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By Jane Byrnes Voting may be fun for political junkies, but for some it can be confusing or even irrelevant. To simplify the voting process and encourage citizens to take advantage of his or her right to vote, I've broken down the voting requirements and sources of information into four short stories: • Acceptable documents to prove citizenship • Important voting facts • Acceptable ID forms • Information from election offices in Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick counties Several people involved in the political process have shared their suggestions for the August and November elections. On her Show Me the Votes blog, Dr. Beth Clarkson recommends asking for a paper ballot rather than using voting machines or to vote in advance, which involves paper ballots. A statistician
for a national academic organization centered in Wichita, Clarkson said she has detected anomalies in voting machine results in some elections in Kansas and other states. Jim Howell, Sedgwick County Commissioner, recommends that you mark the paper ballots clearly so there will be no doubt or discrepancy such as the “hanging chads” of an earlier presidential election. When there is any doubt about the markings on a paper ballot, the Board of Canvassers -- made up of Sedgwick County Commissioners -- examines each disputed ballot and decides the results, he said. Lynn Stephan, a lifelong Republican, advised Independent and Democrat voters to re-register as a Republican temporarily by June 1 and vote in the Republican primary on Aug. 2. She says this is “the best chance to select moderates for the Kansas legislature in the Republican primary,” a cause she advocates. If you change your affiliation for the primary, you’ll need to provide proof of citizenship when you re-register. Stephan helped organize the non-partisan 2014 statewide Women for Kansas convention. The Women for Kansas groups’ focus now is to elect moderates for the 2017-18 Kansas House and Senate seats. Howell, Stephan and others agree that voting is important at every level – local, state and national – and stress that it’s your responsibility and privilege to guide our democracy. If you can’t decide who you want to vote for, turn to trusted friends and acquaintances for information on who they are supporting and why. This is especially true for the local and state candidates that receive less coverage than the national candidates. Democracy needs you...and your family, friends and neighbors.
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Fresh produce close as area parking lot By Leslie Chaffin There’s nothing quite like the taste of homegrown food. As more and more people are looking for the fresh flavor of naturally grown food, farmers’ markets are expanding. Locally the season can begin as early as April and continue through October, depending on Mother Nature. From the Kansas Grown markets in Wichita and Derby to community markets in Newton and El Dorado, the focus is often on organically grown crops and humanely raised animals. “People ask about the ingredients in our jams and jellies,” said Steve Einsel of Steve’s Jams & Jellies, available in several area markets. “They appreciate that the ingredient list is short, and that we don’t use preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.” When the west Kansas Grown
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By Jennifer Haugh ownership expense. It rose due to roOne-in-five Americans plan to bust new-car sales, therefore increasing purchase or lease a new vehicle in the numbers of used and off-lease vehinext year, and AAA’s annual analysis cles entering the market. This reduces of driving costs offers some good news retained value and resale prices, thus that may play a role in that decision. increasing depreciation. Due to falling gas prices, the annuMaintenance: Up 3.33 percent al cost to own and operate a vehicle in to 5.28 cents per mile/$792 per year the U.S. has fallen to a six-year low of (+$25 per year) $8,558, according to this year’s Your While there is significant variation Driving Costs study. among individual vehicles, modest A driver can expect to spend 57 increases in vehicle maintenance are cents for each mile driven (approxiattributable to engines requiring more mately $713 per month) to cover fixed expensive semi- or full-synthetic motor and variable costs such as fuel, insuroils, increases in extended warranty ance and maintenance associated with pricing and shop labor rates. owning and operating a car. License/Registration/Taxes: Up “Annual 3.31 percent to savings on $687 per year gas is so (+$22) significant, These costs it will offset are impacted moderate by vehicle sales increases prices and in mainstate/local tax tenance, rates. insurance, Finance finance Charges: Up charges and 2.09 percent to other costs Cost to own, operate a vehicle, down $683 per year associated (+$14) with owning and operating a vehicle,” The average vehicle finance rate says AAA spokesperson Jim Hanni. remains relatively unchanged. The Here’s the good news by the num- modest dollar increase is attributable to bers: higher new car prices combined with Fuel: Down 24.62 percent to 8.45 increased tax, title, license and regiscents per mile/$1,267.50 per year tration fees, which are typically rolled (-$414) into vehicle financing. Compared to last year’s study, the Tires: Up 2.04 percent to 1.00 average price of regular fuel fell more cent per mile/$150 per year (+$3) than 25 percent to $2.139 per gallon in Due to the competitive nature of the fourth quarter. the tire market, tire costs are relatively Insurance: Up 9.60 percent to unchanged, rising by just .02 cent per $1,222 per year (+$107) mile. Insurance rates vary widely with In addition to calculating the drivdriver, driving habits, issuing company, ing costs for sedans, AAA determined geographical area and more. Rising annual costs associated with both mincosts are likely attributable to lower ivans and sport utility vehicles. Owners gas prices, which have resulted in more of these vehicle types also benefit from miles driven, greater numbers of collilower driving costs in 2016, at $9,262 sions and higher insurance payouts. and $10,255 respectively. Depreciation: Up 2.87 percent to Contact Jennifer Haugh at $3,759 per year (+$105) email@example.com Depreciation is the single largest
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Voter registration hampered by current laws “The League of Women Voters* (LWV) has been working for 96 years registering American citizens to vote. Never has it been more difficult to accomplish this. Current laws have created barriers to long-term residents as well as young people born in Kansas, not just to people moving to Kansas.” – Carole Neal, Co-President, League of Women Voters Kansas Examples: • A senior moved from Sedgwick County to Harvey County. He turned
in a change of address before the move so he was removed from Sedgwick County Election Office list. But when he tried to register to vote in Newton he had to provide proof of citizenship (birth certificate). He was born in Kansas, lived here 75 years, voted in every election and still had to prove he could
Acceptable forms are: • A driver's license or non-driver's identification card issued by Kansas, by another state or a district of the United States • A concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas, by another state or a district of the U.S. • A U.S. passport • An employee badge or identification document issued by a municipal, county, state or federal government office • A military ID issued by the U.S. • A student ID card issued by an
accredited postsecondary institution of education in Kansas • A public assistance ID card issued by a municipal, county, state or federal government office • An identification card issued by an Indian tribe Note for election days: If your photo ID has an expiration date, it must not be expired unless you are age 65 or older. An acceptable photo ID doesn’t need an expiration date to be valid. www.gotvoterid.com/valid-photo-ids.html#idlist
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vote under current law. (You must register to vote in the new county before being removed from your current county.) • A woman moved to Kansas, had a birth certificate and proof of residency, applied for driver’s license and registered to vote. She ended up on a “suspense” list (voters who have not provided proof of U.S. citizenship) and had to take “proof of citizenship” to the election office. (A current lawsuit is in process to hopefully solve this issue. Federal law allows citizens to register to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles.) • A high school senior, who would be 18 by election day, registered to vote online and transmitted a picture of his birth certificate. The registration went to the county election office; the birth certificate copy went to Topeka. He was put on a suspense list so he re-transmitted the birth certificate. He was still on the suspense list. To register to vote he finally had to take his birth certificate to the county election office. (Don’t have a solution. This is a Secretary of State process; contact Kris Kobach at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.)
Driver’s license or ID card: To vote you must have a driver’s license or a Kansas ID card. This has created problems for non-drivers, the disabled, the poor and the elderly. It takes time to obtain these documents, and it can be expensive. You can get a free birth certificate if its purpose is registering to vote. You must complete an affidavit to submit with the request form. To get the ID card you need to file another affidavit with the application. Once you get your birth certificate, you must take it the DMV to get an ID card. To make sure you are registered, you then need to go to the election office. If you were born out of state the cost of obtaining a birth certificate is not covered.
*The League of Women Voters Wichita is a non-partisan organization open to both men and women. It encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government, and it influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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Important voting facts you may need to know
Proof of citizenship is required for new and re-registering voters: • Those who registered to vote before Jan. 1, 2013, are grandfathered in, says Sandra Gritz, Sedgwick County Chief Deputy Election Commissioner. • Those who moved to Kansas, or for any reason cancelled their previous Kansas voter registration before Jan. 1, 2013, must provide proof of citizenship with the new registration. • The federal application also re-
quires proof of citizenship. This means that those who changed parties for the party caucuses in March must re-register with proof of citizenship to vote in the federal and state races in the August and November elections. • Voter re-registration must happen on or before June 1. • No length of residency is required to register to vote in Kansas. • Once registered, a photo ID is sufficient to obtain a ballot.
