Looking for something to do? Here are some options:
KEYN Summer Concert Series
Every Friday, July 11 to August 15
Kansas Biggest Rodeo
July 31 to August 2
July 31 to August 2
August 22 to 24
August 22 to 24
Garden City, KS
Little Balkans Days
August 29 to 31
Did I miss anything? Add your event in the comments.
Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted a friends and family event last week at All Star Adventures. The cost was $7 per person for all you can play — go karts, carnival rides, and mini golf. Brian and I hadn’t been there in ages so we couldn’t pass up the deal even though it was a work night. Lucky for us, the event fell on a Thursday so I didn’t have to teach Zumba. We wouldn’t have been able to do it otherwise.
I’m glad we got to go because we had a blast playing with Faith and her kids, Becca, Jay, Addison, and my little sister Kira.
Addy and Kira got along fabulously.
I think Jay had more fun than the kids. LOL.
Here’s a cute one of Addy.
This is my favorite pic of me and Kira. Don’t let that angelic smile fool you. This child is a dare devil. She wanted to do all of the really crazy rides. After we rode the go karts (I had to ride with her because she wasn’t tall enough to drive herself), we did her favorite carnival rides. After the second one, I had to start looking for rides that she could do by herself because I couldn’t take anymore. I seriously felt like throwing up my dinner if I rode another dizzying ride.
She said this was her favorite because it scared me the most and made me scream a lot. Though she told me later that if another ride scared me more, that would have been her favorite instead. Can you believe such an angelic child could be so mischievous?
This a photo of Kira that I took when we rode bumper boats together. She tried to make me dizzy in the bumper boats too. LOL.
The Filipino Ball is a celebration of milestones — debutantes, wedding anniversaries, achievements — in the Filipino community. It’s a chance for us to relive prom night in that we get to wear our fanciest clothes. Women are in beautiful gowns and men are in colorful and stylish barongs. It’s a pretty formal event so you can be as fancy as you want to be. Brian opted to wear his tux this year. Yeah, we’re still trying to get our money’s worth. LOL.
These are some of my favorite photos from last night. Huge thanks to Jennifer Cannady for taking the photo above. I’ve put on some weight in the last couple of years and actually don’t look too bad in this photo. LOL. Brian, my very own James Bond, looks amazing as always.
If you recognize my dress it’s because I recycled it. It’s the same dress that I wore to the American Heart Association benefit earlier this year. I would have preferred to have worn a new dress but life has been hectic and I didn’t have time to shop. Rather than stress about it, I figured I’d just wear one of the ones I already had hanging in the closet. I wore new jewelry to freshen it up a bit. This is the Kahlo line. If you’d like to see it up close or want to schedule a trunk show, contact me.
Obligatory selfie… because we have to take at least one of the two of us.
The Filipino Ball is the one time a year that we get to see people who we don’t normally see on a regular basis. Kids babies and children grow up to be adults almost overnight it seems. It’s like one year they were children and the next they’re hosting the event. Yes, I’m talking about Jenna. She was a baby when Brian and I first started attending the gala and now she’s a grown woman. Amazing. Brian and I still feel pretty youthful but this is the one event that’s guaranteed to make you feel old. Before the evening is even over I always end up wondering, “Are we really that old?”
We must be because I actually enjoy the event now and I didn’t used to. In my youth I used to dread having to attend. “Do I really have to?” This was one of those parties that was forced upon you by your parents. I don’t know how the other kids felt or how the kids today feel. It was not a fun party for me. It wasn’t really that much fun watching old people drink and make fools of themselves on the dance floor. Now I’m one of those old people. It’s awesome how time can change your perspective.
It used to that you couldn’t pay me to attend now and I’m actually paying to go. If you told me years ago that this would happen, I never would have believed you. LOL.
The Filipino Ball has become one of those events that I actually look forward to attending each year. I love watching the kids grow up and watching families expand as they welcome new family members. As long as I can look youngish and have my handsome James Bond by my side, I really don’t mind feeling old for a night.
CAPITOL FEDERAL FIREWORKS
Friday, May 30, 2014
Noon to 11:00 p.m.
1. Douglas from Water to Sycamore (Noon to 11 p.m.)
2. 2nd/1st from McLean to Waco (5:30 to 11 p.m.)
