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By Ken Stephens One hundred years ago this month, Wichita Natural Gas Co., a unit of Cities Service, began drilling a well a few miles northwest of El Dorado on land leased from John Stapleton, an absentee owner living in Illinois. At that time, September 1915, oil and gas had been discovered elsewhere in Kansas, even as close as Augusta, but the area around El Dorado had produced nothing but dry holes. But that didn’t dampen the anticipation. “There were stories in the newspaper pretty much every day,” said Ardath Lawson, educator at the Kansas Oil Museum in El Dorado. “Of course at the same time they were concerned with the kaffir corn carnival; they were interested in the World Series. “There were all these other things competing for their attention, but just about every day there’d be an article in the paper telling how far they’d

managed to drill down, whether they had found anything yet.” Then on Oct. 5, 1915, they struck oil at Stapleton No. 1. News of the strike spread quickly. Speculators, drillers, pumpers, sellers of oil field tools and supplies, and all the other workers to support an oil boom began swarming into Butler County. Within a year, there were 1,800 producing wells in the El Dorado field. Stapleton No. 1 produced only about 400 barrels a day, but other wells were producing 10,000 and 20,000 barrels. By 1918, the El Dorado field was producing 29 million barrels of oil a year, about two-thirds of Kansas’ entire production and 9 percent of the nation’s. And El Dorado had seven refineries to process all the oil. Today, the El Dorado oil field has been eclipsed by other, bigger oil fields Kansas Oil Museum photo in the United States and abroad, and ‘Wichita Natural Gas Co. oil well, Stapleton #1, El Dorado oil fields’ only one refinery remains. But oil is See Oil, page 16

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By Amy Houston Roy Beckemeyer, an accomplished poet, experienced early success as a writer. “I wrote love poems to my high school sweetheart, and we’ve been married 54 years now.” His first book of poems, Music I Once Could Dance To, was named one of 15 Kansas Notable Books, a list that recognizes books by Kansas’ authors or about Kansas. The awards will be distributed Sept. 12 at the Kansas Book Festival. After Beckemeyer, 73, retired from an engineering career, a friend and fellow writer convinced him to sign up for a writing class. Helen Throckmorton, a retired English professor from Wichita State, was the instructor. He began writing poetry again. “I was learning a lot of new things

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that I thought improved my writing,” he said. In 2011, when Kansas celebrated its 150th anniversary, Kansas’ Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg started a website featuring 150 poems related to the Sunflower State or written by Kansas authors and two of his poems were accepted. Goldberg developed another project for the Kansas anniversary using renga, a Japanese style of collaborative poetry. Writers submit 10 lines of poetry, and his work again was among the 150 accepted. As a result, he signed up for conferences and online classes to continue his interest in writing poetry. He eventually narrowed his collection for a book to about 100 poems. That number was further reduced since See Poet, page 5

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Wichita State University is offering a Kansas history workshop at the Downtown Senior Center, 200 S. Walnut, in early October. Beccy Tanner, Wichita State University lecturer and Kansas’ history reporter for The Wichita Eagle, will teach the course. Classes, from 1 to 3 p.m., are: Kansas as a Religious Center, Oct. 1; Quest for Human Rights, Oct. 9; Kansas Land, Oct. 16; and Kansas as a Center of Politics, Oct. 23.

first clue. Then visit our website, and we’ll direct you to additional clues. If you can’t make it to the Senior Expo, the first clue will be repeated as the first item on our This Just In column on the website’s home page Friday, Sept. 25, along with additional clues. Each clue will lead you toward the answer. Once you have that answer email it, along with your name and

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Gym closing is ‘like a death in the family’ By Elvira Crocker When Health Strategies closes its doors at 551 N. Hillside on Sept. 30, it will mark the end of an era for its more senior members who have made it their exercise headquarters for years. Larry Leopold, president of the managing Life Strategies Foundation in a letter to members explained, “There are multiple market and operational issues that led us to this decision.” Members’ reaction was like experiencing the loss of a dear friend or family member. There was denial, anger, bargaining and depression. Acceptance, perhaps, is not easily in sight for most. Since 1980, Health Strategies was the place they could go to keep their bodies moving and healthy, and more. It was like the Cheers television series “where everybody knows your name” and, you might add, your story. The connections between members and staff did not end after exercising. If you didn’t have family, someone made you a part of theirs for the holidays. Others went to the movies together or formed salons away from the gym. Men armed with iPhones and iPads frequently met over coffee, comparing notes on how to use the tech tools and sharing sites. Some members celebrated birthdays, gathering for cake, coffee and birthday cards. Carolyn Madden, a long-time member, was the chief cake maker.

Members sometimes were like a medical referral system, exchanging names of doctors, dentists and other health-related services. They also exchanged recipes and reviewed the newest restaurants and movies. Many members kept track of those who fell ill; they sent cards and called or visited. Those who returned were welcomed back. Members and staff attended the funerals for the fallen. In December staff treated members to a Member Appreciation Day, serving food they prepared. Coffee has always been free. Photo by Rob Howes The sentiment most expressed was After exercising, an informal group often stops to visit. “it was like family — teasing, joking, same as a death in the family... The and is, part of our lives. We met close discussing hot topics in the news, instructors are fantastic and truly and wonderful friends whom we will laughing and even getting under each concerned about the students, just as always cherish... It is a real shame to other’s skin. we care about them. I can only say this see such a wonderful organization go There were those like Fran Belden, hurts badly.” down because of lack of support.” who shed more than a few tears the When former member Satta Safford likewise was taken aback, day she heard the news. A member for Dawood, now a Floridian, was told the saying he was “shocked.” He’s orga10 years, she said, “The people in my news, he said “I felt my heart momennized the lunches and birthday events classes and out in the gym became my tarily stop.” He was the organizer of for the past three years. His lunch and family. the informal member luncheon and birthday groups want to continue so “More than one doctor has told me birthday gatherings, events now orgahe’s looking for a place where they can to never stop yoga because of arthritis nized by Harlow Safford. meet monthly. issues. So giving up simply isn’t an “Although we are not there,” Health Strategies has been a facility option. I totally dread trying to find Dawood said on behalf of himself and so cherished by its members that in another class so close to home, with a his spouse, Leslie, “we still feel HS was, See next page comfortable range of ages and where I’m not the only one in my 70s. ‘Forever Fit’ (a step aerobics class) is family, caring about one another and has the Real estate • Estate planning • Wills • Powers of Attorney bonus of me feeling better at the end Trusts • Probate & Trust Administration • Medicaid of class.” Eligibility & Division of Assets • Guardianships & Fran added, “This feels much the

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From previous page recent years they worked with management to keep the doors open when an earlier closure scare occurred. Tragically, the gym has suffered from a low profile over its lifetime. Some mistakenly viewed it as a patient rehab center. Others thought it was a facility for hospital staff only, likely because that was how it originated. Now members are visiting other sites, hoping to replace that special quality they’ve had at Health Strate-

the active age gies, and exchanging phone numbers and addresses to continue the relationships they’ve made over the years. When the closing was announced, members who hadn’t been coming regularly are returning to visit. A sign of acceptance were uttered by Judy Haglund, a newer member. “I really hate this,” she said, “but at least we have until 9/30 to make other arrangements.” Or, as Sharron Major put it: “When one door closes another one opens.” Contact Elvira Crocker at

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Health Strategies will close its doors Sept. 30. For Jayne Dooling, it was a lifelong career. She started when wellknown and respected physician, Dr. Cramer Reed, founded it more than three decades ago. It was originally located across the street at then Wesley Hospital, and the swimming pool and its classes were her domain. When a new facility was built across the street, Jane moved with it. Her efforts and dedication were recognized in 2013 when the Aquatic Center was named for her. She is a feisty 92-year-old who was definitely at the anger stage when we

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spoke. Her verdict? Much more could have been done to save the gym. The current management team is Josh Bickel, facility and personal training coordinator; Kathy Carliss, HR and Life Strategies Foundation; Susan Torrence, membership and business office coordinator; and Collette Baughman, group fitness coordinator. For Bickel, the youngest, the timing is not the greatest. He’s getting married in September and return three days before the facility closes. In addition to the managers, there are 21 trainers and instructors. Most of them are seeking work at area facilities. -- By Elvira Crocker

From page 1 books typically include approximately 90 poems, Beckemeyer said. Goldberg provided suggestions for him and helped him find a publisher. The last poem in his book, We Discuss the Geomorphology of Life, is one of his favorites. He planned to make that the title of his book but his wife, Pat, gave him valuable advice. ‘Nobody is going to buy a book titled “The Geomorphology of Life.” He agreed and eventually settled on Music I Once Could Dance To. “I think it’s been a very successful book in part because of that title,” Beckemeyer said. “She gets credit for the title and helping me avoid naming my book something no one would want to pick up.” In 2013 he took up a related hob-

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by; enrolled in keyboard lessons at the Wichita Music Academy. He’s studying piano and composition so he can pair his poems with music. Beckemeyer is a member of the Kansas Authors Club, and one competitive poetry category is song lyrics. He has entered those contests, and his creations often win. He said he was honored that his book was submitted for consideration as a Notable Book, but when he learned he won, the title of his book came to life.

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Rescuing horses from auction ‘kill buyers’ By Debbi Elmore They are being slaughtered by the thousands for no crime other than aging, slowing down or simply because their owners no longer want them. These gentle beasts of burden, friends to mankind for centuries, have carried him into battle, ferried his children, plowed his fields and are now falling victim to the Mexican and Canadian meat trades. But a few relentless warriors are waging a battle in return, saving some, anguishing over the others. “People honestly don’t know what is happening when they send their horses to auction,” says Amy Bayes of Greenwood Stables and Equine Rescue outside Peabody. Many of those buying horses at auction are actually “kill buyers,” purchasing horses to sell for meat. “In Mexico they slit their throats and bleed them out,” she says. “In Canada, they hit them with the same instrument they use to kill cattle, but horses and cattle are not structured the same. Most of the time it just stuns them.”

