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By Jack Kellogg Few buildings in Wichita provoke more curiosity than Campbell Castle, the 17-bedroom, feudal-style mansion overlooking the Little Arkansas River at 11th Street and North River Boulevard. As it turns out, builder Burton Harvey Campbell – also known as Col. “Barbecue” Campbell - was as fascinating as his home, a respected businessman and civic leader who may have owed some of his success to financial chicanery as well as cattle. Campbell was born in western New York State in 1829 and moved to New York City by 1850, starting a family there with his first wife. By the end of the Civil War he was helping the government with the business end of Reconstruction, buying properties and settling claims for war losses. It was during this period that he earned the honorary title of “colonel.” In 1867, four years after his first wife’s death, Campbell married again.
Cattleman "Barbecue" Campbell reportedly modeled his home on a Scottish castle, filling it with costly imports from Europe.
He moved to northern Illinois in 1870 and started breeding Durham cattle, Norman horses and Cotswold sheep. Campbell held a dispersal sale in 1879 and moved to Hutchinson, but only stayed a year before relocating to Wichita. Settling his family at the corner of Elm and Topeka, Campbell established ranching operations south
of Caldwell in the Cherokee Strip, a disputed stretch of land along the Kansas-Oklahoma border. One of Campbell’s cattle brands was a “BQ” with a bar over it, which became the source of his nickname. Evicted by the federal government, Campbell managed to keep ranching there by leasing See Castle, page 8
Stroke can't stop love of music By Amy Houston When Lisa Shorter walked into a keyboard class for adult beginners last year, it took all her courage and patience. After all, she was the only student who’d be forced to play using only one hand. One year later, she isn’t comfortable playing a song in front of her classmates. She does it anyway. “I’m going to try, try, try,” Shorter, 58, said. It’s an attitude that has served her well throughout life. The youngest of seven children, Shorter grew up in Wichita, attended Kapaun Mount Carmel High School and studied at Wichita State University. By age 26, she was married and working as a receptionist in CaliforSee Player, page 9
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By Joe Stumpe A new library for $32 million. Up to $81 million for a minor league ballpark. Twenty-five thousand dollars to help outfit a U.S. Navy warship called the USS Wichita, which is patrolling the high seas. The city of Wichita is investing in the future, but none of that largesse is going to senior centers. Nearly alone among incorporated areas of Sedgwick County, Wichita budgets no money for the five senior centers – Downtown, Linwood, La Familia, Northeast and Orchard Park – located within it. On the contrary, the city is charging the Linwood Senior Center $20,784 in rent this year and Orchard Park $13,776. “Wichita seems to be caught up in other stuff, like the library and baseball field and stuff like that,” said Jim Burgess, a member of the Sedgwick County Advisory Council on Aging. “They don’t seem one bit interested in the senior area, as far as I can tell.” Burgess says he “doesn’t have a dog in the hunt” since the city where he lives, Derby, budgets money for its senior center - $212,444 this year. Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and City Council members whose districts include the centers did not respond to requests for comment. Megan Lovely, who is Wichita’s communications and special events manager, referred questions about senior center funding to Sedgwick County officials, writing in an email: “The County oversees health and human services, including senior services, so this would be in their purview.” Senior center funding has been in the news since August, when the Sedgwick County Commission See Centers, page 6
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Wichitan advises candidate to ham it up William T. Davitt thinks the upcoming gubernatorial election could all boil down to ham. If only a certain candidate would take his advice. Davitt copied the active age on a letter he sent to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Laura Kelly, who is running against Republican Kris Kobach and Independent Greg Orman. In it, he urged Kelly to run on a platform of repealing Kansas regulations on ham, which according to Davitt permit an unacceptable amount of water and other ingredients to be added to ham, “leaving it flavorless, uninspired, with no taste.” Davitt suggested the issue could mobilize support among senior citizens. I decided to give him a call to see if he was serious, putting me on or, you know, crazy. The retired lawyer, now 89, assured me he is “absolutely” serious. And a few minutes of conversation convinced me he could still argue a case in court, if two hip replacements would allow it. “If you talk to someone who’s an elderly person, they will remember
From the Editor back in the 1940s when ham was just delicious,” Davitt told me. “Ham and eggs in the morning – just delicious.” Today, he added, “when you look at ham in the grocery store, they’ve killed the VOTE FOR HAM! taste, I think, and that’s a damn shame.” I told Davitt his letter made him seem like a bit of a single-issue voter. Not so, he said. “I’m interested in everything.” And indeed, a little digging revealed that Davitt has contributed letters to The Wichita Eagle on a variety of topics. Davitt said he’d been through “a lot” of political campaigns, though not as a candidate, and believed his
advice was sound. A real-life issue that connects with people does more for a candidate than any advertising campaign cooked up by consultants. Salty cured pork could be that issue. “Every man, woman and child likes to eat something that tastes good,” he said. I asked him about himself and his politics. A lifelong Wichitan, he graduated from law school at Notre Dame, passed the bar in 1955 and practiced for 50 years. Liked to dance before hip trouble put him in an assisted living facility (despite which he considers himself blessed with good health). Called himself “more of a Democrat than a Republican.” And don’t get him started on Libertarians. Democrats didn’t escape his criticism. Kelly campaigns as the education candidate, he noted, but can she get
thousands of teachers to go door-todoor for her, which is what it will take to win? Doubtful. He feared that as election results roll in, Democrats will be sitting around some ballroom filled with drinks and food – probably including lousy ham – absorbing another defeat. “The bigger tragedy,” as he put it, is that schools no longer adequately teach civics and, as a result, many people have no idea who their elected representatives even are. Not Davitt. Kelly, by the way, has not responded to his letter. “She’s probably laughing at me,” he said. But I’m not, and you can probably guess what I’m having for lunch. Contact Joe Stumpe at joe@theactiveage. com.
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decided to once again freeze county funds budgeted for the centers at the same level they’ve been since 2010. That prompted objections from users and supporters of the centers, which provided meals, recreation, health services and more to about 9,850 people on a regular basis last year, or about 14 percent of the population aged 65 and older. Local aging advocates say the centers are important to some of the county’s most vulnerable elderly, those on low incomes and lacking family support. Wichita and tiny Bentley (population 517) are the only municipalities that don’t help fund centers. Four of the senior centers in Wichita are run by Senior Services, Inc., a nonprofit which also operates the Meals on Wheels program. La Familia is its own entity. People familiar with the centers’ history say the city of Wichita stopped funding them in the early 1980s, after county voters approved using a small portion of property taxes to fund a variety of senior-related services. The vote authorized county commissioners
to levy up to 1 mill for those services, although less than half that amount is now being collected. “What I have been told is that once the mill levy got in place, the city said (to the county) ‘You do it now, you’ve got the mill levy in place," said Annette Graham, director of the county’s Division on Aging. By contrast, when smaller communities in Sedgwick County decided to start their own community centers, they put up the money to build them, then continued to fund some of the operations. The situation has led to disparities in resources allocated to senior centers. Laurel Alkire, executive director of Senior Services, Inc., said it struggles each year to find enough money to operate the centers. The Orchard Park center’s air conditioning broke down last summer. The carpeting at the Northeast center has numerous large, unsightly stains. Linwood lost storage space and one of two fire exits when the city put in a new exercise facility for the general public. Linwood director Cherise Langenberg’s office is stuffed with items the center periodically sells in garage sales to raise money for its operations. A card room doubles as an exercise space.
