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Volume 34 • Issue 11 November 2017

ON THE COVER Senior flights | 16 Don Jackson was one of several East Wichita veterans who had a chance recentlly to fly in a World-War II-era biplane. Jackson trained as one of the famous Tuskegee Airmen.

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Features From the Publisher’s Files.............. 5

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Performing Arts Calendar.............. 8 Focus On Business...................19-22

East Wichitan among 10 girls to earn national honor | 4 Holiday shopping guide | 11

Wichita Homes................................24 People & Places...............................27 Dateline..............................................28 Movie Review...................................30

East Wichita News Editorial

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

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Last month, my sons and I ventured to Kansas City to join the rest of our KC-area family for a trip to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. It was a first visit for my kids, parents and myself, and it was a fantastic experience. My oldest son, Isaac, was skeptical. He’s not really into “nerd culture.” He has little use for “Star Wars” and “Star Trek,” and I’m not sure if he realizes there’s a difference. I sold him on the idea that there would be turkey legs, beer and cleavage. That, along with the chance to see family, got him onboard with the adventure. My son, Aaron, embraces his inner nerd. He and I spent more than $100 in one night to get ourselves dressed for the occasion, him as a wizard and me as a pirate. It was a warm day, so my long-sleeve, pirate-looking shirt was abandoned for a simple black T-shirt. My brother told me I looked more like Mongo from “Blazing Saddles,” which I took as a compliment. “Mongo only pawn in game of life” is one of the best movie lines ever. The closest Isaac came to dressing up was wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball hat. Of course, my brother’s triplets, in their pirate regalia, were the hit of the day. Cute kids are always popular. They’re even more popular when they are dressed up. There was so much to take in, I felt that we could have gone back the next day and had an entirely different experience. A friend from Kansas City told me her husband and brother-in-law work there during the six weekends of the festival. A friend from California saw my Facebook photos and compared the festival favorably to Northern California’s big Rennaissance Faire. I was most impressed with the setting. Big trees surround the permanent structures that make up the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. It had the feel of a

Travis Mounts | Managing Editor

forest, the kind you imagine in medieval Europe. The shade made for a pleasant experience, too. We got pulled into a game that was a cross between archery and dodgeball. Following dodgeball rules, you broke into two teams and shot arrows tipped with soft rubber balls at each other. It was only eight minutes of intense running around, but I was feeling the pain the next day, a Sunday, and even on Monday. My brother, Chris, tweaked a hamstring, which in turn wrecked his back. It was bad enough that he had to visit an urgent care facility on Sunday afternoon. As we waited to enter the arena, a man came off of the pitch. He got tired early and decided to let “these two fit gentlemen” into the game, referring to my brother and me. “What fit gentlemen?” my brother and I snorted as we burst into laughter. We then realized he was serious, which led us to immediately question his eyesight, judgment and sobriety. Our physical ailments afterward proved our point. It was worth it, though. We value the family time together, and the festival was absolutely one of the best things I have ever been to. This year’s festival is over but there’s always next year, so I strongly recommend you find your pirate gear or at least your Pittsburgh baseball cap and head north to Bonner Springs, the site of the festival. Just take it easy on the mead and the physical exertion.

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East Wichitan among 10 girls to earn national honor

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When Reeny Botros needed an idea for her Gold Award project in Girl Scouts, it wasn’t as if an imaginary lightbulb went on above her head. Instead, an illuminated headband could have signified her bright idea. Botros, an East Wichita teenager, is the inventor of Illumi-cize, fashion accessories that light up as the user’s heart rate increases. The concept was designed to combat childhood obesity. It also sparked Botros’ interest in promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers for women. Botros, 17, won the National Young Woman of Distinction award from Girl Scouts of the USA. Only 10 are selected for the honor nationwide each year. Botros said she was grateful that Girl Scouts gave her the resources to do something she was passionate about and

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Sylvia Acevedo, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, sits with Wichita Girl Scout Reeny Botros during a National Young Women of Distinction interview on Sept. 5 at the corporate office of Facebook in New York City. Courtesy photo

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just say things didn’t end well for the six drug dealers she accidentally witnessed as they tried to do her in, as well. The other feature film we saw was “Seat 25,” a British film about the recipient of a one-way ticket to Mars. While it was a fantasy-based film at its core, the unfolding tale of a young woman who really wasn’t happy with her life and would rather restart that life on another planet with 24 other space adventurers was provocative and inspirational. In the end, she learned that the journey in life isn’t hard…it’s getting started that takes determination. All of the films included discussions afterward, which were as enjoyable and enlightening in most cases as the films themselves. The young director who made “Lucky” recounted how naive he was when he first attended film school and realized that great films were being produced all around the world. Duuuuhhhhh. Many of us have known that for years, but it was humbling to hear a young director admit how small our view of the world can be if we never get to experience things beyond our own neighborhoods…literally and figuratively. And to that end, the annual Tallgrass Film Festival is a wonderful opportunity to take a little stroll outside of our own neighborhoods. I’ll be back again next year, and would recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different in terms of movie experiences. It’s a journey worth taking…and the hardest part is simply getting started.


I played hooky from work on a recent Friday afternoon so that Kim and I could take in an additional movie as a part of the annual Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita. This was the 15th year for the Tallgrass Film Festival, and I regularly try to take in anywhere from one movie to several movies. This year, we were able to enjoy three feature-length films, as well as a whole bunch of short films… including several that were produced by Kansas filmmakers and grouped together in a viewing that we attended Sunday afternoon. One of my main reasons for attending Wichita’s annual film festival is to expose myself to film genres other than the typical blockbusters that I go see all too frequently. Don’t get me wrong…I love blockbuster movies, and just going to the movies in general. But there’s so much more out there to enjoy in terms of films, and especially independent films. And because of that, I always appreciate and enjoy the Tallgrass Film Festival when it rolls around each October. It’s like Octoberfest…for the space between your ears. The feature films that Kim and I took in this year were a nice mix of subject matter, production styles and countries of origin. We saw an American-made film called “Lucky,” a determined story about a 90-year-old man finishing out his life in a tiny desert town with cigarettes, a structured daily routine and a handful of other people who marked the trail of his existence. The leading actor was Harry Dean Stanton, who had a long and solid film career, and died shortly after making “Lucky.” “Hunting Emma” was an intense thriller about a young woman, trained in self defense, who unwittingly finds herself as a witness to a drug ring assassination. What unfolded in this South African-produced drama was as intensely edge-of-your seat as any high-budget action movie I’ve ever seen. And let’s

