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Wichita flag first flown July 23, 1937

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By Ken Stephens Page 5 of the June 15, 1937, edition of The Wichita Eagle had an eclectic set of local stories. A horse thief had been sentenced to seven years in prison. There was fear of a grasshopper plague. Two 15-year-old runaways from Larned took a car, a train and a bus on a two-day adventure before running out of money in Wichita. And then there was a story that still has meaning 91 years later: The Wichita City Commission officially adopted a city flag. Although that flag, designed by a local artist named Cecil McAlister, began flying atop City Hall within a month, it was relatively obscure until the last few years, when some local artists and entrepreneurs seized upon Kansas’ Kansas’Award-winning Award-winningTop Top55+ 55+News NewsSource Source

it for its original purpose, a symbol of civil pride. Now it’s everywhere: on coffee mugs, lapel pins, T-shirts, tote bags, license plates, decals, bumper stickers, key chains, bottle openers, aprons and more. You’ll see it in murals on the sides of buildings, worked into the logos of small business and waving in the

background of commercials for auto dealers. But McAlister, who died at age 78 on Jan. 6, 1969, remains largely unknown. Lynn Campbell Behnke, whose family lived next door to McAlister when she was a young girl, made a

By Debbi Elmore A year after construction began on phase one of the building and remodeling project for the Downtown Senior Center and Meals on Wheels, programs and services have all moved back into the complex at 200 S. Walnut. Members and staff are enthused about the improvements. “It’s beautiful!” exclaimed Laurel Alkire, Senior Services executive director. “We’ve never had anything like this.” Pickleball players are thrilled with the new court. Jeanne Blase said she loves the sport and the benefit it gives her, both physically and socially. Unfortunately, she said, “all that

pounding is hard on knees.” She’s pleased that the new Pickleball floor is somewhat cushioned. At most of the other locations where she plays, Blase said there are also markings on the floor for basketball and volleyball which makes it a little confusing to keep track of the Pickleball boundaries.  The Center has only Pickleball markings on the floor. 

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Happy 148th year Wichita

By Ken Stephens Unless you’re a person, 148 is pretty unremarkable as birthdays go. A city, for instance, may want to save its powder for a milestone anniversary like its 150th. And so it is with Wichita, which was incorporated 148 years ago on July 21, 1870. Only a few events are planned for this year’s anniversary. The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum will celebrate a day later on Saturday, July 22, with free admission to individuals and small groups that bring a birthday card. Visitors will be able to enjoy special tours, crafts, activities and refreshSee 148th, page 3

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for those with dietary restrictions, something that is being promoted at the national level and a first for Senior Services.” The Senior Employment Program gained almost 300 square feet and front-door access for job seekers. Cherie Wenderott-Shields, SEP director, said the larger space will accommodate more job seekers, especially on Orientation and Job Club days. It also has more space to post job openings. “This was long overdue,” Alkire said. “Prior to the expansion, clients were forced to stand in line in the hall waiting to speak to a job placement specialist.” As some programs gained space, others lost some. The Center has gone See Center, page 14

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museum presentation on McAlister last summer, based on her family’s memories and research by the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Of McAlister, his father and his grandfather, Behnke said: “Paint was in their blood.” All three worked at one time or another as a sign painter, commercial artist or interior decorator. But Cecil, born in Wichita on Aug. 3, 1890, was the only one to also pursue fine art. A story in The Wichita Daily Eagle on March 12, 1914, credited Cecil, then 23, with painting copies of fine art masterpieces on “unsightly billboards” in the downtown area. Over a period of only five days, McAlister painted a “Mona Lisa” on a billboard at First and Emporia, “Daniel in the Lions Den” at William and Lawrence (now Broadway) and a “Mill Scene” at the east end of the Douglas bridge. While working for the Western Sign Works Co. in 1915, McAlister was credited with designing a flour milling exhibit for the annual Wheat

Show at The Forum. In 1918, he went to an art school in Chicago. In 1919, he married Maude Gertrude Moonshower of Marion, Ind., and went into business in the 200 block of West Douglas with S.J. Falley as the Wichita Sign Co. They produced outdoor signs and advertising. But by September 1920, McAlister wanted to devote more of his time to painting portraits, landscapes and still life. To that end, he opened a business called Modern Studio at 218 W. Second. He supported his fine art endeavors by painting backgrounds for window displays at downtown businesses, including The Boston Store, Rorabaugh’s and Greenfield Bros. He also painted large-scale murals on the walls of homes, some of which still exist in College Hill and Riverside. Elvira and Dick Crocker, who purchased a home in College Hill after retiring to Wichita, have an oval room whose walls McAllister covered with pastoral scenes as well as images from a deck of cards in 1928. Dick speculates that it was once a card room. Ten years after opening Modern Studios, the Great Depression forced McAlister to close his downtown studio, re-establish it at his small farm at

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Cecil McAlister’s full-scale murals remain in several homes. 3558 S. Lawrence (now Broadway) and return to sign painting and commercial art. Years later, Behnke’s grandparents, the Campbells, rented land next door to McAlister and his wife for their growing truck farm. Eventually the Campbells purchased the land and established their residence there. Behnke said that her father would stop to collect the mail for both families on his way home from school and

was always rewarded by McAlister with a candy bar. “This was when candy bars cost a nickel, and Mr. McAlister always gave Dad a Mars bar, and they cost a dime. So Dad was thrilled to get to do this errand. He also got to go into the studio.” Behnke said her father recalled that the studio had large scale canvases set in deep rectangular trenches in the floor and a pulley system that McAlSee next page

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McAlister signed his oval-room mural when he finished it in 1928.


From previous page ister used to raise or lower the canvases so he could work comfortably on different sections of his paintings. In 1937, city manager Bert Wells convinced the American Legion to sponsor a contest to design a flag for Wichita. The Rotary Club put up $85 in prizes. More than 100 entries were submitted. The committee selected McAlister’s design. He received a prize of $40, which would be about $700 today. The city commission adopted it as the official city flag on June 14, 1937; it first flew over City Hall on July 23, 1937. As described by McAlister at the

time, his flag contained a white circle surrounding a blue disc with the Indian symbol for the sun superimposed on the field of blue, which in turn symbolized happiness and faithfulness. The white circle represented a hogan, or permanent home. Radiating from the circle were six alternating red and white rays, with the red representing honor and the white representing courage. In 2004, 35 years after McAlister’s death, the North American Vexillological Association conducted a survey to rate the flags of 150 U.S. cities. Wichita’s flag was ranked No. 6, behind only the flags of Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Phoenix and St. Louis.

ments in the adjacent Heritage Square. Hours are 1-5 p.m. The museum is in the old City Hall at 204 S. Main. The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce is having its third annual social media contest in which it invites Wichitans on vacations or staycations to post photos featuring a Wichita flag using #wichitaflagsummertravelcontest on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Last year the contest received 173 entries picturing the flag in all 50 states, 36 countries and on five conti-

Celebrate birthday with a walk

Wichita will celebrate its 148th birthday Saturday, July 21. Bike Walk Wichita is inviting the public to help Celebrate ICT Outside with a Riverside Park Walkabout. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Keeper of the Plains. It will proceed on Central to North Riverside Park. There will be activities for kids in the park.

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nents, from beaches to mountaintops. Wichita was a settlement, of course, before it became a city with the authority to make laws and have a police force. The first known white settlement was in 1858. In mid-1869, a year before the city was incorporated, there were still only 16 buildings in town, according to the Historical Museum. The petition asking the Sedgwick County probate court to incorporate the city was signed by 123 men and one woman (Billy the Kid’s mother). By November 1870, Wichita had 175 buildings and a population of about 800. Today’s population is estimated to be more than 390,000.

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The walk is about three miles long, but walkers can do as much or as little as they choose. Visit Bike Walk Wichita’s Facebook page for more details. Bike Walk is participating in an ongoing initiative called Partners in Building a Love for Nature: Let’s Move! Outside. It’s led by the YMCA and the Department of Interior. This event is part of that program.

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‘Practicing senior’s’ truisms

By Elvira Crocker As a practicing senior for a few years now, I have reached some of my own truisms. For example: • Humans are the funniest beings on the face of the earth. How else to explain their behavior? Just this week my niece, tending to her ailing mother in Arizona, wrote of an incident that made her laugh. A health aide, noting the equipment in her room, asked: “How long have you been on oxygen?” There was a pause. And her mother responded: ‘All

Dear Reader my life.’ ” • Those who tell you that it is not polite to speak of politics, religion or sex probably should converse about politics, religion or sex because they might learn something that alters their belief system and, I dare say, their behavior. • People who use the word “passed,” not followed by the word “away,” instead of died or deceased, expose themselves to the question “passed what?” • Technology is not a passing fad. Have you tried to look up someone’s name in the phone book lately?

