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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.

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.

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.

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.

Tallgrass Film Association fundraiser includes beer cocktail competition

Tallgrass Film Association, the organization that annually produces the Tallgrass Film Festival, is holding a fundraiser.

‘Every Day Is for the Thief’ portrays Nigeria as malevolent yet oddly captivating

“Every Day Is for the Thief” by Teju Cole (Random House, 162 pages, $23)

Poet’s latest collection is born of ‘the stepchild hour’

“Caribou: Poems” by Charles Wright (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 96 pages, $23)

Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (March 6)

Best-sellers

Sunday Arts calendar (April 6)

“In the Power of the Spirit,” drama, presented by the Guild Hall Players, 8 p.m. Sun., St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas. Tickets $12 adults, $7 students. Call 316-683-5686.

How to save money on your summer vacation hotels

NEW YORK – Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder.

A magical trip to Salem

SALEM, Mass. – I have to admit, Salem scared me when I was a kid. As a devil-fearing Catholic child, I wasn’t that comfortable with the proximity of all those witches, real and rumored.

Death Valley in spring: beautiful and not that hot

FURNACE CREEK, Calif. – The perception of Death Valley is that it’s hot and desolate.

Verily, another installment of ‘Star Wars’ a la the Bard cometh

“The Empire Striketh Back” by Ian Doescher (Quirk, 170 pages, $14.95)

The sound of music (therapy)

If you’ve ever wondered whether music could help protect your health, consider the life of Maria von Trapp – “Louisa” in “The Sound of Music.” The last of the singing von Trapp children, she passed away this year at 99, more than three-quarters of a century after fleeing Nazi-occupied Austria.

It is time to prepare garden for planting

You have to love it when you go to a gardener’s house and a plant stand is blocking your entry inside the front door.

Country music’s George Strait brings the hits to sold-out Wichita crowd

Wichita will show up for country music legend George Strait anytime he wants to come to town.

Community gardens sprout in Sedgwick County

All indicators are pointing to a continued increase in people growing their own food, in Wichita and across the country.

Tree Festival set for Saturday at Extension Center

The annual Tree Festival is Saturday, April 5, at the Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. It coincides with the opening of the Kansas Grown Farmers Market, in the parking lot of the Extension Center.

Event to aid Cowley County Humane Society

Cowley County Humane Society will host its 10th annual “Wizard of Pawz” tasting and auction benefit on April 12.

Mom was right: Eat lots of veggies

People who eat seven or more portions of fresh fruits and vegetables each day may reduce their risk of dying from a variety of diseases by as much as 42 percent over people who consume less than one portion, according to a new study by British researchers who tracked the eating habits of more than 65,000 people for 12 years.

Calmer, potty-trained old dogs find new homes

Erin O’Sullivan wants to change lives by finding new homes for old dogs.

The Grapevine (April 5, 2014)

The arborists say not to put nails in your trees, so The Eagle isn’t advocating it. But if you have a cool treehouse, let us know, and we may feature you in a story in a Perfect Summer edition coming out in May. E-mail acalovich@wichitaeagle.com, put treehouse in the subject line, and include a brief description along with your daytime telephone number.

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