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Volume 32 • Issue 12 October 2017
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Help for Zambia | 20
WestSider David Atkins coordinates aid for the poor African nation of Zambia. Sam Jack/WestSide Story
Features Pet Smarts...................................17 Focus On Business.............23-26
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Maize teacher wins national award | 6
Dateline........................................32 From the Publisher’s Files......35 People and Places....................36
WestSide park named for 19th-Century woman | 10
Wichita Homes..........................38 Performing Arts Calendar......39
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Making myself at home in enemy territory Last month, I took some time off to go visit my brother, Justin, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area. This trip came just after the heat wave over Northern California broke. They saw highs well over 100 degrees for several days. Big deal, you might think, but most homes around the Bay Area have no air conditioning. It’s generally not needed when temperatures rarely hit 70. There are fewer bugs and less wind, and so even when it gets a bit stuffy in the afternoon, cool breezes make the evenings quite comfortable. I’ve been out there enough that I don’t make many tourist stops. Instead, I like to live like a local and really get to know the area. That’s my goal on any trip, actually. We spent a day up in Napa Valley. I’d never done a wine trip like that, and a little day drinking with no responsibilities after having worked for about three weeks without a day off – well, it was what the doctor ordered. Even that far away, we made interesting connections. We attended an Oakland A’s baseball game. As a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs football team, I know well that the A’s home also is the home for hated Raiders football team. The atmosphere seemed a lot friendlier with 15,00 fans in green and yellow than it would with 60,000 black-and-silver clad maniacs. A couple innings in, we realized a gentleman in front of us was wearing a powder blue Kansas City Royals T-shirt (the Royals were playing in Minnesota, which allowed me to cheer for the A’s and against the Astros). It turns out, the foursome in front of us all hailed from the KC area – Overland Park, to be specific. They live
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within a couple miles of my Olathebased family. We talked Kansas City and Wichita and barbecue, and quickly agreed that the best West Coast barbecue still pales in comparison to the worst “Q” available in KC. Sitting in Phoenix awaiting the last leg of my flight home, I was surrounded by people heading back to Wichita. With that many Midwesterners in one spot, I was, of course, pulled into friendly conversations. Those of us from the heart of American don’t do well sitting in large groups without somehow interacting. One lady was a Russell native, heading to Wichita to visit grandchildren. Another was returning home after a California visit. All of us had West Coast connections, too, so there was plenty to talk about. And at one of our winery stops, we met a California native who visited Wichita once just because he’d never been. He and a buddy drove non-stop from the West Coast to Kansas. They spent all of one afternoon in the city, and then caught a plane home. I’m not sure how much you can learn about any place in just four hours, but Wichita left an impression on him that he raved about years later.
If you’re looking for a cooler time to travel down the Chisholm Trail, you might want to hold off until October and drop in on the Delano Fall Fair. The Historic Delano District, located along Douglas Ave. on the west side of the Arkansas River, was not always in Wichita. It once was a bawdy cowtown, formed on the outskirts of Wichita, which was filled with the “more respectable folk.” Saloons and brothels sprouted up, and it was a lively place. The Chisholm Trail cattle drivers helped make Delano, and made Wichita into, Wichita. Jesse Chisholm, who the trail is named after, had a trading post in Wichita and frequently traded with American Indian tribes throughout much of the region. To honor that tradition, Delano will hold a fair in October, kicked off by cowboy ghost stories on Friday evening, Oct. 6. On Saturday, Oct. 7, the street will turn into a stage, with daylong entertainment featuring cowboys, saloon girls, cows, horses, food and other vendors, and oldtime games. On Sunday, Oct. 8, there will be a cowboy church service, as well as additional entertainment. “It was a rough and rowdy place, where the trail-weary cowboys mixed with the prim and proper Victorian-era residents of a young Wichita,” said a release put out by Old Cowtown Museum. “Ride the stagecoach, sip sarsaparilla in the saloon, but watch out, a gunfight may erupt at anytime.” “In addition to Wichita attractions like Old Cowtown Museum and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, there are opportunities year-round to take in the history of the Chisholm Trail,” said Susie Santo, president and CEO of Visit Wichita. “We’re thrilled that the 150th anniversary brings even more opportunities to learn about the trail and its significance to Wichita.”
Delano’s Chisholm Trail history is memorialized on the clock tower at Douglas and Sycamore. Delano was Wichita’s original “west side,” but began as a separate city.
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Selections named for Stubbornly Independent competition The 15th annual Tallgrass International Film Festival has the four films that will compete this year in Tallgrass’s flagship Stubbornly Independent competition. The four finalists include: Leena Pendharkar’s “20 Weeks,” Chris Hansen’s “Blur Circle,” Jameson Brooks’s “Bomb City,” and Dustin Cook’s “I Hate the Man in My Basement.” Chosen from 98 eligible films, Tallgrass programmers spent more than 500 hours viewing and curating this year’s Stubbornly Independent program. “This year’s selections feature stories and characters that are both timely and easily relatable, while delivering a unique and bold take, leading to films that feel anything but familiar,” said Tallgrass Film Festival’s programing director Nick Pope. “Ultimately these are films about redemption and self-discovery in a world that can be messy and unpredictable, but also rewarding and surprising. We’re honored to be showcasing these stories to Wichita audiences.” This year marks the sixth year of the SI competition, where eligible films must be domestic narrative feature films made for $500,000 or less without traditional, theatrical, domestic distribution at the time of the festival screening. Finalists will be juried by a panel of industry professionals including Rebecca Celli (Cargo Films), Nancy Gerstman (Zeitgeist Films) and Jeffrey Winter (Film Collaborative). The Stubbornly Independent competition winner will be announced with the Tallgrass Film Festival’s lineup and will be featured as the Stubbornly Independent Gala Spotlight selection. The winner will also receive the Jake Euker Stubbornly Independent Award and a $5,000 cash prize. The three runners-up will be included as official selections in
the festival and will be eligible for the Audience Award for Narrative Feature and a $2,500 cash prize. The Jake Euker Stubbornly Independent Award is named for a man who was just that. While a true film aficionado, beyond that, Jake was most likely Wichita’s most knowledgeable film buff. He was also a friend and longtime supporter of the Festival, serving as everything from programmer to host to trivia master to the creator of Tallgrass’ motto. The Stubbornly Independent award is given in his honor to an independent film or filmmaker who takes risks and isn’t afraid to tell important stories, and does all of this within the ultra-low budget of $500,000 or less. Stubbornly Independent since 2003, the 15th annual Tallgrass Film Festival takes place October 18-22, 2017 in Wichita, Kansas. About the films... “20 Weeks” Director: Leena Pendharkar. Country: USA. Running time: 89 minutes. “20 Weeks” is a romantic drama about love, science and how prenatal and genetic testing impacts everyday people. Against the backdrop of modern-day Los Angeles, the story follows Maya and Ronan’s journey – interweaving their past and present – after learning that their baby has a serious health issue at their 20-week scan. Inspired, in part, by writer/director Leena’s Pendharkar’s real life experiences with her second daughter, the film seeks to explore an intimate issue that isn’t often talked about. “Blur Circle” Director: Chris Hansen. Country: USA, Running time: 92 minutes. Jill Temple is a single mother still
“Bomb City” Director, Jameson Brooks. Country: USA. Running time: 95 minutes. Based on the true story of Brian Deneke. Bomb City is a crime-drama about the cultural aversion of teenage punks in a conservative Texas town. Their ongoing battle with a rival,
more-affluent group of jocks, leads to a controversial hate crime that questions the morality of American justice. “I Hate the Man in My Basement” Director, Dustin Cook. Country: USA. Running time: 103 minutes. Lonely and isolated, Claude is still grieving the murder of his wife. When he’s reluctantly coerced by his obnoxious co-worker to join him for some salsa lessons, Claude develops an unexpected crush on his instructor Kyra. Unfortunately, he’s not sure how to move forward with this budding romance since he still has this... situation...in the basement to deal with.
Images from the films “20 Weeks,” top, and “I Hate the Man in My Basement.” The films are part of the Tallgrass Film Festival, to be held in Wichita this month, and are competing in the “Stubbornly Independent” category.
