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By Elvira Crocker “Getting old is not for sissies.” How many times have you heard that? Well don’t ask these folks we’re featuring in this issue. They are in their 80s and leading very active lives. Population trends indicate that we are living longer, thanks to advancements in medicine and the care that individuals are taking with their own lives. What these three people we're featuring have in common is that they do not appear to be self-absorbed; they are doing something for others. They also are physically active, clearly believers in the “move it, or lose it” philosophy and using their talents honed over the years. For the most part, they have lived beyond the ages of their parents. And they represent a growing trend in life expectancy.
In Kansas, according to 2017-18 figures, there are 31,300 people 80-84 years old and 31,766 people 85 and older. As Monica Cissell of the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging puts it, “We used to call this population the old-old.” Nowadays, you also will hear them referred to as “the oldest of the old.” In 1900, only 100,000 Americans lived to be 85+. By 2050, this age group is slated to reach 19 million or 24 percent of older adults and 5 percent of our total U.S. population. Some researchers say the 85+ group will grow because death rates at older ages will decline more rapidly. Look at it this way, you are in
great company growing older. Julia Child wrote a cookbook at 87. Angela Lansbury, Willie Nelson, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer — they’re all in their 80s. Here’s something else to think about. If you are a 65-year-old female you can expect to live another 20.6 years on average. Add that up and it comes to 85.6 years. If you are a 65-year-old male, add 18 more years and you are still headed for the oldest of the old, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. So, buck up old timers: It’s not over ‘til it’s over.
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Pride of lions, congregation of alligators, sloth of bears…oh my!
By Amy Geiszler-Jones For 117 years, Riverside Park has been home to animals on display – from native species to lions, bears, alligators, ostriches and more. The tales and pictures of animal events and the enclosures of those early days would likely make modern-day animal welfare folks, as well as parents concerned about safety, cringe. But for many Wichitans, the old Riverside Zoo, which closed in 1972, holds special memories, from smells to lions’ roars to airborne alligators. The Kansas Wildlife Exhibit opened in the former zoo’s location 30 years ago in 1988. It recently underwent refurbishment, allowing visitors to continue the tradition of seeing animals at the park. It was the alligators that probably got the most attention at Wichita’s Riverside Zoo during its 62-year
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tenure, in large part because of the twice-annual spectacle of moving the alligators between their summer and winter locations. According to history accounts, the first ‘gators were exhibited in 1909 with others coming and going. Grandpa, One-Eye and Courtesy photo Lady were there from start The Kansas Wildlife Center was recently to finish. updated. Newspapers back then naturalist and Wichita history author reported regularly on the alligators and enthusiast Jim Mason. and other animals that became part of There were periodic media updates what some folks disparagingly called about how the alligators were faring, “the municipal menagerie.” including this May 16, 1921, mention Some acquisitions came from peoin The Wichita Eagle, as noted in the ple who realized their exotic pets were Tihen Notes collection of local newspatoo exotic. Then there were donations per synopses: from civic-minded groups – like the “The alligators at Riverside park 1910 predecessor to Westar Energy that donated ostriches, according to See Zoo, page 6
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Picnic, canoe, pond: What could go wrong? By Ted Blankenship I don’t get along well with canoes. If I had been a Native American a couple hundred years ago, the birch bark tree I chose for raw material would have been home to carpenter bees. I don’t like boats that tip over when a passenger dangles a toe or some other digit in the water. These wobbly boats were developed over thousands of years by natives of the Americas. The Carib Indians started it by hollowing tree trunks. Probably a young Carib felled a promising log by setting the bottom of the tree on fire. Really, that’s the way they did it. After all, they couldn’t just mosey down to the hardware store and buy a chainsaw. They didn’t have any money.
Anyway, here’s how it probably went: “Hey, what are you going to do with that tree? “I’m gonna shoot the rapids.” “Shoot the what?” “I’m going to go down the river really fast.” “Look at all the logs sunk in the river. What makes you think that tree is going to float?” “Because I call it a canoe, you dummy.” Unfortunately, it probably sank. The problem was that the builder forgot to
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hollow it out. Still, the canoe had been invented, and no one was the better for it. The Caribs probably invented canoes hoping their enemies would steal them. Incidentally, the Carib language was spoken only by the men; women spoke Arawak. That’s why there was little arguing in Carib households. Carib men had no idea what the women were talking about. But let’s get back to our subject, if we can remember what it was. I recall one canoe trip that was shorter than the 50-mile trip down the Illinois River that I wrote about in an earlier column. I was working at The Wichita Eagle, and there was a company picnic in a pasture. The main attractions were a cow and a pond. The pond had a small amount of water in it. I’m not sure about the cow. My friend Al, then a Wichita Beacon reporter, and his wife and my wife Dorothy and I decided we would have a grand time paddling across the pond — in a canoe, of course. On our way back, something very wrong happened. Someone — certain-
ly not I — dangled a toe in the water or maybe stood up. The canoe turned on its side and took on pond water and a goodly amount of slime and mud. Then it capsized. For you landlubbers, that means it sank. The pond was not deep enough to drown in without standing on your head. Still it was not pretty. We were about 30 feet from shore and decided it would be easier to walk out than to right the canoe (if we could find it). We plodded through mud 18 inches deep. As we took a step, we had to reach into the deep and pull one foot out before the other could take a step. The odorous mud oozed between our toes. Al and I were not happy. Our wives REALLY weren’t happy. I’m sure the cow was amused. The good thing was that the mud smelled so bad that the others left most of the barbecued chicken to us. Contact Ted Blankenship at firstname.lastname@example.org Ted Blankenship has complied a book of favorite columns titled It’s Not Serious. Order it for $7.95 at Amazon.com.
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the active age taught me about ‘aging in place’ By LaChalle Shay I was elected to the active age board in late 2017. I appreciate being selected. It’s my first opportunity to serve on a board. I first learned of the active age from my aunt. My parents were aging in place, but I didn’t even know what that meant when I began reading the paper. I was in desperate need of resources for myself, as well as for my parents who lived four hours away in a small town. I wanted to help them maintain their dignity, but I needed to learn what I should do, what I should know and how to feel secure with their situation. I have enjoyed the resources, articles and getting to know the writers along the way. My parents also enjoy the newspaper. My dad always liked reading about the way things used to be. He passed away in 2015 and, by that time, I had BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Home Services
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Letter to the Editor I read with interest the active age April article about cutting hearing aid costs. (Savvy Senior column, page 5) Another local option for audiology testing and hearing aids is available. Wichita State University has the Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, which is housed inside the Metro Complex at 5015 E. 29th St. N. My husband has used the clinic services for his audiology testing and hearing aids for more than 30 years and has been very pleased with it. The phone number for the clinic is 316-978-3289. We feel it is one of the “best kept secrets” of Wichita. —Pat Rogers, Wichita Read another Letter to the Editor on the next page.