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Reeny Botros, 17, of Wichita is one of 10 Girl Scouts in the nation to be selected as a 2017 National Young Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of the USA. Courtesy photo

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make a difference. Her mother, Maureen, was her Girl Scout leader when she was a child. “I started in Daisies when I was 5 years old,” Botros recalled. “That was a great way for me to bond with my mom.” Botros said other girls and women motivated her to continue in Girl Scouts. Her best friends today were Daisies with her, she said, and the leaders and volunteers served as their role models since they were 5. In summer 2013, Botros was in New Jersey, where her family owns a business. Her task was to build her invention over the summer. She had formulated her idea and found the brightest colors she could. “The next step was obviously lighting up my clothes,” she said. “I was interested in STEM but I hadn’t been exposed to anything that was innovative or really built anything.” She emailed various organizations, looking for help, and she received a response from the Society of Women Engineers. That’s how she met Kiran Karunakaran, a graduate student at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Botros said her new mentor spent three hours a day, five days a week, helping her build the Illumi-cize product. Botros explained that a pulse sensor hooks to her ear and she wears five accessories – a headband, necklace, belt, tutu and arm unit. As her heart rate increases, the sensor recognizes the intensity of exercise, and more of the bling lights up. As a result of the project, Botros participated in the White House Science Fair in 2015. “I got to present my invention to President Obama, which is mind-blowing and just humbling,” she said. “I’ll remember that moment for the rest of my life.” A related project, which she named Catwalk Coding, is responsible for her National Young Woman of Distinction title, Botros said. She hosts Catwalk Coding camps, where girls create their own light-up fashion accessories, code them, solder them and then model them for family, friends and adult women who work in STEM fields. After the fashion show, the women in STEM take the

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stage so the girls can learn from them in a question-and-answer session. Botros said the Girl Scout award for her invention was especially meaningful. She was honored in October at the Girl Scout National Convention in Columbus, Ohio. “It’s incredible because I was actually at the convention three years ago in Utah,” she said. “I remember watching that year’s Young Women of Distinction on the stage, and I remember being blown away by the projects.” She was inspired, she added, and that night she brainstormed projects “to do what I can to be up there.” Botros was also influenced by Karunakaran in 2013. “She wasn’t getting paid or anything,” Botros said. “The fact that she was so selfless and so kindhearted and compassionate, I think that also inspired me to do my camps and want to pay it forward, so girls just like I was – who are completely clueless – they deserve a chance in STEM.” The recognition keeps coming for Botros. In summer 2016, she was selected to travel to Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., for seven weeks of Apple Engineering Technology Camp. In addition, Botros met a woman from Mexico at a conference this summer, and she learned that the gender gap in STEM fields is even more pronounced there. Botros hopes to help remedy that by bringing her Catwalk Coding camp to 100 girls in November in Mexico City. Her Girl Scout honor comes with a $5,000 college scholarship from Kappa Delta Foundation and a $10,000 scholarship from the Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders. Botros, a home-school senior who is working on college applications, plans to major in computer science and minor in women’s studies. She wants to promote the idea that women don’t have to adapt to STEM fields, and instead STEM fields can adapt to women in various areas – even fashion. Botros is already taking Spanish, chemistry and Calculus 3 at Friends University. “I’m the only girl in my Calc 3 class, and that really affects me,” Botros said. “That’s incredibly discouraging when you look around a room and only see guys. I think the more we include women and the more we show girls that it’s possible, I think that will make the biggest change. I think that’s what my project is all about.”

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Nov. 2-4 – “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” Christian Youth Theater. Performances at 7 p.m. each day plus 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at Isely Magnet School, 5256 N. Woodlawn. Advance ickets $13 adults, $11 students and seniors, available at cytwichita.org or call 316682-1688. Tickets $2 more at the door. The show features a cast of 66 wearing a total of 350 costumes by parent-volunteer costume designer Gina Kohn, who has designed for Friends University and Wichita Grand Opera. Nov. 4 – Singing Quakers alumni choir concert, 7:30 p.m., at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Rd. Adults $15, seniors and students $12. Nov. 5 – Newman University fall instrumental concert, Performance Hall, De Mattias Fine Arts Center. Show at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 – Friends University band concert, 7:30 p.m, Sebits Auditorium. Adults $6, seniors and students $3.

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Nov. 9 – Friends Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Sebits Auditorium. Free.

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Nov. 9-Dec. 30 – “Fist of Furry Reindeer, or Angry Santa Claws,” Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley St. Written by Tom Frye. Tickets $30 for dinner and show, $26 for seniors/children. Show only $20. Reservations at 316-263-0222. Nov. 10 and 11 – “L’Elisir D’Amore” opera (concert version), 7:30 p.m., Wichita State University Duerksen Fine Arts Center. Tickets $10-20. Directed by Alan Held. Nov. 10-Dec. 23 – “The Kyle and Monte Christmas Musical 2,” Roxy’s Downtown, 412-1/2 E. Douglas. Shows at 8 p.m., with dinner served 6:30-7:15 p.m. The boys are back and the good cheer is all new. Seating $20-$30, dinner $15. Reservations at 316-265-4400. Nov. 11 – “From Kansas to La La Land: A Concert with Angela Parrish,” part of the Plymouth Fine Arts Series, 7:30 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N. Clifton. A reception follows the concert. Parrish, a native of Newton and a graduate of Wichita State University, is an American Roots artist

