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Volume 32 • Issue 11 September 2017

ON THE COVER Seizing the day | 16

WestSider Trevor McChristian anchored the Music Theatre Wichita season finale. Contributed photo

Features Wichita Homes.............................3 Movie Review................................5

W e s t S i d e S t o r y

From the Publisher’s Files.........6

WestSider brings home national pageant title | 4 WestSide Story’s Fall Home & Garden Section | 24

People and Places.......................8 Performing Arts Calendar......10 Dateline........................................11 Pet Smarts...................................12 Focus On Business.............18-22

WestSide Story Editorial

Publisher Paul Rhodes Managing Editor Travis Mounts Graphics Abbygail Brown Reporters/Contributors Sam Jack, Dr. Jason Albertson, Philip Holmes

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A misguided view of Labor Day

This year, I’m celebrating Labor Day by completely misunderstanding its purpose. We’ve just gotten our fall sports guides into our three weekly papers, and that in and of itself is a laborious effort. We have eight high schools that we cover, which translates to nearly three dozen teams this fall. This is one of our busiest times of the year. Mid-August into the Labor Day weekend just has a lot of stuff packed into it, and there’s really nothing that we have the power to reschedule. We got WestSide Story off to press just before the holiday hit, and East Wichita News had a Sunday deadline. Simultaneously, we were working on a special keepsake for the Chisholm Trail’s 150th anniversary. It will be a fun piece, but it needs to be printed before the cattle drive comes to our area. So Labor Day weekend was a working three-day weekend for me. While many folks headed to the lake or a park for the final, unofficial last weekend of summer, or went out of town to visit family and friends, I was slaving away in the office. It’s my own masochistic way to honor the labor movement that started in the late 19th Century and gave us such things as overtime pay, 40-hour work weeks (not in newspapers!) and, well, Labor Day. The effort will be worth it. Soon, I’m heading out to California for a five-day vacation to visit my brother and niece. Like lots of folks at small businesses, my schedule often includes nights and weekends. I don’t take enough time away. It helps that I love what I do, so the long hours often don’t seem like work. My boys and I did get away for a family vacation in August. We headed west for several days of adventure in the Rocky Mountains. We love spending time with extended family, so many of our out-oftown trips are to see family members.

Travis Mounts | Managing Editor

But this trip was just about us, and it was one to remember. The highlight was a whitewater rafting adventure. A lot of recent rain in the southern Rockies meant higher water and bigger waves. I ate a lot of water. We visited the Royal Gorge. It was an educational experience, as I learned my oldest son, Isaac, does not like heights. I really wasn’t aware of this until we were dangling 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River, surrounded by glass and not much else. He refused to ride the aerial tram back across, opting for the longer walk to the bridge. The boys spent a good deal of time antique shopping. I have only a passing interest, but both of my sons found things that piqued their interests. They were both amazed at how much money they spent (between $50 and $80). Meanwhile, I was throwing $100 bills around the Cañon City area like confetti. And we ate, and ate well. The best spots – a family-owned Mexican restaurant in Cañon City, and a Japanese place hidden in the rural hamlet of Florence, with a population of about 5,000. My trip to California will include a trip to wine country, maybe some time staring at the ocean, taking in an Oakland A’s game, watching the Kansas City Chiefs from the heart of Oakland Raiders territory, and watching my niece play her first soccer game. With great memories had and waiting to be made, working through Labor Day seems like a labor of love.

Choosing the right light fixture has a huge impact on the overall interior design quality of the room. It can make or break the entire presentation and functionality of the living space. Besides proper illumination, lighting can enhance the other design elements in the room by highlighting their form, color and textures. Even the best designed room can be a let down when bad lighting fails to make an impression. Keep in mind that the fixtures themselves are also a part of the design scheme. Fortunately there are almost unlimited light fixture styles and finishes available that will coordinate and compliment most every decor style. Lighting experts suggest that you set goals for the lighting in your rooms. In other words, determine how you plan to use the room and what type of lighting is required. An optimum plan is to use a combination of different fixtures (also known as layered lighting) that will serve different purposes. In this way, you can change activities as well as the

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Philip Holmes | Interior Designer

mood of the room with literally the flick of a switch. This provides more flexibility for how the room can be enjoyed. The kitchen is well known as a gathering place for friends and family as well as a place to prepare meals. Bright general lighting is needed in addition to under counter, focused task lighting for preparing food. As the meal and cleanup is completed, your kitchen should be able to switch gears to a conversational area, with lighting that transitions as such. Layered lighting that includes a small lamp or other ambient lighting is

a nice way to change the tempo of the kitchen. Family rooms and hallways require a slightly different approach. In many homes, particularly those with open plans, the family areas are simply extensions of the kitchen. Whatever floor plan you might have, general lighting is important. Recessed  (can) lighting does a good job because it will  illuminate a large area without the fixtures themselves being seen. The unobtrusive recessed lights are especially a nice solution for large rooms, because when the cans are arranged properly, the light is evenly dispersed throughout the room. Part of a well-balanced lighting plan is to include task lighting such as lamps or wall sconces for reading. Track lighting and pennant lighting can be added for architectural highlights and focal points. These lighting strategies also translate well to the bedrooms. There is a need for general lighting from a ceiling light but it needs to be soft and relaxing while offering reading options as well.

Avoid center fixtures that are “glare bombs”: the ones that make you cringe when you walk in the room. If you are not doing recessed lighting. use globes, shades, or anything else that will calm and diffuse the light. Wall mounted sconces make the room cozy, functional and dramatic. On the other hand, they do not offer the flexibility of a well placed lamp. Chandeliers and ceiling mounted fixtures work best in entryways and dining rooms. Choose them wisely, because chandeliers will become the focal point of the room. Besides the aesthetic qualities, the proper scale and proportion need to be taken into account. As a rule of thumb, the diameter of the chandelier in inches should approximate the diagonal dimension of the room in feet. For example, if the diagonal dimension of the room is 20 feet, the ideal chandelier diameter would be about 20 inches. In the dining room however, the size of the table trumps the size of the room. See LIGHT, Page 7

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Positive experience

WestSider brings home national pageant title There’s a national pageant winner residing in West Wichita. Sierra Scott, a well-known Wichita TV personality and longtime WestSider, was crowned as Ms. Woman United States in July in Orlando, Fla. The win was a big surprise to Scott, who had no expectation that she’d be in the running for the title. Scott first competed in a pageant as a college student, and competed for several years during her early 20s. That time was in her past, however. Scott, who turns 54 in September, said a friend competed a few years ago in a “Mrs. Pageant” – pageants for adult women, regardless of their marital status. That got Scott excited about competing again. “Then I thought, ‘What if I fail?’ I was too afraid,” she said. “Then I finally thought, ‘Take a risk.’” Scott began looking for pageants that welcome women over 40. She had a condition, however. She wanted the pageant to support charities. Around Wichita, Scott is a regular at charity events, often serving as hostess. She’s also known to Wichita television viewers for her work on KSN Channel 3, and now on KPTS Channel 8 as host of “Positively Kansas.” She was blown away by the women who were competing with her in Orlando. “The whole week, I was watching the other women. They were CEOs and started charities,” she said. “I would have been happy making the top 15.” Observing the rest of the field of 40 contestants, Scott picked Ms. Nevada, Ms. Hawaii and Ms. California as her top three, in that order. Scott was among the top 15, meeting her goal. That meant another round of competition in the swimsuit category, which Scott said was intimidating. “Most of the women were in their 30s. I thought I’d get knocked out,” she said. To her surprise, she was selected in the top 10. The next round of competition was in evening gown. Again, Scott was surprised at how she did, advancing to the top 5 and a round of interview questions. Ms. Nevada, Hawaii and California advanced, too. “I was thrilled. My second thought was, ‘I have to answer an onstage question.’ It’s much easier to ask a question than answer it.” Then came the moment of truth. The fourth runner-up was announced. “And it’s not me,” Scott said, recalling the final moments of the pageant. Then the third runner-up, “and it’s not me.” Ms. Hawaii was named second runner up. “So it’s me and Nevada,” who Scott early on had pegged as the eventual winner. “I thought she was incredible.” But Scott missed the on-stage announcement that



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ABOVE: WestSider Sierra Scott reacts with surprise after winning the Ms. Woman United States crown in July. Scott participated in pageants in her early 20s, but hadn’t competed in decades when she won her current title. LEFT: Scott, a wellknown televsion personality in Wichita, now travels the country in her new role. Contributed photos

the next name read would be the first runner-up, so when Ms. Nevada’s name was called, Scott thought her competitor had won and went to hug her. Ms. Nevada told Scott that she was the winner. “That’s why I have such a goofy look on my face,” Scott said about the photo snapped the moment she realized she had won. “I was like, ‘What?’

