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By Joe Stumpe Lisa Hittle discovered jazz as a seventh grader in Winfield. It wasn’t just the swing and soul of what’s been called America’s only original art form, it was the chance to do something creative with others. “The jazz band gave me a place where I fit and belonged,” Hittle, a saxophonist and Friends University professor, said. Hittle has spent the last three decades creating something similar at Friends, turning one not-verygood jazz band into a multi-faceted, award-winning program. She’s retiring May 31, but will first oversee the 26th annual Friends University Jazz Festival, which she started as a recruiting tool for those students. The Feb. 15-16 festival is built around two days of clinics for some

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Lisa Hittle tutors students in one of Friends University’s jazz combos. She also works year round on the Friends annual jazz festival, which takes place this month.

850 high school, junior high and junior college students from around Kansas. It concludes with a concert at the Crowne Uptown Theatre featuring The Four Freshmen, an international touring group. Also performing will be the Friends Jazz Vocal and the Friends University Alumni Big Band, a group Hittle put together just for the occa-

sion. “We talk a lot in my program about it being family,” Hittle said. Indeed, when citing influences, Hittle names not just musical greats but a certain former football coach, known for his family-oriented approach and "16 goals for success." See Jazz, page 7

A second chance at love By Amy Houston There is life after divorce or the death of a longtime spouse. This Valentine’s Day, three couples will celebrate the new partners who helped them find love when they least expected it. Rick and Faye Thornton It took time after they met – and some good-natured pushing from friends – for Rick and Faye Thornton to begin dating. Faye was an administrative assistant whose husband died in May 2005. When he was sick, he bought a house in Valley Center because he had children in the area. That’s what brought Faye from Houston to Valley Center. Rick was a Methodist minister whose wife died in November 2005.

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‘Farm girl’ looks back on 107 years

By Joe Stumpe Don’t expect Edna Hall to single out one remarkable day from her remarkably long life. “My life was all pretty interesting,” Hall, who will turn 107 on Jan. 31, said. “I was a farm girl and there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do on a farm.” She might keep a walker handy these days, but Hall has a firm grip, vivid memory and mischievous laugh. Born in McPherson County, near Conway, in 1912, when William Howard Taft was in the White House and World War I had not yet started, Edna moved with her family to a farm outside Dighton when she was about two years old. She was the fifth of seven children who rode a horse-and-buggy to school five miles every day. She milked cows before school and drove a cultivator hitched to four horses to tend her father’s cornfields. “My dad didn’t have a tractor ‘til way late,” she recalled. The dust storms that hit Kansas in the 1930s were another character builder. Airborne soil piled up like snow drifts in and around everything. “We didn’t have air conditioning. We didn’t have running water, except what came through the windmill. It (dust) came in the house through the windows. All you could do was take gunny sacks, get them wet and hang them in the windows.” Hall married in her twenties and moved onto a farm that had been in her husband’s family since the 1880s. An old tinted photograph of it hangs in her apartment in the Kansas Masonic Home today, showing a big white farmhouse and barn linked by a picket fence, standing astride a dirt road and green fields. Her husband, Freeman, farmed. They raised three See 107 years, page 3

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the active age news. She taught a boy’s Sunday school class for years. “And you know what, they all turned out really good.”

boys. She cooked food from the family’s huge garden, sewed, coped with war-time rations and made her sons learn all the household chores a daughter might have performed. Edna took jobs in town to help make ends meet. She worked as a night telephone operator when that device was new to Dighton, a town of about 1,000 people in western Kansas. “When you work for the telephone office at night, you learn a lot. I can’t tell you everything,” she said, letting the thought trail off with a giggle. She worked as a receptionist for a doctor and as an “office girl” at the Dighton Herald newspaper. Photo By Joe Stumpe “Every week, I called Long-time Dighton resident Edna Hall has lived everybody in town for at the Kansas Masonic Home since October.

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Most of Dighton turned out for Edna’s 100th birthday. She donned a leather jacket and hopped on the back of her nephew’s motorcycle for a block-long ride to a party at her church. Edna bowled nearly every night and drove herself around Dighton in a Buick until the age of 103. Back problems finally put an end to that, and her family moved her to Wichita in October, worried that she was becoming isolated. Her longevity is not a complete surprise. One her of sisters lived until she was 103 and two brothers reached the century mark. Asked what physicians think of her, Edna says she has rarely seen one. Unless a nosy reporter shows up, she doesn’t seem to spend a lot of time thinking about the past. Is there anything she wishes she could have done

differently? “I would if I could, but I’m not wishing it.” She has four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1988. “She just says ‘Don’t stop, don’t give up,” said her son, Neal, who lives in Wichita and looks in on her most days. Edna says she’ll spend her birthday “just like always.” Maybe Neal and she will play a game of marbles called “Aggravation.” She would rather be back in Dighton. She’s brought family photos and a little of her glass collection to Wichita, but most of her belongings remain in her home in western Kansas. “I’ve still got my car keys,” she said. “I’ve still got my license, and I’ve still got my car.” Contact Joe Stumpe at Joe@theactiveage.com.

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The active age readers sound off on donations and Doris When I sat down to mail you a check in August I discovered when looking for your address that your suggested in-state donation was $30. On the same page 4 of August 2018 issue Diana Wolfe wrote that it costs $20,000 a month to print and mail 58,000 copies (about 35 cents a copy or $4.30 for a year). I know that you have said that only a small percent (4 to 5 percent) actually donate. How many of the people who don’t donate actually cannot afford to send in anything? How many who don’t donate think ‘Why pay? I get it for free anyway.’ How many look at that $30 suggested minimum donation or the $25 minimum of your mailer and feel badly that they can’t meet the minimum asked? Or how many look at the numbers and suggested donation amount and think

To the Editor ‘I don’t mind paying my share or for someone who really can’t afford it but why should I pay for others who can afford it and just don’t?’ All this went through my head and it was easy just to put it aside. I know fundraising is difficult. How about mentioning how good it feels to pay your share. How if everyone gives a little it adds up to a lot. How if everyone who gets an issue donate $6 (50 cents times 12) it would add up to over four times your goal of $85,000. How about lowering your suggested donation? How about starting with $6 instead of $25 or $30? Those who give will probably still give more.

And those who don’t give may be more likely to donate if they see a number that they actually can meet. And how good it feels if not only you can meet the minimum asked but can check the higher asked. I don’t know if I speak for others. I do know several have mentioned that when they saw the minimum other charities started with they immediately tossed it. So perhaps making a change in the minimum would make a difference. Just wanted to give you some feedback from one reader who enjoys your publication. Judy Roberts, Wichita I really enjoyed that article about Doris Buss in your January issue. (It’s historical articles like that that I find most interesting.) Actually I first came across the Doris Buss name when I was writing articles on old time radio and TV for Active Aging back about 2012 -2013. She was part of live radio entertainment on both KFH and KANS.