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• Seniors are the most interesting people because they’ve been around the block, had a variety of experiences and can now look back on them and draw life lessons that they can share with the younger species of mankind. And that’s why I volunteer and like to write about my fellow travelers for the active age. Oh yeah, here’s another truism: People like to see their names in print. So, let me help you do that: Just send a donation to the active age (in large or small amount) and I can assure you that your name will be in print in our Donors lists that run in every issue. By doing that you can help us continue to bring more stories about your fellow senior travelers. And, believe me, that’s the truth. Contact board member Elvira Crocker at

Volunteer here The active age is seeking more volunteers to help prepare our donation letters for mailing each month. The task consists of placing about 5,000 folded letters and envelopes into a larger envelope. Volunteers meet at our office, 125 S. West St., Ste. 105. Depending on the number of helpers, it takes about three hours a day for three or four days. The work is in the middle to latter part of each month. There are lots of friendly conversations and laughter while performing the task, and snacks are available. Your volunteer work is coordinated by the Sedgwick County RSVP Volunteer Program. It’s managed by Central Plains Area Agency on Aging. For more information contact Karen, the volunteer coordinator, at 316-660-5134 or email

Generous reader’s bequest

The active age has received a $10,000 donation from the estate of Vera Challis. The estate’s executor said Mrs. Challis specified the newspaper as one of the recipients “to assist in the continued success of the active age. This is a valuable asset to Wichita.” As she got older, the executor said, she suffered from macular degeneration and could no longer read. She enjoyed the newspaper, so she asked others to read it to her. Vera May (Luening) Challis was born July 26, 1922, in Wichita and was a lifelong resident. She passed away Oct. 1, 2017. She was a secretary at Farmers and Bakers Life Insurance and owner of Challis Real Estate. Mrs. Challis was preceded in death by her parents, Maude and Will Luening and husband Gail Challis. Memorial gifts were established with the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Botanica Gardens and Kansas Humane Society. Mary Corrigan, president of the active age board, said she was “stunned” by the amount. She added that her generous gift is very much needed and will help us continue our mission of mailing our free, nonprofit newspaper to 58,000 readers. Please consider “the active age” for a legacy gift. It can be given through a will or simple probate-avoidance devices by identifying us by name and location and stating the amount you wish to give. Many people take comfort in thinking that their impact will be felt on this earth even after their death.

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Joys, foibles of ironing, shirts, shirt tails

By Ted Blankenship I keep my favorite shirt near the entrance to my closet. I used to wear it often because it doesn’t have to be ironed. But, alas, I stuck my hand into an arm and it came out through a large rip. Wrinkle-free fabric can sometimes be fragile. That’s not the only problem with shirts these days. Knit shirts for summer have long tails that make short folks like me look like walking tubes. Their only purpose appears to be for clandestine work. No short mole could be easily followed because his shirt tail would wipe out his tracks. But if you ask women who have ironed shirts, they don’t give a rip whether a shirt falls apart if they don’t have to iron it. And they’re not much worried about how long the tail is because they don’t have to wear these

shirts. Historians say (if you ask them) that ironing has been around for a long time — maybe as far back as the middle ages. Historians who studied this apparently didn’t have a lot to do. They could have accomplished more by ironing a few shirts. Women in those days probably “ironed” things on their laps and smoothed them with a rock or a bone. The wisest husbands did not complain if a shirt had a wrinkle or two. We didn’t have electricity in our house when I was growing up so my mother and our neighbors had to iron with REAL irons. They heated them on the kitchen stove. If an ironer dropped one on a toe, you would not

Letter to the Editor I want to let you and Debbie Reslock know how much I appreciate the front-page article, Don’t call us ‘honey’ ‘sweetie,’ in the June 2018 edition of the active age. I often go to lunch or to other events with other women in my age group. These women have college degrees and worked in careers that required intelligence and above average skills. Most of us are still involved in things that interest us. For example, I co-edited a book of poems, a compilation of the poems of the 385 Poets' Facebook page. Several of my poems are in the anthology, and I continue to write poetry, something I started doing in 1983. I’ve won several

awards for my poetry since then. Nothing is more demeaning than to have some young wait person call us “honey,” sweetie” or “girl.” Sometimes one of our group will speak up and politely set the person straight. What younger people don’t realize is that referring to us using words that they might use for their grandparents makes us invisible. Young people may think they’re being kind. However, they have no idea how much we hate being referred to in such terms. I wish this article could be reprinted everywhere, especially in places where wait persons work. — Diane Wahto, Wichita,


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want to be in the same room for a half hour or so. These irons weighed about five pounds and got hot enough to eliminate wrinkles in at least half a sleeve or pants leg before they had to be reheated. Sometimes they got hot enough to raise a painful blister. An inattentive ironer could also burn a brownish hole in what was being ironed. This did not add much to

the spiffiness of the garment. An ironing setup usually contained at least two irons so that one was always hot. A metal handle fit all of the irons and could be removed from a cool one and attached to a hot one. The stove was hot, the irons were hot and the ironers were often hotter than they wanted to be. The work was done on an ironing board with folding legs or one that came out of a cabinet in the wall. The early ones were made of wood with a piece of quilt or an old sheet tacked to the top. There is one of those wooden ironing boards propped against the wall of the original garage at our house. We’ve lived on the place for nearly 30 years and no one has stolen it. I understand why people don’t like to iron things. I’ve tried it a time or two and I usually iron more wrinkles into the fabric than out of it and I can’t seem to get the crease in my trousers in the right place. A crease down the side just doesn’t look right, but it’s better than a brownish hole.


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Campbell founded a theatre for her children By Anne Welsbacher More than a decade ago, looking to accommodate her kids’ passion for the stage, Deb Campbell founded the Wichita Scottish Rite Signature Theatre, honoring the building housing it. Her purpose was to provide a new venue for her kids and other young Wichitans. Her daughter, Maddy, named it. Today it’s shortened to Signature Theatre. But out of that accommodation, Campbell has become a keystone of the Wichita theater community. The theater she built, with financial help from her husband, Richard, has reached generations of families and hundreds of kids who literally grew up on the Signature stage. Campbell has acted, directed and done tech work for virtually every theater in Wichita, past and current. In 2013, she began what has become an annual Wichita tradition: the July production of the large-cast, period musical 1776. This year it will be staged July 1-3 at the rechristened Wichita Center for Performing Arts on East Central. “The first word that comes to mind about Deb,” said actor Dan Campbell (no relation), who portrays John Dickenson in 1776, “is ‘relentless.’ She is a force of nature when there is a show to get on. I admire her many varied talents and her dedication to civic theater in Wichita.” “With 1776 going into production

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Deb Campbell created Signature Theatre. for the sixth time,” said J.R. Hurst, who again plays Ben Franklin, “trying to get every role cast and arrange a new staging in a new venue while working on the rest of Signature’s season — you’d think she’d be ready for a long break. “But it seems if you give her a glass of wine and a few hours’ sleep, she’ll have two or three new projects in mind when she wakes up.” When Signature began, her children were 14 and 12, among the youngest of the kids involved in musicals like Cinderella and Aladdin. “Then the kids got older,” Campbell said, the theater started running darker shows: Threepenny Opera, Little Shop of Horrors. She set up her theater to be educational. She invited adult mentors in acting, directing and stage design.

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She encouraged kids to propose shows they wanted to do, but they had to also support the play’s feasibility. “I always preached that if you’re going to be in theater, or any of the arts, you need to have a lot of tools in your tool belt,” she said. Signature casts have ranged in age from 2 to 87. Today, the repertoire includes modern classics and new works. But it still caters strongly to kids and families. Campbell was born in Wichita but moved to Salina as a youth. A high school teacher encouraged her to try theater and helped her get scholarships, including one for a theater program in Colby. “I wanted to be a star,” she said, “but luckily my college required directing and technical theater courses. I learned to sew and loved it. Costuming paid a lot of bills over the years.” She met fellow actor Richard at the Crown Uptown. They married in 1981, working at the Crown together until the kids were born. Today, Mason is a Navy medic at sea. Maddy,

a theater artist living in Brooklyn, has produced two original shows for which she paid the participants and venue. Campbell said she is least proud of how she directed her first show. “I tried to force people to do things my way. I was tense and stressed, so the cast was, too.” But out of that failure came the principle of accommodation. “When I was done,” she said, “I told myself I was never going to do that again. I readjusted my attitude, and I never have.” Contact Anne Welsbacher at

1776 on July 1-3

Scottish Rite Signature Theatre will present 1776 at 7 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, July 1-3, at the Wichita Center for the Performing Arts, 9112 E. Central. Its final show for the season will be The Lion in Winter at 8 p.m. Aug. 1719, at the Scottish Rite, 332 E. First. Tickets are $16 and $20. Find the theater on Facebook or call 316-6447018.