“My face was the most awful winner’s face ever. I was totally clueless.” Scott’s first pageant came in 1987 while attending Kansas State. The Kansas City, Kan., native, entered and said it was a great experience. She continued to compete as she began her television career. For her, it wasn’t about winning. “I was more into self improvement,” she said. She won three local pageants, and competed for the Miss Kansas title, but never won. At age 25, she was living in Missouri and decided to compete one last time. She was first runner-up. But Miss Missouri went on to become Miss America, which meant the Missouri crown went to Scott. But she said she never got to compete at the Miss America pageant before she aged out. “By the time you’re 26, you’re an old maid. You’re out,” Scott said about the pageant’s age limit. While the Ms. Woman United States title may not have the same national recognition as the Miss American or Miss USA pageants, it’s still a big deal. “It has been absolutely life-altering,” Scott said. She has events schedule as far out as June 2018. She said she makes a minimum of four appearances a week. Recent stops have included an awards luncheon at the Goddard School District and a visit to Via Christi Hospital’s children’s ward. Scott was getting ready to leave for Tulsa when she conducted the interview for this story. She’s gone about one week a month. Scott will take part in fashion week in New York City. “I will walk the runway in two weeks,” she said. She’ll also visit a cancer hospital while in the Big Apple. When the weather permits, she’ll go to Houston to help with the recovery effort. “They want us to get our hands dirty. We’ll help people get back into their homes,” she said. Meanwhile, Scott is still responsible for hosting “Positively Kansas.” “Everybody (at KPTS) has been so supportive of it,” she said. On a recent day, three weekly shows were taped in one day. “It’s hard for them, but they’re being very helpful.” Scott moved to the WestSide about 13 years ago, and has been in love with this part of the city since then. “I like the family atmosphere. It feels like a slower pace,” she said. Her career took her to Joplin, Texas, and a couple markets in Florida. She returned to Wichita in 2001. “I wanted a town I felt safe in but that had some amenities,” she said. She had humble beginnings in KCK, but credited her family for her success. “My family instilled in me a work ethic, and that can take you far.”

Movie Review

Jim Erickson

Dunkirk rescue are simply not suited for dramatic narrative film; they may require too much background for dramatic focus. War for the Planet of the Apes “War for the Planet of the Apes” is not up to the high standards of the first two movies in the rebooted “Apes” series, but it does have its points. Special effects are excellent, as special effects usually are these days, though the apes seem more like men in furry suits than they have before, despite their short bow legs and elongated bodies. The wise red orangutan is still interesting and faintly comical, the new old guy who is associated with the little girl is a new and interesting character, and star Amiah Miller is a fascinating combination of child and post-adolescent. Characterizations are satisfactorily complex, considering how little you can do with facial expressions when you’re wearing a digital ape mask on your face. But the story is a little too sketchy for its two-and-a-half hours running time, and too much of it is devoted to pretty ordinary infantry fighting, with horses and spears confronting tanks and machine guns, a la classic “Flash Gordon.” Settings are an inconsistent mixture of forests and deserts and mountains. Woody Harrelson’s villainous colonel was hampered, at least for me, by soundtrack problems, even with my theatre earphones set at maximum volume. Dialogue is not always clear, and the apes are given some kind of ESP that enables them to communicate See MOVIES, Page 13

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Dunkirk Those who, like uninformed me, went to “Dunkirk” in hopes of seeing a historical study might have been better off consulting Joshua Levine’s paperback book about the making of the movie, on which Levine was a historical consultant. Levine informs us that director Christopher Nolan never intended to tell the whole story of the great military operation that rescued some 300,000 soldiers and may have enabled the Allies to win World War II. Levine quotes Nolan as saying, “I never intended it to be a war film. I saw it as a survival story,” and, “It’s a suspense film.” As a suspense/survival movie, you can’t deny that “Dunkirk” is a big success. An episode where a Spitfire pilot crashes into the ocean and can’t get out of his sinking plane is uncomfortably suspenseful – and there are a number of scenes like that. Action shots are spectacular, especially the airplane shots, and the photography is always interesting, though the beaches seem puzzlingly empty, considering the number of troops involved. But the limitation to a few characters’ personal stories, while necessary for dramatic effect (it’s hard to see how the whole story could have been told except in a documentary with a narrator), forces the omission of a good many relevant facts, such as why the Germans were so inactive. And the biggest thing about the Dunkirk rescue, the astonishing response of British civilians to the call for rescue ships, becomes subordinate. It seems as if every British civilian with so much as an inner tube splashed out and headed for the English Channel, but a single pleasure boat has to represent this colossal effort, and it can’t. The fact that some 300,000 soldiers were rescued, enough to keep England in the war and enable the Allied troops to hold off the Germans until they could invade North Africa (see Levine on this) is hard to believe without more detail than the movie gives. It may well be that stories like the

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Fighting to survive in ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

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An early lesson in community journalism I was saddened recently by the death of newspaper colleague and mentor Darrel Miller, who helped spur my interest in this business at an early age. Darrel was the owner and publisher of the Smith County Pioneer, which was my hometown newspaper growing up. While I was in high school, I got involved in student publications, and was named as editor of our high school newspaper my senior year. That experience – unbeknownst to me at the time – would help shape the professional path for my life. I thought the whole high school journalism thing was just an easy class to take around my college prep courses in math and science. At the time, I planned to attend Kansas State University and major in engineering. Our high school journalism advisor John Powell had somehow worked out a deal for our high school paper to be produced and printed at the local newspaper office the year I was editor, and three of us – myself, Dave Kaup and Steve Caspers – were granted day passes each time our little high school paper would go to press. The three of us got to use the equipment at the Smith County Pioneer to do the paste up of our newspaper pages, and get it ready for printing. That was the package deal, and we loved the opportunity to get out of school for these regular field trips. Little did I know that this experience was going to have a lasting impact on my life. Once I got to K-State the next fall and started my engineering coursework, I knew I was out of place. Just days into that fall semester, I ventured over to Kedzie Hall, where the KSU journalism department was located, and asked to visit with someone who could help me figure out the mess I thought I had created for myself. Honestly, my life wasn’t a mess at that point. It just felt like it. I met the dean of the journalism department, and some of its professors and students. That tour, including the

From the Publisher’s Files

Paul Rhodes | Publisher

yearbook office and the newsroom for the K-State Collegian, the daily campus newspaper, felt like home. It felt like the days I had spent producing my high school newspaper under the direction of Darrel Miller. Before the week was out, I had changed my major from engineering to journalism, and became a member of the yearbook staff. I was a staff writer for the yearbook initially, then the newspaper, and eventually became its editor. In the department, I joined my friend Dave Kaup, who knew all along he wanted to major in journalism. As I left the engineering department, I abandoned my friend Steve Caspers, who had fun helping us with the high school newspaper, but really was destined to be an engineer. And yes…he was the smart one. My exposure to community journalism from Darrel Miller never wore off. At the end of my sophomore year at KSU, I interned with the Phillips County Review in the next county over from Smith County, and later I worked for the Marysville Advocate, another “county seat” newspaper along the Highway 36 corridor of northern Kansas. And, after years spent working for daily newspapers across the country, the calling to follow in Darrel Miller’s footsteps was overpowering. I came back to Kansas, and plunged myself into the workings of a small group of community newspapers…just like my mentor had done many years before me. See RHODES, Page 7

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If it hadn’t been for Darrel Miller and the allure of that small-town newspaper office he operated, who knows what direction my life might have taken. But I can tell you this – my path paralleled his in some remarkable ways. We were both editors of our high school newspapers, we both got our journalism degrees from Kansas

State University, we both served as editor of the K-State Collegian, and we both returned to, and immersed ourselves in, community journalism when given the chance. We often take on budding journalists for internships here at our newspaper group, in the hope that we all will benefit from that relationship. That must have been Darrel Miller’s plan all of those years ago with the relationship he created with the local high school newspaper. He’d be happy to know that I’m trying to carry on that tradition.


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over the mirror is best complemented by sconces on either side in order to avoid shadows. Flush mount fixtures work best for the other areas. Incorporating the correct light fixtures in to your interior design will make everything else in your home look better. It will also provide more enjoyment by being able to illuminate the right areas at the right time in a way that just feels comfortable.

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WestSide Story People and Places • Scott Hershberger of West Wichita was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Hershberger is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. To qualify for the Dean’s List in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

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• Via Christi Health has named Ed Hett, MD, as its chief clinical officer following the retirement of Karl Ulrich, MD, in June. Hett, who has been a practicing Wichita physician since 1984, will continue to work directly with employers through the ACO and maintain his part-time clinical practice at Via Christi Clinic.As Via Christi’s CCO, he will work closely with Ziad Haydar, MD, senior vice president and chief clinical officer for Ascension. • Aaron Austin has been named associate vice president for Student

