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Volume 32 • Issue 13 November 2017
ON THE COVER Top honor | 20
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Features Wichita Homes.............................4 From the Publisher’s Files.........5
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Giant turle will be first art park installation | 30 WestSider up for superintendent of the year | 15
Performing Arts Calendar.........7 Movie Review................................8 Dateline........................................14 Focus On Business.............19-22 People and Places....................24
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Avast, there was fun to be had
Last month, my sons and I ventured to Kansas City to join the rest of our KC-area family for a trip to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. It was a first visit for my kids, parents and myself, and it was a fantastic experience. My oldest son, Isaac, was skeptical. He’s not really into “nerd culture.” He has little use for “Star Wars” and “Star Trek,” and I’m not sure if he realizes there’s a difference. I sold him on the idea that there would be turkey legs, beer and cleavage. That, along with the chance to see family, got him onboard with the adventure. My son, Aaron, embraces his inner nerd. He and I spent more than $100 in one night to get ourselves dressed for the occasion, him as a wizard and me as a pirate. It was a warm day, so my long-sleeve, pirate-looking shirt was abandoned for a simple black T-shirt. My brother told me I looked more like Mongo from “Blazing Saddles,” which I took as a compliment. “Mongo only pawn in game of life” is one of the best movie lines ever. The closest Isaac came to dressing up was wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball hat. Of course, my brother’s triplets, in their pirate regalia, were the hit of the day. Cute kids are always popular. They’re even more popular when they are dressed up. There was so much to take in, I felt that we could have gone back the next day and had an entirely different experience. A friend from Kansas City told me her husband and brother-in-law work there during the six weekends of the festival. A friend from California saw my Facebook photos and compared the festival favorably to Northern California’s big Rennaissance Faire. I was most impressed with the setting. Big trees surround the permanent structures that make up the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. It had the feel of a
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forest, the kind you imagine in medieval Europe. The shade made for a pleasant experience, too. We got pulled into a game that was a cross between archery and dodgeball. Following dodgeball rules, you broke into two teams and shot arrows tipped with soft rubber balls at each other. It was only eight minutes of intense running around, but I was feeling the pain the next day, a Sunday, and even on Monday. My brother, Chris, tweaked a hamstring, which in turn wrecked his back. It was bad enough that he had to visit an urgent care facility on Sunday afternoon. As we waited to enter the arena, a man came off of the pitch. He got tired early and decided to let “these two fit gentlemen” into the game, referring to my brother and me. “What fit gentlemen?” my brother and I snorted as we burst into laughter. We then realized he was serious, which led us to immediately question his eyesight, judgment and sobriety. Our physical ailments afterward proved our point. It was worth it, though. We value the family time together, and the festival was absolutely one of the best things I have ever been to. This year’s festival is over but there’s always next year, so I strongly recommend you find your pirate gear or at least your Pittsburgh baseball cap and head north to Bonner Springs, the site of the festival. Just take it easy on the mead and the physical exertion.
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Selecting the right area rug can make or break the living space. With almost unlimited choices, how can you know which is the best rug for you? Having so many choices certainly doesn’t make the search for a new rug any easier. For the best chance of success, you will need to do a little homework before you set out to find that perfect rug. This includes having a color direction, knowing the room measurements, and defining your style preferences just to get things started. If you are starting from the ground up, you have a practically blank slate on which to work. The rug will set the pace for the rest of the room. If you are working with existing furnishings, they will need to be considered in determining your color and pattern selection for a harmonious result. Color is probably one of the most important criteria but it is also one of the most subjective. Everyone experiences color individually. Color is also a function of light, and in different settings the rug can cast different tones. This makes it important to see the prospective rug in the intended space before you make your final decision. Selecting the correct rug size is the next criteria. In some rooms, such as a dining room, there are specific guidelines. The dining chairs should be able to stay on the rug while being pulled away from the table. This is typically 18 to 24 inches from the edge of the table. In a living room with a hard surface, it is recommended that at least the front legs of the furniture are resting on the rug. In other rooms, size is mostly a matter
ticular fabric content and construction. Your rug professional should be able to provide guidance in this area. Last but not least, there is your budget. Fortunately, there are nice looking rugs in all price points these days. In some cases, your budget decision should be based on how long you hope to have
the rug. If you plan to use the rug indefinitely, then you should buy the best rug you can afford. If you like to redecorate with the latest trends, spend a little less so you won’t feel bad moving it to the basement next year. Either way, a good looking rug is the perfect way to add comfort and interest to any room.
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of personal preference given space and traffic patterns. Style, as with color, is fairly subjective. Your decor style and patterns in the room will guide you, in part. Sometimes there is more than one answer, depending on how you want the room to feel. Just keep in mind that this can be a process and you may want to try different options before you make your final decision. Timeless traditional designs will always be a staple, but the transitional and contemporary categories have become very popular lately. Transitional designs tend to be less formal than traditional designs, but not as edgy as a real contemporary look. The main thing is to select a style that compliments the other elements in the room. Your rug needs to appeal to you as a piece of art. After all, an area rug is artwork for your floor, Another consideration is that you should be able to determine the prospective rug’s appropriateness to the space. Some rugs are better suited to high traffic areas than others. Much of this can be derived from the rug’s par-
Color is an important criteria when choosing a rug. If you are working with existing furnishings, they need to be considered in determining the color and pattern selection of any new rug.
From the Publisher’s Files
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just say things didn’t end well for the six drug dealers she accidentally witnessed as they tried to do her in, as well. The other feature film we saw was “Seat 25,” a British film about the recipient of a one-way ticket to Mars. While it was a fantasy-based film at its core, the unfolding tale of a young woman who really wasn’t happy with her life and would rather restart that life on another planet with 24 other space adventurers was provocative and inspirational. In the end, she learned that the journey in life isn’t hard…it’s getting started that takes determination. All of the films included discussions afterward, which were as enjoyable and enlightening in most cases as the films themselves. The young director who made “Lucky” recounted how naive he was when he first attended film school and realized that great films were being produced all around the world. Duuuuhhhhh. Many of us have known that for years, but it was humbling to hear a young director admit how small our view of the world can be if we never get to experience things beyond our own neighborhoods…literally and figuratively. And to that end, the annual Tallgrass Film Festival is a wonderful opportunity to take a little stroll outside of our own neighborhoods. I’ll be back again next year, and would recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different in terms of movie experiences. It’s a journey worth taking…and the hardest part is simply getting started.
