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By Ken Stephens As I walked over the graves of the Thompsons, the Lowrys and others in Maple Grove Cemetery on 61st Street North recently, something was undeniably happening. Two L-shaped dowsing rods made of twisted copper wire moved from pointing parallel and straight ahead to pointing outward and away from each other. A few more steps and they moved parallel again. A few more steps, outward, then parallel again. A born skeptic, I have to admit that I can’t explain or understand what was happening. I had inched along with my forearms pressed to my sides, careful to ensure that my arms didn’t move from side to side or even up and down in any way that could affect the rods, which moved freely within plastic handles. What was happening didn’t appear

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Open Streets ICT will close Douglas for party Photo by Photo by Ken Stephens

Vince Marshall dowses for possible Indian burial ground. to be random. My instructor, Vince Marshall of the Valley Center Historical and Cultural Society, has a theory: Objects emit electromagnetic radiation, the eyes detect that radiation, the brain processes it and transmits energy through the hands, which causes the rods to move. Dowsing is centuries old, low-tech predecessor of metal detectors, magnetometers, ground penetrating radar and infrared sensors. It has been called a lot of things — divining, doodling, witching and See Dowsing, page 14

Mark Sunday, Sept. 24, on your calendar. That’s the day Open Streets ICT makes it debut in Wichita. It’s modeled after open-street events around the county. Four miles of Douglas Avenue from Clifton Square in College Hill to the Delano District will close from noon to 4 p.m. for this free event. Filling that empty avenue will be young and old, with all levels of fitness, to enjoy biking, walking, running, dancing, yoga, entertainment, food, art, music and more. Community partners, including Wichita Parks and Recreation, Wichita Festivals, ICT Health, Visual Fusion and Bike Walk Wichita, expect this new, free event to attract thousands of participants. “I think it is innovative and thrilling that Wichita is beginning what so many other cities have been having

so much fun with, celebrating physical activity and getting together in a main street,” said Jane Byrnes, an Open Streets committee member and a founding member of Bike Walk Wichita. “I hear other cities have found it a win-win, not only for friendly fun but it also benefits merchants and vendors.” Streets connect us to each other and the places where we live, learn, work and play across neighborhoods, cultures and economic status, she said. The ultimate goal is to foster an appreciation among community members, businesses and residents for streets to become multi-functional. To comment on this or other stories, email fran@theactiveage.com

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‘Building for Boomers’ renovation started By Amy Geiszler-Jones Cracks crawling along the outside walls; jagged holes large enough to put a basketball through; crumbling wall plaster; brittle, sometimes broken glass in the walkway between buildings; bracing to shore up walls... The Downtown Senior Center and the administrative offices of Senior Services, both at 200 S. Walnut in historic Delano, are not aging well. Fortunately these problems are being addressed with a $6 million fundraising campaign. The plans will correct current problems, plus create a facility will be able to enhance and expand current programs and provide more amenities that future seniors will want, said Senior Services officials. An unsolicited gift of $3 million from the Dwane and

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Velma Wallace Foundation laid the groundwork for this “Building for Boomers” campaign. It is now entering its public fundraising phase to collect the remaining $3 million. Although only halfway toward the goal, renovations have already started as part of a stipulation of the Wallace Foundation gift. Senior Services was created as a nonprofit charity in 1968. It continued to grow, moving into its fourth, and current, location in 1991. The charity purchased the former St. George Greek Orthodox Church and its elementary education center. They were built in the 1940s and ‘50s. See Center, page 19

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month By Amy Geiszler-Jones Wichitan Mike Sheets believes he’s living proof that early detection is key to surviving cancer. In 1995, at age 52, he was diagnosed with the second-most common cancer among men: Prostate cancer. He suspects his exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War put him at higher risk for cancer. In 1997 his regular colonoscopy screenings detected early-stage colon cancer. Plagued by recurring prostatitis since his mid-30s, Sheets thought he was dealing with another round of the inflammatory condition when he went to see his doctor, who performed both a blood test to check Sheet’s prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level and a digital rectal exam. The results caused enough concern for his doctors to pursue further testing to positively identify the cancer. He underwent a nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy. Nerve-sparing helps preserve continence and sexual function. - Home Health Aides - Medical Alerts - Medication Dispensers - Nursing Services - Agency Direct Service - CNAs - Sleep Cycle Support

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Mike Sheets survivored cancer. “I was fortunate the disease was contained within the prostate,” Sheets said. Since the cancer hadn’t spread beyond his prostate, Sheets didn’t require further treatment other than continuing annual PSA and digital rectal exam screenings.

“The first thing we do with a diagnosis is we put the patient in a risk group. It’s not one treatment for all comers,” said Dr. Philippe Nabbout with the Wichita Urology Group. Depending on the stage of the cancer and the patient’s risk factors, some men don’t require immediate treatment but instead are carefully monitored. Prostate cancer is slow-growing. Some undergo surgery to remove the prostate, which is a walnut-sized gland that plays a part in creating semen. If the cancer has metastasized, or spread outside the prostate, the outcomes are less optimal, he said. “It’s always a shared decision,” Nabbout said about a treatment plan, “based on the patient’s life expectancy

and co-morbidity factors.” Doctors are better able to diagnose and treat prostate cancer with improvements in procedures and technology, Nabbout noted. Gene testing for men who have a family history of prostate cancer, MRIs and ultrasounds all aid in helping diagnose at-risk and suspected cases of cancer, in addition to biopsies. Robotic surgeries are less invasive and carry lower risks. Because prostate cancer can usually be successfully treated when caught early – as in Sheets’ case – the key, said Nabbout and Sheets, is for men to undergo screening for early detection. Contact Amy Geiszler-Jones at algj64@sbcglobal.net

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Beware of advance payment ad offers By Marc Bennett To say the number of people illegally trying to get your hard-earned money is increasing, is an understatement. Please be on guard. An advertisement in August’s the active age classified section read: “Need help to take care of motherin-law with dementia.” The advertisement gave an email address for a contact. A regular reader of the newspaper felt compelled to help and responded to the ad. The “family” who needed help supposedly lived in Canada and was moving to Wichita the next week. The person in Canada said he wanted to send a check in advance to the good-hearted reader. She was to cash the check and keep $400 for herself. The rest of the check ($2,850) was to go to a storeowner (name to be provided later) who would use the money to get the home in Wichita equipped

for the Canadian mother-in-law. When the consumer received the check for $3,250, she immediately took it to the bank to deposit it. She was told it was fraudulent. Luckily, the consumer lost no money. The person who contacted the newspaper to run the ad paid for it with a credit card, which went through immediately. The newspaper staff had no reason to doubt the validity of the person who placed the ad.

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Shortly after speaking with the first consumer, a second person called the active age to ask questions about the fraudulent ad. She said she suspected it might be a scam when she emailed questions to the person whose placed the ad. Scammers are limited only to their

imaginations to gain access to your checking and savings accounts. Be vigilant. If you have any questions, contact our Consumer Protection office at 316-660-3653. Marc Bennett, marc.bennett@ sedgwick.gov, is the Sedgwick County District Attorney. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a crime, call 911 immediately. If you suspect a scam contact the Consumer Protection Office.

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Some easy ways to improve balance problems From Harvard Medical School The body systems responsible for balance can be affected by gradual changes due to aging or side effects of medications. There are also a host of health problems that can lead to unsteadiness on your feet. But many stability problems caused by aging or conditions such as arthritis, stroke, Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis respond well to exercises designed to improve balance. Most likely, you already engage in some activities that help sharpen balance, especially if you’re an active person. Other balance-strengthening activities are routinely taught in classes held

Exercise at many YMCAs and senior centers. For example: • Walking, biking and climbing stairs strengthen muscles in your lower body. A recumbent bike or stair stepper is a safe way to start if your balance needs a lot of work. • Stretching loosens tight muscles, which can affect posture and balance. • Yoga strengthens and stretches tight muscles while challenging your static and dynamic balance skills. • Tai chi moves, which involve gradual shifts of weight from one foot to an-

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improve their strength and balance at any age or ability level. Harvard Medical School has special health reports on more than 60 health topics. Visit www.health.harvard.edu to find reports of interest to you.

