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Volume 33 • Issue 1 January 2018
ON THE COVER
‘Waitress’ job is a dream come true | 12 Native WestSider Desi Oakley is traveling the country as the star of a Broadway national tour. Contributed photo
Local student is Little Miss Wheelchair | 4
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From the Publisher’s Files.........5
WestSider is new captain of K-State flight team | 16
Performing Arts Calendar.........6 People and Places.......................7 Focus On Business....................15
WestSide Story’s Honor Roll of Business | 8-11
Wichita Homes..........................17 Pet Smarts...................................19 Movie Review.............................22
WestSide Story Editorial
Publisher Paul Rhodes Managing Editor Travis Mounts Graphics Abbygail Brown Reporters/Contributors Sam Jack, Dr. Jason Albertson, Philip Holmes, Toni Blair
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What’s your love story? Share it with WestSide Story Over the holidays, I got my hands on a nice pile of family history. Details are few. My ancestors three and four generations ago did not do a good job of taking notes or passing along information to the following generations. Much of what is there is unknown to us, other than they are us – relatives both direct and indirect, but sharing some level of genetic material. In this stuff was a book of postcards. We didn’t have time to really start digging through it, although we pulled a few out to peruse. Just at random, I found the hint of a love story – a postcard from my great-grandfather to my great-grandmother. It didn’t say much, but he asked if she was ready for their upcoming elopement. Nobody in my immediate family was aware of any elopement. Family details from this time period in the early 1900s have been lost to the winds of time. My earliest recollections of my great-grandmother are of a woman already past age 80. My great-grandfather, who had long since died, was just a piece of history, not much different than what I read in my school history books. On this postcard were just a few sentences that left me wondering about these two people – one who I never knew, and the other who I never really knew well – young, full of life and in love. It’s a shame. These are stories worth telling. They should be shared and carried within families. Some of these stories are worthy of
Travis Mounts | Managing Editor
sharing beyond the family. And that, dear readers, is our cue to you. WestSide Story is working on a special Valentine’s Day project for next month’s paper. We want to tell your love stories. But before we can share them with our readers, we need you to share them with us. You can let us know about how your parents or grandparents met, but it’s also alright for you to share you own story. Or share the story of your child and his or her love. These stories can be days old or decades old. We want to hear them all. We’ll include as many as we can in next month’s WestSide Story. And we’ll pick one story as our favorite, and reward you with a Valentine’s dinner for two. To share your story, drop me a line by email at email@example.com, or call the office at 316-540-0500. The deadline for sharing your story is just a couple of weeks away – Friday, Jan 19. Don’t be shy – we’re looking for stories that are romantic, mushy, funny and
Jan. 12 – “The 3 M’s: Learning the basics of marketing, management and money” workshop, 10 a.m. at WSU’s Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Oliver and 29th Street North. Presented by the Kansas Small Business Development Center. This workshop offers information to help you assess the feasibility of your business idea, and to start writing your business plan. The workshop is free. Additional dates: Jan. 22, Jan. 31, Feb. 8, Feb. 16, Feb. 26, March 6. To register, call 316-978-3193 or fax 316-978-3647. Jan.18 – “The Pink Panther,” shown as part of the 2018 Anniversary Film series at Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Screening begins at 7 p.m. The series kicks off with the Blake Edwards classic comedy, celebrating its 55th anniversary. Tickets $7, $6 for students/seniors/military. Series tickets $60. Purchase tickets online at www. selectaseat.com, call 855-755-SEAT, or in person at the Select-A-Seat box office
Upcoming events in and around Wichita
at INTRUST Bank Arena. Jan. 19 – “Equal Means Equal,” documentary screening presented by the Orpheum Theatre and Women’s March on Air Capital. The film is an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. By following both real life stories and precedent setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez discovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace matters to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, the healthcare system and the legal system. Tickets $8, available online at selectaseat.com, by phone at 855-755SEAT, and in person at the Select-A-Seat
box office at INTRUST Bank Arena. Jan. 22 – Local food networking meetand-greet, 11:30 a.m. at the Downtown YMCA Community Room. Sponsored by K-State Research and Extension-Sedgwick County and ICT Food Circle. If you grow, raise, or produce a local food product, join us to meet other farmers, potential buyers, and other service providers. If you own or operate a restaurant, grocery store, or other local food business that might purchase local ingredients, join us to meet local producers of meat, produce, honey, or other foods that you could use or sell in your business. If you are a business that supports local producers or a non-profit that is interested in working with the local food system, this is a great opportunity to meet a wide range of people who make our food system work. Light snacks and drinks provided. The event is free; RSVP at www.sedgwick.ksu.edu. Jan. 26-Feb. 23 – The Jo Zakas Art Collection: Art Feeds the Soul, monthlong silent auction to benefit the Jo Zakas Legacy Foundation benefiting at-risk children and adults as well as other charities. Silent auction begins on the January Final Friday. Public viewing,
bidding and on-the-spot sales, 6-8 p.m. Jan. 26 at Artist Central, 5014 E. Central. Jan. 29 – “Quick Start Business Planning” workshop, 3 p.m. at WSU’s Hughest Metropolitan Complex, Oliver and 29th Street North. Presented by the Kansas Small Business Development Center. Using a simple narrative template and a simple cash flow template, you will learn how to develop the key elements of a business plan. The workshop is free. Additional dates: Feb. 16, March 6. Feb. 2 – Local food producer entrepreneurship workshop, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st St. N. There is more to growing local food than planting a few seeds! To have a thriving local food business it is still necessary to have modern business and marketing skills to compete in the marketplace. The workshop topics include business planning, social media, crop insurance, and more. The Keynote speaker will be Greg Garbos of City Bitty Farm, Four Season Tools, and AgRoofs. Cost is $15 if you register by Jan. 26, $20 after that. Registration deadline is Jan. 31. Register online at www.sedgwick.ksu.edu or call 316-660-0100.
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Jan. 9 – Listening for Peace, an event to build common ground through prayer, Reformation Lutheran Church, 7601 E. 13th St. N. Gathering for prayer, 7 p.m.; gathering for conversation, 8 p.m.
