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Month-long burn ban starts April 1

March 28, 2023 | By The Active Age

Sedgwick County Fire District 1 is reminding residents that a burn ban imposed by the State of Kansas will be in effect for Sedgwick County during the month of April. New open burn permits will not be issued during the month of April, and no current permit holders will be allowed to conduct open burns […]

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Kansas Oil Museum opens new center with full weekend of history

March 22, 2023 | By The Active Age

EL DORADO — The Kansas Oil Museum will host two history-related events in its new Energy Education Center this weekend. The entire season of “Kansas Crossroads—The Story of Wichita,” will air in half-hour increments beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Attendants are invited to come and go as they please, with refreshments available throughout and a […]

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Shop Kansas Farms rolls out new website in celebration of Ag Day

March 21, 2023 | By The Active Age

MANHATTAN – Kansas Farm Bureau’s (KFB) Shop Kansas Farms (SKF) rolled out a new website today in celebration of National Agriculture Day. The website,, features a searchable map so consumers can find food items from farmers near them. “Shop Kansas Farms is a trusted brand for consumers when it comes to buying directly from Kansas […]

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Here’s how to avoid Century II’s new higher parking rates

March 13, 2023 | By The Active Age

A new, more expensive parking system starts today (Monday, March 13) for many spaces around Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center and the former Central Library. Visitors will now pay through their phone for parking spaces east of the venue and south of the former library that were formerly metered spots. The cost will […]

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St. Patrick’s Day parade marches on

March 11, 2023 | By The Active Age

By Pat O’Connor   Editor’s note: With Wichita’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade returning for the first time since the pandemic, writer and sometime participant Pat O’Connor looks back at the history of the event.   Wichita’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was in 1965. Sponsored by KLEO Radio, the preeminent teen station, the parade started […]

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For this former Kansas governor, Jimmy Carter made all the difference

March 9, 2023 | By John Carlin Kansas Reflector

In 1975, I was in my third term in the Kansas Legislature, still milking cows, and I was hearing more and more about this peanut farmer from Georgia thinking about running for president. Little did I know at that time how much impact he would have on my life and the many great opportunities that […]

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Hamilton tickets to go on sale March 13

March 6, 2023 | By The Active Age

Tickets for “Hamilton” will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2023 at or by calling  1-316-755-7328. Tickets will be available for performances June 6–18, 2023, it was announced today. There is a maximum purchase limit of eight tickets per account for the engagement. When tickets go on […]

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Evergreen branch library accepting passport applications

February 28, 2023 | By The Active Age

Wichita Public Library’s Evergreen Branch, 2601 N. Arkansas, is now accepting passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. The Evergreen Branch has been designated an official Passport Acceptance Agency by the U.S. Department of State. Each individual passport application must be accompanied by a check or money order made payable to the […]

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Sedgwick County property valuations up, appraiser explains why

February 23, 2023 | By The Active Age

On March 1, the Sedgwick County Appraiser’s Office will mail out valuations for property with a change in value or classification. According to a news release from the county, valuations are higher, on average, than years past. Sedgwick County Appraiser Mark Clark said a jump in inflation last year, paired with a hot housing market, […]

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How one Kansas City nonprofit is providing a solution for homeless veterans

February 21, 2023 | By Celia Hack and Simone Garza; KMUW/The Community Voice

The number of Wichita veterans who face homelessness is increasing. To see how one community is addressing the issue, KMUW and The Community Voice visited the Veterans Community Project in Kansas City, Missouri. The residents that greet you at the Veterans Community Project may not walk on two feet. They may walk on all four. […]

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Get assistance for your home’s broadband service at Wichita libraries

February 15, 2023 | By The Active Age

A federal program called the Affordable Connectivity Program is designed to help households afford the broadband service they need for work, school, healthcare and more. The Wichita Public Library will help residents enroll in the program through a series of workshops at two branches next month. The ACP provides: • A discount of up to […]

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Real-life couples star in ‘Almost, Maine’

February 7, 2023 | By The Active Age

The Plymouth Fine Arts Series presents the play “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani, Feb. 10 and 11 at 7pm. Light appetizers will be served at the top of the show. There will be a dessert auction during intermission at the Saturday performance with proceeds in support of the Plymouth Fine Arts Series. The play premiered […]