I played hooky from work on a recent Friday afternoon so that Kim and I could take in an additional movie as a part of the annual Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita. This was the 15th year for the Tallgrass Film Festival, and I regularly try to take in anywhere from one movie to several movies. This year, we were able to enjoy three feature-length films, as well as a whole bunch of short films… including several that were produced by Kansas filmmakers and grouped together in a viewing that we attended Sunday afternoon. One of my main reasons for attending Wichita’s annual film festival is to expose myself to film genres other than the typical blockbusters that I go see all too frequently. Don’t get me wrong…I love blockbuster movies, and just going to the movies in general. But there’s so much more out there to enjoy in terms of films, and especially independent films. And because of that, I always appreciate and enjoy the Tallgrass Film Festival when it rolls around each October. It’s like Octoberfest…for the space between your ears. The feature films that Kim and I took in this year were a nice mix of subject matter, production styles and countries of origin. We saw an American-made film called “Lucky,” a determined story about a 90-year-old man finishing out his life in a tiny desert town with cigarettes, a structured daily routine and a handful of other people who marked the trail of his existence. The leading actor was Harry Dean Stanton, who had a long and solid film career, and died shortly after making “Lucky.” “Hunting Emma” was an intense thriller about a young woman, trained in self defense, who unwittingly finds herself as a witness to a drug ring assassination. What unfolded in this South African-produced drama was as intensely edge-of-your seat as any high-budget action movie I’ve ever seen. And let’s
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Urinary tract disease is commonly encountered in feline veterinary practice. Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) describes the following group of signs, regardless of the cause: bloody urine, straining to urinate, urinating in improper locations, urinary blockage, and painful urination. A cat may suffer from one or all of these signs. Bladder stones, infection, and urinary tumors may be responsible for FLUTD. However, a majority of cases of cats under 5 years of age do not have an identifiable underlying cause. Cats over the age of 10 years often have infection and/or some degree of kidney disease. Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC) is bladder inflammation with no readily identifiable cause which represents a large percentage of younger cats with urinary tract disease. Common tests that may be ordered by your veterinarian include urinalysis, bladder radiographs or ultrasonography, urine culture, and blood tests to assess for concurrent disease. The current theory among experts is that stress plays a significant role in the development and recurrence of FIC episodes. There is no agreed-upon therapy for cats with FIC, although pain medications, stress-relieving pheromones, anti-anxiety drugs, nutritional supplements, high-moisture canned food,
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and therapeutic diets are often recommended to relieve the discomfort of an inflamed bladder. Many experts advocate environmental enrichment to reduce stress. The truth is that a majority of cases will resolve without treatment within 5-7 days. Owners of cats suffering from FIC can become frustrated by their cat’s lack of response to treatment and/ or frequent recurrence of signs. It may be of some comfort to understand that this condition is rarely life-threatening unless accompanied by urethral blockage. This is characterized by the inability to pass urine despite intense straining to urinate, and occurs primarily in neutered male cats. This is an emergency. More information is available from your veterinarian and www.veterinarypartner.com (feline idiopathic cystitis).
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Nov. 4 – Singing Quakers alumni choir concert, 7:30 p.m., at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Rd. Adults $15, seniors and students $12. Nov. 5 – Newman University fall instrumental concert, Performance Hall, De Mattias Fine Arts Center. Show at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 – Friends University band concert, 7:30 p.m, Sebits Auditorium. Adults $6, seniors and students $3. Nov. 9 – Friends Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Sebits Auditorium. Free. Nov. 9-Dec. 30 – “Fist of Furry Reindeer, or Angry Santa Claws,” Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley St. Written by Tom Frye. Tickets $30 for dinner and show, $26 for seniors/children. Show only $20. Reservations at 316-263-0222. Nov. 10 and 11 – “L’Elisir D’Amore” opera (concert version), 7:30 p.m., Wichita State University Duerksen Fine Arts Center. Tickets $10-20. Directed by Alan Held. Nov. 10-Dec. 23 – “The Kyle and Monte Christmas Musical 2,” Roxy’s Downtown, 412-1/2 E. Douglas. Shows at 8 p.m., with dinner served 6:30-7:15 p.m. The boys are back and the good cheer is all new. Seating $20-$30, dinner $15. Reservations at 316-265-4400.
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Nov. 11 – “From Kansas to La La Land: A Concert with Angela Parrish,” part of the Plymouth Fine Arts Series, 7:30 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N. Clifton. A reception follows the concert. Parrish, a native of Newton and a graduate of Wichita State University, is an American Roots artist
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Nov. 2-4 – “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” Christian Youth Theater. Performances at 7 p.m. each day plus 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at Isely Magnet School, 5256 N. Woodlawn. Advance ickets $13 adults, $11 students and seniors, available at cytwichita.org or call 316682-1688. Tickets $2 more at the door. The show features a cast of 66 wearing a total of 350 costumes by parent-volunteer costume designer Gina Kohn, who has designed for Friends University and Wichita Grand Opera.
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‘Sexes,’ ‘Victoria and Abdul’ have some promise
‘Battle of the Sexes’
If “Battle of the Sexes” is not the best movie of the year to date, blame my degenerating memory for not calling up what could be its rival – that or my bad fortune in choosing what was available for review. After yawning and squirming my way through “It” and “Mother!” I was once more dreaming of a life without reviewing. “Battle of the Sexes” left me with a hope, faint though it is, that there may still be a few hours per year of satisfaction in front of the big screen. Without detectable special effects, reckless driving (much less car chases), and black-and-orange explosions, screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and directorsValerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton struggle along with just human beings, plot and a theme. They even tell what happens chronologically, without resorting to internal action to dig up the past or, for that matter, to indulge themselves in fantasy and psychological whimseys. It is refreshing to be reminded that motion pictures can be made with such primitive material. In fact, it used to be common practice. The 1973 encounter between Billie Jean King (played by Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (played by Steve Carell) was an actual historical event, so no comic need be consulted – another common filmmaking tool that our moviemakers dared to do without. “Battle of the Sexes” reminds us that tennis is only a game, although King’s husband (played by Austin Stowell) reminds her new love (played by Andrea Riseborough) that it is a game taken seriously enough that if either of them interferes with it, he or she will be out of the story. We the audience are spared the temptation to get too serious, largely by the antics of Riggs, who is concerned more with finances than with antifeminism. He cheerfully exaggerates
his male-chauvinist-pig-ism by playing in the costume of Little Bo-Peep, complete with sheep, to up the box office for the big contest with Stone. Both of the stars start out concerned with money, but before the end reveal that they are more concerned with the serious issue of sexual equality than at least Riggs may have realized. After all, his very wealthy wife (Elisabeth Shue) is able and more than willing to pay for his extravagent lifestyle, and what man, with plenty of money and personal freedom sponsored by his loving wife, could ask for anything more? Riggs is 55, and the movie eventually demonstrates that he is not the champion he used to be. He is still good enough to beat Margaret Court (played very well by Jessica McNamee), who is still considered the best female tennis player in the country – King is out of the running because she quit the Women’s Tennis Association in a dispute over equal pay. Carell is too comically enjoyable to function as a villain, and Bill Pullman, as a big shot in the official tennis world who opposes King’s feminist campaign, seems a little too embarrassed by the whole thing to be a villain, too, so there is nobody to dislike. Any tendency to take Stone too seriously is undercut by Sarah Silverman’s wonderfully un-Silverman performance as King’s advisor-manager, an example of the parallels and contrasts
that go a little too far in relating the two plots – the Riggs plot and the King plot – in one of the few quibbles I have with this delightful trifle of a movie. Tennis is not a contact sport, and there has been some comment about the final contest is less than exciting. But anyone who doubts that tennis requires stamina and strength is invited to take another look at the final contest. ‘Victoria and Abdul’
Somewhat like “Battle of the Sexes,” “Victoria and Abdul” is “based on real events” without sticking strictly to historical record. It is not easy to believe – Queen Victoria of England really sang a song from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pinafore” before a formal meeting of aristocrats? – but “Victoria and Abdul” is much more a story of two isolated individuals who are not much concerned with changing a larger social pattern. Judi Dench’s Victoria and Ali Fazal’s Abdul make no attempt to attack the prison of social etiquette that forbids English lower-than-aristocracy classes from even looking the queen in the eye. The most they seek is a personal relationship, when they are alone, that is as open and intimate as the movie audience will regard as simply normal. There is no romance here. One scene does take place in a bedroom with two beds, but we can safely assume that one of them is still Albert’s, and Victoria is still in mourning for him (she wore black for 40 years in memory of him and we could wish she had not been so responsible for the iron rules of behavior that seem to be destroying her). Victoria is quick to take advantage of the slightest suggestions that Adbul is willing to try a personal relationship, but she has to make all the advances. Abdul is no social revolutionary and never expresses a wish for more than casual conversation – which, because he is a Muslim, is enough to cause hostility among the aristocrats of the court, none of whom share his minimal liberalism, or attract sympathy from the audience. Only performances on the supreme level of Dench’s and Fazal’s could make this chilly world entertaining, and “Victoria and Abdul” is not a satire. At some points I wished it were, but it makes
its point more effectively by playing it straight. Victoria’s increasing willingness to declare that she is Queen of England and Empress of India led me to wish for more development of her character. If the moviemakers had any interest in satire, it is frustrated by the almost-total concern with this central couple. It is logical to assume that the strangling snobbery that cages Victoria in descends to some extent down the social ladder. But the movie never shows that it does, and nobody in the supporting cast seems to be interesting enough to get to know. The social problem is limited to a single character. She could end her solitude any time she wanted to. Every time, which is precious seldom, she summons up the gumption to bark out, in effect saying “I’m the Queen of England and I will do as I please,” her underlings fall back in dismay but not disagreement and let her have her way. While there is no indication that Adbul has any broader life, he is merely a footman and a foreigner to boot, and has some kind of family and presumably friends among the servant class, so we are not invited to worry about him. The only problem is Victoria’s, and all she seems to want is a social exception for Adbul. I kept wishing for a speech like the young prince’s at the end of “Anna and the King,” where he puts an end to kowtowing before royalty because they are just humans like everybody else, but neither character nor the situation calls for anything like that. I am a little mystified as to why I so much enjoyed a movie in which so little happens. But I have to agree with the usual three-star rating for it. Everybody else seems to give total credit to Dench and Fazal, and I guess I will to, as well.