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Goddard student named Little Miss Wheelchair Story by Sam Jack
WestSider Sophia Beers, a fifth-grade student at Goddard’s Discovery Intermediate School, is representing Kansas’ young wheelchair users as Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas. Sophia, who was born with spina bifida, is nine months into her one-year reign as Little Miss Wheelchair. She has participated in a number of events to raise awareness about handicapped people and disability-related issues. “I did the Goddard (Fall Festival) parade,” Sophia said. “Then I went to a therapeutic horse rodeo, where I handed out trophies to people. I got to blow the horn to start the kid’s race for Race for the Cure. But my favorite thing so far was going on the ice for the Thunder hockey game; I got to drop the puck.” Using a wheelchair has been positive for Sophia, according to her father, Rolf. “Even though she’s able to get around with a walker, the wheelchair is what really allows her to go where she wants,” Rolf said. “Now that she has her chair, she zips around, and it really gives her a lot of freedom. I think a lot of people think of being wheelchair ‘bound,’ but really, it allows her the freedom to go where she wants and makes her more independent.” Sophia has appreciated the opportunity to get to know the adult Ms. Wheelchair Kansas titleholder, Deb Young of Lawrence. Young became a wheelchair user in 2013 after a car accident and, in
the years since, has overcome challenges to get involved in disability activism and volunteerism. Sophia likes to accessorize her wheelchair, and had threaded her spokes with colorful strands of tinsel when she spoke with The Times-Sentinel. When she participated in a Santa-themed run a year ago, she dressed as Santa and decorated her wheelchair as Santa’s sleigh. Her two sisters, Ava and Nadia, were elfs, and Rolf was a reindeer. The family won the costume contest at the race. Sophia enjoys participating in 5K races and has won her age group a few times. She also enjoys swimming and likes to play basketball and wheelchair tennis. “She was kind of hesitant for some of the sports,” said her mother, Jackie. “Her sisters have played sports their whole lives, but Sophia wasn’t really that interested. But once we got her out there, she had a really good time. She gets to spend time with her friends.” At school, Sophia’s favorite classes are music and orchestra; she is a beginning violin student. She also enjoys participating in weekly clubs offered by her school. Sophia will head back to the Ms. Wheelchair Kansas pageant this March to pass her title on to the next Little Miss Wheelchair. She hopes to stay involved with the Ms. Wheelchair Kansas organization and perhaps compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair Kansas once she becomes eligible.
Sophia Beers, a fifth-grade student at Discovery Intermediate School in Goddard, is the reigning Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas. For more information on the Ms. Wheelchair Kansas organization, visit www.mswheelchairkansas.org. C ontributed photo
Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas Sophia Beers waves to the crowd during last October’s Goddard Fall Festival. Beers is a student at Discovery Intermediate School. Sam Jack/WestSide Story
“Even though she’s able to get around with a walker, the wheelchair is what really allows her to go where she wants. . . she zips around, and it really gives her a lot of freedom. I think a lot of people think of being wheelchair ‘bound,’ but really, it allows her the fre dom to go where she wants and makes her more independent.” - Rolf Beers, Sophia’s father
From the Publisher’s Files
We are a Physician led organization providing compassionate, comprehensive, accessible medical care to those we serve. Paul Rhodes | Publisher
games with our friends at their home. Did I mention that it takes a little bit for my old car to warm up? After a two-hour dinner date, and a thermometer at minus 1 degree, my Acura was cold to the bone. It started right up, which caused me to say a “thank you” under my breath that I did not share with my passengers. I quickly assured my companions that the car would be warm at some point before we got home. Our friend Mary wasn’t impressed, and noted that her car – back home in her garage – had heated seats. That actually sounded pretty good, but I just kept my mouth shut and kept driving. “Is that the heat I feel, or are my legs just going numb?” Mary asked as we pulled into her neighborhood. Sure enough, just as I had predicted, the car was getting warm inside. Granted, we were only a few blocks from our friends’ house, but it was getting warm. Inside the comfort of her warm home, Mary lit the fireplace, and we all enjoyed the added radiant heat as we played dominos until midnight. It was a great evening with lots of laughs and no issues…until Kim and I had to put on our coats and head home. It was a bitterly cold final drive home, but a steamy hot shower solved that problem pretty quickly. My old beast of a car, for all of her foibles, had gotten us home safely. However, I can just about guarantee you that our next winter outing with the Chapmans will produce a simple, twoword response from our friend Mary: “I’m driving.”
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With temperatures in the teens, single digits and even sub-zero at one point over the New Year’s weekend, it will come as no surprise that Kim and I spent as much of the holiday as possible sticking close to home. We hosted family for one final round of Christmas celebrations, worked a little, and had a quiet New Year’s Eve with friends. And of course, our plans for New Year’s Eve required me to get my car out of the garage on one of the coldest nights in recent memory. I’m unabashedly unashamed that I drive a 20-year-old automobile as my daily driver. I’ve taken good care of it, and it still gets me where I’m going in relative comfort and safety…even though the odometer is heading toward 300,000 miles. Of course, a car that old can certainly have its minor issues. A couple of the indicator lights on the dashboard come on and stay on at will, the engine leaks a little oil, and the old girl doesn’t warm up as quickly as she used to. That becomes really apparent when I’m out driving around in cold weather like we had over the New Year’s weekend. Still, my 1997 Acura is a dependable enough vehicle for me to keep her around a few more miles. It has a nice interior, and still rides like the luxury car it was designed to be two decades ago. Yes, she drinks a fair amount of fuel, but the car payments, taxes and insurance premiums I would have to pay on a newer model make my fuel bills seem small in comparison. So New Year’s Eve, we had plans to ring in the New Year with our friends Bruce and Mary Chapman. They live in west Wichita, and by the time we got to their house, the Acura was actually warmed up. I offered to drive us out to dinner on the east side of town, with the only consideration being that my car was already warm. It was a nice, cozy drive across town, and dinner was delightful. Our plan for the rest of the night was simple – drive back across town and play some board
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Ringing in a bitterly cold New Year
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Jan. 9-11 – “Kinky Boots,” presented by Theater League in Century II Concert Hall, shows at 7:30 p.m. Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save the family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola—a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. Winner of six Tony Awards, inspired by a true story. Tickets starting at $45.50, www.wichitatix.com or at the Century II box office.
Performing Arts Calendar
Jan. 12-Feb. 3 – “Yee Haw! Branson or Bust,” Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley St. Written and directed by Patty Reeder, starring Craig Green, Julia Faust, Cary Hesse, Rhonda LaRue, Sam Warner and Max Wilson. Shows Friday’s and Saturdays. Dinner show tickets $30, show only $20. For reservations, call 316-263-0222.
