No one wants to throw away the records, photos, and videos from their youth, but the shifting media landscape and physical deterioration makes savoring the moments they contain more difficult with every passing year. That race to preserve these precious moments is what keeps A1 Media Services’ staffers coming to work, where they transfer analog media such as VHS, Beta, Digital8, and MiniDV into more lasting DVD and CD formats. The trained technicians are adept at ironing out the problems facing the aging media they’re transferring, clearing away the darkened grime and wrinkle marks from old photos and editing out record imperfections such as scratch marks and backward messages of your mom telling you to clean your room. The transferred CDs and DVDs come encased with their own personalized label, allowing clients to easily find the pictures while minimizing the space needed for storage.
Instructors at Vance Music, including many members of the Vance family, draw on more than a century's worth of collective teaching experience to introduce children and adults to singing or musical expression. The school, which originally opened 60 years ago in Kansas City, teaches all styles while carrying on the tradition of classical music practiced by the Vance family's patriarch, Chester S. Vance, an accomplished pianist who toured with USO shows as a World War II veteran. Now, students at Vance can study 28 concentrations, including theory, composition, and performance with instrument or voice and experiment with varying styles of music without bringing an electric guitar into the shower.
Since 1984, Senseney Music has supplied the tools and knowledge for beginning, intermediate, and advanced musicians to ignite their musical passion. President Lori Supinie leads a team of music teachers—boasting more than 200 years’ combined experience—who instruct students in vocal technique or in instruments such as flute, oboe, violin, and electric guitar. She also offers instruments for rental and purchase, including orchestral instruments, guitars, amplifiers, and pianos, as well as printed music—the ancient enemy of jazz. Technicians in her service department repair flagging instruments and maintain rental instruments at no charge.
Over the past 35 years, Wichita Appliance Service's combination of courteous service and technical know-how has acquired the company a loyal group of repeat customers as well as a grade of A+ from the Better Business Bureau. Specialized technicians maintain and repair all brands of household appliances, from malfunctioning refrigerators to coldhearted stoves. Maintenance services also keep dishwashers and garbage disposals functioning at the top of their game. Wichita Appliance Service can save the day when washers and dryers stop functioning properly or start holding one sock from every pair hostage.
The instructors at Spanish Horizons lead classes through a variety of language-learning activities, helping them to cement the connections between Spanish and English words and phrases. The classes are geared to build conversational skills, focusing not just on grammar but on how to actually speak the language. Nurses, doctors, teachers, and other professionals can learn to communicate with Spanish speakers at work during industry-specific seminars, and native Spanish speakers can improve English skills with bilingual citizenship and computer classes.
The Art Park offers two- to three-day summer classes for potential Picassos from preschool to the preteen years. Sign your child up for a dynamic instructional duo that covers topics including drawing, sculpture, watercolor painting, printmaking, and adorable beret wearing (up to $90 each). Each class pairs technical skill development with high-interest topics, such as the Medieval Times class, in which kids draw kings, queens, knights, and jesters, as well as make a brooch out of recyclable materials (for ages 4–7, scheduled July 25–27 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.), or the Design and Composition course to learn about historical theories of design such as the golden ratio of ancient Greece (for ages 8–12, scheduled June 13–15 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 pm.). Each classroom cultivates a safe, noncompetitive environment where kids can take creative risks and produce a final major art project to take home and display above the household tire fire.