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The concerts will take place in Wiedemann Hall on the distinguished Marcussen organ. The organ was built by Marcussen and Son, a Danish company that has been around for more than 200 years. The organ is one of four Marcussen instruments in the United States. Both the organ and Wiedemann Hall were designed around each other, making it a very exciting experience for both organists and audience members. Nov. 16-19 – “Footloose, The Musical,” Performance Hall, De Mattias Fine Arts Center, Newman University. Nov. 16-19 – “A Hedda Gabler,” Wichita State University Wilner Auditorium. Shows 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18, 2 p.m. Nov. 19. Tickets $10-$20. Nov. 17-19 – “When You Wish Upon A Star,” an original Disney musical revue, performed at the Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center. Shows at 7 p.m. Nov. 17-18, and 2 p.m. Nov. 19. This show is recommended for ages 8 and up. Admission: $13 premium seating, $9 regular seating. Call 316-2622282 for reservations. More information at www.wctdc.com. Nov. 17 – “Jazz Meets Stevie Wonder,” 7:30 p.m., Sebits Auditorium, Friends University. Adults $6, seniors and students $3.
Nov. 29–Dec. 10 – “A Dog’s Life,” Wichita Community Theatre’s holiday show, by Sean Grennan and Leah Okimoto. This is not a traditional holiday musical; just laughter, a few tears and a family-friendly, loving tribute to our pets, dogs in particular. Shows at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. Shows at WCT, 258 N. Fountain. Tickets $14 adults, $12 military/seniors/students. Special opening-night price on Nov. 29. For reservations, call 316-6861282. Nov. 30-Dec. 17 – “A Christmas Carol,” staged by The Forum Theatre Company. Shows at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Created especially for The Forum Theatre, “A Christmas Carol” returns in a newly conceived production. Starring Shaun Michael Morse as Scrooge and Karla Burns as The Ghost of Christmas Present. Tickets $23-$25, www.forumwichita.com. Shows at The Wilke Center, First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Dec. 1-2 – Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre fall concert, 7:30 p.m. at WSU’s Wilner Auditorium. The Kansas Dance Festival presents an eclectic evening of dance featuring ballet, modern and jazz dance. Dec. 1-3 – Friends University Christmas candlelight concert, Sebits Auditorium. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Adults $15, seniors and students $12.
Nov. 20 – Friends University percussion ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Sebits Auditorium. Free.
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Nov. 3-5 – Holiday Tables at Mark Arts, 9112 E. Central. Fundraiser organized by Designing Women, a volunteer group that supports Mark Arts. Dining tables of all shapes and sizes are decorated by individuals, nonprofits and businesses, each showcasing their own unique home entertaining ideas. Tickets at the door or in advance at www.markartsks.com/holiday-tables or by calling 316-634-2787. Tables exhibit open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, tickets $10; for ages 8 and up. Cafe and coffee bar, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 3-4; reservations encouraged for groups of 10 or more. More special events are planned. Nov. 10-12 – Third annual “Feztival” of Trees, Midian Shrine Center, 130 N. Topeka. Stroll through dozens of exquisitely decorated trees, created by member of the Shrine, local businesses and others. The themed, festive trees will be on display 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 11, 12-4 p.m. Nov. 12. Several special trees will be offered at a live auction at 4 p.m. Nov. 12. In addition to the trees, there will be a boutique with local vendors, a sweet shop with holiday candy, local entertainment and more. Photographs with Santa Claus will be available on Nov. 11. Admission is $5, free for children 10 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Midian Shrine Center’s community activities. See the Midian Shrine “Feztival of Trees” Facebook page for more information. Nov. 11 – 23rd annual Wichita Alternative Gift Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
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University Congregational Church, 9209 E. 29th St. N. This market is an alternative to the over-commercialization of the holidays – a different kind of shopping experience. It is free to enter and features charitable gifts starting at only $1, fair-trade crafts and foods, café lunch, and more. Alternative gifts support Wichita families in poverty, stock American food pantries, provide scholarships to kids in low-income countries, get farm supplies to global neighbors facing hunger, and more. Nov. 11-12 – Gingerbread village at Exploration Place, presented by The Assistance League of Wichita, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Make and take home your own gingerbread house. Plus, watch Butler Community College School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts students as they create a giant gingerbread house. Nov. 12 – Thankful for Democracy Dinner, presented by The League of Women Voters – Wichita Metro, 12:302:30 p.m. at Two Olives Restaurant, 2949 N. Rock Road. Chief Judge Karen Ar-
nold Burger of the Kansas Court of Appeals will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $25. The event is a fundraiser. Seating is limited; RSVP by Nov. 9 to Ellen Estes at 316-218-1163 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nov. 16 – “Scaling Up: How Few Companies Make It and Why the Rest Don’t,” Oliver Elliott Lecture Series event featuring author and Wichita State Alumnus Verne Harnish. 7 p.m. at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N. Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneur’s Organization and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company. The talk is presented by the Rotary Club of Wichita as part of its Oliver Elliott Lecture Series, which focuses on business and entrepreneurial activities. Jeff Van Sickle, Rotary Club president, said Harnish’s reputation as a captivating speaker contributed to the decision to invite him to speak. For more information, contact Keith Pickus, 316-978-7791, or Patty Brown, Rotary Club of Wichita executive director, at 316-262-4375 or patty@wichitarotary. org. Nov. 16-17 – 34th annual Wreath Festival and Luncheon, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Society, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A Wichita tradition, the Wreath Festival features holiday decorations and gift items, packaged fresh baked items, and festive music with lunch served in the Historical Museum (the original Wichita City Hall building) fully decked for the holidays. Lunch
is served in the museum both days 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Luncheon reservations may be made for groups of six or more by calling 316-265-9314. The Wreath Festival is sponsored by the museum’s friends and volunteers of the Wichita Historical Museum Society (WHiMS). All proceeds go to the support of the museum. Admission to the festival (first and second floors) is free. Lunch is $15 per person and includes admission to all four floors of the museum. For reservations or information, call 316-265-9314 or visit www.wichitahistory.org. Nov. 18 – “Abraham Lincoln Remembered,” Wichita Genealogical Society program, 1 p.m. at the Lionel Alford Library, 3447 S. Meridian. Celebrate President’s Day by spending time with Abraham Lincoln. Tom Leahy has been a Lincoln re-enactor for more than a decade. His performance will cover the lifespan of Lincoln with an emphasis on both his family life and the more important speeches of the Civil War. The meeting is open and free. For more information, visit www.wichitagensoc.org or email info@ wichitagensoc.org. Through Jan. 1 – Hall of Heroes, traveling exhibit at Exploration Place. Unleash your superpowers and test your skills including balance, hanging ability, grip strength, jumping and more. Investigate movie props, costumes, memorabilia and rare artifacts, including a full-scale “half ” replica of the 1960s Batmobile.
