Many restaurants closed for breaks, vacations

The Fourth of July is typically the holiday around which many Wichita restaurant owners plan their vacations or extended breaks.

Though many of us will have to work on Monday, it might be difficult to find a place to eat out. Lots of restaurants are making this weekend a long one by closing both Monday and Tuesday. Others are taking longer breaks.

Following is a list of Wichita restaurants you’ll find closed if you visit in the near future. Many others are closed just on Tuesday, July 4, so be sure to check before you make the trip.

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Closed for a long holiday weekend

Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant, 3141 S. Hillside: Closed Monday and Tuesday

Delano BBQ Co., 710 W. Douglas: Closed Monday and Tuesday

The Donut Whole, 1720 E. Douglas: Closed Monday and Tuesday

Jumbo’s Beef & Brew, 3750 N. Woodlawn: Closed Monday and Tuesday

Local Roasters Coffee, 2828 E. Douglas: Closed Monday and Tuesday

Louis Rose Hill Cafe, 107 S. Rose Hill Road, Rose Hill: Closed Monday and Tuesday

N&J Cafe, 5600 E. Lincoln: Closed Monday and Tuesday

Pig In Pig Out BBQ, 1003 E. 13th St.: Closed Monday and Tuesday

Saigon, 1103 N. Broadway: Closed Monday and Tuesday

Sam and Nancy’s, 151 N. Main: Closed Monday and Tuesday

Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, 1725 E. Douglas: Closed Monday and Tuesday

Whisky Dicks, 801 S. Seneca: Closed Monday and Tuesday

Yokohama Ramen Joint, 613 W. Douglas, and Yokohama Ramen Izakaya, 6434 E. Central: Both closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Station 8 BBQ will be closed for a break Wednesday through July 11.

Station 8 BBQ will be closed for a break Wednesday through July 11.

Closed for vacation

Buster’s Burger Joint, 1202 E. Macarthur: Closed now through July 10


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Summer Vacations Announced For Schools In Kashmir Due To Extreme Heat

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According to the official notification, summer holidays have been declared for all schools in the Kashmir valley, which will begin on July 1 and run for 10 days

The Directorate of School Education has made a crucial statement that gives respite and delight to school kids, teachers, and staff during the blistering weather in Kashmir. According to the official notification, summer holidays have been declared for all schools in the Kashmir valley, which will begin on July 1 and run for 10 days. This summer vacation applies to all government educational institutions and accredited private schools up to higher secondary grades in the Kashmir division and Jammu division’s winter zone. Schools in Kashmir will resume on Tuesday, July 11. Children will have prolonged vacation as the summer break will fall soon after the holidays for Eid-ul-Adha, which will be observed starting on June 29.

In addition, the SED declared that the summer break will begin on June 26 for all pre-primary and primary grades in all government and private educational institutions in Kashmir.

Maximum temperatures in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, have hovered around 35 degrees Celsius, the highest for June in the last five years.

Students have found it challenging to focus on their schoolwork as a result of the extreme heat. According

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Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights Royal Caribbean Cruises, Manchester United and Bluegreen Vacations Holding

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – July 5, 2023 – Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. RCL, Manchester United plc MANU and Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corp. BVH.

Industry: Leisure & Recreation Services


The Zacks Leisure and Recreation Services industry is benefiting from the optimization of business processes, consistent strategic partnerships and digital initiatives. The robust demand for concerts, improving bookings for cruise operators and higher per capita spending at theme parks are supporting the industry. Industry players like Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Manchester United plc and Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corp. are likely to gain in their respective fields owing to the factors mentioned above. However, the industry has been bearing the brunt of high costs and a slow U.S. economy.

Industry Description

The Zacks Leisure and Recreation Services industry comprises a wide range of recreation providers, such as cruise, entertainment and media owners, golf-related leisure and entertainment venue business, theme park makers, resort operators and event organizers. Some industry players have ski and sports businesses, while some operate health and wellness centers onboard cruise ships and at destination resorts.

Many companies are engaged in hospitality and related businesses. A few of the industry participants also provide weight management products and services. These companies primarily thrive on overall economic growth, which fuels consumer demand for products. Demand, which is highly dependent on business cycles, is driven by a healthy labor market, rising wages and a growing disposable income.

3 Trends Shaping the Leisure & Recreation Services Industry’s Future

Robust Demand Aid Cruise Operators: The cruise industry is benefiting from strong demand for cruising, accelerating booking volumes and the relaxation in COVID-related protocols. However, the closure of cruise operations in China is hurting the industry. The cruise operators‘ operations are likely to be influenced by

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As summer kicks into full force, top motivators for family travel include making memories and having fun

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis., June 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — As the school year ends and the summer heat kicks in, now is the perfect time to start planning a family vacation. In fact, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, home to America’s Largest Indoor Waterparks, in collaboration with Market Intelligence firm, Mintel, recently conducted a travel research study to better understand families’ behaviors, aspirations, needs and motivations. The study revealed that 62% of parents intend to take more summer vacations in 2023 compared to last year.