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Jan. 13-14 – Auditions for Wichita Community Theater’s production of “And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little,” 2-5 p.m. Rehearsals begin Feb. 4, show runs March 7-18. This is an edgy, funny comedy centered on the dysfunctional
Reardon sisters. Roles for five women ages 40 to early 50s, one man in his 40s, and one teenage boy. Jan. 16 – “The Music of Radiohead,” solo recital at Distillery 244, 7:30 p.m. Staged by the Wichita Symphony, featuring Christopher O’Riley, internationally acclaimed pianist and host of NPR’s “From the Top,” performing selections from Radiohead’s Grammy-award winning discography. VIP seats including open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and meet-and-greet, $90; general admission with cash bar, $40. Tickets at www.wichitasymphony.org or 316-267-7658. Jan. 24-Feb. 4 – “Breaking the Code” by Hugh Whitemore, Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. Brilliant mathematician Alan Turing was a key player in cracking the German Enigma code. This enabled allied forces to foresee German maneuvers and help win World War II. Turing also was a homosexual during a time when homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain. Turning was convicted of the criminal
act of homosexuality and sentenced to undergo hormone treatments that left him physically and mentally debilitated. Meanwhile, the top-secret nature of his work meant that his contributions to the war effort went unknown for years. Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. Tickets $14, $12 for seniors/students/military. Special opening-night price of $10 on Jan. 24. For reservations, call 316-686-1282. Jan. 28 – Children’s Dance Festival, 2 p.m. at Wilner Auditorium, Wichita State University. Featuring invited performers from Wichita area dance studios and academics. Admission $5. Jan. 30-31 – “The Illusionists: Live from Broadway,” presented by Theater League in Century II Concert Hall, shows at 7:30 p.m. A powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts, the show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $35, www. wichitatix.com or at the Century II box office.
Credit Union of America has announced several promotions and hirings. Jose Urbina has been hired as assistant branch manager at 212 S. Ridge Road. He is responsible for loans, accounts and member service at the branch as well as managing, and developing and supporting branch staff. He has 20 years of previous experience in the financial services industry, including 12 years of management experience. Drew Morrow has been hired as loan officer at 711 W. Douglas. Matthew Schenk has been promoted to Implementation Manager, overseeing the design and implementation of system changes and enhancements. He previously served as systems administrator in the IT department. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln conferred 1,505 degrees during commencement exercises Dec. 15 and 16. WestSiders earning degrees included Cooper Scott Downs, College of Engineering, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; Benjamin Kent Gurtler,
Graduate Studies, master of business administration; and Grant Allen Latimer, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, bachelor of journalism. Joshua Wertz of Wichita was one of seven Harding University students recognized as a recipient of the Louis Yingling Family Endowment Scholarship Fund at the annual scholars luncheon Nov. 7. Wertz, a senior Bible and family ministry major, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship for every semester over the course of four years of college because of his commitment to future ministry. He is one of more than 100 students who have benefited from the Yingling Bible majors’ scholarship over the course of nine years, totaling more than $900,000. Harding receives funding for these scholarships for Bible majors from an estate of the late Louis Yingling, who attended the University in 1937 and, with no children to inherit the wealth he accumulated as a farmer, chose to leave his legacy to students committed to ministry. Students are selected on the basis
of scholarship, need and commitment to and potential for ministry. Recipients of the $10,000 annual scholarship must maintain a 3.00 GPA. All recipients must fulfill additional criteria such as being involved in a local church and maintaining exemplary conduct and academic integrity. The names of more than 1,300 candidates for degrees from the University of Kansas this fall — representing 54 Kansas counties, 43 other states, territories and Washington, D.C., and 24 other countries — have been announced by the University Registrar. Degrees are officially conferred in January. WestSiders earning their diplomas include Kimberly Ann Cole, Alexandra K. Kahlgren, Tess Pi Mun Diec, Michaela Edwards, Kayla Gretchen Gilchrist, Morgan Anna Hopson, Kelsey J. Kurek, Kelsey McCorkle, Tony Henry Nguyen, Alexis Pogue, Kayla-Jade Remulla, Brett A. Sell, Zachary W. Warner, Quinton T. Wiley, Brittany Taylor Yarberry and Adam Gregory Yarnell.
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The Honor Roll of Business is a special advertising section highlighting the history of local businesses, from those founded even before our communities were incorporated, to those that have just recently become part of the business community. Make sure to stop by these businesses and thank them! A special thank you to all businesses that have advertised with the WestSide Story!
105 Years MORTUARIES CREMATORY Serving the Wichita Community Since 1913
Downing & Lahey Family owned and operated since 1913 Downing & Lahey provides unique funeral services delivered with compassionate personal service. East Chapel: 6555 E. Central • 316 682-4553 West Chapel: 10515 W. Maple • 316 773-4553 dlwichita.com
West Acres Bowl General Manager: Ray Baty 36 Lanes, Snack and Sports Bar 749 N. Ridge Road • Wichita 316-722-5211
Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm Started in 1974 Enjoy a variety of events through the year! Christmas Trees, Weddings, Mudbug Madness, Field of Screams, Dinner Theatre, Chamber Music at the Barn, Bows at the Barn Music Camp. PrairiePines.com • 316-303-2037 PrairiePinesFestivals.com • 316-722-1145
43 Years Garden Plain Body & Repair Fred Stuhlsatz - owner Body Repair • Painting Used Cars • Rebuilders 3550 S. 295th Street West • Garden Plain 316-531-2571 Flexible Hours
Adam’s Electric & Plumbing LLC Medicalodges Goddard 501 Easy Street • Goddard 316-794-8635 5 Minutes from Wichita! Personal Care • Adult Day Care • Assisted Living Full Nursing Care • Independent Living Rehabilitation • Come in for a tour!
Owners: Robert & Teresa Blasi Branch Manager: Bob Tull 20 Employees 19894 W. Kellogg PO Box 751 • Goddard HVAC: 316-550-6015 Plumbing: 316-871-0088 Serving Goddard and surrounding areas.
