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Welcome

The Douglas County Newcomers Guide, the region’s top guide for newcomers, is released annually by: Sunflower Publishing 609 New Hampshire St. Lawrence, KS 66044 (888) 497-8668 www.issuu.com/sunflower_publishing Editor

Katy Ibsen Graphic Designer

Jenni Leiste Copy Editor

Every year I get the opportunity to cull everything that is wonderful about our communities into the pages of the Douglas County Newcomers Guide. This edition is packed with adventures, suggestions and highlights about what makes Douglas County such a wonderful place to call home. From a fresh bouquet of flowers found at the Lawrence Downtown Farmers’ Market to the Haskell Indian Nations Commencement Powwow, The Midland Railway in Baldwin City to the Territorial Days in Lecompton. There is no shortage of unique opportunities and interests in Douglas County, so get out and find your niche. The options are blooming! — Katy, Editor

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Jenni Leiste Publisher

Bert Hull 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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Contents

features page 18 Eat

Up at the lawrence

18 Downtown farmers’ market page

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the art of wakarusa living

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28 25 quintessential

28 Douglas County experiences page page

34 34 34

48 hours in lawrence

5 Welcome 9 Quick Guide 22 Lawrence Map 38 resources 46 Calendar

departments 11 Transportation 12 Health 13 Education 14 Outdoors 15 Arts 16 Nearby

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Resource Website Telephone Emergency & Medical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kansas Poison Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Memorial Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lmh.org. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kansas Crisis Hotline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.kcsdv.org. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tip Hotline (Kansas Bureau of Investigation).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.accesskansas.org/kbi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Child Abuse Hotline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.srs.ks.gov.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

911 (800) 222-1222 (785) 505-5000 (888) 363-2287 (800) 572-7463 (800) 922-5330

City Services City Offices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ci.lawrence.ks.us. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fire & Medical Department. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lawrenceks.org/fire_medical.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Police Department. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://police.lawrenceks.org/. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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.lawrenceks.org/lprd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Westar Energy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.westarenergy.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Black Hills (Gas).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.blackhillsenergy.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(785) 832-3000 (785) 830-7000 (785) 830-7400 (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.cityofeudoraks.gov. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

Lecompton Information Lecompton Police Department. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (785) 887-6407 Lecompton Fire/EMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (785) 887-6991 Lecompton City Hall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lecompton.org.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (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 Douglas County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.douglas.kansasbigs.org. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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.net. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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(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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Departments AT YOUR SERVICE

11 Transportation 12 Health 13 Education

enjoy 14 Outdoors 15 Arts 16 Nearby


Transportation

At Your Service

Transportation Fast Facts

There are two bicycle racks available on each bus for Routes 1-11. Racks are available on a firstcome, first-served basis.

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Lawrence Transit System – the “T” (785) 864-4644 www.lawrencetransit.org Senior Wheels (785) 865-6925 Senior Services Inc. of Douglas County provides efficient transportation for Douglas County residents age 60 and older who require door-to-door service or are unable to access other transportation programs. www.dgcoseniorservices.org KU on Wheels (785) 864-4644 KU on Wheels travels 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-to-door weekday transportation throughout Douglas County and to medical appointments in Topeka and the Kansas City area. www.independenceinc.org

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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Transportation is a cinch in Lawrence. Douglas County has a number of bicycle 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. Go on, get on the bus! Marian Hukle, a member of Lawrence’s public transit advisory committee, said in a Lawrence Magazine interview she uses her iPhone to track the status of buses. “While I am at a bus stop, I can put in directions and it tells me how long until the next bus comes. It’s pretty cool,” she says. 2012/2013

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Health

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 to 11:30 a.m. most Mondays. 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 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Call (785) 505-3780 to enroll. 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. Grief 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 supporters. Group meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, call (785) 505-3062.

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LAWRENCE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL 325 Maine St. (785) 505-5000 www.lmh.org

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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.

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Lawrence Public Schools USD 497 110 McDonald Drive, (785) 832-5000 Educational Support and Distribution Center www.usd497.org

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,” Douglas County Newcomers Guide

exemplifies the community’s commitment to children. Lawrence schools are incorporating innovative education. Such is the case with Deerfield School garden. Students take classes outside and learn more about science and nature. Likewise, the Eudora School District participates in an EDTEC program in De Soto, where students take courses in culinary arts, collision repair and agriculture.

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

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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 as it is popular for bird watching with an estimated 200 species of birds. Centennial Disc Golf Course 600 Rockledge Road The 18-hole Frisbee golf course runs through Centennial Park. Scorecards are available at all recreation centers. 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. 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. www.nwk.usace.army.mil/cl/ 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. Outdoor Aquatic Center Eighth and Kentucky streets (785) 832-7990 This public pool is made to delight both children and adults, offering a slide in the diving well, as well as a 50-meter competition area, zero-depth entry for young children, sheltered lounge area and much more. 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. 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 9 acres of virgin (never plowed) prairie with 180 species of native plants. It has a prairie observatory, bird-watching area and many trails. 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.

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Outdoors Douglas County features a number of recreation departments that provide yearround 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. Catalogs and online listings provide a detailed map of what’s available each season.

Various groups in Lawrence offer unique opportunities to get outside and play. Depending on your sport du jour, consider Red Dog Days, The Kansas Rugby Football Club, Bike and Beer Wednesdays, Run Lawrence, Lawrence Aquahawks, Lawrence Mountain Bike Club and much more.

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Lawrence Arts Center 940 New Hampshire St. (785) 843-ARTS The Lawrence Arts Center offers year-round art education programs as well as dance and theater for children and adults in a modern 40,000-square-foot facility. It has two exhibition galleries, a 300-seat theater, two dance studios, two art-based preschool programs for ages 3-6 and seven studios. www.lawrenceartscenter.com Theatre Lawrence 1501 New Hampshire St. (785) 843-7469 Theatre Lawrence 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, celebrating its 35th year in 2012, offers a Youth Education Program for young theater enthusiasts. A groundbreaking for a new site for the facility, northwest of Sixth Street and Folks Road, took place in May 2012. www.theatrelawrence.com 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. The original structure, which burned down, was erected in the early pioneer days of Lawrence and served as a political and social center for frontier Kansas. In 2012 it celebrated its 100-year anniversary with a two-day performance by the Flaming Lips. www.libertyhall.net

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The Lawrence arts scene is nothing less than groovy. From local galleries to Art in the Park, the community has dedicated itself to fostering a successful arts scene. 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 workforce. Whether you are an artist, connoisseur or amateur observer, you will find reason to unleash your creative side in Douglas County. The latest buzzworthy arts event in Lawrence is Final Fridays. The final Friday of every month, local galleries, restaurants and retailers open their doors for residents to get a look at new and emerging art.

