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Volume 35 • Issue 1 January 2018

ON THE COVER Grand Masterpiece | 16

Mark Arts’ new $20 million home at the corner of 13th Street N. and Rock Road in East Wichita opens this month.

Family’s grief leads to comforting others | 4

Conan Y. Fugit/Contributed photo

Features From the Publisher’s Files.............. 7

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Performing Arts Calendar............12

Two WSU supporters leave university more than $3 million | 13 East Wichita News Honor Roll of Business | 8-10

Dateline..............................................14 Focus On Business...................19-21 Wichita Homes................................22 Movie Review...................................29 People & Places...............................30

East Wichita News Editorial

Publisher Paul Rhodes Managing Editor Travis Mounts Production Abbygail Brown Reporters/Contributors Sam Jack, Amy Houston, Philip Holmes, Jim Erickson

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Now in our 35th year! The East Wichita News is a monthly newspaper focused on the people and places on Wichita’s East Side. It is delivered free to most homes within our coverage area, although distribution is not guaranteed. Single copies are available in a variety of Eastside locations. One copy per person, please. Visit our website for more - www.eastwichitanews. com. Email story ideas and photographs to news@tsnews.com. Visit us on Facebook.

What’s your love story? Share it with East Wichita News Over the holidays, I got my hands on a nice pile of family history. Details are few. My ancestors three and four generations ago did not do a good job of taking notes or passing along information to the following generations. Much of what is there is unknown to us, other than they are us – relatives both direct and indirect, but sharing some level of genetic material. In this stuff was a book of postcards. We didn’t have time to really start digging through it, although we pulled a few out to peruse. Just at random, I found the hint of a love story – a postcard from my great-grandfather to my great-grandmother. It didn’t say much, but he asked if she was ready for their upcoming elopement. Nobody in my immediate family was aware of any elopement. Family details from this time period in the early 1900s have been lost to the winds of time. My earliest recollections of my great-grandmother are of a woman already past age 80. My great-grandfather, who had long since died, was just a piece of history, not much different than what I read in my school history books. On this postcard were just a few sentences that left me wondering about these two people – one who I never knew, and the other who I never really knew well – young, full of life and in love. It’s a shame. These are stories worth telling. They should be shared and carried within families. Some of these stories are worthy of

Travis Mounts | Managing Editor

sharing beyond the family. And that, dear readers, is our cue to you. WestSide Story is working on a special Valentine’s Day project for next month’s paper. We want to tell your love stories. But before we can share them with our readers, we need you to share them with us. You can let us know about how your parents or grandparents met, but it’s also alright for you to share you own story. Or share the story of your child and his or her love. These stories can be days old or decades old. We want to hear them all. We’ll include as many as we can in next month’s WestSide Story. And we’ll pick one story as our favorite, and reward you with a Valentine’s dinner for two. To share your story, drop me a line by email at news@tsnews.com, or call the office at 316-540-0500. The deadline for sharing your story is just a couple of weeks away – Friday, Jan 19. Don’t be shy – we’re looking for stories that are romantic, mushy, funny and even embarrassing.

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Family’s grief leads to comforting others

Story by Amy Houston When Teresa Golik made a cradle for her granddaughter, the East Wichita resident never imagined that just a few years later, her design would be available at hospitals in all 50 U.S. states. Her granddaughter, Bridget Opliger, was stillborn at 24 weeks and five days in October 2014. Following Bridget’s death, a ministry was born called Bridget’s Cradles. “I think a lot of it, God kind of came into play,” Golik said. “We definitely still wish we had our Bridget, but this is comforting in a way. But it will never

take away the total pain of her loss.” Bridget’s Cradles provides cradles to hospitals, which offer them to families whose babies are stillborn in the second trimester of pregnancy. Golik, a postpartum nurse at Wesley Medical Center, made a blanket for Bridget when she learned that her daughter, Ashley Opliger, was experiencing complications had been and put on bedrest. “When we heard about the complications and they were telling us that she (Bridget) probably wouldn’t make it, it was just so emotional and sad,” Golik

recalled. “It was kind of surreal. I was kind of at a loss as to what to do, so I just thought, ‘I’ll just make her a smaller blanket, and we’ll see if we can try to swaddle her.’” Golik knew it would be difficult to hold Bridget in a regular-size blanket available at the hospital and she recognized that the baby’s skin would be fragile. She sewed up the sides of her blanket, whose colors matched Bridget’s nursery, and made a cradle. She added some lace, a cross charm and a baby-footprint charm.

“I didn’t tell Ashley about it or give it to her until after Bridget was born,” Golik said. “We just never realized it would turn into something like this.” Ashley and her husband, Matt Opliger, agreed that the homemade cradle helped comfort them after the loss of their first child. Bridget weighed just 13 ounces, and Ashley Opliger said the only other option to hold her at the hospital was a washcloth. “It really changed everything for us,”

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Tasty and traditional perfect for your festivities! Bridget Opliger, daughter of Matt and Ashley Opliger, was stillborn at 24 weeks and five days. Complications during pregnancy led to a poor prognosis. The week before Bridget was born, Ashley’s mother, Teresa Golik, knit a small cradle for the unborn baby. From that came Bridget’s Cradles, a nonprofit that provides hospitals with knitted and crocheted cradles.

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From the Publisher’s Files

Paul Rhodes | Publisher

games with our friends at their home. Did I mention that it takes a little bit for my old car to warm up? After a two-hour dinner date, and a thermometer at minus 1 degree, my Acura was cold to the bone. It started right up, which caused me to say a “thank you” under my breath that I did not share with my passengers. I quickly assured my companions that the car would be warm at some point before we got home. Our friend Mary wasn’t impressed, and noted that her car – back home in her garage – had heated seats. That actually sounded pretty good, but I just kept my mouth shut and kept driving. “Is that the heat I feel, or are my legs just going numb?” Mary asked as we pulled into her neighborhood. Sure enough, just as I had predicted, the car was getting warm inside. Granted, we were only a few blocks from our friends’ house, but it was getting warm. Inside the comfort of her warm home, Mary lit the fireplace, and we all enjoyed the added radiant heat as we played dominos until midnight. It was a great evening with lots of laughs and no issues…until Kim and I had to put on our coats and head home. It was a bitterly cold final drive home, but a steamy hot shower solved that problem pretty quickly. My old beast of a car, for all of her foibles, had gotten us home safely. However, I can just about guarantee you that our next winter outing with the Chapmans will produce a simple, twoword response from our friend Mary: “I’m driving.”

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With temperatures in the teens, single digits and even sub-zero at one point over the New Year’s weekend, it will come as no surprise that Kim and I spent as much of the holiday as possible sticking close to home. We hosted family for one final round of Christmas celebrations, worked a little, and had a quiet New Year’s Eve with friends. And of course, our plans for New Year’s Eve required me to get my car out of the garage on one of the coldest nights in recent memory. I’m unabashedly unashamed that I drive a 20-year-old automobile as my daily driver. I’ve taken good care of it, and it still gets me where I’m going in relative comfort and safety…even though the odometer is heading toward 300,000 miles. Of course, a car that old can certainly have its minor issues. A couple of the indicator lights on the dashboard come on and stay on at will, the engine leaks a little oil, and the old girl doesn’t warm up as quickly as she used to. That becomes really apparent when I’m out driving around in cold weather like we had over the New Year’s weekend. Still, my 1997 Acura is a dependable enough vehicle for me to keep her around a few more miles. It has a nice interior, and still rides like the luxury car it was designed to be two decades ago. Yes, she drinks a fair amount of fuel, but the car payments, taxes and insurance premiums I would have to pay on a newer model make my fuel bills seem small in comparison. So New Year’s Eve, we had plans to ring in the New Year with our friends Bruce and Mary Chapman. They live in west Wichita, and by the time we got to their house, the Acura was actually warmed up. I offered to drive us out to dinner on the east side of town, with the only consideration being that my car was already warm. It was a nice, cozy drive across town, and dinner was delightful. Our plan for the rest of the night was simple – drive back across town and play some board

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Ringing in a bitterly cold New Year

Honor Roll of Business Highlighting the beginning and growth of some of our leading businesses!