Documents to prove citizenship
If you are a first-time voter or have cancelled your registration since Jan. 1, 2013, these documents can prove citizenship. • U.S. birth certificate • U.S. passport or pages of valid or expired U.S. passport identifying the applicant and passport number • U.S. naturalization documents or number of naturalization certificate • Documents issued by the government pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 • Bureau of Indian Affairs, tribal treaty or tribal enrollment card number • Consular report of birth abroad of a U.S. citizen
• Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services certificate • Certification of birth issued by the Department of State • Final adoption decree showing name and U.S. birthplace • Military record showing applicant's place of birth • Extract from a hospital record created at the time of birth indicating the place of birth • A driver's license or non-driver's ID card issued by the Kansas Division of Vehicles or equivalent agency of another state within the U.S. www.gotvoterid.com/proof-of-citizenship.html#validdocs
• Young voters can register if they will be 18 by Election Day, Nov. 8. • Convicted felons may vote if his/ her sentence has been completed. • Military or U.S. citizens residing overseas must complete a Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application and return it to the county election office. Advance ballots: Registered voters may apply for an Advance Ballot by mail, phone or website through your county. Your county will begin to mail the ballots on July 13 for the primary and Oct. 19 for the general election. A separate form is required for each.on.
Applications must be received by July 29 for the primary and Nov. 4 for the general election. Gritz says that voters who update their names, party affiliations or addresses within Kansas, will not require re-registration and proof of citizenship. June 1 is the last day to change parties for the Aug. 2 primary election if you are affiliated with a party. If you are not affiliated with a party you may register with a party on Election Day and vote in that party’s primary. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. -- John F. Kennedy
Butler County Election Office, 316-322-4229, 205 W. Central, El Dorado www.bucoks.com Tatum Stafford, Deputy County Clerk, advises voters to make sure their registration information is up to date. She expects a large turnout for the general election, and has already received applications for overseas ballots. Harvey County Election Office, 316-284-6840, Courthouse, 800 N. Main, Newton www.hvcoksvote.com Rick Piepho, County Clerk and Election Officer, expects more voters than the 2008 election when 74 per-
cent participated. The election site lists candidates before the elections Sedgwick County Election Office, 316-660-7100, bottom floor of Old County Courthouse, 501 N Main www.sedgwickcounty.org/elections Sandra Gritz, Chief Deputy Election Commissioner, expects a record turnout. She suggests using an Advance Ballot by mail or utilize early voting at any of the 15 locations or at their at their office to avoid Election Day lines. In 2012, 67 percent in the general election; in 2014 52 percent.
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Dad was right about taking a typing class By Ted Blankenship I have had a long association with the typewriter. It began when I was about 8 years old. I got a toy typewriter for Christmas. It had a metal disk with upper and lower-case letters and numbers, 0 through 9. There were two metal keys. You pushed one to make the disk hit the ribbon and leave a letter or number on the paper. You banged the other key to bring the disk back for another letter. You had to strike the two keys with your fist to get a good impression. I wrote a lot of short letters. When I was a sophomore in high school, my Dad thought it would be wise to take typing. I resisted, of course. Then I got to thinking. My Dad was right. I was the only male in a class of 30 girls. I should have listened to him more often. As it turned out, I became a journalist and typing was a handy thing to know. When I joined the Air Force in 1950 I went through basic training with entertainers and musicians. I was to serve in a military band, but someone who looked at my records learned that I could type. So I spent the next four years typing military forms and
requisitions. Most of the newspapers I worked for later used Royal typewriters. I had an old Underwood at home and later a Royal portable. For much of my life I had gloried in the clacking noise the typewriter made. It set up a rhythm that made typing easier. Then along came the digital age. I was working at The Wichita Eagle when it went partially digital. This was in the late 1970s. The system worked with IBM Selectric typewriters. They were electrified, and if you pressed a key and didn’t immediately remove your finger, the letter would keep typing. I have a slow “L” finger so when I typed “level” it came out lllllevelllll. We had special paper that had several carbons, and the typewriter
ribbons were different. They were a certain density of black so that the copy could be scanned and set into type using a digital system the size of a three-car garage. We had symbols to change the typeface and size of the type. If we made a mistake, we had a special pen to remove the offending word or words. I volunteered to get the first Selectric and blundered into the digital world. Because of the large number of “Ls” I typed, my typing was much slower using the modern tools that were supposed to speed things up. We used symbols to tell the computer what to do. The paper’s body type, for example, was 8 point, and an asterisk was its symbol. I was the Eagle’s oil editor, and I also edited a weekly
business page. New oil and gas wells were set into agate type, barely legible without a magnifying glass. There was a lot of this size type on the business page. Soon after the paper went digital, I sent the new wells list to the composing room. Unfortunately, I had neglected to type the symbol for agate type. Earlier I had sent some headlines in 36-point (about a half inch high in some type faces). I forgot to change the symbol, and all the agate type was set in 36 point. The composing room sent the proof up to me in a huge roll. I stood on a desk and tossed it out to see how long it was. It went all the way across the newsroom. If there are people around who worked there then, they’re probably still laughing. I didn’t laugh much. Contact Ted Blankenship at email@example.com
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This year’s Community Holocaust Commemoration will feature survivor and moral witness Sami Steigmann. It also will include musical pieces and readings, and an interfaith memorial service It will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Wichita State University’s Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N. The event is sponsored by the Wichita Holocaust Memorial Council whose members include: The Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation, Newman University, Inter-Faith Ministries, Terezin Composers Project Foundation, Wichita State University, Con-
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Like mother, like daughter – in perfect harmony By Amy Houston Shelly Voss’ parents gave her an important gift that would last a lifetime: the gift of music. Today, Voss and her mother, Carol Stibal, enjoy that gift together. They are part of a six-member band, Crosstown Traffic. The band plays classic rock and sprinkles in some blues and country. Stibal sang in high school, began playing guitar in her early 20s and eventually shared her talent with friends. Voss’ father is Robin Harris, who started the band Wichita Linemen when she was 3. “Probably my dad’s band had the biggest influence at first,” Voss said. She was in her own bands in high school and college. In addition, Voss and her mother sang at church, weddings and funerals. Stibal eventually joined John Bonner’s band, Phoenix. The group
played at Voss’ senior prom at Goddard High School, and Voss joined the band on stage for a while. “I enjoy being out in front of people and singing,” she said. “I’ve always loved that.” When Bonner – a guitarist and singer – formed Crosstown Traffic in 2012, Stibal joined immediately. She sings, plays acoustic guitar plus various other instruments such as tambourine, congas and maracas. Other band members are Michael Houston, who plays keyboard; Jim Courtesy photo Keefer, bass guitarist; and Jim Shelly Voss and mom Carol Stibal Wood, drummer. Voss sings and plays electric group,” she said. “They’re all excellent guitar. She is the only member of the musicians, so I respect and admire band who isn’t 55 or older. them and kind of look up to them.” “I’m definitely the baby of the
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Annual Art & Book Fair shows off Art Garden
For more than 55 years, families have made the Wichita Art Museum’s Art & Book Fair part of their Mother’s Day tradition. This year, on May 7 and 8, the tradition will continue. Since the completion of its Art Garden, the art fair has been expanded. More than 50 artists will be represented. Their tents will be scattered around the paved areas of the museum’s grounds.
Mom From previous page and I have always strived for – to make sure the harmonies are spot-on.” Bonner, who is also a member of the band Crazy Heart, is enjoying his first experience as a bandleader with Crosstown Traffic. “Musically it’s a strong group,” he said. “It’s fun. That’s the key part of it – making music has got to be fun. If it’s not, it’s work.” Stibal described performing with
The event’s well-known book sale will remain in the Great Hall. Hundreds of new, used and rare books will
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ings, photographs, prints, jewelry and more on the paved area outside. Guests also can explore the newly designed landscaped grounds, and enjoy musical entertainment. Muse Café in the museum will have a special menu on Saturday and will serve its traditional Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday. Area food trucks will be selling food outside.