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These are the best and worst nursing homes near Wichita, according to federal ratings

February 6, 2023 | By Lindsay Smith, The Wichita Eagle

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has 40 nursing homes listed in Wichita and the surrounding area. The agency assigns ratings to each by looking at three factors: health inspections, staffing and quality measures. Below is every nursing home the agency shows for the Wichita area, listed from lowest rating (one star) to […]

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DA issues warning over Delta-8

February 2, 2023 | By The Active Age

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett on Thursday reissued a warning to people who possess or sell a cannabinoid commonly called “Delta-8” or “Delta-8 THC,” saying criminal prosecution of the illegal substance is possible. In a statement, Bennett said: “We are aware that local law enforcement will be engaging in efforts to further educate the […]

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New Ulrich art up

January 30, 2023 | By The Active Age

The Ulrich Museum’s spring 2023 season has opened with the Wichita State art faculty’s traditional biennial exhibition and images of nature by Asian artists. The exhibits are: • Transmissions: The XXIV Faculty Biennial in the Polk/Wilson Gallery • Nature in the Floating World: Images of Nature in Japanese and Chinese Art in the Beren Gallery • Tuan […]

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Things to do this weekend: Kansas Day at Exploration Place and more

January 27, 2023 | By The Active Age

Chili feed at McCormick School Museum Enjoy chili and fixings at a fundraiser 5-7 p.m. Saturday for the McCormick School Museum. Cornbread, cobbler and live entertainment are also on the menu.  The suggested donation is $10, $5 for children under 12. The museum, housed in a historic former school, is located at 855 S. Martinson.  […]

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Ping pong pals ‘take turns winning’

January 1, 2023 | By The Active Age

If you’re visiting the East YMCA on a weekday between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., chances are good that you’re going to see three ping pong players —– Debi Takamoto, Quang Ly and Bao Chen — intensely battling just off the lobby where a recreational table is located. They’ll tell you they’re not that good and […]

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Roving Pantry rolling one more year

December 7, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

The Active Age The Roving Pantry program has exceeded its goal to raise $50,000, allowing it to continue operating next year. “The outpouring of support from our local community has been overwhelming,” said Laurel Alkire, executive director of Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita, the nonprofit that operates the program. The Roving Pantry program takes grocery […]

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Win tickets to Botanica’s Illuminations

November 29, 2022 | By The Active Age

The Active Age is giving away three pairs of tickets to Illuminations, the annual holiday light show at Botanica. To enter our drawing for the tickets, answer this question about Botanica:

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McConnell pilots were the hunters and hunted in Vietnam

November 1, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

McConnell Air Force Base has served many missions through the decades, from training bomber crews and maintaining intercontinental ballistic missiles to its current focus on air refueling and military intelligence.  No task proved more perilous to the pilots stationed there than its stint as a home to fighter squadrons during the Vietnam War.  “It was […]

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Sedgwick County puts burn ban in place

October 21, 2022 | By The Active Age

Sedgwick County Fire District 1 has implemented a burn ban for the entire county. This is a combined effort of all full-time and volunteer fire departments in Sedgwick County in order to combat the current dangerous fire conditions. No outdoor burning is allowed including any open burning, chimeneas and/or other outdoor fireplaces. Active burn permits […]

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Daughters of American Revolution collection moved to Wichita library

October 18, 2022 | By The Active Age

The Kansas Society Daughters of the American Revolution has moved its collection of more than 6,000 books and genealogical/historical resources to Wichita Public Library. The collection was formerly housed in Dodge City. A celebratory reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. At the reception, […]

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Sedgwick County commissioners spar, shoot down aging budget boost for now

August 31, 2022 | By The Active Age

A small slice of the 2023 Sedgwick County budget set aside for senior-related services generated the longest and most contentious debate of any section before county commissioners approved the spending plan Wednesday. The back-and-forth came after 5th District Commissioner Jim Howell suggested adding $125,000 to the Department on Aging budget, a move seconded by 4th […]

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