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disease, stroke and gallbladder disease. According to the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Aging, nutrition is central to disease treatment and management. Diseases such as hypertension, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease are worsened by over or under eating. Being overweight or underweight can hinder independence and decrease the ability to complete daily tasks. There is a greater risk for falls, hip fractures and pre-mature placement in nursing homes. Research shows that healthy eating and engaging in physical activity are significant factors to avoid declines
related to aging. Find out more www.mypyramid.gov. Programs to improve access to good nutrition are available to adults 60 and older in Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick counties. Through the Older Americans Act, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging funds four nutrition programs that provide congregate or home-delivered meals, plus CHAMPSS, a new meal program at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital that offers multiple menu options in a restaurant setting. In addition, the statewide Senior Farmer’s Market Program, a program through KDHE, provides $30 in vouchers for those 60+ who meet income guidelines to purchase fruits and vegetables at Farmer’s Markets. Applications will be available June 1. Call 1-855-200-2372 for information. Starting today, become more active, make better food choices and make the change to a healthy lifestyle. CPAAA is available to assist caregivers and seniors through life’s transitions and with various levels of support. For information about these and other programs call 1-855-200-2372 or visit www.cpaaa.org. Monica Cissell is Director of Information and Community Services for the CPAAA.
The beginning of the year is a good time to take stock of your estate plan. The frequency of review varies widely among individuals as it does lawyers. I have colleagues that recommend an annual review, but I typically recommend you review them every three to five years. Tax law changes are on the horizon and by the time this is printed, the law will likely be different. Also remember that each state has its own rules. If you have relocated to a new state, you will want to determine if changes are in order. As for your estate plan, here is a recommended review list: (1) make sure the agents, attorneys-in-fact, executors, trustees and guardians are still appropriate and that you have a backup in place if the fiduciary cannot serve; (2) confirm
the beneficiaries under your will, trust, accounts or designations (has there been disability, a divorce, a death); (3) determine whether beneficiaries are still appropriate and the amounts you plan to leave; (4) check your plan to determine what happens if a beneficiary (or all of them) predeceases you; and (5) consider your own life changes and whether anything should be addressed. Making changes should be a relatively easy process which usually is a simple phone call to an estate planning attorney. Some documents can be amended while others should be completely replaced. One caution—please do not write on your original will or trust as there are very specific rules about making changes to those documents.
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From Page 1 are just starting to resume eating after their winter hibernation. They spend most of their time in the sun on the little island that has been constructed for them.” The Saturday Evening Post published a two-page color photo spread about alligator moving day. The Post’s Gator in the Air photo in the Oct. 24, 1959, issue showed one of them suspended by a lift that transferred them down into the pit. Mason, who researched and wrote about Wichita’s first zoo in his book Wichita’s Riverside Parks, was in the audience as a kid many times for moving day, especially during the springtime when the alligators were taken out of their basement home to their outdoor enclosure. “It would be announced in the paper the day before and done after school was let out for the summer, usually on a Friday afternoon,” he said, during a recent interview at the former location of the zoo. “We would wait to see them move. It was a big thrill.” As a naturalist employed by the city, he helped transition the zoo to the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit. Folks had hoped a zoo would open in 1897 when local businessman Charles Payne brought three buffalo to town, Mason said. The city couldn’t scrape together enough funds to acquire the buffalo so
For 62 years the alligators were moved between their summer and winter homes and drew quite a crowd. one was sold, one was shot by Buffalo Bill Mathewson in a public event with a kill shot so clean it took a bit for the bull to drop dead, and the remaining animal was shot at a second public event by a representative from the Chicago Field Museum who apparently blundered the kill shot either because he lacked the aim or ignored the advice of Buffalo Bill who was standing by. The zoo finally opened in 1901 with white-tailed deer, a native species that had been wiped out by hunting. Elk and pronghorn were added later. “Things snowballed from there,” said Mason, who retired last year as head of Wichita’s Great Plains Nature Center.
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When nearby residents complained of the barnyard smells coming from some of the zoo’s livestock, they were
moved to another animal exhibit at Linwood Park, Mason said. A Dec. 21, 1919, Eagle article listed some of the zoo’s inventory: a leopard; a lynx; three puma cubs; three green Mexican parrots; 20 guinea pigs from New Guinea; red, gray and swift foxes; two badgers; a brown and a black bear; three wolves and a cub; seven alligators; four common rabbits; and a number of goldfish. Radio personality Ted Woodward posts regularly about historical milestones to the popular Wichita History From My Perspective Facebook page. He said he culls the facts from various historical references. In a Feb. 24 post, he wrote, “90 years ago on this day (1928): Two leopards recently purchased for the Riverside Park Zoo arrive here from New York … the zoo already has four baby lions.” See next page
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The Down Syndrome Society of Wichita has recognized Valerie Wall, a Butler Community College and Friends University instructor, for her work with special needs students. The retired K-12 special education teacher now teaches students with special needs at both colleges. She developed and works at Friendship Fields, a program associated with Friends, where students with special needs are able to experience college life. She also teaches behavioral science at Butler.
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The horse and buggy underneath the wooden entry arch at Central Riverside Park is ca. 1899. Riverside was platted in 1887 and has had some sort of on-site zoo since 1901.
From previous page Buildings were built to hold the lions and monkeys and the other animals the zoo was adding. Concession stands were added to feed the visitors, including the still-standing pagoda building near the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit. Exhibits in the lion and monkey house consisted of side-by-side cement-floor cages. The alligators were kept in a circular pit outdoors in the summer. The two-dozen or so animals now on display at the Wildlife Exhibit are
not nearly as exotic, but they offer a free, fun and educational activity for Riverside Park. It also is a return, of sorts, to native species that initially started the zoo. Birds of prey and waterfowl are displayed in naturalistic cages, and other animals like the beaver and the bobcat remain popular, said Mason. The exhibit was rededicated in April following more than $100,000 in improvements that included expanding Bobby the Bobcat’s enclosure, replacing Chapa the Beaver’s log for easy and safe access to his den, and zoo-quality educational signage.
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From Page 1 She served as a staff nurse for 10 years and in a supervisory position for 21 more years, working in maternity, post-partum and gynecology units. A farm girl from Hennessy, Okla., she joined two other girls from Dunbar High School in her hometown to attend the then St. Rose School of Nursing in Great Bend and St. Joseph School of Nursing in Wichita. Bell retired in 1997. At 83, she is still in the business of “delivering.” But now it’s in the form of providing sustenance and health care to those in need at St. Paul A.M.E. Church through its
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For more than half his life, Robert (Bob) Garrett has volunteered at Wichita’s Old Cowtown Museum. At 83, a milestone he reached in March, he is the longest serving volunteer on its Board of Trustees. Because Board rules limit the number of years one can consecutively serve, he takes a year off between stints. He’s served in every position except treasurer. Garrett is a logical fit because
Food Kitchen Ministry. Over the years, she has held several leadership positions at the church, and regularly attends Bible Study classes. For 10 years she was a helper in the weekly meal program provided by the church. This year she became the program’s director. It requires several hours of planning and preparation each week in order to serve a noon meal each Friday. They feed between 60 and 120 people each week. But once a nurse, always a nurse. Bell offers blood pressure screening while her helpers serve the meal. If there are problems, she refers them to the HealthCore Clinic where she also volunteers. She helps coordinate the Hypertension Screening Program at the Clinic and volunteers at community
health fairs. Bell is a charter member of the Wichita Black Nurses Association and a member of the national association. She offers some advice for young people going into the nursing profession, and she’s adamant about it: “Attend a four-year nursing program versus a two-year program. Do not let counselors discourage you from attending a four-year program. A bachelor of science in nursing will better prepare you for a career in the field and open the door to more advancement opportunities.” Come springtime the farm girl comes out in her. You will find her testing and prepping the soil in her yard for the vegetables and flowers which she plants and tends each year. Not unlike others in her age group,
she subscribes to the notion that “learning never ends.” She’s learning how to compose floral arrangements and how to make quilts. Her special challenge, she says, is “learning how to use the computer.” Another important part of her schedule is getting regular exercise. You will find her at the Downtown YMCA at least three times a week in the Silver Sneakers classes and using the exercise machines. She’s already lived as long as her mother, who died at 83. Her father lived to be 90. Bell has two sisters, one in California and the other in Georgia. Her daughter, Vicki Bell-Lewis, is a respiratory therapist at Wesley Medical Center. She and her husband, William (Bill) Lewis, live in Wichita.
