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Take grandkids to Cosmosphere, Eisenhower Museum and more for free this summer

July 14, 2021 | By Tammara Fogle

Kansans can take their grandchildren to many attractions for free this summer thanks to a program called Sunflower Summer. Participating attractions include the Cosmosphere, Botanica, Exploration Place, Eisenhower Presidential Museum, Boot Hill Museum and dozens of other museums, state parks, historical sites, theaters and more. The program, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Education, provides […]

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Glickman, Friesen pen new books — and you can win one!

July 1, 2021 | By Joe Stumpe

“Laughing at Myself: My Education in Congress, on the Farm, and at the Movies” by Dan Glickman (University of Kansas Press, $34.95) Dan Glickman believes the lack of humor in the current political environment is no laughing matter.       “I do think there’s a toxic partisanship — an excessively partisan atmosphere in politics […]

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From our archives

| By The Active Age

40 years ago Plans for Wichita’s first Senior Olympics, to be held in Linwood Park, were announced … A support group for families of people with Alzheimer’s was organized in Wichita … Bob Fletcher, 81, and Pat Van Dyne, 86, married six months after meeting at Hillhaven Nursing Home. 25 years ago Wanda Groves, 74, […]

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Heartland Games run it back

| By The Active Age

After a year off, the Heartland Games track and field meet returned to Friends University on June 5. More than 50 athletes competed in events, including the shot put, discus throw, javelin and several foot races. The Heartland Games originated as a series of fundraising competitions to help support operations at all four senior centers […]

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Wichita boy’s Blessing Boxes blow up

June 1, 2021 | By Debbi Elmore

An anti-hunger campaign started by a 6-year-old Wichita boy has turned into an intergenerational effort reaching into six other states. Called Paxton’s Blessing Boxes after Paxton Burns, who’s now 11, the red boxes are stocked with donated food and personal hygiene products that are free for anyone to take.  The endeavor has grown to 93 […]

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The namesake of McAdams Park and neighborhood

| By Amy Geiszler-Jones

Emerson McAdams took on many roles at what was known as McKinley Park in northeast Wichita. Often referred to simply as Mac, he cut the grass. He chaperoned dances. At the only city swimming pool open to black residents, he fished out snakes and threw them over a fence in the direction of a nearby […]

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Winners of The Active Age outdoor photo contest

| By The Active Age

Congratulations to Roberta Morrison, winner of The Active Age outdoor photography contest. Morrison captured the Keeper of the Plains on May 3. She wins a $25 gift certificate to Nifty Nut House. Second place and a $15 gift certificate to Nifty goes to Tracie Klinke, who photographed the grave of her grandfather, Korean War vet […]

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Fashion after Fifty: Dressing with style

| By Bonnie Bing

You know it’s a new season by the number of catalogs clogging your mailbox. Three arrived the other day, and while it was fun to see spring clothes, nearly all of them were meant for a woman who is perfectly formed and between the ages of 18 and 30. Trying to be positive, we should […]

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Prairie Pines and Wichita Jazz Festival team up for concerts

| By Ted Blankenship

Kansas is the source of some of the best music to be heard anywhere and has been for some time.  Wichita, for example is home to Chamber Music at the Barn, now in its 25th season at Bob Scott’s Prairie Pines venue on north Maize Road, and the Wichita Jazz Festival now nearing its 50th […]

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