Weekend Six Pack

Founder of The Labor Party and Software Development Director of Ennovar at Wichita State University, Kenton Hansen (@Kentonh), brings a weekly selection of links and events he believes should be on our radar. Part round-up, part heads-up... look-up, for this week's Weekend Six Pack.

Reverie Coffee Roasters became Luke's Diner of Gilmore Girls fame for just one day. The event was part of a nation-wide promotion for the four-episode return of the show on Netflix. People lined up for hours to get in, and even dressed as characters.

This Sunday, runners will be making their way through Wichita for the Prairie Fire Marathon. I mentioned this last week, but make sure you set your alarms on Sunday morning. Pick a spot on the course. I'd suggest somewhere in Riverside or near the Boathouse. Remember, you'll be there to cheer on the runners, so grab some noisemakers and/or a bluetooth speaker. To make it more fun, keep an eye out for some really fast runnersthe Local Joes like Brad Batemon, the Pace Team, and more than a few people you already know. The people running are your neighbors and visitors. Let's show them what "We are Wichita" means.

Recycling made some news this week, and we got to find out where our recycling goes after it is picked up. I find this really fascinating for some reason. Speaking of the Three Rs, Bike Walk Wichita got some love for the new program connecting the homeless with abandoned bikes.

This week, the Wichita startup scene hit the spotlight. Accelerate the Heartland hosted more than 13 pitches from founders. Many more exhibited promising technology and business. During the day, my team and I said we would build a startup in a day. We came pretty close with DateNightGenius.com, which promises no more boring date nights.

Want some things to do this week? Tonight, make your way to the Wichita Art Museum for Wichita Art Chatter. How about the ICT Blocktoberfest tomorrow? It'll have sausage, beer and wiener dog races.  Get into the Halloween spirit and raise some money for Make-A-Wish with GUTS, a family-friendly event with pumpkin-artistry. Catch some live music in Old Town with KMUW's third and final event in this year's Old Town Concert Series. Like tabletop games? Check out Tsunamicon all weekend. On Thursday, find out how the ICT is being promoted.

It's important to vote, and Election Day is just about a month away. You're registered, right? Sedgwick County in need of Poll Workers. Maybe you could take a vacation day in support of Democracy? You would get paid for your civic service and get that warm, fuzzy feeling the forefathers talked about.