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Pushing boundaries Maize teacher wins national award Story
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WestSide teacher Crystal May learned last month that she is one of five winners of a prestigious national honor, the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. A representative of the National Education Association Foundation surprised her with the thrilling news in her fourth-grade classroom at Maize’s Pray-Woodman Elementary on Sept. 7. May said she was grateful for the award – and for the $10,000 prize and Washington, D.C., trip that come with it – but she was quick to share credit. “I have a group of close friends that push me to be a better me, a better teacher, every single day,” she said. “I also have administrators I work for here in Maize that really trust what I do in my classroom.” Step into May’s classroom, and you won’t see desks. You also won’t see May standing up at the blackboard and lecturing. Instead, kids work in small groups, and May encourages them to collaborate to solve problems, giving hints and guidance as needed. “We don’t put nine-year-olds in a desk for seven hours in this room,” she said. “Nobody wants to do that, not even an adult. ... My lessons are very personalized to what each kid needs. All my teaching, even core math, is done in small group instruction.” Last year, May and a fellow teacher, Angela Knapp, received a $10,000 grant from Virginia nonprofit ASCD to help them show other teachers how to make smallgroup math instruction work. The kids seem to like the approach, May said, and for the most part, they don’t take advantage of the looser classroom structure to goof off or cause disruptions. “If you give them what they need and let them take control of it, they buy into what you’re doing, 100 percent,” May said. “They’re engaged, they want to learn, and they’re pushing their own boundaries.” Seeing her kids challenge themselves inspires her to do the same. “What does the research say about best practices? What should I be doing in my classroom to make my time with these kids as effective as it can possibly be? I’m not one who’s going to rely on, ‘This is how we’ve always done it,’” she said.
WestSider Crystal May, a teacher at Maize’s Pray-Woodman Elementary, is one of five winners of the national Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. She is pictured at a surprise celebration with Pray-Woodman principal Nils Gabrielson.
advocate outside the classroom. She has attended rallies at the Capitol in Topeka, participated in letter-writing campaigns, and invited her elected representatives into her classroom to see what she does and what her school needs. In addition to her Horace Mann honor, May is a member of this year’s Kansas Teacher of the Year team. When she travels to Washington, D.C., in February, she will learn whether she will receive an additional $25,000 award from the NEA.
Crystal May reacts at the surprise news that she was a winner of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.
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May emphasized that teachers are also learners. She benefitted from colleagues’ mentoring as a young teacher, and now returns the favor for others who are early in their careers. “I think the best advice that I can give other teachers is to find the people who are going to push you to be the best version of you, and hang out with those people. Make them your people. That’s really what I did,” she said. May is a passionate public education
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Paula Kennedy, a West Wichita resident and a reenactor at Old Cowtown Museum, was one of several people to bring history to life at a cow camp on Sept. 23 in the Oatville area, on the southwest edge of Wichita. The cow camp and other activities were part of the celebration for the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. A cattle drive that lasted nearly two weeks was held as part of that celebration. it started in Pond Creek, Okla., and moved north through Sumner and Sedgwick counties, with stops in Caldwell, rural Wellington, Mayfield, Millerton, Clearwater and the Oatville area. Travis Mounts/WestSide Story
Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the January 1989 edition of the WestSide Story and was republished in “The History of West Wichita.” Story by Susan-Hund-Milne
Sources for this article: The Chisholm Trail by Don Worcester; Hunting and Trading on the Great Plains by James R. Mead; Wichita Local History Series: Jesse Chisholm and a Description of the Chisholm Trail compiled by City Historian Willian Ellington, Jr.
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For 19 years, the Chisholm Trail, named for trader and early trailblazer Jesse Chisholm, was an interstate highway for cattle drives. More than 5 million head of Texas Longhorns were herded from southern Texas to rail heads in Kansas. From 1866 until 1872, the terminus was in Abilene, with the herds passing through the young prairie town of Wichita. In 1872, when Abilene no longer wanted the cattle business, Wichita became the point of departure for the Texas herds. These trail drives saw the rise of the mythical American hero, the “cowboy,” and it is, perhaps, well-deserved fame. Anyone who survived the trek to Abilene or Wichita, was a tough character indeed. The trail was fraught with danger. Cowboys had to do battle with the elements, many times at night when ridding was most hazardous. They had to survive lightning, hailstorms, late blizzards, blowing dust, flood-swollen rivers, quicksand and stampedes, as well as rattlesnakes, coyotes, gangs of outlaws, and hostile Native Americans. (The Native Americans had a right to be hostile, of course. A good part of the trail ran straight through Native American Territory, land promised to them as their own by the U.S. Government.) When the journey was done and the cattle was delivered to the stockyards, the wranglers were, understandably, ready to “party.” Their very hard-earned cash soon found its way into the saloons, “bawdy houses” and onto gambling tables in establishments that sprang up in Delano, or West Wichita, in the
area near Douglas and the Arkansas River. The trail was heavily used until it was closed in 1884. Barbed wire fences, penetration of rail lines, and a government quarantine line moving cattle drives went to Dodge City, made it no longer usable. A new branch of the Chisholm Trail was established, leading from Cimarron to Dodge. But the original trail tracks remained, some survive even today. The depressions made by millions of hooves trampling and pounding the ground, packed the earth so tight that a plow blade couldn’t cut it. The trail originated in Brownsville, Texas, passed through San Antonio, leading due north, through the Native American Territory (now Oklahoma) and into Kansas. In Kansas, the trail went through Caldwell, Mayfield and Clearwater before arriving in Wichita. Historians know that the trail crossed the Big Arkansas at Douglas Street until 1871 when the dust and dirt from the cattle trampling though the city’s main thoroughfare, caused it to be re-routed to cross the river at what is now Kellogg Avenue. It was also known that it crossed the area where the Kansas Masonic Home now sits at Seneca and Maple streets. But the trail’s path through western Sedgwick County was not known until Kyle DeGarmo, a west side teen, investigated it. He sought out and interviewed landowners who remembered the trail transversing their property and plotted its course based on his findings. DeGarmo’s map, drawn up as a Scouting project in 1985, was apparently the only one done of the trail’s local course.
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Nellie’s Pond, formerly known as the Dillon’s Pond, is located behind the Dillon’s grocery store at Central and Maize. The three-acre pond is encircled by a paved walking path, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism keeps it stocked with catfish and bass for fishing.
Park named for 19th-century woman
Thanks to the efforts of WestSide history enthusiast June Johnson, the small pond and park behind Dillon’s at Central and Maize is now Nellie’s Pond. In May, the Wichita Board of Park Commissioners voted to accepted Johnson’s naming proposal, and city employees erected a sign with the new name this summer. Johnson learned about Nellie Martinson, the pond’s new namesake, through research on Nellie’s brother-in-law, Otto. Otto was a prominent business-
man; Martinson Street and the former Martinson School were named after him. Johnson’s research led her to WestSider Don Martinson, age 95, Otto’s great-grandson. “June talked with me extensively, and the information I gave her, I think, is quite accurate,” Don said. “I learned it from my parents, and some of it was even written down in histories of early Wichita.” From Don and from those histo-
ries, Johnson learned about Otto’s half-brother, Nels – Nellie’s husband. Nels homesteaded 160 acres on the southwest corner of Maize and Central in September 1870. Otto had established his own homestead a few months earlier. In 1871, Nellie gave birth to a daughter, Lulu, who was, according to the Martinson family, the first non-Native American baby born in Sedgwick County west of the Arkansas River. After Lulu’s birth, Nels and his family
settled into an agrarian frontier existence. By all accounts, Nels was not as enterprising or fastidious as his younger brother, Otto. “There was a Chisholm Trail spur that headed up into that area, and the farmers hated them coming up there, because cows trampled their crops,” Johnson said. “Nels had told them, ‘Come camp out on my farm,’ because he wasn’t much of a farmer.” See POND, Page 22
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The History of West Wichita Re-blazing the Chisholm Trail through West Wichita
Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the January 1989 edition of the WestSide Story. It reappears here as part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.