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“We’re in a constant struggle for space,” Langenberg said. The Linwood, Orchard Park, Northeast and La Familia centers each receive $57,000 in county money annually, or $22,000 more than the Park City center. But because of Park City’s own spending on its center, its budget is significantly larger than the Wichita centers. The Park City center has about 4,600 square feet of space, with an office, kitchen, bathrooms and one large room with moveable dividers – bright, cool and decorated for fall on a recent afternoon. “The city supports us great,” said one of 25 women who’d just completed a dance aerobics class there.
Among “special events” the Park City center offered members last month were a miniature golf outing and an all-day ziplining trip near Manhattan. The Orchard Park center offered flu shots and a presentation called Protect Against Breast Cancer. “I definitely try to keep them busy,” the Park City center’s director, Madison Shriner, said. “This is definitely a hub for not only programs and socialization but also for information and help with different things like Medicare and income taxes that older citizens in Park City need.” Shriner, who considers herself an advocate for senior citizens everywhere, said she “has always thought it fascinating that Wichita doesn’t contribute” to its senior centers. Derby’s senior center is the biggest and best-funded in the county, receiving $115,000 from the county and $215,000 from the city of Derby. Housed at one end of the City Hall complex, it has more than 3,000 active members – including some from outside Derby - who take part in exercise and educational programs, meals, dances, trips and more. “The city council has just chosen that here’s the level of services we’re going to provide, and our budget reflects what it takes to do that,” said Ted Austin, director of operations for Derby.“We get money from the county, which certainly helps, but it doesn’t pay for everything we have chosen to provide.” The funding of senior centers in See next page
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ballot have said funding for the centers should be increased. How that impacts senior centers in Wichita and other parts of Sedgwick County remains to be seen. The Downtown center, in Wichita, which has about three times as many members as other centers in Wichita, is currently undergoing a $6 million renovation, which includes adding classrooms, renovating the gymnasium
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Wichita is part of a bigger discussion going on regarding senior services in general in Sedgwick County. In 1982, county voters overwhelmingly authorized commissioners to levy up to 1 mill of property tax to pay for senior-related spending, which in addition to the senior centers includes services such as adult day care, health screenings, medical transportation and commodity distribution. If 1 mill were collected today, that would generate about $4.9 million annually. However, county commissioners have reduced the millage rate for senior services as overall property values have grown, keeping the total amount of money collected about the same from year to year. The rate is now .494, generating $2.3 million, or about 1.6 percent of the total property taxes collected. Commission member Jim Howell has advocated for more spending on seniors, saying there is room in the county’s $425.2 million overall budget. Howell – joined by Commissioner Michael O’Donnell – proposed increasing funding for senior centers in Haysville, Clearwater, Mulvane, Oaklawn and Bel Aire out of currently available money earlier this year. They were outvoted by commissioners David Dennis, Dave Unruh and Richard Ranzau. Those three commissioners argued that the centers now receive $620,000, or 49 percent, of all senior-related funds disbursed by the county even though they ranked last on a list of 15 priorities set by the county’s Division of Aging. Howell countered the priority list mainly reflects the desire of the division to promote programs that qualify
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for matching federal funds. Howell believes senior centers are a good use of government money because they help keep elderly residents living on their own and out of nursing and assisted living homes. Howell also contends that too much of the property taxes collected for senior-related services – nearly $1 million this year - is going to pay the salaries of county employees who work in the Division of Aging, rather than directly benefiting seniors themselves. U.S. Census figures show that 14 percent of the county’s population, or about 72,000 people, are aged 65 and older. “The aging population is culturally changing,” Howell said. “They’re living longer, having few children. Their children are moving away. They just don’t have a lot of support.” Several candidates for county commission who are on the November
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From Page 1 land from the Cherokee Indians. In 1885, Campbell was hired as the first general manager of the mammoth XIT Ranch in Texas, which had been organized by a syndicate of businessmen who built the Texas State Capitol in Austin in exchange for 3 million acres of land in the Panhandle. According to The XIT Ranch and the Early Days of the Llano Estacado, a 1929 book by J. Evetts Haley, a Texas historian and sometime politician, Campbell’s management of the ranch was riddled with fraud and mismanagement. Campbell contracted to buy cattle from a cousin, M.C. Campbell, who supplied the XIT with inferior and in some cases diseased cattle. “Barbecue” Campbell, meantime, allowed his cowboys to rustle some
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of the XIT’s cattle half interest in and brand it as what became their own, the book the Wichita charged, and the Street Railway ranch became a Company. He hangout for outlaws owned stock and hard cases of in the Wichall kinds. Campita Union bell was described Stock Yards, as a “big- faced, and travelled overbearing, loudto Chicago mouthed, perregularly for sonally penurious the city’s and institutionally meat-packing extravagant.” houses. He He was fired chaired the by the XIT over men’s board the rustling allegaof Wichita tions, but not before Hospital, profiting from the which became nefarious practices St. Francis he either directed Col. Burton Harvey " Barbecue Campbell Hospital. or condoned. It His wife, should be noted that Haley’s book led Ellen co-founded the Thursday Afterto a libel suit over material in it not noon Cooking Club, which is still in directly related to Campbell. Although existence today. the lawsuit was not success, Haley The planning and building of the agreed to withdraw the book from the Castle, begun in 1886 and completmarket. ed two years later, was followed with In 1891, some four years after his interest by local newspapers of the firing by the XIT, Campbell and his time. Limestone blocks and a five-story cousin, M.C., started another operturret make its exterior look like someation by driving 800 cattle to a site thing out of the middle ages; inside, along Day Creek in Clark County, Campbell imported fireplaces, stained Kan. Campbell also began accumulatglass and even a staircase from Europe. ing land for another ranch along John’s Charles was thrown from a horse Creek in Clark and Meade counties. on the ranch in Clark County and died “Of the 35,000 acres enclosed we on Nov. 1, 1902, the same day invitaown about 14,000 acres which embrac- tions to his wedding were issued. It was es all the water,” Campbell said at the to have been a grand double ceremony time. A few months after the ranch’s with his twin brother. Instead, Robert’s establishment, Campbell's twin sons, wedding took place quietly in Wichita. Charles and Robert, graduated from Ellen Campbell died in May 1907. high school in Wichita and moved The next fall, Campbell and his daughthere to help in the operations. ter, Eleanor, travelled to Mexico in an Campbell paid $25,000 for a oneeffort to restore his health. He died on