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Which hurt most, his pride or his arm? By Ted Blankenship

A few weeks ago I had a big, white bandage on my right arm. It extended from my elbow to my wrist, and it caused people some discomfort, not to mention some discomfort for me. Unless I wore a shirt that covered my knuckles, the bandage was noticeable. It was so noticeable that people looked at a loose board in the floor to avoid mentioning it. It was like carrying a sign that said, “I’ve been injured; pity me.” People no doubt thought, “What happened to HIM?” An attack by carpenter ants? Said the wrong thing to a group of testy bikers? I could have told them big bandages are a fashion statement, but everyone knows I’m not very fashionable. The truth is that the orchestra was rehearsing, and I stumbled and fell over the director’s podium. I can’t hear you but I know you’re laughing, and that’s deplorable. I was embarrassed. I knew people were thinking, “The old coot probably thought it was someone’s coat.” Our church choir presents special music at various times with musicians from Wichita State University and the Wichita Symphony. It was the day

before the service, and the orchestra and choir were rehearsing separately. The orchestra had completed its part, and the choir was ready to practice before bringing both groups together. The choir sat in the back of the room while the orchestra rehearsed. When it was our turn we moved toward the choir loft. I forgot about the podium in the center aisle. It was temporarily placed there for the conductor. I caught my toe on it and tumbled into the orchestra, scattering stands, music, instruments and assorted water bottles. I’ll be 89 this month and my skin is fragile, as are several other parts of my body. The skin tore in three places, requiring several bandages to stop the bleeding. It was enough to get me home, but my neighbor, an emergency-room physician, put on the really big bandage. Now I know why my family doctor has to ask those questions when I get my annual physical, like whether we have rugs in the house or furniture we have to walk around.

Naturally, we have furniture in the house and, naturally, we walk around it. What he should ask is, “Do you have a conductor’s podium in your house that you have to walk around?” I would have to say that I don’t, but if I did I probably would stumble over it and fall into the orchestra. We don’t really have an orchestra. Our house is fairly large but too small for anything but a combo. I have to say that the embarrassment was worse than the pain, but it taught me something: if there is an orchestra in the room, watch where you step.

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Yum, yum! Hatch chiles are back By Joe Stumpe I can’t quote exactly what my wife said when she got her first whiff of roasted Hatch chiles this year. It was more a low, sensual moan than actual words. What I think she meant was: Cook something with these, now. The Hatch chile season is upon us, and there’s no time to waste. Purveyors such as Johnson’s Garden Centers

and Dillons are bringing the chiles in from the area around Hatch, NM. By setting up roasters in their parking lots, they practically guarantee passers-by won’t be able to resist the imports. They’re usually available through mid-October. For cooking, I generally buy those labeled medium or mild. The hot variety is a little too spicy for much other

than salsa. To prepare, rub the charred skin off under a faucet (a little blackened skin won’t hurt anything), rinse out the seeds and remove the stems. Fortunately, the roasted chiles freeze well, so buy an extra bag or two for use in coming months. By the way, don’t rub your eyes while handling the chile; even the

Basic Hatch Chile Verde 1 Tbsp or vegetable oil 1 small onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 C diced Hatch chiles, stems, seeds, skin removed

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Heat oil in a skillet. Sauté onion until soft, adding garlic during last minute. Add diced chiles and chicken broth, cooking and occasionally stirring about 5 minutes or until mixture is thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper. This easy-to-make sauce can be eaten with chips, used to top burgers or chicken sandwiches and many other dishes. It’s also great for poaching quick-cooking foods such as eggs or shrimp. Heat some of the chile Verde in a skillet, break the eggs on top of the mixture (or place shrimp on top), cover and let cook until done.

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Remove skin and bones from one-half a rotisserie chicken. Chop roughly. In a skillet, heat oil. Sauté onion until soft. Add diced chiles, rice, cream and chicken broth. Cook about 10 minutes or until liquid reduces slightly and thickens, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. In a pie plate or similarly sized casserole, spread about 1/2 cup chicken-chile mixture, enough to cover the bottom. Place a layer of tortilla or tostadas over mixture. Repeat with a cup of the chicken mixture and second layer of tortillas and sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over the tortillas. Repeat with remaining chicken mixture, another layer of tortillas and cheese. Place in 400-degree oven and bake about 30 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Remove and serve. In New Mexico, enchiladas are often served casserole-style, rather than rolled.

Boil potatoes about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside until cool enough to handle. Chop into desired size. Add onion. Toss with mayonnaise, sour cream if using, and chiles. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

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Celebrate the 23rd Senior Expo on Sept. 28th By Monica Cissell Health screenings, a fashion show, vaccinations, programs, entertainment, free parking and shuttle service to the three locations and much more will be offered Thursday, Sept. 28, a day devoted to those 55 and older. This will be the 23rd annual Senior Expo presented by Central Plains Area Agency on Aging (CPAAA). Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the events is free for anyone 55 and older and caregivers of all ages. “Senior Expo is the biggest tradeshow in the state of Kansas geared toward seniors, caregivers and their interests,” said Annette Graham, CPAAA Director. “This is a must see event that highlights resources,

interesting vendors, opportunities and products for this growing population.” Event locations are Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, 701 N. Amidon; Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.; and The Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. More than 130 exhibitors will distribute resources, conduct handson demonstrations and offer valuable information for attendees. A variety of free health screenings and health information will be provided in the Health-Screening Pavilion at Exploration Place on a first come, first served basis. Included are computerized spinal, video ear and dental screenings; blood pressure tests; the Lions Central Kansas Podiatry Associates Club Mobile Screening Clear Captions Unit and more. Hart Pharmacy Inc. Medicare Part B will be Humana accepted for flu and pneuKPTS monia vaccinations. Bring Medicalodges, Inc. your Medicare card for MidAmerican Credit Union processing. Cash or a check Oxford Senior Living will be accepted if you don’t Presbyterian Manors of Newton and Wichita have Medicare. the active age The $6 lunch menu Timberline Travel and Tours, LLC is: Pulled pork sandwich-

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Local Author Day

Meet Wichita’s diverse array of local authors at the Wichita Public Library’s second annual Local Author Day. It will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Central Library, 223 S. Main. Authors will meet with the public and talk about their books, which will be available for sale. Both adult and children’s titles will be featured. This event is held to showcase the talents of our literary community.

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Old Cowtown Museum will hold its 9th annual Wine Mosey fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. As you mosey through this historic

setting you will be served hors d’oeuvres and wines in some of the historic buildings. There also will be live music, a chance to sip wine on a stagecoach ride, and a silent and a live auction with fabulous local goods and prizes. The evening will end with a BBQ dinner provided by the Wichita Wagonmasters, and a chance to watch the sun set over the Arkansas River. Tickets are $50, available at wichitatix.com. Cowtown is at 1865 W. Museum Blvd.

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Make yourself a sack lunch and take an hour at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to enjoy your food and be entertained by Dustin Arbuckle and Wayne Long at the Coutts Museum of Art in El Dorado. These free Brown Bag Concerts

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offer shows from local, regional and/or independent artists over lunch on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Arbuckle and Long have been performing together for nearly a decade. With Long’s fluid fingerpicking guitar style and Arbuckle’s emotive singing and harmonica playing they perform a variety of traditional blues and folk songs, in addition to the occasional original tune. Located at 110 N. Main, the museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 316321-1212 or www.couttsmuseum.org.

Hesston celebration

Home Sweet Hesston will be celebrated Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 20-23. It begins with a $6 community meal on Wednesday at the Mennonite Church, followed by a parade down Main Street at 6:30 and a bonfire. A benefit gold tournament is Thursday. Friday events include an art show 4-5:30 p.m. at Hesston College. The high school homecoming football game at 7 will be followed with a fireworks show.