Warming Trends Owners: Dan and Jeannie Herpolsheimer Reliable family owned and operated specialty hearth retailer carrying Valor, Jotul, Harman, Buck Stove, Broilmaster, and more! Knowledgeable staff committed to keeping your home safe. See us for all your fireplace and BBQ desires. 3101 N Rock Rd (behind Jimmie’s Diner) 316-636-9677
Action Appliance Services, Inc. David Albright, Founder Denise Lewis, 2nd Generation Owner/Operator Serving the Wichita area since May of 1981 Repairing Major Household Appliances Mon-Fri 8 am - 5 pm • 3228 S. West St • Wichita 316-263-0652 www.wichitaksappliancerepairservice.com Facebook page: Action Appliance Service, Inc. or @actionapplianceWichita
36 Years Home Technology Solutions, Inc. Founded in 1982 by Dr. Cramer Reed Non-Profit Organization Executive Director Vicki Hoelting 149 S. Ridge Rd. • Wichita, KS 67209 • 316-265-1700 Mon-Thurs 8 am - 5 pm • Fri 8 am - 4:30 pm www.HomeTS.org
River City Realty Coe Financial Services Richard Coe CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ 8100 E. 22nd St. N., Building 1400-2 Wichita · 316-689-0900
Owner: Jack C. Silvers Residential Real Estate 7 Days a Week 316-681-2285 • 316-993-4040
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Merle Norman Cosmetics & Sweet Sisters Fudge Makeovers • Skin Care • Gift Items 6116 W. Central Ave. • Wichita • 316-945-2223 www.MerleNorman.com • sweetsistersfudge.com
Sandpiper Healthcare & Rehab Center Owned by: Recover-care 120 Employees Specializes in Long term care, Skilled nursing rehabilitation and memory care. Accepting Medicare, Medicaid, Managed Care and Private insurance. Secure memory care unit which also accepts Medicare, Medicaid, managed care and private pay. www.SandpiperHRC.com • 316-945-3606 5808 W 8th St • Wichita, KS 67212
Owners: Jolanda & Bill James Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee, drinks and sandwiches. Parking lot parking and outdoor seating. Walk-ins welcome Good for groups and kids! Take out and catering available. M-F 6am-3pm Sat 7am-3pm Sun 7am-1pm 6422 Central Ave., Wichita 316-682-4884
Audiology & Hearing Aid Service Owner: Haris Zafar, Ph.D. 8020 E. Central Ave., Ste 100, Wichita T: 316-634-1100 F: 316-618-2928 10209 W. Central, Ste 4B, Wichita Call 316-634-1100 to schedule an appointment.
Eaton Roofing & Exteriors Roofing, Siding, Windows, Doors, Decks & More! 35 Employees · M-F 8-5 3821 Bounous St. • Wichita • 316-943-0600 www.EatonRoofing.com
Doug Faulkner, Dir. Of Parts and Service Jennifer Snodgrass, West Service Manager We Service ALL Makes and Models! 8880 West Central • Wichita, KS 67212 316-729-1300 • M-F 7 am - 6 pm • Sat 8 am - 1 pm Late or Early Drop Off Welcome. We Sell Tires! www.scholfieldautoservice.com
T&T Heating & Air Conditioning Since 1997 • Hai and Orelle Cao 109 N Main St. • Goddard, KS 67052 COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL HVAC SALES SERVICE AND INSTALLATION 316-201-4646 • ttheatandair.com Mon-Fri 9 am - 5 pm Facebook: T&T Heating & Air Inc.
Jackie McCallon, Realtor Call me for any of your Real Estate needs. 316-518-0444 Selling your home, buying a new home, advice on new vs. resale, downsizing?? I can help! Platinum Realty, LLC 515 S. Main #104 @ Waterwalk firstname.lastname@example.org
Gross Tile and Custom Remodeling Kruse Corporation HVAC • Plumbing • Sheet Metal • Emergency Service Commercial • Residential • Industrial Offices in Wichita, Hutchinson & Manhattan, KS www.krusecorp.com 316-838-7885
Mark Gross, Owner 30+ Years of Experience All types of flooring and complete remodeling projects. 1528 W. Douglas • Wichita 316-773-1600
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GK Tire & Auto Owners: George & Kimberly Palmer www.gktirewichita.com 810 N. Tyler, Wichita • 316-729-7822
Meineke S&S Limousine Service Since 2004 Serving Wichita and the Surrounding Area 316-641-5670 • www.snslimo.com
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Original Owner: Max Evanson 1612 S. St Francis • Wichita 316-262-3131• Facebook: PRO Link Golf Winter Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am - 5 pm & Sat 10 am - 3 pm Close Early on Tues 4 pm
Larry Lee LSCSW Since 2000 2 Locations to Serve You: 101 W. 1st St • Goddard 313 N. Seneca • Wichita 316-734-5670 • www.larryleelscsw.com
9 Years Hair Solutions The Farris Wheel Candy Co. Since 2006 • Owner: Ed Farha Candy, Gifts and Nuts; An Old Fashioned Sweet Shop Carrying close to 600 items including nostalgic candies, gourmet chocolates, sugar-free sweets, nuts, trail mixes, a new “Made in Kansas” section and seasonal specialties. 9747 E 21st St. North, # 107 • Wichita KS 67206 316-685-3000 TheFarrisWheel.com Mon-Thurs 10 am - 6 pm • Fri - Sat 10 am - 7 pm Sun 10:30 am - 5 pm Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Wichita 360
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Kitchen Tune-Up Adam & Rachel Phillips, Franchise Owners Experts in kitchen and bath remodeling projects! Specializing in 1-day “tune-ups” 4057 N. Woodlawn, Ste 1 • Wichita 316-558-8888 kitchentuneup.com/wichita-ks-phillips
Owner: Sherry Brown 8 Stylists • 1 Manicurist Monday-Saturday 244 S. Maize Rd., Wichita 316-722-3633 www.hairsol.com
8 Years Kansas Surgical Arts
Since 2001 Owner: Brad Herndon Roofing • Siding • Guttering Mon-Fri 8 am - 5 pm • SunflowerStateExteriors.com
Since 2008 3430 N. Woodlawn • 316-681-8663 1810 N. Woodlawn • 316-838-2660 2344 S. Seneca • 316-265-7859 1910 N. Nelson • 316-788-8800 925 E. Central • 316-202-0232 660 N. Webb • 316-202-0238 Services – Brakes, Tires, Oil Changes, A/C, Steering, Suspension, Batteries, etc.
Norris Collision Center Jeremy & Melissa Edwards would like to thank you for your business! “Big City Quality, Small Town Service” Family owned and operated. Full Line Collision Repair • Glass Replacement • PDR Auto-Detailing • Window & Lock Diagnostic & Repairs We accept all insurance estimates! 19918 W. Kellogg Dr. • Goddard 316-794-1161
Owner: Stephanie Oberhelman West: 3460 N. Ridge Road, Suite 160 • Wichita Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm East: 10096 E. 13th St. N., Suite 142 • Wichita Tues-Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 316-722-1333 Kansas Surgical Arts specializes in vein care, cosmetic surgery, and aesthetic services within our MedSpa. www.kansassurgicalarts.com Facebook: KS Surgical Arts
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In an effort to better serve license buyers, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has upgraded more than 30 types of annual licenses beginning in 2018, making them valid for 365 days at no additional cost. In years past, most Kansas outdoor licenses and permits expired Dec. 31 of each calendar year, regardless of purchase date, leaving many late-season hunters and anglers with a short amount of time to use their licenses before expiration. Now, Kansas license buyers can enjoy many of their favorite licenses for 365 days from the date of purchase, regardless of when they choose to buy.