An evening of fun and games

The Sunflower Horseshoe Club is inviting the public, young and old, to attend Horseshoe Mania, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Linwood Park, 1901 S. Kansas. It has 12 lighted courts with clay pits at the northwest corner of Mt. Vernon and Hydraulic. This club has been teaching and

competing in horseshoes for more than 30 years, and has produced state, national and world champions. The Mania double-tournament will pair professionals with inexperienced players. There will be seven games. Inexperienced players will draw a new partner from the experienced players for each game. This gives everyone an equal chance to win. For more information call Carl Terrell at 522-3985 or Bert Vagal, 6805853.

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Celebrating red, white & bleu By Joe Stumpe It took gumption for a group of colonists to break away from the most powerful nation on earth 242 years ago. This July 4th, let’s pay tribute to those forefathers by demonstrating a little gustatory independence of our own. Hot dogs and hamburgers served a young nation well, but we’re grown up now and should eat like it. How about a cookout with coffee-rubbed beefsteak, grilled herbed ‘taters and a classic wedge salad featuring bleu cheese. I came across this steak recipe while researching California cooking. I knew that some barbecue aficionados

add ground coffee to their rubs but had not seen it used in this fashion. Now I’m hooked. It adds a robust, earthy flavor to the meat, yet doesn’t overpower it in a way that would cause non-coffee lovers to object. Grilled potatoes are mostly about technique – starting the ‘taters over direct heat, then moving them to indirect heat and covering them to finish cooking. Prepared correctly, they will

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Coffee-rubbed Steak 2-3 lbs sirloin, flank, tri-tip or other cut of beef steak Olive oil Rub 1 Tbsp finely ground coffee

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Combine rub ingredients. Rub blend into meat at least an hour before cooking, then place steak on a counter and let come to room temperature. Just before cooking, rub entire steak with olive oil. Heat grill to medium-high heat (Place your hand about two inches above the grill surface. Adjust the heat until you can keep your hand there about five seconds before needing to remove it.) Grill the steak, uncovered, about 10 minutes per inch of thickness for medium rare, 7 minutes for rare, turning once. Remove steak from heat, cover with aluminum foil and let sit about 5 minutes. Remove foil and slice meat against the grain.

Art Museum’s birthday bash

Help celebrate the Wichita Art Museum’s 83rd birthday with a free old-fashioned ice cream social from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Wichita Wagonmasters will scoop up gallons and gallons of cold ice cream. Choose your

favorite toppings and listen to live music provided by the Wichita Steel Drum Band. Stroll through the galleries and visit the Art Studio to join in a community art project. The museum is located at 1400 W. Museum Blvd.


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How to find retiree travel perks By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, What types of travel discounts are available to older travelers? I just retired and am interested in learning about travel deals for people over 60. Ready to Go

Dear Ready, There are literally thousands of travel-related discounts available to retirees that usually start between 50 and 65. These discounts – typically ranging between 5 and 25 percent off – can save you hundreds of dollars on your next trip. Here’s how you can find them. Ways to Save The first thing to know is that most businesses don’t advertise them, but many give senior discounts just for the asking, so don’t be shy. You also need to be aware that when it comes to senior travel bargains, the “senior discount,” if available, may not always be the best deal. Hotels, resorts, airlines and cruise lines, for example, offer advanced bookings along with special deals and promotions from time to time that may be a lower rate than what the senior discount is. Before you book, always ask about the lowest possible rate and the best deal available. Another way retirees with flexible schedules can save is to be flexible when you travel. Last minute travel deals can offer huge savings, as well as traveling during off-season or off-peak

times and avoiding holidays. Club memberships can also garner you a wide variety of travel bargains. AARP, for example, has dozens of travel discounts available on hotels, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages – see Annual AARP membership fees are $16 or less if you join for multiple years. Or, if you don’t agree with AARP, there are alternative organizations you can join such as the Seniors Coalition or the American Seniors Association that offer discounts on hotels and rental cars. Types of Discounts Here’s an abbreviated rundown of some of the different travel discounts. Transportation: For airline travel, Southwest has fully refundable senior fares to passengers 65 and older. British Airways offers AARP members $65 off economy travel and $200 off business club travel. American, United and Delta also offer senior fares in certain markets but are extremely limited. For traveling by train, Amtrak provides a 10 percent discount to travelers 65-plus, and a 10 percent discount to passengers over 60 on cross-border services operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada. Greyhound bus lines offers a 5 percent discount to passengers 62

and older. And most car rental companies offer 10 to 25 percent discounts to customers who belong to membership organizations like AARP or AAA. Hotels: Many U.S. hotels offer senior discounts (at varying ages) usually ranging between 5 and 15 percent off. For example, Marriott offers a 15 percent discount to travelers 62 and older at over 4,000 locations worldwide. And Wyndham hotel group offers 60-plus guests best available rate discounts. Restaurants: Some restaurant chains offer senior discounts, ranging from free drinks, to senior menus, to discounts off your total order. National chains that offer these deals include Burger King, Chili’s, Chick-fil-A, Dunkin Donuts, Golden Corral, IHOP and Wendy’s. Offers can vary by location. Cruises: Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise lines offer discount rates to cruisers 55 and over. Entertainment and Attractions: Most movie theaters, museums, zoos, aquariums, public golf courses

and even ski slopes provide reduced admission to seniors over 60 or 65. If you’re 62-plus, you’re also eligible for the “Senior Pass,” which provides a lifetime entry to 2,000 national parks and recreation sites. You can obtain this pass in person at one of the federal recreation sites for $80, or online for $90 at To look for other travel discounts on the go, download the Sciddy app at This app lets you search for senior discounts and can send you alerts when you’re at an establishment that offers them. Send your questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit

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The 23rd season of the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation’s free Summer Film Series, co-sponsored with the Wichita Art Museum, opens with Wedding Doll at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29, in the Wooden Lecture Hall. Hagit, a young woman with mild mental deficiency, works in a factory and lives with her mother who gave up her life for her daughter.

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

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

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SHICK volunteers needed for Medicare recipients By Monica Cissell For the thousands of Kansans who need help understanding Medicare and their options, SHICK is the answer. It is the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas program. As residents turn 65 or experience a disability where they are eligible for this benefit, they experience first-hand the complicated Medicare system. Each day 10,000 people in the United States become Medicare eligible. This new-to-Medicare population is surging so more people need help understanding Medicare. Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, in partnership with the RSVP volunteer program, is looking for volunteers to empower, educate and assist Medicare eligible individuals, families and caregivers. In other words, SHICK needs you. CPAAA and partner organizations such as Sedgwick County Extension, local senior centers and others offer SHICK counseling. But more people need assistance than there are people available to help. CPAAA can use volunteers at its office, or in the community assisting a specific population such as a church, senior living facility, neighborhood

group, etc. “It would be great if we all could take care of the people in our little part of the world,” shared Celia Easley, CPAAA Information and Outreach Specialist and SHICK Coordinator. SHICK representatives offer unbiased information to Medicare eligible individuals or current beneficiaries who are looking to revise their Medicare plans. “Placing volunteers at CPAAA and throughout the community will help us support them and improve Medicare understanding for more people when they need it,” Easley said. Volunteers may assist new Medicare enrollees; support Medicare beneficiaries during open enrollment for Part D (Oct. 15-Dec. 7) or throughout the year. Interested volunteers should contact Celia at 316-660-5132 or Celia. She will meet with volunteers, assist with the SHICK volunteer partner application process and provide support during the initial online pre-training.