I have never met this Mr. Blankenship. But please tell him I enjoyed his article. Oh - and I would not object if you were to decide that your articles on Wichita history (such as the Doris Buss article) could be expanded to, say, 1500 to 1800 words. Charles Frodsham, Beloit I miss the pictures or stories of people’s birthday or anniversary. I sent a card if there was an address. You became too modern. It was better before. We’re old, live with it. I don’t want to be 20 again! Mr. and Mrs. Bruce D. Simmons, Derby


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Kansas League of Women Voters urges transparency This month, I turn this space over to a column by Teresa Briggs and Cille King, co-presidents of the League of Women Voters of Kansas. The issue is one that should be important to all Kansans as a new governor and Legislature begin work in Topeka. They write: In its 2017-18 series “Why So Secret Kansas,” The Kansas City Star found that our state government is one of the least transparent in the nation. These secrecy tools remain intact: anonymous bills, unrecorded votes, gut-and-go, and majority-party leadership controls. All bills introduced in Kansas should contain the name(s) of the originator(s), like in most states. The Star found that “more than 90 percent” of our laws “passed in the last decade” were anonymous. This secre-

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Kansas legislators too frequently use a device called “gut and go” to avoid the two-chamber process. Gut-and-go, which strips a bill of its content and replaces it with a completely unrelated measure, may be a useful tool for passing a crucial omnibus bill, or legislation that has already been heard. Unfortunately, Kansas legislators have made a practice of using it to quickly introduce and pass controversial legislation. Finally, we need rules changes for how chairs and committees are selected and on scheduling. Rules should not be so partisan that they allow majority leadership and committee chairs to single-handedly and secretively pre-

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Silver Haired Legislature targets agencies in addition to lawmakers By Don Woodard Most of the Silver Haired Legislature's resolutions are written to alert the state Legislature that an issue is an important one for senior citizens. However, we sometimes do not intend to submit a bill before the Legislature if we can get cooperation from the state agency involved with the issue. An example would be the development of a statewide transportation system to assist the aging population in

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getting to medical appointments and hospital services anywhere in the state. Years ago, the Silver Haired Legislature would submit a bill to have such a system established by the state Legislature. It became obvious after several attempts that such bills were not going Don Woodard to pass even in the committees. So we began to meet with the head of the Kansas Department on Transportation, figuring our efforts were better placed than trying to move bills through the Legislature. We still attempt to capitalize on our population numbers, meaning we represent more than 500,000 citizens. We started to have some influence with the department and they began to develop a statewide transportation system for senior citizens, placing emphasis on medical needs. We have department heads come to our annual session in October and give us an update. We have not introduced any such

bills in the past seven years since I have been the Speaker. This is the same approach we took in dealing with the Department on Children and Families when they were ignoring the rights of grandparents attempting to become legal guardians of their grandchildren or to adopt their grandchildren. We were having real success in dealing with former DCF Secretary Gina Meir-Hummel. We will have to start over with the new secretary but I believe that is the proper method to accomplish our goals. Last session, there were 462 bills introduced in the Senate and 799 in the House. With only a small percentage ever getting a committee hearing, and even less becoming actual legislation, you can see why we have embraced this approach. It has become easier for us to win the support of state legislators who are willing to fight for our causes by impacting the budgets of the state departments that deal with senior issues and programs. We were especially successful in getting $2.9 million restored for the Kansas Senior Care Act. Rather than introduce a bill to restore that lost funding, which would have never gotten a committee hearing, we had legislators add the money into the

appropriate department’s budget. We did the same thing with the funding for grandparents’ rights when we needed DCF to give relatives the same financial considerations that nonrelatives were being granted in the foster care and adoption process. We couldn’t get a committee hearing for a bill providing money but we got legislators to allocate $5 million towards “kindred care” during the budget process. We don’t need to introduce many of our issues because other organizations have the same agenda and objectives regarding such issues as legalizing medical marijuana, eliminating the sales tax on food items, expanding Medicaid and legalizing sports betting. Fortunately, Gov. Laura Kelly’s agenda is very close to that of the Silver Haired Legislature. I just have to be prepared to offer testimony in favor of them. Editor’s note: Don Woodard is speaker of the Silver Haired Legislature, which represents the interest of Kansas seniors in Topeka. In January 2018, he presented nine resolutions approved by the 2018 Silver Haired Legislature to Gov. Laura Kelly and the House Committee on Children and Seniors. In this column, Woodard, who’s from Auburn in rural Shawnee County, explains the organization’s strategy.

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her son, Nathan, a piano player and Friends graduate who’s now a lawyer in Virginia. Hittle hopes to perform more than ever after May, stressing that her retirement is only from Friends. Her biggest goal, which may come as a surprise to anyone who’s heard her play: get better on the saxophone. Hittle says her own playing has taken a back seat to instruction and administrative work. The teacher is ready to become the student again. “I have so far to go.”

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“Bill Snyder’s a big hero of mine,” she said. “We really try to improve every single rehearsal, get better and better. I also try to make it fun. That’s why we play music. If you take the fun out of it, what’s the point?” Both of Hittle’s parents were musical, her father played the trombone and mother performed on the piano and organ at weddings and funerals. She majored in music at K-State, leaving one semester short of graduation to go on the road with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. After returning to Manhattan to finish her degree, she moved to Vancouver, where she taught privately and played gigs. She moved to Wichita in 1980. Hittle taught at Bethel College one year and did a two-year residency with the Wichita public schools. She earned a degree in musical education from Wichita State University and then a master’s degree in clarinet performance, largely because she wanted to study under Dr. Jim Jones. She went to talk to Cecil Riney longtime director of fine arts at Friends, and landed a job teaching music theory.

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Workshops – Daytime Feb. 15-16. More than 35 middle school, high school and junior college bands take turns performing in three locations in the Riney Fine Arts Center at Friends University, as part of clinics conducted by professional musicians. The sessions are free and open to the public. Headliner Concert - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. The Four Freshman, a vocal and instrumental group perform at the Crown Uptown Theatre. Also appearing are a band comprised of alumni from Friends’ jazz program and the school’s jazz vocal ensemble. Tickets are $10-$50 and can be purchased at crownuptown.com or by calling the theater at (316) 612-7696. For more information on this event, visit friends. edu/jazzfest.