The Honor Roll of Business is a special advertising section highlighting the history of local businesses, from those founded even before our communities were incorporated, to those that have just recently become part of the business community. Make sure to stop by these businesses and thank them! A special thank you to all businesses that have advertised with the East Wichita News!

105 Years

49 Years

39 Years

M.I.F. Deli and Catering MORTUARIES CREMATORY Serving the Wichita Community Since 1913

Downing & Lahey Family owned and operated since 1913, Downing & Lahey provides unique funeral services delivered with compassionate personal service. East Chapel: 6555 E. Central • 316-682-4553 West Chapel: 10515 W. Maple • 316-773-4553 dlwichita.com

Owner: Ali Ibrahim Started in 1969 Mediterranean Food • Catering • Deli • Weddings Birthdays • Office Lunches 5618 E. Central • Wichita • 316-684-7431 Mon-Fri 11 am - 8 pm • Sat 11 am - 3 pm dlwichita.com • Facebook: MIF Deli Catering

46 Years

87 Years

Interim HealthCare Started in 1979 Owners: Jay Stehley & Jill Harrison, Services include Home Health, Hospice, Private Duty Nursing, Non Medical services as light housekeeping, cooking, cleaning, etc. Hospital and Nursing home supplemental Staffing. 9920 E. Harry St. • Wichita • 316-265-4295 525 N. Main St. • Hutchinson • 620-663-2423 www.interimhealthcare.com/wichitainterim

37 Years Scholfield Honda Service East

Hart Pharmacy When it Comes to Your Health... Hart Delivers! Since 1931 We are a full-service pharmacy offering free delivery in Wichita. We offer prescriptions, compounded medications and medical equipment at our 13th Street location. www.hartrx.com 6217 E. 13th St. N. • Wichita, KS 67208

67 Years

Mike Seltzer Jewelers Fine Jewelers Since 1950 Custom Designed Jewelry Accredited Business • www.mikeseltzerjewelers.com 2929 N. Rock Rd. • Wichita • 316-631-3838

Doug Faulkner, Dir. Of Parts and Service Matt Caton, East Service Manager We Service ALL Makes and Models! 7017 East Kellogg Drive • Wichita, KS 67207 316-688-6450 • M-F 7 am - 6 pm • Sat 8 am - 5 pm Late or Early Drop Off Welcome. We Sell Tires! Kid’s Zone Play Room www.scholfieldautoservice.com

44 Years Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm Started in 1974 Enjoy a variety of events through the year! Christmas Trees, Weddings, Mudbug Madness, Field of Screams, Dinner Theatre, Chamber Music at the Barn, Bows at the Barn Music Camp. PrairiePines.com • 316-303-2037 PrairiePinesFestivals.com • 316-722-1145

Warming Trends Owners: Dan and Jeannie Herpolsheimer Reliable family owned and operated specialty hearth retailer carrying Valor, Jotul, Harman, Buck Stove, Broilmaster, and more! Knowledgeable staff committed to keeping your home safe. See us for all your fireplace and BBQ desires. 3101 N Rock Rd (behind Jimmie’s Diner) 316-636-9677

Action Appliance Services, Inc. David Albright, Founder Denise Lewis, 2nd Generation Owner/Operator Serving the Wichita area since May of 1981 Repairing Major Household Appliances Mon-Fri 8 am - 5 pm • 3228 S. West St • Wichita 316-263-0652 www.wichitaksappliancerepairservice.com Facebook page: Action Appliance Service, Inc. or @actionapplianceWichita

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25 Years

Home Technology Solutions, Inc.

Eaton Roofing & Exteriors

Founded in 1982 by Dr. Cramer Reed Non-Profit Organization • www.HomeTS.org Executive Director: Vicki Hoelting 149 S. Ridge Rd. • Wichita, KS 67209 • 316-265-1700 Mon-Thurs 8 am - 5 pm • Fri 8 am - 4:30 pm

Roofing, Siding, Windows, Doors, Decks & More! 35 Employees · Mon-Fri 8 am - 5 pm 3821 Bounous St. • Wichita • 316-943-0600 www.EatonRoofing.com

23 Years

Kruse Corporation

River City Realty

HVAC • Plumbing • Sheet Metal • Emergency Service Commercial • Residential • Industrial Offices in Wichita, Hutchinson & Manhattan, KS www.krusecorp.com 316-838-7885

Owner: Jack C. Silvers Residential Real Estate 7 Days a Week 316-681-2285 • 316-993-4040

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24 Years Susan’sForForal, dba as Susan more than 36 Years. Susan’s Floral, dba as SUSAN McKNIGHT FLORAL STUDIO. McKnight Floral Studio (Established in 1981). Since to 1981 We have moved 217 S. Pattie We have moved to 217 S. Pattie, formerly formerly at Oliver and Douglas for 31 Years. at Oliver and Douglas for 31 years. a fullservice serviceflorist florist offering offering daily WeWe areare a full dailydeliveries. deliveries. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 to 4. Only Mon-Fri 9 am - 4 pm • Sat by Appointment Saturday by appointment only. 316-684-5305

35 Years 316-684-5305

Coe Financial Services Richard Coe CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ 8100 E. 22nd St. N., Building 1400-2 Wichita · 316-689-0900

T&T Heating & Air Conditioning

il Primo Espresso Caffe Owners: Jolanda & Bill James Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee, drinks and sandwiches. Parking lot parking and outdoor seating. Walk-ins welcome Good for groups and kids! Take out and catering available. M-F 6am-3pm Sat 7am-3pm Sun 7am-1pm 6422 Central Ave. • Wichita 316-682-4884

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Merle Norman Cosmetics & Sweet Sisters Fudge Makeovers • Skin Care • Gift Items 6116 W. Central Ave. • Wichita • 316-945-2223 www.MerleNorman.com • sweetsistersfudge.com

Since 1997 • Hai and Orelle Cao 109 N Main St. • Goddard, KS 67052 COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL HVAC SALES SERVICE AND INSTALLATION 316-201-4646 • ttheatandair.com Mon-Fri 9 am - 5 pm Facebook: T&T Heating & Air Inc.

Jackie McCallon, Realtor Call me for any of your Real Estate needs. 316-518-0444 Selling your home, buying a new home, advice on new vs. resale, downsizing?? I can help! Platinum Realty, LLC 515 S. Main #104 @ Waterwalk jmccallon@movewithplatinum.com

Gross Tile and Custom Remodeling Audiology & Hearing Aid Service Owner: Haris Zafar, Ph.D. 8020 E. Central Ave., Ste 100 • Wichita T: 316-634-1100 F: 316-618-2928 10209 W. Central, Ste 4B • Wichita Call 316-634-1100 to schedule an appointment.

Mark Gross, Owner 30+ Years of Experience All types of flooring and complete remodeling projects. 1528 W. Douglas • Wichita 316-773-1600

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Pro Link Golf Original Owner: Max Evanson 1612 S. St Francis • Wichita 316-262-3131• Facebook: PRO Link Golf Winter Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am - 5 pm & Sat 10 am - 3 pm Close Early on Tues 4 pm

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Albert’s Custom Door Co. 1218 S Rock Rd Ste B • Wichita, KS 67207 Office: 316-516-1000 • Fax: 620-488-3923 www.acdoor.net albert@acdoor.net • michele@acdoor.net Find us on Facebook: Alberts Custom Door Company We install and Service Residential, Commercial, and Agriculture Garage doors, and Garage door Openers.

