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ave you voted yet in our Best for Families survey? Go do it! Turn in the ballot located in this magazine or go online to www.wichitafamily.com and fill it out. This is a great opportunity to let us know what you think of Wichita’s best things for families! Last month we ran an article on an exciting event called Museum Day. More than a dozen area museums opened their doors for free on September 25 and we were so excited to see many Wichita area families take the day to explore and appreciate what there is to experience. Check out some pictures from that day in this issue! Who knows, you might see someone you know! In this fall-focused issue we’re giving you a list of area pumpkin patches. This is definitely a great time of year to live in the Midwest! Corn mazes, hayrack rides, pumpkins fields and plenty of family-friendly attractions are ready to entertain you and your family. A new monthly feature that you’ve got to check out is our column called Learning Together by local mom and former teacher Jenae Crowley. Jenae founded a website called, I Can Teach My Child, www.icanteachmychild.com, and she is passing on some of her great ideas for working with young children to you, our readers! Check out the other great things we have going in this month’s Wichita Family Magazine. We’re always trying to keep up with the latest and greatest things that will appeal to you. Let us know what you’d like to see if you’re not seeing it already! JL
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Spotlighton a local Mompreneur
elly Chandler is a big advocate of family meal time. She has a busy family, like many these days, but the Wichita mom of three decided that having a meal together at home as a family is one of the most important parts of the day.
Kelly has taken it upon herself to not only make it a priority in her own home, she makes it possible for other busy families to enjoy it in their own homes. “So much is lost by the family not sitting down at the end of the day having a meal together,” said Kelly, owner of Kelly's Kitchen and mother of 8-year-old twins and a 12-year-old daughter. “It's such a great time to sit there and talk with your kids. Teach them how to solve problems, challenge them to try new foods, join in prayer around the table. It's a really nice way to wrap up your day with a little bow.”
Kelly Chandler, Kelly’s Kitchen
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Kelly started her in-home cooking business, Kelly's Kitchen, in Texas in 2005. The family was living in a small town at the time and the business was an instant hit. “I don't care what size of town you're living in,” said Kelly. “We are all looking for an alternative to sandwiches or a drivethru.” Kelly's husband took a job in Wichita in 2008. Kelly went through the process of obtaining a business license as a personal chef and caterer and transformed 200 square feet of her east-Wichita home into a restaurant-style kitchen, all approved by health department standards. Kelly's Kitchen is a home-based meal preparation business that Kelly pours herself into. Each week Kelly emails a different menu out to her ever-growing list of clients. The homemade entrees, breakfasts and desserts are prepared and ready to be frozen or cooked according to the directions. Each menu item can be ordered to feed two people (small), four people (medium) or six people (large). Costs vary depending on the item. Some recent choices include 10-Layer Lasagna, $18 for a medium pan or Sweet and Sour Chicken, $11 for a medium order.
and inspirations. There are seafood, chicken, pork and beef meals, Asian, Italian, French, Mexican, you name it.
One aspect of Kelly's business that is appealing to families is that there is no minimum order required. Kelly has clients who order several meals every week, some who order a freezer full of meals once a month and people who purchase a meal or two intermittently.
Kelly also is careful during her assembly line cooking to be aware of food allergies and other specific requests that clients may have.
“For the $50 you would spend at a restaurant with your family, you could get four of my meals,” Kelly pointed out. “Plus, it's more than likely healthier than the food at a restaurant.” All of Kelly's entrees show the Weight Watchers Points associated with them. For each Point, Kelly added, it translates to about 50 calories. Each week's menu is different and includes a variety of flavors www.WichitaFamily.com
“You won't see the same menu twice in a year,” said Kelly.
The menu is emailed out each week and orders must be placed by Tuesday. Clients have the option of picking up the order at Kelly's Kitchen on Friday between 4:30 and 6 p.m. or paying $2 for delivery. Orders can be placed via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to www.greenzebraconcierge.com and clicking on “The Kitchen” to view the menu and place an order. To be added to the weekly menu newsletter, send an email to Kelly at the address listed above. n Wichita Family | OCTOBER 2010
t’s October and by now families have settled into the normal rhythms of school, sports and everything in between.