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who creates her own brand of music. Her influences include Carole King, Ray Charles, Eva Cassidy and Lyle Lovett. Her voice is featured kicking off “Another Day of Sun,” the opening number in the Oscar-winning film musical ‘La La Land.’ In May 2017, Parrish was one of five recipients of a Songwriters Hall of Fame/Abe Olman Scholarship for Excellence in Songwriting, and in 2016 Angela was the winner in the Folk category for The John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her composition “Borrowed Time.” Tickets are $15, or $30 including a 6 p.m. dinner before the show. Tickets are available through the church office. Call 316-684-0221. Nov. 12 – Delano Chamber Brass concert, 3 p.m. at West Side Baptist Church, 304 S. Seneca. Free, donations accepted. The Delano Chamber Brass is a 28-member brass and percussion ensemble performing a wide variety of music, including music from “The Lion King” and a Sousa march, to an Irish melody written for Euphonium solo with brass. Nov. 14 – Friends University Chamber Instrumental Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Free. Nov. 14 – Rie Bloomfield Organ Series concert featuring Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, 7:30 p.m., Wichita State University. Cauchefer-Choplin has an extensive international career, having given recitals worldwide in more than 30 countries. She is regularly invited as a judge in national and international organ competitions. She is considered by her peers to be one of the best improvisers of her generation. Her compact discs of Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Franck, Rheinberger, Messiaen, Grunenwald, and Roth, along with her recorded improvisations, have garnered high praise. See ARTS, Page 10

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The concerts will take place in Wiedemann Hall on the distinguished Marcussen organ. The organ was built by Marcussen and Son, a Danish company that has been around for more than 200 years. The organ is one of four Marcussen instruments in the United States. Both the organ and Wiedemann Hall were designed around each other, making it a very exciting experience for both organists and audience members. Nov. 16-19 – “Footloose, The Musical,” Performance Hall, De Mattias Fine Arts Center, Newman University.

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Nov. 16-19 – “A Hedda Gabler,” Wichita State University Wilner Auditorium. Shows 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18, 2 p.m. Nov. 19. Tickets $10-$20.

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Nov. 17-19 – “When You Wish Upon A Star,” an original Disney musical revue, performed at the Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center. Shows at 7 p.m. Nov. 17-18, and 2 p.m. Nov. 19. This show is recommended for ages 8 and up. Admission: $13 premium seating, $9 regular seating. Call 316-2622282 for reservations. More information at www.wctdc.com. Nov. 17 – “Jazz Meets Stevie Wonder,” 7:30 p.m., Sebits Auditorium, Friends University. Adults $6, seniors and students $3.

Nov. 29–Dec. 10 – “A Dog’s Life,” Wichita Community Theatre’s holiday show, by Sean Grennan and Leah Okimoto. This is not a traditional holiday musical; just laughter, a few tears and a family-friendly, loving tribute to our pets, dogs in particular. Shows at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. Shows at WCT, 258 N. Fountain. Tickets $14 adults, $12 military/seniors/students. Special opening-night price on Nov. 29. For reservations, call 316-6861282. Nov. 30-Dec. 17 – “A Christmas Carol,” staged by The Forum Theatre Company. Shows at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Created especially for The Forum Theatre, “A Christmas Carol” returns in a newly conceived production. Starring Shaun Michael Morse as Scrooge and Karla Burns as The Ghost of Christmas Present. Tickets $23-$25, www.forumwichita.com. Shows at The Wilke Center, First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Dec. 1-2 – Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre fall concert, 7:30 p.m. at WSU’s Wilner Auditorium. The Kansas Dance Festival presents an eclectic evening of dance featuring ballet, modern and jazz dance. Dec. 1-3 – Friends University Christmas candlelight concert, Sebits Auditorium. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Adults $15, seniors and students $12.

Nov. 20 – Friends University percussion ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Sebits Auditorium. Free.

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the crisis center, Sinclair and Rishel started contacting friends to join forces. They hosted a cocktail party at the Rishels’ home that raised more than $6,000 for the operational needs of the crisis center. “The cocktail party was a success, but while we were on the tour at the crisis center, we witnessed a victim show up with her small children. She literally had nothing but the clothing they were wearing,” Sinclair said. “I knew there had to be another way for us to help with the ongoing needs.” With help from five or six close friends, the pair formed the Guardian Angels to help the center collect wish list items and other critical in-kind needs. If the shelter needs soap, diapers or sweat pants, they let the Guardian Angels know, and the group provides immediate donations. “We are very thankful for the Guardian Angels,” said executive director Angela Lampe. “Before the Guardian Angels, there were times that I had to worry how we were going to purchase specific hygiene items or shelter supplies that were running low. We can’t accomplish our mission without community support.” In addition to their support, Sinclair and Rishel’s husbands have gotten involved. They have attended many events and have been extremely supportive of the Guardian Angels.

Wichita Family Crisis Center 24/7 Crisis Line: 316-267-SAFE Learn more online: www.wichitafamilycrisiscenter.org Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive and coercive behavior used to gain dominance, power, and control over an intimate partner. It includes the use of illegal and legal behaviors and tactics that undermine the victim’s sense of self, free will, and safety. Not all domestic violence is physical. It may also include sexual, emotional, economic (financial) or psychological. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.


The statistics on domestic violence and abuse are staggering, according to Kimberly Cronister, development director of Wichita Family Crisis Center. “One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime,” Cronister said. “Abusers create an environment of fear and intimidation, using verbal threats and physical violence as well as controlling financial resources. This makes it very difficult for anyone being abused to flee this violent crime.” Wichita Family Crisis Center is one organization trying to make a difference for people affected by domestic violence. The center is a safe haven that provides food, shelter, clothing and assistance to those seeking refuge. Last year alone, the center helped 1,300 individuals who were fleeing domestic violence in the community. Many times, victims leave quickly and take nothing more than the clothes on their backs. In March 2016, East Wichitans Debbie Sinclair and Grace Rishel attended an Empower Hour session at the Wichita Family Crisis Center. “I was completely shocked to see what the Wichita Family Crisis Center has to work with,” Rishel said. “The organization uses every inch of their space and stretches their resources to serve as many individuals as possible, but they need more space and more support.” Immediately following their tour of

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Soaring seniors

Veterans fly in WWII-era biplane

Jack Turner, age 99, was among eight East Wichitans to fly in a 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane out of Jabara Airport. The flights were coordinated through the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, which gives flights to senior veterans across the United States.