12 Years

Sunflower State Exteriors

8 Years Kansas Surgical Arts Owner: Stephanie Oberhelman West: 3460 N. Ridge Road, Suite 160 • Wichita Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm East: 10096 E. 13th St. N., Suite 142 • Wichita Tues-Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Kansas Surgical Arts specializes in vein care, cosmetic surgery, and aesthetic services within our MedSpa. 316-722-1333 www.kansassurgicalarts.com Facebook: KS Surgical Arts

6 Years

Since 2001 Owner: Brad Herndon Roofing • Siding • Guttering Mon-Fri 8 am - 5 pm • SunflowerStateExteriors.com

14 Years

Hannah Banana Consignment Boutique Since 2004 Owner: Germaine Hall Mon-Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm • 316-618-1600 2828 E. Douglas Ave. • Wichita, KS 67214 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Poshmark

13 Years

Kitchen Tune-Up Adam & Rachel Phillips, Franchise Owners Experts in kitchen and bath remodeling projects! Specializing in 1-day “tune-ups” 4057 N. Woodlawn, Ste 1 • Wichita 316-558-8888 kitchentuneup.com/wichita-ks-phillips

The Farris Wheel Candy Co. Since 2006 • Owner: Ed Farha Candy, Gifts and Nuts; An Old Fashioned Sweet Shop Carrying close to 600 items including nostalgic candies, gourmet chocolates, sugar-free sweets, nuts, trail mixes, a new “Made in Kansas” section and seasonal specialties. 9747 E 21st St. North, # 107 • Wichita KS 67206 316-685-3000 • TheFarrisWheel.com Mon-Thurs 10 am - 6 pm • Fri - Sat 10 am - 7 pm Sun 10:30 am - 5 pm Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Wichita 360

Ancaire Since 2012 • Locally owned and operated. Owner: Amy McFarren • www.Ancaire.com 316-927-2623 • 10222 W. Central #201 • Wichita We specialize in keeping clients in the home environment of their choice. Providing transportation, meal preparation, light housekeeping and much more!

10 Years Meineke

Since 2008 3430 N. Woodlawn • 316-681-8663 1810 N. Woodlawn • 316-838-2660 2344 S. Seneca • 316-265-7859 1910 N. Nelson • 316-788-8800 925 E. Central • 316-202-0232 660 N. Webb • 316-202-0238 Services – Brakes, Tires, Oil Changes, A/C, Steering, Suspension, Batteries, etc.

Phoenix Home Care & Hospice Owners: Phil and Kim Melugin Wichita Branch Opened in 2012 Office Number – 316-688-5511 3450 N. Rock Road, Bldg. 200, Ste. 213 Wichita, KS 67226 We provide Home Health, Hospice, and Private Care Facebook: Phoenixhomehc www.phoenixhomehc.com

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Jan. 9-11 – “Kinky Boots,” presented by Theater League in Century II Concert Hall, shows at 7:30 p.m. Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save the family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola—a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. Winner of six Tony Awards, inspired by a true story. Tickets starting at $45.50, www.wichitatix.com or at the Century II box office.

Performing Arts Calendar

January 2018

Jan. 12-Feb. 3 – “Yee Haw! Branson or Bust,” Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley St. Written and directed by Patty Reeder, starring Craig Green, Julia Faust, Cary Hesse, Rhonda LaRue, Sam Warner and Max Wilson. Shows Friday’s and Saturdays. Dinner show tickets $30, show only $20. For reservations, call 316-263-0222.

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Jan. 13-14 – Auditions for Wichita Community Theater’s production of “And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little,” 2-5 p.m. Rehearsals begin Feb. 4, show runs March 7-18. This is an edgy, funny comedy centered on the dysfunctional

Reardon sisters. Roles for five women ages 40 to early 50s, one man in his 40s, and one teenage boy. Jan. 16 – “The Music of Radiohead,” solo recital at Distillery 244, 7:30 p.m. Staged by the Wichita Symphony, featuring Christopher O’Riley, internationally acclaimed pianist and host of NPR’s “From the Top,” performing selections from Radiohead’s Grammy-award winning discography. VIP seats including open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and meet-and-greet, $90; general admission with cash bar, $40. Tickets at www.wichitasymphony.org or 316-267-7658. Jan. 24-Feb. 4 – “Breaking the Code” by Hugh Whitemore, Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. Brilliant mathematician Alan Turing was a key player in cracking the German Enigma code. This enabled allied forces to foresee German maneuvers and help win World War II. Turing also was a homosexual during a time when homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain. Turning was convicted of the criminal

act of homosexuality and sentenced to undergo hormone treatments that left him physically and mentally debilitated. Meanwhile, the top-secret nature of his work meant that his contributions to the war effort went unknown for years. Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. Tickets $14, $12 for seniors/students/military. Special opening-night price of $10 on Jan. 24. For reservations, call 316-686-1282. Jan. 28 – Children’s Dance Festival, 2 p.m. at Wilner Auditorium, Wichita State University. Featuring invited performers from Wichita area dance studios and academics. Admission $5. Jan. 30-31 – “The Illusionists: Live from Broadway,” presented by Theater League in Century II Concert Hall, shows at 7:30 p.m. A powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts, the show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $35, www. wichitatix.com or at the Century II box office.

In separate estate gifts, Jayne S. Milburn and Emylou Keith have given the WSU Foundation more than $3 million that will be used to provide scholarships and faculty support for Wichita State University. “Jayne and Emylou each had a special love for Wichita State,” said Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president. “They wanted to make a strong impact on the lives of our students and faculty and, in their own way, each has done that with these remarkable legacy gifts.” Milburn, who died in 2016 at the age of 101, was not a graduate of Wichita State, but she and her late husband, Glenn Milburn, were longtime Wichita residents and supporters of the university. Milburn focused much of her giving at Wichita State on the Ulrich Museum of Art and KMUW public radio. Her estate gift of nearly $2.5 million will support a scholarship

for students from Wichita high schools, as well as a fellowship for graduate students. Milburn was well known in the Wichita community for her support of the arts, especially the Wichita Art Museum, on whose board she served for many years. She bequeathed $6.9 million to the Wichita Community Foundation to be disbursed annually to the museum, Wichita Symphony Society, Botanica and Wichita Children’s Home. After receiving a master’s degree from Stanford University, Milburn married Glenn Milburn, a Wichita investment banker, in 1942. They were married for more than 50 years. Keith, a 1950 graduate of the University of Wichita, died last February at the age of 93. Her estate gift will be directed toward a scholarship and faculty support fund, both in the W. Frank Bar-

ton School of Business. The WSU Foundation anticipates that Keith’s gift will provide an additional $300,000 once the estate is fully settled, for a total gift of more than $900,000. Keith’s sister, Betty Dutcher, also was a WU graduate. The business funds supported by Keith’s gift will honor Dutcher’s work as an early entrepreneur in Wichita, where she and her husband, Charles, owned and operated the Dupaco Paint Co. Keith earned a degree in psychology at Wichita University and began a long career in nursing administration in Missouri, eventually becoming executive director of the Missouri State Board of Nursing. She married Farris Keith in 1956. Upon her sister’s death in 2001, Mrs. Keith established the Emylou Keith and Betty Dutcher Faculty of Distinction Professorship at Wichita State University.