Longhorn cattle drive

The Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive will move a herd from Pond Creek Okla., to near Wichita this month. It will leave Pond Creek between 7 or 8 a.m. Sept. 12. Caldwell hosts the Drive with a Sept. 16 celebration on Main Street. There will be a cow camp visitation and a concert. The cattle continue north to Mayfield and then to Starwood Girl Scout Camp, Clearwater, with a Sept. 22 evening celebration. On Sept. 23 the herd’s final destination is the Andra property at MacArthur and Hoover, just south of Wichita.

Saturday activities include a 9 a.m. Mosey Run/Walk, a Kids Festival from 5-7 p.m. and a $5 Global Tasting meal at 5:30. These events are on the campus. A $10 community-wide international music concert at 7:30 is at the Mennonite Church.

4th EcoFest fair

The 4th annual EcoFest Wichita will feature vendors of locally sourced, creative, vintage and repurposed items and art. It will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7202 E. 21st. Participants will be able to make eco-friendly crafts, play games, taste plant-based and grain-fed food, and talk to experts on everything from energy to gardening, as well as how to advocate for the earth. Join the EcoFest treasure hunt and try to win prizes. Speakers include naturalists, technology experts, home and garden specialists, artists, activists and environmental educators. Admission is $2; under 12 free. Information: call 684-3481 or visit EcoFestWichita.org.

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The Happy Trails Fall Festival in Clearwater will be Sept. 14-17, in the city park, 198 Fourth Ave. The community-wide event celebrates the town’s history. Saturday’s parade begins at 10 a.m. Clearwater was the site of J.R. Mead’s second trading post and saloon. The area between the Ninnescah River and the Cowskin Creek was often used as a holding area for herds to allow them to fatten up before being sold. When Mead was alerted to a new trail being planned to Ellsworth, four men rode out and intercepted the herds, and convinced them to bring the cattle to Wichita. The festival includes carnival rides,

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What causes your ice cream headache? From Harvard Medical School Q. What exactly happens when I eat something cold and get an ice cream headache? Is it harmful in any way? A. Ice cream headache, also known as “brain freeze” or cold-stimulus headache, is a headache some people get when they consume a cold food or beverage quickly. The pain is usually in the forehead or both temples, and it usually lasts less than five minutes. The cause is debated, but most experts believe it starts when a cold substance touches the roof of the mouth or the back of the throat and causes small blood vessels in those areas to

constrict and then rapidly dilate. Pain receptors near the blood vessels sense the discomfort and send the message along tiny nerve fibers to a larger nerve (the trigeminal nerve), which forwards it to the brain. The trigeminal nerve also carries pain signals from the face. The brain reads the cold-stimulus sensations as coming from the head rather than the mouth — a phenomenon called referred pain. Cold-stimulus pain is common, occurring in 30 percent to 40 percent of people who don’t usually have headaches. Because ice cream headaches are so

short-lived, they’re hard to study, and there’s no consensus on how to stop them. Most people have their own methods; the most common is to curl the tongue and press the underside against the roof of the mouth. The best way to prevent the head-

Seniors-Kids paired for growth Seniors in the Adult Day Services of Catholic Charities are being paired with children at Adventure Planet Daycare, resulting in a positive experience for all the participants. Every other month, five to 10 seniors are bused to the daycare center to read, play games and work on crafts with children. “The partnership provides learning and growth opportunities for both the seniors and the children,” says K.C. Wakefield, a co-

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Arts briefs... Oil painters show

The Kansas Academy of Oil Painters (KAOP) Exhibit is now showing at the Coutts Museum of Art, El Dorado. Some of Kansas’s top oil-painting artists have their work on display. The paintings are as diverse as the artists. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 21. KAOP was created

the active age in 1985 in order to stimulate interest of Houston-based artists Jamal Cyrus in oil painting. and Nathaniel Donnett and Los AnLocated at 110 N. Main, the geles-based Rodney McMillan. museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesThe artists employ commonplace day-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. materials. They use strategies of asAdmission is free. semblage, performance and language to create their works. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., TuesUlrich exhibit day-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturday and looking at the overlooked, an Sunday. Free admission. exhibit at the Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University, opens Saturday, Sept. 9, and features the work

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Big Read party

In advance of the 10th Big Read Wichita, enjoy a taste of what to expect this year at the Wichita Art Museum Saturday, Sept. 23. The book, The Latehomecomer; A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang, tells the story of her family’s escape across the Mekong River into the refugee camp and their immigration to the United States. The party starts at 2 p.m. KAKE News Anchor Lily Wu is the emcee. Copies of the book will be offered while supplies last. The museum is at 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Saturday admission is free.

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radiesthesia — and described as pseudoscience, paranormal, supernatural and witchcraft. The problem for skeptics is that it can’t be explained in a way that could be replicated in a laboratory under the double-blind conditions science likes. But Marshall and other dowsers quote no less than Albert Einstein, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose influence on science has extended decades beyond his death in 1955. In 1946 he wrote to a Connecticut man: “I know well that many scientists consider dowsing as they do astrology, as a type of ancient superstition. “According to my conviction this is, however, unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time.” Marshall thinks of dowsing as a tool to find clues to an area’s history. He has used dowsing to find graves, old trails, abandoned railroads, buried cables or pipes and outlines of long-gone houses or other buildings. He went dowsing to find the long

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covered path of the Arkansas Valley Interurban Railway along the west side of Amidon near the Sim Park Golf Course. Marshall believes dowsing rods can even detect a person’s aura, and whether they are thinking about something that makes them happy or sad. He first heard of dowsing years ago in the context of finding water. Marvin Richards, known to Marshall for his ability to find water, grasped a Y-shaped willow branch while searching for an old well on a vacant lot east of the Valley Center Library. He started holding it straight up over his head but then he began shuddering a bit as the end Photo by Photo by Ken Stephens of the branch began to drop. “I can’t hold it up. I can’t hold Marshall (left) dowses the grave of William J. Thompson at Maple Grove Cemetery. Marvin Richards (right) is best known for dowsing for water. it up,” he gasped as it slowly lowered until it pointed straight showed me how to dowse for utility In Colorado, he was enlisted to help down. lines. We were looking for a broken locate graves at a cemetery that had Marshall learned to dowse when his sewer line. I picked it up and could do been largely abandoned and closed. A brother came to visit. it. new cemetery board wanted to reopen “My brother lived back east and “Then about 15 years ago, a couple it, but first they had to figure out where probably learned about dowsing back from Wellington showed me how to there were already bodies buried. there in Vermont,” he said. “He came dowse for graves. I had never heard The cemetery had 12 marked out, gosh, probably 35 years ago, to my of dowsing for graves before. I’ve just graves. Marshall found 67 unmarked father’s house in Wakefield (Kan.) and added on to it from there.” graves. When dowsing, Marshall will mark In dowsing Maple Grove Cemetery, the boundaries of buried objects, such across the street from the old Kansas as graves, trails or long-vanished build- Coliseum, Marshall located scores of ings with survey flags. other unmarked graves, including those In dowsing at cemeteries, he first of what he believes are 15 unidentified dowsed the outline of marked graves children lined up along what was once and then he went looking for unan entrance road. marked graves elsewhere in old cemeWhile dowsing the grave of Wilteries. See next page

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liam J. Thompson, Marshall walked back and forth repeatedly, sticking survey flags into the ground until he had marked a huge grave in comparison with others. Thompson, who died in 1875 at age 60, reportedly was 7 feet tall and 300 pounds, according to information provided by a descendant on findagrave. com. Even Marshall is amazed that dowsing can indicate the gender of the body. Most Christians are buried with their heads to the west and feet to the east. When walking perpendicular to the body at the head of the grave, the dowsing rod on the head side will move first for a woman. If the rod on the foot side moves first, it’s a man. Marshall

the active age has practiced identifying gender on graves marked with identifying headstones and moved on from there to unmarked graves. A few years ago, he was invited to a friend’s rural residence north of Wichita to look for arrowheads along the Little Arkansas River. He noted a small mound west of the house and asked if the friend or his family had moved dirt around there. Told that they hadn’t, he suspected it might be an Indian burial ground and got permission to dowse the site. Using survey flags, he staked out 68 possible graves of men, women and children. Marshall said he’d like to see an archeologist try to confirm his suspicions someday. “I think it should be explored in some way and declare it a Wichita tribe burial ground,” he said. “There are probably things buried with them that

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would confirm the tribe.” Marshall periodically conducts workshops at the Valley Center Historical Museum to teach interested people how to dowse.