Affairs, Student Life at Wichita State University. The appointment was made by Teri Hall, WSU vice president for Student Affairs. Austin will begin his duties on Monday, Sept. 18. Austin, 43, will supervise the areas of Student Involvement, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Student Conduct and Community Standards. He will also work closely with Academic Affairs to increase student engagement in and out of the classroom. Austin earned a bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University before earning a master’s in higher and post-secondary education at Arizona State University. Austin received an Ed.D. from Texas Tech University in 2017. • Wichita Hoops has announced that Carlos Perez, Jr., has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of basketball operations. Perez, former general manager of Wichita Hoops, will oversee all boys’ and girls’ basketball related operations conducted

within the Wichita Hoops facility, along with events across the United States. Perez has a strong background in tournament management and operations, having spent numerous years organizing and conducting elite level basketball events. • Wesley Healthcare has named Judith Messer, RN, MSN, a nursing executive with more than 17 years of leadership experience, as its new chief nursing officer. Messer earned both her master of science in nursing administration and bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. She also was a recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award in 2008. • KSDS Assistance Dogs, Inc. (KSDS) has announced that Julie Prater has been named development director. Prater will raise awareness and support for KSDS, a nonprofit that provides guide dogs for the visually impaired,

service dogs to assist individuals with physical disabilities and facility dogs that assist professionals in the field of education, counseling, health care, retirement or the legal system. Prater most recently served as executive director for Kidzcope, where she helped raise awareness for children’s grief support groups. She has also served in various leadership positions in the Junior League of Wichita, where she put her talents to work on projects such as the “Pinches & Dashes” cookbook launch. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts degree. • Via Christi Health has named Michael McCullough as its chief financial officer, a role he has been filling on an interim capacity since March. McCullough previously was CFO for Acadia Healthcare’s Willingham division in Franklin, Tenn., where he provided See PEOPLE, Page 12

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail Saturday, September 16, 2017 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm • Clearwater, KS Fall Festival Performances by: Ft. Riley Commander General’s Mounted Color Guard (Leading Clearwater Fall Festival Parade • Demonstration of Skills 1:00 pm)

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Ron Wilson, Cowboy Poet “Lariat,” Jeff Davidson, Early Western Music and Cowboy Poet

Marla Matkin—Cattle Towns and Soiled Doves The Cowtown Cowboys

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Local Story Tellers: Abbie Bright - Portrayed by Clearwater Resident Sarah Rakes; Stories of the early Cattle Drives - Clearwater Resident Dean Dyer; Cowgirl Poet - Haysville Resident Donna Penley; Dr. Schulyer Jones, Grandson of J.R. Mead (Mr. Mead was a close friend of Jess Chisholm)

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Sept. 6-17 – “The Triangle Factory Fire Project,” season opener at Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. By Christopher Piehler in collaboration with Scott Alan Evans. Performances at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees Sept. 10 and 17. Tickets $14 for adults, $12 for military, seniors and students. Special opening night price of $10 on Sept. 6. Call 316-686-1282. Sept. 7 – Aaron Fowler, “When We Gather,” Family Folk Concert Series at Botanica, the Wichita Gardens. Pack a blanket or lawn chairs for this concert series in the Downing Children’s Garden meadow. Bring your dinner or order from the Garden Cafe. Information at www.botanica.org. Sept. 7-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. Sept. 8-9, 29-30 – “‘Dis’ Enchanted, a Fine Dining and Musical Experience,” presented by Emerald City Chorus. Shows at Bethany Lutheran Church Activity Center, 1000 W. 26th St. S. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner and show are $35, order online at www.emeraldcitychorus.org. Call 316-773-9300. Sept. 10 – Rossini’s “Stabat Mater,” Wichita Grand Operat preseason event. 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 600 N. Greenwich Rd. Starring in this production are WGO favorites Yunnie Park, Kirk Dougherty, Suzanne Hendrix and Alan Held. Tickets are $35, available online at www.wichitagrandopera. org/single-tickets.html, by phone at 316-262-8054 or at the church. Sept. 11 – Piano recital with Dr. Jamie Knight, Friends University Alumni Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Sept. 14 – Joyce Gedraitis, “Folk Dance Fun,” Family Folk Concert Series at Botanica, the Wichita Gardens. Pack a blanket or lawn chairs for this concert series in the Downing Children’s Garden meadow. Bring your dinner or order from the Garden Cafe. Information at www.botanica.org.

Performing Arts Calendar

September 2017

Sept. 21 – Aaron Fowler, “Sing People Sing: Songs for Little People,” Family Folk Concert Series at Botanica, the Wichita Gardens. Pack a blanket or lawn chairs for this concert series in the Downing Children’s Garden meadow. Bring your dinner or order from the Garden Cafe. Information at www. botanica.org. Sept. 25 – Dan Haerle Quintet, Friends University Alumni Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.. Tickets $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Tickets: call 316295-5677, online www.friends.edu/finearts, or at the Riney Fine Arts Centers. Sept. 28 – Erin Mae Lewis, “Tunes and Tales of the Mountain Dulcimer,” Family Folk Concert Series at Botanica, the Wichita Gardens. Pack a blanket or lawn chairs for this concert series in the Downing Children’s Garden meadow. Bring your dinner or order from the Garden Cafe. Information at www. botanica.org. Sept. 28-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. Sept. 29-30 – “The Mousetrap,” Friends University Sebits Auditorium. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Adults $11, seniors and students $8. Tickets: call 316-2955677, online www.friends.edu/finearts, or at the Riney Fine Arts Centers. Sept. 30 – “Madama Butterfly,” Wichita Grand Opera, 7:30 p.m. at Century II Concert Hall. The moving tale, set in turn-of-the-century Japan, tells the the story of an innocent young girls who falls in love with an American sailor, but their marriage leads to tragic consequences. Tickets $37-$85, www. selectaseat.com.

Sept. 10 – Sensory friendly fun at Exploration Place, 10-11:30 a.m. Experience the museum without the noise, crowds or the stimulation of a regular day. More information at www.exploration.org. Sept. 12 – The Nonprofit Chamber of Service will be hosting Connect with the Candidates, 4:30-6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Guadalupe Clinic, 940 S. St. Francis. Connect with the Candidates is an annual networking event that provides the opportunity for community members to mingle with candidates running for local offices and ask questions and get to know them one-on-one. The event also provides an opportunity for candidates to meet nonprofit leaders and learn more about the nonprofit sector. Candidates for Wichita City Council, USD 259 School Board and area Mayoral candidates have been invited to attend. Other candidates are also invited to attend. For more information or to register visit www.nonprofitchamberks.org/events.

Upcoming events in and around Wichita

Sept. 16 – The Incubator for Nonprofits of Kansas will be hosting its second conference for nonprofit startups, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. The “So You Want to Start a Nonprofit” conference will provide four sessions designed to provide guidance with the process of launching a nonprofit in Kansas. Attendees can expect to come away from the conference knowing what steps they need to take to start a nonprofit, how to write a nonprofit business plan, how to create a strategic plan and the basics of finding grants and fundraising. The conference will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 525 N. Main. Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch. Register online at www. theinkinc.org. Sept. 23 – EcoFest Wichita, 10 a.m.4 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita, 7202 E. 21st St. N. Admission $2, free for kids under 12. Join in the fourth annual event. Shop from Kansas-based vendors for locally sourced creative vintage and repurposed items and art, make eco-friendly crafts, play games, eat plant-based and grain-fed food, talk to experts on topics ranging from gardening to advocating for the earth. For more information, call 316-684-3481, or visit www.firstuu. net or www.ecofestwichita.org. Sept. 24 – Fiesta Hispana, at Exploration Place, presented by Radio Lobo, 1-7 p.m.. Immerse yourself in Hispanic culture and heritage with crafts, games, food, music, dance and more. Presented in partnership with K-State Research and Extension of Sedgwick County. More information at www.exploration. org.

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Sept. 16 – 20th annual Garden Railway Tour, Wichita Area Garden Railway Society, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The tour includes the Gene Spear Garden Railway at Botanica, the Wichita Gardens, and O.J. Watson Park, where a member will set up a portable steam model train layout. Visitors also can ride on the park’s train for $3 per person. Admission to the tour is free but donations are welcome. This year’s garden railways on the tour are: 1) Botanica’s Gene Spear Garden Railway, 701 N. Amidon; 2) Bruce Wilson, 1041 S. Cooper; 3) David and Lana McLain, 2434 N. Amidon; 4) Dave and Marie Rothenberger, 217 Joann; 5) Larry and Marylou Dawley and Joe and Leigh Ann Dawley, 2015 E. Blake; 6) Bob Wald’s Steam Railway, O.J. Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Blvd.; 7) Nick and Bonnie Roark, 9610 SW Diamond, Augusta. For more information, contact Nancy Marin, 316-721-3566 or nanmarin@att.net.


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Sept. 8 – Vine, an Alfresco Event, at Botanica, the Wichita Gardens. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Stroll the gardens and experience a farm-to-table dinner, four fully stocked bars, wine tasting from local wineries, and music from the band Annie UP. Tickets $30, available online at https://botanica.org/vine.

