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Volume 32 • Issue 14 December 2017


Christmastime means cookie time | 16 Kate Donaghue shows off a spread of Christmas desserts, made for Christmas 2011. Kate’s mother, Janet Donaghue, and friend, Tempe Heck, have been making dozens and dozens of cookies every holiday season for a decade. Contributed photo

Estate sale evokes Christmas memories | 4

Features Wichita Homes.............................3

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From the Publisher’s Files.........7

WestSide Story’s Holiday Shopping Guide | 8-13

Dateline........................................15 Performing Arts Calendar......18 Focus On Business.............20-22 Pet Smarts...................................23

Explosion of colors | 28

Movie Review.............................25 People and Places....................30

WestSide Story Editorial

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Change is in the air, and it’s not the election Change is in the air. This has nothing to do with last month’s elections, which brought changes to some governing bodies in the metro area. No, this has to do with the little dictatorship known as “my house.” You see, the number of citizens there is declining by 1. My oldest son, Isaac, is moving out. (And there was much rejoicing.) This is a happy time, for him and and for me. For him, this is his first real taste of freedom. He spent his first year of college on campus in Hutchinson, but he shared a place with two other people. For the second year, he was back at home, splitting time between my house and his mother’s house. This summer he wrapped up his degree, and just a few weeks ago started a new job in the Hutchinson area. He works early, so the drive was a bit much. On his own, he found a place to rent, got the utilities moved over and began moving his stuff in. On a recent Sunday, after we went to the Wichita Thunder game along with his brother, Isaac decided to go spend the first night at his new place. Independence is his. It took me a couple weeks to see his new place in person, thanks to an overly busy work schedule. I had seen the picture, and now that I’ve been, I feel like he chose well. He’s already learning some of the ugly lessons of adulting, like how much it costs “to adult.” After his first full two weeks of

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employment, he brought home a pretty nice paycheck, thanks in part to a lot of overtime hours. “This should last me a couple weeks,” he texted me immediately after he got off work that Friday. When he got back to my house the next day, most of that check was already gone, thanks to rent and the deposit. It was a harsh welcome to adulthood. He’s ready, though. I’m excited for him. I remember the first places I had in college, and then when I moved to Tulsa after completing my degree. Plus, it’s just time for him to go. Our relationship is very good, but there reaches a point where a kid needs his own place, and you need for him to have his own place. It helps preserve the relationship. So, I wish my son the best. I’m glad he’s a short drive away. It will make for easy visits in both directions. The weather has cooled, the leaves have changed colors and are mostly on the ground now. I’m down to just one kid at home instead of two. Change is in the air. And that’s OK.

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evenly disbursed throughout the room. Avoid center fixtures that are “glare bombs” – the ones that make you immediately squint when you flip the switch. If you are not doing recessed lighting, use globes, shades or anything else that will calm and diffuse the light. Chandeliers and ceiling mounted fixtures work best in entry ways and dining rooms. Choose them wisely because chandeliers will become the focal point of the room. Besides the aesthetic qualities, the proper scale and proportion need to be taken into account. As a rule of thumb, the diameter of the chandelier in inches should approximate the diagonal dimension of the room in feet. For example, if the diagonal dimension of the room is 20 feet, the ideal chandelier diameter would be about 20 inches. Bathrooms can be the forgotten area in terms of lighting but are among the most important areas. This is the first and last room the average person sees on a daily basis. Lighting over the mirror is best complimented by sconces on either side in order to avoid shadows. Flush mounted fixtures work best for the other areas. Incorporating the correct light fixtures into your interior design will make everything else in your home look better. It also will provide more enjoyment by being able to illuminate the right areas at the right time in a way that just feels comfortable. But don’t think that you just can hang a fixture and be done with it. Positioning the fixture to its best advantage is key. Installing dimmers, where applicable, is always a good idea for added control and flexibility. Selecting the proper light bulbs will make a difference too...but that’s a topic for another day.

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Choosing the right light fixture has a huge impact on the overall interior design quality of the room. It can make or break the entire presentation and functionality of the living space. Besides proper illumination, lighting can enhance the other design elements in the room by highlighting their form, color and textures. Even the best-designed room can be a let down when lighting fails to make a good impression. Keep in mind that the fixtures themselves are also a part of the design scheme. Fortunately, there are almost unlimited light fixture styles and finishes available that will coordinate and complement nearly all decor styles. Lighting experts suggest that you set goals for the lighting in your rooms. In other words, determine how you plan to use the room and what type of lighting is required. An optimum plan is to use a combination of different types of fixtures (also known as layered lighting) that will serve different purposes. In this way, you can change activities as well as the mood of the room with the literal flick of a switch. This provides more flexibility for how the room can be enjoyed. The kitchen is well known as a gathering place for friends and family as well as a place to prepare meals. Bright general lighting is needed in addition to under counter, focused task lighting for preparing food. As the meal and clean up is completed, your kitchen should be able to switch gears to a conversational area with lighting that transitions as such. Layered lighting that includes a small lamp or other ambient lighting is a nice way to change the tempo of the kitchen. Family rooms and hallways require a slightly different approach. In many homes, particularly those with open plans, the family areas are simply extensions of the kitchen. And in both cases, general lighting is important. Recessed (can) lighting does a good job because it will illuminate a large area without the fixtures themselves being seen. The unobtrusive recessed lights are an especially nice solution for large rooms because, when the cans are arranged properly, the light is

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Light fixtures can make any space livable

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Estate sale evokes Christmas memories Members of the Steven family take time for a portrait during last month’s auction at the home of the family’s patriarch and matriarch, Joe and Esther Steven.

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For many years, driving through the Steven family’s circle drive at their home on Maize Road was a family tradition for Wichitans. Parents and children alike enjoyed the Christmas decorations, such as this Santa Claus. It took nearly six weeks each year for Joe Steven to set up the display.

During an estate sale last month, WestSiders got a chance to look inside the former home of Joe and Esther Steven, located at 1301 S. Maize Road. Many longtime residents have fond memories of the Christmas displays that Joe and his family created along the property’s circle drive every year. “It started in our older house,” said Sissy Koury, the eighth of the couple’s 11 children. “He always loved Christmas, so he started acquiring large Christmas decorations when I was 10 years old – 40 years ago. Then when he moved to the bigger house, he started acquiring bigger, life-sized Christmas decorations.” “It would take him almost six weeks just to put everything up. Everything was lit up, so the electricity bill alone was just huge. He had a big electrical box that everything ran to,” Koury recalled. Volunteers from the Wichita Children’s Home accepted donations, handed out candy canes and facilitated visits with Santa Claus. “I remember we’d all be in the family room, and we’d have cases and cases of candy canes, and we’d just spend time taking them out of boxes,”

Story and Photos by Sam Jack Koury said. Joe died in March 2010, and Esther died a little over a year ago. They left a large, close-knit family. Between children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they have more than 140 descendants, and the great majority of them have remained in the Wichita area. What’s it like to be part of such a large clan? “People ask that all the time, but we really don’t know any differently,” Koury said. “When we were growing up, dinner was at 6 p.m., no matter what. At 6 p.m., everybody was at the table. As we got married, we always knew we could go over to our parents’ house at 1 p.m. on Sunday and have dinner. “Today, that could be any night. We’re always texting each other: ‘Are you going out?’ We could have five people at dinner, or we could have 15.” Growing up, Koury and her siblings all worked at Joe’s Car Wash, which is still run by three of Joe Steven’s sons. Family members also own the Spangles

restaurant chain and a variety of other businesses in Wichita and the surrounding area. “I hated cleaning out the ashtrays (at the car wash),” Koury recalled. “We all worked there, and Mom brought sandwiches for lunch every day, and then we had to be at home at 6 o’clock for dinner. We have great work ethics, because our parents made us work.” Letting go of their parents’ home was hard for the 11 siblings. They had hoped someone in the family might buy the house, with its large backyard pond and swimming pool, but it wasn’t quite right for any of them. “I had a wedding reception at that house, with 500 people in the backyard, my sister had a wedding reception there. There are great memories there. Fortunately, we still have family members with big houses that can accommodate us,” Koury said. The estate sale last month included an entire poolhouse full of Christmas decorations, with more laid out on tables in the basement; this year’s Steven family Christmas display will be spread out across the city.

