Square dance classes, Life Enrichment classes and more to do in September

By The Active Age | September 1, 2023

Square dancing classes back

The Village Steppers club is offering lessons for the next several months in addition to holding its regular dances. 

Starting Sept. 19 and continuing into early December, the lessons will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Oaklawn Elementary school, 5000 S. Clifton. The lessons cost a total of $25 per person, which also gets participants entry to the club’s regular dances.

Those dances are held at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, starting Sept. 9 and ending May 11, at the Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton. The cost is $6 per person.

Mike Huddleston, an instructor and the club’s “caller,” said the Village Steppers are one of 16 square dancing clubs in the area, and that many start lessons in September.

For a complete list of the clubs and their contact information, visit kansassquaredance.com. For information about the Village Steppers, contact Huddleston at (316) 524-0997. 

Life Enrichment series set at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON — Bethel College has set the line-up for its fall Life Enrichment series.

Sessions are held in Krehbiel Auditorium. The cost is $30 per semester or $3 per week, with first-time attendees admitted free.

Highlights include: 

Sept. 6, 9:30 a.m., “Are You from Here? People, Place, and the Future of the Rural Church,” Brad Roth, Hesston pastor and author; 10:50 a.m., “My time at Channel 12,” Rob Schunn.

Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m., “Nursing Shortage, Why? How can that be changed?” Val Gleason, President and CEO, NMC Health, Newton; 10:50 a.m., “The Remarkable Life and Writings of Mennonite Activist J.G. Ewert,” Christopher Dick, Tabor College professor of English;

Sept. 20, 9:30 a.m., “Glimpses of Prairie View’s Beginnings,” George Dyck, MD, North Newton and Justina D. Neufeld, RN, North Newton; 10:35 a.m., “What Seniors Need to Know and How to Speak Up When Needed,” Donna M. Lehane, Silver Hair Legislature Chair, and “How the Silver Haired Legislature Advocates to the Kansas Legislature,” Chuck Schmidt, former state representative and former SHL Speaker of the House, Wichita; 11:30 a.m., “Hesston College Bel Canto Singers,”  Dr. Russell Adrian, conductor; Ken Rogers, piano. 

Empowered Seniors session

“Longevity Secrets: Vibrant and Living Well” is the theme of the free Empowered Seniors session from 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at Botanica. The guest panel will include Father Tom Welk, Charlie Moon and Cindy Coughenour.

New Register of Deeds office

Sedgwick County Register of Deeds Tonya Buckingham has opened a satellite office at 5620 E. Kellogg             Dr., within the Sedgwick County Tag Office. The office is across the street from the Dole VA Medical Center and will record documents, file DD214 military discharge forms and issue military discount cards.

The office is open Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and closed for an hour at noon for lunch. 

Sunflower Market

BUHLER — Gaeddert Farms will hold its fourth annual Sunflower Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 2. Admission is $8 to the event, which features craft and food vendors, live music and the farm’s sunflower field maze. For directions, visit gaeddertfarms.com.

Ulrich seeks volunteers

The Ulrich Museum of Art is seeking volunteers to serve as docents and in other capacities, including program and event assistance, community outreach, research and more. If interested, contact Ann.Keefer@wichita.edu.