Story and photos by Sam Jack On Oct. 20 and 21, eight residents of The Regent, an East Wichita assisted living facility, took off from Jabara Airport in a 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane. The Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation sponsors “dream flights” for senior veterans all over the country. “If you want to see a toothy smile, come out here when they get back on the ground,” said Dean Patmor, who pilots for the foundation

but was serving as ground crew Oct. 20. “It’s exciting to see the energy from these folks. They’ve given us so much; they’ve given us the freedom that makes this even possible. We can give back, in a little way.” Jack Turner, the first veteran in the air Friday, was also the oldest in the East Wichita group. He is 99. He spent three years as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps, and for much of that time was an aerial photographer based

at Fort Leavenworth. “There’s nothing like it when you leave the ground,” Turner said. “Every time you leave the ground, it’s new, it’s exciting.” Turner flew in several different planes during his time in service. “We spent a month in a B-17, flying from Nebraska all the way to the Mississippi (River),

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taking pictures from 20,000 feet,” he said. “That was boring, but that was (also) really interesting. You’ve got two cameras, operated on what we call an intervalometer, adjusted to the speed of the aircraft. The pictures are 8x10, with 150-foot rolls. We’d fly four, five hours a day, and then be up almost all night processing film.” Next in the air was Don Jackson, 91. Jackson served in the Air Force for a year, training as a Tuskegee Airman. “You have probably seen the movie ‘Red Tails,’ and so forth. That was just one group (of Tuskegee Airmen),” Jackson said. “There was another group I was on, and you never hear about them. I can’t remember how many was in my group, but there were a whole bunch of us. “Of course, everybody got out as the war was over, taking discharges,” Jackson continued. “I just stayed in, because I was bound and determined. I went in to learn to fly airplanes, and that’s what I wanted to do. That was my dream, and...” He paused as he recalled the emotions of that time. “I just had to stay in until I did it.” He did do it. His primary training flights were in a Boeing Stearman, the very model of plane he boarded for a flight over Wichita. When it was time for an experienced pilot to test Jackson’s

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Featured this month Assistance League of Wichita...........Page 19 Wichita Grand Opera........................Page 20 Kitchen Tune-Up...............................Page 21

Assistance League® of Wichita Gingerbread Village – building happiness Kick off the holiday season with the Assistance League® of Wichita’s 23rd annual community event, Gingerbread Village! Gingerbread Village is open to the public on Saturday, Nov.11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Exploration Place. Guests will be able to create their own gingerbread houses and take them home. They can also experience Exploration Place exhibits, including the current national traveling exhibit, Hall of Heroes. Butler Community College culinary students also will be on hand to create a one-of-a-kind gingerbread house masterpiece. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to take a photo in front of a special gingerbread house made from balloons. It’s the perfect event for guests to explore, sample and create holiday memories while supporting the Wichita community.


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Tickets are available at www.exploration.org/special-events/gingerbread-village, or may be purchased at Exploration Place on the days of the event. For members of Exploration Place, the price is $5 for ages three years and older. For non-members, the prices are $8 for seniors (65-plus), $9.50 for adults (1264), $6 for youth (3-11), and children two and under are free. Tickets include making your own gingerbread house and experiencing exhibits at Exploration Place. Assistance League® of Wichita, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, is celebrating its 30th year of transforming the lives of children and adults through these philanthropic programs that provide service to the Wichita community including: • Operation School Bell, which provides new school clothing, coats, shoes


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November 2017 - 20 FOCUS ON BUSINESS www.eastwichitanews.com

The Mann is back on December 9 Story by Sam Jack Singer Chris Mann rose to fame as a competitor on the 2012 season of NBC’s “The Voice.” He followed up that breakout with acclaimed studio albums, hundreds of concert performances, and, most recently, a two-year, 700-performance run as the title Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” Thanks to his non-stop career, Mann has rarely made it back to perform in Wichita, his hometown. His most recent performance here was immediately after his season on “The Voice.” When he takes the stage of Century II on Saturday, Dec. 9 for “Chris Mann: Home for Christmas,” Wichita Grand Opera’s second Christmas gala, Wichita will see firsthand how Mann has evolved from talented aspirant to seasoned artist in the five years since then. Mann will be joined by Internationally acclaimed maestro Steven Mercurio and WGO favorite Kaitlyn Costello, featuring the Wichita Grand Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Children’s Chorus. “Obviously, I’m really excited,” Mann said. “I’ve never worked with Wichita Grand Opera before, so that’ll be a treat for me. My friends and family, everybody will be there. I know the conductor, Steven Mercurio, is quite famous, and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with him.” Mercurio, who conducted WGO’s 10th Anniversary Gala, featuring Ramey, DiDonato, and Held, with the WGO Orchestra and Chorus, has performed with classical and crossover luminaries such as Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, and the World Tour of Sting and the Royal Philharmonic. He was music director of five “Christmas in Vienna” concerts that were broadcast on PBS in the United States and European television, featuring guests such as Vanessa Williams and Michael Bolton, highlighted by the 1999 The Three Tenors performance with Pavarotti, Carreras, and Domingo. As Maestro Mercurio worked

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with WGO Artistic Director Parvan Bakardiev and featured artists Chris Mann and Kaitlyn Costello to create the program of “Chris Mann: Home for

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Christmas,” he drew on that experience, Mercurio said. “Basically, it’s a combination of traditional Christmas repertory, plus some

modern twists along the way,” he said. “It’s traditional, classical and popular Christmas favorites, plus a few other interesting surprises.” Mann, a classically-trained singer who started his career in pop music and then made his mark in the world of musical theatre, is the perfect person to bring that combination to vivid life on stage, Mercurio said. “He’s an ideal person to anchor this. I’m looking forward to working with him, and unifying all the performers, choirs and fine orchestra.” Artistic Director Bakardiev added, “On top of that, most people don’t know that Chris, THE star of Broadway, studied opera at Vanderbilt University. It makes him an incredibly versatile talent, which led to his starring role in the national tour of ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ widely considered to be a modern-day opera.” Featured performer Kaitlyn Costello starred with the Wichita Grand Opera in unforgettable performances of “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Barber of Seville,” showing off her comedic prowess, and in the show-stopping title role of 2016’s “The Grand Duchess,” singing Offenbach’s complicated vocal lines while dancing, executing pratfalls and, at one point, sinking into the splits while tossing off a high note. More recently, Costello performed the dance-intensive “West Side Story” role of Anita, in what she called a career highlight. She hopes to bring some of that character’s high spirits to this exclusive Christmas gala concert. “I get to do a pretty feisty rendition of ‘Santa Baby,’ which I’m excited about,” Costello said. “I’m hoping to make that have a little flair to it. I always just try to be me.” “Chris Mann: Home for Christmas” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Century II Concert Hall. Tickets range in price from $37 to $85, with student, senior, and group rates available. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.wichitagrandopera. org or call the WGO Box Office at 316-262-8054.

