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By Joe Stumpe When members of the Thursday Afternoon Cooking Club first got together 127 years ago, they surely didn’t anticipate that some of their great-granddaughters would be carrying on the tradition today.



Yet that’s what has happened with the Wichita group, which is thought to be the oldest club of its kind in the United States. At least half of current members have a previous relative who belonged. “It’s been a wonderful experience

for me because my great-grandmother was one of the founders, and my grandmother was in the club as well,” said current president Barb Mohney. “It’s been nice to be a part of the family legacy and generational experience. See Thursday Club, page 8



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The active age The 2018 election could lead to improvements in health care, the legalization of medical marijuana and other changes sought by seniors at the state and local level. Democratic Gov.-Elect Laura Kelly favors expanding Medicaid coverage to some 150,000 state residents. It’s estimated that about 20 percent are between the ages of 50 and 64, too young for Medicare and not eligible for Medicaid under current state regulations. The Kansas Legislature approved Medicaid expansion in 2017, but the measure was vetoed by then-Gov. Sam Brownback and a legislative attempt to override that veto fell short. “As far as Medicaid expansion, that’s been one of our issues for a while,” said Howard Tice, who chairs the Kansas Silver Haired Legislative delegation from Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties. “It appears, on the surface anyway, that we’ve got a good See Election, page 10

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By Fran Kentling The active age marks its 40th birthday this month. Strike up the band, blow out the candles and celebrate! First, let’s thank the mother of the active age, the Older Americans Act (OAA). It was passed in 1965 because of Congressional concerns about community social services for senior citizens. This was the first of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society reforms, followed by the Civil Rights and Economic Rights acts. OAA supports such programs as Meals on Wheels, in-home services, transportation, legal services, elder abuse prevention and caregivers’ See 40th Birthday, page 11

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Toy exhibit ranges from ray guns to rockets By Amy Geiszler-Jones In the early 1930s, children suddenly began asking Santa for a new kind of Christmas gift: space toys, popularized by the first science fiction radio show and fueled by marketing gimmicks. Later, the reallife international space race added to the demand for toy rockets, ray guns, robots and more. A special “Toys of the Future” exhibit at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum offers a look at a range of space toys. On loan from collector and national awardwinning poet Albert Goldbarth of Wichita, the exhibit will remain on display through Sunday, Dec. 31, museum director Eric Cale said. The exhibit came about when officials at Exploration Place approached the historical museum about hosting a toy exhibit to coincide with the children’s science center’s staging of the national traveling exhibit “Toytopia,” which closes Jan. 1. Both exhibits opened Saturday, Sept. 20. The popularity of space toys was propelled by several factors, said Amy McKune, curator of collections at The

consumer National good to Toy and receive a Miniatures novelty item Museum in associated Kansas City, with the Missouri. program, None was McKune bigger than noted. the fictional By character the 1950s, Buck Rogers. more space Coming adventurers during the Photo by Amy Geiszler-Jones entered the Depression, "Toys of the Future" is on display at the universe; a Rogers Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. poster in the “captured “Toys of the Future” exhibit lists some the general imagination and was a of the other fictional men and women bright spot in a rather difficult time,” whose travels enthralled the masses. McKune said. When the real-life space race First appearing in a 1928 novella between the U.S. and the former Soviet and then a comic strip series, Buck Union took off, so did the sales of Rogers eventually became the lead space toys and space-themed board character in his namesake radio games, lunch boxes and other items, show, which debuted in late 1932 McKune noted. on CBS radio. “Buck Rogers in the th Many of the toys are great 25 Century” became one of the first examples of tin-plate lithography, or programs to use the marketing ploy of tin-litho, a process in which colorful a radio premium, which encouraged images were printed on tin plates, cut kids to mail in a proof of purchase out and then assembled. By the 1960s, of breakfast cereal or some other

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West-side Shepherd’s Center honors volunteers The Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita named Floyd Hansen its Volunteer of the Year for 2018. Hansen is a long-time member of the SCWW Adventures in Learning committee as well as the board of trustees. Carl and Virginia Pilcher received the Volunteer Special Recognition Award for leadership of a wood carving class that has been a popular Adventures in Learning program. SCWW conducts six-week Adventures in Learning sessions for older adults each spring and fall.

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Holiday gifts for family and more on my Santa’s list this year By Ruth Ann Messner The holiday season is working its magic. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I’m hearing silver bells, smelling chestnuts roasting on an open fire and tasting figgy pudding. I considered rockin’ ‘round the Christmas tree but got some raised eyebrows from the Three Wise Men. Then “poof ”

here came Santa Claus, making a list and checking it twice, and my magical moments of reverie faded into reality. I can’t help being amazed at the history of traditional holiday celebrations, which had their origins thousands of years ago. While Dec. 25 is used to commemorate the nativity in Bethlehem by a majority of Christians

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Looking for Earl in a haystack RoseAnn Kirkpatrick just wants to know one thing: What happened to Earl? I doubt I can help her find the answer, but here goes anyway: Kirkpatrick was reading through a stack of old Reader’s Digest magazines recently when she came across an article in the November 1991 issue entitled “Long Journey Home.” It was one of those heart-tugging tales the Digest specializes in – about the relationship between fathers and their children – but what intrigued Kirkpatrick was a person in it named Earl, who came from Wichita. In the article, Earl and another young hobo are riding the rails during a bitterly cold winter. The second young man’s shoes are tattered and his toes begin to freeze. Earl throws him his own shoes. The second guy regains feeling in his feet and drifts off to sleep. When he wakes up, Earl is gone. Somebody says he jumped off the train in Wichita. “What I want to know,” Kirkpatrick told me, “is where is Earl?” When I asked her why, she said, “He needs to have a pat on the back by now.” Earl, if you’re reading this, please speak up so you can get your pat. If not, the biggest problem with finding Earl, or what happened to

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Setting sail Wichitans asked to help support new ship bearing city’s name