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Sherry Waters: Passion and possibilities with art By Sherry Waters Art found me at an early age and never left my side. My mom and dad always encouraged me, and early in my education I decided to be an art teacher. It started at Fort Hays State in the 1960s, and art was an exciting place to be. It was also when I was able to put my faith to work in my artwork. I graduated from Wichita State and had a love for middle school. I found the students to still be full of possibilities within themselves. I taught for 32 years, mostly in Wichita. A lot of my work explores the creation of life and how it weaves a tapestry into how we live, appreciate and work. I don’t think there is ever a project that I don’t pray about or that I don’t want it to be the best that I can do. I have never stayed in a specific genre. I love it all — to paint, quilt, work with fibers, cold and hot glass, and metal. I never tire of learning new things. Some of my work has found it’s way to Larksfield Place. The Beatitudes (nine blessings) from The Sermon On The Mount are done in fibers, fused

My Story and stitched. The Weeping Willow represents “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” I chose Aspens for “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” I often use trees in my work. My husband says I have never seen a tree I didn’t like. I think that is true. Trees are a perfect example of a blueprint for life, from bare root to full foliage. I think it started with Psalms 1:3. Thou shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of living water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season... My newest project is called The Trees of God. There are nine different trees. My first is the Acacia tree called Wisdom. I fell in love with this tree because of all three twists and turns the branches take in growing. I call it Wisdom because we don’t become wise without a lot of twists and turns. Other trees include the Sycamore tree called Searching; the oak, Mighty; the cottonwood, Strength; and a tree,

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The Wichita Area Garden Railway Society’s 20th annual tour features seven gardens, including the Gene Spear Garden Railway at Botanica. Tour hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Gardens are: • Botanica’s Gene Spear Garden Railway 701 N. Amidon • Bruce Wilson, 1041 S. Cooper • David and Lana McLain, 2434 N. Amidon • Dave and Marie Rothenberger, 217 Joann • Larry and Marylou Dawley & Joe and Leigh Ann Dawley, 2015 E. Blake

From previous page handkerchiefs. Then I adorned them with pins and mementos of their lives, including colleges, clubs, jobs, sports teams, faith and more. The assisted-living and memory-care complex has a memory-garden quilt with flowers. I hope it reminds the residents of their own garden flowers and the maple leaf tree with lots of leaves and color. The last quilt is in Larksfield’s Bistro restaurant. It’s called the Sun Kite quilt because it echoes the artwork in the ceiling window. One of my ongoing projects is a book on single shoes. For years I have photographed single shoes on roads and highways, wondering who they belonged to and how they got there. So far I have about 30 shoes. Art gives us history, atmosphere, a way to express ourselves and communicate. It also brings joy and an appreciation for life. The greatest thing about being an artist at this point in my life is that I get to explore at my own speed. I can incubate my thoughts and know there is not a test at the end.

• Nick and Bonnie Roark, 9610 SW Diamond, Augusta • Bob Wald’s Steam Railway, operating near Shelter #4 at Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Blvd. Park visitors also may ride on its miniature train from noon-8 p.m. that day. Tickets are $3. Tour books are available at most Wichita garden centers and at Botanica. The book will provide free admission to Botanica. Donations are welcome. Some venues are not wheelchair accessible. For information, contact Nancy Marin at 316-619-7438 or nanmarin@att.net.

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The buildings provided the senior group with classrooms, a kitchen and other amenities that helped them increase their services. But maintaining this aging building is costly. In the past three years, Senior Services has spent more than $118,000 in repairs and maintenance for leaking roofs, water leaks and more, officials said. It also needs to expand. A recent study by Wichita State University found the local retirement population would more than double by 2064. Studies report that tomorrow’s seniors will have different lifestyles and outlooks on aging. Boomers, for example, are generally more active and engaged. They’ll want to keep practicing yoga and do other physical and

social activities. They even have different eating habits. To accommodate all that, said Laurel Alkire, Senior Services executive director, a new facility is needed. With the remodel and building expansion, the center will almost double in size. It currently has a membership of about 1,500 people. “We’re all going to age, if we’re lucky. To have a place like this to go to as seniors will be incredible, and it’s much needed,” said Dawson Grimsley, a former Wichita auto dealership owner who is chairing the campaign along with former KAKE news anchor Susan Peters. This is what the campaign wants to accomplish: • With a new kitchen triple the size of its current kitchen, Meals on Wheels can serve more than the current 900 meals prepared and delivered each weekday. With more prep and storage space, the program

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will be able to provide menu choices, rather than one set menu each day, with fresh and whole foods. A separate program volunteer entrance will relieve hallway congestion from people accessing other programs in the building. • The Senior Employment Program that currently places about 800 seniors in jobs will expand its computer room for job seekers filling out applications and needing computer training. It will have what officials call a “front-door presence” with a reception area that will do away with the lines in the hallway to visit with program staffers. • All senior center activities will happen on the first floor; Senior

Services administration wil be on the second floor. In the past, many activities were also on the second floor. Separate spaces will be created for activities such as quilting, dance, billiards and the popular Pickleball, according to building plans. • Since the building was originally an elementary education center, the bathrooms were built for kids and are not compliant with the American with Disabilities Act. • New amenities will include a cafe, a small-event center to accommodate 75 people with a separate kitchen, and two rooms for health-related activities such as screenings. Contact Amy Geiszler-Jones at algj64@sbcglobal.net

Where are programs now? With renovations underway at the buildings housing the Downtown Senior Center and Senior Services, several programs have relocated. Phone numbers remain unchanged. • Meals on Wheels will continue to operate out of the existing kitchen. • These programs are at the Northeast Senior Center, 2121 E. 21st: Roving Pantry (a grocery shopping and delivery service for homebound seniors), Senior Employment

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(accessible through the west-side entrance), and In-Home Respite Care that provides relief for caregivers providing in-home care to seniors older than 60. • Downtown Senior Center programming and activities are occurring at the nearby West Side Baptist Church, 304 S. Seneca. • The Senior Services administrative staff has relocated to on-site office spaces in trailers.


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Calendar of Events Sedgwick County Senior Centers

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

www.belaireks.org Mon & Wed: 6 pm Yoga, Rec Center. Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. Tue & Fri: 10:30 am Chair Exercise, Rec Center. Wed: 9 am Low impact aerobics, Rec Center. 1st, 3rd & 5th Fri: 6 pm Pitch. 1st Thu: 1 pm Game Day, Rec Center. 1st Mon: 6:30 pm Potluck & Program, Community Room. 4th Mon: 12:30 pm Covered Dish Lunch & Program, Rec Center. 4th Thu: 2 pm Genealogy & Family History 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: 11:30 am Hot meal, reservations required, games. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. 1st Tue: 6 pm Potluck dinner.

CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332

Mon: 10 am-noon Blood pressure check; 1-3 pm Painting, beginning to advanced. Wed: 9 am Morning coffee. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. Tue, Fri: 8:45 am Tai Chi; 10 am Exercise class. 2nd Tue: noon Carry-in lunch & program. Thur: 10 am Bible study. 1st, 3rd & 4th Thu: 9 am Help with technology- bring your device.

DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223

www.derbyweb.com Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. Sept 14: 6 pm Can We Talk: Alzheimer’s or Dementia? Monthly lecture series to educate seniors, their children on relavant topics. RSVP by Sept 12. Sept 25: 1 pm Social Coloring, will provide color sheets and colors. Bring your pencils if you want. $1. Sept 26: 6 pm Bunco Babes. Girls night out to play a dice game based only on luck. $2. 3rd Tue: Noon Friendship Club; 1 pm Book Club. Reading list at front desk. 2nd Tue: 9 am New-member orientation.

DOWNTOWN New Location: West Side Baptist Church, 304 S Seneca, 267-0197

www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Exercise classes, computer classes, foot care by appt. Sept 8, 15, 22, 29: 1 pm Lead Type, Bullets & Brazen Nerve, WSU Learning Series by Beccy Tanner. Sept 20, 1-3 pm The Ballad of Brush Bill, History & Mystery talk by Gerald McCoy. Mon: 11 am Lewis Street Singers; 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv);

11 am Well rep excercise.

EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot lunch, reservation required; 10-11 am Pool, cards, bingo, dominoes, puzzles. Tue, Sat: 1-3 pm Pickleball. $2.

GARDEN PLAIN 1006 N Main, 535-1155

Mon-Fri: 8 am Coffee. Wed: 1-3 pm RSVP work. Fri: 1 pm Cards. 1st Fri: noon Potluck, cards. 3rd Fri: 1 pm Birthday/anniversary celebration.

ing, jewelry making. 2nd & 4th Tue: 10 am-noon Blood pressure checks.

MT HOPE 105 S Ohio, 667-8956

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

MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813

GODDARD 120 N Main, 794-2441

Daily: Walk in the gym, coffee; hot lunch; computers, dominoes, puzzles, pool, book loan. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Yoga. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Zumba. 2nd Tue: 7:30-9:30 am Breakfast, $3. 2nd Wed: 11:30 am Blood pressure checks. 3rd Wed: Noon-1 pm Blood pressure checks. 2nd Thur: 11:45 am Kentucky Fried Chicken potluck. Free. Last Fri: 11:45 Birthday Celebrations.

HAYSVILLE 160 E Karla, 529-5903

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444

Mon, Wed, Fri: 9-9:30 am Exercise. 1st & 4th Tue: 9:30 am-noon Cards. 2nd & 4th Thu: 10 am-4 pm Covered dish, cards, dominoes.

Regular activities: Cards, crafts, hot lunch, exercise. Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot Lunch; Noon Cards. Tue: 12:30 pm; Fri 9 am TX Hold’em. 1st & 3rd Wed: 12:30 pm Bingo. 1st Thu: 10 am Community Classroom. Tue & Thu: 10 am STEPS Last Tue: 6-9 pm Game Night. 2nd Fri: 5:30 pm Birthday Dinner, Covered Dish. 4th Sat: 8 am Friends & Family Senior Breakfast. RSVP

KECHI Kechi City Building, 744-0217, 744-1271

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

LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700

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

LINWOOD 1901 S Kansas, 263-3703

www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Computer classes, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. Sept 11: 10 am Early Morning Bookclub, In the Woods by Tanya French Ireland. Sept 20: 1-3 pm The Ballad of Brushy Bill, a History & Mystery Talk by Gerald McCoy. Mon: 9 am Stretching; 9:30 am Dynabands. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance; 2:30 pm Belly Dancing for Women. Tue & Thu: 9-11 am Pickleball.

MCADAMS GOLDEN AGE 1329 E 16th, 337-9222

Regular activities: Open gym, walking, hot lunches, dominoes, cards, pool. Sun: 1-3 pm Quilting. Fri: noon-1:30 pm Sewing. Sat: noon-4:30 pm Classes: sew-

www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Sept 14: 1-3 pm Senior Stars talent show for Senior Center Month, West Side Church of God, 1900 W McCormick. Sept 16: 6-9 pm Northeast Center’s Senior Prom, Boys & Girls Club, 2400 N Opportunity Dr. $10; non-members $12. Sept 28: 11:45 am Enrollment Time: Are You Ready? Dustin Avery, Humana. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 1 pm Bridge.

OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

Daily: 11:30 pm Friendship meals; computers, treadmill. Mon: 12:30 pm Line Dancing. Wed, Fri: 10:30 am Chair exercise.

1st Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers meeting. 2nd Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers bingo. $1. 4th Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Community bingo. $1. Every Fri: 12:30 pm Afternoon cards. Every Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee/Panera Bread. 1st Sat: 8-10am Breakfast fundraiser. $4.

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293

seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Sept 14: 1-3 pm Senior Stars talent show for Senior Center Month, West Side Church of God, 1900 W McCormick. Sept 22: 11:15 am The Joy of Opera, Greg Golding. Sept 26: 9 am Breakfast Out, Copper Oven, 2409 W 13th. Mon, Wed, Fri: Pickleball Tues: Noon Duplicate bridge. Wed: 10:30 am-noon Computer lab. Fri: Noon Open pool tables; Social coloring.

PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199

Regular activities: Cards, exercise, pool, hot lunch. Call for details. Sept 11: 8:30 am-3:30 pm State Fair Outing, $6 fair admission. Reserve a spot, 744-1199. Sept 19: 8 am Breakfast Out, Auntie C’s. Sept 25: 11:30 am Grace Hill Winery: Tasting, Tour & Lunch. $12. Pay by Sept 20. Mon: 6 pm Pitch. Tue: 1 pm Pool. Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellRep exercise. Fri: 1:30 pm Dance aerobics. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise.

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

Mon: 1:30 pm Line Dancing. Tue: 6 pm Pitch. Tue-Thu: 8:30-10:30 am Pickleball, VC Intermedite; noon, lunch. $5.

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SEPTEMBER 6 10:30am Wichita Art Museum, In anticipation of the exhibition Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, opening Sept. 30, join us for a film documenting the fashion world of Vogue and its hyped September magazine. $2. 1:30 pm Water Center, History of Air Quality with Randy Owen. Free. SEPTEMBER 13 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo, Praise for Pollinators. Do you like watermelon, honey, strawberries and more? So do pollinators. Buzz over to the Zoo to learn about different pollinators. $4. 1:30 pm Wichita Public Library Central Library, DNA Testing and Genealogy with Barbara Mulvihill. Learn more about how that relates to your family tree, which tests are best and how reliable they are. Free. SEPTEMBER 20 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art, Empty Bowls: Glaze-a-Bowl and Feed the

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Hungry (110 Henrion Hall, south of the mueum). Glaze bowls to support a charity cookoff Oct. 28. Experience not necessary. Free 1:30 pm Kansas African American Museum, Through a Lens Darkly. Film producer Thomas Allen Harris showcases black photography. The film has a dual nature - the importance of photography and the various purposes it served. Free; parking ticket validated. SEPTEMBER 27 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Notorius Kansas Bank Heists: Gunslingers to Gangsters. Author Rod Beemer will take you to the heart of the action. $2. 1:30 pm Exploration Place, Graphic Novels with Darren Defrain. Get the scoop about the influences of graphic novels and their important place in historical references and humanity. $4 plus tax.


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

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

AUGUSTA 640 Osage, 775-1189

Regular activities: Exercise, cards, dominoes, pool, line dancing, lunch daily at 11:30 am. Mon: 6:30 pm 10-point pitch. Fri: 9:30 am Prize bingo. Every other Wed: 7 pm Live Jam Session. 2nd Sat: 7-10 am Biscuit/Gravy breakfast. $4 suggested donation. 4th Mon: 5 pm Evening meal. $6 suggested donation, reservations requested.

BENTON Lion’s Community Bldg, S Main St

Sat: 6 pm Cards and games. 3rd Tue: 12:30 am Blood pressure checks.

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

Regular activities: Lunch served Mon - Fri. Reservations required by 9 am. Wed: 10 am Exercise class; 1 pm Pinochle. 2nd & 4th Tue: 1 pm Bridge club. 3rd Sun: 11am-1 pm Lunch serving roast beef or ham, mashed potatoes, gravy and more. Drinks included. $8 donation adults/$4 children.