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Pre-training is the first step and is self-paced. Volunteers receive an introduction to Medicare Parts A and B, Part C (Advantage plans), Medicare D and Medigap. When that is completed, volunteers will be scheduled for Basic Training. A full-day workshop is scheduled for September. Volunteer and time commitment is strictly up to each person. SHICK needs you, and you may need SHICK. This volunteer opportunity for CPAAA can be very rewarding, and those involved will have a

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Alzheimer’s Care Update “When is it time?” When relationships are jeopardized. by Doug Stark When an individual is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, family members often set out with the best intentions to provide care themselves. But the reality of this tragic disease can soon strain even the most loving relationships. People with Alzheimer’s may no longer recognize those closest to them. They may confuse loved ones with deceased relatives, or forget the names of their parents or spouse. Their fear and frustration can trigger emotional outbursts and aggressive behavior. They can become combative and angry for no apparent reason, hurling insults and physical abuse at the very people who love them most. For these reasons and a host of others, Alzheimer’s disease places extraordinary demands on caregivers. The strange mix of

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Warden has tales from teaching to being in charge By Amy Geiszler-Jones During her career, Cathy Linaweaver went from being a teacher in a Kansas prison to warden of two of America’s most high-profile penitentiaries. Now, the 2012 North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents “Warden of the Year” is back in a Kansas classroom – both as a graduate student and an adjunct professor in the criminal justice program at Wichita State University. “I never had the opportunity to get my master’s degree,” she said during an interview in WSU’s new Law Enforcement Training Center. “My decision to go back to school came at the time, and in the year, I was turning 60. I told myself, ‘I’m going to turn 60 regardless so I might as well turn 60 and be smarter.’ ” She retired in 2014 but has remained involved with law enforcement issues. She has conducted detention center audits, helped set up intervention plans for juvenile offenders and organized conferences, and given talks about her career in a male-dominated field - “It Isn’t Easy Wearing Pink.” A native of Radley, Kan., Linaweaver was a single mom with two kids, in debt and needing a job. She had a bachelor’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University, and was hired as a teacher at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth in 1990. She said she almost didn’t get the job because an associate warden tried to thwart her hire, likely because she

was a woman. Over the next decade, Linaweaver held educational leadership positions at the Federal Correctional Institution in Greenville, Ill., and the North Central Regional Office in Kansas City. She became an associate warden and worked at the U.S. Medical Photo by Amy Geiszler-Jones Center for Federal Prisoners Kansan Cathy Linaweaver was a top prison warden. in Springfield, area. Linaweaver said he was an escape Mo., and the U.S. Penitentiary in Big risk and at risk of being assassinated Sandy, Ky. because there were stories he was “I had a lot of difficult situations cooperating with the authorities. that could have been more difficult if I A federal judge threatened her didn’t use my communications skills,” with contempt charges that could have she said. Among the inmates, she had led to her wearing an orange inmate a reputation for not lying and telling jumpsuit. Although she was working things as they were. to have a bullet-proof structure By 2011, she was warden of the built on the rooftop, the inmate was high-rise Metropolitan Correctional transferred before the judge found her Center (MCC) in Chicago. Her in contempt. tenure there got news coverage for In early December 2012, two incidents. The first involved a case Linaweaver was in New York’s brought against her by a drug kingpin LaGuardia Airport, returning from a and the second was when two inmates house-hunting trip for her upcoming escaped on her watch. post as warden of the New York MCC. Vicente Zambada Niebla, a highShe received a phone call that two ranking member of the Sinaloa cartel, inmates had escaped by wiggling out brought charges for denying him time of a window and dropping 15 floors on the building’s rooftop recreation down, using a makeshift rope of bed sheets and towels. The windows on MCC Chicago are about the size of a No. 10 envelope.

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The prisoners had been starving themselves, plus chiseling out parts of the window. In spring 2013, Linaweaver took over the 12-story MCC facility located in Manhattan. It is one of the federal prison system’s most complicated operations. Over the years, it’s housed mob bosses, terrorists and is currently where drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is held. It has a special 10th-floor unit for prisoners who need the most secure measures. During Linaweaver’s tenure, Osama bin Laden’s son-inlaw was there, along with transferred Guantanamo Bay detainees. When she started in corrections, there were few women in leadership positions. Now, she said, about 25 to 30 percent of wardens are women. Linaweaver retired shortly before the mandatory age of 57 for federal law enforcement employees. Her father was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and she wanted to be closer to family. He and her stepmom live in Benton. She settled in Wichita because it’s also about equal distance from her children and grandchildren in Kansas City and Tulsa. In addition to her involvement with law enforcement, she is on the alumni board of Pittsburg State, on her homeowners’ association board and helping to plan a 2020 program to celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage with the WSU Foundation’s Jan Henrie Women’s Leadership Fund. “Leadership is just who I am, whether it’s at work or an organization I belong to.” Contact Amy Geiszler-Jones at

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Share garden bounty with Plant A Row By Janice Sroufe July is here, the days are heating up, we’ve had some rain and the garden is flourishing. At least it should be growing well by now. This is that special time of the gardening year that we begin receiving the rewards for all of the digging, tilling, planting, watering and weeding that we have done throughout the past couple months. Maybe we still have some lettuce and onions from the early spring garden. The cucumbers and summer squash are producing and maybe even a few early tomatoes are ripening. Soon the potato plants will be collapsing and we can dig up those cute little new potatoes. Green beans are beginning to produce and there may be a few peppers ripe enough to pick and enjoy. What a great day it is when we can walk out into the garden, harvest fruits and vegetables and take them directly to the kitchen to prepare for the next meal. The flavors of homegrown, fresh produce are unmatched by anything canned or frozen. A slice of a vine-ripened, justpicked tomato; a salad of leafy lettuce and green onions; and roasted new potatoes and steamed green beans are a treat fit for royalty. Somewhere along the journey through summer, the harvest can become too plentiful. If only one or two people are available to eat, too many

Gardening squash, cucumbers and tomatoes can accumulate – even from the smallest of gardens. Sharing with friends and family is always an option, but sometimes even that can become tedious. It might be time to explore some other method of sharing whatever it is from the garden that is covering the kitchen counter. The Master Gardener program has introduced me to some very valuable resources, one of which is Plant a Row for The Hungry. This is a national organization sponsored by the GWA Foundation that is supported locally in cooperation between Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners and The Kansas Food Bank. According to the website: “Plant A Row for the Hungry is rooted in the tradition of sharing a bountiful garden harvest with others. It is a people-helping-people program for home gardeners to help the hungry in their own communities.” The idea is actually to plant a little extra in order to have something to share. However, I seem to do that without planning. So, when I walk out to my cucumber patch and pick 10 cucumbers when I know I will barely eat one, the other nine will be going to one of the local drop-off sites.

I am inviting all who find themselves in this bountiful situation to join me in donating excess quality fresh fruits and vegetables to Plant A Row, and help “make a positive impact on hunger and nutrition challenges in Kansas.” Here are the local drop-off locations during the growing season: • Kansas Food Bank 1919 E. Douglas • Augusta Ace Home Center 316 W. Seventh, Augusta • Brady Nursery Photo by Janice Sroufe 11200 W. Kellogg Cucumbers are ripening now. • Hillside Nursery 2200 S. Hillside • Hillside Feed & Seed 1805 S. Hillside • Johnson’s Garden Centers - 6225 An Active 50+ Community E. Shadybrook Tours daily by appointment and 2707 W. 13th 316-295-4796 Now Leasing • Valley Feed & Seed One & Two Bedroom, Energy Efficient, 1903 S. Meridian All Appliances, Covered Parking, • Woodard Mercantile Fitness Center, Centrally Located, 4160 N. Maize Rd,, Maize Neighborhood Atmosphere Since its beginning in 2000, Sedgwick County Plant A Row has collected produce totaling 720,730 pounds.

