Dec 01 Thursday
One of the tragedies of Severe Persistent Mental Illness is the way it can separate people from the ones they love. The Holidays tend to be very difficult for adults with mental illness as they may find themselves alone with no presents under the tree. Help us show our consumers that they are not forgotten this Holiday season by purchasing a gift for them.
We asked some of our adult consumers what they wanted for Christmas and put all their answers on an Amazon Wishlist. You can purchase an item off the list from Amazon and have it shipped directly to MHA or buy an item off the list from anywhere and bring it to our office at 555 N Woodlawn Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If you are interested in adopting an adult and buying all the gifts on their list (usually 3-5) please click the Adopt an Adult button below to email Peggy.
Adopt an Adult
As many as 70,000 Kansas children under the age of 18 have a serious emotional disturbance and MHA alone served over 2800 of those children in the last year. Having a child with a mental illness can be a huge drain on a family's resources and that is why for children we do Adopt-a-Family rather than adopting just the child.
We ask adopters to purchase gifts for the entire family so no one is singled out. Families range in size from 2 people (child and parent) on up so we can find the perfect match for your level of giving.
If you are interested in adopting a family this Holiday Season, please click the link below to email Hillary and get a family Wishlist sent to you.
If light shows are on your list of things to do this winter, don't forget to buy your ticket to the brightest place in Kansas! Botanica's annual holiday light show, Illuminations, has been voted Top 10 Best Light Show in the country and is the perfect way to create lasting memories and new traditions with friends and loved ones. With over 2 million lights, we're going a bit over the top this year and have incorporated several all-new light displays. Experience the holiday glow from our new MEGA tree and an interactive stepping stone path. All your favorite features will still be viewable, such as the Funky Tree, the Meadow Show choreographed to music, and so many more.
Before the night is through, don't forget to take a ride on the Khicha Family Carousel and visit Santa any night through December 23rd with your wish list. Snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase at Botanica's multiple concessions stands and adult drinks will be offered for purchase by Bar on Demand as well. If you don't like the crowds then weeknights are a great time to visit. Reserve your time slot today!
Drive through 1.5 million lights and displays, including the tallest lighted tree in Kansas, a new moving ferris wheel, a roller coaster and a helicopter as well as favorites like a state-of-the-art tunnel in our magical, holiday wonderland! It’s the Lights at AbilityPoint, a regional holiday tradition that grows in popularity each year, attracting more than 100,000 visitors.
What sets these lights display apart from others. All displays are completely built by volunteers. 100% of your $10 admission and donations directly provide year-round unique educational and social opportunities for individuals, of all ages living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families that promote self-advocacy, physical and mental health, inclusion, respite and socialization.
It is more than a Holiday Tradition. It is a key fundraiser to help AbilityPoint brighten lives all year long.
Enter at St. Paul and Douglas. Hours are nightly from 5:30 – 9pm Sunday – Thursday and from 5:30 – 10pm on weekends. Cost is just $10 per car and $20 for busses and limos. Monday is by donation.
Dec 03 Saturday
MakeICT, Wichita’s original Makerspace, is proud to have served our community for ten years in 2022 and invites you to a celebratory Grand Reopening Ribbon Cutting ceremony and Open House with free classes and a Vendor Fair from 1 to 5 on December 3rd at MakeICT 5920 E. Mount Vernon in Wichita Kansas
Dec 05 Monday
Celebrate the holidays in Old Town Wichita! There are tons of shopping, dining, and family fun options throughout the season. There is a giant Christmas tree in Old Town Square, and brand-new holiday lights throughout the area. Thanks to Legacy Bank for holiday sponsorship. More information is at oldtownwichita.com
Dec 21 Wednesday
KMUW's monthly book club features selections made by KMUW staff. For December we're reading Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng.
“Our Missing Hearts” shows us the perils of unchecked patriotism and the power of empathy and love. Don’t be surprised if, like “Little Fires Everywhere,” it moves in short order to the big or little screen.
Suzanne Perez / KMUW Book Review
We'll meet in-person at KMUW for a group discussion over dinner and drinks from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21. Dinner is provided by Public.
Exhibits on display in the galleries through December 31, 2022
Hard Wrought and Handmade II, a printmaking group show, in the Main Gallery, Articulation by Janet Federico in the Main Hall Gallery, The Feels by Brittany Stewart in the Balcony Gallery and House Party by Skyler Lovelace in the Boardroom Gallery.