The scorching hot days of summer are only an aftertaste as the wind blows in the cool autumn air. Red, yellow and orange decorate the trees, bushes and front door wreaths. Cinnamon and candy corn delight noses and taste buds. Apple pies and ciders warm hands and hearts. It really would not be fall, though, without pumpkin patches and hayrack rides. For Pete and Andrea Iseman’s family, their annual trip to the pumpkin patch is a three-generational family affair of cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and grandkids. Together everyone picks out their favorite pumpkins, plays on the playground, visits the petting farm and enjoys snacks and apple cider. After a family meal together, they compare and
admire everyone’s pumpkin picks and share memories of that day’s and of previous year’s pumpkin patch adventures. For them, it’s more than just a trip to get a pumpkin for the front porch. “It has become our last big outdoor celebration before the colder weather sets in,” said Andrea. “(It) has formed many lasting family memories.” Other Wichita families can also enjoy a fun family pumpkin patch adventure and maybe even start their own family traditions. There’s a perfect patch for everyone. In alphabetical order:
A-Maze-In-Grace - 2130 South
Webb Road, Wichita, KS, 67207 – 316.712.9129 email@example.com – cccum.org Corn maze owned and operated by Christ Community Church, United Methodist. Pre-picked pumpkins for sale, campfires, sandbox, corn cannon, hay jump, hayride, milking cows and duck races. Hot dogs, hamburgers and other affordable snacks and refreshments. Open Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 24. Friday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Last entry into maze at 9 p.m. Eagle Valley Raptor special event October 2
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and 9, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Live Music October 9, 16 and 23 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Group field trips by appointment. Admission: Adults $8, Children 6 – 12 $6 and 5 and under free.
Applejack Pumpkin Patch -
10007 SW Indianola Rd, Augusta, KS 67010 - 316.733.8909 - applejack@ applejackpumpkinpatch.com – http:// www.applejackpumpkinpatch.com. A pick-in-the field pumpkin patch, hayrack rides, tricycle track, zip-line, hay fort, hill slide, corn and milo mazes, barrel train, corn crib, sand box, duck races, petting zoo, bouncing pillow, paintball gallery*, farmyard chipping green*, sling shot*, gourd gun*, pumpkin cannon*, and fun festival concessions. Open last weekend of September till October 31. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. M - F, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 12 - 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $6 per person (1 and under FREE). Military Families Half Price with ID. Pumpkins Extra (sold by the pound). Group rates available. Cash, Visa/ Master Card. No pets or outside food allowed. (*extra fee)
Bergmann’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze - 8401 S. Meridian,
Wichita, KS 67060 – 316.524.1790 or 316.522.3475 for reservation -BergmannCornMaze@gmail.com – http://www.bergmannpumpkinfarm.com.
Pick either two pie pumpkins (2-5 lbs. each) or two miniature pumpkins or one of each at the pumpkin farm or pre-picked pumpkins at the corn maze. Trailer rides, 20 minute educational video about pumpkins, petting zoo, lunch and snack area, children’s games. Pumpkin Farm admission $5 includes pumpkins. Open October 1 – October 31. M – F until 4 p.m. Reservations only for the pumpkin farm. Bergmann’s 15-acre corn maze: answer trivia questions & riddles posted throughout the maze and win prizes. Free trailer rides to and from the maze. Inflatables, carnival games, concessions and other children’s games and play area open during the day. Groups, birthday parties and special occasions by reservation. Corn maze rates: Adults $9, children 5 – 12 $7. Groups of 15 or more: Adults $7, children 5 – 12 $5. Under 4 Free. Other attractions may have separate prices.
Cox Fun Farm - 6059 South
Seneca, Wichita, KS 67217 - Phone: 316.524.8062. Fax: 316.529.0115 - firstname.lastname@example.org – http://www. coxfunfarm.com. Pick-your-own pumpkin patch and prepicked pumpkins, corn and kid-sized straw mazes, hayrack and wagon rides, petting zoo, slipper slide, large fresh produce market.
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Cash, Check, Visa/ MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Vision cards accepted also in the store.
Gaeddert and Martisko Farms Corn Maze and Family Fall Festival - 13209 E. 82nd Ave., Buhler, KS 67522 – 620.543-3073. Fax: 620.543.3073 - email@example.com – www.kansasmaze.com.
Harvest Farm & Pumpkin Patch - 31617 W Parallel Rd, Turon,
KS 67583 – 620.497.6715 (office) – 620.497.6697 (Home) - info@ harvestfarmks.com – www.harvestfarmks. com.