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Lisa Hittle, center, with Friends Univeristy Graduates “The place just felt right. Cecil Riney was so supportive.” However, the school’s jazz band – which Hittle soon took over – needed a lot of work. In fact, she recalled, “It was so bad that kids who could play didn’t want to play in it.” Starting a jazz festival where young musicians from around Kansas could get instruction and inspiration from professional musicians was one move she made. Another was finding the money for scholarships, including partial scholarships for non-music majors. “That’s one of the cool things about Friends,” she said. “Some of my best players have not been music majors. They’re now doctors and lawyers and all kind of things.” The late oilman Carl Sebits funded scholarships for the jazz program, along with a new wing for the music building and stipends for guest instructors. The festival and jazz program really took off after one of Hittle’s favorite performers, trumpeter Clark Terry, headlined the festival in 2000. Today, students can get a music degree with a jazz concentration. More than 50 students perform in one of the school’s two big bands, smaller jazz combo or jazz vocal ensemble. Hittle found one more way to make the jazz program attractive to

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students and entertaining for the general public: paying gigs. She’s a regular performer at Wichita venues such as YaYa’s and Larkspur, often with a group containing Friends students. “That’s been a huge recruiting tool and pretty uncommon,” she said. Hittle keeps in touch with many former students and is looking forward to dinner with alumni from at least nine states during the festival. One is


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Dale Strattman brings 'clusters of ideas' to CityArts New exhibit was 45 years in the making By Mike Dwyer Ten years ago, in Dale Strattman’s th 65 year, CityArts held a retrospective of his black-and-white, silver gelatin print photographs. Since then, several exhibitions of a topical nature – on women, on children, on angels – have pushed Strattman’s work into something more conceptual. His current show, “Clusters of Related Ideas,” also at CityArts, represents a step in that path. The show, containing more than a 100 works, is open to the public through Saturday, Feb. 16, at CityArts,

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“The retrospective was 10 years ago,” Dale Strattman said of his last show at CityArts. “This one’s an introspective.”

334 N. Mead St. A closing reception and artist talk will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Folks suffering mid-winter doldrums just might find a cure in these striking images. Strattman says the exhibit’s title “is simply what the show is.” Perusing recent work in search of a theme, he observed that certain visual elements – curves, angles, shapes – appeared often throughout his career. Photographs taken years apart suddenly became part of larger themes. Indeed, some pieces fit into more than one cluster, something view-

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ers may notice as they move through the exhibit. Strattman taught art from 1972 to 2013, first as a teacher at West, Northwest and Northwest Magnet high schools, then at Tabor College and finally as an adjunct instructor at Wichita State University. His work has appeared at the Ulrich Museum other area galleries, benefit auctions throughout Kansas. Strattman donates all proceeds of his sales. In the case of the current show, CityArts will benefit. Strattman’s 45 years of analog photography experience inform every print. He shoots with a large format Zone VI View Camera and develops the photographs in a darkroom in his basement, producing subtle blacks, silvery greys and a clarity difficult to achieve by other means. Silver, a precious metal, is the core of the process. Silver salts are suspended in a gelatin emulsion and applied to a flat surface, becoming the light-sensitive material to make a black-andwhite photographic image. Prior to the digital age, this was the norm for making photographs, Strattman said. However, now it is primarily used as a fine art medium and has evolved into a process that few photographers use. “The clarity and directness of the silver gelatin print has fascinated me for most of my artistic life,” he said. “Its unique beauty is unparalleled.”

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'Reality-based' TV renovation shows mostly fantasy By Ted Blankenship Watch some of those cable shows where they “flip” houses (no they don’t toss them on their roofs), and you’ll discover that the laundry room is an important part of the modern household. You don’t have to wash or dry anything there, but it has to be well designed. The rest of the house can be a dump, but you’ll be washing dirty underwear in a special place. It’s a room that can be nicer than some living rooms. In it is a sparkling washer and dryer (stacked, not spread out) along with splendid shelves for towels and such. You won’t find a clothesline stretched between two T-shaped posts in the back yard. The laundry room is often next to the mud room. It’s not where you store mud. It’s where you remove boots, galoshes and other assorted pieces of outerwear before going into the kitchen. The kitchen must have an island with enough room around it to seat all the members of the PTA plus a high school football team. The counters will be of granite imported from Brazil. If you’re from Brazil, naturally you’ll import granite from the U.S. Most of the walls are removed so that the household cook (if there is one) can see all the way to the living

'The kitchen must have an island with enough room around it to seat all the members of the PTA plus a high school football team. ' room without opening any doors. We aren’t told what there is to see there. Some of these walls are bound to be “load bearing” as they say on HGTV, and removing them will not only let you see through the house, but may allow the roof to fall down on you. To avoid this, the roof is held up with expensive beams that must be hidden above the ceiling. Then fake beams are installed below the ceiling to improve the décor. That can cause a mess in the expanded living room but can also be a good thing because the roof usually needs to be replaced anyway. All appliances must be removed and replaced with stainless steel ones. These gleaming beauties aren’t really “stainless” of course. They attract finger prints and splotches from spilled milk

and dribbled mayo. If there is a fireplace, it must be converted to gas or electricity so that it glows enough to enhance the decor but

not enough to keep anyone warm. If it is made of brick, an outmoded material, it is painted white or covered with gray tile. Most remodeled houses will have wiring that was installed by Thomas Edison, so the house will need new electrical wiring and new copper water pipes. They work just like the old stuff, and they keep the city’s building inspector happy. Mold and mildew will have to be removed by an expensive crew dressed in plastic or you will be wearing a mask to bed. But when it’s done, you’ll have a house just the way you want it and it will cost only a little more than building a new one.

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Wichita Symphony Orchestra at 75: One fan’s view By Helen Bullock A classical violinist playing on stage in bright red shoes? What is this? Oh, yes, it’s the Wichita Symphony Orchestra’s “Wizard of Oz” movie/ concert with its story of Dorothy trying to get back to Kansas by clicking the heels of her new red slippers. Another night and Maestro

