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By Tom Emery Few federal government programs today are viewed as efficient and popular, with long-lasting effects, as the Civilian Conservation Corps. This enormously successful Depression-era program of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, was all that and more. The CCC put unemployed, impoverished young men to work in forestry, soil conservation, drainage and public parkland. Known for its quality of work, the imprint of the CCC remains in parks, forests and farmlands today. Some 32 Kansas counties were

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inghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, as many as 17 percent of adults age 60 and older abuse prescription drugs. Narcotic painkillers, sleeping pills and tranquillizers are common medications of abuse. When drugs come from a doctor's prescription pad, misuse is harder to identify. We assume pharmaceutical drugs are only used for treating medical conditions. But many older adults take mood-altering medications for non-medical reasons. Over time, they develop a tolerance to the drug. Achieving the same effect requires See Drugs, page 10

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By Mayo Clinic Staff Signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse depend on the specific drug. Because of their mind-altering properties, the most commonly abused prescription drugs are: • Opioids such as oxycodone (Oxycontin, Roxicodone) and those containing hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Norco), used to treat pain • Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) and hypnotics such as zolpidem (Ambien), used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders • Stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, others), dextroamphetamine and amphetamine (Adderall XR) and dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), used to treat attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and See Abuse, page 10

home to CCC camps during its nine-year run from 1933-42. Much of the work focused on soil conservation, the result of the devastation of the Dust Bowl. “The impact of the CCC on parks across the nation cannot be understated,” said James Denny, a retired historian with the Missouri Department Courtesy photo of Natural Resources who Men relax in the barracks of a Civilian Conhas extensively studied the servation Corps camp near Carlinville, Ill. CCC. “The CCC put people shambles, Roosevelt spent his first back to work and helped send money days in office in March 1933 creating home to families that needed it. It a multitude of programs to create jobs, also got people into the great outdoors including the CCC, whose official and into better surroundings, and gave name was “Emergency Conservation them something productive to do.” Work.” With the nation’s economy in See CCC, page 7

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Tell us what you think about us By Elma Broadfoot Monday, March 20. Mark it on your calendars. The active age needs your help. Many of you have already been a great help with your donations. Now we need to know what you like and don’t like about our newspaper, and what we might add or discard from our pages. Oh, and we’d like to know a little about you – but we won’t ask your name. We will get a better demographic understanding of you based on age, gender, marital status and, yes, annual household income. But your only identity is your zip code. On March 20, you will be able to go to our website, www.theactiveage. com, and click on a survey link on our homepage which will take you to


Anala (Nell) Hebert is celebrating her 107 birthday on Friday, March 3. Originally from Abbeville, La., she grew up on a farm with 16 Anala (Nell) brothers and sisters. The Herbert family purchased its first car when she was 15, replacing the horse and buggy used for transportation. She married and had two sons and a daughter. She has 11 grandchildren, 12 great- grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Nell was an accomplished seamstress and a terrific Cajun cook. In the late 1960s and early '70s That link will also be on our Facebook page. The active age is working with Wichita State University marketing students who are conducting and processing this survey of our readers. Your response will not only help students learn the research process and help the active age keep you better informed. Prior to March 20, we will randomly mail a postcard about the survey and how to get to the survey to 2,500 of our readers. We’ll also distribute another 2,000 postcards through various senior venues. You don’t have to receive a postcard to take the survey. They are just one way of asking for your participation; this article is another way of asking for your help. The survey will be available online

she traveled with her church group throughout the United States, Europe and the Holy Land. A celebration will be at Reeds Cove Health and Rehab on her birthday. Send cards to Nell Hebert, Reeds Cove, 2114 N. 127th St. E., Rm. 206, Wichita, KS 67206. Celebrate... notices are printed at no cost for birthdays of 80 years or more and anniversaries of 50 years or more. Deadline is the 10th of the month prior to the celebration. Email the notice to editor@


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Poor performance trends in area nursing homes Kansas Advocates for Better Care, a nonprofit organization that monitors conditions in the state’s nursing homes, has released its annual listing of “red flag” facilities. Sixty-eight of the 350 nursing facilities in Kansas were found to have been cited for at least 10 health and/ or safety deficiencies in each of the last

Facility, city, number of deficiencies • Woodlawn Rehab & Health Care*, Wichita, 30 • Legacy at College Hill, Wichita, 22 • Manorcare Health Services, Wichita, 20 • Seville Operator, LLC*, Wichita, 19 • Meridian Nursing & Rehab*, Wichita, 16 • Victoria Falls, Andover, 11 • Medicalodges, Douglass, 11 • Catholic Care Center, Bel Aire, 10 This list was current as of Dec. 1, 2016. *Homes with an asterisk were cited for actual harm, immediate jeopardy or mistreatment of a resident(s) during their most recent inspection

three years. Nearly three- fourths of these poor-performing nursing homes are owned by for-profit corporations; the remainder are nonprofit. In the past 18 months, at least 44 facilities on the list were cited for deficiencies that resulted in “actual harm” to residents or put them in “immediate jeopardy” of being harmed. The Good Samaritan Society Center nursing home in Minneapolis was cited for 46 deficiencies — the most for any long-term care facility in the state. Among its 46 deficiencies cited were mistreatment of resident(s) resulting in actual harm, lack of proper treatment to prevent bed sores resulting in actual harm, lack of compliance with special or therapeutic diets result-

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nursing home to be cited for 10 deficiencies within a single inspection cycle (12 months). A facility being cited with 10 deficiencies for three consecutive cycles, however, constitutes a “red flag,” said KABC Executive Director Mitzi McFatrich. State inspections are the only objective review of nursing homes conducted by a governmental oversight agency to assure the safety and health of older residents. Inspections are an important source of information about the quality of care.

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Versatile pocketknives cut twigs, string, bait, thumbs By Ted Blankenship On my last birthday I was treated to a wiener roast at our son’s house. He had gathered some branches that had to be made into wiener sticks. He asked whether anyone had a knife. His father-in-law and I, both in our 80s, each had one. In my day (a far distant one) everyone, including 6-year-old boys, had a knife. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have been able to cut fish bait or string for a kite. In those days we were allowed to slice open a thumb now and then or close a blade on a finger or two. It was part of growing up. We were told to be careful and not to run with an open knife. And we were advised not to cut a stick with the knife pointed toward us. That was to avoid opening an embarrassing hole in the stomach or some other organ. We were trusted with all kinds of sharp objects, including single-edge razor blades. We didn’t shave with them; we used them to cut balsa wood sticks that were part of the 10-cent model airplane kits we bought at the dime store. I still have a scar on my left thumb acquired when I was trimming the

sprue from a lead soldier. (A sprue is an opening through which molten metal is poured into a mold.) We were allowed to pour the molten lead into soldier molds. They were cast iron, designed to be bolted together for the pour and separated to get the soldier out (often before the mold had cooled sufficiently). I grew up in the oil fields and toy soldier material was readily available in the form of a Babbitt. It is an alloy, usually containing tin, lead and copper, used for bearings in large machinery. We melted the Babbitt in a coffee can that had been bent on one end to resemble a pitcher. If the molten metal had spattered, we could have suffered eye damage or any number of serious body burns. We learned to be careful, but there were injuries. Nevertheless, my boyhood friends and I would have been mortified to be caught without a bone-handled Sears’ folding pocketknife. A smaller model might have served but would have been considered wimpy.

