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Get creative for back-to-school lunch ideas

July 29 at 10:04 a.m.

Sage, age 11, and her 8-year-old sister Sloane, take their lunch to school every day.

  • Chalk Art Festival set for Saturday in Old Town Square

    EmberHope will hold its annual Chalk Art Festival on Saturday in Old Town Square.

  • Kirstie Alley’s TV Land show canceled after one season

    Wichita native Kirstie Alley’s TV Land show, “Kirstie” has been canceled, according to Entertainment Weekly.

  • Family road trips offer a chance to reconnect

    Bemoan the family road trip all you want.

  • A do-ahead dinner to make back-to-school smoother

    Those first few weeks when the kids head back to school can be among the most hectic for families. The lazy days of summer quickly give way to crazy schedules, homework and after-school activities. And don’t forget somehow managing to slip dinner into the middle of all that.

  • Women are muscling their way into the weight room

    Gary Fiebach is a former bodybuilder whose wife confidently curls dumbbells and bench presses 55 pounds as she goes about her fitness routine three days a week at the gym.

  • The truth about head lice

    With summer camps ending and school starting, the discussion on head lice with patients and parents will start again. There are a lot of myths surrounding head lice – treatment, causes and diagnosis to list a few.

  • Alliance, Wichita State nursing school sponsor screening of breastfeeding movie

    The Wichita Birth Alliance and the Wichita State University School of Nursing is hosting a screening of “Breastmilk – The Movie” at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. North, according to a news release.

  • No sweat: Cool fashions to make hot workouts a breeze

    It’s pretty tempting when that temperature tilts past 90 degrees to opt for air-conditioned spaces. But if you’re trying to stay in shape and gyms aren’t for you, it’s still possible to get out and walk, or even run, in the heat.

  • 'Lucy' tops 'Hercules' with $44M at box office

    Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend.

  • 'Sons of Anarchy' book announced at Comic-Con (VIDEO)

    "Sons of Anarchy" is revving up for its final season but the outlaw motorcycle club will live on in books.

  • Dozens treated for illness at Keith Urban concert

    Authorities say several dozen people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses at a weekend Keith Urban concert in Massachusetts.

  • 'Avengers' unleash 'Ultron' footage at Comic-Con (VIDEO)

    Several members of "The Avengers" descended on Comic-Con on Saturday to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel.

  • Spice up your social media life

    Don’t worry. It happens to everyone.

  • ‘Sharknado 2’ schools New York City (VIDEOS)

    Weather report for the week: Partly sharky with a chance of tornadoes.

  • Extra musicians to help wrap up season for Chamber Music at the Barn

    Chamber Music at the Barn is once again bringing top-notch classical musicians to Maize to perform. In some cases, artistic director Catherine Consiglio needs only to go to her backyard – Wichita. But to mix up the chamber group, the Barn is bringing in Annie Chalex Boyle and Emmanuel Lopez.

  • Two roads to ‘American Idol’ and then to tour

    Caleb Johnson, winner of the 13th season of “American Idol,” and Jena Irene, the runner up, couldn’t have had much different approaches to getting onto the popular television show.

  • Urban Book Fest showcases local African-American authors

    Author Trina Beasley is tired of watching talent leave Wichita. She knows that some of the most creative African-Americans have left her home city for artistic pursuits elsewhere. She sees the need for an outlet to showcase their abilities.

  • Sunday Arts calendar (July 27)

    “Catch Me If You Can,” musical, 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., Century II Concert Hall. Presented by Music Theatre Wichita. Tickets $24-$62. Call 316-265-3107.

  • Wichita poet’s debut collection is rich and resonant

    “Music I Once Could Dance To: Poems” by Roy J. Beckemeyer (Coal City Review Press, 98 pages, $10)

  • ‘Act of War’ is heart-pounding thriller

    “Act of War” by Brad Thor (Atria, 368 pages, $27.99)

  • ‘Bad English’ shows that some linguistics truths we hold dear aren’t really true at all

    “Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation” by Ammon Shea (Perigee, 229 pages, $24)

  • Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (July 27)


  • What’s the deal?

    This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

  • The little garden that could

    Nora Miller’s garden started out as an overgrown cedar blocking the view out her window at Andover Court Assisted Living.

  • The essentials of dorm decor

    The storage, bedding and kitchen departments of Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and other stores are hopping this week with incoming college freshmen preparing for their first home away from home – the dorm room.

  • Moldy mulch? Don't toss it

    My neighbor Joe was scraping paint off the side of his house last Saturday when he hollered over to me, seated at the edge of a garden bed, “Do you know what you’re going to write about next Saturday?”

  • Gardener’s almanac (July 26)

    It’s watering time again — Summer weather has returned, hot and dry. At least we haven’t had to deal with it all summer. Here’s some advice from Ward Upham of K-State for watering fruit plants – which can apply to other plants too – and for newly planted trees and shrubs.

  • The Grapevine (July 26)

    Here’s a recipe for making candied flowers. Use clean, dry, organic violets, pansies, rose petals (even small whole roses), lavender blossoms, mint leaves or other edible flowers and leaves.

  • Adopt a pet (July 26)

    Sadie the Constant Companion, 10-year-old female English setter mix

  • Faithful flock to see statue of Santo Toribio, the immigrants’ saint

    People say he’s their guardian, their lawyer, their smuggler. On a recent afternoon, they lined up at his feet with their requests:

  • Pet briefs (July 26)

    Do thunderstorms send your dog into a panic? Skaer Veterinary Clinic, 404 S. Edgemoor, Building 100, will host a free seminar on storm phobias at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.

  • Sleep Cycle app promises to help you wake refreshed

    I don’t sleep. Well, that might not be totally accurate. I can fall asleep easily but frequently wake several times during the night. Often, I get out of bed to work for an hour or two. In the search for answers, I’ve taken two lab-based sleep tests, which indicated I have minor sleep apnea.

  • You may need a pedicure, but you don’t need it to be a risky event

    It’s sandal season, which means that nail salons are busy clipping, buffing and polishing toes galore. Tending those colorful toes, though, poses some health risks that should be considered, doctors say.

  • ‘Bachelorette’ makes her pick; get ready for ‘Sharknado 2’

    DON’T MISS: “MANHATTAN” – This gripping and provocative new drama series is set in Los Alamos, N.M., against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb. John Benjamin Hickey (“The Big C”) shines as a self-destructive physics professor who is recruited to help lead the Manhattan Project and finds himself living in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate all aspects of everyday life. 8 p.m. Sunday, WGN America. See review on Page 5.

  • Top 10 favorite Wichita restaurants that have closed

    Tis better to have eaten and lost than never to have eaten before. Readers reminisce about restaurants they miss.

  • Forum Theatre to hold auditions for 2014-15 season

    The Forum Theatre Company is holding auditions for its 2014-2015 season from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the theater, 147 S. Hillside.

  • Best movie bets this weekend (July 25, 2014)

    “Lucy” — Scarlett Johansson stars in this actioner as an American woman in Taipei who is forced to act as a drug mule and accidentally ingests what she’s carrying. That opens up her mind and gives her superhuman abilities. I’ll have some of that, too, please.

  • “Catch Me” charming, mad-dashing fun

    The real surprise about the breezy caper musical, “Catch Me If You Can,” is that underneath all the giddy, gaudy, mad-dashing fun, there’s a charming and touching love story between a brash young conman and a grizzled FBI agent obsessed with bringing him to justice.

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