“We were thrilled at the incredible response last year as we transitioned back to the Wichita Art Museum from Century II,” says Jill D. Miller, cochair of the fair. “This year will be even more exciting as we...transform the new Art Garden into the art fair.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
the band as a social outlet, too, because the members look forward to spending time together. And unlike some mothers and daughters, Stibal and Voss find common ground in the types of music they love. “My mom, she’s pretty hip and pretty young at heart and pretty easygoing and just loves singing – wants to stay involved in it,” Voss said. “I think, just because she’s such a cool mom, it makes it easier.” Contact Amy Houston at email@example.com
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More women have fibromyalgia than men By Leslie Chaffin For years, the public was largely unaware of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Much like Alzheimer’s, which for decades was seen as senility that could come with old age, fibromyalgia can not be readily diagnosed. In fact, it is a diagnosis only when other possibilities have been ruled out. “It isn’t an illness or a disease, it’s a syndrome,” said Danielle Ford, who has been living with fibromyalgia for two decades. “There isn’t a test that tells a doctor this is fibromyalgia. It is a series of tests for other causes and if it isn’t any of those, then there may be a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.” The Mayo Clinic says fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain,fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Risk factors vary, though having a close relative who has the condition, the onset of osteo-arthritis or other rheumatoid conditions such as Lupus often precede developing fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia falls under the Arthritis Foundation because those who have the condition usually see a rheumatologist. May is national Arthritis Awareness Month. Danielle Ford Women are far more likely to have fibromyalgia than men. Triggers range from physical trauma to infections to severe flu to extreme psychological stress. Ford was the vice president of an ad agency and was responsible for the orchestration of communications during the merger of St. Joseph and St. Francis hospitals. That stress was compounded by her father’s serious illness. His death was followed closely by the death of her dog, Buffy, who was “my shadow.” She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1996; two years later she had surgery for a benign brain tumor. Leading up to the diagnosis, Ford
experienced fatigue, back pain, depression and her hair was falling out. All of these are signs of extreme stress, but even when the merger was complete when she could “relax” a bit, the symptoms continued. Ford had suffered with migraines a good portion of her adult life, but they were getting more intense and lasting longer (another symptom). “So few doctors know about fibro and want to treat it as ‘nerve pain’ or ‘depression’,” she said. “They’re treating individual symptoms and not looking at them as a part of the syndrome.” For Ford, the relief from extreme
stress was short-lived; her mother appeared to be entering the early stages of dementia. She lived in Wichita and her mom in Oklahoma. Her worries about her mom without her dad to look out for her furthered the progression of her own condition. In 1999, she resigned from the ad agency. Though she had disability coverage, it lasted only two years. At the time Social Security did not consider fibromyalgia a disabling condition. Over the next several years, it became apparent that her mother could no longer care for herself. Ford found a See next page
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the active age cure. Dr. Frederick Wolfe, who led a team of researchers who studied 1,665 fibromyalgia patients in Wichita, said they concluded that the risk of death from suicide and accidents is increased. “I’m in pain, no one believes me, no one gets it and there’s no cure. What’s the point?” asked Ford. “It’s good to have a therapist who lets you vent and to know someone is listening. Support groups are also good.” There are self-care actions that she can do in addition to taking the approved medications: stay away from soda, junk foods and foods that are highly processed. “The cleaner you can eat, the better,” said Ford. “The fewer ingredients in the food you eat, the better it is for you. Mild exercise such as yoga or walking help keep muscles fluid.” After 20 years of experiencing the physical and mental toll of fibromy-
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What’s Section 8 housing all about? By Annette Graham CPAAA Executive Director Housing is one of biggest expenses that most of us incur in our lifetime. Whether we’re buying or renting, this monthly expense can take a big bite out of our income. If you don’t have much money, you can end up someplace that is substandard and may not be safe. The Section 8 rental voucher program offers housing stability for seniors and others, and can be the first step to improving not only the housing situation but also health and overall well being. It is one of the federal government’s major programs to assist very low-income families, seniors and those with disabilities to rent safe and sanitary housing. According to the National Housing Institute, an affordable housing program goes back to the Great Depression. In 1937 congress passed an act that provided funds to build public housing units for those with low-incomes. The act was amended in 1961 and again in 1974 when Section 8 was created. The Section 8 program refocused
help to those burdened with spending too high of a percentage of their income on housing. The change meant that federal housing funds would pay for a share of the rent instead of providing housing. There are certain basic needs that must be met, and safe and affordable housing is one of those needs. What you should know For older adults, the percentage of their income going toward housing increases over time because of a decrease in income after retirement and a continual rise in housing costs. Seniors often outlive their resources, so Section 8 rental vouchers can be an option. The vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (HAs) such as the Sedgwick County Housing Authority (SCHA). It serves Butler, Harvey, and Sedgwick counties, but excludes the City of Wichita. HAs receive federal funds from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Section 8 programs in those counties. The City of Wichita administers the program inside its city limits (316-462-3700).
How is eligibility determined? Eligibility is based on annual gross income and family size. It is limited to U.S. citizens or specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. When you apply, the HA collects information on your family income, assets and family composition. It uses that data to determine eligibility and the amount of rental assistance. If the individual or family is eligible, they are added to a waiting list. When the applicant’s name is reached on the list, the HA will issue a rental voucher. Selecting housing Finding and selecting a suitable rental unit is next. Units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the HA. The location also must be within an identified area. The subsidy is paid directly to the landlord, and then the family pays the difference to the landlord. Where to apply? Applicants may apply for assistance from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Sedgwick County Housing Authority, 2622
W. Central, first floor Bistro conference room. Signs are posted to guide visitors. The next application day is May 17. SCHA will be in Butler and Harvey counties in May, August and November. Applicants there will apply at Newton Housing Authority’s apartment building, 115 W. 9th, or the El Dorado Senior Center, 210 E. 2nd. If you are unable to go to one of the application sites you may request a reasonable accommodation. If approved, an application will be mailed. Success of Section 8 Research and participant input has shown that Section 8 helps many live above the poverty level, afford food and health care, and improve personal well being. Because of this program, homelessness has specifically decreased for individuals with young children, and mental wellness has improved. Central Plains Area Agency on Aging is available to help individuals through life’s transitions and with various levels of support. For more information on this program or others call 1-855-200-2372 or visit www.cpaaa.org.
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Pub pie a favorite in Riverside home By Joe Stumpe Michael Webb can't figure out why English food gets such a bad rap. "It's really pretty spectacular when it's done well," he said. That certainly goes for Banoffee Pie, which was invented in the 1970s at The Hungry Monk Pub in East Sussex on the south coast of England. It stars a rich layer of caramel topped with sliced bananas. Michael remembers his first reaction to hearing about this dessert featuring two of his favorite ingredients: "Wow." He is a confirmed Anglophile, partial to anything from across the pond. You might guess that from the Tudor-style roof on his north Riverside home, and a step inside confirms it.
He and his wife, Kathleen, have constructed a kind of pub in their front room: a bar, a “The Falcon and The Boar” pub sign, a stuffed boar's head and live pub cat. Michael has a kitchen garden that's mainly devoted to herbs -- basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, dill -- plus leeks "because I have a hard time finding good leeks in the store." Kathleen is responsible for the gorgeous flowers out front, which will be on display during the June North Riverside garden tour He’s a big fan of Gary Rhodes, that nation's celebrity chef before Jamie Oliver, and loves tackling traditional English dishes. Both Webbs trace their family's ancestors back to England.
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Woodcarvers celebrating 50th annual show By David Dinell Curtis Drevets' fingers moved his carving knife gently over the small wood figure of a firefighter. He explained to a visitor that there were some problems with its face, as he gently made cuts into the wood. After a few more cuts, he looked it over and declared progress. Drevets, a retired medical doctor, is a member of the Great Plains Woodcarvers organization. He loves to share his passion for woodcarving with others. "We're open to anyone who wants to learn.” He said it's relaxing and creative. Ten carvers filled three tables at West Heights United Methodist Church on a recent weekday afternoon. Some were taking a six-week woodcarving class in a church-sponsored program. "When I saw the class, I said, ‘I can do that,’ so here I am," said Carmen Suter, who was carving a rabbit. "I still like to get my hands dirty once in while." Suter said the other, more experienced carvers helped her and "made it a lot more enjoyable."
There's definitely a learning curve to carving, she said, pointing out a mistake. But carvers learn from each work and get better. "It’s more relaxing than I thought it would be." Angie Melton, also in the group, agreed: "It's almost like yoga or something." Several woodcarvers agreed, saying that when they get into their creation it takes them away from the troubled, busy world. "One of the first questions I get is how long did it take me to make something," Drevets said. "Well, we don't concern ourselves about time." This month the group will celebrate it's 50th annual show. It's 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 14 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 at the Cessna Activity Center, 2744 S. George Washington Blvd. Admission is $3; parking is free. There will be 50 tables for woodcarving, along with vendor supplies. For those who want to take part, there's a $40 fee for each table. Two people can share a table. Carvers will be coming from several states, plus numerous local carvers, said Ed Redwine, president of the group.
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Great Plains Woodcarvers members, along with students from a participating program, carve and paint wood at West Heights United Methodist Church. Redwine said he has been carrying a pocketknife since he was a child, but he didn’t become really interested in woodcarving until attending a show in the 1980s. He then spent time with a mentor and attended a number of seminars. To beginners, he said a quality tool, preferably sharp, is crucial. "Pick tools that have magic that you wouldn’t want
to be without when you pick them up." Redwine likes to come up with his own ideas for his creations, but also works from what are called "rough outs" from known teachers and carvers. He especially likes to work on figures of Santa Claus, cowboys and Indians. Those working on original works don't often get the respect they de-
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serve, he said. "Carvers are still considered crafters instead of artists by most of the public." As far as getting motivated to carve, Redwine doesn't need any — it's part of his soul. "I just like taking a knife to wood." He believes a successful carver needs desire, dedication, practice, patience and passion, lots of passion. Carving tips include wearing a glove on the hand holding the wood and use your wrist, not your elbow, to control the tool. Sketch out your cuts, cut along the grain and don't rush the process as quality work can't be hurried. Carving advocates say their endeavor is easily accessible with just a piece of soft wood such as basswood. It will be on sale at the show as well as such basic tools as the chip carving knife, which can cost between $20 and $50, and gouges and chisels. Enjoy the creative process, he said. After all, that's the fun part. Contact David Dinell at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Novice carver Carmen Suter says wood carving is calming.