“Slaughter is a brutal and terrifying end for horses, and it is not humane,” states the Humane Society of the United States. “Horses are shipped for more than 24 hours at a time without food, water or rest in crowded trucks. They are often seriously injured or killed in transit. Many horse rescuers shun dealing with kill buyers, maintaining the buyers should not make money off the horses. But Bayes haunts the sales, trying to save the horses she can. When she got her first rescue horse from Hope in the Valley outside Valley Center, she decided to start attending the auctions. “I figure the kill buyers are going to make money on the horses one way or the other,” Bayes says. “At least this way, we are saving some.” Because she was taking pictures and documenting what was happening at the auction, the kill buyer in South Central Kansas worked diligently to keep her away from the sales. She finally approached him and asked if he would give her the option to sell them to people looking for horses. “He said I had 24 hours, and he wanted $250 more per horse than

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‘Hope’ gives horses chance for better life By Leslie Chaffin “I get two or three calls a day from people wanting to surrender their horses. With adoptions going in spurts, we can’t take on more until some of the ones we have find homes,” explained Ande Armstrong, founder of Hope In The Valley Equine Rescue and Sanctuary. She is a life-long horse lover. Her bond began when she was 9 and would sneak into a nearby pasture to be with the grazing horses. In 1980, Armstrong bought a house on 10 acres that had been carved out of an 80-acre tract. Several years later, having established her nursing career, she purchased the remaining 70 acres. Her daughters Aubrie and Bailey, whom she adopted as a single parent, were growing up and she wanted more room for horses. In rescue, often there is that one event that is the catalyst. For Armstrong, it was a horse at the Hutchinson Horse Auction in September

2005. She and her husband, whom she married in 1999, attended the auction. “You can see the kill buyer truck loaded with horses from other sales, mostly healthy horses and some poor souls you know won’t make the trip alive,” she said. In one corral stood several emaciated horses and one in particular that stood in the middle with his head hanging down. Armstrong climbed the fence to go over to him. Talking to him and petting him, his head came up and just a bit of spark came back in his eyes. During the auction, Armstrong kept thinking about the one horse and bought him. She named him Jim on the way home. “I didn’t even know if he would make the trip from Hutchinson to Valley Center. He was so emaciated and weak, I worried he would fall in the trailer. For sure he would have been trampled in a slaughter transport.” In the process, she learned the first

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Ande Armstrong often visits the pasture to give the horses attention. It also serves as physical therapy for her leg. lesson of rescue—you save the one you can, but you can’t save them all. Shortly after Jim came Strawberry, a Paint mare with legs so swollen fluid was seeping out of them. Three weeks after Strawberry arrived, she foaled and Thunder became the third rescue at Hope in the Valley.

Once Armstrong got involved in rescuing horses she quickly found that there was a great need in the area. She established Hope in the Valley as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Early on, she set up a Board of Directors who, she said, has been See Hope, page 8



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Push to reauthorize Older Americans Act By Mary Tritsch It’s a fact: As we age, most of us Kansans want to remain in our own homes, or at least in our own communities. That’s the way it was back in 1965 when the Older Americans Act (OAA) was signed into law, and that’s the way it remains today. To help people remain in their homes and communities as they age, AARP and other organizations that advocate on behalf of seniors, are pushing for the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. The OAA helps seniors live independently by supporting services including Meals-on-Wheels, inhome care, transportation, elder abuse prevention and caregivers who make it possible for seniors to live in their


From page 7 instrumental in the success of the rescue. Whether they are managing the finances or on site helping feed the horses and cleaning the barn, Armstrong credits them with making Hope in the Valley possible. Improvements from new sheds to

homes. The OAA’s current authorization expired in fiscal year 2011, and Congress has been unable to reach an agreement on its reauthorization. Today, AARP is fighting for a bipartisan reauthorization that will protect core programs and achieve greater effectiveness for funds already dedicated to the act’s core programs. In July 2015, the Senate voted unanimously to pass S.192, a 3-year OAA reauthorization bill. We’re urging our Kansas members of Congress in the House of Representatives to quickly pass the bill, or a balanced equivalent, before the end of this year. On the Medicare front, there is good news. Congress passed and President Obama in August signed the

Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act that requires hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are receiving “observation care” but have not been admitted. Observation status, which is when patients spend time in the hospital without being formally admitted, has become more common in recent years and can mean unexpectedly high outof-pocket costs for patients. The NOTICE Act is an important first step to ensuring Medicare beneficiaries and their families have a clearer understanding of their hospital admission status, which will allow them to better plan treatment options with their health care provider. While this does not address all the

the arena have been made over the years through ASPCA grants and donations from small to large. “This year we were so grateful for the estate gift from a long-time supporter,” Armstrong said. This is particularly timely as Armstrong had back surgery in February following a work injury that left her with a neuro-motor disability in her right leg.

In May, the reality she could no longer work as a nurse meant separating from her 30-year career. Today, she has home for 50 horses; 15 are are likely permanent residents. Armstrong estimates that they have rescued about 300 horses. “Some days you don’t think you can take the heartache,” she said, "but you


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Wichita musician enjoys 2nd, 3rd careers

By Joe Stumpe One way or another, Bruce Huss is going to get his artistic fix. Lucky for Wichitans, he's getting it here. Back in high school and college, he played guitar in rock and roll bands. One specialized in covering the Beatles and Rolling Stones and another was a dance-oriented show band. "It was a great era for music,” Huss said. He put away his guitar for 25 years as he concentrated on a career as a news reporter/photographer at KSNW-TV. Huss & Company ran for 13 years, numbering more than a thousand segments. Then he and his wife, Karen Ryno, formed RynoTek Media Services, a multimedia production business. "I got all the artistic fulfillment I needed doing that," Huss said. "I didn't feel the need to do anything else creative." But after picking up the guitar again a decade ago, Huss said, "I had no idea I missed it so much." Today he's a regular on the circuit of local restaurants and watering holes that feature live music. He's written

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Bruce Huss’ September gigs are: Pumphouse, Sept. 10; Abuelo’s east, Sept. 11; Abuelo’s west, Sept 12; Newport Grill, Sept. 25. Starting time is around 7 p.m. and recorded three CDs of original music, the most recent called Migration Day. That CD connected with Huss' other talent – still photography – that he also put on hold while concentrating on video. As anyone who checks out his Facebook page knows, Huss has an uncanny ability for capturing the beauty of wildlife. Migration Day was inspired by a young hawk that grew up in his backyard. Huss' photographs were featured in an exhibit at Botanica Gardens last year and continue to sell. "I've kind of got a second career going." As for music, he performs a style of guitar playing known as finger picking. As he describes it: "You play a little bit of bass line, pieces of chords and

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a little melody on top of that, and then when you run out of fingers, you quit." He's good enough to have taken third in a 2012 state finger picking championship. In addition to instrumentals, Huss writes songs with lyrics inspired by events and people Photo by Joe Stumpe in his life, with titles Bruce Huss: guitarist, photographer, songwriter such as Tiny Little Planet and This Old know who they are that day, but they Cat. His most-requested is My Faknow the songs. It's not a big 'musical ther's Son. "People are always making me play bio' thing, but it's very rewarding." Huss' music can be found at it," he said. "It's kind of hard for me to and get through the thing." He can be Huss also plays private parties and contacted at 316-650-8894 or regularly performs for residents of Alzheimer’s care homes. "It feels good," he said. "I've had it Contact Joe Stumpe at (Alzheimer's) in my family." Those audiences "may not even

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Mama’s spice cake part of cook’s journey

By Joe Stumpe Colette Baptista cut her culinary teeth in a legendary location. It was the old Marshall Field’s department store on Chicago's State Street. She managed one of seven restaurants located on the seventh floor. "It was a marvelous place to train," Baptista, owner of Colette's Catering, said. "It set the theme for all my hospitality: 'The customer was not always right, but they were never wrong.' " She earned degrees in dietetics and experimental foods from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, then spent six years working for Marshall Fields. Baptista remembers the indulgence

of some aspects of the operation, from 19 percent butterfat ice cream "that would never get hard" to the fresh apple pies that cooks would throw into ice cream to make a decadent combination. She moved to Wichita 36 years ago after marrying her husband, Bob, an electrical engineer. The couple has two grown daughters, Melissa and Amy, and granddaughter Avery. Baptista trained cooks and food workers for 24 years as head of the culinary arts program for Wichita Area Vocational-Tech School and its

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successor, the Wichita Area Technical College. When the food program was discontinued, she did brief stints with a restaurant and catering operation before Bob told her, "If you're going to work that hard, you might as well work for yourself." She opened Colette's a decade ago; "I really like what I'm doing now." She's also busier than ever before. Her assistant is Rose Leis, a student she taught three decades ago. "Our specialty is doing what the customer wants," Baptista said. "I have a printed menu, but I prefer to do what the customer wants." She cooks lunch, dinner or other events for groups of at least 24. The recipe for spice cake has a special place in her heart: it's the first she ever made. Baptista says she was in the third grade when her attempt to reproduce her mother's cake turned into an "utter disaster." "She would let me try things. I never got a 'no, you can't do that.' " Colette's Catering is located at

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Art enthusiasts share their passion By Jennifer Comes A docent at the Wichita Art Museum is not merely a lecturer about this piece of art or that collection. His or her mission is to engage visitors in a lifelong appreciation of art by donating a few hours a week to promoting one of the city’s cultural gems. Learning as much as they can about art – not to deliver lectures, but to initiate conversations – is what

Docent training Wichita Art Museum’s new docent training starts Tuesday, Sept. 15, and continues for 12 weeks, with breaks for holidays and some special events. Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. To sign up or to learn more about the program, contact Courtney Spousta, Curator of Education, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 316-268-4907.

prompted Mimi Shellito to reconnect with her long-neglected love for art. “I had reached a point in my life where everyone I had been taking care of had died or gone to college,” she said. In 2011, “I decided to take on all the things I’d always wanted to do. This was one of them.” Docent orientation is 12 weeks of two-hour classes, led by the museum’s curators. By the end of the training session volunteers are comfortable enough with the museum’s history and its collected works to lead guided tours. “Our docent program is really crucial,” said Courtney Spousta, the museum’s curator of education, who makes up half of the museum’s lean education staff. There are about 30 active docents, but a pool of 50 docents would be a tremendous resource, she added. To keep current, docents meet informally on Monday mornings to learn about touring exhibits, expansion and renovation projects and special events.