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Jan. 9 – Listening for Peace, an event to build common ground through prayer, Reformation Lutheran Church, 7601 E. 13th St. N. Gathering for prayer, 7 p.m.; gathering for conversation, 8 p.m. Jan. 12 – “The 3 M’s: Learning the basics of marketing, management and money” workshop, 10 a.m. at WSU’s Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Oliver and 29th Street North. Presented by the Kansas Small Business Development Center. This workshop offers information to help you assess the feasibility of your business idea, and to start writing your business plan. The workshop is free. Additional dates: Jan. 22, Jan. 31, Feb. 8, Feb. 16, Feb. 26, March 6. To register, call 316-978-3193 or fax 316-978-3647. Jan.18 – “The Pink Panther,” shown as part of the 2018 Anniversary Film series at Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Screening begins at 7 p.m. The series kicks off with the Blake Edwards classic comedy, celebrating its 55th anniversary. Tickets $7, $6 for students/seniors/military. Series tickets $60. Purchase tickets online at www. selectaseat.com, call 855-755-SEAT, or in person at the Select-A-Seat box office


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at INTRUST Bank Arena. Jan. 19 – “Equal Means Equal,” documentary screening presented by the Orpheum Theatre and Women’s March on Air Capital. The film is an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. By following both real life stories and precedent setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez discovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace matters to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, the healthcare system and the legal system. Tickets $8, available online at selectaseat.com, by phone at 855-755SEAT, and in person at the Select-A-Seat

box office at INTRUST Bank Arena. Jan. 22 – Local food networking meetand-greet, 11:30 a.m. at the Downtown YMCA Community Room. Sponsored by K-State Research and Extension-Sedgwick County and ICT Food Circle. If you grow, raise, or produce a local food product, join us to meet other farmers, potential buyers, and other service providers. If you own or operate a restaurant, grocery store, or other local food business that might purchase local ingredients, join us to meet local producers of meat, produce, honey, or other foods that you could use or sell in your business. If you are a business that supports local producers or a non-profit that is interested in working with the local food system, this is a great opportunity to meet a wide range of people who make our food system work. Light snacks and drinks provided. The event is free; RSVP at www.sedgwick.ksu.edu. Jan. 26-Feb. 23 – The Jo Zakas Art Collection: Art Feeds the Soul, monthlong silent auction to benefit the Jo Zakas Legacy Foundation benefiting at-risk children and adults as well as other charities. Silent auction begins on the January Final Friday. Public viewing,

bidding and on-the-spot sales, 6-8 p.m. Jan. 26 at Artist Central, 5014 E. Central. Jan. 29 – “Quick Start Business Planning” workshop, 3 p.m. at WSU’s Hughest Metropolitan Complex, Oliver and 29th Street North. Presented by the Kansas Small Business Development Center. Using a simple narrative template and a simple cash flow template, you will learn how to develop the key elements of a business plan. The workshop is free. Additional dates: Feb. 16, March 6. Feb. 2 – Local food producer entrepreneurship workshop, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st St. N. There is more to growing local food than planting a few seeds! To have a thriving local food business it is still necessary to have modern business and marketing skills to compete in the marketplace. The workshop topics include business planning, social media, crop insurance, and more. The Keynote speaker will be Greg Garbos of City Bitty Farm, Four Season Tools, and AgRoofs. Cost is $15 if you register by Jan. 26, $20 after that. Registration deadline is Jan. 31. Register online at www.sedgwick.ksu.edu or call 316-660-0100.

Dogs and cats that spend most of their time outdoors will need a little preparation before the brunt of winter arrives. Paying attention to a few basic needs, and watching out for three hazards can make cold weather almost comfortable. The first basic need is shelter. For dogs, this can be a sturdy doghouse that you build yourself, or purchase from a retailer. “They need a dog house that’s not overly big — just big enough for them to get up and turn around in comfortably,” says Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and clinician at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center. “If it’s too big they lose heat to all that empty space.” Make sure the opening faces away from cold winter winds (in Kansas, that’s probably east or southeast). A flap of some sort should hang above the opening. For the inside, Nelson is a big fan of clean hay or wheat straw. “Dogs can nestle down into it, and it helps conserve their body heat better,” she says. Cats (especially those hardy farm cats) are generally more self-sufficient, but it doesn’t hurt to provide a sturdy box or crate for them, too. The second major need for outdoor pets is a source of clean, unfrozen water. “Water is going to freeze in the winter, so the pets can actually get dehydrated in

the winter just like they can in the summer,” Nelson says. Electric-heated water dishes and bowls are both safe and inexpensive, ensuring that the water inside them is always above freezing, ready to drink. Otherwise, Nelson says fresh, very warm water must be added to the water bowl at least twice a day. “The water shouldn’t be very hot, or boiling — but warm enough to stay liquid for an hour or two.” Animals that stay outside on cold days and nights are going to burn extra calories just maintaining their body heat, so they will need extra food added to their meals during the winter months. Lastly, remember that even with the best food, water and shelter, some days and nights will just be too cold for even the hardiest animals. On these occasions, a comfortable box in the corner of the garage or barn will be enough to keep your pets safe and healthy. “Dogs that are outside 24/7, if you bring them indoors they may actually get too hot because they have a heavy winter coat on them’,” Nelson says. “So we need to give them some extra shelter, but not so much that they get overheated.” In addition to providing basic needs, there are also some extra hazards to be mindful of, in and around the

home. Winter is when many of us add antifreeze to our vehicles. For reasons not entirely known, dogs and sometimes cats are drawn to this toxic liquid. If dogs ingest even a small amount of antifreeze dripped onto the pavement, the chemical can lead to renal failure, crystalizing inside the kidneys, frequently leading to death. If working with antifreeze in your garage or driveway, make sure you wipe up even the smallest drops. “If you’re out walking your dog, don’t allow him to drink out of puddles in the curbs,” Nelson cautions, “because sometimes cars that have been parked there have leaked antifreeze or oil into the water standing there.” For cats, there’s a special hazard that is unique to them: the car or truck that has just been parked. The warm engine can provide a cozy place for a nap, with cats sometimes climbing up into the engine compartment to nestle on or near the engine block. Fan blades can lead to injury or death when the vehicle is started. During winter, before starting your vehicle, bang on the hood a few times, and honk the horn before you turn the key. “Hopefully any cat that is nestled in there will skid out before any damage can be done from the motor,” Nelson says.

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Mark Arts unveils $20 million center

On display in Mark Arts’ central Wiedemann Gallery is the new center’s inaugural exhibition, the Mark Arts Kansas Invitational. Visitors can see more than 100 works by artists with Kansas ties.

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clearly has room for many more, and executive director Katy Dorrah said that everyone is energized by the prospect of sharing the arts of painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, metalworking and printmaking in state-of-the-art surroundings. Along with those continuing offerings, the new facility will allow Mark Arts to host classes in digital and culinary arts. The culinary classroom features a large center island and about a dozen tall stools, allowing teachers to demonstrate techniques up close. A remote-controlled camera system overhead will allow students to see what the instructor is doing when his or her back is turned. “Area chefs can come in and teach

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Mark Arts, formerly known as the Wichita Center for the Arts, welcomed the public to its new, $20 million arts center on Saturday, Jan. 6. Classes began the following Monday. The center is situated on 17 acres on the corner of 13th Street N. and Rock Road. It feels expansive at 40,000 square feet, and its nine studio classrooms are flooded with natural light from large banks of windows. Mark Arts’ seven full-time staff members, its instructors, and its many volunteers are looking forward to filling the studios with the sounds and sights of creativity. At the old Center for the Arts building, the organization welcomed about 250 students per quarter. The new Mark Arts

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Residents of Fairmount neighborhood define a community of choice

A new grocery store and fitness center would be welcomed by residents of the Fairmount neighborhood, and 94 percent say changes taking place on the Wichita State campus are making the neighborhood a better place to live. The third and final part of a resident survey of the historic Fairmount neighborhood near WSU, conducted by the Public Policy and Management Center at Wichita State, examined resident support of current or potential economic development taking place on campus and in the surrounding area. The findings from this part of the study were presented on Dec. 18. The presentation featured perspectives from President John Bardo on the connections between WSU and the Fairmount community. The latest research presentation wraps up a community-wide survey that

included an assessment of residents’ perceptions of their community and a household needs assessment, both of which were presented earlier last fall. The research will be used to inform priorities at Wichita State as they relate to the Fairmount community, to which the university has been historically tied. “Wichita State University is developing a place-based economic development model to better position this region to compete in the global economy,” said lead researcher Mark Glaser. “This model requires that the university and the Fairmount neighborhood blend into a single ‘community of choice,’ a destination place where people want to live, work and play. Survey findings indicate neighborhood residents see the investments taking place on and around the campus as positive contributions to the creation of a community

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This revamped kitchen in College Hill features an updated elegance that maintains the integrity and history of the 1929 English Tudor home.

the Portuguese tiles, a new gas range and dishwasher, and a new sink. “The idea was to maintain the integrity and history

of the home, and give it an updated elegance to help with the sale of the home,” said Rachel. “We just love it,” said one of the homeowners. “It’s beautiful and traditional at the same time, and really sparks up the home. “We really appreciate the prompt service and efficient job that Kitchen Tune-Up was able to do,” said the homeowner. “They stayed on schedule and made sure everything was to our satisfaction. It was a very good experience.” The experts at Wichita’s Kitchen Tune-Up can provide customers with finished projects ranging from easy and inexpensive to breathtaking and cutting edge. Kitchen Tune-Up has remodeled hundreds of kitchens since the local franchise was launched in 2005 by Adam’s parents. The company’s services range from One-Day Restoration or “Tune-Up” of cabinets or any interior wood surfaces, to cabinet refacing projects to complete custom kitchens. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call Kitchen Tune-Up at 316-558-8888. You also can find more information at www.kitchentuneup.com. Be sure to check out the company’s extensive BEFORE/AFTER portfolio on Facebook! When you visit the local Kitchen Tune-Up Facebook page, be sure to ‘LIKE’ Kitchen Tune-Up, Wichita.