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As for razor blades, the single edge eventually became obsolete because the double-edge razor was invented. The blade was thinner and sharp on two sides. To use it to assemble model airplanes, you had to break it into two pieces. Sometimes we forgot which side of the half-blade was sharp and sliced a finger or two. I still carry a pocketknife. In fact, it’s painful when I have to leave it at home when I board an airplane. I would happily sign an agreement with the government that I would not highjack the plane if they would let me keep my knife. My granddad carried a pocketknife with a black handle, and he used it for everything. He could peel an apple into one circular peel that looked like

a Slinky. Knives were good for playing Mumbley peg, too. It was popular in the 19th century. It required two players who had to stick the knife in the ground using up to 24 different trick holds. The first one to complete all or most of them could drive a stick into the ground with the handle of his knife. The loser pulled the stick out with his teeth. The game was about as wild as boy parties got then. They didn’t have computer games. Contact Ted Blankenship at

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Annuity explanation helps retirement planning By Ken Selzer Kansas Commissioner of Insurance With Baby Boomers retiring at a record rate, income for retirement is a topic that generates much discussion in the over-60 population. Included in those discussions could be ideas for buying annuities for long-term financial goals. What often happens during these conversations is that many people do not understand how annuities work or whether they are good products for them to consider. Our staff at the Kansas Insurance Department has put together some basic information that might help fellow Kansas when they are considering those financial products. What is an annuity? An annuity is a financial contract in which an insurance company makes a series of income payments to you at regular intervals in return for a premium or premiums that you have paid. Annuities are often purchased for retirement income. Only an annuity is designed to pay an income that can be guaranteed to last as long as you live. An annuity is neither a life in-

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On March 21, Roosevelt sent his CCC plan to Congress, stressing the “moral and spiritual value” of conservation work to “take a vast army of... unemployed out into healthful surroundings.” Ten days later, Congress approved it. The first man enrolled on April 7, 1933 in Virginia — five weeks after Roosevelt’s inauguration. By June, some 253,000 were enrolled across the nation. The men lived in quasi-military camps administered by Army and civilian personnel. Camps contained approximately 24 buildings, including barracks, a mess hall, infirmary, educational and recreational facilities, and administrative quarters. They received food, shelter, medical care and $30 per month, $25 of which was sent to dependents, who welcomed

the active age the economic benefit. Enrollment peaked at 505,782 in 1935. Some 3.5 million men in 4,500 camps filled the ranks in the Corps’ existence from 1933-42. Dubbed “Roosevelt’s Tree Army,” CCC camps held approximately 200 men and were usually segregated. Many of the “colored camps” were found in the Plains and Upper Midwest states. There were five blacks-only camps in Kansas, a disproportionate number for a state of its size. The CCC was originally designed for unmarried men ages 18-25 on the relief rolls. Native Americans, also struggling economically, were added in April 1933. The following month, World War I veterans were added and sent to their own camps. Five veterans’ camps were eventually created in Kansas. More than 38,000 Kansas men were enrolled in the CCC. Many en-

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rollees served either within the state or in surrounding states, but some were transferred to forestry work in California or national parks in other western states. Courtesy photo In Kansas in A panorama of the Civilian Conservation Corps 1939 alone, the camp near Carlinville, Ill. in 1938. CCC handled more saved their lives,” said Joan Sharpe, than 1.2 million square yards of gully president of the Virginia-based CCC tree planting, dug 306,000 linear feet Legacy, a national organization of of diversion ditches, quarried 36,000 CCC veterans and enthusiasts. tons of limestone and dug 31,573 “The men were so desperate in cubic yards of dirt to construct ditches, those times, and many of them were channels and canals. just riding the rails. They all needed the Most acknowledge the CCC as a structure and benefits that the CCC landmark in the conservation moveprovided.” ment, and the economic benefits were An estimated 95 percent of CCC felt not only by workers and their men eventually served in World War families, but in towns that hosted II, and many became officers. camps because supplies were usually “They already knew a lot about milpurchased locally. The CCC left an emotional legacy; itary life, since the camps were run by military officers,” said Sharpe. “When many of its alumni never forgot the the war came, they put their CCC opportunity the Corps presented. experience to good use.” Men gained 12 pounds on average Tom Emery is a freelance writer and in their first two months, and their historical researcher from Carlinville, Ill. spartan barracks, in many cases, were Email him at an improvement over previous living conditions. “Many men say that the CCC See related story page 11.

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Mitchell played guitar, bass on stage, in studio Editor’s Note: One in a series of stories about African American musicians in Wichita from the 1930s-50s.

By Patrick O’Connor When Franklin Mitchell was a child he lived across from the Green Frog club in the 1800 block of Ohio. The club’s jukebox was his early exposure to music. A few years later he would sit outside and listen to musicians playing music under a shade tree at McKinley (McAdams) Park. They taught him a little, he said, so his mother bought him a used guitar. At L'Ouverture Elementary he took violin lessons from Walton Morgan. "(Morgan) would come to different clubs and play on the jazz set,” Franklin said. When he spotted him he’d yell: “Boy, where your mama at? Do your mama know you're out here?” Franklin said, "My mother installed a lot of morals in me, and they kept me up until this day. She always told me, ‘Since you're going to grow up and be who you are, just remember to take care of yourself, respect people.’ “ At age 12 Franklin met band managers Bob and Kathryn Smith and got much more involved in music. “I was playing (guitar) one night at The Blue Note. My mother came in there and ran me out of the club.” The Smiths “kind of adopted me, along with 15 or 20 other musicians that just come out of Muskogee.” They all lived in “a little one-bedroom house up on 1200 Minnesota, sleeping everywhere we could, and playing. We thought we was doing good if we could make just enough to put some jingle in our pocket.” Next Franklin discovered the bass. “The deepness of the tone caught my fancy, and I got one from Jenkins Music. We played the Mambo Club, Jack

Rev. Franklin Mitchell (1943-2000) and Jill, the Sunset Club, North End Club, Bunny Club, Chicken Shack and Smart’s Palace.” They called their band Jive Five, and then Finger Pop, and started touring in Kansas. “When we played Junction City, I sat in with the Ray Price band,” he said. When an all-black carnival stage show, Harlem in Havana, came through Junction City they asked him to join them. “That's where I got to meet a lot of name musicians who took to me. They would say, 'No, young man. Music is not rude; music is always subtle, always in tune, always correct. Music has a language and a life of its own.’ ” The show had up to 50 people, including dancers, singers, comedians and magicians. Franklin was the youngest. They traveled Coco Beach to Anchorage. “We stayed in a boxcar. Every now and then we'd get a hotel room, and we traveled by train, trucks and buses.” He said a lot of older women and men helped keep him out of trouble. “When you're on the road like that, you run into all sorts of people doing anything: some selling drugs, some

prostituting, some hustling, some gamblers, some murderers.” When Franklin left the carnival and returned to Wichita, he said most of the musicians were still playing blues and R&B, which he found boring. He moved to Rock Island, Ill., and started traveling. “That's when I come across Ike and Tina Turner, B.B. and Freddie King, Temptations, Lou Rawls and Sam Cooke. Over one year, I played 109 one-nighters. I played bass and guitar with the Ike and Tina Review for about four months. I was 20 or 21. Ike Turner was very hard to play with.” Then he became a musician for Ace Recording Studios. “I’d go into the studio, and they'd give me the chart. I'd play it on guitar or bass, and then I'm gone. There's a lot of songs I probably was on and didn't know whose track they was,” he said. “I had a beautiful career in music. I

never made it big or famous or anything, but that was OK. I come back to Wichita in '74, because I wanted to settle down. “Bob Smith had started preaching at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. I started playing guitar in the choir; then I become the choir director. Then I had to learn what I was teaching. That's when I went to the Bible.” Franklin Mitchell later became pastor of Trueword Baptist Church. This article is from Wichita African American Blues Performers: History in Music, based on interviews conducted at the Kansas African American Museum for the Wichita Blues Project, 1996-97. Copyright 2015, Patrick Joseph O’Connor. Most photos in this series were taken by Arthur Kenyon at the Museum, 601 N. Water.