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Red Hat Society members claim trophy on first try By Joe Stumpe It took Sandra Whittemore five years to persuade her fellow Red Hatters to enter the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff. Maybe next time they’ll listen. Members of the Red Hat Society chapter took home the Cecile Kellenbarger Team Spirit Trophy (named for the late biking trail advocate) at this fall’s cookoff, besting some 80 other teams in the process. “We are Red Hatters,” she said. “We may all be over 50, but we have spunk.” Their chili won some admirers, too. “We didn’t get into hot chili,” Whittemore said. “Just good old standard chili. It’s ‘grandma’s chili." Founded as a social club for women age 50 and beyond, the Red Hat Society today is open to all ages and has some 50,000 members in 30 countries around the world. “We go out on outings, meet once a month and have a dinner,” Whit-
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‘Gentleman farmer’ airs beef with cattle By Ted Blankenship I tell people that I grew up out in the country and they usually assume I was raised on a farm. I did see an occasional haystack and every spring our house was surrounded by Hereford cattle, but I wasn’t a farm kid. I explain that I lived on a lease in the oil patch. “You mean they grow oil?” No, my father was an oil worker and lived on land the company leased from a rancher. We breathed the country air without owning cattle, chickens, geese or goats. I should have kept it that way. Years passed. I joined the Air Force, got married and returned to finish work on a journalism degree at the University of Kansas. I worked on several publications over the next few years and mostly lived in town. I missed the country. We bought a place on 20 acres north of Rose Hill. I became a “gentleman farmer.” I looked it up. A gentleman farmer is a person who operates a farm without expecting to profit from it. I think I overdid it. I not only didn’t make money. I lost a good deal of it. Most of the acreage was in bromegrass which cows like. I figured that we
could buy some cows. They would eat the grass, we would eat the cows and everyone would be happy-except the cows, of course. No one told me how much grass a cow eats. It turns out that they eat a lot-considerably more than six of them can find on 20 acres, part of which a house and buildings sit on. So, the “farmer” must buy grass in the form of large, round bales that are too big to fit on the little trailer he had to buy. Once he manages to get the hay off of the trailer with the help of a neighbor who has a tractor with hydraulic equipment to handle big bales, the cows will have already dug into the
hay and tossed it around so they can walk on it and spoil most of it. He discovers that hay is not enough for a proper cow diet. He must also buy range cubes. Cows really like range cubes because they are sweet and taste like molasses. How do I know this? I ate some when I was about 10 years old. The range cube people say their product is “specifically designed to support the nutritional needs of beef cattle on pasture.” They don’t tell you that their product is packaged in 50-pound sacks that, stacked in the bed of a pickup, are about as heavy as a load of pig iron. Gentleman farmers soon discover
that even though cows love the cubes and will knock him over to get to them, they still need hay, and now and then the supply runs out and there is no grass in the pasture. Cows will find a way to keep eating. They knock down fences and eat the grass on the other side. That causes a trip to the farm supply place for fencing and metal posts, etc., then several days of labor. Meanwhile, the cows discover new places to knock down the fences. Cows usually win. You don’t eat them. You just get rid of them. Contact Ted Blankenship at tblankenship@ cox.net
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By Joe Stumpe ANDOVER - Don’t be surprised if you spot some furry friends while checking out Andover’s newest biking and walking trail. Scaly ones, too. The four-mile extension of the Redbud Trail, from Prairie Creek Road to U.S. 400 near Santa Fe Road, runs through scenic Kansas countryside that animals seem to enjoy just as much as humans. A good part of it is shaded by a canopy of trees. “It’s real picturesque,” said Kim Austin, a volunteer with the Andover-Augusta Rail Trail Initiative, a nonprofit that developed the route. “There’s deer, turtles – a lot of turtles. Friendly snakes. There have been some racoons, coyotes. Skunks. It just depends on what time you’re on it. We have a goat that gets out there. The goat actually eats poison ivy, so we’re pretty excited about it.” The extension is part of an effort to create a 20-mile recreational trail stretching from downtown Wichita to Augusta, following the abandoned line of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (later the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad). The new section increases the trail’s length to six miles in and
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around Andover. It had already been paved by the city from the Sedgwick/ Butler county line at 159th Street to the 13th Street Sports Park. The extension running into rural Butler County is made of finely crushed limestone, much easier for bikes and strollers to navigate than the ballast rock left by the railroad. Andover-Augusta Rail Trail Initiative (AARTI) formed about seven years ago, achieved nonprofit status in 2014 and began raising money to
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AARTI members hope to extend the trail another four miles east, into Augusta, but bridges would be needed to cross U.S. 400 and the Whitewater River. Austin says a Kansas Department of Transportation officials “told us that once we got this section of the trail done, they would put a pedestrian bridge over Highway 400.” In the other direction, she’s hopeful that the city of Wichita will continue developing the Redbud trail from Woodlawn Avenue to 159th street. The City Council voted to do so in January 2017 but similar plans have been delayed in the past. The trail is already paved from 1-135 to Woodlawn. Her favorite story about the trail comes from one day when she and other volunteers were out helping maintain it. “A guy from Texas was out riding. He was up here for (training at) Flight Safety for three weeks. He was absolutely amazed at our trail system and said we have such a gem. He was very impressed.”
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By Debbi Elmore Don and Ona Bates met through the written word – the old-fashioned, pre-Internet written word. In 1993, Don responded to an article in The Wichita Eagle looking for people interested in corresponding with someone in the former Soviet Union. About the same time, Ona responded to one in the Moscow English language paper seeking people interested in meeting someone from America. After a year as pen pals, Don knew he’d like to meet Ona in person. So Don, who was in the habit of numbering his letters, used No. 13 to invite her to visit America. Weeks went by with no response. It wasn’t until Ona opened letter No. 14 that she realized she had never received the previous one. Once the invitation was repeated, she eagerly accepted. “She had never been on a commercial airline,” Don said, “so I booked her a direct flight from Warsaw to Chicago and planned to drive to Chicago to meet her. What I didn’t know was it was a 13-hour train trip from her home in Lithuania to get to Warsaw.” Nevertheless, the trip went off as planned and they met for the first time in person in Chicago. After a lifetime of hardship and austerity under Russian rule, she was amazed at the many amenities readily at hand in America. “I had never seen an ATM.” On the other hand, when Don went to visit her in Lithuania, he was shocked. “It was like stepping back to
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the 1950s. She had been on a waiting list for a telephone for 18 years.” An English language teacher, she was not allowed to attend church. “In the former Soviet Union, if a teacher went to church, they couldn’t teach,” Don said. Students finishing high school were expected to spend two years working on a collective, but because of Ona’s small stature, she was unable to do any of the physical farm work. She worked in the accounting office instead. When her two years were up, she went to the university. One plus of the Soviet system was that higher education was free for all. She graduated in five years and became a teacher. “A lot of her former students stay in touch with her still,” Don said proudly.
