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Share the Season helped family of transplant recipient

November 21, 2023 | By The Active Age

This year is the 23rd in which Share the Season serves families in our community, using donations to help fill the gaps left by other assistance programs. Since its inception, Share the Season has raised more than $4.4 million and helped over 4,200 families. Here’s a story from last year’s Share the Season campaign: Julie’s […]

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Site chosen for temporary emergency shelter in Wichita. Here’s where it will be

November 3, 2023 | By MATTHEW KELLY

After a month of searching, a temporary location for Wichita’s emergency winter shelter has been identified. The City Council will vote Tuesday on a $685,000 package to support a no-barrier 24/7 shelter for up to 250 people at 2220 E. 21st St., a city-owned property that used to house the Fundamental Learning Center. The facility […]

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2 out of 3 Kansans now support legalizing recreational marijuana, survey finds

October 31, 2023 | By Chance Swaim

Roughly two out of every three Kansans support legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana, according to a 2023 weighted survey analysis from Fort Hays State University. Recreational marijuana is legal in 24 states. Kansas is surrounded on all sides — Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma — by states that have legalized recreational use (Colorado and […]

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Most Kansas Republicans support expanding Medicaid

October 25, 2023 | By By Rose Conlon; KMUW

Nearly 55% of Republicans support expanding Medicaid, according to a new poll from Fort Hays State University. A significant majority of Kansans support expanding Medicaid — including more than half of Republicans — according to the 2023 Kansas Speaks public opinion surveyconducted by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University. The […]

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Wichita Journalism Collaborative launches joint coverage on housing issues

October 13, 2023 | By The Active Age

Housing prices in Wichita increased an average of 30% in 22 months. Sedgwick County’s rent has been up at least 8.5% since 2019. We all desire a place to call home, but is attainable quality housing too far out of reach for many Wichitans? Members of the Wichita Journalism Collaborative (WJC) see the housing disparities […]

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15 years of early-morning workouts bind group

October 2, 2023 | By Amy Geiszler-Jones

More than just physical fitness motivates a group of Wichitans to hit the gym at 5:45 a.m. three days a week. They’ve found friendships and — whether they know it or not — maybe a boost of mental health wellness. The group’s members first came together in September 2008 when Steve Rainbolt, Wichita State University’s […]

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Win tickets to Wichita Wurlitzer show

September 28, 2023 | By The Active Age

The Active Age is giving away two tickets to a Halloween-themed performance featuring the Wurlitzer pipe organ at Century II on Thursday, Oct. 12. The event starts with a dance at 7 p.m., followed by a showing of the classic silent movie, “The Phantom of the Operate” with live music by Clark Wilson on the […]

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Roof Work to Begin on Century II

August 29, 2023 | By The Active Age

After years of deferred maintenance, the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center will soon get a new roof structure and membrane to protect it from weather. According to a news release from the city, which owns the facility, the project is expected to begin next month and be completed in the spring of 2024. […]

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Wichita plans to offer property tax relief for some taxpayers. Could you be eligible?

August 28, 2023 | By Matthew Kelly/Wichita Eagle

Certain Wichita residents will soon be able to apply to have more of their 2023 property taxes refunded through a combination of state and city programs. The City Council has approved a one-year tax relief pilot program that aims to provide targeted tax relief for low-income seniors, disabled veterans and their surviving spouses, and low-income […]

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Build a bowl at tomorrow’s Senior Wednesday program

August 15, 2023 | By The Active Age

Join ceramic artist Brenda Lichman in the fight against hunger in our community by creating a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl using wheel-throwing or hand-building techniques. This free Senior Wednesday program happens starts with refreshments at 10 a.m. at 106 Henrion Hall on the campus of Wichita State University. The bowls participants make will be donated to […]

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Lack of transportation strands seniors in rural Kansas

August 10, 2023 | By By Andrew Lopez, KMUW

LIBERAL — A white Dodge Caravan pulls up in front of the Dillons grocery store in Liberal, Kansas, and Floyd Coleman steps out to help his next passenger into the minivan. Coleman, a 63-year-old retired truck driver, shuttles people around town for Liberal’s senior center. He has a few pickups and drop-offs throughout the day […]