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Dr. Justin Henry gives his annual State of the District address to stakeholders in the Goddard School District in early 2017.
Dr. Justin Henry, superintendent for the Goddard School District and West Wichita resident, was one of three nominees for the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association’s 2018 superintendent of the year. The other finalists were John Allison, superintendent of Olathe USD 233 and former superintendent of Wichita schools, and Glen Supees, superintendent of Smoky Valley USD 400, located in Lindsborg. The finalists were being interviewed prior to the announcement. Each nominee completed a lengthy application to be reviewed by a KSSA committee. The process began in July when nine superintendents were nominated by their peers. “Dr. Justin B. Henry is a selfless leader for the students, staff, and families of Goddard Public Schools. Listening to employees,
parents, and stakeholders, he is very well-respected for being knowledgeable and engaged in the community. He spends time to educate everyone in our district on public education related issues, so that we are not only pursuing excellence for our students today, but creating advocates for public education tomorrow,” said Nicole Hawkins, USD 265 Board of Education vice president. “The Kansas State Department of Education’s vision of ‘Kansas Leads the World in the Success of Each Student’ represents Dr. Henry’s work both in and beyond our district. He’s serving as president of the Kansas Schools for Fair Funding Lawsuit, representing school districts across the state. His role proves he’s not just an advocate for the 6,000 Goddard students, but the hundreds of thousands of public education students across Kansas. We are proud to be working with
someone so invested in the success of every student, our community, and every Kansas child.” Henry – a Topeka native – is in his seventh year in charge of Goddard schools. Last year, Goddard USD 265 was one of four Kansas public school districts to earn multiple Governor’s Achievement Awards, and was the only district with fewer than 20,000 students to do so. Goddard is one of three public school districts to earn multiple National Blue Ribbon awards since 2012. Before coming to Goddard, Henry was superintendent at Southeast of Saline, located in Gypsum. He began his career in Ottawa, where he was a teacher, coach, high school assistant principal and principal. On Oct. 23, Allison was announced as the winner of the KSSA superintendent of the year.
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National Girl Scout group honors WestSider Story by Amy Houston
When Patty Williams learned she would be inducted into the Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff Hall of Fame, the woman who loves talking about Girl Scouts was at a loss for words. She wondered if officials had dialed the wrong number. “I was speechless when they called me and told me I had received the award,” she said. “It was humbling.” Williams, a WestSider, has a long history with the Girl Scout organization. She grew up as a Girl Scout, served as a troop leader and volunteer then joined the staff at Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland in 1996. Williams said the chance to help girls become strong leaders and better people was what kept her involved for decades. “There have been so many changes, but the main thing is it’s still about the girls,” Williams explained. “It’s about developing the girls into who they want to be. When you stop and look at all the women who have high roles in our country that were in Girl Scouts, it gives that perspective as well. We can show young girls what they can be.” Williams recalled that her own troop leader wasn’t active in Girl Scouts, so she agreed to be a troop leader to ensure that her daughter would have a better experience. Williams was her daughter’s troop leader from 1980 to 1988 and her niece’s troop leader from 1994 to 1995. After working in a school, she was hired by the Girl Scouts in 1996 and immediately returned to spending time with students. She spent seven years in the organization’s “Teen Talk” outreach program, helping students earn Girl Scout badges and take part in programs during their lunches or after school. “We did things with developing their self-esteem and their body image – things like that,” Williams said. “I went and borrowed some things from the county Extension office one time and we did a color analysis, so they could learn what colors looked best on them.” Her goal was to work in Field Services (now called Volunteer Support), and she reached that milestone in 2003. That’s the same year she joined the Association of
Girl Scout Executive Staff. Williams said she appreciated the support that staff members had given her when she was a troop leader and volunteer. She hoped to pay it forward in her staff position. At the same time, Williams thought her experience in the trenches provided valuable perspective when she accepted a job with Girl Scouts. “I think it was very important,” she added. “I think that’s what helped me do a better job as a staff member – because I’d had that experience as a volunteer.” Williams, who retired in 2016 after 20 years of employment with Girl Scouts, is completing her fifth year on the national board of directors for the Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff. She has enjoyed opportunities to attend conferences and network, and she said that if she encountered a difficult situation in her Girl Scout council, she could call someone from another council and ask for advice. Williams believes that her role three years ago, at the national convention in Utah, helped her earn the most recent honor. She was in a position of leadership – everything from organizing miniature workshops to coordinating the hospitality room. Williams was recognized at this year’s national convention in October – the Girl Scouts of the USA’s 54th National Council Session and Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Her husband, Richard, accompanied her on the trip. They have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Williams said she decided to retire so they could camp, travel on cruises and help care for their great-grandchildren. She feels fortunate to be honored for a career with an organization she believes in, after filling multiple roles that she enjoyed. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with these girls one on one and then move to the other side of the field, where I’m working with the volunteers who work with the girls,” Williams said. “It provides the girls with an experience of building themselves to be a better person, a strong leader. It gives them the opportunity to develop themselves into a strong woman.”
‘When you stop and look at all the women who have high roles in our country that were in Girl Scouts, it gives that perspective as well. We can show young girls what they can be.’ – Patty Williams
Have you been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes? Are you a caregiver to someone living with diabetes? Do you need help making healthy food choices, but don’t know where to start? Try “Dining with Diabetes.” Attend this series of two-hour classes held once a week for four weeks, Nov. 8-Dec. 6. Lessons focus on planning meals and snacks with delicious healthy recipes; cooking demonstrations and food sampling; motivation and support; ideas for low-impact physical activity; and an understanding of how diabetes affects your overall health. Classes will be held at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, Sunflower Room at 21st and Ridge Road in Wichita. The cost of the class is $35. Register online at http://sedgwick.ksu.edu or call 316660-0100.
