. Doctor’s appointments, medications, light housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, other duties as needed. Love of elders and laughter provided. 22 years experience. Wichita Area. Bobbie Arnett 316-847-1943.

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office will be closed for the holidays begining noon on Wednesday, Dec. 20 and will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 3

Happy Holidays from the active age

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Cowboy Construction Bathroom and kitchen remodels. Room additions. Garages and sheds. Licensed and insured. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488 Paradigm Contracting Roofing, siding, decks, windows, doors, senior discounts, remodels. Fully insured, free estimates, certified storm restoration specialist. We offer quality, not compromise. Call Kyle 316-706-5788. Handyman. Plumbing, electrical, heating, floors, doors, windows, screens, walls and more. HVAC certified. Licensed & insured. Senior discounts. Call John 316-650-3013

GRANDPA’S PLUMBING Repairs. Free estimates. 316-312-4391

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Our background-checked, bonded, insured, employee Craftsmen will fix it for you. Our work is GUARANTEED. We’re looking forward to your call…


F HOUSEKEEPINGF No Place Like Home, LLC In-Home Housekeeping & more 316-882-5930 Loving Touch Cleaning . Residential cleaning. Senior, Military and referral discounts. Insured. 20+ years experience. Call for weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly cleaning! Mary 316-650-9206.

Painting & Remodeling by Harley Worthey Interior/Exterior & Odd jobs Husband & Wife Team. BBB. 316-648-4478

ALL TRADES SERVICES Handyman/Hauling, Tree Trimming, Fence Repair, Gutters, Yard Clean-Up, Concrete & More. FREE ESTIMATES 316-347-6663.

Affordable Painting & More Interior Painting, Complete Remodeling, Flooring, Handyman services & More! Estimates Are Free! FREE ESTIMATES (316) 941-5978

Total yard clean-up, flower beds and bushes, tree trimming and stump grinding, attics, garages and basements. LEAF cleanup and HAULING.

Including all yard debris. 316-516-4630 or 316-838-5710 Mike E. 316-708-1472

Snow Removal. Garage clean out, mowing leaf and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, rototilling. Brick, block and stone repair. Dave’s Hauling Services Solid waste removal, property cleanup, tree & fence line clearing, general landscape removal, other lawn and garden services. All fence, porch and patio work. Call 316-832-2201. Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. If you need any of these services call Perry, 316-619-6126

Christian Lawn Care Mowing-$20, verti-slicing, core-aerating, overseeding, new lawns, mulching flower beds, fall cleanup, leaves, shrub trimming and removal, gutter cleaning, hauling. Senior discount. Steve 316-685-2145

MOWING Tree Trimming , Junk Removal

Snow Removal, Spring & Fall Clean-Up Brock Eastman 316.765.1677

F LAWN AND GARDEN F P&A Landscaping 316-708-7236 Complete lawn care. Fall cleanup, gutter cleaning. Holiday lights. Verticut, overseeding, lawn renovation, flower bed maintenance Any odd job. Fully insured. Senior discount.


Jesus Landscaping 316-737-3426 Mowing starting at $25, trimming, shrub removal, landscaping needs, gutter cleaning and any odd jobs. Senior Discounts.

All Season Clean Up Lawn Care Quality Lawn Care • Yard Clean Up • Tree Triming • Gutter Cleaning • Fall/Spring raking. Free estimates, senior discounts. 316-409-8780.


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F PAINTING F McCoy Painting 316-516-6443 Do you need any interior or exterior painting done? I’m your man. Free estimates, affordable rates. References available.

F SERVICES F Need a ride? Doctor appointments, ride home from hospital, court, casino, mini vacation or family reunion. You name the place, I will take you there. 316-259-6212. Need help on your electric scooter, power or lift chair, stair or platform lift or hand controls? Call Howard Distribution at 316-648-1694. Howard is a certified service center and dealer for Best Bath walk-in tubs, Bruno, EMC, Golden Tech, Pace Saver, Pride and Ricon. Working for you since 1987. Need to organize or downsize your home or garden? Retired librarian seeking opportunities to use her organizational skills to make your life easier. Call 316-573-5284.