Daniel Hege is conducting the orchestra dressed like Harry Potter, along with many in the audience. Well, of course. It›s the “Harry Potter Music Concert.” This is the WSO heading into its 75th anniversary season, showing off fun new looks while still performing great classical music. Symphony CEO Don Reinhold isn’t exaggerating when TRUST HomeCare is a home healthcare agency Home Health Aides schedule he calls the upcoming “one People you providing our community with Home Health • FMS or AGENCY DIRECT blockbuster after another.” can TRUST. Aides (HHAs),listCertified Nurses Assistants (CNAs), Medical First on Alerts my personal must-see companionship, is “South Pacific,” a Feb. 5 production homemaker services and personal • Agency Direct. • We provide a customized care plan. Medication Dispensers care in collaboration with Musicsolutions Theatreincluding Activities of Daily Living • We provide a customized care plan. people you can TRUST Courtesy Photo Wichita, led by Wayne(ADLs) Bryan.and Medical Alert/Medication Dispenser • The well-being, dignity, and safety of Guest conductor Peter Bay exits the stage after perfomance by the Wichita Nursing Next isServices “Rachmaninoff: The Com• The well-being, dignity, and safety our clients is our priority. Systems. Symphony Orchestra plete Piano Concertos,” played over of our clients is our priority. - Home Health Aides twoDirect days onService a new Steinway April 13-14. Bring out Ensembles from the orchestra have Agency We areconcert much more affordable than medical care,your costumes - Medical Alerts grand piano by an outstanding piaMay living 4 for facilities. “May theWhy Fourth played in off-beat (for a symphony) nursing homes or assisted pay Be With C a l l- Medication ( 3 1 6 ) 6 8 3Dispensers -7700 when you Wine need Dive us, and nist, de /laFMS Salle. She will perform You: The Music Star Wars.”• We are available venues such as Mike’s Self Lise Direct a medical staff or be on a medical staff ’sofschedule Nursing Services info@trusthomecare.com Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, plus affordable info@trusthomecare.com On the Thursday morning before local24 brewpubs. Before the “The Wiz/ 7 /365. when we can provide care at your own - Agency Direct Service Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 on Friday, classical concerts, in the Founder’s ard of Oz” show, young actors from w w w- .CNAs t r u s t h o m e c a r e . c o m Sleep Cycle Support schedule? www.trusthomecare.com Feb. 15, and Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & Room at Century II, there is a treat for Wichita Children’s Theatre performed - Sleep Cycle Support 3 on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 17. music lovers called “Inside the Muscenes from the movie in the lobby. On March 16-17, the WSO celesic with Daniel.” For an hour, Hege According to Reinhold, “We want TRUST HomeCare, LLC brates the 50th anniversary of the lunar describes each composition in the upthe audience members to experience 6224 E Shadybrook St., Wichita, KS 67208 landing with “A Film with Orchestra: coming concert and answers questions. the concert the minute they walk in 316.683.7700 Moonrise.” He plays excerpts and often tells the door.” info@trusthomecare.com That’s followed by one of the amusing anecdotes about the lives of Then there are the Symphony’s www.trusthomecare.com greatest symphonic works of all time: each composer. Young People’s Concerts, three days Available 24 / 7 / 365 "Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony" on Reinhold has been with WSO for of two performances each, held twice seven years, helping expand its attenyear. It sounds incredible but these dance and artistic horizons. One way is short, fun concerts geared for 4th and through what he calls a “great growth 5th graders are attended by 24,000 in multimedia performance-including Wichita-area students each year. movies, photography and collaborating with other local organizations such Helen Bullock is on the board of the Womas Music Theatre Wichita, Wichita en’s Association of the Wichita Symphony, Children’s Theatre, acrobatic artists, which helps support the Young People’s performers and even an astronomer.” Concerts and other aspects of the WSO.

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By Diana Morton February promises to be an excellent month for a warm escape into a live stage production in Wichita. Find yourself taken away into another magical world of a play or a musical. Intermission often offers an opportunity for a glass of wine and a sweet treat – a good way to chase away the winter blues. Forum Theatre, at the Wilke Center, 1st United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. The All Night Strut, Swing’s the thing in this classy, sassy musical extravaganza celebrating the American experience from The Dirty 30s to the Post-War Boom. Weaving together the work of legendary songwriters such as Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway, and the Gershwins, this delightfully playful story moves through time and place to put a spotlight on a slick slice of yesteryear. Get set to dance in your seats! 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, Feb 14-Mar 3 (no shows Feb 21 and 22). Tickets $23$25. Opening night ticket $18 Nov. 29

Roxy’s Downtown, 412 E. Douglas, cabaret-style theatre. The Golden Girls; Season 4. Thank you for being a friend! Due to the overwhelming success of past productions and audience requests, the show has been renewed for a fourth season with the antics of those four mature women living in Miami experiencing the joys and angst of their golden years. Wichita favorites include Monte Wheeler, Kyle Vesp-


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Project Wichita eyes convention and arts center The leaders of Project Wichita sound like they’re ready to make a push for something big to be done with or to Century II. In the civic development effort’s most recent news release, the section on “Quality of Place” calls for a “world-class facility to highlight our exceptional performing arts” and a “state-of-the-art convention center to host local, regional and national events.” Also on the wish list: “A spectacular gathering spot in the heart of the city serving as a destination for all locals and visitors alike” – although it’s unclear whether this would be connected with the convention center and performing arts facility. The proposals are some of the more concrete measures mentioned in the update, which otherwise advocates goals such as “attract and grow talent” to the area, “improve the strength of local neighborhoods and communities,” and “grow jobs and existing business.” Launched a year ago, Project Wichita is an effort to spur and direct growth in the region.

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Armed services Vets answer call as volunteers

Many veterans find new ways to serve after hanging up their uniforms, as can be seen by winners of KPTS Veterans Coming Home Service Awards. The awards are part of a national PBS program to recognize veterans who make a difference in their communities. David Mark Kennedy of Haysville received the highest award – the Robert J. Dole Distinguished Service Award. Kennedy spent 33 years as a radio relay operator, recruiter and noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army and Kansas National Guard, including stints in Iran, Germany, the Ukraine and Armenia. But Kennedy considers his current position – as a VFW Veterans Service Officer for the state of Kansas – just as important as he tries to help other veterans get the

benefits they are entitled to. A father of three and grandfather of 10, he’s active in the VFW and enjoys spending time on his ranch. Teri Kasperek of Wichita and Raymond Miller of Hutchinson were recognized for their volunteer work. Kasperek was a member of the Women’s Army Corp from 1966-68. She volunteers with RSVP. and the Sedgwick County Zoo, logging 2,838 hours with the zoo since 2011 and being named its volunteer of the year for 2018. Miller was a Marine from 19481952 who fought in the battle of the Chosin Reservoir in Korea, receiving two purple hearts and other medals. He volunteers at his church and is active in veterans’ organizations and car clubs.

Patty Gnefkow and Howard Hutchinson, both of Wichita, were recipients of awards for nonprofit businesses that serve veterans. Through Vetto-Vet Support Command, Inc., and Veteran Providers of Sedgwick County, both provide veterans with Courtesy Photo a variety of rePatty Gnefkow, David Mark Kennedy, Teri Kasperek, sources that help Raymond Miller and Howard Hutchinson receive Veterans them transition Coming Home Service Awards. to civilian life.