of his appreciation for history. He calls Cowtown a "hidden gem" and a "unique destination place." He’s proud that the Board sponsors trips to the museum for school children and pays for their bus transportation. He lived in St Paul, Minn., until he turned 21 and joined the air force. His service took him to England, Vietnam and Thailand. In 1965, he arrived at McConnell and, after 20+ years in the service, he and his family settled here. Garrett worked at Boeing for 12 years as an industrial engineer and methods analyst, as well as in quality control and human resources. He and his wife owned a flower shop in west Wichita “until the competition grew to include grocery-store flower shops.” He has a bachelor’s in psychology and American studies and a master’s in anthropology from Wichita State University. Truth be told, Garrett looks like he belongs in Cowtown. He is tall and has the stature of a gunslinger. He can also unleash the look of a stern sheriff or the friendly town mayor. Some might say he ought to be in pictures — and he has, but “mostly as an extra” in westerns, including Sarah
Plain and Tall, Skylark, Winter’s End and The Only Good Indian. University of Kansas medical students have seen him play a patient in classes focused on diagnosing illnesses. He and his wife, Toni Timpy, have done stage work at Wichita Community Theatre, and he sometimes does photo and video shoots for commercials. At Cowtown, Garrett’s done “almost everything,” including authentic dances of the time period. He says Cowtown can always use more volunteers, including dancers, baseball players, performers for gunfights; volunteers to interpret sites and to demonstrate trades and activities from the 1870s; and greeters for the visitor’s center. (To volunteer call Angela West at
350-3317 or go to oldcowtown.org.) Those who know Garrett say he looks much younger than his years. He’s already lived longer than his parents. His mother lived to age 80; his father to 76. He didn’t think he’d live longer than his mother. Garrett’s life span, in part, may be attributed to his philosophy of “just keep moving.” He plays racquetball three times a week. While in England he did competitive Foil and Sabre fencing, and won some awards. He also led McConnell’s athletic programs for a number of years. Garrett has five children. Gretchen, Ruthada and Pat Garrett live in Wichita. Paul resides in Atlanta, and Guy lives in Houston. Amy, who lived in Arkansas, is deceased.
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“When is it time?” When caregiving becomes overwhelming. by Doug Stark As Alzheimer’s sufferers’ cognitive functioning decreases, their dependency on others increases. For caregivers dealing with the incessant questions, the growing anxiety and continuous confusion, the task of providing 24-hour care can be emotionally draining. In addition, the physical demands of helping someone in and out of a bed, chair or tub, or picking them up after a fall may be too great. And for people working full or part-time while also trying to care for someone with Alzheimer’s, caregiving takes a financial toll as well. A majority of family caregivers report having to make major changes in their work schedules - going in late, leaving early, or taking unscheduled time off to provide care.
Even the most compassionate family member soon realizes that such efforts are not only impractical but often counter-productive. Nearly 60% of caregivers rate their emotional stress as “high” or “very high,” and about 40% suffer from depression. Should you become incapacitated due to care for a loved one, they lose their most important resource - you, their advocate. When a loved one’s condition poses a threat to the wellbeing of caregivers, it’s time to consider long-term care. Doug Stark is President of ComfortCare Homes, the pioneer in resident-based Alzheimer’s care since 1993.
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He owns an insurance agency, a tree farm that doubles as an entertainment venue, a housing development and, if he had to, he could sing for his supper. Bob Scott, 81, is a “farm boy” from Ness County near Ransom. He got his bachelor’s degree in music education at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and his master’s at Wichita State. When he and his wife, Patsy, adopted a son, he decided he had “to make a living” so he stopped teaching and became an insurance agent for State Farm. Today, 54 years later, he is
likely the longest active agent for the company in Kansas. Growing up, he became fascinated with growing Christmas trees. Delp Tree Farm in St. John was his inspiration. In 1973 he planted his first crop at what is today Prairie Pines Tree Farm in Maize. It took about eight years for his first crop of 200 trees. This spring they planted 6,000. Next, with the help of others, he built the Prairie Pines Barn. In 1997 it was turned into a chamber music venue with violist Catherine Consiglio, a professor at WSU’s School of Music. She is its artistic director and Scott is executive director. In 2000, the Prairie Pines Playhouse was built. It has offered an annual holiday dinner and show since 2004, and now specializes in murder mystery dinners. Son Kip, an actor, directs that piece of the Farm’s operations which has four to five productions a year. Kip and his wife, Jody, also direct Field of Screams, a Halloween attraction that uses the talents of “75 or so” others to bring a little fright to the day. In 2002, Scott, who never wanders far from his music roots, launched a strings day camp for middle and high school students the last week in July. Today, Prairie Pines is a multifac-
eted farm and entertainment venue. Its outdoor garden, with a lily pond and waterfalls, has become the setting for outdoor weddings, anniversaries and receptions. In 2008, Scott developed a residential housing project, Fiddlers Cove. The high-end development with 50 lots is in Maize. How does he keep all these balls in the air? He says “hire the best people you can and get the hell out of the way.” He was music director at the University Congregational Church in Wichita for 28 years, retiring in 2014. He continues to sing in the choir and helps raise funds for it. The choir has a number of WSU music students participating through a program Scott developed. They receive stipends to help with their studies,
and it also connects them with the adult donors in the church, creating lasting friendships between generations. Scott has longevity on his side. His mother lived to be 81, his current age. His father lived to be within a week of his 104th birthday. He and Patsy have been married for 62 years. Over the years, she has helped with weddings and other events. The Scotts had three children; one died. Their daughter Jill and son-inlaw Phil Hoffman, work for insurance firms in Kansas City. Son Kip and wife Jody, who teaches at Riverside Elementary, live in Wichita. The Scotts have four grandsons. Contact Elvira Crocker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Broadway Singers love songs concert My Romance, the spring concert by the Wichita Broadway Singers, will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the Independent School auditorium, 8317 E. Douglas. Love songs will range from The King and I to Rent and Cole Porter’s DeLovely. Donations are welcomed. “We specialize in the music of the theatre, including film and TV,” said
member Liz Hicks. “Some of our group have been singing together since they were a class at the Center for the Arts 25 years ago. We are amateurs who like to make a joyous noise together.” Matt Hanne directs; Harriet Hickman is their pianist. New singers are welcome; no audition is required. For information call Hicks, 316-942-5374.