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

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

DOUGLASS 124 W 4th, 746-3227

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

EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142

Regular activities: Exercise, cards, bingo, hot lunch $3, support groups. Mon: 12:30 Mexican Train dominoes. Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Tue: 9 am Coffee; 12:30 pm Bingo; 2 pm Line Dance; 6 pm Prairie Port Seniors. Tue, Thu: 8:30 am Men's coffee. Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle.

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

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.

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317 Main, 776-8999 Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed, Fri Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton.

WHITEWATER Legion Hall, 108 E Topeka

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

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

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

HALSTEAD 523 Poplar, 835-2283

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

HESSTON Randall & Main, 620-327-5099

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

Support Groups Clubs, Dances An up-to-date list of support groups is at supportgroupsinkansas.org. To add or correct a listing, call 316-978-3566, 1-800-445-0016 or email percy.turner@ wichita.edu. Clubs, Organizations and Dances are at www.theactiveage.com under the Resources category. For changes call Tammara at 316-942-5345 or email fran@theactiveage.com.

program. Reservations by previous Fri. 1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge. 2nd Thu: 7 pm Movie night. 1st & 3rd Fri: 1 pm Mexican Train dominoes. 1st Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Community breakfast. 4th Mon: 5:30 pm Gathering; 6 pm Potluck dinner, program follows.

GRAND CENTRAL 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222 www.newtonseniorcenter.org

Sept 6: 5:15 pm Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention. $3 a session. Sept 14: 5-7 pm Fall Fiesta Fundraiser. Tostadas, music, line dancing for entertainment. By donation Mon: 10-11 am Blood pressure check. Tue: 1 pm Crafts: handwork. Wed: 1 pm Pinochle/pitch/dominoes. Thu: 1 pm Wii bowling; 5:15 pm Tai Chi.

SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393

Mon: 1 pm Games, bingo, wii. Tue: 7-8:30 am Breakfast; 1 pm Line dancing. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise. Wed: 9 am Quilting. 1st Fri: 7 pm Birthday party.

Support the active age Make a tax deductible donation to the active age and support our 2017 Donation Campaign! Make that donation by: • Mailing a check to 125 S. West St., Ste. 105, Wichita, KS 67213 • Calling 316-942-5385 to make a secure credit card donation • Donating securely online at theactiveage.com and/or enroll in autopay via our paypal account.

1st Thu: 1 pm Paint with Sue. 2nd Thu: noon Potluck luncheon & business mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out. Fri: 3 pm Bible study

TRANSPORTATION Sedgwick County

Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150 or 1-800-367-7298, transportation or services info. 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays. www.sedgwickcounty.org/aging.

Butler County Transit

Weekday transportation in El Dorado, Augusta and Andover. Rides to Wichita on Wed, Thu. 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 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.

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Friendship Meals Aging Projects serves a hot, nutritious meal weekdays for persons 60 and older at locations in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler county. Reservations are necessary. For locations and reservations, call 620-669-8201. SEPT. 1 Fri: Turkey roast w/gravy, mashed potatoes w/gravy, savory green beans, cranberry sauce, roll. WEEK OF SEPT. 4 Mon: Closed. Tue: Scalloped potates w/ham, peas, cantaloupe, peanut butter cookie, bread. Wed: Baked chicken, broccoli w/cheese, sliced tomatoes, mixed fruit, wheat roll. Thu: Taco salad, salsa, strawberries, cinnamon roll. Fri: Italian baked chicken, lima bean salad, mixed melon cup, lime gelatin, garlic bread. WEEK OF SEPT. 11 Mon: Tuna-noodle casserole, mixed green salad, banana in orange juice, wheat roll. Tue: Oven-fried chicken, rice w/gravy, cooked red & green cabbage, apricots , peanut butter muffin. Wed: Soft taco, refried beans, strawberries, sugar cookie. Thu: Turkey w/gravy, mashed potato w/ gravy, herbed green beans, watermelon, wacky cake, bread. Fri: Ham & beans, parslied carrots, sliced tomaotes, peaches, cornbread. WEEK OF SEPT. 18 Mon: Creamed chicken over biscuit, cole slaw, grape juice, applesauce, no-bake cookie. Tue: Beef cutlet OR liver & onions, mashed potato w/gravy, Harvard beets, mixed fruit, roll. Wed: Turkey pasta salad, combination salad, banana, bread. Thu: Swedish ham balls, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, watermelon, roll. Fri: Sloppy Joe on a bun, parslied potatoes, carrot-raisin salad, pears, brownie. WEEK OF SEPT. 25 Mon: Goulash, corn, combination salad, apricots, garlic bread. Tue: Chicken and noodles over mashed poatoes, pickled beets, Mandarin oranges, peanut butter muffin. Wed: Crispy fish w/tartar sauce OR Chix patty, macaroni & cheese, spinach, cantaloupe, plum crisp. Thu: Roast w/gravy, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, cole slaw, peaches. Fri: Chicken fajita salad, salsa, corn chips, hominy, strawberries, bread pudding.

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Resthaven Garden of Christus. One double-depth lawn crypt. Space 1, Lot 32-B. Curent retail $5,995. Sell for $3,995. Buyer pays $295 transfer fee. 602-677-8841.

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1 plot for sale at White Chapel Cemetery. Easy to find, next to road and close to music tower. $1,300. 620-504-5074 2 burial lots in Garden of Love at RestHaven. Lot 76- A3 & 4. $7,500 for both .Price includes $295 Transfer Fee. Call 316-641-6931 Resthaven, Garden of Faith, one plot, last in its location. Valued at $3,900 selling for $3,500 OBO. Seller Pays Transfer Fee. Call 316-9433392 or 316-665-3477. Resthaven Garden of Prayer, Lot 51B. Value $7,990 selling for $7,000. Buyer pays transfer fee. Call 316-644-4885. Rest Haven Stacked Crypt, Garden of Christus Vault already installed. 16x24 companion marker or 20x28 granite with vase. 2 openings & closings. Seller pays transfer fee. Asking $9,000. Call 316-722-3512. Resthaven, Garden of Good Shepherd, Lot 70B, 2 burial plots. $7,200 for both. Seller pays $295 transfer fee. Call/text Susan at 254-300-8608. Resthaven, Garden of Prayer. 2 spaces, Lot 151A. Value for both $7,790. Sell both for $5,000. Call 405-694-0710 Lakeview Gardens, Veteran’s Field of Honor, two spaces will sell for $500 each. Call 316-7732522. RestHaven Freedom Garden double-depth lawn crypt, and two openings and closings. $3,000. Seller pays transfer Fee. Call 316-6860174. 2 plots in RestHaven, Garden of Prayer plus 2 vaults and a bronze granite marker. $3,000. Call 817-313-3674 Rest Haven. 2 plots on the Sermon on the Mount, Lot 126 C34. $2,000 per plot, Seller pays the transfer fee. 316-258-2265. Double depth, vaulted, companion lawn crypt (Ever-lasting Life, Lot C-17, Space #10) with Bronze “Together Forever” memorial and vase on granite slab. Est. retail value is $6,999, asking $5,000. Call 316-210-0040

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F FOR SALE F Webber Grill $250. Mixed cut firewood $100 a rick. Burton, KS Call 620-463-2010 or 620463-2805. Protect your property w/ new never used commercial light pole w/ goose-neck barn light. Pole is 20 ft. Includes all hardware needed to install. Call 316-788-2350 or 316-641-0002 Twin Tempurpedic Flex Supreme Bed with Electric Ergonomic Head and Foot Base. Bath Chair w/back. Women’s dresses size 16-18, Ladies Shoes sizes 9-9 ½ -10. Vacuum Cleaner 3 months old, Area Rug, & misc household. Call for details 316-207-8172.

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Doors, trim, decks, ramps, patio covers, fences, siding, flooring. Basements, kitchens and baths. Painting. Honest and depend-able. Senior discounts. Free estimates. 35 years. 316-737-4646.