By Marc Bennett You may have read recently that Congress is taking aim at unsolicited “robocalls.” The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED) would strengthen the ability of the Federal Communications Commission to stop illegal robocalls. This is important because scammers have really taken to the use of robocalls. The Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the District Attorney

routinely receives calls from concerned consumers that they have received calls threatening lawsuits, fees, fines, Marc Bennett or arrests for any number of made-up issues. Ominous sounding recorded threats such as, “This is your credit card company. We have made several attempts to contact you about your delinquent payments. This is the last warning,” scare people

into sharing personal information. If you receive such a call, hang up and contact your credit card company by way of their regular customer service number which is usually located on the back of your card. Remember to never provide your personal information (SSN, bank acct or credit card #) over the phone. The scammers can use your credit card information to make online purchases, bank account information to make withdrawals from your accounts and

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your SSN to set up fake credit cards in your name and run up charges. Also, warn your friends and family. No one is immune to scams. Anyone can be taken in.

Marc Bennett, marc.bennett@sedgwick.gov, is the Sedgwick County District Attorney. If you have been the victim of a consumer fraud violation or know about a possible fraudulent scheme, call the Consumer Protection Division, 316-660-3600, or email consumer@sedgwick.gov.

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From Page 1 He said he clearly remembers the day he met Faye, who was working at an Edward Jones office in Valley Center. “She was sitting behind the desk – had a big smile,” he recalled. The next time they saw each other was spring 2007 at a meeting for Advocates to End Chronic Homelessness at Inter-Faith Ministries. They ran into each other in various places – a garage sale in Kechi, a restaurant in Wichita. A woman in Faye’s Sunday school class at church also knew Rick, and in 2008 she suggested to him that he and Faye would make a good couple. When she learned a few months later that he hadn’t called Faye, she exclaimed, “What is wrong with you?!” By fall 2008, both were regularly attending the meetings regarding homelessness. In May 2009, Rick received a call from a man who attended Aldersgate United Methodist Church, where Rick was on staff. The man also knew Faye, who was a colleague at an office in Wichita. He told Rick that it was Faye’s birthday. Rick called Faye at work, and when she answered, he sang the “Happy Birthday” song.

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“And in Valley she said, Center, ‘Who is and they this?" Rick attend recalled. the high They school both laugh footat the ball and memory. basketball Rick took games. Faye out They like for a birthto travel, day dinner and they that night. feed the They behungry gan seeing once a each other, month at and in the Lord’s June 2009, Courtesy Photo Diner. he invited Joe and Arletta Perrie take music classes together. “We her to a barstay busy,” becue he was throwing for friends. Faye said. “We hardly ever are home in They married in December 2009 at an evening.” Aldersgate. Joe and Arletta Perrie “It seemed like it went really fast, Joe and Arletta Perrie met at a seand it was quick, but at the same time nior dance at Linwood Senior Center it felt right,” Faye said. “I feel fortunate in Wichita. Joe summoned the courage to have found somebody. I didn’t think to attend the Saturday night dance I wanted anybody, but it was a natural after feeling discouraged at a previous thing. It worked out perfect.” dance. Rick, 76, has two children and “I didn’t think it went very well,” Faye, 67, has three. They share eight he said. “I just went home, and I grandkids. A grandson lives with them thought about it and decided to give it another try.” He sat near the door, but he noticed Arletta dancing.

“She kind of caught my eye because she had a beautiful smile,” he said. Arletta and her friend, Mary, saw Joe as well and realized he would not venture farther into the room. They went to the restroom and when they returned, they sat near Joe. They conversed and learned that Arletta had grown up on a farm in Oklahoma, while Joe was raised on a tobacco farm in Maryland. Each had been widowed – Arletta’s husband died of a heart attack in 1985, and Joe’s wife died of cancer in 2004. Joe and Arletta married in 2005. Arletta said she didn’t feel like she had to have another husband, but she thought it would be nice. She prayed that if she met someone, they would both know it was right. “You’re still a whole person even if you don’t have a spouse,” she said. At first, she felt concerned that since Joe hadn’t been single as long as she had, he might regret that he didn’t date more women. “He said, ‘Well, I’ve been through the casserole brigade," she recalled. Joe said multiple single women brought him casseroles after his wife died. He had learned to cook when she was sick, and that’s something the Perries now enjoy doing together. They also started taking keyboard See next page

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classes together in 2007. Now Arletta, 80, plays a Lowrey organ and Joe, 83, plays guitar. He retired from the Air Force and civil service and she is a retired teacher. They love to travel, and they still go dancing occasionally. They give each other space to pursue their own interests, too. Arletta likes water aerobics while Joe prefers pickleball. Joe has four children while Arletta has three, and they share multiple grandkids and great-grandkids. They said their families supported their marriage. The Perries talked about the logistics ahead of time – how to combine their households, how to manage finances and what their wishes were if they died. They communicated those plans to their families so no one would be surprised. “My thought for things is, we’re not perfect but we’re perfect for each other,” she said. Floyd and Marilyn Hansen When Floyd and Marilyn Hansen went to dinner for the first time, it was an awkward evening. That’s because the two had known each other for years, and Marilyn was a close friend of Floyd’s late wife, Bernita. Floyd and Bernita were married 41 years, until her death from cancer in 1993. He eventually invited Marilyn, who was divorced, to dinner. She recalled that he told her “he was only looking for companionship.” “I found it, too, didn’t I?” he recently said with a laugh. A couple of weeks after that first outing, Floyd called again. Marilyn invited him and some other friends to dinner. “Some other friends – who advised her not to become involved,” Floyd

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recalled with a chuckle. Marilyn made up excuses about why she couldn’t go out, but Floyd was persuasive. “It didn’t take long,” she admitted. “I was embarrassed that I let myself be swept up. When I realized he was wooing me and kind of succeeding, I felt so guilty. … He was my best friend’s husband. How could I do that to her?” What Marilyn didn’t know is that Bernita had made a list of five potential spouses for Floyd, and her name was included. Floyd underwent heart bypasses while Bernita was battling cancer, and they talked about their uncertain future. “Both of us encouraged the other to consider remarriage,” he said. Floyd and Marilyn had been in each other’s homes and had known each other’s children for years. Their families were receptive and welcoming when the duo married in February 1994. Floyd was executive director of EMPAC, a nonprofit organization in Wichita, and Marilyn was the Sedgwick County election commissioner. “Financially it made sense to live in his big house,” she said. “My place was too small.” “I have advised my friends not to do that,” she added. “It was a long time

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before I really felt at home there.” She had to adjust from feeling like she was living in Floyd and Bernita’s house. They eventually made some changes to the home so it would be their own. “I think it’s easier the second time around,” Floyd said. “The challenges are different.” He pointed out that they both have more time since they’re not as focused on their careers. They’re more mature and thoughtful now. He said that in retirement, they’re doing things they had always wanted or planned. “Maybe that’s more fulfilling,” he said. Floyd, 86, said they had to determine which parts of their lifestyles should be separate and which should be blended together. He said that in a second marriage, couples might

encounter problems they have faced before and are better equipped to avoid the same mistakes. Marilyn, 82, isn’t sure about that. “You just make different ones,” she said. The pair stays busy in clubs and organizations and enjoy traveling together. Floyd has two children, four grandkids, four great-grandkids and one on the way. Marilyn has one deceased child, three living children and four grandkids. Marilyn said it’s important to accept early on that, as a new couple, people won’t do things they way they always did. “We’ve tried. It doesn’t work,” she said with a chuckle. “I always say you need to celebrate your differences,” she continued. “I know we do. That keeps us sane.”