Is 2018 the year for a new kitchen in your home? If you’re ready, let the experts at Wichita’s Kitchen TuneUp help make that dream a reality. Thanks to the local Kitchen Tune-Up team, headed by owners Adam and Rachel Phillips, a happy couple in College Hill was able to get their home ready to be sold right before the holidays. Their stylish 1929 English Tudor home near Douglas and Terrace still had the original kitchen, which offered a nice layout for the home, but it was outdated and needed a totally new look. “We were able to keep the original tile backsplash, which was imported from Portugal, but everything else in the kitchen, breakfast nook and butler’s pantry was given a beautiful new look that accentuates the historic feel of the home,” said Rachel Phillips, who headed up the redesign work. Kitchen Tune-Up was able to keep the existing cabinets and refaced them with new satin white raised panel doors featuring pillow edges that are easy to maintain. All the drawers are “soft close” and the cabinets feature roll-out trays. “This was an expanded refacing project, and we needed to help the homeowners get the project done quickly so that the home would be ready to go on the market,” said Rachel. Added features included white quartz countertops with amber accents that pick up the colors from


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Something up their sleeves

At Stevens Magic Emporium, family business thrives on tricks Joe Stevens can’t wait to get up and go to work each morning. That’s a bold statement for a business owner who’s in his early 80s, but he just smiles as he shares the source of his passion for his quiet but booming business on East Douglas Street. Joe Stevens owns and operates Stevens Magic Emporium with his son Mark. Both are professional magicians who love their craft, and still practice it regularly. But most days, the father and son team are focused on operating their mail-order business that ships magic tricks and supplies all around the world to magicians ranging from amateurs to some of the best known in the business. On a recent afternoon, two orders ready for processing in Mark Stevens’ office were eye-catching. One was a magic effect headed out to the well-known duo of Penn and Teller, and the other was a book order ready for shipment to none other than magician David Copperfield. “It’s all because of Joe,” said Mark, who heads up the company’s Internet sales division. “We work with the biggest performers in the business, and Joe is friends with them all.” But for both Joe and Mark Stevens, the business isn’t just about helping the industry’s stars. It’s also about getting wide-eyed youths interested in the craft, and helping amateurs become more and more proficient with their magic tricks. “I can’t wait to get here every day,” said Joe. “There’s always a new trick to learn and share with our customers.”

Joe Stevens says he got hooked on magic at age 10 when he saw Harry Blackstone Sr. perform. “When the bug bites, there’s no inoculation,” said Joe. “I started with small stuff, and when I got older, magic took a back seat to other things.” Joe was a talented basketball player at Wichita North and then Wichita University, where he was inducted into the Shocker Basketball Hall of Fame a few years ago. He had offers to play professionally, but became a Fuller Brush salesman instead because the money was better. After 22 years with the Fuller Brush Company, Joe and his wife Martha opened The Emporium in Wichita in 1975. They sold costumes, magic supplies and novelties, and the business was successful. About 20 years ago, they sold The Emporium, and Joe and his son Mark, who had been bitten by the magic bug as well, opened Stevens Magic Emporium at 2520 E. Douglas. Today, about 90 percent of the company’s business is mail orders, and involves 15,000 customers around the world. “Every six weeks we send out a catalogue, and we also have the Internet business,” said Joe. “At the shop, we show products to customers, and we teach them how to use them.” Sometimes that includes a star magician, like David Copperfield. “When he comes to town he always comes to see us,” said Joe. “And Criss

Angel is a friend, too.” Both Joe and Mark continue to perform magic shows, and another magician who is involved with the business, Shawn Reida, also performs shows in the area. All three are available for performances with companies, groups and even small parties. Something new this year will include

adult magic classes that are forming now through Stevens Magic Emporium. Call 316-683-9582 for information or email joe@stevensmagic.com. Class sizes are limited. And if you’ve already been bitten by the magic bug, visit 2520 E. Douglas. Joe Stevens can’t cure your ailment, but he can help you enjoy the side effects.

Joe Stevens performs a magic trick called the “Vase of Alah” for a wide-eyed customer. Every time the vase is emptied of water, it magically refills.

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A perfectly clean vehicle, washed in 2 minutes! That’s what FasTrax Car Wash delivers every time a vehicle enters its new stateof-the art facility at 575 S. Oliver. “We’ve been open since May and our numbers keep increasing,” said Randy Sebastian, a former operations banker with an entrepreneurial spirit who wants his facility to be recognized as the premier automated car wash in Wichita. His key to success is simple: outstanding customer service. FasTrax Car Wash is privately owned by the Sebastian family, and is in a prime spot in east Wichita, just off Kellogg on Oliver. This is their second car wash. The first car wash is a self-service location at 5200 E. Central. Vehicles can move in and out of the car wash quickly, and a variety of car wash packages are offered. “We remove the bugs, salt and dirt from your vehicle,” said Sebastian. “Our cleaning products are the best available in the industry. We utilize environmentally friendly chemicals and recycle our water. Our gentle neoglide brushes are made with a closed-cell plastic design to clean vehicles without scratching the finish. The system is designed to release all dirt and mud from the brushes after the washing process.” The building features a glass wall to avoid a claustrophobic feel by the driver and to bring in additional sunlight. The facility uses soft water, so its chemicals perform better. A reverse osmosis water system removes the minerals from the water and leaves cars virtually spot free. “The blowers

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Try a fresh new look after the holiday season As the holiday season winds down, this is a great time to consider a fresh look for your home. While you may be trying to get back into your routine, this is could actually be a really good time to re-evaluate your interior design and maybe shake things up a little bit. If you have been hosting company, you have likely been accommodating your guests by making some changes to your interior. This might involve rearranging the furniture, adding extra chairs, pulling out extra bedding and so on. And even if you haven’t been the host, there is the Christmas tree and all of the other decorative items that have been pulled out of storage to adorn your homestead for the last several weeks. In either case, the household likely has not been business as usual. The point is that your house has been temporarily transformed anyway, so why not give your home a new look? Maybe your furniture does not necessarily need to go back in the same way it was before the holidays. While you may have been satisfied with your room arrangement and decor, there may be ways that it could it be improved or at least modified for a change of pace. Sometimes it’s good to sketch out your vision and make notes on changes you would like to see. Think about which items could be removed and what new pieces could be added. One thought is to first try streamlining your furnishings. There may furniture and accessories that really don’t add much to the room. Try simplifying your space down to the lowest common denominator and enjoy a fresh, clean (but not stark) look. It’s far better to be economical with your furnishings than to crowd the room with things just because you own them. Conversely, this might be the time to add or replace a few items. You will tend to enjoy your living space a lot more if

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you have furnishings that really work for you. Whether it’s size, color or functionality, create a room that makes you want to spend time enjoying it. What a nice way to start the new year Another reason that this is a good time to revisit your decor is that it’s good for the soul. Things tend to look a little dull once the holiday decor comes down. The color, the lights, all of the shiny things make your home feel warm and cozy – when they are gone, it just feels cold and dark. This might be a good time to add some ambient lighting and perhaps a punch of color to keep things warm and cheerful during the gray of the winter months. And even though the holiday season has passed, there are still a couple of months of winter still ahead. There may be some of your decorations that you can still use during the cold weather to keep up the bright and sparkly feeling. There could be some seasonal items that aren’t necessarily Christmas-themed that can still work: snow related decor, candles, and greenery for example. Whether or not you make New Year’s resolutions or not, the start of a new year is a wonderful time to get off to a fresh start. Make the most out of the winter months with some inspiring decor changes in your little piece of the great indoors.

