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Welcome This spring, after I interviewed a few newcomers, I recalled my own wonderful local experiences during the last nine years (wow, has it already been that long?). I remembered that excited feeling of discovering the area’s unique destinations, Midwestern perks, local shopping, outdoor activities, community and divine dining. I reveled in the fact that the Jayhawk lured me to Lawrence, but the town’s charms kept me here. I knew I was home. The Douglas County Newcomers Guide is the perfect tool for any family or individual putting down roots in the Kansas and Wakarusa river valleys. Learn about the many activities and assistance offered here in Douglas County. With all there is to do and see, you’ll soon discover this is the home you’ve been seeking. — Katy, Editor

"I love Lawrence because it has a small-town feel but the diversity of a bigger city.  Plus, how can you go wrong with the Jayhawks?" — Kate Blatherwick Pickert, local writer

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REPRODUCTION IN WHOLE OR PART WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION IS PROHIBITED The Douglas County Newcomers Guide strives to help new residents adapt and enjoy their new hometown. Our recommendations and listings are not comprehensive. This guide will refer you to outside publications and websites for additional information. All data and listings are subject to change. The Douglas County Newcomers Guide cannot assume responsibility for outside information, errors or omissions. Any inaccuracies, changes or additions can be directed to Sunflower Publishing.

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Contents2011/2012

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Welcome QuickGuide LawrenceMap Calendar

NewBeginnings

AtHome

BeyondLawrence

OurTown

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Newcomers Love Lawrence Home Sweet Home Power up News Information Government Transportation Picture Douglas County

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Neighborhoods Health Education Higher Education Parks & Recreation Lawrence Faces

Arts Attractions Faith Shop Keep Larry Eats

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City Services City Offices.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ci.lawrence.ks.us.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fire & Medical Department.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lawrenceks.org/fire_medical.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Police Department.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ci.lawrence.ks.us/police. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Department of Utilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lawrenceks.org/utilities/home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Transit System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lawrencetransit.org.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Municipal Court. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lawrenceks.org/legal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Animal Control.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Parks & Recreation.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lprd.org. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Westar Energy.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.westarenergy.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Black Hills (Gas).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.blackhillsenergy.com.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(785) 832-3000 (785) 830-7000 (785) 830-7430 (785) 832-7878 (785) 864-4644 (785) 832-6190 (785) 832-7509 (785) 832-3450 (800) 383-1183 (888) 890-5554

Lawrence Information Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.visitlawrence.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lawrencechamber.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Magazine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sunflowerpub.com.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Journal-World.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ljworld.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(785) 865-4499 (785) 865-4411 (888) 497-8668 (785) 843-1000

Baldwin City Information Baldwin City Police Department.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (785) 594-3850 Baldwin City Fire Department.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (785) 594-3678 Baldwin City Hall.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.baldwincity.org. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (785) 594-6427 Eudora Eudora Police Department.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eudora Township Fire Department.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . City of Eudora Fire Department.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.eudorafire.org.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eudora City Hall.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.cityofeudora.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(785) 542-3121 (785) 542-2800 (785) 542-3653 (785) 542-2153

Lecompton Information Lecompton Police Department.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (785) 887-6407 Lawrence Fire & Medical Department.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (785) 830-7000 Lecompton City Hall.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lecomptonkansas.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (785) 887-6407 Real Estate Hometown Lawrence.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.hometownlawrence.com The Apartment Department.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.apartments.lawrence.com Lawrence Board of Realtors (Lawrence Multiple Listing Service Inc.).. . . . . . . . www.lawrencerealtor.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (785) 842-1843 Family Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Lawrence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.douglas.kansasbigs.org. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boys and Girls Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bgclawrence.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ldchealth.org.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Public Schools USD 497. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.usd497.org.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baldwin City Public Schools USD 348. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.usd348.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eudora Public Schools USD 491. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.eudoraschools.org.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Perry-Lecompton Public Schools USD 343. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.usd343.org.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(785) 843-7359 (785) 841-5672 (785) 843-0721 (785) 832-5000 (785) 594-2721 (785) 542-4910 (785) 597-5138

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Newcomers love Lawrence

Story by Katy Ibsen Photography by Jason Dailey

or these newcomers Lawrence has been home for just more than a year, and they are still learning this flip-flopping nature of Kansas weather. When asked, though, they confidently claim spring thus far as their favorite season. The pair found themselves moving from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, after Monika was accepted into a graduate studies program for anthropology at the University of Kansas—her number one choice. “I just wouldn’t think to move to the Midwest. And then there was this huge basketball thing, with the whole TV school commercial, and I was like ‘school spirit.’ I totally bought into that,” she says. After months of research, Monika quickly found that Lawrence offered the benefits and comforts she sought in a new community. “It was really important to me that I move to a town that was similar to where I came from—my happy place, Chapel Hill. I wanted the college feel. I wanted to have a place where the art community was really big—and history too,” she says. “When I came here and heard about Quantrill’s

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Raid and walked around the town in Lawrence, all the history was oozing out of the pores.” For David, it was a simpler decision. “Part of that deal was, when you’re ready to go to the next level school we’ll go wherever you want to go,” he says of Monika’s plans. They arrived in the spring of 2010, ready to immerse themselves in the fruits Lawrence had to offer. Lawrence was founded in 1854 with a political agenda of sorts. Named after the antislavery advocate Amos Adams Lawrence, the community quickly became the center of attention during the Bleeding Kansas era, creating a blazing history that is still discussed among students, residents and historians. Home to KU and Haskell Indian Nations University, the academic community has fused with lifelong residents in Douglas County, creating a thriving environment. It didn’t take Monika and David long to appreciate this fresh and valued perspective. “Lawrence is its own funky little place,” says Monika. “It’s very distinctive.”

Settling in was the fun part. They were quick to join the neighborhood association and identify local groups that meshed with their hobbies. As David notes, it was an eye-opening experience. “I had never heard of a town having that dedicated of a neighborhood association and being that involved,” he says. “There were public gardens, just things that I didn’t think neighborhoods even had, and then I came here and was like, ‘Wow, I like this place.’” David joined a basketball league and Monika connected with university folks, neighbors and fellow volunteers. “There is just a lot more to do here. There is the mountain bike club, there’s a running club, then there are 5Ks all the time. You’ve got KC not far away if you want to go to the nightlife there,” he says. “In Lawrence there is a lot more happening than you realize if you just do a little digging.” They’ve come to love local business, activities, parades and their front-row seat to events in South Park. In fact, one particular event resulted in the sixth member of their family, Naoma. After a trip to the 15th annual Mutt & Strutt,


And Lawrence loves them back

sponsored by the Lawrence Humane Society, David and Monika felt compelled to adopt another dog. “It was great because you see all these other people excited and out in the park. I think that was probably one of our first memories,” says Monika. Of course transition and moving to a new community isn’t always easy. “You have to get out of the house, and that is the hard thing when you’re new. I think a lot of people kind of go through the blues a little bit, and you just have to kick yourself in the butt and get out,” says Monika. “Also [get involved with] civic organizations, whether it’s Habitat for Humanity or the town’s got a ton of advisory boards. Like I joined the Community Development Advisory Board, those are other ways get involved, and obviously the neighborhood association,” says David. Monika is quick to add, “Oh and Meet-Up groups!” of which she plans to begin two new ones. “People are really involved here and people do go out and do stuff and when they have community events at the park, people come.” It’s safe to say David and Monika may have been in search of Lawrence all their lives, and now, Lawrence is glad they’ve arrived.

Monika and David Teixeira graciously welcomed me to their East Lawrence home on what was a beautiful spring day. This afternoon in Douglas County was actually only a tease of the pending season, as a few dusty snowfalls and chilly days were yet to come before spring officially settles in.

The Teixeiras stroll to South Park, a favorite place to relax in their East Lawrence neighborhood.

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The family includes pups Homie and Naoma.

Favorites

When asked to share some of their favorite destinations, events and activities, these newcomers were quick to respond—and disagree. Restaurant: Terrebonne Carryout & Catering (aka: the Po Boy place) Music venue: Jazzhaus Outdoor & Indoor activity: Hiking or kayaking Street: Massachusetts Street Boutique/shop: Sunflower Outdoor or Au Marche Ice Cream Parlor: Sylas & Maddy’s Spot on campus: The Bedazzler or Phog Allen sculptures Neighbor: (While this was just a test question, they agreed it was Brittany.) Park: South Park Event: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Brewery: Free State Brewing Co. Trail: River trail or paved trail by Clinton Lake Kansas season: Spring Museum: (David deferred to Monika) Watkins Community Museum of History

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Gallery: (David deferred to Monika again) Lawrence Art Guild Publication: Lawrence Journal-World View: The Oread Terrace or the sixth floor of Fraser Hall (Monika’s office) Spot to share a kiss: Rose Garden in South Park Guests must see: Massachusetts Street

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NewBeginnings “I love Lawrence for the vibrant cultural scene - music, arts, history - with great parks to enjoy it all and celebrate life!” — Kim Murphree, radio host Power up Lawrence

Home Sweet Home HOME-FINDING RESOURCES

Online Apartment Directories Lawrence Apartment Directory www.apartmentdirectory.com Lawrence Journal-World, The Apartment Department www.apartments.lawrence.com Newspaper Classified Listings Baldwin City Signal www.baldwincity.com (785) 594-7080 Kansas City Star www.kansascity.com (877) 962-7827 Lawrence Journal-World www.ljworld.com (785) 843-1000 Online Real Estate Information Hometown Lawrence: An MLS Online www.hometownlawrence.com A Lawrence Multiple Listing Service that provides various search methods. Welcome Club of Lawrence www2.ljworld.com/marketplace/ businesses/welcome-club-lawrence/ (785) 842-2251 Local club provides opportunities for women to meet and participate in various activities.