Indigenous People’s Continuing Struggle is the title of a lecture Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will present at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Wichita State University’s Metroplex, Doorway J, Room 185, 29th Street and North Oliver. A native of Oklahoma, she has taught in the Native American Studies program at California State University,

Hayward; has authored or edited 12 books; and was active in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the International Indian Treaty Council. Her first published book was The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux Nation and Its Struggle for Sovereignty. A 6:30 reception precedes the lecture. Admission is free.

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Woman who defrauded senior now in jail District Attorney Marc Bennett often writes a column for the active age alerting readers to scams that are being perpetrated on older adults. Last July his column centered on an elderly man who was defrauded by a couple posing as landscapers. Relatives became suspicious when they visited the man unexpectedly and found an unknown woman in his home. When they asked him about her, he said he was helping her go to nursing school.

Bennett’s office prosecuted the woman on a charge of Mistreating an Elder Adult. Last month she again made the news. A press release issued from the District Attorney reported: “A Wichita woman convicted of befriending and defrauding a 90-yearold man has had her probation revoked and has been ordered to serve her prison sentence. “Laurie Fernandez, 40, was con-

Meatless Mexican meals for Lent Set your watch for 5 p.m. Friday, March 3. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 2351 N. Market, begins its 19th year of serving meatless Mexican food during Lent. Hours are 5 to 7:30 p.m. each Friday through April 7 at the Parish Center. The menu includes cheese and onion enchiladas, tostadas, potato tacos, chile rellenos and more, according to Justin Kelley, dinner coordinator. The food is prepared fresh each week, and there are both dine in and carry out options. Proceeds from the food sales provide scholarship assistance to send 31

children from the church to Wichita Catholic schools. This year, 10 students are attending Bishop Carroll High School and 21 students are attending four elementary schools. The students and their parents work in various roles at the dinners each week from food preparation, serving food and drinks, cleaning tables, and taking out trash. Steve Bauer, a longtime parishioner, said, "We always look forward to the dinners, not only to see old friends and enjoy fellowship, but the food is always excellent and is a great option to fish on Friday's during Lent." For information call the Parish Center on Fridays at 316-838-5750.

victed by a Sedgwick County jury on June 1, 2016, of taking about $18,000 in gifts, loans and payments for lawn services during a three-month period in 2015. She met the victim while going door-to-door offering landscaping services. “District Court Judge Bruce Brown granted Fernandez probation in July of 2016 pursuant to state guidelines and ordered her to pay restitution to the victim. Judge Brown revoked that

probation at a hearing on Feb. 2. “Fernandez had tested positive for drugs, failed to pay restitution and absconded from supervision. Brown ordered Fernandez to serve the balance of her 13-month sentence in the Kansas Department of Corrections. “A co-defendant with Fernandez has pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 14. Justin Velasquez pleaded guilty on Jan. 30 to felony theft.”

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Abuse From page 1 certain sleep disorders. Signs include: • Stealing, forging or selling prescriptions • Taking higher doses than prescribed • Excessive mood swings or hostility • Increase or decrease in sleep • Poor decision-making • Appearing to be high, unusually energetic or revved up, or sedated • Continually "losing" prescriptions, so more prescriptions must be written • Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor When to see a doctor: Talk with your doctor if you think

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more and more of the drug. Dr. Marvin Tark, a pain management specialist, explains it like this: "Addiction is a genetic trait. Prescription drug addiction is no different

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Symptoms of prescription drug abuse

Opioid painkillers

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Constipation Nausea Feeling high (euphoria)

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Poor coordination Increased pain with higher doses

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Reduced appetite Agitation High body temperature Insomnia High blood pressure Irregular heartbeat Anxiety Paranoia

you may have a problem with prescription drug use. You may feel embarrassed to talk about it — but remember that medical professionals are trained

to help you, not judge you. It's easier to tackle the problem early before it becomes an addiction and leads to more-serious problems.

from alcoholism or an addiction to any other substance. If a person has a history of alcoholism or substance abuse, there is a higher chance that they will abuse prescription medication." Seniors do not fit the picture in most people's heads of a drug abuser, so more often than not, practitioners

and family members do not suspect that seniors have a problem. This makes access to prescriptions even easier for seniors. "When grandma goes to the doctor with an ache or pain, she easily gets Percocet," says Tark. "Fifteen percent of the population has a tendency towards addiction. Seniors have the same propensity.", connecting people caring for elderly parents.



Spring Job Fair

The semi-annual Senior Employment Job Fair will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the Downtown Senior Center, 200 S. Walnut. The 25 prospective employers on hand for the event include Arby’s, Axiom Healthcare, Brighton, Catholic Charities, Cintas, the City of Wichita, Express, First Student, Hamilton Relay, Heartland Research, Heart and Soul Hospice, In Home, Intrust Bank, KDHR, KETCH, Manpower, the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, Right At Home, SER, Starkey, USD 259, Veterans Administration, Veterans Up Bound, Sedgwick County Zoo and Workforce. Prior to the fair, job seekers must apply and complete a two-hour orientation at the Senior Employment Program at the downtown center. Applicants can apply through Saturday, March 18. The employment program offers help preparing a resume, interview strategies, computer training and job leads For information, call 267-1771 or visit


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When a railroad grew its ties, fence posts By Wally Jensen By the 1870s the forerunner to the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad determined that a source of timber for right- of-way fence posts and for ties was needed within the heart of its operations. An ideal area lying along their right-of-way was 640 acres of land seven miles north of Girard, Kan., through which they had operations. The Missouri River, Fort Scott and Gulf Railroad petitioned the U.S. government for possession of the land; in 1870 it was issued a land patent for the acreage. (Basically how the railroads secured all their right of way as it pushed westward across the country.) By using their embankment when building the railroad tracks, the MRFS&G had established a 100-acre lake to supply a water tower along with row maintenance facilities. With the activity, a settlement sprang up and was named Farlington, in honor of the postmaster. Those living there were primarily miners working the local coal mines. With its location, it soon became a railroad shipping point for commerce. The acreage was planted in catalpa,

hedge, walnut, cherry and white ash seedlings. Lacking any care the tree farm developed heavy growth, at times to jungle density, and was maintained only by wind and ice storms. A Cyclopedia published in 1912 giving descriptions of Kansas towns, referred to the trees as being a magnificent forest and indicated large quantities of timber being regularly cut for railroad ties and fence posts. But, according to an article from a 1962 newspaper interview with the Pittsburg agent, Frisco records indicate that although some cuttings were sold, none of the trees ever found the railroad’s intended use. It was conjectured that the growth was more than manpower could deal with, and it was left to go into a wild

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state. Being unable to find buyers willing to meet their price, Frisco continued to hold title to the land until 1971, when it was sold to a private party.