A father and daughter make lasting memories at America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark. (Picture provided by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions)

A father and daughter make lasting memories at America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark. (Picture provided by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions)

During summer, when the kids are out of school and the weather heats up, families are eager to make the most of their time together. In fact, two of the top motivators for taking family vacations include making memories (77%) and having fun (74%).

Additionally, over half of families (59%) are looking for a travel destination that has everything under one roof. At Kalahari Resorts, guests can simply park and stay; they never have to leave the resort to experience an array of activities. Kalahari offers a wide range of activities, including world-class dining, thrilling adventure parks, game rooms and more, ensuring that families of all ages will have something to enjoy. In fact, Kalahari Resorts was recently named Best Indoor Waterparks in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards.

Summer road trips are a beloved American tradition, and, if you prefer road trips, you’re not alone. Nearly three-quarters of families prioritize choosing a travel destination that’s within driving distance. Kalahari Resorts has convenient locations in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Sandusky, Ohio, Pocono Manor, Penn., and Round Rock,

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Could You Afford a Vacation Home in Arizona? Check Out the Prices in These 4 Cities

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Arizona is home to two of the 15 fastest-growing large cities in America, and much of the population boom can be traced to the state’s leap from a Southwest regional powerhouse to one of the country’s most desirable vacation hotspots.

“Arizona is an ideal destination for vacation properties due to its diverse landscape and year-round temperate climate,” said Gagan Saini, director of acquisitions at JiT Home Buyers. Additionally, the state offers a variety of activities and attractions, making it an attractive destination for vacationers.”

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In terms of prices, there are exciting options well below the national median and also well above.

“As far as the costs of owning a vacation property in Arizona, there are several factors to consider,” Saini said. “The cost of the property itself will depend on the location, size, and amenities of the property, as well as the current market conditions. Additionally, there are other costs associated with owning a vacation property, such as taxes, insurance, and maintenance.”

If you’re considering Arizona as the perfect spot for your home away from home, these locations should be at the top of your list.

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Lake Havasu City

Visitors flock to Lake Havasu City in Western Arizona for its stunning namesake body of water and its location at the gateway to the open desert — and, of course, for its most celebrated British import.

“Famous for the London Bridge, this city offers water sports and vibrant nightlife,” said Ryan Gehris, a real estate consultant specializing in the Arizona market, managing broker of Unreal Estate and broker of record

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The Best 11 Fantasy Books for Your Summer Vacation

Escapist fiction is the summertime staple we can’t get enough of. Why? Because there’s just something about taking a deep dive into myth and magic that feels like a vacation. What follows is a roundup of eleven summertime reads that will transport you to ancient mythological realms, alternate timelines where gods wage war, time-traveling circuses and other romantic worlds for an epic getaway of the mind.

Psyche and Eros by Luna McNamara

‘Psyche and Eros’.. HarperCollins

Psyche and Eros summons Lore Olympus in this romantic Greek retelling of Cupid and warrior princess Psyche. Set in Ancient Greece, Luna McNamara weaves the story of how Eros met Psyche–from the formation of the gods to the princess born to slay monsters. One can’t help but fall for the characters when Eros, upon first looking at Psyche, whispers a hilariously doomed “fuck.” A lighthearted book that gives readers a glimpse into the gendered world of Olympian gods by adding a little bit of a sociological flavor to ancient mythological magic.

To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose

‘To Shape a Dragon’s Breath’. Penguin Random House

If you’re itching for more dragon fiction, the very best is Moniquill Blackgoose’s To Shape a Dragon’s Breath. When Anequs finds a dragon egg on the shore of her whaling village, she is destined to liberate her people from their colonizers. She’s taken to be trained at a magical dragon academy that is a mixture of Viking and Victorian industrialism. This is for readers wanting revolutionary fire and a taste of romance.

The Jasad Heir by Sara Hashem

‘The Jasad Heir’. Hachette Book Group

The Jasad Heir is the type of mythological and romantic tale you would bargain your last breath for. Sara Hashem’s Egyptian-inspired debut follows the hidden heir of a destroyed kingdom as she’s

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Rip tides can turn fun beach vacations to nightmares

In less than two weeks, rip currents have taken the lives of at least 11 people.
Rip Tides Can Turn Fun Beach Vacations Into Nightmares

MISSISSIPPI (WCBI) – It is one of the most popular vacation spots for people in North Mississippi and West Alabama, but there are dangers in the water from Fort Morgan to Panama City Beach.

First responders said there have been multiple drownings.

In less than two weeks, rip currents have taken the lives of at least 11 people. Data shows rip currents kill more people than tornadoes or hurricanes. Even if you are a good swimmer, you are no match for a rip current.

A popular hotspot for the Fourth of July weekend, Panama City Beach, has had emergency workers respond to 70 swimmers in distress over ten days.

Columbus Fire Search and Rescue Caption Damon Estes has been caught in a rip current before.