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TOP: The entrance to the Steven home on Maize Road anchored the annual Christmas display set up along the circle driveway. MIDDLE: The Steven home had a backyard pond and pool. The home, which has been sold, was the main gathering place for Joe and Esther Steven and their 11 children. ABOVE: The pool room was full of Christmas decorations. LEFT: Among the items for sale was this antique chandelier, which originally came from the Kirby Castle in the Riverside neighborhood.

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KPTS honors WestSide veterans

On Thursday, Nov. 9, KPTS Channel 8 recognized four outstanding veterans and one local business that serves veterans at its “Veterans Coming Home Event: A Banquet Honoring our Veterans 2017.” “It is inspiring for KPTS to host this event because this is one small way your favorite public television station is able to honor our brave men and women whose outstanding service to our nation assures us the freedoms and dignity that we as Americans enjoy today,” said Victor Hogstrom, president and CEO of KPTS. The highest award, the 2017 KPTS Robert J. Dole Distinguished Service Award, went to veteran James Denison of West Wichita. This award was given to Denison, a Kansas veteran, who has shown action and courage not only while serving the military, but also in his community. Denison served in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft and rotary wing repair specialist during the Vietnam War, from 1966 to 1972. He was stationed in Alaska, Puerto Rico, Guam and Vietnam. He served six years in the Kansas Army National Guard and was named Soldier of the Year in 1978. Denison went on to become a leader in the VFW, both at his local post and at the state level. As POW-MIA chairman, Denison worked to bring closure to families of soldiers captured or missing in Vietnam. He also has headed up efforts to help homeless vets, helped establish the Wichita Area Vietnam Veterans Association in 1988, and he organized the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in 2016. Three 2017 KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Awards were given to worthy Kansas veterans who both served their country and serve in their communities: Steve Gonzales of West Wichita, Gary Rogers of Augusta, and Barbara Bulger of Derby. Steve Gonzales, of West Wichita, enlisted in the Air Force in 1965. He became an administrative specialist and later was assigned to McConnell Air Force Base. In 1968, he was assigned to Danang Air Force Base in Vietnam, where his aircraft came under fire

KPTS recently honored several local veterans, including two West Wichita veterans and a WestSide business. TOP: James Denison was named the 2017 KPTS Robert J. Dole Distinguished Service Award. He is pictured with U.S. Rep. Ron Estes and Wichita television personality Sierra Scott. ABOVE: WestSider Steve Gonzales was a Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Award recipient. Contributed photos

immediately upon arrival. He served there as a base locator and an augmentee for the 366th Security Police Squadron, became a staff sergeant and served there until coming home a year later. Soon after Vietnam, Gonzales began a career with the United States Post Office as an administrator and network coordinator,

retiring in 1992. In 1995, he started a second career with Starkey Inc., as a job development specialist and marketer. In 2015, he joined the Alpha One Drop Zone team, helping coordinate events involving veterans and veteran organizations. He is also active in his church, serving as a lector, usher and committee

person. Gary Rogers, of Augusta, served in the Navy Reserve in the Wichita Navy Rescue Center. He served on the USS Port, the USS Norton Sound and the USS Maddox. He has been a volunteer logistics manager on the Butler County Emergency Response Team. He facilitates a bicycle recycling program with the Lansing Correctional Facility, then distributes the reconditioned bicycles to families in need. Rogers helped restart a Government Day in Butler County to help educate youth about government operations and its impact. He is also a member of the City of Augusta Street Sales Tax Advisory Committee. Barbara Bulger, of Derby, was facing a second divorce and was 15,000 miles away from her family when she entered the Air Force in 1977. She served one tour of duty in Germany and then came home to Derby to retire. However, she couldn’t stay away and re-enlisted in 2001 to support the flight crews in the Iraq War and remained on active duty at McConnell when she returned. Her total years of military services as a medical service craftsman and in outpatient management adds up to more than 24 years. She has received six Air Force Commendation Medals for her service. In addition to her military service, Bulger volunteers at the Derby Senior Center, serves as Vice Commander for the Scottish American Military Post 1854, volunteers for the Derby Community Foundation and volunteers for events in Derby and Mulvane. The final award given was the 2017 KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Business Award. This award is given each year to a business that exemplifies honor and dedication to not only the community as a whole but also to our local veterans’ community, creating event opportunities for them to participate. Whether it’s for purchasing army and navy gear or sharing stories of service at local schools, or sponsoring a veterans’ appreciation dance at the Cotillion, this business is active and engaged in our veterans’ community. This year’s award recipient was Brad Yates and Alpha One Drop Zone, a WestSide business.

From the Publisher’s Files

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filled with visitors, including family members from Nebraska where my aunt was born and raised. A cousin from Nebraska had stumbled across a number of old family photos, including ones of my brother and me as kids. He had left the photos to share, and in turn, Denise asked me to take what I wanted from the treasure trove of pictures. Those family images brought back waves of memories for all of us, and as the evening clock ticked away, we filled the room with laughter as we shared stories from many, many years ago. We all have managed to stay in touch over the years, thanks in no small part to my Aunt Erma, and the sparks of those reminiscences quickly ignited the memories of those precious family connections. All of this positive energy was seemingly good medicine for my Aunt Erma, who – as we were saying our goodbyes – heard my booming voice and started whispering to me. We shared a touching goodbye of our own, and I kissed my Aunt Erma one last time on her forehead as I held her hand. By early Sunday morning, my Aunt Erma had said the rest of her goodbyes, and she was gone. She leaves behind a family that will miss her dearly, but as a Thanksgiving evening visit attests, she leaves so much more in the wake of her death. She leaves behind a legacy of family ties that she helped stitch.

