Percussionist to give master class at KU
Renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie will teach a marimba master class with four Kansas University percussion majors from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at 130 Murphy Hall. The class is free and open to the public.
"Evelyn Glennie is perhaps the most famous percussionist in the world these days," said KU percussion professor John Parks. "You might have seen her on '60 Minutes' or heard about her on National Public Radio. The most astounding fact is that she has been hearing-impaired since birth, almost deaf."
Glennie's master class coincides with her solo performances with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Farm Bureau hands out awards today
Lawrence Parks and Recreation will receive this year's Douglas County Farm Bureau Wetland Conservation Award.
Parks and Recreation Director Fred DeVictor will accept the award for the department during a ceremony at 10 a.m. today at the Farm Bureau office, 2852 Four Wheel Drive.
Farm Bureau will also recognize the 13 recipients of the Century Farm Award.
This award is presented to farm families who have retained and operated their farms for 100 years or more.
MS Society to offer interactive education
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will have its National Education Conference at 6:30 p.m. today.
The "MS Research 2000 and Beyond" telecast will be locally sponsored by the Eastern Kansas Branch of the Mid-America Chapter of the National MS Society at KTWU on the Washburn University campus.
It can be accessed at www.nmss.org with the aid of free, downloadable software.
Tenants to Homeowners to get $150,000 grant
Lawrence's Tenants to Homeowners Inc. is one of seven not-for-profit Community Housing Development Organizations to receive a share of $1.58 million federal grant.
The organization will receive a $150,000 grant to build two new "universally accessible" houses for low- to moderate-income families.
Alan Bowes, executive director of Tenants to Homeowners Inc., said a group of Kansas University architecture students, led by professor Dan Rockhill, will design and build one of the houses. The students, who are working on their master's theses, have worked with the organization in the past. This year's house will be in the Ashbury subdivision in East Lawrence off Wedgewood Drive.
The organization is working with the Brookcreek Neighborhood group for both houses.
Exchange students to help construction
The German and American high school students who participated in an exchange program between sister cities Eutin, Germany, and Lawrence this year will help Lawrence Habitat for Humanity with its current building project Friday.
The students' participation is organized by Habitat for Humanity and the German-American Partnership.
Holiday gifts sought for foster children
An agency that operates group homes in Lawrence and Topeka is seeking individuals, families, businesses and civic organizations interested in making the Christmas wishes of foster children come true.
The Villages Inc. is building a list of those interested in adopting a foster child or group home for the holidays. To receive a copy of their wish list, contact Kelley Carpenter at (785) 267-5900, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Villages operates eight group homes in Lawrence and Topeka, each of which cares for 10-12 foster youths, ages 6 to 18.
Menninger doctors to go to annual conference
Two Menninger senior psychiatrists will address infant care and child violence today at the 24th annual Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
The three-day conference, "Teaming Up to Keep Kids Safe at Home," will be at the Kansas Expocentre, Topeka, and is sponsored by the Kansas Children's Service League.
Dr. John Sargent will speak on "Violence in the Lives of Children," offering communities, families and individuals ways to help children who are opposed to violence.
Dr. Martin Maldonado will lead a workshop called "Overview of Parent-Infant Psychotherapy: Psychological Interventions in Infancy," examining how infants are cared for in many countries around the world.
Wind power discussion slated by Sierra Club
The Wakarusa Group of the Kansas Sierra Club will discuss developments in wind power when it meets this week.
Speakers at the general meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Church, 1234 Ky. will include Bill Griffith, Leavenworth, a wind power expert and educator, and representatives of Pinnacle Technology, a Lawrence-based engineering and consulting firm, which is a leader in renewable energy development in the state.