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Mimi Shellito says she never tires talking about art.

Visiting scholars from museums around the country, as well as curatorial staff, often speak at these update meetings, Spousta said. “Our docent program is really

one of the most important things for the museum in terms of our education mission,” she said. Museum tours are in high demand, especially as the school year concludes in the spring. Shellito said she enjoys the fellowship of “other people who enjoy being around and learning about this stuff.” She averages one tour and a total of about five hours a week at the museum. The museum is currently enjoying a wonderful period of expansion and community engagement, she said, which makes it exciting and fun to be there. Some of Shellito’s favorite pieces are in the American Art collection. Being able to view frequently and speak knowledgeably about the works of Edward Hopper and Mary Cassatt, among others – “I could never, ever get tired of that.”

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‘Free’ credit monitoring not always free By Derek Schmidt Kansas Attorney General You’ve probably seen those commercials on TV – the ones offering you a free credit report or credit score. Many of these companies are trying to lure you into signing up for a credit monitoring service that is not free. However, federal law requires the three major credit-reporting agencies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report once a year. One of the few trusted websites to obtain a truly free credit report is www., which is operated by the three credit bureaus. You also may request a report by calling any of the three credit bureaus. Why is it important to check your credit reports every year? The information contained on your credit report can affect many aspects of your financial life, not just your ability to borrow money. Employers may check your credit report before offering you a job. Insurance companies often factor your credit score into your insurance rates. So, it’s important to make sure the infor-

mation on your report is accurate and up-to-date. Requesting a copy of your credit report does not affect your credit score. There are three major credit-reporting bureaus, which means you actually have three credit reports. Much of the information contained on these reports is the same, but the reports may vary somewhat based on what lenders have reported to the credit bureaus. While you can certainly check all three reports at the same time, it might be a good idea to rotate between the three bureaus and check one every four months so that you can more quickly catch errors on your report. It’s also important to check your reports before applying for credit for major purchases, such as a home mortgage or car loan. Once you get a copy of your report, review it for anything you don’t recognize. Any accounts that you did

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not open or addresses where you have never lived listed on your report can be signs of identity theft. You have the right to dispute any information on your credit report you believe to be inaccurate. Earlier this year, our office was part of a nationwide settlement with the credit reporting bureaus that requires them to make reforms to their practices, making it easier to dispute and correct inaccurate information on your report. If you believe you’ve been the victim of identity theft and want to prevent further new accounts from be-

ing opened, you might consider placing a “security freeze” on your credit report. This will prohibit any new accounts from being opened using your social security number until you unfreeze your report. Visit our consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas. org to file a complaint or to learn more about credit reports, how to contact the credit bureaus or how to place a security freeze.

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Senior Expo: 30 years and getting better Annette Graham CPAAA Executive Director The 30th annual Senior Expo, presented by the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging (CPAAA), will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at four Wichita museums. They are Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, 701 N. Amidon; Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.; Old Cowtown Museum, 1871 Sim Park Dr.; and the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Admission is free to anyone age 55 and older and to caregivers of all ages. The event offers valuable information and free health screenings. It is the biggest tradeshow in Kansas geared toward seniors and caregivers. “This is a must see event that highlights resources, interesting vendors, opportunities and products for this growing population,” said Annette Graham, CPAAA director. More than 130 exhibitors will distribute resources, conduct hands-on demonstrations and offer valuable information for attendees. A variety of free screenings will be provided in the health-screening pavilion at Exploration Place on a

first-come, first-served basis.

Services, information: Elder abuse awareness, eyeglasses adjustments, computerized spinal screenings, medication management information, Otoscope camera to check the ear, oxygen saturation, vein screening and more. Vaccinations: Flu and pneumonia shots, both Medicare Part B accepted. Your Medicare card is required for processing; cash or a check also will be accepted. At Senior Expo you’ll find: • Lunch at all locations - $6 • Free parking • Free shuttle between all locations • Complimentary admission at the four sites • Entertainment • Downsizing presentation from Three Pea Furniture Consignment and Home Staging • “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” fashion show, 1 p.m. at Botanica’s

Lotus Room • “Getting Older is Getting Better Because…” comment board • Educational information • Games and interactive exhibits • Programs and resources • Unique gifts • Photo booth and Pop Noggins • Interactive booths

Caregiver Corner @ Cowtown is designed for busy caregivers who may need to access multiple resources or find help with complicated issues. During the Expo, these resources will be in one place for easy access. The CPAAA caregiver manager also will be

available for consultation. Expo attendees are asked to park at Exploration Place, Cowtown or the overflow lot across from Wichita Art Museum to avoid traffic congestion. Free bus transportation is provided between the four sites from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In addition to Senior Expo and other special events targeting seniors and caregivers, CPAAA is available to assist through life’s transitions. For information, available services and resources call 1-855-200-2372 or visit

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What happens when a criminal case is charged? By Andrea Souders Recently the active age featured an article detailing how financial cases get opened and investigated by multiple agencies, specifically the FAST (Financial Abuse Specialist Team). But what happens after a criminal case is charged? The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office reviews thousands of cases each year to determine whether they can be charged criminally. If a case is not charged, it may be closed or referred back to the appropriate law enforcement agency for additional investigation. If a case is charged, our office is tasked with completing the necessary documents so that the case may be formally filed with the criminal clerk of the district court. Once filed with the clerk the case gets a criminal case number and is assigned to a prosecutor who will remain on the case as it makes its way through the judicial process. At any time during this process the defendant may decide to enter into a plea agreement and avoid a trial;

however this article outlines the general process that occurs when a case does go to trial. After the case is filed the defendant may be notified by summons, a warrant may be issued or the defendant may already be in custody. A first appearance is scheduled where the charges are made known to the defendant, and the judge may determine conditions of release prior to trial. This could include supervised release or setting conditions of bond. The next step, a preliminary hearing or probable cause hearing, is a proceeding to determine whether there is enough evidence to require a trial. During this hearing the prosecutor may put on witnesses and present evidence. There is no jury present during this hearing, only a judge to determine whether probable cause exists to proceed with a criminal trial. If the judge determines there is not enough evidence, then the case may be dismissed. However if the judge

determines there is enough evidence/ probable cause, the judge will formally read the criminal complaint and ask the defendant to enter a plea to the charges. This is known as an arraignment. The case then gets set over for trial. In some cases the defendant may waive the preliminary hearing, and the case will proceed directly to trial. There are two types of trials: bench trial and jury trial. At both types the prosecutor will present evidence and produce witnesses to prove the defendant’s guilt. The defense also may present evidence and produce witnesses to try and disprove the State’s case or create reasonable doubt. Once the State and defense rest their cases, the judge or jury will make a determination of guilt. A bench trial is heard by a judge only. The judge weighs the evidence and decides whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty. A jury trial is before a jury of six or 12 people; the jury weighs the evidence and decides whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty.

If the defendant is found not guilty, the case will be dismissed. If the defendant is found guilty, the case is set over for the sentencing phase where a judge determines the appropriate punishment. Judges follow sentencing guidelines based on the type of offenses committed and the criminal history of the defendant. The sentence imposed may include paying restitution to victims, attending rehabilitation, supervised release/probation, work release and/or a term of imprisonment.

Andrea Souders is an investigator for the District Attorney’s Office. Marc Bennett, marc.bennett@, is the Sedgwick County District Attorney. If you have been the victim of a consumer fraud violation or know about a possible fraudulent scheme, call the Consumer Protection Division, 6603600, or email If you or a loved one has been the victim of a crime, call 911 immediately.

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How much do you know about Father Kapaun? By Tom Schaefer He was a son of a Kansas farmer who became a chaplain in the U.S. military. He gave his life for his fellow soldiers during one of the darkest times of war. Since his death in 1951, Emil Kapaun has received numerous honors and medals posthumously for the care he gave dying soldiers, both on the battlefield and in a prison camp. This past June, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita has declared June 7, 2015, to June 9, 2016, to be a “Year of Father Kapaun.” Various events will commemorate his life. Much has been written about Kapaun’s life and heroic deeds. But how much do you know about him? What follows is a quiz about the priest and chaplain. See how much you know. The answers on page 22.

