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Fun, Free Activities for Mother’s Day! Art in the Park Sunday May 5—10am to 6pm South Park (12th and Massachusetts St.)

LDCHA Resident Services 1600 Haskell Ave. #187 Lawrence, KS 66044

Art in the Park, one of Lawrence's premiere art events, is an annual outdoor exhibition that draws more than 150 artists and a crowd of typically more than 10,000 people. Along with the finest work from area artists and craftspeople, the event features live music, food vendors and family activities.

Phone: (785) 842-1533 Fax: (785) 841-8541 We’re on the web!

Magic Tree House Adventures (5-8 yr olds) Saturday, May 11—2 to 3:30pm Lawrence Public Library (700 New Hampshire St.)

NEXT MONTH’S DATES June 1: School is Out BBQ (HCF) June 6: Financial Literacy Workshop (HCF) June 20: Financial Fellowship (HCF) June 27: Financial Literacy Workshop (HCF) June 28-30: Full Circle Summer Camp at Tall Oaks Please stop by the Resident Service Office for an up-to-date calendar or look for it on our web site

Spend part of your afternoon with Mom at the library, exploring one of the exciting books from the popular Magic Tree House series. There will be crafts and activities as well! Registration required. Contact the Lawrence Public Library 843-3833. National Train Day Saturday, May 11th—2 to 3:30pm Amtrak Station (413 E. 7th St.) Celebrate National Train Day at the Amtrak Station in Lawrence. The event includes speaker Dave Calwell, dressed in period rail attire, explaining rail artifacts on display at the depot. Visitors can enter their name in a drawing for two Amtrak round trip tickets to either Chicago or St. Louis. Drawing happens at 3:30 p.m. and winner must be present to win.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority is soliciting written comments on its DRAFT Combined Administrative Plan and Admissions and Continuing Occupancy Plan (Admin/ACOP). All written comments are due by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 to Ruth Lichtwardt, Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority, 1600 Haskell Ave., Lawrence, KS 66044, or at

Be Safe and Enjoy Spring! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and everyone is spending more time outside. Let’s make sure everyone enjoys their Spring by being safe and courteous neighbors! Children are starting to play outside and ride their bikes. Remember to watch for children at play when driving through neighborhoods and obey speed limits. In Edgewood Parents, make sure your Homes children understand how important it is to be safe and cautious around streets.

IN THIS EDITION Employment Programs

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Financial Literacy and

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Homeownership Current Calendar

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Youth Program

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Health and Wellness

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Next Month’s Dates

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Special Inserts: KanCare Information Financial Fellowship

The Plan is on the LDCHA website at

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Employment Workshop

HEALTH AND WELLNESS Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) Eat healthier!

Looking for a job? Let us help! Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority will be hosting a workshop geared towards decreasing unemployment in Lawrence, Kansas. Representatives from Express Employment Professionals and Manpower will be speaking to attendees about what employers look for in candidates, what kinds of temporary jobs are currently or will be available, and how to utilize temporary jobs to maintain financial solvency when permanent jobs are not available. Refreshments will be available. Date: Tuesday, May 21st Time: 11am—12pm Location: Huppee Community Facility, #150 For more information or to sign up, contact the Employment Team by calling 785-8421533 or stop by the Resident Services Office, #187.

May’s Computer Class: Microsoft Access Dates: May 3, 10 and 17 Time: 9-11am Location: Resident Services Office, #187 If you have a job where you use a computer every day, then this workshop is for you. Microsoft Access is an advanced database program that is similar to Excel. Learning this program in addition to Microsoft Excel will impress potential employers. Join Steven beginning Friday, May 3 for a three-week course on how to use Access at your job. For more information or to sign up for this workshop, stop by the Resident Services Office or contact Steven Mutz at 785-842-1533. *Anyone with a Mandatory MTW Contract must attend this workshop*


Get assistance buying local produce!

The SFMNP awards grants to States, United States Territories, and Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. One of the main purposes of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is to provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey from farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors. To be eligible to receive SFMNP checks, seniors must meet the criteria below: 

Age – Person must be 60 years of age or older on the day of issuance, no one under age 60 is eligible.

Income level – Individual annual gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below $20,664($1,722/month).

Eligible Seniors living in Douglas County will have the opportunity to receive checks.

*Please note: Seniors that participate in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and/or the Commodity Supplemental Food Program are automatically eligible to receive Senior Farmers' Market checks. The income eligibility for these programs is lower ($1,174/month or less). For more information contact: Bureau of Health Promotion 785-291-3742. Source: Kansas Department of Health and Environment (

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YOUTH PROGRAM Full Circle Summer Programming

Early Childhood Playgroups for May: Wednesday May 1st: Infant- 2 yrs 10:30-11:30 We will make a spring collage with lots of different lengths of yarn, ribbon, and paper shapes. We will learn the song “I’m a Little Seed”.