The USS Wichita launches from a shipyard in Marinette, Wis. It will be commissioned next month in Florida. By Joe Stumpe manitarian aid and piracy defense – in A new Navy ship called the USS shallow coastal waters called “littorals.” Wichita will soon be patrolling foreign Its crew will number about 100. seas, and a retired rear admiral from The Navy outfits the ship with Derby is raising money in support of “basic creature comforts,” Penfield its sailors. noted. It’s the goal of the USS Wichita “I like to tell people Mayor ( Jeff ) Commissioning Committee, which Longwell ‘volPenfield chairs, untold’ me for to provide the this opportunity,” crew with exercise Jeffrey Penfield equipment, televijoked during an sions, video games appearance before and even college the Sunrise Rotary scholarships. Club at Rolling Penfield shared Hills Country his own story Club. of Navy service, But the gregarstarting with his ious 34-year Navy background as the veteran, who now son of an Air Force makes his home lieutenant colonel in Kansas City, is stationed at Mcserious about the Connell Air Force Photo By Pat Gallagher Base. As a 17-yearfundraising effort. Retired Rear Admiral Jeffery Pen“There will old freshman at field discusses the USS Wichita. be generations of Wichita State Unisailors on that ship. It’s all about taking versity, he was thinking about buying care of these men and women.” fancy wheels for his hot rod when his The USS Wichita is scheduled to dad offered some advice. be commissioned during a Jan. 12 cer“He said ‘That’s dumb. Why don’t emony at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., you invest in your future?’” near Jacksonville. It’s what’s known Penfield did, getting his pilot’s as a “littoral combat ship” designed license for $750 through a program to perform numerous tasks – from offered at McConnell. He majored minesweeping and sub hunting to huin aviation management at Wichita

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Try this tariff theory of Ted's on for size By Ted Blankenship President Trump says his tariffs will punish the Chinese without hurting Americans. The Chinese-naturally-enacted retaliatory tariffs on American agricultural products, cars and industrial goods. Then they began talking about buying airplanes from the Europeans instead of the United States. These are actions you would expect from China. But I think they have come up with even more sinister plans, and our government is doing nothing about it. This occurred to me when I was putting on my new athletic shoes. I bought what I thought were size nines, a half-size larger than my normal 8½ Ds because I wear heavier socks with athletic shoes. I noticed that my new shoes are actually tighter than my 8½ Ds. The “D” denotes width. In my case, pretty

December Theatre By Diana Morton Forum Theatre, at the Wilke Center, 1st United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Winter Wonderettes, written & created by Roger Bean. When Santa is a Christmas no-show in 1968, the four Marvelous Wonderettes hop into action to save the Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, Nov 29-Dec 16. Tickets $23-$25. 316-618-0444 Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Will Santa Drink Canada Dry (or Go Tell It on the Mountie) by Tom Frye. All the melodrama tropes – the daft Mountie hero, the mustache-twirling villain, the damsel in distress – bring a Christmas story to life. 7:50 pm Tue-Sat; 6:50 pm Sun; 1:50 pm Sat. Tickets $26-$30; Show only, $20. 316-263-0222 Music Theatre for Young People, Mary Jane Teal Theatre, Century II, 225 W. Douglas Ave. A Little Princess, book by Brian Crawley and music by Andres Lipa. Separated from her father and the open-hearted Africans

wide. I looked inside to see whether I had bought the wrong size, and learned that the shoes are size 26 and made in CM. I looked it up on the internet and discovered that CM is China. If I am really wearing a size 26, I should be able to put both feet in one shoe. Ahah! It came to me like in a clap of thunder. China is going to squeeze our American toes until we not only remove the tariffs but actually apply them to ourselves as we rub our tortured toes. I can see where this is going. The Chinese will sell cheap, tariff-free dresses for American women in size 3½, which will actually be size 42, making American women very unattractive. The ties they make for U.S. who have helped him raise her, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. 7:30 pm Fri-Sat, Dec 7-8, 2:30 pm Sun, Dec 9. Tickets $10-15. 316-262-2282 Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage. Live stage rendition of the classic Charles Schulz cartoon. 7 pm Thu, Nov 29. Tickets $28.50-$48.50. 316-263-0884 Prairie Pines Playhouse, 4055 N. Tyler Road. Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Missing Holly. Includes a catered, three-course dinner. 8 pm Thu-Sun, now-Dec 23. Tickets $35.95. 316-303-2037 Roxy’s Downtown, 412 E. Douglas, cabaret-style theatre. The Kyle & Monte Christmas Musical 2. Roxy favorites, Kyle Vespestad and Monte Riegal Wheeler, are back for the third straight year of holiday hijinks. 8 pm Wed-Sat, 6:00 pm Sun, Nov 16-Dec 23. Tickets $20-$30. 316-265-4400 Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center, Mary Jane Teal Theatre, Century II, 225 W. Douglas Ave. The Best

export will be at least five feet long and all of them orange. The idea will catch on with other Chinese manufacturers who will scramble the sizes on garments they sell to Americans tariff-free and we will all look like weird freaks. Meanwhile, the Chinese shoes we wear will keep getting smaller until they will be too snug even for American babies. The sizes will be meaningless, random numbers. It is a nefarious scheme and must be met with carefully planned retaliation. I suggest that if the President has put a tariff on cowboy boots, that he remove it and cut the price for sale to the Chinese. But before we put all this footwear into the shipping containers, we should add two inches to the heel height and saw these heals threefourths of the way through. Unsuspecting Chinese people will fall on their noses in alarming num-

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Thursday Club From Page 1 And the women in the club, they’re just lovely people.” This month, a book celebrating that legacy of family, female friendship and food is being released by local author Sondra Langel. Called Thursday Afternoon Cooking Club, it’s part cookbook and part history book, packed with recipes and stories, historic photographs and gorgeous new images by noted lensman Larry Schwarm. Langel isn’t a club member, but she is friends of many who are and was granted access to the club’s huge stash of handwritten recipes, meeting minutes and other materials. Club members also spent a month with Langel in her kitchen, making sure the recipes in the book – some dating back to the club’s first years – still work for modern cooks. “We set up my kitchen as a test kitchen,” Langel said. “Club members rotated through. Every morning three would come and we’d make one menu. We’d sit down and eat, have a glass of wine. Then another group would come in the afternoon. It was really fun, all of us together in the kitchen.” As the book relates, the club was started in 1891 by a cooking teacher,