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It has been several years since westsider Kyle DeGarmo re-blazed the Chisholm Trail. But at the age of 14, he was diligently searching for the path of the famed trail, which wound its way through southwest Sedgwick County and the city of Wichita, as cattle drovers and their herds made their way from Texas to the railheads of Kansas. It took him a year and a half of research, talking to land owners whose fathers and grandfathers had watched cattle being driven up the Chisholm Trail, and walking the lands, to plot the local route of the now lore-filled piece of history. His research had originally begun as a Wichita Explorer Scout project, but he soon found that its effects were far-reaching. Suddenly individual landowners, aware that the rail went through their property, became aware of others who shared the same legacy. Library Historian Bill Ellinton became actively involved, praising DeGarmo for his efforts; and before the burst of interest had subsided, the trail was marked in the county (not in the city) with wooden signs rustically depicting the longhorn steer, which had trod the route. “But now,” says DeGarmo, with frustration in his voice, “almost all the signs are gone.” Where did they go? The signs were stolen. According to DeGarmo they started disappearing just two months after the were put up in 1985, and a recent check of the locations revealed that few remain. “I felt bad about the signs being taken,” says DeGarmo, “because the county had taken so much time to make them. And they looked nice.” Not only did the county make the signs for DeGarmo, but they erected them whenever they could, while on the way to other jobs. (DeGarmo says his research did not extend into the city because it would be too difficult to locate the trail with all the development and building and property changing hands. Also he says the city would have been unable to assist him in putting up the markers) Although he would like to see them replaced, he knows that with the time and cost involved, it is doubtful that would happen. And besides, they would probably just disappear again. DeGarmo became interested in the history of the trail when he and his father, Bill, were out looking for a car at a lot which was then located on the northwest
corner of Douglas and McLean Boulevard. Across the street DeGarmo could see a big stone marker. Curiosity got the best of him, and he investigated. As it turned out, the marker, which most of us have driven by many, many times and probably never noticed was a memorial erected in 1941, marking the start (or end depending on the direction of travel) of the Chisholm Trail and paying tribute to the man for whom the trail was named – Jesse Chisholm. Chisholm supposedly came to Wichita prior to the Civil War looking for the legendary gold mine. The mine was said to be located at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers. He never found the gold mine, but he did establish a trading post there. He periodically traveled south, deep into Native American territory, for trading purposes, and the trails he blazed in the process were later used by Texas cattle drovers. When Kyle learned that the trail had never been plotted through southwest Sedgwick County, he thought that would make a good project. He found out there was supposed to be a marker at the Greenwood Cemetery, southwest of Wichita on 47th Street, but when he and his dad drove out to look at it, they
discovered it was gone. He proceeded with his research by talking with area landowners. These landowners, he found, were quite willing to share their stories of the famous cattle trail. “They were all pretty excited that I was working on it,” he says. “They all knew where the trail went across their land, but had never gotten together and plotted it. He located about 16 landowners, most of whom learned of the trail from their parents and grandparents. Many of their families had lived on the land for two or three generations. Some told Kyle that the ground where the trail had been couldn’t be plowed up; it was just too hard, trampled into concreteness by the millions if cattle that had passed upon it. One of the homesteaders’ decedents who still resides on the family’s piece of history is Mary Jo (Wear) Parsons who lives at Ridge Road and 47th Street South. “This land was homesteaded by my grandfather during the Grant administration,” she says. (Like many of the men who homesteaded in Sedgwick County in
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Kyle DeGarmo plotted the local route of the Chisholm Trail. The inspiration for this project was this stone marker, located at Douglas and McLean Blvd., dedicated to the trail and the man for whom it was named – trailblazer and trader Jesse Chisholm.
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WestSide youth in ‘High School Music’ Music Theatre for Young People will stage “High School Musical” this month, and several WestSide youth are in the cast. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Performances are in the Mary Jane Teall Theater at Century II. WestSiders in the show include Brydan Akin, Tanza Cochran, Zoey
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Rick and Vickie Kilmer will lead the Goddard Fall Festival parade down Main Street on Oct. 7.
Rick and Vickie Kilmer named parade grand marshals WestSiders Rick and Vickie Kilmer have been named grand marshals of the Goddard Fall Festival parade. The couple has lived in Goddard for almost 30 years, and Rick worked for the Goddard School District for more than 40. Rick started as a Goddard Middle School teacher, and he still remembers the date of his first day on the job: Jan. 19, 1970. “I taught everything from geography to psychology to PE,” Rick said. “Then I got kind of pushed into administration. I thought the superintendent had the wrong guy.” Rick said he was guided by a Bible verse from Proverbs. “‘In his heart, man plans his course,’” he quoted, “‘but God determines his steps.’ It wasn’t (my) doing; it was the good Lord showing what
was right for me.” Rick’s career in school administration included stints as assistant principal, athletic director and acting principal of Goddard Middle School. He retired as activities director for both Goddard and Eisenhower middle schools. He appreciates it when former students come up to him at Walmart or the mall to say hello. “That they would take time out to visit the old guy and just check on us... that’s what makes me feel good,” he said. “We even went to Alaska, and there was someone that came up,” Vickie added. “We can’t go anyplace without someone knowing Rick.” Vickie was at Rick’s side during his decades organizing tournaments, games and events at Goddard Middle School.
“She was basically my assistant activities director,” Rick said. “Hospitality room, she was a legend. I had trouble getting coaches to go back out and coach.” Vickie’s own professional career included eight years as a teacher in Haysville, and a stint as librarian at the Goddard Public Library. She was librarian when the library moved to a new building across from the school district office. (The school district purchased that building when the library moved to its current home at 201 N. Main.) “That was pretty exciting,” Vicky said. She retired from a job as library clerk at Eisenhower Middle School. Both Kilmers had praise for Goddard Public Schools, and for “Goddard,
America.” “I’ve been around a lot of school districts in the state of Kansas, and there’s some close, but they aren’t as good as Goddard, America,” Rick said. “I’ve tried to recruit people to come in, and I think anybody will tell you once they’re here, they find out how great the parents and staff are.” In addition to their school involvements, Rick and Vickie are on the board of Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. They and their family volunteer to put flags on graves for Memorial Day. The Goddard Lions Club recently contributed $600 to Pleasant Ridge to help fund replacement flags. The Kilmers will be featured in the Goddard Fall Festival Parade, Oct. 7 starting at 10:30 a.m. It’s an auspicious date, Vickie noted: Her birthday is Oct. 6, while Rick’s is Oct. 8.
Here are some new products and developing trends in small animal veterinary practice you may find interesting • Hemp oil (cannabidiol). This is an extract of the hemp (marijuana) plant that contains very low concentrations of the stuff that causes a marijuana high, but higher concentrations of a substance that is potentially useful for pain relief, seizure control, anxiety treatment and as an anti-inflammatory agent. The Drug Enforcement Agency controls only the cultivation of hemp, not its distribution. However, most of the hemp used to make cannabidiol comes from foreign sources, therefore pesticide and heavy metal contamination can be a concern. Consult your veterinarian before treating your pet with this product. • Pet health insurance. This has been available for many years but has yet to become widely accept in the United States. About half of British companies offer pet insurance as an employee
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benefit. Policies vary widely among the numerous companies that provide insurance, from those that cover most conditions (higher premiums) to catastrophic injury/illness policies only (lower premiums). Most policies reimburse the pet owner after treatment for covered conditions. An internet search for the policy that best suits your needs is the best way to evaluate this service. • Cytopoint – a biological agent used
for dogs with certain allergies. Administered by injection, cytopoint can control signs of allergy for 4-8 weeks and can replace drugs like steroids that can have unhealthy side effects. • Pheromone collars. Pheromones are hormone-like substances that are picked up in the nasal passages and can have calming effects on cats with inappropri-
ate elimination issues (Feliway collar) or anxiety-related issues in dogs (Adaptil or DAP collar). These may lessen the need for anti-anxiety medications that can be expensive or have unpleasant side effects. Check with your veterinarian for information on these and other new developments in veterinary medicine.