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$26-$30; Show only, 7:50 pm, $20. 316-263-0222 Roxy’s Downtown, 412 E. DougBy Diana Morton las, a cabaret-style theatre. I Do! I Do! Longer days and perfect spring by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. temperatures give you two more The show begins with Michael and reasons to take in a fabulous live stage Agnes on their wedding day. Their inal play with music, this is a modern production this month. You won’t be vows behind them, they look forward retelling of the Prodigal Son story with disappointed. to spending the rest of their lives toan all-female cast. A female priest faces Forum Theatre, Wilke Center, gether. We watch as they go through the challenges of two adult daughters 1st United Methodist Church, 330 their wedding night jitters, raise a with very different hopes and dreams. N. Broadway. Rocket Man: The Music family and negotiate midlife crises. 8 pm Thu–Sat, May 17-19; 7 pm Sun, of Sir Elton John, one of the biggest This touching story of two soul music icons of the 20th century. Selling May 20. Tickets $12, students $10. mates navigating the perils of life is 316-683-5686 more than 250 million records, Elton set to a tuneful, charming score. 8 pm Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. John has found success on Broadway Fri-Sat, 2 pm Sun, May 11-27. Tickets Mosley. What Would Scooby Do by Carol and internationally. 8 pm Sat, May 19, $20-$30. 316-265-4400 Hughes. Followed by a musical revue, 2 pm Sun, May 20. Tickets $23-$25. WSR Signature Theatre, 332 E. thru May 19. Next: Grungy Ole Opry 316-618-0444 First, Scottish Rite Temple. Once Upon or Honky Tonk Hoedown by Tom Frye. Guild Hall Players, St. James A Mattress, music by Mary Rodgers, Followed by a new musical revue. May Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas. lyrics by Marshall Barer, book by Jay 24-July 14. Dinner 6:15 pm. Tickets Flee as a Bird by Phil Speary. An origThompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer. In this musical version of The Income Based for elderly or mobility-impaired only
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The Abstract National Exhibition at Mark Arts runs through July 7. Abstraction, which took hold in the 20th century, continues to grow in popularity. Juror Jerry McLaughlin of Oakland, Calif., selected 68 nonrepresentational works in a variety of media by artists from across the country for the exhibition. The $1,000 first place Mary Koch Award went to Wichitan John Ernatt for his submission titled Switchgrass. The gallery at 1307 N. Rock Rd. is open from 1–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Admission is free.
The theme of this year’s Opera on the Lake, POPera: Simply Irresistible, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Wichita Grand Opera hosts this annual free outdoor concert at Bradley Fair as its gift to the city. The performance occurs “with stars in the sky and stars on the stage,” and the center’s lake and island as the backdrop. The audience should bring a lawn chair or blanket. There is a limited number of reserved seating tickets for $35 and include a chair. To be wined and dined, there is a VIP Dinner and Performance package. It includes a three-course dinner with seating for meal and performance on Newport Grill’s patio. It is $150 per person or a table of eight for $1,000. A portion is tax deductible. For tickets call 316-262-8054 or visit selectaseat.com.
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Look, Don’t Touch will be on exhibit at the Ross and Ritchie Galleries at the Wichita Art Museum through July 15. It features work from the museum that investigates both visual and physical texture. The tactile quality of a painting, print or sculpture can come from the material of the object itself, such as the thick swabs of paint applied to a canvas or the polished smoothness of a bronze sculpture.
Artists also create the illusion of texture on a flat piece of paper or canvas, tricking the eye into believing that the surfaces it sees are not truly flat at all. Located at 1400 W. Museum Blvd., the museum is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon–5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is adults $7; 55+ $5; students $3; under 5 free. Saturday admission is free.
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Tomatoes are king of the garden, kitchen By Janice Sroufe Would you believe that less than 200 years ago, a favorite vegetable grown today by home gardeners in the U.S. was considered poisonous? It was believed that even putting a tomato near your mouth was dangerous and eating one would turn your blood into acid. There are several tales of how tomatoes were proven to be edible, one involving a man eating a basket of tomatoes on the courthouse steps in front of a crowd expecting to watch him die. Tomatoes are thought to be native to South America but they had to be imported to this country by Europeans in order to be accepted as edible fruit. Yes, fruit – botanically speaking. However, in 1893, in order to collect a tax that was levied on vegetables, the Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes were vegetables because they were used for dinner rather than dessert. The modern tomato fascination is compliments of Alexander W. Livingston, an American botanist and scientist, who selectively bred tomatoes and produced varieties that have become “King” of the garden and kitchen.
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Most growers of tomatoes have their own methods and opinions on how to raise a bumper crop and are usually happy to share their expertise. Some tomato gardeners buy tall plants, planning to dig deep holes to bury the stems or long shallow holes to lay the stems in sideways. In both cases only the tops of the plants stick out of the ground. Most experts believe that this method stresses the plants and recommend planting them at about the same depth as they are growing in the
pot. In this case, it would be better to choose short, stocky plants. Look for dark green leaves with no yellow or brown spots. Tomatoes love warmth – even heat. So, don’t plant them outside too early. Wait for consistently warm days, about 70 degrees, and a soil temperature of 55 degrees. May is usually a safe time to plant tomatoes in southcentral Kansas. Tomatoes need lots of sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Don’t plant them in an area that turns into a lake after rain or watering. If you have not grown tomatoes, start small. Three or four plants will give you a nice harvest with extra to share. The type of tomato you choose
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dictates how much room you need to allow for each plant. If you want to grow them in containers or very small spaces, consider varieties that have short growing habits. For an exciting experience, plant an indeterminate tomato and be prepared for a sprawling giant. Place a sturdy tomato cage or support around it when you put it in the ground. These guys can grow FAST– and may end up more than 8 feet tall. Don’t stick your plants in hard soil. Crumble it up and add some organic material such as aged manure or compost. Get your plants ready to move outdoors by “hardening them off ” –
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Master Gardners' gardens
Calling all gardeners, novice or seasoned. The Extension Master Gardener Garden Tour promises both tips and inspiration. Eight gardens will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 1-2, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, June 3. They were selected to feature diverse, creative landscapes. Plants will be labeled, and volunteers will be at each garden to answer gardening questions. Advance tickets may be purchased for $10 from Master Gardeners; at the Sedgwick County Extension Center, 21st Street and North Ridge Road; online at sedgwick.ksu.edu; or at the gardens the days of the tour.
Participating gardens are Outdoor Living with Water Features at 1919 S. Crestline; Shady Backyard Retreat at 1203 N. Covington Cir.; Birds, Butterflies and Beauty at 2879 N. Edwards Ct.; Garden of Growing Friendships at 2028-2034 N. Payne; Urban Micro-Farm at 3816 E. Lewis; Garden of Peace and Healing at Dole VA Medical Center, 5500 E. Kellogg; and Prairie Garden in the City at 6901 E. Perryton, Bel Aire. Proceeds fund the Master Gardener Volunteers’ educational outreach programs given throughout Sedgwick County. For information: call Extension Education Center, 316- 660-0100.