F SNOW REMOVAL F SNOW REMOVAL Commercial s Residential 316-992-6884 SNOW REMOVAL 316-992-8641

F SPECIAL EVENT F Christmas Eve Morning Worship & Candlelight Service combined @ 10:30 am Central Ave United Methodist Church 4920 W Central Ave Wichita, KS. 67212 ....316-942-0330. Friend us on Facebook! Join us for more special events!

F THRIFT SHOP F Gently Used Resale (Thrift Shop)

2523 S. Seneca (Westway Plaza) Wichita, Ks. Store & Donation Hours Mon & Thu 9 am-7 pm Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 9 am-5 pm Purchase with a purpose. Benefits those served by the Bethesda Lutheran Communities to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. Volunteers & Donations always needed. Like us on Facebook. 316-267-5800

Wichita Foot & Ankle Wound Center, LLC Christopher Surtman, DPM

316.652.5251 office call for an appt. 316-652-9913 fax Podiatric Services & Wound Care Heel Pain, Arch Pain, Corns & Callouses, Fungal & Ingrown Nails, Ulcers and much more. Try our NEW LIGHT ORTHOTICS, wear them home

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Stump REMOVAL & GRINDING Trimming, deadwood, tree removal. Total yard, leaf clean-up & hauling. Also rural and farm areas. Free estimates. Experienced. Good prices. Insured. Tom King, 316-516-4630,316-838-5710.

Bruce’s Tree Service

SNOW REMOVAL & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Trees, hedgerows, evergreens & shrubs. Crown reduction, trimming or removal. Line clearing and roofs of branches/limbs. Bucket truck available, will climb . Senior. Discounts. Insured. Prompt, immediate and professional service. 30 years experience Call 316-207-8047 Estrada’s Tree Service Trimming, crown reduction, removal. Storm damage prevention. Hauling. Firewood. Free estimates. Insured. Senior discount. Felix Estrada, 316-617-4392.

Felipe Tree Service Evergreen trimming. Tree removal. Brush hauling. Splitting. Deadwooding. Insured. Free estimates. 12 years experience. 316-807-4419

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F WANTED F ALWAYS BUYING Older items of all kinds including: Antiques & Collectibles Costume & Turquoise Jewelry Boeing & Beech Pins • Pocket Knives Guitars & Amps • Postcards • Watches Cigarette Lighters • Art Glass • Metal Signs *Contents of attics, basements or garages* FOR FAST FRIENDLY ASSISTANCE CALL DAVE AT 316-409-0992 Over 20 years of assisting folks sell items.. Want to Purchase mineral and other oil/gas interests. Send details to P.O Box 13557, Denver CO 80201 Donate your Durable Medical Equipment. Will pick up. Tax credit. Medical Loan Closet of Wichita. 316-779-8989 Collector buying: WWII GERMAN and JAPANESE MILITARY items. 316-516-2737

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KSHL selects 9 issues for 2018 legislators

By Howard Tice Nine bills and resolutions were selected by the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature (KSHL) at its October session in Topeka to be sent to the state’s legislature for consideration during the 2018 session. KSHL gives Kansas’ seniors a collective voice in the legislature. These are the items they will support: 1) Resolution No. 3501 — Urge the legislature and governor to support the expansion of Medicaid (KanCare) in Kansas. Currently, approximately 150,000 (of which around 16,000 are Kansas seniors between the age of 60 - 65 years old) Kansans fall into the "coverage gap:" They make too much money to qualify for the base Kansas KanCare program, yet not enough to be able to afford medical insurance on their own. Kansas has forfeited more than $2.1 billion from the federal government by not participating in this program. The Kansas Hospital Association, the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas and many other health-related organizations are in full support of this resolution. 2) Resolution No. 3502 — Urge the legislature and the governor to continue to support and fund the KDOT