There is some humor, given the 640 acres cost the railroad nothing because it was an 1870 grant from the federal government. The last time I saw the farm area was in 1962. It was posted with weather-weary signs along the county road warning it was StL&SF railroad property. When I found a 1962 scrapbook newspaper clipping, my curiosity drove me to a day trip to visit the area. No recognizable trace of the farm could be seen. This enjoyable research and outing were all set in motion by a clipping I had pasted in a scrap book more than 50 years ago. The tree-farm area and Frisco’s original lake should not be confused with a 500-acre state park two miles east of Farlington. The Crawford State Park and its 150-acre lake were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1933-1938. And that’s another story. Contact Wally Jensen at


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Savvy Senior joins the active age lineup The active age added a new column this month, Savvy Senior. Check it out on page 13. Jim Miller’s columns are written for boomers and seniors, and is published in more than 400 newspapers and magazines. Miller received his master’s degree in education from Wichita State University. He now lives in Norman, Okla., and has often been quoted in articles about senior issues, including in Time magazine, USA Today and The New York Times. He also contributes to NBC’s Today, and has made multiple appearances on CNBC, CNN and national public television. In an interview with Heather Won Tesoriero in February’s Time magazine, Miller talked about how he became interested in seniors. He moved to Norman, home of the University of Oklahoma, in 1988 to work in the athletic department and became a stadium announcer. The Time article said: “Then in 1999 things took a jarring turn. He said two years ago he learned that his mother was dying of cancer. When his father came home from visiting her he suffered a massive heart attack. "He was probably lying on the floor for five minutes before I found him," recalls Miller. Suddenly, at 37,

tion available to seniors. “ ‘A lot of what's out there is heavy and complicated, especially when you get into wills and trust and Medicare,’ he says. ‘My column is not an advice column; it's an information column. I channel information that's out there to specifically answer peoples questions.’ " ‘It's nice to be able to let people know that I'm hearing what they're saying,’ says Miller. ‘I'm just a regular guy,’ he hastens to add. ‘I'm not a Samaritan.’ ” He writes on a wide variety of topics including: retirement and estate

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Savvy Senior columnist Jim Miller he found himself parentless. "I was real close to them," he says, "I was pretty shattered." The story continued: “To ease himself out of his grief, Miller began working at a retirement community and writing a question-and-answer column for seniors for the Norman Transcript, the town's newspaper. “ ‘I started doing it just for fun, as a little P.R. Plug for the retirement community.’ “But when he began doing research, Miller discovered there was a real problem with the quality of informa-

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How Medicare covers preventive health services By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover 100 percent of all preventive health care screenings? I’m due to get a colonoscopy and a few other tests, but I want to find out if I’ll have to pay anything before I proceed. New to Medicare

Dear New, Medicare currently covers a wide array of free preventive and screening services to help you stay healthy, but not all services are completely covered. You also need to be aware that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) – which helps financially support Medicare – may very well cause these free preventive services to be eliminated in the future. But in the meantime, here’s how it works. Free Preventive Services Currently, most of Medicare’s preventive services are available to all Part B beneficiaries for free, with no copays or deductibles, as long as you meet basic eligibility standards. Mammograms; colonoscopies; shots against flu, pneumonia, and hepatitis B; screenings for diabetes, depression, and heart conditions; and counseling to combat obesity, alco-

hol abuse, and smoking are just some of Medicare’s lengthy list of covered services. But to get these services for free, you need to go to a doctor who accepts Medicare “on assignment,” which means he or she has agreed to accept the Medicare approved rate as full payment. Also, the tests are free only if they’re used at specified intervals. For example, prostate cancer PSA tests, once every 12 months for men over 50; or colonoscopy, once every 10 years, or every two years if you’re at high risk. Medicare also offers a free “Welcome to Medicare” exam with your doctor in your first year, along with annual wellness visits thereafter. But don’t confuse these with full physical examinations. These are prevention-focused visits that provide only an overview of your health and medical risk factors and serve as a baseline for future care. For a complete list of services along with their eligibility requirements, visit and click on the “What Medicare Covers” tab at the top of the page, followed by “Preventive & screening services.” Hidden Costs You also need to know that while the previously listed Medicare services are completely free, you can be charged for certain diagnostic services or additional tests or procedures related to the preventive service. For example, if your doctor finds and removes a polyp during your preventive care colonoscopy screening, the removal of the polyp is considered diagnostic and you will likely be charged for it. Or, if during your annual wellness visit, your doctor needs to investigate or to treat a new or existing problem, you will probably be charged here too. You may also have to pay a facility fee depending on where you receive the service. Certain hospitals, for example, will often charge separate facilities fees when you are receiving a preventive service. And, you can also be charged for a doctor’s visit if you meet with a physician before or after the service. To eliminate billing surprises, talk

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to your doctor before any preventive service procedure to find out if you may be subject to a charge and what it would be. Cost Sharing Services Medicare also offers several other preventive services that require some out-of-pocket cost sharing. With these tests, you’ll have to pay 20 percent of the cost of the service, after you’ve met your $183 Part B yearly deductible. Services that fall under this category include glaucoma screenings, diabetes self-management trainings, barium enemas to detect colon cancer and digital rectal exams to detect prostate cancer. Medicare Advantage Members If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, your plans are also required to cover the same free preventive services as original Medicare as long as you see in-network providers. If you see providers that are not in your plan’s network, charges will typically apply. Send your senior questions to: Jim Miller Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit

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Consumer alert:

Know your earthquake insurance policy limits Although Kansas earthquake activity hasn’t registered too many headlines recently, earthquakes are still being recorded each week, especially in south central portions of the state. That’s why Ken Selzer, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, continues to encourage Kansans to check with their insurance agents and companies about earthquake coverage and exclusions that might apply to any homeowners coverage those consumers have. Kansas earthquake insurance coverage requires a separate policy or endorsement to your regular homeowners insurance policy, Commissioner Selzer said. “Earthquake coverage is not a part of a regular homeowners, renters or condominium insurance policy,” Selzer said. “If your insurance company offers it — and many do — coverage can be added by including an endorsement to your policy or by purchasing a separate earthquake policy.”

In either case, he said, you will pay an extra premium. Instead of a dollar amount, the deductible for that premium will probably be a percentage of the cost of rebuilding your home. There might also be a separate deductible for the home’s contents. The commissioner also urges policy owners to check whether policy endorsements or special policies have any provisions addressing the idea that earthquakes have originated because of man-made oil drilling activity. “Kansans should also remember that earthquake policies usually cover only structural and foundation damage to a home,” he said. “That is why it is

important, if you are considering the coverage, that you talk over the specifics with your agent.” Selzer also offered these points to consider about earthquake coverage: • Coverage doesn’t include damage to your vehicles. That may be covered under your current automobile policy. Check with your insurance agent or company to verify your vehicle coverage. • The time to buy the coverage is before an earthquake. Most insurers won’t sell any new earthquake insurance for 30 to 60 days after a recent earthquake. Check with your insurance company to be sure. • As with any household coverage, make a household inventory. Go through each room to write down and video everything. Store the inventory in a secure place at another location, such as a safe deposit box. A survey by the Insurance Information Institute (III) shows that only 8 percent of homeowners in the Midwest have earthquake insurance. In Oklahoma, where earthquakes have been prev-

alent during the past few years, a total of 15 percent of homeowners have the coverage, according to the institute. For additional assistance, call the Consumer Assistance Hotline, 800432-2484.

