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By Ken Stephens In 1918, the deadliest epidemic in human history swept across the globe. By the time it had spent its fury, at least 35 million people, perhaps as many as 100 million, were dead. It was called the Spanish Flu, solely because the awful pandemic received unfettered publicity in Spain, because that nation was neutral in World War I and had no war-time censorship, especially after the flu touched the royal family. In fact, many epidemiologists and others who have studied the evidence believe that it all started right here in Kansas, that Haskell County was the match, and Camp Funston, a World War I army training post within Fort Riley, was the tinderbox. John M. Barry, in his book The Great Influenza, wrote that Lorring Miner, a country doctor from Santa Fe, then the Haskell County seat but now vanished, first saw a patient with
particularly intense influenza symptoms – severe headache, body aches, fever, cough – in late January or early February 1918. Within days he had treated dozens of similar cases in Sabetha, Sublette, Santa Fe, Jean and Copeland and on isolated farms. It worried him enough that he reported “influenza of a severe type” to the U.S. Public Health Service. The service offered no advice or help, but included Miner’s alert in its weekly Public Health Reports, which tracked disease activity around the world. For the first six months of 1918, Miner’s warning was the only flu outbreak deemed worthy of reporting anywhere in the world, Barry wrote. Combing the archives of Haskell County newspapers, Barry uncovered many reports of illnesses. In late February and early March 1918, he read several reports of young men traveling from Haskell County to Camp
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The Wichita Manual Training Association, 2146 N. Topeka, was built in 1912. In 1918 the Wichita Red Cross converted it to an Influenza Hospital. The swimming pool and bowling lanes were covered to create additional wards; a kitchen and laundry facilities were added. When it opened it had 100 patients' in two weeks it was 147 patients. Funston. day furlough. The same week, papers reported Ernest Elliott left Sublette to visit that several people had fallen ill with his brother at the camp shortly after influenza in Jean and a young soldier his child fell ill. named Dean Nilson came home on And from Copeland, John Bottom leave from Camp Funston for a fivetraveled to Camp Funston for his See Flu, page 8
Your new Medicare card New Medicare cards should arrive in Kansas this July. To help prevent identity theft, these cards do not include your Social Security number. Instead you will receive a new, unique Medicare number. To receive your new card, make sure your mailing address is current. If you need to correct or update your address, visit ssa.gov/myaccount or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778). Medicare will NEVER call you and ask for personal information
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before sending your card. Do not share your Medicare number or other personal information if someone calls on the phone and asks for it. If you want more information or want to speak to a Senior Health Insurance Counselor for Kansas (SHICK), call the Sedgwick County Extension Agency, 316-660-0126.
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By Janice Sroufe Gardening in Kansas can be an adventure with the rapidly changing weather and uncertain amounts of rainfall. But if you enjoy the outdoors and want to get a little exercise, the rewards can be substantial…or not. A Gardener’s Dictionary defines gardening as “the art of killing weeds and bugs to grow flowers and crops for animals and birds to eat.” Although this statement can be true, usually there is enough success in the adventure to benefit the gardener,
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Seniors don’t fare well under KanCare
By Monica Cissell The Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities (k4ad), representing the 11 Area Agencies on Aging across Kansas, recently provided data to the Kansas legislature indicating seniors are not faring well under the current KanCare system. The data indicates: • The number of seniors receiving Home and Community Based Services under KanCare since 2010 has decreased by more than 1,000. • The expenditures for community-based services are down by more than $14,000,000 from 2010. • The number of nursing-facility KanCare residents is down. And yet, the Kansas aging population continues to rapidly increase. The Kansas Statistical Abstract for 2016 projected that the population for people age 65 and older would increase by 82.4 percent from 2014 to 2044. Annette Graham, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging Director, recently noted that “in our service area (Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick County) there were 81,013 residents over 65 in 2014.
“The number is projected to grow in all three counties and, in Sedgwick County alone, the senior population is expected to increase by more than 31,000 from 2014-2024.” The state’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are concerned that today’s seniors, particularly those 85 and older, are unable to gain access to KanCare services when needed, whether the senior chooses to remain at home or move to a nursing facility. KanCare began in 2013. At that time the state contracted with private Managed Care Organizations (insurance companies) to manage Medicaid patients’ care. The implementation of KanCare brought two major changes: The elimination of “high-touch” case management for seniors at the local level, and the removal of “high-touch” assistance for seniors applying for KanCare at the local level. “High touch” is the term used for case managers and other professionals who provide more personal and/or frequent interaction with clients. “The Medicaid application
process can be complex and frustrating,” Graham said. “The elimination of assistance at the local level has created barriers and unnecessary confusion for seniors and their caregivers. “Assistance needs to return to the local aging experts. Kansas seniors deserve better and AAAs across the state are advocating for just that.”
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Understanding Larksfield’s Levels of Care
Wednesday, March 14th | 10:30 am This presentation will cover everything you want and need to know about continuum-of-care retirement living. You will gain insight on the levels of care within our community including independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, home health care and long-term care, you will not have to leave our community if your health-care needs ever change. Please RSVP as lunch will be served, call 858-3910.
BOOST YOUR BRAIN & MEMORY PROGRAM (a brain fitness program) Friday, March 9th | 1:00 pm Meggin DeMoss will review the reasons why physical activity, intellectual activity and nutrition are important in keeping your brain healthy. Participate in fun activities that will challenge you in each of these areas. Find out how to increase or maintain your cognitive reserve. Discuss the memory strategies of attention, and getting organized. Space is limited. RSVP 858-3910. For more info visit www.LarksﬁeldPlace.org.
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Learn crazy quilt stitches By Nancy Carver Singleton Her Facebook posts, which teach quilters one new stitch each day, has turned into a book for Wichitan Valerie Bothell. Joyful Daily Stitching Seam by Seam focuses on the many, many stitches used in one crazy quilt. A lot of quilters hesitate to tackle them because they are so intricate, she said. Crazy quilts feature patches of random sizes, shapes, colors and fabrics and are often embroidered. Three years ago, Bothell started a Facebook page featuring a different seam five times a week. She has 1,900 followers. “I thought if I broke it down and you would take one stitch five days a week for a year, that would be 250 seams.” Depending on its size and embroidery, a crazy quilt might be completed in that time, she said. Several months into her posts, Bothell, 55, started making her own quilt using the same stitches. She began to wonder if the stitch-a-day posts might be a book. She and a friend had their book, Quilting—Just a Little Bit Crazy: A Marriage of Traditional and Crazy Quilting, published in 2014. Bothell sent her new book proposal to the same publisher. It was accepted
in three weeks. Her vision was to include close-up color photos of five to six stitches per page, plus a step-by-step stitch guide that included ribbon embroidery. The 144-page book has 500 stitch photos and 300 photos in the stitch guide. “It was quite a process to organize,” she said. The 41- by 41-inch crazy quilt wall hanging she made has 49 blocks to illustrate each stitch photographed for the book. Most crazy quilts are made of satin, silk and velvet. Bothell made hers of cotton, a fabric she had not used before, to give it a more modern feel. Its green, lavender, purple and pink fabric is intricately embroidered with a bee, butterflies, flowers, houses, leaves, strawberry, a wheat shock, etc. She said the best part of quilting for her is the embroidery, which she learned as a child. “I love it. I really enjoyed coming up with 500 different stitch ideas. What can I do? How can I make it different? Then there are all the different threads to use and all the different colors.” She “dabbles” in other forms of quilting, but crazy quilts are her favorite because of the creativity involved. She teaches it at CityArts, 334 N.