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July theatre options By Diana Morton Summertime means an abundance of live theatre choices. Pick one two, or three; you won’t be disappointed. Kechi Playhouse, 100 E Kechi Rd, See How They Run by Philip King. This classic British comedy, set after the end of World War II, about an eccentric theater family. 8 pm Fri–Sat, 2:30 pm Sun, July 6-29. Tickets $12$14. 316-744-2152 Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N Mosley. Grungy Ole Opry or Honky Tonk Hoedown by Tom Frye. Grungy Ole Opry is set in Trashville, Tenn., with stars Dolly Devine, Tammy Whynot, Tanya Tuckered, Shania Twang and Willie D. Nelson. Villain Johnny Cash truly “walks the line,” breaking heart after heart. This is country music’s best at its worst. Followed by a new musical revue. Through July 14. Dinner 6:15 pm. Tickets $26-$30; Show only, 7:50 pm, $20. 316-263-0222 My Big Rad ‘80s Wedding. Get out the Aqua Net for a gnarly, tubular time where it’s a nice day for a white wedding. Followed by a new musical

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revue. July 19-Sept 1. Dinner 6:15 pm. Tickets $26-$30; Show only, 7:50 pm, $20. 316-263-0222 Music Theatre Wichita, Century II, 225 W Douglas. Guys and Dolls. Ends 2 & 7 pm Sun, July 1. Tickets start at $28. 316-265-3107 Freaky Friday, music and lyrics by Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey. An overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, but they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. 7:30 pm Wed-Thu, 8 pm Fri.-Sat, 7 pm Sun, matinee Sat-Sun, 2 pm. July 1115. Tickets start at $28. 316-265-3107 Pippin, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Circus spectacle and Fosse-style choreography sweeps its audience into the hilarious, sensuous, and poignant quest of young Prince Pippin to find meaning in his life. 7:30 pm Wed-Thu, 8 pm Fri.-Sat, 7 pm Sun, matinee show Sat-Sun, 2 pm. July 25-29. Tickets start at $28. 316-265-3107

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Roxy’s Downtown, 412 E Douglas, cabaret-style theatre. Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Ends 2 pm Sun, July 1. Tickets $20-$30. 316-265-4400 Avenue Q, music and lyrics by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx. This three-time Tony Award winning musical in a first-time Wichita-produced production is about life after college as seen through the eyes of profound and sometimes profane puppets. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 6 pm Sun, July 19-Aug 5. Tickets $20-$30. 316-265-4400 Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N Fountain. Savannah Sipping Society by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten. Four Southern women enjoy each other’s company, misadventures and the occasional liquid refreshment. 8 pm Wed-Sat, July 18-29, 2 pm Sun. Tickets $14, $12 for military/seniors/ students. Opening night ticket $10.

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New laws important to residents 50+ By Mary Tritsch

The 2018 Kansas legislative session is in the books! And while legislators tackled many issues during their time in Topeka, these are some of the new laws that AARP Kansas supported and believes are important to residents 50 and older. House Bill 2674 (Kansas Telemedicine Act) authorizes telemedicine, seen as a way to provide long-distance and Internet medical services, especially those located in rural areas of the state. The bill requires insurance companies to cover telemedicine procedures. House Bill 2232 (electronic monitoring in adult care homes) allows a resident of an adult care home, or a resident’s guardian or legal representative, to conduct authorized electronic monitoring in the resident’s room subject to requirements set out in the bill. Senate Bill 311 (abuse reporting) adds Emergency Medical Services (EMS) attendants to the list of mandatory reporters of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or in need of protective

services as it pertains to a resident or certain adults who are 18 years or older and alleged to be unable to protect their own interest and who are harmed, whether financial, mental or physical in nature. House Bill 2386 (fingerprinting/ national background checks for care home employees) requires the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services to require applicants to be fingerprinted and to submit to a state and national criminal history record check. Fingerprints will be used to identify persons, and to determine whether the applicant has a record of criminal history. House Bill 2458 (mistreatment of a dependent adult and mistreatment of an elder person) merges the two crimes of mistreatment of a dependent adult and mistreatment of an elder person into one. The bill also adds an additional act applicable to all victims: taking the personal property or financial resources of a victim for the benefit of the defendant or another person. It also changes the definition

of elder persons for purposes of the crime from 70 years of age or older to 60 years. House Bill 2496 (Nurse Licensure Compact) allows RNs and LPNs residing in Kansas to practice nursing in Kansas and in the other states that are part of the National Licensure Compact (NLC). As long as they obtain a multistate license in Kansas, they won’t have to obtain one in each of the member states. House Bill 2600 creates the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council. It will be responsible for developing recommendations and advising the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on matters related to the establishment

of palliative care initiatives in the state. In addition, the House and Senate each passed Work and Save Resolutions urging the small business communities to assist in developing a model for saving for retirement that can be accessible to working Kansans. AARP pushed for passage of these resolutions to help about 423,000 Kansans who don’t have a way to save through their employers. For more information about these and other bills visit If you have questions about legislation or want to get involved as an advocate, call AARP at 866-448-3619 or email Mary Tritsch is director of communications for AARP Kansas. Contact her at

Lay Caregiver Act now law By Mary Tritsch

More than 345,000 Kansans help their older parents, spouses, friends and loved ones live independently at home. These caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on July 1 a new law took effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act, also known as the CARE Act, will help caregivers when those they care for go into the hospital and as they transition home. The Act requires hospitals to:

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From page 1 from two floors of meeting rooms to three large meeting rooms, a billiards/ exercise room and a newly-remodeled multi-purpose room. Alkire said it is unfortunate they have lost much needed classroom space. However, members Karen Dornbush, Crystal Diamond and Linda Fields agreed that the new classrooms are more open and bright. Starla Criser, center member and instructor of the writing classes, said the overall remodeling of the meeting rooms and the reception area are great. However, she added, “I was disappointed that the library area is missing.” Alkire said expansion won’t happen until the next phase of remodeling.  “They are having to operate without a library, lounge and computer room, which also impacts job seekers in the employment program. Storage is slim to none; we are having to store extra tables and equipment in all available classrooms and the gym,” she said. “It is crucial that we raise the additional $2 million needed to give Downtown the space they so desperately need.” The last two phases will update of the façade at the senior center and add a computer classroom, café, small

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The Downtown Senior Center exterior shows what’s new and what’s still the 50-year-old façade. auditorium, second large auditorium and additional bathrooms. “It is imperative that Senior Services prepare to serve the next generation,” Alkire said. “Look around – nothing stays the same. If it does it won’t survive. “This is our 50th year serving the seniors in our community. I want this agency to be here in another 50 years – serving future generations of seniors and keeping them healthy, active and connected.”  For more information about Senior Services or to help with the campaign, call 316-267-0302. Contact Debbi Elmore at

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Can you sidestep Alzheimer’s disease?

From Harvard Medical School Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by progressive damage to nerve cells and their connections. The result is devastating and includes memory loss, impaired thinking, difficulties with verbal communication and even personality changes. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may live anywhere from two to 20 years after diagnosis. Those years are spent in an increasingly dependent state that exacts a staggering emotional, physical and economic toll.

MEDICAL A number of factors influence the likelihood that you will develop Alzheimer’s. Some you can’t control, such as age, gender and family history. But there are things you can do to help lower your risk. As it turns out, the mainstays of a healthy lifestyle — exercise, watching your weight and eating right — appear to lower Alzheimer’s risk.

3 core posture workout tips From Harvard Medical School Good posture is important, even during exercise. Here are some tips: Stand up straight. Keep your chin parallel to the floor; shoulders even (roll them up, back and down to help achieve this); arms at your sides; elbows relaxed and even; abdominal muscles pulled in; hips even, knees even and pointing straight ahead; feet pointing straight ahead; and body weight evenly distributed on both feet.

Exercise Stay in neutral. Keep your body in a straight line from head to toe except for the slight natural curves of the spine. Whether you’re standing or seated, your spine should not be flexed or arched. To find neutral, tip your pelvis forward as far as comfortable, then backward as far as is comfortable. Neutral is roughly in the middle. If you’re not used to standing or sitting

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5 steps to lower Alzheimer’s risk 1. Maintain a healthy weight. Cut back on calories and increase physical activity if you need to shed some pounds. 2. Check your waistline. To accurately measure your waistline, use a tape measure around the narrowest portion of your waist (usually at the height of the navel and lowest rib). The National Institutes of Health recommends waist measurements of no more than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men.

up straight, it may take a while for this to feel natural. A neutral wrist is firm and straight, not bent upward or downward. Get the angle. When angles appear in exercise instructions, visualize a 90-degree angle as an L. To visualize a 30-degree angle, mentally slice the 90-degree angle into thirds, or picture the distance between a clock’s minute hand and hour hand at one o’clock. Achieving and maintaining good posture during your workouts takes a little practice. If possible, look in a mirror when exercising. Try to practice better posture, too.

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3. Eat mindfully. Emphasize colorful, vitamin-packed vegetables and fruits; whole grains; protein sources such as fish, lean poultry, tofu, beans and other legumes; plus healthy fats. Cut down on unnecessary calories from sweets, sodas, refined grains like white bread or white rice, unhealthy fats, fried and fast foods, and mindless snacking. Keep a close eye on portion sizes, too. 4. Exercise regularly. This simple step helps control weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. Moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise (walking, swimming, biking) can help chip away total body and abdominal fat over time. Aim for 2½ to 5 hours weekly of brisk walking. Or try a vigorous exercise like jogging (at 6 mph) for half that time. 5. Keep an eye on important health numbers. In addition to watching your weight and waistline, ask your doctor whether your cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and blood sugar are within healthy ranges. Exercise, weight loss, if needed, and medications (if necessary) can help keep these numbers on target. Harvard Medical School has special health reports on more than 60 topics. Visit to find reports of interest to you.