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Reaching across generations brings surprises By Steve Ochsner More than a year ago I wrote an article about my recollections of Vietnam for the active age. It got a lot of response, but perhaps the most interesting was an email from Diana Morton, an English instructor at Butler Community College. She asked if I would speak to her class about my experiences in that war. My reaction was pretty predictable. “What? She wants me to do what? Speak to some college kids about something that happened before most of their parents were born?” I laughed, almost hysterically. But the next day I was still thinking about it. “Why not? What is the worst the class could do? Laugh at me?” Well, I’ve been laughed at plenty of times before, and it never killed me. I contacted her and said I would do it. I’ve spoken to a lot of groups about a lot of things, but this one was more of a challenge. How would young people react to some old dude talking about a war so long ago? Our generation knows all about

Millennials, don’t we? The media tells us they are rude, disrespectful, lazy, unmotivated and on and on. But that was not my experience. The young men and women I met were respectful, smart, interested and asked great questions. Since that first presentation, I have given it five more times, and each time it has gotten better. I talk a bit about the devastating impact of the draft and the war and how they shaped our generation. Then I turn the tables and ask them to consider what national and geopolitical factors today will impact their generation? Is it the economy, the state of the world, healthcare, immigration, race, the military, the media or maybe something else? I ask them to think/discern/question all the things they are being fed via social and mainstream media. This might be the first time that many of them have considered these things, and probably the first time

they’ve been asked to express their feelings about them in front of their peers. Their responses were worth the price of admission. They were then asked to write a four-page paper on the effect that any of these factors might have on their lives. Diana gave me some of their papers to read. They were thoughtful and very introspective. These students are concerned about immigration, the economy and healthcare, but the biggest concern they expressed is the disinformation that they believe they are being fed from the government and media. Based on their discussions in class and their papers, this experience had significant impact upon these students. But the larger impact was on me. I have come away with a whole new perspective. These are not lazy unmoti-

vated losers, as portrayed in the media. Some are single parents; most work full time in addition to being full time students. These students realize the task before them. Their generation has been dealt a worse hand than ours. We have left them with a huge national debt, chaos in the world, a flat economy and a depleted military. I could go on... It scares them, sure. But they seem excited to take it on. Although I fear for some of them, I think many will do well. I hope they do. I’ll close with two things. First, don’t believe all the crap you hear in the media about this generation. Second, if you are ever given the opportunity to talk to young men and women of this generation don’t laugh hysterically. Do it! You will never regret it. Contact Steven Ochsner at

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Your Kansas Silver Haired Legislators By Monica Cissell Do you know about the Silver Haired Legislature? If your answer is “huh, what’s that,” then it’s time to get acquainted with your senior representatives in Topeka. KSHL is an important group of volunteers who have made a commitment to advocate on behalf of older Kansans and educate Kansas’ lawmakers and others on their issues. It is a unicameral legislature with 125 representatives from across the state. All are over 60 and elected from their county of residence. Members regularly interact with older adults in their county/district on issues affecting the senior community. The bills and resolutions developed by the KSHL are then presented to the Legislature and governor as recommendations for state policy. Delegates representing Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick counties for the 2017-18 term are: Evelyn Davis — Sedgwick County, District 2/Running Uncontested.

Areas of interest include helping seniors address issues that concern them and helping to improve their lives. Craig Shove — Sedgwick County, District 3/Running Uncontested. Areas of interest include improving conditions for all seniors, with a special emphasis on enhancing the lifestyles of fellow seniors. Howard W. Tice — Sedgwick County, District 4/Running Uncontested. Areas of interest include developing and passing legislation concerning seniors. Carrie Adams — Sedgwick County, District 5/Running Uncontested. Areas of interest include long-term care living and safety measures, employment accessibility, educating seniors on local and state issues that concern them, and finding answers when people need them. Carl Williams — Sedgwick County, At Large/Running Uncontested.

Areas of interest include social justice, representing and giving a voice to senior issues, and representing people over 60 in Sedgwick County at the state level. Don A. Durflinger — Butler County/Running Uncontested. Areas of interest include keeping senior issues out front and representing the concerns of constituents of Butler County. Wayne Valentine — Harvey County/Running Uncontested. Area of interest include issues that concern seniors residing in Harvey County The KSHL is supported by its local Area Agency on Aging and funded through donations. Representatives are volunteers. Their advocacy expenses are funded through their own contributions, plus donations from local companies/organizations and private individuals. Donations are used to help fund the group’s advocacy efforts and other

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Mon & Wed: 6 pm Yoga, Rec Center. Free. Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. Tue: 1 pm Bridge. (reservation required). Tue & Fri: 10:30 am Chair Exercise, Rec Center. Wed: 9 am Low impact aerobics, Rec Center. Fri: 9 am Breakfast at Braum's. 1st, 3rd & 5th Fri: 6 pm Pitch. 1st Thu: 1 pm Game Day, Rec Center. 1st Mon: 6:30 pm Potluck & Program, Community Room. 3rd Wed:1:30 pm Book club. 4th Mon: 12:30 pm Covered Dish Lunch & Program, Rec Center. 4th Thu: 2 pm Genealogy & Family History Group.

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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.

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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 technologybring your device.

DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223 Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. Mar 6, 13: 1 pm Knit or crochet a messy bun hat. Bring knitting supplies. Free. Mar 13: 1 pm Inspiring Women - Florence Nightingale. Jo Simon presents information about the trailblazing nurse. Free. Mar 20:12:30 pm Food handlers class. Class lasts 2 hours. Register at 788-0223. Free. Mar 27: 1 pm Social coloring. Color sheets and coloring tools provided. $1. 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

Page 17 Regular activities: Exercise classes, Pickleball, computer classes, foot care by appt. Mar 2: 2 pm Cooking for One or Two by Shirley Lewis. Non-member, $5. Mar 9: 2 pm Planning Your Vegetable Garden by Terry Erickson. Non-member, $5. Mar 17: 11 am St. Patricks Day Potluck Lunch with entertrainment provided by the Lewis Street Singers and Prairie Wind Dancers. Bring your favorite dish and RSVP at 267-0197.

Mar 31: 10 am Intro to Landscape Drawing by joan Morrison. Mon: 11 am Lewis Street Singers; 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11 am Well rep excercise 1 pm Pickleball.

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Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise. Fri: 1 pm Cards. 1st Fri: noon Potluck, cards. 3rd Fri: noon Birthday/anniversary celebration.

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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.

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

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LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700

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

LINWOOD 1901 S. Kansas, 263-3703 Regular activities: Computer classes, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. Mar 6: 3:30 pm Learn how to use your smart phone. Mar 8: 2-4 pm Craft Time with Barbara and Pat. Learn how to make a rock fairy house. RSVP 263-3703, $5. Mar 10: 10:15 am Healthy Teeth and Gums by Wichita State's Dental Hygiene Program. Get information and goodies for your oral health. Mar 13: 11am-1pm Participate in the PB&J Fundraiser to benefit Linwood. $5. Mon: 9:30 am Dynabands; Stretching. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance 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. 2nd Thur: 11:45 am Kentucky fried chicken potluck. Free. Last Fri: 11:45 Birthday Celebrations.

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444 Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Mar 9: 11:45 am Caregiving Support with Helpful Tips for Seniors by Rhonda Custard. Mar 16: 11:45 am Fall Prevention by Eric Mitchell. Mar 17: 2-4 pm The Green Thang Party. Members, $5; non-members, $7. Mar 24: 11:45 am Importance of Eating Healthy by Conni Mansaw. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 10 am Crochet class; 1 pm Bridge.

OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

Daily: 11:30 am Friendship meals, computers, treadmill. Tue: 12:30 pm Pitch Tournament. Wed: 10:30 am Chair exercise. 1st Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers meeting.

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. 1st Sat: Breakfast fundraiser.

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293 Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Mar 3: 11:15 am Diabetes Education & Foot Care Drawing by Orchard Gardens Health & Rehab. Mar 14: 1130 am Lunch out: Spears. Mar 17: 11:15 am What to Expect at Rehab by Lucy Lavelle. Mar 27: 11:15 am Take Control of Chronic Diseases by Angels Care Home Health. Tues: 12 pm Duplicate bridge. Wed: 10:30 am-noon Computer lab. Fri: 12 pm Open pool tables; 12:30 pm Social coloring.

PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199

Regular activities: Cards, exercise, pool, hot lunch. Call for details. Mar 2: 2 pm Renee Vermillion will provide hearing screenings and hearing aid checks and cleanings. Call 316-744-1199 to schedule an appointment. Mar 15: 3-5 pm Aero Plains Brewing Tour & Tasting. $14 for a flight of beer. RSVP 744-1199. Mar 21: 8 am Breakfast Out: Cracker Barrel. Mar 30: 11 am Hospice 101 by Rev. Leigh Burgess. Learn about services hospice provides. Refreshments provided. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise. Sat: 1 pm Pinochle. 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.

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: 8:30-10:30 am Pickleball at Valley Center Intermediate School, 737 N. Meridian. Use North doors when schools not in session.

Senior Wednesdays

Mar 1: 10 am Wichita Art Museum, Enjoy a tour of the new exhibit, The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New York Historical Society. $2. 1:30 pm Water Center, Work in Water: A Teen's Perspective into the Corrosive Crisis and How Activated Sludge Microorganisms are Facilitated. Free. Mar 8: 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo, Discover what animal lore is correct and incorrect. $4. 1:30 pm Wichita Public Library - Central Library, Estate Planning with Jennifer Stultz. Local attorney will discuss the importance of estates, wills, and trusts. Free. Mar 15: 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art. Dane Jones: In the Right Place at the Right Time. Experience two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. Free 1:30 pm Kansas African American Museum,

Two of a Kind. View the Obama exhibition while learning comparisons between Presidents Eisenhower and Obama. Free. Mar 22: 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Celebrating Cecil McAlister with Lynn Behnke. Celebrate the life and art of Cecil McAlister, designer of the Wichita flag. $2. 1:30 pm Exploration Place, Vietnamese Cuisine. Learn about Vietnamese cuisine and make your own spring roll. $4 plus tax. Mar 29: 10 am Great Plains Nature Center, The Last Wild Places of Kansas. Author George Frazier will discuss his recent book about the time he spent exploring the Sunflower State. 1:30 pm Old Cowtown Museum, Keeping Up Appearances. Technology and fashion of the 1870s. Free.

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ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441 Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, pool. Daily:11:30 am-12 Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tues: Special music at lunch. 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. Wed: 1 pm Bridge. Thu: 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Quilt Club; 7-9 pm Pitch. Fri: 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. Friday: 9:30 am Prize bingo. 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, $5 (reservation required). 1st Mon: 6 pm Finger foods & cards. 3rdMon: 6 pm Birthday/anniversary covered-dish 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. Sat: 6 pm Cards and games. 3rd Tue: 12:30 am Blood pressure checks. LEON

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 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 the active age Make a tax deductible donation to the active age and support our 2017 Donation Campaign!

Make a 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 and/or enroll in auto-pay via our paypal account.

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.

112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905

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

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. Mar 10: 10 am Chair massage with Rachel Olson. Call 283-2222 for an appointment. Mar 24: 9:30 am Jeff Priest, Hearing Aid Cleaning & Repair. Mar 30: 10 am Frances Redinger with HomeCare Services.

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. 1st Thu: 1 pm Paint with Sue. 2nd Thu: noon Carry-in dinner, mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out.

Support Groups, Clubs, Dances

An up-to-date list of support groups is at To add or correct a listing, call 316978-3566, 1-800-445-0016 or email Clubs, Organizations and Dances are at under the Resources category. For changes call Kaydee at 942-5345 or email

Eight hours of instruction. Certificate on completion for insurance discount. Class size limited; call for reservations. $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Wesley Friends, 550 N Hillside, 8am - 5pm March 17, 316-962-8400. Via Christi Rehab Hospital, 1151 N. Rock Road, 9am-1pm March 18 & 25, 316689-5700.

Friendship Meals

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 locations and reservations, call 620-669-8201. WEEK OF MARCH 1

Wed: Tuna noodle w/pea casserole, cole slaw, apricots, orange muffin. Thu: Baked chicken breast or leg/thigh, California mash, 3-bean salad, strawberries, wheat roll. Fri: Cheesy potato & egg bake, parslied carrots, tomato salad, bananas in orange juice, biscuit.

WEEK OF MARCH 6 Mon: Chicken fajita salad, salsa, Mexican

Regular activities: Lunch served Mon - Fri. Reservations required by 9 am.

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

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.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Transportation Sedgwick County

Sedgwick Co Transportation, 6605150 or 1-800-367-7298, transportation or services info. 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays.

Butler County Transit

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

Harvey County

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

rice, blushing pears. Tue: Liver & onions or Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes w/onion gravy, peas. Wed: Chicken & rice casserole, roasted zucchini, cole slaw, plums, wheat bread. Thu: Pork roasts w/gravy, sweet potatoes, Spanish green beans, strawberries. Fri: Pimento cheese spread on bread, cream of celery soup, broccoli cauliflower carrot salad, Mandarin oranges.


Mon: Pork & noodle casserole, mixed vegetables, carrot pineapple salad, apple juice, apricots, wheat roll. Tue: Scalloped chicken, sweet potatoes, broccoli, pears, no bake cookie. Wed: Ham & beans, parslied carrots, potatoes & onions, plums, cornbread. Thu: Sloppy joe on a bun, French fries, cauliflower bean salad, peaches, apple crisp. Fri: Crispy fish w/tartar sauce, macaroni & cheese, mixed green salad w/dressing, strawberries, roll.


Mon: Goulash, German mixed vegetables, plums, garlic bread, butterscotch pudding. Tue: Turkey & dumplings, black eye pea salad, cooked cabbage blend, blushing pears, roll. Wed: Mexican lasagna, combo salad w/ dressing, pineapple, cherry cobbler. Thu: New England stew, pea salad, banana, corn muffin, fruited gelatin. Fri: Egg salad on bun, vegetable soup, Italian pasta salad, strawberries.


Mon: Creamy chicken & veggie casserole, broccoli, stewed apples, brownie, wheat bread. Tue: Oven fried chicken breast or thigh, spinach, grape juice, sunshine salad, fruit. Wed: Scallopped potatoes & ham, Lima beans, mixed greens salad w/dressing, peaches, bread. Thu: Chili, baked potato, carrot raisin salad, blushing pears, cinnamon roll. Fri: Tuna pasta salad, celery soup, pickled beets, Mandarin oranges, banana bar.

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Resthaven, Garden of the cross. Four spaces together with two openings, two closings and one shared memorial marker for two. Value $23,000 asking $15,000. 316-204-4989.

Quantum power wheel chair, standard size. Has power tilt feature. Used 5 years. $250. Call 316-681-2203.

Dependable, honest CNA/HHA with 40 years experience will help you stay in your own home. References upon request. Jodie, 316-807-8308.

