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Tour of Lawrence takes off this weekend

The sixth annual Tour of Lawrence takes off this weekend, with more than 600 professional and amateur bicycle racers and enthusiasts expected in town Friday through Sunday.

Friday deadline set for submissions for Free State Festival's first ideas 'Lightning Round'

Kansas University and Lawrence Art Center organizers will be accepting community submissions until late Friday for the Free State Festival's inaugural Lightning Round of ideas presentations.

Convertible-turned-skatepark to be featured in Saturday's Art Tougeau parade

Jeremy Rockwell will show his mobile skatepark in the Art Tougeau parade on Saturday, an annual event that displays wacky, innovative DIY vehicles from Lawrence and across the country. By Joanna Hlavacek

Monarch Watch open house and plant fundraiser set for Saturday

The monarch butterfly population has been in decline for more than 20 years, and, according to new research by the World Wildlife Fund, numbers are now at a record low.

Dogs have their moment in the sun at annual disc-dog competition

Kat darts after a bright orange disk, zooming 50 yards before leaping into the air and snagging it between her teeth. Without hesitation, she turns around and takes off, pumping her short legs to get back to her owner as quickly as she can. The 3-year-old Australian Shepherd was one of 33 dogs that participated in the yearly Skyhoundz Disk Championship on Sunday afternoon in South Park. By Nikki Wentling

Popular art festival set for Sunday

This weekend, Bob Gent will load up his car with a colorful inventory of glass bowls, plates and vases and make the less-than-a-mile journey from his house to South Park for the Lawrence Art Guild’s annual Art in the Park. By Joanna Hlavacek

Prescription drug take-back day set for Saturday

Douglas County residents can drop off expired, unused or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs on Saturday as part of the nationwide prescription drug "Take-Back Day" organized by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Award-winning Sports Illustrated journalist to speak at KU event

Gary Smith, an award-winning journalist with Sports Illustrated, will speak via Skype at the annual Budig Writing Professor event at the Kansas University campus on Tuesday.

Annual variety show Foundation Follies set for Friday

Teachers and administrators with Lawrence Public Schools will sing, dance and entertain crowds Friday at the annual variety show fundraiser, the Foundation Follies.

Jewish Community Center to show documentary on Holocaust refugees

The Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation will host a screening of an internationally recognized documentary about Jewish Holocaust survivors and refugees with an introduction by the film’s director April 26.

Shakespeare Original Pronunciation

The KU theater department is preparing the first North American production of a Shakespeare play done in 'original pronunciation.' The performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" starts Nov. 11, 2010 at KU's Murphy Hall.

Bike race to honor former Athletic Director

The Octoginta bicycle race will have an extended 100-mile course option in honor of former KU Athletic Director Bob Frederick. More than 750 riders are expected to participate in the two-day event.

Park to host classic car show, music

Broken Arrow Park in Lawrence will host a classic car show tomorrow. The event will feature classic cars, food and music.

Midland Railway Labor Day Railfest

The Midland Railway in Baldwin City holds their Labor Day Railfest from August 30 to September 1, offering rides on a KCS Railway Post Office car.