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setting them outside during the day, first in the shade then gradually increasing sun and wind exposure for a few days. Mulch your tomatoes to keep the moisture level consistent. Tomatoes are rewarding to grow most of the time. Some years are fantastic; some not so much. Tomatoes can be victims of diseases and pests during their long growing season. Pay attention
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Rosemary 2018 herb The 24th annual Herb Day will be 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in 4-H Hall at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 21st Street and North Ridge Road. The local Herb of the Year is Rosemary, which will be featured in the demonstrations and seminars. The National Herb of the Year is Hops. Seminars by Herb Society mem-
bers, Extension Master Gardeners and Extension Agents will cover topics relating to growing and cooking with herbs. The featured chef is Chef Paul Guerrero, Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Manager at Reflection Ridge Golf Club. There also will be a plant sale, children’s activities, garden magazines and books for sale, brunch and lunch for sale, and venders selling herbs and other garden related items. For more information visit sedgwick.ksu.edu.
North Riverside garden stroll
The annual North Riverside Garden Stroll will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Funds raised provide for the continued care of neighborhood garden areas at 13th and Bitting, Cornelison and Woodrow, and the Triangle Garden at McKee, Coolidge and Woodrow Ct. North Riverside volunteers construct and maintain these neighborhood mini-parks. The funds purchase flowers, trees and signage for them. Gardens are at 1145 W. 13th, 1530 W. 13th, 1410 Lieunett, 1440 N.
Woodrow and 1828 W. 18th, #1016. A bonus site this year is an educational vegetable garden at 20th Street and Shelton, sponsored by St. Patrick Catholic School and Children First. Stroll tickets are $5. They go on sale Mother’s Day, May 13, at the Johnson’s Garden Centers and Seasonal Decorating, 2828 W. 13th, or any of the five gardens the day of the stroll. A map of the addresses is on the tickets.
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360° Continuing Care A few years back, Forbes did a piece on Target (the retail giant) and their success. While other “box” retailers have shrunk or almost completely disappeared from the landscape, Target has grown and prospered. The secret to success? A focus on customers, knowledgeable staff, and the ability of the customer to find in one place, an expanding array of products, conveniently accessible. Today Target grocery is steadily eroding market share from industry leader,Wal-Mart. There is a theme expanding; a reason for the success of Target, Costco and Wal-Mart. These retailers focus on providing a 360 degree shopping experience. Whether the products are groceries, prescriptions, clothing, automotive or appliances, customers can make a single trip and access known quality, known product availability and good service (particularly at Costco and Target). And even with an ever-expanding range of product and service capacity, the prices remain competitive and transparent for the customer – including on-line. As we know, customers prefer the convenience of a single source option for a vast array of services and products. Why isn’t senior health care the same? Why is everything in Wichita so fragmented? Why can’t there be a single, 360 degree, customer-focused,
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highly-rated, high quality option for care beyond the hospital? Reasonable questions, worthy of an answer. Unknown (but ideally not for long), there is such a 360 degree option – it is Larksfield Place. Only one seniors housing and health care provider in Wichita can provide ALL services such as inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing, home health, transitional care, and outpatient services, with the same core staff and leadership, through one-stop, one-location. Larksfield owns and operates each segment and employs the dedicated expertise within its staff to coordinate 360 degree care no matter where and when it is required. The same therapy staff will guide resident rehabilitation from inpatient to home to outpatient. No gaps, no holes, no inconsistencies: just great care. Moreover, the care is delivered by the highest rated post-acute and seniors housing provider in Wichita. Only Larksfield Health Care Center is rated 5 Stars in every CMS category. Larksfield Home Health is the only gold seal, JCAHO accredited agency in Wichita. Only Larksfield has this kind of reputation, local and national award-winning staff and a thirty-year history and commitment to Wichita. One stop gets seniors the best care available. The 360 degree continuum of care is available today at Larksfield Place.
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If you’re ready to lighten those shelves bending under the weight of your books, the Union Rescue Mission, 2800 N. Hillside, would love to have them, as well as DVDs, CDs, vinyl albums and sheet music. They sell them online to raise money for the Mission and provide jobs for formerly homeless men. The books are not sold directly to the public. You purchase them through Amazon.com, eBay or Alibis.com. If you search for a title and it’s offered by NewLeaf Book Mercantile, it is from the Mission. To see a list of its books, visit amzn.to/2xOyNdg. Drop off your donation at their
warehouse. It's the large metal building facing south on the northeast corner of North Hillside and 27th Street. Across the street is the Grant AME Church. Denny Bender, executive director of the Mission, said they receive no funding from United Way nor grants from federal, state or local government. He thanks you for the income you help provide.
Is your neighborhood walkable?
Do you like walking in your neighborhood? If so, your neighborhood is “walkable”— that means friendly to walkers, including seniors, children and folks with wheelchairs and strollers. Smooth sidewalks and bright crosswalks help you reach bus stops, churches, schools, parks, shops and other local destinations. If your area is not walker-friendly, identify its obstacles. To score your streets or other areas,
find the mobile-friendly survey link or a paper form at www.BikeWalkWichita.org/walkability. If you take the survey with your cell phone, you automatically update a map that city and county planners, transit and others can use to prioritize improvements. It takes less than five minutes. Bike Walk Wichita will give a $100 check to the first 25 organizations that score 20 or more blocks by mid-June. More details are online.
From Harvard Women’s Health Watch Q. Does it get harder to cope with stress as you age? I feel like it takes more of a toll on me now. A. While stress isn’t easy to manage at any age, it can become more difficult as you get older. First, your body can’t physically handle stress the same way it did when you were younger. Your heart and lungs may not have the capacity they once did, and your body may have a harder time recovering from stressful events. In addition, it may be more challenging to cope mentally. A good night’s sleep can help reduce stress in some instances, but as you age, you may not sleep as soundly, which can
lead to higher levels of stress hormones in the brain. Your stress may also be caused by different factors, which could be more complicated than the issues you faced in your younger years. Signs of stress may mimic symptoms of memory loss or dementia or include appetite changes, headaches, anxiety, irritability or trouble concentrating. Manage stress by using relaxation techniques, getting involved in community activities, taking care of yourself, eating right, getting enough sleep and sticking to other healthy habits.
Riverfest starts June 1 This year’s Riverfest, June 1-9, will offer 19 new events, including Wichicon, the Riverfest Classic Car Show and a Wichita eSports tournament and gaming area. The early-bird button sales period ends Saturday, May 5. They sell for $7 adults and $3 children at the Wichita and Hutchinson Meineke Car Care Centers. Regular prices are $10 and $5. Activities are varied, but favorites such as the Medallion Hunt; Sundown Parade, Twilight Concert and fireworks; the River-Run; and Ice Cream Social continue. This year join Artist-in-Residence Joo Young Choi as he creates an installation of handmade flowers in A. Price Woodard Park. His Community Workshop is 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 2-9.
Compete in the Riverfest Photo Contest. The best Riverfest photos earn cash prizes for first, second, third and honorable mention in each category, as well as Best of Show. Enjoy the many concerts. They are free with your button; VIP upgrades are available for some shows. Check out the full lineup at WichitaRiverfest.com. There is also a Riverfest Mobile App. Search the App Store or GooglePlay for Wichita Riverfest 2018.
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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. May 9: 4:30 pm Intercultural: Mexico Juan Carlos will discuss Cinco de Mayo and sing. $7 donation May 10: 2 pm Pioneer Senior. BreAnna Monk will present simple low-cost receipes that take less than 30 minutes. May 17: 10 am Mental Health Awareness. It's National Mental Heath Awareness Month. Learn about different types and warning signs.
DOWNTOWN New Location: West Side Baptist Church, 304 S Seneca, 267-0197 www.seniorservicesofwichita.org The newly remodeled Senior Center will reopen this month. Call 267-0302.