Opening Reception First Friday, December 2 from 5-8 p.m.
"Power to the People: Mexican Prints from the Great War to the Cold War" explores the political and social conditions of early-20th century Mexico and the dynamic, groundbreaking art that emerged from the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920). This period of war and dramatic social upheaval witnessed a flowering of artistic production, particularly in printmaking and graphic arts. Mexico’s long printmaking tradition dates to the late 1500s. Artists such as José Guadalupe Posada, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros—icons of Mexican modernism—drew on those traditions and everyday imagery to create new messages of social justice meant to appeal directly to the working classes in the Mexican provinces. "Power to the People" is guest-curated by Cori Sherman North and Bill North.Image: Diego Rivera, "The Fruits of Labor," 1932. Lithograph, 16 1⁄4 x 11 5⁄8 inches. Collection of James and Virginia Moffett, Kansas City
A native of Wichita, painter Keith Jacobshagen spent childhood afternoons in his father’s airplane flying over the Kansas prairie. Jacobshagen says his lifelong fascination with the sky surely “goes back to early humans and having some sense that the sky is what allowed us to live, it brought rain, it brought warm sun.” The Expansive Sky serves as an intimate retrospective of Jacobshagen’s career, featuring recently-acquired works dating from the 1970s through 2021.
Image: Keith Jacobshagen, "Blue Sunday," 2020. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, Burneta Adair Endowment Fund
The Envision Arts Gallery & Community Engagement Center is excited to announce the 7th Annual Holiday Market!
Our Holiday Market is inspired by a yearly tradition that was started several years ago at the Envision Arts program by a passionate group of participants who wanted an opportunity to share their creativity with the community of Envision.
Give a unique gift this holiday season and support local artists who are blind, visually impaired and have other disabilities.
The Holiday Market will run from November 26 until December 10 hosting individuals and groups to showcase everything from art, crafts, jewelry, ceramics, clothing and fashion, snacks and treats, gifts, and more!
+ FREE Gift Wrapping on November 26 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM+ December 10 will have live music from Charlie Wilks
The Holiday Market will be open:Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM(Closed for 12:00 - 1:00 PM for lunch)Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106Wichita, Kansas 67202
Free and open to the public
Holiday Market openNovember 26 – December 10
Learn more about us at:www.EnvisionArtsGallery.com
Become familiar with the process of printing to the Library’s Prusa printer. Learn the bestpractices for optimizing prints for the Prusa i3 MK3S+. This is the second of three steps to be certified to use our Prusa 3D Printer. Introduction to 3D Printing is a pre-requisite for this class. Call 261-8500 or visit wichitalibrary.org/events to register.
At the Kansas Livestock Association Convention and Trade Show speakers will address 2023 cattle and beef markets, KLA members will review existing policy and consider new resolutions during committee and council meetings, and the trade show will feature livestock products and services on display for producers.
Join the Mulvane Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5pm for a showing of the movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (Rated PG-13)! We will be offering free popcorn in addition to showing the movie. No registration required!
Lights at AbilityPointNovember 24 (Thanksgiving) – December 28Plan now to see the largest Holiday Lights Display in Wichita!AbilityPoint invites you to its 26th annual drive thru Holiday lights display. Over 1.5 million dazzling lights and displays, including the tallest lighted tree in Kansas, a state-of-the-art tunnel, as well as long-time favorites. Thanksgiving night thru Dec. 28th. This is The AbilityPoint's signature fundraising event to provide life-changing programs for youth and adults with developmental disabilities in our community. Come out and enjoy the spectacular displays and help us change lives! A wonderful holiday tradition for 26 years.
Enter at the intersection of Douglas Ave. and St Paul St.
Watermark Books & Café is excited for our virtual event with Rae Meadows to celebrate her newest book, Winterland! This novel tells the story of Anya in the Soviet Union in 1973 as she rises through the ranks of competitive gymnastics, and as other girls fall from grace, as she soon comes to realize that there is very little margin of error for anyone and so much to lose. Rae will be in conversation with Sonya Chung, author of The Loved Ones. This event will take place virtually on Thursday, December 1st at 6pm CST. Be sure to register for this Zoom event below!
The ostomy support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Child Advocacy Center on Lincoln between Emporia and Topeka in the Education Center. We welcome ostomates and their support people to a time of learning, networking and support at 6:30 p.m. monthly. For more information call Valerie at 316-799-9456.
Dec 02 Friday