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This week in the garden: picking cucumbers (VIDEO)

The amount of produce donated to the needy through Plant a Row for the Hungry skyrocketed in the past week – a sign that gardens have kicked into production mode.

Fat camps offer pudgy pets ‘pawlates’ to slim down

It’s not just a people problem: Growing rates of obesity in pets have led to the emergence of fat farms offering “pawlates,” “doga” and “Barko Polo,” doggie versions of Pilates, yoga and Marco Polo to help slim down man’s best friend.

The Grapevine (July 12)

Q: We are thinking about installing a new toilet, and I like the smooth look of a “skirted” toilet. My husband is not sure it will fit our water drain pipes. Can a skirted toilet replace a standard toilet?

Gardener’s almanac (July 12)

Plant for a fall garden — Beans, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower can be planted now. Plant slightly deeper and more thickly than you would in the spring, and thin the seedlings later, advises Ward Upham of K-State. Protect plants from rabbits with fencing if necessary.

Pet briefs (July 12)

Friends of Felines KS, a local group that advocates for cats, will host a free presentation July 18 to discuss animal issues and help people learn what they can do for animals in Kansas.

Weekend events: Automobilia, Kansas Wheat Festival, Drums Across Kansas

The 20th annual Automobilia Moonlight Car Show and Street Party is on for Saturday in downtown Wichita. The event, which Automobilia gift store owners Gary and Lorita Carpenter started in 1995, will feature close to 1,000 vintage, classic and current cars plus seven bands, three food courts and – new this year – air-conditioned portable toilets. An average of 140,000 people attend the event. It will happen from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday in an area from Douglas to Second between Broadway and Mosley. Admission is free for spectators. One change this year: Gary Carpenter has ended the moonlight cruise, a parade of cars through downtown that has always been part of the event, because people not associated with the car show were joining in, spinning tires and causing other trouble, he said.

Country star Eric Church to return to Intrust Bank Arena in December

Country star Eric Church, who drew 11,000 fans to Intrust Bank Arena when he last performed in Wichita in 2012, will return in December, arena officials said Friday morning.

Gig Guide (July 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.

American Indian jewelry, art at Wichita festival will be authentic, says organizer

In the world of American Indian jewelry, there are the real deals and there are the impostors.

‘Dawn’ radiates with character development in ‘Apes’ sequel

Advertising for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” suggests it is another summer film in which abundant action scenes obliterate any serious story or character development.

Review: Music Theatre Wichita’s ‘Joseph’ is bright and lively

With his blond curly hair and his Scandinavian complexion, Ian Patrick Gibb may not seem to fit the image of a desert-baked Old Testament Israelite hero.

Ulrich artist-in-residence to create installation of 1,000 doilies

Doilies may appear delicate and lacy, but Oakland, Calif.-based artist Lisa Solomon sees the patterned, ornamental mats as having a subversive side.

Jazz Fest at Kansas African American Museum to feature Willie Wactor III

When Willie Wactor III heard he could help The Kansas African American Museum by playing his beloved saxophone, he said yes. He knew his performance could bring people to the museum and help raise money.

Concerts coming soon to Wichita, central Kansas (July 11)

Fifty Shades of Men, Friday, Cotillion ($15-$20, www.thecotillion.com)

Upcoming events: artisan market, ‘Aladdin’ for kids, ‘House in the Sky’ author’s visit

A second-Saturday artisan market will happen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Workroom, a custom drapery shop at 150 N. Cleveland. The event will feature items made by local artists and artisans as well as food items for purchase. Among the items for sale will be handmade candles, chain mail jewelry and more. Artists who want to reserve booth space should call 316-295-4520.

Upcoming events: Motley Crue at Intrust, Clif Major family benefit, Australian guitarist at Cotillion

Rock band Motley Crue will stop in Wichita this weekend as part of “The Final Tour.” The band, whose hits include “Girls Girls Girls” and “Home Sweet Home,” has said this will be its last tour. It features all the group’s original members: lead singer Vince Neil, drummer Tommy Lee, bassist Nikki Sixx and guitarist Mick Mars. Rocker Alice Cooper will open the show. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show is at 7 p.m. No cameras will be allowed. Tickets for the concert are $69.50, $89.50 and $125 and are available at the Intrust Bank Arena box office, www.selectaseat.com, at Select-A-Seat outlets and at 316-755-7328.

Three food fundraisers coming up

Battle of the Burger, Oct. 11: This fundraiser for KETCH had its first year in 2013 and will return in October with burger samplings from local restaurants, art and craft vendors, live music, kids activities, wagon rides, a car show and more. This year, the event will take place from noon to 4 p.m., rather than in the evening. Tickets are $25, or $10 for ages 12 and under and include admission to all Cowtown activities. (They’re also $30 at the door, or $12 for ages 12 and under.) Advance tickets are available at ictburgerbattle.com or by calling 316-383-8889.