Regular activities: Exercise classes, computer classes, foot care by appt. May 7: 10 am Prairie Moon Book Club, American Heart by Laura Moriarty. May 8: 2 pm POW Camp in Argonia, Iowa by Marge Gilbertson. May 11: 1 am Dining in Delano. Mother's Day Trolley Tour and Luncheon, Lawrence Dumont Stadium. 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.
GARDEN PLAIN 1006 N Main, 535-1155
Mon-Fri: 8 am Coffee. Wed: 1-3 pm RSVP work. Fri: 1 pm Cards.
1st Fri: noon Potluck, cards. 3rd Fri: 1 pm Birthday/anniversary celebration.
GODDARD 120 N Main, 794-2441
Mon, Wed, Fri: 9-9:30 am Exercise. 1st & 4th Tue: 9:30 am-noon Cards. 2nd & 4th Thu: 10 am-4 pm Covered dish, cards, dominoes.
HAYSVILLE 160 E Karla, 529-5903
Regular activities: Cards, crafts, hot lunch, exercise. Mon-Fri: noon Cards. Tue: 12:30 pm; Fri 9 am TX Hold’em. Mon & Wed: 9 am Walking club 1st & 3rd Wed: 12:30 pm Bingo. Tue & Thu: 10 am STEPS exercise Last Tue: 6-9 pm Game Night. 2nd Fri: 5:30 pm Birthday Dinner, Covered Dish. $3 4th Sat: 8:30 am Friends & Family Senior Breakfast. RSVP: 529-5903. $4
KECHI Kechi City Building, 744-0217, 744-1271
3rd Thu: 6:30-7:30 pm Meeting.
LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700
May 7-June-27 Mon-Wed, 1:30 pm Stay Strong, Stay Healthy level 1 class. 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. May 4: 1:30 pm Star Wars, the original film. Enjoy the movie with popcorn and soda, provided. May 10: 2-4 pm Mad Hatters Mother's Day Tea Party. Food, fun and a fashion show. RSVP by May 8, 263-3703. May 11: 1-3 pm Games of Fame Friday. Play Crazy 8, Go Fish and Spades. or bring something you'd like to play. 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
www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. May 4: 11:45 am F.A.S.T. CVA Stroke awareness. BP checks before class. May 11: 2-4 pm Mother's Day Dinner. $5 members, $7 nonmembers. May 31: 11:45 am Scams, Scams, Scams... Learn about the latest scams from the Better Business Bureau. 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; 1:30 Friendship meals. Mon: 9-11:30 am Finagle, 9-noon dominoes. Wed: Sweets & coffee/Panera Bread. Fri: 12:30 pm Afternoon cards. Sat: 9:30 am TOPS, south entrance 1st Thu, Fri: 8 am-5 pm Commodities. 1st Sat: 8-10:30 am Special Olympics Fundraiser Breakfast. $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. May 8: 11:15 am Lunch Out at Jason's Deli, 7447 W. 21st. May 18: 11:15 am The Links Between Lack of Exercise and Dementia. May22: 8:30 am Breakfast Out at Jimmie's Diner. 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. May 17: 2 pm Mother's Day Afternoon Tea. Sandwiches, salads, sweets, tea. $5. RSVP 744-1199. May 22: TBA Movie Matinee. Take the senior van to see Book Club. $8. Call 744-1199 to reserve your seat. May 30: 11 am. Medicare Basics. Nearing 65? Learn the basics so you can make well-informed decisions when enrollling. 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. 560 N Park Ave, 755-7335
Mon: 12:30 pm Troopons, clipping coupons for military families; 1:30 Line Dancing. Tue, Thu: noon Lunch, $5. Tue: 10 am Donuts & cards; 6 pm Pitch. Mon, Thu: 10 am WellREP exercise class; 10 am walking. 4th Thu: 11 am Bingo. Fri: 11 am Chair Yoga, need yoga mat. No Pickleball May-July.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293 seniorservicesofwichita.org
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: Terry 219.0100 or Gordon 721-6718. Community barn & contra dance, 1st Sat most months; lesson 6:30 pm, dance 7. $5, wichitacontra.org. Westside Steppers Square Dance, Clare Hall, 861 N Socora (one block east of Central & Tyler). 7-9:30 pm 1st, 3rd Suns. Info: David, 992.7820; email: email@example.com Wichita Solos Square Dance, Dawson UMC, 2741 S Laura. 7:3010 pm 1st, 3rd, 5th Fris. Couples/singles welcome. Info: Curtis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Butler County Senior Centers
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: 7:00-9:30 am Breakfast. $4.
EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142
Sat: 6 pm Cards and games. 3rd Tue: 12:30 am Blood pressure checks.
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
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.
WEEK OF MAY 1 Tue: Tuna pasta salad, broccoli-raisin salad, plums, bread stick, vanilla pudding. Wed: Hot turkey sandwich casserole, mixed vegetables, spiced peaches, gingersnap cookie. Thu: Pork roast w/gravy, cabbage au gratin, peas, pears, roll, applesauce cake. Fri: Chicken & rice casserole, German mixed vegetables, strawberries, garlic bread, gelatin.
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.
WEEK OF MAY 7 Mon: Glazed chicken, BLT pasta salad, green beans, Mandarin oranges, wheat roll. Tue: Baked fish, creamed peas, cauliflower-bean salad, strawberries, cheddar-dill bread. Wed: Chicken & cheese casserole, broccoli, carrot-raisin salad, pears, garlic bread. Thu: Swedish steak, garlic mashed potatoes, mixed green salad, peaches, roll, cook's choice cake. Fri: Ham & beans, potatoes w/onions, parslied carrots, cherries or blueberries, cornbread.
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.
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. 2nd & 4th Fri: 1 pm Bingo May 14: 9:30 am Shopping trip to east Wichita. Call 316-283-2222 to go.
WEEK OF MAY 14 Mon: Meatloaf, potatoes au gratin, herbed green beans, mixed fruit, bread. Tue: Ham chowder, crackers, black eyed pea salad, peaches, peanut butter cookie. Wed: Spaghetti w/meat sauce, combination salad, pears, garlic bread. Thu: Chicken or fish sandwich, set up or tartar sauce, cole slaw, apricots, bread pudding. Fri: Creamed chicken over mashed potatoes, pickled beets, pineapple, biscuit.
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
WEEK OF MAY 21 Mon: Taco burger, taco sauce, refried beans, cuke and onion salad, apple slices. Tue: Liver & onions OR beef cutlet w/onion gravy, mashed potatoes w/gravy, green beans, glazed blueberries, wheat bread. Wed: Swedish ham balls, sweet potatoes, broccoli, peaches, roll. Thu: Salmon loaf w/creamy cucumber sauce, combination salad, peas, pineapple, wheat roll. Fri: Baked chicken, savory carrots, black eyed pea salad, pears, peanut-butter muffin.
Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150 or 1-800-367-7298. Information: 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays. www. sedgwickcounty.org/aging.
Butler County Transit
Weekday transportation in El Dorado, Augusta and Andover. Rides to Wichita on Wed, Thu. Information: Augusta, 775-0500; El Dorado, 322-4321; toll free, 1-800-2793655. 48-hr notice required.