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For duck hunters and their dogs, wading through mucky water is part of the experience, but one type of “muck” can be especially dangerous for four-legged hunting partners – harmful algae blooms. An algae bloom may look like foam, scum or paint floating on the water and be colored blue, bright green, brown or red. This season, if the water appears suspicious or there is decaying algae on the shore, hunters are urged to avoid contact and keep their dogs away. Dogs that swim in or drink water affected by an algae bloom or eat dried algae along the shore can become seriously ill or die. Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria called “cyanobacteria,” which occurs naturally in water. Under the right conditions, the bacteria can rapidly multiply (bloom) and produce toxins. Although algae blooms typically begin in May, they last through October or later. Algae blooms coincide with longer days and warm water temperatures. They flourish in nutrient-laden waters. However, dead algae can wash up on shorelines and in marshy areas – posing a risk to dogs that eat, drink or ingest it while licking their fur. Dogs are usually exposed to the toxins by drinking algae affected water. However, they may still be exposed if they walk on, roll in or eat decaying algae along the shore or retrieve a bird with algae on its feathers. The signs of illness in dogs usually occur within 30 minutes of exposure and include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, convulsions, difficulty breathing and general weakness. If your dog has ingested algae, or has any of these signs after exposure, contact your veterinarian immediately as algae poisoning can quickly lead to death. People may also become ill after contact with algae-produced toxins. Symptoms vary, depending upon the type of exposure (e.g. direct contact, ingestion, inhalation) but can include rash, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, sore throat, and headache. If you, or your dog, come into contact with algae, rinse the exposed area with clean, fresh water. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) samples publicly-accessible bodies of water for cyanobacteria when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom. When a bloom occurs, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and other lake managers, responds by warning the public. KDHE does not sample private bodies of water such as farm ponds or livestock watering tanks. For the most up-to-date list of waters currently experiencing algae blooms, or to report suspected algae visit www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness. Hunters and the general public can also access current lake conditions by calling 1-855-HAB-LAKE or 1-855-422-5253.
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Worship at the Church of Your Choice 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! For HIS Glory Church – 2901 W. Taft St., Wichita • (316) 794-1170
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yrs.–6th grade 7 p.m.; Nursery provided at all services. “Your neighborhood church just around • Worship Sunday 11:00 a.m. • the corner.” Email: swede132@ ChurchForHISGlory@gmail.com • sbcglobal.net; Website: heritage4u. Family integrated full Gospel church net. where all ages worship and study Hope Christian Church – Meeting God’s word. 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, NEW Goddard United Methodist Church LOCATION - 1330 E. Douglas. – 300 N. Cedar, Goddard; (316) 794- Worship is casual and encouraging. 2207 • 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship Online at www.hope4wichita.org • Children’s church during both and on Facebook. Pastor Mark services • Nursery Available • 10 McMahon. markm@hope4wichita. a.m. Sunday School • Josh Gooding, org. 316-648-0495. Pastor • Haley Beiter, Youth Director • West Heights UMC – 745 N. Children’s Director, Nicole Ryba. Westlink Ave. (Just north of Central Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on Westlink); (316) 722-3805, Email: – 8021 W. 21st St. N., Wichita; (316) firstname.lastname@example.org. 721-8096; Saturday 5:30 p.m. Spoken Sunday services 8:15 and 10:30 Worship; Sunday 9 a.m. Contemporary a.m. (Traditional/Blended); Sunday Worship: Sunday 11:00 a.m. school 9:15 a.m.; Wednesday meal Traditional Choral Worship; Church (during school year) 5:30 p.m. fun School - Children & Adults, 10:00 a.m. classes and study for all ages; nondenominational preschool, host www.goodshepherdwichita.org. to the Shepherd’s Center of West Harvest Community Church – Wichita providing dynamic activity Worship at 8340 W. 21st in Wichita for the Classic Generation, full Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Senior children’s programming, and an pastor Rev. Dr. Dave Henion; www. active youth program challenging wichitaharvest.com. today’s generation, website: www. westheightsumc.org. Heritage Baptist Church – Corner of 135th St. & 13th St. N., Wichita; Pathway Church – Westlink (316) 729-2700; Sunday School Campus, Saturday at 5 pm, 9:45 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:45 Sunday at 9 am & 10:30 am • Café a.m.; Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Campus, Sunday at 10:30 am • Wednesday Adult Bible Study/ 2001 N Maize Rd (21st & Maize), Prayer Time 7 p.m.; Wiseguys 3 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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Assistance League® of Wichita Gingerbread Village – building happiness Tickets are available at www.exploration.org/special-events/gingerbread-village, or may be purchased at Exploration Place on the days of the event. For members of Exploration Place, the price is $5 for ages three years and older. For non-members, the prices are $8 for seniors (65-plus), $9.50 for adults (1264), $6 for youth (3-11), and children two and under are free. Tickets include making your own gingerbread house and experiencing exhibits at Exploration Place. Assistance League® of Wichita, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, is celebrating its 30th year of transforming the lives of children and adults through these philanthropic programs that provide service to the Wichita community including: • Operation School Bell, which provides new school clothing, coats, shoes See GINGERBREAD, Page 26
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Kick off the holiday season with the Assistance League® of Wichita’s 23rd annual community event, Gingerbread Village! Gingerbread Village is open to the public on Saturday, Nov.11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Exploration Place. Guests will be able to create their own gingerbread houses and take them home. They can also experience Exploration Place exhibits, including the current national traveling exhibit, Hall of Heroes. Butler Community College culinary students also will be on hand to create a one-of-a-kind gingerbread house masterpiece. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to take a photo in front of a special gingerbread house made from balloons. It’s the perfect event for guests to explore, sample and create holiday memories while supporting the Wichita community.
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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.
As Maestro Mercurio worked with WGO Artistic Director Parvan Bakardiev and featured artists Chris Mann and Kaitlyn Costello to create
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.
FOCUS ON BUSINESS TOP: This recent renovation in Wichita included a total remake of the client’s kitchen, and swapping dining room and living room spaces. The finished look is open and airy, and improves the flow throughout the house. ABOVE: The Kitchen Tune-Up team provided unique accents to the kitchen area, including handmade pottery tiles above the stove. LEFT: The homeowners also wanted glass display cabinets for their Fiestaware collection, which is showcased throughout the kitchen and dining room.
When it came time for a Wichita couple to tackle renovating the interior of their home, they turned to the experts at Kitchen Tune-Up. The couple had been in their home about five years, and had focused their attentions on their yard. Next, they wanted to renovate their home’s interior. They wanted to remove a fireplace that separated their kitchen from the living room, and they wanted to swap out their dining room and living room spaces. With some clear goals from the homeowners, designer and Kitchen Tune-Up owner Rachel Phillips was able to bring this project to completion. “The kitchen didn’t function well, and that was one of the main goals,” said Rachel. “We moved the sink to the island, and that really changed the dynamics of the kitchen.” One of the things Kitchen Tune-up can do for its clients is to help them look at their home with new eyes. From there, some simple design changes can transform a home. “This is a perfect example of zone entertaining and how to accommodate everything from just a few people to a big crowd,” said Rachel. Along with creating an open flow between the kitchen and new dining room space, Kitchen Tune-Up installed new French country cabinets that also helped the space feel more open and airy. The cabinets are antique white with a glaze, contrasting the dark maple cabinets on the island, and its exotic granite top. The homeowners also wanted glass cabinets to display their Fiestaware collection, and Rachel played off those colors for additional touches. “We incorporated hand-made pottery tiles above the stove, and the new flooring is a luxury vinyl tile,” said Rachel. “Everything is warmer and softer now.” “I love it,” said one of the happy homeowners. “There’s so much room now, and I love the island and the placement of the sink. I can see the lake out back now.” The experts at Wichita’s Kitchen Tune-Up, led by owners Rachel and Adam Phillips, can provide customers with finished projects ranging from easy and inexpensive to breathtaking and cutting edge. Kitchen Tune-Up has remodeled hundreds of kitchens since the local franchise was launched in 2005 by Adam’s parents. The company’s services range from One-Day Restoration or “Tune-Up” of cabinets or any interior wood surfaces, to cabinet refacing projects to complete custom kitchens. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call Kitchen Tune-Up at 316-558-8888. You also can find more information at www.kitchentuneup. com. Be sure to check out the company’s extensive BEFORE/AFTER portfolio on Facebook! When you visit the local Kitchen Tune-Up Facebook page, be sure to “LIKE” Kitchen Tune-Up, Wichita.