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Municipal Court Implements Yondr Bags in Courtroom

July 27, 2023 | By The Active Age

Beginning Monday, July 31, Wichita Municipal Court will begin requiring the use of Yondr bags in its courtrooms. According to a news release from the city, the usage of the Yondr bag technology is aimed at enhancing the safety or attendees and ensuring a distraction-free environment in Municipal Court. The bags are soft, lockable pouches […]

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Community event to provide free groceries July 29

July 24, 2023 | By The Active Age

Convoy of Hope will partner with local businesses, churches, government agencies and nonprofits to deliver distribute free groceries and more to Wichita residents at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 29. Convoy of Hope will hold the event at the following locations: Bethel Life Center, Colvin Elementary, Hope Church, McAdams Park, Evergreen Recreation Center, Kansas State […]

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Salvation Army closing emergency homeless shelter for women and children; longer-term ‘recovery home’ to take its place

July 21, 2023 | By Celia Hack/KMUW

One of Wichita’s key resources for unhoused women, Salvation Army’s emergency shelter, will close Aug. 11. The announcement comes while most of Wichita’s homeless shelters are already at capacity, said Angie Prather, vice president of marketing and chief community engagement officer for United Way of the Plains. “This decrease will strain the system,” Prather wrote in […]

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American Airlines adds nonstop flight to Miami

July 13, 2023 | By The Active Age

American Airlines has announced seasonal nonstop service to Miami International Airport beginning Saturday, Nov. 11. The service will operate on Saturdays only through March 30, 2024. The flights will be operated by a 76-seat Embraer-175 aircraft. Depart ICT at 6:45 a.m.; arrive MIA at 11:20 a.m. (local times) Depart MIA at 7:30 p.m.; arrive ICT […]

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Daily Flights to Phoenix to begin Nov. 5

June 26, 2023 | By The Active Age

American Airlines will offer daily, nonstop flights from Wichita to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport beginning Sunday, Nov. 5. According to a news release from the city, the flights will be operated with a 65-seat CRJ-700 aircraft that include premium cabins. Phoenix is the second most popular destination from Wichita but has been without daily […]

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Martha Stewart is model for ‘Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit issue cover

May 16, 2023 | By NPR

  Lifestyle magnate Martha Stewart is making history, as she becomes the oldest person to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s yearly swimsuit issue, at 81. The magazine described Stewart as “the very definition of ‘influencer,’” due to her plethora of shows, books, product lines and social media followers. “I am so thrilled to be on the cover of […]

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New COVID-19 vaccine guidelines recommend second dose for people 65 and older

May 14, 2023 | By The Active Age

The Sedgwick County Health Department now offers adults 65 and older and individuals with weakened immune systems a second dose of updated (bivalent) COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine under new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. According to a news release form the county, here is […]

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New kayak stations opening, 21st Street to shut down for party

May 5, 2023 | By The Active Age

Wichita Park & Recreation is hosting a ribbon cutting for their new self-service kayak rental stations at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 5 at the Riverside Tennis Center, 551 Nims, east of the dome by the river. Three new self-service rental stations have been installed around the community at: • OJ Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean […]

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Receive your free copy of ‘How to Talk About Feeing Bad’

May 3, 2023 | By The Active Age

The Wichita Journalism Collaborative is releasing a publication aimed at helping people advance their mental health and support others. It’s called “How to Talk About Feeling Bad’ and is in the form of a graphic comic book or ‘zine. The collaborative, made up of The Active Age and 10 other media and community partners, is […]

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World War II sailor, killed at Pearl Harbor, to be buried today

May 2, 2023 | By The Active Age

DOUGLASS — A U.S. Navy sailor from Mulvane who was killed in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor will be buried with full military graveside honors here Tuesday. Seaman 2nd Class Floyd Clifford was 20 years old at the time of his death on the USS Oklahoma. He was born in Douglass, grew […]

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Sedgwick County expands free public alert system

May 1, 2023 | By The Active Age

Sedgwick County Emergency Management (SCEM) is expanding use of Civic Ready Alerts to include 17 more cities, in addition to the initial test sites of Wichita and Mt. Hope, according to a news release from the county. The free alert system notifies residents by phone or email of emergencies or important news in their area.  As of […]

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