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Lunch is served at the home of Chris Kubik. Members Barb Mohney, Margaret Houston and Francie Copland are great-grand daughters of original club members. Laura Spangler. The purpose was to their own. Spangler, for instance, also teach cooking and the newly develbelonged to the Hypatia Club, formed oping art of domestic science. Even by Populist Party rabble-rouser Mary though members were well-to-do and Elizabeth Lease. probably left most of the cooking to Another original member was hired help, it was a housewife’s duty to Mrs. B.H. Campbell, Mohney’s manage the kitchen and be prepared to great-grandmother. She became known entertain. Like all members, Spangler as the “mother of the club,” serving as went by her husband’s name – “Mrs. president 11 years and overseeing a E.R. Spangler” – in club documents. cookbook it produced in 1922. Despite that, Langel writes, it Early on, the club devoted many would be wrong to assume the memsessions to demonstrations of new bers weren’t women with minds of cooking techniques and equipment. The very first demonstration was how to make angel food cake, which had

December 2018 just been invented a few years earlier. “Ever since, the club has just loved angel food cake,” Langel said. “They have it maybe twice a year. The book chronicles how the club adapted to the times – for instance, simplifying its menus during World War I and donating the money that would have been spent on food to the Red Cross. The impact of self-serve grocery stores, electric appliances, World War II rationing, Betty Crocker and Julia Child on club members is covered. In 1965, Langel notes, the club’s minutes suddenly (and with no explanation) began referring to members by their own names. The club inspired a long article in The New York Times two years ago, on its 125th anniversary, which indirectly led to Langel’s book. The Times writer expressed interest in writing a book or even a movie about the club, but members balked because it would have required them to sign over intellectual property rights to all club materials, Langel said. “Everybody was very disappointed. I have a lot of friends in the club. I thought about it a while and thought, ‘What the heck, I can do that.’ ” Langel, who chairs the Wichita Art Museum board of trustees, had collaborated with Schwarm, distinguished professor of photography at Wichita State University, on an earlier See next page

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book called Wichita Artists In Their Studios. For Thursday Afternoon Cooking Club, local cooking instructor Adrienne Rathbun styled some of the food and the Greteman Group designed the book. “Oh, absolutely,” Mohney said when asked if members are excited about the book coming out. “And we’re very appreciative of Sondra’s interest and willingness to take that on.” Mohney doesn’t see the club holding its last luncheon anytime soon. Members have tended to be in their 50s or older, recruited after retirement or when their children were grown. The club meets eight times a year. Each member hosts a lunch once every three

years, with two other members serving as co-hosts. Members who are too old to host remain honorary members. “We took in four new members this year,” said Mohney, a retired high school principal. “You might think interest in this kind of thing might be dying, but we didn’t seem to have difficulty identifying people who were excited to participate.” Thursday Afternoon Cooking Club will be available for sale in early December. It can be preordered and purchased at It will also be sold at CityArts, The First Place, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, The Workroom, Trios, Watermark Books and The Wichita Art Museum.

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Election From Page 1 chance at getting Medicaid expansion passed and signed.” State Sen. Lynn Rogers of Wichita, Kelly’s running mate as lieutenant governor, noted that the state House of Representatives “has gotten a little more conservative” thanks to the election, but he still expects a majority to support Medicaid expansion. Meeting in Topeka in October, the Silver Haired Legislature also passed resolutions in favor of legalizing medical marijuana and sports wagering (with proceeds of the latter going to senior services), plus funding community senior transportation programs and exempting food from sales tax. “Many Kansas senior citizens suffer from chronic pain conditions” that marijuana can alleviate, Tice said.

Rogers believes medical marijuana will become a reality in Kansas. “What we’re hearing is there are a number of Republicans willing to move on that,” Rogers said. “I think 78 percent of the Kansas population is in favor of it as well.” Kelly supports the other measures in principle but is committed first to fixing the state’s long-running school funding issue and stabilizing the overall budget before eliminating revenue sources or promising additional spending, Rogers said. A transition team has begun meeting and Kelly is now considering appointments to various state posts. “If there’s an aging group that wants to meet with us, we want to meet with them,” Rogers said. In Sedgwick County, meantime, Commissioner Jim Howell plans to bring back for a vote his proposal

to increase funding for senior centers in Haysville, Oaklawn, Mulvane and Clearwater. Earlier this year, the county commission voted 3-2 to freeze center funding at the level it’s been since 2010. Howell noted that one commissioner who voted against additional funding, Richard Ranzau, was defeated

December 2018 by political newcomer Lacey Cruse, who favors increasing county support for the centers. Commissioner Dave Unruh, who also opposed more funding, did not seek relection and was replaced by Wichita City Counilman Pete Meitzner. “All we need is three” positive votes, Howell said.

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support. In 1977, Kansas established a Department of Aging. Wichita State University also created its gerontology program that year; today it’s called Aging Studies. Gerontology is the study of the social, cultural, psychological, cognitive and biological aspects of aging. It’s medically distinguished from geriatrics, which specializes in the treatment of exiting diseases in older adults. Gerontologists mostly do research. This newspaper was created at WSU in 1979; it was named Active Aging. Its mission was to explore and write about the issues and information needs of seniors. There were few resources to connect older adults to helplful programs and agencies. It was mailed free, as it is today, to seniors in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties. As part of the OAA, the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging funnels a federal stipend to the newspaper. The grant originally covered the cost of the paper’s annual postage. Because of the increase in postage costs, today’s stipend covers about three months of our mailing expenses. In December 1988 Active Aging

The first issue of active aging came out in Dec 1979. moved to Friends University. It left there at the end of 1999, when the school got out of the newspaper business. The newspaper’s board agreed that it was important to the community that this voice for older adults be continued, so it took a leap of faith. It created Active Aging as an independent non-profit entity: Active Aging Publishing, Inc. It moved to 125 S. West St., Ste.

105, in January 2000 and continues to operate there. In 2014 the Board of Directors and staff decided to update the paper’s design and select a new name to more accurately reflect its readership. One information-gathering tool used was the formation of focus groups of men and women in their 50s, 60s and 70s. Each age group was asked to share their opinion of the newspaper and what they would like to see in it. The younger participants didn’t think there was enough editorial content relevant to them. Those in their mid-50s to mid-60s are often called the Sandwich Generation. They are still involved with their children's lives, but are also taking on more responsibilities with their aging parents. Those 65 and older had some of the same interests, but also were looking for updates on Medicare, Social Security changes and other services. With the updated needs of all our our readers in mind, a new, brief mission statement was created: Educate, Entertain and Empower. The active age made its debut May 2015. Judging by responses from some of our 100,000 readers, they like it. I’m delighted that we never threw the baby out with the bath water during our changes these past 40 years.

