March Briefs

By Tammara Fogle | March 31, 2022

Picklepalooza 2022 to be held at Riverside Tennis Center

Picklepalooza, a pickleball tournament for players 50 and up, is back for a second year. This year’s tournament will be held Saturday, April 30, at the Ralph Wulz Riverside Tennis Center, 551 N. Nims.

Registration is $60 and is open through April 23. You can register at

Picklepalooza is a double elimination tournament with divisions for men’s, women’s and mixed doubles. Check-in is at 8 a.m. with matches starting at 9 a.m. The registration includes a hamburger and hot dog cookout by the Wagonmasters plus one beverage.

Proceeds benefit Senior Services, Inc., which runs Meals on Wheels and four senior centers. For more information, contact Chris Heiman at or call 316-267-0302, ext. 216.

Gardening classes set

Sedgwick County Master Gardeners will present five weeks of classes as part of their 2022 Spring Gardening Series. The classes are being offered live at the Wichita Library’s Alford Branch, 3447 S. Meridian Ave., each Tuesday in April and Tuesday, May 3. The same classes will be presented via Zoom each Thursday in April and Thursday, May 5. Classes are free but registration is required. To register, call 316-261-8500 or visit and search “upcoming events.”

The classes are:

April 5 and 7: Spring Garden Maintenance — Clean up, Prepare, & Plant
April 12 and 14: Compost and More Green Gardening Practices
April 19 and 21: Plants that Love our Kansas Sun
April 26 and 28: Growing a “Fruitful” Landscape
May 3 and 5: Container Gardening: The Basics and Beyond

A gem of a show

The Wichita Gem and Mineral Society will hold its 68th annual Gem and Mineral Show April 22-24 at the Cessna Activity Center, 2744 George Washington Blvd. The show runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Show admission is $5 for adults and $1 for youth ages 13-17.  

Twenty-two retail dealers will be offering jewelry, fossils, crystals, mineral specimens and more for sale. 

On Friday, admission is free for Education Day participants, which can include school classes and home schools, Scouts and 4H groups. To sign up, call Debbie Moore at 316-838-2816.

Procceds benefit Earth Sciences scholarships at Wichita State University along with other grants to other earth sciences-related organizations in the Wichita area. 

Soup is served

ICT Food Rescue, which battles hunger and food insecurity, is serving soup made by local restaurants to raise money on April 28, National Stop Food Waste Day. The drive-through fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ICT Food Rescue office, 1650 N. Fairview Ave. A donation of $6.50 gets participants a bowl of soup and bread. Donations can also be made at For more info, visit

Newton exhibit

Mixed media artist Kayann Ausherman is exhibiting her work at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton through May 20. Ausherman has illustrated children’s books and has had work published in more than 25 mixed media art magazines.

Augusta tea

The Augusta Historical Museum will hold its 25th annual Spring Tea on May 6-7 at the historic C.N. James cabin. There will be two seatings each day, at 11:30 a.m and 1:15 p.m. Tea from the Spice Merchant will be served along with finger sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit salad and an array of desserts. The cost is $10 per person. Seating is limited. To reserve tables for four or six, call the musum at 316-775-5655 by mid April. 

Orchid Society show

The Kansas Orchid Society show takes place 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 30 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 at Botanica. For more info, visit or the group’s Facebook page.

City-wide garage sale

Valley Center will hold its spring city-wide garage sale April 21-23.

Wichita Southeast class of ’72 reunion

The Wichita Southeast class of 1972 will hold its 50th reunion Sept. 23-24, 2022. The Friday event will be held at the Drury hotel ground floor vestibule and riverfront patio. On Saturday, the event moves to Yingling Aviation.

Event updates will be communicated via e-mail or Facebook. If interested, visit 

Editor’s note

Several readers asked where to send greetings to Elfrieda Shellenberger, the longtime East High English teacher featured in our March issue. Cards and letters may be sent to her at Sedgwick Plaza, 2455 N. Woodlawn, Wichita, KS 67220.