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Watch for signs of elder financial abuse

Arts briefs… Art of Vino, Brew

The 4th annual Art of Vino & Brew at the Coutts Museum of Art will be from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, July 13, at the Butler Community College Hubbard Welcome Center. Guests will pair specially selected wines and beers with an array of appetizers. Harpist RoJean Loucks will provide the music. Try your chance at the beer and wine pulls and Golden Ticket raffle Admission is $65 before July 12; $75 at the door. Proceeds will help support art and art education in the region. For more information, call 316-321-1212.

Kansas Securities Commissioner John Wine is reminding Kansans to watch for the red flags of suspected financial abuse of elder citizens, including potential abuse by guardians assigned to oversee the well-being of those citizens.    “A trusted guardian can be a wonderful resource, but sometimes guardians may take advantage of the trust placed in them by vulnerable elders,” Wine said.   A guardian is a person or entity appointed by a court to exercise some or all authority over a person and/or estate. Courtesy photo Poet Laureate to talk The guardian can have the power John Taylor Arms, Wasps, 1920 Kevin Rabas, Poet Laureate of to make decisions related to the health (aka Aircraft Patrol and In Search) and safety of the incapacitated person.  Kansas, will present Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary at 1:30 p.m. Financial abuse by guardians Saturday, July 14, at Larksfield Place, occurs when he or she improperly uses ly reflected the city’s booming aviation 7373 E. 29th St. N. the protected individual’s financial business in 1914 and following. Through poetry, he will explore the assets.  Located at 1400 W. Museum beauty and value in everything around  Suspected signs of guardian finanBlvd., the museum is open 10 a.m.–5 us. “Poetry shows us that every little cial abuse include:         p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon–5 p.m. bit of our lives is meaningful,” he said. Sunday. Admission is adults $7; 55+ • Using guardianship authority “Part of the poet’s job is to remind us $5; students $3; under 5 free. Saturday to transfer property for the guardian’s to observe and cherish the world and admission is free. benefit. our lives in it.” An award-winning poet, jazz musician and professor at Emporia State THE University, he also chairs the DepartRetiring? ment of English, Modern Languages, OF Facing illness or caregiving? and Journalism. Eric Mitchell II and open to Stephani Spiess, RN The program is free Certified Life Marketing & Community Hospice Nurse the public.

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• Receiving personal payments from a protected individual without court permission. • Authorizing frequent cash withdrawals from the protected individual’s account without explanation. • Using or borrowing property for personal benefit without court authorization. • Making unexplained decisions that are not in the protected individual’s best interest. Commissioner Wine asks anyone with suspicions of possible financial exploitation by guardians to call 785296-3307 or 800-232-9580.

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Art Living

Over There, Over Here: The War Effort of Wichita’s Aviation Industry and American Print Makers explores the little studied phenomenon of American print makers and their artistic responses to WW I. It will be on display at the Wichita Art Museum July 28-Nov. 5. The war began July 28, 1914, and ended 100 Jeanne Erikson, PhD, PCC years ago on Nov. 11, 1918. The exhibition includes powerful Collaborative Life Coaching images of soldiers on the battlefield, and Shalyn also shows the effects of the war at Shanda Mihali McCormick Bates home — including the prints of artists Office Coordinator Hospice Aide in Wichita and in Kansas who artistical-


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

Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. Tue: 1 pm Bridge, Rec Center. Wed: 9 am Low impact aerobics, Rec Center. Mon, 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. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. Tue, Fri: 8:45 am Tai Chi; 10 am Exercise class. 2nd Tue: noon Carry-in lunch & program. Thur: 10 am Bible study. 1st, 3rd & 4th Thu: 9 am Help with technologybring your device.

DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223

Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. July 11: 4:30 pm Intercultural: America Celebrate our independence with an evening of fried chicken and a jukebox journey of '50s and '60s music. $7. July 12: 6 pm Can We Talk: Linda Hargrove. Hear about this highly successful basketball coach's amazing career. RSVP by July 11. July 30: 2:30 pm Summer Movies. Jackie, a film about her world following her husband's assassination. $1.

DOWNTOWN 200 S Walnut, 267-0197

Regular activities: Exercise classes, computer classes, foot care by appt. July 18: 11:30 am National Hot Dog Day. Have a hot dog to celebrate the day. RSVP: Sign up or call 267-0197 so there are enough hot dogs. July 24: 1 pm Amelia Earhart Day. Watch a short biography and then try your hand at making paper airplanes. July 25: 2:30 pm Fry String Quartet, outside performance at The Prairie Pines Barn, 4055 N Tyler Rd. Tour the gardens and then hear the concert. Sign up with Jennifer. $20. Mon: 9:30 am Wanda's exercise; 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (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.

Sedgwick County Senior Centers

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

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, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. July 6: 10:15 pm Inca Art. Judith Eguino-Humerez from Bolvia will share artwork and poetry. July 9: 1 pm National Parks - an Up Close Look Through Spectacular Photography. Jim Boots shares history and highlights. RSVP. July 27: 10:15 am Are You Smarter Than a Scam Artist? Celia Easley, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance; 2:30 pm Belly Dancing for Women. Tue & Thu: 9-11 am Pickleball.

MCADAMS GOLDEN AGE 1329 E 16th, 337-9222

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

MT HOPE 105 S Ohio, 667-8956

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

MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813

Daily: Walk in the gym, coffee; hot lunch;

computers, dominoes, puzzles, pool, book loan. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Yoga. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Zumba. 2nd Tue: 7:30-9:30 am Breakfast, $3. 2nd Wed: 11:30 am Blood pressure checks. 3rd Wed: Noon-1 pm Blood pressure checks. 2nd Thur: 11:45 am KFC potluck. Free. Last Fri: 11:45 Birthday Celebrations.

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444 Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. July 6: 11:45 am Keeping Your Senses Sharp. July 12: 11:45 am Recognizing Elders in Danger. Celia Easley, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging. July 13: 11:45 am Fire and Tornado Safety. 1st Wed: Foot care by Michelle Steinke by appt. 946-0722 (leave msessage). Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 1 pm Bridge.

OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

Daily: 8:30 am-5 pm Computers, pool table, treadmill. 11:30 pm Friendship meals. Mon: 12:30 pm Line Dancing. Wed, Fri: 10:30 am Chair exercise.120 am 1st Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers meeting. 2nd Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers bingo. $1. 4th Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Community bingo. $1. Every Fri: 12:30 pm Afternoon cards. Every Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee/Panera Bread. 1st Sat: 8-10am Breakfast fundraiser. $4.

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293

Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts.

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

July 12: 11:30 am Lunch Out. Wichita Fish Company, 1601 W Douglas. July 24: 9 am Breakfast Out. IHOP, 515 S Ridge Cir. Mon, Wed, Fri: Pickleball Tues: Noon Duplicate bridge. Wed: 10:30 am-noon Computer lab. Fri: Noon Open pool tables; Social coloring.

PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199

Regular activities: Cards, exercise, pool, hot lunch. Call for details. July 4: 1 pm 4th of July Bingo & Raffle. Raffle tickets 50 cents, bingo card $2 or six for $10. Great prizes. Refreshments for sale. July 11: 8:30 am Breakfast at Bramble Cafe. Outing to Elderslie Farm in Valley Center. Maybe pick a few blackberries too. Breakfast $5-$10. Meet at senior center. RSVP to reserve spot on the van, 744-1199. July 23: 11 am BBB Presentation. Denise Groene will discuss scams, complaints and fraud attempts. Mon: 6 pm Pitch. Tue: 1 pm Pool. Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellRep exercise. Fri: 1:30 pm Dance aerobics. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise.

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

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


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, TBA. $3 donation, refreshments. El Dorado Jam & Dance, Senior Center, 210 E 2nd. Canceled for Easter. Oldtime fiddlers, pickers, singers. Doors open 12:30 pm, music 1:30, 1st Suns. Bring covered dish. $3 donation. Country dance 6 pm every Thu. $3 donation. Bring snacks. 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 every Sat. 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:

July 9: 11:15 am Recognizing Elders in Danger. Celia Easley, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging.

Orchard Park Golden Age, 4808 W 9th. 7-9:30 pm every Fri. Live music. $3, refreshments. Park City Sr Center, 6100 N Hydraulic. 7-10 pm 1st, 3rd, 5th 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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Butler County Senior Centers

ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441

BENTON Lion’s Community Bldg, S Main St

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

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.