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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. Friends of the Lied offers unique opportunities for members during performance season. www.lied.ku.edu 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

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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. 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 of wineries have also taken up residency in Eudora. With the region’s lush land and ideal conditions, grape vines 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

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: Anti-slavery proponents gained control of the territorial legislature, Kansas

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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 wood-frame buildings still in use in Kansas. It contains two floors of territorial Kansas displays. www.lecompton.org 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. Popular for all ages is the Midland Railway, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012. Nearly 26,000 people rode their train in 2011, and the Thomas the Train event attracts 15,000 to 18,000 visitors annually. www.midland-ry.org 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 Douglas County Newcomers Guide

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Lawrence Downtown Farmers’ Market Gourmet fare is all the rage among market-goers Story by Paula Naughtin Photography by Jason Dailey

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It’s hard to walk through the Lawrence Downtown Farmers’ Market without purchasing armloads of fresh produce. In most cases, your purchases will require some prep work. However, there are other items for sale at the market that provide instant gratification. Some of the best and most creative bakers in the area offer their fare at the market every week. You can buy a single item and eat it while you stroll through the stands or take home treats for family and friends. Here are just a few of the sweet possibilities that await you.

Hurtz Donuts Maple Bacon Donuts are all the rage. As are donuts with Nutella, lime or pomegranate molasses icings, some with nuts and some with sprinkles. That’s right, these yeasty, round delights are so good they’ll even stop you from wincing at the punningly brilliant name—Hurtz Donuts. Bryant Bickel, baker, purveyor and perpetuator of the name, is the man behind these sweet gems. He works all Friday night, mixing his doughs—vegan included—letting them rise, shaping, frying, icing and then packaging each doughnut. “Prime time is midnight until 2 a.m.,” he says. “That’s when the dough is rising. I try to get them in the fryer by 2:30.” He goes straight to the Saturday market after they’re ready, spreads them Douglas County Newcomers Guide

in an enticing array on his table and gets ready to delight the buyers with his Bryant goodies (if he looks a bit sleepy, you know why). Bickel chats with hungry Bickel began using almond milk with his vegan doughnuts. “Its natural customers at sugars help activate the yeast,” says Bickel. Then, “I realized that the vegan the Lawrence dough was rising twice as fast. Wait a minute, I thought, I’ll use it for all Downtown of them.” The popularity of flavors changes each week, although the bacon Farmers’ Market. doughnuts attracted the most attention on this particular Saturday morning. In popular demand are Bickel’s vegan doughnuts, which he makes easy to pick out—green logos for vegan, red for doughnuts that include eggs, butter and various toppings like bacon. Bickel also tops some of his doughnuts with another common breakfast item for what he calls his “cereal line.” Cap’n Crunch adorned the icing on one market day; another time it was Froot Loops. “The Fruity Pebbles ones went well,” he says.

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Saturdays 7-11 a.m. New Hampshire Street between Eighth and Ninth Streets The market is open Saturdays from mid-April through mid-November. A Holiday Farmers’ Market also provides seasonal produce and goodies. www.lawrencefarmersmarket.com

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The Back Door Bakery entices shoppers at the Lawrence Downtown Farmers’ Market to stop and enjoy something sweet.

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BACK DOOR BAKERY

Now in their second season of selling at the Lawrence Downtown Farmers’ Market, Ellie Garrett and her partner, Jeannette Reynolds, operate the Back Door Bakery. They are known for the creative flavors of their baked goods. One favorite is the Free State Oatmeal Stout cupcake developed by Reynolds who has “mad skills” in the kitchen, according to Garrett. “She has created the recipes for most of our signature items and does a fantastic job of picking up the slack in actual production when I become distracted by bright, shiny objects,” says Garrett. They are often inspired by music “Our menu is created by whatever soundtrack we’re listening to,” says Garrett. The “O Brother Where are Thou” soundtrack led the pair to realize, “We need something with whiskey.” That in turn led to the concept and production of Brown Sugar Whiskey Whoopee Pies. “I took a brown sugar pound cake recipe and tried it until it came out right,” Garrett says. The filling was a creamy mix with more brown sugar, cinnamon and Bulleit whiskey. They usually have at least one whoopee pie, two cakelike wafer cookies sandwiching a silky, icing-like filling. A recent one featured a chocolate with cocoa nibs outside and Chambord liqueur filling. Like Bickel, “We make everything fresh each Friday before market, which usually translates into late nights with much laughter,” says Garrett. “It is a blessing and a curse that our best inspiration tends to hit after midnight.”

Sweet Purveyors Sweetie Pies—Pat Russell is new at the market and offers both hand and full-sized pies in a variety of flavors from lemon sponge to mixed berry to rhubarb. She also sells her pies at the Baldwin Diner. Double J Farm—Check out the cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting from Megan Paisley and her daughters. Cook’s Market—Another new vendor with lovely scones (peach ginger, blueberry, chocolate chip and maple pecan) and biscotti (cardamom, chocolate pistachio and cranberry white chocolate). Twelve-year-old Saskia Ferrara—Selling baked goods for the third year at the market. Her delicious lemon shortbread and almond chocolate heart cookies can be found at a satellite stand of Avery’s Produce, along with her mother’s challah bread and cinnamon rolls.

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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, 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.

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Downtown Massachusetts Street runs through the heart of downtown Lawrence. Known for its momand-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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Distance from major area cities: Approximately 25 miles (40 km) west of Kansas City and 20 miles (32 km) east of Topeka. Founded in 1854 Population as of 2008: 90,520 (approximately) Elevation: 840 feet (256 m)

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Phoenix gallery Dr. Joanne Nage decorated her home with various locallymade and original pieces from Phoenix Gallery.

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art of Wakarusa living Find an interior style that’s all local Story by Liz Weslander Photography by Jason Dailey

Lawrence is a haven for artists. The thriving arts scene contributes not only to the overall vibrancy of the Lawrence community but also provides abundant options for accents and artwork that can add a sense of place to homes and offices. Art is by no means confined to galleries in Lawrence. Spend a little time in local coffee shops, restaurants, even hair salons, and it becomes clear that art is everywhere. Stylewise, Lawrence is not a place that restricts individuality, according to Sue Shea, manager of The Phoenix Gallery, 825 Massachusetts St. “I think Lawrence style is very unique,” Shea says. “We’re not in that mentality where everyone has to have the same style. You see many different styles, and it’s all OK.” Shea’s only advice for newcomers looking to decorate a new space is to make sure that they really look into local art. “I think that’s so important in a home,” says Shea. “Not only do you have something that is one-of-a-kind, but you know you are supporting the community. It’s a piece that can be handed down. How many people really hand down a piece that was made in China?”

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The Phoenix Gallery started 20 years ago as a small artist cooperative and has grown over time into a gallery that features more than 200 artists, many of whom are local and regional. Shea wants the variety of pieces at the Phoenix to reflect the eclectic style of Lawrence. In addition to carrying unique artwork, the mission of the Phoenix is to provide pieces that are affordable and functional. “I ask a lot of my artists to do a whole range for me because I think that if someone wants to own a local piece, then they should able to,” says Shea. “We try to have a range so that it is affordable to everyone.” Visitors to the Phoenix Gallery can expect to find glass, ceramics, wood and two-dimensional pieces. Shea cites switch plate covers, nightlights and wooden kitchen pieces as examples of affordable accents at the Phoenix. “We have some local wood artists who are doing some amazing, amazing pieces that would go well on a table top or in a kitchen,” she says. “They can be decorative, but they can also be functional.”