Mead. She will sign her books at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at First Mennonite Brethren Church, 8000 W. 21st. Published in January, it’s available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble. Contact Nancy Carver Singleton at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Blowout used book sale at library Since Wichita’s downtown library is moving, Friends of the Wichita Public Library is holding a Blowout Used Book Sale. Everything must go, they say. This will be their last sale in the current library. The new Advanced Learning Library, 711 E. Second, will open later this year. The sale is 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, and 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 9-10, at
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From Page 1 friends and family. If you are thinking about giving it a try, here are some ideas to consider as you prepare to join the approximately 120 million people in the United States who grow flowers or vegetables. It’s March, and although it may still be rather cold, it’s time to think about what you would like to grow. The seed catalogs arrived early in the year, and now the garden centers are coming to life. The seed and plant choices are plentiful, which means you should carefully choose what you want based on how much time you want to spend gardening and how much space you have to devote to your garden. Pay attention to the information on the seed packets and plant tags
concerning when to plant, how much space to allow for each plant and whether the plants need sun or shade. Another issue is your physical ability. Can you lift heavy bags of mulch? Can you maneuver a shovel, rake or hoe? Can you crawl around on the ground? If any of these activities sound undoable, consider enlisting some help or
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By Amy Geiszler-Jones Ernestine Krehbiel helped register voters during the civil rights movement. Melody McCray-Miller is raising awareness about high infant mortality rates among African-Americans. And Myrne Roe advocated for Wichita women to get a library card on their own back in the 1970s. These local women are being honored for those efforts and more with She Makes A Difference Awards from the Wichita NOW chapter Friday, March 30, at Homewood Suites by Hilton, 1550 N. Waterfront Parkway. Ernestine Krehbiel As a longtime member of the League of Women Voters, Krehbiel often encouraged people to run for office. “It was finally time for me to take my own advice,” she said. Krehbiel put her name forward last December to fill a vacated seat on the Wichita school board and received a majority vote by the current board to fulfill the term
through January 2020. A retired high school history and government teacher, she taught in Maryland, Illinois, New York and for 25 years at Wichita’s Metro Boulevard School. In Baltimore, she visited restaurants that only served whites with her African-American friends to challenge that policy. Krehbiel said that as a believing Christian she felt the need to “put your money where your mouth is by looking out for the poor and speaking for those who have no voice.” In Illinois, she refused to take a McCarthy-era oath to affirm she wasn’t a member of the Communist Party. Teachers were required to take the oath to be paid, so she worked for no pay while her court case made its way to the U.S. Court of Appeals, which agreed the law was unconstitutional. She’s worked as a lobbyist for the New York League of Women for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, led the Kansas League of Women Voters and worked with the league to fight rules and laws that suppress votes. Melody McCray-Miller
“I’m very passionate about people and improving their quality of life,” said McCray-Miller. Her career reflects that. The former social studies teacher at Wichita’s Mayberry Middle and Southeast High schools has held elected offices on the county and state levels. She was the first African-American woman elected to the Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners, serving District 4, and was a second-generation Kansas state legislator, serving the 89th District. “I never considered myself to be a politician but rather a public servant,” she said. Last year, she became interim president and CEO of the Urban League of Kansas. She’s working on such issues as workforce training with the Wichita Area Technical College and the Lights On program with the Wichita Police Department. The Lights On program, which is still in development, recognizes that
cars are important to many people’s livelihood. Sometimes they can’t afford to fix malfunctioning lights, but that’s a traffic violation, McCray-Miller said. The Lights On program would enable officers to hand out "tickets" to offenders who qualify, which would allow them to get the repairs done for free by WATC auto mechanic students. She is also the principal investigator in the Zero to One Project, funded by a Kansas Health Foundation grant. It helps to raise awareness of the higher rates of infant mortality among blacks – particularly in Sedgwick County where black infant deaths are three times higher compared to white infants. Myrne Roe After a career that spanned being an English and debate teacher, serving as campaign director and chief of staff for then-U.S. House Rep. Dan Glickman, doing public relations for Wichita See next page
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Gift basket delivery too good to be true
A new credit card scheme: This is a recounting of the incident from the victim. She doesn't live in Kansas. "Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone saying that he was from some outfit called “Express Couriers.” (The name could be any courier company.) "He asked if I was going to be home because there was a package for me that required a signature. "The caller said that the delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour. Sure enough, about an hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and
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State University and being a Wichita Eagle editorial writer and columnist, Roe was looking for a retirement project. The result was the 2011 book, Radiating Like A Stone: Wichita Women and the 1970s Feminist Movement, a series of essays by women involved in the movement. “It really caught
a bottle of wine. I was very surprised since there was no special occasion or holiday, and I certainly didn’t expect anything like it. Intrigued, I inquired as to who the sender was. "The courier replied, “I don’t know, I’m only delivering the package.” "Apparently, a card was being sent separately (it never arrived). There was also a consignment note with the gift. "He explained that because the gift contained alcohol, there was a $3.50 “delivery/verification charge,” providing proof that he had actually delivered the package to an adult (of legal drinking age) and not just left it on the
doorstep where it could be taken by anyone, especially a minor. "This sounded logical, and I offered to pay him cash. He then said that the delivery company required payment to be by credit or debit card so everything is properly accounted for, and this would help in keeping a legal record of the transaction. He added couriers don’t carry cash to avoid loss or likely targets for robbery. "My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled out his credit card. The delivery man asked him to swipe the card on a small mobile card machine with a small screen
and keypad. Frank, my husband, was asked to enter his PIN number and a receipt was printed out. He was given a copy of the transaction. "The guy said everything was in order, and wished us good day. "To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, $4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines. "Apparently the 'mobile credit card machine,' which the deliveryman carried now had all the info necessary to create a “dummy” card with all our card details including the PIN number."
the attention of a lot of women – and men – in the community,” she said. “It was about an energetic, exciting time, and anyone on the periphery wanted to read it. And then there were the younger women who had no clue and found out all about it. … We knew about sexual harassment, of course, but that’s taken much longer.” Roe was the first president of the Wichita Commission on the Status of Women. One of its successes was
a women’s crisis center and shelter to combat domestic violence. Her writing also brought attention to other issues. She often wrote about depression and its treatment, including her own, after joining The Eagle in 1991. Her 2007 book, Under Hope’s Roof, shared the stories of 14 homeless people living at Wichita’s Interfaith Ministries and the various circumstances that can lead to homelessness.
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army training. Barry noted that all three would have arrived at Camp Funston between Feb. 28 and March 2. On March 4, a time lapse that would coincide with the incubation period for influenza, Pvt. Albert Gitchell, a cook at the camp, was hospitalized with the flu. At the time, Kansas was experiencing record cold. But as the Army surged from 110,000 troops to more than 2 million after the United States entered World War I, housing, bedding, clothing and heating were inadequate in the training camps. Troops often huddled together around heating stoves. As the weather worsened, the Army ignored health-based regulations on the minimum living space per man and allowed more and more to move into barracks. In close quarters, the virus took flight within Camp Funston, which on average had 56,000 troops. Within three weeks of Pvt. Gitchell falling ill, 1,100 soldiers were sick enough to require hospitalization. Of those, 237 developed pneumonia and 38 died. From Funston, Barry theorizes, the disease spread as soldiers completed training and were assigned to other bases or rode troop trains to ports where they boarded ships for France and the battlefields of World War I. Within two weeks of the first reported cases at Camp Funston, 10 percent of the troops at Camps Forest and Greenleaf in Georgia had the flu.
the active age It would quickly spread to 24 of the 36 largest Army camps in the U.S. and 30 of the 50 largest cities, many near camps. It first turned up in Europe at Brest, the major port of entry for American troops arriving in France. In the fall, the disease mutated into a deadlier form, and a second, killing wave hit in October 1918. In Kansas, 899 civilian deaths were attributed to influenza in October and 1,919 more attributed to pneumonia, which was often the result of the most serious flu cases. The Oct. 8 issue of the Topeka State Journal was filled with influenza news. The secretary of the State Board of Health, Dr. Samuel Crumbine, had already directed that public meeting places, such as churches, schools and theaters, be closed in many towns to try to stop the spread of the epidemic. State institutions, such as colleges, were placed under quarantine. Kansas was fortunate to have Dr. Crumbine. Even before the influenza epidemic, he was known beyond the state’s borders for public health policy, including a “swat the fly” campaign to reduce insect-borne illnesses and another campaign to discourage the use of the common drinking cup on railroad cars. He also discouraged spitting on the sidewalk, and some cities started fining people for it. When the influenza epidemic became obvious at Camp Funston, Dr.