Thursday May 16th: 3-5 yrs 1-2pm We will learn about plants by planting our own seeds. We can watch them grow!

Thursday May 2nd: 3-5 yrs 1-2pm We will finger paint colorful spring flowers!

Wednesday May 22nd: Infant-2 yrs 10:30-11:30 We will play with Playdough!

Wednesday May 8th: Infant-2 yrs 10:30-11:30 We will make rainbow art with crayons.

Thursday May 23rd: 3-5 yrs 1-2pm We will use plastic bottles to make rainbow prints.

Thursday May 9th: 3-5 yrs 1-2pm We will prepare for mother’s day and make cards for mothers and grandmothers!

Wednesday May 29th: Infant-2 yrs 10:30-11:30 We will explore the outdoors!

SUMMER DROP-IN HOURS Monday: 3-6 p.m.

UPCOMING YOUTH DATES May 13: Water Safety Presentation

Tuesday: 3:30-6 p.m. Wednesday: 2-6 p.m. Thursday: 3:30-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday: Closed Youth Program

Recent success stories for RSO Financial Literacy & Homeownership members: Jesse Cortez, closed on his family’s home on January 10, 2013. Joshua & Cassandra Blevins closed on their home, March 15, 2013. Joshua & Cassandra are pictured receiving their homeownership matching grant check. Xueying (Ying) Stewart, closed on her family’s home on, March 29, 2013. Ying is pictured putting in sweat equity building her home. “The Lawrence Housing Authority Homeownership Program was very helpful. This program helped prepare me for homeownership. The workshops helped me to learn how to manage money, build my credit and also learn how to do my own taxes which has helped me to help others with their taxes. This program helped me to build self confidence so that I could be successful.” Xueying Wang

Thursday May 30th: 3-5 yrs 1-2pm We will use marbles and paint in a tray to see what kind of painting we can all make by working together.

Congratulations to those students graduating from Lawrence High and Free State!!

at the Huppee Community Facility

FINANCIAL LITERACY AND HOMEOWNERSHIP Congratulations to our new home owners!!

School is almost out and youth are gearing up for summer! What will you(th) be doing this summer? Check out the Full Circle Youth Program at the Huppee Community Facility in Edgewood for a variety of programs! Throughout the summer we will be hosting weekly ZOMBIE health and wellness activities, Arts programming and STEM projects. The 2nd Annual Zombie Walk/Bike/Run event will be held Saturday, July 13th. There is also weekly programming for 4-7 year olds, known as “Little Zombies”. Teens are welcome to join our mentoring program and participate in weekly activities and several field trips throughout the summer. Contact the Huppee Community Facility staff at 785-331-4418 for more information. Flyers for programming will be mailed throughout the summer and we will keep updated information on our website (

Wednesday May 15th: Infant-2 yrs 10:30-11:30 We will make tear free bubbles to play with! Parents can take the recipe home!


May 15: HCF Open House June 1: School is Out BBQ

*See insert for Summer Programming Hours

Questions or comments? Contact Chris Lempa at (785) 331-4418 or

Upcoming Financial Literacy Workshops: May 30, 2013 – Homeownership 101 for 1st time homebuyers June 06, 2013 – Westar Energy, Tips to Reduce Your Energy Bill June 27, 2013 – The Role of the Realtor in Buying Your Home I am looking forward to working with you to attain your financial and homeownership goals. RSO ROCKS!!!




May 2013 Sun



Wed 1 10:30-11:30am Infant-2yrs Playgroup (HCF)

Thu 2 1-2pm 3-5yrs Playgroup (HCF)











6-7pm middleschool Madness (HCF)

Creative Arts Workshop (HCF)




4:15-5:15pm Little Zombies (HCF)

8 10:30-11:30am Infant-2yrs Playgroup (HCF)

9 1-2pm 3-5yrs Playgroup (HCF) 6-7pm middleschool Madness (HCF)

Creative Arts Workshop (HCF)


Mother’s Day



4:15-5:15pm Little Zombies (HCF)

15 10:30-11:30am Infant-2yrs Playgroup (HCF)

5-5:30pm Water Safety Presentation (HCF)

5:30-7pm HCF Open House

16 1-2pm 3-5yrs Playgroup (HCF) 6-7pm middleschool Madness (HCF)

Creative Arts Workshop (HCF)




4:15-5:15pm Little Zombies (HCF)

22 10:30-11:30am Infant-2yrs Playgroup (HCF)

23 Last Day of School K-12

Creative Arts Workshop (HCF)

6-7pm Financial Fellowship (HCF)

1-2pm 3-5yrs Playgroup (HCF)

6-7pm middleschool Madness (HCF)



Memorial Day

LDCHA Closed


29 10:30-11:30am Infant-2yrs Playgroup (HCF)

30 1-2pm 3-5yrs Playgroup (HCF)

Creative Arts Workshop (HCF)

6-7:30pm Financial Literacy Workshop (HCF)

6-7pm middleschool Madness (HCF)



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