Water, Sewer and Sanitation City of Lawrence, Department of Utilities 6 E. Sixth St. Billing and customer service: (785) 832-7878 Water emergencies after 5 p.m., weekends or holidays: (785) 843-2685 Administrative office (emergencies, weekends & holidays): (785) 832-7800 www.lawrenceks.org/ utilities/home Electric Westar Energy Customer service and emergencies: (800) 383-1183 Power outages: (800) 544-4857 www.westarenergy.com Gas Black Hills Energy 24-hour customer service: (888) 890-5554 24-hour emergency service: (800) 694-8989 Call before you dig (for all of Kansas): (800) 344-7233 or dial 811 www.blackhillsenergy.com Telephone AT&T Customer service and support center: (800) 288-2020 Spanish assistance for residential: (800) 870-5855 Hearing- or speech-impaired service: (866) 241-6567 www.att.com Knology of Kansas (785) 841-2100 http://kansas.knology.com

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Cable services Television and Internet Knology of Kansas (785) 841-2100 http://kansas.knology.com AT&T U-Verse (select neighborhoods only) (800) 288-2020 www.att.com/u-verse Baldwin City

Telephone AT&T Customer service and support center: (800) 288-2020 Spanish assistance for residential: (800) 870-5855 Hearing- or speech-impaired service: (866) 241-6567 www.att.com Knology of Kansas (785) 841-2100 http://kansas.knology.com

Electricity, water, sewer and sanitation Baldwin City Hall 803 Eighth St. (785) 594-6427 www.baldwincity.org

Cable services Knology of Kansas (785) 841-2100 http://kansas.knology.com

Gas Kansas Gas Service 24-hour service: (800) 794-4780 Call before you dig: (800) 344-7233 or 811 www.kansasgasservice.com

Electric, water, sewer and sanitation Lecompton City Hall 327 Elmore St. (785) 887-6407

Telephone/DSL Sprint/United Telecom (800) 788-3500 Cable Services Mediacom Communications: (855) 633-4226 http://mediacomcable.com Eudora Electricity, water, sewer and sanitation Eudora City Hall 4 E. Seventh St. (785) 542-2153 www.cityofeudora.com Gas Atmos Energy Customer service: (888) 286-6700 www.atmosenergy.com

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Gas Kansas Gas Service 24-hour service: (800) 794-4780 Call before you dig: (800) 344-7233 www.kansasgasservice.com Telephone AT&T Customer service and support center: (800) 288-2020 Spanish assistance for residential: (800) 870-5855 Hearing- or speech-impaired service: (866) 241-6567 www.att.com Cable services SCI Cable (800) 879-7724


NewBeginnings News | Information | Government

Newspapers and magazines Baldwin City Signal www.baldwincity.com (785) 594-7080 GO! Lawrence Journal-World’s Monday lifestyle magazine www2.ljworld.com/go KANSAS! Magazine www.kansasmag.com (785) 296-8478 Kansas City Star www.kansascity.com (877) 962-7827 Lawrence Journal-World www.ljworld.com (785) 843-1000 Lawrence Magazine www.sunflowerpub.com (785) 832-7287 Subscriptions (800) 578-8748 The Pitch Weekly alternative newspaper www.pitch.com (816) 561-6061

Radio Stations Providing News KANU KPR (FM 91.5) Kansas Public Radio http://kansaspublicradio.org (785) 864-4530 KCUR (FM 89.3) University of MissouriKansas City public radio www.kcur.org (816) 235-1551 KLWN (AM 1320) Lawrence sports/news/talk www.klwn.com (785) 843-1320 Television Stations (Knology lineup) KCPT (Channel 7) Kansas City PBS affiliate www.kcpt.org (816) 756-3580 KCTV (Channel 5) Kansas City CBS affiliate www.kctv5.com (913) 677-5555

Topeka Capital-Journal www.cjonline.com (800) 777-7171

KMBC (Channel 9) Kansas City ABC affiliate www.kmbc.com (816) 221-9999

Topeka Magazine www.sunflowerpub.com (866) 655-4680 Subscriptions (800) 578-8748

KSHB (Channel 14) Kansas City NBC affiliate www.kshb.com (816) 753-4141

University Daily Kansan KU student newspaper www.kansan.com (785) 864-4724

KSNT (Channel 8) Topeka NBC affiliate www.ksnt.com (785) 582-4000

Publishing

KTKA (Channel 12) Topeka ABC affiliate www.ktka.com (785) 273-4949

Sunflower Publishing A print publishing company www.sunflowerpub.com (888) 497-8668

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Libraries KTWU (Channel 11) Topeka PBS affiliate for Washburn University in Topeka http://ktwu.washburn.edu (785) 670-1111

Community Public Libraries Baldwin City Public Library 800 Seventh St. (785) 594-3411 www.baldwincitylibrary.org

6News Lawrence (Channel 6) Lawrence news and programming www.6newslawrence.com (785) 832-6397

Eudora Public Library 14 E. Ninth St. (785) 542-2496 http://eudora.mykansaslibrary.org

WIBW (Channel 13) Topeka CBS affiliate www.wibw.com (785) 272-6397

Lawrence Public Library 707 Vermont St. (785) 843-3833 www.lawrence.lib.ks.us

WDAF-TV (Channel 4) Kansas City FOX affiliate www.fox4kc.com (816) 753-4567

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library 1515 SW 10th Ave. (785) 580-4400 www.tscpl.org

Websites Baldwincity.org Baldwin City’s information site Baldwincitychamber.com Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce KUSports.com A one-stop shop for Jayhawk sports Lawrence.com Lawrence Journal-World’s alternative forum and events calendar Lawrenceks.org The city’s information site Larryville.com Lawrence’s alternative community forum LJWorld.com Lawrence Journal-World, the city’s daily newspaper Lawrence Marketplace Lawrence’s hub for everything business www.ljworld.com/marketplace

Kansas City Public Library Central Branch 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Missouri (816) 701-3400 www.kclibrary.org Residents of Kansas and Missouri are eligible for a library card, which can be used to access online databases such as newspapers and business resources. University of Kansas Libraries www.ku.edu/libraries (785) 864-8983 Anschutz 1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive Kenneth Spencer Research Library 1450 Poplar Lane Watson Library 1425 Jayhawk Blvd. With a valid identification, Kansas residents can obtain an annual library card for $10.


Government Federal Government U.S. government portal: www.usa.gov U.S. Postal Service ZIP code lookup: http://zip4.usps.com/ zip4/welcome.jsp State of Kansas Official state website www.kansas.gov Baldwin City City Hall 803 S. Eighth St., Baldwin City (785) 594-6427 www.baldwincity.org Eudora City Hall 4 E. Seventh St., Eudora (785) 542-2153 www.cityofeudora.com Lecompton City Hall 327 Elmore St., Lecompton (785) 887-6407 www.lecompton.org Lawrence City Hall 6 E. Sixth St. (785) 832-3000 www.lawrenceks.org Planning Office www.lawrenceks.org/pds (785) 832-3150 This office is involved with city and transportation planning, as well as historic preservation. It administers city and land-use regulations and advises various city and county agencies about short-term and long-term planning. Horizon 2020, a master plan for city development, as well as city code documents can be downloaded from the office’s website.

Animal Control Information http://police.lawrenceks.org/ content/animal-control (785) 832-7509 – File complaint (785) 832-7590 – Animal Control Division, Police Department Lawrence has a leash law and a pet excrement law, and pets must wear a collar with a current tag indicating they have been vaccinated. Dogs and cats 4 months of age or older must be vaccinated for rabies. Crime Prevention/ Neighborhood Watch http://police.lawrenceks.org/ content/neighborhood-watch (785) 830-7408 or (785) 830-7409 Neighborhood watch programs are designed to improve safety and security in participating residential areas. Waste Reduction and Recycling Office www.lawrenceks.org/wrr/index.php (785) 832-3030 Visit this website for a list of citywide recycling drop-off locations as well as curbside recycling businesses. Lawrence has programs for residential and business recycling, hazardous waste recycling, solid waste recycling, environmentally friendly lawn care and composting. At certain times during the year, residents can pick up composted materials for their own use. Douglas County Information about all offices can be accessed at www.douglas-county.com Courthouse and County Offices 111 E. 11th St., first level and basement (785) 832-5256

County Appraiser’s Office 1100 Massachusetts St. (785) 832-5133 This office provides appraisals and valuations of real estate and personal property. Property value notifications are mailed in February, but the actual tax bill is mailed in November, reflecting values set in January. County Clerk/Elections (785) 832-5267 Voters must be registered at least 15 days before an election. The Kansas Voter Registration Application is available at the courthouse or online. Treasurer’s Office/Motor Vehicle Registration (785) 832-5273 New residents, except students, must register vehicles within 30 days of moving to Kansas. Registrations from out of state require proof of inspection. Residents are charged a title registration fee, vehicle registration fee and personal property tax. Call for location and hours of satellite offices. State of Kansas Department of Insurance (800) 432-2484 www.ksinsurance.org This website has information about shopping for insurance and filing a complaint. The department sponsors Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK), a free program offering older Kansans the opportunity to talk with trained volunteers about Medicare and health insurance.