Mission Oak pedestal table with three leaves, buffett (needs work), over 100 years old. Call 316-617-0421.

Caregiver: 20 years experience helping seniors stay in their home. Doctors appointments and all home health needs. Excellent references. Pat, 516-0205 or 440-6252.

Resthaven, Garden of Freedom, double depth lawn crpt, vaults, 16 x 24 bronze marker with vase. Value $9,570. 316-619-1487. Old Mission, Garden of Faith, four adjacent lots. Value $3,000 each. Asking $3,000 per pair. Call 684-8712.


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 GREATER PROFITS WITH LESS STRESS Insured with 19 years experience Free Consultations

316-806-7360 Julie Sale by Gayle

Moving, partial or entire estate sales. Experienced and insured. Free consultation. Competitive rates., 316-838-3521 or 316-227-7640.

Cash for your Estate Items

Complete Estate Sale Services Including Buy-outs

FREE Consultation • 50+ Years Experience Stress-free • Insured • Professional Retired Law Enforcement & Licensed Real Estate Agent on Staff

Call/Text 316-530-3275

E-mail: (Se Habla Español)

F FOR SALE F 26”new bike, $120; 26”large tire, $159; used girls bike, $15. 440-8959 or 906-9215. Portable oxygen concentrator. Xpo2. Invacare. FAA approved. Two batteries, DC. Paid $3,000, asking $1,000 or best offer. Call 316-721-6240. Small Hammond electric organ. Paid $100, asking $50 or best offer. Must pick up, no option to deliver. Call 316-682-8771.

Lazy Boy chocolate brown leather reclining sofa, $900 OBO. Ashley chocolate brown leather reclining sofa, $500 OBO. Both excellent condition. Queen sized Serta memory foam matress, box springs, frame, headboard, used only two nights, $2,000 OBO. Call 200-1894 or 522-3967. When it comes to TVs, compare our prices before you buy. 32” flat screen, $100; 32”, $125; 42”, like new $200. 440-8959 or 906-9215.


Restore your antique furniture Quality work at a reasonable price. FREE estimates. Years of expertise.

Clark Palmer Furniture Repair


F HELP WANTED F Help Wanted –a typewriter maintenance and repair person familiar with antique models such as the Underwood No.5. Reply to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum 265-9314 or

Independent contract position for an energetic self-starter. Must be able to meet monthly goals, set appointments and deadlines; be comfortable with cold calls; and able to work from home computer. Some established accounts will be provided. Email cover letter and resume to:

F HOME CARE F 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;

Reflections Residential Care

Gogo pride mobility scooter, $250, needs batteries. 316-943-1770.

Foot Care in home. Home visit $40. Call Francine at 316-943-4360. Leave a message.

Two lift chairs for sale. Brown tweed, $100. Brown faux suede, $50. Call 518-8121.

Hermes Healthcare

Maine coon cat to elder good home. Shots, fixed, declawed with extra’s. New Jeep Patriot wheels and three near new 30x80 interior doors. 785-953-0072.

Foot Care for you... when you can't. We service on-site at local Senior Centers in Kansas & our Wichita Office. Call for appt. at 316-260-4110. Most insurance accepted.

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.



Repairs. Free estimates. 316-312-4391

Concrete Work

Small jobs, sidewalks, patios, steps, pads, slabs. Call Haskins Family Concrete, 806-9300.

Cowboy Construction

Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts.

Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488

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

Dave’s Improvements

Painting—interior/exterior. Doors and windows replaced, grab bars, wheelchair ramps. All general repairs. Guaranteed lowest rates. Senior citizen discount. Lic #7904.

316-312-2177 Marv’s Home Improvements & Repair

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

Brick Block & Stone

Specializing in restoration, repair, design build, tuck-pointing, custom mail boxes and columns. Troy 316-208-1105 or 316-529-4453. Handyman. Plumbing, electrical, heating, floors, doors, windows, screens, walls and more. HVAC certified. Licensed & insured. Senior discounts. Call John 316-650-3013.


Scheduled maintenance, repair, sales on all garage doors. *Springs-Torsion & Extension *Garage Door Openers, Doors & More

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

Leaky Basement Repair

Dirt Installation and Siding Repair Courteous, professional repairs. Free estimates. Concrete work. 20+ years experience. Ernie Sponsel, 316-393-5461. STILES MAINTENANCE Heating & Air • Plumbing • Light Electrical Drywall • Painting • Tile Basic Home Repairs Licensed & Insured 25% Senior Discount 316-200-6601


Compare Our Prices Weekly Plumbing Specials

Ins/Lic #5803


S & V Concrete

Steps, porches, patios, sidewalks, retaining walls, driveways & garage floors. Also 4-inch steps with 18-inch landings for seniors. Licensed, bonded, insured. Free estimates

Steve 992-6884

Stover Heating & Air Conditioning

Repair • Service All Brands Sales – Licensed Trane dealer Senior Discount SPECIAL: AC/FURNACE check-up $80* *Some restrictions, doesn’t include filters, parts


Paul Williams (316) 650-8807 • Free Estimates

Carpenter–30 Yrs Experience

Repairs & Remodeling • Trim Work Doors • Cabinets • Sheetrock • Tile Interior/Exterior Painting • Flooring


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

Mid-America Restoration Licensed & Insured

Painting • Texturing • Drywall Siding • Decks • Repairs Remodeling • Garages Water & Fire Damage


Helping Hands 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

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Cowboy Construction

JS GUTTERING & FENCING 5-inch & 6-inch Seamless Guttering

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

Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488

Painting & Remodeling by Harley Worthey Interior/Exterior & Odd jobs Husband & Wife Team. BBB. 316-648-4478 Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Business 524-0434, Cell 461-2199. Roy's Handyman Service 35 years experience. You break it? I can fix it. Affordable, senior discounts. Call 316-390-2126.

Custom Contractors

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

Dave’s Improvements Painting—Interior & Exterior Doors & Windows Replaced • Siding Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Roofing • Decks • Ramps • Grab Bars Minor Electrical & Plumbing Repairs General Home Repairs • Lic. 7904 Insured • Senior Discounts!


Home Improvement and Repair One call does it all. Tree & stump removal. Bathrooms, kitchens, roofing, and all. LICENSED & INSURED Stan 316-518-8553

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 Classifieds work! Call Kaydee for more information. 316-942-5385

Install • Repair Clean • Insured



Place an ad: 942-5385

F LAWN AND GARDEN CONT F All Trades Landscape Handyman/hauling, tree trimming, snow removal and all winter weather care. 316-3476663. Spring is Here! Yard cleanup, shrub trimming, garden cleanup, planting, mowing. Free estimates. Please call Lora, 316-516-9963. Please leave message. 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.

Three Generations of Local Roofers Quality Work – Fair Prices


Siding - Guttering - Windows

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

Residental & Commercial

316-807-8650 Call for Free Roof Inspection Locally Owned, Licensed & Insured F LAWN AND GARDEN F

P&A Landscaping 316-708-7236 Complete lawn care, mowing starting at $25 Spring cleanup, storm cleanup. 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. 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

Garage clean out, snow removal, mowing, leaf and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, roto-tilling. Chimney repairs. 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. Christian Lawn Care Mowing-$20, verti-slicing, core-aerating, overseeding, new lawns, mulching flower beds, cleanup, shrub trimming and removal, gutter cleaning, hauling. Senior discount. Steve 316-685-2145. Perry's Professional Lawn Service Leaf cleanup. Snow removal. Bush and hedge trimming, mulching, gutter cleaning, handyman work and hauling. 20 years experience. Free estimates. Perry 316-554-6409.