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5-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch and pre-picked pumpkins, Butterfly-shaped corn maze, jumping pillow, Double Tower tunnel slides and more fun and games in the aMAZEing PlayLand area, restroom and concession stands. Gaeddert Farms does not have any scary or spooky decorations or haunt the maze at night. Open September 25 – October 31. Friday 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Sat-Sun 2 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Group reservations available M-F. Admission for corn maze Adult $8, Child 4-10 $6 and children 3 and under free. Pumpkins are for sale according to size and kind. Jumping Pillow weekend all-day pass $3 and week-day pass $2. Hayride $1. Barrel Train $2. Corn Cannon/Pumpkin Slinger $1 and many other free activities. Cash or Check only.
School and group reservations and birthday parties. Pumpkin patch open September 20 – October 30. M – F 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Corn Maze open September 1 – November 14. Friday 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Pumpkin Patch $5 M – F and Saturday and Sunday $7. Prices include pumpkin. Corn Maze admission: Adults $9, 5-12 yrs. $7 and under 4 free. VIP tickets Saturday and Sunday $12 includes pumpkin. Produce Market open daily www.WichitaFamily.com
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Family Fun Abounds at Cox Fun Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch Parents looking to challenge their children, while incorporating fun, will find both and much, more at the Cox Fun Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch at 6059 South Seneca in Wichita. The Cox Corn Maze gives children the opportunity to reinforce basic comprehension skills and mathematical computations using the Farm’s unique game sheet. The game sheet reinforces basic skills, such as, following directions and higher order thinking skills. The game sheet makes this an ideal outof-classroom experience for teachers who are looking for creative ways for students to analyze relationships, understand main ideas, draw on inferences/conclusions, problem solve, and also strengthen social skills. Those who are looking for a wonderful place to visit, will enjoy the Cox Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkin-goers will be greeted by scarecrows, straw bales, tractors, and of course, a vast variety of pumpkins. With such a wide selection of sizes and shapes, finding the pumpkin that is “just right,” becomes an easy and enjoyable adventure. Family photo opportunities abound at the pumpkin patch. The goal at Cox Fun Farm is simple: they want to make their customer’s visit safe, enjoyable and memorable for all. For more information about the Cox Fun Farm, visit them on their website at www.CoxFunFarm.com.
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Pick-in-the-field pumpkin patch, hay rides and pig races. Open now M-F by appointment only.
Petting Zoo, Kiddie Korral Play Area, Hayrack Ride, Hayloft Slide, Pedal Tractor Track, Little Farmer’s Field, “The Punkinator”, Pumpkin Cannon, Scarecrow Factory, Pumpkin Slingin’, face painting, petting zoo and food.
October 16 starts the weekends open to the public without an appointment. Group and school tours also available by appointment. $5 per person includes a small to medium pumpkin. Cash only.
Open Sept 25 & 26 every weekend to end of October. Saturdays- 10 a.m. to dark and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. School tours and group tours available by reservation M - F. Private roasts and roast circles also available by reservation.
Munchkin Pumpkin Patch – 1031 North Hoover Road, Peck, KS 67120 - 316.209.6378 or 316.554.7126 - firstname.lastname@example.org – http://www.munchkinpumpkinpatch. com.
General Admission: $6 per person, 2 and under: free. Other attractions may have separate fees. Klausmeyer Dairy Farm Tours and Pumpkin Patch – 8135 south 119 St. West, Clearwater, KS 67026 - 316.706.5391 - debklaus@ hotmail.com – http://www. klausmeyerdairyfarms.com.
and Tuesday. Payment: Cash only. Admission: $6 per person includes wagon ride and 1 patch pumpkin. Reserved school groups of 10 or more $5 per person. Mini-golf $2. Other attractions may have separate prices. Papa’s Pumpkin Patch - 374 E 70th, Newton, KS 67114 – 620.367.2721 or 620.367.8462 - contact@ papaspumpkinpatchks.com – http:// papaspumpkinpatchks.com. Field-picked and pre-picked pumpkins, gourd slingshot game and other activities, wagon rides, corn maze.
Wagon ride and pumpkin picking, hay bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, bean bag toss, mini-golf, farm animals, corn stompin’, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area.