Department of Revenue/ Division of Motor Vehicles 1035 N. Third St., Suite 122 (I-70 Business Park) (785) 843-9593 www.ksrevenue.org/dmv Residents can apply for a driver’s license and take driving tests. Drivers in Kansas must be 16 to receive a regular license. Instruction permits are available for 14-yearolds and a special restricted license for 15-year-olds for the purpose of going to or from school or work. The office is open 7 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. United States Internal Revenue Service Federal Tax Information, (800) 829-1040 TDD Assistance for the Deaf, (800) 829-4059 www.irs.gov U.S. Postal Service Baldwin City 702 High St., (785) 594-6561 Eudora 709 Main St., (785) 542-2663 Lawrence Main Branch 645 Vermont St., (785) 843-1681 Lawrence Jayhawk Substation: 1901 W. 31st St., (785) 843-2330 Lecompton 525 E. Woodson Ave., (785) 887-6494 www.usps.com U.S. Social Security Administration 1440 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 200 (785) 843-2254, (800) 772-1213 www.ssa.gov

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Athome Transportation Transportation is a cinch in Lawrence. Douglas County has a number of bike routes, and Lawrence has been designated “bicycle friendly” by the League of American Bicyclists. The Lawrence Transit System, aka “the T,” covers the main thoroughfares of the city with eight fixed routes, eight campus routes and additional paratransit services. In 2011 the T celebrated 10 years in operation. Commuters to the University of Kansas Edwards Campus can catch the Johnson County Transit K-10 Connector bus that makes round-trip journeys from Lawrence to Overland Park Monday through Friday. Airports Kansas City International Airport (MCI) 45 miles northeast of Lawrence via Interstate 70 East and Interstate 435 North (816) 243-5237 www.flykci.com Lawrence Municipal Airport Hettrick Air Services Inc. 1930 Airport Road (785) 842-0000 www.lawrenceks.org/airport www.hetrickairservices.com Vinland Valley Aerodrome Airport 696 E. 1700 Road, Baldwin City (785) 594-2485 / (800) 544-8594 www.mcfarlaneaviation.com/vinland Airport Transportation Affordable Limousine Service (785) 841-0463

Ground Transportation Inc. (GTI) (785) 842-8294 www.gtilawrence.com Shuttle service and Town Car rental KCI Roadrunner (800) 747-2524 www.kciroadrunner.com Shuttle-charter service SDM Transportation (785) 979-2428 www.sdmtransportationks.com Bus Travel Senior Wheels (785) 865-6925 Senior Services Inc. of Douglas County Efficient transportation services for Douglas County residents age 60 and older who require door-todoor service or are unable to access other transportation programs. www.dgcoseniorservices.org

KU on Wheels (785) 864-4644 KU on Wheels serves more than 10,000 people daily on routes from campus to downtown and most of the apartment complexes in Lawrence. www.kuonwheels.ku.edu Independence Inc. (785) 841-0333 Wheelchair accessible door-todoor weekday transportation throughout Douglas County and to weekday medical appointments in Topeka and the Kansas City area. www.independenceinc.org Lawrence Transit System – the “T” (785) 864-4644 The Lawrence Transit System has fixed routes that operate Monday through Saturday throughout the city. Door-to-door paratransit service is available to eligible individuals. www.lawrencetransit.org

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Greyhound Bus Lines (785) 843-5622, (800) 231-2222 2447 W. Sixth St. at the Conoco station www.greyhound.com Rail Travel Amtrak Passenger Station (800) 872-7245 413 E. Seventh St. at the Santa Fe Railway Station www.amtrak.com Taxi Service Ground Transportation Inc. (GTI) (785) 842-TAXI (8294) Jayhawk Taxi (785) 843-8294 Zippy Taxi and Delivery (785) 856-7433

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neighborhoods For many, a neighborhood is just as important as the dwelling they call home. Douglas County and Lawrence have plenty of unique neighborhoods for every kind of resident. From lofts to historical bungalows, ranches to luxurious mansions, there is something for everyone. 20

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AtHome


East Lawrence boasts blocks upon blocks of unique homes, and a number of these residences are undergoing revitalization. Many homes feature a fusion of old and new. PERKS: Thriving neighborhood association. Ideal for homeowners looking for renovate. Close to downtown.

North Lawrence has seen a great deal of action, including newer and updated homes along with generous yards. PERKS: Rural setting near town. Large lots. Close to walking trails. Young families.

Old West Lawrence offers a step back in time. Situated along brick-lain streets just west of downtown Lawrence, these beautiful homes and bungalows define historic architecture in Lawrence. Construction on some homes began back in 1860. Today many are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. PERKS: Ideal for a porch lifestyle. Historic dwellings. Strong neighborhood community.

(New) West Lawrence has experienced a building boom. With modern designs and luxury homes, west Lawrence offers many newer options. The growth west includes a bounty of businesses, schools and churches. Besides the growing subdivisions, there are beautiful western views and new conveniences. PERKS: This is a great place to raise a family. With playgroups, open sidewalks and neighborhood activities, there’s plenty to do. The Oread Neighborhood was mostly built at the turn of the century and sits east of the University of Kansas. With an active neighborhood association, Oread maintains the peace among various tenants, including university students. Thirteen properties and a district within the Oread Neighborhood are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. PERKS: Close to campus. Homes with historical significance. Traditional architecture. Rural Lawrence surrounds Lawrence proper and features a number of unique homes and landscapes for those with a countryside taste. Homes in Lecompton, around Clinton Lake, south of town and north near Perry Lake offer residents an alternative to the urban sprawl while being only minutes from town. PERKS: Wide open spaces. Near sanctioned nature settings. Lots with acreage. Traditional architecture.

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AtHome Health

With more than 120 years of service to the area and a list of committed and caring physicians, the LawrenceDouglas County Health Department is committed to making health and wellness a priority for residents. Lawrence Memorial Hospital 325 Maine St. | (785) 505-5000 | www.lmh.org Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) is the only major hospital between Topeka and Kansas City. As a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital, LMH serves the health care needs of all residents, regardless of their financial situation. LMH completed a $45 million expansion in the spring of 2009, including new emergency and surgery facilities. The project also included more space for the hospital’s maternity, intensive care and critical care departments. Other services include the acclaimed Regional Oncology Center and the LMH Heart Center. LMH offers 24-hour emergency care, outpatient procedures, maternity care, pediatrics, intensive care, surgery, same-day surgery, rehabilitation, physical therapy and mental health. Health Care Providers Douglas County AIDS Project United Way Center for Human Services 2518 Ridge Court, Suite 101 (785) 843-0040 www.douglascountyaidsproject.org DCAP provides leadership and advocacy services and resources for HIV/AIDS education and prevention, while collaborating with other agencies. DCAP serves Douglas, Jefferson and Franklin counties.

Health Care Access Clinic 330 Maine St. (785) 841-5760 www.healthcareaccess.org HCA provides health care for individuals with no health insurance and limited incomes. Services include a primary care clinic, volunteer doctor clinic, referrals, dental services in certain circumstances, and indigent drug and pharmacy assistance.

Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice 200 Maine St., Suite C (785) 843-3738 www.vna-ks.org VNA provides comprehensive home health care by registered or licensed professional personnel and certified paraprofessionals. Hospice is dedicated to giving care and comfort to people with a terminal illness and provides support for families and loved ones.

Watkins Memorial Health Center Student Health Services 1200 Schwegler Drive (785) 864-9500 www.studenthealth.ku.edu Open to KU students, Watkins provides general medicine and gynecology, health education, allergy injections, immunizations, sports medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and HIV testing.

Haskell Health Center 2415 Massachusetts St. (785) 843-3750 www.ihs.gov The Haskell Health Center provides American Indians in Lawrence and the surrounding area with integrated outpatient health and human services.

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Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department 200 Maine St., Suite B (785) 843-0721 www.ldchealth.org The health department offers a number of community programs, including immunizations, family planning, child care licensing, health education, blood pressure screenings and help with the frail elderly.

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“I love Lawrence because of its sense of community and that extends to LMH. We take care of the community and the community takes care of us by serving as volunteers and giving philanthropically to LMH.” — Kathy Clausing-Willis, LMH Endowment Association Counseling and Specialized Services Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center (785) 843-9192 Lawrence: 200 Maine St., Suite A Eudora: 1310 Winchester Road For more than 50 years, Bert Nash Center has worked to provide accessible, high-quality and innovative mental health services and programs for Lawrence and the surrounding area. www.bertnash.org Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO) Cottonwood Inc. 2801 W. 31st St. (785) 842-0550 As the CDDO for Douglas and Jefferson counties, Cottonwood is the single point of entry connecting people of all ages with developmental disabilities to the network of services in this area. www.cwood.org DCCCA Inc. 3312 Clinton Parkway (785) 841-4138 Since 1974, DCCCA has worked to prevent and treat alcohol and drug problems and provide a variety of services, including counseling and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment. www.dccca.org GaDuGi SafeCenter 2518 Ridge Court, Suite 202 (785) 843-8985 Formerly the Douglas County Rape Victim-Survivor Services, GaDuGi provides free 24-hour confidential crisis advocacy, support groups and resource and referral services. GaDuGi is also active in community education, awareness and prevention. For 24-hour assistance, call (785) 841-2345; in Baldwin City, call (888) 899-2345. www.gadugisafecenter.org

Headquarters Counseling Center 211 E. Eighth St., Suite C (785) 841-2345, (888) 899-2345 in Baldwin City Trained staff and volunteers provide 24-hour counseling, crisis counseling, suicide intervention, education and referral services to other health and human services agencies in the community. Special projects include the phone-a-friend program for children who are home alone and a parent info line. www.hqcc.lawrence.ks.us KU Child & Family Services Clinic 2021 Dole Human Development Center 1000 Sunnyside Ave. (785) 864-4416 This clinic provides affordable mental health care for children, adolescents and their families in the Lawrence area. It is also a training clinic for graduate students in the clinical child psychology program at KU. www.ku.edu/~kuclinic KU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Watkins Health Center second floor (785) 864-2277 CAPS provides help for students with psychological, interpersonal and family problems and other issues related to succeeding at the university. Individual, couple, family and group sessions are available. www.caps.ku.edu KU Psychological Clinic 340 Fraser Hall 1415 Jayhawk Blvd. (785) 864-4121 Since 1952, this clinic has provided low-cost outpatient mental health services to the Lawrence community. It is a training, teaching and research facility associated with KU’s clinical psychology doctoral training program. www.psych.ku.edu/psych_clinic/ clinic/overview.shtml


The Willow Domestic Violence Center (785) 843-3333, (800) 770-3030 The Willow Domestic Violence Center—formerly Women’s Transitional Care Services—has provided a safe house for battered women and their children since 1978. It also offers a 24-hour crisis line, peer counseling and support, and help with referrals. www.willowdvcenter.org Community Health Resources Douglas County Senior Services (DCSS) 745 Vermont St. (785) 842-0543 DCSS helps Douglas County residents 60 and older remain independent and active in their homes and communities. It offers nutrition, education, recreation, volunteerism and adult day care services. www.dgcoseniorservices.org Kansas Advocates for Better Care (KABC) 913 Tennessee St., Suite 2 (785) 842-3088 KABC is a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates for high-quality long-term care for residents in adult care homes. www.kabc.org KVC Health Systems 1202 E. 23rd St., Suite C (785) 331-4200 KVC is a private nonprofit welfare provider to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services offering medical and behavioral health care, education and social services to children and families. www.kvc.org tiny-k Early Intervention 2619 W. Sixth St., Suite B (785) 843-3059 The tiny-k Early Intervention program provides free information, referral and special services for families of children from birth to 3 years old with a disability or developmental delay. www.douglascountytinyk.org

United Way of Douglas County 2518 Ridge Court, Room 200 (785) 843-6626 United Way raises funds for local human service agencies. It works with groups to address community needs. www.unitedwaydgco.org Independence Inc. 2001 Haskell Ave. (785) 841-0333 Independence Inc. maximizes the independence of people with disabilities through advocacy, peer support, training, transportation and community education. www.independenceinc.org LMH ConnectCare Lawrence Memorial Hospital offers ConnectCare, which provides class registration and physician referrals. (785) 749-5800 www.lmh.org Breastfeeding and New Parent Support Group Drop into this free discussion group from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. most Mondays. Take the opportunity to learn more about breastfeeding and other baby care advice from certified staff and educators. Fit for 2 - A Fitness Program for Expectant Mothers This eight-week fitness program is designed to positively influence and promote health and wellness during the childbearing years. Class meets 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Call (785) 505-3780 to enroll.