Need retired person who enjoys working in flower beds also to keep weeds under control and trim bushes. Hours flexible and pay negotiable. Call 316-722-4836.

Wright One Home Improvements Kitchen & Bath remodeling. Painting. Windows. Doors. Siding. All types of flooring and home repairs. Free estimates. 316-409-2160.

WANTED - Healthy, Active, Creative, People-Loving, Event-Planning,-Camping, Retired, Senior that wants to stay active and productive for a long time. Live in your own mobile camper, for free on 80 acre Beautiful, Serene, Recovery Recreation Site. Food and Utilities furnished, ½ way between Newton & Wichita. Large Lake and Activity Building. Manage Bingo Games on Sunday. Oversee Care and maintenance of site and buildings. Workers furnished. Must have common sense and maintenance talents gleaned from a lifetime of living. Must be honest and care about the success of our 501-c-3 Non-Profit endeavor.

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Complete estate & moving sale services. We can do the sale at your residence or place your items with another sale. Expert pricing, selling & clean-up. Packing & moving services available. Excellent results. Free consultation. Call Carolyn Moshier. 316-634-0040

Sisters Care giver for elderly person in their home. Private Care, meals, cleaning, doc appoint, meds and also provide live in care. 30 years experience. 316.390.9526

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DEE’S Busy Bee Concierge Services. Light House Keeping, Shopping, Doctor Visits, etc. Call 316-491-1718.

McCoy Painting 316-516-6443 Do you need any interior or exterior painting done? I’m your man. Free estimates, affordable rates. References available.

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Let Susie the happy homemaker do your light housekeeping and errands. Reasonable rates. Available weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Call 316-285-3333.

Carroll & Sons Painting since 1980 Insured, references, satisfaction guaranteed. Painting, sheetrock repair, ceramic tile, floor refinishing, fireplace clean and repair. Reasonable rates. Free estimates. Pat 316-253-9710

Bathroom and kitchen remodels. Room additions. Garages and sheds. Licensed and insured.

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Painting & Remodeling by Harley Worthey Interior/Exterior & Odd jobs Husband & Wife Team. BBB. 316-648-4478 Paradigm Contracting Roofing, siding, decks, windows, doors, senior discounts, remodels. Fully insured, free estimates, certified storm restoration specialist. We offer quality, not compromise. Call Kyle 316-706-5788. Handyman. Plumbing, electrical, heating, floors, doors, windows, screens, walls and more. HVAC certified. Licensed & insured. Senior discounts. Call John 316-650-3013 A Plus Flooring and more. Tile, backsplashes, hardwood, laminate, custom showers and more. 15 years experience. Call Ron. 316-619-8390.

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F LAWN AND GARDEN F P&A Landscaping 316-708-7236 Complete lawn care, mowing starting at $25 Fall cleanup, storm cleanup, gutter cleaning, holiday lights. Any odd job. Over-seeding, tilling, fully insured. Senior discount. Jesus Landscaping 316-737-3426 Mowing starting at $25, trimming, shrub removal, landscaping needs, gutter cleaning and any odd jobs. Senior Discounts. ALL TRADES SERVICES Handyman/Hauling, Tree Trimming, Fence Repair, Gutters, Yard Clean-Up, Concrete & More. FREE ESTIMATES 316-347-6663. Total yard clean-up, flower beds and bushes, tree trimming and stump grinding, attics, garages and basements. LEAF cleanup and HAULING.

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Garage clean out, mowing starting at $25, leaf and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, roto-tilling. Brick, block and stone repair. Dave’s Hauling Services Solid waste removal, property cleanup, tree & fence line clearing, general landscape removal, other lawn and garden services. All fence, porch and patio work. Call 316-832-2201.

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ALL PURPOSE HAULING HANDYMAN Yard & tree work, flower beds, fence repair. Pick up/delivery/brush, junk/metal removal. NO JOB TOO SMALL. 316-807-4989 Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. Gutter cleaning. Average sized yard, $25. If you need any of these services call Perry, 316-619-6126 All Season Clean Up Lawn Care Quality Lawn Care • Yard Clean Up • Tree Triming • Gutter Cleaning • Fall/Spring raking. Free estimates, senior discounts. 316-409-8780.

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Bruce’s Tree Service Trees, hedgerows, evergreens & shrubs. Crown reduction, trimming or removal. Line clearing and roofs of branches/limbs. Bucket truck available, will climb . Garage Cleaning. Handyman work. Metal Hauling. Haul off old appliances. Sr. Discounts. Insured. Prompt, immediate and professional service. Call 316-207-8047

Old White Man needs girl friend in Wichita. Am not rich nor poor nor sugar daddy. Am healthy, agile, driving, slim, snow on roof. No smoking, drink, drugs nor gambling. (no fun?) Love the happy home style life. Write Elmer. Box #25, c/o the active age, 125 S. West ST, Ste 105, Wichita, KS 67213.

Trimming, crown reduction, removal. Storm damage prevention. Hauling. Firewood. Free estimates. Insured. Senior discount. Felix Estrada, 316-617-4392.

70-year-old Christian woman wants to meet a nice man, 63-73, for companionship, in good health, sincere, financially stable. Must like outdoors, fishing, walking, short trips, casinos and maybe more. Write to Box 15, 125 S. West St., Ste. 105, Wichita, KS 67213.

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F SERVICES F Need a ride? Doctor appointments, ride home from hospital, court, casino, mini vacation or family reunion. You name the place, I will take you there. 316-259-6212. Need help on your electric scooter, power or lift chair, stair or platform lift or hand controls? Call Howard Distribution at 316-648-1694. Howard is a certified service center and dealer for Best Bath walk-in tubs, Bruno, EMC, Golden Tech, Pace Saver, Pride and Ricon. Working for you since 1987. Sewing machine repair. ALL BRANDS! 40+ Years Experience! Reasonable! Guaranteed!! House calls. Call 316-321-1619. FRANK WILLE HEATING & AIR. He’s a dilly! Call us for all your heating and air conditioning needs. 316-744-2599.

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Finding help for opioid-addicted seniors By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, I’m worried about my 72-year-old mother who has been taking the opioid medication Vicodin for her hip and back pain for more than a year. I fear she’s becoming addicted but I don’t know what to do. Concerned Daughter Dear Concerned, The opioid epidemic is a national problem that is hitting people of all ages, including millions of older Americans. Here’s what you should know and do to help your mother. The Cause The main reason opioid addiction has become such a problem for people over age 50 is because over the past two decades, opioids have become a commonly prescribed (and often overprescribed) medication by doctors for all different types of pain such as arthritis, cancer, neurological diseases and other illnesses that become more common in later life. Nearly one-third of all Medicare patients – almost 12 million people – were prescribed opioid painkillers by their physicians in 2015. That same

year, 2.7 million Americans over age 50 abused painkillers. Taken as directed, opioids can manage pain effectively when used for a short amount of time. But with long-term use, people need to be screened and monitored; 5 percent of those treated will develop an addiction disorder. Signs of Addiction Your mother may be addicted to opioids if she can’t stop herself from taking the drug, and her tolerance continues to go up. She may also be addicted if she keeps using opioids without her doctor’s consent, even if it’s causing her problems with her health, money, family or friends. If you think your mom’s addicted, ask her to see a doctor for an evaluation. Go to the family or prescribing physician, or find a specialist through the American Society of Addiction Medicine (see ASAM.org) or the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP.org). It’s also important to be positive

and encouraging. Addiction is a medical matter, not a character flaw. Repeated use of opioids actually changes the brain. Treatments The main goal is to help your mom stop using the drug and avoid using it again in the future. Her doctor can prescribe medicines to help relieve her withdrawal symptoms and control her cravings. They include methadone (often used to treat heroin addiction), buprenorphine and naltrexone. After detox, behavioral treatments

such as individual counseling, group or family counseling and cognitive therapy can help her learn how to manage depression, avoid the drug, deal with cravings and heal damaged relationships. For assistance, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration confidential help line at 800-662-4357, or see SAMHSA.gov. They can connect you with treatment services in your state. Send your questions to Jim Miller, Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org.