Many of those 365-day licenses can be automatically renewed each year, ensuring hunters and anglers never forget to buy a license and miss a day in the field or on the water. Examples of licenses and permits that are valid for 365 days include Resident Annual Combo (Hunt/Fish) licenses, Disabled Veterans licenses, National Guard licenses, Apprentice licenses, Furharvester licenses, select fishing permits and more. To see the complete list, visitksoutdoors. com/365-licenses. For more information on auto-renew, visit ksoutdoors.com/auto-renew.
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Lastly, remember that even with the best food, water and shelter, some days and nights will just be too cold for even the hardiest animals. On these occasions, a comfortable box in the corner of the garage or barn will be enough to keep your pets safe and healthy. “Dogs that are outside 24/7, if you bring them indoors they may actually get too hot because they have a heavy winter coat on them’,” Nelson says. “So we need to give them some extra shelter, but not so much that they get overheated.” In addition to providing basic needs, there are also some extra hazards to be mindful of, in and around the home. Winter is when many of us add antifreeze to our vehicles. For reasons not entirely known, dogs and sometimes cats are drawn to this toxic liquid. If dogs ingest even a small amount of antifreeze dripped onto the pavement, the chemical can lead to renal failure, crystalizing inside the kidneys, frequently leading to death. If working with antifreeze in your garage or driveway, make sure you wipe up even the smallest drops. “If you’re out walking your dog, don’t allow him to drink out of puddles in the curbs,” Nelson cautions, “because sometimes cars that have been parked there have leaked antifreeze or oil into the water standing there.” For cats, there’s a special hazard that is unique to them: the car or truck that has just been parked. The warm engine can provide a cozy place for a nap, with cats sometimes climbing up into the engine compartment to nestle on or near the engine block. Fan blades can lead to injury or death when the vehicle is started. During winter, before starting your vehicle, bang on the hood a few times, and honk the horn before you turn the key. “Hopefully any cat that is nestled in there will skid out before any damage can be done from the motor,” Nelson says.
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Dogs and cats that spend most of their time outdoors will need a little preparation before the brunt of winter arrives. Paying attention to a few basic needs, and watching out for three hazards can make cold weather almost comfortable. The first basic need is shelter. For dogs, this can be a sturdy doghouse that you build yourself, or purchase from a retailer. “They need a dog house that’s not overly big — just big enough for them to get up and turn around in comfortably,” says Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and clinician at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center. “If it’s too big they lose heat to all that empty space.” Make sure the opening faces away from cold winter winds (in Kansas, that’s probably east or southeast). A flap of some sort should hang above the opening. For the inside, Nelson is a big fan of clean hay or wheat straw. “Dogs can nestle down into it, and it helps conserve their body heat better,” she says. Cats (especially those hardy farm cats) are generally more self-sufficient, but it doesn’t hurt to provide a sturdy box or crate for them, too. The second major need for outdoor pets is a source of clean, unfrozen water. “Water is going to freeze in the winter, so the pets can actually get dehydrated in the winter just like they can in the summer,” Nelson says. Electric-heated water dishes and bowls are both safe and inexpensive, ensuring that the water inside them is always above freezing, ready to drink. Otherwise, Nelson says fresh, very warm water must be added to the water bowl at least twice a day. “The water shouldn’t be very hot, or boiling — but warm enough to stay liquid for an hour or two.” Animals that stay outside on cold days and nights are going to burn extra calories just maintaining their body heat, so they will need extra food added to their meals during the winter months.
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‘Waitress’ job is a dream come true S t o ry b y Tr av i s M o u n t s
WestSide native Desi Oakley stars in traveling Broadway show ABOVE: West Wichita native Desi Oakley is making a name for herself as a stage actor and singer. She started her professional career as a teenager with Music Theatre Wichita. Sam Fathallah/Contributed photo RIGHT: Oakley is traveling the country as Jenna, the lead character in the musical “Waitress.” The national tour opened in October. Joan Marcus/Contributed photo
For many actors, waiting tables is a way to pay the bills until getting their big break on stage or on screen. For Desi Oakley, a native WestSider, her biggest break so far is starring in the traveling production of “Waitress,” a hit musical based on the 2007 film of the same name. The show premiered in August 2015 in Cambridge, Mass. It opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in April 2016. Oakley was cast for the lead in the U.S. national tour, which started on Oct. 20. Oakley, now 28, started her stage career at age 8, performing on stages in Wichita. Her big break came via Wayne Bryan, artistic director and the driving force of Music Theatre Wichita.
“Wayne saw something in me. I was no child prodigy, but he saw something in me,” Oakley said by phone from Omaha, where the “Waitress” was playing just before Christmas. Bryan took her under his wing, she said. At age 14, her professional career began when she auditioned for MTW’s resident company. That’s normally a job for college students. Bryan coached her on how to audition, which worked really well for Oakley since she was auditioning for Bryan. She became the youngest-ever member of MTW’s resident company. She learned and worked with talented directors and musical directors, she said. At 16, she played Dorothy in MTW’s “The Wizard of Oz.”