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Tyke Hyke This free program for prospective big brothers and big sisters ages 3 to 6 helps prepare them for the arrival of a new sibling. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bereavement Support Group Facilitated by the LMH chaplain, the group meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month in the LMH Chapel, second floor. For more information, call (785) 505-3140. Diabetes Education Group This free monthly program is designed for those with diabetes and their support people. Group meets at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, call (785) 505-3062.

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Where Iowa Street meets 31st Street has become one of Lawrence’s busiest intersections. This area has become a mecca for large chain retailers, making it unnecessary to travel to neighboring cities for big-ticket items or bargain shopping. Walmart, J.C. Penney, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Target, Old Navy, World Market, Michaels, Payless ShoeSource, Petco, Bed Bath and Beyond, Office Depot and Sears (at 25th Street) all have set up shop. Well-known restaurants also can be found in this area, such as Longhorn Steakhouse and On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina. Just south of it all, South Wind 12 theaters screen movies for your viewing pleasure.

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Massachusetts Street runs through the heart of downtown Lawrence. Known for its mom-and-pop storefronts, downtown offers an exceptional selection of charming shops. From eyewear to bicycles, trendy clothing to art dealers, bookstores to ice cream—whatever you’re in the market for, downtown Lawrence has it.

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Stretching from the east edge of the city to Iowa Street, 23rd Street is lined with businesses and fastfood joints, including Westlake Ace Hardware, Hobby Lobby, Party America, Jiffy Lube and Hastings. Known as one of the busiest roads in town, 23rd Street offers a blend of strip malls and businesses that stand to serve Lawrence customers in numerous ways.

Wakarusa

The area surrounding the intersection of Wakarusa Drive and Sixth Street has become a convenient shopping spot for families living in west Lawrence. With a renovated Dillons, new Walmart and CVS Pharmacy, most needs can be satisfied. The addition of Johnny’s Tavern has also provided families a friendly atmosphere for pizza or the big game. A little farther south at Wakarusa Drive and Bob Billings Parkway is another center offering convenience and perks. Stop by the Pawsh Wash pet health market, Centro Cigars and many other handy stores.

Fast Facts

Distance from major area cities: Approximately 25 miles (40 km) west of Kansas City and 20 miles (30 km) east of Topeka. Founded in 1854 Population as of 2008: 90,520 (approximately) Elevation: 840 feet (256 m)

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AtHome Education

Education is a priority for the community. As the seventh largest school district in Kansas, Lawrence Public Schools has been recognized as a top-10 metro school district. Nearly 43 percent of Douglas County residents have a bachelor’s degree. The Lawrence school district employs approximately 1,700 educators, administrators and educational support staff, making it one of the largest employers in town. The district’s focus, “Learning for All, Whatever it Takes,” exemplifies the community’s commitment to children. Lawrence Public Schools USD 497 Educational Support and Distribution Center 110 McDonald Drive (785) 832-5000 www.usd497.org Elementary Schools Broken Arrow 2704 Louisiana St. (785) 832-5600

Woodlawn 508 Elm St. (785) 832-5920

Baldwin High 415 Eisenhower St. (785) 594-2725

Lecompton Elementary 626 Whitfield (785) 887-6343

Junior High Schools Liberty Memorial Central 1400 Massachusetts St. (785) 832-5400

Marion Springs Elementary 316 E. 900 Road (785) 594-3081

Perry-Lecompton Middle 408 Lecompton Road (785) 597-5159

Vinland Elementary 702 E. 1747 Road (785) 594-3912

Perry-Lecompton High 404 Lecompton Road (785) 597-5124

Notes: Elementary schools include prekindergarten through fifth grade. Junior high school includes grades 6 through 8, and the high school grades 9 through 12.

Notes: Perry Elementary includes pre-kindergarten to first grade. Lecompton Elementary is second through fourth grade. Perry Middle School includes fifth through eighth grades. Perry-Lecompton High School includes ninth through 12th grades.

South 2734 Louisiana St. (785) 832-5450

Cordley 1837 Vermont St. (785) 832-5640

Southwest 2511 Inverness Drive (785) 832-5550

Deerfield 101 Lawrence Ave. (785) 832-5660

West 2700 Harvard Road (785) 832-5500

Hillcrest 1045 Hilltop Road (785) 832-5720

Senior High Schools Free State 4700 Overland Drive (785) 832-6050

Kennedy 1605 Davis Road (785) 832-5760 Langston Hughes 1101 George Williams Way (785) 832-5890 New York 936 New York St. (785) 832-5780 Pinckney 810 W. Sixth St. (785) 832-5800 Prairie Park 2711 Kensington Road (785) 832-5740 Quail Run 1130 Inverness Drive (785) 832-5820 Schwegler 2201 Ousdahl Road (785) 832-5860 Sunflower 2521 Inverness Drive (785) 832-5870 Sunset Hill 901 Schwarz Road (785) 832-5880

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Lawrence 1901 Louisiana St. (785) 832-5050 Notes: The district’s early childhood education program is at Kennedy School. Grade schools include kindergarten through fifth grade. Junior high schools include sixth- through eighth-grade students. High schools include ninth- through 12th-grade students. Baldwin City Public Schools USD 348 708 Chapel St., Baldwin City (785) 594-2721 www.usd348.com

Eudora Public Schools USD 491 1002 Elm St., Eudora (785) 542-4910 www.eudoraschools.org Eudora West Early Childhood Family Center 1310 Winchester Road (785) 542-4920 Eudora Elementary School 801 E. 10th St. (785) 542-4940 Eudora Middle School 2635 Church St. (785) 542-4960 Eudora High School 2203 Church St. (785) 542-4980 Eudora-De Soto Technical Education Center (785) 542-4986

Baldwin Elementary Primary Center Grades pre-kindergarten-3 500 Lawrence St. (785) 594-2444

Notes: Eudora Elementary includes students in grades pre-K-5. Eudora Middle includes grades 6-8. Eudora High School and the Eudora-De Soto Technical Education Center include grades 9-12.

Intermediate Center Grades 4-5 100 Bullpup Drive (785) 594-2446

Perry-Lecompton Public Schools USD 343 205 W. Bridge St., Perry (785) 597-5138 www.usd343.net

Baldwin Junior High 400 Eisenhower St. (785) 594-2448

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Perry Elementary 405 Cedar St. (785) 597-5156

Home Schooling Christian Home Educators Confederation of Kansas P.O. Box 1332, Topeka 66601 CHECK serves as an advocacy and information source for homeschooling by connecting more than 50 homeschool support groups across Kansas. www.kansashomeschool.org Teaching Parents Association P.O. Box 3968 Wichita, KS 67201 Resources and support for homeschooling families in Kansas. http://teachingparents.org Kansas State Department of Education Professional Learning Communities (State Board of Education) and home school resources 120 S.E. 10th Ave., Topeka (785) 296-3201 www.ksde.org Private Schools Bishop Seabury Academy 4120 Clinton Parkway (785) 832-1717 Grades 6 through 12, college preparation www.seaburyacademy.org


Century School Inc. 816 Kentucky St. (785) 832-0101 Ages 3 to 12 (preschool and elementary), secular, cultural diversity emphasized with individualized academics www.CenturySchool.org Corpus Christi Catholic School 6001 Bob Billings Parkway (785) 331-3374 Grades Pre-K through 7 www.corpuschristilks.org

Prairie Moon Waldorf School 1853 E. 1600 Road (785) 841-8800 Pre-K through 6 in the Waldorf approach to education www.prairiemoon.org Raintree Montessori School 4601 Clinton Parkway (785) 843-6800 Ages toddler through sixth grade, Montessori curriculum www.raintreemontessori.org

Lawrence Arts Center Preschool 940 New Hampshire St. (785) 843-2787 Ages 3 through 6 www.lawrenceartscenter. com/preschool.html

St. John Catholic School 1208 Kentucky St. (785) 843-9511 Grades pre-K through 6; Roman Catholic National Catholic Education Association www.saint-johns.net/school

Lawrence Montessori School 5005 Legends Drive (785) 840-9555 Programs include: infant community, toddler community and primary program. www.lawrencemontessorischool.com

Veritas Christian School 256 N. Michigan St. (785) 749-0083 Grades K through 12, and K-Quest a half-day pre-K, classical Christian education http://veritaschristianschool.org

Montessori Children’s House of Lawrence 1900 University Drive (785) 843-7577 Montessori education, Pre-K through K, whole day and half day available

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AtHome Higher Education

Haskell Indian Nations University 155 Indian Ave. | (785) 749-8404 www.haskell.edu Haskell enrolls more than 1,000 students who represent 150 federally recognized tribes from 36 states. Today the university is known nationally as an institution of higher learning for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Haskell offers bachelor’s degrees in elementary education, American Indian studies, business administration and environmental science as well as a number of associate degrees, including computer information systems and tribal management.

