May to-do list

By Tammara Fogle | May 1, 2024

McCormick Museum movie

Local film buff Rick Every will host the McCormick School Museum’s third annual showing of 16 mm educational films, complete with popcorn and lemonade, at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1. 

Every is a former projectionist at the Orpheum Theatre and technician at KAKE-TV and Century II, plus a collector of reel-to-reel films and equipment. This year’s film is “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done,” produced in 1970 by Bell Telephone with narration by Lee Marvin and music by the 5th Dimension. The film covers engineering feats such as the Hoover Dam and Golden Gate Bridge. During intermission the museum’s lantern slide collection will be shown using a 1928 projector. Admission is by donation at the door, with proceeds benefiting the museum located at 855 S. Martinson.

The museum also recently added a platform lift on the stairs of the 1930s building to allow travel between floors for those with limited mobility. For more information, visit

Visit Cowtown free

Old Cowtown Museum is open and again free on Sundays due to a donation from Colby Sandlian. Regular museum admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for youth 5-17, and children four and under get in free. Cowtown members receive free admission. The museum’s spring hours are:

• Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.

• Closed Monday and Tuesday

• Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Spring Garden Fair May 4

The Sedgwick County Extension Center, 7001 W. 21st St. N., will hold its Spring Garden Fair from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the education center. The free event features interactive booths, plant sales, youth activities, tours of the center’s gardens and more.

Conway Springs dinner set

The Conway Springs Alumni Association will hold its annual meal and meeting at noon on Memorial Day, May 29, in the high school commons area. A $10 donation and side dish or dessert is requested. RSVP to Bob Stalcup at (918)338-9355.

Pilot Club grant

The Prairie Pilot Club recently received a matching $1,000 grant from its parent group, Pilot International, to be used in its partnership with Ability Point, which serves people with intellectual developmental disabilities. The grant is helping pay for Ability Point clients to participate in community events such as a Mystery Tour, Hot Wheels Monster Jam and Renaissance Festival along with activities such as summer camps, movies and other outings. Prairie Pilot members also assist as chaperones on outings, help with the annual Miss Unstoppable Pageant and provide food for events. 

Bored? Try a board game

Sedgwick County is inviting families to play board games as a way as a way to strengthen relationships.

Bonding thru Board Games qill be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the Sedgwick  County Extension Center, 7001 W. 21st St. N.

«One issue pressing our homes and our society is the isolation,» said Liz Brunscheen-Cartagena, family and resource management agent with K-State Research and Extension. “Playing board games gets everyone in the same room which helps family members across generations to connect and have a great time together.”

Board games will be available and there is no charge for the event.

Documenters group launch

A launch party for the Wichita Documenters program will be held at 6 p.m. May 21 at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd. Documenters is a program in which residents will be trained and paid to attend public meetings for the purpose filling the coverage gap left by the shrinking of traditional news gathering organizations. It’s a partnership of the Wichita Foundation and Wichita Journalism Collaborative. For more information, contact

Andover YMCA to reopen May 20

ANDOVER — The Greater Wichita YMCA has announced Monday, May 20 as the reopening date for the Dr. Jim Farha Andover YMCA. The branch temporarily shut down in April 2022 following a direct hit from an EF3 tornado.

In a news release, the Y said “extensive upgrades” have taken place inside, including installation of a 44-foot Luckey Climber, expanded gymnastics area and indoor gathering space for families called the Farha Family Park.