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New dads can learn the ropes at boot camp

Becoming a new dad is an exciting life change. However, it can be overwhelming. This is exactly what Boot Camp for New Dads is for. Join soon-to-be dads on Saturday, Aug. 18, to learn, ask questions and make the idea of navigating fatherhood more manageable. This “boot camp” will discuss ...

Healthy Outlook: Head back to school in good health

I remember how I loved meandering through stores’ school supply aisles. My eyes would light up as I ran my fingers over sparkly pencil pouches; I adored the spiral-bound notebooks with kittens on their covers. Impractical? Maybe, but oh, how I loved them. But that was last year, and I like ...

Several therapists who are leaving Bert Nash will open own practice

The reasons why seven therapists resigned en masse from the Bert Nash Community Mental Health center remain unclear, but indications are that many of the therapists plan to open a new therapy center in Lawrence. Multiple patients of the therapists have told the Journal-World they’ve been ...

Online survey seeks input for Lawrence, Douglas County health plan

The local health advocacy coalition LiveWell Douglas County is seeking feedback from area residents as it continues to shape its Community Health Plan. The group has posted a brief survey online at surveymonkey.com/r/DK2RSKV seeking input. It asks participants to rank the importance of ...

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Indoor greenhouses make growing plants easy

You don’t need a green thumb to grow vegetables indoors. On the contrary, there are plenty of indoor greenhouses that take the work out of growing plants, from the amount of water they get to the right dosage of light. One of these indoor greenhouses — or automated growing systems, as ...

Fix-It Chick: Repoint damaged mortar joints to save brick, stone structures

A fresh coat of paint on your home’s front door can enhance both the mood and the value of the property. Step 1: Consider the surrounding area and adjacent colors when choosing a color for the door. A front door should complement the design of the house while expressing the mood of its ...

Garden Variety: Native grasses are low-maintenance landscape options

Little bluestem, prairie dropseed, Indian grass and other native ornamental grasses are good options for the Kansas landscape because of their drought tolerance, resistance to pests and overall low maintenance requirements. Most varieties are blooming now or will be in the next few weeks. ...

Garden Variety: Master Gardener program accepting trainees

The Douglas County Extension Master Gardener program is seeking applicants for another class of trained volunteers to join the 200-member organization. Gardening experience is unnecessary, but applicants should have an interest in gardening and sharing what they learn with others in the ...

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Bring 2 beloved desserts into 1 with an ice cream cake

The appeal of ice cream cake is obvious: These two beloved desserts belong together, and a cold, creamy slice of ice cream cake is far more satisfying than a scoop of ice cream haphazardly dolloped onto a slice of cake. We wanted to develop a basic ice cream cake that would be a hit at any ...

Grind your own turkey thigh for great-tasting, juicy burgers

Most turkey burgers are dry, bland, or loaded up with flavor-blunting fillers. To create juicy, well-textured turkey burgers, we ditched store-bought ground turkey in favor of a home-ground turkey thigh, which boasts more fat and flavor. To ensure that our turkey burger recipe delivered ...

Why buy popsicles when you can make healthier ones at home?

Multicolored popsicles are fun and festive, but store-bought versions are loaded with sugar, corn syrup, and artificial colorings_and their lackluster flavor leaves something to be desired. To make an ultra-flavorful, naturally sweetened version that would please kids and adults alike, we ...

How to turn campfire favorite s’mores into an ice cream cake

The combination of chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows is irresistible. We wanted to take each element of s'mores and reimagine this beloved campfire snack as a magnificent ice cream cake. Combining warm, gooey s'mores with ice cream may sound like a mess, but we found a way to add the ...

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Community invited to dog parade and birthday party this weekend

A parade and birthday party for Lawrence dogs and their owners will be held this weekend, according to a news release from the Lawrence Humane Society. The Dogust Birthday Parade will include treats, crafts and games for dogs and their owners Saturday at Burcham Park, 200 Indiana St. Owners ...

‘Black Panther’ comics author Okorafor to visit Lawrence this fall

Award-winning author and “Black Panther” scribe Nnedi Okorafor will visit Lawrence this fall as part of the Lawrence Public Library’s Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. The library, in partnership with the University of Kansas’ Hall Center for the Humanities, will host “An ...

New Watkins window panels tell stories of city’s past, present

Sandra Wolf was impressed by what she saw during an unveiling Sunday of the nine new window panels on the third floor of the Watkins Museum of History. “It’s very well done,” she said during the open house of the information provided on the panels that cover nine large windows on the ...

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Healthy Outlook: Get R&R in nature with this area trail guide

Sometimes, you just need to get away. Any longtime Lawrence folk can tell you that although this town may not have quite the hustle and bustle of a big city, life can get hectic here in suburbia. If you’re experiencing a Thoreau-esque transcendental itch and need to escape into nature for a ...

Garden Variety: Even in droughts, watering should be deep yet infrequent

Plants wilt when they need water, but they also wilt when they have too much. The former is more likely in the Lawrence area right now, especially with recent high temperatures and the ongoing severe drought in much of northeast Kansas. But, despite the heat and drought, if you are dragging the ...

Fix-It Chick: Replace wax ring around toilet bowl if water, smell starts to seep

If water is seeping out from beneath the toilet bowl or there is a faint smell of sewer gas in the bathroom, it is definitely time to replace the toilet bowl wax ring. Step 1: Remove the tank lid and place it in a safe spot. Lay a few towels on the floor to set the toilet on once it has been ...

Healthy Outlook: Health planning underway, plus news and notes

Story updated 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 There’s just so much going on that I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one column unless I gave it a terribly generic headline. Among topics we’ll get to today are broccoli in your convenience stores (maybe), signs coming to the Lawrence ...