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Navigating Alzheimer’s focus of conference By Amy Geiszler-Jones With no single test, scan or exam for the disease, getting a diagnosis for Alzheimer’s can be a challenge, Caregivers and patients often have to become advocates if they suspect the disease. “Some people get lost in the shuffle,” said Jenna Smith, a Wichitan who is a care consultant for the 24/7 helpline of the Alzheimer’s Association, where she answers calls from all over the country as well as Canada, Mexico and sometimes Europe. Smith is one of the presenters at the 7th annual Kansas Education Conference on Dementia, happening from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Kansas Star Event Center in Mulvane. The conference is expected to attract more than 700 participants, including patients and caregivers who want to learn the latest in clinical updates, research and strategies for living with the disease. Caregivers and patients get a discounted conference registration rate of $50, which includes breakfast and lunch. Smith, who has master’s degrees in public health and aging, said her session this year will focus on
navigating the health care system to get a diagnosis. “We’ll focus on that and once you have a diagnosis, what you do,” she said. An early-stage patient and his caregiver will co-present the session with her. Her past caregiver sessions at the conference have attracted as many as 450 participants, she said. Keynote speakers for this year’s conference include Stephene Moore, a registered nurse whose career includes working as a regional director for the U.S. Jenna Smith Health and Human Services Department, she also is the caregiver for her husband, former Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore, who has the disease. Keith Fargo, with the Alzheimer’s Association, will talk about recent research. Among the early signs of Alzheimer’s are a failing memory, a hard time concentrating, changes in behavior or withdrawal from social
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activities. But some of those signs can also be associated with normal aging, depression, anxiety or even stress. That’s the tricky part, said Smith. Say, for example, a patient visits the family doctor to discuss concerns about those symptoms. After administering a mental cognition test and drawing blood to rule out any other health condition, the doctor suggests the likely cause is depression. Even an MRI doesn’t seem to show evidence of any brain changes. After six months of taking an antidepressant, the patient doesn’t feel any better. Smith said she’s taken those kinds of calls, where a patient is frustrated with a diagnosis. Those are the folks who get lost in the shuffle, she said. That’s when she suggests scheduling a follow-up visit. It’s recommended that a family member or caregiver accompany the patient to provide insight, too. “And you can go further,” she said. Visits to a neuropsychologist or geriatric psychiatrist will also help in evaluations related to brain and behavior functions. Neurologists can do imaging – such as MRIs or CT scans - to help arrive at a diagnosis. Once a patient is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s important to get what
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Exploration Place starts the holidays off Saturday, Nov. 24 with: “Let It Snow!” in the Digital Dome Theater and Planetarium, featuring holiday images and scenes set to music by everybody from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. Kansas in Miniature Holiday Show, in which the population exhibit is decked out for a 1950s Christmas complete with parade and nostalgic music. Explore Store Discount Shopping Weekend, when shoppers get 20 percent off purchases for members and 10 percent for non-members. This ends Sunday, Nov. 25.
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2020 North Webb Road, Suite 204
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8606 West 13th St., Suite 160
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1747 East Osage Road, Suite F
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Calendar of Events Sedgwick County Senior Centers
BEL AIRE 7651 E Central Park Ave 744-2451, ext 121 www.belaireks.org
Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. Mon 9:30-11:30 am Pickleball Tue: 1 pm Bridge, Rec Center. Wed: 9 am Low impact aerobics, Rec Center. Fri: 1 pm Line dancing, Comm Rm. 1st Thu: 1 pm Game Day, Rec Center. 2nd & 4th Wed: 2 pm Coloring & Conversation, Sr Center. 3rd Wed: 1:30 pm Book Club, Sr Center. 4th Mon: 6 pm Covered Dish & Program, Rec Center.
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
BENTLEY/EAGLE 504 W Sterling, 796-0027
Open Mon-Fri: 8-11 am Coffee, cookies, exercise. Sat: 8-9 am Breakfast 1st & 3rd Tue: 1 pm Game Day. 2nd Tue: 1 pm Senior Lunch Out. 3rd Fri: noon XYZ potluck, program.
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
CHENEY 516 Main, 542-3721
KECHI Kechi City Building, 744-0217, 744-1271
Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot meal, reservations required, games. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. 1st Tue: 6 pm Potluck dinner.
CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332
Mon: 10 am-noon Blood pressure check; 1pm Painting, beginning to advanced. Wed: 9 am Morning coffee. Thu: 10 am Bible study. Tue, Fri: 8:45 am Tai Chi; 10 am Exercise class. 2nd Tue: noon Carry-in lunch & program. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. 1st, 3rd & 4th Thu: 9 am Help with technologybring your device.
DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223 www.derbyweb.com
Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. Nov 14: 4 pm Intercultural: Japan.. Learn about the history, culture and food of Japan., $7. Nov 20: 10:30 am. Better Together. Diabetes support group. Nov 29: 6 pm Progressive Bingo. Pack of 10 cards $5, single blackout card $1.
DOWNTOWN 200 S Walnut, 267-0197 www.seniorservicesofwichita.org
Regular activities: Exercise classes, computer classes, foot care by appt. Nov 7: 1pm Mini Pickleball Clinic. Nov 9: 11 am-1 pm Chili Cook-Off Contest Nov 15: 11 am-1 pm Thanksgiving lunch. Turkey provided and there will be a signup sheet for sides and desserts. Mon: 9:30 am Wanda's exercise; 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Spanish (adv); 1am Well rep excercise.
EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392
Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot lunch, reservation required; 10-11 am Pool, cards, bingo, dominoes, puzzles. Tue, Sat: 1-3 pm Pickleball. $2.
GARDEN PLAIN 1006 N Main, 535-1155
Mon-Fri: 8 am Coffee. Wed: 1-3 pm RSVP work. Fri: 1 pm Cards.
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.
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. Nov 2: 11:45 am Care Connections & Pre-Palliative Care -- What Is It? Nov 9: 1 pm Wills, Power of Attorney, Transfer of Death Deeds, etc. Presented by Kansas Legal Services. 1st Wed: Foot care. 946-0722 (leave msessage). Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 1 pm Bridge.
OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545
Daily: 8:30 am-5 pm Computers, pool table; 11:30 pm Friendship meals. Mon: 9 am-noon Dominoes. Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee/Panera Bread. Fri: 12:30 pm Cards. 1st & 3rd Weds: 7 pm OID board meeting.
1st Thu, Fri: 8 am-5pm Commodities. 1st Sat: 8-10am Breakfast fundraiser. $4.
ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293 seniorservicesofwichita.org
Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Nov 26: 11:15 am Care Connections & Pre-Palliative Care -- What Is It? Mon 9-11 am, Thu 1-3 pm: Pickleball Tue: Noon Duplicate bridge. Wed: 10:30 am-noon Computer lab. Fri: Noon Open pool tables; 12:30 pm Painting
PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199
Regular activities: Cards, exercise, pool, hot lunch. Call for details. Mon: 6 pm Pitch. Tue: 1 pm Pool. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise; 1:30 pm Dance aerobics Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellRep exercise.
VALLEY CENTER VC Community Center 314 E Clay, 755-7350
Mon: 12:30 pm Troopons; 1:30 Line Dancing. Tue: 10 am Donuts & cards; 6:30 pm Pitch. Tue, Thu: 10 am WellREP exercise class. Tue, Thu: noon, lunch. $5. 3rd Wed: noon Classic movie. 4th Thu: 11 am Bingo. 2nd Fri: noon Bunko. TBA Pickleball, VC Intermediate.
LINWOOD 1901 S Kansas, 263-3703 www.seniorservicesofwichita.org
Regular activities: One-on-one computer training, cards, exercise programs, hot lunch. Nov 2: 10:15 am Mental Health for the Holidays. Nov 5: 1 pm 'Wicked Wichita' with Joe Stumpe. Nov 16: 1-3 pm Thankfulness celebration with chicken & noodle soup, crafts and handiwork, $3. Nov 21: 1:30 pm. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." Nov 26:1 p.m. A Smorgasbord of Pictures with Jim Boots. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance; 2:30 pm Belly Dancing for Women. Tue & Thu: 9-11 am Pickleball. 3rd Wed: 10:30 am Birthday Party.
MCADAMS GOLDEN AGE 1329 E 16th, 337-9222
Regular activities: Open gym, walking, hot lunches, dominoes, cards, pool. Sun: 1-3 pm Quilting. Fri: noon-1:30 pm Sewing. Sat: noon-4:30 pm Classes: sewing, jewelry making. 2nd & 4th Tue: 10 am-noon Blood pressure checks.
MT HOPE 105 S Ohio, 667-8956
Mon: 7-10 am Coffee, donuts; 11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch; 1-4 pm Cards. Tue, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise class. Tue, Wed: 10 am-3 pm Crafts, quilting. Thu: 9:30-10:30 am Line dancing. 1st Fri: Noon Senior Citizens’ lunch.
Andover Senior Dance, 410 Lioba Dr. 7-10 pm 3rd Mon. 733-4441
Augusta Sr Center, 640 Osage. Country Jam & Dance, 7-10 pm every other Wed. Donation. Bring covered dish/ snack to share. Info: 755-1060 Derby Sr Center, 611 Mulberry. Commuity dance. 7-9:30 pm: 1st Tue, Honky Tonk Time Band ; 3rd Tue, Moody. $3 donation, refreshments. El Dorado Jam & Dance, Senior Center, 210 E 2nd. Oldtime fiddlers, pickers, singers. Doors open 12:30 pm, music 1:30, 1st Suns. Bring covered dish. $3 donation. Back to Country dance 6 pm Thus. Singles/couples welcome Goldenrod Golden Age, 1340 S Pattie. 7-9:30 pm Weds: Take 3. $3, refreshments. Linwood Golden Age, 1901 S Kansas. 7-9:30 pm Sats. Live music. $3. Minisa Golden Age, 704 W 13th. 7-10 pm Thus: Honky Tonk Time. $3. Info 617-2560. Oaklawn Activity Center cafeteria, 4904 S Clifton. Barn & contra dance, usually 1st Sat. Lesson 6:30 pm, dance 7-9. $5. Info: 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, Sats. $4, bring covered dish or snack. Info: 755-1060 Prairie Wind Dancers: Learn circle, line & folk dances. 2 pm Mons: Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N Clifton. Joyce, 683-1122.
Oaklawn Activity Center, Village Steppers Square Dance, 4904 S Clifton. 7:30-10:30 pm 2nd, 4th Sats. Info: Nick, 529-2792, or Mike, 650-2469. Community barn & contra dance, 1st Sat most months; lesson 6:30 pm, dance 7. $5, wichitacontra.org. Westside Steppers Square Dance, Clare Hall, 861 N Socora (one block east of Central & Tyler). 7-9:30 pm 1st, 3rd Suns. Info: David, 9927820; email: 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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Butler County Senior Centers
ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441 www.andoverks.com Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, pool. Daily:11:30 am-noon Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tue: noon Music at lunch. Mon: 12:30 pm Movie Monday. Tue: 10 am Blood pressure check; 11 am-2 pm Memory Café; 12:30 Pinochle; 1 pm Pool. Thu: 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Quilt Club; 7-9 Pitch; Fri: 11:30 Lunch & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 Pinochle. 4th Sat: 7-10 am Monthly breakfast. Pickleball: Mon-Wed 10 am-3 pm; Tue 6-8 pm; Thu 5-7 pm; Fri 9-11:30 am. Andover Community Center,1008 E 13th. AUGUSTA 640 Osage, 775-1189 Regular activities: Exercise, cards, dominoes, pool, line dancing, lunch daily at 11:30 am. Mon: 6:30 pm 10-point pitch. Fri: 9:30 am Prize bingo. Every other Wed: 7 pm Live Jam Session. 2nd Sat: 7-10 am Breakfast. $4 donation. 4th Mon: 5 pm Evening meal. $6 suggested donation, reservations requested.
BENTON Lion’s Community Bldg, S Main St 2nd & 4th Tue: 9 am-4 pm Cards, games, occasional program. Covered dish.
3rd Tue: 12:30 am Blood pressure checks.
Aging Projects serves a hot, nutritious meal weekdays for persons 60 and older in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties. Reservations are necessary. For locations and reservations, call 620-669-8201.
LEON 112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905 Regular activities: Lunch served Mon - Fri. Reservations required by 9 am. CASSODAY Wed: 10 am Exercise class; 1 pm Pinochle. Cassoday Senior Center 2nd & 4th Tue: 1 pm Bridge club. 133 S. Washington, 620-735-4538 3rd Sun: 11am-1 pm Lunch; Drinks included. Tue: 10:30 am Round Table. $8 donation; adults/$4 children. Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise with WSU. ROSE HILL 1st Mon: 2 pm Game Day. 207 E Silknitter, 776-0170 3rd Mon: 6:30 pm Carry-in dinner, BP checks. Regular activities: Wii, pool table, shuffle4th Fri: 2 pm Movie Matinee. board, home-cooked lunch (reservation DOUGLASS required). 124 W 4th, 746-3227 Mon & Wed: 9 am Strong Women Stay Young Regular activities: Exercise, quilting, cards, exercise. lunch, reservation required. $5. Mon: 7 pm Pitch, games. 1st Mon: 6 pm Finger foods & cards. Wed: 1 pm Bridge. 3rd Mon: 6 pm Birthday/anniversary coveredFri: 7 pm Card game. dish supper, bring own service. Cards. 1st Fri: 11 am Meeting, covered dish. 3rd Sat: 7-9:30 am Breakfast. $4. 3rd Fri: Noon Covered dish. 1st Sat: 7-10 am Breakfast. EL DORADO TOWANDA 210 E 2nd, 321-0142 Regular activities: Exercise, cards, bingo, hot 317 Main, 776-8999 lunch $3, support groups. Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed, Fri Mon: 12:30 pm Mexican Train dominoes. Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton. Tue: 9 am Coffee; 12:30 pm Bingo; 2 Line dance; WHITEWATER 6 Prairie Port Seniors. Legion Hall, 108 E Topeka Tue, Thu: 8:30 am Men's coffee. 2nd Tue: noon Potluck, program. Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. 4th Tue: noon Potluck, movie. Sat: 6 pm Cards and games.