Crumbine launched an educational campaign, with a brochure describing the symptoms of the flu and discouraging healthy people from contact with those showing symptoms. On Oct. 10, Wichita city physician Dr. Thomas J. Carter banned indoor public gatherings and a quarantine on all people with flu symptoms. Classes at Fairmont College were cancelled, and members of the Student Army Training Corps with flu symptoms were confined a large room in the college’s Fiske Hall. A guard was posted to keep the ill inside and others outside. The emergency orders also limited store hours and the number of people who could be in a store at any one time. No more than 10 people were allowed on a street car.
March 2018 When Wichita’s emergency order was extended to churches, ministers published their sermons in the local newspapers. On Oct. 5, the Wichita Red Cross Influenza Hospital opened at 2146 N. Topeka, a two-story building that had been built six years earlier as the Wichita Manual Training Association; the initials are still on the crest of the frontage. Less than two weeks later, the Wichita Beacon reported that the hospital, designed for 100 patients, already had 147, including one three-generation family of nine. Five Wichitans died of the flu in the previous 24 hours; 29 in the previous 13 days. Fifty houses were currently under quarantine, and 900 had been under quarantine since Oct. 5. The Beacon reported that “Every person must continue his precautions of guarding against the disease, especially by avoiding crowds, staying home and being alone as much as possible.” A month later, The Wichita Eagle reported that October had been the deadliest month in the city’s history: 194 deaths, 109 from influenza or pneumonia. It was much worse at Camp See next page
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From previous page Funston. On Oct. 4, 1,270 men fell ill in one day. Four days later the Eagle reported 2,070 new cases of flu. For the month, the Army medical report said 14,548 enlisted men had been hospitalized and 804 died. In a letter dated Oct. 18, Gen. Leonard Wood reported to Gov. Arthur Capper that as many as 8,000 men were sick at a time. After peaking at 64 deaths in one day, the daily number was then “running in the 30s.” Five days later, the state’s adjutant general reported to Capper that most of the sick at Camp Funston were being cared for in 22 buildings being used as hospitals. The most serious cases were moved to the Fort Riley base hospital, which at that time held 3,300 patients, 1,200 of whom had pneumonia. But the majority, according to the adjutant general, were recovering. The pandemic had started slowly with 34 influenza deaths statewide in January 1918. After the winter months, it tapered off to less than 10 deaths in June and July and none at all in August. Flu reappeared with eight dead in September.
Then it exploded in October, when 899 died of the flu across the state and 1,919 more of pneumonia. Still, in late October some cities thought they had seen the worst and began easing back off their closure orders. But by November, the orders were back in place when it became clear that the epidemic was not in fact ebbing. Some thought that gatherings celebrating the anticipated end of the war, which came on Nov. 11, had reinvigorated the epidemic. The flu claimed 582 more lives across Kansas in November, plus 848 deaths attributed to pneumonia. In early December, the Wichita Beacon reported that so many motormen from the Wichita Railroad and Light Co. were sick and unable to work that the city’s street cars were having difficulty running on schedule. On Dec. 2, according to the Beacon, 28 motormen were absent from work; a day later 25. Statewide, 986 died of flu and 1,179 of pneumonia in December. For the entire year, the flu had killed 2,639 Kansans. An additional 5,223 died of pneumonia. At Camp Funston, the total was 1,190 dead for the year. In Wichita, the Red Cross Flu Hospital had treated a total of 615
patients by late January 1919. The hospital closed in March 1919, only to reopen in January 1920, when another influenza outbreak hit. In 1918, Wichita’s population was 62,404. Some 1,228 Wichitans died that year, 336 more than in 1917. The
403 deaths attributed to influenza and pneumonia more than accounted for the increase that made 1918 the deadliest year in the city’s history to that point. Contact Ken Stephens at Ken.Stephens@sbcglobal.net
By Ken Stephens Sometimes Adrienne Byrne hears someone say “I had the flu this weekend.” Byrne, director of the Sedgwick County Division of Health, thinks to herself, “Ehh, probably not.” “Flu feels like nothing else,” she said. “You feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. You are so fatigued you can’t get out of bed. and you ache and have a fever.” The best way to avoid it, she and other health experts agree, is to get an annual flu shot. The vaccination is especially important for children 6 months to 5 years old, those 65 and older, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system or chronic disease. Most influenza deaths occur in
people 65 and older, she said. Experts recommend that you get a flu shot every year. The vaccine’s formulation is reviewed annually and is sometimes changed, plus the body’s immune response declines over time. One thing Byrne hears a lot is “I got a shot in the past, and I got the flu.” It’s made with an inactive virus and cannot cause the flu, she explained. Some don’t get the vaccine because they’re afraid of shots or never had the flu. “If you’ve ever had the legitimate flu, you’ll want to get the flu shot.” If you get the flu, avoid spreading it. Byrne advised that you stay home, except to see a medical professional. Don’t go out until you have been free of fever for at least 24 hours. Cough or sneeze into your shoulder, sleeve or a tissue, and then wash your hands.
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Week celebrates those who keep us safe By Steve Ochsner For the past three years, a week had been dedicated to recognizing and appreciating firefighters, law enforcement officers, first responders, veterans and others who have devoted their lives to making our community free and safe. This year’s Week of Heroes will be 10 a.m.-to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 19-23, at the Museum of World Treasures, 835 E. First. It has come a long way from very humble beginnings, according to Ret. SMSgt Ron Bogard. Back in 2014 Ron was a museum volunteer. The staff asked for his help to put something together for kids on spring break to introduce them to veterans and those who serve the local community. “At first it was just a few firetrucks,” he said. Today more than 25 agencies and organizations fill the Old Town square in front of the museum with everything from helicopters to air boats to armored personnel carriers. This year, the fourth, Ron is co-chair. He and a small group of museum employees, volunteers and participants have been working on it since last September. “Every year it gets bigger – more equipment, more veterans.” He will put in more than 200 volunteer hours to make it a success. Why does he do it? “Kids are our future, both of Wichita and of America. They rarely get to see soldiers or police or firemen except on TV. I want them to see that these are real people, people that care about them and others.” This has become one of the museum’s major annual events. Why is it important?
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This is week-long celebration March 19-23 - honors both military (active duty and retired) and first responders. Members of the armed services, local law enforcement, fire protection and others will provide demonstrations, give talks and visit with guests. There are activities for the kids, tanks, fire trucks, mounted police, police dog demonstrations and more. Admission is $9.95 adults, $8.95 seniors, $7.95 4-12, free 3 and under. Active military, veterans and first responders $1 off for this event. The museum, 835 E. First, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Bonita Coronado, a museum marketing specialist and co-chair with Ron, said youth should meet first responders, police, fire fighters and veterans to show them what they do. More than 800 people attended last year, she said. They expect more this year. Many of the participants are from McConnell Air Force Base. It has supported the event since its inception. Maj. Linda Baggett, Director of Inspections for the 184th Intelligence Wing, is coordinating her wing’s participation. They plan to have a color guard, security forces, communications equipment and perhaps a Mobile Emergency Operations Center. “As Kansas Air National Guardsmen, we want people to know that we are here to protect and support both our nation and also the citizens of Kansas,” she explained.