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September theatre options By Diana Morton Autumn theatre productions are ready and waiting for you. Kechi Playhouse, 100 E Kechi Rd. Key for Two by John Chapman & Dave Freeman. Harriet, a divorcee living in an elegant flat, solves her financial problems by entertaining two married gentlemen callers on different days of the week. When a friend visits mayhem follows. 8 pm Fri–Sat, 2:30 pm Sun, Sept 1-24. Tickets $12-$14. 316-744-2152 Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N Mosley. School House Don’t Rock or Brownback vs. The Bored of Education by Tom Frye. The new teacher is harassed by the superintendent, unruly children and their parents. It pokes fun at many organizations and politicians. Musical review follows. Fri-Sat, Sept 1-2. Dinner 6:15 pm. Tickets $26-$30; Show only, 7:50 pm, $20. 316-263-0222 The Little Cookie Shop of Horrors by Carol Hughes. A spoof on Little Shop of Horrors. The cookies and the customers are getting bigger and bigger. Comedy musical review, Mosley in Wonderland, follows. Thu-Sat, Sept 7-Oct 28. Dinner 6:15 pm. Tickets

$26-$30; Show only, 7:50 pm, $20. 316-263-0222 Roxy’s Downtown, 412 E Douglas, cabaret-style theatre. Heart of America Men’s Chorus. Founded in 2002, this Wichita men’s chorus performs for the joy of singing and giving back to its community. 8 pm Fri-Sat, Sept 8-9. Tickets $20-$30. 316-2654400. Baby Jane, the musical with John Bates, Monte Wheeler and Kyle Vespestad, three of Wichita’s favorite actors. 8 pm Fri-Sat, Sept 28-Oct 31. (No performances during Tallgrass Film Festival.) Tickets $20-$30. 316265-4400. Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N Fountain. The Triangle Factory Fire Project by Christopher Piehler with Scott Alan Evans. On Saturday, March 25, 1911, fire breaks out in a factory where 500 immigrant workers are sewing 14 hours a day in the downtown Manhattan factory. Despite desperate attempts, 146 people died. The play uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archival material to create this dramatic moment-by-moment account. 8 pm Wed-Sat, Sept 6-17, 2 pm Sept 10

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Local Theatre &17. Tickets $14 or $12 for military/ seniors/students. Opening night ticket Sept 6 $10. 316-686-1282 Wichita Shakespeare Company, Twelfth Night. Shipwrecked, the heroine disguises herself as a man. Comic love triangles ensue in this comedy. 7 pm, free to public; donations appreciated. Fri, Sept 8, Central Riverside Park; Sat, Sept 9, Harvest Park; Sun, Sept 10, Andover Sports Park; Fri, Sept 15, College Hill Park;
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Sun, Sept 24, Wichita Scottish Rite. Weather info: 316-655-2071. WSR Signature Theatre, 332 E First, Scottish Rite Temple. Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman. Set in Alabama in 1900, the play follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless family as they battle, in often brutal ways, to make the deal of their lives. 8 pm FriSat, Sept 15-16; 7 pm Sun, Sept 17. Tickets $10-18. 316-644-7018 Contact Diana Morton at dianamorton12@sbcglobal.net

Shepherd Center’s fall session Looking for a way to stay active and keep your mind stimulated? Adventures in Learning just may be the answer for you. The Shepard’s Center of West Wichita offers classes on Thursdays for six weeks, from Oct. 5 through Nov. 9 at the West Heights United Methodist Church, 745 N. Westlink. Featuring morning and afternoon sessions, the program aims to stimulate both sides of your brain. Mornings will be geared to a variety of topics. For example, Dr. Russell

Arben Fox, political science professor at Friends University, will return to lead a discussion on the current political scene. “Who Are Our Spiritual Neighbors” will provide a look at different religious cultures in Wichita. Two periods with three class choices will be offered in the morning. Afternoons will appeal to a person’s creative side with classes on knitting, bridge and writing for fun. Registration is $40. A catered lunch is $9 with advance reservation and includes entertainment.

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Square dancing may cure what ails you By Melanie Jenney A flash mob on Times Square in NYC? Dancing to music by Kiss and Credence? Exercising and getting high on endorphins in front of God and everybody? Tsk tsk. These young ’uns! Except the average age of these “young ’uns” is somewhere north of 60, and they’re just hitting their stride. It’s common knowledge that exercise is essential to slowing down the symptoms of aging, but not all exercise is created equal. If you took all the best things about each kind of exercise and put them into one form of athletic endeavor, it would be something very close to square dancing. It’s a whole body, low-impact cardiovascular exercise that improves balance, builds bone, burns calories and even wards off dementia and depression. Dancing, laughing, clapping and toe-tapping all add up to a fun aerobic exercise that leaves dancers with a sense of euphoria and well-being.

Learning the steps and on one of the buses taking dancers on responding to the coma field trip to New York City. mands requires mental When they stopped in Times agility as well. Square, they quickly organized three Mike and Iris Hudsquares (one square consists of four dleson are presidents of pairs of people) and, without benefit of the Wichita Area square music or microphone, Mike called the dance callers association. moves for an impromptu performance Mike is closing in on 50 of square dancing, probably to the years of calling, but the bewilderment of others on the Square. couple has been dancing Wichita holds two Square and even longer than that. Round Dancing Festivals every year, Like many square Photo by Melanie Jenney one in April and one in October. They dancers, it was a signifiMike and Iris Huddleson with name tags and feature guest callers from around the cant part of their family country, workshops and booths. “dangles” from square dancing events. life. Both retired teachers, After a summer hiatus, area square the national convention in 2015 in they spent their summers chasing dance clubs gearing up this month Springfield, Mass., Mike and Iris were dance events around the country and See next page attending national conventions with their kids along for the ride. Iris laughs that her son always did Senior Thursday at Kansas Aviation Museum well in social studies and geography September 7th, 2017 @ 10am because he’d visited so many places. Speaker: Kay Morgan “Anytime they asked if a student Topic: Olive Ann Beech’s life and role in had been to a particular location, he building Beech Aircraft Company almost always had his hand up.” More recently, while attending

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The music now includes more contemporary and popular songs, in addition to traditional tunes. Women now wear anything from capris to prairie skirts to blue jeans and boots. But there are still a lot of petticoats and swirling skirts, and couples who wear fancy matching outfits. The “square” in square dancing refers to the dance formation. You might think you only have one partner for a dance, but you really have seven, and each one is ready to stick a hand out to help you move to your next destination on the dance floor. Even the clubs have created niches and activities that appeal to diverse interests. There’s a local group called Camping Squares of Kansas whose members camp in places near dances. At some events dancers earn “dangles,” small charms to hang from their name tags. At one event, dancers received a Firefly dangle for an evening dance where the men stuck flashlights in their pockets. Lessons are coming up in Hesston, Park City, Andover and Wichita. Mike Huddleson calls for the Village Steppers, a group that meets at the Oaklawn Community Center. Their lessons will begin Tuesday, Sept. 19 and meet twice a week for 10 weeks. It costs $25, which includes

annual membership. This is fairly typical of most clubs. Check www. kansassquaredance.com/clubs-2.html. If you attend the Kansas State Fair, check out The State Fair Promenaders square dance club of Hutchinson. It will have a booth in the Pride of Kansas building. They say that square dancing can put a spring in your step, a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Give it a whirl, Contact Melanie Jenney at mjenney@gmail.com

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… “there are things you can do to keep your mind sharp. The most important one is to get plenty of exercise. It’s true that brain volume shrinks as we get older, but several thousand new cells are created every day, and research shows that regular aerobic exercise jump-starts the process, slashing your risk of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. My advice? Take some dance lessons. Dancing hits all the areas critical for healthy aging: You’re exercising, learning new steps and socializing.” — Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD, chairman of the NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center in McLean, Va.

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