Baker University 618 Eighth St., Baldwin City | (800) 873-4282 www.bakeru.edu Baker University is a private liberal arts college in Baldwin City, just 15 minutes south of Lawrence. With traditional and nontraditional students, Baker offers small class sizes, innovative instructors and challenging coursework. Areas of study include the arts and sciences, professional and graduate studies, education and a satellite campus in Topeka for the School of Nursing. Accomplished alumni include four Rhodes Scholars and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Baker is the oldest university in Kansas and was founded by Methodist ministers in 1858. Valuing excellence, Baker aims to prepare confident, competent and responsible contributors to society through student learning.

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University of Kansas Visitor Center: 1502 Iowa St. | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday Admissions Office: (785) 864-3911 Operator: (785) 864-2700 www.ku.edu Overlooking the Kansas River valley, the University of Kansas sits atop Mount Oread in the center of Lawrence. Educating more than 30,000 students with nearly 2,500 in faculty members, this institution is a fixture in Kansas. There are 14 academic divisions, more than 200 fields of study and more than 110 opportunities in 70 countries to study abroad. Of the full-time faculty, 97 percent have a Ph.D. or equivalent in their fields. KU also offers financial aid, scholarships and grants. The pulse running through campus is Jayhawk Boulevard. Named after the famous Jayhawk mascot, this popular thoroughfare is home to academic buildings, historic points of interest and the recognizable chalky limestone found on Mount Oread that inspired the “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” chant. While nearly 70 percent of the student body is from Kansas, KU also enrolls more than 2,140 students from more than 110 countries who help create a culturally diverse academic environment. In addition to the popular Lawrence campus, the university has eight campuses across the state. The KU Medical Center serves the greater Kansas City area as a full-service research and teaching hospital. KU is consistently ranked as one of the best public institutions in the country. In 2010 the Princeton Review named KU one of “50 Best Value Public Universities.”

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Haskell opened in 1884 as the United States Indian Industrial Training School with 22 students in grades one through five. From 1927 to 1965, Haskell had an accredited high school and became Haskell Indian Junior College in 1970. In 1992, the institution took on its current name, and today the program continues to grow. Haskell is also home to the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame and the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum.


AtHome Parks & Recreation

Douglas County features a number of recreation departments that provide year-round activities. Offering team sports, arts and crafts, aquatic centers, fitness centers and classes, each community in Douglas County is committed to aiding in active lifestyles. Recreation departments across the county offer various classes and activities including voice lessons in Eudora, summer camps in Baldwin and zumba in Lawrence. Catalogs and online listings provide a detailed map of what’s available each season. Facilities Lawrence Parks & Recreation 947 New Hampshire St., Suite 200B (785) 832-3450 www.lawrenceks.org/lprd Community Building 115 W. 11th St. (785) 832-7920 Gym, meeting rooms, dance studio, kitchen East Lawrence Recreation Center 1245 E. 15th St. (785) 832-7950 Regular size and smaller gym, weight room, game room, meeting room, kitchen Holcom Park Recreation Center 2700 W. 27th St. (785) 832-7940 Gym, meeting room, kitchen, weight room with cardio Indoor Aquatic Center Attached to Free State High School at 4706 Overland Drive (785) 832-7946 Open year-round, this pool has a 10lane, 50-meter competition pool and a large, separate pool with play equipment and water slides for youngsters. South Park Recreation Center 1141 Massachusetts St. (785) 832-7930 Meeting room, kitchenette Lawrence Union Pacific Depot 402 N. Second St. (785) 832-7920 No longer an active train depot, this turn-of-the-century building was restored in 1996. It offers a meeting space with a sound system, kitchenette, desktop podium and outdoor French theme flower garden. Baldwin City Parks and Recreation 715 High St. (785) 594-3670 www.baldwinrec.org Eudora Parks and Recreation 1630 Elm St. (785) 542-1725 www.eudoraparksandrec.org

Selected Lawrence Parks Broken Arrow Park 2900 Louisiana St. The site of an annual mud volleyball competition, this park features a large shelter and playground. Watson Park Between Sixth and Eighth streets and Tennessee and Kentucky streets Features a basketball court, vintage train engine and ice skating area in the winter, a small shelter and playground. Centennial Park Ninth Street at Rockledge Road Adjacent to a skate park and Frisbee golf course, this park has a large shelter and playground. Dad Perry Park Monterey Way and Harvard Road North - Harvard and Parkside Road This park covers 45 acres and has two large shelters, a playground and basketball, sand volleyball and tennis courts. Holcom Sports Complex 2700 W. 27th St. Includes Holcom Recreation Center. Baseball fields, outdoor basketball court, outdoor racquetball, volleyball sand pit, large shelter and playground. South Park Between 11th and 13th streets and New Hampshire and Vermont streets Contains the William Kelly Bandstand Gazebo, South Park Recreation Center, backstop and the South Park Wading Pool for toddlers. Veterans Park 19th and Louisiana streets Playground, tennis and basketball courts. Outdoor Attractions Baker University Wetlands Haskell Avenue at 31st Street This area, with a self-guided boardwalk trail, was designated a National Landmark by the Department of the Interior in 1969 and covers 573 acres of wetlands. Visitors can view diverse wildlife, and bird watching. Managed by Baker University and known as a spiritual site for Haskell Indian Nations University, the Baker Wetlands contain significant biodiversity and offer a rich research and recreational environment.

Centennial Disc Golf Course 600 Rockledge Road The 18-hole Frisbee golf course runs through Centennial Park. Scorecards are available at all recreation centers and Biemer’s BBQ, east of the park. Skate Park at Centennial 600 Rockledge Road This 12,306-square-foot park was designed using input from area youths as a “street” course. Contains a half pipe, quarter pipe, pyramids, fun box and grind rail. It is not supervised. This facility may be reserved for special events and competitions. Clinton Lake 872 N. 1402 Road (785) 843-7665 Clinton Lake includes 9,000 acres for public hunting, as well as 400 campsites, hiking trails and an opportunity to see wildlife, including nesting eagles. Shelters are available for rental with 24 hours notice. www.nwk.usace.army.mil/cl/ Kansas River Levee Trails This recreational trail begins under the North Lawrence bridge by the dam and follows the Kaw River east and west, ending in open farmland on both sides. One mile east of the trailhead, a mountain bike trail winds between the levee trail and the river. Lone Star Lake (785) 832-5293 This smaller, county-operated lake is 10 miles southwest of Lawrence and offers a swimming beach, campsites, playground, fishing, boating, water skiing and shelters with picnic areas and grills. “Mutt Run” Off-Leash Dog Park 1330 E. 902 Road This 30-plus-acre area contains restrooms, a drinking fountain and water for dogs. To get to the dog run, take Clinton Parkway west to Clinton Dam Road; turn south and take the first left onto 902 Road. After that, take the first left. The park is at the bend in the road that leads to the north side of the spillway. There is a small fenced area north of the parking lot for pups learning to be off-leash.

Outdoor Aquatic Center Eighth and Kentucky streets (785) 832-7990 This public pool is made to delight both children and adults. It has a new slide in the diving well, as well as a 50-meter competition area, zerodepth entry for young children, two additional water slides and interactive play with fountains, spray mushroom, concession stand and sheltered lounge area. Swimming lessons are available each summer through Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. Perry State Park 5441 Westlake Road Ozawkie (785) 246-3449 Perry Lake has nearly 160 miles of shoreline and more than 11,000 acres with swimming, water sports, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. It is considered to be one of the best sailing lakes in the state, and its mountain biking trails are said to be among the most difficult in the area. Perry Lake is situated on the Delaware River in Jefferson County, about 30 minutes north of Lawrence. Prairie Park Nature Center 2730 SW Harper St. (785) 832-7980 This center blends 72 acres of prairie, woodlands and wetlands into a preserve, including nine acres of virgin (never plowed) prairie with 180 species of native plants. It has a prairie observatory, bird-watching area and many trails. Prairie Park offers programs to public schools and local groups beginning with kindergartenage children on environmental topics, including butterflies, tracks and trails, and ecosystems. It recently opened a birds of prey display, which includes a bald eagle and a golden eagle. South Lawrence Multisport Path A favorite among hikers, joggers, cyclists, dog walkers and rollerbladers, this paved path is 8.5 miles long and is lined with native prairie grasses and wildlife. It connects with other hard-surface paths in west Lawrence, totaling 14 miles of trails. It begins at Iowa Street near the South Wind 12 Theaters and winds northwest to Clinton Parkway, and then north toward Interstate 70.

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Erin Klein

Eyob Hailemariam

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lawrence faces Meet Lawrence residents young and old, from all walks of life.

The community in Lawrence is diverse and welcoming, so there seems no better way to Sam Morris

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illustrate this than to “focus” on the people.

My husband and I moved here last year after we retired from southwest Kansas. Both of our children attended KU, and we fell in love with the city and the university during those years. Lawrence has so much to offer for retirees, and the people here are super friendly. We are huge KU sports fans, so it's been fun to attend more events. The arts and theater programs offered in this area are outstanding. Yes, we Love Lawrence!” — Jan Fox

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I love the diversity of Lawrence. I wouldn't want to live or work anywhere else."

— Chris Steffens, attorney at law

Liz Reich

Chris Steffens

Lawrence really is a good place to raise children."