Other participants include Kansas Highway Patrol, Fish & Game, Alpha 1 Drop Zone and active duty and reserve Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard members. Veterans will display some of their personal memorabilia and talk about their experiences, some going back for 50 years. This will be Vietnam infantryman Ron Adame’s fourth year to participate. He has many stories to share and he also wrote a book about his experiences, Audible Click. He said he does it because “Vietnam was something no one wanted to talk about. We were not heroes back then. These events give us the opportunity to tell our side of the story and maybe dispel some of the stigma of it."
Of course, he added, “it also gives us time to sit down and talk to other vets of other eras to discuss our service, good times and bad.” If you are a military veteran or a member of one of the public services organizations, attend this celebration. If you’re not, it’s an opportunity to express your appreciation to those who have sacrificed for you and your family; meet these heroes and learn why they do the things that they do. It could be a day that you’ll never forget. Maj. (ret) Steve Ochsner is a helicopter pilot and 25-year veteran of the US military. Contact him at steve.ochsner@ gmail.com
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Calendar of Events BEL AIRE 7651 E Central Park Ave 744-2451, ext 121 www.belaireks.org
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. Mon: 2 pm Chair 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 www.derbyweb.com
Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. Mar 7, 14, 21, 28: 1 pm The Battle of Antietam. The bloodiest battle ever fought by Americans was here on Sept 17, 1862. $1 per class. Mar 8: 6 pm Can We Talk? Linda Hargrove Learn about her amazing career as a successful collegiate basketball coach and then a coach for professional and Olympic teams. Mar 2 sign-up deadline. Mar 12: 4 pm Inspiring Women: Juliette Gordon Low. Teresa Hearn, a lifetime Girl Scout member, talks about the founder on the 106th anniversary year of the organization.
DOWNTOWN New Location: West Side Baptist Church, 304 S Seneca, 267-0197 www.seniorservicesofwichita.org
Regular activities: Exercise classes, computer classes, foot care by appt. Mar 1: 2 pm The Writing Process: Developing the Idea/Digging Deeper by Starla Criser. RSVP: 267-0197. Mar 5: 10 am The Prairie Moon Book Club. Guest speaker author E.L. Morrow. The book being discussed is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. RSVP: 267-0197. Mar 21: 9-11 am Senior Job Fair at Workforce, 21st & Amidon. Job Seekers must complete orientation first. Call 267-1771. Mon: 9:30 am Wanda's exercise; 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11am 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.
Sedgwick County Senior Centers GARDEN PLAIN 1006 N Main, 535-1155
Mon-Fri: 8 am Coffee. Wed: 1-3 pm RSVP work. Fri: 1 pm Cards. 1st Fri: noon Potluck, cards. 3rd Fri: 1 pm Birthday/anniversary celebration.
MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813
GODDARD 120 N Main, 794-2441
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.
HAYSVILLE 160 E Karla, 529-5903
NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444
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. Regular activities: Cards, crafts, hot lunch, exercise. Mon-Fri: noon Cards. Tue: 12:30 pm; Fri 9 am TX Holdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 www.seniorservicesofwichita.org
Regular activities: One-on-one computer training, cards,Pickleball,exerciseprograms,hotlunch. Mar 6: 2 pm The Writing Process: Digging Deeper. Understanding goal, motive, conflict, plotting bases and more. Author Starla Criser. Mar 14: 10:30 am Celebrate Pi (3.14...) Day by eating pie. Caravan to Park City and eat at Arubuckle Mountain Fried Pies. RSVP: 263-3703. Cost approximaly $10. Mar 21: 2:30 pm Craft Time with Pat. Scribble art T-shirt. Bring black shirt; don't wash w/fabric softener. $3 if you bring shirt; $8 there. Pay at front desk. 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 Citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lunch.
www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Mar 2: 11:45 am Keep Your Kidneys Healthy. Blood pressure check before class. Mar 9: 11:45 am What Does 'Honest' Caregiving Look Like for You? Sedgwick County Department on Aging. Mar 14: 11:45 am Oral Hygiene Tips from WSU dental hygiene students. 1st Wed: Foot care by Michelle Steinke by appt. 946-0722 (leave msessage). Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 1 pm Bridge.
OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545
Daily: 11:30 pm Friendship meals; computers, treadmill. Mon: 12:30 pm Line Dancing. Wed, Fri: 10:30 am Chair exercise.1:20 pm 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.
Andover Senior Dance, 410 Lioba Dr. 7-10 pm 3rd Mon. 733-4441
Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Mar 13: 11:15 am Lunch Out. Copper Oven, 2409 W 13th. Mar 23: 11:15 am Birthday celebration. Mar 27: 9 am Breakfast Out. iHOP, 515 S. Ridge Circle. 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. Mar 14; 9 am Bethel Life Enrichment classes. Free for 1st timers; $2 returning seniors. Lunch on campus, $6. Reservations: 744-1199. Mar 20: 11 am The Pressure of Being Everything to Everyone. Rhonda Custard, Caregiver Coordinator, Sedgwick County Department on Aging. Mar 31: 10 am Medication Management Workshop for seniors who take more than 1 prescribed drug a day. Mon: 6 pm Pitch. Tue: 1 pm Pool. Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellRep exercise. Fri: 1:30 pm Dance aerobics. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise.
VALLEY CENTER Valley Center FUMC unless otherwise noted. 510 N Park Ave, 755-7335
Mon: 12:30 pm Troopons, clipping coupons for military families; 1:30 Line Dancing. Tue: 10 am Donuts & cards; 6 pm Pitch. Tue-Thu: 10 am WellREP exercise class; 10 walking; noon, lunch. $5. Tue-Fri: 8:30-10:30 am Pickleball, VC Intermediate; noon, lunch. $5. 4th Thu: 11 am Bingo Fri: 11 am Chair Yoga, bring yoga mat.
Augusta Sr Center, 640 Osage. Country Jam & Dance, 7-10 pm every other Wednesday. Donation. Bring covered dish/snack to share. Info: 755-1060 Derby Sr Center, 611 Mulberry. Community 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, Oldtime fiddlers, pickers, singers. Doors open 12:30 pm, music 1:30, 1st Suns. Bring covered dish. $3 donation. Goldenrod Golden Age, 1340 S Pattie. 7-9:30 pm Weds: Take 3. $3, refreshments. Linwood Golden Age, 1901 S Kansas. 7-9:30 pm Sats: Live music. $3. Minisa Golden Age, 704 W 13th. 7-10 pm Thus: Honky Tonk Time. $3. Info 617-2560. Oaklawn Activity Center, Village Steppers Square Dance, 4904 S Clifton. 7:30-10:30 pm 2nd, 4th Sat. Info: Terry 219.0100 or Gordon 721-6718.
ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293 seniorservicesofwichita.org
Oaklawn Activity Center cafeteria, 4904 S Clifton. Barn & contra dance, usual ly 1st Sat. Lesson 6:30 pm, dance 7-9. $5. Info: email@example.com. Orchard Park Golden Age, 4808 W 9th. 7-9:30 pm Fris: Live music. $3, refreshments. Park City Sr Center, 6100 N Hydraulic. 7-10 pm 1st, 3rd, 5th Sat. $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. Westside Steppers Square Dance, Clare Hall, 861 N Socora (one block east of Central & Tyler). 7-9:30 pm 1st, 3rd Sun. Info: David, 992.7820; email: firstname.lastname@example.org Wichita Solos Square Dance, Dawson UMC, 2741 S Laura. 7:30-10 pm 1st, 3rd, 5th Fris. Couples/singles welcome. Info: Curtis, email@example.com.
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ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441 www.andoverks.com
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: 7-9:30 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.