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WestSider David Atkins led a team of missionaries that partnered with locals to deliver charitable aid in Zambia this July. Pictured from left: Cindy Meyer, Pilgrim Wesleyan Church education secretary Pharnwell Hadinke, Edie Howk, Kristin Meyer, Patience Hadinke, Deanne Alexander, Matt Nylund, Talent Hanaimbo and Atkins. Contributed photo
WestSider coordinates aid to poverty-stricken African nation
Zambia is a landlocked nation in the southern part of Africa. Sixty percent of the country’s 16 million people live in poverty. Nearly 7 million live in extreme poverty. More than 1 million have HIV. Hunger is so prevalent that 40 percent of children exhibit stunted growth. Yet the news from the country is not all bad. The economy has grown every year since 1998, an unprecedented run. A team from the International Monetary Fund visited Zambia in June and left predicting a slight uptick in GDP growth. The IMF also applauded new laws meant to make public resource management
more transparent and accountable. On the other hand, Zambia’s president, Edgar Lungu, declared a state of emergency in July, citing questionable “security threats,” and he suspended 48 members of parliament after they boycotted a speech he gave in March. All this sort of information is usually well outside the American sphere of attention. If news from Zambia comes to light at all, it gets lumped into a dim, abstract mental category, labeled “African poverty.” But there is nothing abstract about Zambia
for WestSider David Atkins. As an organizer for TEAM Ministries, Atkins has traveled to the country 10 times since 2011, bringing aid from America and coordinating service projects with a network of local churches. A friend, Brian Maydew, talked him into getting involved in service missions to rural Zambia. “A couple years in a row, he’d say, ‘You really need to come with a group. There’s a lot of stuff that could be done,’” Atkins recalled. “He started his program in agriculture, trying to preach (the benefit) of gasoline or diesel horsepower versus mule or oxen. Our first year,
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we converted one of the shipping containers he used into a mission house, and then another one into a community center, where women could get together and sew products to sell.” On his second trip with Maydew, they recruited American nurses to come along and offer health clinics. “The biggest thing that we continued to see as a problem with the children was their feet,” Atkins said. “They’d have sores, cuts, bruises. Shoes are really tough to get. Making $1 a day, do you buy a pair of shoes, or a meal?” Not having shoes also often means that children can’t get access to education, since the overburdened Zambian government has required that students wear shoes to classes. So TEAM added shoes to the list of supplies the group ships to Zambia. For the last three years, the charity has filled nine 40-foot shipping containers with everything from shoes to teaching supplies to agriculture equipment. When Atkins is not in Zambia, he is helping to coordinate a huge network of volunteers, in Kansas and across the country, who are working to raise both money and other forms of aid. Every year, a group in Smith Center puts together a shipment of treated and pre-cut wood for church benches. Others focus on gathering shoes, school supplies, sporting goods, or medical equipment. Kristin Meyer, a Garden Plain resident, has gathered thousands of pairs of shoes in the few years since Atkins got her involved in charity work for Zambia. Kristin and her cousin, Cindy Meyer, visited Zambia for the first time when they accompanied Atkins on his most recent trip this July. Kristin carried two big suitcases full of shoes with her on the plane to Africa and crammed two weeks worth of her own clothes into a carry-on. Over the last few years, Kristin has collected thousands of pairs of shoes that TEAM Ministries – the group that coordinated the mission trip – has delivered to children, in partnership with a network of Zambian churches. On the mission trip, Kristin got a chance to personally deliver around 75 new pairs. “They were so grateful, and their eyes were just sparkling,” Kristin said. “I felt really bad when I ran out of shoes that would fit them. I said, ‘Next time, you’ll get a pair of shoes.’” Cindy focused on procuring school
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That hospitality raised the ire of Nels’ neighbors – which may have indirectly contributed to Nellie’s death, in 1874. “When Nellie got in trouble delivering her twins, Nels sent his little boy to get help, and the neighbor’s wife was all ready to come, but her husband would not let her go,” Johnson said. Nellie died in childbirth, and one of her twins was stillborn. Nels was left a widower with three young children. Nellie and the stillborn child were buried somewhere on the west side of the Cowskin Creek, near where Nellie’s Pond and the Dillon’s store are located today. The exact location of the grave has been lost. After Nellie’s death, Nels fell into a funk. “I got the impression from what I was reading and being told that he was kind of prone to depression anyway, and this just put him over the edge,”
Johnson said. Nels sent Lulu to live with an aunt in Chicago, and the surviving twin, Kathrine, was adopted by the family of Wichita’s first schoolteacher, William Finn. That left Nels with his son, Frank, who remained on his father’s farm until 1893, when he left to join the Cherokee Strip Land Run. Nels led a hermit-like existence on his homestead until some indeterminate time later, when he left Wichita to join Frank in Oklahoma. Nothing about Nels’ and Nellie’s story was too far out of the ordinary, but Johnson still felt it was worthy of preservation and commemoration. Today’s WestSiders owe a lot to the area’s early settlers, including women. They carved out lives in conditions that, today, would qualify as grinding poverty. “We shouldn’t forget about them,” Johnson said. She was gratified that the Wichita park board agreed with her and unanimously approved her naming proposal. “Two weeks after the official approval, they had a sign up at the pond,” she said. “I thought, ‘This is cool.’”
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All-new appliances also were added to complete the project. “This was a perfect example of working with what you have, and adding more to make your kitchen space the best it can be,” said Rachel. “Everything came together really well.” If you’re ready to transform your kitchen, it’s time to call Kitchen Tune-Up! The experts with Wichita’s Kitchen Tune-Up team 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. 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 and bathrooms. 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.
When a Derby couple met the Kitchen Tune-Up team at the Wichita Home Show in February, they knew they had found the answer for their newly purchased home. “We knew we wanted to redo the kitchen right from the start,” said one of the homeowners. “We had ugly old oak cabinets and out-of-date countertops, and the kitchen wasn’t very functional.” The homeowner said she and her husband wanted a kitchen and dining room space that could function well for entertaining family and friends, but they needed some direction to get the project going. The experts at Wichita’s Kitchen Tune-Up, led by owners Rachel and Adam Phillips, had some great ideas for the homeowners. They suggested moving a peninsula that was cutting off the kitchen from the dining room. That opened up the entire space, and gave the kitchen a functional and larger peninsula. “The new peninsula is perfect and very functional,” said the homeowner. “Now we can handle big family gatherings.” Designer Rachel Phillips chose knotty alder cabinets with a chocolate glaze for the redesigned kitchen space, and also incorporated the new cabinet look into the dining room space. “This was a combination of refaced cabinets and
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Investment management: Different thinking needed Avoiding large losses – A game changer
By J. Richard Coe, MBA, CFP®, CLU Imagine the greatest money-making machine the world has ever seen. That machine is corporate America. More specifically, that machine consists of thousands of companies. This money-making machine creates wealth by producing earnings that are paid out as dividends or are reinvested to produce even more earnings. Think of it -- you and others like you can own a piece of the greatest money-making making machine known to man. At the end of last year this machine (corporate America) was valued at a mind-boggling $27.4 trillion. For the five years ending through 2016 this machine (corporate America) created wealth at an average pace of $2.3 trillion per year. That number is equivalent to 2,342,000 new millionaires each year. While millions of Americans own a part (stocks) of this machine, millions of others are intimidated by it. Why? The amount of earnings produced by the machine varies over time and the amount that investors are willing to pay for those earnings varies over time. The amount that investors will pay for the earnings is often referred to as the price-earnings ratio. Investors are trying to anticipate future earnings. Stock prices follow corporate earnings. Corporate earnings follow the business cycle. Throughout American history, the economy has had periods of expansion followed by periods of contraction. We call the periods of contraction “recessions.” Corporate earnings can drop dramatically during recessions and this wreaks havoc on stock prices. While both buyers and sellers of shares of stock focus on a myriad of factors, the single greatest risk to stock prices is the threat of a recession. Expansions do not last forever. While no one knows when the current expansion will end, it is highly probable that stock prices will drop at least 50 percent in anticipation of the next recession. That is a scary thought, and it limits the amount many will invest in the world’s greatest money-making machine. Nobody wants to lose 50 percent. Is it possible to benefit from this great money-making machine while still having protection when the machine malfunctions due to a recession? That is a great question and opinions differ. You probably know that for most people it is hard to change their minds. For most of my career, I believed that stock prices appropriately reflected all available information at all times. That premise was
J. Richard Coe, MBA, CFP®, CLU supported by the work done by Nobel prize winning economists. Another Nobel prize winning economist came to a different conclusion. Specifically, he concluded that stocks were priced too high when investors were overly exuberant and too low when investors panicked. I now believe that the stock market fails to properly anticipate the next recession and then overreacts when the next recession actually happens. Having said that, I also believe the stock market itself provides warnings of threatening recessions. If you are driving and weather conditions deteriorate, what do you do? If you are a prudent driver, you slow down. If conditions are bad enough, you get off the road. Investment advisors typically offer a variety of speeds, but they recommend the same speed regardless of conditions. These speeds might be labeled “aggressive,” “growth,” “balanced,” “moderate,” and “conservative” or similar names. The idea is to pick a speed (or size of bounces) that fits the investor and live with that speed regardless of market conditions.
