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Adopt a pet (April 12)

Kenny the Goofball, a male boxer mix, 1 year and 5 months old, is available for adoption from Kansas Humane Society.

Mix and match colorful dishes, linens

Light and breezy, super easy. That’s a good motto when it comes to setting a stunning table for Easter. Effective spring tablescapes are filled with intriguing layers and a beguiling combination of colors, yet they feel airy and fresh. Here are five ways to achieve this delicate balance.

The Grapevine (April 12)

As we visit master gardener Everett Price’s garden in Haysville this week, we find:

Suicide intervention important, no matter the season

Spring, with its longer days, blooming flowers and rising temperatures might seem like a time of peak happiness, but some studies indicate that suicides are more common in the spring and summer months than in December. Researchers don’t know why they’re higher in these seasons, but they say that friends and loved ones should not be lulled into thinking a brighter season necessarily means a brighter mood for someone who is struggling with mental health issues. Intervention is important no matter the month.

AMC’s ‘Mad Men' begins a 2-part final season

AMC’s “Mad Men” returns at 9 p.m. Sunday for the beginning of its swan song: The first seven episodes of season seven start airing this month (AMC calls it “The Beginning”), and the final seven episodes (aka “The End”) will air in 2015.

Downtown club will answer Wichita’s comedy cravings – and more

There’s been a bit of a laugh deficit in Wichita since the Loony Bin, the city’s only comedy club, closed 13 months ago.

Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on 'The Late Show'

CBS took little time in naming a replacement for David Letterman as host "The Late Show." A week after Letterman announced his retirement, CBS named Stephen Colbert as his replacement. “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said in a statement. He added: “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”

Crown Uptown’s ‘I Love a Piano’ quite loveable

You probably can already hum the tunes. You may even know all the words. But you’re still going to love “I Love a Piano,” Crown Uptown Theatre’s fresh and energetic take on more than 60 of Irving Berlin’s classic and beloved songs.

Antojitos Salvadoreno serves serious eats from El Salvador

I love ethnic hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and so should you. Their food is honest, the prices are affordable, and the people are friendly and appreciative. Wichita has many of these hidden treasures, one of which is the newly opened Restaurante Antojitos Salvadoreno. As the name implies, it specializes in treats from El Salvador.

Upcoming concerts (March 21, 2014)

Gridiron 2014, Friday and Saturday, Orpheum ($22-$32, selectaseat.com)

Great Plains Renaissance Festival to feature tomato hurling

The annual spring edition of the Great Plains Renaissance Festival, a celebration of all things medieval, will take over Sedgwick County Park this weekend, filling it with two days of jousting, Celtic singing, vendors and turkey legs.

Weekend events: Art at the Arb, ‘War Paint,’ ‘Songs from the Heartland’

Art at the Arb, an annual festival of music, art and nature at Belle Plaine’s Bartlett Arboretum, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The grounds, which are blooming with thousands of colorful tulips, will feature artists selling furniture, garden antiques, photographs, birdhouses and more. The Arboretum’s stage will stay busy both days with a diverse lineup of jazz, pop and bluegrass musicians such as Jerry Hahn, Sara Hickman and Lucky People. At noon on Sunday, Arboretum owners Robin Macy and Kentucky White will perform. The event also will feature several food vendors, including Mulvane favorite Luciano’s serving Italian food and also Freddy’s Frozen Custard. The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and admission is $5 at the gate. For more information and directions to the arboretum, visit http://www.bartlettarboretum.com/.

Weekend shows: Lydia Loveless, Rob Thomas and Sons of the Pioneers

Lydia Loveless at Lizard Lounge. Say that three times fast, then mark your calendar to attend her show, which is at 9 p.m. Friday at the venue, 300 S. Greenwich Road. Loveless is an alternative country singer and songwriter from Ohio who is touring in support of her just-released new album, “Somewhere Else.” The show starts at 9 p.m., and admission is $5 at the door. Attendees must be 21 or older. For more information, call 316-558-8426.

Midwest’s Chevelle to bring hard rock to Cotillion

Hard-hitting rock bands aren’t as pervasive as they were a generation or two ago. But Chevelle can care less about trends.

Gig Guide (April 11, 2014)

To submit information for Gig Guide, go to events.kansas.com/listings. Gig Guide listings must be submitted by noon Monday. Listings must include dates, times, cover charge, genre of music played and a daytime phone number. There is no charge.

Gardener’s almanac (April 12)

Watch the weather – While we’ve had some really warm days, and Friday was the date of the average last spring frost, the forecast still calls for lows at night near 33 degrees – and some snow! (The snow is fine; it insulates plants on cold nights.) If you have planted a gamble garden with such things as tomatoes already, be prepared to cover plants on cold nights.