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When it comes to Lawrence style, there is no denying that the University of Kansas plays a role. Framewoods Gallery, 819 Massachusetts St., has provided custom framing in Lawrence for 35 years, but it also specializes in prints, posters and memorabilia—the majority of which carries a KU theme. Owner Dave Seal says one of the store’s most popular items is “The Mario Chalmers shot,” which refers to the various photographs of the former KU basketball player’s game-tying, three-point shot during the final seconds of the 2008 NCAA championship game. Another popular item is prints of the 13 original rules of basketball written by James Naismith, says Seal. A KU alum bought the original copy of the rules for $4.3 million in 2010, putting the rules on people’s radar. Framewoods stocks a few original pieces but offers mostly affordable prints and highquality reproductions that are produced in low numbers and signed by the artist. No matter what direction people choose to go with their artwork for a home or office, if the artwork is something that needs framing, Framewoods provides the opportunity to “keep it local” through their custom framing services. “We are kind of like mini-manufacturers,” says Seal. “We buy all the raw materials— glass, mats, frames—and assemble everything. We hardly buy anything premade. Products don’t have to be standardsized because we make it here.” In addition to long-established galleries like Phoenix and Framewoods, Lawrence has a handful of newer galleries such as the Lawrence Percolator, located in the alleyway behind 913 Rhode Island St., and Wonder Fair, 803 Massachusetts St. Both of these galleries display and sell art, but are also committed to providing a place for artists to build community and exchange creative ideas. With styles that run the gamut of funky to functional and with themes that range from nature to Naismith, searching for pieces to brighten up spaces in Lawrence is a fun way to connect with the local community.

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Raj Bhala, associate dean at the School of Law at the University of Kansas, had many photographs framed at Framewoods Gallery.

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A unique up-and-coming arts district in the heart of East Lawrence. www.facebook.com/warehousearts

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Make browsing for local artwork in Lawrence a regular outing with these monthly and annual local events.

Lawrence Annual Benefit Art Auction

When: April Where: Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. What: A silent and live auction featuring pieces from local artists and benefiting the Lawrence ArtS Center. More Info: www.lawrenceartscenter.org

The Bizarre Bazaar

When: Thanksgiving weekend Where: Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. What: Local and regional artists and crafters selling a truly eclectic variety of affordable items. More info: www.bizbazart.com

Art in the Park

When: First weekend in May, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: South Park, 12th and Massachusetts streets What: A juried outdoor exhibition and market sponsored by the Lawrence Art Guild. More Info: www.lawrenceartguild.org

Haskell Indian Art Market

When: September Where: Haskell Indian Nations University Powwow grounds What: Artwork and jewelry by local, regional and national Native American artists. More info: www.haskell.edu/art_market/

Final Fridays

When: The final Friday every month from 5 to 9 p.m. Where: Downtown Lawrence What: A free monthly art show with exhibits, installations and performances throughout downtown. More info: http://finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

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located approximately 10 minutes east of Lawrence, Kansas, and 15 minutes west of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area is a growing community of nearly 6,200. While conveniently located near the many amenities of a university community and a major metropolitan area, the community retains a distinct small town atmosphere. The Eudora School District has been recognized as a top ten school district in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area and the addition of the new City of Eudora Community & Recreational facility makes the City of Eudora an attractive place to raise a family.

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Got pups? Take them on an adventure out west at the Mutt Run Off Leash Dog Park, 1330 E. 902 Road. Your four legged-friends can tromp in the water or scurry the trail alongside you and your pack.

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Music enthusiasts have placed Love Garden Records on their list of suppliers for some time. From used CDs to the latest records (yes, records) Love Garden, 822 Massachusetts St., is the authority on music in Douglas County.

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It’s true, “Because without beer, things do not seem to go as well.” Free State’s motto is swell, but the beer is better. It’s now bottled for home consumption, but an experience at the brewery, 636 Massachusetts St., is still a must.

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Under the bright lights of the stage, The Lied Center shines, featuring stellar seasons of unique performances and theatrical hits at this west campus site at the University of Kansas.

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Yes, the slice is as large as your face, but the fusion of New York pizza with something that can only come with the jazzy atmosphere of Papa Kenos, 1035 Massachusetts St., will leave you wanting more.

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Clinton Lake

http://www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/ news/State-Parks/Locations/Clinton

Sailing, hiking, camping, boating, cycling, jet skiing, even an Ironman; Clinton Lake is destination No. 1 for an outdoorsy adventure. Day and camping passes available. Douglas County Newcomers Guide

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Sunday at the Replay Lounge

www.replaylounge.com

Sunshine, a cold beer and big patio for a relaxing afternoon. Enjoy some local favorites such as Truck Stop Honeymoon for early-evening and family-friendly shows.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

www.lawrencestpatricksdayparade.com

Known to be Lawrence’s most popular parade and philanthropic event, drawing large crowds downtown, St. Patrick’s Day is a festive holiday in Douglas County and has been for the last 25 years.

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Spencer Art Museum

www.spencerart.ku.edu

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KANZA Southwind Nature Preserve

www.lawrenceks.org/lprd/parks/ kanzanaturepreserve

Donated in 1997 the Kanza Southwind Nature Preserve provides a space for local residents to explore some of Douglas County’s natural habitat. Totaling 18 acres at Bluestem and Inverness drives, the space has a pond and native grasses.

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Douglas County Fair

www.dgcountyfair.com

A full lineup of everything you love about the rural lifestyle. 4-H competitions abound at this annual summer event, but the mini-renegade tractor pull is the piece de resistance at the county fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

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Pendleton’s Country Market

www.pendletons.com

Get up early to pick at Pendleton’s—pick asparagus, that is. As just one popular vegetable coming out of this east Lawrence farm, Pendleton’s is especially popular among younger farmers.

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http://lawrenceks.org/lprd/parks/southpark

Year-round South Park, 1200 Massachusetts St., is abuzz with plenty of activities and events, from Art in the Park to performances by the Lawrence City Band.

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Pachamamas

www.pachamamas.com

Fine dining with a Wakarusa twist. Blending Ken Baker’s wild techniques with local ingredients make “Pach,” 800 New Hampshire St., a place worth stopping at. May we recommend the Shire Grilled Cheese on the Star Bar menu?

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Sunflower Outdoor & Bike www.sunfloweroutdoorandbike.com

Need gear? Stop into Sunflower Outdoor & Bike, where the inventory goes far beyond two wheels. From rock climbing shoes to disk golf accessories, this store at 804 Massachusetts Street will meet your needs. Be sure to say hello to the shop mascot, Stanley the cat.

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Lane University & Territorial Capital Museum

www.lecomptonkansas.com

Lecompton holds a great deal of history as one of Douglas County’s communities during the Bleeding Kansas era. Today the Territorial Capital holds many artifacts preserving this period in Kansas heritage.

