Community Calendar

September 2017
Friday, September 22
--The Wild, Wild West Fur Ball (Lawrence) -- 7pm. Crown Pavilion. Lawrence Humane Society's 23rd annual auction and fundraiser. This year's Old West-inspired jamboree will feature the whole kit and caboodle to raise $150,000 to benefit homeless pets in our community. More information at 
Saturday, September 30
--Bluegrass & BBQ (Baldwin City) -- 4:30pm-10pm. Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High Street, Baldwin City. A party to benefit the Lumberyard Arts Center. More information at
--St. Francis Animal Blessing (Lawrence) -- 10am-12pm. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 New Hampshire. Free blessing of all social animals; irritable ones may be blessed by proxy (bring a picture). Enjoy pet experts from Prairie Park Nature Center and more.
--Heartsong: A Mosaic of Women's Poetry, Spoken Word & Song (Lawrence) -- 6:30pm-9pm. This marks the 7th annual global event for 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a grassroots organization that brings communities together to call for environmental, social, and political change within the framework of peace and sustainability. An event that began primarily with poet organizers, 100 Thousand Poets for Change has grown into an interdisciplinary coalition with year round events which includes musicians, dancers, mimes, painters and photographers from around the world. More info at
--Touch A Truck (Lawrence) -- 10am-1pm. Lawrence First Church of the Nazarene, 1470 N. 1000 Road. Come see more than 20 different vehicles on display. Free Kids Zone will include bounce house, face painting, balloon artist, kids games, lawnmower train rides and more. Don't miss out on the annual Cruise-N-Kansas Car Show at the event as well. Admission is a donation of a toiletry item for the Lawrence Community Shelter. More info at
October 2017
Tuesday, October 3
--Relay for Life Team Captain Kickoff (Lawrence) -- 5:30pm-7pm. Lawrence Public Library Auditorium. Stop by our open house and see your Relay friends! We'll help you register your team on our new website. Food and prizes.
Wednesday, October 4
--Lawrence Business Hall of Fame Tribute Dinner (Lawrence) -- 5:30pm. Doubletree by Hilton Lawrence, Regency Ballroom. Honoring the Class of 2017: Larry McElwain, Jean Milstead, Miles Schnaer, Mike Amyx. Presented by Junior Achievement. More information at
--The S Word (Lawrence) -- 6:30pm. Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium. The Douglas County Suicide Prevention Coalition presents The S Word. A screening of the 90-minute documentary, followed by conversation with director Lisa Klein. Recommended for ages 15 and older. Free and open to the public.
Friday, October 6
--KU Homecoming Parade (Lawrence) -- 6pm. Downtown Lawrence.
Saturday, October 7
--SIDS and Infant Loss Walk (Topeka) -- 10am-12pm. Hayden High School, 401 Gage Blvd. Come walk the Hayden High School track with us. Family friendly event with a bounce house, kids activities, face painting and a memorial balloon release. Donations and proceeds go to Boston Children's Hospital to fund SIDS research and to support families in Topeka who have experienced the loss of an infant. Volunteer info via email:
--Kaw Valley Farm Tour (Northeast Kansas) -- 9am-6pm. Various locations around the Kaw Valley. Experience local farms and unique agricultural sights, tastes, and traditions. 32 participating farms. A $10 pass provides carload entrance to all the farms for the entire weekend. More information at
Sunday, October 8
--Kaw Valley Farm Tour (Northeast Kansas) -- 12-6pm. Various locations around the Kaw Valley. Experience local farms and unique agricultural sights, tastes, and traditions. 32 participating farms. A $10 pass provides carload entrance to all the farms for the entire weekend. More information at
Tuesday, October 10
--Cooper's Couture: A Fashion Event to Benefit Cooper's Cause Foundation (Lawrence) -- 6pm-9pm. Oread Hotel. There will be lots to see from the fashion on the runway to the shopping at booths. Shopping, drinks and h'orderves will begin at 6pm, the Fashion Show, highlighting downtown stores, begins at 7pm and will be followed by more shopping, drinks and h'orderves until 9pm. Ticket information at
--An Evening with George Saunders (Lawrence) -- 7pm. Liberty Hall. Part of the 2017 Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Doors will open at 6pm. A book signing will follow.
Saturday, October 14
--Free Breast Cancer Survivor Bootcamp (Topeka) -- 8:30am-2pm. Topeka Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave. Komen Kansas and Midwest Cancer Alliance are 'calling up' breast cancer survivors for a FREE Pink Platoon wellness 'boot camp'. The program includes lunch and offers tips on boosting energy, updates on after-effects, workshops on brain fog, and more. Survivors can 'enlist' for Pink Platoon with one family member. Call 913-945-7534 to register.
Friday, October 27
--Rock the Block: Kick Cancer (Lawrence) -- 7pm. Dale Willey Automotive. Food, drinks, incredible theme baskets, karaoke, dancing. You won't want to miss this rock star ceremony honoring cancer survivors and benefiting the LMH Oncology Center. More information at
Sunday, October 29
--Dole Leadership Prize (Lawrence) -- 4pm. Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. Honoring retired U.S. Senator Tom Harkin as the recipient of the 2017 Dole Leadership Prize. Free and open to the public. More information at
November 2017
Sunday, November 5
--Kansas Half Marathon and 5K (Lawrence) -- 7:30am. Watson Park. A challenging and beautiful run in and around Lawrence. All proceeds benefit Health Care Access, a health home serving the uninsured in Douglas County. More information at
--Chocolate and Tea at Three (Lawrence) -- 2pm-5pm. This annual fundraising event and charity auction, a community favorite and chocoholic's dream, features a wide assortment of delectable treats prepared by select local bakeries and pastry chefs. An event supporting the Lawrence Community Shelter. More information at
Wednesday, November 15
--Anchoring Nightline: Juju Chang (Lawrence) -- 7pm. Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. Juju Chang is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, the co-anchor of ABC News Nightline and a regular contributor for Good Morning America and 20/20. Chang will take guests inside her work as an anchor and reporter in the fast-paced world of network television for the 2017 Journalism and Politics Lecture. Free and open to the public. More information at
December 2017

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