FOCUS ON BUSINESS TOP: This recent renovation in Wichita included a total remake of the client’s kitchen, and swapping dining room and living room spaces. The finished look is open and airy, and improves the flow throughout the house. ABOVE: The Kitchen Tune-Up team provided unique accents to the kitchen area, including handmade pottery tiles above the stove. LEFT: The homeowners also wanted glass display cabinets for their Fiestaware collection, which is showcased throughout the kitchen and dining room.


When it came time for a Wichita couple to tackle renovating the interior of their home, they turned to the experts at Kitchen Tune-Up. The couple had been in their home about five years, and had focused their attentions on their yard. Next, they wanted to renovate their home’s interior. They wanted to remove a fireplace that separated their kitchen from the living room, and they wanted to swap out their dining room and living room spaces. With some clear goals from the homeowners, designer and Kitchen Tune-Up owner Rachel Phillips was able to bring this project to completion. “The kitchen didn’t function well, and that was one of the main goals,” said Rachel. “We moved the sink to the island, and that really changed the dynamics of the kitchen.” One of the things Kitchen Tune-up can do for its clients is to help them look at their home with new eyes. From there, some simple design changes can transform a home. “This is a perfect example of zone entertaining and how to accommodate everything from just a few people to a big crowd,” said Rachel. Along with creating an open flow between the kitchen and new dining room space, Kitchen Tune-Up installed new French country cabinets that also helped the space feel more open and airy. The cabinets are antique white with a glaze, contrasting the dark maple cabinets on the island, and its exotic granite top. The homeowners also wanted glass cabinets to display their Fiestaware collection, and Rachel played off those colors for additional touches. “We incorporated hand-made pottery tiles above the stove, and the new flooring is a luxury vinyl tile,” said Rachel. “Everything is warmer and softer now.” “I love it,” said one of the happy homeowners. “There’s so much room now, and I love the island and the placement of the sink. I can see the lake out back now.” The experts at Wichita’s Kitchen Tune-Up, led by owners Rachel and Adam Phillips, 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.

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Lighthouse: Your answer to instrument repairs, rentals and purchases Fred Sullivan loves to tinker with things. That includes all kinds of things, from woodworking to metal work, but most importantly, Sullivan loves to tinker with band and orchestra instruments. That passion has grown into Lighthouse Music Services, a business based in Bel Aire that Sullivan literally built from the ground up. His key focus is instrument repair, and Lighthouse also sells new and used instruments. “I started in my basement,” Sullivan said with a chuckle. Nowadays, a converted garage space with a separate business entrance houses Sullivan’s workshop and instrument showroom. A native of Arizona, Sullivan grew up playing clarinet and struck up a friendship with a neighbor and master craftsman who ran a similar in-home instrument repair business. Several years later, Sullivan started working for that repair shop while attending community

college. “That’s how I learned the trade,” said Sullivan. Later, Sullivan earned an industrial arts degree, and split his time over the years working as a teacher and as a repairman for music stores, along with receiving additional training and continuing education. One of those jobs, at a music store in Wichita, brought Sullivan and his family to Kansas. In 2003, determined to strike out on his own, Sullivan opened Lighthouse Music Services. “I drove a bus for a while, and now I’m concentrating on the business full time,” said Sullivan. His clientele is wide-ranging, from a number of school districts and universities, to individuals with a full range of needs. Many of his individual clients are families with band and orchestra students, and others are musicians with


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Fred Sullivan provides excellent craftsmanship for repair of orchestra and band instruments from his shop in Bel Aire. His shop also handles sales and rentals.

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Church Directory

Christian Science Services - Second Church of Christ, Scientist - 4501 E. Douglas, (316) 684-3121, christian-

sciencewichita.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

Friendship Baptist Church - 2209 E. Pawnee (Pawnee & I-135) Wichita, KS 67211; (316) 263-0269; FBCwichita.com; Dr. Ray Melugin, Pastor; friendshipbaptist1@sbcglobal.net; Offering fully graded Sunday School; Sunday School at 10:00 a.m.; Sunday morning worship at 11:00 a.m.; Sunday evening service at 6:00 p.m.; Wed. Bible study & Prayer at 6:00 p.m.; Music ministry / personal & family counselling; Services are Bible based, traditional, conservative, KJV; Child Care & Development Center, ages 2 1/2 - 12; Security code & camara protection.

Contact Shelby at the East Wichita News for more information on how to have a Church Directory listing. 316-540-0500

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 - 5th grade. Resuming in September - 10:15 am St. Stephen’s Sensational Youth Group (5th – 12th grades); 5:30 pm Wednesday “WE” Wholehearted Eucharist, the first Wednesday of each month an IONA Service followed with a potluck dinner. We are a Christ-centered caring community, living out the Gospel for all people.

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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;

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Let’s go rug shopping

Selecting the right area rug can make or break the living space. With almost unlimited choices, how can you know which is the best rug for you? Having so many choices certainly doesn’t make the search for a new rug any easier. For the best chance of success, you will need to do a little homework before you set out to find that perfect rug. This includes having a color direction, knowing the room measurements, and defining your style preferences just to get things started. If you are starting from the ground up, you have a practically blank slate on which to work. The rug will set the pace for the rest of the room. If you are working with existing furnishings, they will need to be considered in determining your color and pattern selection for a harmonious result. Color is probably one of the most important criteria but it is also one of the most subjective. Everyone experiences color individually. Color is also a function of light, and in different settings the rug can cast different tones. This makes it important to see the prospective rug in the intended space before you make your final decision. Selecting the correct rug size is the next criteria. In some rooms, such as a dining room, there are specific guidelines. The dining chairs should be able to stay on the rug while being pulled away from the table. This is typically 18 to 24 inches from the edge of the table. In a living room with a hard surface, it is recommended that at least the front legs of the furniture are resting on the rug. In other rooms, size is mostly a matter

ticular fabric content and construction. Your rug professional should be able to provide guidance in this area. Last but not least, there is your budget. Fortunately, there are nice looking rugs in all price points these days. In some cases, your budget decision should be based on how long you hope to have

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the rug. If you plan to use the rug indefinitely, then you should buy the best rug you can afford. If you like to redecorate with the latest trends, spend a little less so you won’t feel bad moving it to the basement next year. Either way, a good looking rug is the perfect way to add comfort and interest to any room.