Kapaun quiz 1. Kapaun’s home parish was:

A. St. John Nepomucene Church, Pilsen B. Holy Trinity Church, Little River C. St. Ambrose, Erie

2. Kapaun served as a chaplain mostly during:

C. 25 C. “Don’t let the bastards get you 8. In 1993, it was announced that down”

5. Severely weak and sick, he was able to lead one more service: A. Easter sunrise B. Christmas Day C. Thanksgiving Day

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Father Emil Kapaun A. World War II B. Korean War C. Vietnam War

6.Seriously ill in the prison camp, he was about to be taken away to a death house. His fellow prisoners protested, but he said:

3. When Kapaun was told to leave the battlefield because of the intensity of the battle, he replied:

A. “It’s too soon to retreat” B. “There’s still more to do” C. “My place is with the wound ed”

4. One of the prisoners who survived the war, recalls how Kapaun would walk past him in the camp and say a sentence in Latin: “Ne illegitimi carborundum esse,” which roughly translated means: A. “It’s wrong to hate” B. “Be very careful”

A. “Keep on trying to escape” B. “Never give up” C. “I’m going where I always wanted to go.”

7. He was one of how many chaplains to die in Korea. A. 5 B. 12

Kapaun would receive the title of: A. Servant of God B. Shepherd of the lost C. Chaplain of the year

9. In 2013, Kapaun was awarded posthumously: A. The Navy Cross B. The medal of honor C. The Nobel Peace Prize

10. Kapaun is being considered for what by the Roman Catholic Church:

A. Sainthood B. Cardinal emeritus C. Order of St. Gregory the Great

18th annual garden railway tour

The Wichita Area Garden Railway Society’s 18th annual garden tour will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. There are six garden tours and the Gene Spear Garden Railway at Botanica. Botanica admission is free if they show their garden tour guide. The garden railway tour is free, but dona-

tions are welcome. Garden railroading includes gardening, landscaping, electronics, model building, as well as operating G-scale trains. WAGRS membership dues are $20 a year. For information, call Herb Reeves at 316-744-9473 or email at

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From page 1 still a huge part of Butler County’s economy. A celebration of the first oil strike will be held Sept. 19 as part of El Dorado’s Fall Festival, which begins Friday, Sept 18. In addition to a parade there will be oil rig demonstrations, living history presentations and a steak dinner featuring Jay Price, author of El Dorado: Legacy of an Oil Boom. (See page 17 for more details.) “The 100 year mark is a big deal for us because I don’t think a lot of people here in Butler County really have a comprehensive understanding (of the history),” said Warren Martin, executive director of the Kansas Oil Museum. “They know oil is around us. They know oil is a part of the history. But I don’t think the majority of people in Butler County have an understanding of how radically the discovery of oil changed this community, the region and the state as a whole. “We are what we are today because of what happened at Stapleton No. 1 100 years ago. You cannot comprehensively understand Butler County’s history, or the history of the state of Kansas, without understanding how major an impact that was in changing the direction of agricultural communities across Kansas.” Even Wichita would not be what it is today without the El Dorado oil boom, both Martin and Price said. Europe was already ablaze with

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Kansas Oil Museum outdoor exhibits include signs from many different gas stations. Some of the brand names have faded into history. World War I when Stapleton No. 1 came in, and aviation debuted as a weapon of war. Jake Moellendick, an oilman who made a fortune in the El Dorado field, was looking for the next big thing to invest his profits in. He decided it was aviation and convinced such aviation-manufacturing pioneers as E.M. “Matty” Laird, Walter Beech, Lloyd Stearman and others to come to Wichita and launch a company to build the Swallow, the first commercial aircraft. But, Price said, Moellendick was an “irascible” figure and the other men left the company within a few years to start other aircraft companies. During El Dorado’s boom, the population of the county nearly

doubled. In the 1910 census, Butler County had 23,000 residents. In 1920, the population was 43,000, with most of the growth in the second half of the 10-year period. There was such a housing shortage that people were living in sheds and chicken coops in El Dorado, according to the museum’s Lawson. Then Cities Service and other companies built several company towns. Northwest of El Dorado, on the road to Stapleton No. 1, Oil Hill became the largest company town in the world. “It was really something,” Lawson said. “There were 2,500 people at the peak about 1918 to 1920. … At the time, it had just about everything you would want. Everything in the town

was owned by Cities Service. They had schools, a swimming pool. “They owned the businesses for the most part. They were in charge of the police department, so they hired the policemen and the firemen. The whole town was really in control of this one company. But they were pretty dedicated to providing their employees with a good lifestyle. They wanted people coming in and working for them.” Pictures of Oil Hill show hundreds of small, white-painted wooden houses, whose walls were unfortunately too thin to keep the cold out in the winter or provide any relief from the summer heat, she said. Other pictures show oil derricks in the middle of town and See next page

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From previous page hundreds of children lined up in front of the brick school. Oil Hill had a town baseball team, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, miniature golf, outdoor movies during good weather and dance bands at the Welfare Hall. It also had a swimming pool, but not a single pool hall. An exhibit in the museum cites a newspaper report of the time as saying “It was decided that indulging in pool was harmful to the morals of the young.” None of it was meant to last forever, Price said. Back in 1915, drilling wells using cable tool technology

was labor intensive and took weeks or months. But once the wells were drilled, it required far less manpower to pump and transport the oil, he said. “Everything was meant to be temporary,” Price said. “Buildings were meant to be temporary because they were going to need those same workers 200 miles away in five years.” Most oil field towns dried up quickly after the drilling boom passed. Oil Hill hung on longer than most of the oil field company towns. The last residents moved away in the 1960s. Today the site has a couple of rusting tin buildings, the cinder-block building of Vess Oil and a pipe yard. But several buildings, including a

typical house, a general store, doctor’s office and print shop, have been preserved in the Kansas Oil Museum’s boom town, along with a typical cable tool drilling rig and later drilling technology. Stapleton No. 1 ended production in 1967. Today the site is marked by a monument and a non-functioning pump. On the horizon to the southeast is the Holly Frontier Refinery, the last in El Dorado. Contact Ken Stephens at

The Kansas Oil Museum’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the oil strike at Stapleton No. 1 is being combined with three other events — Oktoberfest, the Walnut Valley Festival and a car show — into El Dorado’s Fall Festival. Sept. 18 4 p.m. — Oktoberfest gates open (live musical entertainment, local food fare including Bierocks and the “infamous Brat bar,” beer garden and kid

friendly snacks and beverages. 6 p.m. — Kids 1K 6:30 p.m. — Lederhosen Lauf Und Radtour 5K Fun Run, Bike and Walk 7 p.m. — Musical entertainment Sept. 19 10 a.m. — Oil Centennial Parade During the day — Living history presentations and demonstrations of two oil rigs on the Kansas Oil Museum grounds, 383 E. Central 10:30 a.m. — Walnut River Festival

(events include archery, face painting, crafts, local exhibits, vendors, school and band performances and more) 1 p.m. — Chamber Open Car, Truck & Bike Show 5 p.m. — Kansas Oil Museum public Steak Dinner and lecture by Jay Price, author of El Dorado: Legacy of an Oil Boom, at the Butler County Community Building. Tickets, $35. Call 316-321-9333 or visit

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Museum’s new plan

Warren Martin, executive director of the Kansas Oil Museum, said those attending the Sept. 19 steak dinner and Jay Price’s lecture will get the history, in a nutshell, along with Martin’s plan for taking the museum into the community. He said starting in the upcoming school year the museum is working with a public school to teach the history of oil in Butler County one day a month, taking artifacts to class and leaving students with a character or leadership lesson. “Museums have been, for far too long, concerned about how we get people in the front door, and my passion is how do we get the museum out into the community,” Martin said. “…Museums in my opinion are at a crossroads. We can continue to be keepers of things as we are traditionally seen, or we can change how we do business and really become a vital component of the educational institutions of our nation.”

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Respite program provides relief for caregivers By Debbi Elmore For those tasked with caring for another 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even a small break can be a godsend. Recognizing that unmet need, Senior Services of Wichita started its respite program in 1987. “We developed the three-hour blocks of time once a week,” says Laurel Alkire, executive director of Senior Services and the creator of the program. “We started by recruiting workers from our Senior Employment Program. We wanted older people as they share many of the same interests and backgrounds as those they serve.” In the last 28 years respite care has provided relief for thousands of caregivers. It currently serves about 35 families a week. After 22 years together, Doug Tripp did not hesitate to step into the role of caregiver when his partner, Allan Foster, was incapacitated by a stroke in 2004. “I am 24/7 with Allan. He can’t take care of anything.” A certified nursing assistant, funded by the Area Agency on Aging,

comes in twice a week to help Doug give Allan a bath. As grateful as Doug is for that professional service, he is most grateful for the three hours of respite care provided by Senior Services employee Pat Shoemaker each week. “Pat coming in helps me keep my sanity,” Doug says. “Sometimes I go to Cheney Lake, sometimes I just have coffee or do something else. The most important thing is to have a little break.” Even with the unrelenting demands for the past 11 years, Doug says, “You do it because you love them. When you have that, it’s not something you throw away.” Shoemaker regards Doug and Allan as her sons. “I enjoy coming to the house and visiting,” she says. Now in her 70s, she has been a respite worker since 1996. Two of the people working in the respite program were once clients. “When my husband was critically ill, they came and sat with him so I could go to Bible study,” says Roberta Willis. “After he died, I didn’t know what to do. We had been together for See next page

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Art for Your Ears

The Calamity Cubes!, a Kansas-based roots band with Brook Blanche, banjo; Kody Oh, upright bass; and Joey Henry, acoustic guitar, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the McKnight Outdoor Plaza at Wichita State University. Their sound is a blend of traditional country, folk and bluegrass, with the

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55 years.” Roberta joined the program in 2011 and currently has five clients. For seven years, Carolyn Rutherford cared for her mother, who had Alzheimer’s and some difficulties with her heart. She, too, received a benefit from the respite program.

the active age fire of an ‘80s punk band. They have three CDs and a non-stop tour schedule. The concert is free; bring lawn chairs. Rain location is the CAC Theater.

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Emerald City, a chorus of barbershop harmony, will present Tone Appetit, a musical dining experience, on Sept. 25-26 at Southwest Presbyterian Church, 1511 W. 27th St. S. “It was so nice I could go to the store and not worry about my mother,” she explains. She has been providing the same service to others since December of 2011. “The caregivers need care too,” Carolyn says. “My mom was in need of so much care. I wasn’t getting enough sleep and I couldn’t get away to do anything recreational until we had respite care.”