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Look out for ‘elder orphans’ in our community By Monica Cissell “Orphan” is probably not a term that comes to mind when you think of an older adult. But the concept of “elder orphan” or “solo ager” has come into use today when describing an older adult who is aging alone, without family or friends to assist them. Maintaining independence and moving through life’s changes can be difficult without support, especially for those dealing with chronic diseases and financial challenges. According to a 2016 study by the Long Island Jewish Medical Center,

22 percent of older adults fall into this category. The reasons include never having married or having children, a mental condition and family rejection due to personal choices. An elder orphan may have trouble managing the complex medical regimen recommended by their doctor. Stressors include the inability to pay for utilities, a lack of transportation, a shortage of food or housing issues. Often, health care professionals realize that these

elder orphans are not following their medical advice. Helping address some of these issues may allow them to better focus on their medical needs. Awareness of this issue is important for the individual, our community and the healthcare system. If you who have friends or neighbors who don’t have a caregiver or support system, consider checking in with them occasionally. A small amount of support may be just what they need. If you don’t know how to help or need support yourself, you may contact the local Area Agency on Aging or the

statewide Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center at 855-200-2372. Planning ahead for challenges is smart if you are going it alone. Resources such as “Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers,” a 2018 best seller available at bookstores and online, can help older adults successfully, independently age on their own. Monica Cisssell is director of info and community services for the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging. For information about available programs or services call 855-200-2372.

New report examines how nursing homes are performing in region The active age Kansas Advocates for Better Care has released its annual report on health safety inspections of nursing facilities for 2018. Several area facilities appear in the report’s “good” or “poor” performance columns. KABC, a Lawrence-based nonprofit formed in 1975, compiled the list after reviewing the past three health safety inspections for all 344 nursing facilities, long-term care units and nursing facilities for mental health in the state. Facilities which fell

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between the good and poor criteria did not appear on the list. Larksfield Place and Caritas Center, both of Wichita, were among 10 nursing home in Kansas with five or fewer inspection deficiencies in each of their three most recent inspections, which cover a period going back five years. Nine other area centers landed on the KABC list of 49 nursing homes with 10 or more deficiencies in each of their three most recent inspections: Orchards Garden Rehab and Health,

Legacy at College Hill, and Kansas Masonic Home, all of Wichita; Life Care Center and Victoria Falls, both of Andover; Diversicare of Haysville; Diversicare of Sedgwick; Wheat State Manor of Whitewater; and Villa Maria of Mulvane. According to KABC, it’s not unusual for a facility to be cited for 10 or more deficiencies during one inspection, but being cited for that many during three consecutive inspections constitutes a “red flag.” The average number of deficiencies in Kansas is 7.7 and the national average is 5.8.

KABC encourages people to look at a number of factors when evaluating nursing facilities. According to reports available on the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services website, kdads.ks.gov., the facilities cited in the KABC report have corrected the deficiencies cited in inspections or submitted plans to do so, although some have complaint investigations pending. Medicare.gov., the U.S. government site for Medicare, rates all of the facilities as providing “average,” “better than average” or “much better than average” quality of resident care.

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Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. Mon 9:30-11:30 am Pickleball Tue: 1 pm Bridge, Rec Center. Wed: 9 am Low impact aerobics, Rec Center. Fri: 1 pm Line dancing, Comm Rm. 1st Thu: 1 pm Game Day, Rec Center. 2nd & 4th Wed: 2 pm Coloring & Conversation, Sr Center. 3rd Wed: 1:30 pm Book Club, Sr Center. 4th Mon: 6 pm Covered Dish & Program, Rec Center.

BENTLEY/EAGLE 504 W Sterling, 796-0027

Open Mon-Fri: 8-11 am Coffee, cookies, exercise. Sat: 8-9 am Breakfast 1st & 3rd Tue: 1 pm Game Day. 2nd Tue: 1 pm Senior Lunch Out. 3rd Fri: noon XYZ potluck, program.

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. Thu: 10 am Bible study. Tue, Fri: 8:45 am Tai Chi; 10 am Exercise class. 2nd Tue: noon Carry-in lunch & program. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. 1st, 3rd & 4th Thu: 9 am Help with technologybring your device.

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Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. 1st and 3rd Tues: 7-9:30 pm Community dance at Derby Welcome Center, all ages welcome.. $3.

DOWNTOWN 200 S Walnut, 267-0197 www.seniorservicesofwichita.org

Regular activities: Exercise classes, computer classes, foot care by appt. Feb 5: 1 pm Lotti Eichhorn shares personal experince of the Holocaust and World War II. Feb 8: 1 pm Do-it-yourself Valentines Succulent arrangement. Pre-registration required, $10 per person. Feb 19: 11 am Dining in Delano -- Merle's Place. Feb 14: 2-4 pm Meet the author Final Friday event. Feb 21: 2 pm 'The New Year is here. What are you doing with your finances?" Feb 26: 1 pm Dementia conversations. 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.

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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

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

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

LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700

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

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

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444

www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Feb 8: 2-4 pm Valentine's party. $5 members, $7 non-members. Feb 21: 11:45 am Tax update. 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. $5.

LINWOOD 1901 S Kansas, 263-3703 www.seniorservicesofwichita.org

Regular activities: One-on-one computer training, cards, exercise programs, hot lunch. Feb 1: 10:15 am Roundtable discussion: Old-time remedies and household hints. Feb 8; 10:15 am How to manage your meds easily. Feb 15: 10:15 am Balance, coordination and reducing falls. Feb 22: 10:15 am How to make an emergency preparedness pack. 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.

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

Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Feb 1: 11:15 am Super foods for seniors. Feb 11: 11:15 m Fix it safe. 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

PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199

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.

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email Joe at Joe@theactiveage.com or call 316-942-5385 Deadline for the March issue is February 11th


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: iamgary48@yahoo.com.


ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293 seniorservicesofwichita.org

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, wichitacontra.org. 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: 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, wichitasolos@yahoo.com.

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ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441 www.andoverks.com 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.