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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 www.hesstonseniorcenter.com
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 am Stretch bands. Mon & Tue: 1:30 pm Pitch. Tue: 8:30 am Coffee hour; 9 am Film; 1:30 pm Pinochle. Wed: 6:30 am Men’s Bible Study; 1 pm Bridge. 1st & 3rd Tue: 6 pm Singin’ Seniors. 3rd Wed: 11:30 am 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 www.newtonseniorcenter.org
Mon: 10-11 am Blood pressure check. Tue: 1 pm Crafts: handwork. Wed: 1 pm Pinochle/pitch/dominoes. Thu: 1 pm Wii bowling; 5:15 pm Tai Chi.
Senior Wednesdays www.seniorwednesday.org
March 7 10 am Wichita Art Museum Monet to Matisse: French Moderns from the Brooklyn Museum, 1850-1950 with Courtney Spousta. These artistic movements that emerged in Paris transformed the Western art world. Gallery seating. $5 1:30 pm Water Center The Arkansas River Basin Watershed with Ron Graber, KSU Extension. March 14 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo Animal Welfare. We'll explain how we care for our animals and their welfare.$4 1:30 pm Wichita Public Library, downtown Chief Lucy: A Historical Performance. Pauline Sharp, Lucy's granddaughter, will present this performance as the first woman chief of the Kaw, elected in 1922. March 21 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art Jana Durfee
will discuss the 12-month project to develop the new Bush Outdoor Scupture Collection mobile app to broaden accessibility and engagement. 1:30 pm The Kansas African Amerian Museum African American Jazz Artists with music producer, journalist Chris Heim. Parking garage tickets validated. March 28 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum The Riverside Park Zoo by local author Jim Mason. He will present an illustrated talk on the 117-year history of Wichita's first zoo and some of its star residents. $2 1:30 pm Exploration Place Don't Let Falls Get You Down, an interactive presentation with lots of props to demonstrate how to keep yourself safe and on your feet, plus tips and tools to prevent falls. $4.
SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393
Mon: 1 pm Games, bingo, wii. Tue: 7-8:30 am Breakfast; 1 pm Line dancing. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise. Wed: 9 am Quilting. 1st Fri: 7 pm Birthday party. 1st Thu: 1 pm Paint with Sue. 2nd Thu: noon Potluck luncheon & biz mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out. Fri: 3 pm Bible study
Transportation Sedgwick County
Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150 or 1-800-367-7298. Information: 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays. www. sedgwickcounty.org/aging.
Butler County Transit
Weekday transportation in El Dorado, Augusta and Andover. Rides to Wichita on Wed, Thu. Information: Augusta, 775-0500; El Dorado, 322-4321; toll free, 1-800-2793655. 48-hr notice required.
Transportation reservations or information: 316-284-6802 or 1-866-6806802. Round-trip: $8 Newton (wheelchair only), $12 Harvey County, $20 outside Harvey County. AVI to Newton: Tue, 8 am4:30 pm from Burrton, Sedgwick, Halstead, Hesston, Walton.
Support Groups, Organizations
Find Support groups at supportgroupsinkansas.org. To add or correct a listing, call 316-9783566 or 1-800-445-0016. Clubs and Organizations are at www.theactiveage. com, Resources category. For changes call 316-942-5345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 MARCH 1 Thu: Sloppy Joe, French fries, cauliflower bean salad, peaches, juice (cook's choice). Fri: Crispy fish w/tartar sauce, macaroni & cheese, mixed green salad, strawberries, roll. WEEK OF MARCH 5 Mon: Goulash, German mixed veggies, plums, butterscotch pudding, garlic bread. Tue: Chicken & noodles over mashed potatoes, combination salad, blushing pears, roll. Wed: Mexican lasagna, refried beans, carrot sticks, strawberries, cornbread. Thu: Pork roast w/gravy, mashed potatoes, Spanish green beans, apple slices, peanut butter cake, wheat roll. Fri: Egg salad on a bun, tomato soup, cracker, cole slaw, glazed blueberries. WEEK OF MARCH 12 Mon: Ham & beans, potatoes & onions, parslied carrots, blushing pears, cornbread. Tue: Oven-fried chicken, California mash, gravy, spinach, apricots, roll, orange juice. Wed: Chili, mixed greens salad, peaches, cinnamon roll, crackers. Thu: Creamy chicken & veggie casserole, broccoli, stewed apples, brownie, wheat bread. Fri: Tuna pasta salad, celery soup, copper pennies salad, pineapple, banana bar, crackers. WEEK OF MARCH 19 Mon: Chicken pot pie, pickled beets, apple juice, apricots, oatmeal cookie. Tue: Cheeseburger soup, crackers, cornrelish salad, blushing pears, chocolate pudding. Wed: Turkey roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli, peaches, wheat roll. Thu: Spaghetti w/meat sauce, calico salad, pineapple, gelatin, garlic bread. Fri: Cheesy potato & egg bake, tomato salad, grape juice, blueberry (fruit) swirl coffee cake. WEEK OF MARCH 26 Mon: Liver & onions OR Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, onion gravy, green beans, mixed fruit, bread. Tue: Chicken fajita salad, salsa, refried beans, strawberries, bread pudding. Wed: Mexican pork stew, hominy, pickled beets, apricots, cornbread. Thu: Ham, scalloped potatees, peas, peaches, pineapple upside-down cake, roll.
AARP Driver Safety Classes
Eight hours of instructon; certificate on completion. Reservation required. $15 for AARP members; $20 others. Wesley Medical Center, Cessna Conference Room, 550 N. Hillside. 8:30 am-5 pm March 16. 316-962-8400 Mulvane Senior Center, 632 E Mulvane, 9 am-1 pm March 6-7. 316-777-4813
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Lakeview Gardens, Garden of Meditation. Two side-by-side spaces, Lot 265A- 5 & 6. Value for both $5,990. Selling together for $5,300. Seller will pay transfer fees. Call 253-569-0076, leave a message with a return contact number. Old Mission Mausoleum (E. of Hillside on 21st). Double cremation niche. Current retail $3800 - $5000. Asking $2100, plus $425 fee to cemetery. 316-721-2553 Rest-Haven Garden of Freedom Lot 105-C2&3 $3,995 each OBO. Garden of Prayer Lot 125-C-1 $3,500 OBO . Seller will pay transfer fees. Call Kaye 316-721-3940. Lakeview Gardens, 2 lots Garden of Meditation 195 B1-4. 1 lot $2500, 2 lots $4000. Call 316-618-6175 ext224, leave message w/ call back number. 12 Person Resthaven Private Cemetery Estate Includes Large Wall Marker and Benches Resthaven Gardens Kellogg & 119th $100k Current Price MAKE OFFER 316-722-6034 Resthaven Garden of Prayer. 2 Vaulted Burial Plots with Companion Bronze Headstone asking $10,000. Call Josh 316-258-2511.
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CUSTOMIZED ESTATE SALES GREATER PROFITS WITH LESS STRESS Insured with 19 years experience Free Consultations 316-806-7360 Julie
Mobile Hair Care for the Home Bound For Elderly & Disabled. 30+ yrs experience. Men & Women. Wichita & Derby Area. Call Jody Smith for an appointment 316-461-1701
Sale by Gayle Moving, partial or entire estate sales. Experienced and insured. Free consultation. Competitive rates. www.salebygayle.com, 316-838-3521 or 316-227-7640 AFFILIATED ESTATE SALES COMMISSION SALES-- BUYOUT SPECIALIST 30yrs Entire estate homes, vehicles, etc Paul 316-807-1209
F EVENTSF Brunch Fellowship Saturday, March 10, 2018 9 am- noon Waffles, Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy Donations for Missions & Ministry Fund Central Ave. United Methodist Church 4920 W Central Ave Wichita, KS 67212 **Every Wed. 5:30pm “Church Lite” Music, fellowship, pizza, Everyone Welcome!**
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Resthaven garden of good Shepherd lot 15 01-02. Selling both for $7950 total. Seller pays transfer fee. Call Don 817-641-6310
Seasoned split and delivered premium firewood. Premium Oak mix hedge, locust, pecan, hot stove mix. Any quantity. 316-8078650.