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Win the pet parasite fight Internal and external parasite infestations such as intestinal worms, protozoal infections, fleas and ticks, are common in our companion animals. In addition to causing serious disease in our pets, some of these parasites can be transmitted to people. Here are several recommendations from the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) aimed at reducing parasite problems. First, follow the recommendations of your veterinarian regarding parasite testing and prevention. Have your pet examined one or two times yearly. Dogs should be tested for heartworm and tick-borne disease annually and placed on monthly prevention. All cats should be tested for heartworms prior to starting year-round prevention. Fecal examinations for parasites should be conducted several times during the first year of life, then at least

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water. Cover the kids’ sandbox when not in use (neighborhood cats can’t resist this nice, big litter box) and protect garden areas from fecal contamination. When walking your dog, be a good neighbor and pick up his poop. Keep your own yard free of feces to reduce the chances of intestinal worms from establishing a permanent home. When cleaning up after your pets’ eliminations, do not use your bare hands and always wash them thoroughly after this important chore. This is particularly important for children and the elderly. The CAPC has an informative website that can provide additional information on the risks associated with pet parasites and parasite-borne disease, including prevalence maps to reinforce your veterinarian’s recommendations. Go to www.petsandparasites.org for more information. degrees from Kansas State University and her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

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Sept. 24 – A coalition of community partners including Wichita Parks and Recreation, Wichita Festivals, ICT Health, Visual Fusion, Bike Walk Wichita and several others are launching a new event – Open Streets ICT. The event, 12-4 p.m., will bring Wichitans of all ages and fitness levels together for an active, fun, community building afternoon on Wichita’s iconic Douglas Avenue. Modeled after successful open street events around the country, Open Streets ICT closes four miles of Douglas Avenue from the College Hill neighborhood to the historic Delano District. Traffic will be closed off and the street opened to young and old alike to enjoy biking, walking, running, dancing, yoga, entertainment, food, art, music and more. The expectation is thousands attend the event on Douglas and experience the first time event. For more information, visit www.openstreetsict.com. Sept. 28 – Senior Expo at Exploration Place, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., presented in partnership with the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging. Seniors ages 55 and older, along with their caretakers, get free admission and will find information from more than 130 vendors. Sept. 29 – McAdams Academy, a Youth for Christ program, will sponsor a golf classic to benefit the at-risk students they reach in the Sedgwick County area. The golf classic is being hosted at Sand Creek Station Golf Club, 920 Meadowbrook Dr., Newton. Register

Movies (with captions, sometimes) with no lip movement whatsoever – I wondered why they had bothered to learn to speak English. What dialogue there is is not devoted to characterization or detailed world-building, and the story itself is simple enough that nothing much is needed.

Through Jan. 1 – “Hall of Hereos,” traveling exhibit at Exploration Place. Unleash your superpowers and test your skill with gadgets and more. Investigate movie props, costumes, memorabilia and rare artifacts, include a full-scale “half ” replica of the 1960s Batmobile. Ticket information at www. exploration.org.

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Our chimp hero Caesar, played by Andy Serkis, is, interestingly, old and weary, eager to give up the burdens of leadership even on a family level. Nothing seemed to be able to make him smile anymore. Characterizations are maybe too dependent on closeups, to the extent that I wondered whether the actors were changing masks to fit the emotions they were supposed to be feeling. The whole movie is too long and too repetitious. “War for the Planet of the Apes” is entertaining, but “Rise” and “Dawn” led me to expect something better.


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Oct. 1 – Wichita CROP Hunger Walk, 2 p.m. at Sedgwick County Park. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Participants are invited to raise funds to fight hunger and bring the funds to the walk. There is no charge to walk. Parent consent is needed for walkers up to age 18. People may set up a team or register as an individual walker at crophungerwalk.org for secure on-line donations. Walkers who raise $100 receive a T-shirt. Local hunger relief agencies St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Free Community Breakfast, City Life Church Neighborhood Fellowship, United Methodist Open Door and Wichita Inter-Faith Ministries Hunger Ministries receive 25 percent of the funds raised, and the rest goes to Church World Service to fight hunger internationally. See cropwalkwichita.org for information on these agencies. The walk also includes a peanut butter drive for local agencies. For information and publicity materials and parent consent forms for walkers under age 18 contact Alice Price at amariep7819@att.net or 316-267-6853.

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and pay at www.sandcreekgolfclub. com/mcadams. The cost is $100 per golfer or $400 per team. Each golfer receives two drink vouchers and prizes for the top two teams in each flight. Questions may be addressed to Bev Jackson at 316-655-0419 or bjackson@ mcadamsacademy.com.

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Maize High grad anchors MTW season finale Last month, Maize High School graduate Trevor McChristian, 22, made his leading-role debut on on Wichita’s biggest stage. He played Jack Kelly in Music Theatre Wichita’s version of the Disney musical “Newsies” – singing, dancing, clambering over a multi-level set, and acting the part of an orphaned newsboy who goes from sleeping on the street to challenging the most powerful men in New York City. “I think I really saw a lot of myself in him,” McChristian said. “He really loves the people he surrounds himself with, but he also has a longing for something more. He wants to go somewhere, to do something with his life.” Starting in high school, McChristian’s “something more” has been a successful career as an actor. “One of my favorite lines in the show was, ‘Dreams come true. Yeah, they do,’” he said. “It was amazing to sing a line like that on stage, every night, when one of the biggest dreams in my life is

coming true at that moment.” McChristian caught the theatre bug when he was around 11 years old. His first show was “The Music Man,” in a summer program offered by the Maize Recreation Commission. When he got to high school, his choir teacher, Doris Prater took him aside and told him he should consider getting serious and fostering his talent for singing and performing. “She said, ‘I think you have some potential; I think you could really excel in something like this,’” McChristian said. “She was and still is a mentor to me.” He performed leading roles in musicals at Maize High, including Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls” and Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors.” He also added shows like “Seussical” and “All Shook Up” to his repertoire, through Music Theatre for Young People, and performed with Music Theatre Wichita’s summer teen choir. Singing and acting came somewhat naturally to McChristian, but at

age 16, it hit him that he would need dance skills to be competitive in the musical theatre business. He found a local teacher who started putting him through grueling, four-hour dance lessons every Saturday morning. In 2013, his senior year, he played J. Pierpont Finch in the satirical 1961 musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” That earned him a Jester, one of the awards Music Theatre Wichita gives annually to local high school students who excel in the performing arts. MTW added to that honor by sending him, and Goddard High School graduate Sophia Macias, to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards – known as the Jimmys – in New York City. The Jimmys packed an introduction to New York’s professional theatre scene into one intense week of coaching and rehearsing, capped by a performance on the Broadway stage that has long been home to “The Lion King.”

“When you’re not rehearsing (group numbers), you’re in a vocal coaching session with Broadway coaches,” McChristian said. “The year that I went, Leslie Odom, Jr., was one of the vocal coaches. Last year, he won the Tony award for best lead actor in a musical. It was an incredible opportunity.” Around the same time, McChristian earned a spot as a full member of MTW’s summer company, and he became one of 20 students, chosen by audition out of a field of 378, to join Elon University’s music theatre program in North Carolina. “There was no doubt in my mind Elon University was where I was supposed to be, the moment I walked on campus,” McChristian said. For an actor, the auditions never stop. As McChristian concluded his interview with WestSide Story, he was rushing across the Elon campus to audition for the school’s fall shows. Rejection can sometimes be instantaneous, and you have to develop a thick skin.

Trevor McChristian made his leading-role debut as Jack Kelly, the protagnist in the hit Disney musical “Newsies.” The show played an extended run in Music Theatre Wichita’s production at Century II. Contributed photos/Christopher Clark

“Newsies” several days later, after the MTW crew had heard another round of auditions in New York City. Wayne Brian texted him. “It was something very vague, and it scared me a little bit,” McChristian said. “It was something like, ‘Trevor, thank you again so much for coming in this

year. You’ve really improved.’ I felt like there was a ‘but’ at the end of that sentence. That’s when he offered me the role. It was probably 11:30 at night.” He called and woke up his mom, Wendy Ross, to share the news, then called and woke up his voice teacher and his mentor at Elon, too.

It was exciting to bring his growing skills back to his hometown. “We did ‘Newsies’ for 11 performances, and I had a direct family member – Mom, Dad, grandparents, aunt, uncle – at all of them but one,” McChristian said. “It was really nice to walk out the stage door and see all my family there.” Putting together five shows in 13 weeks creates a real esprit de corps among the company members. “What we do is tell stories, and we get our hearts involved in these stories, whether they’re fun, campy, lighthearted things like ‘Hairspray’ or whether they’re dark and heart-wrenching tales. At the very end of the summer, it was a happy day, but it was also sad, because this is the last time we’ll see each other for I’m not sure how long,” McChristian said. The uncertainty of a performing career might be off-putting to some, but it is appealing to McChristian. “I don’t know what I’m going to be doing a year from now, let alone 10 years,” he said. “That’s the excitement of it. I just want to be a working actor, whether that’s on a tour, on Broadway, at regional theatres. I just hope I can still be doing what I love.”