I call this approach “live with the bounces.” It is the approach I recommended and used most of my career. Coe Financial Services still offers “live with the bounces” but most of our clients prefer a more active approach. Using a highly quantitative approach based on metrics that have been shown to be highly reliable, Coe Financial Services now makes intentional, timely defensive moves. No method of defense is foolproof. The stock market has a long habit of confounding and even humiliating the best and the brightest. I am now convinced that substantial protection is possible. Avoiding the huge losses is actually more important than staying up with the market in good times. Without protection, there is good reason to believe that stock market investors are likely to be disappointed with returns over the next 8 to 10 years. It is almost inconceivable that the US will avoid a recession in the next decade. Not only that, there is ample reason to believe that stocks are priced so high relative to earnings that future returns are likely to be low. Academics and investment professionals are familiar with CAPE, a cyclically adjusted price-earnings ratio. Stock prices are divided by a moving average of inflation adjusted earnings over the last 10 years. When this ratio gets very high, as it has been recently, historical results suggest future returns for stock market investors are likely to be disappointing. When stock prices plummeted in 2008-2009, many people lost sleep. They did not know what to do. They wondered how collapsing stock prices would impact their retirement. While a few got out in time to avoid the damage, many sold after it really got bad. Many also missed the gains of the recovery. If you believe we will see another 2008-2009 in the stock market, do you want to experience again what happened then? If your answer is “No,” you may want to call us at Coe Financial Services (316-6890900) to start receiving our weekly one minute, one page “Retire Abundantly” E-Zine by email.
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Gross Tile and Custom Remodeling’s new showroom in the Delano District is located in a historic brick building at 1528 W. Douglas. Owners Mark and Cathy Gross had local artist Lynette Lee paint a striking mural on a portion of the building.
features beautiful murals on its exterior walls, adding to the ambiance of the historic building – and the renaissance business neighborhood. Today, Gross Tile is Wichita’s leader in custom bathroom designs…and all types of kitchen and other remodeling projects. “We’ve got a lot of satisfied customers, and we want to continue to focus on our remodeling work, especially
with bathroom renovations and custom curbless showers,” said Mark. “I love it when I can share my ideas with clients and give them the ‘wow’ factor they’re looking for.” Mark noted that many amenities, like heated bathroom floors, are not an expensive venture. Since you’re dealing with a smaller space, the cost is reasonable. While the concept has been around for some time, Gross Tile is making a
name for itself as a leader in “curbless” shower designs for today’s homes. These highly individualized shower designs offer roomier spaces for homeowners, modern looks, and easy access for handicapped individuals. With their new showroom, Mark and Cathy Gross are excited to offer customers large format tiles that are now available at more affordable prices – and in more color and style options – than ever before. “These are amazing products for custom showers and other applications,” said Mark. “We’re thrilled to offer these tile options at really affordable prices.” Customers also can take advantage of Gross Tile’s extensive lines of quartz and concrete countertops. Gross Tile specializes in complete kitchen and bath remodeling projects, and Mark and Cathy are running several specials now that they are settled into their new showroom and helping customers with remodeling projects before the holiday season. For more information about everything Gross Tile has to offer, call 316773-1600, visit the company’s website, www.grosstileremodeling.com, or find Gross Tile on Facebook. “Most importantly, stop by our new showroom,” said Cathy. “You’ll be glad you did.”
Inside the Gross Tile showroom at 1528 W. Douglas, owners Mark and Cathy Gross have created a beautiful and comfortable space for clients to select from the most current offerings in floor coverings and tile products. Mark is a leader in custom bathroom designs and can help clients create the perfect redesign for their home. Call Gross Tile today at 316-773-1600 to make your appointment.
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Mark and Cathy Gross, owners of Gross Tile and Custom Remodeling of Wichita, have so much to offer their customers at their new showroom at 1528 W. Douglas in the historic Delano District of downtown Wichita. “We are so excited about this location,” said Cathy Gross, Mark’s wife, as she talked about the work that has been done to convert the historic brick building on the northeast corner of Douglas and Fern streets. There’s a high volume of traffic in the Delano District, and it is easily accessible from all across the city of Wichita. This location is right across the street from where Gross Tile got its start in 1997. Mark Gross grew up in Wichita, and after attending North High School he started working on his business degree at Wichita State University. While in college, he started working in the flooring business. “I was installing hard-surface flooring and countertops for a company here in Wichita,” he said. “I was working with vinyl and tile flooring, and was doing old-time plaster showers with concrete walls.” Today, Mark is working with the newest and best materials, and the latest technological advances. All are on display at the new showroom, which also
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the 1870s, her grandfather was a Civil War veteran.) “It was Osage land.” She remembers that her grandfather gave the drovers permission to camp overnight on the property. And the trail marker that used to stand on 47th Street South near the Greenwood Cemetery belonged to her father. “It was a wonderful sign,” Parsons says. “A friend and I gave it to my dad (Scott Wear) for a birthday present. It was beautiful...made of wood and had the dates that the trail was used. My dad was really proud of it.” She suggested to her dad that he erect it in a field behind a fence, but he wanted it near the road where others could see it. “He just hated it when it was taken,” she says. According to Parsons, her father was known as the “Hayseed Poet,” and among the many poems he composed was a one relating the history of the Chisholm Trail. A long poem, it ends on a wistful note:
Another landowner, Roman Thome, lives in the vicinity of 55th Street South and Tyler. He bought the land 44 years ago and says at the time, it was ‘virgin prairie’, and he could still see the ruts in the ground from wagon wheels that traveled the route. Since then, however, his land has been broken up and cultivated. But if you talk to Thome he is quick to tell you about the Chisholm Trail.He and other landowners will do what they can to keep the history alive by passing it down to the generations. They think it’s important to remember history since where we are is now the direct result of where we’ve been. Trail Locations: According to DeGarmo, the Trail crosses at these points: Ridge Road 3/10 of a mile north of 55th Street South; Pawnee just east of West Street; 31st St. South at the half mile line between Hoover and West Street; and McArthur just west of Hoover Road. Also, according to DeGarmo, the Oatville Evangelical Methodist Church, located in the 3800 block of South Hoover Road, sits directly on the trail. According to a nearby landowner, the trail also crosses Hoover Road at 47th Street South. Mulberry Tree at Masonic Home: In the years of the great cattle drives, the few trees that existed then, often served as solitary beacons in the huge expanses of grassland. They guided the course of travelers as well as provided a protected place to stop and rest. The gnarled and twisted mulberry tree that stands on the grounds of the Masonic Home at Maple and Seneca is such a tree. It signaled drovers on the Chisholm Trail, as well as drivers of the stagecoaches, that they were approaching Wichita. The tree is know to be well over 100 years old and has received loving care from the administrators of the Home. A few years ago, a west side business group had discussed putting a trail marker there, but the group eventually dissolved along with the idea for the marker.
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“Cowboys who made the Cattle Drive, Along the Winding Chisholm Trail; Received the training that later on Gave them an incentive The could not fail. They broke the Sod, They tamed the West, They built an Empire on the Plains They built the Golden Sunflower State That now in glorious Glory reigns. The Chisholm Trail ran across a Claim My Father preempted in ‘73. He built a corral along the Trail So Cowboys could sleep and be carefree. (from stampede) I’ve farmed across the Chisholm Trail An honor held in high esteem; And as I plowed across the Trail I have often stopped my Team to dream. I see the Dust drift in the air, When Long Horn Steers are passing by;
I see Cowboys pass in review And hear their faint, sweet Lullaby. The Chisholm Trail made History A way back when the Land was new; The Longhorn Steer then had no Peer But now he’s getting scarce and few.”
