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[23 Apr 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff]
[adopt] a New Friend from the Kansas Humane Society

Every week, we feature a few adorable, adoptable pets from the Kansas Humane Society and dare you to resist their cute lil’ faces. Want to bring one of these loveable cats or dogs home with you? Visit KHS from 11 am – 6:30 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm Sunday. Have a happy adoption story to tell? Email us at editors@verbict.com and we might feature you in an upcoming post.

Sandy, a 7 year old Beagle Mix, is a little bit older but that doesn’t slow her down …

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[23 Apr 2010 | by Aimee Brock]
[date] Meeting My Match: Deal Breaker

Four months ago, I began my journey into the world of online dating. Match.com was my trusty steed. A healthy dose of skepticism was my armor. And, despite all odds, my destination was happiness in the form of a relationship. Despite the makings of a truly epic adventure, how it actually unfolded was awkward, comical and, ultimately, unexpected.
First of all, the thought of becoming a crazy cat lady had never really scared me. I joined babynames.com to keep track of what I’d name my dozen or so cats – Chewbacca …

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[21 Apr 2010 | by Jenn Garvin]
[eat] Seasonally: Spring Edition

If you, like so many others, are now aiming to consume a diet that reflects your concern for the world and its farmers, you’re probably eating organically, locally or seasonally. Also like so many others, you might find it tricky to keep track of it all. I can’t blame you. It’s a lot of information to process, and the task can become overwhelming if, not so long ago, you were shopping quickly, cheaply, and conveniently.
Luckily there are countless resources available to make your kitchen quest an easy one. Shopping for …

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[19 Apr 2010 | by Stephanie Cloud Seery]
[nest] Container Gardening

I live on several acres, out of town, and I already have two garden patches going. Yet, I’m a BIG FAN of container gardening. Why? It allows me to keep kitchen herbs, well, in the kitchen. Also, some things are better in containers. Mint, for example, will take over your yard and can kill off other plants by stripping moisture out of the soil. Keeping it in a container is convenient and less of a hassle than trying to keep it confined to it’s own bed. Also, some plants work …

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[16 Apr 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff]
[win] it! Two tickets to the Wichita Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Pops Concert

On Saturday, May 1st at 8 pm, Dave Bennett’s Sextet will swing at Century II with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for their Spring Pops Concert: A Tribute to Benny Goodman- Let’s Dance!
Michael Krajewski will guest conduct the Orchestra through swing era favorites while the audience will be encouraged to join the fun and dance on two designated dance floors that will be cleared for the concert.
Lucky for you, verb [ICT] is giving away two tickets to the event, so grab your dancing shoes and get ready for some fun.
To enter, …

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[16 Apr 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff]
[adopt] a New Friend from the Kansas Humane Society

Every week, we feature a few adorable, adoptable pets from the Kansas Humane Society and dare you to resist their cute lil’ faces. Want to bring one of these loveable cats or dogs home with you? Visit KHS from 11 am – 6:30 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm Sunday. Have a happy adoption story to tell? Email us at editors@verbict.com and we might feature you in an upcoming post.

Gertrude, a 6 year old Black Labrador Retriever Mix, Gertrude, a Lonely Hearts Club member, really likes to …

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[16 Apr 2010 | by Liz Sothman]
[eat] Lunch with Liz: Sabor

Last week I told you all to go out and eat donuts for lunch. This week I’m back to actual food and am taking you to my favorite place to dine in Wichita – Sabor, located in Old Town Square.
Sabor has been a favorite of mine for over a year now. The atmosphere, food, and service are what keep me coming back for more. On this occasion, a good friend and I chose to dine fairly late on a weekend night. If you decide to make this your stop on …

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[15 Apr 2010 | by Stephanie Cloud Seery]
[listen] Wichita Jazz Festival