Open October 1 – October 31. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.
Open: September 24, 2010 through October 31, 2010. Open daily Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday
Walters’ Pumpkin Patch - 10001 NW 77 Highway, Burns, KS 66840 - Phone: 316.320.4150 email@example.com – http://www. walterspumpkinpatch.com.
Free admission for the pumpkin patch. Corn maze $4 per person.
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U-pick and pre-picked pumpkins, gourds and squash too. Hayrides, jumping pillow, underground slide and mining. Giant treehouse play area, graveyard golf, new zipline, pedal cars and pedal boats. See website for a listing of all the activities. Fall and Christmas shopping in the gift shops and a variety of fall foods in the concessions.
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Open the third weekend in September through October 31. 10 a.m. -7 p.m. daily except Sundays 1-7 p.m. Admission $8 M-F (not all activities open) $10 Saturday and Sunday. Season Pass-$25 per person. Haunted Cannery, $15, and Flashlight Maze, $8, on Friday and Saturday nights in October 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. or both for $20. Check, Visa/ MasterCard or Cash.n www.WichitaFamily.com
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Kim Morrissey a finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year all students are excited about being physically active, even if they don’t participate in a team sport. She uses a variety of activities to keep kids engaged in her PE class, knowing if they find an activity they like, they will continue to be active outside of her class. Morrissey helped Dodge be named a STARS school by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education for its outstanding physical education program. Dodge is the first school in Kansas to receive the STARS recognition.
Dodge P.E. teacher Kim Morrissey dances with her students as they practice for a school performance.
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recognized by the state and my peers,” Morrissey said. “I’ve heard many times, ‘You’re just a P.E. teacher,’ but what I teach is beyond P.E. and I contribute to the development of the whole child.” Morrissey, who was named one of the district’s 2010 Distinguished Classroom Teachers, works hard to make sure
When she teaches health classes at Dodge, she transforms herself into Dr. Be Healthy to convey the importance of good health. She really gets into her role as Dr. Be Healthy and some of her students believe Dr. Healthy and Morrissey are separate people. Morrissey says it’s another fun way to get her students engaged. As a finalist, Morrissey is automatically a member of the 2011 Kansas Teacher of the Year team, which will travel the state promoting and advocating for education, education funding and the teaching profession. The Kansas Teacher of the Year will be named during a ceremony on November 20.
Students help sponsor WWII veterans to visit memorial
ourteen current and former Pleasant Valley Middle School students are working to help escort World War II veterans to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. The students, who are involved in PVMS Leadership, gifted, and STUCO programs, have held several fund raisers to collect money to sponsor 20 WW II veterans to see the Memorial and other monuments in Washington, DC. The students, 6 from PVMS and 7 former PVMS students who now attend North and Heights, and one Marshall student would be escorts and guardians during the honor flight. Leadership teacher Major Andy Trager, gifted teacher Meg Plottner and para Sharon Hazelwood, along with other adult chaperones, would accompany the students. They have been working with the Central Prairie Resource Conservation and Development Council who are coordinating the trips. The group hopes to go either in November or April. The students have held car washes, hosted a dinner, held bake sales and sell smoothies after school to raise the money. The students have collected about one-third of the money they need. The students have other ideas of how they can raise the money. “It feels good doing the work for a good cause,” said eighth-grade student Anllir Tenorio. “We want the veterans to be able to see the Memorial. They sacrificed a lot for our freedom.” Volunteering and helping others is commonplace for PVMS students. They have performed thousands of hours in community service throughout the years and the students say that helping the veterans see their memorial is a great way to thank them for their service. “I want to hear stories from the veterans about what happened. I want to learn from them,” Tenorio said. Sterling Moody, an eighth-grade student involved in both Leadership and gifted classes, has a grandfather who served as a Marine in World War II. He is www.WichitaFamily.com
Pleasant Valley Middle School students hosted a dinner with WWII veterans to collect money to help veterans see the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC. First Row: Anakaren Salazar, Anllir Tenorio, Shelly Montgomery, Martie Mullen, Brittney Lechner, Christian Zepeda, Rheanna Tovar, Second Row: Irene Rogers, Bob Rogers, C. Arteago, Giovanny Treto, Nora Lechner, Gerado Perez, Sharon Hazelwood. Third Row: Major Andy Trager, Rebecca Dominick, Andrew Hauff, Meg Plotner, Dion Lefler. Not pictured: Sterling Moody, Nicolas Lehner and Cruz Lopez
excited about the possibility of taking his grandfather to see the Memorial.
a great way to learn more about our country’s history.”