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Photographs clockwise from top left: Jason Dailey, Courtesy of the Lawrence Journal World, Jason Dailey (2)

An artful adventure can be had at the Spencer Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Kansas. Features classic and iconic pieces donated to the museum as well as traveling exhibits.


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Old Fashioned Christmas Parade

www.lawrencechristmasparade.org

Downtown Lawrence comes alive with this treasured holiday parade. Featuring entrants from all over Kansas and surrounding states, carriages and surreys are pulled by beautiful horses and Clydesdales.

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Bigg’s BBQ

www.biggsribs.com

Bigg’s is more than great barbeque; it’s a mausoleum to the owners’ seriously good music collection. From posters to framed albums, a finger-lickin’-good-time is had by all senses at Bigg’s, 2429 Iowa St.

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Massachusetts Street is perfect for strolling, shopping, dining or just enjoying the heart of Douglas County. With more patios popping up every year, it’s also become a great place to sit back and relax.

Allen Fieldhouse

www.kuathletics.com/facilities/ kan-allen-fieldhouse.html

Beware of the Phog and the roar of a dedicated fan base. Allen Fieldhouse is home of the Jayhawks and most notably the University of Kansas men’s basketball team. The lobby features the Booth Family Hall of Athletics honoring all sports at KU.

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Lone Star Lake

http://kdwpt.state.ks.us

About 12 miles southwest of Lawrence, Lone Star Lake is known to have stellar fishing and a great landscape for hiking and biking.

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Haskell Commencement Powwow

www.haskell.edu

The Haskell Indian Nations Commencement Powwow is a distinctive event in Douglas County. Celebrating the accomplishments of its graduates and various tribal heritages, any attendee will be entertained.

Liberty Hall

www.libertyhall.net

From the latest music act to recent indie films, Liberty Hall is a sort of town hall turned into one of the area’s most favored entertainment venues.

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Tour of Lawrence

www.touroflawrence.com

Photograph courtesy of John Clayton

The energy of bike racing comes to town with the Tour of Lawrence. This summertime favorite welcomes cyclists from all over the nation and world to compete in various events.

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Vinland Valley Nursery

www.vinlandvalleynursery.com

Located in Baldwin City, this blossoming nursery offers a large selection of gardening must-haves and plants. The nursery holds a special place among gardeners for expert knowledge on the land in Douglas County.

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hours in lawrence Whether you are new to the area or entertaining visitors, here’s the itinerary Story by Vince Meserko Photography by Jason Dailey

This is your guide to Douglas County’s linchpin, Lawrence. Home of the University of Kansas, Lawrence is the quintessential college community. With a bustling downtown and a rich bohemian legacy, there is plenty to keep any newcomer or visitor busy for a few days.

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Weekday markets include:

DAY 1 Rise & Shine:

The Lawrence Downtown Farmers’ Market On Saturdays from mid-April until mid-November, peruse the oldest farmers’ market in Kansas. The Lawrence Downtown Farmers’ Market boasts nearly 100 vendors. The market was one of the first in the state to establish a “producer-only” market where vendors sell products only they have themselves grown and cultivated. The market often features local music and breakfast fare, coffee and juice. The market is located in the parking lot at 818 New Hampshire.

Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. at the Vermont Street public parking lot between 10th and 11th streets and Thursday, 4-6 p.m. at the Cottin’s Farmers’ Market, 1832 Mass.

www.lawrencefarmersmarket.com

Eat: Once market goodies are gathered, take a quick walk downtown to WheatFields Bakery, 904 Vermont. Besides specializing in fresh-baked breads, bagels and pastries, WheatFields also offers 15 gourmet-style sandwiches and several seasonal soup options. www.wheatfieldsbakery.com

MUST TRY: Try the Vegetarian Reuben or the three-cheese melt and finish with a giant chocolate chip cookie.

Activity:

Clinton State Park and George Latham Hiking Trail Occupy the afternoon sunshine with a trip to Clinton State Park and Lake. The complex has seven parks that cover 15,000 acres and 7,000 acres of surface water. The state park offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, hunting and picnicking. Additionally, the lake is a popular destination for fishermen looking to catch channel catfish, walleye and Hikers should also be advised to dress appropriately as the area is rife with chiggers, mosquitoes, ticks and poison ivy. crappie. Wildlife and nature photographers will enjoy a glimpse of white-tailed deer, wild turkey, waterfowl and an extensive array of wildflowers.

Those interested in hiking should check out the George Latham Hiking Trail, which covers over four miles of terrain in the Woodridge Primitive Area. Hikers can expect to encounter coyotes, red foxes and white-tailed deer as they traverse the oak/ hickory forest. The trail features several scenic overlooks, panoramic views and a berry patch near the parking lot.

www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/State-Parks/ Locations/Clinton

Evening:

Wine and Dine For dinner, indulge in one of Lawrence’s popular eateries, 715 restaurant. Located downtown at 715 Massachusetts, this European-style bistro has quickly become one of Lawrence’s most beloved weekend dinner spots. Start off with the rosemary flatbread appetizer or meatballs before finishing things off with spinach and ricotta ravioli, lasagna Bolognese, homemade sausage pizza or seared and roasted chicken breast. They also offer a grilled steak salad and a sweet applepecan salad in addition to a number of daily specials. www.715mass.com

End notes Grab something sweet at Sylas and Maddy’s, locally owned handmade ice cream. Located at 1014 Massachusetts, this ice cream shop provides a dazzling selection of customizable options. Everything here is rich, creamy and hand-dipped. Go for a scoop of Blueberry Cheesecake or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. (785) 832-8323 For a nightcap, head over to The Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. Ninth St., for a coffee or a original cocktail. The Pig is dimly lit, intimate and cozy, offering a front patio and back During the summer Mass St. is abuzz porch where you can revel with the endless stream of with people until the wee hours of regulars who wander in throughout the day. Scan the the morning. In the winter the fivelocal art that lines the walls as you sip one of their block stretch is lit with twinkle lights famous caffeine-infused cocktails. (785) 843-1001 celebrating the holiday season.

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DAY 2 For the Early Bird Grab breakfast or brunch at Lawrence’s most celebrated morning spot, Milton’s. One taste of their famous French toast, omelets or biscuits and gravy is well-worth the visit. The restaurant, located at 920 Massachusetts St., has a front patio that is ideal for people-watching on a weekend morning. For those only wanting a cup of coffee or a quick pastry, head west to Sixth and Wakarusa streets for J&S Coffee. This locally owned coffee roasterie is operated by Joe Farthing and his wife, Sarah, and their blends can also be found at many local restaurants in Lawrence.

