Things to do in March

By The Active Age | March 1, 2024

Potato bake cooking

The McCormick School Museum is holding a potato bake fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, with the spuds being cooked in a 1950s-era boiler (shown above). Organizers say there’s evidence that potatoes were cooked in the boiler during the museum’s time as a school. The dinner includes potatoes with toppings, a green salad, dessert and musical entertainment. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12.

For more information, contact Cynthia Davie at or call (316) 708-0676.

Golf, anyone?

The city of Wichita is encouraging people to participate in its senior leagues, which play on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays April through October. For more information, visit

Lawn mowing clinic revs up

Know a youngster who wants to get in the lawn mowing business or just help around the yard? Two sessions of a youth lawn mowing clinc are scheduled for Wednesday, March 13. The sessions will be held from 9:20 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton. The clinic is designed for youths in grades 5-9.  The cost is $10 to register through March 2 or $15 after that date. Space is limited. Register online at The clinic is sponsored by K-State Research & Extension and the Derby Recreation Commission.

KanCare expansion push

The public is invited to a postcard writing event 6-8 p.m. March 12 at Wichita Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. to encourage Kansas legislators to debate and vote on Medicare expansion. For more information, call (316) 841-8937.

Stages of life the topic

Stages of life — including some we don’t plan for — are the topic of the March 14 Empower Senior Series program at Botanica. The event starts at 10 a.m. and is free. 


Quilt party on

Christ the King Parish’s 2024 28th annual Quilt Party is Sunday, March 3, at 4501 W. Maple. Prizes include 22 handmade quilts, raffle and door prizes. Bierocks, hot dogs, desserts and snacks will be served at 11:30 a.m.; auction and games begin at 1 p.m.

Tax help offered

United Way is offering free help for tax filers who earned less than $64,000 last year, thanks to more than 100 IRS-certified volunteers. In-person appointments are available at sites in Sedgwick and Butler counties by calling 2-1-1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Online help is available at

Big Read returns for 2024

“There, There” is the 16th book to be chosen for Wichita’s Big Read. A 2108 New York Times bestseller, the book follows 12 Native American characters.

The Big Read encourages readers throughout Wichita to read the same book. This year’s kickoff will be held 2-4 p.m. March 16 at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. For a full list of book discussions and other related events, visit

Spring Fling Market

The Prairie Pilot Club of Wichita is holding its Spring Fling Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Riverside Christian Church, 1001 N. Litchfield. It will feature filled Easter baskets, arts and crafts, fresh baked pies, cakes, cookies and other goodies. Photos with the Easter Bunny will be available Noon-2 pm. Prairie Pilot is a service organization that benefits Ability Point, Wichita Children’s Home and other nonprofits.   

Free vaccination, wellness clinics

The Wichita Black Nurses Association is hosting free two vaccination and wellness clinics. The March 9 clinic will be held from Noon to 3 p.m., at St. Mary Baptist Church, 1648 E. 17th St. The March 23 clinic will be held from Noon to 3 p.m. at Chisolm Trails Church, 5833 E. 37th St. The walk-in clinics will offer influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations and blood pressure and blood glucose checks to people aged 18 and older. Free gasoline cards will be given away to all who attend while supplies last. An identification card is required for admission. Health insurance is not required.

Museum stages spring break fun 

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum has four days of free activities scheduled while schools are out for spring break. The come-and-go programs, held from 1-4 p.m. each day, include tours of different areas of the museum and take-home crafts. Recommended for ages 5 and up. No registration necessary. The schedule is:

Thursday, March 14: Make a Keeper of the Plains mosaic while learning about Blackbear Bosin and the Native Americans the Keeper pays homage to.

Friday, March 15: Tour the Old City Hall’s clock tower and create a clock-face design.

Saturday, March 16: Make a Victorian calling card and tour a Victorian cottage.

Sunday, March 17: Learn the history behind our local flag and create one. The museum (right) is located at 204 S. Main St.

Save on attractions

Save $2 on admission to a dozen attractions such as Botanica, Old Cowtown, Exploration Place and Field Station: Dinosaurs with an Explore Card from Visit Wichita. The discount is good for parties of up to 10 people but cannot be used with any other special offers. The free card can be picked up at Visit Wichita offices, 515 S. Main, Suite 115. Or you can call (316) 265-2800 to request one by mail. For a full list of participating attractions, go to and click on “Plan Your Event.”