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of personal preference given space and traffic patterns. Style, as with color, is fairly subjective. Your decor style and patterns in the room will guide you, in part. Sometimes there is more than one answer, depending on how you want the room to feel. Just keep in mind that this can be a process and you may want to try different options before you make your final decision. Timeless traditional designs will always be a staple, but the transitional and contemporary categories have become very popular lately. Transitional designs tend to be less formal than traditional designs, but not as edgy as a real contemporary look. The main thing is to select a style that compliments the other elements in the room. Your rug needs to appeal to you as a piece of art. After all, an area rug is artwork for your floor, Another consideration is that you should be able to determine the prospective rug’s appropriateness to the space. Some rugs are better suited to high traffic areas than others. Much of this can be derived from the rug’s par-

Color is an important criteria when choosing a rug. If you are working with existing furnishings, they need to be considered in determining the color and pattern selection of any new rug.




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skill with the Stearman plane, Jackson found himself paired with a white officer. “I had never been integrated before, and I couldn’t fly that airplane – because all I could see was that instructor’s white neck,” Jackson said. “My instructors had all been black. Every day, black necks. The white neck threw me off, since I have been an adult, I suspect that it did him, too.” After his military service, Jackson returned to college at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University. “(Tuskegee) had Piper Cub airplanes, and a bunch of us started flying them. We had absolutely and positively no respect for the airplane, but we did have respect for the ground,” Jackson said. “On a B-25, you had to check this, that and the other before you take off. A Piper Cub, you just took off and went. That was dangerous! Because the airplane, it’ll kill you. So we stopped flying Piper Cubs; it was the safer thing to do.”

Cecil Smith’s job in the U.S. Navy did not take him into the sky, but it did inspire a lifelong love of aviation and led to his becoming a private pilot later in life. He was an electrician aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lunga Point, and he enjoyed watching planes take off and land on the deck. That was not the only diversion on the flight deck, though. “We had a bicycle on board, and you could sit on that bicycle, and the flight deck would go like this, and you never had to pedal,” Smith said, tilting his palms left and then right. “You would just go downhill all the time. It was fun.” The other veterans who participated in the dream flights were Bob Duggan, Larry Falkner, Jim Moore and Bobby Argumedo. All said they were grateful to have been offered the chance to fly – for the first time or the hundredth – in a historic World War II plane. “It was very exciting; I can’t really thank them enough,” Argumedo said. “It’s amazing that somebody would think to do this, to honor us in the way.” For more information on the nonprofit that arranged the dream flights, visit www.agelessaviationdreams.org.

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and grooming kits to USD 259 students in need. • Scholarships that help pay for fees and supplies toward completing a vocational degree at Wichita Area Technical College or Butler Community College. • Sexual Assault Victim Support, which provides victims with new clothing and toiletry items through the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center. • Bear-Hugs, which distributes new cuddly, tote bags and journals or sketch-

books to children who are victims of violence. It helps a child to have a bear to hug while being interviewed and examined by the SANE/SART nurse or staff at the Via Christi-St. Joseph Campus and Wesley Medical Center. Also statistics indicate it enables children to heal by sketching or journaling. For more information on the services provided, to donate or become involved with the Assistance League® of Wichita, call 316-687-6107 or visit www.alwichita.org. Gingerbread Village is sponsored by: Bruce G. Cochener Foundation, Fidelity Bank Foundation, Butler Community College and Subaru of Wichita. The event’s radio partner is 105.3 The Buzz.


What: Assistance League® of Wichita’s Gingerbread Village When: Saturday, November 11 Sunday, November 12

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high-end instruments that need special attention. “This is a loyalty business,” said Sullivan. “I’m here to build relationships, and get believers from these one-on-one experiences.” Most importantly, what sets Sullivan apart is the quality of his workmanship. He brings 40-plus years of experience to his workbench, and also is extremely knowledgeable about the instruments he sells and rents. Right now, Sullivan is booking bench times for open dates in

November and December, and he noted that this is the perfect time of year to bring instruments in for annual servicing. Once a client is booked, Sullivan can normally provide service work that same day or within 24 hours. Some of the “tough” cases – like an old instrument found in grandma’s attic – might take a little longer. “I believe everyone has music in them,” said Sullivan. “And what I hope I can do is provide someone with a well adjusted, tuned, good feeling instrument.” For more information about instrument sales, rentals and servicing through Lighthouse Music Services, call Sullivan at 316-744-8530.

• MacKenzie Needham of Andover was part of the Emporia State University production of “Family Furniture.” The play’s author A.R. Gurney, who passed away in June of this year, is an audience favoritew and ESU Theatre has produced several of his works. “Family Furniture” was inspired by Gurney’s own life and the culture of the 1950s when he was a young adult. Needham, a freshman theater major, was the lightboard operator. • Two Eastsiders are part of Emporia State University’s production of “9 to 5, The Musical.” Based on the 1980 movie of the same name, “9 to 5, The Musical” is a classic tale of female empowerment. Abbi Timmermeyer, a sophomore theater major from Andover, plays Violet Newstead. Tad Gilbert, a sophomore secondary education major from Andover, plays Tinsworth. The show will be Nov. 2-5 at ESU. Tickets can be reserved by calling 620-341-6378. • Emma Dixon of East Wichita is among more than 80 first-year students inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma honor society at Emporia State University. Phi Eta Sigma is the national scholastic honor society for students with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Dixon is a sophomore.

