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‘Not today Parkinson’s’ is club motto

July 1, 2024 | By Bonnie Bing

Visit the Heskett Center on the Wichita State University campus, and you may come across a group of radicals. They’re the ones wearing colorful T-shirts with a slogan on the back — “Not Today Parkinson’s” — along with smiles and determined looks that prove they believe it. They’re also walking, taking aquatic classes, doing yoga […]

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The ‘Big Ditch’ prevents major flooding. Could it serve another purpose?

| By Joe Stumpe

Eighty years ago this spring, the Little Arkansas River spilled out of its banks in a way that spelled big trouble. Swollen by heavy rain, the river and nearby Chisholm Creek drove an estimated 5,000 Wichitans from their homes, washed out bridges and covered much of downtown.  In Riverside Park, the historic Park Villa building […]

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Small is beautiful in Wichita weaver’s hands

| By The Active Age

When Ann Enix saw a pine needle basket at the Kansas State Weaving Conference, she was fascinated enough to buy a book and teach herself how to make them. She collected pine needles from around her cabin in Colorado and, later in California, found the long, fine needles needed to make tiny baskets like her […]

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Pesto makes panzanella recipe pop

| By Tammara Fogle

With area farmers markets hitting their prime, the hunt is on for recipes that use their produce and other products to best advantage. This recipe from the Tuscan Women Cook program does just that. You can find tomatoes, fresh herbs, artisan bread and cheese, prepared presto and specialty oils and vinegars at many local markets. […]

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Dog days of summer in the stars, or not

| By Susan Armstrong

During the summer, when I was a young girl, I peddled my bicycle to the city pool every day to escape the sweltering heat of the Kansas sun. From mid-July through the end of August, the world moved in slow motion. I would lie on my back and watch the clouds drift overhead or bury […]

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Hospice care Is life, not death, sentence

| By Thomas Welk

When Jimmy Carter was taken under the care of a hospice program in February 2023, there were multiple news reports practically announcing that he had died. As of this writing, our nation’s 39th president is still alive. Electing hospice care is not a death sentence. Hospice takes care of someone who is living. Physical, social, […]

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July quiz: The geography of American history

| By Nancy Wheeler

Think you know your American history? Try these questions about various important historical locations. 1. In what city would you find the Sixth Floor Museum, Dealey Plaza, and the grassy knoll where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated? 2. Pillaging the countryside and destroying property, Sherman’s March to the Sea in 1864 began in what […]

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July Theatre

| By Diana Morton

Guild Hall Players, St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas. Hello, Dolly by Jerry Herman. Matchmaker Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker, and also a professional meddler — but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself. 8 pm July 18-20 and 7 […]

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July things to do

| By The Active Age

Master Gardeners Sought The Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardener program will hold new training classes starting in September. Interested parties are encouraged to attend an informational meeting 2-4 p.m. July 18 at the county Extension Center, 21st and Ridge. Applications for the training program will be available at the information meeting and must be returned […]

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Wichita State researchers’ calculations really out in space

| By WSU Strategic Communications

Shielding the earth from the sun seems like a good idea, in theory, to fight climate change, Wichita State University’s Dr. Nickolas Solomey and graduate student Kelly Kabler agree.  Good ideas, they also agree, must be grounded in science.     In early February, the New York Times reported that Asher Space Research Institute Physics Professor […]

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Junior League donates $2 million for Exploration Place expansion

| By The Active Age

The Junior League of Wichita kicked off its 100th anniversary celebration early by donating $2 million for Water Play Cascades, a centerpiece of Exploration Place’s planned outdoor expansion. The planned water feature is described as “an incredible multisensory learning experience promoting teamwork and collaboration. Many of the pumps and water wheels must be activated by […]

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Savvy Senior: Long-Term Care Benefits for Veterans and Surviving Spouses

| By Jim Miller

Long-Term Care Benefits for Veterans and Surviving Spouses Dreading a Colonoscopy? There Are Alternatives Can You Stop and Restart Social Security Benefits? How to Find Reliable Health Information Online Long-Term Care Benefits for Veterans and Surviving Spouses Dear Savvy Senior, I understand that the Veterans Administration has a benefit that can help veterans and spouses […]

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Six Wichita restaurants on Wine Spectator’s award list

June 25, 2024 | By The Active Age

Oenophiles, raise a glass to Wichita’s wine scene: The city has six restaurants on the new 2024 Restaurant Awards list released Tuesday by Wine Spectator magazine. They’re fairly scattered around the city: in College Hill, the Wine Dive, 4714 E. Douglas, and Vora, 3252 E. Douglas, made the cut; west Wichita is represented by 6S […]

