April to-do list

By The Active Age | April 1, 2024

Tea party brewing

St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas, will hold its 93rd annual Olde English Tea party on Saturday, May 4. Known as Kansas’ largest tea party, the event features tea, pastries, musical entertainment, mimosa, a raffle and marketplace offering baked goods, flowers, clothing and more.

Two seatings are available: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for children ages 5-12. Advance tickets may be purchased at stjameswichita.org or by calling 316-683-5686.

Bike swap set

HAYSVILLE — The 15th Midwest Bicycle Swapmeet will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at the Haysville Hometown Market, 100 S. Main St. The event gives enthusiasts a chance to buy, sell or trade bicycles and related items. The vendor fee is $5. For more information, visit Midwest Bicycle Swapmeet on Facebook.

Dig in at Garden Fair

Learn ways to improve your garden at the 2024 Spring Garden Fair, hosted by the Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st St. Admission is free.

The event includes educational booths, plant sales and tours of the center’s gardens. Youth activities and food prepared by the Herb Society of South Central Kansas will also be offered. The first 500 visitors will receive free Zinnia plants to take home. For more information, contact Matthew McKernan at 316-660-0140, or mckernan@ksu.edu.

Free colon screening kits

Ascension Via Christi is again offering colorectal screening kits, while supplies last at no cost to anyone 45 and older. Those whose stool samples test positive for blood are followed up by a nurse navigator and, if they need and cannot afford a colonoscopy, funding is available through a grant from the Colon Cancer Coalition.

Call 316-268-5890 for a kit to be mailed to you. The sample can be returned in the self-addressed envelope provided with the kit. If the sample tests negative, the results will be sent by mail within a few weeks. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for men and women combined, but treatment is generally successful if found early. 

Vaccinations offered
The Wichita Black Nurses Association is hosting two vaccination and wellness clinics this month. The April 6 clinic will be held from noon to 3 pm at the Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton Ave. The April 20 clinic will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Iasis Christian Center, 1914 E. 11th St.

The walk-in clinics will offer influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations and blood pressure and blood glucose checks to people aged 18 and older. Free gasoline cards will be given away to all who attend while supplies last. An identification card is required for admission. Health insurance is not required.

Spring into cleaning

The next free Empowered Senior Series program, “April Showers Bring Spring Sprucing,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Botanica.

Dockum sitter honored

Galyn Vesey will tell the story of the 1958 Dockum Drug-Store Sit-In as he experienced it as a high schooler in a talk at the Mennonite Church of the Servant, 2401 N. Woodland, on Friday, April 5. Vesey will also be presented with the Church Women United Human Rights Award for 2024. The event begins at 1 p.m.