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We shared Thanksgiving Day with my girlfriend Kim’s family in Hutchinson, and it was an enjoyable and memorable holiday. Our morning was spent in the kitchen, finishing up side dishes as the turkey roasted in the oven. We were in charge of the stuffing and the gravy, in addition to the bird, and I even made a small batch of whipped turnips and cheese…just for the adventurous eaters in our gathering. Needless to say, I had turnips left over at the end of the day. The turkey was gone, and the stuffing and gravy had been hit hard. But the turnips were a garden oddity that were best tasted, gingerly, and then left for someone else to sample. After our afternoon meal, there was lots of visiting to be accomplished, a little resting that needed to be done… especially for yours truly, and a generous round of photo opportunities as family members said their goodbyes and headed home. But for Kim and I, there was one more stop to make. Just prior to Thanksgiving, I had learned that my Aunt Erma Meyer, the last remaining matriarch on my mother’s side of the family, was in failing health and probably didn’t have long to live. She and my Uncle Don had been living in Hutchinson for the past couple of years so they could be close to one of their daughters, and now they had been transferred to a care facility on the north edge of town. We found my Aunt Erma resting peacefully, with the help of some strong medications, and she was seemingly oblivious to our arrival. That was not a surprise, from what I had been told by her family. Kim and I settled in for a nice, long visit with my Uncle Don, and later in the evening we were joined by my cousin Denise. She recounted that the day had been

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Whether you’re hosting or just trying to get into the holiday spirit, preparing your home doesn’t have to be daunting or expensive. Check out these tips for getting your home in tip-top holiday shape on any budget. Deck the dining table Get your dining table holiday-ready by purchasing staple décor pieces that can be rotated throughout the year. Fill glass vases with seasonal items such as ornaments, holly, faux snow or pinecones. Add extra light and warmth to the table with a flameless LED pillar candle. Place tea lights in small vases filled with cranberries, holly and water for an inexpensive and festive way to decorate the table. Decorate the tree If you’re looking for a fun way to get kids involved in holiday decorating, purchase plain ornaments for them to design with paint or pens. Clear orna-

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ments can be filled with glitter or tinsel to create a unique look for your tree. Decorated ornaments also make great and thoughtful gifts. Embellish your tree by adding red or burlap ribbon from the top of each side and adding a topper. Then, consider coordinating the color scheme of your tree with gifts, using those that were wrapped early as decor throughout your house.

or money. Wrap a garland in mini string lights and hang leftover ornaments to continue the theme from your tree. Create handmade bows to place at each end of the mantle using your choice of ribbon. If you don’t have a mantle, you can create a fireplace-like space with a cluster of string lights or LED candles in a nook of your home. Then, remember to hang the stockings.

Deck the front door Make a DIY wreath by gluing bows or pinning ornaments to a foam wreath. Designing your own door decor doesn’t have to be expensive, and it will allow you to add your own personal touch to your home’s entryway. Complete the look with festive outdoor lighting. Affordable options are available at variety stores and other locations.

Create a cleaning game plan The holidays can be fun, festive and messy. Create a dayby-day cleaning game plan, focusing on one area of your house at a time. This will save you stress and allow you more

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time to get organized. Be sure you’re stocked up on all your holiday prep cleaning supplies, including sponges, microfiber cloths and wet mop refills. Remember, getting into the holiday spirit doesn’t have to break the bank. Save time and money decorating your home, so you can spend more stress-free moments with friends and family.

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Aldersgate United Methodist Church 7901 W. 21st St. N. (west of Ridge Rd.), (316) 722-8504, www.aldersgatechurch. org. Sunday morning services at 8:00 a.m. (traditional), 9:30 a.m. (blended), and 11 a.m. (traditional). Wednesday night activities. Nursery available for all services. Sunday school each week at 8:15 a.m. for adults and at 9:30 a.m. for all age groups. Youth group and youth worship on Sunday evenings. Bible studies, children’s activities, and different fellowship events available throughout the year. Asbury Church – 2801 West 15th Street, Wichita (one block north of 13th on St. Paul). 316-942-1491. A church dedicated to the transformation of the whole person through the love and power of Jesus Christ. Serving our community. Traditional Worship at 8am, Blended Traditional/ Contemporary Worship at 9:30 and 10:45am every Sunday. Great programs and activities for Kids. Preschool for kids 2 to 5 years old. Christian counseling also available through the Asbury Counseling Center. Visit www.asburychurch.org to learn more about Asbury’s ministries. We invite you to join us! Christian Science Reading Room and Church - A spiritual resource center in Historic Delano, is open to all Mon.-Sat., 11-5:30, for individual Bible study, prayer and inspiration, 702 W. Douglas, (316) 262-7864. Church services are held

Harvest Community Church – Worship at 8340 W. 21st in Wichita Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Senior pastor Rev. Dr. Dave at Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Henion; www.wichitaharvest.com. 4501 E. Douglas, (316) 684-3121. Sunday service, including a Bible-based Heritage Baptist Church – Corner of sermon, prayer and singing: 10:30 am; 135th St. & 13th St. N., Wichita; (316) Sunday School, helping children and 729-2700; Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; teens apply Bible lessons to their lives Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.; Evening and our world: 10:30 am; Wednesday Worship 6 p.m.; Wednesday Adult Bible testimony meeting, with Bible readings Study/Prayer Time 7 p.m.; Wiseguys 3 and a time for sharing how the teachings yrs.–6th grade 7 p.m.; Nursery provided of Christ Jesus are practical today: 6:30 at all services. “Your neighborhood pm; Child care available for all services. church just around the corner.” Email: swede132@sbcglobal.net; Website: christiansciencewichita.com heritage4u.net.

For HIS Glory Church – 2901 W. Taft St., Wichita • (316) 794-1170 • Worship Sunday 11:00 a.m. • ChurchForHISGlory@gmail. com • Family integrated full Gospel church where all ages worship and study God’s word. Goddard United Methodist Church – 300 N. Cedar, Goddard; (316) 794-2207 • 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship • Children’s church during both services • Nursery Available • 10 a.m. Sunday School • Josh Gooding, Pastor • Haley Beiter, Youth Director • Children’s Director, Nicole Ryba. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church – 8021 W. 21st St. N., Wichita; (316) 7218096; Saturday 5:30 p.m. Spoken Worship; Sunday 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship: Sunday 11:00 a.m. Traditional Choral Worship; Church School - Children & Adults, 10:00 a.m. www.goodshepherdwichita.org.

Hope Christian Church – Meeting 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, NEW LOCATION - 1330 E. Douglas. Worship is casual and encouraging. Online at www.hope4wichita.org and on Facebook. Pastor Mark McMahon. markm@ hope4wichita.org. 316-648-0495. West Heights UMC – 745 N. Westlink Ave. (Just north of Central on Westlink); (316) 722-3805, Email: westheights@ westheightsumc.org. Sunday services 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. (Traditional/ Blended); Sunday school 9:15 a.m.; Wednesday meal (during school year) 5:30 p.m. fun classes and study for all ages; nondenominational preschool, host to the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita providing dynamic activity for the Classic Generation, full children’s programming, and an active youth program challenging today’s generation, website: www. westheightsumc.org.

Pathway Church – Westlink Campus, Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 9 am & 10:30 am • Café Campus, Sunday at 10:30 am • 2001 N Maize Rd (21st & Maize), Wichita • 316-722-8020 • Goddard Campus, Sunday at 9:30 am, 11 am & 5 pm • 18800 W Kellogg, Goddard • 316-550-6099 • www.pathwaychurch.com • Following Jesus/In Community/For Others. The Altar – 321 S. 162nd & West Maple, Goddard • 316-550-6777 • www.thealtar. church • Pastor Marty Freeman • Sunday Service 10 am, Wednesday Service 6:30 pm • Nursery & Children’s Service Provided • Radical Worship. Radical Obedience. Westwood Presbyterian Church – 8007 W. Maple, Wichita; (316) 7223753; “Simply making disciples who walk with Jesus, grow to become like Jesus, and live for Jesus by loving others.” Worship Sunday 9 a.m. with Praise Team, 10:30 a.m. with Choir; Fellowship and coffee between worship services; Sunday school for all ages 9 a.m. Nursery open 8:45-11:45 a.m.; www.westwoodpc.org. Rolling Hills Community Church (Church of God, Cleveland, TN) – 8605 W. Maple, Wichita; (316) 722-1251; Sunday Christian Education Classes 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday Recharge Service 7:00 p.m. Pastor Mark Ingram; www.rhcc.church and Facebook. ‘We love God, love people, and help people love God.’ Come join us.