Page 11 Besides our staff and Board of Directors, many people need to be thanked as we celebrate: our RSVP volunteers, our advertisers, our readers and our donors. We are continually evolving and listening to all of you. And another special thank to our donors. You make this publication possible. Fran Kentling is an active age board member and a former editor of the newspaper. Contact her at

You’re invited! Come help us celebrate the active age’s 40th birthday. We’re throwing ourselves a party from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at our office at 125 S. West St. Birthday brownies and punch will be served.

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Many milestones in 25 years with the active age By Becky Funke I came to what was then called Active Aging in November 1989 after 11 years of working in community newspapers in several Kansas communities. Dorothy Belden, who had edited the newspaper for nine years and grown it into a powerful and respected voice for older adults, was retiring. I was acquainted with Dorothy through a professional organization and knew that hers would be big shoes to fill. Dorothy was a wonderful mentor, leaving me with a wealth of story ideas, contacts and sound advice. Active Aging was then operating under a unique arrangement at Friends University. From late 1988 through 1999, it was published under the umbrella of the Friends University Retirement Corporation, which in addition to the newspaper, owned and operated a senior housing complex on the east edge of the Friends campus. In 1998 Friends closed the senior housing complex to convert it into student housing and decided to divest itself of the newspaper. The dedicated volunteers on the advisory board – several of whom had been through a similar scenario at Wichita State University nine

years earlier -- started making phone calls and visiting with attorneys. They eventually found a law firm that would guide them through establishing a stand-alone corporation to continue to publish the newspaper. In late 1999, Active Aging Publishing Co, Inc., a 501c3 (non-profit) corporation was founded and purchased the newspaper from Friends University in January 2000. Another milestone came in 2015 –- well, it started in 2013 – when after months of consideration, a name change from Active Aging to the active age was approved. The plan was to roll out the change at the beginning of our 35th year, in December 2013. That plan was derailed when I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia less than a week later. I didn’t return to work until July of 2014. The new name and a redesign rolled out in May of 2015. My editorial philosophy was simple: Everyone has a story to tell, and other people want to read those stories. Our role was to find those stories and help people tell them. My editorial plan for each issue was to provide information and provide inspiration. I wanted every issue to have something to enhance the

The active age became a standalone nonprofit in 2000. quality of life of our readers, whether it was laughter over a bird feeder-robbing squirrel foiled by a Beethoven recording (from a Charles Pearson column in the early 90’s), or making a connection to a program or service that could help them, or getting useful information


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about health and wellness. One successful project was a series on end-of-life planning that earned the newspaper a national award in 2005. Freelance writer Nancy D. Borst and I spent months planning the package of stories on a most difficult topic. For more than a year after the series was published readers expressed their appreciation for our handling of topics ranging from hospice care to estate planning. We quickly lost count of the number of reprints we sold to cover the cost of copying the package of stories. There were other awards and accolades over the years, but the most important feedback came from our readers. What I value most about my years at the active age/Active Aging is that I knew we made a difference in people’s lives. From notes sent with donations, phone calls, and conversations when I was out in the community, readers responded to what we shared with them. Becky Funke was editor of the active age from December 1989 through April 2015.

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CPAAA and the active age, in it for the long haul By Monica Cissell Central Plains Area Agency on Aging has proudly partnered with the active age for 40 years, working together to educate older adults about community resources, programming and other services available. A monthly newspaper specifically produced for seniors was a long-time dream of CPAAA and its acting advisory council. In the very first issue, in December, 1979, CPAAA board member Charles Mullikan stated: “A newspaper mailed directly can reach each and every older person in their homes, many of whom do not receive a newspaper.” Wichita State University’s Gerontology Center and Journalism Department cooperated with CPAAA in providing editorial content and facilities to get what was then called

Awards for the active age

The active age won awards for general excellence and four other categories of work in the 2018 North American Mature Newspaper Publishers Association competition. Competing in Division C, for newspapers with circulations between 50,000 and 100,000,

counties. A grant through CPAAA supported establishment of the paper and continues helping fund it today. Although leadership at both CPAAA and the active age has changed over time, the goal to provide thoughtprovoking articles and critical service information has remained. It is hoped

that this long-time partnership will live on for many more decades. Monica Cissell is director of information and community services for the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging. CPAAA is available to assist caregivers and seniors with service options and resource information- For more information visit or 1-855-200-2372.

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Halstead Harvey Girl looks back on "elegant experience" By Nancy Carver Singleton Helen Collins of Halstead was volunteering at the Halstead Heritage Museum & Depot one afternoon when each of the three couples who visited wanted to meet “The Harvey Girl.” They were in luck. Collins was a Harvey Girl in the 1950s and has given about 40 presentations about the experience. “I love talking about the Harvey Girls,” she said. “This is one of my passions. I say I am keeping history alive.” Collins is president of the Halstead Historical Society and much of her Harvey House memorabilia, including her uniform, are displayed at the museum. Collins is unaware of other living Harvey Girls in Kansas. Early trains had no dining cars, so passengers either brought their own food or took their chances on roadhouse fare, with little time to eat between stops. An experienced restaurateur named Fred Harvey approached the Santa Fe Railroad about opening his own restaurants at its stations. The first Harvey House opened in 1876 at Topeka’s depot. Conductors handed menus to passengers and orders were telegraphed ahead so food was ready when the trains stopped.

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for a week during a huge annual Native American intertribal celebration. “When you went out of the depot and looked up the hill, it was filled with Indian teepees and campfires.” Different Harvey Houses sent two girls each year and they stayed in a dormitory with a housemother. An important chief took a liking to Collins and sent a car for her and her sister-in-law to attend the celebration each night. The chief also had Collins moved from the counter to the dining room to wait on him and his guests. “He said the smile and the personality were the two things that stood out on me,” she said. Collins was disappointed when Newton’s Harvey House closed with little notice on May 5, 1957. It was the last one in Kansas. One of Collins’ keepsakes is a breakfast menu from the final day. “I treasure all of them but this one means a lot because all of the employees who worked there signed it.” It is in her thick scrapbook of beautifully illustrated menu covers, menus, napkins, newspaper stories, photos of special buffets and postcards. The people she met made the job interesting, Collins said. “I used to tell people if I was able to work and there was still a Harvey House I would still work there.” People interested in having Collins give a talk may contact her at 316-6550780.