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she said of her mom’s surprise gift. “It was such a blessing. We could hold her and cradle her. … My husband felt confident in holding her.” Bridget was photographed and then buried in the cradle. It was important to Opliger that her daughter could be warm and protected inside something made with love, she said. Golik decided to make more cradles for Wesley’s bereavement carts, which include baby items such as hats and tiny diapers. The process of making them was therapeutic for her. Opliger, who doesn’t sew, was also seeking a way forward. “After Bridget was born, in my grieving and healing, I wanted to help other moms,” she said. Opliger created a website and posted various resources for parents in her situation. She also wrote a blog about how she was remembering and memorializing Bridget each day. The logo for Bridget’s Cradles is mint green and lavender – the colors of Bridget’s nursery. Bridget’s Cradles is a nonprofit organization. “What we found was there was a nationwide need for these cradles,” Opliger said. She quit her job as a speech therapist and focused on Bridget’s Cradles full time. Cradles are provided for free to 460 hospitals across the country. They include a small blanket inside that can be placed on top of the baby and a “prayer square,” which families may keep as a memento. Prayer squares are also provided to hospitals for families that experience early miscarriages or lateterm stillborn babies. “We have volunteers that knit and crochet the cradles all across the country,” Opliger said. “They ship them to us, but then our local team of volunteers finish them and help get them ready to go to local hospitals.” Three volunteer work nights take place each month across Wichita, where people add tags to a cradle listing the organization’s website and information. They also thread ribbons through the cradles, sew lace or trim on the cradles, add charms and complete

other tasks. More than 1,000 cradles arrive at the Andover post office each month, where Golik and her husband pick them up. Opliger said her basement – and the basements of her parents and in-laws – are filled with floor-to-ceiling racks of cradles. Volunteers who aren’t available for work nights can also take projects home. If they don’t sew, knit or crochet, they can do tagging, hole-punching, laminating and more. Opliger handles shipping – the organization’s biggest expense – because she receives hospitals’ custom orders. She said hospitals are asked to provide families three cradles and then let them choose, since cradles feature different colors and charms. “It’s a very out-of-control situation,” Opliger said. “For the family to have that choice and be able to pick something for the baby to be held in is very powerful and impactful and special.” Opliger often visits hospitals to discuss Bridget’s Cradles. She recalled visiting 25 hospitals in Dallas over five days – all wanted donations of Bridget’s Cradles. When she traveled to Phoenix for a bereavement conference, she visited nine hospitals. Golik spends hours making cradles each day, sometimes during lunch breaks at work and also at home. “It’s a labor of love, and it’s kind of meditative,” she said. “You can kind of get your mind off things. It’s also a creative process, like any craft would be.” The family dreams of acquiring land and a building for operations including offices, storage, space for volunteers to finish cradles and a place where support groups could meet. Bridget’s Cradles received 16,000 cradles and prayer squares in 2017. “It actually brings me joy, because I can help other people and comfort other people,” said Opliger, who has a 9-month-old son, Branton. “It’s a way for me to connect with Bridget, in a sense. “We always wish that our cradles are not needed. When we send them out, we’re praying that they’re not needed. … But we know there is that need. One in four pregnancies results in miscarriage or stillbirth.” “It still amazes me that this wasn’t already something that was out there and available,” Golik said. “We’re just glad we can offer that. It’s just a tiny bit of comfort in a very, very sad time.”

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Envision Child Development Center receives technology gift Interactive learning for toddlers who are blind or visually impaired in the Cathy G. Hudson Envision Child Development Center (ECDC) has been enhanced with the arrival of a Kaplan Inspire Plus brand 55-inch HD interactive touchscreen mobile display. The $6,000 educational technology tool was funded through a donation from the KU School of Medicine-Wichita Department of Pediatrics. The donation furthers the ECDC’s goals to create inclusive classrooms and use adaptive teaching methods to introduce students with visual impairements at an early age to STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, art, math). STEAM education plays an equally important role in the cognitive development of children with or without sight. “We’re very excited about the arrival of the Kaplan display that supports our continuing efforts to create a state-of-the-art learning environment,” said Teresa Houston, ECDC director. “It will be a very useful tool to equip children with vision loss with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed as they move into mainstream school environments.” The Kaplan Inspire Plus’ audio features, ad-

justable height and 90-degree conversion into a learning table make it accessible to students who are differently abled. Since it is powered by Windows 10, the display is also equipped to run assistive technology programs, such as text-tospeech software that can take words on a computer screen or other digital devices and convert them into audio. The display is loaded with educational software developed by teachers that is based around exploration to highlight children’s natural curiosity and creativity. Activities were designed with Head Start objectives and kindergarten Common Core standards in mind. For more information on the ECDC or to make a donation, visit www.envisionus.com. About Envision: Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research.

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one-night classes,” Dorrah said. “And individuals don’t have to bring cooking supplies; you can just come in with your friends. It can also be floral decorating, or wine tasting classes.” One end of the culinary classroom opens into a large gallery and flexible-use space, and one of the counters can be rolled out, allowing larger audiences to see in and watch presentations by chefs. The move to the new building was accompanied by a review to make sure that the classrooms all had up-to-date, top-of-the-line equipment. But that doesn’t mean everything is new. “There are some old hammers back there in the metalsmithing studio, and when we saw them, we said, ‘We’ll get you some new ones,’” Dorrah said. “They said, ‘Don’t you dare. They don’t make them like this anymore.’” The studio spaces are full of small, practical touches that add up to a better experience for artists and crafters. The sculpture studio includes a garage door, allowing heavy pieces to be loaded directly from the classroom into a truck bed. The painting and drawing studios have custom-made easels and furniture to hold supplies, as well as the all-important northern light. Students will have easier access to view works in Mark Arts’ study collection, and they will have easier access to

one another. “We really built the new building around this hub concept,” Dorrah said. “A painting and drawing student at our old home might not ever have met a ceramics student, because they went in through separate entrances. We wanted this to be an artistic hub, a place where people can conglomerate. We also wanted a beautiful place, and this place is absolutely gorgeous.” Classes and studios are not all that Mark Arts offers. The center also includes a banquet hall for weddings and events, and gallery spaces for national and local exhibitions. The central gallery is the first thing visitors see when they walk in. Through March 26, it is hosting Mark Arts’ inaugural show, the Kansas Invitational. The show features more than 100 works by artists with Kansas ties, including paintings, photos, prints, ceramic works and sculptures by both Center for the Arts stalwarts and new talents. The audience for Mark Arts, according to Dorrah, is everybody – from children to retired people. Admission to the gallery shows is free, and scholarships are available for those who might struggle to afford the usual class fees. A giant LED screen pointed toward the intersection will shout, “Come in and see,” Dorrah hopes. “It’s a way to project all our artwork in here out to the city. We’ll never have names or logos; it’s not a commercial installation, it’s an artistic one. Hopefully people will say, ‘I want to check that out,’” she said.