3. McLean from 1st to Maple (5:30 to 11 p.m.)
4. N. Civic Center Place between Douglas and 1st (noon to 11 p.m.)
5. Willis Coroon Dr. between Douglas and 1st (noon to 11 p.m.)
6. Waco from Douglas to 1st (5:30 to 11 p.m.)
7. Sycamore from McClean to Douglas (noon to 11 p.m.)
Friday, May 30, 2014
Staging: 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
1. Main from Central to 11th
2. Elm from Water to Market
3. Pine from Wichita to Market
4. Wichita from Murdock to Central
5. Wichita from Murdock to 8th St. (both ends)
6. Water from Murdock to Elm
7. 8th from Water to Market
8. 9th from Water to Market
9. 10th from Water to Market. Central stays open for cross traffic for as long as practical.
Parade: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
1. Main from Central to English
2. 2nd from Market to Waco
3. 1st from McLean to Main
4. Waco from Douglas to Central
5. 3rd from Riverview to Market
6. Central from Market to Nims
7. Greenway from Central to Waco
8. Douglas from McLean to Market
9. William from Market ot Main
10. Murdock form Waco to Market
11. Water form Douglas to 3rd
Any traffic exiting the Core Area or to/from the Broadview Hotel, CII personnel and Hyatt Service will access via Doguals from McLean. Northwest portion of 1st and McLean intersection remains open for traffic. WPD ultimately controls the actual times of street closings and openings.
KANSAS HEALTH FOUNDATION RIVER RUN
Saturday, May 31, 2014
4:00 to 11:00 a.m.
1. Lewis Street, McLean Boulevard to Waterman Street
2. Waterman Street, Lewis Street to Washington Avenue
3. Wichita Street, Dewey Street to Lewis Street
4. Water Street, Waterman Street to Main Street
5. Main Street, Lewis Street to English Street
6. Market Street, Lewis Street to Douglas Avenue
7. Broadway Avenue, Lewis Street to First Street
8. Topeka Street, Lewis Street to First Street
9. Emporia Street, Lewis Street to Douglas Avenue
10. St. Francis Street, Waterman Street to Mead Street
11. Commerce Street, Waterman Street to Mead Street
12. Mead Street, Waterman Street to Douglas Avenue
13. Douglas Avenue, Washington Street to Sycamore Street
14. Main Street, First Street to Williams Street
15. Waco Street, Douglas Avenue to Ninth Street
16. First Street/Second Street, McLean Boulevard to Wichita Street
17. Second Street, Wichita Street to Riverview Street
18. Third Street, Wichita Street to Waco Street
19. Central Avenue, Main Street to Greenway Boulevard
20. Murdock Street, Water Street to West Stackman Drive
21. Eight Street, Waco Street to Backbay Boulevard
22. Backbay Boulevard, Eight Street to Ninth Street
23. Ninth Street, Backbay Boulevard to Bitting Street
24. Jefferson Street, Eighth Street to Oak Park Drive
25. Oak Park Drive, Bitting Street to Eleventh Street
26. Bitting Street, Tenth Street to West River Boulevard
27. Forest Street, Oak Park Drive to Eleventh Street
28. Eleventh Street, Oak Park Drive to West River Boulevard
29. Briggs Street, West River Boulevard to Litchfield Street
30. Litchfield Street, West River Boulevard to Faulkner Street
31. Faulkner Street, West River Boulevard to Buffum Street
32. Buffum Street, West River Boulevard to Carter Street
33. Carter Street, West River Boulevard to Riverside Avenue
34. Riverside Avenue, West River Boulevard to Nims Street
35. Nims Street, Franklin Street to West River Boulevard
36. Wiley Street, West River Boulevard to Murdock Street
37. West River Boulevard, Eleventh Street to Murdock Street
38. Stackman Drive, Murdock Avenue to Central Avenue
39. Nims Street, Riverside Park Drive to Central Avenue
40. Spaulding Street, Murdock Avenue to Stackman Drive
41. Gilman Street, Murdock Street to Buffum Street
42. Buffum Street, Stackman Drive to Faulkner Street
43. Faulkner Street, Stackman Drive to Pine Street
44. Pine Street, Stackman Drive to Sim Park Drive
45. Sim Park Drive, Stackman Drive to Central Avenue
46. Central Avenue, Nims Street to Seneca Street
47. Seneca Street, Central Avenue to McLean Boulevard
48. McLean Boulevard, Seneca Street to Taft Street
49. Sycamore Street, McLean Boulevard to Maple Street
KENNEDY PLAZA EVENT AREA
May 27-29, 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.
