Gaze in wonder at the sky. Put on some pink and go running. Taste some hot stuff. Start a new book. The days ahead offer chances to have a good time for the truly good causes of celebrating Wichita’s aviation heritage, fighting breast cancer, aiding area charities and promoting reading.
So what is there to do?
• Attend the city-sponsored Wichita Flight Festival at Jabara Airport, 3512 N. Webb. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with admission free for aircraft displays, kids’ activities, vendor booths and air show (noon to 3 p.m.). Tickets are $10 for Saturday night’s Twilight Air Show, featuring the Tora! Tora! Tora! air team and the Eagles tribute band Hotel California (wichitaflightfestival.com).
• Participate in or donate to the 24th-annual Susan G. Komen Kansas Wichita Race for the Cure Saturday morning at Towne East Square. On last year’s race day, about 9,500 people helped raise $500,000 to fight breast cancer. Registration starts at 6:45 a.m. for Saturday’s events, which include competitive and noncompetitive 5K runs, a kids’ 50-yard dash, a family fun walk and even a “Sleep in for the Cure” (www.komenkansas.org).
• Sample the entries and entertainment at the 30th-anniversary Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff, which begins at noon Saturday on East Douglas between Emporia and the railroad tracks. Tasting kits are $5 per person. Local nonprofit groups will compete in their own “Chili for Charity” category (www.wagonmasterschili.com).
• Join in the Big Read Wichita, Tuesday through Nov. 15. This year’s event, a Wichita Public Library program supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest, will find Wichitans reading and talking about “True Grit,” Charles Portis’ classic 1968 Western novel about a 14-year-old Arkansas girl’s quest to avenge her father’s murder. The schedule includes concerts, book talks, children’s activities and showings of both the 1969 and 2010 film adaptations (www.bigreadwichita.org).
Such activities are early autumn traditions in the Wichita area. And as we join with others to enjoy them, we’ll also be building civic pride.
For the editorial board, Rhonda Holman