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eight-foot by eight-foot room, with no running water, no electricity and no plumbing. “We thought, ‘That’s not right,’” Atkins said. “Nobody should have to do that.” Working with Pilgrim Wesleyan, TEAM Ministries built a duplex to house two orphan families. During their trip, the Kansas missionary team spent a couple days running wiring in the facility. “These are families that are willing to take on more kids as they become orphans,” Atkins said. “We believe that what’s going to help them better their country is to educate these kids and create new leaders.” Both Cindy and Kristin said they were inspired by the perseverance of Zambia’s children, who often walk miles each way so that they can attend a half-day of class in a rudimentary school building. “I was overwhelmed, inspired by those
kids,” Cindy said. “If they want to go to school that bad, we’ve got to do our part.” By coordinating donations from networks of churches and individuals in America, then traveling to help deliver aid, TEAM Ministries participants have done more than the vast majority of Americans to address extreme poverty. But that doesn’t stop them from wondering whether they are doing enough, they said. “I’ve got to keep doing more, and I don’t know if I have the energy or the resources,” Cindy said. “That’s my challenge. Getting the word out there will help me feel like I can do a little more. I went away thinking, ‘How many people can I call to get going on this?’” Kristin, Cindy and Atkins are all happy to speak with people interested in donating materials or getting involved with mission work. Kristin, who has a particular focus on gathering shoes, can be reached at 316-619-8989. Cindy, who collects school supplies and other items, can be reached at teachercindymeyer@ gmail.com. Atkins can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPPOSITE TOP: Kristin Meyer got to personally deliver about 75 pairs of shoes to needy children in Zambia. She has coordinated donations of thousands of pairs of shoes over the last few years. Contributed photo OPPOSITE BOTTOM: David Atkins holds a makeshift soccer ball Zambian children made using plastic bags and twine. Regulation soccer balls are among the items he and other TEAM Ministries volunteers deliver to both rural and urban parts of the African country. Sam Jack/WestSide Story
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‘It,’ ‘mother!’ are thrill rides – in a bad way
“It” and “mother!” are misfires, despite the fact that “It” is currently the hottest ticket in the country. Both films fail for the same reason: They lack imagination, and they replace it with repetition of stock devices like sudden noises amid protracted silences (silences insufficiently protracted in any case). Doors never merely close; they always slam. When doors and windows open, they reveal horridly made-up faces, figures suddenly appearing from darkened backgrounds. Inexplicable winds blow through, or inanimate objects move inexplicably, recalling poltergeist movies. The only missing horror cliches are creaking doors and screaming cockatoos. About the only really frightening thing about either movie is the waste of first-rate talents like Jennifer Lawrence, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer. Like “Mad Max: Fury Road” (which actually got an Oscar nomination despite being just one long car chase), “It” (which I am told made pretty good sense in the old eight-hour miniseries and the Stephen King novel) never attempts much of a plot. Not that a first-rate movie can’t be made with a minimal story – consider “Nebraska” or “American Graffiti.” But “It” and “mother!” lack the compensating virtues of those movies. It is not coincidental that the new owners of Wichita’s movie theaters use a roller coaster in their pre-roll promos. Like too many modern movies, roller coasters rely on repetitions of exactly the same shock: Every time a turn seems to be blasting you out into open space, the car suddenly drops into a steep descent. The slow crawls up the hills and into the end of the ride are the only times you get to take a normal breath. Movies like “It” and “Fury Road” try to limit normality to five-minute pauses between high spots, which isn’t enough time for old-fashioned concepts like psychological or thematic development. The audience defends itself by setting a new baseline level for excitement, one that has to be topped by ever greater shocks, until the human system simply gives up and settles into boredom – or resorts to laughter.
Lawrence’s forehead. There seems to be a whole new aesthetic behind the current motion picture, at least in this country. The new premise is that all that matters is that the viewer must feel something all the time, like a rider on the above-mentioned roller coaster. Viewers are not called to think about anything between
thrills. It’s true that what one remembers from a movie is usually a Big Moment. But that doesn’t mean the segues between the BMs are not important. And with almost no interest in development of characters or situations, the new aesthetic leaves the segues, and the movies, without much to recommend them.
There are a lot of ideas these movies could have developed effectively. Javier Bardem, in “mother!”, is supposed to be a poet suffering from writer’s block. While the general quality of the script does not let me mourn his lack of output, I have to remember what the children’s play did for “The Innocents,” or even what Jack Nicholson’s manuscripts did for “The Shining.” For that matter, subtle use of very simple material can produce horror effects. Consider Simone Simon in the original “Cat People,” walking through the park and thinking “something” is following her – or is it just the wind in the bushes? In the same movie, recall the patterns of light shining off the water in the indoor swimming pool, or the strange looking woman in a crowded restaurant calling Simone “sister.” I still get a shudder every time the woman Who Can’t Be There crosses the hallway in “The Innocents.” “It” uses a torn-off arm to similar, but lesser, effect; most modern horror movies confuse disgust or nausea with horror. In “mother!” there are definite suggestions that the strange interlopers led by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer are familiar to Jennifer Lawrence’s husband, Javier Bardem, but I’m not sure the suggestions were intended. In any case, a lot more could have been done with the relationships between the strangely-paired couple, as well as with the obvious relationship between the whole movie and “Rosemary’s Baby.” And there are problems the script supervisor should have caught, like the shifts between night and day, and the momentary disappearance of blood on
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Through Oct. 15 – Wichita National All-Media Exhibition, at Mark Arts, 9112 E. Central. Mark Arts’ longest-running and most-diverse exhibition. Juror Kyle Reicher has selected a fantastic array of artistry in acrylic, ceramics, fiber, jewelry, mixed media, oil, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and more. Reicher is a noted metal sculptor who received his BFA in sculpture from Alfred University in New York and his MFA from Wichita State University. Reicher owns Ferrous Studios, which employs 12 metal artisans in Richmond, Calif. Oct. 1 – Vibrant ICT #musicfornow concert, featuring Andy Reiner and Kenny White, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., at the Pop-Up Park, 121 E. Douglas. More at Vibrant ICT on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Sponsored by Chamber Music at The Barn in partnership with The Knight Foundation through the Wichita Community Foundation.
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for a lively lunch hour featuring fiddler Andy Reiner and guitarist and mandolin player Ken White. Oct. 5 – Grab the kids and take a trip back in time for all educational adventure in the Cretaceous period. Meet Ivan, one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons in the country. He stands 38 feet, nine inches long and would have weighed more than 5 tons. On Family Night at the Museum of World Treasures, all tickets are just $5 a person. Information at www.worldtreasures.org. Oct. 7 – Bootanica, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Botanica, The Wichita Gardens. The
Oct. 7 – The Music of Harry Potter, performed by Wichita Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas. Experience the musical magic behind the wizardry of Harry Potter, with music from the film series and other movie favorites. Tickets $38-$75, www.wichitasymphony.org. Oct. 7 – Candidate forum for City of Wichita and USD 259 candidates, sponsored by Women for Kansas, noon-2 p.m. at SEIU, 3340 W. Douglas. For more information, email Wichita@ WomenforKansas.org. Oct. 8 – Sensory friendly day, 1011:30 a.m. at Exploration Place. Experience the museum without the noise, crowds or the stimulation of a regular day. More information at www.explora-
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
tion.org. Oct. 10 – Vibrant ICT #musicfornow concert, featuring the Haymakers, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., at the Pop-Up Park, 121 E. Douglas. Oct. 13 – Wichita Women’s Initiative Networks’ 20th anniversary celebration, 6:30 p.m. at the Wichita Boathouse. A casual fundraiser including food stations and an open bar, a silent auction of many fine gift baskets, a wine pull, and music by Annie Up. Tickets $75, reserved tables $750. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Wichita WIN program, providing women survivors of domestic abuse with educational and employment opportunities, fostering healing and self-sufficiency. Tickets at http:// www.wichitawin.org/, click the “Win 20th Event” tab. Oct. 13 – Museum of the Undead 5: Camp Crystal Lake, 7-10 p.m. at Exploration Place. Slash through an evening filled with survival skill demonstrations, tip-toe around a haunted castle and more – all while sipping your favorite adult beverages. It’s going to be a killer
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) email@example.com. 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.