provide a cost-of-living adjust- custody, visitation and residency ment (COLA) for each retiree matters. 9) Bill 3509 — Urges the Kansas who is entitled to receive a relegislature to pass a law concerntirement benefit from KPERS. ing motor vehicle liability insurance This has not happened since coverage limits. It also requires insur1998. ance companies to continue covering 5) Bill 3505 — Urge a vehicle that has had the insurance the Kansas Legislature to cancelled, until such time as the inpass Property Tax Relief for surance company contacts the Kansas qualifying low income senior Insurance Commissioner and Kansas citizens. Department of Motor Vehicles, to 6) Resolution 3506 — inform them of an “uninsured vehicle” Supports the repeal of the on the Kansas roadways. 2015 Property Tax Lid law The Silver Haired Legislature was KSHL courtesy photo that puts limits on the spendcreated by an act of Congress in 1969; ing of city and county governArea 2 KSHL members, from left: Don Kansas Silver Haired Legislature was Durflinger, Douglas; Howard Tice, Joyce ments. formed in 1982. It identifies issues imLofgreen, both of Wichita; Craig Shove, 7) Bill 3507 — Urges portant to the approximately 500,000 Valley Center; Evelyn Davis, Wichita; the Kansas Legislature to Kansans 60 and older and educate the Wayne Valentine, Newton. Not pass funding assistance for pictured, Carl Williams, Wichita. state legislature about those issues. grandparents who become the rural public transportation program, so legal caregivers and guardians of their Howard Tice is chair for Kansas Silver grandchildren. vitally needed by our senior citizens. Haired Legislature Public Service Area 8) Bill 3508 — Urges the Kansas #2: Butler, Sedgwick and Harvey counties. 3) Resolution No. 3503 — Urge Legislature to strengthen the GrandEmail him at the Kansas Legislature and the govparents’ Rights Law concerning child ernor to fully fund all Kansas Public Employees Retirement System obligations (KPERS), including the interest Comfortable apartments with great amenities at 8 percent on the bonds passed two in a great small-town enviroment years ago. 4) Resolution No. 3504 — Urge at Mt. Hope Nursing Center the legislature and the governor to • One and two bedroom apartments • Weekly maid & laundry service • Meals & activities • Rent $565-$590 per month with utilities paid (except cable, phone) • Great closet space! • Carports available

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December theatre options By Diana Morton Take time to escape into a magical world of music, laughter and drama as we enter this busy holiday season. Or give a night at the theatre as a special gift to a friend. Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. A Christmas Survival Guide by James Hindman and Ray Roderick. This musical revue takes a wry and knowing look at a stressful season.

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The characters charge into an urban holiday landscape searching for the true essence of Christmas in ways both hilarious and heartwarming. Dec. 2-23, Thu-Sat, dinner, 6:30 pm, curtain, 8 pm; Sunday, dinner 12:30 pm, curtain, 2 pm. Tickets $32.50 for dinner and

Help to avoid holiday stress Wichita in Mind's Community Conversations' December topic is quite appropriate: handling holiday stress. Most can relate to the need to slow down the frenzy of doing too much during the holidays. This session on coping with seasonal stress will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Milkfloat, 535 W. Douglas, #140. This ongoing discussion series focuses on mindful living practices. Attendees will learn how simple mindfulness techniques will help us navigate the holidays to avoid the pressures and demands that can diminsh the joys of the season. Panelists are Bonnie Bing, free-

lance writer; Dr. Gina Marx, director of the Graduate Education Program at Newman University; and Amber Willis, assistant director Systems Support, Head Start 0-5 Program. They will share their own journeys and offer tips on how they handle seasonal pressures and demands. Wichita In Mind is a grass-roots non-profit organization that encourages community interest in the benefits of mindful living. Each free monthly event focuses on a topic for learning and will be led by community resource persons. Want more information? Email Connie Porazka at retreattojoy@gmail. com.

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show. 316-612-7696. Forum Theatre, at the Wilke Center, 1st United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, featuring Shaun Michael Morse as Scrooge in this holiday classic. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, thru Dec 17. Tickets $23-$25. 316-6180444 Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Fist of Furry Reindeer or Angry Santa Claws by Tom Frye. Things go terribly awry when a small Kansas town has its Christmas pageant invaded by a nefarious stranger and his wife. Our hero has his hands full dealing with villains, a new bride and a town full of misfits. A comedy musical revue follows. Thu-Sat, thru Dec 30. Dinner 6:15 pm. Tickets $26-$30; Show only, 7:50 pm, $20. 316-263-0222 Roxy's Downtown, 412 E. Douglas, cabaret-style theatre. The Kyle & Monte Christmas Musical 2! with Monte Wheeler and Kyle Vespestad. Two longtime favorite talents are showcasing a new edition of their wacky, crazy-fun holiday show with music, original comedy bits, outrageous costumes, games, and audience partic-