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Scott Kailer named ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita has recognized three volunteers for outstanding service. Scott Kailer has been named 2017 Volunteer of the Year, with Anita Lysell and Barbara Jones receiving the Past Service Award. These three are among 71 volunteers who contributed more than 1,780 hours of service this year. Special speaker for the Shepherd’s Center volunteer recognition luncheon was Sara Cheney, executive director of Shepherd’s Center of America from Winston Salem, N.C. Representing Presbyterian Manor of Wichita, sponsor of the volunteer recognition, were Amy Watson, life enrichment director, and Melody Dodge, marketing director. Kailer’s volunteer service includes providing technical support and serving as chairman of the Financial Viability Committee of the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita Board of Trustees. Lysell and Jones served for 10 years as the luncheon table decoration committee. Cheney stressed the importance of volunteers to non-profit educational and social service organizations such as the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita. She explained that volunteers of the 55 affiliated Shepherd’s Centers across the United States contributed services valued at $15.5 million last year. She pointed out that Shepherd’s Centers were among the first non-profit organizations in the United States to incorporate the experience, vitality, wisdom and compassion of older adults into leadership goals. The groups seek to determine unmet community needs relating to older adults and then use the resources within this age group to satisfy the unmet needs. Watson also praised the volunteers for their willingness to share their talents and experiences that result in meaningful programs for this important age group. She explained that volunteers provide very important services at Presbyterian Manor. Shepherd’s Center of West Wichi-

ta conducts six-week Adventures in Learning sessions for older adults each spring and fall, along with other educational activities. The organization is supported by participant fees along with cash and in-kind contributions from individuals, sponsoring congregations, community partners, and services of volunteers. The cash value of the 1,780 volunteer hours represents more than half of the 2017 operating budget for the organization. Other volunteers recognized by Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita include: Art Binford, Barbara Russell, Bob Richards, Bob Smith, Bonnie Turvey, Bonnie Workman, Carol Collins, Cindy Dolan, Dawn Veh, Dean Pressnall, Fita

Pressnall, Diana Davis, Donna Berner, Donna Harris, Doris Ylander, Eve Hill, Flo Beard, Frances Lies, Janet Krack, Jeanie Tade, Jerry Pritchard, Jodi Cline, Judy Mann, Kathy Rangel, Kathy Tucker, Kay Loomis, Les Morgan, Lillie Reiss, Linda LaMar, Linda Popp, Marjorie Holloway, Marianne Smith, Marsha Morris, Merry Mathews, Nellie Peters, Nicole Barcomb, Pat Allen, Pat Wiebe, Phyllis Hulse, Roberta Witte, Sharon Chester, Sharon Spunagle, Sherri Lichtenberger, Valle Lang, Ann Ocker, Dennis Erickson, Floyd Hansen, Jane Richards, Joan Kastner, Joyce Craig, Klyda Fall, Lila Seager, Martin Mendoza, Mike Wemmer, Patty Lewis, Peggy Beal, Carl Pilcher, Virginia Pilcher, Janet Marsh, Janie Jacobs, Judy

Castor, Kyle Jacobs, Lyle Koerper, Marilyn Murphy, Patricia Beckham, JoLin Gardner, Karen Haynes, and Sue Kailer. The next Adventures in Learning classes will be on Thursdays, March 8 through April 12. Participants will choose from about 40 topics with class sessions at 9 and 10:15 a. m. There is an optional luncheon followed by a program and afternoon activities. Adventures in Learning sessions are held at West Heights United Methodist Church, 745 N Westlink. For more information, call the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita office at 316-721-2208 or email scwestwichita@ sbcglobal.net. The web address is www. shepherdscenterww.org.

Scott Kailer is the 2017 “Volunteer of the Year” at the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita.

Dec. 3 – Mayor’s Tree Lighting in Old Town Square, 6-6:30 p.m. Join city leaders and the community as this tradition continues in a new location (formerly at Kennedy Plaza). Dec. 3 – Lights on the River, Wichita Boathouse. This free family-friendly event highlights Wichita’s best natural asset each holiday season – the Arkansas River. Trolleys will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. to take you to Old Town from the Wichita Boathouse to see the lighting ceremony in Old Town Square at 6 p.m. Attendees can purchase floating lights for the floating light launch, enjoy wagon rides, visit with Santa, listen to holiday music, partake in yummy food from local food trucks and more. Dec. 8 – Holiday Sweater Social, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the downtown Pop-Up Park, 121 E. Douglas. Prizes awarded for the “best” ugly sweaters for both individuals and groups, as chosen by local


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Dec. 2, 9, 16 – Holidays in Old Town. Enjoy brick-lined streets and converted brick warehouses dated to the late 1800s. Enjoy decorations, live music, shopping, Santa Claus and more. Free carriage rides 5-7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 12-5 p.m. Dec. 16.

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judges. Food will be available from local vendors. Attendees will receive free hot chocolate from Sunflower Espresso. Dec. 10 – Ark Church’s Celebrate With Family, 6 p.m. at Ark Church, 5501 N. Maize Road. Enjoy family time with Christmas classics featuring members of the Wichita Symphony, Generation’s Kids Choir, Oneighty’s Weathervane, a comedy act, and the Christmas story read to a musical drama. Free event, refreshments will be served. More information at 316-721-6688 or www. arkchurch.net. Do you have an item for Dateline? Please email details to news@tsnews. com by Dec. 20 for consideration for the January edition.

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Investigate manufacturing and engineering – what we do right here in Wichita – with the all-new, permanent, aviation exhibit “Design Build Fly” at Exploration Place, opening Saturday, Dec. 2. “Design Build Fly” will take guests on an interactive journey to discover what happens in aircraft facilities like the ones located right here in the Air Capital of the World. Visitors will: • Test landing gear and repair a wing. • Examine the inner workings of a plane and discover what each part does as they watch exclusive videos. • Sit in the cockpit of a jet and experience flying all over the country. • Pilot an unmanned aerial vehicle. • Design an airplane seat. • Lounge in a luxurious private jet. • Watch exclusive behind-the-scenes videos of the aircraft industry inside the Fuselage Theater. • Plus much more. “Design Build Fly” is included in general museum admission, free for members. This exhibit was designed and produced by Roto Group, LLC., Dublin, Ohio.


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Christmastime is cookie time for friends Story by Sam Jack

Since 2007, WestSider Janet Donaghue and her friend Tempe Heck have shared a pretty sweet Christmas tradition. Each year in early December, the pair embarks on a cookie-baking marathon, mixing, rolling, melting and sprinkling from sun-up to sundown. By a conservative estimate, they have baked 11,400 Christmas cookies – 950 dozen – over the last 10 years. “We play Christmas music and just bake and gossip for 10 hours,” Donaghue said. “By the end our feet are killing us, and we’re just like, ‘OK, we’re done.’ So many people don’t have time to make homemade cookies any more, so it’s really nice, and everybody loves getting these platters of cookies. Almost always, I have teachers or people asking for the recipe for this or that.” Donaghue and Heck met 22 years ago. Donaghue was a teacher in Derby, and Heck was a new substitute teacher in the district. “The very first person I met at the school was Janet,” Heck said. “I got a long-term sub job, and maybe my second day there, she said, ‘We all go to Carlos O’Kelly’s on Friday nights. Why don’t you come and bring your husband?’ She made me feel so welcome. We hit it off, and 22 years later, we’re still as close as we were then.” The pair’s ambition, when it comes to baking, has grown over the years. Their tradition got started in 2007 simply because they wanted to pool resources: Donaghue had a large kitchen, and Heck had a heavy-duty mixer. They had enough fun with their baking day that they repeated it the following year. By 2010, they started counting cookies. Once they started counting, they naturally wanted to see how high they could drive their numbers. Now they keep two Kitchen-Aid mixers going, and sheets of cooling Christmas cookies sit out on tables in Donaghue’s kitchen, dining room and living room. They set a personal record a year ago, when they baked 1,936 cookies (161 dozen) in a total of 25 different varieties. “I usually get started at 8 a.m., and

TOP: Janet Donaghue, left, and Tempe Heck have been baking holiday cookies every year for a decade. With each passing year, they make more and more cookies. In 2014, they baked 155 dozen. LEFT: Heck and Donaghue are seen in 2010, when they made “only” 68 dozen cookies. Contributed photos

Kate Donaghue shows off a spread of Christmas desserts, made for Christmas 2011. Kate’s mother, Janet Donaghue, and friend Tempe Heck, have been making dozens and dozens of cookies every holiday season for a decade.