50th anniversary show Great Plains Woodcarvers annual show and sale is 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 14 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 at the Cessna Activity Center, 2744 S. George Washington Blvd. Admission is $3. For more information go to www.greatplainswoodcarvers.com or call Ed Redwine, 316-734-8161. A good website for beginners is beginnerwoodcarving.com/.
By Jennifer Haugh Older drivers with a history of falling are 40 percent more likely to be involved in crashes than their peers, according to a new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report. Falls limit an older drivers’ ability to function behind the wheel and can make driving risky for themselves and others. These findings are important since annually a record 12 million older adults will experience a fall. The report, Associations Between Falls and Driving Outcomes in Older Adults, is the latest research released in the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers project. Falls can increase a crash risk two ways: • A loss of functional ability (i.e. wrist fractures or a broken leg), which makes it difficult to steer or brake to avoid a crash. • A fear of falling, which can lead to a decrease in physical activity that weakens driving skills. The research suggests that seniors
and their families should view falls as a possible early indicator of declining physical fitness. Addressing the health issues that originally led to the fall, such as lower body weakness, poor balance, slow reaction time, certain medications, dizziness or vision problems, can help older drivers strengthen their functional ability and lower their risk for crashing or experiencing another fall. Those concerned about a parent or other older driver should help them monitor risk factors that address health concerns or household dangers. AAA recommends a series of exercises and stretches to improve neck, shoulder, trunk, back and overall body flexibility, which can help a driver who has suffered from a recent fall. It also offers a variety of programs and resources to help older drivers improve their driving performance and avoid crashes. For more information on programs that help seniors better “fit” with their vehicles, visit www.SeniorDriving. AAA.com.
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The Telling It Like It Is forum May 14 features two past Kansas’ governors — Republican Mike Hayden and Democrat John Carlin. They'll discuss how to put Kansas back together. Other presenters and their topics: • Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla J. Luckert: The Role of Fair and Impartial Courts in Kansas • Annie McKay, Executive Director, Kansas Center for Economic Growth: Pawning Our Future: Kansas’ Failed Tax Experiment • Sheldon Weisgrau, Director, Health Reform Resource Project: Health Policy in Kansas: No Heart, No Brain, No Courage • Nuns on the Bus: Bridge the Divides: Transform Politics The forum is 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hotel at Old Town Conference Center, 210 N. Mosley. Reservations are required. Tickets are $35 May 2-13. Mail checks to Women for Kansas, Dept. TF, P.O. Box 8774, Wichita, KS 67208. The deadline is May 9.
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28th annual Free Skin Cancer Screen Clinic, KU School of MEdicine, 1010 N. Kansas Street, 8 am-12 pm Sat, May 7. The screenings are provided by Wichita Area Dermatologists. 11th annual World Bazaar, Muslim Community Center, 6655 E. 34th. noon-6 pm Sun, May 8. Shoping, food, clothing, jewelry, art, henna. Free. Fashion Show, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. noon to 5 pm Sun, May 8. Free admission for moms. There will also be photos with mom available. Adults $7.75; seniors $6.50; youth $5.50; children free. Blooms Brews, and Bloody Marys, Botanica, 701 Amidon. 6:30 pm Thu, May 12. Vote for your favorite Bloody Mary, listen to music and sip on beer from local breweries. Members $40; Non-members $50.
Pretty in Pink, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. 7 pm Thu, May 19. The fifth film in the Orpheum's 2016 Classic Film Series. Pretty in Pink stars Molly Ringwalk as poor high school student who falls in love with a rich boy. $5. Goat Glands to Ranch Hands: The KFDI Story, Lionel Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian. 1 pm Sat, May 21. Orin Friesen will present the 90+ history of the AM radio station that is remembered as KFDI. Steampunk Day, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. 10 am-5 pm Sat, May 28. Come dressed in traditional 19th century fashion and join other Steampunk fans for the sixth annual Steampunk Day.
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Cardio exercise: lose weight, improve heart health By Steve Ochsner Of all the fitness programs, cardio is easily the most familiar -- walking, running, swimming, treadmills, Nordic tracks and aerobics classes. Cardio is a catchall term for exercise that raises your heart rate. It’s generally done to lose weight and/or improve cardiovascular health. For weight loss, the intent is to burn more calories than you take in. If you’re healthy and it’s OK with your doctor, your level of exertion would be attained by increasing your heart rate to 60 or 70 percent of your maximum heart rate (MHR). To find that exertion range, you need to do a bit of math: take your age, subtract it from 220 and multiply it by 60 to 70 percent. To determine it while exercising you can use a Fitbit or other monitor, or if you have a watch with a second
hand: stop, place a fingertip at your wrist and count pulse beats for 15 seconds. Then multiply by 4. Who Steve Ochsner said all that math you learned in school was wasted? The best time to shed calories is in the morning before you eat. Your body looks for carbs to feed your exertion. If all your carbs are digested, it goes to your fat to get fuel. Start slow with maybe 10-minute sessions and work up. Drink a lot of water. If you are on any heart meds, particularly those that lower heart rate, or if you don’t like math or taking your pulse, use the “talk” test to measure
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best? From a trainer’s point of view the best exercise program is one that you’ll do. Exercising indoors on some sort of machine removes concerns with weather and neighborhood dogs, but it can be costly and take up space you might not have. The best advice is to find something you like. Check with your doctor and work up to doing it 20 to 40 minutes on as many days as you can work into your schedule. Changing it up every so often also is a good idea. The body adapts to repetition, and positive effects can be abated. Whatever way you go, you’ll find that you have a bit more zip, steps aren’t as challenging and maybe you can even keep up with the grandkids.
exertion. It works like this. When you are exercising you suck in oxygen that goes through your lungs and out to feed your working muscles. With a lower effort the respiratory system can keep up with the demand. You can happily trot along burning calories for longer periods of time. With more exertion, your respiratory system falls behind and you have to huff and puff to maintain the pace. Your muscles tire, and lactic acid builds up. You can’t do it as long, but the demand you place on your heart and lungs strengthens them and improves your cardiovascular health. When you are exercising at the higher MHR percentage, your muscles aren’t getting the amount of oxygen that they expect and lactic acid buildup can cause them to get sore. Stretching beforehand will help avoid both soreness and injury. People disagree on how often aerobic exercise should be performed. Generally three to five times a week is recommended. What form of aerobic exercise is
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Sedgwick County Senior Centers
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 Hot meal, reservations required; 12:15 pm Cards, games. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10-11 am Exercise program. 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. Tue, Fri: 8:45 am Tai Chi; 10 am Exercise class. 2nd Tue: noon Carry-in lunch & program. Thur: 10 am Bible study. 1st, 3rd & 4th Thu: 9 am Help with technologybring your device.
DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223
www.derbyweb.com Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. May 2: 1 pm Inspiring Women: Patty Duke by Kay Morgan. May 9: 9:30-12 pm Seniors at the Park. May 17: 1 pm Kansas Legal representative will give a talk about programs available. May 23: 1 pm Thriving in the Midst of Tough Times by Mark Pennington. May 23: 6:30 pm Derby Alzheimer's Support Group. Wed: 1 pm Ping pong. Free. 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
www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Exercise classes, Pickleball, computer classes, foot care by appt. May 2: 10 am Prairie Moon Book Club.
May 5: 9 am Porcelain painters. May 5: 2:30 - 4 pm Writing Group lead by Starla Criser. May 7: Heartland Games. See story page 7. Mon: 11 am Lewis Street Singers; 1 pm Bridge; Beading Buddies. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11 am Latin Dance; 1 pm Spanish (beg), Massage by Ruth Lundstedt.
EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392
Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot 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, hot 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. 2nd Fri: 5:30 pm Birthday dinner, covered dish.
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. 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
www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Computer classes, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. May 4: 1 pm Movie Wednesday: Rudy. May 6: 10:15 am New Therapy Technique for Neuropathy with Dr. Eck. May 16: 2-3:30 pm Great Reads with Greg Schmidt of The Book Warehouse. May 20: 10:15 am Healthy Ideas for Living with Nicholas St Jon. Mon & Fri: 9:30 am Dynabands; 9 am Stretching. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance. 10:30 am Bingo.
Tue & Thu: 9 am Pickleball.