— DeBarre Johnson

Bo March

Zachiah Johnson

Willow Garcia

Sammy Ahaslen

John Solbach

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Day Trips

Hays

Hays offers a number of attractions, including historical sites pertaining to the frontier, a celebration of the area’s Volga German heritage, hunting, camping, Fort Hays State University and stops for those interested in agricultural tourism. But Hays also has a unique, and unexpected, offering for shoppers. The area has developed a reputation as a craft and antique lover’s paradise. With more than 30 storefronts of unique destination shopping, visitors will find specialty home décor, crafts, antiques, boutiques and hobby and gift items. The Chestnut Street District is known as the downtown shopping area, and nearby is the modern general store, C.S. Post & Co., offering an inventory with unique furnishings. Be sure to top off the day of shopping at Hays’ own microbrewery, Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. www.haysusa.com

Atchison

Atchison is nestled in the northeastern corner of the state, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Missouri River. Founded in 1854, the community is most recognized for its relationship to the famed aviatrix, Amelia Earhart. Today the community is a popular stop for historians and boutique enthusiasts. Visit the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum or the Amelia Earhart Earthwork by Stan Herd for a unique experience surrounding the historic female aviator. Make note to see historic points of interest: Lewis and Clark interpretive signs, Pony Express memorial, St. Pat’s Church and beautiful Victorian architecture. If shopping and lunching are more your style, wander along the outdoor plaza along Commercial Street. You’ll find plenty of shops and boutiques to visit, including the notable Nell Hill’s for exquisite home furnishings. www.atchisonkansas.net

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KansasCity

Kansas City is known for much more than the KC strip. The metropolitan hot spot straddles the Kansas and Missouri border, sharing its attractions with a wide following of both states. In recent years the downtown district has undergone a major overhaul. With the completion of the Sprint Center centered in what is now known as the Power and Light District, entertainment is constant in the city. Other areas of attraction include the Country Club Plaza with exceptional shopping and dining plus beautiful architecture inspired by its Spanish sister city of Seville. Kansas City is also home to the famed Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as well as the American Jazz Museum. The art and culture of Kansas City have easily made it a Midwest destination. As for athletics, Kansas City Chiefs fans are hoping for the best from the NFL team. The Kansas City Royals generate their fair share of fans as well. After a renovation of Kauffman Stadium, Royals fans are sure to enjoy a day at the ballpark. Kansas City is also known for vibrant casino boats where live music, entertainment and gambling play a role in the nightlife. www.visitkc.com

FlintHills

The Flint Hills Tourism Coalition works to attract visitors from all over the world to 22 counties to enjoy their picturesque landscape and unique ranching and agriculture history. Settle in to one of the many bed-and-breakfasts dotting the area, then spend the day traveling from community to community to soak up the small-town charm and unique Kansas offerings. Stop along Kansas Highway 177 at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve where landscape meets education at a national park. Consider spending a weekend at an authentic cattle ranch or hunting lodge. The region’s prairie burns attract thousands of visitors every spring. www.kansasflinthills.travel

Photographs: (clockwise from top left) Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association, Cathy Mores for KANSAS! magazine, Jason Nichols/Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce

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Surrounding areas Eudora

Lecompton

Founded in 1854 as Bald Eagle on a south bluff of the Kansas River, Lecompton was later named in honor of Samuel D. Lecompte, chief justice of the Kansas territorial Supreme Court. With about 650 residents, Lecompton is situated seven miles northwest of Lawrence within vast farmland near the Kansas River. With a rich history and nearby Perry Lake, Lecompton offers a series of unique attractions for residents and visitors. Lecompton played an important role in Kansas Civil War history after the drafting of the Lecompton Constitution, which would have allowed Kansas to enter the Union as a slave state. Ultimately the constitution was rejected after becoming an issue in the Lincoln-Douglas presidential debate. Consequently, 1861 became a pivotal year for both Lecompton and the country: Antislavery proponents gained control of the territorial legislature, Kansas entered the Union as a free state, Topeka was named the state capital and the Civil War began. As a result, today Lecompton hosts Territorial Days. This festival includes performances by an amateur group of actors known as the Lecompton Reenactors who recount Civil War-era historical events. The Territorial Capital Museum houses three floors of artifacts and information about pre-Civil War Kansas. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The writing of the controversial Lecompton Constitution occurred at Constitution Hall, a national landmark and state historic site. The building constructed in 1855 is one of the oldest woodframe buildings still in use in Kansas. It contains two floors of territorial Kansas displays. www.lecomptonkansas.com

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BALDWIN CITY

Situated south of Lawrence and surrounded by scenic farmland, Baldwin City is a growing community with more than 4,400 residents. Established in 1870, the city claims the oldest university in Kansas, Baker University, which was founded in 1858. Baldwin City’s downtown was built at the turn of century and maintains a small-town charm, surrounded by hand-laid brick streets and Victorian-era homes. Baldwin City has more than 60 historic sites—five of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places—including the Santa Fe Railroad Depot, where many settlers once passed through while on the Santa Fe Trail. A section of the route remains and can still be traveled. Baldwin City is home to popular events such as the Maple Leaf Festival. Slated annually for the third weekend in October, the festival draws thousands of visitors who enjoy the changing fall foliage and peruse some 300 booths of crafts and art and enjoy plenty of family entertainment. www.mapleleaffestival.com Art Walk occurs on the third Friday of each month from June through September and is sponsored by the Baldwin Community Arts Council. Established in 1996, this “in-the-streets” event showcases painting, sculpture and quilting by area artists in galleries and downtown businesses. The Lumberyard Arts Center hosts art classes and exhibits in the art gallery throughout the year. From May to October, the Farmers Market sets up shop downtown next to the post office. Fresh, local produce is available from 8 a.m. until noon Saturdays. Other events include the annual Chocolate Auction, the Anniversary of the Battle of Black Jack, citywide garage sales, Planes, Trains & Automobiles Festival and Festival of Lights Parade. www.baldwincitychamber.com | www.baldwincity.org

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Founded in 1851, Eudora boasts a population of about 6,200 residents. This growing Douglas County community sits five miles east of Lawrence in the valley between the Wakarusa and Kansas rivers. Long pegged as a farming community, Eudora has recently grown in leaps and bounds and is now established as a manufacturing and professional community. It is home to the 93-acre Intech Business Park and a new recreation center. Eudora’s school district educates nearly 1,000 students. The state-of-the-art Eudora High School opened in 2003. The community offers various activities through parks and recreation with several parks, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, an asphalt running track and a public swimming pool. A couple wineries have also taken up residency in Eudora. With the region’s lush land and ideal conditions, grapevines continue to thrive. BlueJacket Crossing Vineyard & Winery and Davenport Orchards & Winery welcome guests on the weekends for tastings, tours and harvests. www.eudorachamber.com | www.eudoraks.com


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City slickers and once-upon-atime farm kids reconnect to the area’s agricultural roots through the annual farm tour

Story by Rachel Nyp

Photography by Jason Dailey

Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the fall 2008 issue of Lawrence Magazine and was updated by Katy Ibsen. To see more Lawrence Magazine features, visit www.sunflowerpub.com.

nder an alabaster blue Kansas sky, city dwellers and rural neighbors will venture into the verdant Kaw Valley hills this autumn for a peek behind the supermarket shelves and a glimpse into the origins of local produce, meats and cheeses. This expedition, where communion with nature meets livelihood, is the seventh annual Kaw Valley Farm Tour. Sprouting from an areawide agribusiness committee meeting aimed at connecting the community with the farms that feed it, the agricultural outing has grown to incorporate more than 20 farms and include hayrack rides, vineyard visits, pumpkin picking, 4-H presentations and colorful commentary on the likes and dislikes of four-legged critters. Want to milk a goat? You can, and tour volunteers will give you a ribbon to prove it. Wonder how to take care of a bison? Roam near the herd and hear firsthand about their feed and fetishes. Curious about the secret behind brandy? Learn how the perfect grapes are grown, right here in Kansas soil. Organizers pull out all the stops for all ages proffering a butterfly house, right-hand-turn maze and hayrack rides on her family farm east of Lawrence. “The farm tour has turned into

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a huge family event. We’re seeing an enormous amount of families coming out,” says Karen Pendleton, farm tour veteran. At Pendleton’s Country Market, patrons can also pick up fresh produce and regional meats while meeting other area farmers whose lands are not part of the tour but who come to talk about their products and answer questions about their farming practices. Ad Astra Alpacas owner and operator Claudia Hey describes the fluffy South American animals as gentle with soothing influences. “You’ve heard of therapy dogs and cats, and I guess we have some therapy alpacas,” says Hey, who has taken her herd to school events and even a local nursing home. “People that raise them call it the alpaca lifestyle. You can feel yourself relax and feel the tension just ebb out.” This retired librarian has turned her family dairy farm into an alpaca palace complete with Huacaya alpacas, which are coveted for their soft fleece. Hey believes the farm tour helps educate area residents in all things alpaca. “I think that they are such

wonderful animals, and I think that a lot of people are probably not familiar with them or even realize we have them here in Douglas County.” Screamin’ Oaks Farm features another domesticated favorite: goats. Taste goat’s milk, take a goat-cart ride and try goat’s milk soap and lotions while learning about these versatile animals. Visitors can get up close and personal with the animals during feeding and milking demonstrations. Returning to the tour are the Bluejacket Crossing Vineyard & Winery, Davenport, and Holy-Field wineries. Partnered with the Community Mercantile, K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County, and the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, this packed weekend adventure introduces lifelong urban residents to the country and provides one-time farm kids and neighbors an update on the latest innovations in sustainable, local farming. “It’s agritourism, it’s educational and it’s a day out with the family,” says Pendleton.


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10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2 $10 per car www.kawvalleyfarmtour.org

Don’t burn, baby, burn! Most activities are outdoors. Protect yourself and little ones with sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. Allow plenty of time. It will take a full two days to see all farms. You don’t have to pet every alpaca and inspect every cornstalk. But if you want to see it all, allow yourself plenty of time. Cash in. A quick ATM stop before you go lets you take advantage of farm-fresh fare. Not all tour farms accept checks or credit cards. BYOW. Although most stops have refreshments, keep kids hydrated with your own water bottles just in case. Swap flip-flops. Wear a sturdy pair of closed-toe shoes to keep feet safe from dirt, hooves and droppings. Pile in. With the rising cost of gasoline, it makes sense to take advantage of the tour’s flat per-vehicle fee by piling into one car with friends and family. Sure, packing everyone in one vehicle cuts into the tour’s ticket sale revenue—but the farmers will actually admire you for saving gas and arriving en masse. “We had people who rented a van [in 2006] so they could travel together,” says Karen Pendleton with a tone of approval in her voice. “We want as many people to come as possible.”

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ourtown Arts

Lawrence has continually been recognized and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, receiving more than $75,000 in grants in 2010. Equally impressive is the large percentage of professional artists in the work force. Whether you are an artist, connoisseur or amateur observer, you will find reason to unleash your creative side in Douglas County.