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“Sometimes you sing one song for maybe 30 seconds, and they’re like, ‘Thanks for coming in,’” McChristian said. “Getting rejected on the spot sounds horrible, but you just get used to it.” McChristian’s biggest auditions so far ended in acceptance, not rejection. In spring 2016, directors visited Elon to recruit talent for their regional shows and national tours. McChristian got the attention of Legacy Theatre, near Atlanta, and was offered a 32-show summer run of “Mary Poppins.” He played Burt, Dick van Dyke’s chimneysweep character in the movie. It was his first time handling a Broadway schedule: eight shows a week, with Mondays off. “I was able to figure out the sustainability of keeping my health up and finding the inspiration to do a show every day except Monday, and sometimes twice in one day,” McChristian said. For his next big professional audition, he drove from North Carolina to Chicago, where Wayne Brian and MTW’s creative staff were meeting performers. He read and sang for the leads in three of 2017’s summer shows. He found out he’d landed the lead in

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Times-Sentinel Newspapers continues its commitment to community journalism You are what you eat, and Times-Sentinel Newspapers consumes local news. “That’s always been our bread and butter, and we really try to never forget that local news defines our operations,” said Travis Mounts, the newspaper group’s managing editor and co-owner. That’s especially true as the newspaper group officially celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall. Times-Sentinel Newspapers, the parent company of the WestSide Story, was launched in October of 1992. In the past few years, several acquisitions by Times-Sentinel Newspapers have defined the reach and scope of the newspaper group based in Cheney. But in every case, those additional newspapers were acquired because they fit nicely into the category of community journalism. “We got our start on Main Street Cheney, and our headquarters office is still right there in the 100 block, but our reach and our commitment to community journalism covers so much more these days,” said Times-Sentinel publisher and co-owner Paul Rhodes. “From our very start, growth and expansion of community news coverage has been our goal, and I think we’ve achieved

a certain level of success in terms of accomplishing that goal.” In 1992, the small group of newspapers that became The Times-Sentinel was acquired by Rhodes and his then-wife Amy Crouch. Rhodes continues to operate the newspaper group with Mounts, who had been a longtime employee before getting involved as an owner with the newspaper group. Since then, TSN has acquired the WestSide Story covering west Wichita, The Conway Springs Star and Argonia Argosy in northwestern Sumner County, the Haysville Sun-Times, and, most recently, the East Wichita News. “Print journalism is still alive and well on the community level, and that’s really exciting. We know there’s some additional markets we can tap in Wichita, and we have all kinds of ideas about new publications we’d like to launch,” said Mounts. “At that point, it’s all about timing, Paul Rhodes, right, and Travis Mounts are partners manpower and financial resources.” in Times-Sentinel Newspapers, LLC. Rhodes serves The newspaper group is headquartered in Cheney, just as publisher and oversees sales and business west of Wichita. For more information, call 316-540functions. As managing editor, Mounts directs 0500 or visit www.tsnews.com. news coverage.

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an Abundant Wealth Picture. Like using Google maps, the very first thing you put in is your destination. Put in the wrong destination and you’ll get a faulty map. Put in no destination and Google maps can’t help you.” “Next in The Abundant Wealth Process™,” I said, “we simulate your current financial plan to see in advance where you will end up if you follow your current strategies through your retirement. During the simulation, we also ‘stress-test’ your plan and investments to uncover unknown side-effects and obstacles. We want you to understand the biggest issues and concerns before we suggest any changes. Do you know what the side-effects and obstacles are under your current plan?” “I have no idea,” said Dan. I continued, “Next, we create a custom Abundant Wealth Blueprint, which details the three to five strategies necessary to reduce the side effects and tactical interactions and get you on the right course to enjoy the Abundant Wealth Picture we painted in the first phase.” “Can’t you just tell me what you recommend?” asked Dan. I said, “That’s the problem with the financial industry and media. Solutions first. If you went to a doctor and they wrote out prescriptions without taking any tests, what would you call them?”


According to a recent CBS News article, two out of three Americans who plan on continuing to work in retirement cite financial reasons. “What’s your biggest hope for your retirement?” I asked Dan, a successful 62-year old business owner who approached me after one of my recent seminars, Income Tax Reduction and Estate Tax Elimination. “My biggest hope…” he replied, looking past me as if he were reminiscing. “Well… is retiring.” “What do you mean?” I asked. He paused. “Having enough, I guess.” Dan thought for a moment and then looked me straight in the eye. “Yes. That’s it. Can I retire? Will I have enough?” “Will you?” I continued. “Truthfully? I don’t know. I really don’t know.” he emphasized. Retirement. Remember when it was something that your parents were getting ready for, not you. It was so far in your future that it was just a speck on the horizon. Now it is too close for comfort—like a speeding train barreling down on you—too close to ignore. Or, maybe you are already on the retirement train. Retirement. The mention of the word used to bring to mind wonderful pictures of walking on the beach, spending time with family, traveling to far-off places, golfing to your heart’s desire… and more bucket list stuff. Now, it brings consternation to most Americans. And to some, down-right fear. A recent AARP study reported that 2 out of 3 people over age 45 fear running out of money even more than they fear dying. People fear running out of money more than dying! “What can you do about it anyway,” complained Dan. “There is so much uncertainty and so many conflicting voices.” “Maybe this will help,” I shared. “When you use Google maps, what’s the most important piece of information that you have to put in?” I asked. “Well, destination, of course,” Dan answered. “Of course, but the vast majority of folks stumble through retirement without ever clarifying their custom destination,” I said. “It’s not your fault, though, Dan. It’s the financial industry and media that are broken. They push solutions as the answer. Do this. Buy this. Hammers in search of a nail.” I continued, “When we take clients through The Abundant Wealth Process™, we start with painting a custom and complete picture of your ideal retirement,

“A quack. It’s malpractice,” he replied. “Well, that’s what happens in the financial industry,” I answered. “Making recommendations before clarifying your picture of the future and stress-testing your current plan is foolish, if not downright dangerous. You’d never do it with your health… and you shouldn’t do it with your wealth,” I said. I continued, “Once you’ve approved the Blueprint, that’s when we build your Abundant Wealth Plan.” “Seems like a sound process,” said Dan. “It works. If you want a better outcome, you need a better process. That’s why I created The Abundant Wealth Process™, so that successful business owners, executives and women on their own could enjoy a more abundant retirement with greater peace and freedom. Make sense?” I said. “Does to me. So, what do I do next?” Dan asked. “If you keep doing what you have been doing, will your present plan ensure that you are able to enjoy an abundant retirement?” I queried. “I don’t really know!” Dan replied. “Isn’t it time to find out?” I responded. “Yes. Can you help?” Dan asked. I said, “Not sure. We have a Special Report, The Six Biggest Retirement Obstacles, that I’m happy to share with you. Or, we offer a free, confidential 57-minute Retirement Opportunity Conversation. During our time, there is nothing to buy; I will uncover at least 2 opportunities to increase your income or reduce your taxes; and you’ll know what to do next, if anything. It’s our way to give value first and see if we might be of any further help. Seem fair?” Dan said, “Yea, sure. I have enough to read. So, I’d like you to give me your feedback on what I’m doing. I hope you have time for that conversation with me. SOON!” “Give me your info and I’ll have someone from our firm check the schedule and get back with you,” I said. “SOON,” Dan emphasized again. Can you answer the Big Retirement Question, “Will I have enough?” I urge you to get your plan stress-tested today, so you know for sure. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll be on your way to greater peace and freedom!

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Wichita Grand Opera kicks off the 2017-18 Season with two powerhouse productions By Michael Berglund Wichita Grand Opera will be kicking off its 201718 Season this month with two great performances. First, in a special pre-season concert at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, WGO’s orchestra, chorus, and soloists will perform Rossini’s rarely-heard sacred masterpiece, “Stabat Mater” on September 10. Then, on September 30, WGO will open its season proper onstage at Century II Concert Hall with one of Puccini’s best-loved operas, “Madama Butterfly.” “Stabat Mater” is a 13th century sacred poem and, over the past 800 years, it has been set to music by more than 60 known composers. J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt, Palestrina, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Schubert, and even Giuseppe Verdi have been inspired by its words, which contemplate Mary’s emotions as she sees Jesus on the Cross. Gioachino Rossini, after completing his monumental “William Tell,” had retired from composing at the age of 37, walking away from a legacy as opera’s greatest living composer. While on vacation in Spain, a local state councilor approached Rossini, asking him to compose a work based on the “Stabat Mater.” Rossini refused at first; in his opinion, Palestrina’s work from a century earlier was the greatest musical setting of the poem that could ever be conceived. Eventually, Rossini was persuaded to attempt the project. The result is a powerful piece, combining a heartfelt solemnity with the theatrical flair that made Rossini a household name. WGO’s performance of Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. The soloists will include Korean soprano Yunnie Park, American tenor Kirk Dougherty, American mezzo-soprano Suzanne Hendrix, and internationally-renowned bass-baritone Alan Held, with Maestro Martin Mazik conducting. Opening Night of WGO’s season at Century II falls on September 30, with a new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” at 7 p.m. Ms. Park and Mr. Dougherty both appear in this production as well. Park – a native of Korea – will be making her debut in the title role as Cio-Cio-San. Dougherty will star as the American sailor who loves her and leaves her. Some might be more familiar with the story of “Madama Butterfly” through its music theater adaptation, “Miss Saigon.” The details are the same – an innocent young girl has an idyllic fling with an American sailor, but she takes the relationship far more seriously than he does. Their brief romance quickly

With a text based on a 13th-century poem, Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” is a rarely-heard sacred masterpiece. WGO’s Sept. 10 performance features renowned bass-baritone Alan Held.

internationally renowned conductor Maestro Martin Mazik, WGO’s Principal Guest Conductor, takes the podium for Puccini’s gorgeous score. Tickets for “Stabat Mater” are $35 for General Admission, while tickets for “Madama Butterfly” range in price from $85 to $37, with group, corporate, student, and senior discounts available. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling WGO’s Box Office at 316-262-8054, or online through SelectASeat.com. For more information, WGO’s website can be found at www.WichitaGrandOpera.org. The remainder of the 2017-18 Season at a Glance: Wichita’s own Chris Mann returns home for an exclusive gala concert with internationally renowned maestro Steven Mercurio conducting in “Chris Mann: Home for Christmas” on December 9, 2017. Soprano Larisa Martinez, at home on stage with such luminaries as Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli, stars in Verdi’s hauntingly beautiful “La Traviata” on April 7, 2018. The Russian National Ballet Theatre returns to Wichita with one of the most beloved fairy tales from the big screen to the small stage, “Cinderella,” on April 29, 2017.