White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Good Shepherd, one plot, 53A, space 1. Valued and selling for $1,330. Transfer fee: $425, buyer pays. 316-260-3143, leave message.
F FOR SALEF
One plot in Lakeview Gardens Cemetery. Double Deck Crypt w/ 20x28 moonlight grey headstone with 1 vase. Retail value $6,995, Asking $4,000. Buyer pays transfer Fee. Call 366-949-4653. 2 burial lots in Garden of Love at RestHaven. Lot 76- A3 & 4. $7,000 for both .Price includes $295 Transfer Fee. Call 316-641-6931 Old Mission, Garden of Faith, choice area with four adjacent lots. Asking $3,000 pair. Price negotiable on four. 316-684-8712
F COOKINGF Seasoned Macrobiotic Cook (Whole Foods) seeking part-time employment cooking for senior of family in your home or mine. For more information please call Dona (316) 945-0654.
abcd TECH Quality Tech help to simplify your life. Personalized help with computers, cell phones, printers WIFI & more, call 316.768.7832 F ESTATE SALES F KC ESTATE SALES Complete estate & moving sale services. We can do the sale at your residence or place your items with another sale. Expert pricing, selling & clean-up. Packing & moving services available. Excellent results. Free consultation. Call Carolyn Moshier. 316-634-0040
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Player Piano. Looks good, plays well, converted to electric. Complete with bench and many rolls. $1000. 316-942-1791. 2005 Hyundai XG350L, 188 K, Needs complete A/C system. Runs good. $1750.00. 316-2141378 One pair Starkey hearing aids. Like new w/ 2-year supply of batteries plus a remote. Can be tuned individually or by remote. Original cost $5500. Will sell for $500. Call 620-605-1979
F FOOT CARE F Foot Care in home. Home visit $40.00 Call Francine at 316-943-4360. Leave a message.
FOOT CARE IN YOUR HOME Cheryl Rosine ~ The Foot Lady ICMT RN
• 316-312-2025 • $40: In-home, Sedgwick & surrounding counties Diabetic, thick toe nails, ingrown & callous care
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Restore your antique furniture Quality work at a resonable price! Restore, Refinish, Repair, Cane Pick-up & Delivery FREE estimates & years of expertise
Clark Palmer Furniture Repair
F HOME CARE F In-Home Services: Personal care assistance, meal preparation, housekeeping, handymen and more! Phone Chester at the Senior Employment Program, 316-267-1771 or 316267-0302. Pre-screened, reliable help available. Can’t bathe yourself like you used to? Need light housekeeping? Need private-duty aide? I can accommodate all your needs. Flexible hours; 2 to 12 hour shifts available. Cynthia CNA/HHA 316-992-6711. Elder Assistance CNA/HHA #139428. Taking care of loved ones in their home. Taking the worries off the family. Doctor’s appointments, medications, light housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, other duties as needed. Love of elders and laughter provided. 23 years experience. Wichita Area. Bobbie Arnett 316-847-1943. email@example.com
F HOUSEKEEPINGF Housecleaning done your way. Call for appointment. Cleaning by Brenda 316-262-5784. Loving Touch Cleaning Husband & Wife Team. Residential cleaning. Senior, Military and referral discounts. Insured. 20+ years experience. Call for a Free Estimate. Mary 316-650-9206.
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Basement & Foundation Repair
• I-Beams • Water Proofing • Drain Tile • Dirt Work • Walls Straightened • Sump Pumps • References • Lic. & Insured • Total Basement Repair •
30 years experience 316-516-9200
Dave’s Improvements General Contractor KS Registration 14-006471 City License 07904
Pole Barns, Roofing, Siding, Gutters, Windows, Room Additions, Garages, Bath Remodel Senior Discount
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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. Basements, kitchens and baths. Painting. Honest and depend-able. Senior discounts. Free estimates. 35 years. 316-737-4646. Wright One Home Improvements Kitchen & Bath remodeling. Painting. Windows. Doors. Siding. All types of flooring and home repairs. Free estimates. 316-409-2160. GRANDPA’S PLUMBING Electrical Repairs. Free estimates. 316-312-4391
Heating/AC, Plumbing Light Electrical, Drywall, Painting, Tile, Basic Home Repairs Licensed & Insured 25% Senior Discount
Don’t Fix it Alone!
Our background-checked, bonded, insured, employee Craftsmen will fix it for you. Our work is GUARANTEED. We’re looking forward to your call…
Cowboy Construction Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488
Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New e l e c t r i c s e r v i c e . Tr o u b l e s h o o t i n g . Cell 316-461-2199.
Residental & Commercial
Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970
Three Generations of Local Roofers Quality Work – Fair Prices
Siding - Guttering - Windows
316-807-8650 Call for Free Roof Inspection Locally Owned, Licensed & Insured
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F HOME IMPROVEMENTS CONT F Cowboy Construction Bathroom and kitchen remodels. Room additions. Garages and sheds. Licensed and insured. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488 Handyman. Plumbing, electrical, heating, floors, doors, windows, screens, walls and more. HVAC certified. Licensed & insured. Senior discounts. Call John 316-650-3013 Leaky Basement Repair Dirt Installation and Siding Repair Courteous, professional repairs. Free estimates. Concrete work. 20+ years experience. Ernie Sponsel, 316-393-5461.
Carpenter–30 Yrs Experience
Repairs & Remodeling • Trim Work Doors • Cabinets • Sheetrock • Tile Interior/Exterior Painting • Flooring
Grandpa’s Plumbing Repairs, Free estimates
5"- 6" SEAMLESS GUTTER WHOLE HOUSE PAINTING SIDING & WINDOWS Call Josh for an estimate
Painting, Sheetrock & Finish Carpenter, Lite Elect, Plumbing, ECT. No Job to Small. 40 yrs
Bruce Smith Roofing & Siding Protect your home from the elements of the weather!
35 Years Exp. Locally owned & operated
All types of roofing, siding, handyman work, hauling, clean-ups & other exterior projects
316-640-3155 Licensed & Insured
STUMP REMOVAL Call Stan
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LIFT-RITE GARAGE DOORS
Scheduled maintenance, repair, sales on all garage doors. *Springs-Torsion & Extension *Garage Door Openers, Doors & More Paul Williams (316) 650-8807
S & V Concrete
Steps, porches, patios, sidewalks, riveways & garage floors. Also 4-inch steps with 18-inch landings for seniors. Licensed, bonded, insured. Free estimates
FLUE BIRD CHIMNEY SERVICE LLC
P&A Landscaping 316-708-7236 Complete lawn care. Fall cleanup, gutter cleaning. Holiday lights. Verticut, overseeding, lawn renovation, flower bed maintenance Any odd job. Fully insured. Senior discount. Total yard clean-up, flower beds and bushes, tree trimming and stump grinding, attics, garages and basements. LEAF cleanup and HAULING. Including all yard debris. 316-516-4630 or 316-838-5710 Jesus Landscaping 316-737-3426 Mowing starting at $25, trimming, shrub removal, landscaping needs, gutter cleaning and any odd jobs. Senior Discounts. Multi Services Home Repairs, Junk Removal, Handyman Services, Remodeling, Painting, Power washing, Tree & Brush Removal, Landscaping, Concrete And More! Bring Back Curb Appeal to your home or business. Free Estimates. (316) 284-7792 Mike E. 316-708-1472 Snow Removal. Garage clean out, mowing leaf and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, rototilling. Brick, block and stone repair.