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Sedgwick County declares disaster over pallet fire

June 24, 2024 | By Tammara Fogle

Sedgwick County and Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) Chairman Ryan Baty have declared a State of Local Disaster Emergency regarding the massive pallet fire that broke out last night and continues to burn uncontrollably outside Evergreen Recycle at 302 W. 53rd Street N. in Park City. This proclamation now allows Sedgwick County to access state […]

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Red, White & You Blood Drive Offers Zoo Tickets, T-Shirt While Supplies Last

June 14, 2024 | By The Active Age

The American Red Cross is urging people to donate blood during the summer and sweetening the deal with a couple of rewards. This is the 17th year for the organization’s Red, White & You Blood Drive. Blood donations tend to drop in the summer as people travel for vacations and students leave school campuses that […]

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City of Wichita Says ‘Most’ Systems in Service Following Cyberattack

June 10, 2024 | By The Active Age

Most City of Wichita systems used by the public are now back in service with some limited exceptions, the city said Monday. According to a news release, water metering, billing and payment processing systems are coming back online. Customers should expect to begin receiving updated statements this week. Auto-payments are functioning as normal, and customers […]

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Spangles ‘Grannies’ Have Fun With TV Fame

May 31, 2024 | By Joe Stumpe

Kay Goodnight is getting used to the look — that one where strangers recognize her but can’t quite figure out why. The retired optometrist’s assistant is enjoying semi-celebrity status, at least in the Wichita TV market, as one of four “grannies” featured in Spangles commercials hawking the fast-food chain’s cocktails. “The reaction has been unbelievable,” […]

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Columnist’s Career Spans Eight Decades

| By Joe Stumpe

For Ted Blankenship, this time it’s serious. Blankenship, who started writing his “It’s Not Serious” column 67 years ago, says he may have filed his last one. Blankenship cited a combination of health problems and an uncooperative new computer for his decision. Then again, he’s not ruling out a return. “It’s Not Serious” has been […]

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AAAs Mark 50 Years Of Service, Seek Seniors’ Input

| By The Active Age

Kansas’ area agencies on aging are marking their 50th year in operation. AAAs such as Central Plains Area Agency on Aging (CPAAA) — which serves Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick counties — were established in the 1970s to plan community services for people 60 and older. They also provide or fund many of those services, coordinate […]

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Make Lemons Your Aide In Cooking

| By Joe Stumpe

When life gives you lemons, you can make a lot more than just lemonade. Sour, yes, but also bright as sunshine, lemons are an ingredient that seems to grow on cooks the more they use it. While some fans love the summery feel a lemon brings to dishes during the winter, I actually prefer the […]

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Things To Do In June

| By The Active Age

Kansas Pond Society hosts tour June 15-16 The Kansas Pond Society will host its annual Water Garden Tour in the greater Wichita area June 15-16. Tickets are $10 per carload and are available at Johnson’s Garden Centers east and west locations. The ticket brochure includes a map and descriptions of ponds on the tour, which […]

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June Theatre

| By Diana Morton

Forum Theatre, at the Wilke Center, 1st United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Words & Music: Stayin’ Alive: The Bee Gees. Get ready for some “Jive Talkin” with this show featuring songs by brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibbs, who ushered in the era of disco and became the most successful trio in the history […]

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Low-Income Senior Apartments In Demand On Church Property

| By Matthew Kelly The Wichita Eagle

When Kyra Cano got the call that she had been approved to move into the Central Landing senior housing community, she was overjoyed. “I got in by a miracle,” Cano, 84, said. She moved in in February as one of 16 applicants selected from a waiting list of more than 100 to live in a […]

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Sunflower Summer Provides Access To More Than 200 Attractions

| By Ainsley Smith KMUW

Families with children in pre-K through 12th grade can get free admission to more than 200 attractions this summer. Sunflower Summer provides a free ticket for each child and up to two adults at participating museums, state parks and other attractions across Kansas. The program is organized by Kansas Tourism, a division of the state’s […]

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Volunteers needed to deliver Meals on Wheels

May 23, 2024 | By The Active Age

Senior Services, Inc. is experiencing extremely low volunteer numbers in its Meals on Wheels program due to the start of the vacation season. The program delivers approximately 800 lunch-time meals each weekday to homebound, isolated seniors. According to a news release, the program has experienced numerous open delivery routes each day for several weeks. Having […]

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