“Luckily, I had a flotation device with me,” Estes said. “It’s kind of nerve-racking experience you all of a sudden get swept away from the shore which is your safe zone.”

The water can look calm in one minute, but all of that can change in an instant.

“The big thing with that is paying attention to the beach flags if you’re going to the beach area,” Estes said. “They’re gonna have flags that tell you the green or obviously the red is closing the beach and stuff like just a level to be on alert. So, that’s gonna be an important aspect that’s gonna help you stay safe and know the risk of a rip current. We have to remember that drowning is a silent event. Movies make you think people are hollering and stuff, but they’re not. If you’re drowning, the last thing you’re gonna do is waste your breath. If someone is in a safe location

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Barbie-inspired vacations to take in summer 2023

It’s the summer of Barbie. The movie release date is set for July 21, but the celebration of the iconic doll is going all season with pop-up exhibitions and hotel promotions.

If you want to travel to your own Barbie dream world, here are the best Barbie-inspired trips you can take this summer:

1. World of Barbie: Santa Monica, California

The World of Barbie in Santa Monica, California, is a temporary exhibition that takes people into Barbie’s world, including a real-life version of her Dreamhouse, camper van, space shuttle and TV studio. There’s also a gallery portion with vintage Barbie dolls and cars on display.

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World of Barbie invites guests into a life-size version of Barbie's house and camper van.

World of Barbie invites guests into a life-size version of Barbie’s house and camper van.

The exhibit is mainly a giant photo opportunity, with some interactive activities for kids, like a ball pit, and even a salon with real stylists on certain days. If you want a unique souvenir, consider building your own custom Barbie set from scratch for an additional fee.

Ticket prices run from $35 to $50 per adult and $25 to $32 per child. The exhibit is open through early September.

2. Malibu Barbie Cafe: Chicago and New York

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Barbie apparently eats rainbow pancakes, beach burgers and candied bacon at the Malibu Barbie Cafe. The Barbie-inspired restaurant is operating in Chicago and New York with a menu by Chef Becky Brown, who was a semifinalist on MasterChef.

And there’s more to do at the Barbie restaurant than just eat. At the Chicago location, there’s a roller skating rink. Both sites have a gift shop, plus plenty of Instagram-worthy sets designed for you to have your own Barbie-inspired photo shoot.

Both restaurant locations are temporary, with tickets available through mid-September.

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4 Affordable Places To Buy a Vacation Home in Florida

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Florida is one of the most popular places to go on vacation in the U.S. According to Visit Florida, The Sunshine State saw 137.6 million visitors in 2022, up 12.9% from 2021 and up 5% from its previous record in 2019.

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For those who can afford it and know they will enjoy the environment on a frequent basis, buying a vacation home in Florida can be a wise investment. Plus, it’s an excellent state for retirees (no state taxes!), so if you decide to relocate there in your golden years, your vacation home could potentially transform into your permanent abode.

A new survey by GOBankingRates found that 22% of respondents choose Florida as their vacation home spot, making it the most popular location for this investment.

Where are the most affordable places to buy a vacation home in Florida? Let’s explore.



Fort Myers

Fort Myers’ white sand beaches and safe neighborhoods are a Floridian treasure. Its beauty doesn’t come cheaply; according to PayScale, Fort Myers’ cost of living is 9% higher than the national average. Home values are climbing here — up 1.8% year over year, according to Zillow.

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Cape Coral

Its hip scene and friendly community make Cape Coral a lovely place to vacation — and it’s very close to Fort Myers. The cost of living here is steep — 9% higher than the national average, according to PayScale, but home prices have been ticking down. According to Zillow, they’re down 5.2%

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Parliament adopts law on additional payments, vacations for soldiers

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted a law on a new system of additional payments and vacations for military personnel.

Member of Parliament from the Holos (Voice) party Yaroslav Zhelezniak said this on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.

According to him, 311 MPs voted for draft law No. 9342.

The law provides for the introduction of additional payments to conscripts in the amount of 6 000 UAH per month and to cadets – 2,350 UAH. The law keeps the provisions on the introduction of annual leave for military personnel for up to 30 days and up to 10 days for family reasons. Cadets will have up to 10 days of vacation in winter and up to 20 days in summer.

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The document prohibits participation in hostilities by mobilized soldiers who have not completed a basic military training course lasting at least one month.

After the first reading, the draft law was amended to provide that wounded soldiers who were declared unfit for military service and enlisted at the disposal of their respective commanders will be paid the same amount as they received in their last positions for the first two months. Starting from the third month and until the end of the order period, additional payments will reach UAH 20.100. Prior to the amendments, the draft law provided for additional payments of UAH 12.000.

Also, the families of those killed in action will receive a one-time payment of UAH 100 000.

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Seriously wounded in treatment, prisoners of war, and missing persons will receive a monthly additional remuneration of UAH 100 000.

The minimum additional payment for instructors will be UAH 15 000.

The law also provides for an increase

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