Senior Wednesdays www.seniorwednesday.org
May 2 10 am Wichita Art Museum Explore Monet to Matisse: French Moderns 1850-1950 with staff and docents. $5. 1:30 pm Water Center TBA May 9 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo Behavioral Husbandry. How we get the animals do what they need to do. $4 1:30 pm Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer. Book review: All the Light We Cannot See. Reviewed by Julie Sherwood. May 16 10 am Ulrich Muesum of Art Artists talks by five ADCI MFA candidates. 1:30 pm The Kansas African American Museum Red Bud Trail by Tina Murano. Garage parking tickets validated.
Aging Projects serves a hot, nutritious meal weekdays for persons 60 and older in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties. Reservations are necessary. For locations and reservations, call 620-669-8201.
LEON 112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905
Harvey County Centers
BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225
May 23 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum Music of the Caribbean Carnival. The WSU Steel Band performs music of the Caribbean. $2 1:30 pm Exploration Place Test Piloting by Bill Vavre. Explore what it takes to manipulate the controls of a planes cockpit from someone who actually does. May 30 10 am Great Plains Nature Center The Return of the Black-footed Ferret by Michele McNulty. It is being re-introduced to western Kansas. 1:30 pm Old Cowtown Museum. Harvesting the Prairie by Anthony Horsch. Food possibilities on the prairie were initially abundunt.
WEEK OF MAY 28 Mon: Holiday Tue: Pork & noodle casserole, hominy, Mandrian oranges, bread, fruit crisp. Wed: Taco salad w/salsa, Mexican rice, strawberries, cinnamon roll. Thu: Italian baked chicken, Italian pasta, lima beans, mixed fruit, garlic bread.
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 email@example.com.
AARP Driver Safety Classes No classes scheduled for May
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F CEMETERY PROPERTY FOR SALE F Rest-Haven Beautiful Garden of Freedom Lot 105-C- 2 & 3 $3,500 each OBO. Seller will pay transfer fees. Call Kaye 316-7213940. Rest-haven Garden of Prayer. 2 Vaulted Burial Plots with Companion Bronze Headstone asking $10,000. Call Josh 316-2582511.
Rest-haven garden of good Shepherd lot 15 01-02. Selling both for $7950 total. Seller pays transfer fee. Call Don 817-641-6310 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 336-949-4653 Rest-haven 2 vaulted Burial Plots in Garden of Freedom. $9,800 value asking $7,000. Seller pays transfer fee. Call 316-570-2934 or 316-570-2945 Lakeview Garden, Garden of Gethsemane. 2 Burial Plots w/ 2 caskets, side by side (will not sell separate). Firm on Price, $5,700, Seller Pays transfer fee. Call Melissa 417-365-0547 White Chapel 2 spaces 6B 1-2 Good Shepherd. 2 Vaults $3,250. Buyer pays $425 transfer fee. 316-239-6600. White Chapel, 2 Adjoining lots in Christus Garden. $2,000 for both. Buyer Pays Transfer Fee. Call 316-682-1838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Old Mission, Garden of Last Supper. 4 adjoin lots Section B row E graves 53,54,55,& 56. $3,400 each. Call 847-541-7851. Lakeview Gardens, Lot 41-A spaces 1&2. Beautiful tree for shade, selling together $1,500. Seller Pays transfer fee. 316-8805628. Leave message and it will be returned immediately. Double depth w/ crypt for 2 individuals, 2 internments one vault preinstalled. Gospel Garden 61 C-1. Retail price $7,395, Sale Price $5,395. Seller pays transfer fee. Call 316-832-9962. Lakeview Gardens Masonic Section. Lot 113-B. 2 spaces 1 & 2 side by side. Selling together for $3,000. Seller pays transfer fee. Call 316-522-6183 Resthaven Garden of the Gospels double-depth lawn crypt, sect. 21, 32-D, #3. No marker. Seller pays transfer. $4,800. 316-584-3569 Mausoleum double niche for 2 cremains containers see at lake view cemetery. 12100 E 13th St Wichita, KS. Call 1-971-8328553 for details. Resthaven – Garden of Love lots 17C 3&4 with vaults and bronze memorial. Current value $12,000 sell all for $7,000. Seller pays transfer fee. 316-776-2548 Old Mission Cemetery. 2 spaces in Acacia currently valued @ $2,834 each. Will consider all offers. Call 316-992-2373. Moving Must Sale! 2 lawn crypts plus marker. Garden of Gospels at Resthaven. Asking Price $5,000. Call 316-737-8468 or 316-409-1159.
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Resthaven garden of gospel. Double depth crypt w/vault. Asking $6,000. Will split transfer cost. Call 316-943-4360.
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Great location on 2 plots in Lakeview cemetery. Located just across from the lake in garden of the apostles. Lot 80: plots 11&12. Real Bargain for $3300. Value of $5,990. Call 214-501-2693. Old Mission, Garden of Faith, choice area, hard to find four adjacent lots asking $5,000. Price negotiable on pair. Includes transfer fee. Call 316- 684-8712.
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F GARAGE SALESF West Side Garage Sale: 119 S. Brownthrush Circle ( Ridge-Maple). May 3, 4 and 5, 8AM - 6PM. Vintage dishes, Household items, Gardening. Clean and Organized.
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Brunch Fellowship Saturday, May 12th, 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!** WANTED Missing 1958 North High Class Mates Please attend our LAST Class 60th Reunion October 5-7, 2018. More Info on Facebook “Wichita North High Class of 1958 Reunion” Or write to Box # 1958 C/O The Active Age 125 S West St Ste 105 Wichita, KS 67213
F FOOT CARE F Foot Care in home. Home visit $40.00 Call Francine at 316-943-4360. Leave a message.
In-Home Services: Personal care assistance, meal preparation, housekeeping, handymen and more! Phone Chester at the Senior Employment Program, 316-267-1771 or 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.
F HOME IMPROVEMENTS F F HAIR CAREF Perm Special for May $45. Shop at 1520 E 29th St North. Experience Stylist Kay Honer. Call 316-644-8632.
F HEALTH & BEAUTYF AVON Representative Linda Abedini 316/214-9117 Personal Service and Delivery Great gift ideas! NEW! Nutritionals Fundraising for groups- Fun and Easy! Call for catalog and free samples TODAY Or email email@example.com
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National award-winning non-profit monthly senior publication is seeking an editor to carry on the tradition. The active age targets the 55+ audience in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties. The successful candidate will have experience as an editor. He/she will be proficient in Mac-based InDesign, or willing to learn, and have a strong work ethic. The editor oversees the newspaper finances, creates the annual budget, and assigns and edits all stories. Flexibility and a sense of humor helps. Email resume and a cover letter explaining why this job interests you to firstname.lastname@example.org.
F FOR SALE F Invacare Full Electric Bed, Tilt Top Over Bed Table, New Steel Frame Drop Arm Commode, Drive Transport Chair, Shower Transfer Bench, Solid Fabric Full Body Lift Sling. (316) 267-2570.
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Come grow with us!!! PT / FT cleaners, all shifts. Great Supplemental Income! Apply: 349 S. Laura 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. M/Th.