Harlem Quartet to perform at the Barn, mentor local students

The Harlem Quartet, a Grammy Award-winning string quartet, wants to make classical music cool.

Still craving for a restaurant that closed? Share your memories

It was bad enough back in May when Golden House, the fried-rice destination of choice of downtown workers for 16 years, closed its doors at 504 S. Broadway, then was bulldozed into oblivion.

'Game of Thrones' dominates Emmy nominations with 19 nods (VIDEO)

"Breaking Bad," "True Detective," "House of Cards" and "Game of Thrones" earned Emmy nominations in the drama series category Thursday morning, while comedies "Modern Family," "Orange Is the New Black" and "Veep" also performed well.

First riders go on Verruckt, world's tallest water slide (new VIDEOS)

The ride at Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan., is set to open to the public on Thursday. “Up at the top, that 168 feet feels like 168 miles,” Steve Larese of USA Today Travel said at Wednesday’s media preview day. “It’s like parachuting.”

Little Free Libraries are good for readers, neighborhoods

Bravo, Spencer Collins.

Preserved lemons add intensity to any dish

If you close your eyes, you can imagine you are wending your way through the crowded streets of the casbah, with the camels and the open-air markets and the heady aroma of tagines cooking over charcoal fires. A bite of preserved lemon can do that to you, transport you to a land you have never seen or perhaps back to a land you once called home.

Verruckt water slide to open at Schlitterbahn Thursday (VIDEOS)

Will the fourth time be the charm for the world record-setting water slide in Kansas City, Kan.? Its opening has been delayed three times since May.

The Paleo diet: Is it right for you?

Chelsea Granheim admits she was skeptical at first when a CrossFit trainer suggested she try the Paleo diet.

Preparation, inspection can help ensure your child’s safety this summer

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the simple pleasures of being outdoors. Unfortunately, thousands of children are injured playing during the summer months every year. Here are a few precautionary tips to help keep your child safe while enjoying outdoor activities the remainder of the summer.

Summer stress can lead to sleeplessness

Summer is supposed to be a carefree time of year, with long, sunny days and breezy, sit-on-the-front-porch evenings. Maybe not. In an online article in Prevention magazine, Shannon Rosenberg reports on a survey in which one-third of Americans described themselves as under more stress during summer than at any other time of year. Apparently, trying to have too much fun kept them up at night.

Cows no longer have a monopoly on milk

Just a few years ago, the term “milk” was synonymous with the stuff that came from cows.

Yoga an effective stress-reliever

Whether it’s a looming deadline, missed bill payment or family conflict, stress is everywhere. According to a 2012 study by the American Psychological Association, about 80 percent of those surveyed said their stress level had increased or stayed the same over the past year. And finding ways to cope with it is a constant challenge.

Aggressive allergies: When a rose may not smell so sweet

Is it possible that there are more chemicals being used in perfumes and sprays that are hurting more people than 10 or 20 years ago?

Spinach-and-basil stuffing dresses up extra-lean pork

Pork tenderloin is as lean as skinless chicken breast – and sometimes just as bland. The trick is to gussy it up.

Online tutoring service provides instant educational help

InstaEdu, an online tutoring service, connects students with tutors from top universities internationally with just the click of a button.

What age is ideal for kids to take swim lessons?

Playing in the water is a great way to beat the heat. And yet every year, kids drown. From 1999 to 2010, nearly 14,000 Americans age 19 and younger drowned, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Forty percent of those cases were among children ages 1 to 4, and at least half of those deaths occurred in swimming pools.

Recipe: Crab and Chile Pepper Gazpacho

It’s summertime and the only soup we think about is gazpacho. Gazpacho originated in the Andalusia area of southern Spain. Its base consists of tomatoes that are pureed and mixed with other vegetables and seasonings.

Quiz: How well do you know ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’?

Ahoy, mateys!

Review: ‘Extant’ pregnant with possibility

If you’ve snagged Halle Berry to star in your new TV drama, what else do you need?

How to get best deals at garage, estate sales

The plethora of fluorescent yellow signs and tiny flags cluttering every suburban corner of the United States may have given us a few hints: It’s prime season for hitting garage and estate sales.

App review: PaceDJ sets your workout to a suitable beat

I am ornery when it comes to mobile technology, so I might have been skeptical about giving running app PaceDJ a try. Then, the first time I used it, I ran 30 seconds per mile faster than my average pace for my daily run.

Map motifs are trendy this season

With the rise of the GPS, the old-fashioned map has been reduced to an app. Yet nothing is as attractive to a die-hard traveler (other than a boarding pass) as the old blue-and-green classroom atlas or a nautical chart.

Motley Crue wants final tour to play out like ‘a happy funeral’

Tommy Lee might sound a bit morbid when he says he wants each show on the final tour with his band, Motley Crue, to be like a wake.

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