MCADAMS GOLDEN AGE 1329 E 16th, 337-9222
Regular activities: Open gym, walking, hot lunches, dominoes, cards, pool. Sun: 1-3 pm Quilting. Fri: noon-1:30 pm Sewing. Sat: noon-4:30 pm Classes: sewing, jewelry making. 2nd & 4th Tue: 10 am-noon Blood pressure checks.
MT HOPE 105 S Ohio, 667-8956
Mon: 7-10 am Coffee, donuts; 11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch; 1-4 pm Cards. Tue, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise class. Tue, Wed: 10 am-3 pm Crafts, quilting. Thu: 9:30-10:30 am Line Dancing. 1st Fri: Noon Sr Citizens’ lunch.
MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813
Daily: Walk in the gym, coffee; hot lunch; computers, dominoes, puzzles, pool, book loan. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Yoga. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Zumba. 2nd Tue: 7:30-9:30 am Breakfast, $3. 2nd Wed: 11:30 am Blood pressure checks. 3rd Wed: Noon-1 pm Blood pressure checks.
NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444
www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. May 6: 2-4 pm Mother's Day Dinner. $5 members, $7 non-members. May 12: 11:45 am Health & Wellness: Keeping You in the Know by Lamez Greene. May 20:: 11:45 am The Who, What, and Why of Home Health Services by Conni Mansaw. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm TOPS; 1:30 pm Sing-a-Long. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 10 am Crochet class; 1 pm Bridge.
OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545
Daily: 11:30 am Red Cross meals. 1st Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers meeting. 1st Thu & Fri: 8:30 am-5 pm, Commodities. 2nd Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Golden Agers bingo. $1. 4th Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, 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
seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. May 6: Mother's Day luncheon and tea. RSVP at 942-2293. May 6: 1:30 pm Positive Thinking, Communication, & Medications by Carolyn Earnest & Lisa Hott. May 10: 11:30 am Lunch out to Golden Corral. May 16: 11:15 am Enjoy Healthy Food that Tastes Great by Shirley Lewis. 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, hot lunch. Call for details. May 5: 1pm Movie Matinee: Grease. May 6: 2-4 pm Mother's Day Afternoon Tea & Spring Fashions. $5, call 744-1199 to reserve your spot. May 10: 11 am Stop Suffering from Allergies & Asthma by Angels Care Home Health. May 17: 1 pm Breakfast out: Auntie C's. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise. 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.
VALLEY CENTER 316 E. Clay, 755-7335
Mon: 1: 30 pm Line dancing. Tue: 9:30 am Free donuts, cards, games; 6:30 pm Pitch. Bring snack to share. Tue, Thu: Noon Home cooked meals. Tue, $5, Thur, $6. Tue, Thu: 8-10 am Pickleball at Valley Center Intermediate School.
Prairie Land Food Share 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 www.prairielandfood.com.
Senior Wednesdays www.seniorwednesday.org May 4: 10 am Wichita Art Museum, Jill Warford of the Gordon Parks Museum Center will share the history of the museum's founding. $2 1:30 pm at the Water Center Storm Water Management. Learn about how storms drain into waterways by city staff. Free. May 11: 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo, Heritage Breeds. Learn about heritage farms at the Zoo with Callene Rapp. $4. 1:30 pm Wichita Public Library, Library Trivia Bowl. Test your knowledge of books, music, current events, history and more. Free. 4 pm Kansas Sports Hall of Fame at the Wichita Boat House, And the Crowd Goes Wild: Stories from Mike Kennedy and Dave Dahl. Listen to an insider's view of what it takes to be the Voice of the Shockers.$1 suggested donation.
May 18: 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art, Students in the School of Art, Design, and Creative industries will discuss experiences re-imagining, interpreting and mounting Hans Ulrich Obrist's conceptual exhibition do it. 1:30 pm Kansas African American Museum. Geneaology with Jackie Lugrand. May 25: 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Kansas City Monarchs in our Hometown by Phil S. Dixon. This presentation will focus on the Negro National Basball League with details of games played in Wichita. $2. 1:30 pm Exploration Place, 25 Amazing Dates that Shook the World by Joe Condrill. Condrill will speak on dates in history that have had world-impact on mankind. $4.
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ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441
www.andoverks.com Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, pool. Daily:11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tues & Thu: Special music at lunch. Mon: 12:30 pm Pinochle. Tue: 10 am Blood pressure check; 10:30 am-2 pm Memory Café; 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Pool. Wed: 1 pm Quilt club; Bridge. Thu: 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Pool; 7-9 pm Pitch. Fri: 11:30 am Covered dish lunch, meeting & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 pm Pinochle. 4th Sat: 7-10am Monthly breakfast. provided by American Legion Post 406. Sausage gravy, biscuits, scrambled eggs & pancakes. $5.
AUGUSTA 640 Osage, 775-1189
Regular activities: Exercise, cards, dominoes, pool, line dancing, lunch daily at 11:30 am. Friday: 9:30 am Prize bingo. Every other Tues: 7-9 pm Live music/dancing. Call for dates. Snacks/desserts welcome. 2nd Sat: 7-10 am Biscuit/Gravy breakfast. $4 suggested donation. 3rd Mon: 8 am Casino trip. Call for reservation. $5 suggested donation. 4th Mon: 5 pm Evening meal. $5 suggested donation.
BENTON Lion’s Community Bldg, S Main St
2nd & 4th Tue: 9 am-4 pm Cards, games, occasional program. Covered dish.
CASSODAY Cassoday Senior Center 133 S. Washington, 620-735-4538
Tue: 10:30 am Round Table. Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise with WSU. 1st Mon: 7 pm Game night. 3rd Mon: 6:30 pm Carry-in dinner, blood pressure checks. Last Fri: 7 pm Movie Night.
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
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. Sat: 6 pm Cards and games. 3rd Tue: 12:30 am Blood pressure checks.
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, program. Reservations by previous Fri. 1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge.
Support Groups The Center for Community Support and Research has an extensive and up-to-date listing of area support groups. Visit www.supportgroupsinkansas.org. To add or correct a listing call Angela Gaughan at 978-3843 or 1-800-445-0116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Thu: 7 pm Movie night. 1st & 3rd Fri: 1 pm Mexican Train dominoes. 1st Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Community Breakfast. 4th Mon: 5:30 pm Gathering; 6 pm Potluck dinner, program follows.
GRAND CENTRAL 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222 www.newtonseniorcenter.org
Mon: 10-11 am Blood pressure check; 1:30 pm Golden Notes choir practice; 7 pm Square dance. Tue: 1 pm Line dance. Wed: 1 pm Pinochle/pitch. Thu: 1 pm Wii bowling; 5:15 pm Tai Chi. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Arthritis exercise. 2nd & 4th Thu: 10:30 am Bingo. 1st & 3rd Fri: 6-9 pm Game night.
SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393
Mon: 1 pm Games. Tue: 7-8:30 am Breakfast. 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.
LEON 112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905
Regular activities: Lunch served Mon - Fri. Reservations required by 9 am. Wed: 10 am Exercise class; 1 pm Pinochle. 2nd & 4th Tue: 1 pm Bridge club. 3rd Sun: 11am-1 pm Lunch serving roast beef or ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, hot roll, salad and dessert bar. Drinks included. $8 donation adults/$4 children.
ROSE HILL 207 E Silknitter, 776-0170
Regular activities: Wii, pool table, shuffleboard, home-cooked lunch (reservation required). Mon & Wed: 9 am Strong Women Stay Young Exercise. Mon: 7 pm Pitch, games. Wed: 1 pm Bridge. Fri: 7 pm Card game. 1st Fri: 11 am Meeting, covered dish. 3rd Fri: Noon Covered dish. 1st Sat: 7-10 am Scrambled eggs, biscuits/gravy.
TOWANDA 317 Main, 536-8999
Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed & Fri Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton.
WHITEWATER Legion Hall,Whitewater
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 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 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.
AARP Driver Safety Classes Eight hours of instruction. Certificate on completion for insurance discount. Class size limited; call for reservations. $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Downtown Senior Center, 200 S. Walnut, 12:30 - 4:30 pm May 9 & 10, 267-0197. Via Christi Rehab Hospital, 1151 N. Rock, 9 am - 1 pm May 21 & 28, 689-5700.
Aging Projects, Inc. 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 620-669-8201.
WEEK OF MAY 2
Mon: Beef & cabbage, green beans, blushing pears, garlic bread, blueberry crisp. Tues: Chicken chef salad w/dressing, banana in orange juice, wheat roll, chocolate pudding. Wed: Crispy fish w/tartar sauce or chicken sandwich w/set up, corn tomato casserole, spinach, strawberries. Thu: BBQ chicken, potato salad, cooked red & green cabbage, Mandarin oranges, bread. Fri: Ham & swiss broccoli pasta, pickled beets, pineapple, wheat roll, cookie.