May 30, 9:00 a.m. to May 31, 1:00 a.m.
June 1, 8:00 a.m. to June 2, 1:00 a.m.
June 2-5, 2:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
June 6, 7:00 a.m. to June 9, noon
1. Douglas between Waco & Water St.
2. N. Civic Center Place between Douglas and 1st
3. Willis Coroon Dr. between Douglas and 1st
WATERWALK EVENT AREA
May 28, 9:00 a.m. to June 10, 11:00 p.m.
1. S Wichita St. between Lewis St. &the Hyatt Driveway
2. S Water St. between W Waterman St. & W Dewey St.
3. Waterwalk Plc/W Lewis St. between S Wichita St. & S Water St.
Wednesday, June 4, noon to midnight
Saturday, June 7, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
1. Lewis St (including Lewis St Bridge) between S McLean Blvd & S Wichita
2. S Wichita St between Lewis St & W. Dewey St.
A SALUTE TO AVIATION
May 31, 10:00 p.m. to June 2, 3:00 a.m.
1. Douglas between Water & Main St.
2. Water between Douglas & First
3. Main St. between Douglas & Williams
4. Main St. between Williams & English
5. Main St. between English & Waterman
TOUCH A TRUCK
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
3:00 p.m. to midnight
1. Waterman (including Lewis St. Bridge) between McClean & Hyatt Driveway
2. Wichita between Waterman & Dewey
3. Water between Waterman & Dewey
4. Lewis St. between Wichita & Water
Saturday, June 7, 2014
5:00 a.m. to midnight
1. Douglas between Water & Main St.
2. Water between Douglas & 1st St.
The big events on opening day are always the Sundown Parade, Twilight Pops Concert, and fireworks. There’s also an opening ceremony at the Keeper of the Plains in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the dedication of this iconic symbol of the city of Wichita. The opening ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. and only last 15 minutes so you don’t want to be late.
Saturday is the day of the River Run. There’s a 10K, a 2 mile family fun walk, 2 mile and 2 mile wheelchair. There’s also the tot trot, a fun run for kids ages 2 to 7 years. Check your booklet or the web site for the schedule because the events start at different times and locations.
Don’t forget Wichita’s world record attempt at the longest line of bicycles. This event meets at WaterWalk Pavilion at 1:00 p.m. Another thing that dad may find interesting is the RC airplanes flying around all day at Century II. Hot air balloons launch from WaterWalk at 5:30 a.m. and return for a glow in the evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
For sporty and outdoorsy types, there’s softball, dodgeball, tennis, tug of war, jet ski racing, biking tours, canoes & kayaks, and paddle battle kayak races.
Sunday is all about planes. There will be planes on display on Main Street (South of Douglas) from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; a Wichita aviation display, RC planes, and paper airplane drop at Century II; B-52 simulator; and meet famous aviators (tent behind the Wichita Public Library). Hot air balloons will launch from WaterWalk Pavilion at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate this day of flight.
There’s so much to do! That’s the best part about Wichita River Festival. There’s something for everyone. I wish I didn’t have to work and could participate in all of the activities. Well, maybe not all of them. Perhaps next year I can talk Brian into volunteering for stuff and even doing some sightseeing. People watching at Riverfest is always the biggest spectator event. It even has its own Facebook page. Making a mental note of scheduling vacation during Riverfest week. If I forget, remind me!
Brian and I had a great time at Project RunAway last night. It’s a fundraising event for Wichita State University’s Shift Space, an off-campus student gallery for WSU’s School of Art & Design. The event was held at McKnight Art Center, a building that Brian is quite familiar with since he had several classes there when he was attending WSU.
We’re always up for doing something different on the weekends. This was definitely something different. LOL.