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Regular activities: Exercise classes, computer classes, foot care by appt. Dec 5: 10 am Bags/boxes for chidren with cancer. Dec 10: 12 pm Holiday lunch. Dec 10: 2pm Cookie exchange party. Dec 12: 2 pm Marbled coffee mug class. Dec 13: 2 pm Etched glass class. Mon: 9:30 am Wanda's exercise; 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Spanish (adv); 1am Well rep excercise.

EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot lunch, reservation required; 10-11 am Pool, cards, bingo, dominoes, puzzles. Tue, Sat: 1-3 pm Pickleball. $2.

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: noon Cards. Tue: 12:30 pm; Fri 9 am TX Hold’em. Mon & Wed: 9 am Walking club 1st & 3rd Wed: 12:30 pm Bingo. Tue & Thu: 10 am STEPS exercise Last Tue: 6-9 pm Game Night. 2nd Fri: 5:30 pm Birthday Dinner, Covered Dish. $3 4th Sat: 8:30 am Friends & Family Senior Breakfast. RSVP: 529-5903. $4

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

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

LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700

MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293

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 KFC potluck. Free. Last Fri: 11:45 Birthday Celebrations.

Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Dec 7: 12:30 pm Holiday meal. Dec 17: 11:15 am Holiday meal. Mon 9-11 am, Thu 1-3 pm: Pickleball Tue: Noon Duplicate bridge. Wed: 10:30 am-noon Computer lab. Fri: Noon Open pool tables; 12:30 pm Painting

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444

PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199 Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Dec 13: 6 pm Senior Christmas dance. Dec 14: 2pm Christmas bingo. 1st Wed: Foot care. 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: 8:30 am-5 pm Computers, pool table; 11:30 pm Friendship meals. Mon: 9 am-noon Dominoes. Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee/Panera Bread. Fri: 12:30 pm Cards. 1st & 3rd Weds: 7 pm OID board meeting. 1st Thu, Fri: 8 am-5pm Commodities. 1st Sat: 8-10am Breakfast fundraiser. $4.

Regular activities: Cards, exercise, pool, hot lunch. Call for details. Mon: 6 pm Pitch. Tue: 1 pm Pool. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise; 1:30 pm Dance aerobics Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellRep exercise.

VALLEY CENTER VC Community Center 314 E Clay, 755-7350

Mon: 12:30 pm Troopons; 1:30 Line Dancing. Tue: 10 am Donuts & cards; 6:30 pm Pitch. Tue, Thu: 10 am WellREP exercise class. Tue, Thu: noon, lunch. $5. 3rd Wed: noon Classic movie. 4th Thu: 11 am Bingo. 2nd Fri: noon Bunko. TBA Pickleball, VC Intermediate.

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: One-on-one computer training, cards, exercise programs, hot lunch. Dec 7: 10:15 am Healthy hearing and its importance in your life. Dec. 5, 12 and 19: 2:30 pm Craft time with Kay and Pat. Dec 14: 10 am Jam session: bring your instrument or voice for a sing-along. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance; 2:30 pm Belly Dancing for Women. Tue & Thu: 9-11 am Pickleball. 3rd Wed: 10:30 am Birthday Party.

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.

Andover Senior Dance, 410 Lioba Dr. 7-10 pm 3rd Mon. 733-4441


Augusta Sr Center, 640 Osage. Country Jam & Dance, 7-10 pm every other Wed. 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, Moody. $3 donation, refreshments. El Dorado Jam & Dance, Senior Center, 210 E 2nd. Oldtime fiddlers, pickers, singers. Doors open 12:30 pm, music 1:30, 1st Suns. Bring covered dish. $3 donation. Back to Country dance 6 pm Thus. Singles/couples welcome Goldenrod Golden Age, 1340 S Pattie. 7-9:30 pm Weds: Take 3. $3, refreshments. Linwood Golden Age, 1901 S Kansas. 7-9:30 pm Sats. Live music. $3. 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 & contra 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, Sats. $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 Sats. Info: Nick, 529-2792, or Mike, 650-2469. Community barn & contra dance, 1st Sat most months; lesson 6:30 pm, dance 7. $5, Westside Steppers Square Dance, Clare Hall, 861 N Socora (one block east of Central & Tyler). 7-9:30 pm 1st, 3rd Suns. Info: David, 9927820; email: Wichita Solos Square Dance, Dawson UMC, 2741 S Laura. 7:30-10 pm 1st, 3rd, 5th Fris. Couples/singles welcome. Info: Curtis,

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ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441 Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, pool. Daily:11:30 am-noon Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tue: noon Music at lunch. 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; Fri: 11:30 Lunch & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 Pinochle. 4th Sat: 7-10 am Monthly breakfast. Pickleball: Mon-Wed 10 am-3 pm; Tue 6-8 pm; Thu 5-7 pm; Fri 9-11:30 am. Andover Community Center,1008 E 13th. 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.

BENTON Lion’s Community Bldg, S Main St 2nd & 4th Tue: 9 am-4 pm Cards, games, occasional program. Covered dish.

Friendship Meals

3rd Tue: 12:30 am Blood pressure checks.

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.

LEON 112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905 Regular activities: Lunch served Mon - Fri. Reservations required by 9 am. CASSODAY Wed: 10 am Exercise class; 1 pm Pinochle. Cassoday Senior Center 2nd & 4th Tue: 1 pm Bridge club. 133 S. Washington, 620-735-4538 3rd Sun: 11am-1 pm Lunch; Drinks included. Tue: 10:30 am Round Table. $8 donation; adults/$4 children. Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise with WSU. ROSE HILL 1st Mon: 2 pm Game Day. 207 E Silknitter, 776-0170 3rd Mon: 6:30 pm Carry-in dinner, BP checks. Regular activities: Wii, pool table, shuffle4th Fri: 2 pm Movie Matinee. board, home-cooked lunch (reservation DOUGLASS required). 124 W 4th, 746-3227 Mon & Wed: 9 am Strong Women Stay Young Regular activities: Exercise, quilting, cards, exercise. lunch, reservation required. $5. Mon: 7 pm Pitch, games. 1st Mon: 6 pm Finger foods & cards. Wed: 1 pm Bridge. 3rd Mon: 6 pm Birthday/anniversary coveredFri: 7 pm Card game. dish supper, bring own service. Cards. 1st Fri: 11 am Meeting, covered dish. 3rd Sat: 7-9:30 am Breakfast. $4. 3rd Fri: Noon Covered dish. 1st Sat: 7-10 am Breakfast. EL DORADO TOWANDA 210 E 2nd, 321-0142 Regular activities: Exercise, cards, bingo, hot 317 Main, 776-8999 lunch $3, support groups. Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed, Fri Mon: 12:30 pm Mexican Train dominoes. Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton. Tue: 9 am Coffee; 12:30 pm Bingo; 2 Line dance; WHITEWATER 6 Prairie Port Seniors. Legion Hall, 108 E Topeka Tue, Thu: 8:30 am Men's coffee. 2nd Tue: noon Potluck, program. Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. 4th Tue: noon Potluck, movie. Sat: 6 pm Cards and games.