“He doesn’t talk much about it to me, but I hope he will tell me more once we get there,” he said.
“We are proud that our students are taking this project to heart,” Major Trager added.
“This is not only a great way to honor our veterans, but this helps the students put what they are learning in class into perspective,” Major Trager said. “It’s
If you would like to help the students with their fundraising efforts, contact Major Andy Trager at 973-8000.
Chisholm Trail honors its heroes
tudents at Chisholm Trail Elementary celebrated their heroes during a special ceremony on September 9. The American Heroes Celebration honored people in their school community who are heroes to students. Around 40 family members of students were personally recognized for serving in the military, police department, sheriff’s department or fire department. There was also special recognition of students’ family members who are currently serving in the military around the world. “It’s amazing to think that so many of our students have family members who are active in the military right
now,” principal Tammy Alexander said. “This makes our celebration even more meaningful.” The school had a special send off for Park City police officer Adrian Davis, who was deployed to Iraq on Sept. 11. Officer Davis was a fixture in front of Chisholm Trail almost every morning helping students cross the street. He gave every student, and many parents, high-fives as they walked by. The school gave Officer Davis banners with the students’ and staff’s signatures for him to take with him. Officer Davis thanked the school and said he would miss seeing the students, but he would come back to see them again and to get his highfives.
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Bringing hope to the broken-hearted
written by Jessica Lindsey
n Dec. 22, 2005, Amanda and Josh Bowers welcomed their second child into the world, a beautiful little girl named Glory Rochelle.
It hadn't been a typical pregnancy and it was anything but a typical birth day. “At 13 weeks the doctors gave us the dreaded word: complications,” recalled Amanda. As the pregnancy progressed, Amanda and her family held strong in their faith in God and prayed for a miracle. “Everything seemed to be going along smoothly, then came the week before she was born, the 29th week,” said Amanda. “At my routine exam my doctor called in for a sonogram because I was measuring around 40 weeks. A little scared but still clinging to that evergiving faith, I arrived at the ultrasound office only to see that dreaded fluid rising up in her abdomen and lungs.” At 30 weeks pregnant, Amanda went into labor and Glory was delivered via
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photo by Kelly Lindsay
Cesarean section on Dec. 22, 2005. Glory’s life began and ended in a matter of a couple of hours. Nearly five years later and now a mother of four, Amanda has not forgotten Glory’s story and she is passionate about telling her story of faith and helping other parents that have to travel along a similar road. Six months after Glory’s birth, during the summer of 2006, a new organization called AgapeCare Cradle opened its doors and Amanda immediately saw how this group would play an enormous role in the community. AgapeCare Cradle, is a nonprofit ministry that is touching families across the city by holding them up during some of the hardest times. A fully-licensed mortuary service, AgapeCare Cradle plans services, prepares the child, creates personalized remembrance items for the family and offers support for many months. AgapeCare Cradle has provided services for babies as young as ten
weeks gestation up to thirteen months old. “The loss of these innocents is deeply felt by mothers and fathers who often desire a respectful service of remembrance but are sometimes discouraged from publicly grieving them as important members lost to their family,” said AgapeCare Cradle Founder and Executive Director Shannon Barnes in the group’s mission statement.