becomes a tragic story of an abandoned young bride faced with a heartbreaking choice. Yunnie Park and Kirk Dougherty – as we’ve already mentioned – are two of the most exciting young singers in the opera world. Park has attracted the notice of national publications like “Opera News,” which praised her “gleaming, elegant, and soaring” voice. Dougherty has earned similar praise, with critics in Kansas City raving about his “brilliant and adept” voice following his appearance in WGO’s “La Bohème” last fall. Wichita favorite Michael Nansel will join them in the cast, singing the part of Sharpless, the American consul. Nansel recently made his debut in the title role of Verdi’s “Falstaff” in New York, and has performed a wide variety of leading roles with WGO, earning consistent praise. WGO’s “Madama Butterfly” holds one more special point of interest for Wichita opera fans. This performance is the first time opera superstar (and Colby, Kansas native) Samuel Ramey and his wife Lindsey Ramey will appear in roles together in the same production. Mr. Ramey will sing the role of Prince Yamadori, and Mrs. Ramey will sing the role of Kate Pinkerton. Stage director Shayna Leahy returns to Wichita Grand Opera to direct “Madama Butterfly,” as

Wichita Grand Opera presents a new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” Sept. 30. Korean soprano Yunnie Park stars as Cio-Cio-San, the Japanese woman tragically abandoned by an American sailor.

that is free and open to the public and produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Autumn & Art 2017 featured artists Autumn & Art featured artists Jeff and Judy Goodwin create unique and richly-colored jewelry using an ancient Italian glass technique known as millifiori (thousand flowers) and the Japanese clay technique called nerikomi. “We have adapted these techniques to the 21st century while supporting an earth-friendly working environment,” said Jeff. “Our porcelain is created using our own recipe of six different clay chemicals. Stain is added to the dry porcelain and then water is added to create our colored clays. We have over 35 colors that we layer and manipulate into loaves containing our designs. Next we slice these ‘loaves’ (like bread) to form each jewelry piece. The pieces are formed, shaped, sanded, glazed and fired three times before we apply a 24-karat gold edging and add embellishments such as semi-precious stones or fresh-water pearls.” Jeff and Judy grew up in Northern California, where they met while attending Humboldt State University. They lived in Wyoming and Utah while

Jeff was employed as a geologist. Judy has been involved in ceramics since high school and works as a potter as well as creating jewelry. After apprenticing together with a ceramicist in 1997, they created Daaman Jewelry. They live on 47 acres in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and have two grown children. Signed, numbered prints of the Autumn & Art 2017 commemorative poster featuring “Rainforest Pendant” by Jeff & Judy Goodwin are available for $10 for a limited time at The Frame Shop in Bradley Fair and at the event welcome centers. Autumn & Art Patrons will receive the print at the Patron Party, courtesy of Grant Thornton LLP.


Fall brings Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair – Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 this year – and with it a great way to celebrate the colorful arrival of the season: the Patron Party. The kick-off event of the three-day alfresco fine-art fair, this outdoor party for patrons only is scheduled for 6-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15 on Bradley Fair Parkway, just south and east of 21st and Rock Road, adjacent to Bradley Fair in the center of the Autumn & Art festival. The lavish opening night Patron Party features gourmet food, specialty wine and spirits; a silent auction and wine pull; performances by the Steel Drum Band and fire-dancers, Phlox; patron gifts; photo booth fun with artists Linnebur and Miller; alfresco billiards; craft beer tasting and more. Patrons also enjoy reserved parking and complimentary beverages throughout the weekend. Patron tickets are available now for $120 online at TicketFly.com (just search for “Autumn & Art Patron Party”) or reserve by phone at (316) 267-2817. Tickets also can be purchased at Bradley Fair Guest Services, next to Williams-Sonoma. In addition to a great weekend of art-fueled fun, patrons enjoy the satisfaction that comes with supporting Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, an event

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Why Invest in Breast Cancer Research? You have a chance to participate in the 28th annual Susan G. Komen Wichita Race for the Cure on Saturday, September 23rd in downtown Wichita. If you sign up, not only do you get to attend a fun event, you get to raise funds that will make a difference in people’s lives. Since 1982, Susan G. Komen has invested more than $920 million in over 2500 research grants and more than 460 clinical trials. In the beginning, our aim was to understand the basic biology of breast cancer. But as we learn more about the factors that make cancer cells grow and spread, we’re able to invest more in turning this knowledge into better approaches to treatment, early detection and prevention. We’ve also learned that cancer cells are smart – and can find ways to escape the many drugs that have been developed in the past 20 years. This is one of the most challenging issues we still face in reducing breast cancer deaths. But today, we believe our researchers can outsmart breast cancer. So we fund the brightest minds and the best breast cancer research – research that has the potential to reduce breast cancer rates and mortality within the decade. Our researchers have uncovered a staggering amount of information about breast cancer over the past three decades and will continue to do so in the coming years. This evolution in our understanding of breast cancer has set the stage for a new era in breast cancer therapy and prevention, due in part to the many studies and clinical trials that we’ve funded and continue to fund. Your dollars, raised at the Wichita Race for the Cure, help us fund some of the best and brightest breast cancer researchers in the world. Our granting process is rigorous, ensuring that only the best science is funded. From our scientists-in-training to our seasoned researchers and Komen Scholars, we strive to push the field of breast cancer forward, translating research into real advancements in the clinic – new ways to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer. Plus, our researchers are not just scientists; they’re survivors, spouses, sons and daughters. Their passion to end breast cancer is just as great as ours. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters, we’re funding lifesaving research in all areas of breast cancer, from basic biology to prevention to treat-

ment and to survivorship. And with continued support, this scientific research will address some of the most pressing issues in breast cancer today: • Identifying the environmental factors that contribute to breast cancer risk • Studying the genes and molecules that contribute to the development and progression of breast cancer • Identifying and improving methods of early detection • Ensuring more accurate diagnoses  • Developing numerous strategies to prevent all types of breast cancer, including new drugs and vaccines and dietary approaches such as flaxseed and soy • Enabling personalized treatments based on breast cancer subtypes and the genetic make-up of a tumor  Our investment in research has already paid off. Improvements in early detection and effective treatment, due to research, have contributed to a 38 percent decline in breast cancer deaths in the U.S. between 1989 and 2014. We have made much progress, but we have not completed our mission to end breast cancer forever. With your help and donation, we can get closer to the finish line. To register for the Wichita Race for the Cure on Saturday, September 23rd or to make a donation go to www. komenkansas.org

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Picking the right paint finish Go to the hardware store, request a gallon of paint, and in addition to the color, they will also want to know what finish you want. There are five basic paint finishes, and it pays to know the differences between them so you can choose the right one for your needs. Paint finishes vary in sheen. A flat or matte finish is just that – flat with no sheen. It reflects no light and is easy to touch up, making it a good choice for imperfect surfaces. Experts recommend a flat finish for the ceilings and walls in most rooms but bathrooms and kitchens. Cleaning flat paint can be difficult, so you might want to avoid using it in areas like bathrooms and kitchens. If you are looking for a finish with a hint of sheen like the surface of an egg, try eggshell. It touches up easily and holds up better to cleaning than flat, but it can

be delicate. You don’t want to use it in areas with a lot of traffic. For a silky, pearl-like sheen, try a satin finish. It is not as easy to touch up, but it is easier to clean, making it a good choice for ceilings, doors, walls and trim. It can be scrubbed and works well in areas that get a lot of traffic. For kitchens, bathrooms and other areas where cleanup takes place on a regular basis, a semigloss finish is ideal. Not only is it resistant to humidity, staining, chipping and scuffing, but it is super easy to clean. Just wipe it down with warm, soapy water, and watch the dirt disappear. Because of the higher sheen, the durable finish will bring attention to surface imperfections and it can be harder to touch up. Finally, there is high gloss. Experts recommend the shiny finish mostly for furniture, cabinets, woodwork and trim because it reflects so much


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light and magnifies imperfections. Prepwork is essential for creating a good surface for a highgloss paint. Once it is applied, however, it is highly durable and super easy to clean, though hard to touch up. Manufacturers are working hard everyday to make all finishes easy to clean and durable. Generally, the shinier the finish, the better it will stand up to washing and scrubbing. That’s why experts often recommend the use of more than one finish in a room. In a playroom, for example, you might use flat paint on the ceiling, satin on the walls and semigloss on doors, trim and other areas little hands are likely to touch. Selecting a paint color is just one part of the process. You must also select a finish. Think about the purpose and condition of the surfaces you intend to paint, and choose the right finishes. Glossy doesn’t always mean better.

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grass: Just wait. Crabgrass is a summer annual, so when it gets cold, it will die off. “The problem with waiting,” said Hoyle, “is where the crabgrass is located in our lawn. If it’s springing up in the spot where we want to grow new turfgrass, waiting may not be an option.”

