Day: July 13, 2017

Groove Street Bling offers homemade headbands, turnovers from local pair

Groove Street Bling has hit the Arkansas City Farm and Art Market with unique tie-dyed products, headbands, and homemade turnovers. Two local women, Sarah Diveley and Shayna Nicely, started Groove Street Bling this year. “Sarah had an epiphany when she went to Bike Week in Daytona in March,” Nicely said. “She came back here (and) asked if I wanted to join her, and we started this shop.” The headbands, which are an invention of Diveley’s, feature a wide range of materials. From comic book material to more traditional bandana-type prints, the headbands are trained and pre-tied to fit most heads. Some even have rhinestones and patches. Groove Street Bling products The tie-dyed products, however, are a co-creation of the two women. T-shirts and tank tops are available every week in new and bright designs. In addition, Groove Street Bling offers tapestries, bags and purses. Each piece is created by hand. Diveley learned the craft while a child, from her father. “My parents were hippies,” she said. “My dad … taught me to make jewelry (and) tie-dye.” She recalls living in an old school bus as a child, eventually attending her first concert in 1989. The concert was put on by the Grateful Dead, whose fans lean toward the styles Diveley puts into her work. Homemade turnovers, too During the Farm and Art Market each Tuesday under the rotunda at...

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USD 470 announces online, in-person registration procedures for 2017-18

The start of the school year is just around the corner and the Arkansas City Public School District wants to make sure parents know how to register their children. Parents of current kindergarten through 12th-grade students may register online via PowerSchool, starting July 17. Parents of new students may register at their child’s respective schools from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 26-27. Parents of new students also will need to bring address verification in the form of a utility bill or lease agreement, immunization records, and a birth certificate. All children should have current immunization records prior to the start of school. Parents who are interested in the district’s pre-kindergarten program may call (620) 441-2075 to schedule a screening for their children. For more information, visit or call (620) 441-2003. This information was provided by USD 470 Public Relations Director Alisha Call. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Soroptimists seek clothing, supply donations for Wichita Children’s Home

Soroptimist International of Arkansas City is seeking donations for the Wichita Children’s Home. “Since (Cowley County) Safe Homes isn’t around anymore, we’ve decided to give to the Wichita Children’s Home,” said Soroptimist Jill Hunter. “They have extended their services to help (people) in our area.” The Children’s Home is in need of several kinds of supplies to care for the children it serves. Among the items needed are clothing for all ages and sizes. These clothes can be athletic in nature, but clothing that is appropriate for job interviews also is needed, as are undergarments, shoes and pajamas. The Children’s Home also needs hygiene items, school supplies, food and household items, such as laundry detergent and trash bags. The Wichita Children’s Home offers the only emergency, temporary residential shelter for children in the area. With community support, volunteers keep the home open 24-7 and thus keep thousands of children safe every year. Donations can be dropped off at Hunter’s Farm Bureau office at 526 N. Summit St. or given to any Soroptimist Club member. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Miles for Morgan poker run July 15 to benefit infant girl with heart problems

Miles for Morgan, a poker run to benefit a local infant, will take place July 15. Morgan Marquez was born Dec. 9, 2016. Less than a month later, she was diagnosed with a heart murmur by a doctor in Wichita. However, the heart murmur was not the only bad news Marquez received. She also was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. Marquez was flown to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, that same day and has been hospitalized since. Her family is able to visit her often, thanks in part to the donations that have been made thus far. At first, parents Corey Marquez and Samantha McDonald were reluctant to reach out or accept help. “We wanted to do it ourselves, and keep to ourselves and some close family and friends,” McDonald said. “We’re a little bit stubborn.” However, she said the family is very appreciative of the help they have received. Poker run details The poker run is set to start at 9 a.m., with registration at Britt’s Bar and Grill, located at 1419 N. Eighth St. All bikes should be out by 11 a.m. The second stop will be Grouse Valley Grill in Dexter, followed by Mandy’s in Shidler, Oklahoma, and then Tom’s Place in Burbank, Oklahoma. The run will take the participants back to Britt’s and is scheduled to end at 3 p.m. Apart from expressing...

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“American Gods” brings classical mythic elements to mature TV audiences

Several unusual television shows have been released the last few years — among them “American Gods.” The plot of this new Starz series reminds me of the complexities one might find in Greek literature such as “The Odyssey.” Scripted as a new form of American mythology, this series is based on a best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, perhaps best known for “Star Dust.” The series is filmed with a dark, rich color scheme. Symbolism is used quite heavily, sometimes in ways that aren’t immediately apparent. “American Gods” will keep viewers guessing what the actual endgame is, until they see it in the last episode of the first season. When an episode begins, you aren’t really prepared for where it will end up — there are very few straight lines within the story lines. But the twists and turns are more apparent upon a second viewing. I have watched the first episode twice and can see so much foreshadowing now that it seems absurd that I didn’t see those elements the first time I watched it. Fair warning: This series is rated MA — and believe me, it is an accurate rating. There is nudity, sex, violence, foul language and a whole host of other elements that should keep any little eyes from watching this. The story revolves around — or seems to — a man named Shadow Moon. Moon is portrayed by Ricky...

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