WEEK OF DEC. 3 Mon: Tuna noodle casserole with peas. broccoli, mixed fruit, garlic bread. Tue: Turkey Stew, mixed greens salad, mandarin oranges, vanilla pudding, crackers. Wed: Liver & Onions or Beef cutlet, mashed potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables, glazed blueberries. Thu: Ham chowder, crackers, three bean salad, pineapple, wacky cake. Fri: Chicken & noodles over mashed potatoes, carrots/peas, apple slices, grape juice, peanut butter muffin. WEEK OF DEC. 10 Mon: New England Stew, pickled beets, banana, peanut butter, orange juice, cornbread. Tue: Salmon bake with creamy cucumber sauce. cauliflower rice, peas, pears. Wed: Turkey chili, crackers, combination salad, strawberries, cinnamon roll. Thu: Cranberry meatballs, baked potato, herbed green beans, apricots, applesauce cake, roll. Fri: Creamed chicken over a biscuit, mixed greens salad, salad dressing, mandarin oranges, brownie.

Harvey County Centers

BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225

3rd Wed: 11:30 am Healthy 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.

HALSTEAD 523 Poplar, 835-2283

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

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

Mon & Wed: 9 am Yoga; 1 pm Dominoes Tue & Fri: 9 am Exercise followed by social hour Thu: 12:30 pm Bridge Fri: 1 pm Pitch 1st Sat: 7-10 am Community breakfast 2nd Thu: 6 pm Dine out 3rd Tue: 1:30 pm Movie 3rd Thu: noon Potluck and short program

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.

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. Wed: 9 am Quilting. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise. Fri: 3 pm Bible study 1st Thu: 1 pm Paint with Sue. 2nd Thu: noon Potluck luncheon & biz mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out. 1st Fri: 7 pm Birthday party.

Senior Wednesdays

Dec. 5 10 am Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Holiday program. Enjoy coffee, treats, and holiday music in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall and hear about the upcoming spring programs from all ten of the participating Senior Wednesday organizations. There will be a raffle of items from the participating venues along with holiday entertainment. Free.

WEEK OF DEC. 17 Mon: Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes and gravy, savory green beans, cranberry sauce, no-bake cookie. Tue: Sloppy joe on a bun, tater tots, broccoli/carrot salad. pears. Wed: Baked chicken, scalloped potatoes, spinach, mandarin oranges, wheat roll. Thu: Ham slice, sweet potatoes, cauliflower with cheese sc, ambrosia salad, cherry pudding cake, roll. Fri: Tuna pasta salad, vegetable soup, crackers, strawberries, oatmeal cookie.

Transportation Sedgwick County

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

WEEK OF DEC. 24 Mon: Holiday Tue: Holiday Wed: Shepherd's pie, hominy, strawberries, chocolate pudding. Thu: Chicken & rice cass, broccoli, blackberries, biscuit, molasses drop cookie. Fri: Chili, crackers, combination salad, salad dressing, peaches, bread pudding.

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

WEEK OF DEC. 31 Mon: Chicken fried steak, California mash, cream gravy, broccoli, mixed fruit, wheat roll.

Support Groups, Organizations

AARP Driver Safety Classes

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.

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

Eight hours of instruction; certificate on completion. Reservation required. $15 for AARP members; $20 others.

No classes listed

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F CEMETERY PROPERTY FOR SALE F Resthaven Garden of Prayer. 2 Vaulted Burial Plots with Companion Bronze Headstone asking $8,000. Call Josh 316-258-2511. Resthaven Garden of Prayer. Three adjoining spaces. Buy one or all for $2500 each. Call 316-841-1174. Lakeview Gardens Meditation section. Lot 173-B. 1-4. Selling 2 or 4 @$2,500 each. Deed transfer negotiable. Resthaven Garden of Love 35C - 1 & 2 with vaults. Seller will split transfer fee...asking $5,000. Call Mel at 972333-4878 Old Mission. 2 spaces in Acacia currently valued @ $2,834 each. Will consider all offers. Call 316-992-2373.

One plot at rest haven, Near the road. Make offer. 620-242-3296 2 plots RestHaven Cemetery Garden of Faith. Great location! $2500 for 1 lot or $4000 for both lots. For more information please call 256-200-4259 White Chapel, 2 Adjoining lots in Christus Garden. $2,000 for both. Buyer Pays Transfer Fee. Call 316-682-1838 or email Resthaven Christus Mausoleum crypt number 8 level B, Garden of Memories. $5,000. Buyer pays transfer fee. Call Jeff 903-7179920. Single Cemetery Plot for Sale Resthaven Garden of Devotion, Wichita KS. Asking $4000. Will entertain reasonable offers. 316-640-7978 Two plots at White Chapel Memorial. Lot 271-A, spaces 3 & 4 in Sermon on the Mount. Cash only transaction at the White Chapel Office. For Details email Kenls49@ or call 316-283-1849. 2 burial lots in Garden of Love at RestHaven. Lot 76- A3 & 4. $4,000 for both .Price includes $295 Transfer Fee. Call 316-6416931

F CLEANING F Loving Touch Cleaning Husband & Wife Team. Residential cleaning. Senior, Military and referral discounts. Insured. 20+ years experience. Call for a Free Estimate. Mary 316-650-9206.