Mark Arts’ winter classes are starting over the next few weeks; some began Monday, Jan. 8. Classes in the following disciplines are available. For full class listings, including youth classes, visit www.markartsks.com. Ceramics • Potter’s Wheel • Handbuilding • Throwing Large Vessels Digital Arts • Digital Photography • Video Production • Graphic Design • Web Design • Branding Design Drawing • Drawing 101 • Beginning Drawing • 2-D Visual Design • Drawing from Photographs • Life Drawing with Nude Model

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Metalsmithing • Jewelry & Metalsmithing • Enameling

TOP LEFT: The new painting and drawing studio features custom-designed furnishings and a large bank of north-facing windows.

ABOVE LEFT: The new ceramics studio has plenty of space for artists to store their works in progress. ABOVE RIGHT: The new culinary classroom is one of many highlights at the new Mark Arts facility. LEFT: A display case shows items from the “Vault,” Mark Arts’ extensive study collection of paintings and art objects. The painting at center, by John Noble, was Mark Arts’ first acquisition after it opened as the Wichita Center for the Arts nearly a century ago.

Printmaking • Mixed Media • Printmaking Studio • Printmaking Made Easy Sculpting • Portrait Sculpting • Figure Sculpting from Life • Sculpture for Teens • Sculpture


TOP RIGHT: Executive director Katy Dorrah in the new culinary classroom.

Painting • Abstract Painting • Marks and Materials • Oil Painting • Watercolor • Multi-Media • Pastel • Painting in Amazing Technicolor • Modern Traditions • Watercolor

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around, she can’t quite cover enough ground to make her point entirely convincing. And there is something essentially undramatic about the currently popular way to structure a film – without a clear central story for a spine and a protagonist with whom to identify. Without such central emotional elements a film tends to become an intellectual exercise – and motion picture by its very nature is not much suited to intellectual activity.

At the scenic level, there may be a realism to movies now that overcomes whatever “dot-dash,” skip-and-jump construction of the story as a whole. There might not be much overall action for us to take seriously, but every bit feels like a glimpse of life itself. It’s the contradiction between realistic scenes and overall fantasy that tempts me to quit reviewing altogether. But I will keep soldiering on, at least until I think I can understand what modern American movies are trying to accomplish.

Movie Review

Jim Erickson


“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” is a peculiar movie. I wasn’t sure I understood it enough to review it at all. However, a fellow moviegoer I talked to after the screening interpreted it almost exactly the way I did – which encouraged me to think I had been at least partly right about the film. At first it seemed to be a fairly standard murder mystery about a mother (Frances McDormand), and her determination to avenge the killing of her daughter. She erects three large billboards to challenge the local sheriff, played by Woody Harrelson, to do a real investigation of the case. But not too far along, I realized the movie isn’t much about that – and it’s not just incoherent the way so many movies today are. Apparent pointless shots of misty tree-covered Movie Review hills helped isolate scenes from one another, even the preceding and following ones – a device that I decided Jim Erickson showed how a murder investigation (or lack thereof) affected all involved in very different ways. It was not a standard murder mystery. A puzzling shot of McDormand talking to her bunny slippers hinted at an attempt to show what the mother had been like before she became embittered. And the ending seemed to suggest that a crime might bring people together as well as drive them apart. My viewing experience of “Lady Bird” was similar to that of “Three Billboards.” We were about an hour into the movie before I began to form my own opinion of its story. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is a young woman whose mother (Laurie Metcalf) sees the world in much more limited terms than she would like to. The film contrasts Marion McPherson’s cautious advice to her daughter with scenes that show how complex Lady Bird’s world really is. In fact, Lady Bird is going to have to face, as she grows through adolescence and into relative maturity, a shifting reality where friends and acquaintances change, appear and disappear – often for no reason – until nothing seems stable or certain. She is simply going to have to live in a modern world of uncertainty. Writer-director Greta Gerwig makes this shifting landscape so convincing that, while we may know where our sympathies lie, we can’t be completely sure where they ought to be. Watch the news for a couple of weeks and see if you don’t find yourself in much the same situation. Unfortunately, in order to carry out such a theme, Gerwig needs a very large cast of well-developed characters. Even with excellent acting and directing all

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East Wichita News People and Places Jeffrey Jarman has been designated the Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Director of the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University. The position, funded by an endowment from KHF, includes support for student activities in the Elliott School of Communication. Jarman was recently named director of the ESC by Wichita State. His distinguished title is effective immediately. Credit Union of America (CUA) has announced the promotion of Emily Trimpe to the position of assistant branch manager at Credit Union of America’s location at 3605 N. Rock Road. She is responsible for loans, accounts, and member service at the branch as well as managing, developing and supporting branch staff. Trimpe joined Credit Union of America in April 2016 and served as lead teller of the CUA branch at 501 N. Woodlawn prior to her promotion. Trimpe has three years previous experience in the financial services industry. She is a member of Young Professionals of Wichita and is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in business management at Wichita State University. U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Anastasia N. Lemke graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies,

Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Lemke is the daughter of Brandi Lemke-Smith of Wichita and Stephen Lemke of Pampa, Texas. She is a 2017 graduate of Wichita Heights High School. Zoe Corrigan was honored at the 48th annual Arts Council Recognition at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center on Nov. 2. Corrigan received the 2017 Arts Council Youth Recognition award, given to a high school student who has shown outstanding achievement and development in the arts. Corrigan is a junior at Wichita Collegiate school. More than 500 students were candidates for degrees during winter commencement at Emporia State University on Saturday, Dec. 16. Undergraduates received their degrees during baccalaureate ceremonies at White Auditorium. Graduate students were hooded at Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall on the Emporia State campus. Eastside graduates include: Caitlin E. Burk, Robinson Nyaberi Choroke, Jared James Germann, Kerry Lynn Glover, Sidney Nicole Hankins, Andrew James Potter, Cody Bill Shew, Michael Joseph Sirianni, Allyson Noel Spease and Robin Lynn Stock, all of Wichita; and Abby Marie Hope of Bel Aire.

Cale Minear of Wichita, Clarence Gartman IV of Andover and George Tannoury of Wichita were recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Minear was initiated at Oklahoma State University. Gartman and Tannoury were initiated at the University of Kansas. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Heartspring raised $1 million for phase one of its Expanding Possibilities campus expansion. Phase one includes a new group home, an addition to the pediatric services and autism services building and a remodel of the residential school cafeteria and group homes. With phase one nearly complete, fundraising is set to begin for phase two, which will focus on a new building for the residential school’s competitive integrated employment and music programs. Heartspring provides a wide range of services and therapies to nearly 1,000 children through several programs, including the Heartspring School, Pediatrics Services and Autism Services. The organization is a resource and, sometimes, the last resort for children with special needs and their families. This is the first major campus expansion for Heartspring since the organization moved to its current location in east

Wichita in 1998. The public will be able to tour the new phase one spaces at the open house on Jan. 11 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the project go to www.heartspring. org/expandingpossibilities. Nicole L. Easton joined The Trust Company of Kansas team in September 2017 with an accounting background. Butler Community College recognized 58 nursing graduates during its December 2017 pinning ceremony. The Dec. 7 event was held on Butler’s El Dorado campus. Graduates included Alysssa Canfield, Jana Phillips and Meghan Weldon, all of Andover; and Sophie Carmen, Tanaya Carthen, Angela Cline, Morgan Eckley, Alexander Fugate, Calvin Lies and Kyeri Pyon, all of East Wichita. For a dozen years, the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF), on behalf of an anonymous donor, has delivered gold coins to local nonprofits during the holiday season. The first set of gold coins was distributed in 2005 to five area organizations. They are delivered with one request: use the coin to generate even more funds for the organization. Each is currently valued at approximately $1,265. This 2017 recipients were the Alzheimer’s Association, 1820 E. Douglas; Inter-Faith Ministries, 829 N. Market; and Hunter Health Clinic, 2318 E. Central.

roll for the fall 2017 semester. Full-time students with a semester grade-point average of at least 3.75 are listed on the president’s honor roll at the end of each semester. Local students include Elijah Smith and Christopher Stadler of East Wichita, and Morgan Cessop of Andover. Brianna Hull of Wichita was one of 150 Kansas Wesleyan University students named to the dean’s honor roll for the fall 2017 semester. Full-time students with a semester GPA of 3.25-3.74 are listed on the dean’s honor roll at the end of each semester.