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

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

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

DOUGLASS 124 W 4th, 746-3227

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

EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142

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.


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 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. Tue, Thu: 8:30 am Men's coffee. Legion Hall, 108 E Topeka Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. 2nd Tue: noon Potluck, program. 4th Tue: noon Potluck, movie.

Harvey County Centers

BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225

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

HALSTEAD 523 Poplar, 835-2283

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

HESSTON Randall & Main, 620-327-5099

Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 am Stretch bands.

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

July 12: 7 pm Community Chat with Sheriff Chad Gay. 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.

July 11 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo AZA Safe Program. Discover how zoos and aquariumssave species from extinction. $4 1:30 pm Advanced Learning Library, 711 W 2nd. Orin Friesen: A Life in Music. This cowboy musician shares stories about his life, books and work. et. July 18 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art TBA 1:30 pm The Kansas African American Museum TBA

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

Transportation Sedgwick County

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

Butler County Transit

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

Senior Wednesdays July 4 No Senior Wednesdays Programs

SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393

July 25 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum Wichita's Other Half by Jane Rhoads. A discussion of how "care for the needy" was established and the charitable institutions that existed in Wichita from 1870-1915. $2 1:30 pm Exploration Place Shark Awareness, Jennifer Hull, Amber Waves Diving Company. Dive into shark diversity and conservation from a diver's point of view. $4.

Harvey County

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

Support Groups, Organizations

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

Friendship Meals Aging Projects serves a hot, nutritious meal weekdays for persons 60 and older in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties. Reservations are necessary. For locations and reservations, call 620-669-8201. WEEK OF JULY 2 Mon: Swedish steak, roast. garlic mashed potatoes, peas & carrots, apricots Tues: Oven fried chicken, potato salad, celery sticks w/peanut butter, watermelon Wed: HOLIDAY Thu: Cranberry meatballs, cauliflower rice, green beans, pineapple Fri: Chicken & rice casserole, broccoli gelatin w/fruit, plums WEEK OF JULY 9 Mon: Hot turkey sandwich, w/ mashed potatoes/gravy, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce, peach crisp. Tue: Ham & egg casserole, broccoli/carrot salad, grape juice, apricots, biscuit. Wed: Creamy chicken & veggie casserole, mixed green salad, pineapple & bananas. Thu: Meatloaf, au gratin potatoes, cauliflower bean salad, mixed fruit, peanut butter cake. Fri: Tuna salad on bun, cucumber/onion salad, sliced tomatoes, cantaloupe, sugar cookie. WEEK OF JULY 16 Mon: Beef cutlet OR liver & onions, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, mandarin oranges. Tue: Chicken fajita salad, salsa, banana w/peanut butter, hominy, cinnamon roll. Wed: Pork roast, w/gravy, au gratin cabbage, mixed veg. watermelon. Thu: Ham & beans, tomato slices, parslied carrots, plums, cornbread. Fri: Turkey w/gravy, California mashed pot w/gravy, peas, peaches. WEEK OF JULY 23 Mon: Scalloped chicken, pickled beets, mandarin oranges, brownie Tue: BBQ pork on bun, baked potato, combination salad, mixed fruit. Wed: Potato stroganoff casserole, green beans cantaloupe, grape juice. Thu: Chicken salad on bun, tomato slices, tomato slices, banana, peanut butter, apple cobbler. Fri: Baked chicken breast or crunchy fish, cole slaw, macaroni & cheese, peaches, oatmeal cookie WEEK OF JULY 30 Mon: Ham, creamed peas, tomato slices, pears. Tue: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, mixed salad greens, pineapple.

AARP Driver Safety Classes Eight hours of instruction; certificate on completion. Reservation required. $15 for AARP members; $20 others. No driver safety classes scheduled.

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Classified Advertising

F CEMETERY PROPERTY FOR SALE F One plot in Lakeview Gardens Cemetery. Double Deck Crypt w/ 20x28 moonlight gray headstone with 1 vase. Retail value $6,995, Asking $4,000. Buyer pays transfer Fee. Call 336-949-4653. PRICE REDUCED: Double depth w/ crypt for 2 individuals, 2 internments one vault preinstalled. Gospel Garden 61 C-1. Retail price $7,395, Sale Price $4,395. Seller pays transfer fee. Call 316-832-9962. Rest-Haven Beautiful Garden of Freedom Lot 105-C- 2 & 3 $3,500 each OBO. Seller will pay transfer fees. Call Kaye 316-7213940.

Old Mission Cemetery. 2 spaces in Acacia currently valued @ $2,834 each. Will consider all offers. Call 316-992-2373. 2 plots RestHaven Cemetery Garden of Faith. Great location! For more information please call 256-200-4259 Rest Haven Plots. Garden of the Gospel Double crypts with vaults. $3,500. Call 316722-3017. Lakeview Gardens 1 Double depth lawn crypt, 2 caskets with bronze on granite head stone. Current value over $12,000 selling for $9,000, OBO. Call 316-250-7571 2 cemetery plots, Resthaven Garden of the Good the Shephard, lot 65-B. $4,500 for both. Seller pays transfer Fee. Call 316-305-4611 Resthaven garden of good Shepherd lot 1501-02. Selling both for $6,500 total. Seller pays transfer fee. Call Don 817-641-6310. Rest Haven Garden of Feedom, double depth crypt. Seller pays transfer fee. Call 316-6700904 for more details. Please leave message Resthaven Garden of Devotion. Lot 93-B, 4 spaces total, $3,000 a piece, or $3,500 sold separately. Seller to pay transfer fee. Michael, 316-264-4112.. Wichita Park Memorial A Lot 337 space 1-2 includes 2 spaces with option up to 4 burials $3,000 obo. 405-570-1393 Resthaven Garden of Love, 2 plots. Value $3600 each. Will sell for $3500, OBO. Call/text 425-941-5842 Resthaven Garden of Prayer. 3 adjoining spaces in lot 126-D. Retail $3,995 each. Sell for $2,995 each ( includes one $1,295 vault free ) Call 316-841-1174 White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Good Shepherd, one plot, 53A, space 1. Valued and selling for $1,330. Transfer fee: $425, will split transfer fee. 316-260-3143, leave message. Resthaven Garden of the Cross. 2 Burial plots. $295 transfer fee is negotiable. Asking $3,500 OBO. Call Mick at 316-680-6164 Cemetery Plot for Sale. Rest-Haven Garden of the Last Supper. One plot, can be used as a double. $5,500. Seller pays transfer fee. 316444-2519 Ben. Maple Grove cemetery, 1 lot, for sale in the E.T. section. $800. Call or text 316-617-1805 White Chapel, 2 Adjoining lots in Christus Garden. $2,000 for both. Buyer Pays Transfer Fee. Call 316-682-1838 or email

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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. Leaky Basement Repair Dirt Installation and Siding Repair Courteous, professional repairs. Free estimates. Concrete work. 20+ years experience. Ernie Sponsel, 316-393-5461. Cowboy Construction Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488

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Cowboy Construction Bathroom and kitchen remodels. Room additions. Garages and sheds. Licensed and insured. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488

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Derby, Haysville, Mulvane, Rose Hill, South Wichita. House painting, siding, decks, fences. Build, repair and stain. Free Estimates and references. See us on Keith Kimball 316-250-2265 Be Blessed. Thank you.

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

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The 84th National Baseball Congress World Series will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, July 27, and end Saturday, Aug. 11. This will be its last year to play at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 300 S. Sycamore. This event is unique to Wichita. It has been the site of the Summer Collegiate National Championship since 1935. It features teams from across the country and more than 55 games. Many collegiate and amateur baseball stars get their start at this tournament. At the end of the baseball season the stadium will be demolished. Engineering firms have told the city that its foundation is crumbling and

that the ballpark is not safe. The NBC tournament will be held at WSU’s Eck Stadium while the new stadium is being built.

Car show, party

The new, revamped Automobilia Moonlight Car Show & Street Party expects more than 100,000 spectators and about 1,000 vehicles on display at its 24th show from 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, July 14. In addition to hundreds of classic cars, motorcycles and other vehicles, attendees can check out a swap-meet, multiple food courts and several bands playing north and south of First Street between Topeka and Rock Island. Charities benefiting from this show are Convoy of Hope, Cars for the Cause, The Arc of Sedgwick County and Starkey Foundation.