actors often have to learn multiple roles, and be ready to go at a moment’s notice. “I learned every woman in the ensemble in ‘Wicked,’” Oakley said. “Swings are sometimes the key part of the show.” In fact, a swing frequently gets paid better than a regular member of the ensemble, even though he or she may not be on stage every night, because of the amount of work required. “I’m grateful that was my first gig. It taught me so much,” she said. Next, she joined the original Broadway company with the revival of “Annie,” as the understudy for the roles of Grace and Lily. Another major career credit was as the alternate for the title role of Eva Peron in the first national tour of the revival of “Evita!” Oakley performed the role twice a week for a year. She came back to “Wicked” on Broadway and on tour as a member of the ensemble and in three understudy roles, and in 2016, had an understudy role and an ensemble role in “Les Misérables.” She recorded an EP called “Don’t Look Back” that was released in 2014. In 2015, she had a guest role in an episode of “Gotham.” It was her first – and, so far,
only – television role. Starring as “Jenna,” the lead role in the touring show of “Waitress” is Oakley’s biggest role in a career arc that has only gone up. “It is so fun. The audiences are wildly receptive. It’s been a dream come true,” Oakley said. “I’ve played leads before, but not at this level.” In the show’s first two months, Oakley performed in Columbus, Ohio; Appleton, Wis.; and Minneapolis. Just before Thanksgiving, the show was at Municipal Auditorium Music Hall in Kansas City. “We played Kansas City, so we had tons of Wichitans come support me – family, friends and even Wayne Bryan,” Oakley said. That was her time with family for the holidays, although more family planned to see her in Omaha. It was while she was in Omaha that Oakley found time for an interview for this story. The show was in Denver over Christmas and New Year’s. “We’ll celebrate with the cast. They take good care of us,” Oakley said. As this month’s WestSide Story came off the press, “Waitress” was finishing up a run in Milwaukee. The next stop is
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Cincinnati, with shows running from Jan. 9 to Jan. 21. The length of stay in a city can be as short as a week, or up to 3-4 weeks. There are eight shows per week, with just one day off. Many times, the day is a travel day. “We can spend our days touring and buying things” in various cities, Oakley said. Shopping excursions need to be limited, however. There’s not much room for souvenirs. Such is life on the road. “It’s challenging, but a good challenge. We have to travel light. We have to be incredibly open to change – different theaters, different crews, different audiences,” she said. “We have to stay open minded. “It takes a strong person to be away from home 6-12 months... I’m really grateful for the challenge to do it.” “Waitress” is already a success, with shows sold through 2018. “It’s selling so well. The audiences love it. We’ve only just begun,” Oakley said. In the opening scenes of “Waitress,” Jenna’s life is a mess and she’s looking for a ray of hope. There’s not a lot in Jenna’s
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“I’m thinking, ‘I just got a lead in a professional theater.’ I took it really seriously. It was a big door that opened,” Oakley said. “I said, ‘This is the start of a career.’ I walked through that door and I haven’t looked back.” Through her work at Music Theatre Wichita, Oakley made contacts with people from the University of Michigan. After high school graduation, she took off for Ann Arbor, Mich. Four years later, in May 2011 and with a college degree in hand, Oakley set off for the one place that all stage actors want to go – New York City. “I went and I pounded the pavement,” she said. Over the next six months, many auditions followed. “I had so many auditions in those months. I had no idea what would stick,” she said. In November 2011, she learned she had landed her first acting gig – as a “swing” in a hit show called “Wicked.” She joined the show in January 2012. A swing is akin to an understudy. While understudies prepare to take the place of a lead actor in a principal role, a swing is the equivalent role for the ensemble. It can be a tough job – swing
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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). 316-9421491. 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 Services Second Church of Christ, Scientist
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christiansciencewichita.com. Sunday service, including a Bible based sermon, prayer and singing: 10:30 am; Sunday School, helping children and teens apply Bible lessons to their lives and our world: 10:30 am; Wednesday testimony meeting, with Bible readings and a time for sharing how the teachings of Christ Jesus are practical today: 6:30 pm; Child care available for all services. You are also welcome to call or visit the spiritual resource center we maintain for the public for individual Bible study, prayer and inspiration at the Christian Science Reading Room, 702 W. Douglas, (316) 262-7864, Mon.-Sat., 11-5:30. 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) 7942207 • 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.
Heritage Baptist Church – Corner of 135th St. & 13th St. N., Wichita; (316) 729-2700; Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.; Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Wednesday Adult Bible Study/ Prayer Time 7 p.m.; Wiseguys 3 yrs.–6th grade 7 p.m.; Nursery provided at all services. “Your neighborhood church just around the corner.” Email: swede132@ sbcglobal.net; Website: heritage4u. net. West Heights UMC – 745 N. Westlink Ave. (Just north of Central on Westlink); (316) 722-3805, “A Place to Call Home in the Westlink Neighborhood.” Nursery services available during both morning worship services, 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Midweek programs include activities for children and youth. Host for West Heights Preschool and Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita. Wednesday meal during the school year from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. Check website for current small groups and mission opportunities. 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) 722-3753; “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) 7221251; 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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This revamped kitchen in College Hill features an updated elegance that maintains the integrity and history of the 1929 English Tudor home.
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of the home, and give it an updated elegance to help with the sale of the home,” said Rachel. “We just love it,” said one of the homeowners. “It’s beautiful and traditional at the same time, and really sparks up the home. “We really appreciate the prompt service and efficient job that Kitchen Tune-Up was able to do,” said the homeowner. “They stayed on schedule and made sure everything was to our satisfaction. It was a very good experience.” The experts at Wichita’s Kitchen Tune-Up can provide customers with finished projects ranging from easy and inexpensive to breathtaking and cutting edge. Kitchen Tune-Up has remodeled hundreds of kitchens since the local franchise was launched in 2005 by Adam’s parents. The company’s services range from One-Day Restoration or “Tune-Up” of cabinets or any interior wood surfaces, to cabinet refacing projects to complete custom kitchens. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call Kitchen Tune-Up at 316-558-8888. You also can find more information at www.kitchentuneup.com. Be sure to check out the company’s extensive BEFORE/AFTER portfolio on Facebook! When you visit the local Kitchen Tune-Up Facebook page, be sure to ‘LIKE’ Kitchen Tune-Up, Wichita.