WEEK OF OCT. 1 Mon: Cheeseburger soup, German mixed veggies, strawberries, brownie. Tue: Italian baked chicken, mixed greens salad, corn, mandarin oranges, wheat roll. Wed: Creamy chicken & veggie casserole, broccoli, apricots, grape juice. Thu: Swedish steak, cauliflower rice, green peas, applesauce, red gelatin. Fri: Tuna salad sandwich, cole slaw, glazed blueberries, peanut butter cookie. WEEK OF OCT. 8 Mon: Scalloped chicken, broccoli, cranberry sauce, pears, roll. Tue: Ham & beans, potatoes w/ onions, parslied carrots, blueberries, cornbread. Wed: Egg salad sandwich, cream of celery soup, bean salad, strawberries. Thu: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, lentil salad, apricots, pumpkin spice pound cake. Fri: Brunswick stew, combination salad, peaches, sweet potato quick bread. WEEK OF OCT. 15 Mon: Turkey & noodles over mashed potatoes, carrots, banana in orange juice, ginger snap cookie. Tue: Salmon bake, creamy cucumber, cauliflower rice, combo salad, peaches, pineapple bread. Wed: Chicken & cheese casserole, broccoli, beets, pears, garlic bread. Thu: Pulled pork on a bun, oven brown potatoes, cole slaw, apricots, grape juice. Fri: Taco salas, salsa, refried bean, chips, blueberries. WEEK OF OCT. 22 Mon: Oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, black-eyed pea salad, peaches. Tue: Ham & egg casserole, combination salad, banana, bran muffin. Wed: Mexican lasagna, refried beans, strawberries, grape juice, sugar cookie. Thu: New England stew, green beans, pears, blueberry cobbler, biscuit. Fri: Liver & onions or beef cutlet, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli/raisin salad, apricots. WEEK OF OCT. 29 Mon: Lean BBQ beef with homemade sauce, sweet potato salad, broccoli, apricots. Tue: Tuna noodle casserole w/ peas, pickled beets, mixed fruit, orange juice. Wed: Harvest turkey soup, tomato slices, apple salad, peanut butter cookie.
Harvey County Centers
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 am Stretch bands. Mon & Tue: 1:30 pm Pitch. Tue: 8:30 am Coffee hour; 9 am Mon-Fri: 7-8:30 am Early bird coffee. Film; 1:30 pm Pinochle. Mon: 7-8 pm Educational film. Wed: 6:30 am Men’s Bible Study; 1 pm Bridge. Tue: 9 am Bible study. 1st & 3rd Tue: 6 pm Singin’ Seniors. Fri: 7-8:30 am Breakfast. 3rd Wed: 11:30 am Healthy luncheon; noon, 3rd Thu: 7 pm Movie. program. Reservations by previous Fri. 4th Thu: 6 pm Potluck supper. 1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge. 1st Sat: 7-9 am Community breakfast. 2nd Thu: 7 pm Movie night. HALSTEAD 1st & 3rd Fri: 1 pm Mexican Train dominoes. 523 Poplar, 835-2283 1st Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Community breakfast. Mon & Wed: 9 am Yoga; 1 pm Dominoes 4th Mon: 5:30 pm Gathering; 6 pm Potluck Tue & Fri: 9 am Exercise followed by social hour dinner, program follows. Thu: 12:30 pm Bridge GRAND CENTRAL Fri: 1 pm Pitch 1st Sat: 7-10 am Community breakfast 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222 2nd Thu: 6 pm Dine out www.newtonseniorcenter.org 3rd Tue: 1:30 pm Movie Mon: 10-11 am Blood pressure check. 3rd Thu: noon Potluck and short program Tue: 1 pm Crafts: handwork. Wed: 1 pm Pinochle/pitch/dominoes. Thu: 1 pm Wii bowling; 5:15 pm Tai Chi. HESSTON
BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225
Randall & Main, 620-327-5099 www.hesstonseniorcenter.com
SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393
Senior Wednesdays www.seniorwednesday.org
Oct. 3 10 am Wichita Art Museum Horizontes. Artist Armando Minjarez describes community art project that will link two neighborhoods. 1:30 pm Water Center Mold and how it can affect your health. Oct. 10 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo Things That Go Bump in the Night. Amazing adaptations that nocturnal animals have made. $4 1:30 pm Advanced Learning Library, 711 W 2nd Advanced Learning Library Tour. With treats from Reverie Roasters. Oct. 17 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art The Art of Grief: Windows and MIrrors: Literary and visual tribute to civilian victims of War in Afghanistan. 1:30pm The Kansas African American Museum Gordon Parks In Depth
Oct. 24 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum How the Influenze Epedemic of 1914 Spread from Kansas to Worldwide. $2 1:30 pm Exploration Place The History of the Yo-Yo by Matt Johnson, American YoYo Association champ. Find out why this classic toy has had its ups and downs. $4. Oct. 31 10 am Great Plains Nature Center National Bat Week. 1:30 pm Old Cowtown Museum What's There To Do In A Victorian Town?
Mon: 1 pm Games, bingo, Wii. Tue: 7-8:30 am Breakfast; 1 pm Line dancing. Wed: 9 am Quilting. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise. Fri: 3 pm Bible study 1st Thu: 1 pm Paint with Sue. 2nd Thu: noon Potluck luncheon & biz mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out. 1st Fri: 7 pm Birthday party.
Transportation Sedgwick County
Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150 or 1-800-367-7298. Information: 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays. www. sedgwickcounty.org/aging.
Butler County Transit
Weekday transportation in El Dorado, Augusta and Andover. Rides to Wichita on Wed, Thu. Information: Augusta, 775-0500; El Dorado, 322-4321; toll free, 1-800-2793655. 48-hr notice required.
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.
AARP Driver Safety Classes Eight hours of instruction; certificate on completion. Reservation required. $15 for AARP members; $20 others.
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F CEMETERY PROPERTY FOR SALE F Resthaven Garden of Prayer. 2 Vaulted Burial Plots with Companion Bronze Headstone asking $8,500. Call Josh 316-258-2511.