High Above: Mount Oread

No visit to Lawrence is complete without a tour of the University of Kansas campus. Despite Kansas’s exceedingly flat topography, the KU campus has enough blister-inducing hills to merit an extra pair of shoes. Described by the Fiske Guide as “one of the loveliest” campuses in the country, the buildings weave in and around Jayhawk Boulevard, Oread Avenue, Sunnyside Avenue and West Campus Road. Start your walking tour at the Memorial Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. As you walk around the corner you’ll pass Bailey Hall, Strong Hall and Snow Hall. Behind Snow are the more than 100-year-old Potter Lake and the Memorial Campanile, two iconic campus landmarks. If time allots, pop into the Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., west of the Union. Make the Booth Family Hall of Athletics and Allen Fieldhouse, home of Local Music: Lawrence is a best-kept secret the five-time national champion men’s basketball team, a mustamong fans of independent see. The Booth Hall is a 26,000-square-foot museum that sits music. Downtown features directly next to the Fieldhouse. The museum features exhibits several venues that host dedicated to documenting the history of Kansas basketball. The national touring acts and Hall of Champions Exhibit and the Jayhawk Walk allow visitors local favorites. The Jackpot to walk through a hallway of retired basketball jerseys. Music Hall is a fixture on the

Sounds of Lawrence

scene, 943 Massachusetts St., playing host to a number of artists before they make it big, such as Arcade Fire. Across the street is the nationally known Replay Lounge, featuring punk and garage rock, pinball machines and a large outdoor patio. Mainstream acts make the rounds at the The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire; the Granada, 1020 Massachusetts; and Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts Street.

www.virtualtour.ku.edu

Tune in Local college radio KJHK, 90.7 FM, was recently named one of the top 10 college radio stations in the country by the Washington Post. Check out its diverse schedule at www.kjhk.org. The Not-So-Late Show is a product of Lawrence’s own Mike Anderson. Hosting this late-night talk show that films each Wednesday in front of a live audience, Anderson has been compared to a young Conan O’Brien. The show airs at 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays on Knology’s Channel 6.

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Cold Brew:

Free State Brewery

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The onion rings, black-bean quesadillas and fish and chips remain local favorites.

Grab dinner and a craft beer (or three) at the legendary Free State Brewing Co., 636 Massachusetts St. Free State was the first legal brewery to open in Kansas in more than 100 years when it moved into its downtown location in 1989. Home to a number of original craft beers, try the Ad Astra Ale or Copperhead Pale Ale, two flagship brews. In addition to a brewery, Free State is one of Lawrence’s most beloved restaurants; the menu features items cooked and prepared with locally produced ingredients. www.freestatebrewing.com

Night’s rest Lawrence offers a variety of lodging options from national hotels to historic bed and breakfasts. The elegant Eldridge Hotel, 701 Massachusetts St., is the city’s most revered place to spend the night. Its ornate lobby, Jayhawker Bar, and onsite salon make it a favorite for the upscale traveler.

www.visitlawrence.com

Arts

Final Friday Catch a performance and gallery exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire, which offers a number of well-regarded exhibitions, arts education, dance performances, music concerts and theater productions. It is also a popular stop during the Final Fridays arts exhibitions, 5-8 p.m. the last Friday of each month. Over a dozen commercial galleries and nearly 35 restaurants and retail locations participate in the monthly event. Popular stops during Final Fridays include the Be Moved Studio at 2 E. Seventh St., Wonder Fair at 803½ Massachusetts St., The Lost Art Space at 845 Massachusetts St., and the Hobbs Taylor Lofts at 718 New Hampshire. The Downtown Lawrence Arts District was incorporated in June 2010.

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Resources

HOME HOME-FINDING RESOURCES Lawrence Apartment Directory www.apartmentdirectory.com Lawrence Journal-World, the Apartment Department www.apartments.lawrence.com

Newspaper Classified Listings Baldwin City Signal www.signal.baldwincity.com (785) 594-7080 Kansas City Star www.kansascity.com (877) 962-7827 Lawrence Journal-World www.ljworld.com (785) 843-1000 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/ (913) 764-1434 Local club provides opportunities for women to meet and participate in various activities.

lawrence utilities Water, Sewer and Sanitation

City of Lawrence, Department of Utilities 6 E. Sixth St. www.lawrenceks.org/utilities/home 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

Electric

Westar Energy www.westarenergy.com Customer service and emergencies: (800) 383-1183 Power outages: (800) 544-4857

Gas

Black Hills Energy www.blackhillsenergy.com 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

Telephone

Home / News / Information Cable services Television and Internet

Gas

AT&T U-Verse (select neighborhoods only) www.att.com/u-verse (800) 288-2020

Telephone

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

Wicked Broadband www.wickedbroadband.com (785) 371-4214

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

Gas

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

Telephone/DSL

Sprint/United Telecom (800) 788-3500

Cable Services Television and Internet Mediacom Communications http://mediacomcable.com (800) 874-2924

Eudora utilities Electricity, water, sewer and sanitation Eudora City Hall 4 E. Seventh St. www.cityofeudora.gov (785) 542-2153

Gas

Atmos Energy www.atmosenergy.com Customer service: (888) 286-6700

Telephone

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

AT&T www.att.com Customer service and support center: (800) 288-2020 Spanish assistance for residential: (800) 870-5855 Hearing- or speech-impaired service: (866) 241-6567

Cable services

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

Lecompton City Hall 327 Elmore St. (785) 887-6407

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Lecompton utilities Electric, water, sewer and sanitation

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

AT&T www.att.com Customer service and support center: (800) 288-2020 Spanish assistance for residential: (800) 870-5855 Hearing- or speech-impaired service: (866) 241-6567

Cable services SCI Cable (800) 879-7724

News information Baldwin City Signal www.signal.baldwincity.com (785) 760-6841 GO! Lawrence Journal-World’s Monday lifestyle magazine. www.ljworld.com/go (785) 843-1000 Kansas City Star www.kansascity.com (877) 962-7827 Lawrence Journal-World www.ljworld.com (785) 843-1000 The Pitch Weekly alternative newspaper www.pitch.com (816) 561-6061 Topeka Capital-Journal www.cjonline.com (800) 777-7171 University Daily Kansan KU student newspaper www.kansan.com (785) 864-4724 Sunflower Publishing A publishing company www.sunflowerpub.com (888) 497-8668

RADIO NEWS

KANU KPR (FM 91.5) Kansas Public Radio http://kansaspublicradio.org (785) 864-4530 KCUR (FM 89.3) University of Missouri-Kansas City public radio www.kcur.org (816) 235-1551 KLWN (AM 1320) Lawrence sports/news/talk www.klwn.com (785) 843-1320

Television Stations 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 KMBC (Channel 9) Kansas City ABC affiliate www.kmbc.com (816) 221-9999 KSHB (Channel 14) Kansas City NBC affiliate www.kshb.com (816) 753-4141 KSNT (Channel 8) Topeka NBC affiliate www.ksnt.com (785) 582-4000 KTWU (Channel 11) Topeka PBS affiliate for Washburn University in Topeka www.ktwu.org (785) 670-1111 6 News Lawrence (Channel 6) Lawrence news and programming www.6newslawrence.com (785) 832-6397 WIBW (Channel 13) Topeka CBS affiliate www.wibw.com (785) 272-6397 WDAF (Channel 4) Kansas City FOX affiliate www.fox4kc.com (816) 753-4567 Knology Channel 25 City of Lawrence departments and services Knology Channel 26 Lawrence School District information