WEEK OF MAY 9 Mon: Turkey chili, combo salad w/dressing, apple slices, crackers, cinnamon roll. Tue: Egg & sausage bake, sliced tomatoes, green lentil salad, glazed blueberries, bran muffin. Wed: Ham & beans, potatoes & onions, parslied carrots, plums, cornbread. Thu: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, mixed greens salad w/dressing, apricots, roll, cake. Fri: Italian baked chicken, Italian pasta salad, green beans, pears, garlic bread.
WEEK OF MAY 16
Mon: Crispy fish w/tartar sauce, French fries, broccoli/cauliflower/carrot salad, pineapple, bread. Tue: Glazed chicken, cooked cabbage, BLT pasta salad, Mandarin oranges. Wed: Beef cutlet w/onion gravy or liver & onions, mashed potatoes w/gravy, peas & carrots, apricots, wheat roll. Thu: Ham salad sandwich, cream of celery soup, bun, cucumber & tomato salad, strawberries. Fri: Chicken & cheese casserole, broccoli, carrot pineapple salad, peaches, garlic bread.
WEEK OF MAY 23
Mon: Pork roast w/gravy, cabbage au gratin, mixed vegetables, blushing pears. Tue: Tuna pasta salad, broccoli & raisin salad, peaches, bread stick, cookie. Wed: Hot turkey sandwich casserole, peas, plums, no-bake cookie. Thu: Chicken & rice casserole, green beans, sliced tomatoes, strawberries, wheat bread. Fri: Hamburger on a bun w/set up, French fries, cauliflower bean salad, glazed blueberries.
WEEK OF MAY 31
Mon: Swedish steak, garlic mashed potatoes, mixed green salad w/dressing, peaches, wheat bread.
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F CEMETERY PROPERTY FOR SALE F
F ESTATE SALES CONT F
Resthaven, Garden of Prayer, two adjoining spaces 1 and 2, Lot 121-B. Value $3,695 each. Sell $1,000 each. 316-734-0393; louwbowling@ me.com.
In-Home Services: Personal care assistance, meal preparation, housekeeping, handymen and more! Phone Chester at the Senior Employment Program, 316-267-1771 or 316-267-0302. Prescreened, reliable help available.
Two cemetery lots, Resthaven, Spaces 3 and 4 of Lot 5D in the Garden of Friends. $3,000 call 722-8310.
Resthaven, Garden of Freedom, 3-C-4, spaces for two with marker and vaults. Value $11,000 sell for $3995. 316-721-6462, 316-253-3980. Resthaven, Garden of Freedom, four adjoining spaces close to road. Value $3,695 each. Sell for best offer. 316-880-0104. Resthaven, four adjoining lots in Garden of Last Supper, close to main entrance and mortuary. $3,999 for all or will split. 316-207-1080. Resthaven, Garden of Gospels, double depth lawn crypt. Bronze on granite marker included. Value $10,995. Best offer. 316-880-0104.
F CLEANING SERVICES F MM Cleaning Good old fashioned cleaning done the right way when you need it. Residential & commercial. Senior discount. 316-214-5753; email@example.com
F OPERTROP ESTATE SALES SALEF KC ESTATE SALES
Complete estate & moving sale services. We can do the sale at your residence or place your items with another sale. Expert pricing, selling & clean-up. Packing & moving services available. Excellent results. Free consultation. Call Carolyn Moshier. 316-634-0040
CUSTOMIZED ESTATE SALES & MOVING SERVICES GREATER PROFITS WITH LESS STRESS Insured with 16 years experience Free Consultation
316-806-7360 Julie Affiliated Estate Sales
We have the solution for every situation. Complete estate sales service. Free consultation. Over 25 years experience.
Paul 316-807-1209 Sale by Gayle
Moving, partial or entire estate sales. Experienced and insured. Free consultation. Competitive rates. www.salebygayle.com, 316-838-3521 or 316-206-3676
IPK ESTATE SALES Know your options, you have many.
See the ad on page 28. Want to learn more? Call 806-3435 Classifieds in the active age work! Call Kaydee to tap into the senior market. 942-5385
F HOME CARE CONT F
Foot Care in home. Home visit $40. Call Francine at 316-943-4360. Leave a message.
Two plots in Lakeview, Garden of Everlasting Life. Worth $2095 each, asking $2,500 for both. Will pay closing costs, cash. Donna, 316-201-1066.
Two lots for the price of one or make an offer. Lakeview Cemetery. 316-683-0056.
Place an ad: 942-5385
Complete Estate Sale Services Including Buy-outs
Gracious living for seniors in a safe home setting by loving certified staff 24/7. Private/ semi-private. Daycare. Memory Care. Affordable. Medicaid certified. Evelyn Hunt RN, 316-214-3359; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stress-free • Insured • Professional Retired Law Enforcement & Licensed Real Estate Agent on Staﬀ
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Reflections Residential Care
Painting—interior/exterior. Doors and windows replaced, grab bars, wheelchair ramps. All general repairs. Guaranteed lowest rates. Senior citizen discount. Lic #7904.
F FOR RENT F Darling cottage tucked among trees and gardens on private property. Ideal for a single person, one BR, handicapped accessible, west side. Small pets considered, tenant pays utilities. Rent $575 with $250 security deposit. If interested, respond and application will be provided. Contact 316-722-0448. Looking for housemate to share expenses. Pawnee Park area. Pet friendly, no smoking or drinking. Serious inquiries only. Call 992-8787.
Marv’s Home Improvements & Repair
Doors, trim, decks, ramps, patio covers, fences, siding, flooring. Basements, kitchens and baths. Painting. Also honey dos. Honest and dependable. Senior discounts. Free estimates. 35 years. License #8691. Insured. 316-737-4646. Wright One Home Improvements Kitchen & Bath remodeling. Painting. Windows. Doors. Siding. All types of flooring and home repairs. Free estimates. 316-409-2160.
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F FOR SALE F 73" DLP TV, $150; 51" smart TV, $275; leaf blower, $20; vaccuum cleaner, $20. Call 706-9763 or 440-8959. High quality used stairlift for sale, $1,500. Can refer installer to modify to fit your stairs. 316204-8100. Baby stroller, $30; baby car seat, $10; 26" bike, $25; large scooter, $20; small lawn mower, $49; 37" LCD TV, $100. Call 440-8959 or 706-9763. Cream colored loveseat, like new, $185 OBO. Mirrored and lighted display case, five shelves, six feet tall, $65 OBO. Call 684-8679. Bedroom furniture: tall amoire cabinet and drawers. Large matching dresser: ten drawers. Both dark, shiny finish w/brass poles and in usable, clean condition. $200 each or other offers. 316-200-4122. 2009 Montana Fifth Wheel RV for sale. 36 foot with four slides, shedded, low mileage. $39,000, call 316-617-6734.
F HELP WANTED F Part time bookkeeper. Quickbooks familiar. Some filing, receptionist duties as well. Flexible schedule. Please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Happy part-time receptionist needed! Afternoon and evening hours. Seeking organized, cheerful, people person. 20+ hours a week. Please send a resume in a Word document to email@example.com
F HOME CARE F Private duty nursing, am/pm care, medication assistance, light housekeeping, meal preparation, doctor visits, grocery shopping and other traveling. Serving Wichita since 1999. Call Sarah 316-390-6041.
F HOME IMPROVEMENTS CONTF Cowboy Construction
Bathroom and kitchen remodels. Room additions. Garages and sheds. Licensed and insured.
Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488
Harley Painting & Remodeling Interior/Exterior & Odd jobs Husband & Wife Team 316-648-4478
Handyman RX - We have a remedy for all your ”fix-it”jobs. Home maintenance, gutters, garage cleanup, hauling, screen window/door repair, yard work, etc. You don’t want to do it? We will. Call for HELP! 316-217-0882. Free estimates and senior discounts. Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Business 524-0434, Cell 461-2199.
Fix all cracks, walls, ceilings and all textures. 32 years experience. Free estimates. Senior discount. Duane Ball 316-648-5221.
Repairs. Free estimates. 316-312-4391.
Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts.
Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488
Need Privacy Fence Repair?
Dirt Installation and Siding Repair Courteous, professional repairs. Free estimates. Concrete work. 20+ years experience. Ernie Sponsel, 316-393-5461.
Call Dan for free estimates. 316-516-3949. Insured. Member of the Better Business Bureau.
STILES MAINTENANCE Heating & Air • Plumbing • Light Electrical Drywall • Painting • Tile Basic Home Repairs Licensed & Insured 25% Senior Discount 316-200-6601
Framing, carpentry, decorative concrete, remodeling & repairs, roofing, painting, tree services, exp. working with seniors. We do it all, give us a call! FREE ESTIMATES Matthew, 316-208-3784 Tyler, 316-518-4722
Odd Job Handyman Painting, mowing, yard cleanup, minor household repairs. Free estimates. Call Joel 316-772-8629. Handyman. Plumbing, electrical, heating, floors, doors, windows, screens, walls and more. HVAC certified. Licensed & insured. Senior discounts. Call John 316-650-3013.