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Lighthouse: Your answer to instrument repairs, rentals and purchases Fred Sullivan loves to tinker with things. That includes all kinds of things, from woodworking to metal work, but most importantly, Sullivan loves to tinker with band and orchestra instruments. That passion has grown into Lighthouse Music Services, a business based in Bel Aire that Sullivan literally built from the ground up. His key focus is instrument repair, and Lighthouse also sells new and used instruments. “I started in my basement,” Sullivan said with a chuckle. Nowadays, a converted garage space with a separate business entrance houses Sullivan’s workshop and instrument showroom. A native of Arizona, Sullivan grew up playing clarinet and struck up a friendship with a neighbor and master craftsman who ran a similar in-home instrument repair business. Several years later, Sullivan started working for that
repair shop while attending community college. “That’s how I learned the trade,” said Sullivan. Later, Sullivan earned an industrial arts degree, and split his time over the years working as a teacher and as a repairman for music stores, along with receiving additional training and continuing education. One of those jobs, at a music store in Wichita, brought Sullivan and his family to Kansas. In 2003, determined to strike out on his own, Sullivan opened Lighthouse Music Services. “I drove a bus for a while, and now I’m concentrating on the business full time,” said Sullivan. His clientele is wide-ranging, from a number of school districts and universities, to individuals with a full range of needs. Many of his individual clients are families with band and orchestra students, and others are musicians with See LIGHTHOUSE, Page 26
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Wichita Northwest Lions Club celebrated 15 years as a club at their regular meeting on Oct. 5. The club had several special guests in attendance. Ed McCormick was the guest speaker. He was the Guiding Lion for the club for two years and spoke of the joy of guiding the club in the beginning and seeing all of the great accomplishments of the club during the past 15 years. He awarded Certificates of Appreciation, the 4th highest honor for a Lion, to charter president Richard Darge and current president Scott Helmke. District Governor Indra Phillips and his wife, Rasitha, attended and he shared a few words of encouragement. Charter member John Pool, the original Tail Twister, attended the meeting, as did Dorothy Wunder, the wife of the founder of Wichita Northwest Lions Club and Past International President Dr. Bill Wunder.
Wi-Fi debuts at IBA After much public demand, Wi-Fi has come to INTRUST Bank Arena. The SMG-managed facility has announced that a robust, free, public Wi-Fi system is now available to all fans. The system debuted with the Wichita Thunder home opener in October. The first-ever free, public Wi-Fi network includes 100 percent coverage of the arena property. The total cost of the project is $1.1 million. Fans can access the new Wi-Fi system by connecting to the INTRUST Bank Arena Public WiFi network. After connecting, users will be prompted to accept the network’s terms and conditions before enjoying all the benefits of free, high-speed wireless access. “We’re excited to be able to offer the use of free, public Wi-Fi to all of our guests at INTRUST Bank Arena in an effort to enhance their event experience,” said AJ Boleski, general manager of SMG, which manages the arena. “This project has been a great partnership with Cox Hospitality Network and we’re proud to have worked on this project with an organization who has been a major supporter of INTRUST Bank Arena since day one.” A total of 200 wireless access points have been installed and have been set up to accommodate fans in all locations of the building, including fans who are in line directly outside of the arena. A total of nearly seven miles of cable and 600 feet of fiber optic cable was used as part of the building-wide installation, and the installation process took more than 850 man hours.
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WestSide Story People and Places • The Civitan Club of Wichita during its 96th Awards and Installation Banquet announced the following awards. The Civitan of the Year Award was presented to Harold Connell. The Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Wichita City Council member and Vice Mayor Janet Miller. The Outstanding Candy Box Award was presented to Taco Pronto, 7333 W. Central. The highest honor a club can bestow on a member, The Club Honor Key, was presented to Charlie Lawter. The following officers for 2017-18 Civitan Year were installed by the 2017-18 Heartland District Governor, Bob Shell of Bartlesville, Okla: the Rev. Bill Ester, president; Larry White, immediate past president; Colin Busey, president-elect; Janet Elliott, secretary; Harold Connell, treasurer; Kay Brannon, director; Chris Wahl, director; Lora Neal, sgt.-at-arms; and Vicki Jamieson, chaplain. • WestSider Matthew Goltl and the University Symphonic Band of Concordia University, Nebraska, performed its fall concert on Oct. 17, at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward, Neb. The wind ensemble and symphonic band both played throughout the evening. • Paige Lundin of West Wichita was part of the Emporia State University production of “Family Furniture.” The play’s author A.R. Gurney – who passed away in June of this year – is an audience favorite, and ESU Theatre has produced several of his works, including “The Dining Room,” “Love Letters” and “Sylvia.” “Family Furniture” was inspired by Gurney’s own life and the culture of the 1950s when he was a young adult. Lundin, a senior theater education major,
played Claire. The show was presented Sept. 26-30. • Three WestSiders will be part of the Emporia State University presentation of “9 to 5, The Musical,” Nov. 2-5 at ESU. Ben Johnson, a freshman theater major from Wichita, is on the costume and makeup crew, and Wichitan Tim Hardman, junior theater major, is in the ensemble. Olivia Nunnelley of Goddard, a sophomore theater and communication major, plays Doralee Rhodes. Tickets can be reserved by calling 620-341-6378. • New officers and directors have begun terms for Wichita Festivals, Inc., a non-profit that stages large-scale events, including Riverfest and Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair. D.J. Fulton of Grene Vision Group will chair the organization’s board for the 2017-2018 board year. Ty Patton of McCurdy Auction, LLC is chair-elect. The board secretary is Deb Haifleigh, retired, Koch Industries. Alysha Phillips, Grant Thornton LLP, is the organization’s treasurer. Don Grant, of Carey, Thomas, Hoover and Breault, remains an officer as the board’s immediate past chair. New directors elected to their first three-year terms include Zach Fugate, Fugate Enterprises; Kim Gattis, UMB Bank; Tom Johnson, NAI Martens, and Shane Stuhlsatz, Fidelity Bank. Directors elected to a second term include Fulton; Ron Ryan; Denise Sherman, Southwestern College Professional Studies; and Van Williams, City of Wichita. The officers and directors were elected at the Wichita Festivals, Inc. annual meeting on Sept. 26. Retiring from the Wichita Festivals board were Craig Burns, Secu-
rity 1st Title Co.; Chris Goebel of Star Lumber & Supply Co; Esther Headley, The Research Partnership, Inc.; Alan Howarter, Vess Oil Company; Jennifer Magaña, City of Wichita; and Carol Wilson. Other directors include Gary Austerman, Klenda Austerman LLC; Rigby Carey, Carey, Thomas, Hoover and Breault; Teketa Harding, Capitol Federal Savings Bank; Shaun Isham, Isham Builders, Inc.; Barry Schwan, House of Schwan and Gavin Seiler, Wichita Police Department. • District Judge John Kisner Jr. of the 18th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in one case on the court’s Oct. 25 docket. After hearing oral arguments, Kisner joined Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and decision drafting. “I am pleased that Judge Kisner is taking time from his duties in the 18th Judicial District to sit with the Supreme Court,” said Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. “It’s a great help to our court, and we look forward to his contributions deliberating this case.” Upon his selection, Kisner said, “It is an honor to be asked to sit with the Supreme Court. I look forward to working with the justices and believe the experience will be of benefit to me as a trial court judge.” Kisner was appointed to fill a judge vacancy in the 18th Judicial District, which is composed of Sedgwick County, in July 2003 and has since been elected and re-elected by voters. He is assigned to the criminal division. Kisner previously served as presiding judge of the criminal division and as judge for the drug court program. He earned a bach-
elor’s degree from Wichita State University and a law degree from Washburn University School of Law. Before being appointed to the bench, he was special counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission and assistant district attorney and then deputy district attorney for the 18th Judicial District. • From international locations such as Nepal, Peru and Zambia, to domestic places like Minnesota and Washington, D.C., five Kansas State University Mark Chapman Scholarship recipients gained valuable experience over the summer in diverse fields. Among the recipients was WestSider Kennedy Hackerott, sophomore in anthropology. The Chapman Scholars Program gives five awards of $5,000 to outstanding first- and second-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences to pursue summer opportunities in support of their educational and career goals. Scholars use $3,000 of the award to fund summer activities related to their career aspirations and the remaining funding for the following academic year. Hackerott traveled to Nepal to research stunting as a result of malnutrition. She spent two months taking measurements of preschoolers, conducting interviews and participating in Nepali culture to better understand the relationship between culture, socioeconomic status and nutrition. She is a member of Kansas State University’s chapter of the Food Recovery Network and RESULTS K-State. Hackerott also serves as a teaching assistant for the university’s Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course. A graduate of Goddard High School, she is the daughter of Kevin and Kendall Hackerott.