Unsure of where to turn After Glory was born, Amanda and Josh were lost about what to do next. They weren’t sure what was appropriate, what was available or how to go about it. Plus, it was three days before Christmas. Upon the advice of a nurse at the hospital, Amanda and Josh decided to contact a mortuary and plan a small service for Glory. “Each step I took called upon a deliberate coaching mechanism in my brain to accomplish it,” said Amanda. www.WichitaFamily.com www.WichitaFamily.com
“Making arrangements from the hospital room honestly took a little bit of denial and then finalizing things at the mortuary took a complete act of God. Every decision was one decision closer to the final one and I knew that would be it that would be all the mothering this child needed from me. Without a roadmap, one could see the urgency at which we took each step fearing possible regret with one of those decisions or somehow missing something.” On Dec. 27, the Bowers held a small service at a mortuary then had a burial with family and their pastor. Where Amanda and Josh felt helpless and confused with no knowledge of how to plan a service and burial, or even if they should, AgapeCare Cradle now fills that hole for so many families who are facing those questions. “Typically we receive a phone call from the grandparents or a sister or a friend, pastor, a nurse or even the mother or father themselves after a loss,” said Shannon, AgapeCare Cradle’s founder. Shannon schedules a meeting with the parents to talk with them about how they would like to honor their child. They talk about holding a memorial service, embalming services, are there clothes for the child to be buried in, would they like to see the baby again. “If it’s an older child they often have a certain outfit for them (to be buried in),” said Shannon. “If the child is a stillborn or a very small baby, we have clothes that they can look through that have been specially made.” The families are apprehensive and have no idea what to expect, said Shannon. She walks them through the steps and helps them plan for the coming days. “There is so much love and investment that we put into this service,” said Shannon. “We can’t replace their baby, but we try to honor the life of their baby.” In addition to preparing the baby, providing a casket, planning the service and arranging the many details, AgapeCare Cradle offers the families numerous remembrance items. www.WichitaFamily.com
Shannon and her volunteers prepare hand and foot molds, provide professional pictures using volunteer photographers and creates a cd of the pictures set to music. “It is all priceless,” said Amanda who currently services as a board member for AgapeCare Cradle. “You only get so little time with these babies and every little thing is indescribably precious.”
Continued support For a year after each family’s loss, AgapeCare Cradle has intentional contact with them. Remembering and recognizing days along the way that will bring additional emotions such as the original due date if the baby was premature, the child’s birthday and the year anniversary of the death. AgapeCare Cradle refers families to counseling services and other services within the community that will help the families to heal. Now that Shannon has been operating AgapeCare Cradle for four years, she is experiencing a whole new aspect of her service. “It is so rewarding four years into it to see the families heal,” said Shannon. “Families are coming back to us to show us their new babies, sending us birth announcements, they update us on their lives. It is so rewarding to see how they are restored over the years.”
How to support AgapeCare Cradle There are about 100 cases of stillbirth in Sedgwick County each year. By definition, that accounts for the loss of a child that is 12 ounces or larger who was not born alive. There are many more babies that are lost each year who do not technically fall into the stillbirth category, added Shannon. Because it is a nonprofit, AgapeCare Cradle can only receive families as time and funding allows. That means on average, Shannon can only accept one out of every three calls for services that comes into her organization. Shannon has been at AgapeCare Cradle working at 2 a.m. on Easter morning, she has received a call from
a new mother who lost a child on Mother’s Day. She pours her heart into the ministry, but she desperately wants to be able to serve more families. “This is the definition of a grassroots movement,” said Shannon. “We have no big name behind us, promoting us. It is a miracle that we are where we are, it is truly the work of God.” There are churches and businesses across the area who support AgapeCare Cradle through annual fundraisers, by donating services or items. But there are many more families who could be helped if more donations of time and money were received. “It’s such an uncomfortable topic for people to approach,” said Shannon. “The way AgapeCare is reaching out and revealing it, many people are coming to embrace it. You discover an inner ability, a strength inside you.” AgapeCare Cradle needs volunteers to become ambassadors or advocates for their organization, to be a public face for the group. Shannon hopes to find people who will use an already prepared presentation to approach churches and other groups to partner with AgapeCare Cradle on its mission. To grow and be available to serve more families