Resthaven Garden of the Gospels dbl depth lawn crypt 21 32-D #3 Seller pays trans. $4,300. Call 620-584-3569.
Resthaven Garden of Prayer. Three adjoining spaces. Buy one or all for $2500 each. Call 316-841-1174. Resthaven Garden of Love 35C - 1 & 2 with vaults. Seller will split transfer fee...asking $6,000. Call Mel at 972333-4878 or e-mail email@example.com Old Mission, Garden of Last Supper. 4 adjoin lots Section B row E graves 53,54,55 & 56. $750 each. Buyer Pays Transfer Fee. Call 847-541-7851. Rest Haven Plots. Garden of the Gospel Double crypts with vaults. $3,500 or make offer.. Call 316-722-3017. Resthaven Garden of Prayer. Three adjoining spaces. Cost Value $4,000 each. Buy one or all $2,750 each. Call 316-841-1174. Five plots together in the Garden of Gethsemane. Contact for Details. firstname.lastname@example.org Old Mission. 2 spaces in Acacia currently valued @ $2,834 each. Will consider all offers. Call 316-992-2373.
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F FOOT CARE F Foot Care in home. Home visit $40.00 Call Francine at 316-943-4360. Leave a message.
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Prime Location in Restlawn Garden of Memory in Newton, Ks,. Cemetery plot next to road.Call 316-283-6673
SW Extra Nice 2 bdrm duplex carport. HVAC. Appliances plus W&D. Lawn Maintained. Trash paid. Non-smoking. No pets. Deposit and References required. 316-262-1287.
One plot at rest haven, Near the road. Make offer. 620-242-3296
2 plots RestHaven Cemetery Garden of Faith. Great location! $2500 for 1 lot or $4000 for both lots. For more information please call 256-200-4259 Resthaven, beautiful Garden of Christus, Lot 58C2, lawn crypt, two spaces, includes vaults and marker. Value $8,999. Sell $4,000/OBO. 316-619-0866 or 316-2073181 One cemetery plot in Wichita Park Cemetery, Memorial C, lot 74, space 4. For sale at $800. Good Buy. Contact 1-863-875-1417 or Revsmande@aol.com 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.
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
Furniture By Clark Palmer Quality work at a reasonable price. Pick Up & Delivery Available 250-9533
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F HOME BASED BUSINESSF Archie's Barber Shop Men & Boys Haircuts Hot Lather Neck Shaves Open Tues-Wed-Thurs 10am-6pm 1118 Waddington 316-721-1525 KS Board Certified
F HOME CARE F In-Home Services: Personal care assistance, meal preparation, housekeeping, handymen and more! Phone Chester at the Senior Employment Program, 316-267-1771 or 316-267-0302. Pre-screened, reliable help available. Can’t bathe yourself like you used to? Need light housekeeping? Need private-duty aide? I can accommodate all your needs. Flexible hours; 2 to 12 hour shifts available. Cynthia CNA/HHA 316-992-6711.
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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. 26 years experience. Wichita Area. Bobbie Arnett 316-847-1943 email@example.com Bathe Safe & FEEL SAFE!! We Supply & Install Top of the Line Walk-in Showers & Walk-in Tubs @ Huge DISCOUNTED PRICING!!!! bathroomheadquarters.com 316-633-9967
F HOME IMPROVEMENTS F Dave’s Improvements Painting—interior/exterior. Doors and windows replaced, grab bars, wheelchair ramps. All general repairs. Guaranteed lowest rates. Senior citizen discount. Lic #7904. 316-312-2177 Marv’s Home Improvements & Repair Doors, trim, decks, ramps, patio covers, fences, siding, flooring. Painting. Honest and dependable. Senior discounts. Free estimates. 35 years. 316-737-4646. Wright One Home Improvements Kitchen & Bath remodeling. Painting. Windows. Doors. Siding. All types of flooring and home repairs. Free estimates. 316-409-2160. Leaky Basement Repair Dirt Installation and Siding Repair Courteous, professional repairs. Free estimates. Concrete work. 20+ years experience. Ernie Sponsel, 316-393-5461. Cowboy Construction Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488 Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Cell 316-461-2199.
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Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970
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Cowboy Construction Bathroom and kitchen remodels. Room additions. Garages and sheds. Licensed and insured. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488
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.
Ron Goodwin’s Painting Painting, interior/exterior. Power washing, gutter cleaning, roofing repairs, handyman services and odd 30 yearsThe experience. "We've jobs. Been Covering Town For 30 Years!" Senior discounts. 316-461-2510
ALL AROUND TREE SERVICE Stump GRINDING & Chip Clean-up Trimming, deadwood, tree removal. Total yard, leaf clean-up & hauling. Flower beds and bushes. Free estimates. Experienced. Good prices. Insured. Tom King, 316-516-4630,316-838-5710.
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
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CALL DAN 316-516-3949 F LAWN AND GARDEN F Jesus Landscaping 316-737-3426 Holiday Lighting. Fall Clean up. Trimming, shrub removal, landscaping needs, gutter cleaning and any odd jobs. Senior Discounts. Landscaping 316-708-7236 Jose Complete lawn care. lawn renovations. Fall clean-up, Over-seeding, Dethatching, Shrub/Tree trim, Mulch & Landscape installs. Gutter Cleaning. Holiday Lights! FREE ESTIMATES! Mike E. 316-708-1472 SNOW REMOVAL! Garage clean out, mowing leaf and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, roto-tilling. BRICK, BLOCK AND STONE repair. Dave’s Hauling Services Solid waste removal, property cleanup, tree & fence line clearing, general landscape removal, other lawn and garden services. All fence, porch and patio work. Call 316-832-2201. Total yard clean-up, flower beds and bushes, tree trimming and stump grinding. Removal & Clean-up. Firewood Available for Delivery. LEAF cleanup and HAULING. Including all yard debris. 316-516-4630 or 316-838-5710
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 WINTER TIME CLEAN UP YARD, TREE, HOME AND FENCE REPAIRS. Hauling, Pick up/Delivery/Brush, Junk & Trash Removal. Sheet Rock, Light Painting, Minor Repairs
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Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. If you need any of these services call Perry, 316-619-6126 Jason’s Lawn Care Fall Leaf and yard clean-ups. Now Available Call Jason. 316-469-8765. Free estimates. ASC Fall Clean Up * Complete Lawn Care Tree Trimming * Gutter Cleaning Fence Repair * Decks * Home Repairs Flooring *Free estimates! Senior discounts. 316-807-8649
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Call her the walking woman of Wichita. You won’t be the first. “People honk and wave at me,” says dedicated walker Helena Whiters. “People say, ‘You’re that lady walking all the time’ and ‘I see you all over!’ That’s because Helena walks all over Wichita. A busy home health worker, she even manages to fit her routine into work: When she takes her clients to medical appointments, she walks around that area instead of sitting in the waiting room for an hour or two. She likes to walk primarily in neighborhoods but
also enjoys trails such as the Redbud and the Great Plains Nature Center. Whiters sets her Fitbit to remind her to get up every hour, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Her base goal is 17,000 steps each day-seven miles-but she does as many as 32,000 steps whenever she can. “When people say they can’t do all that, I tell them I didn’t start like that,” she said. “I worked up to it. I tell them to listen to their body and build up as they get stronger. I sure can tell the difference when I don’t walk.”