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Wichita Festivals, Inc. has released a call for entries for the Riverfest poster and button artwork contest, as well as applications for food vendors, entertainers and event organizers for Riverfest 2018. This launches the planning season for Riverfest, which since 1970 has been the area’s signature celebration, developed for the community, by the community. Artists who would like their work to become part of Wichita’s history and those interested in helping engage, entertain and feed festivalgoers next June will need to submit the appropriate applications, which have deadlines ranging from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15. “A balance of long-held traditions with new ideas, events and experiences are at the heart of Riverfest each year, and we need your help to build a memorable festival,” said Ann Keefer, vice president of program development for Wichita Festivals. “If you’ve got a band or a dance troupe, you’re a magician or comedian, apply. Got an idea for a unique event or activity, or have a suggestion for improving a current event? Let us hear from you. We welcome community members to bring their talents and passions to the state’s biggest party, and this is their chance to do that.” Poster and button designs are sought for Riverfest 2018. The winning artist will receive a $3,500 cash
prize. All artists 18 or older are invited to participate and no fee is required to enter. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 to be eligible. “This year we are not limiting designs to a specific theme,” said Teri Mott, director of marketing and communication, Wichita Festivals. “We want artists to go wherever their Riverfest-inspired imaginations take them.” The winning artwork will be featured on the Riverfest 2018 poster, buttons, official T-shirt and other items, and will be used as the central artwork in promotional campaigns for the nine-day annual celebration, scheduled for June 1-9 in downtown Wichita. Original Wichitennial and Wichita River Festival designs dating back to 1970 were created by local artists. Conducted periodically throughout the 47-year history of the festival, the annual contest was reestablished by popular demand in 2011. Release of the artwork is much anticipated and collectors value the pins, posters and buttons based on the artwork. Local and regional entertainers also have an important place in Riverfest history. While national headline acts are much anticipated, favorite area bands and other performers have always been fundamental to the diverse flavor of Riverfest. Plus, iconic Riverfest events
such as the bathtub races have sprung from the minds of local hobbyists and civic groups. Those interested in contributing their talents to Riverfest can find new event, entertainment, and food vendor applications, as well as the poster and button artwork contest rules and application at WichitaRiverfest.com.
The winning button artwork from the 2017 Riverfest.
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and grooming kits to USD 259 students in need. • Scholarships that help pay for fees and supplies toward completing a vocational degree at Wichita Area Technical College or Butler Community College. • Sexual Assault Victim Support, which provides victims with new clothing and toiletry items through the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center. • Bear-Hugs, which distributes new cuddly, tote bags and journals or sketch-
books to children who are victims of violence. It helps a child to have a bear to hug while being interviewed and examined by the SANE/SART nurse or staff at the Via Christi-St. Joseph Campus and Wesley Medical Center. Also statistics indicate it enables children to heal by sketching or journaling. For more information on the services provided, to donate or become involved with the Assistance League® of Wichita, call 316-687-6107 or visit www.alwichita. org. Gingerbread Village is sponsored by: Bruce G. Cochener Foundation, Fidelity Bank Foundation, Butler Community College and Subaru of Wichita. The event’s radio partner is 105.3 The Buzz.
What: Assistance League® of Wichita’s Gingerbread Village When: Saturday, November 11 Sunday, November 12
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Where: Exploration Place Tickets: Members of Exploration Place: $5 for ages 3 and over Non-members: $8 for Seniors (65+) $9.50 for Adults (ages 12-64) $6 for Youth (ages 3-11) Children two and under are free.
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high-end instruments that need special attention. “This is a loyalty business,” said Sullivan. “I’m here to build relationships, and get believers from these one-on-one experiences.” Most importantly, what sets Sullivan apart is the quality of his workmanship. He brings 40-plus years of experience to his workbench, and also is extremely knowledgeable about the instruments he sells and rents. Right now, Sullivan is
booking bench times for open dates in November and December, and he noted that this is the perfect time of year to bring instruments in for annual servicing. Once a client is booked, Sullivan can normally provide service work that same day or within 24 hours. Some of the “tough” cases – like an old instrument found in grandma’s attic – might take a little longer. “I believe everyone has music in them,” said Sullivan. “And what I hope I can do is provide someone with a well adjusted, tuned, good feeling instrument.” For more information about instrument sales, rentals and servicing through Lighthouse Music Services, call Sullivan at 316-744-8530.
This fall, Heartspring introduced a Girls on the Run program tailored for girls with special needs. Girls on the Run is a nationwide program inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Heartspring’s program is the first to adapt the curriculum for children with special needs in the Heart of Kansas Council, which spans seven Kansas counties. “It’s been something we’ve been thinking about for a while – how do we reach out to girls with special needs because they need the program just as much as everyone else,” said Christy Thomas, executive director of Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas. “We were thrilled to have this opportunity.” Heartspring co-director of residential services Megan Swett contacted Girls on the Run with the idea of an adapted program for Heartspring. She and two other employees, assistant director of residential services Shelby Forrest and behavior specialist Vivian Olvera, are coaching. They have been practicing twice a week since Sept. 18. The goal is to get the young women ready for a 5K on Dec. 3. “This is an amazing chance for our students to try something new,” Swett said. “Girls on the Run has the potential to improve their health, self-confidence and relationships with peers and staff. In just a few weeks, we’re already seeing benefits.” Ten Heartspring students have signed up, a majority of the female student population, but the goal is to get every female student involved. For more information on the Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas Council, go to girlsontherunks.org.