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Dinner begins at 6:15 p.m. It will feature American cuisine the 25th and an Italian menu the 26th. The caterer is Truffles. The concert follows dinner. Space is limited to 80 attendees; the $30 tickets must be purchased by Sept. 23. Call 316- 733-2619, order online at using PayPal or purchase from a chorus member.

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The Wichita Broadway Singers beFor 26 years, Dolores Cooper has served as the coordinator for respite care. “We are dependable, and the families know they can count on us,” she says. “We don’t have turnover, so people get the same caregivers. They are so committed and they love what they do. They make my job easy.” Each employee is carefully screened and receives two days of training on dealing with chronic conditions and spiritual issues. In-service sessions are

gin their fall season of rehearsals from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 8, at a new venue, Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 1600 W. 27th St. N. The first class is free. Tuition is $50 for adults, $40 for students for a 13week session. There are four December concerts. Director is Matthew Hanne; accompanist is Harriet Hickman. There are no auditions, but the ability to read music is helpful. For information, call 721-9203 or visit held twice a year to provide additional education. In recent years the economy forced Senior Services to charge $4 an hour. “For $12 a week, the caregivers can go to church, buy groceries or take a nap without worrying,” Laurel says. “They all say it is well worth it and wish they could have more.” Contact Debbi Elmore at

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Pondering shoelaces, Napoleon, putting on my pants By Ted Blankenship The other day I was tying my shoes and I got to thinking about the way I do it. I’ve been doing it the same way all my life. I think my Dad taught me, but I’ve noticed that some people arrive at the same destination in slightly different ways. It’s difficult to explain in writing, but I looked it up on the Internet and there are three ways of tying your shoes. One is the circle technique. I’m sure I could never master it. My only alternative would be to let the laces flop or wear loafers that don’t have shoelaces. The second is the magic fingers. Unfortunately, I was not born with “magic” fingers or even “deceptive” fingers. I might have magic toes, but it would be difficult to tie my shoes with my toes because I would have to remove them from my shoes to get at the laces. That would seem to defeat


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the purpose. The third is the bunny ears technique. As near as I can tell, that’s the one I use. It involves pulling up a loop and holding it with a finger while you wrap a second loop around that one and pull it tight (don’t try this at home). Actually, I hold the first loop with my thumb, but I think it still qualifies. With all of these methods you must be careful not to tie your shoes together because that would make it difficult to walk and nearly impossible to run. I think that pretty well exhausts that topic, but as you have no doubt discovered, one stupid observation often leads to another. For example the knotting of shoelaces makes me wonder about our other habitual endeavors.

This could lead to a scientific thesis if I’m not careful. But let’s press on. How do you put on your coat? We wouldn’t do that in this kind of weather of course, but bear with me. This is a hypothetical. I’ve seen people hike the coat over their heads with their arms held upward to let the coat slide down. This works well for some people and if you are held up while putting on your coat, your hands are already in the air, saving time for you and the robber. Others put an arm in one sleeve at a time, then they wiggle their shoulders until the coat is on. That’s my method, and it has worked well. So now, assuming that you have found a way to get the coat zipped up (not so easy when the zipper sticks and refuses to close), the time will come when you have to get the coat off . Some people unzip, then hang both arms downward toward the rear and let


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the coat drop. This is the lazy person’s method. It takes less effort but results in a coat on the floor that has to be picked up. I’m with the group that takes out one arm at a time while grabbing the collar before it falls to the floor. All of this got me to thinking about Napoleon’s portrait, the one that shows him with a hand inside his coat. People have wondered why he had his hand in there. Don’t scoff. Everybody has to wonder about something. Theories abound. Did he have a stomach ulcer or itchy skin? Was he winding his watch, or was the artist a little shaky at painting hands? The probable answer is that in the 18th century painting a person with his hand in his or her coat was the in thing. It was like contemporary portraits that have people with an index finger up against the cheek. It was just See next page

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Senior Employment’s first fall Job Fair

By Debbi Elmore As many people have discovered, it’s harder to get a job once you reach your 50s. Holly Shipman was frustrated. She applied for jobs she was qualified for, only to be turned away if she hadn’t colored her hair to look younger. She had a part-time job at Big Lots, but wanted something more. Last March she saw a flyer at work

promoting a job fair hosted by the Senior Employment Program (SEP) at Senior Services. She signed up, sat in on a couple of Tuesday job club meetings and attended the fair. “The best thing about it was the people I went to see knew I wasn’t 20 years old from the start,” she says. She got two job offers. She chose Dillons and continues to work at Big Lots. For more than 30 years, SEP has

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a fad — a bad fad if I may say so. Now comes the intriguing matter. How do you take your pants off ? If you ask me, it’s better to leave them on. You’ve heard the cliché about pants: “He puts his pants on one leg at a time.” That’s a bit silly, especially if a person is standing. If that person tries

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and In-Home Respite Care to give relief to 24-hour caregivers. SEP also offers help preparing a resume, interview strategies and computer training in addition to the weekly job club and the job fairs. The fall job fair was scheduled because of the success of the spring job fair. It will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Downtown Senior Center, 200 S. Walnut. Job fair attendees must pre-register and attend an orientation at 200 S. Walnut between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. before Friday, Sept. 18. For information, call 267-1771.



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Send us a photo or a story of reminiscence

Did you take a picture of a beautiful sunset? Capture a sky of cotton-candy clouds, your grand-baby’s first steps, or your dog or cat acting goofy or adorable? Or do you have a favorite story or a story that’s been handed down from a grandparent, neighbor, relative or friend that you’d like to share?

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Shepard’s Center fall session Pique your curiosity, reveal hidden talents, make new friends. Classes start at the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita, 745 N. Westlink, on Oct. 1, and continue each Thursday through Nov. 5. Cost for the six weeks of classes is $40. Topics for this session include Dr. Russell Fox on politics; Dr. Keith Williamson on Aging Gracefully; Your Police at Work; Around Town Attractions; Native Americans; Barnes and Noble on Book Trends; Public Library on e-books, the Big Read and Finding Great Books; and Vanessa Condreay,

author of The True Night Before Christmas. Participants choose which sessions they want to attend. A catered lunch with entertainment is available for $9 with advance reservations. Afternoon classes are more hands-on, including bridge, woodcarving, knitting and table games. Coffee, tea and snacks are served before the 9 a.m. classes begin. Afternoon classes end at 2:45. For information call 721-2208, email or visit

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LifeVentures new eight-week session of Adventures in Learning starts Sept. 15. If it's Tuesday in the fall, and you're a senior who enjoys staying active, this is an option to explore. You may attend as many classes as you like for the registration fee of $60. Class topics include history, technology, health, travel, poetry writing, singing, Threadbare Readers Theatre, religion, Arts & Crafts & Other Stuff and Gather for Games. The break between morning class-

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Have rental car, will travel across Europe By Tom Schaefer The road less traveled is an apt description of Mary and my adventures beyond the borders of America. We are homebodies who like to visit family and make occasional day trips to fun places in the Midwest. But a few years ago the thought of vacationing in Europe was just too enticing. After consulting savvy traveler friends and doing some research online, we decided to take the plunge. We made airline reservations for a trip to southern Germany – Bavaria with its beautiful Alps. It was a vacation we’ll never forget. In planning our trip, we ruled out going with a large tour group. Clearly a package deal has its advantages: pre-arranged travel and hotel reservations, large group security and camaraderie, and knowledgeable guides who explain the sites. But we wanted to strike out on our own and decided to rent a car. A daunting challenge for the active age of 55 and older? Not really. If you’re thinking about a trip overseas, especially to any of

the countries of Europe, consider renting a car. The freedom of seeing a country at your own pace and exploring off-the-beatenpath surroundings can be an eye-opening experience. Earlier this year we ventured again to Europe, renting a car in Vienna and driving across Photo by Tom Schaefer Austria. The trip A rental car can take you off the beaten track. was as exhilarataway in the Alps were destinations not ing as the first always found by those who stick to an one 10 years earlier. itinerary. Mapping out a route, and turning So, if you’re ready to take on a new off when wanderlust led us in a new adventure when traveling to parts of direction, allowed us to explore whatEurope, opt for a rental car. As with ever sites caught our eye. An ancient Mary and me, the road less traveled abbey on a side road, a centuries-old may be one of your most enjoyable and church in the middle of a small town most memorable. and a neighborhood restaurant tucked To help you get started, here are some basic tips on renting a car in Europe:

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Resthaven Cemetery, Bruce Newton Gardens, lot 41C4, lot 41D1, D2. Market value, $11,085. Sell for $6,600 OBO. Call 316-619-9904. Two lots in White Chapel Cemetery , Garden of Atonement. Value $3,400, asking $1,200 each. Buyer pays transfer fees. Call 419-528-4447. Needing to sell single plot at Resthaven Cemetery in Garden of Gethsemane. Can be converted to double plot, will consider all offers. Value $3,700. 620-482-4097.

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Resthaven, Christus, space 91-C-3. Value $3,700, asking $2,700. Call Marilyn, 719-1996. Resthaven, Freedom, space 3C-4, vaults, marker and granite. 2 opening/closing. Value $13,000, sell for $4,995. 316-721-6462, 316-253-3980. Resthaven - four burial plots in Freedom Gardens; section 92D, lots 3 and 4; section 91C, lots 1 and 2. Market value $3,695 each. Will sell seperately or all four together for $2,000 each. Debbie at 316-618-5914. Cemetery plot in veteran’s section at Lakeview Cemetery for sale. Valued at $1,995. Will sell for $1,850. Would consider selling second plot. Contact Penny at 316-409-5435. Funeral plots, Resthaven Garden of Memory. Plots are located in Garden of Devotion, Section 7, lot 80-B, spaces 1 through 4. Asking $1,400 each OBO. Will separate into pairs. Mark, 210508-6912.