CASSODAY Cassoday Senior Center 133 S. Washington, 620-735-4538 Tue: 10:00 am Round Table. Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise 1st Thu: 11:30 am Lunch Bunch 1st & 4th Mon: 1:30 pm Game Day. 3rd Mon: 6:30 pm Carry-in dinner, BP checks. 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: 7-9:30 am Breakfast. $4. EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142 Regular activities: Exercise, cards, bingo, hot lunch $3, support groups. Mon: 12:30 pm Mexican Train dominoes. 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. 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. TOWANDA 317 Main, 776-8999 Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed, Fri Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton. WHITEWATER Legion Hall, 108 E Topeka 2nd Tue: noon Potluck, program. 4th Tue: noon Potluck, movie.

Harvey County Centers

BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225

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.

HALSTEAD 523 Poplar, 835-2283

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 www.hesstonseniorcenter.com

Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 am Stretch bands. Mon & Tue: 1:30 pm Pitch. Tue: 8:30 am Coffee hour; 9 am Film; 1:30 pm Pinochle. Wed: 6:30 am Men’s Bible Study; 1 pm Bridge. 1st & 3rd Tue: 6 pm Singin’ Seniors. 3rd Wed: 11:30 am 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.

GRAND CENTRAL 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222 www.newtonseniorcenter.org

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.

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.

Transportation Sedgwick County

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

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.

Senior Wednesdays

Harvey County

www.seniorwednesday.org Feb. 6 10 am Wichita Art Museum. Kansas Land. Join Courtney Spousta, curator of education, for a tour featuring photography from two University of Kansas projects. Explore the themes of environmental and economic challenges that face farmers today. This tour will encourage discussion and thoughtful looking. 1:30 pm WATER Center. The WSU Environmental Finance Center will share about projects they are working on with Kansas communities to create solutions to environmental challenges that Feb. 13 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo. Invasive species.

SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393

1:30 pm Advanced Learning Library. Exploring the nooks and crannies of Kansas. Feb. 20 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art. Documentary: Watermark. A film about how we interact with water. 1:30 pm Kansas African American Museum. Community engagement through the arts. Feb. 27 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. African Amerian entreprenuership in Wichita: Past and present. 1:30 pm Exploration Place. Avoiding frauds and scams.

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 supportgroupsinkansas.org. 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 fran@theactiveage.com.


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. WEEK OF FEB. 4 Mon: Oven fried chicken, creamed potatoes, lentil salad, mixed fruit. Tue: Tacos, salsa, refried beans, corn, strawberries, sugar cookie. Wed: Catfish. mac and cheese, cole slaw, plums, cornbread. Thu: Ham & beans, potatoes with onions, cooked carrots, blushing pears, cornbread. Fri: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with cream gravy, combination salad, peaches, spice cake. . WEEK OF FEB. 11 Mon: Liver & onions or Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, pineapple, Tue: Chicken fajita salad, salsa, hominy, Mandarin oranges, bread pudding. Wed: Ham salad, cooked carrots, split pea soup, banana. Thu: Baked chicken California mash, mixed veggies, strawberries, chocolate cake. Fri: Goulash, broccoli, applesauce, garlic bread, peanut butter cookie. WEEK OF FEB. 18 Mon: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed green salad, peaches. Tue: Ham, baked potato, green beans, strawberries, gelatin. Wed: Egg & sausage bak, tomato juice, Sunshine salad, plums, peanut butter muffin. Thu: Chili, combination salad apple slices, crackers, cinnamon roll. Fri: Chicken pasta salad, carrot sticks, grape juice, Mandarin oranges, banana bread. WEEK OF FEB. 25 Mon: New England stew, cooked carrots, pears, molasses cookie, wheat roll. Tue: BBQ chicken, parslied potatoes, green beans, applesauce, biscuit. Wed: Fish with tartar sauce, mac and cheese, spinach, strawberries, yellow cake. Thu: Hamburger on a bun, oven browned potatoes, carrot pineapple salad, blueberries. Fri: Chili, crackers, combination salad, salad dressing, peaches, bread pudding.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Eight hours of instruction; certificate on completion. Reservation required. $15 for AARP members; $20 others. Downtown Senior Center - Wichita Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:30 Am - 12:30 Pm Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:30 Am - 12:30 Pm Instructor: Timothy Marlar Register: (316) 267-0197 Ext. 246

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Archie's Barber Shop 38 years in Business Body Massages for Ladies & Gents $50 Haircuts $15 *Hot Lather Shaves $15 Chair Massages $1 a minute Outline shave w/ Services Open Tues-Wed-Thurs By Appointment 10am-6pm 1118 Waddington * 316-721-1525 KS Board Certified

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

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.

F CEMETERY PROPERTY FOR SALE F Two cemetery lots in Garden of the Last Supper at Old Mission Cemetery. MUST SALE. Value $2,080 each. Call 903-440-1310. 2 burial lots in Garden of Love at estHaven. Lot 76- A3 & 4. $4,000 for both. Price includes $295 Transfer Fee. Call 316-641-6931 Lakeview Garden of Holy Rosary, 2 spaces together. Value is $4,990, will sell for $3,800. Seller pays $295 transfer fee. Leave a message at 316-640-1320. Lakeview, Garden of Apostles, two adjoining spaces. Lot 34, spaces 7 and 8. Value $3,295 each. Sell $2,000 each. 316-993-6834. Resthaven, Garden of Gospel, space 1 lot 57-A. Double depth lawn crypt w/2 pre-installed vaults w/2 name markers. Call 316-524-0085 for price/details

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At or near retirement? Looking for a challenging new career? The Hillcrest is seeking a general manager. This is a cooperative apartment building with 93 units. Built in 1927, the structure is owned by the residents, who make up a closeknit community of people of diverse backgrounds and ages. The general manager oversees day-to-day operations, supervises 13 employees, handles administrative and financial matters, deals with emergencies, and sees to the maintenance and preservation of the building and adjacent structures. A person in this position is expected to ensure that the owner-residents' investment is protected and that they can count on a high level of service. The general manager reports to the 5-member board of directors. Applicants should have ten years of relevant experience. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Please send cover letter and resumé to: Board of Directors The Hillcrest 115 S Rutan Ave Wichita KS 67218

WE NEED HELP Outside Sales Rep Wanted

We are looking for a self motivated person who would like to make some extra $$$$$$ promoting the active age Must be comfortable with cold calls. This is a straight commision position Call Mike at 613-3547 or email at mike@theactiveage.com

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. CNA/HHA. Years of experience. CPR certified. Light Housekeeping, doctor’s appointments, shopping, cooking. Excellent References, Professional, honest, kind and patient. Call 516-2149 or 259-8738. Sisters Caregiver for care in your home. Private Care, meals, cleaning, doc appoint, meds and also provide live in care. 30 years experience. 316-390-9526

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. Cowboy Construction Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488 From Small Home Remodels to Repairs Call Lucky's Handyman and Remodeling for quality work and competitive pricing. FREE estimates! 316-796-3100