Is 2018 the year for a new kitchen in your home? If you’re ready, let the experts at Wichita’s Kitchen TuneUp help make that dream a reality. Thanks to the local Kitchen Tune-Up team, headed by owners Adam and Rachel Phillips, a happy couple in College Hill was able to get their home ready to be sold right before the holidays. Their stylish 1929 English Tudor home near Douglas and Terrace still had the original kitchen, which offered a nice layout for the home, but it was outdated and needed a totally new look. “We were able to keep the original tile backsplash, which was imported from Portugal, but everything else in the kitchen, breakfast nook and butler’s pantry was given a beautiful new look that accentuates the historic feel of the home,” said Rachel Phillips, who headed up the redesign work. Kitchen Tune-Up was able to keep the existing cabinets and refaced them with new satin white raised panel doors featuring pillow edges that are easy to maintain. All the drawers are “soft close” and the cabinets feature roll-out trays. “This was an expanded refacing project, and we needed to help the homeowners get the project done quickly so that the home would be ready to go on the market,” said Rachel. Added features included white quartz countertops with amber accents that pick up the colors from
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K-State flight team has new leader
The flight team on the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has a brand-new leader. WestSider Maddie Perry, a professional pilot, was selected to serve as team captain at the recent annual officer elections. She is currently the only woman on the Kansas State Polytechnic Flight Team, which is comprised of 25 members ranging from freshmen to seniors. As the team’s leader, Perry will be in charge of fundraising, managing community outreach events, such as their youth aviation summer programs, and preparing mem“Maddie bers for regional and national collegiate is a natucompetitions. ral-born “It is such an honor leader with to be chosen captain an authen- of the flight team by my peers because tic love for it demonstrates to aviation, so me that they respect I know she my ideas and vision for the team and will do an trust that I will be a amazing responsible and mojob leading tivating leader,” Perry said. “I promise to the flight work hard every day team.” so that I meet their Benjamin expectations. I hope to use my position Jaffee, flight to encourage other team facul- female students to ty advisor get involved in flight team as well as be a good example for young girls in the field of aviation.” Along with adding more women to the flight team roster, Perry would like to see students beyond the aviation program join the organization. She says other collegiate flight teams have members who are engineering and math majors because they can make strong contributions to the competition events that don’t involve flying. She also wants to elevate the team’s connection with other student clubs and organizations on campus as well as with the Salina community, particularly with youth; increase the team’s industry sponsorship and fundraising; and create an overall welcoming and encouraging
WestSider Maddie Perry has been selected to serve as team captain of the Kansas State Polytechnic Flight Team. She will be in charge of fundraising, community outreach events and preparing the team for regional and national collegiate competitions. She says she would like to add more women to the 25-member team’s roster. Contributed photo
environment. To be considered for flight team captain, students must meet certain qualifications, including being an active part of the team for the past competition year, having participated in the most recent competition and having been to a minimum of one competition. During elections, which also consist of voting on secretary/treasurer, safety officer and student coach, the captain candidates give a presentation to flight team members on their involvement and accomplishments, goals for the organization and why they are best suited for the position. Members then have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates before casting anonymous ballots.
“I have watched Maddie mentor and tutor other aviation students as well as contribute to the growth of aviation education in our local schools by working with the next generation,” said Benjamin Jaffee, senior assistant chief flight instructor and flight team faculty advisor at Kansas State Polytechnic. “This is why I was excited for her and our members when I learned she had been selected. Maddie is a natural-born leader with an authentic love for aviation, so I know she will do an amazing job leading the flight team.” In addition to flight team, Perry manages one of the wings of a residence hall on campus as a resident assistant. Currently, she is working on her certi-
fied flight instructor rating and plans to graduate in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in professional pilot. Her ultimate career goal is to be an airline pilot, starting at a regional carrier and then moving to a major airline. Perry’s interest in aviation was inspired by her father, who is a private pilot. She began flying with him in the family’s Cessna 182 Skylane when she was in middle school, first for enjoyment and later learning how to take the controls. After hearing that she was selected the next captain of the Kansas State Polytechnic Flight Team, Perry said both of her parents were proud and excited, adding that her dad “is on cloud nine.”
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you have furnishings that really work for you. Whether it’s size, color or functionality, create a room that makes you want to spend time enjoying it. What a nice way to start the new year Another reason that this is a good time to revisit your decor is that it’s good for the soul. Things tend to look a little dull once the holiday decor comes down. The color, the lights, all of the shiny things make your home feel warm and cozy – when they are gone, it just feels cold and dark. This might be a good time to add some ambient lighting and perhaps a punch of color to keep things warm and cheerful during the gray of the winter months. And even though the holiday season has passed, there are still a couple of months of winter still ahead. There may be some of your decorations that you can still use during the cold weather to keep up the bright and sparkly feeling. There could be some seasonal items that aren’t necessarily Christmas-themed that can still work: snow related decor, candles, and greenery for example. Whether or not you make New Year’s resolutions or not, the start of a new year is a wonderful time to get off to a fresh start. Make the most out of the winter months with some inspiring decor changes in your little piece of the great indoors.
As the holiday season winds down, this is a great time to consider a fresh look for your home. While you may be trying to get back into your routine, this is could actually be a really good time to re-evaluate your interior design and maybe shake things up a little bit. If you have been hosting company, you have likely been accommodating your guests by making some changes to your interior. This might involve rearranging the furniture, adding extra chairs, pulling out extra bedding and so on. And even if you haven’t been the host, there is the Christmas tree and all of the other decorative items that have been pulled out of storage to adorn your homestead for the last several weeks. In either case, the household likely has not been business as usual. The point is that your house has been temporarily transformed anyway, so why not give your home a new look? Maybe your furniture does not necessarily need to go back in the same way it was before the holidays. While you may have been satisfied with your room arrangement and decor, there may be ways that it could it be improved or at least modified for a change of pace. Sometimes it’s good to sketch out your vision and make notes on changes you would like to see. Think about which items could be removed and what new pieces could be added. One thought is to first try streamlining your furnishings. There may furniture and accessories that really don’t add much to the room. Try simplifying your space down to the lowest common denominator and enjoy a fresh, clean (but not stark) look. It’s far better to be economical with your furnishings than to crowd the room with things just because you own them. Conversely, this might be the time to add or replace a few items. You will tend to enjoy your living space a lot more if
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Happy New Year 2018 – the Chinese Year of the Dog! Dogs have been referred to as man’s best friend for good reason. A dog can be a wonderful and non-judgmental companion, and a source of friendship and joy. Having a dog requires commitments of time, financial resources, and lots of patience, but the love you receive from a canine buddy makes it all worthwhile. You may be considering getting a dog for your family, but what’s the best way to go about finding the right one? Choose a dog whose size, personality and temperament fits with your living space and lifestyle. A Great Dane wouldn’t be the best fit for apartment living. An energetic breed like a terrier or border collie could be too much for someone with limited mobility. An adult or senior dog could be the right fit for those that don’t want the trouble of potty-training a puppy. Consider adopting from a rescue organization such as a local humane society, breed-specific rescue (consult the American Kennel Club website), or local rescues such as Hands of Hope Rescue, LAPP, Beauties and Beasts, PALS just to name a few. A trained volunteer from
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life that resembles Oakley’s life. “When the curtain goes up, we don’t see her (Jenna) in a positive light...She’s more or less stuck in a lot of ways. She doesn’t like to face her future, so she buries her feelings in her pies,” Oakley said. “The show is about her awakening. It makes her asked if her dreams are worth fighting for. It’s a very real story about struggle.” Jenna is on a “hugely” different arc, Oakley said, but... “It’s such a great fit because Jenna leads with kindness and she puts others’ needs above her own. She is kind to strangers, sometimes to a fault. She’s determined and strong. She’s got something to fight for,” Oakley said. While Jenna is a master pie maker, Oakley needed a little help. Once she secured the role, her mother flew to New York City to teach her how to make pies. Oakley’s life story is about having a singular goal. “I’ve known since I was 14 that I wanted this career...It’s something that I’ve really worked for. It breaks my heart to tell Jenna’s story because she doesn’t believe she deserves it,” Oakley explained. “She’s clueless about how great she can be. She hasn’t really been loved the way
she deserves to be. “It’s pretty powerful stuff. A lot of it breaks my heart. I cry real tears every night singing these songs because it breaks my heart.” While Oakley is living her dream, it doesn’t come without a ton of work and sacrifice. “It takes an amazing amount of trust and courage to take on this career. This is my passion. Nothing will stop me from trying to achieve it,” she said. “There are parts where it’s scary or overwhelming, but sometimes that motivates me.” Oakley said the biggest perk of her career has changed over time. “I’ve been given gifts and I’m using them to reach people. The best thing is connecting with an audience. It’s what fuels me,” she said. “I can actually touch somebody’s life. It may not be life changing, but maybe I made them laugh or made them cry. It will never get old to me or stop being magical to me.” After seven years, New York City is now Oakley’s home. Even though she’s a transient right now, traveling city to city, she hopes to buy an apartment after her time in “Waitress” is done. But her hometown is never far from her mind. “Music Theatre Wichita is absolutely the reason I’m on the phone with you,” she said during the interview for this story. “Wichita has a special place in my heart.”