• New officers and directors have begun terms for Wichita Festivals, Inc., a non-profit that stages large-scale events, including Riverfest and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair. D.J. Fulton of Grene Vision Group will chair the organization’s board for the 2017-2018 board year. Ty Patton of McCurdy Auction, LLC is chair-elect. The board secretary is Deb Haifleigh, retired, Koch Industries. Alysha Phillips, Grant Thornton LLP, is the organization’s treasurer. Don Grant, of Carey, Thomas, Hoover and Breault, remains an officer as the board’s immediate past chair. New directors elected to their first three-year terms include Zach Fugate, Fugate Enterprises; Kim Gattis, UMB Bank; Tom Johnson, NAI Martens, and Shane Stuhlsatz, Fidelity Bank. Directors elected to a second term include Fulton; Ron Ryan; Denise Sherman, Southwestern College Professional Studies; and Van Williams, City of Wichita. The officers and directors were elected at the Wichita Festivals, Inc. annual meeting on Sept. 26. Retiring from the Wichita Festivals board were Craig Burns, Security 1st Title Co.; Chris Goebel of Star Lumber & Supply Co; Esther Headley, The Research Partnership, Inc.; Alan Howarter, Vess Oil Company; Jennifer Magaña, City of Wichita; and Carol Wilson. Other directors include Gary Austerman, Klenda Austerman LLC; Rigby Carey, Carey, Thomas, Hoover and Breault; Teketa Harding, Capitol Federal Savings Bank; Shaun Isham, Isham Builders, Inc.; Barry Schwan, House of Schwan and Gavin Seiler, Wichita Police Department.

Do you have an item for People and Places? Submit it by Nov. 20 for consideration in the December edition. Email news@tsnews.com.

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• The Civitan Club of Wichita, during its 96th Awards and Installation Banquet, announced the following awards. The Civitan of the Year Award was presented to Harold Connell. The Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Wichita City Council member and Vice Mayor Janet Miller. The Outstanding Candy Box Award was presented to Taco Pronto, 7333 W. Central. The highest honor a club can bestow on a member, The Club Honor Key, was presented to Charlie Lawter. The following officers for 2017-18 Civitan Year were installed by the 2017-18 Heartland District Governor, Bob Shell of Bartlesville, Okla: the Rev. Bill Ester, president; Larry White, immediate past president; Colin Busey, president-elect; Janet Elliott, secretary; Harold Connell, treasurer; Kay Brannon, director; Chris Wahl, director;

Lora Neal, sgt.-at-arms; and Vicki Jamieson, chaplain.

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Nov. 3-5 – Holiday Tables at Mark Arts, 9112 E. Central. Fundraiser organized by Designing Women, a volunteer group that supports Mark Arts. Dining tables of all shapes and sizes are decorated by individuals, nonprofits and businesses, each showcasing their own unique home entertaining ideas. Tickets at the door or in advance at www.markartsks. com/holiday-tables or by calling 316-6342787. Tables exhibit open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, tickets $10; for ages 8 and up. Cafe and coffee bar, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 3-4; reservations encouraged for groups of 10 or more. More special events are planned. Nov. 10-12 – Third annual “Feztival” of Trees, Midian Shrine Center, 130 N. Topeka. Stroll through dozens of exquisitely decorated trees, created by member of the Shrine, local businesses and others. The themed, festive trees will be on display 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 11, 12-4 p.m. Nov. 12. Several special trees will be offered at a live auction at 4 p.m. Nov. 12. In addition to the trees, there will be a boutique with local vendors, a sweet shop with holiday candy, local entertainment and more. Photographs with Santa Claus will be available on Nov. 11. Admission is $5, free for children 10 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Midian Shrine Center’s community activities. See the Midian Shrine “Feztival of Trees” Facebook page for more information.

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Nov. 11 – 23rd annual Wichita Alternative Gift Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., University Congrega-


Upcoming events in and around Wichita tional Church, 9209 E. 29th St. N. This market is an alternative to the over-commercialization of the holidays – a different kind of shopping experience. It is free to enter and features charitable gifts starting at only $1, fair-trade crafts and foods, café lunch, and more. Alternative gifts support Wichita families in poverty, stock American food pantries, provide scholarships to kids in low-income countries, get farm supplies to global neighbors facing hunger, and more. Nov. 11-12 – Gingerbread village at Exploration Place, presented by The Assistance League of Wichita, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Make and take home your own gingerbread house. Plus, watch Butler Community College School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts students as they create a giant gingerbread house. Nov. 12 – Thankful for Democracy Dinner, presented by The League of Women Voters –

Wichita Metro, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Two Olives Restaurant, 2949 N. Rock Road. Chief Judge Karen Arnold Burger of the Kansas Court of Appeals will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $25. The event is a fundraiser. Seating is limited; RSVP by Nov. 9 to Ellen Estes at 316218-1163 or efestes@cox.net. Nov. 16 – “Scaling Up: How Few Companies Make It and Why the Rest Don’t,” Oliver Elliott Lecture Series event featuring author and Wichita State Alumnus Verne Harnish. 7 p.m. at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N. Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneur’s Organization and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company. The talk is presented by the Rotary Club of Wichita as part of its Oliver Elliott Lecture Series, which focuses on business and entrepreneurial activities. Jeff Van Sickle, Rotary Club president, said Harnish’s reputation as a captivating speaker contributed to the decision to invite him to speak. For more information, contact Keith Pickus, 316-978-7791, or Patty Brown, Rotary Club of Wichita executive director, at 316-262-4375 or patty@wichitarotary.org. Nov. 16-17 – 34th annual Wreath Festival and Luncheon, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Society, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A Wichita tradition, the Wreath Festival features holiday decorations and gift items, packaged fresh baked items, and festive music with lunch served in the Historical Museum (the original Wichita City Hall building) fully decked for

the holidays. Lunch is served in the museum both days 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Luncheon reservations may be made for groups of six or more by calling 316-265-9314. The Wreath Festival is sponsored by the museum’s friends and volunteers of the Wichita Historical Museum Society (WHiMS). All proceeds go to the support of the museum. Admission to the festival (first and second floors) is free. Lunch is $15 per person and includes admission to all four floors of the museum. For reservations or information, call 316-265-9314 or visit www. wichitahistory.org. Nov. 18 – “Abraham Lincoln Remembered,” Wichita Genealogical Society program, 1 p.m. at the Lionel Alford Library, 3447 S. Meridian. Celebrate President’s Day by spending time with Abraham Lincoln. Tom Leahy has been a Lincoln re-enactor for more than a decade. His performance will cover the lifespan of Lincoln with an emphasis on both his family life and the more important speeches of the Civil War. The meeting is open and free. For more information, visit www.wichitagensoc.org or email info@wichitagensoc.org. Through Jan. 1 – Hall of Heroes, traveling exhibit at Exploration Place. Unleash your superpowers and test your skills including balance, hanging ability, grip strength, jumping and more. Investigate movie props, costumes, memorabilia and rare artifacts, including a full-scale “half” replica of the 1960s Batmobile.