F ESTATE SALES F KC ESTATE SALES Complete estate & moving sale services. We can do the sale at your residence or place your items with another sale. Expert pricing, selling & clean-up. Packing & moving services available. Excellent results. Free consultation. Call Carolyn Moshier. 316-634-0040 CUSTOMIZED ESTATE SALES GREATER PROFITS WITH LESS STRESS Insured with 20 years experience Free Consultations 316-806-7360 Julie

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Don’t know where to start? Give us a call! Sale By Gayle Full estates, Moving &Downsizing sales. Insured & Bonded. Free Consultations Visit our website 316-838-3521 or 316-227-7640 or email

Mechanical Designer & Building Information Engineers / Wichita, KS: Coordinate drawings & models from various trades & disciplines &use BIM to identify, coordinate, and resolve construction conflicts. Design & develop mechanical systems under the supervision of company PE specifying HVAC equipment’s, Duct &Plumbing Systems. Calculate heating & cooling loads, air, water, steam & gas volumes. Research, evaluate &specify HVAC & Piping equipment. Review submittals to ensure compliance with the construction drawings & specifications. Some local travel required. Send res to Central Consolidated, Inc. 3435 West Harry St. Wichita, KS 67213

Cowboy Construction Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488


Local Affordable Electrician/Technician Electrical and Computer Services Competitive Prices. Quality Work Guaranteed. Call or Text Adam B. 316-390-0374

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

FOOT CARE IN YOUR HOME Cheryl Rosine ~ The Foot Lady ICMT RN

• 316-312-2025 • $40: In-home, Sedgwick & surrounding counties Diabetic, thick toe nails, ingrown & callous care

F FOR RENT F Teo bedroom two bathroom handicap accessible maintenance free home. one car garage. Sunnyside Village. $114,500. 316734-6065. Jan Nattier, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty SW Extra Nice 2 bdrm duplex carport. HVAC. Appliances plus W&D. Lawn Maintained. Trash paid. Non-smoking. No pets. Mature Single or couple. Deposit and References required. 316-262-1287.

F FOR SALEF STAIRLIFT Two swivel seats ACORN STAIRLIFT. Folding arm and foot rests. Seatbelts. Two tracks for two flights of steps. Key switches, Armrest and remote controls. $2,000 OBO, 316 778-1326

F FURNITUREF Furniture By Clark Palmer Quality work at a reasonable price. Pick Up & Delivery Available 250-9533

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F HELP WANTEDF Please Help! I need a smart young attorney or a “an old timer” to file and negotiate for a settlement in a straight forward uncomplicated medical mal practice case. Write to Box #23, c/o the active age, 125 S. West St, Ste 105, Wichita, KS 67213.

F HOME BASED BUSINESSF Archie's Barber Shop Boys Haircuts 11 and under $12 Middle school to high school $15 By Appt Hot Lather Neck Shaves Open Tues-Wed-Thurs 10am-6pm 1118 Waddington 316-721-1525 KS Board Certified

F HOME CARE F In-Home Services: Personal care assistance, meal preparation, housekeeping, handymen and more! Phone Chester at the Senior Employment Program, 316-267-1771 or 316-267-0302. Pre-screened, reliable help available. 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. Bathe Safe & FEEL SAFE!! We Supply & Install Top of the Line Walk-in Showers & Walk-in Tubs @ Huge DISCOUNTED PRICING!!!! 316-633-9967 "Tub to shower conversions specialist"

Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Cell 316-461-2199.


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Dave’s Improvements General Contractor KS Registration 14-006471 City License 07904

Pole Barns, Roofing, Siding, Gutters, Windows, Room Additions, Garages, Bath Remodel Senior Discount


F HOME IMPROVEMENTS F Dave’s Improvements Painting—interior/exterior. Doors and windows replaced, grab bars, wheelchair ramps. All general repairs. Guaranteed lowest rates. Senior citizen discount. Lic #7904. 316-312-2177 Marv’s Home Improvements & Repair Doors, trim, decks, ramps, patio covers, fences, siding, flooring. Painting. Honest and dependable. 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.

Heating/AC, Plumbing Light Electrical, Drywall, Painting, Tile, Basic Home Repairs Licensed & Insured 25% Senior Discount

AGAPE ROOFING Three Generations of Local Roofers Quality Work – Fair Prices Residential & Commercial

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Cowboy Construction Bathroom and kitchen remodels. Room additions. Garages and sheds. Licensed and insured. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488 Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970 From Small Home Remodels to your Home Repairs call Lucky's Handyman and Remodeling. Quality work and competitive pricing. FREE estimates! 316-796-3100.

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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…


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

Carpenter–30 Yrs Experience

Repairs & Remodeling • Trim Work Doors • Cabinets • Sheetrock • Tile Interior/Exterior Painting • Flooring


All Season Clean Up Lawn Care Quality Lawn Care • Yard Clean Up • Tree Trimming • Gutter Cleaning • Fall/ Spring raking. Free estimates, senior discounts. 316-409-8780. Christian Lawn Care Mowing-$20, verti-slicing, core-aerating, over-seeding, new lawns, mulching flower beds, fall cleanup, leaves, shrub trimming and removal, gutter cleaning, hauling. Senior discount. Steve 316-685-2145 HAULING HANDYMAN

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Perry’s Professional Lawn Service Fall cleanup. Snow Removal. Bush and hedge trimming, bed work, mulching, gutter cleaning, handyman , odd jobs and hauling. 25 years experience. Free estimates. Perry 316-339-4117. Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. If you need any of these services call Perry, 316-619-6126 Jason’s Lawn Care Fall Leaf and yard clean-ups. Now Available Call Jason. 316-469-8765.


Tree Trimming, Junk Removal, Spring & Fall Clean-Up Brock Eastman 316.765.1677


CALL DAN 316-516-3949 F LAWN AND GARDEN F Mike E. 316-708-1472 SNOW REMOVAL! Garage clean out, mowing leaf and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, roto-tilling. 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. Total yard clean-up, flower beds and bushes, tree trimming and stump grinding. Removal & Clean-up. Firewood Available for Delivery. LEAF cleanup and HAULING. Including all yard debris. 316-516-4630 or 316-838-5710

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

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F PERSONALSF Looking for male friends to go out and have fun with. Very active and likes to do things around town. Also looking for a lady friend to pal around with. 773-4825.

F SERVICES F 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 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.

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


BRICK & STONE WORK OF ANY KIND Tuck-pointing, foundation & chimney repair. Insured. Free Estimates.