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then Tempe arrives as soon as she can, because she’s driving from Mulvane. We just keep going, and we trade off using the oven,” Donaghue said. The pair’s husbands – Doug Donaghue and Joel Heck – bring lunch and dinner, and their kids – Kate, Keaton and Hudson Donaghue, and Clement and Malena Heck – play or hang out in the basement. “The kids will come up and try to sneak some cookies, and we let them,” Heck said. “We just say, ‘We have to count them first!’” They change their line-up of recipes every year, but both bakers have favorites that they always include. Donaghue makes gingerbread cookies, Oreo balls and peanut butter cookies topped with Hershey’s Kisses; Heck makes peanut butter balls coated in almond bark. The kids and husbands join Donaghue and Heck at the end of each baking day, helping to count cookies and load them into plastic ice-cream buckets that Heck saves throughout the year. You might think giving away up to 2,000 cookies would be a challenge, but it’s not. Nobody says no to homemade cookies. Platters go to family, friends, service workers and church Christmas parties. Between work and kids’ activities, finding the time to prepare for and execute the baking marathon has become more challenging in recent years. As WestSide Story was going to press, Heck and Donaghue settled on an upcoming Sunday for the 2017 event. “That’s the only day I could do it,” Heck said. “I’ll take the Monday off to recover, because it’s such a tradition. It is something that’s so special. Before we had kids, we’d stay up until 1 or 2 in the morning, just talking. This is just part of the kind of friendship where you plan, when you get old and your kids are gone, this is someone you’ll travel with.”

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Through Dec. 10 – “A Dog’s Life (musical),” Wichita Community Theatre. Tickets $14 for adults, $12 for students/ military/seniors. For reservations, call 316-686-1282. Through 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.


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Through Dec. 23 – “The Maltese Partridge in a Pear Tree,” Prairie Pines Playhouse Mystery Theatre, 4055 N. Tyler Rd. Tickets $34.95, www.prairiepinesplayhouse.com or 316-303-2037. Through 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. Uncensored show on Dec. 27. Through 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. 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.


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Shows at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Adults $15, seniors and students $12. Dec. 2-3 – Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular, Century II, presented by Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Shows at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. This holiday show is perfect for the whole family and comes equipped with acrobats, aerial flyers, contortionists, dances, jugglers, balancers and some of the strongest men and women you will ever see. These gravity-defying stunts are professionally-choreographed and set to classical masterpieces recognizable for all ages. Tickets $25-$73, www.wichitasymphony.org. Dec. 1-3 – Christmas candlelight concert, Friends University. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Sebits Auditorium. Tickets $15, $12 seniors and students. Tickets at friends.edu/finearts, 316-295-5677 or at the Riney Fine Arts Center (Office A2). Dec. 8 – “Judy, Gene and Julie,” the songs made famous by Judy Garland, Gene Kelley and Julie Andrews will be performed by the Wichita Broadway Singers at Botanica Illuminations. Ticket prices are $7 and $5. Enjoy MGM hits like “Singing in the Rain,” a Mary Poppins medley, and “Get Happy,” as well as seasonal favorites like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Two more performances will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Senseney Music, 2300 E. Lincoln (free show) and at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in The Independent School, 8317 E. Douglas (donations accepted). The Wichita Broadway Singers, under several names, have been entertaining Wichitans for 25 years. The group specializes in the music of the theatre, film, stage and TV. Performances are in December and May each year, with rehearsals starting in September or January. No auditions required. Those interested in joining should contact Rachel Copper at broadwaydaydreamer@ gmail.com or 316-217-6307. Dec. 8 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra, INTRUST Bank Arena, 8 p.m. The band has traveled for more than two decades, bringing holiday shows full of energy and special effects. Tickets $48-$78, www.instrustbankarena.com. Dec. 8-10 – “Bethlehem, Kansas,” presented by Music Theatre For Young People, Century II Mary Jane Teall Theater. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday,

Dec. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 – “The Nutracker,” Friends University Sebits Auditorium. Tickets $25 adults, $20 seniors and students. Tickets at friends.edu/finearts, 316-295-5677 or at the Riney Fine Arts Center (Office A2). Dec. 9 – Chris Mann: Home for Christmas, Century II Concert Hall. Wichita native and opera superstar Chris Mann comes Home for Christmas in an enthusiastic performance with Wichita Grand Opera. Mann rose to fame on NBC’s “The Voice,” and is most well-known for his Broadway Tour as the Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera,” where he was hand-selected for the part by the author who wrote the production. Tickets $37-$85, www.selectaseat.com. Dec. 9-10 – “Sounding Joy: Northern Lights,” presented by the Wichita Chamber Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N. Clifton Ave. The human story is bound up with the presence, mystery and beauty of light. Whether coping with winter darkness, marking the December solstice or celebrating the “light of the world” at Christmas, the people of northern climes have given musical expression to the idea of light. The 40-voice chorale will feature Latvian composer Erik Esenvald’s evocative “Northern Lights” for voices, power chimes and water-tuned glasses; a choral suite from Disney’s animated feature “Frozen”; and seasonal favorites from Canada and Northern Europe. Tickets $20 for adults; $15 for seniors; $5 for college students; free for K-12 students. Buy tickets online at www. wichitachorale.com, in person at Senseney Music, or at the door.

Dec. 14 – A Prairie Bluegrass Christmas featuring Richard and Karen Crowson and friends, 7 p.m. at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1550 N. Chapel Hill Drive. A freewill offering will be taken. Hear fiddle, mandolin and banjo turn favorite Christmas standards into rollicking, joyful harmonies. The concert will feature a combination of traditional favorites and original songs, ranging from classical to bluegrass to country-rock. Additional performers include Phil Burress, Dennis Hardin and Rob Loren. The concert will be in the church’s sanctuary. Cartoonist, artist and banjo player, Richard Crowson is the editorial cartoonist and an editorial commentator for KMUW Radio, 89.1 FM. His political commentary airs on National Public Radio (NPR) on alternate Wednesdays. For many years he was staff cartoonist for The Wichita Eagle; he still contributes cartoons to the paper. He and his wife Karen perform at Watermark Books & Café, and his accordion jamgrass band, Pop & the Boys, plays at The Artichoke Sandwichbar. Dec. 15 – “A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour,” 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Presented by Murray & Peter, featuring contestants from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on VH1, including Shea Coulee, Kim Chi, Aja, Latrice Royale, Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne and Eureka O’Hair, and hosted by Trinity Taylor. Tickets $20-$50, www. WichitaOrpheum.com or 855-755-7328. Dec. 15-17 – “Nutcracker Ballet,” presented by Ballet Wichita at Century II Concert Hall. Shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. For ages 3 and up. Tickets at the Century II box office or www.wichitatix.com. Prices start at $25. This holiday favoried is based on the 1816 book by E.T.A. Hoffman and set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.