WEBSITES

baldwincity.org Baldwin City’s information site www.baldwincitychamber.com Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce KUsports.com A one-stop shop for Jayhawk sports Lawrence.com Lawrence’s arts and entertainment source Lawrenceks.org The city’s information site Ljworld.com Lawrence Journal-World, the city’s daily newspaper Lawrence Marketplace Lawrence’s hub for everything business www.ljworld.com/marketplace

LIBRARIES

Baldwin City Public Library 800 Seventh St. www.baldwincitylibrary.org (785) 594-3411 Eudora Public Library 14 E. Ninth St. http://eudora.mykansaslibrary.org (785) 542-2496

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News / Information / Transportation Lawrence Public Library 707 Vermont St. www.lawrence.lib.ks.us (785) 843-3833 Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library 1515 SW 10th Ave. www.tscpl.org (785) 580-4400 Kansas City Public Library Central Branch 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Missouri www.kclibrary.org (816) 701-3400 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

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 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 citywide recycling information and FAQs.

Anschutz 1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive (785) 864-4928

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Kenneth Spencer Research Library 1450 Poplar Lane (785) 864-4334

Courthouse and County Offices 111 E. 11th St., first level and basement (785) 832-5256

Watson Library 1425 Jayhawk Blvd. (785) 864-3956 With a valid identification, Kansas residents can obtain a KU Library Borrower Card for $20.

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.

GOVERNMENT U.S. government portal: www.usa.gov State of Kansas Official state website www.kansas.gov Baldwin City City Hall 803 S. Eighth St., Baldwin City www.baldwincity.org (785) 594-6427 Eudora City Hall 4 E. Seventh St., Eudora www.cityofeudora.com (785) 542-2153 Lecompton City Hall 327 Elmore St., Lecompton www.lecompton.org (785) 887-6407 Lawrence City Hall 6 E. Sixth St. www.lawrenceks.org (785) 832-3000 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.

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Information about all offices can be accessed at www.douglas-county.com

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.

KANSAS

Department of Insurance www.ksinsurance.org (800) 432-2484 This website has information about shopping for insurance and filing a complaint. Department of Revenue/ Division of Motor Vehicles 1035 N. Third St., Suite 122 (I-70 Business Park) www.ksrevenue.org/dmv (785) 843-9593 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-year-olds 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 www.irs.gov Federal Tax Information, (800) 829-1040 TDD Assistance for the Deaf, (800) 829-4059 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. www.usps.com (785) 887-6494 U.S. Social Security Administration 1440 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 200 www.ssa.gov (785) 843-2254, (800) 772-1213

Transportation Kansas City International Airport (MCI) www.flykci.com (816) 243-5237 45 miles northeast of Lawrence via Interestate 70 East and Interstate 435 North Lawrence Municipal Airport Hetrick Air Services Inc. 1930 Airport Road www.hetrickairservices.com (785) 842-0000 Vinland Valley Aerodrome Airport 696 E. 1700 Road, Baldwin City www.mcfarlaneaviation.com/vinland (785) 594-2485 / (800) 544-8594 Affordable Limousine Service www.affordablelimousineservice.net (785) 841-0463 Ground Transportation Inc. (GTI) www.gtilawrence.com (785) 842-8294 Shuttle service and Town Car rental KCI Roadrunner www.kciroadrunner.com (800) 747-2524 Shuttle-charter service SDM Transportation www.sdmtransportationks.com (785) 979-2428 Senior Wheels www.dgcoseniorservices.org (785) 865-6925 Senior Services Inc. of Douglas County Transportation services for Douglas County residents age 60 and older who require door-to-door service or are unable to access other transportation programs. KU on Wheels www.kuonwheels.ku.edu (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. Independence, Inc. www.independenceinc.org (785) 841-0333 Wheelchair accessible door-to-door weekday transportation throughout Douglas County and to weekday medical appointments in Topeka and the Kansas City area.

Lawrence Transit System – the “T” www.lawrencetransit.org (785) 832-3465 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. Greyhound Bus Lines 2447 W. Sixth St. www.greyhound.com (785) 843-5622, (800) 231-2222

Rail Travel

Amtrak Passenger Station 413 E. Seventh St., at the Santa Fe Railway Station www.amtrak.com (800) 872-7245

Taxi Service

Ground Transportation Inc. (GTI) (785) 842-TAXI (8294) Jayhawk Taxi (785) 843-8294 Zippy Taxi and Delivery (785) 856-7433

health Lawrence HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS

CLO (Community Living Opportunities) 2113 Delaware St. www.clokan.org (785) 865-5520 CLO’s mission for 35 years has been to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This nonprofit organization offers services across the lifespan including: residential, day services, health & wellness, targeted case management, children’s services, therapeutic horseback riding, and summer camps. CLO Children’s Autism Network (CCAN) 2125 Delaware St. www.clokan.org (785) 979-9251 CCAN provides services for children with autism and their families in its centers as well as in-home or off-site locations in the community. These services include: early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI), positive behavior support (PBS), targeted case management, inclusionary preschool, and private behavior consulting. Douglas County AIDS Project United Way Center for Human Services 2518 Ridge Court, Suite 101 www.douglascountyaidsproject.org (785) 843-0040 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.

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Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice 200 Maine St., Suite C www.vna-ks.org (785) 843-3738 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. Haskell Health Center 2415 Massachusetts St. www.ihs.gov (785) 843-3750 The Haskell Health Center provides American Indians in Lawrence and the surrounding area with integrated outpatient health and human services. Health Care Access Clinic 330 Maine St. www.healthcareaccess.org (785) 841-5760 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. Watkins Memorial Health Center Student Health Services 1200 Schwegler Drive www.studenthealth.ku.edu (785) 864-9500 Open to KU students, Watkins provides general medicine and gynecology, health education, allergy injections, immunizations, sports medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and HIV testing. Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department 200 Maine St., Suite B www.ldchealth.org (785) 843-0721 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. Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center Lawrence: 200 Maine St., Suite A Eudora: 1310 Winchester Road www.bertnash.org (785) 843-9192 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. Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO) Cottonwood Inc. 2801 W. 31st St. www.cwood.org (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.

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Transportation / Health DCCCA Inc. 3312 Clinton Parkway www.dccca.org (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. GaDuGi SafeCenter, Inc. 2518 Ridge Court, Suite 202 www.gadugisafecenter.org (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 24hour assistance, call (785) 841-2345; in Baldwin City, call (888) 899-2345. Headquarters Counseling Center 211 E. Eighth St., Suite C www.headquarterscounselingcenter.org (785) 841-2345, (888) 899-2345 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-afriend program for children who are home alone and a parent info line. Heartland Community Health Center 1 Riverfront Plaza Suite 100 www.heartlandhealth.org (785) 841-7297 KU Child & Family Services Clinic 2021 Dole Human Development Center 1000 Sunnyside Ave. www.ku.edu/~kuclinic (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. KU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Watkins Health Center, second floor www.caps.ku.edu (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.

