Things to do in January

By The Active Age | December 29, 2023

Volunteers to count homeless

United Way of the Plains is looking for 100 volunteers to help conduct the Wichita-Sedgwick County point-in-time homeless count on Jan. 25. It’s part of a national effort to estimate the number of Americans who don’t have safe and stable housing, data that is used in a variety of ways.

Those interested in volunteering can learn more on United Way’s volunteer website. Training will take place in early January, so volunteers are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. The deadline to volunteer is Friday, Jan. 5.

The 2023 homeless count found 702 homeless people, compared to 690 the year before.

Derby library annual meeting

DERBY — Kansas State professor Mary Kohn will explore how language has changed in Kansas over the past century as part of the Derby Friends of the Library annual meeting. Kohn’s talk is entitled “You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto” and is presented in partnership with Humanities Kansas. The free event in the library’s community room starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 with a brief business meeting. 

Ethics conference set

The 11th annual Kansas Healthcare Ethics Conference is scheduled for Feb. 29 at WSU Tech, 4004 N. Webb Road. The agenda, profiles of scheduled speakers and registration information may be found at

Shocker watch parties on tap

Since everyone can’t fly off to see the Wichita State Shockers play basketball, Wichita Eisenhower National Airport is sponsoring watch parties for the games here — and giving airport parking certificates as a door prize. The final watch party will also feature a drawing for 50,000 American Airline miles. 

The free watch parties are being held at Social Tap, located on the WSU campus, for these games: KU, Saturday, 3 p.m. Dec. 30; Florida Atlantic, Thursday, 6 p.m. Jan. 18; Tulsa, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Jan. 31; Memphis, Saturday, 12 p.m. Feb. 3; UAB, Wednesday, 7 p.m. Feb. 28; and Tulane, Friday, 8 p.m. March 8.