Shannon needs more licensed staff. To hire and retain those people, monthly donations are a necessity. The families that AgapeCare Cradle serves do not receive a bill. They are given an invoice that shows the mortuary services and supplies that were used but they are not required to pay a certain amount. “We hope they will consider paying something and even listing AgapeCare Cradle as a memorial so others can give in their baby’s name,” said Shannon. “If we were fully funded we could receive so many more families each year. We struggle emotionally because we want to do them all.” To find out more about AgapeCare Cradle’s mission or to donate, visit www. agapecarecradle.org, call them at 316263-HOPE or make an appointment to visit the office at 126 N. Emporia in downtown Wichita. n Wichita Family | OCTOBER 2010
by Jenae Crowley | www.icanteachmychild.com
“FALL” into some family fun! Fall is the perfect time to enjoy being together as a family thanks to the cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and activities a-plenty! Take advantage of this wonderful time of year with these 10 family activities. 1. Go for a nature walk. Pick up colorful leaves, twigs, and acorns. Come back home and make a garland by spelling out “Happy Fall” using the items you have collected. 2. Visit a nearby Pumpkin Patch—there are several in the Wichita area! Better yet, make it a yearly family tradition. 3. Help your child explore their senses with a pumpkin. See: Talk about the color of the pumpkin. Hear: Compare the sounds of a whole pumpkin to a hollow pumpkin. Taste: Remove the pumpkin seeds, clean, sprinkle with salt, and bake! Touch: Let your little one get
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messy by digging their hands in the inside of the pumpkin. Smell: Compare the scent of a pumpkin to that of other vegetables. 4. Go to a football game. There’s nothing that says “fall” like football! And your kids will love the excitement of it all. 5. Make pumpkin bread and deliver it to your neighbors or an elderly person. Not only will the baking be a fun activity, it will give your children an opportunity to be thoughtful of someone else. 6. Make a maze out of the leaves in your yard! Just use your rake to clear off a path for your kids to walk. Once they’ve mastered one maze…make another! 7. Create a nature bracelet with your child. Loosely make a loop of tape, sticky side-out, around his/her wrist. Have your little one pick up leaves, acorns, etc. while outside and stick it on the bracelet! 8. Preserve the beautiful leaves you see
by waxing them. Just cover your ironing board with several layers of newspaper, sandwich the leaves between 2 layers of waxed paper, put another piece of newspaper on top and press with a medium-hot iron for thirty seconds. Lift off the waxed paper and remove the leaves…they should be waxed enough to retain their shape and make a beautiful fall display! 9. Curl up and read a book together… with hot apple cider! 10. Enjoy a game of “Pumpkin Bowling” by filling 2-liter bottles with water and rolling the pumpkin to knock over the bottles. Or play “Roll the Pumpkin” by grabbing 2 pumpkins and a couple brooms. Each person will attempt to propel the pumpkin across the finish line the fastest by using the broom. Jenae is a wife, mother of two boys’ ages 2 ½ and 10 months, and former first-grade teacher. She loves spending time with her family and sharing fun and educational activities for young children on her website www.icanteachmychild.com.
WICHITA FAMILIES ON THE MOVE | October Calendar of Events October 1 First Friday Music Crawl. 6:00 p.m. - . Various Venues in Downtown Wichita. As the name implies First Friday happens the first Friday of each month. First Friday is a monthly music crawl featuring local Kansas, and regional artists, performing at venues in and around downtown. Art on Speed - Exhibit, October 01, 2010 – December 17, 2010, Tue- Fri 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sat- Sun 1- 5 p.m., http://www.ulrich.wichita.edu, Wichita State University, 1845 N. Fairmount St., Wichita, KS 67260-0062, 316-978-3664, Free
October 2 Botanica Family Fun Days: Pumpkins & Scarecrows. 10:00 am. Woofstock 2010, 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. ,http:// www.kshumane.org,Sedgwick County Park, 6300 W. 13th St., Wichita, KS, 316-524-9196, $25 registration. Celebrate peace, love and pets and help the Kansas Humane Society at Woofstock. You’ll find tons of fun all day long like groovy pet contests, cool demos, live bands, a hip silent auction and our Paws and Play area just for pets and kids. Your registration and donation will help us care for Wichita’s homeless pets and you’ll receive an official Woofstock 2010 t-shirt and goodie bag! Sound of the Heartland Chorus Fall Show, 7:30 p.m., http://www.soundoftheheartland.com, Fox Theater, 520 N. Main, Newton, KS 67114, $8 adults - $4 kids 12 & under. Lord of Life Lutheran Church Craft Fair and Fall Festival. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 11215 W. 13th St. N, Wichita 67212. LOL Craft Fair & Fall Festival is a great place to come shop for Hand-Made items from local artist/ crafters. Also a great family gathering place, with games and crafts for the kids and a concession stand full of good food to eat! Come Shop, Play and have a great day! St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Fall Craft Fair.