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‘Battle of the Sexes’

If “Battle of the Sexes” is not the best movie of the year to date, blame my degenerating memory for not calling up what could be its rival – that or my bad fortune in choosing what was available for review. After yawning and squirming my way through “It” and “Mother!” I was once more dreaming of a life without reviewing. “Battle of the Sexes” left me with a hope, faint though it is, that there may still be a few hours per year of satisfaction in front of the big screen. Without detectable special effects, reckless driving (much less car chases), and black-and-orange explosions, screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and directorsValerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton struggle along with just human beings, plot and a theme. They even tell what happens chronologically, without resorting to internal action to dig up the past or, for that matter, to indulge themselves in fantasy and psychological whimseys. It is refreshing to be reminded that motion pictures can be made with such primitive material. In fact, it used to be common practice. The 1973 encounter between Billie Jean King (played by Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (played by Steve Carell) was an actual historical event, so no comic need be consulted – another common filmmaking tool that our moviemakers dared to do without. “Battle of the Sexes” reminds us that tennis is only a game, although King’s husband (played by Austin Stowell) reminds her new love (played by Andrea Riseborough) that it is a game taken seriously enough that if either of them interferes with it, he or she will be out of the story. We the audience are spared the temptation to get too serious, largely by

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the antics of Riggs, who is concerned more with finances than with antifeminism. He cheerfully exaggerates his male-chauvinist-pig-ism by playing in the costume of Little Bo-Peep, complete with sheep, to up the box office for the big contest with Stone. Both of the stars start out concerned with money, but before the end reveal that they are more concerned with the serious issue of sexual equality than at least Riggs may have realized. After all, his very wealthy wife (Elisabeth Shue) is able and more than willing to pay for his extravagent lifestyle, and what man, with plenty of money and personal freedom sponsored by his loving wife, could ask for anything more? Riggs is 55, and the movie eventually demonstrates that he is not the champion he used to be. He is still good enough to beat Margaret Court (played very well by Jessica McNamee), who is still considered the best female tennis player in the country – King is out of the running because she quit the Women’s Tennis Association in a dispute over equal pay. Carell is too comically enjoyable to function as a villain, and Bill Pullman, as a big shot in the official tennis world who opposes King’s feminist campaign, seems a little too embarrassed by the

‘Victoria and Abdul’


Somewhat like “Battle of the Sexes,” “Victoria and Abdul” is “based on real events” without sticking strictly to historical record. It is not easy to believe – Queen Victoria of England really sang a song from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pinafore” before a formal meeting of aristocrats? – but “Victoria and Abdul” is much more a story of two isolated individuals who are not much concerned with changing a larger social pattern. Judi Dench’s Victoria and Ali Fazal’s Abdul make no attempt to attack the prison of social etiquette that forbids English lower-than-aristocracy classes from even looking the queen in the eye. The most they seek is a personal relationship, when they are alone, that is as open and intimate as the movie audience will regard as simply normal. There is no romance here. One scene does take place in a bedroom with two beds, but we can safely assume that one of them is still Albert’s, and Victoria is still in mourning for him (she wore black for 40 years in memory of him and we could wish she had not been so responsible for the iron rules of behavior that seem to be destroying her). Victoria is quick to take advantage of the slightest suggestions that Adbul is willing to try a personal relationship, but she has to make all the advances. Abdul is no social revolutionary and never expresses a wish for more than casual conversation – which, because he is a Muslim, is enough to cause hostility among the aristocrats of the court, none of whom share his minimal liberalism, or attract sympathy from the audience. Only performances on the supreme level of Dench’s and Fazal’s could make

this chilly world entertaining, and “Victoria and Abdul” is not a satire. At some points I wished it were, but it makes its point more effectively by playing it straight. Victoria’s increasing willingness to declare that she is Queen of England and Empress of India led me to wish for more development of her character. If the moviemakers had any interest in satire, it is frustrated by the almost-total concern with this central couple. It is logical to assume that the strangling snobbery that cages Victoria in descends to some extent down the social ladder. But the movie never shows that it does, and nobody in the supporting cast seems to be interesting enough to get to know. The social problem is limited to a single character. She could end her solitude any time she wanted to. Every time, which is precious seldom, she summons up the gumption to bark out, in effect saying “I’m the Queen of England and I will do as I please,” her underlings fall back in dismay but not disagreement and let her have her way. While there is no indication that Adbul has any broader life, he is merely a footman and a foreigner to boot, and has some kind of family and presumably friends among the servant class, so we are not invited to worry about him. The only problem is Victoria’s, and all she seems to want is a social exception for Adbul. I kept wishing for a speech like the young prince’s at the end of “Anna and the King,” where he puts an end to kowtowing before royalty because they are just humans like everybody else, but neither character nor the situation calls for anything like that. I am a little mystified as to why I so much enjoyed a movie in which so little happens. But I have to agree with the usual three-star rating for it. Everybody else seems to give total credit to Dench and Fazal, and I guess I will to, as well.

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whole thing to be a villain, too, so there is nobody to dislike. Any tendency to take Stone too seriously is undercut by Sarah Silverman’s wonderfully un-Silverman performance as King’s advisor-manager, an example of the parallels and contrasts that go a little too far in relating the two plots – the Riggs plot and the King plot – in one of the few quibbles I have with this delightful trifle of a movie. Tennis is not a contact sport, and there has been some comment about the final contest is less than exciting. But anyone who doubts that tennis requires stamina and strength is invited to take another look at the final contest.

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