Scott Leslie - Owner Office 316-440-1018 Mobile 316-871-8102
ALL HOMES REPAIRS
Fast & Reliable Senior Discounts
JS Guttering & Construction
•Stainless Steel Liners •Masonry Repair •Custom Brick & Stone
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1354 N. Emerson Wichita, KS 67212
BRICK & STONE WORK OF ANY KIND Tuck-pointing, foundation & chimney repair. Insured. Free Estimates.
CALL DAN 316-516-3949
Dave’s Hauling Services Solid waste removal, property cleanup, t re e & fe n ce l i n e c l e a r i n g, g e n e ra l landscape removal, other lawn and garden services. All fence, porch and patio work. Call 316-832-2201. Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. If you need any of these services call Perry, 316-619-6126
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All Season Clean Up Lawn Care Quality Lawn Care • Yard Clean Up • Tree Triming • Gutter Cleaning • Fall/Spring raking. Free estimates, senior discounts. 316-409-8780. Christian Lawn Care Mowing-$20, verti-slicing, core-aerating, overseeding, new lawns, mulching flower beds, fall cleanup, leaves, shrub trimming and removal, gutter cleaning, hauling. Senior discount. Steve 316-685-2145 Yard, leaves and gutters cleaned. Snow removal. Odd jobs. Shrubs/trees trimmed or removed. Stump Grinding and Pest Removal. Abram Rinke, 316-259-0717. Please leave message. Hauling upon request. ALL PURPOSE HAULING HANDYMAN Yard, Tree, Home and Fence Repairs Hauling, Pick up/Delivery/Brush, Junk & Trash Removal MISC. ODD JOBS, NO JOB TOO SMALL Honest & Reasonable 316-807-4989 Mowing, Trimming, Yard/Small Business. West Wichita Only. Veteran/USPS Retired. Reasonable Rates. Call Tom 316-214-4914. Brush, Limbs, Debris, Hauling and Junk Removal. Lawn mowing. L eaf removal. Free Estimates. Call David at 316-213-8880 MOWING Impact LawnCare offers Spring Cleanup, Lawn Mowing, shrub trimming and removal, gutter cleaning and more! Family owned and operated with over 30 years experience and fully insured! Kevin 316-737-4890 Spring is Here! Yard cleanup, shrub trimming, garden cleanup, planting, mowing. Free estimates. Please call Lora, 316-516-9963. Please leave message.
MOWING Tree Trimming , Junk Removal
Snow Removal, Spring & Fall Clean-Up Brock Eastman 316.765.1677 F PAINTING F McCoy Painting 316-516-6443 Do you need any interior or exterior painting done? I’m your man. Free estimates, affordable rates. References available. Painting & Remodeling by Harley Worthey Interior/Exterior & Odd jobs Husband & Wife Team. BBB. 316-648-4478
F PERSONALSF Gentleman, 70ish, looking for an active 60ish lady to make our golden years together. 316-633-3910 Gentleman seeking lady 70 or older. For companionship, friendship or more. Retirement home or disability ok. Prefer no smoking or drinking. Do be shy! Write to box #18, c/o the active age, 125 S. West ST, Ste 105, Wichita, KS 67213.
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.
F THRIFT SHOP F Gently Used Resale (Thrift Shop) 2523 S. Seneca (Westway Plaza) Wichita, Ks. Store & Donation Hours Mon & Thu 9 am-7 pm Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 9 am-5 pm Purchase with a purpose. Benefits those served by the Bethesda Lutheran Communities to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. Volunteers & Donations always needed. Like us on Facebook. 316-267-5800
F TREE SERVICE F ALL AROUND TREE SERVICE Stump REMOVAL & GRINDING Trimming, deadwood, tree removal. Total yard, leaf clean-up & hauling. Also rural and farm areas. Free estimates. Experienced. Good prices. Insured. Tom King, 316-516-4630,316-838-5710. Bruce’s Tree Service SNOW REMOVAL & FIREWOOD Haul off Junk/Metal & Any Appliances Trees, hedgerows, evergreens & shrubs. Crown reduction, trimming or removal. Line clearing and roofs of branches/limbs. Bucket truck available, will climb . Senior. Discounts. Insured. Prompt, immediate and professional service. 30 years experience. ALL FARM & RURAL AREAS Call 316-207-8047 Estrada’s Tree Service Trimming, crown reduction, removal. Storm damage prevention. Hauling. Firewood. Free estimates. Insured. Senior discount. Felix Estrada, 316-617-4392. Felipe Tree Service Evergreen trimming. Tree removal. Brush hauling. Splitting. Deadwooding. Free estimates. 12 years experience. 316-807-4419
F WANTED F ALWAYS BUYING Older items of all kinds including: Antiques & Collectibles Costume & Turquoise Jewelry Boeing & Beech Pins • Pocket Knives Guitars & Amps • Postcards Watches • Cigarette Lighters Art Glass • Metal Signs *Contents of attics, basements or garages* FOR FAST FRIENDLY ASSISTANCE CALL DAVE AT 316-409-0992 Over 20 years of assisting folks sell items. Want to Purchase mineral and other oil/gas interests. Send details to P.O Box 13557, Denver CO 80201 Donate your Durable Medical Equipment. Will pick up. Tax credit. Medical Loan Closet of Wichita. 316-779-8989
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Eye tests seniors should have
Age-related eye diseases are diagnosed through an exam performed by an ophthalmologist. A comprehensive eye exam should include at least the following three tests. Visual acuity test: The familiar lettered eye chart measures how well you see at various distances. Pupil dilation: Drops are placed in the eye to widen the pupil. This allows the doctor to view more of the retina and look for signs of disease. After the examination, close-up vision may remain blurred for several hours. Tonometry: This test determines the fluid pressure inside the eye, and there are many methods of doing so. An “air puff ” test is the most common way to screen for high intraocular pressure. It is a painless process in which a small jet of air is shot against the cornea. Other more involved tests may be required to obtain more accurate readings. Most age-related eye conditions must be detected and treated early on to prevent lasting damage. A comprehensive eye exam is recommended every one to two years, depending on a person’s age and unique risk factors. These exams are vital for catching diseases like glaucoma and macular
degeneration that have no obvious symptoms in the early stages. If you or a loved one is experiencing noticeable changes in vision, it is crucial to make an appointment for an eye exam as soon as possible. AgingCare.com provides families with information and support to care for their parents, spouses or other elderly loved ones.
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Briefs... Writing tips
Dr. Kim Stanley, Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at McPherson College, will talk to the Wichita Genealogical Society about Writing Your Memoirs at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian.
Money in Politics
Citizens United, a controversial
the active age Supreme Court decision, resulted in allowing vast amounts of money being poured into political campaigns with little to no transparency. A local political scientist will explain the decision from both the majority and minority of the Supreme Court, and discuss how the it has critically impacted political campaigns. Doors open for Tuesday Topics at 11:30 a.m. The talk begins at noon, March 27, at the Central Library, 223 S. Main.
For all your Real Estate needs contact
MARILYN HARRIS GOERTZ, Broker/Owner “Senior Real Estate Specialist” 316-992-7045
I understand and am committed to the special needs of senior real estates owners. Let me put my 30 years experience to work for you!
Women vets being honored
A Women Veterans Meet & Greet will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Dole VA Medical Center auditorium, 5500 E. Kellogg. This event will recognize the 75th anniversary of the Women’s Army Corps and thank women veterans from WW II through today; all women vets are welcome.
At 6 p.m. Tornado Alley Young Marines will present a Color Guard and Fallen Soldier Tribute. Lt. Col. Jasmin Silence, 350th Air Refueling Squadron Commander, McConnell AFB, will speak following the tribute. Women in Aviation from McConnell AFB also will participate.