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ALL AROUND TREE SERVICE Stump GRINDING & Chip Clean-up Trimming, deadwood, tree removal. Total yard, leaf clean-up & hauling. Flower beds and bushes. Free estimates. Experienced. Good prices. Insured. Tom King, 316-516-4630,316-838-5710.


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Ron Goodwin’s Painting Painting, interior/exterior. Power washing, gutter cleaning, roofing repairs, handyman services and odd jobs. 30 years experience. Senior discounts. 316-461-2510 Painting & Remodeling by Harley Worthey Interior/Exterior & Odd jobs Husband & Wife Team. BBB. Liability Insurance. 316-648-4478 McCoy Painting 316-516-6443 Do you need any interior or exterior painting done? I’m your man. Free estimates, affordable rates. References available.

Bruce’s Tree Service FIREWOOD 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. Over 30 years experience. ALL FARM & RURAL AREAS Call 316-207-8047

Alfred's Superior Tree Service 316-522-9458

pruning - tree removal - stump grinding - debris/ brush haul off - chemical sprays - emergency services - firewood - consultations - demolitions

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Rider, 77, still blazing trails on two wheels

By Jim Laney I seem to have a knack for riding on two wheels, with or without a road to follow. As a kid in the country I rode on dirt roads and trails through the pasture, built my own racetrack and jumped ditches. As a teen, my parents wouldn’t let me buy a motor scooter, so I rode a friend’s Vespa whenever possible, and later got one of my own in college. I traded it for a regular motorcycle in the late 1960s. Later I modified it to ride off-road as well as on the street. “Dirt bikes” were just coming on the market.   Moving to Wichita, I got a street bike in 1970. After a city bus pulled in front of me from a side street, almost causing a serious collision, I took a friend’s advice and got my first “Enduro” bike, which was a dirt bike also licensed for street riding. He invited me to vacation with him in southwest Colorado and we rode the Jeep trails in the beautiful mountains around Silverton and Ouray.​ ​My young family fell in love with the mountains. In a few years our kids were old enough to enjoy the mountain trails, but we couldn’t all fit on a bike. So we got a Jeep, and I ​reluctantly​ took a 30-year vacation from dirt biking​ as we continued “four-wheeling.” Then one day in my sixty-eighth

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year I was in Moab, Utah, hitting the area’s epic trails in a Jeep when I saw them: two guys, 70 and 72 years old, out-riding some younger guys on dirt bikes. If they could ride, so could I!  I picked up a good used dirt bike. It took months of practice, but the old skills came back. Well, most of them. My stamina and coordination aren’t what they used to be. There are some difficult trails I no longer ride. But at 77, I am still riding.  ​Things have changed since the 1970s. The bikes are much improved. And the protective gear, which was almost nonexistent in the early 70s, makes the riding much safer. I have suffered some scrapes and bruises, but no broken bones. If you are interested, there are trails suited for all skill levels. And in the process you can increase your skills. Just don’t tell yourself you are too old. I know of at least a couple of guys older than me who are still riding, and a couple of female riders about 50 years of age. And we are a very diverse group. I have met trail riders from all walks of life. There are few trails in the Wichita area, but there are some interesting ones near Junction City, Manhattan

and in northern Oklahoma. I have connected with many fellow riders on a website called “ThumperTalk,” which has a dirt bike discussion forum and even a thread for “Over the Hill” Some of us have met in Colorado in September and Utah in April for week-long rides.

Jim Laney, center, pauses with fellow riders at Cinnamon Pass ( Elevation 12,640 feet) in San Juan County, Colo. Laney can be reached at If you have a “My Story” to tell, email

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Briefs New Nutcracker

Friends University is presenting a new, full-length production of The Nutcracker that "is not your grandma’s Nutcracker." Andrea Vazquez-Aguirre, new director of the dance program, has choreographed the work to the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s classic 1960 recording of Billy Strayhorn’s Nutcracker Suite, along with selections from David Berger’s Harlem Nutcracker (1996).   The Ellington Nutcracker will... celebrating "the elegant American tradition of jazz, with its roots in the fusion of European and African musical elements,” she said. Friends students and other dancers from the community will share the stage with four guest performers from New Mexico and New York City. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15, and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and Dec. 15 in Riney Fine Arts Center. Tickets, which sell out each year, are $16 for adults and $13 for students and seniors 60+. Another Friends holiday tradition, the Christmas Candlelight Concert, is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 in Riney. It features the Friends University Singing

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Holiday spirit at WAM

The Wichita Art Museum hosts two free family-oriented events this month. From 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, WAM’s annual Holiday Open House offers refreshments, live music, dance performances and a chance to visit with Santa Claus. Then for post-Christmas fun, WAM holds its Winter Art Mania from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, Thursday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Dec. 28. Each day features a different family movie, a chance to create a project in the museum’s Living Room or check out the Art Studio. All galleries and exhibitions are open, too. “Think visiting grandchildren and long days after the holiday,” a WAM spokesperson said.

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way Singers” for this year’s December Dreams concert. That’s because they’re opening with “Try to Remember” from The Fantasticks, which has the longest run of any Off-Broadway show. Other dreamy tunes will include “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman, “When you Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio, a White Christmas medley, “Christmas Time is Here” from Charlie Brown, “Somewhere in

My Memory” from Home Alone and more. The concert is at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Independent School auditorium, 8317 E. Douglas. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted. The Wichita Broadway Singers started as a class at the Center for the Arts and some members have been singing together for 26 years.

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GraceMed & Medicare: Together we’ve got you covered. At GraceMed, we welcome new Medicare patients. Yes, we know not everyone does. But we always will. We are a private, nonprofit health clinic dedicated to making the highest quality care accessible to everyone. Including Medicare patients. You can use your Medicare plan to cover both medical and vision care at GraceMed. You can get dental care at a cost that can be adjusted based on your income. And if you’re one of our patients, we can even fill many of your prescriptions at our in-house, discount pharmacy.

We currently care for about 3,000 Medicare patients. But there’s plenty of room for more. Especially now that Internal Medicine Residents from the KU School of Medicine-Wichita are seeing patients right alongside our staff. And the quality of care we provide has earned GraceMed the highest recognition of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). So welcome to GraceMed, Medicare patients. Your care will always be our privilege to deliver. Your trust will be our honor to uphold.

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