The Willow Domestic Violence Center www.willowdvcenter.org (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.

Community Health Resources

Douglas County Senior Services (DCSS) 745 Vermont St. www.dgcoseniorservices.org (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. Kansas Advocates for Better Care (KABC) 913 Tennessee St., Suite 2 www.kabc.org (785) 842-3088 KABC is a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates for high-quality, long-term care for residents in adult care homes. KVC Health Systems 1202 E. 23rd St., Suite C www.kvc.org (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. tiny-k Early Intervention 2619 W. Sixth St., Suite B www.douglascountytinyk.org (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. United Way of Douglas County 2518 Ridge Court, Room 200 www.unitedwaydgco.org (785) 843-6626 United Way raises funds for local human service agencies. It also works with other groups to solve community problems or meet community needs.

Independence Inc. 2001 Haskell Ave. www.independenceinc.org (785) 841-0333 Independence Inc. maximizes the independence of people with disabilities through advocacy, peer support, training, transportation and community education. 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. Welcommons www.wellsommons.com Your Health, Your Voice, in Kansas

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Lawrence Public Schools USD 497 Educational Support and Distribution Center 110 McDonald Drive www.usd497.org (785) 832-5000

Elementary Schools Broken Arrow, 2704 Louisiana St., (785) 832-5600 CoRoadley, 1837 Vermont St., (785) 832-5640 Deerfield, 101 Lawrence Ave., (785) 832-5660 Hillcrest, 1045 Hilltop Drive, (785) 832-5720 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 Woodlawn, 508 Elm St., (785) 832-5920

KU Psychological Clinic 340 Fraser Hall, 1415 Jayhawk Blvd. www.psych.ku.edu/psych_clinic/clinic/ (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.

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Education / Parks & Recreation Middle Schools Liberty Memorial Central, 1400 Massachusetts St., (785) 832-5400 South, 2734 Louisiana St., (785) 832-5450 Southwest, 2511 Inverness Drive, (785) 832-5550 West, 2700 Harvard Road, (785) 832-5500

High Schools Free State, 4700 Overland Drive, (785) 832-6050 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 eighthgrade students. High schools include ninth- through 12th-graders.

Baldwin City

Baldwin City Public Schools USD 348 708 Chapel St., Baldwin City www.usd348.com (785) 594-2721 Primary Center, Grades pre-kindergarten-3 500 Lawrence St., (785) 594-2444 Intermediate Center, grades 4-5 100 Bullpup Drive, (785) 594-2446 Marion Springs Elementary, 316 E. 900 Road, (785) 594-3081 Vinland Elementary, 702 E. 1747 Road, (785) 594-3912 Baldwin Junior High, 400 Eisenhower St., (785) 594-2448 Baldwin High, 415 Eisenhower St., (785) 594-2725 Notes: Elementary schools include prekindergarten through fifth grade. Junior high school includes grades 6 through 8, and the high school grades 9 through 12.

Eudora

Eudora Public Schools USD 491 1002 Elm St., Eudora www.eudoraschools.org (785) 542-4910 Eudora West Early Childhood Family Center, 1310 Winchester Rd., (785) 542-4920 Eudora Elementary School, 801 E. 10th St., (785) 542-4940 Eudora Middle School, 2635 Church St., (785) 542-4960

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Eudora High School, 2203 Church St., (785) 542-4980 Eudora-De Soto Technical Education Center, (785) 542-4986 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.

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

Perry Elementary, 405 Cedar St., (785) 597-5156 Lecompton Elementary, 626 Whitfield, (785) 887-6343 Perry-Lecompton Middle, 408 Lecompton Road, (785) 597-5159 Perry-Lecompton High, 404 Lecompton Road, (785) 597-5124 Notes: Perry Elementary includes prekindergarten 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.

HOME SCHOOL

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

PRIVATE SCHOOL

Bishop Seabury Academy 4120 Clinton Parkway www.seaburyacademy.org (785) 832-1717 Grades 6 through 12, college preparation Century School Inc. 816 Kentucky St. www.CenturySchool.org (785) 832-0101 Ages 3 to 12 (preschool and elementary), secular, cultural diversity emphasized with individualized academics Corpus Christi Catholic School 6001 Bob Billings Parkway www.corpuschristilks.org (785) 331-3374 Grades pre-K through 7 Lawrence Arts Center Preschool 940 New Hampshire St. www.lawrenceartscenter.com/preschool.html (785) 843-2787 Ages 3 through 6 Lawrence Montessori School 5005 Legends Drive www.lawrencemontessorischool.com (785) 840-9555 Montessori Children’s House of Lawrence 1900 University Drive (785) 843-7577 Montessori education, pre-K through K, whole day and half-day available 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 St. John Catholic School 1208 Kentucky St. www.saint-johns.net/school (785) 843-9511 Grades Pre-K through 6; Roman Catholic National Catholic Education Association

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

parks & recreation Lawrence

Lawrence Parks & Recreation 115 W. 11th St. www.lawrenceks.org/lprd (785) 832-7920 Clo’s Midnight Farm 2084-B N. 600 Road. Baldwin City www.midnight-farm.org (785) 979-1889 Located seven miles south of Eudora, Midnight Farm offers individuals with a wide range of special needs the opportunity to relax, work and pursue recreational activities. Features include therapeutic horseback riding, a petting zoo/paddock, the Green Thumb gardening program, a general store and summer camps for kids. 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 10-lane, 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) 832-7920 Meeting room, kitchenette

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Lawrence Union Pacific Depot 402 N. Second St. (785) 832-3527 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.

Parks

Broken Arrow Park 2900 Louisiana St. (785) 832-3453 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 Park Recreation Center 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.

Baldwin City

Baldwin City Parks and Recreation 715 High St. www.baldwinrec.org (785) 594-3670

Eudora

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Lawrence Chamber Orchestra 940 New Hampshire St. www.lawrencechamberorchestra.org (785) 691-7824 The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra is the only independent and professional orchestra in Lawrence. Theatre Lawrence 1501 New Hampshire St. www.theatrelawrence.com (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. Van Go Mobile Arts Inc. 715 New Jersey St. www.van-go.org (785) 842-3797 Arts-based service agency that provides year-round after-school and summer job training programs for highneeds and underserved youths. University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery 1467 Jayhawk Blvd. Art & Design Building www.art.ku.edu (785) 864-4401 Maintained by the department of art and design, this gallery exhibits works of regional and national artists and well as graduate student thesis shows. Kansas Union Gallery 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. Kansas Union www.suaevents.com (785) 864-7469 Maintained by Student Union Activities, this little gallery feature works by KU students, faculty and international artists. Murphy Hall 1530 Naismith Drive www.kutheatre.com (785) 864-3982 Murphy Hall is home to the renowned University Theatre. Wilcox Classical Museum 1410 Jayhawk Blvd. Lippincott Hall www.ku.edu/~wilcox (785) 864-3153 Established in 1888 by Professor A.M. Wilcox, this museum’s collection has fullsize replicas of well-known works of Greek and Roman sculpture and antiquities. Haskell Indian Nations University Haskell Cultural Center and Museum 155 Indian Ave. www.haskell.edu (785) 832-6644 The museum’s vision is to study living American Indian traditions and research and provide education and cultural programs. Hours subject to change.