Aaron, aka Cutter J the Absurdist, was the emcee of the event. He did a fantastic job! DJ Carbon provided the music for most of the evening and was equally awesome. As I was watching DJ Carbon from where I was sitting, I told Brian that I thought I knew the DJ. I texted my sister and asked her if DJ Carbon is James. She confirmed it. I knew DJ Carbon before his DJ Carbon persona, when he was still James. It’s been over 15 years. Crazy how time flies. I’ll have to catch him at his next event so we can get reacquainted and so I can introduce Brian.
The fashion show was interesting. Neither Brian nor I had ever attended a wearable art fashion show before. It was definitely an experience. There are some amazingly creative people in Wichita to be sure. There are also some really strange people. LOL.
There were a performances in between categories. One was a drag performance by Divinity Masters. The jokes were definitely not appropriate for general audiences but didn’t bother me. They were quite offensive to some people, though. Brian said that there were two ladies behind us who were complaining that there should have been a warning on the tickets. If you’ve never been to one of these types of events, I guess you wouldn’t really know what to expect. However, you just have to be open minded because creative, artsy people tend to push the envelope. I thought Brian enjoyed the drag performance. He laughed at many of the jokes.
Everything was great until peanut butter and jelly and pieces of bread started splashing everywhere. That was gross. I liked the idea and it was fun to watch but I would have rather not been in the audience for that part of the show.
We had a good time overall. It’s always great to see Reby and Aaron, and watching Cutter J perform (even when he’s just emceeing) is always a treat. He’s definitely a performer, always animated and dramatic. You can check out his opening monologue below. Aaron is just one of those guys who’s entertaining no matter what he is doing.
I recommend attending the next Project RunAway if you’ve never been. It’s something that everyone should experience at least once. I’m not sure that Brian is inclined to attend again next year. I guess it will depend on if we know anyone who is performing or who’s part of the show. If we do go back, I’d spring for the VIP section. That way you don’t get food splashed on you in case someone decides to incorporate food in their fashion show entry.
I’ve decided to start bowling again and I’m dragging Brian with me.
I was inspired to start bowling again after bowling a 243 at my work’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising event on Saturday. It was nine pin no tap, but still. I’d participated in many of these fundraisers before and they’ve always been nine pin no tap, but I’d barely break 200. Somehow I’d keep bowling 8s and not pick up my spares. I was in the zone this weekend, though.
Here are some pictures from Saturday.
Faith’s son is so adorable.
Here’s our team photo.
Here’s the chocolate gift basket that I won for getting the highest bowling score out of all the women bowlers. It’s full of chocolatey goodness from the Farris Wheel and I’ve been enjoying it over the last few days.
On Sunday we went bowling again to celebrate dad’s birthday.
Dad kicked everyone’s butt at bowling. I joked that we were letting him win on account of his birthday but truly there was no way that we could have come close. Dad is just an awesome bowler. He bowled a 187, 184, 203, and 182 on Sunday.
Guess who took second? Me, of course. I bowled 134, 146, 145, and 150. Not great, but it’s about how I normally bowled when I used to bowl regularly.
Brian didn’t do too bad. He bowled 156, 122, 122, and 145. I don’t know what happened to mom. LOL. She normally bowls really well but she she did the worst that day. Her scores were 137, 135, 119, and 122. She’s probably going to hate that I posted that, but I post everything. LOL.
Anyway, while we were at the bowling alley we saw the flyers advertising their summer leagues so we decided to join the earlier of the two Sunday night leagues. Figured it was time I got another hobby because I don’t have enough of them already. Ha! Jokes aside, this weekend reminded me of how much I really enjoyed bowling back when I used to do it and how I’m actually pretty good at it. So it’s time to take it up again. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get even better.
We’re the kind of people who go full out when we get into something (well, I am anyway) so we ordered a pair of bowling shoes for Brian which arrived today.
They’re his very first pair of bowling shoes. They fit great and look fantastic. I’m excited for him to break them in!
I didn’t get any new bowling shows because, even though my bowling shoes are over ten years old, my bowling shoes are still fine. I did, however, have to get a new bowling bag because the one I had was pretty icky. This new one was cheap and looks great. I love the separate shoe pocket also.
Oh, check out what I found when I was cleaning out my old bowling bag. Yes. It has been that long since I last bowled regularly. I’m pretty rusty but I didn’t do to shabby this weekend so perhaps there is hope for me yet. I’m so excited for this summer! I can’t wait to kick some butt at bowling!