Prepare for severe spring weather
Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 4-10. The statewide tornado drill is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6. Sirens will be tested at noon on Tuesday rather the usual Monday. As severe weather season ap-
Independent Living on the Catholic Life Campus
Why spend another year hassling with the house? Come enjoy life at the area’s most vibrant independent living community! Beautifully designed patio homes featuring two bedroom, two bath floor plans Access to variety of social, intellectual, and
fitness opportunities in the community center
proaches, remember to: • Gather necessary items and information for an emergency kit. • Practice a plan to help you keep track of family in an emergency. • Stay tuned to information sources before, during and after an emergency.
Experience community living at it’s best! Call Jennifer at 316-771-6593 to schedule your personal visit. Now accepting applications for exciting new Future Resident Club! Catholic Care Center is a ministry oi the Catholic Diocese of Wichita
The Wichita Symphony Orchestra presents
FIRE & ICE SATURDAY, MARCH 10 @ 8PM SUNDAY, MARCH 11 @ 3PM CENTURY II CONCERT HALL
GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 SIBELIUS Symphony No. 3 RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring Stewart Goodyear, piano Stewart Goodyear, piano
TICKETS AND INFORMATION AT heartland research associates, LLC
WichitaSymphony.org | 316.267.7658 Senior discount available by phone starting Monday, March 5.
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St. Pat’s Day parade in Delano This year’s St. Patrick Day parade is actually on St. Patrick’s Day — Saturday, March 17. It will begin at noon and go from Douglas and McLean to Douglas and Walnut in Delano. Between 80 and 100 entries are expected. This is the 12th year for the event, but only the second or third time it’s actually been held on the actual St. Pat’s date, according to Nancy Lawrence of Historic Delano. Entries consist of “anything goes,” she said, including bands, dancers, scouts, clowns, bicycles, old cars, churches, businesses, politicians and groups with a cause.
Float in a recent St. Pat’s parade
It generally draws a crowd of about 10,000. She anticipates that some folks attending the NCAA tournament at Intrust Arena may add to that number. There is free parking at LawrenceDumont Stadium, 300 S. Sycamore.
Folksinger Tom Neilson in concert Award-winning folk musician Tom Neilson — dubbed “the coming together of Phil Ochs and Tom Lehrer” and the “Bard Insurgent” for his sophisticated, astute musical and political wit — will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7202 E. 21st. Activist, historian and educator, Neilson has performed songs of humor, compassion and political affairs in
21 countries on five continents. Suggested ticket price is $10–$20 and may be purchased in advance in person or by phone. Tickets will be sold at the door; early reservations are encouraged. A portion of proceeds will go to support First UU. Information: 316684-3481, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit firstuu.net.
March theatre options By Diana Morton Spring is in the air! Celebrate by attending a play. Fisch Haus, 524 S. Commerce. An Iliad featuring Michael Webber and Seth Girton. This is a modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic. Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide. 7pm Thu-Fri, 2 pm Sat, Mar 1-3. Tickets, suggested $10 donation. 316200-5200. Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. To Have or Have Knot or I’m At the End of My Rope by Tom Frye. A spoof of 1940s film noir. Private eye and hero Flim Noir; his secretary, Edna Compost; and his buddy, Det. Burney Fife, try to solve a murder in Haysville. Other characters are Ginger, Veronica Pond and Emory Bored. A new musical revue follows. 8 pm FriSat, thru Mar 24. What Would Scooby Do opens Mar 29. Dinner 6:15 pm. Tickets $26-$30; Show only, 7:50 pm, $20. 316-263-0222 Roxy’s Downtown, 412 E. Doug-
Local Theatre las, cabaret-style theatre. The Golden Girls. Back by popular demand with four new episodes starring Tom Frye, Scott Noah, Kyle Vespested and Monte Wheeler. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, thru Mar 18. Tickets $20-$30. 316265-4400 Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. Miss Reardon Drinks a Little by Paul Zinder. The story involves three unhappy sisters: Catherine, an alcoholic; Anna, a hypochondriac; and Ceil, an attention-starved socialite. Sibling rivalry and nervous breakdowns are on the menu when the three middle-aged sisters sit down to dinner – circa 1967. 8 pm Wed-Sat, Mar 7-18, 2 pm Sun. Tickets $14 or $12 for military/seniors/students. Opening night ticket $10. Mar 7 only. 316-686-1282 Contact Diana Morton at email@example.com
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When knots are problems avoid knaughty words By Ted Blankenship A while ago we spent a few days in a cabin with our grown children and their families at Fall River Reservoir east of Eureka. learned to tie a few knots but could What I remember most is not the never remember what they were for. hike along a path that I’m sure was I usually reverted to the granny knot there, though I couldn’t find it. which unravels the worst RN times but Basingo, RN, BSN KatrinaatKaranu, Nor the Cheyenne wind that blew incessantly, is impossible to remove when you need Administrator Clinical Services Director wiping out what would have been a to untie it. fine wiener roast. (Happily, I learned to tie my shoes Instead, I remember the knots that before I was 11.) my son Tedd, an avid sailor, tied to I looked into the history of knot keep the bicycles from falling out of tying and found that the practice the pickup. probably predates the discovery of fire. The knots were a thing of beauty. Historians say that knots would have Better yet, they didn’t slip and they been used to make snares, nets and didn’t untie themselves. traps for capturing food. When I was sailing the 17-foot If I had been born in those days, I Venture we once owned, I tried to might have been pretty hungry most of learn to tie knots. the time. My Uncle Elmer, a member of the I hate to admit it, but the bowline Navy Seabees in World War II, could can easily be taught to children. They tie all the knots in the book. HeLMSW tried Kellie Michaud, Nanninga are toldAngela to imagine the end of the rope to teach me Medical to tie a bowline. It’s a knot Social Worker and Hospice Aidethe knot begins as a rabbit, and where that’s handyVolunteer to anchor a Coordinator boat to a tree on, say, a tree, a loop is made near the or a rock. end of the rope. This is the rabbit’s No matter how hard I tried, my hole. The “rabbit” comes up the hole, bowline usually fell from the tree and goes around the tree right to left, then the boat floated away, dangling the back down the hole. defective knot just to antagonize me. It’s taught to children with the After a good deal of effort, I rhyme: “Up through the rabbit hole,
round the big tree; down through the rabbit hole and off goes he.” When I tried this, the rabbit got tangled in the branches. For me, it’s easier to tie the boat up by throwing a line onto the bank and weighing it down with a big rock. Knots are mysterious. For example, whyEric spellMitchell them withIIa K on the front Marketing & Community that you don’t pronounce. It’s a waste
Anala (Nell) Hebert is celebrating her 108th birthday Saturday, March 3. Originally from Abbeville, La., she grew up on a farm with 16 brothers and sisters. The family purchased their first car when she was 15 years old. Prior to that they used horse Shalyn McCormick Bates and buggy for transHospice Aide portation.
of ink if you ask me. Apparently, we can blame the Germans and the Dutch who pronounced the K on the front of words. I’m glad we don’t do that. Otherwise, how would we say, “She found a knot in her knitting and cut it out with her knife? Stephani RNat Contact TedSpiess, Blankenship Hospice Nurse firstname.lastname@example.org
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed by Music Theatre for Young People at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Mary Jane Teall Theater-Century II. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this enduring show reimages the Bib-
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Ranches and trains are the subjects of Butler Community College’s Life Enrichment program Tuesday, March, 6, at the Hubbard Welcome Center, El
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By Marge Gilbertson Do you remember how excited you were to return to school after a vacation? A chance to meet up with friends that you had missed seeing? We seniors are no different... LifeVentures has a school for seniors, without the homework. Guest speakers address topics of interest to seniors. The spring session meets each Tuesday from March 13-May 1 at East Heights Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas. The 9 a.m. classes focus on inde-
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