“I love Lawrence because you can be at Pendleton’s Market picking fresh asparagus in the morning, dining on fresh Ahi tuna at a great restaurant on Massachusetts Street in the evening before listening to world-class bands at sunset. — Stan Herd, artist  Lawrence Kaw Valley Quilters Guild 925 Vermont St. The guild meets at 9:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. This educational, nonprofit organization promotes and advances the art of quilting in all its forms. The guild has more than 200 members representing several communities in northeast Kansas and the Kansas City metropolitan area. www.kawvalleyquiltersguild.org Lawrence Arts Center 940 New Hampshire St. (785) 843-ARTS The Lawrence Arts Center offers yearround art education programs as well as dance and theater for children and adults in a modern 40,000-squarefoot facility. It has two exhibition galleries, a 300-seat theater, two dance studios, two art-based preschool programs for ages 3-6, seven studios and a gallery shop. The theater and lobby are also offered for rental. The gallery shop offers pieces for sale from 90 local artists including jewelry, ceramics, painting, photography, textiles, books, cards and prints. www.lawrenceartscenter.com Lawrence Chamber Orchestra 940 New Hampshire St. (785) 691-7824 The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra is the only independent and professional orchestra in Lawrence. www.lawrencechamberorchestra.org Theatre Lawrence 1501 New Hampshire St. (785) 843-7469 Theatre Lawrence, formerly the Lawrence Community Theatre, offers a relaxed, informal atmosphere for theatergoers and produces six to eight major shows per year. Performances include well-known dramas and comedies as well as works from local playwrights. The theater offers a Youth Education Program for young theater enthusiasts. www.theatrelawrence.com

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Liberty Hall 644 Massachusetts St. (785) 749-1972 Built in 1912, Liberty Hall has a 1,050seat capacity with a main floor and full balcony, featuring a 37-foot grand ceiling with original chandeliers. The structure was originally a vaudeville performance hall but now is a venue for independent films, live concerts and fundraisers, and can be rented for private events. The original Liberty Hall, which burned down, was erected in the early pioneer days of Lawrence and served as a political and social center for frontier Kansas. www.libertyhall.net Van Go Mobile Arts Inc. 715 New Jersey St. (785) 842-3797 Arts-based service agency that provides year-round after-school and summer job training programs for high-needs and underserved youths. www.van-go.org University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery 1467 Jayhawk Blvd. Art & Design Building (785) 864-4401 Maintained by the department of art and design, this gallery exhibits works of regional and national artists as well as graduate student thesis shows. http://art.ku.edu Kansas Union Gallery (785) 864-7469 13th Street at Jayhawk Boulevard Kansas Union Maintained by Student Union Activities, this little gallery features works by KU students, faculty and international artists. www.suaevents.com

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The Lied Center of Kansas 1600 Stewart Drive (785) 864-2787 The Lied Center features a variety of professional high-class arts performances from legendary blues musicians to ballet. Seating capacity is 2,024 in a state-of-the-art hall that reaches 96 feet at its highest point. www.lied.ku.edu Murphy Hall 1530 Naismith Drive (785) 864-3982 Murphy Hall is home to the renowned University Theatre. The building consists of several smaller theaters, including the Crafton-Preyer Theatre, which features the KU Theatre for Young People, and the University Theatre Series. The William Inge Memorial Theatre Series performs in the Inge Theatre. A musical series featuring faculty, visiting artists and students is staged at Swarthout Recital Hall, and includes chamber music and solo and ensemble performances. www.kutheatre.com Spencer Museum of Art 1301 Mississippi St. (785) 864-4710 This museum has seven galleries, with special exhibitions shown in four additional galleries. It houses a permanent collection of some 22,000 works, including medieval art, European and American painting, sculpture and prints, photography, Japanese Edo-period painting and 20th century Chinese painting. www.spencerart.ku.edu Wilcox Classical Museum (785) 864-3153 1410 Jayhawk Blvd. Lippincott Hall Established in 1888 by Professor A.M. Wilcox, this museum’s collection has full-size replicas of well-known works of Greek and Roman sculpture and antiquities. www.ku.edu/~wilcox

Haskell Indian Nations University Haskell Cultural Center and Museum 155 Indian Ave. (785) 749-8404 The museum’s vision is to study living American Indian traditions and research and provide education and cultural programs while celebrating native cultures and promoting cross-cultural understanding. It offers tours and limited research services in a 6,000-square-foot building made of cypress logs from Florida. It also archives historical pieces and the Frank A. Rinehart collection of 809 historical glass plate negatives of American Indian portraits taken from 1898 to 1900. www.haskell.edu Baldwin City Baldwin City Community Theatre 816 High St. (785) 594-7440 This not-for-profit organization offers opportunities for players of all ages and has pledged to create and support activities that nurture family unity and community fellowship. A summer musical takes place every June while other productions occur during the year. http://baldwincitytheater.com Holt-Russell Gallery 701 Dearborn St., Baker University (785) 594-6451 Faculty and students of the art department at Baker University operate this gallery. Lumberyard Arts Center 718 High St. (785) 594-3186 Baldwin City now has a home for the arts in the heart of downtown. Sign up for an art class or check out works from area artists in the gallery. The venue is also available for rent for special events. www.lumberyardartscenter.org


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In Douglas County, there is plenty to do year-round. Enjoy the outdoors, participate in community activities, catch a game inside the famous Allen Fieldhouse, hit the links, see a seasonal parade, visit the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics—your weekends and holidays are sure to be filled to the brim.

Lawrence Hobbs Park Memorial 10th and Delaware streets (785) 832-7920 This park next to Municipal Stadium, a baseball field, has play equipment and a shelter. The Murphy-Bromelsick home, built during the reconstruction period of Lawrence in the 1860s after Quantrill’s deadly raid, was moved to this site and is now a museum dedicated to that historic era. It is designated as a National Heritage Area in Kansas and serves as a memorial to its bloody history as an abolitionist state at the beginning of the Civil War. Lawrence Visitor Center 402 N. Second St., (785) 865-4499 Located in the refurbished Union Pacific Depot, this center offers a number of brochures for self-guided historical tours of Lawrence and Douglas County. These include the path of Quantrill’s Raid, the Santa Fe and Oregon trails, a Lawrence driving tour, a Haskell Indian Nations University historic walking tour, a John Brown historic tour, a University of Kansas walking tour and a biking and hiking trail map. www.visitlawrence.com Watkins Community Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St. (785) 841-4109 Situated in the downtown shopping district, the Romanesque building was constructed in 1888 and served as a bank. Permanent exhibits include a 1920 Milburn electric automobile. A Zen-style garden park is adjacent to the north. www.watkinsmuseum.org The Carnegie Building 200 W. Ninth St., (785) 832-7920 Built in 1904 with a $27,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Building was used to accumulate books and other reading materials until the current Lawrence Public Library was built in 1972. The center welcomed the Lawrence Arts Center as a tenant until 2002 and was later added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Old City Library. The space is open for events and today houses the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau. http://lawrenceks.org/lprd/ facilityrental/carnegierental

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University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Dyche Hall (785) 864-4540 Established in 1866, this museum is dedicated to studying the life of the planet for the benefit of the Earth and its inhabitants. The museum offers summer classes for children. Permanent exhibits include taxidermies of wildlife from Alaska to Mexico in habitat settings, including mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. There is also a live snake collection and dinosaur fossils, and Comanche, the only survivor of the Battle at Little Big Horn, is preserved here. Temporary exhibits change every few months. Dyche Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes a gift shop. www.nhm.ku.edu Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics 2350 Petefish Drive, (785) 864-4900 An enormous 22- by 12-foot stainedglass American flag window greets visitors as they walk through the doors of this bipartisan institution. The institute honors the service of Senator Bob Dole and works to promote citizenship. Unlike other institutes of politics, this facility is open to the public and offers 17 exhibit cases tracing Dole’s life in a hall with 36-foot ceilings. The institute houses Dole’s papers and provides meeting rooms and a lecture hall. The institute hosts speakers through the Presidential Lecture Series and the Dole Lecture Series. Dole was attending KU as an undergraduate when he joined the Army during World War II. www.doleinstitute.org Baldwin City Midland Railroad 1515 W. High St., (913) 721-1211 Families enjoy this short train ride available May through October or by appointment. Midland Railroad operates an old-fashioned passenger train on a 20-mile round-trip journey from Baldwin City to Ottawa Junction. The route travels over creeks and through wooded areas. www.midland-ry.org

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Old Castle Museum 511 Fifth St., (785) 594-8380 This museum houses a collection of exhibits about Baker, Baldwin City and the Santa Fe Trail. It was the original Baker University building in 1857. Baldwin City was originally the site of the community of Palmyra, and next to the museum is the Palmyra Post Office and Blood’s Grocery, both of which operated in 1857 serving Santa Fe Trail travelers. Open by appointment. www.bakeru.edu/old-castle-museum Lecompton Constitution Hall 319 Elmore St., (785) 887-6520 Registered as a National Historic Landmark, Constitution Hall was the site of the Territorial Legislature in 1855. Delegates of the 1857 Lecompton Constitutional Convention wrote the famous Lecompton Constitution that would have admitted Kansas to the Union as a slave state. A map of a self-guided walking tour of Lecompton is available at the museum, which is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday. www.lecomptonkansas.com Lane University and Territorial Capital Museum 640 E. Woodson Ave., (785) 887-6148 This building, originally slated to become the Kansas capitol building, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Completed in 1882, the three-story museum features historical information about Kansas during the Civil War and is operated by the Lecompton Historical Society. It is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Sports KU Athletics For years, our flagship sport has been the KU’s men’s basketball team. But with new football coach Turner Gill, the Jayhawk football team strives to become a Big 12 powerhouse. The basketball team continues to excel under Coach Bill Self, whose team won a national championship in 2008. James Naismith, inventor

of the game, was the first men’s basketball coach at KU in 1898. He was succeeded by Phog Allen, for whom Allen Fieldhouse is named and who coached at KU for 39 years. “Beware of the Phog” has been a favorite slogan among Jayhawk fans for decades. Famous players include Wilt Chamberlain and Danny Manning. The Kansas Relays, held at Memorial Stadium, stand as the region’s largest track and field event. Held since 1923, the annual event attracts thousands of athletes from 250 high schools and 120 colleges who gather in the spirit of competition. Other KU sports include baseball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Ticket information, (785) 864-3141 Sports information, (785) 864-3355 www.kuathletics.com Kansas City Professional Sports When we’re not cheering on our Jayhawks, sports fans in Douglas County turn their attention to professional sports in Kansas City. The Truman Sports Complex is where the Royals play at the newly renovated Kauffman Stadium. Meanwhile, the strongly supported Kansas City Chiefs play at Arrowhead Stadium, where improvements are under way that could bring a Super Bowl game to Kansas City. Hoping for a more current title, the Royals hold a 1985 World Series trophy and the Chiefs won the 1970 Super Bowl. The Truman Sports Complex is an hour east of Lawrence on Interstate 70. In recent years, NASCAR racing has increased in popularity since the 2001 opening of the Kansas Speedway near the junction of I-70 and Interstate 435. The speedway features additional international motor sports, and the stadium is consistently sold out to more than 80,000 spectators. Other professional Kansas City sports teams include Sporting Kansas City, a Major League Soccer team, and the Explorers, a member of the World Team Tennis league. And the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City adds another sports venue to the mix.