Your lawn plans for September may dictate how you deal with crabgrass.


Crabgrass is a forever foe for home lawns, mainly because control measures can be so tricky. The best chemical controls for crabgrass are pre-emergence herbicides. This means that the herbicide must be applied to your lawn before the crabgrass seeds begin to germinate. And when exactly is that? Generally, the best time to apply those herbicides is in the spring, so that they have time to catch all the crabgrass plants before they start growing. Pre-emergence herbicides are completely ineffective on mature crabgrass. But in late summer, there’s another point to consider: What are your plans for September? September is the optimal time for overseeding your lawn to thicken up the turf and cover bare spots (as well as a complete reseeding, if that’s the choice). “What happens is we get into September and you

lay down your lawn seed,” said Jared Hoyle, assistant professor and turfgrass specialist with K-State Research and Extension, “but there are crabgrass plants that might have broken through the pre-emergence herbicide, or the pre-emergence herbicide just may have run out of steam. Now we need to get rid of those plants before we start seeding.” Hoyle said there are a couple different options. “You can go with quinclorac, found in name brand products like Drive, which is a post-emergence herbicide. That will kill existing crabgrass,” he said. “But quinclorac will not prevent any more crabgrass seeds from germinating.” Another advantage of quinclorac: It can still be applied just before, or soon after, seeding a turfgrass area, and it will not significantly interfere with germination of those grass seeds, if you planted one of the varieties that are tolerant. As with any herbicide you use, make sure you read the label, and follow directions accordingly. “You are probably not going to have too much more germination this year,” Hoyle said, “but as long as it’s warm there’s a possibility that crabgrass can still germinate.” The last option for dealing with late-season crab-

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Your driveway – repair or replace? Soil settles, tree roots expand, rain falls, the sun beats down, and before you know it, your driveway has not one but several cracks. Replacing the whole driveway can be expensive. Repairing the cracks can be much more cost effective, but the results may be unsightly. The best solution might be to repair the cracks and resurface the driveway. Resurfacing is essentially applying a new layer of concrete over the existing slab. It only takes a few days, and if done right, it can make your driveway look like new. The first step is to repair the cracks, and in order for them not to resurface, you must repair them right. Grind them out. Then give the whole driveway a good cleaning. This will ensure good adhesion of the concrete resurfacer later. Use a power washer to remove all dirt, debris, oil, grease and loose concrete. Pay special attention to the cracks, making sure all debris has been removed. Finally, fill the cracks with concrete epoxy. This will bond the broken slabs together and keep the

Repairing your driveway may be a better option than replacing it.

cracks from reappearing. In order to resurface the driveway, you will need a concrete resurfacer. Regular concrete will not do. It may cost less, but it has no bonding agents and will not adhere to the slab. Be prepared to spend the amount needed for a quality concrete resurfacer. Most

brands come in gray, but if you desire, you may have the resurfacer tinted. Ask the salesperson for assistance with tinting the resurfacer of your choice. Check the weather and choose a good day for application. The temperature must be 50’ or above on the day of and 40’ or above in the day following, with

no rain for at least eight hours after application. You may also want to gather a few friends to assist you. Resurfacing an entire driveway is a lot of work. Before you get started, there is some prep work you should do. Sweep your driveway, and if needed, clean it again. Then fill all expansion and control joints with weather stripping to prevent the concrete resurfacer from getting into them. Finally, mix the resurfacer according to the manufacturer’s directions. You want a syrup consistency. When you are ready for application, pour the resurfacer onto the slab in one-foot wide strips and use a long-handled squeegee to scrub it in and spread it back and forth. Wait five minutes and then use a concrete broom to apply a non-slip finish. Mist it with water for the next 24 to 48 hours to cure it. Stand back and admire your new driveway. You should be able to walk on it in six to eight hours and park on it in 24 to 48 hours.

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red acrylic high-gloss upper cabinets. The countertop is sparkling quartz with waterfall edges, and the backsplash is glass bubble tile with sparkle grout. “All of that coordinates with the brushed aluminum dining room cabinets,” said Rachel. “It’s a beautiful look, and it all came together really well.” When another Wichita family started sharing their dreams about the perfect kitchen, the experts at Kitchen Tune-Up were there to listen. Kitchen Tune-Up can produce “This was all about dramatic results for your home, like making their kitchen easy this spectacular “French country” to cook in and entertain transformation that gave its owners in,” said Rachel. “This was the perfect space for cooking and a family referral, and they entertaining. loved what we had done with their family member’s kitchen.” area was added, as well as large pots and pans drawers This project started with removal of the wall between and a spice rack. the kitchen and dining room. That opened up the feel Completing the kitchen’s unique look is a large meof the kitchen, and from there Rachel found a rustic, dallion over the cook top, surrounded by stone. There comfortable look that was perfect for the client. also is a custom hood with ornate details. “We went with a French country look,” said Rachel. “This is a space where the family can hang out toThe kitchen got all new cabinets, including three pan- gether,” said Rachel. “It’s both functional and beautitries with roll-out trays. A wine rack and serving bar ful.” If you’re ready to transform your kitchen or bathroom, it’s time to call Kitchen Tune-Up! Kitchen Tune-Up can produce The experts with Wichita’s Kitchen Tune-Up team can dramatic results for your home, like provide customers with finished projects ranging from this spectacular, modern kitchen easy and inexpensive to breathtaking and cutting edge. featuring Vegas “glam.” The base Kitchen Tune-Up has remodeled hundreds of cabinets and tall pantries are all kitchens since the local franchise was launched in finished in charcoal wood-grain foil, 2005. The company’s services range from One-Day and a splash of color is provided Restoration or “Tune-Up” of cabinets or any interior with red acrylic high-gloss upper cabinets. The countertop is sparkling wood surfaces, to cabinet refacing projects to complete quartz with waterfall edges, and the custom kitchens and bathrooms. backsplash is glass bubble tile with For more information or to schedule a free consultasparkle grout. tion, call Kitchen Tune-Up at 316-558-8888. You also Everything in the kitchen can find more information at www.kitchentuneup.com. coordinates with the brushed Be sure to check out the company’s extensive BEaluminum dining room cabinets, FORE/AFTER portfolio on Facebook! When you visit creating a beautiful look from one the local Kitchen Tune-Up Facebook page, be sure to room to the next. ‘LIKE’ Kitchen Tune-Up, Wichita.


It doesn’t matter what style you love for the décor of your home, Kitchen Tune-Up can give you the new look you’ve been dreaming about. The experts at Wichita’s Kitchen Tune-up have done it all this past year…from traditional French Country to the glamour of Las Vegas. Just say the word, and the Kitchen Tune-Up team can work their magic for you! For a local couple that travels to Las Vegas a lot, Kitchen Tune-Up was able to help create the Vegas “glam” that the couple was wanting in their new home. “Many of our projects involve transforming outdated kitchen and bathroom spaces into something new and exciting, so this was something a little different for us,” said Rachel Phillips, who owns the local Kitchen TuneUp franchise with her husband Adam Phillips. “It was nice to have a clean slate to work with.” Everything about the look and feel of this project was ultra-modern, and Rachel was able to lend her design ideas throughout the house. Kitchen Tune-Up’s concentration was on the design of the kitchen, where a sleek, modern look and feel is both beautiful and functional. Base cabinets and tall pantries are all finished in charcoal wood-grain foil, and a splash of color is provided with

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Room’s purpose and mood should dictate colors When it comes time to paint a room, some people adopt a similar approach. They go to their local hardware store, find the paint swatches and stand there for some time contemplating the choices. Some may have an idea of the color they want and purchase a few samples, while others may be at a loss and take home whatever swatches interest them. Even then, selecting a color might be difficult. What’s a person to do? First off, take it easy. Choosing the wrong paint color is not the end of the world. You can paint again. Keep that in mind as you look for color cues. Study the accessories, artwork and furniture in the room. Perhaps you can draw inspiration for the wall color from one of your favorite pieces – the yellow in the weave of your sofa or the blue vase on your mantel, for example. Think about the purpose and mood of the room. Is it a place to chat, watch TV or get work done? Is it lively or quiet? Bolder colors will work well for more sociable areas like kitchens and

When selecting a color, do not be afraid to think outside the box.

dining rooms. Muted tones will work better for quieter areas like home offices and bedrooms. If you are dealing with an entertainment room, you might want to choose a dark color for the walls to enhance the viewing experience. Consider lighting and the color palettes of surrounding rooms. The more


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light there is in the room, the darker or bolder color you might be able to choose. Look at the color of the rooms that connect to the room you are painting and try to select a complementary color. That way, you will not interrupt the flow from room to room. When selecting a color, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. If you see a

bright teal that you like, consider using it. It does not have to be on every wall. Try it on the trim, ceiling or just one accent wall. Consider using glazes or different finishes to add depth and texture to the room. Use flat paint on the walls and satin on the trim for a twist. When you have narrowed down your color choices, take the time to test them out. Get some samples and paint some large patches on the wall. Look at the samples in the morning, afternoon and evening. Compare them in different lighting and against items already in the room to determine what is going to be a good fit. Selecting a paint color takes time. Don’t expect it to happen in a few minutes. While it is possible, it is not likely. Explore all of your options, and should you run across a program that will allow you to import a photo of the room and paint the walls virtually, do it. It will be far easier to see how the room will look on the screen than it will be to envision it in your head.