Anna Raab, a junior English major of Wichita, was among approximately 540 Bob Jones University students named to the fall 2017 president’s list, which recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher grade-point average for the semester.

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University of Dallas physics major Matthew Nickel of Wichita was one of 20 University of Dallas physics students to complete an experiential research opportunity or internship during the summer of 2017. Nickel completed research at the Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University.

Three Eastsiders were named to the dean’s list at Belmont University for the fall 2017 semester. To make the list, students must complete a minimum of 12 hours with a GPA of at least 3.5. The students were Nellie Elliott and Brandon Wiggers of Wichita, and Veronica Ostroski of Eastborough. One-hundred and fourteen Kansas Wesleyan University students have been named to the president’s honor

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Church Directory

Christian Science Services - Second Church of Christ, Scientist -

4501 E. Douglas, (316) 684-3121, christiansciencewichita.com. Sunday service, including a Bible based sermon, prayer and singing: 10:30 am; Sunday School, helping children and teens apply Bible lessons to their lives and our world: 10:30 am; Wednesday testimony meeting, with Bible readings and a time for sharing how the teachings of Christ Jesus are practical today: 6:30 pm; Child care available for all services. You are also welcome to call or visit the spiritual resource center we maintain for the public for individual Bible study, prayer and inspiration at the Christian Science Reading Room, 702 W. Douglas, (316) 262-7864, Mon.-Sat., 11-5:30.

College Hill UMC - 2930 E. 1st St. N. Wichita, KS 67214; (316) 683-4643; 9:00 a.m. Traditional Service in the sanctuary, includes Chancel Choir and monthly communion; 10:15 a.m. Contemporary Service with monthly communion; First Sunday of each month our children attend this service with their family; 11:20 a.m. short service in the Ward Chapel, weekly communion and small group service; Nursery is available during all three services; Sunday School classes for all ages from 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., this includes adults, youth and children; for more information visit www.collegehillumc.org. East Heights United Methodist Church - 4407 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67218;

(316) 682-6518; www.ehumc.org; Rev. Craig Hauschild, Senior Pastor; We are called to love God and our neighbor, trusting that Jesus Christ will use our efforts to transform the world. Three styles of Sunday worship: Chapel 8:45 a.m., Spirit Alive 9:45 a.m., Sanctuary 11 a.m.; Facebook: East Heights UMC; Twitter: @EastHeightsUMC.

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita - 7202 E. 21st Street N, Wichita, KS

67206; (316) 684-3481; www.firstuu.net; Rev. David Carter; Service Times: 11:00 a.m. Worship Service, 11:00 a.m. Children’s Religious Exploration, 9:45 a.m. Adult Religious Exploration; Facebook Page: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita; First UU Wichita, founded in 1887, is a caring, joyful, spiritual, and diverse congregation. First UU is a welcoming church that respects each individual’s spiritual journey and life direction.

Hillside Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - 8330 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67206;

316-683-6577; Fax 316-682-8302; Dr. William H. McConnell, Sr. Minister; Rev. Deborah Elwick-Assoc. Minister; Worship Services-8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; Church School-9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Night Programming 6:00 p.m.; Youth Meetings-9:30 Sunday School; 6:30 each Wednesday evening; Weekend fun activities; onchurch@hillsidecc.org; Connecting People To Jesus And To Each Other.

Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church -

3700 E. Mt. Vernon; (316) 734-4447; We offer a biblically grounded worship service at 10:30 am each Sunday. Serving the southeast area of Wichita for over 60 years. A Food Pantry is open on the 3rd Monday of each month from 9-10am. Kid’s and Youth Club, Wed. evening during the school year. Facebook: Mt. Vernon Church.

Progressive Missionary Baptist Church - 2727 E. 25th St. N. - Wichita, KS

67219; (316) 685-1328, (316)681-0081:fax; www. pmbaptist.net; Pastor, Roosevelt K. DeShazer, Sr.; Sunday School: 9:30am; Morning Worship: 11am; Wednesday Night P.B.I (Progressive Bible Institute): 6:30pm; Facebook: @progressivembcpastor; “A People Following Jesus Christ, the Waymaker”

St. James Episcopal Church - 3750 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67207; (316) 683.5686; www.stjameswichita.org; Rev. Dawn Frankfurt; Pray: Wednesdays 12:15 pm; Saturdays 5:30 pm; Sundays 8:30 and 10:45 am; Learn: Faith Formation (Sunday School) for all ages-Sundays 9:40 am; Grow: Wednesday Supper 5:30 pm; Fellowship-following Sunday AM services; Youth Groups (high school & middle school)-Wednesdays 5:45 pm & 6:45 pm; Bible Study-Wednesdays 6 pm & Thursdays 10 am; Small groups, classes, & opportunities for community engagement throughout the year, including summer Vacation Bible School! St. Paul’s Lutheran Church - 925 N. Waco Ave., Wichita, KS 67203 (Located in Midtown Wichita); (316) 263-0810; Pastor David C. Fulton; One Spirit Alive Worship 9:30 a.m., alternating traditional and contemporary worship forms. Sunday School 10:30 a.m.; ESOL Classes for adults M-Th 9:30 a.m. - 12; Kid’s Kingdom Learning Center Ages 3-5 M-Fri 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. year-round (316-263-2433); stpauls-wichita.org; stpauls. wichita@gmail.com; Facebook: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Wichita, KS; God’s Work. Our Hands Making Disciples to Make Peace. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 7404 East Killarney Place, Wichita, KS 67206; (316) 634-2513; The Rev. Dr. Mary J. Korte, Rector; www.ststephensec.org; Facebook at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wichita, KS; Sunday Services: 8:30 am, Traditional Service (No Music);10:30 am, Contemporary Service (Music & Choir) followed by “Coffee, Tea and Thee” Fellowship; Nursery provided for both services; 10:15 am Children’s Sunday School, 3 yrs - 4th grade. 10:15 am St. Stephen’s Sensational Youth Group (5th – 12th grades). First Wednesday of each month and IONA Service followed by a potluck dinner. We offer a variety of classes, groups and outreach opportunities through the year and summer Vacation Bible School (VBS). Check our website! We are a Christ centered caring community, living out the Gospel for all people.

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Deborah Rock Kendrick of Wichita was among 1,488 graduates who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during commencement exercises Dec. 15 and 16. Kendrick earned a doctor of philosophy from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Wesley Woodlawn Hospital and ER has named Jason Desai to serve as its new vice president of operations. Desai comes to Wesley after serving as the administrative fellow at HCA’s Continental Division office in Denver. As administrative fellow, he managed the division’s hospital growth initiatives and led performance-improvement projects by reviewing and negotiating contracts. Previously in his career, Desai held the position of administrative resident at North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colo., and various progressing management roles at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. He co-founded the non-profit organization SELF, which collaborates with leaders in Honduras to assist under-developed communities. Desai received his bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in healthcare leadership from the University of Denver.

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The names of more than 1,300 candidates for degrees from the University of Kansas this fall — representing 54 Kansas counties, 43 other states, territories and Washington, D.C., and 24 other countries — have been announced by the University Registrar. Degrees are officially conferred in January. Eastside residents earning degrees were: Daniel Chineke Ozor of Bel Aire; East Wichitans Jazil Ahmed, Halsten Amend, Grant Thomas Campbell, Caroline Christman, Cassius O. Davis Jr., Deeisaac Wambugu Davis, Emma Dougherty, Alexandria Marie Hernandez, Sydney Katherin Kaufman, Megan Elizabeth Morgan, Chad Onianwa, Justyce Mariah Perez, Hari Ramanan, Tollie Rebecca Rupe, Mona Imad Sleiman and Alan Wang; and from Andover, Casey Jaimes, Tyler Kvasnicka, Melissa Kaye Lukens, Delaney Kay Owen, Matthew Peters and Michael P. Raehpour.

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