Baldwin City

Baldwin City Community Theatre 816 High St. http://baldwincitytheater.com (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. 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. www.lumberyardartscenter.org (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.

religious organizations Lawrence

Chabad Jewish Center 1201-1203 W. 19th St. www.jewishku.com (785) 832-8672 Ecumenical Christian Ministries 1204 Oread Ave. http://ecmku.org (785) 843-4933 Serves several faiths First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence 2415 Clinton Parkway www.firstpreslawrence.org (785) 843-4171 Jewish Community Center 917 Highland Drive http://sunflower.com/~ljcc (785) 841-7636 Islamic Center of Lawrence 1917 Naismith Drive www.islamiccenterlawrence.org (785) 841-7636 Morris Baptist Center 146 Indian Ave. (785) 841-7355 St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 1234 Kentucky St. www.saint-johns.net (785) 843-0109

volunteer organizations Lawrence

Audio-Reader 1120 W. 11th St. www.reader.ku.edu (785) 864-4600, (800) 772-8898 Kansas Audio-Reader offers reading and information services for blind, visually impaired and printdisabled people in Kansas. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County 536 Fireside Court, Suite D http://douglas.kansasbigs.org (785) 843-7359, (800) 488-2545 Assists children with mentoring relationships. Center for Community Outreach 405 Kansas Union, KU www2.ku.edu/~cco/cgi-bin/index.php (785) 864-4073 This organization oversees a number of volunteer services operated through the University of Kansas. Douglas County CASA Inc. 1009 New Hampshire St., Suite B www.orgsites.com/ks/douglascountycasa (785) 832-5172 Trained volunteers serve as advocates for abused and neglected children who are under court protection. Lawrence Habitat for Humanity 720 Connecticut St. www.lawrencehabitat.org (785) 832-0777 During 21 years of building homes for qualifying families, Lawrence Habitat for Humanity has placed 72 families in homes. Lawrence Humane Society 1805 East 19th St. www.lawrencehumane.org (785) 843-6835 Lawrence Young Professionals Network www.lawrenceypn.com Young professionals seeking civic and community engagement are invited to join this networking group. Meals on Wheels 2121 Kasold, Suite B www.lawrencemow.org (785) 830-8844 Volunteers assist in the delivery of meals directly to homes for older or disabled clients.

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july 2012 Salute! Festival of Wine & Food A popular three-day event for wine lovers and foodies of all types, this fundraiser for Cottonwood Inc. attracts more than 600 people. July 12-14. www.salutewinefest.com 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 5 at the county fairgrounds near 21st and Harper streets. www.dgcountyfair.com Cottin’s Thursday Farmer’s Market Get some veggies, eat green and be happy with this local farmer’s market hosted by Cottin’s Hardware. 1832 Massachusetts, (785) 331-4445 Baldwin City Farmers’ Market From 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, downtown Baldwin City turns into market central featuring vegetables, flowers, berries, home-baked 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, 5-8 p.m. on the last Friday of every month. http://finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

August 2012 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 13-21. Traditions Night The University of Kansas welcomes a new class of students with this celebratory event. Open to the public. 8 p.m. August 18. Butterfly Bio-Villa See this natural exhibit as butterflies fly around Pendleton’s Country Market, a certified Monarch way station. Begins August 17, admission required. www.pendletons.com

September 2012 Buckwheat Zydeco The Lied Center presents the Grammy award-winning zydeco band with a free outdoor concert. September 7. www.lied.ku.edu KU Band Day Parade Lawrence becomes a backdrop for high school bands that march to the beat in this annual event celebrating 65 years. The parade down Massachusetts Street features some 3,500 musicians from Kansas and Missouri. September 8.

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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 featuring demonstrations and entertainment. September 8-9. The Intergalactic Nemesis This amazing live-action graphic novel performance will wow audiences of all ages. This popular troupe returns to Lawrence with the second installment. September 22. www.lied.ku.edu

october 2012 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 7 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; countrywestern, bluegrass and gospel music; arts and crafts; food and quilt show. October 20-21. www.mapleleaffestival.com John Lithgow The Lied Center presents John Lithgow and Stories by Heart. This humorous one-man theatrical memoir. www.lied.ku.edu

november 2012 Quixotic This unique performance channels Cirque du Soleil with its use of technology movement and expressive emotion. 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 24. 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 2012 Annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers This seasonal concert is presented at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City. December 1. 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 1. http://lawrencechristmasparade.org

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 wraps up the event on December 7. Festival of Nativities More than 150 nativities representing many countries and cultures are displayed at Centenary United Methodist Church, Fourth and Elm streets in North Lawrence. December 1-2. Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market Holiday Market With more than 80 vendor members, the farmers’ market schedules a special holiday event. www.lawrencefarmersmarket.com

january 2013 Junkyard Jazz Get out of your seat and hit the dance floor with the Junkyard Jazz at the American Legion, 3408 W. Sixth St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Fox on the Fairway Presented by Theatre Lawrence, this witty performance takes a swing at golf, featuring plenty of antics and comedy. January 18-20. www.theatrelawrence.com

february 2013 An Evening with Suzanne Vega Suzanne Vega is joined by her daughter Ruby Froom for an enjoyable performance of well-known favorites by the singer songwriter. February 2. www.lied.ku.edu Souper Bowl Saturday Handmade ceramic bowls are on display and for sale at the Lawrence Arts Center as soup is catered. Fundraiser supports the ceramic department. February 2. www.lawrenceartscenter.org 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 2013 Mummenschanz This legendary Swiss pantomime troupe celebrates 40 years—unique, spooky and fun. March 8. www.lied.ku.edu 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.

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Lawrence Downtown 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 Cottin’s Hardware, 1832 Massachusetts. www.lawrencefarmersmarket.com

may 2013 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 Powwow The public is welcome to this cultural experience of intertribal dance, music, crafts and refreshments, all in honor of graduating students.

june 2013 Baldwin Art Walk Hosted by the Baldwin Community Arts Council, Art Walk is every third Friday from June through September. From 7 to 9 p.m., the event showcases art such as paintings, sculptures and quilts. Special events include a summer band concert and Cuppa Java night in September with dessert and hand-painted coffee mugs. Bill Self Basketball Camps Bill Self and his coaching staff direct this popular camp at the University of Kansas. College and high school coaches as well as professional and college players will work with campers ages 8 to 19. Younger children can sign up for the parent-child camp, or groups can register for the team camp. www.billselfbasketballcamp.com Ironman 70.3 Kansas For the fifth year, the Ironman triathlon appears in Lawrence. The half-Ironman 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. All dates are subject to change.

Lawrence Art Auction The Lawrence Arts Center brings together the works of area artists, giving people in the community a chance to claim pieces for themselves. Proceeds benefit the Lawrence Arts Gallery Program.

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