Things to do in August

By The Active Age | July 31, 2023

Local Author Day back at Advanced Library

Wichita Public Library’s Local Author Day returns Saturday, Aug, 12 at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. “Wichita has a vibrant writing community and this annual program helps bring their talent to the spotlight,” said Sara Dixon, adult programming manager at Wichita Public Library. “One of Wichita’s hidden gems is its community of talented writers.” 

A writer’s panel will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. From 2-4 p.m., an author expo featuring dozens of local authors will provide an opportunity for the public to meet authors and purchase their work. 

The writers participating in the panel discussion include Sarah Henning (Lawrence), Amy Avery (Kansas City) and Danielle Ramirez, who compiled the “Being Wichita Women” anthology (shown above). 

The library is making significant efforts to give local writers space to develop and share their work. The Community Writing Workshop meets the first Thursday of each month and includes a craft lesson applicable across genres, a writing prompt for fresh writing opportunities and workshop time to receive feedback on writing. The library also participates in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November and hosts several programs to support writers during the month. And recently, the library hosted “Celebrate Writing,” which provided an open mic-like space for writers to share their work in front of an audience. 

More information about Local Author Day can be found at

WAM seeks docents

The Wichita Art Museum is seeking volunteers for its docent program. Weekday/daytime availability is required. The primary responsibility is giving tours to K-12 groups. Info and application are available at The application deadline is Aug. 14, and training starts in September.

 +55 Resource Guide updating

The Active Age is in the process of updating its annual 55+ Resource Guide, published and distributed each fall. Deadline for ads is Aug. 24, but space is limited. For information, call 316-942-5385.

Monthly caregiver support

A caregiver support group is meeting monthly in downtown Wichita. Conducted by Jessica Huber, a licensed social worker and geriatric mental health specialist with CPAAA, the group meets at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday or the month. Virtual and in-person options are available. To register, contact Huber at or call 1-855-200-2372.

Habla Espanol?

The Active Age website now features some articles in Spanish on its website, To find them, click on the Sections menu near the top. The translations are made possible through Planeta Venus ( and the Wichita Journalism Collaborative.

The Active Age also recently launched a digital version of the newspaper that allows readers to increase the size of the type and flip through pages as with the paper version. It is delivered via email. To receive a copy, contact