The Wichita Jazz Festival actually kicked off Wednesday, with a free concert hosted at Abode Home. Featuring four local jazz groups, it was a perfect beginning and showcased some of the best jazz talent that Wichita has to offer. The jazz festival started in 1972, and still continues to play an important role in the development of musical talent throughout this region.
According to the Wichita State University website, this year’s festival is promoted as a showcase for women in the arts and society, and will also address issues in women’s …

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[15 Apr 2010 | by Bailey Ketterman]
[do] Planning a Wedding in Wichita

Weddings are memorable, historical, monumental events. At least to the bride. But it is her day, and it would do us all a bit of good to bow to her whims for just awhile. Want to help her out? Make a short list of suggestions that can be investigated in an afternoon and provide a range of prices. Below are a list of my personal favorites to get you started.
Where cakes are concerned, it’s difficult to beat Cameo Cakes (2403 W. 13th). They …

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[14 Apr 2010 | by Carly Holmes]
[drink] Where to find Good Margaritas in Wichita

There are things I am not a fan of; balancing my checkbook (and the lack of adequate money to even justify keeping my account open), guys who wear socks with sandals and the Yankees are a few that come to mind. And then there are the things that I am a fan of; Funfetti cupcakes, “The Book Thief” and the ’80s are high on the list. But since this is not Facebook, I will get to my point, which is that margaritas always fall into the latter category.
Recently, however, an …

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[13 Apr 2010 | by Ashley Perkins]
[wear] Women’s Spring/Summer Fashion – The “I Love Dresses” Edition

So, Matt’s recent manifesto on acceptable spring and summer clothing items for dudes got me thinking: what do I want to find myself clothed in as the weather turns awesome? There are, of course, lots of trends for gals to be excited about this spring and summer. But for me, they pale in comparison to the one item of clothing I can’t seem to get enough of lately – dresses. Here are five reasons why I love them, some that I’m coveting, and places to find ones of your own.
1. Easy …

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[12 Apr 2010 | by Dani Stone]
[think] Remembering Joyland

Springtime in Kansas means a lot of things. The trees start to bud, the pollen makes us sneeze, the days get longer and kids start looking out school windows dreaming of summer plans. For most of us who grew up in Wichita, those plans included Joyland Amusement Park.
I miss Joyland. I was lucky enough to spend countless hours in the park in its heyday, the 1970s and ’80s. If you’re too young to remember Joyland, or maybe you’re a Wichita transplant and didn’t have a chance …

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[12 Apr 2010 | by Stephanie Cloud Seery]
[primp] Semplifi Hair Care Challenge – Part 2

A few weeks ago, my daughters and I embarked on an experiment to try a hair product line called Semplifi. The plan was to try the products for a few weeks, meet with the developer of the line again for his final opinion on how our hair had changed, and then give you our feedback.
A family emergency meant that we weren’t able to meet with Al for our final assessment. Also, we added a little twist to the experiment. While it’s great that De-al Salon has been so helpful to …

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[8 Apr 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff]
[win] 2 Tickets to Gridiron, Wichita’s News Parody Musical

Gridiron, one of Wichita’s oldest and most hilarious stage shows, stars members of the local media singing (sort of), dancing (sort of) and spoofing the past year’s news and newsmakers.
Stars include Bonnie Bing of the Wichita Eagle, local funnyman Bucky Walters, Ted Woodward of KNSS, Bill Roy of the Wichita Business Journal and, most importantly, verb [ICT]’s own Steph Barnard. Several “mystery guests” also tend to pop up on stage each year.
Gridiron is put on by the Kansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and proceeds fund journalism …

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[8 Apr 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff]
[work] The New American Dream

Our parents hit their 30s during the peak of Reaganomics- they lived fast & spent big. Mine even had matching BMWs. It was the golden age of shopping malls, walking like an Egyptian and swiping your MasterCard.
But the world has changed- all these financial crises are, in part, due to a definition of success as outdated as The Bangles themselves. The ideal of working 30-plus years for a single company, building your 401k to retire at 65 with a nest-egg, has failed us as Americans. Big companies have taken our pensions (Enron) and our years …