F HOME IMPROVEMENTS CONT F 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. HAULING HANDYMAN

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Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Cell 316-461-2199. Handy Man You Can Count On! Reliable and Honest Handyman. Quality Service & fair pricing. There’s nothing we can’t fix! Fred 316-650-9439

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

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A life in black and white: Secret lasted 70 years

By Joe Stumpe Growing up in Newton, Verda Byrd felt lucky to be the daughter of Ray Wagner, an African American railroad porter, and his wife, Edwinna. “They loved me,” Verda said. “They were my world. That’s all I knew.” But there was one thing Verda didn’t know about the Wagners: They had adopted her from a white couple in Kansas City, Mo. With the cooperation of Missouri authorities, who falsified a copy of Verda’s birth certificate, the Wagners kept their adopted daughter’s background secret for more than 70 years. Byrd, 76, discovered the truth five years ago. She recently spoke to members of the Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society about her experience, which she’s written about in a book called “70 Years of Blackness” (available from amazon.com) Byrd was born as Jeanette Beagle in Kansas City in 1942, the youngest of Daisy and Earl Beagle’s five children. According to what Byrd has been able to piece together, her parent were one step from homelessness, switching rooming houses whenever rent

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came due. Byrd and her siblings were placed with a welfare agency. The Wagners first served as Byrd’s foster parents, then “loved me so much they adopted me,” she said. About the time her adoption became official, someone created a second birth certificate showing that Byrd was the biological daughter of the Wagners. Byrd has mostly fond memories of growing up in Newton. Part of the town’s tiny black minority, she says she never personally felt discriminated against. The schools were desegregated and Byrd attended Bethel College in North Newton for two years before leaving the area. Ray Wagner’s salary put the family solidly in the middle class. She grew up going to a black church and beauty shop, dated young black men and attended civil rights marches with her parents, who were both active in the local NAACP chapter. When Byrd was about 10 years old, she learned from Edwinna that she’d been adopted. She isn’t sure why the Wagners kept the rest of her background a secret. The Wagners died in Arizona, where they’d retired, within days of each other in 1983. Going through family papers,Byrd found an adoption record with the name “Jeanette Beagle” Three decades later, Byrd decided to investigate. She asked for and received from a Kansas City court the identity of her birth parents – Daisy and Earl Beagle. About that time, a NAACP representative drew national headlines when it was revealed that she was a white

woman claiming to be black. Byrd contacted a television station to tell her story and it "went viral." She was flown to New York to appear on a talk show. People magazine did a story on her. Not everyone seemed to understand why she was speaking out, Byrd said. “I had lot of haters. People said I was too white to be black, too black to be white. What difference does it make? I still remain Verda Byrd.” Byrd briefly reunited with three of her biological sisters but they had a falling out, she said, after one “used the n-word. That did not go well with me.” Today, she lives in Converse, Texas, with Trancle Byrd, her husband of 38 years. She has one grown daughter.

Byrd harbors no ill will toward her biological mother, calling her adoption “the best thing that Daisy Beagle could do for me” and noting that thousands of children in similar situations today “need love, a good home, a forever home like I had.” Her adoptive parents, the Wagners, forever changed and shaped her life by keeping her real identity secret. But more important, Byrd said, they “taught me right and wrong and that’s what I have done with my life.” “I became a strong black woman – white woman – whatever you want to call it. And I love my life.”

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Byblos’ best bites in new book

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from “Cooking with Inspiration: Lebanese Cuisine” by Ilham Saad, who owned Byblos, one of Wichita’s most popular Lebanese restaurants, from 1989-2017. The book, which includes 124 recipes, can be ordered at cookingwithinspiration.com and is also available in some local stores.

By Ilham Saad I was born in the village of Hadath in Beirut, Lebanon. My father was a tailor and my mother was a homemaker. My mother never let us into the kitchen while she was cooking, but I remembered the spices she used and her technique in the kitchen. In 1979, I met my husband, Kamal Saad, in Beirut. We settled in Wichita and raised five beautiful, smart daughters. After several years Kamal’s health began to affect him to the point that he was no longer able to work. My husband asked me what I would like to do. Thinking about what I enjoyed was easy. I love to be with people and more than that, I love cooking for them. We opened Byblos Deli and Catering, which later became Byblos Restaurant. My husband would talk to customers about the politics going on and would tell them the best way to eat

hummus and tabouli. Our customers became our friends and our strongest supporters, especially when I lost Kamal in 2009. Lebanese cuisine is prepared fresh daily and full of nutritious ingredients. My secret ingredient: my love of bringing people together over a heavenly meal.

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Beef and Vegetable Stew 2 lbs. cubed beef 1 cup diced onion 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon each: cinnamon, allspice, black pepper 8 cups water 1 cup sliced carrots 1 cup sliced celery 2 cups diced potato 1 cup sliced zucchini 1 cup sliced yellow squash 2 cups frozen green beans 1 can (15 oz.) diced tomato 1 can (15 oz.) crushed tomato Directions: In a pressure cooker, which I prefer, or a large pot, place the cubed meat, onion, salt, spices and water. Bring to a boil and skim excess fat from the top. Keep removing excess fat until you have a clear broth Close the pressure cooker and leave it to cooker until the whistle sound begins, then lower heat and cook for another 40 minutes. Let it cool off heat about 10-20 minutes before you open the pressure cooker. If you are using a regular non-pressurized pot, the stew will need to cook until meat is tender. Add all remaining ingredients and boil until everything is tender. If desired, serve with cooked rice or noodles and/or pita bread.

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Food takes center stage at 21st Women’s Fair Three days of stage shows, cooking demos, motivational speakers, food and wine samples, health screenings, educational opportunities, travel and shopping during the 21st annual Wichita Women’s Fair Feb. 15-17 at Century II. Several speakers will focus on the role of food in women’s lives. Dr. Jennifer Jackson will present “Food Fight: The Battle is Real!” at noon on Saturday. A physician and mother who believes “we are what we eat,” Dr. Jackson will share information on better strategies than calorie counting, how to read ingredient labels, and the best foods for optimal health and weight management. Zonya Foco and Krista Sanderson will present “Real Food: A New Way of Cooking, Eating and Living!” at 1 p.m. Saturday. They’ll share how to make healthy food but tasty food from

their Eat REAL Cookbook. A cooking highlight this year will be Ilham Saad, the owner of the longtime popular restaurant Byblos, sharing her native Lebanese recipes which have been published in a new cookbook. As usual, Friday night is Girl’s Night Out featuring wine tasting as well as cooking, fashion and hair shows. A doggy fashion show on Saturday is a benefit for Hands of Hope Rescue. A new feature this year is the BFF Match Game where girlfriends will see how well they really know each other. Fair hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. For more info, visit womensfair.com. www.theactiveage.com

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