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2:30 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets $12 adults, $10 children and students; $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wichitatix.com, at the Century II box office or by phone at 316-303-8100.

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Let Lighthouse put you in the perfect instrument Fred Sullivan knows that right now is the perfect time to make the switch from a rental instrument to owning your own instrument. And Sullivan, who owns Lighthouse Music Services in Bel Aire, can help you make that happen for less money than you might think. “I’ve got a great selection of used instruments here in the shop,” said Sullivan, who has been involved with band and orchestra instrument sales and repairs most of his life. “And in many cases, I can help a family come out way ahead by purchasing an instrument, versus continuing to rent.” At Lighthouse, all of the used instruments that are for sale are name brand, and have been completely overhauled by Sullivan. His attention to detail, the pride in his craftsmanship, and Sullivan’s dedication to customer service leave little to worry about when an instrument leaves the Lighthouse shop for a new home. And now is just the right time of year

for a family to consider switching to ownership from a rental instrument. Most rental commitments that started in the fall can now be dropped, and a chance to save money on a student instrument over renting is a huge plus. And if you’re shopping for a first instrument, it’s also a great time with Christmas right around the corner! Sullivan’s shop may be small on space, but it’s big on other ideas for Christmas, too. In addition to instruments, Sullivan also carries all kinds of instrument accessories that make great gifts and stocking stuffers. 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 See LIGHTHOUSE, Page 21

Fred Sullivan at Lighthouse Music Services has a well-stocked shop featuring accessories and lots of used instruments that can help families save money over rentals.


his family to Kansas. In 2003, determined to strike out on his own, Sullivan opened Lighthouse Music Services. “I really hope that the repair work I do here in my shop enhances the desire for someone to keep playing and growing as a musician,” said Sullivan. For more information about purchasing a used instrument, accessories, or to have your instrument serviced, contact Lighthouse Music Services by calling Fred Sullivan at 316-744-8530.

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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

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helps draw you into the kitchen. A pocket door was added between the kitchen and laundry room, also helping with the feeling of more space. And, a wrap-around cabinet with glass doors at one corner of the kitchen helps extend that space and connect it with the living room. “This is a good example of how a space can help with zone entertaining,” said Rachel. “Now, the space can help accommodate more people comfortably.” Sara said that was exactly the case over the Thanksgiving holiday as their family entertained guests. Now, she’s looking forward to Christmas and more entertaining! The experts at Wichita’s Kitchen TuneUp 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 “TuneUp” 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.


Sara Roberts jokes that she’s wanted a new kitchen for about 10 years. In other words, about the whole time she and her husband John have been in their WestSide home. “We’ve loved the location because of its proximity to our kids’ school, so instead of thinking about moving, we settled on some serious remodeling,” said Sara. The latest project focused on that all-important new kitchen, and friends referred the Roberts family to the experts at Kitchen Tune-Up. With some direction from the homeowners, Kitchen Tune-Up owners Adam and Rachel Phillips were able to bring this project to completion…and with a wild thumbs-up from John and Sara. “We are over the moon happy,” Sara said, grinning from ear to ear. Designer Rachel Phillips’ first goal was to brighten up the kitchen space. All new ivory-colored cabinets made a huge difference, and warm greys on the walls, countertops and backsplashes completed the fantastic new look. “The trend in home design is going back to warmer colors,” said Rachel. She used quartz countertops and oversized subway tiles to help with that warm and open feeling in the redesigned kitchen space. Even though only minor adjustments were made in the kitchen space – a poorly designed pantry was removed – the space now feels much more open and inviting for daily use and entertaining. A tile feature over the stove boasts new flask-shaped tiles, and the design element

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The Mann is back on December 9 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.

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As Maestro Mercurio worked with WGO Artistic Director Parvan Bakardiev and featured artists Chris Mann and Kaitlyn Costello to create

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the program of “Chris Mann: Home for Christmas,” he drew on that experience, Mercurio said. “Basically, it’s a combination of tradi-

tional 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 316-2628054.

Here are a few tips for pet owners who find themselves faced with a medical situation with their injured or sick pet. Insect bites or stings can cause local swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, or collapse. If present, remove the stinger with tweezers, apply a cold compress, then add baking soda paste. Call your veterinarian if weakness or respiratory difficulties are present. Bleeding can result in significant blood loss or shock. Place firm pressure with absorbent material or a bare hand or finger directly on the bleeding area. Do not remove for several minutes. If necessary, add additional layers, then bind loosely to free your hands for other uses. Tourniquets are a last resort. Seek veterinary attention immediately. Fractures are painful – muzzle your pet first. Address bleeding if present. Cover open wounds with absorbent material. Use a towel as a sling to aid with walking if needed. Improper splint placement can make a fracture worse, so seek veterinary attention immediately. Vomiting or diarrhea can lead to serious dehydration. Withhold food (and water if vomiting). If your pet is acting sick, seek veterinary attention immediately. Consult your veterinarian prior to using over-the-counter medi-

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cines. If there has been no vomiting for 6-8 hours, offer small amounts of water or Pedialyte, at a rate of 1 teaspoon per pound your dog weighs, every 2-3 hours). If no vomiting occurs within 24 hours then offer small, frequent meals of boiled hamburger/rice mixture. If the appetite does not return, or vomiting or diarrhea continues, seek veterinary care. In the event of accidental ingestion of medications, toxins, chocolate, or other items, contact the ASPCA’s Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435, or call your veterinarian. You may consider inducing vomiting with hydrogen peroxide if you cannot get veterinary assistance, but certain toxins are made worse with vomiting. Have a safe and Merry Christmas from Helten Veterinary Clinic.

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On Saturday, Nov. 11, members of six different animal rescue groups met in the Goddard Walmart parking lot to take delivery of 50 Chihuahuas. A Goddard man had been keeping the dogs at his home. According to animal rescue volunteer Lesa Hiebert, the man lacked the financial resources to spay or neuter his pets. Over time, the situation got out of control. The man voluntarily turned the dogs over to Hiebert, and she then coordinated the meet-up at Walmart. That procedure allowed her to keep the man’s identity a secret, and to shield him from potential legal trouble. Goddard city ordinance permits residents to keep no more than three dogs per household, plus no more than one litter of puppies. The dogs rescued earlier this month included multiple litters as well as pregnant mothers. “It’s an elderly owner. The owner loved all of them, and he cried. They had all of their rabies shots, and some of them even had little clothes, dresses, collars,” Hiebert said. “Most of them were on the plump side, but they were all very well taken care of. It was just an overwhelming situation.” Jennifer Rouse volunteers for We Are

A volunteer with WAGS holds one of the Chihuahuas rescued from a Goddard-area home. We Are Grateful Sanctuary/ Contributed photos