Oct. 20 – “The Masks We Wear” cabaret fundraiser and silent auction, benefitting Thrive ICT, 7 p.m. at Ecclesia Coffee and Community.
Oct. 14 – Wichita Genealogical Society sixth annual conference, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N. “A Day with Ancestry,” with guest speaker Juliana Szucs from Ancestry.com. For information or to register, visit www. wichitagensoc.org.
Oct. 21 – Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at WaterWalk, 515 S. Main St. Sponsored by the Central and Western Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Register online at act.alz. org, call 316-267-7333, or stop by 1820 E. Douglas.
Oct. 18-22 – 15th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, featuring 182 movies from around the world. Other events include gala parties, VIP events, educational programming and more. Wide range of ticket prices and packages. More information and tickets available online at www.tallgrassfilmfest.com. Oct. 19 – Project Beauty, Inc., meeting at Wichita Country Club, 8501 E. 13th St. Luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m.; cost is $20. Contact Jean Wellshear at 316-6837727 for reservations. Orders will be taken for the See’s Candies fundraiser.
Oct. 21 – Fourth annual Spooky Science, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Exploration Place. Scare up some ghostly fun with activities for the whole family. Wear your favorite Halloween costume and more. Tickets and information at www. exploration.org. Oct. 27 – Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony fall luncheon, at Wichita Country Club, 8501 E. 13th St. N. Check-in at 11:30 a.m. while members of the Wichita Youth Symphony perform. Lunch at noon. Program provided by Wichita Symphony Orchestra guest artist, pianist Gabriela Martinez.
Cost is $18. Reservations due by Oct. 23, call Janet Elliott at 316-265-4492. Guests and newcomers welcome.
For more information or to register for these events, call 316-267-7333 or visit online, alz.org/cwkansas.
Oct. 28 – Vibrant ICT #musicfornow concert, featuring Mark Foley, 4:30-5:30 p.m., at Harvester Arts, 215 N. Washington.
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. Exhibit is included in general admission. Tickets and information at www.exploration.org.
Oct. 29 – Vibrant ICT #musicfornow concert, featuring Unruh/Ridgeway/ Mayo, 6 p.m., at Harvester Arts, 215 N. Washington. Nov. 1-2 – Sixth annual Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Conference, Kansas Star Event Center, Mulvane. Hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Kansas. On Nov. 1, Kim Campbell, widow of country music legend Glen Campbell, will share stories about life on the road and the making of their emotional documentary, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” followed by a performance by Ashley and Shannon Campbell. Event will be at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $30, $20 if you are attending the the Nov. 2 conference. The conference will be 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Nov. 2.
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night (just try to stay alive). Advance tickets $15, day of event $25. For ages 21 and over. Tickets and information at www.exploration.org.
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Clockwise from top left: Long-time performer at the annual Walnut Valley Festival John McCutcheon sings for a crowd of fans at the recent festival, which is held in Winfield and draws a large fan base from in and around Wichita. A contestant takes the stage in the National Mountain Dulcimer competition, one of many national and international music competitions that are associated with the festival. In contrast to McCutcheon’s performance career at the Walnut Valley Festival, folk and rock legend John McEuen, a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, left, performs at the festival for the first time with artist buddy Matt Cartsonis. Brothers Fiachra and Shane Hayes, of the Irish band Socks in the Frying Pan, perform on the festival’s main stage. Wichita musician Evan Ogborn performs on Stage 5, one of the festival’s unofficial – but most famous – stages. Festival pals Elijah Hess and Selah Cole play together during a concert. Kim Swansen, Abby Rhodes, Rob Hornstra, Briana Bade and Katie Rhodes/WestSide Story
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my grandson will want to do the same. Now that I’ve returned to my roots at the Walnut Valley Festival, I am once again gathering virgins to savor this unique experience…and hopefully become regulars. Two years ago, I introduced Kim to the festival, and she loves it. Last year, a reader and a friend, Ken Locke, joined us for a day. And this year, we introduced three new faces to the festival and our camp. Our friends Bruce and Mary Chapman joined us for the day Saturday, and loved the music and the atmosphere. Mary said she would love to come camp… once Bruce buys her a nice camper. On Friday, Briana Bade from the TSN staff joined us for the music during the day and dinner at our camp, and then had to run home to take care of her pets. She threatened to come back later that evening…and she did. Monday morning back at the office, her smile spoke volumes. Yes, she had returned to the festival, and after the main stages shut down around midnight, she ventured into the infamous Pecan Grove to experience the music on several unofficial stages and around the campsites. She made friends with a woman from Utah who finished showing her the ropes, reveled in the experience until 5 a.m., and then slept in her car for a few hours…just as I had done my first year at the festival. The pure energy from the experience, she said, was enough to carry her through the next day at work. She made friends, she made memories, and she truly experienced the Walnut Valley Festival. And it’s likely that same energy will bring her back to the festival next year… this time with a tent.
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As a long-time regular at the annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, I often feel like I have a responsibility to the festival, myself and the public in general to share this unique musical extravaganza with others. I’ve been attending the bluegrass festival since 1975…and that’s a long time. The festival had just started a few years prior to that, and I had been sent there to cover the burgeoning event for the Royal Purple, the yearbook at Kansas State University. I fell in love with the festival, and have been a regular almost every year since then. That first year I spent the night and slept in my car. After that, I graduated to longer stays – first in a tent, then in some form of a camper. And along the way, I collected fellow campers. As so often is the case with something you are passionate about, I have always found myself wanting to share the festival with others – “virgins” as we call them on the festival grounds. First it was college friends, then post-college friends. When I launched this newspaper group 25 years ago, I started using the pages of our newspapers to promote the festival, as well. Our camp, and it’s collection of regulars, grew exponentially after that. At one point, our camp boasted around 40 members, give or take, from year to year. We had camp themes. We won the campground contest. And we interacted on a grand scale with other camps. About a decade ago, as my kids reached adulthood and started looking at the festival as their own thing separate from Dad’s plans, I found it was desirable for me to pull back a bit and get away from the large encampments I had helped create. One year, I even day-tripped the festival from my home in Goddard. These days, my girlfriend Kim and I have found a quiet spot to camp that is well away from the crowds. My oldest daughter Abby and the grandkids Felix and Margot camp with us now, while my younger daughter Katie still makes camp in the heart of the hubbub near the festival grounds. And just maybe, in another 10 years,
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WestSide Story People and Places The University of Texas at Arlington has announced that Madison Miller of West Wichita is a Maverick Academic Scholarship recipient for the 2017-18 academic year.
U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jordan L. Douglas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Douglas is a 2017 graduate of Maize High School.
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Matthew Freese was named to the 2017 summer dean’s list at Missouri State University, located in Springfield. Students on the dean’s list have earned a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
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Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell was elected as president of the League of Kansas Municipalities at the annual conference, held last month. “I am honored to serve as the President of League of Kansas Municipalities,” said Longwell. “As the voice of Kansas’ cities, the League plays a key role in local government. We advocate for, and provide guidance to, hundreds of cities across the state and I am excited to lead the effort.” Longwell was elected Mayor of Wichita in 2015 after serving on the city council since 2007. He is a long-time resident of Wichita and grew up in a west side neighborhood and attended West High School and Wichita State University. Longwell served on the Maize School Board for 12 years, prior to his city council service. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced the winners of the 2017 NAB Marconi Radio Awards Thursday night in Austin, Texas, and Entercom Wichita’s KNSS duo Steve McIntosh and Ted Woodward came up big winners as Medium Market Personality of the Year. The Marconi Awards recognize radio’s outstanding personalities and stations. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm. The “Steve and Ted Morning Show” is Wichita’s longest-running morning radio show. McIntosh and Woodward have co-hosted mornings on KNSS No.1 Talk Radio for 20 years and they will celebrated their 5,000th show on Sept. 27. “Steve and Ted Morning Show” airs weekdays 6-9 a.m. on KNSS 98.7 FM and 1330
AM. The award-winning show is produced daily by Jad Chambers. Citizens Bank of Kansas has announced that Shawn Riley has joined the bank as branch president and commercial lender. Riley offices at CBK’s West Wichita branch at 8718 W. 13th. Riley comes to Citizens Bank of Kansas with over 20 years of financial experience, most recently with Bankers’ Bank of Kansas. Riley is a Wichita native, graduating from Wichita State University in 1999 with a bachelor’s of science in Economics. Riley also has a master’s of business administration from Baker University. Highly respected sports journalist Paul Suellentrop is joining Wichita State as a senior communicator to provide comprehensive coverage of the Shockers’ first season competing in the American Athletic Conference and beyond. Suellentrop’s stories, podcasts and videos on WSU sports will be posted primarily on GoShockers.com and will also be made available to news media outlets and through social media.