Carpenter–30 Yrs Experience
Repairs & Remodeling • Trim Work Doors • Cabinets • Sheetrock • Tile Interior/Exterior Painting • Flooring
Bruce Smith Roofing & Siding Protect your home from the elements of the weather! 35 Years Exp. Locally owned & operated
FREE ESTIMATES All types of roofing, siding, & other exterior projects
316-640-3155 Licensed & Insured
Basement & Foundation Repair
• I-Beams • Water Proofing • Drain Tile • Dirt Work • Walls Straightened • Sump Pumps • References • Lic. & Insured • Total Basement Repair •
30 years experience 316-516-9200
Painting—Interior & Exterior Doors & Windows Replaced • Siding Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Decks • Ramps • Grab Bars Minor Electrical & Plumbing Repairs General Home Repairs Senior Citizen Discounts!
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Place an ad: 942-5385 F HOME IMPROVEMENTS CONT F Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970
Brick Block & Stone
Specializing in restoration, repair, design build, tuck-pointing, custom mail boxes and columns. Troy 316-208-1105 or 316-529-4453.
LIFT-RITE GARAGE DOORS
Scheduled maintenance, repair, sales on all garage doors. *Springs-Torsion & Extension *Garage Door Openers, Doors & More
ALL PURPOSE HAULING
Spring Clean Up. Fence and shed repairs/ removal. odd jobs. 316-807-4989.
Paul Williams (316) 650-8807 • Free Estimates
Derby, Haysville, Mulvane, Rose Hill, South Wichita.
Painting, repair, replacement of chimney, siding, decks, fence and hauling. See us on angieslist. com. Be Blessed. Thank you. KC Kimball 316789-9639, 316-250-2265.
BRICK & STONE WORK OF ANY KIND Tuck-pointing, foundation & chimney repair. Insured. Free Estimates.
Compare Our Prices Weekly Plumbing Specials
Install • Repair Clean • Insured
S & V Concrete
General Contractor - Class A, Roofing Siding Painting Repairs Decks Ramps Windows Doors Carpet Sheetrock
Stover Heating & Air Conditioning
Repair • Service All Brands Sales – Licensed Trane dealer Senior Discount SPECIAL: Furnace check-up $75*
*Some restrictions, doesn’t include filters, parts License # 7258
JS GUTTERING & FENCING 5-inch & 6-inch Seamless Guttering
CALL DAN 316-516-3949
Steps, porches, patios, sidewalks, retaining walls, driveways & garage floors. Also 4-inch steps with 18-inch landings for seniors. Licensed, bonded, insured. Free estimates
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WALLPAPER. Retiree Tim Devine enjoys and is good at hanging wallcoverings. A lifetime of experience at reasonable rates. Call 316-2089590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t Fix it Alone!
Our background-checked, bonded, insured, employee Handymen will fix it for you. Our work is GUARANTEED. We’re looking forward to your call… 316-773-0303
Dave’s Improvements Hail Repair Specialist Roofing • Siding • Windows Guttering • Free Estimates Senior Discounts 10% off complete job License #7904 • Insured
AGAPE ROOFING Three Generations of Local Roofers Quality Work – Fair Prices Residental & Commercial
Siding - Guttering - Windows
316-807-8650 Call for Free Roof Inspection Locally Owned, Licensed & Insured
Advantage Home Services
• TREE SERVICE • STUMP REMOVE • DUMPING SERVICE • HOME REPAIRS
Roofing – Windows – Siding A Reliable General Contractor Senior Discount
LICENSED & INSURED Stan 316-518-8553
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F LAWN AND GARDEN CONT F
P&A Landscaping 316-708-7236 Complete lawn care, mowing starting at $25 any cleanup. Gutter cleaning, Any odd job. Residential and commercial. City licensed and completed insured. Senior discount.
Mowing and trimming. Reasonable rates. Average yard starts at $20. Summer job for young teacher. Reliable. Call for estimate. 316-204-7552.
Total yard clean-up, flower beds and bushes, tree trimming and stump grinding, attics, garages and basements. LEAF cleanup and HAULING.
Including all yard debris. 316-516-4630 or 316-838-5710 Mike E. 316-708-1472
Snow removal, mowing, leaf and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, roto-tilling. Chimney repairs. Brick, block and stone repair. Christian Lawn Care 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. 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. Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. Gutter cleaning. Exterior painting. If you need any of these services call Perry, 316-619-6126. Champion Lawn Care Week ly mowing only. $30 minimum. 316-644-2708.
Yard, leaves and gutters cleaned. odd jobs. Shrubs/trees trimmed or removed. Abram Rinke, 316-259-0717. Please leave message. Hauling upon request.
All Trades Landscapes Call with your needs and get a free estimate!
Handyman • hauling • mowing • tree trimming/removal • landscaping • flowerbeds • renovations •
Cell: 316-347-6663 Office: 316-312-3589 F PERSONALS F
Looking for new friends to have fun with around town. Be between 70-80, only nice gentlemen. Also wanting some female friends for shopping. Write to Box #16, 125 S. West Street Ste 105, Wichita, KS 67213.
F SERVICES F
All Season Clean Up Lawn Care Complete Lawn Care • Yard Clean Up • Tree Trimming • Gutter Cleaning • Free Estimates • Senior Discounts • 316-807-8649.
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.
Jason's Lawn Care Mowing, tree trimming & brushes, any yard work weekly or bi-weekly. Call Jason. 316-469-8765. Free estimates.
Furniture Repair & Refinish Antique, Modern, or Cane. Reasonable pick-up & delivery. Clark 250-9533 or 788-5805.
Perry's Professional Lawn Service Spring clean up. Over seeding, verti-cutting, bush and hedge trimming, mulching, gutter cleaning, handyman work and hauling. 20 year's experience. Free estimates. Perry 316554-6409.
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.
MOWING Spring/Fall Cleanup Tree trim/removal Junk removal Brock Eastman • 316-765-1677
COMPUTER HELP in your home. Very patient. Call Norm 778-1487 or email email@example.com
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Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church 3700 E. Mt. Vernon Worship: 10:30 AM
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“Sharing Good News with Fresh Expressions”
• Residential & Commercial Mowing • Tree Trimming & Removal
F TREE SERVICE F
Free Estimates & Senior Discounts
Classifieds in the active age work! Call Kaydee to tap into the senior market. 942-5385
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 29 years’ experience. Sr discounts. Insured. 24 Hour emergency storm damage available. Call 316-207-8047.
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the active age 41. *Taken from mom before breakfast in bed 43. Month of Purim 44. China Grass 46. Cher or Mariah Carey 47. Google alternative 48. Conundrum 50. Church section 52. Little piggy 53. Blatant promotion 55. Ambulance squad, acr. 57. *Mother, in German 60. *Popular Mother's Day gift 64. Human trunk 65. Honey Boo ____ 67. 78 playing cards 68. Maroon 5 2014 hit 69. Shakespearean "fuss" 70. Follow as a consequence 71. Jury colleague 72. Cut down in March? 73. Clay pigeon
F TREE SERVICE CONTF Spring is on the way! ALL AROUND TREE SERVICE
Stump REMOVAL & GRINDING Trimming, deadwood, tree removal. Total yard, leaf clean-up & hauling. Also rural and farm areas. Free estimates. Experienced. Good prices. Insured. Tom King, 316-516-4630, 316-838-5710. Felipe Tree Service Evergreen trimming. Tree removal. Brush hauling. Splitting. Deadwooding. Insured. Free estimates. 12 years experience. 316-807-4419.
Estrada’s Tree Service
Trimming, crown reduction, removal. Storm damage prevention. Hauling. Firewood. Free estimates. Insured. Senior discount. Felix Estrada, 316-617-4392.
Alfred's Superior Tree Service 316-522-9458 www.alfredstree.com firstname.lastname@example.org
pruning - tree removal - stump grinding - debris/ brush haul off - chemical sprays - emergency services - firewood - consultations - demolitions
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Answers on page 21 F THRIFT SHOP F Gently Used Resale (Thrift Shop)
2523 S. Seneca (Westway Plaza) Wichita, Ks. Store & Donation Hours Mon & Thu 9 am-7 pm Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 9 am-5 pm Purchase with a purpose. Benefits those served by the Bethesda Lutheran Communities to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. Volunteers & Donations always needed. Like us on Facebook.
F WANTED F ALWAYS BUYING
Older items of all kinds including: antiques collectibles - costume and turquoise jewelry Boeing and Beech - pins - pocket knives guitars and amps - postcards - watches cigarette lighters - art glass - metal signs *Contents of attics, basements or garages* FOR FAST FRIENDLY ASSISTANCE CALL DAVE AT 316-409-0992 Over 20 years of assisting folks sell items.