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they’re looking for.” Gross Tile recently completed a kitchen renovation project that did just that for the homeowners. “The couple is retired, and they wanted to fix everything up,” said Mark. The kitchen in the older home was dated, and everything needed to be replaced. “They (the homeowners) were ready to do this right,” said Mark. Cabinets and flooring were replaced, and a luxury vinyl tile was carried into other rooms of the house.

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A recent bathroom remodeling project completed by Gross Tile and Custom Remodeling provided a striking transformation. An old fiber glass shower was replaced with a custom walk-in tile shower, and the vanity area was completely redone to give the homeowners the look and comfort they wanted. Completing the project was a custom heated tile floor.

Contemporary cabinets and a quartz countertop gave the galley kitchen a feeling of more space, and the homeowners were thrilled with the end result. Another recent project involved a complete bathroom makeover, where Gross Tile gutted an old fiberglass shower unit and replaced it with a custom tile shower, heated bathroom floors, new cabinets and lighting, and a beautiful quartz countertop. Mark Gross specializes in custom shower projects, and noted that heated bathroom floors are not an expensive venture. Since you’re dealing with a smaller space, the cost is reasonable. Another fresh idea is the concept of “curbless showers,” which can accomplish many things for new and remodeled bathrooms. 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. 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 are running several specials now that they are settled in the new showroom. For more information about everything Gross Tile has to offer, call 316-773-1600, or visit the company’s website, www.grosstileremodeling.com. You can also find Gross Tile on Facebook.


Mark Gross, founder of Gross Tile and Custom Remodeling of Wichita, has a lot to be happy about these days. His company’s new showroom at 1528 W. Douglas in the historic Delano District of downtown Wichita is now complete, providing a comfortable, centrally located space for clients to make their dreams come to life. “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 renaissance business neighborhood, 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.” My, how things have changed. Today, Gross Tile is a Wichita leader in custom bathroom designs…and all types of 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

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Furniture can be repaired instead of replaced Oh, how you love that old leather sofa in your den. Sure, it’s a bit beat up. The leather is cracked, the nailhead trim is tarnished and the cushions sag, but the frame is still in good condition. Why throw it out for a sofa that will take years to break in? Why indeed. Why not repair it instead? With the economy still on the mend, more and more people are choosing to repair furniture rather than buy new. Some no longer have the credit to finance new furniture, while others prefer older furniture made of real wood. Whatever the reason, more people are looking to furniture repair and restoration services to bring their sofas, chairs, tables and more back to life. Depending upon the scope of the work that needs to be done, you may be able to tackle it yourself. You may be able to treat the leather on your sofa and replace the nailhead trim and cushions. You can probably find everything you need locally, and if you can’t, you can always look online. Purchasing parts online is not uncommon. However, you need to be careful. Not every seller you run into will be honest. Look for a reputable seller on a reputable site. While you may be able to fix your beloved sofa, you may not be able to repair the broken leg on your baby grand piano. For that, you might need the help of a professional. Again, repu-

tation counts. Look for a reputable service that will back their work. That way, should something unforeseen happen, like another leg break when the piano is en route, the service will take care of it. If you are dealing with an older piece in need of restoration – your great-grandmother’s pie safe, for example – you need to take extra care in selecting a service. Look for a reputable service that specializes in furniture restoration. The older the piece, the more valuable it may be, and the restorer must know how to proceed without reducing the value. As any appraiser will attest, stripping the original finish from an antique can decrease its value tremendously. Quality restoration services will be aware of this and take steps to preserve the original finish during the restoration work. Keeping furniture in good condition is part of maintaining a home. You wouldn’t overlook a broken baluster on your stairway, so why overlook the sagging cushions on your sofa? Consider repairing your sofa, particularly if you love it so or are short on cash. In an economy that continues to struggle, the purchase of new furniture may not be an option for everyone. For those who cannot afford to buy new or simply do not want to, furniture repair and restoration may be the answer. Just make sure you do your homework and choose a reputable service that guarantees their work.

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electrician to know for sure. How do you plan to heat and cool the new space? Attics tend to be cold in the winter and hot in the summer, and your current forced air blower may not circulate enough air to heat and cool the attic space. You may need to add other systems, such as electrical baseboard heating or a window air conditioner. Depending upon the systems you choose, the contractor may have to install wiring, ductwork, thermostats and whatever else the building codes demand. Converting an attic can provide you with more living space. It is not always feasible or practical, however. Talk to a few contractors, review your budget and building codes, and consider if the investment would be worthwhile. If you plan to live in your home for a long time and you are really short on space, it might be a good idea. If you’re not, you may want to just rework the living areas you already have. Getting rid of some clutter and shuffling some things around could give you the extra square footage you need.

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

• Worship Sunday 11:00 a.m. • ChurchForHISGlory@gmail.com • Family integrated full Gospel church where all ages worship and study God’s word. Goddard United Methodist Church – 300 N. Cedar, Goddard; (316) 7942207 • 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship • Children’s church during both services • Nursery Available • 10 a.m. Sunday School • Josh Gooding, Pastor • Haley Bieter, Youth Pastor • Children’s Pastor, Nicole Rbya Good Shepherd Episcopal Church – 8021 W. 21st St. N., Wichita; (316) 721-8096; Starting September 10: Saturday 5:30 p.m. Spoken Worship; Sunday 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship: Sunday 11:00 a.m. Traditional Choral Worship; Church School - Children & Adults, 10:00 a.m. www.goodshepherdwichita.org. Harvest Community Church – Worship at 8340 W. 21st in Wichita Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Senior pastor Rev. Dr. Dave Henion; www. wichitaharvest.com. Heritage Baptist Church – Corner of 135th St. & 13th St. N., Wichita; (316) 729-2700; Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.; Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Wednesday Adult Bible Study/

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Prayer Time 7 p.m.; Wiseguys 3 yrs.–6th grade 7 p.m.; Nursery provided at all services. “Your neighborhood church just around the corner.” Email: swede132@ sbcglobal.net; Website: heritage4u. net. Hope Christian Church – Meeting 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, NEW LOCATION - 1330 E. Douglas. Worship is casual and encouraging. Online at www.hope4wichita.org and on Facebook. Pastor Mark McMahon. markm@hope4wichita. org. 316-648-0495. West Heights UMC – 745 N. Westlink Ave. (Just north of Central on Westlink); (316) 722-3805, Email: westheights@westheightsumc.org. Sunday services 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. (Traditional/Blended); Sunday school 9:15 a.m.; Wednesday meal (during school year) 5:30 p.m. fun classes and study for all ages; nondenominational preschool, host to the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita providing dynamic activity for the Classic Generation, full children’s programming, and an active youth program challenging today’s generation, website: www. westheightsumc.org. Pathway Church – Westlink Campus, Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 9 am & 10:30 am • Café Campus, Sunday at 10:30 am • 2001 N Maize Rd (21st & Maize),

Wichita • 316-722-8020 • Goddard Campus, Sunday at 9:30 am, 11 am & 5 pm • 18800 W Kellogg, Goddard • 316-550-6099 • www. pathwaychurch.com • Following Jesus/In Community/For Others. The Altar – 321 S. 162nd & West Maple, Goddard • 316-550-6777 • www.thealtar.church • Pastor Marty Freeman • Sunday Service 10 am, Wednesday Service 6:30 pm • Nursery & Children’s Service Provided • Radical Worship. Radical Obedience. Westwood Presbyterian Church – 8007 W. Maple, Wichita; (316) 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 8:4511:45 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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side staircase could turn your home into a multiple-family dwelling, which may not be permitted in your area. You will also need another exit like a window. Make sure you have the space to install one if there isn’t one already. How high is your attic ceiling? Is it high enough to allow enough headroom after the installation of insulation and venting? Most building codes require at least 7-1/2 feet of headroom. If you don’t have that kind of headroom, do you have the budget to alter the roof framing and expand the ceiling height? How strong is your attic flooring? Is it strong enough to withstand an addition, or will it have to be reinforced? You will also need to make sure the rafters can support the weight of drywall, electrical and heating and cooling system components. Keep in mind that adding joists will reduce the headroom available. Do you have electrical in your attic already? If not, can your electrical panel handle a heavier load? Is there room for more breakers? Consult a licensed


When homeowners are in need of additional square footage, one of the first places that may come to mind is the attic. Converting an attic into living space is an idea, but it is not always a feasible one. Here are some factors to consider before signing a contract. What are the building codes in your area? Can you abide by them in your attic conversion without breaking the bank? Get a list of applicable codes and required inspections for your conversion and make sure you can follow them. The work will be inspected, and if it is not up to code, the entire job could be shut down. Do you have a staircase leading up to your attic? If not, do you have the space to install one? A straight staircase is the easiest to build, but it will take up a great deal of space. A spiral staircase will take up less space, but it won’t allow for easy transport of large items like furniture. If you have no space inside for a staircase, you may be able to construct one outside. Check with the zoning laws in your area first. An out-

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