Riverside Health Foundation recently donated $350,000 in support of graduate medical education at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita – bringing its total contribution to Via Christi programs to nearly $9 million over the past 15 years. Riverside Health Foundation’s board of directors directed that the funds be used to support the osteopathic track of the dually accredited Family Medicine Residency Program at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita and the third- and fourthyear osteopathic student clinical training program. Riverside Health Foundation board member Ron Stephen presented the check to Mike Mullins, chief executive officer of Via Christi Health and Kansas Ministry Market Leader for Ascension, and Monica Coen, Via Christi’s chief philanthropy officer. Sixty-four new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) earlier this month. The new officers were members of the 246th basic training class at the center. Located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, the center is a division of University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education. Graduates included patrol officer
Armstrong Chamberlin has announced that Belinda Atteberry has been named to the position of director of client services. Atteberry brings a wealth of expertise and experience to Armstrong Chamberlin as a veteran marketing professional with experience in brand management, media planning and buying, strategic positioning and public relations. Her previous positions include marketing director at Parks Family Dealerships, owner/operator of In Sync Marketing, media director for the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau, and general manager of KHLT-FM Radio. Among many honors, she was named a Wichita Business Journal 40 under 40 Business & Community honoree in 2003 and received three Aster Awards for National Healthcare Marketing. She currently serves on the board of directors for Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center and has spent years working with many charitable and community organizations. Longtime Sedgwick County District Judge Timothy Lahey retired effective Sept. 14. Lahey was first elected district judge in November 1990 and has been re-elected six times since. A native of Wichita, he is a graduate of Wichita State University and the University of Kansas School of Law. Before becoming a judge, Lahey served as a law clerk to Judge Robert B. Morton in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, was both a prosecutor and public defender in Wichita Municipal Court, and had a private general law practice. As a district judge, he has been asked to serve several times with Kansas Court of Appeals panels and was invited to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court in 2013. He has been a member of the Kansas Judicial Council’s Pattern Instructions for Kansas Committee, which writes and updates jury instructions for courts to use.
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Up and autumn...Are you ready for fall?
There is always talk about spring cleaning. However, there is much to be said about transitioning into fall as well. The move between summer and fall can be quite a challenge. We can sort of ease into spring, depending on the outside temperatures. But with the end of summer camps, vacations and back to school activities, summer comes to a screeching halt and fall commences. This is the perfect opportunity to make some changes around the house. First of all, a good general “clean-andsort” is in order. In the summer, doors and windows are frequently opened, letting in dust, dirt, etc. As summer activities change into fall schedules, the items you use and the way you use your spaces change. Pack up the summer gear in an organized fashion to make it easier to retrieve next spring. This is a chance to simplify your home an make it a little more stress-free. Besides storing the seasonal items, you may want to streamline your accessories and get rid of the bulk. Many people try to cram too much stuff into their spaces rather than sort out what is most important. Lighten it up and breath easier. As winter approaches, you and your family will be spending more time inside, and you certainly don’t want your home to feel claustrophobic. As you evaluate your furnishings, consider your home decor needs for fall, and yes, even the holidays. Don’t wait until the last minute to decide you need to redo your home or add that certain piece.
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Now is the time to plan for the upcoming season. This way you can get the right look rather than settle for what you can find a few days before Thanksgiving. Have a little fun and change your colors with the season. Neutrals are still a good idea for the backdrop of the room, which will allow you to add or change color with well placed accessories. This can be done without much effort or expense. Switch from your light summer colors to deeper, earthier hues for a rich autumn feel. Start with all of your fabrics, from bedding to windows. It’s about time to bring out the heavier duvet covers and thermal blankets. Pull out the throws for cozy evenings. You might consider switching out your window treatments to a heavier, insulated fabric, if possible. Be sure to bring in pillows with seasonal colors. Don’t be afraid to experiment with various sizes, textures and patterns. Keep in mind: if you like it, it works! There are many other things that you can do that will make a big impact on the ambiance of your home. Accessories and furniture with metal or leather speak to fall. A change in artwork can quickly transform a room for the season. Finally, adding candles can provide a nice glow as the days become shorter. With a change in the weather, autumn is also a great time to be outside, so don’t forget about your outdoor spaces. Comfortable seating and functional spaces are a must. An outside heater or chiminea is a bonus. Most people make significant changes in their wardrobe when the seasons change. Why not do the same for your home?
Performing Arts Calendar
Through Oct. 28 – “Little Shop of Cookie Horrors,” Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley St. Written by Carol Hughes. Tickets $30, $26 for children and seniors; show only $20. For tickets, call 316-263-0222.
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Through Oct. 31 – “Baby Jane, The Musical,” Roxy’s Downtown. Starring John Bates and Monte Wheeler, directed by Rick Bumgardner. Tickets $20-37. Call 316-365-4400 for reservations. Oct. 6-8 – Fall ballet, Friends University Sebits Auditorium. Shows 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6-7, 2 p.m. Oct. 8. Tickets $15, $12 for seniors and students; available at www.friends.edu/finearts. An historical look at dance from Europe to America. Narration by Sharon Rogers. Oct. 11 – Jazz Combo Showcase, Friends University Sebits Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.. Featuring Dave Glenn on trombone. Adults $6, seniors and students $3.
Oct. 18-29 – “A Murder Is Announced,” Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. A stage adaptation of a Dame Agatha Christie mystery novel. Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $14, senior/military/student $12. For reservations, call 316-686-1282. Oct. 23 – Jazz ensemble and jazz vocal ensemble, Friends University Sebits Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Featuring Kelley Hunt. Tickets $15, seniors and students $12. Oct. 27-28 – “How to Eat Like a Child,” Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center, 201 Lulu. A hilarious musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Oct. 27, and 2 p.m. Oct. 28. Tickets $7, call 316-262-2282. Reservations requested. Oct. 31 – Community orchestra, Friends University Sebits Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Adults $9, seniors and students $6. Nov. 2-4 – “White Christmas,” performed by Christian Youth Theater. Shows at 7 p.m. Nov. 2-3, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 4, at Isely Elementary School, 5256 N. Woodlawn, Bel Aire. Advance tickets $13, $11 for seniors and students. Tickets $2 more at the door. Purchase tickets online at http://cytwichita.org or call 316-682-1688. CYT is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4-18. CYT is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization which is funded primarily through its tuition, ticket sales, and outside contributions. CYT works through the local community utilizing classrooms and stages in churches and schools. CYT is not affiliated with a church body, and people of all faiths are welcome.
Oct. 12-14 – “Little Red Riding Hood, Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center, 201 Lulu. Showtimes: 10 a.m. and noon on Oct. 12; 10 a.m., noon and 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 13; and noon on Oct. 14. In this musical, Little Red learns not to talk to strangers and the wolf learns not to trick people, especially people who live next to a poison ivy patch. The Once Upon A Time series offers participatory theatre for children age 2-8, performed by a professional acting company. For the weekend performances only, children are invited to come 15 minutes early to make their own craft to take home. Dress your little ones in their pajamas and come snuggle up for a special good-night performance on Friday evening. Lunch and dinner shows are pizza shows; arrive 30 minutes early. Reservations necessary for pizza, and are recommended for all performances. Call 316-262-2282. Tickets $7 per person;
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Through Oct. 15 – “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” presented by The Forum Theatre Company at the Wilke Center Black Box Theatre, 330 N. Broadway. The show features a great collection of southern rock, country western, rhythm and blues, and bluegrass. It has been a regional staple since its Broadway debut in the 1980s. Tickets available at www. forumwichita.com or by phone at 316618-0444.
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