When Whiters was diagnosed with high blood pressure, she determined to walk it out, and now does without hypertension medicines. The walking may strengthen her bones too. As a retired physical therapist assistant, Helena knows nothing could be better for her than the combination of fresh outdoor air and walking.
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Local Theatre Crisp air, autumn colors and holiday themes: It’s time to treat yourself to a theatrical productions. Forum Theatre, at the Wilke Center, 1st United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Barrymore, starring Ray Wills. John Barrymore, no longer a leading box office star and matinee idol, must reckon with the ravages of his life of excess as he prepares for a comeback. Barrymore has rented a grand, old theatre to rehearse for a backer’s audition for his triumphant return to Broadway as Richard III. Memorization fails him while memories claim him, as he playfully and poignantly looks back on the highs and
lows of his stunning career and remarkable life. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, Nov 1-11. Tickets $23-$25. Opening night ticket $17, Nov. 1 only. 316-6180444
Conan Doyle’s sleuth is put to the test in this holiday-themed production, which includes a three-course dinner. 8 pm Thu-Sun, Nov 16-Dec 23. Tickets $35.95. 316-303-2037
Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Will Santa Drink Canada Dry (or Go Tell It on the Mountie) by Tom Frye. All the melodrama tropes – the daft Mountie hero, the mustache-twirling villain, the damsel in distress – bring a Christmas story to life, followed by a new Musical Comedy Review. Dinner 6:15 pm. Show begins 7:50 pm Fri-Sat, Nov 8-Dec 30. Tickets $26-$30; Show only, $20. 316-263-0222
Roxy’s Downtown, 412 E. Douglas, cabaret-style theatre. The Kyle & Monte Christmas Musical 2. Roxy favorites, Kyle Vespestad and Monte Riegal Wheeler, are back for the third straight year of holiday hijinks with music, original comedy, games and audience participation. 8 pm Wed-Sat, 6 pm Sun, Nov 16-Dec 23. Tickets $20-$30. 316-265-4400
Prairie Pines Playhouse, 4055 N. Tyler Road. Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Missing Holly. Arthur
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Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. Harvey by Mary Chase. In this stage classic, Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey – an imaginary six-and-a-half-foottall rabbit – in all social gatherings. After an attempt by his family to have Elwood committed, it seems he’s had a strange influence on more than one of his doctors. 8 pm Wed-Sat, 2 pm Sun, Nov 28-Dec 9. Tickets $15 or $13 for military/seniors/students. Wichita State University, DeMattias Performance Hall. Mamma Mia. A musical that relies on ABBA tunes to tell the story of a girl seeking to find
her father. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, Nov 15-18. Tickets $12, $10 for senior and military. Contact Diana Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org
New GraceMed Site Family practice physician Dr. David Papish is retiring after 39 years of caring for the people of Clearwater. GraceMed is acquiring the Clearwater Family Practice, which Papish founded. Papish will remain at the clinic until a medical provider can be found to take his place, according to a news release from GraceMed. Other staff members have been invited to stay on. The clinic becomes the 16th operated by GraceMed, a Wichita-based nonprofit community health provider. “Dr. Papish has been devoted to his hometown for generations,” GraceMed CEO Dave Sanford said, adding that the clinic acquisition will help keep Clearwater from becoming one of those parts of rural Kansas “drastically underserved” by medical care.
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The long and short of it
By Joe Stumpe At 6 feet tall, Samajae Haynes-Jones isn’t exactly short. Until, that is, you stand him next to Asbjorn Midtgaard, his 7-foot-tall Wichita State basketball teammate. At last month’s Shocker media day, we asked both what was the best and worst thing about playing major college basketball at their respective heights. Midtgaard, who’s from Denmark: “Height is definitely an advantage, just being able to catch and keep the ball up high. It (the basket) isn’t that far.” On the other hand, “The game is fast. I wouldn’t say I’m slow, but being a big guy, it’s sometimes hard to follow.” Haynes-Jones, who led East High to a state championship: “I can’t go up and dunk on anybody” is the drawback. On the plus side: “My speed, picking my spots and getting into the paint. There are not many really tall people like ‘Oz’ (team’s nickname for Midtgaard) that can guard me.” Players inevitably use the annual media day to interview each other. At right, returning senior Markis McDuffie, the Shockers’ most experienced player, asked Jaime Echenique, a newcomer from Columbia, “What’s the first thing you’d do if you were the last person on earth?” “I don’t want to be alone!” Echenique protested.
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Years We are thrilled to be celebrating 30 years of providing the best in senior living and health care at our beautiful community. Ranked 1st in Kansas and 5th in the nation – that comes by providing the best services and care. We truly are a community for living.
HOSPICE CARE Larksfield Place Hospice now provides family-centered care with the same quality we bring to our living community.
Our Hospice team includes: • Medical Director • Registered Nurses • Social Workers • Chaplains • Certified Hospice Aides • Hospice Volunteers Our goal is to manage troublesome symptoms so that you and your family can embrace moments that bring meaning and joy. We listen and respond to your concerns and provide medical, emotional and spiritual support consistent with your wishes.
Comfort. Dignity. Compassion. Call us at 316.636.1000 or visit www.larksﬁeldplace.org We’re here for you. www.theactiveage.com
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At least 8 consecutive hours/day
Nursing hours per patient per day
Between 5 and 7.5 hours
Between 2.5 and 4 hours
Specialty nursing training, rehabilitation expertise
Physical, occupational and/or speech therapy as appropriate
3 hours/day, 5 days/week (minimum)
Rehabilitation at our hospital is different. We deliver the highest quality integrated inpatient and home-based care, inspiring confidence in reaching goals of independence, more quickly and cost-effectively. This better way to care elevates expectations and outcomes, giving patients the innovation, expertise and personalized care they need for a clear path forward.
Connecting you to the facts • Our required three hours of • Patients receive frequent therapy a day, five days a week visits from a physical medicine helps patients return to the rehabilitation physician*. community sooner. • We have a transitional living • We can admit Medicare unit for patients who have been patients that have used up their in a hospital or SNF setting for skilled nursing facility (SNF) a long period of time to ensure days, but still need continued they are able to safely manage rehabilitation for a safe activities of daily living prior to discharge home. discharge home. • We provide no-cost onsite • Our average length of stay is assessments by clinical liaisons. 10-14 days.
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