Why we lie

When University of North Dakota student Kelsey Askegaard, of St. Paul, Minn., doesn’t want to go out with her friends she gives them a false excuse. Jenni Miska, of Maple Grove, Minn., exaggerates her stories to emphasize a point. And, Halae Anderson, of Twin Valley, Minn., deceives her friends to prevent them from taking advantage of her belongings.

Service project brings high-schoolers, preschoolers together

Robin Eshelman’s e-mail appeared in my inbox last week like a bouquet of dandelion blossoms delivered by a toddler – an adorable and heartwarming gift salvaged from the mess of weeds.

Peeps contest: Who should win?

The Eagle received a lot of diverse entries for its Peeps diorama contest. The judges are still deliberating. Who do you think should win?

How much for prom? In the Midwest, about $835

American families with teens are spending less on prom this year, but the spring tradition is no cheap date, according to a survey by Visa Inc.

Versatile, fresh mini cakes fit for Easter dessert

Chocolate seems to reign supreme when it comes to Easter. And while it’s hard to deny the appeal of cocoa, this spring holiday also begs for something fresh and citrusy.

Jackson Browne to play Orpheum Theatre on July 21

Singer Jackson Browne will perform 7:30 p.m. July 21 at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway, the venue announced Tuesday.

Several Wichita Subways have touch-screen drive-throughs

The Subway downtown at Kellogg and Broadway just finished undergoing a big remodel, and when it reopened, it included something amazing and futuristic: A touch-screen drive through kiosk.

Mu Shu Pork Wrap with Stir-Fried Bok Choy

This is a quick take on a popular Chinese classic. It’s made with sauteed pork tenderloin and shredded cabbage, which cook in just a few minutes in a hot wok. I have used whole-wheat tortillas as the wrap.

Wichitan Kaleigh Glanton is eliminated on ‘The Voice’

Wichitan Kaleigh Glanton did not make it to the Top 20 to move on Monday night on "The Voice."

With extreme thrills come extreme risks

Many young people eager for an adrenaline rush are trying to copy their extreme sports idols, putting themselves at terrible risk. Amateurs without referees, coaches or medical personnel around can end up with broken bones, crushed skulls, severe concussions, ruptured blood vessels or lifelong disability – if they survive.

Doc Talk: Sudden abdominal pain may be an appendix in distress

In your lower abdomen, you have a small, finger-shaped pouch – your appendix. It doesn’t do much – in fact, doctors aren’t sure exactly what it does – and for the most part, you will never realize it’s there.

Strait wins entertainer of the year at ACM Awards

George Strait won his second entertainer of the year — 25 years after he won his first — and Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban teamed up to earn top honors Sunday night at a jam-packed Academy of Country Music Awards that had a little something for everyone.

Get to the back of your muscles

Personal trainer Bonnie Smith talks a lot about how our lives and work habits basically turn our bodies into tightly wound springs.

Pain-free ways to cut calories

Use these strategies to cut 50 calories from just about any meal you’re preparing. You’ll barely notice the difference on your plate.

Prom dress shopping perilous for plus-size girls

Maria Giorno has nothing against long gowns with high waists and flowing fabric – dresses that are designed to camouflage curves on plus-size women.

'Captain America' sets April record with $96.2M

Disney and Marvel could be one of the finest teams around.

Study confirms teens are just as stressed out as adults

Recently, the American Psychological Association announced the results of a study on stress in America. They asked the question: Are teens adopting the stress habits of adults?

Chorus of voices helps Wichita Symphony Orchestra close out Classics series

Four guest soloists, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Friends University Singing Quakers joined the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for “Ode to Joy,” the last program of this season’s Classics series.

Students’ jobs pay off tuition at 7 work colleges

Many students spend years after college working off tens of thousands of dollars in school debt. But at seven “Work Colleges” around the country, students are required to work on campus as part of their studies – doing everything from landscaping, growing and cooking food to public relations and feeding farm animals – to pay off at least some of their tuition before they graduate.

Egg whites work magic to make filling omelet for 2

Leaving aside anything made with powdered eggs (which don’t really count as eggs at all in my book), I’ve never met an egg dish I didn’t like. But at the tippy top of my list of favorites is the edible magic trick known as the souffled omelet.

‘Tosca’ full of scandal and intrigue

Scandal didn’t originate on ABC, at least not as a signature story element. Long before Kerry Washington’s popular television show transfixed audiences with political intrigue, Giacomo Puccini was tapping into audiences’ desires to be sensationalized.

Together again: Actors reunite for ‘Man of La Mancha’

After more than three decades of friendship that began in student productions at Wichita State University and continued through successful careers on Broadway, in London and Los Angeles, Ray Wills and Karla Burns are back home and together again.

Tetris in the sky: Gamers play on Philly building

Sam Robinson said it's been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper.

Blue October a little less blue

Justin Furstenfeld remembers how scared he was when he arrived in Nashville to get together with songwriter Chris Lindsey to write what became “Not Broken Anymore,” one of the many revealing songs on “Sway,” the latest album by his band, Blue October.

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