To see videos of Oakley in various performances, visit the WestSide Story’s website at tsnews.com. Click on the “East Wichita News & WestSide Story” tab, which also includes links to all 12 editions from 2017.
OPPOSITE TOP: Desi Oakley is joined by “Waitress” co-stars Charity Angél Dawson, left, and Lenne Klingaman, right. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: Oakley is officially homeless right now as she travels the country with the national tour of “Waitress.” Oakley is performing eight shows a week, normally with just one day off. Many days off are spent traveling to a new city. Any off day without travel is called a “Golden Day.”
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‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Lady Bird’ are pleasing, if sometimes puzzling
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” is a peculiar movie. I wasn’t sure I understood it enough to review it at all. However, a fellow moviegoer I talked to after the screening interpreted it almost exactly the way I did – which encouraged me to think I had been at least partly right about the film. At first it seemed to be a fairly standard murder mystery about a mother (Frances McDormand), and her determination to avenge the killing of her daugh-
ter. She erects three large billboards to challenge the local sheriff, played by Woody Harrelson, to do a real investigation of the case. But not too far along, I realized the movie isn’t much about that – and it’s not just incoherent the way so many movies today are. Apparent pointless shots of misty tree-covered hills helped isolate scenes from one another, even the preceding and following ones – a device that I decided showed how a murder investi-
gation (or lack thereof) affected all involved in very different ways. It was not a standard murder mystery. A puzzling shot of McDormand talking to her bunny slippers hinted at an attempt to show what the mother had been like before she became embittered. And the ending seemed to suggest that a crime might bring people together as well as drive them apart. My viewing experience of “Lady Bird” was similar to that of “Three Billboards.” We were about an hour into the movie before I began to form my own opinion of its story. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is a young woman whose mother (Laurie Metcalf) sees the world in much more Movie Review limited terms than she would like to. The film contrasts Marion McPherson’s cautious advice to her daughter with Jim Erickson scenes that show how complex Lady Bird’s world really is. In fact, Lady Bird is going to have to face, as she grows through adolescence and into relative maturity, a shifting reality where friends and acquaintances change, appear and disappear – often for no reason – until nothing seems stable or certain. She is simply going to have to live in a modern world of uncertainty. Writer-director Greta Gerwig makes this shifting landscape so convincing that, while we may know where our sympathies lie, we can’t be completely sure where they ought to be. Watch the news for a couple of weeks and see if you don’t find yourself in much the same situation. Unfortunately, in order to carry out such a theme, Gerwig needs a very large cast of well-developed characters. Even with excellent acting and directing all around, she can’t quite cover enough ground to make her point entirely convincing. And there is something essentially undramatic about the currently popular way to structure a film – without a clear central story for a spine and a protagonist with whom to identify. Without such central emotional elements a film tends to become an intellectual exercise – and motion picture by its very nature is not much suited to intellectual activity. At the scenic level, there may be a realism to movies now that overcomes whatever “dot-dash,” skip-and-jump construction of the story as a whole. There might not be much overall action for us to take seriously, but every bit feels like a glimpse of life itself. It’s the contradiction between realistic scenes and overall fantasy that tempts me to quit reviewing altogether. But I will keep soldiering on, at least until I think I can understand what modern American movies are trying to accomplish.
It all started 27 years ago when WestSider Chuck King purchased an Interlinear Bible (ISBN 0-8423-4564-7) at a bookstore in Newton. Although he didn’t know any ancient Greek words, as he read that Interlinear Bible, he became familiar with the Greek letters and words, and the English translation below. He also recognized some English words that came from Greek, like “kardia” for “heart.” In 1997, he purchased the self-study book, “Basic Greek In 30 Minutes a Day” by Jim Found at Mardel’s bookstore in Tulsa. It took King a year to work through that book. He could then recognize many more Greek words in the Interlinear. In 2001, he began writing a program so he could search the United Bible Societies (UBS) Greek text. That later became GreekToMe, a Java-based program for Mac OS X, Ubuntu, and Windows. As his knowledge of New Testament Greek increased by completing textbooks such as “Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar” by William D. Mounce and “The Basics of New Testament Syntax” by Daniel B. Wallace, many more features were added to GreekToMe.
GreekToMe allows both the layperson and Greek student to easily navigate the New Testament. One can readily access information about the Greek words used to form Bible translations such as the NASB. A number assigned to each Greek word may be used to look up the Greek word in reference books such as “The Complete Word Study Dictionary” by Spiros Zodhiates. It isn’t necessary to know any Greek to use GreekToMe. In 2013, a friend suggested that he adapt GreekToMe for Android. King focused on the features that would be most practical for a mobile tablet/ phone. Though still powerful, the GreekToMeLite app is easy to use. It has a Help menu that explains the four buttons and the three text areas of the main window. GreekToMeLite also works on Kindle Fire. GreekToMe and GreekToMeLite are available at tinyurl.com/BibleSoftware. GreekToMeLite is also available at Google Play, Amazon App store, and apkfiles.com. All downloads are free, contain no ads, and the apps do not require an Internet connection.
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