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from Wichita State University, has presented information about two of his undergraduate research projects concerning Alzheimer’s to national audiences. He presented his first project regarding aerobic exercise in early-stage Alzheimer’s patients at the Harvard University National Collegiate Research Conference and Undergraduate Research Day in Topeka. In his second study, Abdul inves-

tigated if biomarkers in blood can be used to diagnose early-stage Alzheimer’s. Out of 400 national entries, he was selected to present this study in Washington, D.C., to members of Congress on Capitol Hill and serve as an advocate for student research. Abdul’s research poster drew the largest audience at the event and he was able to network with national university and government officials.

Alzheimer’s studies

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Photos of the New York City slums Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives will be on display at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical museum through Aug. 11  Riis (1849–1914) was a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the 20th century. His then-novel idea of using photographs of the city’s slums to illustrate the plight of impoverished residents established Riis as forerunner of modern photojournalism. This exhibit features photographs

by Riis and his contemporaries, as well as his handwritten journals and personal correspondence. Through his lectures, many books and even his friendship with President Theodore Roosevelt (former Police Commissioner of New York), Riis advanced social reform in early 20th-century America. Riis visited Wichita for well publicized lectures in 1903 and 1909. Special programming for the exhibit includes: 

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Howard Alfrey Esther Allen June Armstrong Quincey Barnard Donald Baxter Carol Bayouth George Beran Shirley Bessette Betty Black Dorothy Blake Jean Bowin Willam Boyle Jane Byrnes Cheryl Carney Tom Carr Delores Casement Robert Chamberlain Glenda Cherry Michael Childers Geronimo Claudio Barbara Cline Linda Coates Margie Conyac

Colleen Craig Fred Currier Bridget Davis Linda Destasio Leonard Dickeson Evelyn Donaldson Lorrie Donham Leslie Doty Marie Dye Charles Ehresman Harley Foos David Frayne Judith Freeman Myron Frick Janice Friedman Dora George Craig Gibson Carol Graham James Hageman Mardith Hammond Ernie Harris Vida Heinrichs Marcella Heitman

Evelyn Hellums F.J Henseler Geneva Hershberger Kenneth Holler Carl Holmes Toni Holzman Peggy Housholder Gladys Johnson Max Kabler Lois Kelley Waneta Kelley Shirley Kimrey Marjorie Klein Barbara Klingman Mary Knecht Shirley Knight Tilly Knight Delitha Leach Delores Lessenden Wanda Levy Norma Lewis Debra Lynn Ted Maisch

1-3 p.m. Tuesday, July 17– Friday, July 20 – The (Hi)STORY in a Photo. Learn about the history of photography, how photos are made and how to use them to tell a story. 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 – Child Labor in America: The Epic Legal Struggle to Protect Children with Dr. John Fliter, author and distinguished teacher at Kansas State University. 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 – Secure the Shadow ere the Substance Fade: Wichita’s Pioneer Photographers

Barbara Mann Naomi Matney John McCarrier Richard McClintock Twila McCoy Ray McMann Janett McMillian Cathy Menousek Judith Mielke Gayland Miller Wanda Miller Kenneth Mills Judye Mohring Henry Monton Rose Carmel Munoz Alberta Nichols Ellen Nulton Beverly Osborn Carol Overstake-Wilson Donald Parsons David Paugh Sharon Pauls Richard Paxton Arden Peters Darrell Plinsky Ray Rancuret

Eloise Reep Grace Regier Joan Rethorst Myrne Roe Sharon Rogers Gary Rosiere Patricia Ross Jack Russell Paul Seymour Dana Shannon Jerreen Shellner Martha Smith Phyllis Smith William C. Smith Ray Stevens Don Sucht Linda Thomas Beverly Thorton Janice Tucker Judith Turner Nancy Vincent Charlotte Waits Sharon Waner Bradford Watkins Walter Wattman

1870-84 with Jami Frazier Tracy, Curator of Collections at the museum. The museum at 204 S. Main is open 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, 1–5 p.m. Saturday–Sunday. Admission is $5 adults; $2 6-12; under 6 free. For information call 316-265-9314 or visit Susan Wetta Emma Wilson Fred Woods Lavonne Ziegler Clasen Family Trust Euriel & Shirley Albers Daniel & Mary Kay Blasi Roger & Norma Bratland Jim & Lou Clennan Larry & Esther Flickinger James & Becky Harmon James & Chrysa Honeyman Mr. & Mrs. Harold Kieler Wilbur & Gloria Koster Joe & Alys Kowing Vicki & Alphonse Liguori L.D & D.L Logsdon Michael & Kathleen McVay Irene & Eugene Merrill Joe & Terry Moore Kent & Jeanine Noah Ronald & Sammie Pletcher Gary & Kathryn Regier Duanne & Aletha Van Camp Harold & Peggy Vanburen

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Guitarist says he proved others wrong Editor’s Note: One in a series of stories about African American musicians in Wichita from the 1930-50s. By Patrick O’Connor Not long after Berry Harris was born in 1929 in Atoka County, Okla., his family moved to Boggy Bend, a Black farming community. His dad had rented a 20-acre farm for $2 a year. “We were poor but we had everything else - a place to stay, food to eat and a lot of love from our family and the community. “We listened to the Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night,” he said. “I got to pecking around on the guitar.” His father, a minister, was against him playing because he thought everybody with a guitar was lazy. “All they was going to do was pick on that old guitar, drink whiskey and chase women,” Berry said. But he continued to pratice. When he left the military in 1952, he moved back to Oklahoma, and played and traveled with Gene Franklin and the House Rockers. Then Jerry Burns (uncle of Karla) came to Muskogee. He got Sam Franklin a drummer; Floyd Grim, a saxophone player; and Berry, and they moved to Wichita. “I never considered myself a good guitar player; everybody told me I wasn’t. All the good musicians shunned me, like I had the plague,” he said. “Now today, these same people grin and talk to me and they forgot how they’ve treated me. But I haven’t forgot.” He said he never got a chance to

town; Hammond B-3 organ and saxophone town. About the best organ players that really hung around here would be Gordon Simms and Jerry Childers. There ain’t any more around here unless you go to church. Then you can find a jillion of them.” Club owners know more about musicians than anybody, he said. “They know how to stand and beg you, when there’s an empty house, to come play in their joint. Once you build up Guitarist Berry Harris was born in 1926. his crowd, then he’s going play with “the so-called elite musicians. to hire everybody except you. You got I played with all the damn drunks. I too many hungry musicians out here.” had to go down to the white part of Berry said Wichita had never town and play before someone recogbeen a hard-core blues town. nized that I might be a decent musi“You want to know why? People cian, even though I can’t play nothing say ‘I don’t want to hear that. I heard but blues. that all my life.’…That’s the reason “In the ‘60s we had a lot of good why our kids don’t know anything jazz musicians here: Henry Powell; about this heritage — because we Cerrcy Arnold; Helen Lewis, piano weren’t playing that in the house. player, and her husband, James, tenor player; Silvester Mathis; Fred Ponds, trumpet player. “Albert Collins and Frankie Lee came here with Little Milton. Albert Collins stayed here for about a year and a half playing at the Starlight. Freddie King used to come to town. When Albert Collins come here, this was just beginning to turn into a guitar town. IN OUR NEW “This has always been a saxophone

“The songs the young white kids are hearing today are old hat to us. I play up-to-date R&B and modern blues, not John Lee Hooker or Muddy Waters.” Berry said he didn’t understand the word “blues” just because someone put a label on it saying “well, this is the blues over here.” He prefers to call it music. “I don’t believe that the slaves were singing blues. They was singing for deliverance, the same thing the Hebrew children of Egypt was singing about. They say the blues coming back. They never been nowhere! “Then folks say white folks don’t have no blues. What you think he got when his stuff is wrong, when he ain’t got no money? What was Hank Williams and Bob Wills singing about?” This article is from Wichita African American Blues Performers: History in Music, based on interviews conducted at the Kansas African American Museum for the Wichita Blues Project, 1996-97. Copyright 2015, Patrick Joseph O’Connor. Most photos in this series were taken by Arthur Kenyon at the Museum, 601 N. Water.


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African-American Music: From the Spiritual to Motown at Kansas Masonic Home Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Workshop in Family History at Bel Aire Senior Center Wednesdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26 Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. A History of Noise: Music and Politics from Beethoven to Jimi Hendrix at Reflection Ridge Retirement Resort Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Kansas Railroads – Impact of the Iron Horse on the Sunflower State at Kansas Masonic Home Fridays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Literature of Kansas at Haysville Senior Center Mondays, September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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