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Donate your Durable Medical Equipment. Will pick up. Tax credit. Medical Loan Closet of Wichita. 316-200-2005.
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Call for a free estimate!
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Collector buying: WWII GERMAN and JAPANESE MILITARY items. 316-516-2737.
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Arts briefs... Goldie’s Bar fundraiser Goldie’s Bar, a fundraiser for Wichita Community Theatre, runs May 6 and 7. Mary Lou Phipps-Winfrey, a local actor, director and playwright, wrote the original script. “I wrote Goldie’s Bar to remind myself of all the warm, funny folks I've met over the years in small towns,” Phipps-Winfrey said. “Some are relatives who were delightful characters.” People in small towns often have nicknames such as "Squirrel," "Sweet Pea" and "Silk Hat." She developed some of the characters that appear in the show when she lived and performed improvisation with Shock of the Funny in NYC. Glenn Williams, a local actor, is co-starring with Mary Lou. All in all Goldie’s Bar is a slice of life from a small-town tavern in Waverly (where there's a sign with a hand waving to welcome motorists). There is audience participation, “but don't worry,” she said. “What happens at Goldie's stays at Goldie's.” Fundraiser performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $30. Beer and wine are included in the
admission prices so you must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink. The theater is at 258 N. Fountain.
Country, red dirt and blue grass bands; antique tractors and cars; pig races; a petting zoo; pony rides; a gospel sing-a-long; and more are on tap at the Real American Country Fest, a fundraiser for Old Cowtown Museum May 14-15. This two-day family event will feature a day of entertainment, culminating with an open-air concert by two country music icons. Mark Chesnutt will perform on at 7 p.m. Saturday, and Joe Diffie will take the stage at 5 p.m. Sunday. Events throughout both days include a car show, helicopter rides, gunfighters, wagon rides and a chuck wagon feed. There also will be nonstop music from regional bands. Gate admission is $20 per day; free for children 12 and younger. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are on sale at WichitaTix.com or at Old Cowtown Museum. There is a $1.50 mailing fee. For more information, contact KWLS 107.9 FM at 316-945-1079 or Old Cowtown Museum, 316-2191871.
Opera on the Lake The Pirates of Penzance is this year’s Opera on the Lake at Bradley Fair. Sung in English, the comedy is presented by Wichita Grand Opera at 8 p.m. May 20 and 21. WGO transforms the plaza into “Arena di Bradley Fair” with the construction of a reserved-seating amphitheater, a floating stage and a pirate ship. The evening concludes at 10:15 p.m. with a fireworks display. Opera director and baritone John Stephens, who directed and sang the show-stopping Pirate King of WGO’s 2008 Pirates production returns to direct this year’s star-studded cast. Regular-priced tickets are $85, $58 or $37. For a VIP experience, Newport Grill and WGO have partnered to provide a three-course dinner and the performance. Tickets are $150, or $1,000 for a table of eight; a portion is tax-deductible. Tickets can be purchased in person at Century II, by phone at the WGO Box Office at 316- 262-8054 or online at www.SelectaSeat.com. Readers of the active age and other seniors receive 20 percent off the regular price.
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Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 2016 Art is Ageless® calendar won a platinum award from the Hermes Creative Awards competition, administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.
– Art & Sue Bloomer
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Maintenance-free independent living residences, social and wellness activities, a comprehensive plan for future health care. Brought to you by local not-for-profit leader Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. There’s still time to find your reason for choosing The Westerly Residences, but don’t delay – 95% of our residences have been sold. Learn more at WesterlySeniorLiving.com.
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Pirates of Penzance Of the 6,000 entries from 23 countries, about 15 percent receive a platinum award, the highest award given. The awards recognize the work of creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media. Art is Ageless began in 1981 when resident art was featured in a calendar.
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Tips when visiting sick or disabled friends About a year ago, at age 66, I became ill and was subsequently diagnosed with an incurable, debilitating disease. While not deadly, it cannot be effectively treated and will likely affect me for several years, possibly permanently. The news was devastating, and I have had to learn an entirely different way of life. First, I had to quit my job. Then I became housebound, unable to drive and rarely be out in public. I was able to walk through the neighborhood, and became friends with a woman younger than me who has been ill for 17 years. I learned about the almost hidden world of people who suffer from chronic illness or disability and are primarily housebound. I also learned that I knew little about how to appropriately provide support in this situation. Individuals who are chronically ill need visitors, as they may go for days without seeing anyone. If they live with someone who works full-time, they may be isolated during the day and some evenings and weekends. There was a time when visiting a sick and disabled person was a common practice, but it seems to have gone by the wayside. Yet, visiting these
friends is important for their mental and physical health. These visits are different from visits in the past. Then the house was usually immaculate, snacks had been prepared and social interaction was the focus. Tips on being sensitive when you reach out: • Sick friends require a different mindset. They may not be able to clean or cook, and may feel embarrassed. Let her know that you don’t expect to be pampered. • Try to listen patiently. Remember, you are there to support your friend not to be entertained. She may spend much of the visit venting about her
pain and unhappiness. Please understand that your presence is important; be sympathetic to the friend who is likely struggling and suffering. • Listen attentively, nod your head to show you are engaged and offer a pat on the hand or a sympathetic hug. Avoid saying “I understand,” unless you have experienced a similar situation. More appropriate responses are, “That must be very challenging to deal with,” or “You are very courageous to cope.” Try to be encouraging, but avoid unrealistic comments such as, “I’m sure you’ll be fine in no time.”
• Feel free to talk about your current activities and old times that you and your friend have shared, but try not to overdo it. Hearing about things she may never be able to do again could be depressing. Otherwise, stick to talking about shared interests or, if she is able, play cards or a board game or watch a TV show together. Remember that she may be weak or have diminished mental sharpness due to illness or medications. • Schedule visits when it is convenient for the friend. She may need naps or have low energy at a particular time of day. The visits might only be an hour long. • You might learn more about the friend’s illness from a book or reliable Internet site. This will enable you to engage in a more informed conversation. • Avoid unsolicited advice. You may make a suggestion about diet, medications, treatments, alternative medicines, etc., but please make the suggestion only once and then let it go. You might be able to provide the name of a mental or physical health care provider if it
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Sick friend From previous page seems appropriate. • Avoid horror stories or discouraging comments. • Chronically ill people often need practical assistance. You may offer to do some housework or home repairs. Even replacing batteries in a ceiling smoke detector can be a challenge for a sick person. You could offer to prepare a week’s worth of an appropriate meal and package it in portions that could be frozen or refrigerated, then heated daily. Ask your friend what you can do to help. Professional agencies provide assistance, but can be costly. Medicare and most insurance plans do not pay for such services. Your friend’s income may not be low enough to qualify for financial assistance, nor high enough to pay for services on a regular basis. Religious and nonprofit organizations may provide occasional assistance, but may be sporadic. Besides, many individuals would prefer the help of a known friend. I once had a friend recommend a private caregiver who charged a reasonable rate. The friend called back a few days later to say he had learned the
the active age caregiver’s son was in a criminal gang. It would have been easy for the gang to learn where I lived and that I was usually home alone. This type of vulnerability is very real to the sick and homebound. This is one reason why I have asked the active age to withhold my name, email address and any other identifying information. Another concern for many who are ill is transportation. Your friend may need a ride to doctors’ appointments or assistance picking up prescriptions, groceries or running other errands. If you commit to visiting or providing assistance, please be sure to follow through. Your friend may be counting on you and find it problematic or disappointing if you cancel. However, if you are coming down with a cold or other illness, be sure to cancel. The individual’s immune system may be impaired. If you are unable to visit, call and tell her. You will find it rewarding to spend a few hours or more every week assisting a friend in need. Consider the fact that you may be in a similar situation some day. Right now you have the opportunity to “pay it forward.” To comment on this or other stories contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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El Dorado's Spring Fling is May 4 Celebrate the beginning of Older Americans Month at the 10th annual Spring Fling Senior Resource Fair in El Dorado. With more than 120 booths and three locations, this is Butler County’s largest event focusing on services, trends and opportunities for older adults and caregivers. Spring Fling takes place Wednesday, May 4. The theme is the Roaring ’20s; admission is free. There will be booths e at the Civic Center, 201 E. Central; the Community Building, 206 N. Griffith; and the El
Dorado Senior Center, 210 E. Second. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free health screenings at the Community Building and free paper shredding at the El Dorado Senior Center. A free photo booth will be at the Civic Center. Door prizes are at every booth/ plus information and giveaways. Lunch is a Monterey, drink and dessert for $7. A free shuttle service is available at all three parking lots. It's wheelchair accessible. Golf carts will be at the Community Building and Civic Cen-
ter to offer relief from the long walks to and from your vehicle. For more information call Melody or Brenda at 316-775-0500 or 1-800-
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