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Textron gift lifts new aviation exhibit
Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center, has announced that Textron Aviation has donated a total of $250,000 to the science museum’s all-new aviation exhibit, Design Build Fly, set to open on Saturday Dec. 2. As part of this gift, Textron Aviation will be a named sponsor of the exhibit’s Build section. The 5,100 square-foot Design Build Fly exhibit will engage visitors in immersive hands-on experiences that emulate aviation careers centered on manufacturing and engineering. In the Build section visitors will drop test landing gear, experience a rivet gun simulation, inspect an airplane wing, enter an unfinished Hawker fuselage to investigate parts of the fuselage with video help from real professionals and more. “This generous gift signifies Textron Aviation’s commitment to our community’s workforce development,” said Jan Luth, Exploration Place president. “The company’s leadership understands this exhibit plays a key role of inspiring the next generation of aviation professionals, which will feed the STEM workforce pipeline”. The exhibit’s other lead donors include Spirit AeroSystems, Bombardier Learjet, Bill and Lisa Farris/Kansas Oklahoma Machine Tools, Inc., Estate of Muriel C. Braden, The Fidelity Bank Foundation, and Jeff and Rhonda Turner. Museum staff is working with the award-winning company Roto to develop and produce Design Build Fly – which will be the museum’s second completely new permanent exhibit in just a little more than two years. An opening weekend celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3.
Schools host community listening sessions
USD 259 superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson is holding seven community listening sessions aimed at gathering feedback from parents and community members. The sessions area scheduled in each board of education district. Childcare will be provided, as well as a snack for all children, in order to encourage family participation. Each session will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The sessions for BOE Districts 1 (BOE member Betty Arnold) and 5 (Mike Rodee) were held in October at Brooks Middle School and Wilbur Middle School. The remaining sessions are: • Nov. 2, BOE at-large district, Chester Lewis Academy, 1847 N. Chautauqua. (Sheril Logan). • Nov. 14, BOE district 6, Pleasant Valley Middle School, 2220 W 29th St N. (Lynn Rogers). • Nov. 16, BOE district 2, Coleman Middle School, 1544 N Governeour Rd. (Joy Eakins). • Nov. 28, BOE district 3, Mead Middle School, 2601 E Skinner. (Barbara Fuller). • Nov. 30, BOE district 4, Hamilton Middle School, 1407 S Broadway. (Stan Reeser). District staff will work with Thompson and BOE members to analyze all feedback collected and develop a framework for a new district strategic plan. Thompson will share that document with the community in spring 2018. Those who are unable to attend one of the community listening sessions can submit feedback online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/superentryplan. More information is located at www.usd259.org/superentryplan.
This is the 21st year The Arc will put on its drive-throught lights exhibit, showcasing more than 1 million dazzling lights that guests can enjoy from the comfort of their cars. Dozens of new displays can be viewed alongside long-time favorites like the magnificent Tunnel of Lights. The Arc’s Lights have become a holiday tradition for thousands of families to enjoy during the holiday season. All funds raised support educational and social programs for youth and adults with developmental disabilities in our community. The Arc’s Lights open on Thanksgiving, so enjoy your dinner and then bring the family out for a festive start to the holiday season. Opening weekend, which is Nov. 23-26, also is a tribute to members of the military and first responders, who will receive free admission when they show their official IDs. It’s easy to find the display. If you are traveling on Kellogg, exit at Meridian to avoid the road construction. Go north on Meridian and then west on Douglas until you reach St. Paul Street. Turn north onto St. Paul, tune in your radio and enjoy the show! The Ark’s Lights are open nightly from Thanksgiving through Dec. 28. Hours are 5:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5:30-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. There will be extended hours close to Christmas. The display will be open until 10 p.m. Dec. 18-21, and until 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. There is a $10 admission per vehicle on Friday and Saturday. Discounted admission of $8 per vehicle can be purchased ahead of time at Quik Trip or online at www.TheArcsLights.org. Donations are accepted nightly. More information is available at online www.TheArcsLights.org, on Facebook at facebook.com/TheArcsLights, as well as on Twitter and Instagram.
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Giant turtle will be first art park installation
This month, a giant sea turtle will start to take shape in Sedgwick County Park, near the 13th Street entrance. The reptile will stretch 50 yards from head to tail. Its head, its limbs, and the rim of its shell will be stone. Its back will be covered in wildflowers and indigenous grasses, through which maze paths will snake. The center of the maze, according to artist Terry Corbett,
will hold a surprise. The turtle occupies a prominent place in the legends and traditional beliefs of many cultures, Corbett noted. “The Indians called America ‘Turtle Island.’ Or go to Aesop’s Fables: ‘Slow and steady wins the race.’ That’s kind of been our motto with this project, because it’s been so slow, but we just keep on going,” he said. A 20-acre meadow was set aside for an art park
almost a decade ago, but years went by without forward motion on the project, according to Corbett. The turtle maze is the first of five currently-planned installations that will make up the Sedgwick County Art Park. “I started approaching artists, ‘What do you think about this?’” Corbett said. “A lot of artists, the first thing they asked is if I had money for it, which I didn’t. I said we’d get the money somehow. The ones that have
TOP: A meadow near the 13th Street entrance of Sedgwick County Park will soon be host to a giant turtle maze, the first installation in the planned Sedgwick County Art Park. Sam Jack/WestSide Story
LEFT: A diagram of the Turtle Maze planned for the new art park at Sedgwick County Park. The “turtle” will be made of stacked limestone, compacted dirt with wildflower and indigenous grass covering, natural stone and a concrete maze pathway. ABOVE: This image shows a broad overview of the art park being planned for Sedgwick County Park in West Wichita. The turtle maize is located in the lower center part of the image, which is on the park’s south edge near 13th Street.
solid stones, and I don’t know that I have six solid stones out at the farm. We’re sure we’ve got two of them right now.” Fifteen years ago, Rupe helped build 11 inukshuks at Rockefeller Center in New York, with the tallest standing at 30 feet. The art park inukshuk will be 16 feet tall. Details about the other projects in the works for the art park can be found at www.sedgwickcountyartpark.org. They include a 100-foot bas-relief ceramic wall; a vine-covered “fossil fish”; and a trio of totem poles rendering animals of North, Central and South America. All the works are nature-focused. “When I give presentations, it’s the teachers who always get this idea the fastest,” Corbett said. “They see that this is an opportunity for kids. As soon as you do nature art, you get down to science. Even on the turtle; this whole area used to be under water. This was all an ocean at one point.” Even when all the announced projects are built, the art park will be far from complete, Corbett said. The fish, turtle, wall and totems will be spread out over only about a quarter of the 20-acre meadow. Corbett hopes that seeing his project progress will motivate others – both artists and donors – to step up to the plate. “If you’re an artist who comes up with an idea, you present it to the Arts Council, raise the money, then go through the county, then build it,” he said. “It’s hard, but it’s not impossible. We’re just going to concentrate on getting this first phase done, get that up and running, and see where it goes from there.”
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signed on so far have done everything for nothing, and they’ve designed their sculptures and put time and energy into it.” Corbett and the five other artists that have signed on – Tobin Rupe, Conrad Snider, Gino Salerno, Larry Goodwin and Richie Bergen – presented a proposed layout for the park, which the Wichita Arts Council OK’d. On Oct. 11, the Sedgwick County Commission gave its imprimatur as well, and signed a contract with sculptor Tobin Rupe, granting him access to start construction on the turtle. Rupe has his own quarry and uses the stone from it to create patios and similar installations in the local area. He is donating the stone for the turtle maze. He and Corbett went out to the field recently and staked out the outline of the turtle, marking head, limbs and shell with flags and orange spray paint. Rupe plans to start laying stones this month. After executing Corbett’s vision, Rupe plans to create his own piece: a family of inukshuk. Inukshuk are stacked stone figures, made to resemble humans. They are a cultural icon of Arctic peoples like the Inuit; an inukshuk is depicted on the flag of the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut, and another became the logo of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. “They started as trail markers,” Rupe said. “They would face them toward the direction that you needed to go. I’m hoping for a family, a man, woman and child. It just depends on if we find the right stones, really. The legs have to be
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