ipation. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, Nov 10-Dec 23. Tickets $20-$30. 316-2654400. Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. A Dog's Life (musical) by Sean Grennan and Leah Okimoto. Joel doesn't want a dog – he wants his girlfriend back. She wants a dog. When she refuses to get back together, Joel becomes the reluctant owner of Jack. This is a tale of companionship and simple, unconditional love. 8 pm Wed-Sat, thru Dec 10, 2 pm Sun. Tickets $14 or $12 for military/seniors/students. Opening night ticket price of $10. Nov 29 only. 316-6861282 WSR Signature Theatre, 332 E. First, Scottish Rite Temple. It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landay. Inspired by the classic American film, It's a Wonderful Life, this holiday favorite is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. 8 pm Fri, Dec 8, 4 pm Sat Dec 9, 7 pm Sun, Dec 10. Tickets $10-18. 316-644-7018. Contact Diana Morton at

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Want to manage arthritis? Don’t slow down

From Harvard Medical School Arthritis is a painful problem that can interfere with your ability to do the things you enjoy. But you can take steps to manage arthritis by protecting your joints, reducing discomfort and improving mobility. Physical or occupational therapists can be very helpful in teaching you how to modify activities and accomplish daily tasks more easily. And there are simple things you can do for yourself, starting today. Here are five: 1. Keep moving. Avoid holding one position for too long. When working at a desk, for example, get up and stretch every 15 minutes. Do the same while sitting at home reading or watching television. 2. Discover your strength. Put your strongest joints and muscles to work. To protect finger and wrist joints, push open heavy doors with the side of your arm or shoulder. To reduce hip or knee stress on stairs, let the strong leg lead going up and the weaker leg lead

MEDICAL going down. 3. Plan ahead. Simplify and organize your routines so you minimize movements that are difficult or painful. Keep items you need for cooking, cleaning or hobbies near where they are needed (even if that means multiple sets of cleaning supplies, one for your kitchen and each bathroom, for example). 4. Take advantage of labor-saving devices and adaptive aids. Simple gadgets and devices can make it easier to perform daily activities such as cooking, gardening or even getting dressed. Long-handled grippers, for example, are designed to grasp and retrieve out-of-reach objects. Rubber grips can help you get a better handle on faucets, pens, toothbrushes and silverware. Pharmacies, medical supply stores and online vendors stock a variety of aids

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West Center honors volunteers ree volunteers at Shepherd’s CenTh ter of West Wichita were recognized for outstanding service. Scott Kailer was named Volunteer of the Year; Anita Lysell and Barbara Jones received the Past Service Award. Kailer’s service included providing technical support and serving as chairman of the Financial Viability Committee for the Board of Trustees. Lysell and Jones served for 10 years as the luncheon table decoration committee. Other volunteers recognized were Art Binford, Barbara Russell, Bob Richards, Bob Smith, Bonnie Turvey, Bonnie Workman, Carol Collins, Cindy Dolan, Dawn Veh, Dean Pressnall, Fita Pressnall, Diana Davis, Donna Berner, Donna Harris, Doris Ylander, Eve Hill, Flo Beard, Frances Lies, Jan-

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Art briefs... France times 2

Two exhibitions will open at the Wichita Art Museum this month. Savoir-Faire: Nineteenth-Century Fashion Prints debuts Saturday, Dec. 9. It features prints from French and American women’s magazines displayed with dresses and accessories from the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. On Saturday, Dec. 16, Americans in Paris: The French Connection, opens. The art is from the museum’s permanent collection. Paris was the capital of the art world in the 19th century, and ambitious American artists wanted to spend time in Europe. Located at 1400 W. Museum Blvd., the museum is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon–5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 adults; $5 55+. Saturday admission is free.

Artisans sale

Artisans studying at Mark Arts, 9112 E. Central, will be selling oneof-a-kind gifts from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. It will feature pottery, jewelry, prints, paintings and more.



Compatibility Be it camaraderie or comfortable hospitality, our practical residents love the compatibility our community offers. Whether meeting surprisingly friendly neighbors or enjoying outdoor festivities, it’s the unforeseen adventures that make a sensible life here practically unexpected. Come visit us at Wichita Presbyterian Manors and discover the way you want to live.

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