Faith

With people coming together from all over the world to attend the University of Kansas, Douglas County remains a diverse religious community, incorporating many faiths that contribute to the community through social service programs and volunteer work. Large and small congregations can be found serving a variety of Christian denominations, Catholic, Mennonite and Friends, as well as the Jewish faith, Islam, Buddhism and Baha’i.

Religious Organizations Chabad Jewish Center 1201-1203 W. 19th St. (785) 832-8672 www.jewishku.com Ecumenical Christian Ministries 1204 Oread Ave., (785) 843-4933 Serves several faiths http://ecmku.org Jewish Community Center 917 Highland Drive, (785) 841-7636 http://sunflower.com/~ljcc Islamic Center of Lawrence 1917 Naismith Drive, (785) 749-1638 www.islamiccenterlawrence.org Morris Baptist Center 146 Indian Ave., (785) 841-7355 St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 1229 Vermont St., (785) 843-0109 www.saint-johns.net Kansas Zen Center 1423 New York St., (785) 331-2274 www.kansaszencenter.org

Volunteer Organizations Audio-Reader 1120 W. 11th St. (785) 864-4600, (800) 772-8898 www.reader.ku.edu Kansas Audio-Reader offers reading and information services for blind, visually impaired and print-disabled people in Kansas. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County 1525 W. Sixth St., Suite A (785) 843-7359, (800) 488-2545 http://douglas.kansasbigs.org Assists children by offering mentoring relationships.

Center for Community Outreach 405 Kansas Union, KU (785) 864-4073 www2.ku.edu/~cco/cgi-bin/index.php This organization oversees a number of volunteer services operated through the University of Kansas. Douglas County CASA Inc. 1009 New Hampshire St., Suite B (785) 832-5172 www.orgsites.com/ks/ douglascountycasa Trained volunteers serve as advocates for abused and neglected children who are under court protection.

“I love Lawrence because on any given day there are so many interesting things to do, from a lecture on bullying to a heart wellness fair, from arts show and auction to a football game, from enjoying a morning at the park to playing foosball at a recreation center. It is a fun and vibrant community!” — Ericka Dvorske, United Way of Douglas County

Jubilee Café 946 Vermont St., First United Methodist Church, (785) 864-4073 Providing breakfasts for in-need community members twice a week. Lawrence Habitat for Humanity 720 Connecticut St., (785) 832-0777 www.lawrencehabitat.org During 21 years of building homes for qualifying families, Lawrence Habitat for Humanity has placed 72 families in homes. Lawrence Young Professionals Network www.lawrenceypn.com Young professionals seeking civic and community engagement are invited to join this networking group. Meals on Wheels 1414 W Sixth St., Suite 201 (785) 830-8844 www.lawrencemow.org Volunteers assist in the delivery of meals directly to homes for older or disabled clients. One Hundred Good Women P.O. Box 397, Lawrence www.100goodwomen.org This grassroots organization of women and men works in the spirit of altruism to build a stronger community.

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Calendar2011/2012 JULY 2011 The Douglas County Fair. This fair includes 4-H exhibits, music, carnival activities, a horse show and a demolition derby. Events begin July 29 and continue through August 6 at the county fairgrounds near 21st and Harper streets. www.dgcountyfair.com Baldwin City Farmers’ Market. From 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, downtown Baldwin City turns into market central featuring vegetables, flowers, berries, homebaked goods and occasionally fresh chicken, eggs and cheese. www.baldwincitychamber.com Final Fridays. Head downtown for an evening of art and fun that celebrates visual and performing arts. Look for special exhibits and performances in traditional galleries and restaurants but also in unexpected places like bank lobbies, retail space and street corners. Throughout downtown Lawrence. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on the last Friday of every month. AUGUST 2011 Civil War on the Western Frontier. Various living history events focus on historic Lawrence and Douglas County during the early territorial days and the Civil War. August 8-21. 104th Vinland Agricultural Fair. Join the fun at this historic gathering at the Vinland Fairgrounds. August 11-13. Open House and Community Arts Celebration. Attend this exciting celebration as the Lied Center Pavilion is revealed. Enjoy performances and a community arts festival. August 27. SEPTEMBER 2011 Midland Railfans Weekend. Baldwin City welcomes railroad fans from near and far to celebrate the Midland Railroad. September 3-5. KU Band Day Parade. Lawrence becomes a backdrop for high school bands that march to the beat in this annual event. The parade down Massachusetts Street features some 3,500 musicians from Kansas and Missouri. September 10.

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Haskell Indian Art Market. For two days artists gather at Haskell Indian Nations University to show their creations at this outdoor market that features demonstrations and entertainment. September 10-11. United Way Campaign Kick Off. Join in the fun at Abe & Jake’s Landing where free T-shirts, food and entertainment abound in celebration of another community campaign. September 15. OCTOBER 2011 Dogtober Fest. Enjoy a tail-wagging fun-filled day of activities, contests and demonstrations for pups and their families. The event will benefit the Lawrence Humane Society and the Lawrence Community Shelter’s Good Dog! Biscuits & Treats Employment Program. 10 a.m.3 p.m. October 9 at South Park. Maple Leaf Festival. Each year since 1957, this Baldwin City event celebrates the fall foliage and attracts thousands of visitors. Events include a morning parade; country-western, bluegrass and gospel music; arts and crafts; food and quilt show. October 15-16. www.mapleleaffestival.com Lawrence ArtWalk. The 17th annual Lawrence ArtWalk will feature many of Lawrence’s finest visual artists who open their private home studios to showcase their artwork. October 29. www.lawrenceartwalk.org NOVEMBER 2011 An Evening with David Sedaris. Listen to the humorous stories of writer David Sedaris as he lures the audience into a whimsical trance with his comedy and presentation at the Lied Center. November 9. Van Go’s Adornment. Van Go will celebrate the accomplishments of teen artists and offer great holiday gifts, including jewelry, glass, cards and items for the home. November 28. www.van-go.org Festival of Trees. Decorated trees are displayed at Liberty Hall and later auctioned to support The Shelter Inc. November 30-December 3. DECEMBER 2011 Annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers. This seasonal concert is presented at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City. December 4.

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Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. For this popular tradition, downtown Lawrence plays host to horse-drawn carriages, wagons and coaches that share seasonal cheer. December 3. Gingerbread Festival. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County celebrates the season with its Gingerbread Festival. Uniquely constructed gingerbread structures will be on display December 2-4. An auction will culminate the event on December 7. JANUARY 2012 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific. The famed musical takes Lied Center audiences to the South Pacific where a young romance blossoms during the fear of World War II. January 18. Chiara String Quartet. The Chiara String Quartet, known for its modern twist on classical music, makes its return to the Lied Center. January 29. FEBRUARY 2012 Chocolate Auction. Indulge in this chocolate event at the Lumberyard Arts Center sponsored by the Arts Council in Baldwin City. February 12. Kansas Silent Film Festival. Washburn University, in neighboring Topeka, hosts this annual festival that commemorates the unforgettable era of film. The festival honors native Kansans who made their mark on the screen and features many illustrious speakers. February 24-25. MARCH 2012 SFJAZZ Collective. Modern jazz artists celebrate the music of Stevie Wonder. This group of eight highly accomplished musicians will feature rhythm, blues, pop, soul, jazz and funk at the Lied Center. March 14. St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The annual parade runs down Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence, featuring floats and the honored St. Patrick’s Day queen. March 17. APRIL 2012 Lawrence Art Auction. The Lawrence Arts Center brings together the works of area artists, giving people in the community a chance to claim it for themselves. Proceeds benefit the Lawrence Arts Gallery Program.

Lawrence Farmers’ Market. This community favorite kicks off every spring. Many vendors feature freshly picked fruits and vegetables, fresh and dried flowers, meats and homemade items. The Saturday market is in the 800 block of New Hampshire Street, the Tuesday market is in the 1000 block of Vermont Street and the Thursday market is at the southwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. www.lawrencefarmersmarket.com MAY 2012 Art in the Park. The Lawrence Art Guild hosts this annual community favorite on the first Sunday of May at South Park, south of 11th and Massachusetts streets. Live music and food are also part of the event. Haskell Indian Nations University Commencement Pow-Wow. The public is welcome to this cultural experience of intertribal dance, music, crafts and refreshments, all in honor of graduating students. JUNE 2012 Baldwin Art Walk. Hosted by the Baldwin Community Arts Council, Art Walk is every third Friday from June through September. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the event showcases art such as paintings, sculptures and quiltings. Special events include a summer band concert and Cuppa Java night in September with dessert and hand-painted coffee mugs. Ironman 70.3 Kansas. For the fifth year, the Ironman triathlon appears in Lawrence. The halfIronman course attracts participants, sponsors, spectators and volunteers. Triathletes challenge themselves in a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. The endurance race is a test for any accomplished athlete, and now Lawrencians have a local option. www.ironmankansas.com St. John’s Mexican Fiesta. St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1229 Vermont St., brings the community together with its 28th annual fiesta. Authentic Mexican food sells quickly, live entertainment keeps people moving and children’s carnival games attract a crowd. June 22-23. All dates are subject to change.


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