May Events

Pieces of nature

New York artist and LEGO wizard Sean Kenney brings his nature-inspired collection to Botanica May 10-Sept. 19. Each piece is created from thousands of LEGOs, from the relative simplicity of a koi fish (1,937 LEGO pieces) to the complexity of bison and calf (61,732 pieces). For more info, visit botanica.org or call (316) 264-0448.

Fashion through time

A historical, multicultural fashion show featuring dress from the 1850s through today to benefit numerous local organizations will be held at the Sedgwick County Extension Center on Saturday, May 17. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youths 7-17 and free for children 6 and under. Tickets will be available at the door.

Shred and social

AARP is sponsoring a free shredding event from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, May 13 at the Sedgwick County Extension Center. Bring up to two boxes or bags of documents. On May 20, the organization is throwing an ice cream at Wichita Grandparents Park, south of Kellogg at Estelle Street. Both events are open to anyone but please register for the social at aarp.cvent.com/IceCream520 or by calling
1-877-926-8300.

5th EcoFest

Organizers of EcoFest Wichita say it’s easy being green if you know how. 

An annual family-friendly celebration of environmental awareness and sustainability will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday,  May 5, in and around the grounds of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7202 E. 21st

Exhibitors and vendors will showcase ways to make lifestyle changes that help our environment. 

There will be “guilt-free’ shopping, food, upscale resale items, books, demonstrations, music, art and activities for kids. 

Admission is $3 and free for kids under 12.

Booths are still available. For more information, call 684-3481 or visit EcoFestWichita.org.

Coronado Heights turns 100

The Smoky Valley Historical Association is inviting the public to celebrate Coronado Heights Park’s centennial anniversary from 5-9 p.m. Sunday, May 18. Organizers want attendees to go “back in time” by bringing a picnic lunch. Freddy’s Frozen Custard food truck will be there along with speeches, a concert and fireworks shortly after sunset. All are welcome to this historic event celebrating Smoky Valley’s natural beauty with man-made refinements.

Coronado Heights is an overlook park with a spectacular view a few miles northwest of Lindsborg, Kan. In the 1930s, the federal Works Progress Administration built a castle-like building there out of Dakota limestone. The park is named for Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, who visited the future Kansas in 1541, although it’s not known if he ascended the heights. To get there, take Highway 4 (Coronado Avenue) three miles north from Lindsborg to the unpaved Coronado Heights Park Road, then go west for one mile, just past Smoky Hill Cemetery, and turn right at the stone gate.


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