Spring Cleanup Tree trimming Junk Removal Honey bee removal

Carroll & Sons Painting since 1980 Insured, references, satisfaction gauranteed. Painting, sheetrock repair, ceramic tile, floor refinishing, fireplace clean & repair. Reasonable rates, free estimates. Pat 316-617-2054, 316-253-9710

F PERSONALS F Attractive old fashioned gal, ready for relationship, dancing, walks and snuggling. Must be of good character, over 73, financially stable. Please write to Box #22, c/o the active age, 125 S. West St, Ste 105, Wichita, KS 67213 Seeking a nice gentleman to date in the NW part of town. Also looking for a lady friend to pal around with. 773-4825.

F SERVICES F 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. 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. Sewing machine service and repair. All brands! House calls. Forty Years Experience! Reasonable! Guaranteed! Call 316-321-1619. Need to organize or downsize your home or garden? Retired librarian seeking opportunities to use her organizational skills to make your life easier. Call 316-573-5284.

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.

Brock Eastman • 765-1677


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World Friendship Day

Friendship Force of Kansas will host a World Friendship Day lunch outing Saturday, March 11, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Friendship Force International. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Buddhist Temple, 4706 N. Arkansas, where Dr. Ahn Tran will lead a tour of the temple and speak about Buddhist beliefs and culture. At 11:15 they will go to the Islamic Temple, 6655 E. 34th St. N. Lunch will be available before touring the temple and asking questions about the Islamic culture and religion. Reservations are required for the $10 catered lunch from Meddy’s Café. Call 316265-7472. “Explore, Understand, Serve is the motto of Friendship Force, International,” said club president, Steve

the active age Smith. “By reaching out to our Buddhist and Islamic neighbors, we can better understand other cultures and promote global peace, right here in our own community.”

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Donate healthy snacks Partners for Wichita will collect healthy snacks to go with the Filling the Gap Lunches that will be given to hungry kids during spring break. Kids Snack Donation Day will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 10, at the Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas.

Filling the Gap will serve free lunches to about 800 kids each day at 17 Wichita area locations during spring break, March 20-24. They are requesting individually packaged healthy snacks such as beef sticks/jerky, fruit cups, pudding cups, applesauce cups, cereal bars, snack bars, granola bars/chewys, cheese dippers, cheese and crackers, fruit roll ups, dried fruit, raisins, goldfish, pretzels, etc. For more information call Partners for Wichita at 263-1389 or go to

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A common question when beginning a genealogical search is "How do I get started?" The Midwest Historical/ Genealogical Library can help you answer that and other questions. Upcoming Saturday classes include Genealogy DNA, 1 p.m. March 18 and DAR Information 1 p.m. March 25. Classes are free and open to the public. The library is at 1203 N. Main. For more information visit

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March theatre options

By Diana Morton Is it time to shake off some winter blues and try something new? Attend a live stage production. Forum Theatre, at the Wilke Center, 1st United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway, Life Could Be A Dream by Roger Bean. This ‘60s hits and a doowop trip down memory lane begins when a fledgling singing group prepares to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest. Of course, trouble also arrives. 8 pm Mar 31; 2 pm matinee and 8 pm show, Apr 1; 2 pm matinee and 7 pm show, Apr 2. Tickets $23-25, $15 tickets preview weekend, March 24-26 and official preview night, Mar 30 Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley, East Side/West Side Story by Carol Hughes. A spoof on the musical West Side Story (followed by a musical review). Thu–Sat, Mar 2-25.

Opening Mar 30-May 20, The Dukes of Hayesville or Hazzards of Going Down South... of Wichita by Jeff Gates and Tom Frye. 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, The Golden Girls. That's right, it’s back by popular demand with four new episodes. 8 pm Fri–Sat, Mar 3-25. Tickets $27-$30. 316-265-4400 Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain, Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire. A tough and tender story about the insurmountable class division in a South Boston neighborhood, showcasing scrappy characters

Newton historian Brian Stucky will discuss the Pioneer and Indian Trails in the City of Newton at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the Harvey County Historical Museum, 203 N. Main. He said there is a multitude of trails running through the city. Admission is $5. The museum will be open from 6

to 8 p.m. March 16 for Third Thursday The museum’s archives will be open to visitors and researchers. Archival staff and volunteers available to assist. Admission is free. For information contact museum director Debra Hiebert at info@, call 316-283-2221 or check Facebook.

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who grapple with the moral dilemma: Is it strength of character or just a few lucky breaks that determines a person's fate? 8 pm Wed–Sat, Mar 8-19; 7 pm Sun, Mar 12; 2 pm Sun, Mar 19. Tickets $14, $12 for military/seniors/ students. 316-686-1282 WSR Signature Theatre, The Scottish Rite Center, 332 E. First, Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare: A time-honored classic. 8 pm Fri-Sat, Mar 31-Apr 1; 7pm Sun, Apr 2. Tickets $10-18. 316-644-7018 Contact Diana Morton at

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16th Tree festival

The 16th annual Tree Fest will be from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Sedgwick County Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Rd. Topics include choosing, planting and maintaining trees. Some of the county’s Master Gardener volunteers will present seminars on composting, pruning roses and caring for trees, and answer gardening questions. A $5 Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be available. Admission is free.

Murdock live shows

Area residents are able to watch live streaming of opera and theater at the Murdock Theatre, 536 N. Broadway. National Theatre live is operated by the Royal National Theatre in London. At 1 p.m. Thursday, March 9, it will stage Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. Tickets are $15 general; $13 senior/ student. The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD will present Verdi’s La Traviata at Someone you can trust!

11:55 a.m. Saturday, March 11. Tickets are $22 general, $20 senior, $18 college student with I.D. and $13 for 17 and younger.

Artist Project

The Artist Project will open Saturday, March 18, at the Wichita Art Museum. It will feature art selected from the permanent collection by 48 Wichita area based artists. Most of the artists who chose the art were featured in the 2016 coffee-table-style book, Wichita Artists in Their Studios, written and published by Sondra Langel, chair of the WAM Board of Trustees. Her book captures the artists where they work — from the barn attic, garage, renovated church, basement niche, warehouse, spare bedroom, to an elegant dedicated space. The artists explored the museum’s collection and each selected a piece of art. The show will reveal what ignited the imagination of this diverse group. A reception, open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, March 17. Admission is free. The exhibit will remain on display through July 9.

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Old Chisholm Trail changed the West A traveling exhibit, Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial, Driving the American West 1867-2017, will open Thursday, March 9, at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. The Chisholm Trail fundamentally changed the American West. This year is its 150th anniversary. From the birth of the cowboy as an icon to the revival of the cattle industry, the Old Chisholm Trail helped shape popular culture by altering how we thought of the American West and the individuals who lived there. From 1867 to 1872, the trail, which ran from various ranches in Texas to stockyards in several Kansas towns, saw nearly a million head of cattle pass from Texas ranchland through Oklahoma to Abilene, Newton and Wichita. From there the cattle were moved by rail to major markets such as Kansas City and Chicago. The cattle industry in Texas had been throttled by the Civil War, but with the establishment of the Chisholm Trail, ranchers had a path to riches.

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The museum is open 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, 1–5 p.m. Saturday–Sunday. Admission is $5 adults; $2 for 6-12; under 6 free.

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