Grateful Sanctuary (WAGS), one of the rescue groups involved. She said the dogs were wellcared for compared to five other animal hoarding cases her group has encountered in the past year. “I don’t want to say ‘hoarder.’ I would say a man that got in over his head,” Rouse said. “Every one of (the dogs) had names. ... Sometimes people get in a tough spot, and when they realize it, they get help.” The rescue became public when Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption, a Mission, Kan. group, posted a video and message on Facebook. “They didn’t have enough food, no one took care of them, they were not loved,” someone from the group wrote. “Most of these dogs will have to learn that people are not going to hurt them but that they can trust.” Both Hiebert and Rouse took exception to that description of the dogs’ living conditions. “We did not have to wear huge leather welding gloves to move these doggies,” Hiebert said. “They were scared, because they were being taken from their owner, but they were not bite-y, not growling, nothing.” Unleashed later withdrew its initial post and replaced it with one that noted the dogs were inbred, had overgrown nails and were under-socialized. Both Goddard Police and Sedgwick County Animal Control knew nothing about the 50 Chihuahuas until the rescue was reported in the media. Spokesperson Kate Flavin said that Sedgwick County Animal Control is now investigating but does not know the man’s identity. Hiebert said she wants people to know that private rescuers can often help when people end up with too many animals – before government agencies have to get involved. “Some (cases), yes, do warrant the authorities, because the person isn’t reaching out for help,” Hiebert said. “But it doesn’t have to be a bad situation. These rescues took all the pets, and I feel confident that they’re going to get spayed, neutered, and into loving homes.” Both WAGS and Unleashed will be putting Chihuahuas up for adoption in the coming weeks and months (Hiebert declined to name the other four rescue groups). For more information, visit www. wearegratefulsanctuary.weebly. com and www.unleashedrescue. com.

Help for hoarding can be hard to find S t o ry b y Tr av i s M o u n t s Last week’s news that a Goddard-area resident had been housing 50 Chihuahuas was not surprising to one professional organizer. Geralin Thomas has appeared on the television show “Hoarders.” She’s also author of the book, “From Hoarding to Hope: Understanding People Who Hoard and How to Help Them.” She said people who hoard animals have a different disorder than people who hoard things, such as books and magazines, or dolls, for example. “It’s one of the toughest hoarding disorders to treat,” she said by phone Monday. She previously adopted a dog from a hoarder. “The whole topic is kind of mysterious. There’s still tons we don’t know.” Not all hoarders have 10,000 books or magazines, or newspapers. Hoarding becomes a problem when it begins to negatively impact your daily life. Hoarders often focus on specific things. Thomas had a client who had dolls. The client’s motives were good: She collected broken or damaged dolls with the idea of fixing them and giving them to needy kids. But the dolls never got repaired. She offered some advice to people who have a hoarder in their lives. “Do no harm. You don’t want to send them on vacation and then clean their house while they’re away,” Thomas said. She said that can cause trauma and further complicate existing trust issues. Go slowly, she advised. Take care of safety issues first. That means clearing off sinks and stoves, toilets, and stairways. Safety can be an issue for the hoarder as well as first responders. “Make sure public areas like the kitchen and bath are open,” Thomas said. There are few resources specifically for hoarders, especially in rural areas. Thomas said to start with a therapist who deals with obsessive-compulsive disorders. Professional organizers also can help. Some areas, Thomas said, have hoarding task forces that you can turn to.

Editor’s note: This month’s movie review is by Toni Blair, who is filling in for Jim Erickson.

Comic book super hero movies seem to be the rage this year. “Thor, Ragnarok,” and “Wonder Woman” are probably the best of this genre to see this year. Despite the overuse of special effects, “Ragnarok” has exceptional moments. Taika Waititi superbly directed this epic adventure where the audience is shown that there is more to life than things. “Thor, Ragnarok” is both side-split-

tingly funny and intriguingly exciting. Jeff Goldblum made a true “comic” villain as Grandmaster – so lacking in humanity, yet so funny. You love to hate Grandmaster. Cate Blanchett made the character of Hela quite unique. The audience is immediately unsympathetic to this female villain. There are no redeemable traits to this insane, haute and quirky maniac. Her demise seems to take too long, however. The anticipation is just too much. My pick for best character is Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Loki kept the audience members on

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“All in all, I find that this attempt to save the Asgardian world is a very satisfying and fun adventure.” - Toni Blair the edge of their seats. This character had depth and complexity and was also compelling and believable. Striking performances were given from Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and

Idris Elba as Heindall. Each performer really brought an independent spark to the ensemble. Anthony Hopkins was well suited to his role as Odin. Thor was, well, Thor. Handsome, powerful. However, it was interesting to watch the interactions of Thor (Chris Helmsworth) and The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). I think this may have been the finest portrayal of The Hulk I have ever seen. The transformations between Hulk and Bannon were flawless. There was a plethora of super heroes that were lost in the background/story of this movie. They all came together in the end, but one – if one does not follow all of these super heroes – finds that these heroes meld into one unnamed community. All in all, I find that this attempt to save the Asgardian world is a very satisfying and fun adventure.

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Students and teachers at six high schools and four middle schools were surprised with grants valued between $500 and $1,600 as part of The Next Generation of Philanthropy partnership with the Wichita Community Foundation. The grant competition was created to teach high school students about philanthropy. Students had to develop an idea for a grant that would benefit their school, address the need and the impact of their idea, and design a budget for the grant. The students made a 30-90 second video to demonstrate the need for the grant as part of the application process. Student groups from Coleman, East, Mead, North, Northwest, South, West, and Wilbur were surprised with the grant presentations between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1. Following is the list of grants awarded. East High School: • $700 to Principals of Marketing Class to update Senior Hall. • $1,500 to Principals of Marketing Class to provide First Aid kits for 165 classrooms. • $1,000 to the East Conservation Organization for the creation of a school garden. Mead Middle School: • $1,500 to STUCO for the creation of an outdoor classroom. South High School: • $1,600 to Leadership Advisory Council to create a Titan Sculpture. • $1,000 to ICTeens in Mind to support a student mentoring program. • $1,000 to Leadership Advisory Council for the creation of a school garden. Wilbur Middle School: • $950 to Wilbur Workshop for the startup costs for Wilbur Theater Club. • $950 to Wilbur Workshop for a movie screening to address mental health. • $650 to Wilbur Workshop for the school’s courtyard beautification. • $850 to School Spirit to motivate students to attend sporting events through promotional items. Northwest High School: • $1,000 to Be Unstoppable to educate and create friendships with students with disabilities. • $1,000 to Project Laundry, which expands a program that allows students to do laundry at school if needed. • $1,000 to DECA for a campaign to increase awareness and participation in DECA. Coleman Middle School: • $1,000 to World Changes Club to make improvements to the Mindfulness Room. • $900 to the Chicken Coop Group for the creation of a chicken coop to support their science classes. West High School: • $500 to Advanced Business Development group for a cell phone charging station at the school. North High School: • $900 to Recycle North to add recycling bins and biodegradable liners throughout the school.

Music Theatre for Young People will present “Bethlehem, Kansas,” a holiday-themed show, on stage at Mary Jane Teall Theater at Century II Convention Center. A Christmas Eve blizzard in western Kansas strands travelers at the Bethlehem Motel. The Motel proprietors, Jack and Rachael, struggle to meet the needs of the unexpected crowd while coping with the coming holiday, which holds painful memories for them. The blizzard strands four members of the Topeka Stargazers Club in search of a special star, four cowboys caught tending their herd and a busload of not-so-angelic kids from the Oak City Church Children’s Choir. Just as the guests pitch in to help Jack and Rachel make do with the limited rooms and provisions Joe and Mary arrive, and Mary is very pregnant. The children panic about missing Christmas, the Stargazers grouse about missing a unique astronomical event because of

the storm, one of the cowboys falls for the children’s choir director, and Jack and Rachel find themselves finding room for the expectant mother. Just when all seems under control, Mary goes into labor. Bethlehem, Kansas is the musical story of people who find love and peace in the miracle that is Christmas. The cast includes a number of WestSide youth, including: John Micael Bazzelle, Harrison Munro, Mady McNulty, Phillip Railsback, Trey Pando, Khyah Van Es, Brydan Akin, Hayden Munro, Brooke Neises, Madelynn Penner, Holden Munro, Payten LaPoint, Kaci Stark and Jaxson Mannis. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and students. Tickets at the door are $15. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wichitatix.com, at the Century II box office or by phone at 316-303-8100.