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316-267-5800 Tempur-pedic pillows - never used, $60 each or $100 both; Sterns & Foster mattress set, no stains, nice, $150; Lazy Boy recliner, $200; Pub table w/4 bar chairs, extra nice, lighty used, $300; Lazy Boy leather recliner, $400. 214-3169. Estate garage sale. Oct 8, 9, 10 at 2715 W. 16th Street North. Housewares, stamps, postcards, jewelry, old books, records, dishes. Four wheel chairs, $45 each; 55” LG Flat TV, $200; 51” LED Flat TV, $175. 440-8959 or 706-9763. Like new 2015 Nova 3 wheel walker, with accessories. $60. Call 721-4977. Large bike with basket, $49; two small girl’s bikes, $15 each; small trailer home, $200; large lawn mower, $85; small utility trailer, $170; lawn mower, $65. 706-9763. Candlewick crystal set of 150 items, including punch bowl set, deviled egg server, and many pieces valued at over $50. Asking $1,200. Call 942-3765.

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White Chapel: four cemetery spaces, 51B; 1, 2, 3, 4 Rose Croix. This is premium local and good value. Call Rueben, 918-747-5126. Two cemetery lots in Garden of the Last Supper at Old Mission Cemetery. Value $1,922 each, selling $1,800 each. Call 972-253-3076.

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Framing, carpentry, decorative concrete, remodeling & repairs, roofing, painting, tree services, We do it all, give us a call! FREE ESTIMATES Matthew, 316-208-3784 Tyler, 316-518-4722

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Painting, papering and removal, drywall, light electrical and plumbing, home repair. Fencing. Senior discount. 620-960-8303.


Repairs. Free estimates. 316-312-4391.


Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970

Total yard clean-up, flower beds and bushes, tree trimming and stump grinding, attics, garages and basements. LEAF cleanup and HAULING.

Interior/Exterior & Odd jobs Husband & Wife Team 316-648-4478

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KITCHEN & BATH REMODELING Custom Cabinets • Refacing (Laminate or Solid Wood) Countertops Rollouts • Accessories • Wall Splashes


Complete lawn care, leaves and any cleanup, any odd job. Fence repair, tree trimming, shrub removal, gutter cleaning.

Business, Home and Yard Aerate/overseed. Mowing/scalping. Fall/Spring clean-up. Snow Removal. If you ever need any of these services, call Mark, 316-214-7579. City licensed/Reasonable rates. Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. Gutter cleaning. Exterior painting. If you need any of these services call Perry, 316-619-6126. 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. Do You Have A Project Or Honey-Do? Rototilling, Grassing, Hauling Mowing, clean-ups, leaves, landscaping Hedge, Tree-Evergreen Trim & Remove Window cleaning Guttering - install - clean - repair. Fences Gutter Screen, Wood Decks & Ramps Water Drainage, Dirt Work Spaur Handyman 316-524-2555.

L Hayden 316-806-2591

Can take care of your needs. Garage/yard cleaning. Hauling, mowing. Tree trimming, leaf raking. Pick-up and delivery service. Senior Discounts.

Mike E. 316-708-1472

Mowing, leaf and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, roto-tilling. Chimney repairs. Brick, block and stone repair. JD’s All Trades Lawn and Garden Services Handyman/hauling, tree trimming and removal and much more. 316-347-6663.


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Christian Lawn Care

Clay Cox. Attorney: 30 yrs +/Trial & Appellate/ low overhead = low fees; auto accidents, uncontested divorces, city court, elder law, other matters. 316-390-5276/Old Town Area. Clip & Save!

Mowing, verti-slicing, core-aerating, overseeding, new lawns, mulching flower beds, cleanup, shrub trimming and removal, gutter cleaning, hauling. Senior discount. Steve 316-685-2145. Prestige Landscape Management Fall clean-up, Christmas light hanging, snow removal, residential & commercial. Free estimates. Experienced & professional. Call us at 316-350-4413.



Spring/Fall Cleanup Tree trim/removal Junk removal


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F PAINTING F Al’s Painting and Remodeling. Painting, sheetrock. All types of remodeling. 30 years experience. 316-871-9484.

Ron Goodwin’s Painting

Painting, interior/exterior. Power washing. Gutter cleaning, handyman services and odd jobs. 30 years experience. Senior discounts. 316-461-2510.

Experienced Professional Painters Residential/business painting Interior/exterior Power washing and deck refinishing Senior discount • Free Estimates Lowest price guaranteed

Call Mike 316-806-3222 F PERSONALS F Available female for sports, church, dancing, casinos and travel. Want to meet nice man with same interests. Can’t be prejudice. Write to box #01-08, 125 S. West Street, Ste. 105 Wichita, KS 67213


HUGE Fall Book Sale

Hardbacks & Paperbacks priced from .25 - $2 Sept. 24th & 25th 10:30 - 7 PM Sept. 26th 10:30 - 3 PM Central Library, 223 S. Main Third floor auditorium F TREE SERVICE F Summer is Here! 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, 316-838-5709. Bruce’s Tree Service Prompt, Immediate, Professional service. Crown reduction, trimming or removal. Trees, hedgerows, evergreens & shrubs. Residential line clearing and roofs. Bucket truck available. We climb also. Gutter cleaning, yard raking, firewood for sale. Handyman work. Over 25 years’ experience. Sr discounts. Insured. 24 Hour emergency storm damage available. Call 316-207-8047.

Estrada’s Tree Service

F SERVICES F Need a ride? Doctor appointments, ride home from hospital, court, casino, mini vacation or family reunion. You name the place, I will take you there. 316-259-6212.

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

Furniture Repair & Refinish Antique, Modern, or Cane. Reasonable pick-up & delivery. Clark 250-9533 or 788-5805.



Older items of all kinds including: antiquescollectibles-watches-costume and turquoise jewelry-Boeing and Beech Pins-guitars and amps-postcards-cigarette lighters-art glass-metal signs-contents of attics, basements or garages. A few items or entire estates. FOR FAST FRIENDLY ASSISTANCE CALL DAVE For over 20 years I have assisted folks wishing to sell items of all values. Friendly answers to all your questions call Dave at 316-409-0992.

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BUYING American, German, Japanese

Military swords, helmets, uniforms, medals, insignias, rifles, pistols, misc items. Also, any WW II paratrooper items. 785-825-0313. Lady from Seattle area buying antiques and collectibes: Civil War, tintypes, letters, diaries, postcards, photos, cups and saucers, jewelry, souvenir spoons, glassware, dishes, old coins, etc. In Wichita September 19-26. Call Annette at 360-886-2210 before September 17.

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Joe’s Tree Service Tree trimming, removal, stump grinding. Licensed and insured. 316-312-4514. Trimming, crown reduction, removal. Storm damage prevention. Hauling. Firewood. Free estimates. Insured. Senior discount. Felix Estrada, 316-617-4392.

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Calendar of Events

Sedgwick County Senior Centers

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

Mon: 10 am Men’s fellowship, coffee. Mon & Wed: 6 pm Yoga, Rec Center. Tue: 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Low-impact aerobics, Rec Center. Fri: 9 am Breakfast at Braum’s. Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. 1st Mon: 6:30 pm Potluck & program. 2nd Mon: 11:30 am Lunch out, call for details. 3rd Wed: 1:30 pm, Book Club. 4th Mon: 6 pm Covered dish lunch, Rec Center. 4th Wed: 7 pm Bunko. 4th Thu: 2 pm Geneaology group.

BENTLEY/EAGLE 504 W Sterling, 796-0027

Open Mon-Fri: Coffee, cookies, exercise. Mon: 2 pm Line dancing, chair exercise. Wed: 1:30 pm Canasta. Sat: 8-9:30 am Breakfast, donation. 2nd Fri: 11 am Senior Lunch Out. 3rd Tue: 7 pm Game night, bring snack. 3rd Fri: noon XYZ potluck, program. 4th Sat: 7 pm Movie Night.

CHENEY 516 Main, 542-3721

Mon-Fri: 10:30 am GNNP meal, reservations required; 12:15 pm Cards, games. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10-11 am Exercise program. 1st Tue: 6 pm Potluck dinner. 2nd, 3rd, 4th Tue: 7 pm Cards, games.

CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332

Sept 28: 10:30 am Home safety workshop. Mon: 10 am-noon Blood pressure check; 1-3 pm Painting, beginning to advanced. Wed: 9 am Morning coffee. 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 own device.

DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223

Regular activities: Exercise programs at low or no cost, foot care, book club. Sept 1: 4:30 - 6 pm Tuesday Nite Together. Enjoy a homecooked meal and bring a donation. Sept 8: 11:00 am Just Lunch. $3 plus lunch. Sept 9: 1 pm Rite Bite nutrition class - Learn ways to sweeten without table sugar. Sept 14: 1 pm Inspiring Women: a look a Martha

Stewart presented by Loretta Lyon. 1st Tue: 11:30 am Friendship Club lunch out. 3rd Tue: Noon Friendship Club; 1 pm Book Club. Reading list at front desk. 1st Thu: 9 am New member orientation.

DOWNTOWN 200 S. Walnut, 267-0197

Regular activities: Exercise classes, Pickleball, computer classes, foot care by apt. Sept 17: 9:30 am Fun with Scrapbooks presented by Natalie Eaton Byrnes. $8 for day long crops with $10 membership fee. Sept 18: 10 am Medicare overview by Joe Nagy. Reservation required. Sept 18: 1 pm All-Centers’ Bingo. Reservation required. Mon: 11 am Lewis Street Singers; 1 pm Bridge; Beading Buddies. Tues: 10:30 am Single Seniors (except for 2nd Tue) Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11 am Latin Dance 1 pm Spanish (beg), Massage by Ruth Lundstedt. Thu: 9:30-11 am Drawing class. Mon & Wed 11 am Well Rep Excercises. 1st Mon: 10 am Book Club. 2nd Wed: 1:30 pm Senior Legal Adviser. 2nd Thurs: 9 am Wichita Coin Club. 2nd, 3rd, 4th Thu: 9:30 am Drawing Class. 2rd Thu: 2 pm Senior Financial Adviser.

EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am GNNP lunch, reservation required; 10-11 am Pool, cards, bingo, dominoes, puzzles.

GARDEN PLAIN 1006 N Main, 535-1155

Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise. Fri: 1 pm Cards. 1st Fri: noon Potluck, cards. 3rd Fri: noon 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, GNNP lunch. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Silver Foxes exercise. Tue, Thu: 10 am STEP exercise. 1st & 3rd Wed: 11 am Blood pressure checks. 12:30 pm Bingo.

Senior Wednesdays Every Wed – Free or nomimal admission. Sept 2 10 am Wichita Art Museum, The Art Garden design with Larry Hoetmer. Larry will share the array of trees and new plantings designed for the Art Center. 1:30 pm at Water Center Sewage Treatment presented by Becky Lewis. Ever wonder what happens to water after you flush the toilet? Learn about the City’s water waste process. Sept 9 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo, Labor of Love. Explore nature and survival. 1:30 pm Wichita Public LIbrary, Central Branch, History Revealed - The Wichita Carnegie Library Building. Clark Bastian tells the story of the building and restoration efforts to preserve the 100-year-old cathedral of learning.

Sept 16 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art. Make ICT - Wichita’s MakerSpace. Innovative thinkers and makers discuss creative collisions in the MakerSpace community. 1:30 pm Kansas African American Museum, program TBA. Sept 23 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. The Art of George Bellis. Historian Jane Rhoads reveals stories behind the art of former Wichitan George Bellis, known for his carnival and circus banners. 1:30 pm The Exploration Place, no program due to the Senior Expo. Sept 30 10 am Great Plains Nature Center, Monarchs in Mexico presented by Jim Mason. Discover information about the monarch butterfly and its annual migration to the mountains of central Mexico. 1:30 pm Old Cowtown Museum, TBA.

2nd Fri: 5:30 pm Birthday dinner, covered dish.

KECHI Kechi City Building, 744-017, 744-1271

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

LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700

Mon-Fri: Dance, exercise, pool, dominoes. 11:30 am-12:15 pm Hot lunch. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise/Ejercicio. Mon, Fri: 9:30 am-3 pm Tax-Aide, by appt. Tue, Thu: 1 pm Exercise/Ejercicio. Mon: 10 am English Class/Clase de Ingles; 1 pm Line dancing Tue: 10 am Nutrition class/Clase de nutricion. Thu: 10 am Bingo/loteria. Last Fri: 10 am Music/musica; monthly birthdays.

LINWOOD 1901 S. Kansas, 263-3703

Regular activities: Computer classes, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, GNNP lunch. Sept 4: 10:15 am How NOT to Fall - But if You Do, Let’s Learn, How to RECOVER! By Kaleigh Cumpston. Sept 11 10:15 am Identity Theft and How to Prevent It by Lisa Hott. Sept 18 & 19: 10:15 am & 1:30 pm Normal Aging and the Importance of Sleep by Dr. April Adkins. Reservation required. Sept 23: 2 - 3:30 pm Ice Cream Social and Gospel Sing along. Reservation required. Sept 25: 10:15 am Kansas Support Services for Elders - What We Can Do For You by Lona Kelly. 3rd Wed: 10:30 am Birthday party. Mon & Fri: 9 am Dynabands; 9:30 am Stretching. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance. 10:30 am Bingo. Tue & Thu: 9 am Pickleball. Wed: 9 am Arthritis exercise.

MCADAMS GOLDEN AGE 1329 E 16th, 337-9222

Regular activities: Open gym, walking, GNNP 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 Sr Citizens’ lunch.

MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813

Daily: 7:30-9 am Walk-in gym, coffee; GNNP 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.

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444

Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, GNNP lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Sept 3: 11:45 am End of Life Decisions, Hospice and Volunteer Opportunities by Serenity Hospice Care, LLC. Sept 10: 11:45 am Identity Theft Workshop by Frank Taylor.

Sept 17: 11:45 am Balance Disorder & Brain Health by Dr. Sean Hubbard. Sept 25: 10 - 11:30 am Walgreens flu shots. Sept 28: Elder Abuse Display. On display until October 2. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm TOPS; 1:30 pm Sing-a-Long. Tue: 10 am Beginners’ crochet class. Wed: 2 pm Drawing 101. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class, crochet class. Tue, Thu: 1 pm Spanish class. Fri: 10 am Crochet class; 1 pm Bridge. 1st Wed: Footcare by appointment.

OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

Daily: 11:30 Red Cross Meals 1st Thur: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers Meeting. 1st Thur & Fri: 8:30 am-5 pm, Commodities. 2nd Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Golden Agers Bingo. $1. 4th Thu: 12:30-2:30, Community Bingo. $2. Every Fri: 12:30 pm Afternoon cards. Every Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee, Panera Bread.

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293

Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, GNNP lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Sept 4: 11:15 am Economic Vulnerability & Fraud Avoidance by the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation. Sept 14: 11:15 am Preparing an Emergency Kit for Disasters by Teresa Hatfield. Sept 18: 1 pm Bingo bash at the Downtown Senior Center. Reservation required. Sept 21: 11:15 am Reliability Information, Complaints and Dispute Resolution by the Better Business Bureau. Tues: 12:30-4:30 pm Duplicate bridge. Wed: 10:30 am-noon Computer Lab.

PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199

Regular activities: Cards, exercise, pool, GNNP lunch. Call for details. Sept 1: 10 - 11:30 am Passport to Health & Wellness kick-off party with presentations, demonstrations and snacks. Sept 10: 1 pm Old Fashioned Movie Matinee presented by Rick Every. The Little Rascals & Tom & Jerry. $5 plus free popcorn. Sept 15: 11 am Blood pressure clinic and pain management by Sharon Wyatt. Sept. 15: 10:15 am Rite Bite Series: Sweeteners presented by Shirley Smith. Sept. 23: 11:30 am Falls prevention workshop by Samantha Maehs. Wed: 1 pm Walking; 2:30 pm Line Dance; 7 pm Round Dance. Fri: 10:30 am Dance Aerobics; 1 pm Pinochle. Sat: 1 pm Pinochle. Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellRep exercise. 1st Wed: 10:30 am Chisholm Trail Seniors catered lunch, meeting, program. 3rd Thu: 1 pm Bingo; 5:30 pm Finger food. 3rd Fri: 6 pm Fun, food, games.

VALLEY CENTER 316 E. Clay, 755-7335

Regular activities: Home-cooked meals; monthly outings, including casino trip; exercise programs. Mon: Donuts, coffee, cards. Tue: 10 am Brunch, $4, movie & cards; 6:30 pm Pitch, bring snack to share. Wed: 9 am Meet at Methodist Church. Thu: noon Lunch, $5. Games. Fri: noon Lunch, $4. 3rd Thu: Birthday celebration.

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Butler County Senior Centers ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441

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

Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, cards, pool. Daily:11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch (reservation required), $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tues & Thu: Special music at lunch. Mon: 1 pm Lunch and Cards. Tue: 10 am Blood pressure check; 10:30 am-2 pm Memory Café; 1 pm Pool & cards. Wed: 1 pm Quilt club; 1 pm Bridge. Thu: 1 pm Pool, cards & Scrabble; 3 pm Dominoes; 7-9 pm Pitch. Fri: 11:30 am Covered dish, meeting & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 pm Cards. 4th Sat: 7 - 10am Monthly breakfast. $4 suggested donation.

Tue: 10:30 am Round Table. Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise with us 1st Mon: 7 pm Game night. 3rd Mon: 12:30 pm Carry-in luncheon, blood pressure checks. Last Fri: 7 pm Movie Night.

Regular activities: Line dance, exercise classes, cards, games, lunch (reservation required). Feb 5 & 19 : 7-10 pm Jam Session: bring covered dish, snack or dessert to share. 1st Wed: 9:30-11 am Blood pressure checks. 2nd Sat: 7-10 am Biscuits/gravy, $3. 3rd Tue: 7:30 am Casino trip.

Regular activities: Exercise, cards, GNNP lunch, $2. RSVP. Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Tue: 12:30 pm Bingo; 1:30 pm Line Dance; 6:30 pm Prairie Port Singles. Tue, Thu: 9 am Coffee. Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. Sat: 6:30 pm Senior activities. 2nd Thu: 11 am Blood pressure check; 6 pm Crazy Quilters.

AUGUSTA 640 Osage, 775-1189

BENTON Lion’s Community Bldg, S Main St

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

DOUGLASS 124 W 4th, 746-3227

Regular activities: Exercise, quilting, cards, home-cooked lunch, $4 (reservation required). 1st Mon: 6 pm Finger foods & cards. 3rdMon: 6 pm Birthday/anniversary covered-dish supper, bring own service. Cards. 3rd Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Biscuits/gravy, scrambled eggs, $3.

EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142

Harvey County Centers BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225

Tue, Fri: 9:30 am Exercises. Fri: 1 pm Table games. 1st Mon: 6 pm Bunko. 2nd Thu: Noon Meal, table games. 4th Thu: 6 pm Dinner, program.

