By The Active Age | October 26, 2018

Gala supports women

Soroptimist International of Wichita’s annual Christmas Gala fundraiser will be Dec. 3, at LaVela, 6147 E. 13th, Wichita. The evening includes a social hour and silent auction at 6:30, buffet dinner at 7:30 and live auction immediately following.

Tickets are $50 per person, $20 of which is tax-deductible.  Reservations are requested by Nov. 28 to For additional information call Cleo at 316-755-1503 or Roshelle at 316-250-7459.

The net proceeds from this event will be used to fund educational grants to Wichita area women who are the primary support for their families and are enrolled in a vocational or undergraduate degree program.

Holiday Tables
Holiday Tables will transform the galleries of Mark Arts with tablescapes sure to inspire attendees with ideas for the upcoming holiday season. This is the 51st year for the event and the first year in the new state-of-the-art building.

Holiday Tables take place Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11 at Mark Arts, 1307 N. Rock Road. Dining tables of all shapes and sizes are decorated by individuals, nonprofit organizations and businesses.

Hours are 10am-4pm Frday-Saturday, and noon – 4pm Sunday.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at, or by calling (316) 634-2787. Mark Arts is also hosting Sip and Sparkle Girls’ Night Out on Nov. 8; the Wine, Dine, Sparkle and Shine Party on Nov. 9; and the Sugar & Spice Mother-Daughter Tea on Nov. 11. For more information, visit the website.

Exploration events

Exploration Place starts the holidays off Saturday, Nov. 24 with: “Let It Snow!” in the Digital Dome Theater and Planetarium, featuring holiday images and scenes set to music by everybody from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets.

Kansas in Miniature Holiday Show, in which the population exhibit is decked out for a 1950s Christmas complete with parade and nostalgic music.

Explore Store Discount Shopping Weekend, when shoppers get 20 percent off purchases for members and 10 percent for non-members. This ends Sunday, Nov. 25.

Wreath Festival

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum hosts its 35th Annual Wreath Festival Thursday-Friday, Nov. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival features holiday decorations and gift items, packaged fresh baked items and music with lunch served in the museum (the original Wichita City Hall building) fully decked for the holidays.

The Museum Gift Shop expands to offer an array of unique holiday items. Lunch is served in the Museum both days from 11am -1 p.m. For Lunch for groups of six or more by call 265-9314. Admission to the museum’s 1st and 2nd floors is free. Lunch is $15 and includes admission to all four floors. All proceeds go to the support of the museum.