Chats for May 2007

Chat about Wakarusa Fest

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

The <a href="">Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival</a> begins June 7. Chat with organizer Brett Mosiman about this year's event.

Chat about the upcoming Eudora school bond vote with Kim Schulz, chair of the Eudora schools campaign committee

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Kim Schulz is a member of the Eudora schools campaign committee, an independent organization designed to campaign for the district's upcoming bond package -- which voters will decide in November.

"Red Dog" to chat about changes to summer Dog Days workouts

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 1:00 p.m.

Don "Red Dog" Gardner, of the Red Dog's Dog Days, will chat about changes this summer's exercise program at Kansas University's Memorial Stadium. Construction near the stadium will affect parking when Dog Days moves outside from Allen Fieldhouse to Memorial Stadium on June 5.

Julie Swank

Chat about Project Graduation

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Julie Swank, one of four co-chairs for Project Graduation, will take questions about the annual post-graduation party for seniors at all Lawrence high schools. The event - complete with food, activities and thousands of dollars in prizes - is designed to provide a safe environment for celebration on one of the most dangerous nights of the year for high school graduates. The chat begins at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Chat about the Lawrence school district's ESL program

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 11:00 a.m.

Bruce Passman, deputy superintendent and Kim Young, special program specialist will be in the NewsCenter Wednesday, May 23rd at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the district's expanding and changing ESL program.

Chat about MIPs with Jo Hardesty

Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

For 2006, Lawrence Municipal Court records show there were 438 cases of minors in possession of alcohol, or MIPs. The court has processed 98 cases of MIPs so far in 2007. Jo Hardesty, director and managing attorney for Legal Services for Students, takes your questions.

Sarah Hill-Nelson

Chat about Lawrence sustainability with Sarah Hill-Nelson

Monday, May 21, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Everything from strawberries in November to Lawrence's lack of curbside recycling will be discussed at a town hall forum on Monday aimed at spurring discussion about making the community more environmentally-friendly. Representatives from Liberty Hall, the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival, Zephyr Energy, and The World Company - which publishes the Journal-World - are teaming up to host the Lawrence Sustainability Town Hall Event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass. Sarah Hill-Nelson, owner-operator of The Bowersock Mills and Power Company, will take your questions.

David Corliss

Chat about the city's $1 million budget shortfall with David Corliss

Friday, May 18, 2007, 1:15 p.m.

Shorter swimming pool hours, less grass cutting at city parks and several other cost-saving measures are heading toward the desks of city commissioners. City Manager David Corliss takes your questions about the proposed city budget cuts - and other City Hall issues. <a href="">Read more about the proposed cuts.</a>

Coping with death, grief

Thursday, May 17, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Salina author Larry Straub's book "Autumn Corridors" provides advice for how to cope with and prepare for death. In light of the one-month anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings and the deadly tornado in Greensburg, Straub will take questions about dealing with death, as well as how to get the most out of life

Maggie Childs

Chat about Lawrence's potential to enact a domestic partner registry

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

Maggie Childs of the Kansas Equality Coalition, one of the sponsors of a forum on May 4 to discuss issues related to the city of Lawrence's proposed domestic partner registry, will chat with readers at noon on Tuesday, May 15. Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison issued a legal opinion recently that Lawrence's proposed domestic partnership registry wouldn't interfere with the state's amendment that bans gay marriage. The issue is pending with the City Commission.

Cathy Barfield

Chat about home schooling

Monday, May 14, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Cathy Barfield, a home school mother and co-founder of Teaching Effective Academics in Christian Homes, answered questions from readers about home schooling. The chat is part of the "Learning Outside the Lines" series by the Lawrence Journal-World, 6News and <a href="">See the entire series</a>.

Chat about the Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance

Friday, May 11, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

Stu Shafer, owner of the Sandheron Farm and a member of the Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance, will join us for an online chat at 2 p.m. Friday to talk about the produce subscription service's 14th season, which opened this week.

Candi Baker

Chat about the 940 dance company with Candi Baker

Thursday, May 10, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Candi Baker, director of the Lawrence Arts Center's dance program, will chat about the 940 dance company's New Works Concert, set for Friday and Saturday. The performance marks the farewell of artistic director Susan Warden. Baker also will take questions about dance in general.

Chat about 24 Hours in Lawrence with Joel Mathis

Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

It's a big project designed to capture a day in the life of a Lawrence. Moments and events (little and big) -- the everyday to the extraordinary, will be featured in The World Company's 24 Hours project set for Thursday, May 10. Managing Editor for Convergence Joel Mathis will join us to chat about the project and how you can be involved at 1:30 p.m.

Chat about property appraisals with Steven Miles and Sharon Dominik

Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Steven Miles and Sharon Dominik, from the Douglas County Appraiser's office, will be in to take questions about property valuations.

Army Corps of Engineers wildlife biologist to chat about the bald eagles that have taken roost in Lawrence

Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Mike Watkins, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will chat about the status of bald eagles in Kansas, as well as the family of bald eagles now making Lawrence their home.

Chat with new KU student body president Hannah Love

Thursday, May 3, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Chat with Hannah Love, new student body president at Kansas University. Love, a junior from Dodge City,and vice-president Ray Wittlinger, a junior from Olathe, were elected in April. They represent the United Students coalition. Their platform included creating a satellite parking office in the Kansas Union, 24-hour parking spots at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center and moving the University Career Center to Jayhawk Boulevard. They also want to make technology upgrades and improve campus safety, as well as other changes on campus.

Chat with John Novotny, Travellers, Inc.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

Chat with John Novotny about the perfect summer getaway.

Lawrence assistant director of public works to discuss city's infrastructure

Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 11:30 a.m.

Dena Mezger, Lawrence assistant director of public works, will discuss the city's infrastructure, including the recent report that found the city is still having a tough time keeping many of its streets from falling into the "unacceptable" condition category.