Caregivers for Elderly. Personal care assistance, bathing, meals, housekeeping, doc appointments, also provide live in. 30 yrs exp. 316-390-9526
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
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
CLEANERS / OFFICES
Help Wanted Non-Smoker Part time $10/hr House Keeping Vacuuming & Dusting Bath & Kitchen 316-302-9883
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. 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 Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970 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.
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F LAWN AND GARDEN F Jesus Landscaping 316-737-3426 Mowing starting at $25, trimming, shrub removal, landscaping needs, gutter cleaning and any odd jobs. Senior Discounts. P&A Landscaping 316-708-7236 Complete lawn care. Spring clean-up Shrub/Tree trim Mulch installs, Landscape installs Gutter Cleaning. www.palandscapingwichita.com
Dave’s Hauling Services Solid waste removal, property cleanup, tree & fence line clearing, general landscape removal, other lawn and garden services. All fence, porch and patio work. Call 316-832-2201. Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. If you need any of these services call Perry, 316-619-6126 All Season Clean Up Lawn Care Quality Lawn Care • Yard Clean Up • Tree Trimming • Gutter Cleaning • Fall/Spring raking. Free estimates, senior discounts. 316-409-8780. Christian Lawn Care Mowing-$20, verti-slicing, core-aerating, over-seeding, new lawns, mulching flower beds, fall cleanup, leaves, shrub trimming and removal, gutter cleaning, hauling. Senior discount. Steve 316-685-2145 ASC Complete Lawn Care * Yard Clean Up Tree Trimming * Gutter Cleaning Fence Repair * Decks Home Repairs * Flooring Free estimates, senior discounts 316-807-8649 Brush, Limbs, Debris, Hauling and Junk Removal. Lawn mowing. Leaf removal. Free Estimates. Call David at 316-213-8880 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 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 LAWN CARE Mowing and trimming. Reasonable rates. Average yard starts at $20. Summer job for young teacher. Reliable. Call for estimate. 316-204-7552. EZ Care Lawn Service. Making your lawn care easy and affordable for you. Serving NE Wichita, including Bel Aire, Kechi, Park City and Valley Center. Please give us a call at 316-312-0128. Prestige Landscaping and Construction We offer FREE estimates on all of your landscaping needs! Mowing, Sod, Mulch, Rock, Patios, Decks, Fences and More! Call (316) 312-1324
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Tree Trimming, Junk Removal, Stump Grinding, 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 Ron Goodwin’s Painting Painting, interior/exterior. Power washing, gutter cleaning, roofing repairs, handyman services and odd jobs. 30 years experience. Senior discounts. 316-461-2510
F PERSONALS F Companion. Lady over 65. Any size ,any shape. Prefer grey hair. Please be truthful and open. A Man wants to meet you. Write Box #28, c/o the active age, 125 S. West ST, Ste 105, Wichita, KS 67213.
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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 FIREWOOD Trees, hedgerows, evergreens & shrubs. Crown reduction, trimming or removal. Line clearing and roofs of branches/limbs. Bucket truck available, will climb . Senior. Discounts. Insured. Prompt, immediate and professional service. Over 30 years experience. ALL FARM & RURAL AREAS Call 316-207-8047
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Fifty national and regional artists, thousands of books, entertainment, food trucks and the Muse cafe choices — all this is part of the 59th Wichita Art Museum Art and Book Fair. It will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 12, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Tents will be scattered around the museum’s grounds displaying a wide variety of works made by artists from 14 states. The art includes ceramics, drawings, painting, fiber, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, prints, sculpture and wood. Books in the Farha Great Hall are new, used and rare and include almost every genre. Some local authors will be on hand to sell and sign their books. Musical entertainment includes Randy Rathbun and Company, the Young at Heart Chorus from Wichita Children’s Theater and many others.
Artists Linnebur and Miller will sell one-of-a-kind photo portraits by costuming and posing individuals, friends and families in unique art scenarios. Advanced registration for photo sessions are required. Admission to the Art and Book Fair and general admission to the Art Museum is free. Admission to the Monet to Matisse exhibit is $10 for adults.
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Crime Stoppers: How it came to Sedgwick County
By Bobby Stout In the fall of 1979, Wichita Police Chief Richard LaMunyon invited me to attend a meeting with him and Martin Umansky, general manager of KAKE-TV. I was Deputy Chief in charge of the Administration Division. Umansky had recently returned from a meeting with other TV station managers in Albuquerque, N.M. They had viewed a new crime-related program there which he felt should be tried in Wichita. It brought police, media and citizens together to solve crime. Greg MacAleese, a young detective with the Albuquerque PD, developed this program in which actors re-created a crime that aired weekly on TV. It offered a reward for information that led to an arrest, and the caller was anonymous. It was called Crime Stoppers. Umansky offered his TV station to air dramatizations of the crimes. He asked if we would help organize such a program. LaMunyon assigned me to gather information and make a recommendation to the staff. I called Det. MacAleese and send two detectives to meet with him and learn more about the program. When they returned they were very excited about bringing it to Wichita. Recognizing that if you offer a reward for information, you need money to pay it, I had to find a donor. I called my friend Bill Kentling, PR Director for Pizza Hut when it was locally owned.
My Story Dan and Frank Carney, Pizza Hut founders, had an outstanding reputation of giving back to the community. On a bright Saturday morning, Kentling; the late Ron Loewen, KAKE’s assistant general manager; the two police detectives; and I met at Pizza Hut headquarters with Larry Schauf, head of its legal department. We showed video tapes of some of the Albuquerque crimes. Everyone agreed that the program would work in Wichita. In the following days, we invited people from the insurance industry, business owners and professionals to meet and organize a non-profit board so we could begin fundraising. No tax money is available for rewards. Schauf and his staff created Crime Stoppers’ non-profit status, and Frank Carney made a $5,000 reward fund contribution. Twelve people were invited to serve on the board; Schauf was elected president. During the organizing I retired and became the Executive Director of the Wichita Crime Commission, also a non-profit organization. Members whole heartedly agreed to be involved with the Crime Stoppers program and made a substantial contribution to the reward fund. The weekly crime re-creations began airing in June 1980. I became the program’s spokesman, and my trench
coat became my signature. It aired for more than 15 years. The Wichita/ Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers program, Courtesy photo is recBobby Stout ognized as one of the best in the country. I’m fortunate to have been involved from day one and now have the title of Chairman Emeritus. Not enough can be said about
the men, real heroes, who made this program come to life. Over the years police coordinators have kept the program operational and citizens and businesses, with their financial support, have kept it alive and growing. These people all have something in common: They believe in their community. Contact Bobby Stout at bobbystout@ sbcglobal.net. Visit Wichita/Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers website. It features a Crime of the Week, and Registered Offender of the Week, plus an update of the number of tips received, arrests made, open cases, property recovered, drugs seized and rewards paid. It is also on Facebook.
Who Dun It? dinner theatre
Crime Stoppers of Wichita/ Sedgwick County is holding its annual mystery dinner-theatre fundraiser Saturday, May 5, at Murfin Stables. 14515 E. 13th Street. The free bar opens at 5:30 p.m. followed by a BBQ dinner and interactive show that takes place at a Millionaires Masquerade Ball.
The silent auction has some distinctive offerings such as a Ride with Police Chief Gordon Ramsey and a ride with an officer from the Sheriff ’s Office K-9 Patrol. Tickets are $85 ($50 tax deductible); a table for eight is $600. Call 316-267-1235 for information.
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