HALSTEAD 523 Poplar, 835-2283

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

HESSTON Randall & Main, 620-327-5099

Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 am Stretch bands. Mon & Tue: 1:30 pm Pitch. Tue: 8:30 am Coffee Hour; 9 am Film; 1:30 pm Pinochle. Wed: 6:30 am Men’s Bible Study; 1 pm Bridge. 1st & 3rd Tue: 6 pm Singin’ Seniors. 3rd Wed: 11:30 am Health luncheon; noon, program. Reservations by previous Fri. 1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge. 2nd Thu: 7 pm Movie Night. 1st & 3rd Fri: 1 pm Mexican Train dominoes. 1st Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Community Breakfast 4th Mon: 5:30 pm gathering; 6 pm Potluck dinner, program follows.

Support Groups The Center for Community Support and Research has an extensive and up-to-date listing of area support groups. Visit To add or correct a listing call Angela Gaughan at 978-3843 or 1-800-445-0116 or email

GRAND CENTRAL 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222

Sept 3: 8:30 am Community Chat with Dr. Debra Hamm, USD 373 Superintendent. Sept 17: Reader’s Theater with Donna Becker. Sept 21: 10:30 am To Your Health presented by Donna Becker. Sept 21: 9:30 am Shopping trip to West Wichita. Sept 24: 8:30 - 10 am Driving capactiy evaluations. Sept 25:10:30am Monthly birthday party. Mon: 9:00 am Thai Chi, Get Lighter, Feel Better; 10-11 am Blood pressure check; 1:30 pm Golden Notes choir practice; 7-9:30 pm Square Dance. Tue: 10:30am Computer class; 1 pm Crafts; 7 pm Line Dance. Wed: 1 pm Pinochle/cards. Thu: 1 pm Wii bowling. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Arthritis exercise. 2nd & 4th Thu: 10:30 am Bingo. 1st & 3rd Fri: 6 pm Game night.

SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393

Mon: 1 pm Games. Tue: 7-8:30 am Breakfast. Wed: 9-11 am Quilting. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise. 1st Fri: 7 pm Birthday party. 2nd Thu: noon Carry-in dinner, mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out. 2nd Fri: 7 pm Pitch party. Last Thu: 7 pm Movie.

Organizations, Dances Clubs and Organizations and Dances are now listed online at To ensure that the listings are up-to-date, email, call 942-5385 or mail to the active age, 125 S. West St., Ste. 105, Wichita, KS 67213

LEON 112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905

Regular activities: Exercise, cards, home-cooked lunch (reservation required). Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Tues: 12:30 pm Bingo; 1:30 pm Line Dance; 6:30 pm Prairie Port Singles. Tue & Thu: 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. 3rd Sun: 11am-1:30 pm, Home-cooked lunch, $7 adults, $3.50 children. 745-9200.

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 Scrambled eggs, biscuits/gravy.

TOWANDA 317 Main, 536-8999

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2nd & 4th Tue: noon Potluck, program.

Transportation Sedgwick County

American Red Cross, 219-4040. Free rides for 60+ for medical and dialysis appointments. 24-hour notice. Ambulatory. Donations accepted. Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150, long distance 1-800-367-7298, transportation or services info. 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays.

Butler County Transit

Weekday transportation in El Dorado, Augusta and Andover. Rides to Wichita on Wed, Thu. Call for information; 48-hr notice required: Augusta, 775-0500; El Dorado, 322-4321; toll free, 1-800-279-3655. $10 pass for 25 rides available. Wheelchair accessible; escorts ride free.

Harvey County

Transportation for medical appointments, shopping and recreational activities. Reservations or information: 316-284-6802 or 1-866-680-6802. Applications for reduced fares for those 60+ or disabled who meet income guidelines. Personal appointments Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm. Reservations, first call-first served, must be made 24 hours in advance. Vans are wheelchair accessible. Round-trip fares: $8 in Newton (wheelchair only), $12 in Harvey County, $20 outside Harvey County. Wheelchair escorts ride free. AVI Route: Tue, 8 am-4:30 pm. Transportation to Newton for Burrton, Sedgwick, Halstead, Hesston, Walton residents. $6. Halstead: In-town transportation Mon-Fri, 9 am-3:30 pm. $1.

Food Share

Prairie Land Food: Package of meats, fresh fruit and vegetables, $28. Other variety options available, usually at 50% discount. Accepts Vision cards. Sites in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler Counties. Info: June at 800-998-9436 or at

GNNP Menu The American Red Cross Good Neighbor Nutrition Program (GNNP) serves a hot, nutritious meal weekdays for persons 60 and older at locations in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler county communities. Reservations are necessary. For the closest location and reservations, call 316-219-4020. WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 1 Tue: BBQ pulled pork, potato wedges, peas, strawberries & pears, white wheat burger bun. Wed: Lemon chicken stir-fry w/broccoli, brown basmati rice, dilled carrots, orange, white wheat roll. Thu: Whole grain spaghetti w/meatsauce, Italian blend vegetables, tossed salad w/fat free French dressing, applesauce, Italian bread. Fri: Lime cilantro chicken, sauteed squash medley, brown rice pilaf, strawberries & pears, grape juice, white wheat roll. WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 7 Mon: Closed for Labor Day. Tue: Hamburger on bun, marinated vegetable salad, diced pears, Graham crackers. Wed: Roasted pork cutlet w/gravy, baked sweet potato w/cinnamon margarine, country style Brussels sprouts, banana, wheat bread. Thu: Herb chicken, brown rice pilaf, spinach salad w/raspberry vinaigrette, strawberries & pineapple, marble rye bread, sugar cookie. Fri: Sloppy Joe on bun, fiesta corn, whole grain pasta salad, orange. WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 14 Mon: Chicken fajitas, Spanish brown rice, tropical fruit salad, vanilla pudding, flour tortilla. Tue: Meatloaf w/gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, pineapple tidbits, Graham crackers, wheat roll. Wed: Summer chicken salad on Italian bread, broccoli salad, peaches & pears, sugar cookie. Thu: Taco salad, pinto beans, Mandarin oranges. Fri: Salisbury steak w/gravy, mashed potatoes, spinach, onion, tomatoes, cinnamon applesauce, white wheat roll. WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21 Mon: Ham & beans w/onions, spinach, tropical fruit mix, corn muffin. Tue: Cheeseburger pasta bake, peas, fruit cocktail, multi-grain bread. Wed: Chicken breast on bun, steak fries, marinated vegetable salad, pineapple tidbits, Graham crackers. Thu: Sliced roast beef w/gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, diced pears, sugar cookie, Italian bread. Fri: Corn, bean & chicken salad, seasonal fruit salad, fruited gelatin, marble rye bread. WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28 Mon: Pork carnitas, chutney pineapple salsa, black beans, pineapple tidbits, vanilla pudding, corn tortillas. Tue: Beef & bean chili, creamy coleslaw, banana, crackers. Wed: Chicken Florentine, whole grain pasta, California blend vegetables, Mandarin oranges, banana pudding, white wheat roll.

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Zoobilee Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W Zoo Blvd. 6 pm - midnight Sat, Sept 12. The Zoo’s annual fundraiser. Tickets are $125 per person. Derby BBQ Festival, High Park, 2801 E James St. 9 am - 3:30 pm Sat, Sept 12. Benefit for the Airman & Family Readiness Center at McConnell AFB. Free activities, kids cookie baking contest and anything bacon contest. More info at www. Walk to End Alzheimers, Downtown at Water Walk Place, 515 South Main. 8:30 am Sat, Sept 12. Walk as a tribute to honor those affected by Alzheimers disease. Constant Craving Workshop, Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center, 721 W. 13th St. North. 1 - 4:30 pm Sat, Sept 12. Learn, through training in meditation, how to control anxiety, difficulties, and discontentment. $30. Wine Mosey Fundraiser and Live Auction, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Sun, Sept 13.Wine tasting, barbecue dinner. More info at www.oldcowtown. org.

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Project Beauty Membership Tea & Fashion Show, Botanica Lotus Room, 701 N. Amidon. 12:30 pm Thur, Sept 17. Light sandwiches & cookies provided. Guest welcome. No reservation needed, free. Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, 21st and Rock Road. Sept 18 - 20. Features 100 artists, free admission. More info at www.autumnandart. com. Wichita Genealogical Society, Lionel Alford Library, 3447 S. Meridian. 1 pm Sat, Sept 19. Guideslines on how to weigh evidence and keep records safe with standards established by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Free. La Famliia Senior and Community Center’s Fall Fiesta, 841 W. 21st. 10 am - 10 pm Sat, Sept 19. Vendors, exhibits, mixers and celebrations.

Senior Expo: Botanica, 701 N. Amidon; Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd; Old Cowtown Museum, 1871 Sim Park Drive; The Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. 9 am - 3 pm Thur, Sept 24. Program, fashion show, food truck, activities, vendors and more tailored for today’s seniors and their caregivers. Free. Final Friday documentary, Downtown Senior Center, 200 S Walnut. Doors open at 6 pm, introductions and documentary start at 6:45 Fri, Sept. 25. Documentary film based on the adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson. The Johnson’s popularized camera safaris and an interest in African wildlife conservation. Jacquelyn Borgeson Zimmer will be giving a brief talk. Free, RSVP requested. Call 267-0302 ext. 200. Hot air balloon rides, Lloyd Stearman Field Airport, 14789 SW 30th Street. 10 am - 4 pm Sun, Sept 27. A fundraiser to benefit the completion of the American Revolution Memorial, Veteran’s Memorial Park. $20 adult, $10 child.

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Aging Agencies Butler Co Advisory Council For date, location, 775-0500 or 1-800-279-3655.

Central Plains Area Agency on Aging

Advisory Council, 3rd Wed, 1:30 pm. For location, 660-7298.

Harvey Co Advisory Council 2nd Thu, 9 am. For location, 284-6880 or 1-800-750-7993.

Sedgwick Co Dept on Aging Advisory Council 2nd Wed, 2 pm. For location, info 660-7298.

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