I attended Wichita Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday event at Abode Venue earlier this week and met some of the most amazing women in Kansas. It was such an invigorating experience to be surrounded by all of these strong, confident women. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to attend. I hope this event happens again. I highly recommend it.
Hello, everyone! We are in the final days of collecting donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake and I’m still $101 shy of my goal. I would really like to be able to show up on Saturday having achieved my fundraising goal. Please, please help. Any amount you can spare is greatly appreciated and will make a huge difference in our community. I hope you’ll join me in my efforts to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters and start something for a local child.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
We finally broke into our Bigger Blacker Box set the other day. It’s the complete set with the base Cards Against Humanity set plus all four expansions plus the cards from the Holiday Bullshit. I ended up buying a second set after Brian spilled red wine on our original set with the first three expansions so now we have two CAH sets.
It actually worked out because we had several friends over on Friday night. We had more people than could fit in one table. So we actually had to use both sets. We had so many people here to play CAH that a third game actually broke out. Thankfully, Hideki and Andrea brought their set over so the third group used that deck. Hideki bought the Holiday Bullshit last year too so their set had all the HB cards as well.
Here’s a picture of first table without Faith because she was singing karaoke downstairs at first. Also not in the photo is Misty, who opted to be a spectator.
Misty played vicariously through Tammie.
Here’s another picture of table one after Faith joined in. You can see the back of her head here in the lower right corner.
Here are the folks at table two.
They look so serious in this photo, you’d think they were playing poker or something. LOL. But don’t let the picture fool you. This was the loud table.
While I was trying to figure out where to put the third group, our smart friends figured it out for themselves. The ottoman turned into a makeshift table and our house turned into CAH central for the evening.
Misty wasn’t the only non-player, though. Jake, Christina, and Joel didn’t want to play either. They preferred to have an orgy in one of our spare bedrooms. Okay, so it’s technically just a threesome. I’m kidding! I’m kidding! I don’t think anything sexual happened (that I know of anyway).
Most people left around 11-ish. After everyone left, we had enough people for one more game to we played until it was safe enough for people to drive home. Brian made coffee, which went really well with the red velvet mini cupcakes that Carla brought over. Darcy won our last game. I’m thinking beginner’s luck. That or she was cheating by colluding with other players. LOL.
By 30 after 2 am everyone had left and we were by ourselves. Brian wanted to just go to bed, but I managed to talk him into helping me pick up a little bit. I can’t sleep when the kitchen is super messy and there’s open food containers laying about. I feel like it’s going to attract gremlins who will have a food fight while we’re asleep and then there’ll be a bigger mess for us to clean up in the morning.
By the way, the funniest part of Friday night to me is that neither Brian nor I recognized Jake (Christina’s friend who we met for the first time the previous weekend). Brian was like, “Do you know who that guy is in the yellow with glasses?” He was pointing at Jake who looked like he was making a plate or checking out the food in the kitchen. “No,” I replied. “We need to figure out who he belongs to,” Brian concluded a bit concerned. I wasn’t worried. I was sure he belonged to someone; otherwise he wouldn’t have been here. A little bit later we realized who he was and all was right with the world again. Brian, who is overly cautious and paranoid at times, was able to resume being his relaxed self. LOL.
Anyway, our friend Jay always says that the sign of a good party is when you meet people you’ve never met before. Or, when you see people at the party that you haven’t seen in years. Both then to happen a lot around here. Overall, I think it was a success. The only disappointment for me is that I forgot to ask everyone about couples dodgeball! Ugh.
After almost a year of being a member, I finally had the opportunity to participate in some Adventurous Babes Society events/adventures. Here are some photos.
This one was taken at the Death by Chocolate tasting event at Cravings Gluten Free Bakery. Check out more pictures from that event by clicking on the link.
This one was taken after my Zumba class at Andover YMCA. March is “Dance Adventure Month” for the Adventurous Babes Society so I invited the members to try my Zumba class.
These two photos are from Let’s Dance!
It was a lot of fun learning the choreography (line dance routine) for Pharrell’s Happy (from Despicable Me 2). I can’t wait until my next adventure!