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Explosion of colors

P h o t o s b y Tr av i s M o u n t s Wichita’s trees put on quite a show for a few days in mid-November, turning a rainbow of colors in a sign that autumn was finally here and winter is around the corner. Why do leaves change and turn different colors? Here’s some information, from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The Splendor of Autumn Every autumn we revel in the beauty of the fall colors. The mixture of red, purple, orange and yellow is the result of chemical processes that take place in the tree as the seasons change from summer to winter. During the spring and summer, the leaves have served as factories where most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth are manufactured. This food-making process takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaf its green color. This extraordinary chemical absorbs from sunlight the energy that is used in transforming carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates, such as sugars and starch. Along with the green pigment are yellow to orange pigments, carotenes and xanthophyll pigments which, for example, give the orange color to a carrot. Most of the year these colors are masked by great amounts of green coloring. Chlorophyll Breaks Down But in the fall, because of changes in the length of daylight and changes in temperature, the leaves stop their food-making process. The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible and give the leaves part of their fall splendor. At the same time other chemical changes may occur, which form additional colors through the development of red anthocyanin pigments. Some mixtures give rise to the reddish and purplish fall colors of trees such as dogwoods and sumacs, while others give the sugar maple its brilliant orange. The autumn foliage of some trees show only yellow colors. Others, like many oaks, display mostly browns. All these colors are due to the mixing of varying amounts of the chlorophyll residue and other pigments in the leaf during the fall season. Weather Affects Color Intensity Temperature, light, and water supply have an influence on the degree and the duration of fall color. Low temperatures above freezing will favor anthocyanin formation, producing bright reds in maples. However, early frost will weaken the brilliant red color. Rainy and/or overcast days tend to increase the intensity of fall colors. The best time to enjoy the autumn color would be on a clear, dry, and cool (not freezing) day.

ABOVE: A large tree in the Rolling Hills neighborhood turned a brilliant shade of orange in mid-November, capturing the late afternoon sunshine. LEFT: Leaves show their fall colors at Sedgwick County Park.

BELOW: Bright reds shine against greens and browns in the background along Maple Avenue, across the street from Meadows Park near 135th Street West.

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ABOVE: This large tree was spotted along Westlink Avenue, south of Central, in the Westlink neighborhood.

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• Several WestSiders were in the cast and crew of “Frankenstein: A New Musical,” a musical version of Mary Shelley’s classic novel staged by Butler Community College’s theater department. Performances were Nov. 16-18 in El Dorado. The cast included Rose Bogner and Emily Hall of West Wichita, Caden

Middlebrooks and Matt Neises of Maize, and Lillian McLeod of Goddard. • The names of 1,050 graduates from the University of Kansas this summer — representing 37 Kansas counties, 42 other states and 23 other countries and territories — have been announced by the University Registrar. Some graduates have participated in school and departmental recognition events. Others will choose to participate in KU’s annual Commencement ceremony, which will take place Sunday, May 13. That information will be available at commencement.ku.edu. Following are the WestSiders who earned degrees. Goddard: Susan Marie Cross. Maize: Delicia Candida Bawl. West Wichita: Isaac Daniel Johnston, Alicia Marie Mefford, Andrew Christensen, Kimberly Rose Cottrell, Jordan David Wright, Derek Alan Young.

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• WestSider Randall Russ has joined Ethan Allan in Wichita. He taught interior design for 10 years at Texas Tech University and at Oklahoma State University for seven years. He earned a bachelor of science degree in interior design from Kansas State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from OSU. Russ served as a site visitor for 15 years for the Council of Interior Design Accreditation. • Kelci Glover and Cori Jones of Wichita were recently honored with the first-year basic science and basic clinical awards at Southern College of Optometry. The awards recognize an optometry student set to graduate in 2020 who has excelled academically and demonstrated outstanding clinical skills in the 2016-17 academic year. Glover is the daughter of Terry and David Glover of Wichita. She is a graduate of Wichita Northwest High School and Fort Hays State University, with a

bachelor of science in chemistry. Jones is the daughter of Debi and Mark Jones of Wichita. She is a graduate of Cheney High School and University of Kansas, with a bachelor of science in biochemistry. • WestSider Matthew Goltl will be participating in the Winter Jazzfest/ Handbell choir concerts on Dec. 8 and 9 in Weller chapel on Concordia University, Nebraska’s campus. Concordia University’s Jazzfest will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 in the Weller chapel auditorium. The group will perform “Birdland,” arranged by John Higgins and “Sweet Georgia Brown,” arranged by Sammy Nestico, along with pieces by Gordon Goodwin and Bob Turner, to name a few. The Concordia Handbell Choir and Handbell Choir II will perform at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Music Center’s Recital Hall on Concordia’s campus.

Heartspring, visit www.heartspring.org. • Jennifer McDonald, owner of Jenny Dawn Cellars, has announced that Union Station will be the location of an urban winery that she plans to open in 2018. Jenny Dawn Cellars was founded in 2016. Do you have an item for People & Places? Please email news@tsnews.com by Dec. 20 for consideration for the January edition.

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(StatePoint) According to one festive and fun annual economic indicator, the cost of this holiday season for shoppers is not expected to rise a significant amount over last year. For more than 30 years, PNC has calculated the combined estimated price of the gifts from the classic carol “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Known as the PNC Christmas Price Index, the results can indicate what holiday shoppers might expect at the register. This year, the index calculated the total price of all 12 gifts to be $34,558.65, a modest 0.6 percent increase over last year. While the average consumer is unlikely to shop online or at the mall in search of geese-a-laying or a partridge in a pear tree, the Christmas Price Index can be informative for those planning their holiday shopping, as the cost for these gifts often increase or decrease at a rate consistent with the U.S. Consumer Price Index, a measure of inflation produced by the U.S. Department of Labor. “The U.S. economy is growing at a sustainable pace, fueled by higher consumer confidence, low unemployment, modest wage gains and low interest rates,” says Thomas P. Melcher, chief investment officer for PNC Asset Management Group. “However, The PNC Christmas Price Index rose at slow steady pace of 0.6 percent in 2017, as companies appear hesitant to pass through price increases to the consumer.” A few factors largely have driven changes in the index over the years. The Internet makes it easier to find the gifts from the song online, but these goods and services tend to be expensive, mainly due to added shipping and handling costs. The price of services overall has increased, while the price of goods has slowed. Fuel costs, which have been especially volatile over the last few years, have a major effect on the cost of shipping. So, while you may have no need to buy anyone on your list any maids-a-milking, it is good for jewelry lovers to know that the price of golden rings jumped more than any other gift that may be on their true love’s wishlist this year.

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• Heartspring’s third-annual Light Your Heart with Heartspring fundraiser, held on Nov. 4 with 360 people in attendance, raised $131,000. The event benefits the Heartspring Financial Assistance Program. Light Your Heart took place at the Wichita Marriott. Guests enjoyed dinner, drinks, live music from Ernie Biggs Piano Bar, and live and silent auctions. A VIP after-party capped off the evening. For more information about the event go to lightyourheart.org. For more on

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