Botanica Home School Program: What’s the Big Deal About Plants? 10:00 am & 1 p.m. 7th Annual Junior League of Wichita Holiday Galleria, Century II, Exposition Hall, 316-682-7473, www.holidaygalleria.org. General admission is $8 and hours will be Friday, 10am-4:30pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Additional events are scheduled throughout the event including a Premier Party on Thursday, Oct. 7th at 6:30pm, tickets are $50; Girls Night Out on Friday, Oct. 8th from 5pm to 9pm, tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at door; and a Brunch and Fashion Show on Saturday, Oct. 9th at 11am, tickets are $40. General Admission and Girls’ Night Out tickets are available through all Select-A-Seat outlets. Premier Party and Saturday Brunch Tickets are available at www.holidaygalleria.org.
October 8 Cowtown Education Day, 9:30-4:30, Old Cowtown Museum, 350-3317. Introducing school-age children to a variety of 19th-Century skills and crafts as they help bring in the harvest and put up provisions for winter as the entire community celebrates. Plenty of hands-on experiences for all ages. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. “Children of Eden” Music Theatre for Young People Performance, 7:30 p.m. Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center - Mary Jane Teall Theater $12.
October 10 Cowtown Cowboys, 1:30 and 2:30, Old Cowtown Museum. Cowtown Cowboy gunfights in the afternoon. “Children of Eden” 2:30 p.m. Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center - Mary Jane Teall Theater $12. Sedgwick County Zoo Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk begins at 2:00 p.m. Call 646-8752072 for more information. Friends University Fall Ballet 2:00 p.m.
October 5 Nursery Rhyme Time. Music, rhymes, activities and stories for ages 2 and under with an adult helper. (20 minutes). 10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 30, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361. 10:00 AM Art Start Wichita Art Museum.
October 7 Family Fun Time. Children aged 3-8 and their families will enjoy stories and activities such as songs and crafts. (45-60 minutes). 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 3379456.
Prairie Fire Marathon, http://www.prairiefiremarathon. com 316-265-6236. The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission and Via Christi Health are proud to announce our sizzling new marathon, half marathon, Mayor’s 5K and Fun Run/Walk. Annual Great Plains Renaissance Festival Sat-Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sedgwick County Park, 6300 W. 13th, Wichita, KS, 316-253-3392, Admission at gate: Adults $10; 12 & under $3; Advance: Adults $8, 12 & under free at all advance ticket locations. http://www.greatplainsrenfest.com.
Michael Bolton 8:00 pm, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway, 316-755-SEAT, www.wichitaorpheum. com, Reserved tickets are $38, $58 and $98.
October 14 How to Draw, Reuse and Create, School is out and tweens aged 9-11 can come to the Library to learn how to do many different things: draw an anime figure, make a craft from recyclable materials, and much more! Registration begins Wednesday, Oct. 6; call the Central Library at 261-8500. (60 minutes), 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500. Reader’s Theater, Children aged 3-10 will enjoy helping our library “actors” perform stories from our favorite books. (30-45 minutes), 2:30 p.m., Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361.
October 16 Wichita Art Museum 11:00 AM Family ArtVenture. BOOtanica 2:00 pm. Wichita Thunder vs. Tulsa Oilers, 7:00 pm INTRUST Bank Arena, (316) 440-9000, www. intrustbankarena.com. Old Town Farmers Market 7:00 a.m. – Noon, http://www.oldtownfarmersmarket.com, Farm & Art Market Plaza, 150 N. Mosley St., Wichita, Kansas 67202, 316-992-0413, Free admission, Fresh produce-live entertainment-delicious food-chef demos-children’s activities and hand-made crafts.
October 20 Family Storytime. Interactive storytelling for children ages 3-7 with their families. (30 minutes), 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 15-Dec. 1, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456. Nursery Rhyme Time, Music, rhymes, activities and stories for ages 2 and under with an adult helper. (20 minutes), 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 8-Dec. 1, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500.
For our on-going calendar of events visit our website at WichitaFamily.com
Botanica Garden Sprouts: Pumpkin Patch 10:00 am & 1 p.m.
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You have heard about it,
NOW IT IS TIME TO SEE IT!
Than Any Other Tanganyika has created a Wildlife Park that breaks the mold of typical zoos. The grounds are open and inviting, providing the ultimate place for animals and people to be together in harmony. Walk with the Kangaroos, feed Rainbow Lorikeets and African tortoises, visit the Giraffe feeding post or swing over to Lemur Island and feed the Ring-tailed lemurs, or go for a stroll atop a camel. Now you can even feed the Indian rhinos and ride the horses.
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